Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Celebrity Love..

I recently had the pleasure of working with local photographer Scott Cunningham of CMH magazine ( for a photoshoot with local celebrity Dominique Reighard of America's Next Top Model Cycle 10. The shoot was for a print ad for my dentist Dr. Schumann of Grove City Dental.

Dominique arrived to the shoot looking flawless, and not a stitch of make-up on. We talked about all her new endeavors, and more. The look I wanted to go for was natural, pretty, fresh, and clean. Her teeth were the focal point, and so an impeccable precise lip was a must.thumbs_1679-Dominique-Reighard04-2.jpg picture by makeup4weddings

Here we are doing touch-ups in between takes. Of course you all know I brought out my secret weapon: The Shimmer Brick by Bobbi Brown, and applied it to the apples of her cheeks.. Mac cremestick lip liner in: 'Ginger Root' was applied, with Sugar High Beauty Rush Lip gloss on top.

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A well defined eye in Sand and Sea Pallete by Estee Lauder, with individual lashes strategically placed, really made her eyes pop.

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Here I am, making sure everything is flawless...

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And here we are! The final product! Doesn't she look flawless? Do you want to achieve her pearly whites? Hop right over to my dentist Dr. Shumann, at Grove City Dental. Let them know your a client of mine, and receive a fabulous deal on Zoom Tooth Whitening! Give them a call at: 614-305-7500, or visit them online at: They have taken care of my teeth for years, and I love them!

Stay tuned cookies! On my next posting, is another "Gorgeous Gal Alert!"

Monday, May 25, 2009

Grandma was right!

I could not possibly be the only gal out there who fondly remembers watching her grandmother do the, "strangest faces" in the mirror every night :) Grandma was on to something. Facial exercises have been around for centuries, and have amazing benefits! Plus, I am all about saving you money.. This is perfectly free!

The Facial Map

Here we have the anatomy of the face. Below is more information on how the muscles all work together:

You should work all the muscle groups of the face so that the toning up and building up of facial muscles will be symmetrical. These are the muscle groups you'll be working on:

  • The muscles that surround the eyes - the circular orbicularis oculi muscles. When these muscles are worked, the small eyelid (palpebral) muscles are also worked, preventing hooded eyelids.
  • The muscle that surrounds the mouth - the circular orbicularis oris muscle. When this muscle is worked correctly, other smaller muscles of expression, like the zygomaticus, the buccinator, and the risorius are also worked.
  • The muscle of the chin - the mentalis muscle. When this muscle is exercised, the muscles at the front of the neck will also be brought into play.
  • The muscles at the front of the neck - the platysma and sternomastoid muscles. These muscles when they are toned up give a vigorous, vibrant, youthful appearance to a person.
  • The muscles of the head - the frontalis and occipitalis muscles at the front and back of the head. When the occipitalis muscle is brought under control and toned up, it will give a pleasing lift to the eyebrows. Gaining control of this muscle, especially for women, involves some hard work. Once the exercise for this muscle is mastered, though, it's easy to do and even refreshing.
  • The jaw muscles - the masseter and others. You don't have to be concerned about these because they get enough exercise when you chew food.
What are the benefits?

