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Monday, August 13, 2018

UD Naked Skin Concealer vs. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Urban Decay Naked Concealer ($29): This concealer has an okay shade range with 14 shades. The shade I have is Fair Neutral which is my winter shade.

On Sephora's website it claims it is: "An innovative, high-coverage concealer that provides buildable, weightless coverage and leaves an invisible, Naked Skin finish". It also claims it is a "luminous, demi-matte finish" which to me, those are totally contradictory adjectives, lol how is it luminous and matte? 

Personally I think it has more of a luminous finish, but it is a little tacky so I always set it with a setting powder. This concealer has a solid 4 stars on Sephora's wesbite. It is full coverage and is extremely blendable, a little goes a long way with this product. I don't notice it interrupting my foundation underneath when applying it and no tugging at the skin.





NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30): This concealer has a little more shade range with 22 shades. I have 2 shades - one in Vanilla and one in Custard.  

On Sephora's website it claims it is: "An award-winning concealer that provides medium-to-full, buildable coverage and corrects, contours, highlights, and perfects." 

This concealer in the shade Custard was theeeee concealer to have a few years ago. Every Youtuber I watched used this concealer which has now been replaced by the new hottest concealers on the market Tarte Shape Tape and more recently Too Faced Born This Way. But nonetheless it is still a very popular concealer with a little over 4 star rating on Sephora's website.  I'd agree that it's a medium to buildable coverage. For me, I feel that it dries quickly a little dry for my liking, but I have dry skin so I think it would be a good pick for someone that has oily skin or an oily T-zone.





Out of the two concealers, I would reach for UD over NARS which is crazy because I'm over the moon about their Radiant foundation, although I haven't tried the NARS concealer with the foundation yet! I'll try that next and give you guys an update on what I think. 

Below from L to R is UD Fair Neutral, NARS Vanilla, and NARS Custard





Have you tried either of these concealers? What are your thoughts?

Friday, August 10, 2018

Casey Holmes' Hairstylist Did My Hair! - Twice!

Let me start by saying I love watching Casey Holmes' videos - anyone else with me? She seems like such a genuine person, definitely someone I can see myself being great friends with. With that said, I stalked down her hairstylist after I saw what an amazing job she did when Casey first got her hair like the balayage blonde. Needless to say, I found her hairstylist! For those of you that don't know, her name is Jess Gold and she's the owner of J.Gold Salon in Atlanta, GA. I live in North Carolina, so for me the drive to Atlanta is about 4 hours with a flight time of around and hour to an hour and a half. I'm the type of person when I find something I like, I don't care how far I have to travel to get it - clearly. 


The first time I got my hair done by Jess was last May (2017) I believe for our,my now husband and I's, engagement photos. She was in her old salon, which by the way was super hard to find lol, luckily she stayed on the phone with me to direct me. I kid you not I was walking around the parking lot aimlessly because there were so many other shops there. I looked so helpless!. Anyway, it was my first time meeting her, obviously, but she was super sweet and kept good conversation and was complimenting me and just so, so genuinely nice! She had another stylist there too, Johanna which was equally as sweet. I asked Jess about Casey Holmes but didn't want to be super weird about it so I pretty much just asked how she was in person because she seemed so nice and she agreed and said she totally is and I left it at that.

I came to her with darrrrrkk roots with a faded out blonde that was pretty much to my ends as you can see in the before picture below on the left. I told her what I wanted and showed her some inspo pics. I was going for an ashy ombre and really wanted close to white blonde ends. From the photo, you can see she achieved that - with EASE. I'm talking, this girl knew her formulas, mixtures, developers, toners, etc. I don't know anything about hair coloring but she was asking her assistant for all types of "I need an a20 to go with the e35" (obviously made up terms lol) and she really outdid herself. Blown away, turned out amazing.


Naturally after such a good experience, I had to go back the following year (this year, 2018) before my wedding. I went about a week before our flights to St. Lucia and this time she was in a brand new salon that she pretty much demoed and started from scratch by picking out all of the decor which turned out beautiful! I wish I had a picture to insert. But pretty much she got a bigger space and more stylists with the aesthetic being like gold and marble, which and really chic and clean. This location, if you're not from the area, is also a little difficult to find but the receptionist helped guide me. When I walked in they were all so pleasant and had Duck Donuts (my favorite!) sitting on the table, although I didn't indulge because I still wanted to fit my wedding dress! 

