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TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress"

One of my good friends, Arnee Dodd, is a wonderful makeup artist whose work is going to be featured on Friday night's episode of TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress" (9:30 EST) with her bride, Caitlin Romelli, and I thought it would be fun to hear about her experience!  Arnee's work is up at www.ArneeDoddBridal.com and while her background is doing makeup for Film, TV, Print and Runway here in NYC she now lives in CT so she's spreading the love around the tri-state area with her wedding makeup prowess.

Here's a brief Q & A we did:
*What are the most common makeup mistakes brides make?
The most common mistakes I see brides make are wearing too much makeup, wearing too little makeup or not hiring a professional to do your makeup on your wedding day or give you lessons beforehand. This is a day that you will look back on for the rest of your life and probably spent a pretty penny on the photos. Working with someone who is familiar with photography and lighting can make the difference between looking good on your wedding day and being a stunning bride on your wedding day. Some brides also make the mistake of not asking for what they really want. This day is all about you and your vision, it's my job to make it your reality.
*What look were you going towards for this particular bride?
Caitlin wanted to look very natural and sophisticated on her wedding day. She has gorgeous blue eyes and wanted them to stand out without looking like she was wearing makeup. We went for a soft, natural look that played up her skin tone, eye color and features using warm bronzes, a sheer dewy tinted moisturizer and coral and pink on her cheeks and lips with a touch of gloss for shine.
*What are the products you can't live without for wedding makeup?
My staples are Stila's One Step Correct primer, Perfect and Correct foundation, Stay All Day mascara, Smudgepots, Lip & Cheek Stain and Perfecting Concealer. Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion and All Nighter Spray and Make Up Forever's Sens'eyes makeup remover. I always have back ups of all of these products everywhere I go.

*Any fun stories from doing the show?
All morning Caitlin was so nervous and her bridesmaids were doing a great job keeping her nerves calm. Right as I had just finished her eye makeup, her father called to give her some words of encouragement and tell her how proud he was of her. He would be meeting her at the church later. Normally a call like this would bring a few tears to anyone's eyes, but her father had been recovering for months from a sudden illness and had been working intensely during physical therapy so he would be able to finally walk her down the aisle. Needless to say, his call brought her to tears and while she was crying with him on speakerphone, in the most loving and fatherly way, he said "Caitlin, honey, pull it together!" She started laughing so hard and we all followed suit. It was a beautiful moment and after all the tears were wiped away not a stitch of makeup had moved. I was pretty impressed.
*And anything else you'd like us to know
Caitlin had a very large wedding party and I was assisted by Kate Fiore.


Girl Crush - The Ladies of Downton Abbey

Who here is excited for "Downton Abbey" to be back on PBS?  Me too!  Did you watch "Call the Midwife"?  So good too.  Anyhow, my friend, Carey, thought it would be fun to see all the ladies of Downton in and out of their show garb (and I agreed!) so here you go - really fun! 

Lady Mary

Michelle Dockery with hair down and lipstick on - gasp!

Lady Edith

Laura Carmichael donning some blush, a little lip color and mascara.

Lady Sybil

Jessica Brown-Findlay with hair down and some liner and mascara - so pretty!

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

Maggie Smith keeping it clean with matte colors and a slight blush and soft lip


Elizabeth McGovern with some liner and lips and soft hair

Mrs. Hughes

Phyllis Logan looking SO much younger with hair down and a lip color

Mrs. Patmore

Lesley Nicol working her hair and a strong lip - love it!


This was one of my faves - doesn't Siobhan Finneran look AMAZING?!!  Makeup and hair helps ya'll!


Joanna Froggatt rocking some serious liner, lashes and a messier updo

Sophie McShera with a smoky eye, hair down and plunging neck line


CBS' "Live From the Couch" Makeup

My hair kind of looks like it's eating my neck but otherwise it's a cute pic :)

We had an awesome morning today at CBS' "Live From the Couch" with stylist extraordinaire, George Brescia and hair stylist to the stars, Steve Berg!  We were doing work to evening looks by changing the ladies' jewelry, hair and makeup.

Click HERE to see the video.

