Thursday, August 14, 2014

Before & After; our OTR studio!

We all love makeup before and afters, but today is slightly different.

I first saw photos of 2009 Elm on Facebook. My friend Mike Basch of Squirrel Films said he has studio space to rent so I went down the next day. I had just started to look around for a place that would offer us more room to spread out and also have a boutique.  To say that it was a diamond in the rough would be an understatement. Fluorescent lights, ugly fixtures, unflattering paint colors..BUT it had an original tin ceiling, great storefront windows with ornate bars, and stunning double front doors. And when Mike mentioned he *might* expose the brick on one wall, I was intrigued.


After sleeping on it I just knew it was going to be a great fit for us so I pounced.
Over the next week, Mike and his handy friend James demolished the plaster. They discovered that a doorway had been filled in with cinder block. Womp, womp. After much deliberation, Mike decided to have that pulled out and then installed vintage bricks in its place. The result was amazing.

My friend Honour helped me pick out paint colors. We chose two cooler tones of grey; lighter for the back wall and deeper for the long wall. I love the undertone of lavender in them. I have a lot of colorful painted furniture so I figured neutral was the way to go. For the back room we chose a deep aqua and a bright coral for the bathroom. We also hit all the white trim in the whole place. Luckily the floors were newer Pergo so we didn't have to worry about those.




Mike removed the fluorescents and I chose three of these paper chandeliers from IKEA. I've always loved this fixture and at $50 bucks a pop they're a steal. I love the patterns they make on the walls at night too.









For the front windows I went with black chandeliers to echo all the black trim. I really agonized over that...I was worried it might look like the Munsters up in here but I really love how they looked once he installed them.

I picked the most amazing pink for the front doors and I could not be more thrilled with how they turned out..but now it was time to move on to the windows. I went with SpeedPro to do my vinyls and sign. I wasn't a fan of the existing numbers in the transom so I picked a font that I felt went with the building a bit better. Then we did vinyls along the bottom of the windows as well as a hanging sign. All of these were designed by Be Big Studios.

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So it was on to decorating. I was able to use all my furniture from the old place. I am obsessed with rescuing old pieces and painting them up, and I when I got them in there it looked like the place was meant for them.
I might have a faux deer head addiction.
I added the zebra print rug because I felt like the room was crying out for some black, and I feel like it changed the whole feel of it. I have this crazy mishmash of IKEA and bright painted old stuff, but I feel like the brick wall really grounds it. I'm a big fan of Everything But the House so I got quite a few things there, as well as tons of accessories from TJ Maxx and Home Goods.

 Above is the FACEing classroom...

For some reason I had this crazy idea to write on my IKEA tables with dry erase markers, and I really love how it looks.


 I am still debating on a giant piece of artwork to go over the yellow dresser. Commitment is hard for me. And I've added a few things since my friend Mandy
came in and took all the great photos above. We just can't to have you come down and see it in person! It's such a fun location, just down from Rhinegeist and Findlay Market!









Monday, July 28, 2014

Product review: Benefit "they're real" push-up liner


I am a huge fan of Benefit. I must own (and actively use) at least 40% of their product line. I'm a sucker for their super cute packaging and the look of their freestanding stores makes me swoon.
So when I heard about this new liner, I just had to have it. Evidently this revolutionary "nib" on the pen, took like four years to develop? It's supposed to be the first "pen" that delivers a gel liner (as opposed to a liquid)
So you turn the bottom and the product is dispensed through the soft angled tip. The problem is the inconsistency in how much product comes out; you never really know how many turns you need to make. The other issue is that product continues to ooze out after you cap it, leading it to harden and clog the tip. The product itself is on the drier side, leading to an uneven feed of product as you try to achieve your straight line. It is recommended that you "stamp" instead of draw with it, but I found the consistency to be far too tacky for that. And achieving a pretty "flick" at the end with that weird tip? Nope.
Overall I am super bummed out by this $24 liner. I far prefer my bent liner brush and a trusty pot of gel liner.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Breaking News! The news reporter gets married...

