Hi Beauty Babes,
Here is one of the many beautiful brides I got to work on this summer. Mr. and Mrs. Aldrete wed on the Fourth of July at The Castaway. I had my own wedding reception at this amazing venue just last year so I was super excited to hear they would be having their ceremony and reception there!
Sandy wanted a dramatic smoky eye (I LOVE when brides go smoky!) so I started off with her eyes first to avoid eyeshadow fall out.
Check out this amazing shot of their wedding rings on the heel of her Louboutin! #sexy
Castaway has a stunning gazebo that served as the center of the ceremony.
…and they literally had fireworks on their wedding day. Congratulations Oscar and Sandy! You two make a beautiful couple. Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day 🙂
PHOTOS COURTESY OF DS PHOTOGRAPHY
VENUE: THE CASTAWAY BURBANK
Hello pretty ladies!
This past weekend I hosted a booth for the first time at the ever-upscale I Do! Bridal Event given by Fancy That Events at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. It was such a cool experience! With my trusty PR guru and dear friend Jennifer Castaneda by my side, we met bubbly glowing brides and their friends and family members.
Being a recent bride myself, I was “tricked” many times by booth giveaways that were actually ploys. I’d get phone calls saying that I won a giveaway, and to claim my prize I’d have to sit through a sales pitch, or I’d have to pay for a service first. It just felt so insincere and was such a waste of my time. Brides have enough going on planning their weddings, they don’t have time to be harassed! That’s why for the brides at this event, I decided to create a giveaway that had no strings attached. It was very simple: people put their names and contact info in the box. I had Jen pick out a name. I called them. They won. I sent them the prizes. Done.
I hand-picked everything based on what a bride would need for her big day. The products I use for my makeup kit are from professional brands, but I wanted to keep things simple and user-friendly so I stuck with drug store finds. I have tried and reviewed almost every drugstore brand product on the market, and these are the ones that I found worked well, if not better, than ones from professional brands. Here’s what the giveaway included:
L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Waterproof Mascara – I actually have this in my kit and use it exclusively on brides. It’s a great waterproof mascara because it doesn’t budge. No flaking, no clumping. You do however, need makeup wipes to remove it at the end of the night: this stuff is legit!
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream: Three words: I. Love. These. It goes on with a doe foot applicator, just like lip gloss, but it dries down to a creamy matte. It’s long-wearing and doesn’t dry out your lips as much as other long-wearing lip products do.
Zon Cosmedix 24 7 Oil Control Blotting Tissues These are a bride’s best friend! Nothing is worse than piling on powder throughout your reception. These little babies will remove extra oils from your skin (T-Zone neutralizer, much?) in a flash. Just throw them in your bridal clutch and touch up ONCE during the reception. Done.
Ardell Natural Lashes in Beauties Ardell is the leading false eyelash company for a reason. The lash strips are flexible so they adhere to your eye shape, and they come in a million different sizes for a good price. I can use my Ardells about 4 or 5 times before I throw them out!
Tarte Travel Size Eye & Skin Primers and Moisturizer Tarte has amazing all natural skin products. This isn’t a drug store brand, but I wanted to include this travel size trio so the bride could take it along on her honeymoon.
Maybelline Baby Lips With SPF 20 These puppies are getting rave reviews from everyone in the industry. I would consider these to be an affordable version of Fresh’s Sugar lip balms. I’d rather pay $2.97 over $22 any day! Wear these alone or under lipsticks for extra hydration.
Pond’s Makeup Wipes: You can’t see them in the photo but they are behind all the other makeup.These are the drugstore dupes for MAC’s makeup wipes. I actually used these for my own wedding and they worked just as well. Super gentle on your skin, too! My favorite way to use them is to use one wipe for both eyes, another for your face, then rinse your skin with warm water and face soap. The wipes will break down the makeup and the soap will cleanse your pores.
…and I threw in a cute pair of bridal earring studs to seal the deal.
There were almost 100 entries submitted for this giveaway during the four hour show and I just shipped it off to the lucky bride today. Would you guys like to see another bridal giveaway on my blog or Youtube channel? Let me know in the comments below.
This week’s Wedding Wednesday is all about making your makeup last all day and all night. There is a wonderful product out there called setting spray that many companies make and will help set your makeup for the long haul. These sprays help protect your makeup against heat and humidity- great for hot weather or dancing up a storm!
I recommend holding them about 10 inches from your face and spritz once on the left, once on the right, and once in the middle. Even better, have someone hold the bottle and do it for you (while your eyes are closed, of course!).
Urban Decay’s “All Nighter” Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (long name, I know) is a reliable product and actually comes in a sample size (.5 oz.) for $12 as well as full size (4 oz.) for $29. A little pricey but you may get so addicted you will use it every day. This product is hypoallergenic and claims to last up to 16 hours!
