Stephanie M's Wedding Day

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!) ☀️🌊

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Mani Monday - Jet Setting

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. 

Yes, in the background that is a hat filled with nachos from the Cub's game we went to.  

Yes, in the background that is a hat filled with nachos from the Cub's game we went to.  

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. 

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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. 

Getting dolled up for Graduation

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?!!!!!!

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Getting Shayna Gorge for her Bridal Shower!

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!

After! Doesn't she look gorgeous!? 

After! Doesn't she look gorgeous!? 

Makeup Tutorial Video - Using Powder to Set Foundation

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. 

Mani Monday! Hot and wild blue nails

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💙💙💙💙.  

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Also, the color is called Rue du France and I have a slight obsession with France (huge obsession with Paris, ugh, love it.)

Makeup or Breakup? Acure Coconut & Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes

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It's like the guy who seems perfect... He's gorgeous, sweet, smells great, has a good job... he's good on paper. But then you get to know him & he's a real asshole. I sooo wanted to like this face wipe. It's cruelty free, sulfate free, silicon free, paraben free, petroleum free, gluten free, vegan (in case you want to eat it?), and blah etc. I love argan oil, and coconut oil is supposed to be super hydrating. So I spent the extra few bucks and bought it.

I pictured wiping off my makeup before bed, smelling like delicious coconuts. My skin beaming with hydration. Then, drifting off into a sweet slumber with dreams of being fed grapes and being fanned with giant leaves. Awakening to glowing, beautiful skin. All because of these wipes.

As I took the first wipe out, it felt extremely flimsy. Oh well, I thought. I started wiping my foundation off and the thin towelettes started crumbling, essentially falling apart. I opened a second one. I started attempting to take my (usually easy to remove) mascara off. Then I felt a tingle by my eye. Then a burn, oh god it burns! It was not at all the pleasant feeling I expected and hoped for. I kept pushing through the burn, and instead of the mascara coming off, it just smeared across my face. Kind of like this:

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It was not a good look and it took at least three towelettes to get all my makeup off. My skin did not feel hydrated, it felt abused from excessive rubbing to try and get all the makeup off. As much as I appreciate Acure’s attempt to make something without all the “bad” ingredients, but the execution was poor. The only good thing I can say about the product is that it smells amazing on your face. That is all. But again, if it smells amazing, seems amazing, but is better in your head than in real life, then you have to cut it loose and say goodbye. #shitjustgotrealdeep. It's a definite breakup for me.

 

Mani Monday! Muted Mani for Lauren's Wedding

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!

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Makeup or Breakup? Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

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!

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!

Your First Dance... Take Lessons or Wing it?💃🏻

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. 

Yeah... about that...

Yeah... about that...

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. 

I don't have my professional pictures back yet but here's a cute picture that one of our friends took of our first dance.

I don't have my professional pictures back yet but here's a cute picture that one of our friends took of our first dance.

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 😍

#tbt Jenny & Anthony's Wedding

Happy anniversary to our best friends Jenny and Anthony! Today is the actual anniversary of their wedding 4 years ago! 

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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!

Rebelle-ious Give Away Worth $100 - Want to Win?

 

Since this is the month of love, and I love all of my darling

Rebelles

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

Mani Monday! Valentine's Day Sparkly Red Coffin Nails💅🏻

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 Krystina's Wedding

#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

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Mani Monday! Mauve-Gray Coffin Nails

I love my signature stiletto nail, but I wanted a change. I love to switch it up with my nails. I get bored of the same ole same ole.

I had an aquamarine shimmery stiletto nail going previously, and I wanted something in the nude family and wanted to switch the nail shape up. Coffin nail, although it's a bit of a strange name, it's a pretty cool shape. Mine isn't super dramatic because it's not easy transitioning from stiletto nails to coffin nails, but I still love what my nail lady did.

I was inspired by some winter lip colors and found a color that is kind of a mauve-gray. I found it to be very chic and I'm really into it!

(I'm in love with these leggings by the way! Very cool and they actually fit great for the material)

What do you think of the nails? What are my Rebelles rockin? I could use some inspiration for my next mani in 3 weeks!

xo

Changing your last name - What to do and how to do it

Congratulations on your new marriage! This is a fun and exciting time, but it can also be confusing on what to do and how to go about doing it.

I was excited to change my last name. Admittedly, though, it is a weird thing changing 1/2 of your name. When introducing myself to people I felt like I was playing pretend. But changing my last name also felt like a fresh start. I feel like it's symbolic of the new and exciting chapter of my life I'm beginning. But how to go about it and where to get started can be pretty darn confusing. So let me help you out the best I can...

Part of our engagement photos. Photographed by Mekina Saylor

Part of our engagement photos. Photographed by Mekina Saylor

Where to start

The very first thing you have to do before anything else is change your name through the social security administration. You can't do anything else before you do this. This part is a relatively easy process if you do it right, which of course I did not, but it helps me help you!

 

What do I need to fill out?

Here is the link to the form you need to print and fill out for social security. You only need to print page 5. You're welcome!

 

What do I need to send/bring?

You do not need to go to your local social security office in person, but you can. But if you work (the offices don't have great hours) and have no patience for government offices like I don't, then just mail it in.

It's hella confusing what documents you need. But I'll make it easy for you. If you're a U.S. citizen and have gotten married within 2 years then all you need to include is your new marriage certificate. That's it!

The thing I did wrong was that I sent a copy of it, when they needed the original. So make sure to mail your original marriage certificate/ document (the one with the raised emblem).

