Maternity Photoshoots

Maternity photoshoots are an amazing way to capture memories of glowing pregnancy (before the swollen feet and waddle-stage ;)  Let us pamper your beautiful body-for-two and style your hair and makeup for your first baby-and-me pictures!  Use the below as inspiration - there's something for every mom's style!  Be you, love that body, and congratulations!

xoxo nichole


Makeup - Does it ALWAYS have to be expensive?!

For the Money:

      We love, love, love to use MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish powders as a highlight - the powders are 'luxurious, velvet-soft, with high-frost metallic finish...add as highlights to cheeks, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face.'  The domed compacts of pressed, baked-esque powder can be purchased for $30 each, and some of our favorite colors include:  

Limited Edition "Adored" - a 'coral with light beige pearl.'  

"Lightscapade" is a 'soft, candlelit beige with multidimensional shimmer.'

"Soft and Gentle" offers a gorgeous 'gilded peach bronze' shine.   

         Any of the Mineralize Skinfinishes may be used as a highlighter, and stay put all day.  The only two drawbacks that we've noticed with this product are the price, and the soft texture of the pressed powder; when swirling a brush through the product, there is much fallout, because the mineral powder is quite soft.  This just means things can get a bit messy, but for us, the beautiful color payoff is worth a bit of fairy dust on the vanity.

For...HOW much (?!):

        (Trumpet blast!) Enter NYX Loose Pearl Shadow, or Ultra Pearl Mania.  These 'ultra-shimmering, loose shadow powders can be used on eyes and cheeks...finely-milled mineral eye shadows are high-impact, long-lasting—and a little addictive.'  We agree!!!!  (insert excited little-girl screams!!!!!) These little beauties are $3 each (Ulta), are amazingly pigmented, and have incredible staying-power.  Their shine-payoff is more extreme than the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, so this powder is definitely for those who like their highlight to really stand out.  The only drawback to this product that we've noticed is, similar to the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, the mess - the Loose Pearl Shadows come in a small plastic bottle with a black screw-top, so the product must be dumped out in order to be used.  But again, the effectiveness, price, and colors offered (30 shades) require us to be more than lenient in our critique of the packaging.

xoxo nichole

Fall 2013 Makeup Trends


Designers from Michael Kors and Donna Karan, to Marc by Marc Jacobs chose delicate, uncomplicated makeup looks this season, which complimented their Fall 2013 clothing designs, and offers good news for those of us who like to be fashion-forward, but prefer to not look like we are walking the runway while grocery shopping. 

    Cat Eyeliner was huge, of course, but many makeup artists liberated the "Cat Liner" idea by using softer lines, delicate colors, and also by moving the liner farther up on the eyelid - similar to a "cut crease" placement.  

Orange shadows provided a very sultry, chic look this season.  Whether in more neutral tones to help enhance the eye-shape, or in shimmering copper to provide a simple fall glow, for the Fall 2013 season, orange IS the new black.

Grey and Plum shadows were also seen - whether swept all over the lid from lashes to brows or smudged under the lower lash line, both the hues and the simplistic application techniques guarantee chic-style for moms and businesswomen alike.

Lips of choice for Fall 2013 are Red and Wine.  The reds can be either matte or glossy - there were designers using both textures.  The Wine Lips, however were mostly matte, with more of a stained look.  

  The skin this season is dewey - flawless, as always, and beautifully dewey in texture.

Kismis Ink meets Weddings Illustrated

So this week, I had the privilege of meeting and styling Mariana, owner of Kismis Ink Photography.  She was so amazing!  I styled her for her webcast of expert advice with Weddings Illustrated.  

Here's what I did!  She likes her hair soft and wavy with a side bang and her eyes to really stand out.  So I started out by curling her hair with a one inch curling iron.  While her hair cooled I applied her makeup. We choose to airbrush her foundation for a flawless finish and contoured using bronzer and a highlighting powder.  I then used pretty pinks and browns on her eyes. We really made them pop with some individual lashes and liquid liner. For Mariana's lips I used two long wear colors layered for a full lipped appearance.  I had such a great time glamming her up!