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Destination Wedding in America’s Playground

August 29, 2015
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Lindsey Jones and Mike Zank hail from Auburn, New York and chose the Excalibur in Las Vegas to host their dream Vegas wedding. This couple choose Las Vegas as their city of choice to get married because of the true love and uniqueness of our city. A place where one can come and be free to choose anything they want to eat, do, stay and play.  Las Vegas is truly America’s playground.

Our love story is very unique to simplify, we usually joke and say we met on Craigslist or a bar lol.
In reality he was actually married to my next door neighbor/childhood friend. Sadly she passed away after her death I was in contact with him to be able to be around there daughter. Although there was an initial attraction to each other he never wanted me to be a rebound and they eventually moved from Michigan to Nevada. Eventually we just knew I needed to make the move too. In a way I feel it was fate that put us together we both attempted to date others and even him being gone for several years some of which we didn’t talk, yet we still ended up together.”

We know it’s met to be although we drive each other nuts and are opposite In every way when were together it just makes sense. He purposed on New Years Eve we were staying at a hotel and he got the microphone from the DJ asked and they played us our first song.

Over the past few months we’ve had a chance to get know Lindsey through Instagram and Facebook. Such a great way for Makeup in the 702 to get to know their clients prior to the wedding day. She has praised our work time and time again and now has had the opportunity to write her own words a praise on Wedding Wire through a review.



From Wedding Wire

Wedding: 08/19/2015
Services Used: Beauty & Health
Reviewed On: 08/24/2015

5.0/5.0
• Quality of Service: 5.0
• Responsiveness: 5.0
• Professionalism: 5.0
• Value: 5.0
• Flexibility: 5.0
Lindsey said…
“I loved working with Megan and the girls of Make up in the 702. Megan was very easy to contact and I love how she followed up on my experience with a personal phone call. Annie and Chrystal arrived early and were very professional yet friendly. I typically don’t wear make up and my mom in particular was worried about me looking over done however Annie did an amazing job of giving me a natural look while making me look stunning at the same time. My hair was equally as amazing Crystal did a wonderful job. My only regret was that I couldn’t take the girls back with me to Michigan to do my hair and makeup for me reception.”
I asked Lindsey what words of advice she has for planning bride and simply stated she said- “Choose Makeup in the 702 if your getting married in Las Vegas, especially if it’s 115 degrees”. What a doll- we love you!
If you haven’t had a chance to view our identity film, please grab the tissue and click on the link below….

Photo Credit: Exceed Photography

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NARS Cosmetics- Product Review from Makeup In The 702

August 21, 2015
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We love new stuff here at Makeup In The 702 so when we were asked to take the new Audacious mascara from NARS Cosmetics for a spin we gladly accepted the invitation.

We put the new Audacious mascara  to the test over a 2 week period of time, typically during a 15 hour work day in the extreme Las Vegas temperatures.

Our findings!  We found the handle to be extremely lightweight and easy to get up close and personal with the lash line. Simply wiggling the wand back and forth for the first coat and then and upward motion for the second coat. The product itself dried quickly which was important to us so the tips of the lashes did not place mascara on the lid we just put eye-shadow on!

The end result- this mascara did in fact make good on it’s claims. It was lightweight and long-wearing.  Still in the testing phase is just how long the product stays fresh day to day and how long it will be before we need to replace the tube. We’ll keep you posted on those results.

About NARS Cosmetics

NARS-Audacious-Mascara-6-700x525NARS Cosmetics is a Shiseido-owned cosmetics and skin care company founded by François Nars, make-up artist and photographer. The cosmetics line began with twelve lipsticks sold at Barneys New York.

We are so lucky to have a NARS Pro store at the Forum Shops here in Las Vegas. And even more lucky to have PRO products not sold in department stores at our fingertips. As an artist we continue to educate ourselves and test products before adding them to our arsenal of products in our kits. This month NARS launched a new mascara- Audacious. Personally and professionally I feel mascara is one of the keys to a long lasting look. We all need our mascara to not smudge under eye, glide on to the lashes effortlessly and of course not flake.

Company Claim:

Picture1Intensity for the making. Control for the taking. From instant definition to blindsiding impact, every layer multiplies. Amplifies. Mesmerizes.

