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.


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.
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. 
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?

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'.

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'

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!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Catherine & Brian's Beach Club Wedding

Catherine's wedding was such a pleasure to take part in! She and her bridesmaids were stunning and so much fun to work with. Alicia Ann Photographers captured these beautiful moments, check out her blog post to see more of Cathy & Brian's wedding. 

Catherine's Makeup:
Temptu Airbrush Foundation
Graftobian Concealer
Naked 1 & Kat Von D Monarch Palette
Nars 'Goulue' Blush & 'Laguna' Bronzer  
Mac 'Twig' Lipstick & Palladio 'Naked' lipliner
Anastasia Brow Wiz
Ardell Demi Wispies

Check out more of Alicia's beautiful images:

Venue/Caterer – Woodway Beach Club
Bride/MOH Hair – Ashley Graff – Visual Changes
Bridesmaids Hair – Donna Puma – Beauty at Your Door
Ice Sculptures – Ice Matters
Dress Boutique – RK Bridal
Cake Designer – Michael Joseph’s Fine Food

Monday, September 22, 2014

Smoky Brown Eyes & Red Lips

Fall is all about deep colors and warm, rich tones,  so I put together this smokey look which should take no longer than 15 minutes to recreate, and the lip color will last you all day long! 

1. Prime the eyes to ensure long wearing, crease-proof shadow application, I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
2. Take a matte, cream colored eyeshadow and apply it to the eyelid up to the brow bone.
3. Blend a matte, medium brown shade into the crease and soften the edges until it looks warm and smokey. Also run this color along the bottom lashline with a pencil brush.
4. Deepen the outer portion of the eye with a dark brown shadow making sure to blend well for soft definition. Also blend this color lightly along the bottom lashline, just in the outer corners.
5. Smudge on a chocolate brown liner and add mascara.
6. Finish the look by filling in the brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Wiz in 'Medium Ash'.


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

Lipstick: Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge #10

Monday, September 15, 2014

Speckled Fall Eyes

I created this look because I love all the earthy tones that the fall season brings out and these types of warm neutrals look great on everyone! Earlier this year I picked up a whole bunch of Stila liquid and pencil liners at The Makeup Show, and I finally got to put them to work in this fun look. I would suggest checking out Stila's liners if you like to play with color as they have a vast selection and are felt-tipped making them very easy to handle.

1. Prime the lids to ensure longwear, crease proof shadow application, I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
2. Dust a matte cream colored shadow from the lid up to the browbone.
3. Blend a matte brown shadow into the crease for soft definition.
4. Draw on a winged line using a deep green color and extend it towards the browbone, I used my Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in 'Olive'.
5. Trace the green line with a burnt copper shade, I used my Stila liquid liner in 'Amber'.
6. Trace the inner corner of the lower lashline with a white pencil, I used my Stila Smudge Stick 'Alpine'.
7. Thickly line the outer corner of the bottom lashline with a berry pencil, I used my Stila Smudge Stick in 'Deep Fuchsia'.
8. Draw on little dots extending them in a triangular shape from the wing, I used my Stila liquid liner in 'Snow'.
9. Finish the look by filling in the brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Wiz in 'Medium Ash'.

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear 
Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting in 'Ethereal'
Blush: Nars 'Goulou'
Bronzer: Nars 'Laguna'
Highlight: Laura Mercier 'Highlight 01'

Lipstick: Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge #10