I love experimenting with new skincare and beauty products as much as the next gal. But with so many different brands and products on the market, there are seemingly endless options to choose from. What Mama has time to leisurely browse the aisles of Sephora, reading through every active ingredient in every exfoliating facial mask to determine which one she should take home and try?! Can’t you just give me the low-down basics or show me in super-basic hieroglyphic symbols? Give me beauty product shopping for dummies–as simple as it gets.
Suffice to say, simplicity is just one of the reasons I’m digging the Korean beauty trend. The products and packaging speak for themselves. I knew that this kitschy-cute product contained egg extract the second I snagged it, just by looking at it.
Korea is ahead of the curve and at the forefront of beauty, expanding the market, setting trends, and producing some really cool products to boot. And while the results are always of the utmost importance, the packaging is pretty darn awesome too–from the cute and campy and cartoonish to the wacky and weird. I’ve rounded up a few must-try Korean beauty products that require no explanation. Just check out the packaging, and you’ll know what it’s for or what it does or what ingredient is at its core… Because, beauty really is a universal language.
Hi, my name is Kristin and I’m full on addicted to subscription boxes. Nothing beats the thrill of opening up a package that consists of complete and total surprises. Am I right? Now, typically the subscriptions boxes that I enjoy are either beauty OR fashion focused, but there is one that I love that is BOTH! FabFitFun is a subscription box service that includes FULL SIZE fashion, beauty, fitness and general all-around lifestyle products. That’s right I said full size. I know we’re all used to the trial size stuff, but this box gives you the real thing!
And they come out with a new box each season that’s filled with goodies to help you give the season at hand, in this case spring, a proper welcome. You deserve a little treat at least once every season don’t you think? Hey, us moms work hard. Between our spouses, our kids, our jobs and everything else that demands our time, we need to remember to reward ourselves. Every mama does, in my opinion, and FabFitFun is full of treats that will do the trick!
Just take a look at all the treats that I found in my spring box…
Gypsy 05 Roundie
RealHer Lip Kit
Milly Zip Pouch (bikini bag)
Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
Luv AJ Crawler Earring Set -or- Emerald Duv Cuff (you’ll get one of these!)
Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant
Karuna Hydrating Face Mask
Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies
Did I mention that you can score a FabFitFun box for only $49.99, yet you get over $200.00 worth of products?! I mean the Gypsy 05 Roundie alone is with the price tag. I’m already planning all the picnics I can bring it on. Bwah! And if the spring box is sold out when you go to grab your own, never fear! You can use our special code to order the next box which is sure to be just as fabulous!
Simply use our coupon code “MOMTRENDS” to get $10 off your first box over at fabfitfun.com
Have you tried dry brushing? While an ancient practice, this skincare ritual has gained popularity in recent years touting a wide range of benefits from smoother skin to moving toxins through the body. Here’s how – and why – to dry brush.
Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like – using a natural bristle brush to brush across dry skin. It’s best done in the morning and pre-shower. I started my dry brushing experience with this Belula Care Dry Brush Set that includes a set of exfoliating gloves, a small facial brush, a full-size brush, and a detachable handle. The gloves are gentler than the brushes which can help your skin slowly become accustomed to dry brushing. The gloves can also be used wet in the shower unlike the brushes.
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Benefits of Dry Brushing
So why should you dry brush? There are a number of benefits both for your skin and your body as a whole.
Skin exfoliation: Dry brushing is great way to gently exfoliate your body from head to toe. By brushing off dead, dry skin, you’ll help your skin look brighter and fresher and absorb moisturizers and oils better.
Support for the lymphatic system: The main role of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid that contains infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. It also works to filter out bacteria and absorbs and transports fatty acids and fats. According to one source, the gentle sweeping strokes of dry brushing “encourages the discharge of metabolic wastes along with the removal of the toxic influences from soaps, skin creams, antiperspirants and promotes healthy skin.”
Circulation booster: As you help encourage movement in the lymphatic system, you are also waking up your skin, nerve endings, and blood flow from head to toe. It’s also invigorating which makes it a great ritual to add to your morning and why many experts recommend avoiding it before bed.
And then there’s cellulite….There are a number of claims about dry brushing helping cellulite, but there isn’t much science to back it up. Last week we shared some some treatments – from DIY to the doctor’s office – that canhelp you deal with cellulite.
