Thursday, December 20, 2012

2013 Color of the Year: Emerald Green

Pantone, the world's leading color authority, has announced that the official color for 2013 will be Emerald Green. I absolutely LOVE this color, I'm so excited! Here's more about what Pantone has to say:

"Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity."

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Products I Love: Foundation Edition Part 2

In the last Foundation Edition post, I hinted at this product:

I really love this Duo Mat Powder because it's really versatile. You can wear it like I do, over your base, or by itself. If you are looking for just a really natural, sheer coverage then this is it. All you have to do is put some concealer on any spots and under your eyes, then just dust some powder on a clean face using a powder brush. And there you have it! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Handmade Wedding

Now this is a handmade wedding, if I've ever seen one. Let me tell you a little bit about the couple (as much as I can remember anyways).

They originally met in Japan where both Ali and Ryans parents were working, at an English high school. They were in the same group of friends, but never dated. Eventually both families moved back to the States. One day Ali was out riding her bike, and almost got hit by a car! The guy gets out of the car, and who else would it be but her future husband whom she met years ago across the globe! They recognized each other and got to talking, one thing led to another and now I'm showing you their wedding photos! Crazy right? I thought that was the best "how'd you meet" story I've heard, and trust me I've heard a lot.

Look at their first dance! Such a fun, cute couple! They wanted their whole wedding to be just a fun party. Also, get this. Ali's bouquet is handmade from her mom's wedding dress!! Yes, you heard right. That means she cut up her mom's dress and died it to look like flowers. How creative can you get?!

Obviously when we met with Ali for her hair and makeup trial, she had a vision. A sort of sixties style, yet still modern. She showed us a few pictures, but still allowed us to come up with our own version of what we thought she was looking for, and she loved it! You can't really tell from the photos, but we put 2 full sets of lashes on her for a really strong dramatic eye.

Their escort cards were the little cheese and crackers that we all used to eat when we were kids. They just put stickers on them with everyone's name and table! And don't you love the ceremony programs?? Literally everything was handmade by Ali and Ryan and their friends. All the flowers you see, napkins, everything!!!

And this is probably one of my favorite ideas I've come across while working in the wedding industry. The RSVP cards!! SO FUN! They had ad lib cards that everyone sent back, hanging up so people could read them at the reception. I love that!

Hope you guys enjoyed this handmade wedding!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals and Steals!

I personally love going to the mall on Black Friday, with all the decorations, crowds of people, and Christmas music, it gets me into the Christmas spirit! Here are some deals that you all should be aware of, they make excellent gifts!

Bobbi Brown: offers Free Trio Sets + Free Complimentary Lip Gloss with Any Order.

Smashbox Cosmetics: offers 25% off on any order over $50 via code"FRIENDS2012" with free shipping.

Estee Lauder: Estée Lauder Michael Kors Set for $38.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase.

Bath and Body Works: Buy 3 Get 2 Free + 20% OFF Body Care, Candles, Wallflowers, Soaps, Gifts & much more via Code: BBWHOLIDAY (ends 12/24)

The Body Shop: 50% OFF Makeup, buy two get one free, 50% OFF Hand creams

Clinique: Saks Fifth Avenue offers Free deluxe 8-piece gift set ($110 value)with any $42 Clinique purchase with code CLINIQ4

Lancome: 3 samples (a $74 value) with order over $35,One Day Only! November 20th

Clarins: Bloomingdales offers Free 6-piece gifts with any 2 Clarins products

YSL Beauty: 20% Off Any Order with free shipping via code "PREVIEW12" (ends 11/22)

Giorgio Armani Beauty: 20% OFF entire site + free shipping on orders over $75 with code PREVIEW12 (ends 11/22)
Four samples with any foundation order with code FOUNDATION1
Four samples with any skin care order with code SKINCARE1 Free shipping with any holiday gifts purchase with code HOLIDAYSHIP (ends 12/12)

e.l.f. Cosmetics: offers 50% OFF Holiday Gifts on orders over $25 via code 50GIFTS with $6.95 shipping.

