The Best-selling, Mom-Approved Bras and Shape Wear You’ll Wear Everyday

Finally get the support you need, Mama, with these highly-rated, fabulously functional “under your clothes” basics. We scoured the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and found the most loved, best reviewed pieces. So comfortable, you’ll want to live in them all year round. These amazing deals won’t last forever — actually they won’t last after the sale ends August 4 — so start shopping!

 

 Thinstincts Open Bust Mid Thigh Bodysuit, Main, color, VERY BLACK

Spanx Thinstinct Open Bust Midthigh Bodysuit 

Bust a move. This layer-ready bodysuit is designed to smooth out the tummy, thighs and waist without compressing the bust. One reviewer’s enthusiasm could only be expressed in all caps: “I GUESS I AM SO OLD THAT NOTHING COULD MAKE ME FEEL PRETTY AGAIN AND SOOOO COMFORTABLE! WHAT A BLESSING IT WAS. I LOOKED GREAT AND FELT ABLE TO MOVE WITHOUT FEELING LIKE I WAS BEING STUFFED INTO SOMETHING UNCOMFORTABLE. IT IS SO LIGHT AND EASY TO GET INTO.”

$58.90 AT NORDSTROM

(33% OFF after sale: $88.00)

 Rose Dream Custom Coverage Underwire Bra, Main, color, PINK CHAMPAGNE/ LEAD

Natori Custom Coverage Underwire Bra

This t-shirt bra with 1.2k reviews fits great and disappears under clothes with molded foam cups and a two-ply band. The lace straps and available colors add a pretty touch to a comfortable style.

$47.90 AT NORDSTROM

(33% OFF after sale: $72.00)

The Best-selling, Mom-Approved Bras and Shape Wear You'll Wear Everyday

Spanx Higher Power Mid-Thigh Shaping Shorts

Spanx for the memories. Keep all your wobbly bits under control while you put your curves on display.

$24.90 AT NORDSTROM

(34% OFF after sale: $38.00)

 How Perfect No-Wire Contour Bra, Main, color, CLOVE

Wacoal How Perfect No-Wire Contour Bra

Think wireless bras can’t provide the same support to your girls? Think again. These foam-lined cups smooth and shape without the worry they might eventually stab you in the flesh when you least expect it.

$40.90 AT NORDSTROM

(34% OFF after sale: $62.00)

The Best-selling, Mom-Approved Bras and Shape Wear You'll Wear Everyday

Wacoal Full Figure Underwire Bra

Over 1,500 reviews, including this one: “Best bra ever! I love the support and comfort. I’ve been wearing them for 10 years now. I like that the straps are not elastic, and it’s the only bra I can find with 4 hooks which really keeps the back in place.”

$32.90 AT NORDSTROM

(34% OFF after sale: $50)

 Bravado Designs Maternity 'Body Silk' Seamless Nursing Bra, Main, color, WHITE

Bravado Designs Seamless Body Silk Nursing Bra

“I love bulky, unsexy nursing bras,” said no one ever. That’s why you should grab this ultra-comfortable seamless one that’s virtually invisible under clothing.

$32.83 AT NORDSTROM

(33% OFF after sale: $49)

The Best-selling, Mom-Approved Bras and Shape Wear You'll Wear Everyday

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

With moisture-wicking fabric and a no-slip waistband, these stretchy, figure-sculpting leggings ensure you don’t sweat your ass off while you work out. With almost 6K reviews, you don’t have to take our word for it.

$38.90 AT NORDSTROM

(34% OFF after sale: $59)

Our mom experts only recommend picks they really love. We may earn a commission on purchases made through links from our site, but if we love it, we know you’ll love it. And we Scary Mommies gotta stick together.

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Cute Hospital Maternity Gowns You’ll Want to Wear Beyond Delivery Day

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While you’re actively pondering what to pack in your hospital bag for D-Day (you know, when you deliver your little cherub and mark the end of your sleep-inclusive lifestyle), we figured we’d drop a major truth bomb. Hospital maternity gowns are one of the best kept secrets to feeling your best on delivery day.

A labor and delivery gown that makes you feel your best is as essential as your toothbrush, if not more so. Why? Because a maternity ward nurse can always offer you a dollar-store-style toothbrush in a pinch, but a comfy, pre-washed robe that makes you feel like the she-ro you are? Nope! And it’s all for the best, because these picks are way cuter than the butt-out gowns from labor and delivery, anyway! Read on to see our favorites.

Posh Peanut Mommy Maternity Hospital Robe

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Is this one of the cutest hospital maternity gowns you’ve ever seen, or what? We love that it comes in a broad range of sizes, fun colors and prints, and has photo-worthy matching swaddles and gear just for newborns. If you’re planning to post birth announcements to your social media profiles from the hospital, you won’t be sorry you picked this.

Posh Peanut Maternity Robe And Swaddle Blanket Set

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If you already put the matching maternity robe in your shopping cart, you’re going to need this sugary-sweet matching baby swaddle and headband set for your mini. Can we take a minute to consider how cute you’ll both be for the rest of time?

Motherhood Maternity Lace Gown And Hospital Robe Set

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Son’s out, but no need for your buns out with that backless tie-on thing hospitals pass off as legitimate gowns. This machine-washable ensemble offers a pull-down nursing function so you can feed your baby without showing the world your still very-sore abs, easy matching, and soft blended fibers.

Figleaves Camelia Soft Touch Labor And Delivery Long Robe

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We’re team grey-all-the-way in this gender-neutral, ultra-soft addition to our list of the cutest hospital maternity gowns. You’ll easily get matchy-matchy with any of your favorite grey, white, or printed swaddles! Plus, you’ll never have to worry about baby spit up or learning the value of breast pads the hard way. It’s easy to toss in the wash, fits around your ever-changing belly size and shape, and your mom would totally approve. Expect to be the chicest mama in labor and delivery.

Ekouaer Labor And Delivery Gown

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane! Nope, it’s just one of the most versatile and cute hospital maternity gowns we’ve seen yet because it doubles as a nursing frock and nightgown. You can whip your milk makers out in a jiffy, cover up for trips to the nursery or NICU, or just pass right out in bed wearing it. It’s all good.

Giftgowns Blessed Mama Hospital Gown

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Imagine a normal, boring hospital gown transformed into a much more #blessed version. It’s accessible enough for you to wear during a long labor (but we hope not), easy to wash, and it easily displays the realest emotions to the world. The discreet shoulder snaps allow for easy breastfeeding, too.

LAMAZE Intimates Nursing And Breastfeeding Nightgown

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If you’re looking for a truly versatile piece you’ll be able to stretch beyond the maternity ward, this Lamaze Intimates sleeveless breastfeeding gown is screaming your name. It’s ideal for the first few hours after delivering your little one because it’s breathable, stretchy, soft, and offers easy boob access. It’s also a dream to wear with a pair of compression leggings or one of the best waist trainers for moms in the weeks that follow.

iLoveSIA Maternity Breastfeeding Nightgown

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If you’re planning to stay in the hospital more than one night, like for an elective c-section, you’re going to need backups of your best cute hospital maternity gown picks. This trip of breastfeeding gowns offers easy access, sleeveless styling in case your IV is left in a little longer or you need a few extra injections, and size-forgiving fabric that’s ideal for the first few days after giving birth through the next several sleepless weeks.

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Our mom experts only recommend picks they really love. We may earn a commission on purchases made through links from our site, but if we love it, we know you’ll love it. And we Scary Mommies gotta stick together. 

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These Cute One Piece Swimsuits Are So Flattering For Summer 2019

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With swimwear season in full swing, it’s an ideal time to find the most flattering swimsuits that will enhance your assets and your confidence. We turned to Jenni Burt, head of buying at Figleaves.com, for some legitimate guidance on how to find the one piece swimsuits that are designed to flatter a variety of body types. (You know we need it!)

Burt says, “Some of our best-sellers are swimsuits with discreet tummy control – that is, hidden support panels that smooth the silhouette. Hidden tummy control is available both in one piece swimsuits as well as the high-waisted bikini briefs.” Finding a cute one piece swimsuit that fits perfectly is every mama’s summertime daydream, but Burt says to stay open-minded about wearing swim separates, too.

“Bra-sized swim separates are a favorite in terms of finding the most flattering swimsuits,” Burt continues, “women are able to buy swimwear in cup and band sizing just like they do for their lingerie, meaning they’ll have the same perfect lift and support at the pool as they do under their clothes!”

Flattering swimwear isn’t limited to our boobs being sky-high though. Every woman’s body is different, and what flatters one gal may do the opposite for another, so it’s important to pull out all the tricks for every body type. Read on to see our one piece must-haves.

Ashley Graham X Swimsuits For All Fiesta Plunge One Piece Swimsuit

WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE MAKING A HOT DAY HOTTER

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Curvy ladies have been rejoicing ever since “plus-sized” model, Ashley Graham, partnered up with Swimsuits for All to create her own line of swimwear. The fully-lined one piece features elongating, high-cut leg openings and mesh detailing that provides a little more coverage while simultaneously showing off more skin.

Figleaves Frida Underwired One Piece Swimsuit

YOU’LL BE READY TO #INFLUENCE BY THE POOL

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This on-trend tropical, strapless bathing suit is far more flattering than you think, and if you feel reasonably confident in your arms and shoulders, you need to give this style a try. Burt says the happiness-invoking color combo is one of this year’s biggest trends, and the supportive underwire cups will lift, perk, and show your girls off just enough. There’s also a control panel for anyone interested in eating poolside BBQ, because it’s hard to have a flat stomach and buns (on your body, burger, or otherwise).

Tempt Me Women One Piece Bathing Suit

IT’S THE LITTLE BLACK SWIMSUIT EVERY WOMAN NEEDS

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This subtle-yet-sexy one piece swimsuit features a high neck design, push-up bra support, and a hook closure that will slim you down while accentuating your curves. The mesh material on the suit offers some see-through style that will make you feel comfortable about showing off just a little more skin. Our favorite part? The ruched midsection that will make your tummy look so flat. The material is stretchy and soft so you’ll be able to wear it the following summer even if you gain (or lose!) weight.

Miraclesuit Incan Treasure Odyssey One Piece Swimsuit

IT WILL MAKE YOU LOOK 10 POUNDS LIGHTER

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While 10 pounds probably doesn’t equate to a gym-all-the-time lifestyle, let’s be real, does anyone with a kid and a job even have that kind of time? Probably not. You can thank the Miraclesuit’s signature Miratex fabric for the appearance of a svelte waistline even if you’ve had a bajillion babies and poolside-margs.