I asked her about Casey again this time and asked if she had seen her lately since I knew she moved from Atlanta to NY and she said yes that she had seen her just a few days before and went into a story that happened while she was there. I don't want to divulge any information because that's their privacy, but I'm sure you may have seen some of it on Casey's vlogs. The rest of the time there was just chill and just an all around good vibe. Staff asking me if I wanted anything to drink, I met Jess's dad who is also extremely nice. 

The before picture below on the left is the result of the faded out coloring from last year (which honestly doesn't even look that bad - it just looks like a brunette ombre if you ask me). This time around I wanted to go with pretty much all over color with slightly more gold tones versus the ashy white blonde. Again, Jess did not disappoint. Jess, if you're reading this, thank you so much for giving me hair goals for my wedding!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

My Wedding Makeup

As you can tell from the title and my last post, I recently got married! I wanted to share with you the products I used on my wedding day to achieve my makeup look. I decided to do my makeup myself because 1. I was in a different country, 2. didn't have time for a trial, 3. didn't trust anyone else with my makeup or hair. For my hair I went super simple of just curling it and pinning up one side. The curls fell out super quick due to how hot it was!

I really wanted something very soft and glowy for the skin so I went with what is now my holy grail foundation - NARS Natural Radiant Longwear. I bought this foundation specifically for the wedding the day before we left and ending up falling in love with it. I wanted something that is exactly how the name describes it - natural, radiant, and long wearing. The finish on this is stunning; it truly is a "my skin but better" foundation. I would highly recommend it if you have normal to dry skin. To highlight my under eyes, I went with a shade lighter because I didn't want it to be too bright so I actually used the L'Oreal Pro-Glow foundation in the shade 203 Nude Beige and then set it with Laura Mercier setting powder


For the brows, I used my normal Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe (I suck at doing my brows) Always room for improvement. I wanted the eyes to be the center of attention so I did gold glitter on the lid with Stila's liquid eyeshadow in Kitten to match our color scheme of blush pink and gold. I swept some light brown shades in the crease to blend it and a cream color for the brow bone. And to top off the eyes, for mascara I went with Tarte Lights Camera Splashes because I knew I needed something waterproof for the happy tears! I wanted to put on lashes initially but didn't have time (yes I was running late on my wedding day - are you surprised?) so I skipped the lashes and just stuck with the mascara.
                              
I paired the eye look with a nude lip from YSL in the shade 10 Beige Tribute. I really wanted a different color but I was running short on time and the photographer and videographer were there so I literally just grabbed whichever lipstick was in front of me. I didn't even have time to use a lip liner!
             
For bronzing I used the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette. This is my go to palette for traveling. I didn't want to go super heavy handed on the bronzer because I wanted it to still look natural although I wish I would've went slightly heavier because you can barely tell I have bronzer on at all. The highlighter I used was Becca's Champagne Pop which I swear I put on like 4 layers, I wanted to GLOW.

What products did you use on your wedding day? Or which ones would you use for your future wedding?

Monday, August 6, 2018

Life Update Pt 2!

So by now, I'm sure you're all probably thinking I fell off the face of the earth, some may even hoping that happened lol - kidding. But I'm baaaaacccckkk! And I've missed you all!

An update for all of you while I've been gone - we bought a house and got married! Yayyyy! I'll include wedding photos below. And honestly we've just been super busy working and relaxing when we get the chance. But I'm starting to get my love back for makeup and beauty and I think I may even add some travel and lifestyle into this blog so I want to make the time for what I love. Let me know what you guys think about the travel and lifestyle part? So hopefully you'll all forgive me for my 2 year absence and climb back on board! Can't wait to interact with everyone again. Let's see what the future holds :)

Here are some photos from the wedding, I really tried to put a lot of thought into the details so almost everything was personalized from napkins to water bottle and wine bottle labels. It was June 8th, 2018 in St Lucia, a West Indie island. We were there for a week and had such a beautiful time. We spent our time in a 1,900 sq ft suite with it's own pool (as you can see in some of the photos) and when we weren't relaxing - we were four wheeling on a black sand beach, in the pool and at the ocean front spa, taking tours of a volcano and mud baths, and on a cruise. Here are a bunch of photos to hopefully make up for my absence. Enjoy :)

P.S. I'm planning the next post to be about my wedding makeup!