This is a special #tbt as this wedding was so special and near and dear to my heart. Lauren is my husband's cousin but has also been one of my closest friend for many years! When my husband and I were just friends, Lauren was the one who said to me "you know he's in love with you right?!" Lauren and I have had so many good and funny memories together over the years and I was honored when she asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding! Not only was I a bridesmaid but I had the pleasure of doing Lauren and her mom's makeup for her big day. We flew down to NC from NY with a bunch of family members (im fairly certain we took up the entire plane!) to celebrate Lauren and Matt's special day. It was one of the most fun weddings I've ever been to!
It was such a pleasure doing Stephanie's makeup for her big day. I met Stephanie at my friend Corinne's bachelorette party (she's her aunt). Stephanie and her sisters were a blast to hang out with at the party and we had a lot of fun together. After I did Corinne's makeup for her wedding, Stephanie reached out and asked if I would do her makeup for her wedding as well. I was honored! I had a lovely time in the morning hanging out with her, her daughters (who I also adore), her niece Jessica, and her cute dogs. I was so happy to do Jessica's makeup again! She is such a total sweetheart and really cool to talk to and spend time with. Congratulations Stephanie! I hope you're enjoying your honeymoon (super jealous bc she's on a beach right now!) ☀️🌊
It was great meeting Marilin and chatting with her about her upcoming wedding. She's not getting married for another year-plus but I always say it's great getting things done earlier than later for your wedding. When I was getting married my husband and I tried to get as much done as early as possible too, so I can certainly relate. We were discussing her June 2018 wedding and once again I was dreaming about the summer, especially with this storm that's coming tomorrow. I miss the sun and the warm weather.
Marilin had a couple previous trials that she was unhappy with. So we went slowly step by step so we can achieve her perfect look for her. I was SO happy because she was so happy with the results! What do you think of Marilin's makeup?!
Laura and I had our trial scheduled for months before meeting. When Laura walked in and we got to chatting I knew right away we would totally click. She is just so nice and we got along so well. My kitten even loved her! Lol! She was easy going but decisive, which I totally appreciate. It always makes my day when potential clients are the nicest people ever. The look Laura was going for was some drama in the eyes. We complimented the eyes with a brightening lip color. She looked super gorge and I'm honored to be joining her on her wedding day! What do you think of Laura's Trial?
Bride-to-be Paula 👰🏽 came with one of her bridesmaids/ one of her best friends from childhood, Cassie, to my apartment for Paula's makeup trial this past weekend. They were literally the funniest and sweetest girls ever. I had the best time doing Paula's makeup as she and Cassie cracked jokes. The 3 of us had so much in common and laughed and talked throughout the entire trial.
Christina did Paula's hair at her home salon and it was exactly as Paula described to me that she wanted. She looked so beautiful! Christina had such a wonderful time with them as well. After our appointments with Paula and Cassie we were texting and gushing how amazing they both were!
I loved how easy going Paula was with her hair and makeup looks. Sometimes when we get our makeup done we can focus on the smallest things, but not Paula. She looked in the mirror and saw immediately how beautiful she looked. Ladies we have to remember how beautiful we are. Look in the mirror today and give yourself a compliment. Don't focus on that pimple, the sunburned nose, or the bags under your eyes. Practice self love today!
Christina and I are so excited to join Paula, her family, and friends on her big day on October 15th this year! Congratulations Paula and we can't wait to see you in the fall! 🍁🍂
On Sunday we dolled Katie up for her bridal shower. One of RWAG's freelance hairstylists, Christina, curled Katie's pretty blonde hair down into beautiful waves. For makeup, Katie wanted flawless skin and for her eyes to pop without the look seeming super dramatic. Katie was so cool to hang out with. Both Christina and I loved working with her. Congratulations Katie!
Yes, I know it's Tuesday😊
So I'm quite busy over the next few weeks. I just got back from an amazing, fun, and romantic trip with my hubby in Chicago. If you're my Facebook friend, sorry to blow up your news feed🙈 But I wanted to share the great time we had.
I was WAY overdue for a manicure. Like embarrassingly overdue. This Memorial Day Weekend we were in Chicago as I mentioned, this upcoming weekend we are going to my darling friend Darcy's wedding in Bermuda, and the weekend after we are going to celebrate our awesome cousin Jay's 40th birthday in Vegas! So I needed a polish that was fabulous but not too colorful where it would clash with a dress for a wedding.
I was drawn to this clear looking polish with specs of gold. It felt both fabulous for Vegas but classy for my friend's wedding. I also reshaped my coffin nails back to stiletto shape (inspiration from my last client who had awesome nails). You can't really see how they gleam in the photos so check out my like 5 second Instagram vid @rebelle1010. Let me know what you think. Or show me yours! I could use some summer mani-inspiration.
Ariana, my beautiful client, graduated from college today and wanted to look extra special and get her hair and makeup done. Congratulations Ariana! Doesn't she look gorge?!!!!!!
Laura and I had a great time with Shayna! Laura did her hair and I did her makeup this beautiful Sunday morning☀️. She was so funny and we had so much fun glamming her up for her bridal shower today. She looked so beautiful! Her gorgeous eyes popped and her hair looked beyond radiant! We took a short silly "live video" below while Laura was curling her hair. Then her fiancé came by and we took some quick photos. They are so cute together. You can see the glow on her face (partially due to the highlighter lol) but also because she beams around him. Adorable! Have a great shower, Shayna!
Please see below for my (previously live) video to learn how to apply setting powder over foundation. I'll also show you which setting powder I use on myself and all my clients. Goofy commentary included.
I had such a muted mani going on, that I decided I needed something wild and crazy. I love the blue, it's so fun and edgy. Gorgeosa💙💙💙💙.
Also, the color is called Rue du France and I have a slight obsession with France (huge obsession with Paris, ugh, love it.)
For my last manicure I wanted to do something a bit more muted. I rented an amazing dress from Rent the Runway and since it was a very fabulous dress, I felt I needed to go a bit more natural with hair, makeup, and nails in an effort to not look overdone. I was SO in the mood to rock some edgy nails, but I wanted a classy look for Lauren's beautiful wedding at the Fox Hollow. Congratulations to Lauren & Danny! We had an amazing time at their wedding!
I started a new section of my blog called "Makeup or Breakup?" With so many beauty products out there, I'm always looking for honest reviews (which are hard to find). So I'll inform you about the amazing products out there and the not-so-amazing products that you should break up with! I'll be giving my unbiased reviews of beauty products for you all & hey, If you're ever curious about a product, ask me to try it for you! I always love an excuse to buy makeup ;)
Makeup or Breakup?
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
I'm always on the market for a fabulous mascara. I don't wear a ton of makeup on the daily but I'll typically wear mascara. Gun to my head, if I could only wear one makeup product it would be mascara. Or foundation. No... definitely mascara (please don't put a gun to my head).
Beyond loving the sass of a name like Perversion, it's a great mascara. It coats the lashes really well, even after one stroke. Personally, like a potato chip, I can never go for just one. I'm a several-coats-of-mascara kind of girl. But even one coat makes your lashes pop like WHOA and the brush gives pretty good control.
Being that it's a very wet formula you might want to be extra careful when applying so it doesn't get on your lid. However, it's extremely easy to wipe off with a wet Qtip if you do get it on your lid. That being said, it's also extremely easy to get off before bed at night. I use a wet face wipe before bed and I get everything off with just one. Before bed I hate fussing with getting mascara off and sometimes I'm really not in the mood to go through all the hassle. I love that this is easily removable.
