Bridal Beauty Guide: My Makeup Favorites

Hiring a professional makeup artist can easily set you back hundreds of dollars. Instead, try taking a cue from the gorgeous Kate Middleton and do your own makeup! As a bit of a makeup junkie, I’ve spent years searching for the best makeup products that are reliable and kind to your skin. Here are my all-time favorite makeup beauty products to guide you if you are opting to do you own makeup. Best of all, these products will last long after the wedding to keep you looking your best.

All-Over Makeup Palette

The Sephora Collection Smoky Studio 2 Palette ($25) is a relatively inexpensive choice with plenty of options. It has 16 eye shades and 15 lip shades. It will allow you to try lots of options before deciding on your wedding look to see what looks best. I find the colors to be nicely pigmented, and the glitter shades aren’t too gritty. I’ve been really happy with mine!

Bridal Beauty Guide: My Makeup Favorites

Face

I’ve gone into some of these products in my Skin Care Routine post, but they are staples in my makeup collection that will make your skin look stunning. They are on the pricey side, but I’ve never had luck with drugstore products working with my. I feel like if you are going to have something sitting on your face all day, it needs to work well and help keep your skin healthy.

These colors work with my skin tone (fair with yellow undertones), but you will need to find the perfect shade for you. I start with the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 ($52 for 1 oz, $18 for .33 oz). It makes my pores nonexistent and my skin feel balanced (not oily, not dry). Then I use Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude ($43). Finally, I love Make Up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 117 Marble ($42).

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Eyes and Brows

My favorite everyday eye palette is the very popular Stila In The Light Palette with Smudgestick Waterproof Eyeliner ($39). It is extremely versatile and does everything from natural eyes to smokey eyes really well. If you want a dramatic smokey eye, check out the Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in 20 Regard Perle ($59). I’ve used this one up because I love all of the colors in the palette.

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For mascara, bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara in Rich Black ($18) is amazing for a natural look. Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Black ($27) gives amazing length. If you are looking for the perfect waterproof mascara, my all-time favorite mascara is Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Waterproof Mascara in Black ($30). Don’t be afraid of the medieval torture device-like brush. It’s amazing and really gets the job done. Finally, for brows, I love the Sephora Collection Retractable Brow Pencil in Honey Blonde ($12).

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Lips

For lip moisturizers, basic Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Formula is super cheap, does a great job, and looks nice and glossy. I’ve been using the EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry ($3.29) day and night for several weeks, and I’m really liking it. It last a long time and smells and tastes amazing. Finally, I use Sephora Collection Color Reveal Lip Balm in Unique Pink ($12) when I was a little bit of color on my lips. It changes color depending on your individual skin! Mine comes out a nice mid-pink color.

Sephora Collection Glossy Gloss in 18 Rusted Rose ($10) is a nice, non-sticky gloss. Lancome L’Absolu Rough in Crushed Rose ($30) is a beautiful, flattering shade of reddish pink that looks great on many skin tones. Finally, my all-time favorite colored gloss is the Dior Addict Lip Glos in 363 Dormeuse ($30). The color lasts a really long time, which you’ll appreciate on your wedding day when you don’t have to constantly reapply it!

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Blush

Blush is an important part of your bridal makeup look because it will help you not look washed-out in photographs. I don’t always wear blush, but I do have two favorites, both by Clinique. They both apply easily, have beautiful pigmentation, and don’t wear off throughout the day. I love Clinique Blushing Blush Powder in Smoldering Plum ($21) and Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blush in Pink Blush ($21).

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Finally, I’d like to include my favorite brush set. The Sephora Collection Face and Eye Travel Tool Kit ($32) comes with four eye brushes and an awesome blush brush, all in a folding case. I’ve had mine for years, and it’s still in excellent condition. If you take care of the brushes and clean them when they need it with something gentle like Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, they will last forever.

Bridal Beauty Guide: My Makeup Favorites

I hope this helps guide you if you are choosing to do you own makeup. For the cost of a makeup artist and a little bit of practice, you can buy the same makeup your makeup artist would use, some great brushes, and look gorgeous on your weddng day. The best part is that you will get to keep the makeup after the wedding so you can keep looking your very best!

