Monday, October 8, 2018

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Champagne Pop Swatch: Perfect for Bridal Makeup!

I had the pleasure of doing the bridal makeup for one of my sweet, amazing clients! I did the makeup for her sister's wedding 10 years ago so I was excited to do her makeup for her special day. The wedding was to take place in Lititz Park in Lancaster County, Pa. Lancaster, Pa. is a beautiful place full of farms and horse & buggies. Mother Nature had other plans, however. The wedding and reception took place in a beautiful church instead which turned out to be perfect!

The makeup application took place at a charming hotel in Lititz called the General Sutter Inn. I'd love to go back there for a weekend get away. If you have recently moved to the Lancaster County area, you must visit Lancaster Transplant. It's an awesome way to feel welcome as a new resident!

I applied makeup to the bride as well as the maid honor and the mother of the bride. 
general sutter inn
The wedding was planned to be a picnic in the park so the theme of the wedding was a casual country barbecue. The bride did not want to look heavily made up. In fact, all three of the lovely ladies did not want heavy makeup but they did want the redness in their skin hidden. That's no problem for me!
natural bridal makeup
I wanted the bride's skin to look creamy and flawless with a natural glow. I started with Mario Bedescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater to calm her sensitive skin which had a bit of redness. Next, I applied Yonka Sensitive Creme as a moisturizer. A little concealer with a green tint hid the redness, followed by one of my go to products, Youngblood CC Primer to do more color correction and priming.  All that prepping created a nice canvas for the creamy beige foundation. A luminizing powder added a hint of bronze color and pink blush gave her cheeks a rosy glow. 
Then, my favorite product, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid. I used the color Champagne Pop to highlight her cheekbones, the bridge of her nose, brow bone and cupid's bow. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid adds the perfect amount of moisturizing highlight without being too shiny or shimmery. She looked spectacular! 
natural bride makeup
I also gave her a manicure using Zoya Erika, a pretty peachy pink with gold shimmer. The color was just perfect for her. 
The bride wore her hair in a loosely braided up style with small flowers throughout the braid. You can see how pretty Zoya Erika looks on her nails in the pic!
bride and maid of honor
bride with parents
I love when both parents walk the bride down the aisle. I will be doing the same when my daughters get married. There were happy tears all around at this beautiful country wedding!

Let me show more on the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid. 
I happen to love the color Champagne Pop because it looks great on every skin color. It's a pinky peachy beige gold gorgeous glowy color. There are 7 colors available, Pale, Moonstone, Opal, Topaz, Rose Gold, Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop. Really, it's hard to choose just one because all of the colors are beautiful!
Here is the Champagne Pop on my arm. Beautiful.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid can be used in a number of ways. It can be used as a highlighter, as I used it on the bride. A drop can be added to a moisturizer, primer or foundation for an all over glow. It can also be used by it's self all over the face.  

I find it to be a subtle shimmer which works well for bridal makeup or any other makeup that will photographed. Products with too much shimmer don't photograph well. The Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid feels dewy on the skin and for me, it has the subtle fragrance of sunscreen. There is also Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed if you prefer a powder highlighter. Powder highlighter tends to be better for those with oily skin. Becca products are not tested on animals. If they were, I wouldn't be using them!!!

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Homosalate, Glyceryl Stearate, Mica, Octyldodecanol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Trilaureth-4 Phosphate, Propylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Alanine, Aspartic Acid, Dextrin, Sucrose, Urea, Glutamic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Fructose, Glucose, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Mineral Oil, Fragrance, BHT, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides).

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid sells for $41.00 at Ulta and Sephora. I saw it for less on Amazon, my favorite, find just about anything, shopping place!

Have a Beautiful Day!

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country wedding flowers

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Natural Bridal Makeup

bride with veil
Makeup by Jill Suzanne
"A bride's appearance on her wedding day should be the single most spectacular visual component of 
the entire celebration!"

-Autumn 1986 issue Bridal Guide Magazine
I love this quote from Bridal Guide Magazine. I love it because a completely agree! Everyone waits excitedly for that first glimpse of the bride as she appears at the back of the aisle.

She should take your breath away with her whole bridal look... the dress, the veil, the hair, the makeup, the jewelry. Every detail is important to create a bride's perfect bridal vision that will live forever in memories, videos and photographs.

Many brides say they don't wear a lot of makeup and they want to look like themselves on their wedding so they shy away from having professional makeup done on their wedding day.

Professional makeup is a must for brides! I always use a light hand on brides who desire to look natural on their wedding day. I can minimize flaws, accentuate your good features and make your skin glow. You will look more gorgeous but still natural in your pictures.

Plus, the makeup will feel light, not heavy or oily. I take the utmost care with those who have sensitive skin. I use gentle moisturizers, toners, primers and foundations to keep the skin calm and irritation free.

Here is one of my brides who doesn't wear a lot of makeup. She looks fresh and natural in her makeup in soft, warm shades of peach and brown.
natural bridal makeup

I recently did natural bridal makeup for this bride in soft pinks and browns. She also doesn't wear a lot of makeup.
She looked absolutely gorgeous! Soft and natural with flawless skin. You see her, not her makeup. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post with all the details on this bride's Lancaster County, beautiful, unfussy wedding!

You can see me for in salon makeup or on location makeup in the Philadelphia, Pa. area. I can help you create your own spectacular bridal vision whether it is a simple natural bridal look or a dramatic bridal look complete with long false lashes.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara Review

It's Jamaica Time! It's a perfect island honeymoon get away. Tropical, beautiful, romantic and full of warm, friendly people. Here is a post about my favorite waterproof mascaras, Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, to take along with you! 
7 mile beach Negril. Jamaica
The magnificent Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica. Look at the color of that water. It amazes me every time!

I needed a really good waterproof mascara for my Jamaica vacation, so I ordered a travel size Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara from Sephora to take with me.
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara
I was a little hesitant after reading the reviews. A lot of people don't like it. Many say it's hard to remove, it's sticky and smudges. I gave it a go anyway.

I like the packaging. It has what looks like droplets of water on it. Cute!

too faced better than sex waterproof mascara package
Is it waterproof?
Honestly, I don't know why this mascara gets bad reviews. You buy a waterproof mascara to be waterproof. This stuff stands up to water like nobody's business!!! Feel free to shower, swim in the pool and splash in the sea. 
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara in shower
This mascara isn't going to budge and it stayed nice and black all day without fading.
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara wet

Is it hard to remove? 
You bet it is. It's waterproof! It takes time and work to get it all off. I find if I don't get it all off, the thin film of mascara left on the lashes causes the mascara to clump on the next day's application. Soap and water is not enough to get this mascara off.

I like to use olive oil to remove waterproof mascara followed by a facial cleanser. I find oil breaks down the waxy waterproof ingredients really well. Coconut oil is another good oil to use for mascara removal. The Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Waterproof Mascara Dissolver works really great as well! Plus, it's convenient for traveling.

Click here for tips on using olive oil as makeup remover

Does it smudge?
As for smudges, smears and running, I had zero. 

Does it flake?
Nope. I had no flaking.

Is it sticky?
It's a little sticky for me before it's dry. When it's dry, I don't find it to be sticky. It's also sticky during the removal process. 

Is it hard to apply?
I've worked with many mascaras. Some take patience to apply. People have said in their reviews that this mascara is difficult to apply and it clumps. Mascaras that are waxy can take longer to dry and stick lashes together easily. This is a waxy waterproof mascara. Use patience. Apply thin coats waiting a few minutes between coats. Pull the lashes straight from base to tips and don't wiggle the mascara wand to help prevent the lashes from sticking together. Use a lash comb or dry mascara spoolie to separate lashes that are stuck together while they are wet. 
spoolie and lash comb
This mascara dried fine for me even in the tropical Jamaican air and it didn't irritate my eyes at all.

Does it lengthen? 
It lengthened my lashes! Here are my lashes with two coats.
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara on lashes

Do the lashes hold a curl? 
My lashes stayed beautifully curled, better than with most mascaras. The wetter they got, the less curl they had, but still, some curl remained. 

Lash Curling Tip: Waterproof mascaras hold lash curl better than regular mascaras because they contain less water.

The brush.
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara brush
The brush has an hourglass shape, which seems to be a kind of popular shape right now, to give coverage, add volume and lengthen. The brush worked fine for me.

I think this mascara is a fantastic waterproof mascara!!! The removal process would get on my nerves for everyday use, though. I will use it for vacation and on brides for sure. Everyone is different and has different mascara preferences. You have to try it for yourself to see how it works for you. Keep my application and removal tips in mind when you do try it. Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara is available in a small 0.17 size which is super for travel!

Isododecane, Paraffin, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Beeswax/Cera Alba/ Cire d'Abeille, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Pentaerythrityl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Copernicia Cerifera Cera/ Cire De Carnauba, Polybutene, Water/Aqua/Eau, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyquaternium-7, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid/Glycerin Crosspolymer, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Hoya Lacunosa Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499).

Cruelty free!
Do you know what else is great about this product? Too Faced products are not tested on animals. Many brands including Maybelline, Covergirl and Lancome are tested on animals. This mascara is not vegan, though, since it contains beeswax.

Here are some links to check your brands:

Beauty without Bunnies
Leaping Bunny

Have a Beautiful Day!
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Bridal Makeup & Country Wedding Decorating Ideas: The Barn on Bridge, Collegeville, PA

sexy pink shoes and summer flowers
I had the pleasure of doing the makeup for a summer country style wedding at The Barn on Bridge, a three level barn venue in Collegeville, Pa. full of rustic elegance.
the barn on bridge
It turned out to be a rainy day, which wasn't unusual for the summer we've had this year in the Philly area. I think the rain actually gave the wedding an intimate, cozy feeling. The wedding ceremony was supposed to be outside in a grassy area but was held in the tent where the cocktail hour would have normally taken place.
wedding ceremony area
The sound of the rain on the tent adorned with bright, happy sunflowers was 
absolutely magical!!! 
wedding flowers in a milk churn
The Makeup
I did the makeup for the bride, many of her maids, the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom. We did the makeup and hair styling at a nearby hotel in a nice large room with lots of natural light. I always prefer natural light to do bridal makeup or any kind of makeup application. 

onsite wedding makeup and hair
The bride wanted a soft, fresh look to go with her rustic barn country wedding. Her natural lashes were long and beautiful, but she wanted them to be outstanding. Strip lashes were applied to create drop dead gorgeous eye drama!

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Eye shadow in shades of pink, brown and champagne accented her eyes. A soft beige foundation evened out her flushed cheeks and an illuminating finishing powder gave her skin a warm glow. Pink blush, rose lip liner and pink shimmer gloss gave her a soft romantic look. She wore her hair in her signature braided upstyle.
bride in robe

black and white bridal portrait
She looked stunning!
bride with pink and white bouquet
The bridesmaids wore dresses in a soft beige shade. I did their makeup in similar shades to coordinate with the bride and create a cohesive romantic look.
beige bridesmaid dress with sunflower bouquet
The mother of the bride looked glamorous with makeup in shades of pink to coordinate with her shimmering beaded pink dress.mother of the bride
 I used Youngblood CC Perfecting Primer on everyone to create the perfect dewy canvas for smooth foundation application. It's one of my go to products.

 Country Wedding Decorating Ideas I just loved!

An adorable baby in a personalized country wedding wagon.  The wreath on her head and her fluffy pink dress.....just precious!
baby flower girl in wagon
Here's a wagon I saw on Amazon! 
The signature cocktail was sangria served in small milk bottles complete with earth friendly paper straws with elegant metallic gold designs.
sangria bar
What a great idea! A wine bottle guests can write on. The natural wood slices added a nice rustic touch to the tables.
wine bottle messages
The bride and groom dancing on the catwalk in the barn with that lighting was a truly fairy tale moment!
bride and groom on catwalk
I can't wait to see the professional photos by Colleen Schwulst!

Cheers to the Bride and Groom for a lifetime of love and happiness!
bride, groom and dog in garden
Have a Beautiful Day!

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ring for a kiss wedding decoration