Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby and Home

It’s snowing. It’s Friday. It’s time to shop. Here are my Five Finds for Mom, Baby & Home.  I’m sending you lots of love and wishing you a relaxing weekend.

Bootights – I love wearing dresses during the winter with fabulous tights, but I hate when my toes get cold. I used to layer socks over tights, which was too thick, too sweaty and constantly bunching up. Thank goodness someone came up with Bootights, tights that have a sock foot base, making it a dream for pairing rugged Sorel boots with a fab knit dress. (That’s going to be my #ootd for a casual birthday party, tonight.) $36

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Extensions – This new mascara just came across my desk, this week, and I’m beyond obsessed. With a one-of-a-kind Melted Fiber Technology that melts the blackest black nylon fibers to create crazy volume and lash-enhancingc ingredients like peptides and collagen, this mascara is a jacked-up version of the original Hello Lashes. $24

Kelly Wearstlericon Sculptural Legs – Not going to lie, I don’t actually own this scultpure, though I’ve been drooling over the original gold version for years. It’s not toddler friendly, which means in my current home, given the open layout plan of the living/family/kitchen area, the only place I could safely place it would be my bedroom. Oh, but wait there’s no more extra space since I now have an office in my bedroom thanks to baby 2 taking over my former office! So, can someone out there please buy this and love it for the both of us? PS Dear Sculptural Legs, I’ll see you in the next house. Love, Pamela $1495

Gamboree Valentine’s Day CollectionI hate the concept of Valentine’s Day for adults … really, you only take your wife out and give her an overpriced red rose once a year? Or, you only put on sexy lingerie for your man one night out of 365? Stop the madness. But, give me an excuse to dress up my kids and I’m in for that Valentine’s Day party. I’m getting my little ones stylishly loved-up with these adorable looks from Gamboree. $6-$35 (currently on sale $5-$28)

Kusmi St. Petersburg Black Tea – In case anyone is wondering, I’ve been up since 4:50am! Getting a kid potty trained during the day is one thing. The nights are a whole different animal. The current cup of tea by my laptop is my happy salvation. The hint of caramel makes this a yummy treat for your taste buds and nose. I love it so much, I packed a tin in my labor & delivery bag for both births. #TeaNerd $18

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How to Have Flawless Makeup All Day & Night

I love cake, but I hate the look of a cakey face. And, today, of all days – when I’m having lunch with some of the most fabulous ladies in the fashion/media/entertainment business, who I’m honored to call friends – it’s especially important to look flawless.

Since I have to put on my makeup really early – 6am or 7am before I feed the kids – I rely on two beauty must-have (and trust me I had using that turn, but these ARE must-haves!!) to ensure there is no flaking or caking, even if the first few hours of my day are devoted to running circles around the living room couch with my daughter or rolling around on a mat with my son.

Sweat has nothing on me when I’m armed with:

IT Cosmetics Feel The Moment Primer Serum – hydrates the skin to help the makeup go on smoother. Plus, it has anti-aging components, so I’m feeding my face really good stuff throughout the day. And, the serum smells like the spa, so already I’m having a good day.

Urban Decay All Night Makeup Setting Spray – seals up your look with a perfect, long-lasting kiss. Makeup artists have used this on me before TV shoots, and it’s really one of the best setting sprays on the market. For those wondering, there is no smell and it’s paraben free. p2beauty_012915_1

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Enhance Eye Beauty, 1-Day Acuvue Define Contact Lenses

I’ve never cared to change the color of my eyes, but out of curiosity, I recently attended Johnson & Johnson’s launch of 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ Brand Contact Lenses. The promise was that they will “enhance the natural appearance and brightness of the eyes”. The results were eye opening, pun intended!

When I tried 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ Brand Contact Lenses I found that they accentuated my eyes and awakened the overall look of my face. Unlike old-school color lenses, these lenses play with the beauty of your existing and unique iris by using iris-inspired designs that have light-effect patterns that add depth and dimension without changing the eye’s natural coloring.

The really awesome part is the clearly defined outline that is created around the iris (aka the limbal ring). Fancy research* shows that people are more attracted to women and men with limbal rings, as limbal rings are associated with a healthy and youthful appearance. I definitely had sparkle in my eyes and extra bounce in my step, following the press event. I’ve since switched my contacts to 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ Brand Contact Lenses. What can I say, beauty is addictive.

