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Quick Wedding Nails

19 Jun

Ok, as promised I am here to share how to get your nails looking fabulous on a budget for your wedding.

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Kiss Everlasting French Manicure

Weddings are very costly ranging from $10k upwards of $300k so with all of the expenses in mind, saving a few dollars here and there can really help. One great way to save money is on your nails. Many gals opt for a day at the nail shop getting a french manicure for the big day. Well if you are on a budget or don’t have a nail shop close to you. At home nail kits are a great alternative.

I recently was sent the Kiss Nails Everlasting french manicure and I have to say I was genuinely surprised at how beautiful they looked. I was skeptical at first, seeing as how press on nails have been around for decades and have not been that great. I thought the packaging was a little generic, so I did not have very high hopes about the outcome.

To my astonishment, they were easy to apply and came with two options, the press on option or the glue on method. I chose the glue on method. This was very easy to use and dried quick. The whole manicure took about 10 minutes if that.

So my skepticism has been changed!! I was very happy to find out that there are a variety of options making it super simple to change up your nail look quickly and easily. Especially for those who are not gifted in the nail polish department. I suffer from nail on cuticle syndrome for some reason, i just can’t get it perfect!! These help immensely with that!

The Kiss Nails retail at walmart.com for $4.97-$5.97 (depending on style) which is a huge savings compared to acrylic or gel nails that cost $30 -$60 depending on your location.

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Kiss Everlasting French Manicure at walmart.com

Now don’t get me wrong, or think I’m an acrylic basher! Acrylics while beautiful do offer one thing that many brides don’t consider. They are semi-permanent, so if you only planned on wearing acrylics for your wedding, your nails will be a literal hot mess taking them off after the fact. Or if you plan to keep them you can count on a $30-$40 a month expense in upkeep. If you can afford it and have time, then go for it, I love acrylics and think they are great!

But if you are on a budget and trying to save money and time, the Kiss Nails are a great alternative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time… xoxoxo

 

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“I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”

Influenster Spring VoxBox

18 Jun
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Influenster.com Spring VoxBox

 

 

Hello Dolls!

Many of you have asked and wondered about Influenster.com. This is a great site that gives consumers to sound off on products. It is your opportunity to review and talk about the products you love or don’t love. If you qualify, you may be sent the coveted VoxBox! Each quarter they have one they send to lucky consumers for free. Once you receive the VB you simply try the products out and give your honest feedback. This go round I got the Spring VoxBox.

The spring voxbox came equipped with some really great items including, Playtex Sport Tampons, Softlips lip balm, Kiss nails in Everlasting French, a peach scented car freshener, Rimmel Mascara, and Nivea hydrating lotion.

I have to say I was happy with each one of the products. My nails and lip balm were my two favorites. The nails are a quick way to make your hands look stunning (review to come). Overall the voxbox had great products and I am happy with all they sent.

If you want the option to receive the voxbox, simply go to http://www.influenster.com to sign up. Its free to join. I hope this provided a little more info on how Influesnter works and what you can expect from voxboxes.

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Tarte Beauty Giveaway

10 Jun

For all our beautiful brides don’t miss the opportunity to win the Tarte Cosmetics Bridal giveway!! Tarte partnered with theknot.com to  offer this awesome beauty giveaway. One grand prize winner will receive a mother of pearl plated compact from the 1950’s (something old) a $500 gifct card to Saks Fifth Avenue , a set of bridal magazines and bridal books from The Knot, and a set of tarte products(something new) , and 2 tarte makeup artists to do your makeup and the makeup of 5 members of your bridal party  plus a makeup trial run on your wedding day! (something borrowed).

This is an epic bridal day giveaway that I wanted to share with all of you!! Don’t miss your chance, the deadline is 6/15/2014. Good luck!!

tarte beauty giveaway

http://tartecosmetics.com/page/bridal-giveaway-2014

New Year New Storage!

16 Jan

If you are like me then you probably have hoards of makeup at home and are looking for ways to store them. Many of us don’t always use the makeup we have simply because we forget about it, can’t find it, or it is hidden in a drawer somewhere. One of the best ways to start the New Year is by doing a makeup cleansing and reorganizing.

Organizing can sound daunting to some, but it actually can be quite cathartic. According to  , (2011) organizing can be great for stress management. Now we all made resolutions in the New Year, some chose losing weight, others chose to quit vices. One easy and affordable way to improve your stress management and beauty life is through makeup organization!

Step 1. Finding the Right Storage!

Finding the right storage can be a lot of fun. First figure out what type of space you are working with. Do you do your makeup in your room, in the bathroom, or a closet? Figure out your space and then assess what will fit into that area. Depending on your space and budget there are items that will help get your makeup inline.

Here are some easy makeup storage solutions: 

Acrylic trays: These are great for counter top storage. These work for powders, lipsticks, or even disposables such as cotton balls, q-tips, sponges. etc.  These are inexpensive and easy to find at stores such as Target and Wal-Mart.

