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Give Your Kids Great Hair for Photos

Monday, December 15th, 2014

*guest written by Cozy Friedman, founder of the new SoCozy Professional Hair Care Collection for Children and Cozy’s Cuts for Kids. The New York City salons are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. 

These hairstyling do’s and don’ts to give your little one the best shot at the cutest school photo ever, and are equally good for holiday photos.

DO shampoo your kid’s hair the night before and use a leave-in conditioner (like the SoCozy Cinch Detangler + Leave-In Conditioner) to enhance curls, smooth hair, and add body and shine. If hair is dry, flat, or full of static in the morning, spray it with a bit of water and a little more leave-in conditioner.

DON’T get a haircut the day before picture day. Ideally, schedule your appointment one to two weeks before. Hair will look more natural and any uneven areas can be corrected in time.

DO try to capture your kid’s everyday look, so that when you look back in thirty years, it’s a true representation. Nothing too fancy!

DON’T forget that school-picture day is a regular school day and not a private studio session. Keep your kid’s hairstyle simple and you’re more likely to end up with a photo everybody likes. For girls, that means no bows or hair clips.

DO use a light styling cream, such as the SoCozy Behave Styling Cream, or alcohol-free styling gel in the morning to hold a neat, smooth style that doesn’t look stiff or slick. But keep in mind the rule for styling products is the same for school glue: A little dab will do ya!

Are you a little too compulsive with your own photo-taking? Watch this video before the holidays!

Must-Knows On Tech and Child Development: Take Fewer Photos!
Must-Knows On Tech and Child Development: Take Fewer Photos!
Must-Knows On Tech and Child Development: Take Fewer Photos!

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The Hottest Hair Trend for Holiday 2014

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

We’re guessing Frozen has something to do with it: Braids continue to reign supreme! We love this trend for girls big and small because braids look fancier than ponytails, but work just as well to keep the hair off your face. And even if you don’t have a lot of length, you can still find a style that works. Take, for example, this short and sweet look shown on Stroller in the City mommy blogger Brianne Manz’s 3-year-old daughter, Siella. I met both of them when I hosted the Johnson’s No More Tangles Seasonal Celebrations Hair Workshop .

Need more inspiration? The beauty feature in the December 2014 issue of Parents is dedicated to fairy-tale-inspired hairstyles with a grown-up twist, including this one we’re calling The Spellbinding Side Braid. It’s a french braid on top and a fishtail on the bottom. Sounds complicated, but our associate photo editor (and resident hair model), Michele, will help you get a handle on it with this video. Cheers to gorgeous holiday hair!

Get Fairytale Hair: How to Do a French and Fishtail Braid
Get Fairytale Hair: How to Do a French and Fishtail Braid
Get Fairytale Hair: How to Do a French and Fishtail Braid

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Real Glam Moms: “I take better care of my skin now than I did before I had children”

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Liz Oh

After giving birth to her third child, Brayden, now 10 months, Liz Oh began reading blogs during “those long sleepless nights.” After realizing all the beauty and fashion bloggers she loved were much younger than her and didn’t have children, she decided to start Oh Truly Me. “I’ve always loved beauty and fashion and nothing has changed even when I became a mom to 3 at the age of 40,” Liz says. “So Oh Truly Me, was born out of my passion to share my love of beauty, fashion and a fun lifestyle from the perspective of a 40 year old mom.” This week, the mother of Siena (8), Ryan (6) and Brayden tells us all about her nighttime routine and why it’s no important to exfoliate.

What is your beauty routine like?

First of all, let me start out by saying…I LOVE beauty products. I exfoliate at least 2-3 times a week, to ensure my serums are actively working, and penetrating the targeted sites.

Here’s my nighttime routine:
1. I first use Shu Uemura cleansing oil to melt away the makeup from my workday
2. I follow up with Dermalogica essential cleansing gel. I believe in washing your face twice—especially after you’ve worn makeup just to make sure your face and pores are makeup-free.
3. I apply my Dermalogica antioxidant hydramist. This has been my toner of choice for years now.
4. My night serum that I apply is Skinceuticals B5 hydrating gel
5. The eye cream that I have been currently loving is SkinMedica TNS eye repair
6. My final step in my nightly beauty routine is to apply Neova night therapy
On certain nights, when I feel my skin is dehydrated, I opt for an overnight moisture mask or a Korean sheet facial mask.My friends laugh at how many products I use during my nighttime routine. But honestly, it takes 10 minutes or less to apply everything.

