Another Boudoir Marathon is Coming Up!

Ladies- if you’re interested in getting some amazing boudoir photos taken by the talented Bre Thurston on September 18th (a great day for many reasons, including it being my wedding anniversary!) then please contact Bre at bre@brethurston.com or check out her website at www.brethurston.com. But hurry, there are only a few slots left!

This will be the third boudoir shoot that I have worked on with Bre as the makeup artist and the sessions just keep on getting better! They’re taken in a gorgeous hotel room in downtown Sacramento and we keep the champagne flowing and the girly clothes/accessories are all over the place! Bre’s photos always turn out amazing and you will not be disappointed!  Have them done as a gift for someone special (husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, whoever) or just do them for yourself! Trust me, you will be happy you did!

To check out makeup I’ve done for past boudoir photos look at my portfolio page above. Hope to see you there!

(This photo was taken from Bre’s site)

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Showin’ a Little Love

My fellow up-and-coming makeup artist friend is going to start up her website soon and I thought I’d show a little love and let you know that she’ll be “coming soon!”

Larissa was one of my co-workers for years at one of the many cosmetic stores I worked at in my youth (ya know, cause I’m SO old now..). She is an incredibly talented artist (and great friend) and I even asked her to do the makeup for my own wedding!

So keep an eye out, her website should be live sometime in September and I will be sure to post the link here! She rocks! She did my makeup, plus eight bridesmaids and my mom all by herself!!

Photos by the amazing photographer John Decker.

How to: Bring your shattered eyeshadow back to life!

So a friend of mine shared this little tip with me recently and I had to pass it along! This technique can be used for pressed powders and blushes too!

In the past, my eyeshadows, blush’s, and even pressed powders would break and I would end up throwing them away and wasting the $15-40 I spent on them. But not anymore! Ever since my friend sent me this tip I haven’t thrown any of these products away!  So, if you don’t like throwing your money in the trash then take a few minutes and try this technique!

Here is what you will need:

-butter knife

– rubbing alcohol

– tissue

– plastic sandwich bag

– a nickel, dime or quarter depending on size of eyeshadow

The process is actually super easy!

Step 1– Put the eyeshadow in the plastic baggie and use the butterknife to break up the rest of the eyeshadow into a fine powder. (This demonstration was done with a dual eyeshadow, which made it a little more difficult, but not impossible!)

Step 2– Take the eyeshadow out of the bag and pour a little rubbing alcohol over it.

Step 3– Cover the eyeshadow with the tissue, and then use the quarter (or dime- depending on the size of the product) to push down the loose powder until it is back to it’s compact state.

Step 4– Let the eyeshadow dry, and you’re all set!

I love this tip and have already done it to 4 eyeshadows that were just waiting to go in the trash! Who knew saving money could be this fun?

Water-Friendly Favorites

It’s almost the Fourth of July and if you want some advice on which water-friendly makeup products are the best, you’ve come to the right place!

I love being outdoors and in the water, especially in the heat of the Northern California summers but I hate when my mascara runs down my face after I jump in the pool!  So if you want to look your best while you’re lounging by the pool in Las Vegas, or out on a boat on the lake, here are some of my recommendations for water-proof products.

One of my all time favorite brands is Makeup Forever. Yes, it sounds scary, like you’re going to put it on and NEVER be able to take it off. But don’t be fooled by the name. Makeup Forever is a long-lasting, high quality line with products that often out-do their competitors. I love using this line for weddings because I know it will last all night and withstand even the most tearful brides. I use their regular products all the time and have recently fallen in love with their Aqua line. It stays on for hours, doesn’t rub off when you swim, or wear off when you sweat, and comes off easily with the right makeup remover.

Here are some of my favorite summer products from the Aqua line

 
 
All of these products can be found at Sephora! Have fun this 4th of July weekend! Don’t forget the sunscreen!
 

Color me Coral!

Summer is here (finally) and it’s time to switch up your hues. Pink is out and coral is in.

Here are a few of my favorite products, old and new, in this bright summer hue. Women with every skin tone can wear coral in different ways. Coral blush looks great on fair skin, coral gloss works for women with darker skin or olive tones and everyone should wear it on their nails! 

Sick of pink like me? Try some of these products below! They can be found at Sephora  or on Amazon!

NARS Blush- Torrid

 

OPI Nail Polish - A True Ab-Original

 

Dior Addict Lip Polish- Glow Expert

Professional Photos of Kira and Jordan’s Shoot!

Of course, as always, the photos by Bre Thurston turned out amazing. And I’m extremely biased about how gorgeous the couple is because they’re my best friends, but don’t they look amazing?

We did a very subtle, natural look on Kira for her engagement photos. We used light browns and creams for her eyes, peach blush on her cheeks with a little highlighter on her cheek bones, and nude lips. I didn’t want her makeup to stand out in the photos, so the light colors really helped accentuate her features without making her look overdone. I think she looks beautiful! …And the groom isn’t too bad either.   

If you’d like to see the rest of their engagement session, check out Bre’s website!

This is my favorite - You can't tell in black and white but Kira's drink is hot pink with purple sprinkles

So TANtalizing!

So it is almost summer… but if you live where I do, it hasn’t been feeling like summer at all lately. The sun hasn’t been consistent with the season for the last few weeks. This means that when summer FINALLY hits, I won’t be prepared. Meaning I will still have my pale, winter complexion for quite some time. So, in the meantime, I have a solution that does not include a tanning bed.

 It’s called Tantalizer by LORAC Cosmetics. It is a lotion body bronzer that washes off in the shower. I use it all the time in the summer and it gives me the appearance of being freshly tanned even when I haven’t seen the sun in weeks. I have been using this stuff for a few years now and just yesterday I found the miniature version for travelling. Perfect to throw in your makeup bag for a trip to Vegas! I usually only use it at night because it does have a light sheen/shimmer to it which can be a little much for daytime (although not too much for Vegas of course) and it is perfect for use on your arms, legs, and décolleté.

Try it this summer and I’m sure you’ll love it! ;)

It is available anywhere that LORAC is sold- I buy mine at Sephora or Ulta.  The large bottle sells for $32 (but lasts a long time) and the mini will cost you $10.

This concealer is “The Balm!”

The Balm Concealer– If you have permanent dark circles under your eyes like me, or trouble areas that foundation and powder don’t cover, I highly recommend this product! I live by this stuff. I always buy it in multiples because I keep one in my purse and one in my makeup bag at home. It covers everything without looking too heavy or cakey AND it’s good for your skin too! It even has anti-wrinkle ingredients so using it under your eyes should pay off in the long run!

You can find it at Sephora!