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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April 17, 2015

Day-to-Night Look for Weddings and Parties Using Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette

Naked 3


Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes are my favorite go-to palettes to use on clients.  Here’s why:

  • Highly pigmented shadows (which means they’ll go on smoothly and last – especially when you use them with UD’s eye primer)
  • Gorgeous neutral colors that can be worn day or night
  • An awesome application brush with dual sides for applying and blending

UD’s Naked 3 Palette features beautiful rosy tones that are perfect for creating a day-to-night look that can be lighter or darker, depending on your preference!  Here’s how I use it:

Products Used:


Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stash

Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blush in Blushing Bride

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder in C8, Cocoa

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush (My Holy Grail foundation brush)

Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Tenderheart

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in Medium Beige

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream in Light Medium

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!

Have a great weekend!



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March 13, 2015

How to: An EASY Colorful Smokey Eye Video Tutorial


Photography Credit: Pinc. Photography

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.

Products: All eye shadows were MAC colors, applied over Urban Decay’s Eye Shadow Primer Potion using the brush from Urban Decay’s Naked2 Palette

Intro Lips: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso

Purple Eye: Private Viewing and Look at the Eyes

Green Eye: Fourishing and Green Smoke

Blue Eye: Prussian and Moon’s Reflection


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!



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February 23, 2015

How to (Easily) Recreate J. Crew’s NYFW Makeup Look



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!

Products Used:

Brows: Benefit Gimme Brow 

Foundation: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream in Light Medium  applied with Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

Highlighter: Benefit High Beam

Concealer: Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Stick in FBI applied with bareMinerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush

Eyeshadow: Wet n Wild Idol Eyes Shadow Pencil in Pixie

Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Baked (discontinued, use “Scorch”)

Brows: Benefit Gimme Brow 

Blush: Maybelline Bouncy Blush in Hot Tamale

Lip Color: Laura Gellar Love Me Dew Lip Crayon in Purple Currant with Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Pin-Up Pink on top
So now you know how to fake looking like you’ve spent the day on the hill . . . now if I could just fake knowing how to ski.  (I once got stuck spread-eagled at the top of a hill with my skis plunged into the snow on either side of me . . . Shana tried to ask me if I was ok, but I couldn’t hear her over her laughter . . . )

In any case, I hope you enjoy the video!




Note from Shana:  Hey there!  I wanted to share pics of reader Sara who used Scotti’s techniques, but skipped the foundation.  Gorgeous, no?



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February 17, 2015

The Easiest Way to Highlight & Contour (or how to get instant cheekbones)


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.  

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January 19, 2015

How to Make Your Blush Last Allllll Day


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.)

Cha Cha Tint” is a beautiful coral. When I want a little more color and longevity I add Tarte’s blush in “Fearless” and Laura Gellar’s Lip Crayon in “Watermelon Cooler.”

Benefit also has the original “Benetint” (rose color) and “Posietint” (pretty pink) that I like as well.  I wear all four colors and find that they all work with a variety of skin tones.  





Wearing Cha Cha Tint



Wearing Lollitint

I’m currently working on a highlight & contour tutorial, but the highlighter I used in the video is Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal . . . it . . . is . . .  Ah-mazing.

We added a makeup section to the Mom Edit Shops!  All of our favorite products can be found in our Makeup Essentials Boutique.



*I so hope you enjoyed this makeup tutorial . . . working on more to come! 

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November 29, 2014

Easy Wavy Hair Tutorial: How to Make Your Hairstyle Last for Days


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:



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November 13, 2014

Putting Our Fav Lip Stains To the Kiss Test….And A Big Holiday Makeup Giveaway (No Really, It’s HUGE)



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.)

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November 12, 2014

How to Fake Amazing Brows

How to Fake Amazing Brows


(photo credit: Vafa-Coffman Photography)

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?


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