Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Question: Classy Bachelorette Party Ideas?

Stephanie asks:
Q: "I have to throw my friend a bachelorette party but she doesn't want to do anything raunchy. Do you have any ideas for a "classy" a bachelorette party?
A: When I got married, I begged my friends not to throw me a bachelorette that involved a drunken night involving male body parts. Just because it's supposedly tradition to hire a stripper, it doesn't mean you have to force yourself to do something that's just not you. Here are some ideas that are more mellow, but still fun.

Cocktails & Beauty Party
Some spas offer private parties, where you can enjoy cocktails or champagne over manicures, pedicures and music. Just be sure someone has taken care of the special events liquor license if needed.

Wine & Cheese
Plan a nice wine and cheese at someone's home or at a nice restaurant or bar. There are lots of great wine bars out there, that would offer the chance to mingle and have fun. Or take the celebration it to a local winery for a change of scenery.

Trip with the Girlfriends
Plan a fun trip somewhere with just your girlfriends. You could go anywhere from exotic to taking a road trip somewhere local, like the cottage or a spa in the country, or a bakery in another city.

"Last Chance" Scavenger
Have the bride come up with a list of the things she's never done that she'd like to do before she gets married. Some ideas: play a sport at midnight, eat a cuisine she's never tried, go horseback riding, stay up to see the sunset, go on a local tourist bus, etc.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Best Makeup for Weddings & Special Occasions

Ever since my cousin curled my hair with a curling iron when I was a kid, I've always been fascinated with the art of makeup and hair. When I was in high school, I started doing makeup and hair for proms and eventually did stage plays and a few weddings. Though i'm not a professional makeup artist (it really is more of a hobby), I've always been on the quest to find the best products. Here are my picks for the best makeup for weddings and special occasions:

Best Foundation
MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15
This gel based formula blends effortlessly with your skin for great coverage minus the cakey or dry feeling you get with other foundations.

Best Concealer
NARS Concealer
I really have tried almost every concealer under the sun and I find this formula the best to work with. It's pretty resilient to creases, stays well on pimples & bumps, and works well on most skin tones (some concealers I find too pink).Best Pressed Powder
Stila Illuminating Powder Foundation
To finish off, I like to use a big brush with this foundation to set the makeup (although most people like to use transluscent powder). It has a nice fine texture and small reflecting minerals.

Best Blush for All Skin Tones
NARS "Orgasm" Colour
I've been using this blush for years and it is the most flattering ever. It has gold undertones and a peachy colour that gives you a natural flush. It's also great for every day as an instant pick-me-up. (Shown below in the Bridal Palette)
Best Bronzer
Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick
Generally, I wouldnt necessarily go "bronze" for your wedding, but it's nice to take a big huge brush, and lightly highlight your face for the slightly sunkissed look. This is a great product for other special occasions and every day too.
Best No-Smudge Eyeliner
Chanel Automatic Eyeliner- Ecriture de Chanel
My cousin, who jets all over Asia for L'Oreal, introduced me to this while she worked for Chanel. For some reason i'm prone to racoon eyes from liner, but this stuff does not budge! It's amazing! The only thing is that you dont get a whole lot for the price tag.
Best Waterproof Mascara
Maybelline Waterproof Great Lash
This is a really tried and true formula, which really is waterproof (very essential for the wedding day!)

Best Eyeshadow for Weddings
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows
They blend really well, and I think their color palette is the most sophisticated and elegant, which is ideal for weddings.

Best Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown
This is really the BEST for staying power. I really love how it's a thick formula without being dry on your lips or too shiny. Perfect for the big day!

Best Lipstick
Laura Mercier
I really hate the feeling of dry lipstick, so when I use this on people they really love it because it leaves your lips feeling so soft. Plus the colours are very bridal appropriate.