Get the Look: Easy, Breezy, Bronzed- Summer Beauty Tutorial
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Summer is on it’s way!  We can’t wait for iced coffee, sun dresses and pretty summer makeup!  Today, I’m sharing one of my all time favorite looks for summer.  It’s easy, breezy and…….. BRONZED!  We all love to look a […]

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Eternal Love Photo Shoot with Michelle Gardella & Everthine
February 13, 2013

Put together on a bit of a whim, this shoot was inspired by the great romantic poem, Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18.  Working with this team was completely magical.  We all came together on a cold January morning with this concept in mind: ‘Eternal Love’.  And, even though we were all exhausted by the passing of the holiday humdrum, we shared a passion for this idea and the results speak for themselves.  I hope you’ll enjoy all of the beauty.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Credits:
Makeup:  Jennie Fresa
Hair: Emily Reale
Location & Fashion: Everthine Bridal Boutique
Photography: Michelle Gardella Photography
A special thanks to our models:  Victoria and Abby! 
 

 

I ❤ Hearts
February 11, 2013

Hey Beauties!  This is my heartfelt gift guide for Valentine’s Day, or any day, really!  Enjoy!  XO!

Ban.do heart iPhone case
Heart me sweater (jcrew)
Dove dark chocolate hearts
Ban.do heart tote
Marc Jacobs heart paperweight
Ban.do Cross my heart Bobbi pin
Vivienne Westwood lady dragon shoes
Fuchsia Quilted heart bag- forever 21

Our Favorite: Cream Blushes
February 8, 2013

Brrrr, it’s cold outside!

Cream blushes are the perfect product to help any girl achieve a natural, flirty flush just in time for Valentines Day! With a brush or even your fingertips, apply the cream to the apples of your cheeks for an effortless pinky flush to a natural rosy glow. Here are some of our favorites! Have you tried any of these or would you like to share any of your faves, do tell!!

1.      Stilla Petunia (Available at Jennie Fresa!)

2.     MAC So Sweet, So Easy

3.     NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural

4.     NARS Cactus Flower

5.     Sonia Kashuk Cream Blush in Blossom

Xo,
J

Black and White Photo Shoot for Well Wed Magazine
February 7, 2013

When Candice from Jubliee Events first presented the idea of a feminine meets masculine photo shoot, my beauty wheels immediately began turning.  I was thrilled to challenge myself and think outside of the box for beauty. Most of our shoots require soft and romantic looks using pretty pinks and peaches, so this was a real change of pace.  And, I knew exactly who to call when is was time to put together my beauty dream team.  I immediately reached out to my Lead Artist, Maureen and shared the idea.  I knew this concept would be right up her ally!  Without any hesitation, she was on board! Knowing that my friend Terry Coon is an expert at structured hair styling, I reached out to her next.  She too, jumped on board.  When you’re working with pro’s like Maureen and Terry, it’s easy and fun to watch the creative process unfold.  I shared our inspiration board and simply let them do their magic!

For my look, I wanted to experiment with eye liner.  I took the opportunity to create contrast, using black and white liner on the top of the eye.  I selected lashes that were long and spiky for the top lashes and used mascara to meticulously separate the bottom lashes, one at a time.  My intention was to keep the skin very matte with lots of definition.  I used a taupe colored eye shadow to create the highly contoured cheekbones and a pale beige cream lipstick to finish the look.
Here’s what Maureen had to say about the look she created,

“This shoot was so fun to work on because rather than the standard ‘make her look her prettiest’ direction, the vision for this shoot was to achieve an androgynous beauty.  Pretty, with a masculine twist.  I played up my model’s already strong brows and sculpted her cheek bones.  Then I balanced the strong structure with tons of soft, fluffy lashes.”

The looks Terry masterfully created for hair were amazing.  The straight, sleek styles were both the perfect compliment to the makeup Maureen and I created.

We always love collaborating with our fellow, inWhite members!  This was truly a blast!  If you want to read more on the fashion behind this shoot, check out the White Dress by the Shore’s blog.  And, you must absolutely head over to Carla’s blog and hear her take on shooting this incredible project.

This entire shoot is currently featured in the newest edition of Well Wed magazine.  Be sure to go out and grab a copy!
XO,
J

10 Best: Red Lipsticks
February 6, 2013

I always get asked, “what is the most flattering red lip color for my skin tone?”  With Valentine’s day right around the corner, so many ladies are looking for that perfect pout!  So, ladies, today I would like to share my tried and true, all-time best, red lip shades for every skin tone.  
 
