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Blushing Bride :: Miss Roxanne

Each new bride that I am blessed to work with brings me joy as I carve, create and sculpt her face.  Every bride is unique and every bride has her own signature beauty.  This wedding has to be one of my favorites to date because of how well Roxanne kept everything simple yet beautiful.  Classic beauty never goes out of style…

All Photos by B. Sharp Photography

Makeup: Blush Spa

Hair: Alisha Zielinski for Salon FX

Floral: Teresa Lyons

Location: Schwinn Produce Farm

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Blushing Bride :: Miss Lindsey

Lindsey got married on a beautiful November day last fall and I have to say, the pictures from her day are exquisite.  Truly, I think it’s a combination of all of her lovely details but it’s also probably just because she’s a beautiful bride!  Lindsey and her hubby Ryan were married on Thanksgiving weekend and the weather couldn’t have been more beautiful, nor the scenery.  Kansas City never fails a back drop for photos.

Photos by: Kelly Jackson Photography & Easton Studios

I mean, does this picture not melt you into a million pieces?

Gotta bring the pooches, am I right?

Sisters, and maids of honor…

The look on her face is just priceless, so sweet!

Heading to the reception while her makeup still looks fresh & beautiful!

Fun Fact: Lindsey & Ryan had their reception at the same place my hubby & I did!  I know I’m biased but isn’t it just gorgeous?


Congratulations to the beautiful couple, may your marriage be as beautiful as your wedding day was! Xoxo

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Acne: 3 Tips You Haven’t Tried

Some of us who suffer from acne can easily feel defeated.  Sometimes we try and try and feel that nothing is working…but today I want to offer 3 tips that you hopefully haven’t tried.  They are tips that help to conceal and diminish the appearance of your tiny friends and will make you feel more self-confident when stepping out the door.

 


 

1.) STOP TRYING TO ATTACK YOUR ACNE.

 

 

Ever so often I will come across clients who are just being too hard on their skin.  They’re frustrated with their complexion so they scrub and scrub or apply topical treatment like crazy.  Here’s the thing, less is more and skin is smarter than we think.  If you start to incorporate a few gentle, soothing products into your lineup your skin will notice a huge change.  Sometimes acne is as red as it is because we are irritating it so much!  Once you start using products to cool and calm the skin your redness will go down and so will your dislike for your skin.  This tip includes not using a strong acne cleanser every time you cleanse, not cleansing/scrubbing your face more than twice a day, and not using strong topical acne medications that burn your skin.  Give your skin a break and it will reward you.

Quick tip: look for products that contain soothing ingredients like aloe, green tea and chamomile to calm the skin.  It is best to look for these ingredients in products such as cleansers and serums.

 

2.) THINK OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE BOX.

 

 

Here’s the thing – if acne didn’t cause such discoloration we probably wouldn’t notice it so much, right?  But every time we get a new “friend” the redness and swelling (not to mention scarring caused from picking) is one of the hardest things to conceal.  This is where we bring in our special teams enforcement.  This is where the sunless tanner comes in!  The sunless tanner will do a fantastic job of covering redness and dark spots and also allows you to use less foundation/concealer in the morning, allowing your skin to breathe.  Some women like the look of their skin after applying sunless tanner, so much so that they don’t even need or want to wear foundation, and that’s perfectly ok!  If you give your skin a break from pore clogging makeup products, you might also find your culprit!

Quick tip: make sure the sunless tanner you purchase is specifically made for the face.  Our favorite brand is the St. Tropez sunless tanner and some women are ok to use the body tanners on their face but it’s all individual.  Test is out before any important events to see how your skin does with it.

 

3.) GET ICE-Y WITH IT.

 

 

Saving the best for last – this is a tip that is easy, accessible, and free!  It’s very simple, and all it takes is two medium to large sized ice cubes.  You will hold them in your hands and massage your face in the morning with them until your ice runs out or until you’re done holding cold ice cubes.  By using the ice we are reducing swelling, redness and even pain.  This is no different than icing a swollen ankle and it works well because you can do this day and night and it’s extremely gentle on the skin.  This is also a great tip for pregnant women who can’t use harsh acne products!  The best part is that the ice also tightens and closes pores, and who doesn’t want that?

