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Beauty Problem Solver of the Week: Jenna Hipp Essential Nail & Hand Cream

Jenna Hipp Essential Nail & Hand CreamThe Product: Jenna Hipp Essential Nail & Hand Cream, $26.99 (for three, four ounce tubes)

Why: With all of the bottle and sippy cup washing I do these days, my hands are pretty dry and scaly. I know I should wear gloves during the washing process, but it’s just one more thing to do and think about. Lazy excuse, I know.

I am, however, very good about applying a luxurious hand cream before bed. It’s a ritual I look forward to. But, many of the creams that sound amazing in the tube, are a bit too fragrant for nighttime wear. For me anyway. I have a very sensitive sniffer. To the point where certain fragrances will keep me up at night.

That’s why I was thrilled to try the Jenna Hipp Essential Nail & Hand Cream. Not only are the tubes adorable and nightstand-worthy, but they contain no artificial fragrances (the natural fragrance it does contain is practically nonexistent), no parabens, phthalates, dyes, and a few other icky ingredients. Jenna Hipp is known as the celebrity green nail stylist, after all.

What it does contain is 20 percent shea butter along with other essential oils and hydrating ingredients. The best part? You can buy this at Costco. Yup. Shocking, right? I love nothing better than being able to stock up on luxe beauty products while filling my cart with a year’s worth of toilet paper, paper towels and trash bags —  it’s the little things that make busy moms happy.

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Beauty Problem Solver Of The Week: Joanna Vargas Daily Serum and Rejuvenating Serum


The Products: Joanna Vargas Daily Serum, $85 and Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum, $100

Why: It’s the end of a long, long (did I mention, it’s been long?) New York winter, and I was desperate for a cream, lotion, serum, kitchen recipe — anything really — to bring my skin back to life without pounds of blush, bronzer and illuminator. When I met with Joanna Vargas, esthetician and owner of her eponymous salon and skin care line a few weeks ago, I saw a ray of smooth-skinned hope — her amazing serums.

Vargas explained how important nutrition is to making your skin glow (she gives out her green juice recipe to all her clients — check it out below). But since most of us don’t drink those yummy and nutrient-packed green juices every day like we should, she incorporated nourishing and organic ingredients into her skincare products. The prices are high, but IMO, totally worth the splurge.

The Joanna Vargas Daily Serum, $85 (above), is like a multi-vitamin for the skin. It contains galactoarabinan, a naturally derived ingredient from the larch tree that intensifies cell turnover, along with magnesium, postassium and zinc which supports a healthy lymphatic system to process nutrients better and carry away waste more effectively. Plus, it’s full of antioxidants and a high dose of hyaluronic acid to create a lasting moisture shield on skin.

joanna-vargas-rejuvenating-serumThe Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum, $100 is an ambitious mix of argan oil (for anti-aging and hydration), neroli oil (to boost circulation), olive oil (to detox skin and reduce inflammation), rosehip Oil (to accelerate cell production and aid in rejuvenation), and finally, jojoba oil (to moisturize). It absorbs quicker than you would imagine and has a nice, earthy-floral scent. If you had to choose only one, I would go with this one since it’s so, well, rejuvenating.

In the last few weeks, these have transformed my skin, making it smoother, glowy-er and more hydrated. These products work all year round and on all skin types  — they are so ultra-moisturizing, they are especially nice for older skin.

For glowing skin from the inside out, try Joanna’s Green Juice Recipe:


“I love an all greens juice with romaine, celery, cucumber, spinach, parsley, kale and apple with a dash of lemon and ginger,” says Vargas. “A green juice instantly hydrates the skin while encouraging lymphatic drainage, so you are de-puffed and glowing!” Toss the following into a juicer:

  • 1 green apple
  • 2 handfuls romaine
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 1 handful kale
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 inch ginger

Drink up and enjoy!

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Beauty Problem Solver Of The Week: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips

dr-lipp-original-nipple-balm-for-lipsAny nursing mother knows how essential nipple cream is during the first few weeks of breast feeding — cracked, bleeding nipples anyone? And so, with the birth of my son Ian, my obsession with lanolin began. Since it’s natural and safe to be ingested, it’s typically the ingredient of choice for new moms. Once I learned how amazing it was, I used my trusted nipple balm on everything — cuts, dry skin, inside my kids’ nose in the winter and of course on my lips. But taking out a big ol’ tube of nipple balm at the dinner table is kind of awkward. That’s where Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips, $15, comes into the picture. 100% medical grade lanolin, it’s an amazing lip healer, but it’s also a makeup-bag essential for fixing up dry patches or as an intense eye cream. A makeup artist recently dabbed it on my dry nose and forehead to smooth my skin under my makeup. The tube will last you ages and you too can discover the wonder that is nipple balm — for lips!

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Calendula Cream Saves The Day

I first discovered calendula when my son had diaper rash that just wouldn’t. Go. Away. I tried all the bum creams, ointments and pastes I could get my hands on but nothing really worked till some guru-mom suggested California Baby Calendula Cream, $13. Within one day, his diaper rash was cleared. If it ever comes back, just a touch of calendula will take care of it. If it can do that to Ian’s sensitive baby tush, imagine what it can do to your dry skin. With properties that reduce inflammation and soothe irritation, it can calm almost any skin flare up — especially when it’s exposed to harsh winter weather. If this sounds good to you too, here are a few other incredible calendula products to check out:

Weleda Calendula Baby Cream, $12

Jurlique Calendula Cream, $35

Melvita Calendula Oil, $21

Erbe Calendula and Orange Blossom Body Lotion, $69

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