the perfect {makeup bag}

I’m constantly on the move, so for me having a transportable makeup solution is essential. I’ve gone through several different types of cosmetics bags, but I can finally say that I have found the case that works perfectly for me and my lifestyle as an everyday makeup organizer. In the past, I’ve spent far too much time packing and unpacking my makeup, and now, I have a bag that allows me to easily navigate through it so I’m not digging around in search of something. Plus, it fits easily in almost all of my purses. Continue reading “the perfect {makeup bag}”

makeup tips {every bride should follow}

On your big day, you want to look like yourself. This seems like a no-brainer, but this cardinal rule of bridal makeup often gets overlooked. Do you normally go au natural, full on Kim K smokey eye, or somewhere in between? Your daily look is your jumping off point for picking your bridal look. If you’re a minimalist, a subtle eye with neutral tones is probably the best way to go. You’ll want to be sure to still contour your face and eyes so that your face has dimension for the photos, but your color palette can be based on your skin’s natural tones, rather than something so dramatic that people won’t recognize you. Hate lipstick? There’s no reason to pick your wedding day to start wearing it: you’re going to be smooching your groom all night anyway. Rocking a bare lip or working with a lip stain is a great low maintenance way to go. If you rarely leave the house without being completely dolled up, then a more dramatic look might be suitable for you.¬†And don’t be afraid to wear those false lashes–they photograph beautifully. The most important thing for any bride to be is to do a test run of your makeup. You should book a consultation with a makeup artist well before your big day, or if you’re doing your makeup on your own, be sure to practice the look you want over and over. And over.

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image: alice’s wedding

motd {gala glam}

Wednesday night I attended Bronx Lebanon’s annual fundraising gala. I don’t think I’ve gone gown shopping since prom, so I was pretty thrilled and only mildly stressed while looking for one. I decided the perfect place to shop for a gorgeous, unique evening gown was Reve Boutique in Englewood, NJ where they carry gorgeous gowns, exquisite party dresses, and really cute (and affordable!) casual daytime attire. I only tried on two gowns before falling in love with this black Holt dress. Needless to say, I left with more than I came in for, but I am very happy with my purchases. Continue reading “motd {gala glam}”