Quick tip: if the ice feels so strong for you in the morning, throw a metal spoon into your freezer at night and use that the next morning instead.  The spoon is easy to hold and allows you to hold it on an acne mark while you use your other free hand to brush your teeth or apply eye makeup, etc.


 

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Ooh, Baby Baby!

I know you all might think I’m losing my mind but today’s post is dedicated entirely to baby wipes…

Laugh if you will but these little superstars do wonders for those of us in the makeup world (and extends easily beyond that, but that’s a whole other post.)  More specifically, I want to talk about the baby wipes that are sold by the Target “Up & Up” generic brand.  I don’t know what it is about these little cloths but they last an eternity and they feel like cashmere.  They are very thick and it makes their durability last forever.  So much so that it makes me never want to throw it away when I’m using it because it has Energizer bunny powers.  I once had a mom tell me, “I could clean my whole house with one of those wipes!”

Let us celebrate all the ways we can appreciate these amazing wipes (in the name of beauty):

 

  • Use a wipe to clean your makeup products, drape the wipe around your finger and use it to clean the edges of eyeshadow, compacts and lipstick tubes
  • Spray a wipe with alcohol and use it to sanitize your lip and eye pencils
  • Use the wipe to clean the inside & outside of your makeup bag
  • Add a drop of your regular eye makeup remover to the cloth and use it to gently remove eye makeup.  This lasts infinitely longer than toilet paper and it’s easier to store than paper towels in your bathroom
  • Use the wipe to remove super stubborn eye makeup by wrapping it over your pinkie or a Q-tip for hard to reach areas
  • Use it to clean your lash curler (genius!) It also de-gunks lip brushes like a charm
  • Use it to wipe the eyeshadow fallout from doing your eye makeup, you won’t believe how much actually falls down
  • Use it to wipe of your lips after you’ve applied foundation, again, you won’t believe how much actually transfers over.

 

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Your Best Wedding Day Makeup Ever

Photo by Ink Studios, LLC.

We’ve all read those timelines a million times, how and what to get done before our big day…But today’s list is going to be a little bit different in that we’re going to cover some ideas that you probably haven’t thought about.  These are points that I always discuss with my bride and they always seem to be in agreement.


1.) This is the most expensive day of your life and you need to look like it.

Am I recommending that you hire the most expensive vendors and max out your card buying the most expensive things you can find? No. But I am suggesting that you look like it with your hair and makeup.  For most people their wedding gown will be the most expensive garment they will ever purchase, so in that case in doesn’t make sense to apply tinted chapstick to complete the look.  Follow the advice of your hair and makeup team and decide on a look that pulls everything together.  A classic chignon or a full-volume blowout always looks like a million bucks and won’t break the bank.  And don’t be afraid to go heavier on the makeup and trust the pros when we add more than you would on a normal workday.  Pretty jewelry is always my favorite accessory on a bride too.  I wore my jewelry as soon as I could on my wedding day because I felt so amazing in it!

Photo by Jana Marie Photos

 

2.) Lip products are what make the look.

On the day of your wedding you’ll want to be sure that you have your back-up lip products near you or on you at all times.  You can buy a beautiful clutch to keep it in and hold, or you can give it to your Maid-of-Honor.  Lips are important because they always complete the look and it keeps you looking fresh in photos.  After your makeup fades towards the end of the night your lipstick/lip gloss will keep you looking polished and beautiful.  And 9 times out of 10 if people see photos of the reception of you and your lipstick on they’ll assume everything else has stayed on perfectly well.

Clutch by Clara Kasavina

 

3.) Invest in your skin, get chemical with it.

I know this sounds obvious but it is so often overlooked.  If there’s ever a time to invest in your skin it is this period of your life.  Regular facials and a chemical peel here or there will do wonders for your skin (and your self-esteem.)  Here’s the kicker – you have to start as soon as you get engaged.  Most couples are engaged for a year.  This gives plenty of time to not only establish a consistent routine but also allows time if you happen to have a bad reaction with a product or treatment.  For the record, I have yet to have a bride ever do so. Setting up a peel schedule truly gives skin amazing results and it will yield a beautiful texture on your skin like nothing else.  The smoother your skin looks the better your foundation lays and stays on!  Perfect for close-ups such as this…

Photo by Jordan Alexandra Photography

 

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Smart Makeup

We are all busy.  We all need products in our life that work and that we can count on.  I recently ran out of my sunscreen and I wanted to try something with a little color this time.  I did my research because I personally don’t love spending a lot of $ on something no one even sees.  I came across the Physician’s Formula Super BB Cream and I immediately knew I would like it.  I’ve tried similar products from them before and I love how they focus on cleaner ingredients.  With this BB cream there’s no artificial smell, it’s not greasy and it doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin.