Happy Shopping!!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Products I love: Foundation Edition

So I will be sharing a few items that I cannot live without! And this is one of them! Everyone wants a flawless face right? Well this will certainly help you achieve that! First, let me tell you a little about my skin and its history. My skin tends to be more on the oilier side but still has its moments of dryness. I have ALWAYS been acne prone (ugh!). I've tried about most acne medications and was on Accutane twice! For those of you who are lucky enough to not know what Accutane is, it is one of the strongest acne medications out there. In fact it is so strong you are required to get monthly blood tests to make sure it does not mess with your system! It also causes SEVERE dryness! That's when I fell in love with my favorite chapstick, more on that in a later post. So anyways, now that I am 27 you would think that I am acne free, but I still have my moments of breakouts. However, most people are really fooled by my makeup products and techniques to think that my face is somewhat blemish free. However, if you were to see me without my makeup on, boy would you be shocked!

The foundation that I wear on a daily basis is the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation. It comes in about 25 different shades with different undertones to best match your skin tone. Now don't get me wrong, I love many foundations, but this is just one of my top picks as of now. I actually use this base on my clients when they opt out of the airbrush foundation.

Make Up For Ever is such a great line, I urge you to play around with all the products! It was founded in 1984 by artist and sculptor Dany Sanz. Always having an eye for color, she made a smooth transition from sculptor to makeup artist. Make Up For Ever really made it big with their HD Complexion line, because it gives a full coverage while still looking natural and not caky.

Here's why I love it:

  • It's oil-free!! And doesn't everyone look for an oil-free base?
  • 25 shades
  • medium to full coverage

Here's how I wear it:

I use this and stipple the base on until my whole face is completely covered and blended into my neck. Since I tend to get oily I dust some powder over to take away some of the shininess and also to give a little more coverage.

Stay tuned for some more tips and techniques on applying base! I will also share my morning routine with you soon!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bacara Resort Wedding

Here is another little gem of a wedding. Nancy and Gregg are from Manhattan, and both in the fashion/beauty industry. And boy did they represent the fashion industry well! Nancy wore a stunning Vera Wang gown with lace up Jimmy Choos, and Gregg had on a Tom Ford Suit. Both were such sweet, calm natured people. They decided to get married in front of all their friends and family from New York, on the beautiful beach at the Bacara Resort. However, the weather had different plans for them. There was a giant thunderstorm heading in! With the help of their wonderful wedding planner, Sonia Hopkins from XOXO Bride, they managed to completely switch up their plans with only hours before the ceremony. Of course this wasn't what Gregg and Nancy had envisioned for their destination wedding in California, but honestly you couldn't even tell they were bothered a bit! They were just loving the special day no matter what came their way. Nancy and all the bridesmaids were such a joy to work with, and did I mention they all had the coolest jobs ever!? Seriously, they all lived in NYC and owned or worked for some major fashion companies! I loved hearing all about it when doing their makeup. Enjoy some of the photos!

Photo Credit to Leo Patrone Photgraphy

Originally, when we had done Nancy's hair and makeup trial, she wanted her hair half pulled back in a loose waterfall braid, and her makeup a dark smokey Kardashian style eye. So when we got there on the day of she had a completely different vision for loose beach waves and a really natural fresh makeup look. Can I just say how glad I am that she switched it! Because this beachy fresh look totally complements the whole wedding! LOVE LOVE LOVE

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Heart stones

Welcome to the beautiful wedding of Allie and Matt. Everything about their wedding I absolutely LOVED. This lovely wedding was actually featured on Style Me Pretty! Allie and Matt's wedding just exuded their personalities and had a ton of meaningful personal touches! Allie's mom collected heart stones, rocks in the shape of a heart, and so in memory of her mom they scoured the beaches to find heart stones to use in the place of escort cards! AND the groom even hand carved everyone's names onto each stone. Such a beautiful detail with so much meaning.

Photo Credit to Hazelnut Photography

Don't you just love the wedding colors and scenery?! 

Allie was referred to us by a past Bliss Bride, Jen (she's the one on the far right in the bridesmaid photo). And Jen was referred to us by another Bliss Bride, Ashley. They have all been such a lovely, fun group to work with, we are so blessed by their loyal business to Bliss! 

Hope you enjoyed this wedding as much as we enjoyed doing it! :)

Monday, November 5, 2012


Hello!! So I've decided it was time to modernize and start up an actual blog! I've been playing around with the layout for about a week, my way of putting off the first post, but now here it is! I'm a little nervous about doing a blog, but it will be a fun way to show all the Bliss adventures, weddings, and hair and makeup tips! I can't wait for you guys to see what we've been up to all summer!

Here's a little preview of what's to come: