Stories by: Grace

Nails, SkincareMother’s Day: Spoil Her Hands

Molton-Brown-Coco-Sandalwood-Hand-Cream_KTD067_XLI’ve learned firsthand that as a mom, my hands go through major manual labor- from washing bottles to folding laundry, to the point of cracking and rough skin. So when I was brainstorming gifts for my mom, I decided it was high time to treat her hard-working hands to some extra TLC with replenishment and fresh nail color to reward them for making it through the toughest and often thankless tasks.

My Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood Replenishing Hand Cream and I have been inseparable for weeks since my hands won’t let the tube get out of sight. The fresh scent has a touch of the tropics mixed in to remind me of summer travels to come. Amino acids and minerals effectively moisturize, and I find the thicker texture is more satisfying than so many runny lotions. The size is great since it’s compact and light enough to throw into any size bag and go! The light fragrance reminds me of an exotic white sand beach, a daydream any mom can indulge in.

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Beauty, SkincareSpring Beauty with Guerlain

meteorPink is in the air! Gorgeous sunrises, cherry blossoms, and illuminating Guerlain Météorites Pearls are a few of my favorite pink things. From the glamorous etched tin which is a work of art in itself to the pretty pink-hued pearls nestled on the inside, the Meteorites are my absolute must-have item for welcoming warm breezes. Whether I’m looking for that finishing touch to perfect a look and boost radiance or want a subtle flush to highlight cheekbones, I always reach for the versatile pearls. Guerlain’s stardust technology refracts light to create a “halo” effect, a.k.a. that perfect glow around skin! Another little side effect of the powder is that it does a magnificent job hiding some of my larger pores (in my case, around my nose). I use a large soft brush to apply it to accent my cheekbones, then do a quick dusting all over to achieve a dewy look. It evens out my skin tone and leaves a faint floral and feminine scent which doesn’t last long, but is a sweet touch with application.

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Mom & KidsThe Mini Life

miniI’m so excited to announce the opening of a chic new lifestyle boutique, the Mini Life, that offers toys and home items for modern parents who appreciate quality and style. I’ve always got one ear out for well-curated collections, and this is one of the few that offers access to hard-to-find international brands. The founder, Athena Rotolo, brings you great finds from around the world for babies and children with offerings from Artoyz, kiko+, Organic Zoo, Pop Factory, Stories for Autumn and many more brands.

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Fashion, Mom & KidsBoob!

braIt’s been just a couple weeks since we brought home a baby boy, and in my discombobulated and sleepy state, all I know is that every day down feels like a victory! I am so grateful for the little things, like a stolen nap here and there, chocolates sent from a sweet girlfriend, and encouragement from veteran mothers. I also never dreamed I could love and depend on a bra so much, specifically the life-saving T-shirt Bra by Swedish company Boob. The package was waiting for me as soon as I arrived home from the hospital, so I immediately switched to the super-comfy bra. Since then, I have only taken it off to wash it! Since keeping the little guy satiated requires feedings every 2-3 hours, quick access is paramount and comfort is a must as I fall asleep wearing it. Once I start returning to the “real world” and wearing something besides maternity clothes, I wanted a bra which gave me some shape and smooth contours, and this fit the bill perfectly. The T-shirt bra comes with removable pads and just in case, the size can be extended with the hook-and-eye ribbon. There’s no uncomfortable underwire but it is still firmly supportive. The fastening is extra wide (4 rows of hooks) so it doesn’t dig into skin. Just when I thought it couldn’t get better, the fabulous people at Boob have created the bra from recycled polyamide, making it a green option!

 

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Fitness & HealthPhilips Sonicare DiamondClean

sonicareI never would have guessed that I would ever put a toothbrush in the same category as, say, a luxury car, but that is precisely the analogy I made to my hubby after I tried the elegant Philips Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush. The actual brushing movement feels light years more advanced that my several-generations-old Sonicare, with efficient and smooth vibration which glides over my teeth. The brush works efficiently to rid teeth of staining elements as well as cavity-causing plaque to reveal clean pearly whites. The gentle buzz of the brush is punctuated by subtle beeps every thirty seconds to ensure that I cover all the surfaces adequately, which works well to make sure my impatient nature doesn’t short change my teeth (saving time in the dental chair!). After a use in the normal “clean” mode, my teeth feel like they just made a trip to the hygienist, and my gums are healthy as well.

