Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Before the death of my camera, I took these pictures...of my laptop screen...that's how bad I wanted these pictures. David Tutera, a famous party designer keeps his portfolio under lock and key on his website so no one can steal his photos. I tampered with the site and tried every trick I know to copy some of the photos to my computer, but to no avail. So I apologize for the poor quality and the cursor that appears in some of the pictures, but I had to share the beautiful decor at the "bling" wedding David Tutera designed. I have already begun taking notes on the decor from this wedding. My reception will be very similar with all white flowers.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
On to the Beautiful Blogger Award...
A big thank you to Amber for this award!! Amber and I live so close to eachother, literally minutes away and hopefully we'll meet up soon! I'm supposed to list 7 random facts about myself and then nominate 7 others, but I'm going to do 3...I've done a couple lists like this before and like Amber, I'm not sure what to write...
1. I love wine tasting and feel fortunate that I live so close to the Napa Valley. One of my favorite wineries is Amphora; the owner, Rick is hilarious and so much fun. If you're in the area, go visit!
2. I have a pretty inappropriate, gross sense of humor. Sometimes I think I offend people!
3. I am obsessed with makeup, although you all probably already know this about me. I can't walk into MAC without buying something.
Here are 3 lovely ladies I'd like to nominate for this award:
1. Alexandra at HRH Collection. I love her girly style and fun fashion/home decor posts.
2. In the Fun Lane. Go here for tons of design inspiration! I have done a couple furniture makeovers a la Fun Lane style.
3. Brittany at It's Exhausting Being This Juicy. I love, love all her clothes! Juicy Couture is my favorite brand EVER, so naturally, Brittany's closet is one I envy!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
This was the dress that I ended up buying. LOVE IT! It's gorgeous. Perfect for the holidays. I contemplated buying it in the nude color as well, but I don't think I'm adventurous enough to pull off the nude. Who else went and tried things on? What did you buy/like/dislike?
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Yesterday I bought the Kiss Acrylic Sculpture Kit from Target...I had been wanting to try it out for awhile. I hate having to paint my nails every other day, and I know that with acrylic nails, polish stays on as long as the acrylic stays. I don't like the look of long, long nails so I cut the tips down very short. I used to get acrylic nails at the salon and paid every couple weeks to get a "fill"; I'd never thought about doing it myself. I'm very impressed with this Kiss kit and recommend it to everyone!! It's only $7 and the acrylic powder/liquid will last you a very long time. The kit is user friendly and there are only a couple steps. I give it a 5/5
Monday, December 14, 2009
The Studio Talk Class was taught by a very talented makeup artist who had a model up front to demonstrate on. She went over everything about prepping the skin for makeup, down to applying false lashes. Taken from my notes, here we go...
-Apply a lip conditioner in the morning before starting your makeup, or the night before to keep the texture of your lips smooth.
-Use Fix + before putting anything else on the face. Fix + makes your moisturizer stick and also sets your powder after your makeup is done.
-After spraying Fix +, incorporate a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 (I usually use Sunscreen as my moisturizer.)
-After applying moisturizer, put an eye cream on under your eyes as well as on your eyelids. Jessica recommended Moisture Lush eye cream for all skin types, and Fast response eye cream only with oily skin. Fast response also minimizes pores. (I use Neutrogena's Ageless Essentials Eye Cream).
-To improve the texture of the skin before applying foundation, use a primer. To apply primer, use the 187 brush. (I just use my fingers.)
-With the 252 brush, apply concealer under the eyes, going down-->up, so up towards your eye from your face. The 252 brush is flat, I use a similar one by Target that's a fraction of the price.
-Apply foundation with the 187 brush. With a matte foundation, use a matte under-eye concealer and vice versa.
-Contouring: I didn't write down the brush that was used for this, but you'd want to use an angle brush. Take a color a couple shades darker than your skin and work into the ear area, not down towards the mouth, but horizontally along the jawline. For contouring the nose to make it look thinner, apply the same shade on either side of your nose and set with powder. Highlight your nose down the center with a lighter color, and on your cheekbones towards the nose.
-Apply Lingering Brow Liner in sparse areas on your brows.
-Set with a clear mascara.
-Apply Paintpot primer in Painterly over the lids to eliminate any redness or veins and to keep the eyeshadow in place. You can stop here for an every day look with no eyeshadow.
-Apply an eyeshadow 1-2 times darker than your skin color on your crease. You want the most intensity of color to be under your eyebrow arch. Soft Brown is the eyeshadow color most use for the crease. (I use MAC's Kid.) I also never thought of applying the crease color before anything else, but it actually works quite well.
