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Even though we’ve had a run of warm days here in New York City, I know that cold weather is lurking and being a creeper on all of our nice weather fun. While my skin is enjoying the current temperatures, I know I need to prepare for when that changes.  Here is a look at how I will be changing up my routine for this fall/winter season.

Hydrating Serum

Kate Somerville Quench Oil Free Hydrating Serum


Dry radiator heat and windy days take a toll on my oily skin. Yes, even oily skinned gals get dehydrated. A hydrating serum like Kate Somerville’s Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum is a great one to add into a routine because it adds the desired hydration without leaving a heavy feeling on the skin. Available at Sephora for $75.00.

Soothing Moisturizer Kiehl's ultra facial cream

My anti-aging efforts do not take a back seat during fall/winter  but I do find that I need to pamper my skin a bit more during the colder months. Moisturizers that help to heal, soothe and nourish are always in constant rotation for me. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream has been a staple for years because of it’s gentle yet effective way of keeping my skin hydrated and calm. In fact, the entire Kiehl’s Ultra line of products work great. The  overnight masque is perfect for nights that skin is extra parched, the cleanser  gently cleans all skin types and the SPF lotion is a household favorite since both my husband and I both use it. The couple that hydrates together stays together – isn’t that the saying? (It’s not but just go with it.) The Ultra Facial line is available at Nordstrom.

Gentle Exfoliator

 Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

Unfortunately no matter how well I hydrate,  pesky dry patches still occasionally rear their ugly heads during fall/winter. But since my skin is often a bit more sensitive during this time, I like to add in a gentle enzyme powder exfoliant like the Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder. It helps to work both manually with the powder and chemically with enzymes giving the skin an exfoliation that won’t irritate the skin. Tatcha’s Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (also try the Deep and Gentle) is available at Tatcha.com for $65.

Nourishing Body Cream

Kate somerville Eczema Therapy Cream

I know most of this post has been focused on skincare for the face, but where I suffer the worst discomfort in the winter is on my body. My skin gets itchy, scaly, dry and uncomfortable which makes getting dressed a nightmare. Unfortunately many of my standard body creams just don’t cut it. I recently discovered a product that will save my winter skin. Kate Somerville’s Eczema Therapy Cream is designed for those who suffer from eczema but I have found it to be superb at helping to relieve my skin of irritation and dryness. It’s fragrance free, designed for sensitive skin and formulated with colloidal oatmeal, which helps to protect the skin. Available at Sephora for $48.00.

What products do you add into your skincare routine to help transition it to winter?


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While I knew that pregnancy would change my life in many ways, some of those changes I expected… and some were a complete and total surprise. Sure, I knew that I would have to give up things like wine, vigorous  exercise, and sushi….but I never gave much thought to how my skincare routine would have to change.

Certain skincare long time staples like retinol, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid are pretty much on the ‘do not use’ list for most of pregnancy (especially during the first trimester). You can imagine how eye-opening this was for me, a person who regularly relies on aforementioned to keep my skin clear of breakouts, even toned and super smooth….you know, #snatched !

And so began my quest to find the best products for skin and body during pregnancy. . .

Clinic-To-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads

“Heartbroken”…this best describes how I felt after learning that I’d have to give up my beloved Kate Somerville Micro Glycolic Polisher (at least for the first few months).  Luckily, Kate Somerville Clinic-To-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads is a safer alternative for pregnancy and delivers similar results. The professional strength treatment pads contain: Alpha Hydroxy Acids: to tighten pores and brighten skin, Lactic Acid: to exfoliates and soften, Natural Kaolin Clay: to absorb excess sebum and Lavender: to calm irritation. Kate Somerville Clinic-To-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads can be used a couple of times per week and rinsed off. I actually leave it on and apply a nighttime moisturizer…but then again, my skin is definitely accustomed to super intense peels  — For you, I recommend treading lightly to start.

