Wedding Makeup – Trial by Myself

So, I tried to recreate a Pinterest board wedding makeup.  Here is the inspiration.

From Lulu’s Blog

I used my new Smashbox palette + Kat Von D’s liquid eyeliner.


I definitely needed a darker brown shadow for the crease, and I don’t love a cat eye.  On my next self-trial, I’m going to try a regular liner with an overall darker crease.  I’m also going to Nair my upper lip because I had to crop it out of the above picture.  HA



Makeup Monday: Smashbox Palette Deal

I’ve been shopping around for a good smokey eye palette for the wedding. I have most of the stuff I need, but I needed a quality black/dark shadow for the crease. I also wanted a good light, shimmery pink for the lid. Yes, I’d considered the wide variety of Naked palettes, but there are too many to choose from AND they’re all expensive (buh bye $54…see ya never).  Many other palettes I’ve looked at have either all shimmery colors or all matte.  That seemed to be the biggest selling point of Urban Decay’s Naked one – it has a good mix of both.

Well, my friends, while strolling through Nordstrom Rack I found the Smashbox Double Exposure palette for ONLY $24!!!  It has the dark, matte shadow I need with a variety of light, base choices ranging from champagne to rose to mauve.  All with so much less fall out than my Too Faced palettes and more pigment than my Sephora brand shadows.

I was pumped.  So far, for wedding makeup stuff, I’ve purchased a full new set of Royal and Langnickel brushes for only $20 from Marshall’s and now a palette with a brush and 14 shadows for only $24.  The real cherry on the top was finding the Smashbox Full Exposure (very similar, but not meeting my needs as well) at Macy’s for FIFTY TWO DOLLARS.

Dontcha just love a bargain?

Wedding Wednesday – Makeup!!

Hi everyone! So, I had my hair and makeup trial. … And, I decided to do my own makeup. I feel really bad because the make up artist didn’t do a bad job, but frankly, she seemed incapable of replicating a cut crease smokey eye. From what I’ve heard from my married friends, their makeup artists were guilty of doing too much on them; while mine was way too subtle. I like a lot of makeup and my face can handle a lot of makeup.  Here are some of the inspiration pictures:

Love a smokey eye and natural lip:  : Grey Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial:

Here is what the make up artist gave me, after prompting her to add a darker crease:

I also wasn’t super jazzed with the airbrush foundation.  Sure, my skin looked flawless.  But, it also looked yellow-er than normal and dewy.  And it came off really easily.  I like matte, ivory foundation with pink undertones.  She was definitely really good at covering up blemishes (which is something I need to work on!), but the overall effect was too heavy foundation with innocent Pollyanna eyes.

This all led to me deciding that I’ll be most comfortable saving my money for buying better makeup and doing it myself that day.  I’m still super nervous about that decision, but I’ve been practicing!

Here are my attempts so far!

A more subtle look

my first attempt at a dramatic cut crease

I want to make an actual list of all the products I’m going to use and where I’ll use them.  Then, that day, I’ll basically just have to follow a diagram.

Halfway Through 2016

Instead of doing a Fitness Roundup, I’m going to write about the first half the year.  My ONE RESOLUTION this year is to “get in shape.”  Thus far, I do think I’m making progress.  The scale hasn’t moved really at all, but I’m running more, working out more, and eating less.

I stopped wearing my fit bit, and have recently decided to stop weighing myself.  But, in doing less, I’m doing more!  The trend line for my net calories is headed in the right direction.

Calorie Chart


I’ve also been running more, and working out consistently:


I have 3 months until the wedding, so I’m trying to remain consistent and also step up my efforts in certain areas – namely, more targeted workouts.  I plan to complete this 3 week arm challenge 3 times before October 1.After following this 21-day arm plan, not only will your arms look toned — you'll also be stronger.:

I’ll also incorporate these 8 moves to banish back fat once a week.

And do this Wedding Dress Workout once a week.


I am in the process of making a crazy clipboard task list (like those ones when you were kids that you got to put gold stars on) to encourage myself to do things like floss my teeth and drink water.  I’ll save that for a Wedding Wednesday post!