You do NOT need to include your birth certificate, license, passport or anything like that. Just your marriage certificate, which I suggest mailing in a manila envelope so it doesn't get folded. But I'm super anal like that, so if you don't care then fold away.

 

Where to send it?

Go here to determine the closest social security office to mail it to in your area. Type in your zip code and it'll let you know.

 

How long does it take?

It's a 2-3 week process. It doesn't take too long. Unless you mail in a copy of the marriage certificate instead of the original one and they put a huge X through it and you have to do it all over again. =/ MEH.

 

Now what?

Now you can get your name changed at the DMV. "Woohoo! The DMV!" -Said no one, ever

 

DMV forms

Unfortunately, you DO need to go to the DMV in person. As much as we all loathe going to the DMV, I'm going to tell you a trick that will save you hours. If you go to the DMV's website, there is now an option to make an appointment. Yes, seriously, make an appointment with the DMV. Here is the link for my New Yorkers. Make sure you have all your forms already filled out and ready to go for your appointment. I know, I'm the best.

This is the form you will need to print and fill out just to change your last name on your license. (MV-44)

If you own or lease a car, you will also need to change your name on the car registration info. Here is the form for that (MV-82). Make sure to fill out sections 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7.

P.S. On the forms where it asks for your full name, remember to write your new married name, since you changed it through social security and that is your new, full name. On one of the forms, it will ask for your former name on the second page. That is where you can write your maiden name.

 

What do I do when I get to the DMV?

If you made an appointment, and you definitely SHOULD, then all you have to do is find the machine, scan your ticket, and you'll be called. I was literally called in like sixty seconds. Hopefully the same will happen for you. I scanned my ticket, sat down, and once my butt hit the bench I was called. Although there were tons of people there waiting, I was in and out of the DMV in a half hour. The reason it took "so long" was because the first person who helped me was new, and didn't know how to process registrations. So I had to wait for another worker to help me. After the second person processed my paperwork, the system shut down and she literally had to start all over again. If that didn't all happen, I would have been in and out in 15 minutes. I also have to mention that the DMV workers at the Bethpage office were all incredibly nice. It was overall a nice and easy experience. I did not expect that at all.

 

When will I get my new license?

It cost about $12 to process my new license. They said it will come in the mail in about 2 weeks. (I'll report back when I actually receive it and let you know real-time stats.) They gave me a temporary card (that I will never use). It's a similar paper to the one I got when I received my permit 14 years ago, I mean, ummm a few years ago, since I'm so young and vibrant...


What else?

Now that your name is changed on your license, you should also change your name at any that applies to you:

  • At your bank (if you haven't already)
  • On your cell phone (for caller id purposes, too)
  • At work (W-2's)
  • Credit cards
  • Student loans
  • Your insurance companies (car, health, home, rent, life).
  • School
  • Doctors and pharmacy
  • Post office
  • Utility companies (electric, phone, cable, gas).
  • Magazine and newspaper subscriptions
  • State and federal tax departments
  • Your landlord / mortgage company
  • Library

If you have any questions, please comment below and I'll be glad to help answer any questions that I can! Good luck and congratulations!

Can you not Bring a Gift to a Wedding? Sure, if you're a Jerk...

Can you not give someone a gift for their wedding? Physically, yes, you have the capability to avoid the ATM or refuse to write a check. You can even cover your eyes when you pass the card store. Some blogs will tell you that you don’t have to give the bride and groom a gift. I find that to be complete and utter BS.

I’m someone who has been on both sides of it. I’ve been both a bride and a guest.  I’ve attended weddings when I wasn’t making much money at my previous job. But guess what I still did? I gave the bride and groom a gift! For some weddings I gave more, for some I gave less. But, despite any circumstances, I gave something. In my opinion, if you’re planning on going to someone’s wedding, you either give them a gift or you don’t go.

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To quote Heidi M. from a WeddingBee forum: “When you’re invited to a wedding, you bring a gift. No ifs, ands, or buts. Maybe things are different outside of the east coast, but if you’ve chosen to attend a wedding, you most definitely bring a gift. Would you go to a friend’s house for dinner without bringing a bottle of wine, or some dessert? No, I hope not! It’s the same premise. If you were going out to dinner you’d have to pay the bill, why would you attend a wedding, drink unlimited drinks, eat great food, and not bring a gift? That’s crazy. This topic makes me livid! Attending a wedding and not giving a gift is extremely rude. If you’re that down and out, stay home and make up some excuse as to why you can’t go, and then send the newlyweds a nice card acknowledging their new marriage. Couples send out save the dates and invites almost a year before the wedding, if you can’t put aside $5 a week to get them something decent, then really, just don’t go. The couple will understand.”

I could not agree more. I find it extremely rude. We had about 7 people not give us gifts at all. Yes, really! 3 people (one couple, and one person who was coming solo) plain and simple did not show up for our wedding. They RSVP’d yes, but did not show up, nor give a reason or apologize, nor send a card or gift. The 4 remaining people came, danced, drank their faces off, ate, ate some more, drank some more, and went home.

It costs the bride and groom so much money to put a wedding together and it is incredibly insulting when people don’t so much as give you a small gift, or even a congratulatory card. I can understand not following the "you should cover your plate" rule, as we determined that probably 85 percent of our guests did not cover their plates. But our budget is not their budget. Some people go and give what they want to give/ can give, despite what the plates cost, and that's fine! But going and not giving a gift at all? Not showing up and not sending a gift? Not fine! I truly find it unbelievable.

So can you go to a wedding and not give a gift? Sure! Can you RSVP yes, and not show up? Mmmm k! But if you do either of those things, then, plain and simple, you're a jerk.