My morning routine:
1. Rinse my face with water only
2. Apply the same Dermalogica antioxidant hydramist toner
3. Apply Skinceuticals CE Ferulic serum
4. Apply Dermalogica active moist – my daytime moisturizer
5. I never leave home without applying sunblock
6. Than I apply my makeup: YSL foundation, Anastasia brow powder, eyeshadow primer, eyeshadow, mascara, blush, and lipstick

How has your beauty routines changed since you had children?
I take better care of my skin now than I did before I had children. I just turned 40 last year, and I’m a firm believer in “aging well.” “Aging well” to me encompasses two things: feeding your body with the proper nutrients and using good products that will allow you to “age well.” I also never used to wear eyeshadow until three years ago. I’m more willing to experiment with different makeup options.

What is the importance of taking time to yourself?
Having three kids, I don’t have the luxury to go to the spa frequently, so I have to improvise. My bathroom is my own personal spa. When I put the kids to sleep, I take a little time for myself to apply and enjoy all my beauty products. It is my way of unwinding. If I don’t take a little time for myself, I get burnt out.

Do you have any beauty advice for moms?
The best advice that was given to me: Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Your skin will thank you for it! And don’t forget to exfoliate at least two to three times per week. Exfoliating helps our skincare products penetrate to the intended sight of action. On the flip side, over-exfoliating isn’t good for our skin either. It can cause more damage than benefit.

I can live without…
Mascara. The times I have forgotten to wear mascara, I felt something was missing, something looked off. Mascara just opens up your eyes and draws attention to it. When I do my makeup, mascara completes the look.

How much do you usually spend on beauty products a month?
I don’t usually buy beauty products on a monthly basis. But if I averaged my costs out for the year—per month—it would come out to about $130.

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette

OH TRULY ME’S FIVE FAVES
1. Naked eyeshadow palettes: I love all three Naked palettes. The shadows are highly pigmented, and the colors are gorgeous. You can create so many different looks with these palettes
2. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer: Best under eye concealer that I’ve ever used. And you can’t beat the price point. It definitely brightens up those tired mommy eyes.
3. Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner: It stays on all day without smudging and has a perfect felt tip applicator that doesn’t dry out.
4. The beautyblender: Once you start using it, you can’t put your foundation on without it. The sponge creates a flawless, well-blended, natural look without the streak marks that brushes can sometimes leave behind.
5. YSL Touche Eclat: This is my favorite foundation. It is lightweight, illuminating and just the right amount of coverage.

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New-Mom Makeovers: Makeup Tricks to Not Look Tired
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Real Glam Moms: “Polishing your nails becomes much more sacred after having kids”

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Kate Bryan

Here’s the newest installment of a brand new series from the Parents beauty department about mommy bloggers. Each installment will feature what beauty means to real moms no matter what their beauty routine is like—and how they take time to themselves after having children. 

For simple how-tos on all the cute hairstyles you see on Pinterest, Kate Bryan, of The Small Things, is your girl. And for chic mommy tips, Kate’s  still your girl. She’s mom to David, 10 months old, and she’s 5 months with her second. Today she chats with us about switching up her lipstick shades and her favorite nail polish.

What is your beauty routine like? 

I like taking time to do my hair and makeup in the morning, but I always stick to my usual, streamlined routine. I shower, throw my hair in a towel to encourage it to dry as I do my makeup, then blow dry, throw a few loose curls in it with a 1 1/4 barrel curling iron, and finish with some hairspray.

How has your beauty routine changed since you had David? 

My beauty routine hasn’t changed too dramatically. I wear more neutral shades of lipstick instead of bold colors since my days are more casual. I find myself going a day between washing my hair every once in awhile on days where I’m just cleaning up the house or running errands.

What is the importance of taking time to do yourself? 

Personally, I feel more awake and ready to take on the day when I start it with a shower. Even if it’s just a quick five-minute shower, it helps me feel like I’m intentionally getting ready for the day instead of lounging around in sweats.

My beauty advice for moms is…  to not give up entirely on your beauty routine! Even if it’s a swipe of mascara, taking the time to put a little bit of effort into yourself will always pay off. Also, find a long-wear nail polish that doesn’t chip. Polishing your nails becomes much more sacred after having kids, and nothing is more frustrating than taking the time to do so only to end up with a chip the next day!

