Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Holiday Sets Part 1 - Sephora Exclusives

I don't know about you but I am looking forward to the holidays! I absolutely love this time of year and all the festive cheer in the air. Not only is this a special time to spend with family and friends the holidays also ring in some of the best buys in beauty. I'm getting so excited as there will be tons of exclusive sets released from now through the new year. I have put together a collage of some of my favorite holiday sets sold exclusively at Sephora.

1. Nars - Danmari All About Cheeks Palette, $65
2. Makeup Forever - Wild & Chic Collector Case, $330
3. L'Occitane - The Best of L'Occitane, $75
4. Laura Mercier - The Book of Nudes, $48
5. Make Up Forever- Wild & Chic Make Up Forever Kit, $55
6. Make Up Forever - Wild & Chic Aqua Cream Collection, $175
7. YSL - Sephora Holiday Glamour Set, $65
8. Sephora - Four Piece Full Size Nail Colour Set, $28
9. Buxom - Armed & Gorgeous, $29
10. Lorac - Bejeweled Day & Night Jewelry Box, $56
11. Kat Von D - Painted Love & Folled Lipstick Set, $28 
12. Clarasonic Mia - Cleansing System with Boscia, Dr. Brandt, Dr. Dennis Gross & Peter Thomas Roth, $119

Please let me know what your favorites are - Part 2 coming soon! I can't wait to get my hands on the Nars Cheeks Palette & the Lorac Jewelry Box!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sigma Beauty Brush GIVEAWAY WINNER!

The time has come to announce the lucky winner of the Sigma Beauty Brush Giveaway so...Congratulations to:
savannah hicks said...
I love sigma and i've never owned anything but drugstore brushes before!
I hope you enjoy your new brushes, so happy for you! Look for my email. Thanks to everyone for joining the giveaway and visiting my blog. There will be many more giveaways to come!

Feature Friday with Amour Bijou

image by Oz Wroe
It's Feature Friday time once again! If you have noticed I've collaborated with my friend Josefa Ciccarelli on many projects over the years and they have all been amazingly fun. She has a contagious enthusiasm and drive when she is undertaking projects. With even more passion and inspiration she created her accessory line, Amour Bijou, in 2008. I hope you enjoy her beautiful creations and the small glimpse at what inspires her designs. 
How would you describe your design style?
I am a designer of two extremes. I love the vintage old world look, but I also love the fun and whimsical look; always with a touch of sparkle! I love to create pieces that are made with high quality materials that my customer would want to wear over and over again. 
image by Oz Wroe
What inspires your designs?
I definitely pull inspiration from travel and nature. There is so much beauty and history in the world. When I walk around the old neighborhoods of Italy or Paris it inspires my vintage and romantic designs. When I walk into Dylan's Candy Shop in New York it inspires my fun and whimsical designs. I always look forward to traveling to a new place because I know I will come back full of ideas and excited to work on new projects. 
image by Oz Wroe
image Oz Wroe
What tips do you have for brides looking for the perfect accessory?
Make sure to pick something out that you LOVE and says "YOU". Think about what kind of look you want to go for and never settle for anything less then what you envision. Whether it's traditional or not you don't want to buy something you are going to look at 20 years from now and say, "what in the world was I thinking". 
image by Oz Wroe
image by Oz Wroe
What do you love most about designing accessories for brides?
Talking to brides about their wedding day! I am obsessed with weddings, so I love hearing about all the little details of their special day. What their theme is, what colors they are using, where they are having the wedding and so on. And to take their inspiration and be able to create something for them that they love and will feel beautiful and confident wearing. It is truly a rewarding experience.
image by Gloria Mesa
What is your favorite accessory from your line thus far?
I would have to say my silk organza flower with Swarovski crystal center. I just love the way it looks on brides. The soft and delicate layers of organza mixed with the gorgeous sparkle say "love" to me. And that's what a wedding is all about! 
image by Qz Wroe

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bridal Makeup - Sally Williams

I'm thrilled to share with you some images of my recent work on a beautiful bride who's also my friend, Sally Williams. We met at church several years ago and I can honestly say that I don't know many people with a brighter smile or a more joyful heart. She is truly a bright light! Needless to say I was more than happy to have the opportunity to get her dolled up for her wedding day. Sally is also an amazing mom of two and it was a pleasure to makeover her gorgeous daughter Jasmine as well. The photos were taken by the talented duo at Digishots Photography, Nate and Samantha Hines. I hope you enjoy the pictures and please let me know what you think! 
I just love Sally's honey-colored eyes, the purple really makes them pop!
Pretty dress!
Sally with her beautiful daughter Jasmine!
Mother daughter love, how sweet!
What a lovely family!
The beaming couple!

Special thanks to Sally for hiring me to be her Makeup Artist, it was wonderful to be a part of such a special occasion.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wedding Blog Wednesday featuring a Photo Shoot & Destination Wedding

This week as usual all of my favorite wedding blogs were full of inspiration but I managed to narrow it down to two lovely posts. The first is an inspired shoot paying a timely homage to The Day of The Dead and the second a real wedding at a stunning location.

First up,  Green Wedding Shoes with a shoot inspired by Dia de los Muertos, perfect for a Halloween wedding. Don't you think?
dia de los muertos tablescape 
 The vibrant colors really pop!
bright peony bouquet 
Fuchsia peonies my favorite!
dia de los muertos dessert bar 
 Please see The Green Wedding Shoes original post for all the details, like who designed this fabulous dessert table!

Number two is from  The Bride's Cafe with a destination wedding that is no less than fabulous. Please visit the original post here for more!
Simply breathtaking, right!
Absolutely love that dress!
Beautiful couple!

Hope you enjoy these images as much as I did and be sure to check back next week!
P.S. Don't forget to signup the Sigma Brush Giveaway