There are 3 categories you should be aware of: 1.) Warm, orange-red 2.) Cool, blue-pink red 3.) Neutral red.  Depending on your skin tone (fair, olive, darker), certain reds will look better than others.  To make it easier for you, I’m going to list my favorites by skin tone.  Ps.  Makeup Artists, take note–these are must-haves for your kit.  Ok, here we go!Olive skin or yellow undertones should try Orange-reds.
1.) MAC Lady Danger
2.) Giorgio Armani #401
3.) Chanel Rouge Allure, Incandescente 97
 
Fair-Medium Skin with pink undertones should try Blue-pink reds
4.) Maybelline Non-stop Red
5.) Stila All Day Fiery {found here at out beauty boutique!}
6.) Lancome Rubis Exquis #182
 
Pale/Fair Skin should try these neutral reds
7.) Mac Ruby Woo
8.) Maybelline Fatal Red 530
 
Darker Skin should try these neutral reds
9.) Chanel Lover
10.) MAC Russian Red

Do you have a favorite red that I should add to my list?  

Xo,
J

Product Spotlight: Dr. Alkaitis Treatment Oil
February 4, 2013

Stimulate circulation, help boost skin’s elasticity and protect against environmental damage with the Dr. Alkaitis Treatment Oil. This oil is also a multi-purpose oil for face, body and scalp.
Beauty tip:  Combat dry, winter skin by adding a few drops of Treatment Oil to your night cream. Use as needed.

Find the complete Dr. Akaitis skincare line at our beauty boutique!

Ps.  Thinking about a rub down for that special someone this Valentine’s Day?  This also makes a great massage oil.  Men love the non-perfumey smell. 😉

XO,
J

Fall in Love with a Special Offer from In White
February 1, 2013

5 Tips for Hiring your Wedding Day Makeup Artist
January 30, 2013

1.) Research– read reviews and google the name of the company to see what people are saying about them.  In my opinion, a word of mouth referral is the best kind.  Don’t be afraid to ask friends and other wedding vendors who they suggest.  They will only refer people who they were happy with.
 
2.) Check out websites and portfolio’s– makeup artists will often display their work with past brides, feature accolades and recent press on their websites.  If their style is in par with yours and you found raving reviews about them, contact them for a consultation.  Most reputable companies will book anywhere from 6 to 8 months in advance, so don’t delay.  
 
3.)  Set up a phone consultation first– we send all of our bridal inquires a proposal of our services and we ALWAYS follow up with a phone call.  Speaking with someone directly will help to clarify any questions.  Plus, you get a feel for the level of professionalism and personality before making any commitments.  By this point, you’ll most likely know if you found “the one.”  You can either secure the date and schedule a trial later or set up a trial first and then sign a contract.
 
4.)  Do NOT skip a Trial.  Whether you decide to do a trial before or after securing your date, is completely up to you.  This is your chance to meet your Artist face to face and work together in designing a custom makeup look that you are happy and confident with.  {Make sure your Artist is documenting the look, so it can be duplicated on the day of your wedding!}.
 
5.)  Contracts are good.  I wouldn’t suggest working with a vendor who doesn’t offer a contract.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  You want to look for details such as, how long your Artist will be on-location.  Most companies will charge extra for touch-up time, so if this something you are interested in, be sure it is clearly stated on the contract.
 
I hope this was helpful for all of you brides-to-be out there.  Let me know if you have a specific question I can answer for you!  I’m happy to share my two cents!!
 
XO,
J

5 Tips for Hiring your Wedding Day Makeup Artist
January 30, 2013

1.) Research– read reviews and google the name of the company to see what people are saying about them.  In my opinion, a word of mouth referral is the best kind.  Don’t be afraid to ask friends and other wedding vendors who they suggest.  They will only refer people who they were happy with.
 
2.) Check out websites and portfolio’s– makeup artists will often display their work with past brides, feature accolades and recent press on their websites.  If their style is in par with yours and you found raving reviews about them, contact them for a consultation.  Most reputable companies will book anywhere from 6 to 8 months in advance, so don’t delay.  
 
3.)  Set up a phone consultation first– we send all of our bridal inquires a proposal of our services and we ALWAYS follow up with a phone call.  Speaking with someone directly will help to clarify any questions.  Plus, you get a feel for the level of professionalism and personality before making any commitments.  By this point, you’ll most likely know if you found “the one.”  You can either secure the date and schedule a trial later or set up a trial first and then sign a contract.
 
4.)  Do NOT skip a Trial.  Whether you decide to do a trial before or after securing your date, is completely up to you.  This is your chance to meet your Artist face to face and work together in designing a custom makeup look that you are happy and confident with.  {Make sure your Artist is documenting the look, so it can be duplicated on the day of your wedding!}.
 
5.)  Contracts are good.  I wouldn’t suggest working with a vendor who doesn’t offer a contract.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  You want to look for details such as, how long your Artist will be on-location.  Most companies will charge extra for touch-up time, so if this something you are interested in, be sure it is clearly stated on the contract.
 
I hope this was helpful for all of you brides-to-be out there.  Let me know if you have a specific question I can answer for you!  I’m happy to share my two cents!!
 
XO,
J