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April 16, 2014

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Packing For Spring Break? We Love These Travel Size Beauty Products

There’s nothing I love more than getting out of town with the family for a few days. There’s nothing I hate more than packing. Because, of course, I don’t just pack for myself. First, I do the kids. Then I worry about all the stuff we need on the airplane like snacks, iPhone apps, crayons, books and the likes. Then, I’ll finally start packing for myself. By the time I get around to sussing out what I need beauty-wise, there isn’t an inch left in any suitcase and I’m tired and cranky. That’s why I’m in love with these great new travel size beauty products for hair, makeup and skincare. Not only are they the right size—see how I demonstrated that they all fit in the palm of a hand?—but they’re also the right products. How many times have you bought a travel size beauty product just because it was small, but not necessarily because you loved it? This season, a slew of new tiny treats are popping up in the travel size beauty product section. Here’s what I’m packing for spring break.

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Yes to Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub, $6
The airplane ecosystem always dries out my skin, so I love to have an exfoliator handy to get back the glow. This one smells amazing and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.

Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner For Beautiful Color, $15 each
Hair takes a beating when you travel, so it’s nice to have an amazing shampoo and conditioner on hand. These are super nourishing and protect your hair from color-damaging UV exposure. I can’t wait to hit the pool…

Coppertone Clearly Sheer Beach & Pool Mini-Spray SPF30 Sunscreen, $10 (in Walmart stores only)
My whole family is about as pale as The Adams Family, so as soon as we get in sunny weather, we’ll fry. This is a really nice, light spray that everyone can wear.

Skin Authority Go-Gorgeous Kit, $58
Many skincare brands offer starter kits that are actually perfect for travel. This one from Skin Authority has a Daily Cleanser, Resurfacing Accelerator, Tri-Power Peptide Hydrator, and Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30 UVA 4-Stars—everything you need to keep up your anti-aging routine when you’re on-the-go.

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Sephora Collection Luxe Combo Travel Brush, $15
This hair brush fits in the palm of my hand, but functions just as well as a full-size paddle brush. I don’t go anywhere without it.

UBU Minnie Me’s Mini Tweezer Set, $10
This tiny tweezer is perfect for plucking the errant brow hair or any rebellious bikini hairs that sprout while you’re out of town. 

Sonia Kashuk Brush Couture 4 Piece Brush Set, $13
Most travel size makeup brushes have really cheap, scratchy bristles. Not so with these lovelies! They’re super soft and blend shadows and blushes extremely well. I just have to hide them from my daughters who can’t stop playing with them.

Gillette Venus Snap Razor, $13
This razor should really win a design award. It has a full-size Venus razor head with a generous moisturizing strip, but the stubby little handle cuts the overall size of the traditional razor by more than half. Brilliant!

April 15, 2014


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Our supermom and stylist Jacqui Stafford recently discovered an amazing jeweler that custom designs jewelry based on the name of the most important people in your life—your little ones. Love2Design has a great modern boho style, that’s casual enough for everyday and will last you a lifetime because of the sentimental value of each piece. They make one-of-a-kind, unique pieces that are only sold online, but are sure to make a statement.  With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect gift idea that’s sure to bring a smile to any mom in your life—including you if you want to splurge on yourself!

The ‘Signature’ Cuff ($350 in silver; $400 gold plated)
“I get more compliments on this bangle than any other piece of jewelry I own,” says Jacqui. Love2Design transforms the hand-written signature of anyone of your kids into a one-of-a-kind bangle. Weather you wear it alone or as part of a stack (shown above on Jacqui), you’ll cherish and wear your kids right on your sleeve any wear you go. Just send over the signature and Love2Design with re-create it exactly, with every curve.

The Mommy of…Necklace ($200 in silver; $450 in gold)
We love the spin on this customized nametag. Rather than sport the typical name tag necklace with your name, wear the name of the best job you’ll keep forever and ever.

It takes about 2 to 4 weeks for each of these fabulous pieces so make place your orders now before Mother’s Day sneaks up on us. For more on Jacqui’s signature Love2Design pieces and her great styling tips, check out her blog.

April 15, 2014



April 1, 2014


WHAT I’M LOVING TODAY… Spring has sprung—it’s time to wake up dull winter skin. And since I’m not (unfortunately) jetting off to St. Tropez this weekend, I’m using the ingenious Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster by Clarins. It’s super easy—which is key for my busy TV and private styling schedule—just add 3 drops to your daily moisturizer for a healthy, natural-looking sun-kissed glow. Oh, and it’s enriched with aloe vera—which comforts parched, NYC-windblown skin.



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