Posts in the ‘Beauty’ Category

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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It is that time of year again – Mother’s Day. I think moms everywhere deserve a special month, not just a single day, but I guess we will take what we can get. I have compiled the Sweet Peas & Stilettos 2012 Mother’s Day Gift Guide – a list of fun and fabulous Mother’s Day gifts in a wide range of prices. A little something for everyone… I hope you find the perfect gift for your mom, your grandmother and your mother-in-law. At the very least,I hope these ideas help inspire you to find just the perfect gift for everyone special in your family. Happy Shopping!

Mommy Makeover Tips

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011


Mommy Makeover Tips – brought to you by

Many new mothers experience a number of negative physical effects after pregnancy, and begin to look for ways to restore their bodies. As we all know, the process of pregnancy and childbirth are extremely stressful on the body, and not all of the stress is physically reversible by natural means. This is why there are a number of plastic surgery options that can be used as portions of what is commonly referred to as a “mommy makeover.” For details on a number of these procedures, you may want to look into  For now, however, here are a few tips on different surgeries, as well as some information on how to ensure swift recoveries.

To begin with, many new mothers struggle to lose all of the weight that they gain during the pregnancy. Of course, much of this weight comes off naturally with childbirth and in the weeks after it; however, if you as a new mother are having trouble dropping all of the excess pounds, you may want to consider liposuction, which can help you to quickly drop weight and get back to a starting point that you are comfortable with.

Once the weight is lost, a number of women also struggle with excess skin remaining, and giving off a false, “flabby” appearance. Fortunately, you do not have to be stuck with this excess skin, if you are experiencing this problem. A tummy tuck procedure can help to cut away the extra skin, and give your belly area the tighter, more in-shape look that it had before the pregnancy began.

Finally, a number of women also experience drastic changes in the size and shape of their breasts following pregnancy and childbirth. This is generally more noticeable in some women than others; however, there are procedures that can help. A variety of breast augmentations, including enlargements and re-shaping techniques, can help new mothers to regain the breasts they had before pregnancy.

For all of the procedures listed above, the most important aspect of the process, and of the recovery, is to deal specifically with your surgeon. No two surgeries are exactly the same, and your doctor will be able to provide you with the specific recovery techniques that you need to ensure that you remain healthy and pleased with the results. In general, you will want to be sure that you stay inactive for an appropriate length of time, and that you refrain from touching or affecting the surgically altered parts of your body. With proper care and attention following the right surgical procedure, you can be back to your pre-pregnancy body quite quickly.

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Skincare for moms & babies

Monday, September 12th, 2011

When I travel abroad the first think I shop for is shoes. The second item on my list is always cosmetics. I love to see what sorts of make-up, lotions, perfumes and cleansers women all over the world are using. My bathroom is full of sun block from Thailand, lotion from the Caribbean, and nail polish from London.

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Some of the best Korean skincare products for moms and babies are now available in the US so you don’t need to fly around the world to try out some wonderful cleansers and lotions. Plagentra is a market leader in Korea and was voted the 2011 best luxury skincare brand by the Korean Government’s Department of Ministry of Women and Family. Plagentra also ranked #1 in stretch marks in the 2011 Korea Satisfaction Consumer Index, and in 2010 was the #1 ranked brand in Korea for moms and babies. Needless to say – Korean women love the product so I think it is worth giving it a try.


I have been using the Plagentra cleanser the last few nights and it has done an amazing job with my large pores. This fragrance free foam cleanser is made up of fine micro beads that gently remove make-up, dirt, dead skin and oils. It leaves your skin feeling and looking incredibly clean, fresh and renewed.



I have also tried the Ato Plagentra cream which is a moisturizer made especially for dry, sensitive skin. Ato Plagentra cream is specially formulated to form a protective barrier to lock in skins natural moisture. With no steroids, colorants, alcohol or perfumes, this cream helps nurture skin while relieving irritated skin. I am incredibly sensitive to perfumes and this cream left my skin feeling soft without leaving a noticeable scent.

