It’s wedding-recap time! This past June, I had the opportunity to do the makeup for seven bridesmaids and the bride herself, Mrs. Melanie Butters. Because it was such a large party, I called in my most trusted makeup artist pal to help me beautify these babes, Allyson Stagg of The Las Vegas Style Sirens.
Look at that stunning ring!
Here I am putting the finishing touches on the bride-to-be
Melanie and her girls got ready at her twin sister Nikki’s house, which had great natural lighting and lots of room for our massive kits.
Melanie wore a cathedral-style veil which made taking photos even more fun and creative.
My favorite part of weddings are always the gaggle of flowers girls! So cute.
I grew up going to Armenian Orthodox churches, which are identical to the Greek ones. So much architecture and beauty. With the bride’s Greek heritage, I’m sure St. Nicholas church felt right at home.
A sweet moment between Melanie and Andrew before the big party started.
Let’s face it. This is hands-down the best bridal party photo ever taken. These girls were so much fun to get ready in the morning and as you can see their carried on with their mischief right through the day!
Congratulations to the bride and groom! I look forward to beautifying these ladies next year when Nikki, Melanie’s twin sister gets married in November 2015!
Photography: Michael Anthony Photography
I spent yesterday’s gloomy Sunday afternoon uploading and editing my latest for Youtube: my nightly skin care routine. I’ve done dozens of makeup tutorials, but I’ve never showed you how to properly remove everything. WARNING: You will be exposed to my bald, makeup-free face! Ha ha ha.
Below is a list of my go-to products that I use in the video.
Towel: for steaming up your face before washing
Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel- This takes the place of your regular face soap. It doesn’t lather up too much, so it takes some getting used to but it does a great job of cleansing the skin without stripping it dry.
Boscia Cleansing Sponge w/ Bamboo Charcoal – You can also substitute this with cheaper dupes found on Amazon!
La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes: These are great on the go or if you are short on time. They are oil-based wipes that will break down all your makeup, including waterproof and smudge proof cosmetics. Some nights I will use one of these before I jump in the shower. I use the Boscia face wash products while I’m in the shower to help open my pores from the steam. These wipes are often on sale on Hautelook, so keep an eye out!
MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover: The purple bottle is a super soothing formula made with cucumber to help de-puff and soothe skin after a long day of wearing drag queen-worthy makeup. Super gentle and great for sensitive eyes as well.
MAC Cleanse-Off Oil: I use a few drops of this on a cotton ball to start off my nightly routine. I prefer this method to the wipes because of how quickly the makeup breaks down but it is more time-consuming.
Have you tried any of my techniques? What about going forward? Which product are you down to try? Let me know in the comments below!
Hi beauty babes!
I can’t wait to see what you guys think of the new changes in my makeup room. As someone who has been doing makeup professionally for 10 years, I have struggled with finding storage for all my tools and supplies. I tried makeup stores, Amazon, professional beauty supply stores, conventions, you name it. No one had anything that really caught my eye. A day at Ikea finally solved my decade-long problem. The extra-tall Alex drawers are PERFECT for makeup storage and only $119! It features a whopping nine drawers. Five of which are shallow, and four deep. It’s almost four feet tall and about a foot wide, a high unit with many drawers means plenty of storage on minimum floor space. Great for small studios or bedrooms. Oh, and don’t mind our ugly room heater!
Here’s a peek at some of the drawers. I put all my lipglosses in this apothecary vase that I had for display. That’s a photo of my Nany in her prime and a jewelry holder.
Here is what I put in the shallow drawers:
1) Eye products: Anything I use for eyes: primers, shadows, mascara, liners and eyeshadow palettes.
3) Pigments: any loose eyeshadows and glitters went here….I have a lot!
4) Body Art/Special Effects: anything I use for body painting: tools, stencils, paints, fake blood, latex, prosthetic pieces all went here.
5) Lashes: false eyelashes and glue went here.
