Monday, August 29, 2016

A Late Summer Wedding

wedding-decorations
Saturday was a beautiful day for a wedding. The sun was shining brightly and the temperature was warm but the humidity was low. We arrived in the morning to do the hair and makeup for our friend's early afternoon wedding. 

The bride worn her hair pulled back into large low bun with a few pieces down in the front which added softness around her face. I like the soft romantic feel the loose pieces create. 
low-bun-hairstyle
She had a fabulous rhinestone headband. It looked absolutely amazing, shimmering in the light, especially in the 
summer sun.
rhinestone-headband
For her makeup she chose a neutral dramatic eye with a nude lip.

It was special for me to do the matron of honor, who was the bride's sister, and mother of the bride's makeup because I did their makeup 6 years ago when the matron of honor was a bride! 
bride
The matron of honor worn her hair pulled to one side and curled with a decorative gold comb in the back. For her makeup, she wanted a pinky gold shimmery eye to coordinate with the coral bridesmaid's gowns. We did soft pink cheeks and a pale raspberry lipstick.
side-hair-style
She and her Mom both opted for a few individual lash flares because who doesn't want long beautiful lashes!
individual-lash-flares
  The bride.......stunning!
bride-with-father
The flower girl and ring bearers.......adorable!
flower-girl-ring-bearers

parents-of-bride

bride-and-groom-at-alter

ring-bearer-sign

coral-bridal-party
The colors.......gorgeous!

The priest had wise words for the bride and groom that hit home for me. He said there are 3 important phrases that we neglect to say or say infrequently, but need to say often in marriage. His words made me realize that I don't say these phases enough either.
phrases-for-marriage
Beautiful, essential phases we should be using in not only marriage, but other relationships as well. 
Remember them and use them.

 All the Best to the Bride and Groom for a Beautiful Life full of Joy and Happiness!

Have a Beautiful, Joyful Day!
xo
Jill
bouquet-wrap

Monday, August 22, 2016

Lorac Pro Palettes Eye Shadow Palettes

I decided I needed more eye shadow because a girl can never have too much eye shadow and because I'm always looking for pretty colors to use for bridal makeup. The Lorac Pro Palettes looked good to me. There are 3. The fact that the newest Pro Palette 3 recently hit the shelves made me want to go to Ulta and look at them. Each palette is $44 and each contains 16 shadows which are 8 shimmers and 8 mattes. The mattes are the top row, shimmers are the bottom row.  

The colors are basically neutrals like the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. Here they are so you can compare them.


Lorac Pro Palette:
Lorac pro palette

Lorac Pro Palette 2:
Lorac pro palette 2

 Lorac Pro Palette 3:
Lorac pro palette 3

I thought I would be purchasing the new palette 3, but when I saw it in person I realized I had many similar colors in a small Lorac palette. So, it was between the original palette and palette 2. I really like the nectar, plum, navy and charcoal in palette 2 but the rest of the colors also look too much like colors I have. I went with the original Pro Palette. I have to say, I love the colors and have used them to do bridal makeup. 




Here are the colors on my arm so you can see how they look on medium beige skin.


Lorac pro palette swatches

I find the colors to be velvety, very pigmented, bright and clear.  The shadow goes on smooth and blends nicely. It is a bit powdery, though, and leaves some fallout that can get in the eyes easily. Using an eye shadow applicator instead of an eye shadow brush should help with the amount of fallout.

Lorac pro palette shadow on eye
Here I used Lt. Pink, Mauve, Black, Nude and Champagne blended for a soft look.  The Champagne has a bit of fine glitter in it. You can see the sparkle at the inner corner of the eye. Espresso and Taupe filled in the brow with smooth color. I also used the black as eye liner.
lorac warm shadows
Here is a warm golden eye. Nude, Lt. Bronze, Gold, Garnet, Sable and Black.

As for wear, I tried the Pro Palette shadow with Urban Decay Primer Potion and had slight fading but no creasing. A small Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer came with the eye shadow palette. I also had slight fading but no creasing when using the Lorac primer.
Lorac Behind the scenes eye primer
I noticed it causes my mascara to smudge which is no good. For me, it's not as good as my favorite Urban Decay Primer Potion. I have read that it irritates sensitive eyes and does not work well for some people. It's nice that it comes with the palette to make it easy to try. I never would have purchased it because I am happy with the UD Primer Potion.

I hate to keep comparing the Lorac Pro Palettes to the UD Naked Palettes, but I'm going to compare them once again! The Pro Palette packaging is not as nice as the Naked's watercolor box style packaging. 
lorac pro palette packaging
But, the Pro Palette price is $10 less and you do get 16 colors as opposed to 12 in the Nakeds. Also, no brush is included in the Pro Palette. I like that the packaging is thin and easy to pack in a makeup bag.

Overall, I am happy with the Lorac Pro Palette and recommend it if you are looking for a collection of neutral shadows.


Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day!


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Is Mosquito Shield Mosquito Control Spray Safe?