The lenses are available in three styles: Natural Sparkle, Natural Shimmer and Natural Shine. I’m wearing Natural Shine, which is the most effective option for chocolate, brown eyes. If you have lighter eyes, the effects will be much more dramatic. A box of 30 lenses costs $75. Find out where you can get these lenses at Acuvue.com/define/

Above: Natural Eyes Below: Enhanced Eyes with 1-Day Acuvue Define Brand Lenses in Natural Shine

Pam’s Picks: Mom Holiday Gift Guide, BELLA NYC Magazine

In the latest installment of Pam’s Picks for BELLA NYC Magazine, I’m sharing the must-have holiday gift ideas for mom’s looking to survive the holiday season stress-free and unscathed. From a bracelet that promises to “improve quality of life”, to a tech gadget that helps you effortlessly organize and share images, you’ll want to get these great items for yourself.

Pam's Picks in Nov14 BELLA NYC Magazine

Pam’s Picks in November 2014 BELLA NYC Magazine

1. PurseN Ooh-la-la Lingerie Travel Bag $32 – lets your unmentionables travel in well-organized, style

2. LyveHome $299 – collects all images and video scattered on numerous devices (iPhone, laptop, etc) and creates a master index that allows you to access any image at any time via the Lyve app

3. FOREO Luna $199 – face-cleanings brush that gives a deeper clean thanks to T-Sonic pulsation technology (8000 pulsations per minute), plus there’s an anti-aging mode for soothing, at-home facials

4. PurseN VIP Weekend Travel Bag $218 – loaded with internal and external compartments, removable mesh pockets, elastic cross straps to secure closure, and locking button pull rod with wheels for easy transpiration

5. Philip Stein Horizon Bracelet $165 – built-in Natural Frequency Technology channels the frequency naturally found in the environment toward our bodies to promote overall well-being

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Best Brush for Kids with Curly Hair

My daughter has the most adorable, cherub-like curly hair. Take 2: My daughter has the most difficult-to-comb, curly hair.

My husband and I went through several brushes and tears, until my girlfriend sent me The Wet Brush. Ereka! Like their website says, it truly makes detangling hair quick and easy. Finally, I have a brush that doesn’t cause my daughter to squirm, and it leaves her hair silky and knot free. I now own several The Lil Wet Brush brushes in bold colors and prints, including one for my little man, David. David isn’t curly, yet, but it’s still a great product to use on his hair after a bath.

I can go into all the technical, beauty-biz reasons of why this brush is so amazing, but you’re probably busy at work or with your kids, so I’ll just give you my 100% P2 Mom Approved label of satisfaction.

If you’re a fan of this product, tell me why it rocks your world. If  you have suggestions for products I should try for my munchkins, I’d love to hear from you, and share with other moms. Let’s start talking.

Ilana Rose loves The Wet Brush

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Ilana Rose Curly Hair

Ilana Rose Combs Giraffe

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5 Tips for a Sexy, Happy Marriage

After you read this post, you may think I’m old fashioned, maybe even crazy, but I think our grandmothers knew a thing or two about successful marriages – although I doubt they phrased it the way I have, below. Keeping the sizzle alive means maintaining your style and beauty routine, regardless of what’s going in your life. A lady, a wife must maintain her style and beauty routine despite the heavy obstacles she encounters in life (personal or professional), because the style and beauty routine will help her keep her chin fashionably up and smiling. When has a little mascara not put bounce in your step? But, I digress. Here are my Top 5 Rules for a Sexy, Happy Marriage. Think of it as a modern Stepford Wife, minus the obedience part, with a dose of Jenna Jameson.

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RULE 1: Trim Your Bush And Other Essential Areas
Waxing downstairs is not a choice, unless your man is actually into hunting in the Amazon. For the rest of us, keep it clean, keep it low (or bare), and keep it tight. For the latter part, check out my kegel tips. You are welcome.

