2015 Beauty Must-Haves

2015 Beauty Must-HavesIt’s back!! We bring to you our second series of our beauty must-haves. As 2015 comes to a close, we would like to thank all of our wonderful clients we have met and the relationships we continue to build with our beautiful brides! The Beauty with Julie gals have many new and exciting adventures coming up in our 2016 Wedding Glam Season. But first, we must reflect back to 2015, and what better way then sharing our favorite beauty products and must-haves of the year?! These products are based upon our experience, as well as the top picks of our 2015 brides! We would also love to hear your feedback from these tried and true beauty favorites or any others we do not have listed here! Thank you again for your support, see you next year beauties! Xo

  • Dermablend Liquid Camo Foundation $35 at your local ULTA Beauty– A medium to full coverage foundation that has a 16 hour staying power. This blendable formula evens skin tone, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and instantly camouflages imperfections. Ideal for all skin types.
  • LA Girl HD ProConceal $2.99 – Comparable to MAC’s pro longwear concealer, this High Definition concealer is crease-resistant and has opaque coverage in a creamy yet lightweight texture. The long-wearing formula camouflages darkness under the eyes, redness and skin imperfections. One of the staples in our makeup kit!
  • Temptu Concealer Wheel $26 – Weightless yet full coverage concealer wheel lets you mix and match to your perfect shade.
  • Temptu  Airbrush Systems $170-305– Our preferred airbrush system, Flawless customizable coverage = a must have for our brides and bridal parties!
  • Morphe Brushes Black Gel Liner $8.99– Water-resistant, creamy, dark black liner to define eyes. One of the best on the market!
  • Morphe Brushes 35N Matte Eyeshadow Palette $40– Our go-to palette for our bridal parties due its it’s purely matte finish and variety of colors perfect for both evening and day wear. These eye shadows are highly pigmented and a little goes a long way. Super soft and easy to blend.
  • Laura Mercier Radiance Primer $20-34– Creates a soft focus effect for a healthy, bridal glow.
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal $38– A creamy golden opal pearl powder highlighter that absorbs and reflects light for the ultimate natural glow.
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Give Me Sun $32– Baked natural bronzer with a satin dimensional finish. Another one of our staples!
  • Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush in Mocha $27– Formulated with minerals and antioxidants, mocha gives you a lit from within natural flush of color.
  • MAC Powder Blush in Gingerly $22Beautiful capri bronze blush that provides fantastic colour with ease and consistency.
  • Colourpop Lippie Stix $5 These are our go-to lipsticks because they’re creamy, long lasting, affordable, and come in a variety of colors and finishes. Grab yours today, we promise you will be hooked!
  • Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream $62– A medium-weight moisturizer to balance combo-dry skin,  Skin Smoothing Cream smooths fine lines and promotes elasticity, shields against dehydration and pollution, and contains antioxidants to help fight skin-aging free radicals. Great for prepping skin before your special day!
  • Dermalogica Precleanse $38 A cleansing oil to rid your skin of makeup and pollutants before you cleanse with your regular cleanser. We don’t go a day without it!
  • Elf Cosmetics Makeup Brushes $1-6– Great quality for their affordability, soft, durable brushes. Buff, sculpt, and set with Elf Cosmetics brushes designed for precise pick up, strategic application, and flawless coverage.
  • Wet n Wild MegaLast Lipsticks $1.99 Creamy, long lasting, pigmented lipsticks. Glides on easily with rich velvety color, made with hydrating skincare ingredients, and offers cushion like feel and texture. And the price is unbeatable!

With Love,
Beauty with Julie Xo

A Look Inside…Favorite Makeup Brushes

Here is a look inside what the Beauty with Julie girls have in their makeup kits at all times…

There are a TON of different makeup brushes out there on the market so we completely understand how confusing it can be and why we are consistently asking what brush to use for what purpose. Luckily, we are here to give you an exclusive look inside what brushes we know and love! 

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First up, we have the Zoeva 221 Luxe Soft Crease brush. We love Zoeva brushes because they’re super soft, affordable, and give professional results. This brush in particular is great for smoking out your crease because it’s not too big and not too small. It’s natural-synthetic hair mix will blend shadows flawlessly!

Pro Tip: Natural hair is better for powder products while synthetic hair is great for both cream/liquid or powder products.

2368337Next, we have the Elf Studio Small Precision Brush. Elf Cosmetics brushes are a great quality for their affordable price. This specific brush is ideal for the inner corner of the eye and bottom lash line because of its size and shape. It’s affordability and accessibility makes it a perfect choice for beginner to professional artists.

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Favorite Foundation Brush Alert! This is the Sigma F82 Round Kabuki Brush. A smidge higher in price point, but extremely worth it. Its soft, densely packed hairs provide an airbrush finish to the skin. Sigma Beauty is available online so be sure to check them out!

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We love the Real Techniques Blush Brush for its durability, mid-price range, and quality. This brush is great for blush, bronzer, or all over powder due to its precision application and multi-purpose use. This brush also washes well and keeps its shape!

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Lastly, the C427 Tapered Duo Fiber Blush Brush by Crown Brush is ideal for blush, but could also be used for bronzer, highlighter, or foundation. Duo fiber brushes have less hair on top, allowing it to pick up less product to achieve a flush of energy on the cheeks. Crown Brush is reasonably priced and available online.

 

2015 Fall Trends Alert!

With fall comes pumpkin spice lattes, leggings with over-sized sweaters, and most importantly fall makeup! The Beauty with Julie girls have come up with 5 fabulous fall trends to get you started on your transition into fall makeup! Xo

  1. 90’s Lips: try picking shades of lipstick that are a darker nude and pairing it with a lipliner to fill in the whole lip for long lasting color!
  2. Bronze eyes: select a medium metallic bronze shade to blend from lashes to crease for an all around sexy smoke.
    Pro Tip–We highly suggest “Woodwinked” eyeshadow from MAC
  3. Feathered brows: fill in brows lightly, focusing on arches, then brush hairs up with a brow gel to achieve an undone look
  4. Flushed Cheeks: put that contour brush down and grab a blush brush because rosy cheeks are in! Choose a shade of light pink blush and apply from apples of cheeks to hairline.
  5. Graphic Liner: be bold with your liner and try different styles and colors! Try going thicker with your cat-eye or doing a double wing!

Stop, Drop & Strob!

No, no, this is not a rave this is makeup! The latest makeup trend strobing is layering different textured highlighters for a highlight that will be seen from space!

strobing 2Where to strob: You can apply your highlighters at the high points of the face to bring them forward. These areas include: inner corner of eyes, browbone, top of the cheekbone, cupids bow, top of the chin, straight down the nose, tip of the nose, and above the brow. Oily skins can still strob, but may want to keep the highlights away from the T-zone to avoid looking too shiny.

How to strob: Using your fingers, a beauty blender, or a brush, build up the highlight by using creams or liquids on the high points of the face before you’ve set your makeup with powder. Layer it up with a powder highlighter on top to set the cream or liquid highlighter and make it really pop!

What to strob with:

Mini Beauty Blender– When used damp, this applies and blends liquids and powders beautifully. Since it’s so cute and small you can get a precise highlight.

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Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder in Starlight: ideal for fairer skin tones, layer this over a liquid highlighter to give a soft- focus glow.ss09gurw0290032starlight

 

 

 

 

 

Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter– This cream-to-powder highlight gives skin a luminous champagne glow that lasts!

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NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator– Available in shades peach or bronze. Perfect for a fresh, lit from within glow!71K1NZfREyL._SL1500_

 

 

 

Happy Strobbing Beauties! Xo

Summer Essential: Beauty Balms

Originating in Asia, Beauty Balms, commonly known as BB creams, have made their way to the western hemisphere over the last couple of years. Today, just about every makeup brand carries a BB cream!

BB creams/balms are meant to give skin benefits while providing coverage. A few of its many benefits include SPF, hydration,  and blurred imperfections. BB creams are also great to use as a primer under your foundation, providing convenience, moisture, color, and reliable sun protection.  They blend easily and provide sheer to medium coverage.

