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Currently Coveting


Three things I am currently coveting that would make any bride-to-be happy: 

MAC mascara in False Lashes. Quite possibly the perfect mascara. It enlongates the lashes, lasts forever, and doesn't clump. The best part is that the wand is tapered so you can really get in and coat the small inner lashes that are often missed with chunky wands.

Chanel perfume in Coco Mademoiselle. I can't get enough of this scent. It has basenotes in bourbon vanilla, patchuli, white musk and Haitian vetiver, middle notes in Italian jasmine, rose and litchi, and top notes in orange, bergamot and grapefruit. It is delicious!

Benefit blush in Coralista. If you're looking for just the right shade of coral, this is it. It is long-lasting, goes on easily, and bonus- it smells so good.


Traveling With Make Up

When you travel, the last thing you want to do is package all your daily lotions and potions in baggies and hope they don't spill or get lost in transit. One of the things I've been doing for years is saving the samples I get from Sephora and taking those on vacation in lieu of my regulars. Most of you know you get three free samples with every Sephora order, but did you know you can also go into any Sephora store and ask for whichever sample you'd like? Pictured here I've got Pureology's shampoo and conditioner, Clean Warm Cotton perfume (I've never tried it, but it sounds like I'll be smelling like clean laundry), Bare Minerals volumizing mascara, mineral veil and bronzer.

For eye shadows, I like to take palates. They're easy to transport, and usually include a mirror and a brush so you don't have anything extra to pack. This is Urban Decay's Naked palate. It is a palate of twelve neutrals that makes it easy to transition from day to night. How do you travel with make up?


How Clean Your Make up Brushes

There are tons of tutorials on how to do your make up, but I found that the internet is really lacking when it comes to explaining how to clean your make up brushes. Here is a little "how to" I put together for anyone else looking for help.

Step 1: Gather your materials. You'll need a brush cleaner (I just use Johnson & Johnson baby wash- great for sensitive skin), and your dirty brushes. Not pictured: 1 paper towel sheet.

Step 2: Pour a dime sized amount of brush cleaner onto your hand. Wet the brush, and swirl the brush in the cleaner. Continue swirling the brush on your hand and you'll start to see the make up run off. 

Step 3: Rinse the brush. If it is a fluffy brush (like the second or fifth from the left pictured here), gently push the bristles back into the original shape of the brush. Let the brushes dry overnight. 


Springtime Make-Up Video

Here is some inspiration for a great spring or summer wedding look: pops of bright purple and sweet corals


Make-up from WEDDart - Wedding Videos on Vimeo.


Academy Award Inspiration

Last week, the red carpet lit up as actors and actresses gathered for the Academy Awards. We saw so many beautiful looks, and thought they would be great inspiration for upcoming spring and summer weddings. Here's how to get the looks: 


From left to right we have Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams. All three are perfect examples of a very natural make up look. 

Mila's look is a little more glamorous than the other two, with her hair pulled loosely back into a chignon at the nape of her neck. She also used smokey eye shadow, with thicker eye liner and false lashes to play up her eyes. She has barely a hint of blush and just a touch of lip gloss to pull it all together. This look would be perfect for a bride who likes to be a bit glamorous. 

Natalie's look is all about her cheeks and lips. Her blush is a bright pink to compliment her plum dress, and her lips have a brighter gloss that makes her glow. She went without false lashes and did a more natural eye look with just a bit of shimmery pink shadow, and a brown eyeliner. This is a fresh look for the bride who wants to be natural but with a pop of color on her big day. 

Michelle is breathtaking in au natural make up. She has on a very nude lip gloss, sheer foundation and barely any blush. She has a liner that makes her hazel eyes pop, and her eyebrows are defined with a brow liner, so the focus is all about the eyes. This is a look that would be sensational for the bride that rarely wears make up, but wants to look a little more pulled together. 

So what do YOU think of these looks? 


Seeing Red

How we love red lips on a bride! If you like to go big and bold, do a red lipped look at your make up trial and see how you feel! There are many different shades of red, so don't be afraid to try a few to find what fits your skin tone best! Here is some inspiration...

1) Crimson red


2) Bright red


 3) Orange Red


 P.S. Springtime Make-Up Video and A Primer on Primer