Monday, December 21, 2015

Doll Houses and More Doll House, Which to Choose?

There are many doll houses to choose from this holiday, but finding the right one is not as easy.  We have had our share of doll houses and some are major fails and others are keepers. Here is some help in choosing the right house for you.

Fisher-Price: A+

Fisher-Price knows how to make a doll house. This is a great first time doll house for your little one. The line in Little People is strong and sturdy. Most important for the young ones it has many buttons to play with that come with a variety of notices. For example my Maddie loves the farm one because it has just about every farm animal sounds. Major bounce, not much assemble required and store easily.

Cost: $20+

Doc McStuffin Clinic Dollhouse: B+

This is a cute starter home. It had moving pieces with fun noises. And if you little one leans on it you don't have to worry that it will fall apart. It is easy to assemble and a fun home for your little one. Couple of down points is that once the items are removed from home there is no sound effects inside the house.

Cost: $75 ( I bought this for half the price after Christmas sale)

Dora the Explore Homes: A

This is a great home for 2+ (advised for 3+).  We have the Fisher-Price Dora The Explore: Playtime Together Dora and Me Dollhouse and it is lots of fun. This is a three level home with enough room inside that the kids will love. It also has a couple of buttons for sounds, like the door bell and the refrigerator. My daughter loves this house. You can always add on with additional furniture and friends. For parents it's easy to put together, sturdy, and most important you can store very easily as it flattens up. There are several options of these homes and all just as great.
Cost: $30+
A Kids Craft: A

This is a great big girl play house. I would say this is 5+ and up. These are for Barbie lovers. Their are a variety of sizes and all are pretty large. There are many room and areas in the house for your little one to play with. A major wow factor for any little girl. I will tell you that majority of Kids Craft require major assembly due to many small parts. With that said, this doll house is pretty sturdy. I saw my friends toddler climb her sisters Kids Craft doll house and it held her with no problem.

Cost: $99+

Mattel: C-

You would think that the company that made the Barbie Dream House would be the best of the best. It truly is not the case. Last year I ran around town looking for the Frozen Castle that was on Abbey's Santa list. Lots of work for just an ok castle. It's not hard to assemble, it's just flimsy. Many of the small pieces just come off easily  and some of the parts are pretty cheap. In addition, it doesn't have much area inside the house to really play in. It's mostly around the house that my daughter plays in. For being "The Frozen Castle," and for the price it really is a big disappointment. And for the smaller homes I suggest just passing.

Frozen Castle: $89-$115

 My Little Pony: C+

Love, love my Little Pony, but not so much love for the castles. There are many part and takes so much time to build. Mainly because it is not sturdy. It falls apart easily. As a parent I would avoid. With that said my daughter does love them. It's a love and hate kind of thing. My daughter loves them, but when at a friends she tried moving it and the pieces kept coming apart. She got frustrated and gave up on the house. With that said when it is put together, she loves every moment playing with the house.

Cost: $39

Disney Jr. Sofia the First Magical Talking Castle: B+


My then 4 year-old got the Disney Jr. Sofia the first Magical Talking Castle as a gift last year and both girls and my younger daughter love playing with it. There is two levels to play and each level has a very royal design. The best part is the center piece in which you can put your doll up on and each will say something different. There are many mini Sofia and friends dolls and each has something to say at this castle. The house could be a bit stronger, but if I need to move it, there is no worries of it falling apart.

About $59

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Santa List: Equestria Girls Friendship Games Dolls

Time is ticking until Christmas morning. Here is one of my haves to put under the girls Christmas tree that I want to share with you... My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games dolls.  We have all the dolls from the first movies and the new collection from the Friendship Games movie is out. It's more color, style and friendship.

What I look for in my gifts, especially having girls, is sending them a positive message. I feel that Equestian girls dolls fit that check list. They show that are all about friendship and forgiveness. My girls have a blast playing with their current dolls, so I want to add to their collection. Sometimes they even make the ride along to preschool.  The new characters have more color, funk and just as much fun. I am sure your little ones will enjoy and be their new favorites in no time. A little confession, in the purpose of research I played with them a bit and had a ball!