Designed with over 200 molded bristles and lengthening hooks, NARS’ lash-catching brush evenly grips and coats lashes from roots to tips. Simultaneously separates, lengthens, and amplifies. Its tapered tip finishes off the inner and outer reaches of your imagination, while enhancing lower lashes.
An extraordinary balance of suppleness with staying power, this uniquely fluid first-to-market formula offers extreme build-ability. Lightweight. Long-wearing.

Don’t forget this weekend is the Bridal Spectacular. August 21 & 22nd as Cashman Center stop by and see us in booth #533!

 

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DIY Bridal Shower With A Little Help From My Friends

August 18, 2015
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Picture3First and foremost I must admit I am no planner or event stylist but planning this bridal shower was so much fun I just may rethink my career. Just kidding!  I could not have done it without a little help from my friends!  Photographer Matthew Schenk from MPlace Productions, Kathryn Starrett, Catering Director, Siena Golf Club,   Tiffany Scheree Jones from Peridot Sweets, Cake and favors, Flowers from Trader Joes and of course hair and makeup for the beautiful bride to be from Makeup in the 702, favors from Williams Sonoma Designer and of course the wonderful staff at the Siena Golf Club.

A few months ago we blogged about Kylie and Jace’s engagement session with Mackenzie Taylor. Today I’m here to share Kylie’s bridal shower.

Since their wedding is in Pensacola, Florida and of course we are in the desert, I wanted to bring a bit of the beach to them with the table design and decor for the room. My inspiration for the color scheme came from the goldfish which when I started planning I knew would be the main focal point.

I accented the table with white flowers, skipping stones and orange candles to carry along the orange theme. Of course this theme was carried through on the gift table, cake table and the brunch buffet.

Throughout the planning process Kathryn kept in contact with me always willing to lend advice and a helping hand. During setup no only did she help but offered glass wear, cake stand and valuable advice to help keep my vision in line.

Thank you to all that helped make Kylie’s day as success! Stayed dialed in for Kylie & Jace’s wedding premiering in late September. Until then you can see all of us including Kylie at the Bridal Spectacular bridal show on August 21 and 22 at Cashman center. Makeup in the 702 will be sponsoring the hair and makeup for the fashion show and showing the latest trends for your wedding day. See you there booth #533!

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It’s your day! Have fun!

August 7, 2015
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Summer is engagement season and wedding season is in full swing in Las Vegas.  This time of year is always a thrill for us as we gear up for the Bridal Specular  on August 21 and 22.  We get to meet so many planning couples this time year and get to hear so many great love stories so now is the perfect time for us to pause to take a look at a real life wedding. These photos are amazing and tell a story in and of themselves, they also remind us of the reason all of us at Makeup in the 702 do what we do!  No one tells a great love story better than a blushing beautiful bride here’s what Denise shared with us about her day and her groom.

We met on Match.com 7 months ago and have been inseparable ever since…we knew we were perfect for each other in the first few weeks and knew we were meant to be…he proposed under a tree, at our favorite park surrounded by fireflies…

We wouldn’t have gotten married any other way…he had always said if he got married, it’d be in Vegas, by Elvis and that was exactly what I wanted!  The helicopter was a double bonus to boot!!!  We had so much fun, even we couldn’t believe how awesome it was.

My advice to couples is: if you’re gonna get married, elope!!! Do the wedding for yourselves and no one else. It is YOUR day and it should be fun and stress free!!! If you want to include family and friends in your happiness, celebrate throwing a party for them later…

If you’re planning your day please stop by our booth #533 at the Bridal Spectacular on August 21 & 22 we’d love to meet you and hear your love story!

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Colorful & Creative Floral Designs with Naakiti

July 31, 2015
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132The countdown for the 50th Bridal Specular show is on!   Today we are interviewing Randi Garret owner of Naakiti Floral and Sit on This.  Randi’s attention to detail and innovation are what keep planners like Andera Eppolito Events and venues such as Paiute and Dragon Ridge swooning and coming back. When I think of Randi’s “style” I don’t think one genre or area of specialty, I see an individual that custom fits the design to the clients needs.

This girl is busy!  Somehow we managed to pin her down though to share a little bit more about Naakiti Floral Design.  Hi Randi!  Thank you so much for taking a few minutes to share with us today.

Planning couples have so many choices and options these days when it comes to florals and decor for their wedding, what would you like a planning couple to know about Naakiti Floral Design?

“I want my clients to know that I love weddings and look at each one of them as I am going to be in there future for the rest of there lives.”

