Never underestimate the power of a hot pink lip! 
Today is an extra long Tuesday! I have a full day at the salon, a mid-day meeting about a cool new beauty product, more clients, a coffee break with a bride-to-be, and then a graduation party for my no-longer assistant as she’s now promoted and has her OWN chair. THAT’s a day. Couldn’t have done it without my lip color. 
No, really. After a few hours of running around, my makeup looks average, far from it did when I left the house. A lip color with BAM really keeps me looking fresh, polished and awake through midnight. 
Try Candy Yum Yum! I can’t imagine it looking less than glam on anyone!
XOAJ 

Never underestimate the power of a hot pink lip! 

Today is an extra long Tuesday! I have a full day at the salon, a mid-day meeting about a cool new beauty product, more clients, a coffee break with a bride-to-be, and then a graduation party for my no-longer assistant as she’s now promoted and has her OWN chair. THAT’s a day. Couldn’t have done it without my lip color. 

No, really. After a few hours of running around, my makeup looks average, far from it did when I left the house. A lip color with BAM really keeps me looking fresh, polished and awake through midnight. 

Try Candy Yum Yum! I can’t imagine it looking less than glam on anyone!

XO
AJ 

Happy Thursday! Meet Shannon O’Brien. Between her amazing cheekbones and super warm personality, you will fall in love with her. Shannon is a crazy talented make-up artist, (I seriously never wanted to wash off my smokey eyes), and the blogger behind Cheap Frills and Thrills. 
XOAJ
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FROM THE RUNWAY TO THE AISLELet’s be honest.  Not all runway makeup is wearable in an every day situation - let alone your wedding day.  Being recently engaged mysef, I can’t really picture myself wearing THIS on possibly the most photographed day of my life.  What is a trendy-loving bride to do?!  Fear not my fashion-forward brides!  I have sifted through the internet and found some looks from SS13 that easily translate from the runway to the aisle.1.  LUSCIOUS LASHES -  Easily one of my favorite looks.  Lashes are an instant way to boost the emphasis on your eyes without having to sacrifice the look of being soft and fresh.  The best part is that they can be used with ANY look you go for on your big day. 2.  TROPICAL POUT - A new spin on a classic red.  Try pushing your favorite bright lip color a bit more neon.  Balanced with a soft eye it immediately makes your skin look fresh and bright.  Spring and Summer is the best time to get away with such a fun fresh look.3.  APRICOT A-GO-GLOW - Soft washes of apricot are a beautiful way to compliment any complexion.  It instantly adds warmth and healthy flush to the skin.  Don’t just limit it to your cheeks!  Blend some apricot into your crease or try an peachy lip to add to the glow!Don’t be afraid to integrate these trends into your every day look either.  You may be surprised and find your new go to!
Shannon

Happy Thursday! Meet Shannon O’Brien. Between her amazing cheekbones and super warm personality, you will fall in love with her. Shannon is a crazy talented make-up artist, (I seriously never wanted to wash off my smokey eyes), and the blogger behind Cheap Frills and Thrills.

XO
AJ

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FROM THE RUNWAY TO THE AISLE

Let’s be honest.  Not all runway makeup is wearable in an every day situation - let alone your wedding day.  Being recently engaged mysef, I can’t really picture myself wearing THIS on possibly the most photographed day of my life.  What is a trendy-loving bride to do?!  Fear not my fashion-forward brides!  I have sifted through the internet and found some looks from SS13 that easily translate from the runway to the aisle.

1.  LUSCIOUS LASHES -  Easily one of my favorite looks.  Lashes are an instant way to boost the emphasis on your eyes without having to sacrifice the look of being soft and fresh.  The best part is that they can be used with ANY look you go for on your big day.

2.  TROPICAL POUT - A new spin on a classic red.  Try pushing your favorite bright lip color a bit more neon.  Balanced with a soft eye it immediately makes your skin look fresh and bright.  Spring and Summer is the best time to get away with such a fun fresh look.

3.  APRICOT A-GO-GLOW - Soft washes of apricot are a beautiful way to compliment any complexion.  It instantly adds warmth and healthy flush to the skin.  Don’t just limit it to your cheeks!  Blend some apricot into your crease or try an peachy lip to add to the glow!

Don’t be afraid to integrate these trends into your every day look either.  You may be surprised and find your new go to!

Shannon

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Your Stylist AJ is featured on MAKEUP.COM today! You might remember the above photo from THIS TUTORIAL. When I created this tutorial, it was a last minute, “shoot I need to post a hair tutorial… what have I done lately” situation, and it has somehow BLOWN UP on Pinterest with 892 pins! (what!)
When MAKEUP.COM contacted me about the feature I was smitten. Thank you!
To view their post, CLICK HERE.
XOAJ 

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Your Stylist AJ is featured on MAKEUP.COM today! You might remember the above photo from THIS TUTORIAL. When I created this tutorial, it was a last minute, “shoot I need to post a hair tutorial… what have I done lately” situation, and it has somehow BLOWN UP on Pinterest with 892 pins! (what!)

When MAKEUP.COM contacted me about the feature I was smitten. Thank you!

To view their post, CLICK HERE.

