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Guest Post – Nashville Makeup Artist, Amy Lynn Larwig

December 14, 2012

“Break break downnnn….

So what do you do
When somebody you’re so devoted to
Suddenly just stops loving you
And it seems they haven’t got a clue
Of the pain that rejection is putting you through
Do you cling to your pride
And sing ‘I will survive’
Do you lash out and say ‘How dare you leave this way?’
Do you hold on in vain as they just slip away”

Let’s be real. Back in 1998, Mariah Carey wasn’t singing about her lost love. She was pining for mascara that stayed put all day and didn’t leave her with black circles around her eyes by 3pm! Many women face this problem daily and it becomes a source of great distress and nothing seems to be a great fix. Well there are a few reasons your mascara may be making a run for it.

Your eye cream. Many eye creams have oils in them that will eat your mascara. Many mascaras contain lanolin, mineral oil, linseed oil, or a variety of other oils. And since oil breaks down oil, your eye cream may be responsible for the slip and slide happening around your eyes. Look for an oil free formula, or skip the eye cream in the morning.

Your concealer. Under eye darkness is one of the biggest concerns I hear about. So of course, many ladies opt to use concealer under their eyes. Unfortunately many concealers act the same way as eye cream by using their oils for evil, smudging mascara all over. Make sure after you apply your concealer, you powder that area to set it and provide a barrier from your mascara.

Oily lids. Some ladies just have oily skin, which means their eye lids turn to creasy greasy messes. If you notice creases on your top lid and mascara smudges underneath, this could be you. Using an eye primer will provide a matte surface for your eye products and keep that oil from coming through.

Crummy mascara. I am not a proponent of spending $30 on mascara. Drugstore brands are just fine for daily use. But if you find a particular brand consistently slides on you, but others don’t, then by all means, switch brands! Waterproof mascaras should only be used when the possibility for crying, intense sweating, or water activities is inevitable. It is too tacky for everyday use and will end up breaking your lashes if you wear it too often. Regular formulas are best for daily use and there are definitely some solid brands at your local drugstore.

After examining which of these culprits could be leaving you raccoon eyed, it’s easy to see what steps to take to eliminate the problem.

For your makeup needs, contact Nashville Makeup Artist, Amy Lynn Larwig, for more information // Image by Phindy Studios

Bridal Fashion

Vogues Guide to the best Accessories for Summer

June 18, 2012

Summer is here and with it has come a fresh, feminine color palette. The bright bold colors we saw on the runways have morphed into pale pastels for summer. I picked out my favorites for this summer’s bridal inspiration from Vogues accessory guide. I’ve also added a sneak peak of the Oscar de la Renta Bridal Collection, I can’t wait to feature this collection in the next couple of weeks!

Bridal Fashion

What to Wear to a Wedding and Beyond

May 16, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I took a friend of mine shopping to help her find a few dresses to wear for a wedding and a rehearsal dinner. I wanted to help her find something fun and versatile, which brought me to the little black dress. Every woman needs a black cocktail dress, it can get you through a last minute party, a night out on the town, an outing to the symphony and the list goes on. Also, black goes with any skin tone and you can always have fun pairing it with some sassy shoes or jewelry. We ended up at White House Black Market and found exactly what she was looking for. When looking for a piece of clothing I know I’m going to wear over and over I usually like to go with a classic style. I put together a few looks based on what we found. My friend ended up choosing the sleeveless black dress and the flirty blue Cascade Ruffle dress for the rehearsal dinner. What’s great about these dresses you can wear the same shoes and jewelry with both and no one will ever notice!

Inspiration

The Importance of Savoring the Moment

April 30, 2012

So your big day is mere weeks away and life is a blur to say the least. One of the things people keep telling you is how important it is to savor the moment. And while you have heard everything from how you should decorate your tables to what you should wear, the advice about savoring the moment is very true. It is not going to be easy and it will definitely take some major wedding day focus. The truth is this momentous occasion in your life, the one you have been planning and obsessing over for a year, will be over in a blink. Acknowledge this, make your piece with it and on your wedding day stop every once and a while to savor the little moments. Take mental notes of how amazing it is to feel so beautiful and special with all your loved ones around. Pictures will last forever but if all you can remember is something borrowed and something blue, all those lovely details will be missed.

Image provided by A Memory Lane Event

Wedding Tips

Popping the Question… To Your Bridesmaids! – Music City Events

March 16, 2012

Asking your bests to take a place of honor at your wedding might sound simple enough BUT if your loving groom puts so much thought into popping your question, why not do the same for your girls? It can be a lot of fun and absolutely builds the excitement from a mere question to embarking on an adventure!

Consider this entertaining way to pop the question – wouldn’t you love to have this show up in your inbox?

Create a fun and yummy-licious presentation with tiny banners that read “Will you be my bridesmaid?” and place your little banner of joy in their favorite flavored cupcake.
Image by Kupcake Spot
Have a friend who loves accessories? Find a fantastic headband and attach a little note that reads “Will you head down the aisle with me?” (or perhaps “I need help keeping my head on straight!), or pick out a lovely little hat box and fill it with ring pops – yes, those ring pops! – and ask away!
Create a Bridesmaid’s Survivor Kit by filling a pretty box with a compact mirror and lip gloss, measuring tape (for her bridesmaids dress), her favorite candy or gum, Tylenol (for all the headaches you are bound to cause!), travel sized fingernail files, bobby pins and other fun goodies or you can purchase one of these lovelies from My Wedding Favors. Something catchy like “How can I survive without you?” is a sweet way to tag this gift!
Whatever you do and however you ask, I’m sure your ladies will be ecstatic at your invitation and will happily say yes (just like you!).
Guest post by Music City Events