November 18, 2016

Skincare So Good You Can Gift It: Colleen Rothschild

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We’ve been long-time fans of Colleen Rothschild over here.  I wrote up her life-changing, oil-based face cleanser in a gift guide two years ago, and haven’t stopped using it since.  Scotti and I recently had the pleasure of meeting Colleen and her husband at a blogging conference, and we were thrilled to find that they were both nice and down-to-earth.  Furthermore, all Colleen Rothschild products are formulated without Parabens, SLS/SLES Sulfates, Phthalates, Triclosan, Formaldehyde, PABA, Toluene, or Benzene – something this cancer survivor seriously appreciates.

So when the brand reached out and asked if we’d like to test out a few products…um, YES.  Yes, yes, yes.  Since I was planning a girls trip with A, one of my besties, back to my hometown of Marquette, MI, I asked Colleen to send us a few goodies to play with.  I rounded up my mom, my sister (including baby G), champagne and loads of chocolate from Donkers (no visit to Mqt is complete without visiting Donkers), and we spent a very girly day testing out products.

Keep reading to see some of the fun we had, our thoughts on the products, as well as a promo code (20% off!!) just for Mom Edit readers….

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November 11, 2016

Sephora VIB Member? Take 20% off Everything (Here’s our favs)

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I am a beauty product junkie.  Anyone who’s ever been in my room can attest to that.  But even though I try new products all the time, I have my favorites . . . those products that I can’t live without and will buy again and again.  This competition is cut-throat, ladies.  There’s no Bonne Bell in this bunch.  (Nothing against Lip Smackers . . . remember the caps that were made so you could hang from a necklace or a belt?? Ahh, sweet nostalgia!)

From my favorite foundation to my favorite hair care line, here are the products that I reach for over and over again.  Now (until 11/14) is the time to buy with 20% off for VIB customers using code 20VIB.

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October 25, 2016

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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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!
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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)

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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

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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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