  • Prevent slack facial muscles
    • Never mind how good your skin care might be, you may get to the time in your life where all your facial muscles simply go slack, lax, saggy, baggy and crepey. The effect is that of a pile of washing - untidy and not that great to look at.
  • Achieve a smooth wrinkle-free skin
    • Facial exercises will do a great deal to promote a smooth wrinkle-free skin, and a vibrant glowing picture of health. Start your free facial exercises now, to achieve a more youthful look.
  • Facial exercises are economical - they are for free
    • Facial exercises will not take great effort or too much time, and pay handsome dividends in achieving a more smooth skin, with less wrinkles, lines and bags, glowing with health and vitality - a picture of a youthful looking you. You can't get more economical than these free facial exercises - so try the free facial exercises now.
  • Tone your facial firmness
    • These lines, wrinkles, folds and bags are not really wrinkles and lines as such, but are the supportive muscles in your face going soft - losing firmness, and not supporting the skin any more. Facial exercises can help with this - creating that facelift look with a non-surgical procedure.
  • Facial exercises for all ages
    • Facial exercises are not only for mature people to achieve a youthful, young, ageless and anti-aging face - but also for young people, to maintain their youthful looks.
    • Facial exercises are great for fighting wrinkles, and promoting a smooth, ageless, anti-aging skin, to really help you achieve that youthful looking you again.
  • Facial exercises do not create wrinkles
    • Facial exercises DO NOT cause wrinkles if done correctly - they actually help to make women and men look younger for longer, without a surgical facelift, by toning facial muscles. Surgical facelifts can be effective, but this type of cosmetic surgery is expensive, and can be traumatic. Why not try the free facial exercises as an alternative to a surgical facelift. The free facial exercises will not be as radical as the facelift, but will assist in achieving a younger looking face, without wrinkles and lines.
  • Facial exercises do not cause baggy skin
    • Facial exercises DO NOT cause loose and baggy skin - just the opposite. Incorrect exercises may cause problems, in the same way that incorrect exercises can hurt a muscle in your body. Some plastic surgeons promote and encourage the use of facial exercises, but many don't - why should they promote an exercise that achieves a firm, young, ageless looking face?
  • Surgical facelifts and facial exercises
    • Facelifts do work, but why go through a surgical procedure to achieve an ageless face, when you can simply and easily, for free and taking very little time, prevent these aging problems, and also turn back the clock to your young self. What more can we say - for free, you can have exercises to help achieve a more smooth skin, less wrinkles and a younger looking face.
    • A droopy double chin, or a couple of double chins, hanging cheeks, puckered up mouth, folds in your throat, puffy and droopy eyelids - does this sound familiar to the picture in the mirror? You have worked hard all your life to achieve a deserving ageless existence, and worked out your body muscles to stay in shape - but nobody ever told you to exercise your facial muscles to achieve that ageless look. Try the free facial exercises now.
    • Facial exercises have been around for a long time, but because there is no financial gain they are not well promoted. It makes you think, doesn't it?
    • The facial muscles connect to both the skin and the bone, and form the "cushion" on which the skin rests. If this cushion is flat, worn-out, compressed and not consistent in thickness, the skin will also not look its best.
    • Facial exercises not only benefit the supportive muscles, but also improve the skin and skin tone, as the increased blood flow to the skin assists in bringing nutrition to, and removing toxins from the skin.
    • The elasticity and health of the skin is determined greatly on the underlying tone, strength and vitality of the supporting facial muscles.
    • Facial muscle exercises, just like body muscle exercises, must be done regularly to achieve and maintain results. To get your facial muscles up to speed again, do these facial exercises daily, for at least a month, or until the desired effect is achieved, and then do these exercises at least three times a week to maintain the results.
    • Never mind how good your skin care regimen, or the skin care product you use, you may still need facial exercises to maintain the base muscles of your skin. In the same vein - facial exercises do not negate the use of skin care products - these two disciplines go hand-in-hand - and for a truly ageless look, both must be used together.
So, how do you do it? If you are in front of a computer, here is a free how-to-do video:

If you are reading this posting from your phone, give this a try (just one of many exercises):

Exercises for Double Chin

Everyone can correct the form and size of their chin by doing facial exercises. The secret of these exercises is that they strengthen the muscles, lift the skin and reduce under-chin fat. When you do these exercises regularly, that is once or twice daily, you can feel the first results after two weeks. And here are the exercises:

  • Sit down straight. Tilt your head back. Pull down the neck skin with your hand collarbone-high and keep holding so while you are exercising. Then pull your lower jaw forward and press your lips together. Hold in this position for 2 seconds. Then release for another two seconds and repeat again. Make 30 repetitions daily. You will feel the neck muscles and skin stretching. One doing this exercise looks like a fish in an aquarium.
  • Lie on your back with straight legs and hands on the floor near your thighs. Press your chin to your chest and hold in this position for 2 seconds. Then slowly tilt your head back, then again slowly press your chin to you chest. Make 25 repetitions.
  • Lie on your back with straight legs and hands on the floor near your thighs. Lift your head up, so that your chin is the highest point of the head, hold it for 2 seconds, then slowly release and lay your head down. Make 30 repetitions. You should feel your neck skin stretch.

