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October 9, 2015
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Well here we are, one year later from one of our favorite couples ever. Sarah started following us Facebook more than a year from her wedding date and saw all of our before and after posts and 5 star reviews. Of course this makes anyone even more excited for their own wedding day. Even her mom and friends started following us to- by the time the day came we all felt like we were long lost friends reuniting.
Fast forward to the current date and we celebrate Sarah & Stephen’s 1 year anniversary. We took a moment to catch up with the happy couple to see what they’ve been doing.

Hi Megan!
Thanks so much for your lovely message!
We had such an amazing day with 30 of our fellow Brits, partying up and down The Strip on an open top double decker bus with Elvis after our ceremony and reception and Cili Restaurant.
The first year has been amazing and magical!
We had a fantastic two weeks honeymoon in Mexico and are excited to come back to Vegas this weekend to celebrate our 1st Wedding Anniversary!
Thanks so much for being part of our day! Your girls really took care of us and your work was fantastic!
Sending lots of love, Sarah & Stephen O’Doherty xxx
Here are a few tips from Sarah for other destination brides.
“Do your research well to trust the people doing the planning for you, and don’t get stressed or fussed at the small details of the wedding. They won’t matter. Making memories away with your loved ones is way more important than making sure any chair covers match the bridesmaids”
“The only thing I wish I did different was have a different dress to change into late at night. 10 hours in a princess dress on the Las Vegas strip took its toll.  I defiantly needed a shorter party dress for the night. LOL”
“The one thing I wouldn’t change is the venue. Cili restaurant at Bali Hai was a total paradise. The staff, services and scenery were all unbeatable. And of course having Makeup in the 702 there for me and my family” xoxo
Happy Anniversary Sarah & Stephen, we hope to see you when you visit Las Vegas again!
To read Sarah’s review and 911 other 5 star reviews visit us on WeddingWire!




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Open Invitation Irene + Cameron: Romantic Garden Party

September 25, 2015
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Today we have the privileged of sharing the love story of Irene and Cameron. Originally written and published by Las Vegas Event Planners Open Invitation.  So let’s begin by introducing you to Ashley & Darby by telling you a little bit more about Open Invitation.   Open Invitation is a full-service wedding planning boutique that specializes in something we call “occasioning” – a classic way of entertaining where every detail is scrupulously attended to as a way of creating a one-of-a-kind experience.

Darby is a veteran event planner, for 15 years, she was an advertising and marketing professional with some of the foremost resorts in Las Vegas, the hospitality capital of the world. In 2009 she launched Open Invitation, where she assists clients in the development and execution of everything from weddings to corporate gatherings to charity soirees and special occasions – all accomplished with her signature aplomb and Southern charm.

Ashley’s personal mission is to make all things beautiful through design. Thoughtful, creative and accomplished, it is evident that event planning truly is Ashley’s calling and she considers herself extremely blessed to be able to do what she loves.  This Arizona Wildcat has spent years honing her craft as an event planner, executing countless occasions throughout Las Vegas.

It was such an amazing experience working with this team along with our friends Ella Gagiano– Photographer
Layers of Lovely– Floral Harry Nelson– Entertainment RSVP– Decor.

So without further adieu we are pleased to share the wedding of Irene & Cameron…

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Bride Beautiful In the Valley of Fire

September 11, 2015
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Being a a makeup artist in the extreme heat of the Southern Nevada comes with it’s own unique challenge.  Adding our guarantee of a 15-hour water and transfer resistant services really puts us to the test!  I’d say we passed!  Today we get to share with you this beautiful real wedding from the Valley of Fire.  I just love our radiant desert and Nicky is just drop dead gorgeous!

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Your hair stylist and makeup artist are typically the first vendor a bride will interact with on their wedding day.  We have the responsibility of setting the pace for the day and we take that responsibility VERY seriously!  Not only do we set the time line for the day we often times help settle those OMG this is it feelings of nervousness.

No one can share their experience better than the bride…that being said, this is what Nicky had to say.

Nicole said… 
I had contacted Megan Payne about 6 months before my Vegas destination wedding. She was friendly and professional and promptly answered all my questions. On my big day, Kiera and Crystal showed up at 5:45 am as promised (I got married at the Valley of Fire and the time was 11:00 am). We did introductions and Crystal started on my hair. Crystal was chatty and super sweet. I showed her a picture of what I was looking for and she re-created it with ease. Next I was over to Kiera for makeup. We found that we had some things in common and ended up having a little heart to heart chat while she was doing my makeup. What a beautiful soul Kiera has. I wish her all the best in the world. My girls & I were done almost an hour earlier than promised which was nice. It gave us a bit of time to take pictures and hang out before the limo picked us up. I can’t thank Megan and the girls at Makeup in the 702 enough for starting my day off right. If you are thinking about using their services, don’t hesitate one bit. They are fantastic! I can be contacted at any time if anyone has any questions about these ladies and the services they offer. Thank you Makeup in the 702.. until our paths cross again (Perhaps for a vow re-newal one day 😉 ) Nicky B.”

 

 

We’re very proud of the services we provide and I couldn’t be more proud of my incredible team of stylists and makeup artists. This week we celebrate a very awesome milestone! 900 reviews! Thank you to each and every bride that has taken the time to share their experience with us and thank you for choosing us to be a part of your day.
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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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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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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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