Trendspotter Tuesday: Sorbet for a Spring Wedding

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pretty periwinkle, luscious tangerine... Spring exhales a burst of youthful energy! Somewhere between neon and pastel is a cheerfully inviting color spectrum i'd like to refer to as sorbet. It's perfect for a Spring wedding and when combined with other like hues, presents a fresh twist on last year's beloved ombre trend. Now go on and serve up your bridal party a scoop of some of that marry mint ;)

Lazaro Fall 2012 via Belle the Magazine

Rachel Roy Gemma 4 via Piperlime

Peonies, Ranunculus mixed bouquet via Weddbook

Mint seersucker bowie via OneWed

Fabric Strip Garland via Vitalic Photo

Macarons Tower via OneLove Photography 

Tips + Tools Thursday: Concealer- a Bride's BF!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Hello lovelies! 

I'm back :) If you were wondering why i've been MIA, I gave birth to my third child on Valentine's Day! It really has been quite an adjustment trying to balance life with a newborn and a toddler. I'm sure some of you can relate- the days and nights have been one continuous haze and at this point, i'm lucky if I can sneak a shower in, much less a blog post LOL. I'm cherishing my few minutes of quiet time since the kids are both asleep and the one thing that popped into my mind to share with you is any mom or bride's secret weapon to appear bright eyed and rested- concealer! I can't remember the last time I had more than four consecutive hours of sleep and if you're fast approaching your wedding day, with all the excitement and anticipation, I bet you haven't gotten much sleep either. That's why not just any concealer will do! For me, a good concealer is long lasting, has full coverage and blends well without looking cakey, drying or oily. There are so many concealers on the market, I thought i'd comment on a few that i've had personal experience with.

Stila Perfecting Concealer $23
It went on smoothly but only lasted 4 hours max, after that, it seemed to just fade away. I have normal/dry skin so i'd imagine that on others with oily skin, the lasting power would be even more of a disappointment. I've had the tube for over a year and even with frequent use, still has much product left.

Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Concealer $29
Great, buildable coverage. I felt the color matched my skin tone and brightened my under eye circles well. It lasted 8 hours, however unlike Stila, with frequent use, this product lasted only 3 months.

Sephora Collection Perfecting Cover Concealer $16
Thick, not so buildable coverage but if you blend well, a little goes a long way. It covers my dark under eye circles/blemishes like a dream and stays put ALL day. This was a nice surprise as it is by far my fave of the 3 and comes in a bigger tube than Stila so even with frequent use should last a long time. Biggest pro- it's only $16!

I know many celebrities praise Cle de Peau and while i'd like to try out all the hype, I just don't have $70 laying around to spend on concealer! Reviews are definitely helpful, yet they can also be confusing. Looking through the Sephora website, it seems many of the concealers they sell are rated with 4 to 5 stars. I encourage you to take the time to walk in and try on different brands. A couple of the sales reps had recommended other brands I didn't mention, but ultimately it's what works best for you! I feel like concealer is an essential and isn't one of those things you can skimp on. A great concealer can take years off your face and is the foundation to giving you your young, beautiful self back. Kate Middleton did her own make up on her wedding day because she wanted her husband to be to recognize her as she walked down the aisle. I bet she had an amazing concealer on hand! Can you imagine looking at your wedding photos later down the line and saying wow, you can see all dark shadows of stress and sleepless nights on my face- I really wish I invested in some good concealer... don't let that bride be you!

I am by no means a make up expert and i'm sure my makeup artist friends have their own personal faves so if you have one that you love, please let us know about it! 

ps- this is my latest blessing and reason I haven't been getting much sleep- my son, Xavier Enzo Rhys. Staying up late taking care of him definitely wears on my face but nothing a lil' dab of awesome concealer can't fix  :)

Image: Infiniti Foto