Bridal Show Month: The Cookery

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Photo Courtesy of Krystal Kast

February is Bridal Show Month for Makeup for Your Day! Our final bridal show for February was back in Durham at The Cookery! This venue is also historic and has a very unique and urban feel to it.

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Megan and I at the Cookery!

This event had a live band and the guests were encouraged to visit every vendor for a chance to enter a raffle!

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Photo Courtesy of Krystal Kast

Guests could enjoy live music, a full bar and some yummy flatbread options from Donovan’s Dish.

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Tre Bella once again provided a beautiful setting for our booth
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Megan and I had so much fun chatting with brides and their fiances about their upcoming wedding plans! We met guests who were just recently engaged and some that were just putting the finishing touches on their events.

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Photo Courtesy of Krystal Kast

Bridal shows are a great way to get to chat with vendors and see venues fully decorated. If you find yourself at a bridal show in the future, please make sure you stop by and chat with us! My favorite part of it all is meeting couples and sharing in the excitement of planning a wedding and getting to know them.

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That wraps up our bridal shows before we enter this 2016 wedding season. We’ve got a lot of work to do catching up with all the brides we met at the shows this season! See you at the next show!
-Kelsi

Bridal Show Month: Museum of Life and Science

February is Bridal Show Month at Makeup for Your Day and I will be documenting all of the shows we went to! Megan and I were back in Durham again for a bridal show at the Museum of Life and Science.

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I think that this venue brought out the inner child in me. We were set up in the weather room and I don’t know how many vendors can say they could chat with brides next to a tornado!

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The museum set up this gorgeous alter.

Our models for this event were actually employees at the museum and were such a treat to chat with. They talked about how great it was to work for the museum!

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Hair and Makeup by Makeup for Your Day

There was live music, food trucks and live animals, all of which could be brought out at an event. I met a lizard and a snake at the bridal show! How cool is that!?

 

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Monica, an employee of the museum, played the role of the “bride” perfectly!

I also got to try some honey lavender ice cream from The Parlour ice cream bus! It was so delicious! Also, who doesn’t love running up to the ice cream truck for a sweet treat!

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Our “bridesmaid” model with her date! Hair and Makeup by Makeup for Your Day.

Megan and I got to chat with some great brides who had come to the museum. Some were already planning on having their wedding there, others were getting a feel for the place. I am sure after this fun night, the choice would be easy!

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Jessica Arden Photography Booth

Our booth was located next to Jessica of Jessica Arden Photography! She’s a good friend of Makeup for Your Day and a very talented photographer from Durham!

I will continue to document the bridal shows we attended this February on the blog! Catch up with us tomorrow to see where we will go next!

-Kelsi

Bridal Show Month: The Rickhouse

February is Bridal Show Month at Makeup for Your Day and I will be documenting all of the shows we attended! We were invited to be a vendor at The Rickhouse in Durham. This show was fun because it was on Valentine’s day, so it seemed extra romantic.

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I really like this venue because it carries so much charm and history. We had a great view of the brewery! Megan and I came out for this show and we got to chat with some great vendors and meet some of the fun brides-to-be! 

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We had our flowers provided for this show by Tre Bella and they were so gorgeous! I love the way they looked next to the brick background.

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Tre Bella’s Display at the Bridal Show

We had a great view of the big dance floor that The Rickhouse has. I feel like Durham brings out the unique creativity in people! At this event I got to meet Riley Mclean and see his tin types! What a cool way to take a portrait!

I will be documenting the rest of our February bridal shows this week! Tune in tomorrow to see where we went next!

-Kelsi

 

Bridal Show Month: Carolina Inn

February was Bridal Show month at Makeup for Your Day! We kicked it off at the Carolina Inn Bridal Show in Chapel Hill!

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Jen and Jen at the Carolina Inn Bridal Show

Caroline, Abbey, Megan and I started our day by making over our two gorgeous models.

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Models at the Carolina Inn Bridal Show. Hair and Makeup by Makeup for Your Day. Dresses provided by Tre Bella.

I had so much fun at this show because we come to the Carolina Inn several times a year for weddings, and it was great to see the place totally decked out. Several of our artists & stylists were able to come to the event to meet all of the brides that came out to the show.

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Members of our team with Heidi!

We even got to hang out with Heidi Dawson, the director of catering for the Carolina Inn and a good friend of the Makeup for Your Day team. One of our resident stylists, Megan is getting married this year and was able to attend the show with her fiance, Anthony!

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Anthony and Megan at the Carolina Inn

One of my favorite parts of bridal shows is the food! I don’t know that I have seen so many different food vendors in one place before! We had cake, pie, chicken and waffles on a stick, and there was even a s’mores bar. Yes.. a buffet where you could make your own s’mores. YUM! Jen and Susanne had to grab a cheerwine and donuts!

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Tasty treats were available all over The Carolina Inn!

I will documenting all of the bridal shows Megan and I went to in the month of February on the blog over the next few days! Please tune in tomorrow for more!

See you at the next show!

-Kelsi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight on: Clinique’s NEW Superprimers!

