Foundation Review

As promised…I have tried the Bobbi Brown new Skin Foundation for the past two days and have to say that I love it! Surprisingly, it covers more than I thought. It gives a very natural finish, thus the name “Skin” Foundation. I like the way it looks real, all day. I have naturally oily skin so I do have to touch up with my MAC Blot Powder around lunch and at the end of the work day but otherwise it looks great. There is a great range of shades and I highly recommend visiting your local Bobbi counter to pick up a sample. Try it out and let us know what you think!

Auntie Jen…again!

I am officially an aunt…again! 🙂 My sister, Jayme, had her son Waylon yesterday morning at Duke hospital (nevermind the Duke part…go Heels!). She and Waylon are doing very well and I’m super excited to have another nephew.

New Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation!

I was so excited to see a Bobbi newsletter in my inbox this morning with a brand new foundation being offered called “Skin Foundation”! According to the video found on this page Bobbi says that it’s a “very modern take on foundation” (which I’m sure all companies are saying that now!) but it looks just like skin. It’s sheer, but covers (?) and they’ve added a few more shades to make sure there is one to match every skin tone.

Now I have always been a fan of Bobbi’s foundations for several reasons. 1. She always has a huge range of colors for ethnic skin (and down to the pasty whiteness of people like me!) ha! and 2. She has formulas that will fit anyones desires for coverage. Also, she was the first one that I tried that had an Oil-Free cream foundation compact that I can use in the summer. I love her!

So, that being said, anyone that tries this new foundation out please leave us your review here. We’d love to hear what your take is on this new product. I think I’ll go out and get a sample (or a bottle!) today. Can’t wait to hear from you!

New Addition!

This past Monday marked a very special day for us…the addition of Alecia Danielle House to the House family!! She was born in Raleigh Monday afternoon a very healthy and beautiful 7lb 10oz baby girl.

Here is a picture of the little angel. Isn’t she adorable?!

Southern Bride and Groom Cover

We received the high res of our cover for Southern Bride and Groom magazine today and wanted to share it with all of you who haven’t gone out to get your own copy yet. We have tons in our office if you need one so please just give us a buzz or shoot us an email with your address if you’d like us to send one your way. Southern Bride and Groom magazine is a publication that comes out twice a year and is filled with loads of organizing tips for the bride-to-be. It is a one-stop-shop for all the best vendors in the area and has great articles about everything from gown shopping to choosing your photographer, etc.

We are named throughout the magazine several times as we assisted with a few photo shoots (all done by Marthanna Yater Photography) as well as had one of our brides featured with her wedding at the Carolina Inn! There is also an article in the magazine in which we contributed and it’s definitely worth checking out. Here are a few of the photos that made it into the magazine and check out the others in our gallery (being updated tomorrow). Enjoy! Let us know what you think!





Exfoliate and Mask!

So as I had mentioned before, I have been using a Skinceuticals Retinol product starting last month at night to help smooth out my skin and combat some breakouts, uneveness, etc. Well, anyone that knows me personally knows that I sometimes tend to “over-do” the skincare stuff and well, I’ve done it again! 🙂 I moved too fast with the retinol and tried to use it every other night for a week and now my face is like a reptile! Yikes! To combat the dry, flaky skin that has taken over my otherwise super oily (greasy as I like to call it) face I have started exfoliating regularly–to get the dry skin off and stimulate those oil glands–and I’ve started using a hydrating mask 2-3 times per week. My favorites for exfoliating (caution to those with active breakouts…you do not want to use a granular substance at that time as it will spread bacteria) are Chanel’s Hydrating Gommage exfoliant as well as Murad’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. I love the Clarins Hydra-Quench Masque, too as it’s gentle but super hydrating…and not adding oil.

I will be sure to update everyone on the reptile-like skin as soon as the battle is won! Have you had any similar responses to topical treatments or things in the past that you’ve found a wonder product for? We want to hear from you on what your favorite things are! Maybe someone else out there will benefit. So write us and let us know!

