Keeping it Simple

In a world where everything needs to have been done yesterday, adjusted last week and perfected since it’s inception it can be hard on a bride to slow down and “keep things simple” when planning her big day. Sometimes, with as many check lists as one may have, ideas pinned on Pinterest, samples of everything you’ve ever dreamed of tucked neatly away in your wedding binder, you can become overwhelmed and unwittingly turn into a bridezilla. What most people don’t understand is that you are not only planning a celebration of love for you and your significant other, you are also planning a “show” for your guests. Some may not want to think of it as a show but what other kind of production takes as much planning as a movie? The answer is none. A wedding is as big a production as there is next to Hollywood.

I’m not a wedding planner and I’m not a Zen-ologist (it is now a word, you’re welcome) but I am a mom and a makeup artist and organization is part of just about everything one can do in life. The trick is keeping your wits about you so that others can’t get into your head and turn you into something you’re not. In an effort to keep your day one of joy, laughter and feeling like your flying with the love of your life, lets take some time to help you focus. What if there was one thing that can catch the other shoe if/when it drops? What if you didn’t have to worry about vendors cancelling, losing deposits, etc… Well you don’t. Why? Wedding insurance!!

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Seems kind of silly to think that some people might not know what this is but on the other hand, who would think to insure their wedding?! Wedding insurance, is just that. It’s an insurance that you can purchase to cover you in the event that something goes drastically wrong with say your honeymoon plans, fire, vendors who don’t follow through, stolen gifts etc.

So with these horrible things in mind (sorry ladies) there is an option that can leave your mind at ease, wedding insurance. This type of insurance prices vary and can cost anywhere from $150 to about $500 (give or take). Now if you’re vendors have insurance, just ask for a copy of it and you won’t have to worry about overlapping the coverage.

You’re going to want to get the insurance as soon as you can. This way you will be covered from the planning on out in case you lose your venue for whatever reason or something horrible like that so that you can get your deposit back.

Just think, one less thing to worry about can actually turn into multiple things not to worry about.

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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

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!!

Dr. Jart + Pore Minimalist Mask- Look airbrushed by taking care of your skin!

20140925_193406693_iOSSo recently I received in my Birchbox an interesting mask. It clearly stated on the front that it was a black charcoal sheet mask, so you would think I was prepared for what I was about to try out. Before opening I read the package and it proudly boasted that it was good for my type of skin. Pimples, check, Large Pores, Check, Excess Sebum, check. To be honest I don’t think I have excessive sebum but I’m willing to bet that I have it since I’m already 2 out of 3.

So I pull my hair back thinking this charcoal stuff will surely get all over the place, in my hair, probably on my clothes and I don’t know if oxyclean gets out charcoal stains so I’d better be careful on this one. I was home alone and decided it couldn’t be a more perfect time to sit on the couch with a treatment on my face to rejuvenate my skin and get it ready for my day.

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I curiously ripped open the top of the package and peeked inside. What in the world?? As I reached in and pulled out the mask I see that they meant exactly what they said, it’s a sheet mask. I mean this thing was like a black slippery piece of smooth material that I can only compare to felt with holes cut into it. Ok, well, I guess this will be less messy than I thought. I unfolded the mask (so weird) and found the flap for the nose (it’s tricky cuz it blends right into the right into the rest of the mask. 20140925_200847154_iOS Ok now to position this thing on my face. Slippery sucker. Ok I’ve got it. There, that wasn’t so bad. Smoothing it down on my face was a small challenge as it seemed as though it was a little too big for my face and so it bubbled up around the edges but whatever, I’m not worried about my edges, I need my really oily zones tackled.

Aaaaaand now I wait. 20 minutes on the timer and I sit on my couch ready to let this magic mask minimize my pores, soak up some oil and make me look refreshed and airbrushed. Ok so honestly I KNOW that one use of any product isn’t going to change my skin so drastically but I’m visualizing my better skin, visualizing what COULD be, so just bare with me.

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Tick tock and finally the timer goes off. As always I wonder if I should leave it on even longer to get an extra benefit but I decide to go ahead and follow the directions instead and peel it off.

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There was a slippery substance on my skin but it mostly just felt wet. I rinsed my face and patted dry. I have to admit it did feel cleaner than before and a little more moisturized without feeling lotioned up or greasy. I will admit that my skin didn’t LOOK drastically different but I can see how using something like this often along with a really good skin cleansing routine would work wonders.

