5+ Current Obsessions

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5+ Current Obsessions

From the best new sunscreen to my kids' favorites, read about my current obsessions here

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Mom Unplugged

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Mom Unplugged

Every now and then I try to make time to "unplug" - to take a moment to myself to relax, breathe deeply and calm my mind. Of course it's hard to find these times between all the exciting things that come with running Bluemercury and my family, but I think it's so important as women and moms to take a bit of time for ourselves, even among all the chaos! These are some of my favorite things I use to take a time-out. Read more here

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When All Else Fails

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I went skiing with our family out to Colorado last week for spring break. We spent all day for five days on the mountain - through 60 degree sun and blizzards. Needless to say, I completely destroyed my skin. Between too much sun reflecting off the snow and 60 mph windburn, I came home with red, peeling, wrinkled skin. There was only one solution - Darphin Aromatic Care Oils. They were made for this sort of damage. I had prepared and brought Darphin Orange Blossom Aromatic Care with me and used it every night. But when I got home, the...

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Skiing Face

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Yes, I have a face for everything. Skiing is no exception. I couldn't go on the slopes bare faced. I was in layering mode. 1) Darphin Vitalprotection Age-Defying Protective Lotion SPF 50 for hydration and moisture. 2) Skinceuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 45. It is thicker than the Darphin SPF 50 and puts a stronger skin barrier against the elements. And, whether proven or not, I feel like it stays on my skin longer. 3) Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in light/medium to even out my skin tone. While layering SPF does not provide extra protection...

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Swiping Lab Samples

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How do I know I love a product? When I try to swipe lab samples from our brands' creative teams.I just scrambled through two days of meetings in NYC with some of my favorite brands. This is one of the most fun things about bluemercury: my job is to play with new beauty products that are not yet on the market.So here is a sneak peek at the lab samples I tried to swipe:1. Laura Mercier's new foundation launching this fall.2. Darphin's organic and unbelievably heavenly facial treatment oils. I wanted all. These will be my summer sun damage salvation.3....

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Naked Face - New trick

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If I have serious creative work to do, I often work from my home office after grabbing a coffee at Starbucks. It is these days where I don't see anyone professionally, that I love to wear a naked face. Our Englewood, New Jersey store manager, Deborah, taught me a new naked face trick. After slathering on sunscreen (I wouldn't be without it in the spring - used Darphin Vitalprotection Age-Defying Protective Lotion SPF50 this morning), I take my bronzer, dust my cheeks, and the new trick: my eyelids. It is amazing. It is a little bit of extra color, without...

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Snow, Sledding & Beauty Perks

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So one of the perks of being the founder of bluemercury is that I get to test everything that comes into our store. So imagine my delight when two fabulous new products, launching this spring came, across my desk.One – Darphin’s new Vital. .. .SPF 50. A super-hydrating lotion with SPF 50. Being as sunscreen obsessed as I am, I wore this out sledding on Sunday with the kids. (Yes, I was worried about the sun reflecting off the snow. ) I returned home perfectly hydrated and unburned.After I showered and cleansed my skin, I then re-hydrated withLa Mer’s new...

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Darphin At-Home Facial

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It was late, my husband was out of town, the kids were in bed, and it was pouring. Perfect time for an at-home facial. I pulled out Darphin's Water Lily Foam Gel, brand new Age-Defying Dermabrasion, Camellia Mask, and the Stimulstkin Plus Lift Renewal Series.Step 1: Cleanse. I used the Darphin Cleansing Foam Gel with Water Lily. A new staple in my cosmetics cabinet.Step 2: Exfoliate with the Darphin Age-Defying Dermabrasion. I love the friction and the floral scent took me away to the warm sun and new flowers of spring.Step 3: Darphin Youthful Radiance Camellia Mask. This thick, white,...

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