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Wedding Day Makeup Essentials

30 Jun

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My friend’s wedding (wedding #1) is just a little over a week away. I am gathering my list of things I must not forget for the wedding day, and among them are makeup essentials!  I am getting my makeup done the day of, but if you are doing your own, or even if you’re getting your makeup done too as party of the bridal party, don’t forget these items.

Waterproof mascara– This is obvious, right?! If you’re on a budget, try Maybelline’s Define-A-Lash or if you can splurge, I love DiorShow.

Blotting papers– Don’t stress and if you become dewy, run to the bathroom to blot. I use Boscia.

Lipstick or lipgloss– Always have a little shimmer/shine/color on your lips. If you like the feel of a chapstick, try Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer (personal fave). If you prefer a gloss or “Glossimer”, Chanel makes the best out there. If you are a lipstick maven, Revlon Moon Drops has many colors on the cheap.

Pocket mirror– Stick this in your clutch if you need to sneak some touch-ups. I like this Sephora swivel mirror or this simple black one from Walgreen’s.

Do you have any other makeup essentials for the bridal party to have on the wedding day? What brands/products to you swear by?

Skincare Tips: 30 Days til the Wedding

9 Jun

Today marks the 1 month mark until my first friend’s wedding.  That means 1 month until I have to still fit into the dress and have to make sure my skin is blemish free. The skincare is giving me the most anxiety, in that a pimple could come the day before- or heaven forbid- the morning of the wedding and what will I do!? I too will be in pictures and in front of 200 people like the bride.

 I did some research and need to remember these tips for keeping my skin “clean, clear, and under control”– thank you, Clean & Clear!

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! H2O, you are my new best friend.  Staying clear of alcohol and my much-needed morning cup of coffee is going to be tough, but I will keep drinking water as much as possible throughout the day.
  2. Sunscreen, you are my second best friend. With the big day just a week after the Fourth of July weekend, I need to keep my SPF 45 on me constantly to avoid a quite unattractive burn I got last year.
  3. Keep on using my spot treatments. If a zit does pop up, Clean & Clear’s and Proactiv are the ones I use.
  4. Start weekly exfoliating and keep on until 1 week before the wedding. Cleaning off the dead skin is important to keeping skin healthy.
  5. DO NOT change your skincare routine– It takes your skin a weeks to months to adjust and fully show the results of a new skincare product or regiment. This also includes any new hair products. See this interview and this WebMd article for more.
What other skincare tips do you have for leading up to the “big day”?

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Get your legs dress worthy & ready

22 Apr

This week Refinery 29 posted tips and tricks to get ready for summer with killer legs. After a long, long winter, most of us are feeling and seeing the effects of winter– dry, “white as a ghost” skin.  Ok, maybe it’s just me.  With wedding season approaching, R29 names 3 key steps to getting your legs ready- keep these in mind when preparing for the wedding day.

Step 1: Exfoliate and remove dead skin cells for a blank canvas for steps 2 and 3. R29 recommends Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate Body scrub; I like Fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish.

Step 2: Moisturize!  This can’t be stressed enough as dry skin doesn’t take self-tanner well and causes streaking. I like Aveeno’s Positively Nourishing– smells great and is not too thick or greasy.  R29 also encourages using anti-cellulite products. I’ve found these don’t work, but if nothing else, it’s a moisturizer.

Step 3: Self-tan from a bottle, not in a booth. If you read Wednesday’s post, I love and recommend Tan Towels. R29 mentions Michael Kors Leg Shine– I have wanted to purchase and try.

How do you get your legs dress worthy?