Trial and Error: 5 tips to prep for your wedding day

wedding day prep

It’s been a summer chock full of weddings and now that I am almost two years removed from my own, I’ve had ample time to reflect. I believe that many things in life are best learned the hard way and my preferred method of learning is through trial and error. While I will not get a do-over of  the “big day” I do have some takeaways that I’d  like to share with future brides. [highlight color=’#81caea’ text-color=’#ffffff’] 1) Learn how to do your own makeup…just in case. [/highlight] It’s one of the most highly anticipated and photographed days of your life. You spend a year of your time researching the perfect everything....

Review: Hoola Bronzer by Benefit Cosmetics


I have recently “hit pan” on my second container of Benefit’s Hoola bronzer so I want to share some feedback as to why this bronzer has been a permanent fixture in my makeup bag. Clearly I am not the first to discover this product- it has created a cult like following, racking up 2k reviews between three top makeup communities: Sephora, Ulta, and Pros: There is no shimmer in this bronzer. It is mattefying so you do not run the risk of looking like a dewy flower child. If you are going for that look, then use this bullet point as a con. This is a contour powder. It has the magical...

Summer Savior – Stay Don’t Stray by Benefit

Stay Don't Stray

Chicago summers often leave my skin feeling slick and oily from what I like to call “city grit.” No mascara stands a chance with this kind of humidity but Benefit’s “Stay Don’t Stray” came to my rescue. The immediate benefit (pardon the pun) is the smudge protection but it also helps blend undereye concealer which is typically a thicker consistency and sometimes leaves a harsh line at the top of the cheekbone. [button color=’blue’ url=’’ target=’_self’] BUY IT [/button] Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don’t Stray Stay-put Primer for Concealers & Eye Shadows (Light/medium)...