July 2015 archive

contouring 101

 

one makeup technique that I have to learn and master before the summer is out is contouring. For the most part applying makeup comes naturally, but for some reason, my inner drag queen skills will not reveal themselves when it comes to contouring. So, enough clown face, and an overly contoured forehead. I’m now seeking the help of well known NYC based makeup artist, Tedrick Lamar.

 

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• so what’s his key to success you wonder? •

first, understand the different types of contouring, and what works for you. day time vs. night time makeup application. also, understanding the product you should use depending on your skin type. And remember, it’s easier to add than subtract. so, start small.

 

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small contour brush & angled brush is needed

• how do I know what shades of foundation/concealer to use? •

use 2 shades of foundation. one a shade lighter, for highlighting, and the other for contouring, 3 -4 shades darker.

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contouring Kit… my new best friend.

• But really, is contouring even for me? •

anyone can contour. the key is knowing your face shape. everyone has different needs, and understanding  your needs will make the process easier. before you start, use your fingers to feel for the hollow areas of your face, don’t be shy, get to know your bone structure.

 

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Kevyn Aucoin: Making Faces Book

 

 

• what about the beauty blender, it’s my favorite makeup applying tool? •

I love the beauty blender, it’s the easiest and best tool to use. I can paint an entire face with just the beauty blender if I wanted to.

 

contouring for beginners can be a little stressful, but practice is always the key. after a contouring workshop with tedrick, I feel confident as well as educated. below are 3 tricks I learned:

• beauty blenders are a gift from God (my next project will be learning more about the founders)

• start with small amounts of makeup and work your way to heavier amounts

• get to know your face, and know what works best for you

• practice makes perfect

 

 

“I’z married now!” #fswedding

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francie & sandy– the beautiful brides

 

love is a beautiful thing. it’s a feeling that completely takes over my life. I love strong, and believe everyone has a soulmate, and will one day find their better half. So, in the name of LOVE, I joined Francie and Sandy in Dominican Republic to celebrate their union.

to keep it sweet & short… everything was amazing. the casa coloniel hotel was absolutely beautiful, with the most gracious employees, and delicious food. I just can’t get enough of this place.

what I loved most about this wedding weekend:

the all white attire for wedding guests

brugal

the pool

casa coloniel hotel staff

the guests who attended the wedding

 

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selfie stick fun before the wedding

 

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all white wedding… thanks club monaco!

 

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kattia & michael… paloma’s cool parents

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faye & frank… getting close!! (doesn’t frank look like a dominican ghost, from POWER?)

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addy & eric… the dance crew!

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francie & sandy… the newlyweds

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deb & alice… the turn up crew

 

dinner time:

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literally an ALL white wedding!

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dream catcher seating assignment

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turn up time:

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their 1st dance!

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dance party… Latin style!

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brugal shots

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the dance crew, dancing the night away

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late night bonfire

 

a funny story:

the day of the wedding, I had this hiccup in my flight arrangement. So instead of arriving to DR around 11am, I arrived at 4pm, 1 hour before the wedding. Needless to say I was running on fumes. cocktail after cocktail, shots of brugal, on top of dancing for hours in 85 degree weather had a sister bent. but, I wanted to take pictures of the wedding, and my phone was dying. so, I went to my hotel room to charge my phone for a little while. next thing I know, I wake up to my friends banging on the door because they thought I ran off with a Dominican Man… lmao, WTF? don’t they know bear would kill me.

for more images of francie and sandy’s wedidng, check out #fswedding

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casa coloniel

casa coloniel

 

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poolside at casa coloniel- dominican republic

 

I spent a few days in the dominican republic, to witness a beautiful union (stay tuned for TGC’s #fswedding post later this week).

All I wanted to do on my free time was get a tan, drink mamajuana, and eat everything in sight. which I did, but I also managed to work in some fun sight seeing.

A quick background story about my DR trip… I booked a flight to the wrong airport, Punta Cana. I should have been flying into Puerto Plata, which is 8 hours away by car. but, if you know me, you know sometimes my little brain is a trip. And I’ve learned things just work out, or you make them work out. so, after crying my little heart out, (I’m a crybaby) the Delta rebooking agent (HUGE HUGE HUGE shout out to Tracy at JFK airport) put me on a flight, first class to a closer airport, which was an hour and a half away. So, I made it.

but, if I didn’t make it, baby girl would have had a solo trip to Punta Cana!

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my MUST HAVE travel products.

• I never go anywhere without my L’Occitane shea buttter

• white nail polish for touch ups, sand destroys a fresh mani/pedi

• beauty blender, my MUST HAVE everyday essential… see why in next weeks contouring post! 

• tylenol… because I like to drink, but hate hangovers

• ORIBE dry spray

(just a few of my travel essentials)

 

travel attire

I made it, in my favorite travel attire

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2 great brooklyn restaurants

 

cooklyn.

minimalistic bar

 

hanging with the bff, we have the strangest way of making decisions. “Oh, I’ve never been to this restaurant, but the name is cool, let’s go.” And, that’s how we ended up at COOKLYN. Good thing the food and service was amazing. We normally frequent the same ol neighborhood restaurant, but I’m so happy we ventured out, especially since this was kind of a late birthday dinner for bae.

great wine, great food, and even better service… you must try this place. I don’t know if it matters to you, but I’m a weirdo, and I loved that the entire staff was good looking. I’ll be back to try the lobster mac and cheese, and the duck duck cous!

"I prefer red wine, from spain."

“I prefer red wine, from spain.”

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lamb bun with feta cream and pickled daikon

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