Saturday, February 27, 2010

Some Quick Make-Up Tips

Okay - if you are in a hurry and have no time whatsoever to put any make-up on, here are a few tips for you to put it on quickly and still look fab! *Remember that God has given women a beauty that is unique and absolutely gorgeous ~ so put some make-up on to accentuate it and enhance it, even if you have only minutes to spare!

1. First, you want to apply a layer of foundation all over your face, including on and around your eyes (evening out your skin tone & hiding any redness). I recommend "True Match" by Loreal. It's not too light and not too heavy but it covers really well and gives you amazing results. I also highly recommend MAC and Artistry.

2. Second, put some powder one: using either loose powder or a compact. This will set your foundation and give you a matte finish.

3. Next, take your blush brush and put a light layer of blush on the apples of your cheeks in a circular motion upwards in a straight line to the top of your ears (quickly bringing out a glow & your cheek bones). *You can add a layer of highlighter (anything some-what shimmery) to the top of your cheeks bones and up around to the side of your eyebrow.

4. Next we want to bring out your eyes. Take any eyeshadow color that you would like to use, brown, black, blue, etc and smudge the color into your bottom lash line - however light or dark you would like. You can do this to the top layer as well - maybe even doing just the corners to give you that sexy pin-up look quickly. You can blend the color gently by using the tip of your finger.

5. Apply mascara to the top lashes to make your eyes pop!

6. And lastly - put on some lip gloss to bring out your lips! Making them "oh so" kissable.

Voila! You spent about 4-5 minutes and you will look fabulous and ready for the day!


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Jennifer Brotchie Photography

One of the photographers that took part in the Jasmine Star's Workshop created the most special tribute to Matt and I using her pictures from that shoot. I befriended her on Facebook and she is such a special and sweet lady! I'm so blessed to have met her and to have her as a new friend. Jennifer emailed me wanting me to give her a couple of songs that remind me of my love with Matt. I emailed her about 7 songs - I love music, I couldn't help it and she wanted options so... :) She put together this A*M*A*Z*I*N*G slide show to one of my favorites songs that remind me so much of when Matt and I began dating. Jennifer's pictures are some of my favorites from that photo shoot - her lighting and exposures are exquisite! She then emailed me wanting to know our love story and how we met. It is now posted for the whole world to read! It is so wonderful and so neat that Matt and I have a whole post to our love - in both story and pictures. Thank you Jennifer so very much! For everything! For the print that you are going to send us our way! For the beautiful pictures! And for the special on our love!! We appreciate you so very much!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pictures from Jasmine Star’s Workshop

Again, I can't even explain how much FUN it was yesterday! Jasmine has this audacious personality and you can't help but just love her to pieces. As we were modeling for all of the photographers as Jasmine was giving them direction and teaching them, she gave Matt and I direction as to how she wanted us to model. She helped me learn, place, "smeyes" (Tyra…lol) and just to relax and have fun! Thank you Jasmine for a wonderful experience, a chance to work with you, and to learn from you! Absolutely a beautiful experience!

If you look at Jasmine's work on her blog and on her website - she is so extremely talented and takes the most beautiful pictures! We are so very blessed to have her camera pointed at us for just a little while!! Hopefully we will have the opportunity again. :)

Some of the photographers that had a seat in yesterday's workshop! I found their blogs and saw their amazingness. Seriously….they were so much fun! I loved how we laughed, worked it, and saw their awesome personalities! I am so excited for them and I wish them the best in this industry! With those wonderful smiles and personalities – it should be pretty far! Thank you everyone for such a wonderful experience!!!! Below is just a few of the blogs that I found with some of their pics. I can't wait to see the other wonderful shots that they took!

One of my favorite pictures of Matt and I from yesterday!!!



Jasmine Star's Photography Workshop 2.16.10

Hi Friends & Family!

I'm so excited to tell you about a wonderful experience that Matt and I had yesterday! We were asked to be a couple model for a FANTASTIC international wedding photographer based in Orange County - Jasmine Star. She hosts these photography workshops (all around the world I might add) - where she teaches you (the photographer) everything about the business, how to work with your bridal parties, using natural lighting instead of equipment, etc. She's PHENOMENAL! Jasmine has the best personality - you feel like you are best friends and have been since childhood. So.....Matt and I were all dolled up and posed for about 25 cameras. It felt like the paparazzi! It was very intimidating at first - so not used to that - but it definitely became so much fun! All of the photographers there that took a seat in her workshop were SO NICE and I hope that we will see each other some day! I feel like I made some wonderful friends yesterday. :)

I was all dolled up- make-up and hair: by All Made Up Team -Vivian Tran. Oh my goodness are they TALENTED! It was so nice to be the one getting all treated and not the other way around. So fun to be a girl! :) I can't wait until Jasmine posts her blog about yesterday (I will share a link as soon as it's posted) so you can see my Audrey Hepburn inspired look. So epic!

I wore a FABULOUS hand-made, exquisite, couture wedding dress designed and made by Joan Shum. She was so interesting and I'm so thankful that I was able to talk to her and get to know her and wear her amazing work! The dress made me feel so spectacular and super glamorous.

I also was able to wear these gorgeous jewelry pieces that are designed and handmade by Naoki. I felt so special and so beautiful being able to wear her pieces. She is so creative and super nice! I'm very blessed to have met her!

And lastly, I got to hold the most beautiful bouquet (sitting right in front of me as I type this - intoxicating me with it's beautiful aromas) made by the talented Kristin Brancaleone, owner of The Treasured Petal. The flowers were seriously amazing and so unique that it was absolutely stunning. She is super talented! And I just love her to pieces!!!

If any of you out there that are photographers, I would highly suggest that you try to attend one of these workshops. I can't imagine how much you can learn from Jasmine and the possibilities that come from it! It would definitely be worth it.

I hope your day is filled with smiles & wonderful blessings!