Bridal Sculpt!!

With so many things for a bride to worry about before her wedding day..looking great in her wedding dress seems like just another thing to check off a giant to-do list. We hear this constantly from brides..the pressure of looking a certain way on there big day. We have also seen the results of crash dieting, over-exerting workouts and everything in between. This is where our good friend and amazingly talented wedding planner Shannon Gail thought of a solution. Introducing her newest company..Bridal Sculpt.

CEO and Founder Shannon Gail is the owner of Chicago based wedding planning company, Shannon Gail Inc., and has spent the last five years being the “go-to” gal for Brides in the city. With features in major publications and blogs such as CS Brides Modern Luxury Magazine, The Knot, and Style Me Pretty, she has quickly built a trusted and respected repuation as one of the youngest and most talented entrepreneurs in the city. “Bride’s are hyperaware of their figures when it comes to their wedding day” stated owner Shannon Gail. “I often see my Brides get too consumed with the concept of dropping weight. As a women, I’m guilty of losing site of health through fad diets and overzealous workout routines as well. Bridal Sculpt is about real beauty: health, strength, and confidence. That’s what you need on your wedding day”

The Bridal Sculpt program was designed by experts in the fields of health and wellness. They came up with a creative blend of movements designed to melt fat and get women in shape the healthy way. We highly recommend this program! Make sure you check it out before your big day!
For more information:
Contact: Shannon Gail

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Top 13 of 2013!!

Hello everyone!

As promised I am here to deliver to you makeup-ista’s my personal picks of the best 13 products of 2013! The thing I love about makeup is that there is always some new and exciting product to get to know and love out there. I just want to share some of mine that I have found so far. I am always open to what you use and love as well so if you haven’t already “Like” us on Facebook and tell me what’s in your kit! Without further ado..

1. Tom Ford lipcolor in Pink Dusk

I have to admit that I absolutely became obsessed with this brand after my husband and I purchased Tom Ford eyewear last year. Do I love my retro Tom Ford cat eye frames?? Yes, yes and double YES! So, the obsession began..that brings me to my most favorite lipcolor I have worn in years! Pink Dusk is my “it” color of this year. I think it is the perfect shade of pink. It is hard to find a good nude lipcolor. Alot of shades tend to be either to beige and muddy looking, or they tend to be too pink. Then, you have the problem that so many have of being to nude that (especially for weddings) the lip looks great in person but totally disappears on film. This color has that fixed. Its the perfect  blend of beige and pink and even a hint to the coral side of things. I cant stop wearing it and am sure you wont be able to either! I love Nordstrom’s so here is the link to make that lipcolor get to you quicker!

2.Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna

There is nothing that I can’t stand more than when I see orange, overly shiney bronzer on someone. Dont get me wrong, I would kill to have that JLO glow, but I dont want to cross over into looking like something out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Most bronzers are just too much of a good thing for me. Restraining these products on the skin is so hard that its almost pointlesss. UNTIL I found Nars Bronzing powder in Laguna. This bronzer will make you look like you literally spent a week at Laguna Beach without ever getting orange. Enough said.

3.Urban Decay Naked Basics palette

This is a MUST HAVE in anyone’s kit. This just screams “bridal” to me. I love this palatte because its matte. Shine is great, but I love how these shadows create a beautiful neutral,soft smokey eye without any unnecessary shine or glitter. They blend amazingly, and read beautifully in person and in pictures.,default,pd.htm

4.Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

I am sampling new foundations constantly!! I was extremely surprised at how smooth and pliable this liquid foundation went on. I tried it with a Beauty Blender sponge and a #188 MAC brush. I have to say it blends a million times better with the brush. (Nothing against the sponge, Im just a devoted brush girl). The only warning to everyone is I found the colors do oxidize a bit and turn slightly darker over time (for me about 1 hour). This gave me a great healthy glowing looking skin that I really enjoyed!


5.Lonjore False Lashes in Angel

We loved this particular false lash because of the band. It was slightly thicker and sturdier than Ardell lashes yet not as heavy and cumbersome as MAC’s false lashes. These were heavy on the drama but not on the eyelid.