Habit nail polish

THE SMALL THINGS’ FIVE FAVES

1. Shu Uemura eyelash curler: No lash curler comes close to how well this one works.

2. Bite Beauty BB for Lips in Flush is the perfect “your lips but better” shade.

3. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer: Say goodbye to dark circles with this product. It covers better than any concealer I’ve used.

4. Tarte Best in Faux Lash Extending Fibers add bulk to even the wimpiest lashes.

5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light is the perfect highlighter and even light eyeshadow shade for any skin color.

6. Habit Cosmetics nail polish in Sunset Boulevard: I love the grey blue shade for any season.

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New-Mom Makeovers: How To Look Pulled-Together Fast
New-Mom Makeovers: How To Look Pulled-Together Fast

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Real Glam Moms: “I put on a little lipstick, and my three-year-old son asked if I was bleeding”

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Kate Baer

MEET THE LIFE  & WRITINGS OF KATE BAER 

With the help of deep breaths, grace and nachos,Kate Baer finds the time to juggle caring for Waylon (3) and Eva (8 months), posting on her blog, The Life & Writings of Kate Baeur, and taking time to herself. I’ve taken a couple cues from her book recommendations, and you should,too!

What is your beauty routine like? 

Sometimes I wear mascara. Sometimes I take it off.

How has your beauty routines changed since you had Waylon and Eva? 

Last week, I put on a little lipstick, and my three-year-old son asked if I was bleeding, so there’s that. Honestly I just keep it simple. A little mascara, eyeliner, and bronzer, if I’m feeling fancy.

What is the importance of taking time to do so?

If I can wake up, brush my teeth, put my hair in a long braid, and throw on some mascaraI feel like I can conquer the world. Or at least make it until second lunch.

What’s the best beauty advice you’ve received? 

“If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?” -Tina Fey, my spirit guide.

My beauty advice for moms is… if you have pants on, you’re winning.

THE LIFE & WRITINGS OF KATE BAER’S FAVES

1.     L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara is the bee’s knees.

2.     Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes to take it off. I could not live without those magic wipes.

Bridget Hunt of Tales of Me and the Husband

 

MEET TALES OF ME AND THE HUSBAND

Bridget Hunt has a big brood. There’s Nathaniel, 21;  Jordan, 19;  William, 14;  Lindsey, 12; and  Parker, 3.  Are you tired yet? Well, that’s not it! Bridget and her husband, Steve, have another baby on the way in December! Then there’s her blog, Tales of Me and the Husband, where she write about all her kids, favorite recipes, health tips and how she met her husband, and posts pretty picture accompaniments.

What is your beauty routine like? 

Less is more. And that’s not because that’s necessarily my motto; instead, I’m spinning a potential negative into a positive!  Glass is half full—for today anyway! I don’t have a lot of time, so when on the run, it’s always a little under-eye concealer, swipe of blush, mascara and eyebrow pencil—the last being a more recent addition and now has become an absolute necessity. How many years I went with almost invisible eyebrows!

Do you have any beauty advice for moms? 

It’s amazing how much more I get done when I feel good, and it’s amazing how I manage to feel good (or pretty good, anyway) if I don’t look like crap.  So a little bit of makeup and a decent outfit go a long way.  My hair routine, however, is “throw it up in a bun.”  Luckily, buns have a way of looking a little polished—or at least that’s what I tell myself.

TALES OF ME AND THE HUSBAND’S FAVES 

1. Nars lipsticks:  They STAY ON—especially the matte ones.

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: The best!  Invisible eyebrows, be gone!

3. Benefit Cosmetics High Beam: When I’m feeling a little fancy (and have a summer tan going), this gives this lovely dewey look to your cheekbones!

 

 

New-Mom Makeovers: Makeup Tricks to Not Look Tired
New-Mom Makeovers: Makeup Tricks to Not Look Tired
New-Mom Makeovers: Makeup Tricks to Not Look Tired

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Real Glam Moms: “It’s important to remember that you have to take care of yourself”

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Ruth of Viva Veltoro

Here’s the newest installment of a brand new series from the Parents beauty department about mommy bloggers. Each installment will feature what beauty means to real moms no matter what their beauty routine is like—and how they take time to themselves after having children. 

