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.
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.
Tonight is MOM PROM here in Marquette! From the creators of Mom Prom: “It is our hope to make this an annual event to show how a community can benefit from a group of women coming together to help one another. Each year, a different individual, family, or non-profit organization will be chosen to receive the proceeds from our event.”
I’m spending the afternoon doing makeup for the amazing girls who have volunteered their time to put together tonight’s event to help Ainsley Kargela, a 4 year old Marquette resident battling a rare form of childhood cancer for the second time in two years. I’m so proud of our community for putting this together . . . and excited to dance the night away with my fellow moms (and non-moms!) for a good cause!
I get requests for a “smokey eye” all the time. There are SO MANY ways to apply a smokey eye, but I wanted to share the EASIEST version with you guys. All this look takes is two eyeshadow colors of your choice: one dark matte color and one lighter shimmery color. The dark color is applied to the outer corner, the light color is applied to the inner corner, and if you want more definition you can apply either color to the bottom lash line. That’s it. The key to this look is using primer (my favorite is Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion) and BLENDING. When in doubt, blend! In the video I put together three different looks (all under 3 minutes) to give you lots of examples.
My goal with these tutorials is to share how much fun makeup can be with you guys. I want you to be inspired to try something new and not be afraid of the process. Whether you’re a makeup novice or expert, please try these looks and share the results with us on Instagram using #momeditbeauty.
Also, we can’t get our own “Mom Edit” YouTube channel until we have 500 subscribers. PLEASE help us out and subscribe to our channel . . . I pre-release the tutorials and have more videos for your viewing pleasure! THANK YOU!
A HUGE thank you to Patty Belt of Pinc. Photography for her awesome photography skills!
Shana fell in love with the fresh-faced look on the J. Crew models at NYFW and asked me how to recreate it. I loved the dewy skin, flushed cheeks and especially the way the eyes and lips are defined without being too precise. The makeup artist who came up with the look said he wanted it to look as though the models had just come in from skiing. While I skipped the blush on the nose and the bushy brows (I don’t have enough of them to make them bushy!), I think the end result captures the general essence of what they were going for. A plus? It’s low-maintenance and easy to recreate on your own. Watch the video to see how I did it!
I’ve been obsessed with highlighting and contouring ever since I was given Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces book for Christmas in 9th grade. Highlighting and contouring (or “HAC” for you fellow beauty junkies) really just refers to playing up the shape and features of your face using light and dark colors. You’re essentially creating shadows with dark colors on places you want to “sink in,” or thin, and highlighting areas you want to stand out with lighter colors. Spending a few extra minutes on HAC can make a HUGE difference. There are lots and LOTS of ways to use this technique and some are easier (and faster) than others. After many, many hours of doing it myself, I’ve come up with the easiest, fastest way to highlight and contour your face. (5 minutes!) *All steps are optional. You can pick and choose how many of these steps you want to do . . . for example, if you want to just start by contouring your cheeks or adding a little shimmer highlighter, go for it! I’ve outlined the whole look but you can choose to do one or all of the steps.
Want your blush to last all day? Me too. I’ve found the perfect formula for rosy cheeks that will stay put through all of the snuggling and baby drool. Benefit’s Lip & Cheek Tints make it easy to get color that actually lasts. They’re easy to apply, come in really pretty colors and make matching your lips and cheeks a no-brainer.
What you need:
You can use Benefit’s Lip & Cheek Tints on their own or layer them under powder blush for long-lasting, gorgeous color. Since so many of my friends have asked how to use them (they kind of look like a bottle of nail polish – brush and everything) I thought they’d be perfect for my first video tutorial.
“Lollitint” is a gorgeous purple-hued color. To make it last, I pair it with Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush in “Dollface” and Laura Gellar’s “Love Me Dew” Moisturizing Lip Crayon in “Purple Currant.” Tarte’s blush is my absolute favorite powder blush because the color pay off is incredible, they’re long-lasting and come in a number of really beautiful shades. Laura Gellar’s lip crayons manage to achieve that elusive combination of color AND moisture and have come in so handy in this cold weather. (Schools were closed due to 40 below wind chills last week. It’s cold.)
I used to take FOREVER to get ready. I would take my time applying my makeup, curling my hair . . . actually enjoying the process. I was once voted the girl who took the “Longest to Get Ready” in a house full of sorority girls. Yeah. Times have changed. I’m lucky if I’m able to shower on a daily basis. My getting ready process has been whittled down to just the necessities and I’m working on perfecting time-saving tricks that help me prolong my style and make it easier to get out of the house with Baby Girl. One of my favorite “tricks” is using Hot Tools Ceramic Deep Waver to extend my hair style for as long as possible between shampoos. Not only does this make it easier to do my hair every day, but it also helps my dry, damaged (bleached) hair to regain some of its health. I first heard of this trick through my sister-in-law, Amber, who works at the Beauty Bar Boutique in Wilmington, N.C. If you’re ever in the area, check it out . . . she does AMAZING things with hair! Here’s how I make my style last:
Gang, I’ve been working on this article for almost a year (which explains the wig). And it seems apropos, I suppose, since one year ago today I had my last chemo treatment. On the phone this morning, Scotti pointed out that I should celebrate. She’s right, don’t you think? A little champagne may be in order this weekend.
But first, let’s talk about bold lips and our flawless face giveaway. (I’m really, REALLY excited about this one.)
I was surprised to find that many of you had commented about my eyebrows after my first makeup post. “Brow envy” was even a phrase that was used! The ironic part of this is that I have insanely sparse eyebrows . . . like, barely any hair. If I could go back in time to talk to a younger version of myself, I would tell her to STOP. PLUCKING. YOUR. EYEBROWS. They won’t grow back. Really. My middle school self was going crazy with the tweezers (for some reason super plucked brows appealed to me?) and my adult self would pay for it later. SO, the fact that ANYONE is liking my eyebrows is AWESOME. Because of my lack of “real” brows, I’ve had years (YEARS) to perfect faking them. I have gone through COUNTLESS products . . . I’ve practically tried them all. Brows are THE most important part of your face, but are often overlooked. See how this woman looks totally different depending on the way her brows look?