For over 10 years CA Pharm has been committed to developing effective & gentle skincare products for moms and babies. Their safe & effective formulations focus on solving common skin problems, such as stretch marks and eczema. Please visit to see their complete line of products.

Note: CA Pharm is a sponsor of Sweet Peas & Stilettos. They supplied me samples and compensated me for my time to write this post.

Feed 15 Clarins Pouch

Monday, August 22nd, 2011


One of the latest items from FEED is the new FEED 15 Pouch made in collaboration with Clarins. This very handy pouch is made from 100% white organic cotton and is accented with the signature Clarins red. The pouch comes filled with some of Clarins most popular products – Moisture-Rich Body Lotion, Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, and Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. Fabulous beauty products and a great little bag you can use for just about everything, all for $30 – love it!

Of course the very best part of every FEED purchase is the impact it makes to help people in need. Each FEED 15 Clarins Pouch provides 15 school meals to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). I can’t think of a better back-to-school purchase.

Stephanie Johnson Travel Bags

Thursday, July 14th, 2011


I have found a little travel bag that I will never ever tuck away in a drawer. I received this glorious Stephanie Johnson cosmetic case as a gift (thank you Susan!!) about 2 months ago and I swear it has been on my counter or in my bag every day since. It is to pretty and festive to put away. It has been wonderful for vacations – I love the little compartments inside where I can organize my make-up and brushes. The bag has been equally useful to use on a daily basis to carry little items in my bag. I’ve used it for my iPhone, for glasses, you name it. I toss it into my Louis Vuitton Neverfull and I can always find it.


I love Stephanie Johnson’s website too because she makes it really easy to see all of your options and all of the products you have to choose from all on one screen. Above is a snapshot of some of her bags (there are many more too!) so you just pick a bag style you like. She really has designed a bag for everyone and every possible need.


And then you have all of these gorgeous fabrics to choose from. If you fall in love with a particular print you can quickly see all of the bags available in that print. It is so simple and intuitive. The hardest part is narrowing down your selection because the colors and fabrics are so pretty.

Go to her website and play and have fun with all of the colors. I am sure you will find a new cosmetic bag you’ll love. And while you are at it, you can pick up a cute evening pouch and an iPad case too. Happy Shopping!

Kate Spade Bobby Pins

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011


I have become a total bobby pin fanatic. I’ve been obsessed with doing a little twist with my bangs and then giving them a little tuck with a hairpin to keep them in place. Mostly I have been wearing basic drug store bobby pins but I am ready to up my game a little and start adding some cute hair accessories into rotation. I think these Kate Spade Bobby Pins are exactly what I need to add a little summer sparkle.

Everyday Shea Bubble Bath

Monday, June 27th, 2011


I popped into Whole Foods this afternoon to pick up a few random things. Top on my list was bubble bath for my son. I was in a bit of a hurry and without much thought I picked out this EveryDay Shea bubble bath. I guess I picked it for two reason – I liked the fact that it smelled like mint and also, it was one of the least expensive options on the shelf. I must tell you – it was such a great purchase.

With one cap full of soap the bathtub was completely full of bubbles. My son was thrilled. He hid his boats and animals in the tub and loved the fact that they would ‘go missing’ under the thick fog of bubbles covering his little ocean. The bubble bath has a really clean minty smell (not like a strong breathe mint or anything – just kind of fresh and clean minty) and makes incredibly long lasting bubbles. While my son was splashing and playing I started to read the label and began to love this product, and the company that made it, even more.

Here is the scoop, “EveryDay Shea is an extension of Alaffia Sustainable Skin Care. Alaffia was founded by Olowo-n’djo Tchala, a Togolese native, as a way to generate funds to conduct community enhancement projects in his home country and other West African nations in order to reduce poverty and gender inequality….This bubble bath supports the Alaffia Healthy Baby Program, which provides nutrition and health care for babies in central Togo during their critical first 18 months in an effort to reduce child mortality and malnutrition rates. According to UNICEF, 27% of children in Togo under the age of 5 suffer from stunting, and over 20,000 children die every year. Studies show that improved nutrition has a significant impact on a child’s quality of life and their ability to rise out of poverty during their lifetime.”