Following the birth of her son, whom she calls “Wubba,” Ruth V. moved to a new town. To connect with other moms and feel a little less lonely, she began to blog. Wubba is now 2 years old, and her blog, Viva Veltoro, is filled with great posts about her favorite products, recipes and places. We caught up with her to find out more about her favorite products beyond baby gear and how she she juggles blogging and parenting with “me” time.

What is your beauty routine like? 

I wash my face every morning and night and never go to bed with make-up on—ever! On days when I don’t have a lot of time, I use BB cream even out my skin tone and to protect against UV damage and just apply a simple coat of mascara. On days where I need a more complete look, I use bareMinerals for full coverage. Their make-up is fantastic! It’s not too heavy, but it lasts! I also swear by the sock bun!  It’s my favorite trick for when I’m running late and don’t have time to blowout or curl my hair.

How has your beauty routines changed since you had children? 

I try to keep my skincare routine easy, but after I had my son, my skin changed a lot. I became prone to breakouts and had uneven skin tone and melasma.

What is the importance of taking time to yourself? 

It’s really important to take some time and focus on yourself.  Since I’m a stay-at-home mom, I barely wore makeup or styled my hair for the first year after my son was born.  I got in a rut and just didn’t feel great about myself.  Styling your hair, putting on a little tinted moisturizer, some lip gloss and mascara can really go a long way!

How do you find time to focus on yourself, your blog and your family? 

I’ll admit that I put my family and blog before myself, but I try to carve out little spots of “me” time here and there.  Even just taking a long, hot shower or bath without little ones around can seem like a total luxury sometimes, but it’s important to remember that you have to take care of yourself, too. I work much better in the morning, so if I have deadlines or special projects I want to get done, I’ll wake up earlier than everyone else to have that alone time to work in peace.

What’s the best beauty advice you’ve received? 

My mom told me when I was a teenager to never wear makeup to bed. I’m proud to report that I never have.  She also told me how important it is to protect your face from the sun, so I try to wear sunscreen (or BB cream) with UV protection.

Do you have any beauty advice for moms? 

Always wash your face before bed, drink lots of water (it’s great for your skin!), and it’s never too early to start using anti-aging eye cream!

CoverGirl Bombshell Volume mascara

VIVA VELTORO’S FIVE FAVES

1. Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream : I LOVE it!

2. CoverGirl Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara: It’s affordable and gives you a lot of volume!

3. bareMinerals Get Started Complexion Kit: Everything you need to for a flawless look.

4. Rodan + Fields Unblemish Regimen with spot fading toner: Although it’s a four-part system, it’s surprisingly easy, and I’m getting great results.

5. Crest White Strips: They make a HUGE difference, especially if you’re a coffee drinker.  I use them every few months to keep my smile bright.

 

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New-Mom Makeovers: Makeup Tricks to Not Look Tired
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Real Glam Moms: “Retaining who you are and feeling good about yourself helps you be a better mom”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Megan Davey

Here’s the newest installment of a brand new series from the Parents beauty department about mommy bloggers. Each installment will feature what beauty means to real moms no matter what their beauty routine is like—and how they take time to themselves after having children. 

Megan Davey runs Chasing Davies, a personal style blog. In between posts on outfits you’ll lust over, you’ll find adorable pics of her 9-month-old daughter, Nora, and 2-and-a-half year old son, Liam. We’re a bit obsessed with her bold lipstick picks in her Favorite Wears column, so she was a clear pick for RGM.

What is your beauty routine like?

As efficient as possible! Mornings are not my favorite, so I do whatever I can the night before—like shower. I go to bed with wet hair, and in the morning, it’s wild but dry. I fix it with a curling iron while applying my 5-minute makeup!

How has your beauty routines changed since you had your children?

Since becoming a mom, I have gotten more efficient and simpler. I wash may hair less (but it’s actually been good for it!), wear less makeup, typically just concentrate on one feature to accent and wear lipstick way more (easiest thing to apply to make a pop).

How do you find time to focus on yourself, your blog and your family?  

I’ve always been a person who likes to be busy! I have a strong capability for multitasking and love fulfilling my creative side, while being a mom, too. I could probably use a little more sleep, but for now, I’m making the most of every waking hour!

Do you have any beauty advice for moms?  

Don’t feel bad about taking some time for yourself, even if it’s only 5 minutes! Ultimately, retaining who you are and feeling good about yourself helps you be a better mom.