-On the outer crease, use a darker color with light pressure, and apply upward in small circular motions.
-Use a liner on your upper waterline to make lash line appear thicker.
-Highlighting under the brow: Use a light colored pencil under the brow, draw it on exactly as the underside of the brow is shaped, then diffuse it down with a brush. After that, put on an iridescent shadow over the pencil, just under the arch.
-Apply Cream Color Base in Pearl on the lid, under the crease.
-For eyelid shadow, hold your brush upside down and move from the lash line up towards the crease when applying.
-Take a color darker than your lid shadow and apply where the crease and lid meet with a flat brush and blend.
-Apply lipstick with a lip brush
-Apply Lip Liner
-Adjust lip liner with the lip brush
-One of the makeup artist's gripes was that she often sees women wearing beautiful makeup, but it ends there. To keep it streamlined, so to speak, add a little shimmer to your collarbone/neck, and for a night out, apply shimmer on your arms, legs, and chest.
I really hope that was clear and that you picked up some new ideas/tricks! Although I already knew a lot about makeup and application, I did learn some in this class and I was so glad I went. If you're interested in attending a Studio Talk class, check with your local MAC or Macy's MAC counter to see when they offer one. It costs $50 but you get to choose $50 worth of products, or you will be refunded $50 if you choose not to purchase anything. Please let me know if you have any questions for me!!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Mint Candy Apple
I've just come around and started wearing blue and green nail polishes...I wasn't very fond of them until recently. After seeing Essie's Shelter Island on Tiffany, I had to have it. I'm now obsessed with unusual colors--it's nice to take a break from the usual dark fall/winter nail polish colors. What are your favorite nail polishes right now?
Sunday, December 6, 2009
While perusing shopbop.com today, I noticed a new trend: cropped tops. It brought me back to Britney Spears circa 1999...not a good thing. This new trend is not one I will be following. Seeing all the "crop tops" reminded me of a recent episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm dealing with this very issue...
How do you guys feel about the new trend?
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Today, for the first time I got "Extreme Lashes"!! I wear fake eyelashes very often, but don't like having to rip them off at night and especially don't like how the inner corner pokes me if I don't cut them just right. My fiance's birth mom (he was adopted as a newborn) is a certified Extreme Lash artist and did these for me. She knew I wanted the most "extreme" of the different choices, so she used three different sizes on my lashes, small to large going from the inner corner out. Here's some information on eyelash extensions from Xtreme Lashes:
-Semi-permanent eyelashes that last indefinitely with touch ups every 2-4 weeks
-Weightless, with a natural look and feel (They really are weightless! I can't tell I'm wearing anything)
-Painless, relaxing procedure that takes 90-150 minutes
-Water resistant so you can swim or shower worry free
-Lengthens and thickens without the need for mascara
From what I've heard, Xtreme Lashes is the best company to go with for eyelash extensions. They are a highly reputable company, and a nurse founded the company; they use top grade medical bonding glue, etc. and it does not damage your lashes or eyes. True to the statements above, they are painless and weightless! I don't feel like I'm wearing anything on my eyes. An added bonus is that I don't have to put on mascara!! And I can feel a little less like a scrub going to the gym.
If any of you are interested and live in the Bay Area, feel free to contact me for more info!
*These are fabulous for the holidays and special events, i.e. weddings, parties, etc*
What do you think?
Monday, November 23, 2009
- Activated waterproofing proteins to help restore moisture in cells
- Stimulates reconstruction of intracellular cement to preserve moisture between cells
- Skin surface is pampered with exceptional hydration & comfort
- Leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and protected
- Suitable for all skin types and ages
When I was at the Chanel counter, the saleslady told me that it actually changes the pH balance of your skin over time with regular use (the amazon description pretty much says this). This serum is supposed to be paired with your moisturizer to lock in the serum and keep your face looking hydrated all day. I use my La Mer moisturizer on top of the serum. I love, love the scent of the Hydramax serum, it's so light and fresh. It really does get the job done at hydrating the skin and never leaves my face looking greasy. I love that when I put my makeup on over the serum, it stays and applies fabulously. The consistency is more like a gel than a moisturizer but it instantly hydrates the skin. My only complaint is the price; $80 for 1 oz, which brings me to...
I bought this serum about a year ago and I find it to be comparable to Chanel's Hydramax Serum. I don't know if it has long-term effects on the skin but it definitely does its job at hydrating the skin upon putting it on. If you don't want to spend the hefty $80 on the Chanel serum, I would say definitely pick this up for $17.50 at your local drugstore.