Whitney has been an absolute joy to work with! Luckily we were able to keep her as an in-salon client as well, so we get to talk to her for the rest of forever ;) Check out how beautiful her big day was:
Instagram may be my new favorite place to find cool products. This past weekend I got to give my new elstile magic curling iron a spin. I'm obcessed as is everyone else who has laid hands or eyes on it. I have never curled hair with such ease. The rotating collar is genius! This thing makes curling hair fun it's so easy. Check out the videos on their website. Super cool tool!
Hello everyone! Wanted to share with you my latest and greatest beauty find. So I watching a make up tutorial and the artist was using a powder I had never heard of to set the foundation on mature skin. The way she described this powder convinced me to give it a try. Holy father of translucent powders this product is incredible! The best way I can describe it is to say it has the consistency of a cloud and the finish of a halo. It's luminosity blurs imperfections and adds a timeless glow. Such a gem unfortunately comes with a hefty price tag of $58.00 that said, well worth the price.
Tip: try finding a sample size on ebay!
We are frequently asked by brides, and salon clients, where to purchase hair extensions. We are happy to say that we are now offering HALOEXTENSIONS. It is easier and more comfortable than clip in extensions and works great for bridal up styles, down styles, and everything in between!
We love Toni Federici for head pieces for weddings and we always recommend them to our brides. They recently gave their site a little facelift featuring my work! Check out their head pieces if you're in the market for one for your big day! http://tonifederici.com
Carrie was absolute dream to work with, and to look at! I mean the woman is absolutely stunning, and her dress.... OH MY GOD. Going through the pictures was so hard, Jon Koch is absolutely incredible, there were so many good ones. Here are a few of my favorites!
We were flipping through STL Bride Magazine and we were so thrilled at how many times our work was featured! As always, thank you STL Bride Magazine and all of our amazing vendors and brides we have the pleasure of working with each year.
Let’s talk about tattoos and bruises for a minute. Ive never been one who believes that they can be covered. Even when attempted by professionals, it just ends up looking like a big bruise.I don’t know about you but if I had to choose between my tattoo or a bruise I think I would pick the tattoo. There is a reason that Angelina Jolie still walks around with a Billy Bob tattoo. If it could be covered, she would have done it. That said, this last weekend my associate make-up artist Andrea attempted to cover a bruise on a bridesmaids arm. It was a pretty bad one. She used a creme, full coverage cake foundation in a warm tone to neutralize the blue/purple of the bruise and you could still see it. Then I remembered the awesome orange toned powder in my Kat Von D dark and light kit. As I applied the powder all three of us said at the same time, “ Whoa…what was that?!!!!!" The powder completely neutralized any darker undertones. I’ve been doing make-up for 14 years and I’ve never seen a bruise covered this well. Here’s the formula if you are wanting to play with covering a tattoo or bruise yourself.
1. Start by applying a warm toned creme concealer to the area you are trying to cover. When I say warm I mean orange or apricot. Those are the colors that will neutralize. Try Cinema Secrets foundation in warm.
- make sure to only cover the areas that are dark.
2. Apply a full coverage pressed powder over the creme. I like MAC’s full coverage powder.
3. Then swipe the area with Kat Von D’s powder in Levitation. It’s the top one on the far right.
4. Spray the area with a make-up setting spray. My favorite is by Final Seal by Cinema secrets. This will ensure that the make-up stays in place and won’t rub off on clothing.
ALERT!!!!! Anyone that struggles with acne needs to try this! I couldn't believe how well these little suckers work. Its flesh colored, band-aid like circle that you can't see! You place it over your blemish and it draws all the uckies out of the spot and turns white when its pulled all the gunk out and its flat by the next day! Its so wild. Another thing I'll do, is if I have a really stubborn one coming in that needs a high percentage benzoyl peroxide on it, I'll place that on the blemish and then put the dot over top, that way it doesn't move over night and by the next day, you're good to go! Its one of the coolest things I've ever used. Check them out, I got mine on Amazon as per usual.
MAC has come out with a new product called soft serve eye shadow that I'm absolutely in love with! It's a fluffy eye shadow that adds just the right amount of sparkle. Not 12 year old at a birthday party glitter. I've been absolutely loving applying it to the highlighted part of the eye lid for just an extra little pop.
My favorite color is bounce around. Give it a try.
Okay, let's chat a little about how most of us clean out our pores. It includes finger nails, and a magnifying mirror. Maybe a face mask but those don't really pull out all the junk that makes your skin look dull and lifeless. And then there's those black heads around your nose and chin that no matter what u do you cant get out. There has got to be a better way!
