Monday, November 17, 2014

Martha & Nick's Winter Wedding

Last December I had the pleasure of doing the makeup for this lovely winter wedding. Martha wanted a soft, natural look that would remain timeless but still define her features. For the eyes I used matte neutrals from the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette and the lips were a mix of Mac 'Twig' and 'Modesty', full makeup details are listed at the end of the post.


















































Photography by Andrew Stern, visit his website here.


Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Smashbox Full Exposure palette (taupe/grey matte shades)
Urban Decay Naked 1 palette (virgin)
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in black
Laura Mercier 'Stormy Grey' eyeliner pencil
NYC waterproof mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz


Face
Laura Mercier original primer
Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation
Graftobian concealer
Make Up For Ever Pro-Finish powder
Nars 'Laguna' bronzer
Nars 'Goulue' blush
Becca 'Opal' Shimmering Skin Perfector highlight
Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray

Lips
Palladio 'Nearly Nude' lipliner
Mac 'Twig' & 'Modesty lipsticks
Benefit 'Sugarbomb' lipgloss

Monday, November 10, 2014

Meghan & Dan's Wedding

Meghan was certainly one of my sweetest brides of the year, she is a teacher and she met her husband while they both were working in a sandwich shop! We went with soft rosy colors and flirty lashes for her look, keeping it simple and romantic. All of the products I used are listed at the bottom of the post!
Photography by Chris Penree of Green Couch Studios

































Eyes
Mac 'Painterly' Paintpot
Urban Decay Naked 3 eyeshadows: 
(limit, nooner in crease)
(burnout, strange on lid)
(blackheart over liner to create a soft wing)
Sephora 'Love Affair' eyeliner
Ardell Demi Wispie lashes

Face
Becca Resurfacing Primer
Make Up For Ever Face & Body foundation
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ('Diffused' & 'Incandescent') 
Nars 'Laguna' bronzer
Becca 'Flowerchild' blush
Becca 'Opal' Shimmering Skin Perfector highlight
Urban Decay 'All Nighter' setting spray

Lips
Sephora 'Royal Rose' lipliner
Laura Mercier 'Shy Pink' lip stain



Monday, November 3, 2014

Can the Beauty Blender Get Any Better?

You all know that the Beauty Blender is my favorite tool for applying liquid & cream foundations or concealers. It gives the most natural finish and the options for coverage are endless, making it the perfect multi-use tool. But many people don't realize that the Beauty Blender is amazing for applying powder products as well! 

The trick for applying powders is to have the sponge be dry or almost dry. I personally don't want to use two different ones, so I just wring out the extra moisture after I apply my liquid foundation and it works just as well. I find that using the Beauty Blender for powder lessens the creasing under my eyes, which is always an issue I have. I usually use it with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders and it has been the perfect combination!

Let me know in the comments if you have ever tried the Beauty Blender for powder and how you liked it!

Monday, October 27, 2014

My Hair Cut & Favorite Hair-Styling Products



Some of the most frequent questions I receive are about my haircut, people want to know what it's called and how to get it! Big, soft, fluffy hair is one of my favorite things; some people think it's cool and some people make fun of me for wanting big hair, but I absolutely love my haircut and style! I owe my style to my AMAZING hair stylist (thanks Shannon!) because she knows exactly how to work with my hair so that I don't have to do much. I take a shower, let it air dry (usually as I'm sleeping) and I wake up with what you see in all of my pictures. Thankfully the cut does all the work for me, the short layers give me volume on their own, no teasing required. When I do want a little bit more oomph, these are some of the products I turn to.


* Living Proof  Flex Shaping Hairspray is a soft to medium hold hairspray that helps keep loose styles in place while remaining touchable. I use it on dry hair to secure an updo or tame fly-aways.

* Bumble & Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish is one of my favorite products to create that piecey textured look for layered hair without any crunch. I spray it upwards into dry hair and it feathers out my layers and makes my hair look super cool in a non-chalant "I woke up like this" sort of way. 

* Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray is my favorite summer time hair secret. I spray it into my hair while it's damp and let it air-dry. It creates effortless, tousled waves that look like you just returned from a day at the beach. I've tried many salt-based sprays and this one is my favorite (I'm currently testing the Drybar one), just make sure to condition your hair well after you use it because it tends to be drying.