How to Dry Brush
Dry brushing isn’t difficult but there is a central principle – brush towards the heart in order to best aid the lymphatic system.
Start at your feet and move in long sweeping motions up the body towards the heart.
Brush up the front and back of the arms towards the heart.
Brush down from the neck, upper shoulders and chest towards the heart.
I’ve only been trying dry brushing for two weeks and so far, only using the gloves to get used to the process, and here’s what I’ve found:
I love how smooth it makes my skin and wakes me up in the morning.
It’s great to do before self-tanning, but trickier once you’ve already used self-tanner (since dry brushing would make my faux tan fade faster)
My skin absorbed much more of my post-shower oil when I dry brush before.
I loved the morning mini spa session and beginning-of-the-day reminder of the importance of self-care.
It’s hard to add another to-do to the morning to-do list.
So I reached out to Christina, the co-founder of Belula Care for dry brushing tips for newbies. Here’s what she shared:
Start a ritual!
Many newbies drop out on dry brushing or forget to do it regularly. The benefits of dry brushing can be seen quickly, but for them to last, you have to brush regularly. So start a ritual! Something that will be about you and your skin. I’m doing mine in the morning, before shower three-four times a week. I always start on Monday morning to get that fresh start of the week feeling and I always leave the house with a smile and energetic.
Find your rhythm!
Every body has a different tolerance to dry brushing, with some areas being more sensitive than others. Be patient. Start with gentle strokes. In time, your body will get used to it and demand stiffer brushes or more strokes over the same area. We’ve also included in our package a pair of exfoliation gloves, for those who are just starting for the very first time. Use that for one week or until you adapt to it. You’ll also find tips on how to soften the bristles.
Keep your brush clean and sanitary.
It’s better to have your own individual brushes and not share it, even if it is family. Clean it once or twice a month, depending on how often you use it .
Have you tried dry brushing? What benefits do you see? And more importantly – how do you fit it into your morning routine?!
It’s everyone’s favorite dimpled friend! Well, maybe not favorite, but I do mean practically everyone. According to one source, 95% of ALL women get cellulite. And it usually starts showing up in your late 20s to 30s. That means with perhaps the exception of that 18-year-old rocking the itty-bitty bikini at the beach, nearly every other woman—whatever her size, shape or weight—is dealing with a pucker here or there….or everywhere! Here are five ways to deal.
We aren’t going to get too deep into the science of cellulite here, but here are the basics. According to Wikipedia, cellulite is the “herniation of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue that manifests topographically as skin dimpling and nodularity”—which translates to mean pockets of fat get stuck under the fibers of your skin which creates a cottage cheese texture. Women are more susceptible than men, and it can impact women regardless of weight or body size.
Let’s be clear – cellulite is not a problem you need to deal with (see tip #5). But you may not like it. You may want to do things to minimize it. But it’s not something horrific, worthy of avoiding shorts seasons or not donning a swimsuit at that pool party. It’s like having a booger. On your thighs. That said, if it bothers you, here are some options to consider.
Hide It: Here’s the simple truth: cellulite causes dimpling and dimpling causes weird shadows on your skin. And rocking a faux tan makes those shadows history. I’m currently loving self-tanners from the Australian company Bondi Sands. I love the Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Dry Oil which gives moderate color and moisturizes your skin with argan oil, or for actual, believable “I’ve been in Bermuda for the last week” color (in mere minutes, mind you), the Self-Tanning Foam in dark, as shown. Be brave with going for the dark—the light version won’t do much for you unless you’re uber-pale—and even though this dark foam pic looks pretty dramatic, I didn’t have a single person give me “who just put on self-tanner” double-take that day. A single coat of the dark foam will give you this glorious glow, smells vaguely like coconut (not that awful self-tanner smell), and lo and behold, no one will even look at your cellulite with a tan like this. For under $2 to $3 an application. (Side note: I’ve recently found my very favorite self-tanning mit.)
