Katie Couric’s job is safe; in fact, news reporters everywhere have nothing to fear from me. Anchorwomen like Stephanie Grady make TV appearances look so easy, when they are anything but, as I found out in a live taping of Beauty Must-Haves for Busy Moms On-The-Go on WXXA-TV FOX23 News.
It was over so fast, faster than I could process exactly what I was saying. My debut on live TV went better than expected, but I still flubbed a few lines and totally missed saying everything I meant to say. Maybe if I was a seasoned and talented reporter, I could have said it all. Instead, I’m sharing my working script.
Best Beauty Finds for Moms On-the-Go from Head-to-Toe
Parenting is a 24/7 job. Often, it seems that there are not enough hours in the day for most moms to get things done; especially if it pertains to themselves rather than their kids. Typical days are filled with carpools to school, extracurricular sports, music lessons, helping with homework, dinner and bedtime—but where is the time devoted to pampering yourself?
With this in mind, here are a few new items that can simplify, as well as beautify any stressed mom from head-to-toe! Think of them as “must-haves” for any mom craving some “me time” without a lot of actual time on their hands.
Hair: Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition
This revolutionary new hair care line eliminates the need for sulfate-based shampoos. Rather than stripping your hair of the natural oils it needs to be healthy, the Conditioning Cleanser uses a non-lathering botanical formula to gently cleanse hair while providing it with the optimal amount of moisture.
Add in the Intensive Hair Repair Masque for a weekly moisture boost when hair is extra stressed and you have successfully replaced about five products from your typical hair care routine! Both products retail for $8.49 and can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, and CVS as well as a large number of other mass merchants. www.healthyhairnutrition.com
Xlear Spry Mints and Gum
With the constant hustle and bustle of parenting, moms can forget the simplest of tasks, like eating right or even brushing your teeth three times a day. For those days, let Xlear give you a quick way to freshen your breath while also promoting good dental hygiene!
Not only do these convenient breath-fresheners have fewer calories and less effect on blood sugar than mints or gum made with sucrose, but they also have the added benefit of inhibiting the creation of acid in the mouth. Popping a piece in your mouth after every meal or snack will provide maximum protection to your teeth from tooth decay, in addition to freshening your breath. Spry Mints and Gums are even safe for children to eat, so sharing won’t be an issue! These healthy morsels retail for between $8.95 and $9.75, and are available for purchase online at www.xlear.com or at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe and other select retailers nationwide.
Locally available at Honest Weight Food Co-Op.
Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream
A mother’s work is never done. When running after your kids and trying to keep up with the rest of your busy life, skin care can definitely take a backseat. Rather than stockpiling products to deal with cracking and drying for each body part, why not solve the issue with one?
Yu-Be’s unique glycerin-based moisturizing cream is enriched with Vitamin E, Vitamin B2 and Camphor; creating the ultimate relief for super dry skin. Along with its hydrating and soothing effects, this lotion also stimulates blood circulation to improve the overall health of your skin. Worried about finding a product that is safe for yourself and your kids? Yu-Be prides itself on providing products that are safe for the whole family! Yu-Be Moisturizing Cream retails $ 16 (1.25 oz. tube) or $25 (2.75 oz. jar) and can be purchased at www.yu-be.com and nationwide at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P213540&categoryId=B70
Note – Yu-Be is a miracle-worker. It’s the first product I’ve found that repairs my cracked heels, and it did it within two-days use.
BabyGanic’s “Cover-Up Kisses” SPF 20 Lip Balm
Let’s face it; your lips aren’t exactly in pristine condition. Over time, lips can easily crack and flake due to dehydration, aging and the environment. Typical chap sticks can only treat these issues temporarily and contain less than appealing ingredients. Instead of a quick fix, arm yourself with a balm protects your pucker from the elements without those pesky parabens, phlathates and sulfates.
BabyGanics’ “Cover-Up Kisses” SPF 20 Lip Balm even comes in orange cream and apple berry flavors, creating a tasty way to keep your and your kids lips kissably soft. These .15 oz. sticks retail for $4.99 and are available for purchase in stores such as Babies ‘R Us, Buy Buy Baby · http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12293413
Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color
The last thing on a mother’s mind is reapplying lip color every time they take a sip of their coffee or after covering their kid with kisses. Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color allows you to glide on your color and look gorgeous all day long!
The micro-flex formula stays on for 24-hours with no crumbling, caking, fading, feathering or transfer of color. Simply apply the liquid color to your clean, bare lips and allow a full two minutes to dry, than apply the ultra-conditioning balm to seal in the softness. It comes in 30 long-lasting shades allowing any woman to find the right color for any occasion; whether it’s running to the grocery store or a date night with your husband. This long lasting lip color retails for $9.99 and can be found at CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and other select retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com. www.maybelline.com.
Note – The Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color was a last minute addition from my cosmetics case as the original product that I had planned to talk about was deemed not glamorous enough. The classic plum lip color (with a nourishing seal of lip balm) is as glamorous as I get.
To see what I actually said about these beauty products, watch the video clip online at Beauty Must-Haves for Busy Moms On-The-Go.
Sandra Foyt | Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @SandraFoyt.