Bridal Makeup How-To

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So this weekend I had the opportunity to fly to Ohio for a very special wedding.  Kate Boyle [and her entire family] have been super close friends for a long time, and I couldn't have been more excited to celebrate her wedding weekend!  Not only that butttttt I also had the pleasure of painting her gorgeous face with makeup on the big day.  #PRESSURE - YES, lots of pressure.  I mean this is only one of the biggest days of a girls life.  These pics will live on in photo albums, videos, and now instagram foreverrrrrrrrrr.  

Kate was stunning to begin with, so honestly it wasn't difficult to enhance her gorgeous features - but I had so much fun doing it.  Here's a breakdown of what I used.  Think of it as my own lil "paint by numbers." LOL



1:  Make Up For Ever HD Foundation | 125

This is a great full coverage foundation that works well on all skin types.  I used a beauty blender and applied it all over her face and down her neck.

2.  NARS Concealer | Custard

This is my favorite under eye concealer.  It's got a good amount of moisture to it, so it won't dry out your under eye area and it's very full coverage so it can tackle the darkest of circles.  

3. Physicians Formula Bronze Booster | Medium to Dark

My go-to bronzer.  Love this stuff, and you can purchase it at your local drug store usually.   I applied it around the edges of her face, under her cheekbones and down the sides of her nose as a contour.  

4. Mac Peachykeen Blush

Whenever I want to add just a hint of a peachy glow, this is one of the first blushes I go to.  Peachykeen works with most skin types because it's not a harsh peach, but more of a pinky peach.  I love the subtle color that it adds to the balls of her cheeks. 




1: Stila Metallic Gilded Gold Pot

This is my latest obsession.  I love this magnificent metals line so much I am going to have to do a video/tutorial featuring them specifically.  I applied the sparkle to the lid of her eye, being careful not to carry it up into the crease. 

2.  Mac Eyeshadow in Mulch

In her crease I used Mac shadow in Mulch.  This is one of those colors I always have with me because it's a really great neutral brown.  It's not too warm toned, and not too cool toned - so it works with almost any color you pair it with.  It also has a nice sheen to it, it's not glittery at all, more of a soft shimmer.   I also took a bit of this shadow and applied it just underneath her lower lash line, creating a very soft smokey look. 

3.  Mac Eyeshadow in Motif

Okay, so this color by Mac is the single most used item in my makeup arsenal.  In the pod, this color appears to be yellowish/orangey.  When you apply it, it's very different.  This is the color I use to blend all the other layers on the eye.  I start applying Motif just below my brow, and then blend it down on top of whatever color is in my crease.  Basically it warms everything up and adds a layer of iridescent almost pinkish sheen to your shadow.  

4.  L'oreal Voluminous Smoldering Liner

When it came to liner, I didn't want Kate to have a harsh line, so I went with L'oreal Voluminous Smouldering liner - something I could smudge out and soften a bit.  

5.  Lashes

I started with a couple layers of L'oreal Voluminous mascara in blackest black.  Kate's lashes were so long already so I didn't want to add anything too crazy to them, but I did want a bit more volume towards the ends so I went with my fav drug store lashes by Kiss.  They're made of 100% human hair so they won't give you that plastic-y look and they're fairly easy to apply. 



MAC liner in Oak | Smashbox Nylon Nude Lipstick

I mean does this girl have gorgeous lips or what?!?!  GAHHHH they're like the perfect shape already.  I simply lined them and then applied the lipstick and called it a day!


Mazel to the beautiful bride and groom! 


5 Min Makeup Tutorial

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Hello lovelies!  I'm so excited to have a brand new tutorial video to share with you.  I plan on shooting many more of these - and I'd love some of your suggestions on videos you hope to see in the future.

Today I'm sharing with you what I call my "5 Minute Face," and to accomplish this look I'm using just 5 products.  Most of these products are available at your local drug store, so they won't break the bank! :)  #You'reWelcome

Hope ya like it!

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The Perfect Pool Day

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So apparently Los Angeles hasn't gotten the memo yet that it's fall, and I'm not complaining one bit. These past few afternoons have been ESPECIALLY scorching so I thought I'd spend my #SundayFunday poolside.   Of course, in LA a "pool party" doesn't mean flip flops and an oversized bathing suit cover up... I mean, I have learned something in my 6 months here... so here's my OOTD!

My Louis Vuitton Neverfull is one of the best gifts I've ever gotten.  This purse doubles as my work bag, makeup bag, computer bag, carry on and now pool tote!   Let's take a closer look at the outfit itself... 

This sheer top is my latest obsession.  I snagged it from Target a couple of weeks back and have already styled it a bunch of different ways.  Today obviously I went with a more casual look, pairing it with my bathing suit [from Victoria's Secret] and some old jean cutoffs.   My fav tassel pendant necklace from Ellie's Sparkes added just the right touch of color.  

These ADOOOOORABLE shoes, from CICIHOT.COM, are the latest addition to my collection and I couldn't be happier with them.   I love rocking nude heels all year round, but especially when I still have my summer tan goin, I feel like the color pops even more! :) The metallic heel is what really takes these shoes to the next level - they're neutral and casual, but still add a ton of glam.  #LOVE

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Fallin' for Floral

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Well someone's happy about this weeks #EXTRAhotdeals!  Can ya tell?

I have been waiting weeksssss to feature this jewelry designer and I'm so happy that the time has finally come. Check out the video below and prepare to fall in love with A Marmer Jewelry

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Gahhhh I am obsessing over these A Marmer necklaces for realzzzzz!

There's something empowering about wearing a phrase like "I overcome" around your neck, ya know?  -And the diamond "..." detailing doesn't hurt either. :)  Anyway, remember that you have until MONDAY to shop these deals! :) 

Okay onto my outfit deets.  This may be one of my fav #EXTRAhotdeals looks to date! I stumbled upon this skirt at Foreign Exchange and fell in looooove with it!  The floral watercolor print is so soft and feminine... Mix that with the edgy hi/low cut of the skirt and you've got perfection! 

I paired it with a fitted crop top (LOVE the "V" detailing along the bottom of it) and nude pumps to top it off.   The top was another find at Foreign Exchange and was on sale 2 for 1, so I snagged it in a coral color as well! #SCORE

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