I need help my internet friends!
mosquito shield brochure
I have been searching, unsuccessfully, for information about the chemicals used in the proprietary Mosquito Protection Blend (MPB) that Mosquito Shield uses to spray residential properties. This is the Mosquito Shield franchise company founded by David Briggs, not to be confused with the Canadian Mosquito Shield Inc. company or Mosquito Shield Bands. Mosquito Shield claims their spray kills mosquitoes, masks CO2 and repels mosquitoes. I can't help but wonder what other insects it kills... bees, butterflies, lady bugs, fireflies, etc.

I spoke with a franchise owner about what was actually in the spray. He was not a little bit forthcoming about it. He just kept saying how safe and natural it is. He said it is so safe that the technicians don't even wear masks when they spray. Funny thing is, he did wear a mask while he was spraying it!!! I sent the company an email asking for info about the ingredients and how the spray affects other insects but got no reply. 

What I know about the spray from the information provided by the company is this:

It's 99.97% natural plants extracts...... but what plant extracts?

The rest is controlled materials, meaning insecticide..... but what insecticide?

It contains a waterproofing wax they call Rain Shield which allows the product to stick to all organic surfaces....what kind of wax? (I guess it also sticks to the feet of your children and pets and is tracked in your house to where it then proceeds to stick to your floors and everywhere else!)

They use "FlexBlend" technology -"Brings together the power of science and research to create the industry's only predictive spray technology"....not quite sure what that means!

They monitor mosquito population and weather conditions and adjust their program and rotate control products.

I don't like mosquitoes. I also don't like unknown chemicals being sprayed near my home. You see, my neighbors have their property sprayed by Mosquito Shield and I watch the over spray drift over to my property where we grow veggies and have a butterfly/hummingbird garden.

frittilary butterfly

Click here to see more about butterfly/hummingbird gardens.

I realize that they have the right to spray their property, but I don't want unknown sticky chemicals on mine! So my friends, please, please, please share with me any information you have about the chemicals and natural ingredients in the spray or sprays used by Mosquito Shield. I thank you and the visitors to my garden thank you.....Meow!

Update: Fortunately for us, those neighbors have moved so no more Mosquito Shield over spray for us! I do see signs for Mosquito Shield at houses on other streets in our neighborhood, though. I'm still interested in finding out what's in it. Does anyone know?
feral cat sitting in garden
Please leave any info you have in the comments section or comment on facebook or send an email.
Many Thanks!



Have a Beautiful, Safe Day!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

An Easy Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden & Hummingbird Necter Recipe

Sometimes you have to blow off what you are supposed to be doing and just enjoy a nice summer day to add some joy to life. For me, a nice summer day should be spent relaxing on the deck or fussing in the garden.....that is, if you can't be on the beach of course!
butterfly garden
This is my butterfly and hummingbird garden which is right outside my kitchen door. It's just little, but there's a lot of action going on. We just need to take a little time to actually see the action! 

bees...
bee on coneflower

dragonflies...
dragonfly

butterflies...
black swallowtail on butterfly bush

hummingbirds...
hummingbird on feeder

goldfinches...
goldfinches on black-eyed susans

Even a feral cat friend enjoys a morning nap on a cool rock.
cat in the garden
Believe me, it's not complicated to create a small garden space to attract the attention of butterflies and hummingbirds. We planted easy, common flowers to attract them. Plus, the hummingbird feeder filled with sugar water is a hummingbird magnet! Make your own sugar water instead of buying the commercial hummingbird nectar from stores. It's easy and inexpensive. Plus, those packaged nectars can contain preservatives and red dye. I won't give that to my little visitors.

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Mix 4 parts of water to 1 part of granulated sugar in the amount desired. Example: 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup sugar.

Heat water in a saucepan to a boil.
Add sugar.
Stir to dissolve the sugar.
Boil for a minute.
Remove from heat. 
Let the nectar cool and add it to the feeder.

Extra nectar can be stored in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Your hummingbird feeder should be cleaned and refilled with fresh nectar every 3 or so days. The sugar water gets funky out in the summer heat.

Remember to never use pesticides or insecticides in or near your butterfly/hummingbird garden.

Back to the plants. Many plants butterflies and hummingbirds like are perennials that come up every year which is great. We have planted

A purple butterfly bush (Buddleia)
Black-eyed Susans (Rubeckia)
Coneflowers (Echinacea)
Dianthus
Hollyhocks (Alcea)
and Red Day Lillies

We add in annuals. This year we did

Petunias
Zinnias
and Impatiens 

All but the impatiens are sun loving plants. The impatiens go in shady spots.

We also have a hibiscus not far from the garden which the butterflies and hummingbirds love too.
butterfly on hibiscus

I decided to to to one of my favorite garden stores, Mostardi Nursery, and to pick up a plant to help fill in a space in the garden. I got a Kalimeris Incisa Blue Star, a type of aster that is an easy to care for plant that butterflies like. Easy is the keyword here. Look at the happy little bluish purple flowers!  
Kalimeris Incisa Blue Star,

Click here for a larger butterfly garden plant list 

I potted it and placed on top of a rock in the garden. It helped the garden look fuller for sure and added a new color to the mix. 
butterfly garden
I like it. I hope the butterflies like it too. 


Take a little time today to enjoy some natural beauty!

xo
Jill