Generally, my eyes tear a lot and are sensitive to wind and the cold, but the mascara doesn't get all over my face. However, I did have a good cry sesh once and it was all over my face. So if you're going to a wedding where you know you'll be balling your eyes out, I'd go the waterproof route. I don't use this on my brides because it's too much of an emotional day and not worth the risk. But on an every day basis, it's perfectly wonderful to use (unless you cry a lot on a daily basis, which, then, aw hunny).
Also, since the mascara coats your lashes so well, it could be very heavy. So it tends to look heavy if you add a lot of coats. So, sometimes when my mascara is fairly dry after about 10 minutes, I'll use an eyelash curler AFTER putting on my mascara. A word of advice, though, if you're going to try this you must be very gentle and go very slowly to avoid ripping any lashes out.
The only con for me is that it does flake a little bit throughout the day. Also, I wish it came in a waterproof version. But it probably will eventually if there's a demand for it and the mascara becomes quite popular, which I think it is.
Overall, this mascara is near perfect. It's formula is super black which makes your eyes stand out beautifully. I normally buy waterproof mascaras, but it's so easy to take off at night and it really looks so beautiful on your eyes that I am converted, cue the halo around my head.😇
Also, one of the best parts is that it has ingredients in it to simulate lash growth! Raise your hand if you had permanent fake lashes put on at a place and they damaged your real lashes 🖐🏻 (Elena I know you know what I mean lol)! Unless it's all in my head, after using this mascara for a well it seemed to make my lashes stronger, healthier, and more... well... there!
I'm going with a definite "Makeup!" I totally love this near-perfect mascara.
Have you tried this mascara before? Is there a mascara you absolutely love? Please comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts!!
Winner of the Free Makeover Contest!
If you or a friend is getting married, a bridesmaid in a wedding, going to an event, or would like to get your makeup done for a night out, I’ll do it for free! If you liked my Facebook page, you were automatically entered to win a free makeover (worth $100). If you shared any of my page posts, you were entered twice! Check out my video to see who got randomly picked last night! It might be you…
If you missed out this time, you can like my Facebook page (click here) and maybe I’ll do it again soon… ;)
Thank you to everyone who continues to support!
So you're thinking about your first dance. You both know basically how to dance, well how to sway back and forth. But maybe you fear that it'll get boring for 4 minutes doing the ole back and forth sway. So you're thinking of taking dance lessons.
My husband (fiancé at the time) and I decided last minute to take dance lessons. AKA I decided to take dance lessons and realized last minute that I wanted to do it. Our wedding song (I Choose You by Sara Bareilles) is not exactly a slow song. It has a beat that is difficult to dance to. So off to the dance studio we went.
The instructor was nice, she was young and adorable. We decided to learn a choreographed dance for our song. So she taught us some basic dance steps, which I thought I'd be amazing at. WRONG. Of course, my husband was really great at it and I kept stumbling over my feet. Or forgetting what to do. Or counting to 10 when the counts were supposed to go to 6. Whoops.
Although I was embarrassed to not be great at something, I was determined to practice and become really good at it. I'm also super competitive. Upon our second dance class I got better, still not amazing (or good), but hey, practice helps. I would ask my husband to go over the steps with me at home. I really wanted to get better and rock it!
Well we were a few days away from our third dance lesson (and only a month away from the wedding) and the studio called us saying our instructor was "sick until further notice" (um... Ok?) and we could start over with someone else. Who could take us only at like 11 at night. Wanting to dance really beautifully for our first dance, I considered it. But the thought of starting a new routine just weeks before our wedding just added to our stress. We decided not to continue and decided just to wing it at the wedding. I am a bit of a "planner" (see: control freak), but my stress level for the wedding was already at a high and I didn't want to add to it. So we wung it. (Is "wung" a word??)
In the end I'm glad we did our own thing. I thought swaying back and forth would be awkward and boring for 4 minutes. But I realized, who the hell cares? If people are bored, oh well! Too bad for them. I looked into my husband's eyes and we smiled, laughed, joked, hugged, kissed, and just enjoyed dancing together. It was very romantic and beautiful for us, and that's all that mattered. Instead of counting steps I was having fun and living in the moment.
