In our society, busy is seen as a badge of honor. People one-up each other over how few hours of sleep they got the night before. We're all running around like chickens with our heads cut off constantly, and I have been no exception lately. When you are faced with a large amount of work on any project, you are at risk of burnout no matter how much you might love what you do.
You may have heard about St. Ives Apricot Scrub in the news lately as its parent company is being sued over its formulation. All of the estheticians of the world collectively rejoiced, as this is a product that many people use and believe helps their skin when in reality is doing much more harm than good.
I think that wedding videography is an often overlooked service that is a really cool way to relive your wedding day and remember all of the fun. My bride Jaymine recently sent me the same day edit that her videographer, Aria Films, created from her wedding. And if you're anything like me, you love watching wedding and proposal videos, so have a watch of Jaymine and Jigar's beautiful wedding.
I don’t know if you’ve ever felt as though you were floating through life, doing what you were supposed to do but not what you wanted to do, but I have. I was a high achieving and intelligent young person, but always had issues applying myself if I wasn’t passionate about something. In the family I come from, you graduated high school, went to college, then got a traditional job that offered a 401k and good insurance and allowed you to do the things you want to do…
You may have heard of dermaplaning before, or maybe you haven't. Either way, most clients I chat with about it don't know much about the service so I thought it would be good to write a blog post about this awesome service that can quickly and easily give you glowing skin and help your makeup to go on flawlessly.
As you may know if you follow me on social media, I'm a bit of a travel junkie. I love setting out and exploring new places and meeting new people! My most recent trip was to Thailand, which I absolutely fell in love with! Being a beauty junkie as well as a travel junkie, I have perfected my travel skin care and beauty to ensure I'm bringing as much as possible to continue my routine! Here are some of my favorite products to take with me when I travel.
I recently decided to switch foundations as I was previously using Urban Decay's Naked Skin foundation, which I loved the finish of but I felt it was breaking me out. After taking a look at the ingredient list, I realized there were some ingredients in there that could be problematic for my acne-prone skin. So after doing some research on foundations that are safe for acneic skin I bought two contenders from NARS, the All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and the Sheer Glow Foundation, both in the shade Barcelona.
I TOTALLY get it. We live in a world of instant gratification, so we're trained to expect immediate results from everything we do. I know you get super excited when you go home with a new skin care product, and I know that oftentimes you're a little disappointed when this new cleanser that was supposed to change your entire life doesn't show you a noticeable difference in your skin after your first use. But with skin, we've got to be patient. Those of you who are serial switchers are never letting any of these products actually have a chance to work for your skin. Sticking with a routine for even a week and not seeing results isn't enough. So what is?
I'm sharing a styled shoot that I participated in last year that celebrated the Chicago Cubs' historic World Series win, which was also featured in Wedding Day. My friend Carla of Forever Incredible Photography is a big Cubs fan and contacted me wondering if I'd be interested in working with her on a styled shoot to celebrate their win. I don't think I could have told her yes any quicker! I thought it was such a fun idea and a cool way to commemorate the Cubs' win.
I bet you thought I was going to give you some miracle product that was going to get rid of your wrinkles and clear your acne and magically give you a better life all around. Well, not exactly. BUT, I am going to talk today about the single most important step in your skin care routine and the best all-around anti-aging product you can be using on your skin.
We all have them, and we all hate them. The dreaded dark circles. Whether they're genetic, like mine, or they're due to lack of sleep, most people deal with these pesky dark circles. And most of you have probably noticed that when you put concealer directly over the circles they don't seem to completely cover and they tend to turn ashy and grey.
After a recent client experience where I was called in a panic because a bride's makeup artist had no showed on her wedding day (which thankfully I was able to go help with), I knew this blog post needed to be written. I hear too many horror stories of clients getting burned by unprofessional makeup artists and wanted to warn people of a few red flags to look out for when you're hiring a makeup artist to ensure you're going to have the best possible experience.
Red Flag #1: No experience or no reviews
Look out for artists who can't prove that they have a track record of successful weddings. Now, I'm not saying to not give newer artists a chance but even newer artists should have ways to prove to you that they are reliable, like experience working under or for another artist or personal recommendations from friends. Look out for reviews on independent review sites like WeddingWire, The Knot, Yelp, or Google. If you see anything concerning, take that into consideration. If you like the artist otherwise, maybe bring it up with them. They could have an explanation for the reviews. None of these are hard and fast rules, as there can always be someone who has it out for an artist for no reason, but it's good to take these things into consideration before hiring an artist.
Red Flag #2: No contracts or retainers
Look out for an artist that doesn't ask you to sign a contract or pay a retainer. These things are there to protect you just as much as they protect the artist. A contract gives you a legal footing to stand on in case something were to happen, you have the ability to show the agreement in court to prove that the artist did not fulfill your obligation. An artist having a thorough contract gives you the peace of mind to know that they are not going to flake out on you or if an emergency arises they will do their best to help you find a replacement artist. The same goes for a retainer. Looking for these signs of a legitimate business can help to ensure you're not hiring someone who will flake out on you.
Red Flag #3: Poor communication
If you're constantly having trouble getting to talk to your artist or routinely waiting days or weeks to hear back from them via phone or email, this is a big red flag. Your artist should be willing to communicate with you and answer any questions you have. They should be on top of scheduling and you shouldn't have to be constantly asking them about the same things over and over. This should be something you can tell from the beginning of communication with an artist and should be able to avoid someone who isn't committed to you.
Red Flag #4: Too much of a bargain
I get it, we all like a deal. But if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Someone who charges incredibly low prices probably is not running a legitimate business, and this should make you nervous when booking them. If they're not serious about their business, they potentially will be flaky, won't be carrying liability insurance, or just won't show up at all. Your wedding is not a place you should want to take chances on a bargain, you should ensure you hire a professional who knows what they're doing and will be reliable.
Red Flag #5: Asking you to bring your own makeup
This is another indication of someone who is not running a real business. If you are a makeup artist, you should have a kit full of makeup for every skin type, shade, and anything your clients may request. The only time a legitimate artist would ask you to bring your own makeup is if you have severe allergies and they don't have the time to patch test their products on you, but otherwise your makeup artist should be providing everything for you.
Red Flag #6: Poor sanitation
This may not be a red flag for someone who won't show for you, but this should be a BIG red flag for you. If an artist is using dirty tools or their kit looks nasty, RUN far away. Many people don't realize how dangerous a makeup application can potentially be, but makeup artists who don't practice proper sanitation can spread eye infections, herpes simplex, and many other undesirable illnesses. You definitely don't want to take chances with your health or your eyesight, so make sure the artist you hire for your wedding practices proper sanitation.
This is a question I get a lot from those of my clients who like to take a look at the ingredients label of the products they use. They sometimes get tripped up because they'll see something with alcohol in the name and assume it's bad for their skin. But not all alcohols are created equal. There are different types of alcohols and they have very different effects on your skin.
The makeup you choose for your wedding day is important, it's going to be there on the day of as well as in every photo of the event. I have a lot of brides that stress out about choosing their look for the big day, but it isn't as difficult as it seems! Here are some of my tips for choosing a wedding day bridal look you'll love now and for years to come.