Tuesday, November 10, 2015

10 Tips for a Perfectly Smooth Wedding Morning

I do "wedding mornings" pretty much EVERY weekend.  I also want to say that you can plan till your a BLUE in the face!  Things sometimes happen that are outside of your control.. so when that happens you gotta listen to Elsa and "Let it gooooooo"....  LOL  Here are a couple of tips: 

The top 10 in no particular order:

1. Have food available for the bridal party. I have seen and witnessed bridesmaids run off to find food, arrive late getting ready, or are just grumpy because they are hungry. If you’re all getting ready somewhere, buy a 24 pack of those big fluffy muffins from Costco. Or if it’s in the afternoon have a sandwich plate available. It’s a cheap easy solution to save a lot of hassle and stress when the bridal party might not have time in the schedule to find food especially if you have an early morning wedding. 

2. Plan enough time for everything. When I meet with my brides, I always tell them it’s better to have extra time and be able to chill with the bridal party than having to stress about getting to the wedding on time. Things almost always get delayed somehow. So it’s good to leave a little buffer in the schedule share the REAL TIME WITH NO ONE, WELL NO ONE OTHER THAN THE GROOM. 

3. Organize your Day of Attire.  Most Brides don't delegate and usually are in and out of my makeup chair doing things they could've avoided if they had just organized the details and delegated.  Place your dress, veil, crown, brooch, shoes, jewelry, garter, wedding invitation, rings and any other detail you want the photographer to capture all in one area. That way when the photographer arrives they can find and take pictures of those items. Have the MOH go with you to the florist when you go to approve the samples, that way she knows what to look for when they get delivered.

4. Bring comfortable shoes. Sometimes the high heels are my favorite part of the brides wedding outfit. But it’s a good idea to have some cute sandals or something else available in case you need to walk over some grass or sand to get to wherever you are doing your photos. It might also be nice for later on the dance floor.

5. Sleep the night before. I’ve been to a lot of weddings where the bride or groom only got 2 hours of sleep. It makes for a really long day. Seriously plan to be in bed 10 hours before you need to get up. Then if you get to bed later or can’t fall asleep you will still end up with near 8 hours.

6. Pack an essentials bag.  Fill it with tums, aspirin and cold medicine. You never know what your body is going to do the day of the wedding and it’s nice to have something available for quick relief. Also have multi sized safety pins, bobby pins, needle and thread, two sided tape and a tide to go pen.  I’ve seen or heard about problems with dresses on the day of the wedding. Be ready for any adjustments here and there as you go.

7. Put your payments and tips in envelopes and address them appropriately hand them to you Mom or Dad.  Usually Dad is the better option since the ladies are all getting ready in the morning. 

8. Email a schedule to everyone. It’s a good idea to send it the week before, then just forward the same email to everyone again the day before. I’ve also seen people print the schedule on business cards or little 3×5 cards and hand them out at the rehearsal dinner. It’s a simple way for everyone to keep it in their pocket or purse and not be calling the bride 20 times on the morning of the wedding asking when and where they should be.

9. Make sure someone is responsible for the clean-up. Make sure someone other than the bride or groom is in charge of making sure the hotel room where you got ready, or the dressing room at the church is cleaned and all the left over stuff is collected. Have the Bridesmaids bring totes to put all of their clothing in and label it with their names. 

10. Don’t stress. I put this last but it’s the most important. Things might go wrong, and delays might happen. But in the end you’re still getting married and it doesn’t really matter. Enjoy the day, laugh about the bloopers, give people lots of hugs, and smile.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Generation Beauty Recap and Haul

On Oct 3rd and Oct 4th I attended Generation Beauty  at Pier 92 and it was such a GREAT event!

When you arrive you hand in your ticket and you receive your badge and a map of the venue with the layout of where the booths are.  All around the edge of this map which in total is an 8 x 11 sheet of paper are little perforated boxes with the names of each vendor on them these little "tickets" are to be redeem for a service or a product at each booth.  There is so much stuff to do!

I arrived on Saturday at Noon and I think it was a pretty good time to arrive. The doors opened at 9:00 am for registration and I heard that there was a long line to enter the venue.  I breezed on in when I arrived at Noon.  Wear comfy shoes cause you will be in LINES at all the booths! On the line be sure to ask questions because some lines are to get a service done for example: Formula X was giving a free manicure they had two lines you had to wait in a longer line to get a manicure or you could go up to the counter and redeem your ticket for a mini nail polish. I also noticed that if you arrived too late you miss out on getting the redemption item, a couple of vendors didn't have anymore items to hand out.

Now expect to WAIT for the Bigger Vendors especially when their redemption is a FULL SIZE product!! Make Up Forever was color matching your skin and giving out a their Ultra HD Foundation (it retails for $43!)  the line was just ridiculously long and security kept closing the line due to the amount of people waiting.  I never got my foundation nor did I get the SOHO London Makeup Bags or the It Cosmetics items!  They were the BIG TICKET items.

