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  • Get pool-worthy pedis for pennies

    What's a gal to do on a sweltering day? Seek refuge at Sephora, of course. Today I was delighted to discover that all Sephora by OPI polishes were a whopping 50% off. But my joy was short-lived when the beauty consultant informed me that Sephora would no longer carry the line and hence the closeout prices. I consoled myself by buying every set in sight.  Many of the sets are now sold out online. Call around to your local Sephora to inquire about their remaining stock. The lovely staff w...

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  • Mix-it-up makeup

    It was like something straight out of a Judy Blume novel. An epic milestone, the most exciting thing that had yet transpired in my otherwise ordinary life. My somewhat strict mother had finally relented on her long-standing makeup ban and begrudgingly brought me to Wal-Mart. With coin purse in hand, I combed the aisles and painstakingly made my selections: Maybelline baby blue eye shadow and shimmery pink Wet 'n Wild lip gloss. (Don't judge: it was the 80s). It was cause for celebration and m...

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  • Dry skin be gone

    Finally, fall is here. And while I love most things about autumn, the mercury dip always sends my skin into shock. Suddenly, my hands are super dry and rough. What's a beauty maven to do? Luckily, I've got this amazing product in my arsenal: Vanilla Bean Skin Cream from Wild Carrot Herbals ($10.99). This stuff smells good enough to eat, but try to restrain yourself. The rich cream contains organic coconut oil, shea butter and sea buckthorn oil and is scented with Madagascar vanilla beans. It...

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  • The flavor of fall

    All throughout the long, hot summer, I've been dreaming of fall. Crisp weather. Leaves crunching underfoot. Pumpkin and cinnamon scenting the air. My Pinterest boards are filled with hearty soups, Halloween decor and autumn outfits (Hello, boots!). Never mind the fact that fall in Texas lasts but a brief few weeks - a girl can still dream. To fuel my fall fantasies, I've been fanatically applying the amazingly scented lip balm from Lip Glosserie. We're talking flavors like Gingersnap, P...

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  • Red, white and blue beauty

    Like millions of girls across the nation, my daughter is entranced by the Olympics. She sits with awe watching the Fab Five fly through the air and land lithely on the mat. I love every minute of it. As my friend Robyn posted on Facebook recently, "These girls are physically tough, mentally strong and amazing teammates. Everything I want my girls to be." And I found the perfect thing to help us cheer on Team USA: a patriotic mani-pedi with polish made in the USA. Piggy Paint is a line of non...

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  • Let free(dom) ring

    The fireworks may be over, but you can still show off your patriotic side. Head over to Zoya.com and score a bottle of free firecracker-red nail polish. Just put $10 worth of product in your cart and add coupon code "FREEDOM2". The aptly named "America" polish will then be added to your order. Bonus: shipping is free, too. Offer ends July 5 at 11:59 EDT. Happy shopping!

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  • Color me coral

    I don't really believe in beauty rules. General guidelines are good; hard and fast rules not so much. (One exception: frosted pink lipstick. Leave it in the 80s where it belongs.) So while I firmly believe in finding products that are cheap and chic, sometimes I stumble across something so marvelous that a splurge is in order. Case in point: the latest lip treatment from Fresh. If summer had a color, it would be this delicate coral. It's not quite orange; it's not really pink. It's just a s...

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  • The best sunscreen under 10 bucks

    Sadly, we've already suffered our first sun casualty of the summer. Despite being slathered in sunscreen on a recent splash park outing, my daughter and I both ended up with a bad burn. Determined not to let this happen again, I scoured the Environmental Working Group (EWG) list of the safest sunscreens. Much to my dismay, many of the best sunscreens fell into the category of "Seriously, you expect me to pay what for a 4-ounce bottle?" Thankfully, after much perusing I found one that I hop...

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  • Beach-ready pedi

    There's nothing like a fresh coat of polish peeking out from my sandals to put me in the mood for summer. And I've discovered the cheeriest, sunniest shades to fit the bill. The Zoya Blogger Collection by Birchbox features three stunning colors created by top beauty bloggers. Kate is a pretty pink grapefruit, Coraline is an orangey tangerine and Belle is a shimmery pink. You can go super sheer with one coat or paint on several for va-va-voom impact. If you're feeling extra creative, layer th...

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  • Mother's Day, All Wrapped Up

    These ready-to-give gifts will fit any budget.

