Friday, May 24, 2013
I have to say that I am thrilled with the Sephora brand Cream Lip Stain. First, it is only $12 so you can't beat the price. Second, it is packaged like a lip gloss so you don't need any tools to apply. Third, the pigmentation is amazing!!! You don't need a lot of the product yet you get great pay-off. With a lot of stains, the color is not very vivid and that is not the case here. Finally, it is not too drying. It feels good while it is on and lasts hours and hours. I will say if you are going to wear it on a regular basis, be sure to use an emollient lip moisturizer to replenish and comfort the lips once you take the product off. If I had one negative it would be that I would like to see more variation in the colors. Many of them are similar so be sure to check them out in the store as on-line it is difficult to discern the true color! I give this product an A-. What do you think??
Thursday, May 23, 2013
This post is long overdue, since Lucy's wedding was last fall! She's been on my mind because we just did a FACEing makeup class together and I realized I had never blogged her. Better late than never!
Lucy was very nervous about a "white lady" doing her makeup (her words) because she had never liked makeup done by non-Asian makeup artists. In fact, she brought her most bitchy friends to her trial (we laughed about it at the end of the trial) to back her up in case she hated the makeup.
Proud to say, this white lady won her over and we are now thick as thieves!
images, Sherri Barber
Saturday, May 18, 2013
As most of you know I am obsessed with brows. That is usually the first feature I work on when I am with a client. Brow trends including shapes and thickness will often change. Right now we are seeing a groomed brow, but much fuller and thicker than in past seasons.
There are many products that I love for browns, including both colored and clear brown gels, brow wax, powder and of course pencils. One pencil in particular that I am gaga for is the Maybelline Define-A-Brow!! One of the main reasons I love it so much is that the lead is very small so you are forced to make smaller, more articulate strokes with your pencil. Interestingly enough, this is why some people have given it a poor review on the Maybelline site. I do not know why someone would not want a precise tool like this!!!So often the leads are too thick and the brow looks much more "drawn" on. The Define-A-Brow is also an automatic pencil so you can just twist when you need more lead. No need for a sharpener...and let's be honest, how many of us sharpen as often as we should? No worries about that with this pencil.
There are several shades to choose from. If ever I can't find an exact shade for a client I will choose a shade that is slightly lighter and then add a little powder to the brow after I have given the appropriate shape with the pencil. And the best thing; it is only $6 to $8 (depending on where you shop)!!!
I give this product a big thumbs up. If you need help in learning how to master your own brows make sure you contact us!!
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Gucci Westman, makeup artist extraordinaire, has been designing their collections for quite some time now and I have been loving nearly all of it...
I was stalking my neighborhood Walgreens for these cheek and lip tints, only to be completely let down by them. NO pigment whatsoever! It's like trying to use cherry chapstick as blush. just the merest hint at color. Don't waste your money on these; mine are headed back to the store!
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Photos: Kortnee Kate Photography
Friday, April 12, 2013
So many of my clients stress about their getting ready itinerary. Here are some of the finer points to remember:
I highly recommend hiring hairstylists that come to you onsite. Appointments in salons increase your chances of running late, and who needs to do all that running around? We have a list of our favorites so please feel free to ask!
Location is very important. If you are getting ready at a home, give your stylists adequate space, natural light, and electrical outlets. Try not to choose a hotel room that is too small. A room that seems ample fills up very quickly with a giant gown, bridesmaids, and stylists. I find that if I have enough surface area for my materials I can work a lot more quickly because everything I need is visible.
Determine how much time the makeup artist and hairstylist needs per person and stagger appointments. There is no need to do hair before makeup unless the stylist likes to set hair on rollers before makeup and take it out after (this generally only applies to the bride). An itinerary will ensure that your attendants know what time they expected for their appointments. If there is additional time needed for tattoo covering/body camouflage, be sure to budget that in as well!
Think about what time you are putting the gown on; you do not want to have key people in makeup and hair chairs at that time who want to help you with dressing. You don't want them jumping out of the chair because that could put you behind and you won’t be finished on time. Aim for an earlier “ready by” time than you think is necessary. A half hour or so will not make or break how long your hair and makeup lasts and if you hired fab pros it will last all day and night regardless, but a half hour of padding can be a godsend for your nerves.
Everyone’s face should be clean of makeup! Ask your hairstylist how he or she wants the hair; they often have different preferences (some like “dirty”-some like freshly washed and dried). And, if you don’t want to be glued to your celphone all day, have a point person to handle your calls. It can be very frustrating for your stylists to try to complete your appointment while you are on the phone.
If your fiancé sends you a gift or a card, try not to open or read it while you are getting your makeup done. For reasons that should be obvious!
Lastly, look to your photographer and beauty pros to help you with your timing if you are unsure. We have done this a zillion times and know how it should flow!
Friday, March 29, 2013
I love how Laura captured such an old hollywood feel in Erica's bridal portraits. Hubba hubba! I also adore the moments she caught with Erica's father.
Not only did I get to work with this fabulous family in January, but I get to do the other daughter's wedding later this year! What an honor.