$8.99 Target

Makeup/vanity storage - $9 at Target!

Toolboxes and craft boxes are another excellent way of storing your makeup. You can find these for $19.96 at Home Depot store or even at craftstores like Michaels. These are a great way to store makeup because it can be cataloged  labeled and you can see through so you know what you have available.

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Stackable drawers are another great way of storing makeup. These can also be found at Wal-Mart and Target and range in price depending on the size you get.  The only challenge with these is they can begin to become a dumping ground of various products. So if you do opt for drawers like the ones below add organizing inserts and label each drawer so you keep things neat!

Affordable Makeup Storage Drawers

Office storage products are excellent ways of storing makeup! They are affordable and easily accessible. Today’s office storage solutions are also a lot more fashionable then in years past so you have the option of customizing units to fit your style and decor.

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Do it yourself! For those of you who are crafty you can create your own makeup storage solutions. Such as makeup boards or brush storage like the ones featured below.

How to Make it

Makeup Magnet Wall ... Love this one! Would be great for organizing / viewing all of the mineral makeup.  Also helpful if a bathroom or vanity areas has little counter space or storage cupboards.  Everywhere has walls.  :)

#DIY #Makeup/brush storage

Acrylic Drawers are a fantastic way to store your makeup. Many people first saw these on Keeping up with the Kardashians. These drawers look beautiful on counters and are excellent for easily locating your product. If your budget can afford them they retail from $150-$300.00 depending on the size of each unit.

makeup organizer - Only $15 !

Step 2. The Purge!

This is the scary and often frustrating part of organizing. gather all your makeup together on a large table and organize each piece into different piles. Put products into groups of like items (shadows together, liners together, etc.). Now that you have them grouped, take a long hard look at each item and ask yourself  “do I use this? Will I use this?”

If you answered no to either question, then toss it! We tend to hang on to things for too long!! If you have had it for more than 2 years and its barely been touched, chances are you will never use it! Pair down to items you will use and can use on a daily basis or, special occasions, or fun nights out. If anything is  broken and something you will use, you can always put into a new container.

Parting with product can be tough, but trust me it will be worth it!

Step 3. The Cleanse!

Now that you have paired down to products that you love and will use take a moment to clean them off. Too often we leave makeup in drawers, bags etc., and they can tend to get grimy from powders etc. Use makeup wipes on the outsides of packaging and around the rims to help clean off excess makeup etc. So it will bring them back to what once was.

Step 3. Put it Together!

My dream makeup station

This is the fun part! Think of it as getting a new purse! We all love taking our stuff out and adding it to a brand new purse. Now that you have everything grouped and have your organizers take time to organize on your desk in an efficient way remembering to keep ‘like’ items together. I like to also keep items based on the order of how i do my makeup and organizing from Left to right. I am the type who likes things easily accessible, within close reach, and visible. Here is a great way of taking advantage of counter top storage as well as drawers and inserts. However you decide to place and organize make sure its functional, practical, and looks good! Having your makeup organized in a beautiful way will encourage more use.

No matter what, have fun and make it a project with a friend or roommate. Get creative and get inspired.

Post pics to our Facebook on how you chose to organize your makeup!

 

 

Wedding Wire Rated 2012!

28 Jun

Pacific Artistry is WeddingWire Rated 2012

// Kirkland, WA – June 28, 2012 – WeddingWire is excited to announce that Pacific Artistry is WeddingWire Rated in 2012 for Beauty & Health. WeddingWire Rated is the annual ratings program that recognizes wedding professionals across the country for their commitment to service and is the most recognized and trusted brand among engaged couples, as they start their search for local wedding businesses. The ratings program is based on hundreds of thousands of recent newlywed reviews of over 200,000 wedding professionals in the US and Canada, across 20 different service categories.

Pacific Artistry has 19 reviews on WeddingWire. Reviews by our newlywed clients include detailed ratings and insightful descriptions about their experiences working with our business and staff. Our reviews provide transparency for potential clients, assisting them in making informed decisions for their big day.

“We are very pleased to announce WeddingWire Rated 2012, recognizing Pacific Artistry for their commitment to exemplary service in Beauty & Health,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire, Inc. “Pacific Artistry has shown dedication to their craft and service, helping engaged couples understand what to expect from their business through reviews on the nation’s leading wedding review site.”

As the largest site for wedding reviews, WeddingWire empowers engaged couples with the most comprehensive and trusted review system available in the wedding industry. WeddingWire Rated provides Pacific Artistry with the distinction of being WeddingWire Rated and a simple platform to capture client feedback from their wedding planning experience. Engaged couples can easily access all of the reviews for Pacific Artistry on WeddingWire.com. We have all of our newlywed clients to thank for our WeddingWire Rated 2012 recognition.

