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Winter Weather Makeup Tips for When Your Skin Is Super Dry

December 9, 2016
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by Meg
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Article can be found in its original form, here at Teen Vogue by Alyse Whitney.

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 Prep your skin at night

Starting with moisturized skin is like keeping your car oiled — it’ll be easier to run foundation over it when you get ready. Powerful masks like GlamGlow’s ThirstyMud or celeb fave Wilma Schumann Hydra-Gel Red Wine Treatment Masques provide deep, intense hydration with nourishing ingredients. Use them once a week and see how much your face needs it.12-2-winter-beauty-2

Wash your face with gentle ingredients

Another skin care prep comes from washing your face every day. Go for something gentle, like La Roche-Posay Micellar Solution — which removes makeup, tones, and cleanses without rinsing or letting water dry out your skin — or First Aid Beauty’s Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser, which removes makeup and dirt while smoothing skin with avocado and coconut oil.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

The last step before grabbing your makeup is obviously using a great moisturizer. Makeup artist Suzy Gerstein suggests looking for “products with moisturizing and anti-inflammatory ingredients to combat the flakiness and irritation that characterize winter skin.” If you have oily skin, try a gel product, like First Aid Beauty’s Skin Rescue Mattifying Gel that absorbs immediately and minimizes pores. If you have combination or super-dry skin, try Skyn Iceland’s Arctic Hydrating Balm that uses cryogenic technology from the Arctic to repair and moisturize skin. No matter what you use, just make sure it’s absorbed before you start putting makeup on.

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You don’t need a primer if you’ve followed all of the above steps, but it doesn’t hurt. You can combine lotion and primer with Lush’s Magical Moringa lotion that has argan and rose hip oils, or go for the glow with the whipped, pearl-filled lightweight Becca Backlight Priming Filter. The point is to get an even canvas for your makeup, something you can also achieve by adding drops of Cover FX’s Custom Cover Drops to your favorite moisturizer. Two birds, one stone.

Opt for lightweight coverage

When your skin changes, it’s a guess and check system to see what works for you. Suzy suggest working in thin layers and seeing what the skin needs, like a few drops of face oil (or even almond oil) in your foundation. You should “experiment with different products, and see how your skin absorbs them throughout the day,” whether it’s a CC cream like Jane Iredale’s Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer that gives your skin a soft-focus effect while locking in moisture and calming redness, Tarte’s BB cream that has a built-in primer and up to 12 hours of staying power, or your own foundation that you sheer out a bit with a tinted moisturizer.

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OK, we don’t mean your teeth, but it’s important to exfoliate your lips to get rid of all of the dry, dead skin so you can wear gorgeous lipstick. The Santa Lip Scrub from Lush tastes like chicka-cherry cola (remember Savage Garden, guys?) and its slight red tint will go perfectly with a bombshell red lipstick. We love the Red Door Red from Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick line, which seals in moisture and makes your lips look fuller and plumper — even in the winter.

When your lips get dry and you’re out having fun, don’t touch up with lipstick! “If you’ve done a bold matte lip for a night out, rather than touch up with the lipstick you’ve used, which can start to feel dry and yucky as the night goes on, throw a tinted lip balm into your bag in a bright shade and touch up with that instead,” Suzy suggests.

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With your skin so sensitive and dry, it’s better to ease up on product use in the winter. A little blush or bronzer on your cheeks will do, but really, the rosy redness from the cold weather will go a long way naturally. Focus on your eyes, using waterproof mascara like Benefit’s Roller Lash to make ‘em pop while not crying black tears from the wind hitting your face, strong brows, and a simple eyeshadow like just one shade from your Naked palette.

Set it, but don’t forget it

Using a setting spray is always the perfect finish, but take it one step further when you’re trying to hydrate with Jane Iredale’s Pommist Hydration Spray, packed with pomegranate and white tea leaf extracts, or Urban Decay’s cult-favorite Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray. Now your makeup won’t budge, and your skin will stay fresh all day… until you repeat the process all over again.

Suzy also suggests filling a rollerball with virgin, cold-press coconut or argan oil to roll over the cheeks and any dry patches for quick touch-ups. Sigh, is it spring again yet?

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A Real Love Story- Jaimee and Patrick

December 2, 2016
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by Meg
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Jamie shared she and her sweet Patricks love story and this romantic proposal completely melted out hearts! A beautiful story, for a truly beautiful couple.

We are so ecxited to be part of such a lovely day with people so deeply and faithfully in love. Thank you so much for choosing us to do your hair and makeup on your wedding, and thank you even more for sharing your sweet story with us.