Prices vary from $10 to about $21 (some come in combo packages).

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Earth Baby's DreamWorks Jujube Trunk Show

Last week I made my way to Earth baby boutique for their Dreamworld by jujube Tokidoli and Sanrio trunk show. It had a bunch of yummy treats and some major cute bags!

For those not familiar with jujube it's a diaper bags line for all baby needs while being stylish. The current line now is the Dreamworld jujube Tokidoki Sanrio. Earth baby boutique is one of the few stores in the valley that carries this line. How do you get on on the list to be one of the vendors to carry the line? Well, once you show interest, they check your location out and then determine if you are the right fit for them. They are no Starbucks, which means you will not find their products at ever store. Just like the limited of supplies of each line they make, so are the limited stores they carry them in. 


I particularly liked Earth baby boutique trunk show because it had a fun and relaxing atmosphere. The store carries eco-friendly toys and natural care baby products. They also have a wide range of classes from cloth diaper changing to baby wrapping classes. Since the girls weren't in school they came along for the ride. They felt right at home with the yummy treats made by Singer Sister Sweet. DreamWorks by jujube ranges from $18-$200.


If you are anything like me, I carried just about everything in my diaper bag. There was everything I needed and everything I may need in my bag. Jujube has a bag for you. They have a bag that section off  your baby needs and your needs.  If you are out of the diaper bag phase, they have purses, handbags, tote bags, shopping bags, laptop bags, and all sorts of other bags so you won't feel left out ;)


Jujube is still headed by a brother and sister team.  Every three months a new line is introduced. Each line is different and just as special as the last. Since the line only makes a certain quantity once that is sold out great way that is it! They usually sell out in about two weeks. Earth baby boutique will be closed during the Thanksgiving/ Black Friday holiday. They will reopen this Saturday with a small business boutique event.

Earth baby Boutique
13454 Ventura Blvd. 
Sherman Oaks, CA

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Soap Never Looked So Yummy: Naturology

What do you expect from a soap? There are the basic anti-bacterial & moisturizing properties. Then what? Picking a soap is not so easy. As you walk through grocery stores, department stores or even your pharmacy you will find more and more options. Some have fancy wrapping, some have a signature scent or have a special design. But can they live up to their own hype? I recently ran across Naturology soaps and they just wowed me. Now did it live up to the test? This mommy thinks so.           

While taking my daughter to Kids Ahoy indoor play area Naturology caught my eyes. I thought the unicorn dust soap was so darling. I thought, can a soap this cute, be good? I have had my share of soaps that were pretty soaps and not much behind them as far as moisturizing. So, I reached out to the creator of these soaps to learn a little more. Inessa told me about all the behind the scenes of the making of Naturology. First all of Naturology soaps are cured and that take 4-6 weeks to curer. 

How about moisturizing? Inessa said, "I would say milk or yogurt soaps are the most moisturizing. We make soaps with coconut milk, rice milk, goats milk, organic yogurt, etc." Some are more oil based then others. If custom ordered, you can pick for many scents such as Lavender for relaxation. "The most popular scents are peppermint, sweet citrus etc. some of our creations are seasonal, so during holiday time our customers love Cranberry fig scent for example," Inessa tells me. All have essential oils, detergent free and "unofficially" organic. Inesse tells me that, "we can't claim that we are all organic because you would need to become certified, however we use natural ingredients and many organic ones."

Naturology has something for every type of skin. "Pure Olive Oil soap - which cures from 6 months up to 1 year. It feels less foaming but great for newborns, people with skin problems and it is made unscented," says Inesse. They also come on a variety of shapes and designs all handmade in Inesse's kitchen. This is as organic as you can get. My daughters personally loved the unicorn in the middle. And the rainbow duck. Santa will be stuffing some of these soaps in their stockings.


They aren't your traditional Dove soap, which I love too. Naturology adds an element of sophisticated, playful, industrial, and really anything you want it to represent as they can all be costume made. Naturology custom makes soaps for all occasion such as baby showers, bridal showers, care package and great Holiday gifts. One of the best compliments that Inesse has received from a client is, "I am addicted to your soaps." Now who wouldn't love that complete (I feel like this sentence isn't exactly done: love that complete what?). Her biggest fan is of course her son that is always placing custom orders himself from hippos, dinosaurs, and unicorns.

I don't know about you, but a soap can be just as hard as picking your food. There are way to many options today. There is moisturizing, energizing, hypoallergenic, antibacterial, therapeutic and so many more combinations that just make no sense. At the end you just pick anyone. Naturology is one that combines all the wholesomeness of a great soap.

Inessa owner of Naturology
For more information on Naturology you can go to: or visit them on facebook/ Instagram

Monday, October 26, 2015

Last Call for a Pumpkin Patch

It's last call for the pumpkin patches. This is your last week to get those adorable pictures of your kids crawling, sitting or standing on those pumpkins. If you haven't been to Underwood Family Farm, put that on your calendar.

Underwood Family Farm in Moorpark is one of my favorite pumpkin patch destination. They have a bit of everything from animal shows, pony rides, tractor  rides, small farmers market, pick your own veggies and of course get some of the best pumpkins for the right price, plus more.

One new attraction that is a must mention is the bean pit. We adults may not think much of it, but the kids do. It's just four pieces of wood put together in a large square shape filled with beans. Yah, that pit will amuse your kids like nothing ever has. My daughters spent at least an hour in there. It is like a day at the spa with you with your kids. You get a chance to really just sit there and enjoy watching them have fun. They are not running around, just making snow angels and coffee for mom out of beans.

If you have yet to get your pumpkins or need more Underwood Family Farm has pumpkins for a steal. Your traditional pumpkins are by size not the pounds. So, the smallest one will run about $3 and a very large one will be $12. When I say large I mean huge. I managed to get a couple for our home and for the girls school at a great size and price (between $3 & $4). Of course they have specialty ones that are by the pound. Those are usually the crazy funky ones.

During the holiday's and Fall Harvest Festival my suggestion is to visit during the weekdays. There are less crowds and the entrance fee is less (
$6 weekdays vs. $15 weekends). The weekend does have it's perks there is food, pig races, performance and more that are not available during the week.  Parking is not a major issue, you just may be parking in the back if you arrive too late in the day. Make sure to wear comfy shoes after all this is a farm. Underwood Family Farm is great for all kids, including the little one in you. 

Moorpark Farm Market
3370 Sunset Valley Rd.
Moorpark, CA  93021

Other location:
Somis Farm Market
5696 Los Angeles Ave.
Somis, CA 93066

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Apple Picking in LA

Fall is here or that is at least the rumor I've heard. We are still being hit with the heat, but take a nice drive to Oak Glen and you can experience the fall experience of apple picking. These u-pick orchards can be up to 6 miles long, so be prepared to give your little ones some help. Our girls (2 years-old & 4 years-old) took turns climbing on daddy's and papa's shoulders as they picked pears and apples. Apple picking season generally runs September through November, but check with the orchard because they seem to always have something growing in their area. 

12201 South Oak Glen Road
Oak Glen, Ca 92399

If you want to get the full experience of apple picking Riley's Apple Farm is the right place to start. You have apple and pear orchards for miles. The kids will love to run around and get that east-coast like experience of the outdoors. It is not limited to apples. They have pears, flowers, pumpkins, pressed apple cider, and more. My suggestion is to arrive very early. It does tend to get very crowned. We walked for quite sometime and found lots of pears, but never truly found those delicious apple trees. That didn't matter, we were too busy enjoying the orchard. It really is worth the early morning wake up. Riley's is opened thrugh Thanksgiving weekend\Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10-4. There are two options for picking. You can buy a bag for $18 and fill it up or have your fruit weighed in after your picking is done. We opted for the bag so that we didn't have to wait in line later in the day when it got busy. We just walked around and enjoyed the day and pick as we pleased.