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SkincareSkin Routine, Redefined

dennisLeave it New York-based skincare guru Dr. Dennis Gross to come up with a cleanser that has been completely rethought, top to bottom. The new Color Smart Cleanser & Mask was inspiring to try, as there is nothing else quite like it. The most innovative part of the cleanser is that you can actually see and feel it working. Once activated, the Citrus Enzyme Bead Complex releases anti-aging actives a change in color from a light cream orange to a deeper pigmented hue to let you know that the brightening, firming, and polishing activities have begun! The formula capitalizes on Vitamin C and actually uses three different forms of it for different purposes. The first derivative enhances collagen repair, lightens, and moisturizes. The second allows for a powerful concentration of the vitamin to be absorbed into the skin, improving elasticity. Finally, the third uses Vitamin C for its skin lightening properties.

The neat thing about this cleanser/mask is that it goes on dry skin using dry hands, and will change colors as soon as exfoliating agents have been activated. I love this aspect simply as a time saver- it allows me the option last minute of doing an effective mask without having to cleanse, dry then apply the mask, wait, and wash off. I can multi-task after putting the formula on my face, pick up a few things and turn on the shower, and voila! In 3-4 minutes, I glance back in the mirror and see the deeper orange color and feel the tingle so I know the citrus enzyme is hard at work.

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Beauty, Home, SkincarePerfect Pairing: Winter Remedies

plants-dry-oil-body-mist-cactus_pink-pepper-highAt this point in the never-ending winter with snow in the forecast every week, I fear the groundhog was right and spring is not even teasing us yet! With romantic Valentine’s just past, there’s a lingering sweetness and hankering for all things pink and pretty. I have a couple favorites to share so we can all get through ’til the blooms peek out.

I’m convinced that Ahava’s Dry Oil Body Mist in Cactus + Pink Pepper was created with this time of year in mind, for both beauty and function. Just laying eyes on the beautiful pink frosted bottle on a chilly morning injects some of that elusive blossomy hue into my visual palette for the day. It’s amazing how a little color can warm the soul! A few spritzes of the mist absorbs instantly, leaving a satiny smooth feeling on my parched skin, especially on legs, knees, and arms. I really don’t feel oily or greasy, but still get the benefits of having moisture locked in with the Dead Sea plant oils. The unique light scent is feminine and sweet without being cloying, and is derived from the pink peppercorns of the berries of a South American tree. The cactus component offers its natural antioxidants along with magnesium, amino acids, flavonoids, and vitamin C. Jojoba and Sesame Seed Oils work with Vitamin E and Dunaliella Algae which are effective in smoothing and hydrating while protecting skin from free radical damage.

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Beauty, SkincareDead Sea Essentials by AHAVA: Witch Hazel Skin Repair Balm

ahavaEver since I laid eyes on Ahava’s new Restorative Witch Hazel Skin Repair Balm, I’ve been obsessed with it: it’s literally like oversized chapstick for the body! The genius tube is so easy and fun to apply, a quick and effective fix for rough dry patches with no risk of over-squirting. My crackly knuckles, knees and elbows are spoiled by the satiny slather of rich witch hazel. While enjoying my moisturized hands, I did some quick research on witch hazel, which was used hundreds of years ago by Native Americans to lessen inflammation, treat itching and insect bites. It also contains antioxidants that can help protect against sunburn and aging from the sun.

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Mom & Kids, SkincareP-R-E-P for the Future

kidsI was quite surprised during a recent conversation with a close girlfriend to find out that she doesn’t use SPF on her face on a regular basis, and she was in turn shocked that I do, even if I know I’ll be in the office or inside for most of the day. She happens to have lovely skin, a genetic blessing from her mother, which is priceless and so worth preserving. I realized then that good habits start young, so I was delighted to come across PREP, a newly launching dermatologist-founded and tested line of skincare for girls. It stands for Powerful, Real, Everyday, Protection and is entirely plant and mineral based, free of petroleum and parabens, and chock-full of yummy anti-oxidants. PREP is not only dedicated to improving the lives of young women, but gives back by participating in charitable campaigns.

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BeautyA Fresh New Year’s Eve

lipWith the Big Kiss looming tomorrow night, here are two beauty treats that are fun and functional, just in time to be fresh and sexy for midnight! A fierce but classic red lip is always alluring and kissable, and Rimmel’s Lasting Finish in 01 (true red, of course) surpasses expectations with its intense pigment, edge, and longevity. It was created by the beautiful Kate Moss in her first lipstick collection. The fierce red lip lasts for up to 8 hours, and the formula is infused with Black Diamonds to reflect light! The lipstick is surprisingly affordable at $5.49 and is available in drugstores.

marvinI brush my teeth at least three times a day (it’s an obsession!), and the event just became a little more luxurious with Italian-made toothpaste Marvis in Cinnamon Mint. It’s hard to go back to prosaic brands after experiencing the rich and creamy luxury formula with a spicy sweet flavor that’s sure to make a kiss linger. Besides uber-important removal of plaque, the sorbitol and glycerin base conditions and fortifies teeth and gums, leaving a spicy aroma of mint and cinnamon. Happy New Year!

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