Are there any common misconceptions about the services you provide?

“That we are too expensive but we do customize to there fixed prices.”

What sets Naakiti apart from others that provide similar services?

“Quality, customer service, attention to detail, and know we care”

It must be challenging for you to come up with so many unique designs, where do you find your inspiration?

“In Napa drinking a bottle of wine with Dalisa and Dennis,  ALTF Photogophary and Four Seasons Las Vegas”

Any final thoughts for our readers today?

“This is my passion and I want to make visions come alive. I want them to always remember me when they look at their photos and say awh that was Naakiti that did that.”

Long before the countdown for the Bridal Spectacular we begin preparing for the largest bridal show in Las Vegas with Randi. She and I sit down months prior to plan the design. Certainly there are challenges I have for Randi with a 10×10 booth. The first always is that we need a work space for several people. During the show we touch each and every bride not just talk to them. At any given time we have 3 clients in the makeup chair, 3 waiting and of course all the girls from Makeup in the 702. That’s a lot of activity in such a small space. Of course we like to display our past work, but the challenge I have for Randi is- how will the bride know I’m not a photographer? She nails it each and every time. Here are a few examples of the Makeup in the 702 booth from the past few shows.

Please join us in booth # at Cashman on August 21st and 22nd for the next Bridal Specular when you will be able to see Randi’s latest work.
Picture5In closing I want the world to know that Randi is in love with love- seriously! Any given day you can see her post quotes like these to Facebook…Lastly, and I quote Randi on this “I love being with a person that makes me not want to look at my phone”

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Mrs. United States Pageant Week With Mrs. North Dakota

July 24, 2015
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Nothing but joy and excitement right now!! In 24 hours I will be in Vegas embracing one of the biggest opportunities in my life! My goal in this competition is to represent my state, myself as a woman of faith and as a proud spouse in the absolute best way I can. Praying that all the gifts and abilities God has given me will shine bright in everything I do this week.

Three weeks ago we introduced you to  Angelina Yarbrough, Mrs. North Dakota for the 2015 Mrs. United States pageant. Well here it is- day one of the pageant with a 4:30 am call time for Miss Angelina Yarbrough. Excitement is in the air as the 2015 Mrs. Untied States pageant is officially underway!

For the candidates it is the personal experience of a lifetime. Contestants enlist the support of their husbands and join other contestants to compete for the prestigious Mrs. United States crown. This week we will be celebrating the adventures of Mrs. North Dakota and cheering her every step of the way. For the next 3 days there will be personal interviews, swim suit competition , evening gown completion as well as an impromptu question asked of the 10 finalists.

 

 

 

What an amazing first day! It's been so fun meeting so many beautiful and accomplished women, I am very proud to be standing with them! I had a great time getting to know my roommate Mrs. Minnesota and eating Mexican food (yum) and chatting it up at the bowling alley with other queens! Great first day. Now it's off to bed, gotta be up and ready for my 6am photoshoot... Yikes!! So far, so fun though. I give God all the glory for placing me here this week

What an amazing first day! It’s been so fun meeting so many beautiful and accomplished women, I am very proud to be standing with them! I had a great time getting to know my roommate Mrs. Minnesota and eating Mexican food (yum) and chatting it up at the bowling alley with other queens! Great first day. Now it’s off to bed, gotta be up and ready for my 6am photoshoot… Yikes!! So far, so fun though. I give God all the glory for placing me here this week

Day 2 of the Mrs. United States pageant brings excitement, gorgeous gowns and of course always representing their respective state.

“Starting with the state costumes!! I am the Sunflower, from the state that grows more sunflowers than anywhere in the U.S.!!”

Each day keeps getting better! Today we had our interviews and got to show the judges who we are and where we come from!

 

 

 

Celebrating the pageant with her Hubby Jake.

Celebrating the pageant with her Hubby Jake.

Day 3 Today is the final day. Each of the 50 contestants knows this is it and by evenings end the winner will be announced. I arrived at the South Point Hotel super early, while waiting downstairs prior to going up to Angelina’s room I was as nervous for all these girls as they were. One by one they pass me, some with curl sets, some with no makeup some with full makeup each giggling with excitement as they ride up the elevator to head to their prospective rooms to get ready. In just a short time the final 15 would be announced and then the winner, finally my team and I go up as well.

Here is the final days look for Angelina.

