Should you hire a professional for your wedding makeup or do it yourself?

I’ve heard some arguments for and against the use of a professional makeup artist lately that I thought I would come up with a nice pro and con list for each of these:

Professional wedding makeup artist:  Pros

  • Possible to get it free with makeup purchase of a certain amount
  • You only use the makeup once, so need to buy special makeup you may never use again
  • Typically allow some sample trial applications to play with your makeup a little to find that perfect look
  • TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System ($225) is a lightweight system that lets you spray on concealer, blush, bronzer, or highlighter. It gives you a flawless, fresh, and dewy look. You can even use it all over your body.  Really fast to do….Sephora lets you do a trial of this stuff..
  • If you buy a wedding package sometimes it includes the professional makeup as part of it
  • If you never wear makeup this will add that extra surprise to the groom and obviously you shouldn’t attempt your first makeup application at your wedding
  • You can use a makeover as a gift to your bridesmaids as part of your package

Professional wedding makeup artist:  Cons

  • Price can range from $60-$100
  • If you’re not famaliar with the makeup artist they could do your makeup wrong and still have to pay
professional wedding makeup
Professional wedding makeup

Do it yourself wedding makeup: Pros

  • Like Chelsea Clinton, you could keep it real simple and opt to not wear any makeup.  Especially if you have a great skincare regimen and your skin looks great anyway like hers.
  • You already own your favorite colors and know how you like to look. Continue reading

Can you use your wedding dress for fundraising?

I was thinking about this the other day when I ran across an article about a lady that climbed mountains for cancer charities in her wedding dress. Most of us have heard of typical fundraising oppurtunities but this one was new to me.  In Anne-Marie hopes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in a dress, but it seems that that is currently prohibited in their guidelines for safe climbs.

Of course that isn’t as strange as what principal do for their kids at school once they reach a fundraising goal. See below.

wedding dress man kissing pig
Who doesn't want their first kiss to be a pig?

This was the deal, if his students made $15,000 in sales, Gerard Lotz would don a wedding dress and Principal Denise Bourgeois would wear a tuxedo, naturally, to be the groom. When administrators asked the students to pick a goal for the deal, the odd wedding scene was tops. Teachers joined in the merriment and dressed in an array of gaudy bridesmaid dresses.  Hopefully when doing Continue reading

Are white gold diamond wedding rings the new thing for men?

When my husband and I got married almost 12 years ago platinum and titanium bands were becoming pretty popular.  These rings have had their heyday but I’m noticing a comeback in the white gold diamond rings for men again.

white gold diamond rings

Their are cheaper offerings online made with a bare minimum amount of gold, which makes resizing rings more difficult and can actually damage the jewelry when attempted. I know this first hand after buying a white gold ring in Alaska on a cruise, once the ring was resized it looked horrible.

Grooms today prefer white gold to platinum because of its durability and affordability. White gold also retains its value longer than silver. Of course local jewelrs are having more of a challenge with the broad selection of the Internet from Continue reading