Bio Oil

Who wants stretch marks? NOT ME!! While I believe that stretch marks are largely hereditary, I am playing it safe with Bio Oil. For the last few months I have slathered Bio Oil on my tummy, hips and boobs in an effort to prevent the “badge of motherhood” aka stretch marks. My first bottle of Bio Oil was a press sample….once it ran out, I switched to a stretch mark lotion. After a couple of weeks of using the lotion, I purchased a large bottle of Bio Oil. I love that the oil is fast absorbing and really easy to rub in…unlike the lotion I had switched to for a couple of weeks. I am quickly reaching my due date and still (knock on wood) no sign of stretch marks. As for Bio Oil’s performance on existing stretch marks — I will say that I have a few tiny stretch mark from puberty that are beginning to lighten up a bit. One note of caution: Bio Oil contains mineral oil, so if you have acne prone skin, I do not recommend using Bio Oil on the face for the treatment of scars and uneven tone. If your body is sensitive to mineral oil, read on to my next recommendation. . .

Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil


Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil is a lovely, natural alternative to Bio Oil. It contains a blend of Sweet Almond Oil, Borage Oil, Wheatgerm Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil…to protect bump, boobs and thighs against stretch marks. Like Bio Oil, it quickly absorbs into skin and is easy to use…much easier than lotions, creams and body butters (in my humble opinion).



Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser is a gentle yet effective natural face wash that removes both makeup and impurities. It’s antioxidant rich with strawberry oil, which has natural brigtening properties. Skin looks brighter with each wash.


For those super lazy nights when I simply cannot muster the strength to wash my face (yes, it happens), I rely on Yes To Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes. These handy wipes are 99% natural and contain blueberries to fight free radicals, lemon peel to brighten and apple to refresh & refine skin’s surface. These really are a no brainer…just buy them!


So there you have it — A few of the items in my Mommy-to-be skincare routine. Have you tried any of these products? What’s in your Mommy-to-be skincare routine? Please leave a comment and share!

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Are longer lashes and more youthful lids on your beauty wish list?  If you answred yes, read on. Achieving fuller lashes and more youthful lids requires a multi-pronged approach, but no worries — I’ve got you covered.  These tried and true tactics will have you on Bambi lash status in as little as two weeks.  Hop over to Bergdorf Goodman blog for my tips – they are well worth the click.


BGTutorial: Master Individual Lashes

Who: Emily Blunt

What: 70th Annual Golden Globes

Makeup:  Hourglass Cosmetics

Inspiration:  In a gilded dress by Michael Kors, Emily Blunt more than lived up to her reputation as a Hollywood golden girl. The actress, nominated in the Best actress, Musical or Comedy category for Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, “definitely had something in mind as far as the look,” says makeup artist Jenn Streicher. “Emily wanted smoky eyes paired with soft pink lips that echoed her Lorraine Schwartz ruby earrings.”


How to:


Jenn began by using Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum, La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream and La Mer Eye Concentrate. She then primed the skin with Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, and followed with Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer in Ivory. She used two shades of Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer: Fair, a light shade, was used around the nose and as a highlighter, and Sand, a slightly darker shade, was applied under the eyes. Jenn completed the skin by applying the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light  (coming spring 2013) all over the complexion. Available in six different lighting settings, Ambient delivers a multi-dimensional luminescence to the complexion by capturing, diffusing and softening surrounding light. “It softens and enhances everything,” says Jenn.


Jenn applied Hourglass Superficial Waterproof Bronzer all over the face and neck to create a radiant glow. She then used the bronzer shade from Hourglass Illume Crème-to-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset to contour the cheeks and jaw line. The blush shade from Illume was applied onto the cheekbones.


She started by lining eyes with Hourglass Film Noir Kohl Eye Pencil in Espresso and softened the line with a brush. Jenn then applied the shell shimmer shade from Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Gypsy as a highlight on the brow bone and followed with a matte brown eye shadow on the lid. Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara was applied to the lashes to volumize, lengthen and separate them. She then amplified the brows with Hourglass Arch Sculpting Brow Pencil in Soft Brunette.


Lips were infused with a beautiful wash of color courtesy of Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Edition, a soft pink shimmer.

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A beauty tip so incredibly genius. . . so immediately complexion-enhancing. . . so effective after just one application — I simply had to share.

While doing the tweet-around-the-clock-tweet-tastic twitter thing that I do, I engaged in a rather game-changing exchange of tweets with @KateSomerville. The topic of conversation was “at-home peels” (fact: I love a good at-home peel). . . and @KateSomerville chimed in to share a skin care tip that knocked my Rockstuds off!

You simply must CLICK HERE to read the full deets. . .published on the Bergdorf Goodman blog. Life changing skin care tip awaits….

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