Makeup Tutorial // My Wedding Day

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Happy Friday! A few weeks ago I posted a makeup tutorial from my amazing Makeup Artist, Carmen Williamson of EyeStruck Beauty. I received so much positive feedback from you all that I decided to post a second one!

Today, Carmen shares her step-by-step process and the exact products she used on my wedding day (pictured above).

Start to Finish…..
Drink water, clean and nourish your face and eyes day and night.  Your face is a canvas and you only have one for the rest of your life!

Step 1: Moisturizer

Step 2: Foundation

Primer- Chanel Base Lumière Illuminating Makeup Base

Foundation- Chanel Perfection Lumière

I applied both with my favorite foundation brush by Make Up For Ever, #108.

Step 3: Concealer

Jane Iredale Corrective Colors

I used peach first to conceal a bit of blue hue under Amber’s eyes followed by a touch of beige.

Hydrate, drink water and more water.

Step 4: Eyes

Prime the lid- bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer in Original

Light stroke of a neutral shade to set, I always use MAC Eyeshadow in Brule.

Stila Palette, Wind on entire lid, slight peachy color.

Aaah the Eyebrows!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Soft Brown

Anastasia Pro Pencil Base 1 above and below brow followed by blending with small concealer brush so it looks like natural highlighting.


Lashes are my absolute favorite! I have found the BEST ever mascara, by Too Faced, Better Than Sex….yes it’s gooooood! 

Back to Eyes

I used Make Up For Ever brush #250, wet brush and used Ebony close to the lash line

*I feel I have more control (thickness and denseness) when using a small short liner brush and dry to wet color with lining the eye as opposed to a liquid liner most of the time.

I then used Driftwood (medium brown) and used wet again and did a soft wing.

MAC Shadow in Print was used in the crease and blended up and out a bit on Amber’s eyes.

Highlight under brow and around the tear duct using MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in Global Glow.

Step 5: Contouring and Blush

Very small amount of  M-646 by Make Up For Ever powder color under cheek bone and around hairline.  I use this color on Amber’s eyes from time to time; great on fair to medium skin tone with colored eyes.  Pop!

Amber has that beautiful fair “peaches and cream” skin, so I have to be oh so careful not to overdo contouring.

MAC Melba Blush on the apples of her cheeks.

MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in Global Glow​ on hairline and top of cheek bones.

Step 6: Lips

Love the lips!  I like to use a lip pencil for weddings and events all over the lips.  This has real staying power.

We used NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Hot Red and then applied NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Perfect to soften the color and gloss it up! 

Voila, she was such a gorgeous bride!​

The Handbag Designer You Will Love



Last week I had the pleasure of hosting a girl who so many of us love, Clare Vivier, the designer of the always covetable Clare V. bags. We hosted the cutest French-themed girls happy hour at the rewardStyle Bar and toasted to the weekend.

Clare’s bags are so versatile – you’re probably most familiar with her Foldover Clutch, which has become a closet staple around the world. The Claude Tote (pictured above) is my newest favorite for fall. The leather is soft like butter and I especially love the monogram!

I had so much fun with Clare; her bags are some of my favorites and I’m sure they will be your’s too. These are my top picks:

Bump Day // A Belgian Mom’s Perspective on (Breastfeeding)

Bump Day

I have had the chance to meet so many talented moms from all around the world and I love to hear their take on pregnancy, childbirth and children. I have found that Americans tend to treat the whole process a little differently than other people around the world and I think it is healthy to consider different points of view.

Tiany Kiroloff is one of my international fashion friends. She is a mom to three daughters, lives in Belgium (now you know someone from Belgium!) and runs the site

As I get closer to delivering Baby B, my questions have become a little more specific- most of them are ok, she gets here…then what do I do?

This week, Tiany was so nice to share her advice on breastfeeding (sexy topic, right?). I have heard horror stories, gross stories, and lots of let me explain…

Here is what Tiany had to say:

When it comes to breastfeeding, try to relax… it doesn’t always happen from the very beginning, your body needs a little bit of time… so don’t stress out and don’t give up too soon either. What I tend to do is give baby its necessary food by giving her a bottle the first day, in the meantime I used a breast pump to stimulate milk production and by the end of the day I was producing what baby needed. It’s also really important to drink a lot of water and to continue with your supplements or vitamins.
Breastfeeding will hurt in the beginning, but the pain will go away. Try to stick to a good hygienic routine, by also taking the necessary care of your nipples, there are cooling pads that offer some great soothing and also creams that will alleviate the pain. -Tiany


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