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“It’s been a great experience to be at the national pageant this year. All we are ever expected to do in this life is our best and that’s what I did. I gave this opportunity all I had to give and I although I didn’t walk away with a top spot or title, I did walk away with much joy and gratitude to have been able to stand among an outstanding group of women. It has truly been an honor!”

Although Mrs.North Dakota did not win Mrs. United States she will always hold the crown in our eyes. Thank you so much for asking us to be such an amazing experience with you.

Congratulations to Mrs. Texas! You’ll do us all proud!

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He said he had already decided…

July 17, 2015
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Sometimes a girl meets an amazing family and we quickly become friends. That is the case with Heather and her mom. Hands down they are some of the sweetest- most genuine and gracious ladies I’ve ever met.  We’re so happy they chose Makeup In The 702!  (Before and After for Mom and Heather)

 Now on to another AMAZING love story…..the story of Heather & Eli!

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Eli and I met in San Francisco 4 1/2 years ago. We met at a Hanukkah party and because parking is so horrible in San Francisco I almost never went. But, luckily a spot opened up right as I drove up.
I came in and saw a woman I knew, and he and his friend knew her, as well. I saw Eli and I noticed him right away. We spoke for a while, and then I left. Though our mutual friend would not give him my number, Eli still managed to find me online.

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He emailed me asked me on a date, two dates later I went to Budapest for a month. We spoke over Skype every day, and Eli asked me on our 4th date 3 weeks early for when I came back. That’s when I knew he was serious. He told me that he already decided I was his girlfriend after the first date. I always liked that he said that.

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Some advice for brides:
Do what’s right for you. Have people with you on the wedding day that will keep you low stress. Think of everyone’s personality and consider if you were in the same room with all of them during this heightened time would you stay calm and happy?

I did not have bridesmaids as I had been one before and it ruins too many important relationships even in the best of circumstances. But, if you do have bridesmaids consider whether you need an extra moment to be alone before the ceremony (after everyone’s hair and makeup is done) to just be with your mom or a close friend.

If someone asks to throw you a party….let them. They really do want to do it. It took me 6 months to let a dear friend throw me an engagement party because I didn’t want to impose!
Be clear with your vendors about what you want. I was slightly worried that I was coming across harsh because I knew what I didn’t want, but they all seemed to be happy with that attitude because in the end everyone gets what they want. Also, you need to click with them personally! If they are going to be around you on such a special day you need to like them.

 FYI – Don’t book expensive B+B’s in Hawaii! Its not worth it, GO TO THE RESORT!

 Thank you and much love to Adam Frazier Photography for capturing these spectacular moments!

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She Fell Hook, Line & Sinker

July 10, 2015
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My absolute favorite part of what Makeup In The 702 is sharing the amazing love stories of the couples we meet.   Today it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Crystal and Matthew….  this is their story.

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Matthew and I meet 11 1/2 years ago , funny story , Our brothers who are both named Michael were good friends – They spent every waking moment together, Our families attend the same church so naturally we saw quite a bit of each other. We casually started spending more time together, shuttling our brothers back and forth will do that to you. I wouldn’t say it was love at first sight, but the closer we became, We both just knew it was meant to be, not to be sappy haha, I did play hard to get for a while , It took 5 tries to get me to say yes.”

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When I finally said yes, we were out having dinner and casual conversation and his line was ” Hey Babe” wanna get married. I fell for it hook, line and sinker.  We’ve been married now for 10 yrs and are celebrating our anniversary in style in beautiful Las Vegas.”

 

 

 

We have 2 beautiful children. I am excited to see where the next 20 years take us. We’ve been by each others side through so much.
Matthew recently went back to school and did such an amazing job , graduated as Valedictorian!
He has done an incredible job as a father and a husband, he will forever be my partner in crime. I am looking forward to many more adventures with him by my side.”

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Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and our readers today. From all of us at Makeup In The 702 we wish you a lifetime of blessings, joy, and happiness.

Photo Credit: Matt Cali Photography
Ordained Minister: Tim Ritchey

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Makeup In The 702-Official Sponsor for Mrs. North Dakota for the 2015 Mrs. United States pageant

July 3, 2015
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Picture4I couldn’t think of a better time than the week of Fourth of July to announce this amazing news!  Makeup in the 702 is proud to sponsor the hair and makeup for Angelina Yarbrough, Mrs. North Dakota for the 2015 Mrs. United States pageant.   There’s been more than a little news on beauty pageants the past few weeks, but Mrs. United States holds the crown when it comes to history, poise and beauty.

Recognized as “the premier event of its kind” and the largest pageant system available to married women, each year we welcome contestants from all 50 states and the U.S. territories to a gala national pageant in the glittering city of Las Vegas!

Founded in 1986 by Isabella Ilacqua, the Mrs. United States National Pageant system was created out of respect and admiration for married women of beauty and intelligence.

Mrs. Ilacqua sought to provide a forum to publicly recognize and acknowledge the fact that married women often play many roles as wife, mother, homemaker and/or professional with a flair and resilience uncommonly found elsewhere.

Recognized as “the premier event of its kind” and the largest pageant system available to married women, each year we welcome contestants from all 50 states and the U.S. territories to a gala national pageant in the glittering city of Las Vegas!

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Picture3I am absolutely inspired by Angelina’s platform; “One of my greatest reasons for entering the Mrs. United States competition is the opportunity to become a spokeswoman for countless young women who struggle with self-esteem issues and to be the voice of encouragement that they need. Our society heavily influences women, especially in its demand for physical perfection. I want to inspire women to find beauty and greatness in their own passions and dreams rather than follow the media’s lead that encourages obsession over physicality. My heart breaks for women and young girls who struggle with low self-esteem to the point of dangerous eating disorders, and I have made it my goal to take the opportunity as Mrs. North Dakota to help young women recognize their value and importance and to re-define the meaning of true beauty.  I want to be the voice that encourages women all around the country to grow in their passions, dreams and aspirations rather than shrink their
clothing size.” ~Angelina Yarbrough

Many married women are an inspiration to their families, friends, colleagues and community—the role of wife, mother and career woman does not prevent some women from finding time to become involved in community activities or from maintaining her health, beauty, and mind.

The Mrs. United States National Pageant® contestant is an intelligent, married woman who knows what she wants in her career, family and appearance. She maintains a strong sense of identity and embodies the true spirit of “complete woman”… total beauty.

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Makeup In The 702 Product Review

June 26, 2015
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Welcome to the first week of Summer in Las Vegas! Temps soar up to 120 in the direct sun and stay a balmy cool 105 in the shade. Low overnight temps typically don’t fall below 80, so what’s a makeup artist to do??? Search high and low for the worlds best waterproof and heat resistant products. After all we guarantee 15 hour water and transfer resistant makeup.

mac-waterproof-pro-longwear-foundation-3-e1427142890244A few months ago my friends over at Mac Pro Forum Shops hinted me up on a HUGE product launch and boy they were not kidding!  So generous that gave me the MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Water Proof Foundation Collection to try. Of course MAC is a name I trust whole heartily, but to try this out on a client for the first time on her wedding day- not gonna happen!

Calling all friends and family- come sit in my chair and let me try this out….. (I’m very fortunate to have friends and family that will let me test out and demo products.)

The Key claims and benefits for MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Water Proof Foundation are:

  • MAC-Prolongwear-Nourishing-Waterproof-FoundationWater-resistant
  • Transfer-resistant
  • Long-wearing, 24 hours
  • Provides instant and long-term hydration
  • Oil-free
  • Provides stay-true colour
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Non-acnegenic
  • Ophthalmologist tested
  • For all skin types

That being said we put it to the test in the HOT Las Vegas desert and after testing this new product out on a handful of volunteers my findings were as I suspected ….  sure enough MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Water Proof Foundation is a wedding worthy product 61f0a0e5fb9f3eb781475e7c02861708to add to add to our ever growing kit/arsenal. With 16 blendable shades an artist can cover any imperfection or skin type and of course the multipurpose use of foundation and concealer is always a winner in my book.

Pro Long Wear Water Proof Nourishing Foundation is a tenacious waterproof formula that can be used as a foundation or concealer, wearing for an unprecedented 24 hours. Neither rain nor tears can budge this oil-free watertight product that actually repels moisture from the surface of the face. The formula blends seamlessly on the skin with medium to full weightless coverage and a natural satin finish.

This foundation goes above and beyond it’s claims and benefits lasting on wards of 48+ hours. Again, don’t try this at home kids…. it was just for testing purposes. Please wash your face every evening.

I give MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Water Proof Foundation the Makeup in the 702 seal of approval!

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Water Proof Foundation in action!  Photos courtesy of Myrna Loy Photography.

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