For anyone who battles redness, dullness or any other discoloration – meet Clinique’s new Superprimers. Many “corrective” primers have been popping up in the marketplace, but these are definitely going to give them a run for their money. 
Clinique’s new Superprimers come in 6 different formulas (shown above.) There is one for redness, dullness, sallowness, discoloration, dullness in darker skin tones and a regular primer formula. These primers create a perfect base for your foundation and help to brighten and even out skin tone before the foundation is even applied. 
The Superprimer also smoothes out your skin and will help your foundation stay true to its color and apply evenly. Once you apply your foundation and your concealer, set it all with powder and you will be set with a flawless face! 

Have you ever tried corrective primers – what do you think? We would love to know! Let us know in the comments box below!

10 Things to do for Your Skin Before Your Wedding

We get a lot of questions about what sort of preparation brides can do for their skin before the wedding. This infographic {courtesy of Simply Bridal} points out 10 important things that you should do to get, and keep, your skin in tiptop shape for the wedding.

Number 9 is especially important. At Makeup for Your Day our team of talented artists are equipped with high quality makeup with quality ingredients that will look and feel great on your skin. We think it is very important to have hair and makeup trials in case there is anything you want changed before the big day. This ensures that you look and feel your best on your special day!
To see photos of our brides after their hair and makeup trials with different members of our talented team, check out our Facebook page!

MYD Loves Classic Wedding Nails

Today we wanted to do a post on bridal nails. We did a post earlier on nail art (if you haven’t seen it, check it out here). We love when bridal nails and nail art are combined to create totally unique nail looks. Check out some of our favorite classic looks below!

Do you like classic nails for a wedding – or do you prefer more of a statement nail with pops of color? Let us know in the comments box below!

Toxic Shampoo Ingredients to Avoid

Although it may only take you a minute or two to wash your hair, doing it multiple times a week over your entire life adds up quickly! That is why you want to be sure that you aren’t absorbing tons of toxins.

Many of the chemicals in products haven’t been tested, and certainly haven’t been tested in conjunction with each other. So it is important to be aware of chemical ingredients and the harmful effects so that you can shop to avoid them.

Dioxane is found in shampoo and many other personal care products. Some baby shampoos even contain this toxin! This chemical is harmful to the kidneys, liver, brain and central nervous system.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a big part of what makes the shampoo lather. This ingredient is also used to clean car engines! This chemical in some shampoo formulas can alter your skin’s structure allowing the chemicals to penetrate deeper which makes it easier for the chemicals to get into your bloodstream.

Propylene Glycol is an active ingredient that is also found in antifreeze, tire sealants, paints, adhesives, enamels and engine coolants. This is a strong skin irritant that can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

You’ve probably heard of Parabens. It’s been a buzz word in beauty products for a while. There are many different types of parabens (methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben etc.) and they act much like estrogen which can cause metabolic, developmental and hormonal disruption.  

Ammonium Chloride is an eye irritant that can be harmful when inhaled.

Formaldehyde is suspected to be a human carcinogen that can cause respiratory problems, headaches and DNA damage in some individuals.

Finding an Alternative

Although many products will claim to be “natural” or “organic” it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are. A product that is labelled as natural, may include one or two natural ingredients, but still contain many chemicals. The only way to truly know is to read the label carefully.

Opt for plant-based and petroleum-free products. These products don’t lather easily, but with practice, you will get the hang of it! Although these products can be more expensive and have a shorter shelf life, but it is worth it to avoid the chemicals.

MYD Shares some SPF Tips

~ The best time to apply sunscreen is right after showering, or right before you leave the house. This is to enable the product to fully absorb into your skin to provide the desired protection.
~ Buy and apply a broad spectrum formula. This means that the formula will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
~ Although we all love the “do-it-all” products, if your moisturizer or foundation includes SPF that is under SPF 15 then you should apply another product that is (at least) SPF 30. Do not apply the second product until the first is fully absorbed.
~ Reapply your sunscreen every 1-2 hours.
            * Experts suggest that you apply sunscreen under your makeup, so how do you reapply during the day if you have also applied makeup? Beauty experts suggest SPF powders. They will absorb oil and protect you from UV rays. 
~ Although lips are on the face, most people don’t think they need to apply sunscreen to the lips like they do to their faces, but lips are also very vulnerable to sun damage. Apply a SPF balm under your favorite lip color, or find a lip balm that includes SPF in the formula.
~ Until recently, not much was said about UV damaged strands because you can’t get cancer from too much UV exposure to your hair. However, the UV rays can make your hair dull and dry. There are many spray-on SPF hair protectants and moisturizers that are great to spritz on before heading out. We also love summery statements such as beach hats to protect your face and hair from the sun. 
What are your SPF tips, or your fave products – we would love to know! Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or the comments box below!
  

Building an Awesome Eyeshadow Palette

We stumbled upon these awesome photos of Mac eyeshadow palettes {courtesy of Makeup Geek} and were inspired to write a post. These photos give a great overview of the colors available and is a good opportunity to find some eyeshadow shades that you don’t have and might want to try and add to your collection.

When dividing your colors into palettes, you can divide them by color groups, between mattes and shimmers, by neutrals or by what you use most frequently.

When placing the shadows in the palette, it is easy and more organized if the top row consists of the lightest colors which will work as your highlight. The middle row should consist of the blending shadows that are 1-2 shades darker. These colors work well as crease colors. The bottom row should be even darker and will work well on the lash line or the outer corner of the eye.

What are your favorite MAC eyeshadow colors? Do you see any here that you would love to try? We would love to know! Let us know via the comments box below, Twitter or Facebook!

Also, don’t forget to PIN what you love!