39611 Oak Glen Road #13
Oak Glen, Ca 92399

If you want those delicious red apples Los Rios Rancho does not disappoint. You will find an assortment of apple trees and the kids will leave with a smile on their face. We found a secret entrance (back entrance really) off the back end of the Riley's Apple Farm main store. It was perfect because we got our experience from a large orchard and left with the best apples from Los Rios Rancho. The girls had a blast because the apple trees were at their level for picking and those that weren't, well they just hoped on one of our shoulders or arms and picked away. Each of our girls left with a large bag full of apples. Two weeks later we are still enjoying them. Los Rios Rancho charged by the weight of your bag only. That can benefit you as it did for us. Our bags were filled to the max and cost us each about $17. Again plan to arrive early. The season (Sept-Nov) hours are 7 days\week 9am-5pm.

Apple Annie's Restaurant 
39062 South Oak Glen Road
Oak Glen, CA 92399

After a fun day of apple picking we kept heading down the road until we found Apple Annie's Restaurant for a perfect meal to the end of our day. It is nothing fancy and a very limited menu. That I think may be the key to having just about everything off that menu tasting so great. What I think is so darling is the way the waiting line is set up. Each poll alongside the line has the guesstimated time you will wait in the line. And it is pretty true to it's time frame. So, if you have little ones one parent can wait and the other can take them to the Oak Tree Village for a look around at shops and and a mini train ride. But before you leave don't forget to take one of their signature apple pies with you. You will never see such a large pie and taste one so delicious. We took one home that weighed 5.5 pounds of yumminess. You will be eating it for days and every bite will be as good as the one before.

To truly enjoy each apple picking arrive early to avoid the crowns. For those in the Westside and the San Fernando Valley it can be an hour and a half drive to two-hours. Riley's has a pretty large parking area, that can handle more cars, but it too can get filled up on the right day. As for other orchards once they get filled you will have to street park. For many that are coming from the West side or the San Fernando Valley check the Rose Bowl listings for activities. That can make your drive home not so charming. Another note for the little ones, I recommend wearing legging or pants. You will be going through fields and dirt paths. This will help you avoid scratched, some fruit flies, and major dirty all over their legs. It truly is a great experience to have with the little ones. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Must See: Mother Hood' Video

My latest must see YouTube video. Love it because it says what we moms are sometimes thinking. Yes we can all be judgmental at times. But the true message is that at the end we must support each other, because we are one mommy village.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Princess for Your Party

I am sure you have already received the first, maybe second party invite for your little ones this year. We are now at three and the school year has just begun. What can be the tricky part is picking the right entertainment. There are many princesses out there that make a great Elsa, Ariel and more. The hard part is finding them. I have found one place to go for your royal entertainment... Wishing Well Entertainment.

Ella's guest captivated by Rapuzel's story

I went to a birthday party a couple of years ago and was blown away by the Rapunzel that they had hired. She not only looked the part, but was a princess through and through. The kids were entertained by her singing a-long story telling. At one point, which is my favorite part, a guest of the party asked Rapunzel if she cared for some food. Her response is classic, "no thank you," she said, "I already had my parfaits this morning." He thought it was the funniest thing, I thought it was just a perfect response coming from Rapunzel.  

Since then we have hired Wishing Well Entertainments for all of our princess parties. A true sign of a princess is when they get the seal of approval from my youngest, Madeleine, not yet 2-years-old she went and sat on Frozen Princess (Elsa's) lap during story time. We have hired Ariel, Rapunzel the Ice Queen (aka Elsa). I am not sure how often these princess worked together, but the ones we had hired were in sync with their story telling and singing. They made sure all the kids were having fun, and just looked happy to be there. They even made sure that before they left they took a group picture with all the kids. They truly made the party a success.

Though we have used Welling Wish Entertainment for our princess parties they are not limited to fairytale parties. Other options are super heroes, pirates and more. When I asked how they went about hiring the actors they told me that majority are SAG card holders (aka. working actors) and several work at the magic kingdom we call Disneyland. There are a variety of packages. What I have found to work for my little ones is the face painting and storytelling (that comes with sing-along). I've passed on my little secret to my friends, now I am passing them onto you. 

May a fairy sprinkle pixie dust upon your party and make it a royal success!

To read more about Wishing Well Entertainment click on our link to direct you to their home page.

*Also known as Wishing Well Parties

Friday, October 2, 2015

Active Wear for Mommies

I am guilty of this! I put on my work out clothes with the goal of working out. Sometimes I just don't make it there. Is shopping considered a work out?

Friday, August 14, 2015

Giveaway: Lisa Loeb Autographed Sing-Along Books

It's time again for a Giveaway and nothing is better then a book that the whole family can enjoy. Follow us on Instagram or Like us on Facebook to enter. Four of Lisa Loeb's autographed booked will be given to our lucky winners. We will announce our winners Friday, 21st. Good Luck!

My little ones with Lisa Loeb at the Getty Museum 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Lisa Loeb Talks Sing-Along Books & Motherhood

You may know Lisa Loeb from her platinum break out hit "Stay (I Miss You), but your little ones may know her as the one that sings "The Monster Stomp." She has taken her music one step further with her first children’s sing-along books by making it a family event when reading them to your little ones. I asked Lisa about her books and motherhood.  

Lisa Loeb brings her witty personality to each book by reaching into her childhood for inspiration. She tells me that, "The sing-along books are totally inspired by my experience at summer camp, especially sleep-over camp in Marble Falls, TX at Camp Champions.  We sang all over the place: on the way to breakfast, floating on inner-tubes on the water, in between activities, during activities." She continues to say that, "Music was everywhere.  I wanted to capture some of those classic songs as well as songs inspired by the feeling of being at summer camp.  Some songs are more wistful and sentimental, some more silly and fun, and lots of fun stories and lyrics to learn!" And she has done just that. Each book has a little bit of everything from coconut cream "pie" recipe to yoga.

My daughters' have found the stories & music enchanting from the catchy all time favorites to Lisa's original witty music. I too have found myself singing along to the songs and enjoying how animated I can get when reading it to the girls. When we first started reading Lisa Loeb's songs for Movin' & Shakin' the air band song and other toe-tapping tunes my daughter had become scared of the dark and the little crickets she heard outside.  When she heard the words and rhythm ,"first they stomped the ground, waved their arms around, let our a great big growl... (ROAR) They were doing the monster stomp" it became an event in our household and it helped her conquer her fears of the dark. The best part is having Madeleine my 2.5 year-old sing along. Her roar sounds more like a mouses roar, but she is giving it everything she has. The songs turn our evenings into our very pajama party?  For a little morning pick me up we look to "Hello Day" that combines music with yoga. While I read they do their yoga.  

Her books have an upbeat tempos that is refreshing and makes it easy to be silly and have fun. She encourages kids to play “air” instruments like “a tennis racket makes a great guitar!" or cook up some yummy coconut cream "pie." In 2004 Lisa had a cooking show on the Food network called Dweezil & Lisa, would she ever consider hosting a cooking show for kids? "I’d love to work with someone on a project related to kids and food." She says, "I think we can all learn from a TV show or a cookbook with kids’ portions, but full of appealing, delicious and healthy food.  I know there are lots of them out there, but like other moms, I’d love to learn more about how to get the kids and the rest of the family to eat more variety."

I did have to ask Lisa if she ever get tired of people requesting her to sing "Stay (I Miss You)" "I have gotten really used to singing that song! People request it every time I play and as a music fan myself, I know how important it is to play the songs people want to hear." She tells me because of course I am one of those people who would love to hear her sing that song. "I usually get to play a new song or other songs from  my many albums too. People have a strong connection to the song, like something happened to them and they connect it with the song like meeting their husband or a big breakup, some people have fun memories of singing along with their schoolmates or sisters."   

I also asked Lisa about motherhood and other happemings. If you would like to hear her live she will be playing at the Getty this coming weekend. Please see below for dates. 

Q: You grew up going to summer camp, have your kids headed off to camp yet? If so, how hard was that for you or were excited for them to have similar experiences as you had?

A: My five and a half year old daughter has been going to day camp for two years now.  She loves the full day of fun that’s different from a regular preschool day.  I’m really excited for the kids to do what I did at camp.  We tried new things that seemed challenging at first, did more sports than I thought I felt comfortable doing, but in the end felt stronger mentally and physically because of it.  I really felt a sense of independence that I want them to know.

