Build Strong Foundation for Your Relationship Through Healthy Actions

The most memorable, exciting, emotional, kind of chaotic, happy, joyful, with a touch of stressful, day of a person’s life is most likely one’s wedding day.  If you are reading this, then I am assuming your wedding day is in the near future so CONGRATULATIONS!  If not, no biggy!  What I am sharing with you is useful even if you’re not preparing a wedding 🙂

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I got married this past October 7th in a rustic yet elegant barn sitting on a HUGE farm located in Summerfield, North Carolina.  The place is called Summerfield Farms and I highly recommend them!  Seeing my bride walk down the aisle brought me to tears (lots of them) full of joy and happiness and I realized that I was the luckiest man in the world.  Megan and I started dating March 2014 and immediately began sharing the things that we enjoy.  For Megan, that was sharing stories from the past, going on picnics, asking deep questions to better get to know the other person,  and her love for nature.

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For me, it was various things but most of all it was my enjoyment of being physically active.  Megan had very little experience with this before meeting me so this was a whole new world to her.  As we continued dating, we continued to work out together and share that time with each other.  Looking back now as a married couple, working out together while we dated helped build a strong foundation for our relationship.  We supported, encouraged, and motivated each other when we were working out.  For those couples out there that are not already doing this, I encourage you to find physical activity that you can enjoy together and stay committed to that routine just as much as you stay committed to each other.  Do you 100% have to workout together every single time you do it, no, but you should definitely make efforts to spend this time together often.  A couple that works out together, stays together.  You may learn something new about the other person too! I will share some ideas to get you started!

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1.Join a Gym.

Look for a local gym and get signed up!  I am bias toward the YMCA because of all that their facilities have to offer, but if that is not a possibility for you then any gym with cardio machines and weights are good.  Megan and I go on average 4 days a week to get a workout.  We go and enjoy each others company as much as we enjoy the health benefits we receive from the physical activity.  Many gyms have workout classes throughout the week so if you are inexperienced, check out a class with your loved one.  Enjoy 🙂

2. Exercise Outside or at Home.

If you are not interested in paying a gym membership then maybe you make your “gym” be the environment right outside your own home.  From time to time, we will go right outside our house and go for a run together.  Other times, just a simple walk is enough after a tiring day.  We use that time to be active but catch up on how each other’s day was.

If exercising outside isn’t an interest to you and you don’t have a gym membership, maybe you can invest in a workout DVD and some equipment to exercise in the comfort of your home.  We have the Insanity DVD workout series and like to use that when exercising at home.  I will let you in on a secret, after one of those Insanity workouts I am completely exhausted!  It is a very intense workout and I cannot keep up with them all the time, but it is an awesome workout to engage in at your own pace.

3. Go for a Hike.

Hit the trails with your loved one and go explore nature!  Make sure you take lots of pictures with each other but also the beautiful scenery you will find along your journey.  Don’t forget to pack plenty of food and water.  You may even want to find a spot to sit down and enjoy a lunch and just appreciate the moment you are in.  We do not see hiking as an exercise anymore.  For us, it is a time of deep connection.  There is a sense of togetherness when you are on a hike in the woods or mountain that creates a bond that no gym that I know of can do.  In terms of your relationship, this may become a routine event for you like it does for us!

4.  Play Recreational Games

Ever play racquetball?  Well if you haven’t, you should try it.  We do not know the rules of the game, but just being able to violently hit a rubber ball around a room together……is a little nuts, but can be quite enjoyable.  If you have access to a basketball court or tennis court, try your hand in some free throws or a little game of tennis.  Just remember that you are doing this together and it should be quality time while getting physically active.  If you both find it enjoyable to get a little competitive then by all means have at it, after all a little competition could be fun!

5.  Cook Together

This is not a physical activity example, but if your being healthy together then you better be making healthy meals in the kitchen.  Oh and men…..the woman does not have to do all the cooking!  Get yourself in that kitchen, grab a knife, and start slicing some veggies!  We are not spectacular cooks, but boy oh boy do we love making a mess in the kitchen and whipping up a healthy meal together.  We don’t love the cleaning up part, but we do it together.  Many hands make light work right?  Make it an un-stressful event, cook up something you’re both interested in, don’t worry about being perfect, turn on some music, light some candles, and HAVE FUN.

I wish you all the best in building a foundation for your relationship through physical activity and healthy behaviors.  Supporting each other in this area is a great start in being supportive in other areas of life and within your relationship.  If a person’s relationship is unsatisfying, than no amount of vegetables, exercise, or green tea will make them feel their ultimate best.  I am so grateful that Megan and I find enjoyment in being physically active and healthy and sharing that with each other and I hope you find the same enjoyment with this in your relationship.