RULE 2: Don’t Wash Off Makeup As Soon As You Come Home
This isn’t easy, especially after a long day of work. Of course, you want to cleanse the skin, but hold off. Did you put on that pretty face so that the guy selling you your coffee could have a happy flag pole moment, or do you want to, um, uplift your own man? Think about it. Sure, your hubby loves you without the blush, but I’m putting this in my “old school rules” category. A lady should always look her very best. It helps with self-esteem, which in turn makes you a happy wife and mom. For those who are stay-at-home moms, or work-from-home-when-you-can (like me) moms, it’s imperative to also put on that pretty pucker. Send your man off to work looking fabulous and he will gladly rush home. Makeup also helps you feel more in the work mode. (PS I’ll share my 5-minute mom face in an upcoming post.)

RULE 3: Dress Up At Home
Now, before you think I’m a total 1950’s Stepford Wife, I’m not suggesting you need to wear a dress and heels around the house. I am, however, strongly advocating that you create a bonfire for any hideous, oversized sweatpants and baggy shirts. You can be cozy and sexy at the same time. Swap out the man repellent sweats for leggings, and the baggy t-shirt for something a bit more form fitting. The key is not to look like you have a garbage bag on your body. Your ensemble should suggestively remind your hubby that you’re a hot commodity that he needs to worship and adore.

RULE 4: Thong It Up
I don’t know a single man that doesn’t like booty. I do, however, know plenty of men that don’t enjoy seeing four butt cheeks. Thongs have come a long way, ladies. Find something that is super comfy and live in it. I’ll make an exception if you want to wear sexy, lacy booty shorts that have no visible panty lines. I love Cosabella Never Say Never Hottie Hotpants.
Bonus Points: when the kids are not home, try randomly coming downstairs in your skivvies and fluffing a pillow or asking the hubby if he wants some tea. You may fluff more than a pillow and the kettle may not be the only thing that makes noise.
Extra Naughty Bonus Points: anything from Agent Provacateur

RULE 5: Don’t Put Him On The Style Spot
“Does this make me look fat?” “What do you think about my butt in these jeans?” “Eek can you see back fat in this top?” If you have ever posed these questions to your man, march into the bathroom and wash your mouth with soap. No man wants to be put on the spot about your weight. In fact, men don’t scrutinize over what we think are imperfections. What they do see/understand is confidence. There is nothing sexier than a woman who knows she has it going on. So, you’re All About the Bass, great. Not much going on in the booby category, mazel tov. Thick thighs, praise the Lord. Love you. Own your look. If you have something you want to improve, exercise and keep a healthy diet. But, never, ever ask your man any weight related questions. Is a recipe for a fight and no shtoopy shtoopy at night.

Overall take away: Always Be Your Best You! You’ll feel confidence, your man will appreciate the effort, and you’ll be setting a great example for your children about the importance of looking and therefore feeling your best.

Home Attire that's Sexy & Compfy

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IT Cosmetics is Best Beauty Brand, plus Spring 2014 Products

This is my everyday face which takes less than 2 minutes.
If you can’t find 2 minutes for yourself, we need to talk!
1. Tightline Full Lash Length Mascara Primer
2. Eyelift in a Tube
3. Airbrush blush stain, Sweet Cheeks
4. 
Feel The Moment anti-aging primer serum

I’ve been refereed to as “the human potpourri”. If a beauty item comes to the office, I’ll try and likely use it until the product runs out. I’ve enjoyed some products more than others, but mostly I didn’t have any loyalty in the cosmetics category (or facial care, for that matter). But, that all changed this past June when I was introduced to IT Cosmetics

IT (Innovative Technology) Cosmetics, rocks my world because it actually delivers everything that is promised on the packaging.  The proof was when, in typical “use whatever makeup you have” style, I grabbed the IT cosmetics items I received the previous day at a press preview, put on my face, and flew to London for a romantic weekend getaway. After not reapplying makeup for about 14+ hours, I woke up looking fresh, not flaky. For the next four days I marveled at the quality of the Buy Buy under eye concealer, the lip/cheek stain (which saves so much time) and the Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream in light.

The beauty of IT Cosmetics is that the owner, Jamie Kern Lima, works with plastic surgeons to create products that have anti-aging components, so you’re looking beautiful today while thinking about tomorrow. Also, unlike most beauty brands, IT doesn’t churn out dozens of new products. If it’s not right, it’s not coming out. 