6. Kat Von D triple threat tattoo liner’s in Poetica, Saint and Sinner

Ok, so the names of these definitely made me feel like I should be rocking a leather jacket and getting some new ink. I had fun with the different tips on each of these liners. I tested them creating a strong, winged liner on myself. I was pleasantly surprised, they each had there own advantages to helping create the look easier. They are very long-wearing and did not smudge (yes, I tend to be an eye-rubber). The black was not as dark as I would have hoped coming from Kat Von D. Even still, that was not worth not keeping these in your kit! Have fun!


7.Kat Von D lipstick in Celebutard..

Ok, so this name is in a word..interesting. Needless to say, I love this color! If your looking for a more affordable option to the pricey Tom Ford Lipcolor this would be a great solution. It has a great velvety texture, and the color is gorgeous! Its more decidedly nude pink than the Tom Ford color but it is still a great color to have for this year!

8. MAC Extended Play Lash Mascara

I am loving this mascara from my favorite company MAC! It is a curling mascara that is super lightweight to wear and is said to last 16 hours. Now, Ive got to be honest I have not tested its durability at 16 hours but I will say, it lasts all day and doesnt run or smudge..again a necessary element for an avid eye-rubber. I love that the black is super black and it gives my already long and luscious lashes a subtle lift. You will not be disappointed!

9. House of Lashes Noir Fairy False lash

Hello Glamour!!! These may not be for the average bride to wear on her wedding day, but let me tell you they are incredible! I love wearing these for a night out or anytime I want just show-stopping lashes! These are so full and dense you would get lost in these things! I like that they are tiered with shorter and longer strands as well as thinner and thicker pieces as well. Its all 100% cruelty free..the only way for anything to be.

10.Maybelline Color Whisper lipstick in Coral Ambition

So your probably thinking..another lipstick?! I wanted to give you options. From the very luxurious with a price tag to match Tom Ford to the middle range Kat Von D now to Maybelline. Lets face it, we’ve all got budgets to think about. So I wanted to give you my 3 fave lip colors in 3 different price ranges. This one is the cheapest, but don’t let price fool you. It wears nice and light and even helped smooth over my chapped winter ridden lips. The color is a must have to spring. I found this to be perfect for that run to the grocery store, or even the gym. Yes, I wear lip color to the gym..Im a makeup junkie, get over it:)Fact of the matter is, this is versatile. Coral is a harder color for everyone to wear, but try it. If you can rock it. You will want this in your purse.

11.MAC pressed pigments

A little really does go a long way with these. A LONG way! These I love using as a beautiful cheek highlight with my MAC #239 brush. I liked them as shadow too. They claim to be buildable to a medium coverage and thats fairly accurate in my opinion. I wouldn’t purchase these with the intent of trying to build color on the eye lid. The product really didn’t perform that well for me trying to do that. But, on the cheek and as a subtle pop of sheen to the skin its absolutely worth every dollar. I am still playing with all the fun ways I can use this product. Definitely worth checking out!


12.Smashbox Camera Ready Beauty Balm

This is so versatile its not even funny! I love wearing this lovely BB cream alone for a very sheer, light natural finish. Or I enjoy putting it under my regular foundation for an added bit of coverage. Its so lightweight and smooth I could seriously wear this all the time! Its really to easy to wear and work with that it should be a mandatory must have for everyone. Added bonus is the SPF 35 that all the shades come in. The SPF formulation doesn’t do weird things to the texture or color of the makeup either. Gotta love how Smashbox has totally got that right! Go match your shade if you want your makeup routine to get that much easier..


13. MAC #239 brush

I saved a classic and possibly still the best product for last. Brushes are what makes a makeup a artist. No way around it. In a world where QVC is selling people airbrush machines and sponges are making a comeback..I still love the almighty brush. If my eye makeup could be done with one brush I would do it with this one. Its incredible for building color on the lid as well as creating my signature eye look. It may be small but its definitely mighty in terms of all that this brush can create. Let it help you develop your own signature style. I never tell people rules for what brushes can do. Use them how it works and feels best for you. Another thing I always recommend, quality is totally worth every dollar. It may seem daunting to fill your brush belt with expensive brushes, but trust me it is worth every penny.


To End,

Thank you for checking out my Top 13 of 2013. I am always looking, playing with and testing new products so if you have something you think I should try tell me!

Have fun!



