I’M MARRIED!! I can’t believe the big day came and went so quickly! It was everything I had hoped it would be and more! As I’ve mentioned on previous posts I did my own make-up! After months and months of research and planning I came down to a look I loved and that lasted all day and night!! With no flashback!!! (which was my biggest concern!!) So here are some of my tips and the products I used to create my wedding day look!


So to start I went in with my tried and true favorite, Rimmel Stay Matte Primer. This is truly one of the best mattifying primers I have ever used and it did not disappoint. It is $6.99 at Ulta which you can’t beat. A pea sized amount is enough for my t-zone which is where I concentrate this.Screen Shot 2017-10-17 at 12.10.10 PM

Next I went in with foundation. Foundation was one of the things I went back and forth on the most for the wedding day. What color will look best in pictures, which foundation will last, will it give me flashback? Ultimately I went with the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation is the shade 3.25 ($40.00 at Ulta). I LOVEEEE this foundation, I have it in like 5 shades so not matter what time of year it is I’ll have a shade that matches haha. This is a FULLLL coverage foundation and very mattifying. Controlled my oil all day. I applied it with a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($10.99 for a 2 pack).

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Next I went in with my Too Faced Born This Way concealer in Very Fair. I love this concealer, full coverage without feeling as heavy as the Tarte Shape Tape (which I’m not the biggest fan of) and doesn’t crease! I like Very Fair because it is light enough to provide a highlight under the eye but not too light to look like Kim K in the early days with the practically white undereye haha. Born This Way Concealer is $28 at Ulta.

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The next step was setting the undereye and my face. This was another challenge because we have all seen the horrible pictures of HD powder flashing back and look terrible in photos. I did NOT want that on my wedding day! I did a lot of research and found that Silica (the main ingredient in a lot of setting powders) is a huge flashback causer. The Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder ($38 at Sephora) does not have Silica in it so I was intrigued! The lighter shade “Natural” also has some color to it which also helps prevent against flashback (as opposed to most pure white translucent powders.) I used this to set under my eyes as well as my face as it is lightweight and mattifying. I also put DAB of my day to day favorite face setting powder, Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot ($16 at Ulta), just on my T-Zone to ensure no oil came through. The Soap and Glory does contain silica so I just used the tiniest amount.

For bronzer I went in with the ALL TIME FAV Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer ($14.99 at Ulta) ! I really concentrated this on my cheekbones but also dabbed some around the perimeter of my face to make sure I didn’t get washed out in photos.

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For blush I used Wet N Wild  – I mixed 2 shades together! Mellow Wine for the cool toned fall feel and Pearlescent Pink for a nice flush! I LOVEEEEE Wet N Wild Blushes they last all day and are only $2.99 on the Wet N Wild site!!!!!!!!!

Lips were ALSO WET N WILD!!!! My holy grail liquid lipstick color “Rebel Rose” from the Wet N Wild Catsuit Collections! I wanted something a little darker than a traditional bridal nude lip but not too dark. I love this color so much and it’s $4.99 at Ulta online! I love that so much of my favorite products are drugstore and they are so good I used them on my wedding day!

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For eyeshadow I used the holy grail, Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette ($42 at Sephora)!! Can’t go wrong! I wanted my eyes to be defined but not too smokey. I think I achieved that with this warm toned look!

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Eye liner was a new one for me… yes I was brave enough to try something for the first time on my wedding day! haha NYX Epic Ink Liner, $7.99 at Ulta. SUPER thin line and waterproof! Which is why I bought it haha Before applying lashes I swiped on some waterproof L’Oreal Lash Paradise, I use the regular formula daily! Makes lashes so fluffy and wispy! Then I applied the Ardell 110 Lashes (4 pack at Ulta for $11.99)! I trimmed a little off the ends to get a perfect fit. I love these lashes, not too dramatic but definitely add to any look! Brows were Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wix in Taupe! ($21 at Sephora)

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Here’s some pics of the look and the day of!!! Hope you enjoyed this or it helped any brides to be!!!

Lashes and Musings, Kristen

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The process begins … hahah
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My first “musings” on my Wedding Day Make-up

lm-post-So my wedding day is fast approaching and I will be doing my own make-up for the big day! I also knew that I wanted to do my make-up for the wedding, after all don’t I know my face better than anyone? Haha Friends have told me that it may be less stressful to have someone else do my make-up that day but to me that is 1000x more stressful! What if it’s not what I want? What if they use products I’m not familiar with that melt off my face?? To me, doing my make-up IS relaxing. Whether I’m getting ready for work or getting ready for a night out I love doing my make-up, it’s almost like a zen moment in my day for me as crazy as that sounds. And that’s how I will feel on my wedding day too. So here’s what I’ve been thinking…

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I want my make-up the day of to me light, yet defined, pretty, and sweat-proof (since I plan to dance my face off.. not my makeup haha). I’m currently deciding on 1 of 2 foundations to use, Estee Lauder Double Wear or my Urban Decay All-Nighter. Some of you are probably thinking, wait I thought you said light? Yes these are VERY full coverage foundations in my opinion but can be applied with a beauty blender to sheer them out while still providing an even base that will look great in photos. Both of these foundations keep my oil at bay and last for hours. We are doing a first look for the wedding which helps as my make-up will be more freshly appled, but I still want to look good in all the candids and snapchats what will surely take place at the reception 🙂 My ONLYYYY issue with the UD collection is that all the shades run a litttttle yellow on me so I would probably have to mix a few to get a perfect shade. So I would have to have it down to a science to recreate the perfect concoction the day of. Not a huge issue but something to consider.

Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 5.24.47 PMFor blush I want something that truly gives just a beautiful flush to the cheeks that makes me look natural and glowy, as a bride should right? I have recently been intrigued by the Hourglass blushes as they definitely have a sheen to them from what I’ve seen and read. I haven’t tested them out myself yet but I definitely want to pick them up and get a good feel of them for the wedding day.

Lashes I am thinking that individual false lashes may be the way to go. My sister in law got married recently and I wore strip lashes. Let me just say as the maid of honor I bawled my eyes out during my speech and my strip lashes were pretty much done after that (I ripped them off and continued crying haha) With individual lashes I feel that even if 1 or 2 inevitably fall off I will still be okay.

Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 5.19.03 PMAs for lips this might be the toughest one. Right now my favorite lip is my Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lip in #06 Pink Souffle. The entire Sephora Lip Stain collection is amazing. SOOOOO long-wearing and affordable (only $14.00 and they have tonsss of colors to choose from. I have several and they are all amazing) But Pink Souffle is just PERFECT.



Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 5.22.01 PMMy other thought for lips is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lip in “Lovely”. A pretty nude-pink that gives enough color to the lips but not too much. Both these options would be amazing so I’m going to have a tough time deciding!

If anyone has suggestions or has used any of these products on their wedding day I would love to hear how they worked for you! Until then I will keep testing them out to make my final decision!!!

Lashes and Musings,


My Top 5 Foundations (so far)


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I’ve tried a lot of foundations. A lot. It’s one of my favorite beauty items to test out. Foundation is the base of your make-up so it is important that it isn’t sliding all over the place or caking up. If it is then it will be difficult to get a smooth blush, bronzer, highlighter, etc application. I’m going to tell you about 5 different foundations I LOVE and why I love them. They each have their own purpose and are the best I’ve found for my skin so far (but always looking for my new holy grail).



First is the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation ($42 at Sephora), I’ve written a post about this one already so I’ll link it here instead of repeating how much I love this stuff. But really, might be my fav everyday foundation.



The next foundation is one I used years ago and kind of got away from until recently. Not because it isn’t amazing but because, like I said, I love testing out new foundations. It is the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation.

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This foundation has a beautiful satin finish. It comes in 40 shades which I think is an amazing range! It is $47.00 at Sephora. I wear shade 100 Ivorie Neutral (2nd from the lightest obvs haha). It definitely lasts all day long, it claims 24 hour wear but I don’t recommend wearing any foundation for 24 hours… and definitely don’t sleep in it! It is an oil-free formula with medium to full buildable coverage. If your skin leans oily I suggest wearing a mattifying primer (water-based as that is what the foundation is as well) underneath the foundation to make sure it doesn’t go anywhere since the foundation isn’t 100% matte. It has SPF 15 in it which is nice but be careful if you are wearing it for an event where there will be pictures taken as SPF can sometimes cause camera flashback. Great everyday foundation that never looks heavy or cakey!

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My 3rd go-to foundation is the Make-up Forever Mat Velvet+ foundation ($41.00 @ Sephora). This foundation was my NUMBER ONE RIDE OR DIE full coverage, matte foundation for YEARS. I’d wear it every time I went out at night or any time I wanted extra coverage. This foundation is water-proof, non-comedogenic, oil-free, doesn’t oxidizes, and comes in 21 shades (I like shade 20 the best). This foundation give the most beautiful finish to the skin, the most beautiful of any other foundation of equal coverage. It is a contender to be the foundation I wear on my wedding day, so that is saying something. It’s packaged in a squeeze tube and a little goes a LONG way. Favorite way to apply: damp beauty blender (as with all of these foundations I’m listing).

Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 8.24.40 PMNext is a more affordable but AMAZING foundation. It is the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Foundation, $19.00 at Ulta (Target just started carrying Soap and Glory as well YAY!). This foundation is full coverage, matte (they refer to it as 12-Hour Shine Block Technology), and gives such an even coverage to my face. So much so that it can look a little flat if you don’t add some dimension back in with your contour and highlighter but I always do that anyway so this is not an issue for me. The shade range is not as wide (only 4 shades) so I actually mix the lightest 2 shades to get my perfect match. One downside, it can get cakey if you apply too much. I recommend applying a small amount with a beauty blender. Also if you like to bring your under eye concealer down in a triangle shape I recommend not putting the foundation in that area as that will just add another area and look cakey. This foundation requires a few test runs to see how it will work for you but is definitely worth is when you figure it out. I pair it with my holy grail face powder from this line (Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder) and I almost never need to touch up!

Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 11.40.42 AM.pngOkay, I think I’ve saved my favorite for last. It’s a toss up but I think I can comfortably say this is my favorite foundation at the time being. It is the Urban Decay All-Nighter Liquid Foundation ($40 @ Sephora). It comes in 24 shades, I have shade 2.0 and shade 0.5 (the lightest shade). This stuff is amazingggggg. Full coverage, keeps you matte, and doesn’t break me out. I’m also obsessed with the packaging haha. One downside is that it can oxidize so I recommend buying a shade a touch lighter (if you have oily skin that foundation usually oxides on) than you would normally buy so that when it oxides it will be the correct color and not too dark. I remedy this by mixing 0.5 and 2.0 to create a lighter shade. Sephora recommends applying with a brush but I love the finish that the damp beauty blender gives. A brush might give you a littleeeee more coverage though as it will not absorb product like a beauty blender will. This is another wedding day foundation contender of mine. Absolutely stunning and something I have repurchased multiple times.

Here are the swatches on my arm of the foundations and shades I mentioned!!

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Lashes and Musings,