* Alterna Caviar CC Cream is a beautiful multi-purpose hair product that can be used on damp or dry hair. It is a 10-in-1 product claiming to provide moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, anti-breakage, heat protection, light hold, UV protection, manageability and strength. Like I said, I don't do much to style my hair and I use heat tools only a few times a year, so I can't vouch for all of it's claims, but I do know that this product makes my hair super shiny, smooth and soft. I will run it through the bottom half of damp hair as well as in the very ends of dry hair and it looks lovely. Plus is smells amazing!

* Living Proof Amp Instant Texture Volumizer is a creamy-wax formulation that adds a touchable hold and pieces out layers. It is great for people with short layers and short hair. Just warm some up on your fingertips and fluff your hair in an upwards motion around the crown of your head.

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If you don't already have any natural volume you will want to use a teasing comb, this one is made with boar bristles and it's only $8 from Sephora. You just lift up sections of your hair near the roots, and lightly back comb. 

Even though I don't style my hair in the fashion below, those are the types of photos I bring in when I get my hair cut. I love all the layers and the razored edges of these cuts and how they have a distinct shape. I want my volume to be around the top of my head while the ends remain thinner and pointed, so bringing pictures with you really helps your stylist understand what you're looking for.
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In a fantasy world, I'd love to be brave enough to dye my hair a rich red, a lavender or a grey-blue, but I'm not sure I'd be able to commit to the upkeep that it would require. 
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I did a test using Photoshop to see if I could pull off a crazy color, which shade is your favorite? If you could have any hair color, what would you choose?

Visit my Pinterest if you guys want to see more hair inspiration photos!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Lime Green & Orange Eyes (Urban Decay Electric Palette)

If you know me, you know that lime green is one of my favorite crazy colors to wear on my eyes. It's such a fun color and it complements brown eyes so well! I added some orange-y tones into the crease for contrast and I think it really warms up the look. What is your favorite crazy eyeshadow color?



































Eyes
1. Prime the eyes to ensure longwear, crease-proof shadow application, I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
2. Blend an orange-y brown color into the crease, I used 'Toast' by Bobbi Brown.
3. Deepen the crease with a darker brown, I used 'Taupe' by Bobbi Brown.
4. Press a bright, lime green shadow onto the middle of the lid, I used 'Freak' from my Urban Decay Electric palette.
5. Press a tiny bit of a deeper teal green onto the outer corner of the eye, I used 'Fringe' from my Urban Decay Electric palette.
6. Draw a yellow pencil on the inner third of the eyelid and set it with a yellow eyeshadow, blending it into the green. I used my Sephora Contour Pencil in 'Banana Split' and a yellow MUFE shadow.
7. Line the lower lash with the same yellow pencil, pat the yellow shadow on the inner corner to set it, and blend 'Toast' on the outer edge. 
8. Draw on liquid liner, shaping it so that it's super thin in the inner corner and gets more dramatic towards the wing.  
9. Highlight the browbone with cream colored shadow, I used 'French Vanilla' by Clinique.
10. Finish the look by filling in the brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Powder in 'Taupe'.

Face
Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear
Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting in 'Diffused'
Blush: Illamasqua 'Lover'
Bronzer: Nars 'Laguna'
Highlight: Laura Mercier 'Highlight 01'

Lips
Liner: Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip #24c
Lipstick: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense #39 
Gloss: Bite Beauty Deconstructed Rose Gloss #7

Click the links to see my other looks using the Urban Decay Electric Palette.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Sugar Salon West Hartford Grand Re-Opening

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending Sugar Salon's grand re-opening in West Hartford. The salon is funky and stylish and Angela and her team are super fun & talented, so be sure to visit them if you are looking to update your style! Check out their website for more photos and information.










Angela was also the creator of 'Beauty from Desk to Drinks' which was a 21 day beauty & health series, focusing on how to achieve great makeup, hair, skin and wellness on a busy schedule. I was on her panel of experts and you can see my interview here where I talk about what to apply if you only have 5 minutes to get ready in the morning and give you a peek at my makeup must-haves.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Halloween is Coming!

Happy October 1st! Halloween is fast approaching and it's my favorite holiday by far. Here are links to the Halloween tutorials I made last year. I did three dramatic options, and three wearable ones; which is your favorite?


























Comment with what looks would you like to see tutorials for this year!