Trina Turk Plunge Wrap One Piece Swimsuit

YOU’LL NEED TO FAN DOWN WITH PALM FRONDS

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Is it just us or do you look like an absolute fire bomb in low-cut wrap front pieces? That’s what we thought, you totally do. This designer suit is worth every cent thanks to figure-hugging cuts and a draping, low-cut neckline that encourages eyes to land at 10:00 and 2:00 instead of the areas you may not love that much. And actually, it’s easy to breastfeed in… if that’s where you are in life.

Figleaves Edge Plunge Neck Shaping One Piece

YOUR NEW SUMMER GO-TO FOR YEARS TO COME

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If you’re basically living in Spanx, have birthed something resembling a human, and don’t have time to be in the gym 23 hours a day, there’s a good chance the most flattering swimsuits for you include tummy control. Plus, this dark silhouette is naturally slimming, hard-t0-stain with addictively-good ice pop juice, and holds up to loads of vacation time.

Hilor Women’s One Piece Swimsuit

FOR A FEMININE AND FLIRTY FEEL

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When you feel like slipping into something a bit more feminine, go for this off-the-shoulder one piece that features ruched material at the midsection and ruffles that will totally disguise any underarm pudge. Slip some shorts (or a skirt!) over it before heading to the pool and call it an outfit.

Magicsuit Solid 19 Misty One Piece

IT’S LIKE SWIMMING IN YOUR FAVORITE WRAP DRESS

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Mama: This suit makes it possible to keep your shapewear on. That’s what this ultra-flattering and timeless Magicsuit one piece has to offer. You’ll probably want to wear it every day, and you’ll be proud to stand (with your leg angled in a strange sideways fashion) for a photo to keep up with the other neighborhood moms on social media. Except you’ll be cuter, because this cute suit screams high-end, and makes you look like you’ve never been to an all-you-can-eat buffet at the same time. It comes in a variety of sizes, up to size 16!

Coolibar UPF 50+ Escalante Swimsuit

BODY-ENHANCING AND SUN-PROTECTING

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If you’re prone to forgetting to reapply your sunscreen every hour (yeah, that’s how often you’re supposed to), can’t reach your back, or just love how genuinely flattering swimsuits can be with long sleeves, this Coolibar suit will suit you. The fabric offers UPF 50+ without you having to think, and the fun pattern mildly confuses the eye to make you appear slim and trim in all the places you want, and a little more robust in others. Consider this the swim equivalent of a Magic Eye puzzle that makes you look super cute and not at all like a lobster.

Marinavida Swimsuit

THE TWO-PIECE SWIMSUIT YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH

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While cute one piece swimsuits seem to be the main go-to during a summer packed with poolside parties and family beach days, there are two piece options you’ll likely feel great about getting away with, too. This bathing suit by Marinavida is a top-seller, and it won’t disappoint. The high-waisted bottoms feature flattering, ruched fabric, and the flowing tankini top will gracefully cover any midsection bulge.

Parfait Oceane Soft Padded Bikini Swim Top

COOL SUPPORT FOR THE GIRLS

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Remember how Burt mentioned a bra-sized swim separate can be a flattering alternative to a one piece swimsuit? Pair this supportive, padded top with whatever favorite matching bottoms you already own. You can opt for a high-waisted tummy-control brief in a neon color for an on-trend tropical dose of happiness… or solid navy blue standby bottoms you’ve loved for years. Either way, expect your girls to look like they’ve been put back in their upright and original position when you put this push-up style swim top on.

Read More: 

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Our mom experts only recommend picks they really love. We may earn a commission on purchases made through links from our site, but if we love it, we know you’ll love it. And we Scary Mommies gotta stick together. 

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Dry Hair Driving You Nuts? Add This To Your Routine

 

Full Disclosure: I live in one of the driest climates in the United States! I’m in Utah and we literally rank #2 driest climate.  Yes, we even beat Arizona.

 

 

As you can guess, my skin and hair are DRY.  Well, I just found something new that solves the hair problem.

The trick? Try switching out your hair dryer.

Confession. I used a little blue hair dryer for literally 20 years! From the time I was 18, until I was 38! It was held together with electrical tape in it’s last days.

I upgraded and bought a fancy hair dryer. Like the $150 kind. Indeed it dries my hair faster (it’s like unto being in a wind tunnel) but it has definitely dried my hair out a bit and I’ve got a few complaints. The buttons on the handle are horribly designed so that when I hold the handle I’m constantly accidentally turning it off or changing the heat. My girls complain that it burns their head, and it typically leaves me with a bunch of tangles. It’s always falling off the counter, I take some responsibility for that – but it still drives me nuts. But it does dry my hair fast.

Panasonic reached out and asked us to review their “Nanoe™ Moisture Infusion Hair Dryer” with promises of increased moisture and shine. Since I’m a little underwhelmed with my current hair dryer I was game!

Could a hair dryer really ADD moisture to my hair?

