Our Facebook Birth Announcment

Because most ultrasound pictures are just boring grey blobs, I wanted to spice up our recent Facebook announcement for the arrival of our daughter this fall (yay!) I was inspired by a PInterest photo (of course) that I put our own little spin on. Playing on the blue/pink boy/girl theme, I used Mike’s blue running shoes, my pink Manolos that I wear far too infrequently, Harper’s Converse, and a pair of her baby shoes that she outgrew many months ago. I think it turned out pretty cute. What a fun way to celebrate our growing family!

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What is Cupping?

While this Jennifer Aniston pic circulates, so does talk of cupping and what it’s all about. The pic below her is of me several years ago when I first tried cupping treatments that would often supplement my Accupuncture. It’s used to treat pain, better circulation, and to just keep the general flow of energy in the body moving. My treatments were for my lower back which was trashed from hunching over too much while doing makeup.

A flame is quickly lit into the glass cup before the cup is put on your skin to create the suction. Your skin rises inside the cup as it reacts to the suction which doesn’t hurt at all. It’s this suction that improves the blood flow and energy as the cups stay on the skin for 10ish minutes. Check out this short vid which shows in more detail what it’s all about.

Cupping isn’t too pricey either, I remember it was around $20 added on to the price of Accupuncture, so on its own I can’t imagine it world be too much more.

My facialist does facial cupping (see here) to increase the circulation in the skin. It’s less intense (no fire!) than traditional cupping but you can often see rosier, healthy skin right after you’re finished. (Click here for a facial cupping vid.)

Cupping has been around since 3000 BC so it’s not something new. Find out more about cupping and its many uses here to see if it’s something that might help you.

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Makeup Before and After: Coverage and Color From tarte

Of all the BB Creams I’ve tried so far, tarte’s is the only one I’d be able to actually use in my kit. Most BB’s are skin-enhancing, so they give some coverage but not nearly enough to get skin looking great for a long day and tons of photographs. Kelly, is the bride below whose trial run for her upcoming wedding I photographed for a before and after. I used tarte’s latest foundation on her and we were both thrilled with the results. Her skin looked so great that very little concealer was needed and it looked invisible both in person and on camera.

On her cheeks I used tarte’s airblush maracuja blush, which is my new go-to for an easy flush, and then their LipSurgence lip luster on her lips for a finished look that isn’t thick or heavy.

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Before…

... And After

… And After! There was a slight change in the natural lighting, but the photo isn’t re-touched at all.

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tarte airblush maracuja blush

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Casa Bonita

If you live in Denver (or if you watch South Park) you know about Casa Bonita, the 52,000 square foot Mexican restaurant/ cliff diving extravaganza that has been a fixture here for almost 40 years. The food is terrible but the sopapillas are amazing (they’re all I had for dinner) and everything is so dirty and glazed over with a fine mist from the water that every surface is sticky to the touch. Regardless, it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before so it’s worth a pop in especially if you have kids. The big draw is the cliff diving by high school kids mostly who put on little skits while being chased around by a gorilla and then dive into the the 14 foot pool below from 30 feet above. That part is cool- for all ages actually. The other fun part is the old-time photos that you can take. We took this just a few weeks ago when our good friends were in town, he grew up here so he wanted his family to experience CB. It wasn’t easy to get 4 adults and 4 kids into heavy, slip-on-over-your-clothes costumes (that I’m certain have never been washed) then stand there and sweat under hot lights in a cramped space until roughly 8 shots are snapped. But when it’s all said and done you walk away with a hilarious picture with your friends and family that wouldn’t otherwise exist. Totally worth it.

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Keeping it Real at the 2013 Oscars

Standing out tonight against all the weaves and wigs (there’s more fake hair on that red carpet than the real stuff, let’s face it) were 3 beauties at the 2013 Oscars. Charlize Theron, Robin Roberts, and Anne Hathaway all looked so beautiful and classic without the long locks getting in the way. To you and I this doesn’t seem particularly noteworthy or special, but in Hollywood where everyone is painted, polished, and primped to perfection- all abiding by the same beauty rules, this is truly an act of bravery. Maybe in some small way it sends a message that unconventional is beautiful too and we can start to see more images of women that don’t all look the same.

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And a shout out to Anniston for keeping it real rocking her signature hair style (which was by Chris McMillan who used Living Proof haircare btw.) Up-dos don’t work for me either, I always feel like I’m wearing a costume or something. Brides always tell me how they prefer their hair down but feel they should have it up for their weddings and this is the perfect example of how you don’t have to conform to a style you don’t like.  Stick to what makes you feel good, you’ll feel more comfortable and look happier (and better!) in your pictures.

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Another Day Another Bride: Me at Work

Just a glimpse of me at work with a giant eagle watching over it all. No biggie. It’s actually taken at one of my very favorite wedding venues in Colorado, Crooked Willow Farms by one of the very best photographers around Travis Broxton. I’m putting together a look for a very sweet bride for her big day, in a photo where I believe I was newly pregnant.

I’d forgotten to share this a while back and I wanted to post it because I always think it’s interesting to see makeup used by artists at work. Oh, btw that’s Graftobian pressed powder and not Studio Fix of which I’m totally not a fan.

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