All in all I’m glad I tried it. It was way less messy than other masks I’ve used, it didn’t smell bad if at all, it was easy clean up and left my skin feeling alive. I almost prefer this kind of mask to other goopy kinds because it actually saves time.

Remember to always clean your skin with a cleanser appropriate for your skin type, use a toner (like witch hazel) right after and always always always moisturize your skin with a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type. These are minimum steps that you should be doing EVERY DAY. And I you’re like me, you will go that extra step and invest in a good eye cream and lip balm to protect that delicate skin around your eyes and on your pout.

Stop back soon for my “fav 5 for fall”!!

Make Up For Ever- Halloween Boutiques!!

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Make Up Forever has come up with the COOLEST idea!! They’re doing boutiques (how to’s) for Halloween!! How awesome is THAT. Just when you thought you were a bridal only or editorial only artist, look what you can keep in your back pocket for fun gigs!

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The classes are at an affordable price and taught by seasoned artists who take you from Glam to Ghoul in a short time. Honing your skills so you can add a little pizzaz to your photo shoots, dress yourself up for fun parties or just expand your education into something new!

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Application fees per their website are as follows:

Full Face Character Transformation 45-60 minute Application: $60

Face, Neck, Arms, Light effects 60-90 minute application: $100

Full Face and Body Effects 90-120 minute application: $150

So don’t hold off, Halloween is right around the corner!! Schedule your appointment at a boutique near you!!

MAKE UP FOR EVER NYC Studio
8 East 12th Street
New York City, NY 10003
T: (212) 941-9337

MAKE UP FOR EVER BOUTIQUE
Robertson Blvd
132 South Robertson Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
T: (310) 289-1758

Northpark Center
8687 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 15225
T: (214) 361-2466

Westfield Topanga
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Conoga Park, CA 91303
T: (818) 884 – 8446

King of Prussia Mall
Level 2 space 2084
160 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(T): (484) 679-4631

Valley Fair Mall
Space 1105
2855 Stevens Creek Rd
Santa Clara, CA 95050
T: (408) 246-3002

Westfield Garden State Plaza
1 Garden State Plaza, Level 2, Space 2114
Paramus N.J, 07652
T: (201) 556 – 1070

MAKE UP FOR EVER BOUTIQUES IN SEPHORA
Soho
555 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
T: (212) 431-4510

Venetian
3377 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
T: (702) 735-0196

South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
T: (714) 641-7061

Complexe Les Ailes
677 Rue Ste-Catherine
Montreal, QC H3B5K4
T: (514)849-8484

Toronto Eaton Centre
220 Yonge Street
Toronto ON M5B 2H1
T: (416) 595-7227

 

**Photos borrowed from makeupforever.com**

Fall Inspiration…Bring it on OCTOBER!!

As much as we love summer, inevitably, since we’re only allowed our rationed 2 weeks of it, we all have to adjust to fall. At first we’re resistant and even in denial from time to time but as Halloween approaches we’re faced with the harsh reality that the flip flops must go and out come the boots.

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Boots you say??? That doesn’t sound so bad to me. Tall, short, over the knee, or ankle booties all of them so versatile and so fun!

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In an effort to bring you style on a budget, here are just some outfit ideas for you. If you’re anything like me, you like to leaf through some magazines, tune into E!, or scroll through Instagram and Pinterest for inspirational ideas for what you can throw together to freshen things up this season.

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I know I normally blog about makeup and makeup tools, but looking good is beautiful & feeling good is gorgeous!!

Fall inspiration ideas brought to you by Cristina Rivera Beauty, leave your thoughts and ideas for me!!

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Did someone say Sigma??

When you think makeup, chances are you think of what tool will give you the best finish. Some people use their hands, others use sponges and then there are those few that still use Q-tips and cotton balls. Don’t laugh! Believe it or not, I can beat a face into full on glam thanks to my training with Q-tips and cotton balls. Lol… Back in the day when I worked at Clinique used those key items as tools in an effort to keep things sterile.
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Now-a-days we’ve all grown a little wiser and know that the right brush does make all the difference in the world. Though your choice of brush depends on the look you’re going for, there is no denying that as artists we need a variety of brushes to be sure we’re equipped for anything that may come up.

Leave it to Sigma to be on the forefront of he brush charge bringing us new innovations for our tool belt.

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