 

We Tried It: Our Panasonic Nanoe Hair Dryer Review

My kids and I tried the Panasonic hair dryer out (my husband has no hair, he’s disqualified). We’ve all got different hair types:

  • Me = Thick + On The Dry Side
  • 9-Year-Old = Fine (Thin) + Rats Nest
  • 14-Year-Old Girl = Fine (But Lots of Hair) + Damaged/Dry From Some Ombre Highlights
  • 15-Year-Old Boy = Fine + Bleached + Uses Lots of Product

My Review

I’ve got LOADS of hair. The weather in Utah is hard on my hair and skin.  Because it’s so dry here my hair can get really staticky (which is my biggest complaint about the dry weather). I use a leave in conditioner to help with that and even then my hair is still a bit dry.

This dryer totally tamed my hair. I was skeptical that a dryer could actually add moisture BUT when I was finished my hair definitely softer and the texture was more smooth (and that was WITHOUT using the leave in conditioner).

It did take a bit more time to dry than my wind tunnel machine hair dryer — but the difference is definitely obvious. My guess is that over time I would have LESS split ends by using this hair dryer. 

9-Year-Old Girl

Her hair is fine and SO tangly in the morning. We used the hair dryer this morning before school and her hair was smooth and felt thicker. It really added volume. I also noticed that by day 2 her hair still looked great.  It still felt thicker and continued to behave a whole lot better. 

I’ve got ZERO usable sound bites from her, because let’s all be real . . . the 9-year-old could care less about the hair dryer (or what her hair looks like). Those were the days!

14-Year-Old Girl

She’s due for a haircut. Her hair has grown to insane lengths, she “ombred” the ends of her hair this year, and she’s got some crazy new growth coming in all over her head. Did that happen to you in middle school?!? It’s crazy!

Here’s what she said:

“MOM! Look at my hair! This dryer is LIT! My hair is way softer, my flyaways (shorter new growth) are not sticking up (this was revolutionary), it’s like I’m having a good hair day! It took a little longer to dry but it’s worth it.”

15-Year-Old Boy

OK, so my son then my son felt left out. He literally said “Yo! How does that blow dryer work?”

He regularly uses a hair dryer too. Boys these days . . . they need volume and product to keep their hair looking it’s best! He, in true teenage boy style, recently bleached his hair to a yellow / platinum. He and 10 of his buddies look just like 1994.

He felt like his hair was softer and held on to his product better.

 

The Verdict?

The best part is that I got my kids feedback BEFORE they even knew we were reviewing this product online. They thought that I had just brought home a new hair dryer. 

Bottom line:

Better design than my $150 dryer (the buttons are in the right place, it sits perfectly on the counter top). Temperature control was perfect – my biggest critics (my girls) were not getting after me about the heat.

Did it really add moisture to our hair? YES! And it made a visible difference with the first use and the difference sticks. 

 

Here’s How It Works

How does the Nanoe™ technology work, you might ask? Here’s what Panasonic has to say:

It draws naturally occurring ions present in the air and breaks them down into significantly smaller particles that are then combined and held together by water molecules. These new moisture-rich nanoe hair dryer particles—with nearly 1,000 times more moisture than regular ions—are infused into the hair while styling. In essence, the nanoe Hair Dryer helps protect and beautify your hair by taking moisture that’s outside and putting it on the inside. The result = smoother, shinier and stronger hair.

 

Would I Buy It?

Yep. Cheaper than my other dryer, no complaints on design or function, and YES it really does add moisture to your hair (that sticks)!

 

Pricing + availability:

BestBuy.com; $89.99 + free shipping

 

For more information:

Visit Panasonic.com

Follow @PanasonicBeauty on Instagram

Follow Panasonic Beauty on Twitter

Follow Panasonic North America on Facebook

 

Disclosure

This post is sponsored by Panasonic. As always, the opinions are our own. If we don’t think a product is a good fit for our audience we’ll turn the project down or give you our honest feedback about it.  Bottom line on this project? Everyone at our house is excited to have added this gadget to our arsenal!

 

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Dry Hair Driving You Nuts? Add This To Your Routine


 

Full Disclosure: I live in one of the driest climates in the United States! I’m in Utah and we literally rank #2 driest climate.  Yes, we even beat Arizona.

 

 

As you can guess, my skin and hair are DRY.  Well, I just found something new that solves the hair problem.

The trick? Try switching out your hair dryer.

Confession. I used a little blue hair dryer for literally 20 years! From the time I was 18, until I was 38! It was held together with electrical tape in it’s last days.

I upgraded and bought a fancy hair dryer. Like the $150 kind. Indeed it dries my hair faster (it’s like unto being in a wind tunnel) but it has definitely dried my hair out a bit and I’ve got a few complaints. The buttons on the handle are horribly designed so that when I hold the handle I’m constantly accidentally turning it off or changing the heat. My girls complain that it burns their head, and it typically leaves me with a bunch of tangles. It’s always falling off the counter, I take some responsibility for that – but it still drives me nuts. But it does dry my hair fast.

Panasonic reached out and asked us to review their “Nanoe™ Moisture Infusion Hair Dryer” with promises of increased moisture and shine. Since I’m a little underwhelmed with my current hair dryer I was game!

Could a hair dryer really ADD moisture to my hair?

