As it turns out, Kidz Bop Sings Monster Ballads ($10) is a winner. The songs are catchy, the guitar riffs are well executed, and the kid singers are fairly talented. The highlight of the CD is "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," which features Bret Michaels of Poison on guitar with the vocal accompaniment of his daughters Raine and Jorja. So pop Kidz Bop in, educate your lil ones on rock ballads, and enjoy the kiddie classics too.
Lots of moms like to think out loud and PatiBF is one of them. This is an excerpt from the latest post to her Baby Style blog.
Sandra never used a bottle, she'd spit them right out so we've been using sippy cups exclusively since she said bye to the boob shortly after her first birthday. It's hard to find a good sippy cup! And yes we have tried all of these sippy cups in my search for the real "no spill" sippy.
Anything that claims to "work while you sleep" will always get my attention. I like the thought of a product just working its magic while I catch forty winks — and that's exactly what FreshSkin Dreamy Sleep Night-Time Moisturizer ($42) does.
Though the FreshSkin line is technically geared toward women in their teens and early 20s, I have skin that's just finicky enough to qualify as adolescent. In addition to keeping me looking clear and smooth, the FreshSkin moisturizer is extremely hydrating, and it brightens my skin (this is especially noticeable after a late night). Not only does it include a potent complex of Vitamins A, C, and E, but It has the loveliest lavender-infused scent, which helps me to sleep better.
While it isn't the least expensive nighttime moisturizer on the market, it packs a lot of punch with very little product. After cleansing, I smooth a pea-sized amount over my face and neck, and let it sink in. Then I sink in to a good night's sleep, knowing that my skin will look great in the morning.
I bought two different shades, Light and Light Medium, to use on different parts of my face. I use Light on my forehead and cheeks and use Light Medium under my eyes and along my jawline. It's something I wouldn't have been able to do if I were purchasing a more expensive product, but I think the look is much more natural, since the skin under your eyes is generally a little darker. I do recommend wearing under-eye primer with it, because, like all concealer, it settles into the folds a bit. Other than that, though, I've been very pleased, and I feel slightly less impoverished by my beauty habit.
Miraculously, I also haven't broken out while using it, which is only true of one other sunscreen, Suntegrity, which is my usual daily-wear sunblock.
The stick is also water- and sweat-resistant, so although you'll still have to reapply after a swim or an arduous hike, it doesn't just melt off of you the way most sunscreens do. My only quibble is with the price. I know good sunscreen isn't cheap, but for such a small size, it would be nice to see the price a tad bit less expensive. However, a little goes a long way; I've been using it all over my face a couple times a day for a week, and I don't think I've even managed to make a dent in it. That's why this stick will be sticking around my beauty bag this season.
"And why should I be making a run on Sephora for this stuff?" you may be asking. Because it transforms. That's right, the wand on this new product gets longer or shorter with a twist of the cap. I tested the wand at different lengths so you can see whether it really does make a difference, so to see the expandable brush in action, just keep reading.
Enter Lanolips, a cute Aussie brand known for 101 Ointment ($18), a balm that hydrates everything from dry undereyes to fly-aways. Now, it's taken its formula and created Lip Ointment With Colour ($14), which looks and tastes like a Juicy Tube, but has all the lip-healing goodness of lanolin.
It's really softening, and I've been applying the pink rhubarb shade constantly. My lips feel significantly less dry, and it's also nice that the ointment contains medical-grade lanolin, so people with chemical sensitivities may find it easier to use. I still prefer the 101 Ointment for really dry lips and general moisturizing, but for a lip gloss, this one scores pretty high indeed.