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The Wedding: Beauty and Fashion

28 Mar

As I explained in this earlier post, the day of our wedding was a little bit different than usual.

When it came down to fashion on the day of our wedding, mine was pretty simple. I bought my dress and cathedral length veil on super sale at Alfred Angelo. I wore super cute, gold peep toe pumps that you can see in my blog header! My pearl necklace was borrowed from my Aunt Brandi and my white gold earrings were a gift from my mom a few days before the wedding. That took care of my something new and something borrowed.

For my hair, I decided to keep it simple and just go straight and “half-up/half-down”. After the ceremony, it got so hot outside that my MOH (who was amazing) fixed my hair into a cute low bun with two flower pins.

But what I was really proud of was my make-up. I have super oily skin, so I really needed make-up options that were long lasting. Last year I found the Bare Minerals Matte foundation and absolutely fell in love. It goes on smooth and provides great coverage, but doesn’t look cakey. To keep my pretty pink eye shadow going strong, I primed my eye lids with the Urban Decay Primer Potion. Top it off with the Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick for some subtle color and I was good to go. I’m usually one of the people that requires 50+ photos before there is one I actually approve for public viewing, but when I opened up our wedding photos I was really happy with the way I looked. Doing my own make-up let me be in control. I didn’t have to worry about an over-zealous make up artist coloring my face. Don’t get me wrong, a great make up artist is worth their weight in gold, but not only was this out of my budget but doing my own just made me more comfortable.

What are you doing for your wedding? Hiring someone or going it on your own? Any products that you just have to share? I’d love to know!


Travel Musts

25 Dec

Yeah, so I’m a little late as I’m sure most of you peeps are already at your holiday destinations, but I figured this would be a good post regardless. I’m slowly working my way to having traveling down to a science. I’d love to have the system down, but I’m getting there. One of the hardest components of packing for a trip is whittling down my beauty products to the essentials.

A train case: This is an awesome way to keep all of your toiletries together in one organized place. This might not work so much if your planning to fly but if you’re keeping it local or driving these are perfect. I got one as a gift a few Christmas’s ago but I thought these train cases would be amazing!

Brush Case: If you invested a bit of money on your make up brushes they should be protected when you travel. There are lots of options for brush cases but I just got a basic one from Ulta and it works wonderfully. Plus, it’s only fits about 8 brushes, so that forces me to downsize on trips…

Retractable Kabuki Brush: This is a great brush to have, but if you use Bare Minerals makeup you know it’s especially important. The brush that is marketed for Bare Minerals won’t be protected from being tossed around in your makeup bag or new train case so a retractable brush is perfect for traveling. Once again, I picked up mine from Ulta. And just as a side note, this is a great all-purpose brush if you’re thinking about starting a brush collection. It can be used for your face powder, blush, and/or bronzer.

Compact eyelash curler: I have a pretty small makeup back and when I travel, I bring a little bit more than my normal make up to be prepared for different situations. So, when I found this eyelash curler at Ulta (seeing a pattern?) I had to pick it up. It’s so small and flat that it fits amazingly in a small bag. Plus, it works really great AND you can order free replacement pads for the life of the curler!! Did I mention it comes in pink, too?

And lastly, the hands-down best product ever for travel!!!

KMS California Makeover Spray: This stuff is amazing! It’s like the less-messy version of dry shampoo. Say you arrive late at your destination, don’t especially feel like showering, and go straight to bed. You wake up the next morning with a full day planned and don’t have time for a morning shower. This stuff will take greasy hair and make it normal again! No joke! You just spray it throughout your hair (focus on the roots), brush through, and style as normal. As you could guess, I got mine at Ulta as a free sample, but you can get it on Amazon too!

So, happy traveling! I hope these tips and products to make packing and traveling easier!

**Disclaimer** I am not, nor do I ever claim to be a beauty expert. I am not affiliated with any brands or products mentioned. I bought them all and I give my honest opinion. ๐Ÿ˜€

Product Review: Too Faced Naked Eye Kit

9 Nov
Believe or not, the first time I ever heard of a Sephora or Ulta was after I graduated high school. Before that, the only place I purchased cosmetics was from Wal-Mart (not that there is anything wrong with that). I just had no idea how much variety and how large make-up selection really was. I starting getting into make-up shortly after entering college, and I am still sorting my way through the multitudes of products out there. But, recently, I found something that I just had to share.