 

We Tried It: Our Panasonic Nanoe Hair Dryer Review

My kids and I tried the Panasonic hair dryer out (my husband has no hair, he’s disqualified). We’ve all got different hair types:

  • Me = Thick + On The Dry Side
  • 9-Year-Old = Fine (Thin) + Rats Nest
  • 14-Year-Old Girl = Fine (But Lots of Hair) + Damaged/Dry From Some Ombre Highlights
  • 15-Year-Old Boy = Fine + Bleached + Uses Lots of Product

My Review

I’ve got LOADS of hair. The weather in Utah is hard on my hair and skin.  Because it’s so dry here my hair can get really staticky (which is my biggest complaint about the dry weather). I use a leave in conditioner to help with that and even then my hair is still a bit dry.

This dryer totally tamed my hair. I was skeptical that a dryer could actually add moisture BUT when I was finished my hair definitely softer and the texture was more smooth (and that was WITHOUT using the leave in conditioner).

It did take a bit more time to dry than my wind tunnel machine hair dryer — but the difference is definitely obvious. My guess is that over time I would have LESS split ends by using this hair dryer. 

9-Year-Old Girl

Her hair is fine and SO tangly in the morning. We used the hair dryer this morning before school and her hair was smooth and felt thicker. It really added volume. I also noticed that by day 2 her hair still looked great.  It still felt thicker and continued to behave a whole lot better. 

I’ve got ZERO usable sound bites from her, because let’s all be real . . . the 9-year-old could care less about the hair dryer (or what her hair looks like). Those were the days!

14-Year-Old Girl

She’s due for a haircut. Her hair has grown to insane lengths, she “ombred” the ends of her hair this year, and she’s got some crazy new growth coming in all over her head. Did that happen to you in middle school?!? It’s crazy!

Here’s what she said:

“MOM! Look at my hair! This dryer is LIT! My hair is way softer, my flyaways (shorter new growth) are not sticking up (this was revolutionary), it’s like I’m having a good hair day! It took a little longer to dry but it’s worth it.”

15-Year-Old Boy

OK, so my son then my son felt left out. He literally said “Yo! How does that blow dryer work?”

He regularly uses a hair dryer too. Boys these days . . . they need volume and product to keep their hair looking it’s best! He, in true teenage boy style, recently bleached his hair to a yellow / platinum. He and 10 of his buddies look just like 1994.

He felt like his hair was softer and held on to his product better.

 

The Verdict?

The best part is that I got my kids feedback BEFORE they even knew we were reviewing this product online. They thought that I had just brought home a new hair dryer. 

Bottom line:

Better design than my $150 dryer (the buttons are in the right place, it sits perfectly on the counter top). Temperature control was perfect – my biggest critics (my girls) were not getting after me about the heat.

Did it really add moisture to our hair? YES! And it made a visible difference with the first use and the difference sticks. 

 

Here’s How It Works

How does the Nanoe™ technology work, you might ask? Here’s what Panasonic has to say:

It draws naturally occurring ions present in the air and breaks them down into significantly smaller particles that are then combined and held together by water molecules. These new moisture-rich nanoe hair dryer particles—with nearly 1,000 times more moisture than regular ions—are infused into the hair while styling. In essence, the nanoe Hair Dryer helps protect and beautify your hair by taking moisture that’s outside and putting it on the inside. The result = smoother, shinier and stronger hair.

 

Would I Buy It?

Yep. Cheaper than my other dryer, no complaints on design or function, and YES it really does add moisture to your hair (that sticks)!

 

Pricing + availability:

BestBuy.com; $89.99 + free shipping

 

For more information:

Visit Panasonic.com

Follow @PanasonicBeauty on Instagram

Follow Panasonic Beauty on Twitter

Follow Panasonic North America on Facebook

 

Disclosure

This post is sponsored by Panasonic. As always, the opinions are our own. If we don’t think a product is a good fit for our audience we’ll turn the project down or give you our honest feedback about it.  Bottom line on this project? Everyone at our house is excited to have added this gadget to our arsenal!

 

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Dry Hair Driving You Nuts? Add This To Your Routine


 

Full Disclosure: I live in one of the driest climates in the United States! I’m in Utah and we literally rank #2 driest climate.  Yes, we even beat Arizona.

 

 

As you can guess, my skin and hair are DRY.  Well, I just found something new that solves the hair problem.

The trick? Try switching out your hair dryer.

Confession. I used a little blue hair dryer for literally 20 years! From the time I was 18, until I was 38! It was held together with electrical tape in it’s last days.

I upgraded and bought a fancy hair dryer. Like the $150 kind. Indeed it dries my hair faster (it’s like unto being in a wind tunnel) but it has definitely dried my hair out a bit and I’ve got a few complaints. The buttons on the handle are horribly designed so that when I hold the handle I’m constantly accidentally turning it off or changing the heat. My girls complain that it burns their head, and it typically leaves me with a bunch of tangles. It’s always falling off the counter, I take some responsibility for that – but it still drives me nuts. But it does dry my hair fast.

Panasonic reached out and asked us to review their “Nanoe™ Moisture Infusion Hair Dryer” with promises of increased moisture and shine. Since I’m a little underwhelmed with my current hair dryer I was game!

Could a hair dryer really ADD moisture to my hair?

