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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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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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Long time no Blog

8 Jun

Hello Beauty Babes, 

Its been a while since we have blogged. We have had a busy and exciting year! Pacific Artistry added new members to the team as well as promoted Senior Artist Kat Green to an Account Executive position. This new position allows us to better serve our clients ensuring the best in customer satisfaction!

We are quickly approaching wedding season and have wonderful tips and product reviews coming your way! Each designed to keep you flawless, beautiful, and ready for your big day!

We are proud to announce we won the 2014 Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award. Our hard work and commitment to each client has paid off and we thank each of you who voted and shared your most special day with us! 

Stay tuned for more to come! :0) 

xoxoxo

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!

 

 

Beauty in Poulsbo!

30 Jul

I had the opportunity to work with a beautiful bride who showed me that laughter and love are all you need in life!! Marie was so funny and fun to be around that she hardly made me feel as though I was working. Her smile truly brings light to all things!

For her hair we went with very lose tousled waves to pair with her elegant natural makeup to let her bright blues shine through paired nicely with her Claire Pettibone “Chrysanthemum” dress . The combination of hair and makeup was beautifully juxtaposed with the beautiful 18 acre Farm Kitchen in Poulsbo, WA. This wedding was magic!

Photography by: Yvonne Wong Photography

Hair and makeup by: Shanelle La Crista for Pacific Artistry

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Halloween Tips and Tricks

25 Oct

Hello all, it has been quite a while since I have written, wedding season seemed to envelope all my time! As Halloween quickly approaches I tend to get a lot of requests for makeup tips and tricks for both scary and sexy looks and looks for both male and female. With so many trends and options there are a plethera of products and ideas one can use to create ultimate Halloween look!

Smudge Pots

Stila Smudge Pot in Black this little baby is perfect for creating the sexy lined eyes for sultry looks like a cat, nurse, and more. It can be used for a simple line or smudged for a sexy smokey look. The other great benefit about this smooth and intense black is it can be used all around the eye to create deep circles for those scary zombie looks. The pot can be used with a small liner brush to create lines and draw shapes to create masqueraide masks and more. You can use with or without a primer, because it is waterproof and lasts all day! $20  Sephora.

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Nars Velvet Matt Lip Liner in Siren RedThis liner is one of my favorite products, super creamy and vibrant. Fill in lips and pair with our without a lip gloss. This color and product is perfect for creating a 1960’s red lip, vampire lips, and more. Because of the size and shape it can also be used to draw directly on the face to give the appearance of blood. Whether you want to be a sexy siren or a the walking dead, this product performs. $24 Sephora

NYX Loose Pigments – Loose pigments are a fun alternative to traditional pressed eyeshadow. With loose pigments you have the ability to create much more intense coloring and blending and can even mix and match to create your own shade. These are great for glittery and shiny looks to add vibrancy and color to your eyes! NYX are affordable and offer a variety of colors and shades. They can be found online and at some Nordstrom and Ulta stores $2.99 – $8.99. You can also find them on Amazon.com.

Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder

Too Faced Matte Bronzer Chocolate Soleil – This has to be one of my all time favorite bronzing products. The bronzer has a matte finish making it great for not just adding color but for intense contouring. The best part is it smells like chocolate!! This is a must have in both my professional and personal kits! Use it to add ghostly shadows under your eyes or to give yourself that sun-kissed look. $29 at Sephora.

All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter– If your planning on more than trick or treating for Halloween, lets say an all-night frightful dance-fest, then your best defense against dripping makeup is a makeup setting spray. Urban decay made life much easier for me when creating this product. Use after your makeup is complete to set all your makeup. The All Nighter spray helps to set makeup by lowering the control of makeup to ensure its longevitiy. It helps prevent against loss of color and will prevent your makeup from melting off. And don’t worry about working up a sweat, the product creats a seal making it waterproof, so you can dance clear into the witching hour! $11- $29 Sephora and Urbandecay.com.

I can’t wait to see all the fun Halloween looks, post a comment with any product questions, or additional tips for creating specific looks!

Runway Trends

3 Mar


Spring is on the Horizon: Get the Look

Bold, Sassy, Classy, and Fresh, what will your Spring look say about you?

With springtime approaching we are seeing hot new trends in fashion, hair and makeup. Christian Dior featured colorful eyeshadow, Gucci featured bright bold lips, and D & G opted for fresh and natural. Pastels and “Easter” colors are out the door this season; spring is promising to be bright and colorful. Before you run to Sephora to stock up, check out the looks from fashions top designers for inspiration.

Colorful Christian Dior

The runways were ripe with modern interpretations on old favorites. Christian Dior took the pinup look to new heights. It was sexy, fun, bold, and not to be missed. The makeup was clean and bright with fresh skin, and the hair was fun and sophisticated. Models sported cropped bangs and soft waves, while others wore cute sailor hats. The ready to wear collection has color, fun, and intrigue, a must for any fashionistas closet.  

Christian Dior Backstage (Photo courtesy Elle.com)


Christian Dior RTW runway (Photo courtesy Elle.com)


Christian Dior RTW runway (Photo courtesy Elle.com)


Christian Dior RTW runway (Photo courtesy Elle.com)

Sleek and Sexy Gucci

Every girl loves Gucci and they came through once again for Spring. The beautiful fabrics, colors, and textures married well with the bright lips and fresh skin. Gucci artists paired bright red lips with a soft smoky gold and browns and light bronzer while the hair was sleek and polished. The look is sophisticated, sleek, and sexy everything a Gucci girl embodies.


Gucci Backstage (photo courtesy of Elle.com)


Gucci RTW Runway (photo courtesy of Elle.com)

Fresh Faced D&G

D&G spring collection is flirty floral fun. The patterns and fabrics are easy to wear, luxurious, and sexy. The line is feminine, girly, yet sophisticated. D&G complimented the line with fresh faced models bringing out the youth in the collection. The skin was beautiful, natural, and easy for a girl on the go. The makeup featured simple shimmery shadow with neutral semi-matte lips. The foundation was light and featured very little blush. The makeup paired with the sleek hint of body hair. Makes me think of ultra chic bomehemian. The collection was one of my favorites this season because it speaks to the girly girl in us all.


D&G RTW Runway (Photo courtesy of Elle.com)


D&G RTW Runway (Photo courtesy of Elle.com)


D&G RTW Runway (Photo courtesy of Elle.com)

These looks are all versatile, fun, and will take your look to the next level. With the right products and tools you can have a look straight off the runway and ready for spring. Contact us today or post a question to our Facebook page and we will be happy to give you all the tips and tricks to get the look!