Now for the fun part! Each day you get a Swag Bag no matter what!  This is amazing and so worth the ticket, so if you are worried about the cost of the ticket don't because you definitely get the price of that ticket back and if you are an @ipsy subscriber you are able to get the early bird ticket for only $50.00 that covers the entrance for both days.

Without further ado....Drum Roll Please!

Day 1
On the Left are the items that I redeemed my tickets for.

On the Right is what my Day 1 Swag Bag contained:

Day 2 

I made it with just enough time to walk in and grab my Swag Bag.  So upset that didn't make it to the rest of the booths but I chose to drive in and the Pulaski Parade shut down all access to go crosstown that day.

Here is what my Day 2 Swag Bag contained:

(*I purchased the Tanktop and the Tarte Blushes* Tarte had an amazing sale their blushes were $10.00 each they retail for $28.00.)

I will for sure go to Generation Beauty if they host it in NY again.  I went alone,  I don't recommend going alone but I made small talk and chatted up with some sweet girls on each line!  There were many SMART ladies who lured their husbands with them which was such a great idea since you'll get DOUBLE the PRODUCT!!   I may hit mine over the head with a club next year and drag him with me!  I was also able to see a friend that I had not seen in many years who is a Makeup Artist as well and was working the NYX Cosmetics Booth. Even though we have been in social media contact for a while now, it was nice to see her in person we shared a few laughs during her breaks on Saturday.   I was also able to met Nicole of Young Wild and Polished,  Desi Perkins, Patrick Starr, LusterLux. Loved this convention it was not about purchasing product at all it was interactive and fun!  It felt like it was a way to connect with like minded people and enjoy the products these vendors offer!  I spoke to women from all over NY, NJ, Florida etc. younger, older etc.  sharing stories chatting about girl stuff and best part was that everyone was happy and super friendly which is what the true essence of  BEAUTY is!

Thanks to Michelle Phan the founder of @ipsy for creating such a fun and empowering event!


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Keeping up with this blog!


I know I don't keep up with this blog as much as I should!  By the grace of god I am very happy to say that I have been hard at work Perfectly Making up beautiful women!!  I post all of my work on Instagram, my Facebook Business Page and on Twitter.. so be sure to follow me on there as well! 

I have been a lil bit of a shopaholic!  I have to splurge every once in a while on myself rather than spend on my kit (which I ALWAYS restock).   So last week I got a sample of this foundation cause of all the hype it was getting. I had to try it out for myself. I LOVE IT!! I have been using my Infallible Pro - Matte by Loreal and was loving it until I tried this!! This is not a matte but I dare say it is a slightly luminous but not full on dewy. It has medium to full coverage and when applied it is truly lightweight. Been wearing it since I got the sample! It definitely gives the skin a healthy glow. Now it's pretty pricey ($39) but a lil goes a looooonnng way. They have 12 shades and I believe they are coming out with 6 more shades for the cocoa skinned beauties! It is pretty long lasting have worn it for 10 hours and no touchups, the finish keeps you looking matte with a pinch of glow. If you want try it get a sample from Sephora! Trust me you are gonna love it! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Order With Me

If you like the products you can now order from me!

I signed up because I like their Time-Wise Matte Foundation.  I am not exclusive to MK, I like different products and name brands.  My business is my time and my application, I don't push products on my clients! 

With that said... If you like these products allow me to be your Mary Kay Dealer.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Last Weeks Perfectly Madeup Beauties!

My Beautiful Bride Farah!  She got married last week and her girls looked amazing in Magenta!!

We kept her natural and added Champagne Glitter to her lids!
I used Candy Coin Glitter from Eye Kandy Cosmetics!  Love their Glitter!

My other Stunning Bride Alison!

We went for a Classic Hollywood Look!

I used Miss Adoro's 24 Hour Gel Lipliner in Danger and topped it off
with LA Girl's Glazed Lipgloss in Pin-up.

This is Alison's Sister, Jen who is one of my October Brides!
Can't wait to see her all glammed up on her wedding day!

And here are Heymi and Adelia two gorgeous bridesmaids,  I Perfectly Madeup this weekend!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

More Bridal Trials and Beautiful Brides!

I am trying to keep this website up to date!  So here are this past weekends Perfectly Madeup Beauties!!

Morgan - Bridal Trial!  How pretty is she! 
Wedding Day Booked  she did her trial for her engagement party!

Jacqueline was glammed up for her friend Morgan's Engagement Party!
Love the bold lips on her! 

Bridal Trial for Samanatha! Wedding Day Booked! 

Bridal Trial for Yeidie! Wedding in 8 DAYS!

Makeup on this Gorgeous Girl on Easter Sunday

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Trials and More Trials = One Happy Makeup Artist!

Love this time of the year!  Weddings to me are a true reflection of love nothing like sharing your joy with all of your loved ones who are there to celebrate your happiness!

I am a big time CRY BABY!  I cry when my brides come out in their gowns, I cry when they post sweet messages on my pages, I cry when I get their pro-pictures, I cry when I find out months later they are mommies to be!  I share each and everyone of my bride's happiness!!  So without further ado here are some of my beauties this month!!