 

We Tried It: Our Panasonic Nanoe Hair Dryer Review

My kids and I tried the Panasonic hair dryer out (my husband has no hair, he’s disqualified). We’ve all got different hair types:

  • Me = Thick + On The Dry Side
  • 9-Year-Old = Fine (Thin) + Rats Nest
  • 14-Year-Old Girl = Fine (But Lots of Hair) + Damaged/Dry From Some Ombre Highlights
  • 15-Year-Old Boy = Fine + Bleached + Uses Lots of Product

My Review

I’ve got LOADS of hair. The weather in Utah is hard on my hair and skin.  Because it’s so dry here my hair can get really staticky (which is my biggest complaint about the dry weather). I use a leave in conditioner to help with that and even then my hair is still a bit dry.

This dryer totally tamed my hair. I was skeptical that a dryer could actually add moisture BUT when I was finished my hair definitely softer and the texture was more smooth (and that was WITHOUT using the leave in conditioner).

It did take a bit more time to dry than my wind tunnel machine hair dryer — but the difference is definitely obvious. My guess is that over time I would have LESS split ends by using this hair dryer. 

9-Year-Old Girl

Her hair is fine and SO tangly in the morning. We used the hair dryer this morning before school and her hair was smooth and felt thicker. It really added volume. I also noticed that by day 2 her hair still looked great.  It still felt thicker and continued to behave a whole lot better. 

I’ve got ZERO usable sound bites from her, because let’s all be real . . . the 9-year-old could care less about the hair dryer (or what her hair looks like). Those were the days!

14-Year-Old Girl

She’s due for a haircut. Her hair has grown to insane lengths, she “ombred” the ends of her hair this year, and she’s got some crazy new growth coming in all over her head. Did that happen to you in middle school?!? It’s crazy!

Here’s what she said:

“MOM! Look at my hair! This dryer is LIT! My hair is way softer, my flyaways (shorter new growth) are not sticking up (this was revolutionary), it’s like I’m having a good hair day! It took a little longer to dry but it’s worth it.”

15-Year-Old Boy

OK, so my son then my son felt left out. He literally said “Yo! How does that blow dryer work?”

He regularly uses a hair dryer too. Boys these days . . . they need volume and product to keep their hair looking it’s best! He, in true teenage boy style, recently bleached his hair to a yellow / platinum. He and 10 of his buddies look just like 1994.

He felt like his hair was softer and held on to his product better.

 

The Verdict?

The best part is that I got my kids feedback BEFORE they even knew we were reviewing this product online. They thought that I had just brought home a new hair dryer. 

Bottom line:

Better design than my $150 dryer (the buttons are in the right place, it sits perfectly on the counter top). Temperature control was perfect – my biggest critics (my girls) were not getting after me about the heat.

Did it really add moisture to our hair? YES! And it made a visible difference with the first use and the difference sticks. 

 

Here’s How It Works

How does the Nanoe™ technology work, you might ask? Here’s what Panasonic has to say:

It draws naturally occurring ions present in the air and breaks them down into significantly smaller particles that are then combined and held together by water molecules. These new moisture-rich nanoe hair dryer particles—with nearly 1,000 times more moisture than regular ions—are infused into the hair while styling. In essence, the nanoe Hair Dryer helps protect and beautify your hair by taking moisture that’s outside and putting it on the inside. The result = smoother, shinier and stronger hair.

 

Would I Buy It?

Yep. Cheaper than my other dryer, no complaints on design or function, and YES it really does add moisture to your hair (that sticks)!

 

Pricing + availability:

BestBuy.com; $89.99 + free shipping

 

For more information:

Visit Panasonic.com

Follow @PanasonicBeauty on Instagram

Follow Panasonic Beauty on Twitter

Follow Panasonic North America on Facebook

 

Disclosure

This post is sponsored by Panasonic. As always, the opinions are our own. If we don’t think a product is a good fit for our audience we’ll turn the project down or give you our honest feedback about it.  Bottom line on this project? Everyone at our house is excited to have added this gadget to our arsenal!

 

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Do It Yourself Fashion—How to Be Your Own Dressmaker

Have you ever seen an outfit in a magazine or on TV and thought “wow – that looks great, I wish I could have something like that?” Well, the good news is that dressmaking, i.e. making your own clothes, is really not as difficult as it might seem at first. Of course, you won’t want to try a full-length bridal gown, or tailored two-piece suit for your first effort, but even complete novices can make a simple skirt, top or shift dress that looks great and is completely unique.

If you are tempted by the idea of being your own dressmaker, you will be able to find everything you need at Spotlight. With a wealth of fabrics, sewing equipment, patterns, trims, haberdashery and all other sewing essentials, you can find everything you need to make beautiful outfits, and all in one convenient place.

 

Get Inspired

Once you have decided you want to make an outfit, your first action should be to find a pattern. You don’t absolutely need a sewing pattern to start dressmaking, but it is the safest way to start your dressmaking efforts, and it will give you some knowledge of how clothing is put together. The best way to do this is to buy a pattern or two and start sewing something. At Spotlight, the large range of sewing patterns includes several that are marked easy, which means they are not made up of too many pieces and will be suitable for beginners. If you are not confident enough to tackle dressmaking straightaway, you could always start with an easier item such as a stylish tote bag.

 

Get Started Dressmaking

If you are new to dressmaking, you will need to look at buying some equipment that will help you when creating your designs.