Do you find yourself struggling with your health?  Are you having trouble losing that weight for your big day or just want more energy to do more things?  Are you nervous that your skin won’t look amazing on your wedding day?  We should chat!  I would be honored to have a Complimentary Motivation Consultation with you to discuss your main health concerns and where you need support.  You can contact me directly at and by doing so I will send you my free gift!

But wait….THERE’S MORE!  When you contact me be sure to tell me you read this blog post and you will receive a special rate for my 6 Month Health Coaching Program!  I look forward to connecting with you!

In Health & Happiness,

Anthony Pirrocco, HHC                                                                   Motivational Holistic Health

This blog was written for Makeup for Your Day by Anthony. Anthony is a Raleigh North Carolina based Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Educator.  His passion is helping people learn how to reconnect with their bodies, make the right food and exercise choices to achieve healthy weight, and find a balance in the demands of their life to achieve wellness and happiness.  His coaching revolves around  “Bio-Individuality” and a Whole Foods lifestyle.

If you are interested in working with Anthony, he invites you to a Complimentary Motivation Consultation to discuss your health concerns and goals.  Contact him at or 919-749-3537.  You can also check out his Facebook page by searching Anthony Pirrocco – Health Coaching or visit his website HERE.

Happy Holidays from the MYD Team!

Hello MYD Readers!


From our family to yours we want to wish you a Happy Holidays and an even happier new year! We have so many big plans for 2017 that we can’t wait to share with all of you. We’d love for you to share or hashtag (#mydbeauty) all of your holiday festivities with us!


The MYD Team

Inspiration: Bold Holiday Makeup

If you enjoyed my tutorial for a more natural holiday look, then check out this bolder interpretation! This is a makeup look you will probably see quite often for the Holidays…a bold red lip with a warm golden shimmery smokey eye.

I start by prepping the skin with a moisturizer and I added a bit of MAC Strobe Cream into my moisturizer to add a little glow to the skin. For foundation, you can use whatever you have. I also used a concealer that is a few shades lighter than my skin tone and placed that underneath my eyes. Depending on if you’re going to a party or dinner, you want to make sure your foundation is long wearing.


Then I start by prepping my eyes with a primer. After that I like to add a transition color, this color can be any neutral light matte eye shadow that you have, I used a cork eye shadow by MAC. Once the transition color is blended, I place a dark brown eye shadow in the outer corner of the eye (this shadow can be satin or matte finish). With a flat synthetic brush (for more coverage) place a gold shimmer eye shadow all over the lid and continue to blend. If you wanted to add more depth, you can place a darker eye shadow on the outer part of the eye and a bronze eye shadow right on the lid towards the outer part of the eye (where the gold and dark brown eye shadows meet). Add a light color with a frost finish (or use your highlighter) and place that in the inner corner of the eye. Then line the eye with a black liquid liner and you can wing out or keep it close to the lash line. Add mascara with extreme volume or false lashes for drama.


At this point you can contour your face and add bronzer with a light amount of blush (nothing too pink). Don’t forget to highlight!

For brows, you can fill them in or brush them out with a clear brow gel to set the brows in place.

Add your favorite red lipstick with a red liner to match or a red lip stain for longevity. Set with a light amount of powder and setting spray.


**Valentina is an MYD Beauty Social Media Intern in our Raleigh, NC studio. She is available for airbrush makeup, and temporary lash applications by appointment. To schedule a session with Valentina (or any of our MYD Beauty Team experts) please contact us HERE and leave a note requesting her in your comments! Valentina, as is all our MYD Beauty Team, is available for travel to destinations outside our Raleigh, NC studio for special events and weddings worldwide.**


Inspiration: Natural Holiday Look

When the Holidays come around we all love pairing a classic red lip with a little (or lot) of glitter/shimmer as eye shadow. However, for some of us who like a more natural and simple look -this makeup look is one way to make a statement in a quick and fun way.

I start by prepping the skin with a moisturizer and I added a bit of MAC Strobe Cream into my moisturizer to add a little glow to the skin. Depending on your skin type, I recommend using a hydrating foundation with light-medium coverage or even a bb cream. My skin is normal-to-sensitive, so I love using a mineralized foundation or even Kett airbrush foundation with a buffing brush.


For the eyes, you always want to prep the eyes with a primer. I like using the MAC paint pots and the one I used is, ‘painterly’. This looks is great for almost any eye shape and we are just using two eye shadows, which makes it super convenient! Any neutral matte light brown you have will work perfectly, you want to start placing that color right into your crease and blend out. Then place any mauve or bronze shadow with shimmer all over the lid and continue to blend. For added definition I like to tight-line with a waterproof or long wearing black kohl eyeliner pencil. If you wanted to add more drama to the eye, you can use a matte dark brown-black eye shadow with an angled brush and line the eyes or smudge your kohl liner onto the lid. Add mascara that will give you definition and volume.