But here’s where it becomes smart makeup…

It’s spf but it’s tinted, and it covers superbly well.  If you have to wear sunscreen you might as well wear a little tint to keep you looking fresh and polished with it.  Now every time I wear it I know I’ll look a little more put together if I have to run a quick errand.  It doubles as a face primer, which then gives you beautiful double coverage on your complexion.  Smart, smart.  And my favorite part is that the spf level is 30.  If you’re going to wear sunscreen it has to be a 30, nothing less.  I also love the price point, $13 means I don’t fret nearly as much as the $36 tinted Tarte primer that I’ve blogged about before.  Yes I would consider it a dupe for that which is a big win in my eyes considering that I named that Tarte primer that best product I’ve ever used.

The color that I purchased (light) does run a little pink on me so I am sure to blend it in well past my jawline and I’m careful to not put too much product there because of it.  If I wear it with my regular foundation the pink undertone isn’t a problem.  You can also save time by putting a drop of this on your hand along with your regular foundation and it helps with blending as well!

Let me know what you think!


For help on finding your perfect foundation, click here!

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The Surprising Salon Service All Women Need…

I could’ve given this post a million different titles but let’s get down to business…there is a salon service that women are catching on to and it’s something that needs attention regularly.

I’m talking about your lip hair.

It needs to go.  There’s no reason to keep it.  You’re not saving it for anything are you?  This is something that is so easily overlooked but once it’s noted there’s no denying it.  ALL women have lip hair and they’re lying if they tell you they don’t.  Why is it so important to remove it?

Because all lip hair leaves a shadow.  And only until it is completely removed do you really notice the difference!  Take a hand mirror with you into direct sunlight and you’ll get a better idea of what I’m talking about (car mirrors work great too.)  The best part is that a lip wax is a quick service that can easily be added to your regular brow wax appointment!  Keep this service in your calendar and you will never fear direct sunlight again.

To schedule your lip and brow wax appointment, call or text 785.393.9991.

To purchase the mug from above, click here.

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MOST-USED MASCARA

 

Maybe it’s because I’m a new Mama but I can’t tell you the last time I purchased a “designer brand” mascara from Sephora or Ulta.  I just don’t see the point in spending extra $ when something cheaper works just as well!

So today I want to share 3 of my favorite mascaras and not only are they “drugstore brand” but I also love combining any of these 3 for a max effect, of which that price combo is still cheaper than one Sephora mascara!

1.) Loreal “Telescopic” Mascara $6.59

This mascara is my favorite for length, although it’s a great all-around mascara too!  It thickens well enough and the brush is more of a hard comb so it really helps prevent caking or clumps. You always want to make sure that you curl your lashes before you apply any mascara, and you want to curl them well.  The majority of people do not curl their lashes well enough and once you learn the right way it makes a world of a difference!!  This mascara is great for someone who has full lashes but needs added length.

2.) Maybelline “Voluminous” Mascara $5.29

This one is my favorite for thickness.  It creates fullness around each lash and really boosts the volume of your lash appearance overall. This mascara is great for someone with long but thin lashes.  I also love it because it isn’t too runny or dry and again it doesn’t clump.  I will say this one dries out the quickest of all 3 but for $5 bucks you won’t cry any tears over it.

3.) Maybelline “Great Lash” $3.79

This one is my favorite for waterproof.  It’s 100% clump free in my opinion and it glides on perfectly with it’s thin brush wand.  The regular version works just as well and it would work especially well combined with the Maybelline Voluminous formula.  This one is also perfect for preteens who need something to start with because it’s so easy to apply.  It would be very hard to make this look heavy or thick and it gives the most natural look out of all 3 on this list.