Nars lipstick

CHASING DAVIES’ FIVE FAVES

  1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Brightener: This completely hides away those under eye bags and dark circles you get from lack of sleep.
  2. bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20: Three-in-one products are my favorite! This product is sunscreen, foundation and acts as concealer all in one.
  3. Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave: It’s the perfect orange-red lipstick that goes on smooth and lasts most of the day with just one application.
  4. Olay Regenerist Instant Fix Wrinkle Revolution Complex Primer: You can feel a difference in your skin right away, and it smooths fine lines quickly.
  5. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara: I mix up my mascara often, but this is my go-to time after time for thick, long lashes from one bottle.

 

 

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New-Mom Makeovers: How To Look Pulled-Together Fast
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Real Glam Moms: “We all have those days where we skip getting ready completely”

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Lauren and her daughter, Viola

Here’s the newest installment of a brand new series from the Parents beauty department about mommy bloggers. Each installment will feature what beauty means to real moms no matter what their beauty routine is like—and how they take time to themselves after having children. 

Let’s be real: A little part of us all wishes we were Jackie O. Or maybe that’s just Lauren Bryan Knight and me.

A little part of us all should aspire to be Lauren, too! The Texas native not only runs Aspiring Kennedy and is a mom to her oh-so-cute 1-and-a-half year-old daughter, Viola, she gets to do it all while living in London. Her travel guides will fill you with wanderlust, and her food posts will make your stomach growl.

What is your beauty routine like?

My beauty routine is very casual. I have many of the same products that I’ve been using since college in my makeup bag today. After finding what works for my skin and face, it cuts out one less round of decision making. Plus my hair is really thick, so it limits the options: up or down; clean or dirty!

How has your beauty routines changed since you had your daughter?

I have definitely learned to embrace the top knot. I don’t have two hours to wash and straighten my hair like I used to. Every two weeks, I have someone that comes to my house and blows it out for me at 7:30 a.m. She only charges $40! It’s a splurge but one that keeps my hair from being permanently in a nest on the top of my head. It helps me look—and feel—a bit more professional.

What is the importance of taking time to yourself?

We all have those days where we skip getting ready completely. That’s life as a mom—someone who is self-employed or being in school. I think it’s important to be okay with that version of yourself. However, I think many moms feel a loss of self and pride when they have a baby. The time they used to spend getting ready is soaked up by a baby. Taking five minutes to pull yourself together helps maintain confidence and pushes you to remember that there is a world outside of your living room.

How do you find time to focus on yourself, your blog, and your family?

Well the truth is: I don’t! When life gets too busy, I neglect the blog. I don’t feel bad about it either. It’s supposed to serve as a complement to my life. I never want to be a slave to it. The time I used to spend meandering Pinterest and other blogs for inspiration are gone. When I sit down to blog these days, I blog and then I’m finished. It actually keeps my content more original because I’m thinking of it on the bus or in the shower. The ideas come from my thoughts, and not because of something I’ve just seen elsewhere.

The best beauty advice I’ve ever received is… stop washing your hair so often.

My beauty advice for moms is.. Spend a little more and invest in good products. You’ll use them, you’ll look better, and you’ll feel a bit more like a grown up, too.

 ASPIRING KENNEDY’S FIVE FAVES 

1. Bioderma Crealine H2O Makeup Remover: I buy this in France, and it’s literally like water on your faceexcept all your makeup is gone! No stingy eyes or oily gunk. It’s amazing.

YSL Mascara

2. Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils: It’s expensive, but it’s worth it. Your lashes look amazing, and it smells so good. (Which is kind of weird, right?)

3.  Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation: Again, this feels like water going on, but the coverage is fantastic. Plus it has SPF, which is really important to me.

4. Susan Posnick COLORFLO mineral blush: I adore the Susan Posnick makeup line. All of the pieces are designed so smart, and the mineral foundation has amazing natural SPF. I love having the powder and brush combo. It’s one less thing to tote around and makes your face look flawless in pictures.

5. Bvlgari Eau Parfumée Au Thé Blanc Shampoo and Shower Gel: If you’re ever staying at a hotel with these bath products, raid the maid’s cart. Or buy a big bottle at Nordstrom. Your whole house will smell gorgeous.

New-Mom Makeovers: Choosing the Right Makeup for Your Skin Tone
New-Mom Makeovers: Choosing the Right Makeup for Your Skin Tone
New-Mom Makeovers: Choosing the Right Makeup for Your Skin Tone

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