Hey, if you have plenty of time to learn a dance then that's great! I'm not saying to avoid it at all costs. It just didn't work for us, and if you find that it doesn't work for you that's OK too. If you can practice it so much that you don't have to think about it, then totally go for it. But it's not necessary. Just have fun and enjoy the moment. It's ok to be silly, it's ok for people to be bored. Just have the best time and enjoy your first dance as husband and wife 😍
Happy anniversary to our best friends Jenny and Anthony! Today is the actual anniversary of their wedding 4 years ago!
I did Jenny's makeup for her wedding as well as most of her bridesmaids that day, many of whom are my friends too. It was such a great day and I was so happy doing Jenny's makeup because I got to spend some special time with her on one of the most important days of her life.
Jenny is a beautiful person inside and out and one of the kindest people you'll ever meet. She also laughs at my jokes, even when I'm not funny and always makes me smile. Anthony is hilarious, has a great heart, is so fun, and is always the life of the party. We had an amazing time at their wedding at the North Ritz Club and Jenny looked so beautiful. Her Ines Di Santo dress from Bridal Reflections (where Jenny works) was AMAZE. Love you Jenny and Anthony! Happy Anniversary!
Here is an amazing recap video their videographer did for them if you'd like to check it out! It's so beautiful I love it. Happy anniversary!
Since this is the month of love, and I love all of my darling
I have decided to do something special for you.
I am going to give away a FREE MAKEOVER WORTH $100
This makeover includes full makeup application & fake lash application
To Win, You Must...
1) Like my Facebook page (not just like my post, but you must like my Facebook PAGE Rebelle With a Gloss and be a member of it) Click below to like my page, it's so easy!
2) "SHARE" this post on Facebook. Look how easy... simply click "share" below. You can title it "free makeover!" and post!
STEP 1 & 2 are right under here! Just remember to do both to enter.
Click "like" and then click "share" and make sure you're signed into Facebook. That's it!
Rules & Options
If you win this $100 makeover...
- Pamper yourself, get all beautiful and fabulous for a night out!
- Give it to someone else. For example, if you win, but...
- You have a friend/ family member who is a bridesmaid in a (local) wedding
- You know a bride-to-be who would like to put this amount towards her own wedding makeup (minimum amount required - we will discuss this)
- You have a friend/family member who's having a fabulous party or date and wants to get done up
- You're a dude who won and you don't want your makeup done. No worries! Give it to someone special like your wife, sister, mom, or hey, if you want it for yourself then that's cool too! No judgment!
- It will take place at my apartment in Lynbrook, NY (unless it is for a wedding, then we can discuss it and I would be willing to travel to you)
- You may not combine this with any other promotions I may offer
- Your makeup application is by appointment only and based on availability
- If you're giving it to someone else, please let me know who.
The last day to "like and share" is February 28th
The lucky winner will be drawn on LEAP DAY! February 29th.
I will take a video of me picking the winner so you know I'm not playing favorites ;)
Good luck! xo
As I've been told, "coffin" nails sounds kind of creepy. OK. I understand that. I guess having grey/ mauve coffin nails last time didn't really help my case. But I love them anyway, they're AMAZE. The coffin nail shape gives my red nails a little edge and look super cool. What's everyone else rockin today for Mani Monday? Please comment or post a pic below! xo
Here's a chart showing the different nail shapes:
Enjoy and feel free to comment below <3
#TBT to Krystina's Wedding! She was one of the first brides I did bridal makeup for years ago when I launched my business. She was so organized, easy going, funny and knew what she wanted. My kind of girl! Her bridesmaids were great girls and we had a lot of fun the day of her wedding. Krystina and I became fast friends throughout the process. She's such an awesome girl and a lot of fun to be around. Good thing for #TBT, because that reminds me to reach out to her and say hello! Enjoy Krystina's beautiful pictures, please feel free to comment below or like my facebook page here