The Beauty with Julie girls have put together three BB creams we know and love! Xo

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream: Covers blemishes, minimizes pores, disguises wrinkles and smoothes and brightens skin.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream: The 1-step wonder for a good skin day, everyday. Packed with 8 great skin benefits for instant skin perfection. Ideal for Normal Skin.

MAC Prep+Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30: A beauty balm that blurs imperfections and evens skin tone immediately.

Brows Uncensored

Many of our brides express to us: “We don’t know what to do with our eyebrows!!” or “we have had a bad experience in the past with filling them in.” The Beauty with Julie girls are here to save your brows! We’re giving you some expert tips uncensored on filling them in along with a couple examples of products we know and love!
Prep: Have a case of the brow blues? Start by scheduling an appointment with your favorite brow girl and work on getting your brows shaped! Having a clear brow shape makes filling them in so much easier. We recommend going to a salon to get them threaded or waxed for first-timers, and then plucking stray hairs or trimming any long hairs with small scissors to maintain their shape. Not sure how your brows should look? Lets begin by taking an angled makeup brush or a pencil and line it up with one end at the base of your nostril and the other skimming alongside your eye which is where your brow should end). Keeping the pencil at your nostril, line it up so that the end is cutting right through your pupil which is where your arch should be. Lastly, keeping the pencil at your nostril, line it straight up (this is where your brow should start). Keep in no one’s eyebrows are perfectly symmetrical. Sisters, not twins!
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Brow Spooley– A clean traditional mascara wand that helps to brush the hairs into place and blend products. Most of the time these can be found on the end of a mechanical brow pencil.
Angled Eyeshadow Brush: This is perfect for any brow product you choose to fill in your brows with because it is small and precise.
Brow product to fill in brows: There are many products out there for this. With so many gels, pencils, or creams to choose from, it can get a little over whelming. For a brow beginner, powders are a little more forgiving. Make sure you find a color that matches your eyebrow color as closely as possible.
Brow Setting Gel: A lightweight gel that may or may not be tinted to help hold your beautiful brows in place!

Here are Beauty with Julie’s favorite picks for beautiful brows:

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Makeup Forever Aqua Brow

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Brush brows through with spooley

Step 1: Brush brows through with spooley
Step 2: Dip angled brush in product and outline the bottom of your brow lightly to define shape
Step 3: Fill in sparse areas of brow starting at the end of the end, working towards the middle, then front. The most product should be at the end of the brow with the least being at the front of the brow. Take more time to fill in trouble areas of the brow starting with little product then adding more if needed. Less is more!
Step 4: Brush through brows with spooley to blend any harshness and lines and brush on setting gel.

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A Look Inside…Ardell Individual Eyelashes

Here’s an inside look on what the Beauty with Julie gals have in their makeup kits at all times!

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Individual eyelashes are a must for your wedding day! Do you want eyelashes that are darker, longer, more voluminous, and look great in pictures? The Beauty with Julie girls have just what you need! Our individual short lashes provide more volume, while the medium and long lashes are perfect for length. Most of our clients look great in black lashes, but for our fairer clients who have a lighter shade of lashes we recommend using brown eyelashes to avoid any harshness.

It only takes us an additional 5-10 minutes to apply these lashes during your make-up application so it is totally worth it! We use a mild adhesive to glue them onto the lashline one cluster at a time. This is usually done before mascara and foundation. The last step is a light coat of mascara to blend your natural lashes into your new falsies. They can be removed by soaking a warm washcloth on your eye and gently wiping them off, or using an eye makeup remover, baby oil, or makeup wipe. Individual lashes do not attach to your actual eyelashes so don’t worry about loosing your real ones! The best part? Many of our clients individual eyelashes last up to 1 week with the proper care. We recommend not letting any water run on them and avoid touching/rubbing your eyes. Honeymooning after your special day? Who wouldn’t want their lashes to stay on for days after their wedding?!

