Friday, April 23, 2010

Fabulous Finds - Untamed Petals Bridal Accessories

Some amazing lovelies for hair, wrists and waists! Untamed Petals Spring/Summer 2010 collection is simply stunning for both bridal pieces and every day pieces. We have added a few of our favs below but check out the site and we are sure you will find favs of your own! 

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Dolls Recommend - Our favorite sunscreens!

Applying Sunscreen should be a priority in your daily beauty routine! Apply right after moisturizer, before foundation, liquid or powder. It is best to let the moisturizer absorb before applying the sunblock and the sunblock before your foundation.

Sunscreen is your first defense against the daily damage of the suns rays. UVA and UVB protection should be on your label; those are the aging and burning rays that we want to keep from harming our beautiful skin. Here are our favs:

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream For Face SPF 55 PA+++
This cream offers SPF 55 and it glides on and moisturizes as it protects and never feels greasy. It is water resistant so its more for daily care rather than swimming ,but it provides ultimate protection in the effort of guarding your skin from premature aging.

Clarins UV Plus Day Screen High Protection SPF 40
This sunscreen is very lightweight and does not feel greasy at all! It has UV and anti-pollutants protection along with SPF 40. It gives the protection needed to be confident in your daily routine that you are taking care of your skins overall well-being.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Ask The Makeup Dolls - Lip it necessary?

We recently received this question on our Facebook Fan Page: 

"Hey dolls! What's the deal with exfoliating your lips? Is this really necessary? What products do you recommend? I've read about this 2 times this week."

The answer to the question is that yes, it is important to care for your puckers and there are a few options to smooth the delicate skin of your lips.

First there is a wonderful product from Smashbox that contains poppy-seed and sugar granules to sweetly exfoliate dead skin cells off your lip area. 

Or you can go another route by having an extra tooth brush and applying Vaseline to the brush and proceed to move in a circular motion to slough off the dryness to reveal smooth, soft lips! Your lip gloss will thank you!!!

The Dolls

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Maternity Photo Session - Indiana

The Makeup Dolls are so excited to add Maternity Makeup and Hair Artistry to our services offered! Pregnancy is such an exciting, special time and it should be celebrated with beautiful photos to mark the occasion, don't you think? 
I certainly agree because these photos are of me at 34 weeks pregnant with our first daughter! I can't tell you enough how happy I am to have these photos to hang in our daughters room. Photographed by the supremely talented Laura Kudritzki of Laura Kudritzki Photography with hair and makeup by Violet Prather of The Makeup Dolls! Wonderful work ladies making a 9 months pregnant woman feel beautiful!
Be sure to think of The Makeup Dolls for your next maternity photo shoot...we love referrals too ;)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Dolls Recommend - Our Brush Must Haves Part 2 - Eyes and Lips

Part two of our picks for brush must haves for eyes and lips. As we said in our previous post, your application will only be as good as the tools you use. It really is that important! The proper brush for the job can quickly turn each of us into a makeup artist in our own right making the application easier and the look more finished.

We love brushes that do double duty, so it's no surprise that two double sided Stila brushes top our list of favs:
#20 Eye Enhancer Brush - Stila $32.00
The softly angled end blends color from lash line up to the crease while the rounded, pointed end lines top or beneath the eye and/or adds the perfect pop of color to the center of the lids, also great for smudging out pencil liner. This is an essential for any makeup kit and it will literally last for years!

#15 Double Sided Crease and Liner Brush - Stila $15.00
This larger brush is ideal for applying eye shadow or contour to the lid area. The smaller brush, used wet or dry, lines and defines eyes to complete the look. This too is an essential for any makeup kit! We have had this brush for over 6 years and it looks brand new!

Some single sided picks:
#9 All Over Blend Brush - Stila $24.00
Hands down best blending brush we have ever used. Using this brush in a soft circular motion over harsh shadow lines blends shadows instantly and with true ease. This brush is the perfect choice for lying on a light wash of color over the entire lid including shimmery shadows. 

Eyebrow Brush - Make Up Forever $19.00
Perfectly firm and angled to apply just the right amount of brow powder to fill and contour brows. 

#210 Precise Eyeliner Brush - MAC $17.50
The hairs of this brush are perfectly cut and shaped to give extremely precise lines, perfect to use with your MAC fluidline or other cake or gel liner.

Lip Brush - Clinique $13.50
Retractable brush that distributes color evenly with precise definition. 

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Monday, April 5, 2010

The Dolls Recommend - Our favorite eye creams

We recently received a question on our Facebook fan page about our picks for favorite eye creams. Eye creams are truly so important! Our eyes area seem to be one of the first places to show the signs of aging. The skin around our eyes is much more delicate than anywhere else on the face and that delicate skin needs specific care. Your everyday moisturizer just won't do, so here are our two favorite eye treatments:

Chanel Ultra Correction Total Eye Lift $100.00
This creamy concoction has the ability to firm the eye area while reducing puffiness and dark circles at the same time. This formulation contains ingredients that stimulate a protein that lifts the eye area's delicate skin.
Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado $25.00
This has to be the best priced hydrating eye cream. At only $25.00, your eyes get a treatment filled with moisture from Avocado Oil and Shea Butter. The unique texture stays put and hydrates where it needs to. Your eye area with look soothed, hydrated and refreshed!

The Dolls

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fabulous Finds - Bonzie Wraps!

This posting is not at all makeup or hair related but just too fabulous not to share with our dolls! Bonzie describes itself as "an Irish Design Label with romantic vintage appeal. Scouring for thrifted trinkets and vintage inspired fabric, Aunt and Neice Design Duo, Bonzie and Ger infuse each piece with an artful blend of tattered chic neovictorian,steampunk and deconstructed elements!".

Bonzie's etsy store has some simply stunning shrugs for your wedding day or for the stylish finishing touch to a Friday night frock...we think the yellow one to the left is just divine! Click on this link to be taken directly to the shop.
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