Needless to say I will be buying the shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion… name it…

Lollia Hand Creme

Monday, June 13th, 2011


Last month I received this wonderful Lollia hand creme as a birthday gift from my dear friend Liza. I just love it and have been using it every day. It is full of macadamia nut and avocado oils (2 of my favorite things to eat) and many other hydrating ingredients that leave your hands feeling soft and fresh without the slimy or sticky feeling that you get with other hand cremes.

The packaging itself is so lovely. I actually can’t throw the box away because I adore the print and colors so much and don’t want to see them end up in my recycle bin. WIth such cute packaging the hand creme makes a great gift that you don’t even have to wrap. Lollia also carries a beautiful selection of candles, fragrances and other pretty items for the bath and lounging.

And if you don’t trust my word – when I went to their website to grab the links I noticed on their home page that Oprah Magazine loves Lollia too. Lollia made the all time list of favorite things. Oprah and her team have great taste!

Juice Beauty

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011


JUICE is no longer about watered down apple juice in a pink sippy cup – it is all about BEAUTY.

Spring is the season to quench your thirsty soul and finally get the healthy radiant skin you deserve. Your body absorbs over 60% of what you slather on it – so why not make sure your lotions and potions are pure, safe and organic. Juice Beauty was launched by a business savvy mom who is passionate about organic living. She and her team are committed to putting the healthiest, most effective ingredients into all of their fabulous organic beauty products and equally luxurious organic skin care. Let you skin drink in these healthy nutrients, and in no time at all it will feel great and look even better. It is time for all of us to get rid of all of the yucky chemicals on our bathroom counter and remember that what we put on our skin is just as important as what we eat.

SWEET DEAL: Use the code PEAS before April 6th when you check out at and you’ll get a free, full-size Organic Facial Moisture Concentrate ($36 value!).


Blemish Clearing Serum – The sweet and delicious combination of certified organic apple, lemon and raw cane sugar are blended with white willow bark and coenzyme Q10 and Voila! A fresher, radiant complexion awaits you. This powerful hydroxy-acid complex will improve your skin’s tone and texture too. I know we all thought our ‘little blemishes’ would have left us long along with those high school crushes – but alas they come back!

And for those of you with older kids – this is perfect product to use to introduce your teens to organic skincare. Teach them to make the right decisions from an early age.

My personal recommendation to all teenagers – just say NO to baby oil and YES to Juice Beauty!


Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer – I have always believed that the most important beauty product is a great moisturizer. Top of my list is anything with “advanced age defying results.” I need all the help I can get! Juice Beauty’s proprietary blend of fruit stem cells deeply penetrates the skin to repair DNA damage and encourage new cell growth to aggressively firm and eliminate wrinkles. Antioxidant-rich fruit juices, Vitamin C and plant oils will hydrate and improve your skin’s elasticity too.


SWEET DEAL: Use the code PEAS before April 6th when you check out at and you’ll get a free, full-size Organic Facial Moisture Concentrate ($36 value!).

Please note: This is a sponsored post from a Sweet Peas & Stilettos featured *Go Green* company.

Belli Skincare & March of Dimes

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011


Help give all babies a healthy start and support the March of Dimes. I wanted to let everyone know about a wonderful promotion going on right now at Belli – the makers of top-of-the-line, super duper safe skin care products especially designed for moms-to-be, babies, and mommies.

Here is the scoop: Now through March 21st (the day before my wedding anniversary – in case you see my husband you can remind him!), when you shop a portion of the proceeds will go to the March for Babies. In addition, if you spend $100 or more you will get to pick a complimentary Belli Duo set (and not just a few .5 ounce bottles – real products valued between $19 – $40!) as a special thank you from Belli. Treat yourself to some amazing products, pick out a little something for your best friend, and help support a great cause too. Sounds like a perfect online shopping trip to me….