Cinema Secrets’ Super Sealer is what I used on my own wedding day and I often use it to set my maternity paintings on clients. This stuff keeps makeup fresh on your face all day. It comes in a trial size (2 oz.) for $10 or full size (8 oz.) for $30.
Happy Wedding Wednesday everyone! My friend and fellow beauty blogger, Christina of Beauty Queen Blog gave me the brilliant idea of bringing you all a wedding-related post every Wednesday. This very first WW post is my own wedding makeup that I recreated for the video. SPOILER ALERT: Dylan totally makes an appearance in this vid. Since our wedding day (July 28th of this year), everyone has been asking me how I did my own makeup for my wedding. Why didn’t I hire someone else or have one of my many makeup artist friends do it? Was it stressful?
The fact is, the process of putting on makeup is therapeutic for me. I truly enjoy sitting there crouched on a stool chiseling my face into perfection! The morning of the wedding was so relaxing for me– I just sat there in my robe and played with makeup until it was time to meet Dylan at the church. I am the WORST model. If I had anyone else doing my makeup they would have thrown their brushes at my head because all I do is peek open one eye the whole time and ask them if I could see how it looks.
I have to admit though, I felt a lot of pressure for my makeup to look amaze-balls that day. I gave myself two trial runs just to be sure. I just didn’t want to let anyone down! I was really happy with the end result. The makeup was bold and bridal at the same time- it truly was ME.
This video is also cool because I show you guys how to use an airbrush gun in it! If you guys want a detailed tutorial on airbrush makeup, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll make it happen.
Dinair Airbrush Foundation in Dark Golden Beige, Blush in Peach Pink and Shimmer in Champagne
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
MAC Prep & Prime Skin Smoother
Urban Decay Eye Primer in Eden
Eyeshadows: MAC’s Yogurt, Hepcat and Carbon. Urban Decay Naked Palette’s Toasted and Creep
Youngblood’s Eye Illuminating Duo
Wet N Wild H20 Liquid Liner in black
L’oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black
MAC Vanilla Pigment, MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter
Mario Badescu’s Rosewater Spray
Cinema Secrets’ Super Sealer Spray
NYX lip pencils in Plum and Natural
MAC Lipsticks in Bunny Pink and St. Germain
MAC Dazzleglass in Sugarrimmed
Urban Decay’s Perversion Eye Liner
Youngblood Creme Blush in Cashmere Pink
Duo Lash Glue in Dark
Hi all! This week I bring you our wedding attire and accessories. Let’s start off with my most amazing possession: this Ines Di Santo wedding gown by Lovella Bridal. My mom bought me this beauty and I am so sad I only get to wear it once. Finding the gown was the easiest part of the entire wedding planning.I went to two Lovella Bridal boutiques and this was the third dress I tried on. I just loved how intricate the top of the dress is with all the pretty jewels. I’ve never seen anything like it! I went in thinking I wanted a tight mermaid dress and instead picked this one. This is a half-mermaid, half-ball gown. It’s the best of both worlds! I felt sexy and princess-ey at the same time, haha. We ordered it to my custom measurements and I worked my BUTT off at the gym all year to keep in shape. I ended up having to have it altered to be smaller from the working out, but can’t complain about losing weight, right?
During the ceremony
These are my wedding shoes. I asked my father to make me a custom pair of shoes and I can’t tell you how honored I was to wear them. My dad did an amazing job of designing the structure of the shoe. You can’t tell from here, but the bottom of the shoe is Tiffany blue and the heels are completely crystalled in Swarovsky. The “bling” was done by Devan of Blingerie Custom Crystal Embellishments.
I requested the shoes be all-leather so that they would be soft and pliable, good for dancing. There are four inches high with a hidden platform in the front. Dylan’s 6′ 3″ and I’m 5′ 4″ so I needed to make sure I was wearing tall shoes!
If you are interested in custom wedding shoes or really any kind of custom shoe, please contact Jerry Guederian at Shoe Lab. Oh, how I cried when he put them on me!
Here’s a close-up of our rings. Dylan’s is a Cobalt ring by Scott Kay. I had it inscribed with “I Love You My Hokis” (Hokis= honey in Armenian) My rings are rose gold 🙂
Here is some of my fun blingy jewelry: stretch bracelet and cocktail ring.
I wore my grandma’s pearl necklace and bracelet which she left for me before she died. It really felt like she was there with us. I miss her so much…
Here’s our good looking bridal party! I bought Cappy’s little tuxedo from a vendor cart at The Grove. The girls are wearing the Twist Wrap dress by Dessy Group in Ocean. My maid of honor, Chantal, is wearing a gown by Alfred Angelo with matching blingy belt. The boys are all decked out in rentals from Friar Tux. We got their ties from Macy’s, which matched the girl’s teal dresses perfectly.
From L-R: Angelica, Jed, Keumku, Lisa K, Chantal, Jay, me & Cappy, Dylan, Lisa G, Eugene, Corine, Allyson, John and Brian.