For brows, you can fill them in or brush them out with a clear brow gel to set the brows in place.

For bronzer and blush, I kept it light and neutral. Added highlight will give you that glow, I would add a little on the cheekbone and down the bridge of the nose, as well as, over the cupids bow.


For lips, I love using a nude lip liner and a mineralized gloss with shimmer. I am using monotone colors to achieve a more natural look, however, if you’d like to add a pop of color on the lip –that would also look fabulous!  You want to set your makeup with a spray.

For longevity, I recommend Ben Nye setting spray or MAC fix + for a more dewy look. And that is all you need to achieve this look, hope you enjoy!

**Valentina is an MYD Beauty Social Media Intern in our Raleigh, NC studio. She is available for airbrush makeup, and temporary lash applications by appointment. To schedule a session with Valentina (or any of our MYD Beauty Team experts) please contact us HERE and leave a note requesting her in your comments! Valentina, as is all our MYD Beauty Team, is available for travel to destinations outside our Raleigh, NC studio for special events and weddings worldwide.**

Inspiration: Holiday Party Makeup Looks

Hello MYD Beauties!
Its that time of year again where you are attending numerous holiday parties. I’ve picked out some of my favorite holiday glam looks to inspire you to add a little silver and gold to your beauty wardrobe!


If you want to change things up & be unique a glittery winged eyeliner is the way to go! Colored winged eyeliners are definitely in this season, so this is a way to be trendy and have a gorgeous holiday makeup look!!


A glittery blended smokey eye is the perfect show stopper! Pair it with a red lip & you’ll achieve a gorgeous holiday look!


A glossy lip is definitely in this holiday season! A nice long lasting liquid lip stain will be perfect to last all day/night! Putting a pigmented gloss on top will get you this pretty glossy lip!


This is definitely a more intense look for your holiday party! Adding the pop of red on the lid is a perfect holiday look!


This is a look that you could wear during the day & quickly change into a holiday party look just by adding the gold glitter liner on the bottom lash line!


If you’re not into a super glittery eye here’s a great option for you! This gorgeous smokey eye will definitely still have heads turning!


This is such a gorgeous classic look! Adding a touch of glitter in the center of your eye will make your eyes pop! Pairing it either a pretty deep wine lip!


If you want to keep things a little more simple you can toss a neutral soft shade in your crease & pair it with a bold wing liner! Adding the gold glitter it the perfect way to add the holiday touch!


You will light up the room with with this beautiful gold glittery eye paired with a winged liner!


If a red lip is a little too bright for you, you can always go for a deep wine/burgundy shade!


You can never go wrong with a dark glittery smokey eye!


A gold glitter eye with a classic red lip is perfect for any holiday party!

Be sure to bring in these looks and more as inspiration for our Holiday Glam Sessions this Friday!

Happy Holidays!

**Caitlynn is an MYD Beauty Social Media Intern in our Raleigh, NC studio. She is available for airbrush makeup, waxing, temporary lash applications and esthetician services by appointment. To schedule a session with Caitlynn (or any of our MYD Beauty Team experts) please contact us HERE and leave a note requesting her in your comments! Caitlynn, as is all our MYD Beauty Team, is available for travel to destinations outside our Raleigh, NC studio for special events and weddings worldwide.**


MYD Holiday Glam Sessions

MYD Holiday Glam Session
11:30am-5:30pm     December 16th, 2016
MYD-Raleigh Studio
Request an Appointment HERE

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Come get all dolled up for the holidays with our lead artists at the MYD-Raleigh Studio! We are offering Holiday Glam Specials for Hair and/or Makeup Appointments (Airbrush Foundation Included). 10% of the proceeds will also go to A Doorway to Hope. Appointment times are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot early!

How to Take a Wedding Social…With Style!

Part 3: Social Media Limitations at the Ceremony
You can read Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE

Some couples go all-in on social media for their big day by hiring companies to live tweet and take streaming video of the wedding ceremony and reception. Other couples stick to the traditional route of hiring a professional photographer and posting pictures on social sites post-honeymoon. Even if a couple hires a professional to live stream the wedding, some aspects of the wedding day should remain private. Social savvy couples should spend moments that aren’t captured just for the sake of social media channels.
Post a few wedding day selfies or snapshots of getting ready. However, before posting any
professional photos, make sure the photographer signs off. Professional photographers own the copyrights to their photos. Encourage guests to take candid snapshots with camera phones at the reception. If cameras are off-limits at the ceremony, be sure guests know ahead of time . Set-up a site where guests may download their photos so pictures can be viewed by guests.
 While candid photos can capture fantastic memories and moments, be sure not to post anything that might embarrass a guest, wedding participant or family member. The internet is forever…let that rule always be the guide on posting photos.
After the wedding day ends, the honeymoon begins. Yes, the honeymoon is all about the couple and romance in newly-wedded bliss. However, the honeymoon also inspires numerous photos of exotic locales, frothy drinks by cabanas and cute photos of the new couple. Give guests a few photos from the honeymoon via social media.
Always remember that a wedding is a once in a lifetime moment. Enjoy the big moments and the small ones in between…otherwise, there will be thousands of photos and few real memories.
Written by Naomi Shaw for Makeup for Your Day

How to Take a Wedding Social…with Style!

