❄️Baby, It’s Cold Outside!❄️

Happy New Year everyone!! I finished 2013 as a bad blogger! I’m sure past brides can understand, once it gets down to crunch time (as in 2 months until your wedding!) it’s hard to think about anything else.

It’s officially 23 days away from my wedding. I can’t believe it! When they tell you it goes by so quickly, they ain’t lying (I’m southern y’all!)! My amazing bridesmaids keep asking if they can help me do anything but honestly, there isn’t much else to do but walk down the aisle. But yet I have that mind frame that I have so much to do which causes me to have anxiety attacks. Literally!

The past few months I’ve been trying other makeup lines to see if I can add more to my work kit. My goodness has it been fun!! I have a LONG list in ‘Notes’ on my phone of goodies I want to get. While playing with new makeup over the winter months, my skin got ridiculously dry! I never thought that it could happen because I’ve been battling adult  acne for a couple of years now. I was prescribed Epiduo from my dermatologist so it has helped keep the oil and blemishes at bay. But this year, my skin has been FLAKING! Since my wedding is so soon, I had to find something to smooth my skin back out without breaking me out. But of course, like switching to any new product, your skin has to get used to it and 9 times out of 10 you’ll break out a bit. But give it time! And that’s something I’ve done.

Im listing some of my new favorite makeup and skincare products below. And did I mention they’re ALL reasonably priced?!

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1. Oxygen Botanicals Hydrating Eye Cream – this stuff is like a miracle in a bottle! When having extremely dry skin it tends to get very sensitive. Especially around the eyes. This cream not only takes away the sensitivity but it doesn’t sting once applied like a lot of other products do. It has green tea, sweet almond oil, aloe, and vitamin A which helps with fine lines. And that it does!

2. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask – you should ALWAYS use a heavier moisturizer at night due to friction and to hold that moisture into the skin. this mask is meant to be used overnight. I wake up and my skin is the smoothest it’s ever been!

3. Oxygen Botanicals Super Hydrating Cream – Most people could use this as a night cream but my parched skin needs it for the day time! It is filled with Hyaluronic Acid, which is the most moisturizing ingredient for the skin. it makes my skin stay moisturized ALL day without getting that tight feeling. It also goes great under my primer and foundation.

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1. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – I was very hesitant about this product since I already had MAC’s Fix + Spray. But in my opinion, this is WAY better! And it’s oil and paraben free! I don’t have to re-powder at all during the day!

2. Sigma Beauty Brushes – I will always say that MAC makes the best brushes. However, I’ve been watching many YouTube videos and artists on Instagram using these more and more. They are definitely more affordable than MAC and actually have a much bigger selection. I haven’t tried them yet but I just sent in to get my discount and once I start using them, I’ll let you know if they’re yay or nay! But I have high hopes. 😉

3. Morphe Brushes – I know the picture is of a palette but their main sellers seem to be brushes (hence the name!). Once again, these have also received great reviews and they’re even CHEAPER than Sigma! I will be trying them because the prices seem too good to be true. But I’ve researched everywhere and haven’t found one bad review! They’re palettes look beautiful as well so I can’t wait to try those in the next couple of weeks.

4. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Waterproof Concealer – I tried this on whim thinking that I needed a good concealer that will stay put if (who are we kidding?! WHEN) I cry at our ceremony in 25 days. it says what it does… It stays put ALL day. Even through a few tears and contact issues! A must for all brides!

5. Tarte Braziliance Skin Rejuvinating Maracuja Face & Body Self Tanner – Goodness, that’s a mouthful! It’s so hard to find a good self tanner. I’ve tried so many over the years and I think I’ve found one I love. It comes with a mitt so your palms don’t get that dirty look even AFTER washing your hands. it’s also moisturizing since you can’t put on a body lotion beforehand. the formula is dark when applying so you can see if you have streaks anywhere. It’s great for these winter months when we tend to be pale!

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1. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – Do you know that I waited in line at Sephora the night this was launched?!  It is probably my favorite Naked palette thus far. Why? Well, it’s very different than the first two as far as colors and you can’t go wrong with pinks and browns! They look great on everyone. I love the versatility that it offers. You can wear a light pink during the day and go glam with a black sparkle smokey eye at night!

2. Anastasia Dip Brown Pomade – After watching one of my favorite makeup artists on YouTube review this product, I had to have it! Talk about a brow “gel” that will last FOREVER! I use MAC’s 266 angled brush to apply this and you use very little product. Make sure to apply with light strokes. A little goes a long way! I still use a clear gel to keep my brows in place but honestly, you really don’t need to because it holds them in place on it’s own. I highly, highly recommend this product!!

3. Tarte Maracuja Creasless Concealer – I know this is the second concealer I’ve written about but this is a great one as well. A little goes a very long way with this one. my other favorite thing about this concealer is that it’s great for dark circles because it brightens the area if you set it with a translucent powder by patting the powder on with either a stippling brush or beauty sponge (that way it won’t move the concealer out. It will hold it under your eyes!).

4. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation – I decided to try this when I felt like my MAC Pro-Longwear foundation was making my skin have that tight, dry feeling. This is like a tinted moisturizer but with more coverage. I love that you don’t have to use a lot to cover your entire face. And the coverage is an A+. It’s kept my skin feeling moisturized throughout the day but not make me oily at all!!

 

I hope you’ve learned a few fun things. I’m a product junky and love reading reviews and peoples thoughts on them. Hopefully I’ll get one more post in before my big day…. 😉

 

Xoxo,

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Viva La’ Musica!

I always wished I had the talent to either sing or play an instrument. I can play the very simple version of ‘Ode Joy’ on the piano from having 2 years of piano lessons. And sadly, everyone in my immediate family are tone-deaf! I get lots of “I’d rather hear them sing” from Matt in the car. Fortunately I come from parents who raised my brother and I on many genres of music. I can’t remember a time when I was very young liking “children” music. The Golden Oldies is all I remember! My parents met in their mid-late 30’s. So they grew up with a different genre than most of my age group’s parents. For example, Elvis (to me, there is only ONE!) was and always will be one of my favorite artists. From ‘Jailhouse Rock’ to my all-time favorite ‘If I Can Dream’ and everything in between! Two of my first concerts were The Beach Boys and Ray Charles. Millie (my mom! How can you not call her that when she has a cute little name like that?!) mostly loves 50’s and early 60’s as well as blue’s. She definitely got me into the latter. Bobby (my daddy. Again, cute name!) also loves the 50’s and 60’s but he also got into the “hippy” music such as Fleetwood Mac, The Doors, and Janis Joplin. You would think being from the South that we would all love country music but in my parent’s house, that is a no-no! The only exception is Garth Brooks. But as of very recently, I’m enjoying my fair share of country! What I’m getting at, music is a very important part of my life and sanity. It’s helped me through deaths, break-up’s, road trips, memories of old friends, etc.

Since music is so important to us, I knew we had to have the best DJ in Charlotte. 3 words…..Split Second Sound! I had always heard great things about them and even attended weddings that they DJ-ed. I had never met the infamous Vinny Esposito until Matt and I drove ALL the way out to Stallings, NC to meet with him. Have I ever said how much I love Italians?! Especially ones from either New York or New England?! Of course I have! I’m marrying one! Anyhoo, I loved Vinny from the very first hug! We talked about our wedding logistics, Vinny and Matt talked about being Italian and Patriots and Giants football, and I talked about how I’m not a fan of the Panthers (Vinny is the DJ for all of the Panthers games!)!! We hired Vinny on the spot! The most funny thing he said before we walked out the door was, “The only way I wouldn’t be able to do your wedding is if the Panthers go to the Superbowl.” Hahaha, good one Vinny! *side note, our wedding is the day before the Superbowl*

We hired them for the entire wedding; ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Nothing about our wedding is going to be traditional. I’m making sure of that! The song that I will be walking down the aisle to is beautiful and perfect. I wouldn’t want it played live. And the same goes for the songs that our mother’s  and my bridesmaids will be walking down to. As much as I love a good concert (trust me, I couldn’t tell you how many I’ve been to in my life), I want all genres played so everyone can have a great time. With that said, if I had unlimited funds I would FOR SURE have Justin Timberlake come do a concert at our reception…. But then I might not leave with my new husband! 😉

My last advice: Do your research on DJ’s! Questions to ask; How long have they been in business? Will they play what YOU want played? Do they have great reviews? What type of equipment do they use? How many DJ’s are employed by them? Can you pick your DJ? Do they offer other fun “accessories” such as uplighting, monogrammed lights, etc? Do they provide microphones for the ceremony and reception? Are they wireless? I could go on and on with questions! In case you haven’t noticed, I ask everyone EVERYTHING!!!

If you’re stumped on what music you’d like to play at your wedding, there are so many resources out there on the world wide web for inspiration! Wedding Wire is great, as well as The Knot.

Lastly, my absolute favorite resource has been an app called “FUN WEDDING”. All of the songs are categorized and you’re allowed to make yourself a ‘Favorite’ list to save for that last meeting with your DJ! I’m posting the iTunes link in the app icon below. Enjoy getting your groove on!

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Xoxo,

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Soiree’: A Swanky Little Bridal Event

Hello future brides!! As a future bride-to-be myself I’m so excited to be a part of next weeks bridal event, Soiree! It’s DEFINITELY not your typical “bridal show”. We’re not here to sell ourselves and services to you! It’s simply an evening for you to get inspiration ideas for your wedding, mingle, have tasty treats and cocktails, and speak with Charlotte’s exclusive wedding vendors about anything and everything wedding related!! And did I mention it’s at the beautiful Foundation for the Carolina’s and there will be a ROOFTOP fashion show?! You can get your ticket information by clicking here!

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We look forward to seeing you all there!!

Xoxo,

 

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