Plump It: Love your morning cuppa joe? So will your thighs. Caffeine-infused lotions can temporarily spike circulation in the thighs and buttocks, creating a smoother skin appearance. Try Vichy CelluDestock which combines 5% caffeine (higher than many other creams) along with salicylic acid to exfoliate and smooth the area. Even better? Add a retinol cream on top of the caffeine cream which will work to boost collagen and repair cell structure. Try Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment or opt for a combined retinol/caffeine cellulite treatment like this Luxe Spa Anti-Cellulite Cream. Remember, these are just temporary and will provide moderate results at best.
Knead It: Back to the science of cellulite: cellulite is fat stuck in pockets under your skin. If if was just loose, the fat wouldn’t look dimply, but it’s stuck in this connective tissue of your body called fascia. Simple massage can improves blood flow and get rid of excess fluid, which may make dimples less noticeable, but actually breaking down these layers of fascia under your skin can release the fat causing the look of cellulite altogether. Meet the FasciaBlaster from Ashley Black. The FasciaBlaster is a manual, at-home device that allows you to break up the fascia, smoothing out the tissue (and fat) underneath. This unique device can help with everything from the appearance of cellulite to body pain and muscle recovery for athletes.
To use, you oil up the body part you want to treat and then with moderate pressure, move the FasciaBlaster back and forth over the skin. I heard creator Ashley Black describe it with this analogy: imagine you have a massive knot in your hair. A foam roller is the equivalent of running the smooth backside of your brush over the knot. It’s not going to do much. Instead, you need to get down into the mess of the knot (or your cellulite or muscle pain, if you’re still following the analogy here) which is where the teeth of the FasciaBlaster come in. There is definitely a learning curve to using the device (there are lots of videos online to help), but I love that it’s an affordable solution to deal with both cellulite and general body pain from stress, workouts, or heredity. Check out one of the before & afters from using the FasciaBlaster for cellulite!
Treat It: For a longer-lasting treatment, you may need to head to your local dermatologist or plastic surgeon. In-office, minimally invasive treatments like Cellfina, the most recent FDA-approved device for cellulite, lasts three years plus from just one treatment. Cellfina also focuses on the primary structural cause of cellulite—the connective bands woven throughout fat in the thighs and buttocks. The treatment involves numbing the area, suctioning the skin to even out the skin, fat cells and connective tissue, and then using a micro-needle to cut and release the connective tissue holding the fat cells in place and creating the look at cellulite. Downtime is minimal, only ONE treatment is needed and results last for years!
Rock It: Life is so much bigger than cellulite. Kick your worry to the curb and rock your short shorts or swimsuit with pride!
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It’s my job to try out new products to bring you the latest and greatest in the beauty sphere which means I switch up my beauty regimen a lot. That being said, there are some products that I come back to time and time again. You’ll almost always find them on my bathroom counter or in my makeup bag. I love them so darn much I just can’t seem to quit them. Haha! And those products are what I call beauty must haves that you’ll use forever. I thought I would share a few of them with you today. Add just one of them to your beauty stock pile and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain…This is the BEST lip stain ever you guys. It leaves a gorgeous wash of color on your lips that lasts for ages. AND you can use it on your cheeks too. So, if you’re out and about and need to freshen up your makeup quickly, this double duty stain is just what you need! And that’s why it lands at the top of my beauty must haves list.
Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray…As the temps warm up, our skin tends to get shinier and shinier…Am I right? Get ready for for beautiful matte skin and that’s not the only benefit of this makeup setting spray. It helps keep your makeup in place too which means less touch ups! That makes it totally worthy of being part of my beauty must haves, don’t you think?
Trilogy Rosehip Oil…I’m forever trying to achieve the perfect the dewy look. I’m not talking about shine. My love for makeup setting spray proves that shine isn’t my thing. I’m talking about a lovely natural glow. That’s just what facial oil does for your skin! It makes it glow. This particular facial oil is made with natural products, which is fabulous, considering how much I apply it. Bwah! Plus it has antioxidents and that’s never a bad thing.
Despite the fact that the recent rainy weather we’ve been experiencing has made every day feel like National Crayon Day, the colorful truth is: today is the official calendar date. And in case you missed the big breaking news this morning, Crayola is marking the occasion by saying goodbye and retiring one of its famous yellow colors: Dandelion. (I know, I know, break out the tissues.)
Seriously though, we love our crayons around here. Drawing and coloring and playing with crayons is an everyday activity for my two toddlers. It helps them unwind and gives me some much-needed me-time. Heck, sometimes I even join them in a relaxing coloring sesh. (Whoever invented adult coloring books is a personal hero… Just add wine, and it’s basically my ideal Friday night.)
