Wedding Show February 22nd, 2015!!!

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Well folks, I’ve tweeted, Facebooked, Instagrammed, Linkedin’ed it, and finally blogging it. For all of you brides out there or friends of brides, you’re not going to want to miss the show on Sunday February 22nd at SIXTY STATE PLACE in Albany, NY. This show is from 12-4 and will offer enough vendors to provide you with one stop shopping for your big wedding day.

So whether you’re recently engaged or have been planning for a while, DON’T MISS THIS SHOW! Come see me at TABLE W and take advantage of an EXCLUSIVE to Sixty State Place deal for my brides. Come ready to have fun and forget about the cold air whistling outside.

Those of you that know of my business (transitioning from Glowing Faces to Cristina Rivera Beauty) know about my mobile makeup artistry services. Airbrushing on site?! MimosaWhat could be better than that! You can literally stay in your pj’s and slippers, sipping mimosas while having your makeup airbrushed on by a professional wedding makeup specialist. Trust me, you’re not going to want to miss what I have in store for you lovely ladies 😉

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You’ll receive luxury treatment from the moment you get there with valet parking. Check your coat and grab your “passport”. Stop at every vendor table and get your passport signed to be entered to win some amaaaazing prizes.

Here’s what they’ve got in store for you:

A 50% wedding venue rental at Sixty State Place

2 Night Stay at Lake Placid Courtyard by Marriott (dates are on the GC)

Let’s get this all straight, we’ve got valet parking, vendors GALORE, a chance to win some amazing prizes and FUN!! Tickets are already on sale at just $5.00 at Eventbright.com . It really is a steal. Bring your wedding planning notebooks, a pen, and a “lets do this” attitude! Just think, you could go home with everything you need for your wedding day besides your groom 🙂

Hope to see you all there 🙂

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Sixty State Place

60 State St.

Albany, NY 12205

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Under Eye Circles Be Gone!!

Those Little Dark Circles Don’t Seem So Small When They’re on your FACE!!

I’ve been asked a lot recently regarding how to get rid of or cover under eye circles so I thought I’d reach back to a previous post I did on another web page and bring on back. Yep, we’re recycling, heating up leftovers, re-posting, however you wanna say it. Lasagna is always better the next day so I’m ok with that. And of course, now I’m hungry.

Ok we are not a football player! Well, I would think that most of us aren’t anyway. And because of this, we would rather not have those pesky little circles under our eyes, am I right? Sure I am! Cuz no matter how funny those meme’s are, those bags are not and never will be…designer.

With that said, let me first start by saying that sleeping with your makeup on not only hurts me (it really does kill me to learn that people do this), it hurts your cause!! Did you know that if you don’t get all of that mascara and eyeliner off of those lids, over time they will actually STAIN your lids? UPPER AND LOWER PEOPLE!! Yeah, not pretty! (think that Seinfeld episode where they looked different in different light…from wow to ew). Don’t act like you didn’t watch Seinfeld and don’t know what I’m talking about either, we all still love Seinfeld.

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So, in order to avoid this awkward situation, how bout we go ahead and get some eye makeup remover, a cotton ball and a Q-tip (yes, I’m that serious). Make sure you remove all of your makeup before you turn in for the night. Get in there with your Q-tip so that you can get every bit there is and not wake up with racoon eyes (not attractive) and avoid staining this thin sensitive skin around your pretty peepers!!

Next, you’re going to want to moisturize on a regular basis. Yes REGULAR basis, as in morning and night. Find an eye cream that attends to the problem areas or problems you’re tryin to avoid (ie..puffy, dark, lines etc) and dab dab dab! Your eyes will thank you for it! Here’s a multi-purpose cream that will do everything you could ever want a face cream to do. Embryolisse… Learn it, live it, love it… you’re welcome.

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Moving right along, did you know that certain colors are used to correct different problems? Yep, that dang color theory wheel you had to learn in high school art sure comes in handy for us MUA’s!! Doncha wish you paid attention?? Well lucky for you, I’m here to give you some tips on how to use color (and not gobs of it for the love) to cover up your little imperfections until you’ve treated them away 🙂

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If the problem you’re having is bluish or purplish veins under your eyes and you’ve got light to medium skin tone you’re really going to want to use a peach/salmon concealer dabbed every so lightly. With medium to dark skin you’re going to want to reach out and pick up a yellow/salmon or orange concealer. These are to be used sparingly as you don’t want to have that chalky built up look under those eyes.

For dark brown or deep red circles, with light or medium skin you would use yellow or a very light peachy color and for medium or dark skin, use a yellow (more golden than yellow) or salmon color.

One thing that i find not only brightens up the under eye and top of cheekbone area is a product called “Banana Powder“. It is magic in a bottle! This yellow powder applied sparingly just under the eyes can bring a warm glow and brightness to the face giving the appearance of rest and energy. Ben Nye banana powder can be found at various stores and websites, just google or bing it!! (ooooor just click the words and it’ll take you there)

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Now repeat after me…”I will not use a shade too light for my skin to cover up my dark circles, or dark spots.” LOL…

Now off you go my fellow makeup junkies!! Remove, moisturize and dab your little hearts out!!