Out of Town Bags: Contents

Once you have picked out the perfect welcome bag, it’s time to fill it up with things that will make your guests’ stay more comfortable. When coming up with the items you’d like to include, just put yourself in the position of your guests. What items would make your stay easier, more comfortable, and more fun?

Please keep in mind that this list is just meant as inspiration. You are by no means obligated to include all of this in your welcome bags. In fact, you don’t even need to have welcome bags at all! My hope is that this list will give you some ideas for your welcome bags should you choose to have them.

Suggested Items:

A welcome note- This is the most important item on this list. Your bags should include a note that welcomes your guests into town and expresses your gratitude for joining you on your happy day! I like these four from Etsy.
Water bottles- Hotel water bottles can be really pricey, so your guests will love having water waiting for them when they arrive. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to use customized water bottle labels!
Snacks- It’s always a good idea to include a couple of things for your guests to snack on in between wedding events. To make it more personal, try including items that show off the city you are getting married in. For example, salt water taffy is perfect if you are getting married in New Jersey, or Moon Pies if your wedding is in Tennessee. You can also feature food from cities that are significant to you as a couple along with a note explaining why.
A map of the area and local attractions- Your guests will more than likely have a little bit of down time around your wedding events. A map of the area, including your wedding location(s) and locations/descriptions of local attractions will make your guests’ stay easier and more fun. This one is my favorite right now.

A schedule of the weekend’s events and contact information- Sure, your guests received the invitation, but a complete itinerary of the events of the weekend will be much appreciated anyways! Also, be sure to include contact information if your guests have any questions. This person does NOT need to be you, and probably should not be you, because you will be too busy to answer phone calls. Ask a close friend or family member to be the point person for out-of-town guests.

Other ideas:

A cute “Do Not Disturb” sign- This sign can let hotel room service know to keep out while letting the world know that your guests are there for your big day! Etsy has so many cute options!
Alcohol- You can include mini bottles of wine, beer, or liquor if you want to get the party started early!
Mints
Hand wipes or Purrell
A postcard of the area
Travel packs of pain relievers and medicine such as Tylenol, Advil, Pepto, etc.- This might come in handy the morning after your wedding!
Chapstick
Tissues
A bag of popcorn
Mini cereal boxes
Mini sunscreen/lotion/shampoo/conditioner
Anything else specific to your event- For example, if you are having an outdoor rustic wedding, consider including bug spray!

Given Away, Given Away, Given Away Now

Weddings are full of crazy traditions. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of aspects of weddings that now seem antiquated and downright illogical that I somehow still allow myself to subscribe to (see: veils, the white dress, and bridal parties). But today I’d like to talk about a more controversial topic: “giving away” the bride.

Western weddings traditionally feature the father walking the bride down the aisle, followed by the following exchange:
Officiant: “Who gives this woman to be married to this man?”

Father: “I do.”

Now, we have fortunately progressed beyond the literal transfer of the woman from man to man in exchange for a dowry. We have subscribed to a more progressive alternative response of, “Her mother and I do.” We even accept brothers, close friends, or mentors to walk her down the aisle if the father is no longer alive, is absent from her life, or if he didn’t fill the role of the most important man in her life. While this default remains the norm, women are increasingly choosing alternative escorts or even forgoing an escort altogether and they take one of the most significant walks of their lives.

Marriage today doesn’t necessarily mean a departure from your family of birth. You can remain a part of your birth family while creating a new family with your partner on your wedding day. You don’t have to have the patriarch of your family send you off into your new life. You can present yourself as an independent unit.

My personal belief is that every woman deserves the respect of not being treated as property, either in symbol or in practice.  There are many alternatives to the practice of being “given away” that symbolize the significance of your birth family and the new baby family you are creating without implying that you are being given to one man by another.

Of course, it is 100% your decision whether your father, mother, second cousin, best friend, third grade teacher, or no one at all gives you away at your wedding. You might decide to follow tradition because it gives you a sentimental link to weddings past, or you might decide that you want to want to meet your future husband at the aisle simultaneously as two independent units joining together as one. It’s your call.