Speaking of NEW products, they just launched two new products which are already part of my everyday routine: Feel the Moment serum and Eyelift in a Tube. 

1. Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette
2. 
Airbrush blush stain, Sweet Cheeks
3. Heavenly Luxe Flat Top Buffing Foundation Brush
4. Celebration Foundation Illumination, light
5. Feel The Moment anti-aging primer serum
6. Maybelline Great Waterproof Mascara (affordable classic I can’t give up yet)
7. Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream
8. Tightline Full Lash Length Mascara Primer
9. Eyelift in a Tube
10. No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, brown

Feel The Moment is an anti-aging, hydrating serum that’s like a spa in a box.  Using just a mini drop –  a VERY small amount – I put this on in a circular motion (which stimulates the skin) over my Naturapathica Calendula Essnetial Hydrating Cream every morning which locks in the moisturizer and creates o poreless, airbrushed skin effect. The smell of the jojoba is soothing and a great way for me to have a “meaningful me moment” before I go on to take care of everyone else in my world! A minute or two after application, I apply my at-home/casual face or my TV face (see above). $38 

IT Cosmetics, Feel The Moment anti-aging primer serum

Eyelife in a Tube is the updated version of my beloved Buy Buy Under Eye Concealer because it also has a Hello Light Liquid Brightener. Hello fabulous! This is also one of my everyday must-use items because it’s a fast way to fix the face even if you just have a minute to yourself, in the morning. Yes, you should wear this around the house even if it’s just you and the baby! I enjoy feeling pretty and knowing I’m doing something nourishing for the delicate skin under my eyes thanks to the hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, antioxidants and drops of light technology (the latter only found in IT Cosmetics). I use the Neutral/Medium. $29

IT Cosmetics, Eyelift in a Tube

Check out the companies co-founder, ultimate IT Girl and former TV anchor Jamie Kern Lima in her next QVC appearance, today, March 25, 2014 at  9PM EST. A full hour show follows on March 26th at 2AM. 

Tightline Full Lash Length Mascara Primer is now waterproof (doubles as
eyeliner when in a time crunch!) ;
Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream just a smidgen for the whole face
and you’ll be transformed, transported and transfixed by your beauty

Affordable Red Carpet Smile Style & Importance of Daily Glow

3D White Luxe FlexFit Whitestrips give me bright start every day
The +Oscars  are just hours away, which got me thinking about my daily Red Carpet mindset. I like to treat every day like it’s my personal, Red Carpet moment because every day is my opportunity to shine and be a bright star in my world. The same goes for all of you. I really want you to embrace and live with an Always Be Your Best You mindset.
With my husband’s help with the baby, Sundays, in particular, are a bonus chance for me to squeeze in extra me time to feel fabulous. Translation: I take a long, luxurious bath on top of my usual beauty rituals. I savor this precious hour and usually play classical music to enhance the relaxation.
I’m obsessed with my master bathroom
Sunday = mommy bath time 
On the daily, however, my time isn’t always my own and multitasking is key for this busy mom. So, I love that I can whiten my teeth while feeding my daughter or prepping for a TV segment with use +Crest3DWhite Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects.  She can’t tell me yet, but I know Ilana Rose loves mama’s pretty, smile style.
Always Be Your Best You essentials: 3D White Luxe FlexFit Whitestrips, 
lip gloss, mascara, blush &, of course, some diamonds in the ears

I’ve been using Crest whiting products for over three years. They are as essential – even when I’m just working from home – as my star diamond earnings, mascara, blush and lip gloss.  There are just certain things I can’t live without.

What are your beauty must-haves? How do you embrace my Always Be Your Best You mindset? I’d love to hear your comments. Tweet me tonight during the Oscars @PamelaPekrman.

This post is a paid collaboration with Crest. The opinions and copy belong to Pamela Pekerman and reflect her genuine love for the brand/product in question. You can’t buy her love, but she does need to buy a lot of diapers and diamonds.

What Your Chipped Nails Reveal About Your Self Value

I can’t take it any more! Ladies, stop neglecting your nails. 

When you have chipped nail polish, uneven nail lengths and unkempt cuticles you’re telling the world “I don’t care about myself.”You don’t need to look at me!Is that what you want as your walking billboard? 