One of the largest categories of cosmetics and the toughest area to be knowledgeable in is eye shadow. Honestly, it’s just hard to find things that work for you without a lot of leg work. I just wanted something I could use everyday. Something relatively neutral.

Enter the Too Faced Naked Eye Kit. It comes with 9 neutral eye shadows to complete three different looks that range from subtle to smokey. With the kit, also comes instructional cards with tutorials on how to complete the three looks. One of my favorite things about this palette are the names of the shadows. Some of my favorites: lap dance, stiletto, and birthday suit!

The pay-off of the shadows are really great and the best thing about neutral shades is that they really do compliment all skin tones. The kit contains both matte and satin shades.
I tried out the three specific looks this past week to show you how it looked.

The “Day” Look
Obviously, this look is the most neutral of the three.
I primed my lids with Urban Decay Primer Potion and used a NYX Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencil in Milk for the corners of my eyes to make the white stand out.

“The Classic Look”

Again, I used the same primer and eye shadow pencil to start. This look is unique because of the satin pink shade (appropriately named “satin sheets”) on the lid. Another “day-time” look that has a little something extra

“The Fashion Look:”
Once more, I started with Primer Potion but no eye pencil this time. This is the darkest and smokiest of the looks and I love it! I actually used this for Halloween. Throw on some fake lashes and you are ready to knock ’em dead.

So, all in all, I am in love with this product. The colors are gorgeous and it gives a perfect neutral look every time. And with names like “unmentionables” and “pillow talk”, how could you not be smitten?

On a side note, I felt so funny taking these “myspace” pictures that I just had to finish it up with a duck face!!! You gotta love it.

**Disclaimer** I am not, nor do I ever claim to be a beauty expert. I am not affiliated with any brands or products mentioned. I bought them all and I give my honest opinion. ๐Ÿ˜€

Hello Gorgeous!

9 Jul
Mamma’s got a brand new bag. Bask in it.
I bought this bag yesterday at Ross Dress for Less. It’s a Liz Claiborne carry-on piece that originally retails for $260.00.
I bought it for $49.99. Oh yeah, swoon. It’ll be perfect for the honeymoon trip. I’m striving to pack as light as possible and not bring much more than what I can cram into this baby, but we shall see. I mean how much clothing do you possibly need to bring to Mexico?

Annoucing the new model for GQ

20 Apr

Back off, ladies! He’s mine!

Suit Jacket: $64.00 down from $180.00
Pants: $34.00 down from $80.00
Shoes: $24.89
Shirt and Tie are previously owned

Now you just can’t beat that!

Check: THE DRESS!!!!

16 Mar

**Sorry I didn’t post about this earlier!**

I have a dress! I seriously bought it on a whim a couple of weeks ago after I got this email:When I started looking for wedding gowns online I decided to sign up for each sites’ email notifications. Usually I don’t do that because I don’t want a bunch of spam in my inbox, but I said “Why the heck not?” Then I got a message from Alfred Angelo saying that two locations near my were moving to a new location and selling their sample dresses for 50% off!!!! It was definitely a gamble going, as they didn’t have too much left but I ended up finding the one.

The original price tag was $799.00. How much did I pay for it? $374.50! I saved $424.50 and the dress is in great condition. I also ended up buying a cathedral length veil for $59.50 as well (because they too were 50% off). All in all, I spent $469.81 (including tax) for my gorgeous dress and veil.

Honeymoon Inspiration Board

26 Feb

Dreaming of something tropical. Josh and I have decided to go to Cancun for our honeymoon. These are actual pictures from the resort we’re looking at. Isn’t it gorgeous? I’ve been in love with the vintage feel of that swimsuit and sun dress. How can you not have fun when you’re all dressed up? And since the clothes speak so loudly on their own, I thought more neutral accessories would go with more than just one outfit. Enjoy!

First row: Resort Pictures via Dreams Resort

Second Row: Vintage clothing via Pin Up Girl Clothing
Third Row: Totes and Wedges via Victoria’s Secret, Sunglasses via Forever 21