I lined each drawer for easy cleaning. I’m still working on the lipstick drawer. I’d love to color code them somehow, since they all look the same. It’s a pain to tell them apart! Anyone got ideas? I was thinking of getting shallow clear trays and labeling them “Plum” “Pink” “Red” “Nude,” etc.
Here’s what I put in the deep drawers:
1) Skincare–I have so much, so it fit nicely in the deeper drawer
2) Face Makeup- anything that was face-related: foundation, concealer, powder, bronzers, highlighters and blushes went here.
3) Back to MAC drawer: I reserved this drawer for the Back to MAC program. Since I use so many MAC products, I go through them a lot and keep the containers when I’m done so I can turn them in. (Six empty containers will get you a lipstick, eyeshadow or lip glass!)
4) Nail Care: Anything I use for nails, excluding nail polish, went here. Cotton balls, nail art brushes, decals, rhinestones, files and buffers, Ciate kits, etc.
Many of our overnight guests have come to know our pull-out bed as “Baby Futon,” and they will remember her red microsuede exterior. I’m happy to announce I gave Baby Futon a makeover and she now matches the rest of the room in this gray fitted sheet. I looked at futon covers but they all cost the same amount has a nice set of sheets, so I opted to hook our guests up with the latter and kill two birds with one stone.
What’s that in the corner, you ask? I got the white cupboard from Bed, Bath & Beyond many moons ago and it houses all my hair and shower/bath needs. Hairbrushes, potions, sprays, mousses, bath bombs as well as tanning sprays and hair bleach/wax kits. It takes a village to keep this girl looking good! A village of products, that is…
Oh and this little spinner? It’s just a lazy susan I bought from BB&B so I can twirl through my many nail polish colors. It’s meant to carry cleaning supplies under your bathroom sink, but I saw it as the perfect nail polish carousel. If you know me, you know my love and obsession for nail polish. I just couldn’t put these babies away…I want the world to see their happy sparkly colors! (And by the world, I mean mostly Dylan, and sometimes our sisters and Ally who spend the night when visiting.)
I believe this one was on clearance, so if you can’t find it there, Amazon has a ton of good options, including this one .
What do you guys think? Will you use any of these ideas for your stash? It doesn’t have to be makeup storage…you can organize your desk or other areas of your home/business using these options!
Hi Beauty Babes,
On a recent trip home to Las Vegas, I noticed a new store in my favorite shopping center (Boca Park.) My sister and I are huge Lush fanatics so naturally we ran over and clamored each other trying to get in the door of this place.
Sweet Bubble Bath Confections is a European-themed bakery of soap confections started by sisters Susan, Debbie and Mary. Their shop features brightly decorated cupcakes, sprinkled doughnuts, yummy looking cakes, pies, tarts and cookies. In addition to the whimsical collection of “fresh-baked” goodies is a collection of Slushes (scrubs), Soap Slices and Frostings (heavy lotion,) which in my opinion are the best part of their product line.
Here are my goodies: a handmade bar of soap in Jasmine Blush ($9.50) and Body Slush in Bergamot ($22)
The Soap Slice is made of olive and coconut oils and smells divine. It’s a rather large piece of soap: 1 1/2 inches thick and about four inches tall. It lathers nicely and leaves your skin smelling lightly of the scent of your choice. I like that it’s not over-powering and leaves your skin squeaky-clean. I love the Jasmine Blush, but I’m already planning on getting the Ocean Pearl scent next!
The Body Slush in a sugar and shea butter mixture that you apply while in the shower. The formula is addicting: I use it almost every time I shower! It sloughs off dead skin cells, revealing brighter and smoother skin. Once you rinse off the sugar, it leaves behind the silky, lotion-y feeling of the shea butter. Towel-dry and get dressed because you don’t even need to apply lotion afterwards. I chose the Bergamot scent: It smells super clean and invigorating with a small hint of floral. Ahhhh I love this stuff!
If you don’t live in Vegas, don’t fret: you can order online at http://www.sweetbubblesoap.com/Free shipping for orders over $100
Hello my makeup-loving dolls,
Eye shadow palettes are literally coming out of every brand’s ears at the moment. There are a plethora to choose from, and it can be confusing. I’m here to break it down for you.