XO
AJ 

Happy November! (<—-woah.)
This morning I spent some girl time with two of my faves, Emilia and Shannon, to play hair and make-up. While at Em’s house, we got to view Samm and Mason’s engagment photos from last week.
Between Emilia behind the camera, Shannon on makeup and me curling away, Samm became a pro model, and this… a Burberry ad lookalike.
After ten years of dating, congratulations on your romantic engagement!
XOAJ 

Happy November! (<—-woah.)

This morning I spent some girl time with two of my faves, Emilia and Shannon, to play hair and make-up. While at Em’s house, we got to view Samm and Mason’s engagment photos from last week.

Between Emilia behind the camera, Shannon on makeup and me curling away, Samm became a pro model, and this… a Burberry ad lookalike.

After ten years of dating, congratulations on your romantic engagement!

XO
AJ 

Nobody’s perfect, but somebody is perfect for you, and you are perfect for them. That’s what is so incredible for me as an on-site bridal specialist. I witness love, at it’s peak. It’s raw. It’s anxious. It’s humble. It’s vulnerable. It’s innocent. It’s that moment of goosebumps that lasts longer than just a moment. 

When you witness two people that you’re personally close to on their wedding day, it feels straight up Disney. 

Erin and Mike, are perfect for each other. Doing Erin’s hair, and rockin out the looks of so many girls with my bridal team was TOO amazing. Hope this short video by Delack Media Group makes you feel just as warm and fuzzy. :)

XO
AJ 

Welcome to a new style of post, you&#8217;ll be seeing much more of! &#8230;SPEND VS. SAVE
Where one chooses to spend versus save is simply personal preference. I&#8217;m in the beauty industry, and my favorite mascara is from the drugstore, but shampoo and conditioner? You&#8217;ll only find the finest in my shower. These are choices we make as consumers, and though I can&#8217;t make those choices for you, I&#8217;d love to provide you with some insight. 
I use NARS bronzer and blush duo in &#8220;orgasm&#8221; and &#8220;laguna&#8221;. I love this team of definition and flirt, but for $41, I almost resent it every time I use it. 
e.l.f. is a $3 knock off, with near identical packaging to prove it. Though the colors are NOT an exact replica, don&#8217;t be too quick to judge!
The NARS blush is a dewy pink, it&#8217;s sweet and feminine, but it&#8217;s undoubtably PINK. The e.l.f. blush is more peachy, but I think for many that makes it more wearable. The NARS bronzer is gorgeous, and the elf is a close match just a bit darker. 
Ultimately, the choice is yours, but for almost a $40 difference, isn&#8217;t the e.l.f. worth trying?
XO AJ
Click here to purchase NARS above.Click here to purchase e.l.f. above.  
(No compensation was received for this post, and it is only my opinion.) 

Welcome to a new style of post, you’ll be seeing much more of! …SPEND VS. SAVE

Where one chooses to spend versus save is simply personal preference. I’m in the beauty industry, and my favorite mascara is from the drugstore, but shampoo and conditioner? You’ll only find the finest in my shower. These are choices we make as consumers, and though I can’t make those choices for you, I’d love to provide you with some insight. 

I use NARS bronzer and blush duo in “orgasm” and “laguna”. I love this team of definition and flirt, but for $41, I almost resent it every time I use it. 

e.l.f. is a $3 knock off, with near identical packaging to prove it. Though the colors are NOT an exact replica, don’t be too quick to judge!

The NARS blush is a dewy pink, it’s sweet and feminine, but it’s undoubtably PINK. The e.l.f. blush is more peachy, but I think for many that makes it more wearable. The NARS bronzer is gorgeous, and the elf is a close match just a bit darker. 

Ultimately, the choice is yours, but for almost a $40 difference, isn’t the e.l.f. worth trying?

XO 
AJ

Click here to purchase NARS above.
Click here to purchase e.l.f. above.  

(No compensation was received for this post, and it is only my opinion.) 

I love a good crush! 
Just getting home from work, I&#8217;ve been stuck between going for a run, or running to Molly&#8217;s Cupcakes. I settled on blogging and today want to talk about finding a solution for my most frustrating moment&#8230; broken makeup. 
We&#8217;ve all been there, whether you pull your makeup bag out of a suitcase after two flights and a cab, or you drop your compact in the sink, or magically it&#8217;s now a loose dusty mess imbedded in your bathroom rug. 
Tossing our shattered $30 hues is extremely frustrating, so instead I&#8217;ve started collecting them all in a jar. Everytime one breaks, I crush it into a fine dust, and add it to the jar. If they don&#8217;t all match, it&#8217;s totally okay, think of it as creating your own custom blend!
XOAJ 

I love a good crush! 

Just getting home from work, I’ve been stuck between going for a run, or running to Molly’s Cupcakes. I settled on blogging and today want to talk about finding a solution for my most frustrating moment… broken makeup. 

We’ve all been there, whether you pull your makeup bag out of a suitcase after two flights and a cab, or you drop your compact in the sink, or magically it’s now a loose dusty mess imbedded in your bathroom rug. 

Tossing our shattered $30 hues is extremely frustrating, so instead I’ve started collecting them all in a jar. Everytime one breaks, I crush it into a fine dust, and add it to the jar. If they don’t all match, it’s totally okay, think of it as creating your own custom blend!

XO
AJ