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.

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!

Braids are Taking Brides by Storm!

12 Jun

For quite a while, braids have been on an upward trend. Braids have taken over the red carpet and runways, and now braids are taking the bridal hairstyle by storm! Modern brides are trading in their traditional formal do for less traditional braided styles.

Styles range from subtly romantic to elegant sheek and everything in between. We have seen fishtail braids, waterfall braids, French braids, headband braids, around-the-world braids, braided updo’s, messy braids, and more! Braids are fresh and youthful and these styles are a fun way to be out with the old and in with the new!

I have noticed more of my clients requesting braids be incorporated into their style. I have to say, I am loving it! Braids are a great way to add fun to any style and bring a little bit of youth! Braided hairstyles can be dressed up or down and add a punch of fun to any look. Most are easy to create, and some can be done with wet or dry hair. Styles can be worn bohemian, messy, and formal. There are so many to choose from.

Check out some of these popular styles below, I even included some how-to’s from YouTube for you to practice with!

photos courtesy of:

http://your-hairstyles.com/groovy-braided-hair-styles.html

http://www.brides.com/wedding-dresses-style/wedding-hair/gallery/hairstyles/editors-pick/detail/2000000000244509

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!

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!

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.

Product Recommendations

18 Dec

Whether you’re new to makeup or a seasoned makeup connoisseur these are products that every woman or makeup artist should have in her bag! We have selected some of the top in their category! Do you have a favorite product recommendation? Share it with is!

Primer

Primer is one of those magical products that can enhance and protect your foundation and look. Primer help for foundation to go on smoothly, reduce shine, and depending upon the product nourish skin. Our top pick for primer is Smashbox Photo Finish. This silky smooth primer helps to create a smooth base for foundation and greatly reduces shine. This product is perfect for a wedding day and for gals with oily skin and it is a definite must have for makeup artists, it is my favorite kit product! Here are our top three!
 
•Smashbox Photo Finish $36
•Makeup Forever HD $32
•mark. Primed for Perfection $10.00

Foundation

Awe foundation, one of my most favorite products. It can turn an uneven skin toned, blotchy face into a beautiful, even-toned masterpiece! I have recently fallen in love with the Anew Age Transforming Makeup from Avon. This foundation is smooth and flawless providing ample coverage, long wear, no rub-off, and best of all it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing pancake batter on your face! Try out these other top foundations!
 
 
•Anew Age Transforming Makeup $16
•Chanel Mat Lumiere $54
•Diorskin Nude $46
•Diorskin Forever $46
•MAKEUP FOREVER HD $40

Conceler

Concealer is one of those magical things that helps to hide the partying you may have done the night before. Have dark circles or a monster zit? These products are sure to help! Our pick is the Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer. This baby is soft smooth and covers nicely! Two of our other favorites come from Dior! the Diorskin Nude concealer hydrates and covers like magic, while the Skinflash Radiance Booster is great for highlighting and reflecting light!
 
•Diorskin Nude $28
•Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster $33
•Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer $25

Pressed/Loose Powder

Oh Chanel Double Perfection Pressed Powder, how I love thee! This powder is unbeatable! Pair this lightweight silky powder makeup with the Anew Age Transforming Foundation and your face will look like a million bucks! Don’t believe me? check out the proof below!
•Chanel Double Perfection Pressed Powder $50
•Diorskin Pressed Powder $46
•Ideal Shade Pressed powder (Avon) $9
•Diorskin Nude loose powder $46
•MAKEUP FOREVER Duo Mat $32
 

Mascara

Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in black is still one of the best mascaras I have ever used. It is a staple product in my kit, and definitely worth the money! This mascara doesn’t flake, clump, and stays on all day; it’s a wedding day must have! These others are also fantastic formulas and for the price they can’t be beat! Im totally hooked on the mark. Scanda-Lash and keep it handy in my makeup bag.

 
 
 
•Diorshow WP Black $24
•Covergirl Lash Blast $8
•mark. Scanda-Lash $6
•Diorshow Extase $28

Eyeliner

Eyeliner is one of those products that has to be right! It can’t run, it needs to be soft so it doesn’t stretch the skin, and needs to have a lot of pigment, my favorite? It’s a tie! The Dior Crayon Eyeliner in waterproof and the mark. No Place to Run Longwear Eyeliner in black are my top two! Both stay on all day, Dior provides you with a Sharpener, but mark. is a super intense black perfect for smudging…my advice get them both!

•Dior Crayon Eyeliner black WP $28
•mark. No Place to Run Longwear Eyeliner Black $8
•Lancome LE STYLO WP Black $24.50
•Dior Crayon Eyeliner brown WP $28

Blush/Bronzer

Ok so everyone knows by now that NARS Orgasm is one of the best blushes ever! But they have other beautiful colors to choose from…so mix it up! My favorite pick for bronzer has got to be the Urban Decay Baked Bronzer, this baby has a golden hue that adds light and shimmer to the face. Get the sun-kissed look in winter pair with the mark. Bronze pro for contour and your skin will glow all season long!

•NARS Blush $26
•mark. Good Glowing Mosaic blush palette in Sandy $7
•Avon True color blush Coral Radiance $8
•mark. Bronze Pro $10
•Diorskin Bronze $43
•Urban Decay Baked Bronzer $24

Lipstick

Lipstick is so much fun and one of the easiest ways to brighten your face and change your look. The Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipsticks are my favorite! They are super soft, intensely rich, stay on long, and are a steal at $6.50! That’s like almost 5 lipsticks for the price of one designer lipstick! For that price you can afford to try all the colors!

•Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick $6.50
•Dior Rouge Lipcolor $30
•Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick $12
•Chanel Rouge Allure $30
 

Lipgloss /Liner

Lip liner and lip gloss are a great and simple way to get pouty sexy lips! Fill in the entire lip with liner to give your gloss something to cling to and you will have long-lasting hold! One of the great things you can do is get a lip liner that is either your lip shade or slightly darker fill in lightly and blend into the lip then go over with a lip gloss and instant glam! Our favorite of course taking number one is the Dior Addict Ultra Glosses. These glosses deliver maximum color, shine, and staying power. A definite kit or makeup bag must have! Lip liners are one of those magical products you can get just about anywhere! One thing you want to look for is something that is smooth and goes on easy! We love the Avon Ultra Luxury Lip Liner, they are silky smooth and come in a great color selection, the Dior Rouge liners also can’t be beat, and the Sephora Collection liners are super smooth and a bargain at $5!

•Dior Addict Ultra Gloss $26.50
•Lancome Juicy Tubes $18
•Avon Glazewear Lip Gloss $6
•NARS Lip Gloss $24
•Chanel Glossimer $27
•Avon Ultra Luxury Lip liner $5
•Dior Rouge Liner $28
•Sephora Collection lip liner $5
 
 
 
*All Pricing information is direct from Sephora.com and Avon.com.