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Wedding days are full of crying, kissing, hugging, dancing, sweating and other makeup-ruining activities, so it’s really important to have makeup that will last through it all! Here are some of my favorite long-wearing products!

Always start with a primer. There are lots of choices, depending on your skin type. If you’re more oily or tend to get shiny throughout the day, look for a mattifying primer. If you have reddness or uneven tone, look for something color correcting. Makeup Forever offers many different Step 1 primers for every type of skin or concern.

I love the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation. It’s truly waterproof, and provides great coverage with a natural finish. It also comes in a large range of shade.

If you also need a concealer for under-eyes, blemishes, etc., the Kat von D Lock It Concealer Creme. Again, there is a huge shade range here. It also has amazing coverage, and, as the name implies, super long wear. The whole Lock It line is actually great. If you’re looking for super full coverage, the Lock it Liquid Foundation is a great choice.

One of my all-time favorite eyeliners is the Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner. It’s a bargain at only $12, and stays on all day long!

I’m not a huge fan of waterproof mascaras as they can be rough on your lashes, but for special cry-fest occasions, they are necessary. Since it’s not something I use all the time, I grab a cheaper option so I don’t feel bad if I toss it. One of my favorites is L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara.

Lips are one of the hardest things to keep on all day. Lip primers and lip liner can help color stick, but definitely carry a tube to touch up. You can also go for a lip stain which will do just that: Stains give your lips a more natural color that stays on. A word of caution on stains: they can be drying. I found the YSL Vinyl Cream Stain for my wedding that hydrates and gives great color payoff. It’s a little bit of a splurge, but was worth it.

Finally, top it off with a makeup setting spray. I like L’Oreal Infallible Pro Spray, which you can find in your local Target.

Plus, it’s a great time to try some of these since Sephora is having their VIB discount this week!




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    Whether you’re trying to turn the corner from the gross effects of winter — because cold, dry weather can really take a toll on your mind, skin and body — or you’re trying to boost your already beautiful self in preparation for your engagement photos or wedding day, you might be in search of some new pampering goodies to get you started on the right foot. And lucky for you, I’ve been testing out some seriously badass beauty and health goods as of late. Here are five of my favorite new things for mind, body and beauty:

    A New Journal

    Blank Journal from Target

    Blank Journal, $7.99 from Target

    I’m a little bit of a geek with journals and planners and love to have a new one every year. I have like, STACKS of old journals — used, partially used, unused — but always manage to find a new one that I fall into deep infatuation with. I tend to keep them by my bed to record those nagging thoughts that hinder my sleep or to jot down a to-do list. I might doodle from time to time or actually properly record my thoughts in the way they should be when using a journal. But most of all, I find them a very useful tool to help me keep my mind in order. As editor of BAB and founder of two new businesses (one online, IRL), I’m often juggling multiple tasks — much like those of you who are in the throes of wedding planning — and it helps me to have something with me at all times to write down anything I want or need to remember. Plus, old-school note-taking and writing is pretty cathartic.

    Foreo Luna 2

    Foreo Luna 2

    Luna 2, $199 at Foreo

    While this is a little pricey (yeah, I cringed), I find it 100% worth it. I’ve been using a Clarisonic Mia for a few years, and I have found a number of drawbacks: 1) I hate, and am often too lazy, to replace the brushes. And those bad boys do need replacing; 2) My skin type varies depending on the season and the brushes can often be too harsh during the drier months, causing blotchiness and excessive dryness; 3) It’s pretty clunky. Foreo sent me the Luna 2, and while I’m always a little hesitant to test products I think are a bit too pricey, I’ve been dying to try some new cleansing system for my face. I’m an avid user of the Dove Beauty Bar and Neutrogena Oil-Free Sensitive Skin Moisturizer … and that’s pretty much it for product. So I rely heavily on brushes to help with the deep cleaning ish. The silicon brushes on the Luna 2 are really gentle — so much so that I felt like they weren’t even getting the job done the first time around — and my particular model is made for combination skin like mine. I like that the unit pulses when it’s time to move from one face zone to the next during the one-minute cleansing session. And I like that the battery holds a charge for wayyyy longer than the Mia. It’s also more lightweight and I’m not nearly as wary of bacteria buildup due to the silicon.



    One month of unlimited video classes for $14.99

    A new year, a new attempt at working out — amirite? Yeah. Well, this usually ends in catastrophic flames for me as the call of my couch is usually infinitely stronger than the call of a yoga class. See, the thing is that I really, really hate working out in front of other people and I have a tough time with running because of old knee injuries sustained while snowboarding (I used to be a badass). This pretty much leaves me with the option of, well, my living room. But the free programs on my Roku are usually boring as shit and the paid ones like Daily Burn are expensive as shit. And then I found Grokker (what a name, right?). And I love it. I can stream the videos through my computer or tablet and I’m not stuck with just yoga or zumba — it has barre classes and a whole range of other options in a range of difficulty and intensity levels. You can follow your friends and encourage them or keep to yourself and do you (boo). Plus, Grokker is only $14.99 per month and you can test it out free for 14 days to be sure you dig it. Kind of a win-win, right? BONUS: Food recipes, because yes.

    A Fancy Glass Water Bottle

    Kate Spade New York Glass and Glitter Silicone Sleeve Water bottle at Nordstrom

    Glass and Glitter Silicon Sleeve Water Bottle, $30 at Nordstrom

    I’ll be the first to admit I am not amazing at drinking my recommended amount of water every day, but now that I’m pregnant it’s super important for me to get a minimum of 64 oz. every day. I’m also super picky about my chosen vessel — BPA scares the shit out of me so plastic is out, I don’t like the feeling on my teeth of a metal water bottle nor do I enjoy the tinny taste of them and the bottle needs to be small enough that it’s not a burden to carry around but big enough to be worth a shit. A friend bought me this adorably amazing Kate Spade glass bottle from Nordstrom and it’s my everything. At 16 oz., it’s not daunting to drain and is super easy to stick in my purse. Just four bottles full gets me to my recommended 64 oz. and it’s cute as shit (uh, hello #sparklez). Of course we all know that tons of water helps keep extra pounds at bay (if that’s important to you) and keeps hair and skin looking their best, so there’s that, too.

    Fruit-Pigmented Lipstick

    100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lipstick in Poppy

    Fruit Pigmented Lipstick in Poppy, $28 from 100% Pure

    After a recent major hair change, I’ve been feeling a lot more bold about my makeup choices — including actually wearing lipstick, which is such virgin territory for me. After testing out 100% Pure’s fruit pigmented lipstick, I was solidly impressed. Normally, I’m entirely too conscious of the fact that I’m wearing lipstick — which just seems to shorten its lifespan on my face. I’m a total lip-rubber-togetherer when I have anything on them and, of course, when it comes to lipstick this isn’t a good thing as I usually wind up with a super bright outline and nothing in the middle — very ’90s chic (ew). This lipstick, though, seems to “dry” in a way that other lipsticks don’t, making me considerably less conscious of the fact that it’s on my face while also increasing its own longevity. I have friends who had mixed reviews on it, but it worked well for me. Plus, it’s natural and there’s no shame in that game.

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    Bride friends? Can you hold my hand for a moment? Listen, I had this great chronological schedule for wedding posts that mirrored my progress so far and such, but something has been happening and I need to talk about it in a safe place. Therefore I am interrupting my previous BAB wedding blogging schedule so we can talk. So. Am I the only one who…

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