Monthly Archives: September 2011

Fall Beauty Event at Neiman Marcus

Remember Halloween as a kid, where you’d come home from trick-or-treating and empty your big bag of candy on the dining room table?

Yeah, the Neiman Marcus Beauty Event was like that.  (But without my mother inspecting everything for hidden razor blades and taking away all the delicious homemade treats.)

Neiman Marcus Beauty Event Preview Party invite

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Make-up Styling for a Wedding, Part II: Finding Make-up Looks for Inspiration

Now that I had some essential information about Jenn’s wedding, my next step was to find some make-up looks that would work for the bride. I wanted to go with a natural palette, since the wedding ceremony would be outdoors. Also, I know that one of the bride’s favorite colors is orange, and she would be wearing an orange orchid in her hair. I thought that shades of peach and brown would compliment her warm skin undertones, the orchid and the beautiful outdoor setting. Here are some looks I pulled for her:

Inspiration board of celebrities for wedding make-up looks

With the exception of Natalie Portman’s raspberry lips, the emphasis in each of the looks is the eyes. And each of the women are wearing peachy rose cheeks that I thought would work well to give Jenn that “blushing bride” look. I sent all the looks to Jenn for her feedback. Generally, she was on board for the direction I was going. The only look she wasn’t a fan of was Anne Hathaway’s dark under eyeliner and bottom lash mascara, conceding that may look so harsh due to Anne’s fair skin. If I haven’t already mentioned this, Jenn does not wear make-up on a daily basis, so it was a fair concern.

Now that I’ve got a solid direction to head towards, I need to create an “ingredient” list to cook up the perfect wedding look for my beautiful Jenn!

NEXT STEP: Putting together a shopping list of products.

Images: Anne Hathaway, Hilary Swank, Isla Fisher, Natalie Portman, Molly Sims

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Jenn’s Five-Minute Face: Summer Edition

As I’ve gotten older, I am stricter about how I look when I leave the house to be seen out in public. Unless I’m heading to the gym or a quick run to the grocery store, I am wearing some kind of outfit that’s been given some consideration with a face with some makeup. But it is hot in Texas, so I don’t like to wear foundation every day. Here is my summertime five-minute made-up face.

collage of five-minute face make-up products

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Judicial Review: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream ShadowI’ve been wearing Bobbi Brown eye shadows for as long as I can remember, but for some reason I never tried her Long-Wear Cream Shadow.  However, this particular summer has been so brutally hot that no matter what I did my shadow was creasing by lunch time.  I decided to give Bobbi’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow a shot.

This product has nice variety of shades available, some shimmery and some matte.  I took Sandy Gold and Heather home for a test drive. Continue reading

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Judicial Review: Benefit CORALista Blush

Benefit CORALista

If you are like me and spend entirely too much time at Sephora, then you must sign-up to be a Sephora Beauty Insider. As you spend money, you build up points that can then be redeemed for small-size samples of products. On more than one occasion, I have found a new beloved product from a sample I received.

My latest sample that has worked its way into my regular make-up rotation is Benefit CORALista.

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Running Through My Mind

I’ve always wanted to be a runner.

Unfortunately my desire to be a runner manifests in the same way as my dream of being a super awesome ukulele player: I have all the tools required but apply actual effort toward it only sporadically. I keep hoping I’ll acquire these skills by osmotically absorbing expertise through the universe, bypassing all the frustration and discouraging failure that comes before SUCCESS.  (Or, let’s be honest, sometimes only less failure.)

Today I woke up at 6am, super pumped to go to my 8am CrossFit RunTex class!  Unfortunately I couldn’t find the class – it wasn’t at RunTex, and it wasn’t under the bridge down on the running trail.

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The Year of Living *Paleo-ly

I love food.  No mixed emotions there, no deep-seated conflicts or internal struggles, I just love it.  I want to move to Vermont where I can legally marry it.  Historically when invited to gatherings I could always be counted on to bring dessert, sometimes more than one.  I’ve lovingly been called a cupcake whore.

So you can understand the surprise of those who knew me when I started down the Paleo Path.  You’d have thought I told them I was going Base Jumping without a parachute.  Everyone wanted to know the impetus for this radical change, but there was no dramatic catalyst.  I’d been eating pretty much the same way my entire life and I just wanted to see what it was like to eat differently.

Wendy at 2 years. This isn't staged: it's my way and the way of my people.

Wendy at 2 years. This isn’t staged: it’s my way and the way of my people.

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The Beauty-terrogation

Annie Leibowitz photo "Interrogation" with Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Connelly and Aaron Eckhart

This will be a recurring post where our Beautypendents answer five questions. Suggest your own interrogation questions in the comments!

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Drinking the Kool-Aid: Tales of a CrossFit Convert

A great friend and former roller derby teammate (that’s a post for another day) told me I needed to look into CrossFit because I’d really love it.  I’d been a little bored since quitting derby: a step aerobics class doesn’t quite compare to be knocked around by other women on skates.

CrossFit Central Austin

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