  • Sewing machine – There are many sewing machines on the market today, and some of them do very complicated things such as embroidery, overlocking, blind hemming, and more. To start with, keep your machine simple – you can always upgrade later to a fancy model. The Brother GS2510 has 25 different stitching styles and is easy to operate and maintain.
  • Scissors – No dressmaker should be without a pair of good quality, sharp scissors, such as the Fiskars Dressmakers Scissors or similar. Scissors are not cheap but this is one area where you cannot compromise on quality – buy the best you can afford. To make sure you keep your scissors sharp, make sure they are not used for other projects such as paper cutting, as this tends to blunt them.
  • Haberdashery – This term covers all your sewing essentials such as measuring tapes, pins, thread, zips, buttons or other fastenings and much more. Check your pattern, it will have a list of the items needed for your dressmaking project. If you are starting out, take a look at some of the sewing kits available at Spotlight, which will get you all the basics in one handy pack.
  • Iron and ironing board – Last but not least, make sure your iron and ironing board are close at hand, as you may need to iron certain parts of your dressmaking project before sewing it onto something else.

 

Get Creative

This is where the fun really starts. Choosing your fabric. Browse through the many pages of fabrics at Spotlight to get inspired by the beautiful colors, designs and textures that they offer. You may already have a fabric in mind, or you may be guided by your pattern, which will recommend a certain type of fabric. Beginning dressmakers should keep in mind that thin, silky materials can be tricky to control when you have little practice, so start with something like cotton, which is not quite as slippery. Thick, bulky fabrics, gauze, and net can also be difficult to handle when you are a novice.

Your pattern will tell you how much fabric is needed for your chosen creation. Most dressmaking fabrics are between 120 and 140 cm wide, but materials do vary. Patterns will indicate with an arrow in which direction you should place a certain pattern piece, this may be because of the design of the fabric (for instance if you have striped fabric) or the sheen (fabrics such as velvet and silk can look quite different depending on how the light strikes them) or even the stretch in the fabric.

Of course, since you are making your own dress or outfit, you can be as individual or creative as you like. Fancy a contrasting color zip? Some outrageous buttons? Or ostrich feathers? It is all possible.

For everything from neat bias binding to elegant and colorful tassels, check out the great range of trims at Spotlight.

So, whether you want to make your own clothes, clothes for your kids, or even projects for around the home such as quilts, toys, decorative items or curtains, blinds and bedding, Spotlight will have everything you need for your dressmaking, sewing or craft project.

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I Have A New Leggings Obsession: They Are ‘Buttah’ Soft And Only $13

Last month, I told you all about the yoga pants that I simply could not live without. Comfortable, durable, high-waist panel, solid colors. They are an all-around win, but…

The comment section was also filled with feedback saying VIV collection leggings were an absolute must. So, of course, I had to check them out, and though I never doubted you all…

I am happy to report that Scary Mommy readers do a damn good job of lookin’ out for their fellow moms on a mission to find comfortable, stretchy pants.

These are amazing. So freaking soft. Not see-through. Only $13 to $14. And according to the comments, people are genuinely stoked that they don’t have to host a party, join a group, or jump through any hoops to snag a pair.

At this price, I think they are worth a shot for anyone who likes to be able to have full range of motion while going through their daily life.

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I Am Just A LuLaRoe Addict Trying To Find My Unicorn(s)

It started with a pair of black leggings. My friend was in a “Battle of the Hostesses” party and invited me. I do love a good pair of leggings, so I was intrigued enough to go. I didn’t know anything about LuLaRoe at the time, and I remember thinking that $25 for a pair of leggings was a little steep, especially when my favorite H&M leggings were only 12 bucks.

My friend swore to me that she’d never felt anything so buttery soft, so I took a chance. I only bought one pair that first time, and I was hooked. I couldn’t believe how comfortable they were. I never wanted to take them off. I think I wore them for three (maybe four) days in a row. I wasn’t even remotely ashamed to admit it. In fact, I posted a Facebook status about how much I freaking loved them because I needed to tell the world. And I discovered that I wasn’t alone — so many of my friends agreed.

Once I went public with my love for LuLaRoe, I had a bunch of friends giving me all sorts of recommendations for shopping. They added me to groups — so many groups. They explained the importance of following multiple consultants to maximize your options for finding cute stuff, especially since each consultant carries different inventory. I learned about “unicorns,” the most coveted and hardest-to-find prints, but I was assured that if I was in enough groups I might be able to find the ones I wanted most.

A friend of mine told me that her sister was just beginning a LuLaRoe business and put us in touch. I felt like I was getting in at the ground level, and that always comes with perks. She is the consultant I buy from the most. I’m not entirely loyal, but I do think having a go-to LuLa dealer is the secret to getting the best selection and first dibs.

I had no idea when I bought the plain black leggings that they were such a hot commodity in the LuLa community, and that it was going to be damn impossible to find another pair. They are a unicorn! I was kind of bummed because, I mean, plain black leggings go with everything. I never saw the need for solid leggings in colors like pink or blue, so I just turned my attention to the leggings with prints, which is something totally out of my comfort zone.

I hate wearing things that call attention to my bottom half, so prints were not my thing. But damn you, LuLaRoe, there were so many cute patterns that I couldn’t resist. My first pair had ladybugs on them. I love ladybugs. After that, I’ve never bought another solid-colored pair. I have all kinds of crazy patterns: geometric shapes, masquerade masks, sunglasses, cassette tapes, and hipster penguins. Yes, I said hipster penguins.