A woman with chipped nails is like a man with major body odor – intolerable!

I know what you’re thinking.  

 
Pamela,I don’t always have time to get my nails done. Life is hectic and there are a million other things on my to-do list. 

 
Or, maybe you’re saying: Manicure? I can’t allocate money towards that, these days. 
 
Even worse, maybe you’re saying: Why bother. Nobody looks at my hands or any part of me. Frankly, I don’t want them to look my way. 

My recently shellaced nails. I missed the salon. 

I get it. No, I REALLY get it. For the past two months, I had no help mid-week with Ilana, a growing belly, restless legs, crazy/dangerous snow storms that kept us indoors, a desire to sleep at 7pm and backlogged work. I didn’t go to the nail salon for seven weeks and had to make due on my own. 

I GET IT! Between the hellish hours we keep at work just to ensure we still have a job (What no family dinner tonight? You have to stay at work until 11pm, again?), house errands that never seem to end (Didn’t I just do the white laundry? What do you mean we are out of milk?), trying to do right by our husbands/kids/parents (Yes, mom, I really want to come over this weekend, but we have to go grocery shopping, meet with contractors to discuss the new nursery and sleep) …. I’m going to stop because writing it makes me nauseatingly exhausted. 

Even though it’s very important to allocate time to yourself and ensure you are looking, and therefore feeling, your best, going to the salon isn’t a weekly or even biweekly option. There are several affordable home products and tips to ensure nifty nails. 

TIP 1 – Gelled nails last for 2-3 weeks and you can DIY at home with Red Carpet Manicure. Their Pro Kit ($79) will last for months, maybe even the whole year.

TIP 2 – If you don’t want to deal with the gels, Duri nail polish is a personal favorite. Aside from great colors, their top coats make your nails stronger and your cuticles healthy between proper manicures. 

TIP 3Afraid your manicurist skills aren’t that great? A clear or flesh color hue, like Duri’s Linen and Lace ($6), is better than nothing at all. It also helps hide a poor filing job or bitten nails. (PS Try not to bite your nails.)

TIP 4 In between home maintenance, pamper yourself every few weeks with a proper manicure. It’s going to do more fore your self-esteem than your daily cup of coffee from the local deli. 

I’m wishing you a happy and blessed weekend. Take care of those nails and you really are taking care of YOU, YOUR SELF IMAGE and even YOUR LEADERSHIP ROLE FOR YOUR FAMILY. Your husband/partner wants a confident you. Your kids deserve a mommy that loves herself and shows them how to take care of themselves. Everything you do in your beauty/style routine is a direct reflection of how you feel about yourself and I REALLY WANT YOU TO LOVE YOURSELF, set a good example for your family and ALWAYS BE YOUR BEST YOU

As always, I welcome your thoughts on this blog. Tweet me #AlwaysBeYourBestYou

At Your Doorstep Salon with Glamsquad App

As a busy mom, it’s not easy to squeeze in a hair appointment – even when you work mostly from home. I’ve had to SOS, beg stylists to come to my house at odd hours of the day! Now, my graveling days are over thanks to Glamsquad, a new app that will do for the beauty industry what Seamless Web has done for ordering takeout – make life convenient. 

First, decide on a hair style from their curated menu, created by Glamsquad Creative Director and former Senior Stylist at Frederic Fekkai Giovanni Vaccaro, Then, plug in your location (currently only offered in NYC and parts of Brooklyn), desired time of appointment and credit card information. A 20% gratuity will automatically be added, so there is no need for cash. You can set up an appointment ten days in advance, or as short notice as one hour. Considering the at-your-door, VIP service, pricing is very reasonable by New York standards – blowouts $50, braids $75, up-dos $85-$125.

Selection of hair style options from Glamsquad
Selection of hair style options from Glamsquad

More cities will be added in the near future, as well as additional glam services. 

PS At last week’s launch party, I had my favorite sidekick, Ms. Ilana Rose. She was amazing, clapping during the presentation and smiling as mommy got her hair braided. Then, she was all too excited to snatch my swag bag. Fortunately, I don’t mind sharing with my princess. 

Ilana watches mommy get glam at Glamsquad launch event
Ilana likes her gift bag