Sneak Peek!!

Happy Wednesday folks! What did you do to get over the hump? Me? I ramped up for a great weekend by bringing a little glam to my my client Karen, who was delightfully anticipating her engagement photo shoot at the spectacular Anderson House this evening. Karen and her hubby-to-be, Marvin will be taking the often casual snapshot session up a few notches by dressing to the nines in full formal gear. I can't wait to see the shots! 

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she's on her way...gorgeous!! 

Blu Water and a Mauve Mani

77+ degrees and a fresh mani...does it get any better than that?? Wedding season is here and my hands are dancing in the faces of many brides and their loves ones every weekend as i wield my magic beauty wands. Needless to say, a quick trip to my new favorite nail wizard, Jenny at Blu Water Day Spa in Kensington gets my tips in top shape for a busy weekend ahead! 

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Blu Water is peaceful and pretty every where you look. 

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Choose your infusion for your pedicure.

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Jenny's pleased with my color choices...

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are you??

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What is it called? "Using My Maiden Name" by Essie...I just can't get away from this matrimony madness! Gotta love it! 

Weekend Snapshot

Spring is here! I had the best time kicking off spring this past weekend...my clients and my activities were sunny and bright! I've decided I'm all about the elderflower cocktail for the next few months...

Sunny on a Saturday...perfect day for a Spring wedding in the city!!

Sunny on a Saturday...perfect day for a Spring wedding in the city!!

Pretty Lainie is becoming a Beauty 'n the Bride all star!! Can't wait to doll her up for her big day in October...stay tuned!!

Pretty Lainie is becoming a Beauty 'n the Bride all star!! Can't wait to doll her up for her big day in October...stay tuned!!

Usually when you hit a spot in the city and they tell you that their brunch has just ended and their kitchen is closed, it's a sad time...all frowns were turned upside down when they told us that we could still order a few items from their  Sandwich menu and of course drinks!! My elderflower obsession this weekend started here with their Elderflower Martini and is blossoming.  Thanks Shaw's Tavern...we'll be back!!

Usually when you hit a spot in the city and they tell you that their brunch has just ended and their kitchen is closed, it's a sad time...all frowns were turned upside down when they told us that we could still order a few items from their  Sandwich menu and of course drinks!! My elderflower obsession this weekend started here with their Elderflower Martini and is blossoming.  Thanks Shaw's Tavern...we'll be back!!

Although my guy didn't know it...we were on a crawl, the search for more of my new coveted spirit continued at Scion.  Cleverly located in my building in Downtown Silver Spring, this little gem of a restaurant boasted a pretty appropriately titled libation to add to my list of new faves! 

Although my guy didn't know it...we were on a crawl, the search for more of my new coveted spirit continued at Scion.  Cleverly located in my building in Downtown Silver Spring, this little gem of a restaurant boasted a pretty appropriately titled libation to add to my list of new faves! 

Prime Time!

My beautiful sister on her wedding day...all day, all night loveliness

My beautiful sister on her wedding day...all day, all night loveliness

So often, I hear the same question asked by many a bride-to-be regarding whether or not it is necessary  to wear more foundation than "normal" on the big day so that it will stay put all night.  My dear ladies, the answer will always be "absolutely not".  If I've applied makeup for you before, you will know that my style of application is one that will ALWAYS highlight the beauty of seeing fresh, supple, beautiful skin.  The way this look is achieved while providing longevity for the wedding day would be to use a great primer.  

There are so many primers on the market right now, one can become quite overwhelmed at where to begin.  Well, you  might want to start with understanding what the functions of a primer really are.  There are many benefits of adding this product to your beauty routine.  

  • Primers prep your skin for foundation and act as a "barrier" between your skin and the cosmetics you apply.  Foundations and other makeup products contain pigments and talc, both of which can dry out your skin.  This veil of protection from your primer prevents these offenders from drawing the oil from your skin.  
  • Foundations fare better during warm weather when Primers play a role in your application.  After smoothing the surface of your skin, this product will work as an adhesive to allow foundation to go on smoothly and adhere "for better or worse".
  • Primers actually act as a great protectant for all of the wonderful (and sometimes expensive) skin care that you have slathered on before starting on your makeup.  It prevents your foundation and makeup from interfering with the tiny miracles that your skin care is designed to do for you.  
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So what primer should you choose? Like I mentioned before, there are "umpteen million" options to choose from.  I can help out by giving mention to the few that I keep in my kit as staples:  

  1. Makeup Forever HD Microperfecting Primer.  This is my ULTIMATE favorite primer...when I run out, there's a problem.  Makeup Forever offers a few options in this series, but my #1 choice is always the Neutral (0).  The scent of this primer alone is a reason to smooth this all over on an everday basis.  It is weightless and cooling and provides needed hydration to a normal to dry skin.  
  2. NARS Radiance Enhancing Light Optimizing Primer SPF 15.  This beautiful primer transforms the appearance of your foundation by adding a luminescence to the skin.  This primer/illuminater has the added benefit of an SPF while providing a beautiful and sheer glow most brides are seeking (above and beyond the natural glow she already has during this time).  
  3. NARS Pro-Prime Oil Free Pore Refining Primer.  For my clients with an oilier skin, I love using this primer for an "all day stay" look.  This will mattify the skin for several hours and does not feel heavy at all underneath the layers of foundation and powder.  Pores are minimized and skin appears smooth.  

So, skin is in this wedding season ladies.  Adding this extra step doesn't take too much time to do, but the benefits of long lasting beautiful makeup go a long way!

A Little Sunshine on a Gloomy Day.

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Today I had the pleasure of meeting with gorgeous Kara who will be "going to the chapel" this coming May.  Against the urging of her super glam mom and sister, this fresh faced beauty typically shies away from the idea of a fully stocked makeup bag.  We needed to keep her in her comfort zone, enhance her natural beauty and keep the radiance going all night long.  In the end Kara, her mom, her delightful puppy Griffin and I all agree...she's going to be a stunner!