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  • Review: Casa's Annie Jr is magical, mesmerizing

    Before the curtain closed, the cast encouraged the audience to sing one last rendition of "Tomorrow." I think my daughter was the loudest one in the theater.

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  • Smooth like butter

    I'm a multi-tasking mama. Most days, you'll find me with a baby on one hip while I fold laundry, find missing loveys and Facebook. So I especially appreciate beauty products that do it all and then some. I first found CJ's BUTTer to be an excellent diaper cream. It contains natural ingredients, it isn't gloppy and it glides like buttah onto baby's bums. (Bonus: it's also cloth diaper safe.) Then one day while diapering my little one, I tried a dab on my ragged cuticle. Life hasn't been the ...

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  • Sample sale

    I'm sure it's pretty obvious by now that I'm a product junkie. I love trying out new brands, looking for that perfect and elusive scent/color. Except often times, it's a big fail. I invest in a full-size something only to discover that I detest it. That's why I love the new sample program from Abe's Market, an amazing marketplace full of natural goodness. Try any three samples for just $2. Yes, $2 - and that includes shipping. And it's not just beauty stuff. You can also peruse selections in...

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  • The best stuff for baby (and mom)

    I've got babies on the brain. Scouting out cool (and cheap) finds for my 4-month-old occupies quite a bit of my time these days. So I was ecstatic when I discovered the wonder of Bluum. Bluum is a subscription site that delivers deluxe samples for baby - and for mom. Each month, I receive a box brimming with goodies, such as Weleda lotion, tea and chocolate (for me) and a pureed fruit pouch and adorable rattle (for my daughter). You can choose from a monthly plan ($12 a month) or a quarterly...

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  • My favorite fall fragrance

    Now that the weather has finally taken a delightful dip, it's time to put away the summery scents. My favorite perfumer, LaVanila, has just the thing. Their Vanilla Blackberry fragrance combines blackberries and raspberries with earthy vanilla undertones. It's soft and sensual, not too fruity and perfect for fall. I love LaVanila because their fragrances use pure essential oils - and none of the chemicals that typically give me a perfume headache.  Now for the best part...

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  • The perfect purple for fall

    I'm not sure when it happened. But at some point during the past few years, my infatuation with pink ended. Maybe it was a case of too many pink plastic toys during my daughter's early years that caused me to turn away from the bubblegum hue. Whatever the reason, I am now officially infatuated with purple. Purple is like pink but with a darker, more mysterious and complex side. Thus it's perfect for the transition into fall, when weather and fashion trends dictate that we ditch the shee...

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  • Not your daughter's baby oil

    In one of my recent Birchbox boxes, I received a tiny bottle of fancy-sounding oil. I was immediately skeptical. My previous experience with oil had been limited to greasy (and not-so-good smelling) baby oil, which I could never bring myself to slather on my daughter's skin. But when I uncapped this bottle, I realized it was decidedly different. Nuxe Huile Prodiegieuse (and no, I still can't pronounce it) is a multi-use dry oil, which means you can use it on your body, face and hair...

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  • Beat the heat

    I admit that I was skeptical at first. $10 for a mist you spray on your face? Wouldn't a splash of plain ol' tap water work just as well? Now I think it's the best $10 I've spent all summer. Evian Mineral Water Spray is the perfect remedy when you've had oh, say 34 consecutive days of triple-digit temps. And yes, it's just mineral water in a bottle propelled by nitrogen. But it's pure genius. You can use it to cool off, get rid of chlorine or soothe a sunburn. It leaves a subtle s...

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  • Soothe that sunburn

    All I can say is, "Ouch." Despite our best intentions, my daughter and I are both sporting sunburns at the moment. Even when slathered in sunscreen, our fair skin is apparently no match for the 100+ degree days. So while we take respite in the air conditioning, we're finding solace from this amazing Burt's Bees product. The After Sun Soother is packed with aloe, linden (an antioxidant) and coconut oil. It's so cool and soothing on our parched skin. Plus, it's a light lotion so it's not greas...

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  • Sephora at Parks Mall

    I received an email Tuesday that made me ecstatic: Sephora is opening at The Parks Mall on Friday! I've been making the trek to Northeast Mall and Northpark for years to satisfy my Sephora addiction. Now there's one in my own backyard (which could be dangerous). Stop by tomorrow and check it out. Doors open at 10 a.m., and a beauty rep told me there would be prizes and giveaways throughout the day. Beauty Insiders get a free makeup bag with any purchase. What: Sephora grand opening Whe...

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