October 25, 2016

Foolproof Nude Lips That Won’t Disappear (The Technique I Use On Most Of My Brides)

Clinique-tenderheartPhoto Credit Vafa-Coffman Photography

Hey there!  You may not know this about me, especially if you are new here (hi and welcome!), but I’m a makeup artist.  While I’ve certainly done my fair share of dramatic looks, most of the time I’m doing weddings.  Often, the goal is simply to enhance the brides’ best features – to make her look like the best version of herself.  And I’ve found that for most brides it’s all about the eyes….but the lips still need to be defined.

The best nude lips actually come from a combination of liner + gloss.  Liner defines your lips and helps the gloss last.  It prevents lip color from creeping up into fine lines around your lips.  Gloss leaves a shiny finish that’s more forgiving than a matte and is easy to reapply (no mirror necessary for perfect application).

Keep reading to see the foolproof combination on 75% of my brides.

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October 4, 2016

My Top Burgundy Lip Picks for Fall


Fall is here!  I love fall for so many reasons; sweaters, falling leaves, pumpkin everything….football. #hahano

Ok, so football may not be my thing, but lipstick…lipstick is my thing.  And fall has always been lipstick season.  Dark lips can feel at odds with summer’s easy vibe, but come fall, they’re the perfect accessory.

It’s hard to find a true oxblood (think: the deepest burgundy) – many lipsticks that look dark in the tube turn out to be overly pink or bright red once applied.   So I’ve been busy putting various lipsticks through the paces, and after much trial and error, have found four fool-proof oxblood lip favorites perfect for Fall.

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September 19, 2016

An Easy, Foolproof Way to Look More Alive

Some days when it feels like the nearly two-year-old baby fog is beginning to lift, I remember that important self-care thing and Oprah-esque “live your best life” kind of motivation kicks in. I’m drawn to the idea of “feel better, look better”, and finding time here and there to go for a jog or nap on weekends, but neither of those things provides instant results to counteract years of sleep deprivation and non-clean (filthy, really) eating. Know what does? Snapchat filters. Specifically the butterfly crown one – I want it to permanently follow me around. Until someone invents that, makeup’s the next best option to mimic glowy, lit from within skin.

Here’s what happened when a minimal makeup-wearer tried five highlighting palettes, powders and creams to find the fastest, easiest, foolproof way to look alive.

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September 2, 2016

Stay Proof, Day-To-Night Makeup (For Travel or Life)



Travel life rarely feels like real life.  We would leave the house in the morning and not return again until that night.  We’d wander around cobblestoned streets, pop into little cafes, discover fun parks or places to run the kids, and find ourselves – at some point in the day –  sitting outside with a glass or two of Champagne.  (Or Cava!)

It was bliss.

What isn’t bliss, however, is seeing pictures of yourself from that same day and realizing that while you felt like a princess-who-doesn’t-deign-to-work, you looked like a sweaty mess.  So I needed a makeup routine that could stand up to long days of travel (including overnight flights and a quick dip in the Mediterranean), yet something that didn’t look like a face full of makeup.  It’s summer, it’s hot, and a smokey eye isn’t going to happen.  At least not with this girl.  And lastly, sunscreen.  My routine had to include mad amounts of sunscreen, but without the sweaty shine.

Here’s what worked for me.  This routine isn’t short, but it is easy, and it definitely stood up to the overnight flight, swimming in the med, the windswept Normandy beaches, and the hot, sticky humidity of Barcelona.

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April 13, 2016

The Makeup Line I Used To Sneak To School Now Has FOUR Free Gifts

My mom has never worn much makeup, but the little she did wear was from Estee Lauder.  When I was in grade school, I would gleefully raid her cosmetics bag, grabbing all of her eyeliners, shadows and foundation samples then experiment in my bedroom for hours.  My tomboy older sister (yup, Shana) was always, “OMG what are you doing in there????”  When I got older I wasn’t “allowed” to wear makeup, so I’d sneak my Mom’s rarely used makeup bag into my backpack and apply a full face of makeup at school.  That one blue eyeliner that started it all?   Estee Lauder, baby.

They’ve been pushing the boundary lately with bright, bold colors – yay, the pigments in their liners and lipsticks are amazing, and their Bronze Goddess line is perfect for summer.  I suspect most of you already know about their skincare line – it has crazy high ratings for a reason.  If you’ve never tried any of their products, now is the time because Nordstrom is currently offering a free gift with any $35 Estee Lauder purchase (and you get to choose one of FOUR gifts).  From skin care creams to waterproof eyeliners, here are my tried-and-tested favorites (as well as a video of how to apply):

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January 27, 2016

My Fav At-Home Workout: A Review of The 21 Day Fix



So around the 4th or 5th time that I had to be taken out of a class at the Y because Greenlea wouldn’t stop crying in tot watch, I knew something had to change.  I wanted to get back in shape, but….how?

A few of my friends were posting on FB about “The 21 Day Fix” and how great they looked and felt and blah blah blah and I thought to myself, “yeah yeah, they look great . . . but I’d never stick to it.  It’d be a waste of money,” and then I’d go back to my giant bowl of popcorn and glass of wine.  One night I realized I had eaten an entire bowl of popcorn by myself (we’re talking a HUGE bowl…..with tons of butter if I’m being completely honest) while Zack was putting G down and I ordered the 21 Day Fix immediately after.  HA!

I started the workouts the very next morning (using the on-demand feature because the DVD’s hadn’t arrived yet) and?

I loved it.  I could do a workout in the morning (get it over with while G was eating her breakfast), and then be DONE for the day.  Each workout is 30 minutes – that’s it.  Even better: each exercise is 30-60 seconds and they have a timer for you to watch as you’re doing them.  If the move was more difficult I’d be staring that timer down . . . but 60 seconds and it’s over!