Part 2: Wedding Planning Posts and Updates
You can read Part 1 of this segment HERE.

After the big announcement of the engagement has been made via social media (including, of course, an engagement ring selfie) , the dust settles and the real work begins.

Picking out the cake, the band, the venues, the colors….The list is exhausting, but exhilarating. Getting lost in the thrills of having all eyes focused on the happy couple–and especially the bride–feels indulgent and almost, at times, like being a celebrity. All the planning details are important to an excited bride. There will be incredible temptation to post about every vendor meeting, the dress designs, cake flavors and also the bumps along the road to the wedding. And there will be a few bumps.

Brides beware: there is a right way and a wrong way to do social media when planning the
wedding. Indulge social media friends with the fun aspects of wedding planning, but don’t go overboard. Share a few cake-tasting photos or photos of dresses that just didn’t work but were still silly and fun to share. Don’t log down social media feed with wedding items. And never, EVER post pictures of a wedding day ensemble …some things should remain under wraps. When posting updates on wedding planning, the couple’s wedding website should serve as the primary source. Feel free to post on social media about updates made to the wedding site. If friends want to read about the wedding, let them do so at their own behest.
 Wedding registries are a big part of wedding planning, but sharing registry details openly is a huge breach of etiquette. Word of mouth is the best way for guests to discover registry details. Guests should ask…they should not be told. The only way around word of mouth is to post registries on the wedding web site; this allows guests to discover the details themselves. Gift registry etiquette also needs to address the new trend of Honeypots (registries to help pay for the Honeymoon) and fundraising sites. Yes, many newlyweds prefer cash to buy what they want or need. Again, though, the request of cash gifts should be expressed via word of mouth. Do not scribe posts that infer that a couple prefers money. As Anna Post writes: “Just remember: In the end, the choice of gift is always up to the giver , so great aunt Edna might still buy you a blender.”
Be gracious, be kind and be smart when posting updates about the upcoming nuptials. When the wedding day arrives, the festivities and excitement of the day will provide ample opportunities for social media updates and photos. The wedding, after all, is the main course of the social media event entree.
Stay tuned next week for the final installment of this series!
Written by Naomi Shaw for Makeup for Your Day


How to Take a Wedding Social…with Style!

PART 1 of 3: You’re Engaged! How to Make the Big Announcement with Social Savvy.

Social media plays a role in many modern engagements. In the tech-savvy world that has raised the e-generation, social media is the easiest way to officially move relationships to the next level. A wedding is the biggest event in a relationship, and the social media post that announces the upcoming nuptials of a couple has become the equivalent of the bygone tradition of the newspaper engagement announcement.
When a couple becomes engaged, the first instinct is to tell the world. In the age of social media, telling the world is a bit easier…for better or worse. The engagement sets the stage for a full-blown social media announcement complete with an engagement ring selfie.
Logging on to Facebook is simply the touch of an app on most phones; it’s incredibly easy in the rush of the excitement to post the news to everyone. Ignore the first instinct. In the past, a future groom had to ask the permission of the father of his beloved before popping the question. While this tradition is outdated and widely swept aside, parents should always be the first to hear the news of the engagement. Call mom and dad—yes, CALL—before posting any news on social media. After parents, make sure to inform close
friends and family. Then make the announcement on social media.

When posting the engagement news on social media, keep it short and sweet. An engagement ring selfie and a shot of the couple should be included with the announcement.


Save the big story with all the details on how the engagement happened for the couple’s wedding website. While starting a site isn’t a must-do, a wedding site gives opportunities to fill in friends on all the details. The site can then be shared via social media channels. Resist the urge to make any formal announcements about the wedding during the engagement excitement. This is a thrilling time, but don’t rush into assigning roles or designating wedding party members yet…and be wise about making social media announcements about attendants when the decisions have been finalized.

The engagement is only the beginning. The couple will want to share many details as the wedding planning ramps up and the big day draws near. With the engagement officially announced, the wedding planning takes precedent.
Stay tuned later this week for Part 2!
Written by Naomi Shaw for Makeup for Your Day
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