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Makeup Mondays #17 :: Eyeshadow for Pictures

Jun 17, 2013 / Makeup Mondays

As you may have read or seen on Facebook, in April we traveled to North Carolina to visit our good friend Millie Holloman. We spent a week on the NC coast (which was perfect) and also had our portraits taken by Millie. I believe Millie is one of the best photographers in the USA, so of course, when it was time for her to take our portraits, I definitely wanted to make sure I looked good. I asked Millie for recommendations on a makeup artist in Wilmington to do my makeup for the pictures, and she hooked me up with a great person who fixed me up.

When the makeup artist arrived at our beach house, we sat and talked about what I wanted. She said, "I'm sure you can show me something on Pinterest." But it wasn't on Pinterest that I found the makeup idea that I wanted... it was from one of our past brides, the lovely Megan, who was married last August.


I know that on the day of the wedding, I kept raving about how beautiful her makeup was. It was natural and timeless, but the purple eyeshadows still gave it a little spunk and personality. Megan and I also have similar skintones, so I thought this would look good on me too for our pictures.

I don't have any eyeshadows in my kit that would recreate this look, but I am eyeing this 5-color set in Stylish Move 970 from Sephora as a potential at-home solution. It might be sitting in my online shopping cart at this very moment.

I can't wait to share some of our images from our shoot with Millie. In the meantime, admire how gorgeous this bride was!
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Makeup Mondays #16 :: Memorial Day Red Lipstick

May 27, 2013 / Makeup Mondays

Happy Memorial Day! In honor of this day and the red, white, and blue, I chose to feature my favorite red lipstick. Venturing into the land of red lipstick was pretty scary for me! Luckily, I found the perfect red lipstick that works well with my skin tone, and that lipstick is Chanel's Gabrielle.


I love this lipstick because it goes on quite easily (no lip brush needed) and the color is very vibrant. The color isn't super glossy, so I have a Chanel glossy lacquer in the same shade that I put on sometimes with it. This is definitely a lipstick you'll want to carry with you for touch ups because it isn't longwear.

Here's a few pictures I pulled of my Instagram where I'm wearing the lipstick.


If you haven't tried red lipstick yet, I think you should. There's something super fun and empowering, yet timeless, about having bright red lips. If you have been a little scared to try the bright pink, I think the red is a little more of a modest option for you.

Happy Memorial Day! We are blessed to live in the land of the free, because of the brave.
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Makeup Mondays #15 :: Setting Powder

May 20, 2013 / Makeup Mondays

This week I'm going to share another recent product I found. I first was introduced to the concept of translucent setting powder when I had my makeup done in North Carolina for our photos by Millie Holloman. Since I am so fair, the makeup artist chose to use this as the powder on my face. I was quite shocked when I saw she was putting stark white powder on my face, but it looked really great.

So here is the white/translucent setting powder I purchased and now use, Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder.


There's two great applications that I have found for this powder:

First, I like to use it alongside last week's tinted moisturizer. It gives my skin a matte finish which I prefer to any type of shine that I would have only using the moisturizer.

Second, I've been using it as a finishing step on my makeup after everything is done (but before the makeup spray.) I like that it seems to soften to finish of everything, and gently blends my bronzer, blush, and highlighter.

It's a loose powder, which means it isn't good to take along for touchups while you're on the go, but at home, it gives a nice matte finish to your makeup.
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