These are the products from Erin's Faces that we used in addition to using Urban Decay's Primer Potion and Mally Beauty's Volumizing Mascara:

Alison's Before

Alison's After
On Alison -
Ivory and Twilight Mineral Eyeshadows
Onyx Cream Eyeliner
Espresso Mineral Shadow as brow shade
Light Medium Mineral Concealer
Aloe Loose Powder
Sunkissed Mineral Bronzer as contour
Rose Mineral Blush
Magic Dust as cheek highlight
Natural Lipliner
Ava and Marilyn Lipsticks

Lauren's Before

Lauren's After
On Lauren -
Pavement, Plum and Night Mineral Eyeshadows
Onyx Cream Eyeliner
Espresso Mineral Shadow as brow shade
Sandy Beige and Honey Bronze Mineral Foundations
Warm Honey Mineral Concealer
Sunkissed Mineral Bronzer (as setting powder)
Espresso Mineral Shadow as contour
Tulip and Tiger Lily Mineral Blushes
Magic Dust as inner eye highlight and cheek highlight
Enchanted Mineral Lipgloss

Andrea's Before

Andrea's After
On Andrea -
Rose Quench Serum
Organic Firming Eye Gel
Starshine and Sunset Mineral Eyeshadows
Earth Mineral Eyeshadow as brow shade
Pale Beige Mineral Foundation
Medium Mineral Concealer
Aloe Loose Powder
Begonia Mineral Blush
Sunkissed Mineral Bronzer
Magic Dust as cheek highlight
Prowl Lipgloss


One More Shopping Event & TV Show!

One of my favorite blogs - The Lettered Cottage - and how she wraps her presents!
Hi all!  I'm doing one more Holiday Shopping Event today, Tuesday, 12/18, from 3pm-7pm (open house style) at 850 7th avenue, Suite 1002 (between 55th and 54th streets).   I'll have all of the holiday gift sets as well as the entire makeup and skincare line from Erin's Faces at the event so you can go home with your gifts. And bonus - my good friends, mother/daughter Becky and Jane Shelby will have their manners book for children, The Orange Teacup and Beeswax Candles/jewelry/yoga mat sprays from Naughty Monk.   I hope you can come!  Scroll down to see some of the goodies I'll have on hand.


After - no?  Not buying it?  Okay, but you should still tune in on Wed to see OUR Before & Afters!
Then the next day I'll be rolling out of bed super early when Erin's Faces will do makeup for George Brescia's style segment on the NYC talk show, Live From the Couch, on CBS's, WLNY (Channel 55/755 on Time Warner) which airs from 7am-9am.  No idea what time we're going to be on so Tivo it :) but we're going to be doing super fun before and after's and who doesn't like those?! 

So come see my line in person or on TV and I promise I'll get back to blogging about normal stuff soon :). 

Organic & Vegan Chocolate & Peppermint Body Scrub Duo - $25

Chocolate & Cream Set - $25

Peppermint & Cream Set - $25

Lavender Body Balm & Wash Set - $25

Mineral Makeup Set - Lipgloss & Eye Shimmer - $25

Full-Size Brush Set (in black brush roll) - listed at $100, on sale for $80 today at the Shopping Event!

Travel Brush Set - $65


Holiday Shopping Fun!

Ridiculously yummy smelling Organic Body Scrubs - Chocolate or Peppermint - hello!

You guys, last night was so fun!  A big thank you to all of the ladies who made it out to the Shopping Happiness event - it was so fun to pair people with gifts for friends and family (and for themselves!) and get to share healthy goodies with everyone.  We sold out of Peppermint and Cream Gift Sets so the elves will be putting together some more over the weekend!

If you missed it I'm doing one more for the holiday season next Tuesday, 12/18, from 3pm-7pm on 850 7th avenue, Suite 1002 (between 55th and 54th streets).  I'll have all of the holiday gift sets as well as the entire makeup and skincare line from Erin's Faces at the event so you can go home with your gifts.  And bonus - my good friends, mother/daughter Becky and Jane Shelby will have their manners book for children, The Orange Teacup and Beeswax Candles/jewelry/yoga mat sprays from Naughty Monk.  I hope you can come! 

We didn't get to take pics with all of the pretty folks who came but we got a few so I wanted to share ~

Meredith, my amazing husband, Daniel and me :)

Carey, who was going to a concert that night!, came a grabbed fun stuff for the fam

Karyn came straight off the bus at Port Authority - how awesome are these people?!

And how beautiful is Jolynn who is due with her first baby next month?!

Gift Sets!


Girl Crush - Pin Up Fun

I love pin up pics - old and new - it's fun to see how some of the original shots got their inspiration:

And Hollywood agrees!  Here are some of your favorite starlets looking super vintage:

Jennifer Lopez

Leslie Mann

Carla Gugino

Amanda Seyfried

Kate Mara

Kelly Rowland

Kristen Bell

Kat Von D

Britney Spears

Katy Perry

Keri Russell

Mila Kunis

Scarlett Johansson

Hayden Panetierre

Christina Aguilera

Malin Ackerman