Make Me Up Mondays | It’s About the Lips!

May
23rd
Today on Make Me Up Monday, it’s all about the lips! That’s right, we are giving you the low-down on all the latest trends in lip color, stains and glosses today and where to buy them! Remember, that your lip color can make your whole look appear more finished and complete, even if it’s just a swipe of colored gloss.
First up, we have the traditional lipticks! It’s hard to beat MAC for their beautiful, long lasting shades. We are loving the Ellie Goulding collab that they released, especially this pretty color. We also love this pretty, bright, and summery pink. Next up is the lip stain! The lip stain came on the scene awhile back, and it’s perfect for the girl who needs long lasting color without the sticky feel of regular lipstick. The color is pretty highly saturated, so a little goes a long way. We like the Vivid stain for an affordable option from Maybelline. Lastly, we love the Urban Decay Naked nourishing gloss for everyday use. It goes on smoothly, doesn’t get sticky, and actually hydrates and helps your lips. It’s a mid-priced one at $20 per gloss, but it qualifies for free shipping from Nordstrom.com. No matter what you choose, remember to exfoliate occasionally, and hydrate your lips every day to keep them soft and smooth!
Stay tuned to the blog for more Make Me Up Mondays, where we keep you up to date on the latest trends!

Congratulations to the Class of 2016 | Augusta Georgia High Schools

May
20th

Congratulations Class of 2016!

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs

For many in the Class of 2016, school is winding down. I want to say a quick THANK YOU to all the wonderful young ladies I had the pleasure of working with this school year. You amazed me with your brilliance, beauty, and intent to change the world. Whether it was juggling your sports, extracurriculars, or community service, you did so with grace and strength, and I was so impressed with all that you kept on your plate. You also know the meaning of “true beauty” and what it means to be lovely on the inside as well as the outside!

I am so honored to have been a part of your senior year and want to wish each and every one of you all the blessings, happiness, and all the success in the world in your very bright futures!

Congratulations, everyone!!!

Janice

Class-of-2016-Janice Freeland

Featured Session | Christina | Lakeside High School

May
16th

I always think our makeup artists do such a fantastic job, but especially in this session, you can truly see the care and attention to detail. Christina looks beautiful, age appropriate, and very polished…her makeup is stellar! Christina is a senior from Lakeside High School, who will graduate in the Class of 2016. She hopes to attend college after graduation, and says her friends would probably describe her as “trustworthy, kind, and unique”.

I really enjoyed our time together, and sought to capture her sweet personality and fun outfits. She put a lot of thought into her personal style and outfits. She typically shops at places like American Eagle and Urban Outfitters, so I tried to keep that feel of a slightly boho vibe intact throughout her session, while still giving her a pretty and polished look. Christina told me that her personal style is very bohemian inspired, but with a little vintage twist, which you can see here with a lot of her jewelry choices. We found a few locations for her, including this set of steps, and an area with a fence, which worked well with her pretty green dress (find a similar one here).

Congratulations, Christina, on your graduation! I loved our session, and hope you love these beautiful photos! For more information on my various sessions (BFF, Couture, and Drama), click here for full details.

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What 2 Wear Wednesday | Big Bangles

May
11th
The popularity of bangle bracelets is reaching a fever pitch this season, with the chunky bracelets paying homage to the nineties styles that are coming back. We love this Polyvore board with bangles galore, and all the inspiration we are dreaming up for how to wear these. For the gals who are trend-savvy and ready to rock an edgy piece, try that big, leather, studded cuff there on the top right…with destroyed skinny jeans, a bold lip, and some plaid flannel, you can rock a grunge, nineties look perfectly. The boho-loving fashionista will love a tasseled fringe bangle, with will look amazing with a Free People maxi or some wedge sandals. We also like this wrapped, beaded wide bangle for the perfect little bohemian look.
Feeling more girly and wanting a more polished look? Alex and Ani brought  back the bangle look within the last few years, with their dainty bangles and charms. They are more spendy, but celebs like Beyonce, Oprah, Shenae Grimes, and Melissa Rycroft are going crazy over the bangles and have been spotted wearing them for every day style and even at high-profile spots like Coachella. KEEP Collective, another celeb favorite, also has beautiful, customizable bracelets that have interchangeable charms to showcase the favorite things in your life. No matter how you choose to wear them, be sure to snag a few bangles to stay on trend this season!

Make Me Up Mondays | How To Apply Foundation In The Right Way

May
2nd

Whether you’re a celebrity or just a regular girl, we all have had times when we needed to cover up a breakout, or smooth out a sunburn or skin tone. It’s never easy to figure out how to cover up a blemish without caking on the foundation or liquid foundation, but we have an awesome tutorial today on how to cover up without added weight and losing your natural look. Here’s some of the tips from the video, but view the whole thing below:

-First, use a primer as a base to smooth everything out and prepare it for your application.

-Use mineral foundation: Use one that matches your skintone and apply all over, especially on problematic areas. Buff it into your skin using a brush as shown. The mineral foundation covers blemishes without adding “texture” which makes skin look cakey.

-Layer on a liquid foundation like Makeup Forever HD. It works well to really improve your skin and gives you two layers of coverage with a lighter look. Again, you don’t have added texture, only coverage, which is the goal. You can find Makeup Forever on Amazon and at Sephora.

We hadn’t thought of using mineral makeup and regular foundation as a solution, versus heavier, traditional cover-up, which can leave you with uneven spots and thick looking areas. This results is perfect! Stay tuned here to the blog for more Make Me Up Mondays, where we show you the best in makeup tips!