To celebrate National Crayon Day, and entertain the kiddos–and yourself(!) during all the rainy days we’re seeing in the upcoming forecast, I’ve rounded up a few fun ways to mark the occasion. You know, besides the ceremonial farewell to Dandelion.
Get Some Awesome New Crayons: There’s nothing like a fresh box of crayons. My dad always tells a silly story about how he wouldn’t to go back to Kindergarten after the first day when his teacher insisted that he share his brand-new 64-count box with the other kids. He flat-out refused. And, funny fact, he really never did go back. He started first grade the next year and skipped Kindgertenhood all together… Ah, the good ole days.
The above curated options are not your typical crayons–from a mega-sized single hue to DIY doodle cupcake crayons to bathtub-friendly tools, these fun finds with inspire your child’s inner artist.
Make Your Own Crayons… or Donate Them: Last year for Earth Day, my little guy and I up-cypcled a bunch of broken crayon pieces, and created our own multi-colored crayon patties. It was so easy and such a fun and educational afternoon activity for us to do together. Get the step-by-step how-to HERE.
If you don’t want to make your own, you can consider donating old or broken crayons to The Crayon Initiative. They’ll turn your old or used crayons into new ones, and donate them to schools, hospitals, art programs, and other do-good organizations.
Color Your Lips: Who says kids get to have all the crafty fun? Clinique and Crayola, two iconic brands have come together to create an 8-piece collection of Chubby Sticks for Lips, inspired by everyone’s favorite crayon! With hues that range from sheer pinks to the boldest of reds, these moisturizing lippies glide on softly and smoothly. P.S. They’re limited-edition, so snatch ’em up ASAP!
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So, tell me something… Where are you at with your makeup brush situation? Do you have a hodge-podge collection of brushes that you’ve picked up here and there? Have they seen better days? Have you been neglecting cleaning them? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this post is for you. Unless you’re a serious beauty nut and have a carefully curated makeup brush collection that you clean religiously, I’m about to tell you to chuck your old brushes and start over. There are some makeup brushes you need now!
Now don’t worry, I’m not suggesting that you drop a mint on said new makeup brushes. Oh no! There are plenty of budget-friendly brushes that will do the job without breaking the bank. So, here are some makeup brushes you need NOW and they’re from e.l.f. Cosmetics! Full disclosure, this isn’t an all inclusive list, but they’re some really great brushes that any makeup lover is sure to get loads of use out of of. I just have one word for you and that’s precision. These brushes were made to help you get the precise look you’re after. Going for a cat eye or finally trying out contouring perhaps? No problem. The e.l.f. Beautifully Precise Brushes are the makeup brushes you need now to make your look of choice a reality.
And remember when I asked you how dedicated you’ve been to cleaning your makeup brushes? I know I’m not the only girl guilty of not cleaning them often enough. It doesn’t have to be hard to take care of them. It really doesn’t. In fact, e.l.f. wants to make it really easy for you. The sheer existence of their Brush Cleanser Wipes means you pretty much have no excuse to not clean those brushes. Just sayin’.
Now that you’ve seen which makeup brushes you need now, check out some more of my beauty tips and tricks, like my review of the Birchbox and Draper James collab!
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I may be from Florida, which is a melting pot of sorts and not really the south, but I have a part of me that is very “Southern girl.” Hence, my love for Draper James and its creator Reese Witherspoon. She’s a Southern girl whose style I can really get behind. So, I was super psyched when I saw that Draper James was collaborating with my favorite beauty subscription box service Birchbox. Draper James is known for fresh, feminine prints and that’s just what they delivered with their Birchbox collab. The floral print is so pretty, I wish I could wear it. Bwah! But, alas, I’ll have to settle for the box and the fabulous contents that I found inside it. What comes in the Draper James Birchbox? I’m glad you asked…
This box has a little something for everyone. Actually, most of them do, but this one in particular, really struck my fancy. From ways to update your spring makeup looks to a subtle, yet decadent fragrance, Reese really brought her A-game. And she even included a little note describing why these products were chosen. If you know anything about Draper James, you know they’re all about the power of pretty… much like Momtrends. Well, this box is filled with products that Reese considers “pretty mighty.” Think products that pack a serious punch. So, let’s break things down a bit shall we?