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      Let us start off by saying we left on the 22nd of May, which is my softball number, and he proposed on the 23rd, which is his baseball number! With that out of the way, we went on vacation to Sedona, AZ. It is such an amazing and spiritual place, not to mention beautiful!
      Our plan was to go hiking on a trail called “Devil’s Bridge” and we did just that. It was a gloomy day, where the sun wasn’t sure if it wanted to come out. I had second thoughts about hiking just in case it rained at the  risk of getting stranded, however Patrick insisted we go.
       As we hiked to the top of the mountain, there were beautiful, scenic views from all angles. Devil’s Bridge itself was pretty intimidating to walk along as it was a long way down on both sides. When we first reached the peak, there were only 6 people on top of the mountain with us. Before walking the bridge, we decided to hang out, relax, and have our brown bagged packed lunch. As time went on, more hikers started reaching the peak where we were and an audience was slowly forming. Patrick had suggested we use the iPhone instead of the digital camera for our photos because of the zoom and quality of the pictures.
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     Unknowingly, I said,”okay” and wanted to walk out on the bridge and take them right away! He stalled a bit and of course wanted to wait, but I was ready to go downtown for shopping and food! I was fortunate to find a couple girls willing to take our photo. When Patrick was ready, he told me to get in line while he was going to let her know what kind of photo we wanted (in reality, how to record the video). Me being oblivious, went to stand in line. As we started walking out, I pointed to a spot to stop and take a photo while he insisted we keep going out to the center of the bridge. I walked further out before turning around. As I went to put my arm around him, he stepped back and got down on one knee. I was shocked (shocked!).. Words can’t describe how happy I was. It was the best day of my life, so far…
Jaimee, we know that your wedding day is going to be one for the record books. We’re so touched to be part of the team and can’t wait too see how it all came together!
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Keep an eye on up coming blogs to see some of the lovely pictures from Jaimee and Patrick special day and other recent weddings.

 

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Lovely, Lacey and Long Sleeved Dresses Perfect for a Winter Wedding

November 25, 2016
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by Meg
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On of my all time favorite celebrity wedding dresses is that of the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Miss Kate Middleton. The beautiful lace sleeved Alexander McQueen was absolutely breath taking and helped to solidify the beautiful new royal at the top of every intentional fashion list for years to come.

Recently looking back at her stunning gown, we were inspired to find a few more favorites with the same elegance and style.

Eugenia Couture11-25-long-sleeved-1‘s elegant sweet heart neck, long sleeved Anastasia gown from the spring 2015 collection is perfection for a winter wedding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With the delicate lace detailing on the sleeves, and flirty fun skirt, this adorable vintage lace wedding dress from from BHLDN is both modern and whimsical! Get it here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11-25-long-sleeved-3This gorgeous gown is sophisticated with its long intricate sleeves yet daring  with its plunging neckline. The design shows just enough vixen while leaving plenty to the imagination. It can be found Tara Keely’s Fall 2014 collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This one just took my breath away!!! It’s part ballerina, part Jacki-O and completely stunning. What more could a bride ask for, really? See the entire elegant collection from House of Mooshki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11-25-long-sleeved-5A jewelled, statement back and lovely, long voluminous sheer sleeves make this gown designed by Hayley Paige as part of her Fall 2014 collection something to swoon over. See the collections with long sleeved wedding dresses here.

To see more gorgeous long sleeved check out this list at Confetti Day Dreams.
Here’s a collection of even more breath taking brides who dared to wear full sleeves at Huffington Post.
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This Special Ed Teacher Had All of Her Students in Her Wedding

November 18, 2016
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by Meg
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This article originally appeared here at Glamour by Lynsey Eidell.

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We’re suckers for adorable flower girls and ring bearers (They’re so mini! And sweet! And precious!) but this wedding party has just about melted us into a puddle of all the emotions. Kentucky bride Kinsey French is a special education teacher at Christian Academy Rock Creek, and when it came time to plan her wedding, she knew she wanted to have her students, who all have Down Syndrome, involved. So she invited all six students to accompany her down the aisle as her ring bearers and flower girls.

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“They were like family to me,” French told Kentucky news station WLKY. “They were my first class and they’ve been my only class and so I knew I couldn’t have a special day without them.”

The result is so sweet it hurts our hearts.

 

The students told the news station that their favorite parts of the big day included the food (“mashed potatoes!”) and the dancing. French’s students took to the dance floor to show off their dance moves, including the dab and the whip and the nae-nae.

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“It was so exciting, it was really special…just to have them be a part of the day and have them come with us and celebrate with us,” French said.

 

 

 

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A Real Love Story- Jane and Renz

November 4, 2016
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by Meg
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Some times the most EXTRAORDINARY love is found in the most ordinary place!!

A few weeks ago we had the absolute pleasure of assisting the lovely Miss Jane with wedding day hair and makeup as she prepared to tie the knot with her sweetie, Renz.  Before the wedding Jane shared a few words with us about how the two if them met.

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Renz and I met in this magical place called “internet” haha. We met through an online game. Yes, we are gamers. There’s an online chatroom in there and then we chat and decided to meet after a month. Love at first sight to simply put it. We ended up being together for more than 3 years and 6 months ago he proposed to me and on October 22nd we were finally getting married!
Thank you for being part of our happy ever after!
Jane, you are lovely inside and out, and we are just touched that you chose Makeup In The 702 to be part of your special day.
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Keep an eye on up coming blogs to see some of the lovely pictures from Jane and Renz’s special day and other recent weddings.
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