Fresh Dewy Skin for All! ATTENTION BRIDES!!

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Everyone wants the look of fresh dewy (not to be confused with oily) skin. One free of flaws and hyperpigmentation and not in need of concealer or foundation. Truth is it’s attainable but the other part of that truth is that it takes diligence and time. For those of us willing to take the time to care for our skin, I salute you/us/we??

Ever hear your friends (or maybe you utter these words as well) say they were so tired they slept in their makeup? I’m sure we’ve all done this at least once in our lives but let me tell you why this is probably NOT the way you’re going to get the skin you want.

Your skin needs to breathe. It needs air. Yes there are mineral makeup brands out there that brag you can sleep in it but lets face it, your face feels different with makeup on and without it. This “feeling” is what I’m talking about. You can FEEL when your face is clean and breathing and you can feel when it’s not. However, lets pretend that you don’t mind leaving your foundation, powder, bronzer and blush on. Lets also pretend that there is a makeup out there so perfect that it will in fact never make you break out even if you never wash your face and let it breath again. What about eye makeup?

Did you know that one of the reasons that you’re supposed to dab eye cream under and around your eyes with your ring finger is because its the weakest finger on your hand? This is because the skin underneath and around your eyes is so delicate and thin that it needs to be cared for in a particular way. Did you know that the skin is so thin that in fact the eye makeup that you were too tired to take off at night can actually be absorbed leaving a stain which looks like under eye circles? Neutrogena wipes people!!

With all that being said (little food for thought and a spring board for my suggestions) I’d like to point out that you don’t have to buy the most expensive skin care line out there. You simply have to dedicate time to properly wash and moisturize your skin.

Start small, say, Dove soap. Washes your makeup off, cleanses your skin, leaves it feeling clean but not dry. Moisturize,maybe with Aveeno or Neutrogena. They’re light and moisturize and keep your skin from feeling greasy. Lets not neglect those peepers. How about an inexpensive but quality choice like Clinique’s All About Eyes or Even Better Eyes?

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No matter what brand you use just make sure that you use something to keep your skin looking radiant. Before you know it all you’ll reach for on a hot summer day are sunglasses and lip gloss.

Bye bye Yellow Nails!!

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Breathable Nail Polish, the wave of the future!!

With everyone getting into what’s natural, organic and pure, it leaves me wondering what about nail polish? I mean we all like to have beautiful healthy nails, or at least have the illusion of them (which is why I think people still get acrylic, yikes). So if you think about it, when you paint your nails, you’re in essence covering the nail with a beautiful color that is also unfortunately suffocating it. Your nails are attached to you, hence being nourished by the air and the food you eat. So aside from eating right, taking your biotin, exercising etc., you want to make sure you’re also taking care of your nails.

Thank you Inglot for also thinking about our nails! With the wide array of colors, you’re bound to find one that works for you.

Not only is it breathable but it’s also water permeable. For those with religious restrictions on what they can wear when they perform these religious rituals this has GOT to be a relief. For the rest of us, it’s just really nice to know that when we change our nail color we won’t find yellow, thick, chipping, ridged , lined nails underneath.

I should also like to not that these do NOT contain toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or camphor.

Not only is it breathable but it’s also water permeable. For those with religious restrictions on what they can wear when they perform these religious rituals this has GOT to be a relief. For the rest of us, it’s just really nice to know that when we change our nail color we won’t find yellow, thick, chipping, ridged , lined nails underneath.
I should also like to not that these do NOT contain toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or camphor.

Ultimate Ring Event- Saratoga Springs NY

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I recently came across something sparkly and shiny that caught my eye. It was a beautiful Saratoga Springs New York pendant at a lovely table at a wedding show I recently worked. This beautiful little bauble was enough to make me stop, pivot and b-line for that sparkle. There I met two sweet ladies who work for n.Fox Jewelers. They were gracious and patient as I introduced myself and asked my questions (love not feeling like I’m bugging someone when I’ve got a lot to ask/say).

There I learned about an event they have coming up (like in 10 minutes) @ their store in Saratoga. It’s “The Ultimate Ring Event” and it’s for ONE DAY ONLY!! uhhh yeah!! ONE stinkin day, but oh what a day that will be.

There these lovely ladies or any of the n. Fox Jewelers staff will be able to help you find just the right rock for your finger (or lobes, or neck, or wrist). Not ready to buy? No big deal, they keep a library of information on all of their customers. They keep track of your likes and dislikes, preferences, sizes and price point. You can literally make it a girls day if you like, go “try on” jewels and then let your significant other where he/she can find a record of what you like. Honestly this jeweler is turning buying an engagement ring into “connect the dots” for all involved. It’s an absolute fool proof way to get your shopping done for the holidays. I mean aren’t we all looking for things to put under the tree, or put in a glass of champagne or just buy for ourselves? The answer is YES!!

So, this October 18th, 2014 from 10am to 5:30pm make sure you get your cookies up to n. Fox Jewelers. They’re located at 404 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Give them a call if you like to make an appointment so you won’t have to wait. This is going to be a full house so make sure you get your time in with someone 🙂

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