Thursday, September 22, 2011

Top Ten Favorite Beauty Products

I made a quick run to Target yesterday for some essentials... and walked out with 3 different beauty products. Needless to say, I'm a bit of a product junkie. It got me thinking about what I would do if I couldn't have all of the products in my make-up drawers (um, I have 3 of them) & my hair supply arsenal (it takes a lot to tame this frizz!). Here are my top ten:

1. Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Peach Satin
I'm not very good at applying blush & I have tried all different types to see if I can get a "natural" pink flush without ever really nailing it. After Sydney from The Daybook posted on How Does She about achieving a fresh-faced look & used this mousse blush, I decided to give it a try. Seriously, easiest blush to apply EVER. And it's cheap! Thanks Syd!

2. Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara
I've never been complimented more on my eyelashes than when I'm wearing this mascara. It really lengthens & defines without creating a spiderleg effect. The wand is easy to use for both top & bottom lashes. I wouldn't recommend the waterproof version though; it flakes & makes my eyes burn.

3. Urban Decay Naked Palette
This is one of the more expensive palettes I have ever purchased ($48) but it was worth every penny. All the colors work really well with my skin tone & when I'm traveling, I don't need to pack anything else. I have created both day & night time looks with this palette & there are tons of video tutorials on YouTube.

4. OPI Drip Dry

This is a miracle product. Seriously. I am the WORST at waiting for my nails to dry after a manicure (Serg said something about me being impatient? lol). And it is pretty upsetting to smudge your pretty, fresh manicure 10 minutes after paying for it. My friend Sally gave me my first bottle of OPI Drip Dry & I have never ruined a mani since. All you have to do is wait about a minute, drop the solution on your nails, & you are good to go. I have even stuck my hand in my purse to grab my phone & nothing happened to my polish. Amaze-balls.

5. Dermalogica C-12 Concentrate
A while back I was having some trouble with my skin & had a lot of dark spots on my chin. My dermatologist had suggested using Aveeno's Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer to even out my skin tone but it just wasn't cutting it. I had seen a blurb on Dermalogica's skin brightening product in Brides magazine & asked my amazing friend Catherine who does their PR. Within a couple of weeks my skin looked brighter and the spots were non-existent. Btw, all their other products are fantastic as well, check them out: Dermalogica

6. Philosophy On a Clear Day Spot Treatment
I never knew how sensitive my skin is until I hit an awful phase of adult on-set acne. My dermatologist had me try all different concoctions of creams & washes, only to have my skin get super dry & peel off & I stained a ton of towels & pillowcases (apparently benzyol peroxide does this). I read somewhere that people with really sensitive skin can use sulfur-based products without irritation. They were right. I apply a dot of this on my occasional blemish & it shrinks it within 2 days. Yippee!

7. Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray
Spending over 30 minutes on straightening my curly hair every 2 days is NO fun. The fact that this spray can stretch that to 3 days makes my life easier & me happier. Win-win.

8. John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo & Conditioner
I use a lot of heat on my hair so this product is a savior. Tames frizz, adds volume, & repairs damage. And there are always coupons for it in the circular, lol.

9. Aussie Instant Freeze Hairspray
This is Snookie's hairspray of choice. 'Nuff said.

10. Water
Besides the obvious uses like washing make-up off my face & hairspray out of my hair, nothing makes my skin look better than staying hydrated. I have made it a point this last month to ONLY drink water (ok, & the occasional cup of coffee if I'm up before 7) and my skin has really cleared. This stuff is genius ;)

What are your favorite beauty products?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

This might be my favorite project: Day Of Hoodies

As cheesy as it may be, my love for sparkles and rhinestones has only increased with age. When I told my mother I was going to bedazzle a zip-up for the day of the wedding, she looked at me like I was crazy & asked, "Why?!" Well, I don't want to have to pull anything over my head after I get my hair & makeup done in the morning & I doubt going to the salon in my robe is a very good idea. And why the heck not, I'm the bride & I plan to be only once so I want a sparkly hoodie!

I searched online for my options and I wasn't too impressed with the ones I could buy premade. Then I stumbled across this little tutorial: DIY Bridal Hoodie How To. Looked easy enough.

After 3 hours of sitting in front of the TV & a couple of hand cramps, here are the final products:

Front of my zip-up.

Back of my zip-up (I'm kind of obsessed. It REALLY sparkles, lol)

My sister's MOH zip-up.

I bought the zip-ups at Old Navy for $10 each and the Mylar paper & Hotfix rhinestones from EBay. I spent about $28 total for both zip-ups. Although it took a while to get it going, once I got the hang of putting the rhinestones on the Mylar paper, it was very easy. I really love the end result and I'm sure I'll wear it again on our 10 hour flight to Hawaii for our honeymoon :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Unity Candles

This morning while we laid in bed, I turned to Serg and whispered, "We'll be married in 3 weeks! What do we do after?" and he laughed at me, lol. It's all bittersweet; knowing that I won't have to worry about getting things done makes me relieved but I'm sure I'll miss planning the little details.

Anyway, here are our unity candles:

And our memorial candle:
I bought the pillar candles at IKEA and printed the writing on vellum paper. I attached the vellum & ribbon to the candle with my Scotch Advanced Tape Gun (loveeee itttt!). The glass pieces holding the candles up were purchased at AC Moore. I'm not sure if I like the bow on the holder for the memorial candle yet... what do you think?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sneak Peek: Our table numbers

From adorable to awkward... our table numbers will feature a picture of us at that age.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Flip Flop Basket

Well, we are very quickly approaching our October 1st wedding so my wedding DIY projects are coming to an end. I have crossed off most of the items on my list and I will try to find some time between final details & traveling for work to post them on the blog.

For now, here are my flipflop baskets:
I bought the navy flipflops at Old Navy for a $1.50 a pair & wrapped them in some orange ribbon. I cut 2 inch circles out on my Cricut & matted some 1.5 inch Avery labels on them. Done and done.