My good friend Susan recommended I try this Weird looking spatula thing called the Verseo skin spatula. Holy moly does this thing work. Here's how: it uses ultrasonic vibrations to coax the junk out of your pores. All you have to do is push the blade ( dull not sharp) across moistened skin at a 45 degree angle. You will NOT believe what comes out of your pores. Oil, dirt, black heads you name it, it comes out. So gross and so wonderful at the same time!
After only 2 uses I noticed a huge difference in the size of my pores and have over all clearer skin. This little sucker is a must have and for $50 on Amazon you can't go wrong.
P.s. I even let my husband give it a try. He is now as obcessed as I am.
I hear women say that to me all the time and I can't tell you how flattering and heartwarming it is when they do call. Just like when Amber jones called for me to do her event. Amber and I have known each other for years. She was a freshman in high school and modeled for the same company I did hair and make up for. She said, " When I get married some day I'm gonna call you." I'm so glad she did. Doing her hair and make up was just like the good old days. Here are some photos of the lovely Amber shot by Lisa Hessel.
There's nothing better than running into a past bride of mine and hearing how happy they were with their hair and make up. " I've never felt so beautiful in my life." Is a phrase I never get sick of hearing. Elizabeth Eby was a bride of mine from a few months ago and when I ran into her at cardwells she gushed about how great some photos of us together turned out. Her favorites from the whole day in fact. " we took pics together....when?" "Oh you mean pics of me taking a selfie of you?"( I post selfies with all my Bride's after their weddings). She was right, they are adorable and Jon Koch never disappoints. Thanks Jon for once again capturing the joy of making someone's wedding day magical.
Have you ever had dry lips so bad that you couldn’t stand it? You can’t think about anything but the relief some chap stick would give. Travel always makes me extremely dry, which is why I was wondering through the make-up isles of Bon Marche in Paris hoping to score a sample of gloss, balm, something…anything to soothe my parched lips. Ah, bingo. I see a sign that says, “ Rose Lip Balm by a company named By Terry.Never heard of it before, but here goes nothing. The ladies at the counter were gracious enough to help me out with a sample,and oh my I was really impressed. This balm was creamy, not sticky, and had the most intoxicating rose fragrance. My porthole of knowledge ( google) told me it was for sale in the states, so I thought I’d grab some at home. Bad choice, most things are cheaper if you buy in the states,but because by terry is a french company, what was 30 euro in France is not 60 us dollars in the states. Sixty bucks for lip balm??? Are you nuts? I know it’s crazy, but this product does double duty. It acts as an emollient and hydrator for your cuticles and it really works. Instantly absorbs and hydrates. Which is a tall order considering my hands are constantly dry from being in water. And then there’s the rose scent. No one does rose scented anything like the french. They somehow manage to scent things with flowers and not make them overwhelming. Food, make-up, parfum everything. So, if you are ever in the mood for a new balm, give By Terry’s Rose balm a try. You will not be disappointed.
I absolutely love shooting with this team, not only are the images absolutely stunning, but so are their products.
Visit their website if you're in the market for beautiful head pieces for your big day! http://www.tonifederici.com
Annie had such a fun time working on Natalie and Katee's wedding last weekend, Heather Roth's photographs turned out great. They looked beautiful! Many thanks to the lovely couple for having us as part of their big day.
The Brazilian Blowout is perfect for clients with frizzy, unmanageable hair. The plus is, its chemical free and totally safe! It often times helps people's hair grow faster as it strengthens the hair as well. The results speak for themselves!
About 2 months back I reached out to my friend and all around eye brow chick Christina Passanise because I needed my eye brow tattooing touched up. She told me she wasn’t doing the tattooing anymore and that this Microplaning is the new thing. All it took was 1 youtube video and I was all in.
After applying a numbing creme, Christina made what felt like little scratches across your skin. It didn’t hurt by any means, but it did smart a couple of times;
Totally worth the results. I think they turned out crazy good!
This is a technique I can see working well for so many people.
Heres how you find Christina
Christina Studios: 636-346-3383
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I LOVE Indian brides. Sarosh was an absolute pleasure to work with, not to mention absolutely STUNNING. I am so excited to get these images back, I almost can't breathe!
"You did an amazing amazing amazing job, there's a photo at the end of the night and my makeup looked FLAWLESS. I love your work and all that you do. Thank you for everything, I loved your skill and talent :) :)" - Sarosh
So, ask yourself. What's worse than getting a zit? The damn brown spot you have for months afterwards. If it would last a couple of weeks, fine, but these spots go on for months. So, I did a little research and looks like Vitamin C does a dandy job of getting rid of them. I tried Paula's Choice RESIST Vitamin C spot Treatment and I have to say I was seriously impressed. Day 1 darkness was lightened by half. Day 2 half of that. Day 3 almost gone. Give it a try.