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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 + The Gloss Guide

Beautiful Gowns Inspire Beautiful Makeup

I'm thrilled to be teaming up with, the wedding binder that lives in a cloud. Think Pinterest for weddings with amazing wedding planning features. I have designed 3 makeup looks for 3 incredible wedding dresses. These 3 dresses are all so different and beautiful in their own ways. I had so much fun delving back into the world of weddings! Here is my hair and makeup inspiration for these gorgeous gowns. 

For the first look I took inspiration from one of my best friend's wedding look. This dress is so different and just plain stunning. I wanted to keep my look classic, yet bold. I think the dress makes such a statement there is no need for over the top makeup. Her blue eyes popped and her raspberry lip was classic, but still gave a little color. I think the red lip in the runway look is really beautiful, but I don't think it's practical for a real bride. I'm just not a fan of a red lip on your wedding day. It could be perfect- or it could be a complete disaster. I like that her hair is pulled up to show off the beautiful top. 

Eyes: nudes with a pop of plum and lashes that are super emphasized at the corners
Lips: raspberry 
Face: lightly bronzed with a rose cheek color

For the second look, I took inspiration from my own wedding. I came across this dress and thought it had similar details to my own dress. This dress is just flawless. I think the hair and makeup I wore on my big day would compliment this dress so well. 

Eyes: bronze, gold, and browns with corner lashes. 
Lips: pink/coral 
Skin: full coverage foundation with rose cheeks
For details of all the makeup I used in this pic click here.

For the third dress I wanted to go with an ethereal, whimsical look. This dress is beyond gorgeous. All of the exquisite details and the cap sleeve make this a dream dress. For this look I love the hair in a messy, lived in side braid. The makeup is bronze, pink, and oh so innocent.

Eyes: orange and pink bronze colors are used, brows are full 
Lips: baby doll pink with a hint of plum
Face: flawless airbrush look with pale pink blush

Hope you enjoyed these fun bridal looks! Be sure to visit to help create your dream wedding.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Updated Skincare Routine

Oily/Combo/Acne/Anti-Aging- Down to a Science!


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I like to update my skincare routine on the blog every now and then as it changes. For the most part it stays the same, but I have switched a few things since my last post. I'm super happy with this routine, and for the first time in years my skin is consistently clear and happy! 
Here is my exact routine:


Step 1: Wash face with Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Targeting Daily Cleanser (It feels like you're washing your face with a luxurious mask that slightly foams - my skin has never felt so clean)

Step 2: Tone with Mario Bedescu Special Cucumber Lotion on a cotton round (this is antibacterial and calming)


Step 3: One day apply a small amount of Proactiv Plus Pore Targeting Treatment all over face. (Seriously - a little goes a long way so just do a couple small pumps. This does not irritate or dry out my skin whatsoever. I have never had any luck with Proactiv in the past - but their new Plus line is amazing - very gentle and I NEVER breakout anymore. I'm beyond thankful to have found this!)

Step 3: The other day I apply a few drops of Skinceuticals Phloretin CF all over my face and neck. I even put it under my eyes. (This stuff is like liquid gold - seriously it costs $185. The great thing is that once it's absorbed it stays on your skin for 72 hours. This is why I don't use it every day. Sometimes I go 2 days without using it. There is no need to use it every day! This is my anti aging weapon - it's basically a super concentrated antioxidant with anti-cancer, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.) Read more here!

Step 4: Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 (My absolute favorite day time moisturizer - never white or chalky) 


Step 1: Wash with Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Targeting Daily Cleanser

Step 2: Tone with Mario Bedescu Special Cucumber Lotion on a cotton round.

Step 3: Apply a pea size amount of Obagi360 Retinol 0.5 (I personally do this every other night and on the off night just use a moisturizer. It really seems to be helping with fine lines, dark spots, and large pores. It NEVER irritates my skin, never causes redness, & works great in conjunction with the Proactiv) 

Step 4. Moisturize with Murad Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator. (I'm so in love with this moisturizer - I will use it forever and ever! It's so light and absorbs so quickly - yet it's super moisturizing. I also use this alone under my makeup if i'm going out for the night. If I'm doing full blown makeup I skip all the other serums and what not and just opt for this moisturizer only) 

Step 5: Apply Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado all over eyes (I am doing a full post on this because it is INSANE - I am so in love. It is so rich and moisturizing, the texture is perfection, and it is gentle enough to apply all around eyes and lids)

Thanks for reading! I know it's a lot of steps, but this regimen truly works. XOXO

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Babo Botanicals

I don't do a ton of posts on baby products, but this is one my baby and I both use. I keep this by my bathtub for if we ever take baths together. I don't want any of my chemical laden hair products/body wash to touch his skin! 

I love the way it smells (a light berry scent), it does a great job cleaning and conditioning my hair (Sulfate free), and it is great for baby too! It doesn't ever bother his eyes and his hair always smells yummy! 

Really quickly - the main reason I love this product: Babo Botanicals is a small, natural hair and skin care company. The products are all organic and botanically based. They are all made on a small farm in New York. I love that they have products for every age (newborn to adult). Look how cute this little farm is!

Babo Botanicals is currently sold in both baby and natural food stores nationwide like Whole Foods, Buy Buy Baby, and 

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