Q: Which is one of your favorite recipes to make and which do your kids request the most?
A: I love making “sushi” for dinner.  We order in grilled wild caught salmon, make sticky rice in the rice steamer and use the little seaweed snacks to make mini maki.  I fill it with a little sticky rice, a bit of avocado (smashed up is easiest and doesn’t fall out), some small cucumber sticks and roll it up. The kids love it!

Q: I read in a past article that you love to bake cakes. Do you bake all your kids birthday cakes? If so, do you ever get some crazy request like maybe a Frozen birthday cake?
A: I try to bake at least one cake for each birthday.  I’ll admit that I buy the super large cakes for the big birthday parties, but for smaller parties or the family party on the actual birthday, I love making a layer cake. Lyla and I made an awesome princess cake for her Ever After High Doll themed party.  It looks like a doll with a huge dress.  We made it and decorated it together with frosting and sprinkles and it made a great centerpiece on the table. 

Q: Any advice or secrets for mother's to helped them through the toddler years?
A: Ask for help!  I think lots of us try to do everything ourselves, and it’s not always possible and not always necessary. Get a babysitter, ask a friend, ask your partner to help out.  It’s important to take a breath, take a shower, have a conversation with a friend, take care of your own health too!  also, enjoy your time with your toddlers.  Sometimes when one of my kids wasn’t going right to sleep when it was bedtime, I used to rock them in my arms and with each “shh-shh” sound that we’re supposed to make to calm them, I’d think of on thing I was thankful for, starting with qualities about the baby.  Sometimes I’d get up to 100 things big and small and it made something that could be frustrating into a beautiful time with the baby.
Q: What are your must haves when traveling with your children?

A: I must have snacks, extra diapers, extra clothes and wipes.  Kids get hungry and kids spill.  It’s the worst for a kid to open a water bottle that spills all over because of the pressure in the airplane cabin.  Special treat snacks are always a good surprise to make a frustrating event get less frustrating! 

Lisa Loeb: The Disappointing Pancake and other Zany songs and Lisa Loeb's songs for Movin' & Shakin' the air band and other toe-tapping tunes has taken a little bit of everything from dancing, cooking to yoga and mixed it into these books as if it was her own recipe. Proof again that a good book always makes a family night a party. 


Lisa Loeb's Songs for Movin' & Shakin' the air band and other Toe Tapping Tunes includeTurn it Down (The Air Band Song)* •  Father Abraham  •  Miss Mary Mack • Monster Stomp*  • Going Away* •  Do Your Ears Hang Low? •  Everybody Wake Up* • Hello, Today* •  Peanut Butter and Jelly  •  Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.(*original song)

Lisa Loeb's Silly Sing-Along the disappointed pancake and other Zany Songs include: Fried Ham . I'm a Little Coconut . The Banjo Song . Chewing Gum . Sippin' Cider . Found a Peanut . A Co Di By Doze (A Cold in My Nose)* . Everybody Dreams* . Opposite Day* . The Disappointing Pancake* *original songs
Winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award
For more information, visit:
Follow her on Twitter: @LisaLoeb

Lisa Loeb photo by Juan Patino

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Art with a Make-up Brush with Darcy Gilmore

Darcy Gilmore: talented, intoxicating laugh, and can wow you with a make-up brush. I worked Darcy at Access Hollywood many years ago, what stuck with me is her detail to skin care. She is able to bring out the beauty in a person with just a make-up brush. Not only that, she genially cares about what happens to the skin before and after the make-up goes on and off. I reached out to her so she could tell me some of the happening behind her work at The Voice as head make-up artist, her calibration with Make Up For Ever/ Sephora and any tips she could give us for keeping our look fresh, without the mess.

"Take a smell, it should smell fresh. Mascara should be 
changed every month or so"
Darcy Gilmore on how often to change make-up

The Voice is NBC's big hit and behind the scenes Darcy Gilmore heads the make-up department. What does her job entail? "My job is to crew and hire makeup artist for both our stage days and also for our reality portion of the show." One of those steps is to assign the looks and review the makeups once they are completed to create a cohesive look on the show. In a nut shell making funky, glamour, edge and country look epic, not like a circus. It's not as easy as it sounds since the shows has coaches: Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell with their own flair for style. Then you have to add all the contestants that come with their own unique style and personality. Darcy has to know not just make-up, but a little of everything else too. And as I know Darcy she does it with that wonderful smile and that enchanting laugh.

      A big mistake is not getting next to good lighting a decent     
       mirror to see actually what color is being applied. Nothing worse 
 than a demarcation from the face/ neck.
-DARCY GILMORE on common mistakes we make when putting make-up on 

Darcy has done make-up for top female celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Behati Prinsloo, Rachel Zoe and more, but one of her specialties is personal grooming for men. When I think of make-up when it comes to men I think of the hair bands and Brett Michael's with all the glam make-up, but there is more to it. Darcy has been Adam Levine's personal groomer for many years, she has to pay attention to details. What is "Personal Grooming"? It is an overall term used in place of a makeup artist. Darcy tells me that, "often men do not need makeup but rather their hair looked after and facial hair groomed. Also skincare falls under this job." I remember many years ago Darcy told one of the news reporter she was working with that he needed to get some facials and take care of the skin. I listened and knew then that she didn't want to cover up the dark spots and make the person look good for just that moment, she wanted to keep them looking good.

"I think I am best at the detail work," she tells me "being Type A and a Virgo I will work and blend and work and blend to infinity. I also really enjoy the collaboration with the stylist and hair person." Being on the Voice she has used many of the best lines of make-up. That is how her calibration with Make Up For Ever & Sephora come about. "I reached out to Make Up Forever season 4 of The Voice to try to get product support for the show. I literally love the company and respect Dany Sanz (the creator and artistic director of Make Up For Ever) tremendously," she tells me "they asked me to select one eyeshadow with 29 other artist as a part of the #30years30artist campaign." Make Up For Ever has put together a limited edition 30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Palette ($250) featuring 30 curated Artist Shadows chosen from  the Hollywoods top makeup artists in beauty & fashion, celebrity, film, television and theater.  Darcy is one who has the honor to be a part of this work of art. I know Darcy and she puts her heart into her work. What are her picks.... Coca-cola/ bronze brown shade and super versatile. "I have used on the red carpet and also The Voice. I dig it. It's I-606 Pinky Earth."

"A good dermatologist is the best way to control sunspots.Once they are treated then the most important  thing is to wear sunblock everyday all day and applied often. Even to eye lids and lips. People always forget their neck or chest and tops of hands." 
- DARCY GILMORE on secrets to sunspots
Darcy is always honest and when it comes to skin care she will tell you how it is, that is what I always take her advice to heart. Here are some additional  Q&A that Darcy is sharing with us to help us remember how important it is to take care of our skin.  

Q:What are your "must have" items from your Make Up For Ever line?
A: I love the Foundation Palette's. They are super because you custom
blend and create whatever color you need. No one on earth is the exact
same color every day. This is a something that every makeup artist
could use daily. Also it helps that it is a creamy consistency and
super build able. I also think Mist & Fix is a staple for us on Voice.
It keeps the makeup from transferring to close or changing as the day
wears on. And of course Mat Bronze Bronzing Powder. Dig it. It comes
in four shades and looks like you are flushing not turning orange like
many bronzers do.

Q: For woman, such as moms, who only have a few minutes to put on
make-up what do you suggest they focus on?
A: Sunblock, foundation with sunblock, a versatile product like a
convertible color that can double as a lip color and a blush and a
good swipe over the lids and finally a wonderful mascara.  

Q: What is the key to having great skin?
A: Lot's of water and sleep. And living a good life of happiness and good. health. 
The old fashioned things like getting your heart rate up everyday is important too.

Q: Whose make-up would you love to do that you haven't had an
opportunity to do yet?
A: Monica Bellucci. Hands down.

Darcy Gilmore. in pursuit "It's better to be late, than to show up ugly"
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