Summer 2016 – L’Oreal True Match Highlight

I never use Snapchat – in fact, I’ve no idea, really, what the app even looks like.  But Budgetbeautyblog posted an image (this IS Instagram, no?!) of some fun new highlighters from L’Oreal.

I personally have AN ARSENAL of highlighters.  My wedding is in October, so naturally I am sifting through them all to see which ones I will actually end up using (wouldn’t it be tremendous to layer them all!? Ermagawd!I am incredibly discriminating, however, when it comes to “glow-getters” – and I am ever-determined to find ones that DO. NOT. GLITTER.  

Back in my college days, wearing glitter on my eyes, dark and painted jeans, and combat boots was no big deal.  In ballroom, it was basically a prerequisite.  But – as I have droned on about over and over again – I no longer feel my skin has to sparkle.  

No.  No, thank you.  I just want to glow – healthily – in a gleaming, possibly pearlescent manner.  But any sign of glitter – however small – will send me running the other way.  When the sun comes out (or the moon!) I expect my radiance to appear as though I am, indeed, lit from within.

Lofty wishes, maybe… Demanding of my products, 1,000%.  But I have found highlighters that glow beautifully, minus that disco ball scenario.  I don’t know if these L’Oreal liquid creams will just be “sheen” or something too-young for my taste – they look quite lovely swatches here, though!  Clavicle, brown bone, cheeks…the shades would work anywhere.  Curious to see more about these in the next few weeks!

“Beautifully Ever After”

I smiled when I saw this e-mail because I am actually planning my own wedding!  ❤

I feel blessed to have had a background in performance-based sports (figure skating, ballroom, ballet) because doing my own makeup was basically a pre-req.  Sure, you could pay to have someone do it but – trust me – those fees added up!  So, I learned to do it on my own!

Most ladies I know hire an artist for the wedding day – it’s a great way to limit stress (and time!) if you aren’t used to doing a more formal look, or if you just darn well don’t feel like it!

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BUT…if you DO want to do your own makeup, Sephora has a fun little tutorial. . .

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Sephora.com

I love the idea that a bride is enhanced on her wedding day – not overdone, and not feeling like she is someone else!  A dear friend of mine was incredibly worried about that because she doesn’t wear makeup at all, EVER.  I assured her that very basic (and few) products would just bring out her features and natural beauty. . .without changing her dramatically, leaving her feeling too “out of her skin.”  You aren’t on a stage, so don’t worry about having to be heavy-handed – it isn’t necessary.

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The lovely redhead in the e-mail Sephora sent looks adorable both ways (before AND after) – she doesn’t lose her charm or beauty, her features are simply highlighted so as to take a more prominent place on her day. 🙂  Love that.

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Sephora.com

Summer 2016 – Essie Bridal Collection

While I won’t be a bride this Summer…I will be come Autumn, though…so I thought it would be fun to share this new Bridal Collection from Essie for ladies who ARE getting married (or attending a wedding!) this Spring or Summer! 🙂

The Collection features six new shades, all delicate pastels – they are fresh, happy, and perfect for the Season (particularly, in my opinion, Springtime.)

The colors will retail for $8.00, and include:

  • Between The Seats – ivory
  • Groom Service – soft lavender
  • Passport To Happiness – a bright mint
  • Steal His Name – milky peach
  • Coming Together – light pink
  • Mrs Always-Right – cranberry terracotta

I like that they do offer a deeper “pastel” option for those who may not want to go too “sweet.”  The names, of course, are super cheeky and fun…  I kind of like the shimmer, Passport To Happiness mint myself…

As for me, though, even though it will be Autumn. . .three days from my FAVORITE day, Halloween!. . .AND despite my inherent vampiness. . .I will go with my usual glitter ombre.  It always looks so fun, reminds me of my ballroom days, and will definitely work with the gown!

Glitter Ombre

Glitter Ombre

 

Battle Bruises

The other day my training partner and I started laughing in the middle of a mount technique – She is awesome about “staying heavy” and totally crushed me from her mount. My chest was beyond sore from class the day before and there was something ridiculously comical about the fact that I could scarcely move (not to mention remember what the heck we were doing!)  I couldn’t quite laugh without groaning from the discomfort but I think most of us in there air on the side of finding humor in the ass-kicking we give ourselves – self-imposed after all!

We kept at it – myself, I have to say, firing on less than all pistons.  I don’t like to half-ass anything but my body was just too exhausted and sore to be as optimal as I’d have liked.  Off we go into another technique and… *PiNcH!* A trap and roll gi grab produced a lovely, almost-instantaneous heart-shaped bruise on my inner arm.  Ahhh… LOVE!

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A few minutes later I managed to totally slam my elbow to the mat.  I’m not sure if it was the impact, or the additional rolling over it by another body but within seconds I knew I’d have another battle wound (really racking them up that day!)

I love being a Martial Arts practitioner and though some days are rough-and-tumble (literally!  “Throw week” is one I look forward to less than, let’s say, small joint manipulation or weapons)…it is very much par for the course.  

A training partner at Ninjutsu the other day was totally out of it – I was admittedly frustrated by the spaciness and unwillingness to at least try.  Some days your body has less power, but you can still make the (mindful!) effort.  At one point he said “don’t really do it” about the block-and-striking technique we were working on at that moment.  Now, with two damaged knees I am the FIRST person to say “go easy,” or “let’s walk through this as we learn, without going to hard.”  But the reality is…you are in a Martial Arts class!  

You aren’t going to leave completely unscathed.  That doesn’t  mean you can’t train smart – you absolutely can (frankly, that’s ALWAYS my goal.)  Still…bumps and bruises happen.  You are going to need to accept that there will be some injuries (hopefully nothing major, however, which I’ve also endured.)  Martial Arts aren’t for the faint of heart by any stretch so it is important to know what you are getting into.  For me…I love to wear my heart on my sleeve…or my biceps! 😉  

My goal is to train as intelligently as I can so my partner and I get through with just a bunch of sore muscles at most.  But…when those bumps and bruises happen, I wear them like jewelry because I’m pretty darn sure I was working hard when I got them!  (I hope tomorrow when I go to try on bridal gowns, the wedding ladies don’t cringe too much! *lol*)

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For more of my Marital Arts and Dance jazz…

Vintage Dreaminess

I have never seen a vintage screen siren NOT look gorgeous, glowing, and absolutely dreamy… It just never happened, I’m convinced!  I mean…have you?!  There is something so refined and put-together about the styling of the early to mid 1900’s – Bobby Pin Blog is an adorable tribute to the very subject.

I’ve had the pleasure of attending many wonderful car shows over the last few years – at Viva Las Vegas in particular (example, as above), I am always inspired (and, frankly, wowed!) by the beautiful looks the ladies create.  The hair, the makeup, the apparel…it’s vintage glam, and retro pinup, alive and fabulously well.  (Mind you, the gentleman are rather dapper TOO!)

The girls are incredibly talented at doing their own hair and makeup – it isn’t easy to do, necessarily, and it takes time.  So I am always impressed, especially for those with log locks (my days in Ballroom were required some fancy, sculptural updos, and I can assure you…I was NOT the one doing them.)  

There are a lot of excellent tutorials out there, but there are also a few books on the market (these are from HRST Books) that can help a newbie learn the tricks of the trade, or give a seasoned stylist a new idea or two.

 The newest one is for brides, who are looking for vintage-inspired hairstyles…

I love that there are more and more publications about the styling specifically – reproducing the looks can be done, but it does take a bit of learning, as we have gotten away from it a bit.  I love to see the ladies who live this every day…in MODERN times.  Every girl deserves to feel like a pinup! 🙂