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Easy Beauty Products for Working Moms on the Go

As a working mom, I don’t have a lot of time to pamper myself. I like products that are easy and quick to apply, like mineral foundation. Here are two of my favorites that I’ve been using this week: Rimmel London Keep Calm Lip Balm.  I have two shades. This one is Berry Blush. It’s vibrant but not messy. No lip liner needed to apply. The color stays on pretty good. It’s just that pop I need for a day in the office or an afternoon out and about with the family. Make a statement without being overly dramatic with this shade. Please note that I took this photo in front of Rolling Stone magazine featuring Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley because we can all enjoy a little eye and ear candy! I love Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polish because I can paint my nails during my lunch break. I choose neutral shades most of the time because I like the clean, fresh look and I can get away with chipped polish a little bit if I …

3 Reasons Jamberry Isn’t Working Mom-Friendly

Moms can’t avoid Jamberry nail wraps. Chances are you’ve been added to at least five Facebook groups from friends selling the product. Most of those who’ve tried it become obsessed with the fun designs. I’m one of the few who prefers actual nail polish. Here’s why: It takes too long to apply Jamberry wraps.  As a working mom, I don’t have a half hour at home to sit and heat nail stickers with a blow dryer and then make sure they are perfectly placed on my nails. I want to spend time with my baby and give her my full attention.  I can paint my nails in five minutes while I read work emails, though.  Jamberry doesn’t chip but it shows growth from the cuticles down. That’s ugly and just as bad as chipping. I’d much rather have naked nails then two weeks of grown-out nail wraps. If I need my nails presentable in a pinch, I can throw on Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polish and call it a fashionable day. The removal process is time consuming. Do busy moms …

Mom Hair Problems

When I was pregnant, I didn’t color my hair black as usual. By the time we took our newborn photos, I had about nine months of reddish brown roots and black ends. Roots drive me crazy. I usually want all my hair to be the same, shiny color. I also like to have a little edge, so I always go back to black. However, once I had the baby, I became obsessed with going back to my natural color. We have a new house and I didn’t want ruin the bathroom dying my hair black at home. You know how messy hair color is! And it’s too expensive to keep going to the salon every few months. I can’t justify the cost. I went for a hair consultation and decided that I didn’t want to spend hours in the salon, away from my newborn, undergoing color correction. Also, my hair was so healthy and I know the bleach would damage it. So I left the color alone and decide to chop my hair: It looked great when I …

Hey Moms! Want to Get Glam? Visit the BRAND NEW Muah Makeup & Lash Bar in Westwood, NJ!

This past weekend, I was invited to a press event at Muah Makeup & Lash Bar (MMLB) in Westwood, NJ to learn about the wide array of beauty products and services available to the public (and more specifically to MOMS)! QUICK BACKGROUND: For over six years, owner Ashlee K. has worked in the makeup industry as a NYC freelance artist, instructor, beauty blogger, etc. After making the move from the Big Apple to Bergen County, NJ, Ashlee now brings women of all ages honest, affordable makeup products and services. When I first walked through the doors of MMLB, I never would have guessed the store had just celebrated its grand opening. Ashlee K. and her team of makeup artists were talking amongst each other like they had been working together seamlessly for years. In the far right corner, I could hear an employee telling her client just how gorgeous she looked and, of course, asking if she felt comfortable with her new look. Right off the bat, I was pleased – it was obvious that …

How Motherhood Changed my Makeup Purchasing Habits

Mascara. If I see a girl with natural lashes, I want to hand her a wand and lead her on a magical transformation that will change her entire face in one swoop. Makeup isn’t just an indulgence, it’s a necessity. At least in my world. I’ve always been a makeup junkie. I’m a VIB insider at Sephora, in fact. My sensitive skin calls for delicate products that won’t irritate me. I can’t help it if the ingredients I need are in more luxurious brands! I had fun with makeup my whole life. But when I got pregnant, I had to realistically look at my finances and cut back expenses where appropriate.  My makeup routine had to be revised. My must-have products pre-baby: Laura Mercier primer (I used the mineral blend but it seems to be discontinued) $34.00 Laura Mercier mineral foundation $39.00 BareMinerals Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Concealer $19.00 Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder $37.00 NARS blush (shade: orgasim) $30 Urban Decay Naked Palette eyeshadow $54.00 Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara $24.00 During my pregnancy:   For most of my pregnancy, I …