And there you have it!  Comment below with your favorite mascara, us girls always like to “shop” around for the best!

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WINTER SKINCARE HACKS

Winter has hit and we are making up for lost time with the warm fall season that we had.  Today I’m sharing tips that will help keep your skin soft and hydrated.  What’s most important is that you stay consistent with these steps.  Consistency will make the biggest difference and it’s what your skin needs during the constant stress of the cold.

1.) SWITCH TO A CREAM OR OIL BASED CLEANSER.

This is more important to do if you are already normal or dry skinned.  If you’re prone to excess oil you don’t have to include this step, but for those who feel tight and dry after using their face wash, it’s vital to switch to something creamier.  It’s also helpful to cleanse and moisturize morning and night so that you can wash away excess impurities but to also use that second time to moisturize.  See my recommendations here and here.

 

2.) USE A BODY LOTION THAT CONTAINS AN EXFOLIATOR

Friends, I don’t know why all lotions do not contain an exfoliator within themselves.  Pure genius I tell you.  This one that I recently bought contains malic acid which helps to slough off flaky, ashy skin.  If I could exfoliate every hour of the day then I would…this is the next best thing.  This link that I’ve included gives you a selection of all their yummy scents as well!

3.) ADD AN OIL TO EVERYTHING

Whether you’re applying moisturizer to your face or your body, it’s always best to incorporate an oil into it during the wintertime.  This makes a huge difference in how your skin feels.  If you’re applying it to your face, put it on very last after your moisturizer.  For larger areas like your body, put several drops into your lotion and massage it in.  I also love to nuke the lotion & oil in the microwave for a few seconds before I put it on, so comforting!

For face oil recommendations click here and here.  For body oil recommendations, click here.

4.) GET MASKY WITH IT

Incorporating a weekly mask into your skincare routine will do wonders for your skin.  There is no magic number here but I would advise using a hydrating mask like this 2-3 times a week, depending on how dry you feel.  If you’re too tired to rinse if off before you fall asleep, just cleanse your skin the morning after like you normally would.

Click here to purchase this one or here to purchase this one.

 


And there you have it!  Four simple steps to keep your skin in prime condition for the holidays. Comment below if you have any rituals or products that you swear by for these cold winter months.  Now on to more important things, like gift wrapping and hot cocoa…

To read up on how to get cashmere hands for winter, click here…

 

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BLUSHING BRIDE :: MISS TIFFANY

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Do you ever look at a picture of someone (or a couple) and think “they look like the picture frame picture!”  You know, when you buy a new picture frame and it’s the picture that sits in the background of the frame…picture perfect if you will.

Meet Tiffany & Preston.

Tiffany and Preston got married on a beautiful sunny day in Lee’s Summit at The Stanley and it made the perfect backdrop for photos. Natural beauty goes a long way on a wedding day and I truly think that accentuating your features will always produce the best look on camera.

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Tiffany made a gorgeous bride because she paid attention to detail, but she didn’t go overboard. She knew she wanted big lashes, but on top of that we kept everything else complimentary.  Her pink glossy lips paired perfectly with her soft smokey eyeshadow.  Her hair and bouquet were beautiful on their own, but with that dress of hers she knocked it out of the park!

Sometimes brides overthink their makeup look for their wedding day and I too, was guilty of it.

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Here’s the thing though…

If you stick with neutral makeup, take great care of your skin and visit your spa regularly to keep brows polished and shaped, you truly cannot go wrong.  You want to look like the best version of yourself and you do that by wearing makeup that compliments your skin tone, with colors that are warm and brightening.  Stick with a smokey eye that uses shades of brown and/or plum.  A lot of brides will bring pictures to their trial and they’ll show me a picture of a black shaded smokey eye.  If you are on the fair to light side, this will not compliment your skin the way you want it to.  Black can fade the skin, turning it pale.

If you’re someone who never wears winged eyeliner, please do not pick a look that has liner extended to your temple.  You will regret it just like any other trend of the moment when you look at your photos in a few years.  A clean and fresh makeup look will take you further than anything else and it’s what makes a bride glow.

Never worry, classic makeup will always be in style and it will always look good in pictures.

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All Photos by Ashley Cross Photography