Junko Yoshioka Luxury Bridal Expo Fashion Show



I wanted to post about our most recent fashion show at the amazing Luxury Bridal Expo Chicago! We had the opportunity to do hair and makeup for designer Junko Yoshioka’s gorgeous collection. The gowns are absolutely stunning! So naturally, the hair and makeup had to match. That was where we came in. The idea was fresh, spring, romantic makeup and hair. I created a soft neutral toned smokey eye. The eye was lighter in the center of the lid and soft, cool browns were used to add depth to the crease of the eye. The emphasis was added with black eyeliner thinly placed on the top of the eye and the inner rim. Thick full false lashes were placed on all of the girls.

My lead makeup artist Cristina created a beautiful custom peachy/pink lip that added just the right “pop” to this beautiful springtime look. She also contoured every girl’s cheeks with a blend of different tones of sheer foundation. She also added a custom blended pinky sheer blush. The look really emulated having been outside for a walk on a spring/early summer day. It was stunning!

For hair, my lead hairstylist Jody created individual looks for all the girls. Instead of more messy, loose looks that we had been seeing all winter, Jody created larger yet precise curls pinned into a full updo. The look was swept up and off the face to really look polished and chic. Especially great for summer brides..hint hint.:)

We cannot say enough about all the wonderful people at the Luxury Bridal Expo for again giving us this incredible opportunity. The show was a huge success as always. Getting to meet Junko Yoshioko’s COO David Gomez Pearlberg was an absolute highlight! Such a gentlemen! We had a great time and I hope you will find yourself inspired by the work! Cant wait for Spring!




Winter product {LOVE}…

As the days are short and it is far too cold outside…I thought I would do my best to “heat things up a bit” for all my fellow makeup mavens.  As I’m constantly updating my kit always on the hunt for the latest “holy grail” in the cosmetic world I wanted to share with you some of my recent tried and tested LOVES.

So lets start with what always makes me weak in the knees..eye liner. With all the different types the swanky packaging the clever product names and of course the finished looks..I am always searching for a new liner that could potentially de-throne my current LOVE, M.A.C’s fluid line in Blacktrack. Has my current liner been replaced? Well, not quite…but this product by Nars certainly has my attention. I love this liner not only because its super easy to use but when it says it goes on black it actually means it!  The color payoff is huge. That’s something I’m very picky about, no one wants a black eyeliner that actually goes on grey…right??!! So this liner is no liar, it lets its black mean black. In other news it boasts 24 hour wearability which I would have to question a bit. I’m still playing with some eye primers to see if I would feel safe using it on weddings. Ultimately though it holds up very well. Well enough in fact that it has my LOVE.:)

My second mention is something that is just pure fun!! We all need a little fun in our makeup routines especially this time of year. As most of you all know I am a uber proud dog parent to my handsome little man Sgt. Pepper. He is only the cutest Mini Schnauzer you will ever meet. So, when I received a bright fun new cream eyeshadow by the name of “Schnauzer” how could I not put this on my LOVE list!!??  Truly if your looking for a fun new shadow that has great wearability and color payoff look no further than Buxom by Bare Essentials cream stay- eye shadow. Personally I love both my Schnauzers, but you may be more of a pug kinda girl or cocker spaniel…they even have a color called mutt for those of you who just can’t decide. Was I sucked in by some adorable packaging, or quite possibly a ploy to hit all of us doggy mommy’s right in there soft spots? Sure…but the product does hold its own. It’s not just another pretty package.:)

Well, I hope this gave you a couple of new ideas to spice up what will surely be another long cold winter.

Until next time…



Get Ready to Gleam in 2013…..

Ring in the new year looking gorgeous!

The artists at Tamara Makeup+Hair Artistry will be taking appointments on New Year’s Eve to help make your night unforgettable!

Makeup Appointments are $60 and include airbrush, false lashes and a lipgloss to keep you looking glam right on into next year!

Hair appointments are $60 and include a travel size hair spray to keep your ‘do’ in place no matter what the night may bring.

Unsure of what look to do? Let our experienced team of stylists help you achieve the right look for your night out.


To show our appreciation, we would like to offer you $10 off your New Year’s Eve appointment!

Appointments are only available via phone so act fast as appointments are limited and are sure to go quick!
Contact us at 630.346.0150 to book your appointment!

We will be talking to you soon!