As a makeup artist, I’m always keeping my eye out for good eyeshadow palettes for my kit. What I’m not looking for? Palettes that are filled with shimmer on top of frost, on top of sparkly shimmer eye shadows. Unfortunately, most of the eye palettes out now are just that. Women buy them, try to do a smoky eye with them, then don’t understand why all the colors have muddled together and smeared. It’s not because you don’t know how to put them on, it’s because they are ALL shimmer shadows, and blending them together is a recipe for disaster.
I’ll be going over my top picks for eyeshadow palettes that contain all or mostly matte shadows. Matte eyeshadows are gorgeous. They pay off well and don’t smear the way shimmery shadows do. They also wear longer.
Here we go:
This palette comes with 7 matte shadows and 7 shimmers and includes a double ended high quality brush. It’s a great starter kit for anyone new to the eyeshadow game, and it’s also fantastic for the makeup artist who is just tired of dragging 27 palettes around. It’s got all your neutral and dark basics in two different textures for mixing and matching. Plus, if you buy this at Sephora this cute kit comes with a deluxe sample size of Smashbox’s mascara.
I actually just went ahead and purchased this one. It’s SO pretty! It comes in a small case that is easy to travel with or stash in your purse for those of you who get ready on the go. And how thoughtful was it of them to make the lighter “base” shadows bigger than the darker colors (since those are the first ones to go)? This palette has got something that will compliment any eye color. For Green or Hazel, use the pink, purple and grey. For Blue, use the cream and two browns. For Brown, use all of them (ha ha, we are lucky girls!) I can’t wait to leave all 18 of my eyeshadow palettes at home the next time I do a wedding. I’m bringing this and my Naked Basics, which you will see next.
This compact is the smallest of the bunch but packs a big, matte punch. I personally use this palette daily. The color payoff is impressive and the these smooth shades go with just about everything. You can go from a neutral eye to a smoky one with these six colors. The only shimmer is the first one, Venus, which is beautiful in the corners of the eye or on the brow bone.
These 10 wearable matte shades can be worn wet or dry. What’s more, it comes with an eight-page look book and a handy dandy black eyeliner pencil. This is a great option for those of you who have basic mattes, and want some more fun colors to add to your collection. I’m really digging the orange on the bottom left!
I’m a little late on this one, but here are one of my summertime brides from 2013. Makiko Tsukamoto married the love of her life, David Quint, on a sunny June day in Los Angeles, Calif. Initially, this happy-go-lucky bride wanted a dark eye/light lip makeup look for her wedding. During the trial run, I gave her a smoky eye with a pinky-nude lip on one side, and I coaxed her into trying a neutral eye with a bold red lip on the other. To my delight, she chose to go BOLD and went with the red lip! I love when brides like Makiko step outside their comfort zone and try something different- and this is why trial runs are so important. You never know what will look good on your until you try it!
Makiko went with a hi-lo lace wedding gown and ankle-strap heels. David looks handsome in his dark suit and maroon tie, which compliments the flowers.
Here are David and Makiko with their very floral, good-looking crew
Even though it’s slightly blurry, I love this photo of this fun-loving couple. I really liked the homage to Makiko’s Japanese heratige in their decor…those fans are gorgeous and cast a pretty light on the room.
Another way David and Makiko included her culture was by wearing the traditional Japanese wedding garments for the first portion of their big day. So beautiful! They later changed into their classic suit/tie and white gown outfits.
Hello Summer Sunshines!
