03 .21 .14

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I love this sweet video. It’s kind of poignant, too. Makeup is such a tough subject to talk about with our kids, isn’t it? Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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The good people over at Mosaic have offered up free photo books to three lucky BeautyMama readers. In case you missed it, here’s my post on how awesome, easy and fast Mosaic makes putting together a beautiful photo album. From your phone. And delivered in four days. I love love love this app!

To win a Mosaic, simply post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #BeautyMamaMoment and tag me, @BeautyMamaNYC.  Or, if you’re not on Instagram, post your photo to the  BeautyMama Facebook page .

(Bonus if you subscribe to receive BeautyMama updates to your inbox…just scroll down to the right of this page and enter your email address.)

My oldest daughter, Julia, will pick her three favorites this Friday.

Good luck!

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11 .14 .14 The Week in Beauty
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Deep (Mom) Thoughts: On Kim Kardashian’s (oddly greasy) internet-breaking ass from one of my favorite  bloggers, Kelcey Kintner of TheMamaBirdDiaries. And while you’re at it, read her latest funny, poignant post on being a parent that pretty much made my week.

Stunning: Katie Holmes basically looking perfect in NYC this week.

Viral: One Mom begs kids to “Knock it Off” with a little help from Taylor Swift.

Celebrity: All around gorgeousness at the Governors Awards.

Funny Lady: SNL alum (and one of my favorite celebrity moms) Ana Gasteyer waxes humorously thoughtful on beauty. And I love her picks.

Screen Time: Why Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use the iPad.

Insta2yearold: Too funny. MommyShorts causes yet another online sensation with her hilarious glimpse into the world from her toddler’s point of view on Instagram.

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Can you imagine creating a beautiful, cloth-bound photo album in under five minutes? I just did. And I can’t get over it. G-D I love savvy technology I can actually use.

Here’s how Mosaic works:

-Download the app onto your iPhone or tablet.

-Open app.

-Choose 20 photos from your photo album

-Receive fabulous 7″X 7″ photo book in the mail in four days.

Seriously, the whole process could not be easier. I haven’t put together an actual photo album in ten years. I am not good at these things for more reasons than I can list. I have already made two Mosaics. I have gifted a few. I have ideas for more—like, I’m going to a friend’s birthday party and snapping photos all night and will make a Mosaic for her in the taxi ride home that she’ll have in her hands in four days. How awesome is that?!

I’m really excited to have an outlet for all the photos of my children I never got around to printing. (I also have a feeling I’m about to start living my life in Mosiac moments the way I once lived in Facebook statuses in my head.)

Head on over to my Instagram feed to take a peek at the Mosaic I just made for my husband’s birthday.

 

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I was recently sent this Amika curling wand to try and I must admit—it sat unopened on my desk for a while. Many of you know I am deeply wedded to my beloved Sedu curling wand. I wasn’t looking for a new styler. My almost-four year-old Sedu and I had settled into a very comfortable relationship, thank you very much. But, I suppose, like all good relationships, I realized there was room for improvement. And thankfully, unlike a marriage, three isn’t a crowd among hot tools.

This tourmaline-inflused, clip-free ceramic curling wand gives me great quality waves like my Sedu. It’s a super high quality iron with a nice digital temperature read. But what I really love is that you can change the barrel size to achieve different looks. In some ways, this wand arrived just in time because I’ve been craving bigger, looser waves, and the 1.25″ Glam Goddess barrel is my answer. Did I mention the interchangeable barrels have names? The starter Switch Kit comes with the most popular 1″ Hollywood Vixen and the three additional barrels are the aforementioned 1.25″ Glam Goddess, the 1.5″ Supermodel Allure and the tapered 1″Beach Bombshell. All available for $30 each. Endless options, one cord. LOVE it.

P.S. Watch the quick how-to videos for each wand…they’re so clear and helpful.

 

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11 .07 .14 GoldieBlox Rocks

The rebellious toy maker recently launched a new action figure for girls with this new video to introduce it. I think the Orwellian riff on a “Big Sister” is pretty genius.  And the tagline?  “Other toys are built for fashion. Goldie is built for action.”

My seven year old daughter loves all the GoldieBlox toys and I’m so happy to see the pink toy aisle continued to get challenged. I think Barbie and Else and Anna are going to have some competition from this mighty little doll this holiday season.

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