Dove Continues Its Celebration of ‘Real Beauty’

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of previewing Dove’s latest installment of their longstanding, “Real Beauty” campaign. To celebrate the brand’s 60th anniversary and its inspiring message, Dove unveiled a stellar showcase of stunning photographs from renowned photographer Mario Testino.

Held at Affirmation Arts, the New York City-based gallery was filled with 30 gorgeous portraits of women from countries around the world in all their wondrous glory. Testino’s breathtaking photographs captured the true essence of each woman’s real individual beauty. I loved the fact that these women were all different ages and from a wide range of backgrounds. Seeing those striking images evoked a sense of pride and an unspoken bond with all of the women in attendance. It was a powerful afternoon.

Dove is a brand that I admire and respect for their unyielding commitment to celebrating women and inspiring them to embrace their bodies and celebrate their uniqueness. Not only do they promote confidence, their products actually help women feel their best.

I don’t know about you, but when I step outside of the shower and my skin is as soft as silk, I instantly feel good. Their new Deep Moisture Foaming Body Wash does just that. It’s been my go-to for the past few weeks because it’s light and frothy, but still manages to cleanse and moisturize just like its thicker, original body wash. Plus, the pump dispenser automatically makes it a winner—no more failed attempts at squeezing out that last bit! I also love how the scent lingers on my skin after showering. If only they made a body lotion to complement these offerings. (wink)

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Dove Deep Moisture Foaming Body Wash available here, $6

If you’re on the hunt for a new body wash, definitely give this new lightweight foam a try.

Below, take a look at some pics from the showcase.

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Me watching and listening to outtakes from the new campaign that was displayed in a theater-style area of the gallery.

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When do you feel the most beautiful? What does #RealBeauty mean to you?

3 Reasons to Love the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

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Last month my family and I went on our first Disney cruise and I can’t stop thinking about our wonderful experience. We sailed on the newly renovated Wonder, which is an absolutely stunning ship and one of Disney’s four vessels in their cruise line fleet. For three nights and four days, we sailed from Orlando to the breathtakingly beautiful Bahamas and docked at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. I’m still daydreaming about endless eats and turquoise sea. Our cruise was truly a trip of a lifetime. Even though we went as part of Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration, the average cruiser would also be blown away by the amenities, activities and outstanding dining options. Incredible Eats Who doesn’t love good food? Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, carnivore, or … Keep Reading

Movie Review: ‘Boss Baby’ Will Deliver a Bundle of Laughs

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If you’re a mom, chances are you’ve often wondered if your beautiful newborn baby was in fact your boss. From their big demands to always being on-call, it’s hard not to imagine your tiny infant calling the shots in your life. For many parents, that notion never really goes away. That’s why I couldn’t wait to check out Dreamworks’ new animated movie, “The Boss Baby.” But, I was in for a few surprises. The movie, which was adapted from the popular 2010 book of the same title, touched on babies being the bosses of us helpless parents, but the film’s main focus was how a new baby’s arrival impacts families, especially young siblings. Told through the eyes of an imaginative 7-year-old boy named Tim, the story unfolds with the classic sibling rivalry tale. With hilarious hijinks … Keep Reading

3 Reasons Why You Need to Add Micellar Water to Your Skincare Routine

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If you’re unfamiliar with micellar water, you’re not alone. I’ve found that outside of my fellow beauty editors and bloggers, not many women are familiar with the French toiletry staple. I remember trying it a few years ago, but it didn’t make its way into my skincare routine—until now. This time I picked up a different brand, Garnier® SKINACTIVE™ Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser. The look and feel of the bottle just screamed purity. I don’t know about you, but there’s something incredibly satisfying and promising about a product that’s completely clear and has the word “water” in its name—I was sold. After using it daily for a couple of weeks, I noticed that my skin looked clearer, not as oily and was virtually blemish free. I’m now convinced that this … Keep Reading

IT Cosmetics’ New Serum Foundation Puts Your Best Face Forward

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When it comes to foundation, I’m not the biggest fan. Sure, I have my fair share of blemishes that need to be masked, but concealer has always been my coverage of choice. That all changed when IT Cosmetics launched its new Confidence in a Compact last month. See, I’ve been obsessed with the brand’s Confidence in a Jar moisturizer for a while now. So, when I heard that they were formulating a foundation that was infused with the moisturizing serum, I had to give it a try. I’m always stressing the importance of packaging and the vital role it plays in winning me over. Well, IT Cosmetics always delivers in that department. The chic, luxe compact is impeccably designed in a shiny silver case that conveniently holds the makeup sponge on top of the foundation. Plus, unlike most … Keep Reading

‘Moonlight’ Shines on Hollywood’s Biggest Night

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Last night’s 89th Annual Academy Awards was one to remember. From the city tour bus passengers unsuspectingly being thrust into the spotlight during one of TV’s most widely broadcast programs to the biggest snafu in the Academy’s nearly century-long history, for me this was one of the most entertaining Oscars in recent years. Plus, it properly celebrated the cinematic masterpiece, “Moonlight.” Directed by Barry Jenkins, the film beautifully tells the typically unspoken story about a young African-American boy struggling with his sexuality. The film brilliantly highlights three poignant life phases of the lead character, Chiron, with sensitivity and vulnerability, which isn’t often portrayed on the big screen or told through the eyes of urban African-American males. The film took home … Keep Reading

Product Review: Dark and Lovely’s Au Naturale Anti-Shrinkage Clumping Curl Crème Gel

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There’s a lot of trial and error that comes with finding the right hair care products that work for both my daughter and me. We have two different curl patterns and usually what works well for her, doesn’t work for me. While she has fine, looser, easily tangled curls, I have denser, zig-zag coils and kinks that require tons of moisture. Well, to my surprise and delight, Dark and Lovely’s Au Naturale new Anti-Shrinkage Clumping Curl Crème Gel is a godsend for both of our hair types. Formulated with two of my favorite hair care ingredients: argan oil and coconut oil, it provides ultra hydration while instantly eliminating frizz. For my daughter a small dollop defines her curls, creating perfect ringlets. While for me, it elongates and makes my hair easier to style. Also, in case you … Keep Reading