Product Review: Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Claims: “A 15-hour, flawless foundation that stays looking fresh and natural through heat, humidity, and nonstop activity.”

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Coverage: Medium to Full

Pros: When they say 15-hour, they mean 15 hour! Super long lasting, lightweight, oil-free, oil-control, buildable. This comes in a variety of cool, neutral, and warm shades so no worries on finding your match. Double wear is a very pigmented foundation, therefore it does not give off the “no-makeup”makeup look. A transfer resistant foundation, this stuff is bulletproof and stays put on under your bronzer/blush/highlighter.

Cons: Although it claims it is fragrance-free, we smell a pleasant perfume scent, so sensitive skinned girls beware. Its SPF 10 may unfortunately flashback in photos. In addition, this foundation can get patchy on drier skin types so be sure to exfoliate, moisturize, and prime accordingly. No pump + glass bottle= not travel friendly.

Details: Dries quickly so you’ll need to work fast. Will get cakey if you apply too much. Most of you will only need one layer so start due to its buildable coverage. It can be difficult to remove so try an oil-based makeup remover. Double Wear can be found at any Sephora or Estee Lauder counter.

Overall: We recommend Double Wear Foundation for combination/oily skin types because the oil-control is great! Great in humidity and sweat. Although it is a bit pricey, this will last you forever because you don’t need to use as much product with higher pigmented foundations. A must have for summer!

 

 

Pores No More!

Large pores are a consistent skin concern for individuals of all ethnicity’s and skin types. Oily skin types and mature skin with large follicles are more prone to enlarged pores which in turn can create clogging and a build up of cells. We’re constantly hearing our brides say “My pores are huge!” So, you ask, what is the solution?! We know you will want your skin to look extra perfect for your wedding day so luckily, the Beauty with Julie girls have put together 4 pore refining primers to help minimize the look of pores.

  1. pores no moreDr. Brandt’s pores no more-pore refiner primer: An effective primer that instantly mattifies shine and minimizes pores. A cult favorite, this is Dr. Brandt’s quick fix for flawless, photo-ready skin at any age and during any season. A combination of treatment and cosmetic properties, this miracle base creates the perfect canvas for your makeup application. This velvety primer absorbs excess oil, blurs fine lines and imperfections, and is resistant to sweat and humidity.
  2. s1259068-main-hero-300Benefit’s The POREfessional: This very popular primer helps makeup stay put as well as minimizing pores. Perfect for for those “no-makeup” days because it can even be worn on its own! Its translucent/nude color easily blends onto the skin.
  3. 2268948Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser: This is a drugstore steal! At only $6.99 it helps foundation smooth right over pores, not in them. It has a silicone consistency so it’s silky to the touch. This primer is clear and can be worn on its own or under makeup
  4. s1404599-main-LheroTarte’s Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer: This waterproof, pore-perfecting primer consists of avocado oil which helps refine skin. Apply before underneath makeup for flawless bridal perfection.

Stay Waterproof on your Wedding Day!

Worried you’ll ruin your makeup from all the teary-eyed moments on your wedding day? The Beauty with Julie girls have put together some products for staying smudge-proof on your special day!

Makeup Forever has its own Aqua line which features an array of waterproof products:

  • Aqua Cream Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow– With an eyeshadow primer underneath, use this for your base with another eyeshadow on top and your eye makeup is completely cry-proof!
  • Aqua Creamliner Waterproof Cream Eyeliner– We prefer cream or gel liners because they’re easier to work with. Available in many different shades so maybe you’ll dare to wear turquoise eyeliner knowing it wont move!
  • Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil– Perfect your pout by lining the lips and filling them in. Kiss your hubby all night assured your lip color will stay put!
  • Aqua Smokey Extravagant Waterproof Mascara– This is a must have! Lashes stay full yet defined and won’t run down your face when you say your I’Dos!

Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer– Yes, we know it is appropriate to wear waterproof eye makeup for our special day, but what do we use for the under eye area? This creamy, color correcting concealer will banish those dark circles and stay crease free all night long!

Revlon Colorstay Foundation– Although it is not advertised as a waterproof foundation, we’ve worn this in a pool and it didn’t budge! Just be sure to apply it in thin layers since it is a thicker, more pigmented formula. There are an array of shades for every skin tone and it even caters to normal/dry and combo/oily skins types.

Hope this helps you gorgeous ladies stay streak free on your wedding day! Xo

Mother-Daughter Styled Shoot with YTK Photography

Awhile back I had approached the fabulous Katherine Wright of YTK Photography  about doing a styled mother/daughter winter photo shoot. This is something my mother and I have always wanted to do! Not to mention it is always a wonderful time collaborating with Miss Katherine! She is beyond amazing at what she does, and her authentic ideas never cease to amaze me! You will notice a lot of my work on here is done by this talented vixen. I highly recommend YTK Photography to all of my brides to be!


