And to top it all of our fabulous couple is featured in Style Me Pretty. The website of all things stylish, wedding related. Hola!
Earlier this month, we received our third video submission for the Finals Round of our “Live Gorgeously!” Contest from the lovely Jennifer Storke. She has already won her choice of a free false eyelashes application or a free spray tan, and now she’s competing to win free hair and makeup for her and her entire bridal party for her March wedding at the Hemingway House.
Jennifer’s an impressive competitor. We first met her during the July contest when she was narrowly out-voted by Amy Bohaczek. Both girls garnered over 500 votes. Jennifer came back in August with another strong showing, and this time no one could touch her!
I absolutely love her video entry as she narrates the sweet story of her affection for her hometown of Key West, her love and dedication to her late father, and the special friendship she shares with her bridesmaids, and of course her love for Matthew, her husband-to-be.
Good luck to all of these gorgeous girls. Remember, they’ve got until March 15 to submit their videos and we’ll announce the grand prize winner shortly thereafter!
Hello, hello, my lovelies! Guess who has a new obsession over here? And it’s all Amanda’s fault! She’s been sporting Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Lip Colour ($34) and raving about how fabulous it looks and feels on her lips. Apparently, these babies won’t get gunky-peely.
“REALLY!?!” I said —>insert eye roll<— :silly: “Don’t all the long-wear lipsticks look funky after a few hours??”
SO I HAD TO TRY THEM MYSELF!
When shopping online, it’s always hard to see what the colors will look like in person. I knew I wanted a bold red. Some of my brides looking for a classic red lip would surely appreciate a long-lasting, no fuss lipstick. I picked Alexandrite. Then, I wanted a peachy-pink for warmer skin tones and a cooler pink to accommodate the brides on a quest for a more subtle look. Might as well cover all my bases! I chose Rose Quartz and Rose Topaz.
Rose Quartz: Dusty pink
Alexandrite: Bold red brick
Rose topaz: Very similar to Rose Quartz, ever so slightly cooler
The Double Intensite Lip Colour has a dual wand–one with an intense color (base coat) and another with a clear gloss. It is intended to be a long-wearing, full-coverage formula that lasts all day.
Team CoCo wasn’t kidding about being long-wearing!
The colors lasted through several cups of coffee and a lite bite for lunch. After about five hours of wear, during which all I did was reapply the gloss, my lips looked nicely colored. And Amanda was right, the color didn’t peel or feel gunky. Very impressed. The formula has a very light and luxurious vanilla scent that dissipates quickly.
- Start with hydrated lips. If your lips are cracked or dry, skip it or else it won’t be a pretty sight!
- Be light-handed with the base coat. Apply a thin layer to the bottom lip and press your lips together to transfer color. This method of application helped prevent streaking.
- Let the base coat dry for at least a minute or until the tackiness goes away.
- Be light with the top coat, as well. I used the same method as the base coat. It looked pretty and not overdone.
The lovely Courtney came to the studio with her two awesome sisters to get ready for her wedding day. I enjoyed meeting these ladies immensely and had such a wonderful time getting everyone ready and all glammed up. Courtney smile was absolutely mesmerizing and her excitement contagious!
Oh weddings are so much fun!
She had some ideas on how she wanted her hair styled and had brought in a few photos. I loved that, as it gave me an idea of her personal style and the direction she wanted to go.
The outcome turned how pretty beautiful. A lot of glam with a hint of vintage. Love , love love!
I really wanted to keep Courtney’s look natural while emphasizing her beautiful eyes. Airbrush makeup, champagne highlighter on her cheekbones, Nars orgasm blush gave her a radiant glow. On her eyes I used a combo of blackberry and brown eyeshadow. The single false lashes are so sexy. And on her lips I used Nars Orgasm lipgloss. One of my favorite color!
Thank you Courtney for letting me be a part of your day. I loved meeting you and your awesome sisters! Wishing you and your husband for a long and happy life together.XO :heart:
Mascara ads fall into the grossly exaggerated claims like no other beauty products. Do you really expect me to believe the model with the mile long, perfectly curled, DRAMATICALLY thick eyelashes is ONLY wearing mascara?? How do the manufacturers get away with that?!? Consequently it becomes difficult to pick up a new mascara not really knowing what the end results will be. They all sound like miracle in a tube don’t they?
Mac False lashes is the newest addition to MAC permanent line of mascara. It come it one shade only: False Black and cost $18. For those of you who know me, I’m a lash girl and will try just about anything. So here ya go.