Love your lashes Xo

Product Review: Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Claims: “A 15-hour, flawless foundation that stays looking fresh and natural through heat, humidity, and nonstop activity.”

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Coverage: Medium to Full

Pros: When they say 15-hour, they mean 15 hour! Super long lasting, lightweight, oil-free, oil-control, buildable. This comes in a variety of cool, neutral, and warm shades so no worries on finding your match. Double wear is a very pigmented foundation, therefore it does not give off the “no-makeup”makeup look. A transfer resistant foundation, this stuff is bulletproof and stays put on under your bronzer/blush/highlighter.

Cons: Although it claims it is fragrance-free, we smell a pleasant perfume scent, so sensitive skinned girls beware. Its SPF 10 may unfortunately flashback in photos. In addition, this foundation can get patchy on drier skin types so be sure to exfoliate, moisturize, and prime accordingly. No pump + glass bottle= not travel friendly.

Details: Dries quickly so you’ll need to work fast. Will get cakey if you apply too much. Most of you will only need one layer so start due to its buildable coverage. It can be difficult to remove so try an oil-based makeup remover. Double Wear can be found at any Sephora or Estee Lauder counter.

Overall: We recommend Double Wear Foundation for combination/oily skin types because the oil-control is great! Great in humidity and sweat. Although it is a bit pricey, this will last you forever because you don’t need to use as much product with higher pigmented foundations. A must have for summer!

 

 

Pores No More!

Large pores are a consistent skin concern for individuals of all ethnicity’s and skin types. Oily skin types and mature skin with large follicles are more prone to enlarged pores which in turn can create clogging and a build up of cells. We’re constantly hearing our brides say “My pores are huge!” So, you ask, what is the solution?! We know you will want your skin to look extra perfect for your wedding day so luckily, the Beauty with Julie girls have put together 4 pore refining primers to help minimize the look of pores.

  1. pores no moreDr. Brandt’s pores no more-pore refiner primer: An effective primer that instantly mattifies shine and minimizes pores. A cult favorite, this is Dr. Brandt’s quick fix for flawless, photo-ready skin at any age and during any season. A combination of treatment and cosmetic properties, this miracle base creates the perfect canvas for your makeup application. This velvety primer absorbs excess oil, blurs fine lines and imperfections, and is resistant to sweat and humidity.
  2. s1259068-main-hero-300Benefit’s The POREfessional: This very popular primer helps makeup stay put as well as minimizing pores. Perfect for for those “no-makeup” days because it can even be worn on its own! Its translucent/nude color easily blends onto the skin.
  3. 2268948Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser: This is a drugstore steal! At only $6.99 it helps foundation smooth right over pores, not in them. It has a silicone consistency so it’s silky to the touch. This primer is clear and can be worn on its own or under makeup
  4. s1404599-main-LheroTarte’s Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer: This waterproof, pore-perfecting primer consists of avocado oil which helps refine skin. Apply before underneath makeup for flawless bridal perfection.

A Look Inside Beauty with Julie’s Must Have’s

Here’s our top 3 products that the Beauty with Julie girls have in their makeup kits!

A concealer wheel/palette: We are always reaching for these from our kits because they’re so versatile. We use this to cover andownloady late-night circles or acne scars. They have a variety of shades that can be combined so every skin tone is covered! The TEMPTU Concealer Wheel produces high coverage, but can also be sheered out!

Black Gel Eyeliner:
We exclusively use waterproof eyeliner–we know there will be many tearful moments on your specdownload (1)ial day! We prefer a gel consistency because it is the easiest to work with and very black. We will use this to define the eye and make the lash line appear fuller. The NYX Gel Liner & Smudger is super creamy and lasts all through the night!

Highlighter: The Beauty with Julie gals love a good highlight on the top of the cheekbones! Our brides yearn for a blusimageshing bridal glow, which a highlighter can give you that glow that will look great in photos. Becca Cosmetics Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector is a creamy powder luminizer that absorbs and reflects light for a superb natural glow! *Tip and Trick: For fuller-looking lips, follow lip gloss or lipstick with a dab of Shimmering Skin Perfector to the center of your lower lip.