My mother has been an inspiration of mine for the past 25 years of my life. I often model myself professionally and personally after the strong woman and mother she has become. Today, I live by the inspiring words she always said to me, “Go Dazzle the World with Your Talent!” Thank you for giving me wings, forever believing in me, and supporting my dreams! Love you a Bushel & A Peck! Xo

Visit the YTK Photography Blog to see more of their beautiful work!
Hair & Make-up by my fellow make-up artist and good friend Erica Sherman

Maigan & Nick’s State Room Wedding

Maigan and Nick celebrated their marriage on October 18, 2014, at The State Room located in the heart of downtown Albany, New York. This sweet couple met in the library of the Sage College of Albany and from this point on it was pure bliss! I was fortunate to meet Maigan from The Knot Wedding Network. It has been a pleasure working with her as we developed a flawless look for her wedding day! I just love her simplistic yet passionate outlook on life. Maigan carried this through on her big day by incorporating a very special and sentimental surprise within her gorgeous bouquet done by her maid of honor. Maigan and Nick, it means so much to have witnessed the joy of your wedding day. Congratulations to you both on finding the perfect person to share all your days with!

A huge thank you to the extremely talented Trisha Millier for capturing these wonderful moments of Maigan and Nick’s special day! You can visit more of her amazing work here.

 

Meghan & Brian Goodspeed’s Happily Ever After

Beauty with Julie had the pleasure of performing bridal make-up services for the beautiful Meghan Goodspeed as she married the love of her life and best friend, Brian, of 10 years! Meghan and Brian tied the knot at The Inn at Erlowest, a magnificent stone castle located on beautiful and historic Lake George, in the heart of the majestic Adirondack Mountains. I also had the pleasure of working with Meghan’s sweet and fun family (she is one of four sisters!) who lit up the room with laughter! Meghan is a natural beauty and so easy going, its no wonder she looked flawless on her wedding day! As the morning turned to afternoon, the final touch ups began for Meghan and her bridal party. During this time, tears started to form for a very emotional “first look” reveal to Brian. From today forward, you’ll be partners in a great adventure. Here’s to wishing that you’ll grow even closer as you work together to make your dreams come true and that you’ll look back on this day as only the beginning of your beautiful happily-ever-after!

Thank you to Photography by Cool Cat who captured these gorgeous images of Meghan and Brian’s special day! Hair by the talented James Joseph of The Epiphany of Hair Design.

The Goodales – 9.12.14

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 I often say happiness is marrying your best friend & this my beauty’s is exactly what Erin and Greg Goodale are! I am quite certain you and I can both see this through these charming images of their beautiful wedding day at The Century House by Photographics Solution of Hudson, New York. I met Erin one year ago at The Albany Bridal Show at Normanside Country Club and I have had the pleasure of working with this lovely lady ever since! Beauty with Julie glammed Erin for her engagement photos as well!

View more of their engagement photo shoot by Photographics Solution here!

Erin and Greg Goodale are soulmates who make life come to life. They truly know how to light up a room with their sweet and humble personality’s. I wish you both the very best as you carry on a lifetime of happiness together! Congratulations you two! I look forward to continuing our wonderful friendship!

Hair by Amanda Conrad of Axis Salon

Love is the shortest distance between hearts – Jill & Brian Pritchett Say “I Do”

 Words cannot express how happy I am for one of my dearest and oldest friends who married her soul mate and best friend on September 13, 2014 at the Onteora Mountain House nestled in the catskill mountains. This venue easily captured my heart and will remain a favorite of mine! So…two years living in different area codes, but no matter the miles between them Jill and Brian have always been there for each other. Jill and Brian are a perfect pair who have made it so easy for each other! As they said their own vows and “I do’s,” it was truly a tender and triumphant moment for the two of them. I could literally feel their love and pride through the strength of their embrace..”We did it!” They portray an unconditional love that I know will last forever and always. Congratulations to the both of you, I wish you a lifetime of happiness on your next adventure together!!

Images by the talented Paul Saunders Photography!
Hair by Lori Sawicki-Solomon of Andrew Marke Salon

Videography  by Josh Adler of LPA Video

Hashtag Melzone Wedding

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Where do we begin?! I met Kristen at The Albany Bridal Show hosted by Events with Style in October of 2013, and I have had the pleasure of working with this wonderful lady ever since! Kristen and her best friend Erin, who was also a Beauty with Julie bride, had their bridal make-up trials done together and had the chance to rock their look all night! A few short months later, I worked with Kristen for her beautiful engagement shoot with Elario Photography Inc.
View more images from their e-shoot here!

  Every time I am with Kristen and Steve, I can literally feel the unconditional love they have for each other! They are a perfect math and I am so happy for the both of you! The morning of Kristen’s special day at The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake was filled with laughter, glamour, romance, and of course plenty of hashtags!  As most of you may know this, Kristen and Steve are quite the social media enthusiasts. Hence, their entire wedding was captured by the infamous #melzonewedding. Even check out the awesome image by Elario Photography Inc. of their rings! Congratulations Kristen and Steve!! Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness together! I look forward to continuing a wonderful friendship : )

View more stunning images by Elario Photography Inc. of Kristen and Steve’s wedding here! http://elariophotography.com/kristen-steves-crooked-lake-house-wedding-photos/

These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ – Deanna & Juan Tie The Knot

10665237_10152641627929300_2362183263839484397_n10590426_10152641627404300_3430113549440402616_nDeanna and her bridal party sported these rockin’ cowboy boots down the aisle! The girls’ American spirit glowed as they stood by Deanna while she married the love of her life, Juan! I met Deanna in March of 2014, when she came to me for her bridal make-up trial.  I have had the pleasure of working with Deanna and her family for some time now! I really can’t say enough great things about Deanna’s wonderful family, and this dream outdoor rustic barn wedding they created for their sweet daughter. It was a pleasure sharing Deanna and Juan’s special day with them. Congratulations you two!!

Images by the talented Louis Torres Photography
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