Breathing Rules during Exercising

While you are doing these exercises make sure, that the rhythm of your breath is the same as the rhythm of your motions. For example, breathe in, as you lift your head and breathe out, as you lay your head down.

Well, give them a try! Send me an e-mail to say how it is working for you! Your never too young to start!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Recessionista Alert!

Hi everyone! So, I am super, duper excited to share that Target has a GREAT deal going on! Many of you know I adore my, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick... You also loved the way it looked when I applied it for you on your trial run with me, or wedding day...

At $40.00 dollars a pop however, this can be a little bit of a stretch for some.

The shimmer bricks give a nice luminescent healthy glow in pictures. Guess what cookies? Physicians Formulas makes the same product for $10.00! The pigments are just as rich, it is just that the compact is smaller.. Target is now selling these bricks for TWO FOR $12.00!!!!!!!!!! Yes! This is at most Target stores, so hurry while supplies last!
Here are the fabulous shimmer bricks by Bobbi Brown..
Here is one of my fav's by Physicians Formula. Don't let the shade fool you. This color works on the tannest of skins..
See how Hayden's cheeks are so luminescent? Not shiny, but glowy..
And Jennifer Aniston.. Again, very glowy.... Note.. For these two fabulous celebs, their own personal make-up artists supplied the make-up.

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Here are my two clients hanging out! Can you guess which one has on Bobbi Brown, and which one has on Physicians Formula? Hmmmm....

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My bride here.. Positively radiant! The shimmer brick is the way to go!

Okay, so I will spill the beans on this one.. ;) Rachel is wearing, 'healthy glow' by Physicians Formula!

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Amy is wearing Bobbi Brown.. See? It is hard to tell the difference..

So, what are you waiting for cookies? Head over to Target today, and pick these up! If you feel like splurging, head over to my beauty boutique, and purchase the Bobbi Brown. Either way, this is a must have in your make-up bag!

Gotta run! Beauty calls!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

What an honor!

Hello cookies! I recently had the pleasure of being a guest speaker at the Columbus Bridal Consultants monthly meeting. When I received the invitation from Heather Smith of 'Bridal Smiths', (, and Jamie Rapavy of 'Devoted To Details' ( I jumped at the opportunity. Not only did I get to interact with other fabulous wedding vendors, but I got to do live make-overs! What fun!

Special thanks to Emilie Duncan Event Planning, ( for being gracious enough to snap a few photos for me.

Here I am! Giving my bio, and professing my love for what I do..

I decided to use Quenetta Gordon of Something Blue Ohio event planning as my model..

I am so glad she said yes... She is beautiful! I had the opportunity to prove to another, 'minimalist' when it comes to make-up, how natural she would look.


By the time the evening had finished, I was able to offer my advice on an array of questions concerning make-up... It was so much fun! Until then, stay beautiful!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Gorgeous Guy Alert!

Hi tootsie pops!

So, I promised to do a gorgeous guy alert, and while I think this entire posting should be about my hubby, (smile) I have dedicated the post instead to two male models, and pals I had the pleasure to work with last week.

Our fabulous photographer was Shannon Williams Photography, whom I totally admire. Shannon photographed Arend, and Thomas in downtown Columbus on a gorgeous afternoon. Our music of choice was actually the bustling of on-lookers walking by, birds chirping, and the occasional honking female! Ha!

Here is Thomas.. Thomas is actually one of the top modeling agents in Ohio, but was a former model. Yep! I can see why!

And Arend. I always tease Arend and tell him that he looks like a prince in once of those fairy tale books.. Look at his hair, eyes, and jaw-line!

For both gentlemen, I used a tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier:
I used a clear mascara to groom their brows. This is perfect for even us gals. Just comb your brows in an upwards motion, and over to seal in place. It works! Not only that, it conditions the tiny hairs, and adds a soft sheen...
I have heard so many great things about Neutrogena's, 'Natural Radiance Bronzer', that I decided the perfect time would be to test it on this shoot! It went on amazingly smooth, and gave a warm, natural, healthy glow.
Last, I ended with Burts Bee's lip balm. I love the way it conditions the lips, and gives a supple glow for men, and women!

Stay tuned cookies! I have some great new postings coming. One involves my work with a local celebrity, the other, a speaking engagement, and a girls night out! Gotta run, beauty calls!