The leggings are what everyone associates with the brand, but it’s so much more than leggings. The tops are tailored the exact way I like, especially as a tall woman. They’re longer than your average shirt because they know people will be pairing them with leggings. They provide maximum coverage so that my butt and labia aren’t all hanging out, and people won’t judge me for wearing leggings as pants. The dresses are super cute too. I don’t usually like a form-fitting dress, but I gave one a try, and I actually love it.

The leggings are still my favorite though. I have my own personal selection of unicorns that I am determined to find. I have put out the word to my LuLaRoe-loving pals to be on the lookout for me, and I reciprocate by keeping an eye out for them. My insane quests started with a pair of sugar skull leggings that were a part of the Halloween collection. I sat in my sister’s car driving through New Jersey obsessively refreshing one sale group to get them, and I didn’t freaking get them. My friend eventually found them for me in a different group. It was a resale group, and since people who aren’t consultants are selling, you may have to pay over retail. I did, and I will never tell you how much, but they were so worth it.

I’ve discovered that buy/sell groups are a great resource for finding your unicorns (wait, maybe I shouldn’t be giving away my secrets?), but the real place to go is eBay. I have managed to score all but one pair of my highly coveted unicorns on eBay — over retail, of course, but I wanted them so badly that I gladly forked over the extra cash. We all have our vices, people, and no, I’m not a consultant, and no, I’m not getting paid by LuLaRoe, and no, I didn’t receive any free product. I’m just in love with crazy-patterned leggings that glide on like buttah.

I know that a lot of people have some strong feelings about LuLaRoe, and I can’t say that I haven’t thought some of them myself. Yes, they’re expensive. But they’re my special thing. I use them to treat myself, and have added LuLaRoe into my monthly and weekly budget. (Shut up.) I don’t buy a lot of stuff these days, so I figure that there are worse ways to spend my money. At least I get a lot of use out of them. In fact, I haven’t worn jeans in months. Sorry, not sorry.

9 Reasons I’m Giving Up Tampons For Period Panties

We need to talk about our periods more.  I’m tired of it being so taboo, and so is THINX:

THINX period panties

When I reached out to them to try out their panties, they quickly obliged and sent not only a set for me, but a few pairs for some of our other editors to try!!

 

THINX panties

I’m going to add My 9 Reasons You NEEEEED to try THINX Panties:

1. They’re just awesome

I gave them a FULL test run as soon as I could.  I wore a pair on the first day of my period (normally 4-6 super tampons in an 8 hour time) and then layered light colored leggings over them (so I would KNOW if they leaked).  I wore those panties for a full 8 hours and couldn’t believe it-no leaks, no smell and did not feel at all like I was in a diaper.  The fabric is thin and super absorbent!

2. They’re better for your vagina

Tampons and pads have a surprising amount of chemicals and your vagina is made up of mucous membrane, meaning much of those chemicals are easily absorbed into your body.  Ew.  Using alternative methods for managing your period like THINX panties is an excellent way to avoid those chemicals!  I’ve also heard many reports of women no longer suffering cramps or repeated vaginal infections after getting away from tampons specifically.

3. Free-bleeding can shorten your period

I know, this is all starting to sound too good to be true.  But it’s not-it’s all true!  Wearing these period panties consistently shortened my period by at least 1 day!  Allowing all of the fluid to exit your body instead of trying to plug up the hole makes a big difference.

THINX panties

4.  You’re saving the planet

If you consider the waste that is created by ruined panties, pads, tampons and wrappers…it’s a lot.  Using these panties reduces all of that waste!  I’ve now used mine for a few cycles and by following the washing instructions they still look and function like brand-new!

5. They’ll save you money

I posed the question on FB wondering what questions my lady friends had about THINX panties.  The biggest response I received was inquiries about the price.  After adding it all up, however, these panties save you quite a bit of money over time.  No more buying pads or tampons, no more ruining panties and buying new ones, and if they successfully reduce your cramps-no more midol!

6. Postpartum!!!

How great are these for postpartum!?  That idea got me more excited than anything.  During a time when you only have the option to wear pads and diapers you can slip into a pair of these silky soft, thin undies instead!  I love knowing I won’t have to deal with re-positioning pads and mesh panties next baby!

THINX panties

7. They have several different styles

I loved getting to try all of the different styles-I’m traditionally more of a hiphugger girl when I wear panties and I was surprised how much I loved the high-waisted style.  They even have a thong that holds up to half a tampons worth of fluid (I tried it and was completely blown away).

8. They are comfortable

The first time I put them on, I was surprised at how soft and comfortable they were. I was sort of expecting part of the mechanics of these panties to be constricting —think about those plastic pants for kids you have to put over swim diapers at the pool! A tiny part of me was expecting that feeling. Nope. Not only are they comfortable as a panty, but the absorbent area in the crotch wicks away the moisture so you don’t feel soggy—AT ALL.

9.  They give back

THINX isn’t only out to help developed countries like the US, but to help out many under-developed countries as well.  With every pair of panties sold they send funds to their partner organization, AFRIpads, which is on the ground in Uganda with 130 employees and four factories.  AFRIpads trains women to sew and sell washable, reusable cloth pads, turning local women into entrepreneurs.  Because of donations by THINX over 35,000 Ugandan girls have been able to return to school.