Dry skin in Winter

This is going to be more of an informative post today to help my brides with dry winter skin.  My background is skincare I care about the skin I am in and know the best way for my brides to take care of their skin.  Winter time is so hard to manage your skin, you see a lot of dryness a lot of flakiness and a lot redness.  If this is you it is time to get serious about your skin care.  

The first thing after a bride books me for her wedding is we meet for a consultation.  At this consultation I ask a lot of questions about your wedding details and makeup style, but one of my most important questions that I ask is what is your skincare routine.  That is because you need to start your skincare routine months before your wedding.

If you are suffering from dry skin the best thing is to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize.  Now with dry skin look into cleansers that are a cream base, not gel base.  My personal favorites are from The Zen Lounge and Pevonia Botanicals.  

Next the best exfoliant for dry skin is Enzyme peels (these are not a peel, peel) it is an enzyme that eats away at your dry skin creating a nice glowy, non textured finish.  Exfoliation with an enzyme should be done once a week or so.  This is called a chemical exfoliation and is honestly the best way to get a good, gentle exfoliation.  Mechanical exfoliation is something you do with a paste with microbeads and you rub it onto your skin, this can be abrasive and leave plastic granules in your skin, that is why I prefer an enzyme peel.

Get yourself a toner it helps balance your PH, prevent oilyness and get the product deeper into your skin.  

Moisturizers are so important a Hyaluronic Acid moisturizer is the best for dry skin.  It will help improve collagen, make your skin plump and hydrated and it just feels good.

There you have it a good skincare routine to get rid of your dry winter skin.

Wedding at The Empress and because it’s Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day.  I hope you all are getting to spend the day with your significant others.  Don’t those burgundy dresses just scream Valentine’s Day.  This wedding was in September but with the colors of these dresses I had to feature it for Valentine’s Day.

Heather Ann got married at The Empress Estate.  Seriously this venue is fit for a princess.  It is gorgeous with beautiful outdoor scenery and indoor details that are simply stunning.  When I met Heather Ann she is all about the glam so we worked together to find a look that will fit her vision while still being soft and bridal.  For her wedding I pulled out my Stila Magnificent Metals these eyeshadows are a glitter gel formula that don’t need glue to be applied.  They are sparkly and pretty and aren’t to glittery perfect for bridal.

I had such a fun time getting her and her girls ready.  They spent the morning sipping mimosa’s and playing Guess Who.  It was a very relaxing morning and all of her friends were so supportive and wonderful.  And what was so wonderful is because her environment was stress free Heather Ann was relaxed and got to enjoy her morning with her girls.  Didn’t she rock her dress the whole look was perfect for what she envisioned.  

Photography: Autumn L. Rudolph Photography

Venue: The Empress Estate

Hair: Ashley Burden at London Salon

The woman behind the brushes

Today things are going to be a little different here.  I want you guys to get to know me as a person not just a makeup artist so from time to time I am going to post a personal post about my life and my family.  Here is a little bit about my family My husband and I have been married for almost 9 years.  I know I look 25 but really I am 30 ;) Yay for good genes and skin care.  We have two kids who are the sweetest little things on the planet and make me feel incredibly blessed every day.  

Photography by Rio Jean Photography

January is a busy month for us we had preschool, work, medical emergencies (more on that later.) but it is also when we celebrate my sons birthday.  He turned 4 this year, we had a very fun day planned for him.  I try really hard to make birthday’s special in this house with presents, birthday pancakes and fun activities.  January birthday’s are hard we just got done having Christmas and I always struggle with what to get.  Thankfully my son has Paw Patrol obsession so presents for him was easy.  We spent his morning hanging out watching Paw Patrol, having Nerf gun and balloon wars. In the afternoon we went to The Sportsman Show and went to Wiggle Works and M.O.D. Pizza for dinner.  Overall it was a great day.

Homemade Pancake recipe

1 1/2 cups of flour

3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

2 tablespoons of white sugar (you can make it less sweet with 1 tablespoon.)

1 1/4 cup milk

1 egg

3 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoons of sprinkles

Heat your griddle to medium high heat.  I usually do 375 degrees.  

In a bowl sift your dry ingredients together.  Make a well in the middle of the bowl for your wet ingredients.  Pour in the milk, egg and butter.  

Mix it together and add your sprinkles.

Pour 1/4 cup of batter and flip your pancakes when they bubble on top.

We threw two birthday parties for Landon one with my family and his cousin’s all got to come over and play and then we threw one with my husband’s family.  I love birthday parties you get to throw pizza in the oven and it is just so chill and relaxed.  Not only did we have the birthday thing, my daughter got into a bike accident, last summer she learned how to ride her bike without training wheels and ended up sliding in a mud puddle and cracking her chin open.  She was such a sport and had to get stiches in her chin and didn’t even cry.  I on the other hand was a little bit wrecked.  Hopefully it will be the first and last time we deal with that.  

We also did get a chance to have some family fun and took the kids razor clamming.  We love the outdoors and always try to get the kids to do new things and enjoy the outdoors rain or shine unless we are sick.  Razor clamming is so fun and the end result is yummy clam chowder so I am always happy about that.  I will include my clam chowder recipe too for you all it is delicous.

Clam Chowder

2 celery ribs, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 tablespoon minced garlic

4 potatoes peeled, cubed and diced

1 cup water

1 bottle of clam juice

3 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/3 cup flour

1 cup half and half

1 cup milk

2 cans of minced clams (or if you go razor clamming than use what you got.)

(Bacon can be used as a garnish if you want but doesn’t make or break the recipe.)

1. Saute celery and onion until tender.  Add garlic cook for 1 minute.  Add potatoes, water, clam juice, bouillon, pepper and thyme.  Bring to a boil, reduce your heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or until potatoes are softened.

2. In a bowl combine flour 1 cup of half and half whisk until smooth.  Once smooth add into the soup while stirring.  Bring to a boil and cook for 1-2 minutes or until you notice soup thickening.

3.  Stir in the clams and remaining milk heat through, don’t boil.  Add bacon if desired.

There you go two recipes for breakfast and dinner.