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Wedding Make Up Ideas

  • Posted on December 2, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Ruimio Make-Up 6-Color Palette Tray Surprised Me

 RUIMIO Makeup Contour Kit Highlight and Bronzing Powder Palette – 6 Colors

Ruimio Make-Up 6-Color Palette Tray surprised me with it versatility. When it arrived I opened the box to find four colors that I thought would never do anything to enhance my skin tone, but I was pleasantly surprised once I decided to give all six colors in the tray a try.
As you can see from my selfie (For the record, not my best shot and my husband hates selfies.), I started off my trial with clean dry skin and I started from the lower right hand corner, using that as my foundation and then built on top of my face with the various colors to enhance either with coverage, contouring or color additions to my face. I believe it and me came out looking terrific. My skin tone was smoothed out and it did not look like I had on any makeup at all and that’s what we all want. We desire to look effortless beautiful, right?

Ruimio & Me.

Ruimio & Me.

Fresh Washed Face


Make up Tips and Tricks

1) I used the medium brown in the upper right hand corner as my foundation, using a brush.
2) On the far upper left is a white that I used lightly as dark circle highlighter to erase those circles (which surprisingly worked very well.).
3) In the middle on the bottom, I used the peach as my blush (and it worked, too.) on my cheekbones.
4) The tray below the medium brown in the lower right hand corner is a dark brown which I used as my contour beneath my cheekbones.
5) The upper middle color is light beige which I used to matte & prime my eyelids.
6) And on the lower left hand corner is medium beige, that has a hint of green in it, so I used that as my eyelid color.


With Ruimio an enhanced face

With Ruimio an enhanced face

And since I go almost nowhere without lip color, I had to add one of my favorites, which is not part of the Ruimio palette’s color tray.

If you’re tight on space to take things with you, make-up wise in your bag (if you didn’t get a bigger bag to take with you), then this slim set of 6-color palette tray is great to take. It’s slim and can fit most anywhere without taking up much room.
The two things I wish it had would be its own set of brushes and the names of the colors in the tray either on the back or even on the plastic liner. The reason they don’t have the brushes is I’m sure because it would add bulk, but not sure about why they didn’t include color names. Perhaps it’s so you can decide where to put it. All-in-all though its versatility truly surprised me.

Dog Days of Summer 2015 Wedding Trends

  • Posted on August 3, 2015 at 6:22 pm

If you tuned into my show last Friday 31 July, you would have heard most of this post, plus a little more. If you’d prefer to listen to it, just go to In the meantime as promised here’s the inspiration for that show and finding deals now in the NYC version of the ‘Dog Days of Summer’.
Before I get to the trends, you may wish to pick up one of my two books or both on Kindle: New York City Budget Weddings: Elegant and Affordable, as well as 11 Secrets from New York City Budget Weddings.
Color Trends:
This summer has been filled with varying shades/hues of pink and blues. Think watermelon pink (yuch-to me) only because that shade is lighter than the inside of of the watermelon. I guess it’s the lighter red next to the rind. Actually I always think of watermelon as being red inside. Really it’s an oxymoronic shade. Anyway, now you know how I feel about pink. Not the PC thing I suppose, since that is the “unofficial” or default color of weddings. Anyway … ref.
Let’s start with color trends for the fall 2015: It seems jewel tones are what’s coming this fall, and will go straight through the winter of 2016. So if you and your fiance’ don’t want to use your favorite colors ( which I think is always the way to go.) then you can have your pick from the usual fall colors: pumpkin, tones of brown, gold and greens. In the pumpkin family they’re changing the names so that they sound newer. Look for Tangy (rather than spicy).
Don’t forget you do not have to stay within the color hues but can go opposite to make it truly interesting, such as bringing in a hue of blue, sky or turquoise and even whites. Cream would look luscious next to pumpkin & tangerine.
Keeping the colors really easy to find for all the people in your wedding party. Either send them a color swatch, that you can pick up at your favorite hardware store or the color swatch’s number so they can pick it up and get the true color rather than a guess at what you’d like. Remember there are thousands of shades, tones, and hues of all the primary colors.
More colors, for the coming season are muted reds and pinks, some quads of color have names such as Tangy, Sweetness and Poetic.

Grey, like on HGTV is still playing prevalent role in the wedding arena too, as a go-to shade or hue. There are varying names:  classic- light – & dark grey. Then slate, charcoal and ashwood. All grays.
Daring colors are anything to do with purple or violet family. I am not sure why since royalty is connoted with purple, but maybe it’s daring to think you’re royal enough to desire wearing it. Mmmh. Purple was a prominent color my wedding ceremony and obviously I like it because it is part of my logo. I’m betting friends are surprised it’s not on the cover of either of my books. Mmmmh me, too actually.
Menswear – amazing there’s an actual change for men this year. Who’d have guessed. Just read an article and it makes sense, if your bride is looking scrumptious and the center of attention, shouldn’t you as the groom also look scrumptious, too. After all you will take pix or be in a video together. Whichever medium it is or if it’s both, you’d rather look like you belong with the bride rather than an after thought, right?
One big change might be in the pants, which are looking a bit fuller around the legs this year. If you’re a bigger man, this look can help you quite a bit. Cuffs are also pretty popular on pants, but steer clear of cuffs, if you don’t consider yourself on the taller side (taller than 5’8″). Short or squat men in cuffs just shortens or fattens them. No matter the trend, if that’s you, don’t do that to yourself or your groom.
If you’re not renting or buying off the rack and having it tailored to fit, you could also do custom. There are some budget friendly local designers.

Here’s a few to assist in your planning: if walking by the storefront’s name is New Era Factory Outlet, Inc., – This one you take your own measurements, send it to them along with the style & color preferred, then 4 weeks later they deliver., and


A suit that fits well is already a standout and well worthy of you being at your bride’s side. Imagine 20 years down the road and not wanting to look at your pictures because your suit was ill-fitting and looked like crap. you get my drift.
You could even splurge on materials. Plaids are particularly popular in 2016, as are unique colors like high blue and deep red.
Formal/Informal weddings, stick to the darker hues of course. charcoal grey, navy blues or even black.

Hair Trends:
For women with longer hair, it seems there is still the trend of hair up for sophistication. Plus, lots of people, mostly men I believe love it on their wedding night when they can unpin their bride’s hair allowing it to cascade to her shoulders. Who says men aren’t influenced by media. Yup! It’s true they are. Or is that just my husband? mmmh
On Friday 7 August 2015, on a special show, I’ll go into even more detail about hair trends AND of course I will update it here on my website.


Upcoming guests: Curtis & Carla (Eastern seaboard sing duo) L A Timberlake, DJ/Venue Coordinator, Kristina Latour – Video Producer and possibly Celeste Mumford – J Lexi, LLC (Holistic SkinCare needs)

New York City Budget Weddings: Elegant And Affordable

  • Posted on January 8, 2015 at 5:57 pm

11+ Secrets From NYC Budget Weddings

New York Budget Weddings: Elegant and Affordable

New York Budget Weddings: Elegant and Affordable

IT’S TIME!!                                IT’S HERE!!!

The book seemingly five years in the making, really it was 3.5 years, but sometimes it felt like five.

The book is scheduled to be published on Saturday 1/24 starting at midnight and is is pre-pub mode. So, yes you can purchase it now via Amazon’s Kindle, but you will not be able to download it until the day of publication. The pre-pub cover a little different, but you can find it at this link: