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Looking Good, Feeling Great: Beauty for Moms 101

By: Pamela Brill

It's not easy to pull off a rested appearance when you've been up all night for round-the-clock feedings. As a new mom, you know that it can difficult to manage a daily shower, let alone take the time to brush your teeth and put on lipstick.

Just in time for Mother's Day, here's a sampling of some of the latest and greatest beauty products on the market to simplify your routine and help you feel your best—even on four hours of sleep.

Snow Fox Day & Night Defense Multi Cream. An erratic sleep schedule can wreak havoc on moms' skin. This multitasking moisturizer repairs and protects skin by working against fine lines and wrinkles. Apply it as part of your morning routine and before bedtime. www.snowfoxskincare.com.

Belli Eye Brightening Cream. Sleep-deprived moms know the value of a product that helps them appear rested. This eye cream contains vitamins B and K to reduce puffiness and dark under-eye circles. Plus, it's specially formulated to be used during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, so it's appropriate through all stages of new motherhood. www.belliskincare.com.

HAU Hair Pack. For those beauty-obsessed moms that like to stay on top of the latest trends, this Korean beauty staple is a follow-up to the sheet mask craze, helping to revitalize dry and damaged hair. Simply wrap the disposable hair cap (made with special ingredients) around your head and in no time at all, you'll feel like you just came from the hair salon without having left your home. www.koreanhairpack.com.

Farmhouse Fresh Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic. Some mornings, all you can manage is a quick spritz to refresh and revive your skin. Face the day head on with this alcohol-free toner that's teeming with antioxidants, courtesy of sweet-smelling aronia berry. Mist it after cleansing or for a mid-day pick-me-up. www.farmhousefreshgoods.com.

Moroccanoil Shower Milk Fleur De Rose. If you get the rare opportunity to take a long, hot shower, make it worthwhile. This moisturizing shower cleanser lets you indulge your senses, hydrating your skin as it cleanses. The lightly fragranced scent will have you come out smelling like a rose—literally. www.moroccanoil.com.

e.l.f. cosmetics Charcoal Bubble Mask. Moms-in-the-know are huge proponents of the charcoal cosmetics trend, and now you can join the fray with this latest indulgence. Dip your fingers into this gel, smooth it onto your face and watch how it magically transforms into a bubble mask. The clarifying power of charcoal gently removes dirt and oil for a cleaner complexion. www.elfcosmetics.com.

Expert Tips for At-Home Beauty

Once you've given yourself permission to enjoy some me time, consider these tricks and tips from New York-based celebrity make-up artist Tomy Rivero (www.tomyrivero.com):

For sleep deprived moms of newborns looking to give their appearance a boost, consider having your teeth whitened. "Pearly whites have always been a trick in Hollywood to make a youthful, more rested appearance on camera—- apply this trick to your daily life. I promise you will look healthy and rested," he says. 

After you've put your baby down for her nap, make good use of that time with a beauty indulgence at home: a hair mask and a sheet mask. Says Romero, "Lay down and close your eyes. It will be the best 35 minutes of your week. If you make a habit of it weekly, you have some play time to look forward to and in return, look and feel good. Put it in your calendars!!!