Today I’m bringing you six all-new products that I’m super stoked about using this summer. Thanks to my recent birthday, I had a plethora of Sephora gift cards to splurge on and here’s what I got, and give the Lady C seal of approval on:
Bite’s lip mask caught my eye because it was made to apply before drying, matte lipsticks to shield your pucker from flaking. Matte lipsticks are all the rage and have proved they are here to stay, so you might as well pick up one of these to prep your lips before application. If there’s one thing I hate more than Birkenstocks, it’s the feeling of dry, cracked lips. A small amount soaks right in without budging or ruining the look of matte lipstick, a generous amount gives you a beautiful shine and feels divine. I’ve been using it at night prior to bed as a healing treatment, then applying before any lipstick in the morning. Have I mentioned the yummy factor? The all-natural formula is made with agave, vanilla and more antioxidants than a glass of wine. Even hubby steals it once in a while. Don’t tell him I told you.
This is the type of product that needs to be demonstrated to show its full potential, which is exactly the reason I ended up buying it. Michele from Boscia (pronounced Bosh-ah, for those of us who have been calling it Boss-kee-ah) peaked my interest by luring me in to try the sponge in action on my hand. I walked over to the bowl of warm water where this little black sponge was floating, and she rubbed the little guy all over the back of my hand for about 5 seconds. I kid you not, five seconds later the back of my right hand was significantly brighter and more glow-ey than my left and felt as smooth as those Tiger’s Eye rocks I used to collect as a kid.
This pore-perfecting pillow-soft Konjac Cleansing Sponge is infused with Bamboo Charcoal for clean, smooth skin. Use it with face wash to rub all traces of non-waterproof makeup off and brighten and tone skin on your under-eye area, face and neck. The black sponge is for oilier skin and there is a white option for dryer, more sensitive skins.
I. Am. Obsessed. I use it every night in the shower with my new face wash to remove my makeup and clear up my skin. It’s soft, luxurious, and a whole new way to enjoy the tedious task of cleaning your face. My pores are cleaner and the occasional pimple is now less prevalent. Out of all the new things I’m showing you today, I feel like this is the one you absolutely MUST get.
Because it is made of organic material, you should replace the sponge every 2-3 months.
BOSCIA TSUBAKI CLEANSING OIL-GEL: $28
Cleansing oils are the newest trend in skincare, but it’s not for everyone. If you want to dip your toe into the world of cleansing oils without risking a breakout, Boscia’s Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel is a great place to start. The slippery gel texture feels like a face wash, but has minimal suds and all the effects of a cleansing oil without the greasy mess.
It’s a lightweight botanical blend of tsubaki oil (camellia oil), wakame (Japanese sea kelp), and rice bran oil that hydrates, smooths, and protects for the appearance of firm, youthful skin while also removing the daily dirt.
It smells like a Japanese garden! It’s on the pricier side, but it does go a long way. I use one pump on my Konjac sponge and it does the job.
This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill dry shampoo. It also volumizes your hair and extends your style. My hair has been living in various fishtail and french braids this spring and nothing keeps it more together than this stuff. I sprinkle a little in my hands, rub them together and smooth over my strands before securing into a “messy” braid. I also use it to fix my stubborn, growing-out side bangs. It’s fantastic! Works well for all lengths of hair.
This is Benefit’s answer to BB cream, and what made me want to try it is that it goes from liquid to powder, which my oily skin desperately needs. I love BB creams in the colder months, but I find them to be too greasy in the summer season. The Big Easy has a medium coverage, which is fantastic for every day use, with a high dose of SPF 35 to protect your skin from aging. The foundation self-adjusts to your exact shade to even out skin tone and conceal imperfections! I wear the Medium shade and most days, I don’t even use a powder to set it.
Based on the name, this mascara had some big shoes to fill. Better than sex? While I beg to differ, I will say that I do love this mascara. Those of you who read my blog on the regular know I was a huge fan of Revlon’s Grow-Luscious line of mascaras. Sadly, I stopped purchasing after I discovered that Revlon is not cruelty-free. In my hunt for cruelty-free, I came across Too Faced’s line of peeper-inhancers and found this gem. It is an intensely black, volumizing mascara with an hourglass-shaped brush that separates, coats, and curls each lash to voluptuous perfection. My lashes look like they are flying off the shelves when I wear this. Go out and get yours! It’s worth the $23.