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)

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

Photo Shoot with Bre!

Not much to say here, the photos speak for themselves– These girls are beautiful! And they are lucky to have been photographed by such a talented woman! Bre Thurston

Doing the makeup for photo shoots with Bre is always so much fun :)

A Few Boudoir Photos

Here are just a few photos from the second boudoir shoot I did with photographer Bre Thurston at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. brethurston.com

Her photos turned out beautifully, and her makeup isn’t bad either! ;)

Check back for photos of the other girls soon!

Kelly and Pat’s Engagement Session

Here are a few photos from Kelly and Pat’s engagement session in Folsom. Don’t they look great?!

Photos by Bre Thurston. Check out brethurston.com to see more of her work!

Makeup by me!

Dramatic Purple Smoky Eyes

We did a smoky eye on Kelly with false lashes for a dramatic night-time look! Photos by Britt Hedin!

Boudoir Photo Shoot- Citizen Hotel Sacramento

Aside

Here are some photos taken by my friend and amazing photographer Bre Thurston. To check out more of her work, visit her website at http://brethurston.com/ 
The photos were taken at an all-day boudoir photo shoot marathon last month. This wasn’t a tough job to do, the subjects were all gorgeous! We’re doing another boudoir marathon in April, so check back for more photos!