 I met Alison several years ago when I was doing makeup at channel 5 and we stayed in touch. So I was thrilled when she contacted me to do her June wedding. Such a gorgeous woman, both inside and out! I was fortunate enough to work with a lot of my favorites people as well:
hair: Sarah Stear
photography: 1326 Studios
videographer: Studio Z 








Monday, June 2, 2014

BRIDEface N KY makeup artists/Our sweet digs

 Even though we've been at our Ft Thomas location a year, we recently added a dedicated classroom for our FACEing classes. Plus we had never really gotten the opportunity to get the place photographed and show it off ! My rookie and photographer extraordinaire, Mandy Leigh, did an amazing job capturing the personality of our pad. I'm a big fan of rescuing tired old pieces and bringing them back to life, so I am really happy with how it all came together!



















Sunday, April 6, 2014

Need the perfect gift for Mother's Day? Momathon testimonial


"Flowers, chocolates, and brunch have all been done before. This Mother’s Day called for something completely fresh. It was obvious that BRIDEface’s “Momathon” was the only choice for the perfect gift to get my mother. Not only was this a new and creative gift to give my mom; it was such a unique way to bond and spend time with my mother and sisters.
            Going into this, my mom, sisters, and myself were all a little nervous because we weren’t sure what to expect, but it couldn’t have gone any better. The atmosphere of the shoot was so laid back, starting off with makeup and hair which was so well organized and flowed so smoothly. When one wasn’t getting their makeup done by Nancy they were getting their hair done by Amanda. These women knew how to make everyone feel comfortable and they were so easy to get along with. And may I also say these ladies knew what they were doing! I could have never imagined us girls could look so good, natural makeup and hair to make us look flawless.  Not only was this a great look for getting our pictures taken, but it was also good for when we went out afterwards to continue our Mother’s Day celebration.
            On top of having such amazing artists doing our hair and makeup, the photographer, Mandy, was amazing too! Making the four of us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and really making the whole thing so enjoyable. I could not think of a more perfect present for my mother, and I can confidently say this is a gift that I will never be able to top. My mom felt like a queen the whole time. It felt so good to give her



a gift that she could just sit back, relax, and enjoy as she spent time with her girls."
Here's the details! Your session is Sunday April 13th. Hair, makeup, and photoshoot with Mandy Leigh Photography for two people; $300. Reserve your spot today and have your images well before Mothers Day!

Monday, March 24, 2014

The top ten MUST-HAVE brushes for a flawless makeup application

The most frequently heard comment from my FACEing class attendees? That they never realized how much of a difference good brushes can make in how they apply their makeup. Once you understand what each brush is designed to do, your application will be so much easier and look 100% percent better.
Here is a quick guide to our new brush collection by b.dellium. They are cruelty free and have bamboo handles. Oh and did I mention they're pink?
                                                                                     blush:


I am partial to a tapered shape. A brush that is too fluffy or rounded does not hug the curves of your face and encourages the user to kind of grind the brush into their product, leading to breakage of the hairs. that's why your blush brush starts looking very frayed and mangled.  I really love this brush for bronzer as well, since it doesn't pick up an excess of product and it is small enough that you can be a little more precise in your placement.




powder: Again, I prefer a tapered shape to a round. This is my go-to for setting foundation with powder, applying powder foundation, taking down shine, or even to apply bronzer.


angled contour:This is the holy grail for applying contour under your cheekbones, along your jawline, and shading your forehead. It is so precise and the perfect size. The cut of this guy ensures you can really pop out those features with your darker contour underneath.






ponytail crease: I adore a fluffy shape to avoid leaving a hard edge or harsh lines. it is also perfect to blend with.



















flat liner: I love, love love to tite line (and if you don't know what that is, you need a class with me, STAT) and this super thin, flat edged brush is absolutely flawless to get under that lashline.























allover shadow: densely packed, this deposits shadow evenly on the lid and/or browbone.




















bent liner: if you've not tried this to achieve the perfect winged liner, it is life changing. For real. It gives you so much control, and it is super thin and not flobbity. What? That's a word.























pencil: Just like it sounds, this is a very pointed, moderately stiff small brush, so great for a diffused line of color under the lower lash, or a smudgy line on the top lash.






















foundation: this pointy shape is tricky to find. I love how you can really get into nooks and crannies of the face or large pores. Such a difference from using the traditional "paddle" style of foundation brush.



















concealer: I love this longer length and oval shape. Stiff enough to work with a thicker camouflage cream, but still appropriate for a sheerer texture as well. You can really get into that dark hollow above the tear duct with this little dude too.


This isn't technically a brush at all but I absolutely could not LIVE without these tiny eyebrow scissors. You can get right up against the skin and make your brows look clean and freshly waxed, without the pain and redness!