❄️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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It’s Wedding Season and…. I’m Getting Married Too!!

I’m a horrible person. I have not met my New Year’s resolution and blogged every couple of weeks :(. My reasoning; Wedding season has kept me SUPER busy making brides, maids, and mama’s feel beautiful, also… I’m planning my OWN wedding!!! My fiancé and I are finally making it official February 1st, 2014. Being in the wedding industry I knew that planning a wedding was a lot of work. But I never thought it would be this stressful! I’ve had my share of panic attacks, meltdowns, and explosive arguments with Matt out of pure exhaustion and stress.

I always thought this time would be special and exciting and precious (and it mostly has been) but what some people don’t know about me is I’m a true Virgo! I want everything done at once! We took a tour of our venue (Ballantyne Hotel & Spa) not even a week after we got engaged. I emailed our photographer (more about him later!) the very NEXT DAY because I’m neurotic like any normal Virgo. You see, I’ve had our wedding all planned a couple years into our relationship. I’m like every average girl and knew exactly how I wanted our wedding to be. So as soon as that ring was on my finger, I started booking vendors!

First, before anything, I’d like to do a weekly post of my own wedding planning experiences and vendor spotlights. And of course incorporate makeup in there too! Does that sound okay?!

My first vendor spotlight is our amazingly talented and brilliant photographer Richard Israel. I’ve been quietly stalking Richard for almost 2 years now. As soon as I first saw his work, I knew that I wanted him for my non-existent wedding at the time! Our wedding is going to have an “Old Hollywood” feel to it. Our colors are black, ivory, and dark red. Very classic but yet sexy. I knew Richard would be perfect for this! Richard does quite a bit of black and white but he also uses old cameras with film to give the photo texture and a vintage feel. Old Hollywood themed wedding + Richard = perfection in my eyes!! His ability to make photography into beautiful art astounds me. He makes every photo literally look like a dream world.

After emailing back and forth we set a date to meet. Can I just tell you, this man is stylish!! Boots, leather, scarf, fedora, distressed denim. I knew Richard was from the UK so I was excited to sit and have a conversation with him because who doesn’t love a good British accent?! We had a great meeting and we all “gelled” and we told him we wanted him for our big day on the spot! And now the fun begins…. Engagement session!!! I’ve never worked with a photographer that gave better direction than Richard did with us. I told him beforehand that I didn’t want Matt and I to pretend like we were models like most engagement sessions. I’m not saying most engagement sessions are boring or uninteresting by any means!! It’s just not Matt and I. Matt is an amazing cook thanks to his Italian heritage and the wonderful women in his family. I like to watch him cook because unfortunately I didn’t get the cooking gene. So I wanted to capture that. I also wanted our two dogs in a few because they’re our world and part of our little family. After making meatballs and a quick wardrobe change on my part we headed to our neighborhoods cute little wooden bridge. Can I just say that Richard captured who Matt and I are perfectly when we got there (You’ll see below!). We then went down under the bridge into some wooded areas and he got some beautiful shots with his film camera. With a splinter in my bum, cut up feet from walking in thorns with bare feet, we were finished. I knew I would be pleased. And a week later, we were more than pleased. We were ecstatic!

I could never say enough good things about Richard. Brides, models, mothers, fathers, and EVERYONE check out his work. It’s breathtaking. I hope you enjoy some of our engagement photos as much as we do!

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Thank you Richard for creating photos for us to cherish forever! To everyone else, I hope you enjoyed This little bit of my life. Of course I can’t leave without letting you know what makeup colors I was wearing! Here you go!!

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 ***All MAC Cosmetic products***

1. Jest Eye Shadow (Lid and brow highlight) *One of my favorite colors!

2. Satin Taupe Eye Shadow (Blend into crease and on bottom lash line under liner) *My absolute go-to color!!!

3. Carbon Eyeshadow (Blend on outer lid corner up into crease)

4. Penultimate Eyeliner (Top lid and water line halfway underneath)

5. Sculpt and Highlighting Powder (Take the dark color and lightly blend a soft line under your cheek bone. Take the highlight powder and lightly dust your cheekbones and up to the temples)

6. Blankety Lipstick *another go-to!

7. Soar Lipliner

All Products can be found HERE!!!

 

Till Next Week!! Xoxo,

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New Year, New Promise, New Favorites!

 

2012 was an amazing memorable year for Lauren and I. We moved from Charlotte to Cornelius so we both could be closer to home and so both of us could work 5 days a week. How could we say no to our adorable little Dollhouse?! 2012 was a big year for my dear best friend and business partner… She became a wifey!!! She was the most beautiful bride and I feel so lucky to be a part of her big day. And my significant other and I added to our family the sweetest little cockapoo we named Lucy! We rescued her from the Humane Society of Charlotte. You can check out Lucy’s story with her brother (Dave!) HERE on my good friend Sarah McGraw’s site. She took the most beautiful photo’s of my four-legged kiddo’s and I’ll be forever indebted to her!

My New Year’s resolution usually consists of only one thing…. Getting back into shape after slacking miserably during the holidays! But this year I added something else to it. I promised to myself that I would start posting more (at least once every two weeks!) on our website and work on getting Dollface’s name out there for all of Greater Charlotte to see! A few fun things are in the works but we’ll talk about those when the time comes.

For this first post of the year, I thought I would just share a few of my favorite things at the moment. I find these blog posts to be very “generic” amongst bloggers but hey, it’s a great way to promote items that you love and maybe someone will find those things equally as awesome!

1. Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair – Even though I’ve gone darker recently, my hair is still in MAJOR need of repair from all the blonde and bleach I’ve put in my hair over the years. I want my air to be long and lustrous like the next girl and I’ve gone through so many damage repair hair products and this one has helped significantly! Especially in these winter months when hair tends to get super dry. Every stylist has warned me not to put too much protein in your hair or else it will break off (I made that mistake a few years ago!). This has the perfect amount of all-natural quinoa and wheat proteins and essential oils to keep your hair healthy and moisturized even after heat styling and chemical treatments!

2. Control Corrective Gentle Facial Wash – Lauren found this brand and I’m so glad she did! We have started incorporating some of their products into our facials at Dollface. This cleanser is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin type. More oily skin types will also love it because it suds up very well leaving you with that squeaky clean feeling!

3. The Lumineers – After seeing these guys open for Dave Matthews Band in December, I’ve been in love! It’s one of the few albums that I can listen in it’s entirety. In many of these songs, the drummer just uses a kick drum while playing the tambourine. It’s a feel-good, refreshing album.

4. MAC Lipstick in “Pink Pearl Pop” – I’m OBSESSED with this color!! It goes with everything! It’s a perfect, bright, blue-ish pink with a soft, creamy sheen. Top it off with a little Flusterrose Lustreglass for a sultry pout!

5. The Atlanta Falcons – I was born in the great city of Atlanta, GA but grew up in the also great Charlotte, NC. I call Charlotte my home however, I will forever be a Georgia Peach therefore I am a loud, and proud Falcons fan! 2012 was our year and here’s to 2013! RISE UP!!!!

Until next time…

 

Xoxo,

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