From MAC: “False Lashes Mascara adds dramatic volume, the rich, creamy, volumizing formula magnifies and multiplies the look of each lash, creating dramatically thick, long, curled, exaggerated lashes. The lush brush applies a deluxe dose of heavy pigment to the lashes and works in combination with the product to create incredible volume, length and density. The pigments in the formula are treated to allow for maximum colour payoff that remains true, deep, uniform and wears all day long. It’s flake- and smudge-resistant, ophthamologist-tested and safe for contact-wearers.”
I tend to like smaller mascara wand and this one, in my opinion, is just the perfect size. With shorter and firm bristles I can get to the lash line easily. The brush gabs the lashes nicely enabling me to them coat them all evenly. I really like it.
With False Lashes
False Lashes excelled in delivering great length with a sweet lift to my lashes. The photo were taken without prior curling. My lashes didn’t clump despite the many layers applied in hope of achieving THE volume. The formula doesn’t dry instantly and allows for rearranging easily and I didn’t end up in spider land either.
The formula is very light and this is where I thought it failed. In no way form or shape did the mascara give me: dramatic volume, nor did it magnifies and multiplies the look of each lash dramatically thick, long, curled, exaggerated lashes. NO WAY!
This mascara may suit someone looking for length and a little lift. If you’re looking for volume as well I just don’t see it. There are better, less expensive alternative, Voluminous by L’oreal comse immediately to mind.
Studio Marie-Pierre rating: B-
Hope your day is filled with lots of hugs and kisses and chocolates. HAPPY VALENTINE’S day to all. Smooches! :heart:
I have to start by saying that I am beyond impressed with the two entries I’ve received so far for the “Live Gorgeously!” Contest Video Finals Round. Both Amy and Michelle have seriously outdone themselves!
The video submission round started on January 1st and will go until March 15 and the winner will be announced shortly thereafter. The final deadline was extended because I quickly realized how busy the first of the year is and how much effort goes into making these videos. I certainly don’t want to add any undo stress to these gorgeous girls while they’re wedding planning, so I made certain to give everyone plenty of time to complete the task.
Amy whipped her video together in no time, a playful riff on Key West’s official song “Margaritaville.” Her video “Gettin’ Hitched Gorgeously in Margaritaville” is so creative, funny, and her fun-loving character truly to shines.
A few weeks later Michelle had her video ready, a tender fairy tale of her love story with Keith. It’s such a sweet video and she truly expresses her love for her best friends, her bridesmaids, and especially her sister.
I am honored to be a part of your wedding day, ladies, and I’m truly humbled by your enthusiasm and creativity. Great job to both of you! Amy and Michelle have expressed to me that they’ve truly enjoyed making the videos. That makes me so happy. It’s like another little memento of your wedding.
I am anxiously awaiting the rest of the entries. There’s still plenty of time! :kissing: I can’t wait to see all the different ways that my gorgeous finalists express their love and creativity. Remember, all of my finalists have already won a free spray tan or free false eyelashes application and one lucky winner will be rewarded with free hair and makeup for her and her entire bridal party.
To vote for your favorite videos, visit our tab on Facebook.
Good luck girls and have a gorgeous day!
Good morning lovelies. I have been meaning to post these gorgeous images from Aubrey Joy Photography a while back and got completely side tracked! So here they are. :biggrin:
This awesome couple tied the knot at the Casa Marina in Key West. The bride, Dorothy was stunning and wanted to keep her look natural with a touch a drama on her eyes. The hair was left down with loose waves. The images speak for thewmselves. ENJOY!
Paige got the married at the Casa Marina in Key West on New Year’s Eve. This group was lively and a lot of fun!
I met Paige in her suite and got her ready for a wonderful evening of loving celebration. She had very beautiful hair and skin and a stunning headband as her hairpiece. She looks classically gorgeous a little like a princess. I love it!
A classic bun is always in style!
Loved being a part of your day Paige! Congratulations!!!
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue…”
It’s a saying that brides everywhere consider when putting together their wedding day wardrobe. What family heirloom will be given to you as your “something old?” What fabulous sparkly new item can you pick out for your “something new?” Perhaps your “something borrowed” represents an inside joke with your bridesmaids! And what about “something blue?”
The saying actually goes back to the late 1880s and “something blue” represents a sign of fidelity in your marriage union. What better way to represent this in 2012 than with a sparkly blue glitter tattoo with your hubby-to-be’s name scrawled on it?
A recent bride requested this very thing! And I said, of course! I just adore everything fun and creative with weddings! I used blue cosmetic grade body glitter and body glue and created a handmade stencil out of sticker paper. Such a sweet idea!
First, I applied the sticker on the skin and covered it with a light coat a body glue.
Second, I sprinkled a good amount of body glitter on the sticker then peeled it off carefully
She opted to place the tattoo near her hip, right above her bikini line as a hidden little surprise. I think it would be super sweet on your ankle or even your shoulder, too.
What’s your something blue?