For more information, please visit Pacific Artistry on WeddingWire at http://www.weddingwire.com/vendor/VendorViewStoreFront%3fvid%3dab6511fca8adf9cc. For more information on WeddingWire Rated 2012, please visit http://www.WeddingWire.com.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire, the nation’s leading marketplace serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 local wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire is the only all-in-one marketing platform for businesses online and on-the-go. WeddingWire offers one simple solution to build a professional network, improve search visibility, manage social media and reach mobile consumers. Businesses that advertise with WeddingWire appear on WeddingWire.com, ProjectWedding.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com, Brides.com and Weddingbee.com.

Eyelash Extensions-What to expect and where to go!

12 Apr

What are Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash extensions are the latest craze in beauty trends and are not be confused with strip lashes. Eyelash extensions are individually fused to each lash providing more volume and length. They are semi-permanent lasting up to three weeks, and blend seamlessly with your own lashes; so no one is the wiser! The extensions are made from either synthetic, silk, or genuine mink. Once they are applied they provide the look of mascara so there is no need to apply! However a water -based mascara will add even more drama.  Eyelash extensions are perfect for those who lack in lashes or for those looking for more drama, or to brighten their eyes. You can add length and volume to your natural lashes. These are a perfect option for brides who love the look of false lashes. This way you can have the look on the wedding day and during the honeymoon!

Who can Apply Them?

Eyelash extensions should only be applied by a licensed esthetician certified in lash extensions. Be wary of those salons adding on lash extensions as  a secondary service. There is a lot of technical skill required for lash extensions, so if someone is not properly trained they can damage your lashes and eyes. Here is a before and after photo of girl who had bad eyelash extensions and what they look like after they were fixed.

BAD EYELASH EXTENSIONS

This person had really bad eyelash extensions put on and went to Blink Eyelash Bar to have them repaired.

CORRECTED-EYELASH EXTENSIONS-This women came to Blink Lash bar after she had bad eyelash extensions applied at another salon.

Looking for Luscious Lashes?

Look no further than Blink Eyelash Bar!

 

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Brittany Wilson the owner of Blink Eyelash Bar in Capital Hill. I know you may be wondering a bar for eyelashes? Well it is just that, Blink is the first full service eyelash extension bar in Seattle. They specialize in eyelash extensions and Blink is the only Salon in Seattle to offer eyelash dips (as seen on the Today Show). Blink is located across from Roy Street Coffee in the Loveless building. Upon walking in you are greeted by the cutest smiling faces and posh decor. I know there are salons around the sound offering eyelash extensions, however none come close to the service, professionalism, and quality you will receive at Blink.

The Process

Your eyelash technician will take you into a private treatment room for your consultation and service. Based on your eye shape and consultation the technician will customize a look specifically for your eye shape and face.

After the specialist designs your eyelash template you lie down on a soft table with a heated blanket.  The technician will begin by cleaning your eyelids to ensure no makeup is on the lids (it is best to show up with no eye-makeup, including mascara). Once clean they will begin the application process, individually fusing one lash at a time. The entire process takes a  couple of hours and it is so relaxing that I fell asleep! 

The Difference

At Blink extensions are applied to each individual lash, not every other lash or every third lash, but every lash. This creates a more natural and full look.
I have to say when I first heard about eyelash extensions, I was skeptical, I thought why not just use strip lashes? Well after having a full set put on, I can understand why. The extensions look amazing! They last for three weeks and I don’t even have to wear mascara when I have them on. I just go in for a fill every few weeks to maintain them and that’s it!

Blink owners were kind enough to offer Pacific Artistry clients and customers an amazing 20% off of a full set of lashes!

So when you make your appointment make sure you let them know we sent you!

To book an appointment call 206-324-Lash (5274) or visit  http://www.blinklashbarseattle.com/

Check out my before and after photo as well as a few others!

Shooting with Song

7 Jan

I was privileged to work with an extremely talented designer Song Oh from New York design house SOH. Song specializes in high end designer knitwear. SOH designs are made from luxury fabrics including cashmere, silk, and fine cotton and linen blends. What sets SOH apart is the philosophy they stand by “We strive for harmonious balance with nature and our daily surroundings….we can always make time to smell the roses, to reflect on our inner growth within a quiet moment.” Song’s personality embodies this very philosophy. He is my favorite designer to work with, articulating his vision with sincerity and truly believing in what his designs inspire. Song is funny, warm, caring, and we became friends on this shoot!

Song’s eye for understated and easy elegance is one to be admired. The 2011 Spring/Summer collection inspired by nature features bright whites contrasted beautifully by muted grays, rich blues, and deep greens. The flow and attention to detail in each design is pristine conceptual yet simple. The collection is luxury made simple and a privilege to wear.

 To view Song’s entire collection or find a store visit http://soh-ny.com/#/slideshow-SS2011

For this shoot we went with a look that is casual and easy. 

On her: Tousled locks and natural makeup to compliment a walk on the beach or a stroll through the market.

On him: Messy waves to work with windy day highlighting his piercing browns.