100 Layer Cake Feature

You know when your dreams become reality? Well, this is it! So many talented people took part in this stunning shoot, and we’re certainly fortunate that it’s featured on 100 Layer Cake. Check out the AMAZING photos and awesome vido: http://www.100layercake.com/…/vintage-modern-winter-weddin…/.

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Makeup: Yours truly!

Styling + Floral Design: Something Styled Events + Floral Design

Photography + Videography: Lindy Hickman Photography

Venue: Moss Denver

Dress: Compleat Couture

Invitations: SweetZion Paperie

Hair: Brie Zwingler Francis

Jewelry: Sarah O. Jewelry

Marble Table Chargers: Gathered Table Supply Co.

Cake: The Dessert Stand

Furniture Rentals: A Love Tale

The Extra Step That Goes the Extra Mile

I can’t stress enough the importance of makeup primer. Primer is the base for foundation that allows it to go on smoother and last longer. You wouldn’t paint a wall without primer, so don’t make the same mistake with your face. 

My two recommended primers are Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and Laura Mercier Foundation Primer.

Guys, I have found the holy grail of primers and I’ll let you in on my little secret weapon! The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer  has multipurpose functions, aside from making foundation smoother and long-lasting. It conceals redness, minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is oil-free, weightless and includes SPF 15 (but that doesn’t cut it for daily protection, you need at least 30… we’ll discuss this further another time). It has a unique texture that is silky and light, and it’s safe for sensitive skin, especially since you only apply a small amount. You would need four primers to get all those benefits! It feels like silk on the skin and most importantly, you can basically splash your face with water and your makeup won’t go anywhere! 

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Hourglass is a bit pricey so you might not want to use it on a daily basis, just save it for those special events. A more affordable route would be the Laura Mercier primers. There are a variety of primers, including Radiance, Bronze, Hydrating, Oil-Free, Blemish-Less, and SPF 30. My favorite for brides is Radiance! 

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I don’t know what I would do without makeup primer, and I would encourage everyone to try it. It’s a small extra step that goes a long way… all day! 

I woke up like this

No fake eyelashes or extensions, no eyelash curler, just your gorgeous and natural set of eyelashes. Lash Lift is one of my newer services and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular. This new technique is completely natural and combines a lifting lotion and silicone rods to lift your eyelashes, making them look longer and fuller. It lasts six to eight weeks, sometimes longer, and you’ll still see a fabulous lash lift even when you get of the shower or a swimming pool.

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This is probably the most cost effective and safest lash treatment out there. I use Elleebana Lash Lift, which is one of the most highly recommended brands for lash lift treatments. I can’t even begin to tell you how much time this will save you in the morning. A few of my clients even expressed that they didn’t have to start applying mascara until the second week after their treatment, and even if they did, they applied one coat. You don’t even realize how many or how long your eyelashes truly are until you receive a Lash Lift treatment.

Waking up like this – with completely natural, curled lashes – is absolutely worth it.

How to get a glow on the go

Now that wedding season is winding down, throughout the next couple of months I’ll be introducing my new services and I’ll go into my favorite beauty and skincare products!

To kick it off, I wanted to talk about my favorite secret weapon: Nars Laguna Illuminator. Not only can you use it for maintaining a “summer glow,” but it’s also perfect for a warm, fall look. You can’t go wrong with it!

This product is useful for working moms or anyone who is constantly on the go. Personally, having a toddler doesn’t leave me much time to get ready in the morning, and this sheer, yet enhancing illuminator lightens my skin and gives it a light-reflecting glow.

Also, a great combination of products is Nars Laguna Illuminator mixed with Nars Tinted Moisturizer. This will allow for more all-over coverage that evens out your skin tone and can be layered for more coverage. Bonus: The tinted moisturizer also includes SPF 30 sunscreen, so you’re not only looking fabulous, but you’re also protecting your skin!

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Stay tuned to learn more about a few of my favorite things!

Sunny Days Ahead

This warmer weather is getting me excited for summer, and with summer right around the corner now’s the time to think about sun protection. Unfortunately, environmental elements are the hardest on our skin and almost impossible to avoid.

I have come to realize how delicate our skin is, although we put it through the wringer on a daily basis. We have to wear this skin every day for the rest of our lives, so let’s take care of it. Now that I have a toddler and recognize the importance of sun protection, I want to encourage everyone to become more savvy consumers when choosing sun protection products.

My go-to product for sun protection is always Beautycounter. Not only does this product smell delightful, it was created with the entire family in mind. It’s lightweight, water resistant, loaded with aloe and formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, so it doesn’t leave a white residue! Here’s the best part about it… it’s totally clean. Beautycounter has banned 1,500 ingredients, setting a new health and safety standard.

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Their sun protection products I use all the time are the SPF 30 water resistant sunscreen, the stick and the protecting lip balm. I always keep the stick on me and it’s easy to reapply while on the go – even Charlie likes to use it!

If you haven’t already discovered Beautycounter, I highly recommend that you do. This company is legit. Their mission is a mission close to my heart, and they are dedicated to getting SAFE products into the hands of everyone.

I have tried a variety of their products and have loved each and every one. This definitely won’t be the last Beautycounter product that you will be hearing about from me.

Heather Wilson introduced me to this company about one year ago and I’m happy she did. If there’s one thing I know about this woman is that she wouldn’t stand behind a product she wasn’t passionate about.

Here is a link to place an order, I highly suggest that you do so: http://www.beautycounter.com/heatherwillison/

To help you jump-start your summer skin protection, Heather is giving away a free sun block stick to the first person that shares this post on their social channels. Get to it!

XO,
Raquel

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I’ve received a lot of requests to share some of my favorite skin care products, and I can’t help but share my products of choice, which includes brands like Sanitas and a few other lines. These products are all clean and a lot of my clients have seen a huge difference in their skin since switching. Check out my top five choices below:

Sanitas Milk and Honey Cleanser
This cleanser is great for the dry Colorado climate. Milk and honey are premium sources of lactic acid, B vitamins and enzymes that help exfoliate and nourish the skin.

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Sanitas Lemon Cream Scrub
Use this scrub once or twice a week to help exfoliate and turn over the dead skin cells. Lemon cream scrub is a mild cleanser that softens and gently exfoliates using silica crystals. Lipophilic vitamin C and vitamin E act as an antioxidant to help protect, heal and provide anti-aging benefits.

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Sanitas Topical C
Topical C is a rich moisturizer that helps diminishes fine lines and wrinkles to accelerate the healing of burns, chapped lips and abrasions. Another great choice for the dry Colorado climate as it delivers a concentrated dose of Lipophilic Vitamin C.

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NARS Total Replenishing Eye Cream
I like to refer to this product as Spanx for the eyes. It lifts, brightens and tightens. I use this on all my brides because it also wears wonderfully under makeup.

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Another everyday favorite and a skin care must to protect against sun damage. Not only does this product wear great under makeup, it incorporates microsponge technology to absorb surface oils and leaves skin with a matte, shine-free finish. It contains a next generation blend of antioxidants as free-radical scavengers to decrease damaging effects of the sun and environmental exposure

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XO,
Raquel