I urge your to reflect on yourself, your partner, and your partnership to decide how you want to come together in a way that is meaningful and affirming for both of you.

Now, we have fortunately progressed beyond the literal transfer of the woman from man to man in exchange for a dowry. We have subscribed to a more progressive alternative response of, “Her mother and I do.” We even accept brothers, close friends, or mentors to walk her down the aisle if the father is no longer alive, is absent from her life, or if he didn’t fill the role of the most important man in her life. While this default remains the norm, women are increasingly choosing alternative escorts or even forgoing an escort altogether and they take one of the most significant walks of their lives.

The World’s Easiest DIY Bunting Tutorial

This bunting is so easy, you can make enough to decorate an entire room in a couple hours. We made this bunting for Mollie’s glow-in-the-dark neon party, and you can see in this picture how it was really a centerpiece of the decor. The bunting truly transformed this room into a party space. The best part? The whole project cost less than $20!The World's Easiest DIY Bunting Tutorial

Supplies for up to 170 yards of bunting:
1 ream of paper (we used neon pink from Staples)
Scissors or rotary cutter
1 ball of yarn (we used cheap white yarn from Michael’s)
Tape (we used Scotch Pop-UP back-of-the-hand dispenser)
Ruler
Pencil

Steps:
1. Decide how long you want your bunting to be and how many triangles you need to cut out. We made about 100 yards to fill up three rooms, and had plenty left. We cut out three triangles from each sheet and spaced them about 3-5 inches apart, so we cut out about 450 triangles. That's about 140 sheets of paper!
2. Trace the triangles on your paper by marking the halfway point on one side and 2.75 inches in on the other side. Draw connecting lines. This will make three equal-sized triangles on the paper.The World's Easiest DIY Bunting Tutorial The World's Easiest DIY Bunting Tutorial
3. Cut out the triangles using the scissors or rotary cutter. You can do multiple sheets at a time. Trace the template on the top page of each stack you cut out all of the triangles will be the same.The World's Easiest DIY Bunting Tutorial

4. Starting about a foot from the end of the yarn, simply tape the triangles to the yarn every 3-5 inches. Stack finished bunting in a box or bag for safe keeping so it doesn’t tangle. The World's Easiest DIY Bunting Tutorial The World's Easiest DIY Bunting Tutorial


Photography by: Boninger Works

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Real Wedding: Grace & Dan

This couple is just too darn cute for words. The bride beamed all day long, and the look on the groom’s face said it all. The wedding was a celebration of two very different cultures- the groom is French and the bride is Chinese. Language differences didn’t stop this from being one of the most beautiful and joyous events we’ve ever seen.Real Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & Dan Real Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & Dan Real Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & Dan Real Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & Dan Real Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & Dan Real Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & DanReal Wedding: Grace & Dan


Photography: Boninger Works  |  Ceremony and Recepton Venue: Shanghai Red’s in Marina Del Rey, California  |  Wedding Dress: Galina Signature via David’s Bridal  |  Blue Gown: BCBG

Ladies Who Brunch

I recently hosted a brunch at home, complete with mimosas and a build-your-own waffle bar. This waffle bar was so simple to execute. I ordered waffles and potato egg scrambles from a local breakfast restaurant and arranged for pickup an hour before the event. I popped them into the oven at a low temperature to keep them warm until guests arrived. I made some simple rainbow fruit skewers, baked some bacon, and ordered fresh tarts to be delivered for dessert.

All of the toppings were arranged on the china my grandmother gave me for Christmas last year. For toppings we had: syrup, butter, Nutella, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, peanut butter, strawberries, bananas, granola, and nuts.

Finally, I arranged two bouquets of baby’s breath in clear glass vases and the teacups from my china set. The high and low arrangements made beautiful centerpieces and the baby’s breath looked soft and fresh. Perfect for brunch!Ladies Who BrunchLadies Who BrunchLadies Who Brunch


Photography by: Boninger Works