Birchbox Draper James Collab
If you’re looking to make a serious impact with your look, these products are for you. Let’s start with the lips…LOC Vibrant Matte Lipstick in Playful is a lovely coral pink kinda color that was simply made for spring. So was the Cargo Water Resistant Bronzer, but I digress…You won’t believe how hydrating this lipstick feels. Matte lippies can really dry out your lips, but that’s not the case with this one. Score! And another subtle, yet somehow also statement making find in this box is the Lavanila Pure Vanilla Fragrance. You’ll want to smell your wrist again and again! You can bet this one is going in my makeup bag. As is the Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist with Rosemary. Not only does it help keep your shine at bay, but it has SPF 50 in it. Talk about your double-duty product. And, finally, along the same multi-purpose vein is the Number 4 Super Comb Prep and Protect. It not only serves as a color protector, but also a UV shield. And if you happen to heat style your hair a lot, it protects it from that too.
So, if you’ve been thinking about trying out the Birchbox beauty subscription box service for yourself, as you can see, now is a great time to take the plunge! If a Draper James collaboration isn’t inspiration enough, I don’t know what is. Haha! As Reese says, “Keep it pretty please!”
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Don’t you love when your skin feels naked and clean yet has a lovely finish? That’s what you get with the new BarePro Performance Foundation from bareMinerals. The skincare experts at bareMinerals have engineered a foundation that gives me 12 hours of coverage without looking heavy or sitting in my fine lines.
I started testing this product last July when they sent me a sample. I used it non-stop thru November and then found it wasn’t moisturizing enough for the winter. I switched back to the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue I had been using during the winter (it’s more moisturizing). But now that spring is here, I’ve switched back to this powder formula and I’m ready to share my thoughts.
It’s really easy to use and if you don’t love playing with makeup, you can’t overdo this. It’s a “cake-free foundation” that won’t look overdone. Yet you get a nice full coverage and like all things bareMinerals it’s formulated with 90% vitamins and minerals.
Pick from 30 “true-to-you” colors, to match your skin. To apply, they recommend the bareMinerals BAREPRO Core Coverage Brush ($30), but I think you can apply it with just about any dense foundation brush.The bareMinerals BAREPRO Core Coverage Brush is retractable and works well–but I prefer an even longer handle. With your favorite brush, sweep the product onto your face and then start with a light dusting. Layer on a bit more for more coverage.
I’m wearing just the foundation and mascara in this shot. I feel like my skin shines through–the mark of a good product. As always, I test everything we talk about. In fact, I sat on this review for months. As time went on, I liked this product more and more. Get the scoop in my review video:
Note the two downsides: One, if you have dry skin, this may not be for you. Two, there is no SPF in this product. You’ll need to use a moisturizer with SPF in if before you apply this product.
If there is one beauty product that I’m happy to have discovered recently, it’s facial oil. I’ve been using the basics like moisturizer, serum, eye cream and whatnot forever, it feels like, but I only added facial oil in the past few years. As soon as I applied it for the first time, I knew facial oils would be a permanent addition to my beauty routine. I have yet to find another product that matches their ability to give instant, and I mean instant, results. Facial oils give me an immediate rosy glow… and after a very long, pale winter, my skin could use it. Haha! Now there are a lot of facial oils out there, and I’ve tried several myself, so I thought I would round up some that I love for you. Don’t you want younger looking skin? Don’t we all? Bwah!
Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil…This was actually the very first facial oil that I tried and it remains a forever favorite. It’s lightweight formula absorbs practically instantly and allows this girl to leave the house with little makeup thanks to the glow it gives me!
Trilogy Rosehip Oil…This facial oil is not only hydrating, but it also has antioxidants in it, so you get some anti-aging action too when you use it! And did I mention that it’s organic?! I know I’m not the only one always looking for more natural beauty products!
Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate…If you need a little pick me up in the morning, this is the facial oil for you. Not only does it give you a fresh, dewy look, but the crisp citrusy scent is downright invigorating. Bye bye fatigue! Hello refreshed face!
So, if you’ve been wondering if you really need facial oils in your life, the answer is YES if you want younger looking skin!