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Fall Bridal Makeup Pictures

Bridal Makeup in Davenport, Iowa
Wedding Party Makeup in the Quad Cities, Iowa and Illinois
I had to share...check out some snapshots from one of my fall brides! I love this shot of Aimee checking herself in the mirror at the church! She looked stunning...
 
Makeup was done by me - Jessica Curtis
Hair was done by Jocelyn Murray
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here is a cute shot of Aimee with one of her bridesmaids! Love it!
 
Makeup was done by me - Jessica Curtis
Hair was done by Jocelyn Murray
 
Thanks for having me Aimee and crew!! :)

Email Isn't Working

If you have tried to contact me through my business email in the past several months and have not gotten a reply I apologize! 
My email has either been misbehaving or down completely for some time.   There are tech people trying to resolve this issue currently and I hope to have it resolved SOOOON, but until then - please contact me one of the following ways -
 
Phone: 319-558-6633
 
Thank you for your patience!  I look forward to hearing from you! :)
 
Jessica
 

Yellow Nail Color - A Summer Beauty Trend

My new obsession?? The color YELLOW!  Yep.  You've probably heard me whining already about the constant clouds and rain here lately...resulting in a lack of big bright YELLOW things in the sky!!  :)  Since about Easter weekend, my current color obsession has turned to yellow!!  I pulled out a brightly colored yellow satin top for Easter celebrations and have been hooked ever since!! 

Apparently I am not alone in this need for yellow in my life, as I see it popping up in beauty everywhere!! (I even bought a yellow eyeliner yesterday at ULTA!!)  One of the first places I noticed it was at Chanel in nails!  Now I don't mean gold...I mean YELLOW
Chanel is featuring a limited edition nail color in a bright pretty yellow as part of their Summer 2011 Collection
Summer Beauty Trend - Yellow Nails
Chanel's La Vernis Nail Colour in Mimosa retails for $25 at Chanel.com or at retailers who carry Chanel like VonMaur!  I am in love with this!  BUT, because I KNOW I will get tired quickly of a trendy color like this - $25 is a lot to spend for me! GOOD NEWS!  I found an almost PERFECT dupe - Check it out!! 
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in #27 Mellow Yellow!

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in #27 Mellow Yellow
Retails at CVS and Walgreens for $2.99 reg. price I purchased mine Sunday and here's a picture of the finished nails!!!  I LOVE THEM! So fun and bright!  The color is almost exact!

For pictures of the nail colors from Chanel and Sally Hansen - Click here to go to the rest of my blog!! :)
Hmmmm....what fun color to do next???  Suggestions?!?!  :)  Happy Monday all!  xoxo, Jessica

Spring Makeup - Pinks, Lilacs and Aqua

Hi all!!  So Spring is supposed to be SPRINGING...ugh. :)  And all it has been doing here is RAINING!  So...rather than belly-ache about the rain, I am working on a video for you using bright SPRINGY colors!! YAY!! 
Here's a preview!!...
Spring Makeup using Pinks, Purples and Aquas!
 
A video is coming soon...but here is a quick peek at what I did - focus on the eyes...:)
Eyes
  • Aqua on the lids
  • Aqua under the lower lashes
  • Lilac under the brow
  • A darker/medium purple/lilac in crease
  • PINKS on the cheeks and lips!!
 
 
 
YouTube video is coming soon!!!  A complete list of the products and colors, etc. that I used will be here for you to see, but I wanted to get the BRIGHT fun SPRINGY colors out there now...:) I'm excited to do a few more of these Spring/warm weather inspired looks for you!!
 
Please go away rain...please...and thank you!
xoxo, Jessica
 

New Video - Spring Makeup Look using PINKS, PURPLES and AQUA

As promised last week, I have added a new YouTube video today using some fun Spring eyeshadow colors - purples, aquas and PINKS!! :)  I love LOVE love using these bright colors right now!! 

Watch the video here and see the list below of the products I used for this one!!
 
  
Foundation - Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Medium 03
Eyeshadow Primer - Nyx (nude color)
Eyeshadows -
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in Aqua Pool (sorry...this is one that's discontinued)
  • NYX Every Color Imaginable Palette (for the 2 purple/lilac colors) - let me know if you want to see/ hear more about this palette!
Eyeliner - Smashbox Waterproof Eyeliner in Onyx
Mascara - Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme in Extreme Black
Cheeks - Tarte Cheek Stain in True Love, E.L. Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer
Lips - NYX Lipstick in Narcissus, e.l.f. Super Glossy Lipshine in Los Angeles
Lashes - e.l.f. Lashes (Natural) and DUO Lash Adhesive
Brushes - Tarte Eyeliner/Smudge brush, Estee Lauder Blending brush

This is a SUPER easy look to use whatever bright fun eyeshadow colors you already have!!  So don't worry if you don't have exactly the same colors I used here!  There are tons of fun aquas and purples out there!!  Using an eyeshadow primer and the NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk as your base before the bright colors will make ALLLL the difference.  A good base and the pure white will keep the bright pigments popping!! 

Here are all the links to the products I used -
Estee Lauder
http://www.esteelauder.com
NYX
http://www.nyxcosmetics.com or http://www.ulta.com
Tarte Cosmetics http://tartecosmetics.com/ or http://www.ulta.com
Smashbox http://www.smashbox.com or http://www.ulta.com
e.l.f. http://www.eyeslipsface.com/ 
Duo Lash Adhesive
Find it at Walgreens

GOOD Luck!!!  Happy Spring everyone! :)
xoxo Jessica