Mother Mojo…The Must Haves

Most moms have a few staples in their beauty box. A couple “girl’s best friend” beauty secrets that manage to help a gal out after a long, sleepless night with a sick child or a hectic weekday morning (let’s be real-a hectic any day morning…) that allows very little time for lengthy primping. My beauty product favorites allow me to fudge a more put-together appearance, they are easy to apply, and they give results. The following goodies are my must-haves.

Bubble Bath nail color by OPI. $10. This OPI polish has been my number one go-to color since Scarlett was born two years ago. It is the perfect shade of cream with a hint of pink. I like the fact that it is not sheer and will actually cover the nail. This neutral polish goes with literally everything and will stay on my nails for up to five days. Even when this polish starts to chip it still looks fresh for almost a full week (this is saying a lot, since, like all moms, I have my hands in water constantly). There is no other non-gel polish that lasts as long or looks this amazing on my nails. I especially like this neutral shade in the winter months when my hands are dry. Dark polish on my dry hands can look so “old lady”!

Chanel. $36. Lipcolor 327, Rouge Allure Velvet. Want the perfect wine lip color for fall? This is it. Chanel lip color is super moisturizing and it does not bleed when applied. This color, although not a lip stain, literally stays on for hours without drying my lips. I have tried hundreds of lip stains that almost always leave my lips feeling chapped. Chanel’s formula is hydrating, yet long-lasting.

NARS Matte Multiple.$39. This amazing little tube of color is both a lip AND a cheek color. I swear by the color Siam. This is a personal pick-me-up for those parenting nights that leave you functioning on much less sleep than the desired eight hours. You can apply this miracle tube to both the apples of your cheeks and to your lips. It is the pop of color needed to brighten both a complexion and tired eyes. I use it year round. It looks fantastic around the holidays (it pulls red or coral depending on what you wear) and I also love it poolside in the summer months.

Cerave Cream. $12. This cream is like no other. Let me repeat. This cream is the very best hydration formula I have ever found. In a former life, I was a drug rep and I called on all dermatologists. When I was newly pregnant with my first child, I asked every physician I called on what he or she recommended for stretch marks. Nearly nine out of ten physicians told me to use Cerave CREAM… not the lotion, but the cream. It is super rich and a little goes a long way. It is sold over the counter and is inexpensive. A huge jar will set you back around $18 and will  last for weeks.

Lancome Definicils. $28. This mascara is a game changer. This mascara was highly recommended by my cousin, Suzanna, and she did not steer me wrong. It never clumps. It stays put-no black flaking, and perhaps best of all, it is super lengthening. I first use an eyelash curler (another trick to opening up the eyes and appearing rested), and then apply.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. $36. No time for a facial? No problem. This lightweight primer will even your skin tone, reduce your pores, and leave your skin looking hydrated. It goes on smooth, like a creamy gel. I prefer a more bronzed look so I always go one shade darker than my winter skin tone. I don’t use foundation for my everyday makeup regimen and this provides enough overall coverage.

Peter Thomas Roth-Wrinkle 24K Gold Intense Wrinkle Sheet Mask. $12. Holy hydration. This product is a new addition to my list of must-haves. I discovered this product this summer. My skin soaks this amazing mask up in minutes. Loaded with anti-aging ingredients it instantly brightens and nourishes blah-looking skin. I like to use this product after flying, a long day at the beach or the pool, or in the winter when we are exposed to dry air for days on end.

I hope you will find one or two of these helpful! Please share your favorites with me!





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