I just do the workouts in the middle of my kitchen.  It’s a small space, so you don’t need lots of room.  You do need weights and a mat (and if you’re like me, you’ll need access to a door so you can run outside to cool off because you’ll be sweating your booty off).

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December 2, 2015

Two Ways to Wear a Smokey Eye this Holiday Season (And An Easy Tutorial To Acheive The Look)


Smokey eyes are always a great way to add a little drama to your look, especially over the holidays.  Here are two ways to rock a smokey eye: play it safe with subtle nude lips or go a bit more dramatic by adding a darker lipstick color.  In the pics below, the only makeup I changed was the color of my lips . . . although playing up only one feature is generally a good rule of thumb, rules are made to be broken, right?  I’ve never much liked rules when it comes to makeup anyway . . .

I also made a video tutorial for how to do the basic smokey eye pictured here.  Nothing fancy (I’m nursing G, and trying to get it done one-handed #momskills), but hopefully you’ll get the general idea.

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October 1, 2015

Fall Beauty Trends: 7 Easy Ways To Update Your Look



Fall is upon us!  I love the falling leaves, the plaid scarves, the boots, the sweaters, the pumpkin spice everything (candles, lattes, donuts, bread, pies . . . ok now I’m just naming baked goods that I love), and of course…fall beauty.  We’ve scoured magazines, internet and beauty stores to bring you our favorites for Fall 2015.  The Mom Edit’s beauty trends are all about simple looks using one or two products that everyone can wear.  Whether you’re a beauty novice or total junkie, these trends can be mastered very easily.

To illustrate the trends, I grabbed a few of my best friends, supplied them with wine, and had them over for a “makeup party” juuust like high school.  They were such good sports and I think it really helps to see the trends on different faces.  Besides….FUN.



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June 29, 2015

Gold Sandals? Meet Your Perfect Pedicure



We have the most fabulous nanny.  She waltzed in the other day in her cute gold sandals with this spot-on perfect pedicure.  It’s not white, but certainly not beige, and it’s just the most sophisticated, modern pedicure I’ve seen in a while.  I’m completely hooked.


Gwen is wearing OPI’s My Vampire is Buff with her gold sandals (which happen to be on sale at DSW for $19).  I’d pair this polish with Topshop’s gold gladiator sandal, $65, or Franco Sarto’s greek-style Gia sandal in metallic gold, $68.  The Sartos have a really soft gold finish – beautiful with a creamy, pale pedicure.  (Both sandals also have a ton of reviewers raving about comfort.)


Does anyone else have a go-to sandal/pedicure pairing?  Choosing nail colors is so hard for me – I tend to waffle, driving everyone crazy – so I’d love more inspiration!



ps.  I’m back from summer camp – we had THE most amazing time.  More details later.

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April 21, 2015

A Case for Spring / All Around Bad Ass Nail Trends


Spring is here and fashion trends are coming in hot. In an effort to keep up with all the wild new looks, I started following NY Fashion week to pick up on all the latest. And between that “research” and everyone’s Coachella Instagram pics , I suddenly found myself bit by the manicure bug. It’s something that takes a boring T, distressed denim, and tennies to the next level of cool or adds a girly / playful twist. As moms, I think our nails are maybe the last place we give some love. I mean, between washing bottles and wiping butts, a manicure just doesn’t seem to make the priority list. And why would it? Who has the time? And when tons of them chip off in less than a hour it’s a total waste of money.

But, I’m here to tell you: it’s worth it. Especially now, because beyond all the epic trends there’s also gel manicures that last two weeks (my nails are gel above). And there’s just something about a manicure — pretty nails. It’s sort of the same effect new sexy underwear has. That reminder that you’re a girl. A woman. Not just a mom. No matter how dog tired you feel on the inside. No matter how many crushed goldfish you have picked up. Ignore the fact that you’re still in your pajamas at 3pm and only threw on a bra for a carpool run (or didn’t, good for you — let those girls loose). Because that extra flair of a cute manicure can encourage you to pull it together. It’s like when you just got a haircut. You do your hair every morning. Gladly. Then, a few split ends, spilt milks, and spit ups later and you treat it like shit all over again. Yes, that’s right, a stupid manicure can be the difference between me pulling myself together before my hunky hubby comes home and forgoing any effort altogether. As mommas, I think we can all get behind something that adds a little inspiration.


Hot Nail Colors For Spring:


As far as nails are concerned, I’m a black/dark/vampy nail girl. I have been my whole life. I think it goes back to my grungy skater years. I wear them all year long (I can see my mom rolling her eyes). And for someone who loves her black eyeliner and black nails almost more than her children (i kid… but you get it), spring color trends are hard for me to embrace. But then, as I was perusing the aforementioned NY Fashion Week and Coachella vibes, I decided to ditch the vampy nails for spring and get out of my fashion rut. And nothing shines a light on those ruts like writing for a fashion blog. I went for a more laid back surfer girl vibe. A little sunshine. I tried pinks, yellows, and corals. And you know what happened? I liked it. I liked it more than my black. The pairing of girly girl nails with leather and biker jeans was so unexpected and fresh. It did just what I set out to do: remind me I am a girl. I actually challenge you guys to try the unexpected in nail trends. To see how it makes you feel. To see if it takes your fashion to that next level. If you’re girly in fashion, try an edgier vibe. If you like neutrals, try some color!

Icy blues, deep corals, peaches, off-oranges, retro greens, mustardy yellows, bright whites, and neons are super trendy right now. And what I’m mostly seeing is that, rather than going with pastel tones, these colors are more saturated and deeper. I mean, just look at that palette, it screams spring but feels so classic.


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