Funny New Movie

Just wanted to pass on a laugh, too…this is a new movie with Sandra Bullock called “The Proposal”. It looks really cute. Plus Ryan is always hot! 🙂

Online Wedding Blogs

This weekend has been busy, busy around the Buenviaje house! Yesterday we went to Lowe’s and bought some awesome hardware for our kitchen and bathroom cabinets and Jeremy put those up lastnight. They look awesome!! We’re so excited to finally have a REAL kitchen look. 🙂 Today my awesome hubby is installing our blinds (yes, finally taking the paper ones down) and they look great. Our friends are not even going to know what hit them when they walk in and see real house stuff that we bought instead of another electronic gadget like say a flat screen tv, iphone, or new imac. (We’re MAC whores, sorry!) heheh!

Anyway, today has been all business for me as I’ve been surfing the net finding some awesome sites for all you wedding and makeup junkies out there. Specifically, these sites have been about the bride-to-be. I have found some great sites that are well worth your click. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Princess Lasertron’s Blog –She’s by far one of the most coolest wedding vendors out there. She offers alternative options for real flower bouquets and has a lot of even more awesome ideas for off-beat or different styled soirees. Here’s a picture from her blog that shows one of her felt and button bouquets. I can’t wait to see what she does next!

2. Weddingbee and Weddingbee PRO — These are two sites that I think you’ll enjoy if you’re searching for other people’s insight/trials/tribulations/successes, etc. while planning their wedding. The first is a site for brides and people that like to blog about what’s been happening as they try different vendors or find new and innovative ways to make things happen with their wedding planning. The second is strictly for Wedding Professionals (like us) to go on and talk about their inspirations, weddings they’re working on, and ideas for brides and others alike. By using them both you should be able to make some great connections or at least get some good ideas.

3. Offbeat Bride — This is a site that is for, well, the “offbeat bride”. Someone who doesn’t want to have everything seen in Brides magazing or look exactly like everyone else’s get-together. This is an awesome blog (and book) about options and off-the-cuff suggestions to make your wedding unique from the millions of others. Plus, it’s just so much fun!

We know that you do a lot of web surfing while planning out your wedding, too. What kinds of things are you finding? Let us know what you like looking at and what could help some of our other brides in planning their big day! We look forward to hearing from you!

Have a great Sunday! (off now to go bowling for a fun-filled 5 year old birthday party!)

Best Buys from Allure

I just received an e-newsletter from Allure magazine and while most of the info I skim over I found some of the products as “Best Beauty Buys” rather good. We have used a lot of these in the past a few I’m going to grab to try out this week.

I love that they listed the Sublimage eye cream from Chanel as their number 1 splurge since I just blogged about that last week! It’s amazing! Just thought I’d share!

Also, I’m attaching the Allure Beauty tips of the month in case other makeup junkies (like us) out there want to know! Enjoy!

  • If you’ve applied too much mineral foundation, dab a tiny bit of moisturizer on your fingers, press them together, then gently pat—don’t rub—the pads of your fingers on those areas. This will remove the excess without smearing your makeup.

  • When testing a nail color, using a small amount is useless—always brush on two coats so you can see how the finished product will look.

  • If you have fine hair and you want to create waves, apply mousse and let it dry naturally. If your hair is pin-straight, add mousse, then wrap it into a bun while it dries.

Chanel Précision Sublimage Eye Essential Regenerating Eye Cream
$175, Nordstrom (nordstrom.com), Barneys New York (barneys.com), Saks Fifth Avenue (saks.com), Dillard’s (dillards.com), Bergdorf Goodman (bergdorfgoodman.com); chanel.com

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer
$68, Saks Fifth Avenue (877-551-7257), Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com), Bergdorf Goodman (800-558-1855)

Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Treatment Scrub
$75, select Saks Fifth Avenue stores (saks.com), Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com); jomalone.com

La Mer The Body Crème
$195, Saks Fifth Avenue (saks.com), Bergdorf Goodman (bergdorfgoodman.com), Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com), lamer.com

Prevage Body Total Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer
$135, Saks Fifth Avenue (877-612-7257), Macy’s, (macys.com), Sephora (sephora.com); elizabetharden.com

Pureology Nanoworks Condition
$50, pureology.com

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Moisture Velvet Hair Nourishing Treatment
$60, select salons; shuuemura-usa.com

It’s Snowing!

We hope you’re enjoying the snowy weather in Central NC! It was a very nice surprise this morning to wake up to and be able to stay in and watch the inauguration. We hope you are able to watch history being made today, democrat, republican, independent, etc. Today, we are all just Americans!
Have a wonderful wintry day!