Long Staying Makeup

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We have been scouring makeup counters for makeup that stays on for more than 2 hours. In preparation for Brooke’s big day TOMORROW, we want to share all of our favorites that we have found. They have made a significant difference in not only how our makeup looks, but how long it stays on our faces!

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- Too Faced Primed and Poreless Face Primer: We actually mix this super soft formula with our foundation and it creates a perfect texture. This makes a huge difference for how your entire face absorbs makeup and gives it a much smoother finish.makeup 2

- Tarte Cream Blush in Fearless: The perfect pop of pink. We’ve always been scared to use cream blush, but once Vivian used this makeup on Brooke for her bridals, we knew we had to have it. Instead of adding a matte pink pop to the cheeks like powder blushes do, this one adds a natural looking flush. makeup 3

- Anastasia Pro Pencil: This is a game changer in the makeup world. This tiny pencil has SO many uses! We use it for under eye concealer, eyebrow definer, and overall face perfector. You can apply it anywhere you want a little highlight. Extremely easy to use and just brightens up the face overall. makeup 4

- Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray: This is like hairspray for your face (minus the stickiness). It is amazing and makes your makeup stay in place. We noticed when we used it our makeup stayed looking pretty perfect for about 8 hours! That is a long time! It also is super refreshing and feels great when you spray it on your face, but leaves no kind of residue.

We got all of the products at ULTA because it is just too darn convenient with how many new locations they have in the Salt Lake valley. Well we are off to do some last minute prep for the wedding tomorrow! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for all of the fun pictures from the big day :)

Downeast Home Giveaway

downeast giveaway 1 downeast giveaway pic no textWe were so excited when Downeast Home asked if we wanted to work together to get some fun home decor items for Brooke’s new home. Have you been in Downeast Home lately? It’s amazing. They are making life so much easier for us since we are definitely decorating challenged (which is why I live in a fully furnished apartment, but we’ll save that for another post :)) Downeast Home recently created their own line of furniture and it is so beautiful. It is basically the perfect mix of clean lines and fresh colors. Walking around that store just made both of us fantasize about buying huge houses to fill with all of the fantastic items. I guess we’ll have to start with decorating our little apartments first. We settled on this beautiful white tile tray along with a few other trinkets and pieces. We have found that the white tray looks great on basically any surface: on a coffee table, bathroom counter organizer, bedside table, etc… The best part is that you can tell it is super high quality and is going to last a long time. We were thrilled to buy it for about $45 when we went up to the register and found it was about $10 cheaper because of a sale they had going on. Awesome. I went to another much more expensive store later and found a similar looking tray for $115!!

So now we get to give one of you a $50 gift card to spend at any Downeast Home store! All you have to do is follow both of us on Instagram and comment on our posts (Brittany here, Brooke here). Then you also must follow both Downeast accounts @downeastbasics and @downeast_home. Entrants need to have access to a store because it is an in store gift card.  You can find a list of all Downeast Home locations at www.downeastbasics.com
Brooke needs some decorating advice! Where do you find your favorite pieces?

PS. She is getting married in 3 days!!!

The Best Chocolate Marshmallow Homemade Ice Cream

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Homemade ice cream has been a summer favorite forever. We love classic flavors like raspberry, cherry chocolate chip and peach but have been wanting to try something chocolatey (duh). So our lovely mom surprised us by making the most heavenly homemade Chocolate Marshmallow ice cream ever! It’s better than any store bought or restaurant made ice cream I’ve had. It’s so creamy and rich without being super overpowering. It is also best when made in my mom’s ice cream maker, which is literally from 1975. For some reason, it mixes so much better than the new kind do. So, I have now made it twice in two weeks. You’ve got to try it!

Chocolate Marshmallow Homemade Ice Cream

4 eggs

2 1/4 Cups sugar

5 Cups milk

4 Cups heavy cream

4 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. salt

Add sugar gradually to beaten eggs. Continue to beat until mixture is very stiff (you will beat for about 10 minutes). Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into gallon freezer and add 1/3 Cup of your favorite chocolate syrup. Makes 4 quarts.

*There is not actually any marshmallow in the recipe, it just tastes like there is. Try it and let us know what you think!

Enjoy!

Showered in Gold: Brooke’s Bridal Shower

I know every girl claims to have the best friends in the world, but I really do! My BFF’s threw me a bridal shower right out of a Martha Stewart magazine. It was catered perfectly to me and my weird preferences. Everything was mini and petite – which is just about my favorite thing in the entire world. Plus, the color scheme was gold which also happens to be my favorite. I had best friends from childhood, high school, college, work, and in between there. It was so fun to be all together again (we missed you Mary!). I cannot express how much these girls have done for this wedding. It would not be happening if it wasn’t for them. They honestly think of things and do them before it even crosses my mind. I treasure each one of them! Here are some fun pictures from the party. It was held at my dream house – thank you Gina! Sadly, we didn’t get any pictures of the thoughtful, classy, fun, and adorable gifts! (wink,wink)

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No Light Needed Gel Nail Polish

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Britt and I have bragged about Red Carpet Manicure for a couple of years now. It is long lasting, has cute colors, and you can do it at home. However, we may have found a replacement! Sally Hansen released a new gel nail polish that you apply just like old school polish. No base coat, top coat, sealant, etc. And here is the major difference… a Red Carpet Manicure kit is around $50.00 while the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is only $7.99! You can get the Sally Hansen polish at most grocery and drugstores. Of course, Red Carpet is more long lasting but the Miracle Gel lasts a lot longer than average polish. The best part of our Sally Hansen discovery is that it can be removed with regular nail polish remover, which means way less damage to your nails!

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Best Fake Tanning Products


Most of you know Brooke and I love a great faux glow. Our favorite is usually a personalized spray tan, but those can be pricey so we save them for special occasions. With all of Brooke’s wedding festivities happening (wedding showers, engagement photos, etc.) we wanted to find something she could use at home whenever she needed. We finally found three products that have great results and great SMELLS without the high price!
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BRONZE GLOW TINTED SUNLESS CONTINUOUS SPRAY $9.99

This is literally a spray tan in a can, but you can use it dozens of times instead of just once. The light liquid spray easily rubs into skin and stays on SO well! Even if you shower, it will stay on your skin for 3-4 days. We loved the warm color it added and most importantly, the lack of smell it has. At less than ten bucks, it is definitely a must have!

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MARACUJA RAINFOREST GLOW INSTANT MATTE WATERPROOF BODY PERFECTOR $39

This is for those mornings when you forgot to put on sunless tanner the night before and you need INSTANT results. It is like a nice warm bronze concealer for your arms and legs. It does go on matte, but you can easily see where you are applying it because of the dark, instant color. I’m a huge fan and even used this on my face and loved the results. It is a little more on the pricey side, but a little bit goes a long way and this should last you dozens of uses. The best part of this one is the scent, it is so subtle and does not even smell like a fake tanner.

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HONEY BRONZE SHIMMERING DRY OIL $22

This stuff is unlike anything we had ever seen before. It goes on your skin in a shiny liquid form and then dries in about two seconds. If you’re wondering how celebrities get those tan, shiny legs, this is how! This stuff is very easy to apply because you can see exactly where you are putting it. It also is very moisturizing because of all of the natural oils in it, but it does not end up looking greasy. We loved the scent of this one, it is really natural and light.

So there you have it! How to get a fake tan three different ways. We got all three of these products from Ulta. You can click on any of them for a direct link to buy them on www.ulta.com. Have you tried them? What is your favorite fake tanner?

Parker & Brooke Engagements!

Our engagement pictures are here and I wanted to share a few! Parker and I had such a fun time during the shoot at Albion Basin above Snowbird. The wildflowers were in bloom and the setting was beautiful. I think you can tell how crazy I am about Parker. He is just the best guy in the world and I am so excited for September 19th! Thanks to Travis for the pictures!

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Twin Tested: Laser Hair Removal

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Like all girls, we hate shaving our legs. Britt and I decided to put laser hair removal to the test to see if it actually works. Britt tried the low end version while I went to a cosmetic surgeon for treatments. My results are AMAZING! Britt, not so much.

She picked up the “As Seen on TV” laser tool for $10 at Walmart. It is actually quite comical when you open it up. It looks more like a laser pointer than a hair removal tool and it is just about as effective as a laser pointer. She did not see any hair loss and therefore said it is 0% effective.

I went to Portica, owned by Dr. Jennifer Allen. First off, she is the most stunning, sweet, and personable doctor on the planet. You can tell she wants to deliver great results. I met her after coaching her adorable daughter on a running team. I went in for 6 treatments on my lower legs and am so happy with the result. I shave about once a week now and the hair is very fine and soft. You can always get more treatments depending on the result you are after. As you can see in the video Dr. Allen knows her stuff and explains why it is important to get laser hair removal at a professional office instead of at home. I would highly recommend her to everyone!

 

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-Does it hurt? Not if you go to someone licensed that knows what they are doing. They use cooling gel or air to keep pain at bay.
-Who is eligible? Anyone can get laser hair removal. It is most effective on people that have darker hair and lighter skin.
-Is it expensive? When you add together the cost of all those shavers and shaving cream over the years (plus the headache of shaving in the shower) it really balances out.

Portica is located in Foothill Village.

1400 S. Foothill Dr., Ste 101
Salt Lake City, Utah

801.438.4892

Bridal Hair and Makeup

vivianYesterday I was able to take a break from my usual wedding errands for some fun with hair and makeup extraordinaire Vivian Johnson. We have crossed paths a number of times at different events and I was so excited to finally work with her! She is hands down the best, one stop shop for everything! Vivian studied professional makeup in Los Angeles and then returned to Utah with her talents. The thing I love about her is that she can really give you any look that you are going for. I should not admit this but I went to the bridal consultation with really dirty hair (as in I went swimming the night before and didn’t wash it…oops) and she somehow turned it into soft, gorgeous waves! She also just started an awesome blog where she takes you step-by-step through different looks. Free makeup lessons! I also want to give a shout out to the adorable Jessa Kaye that took a quick AFTER snap. She is an amazing fashion photographer here in Utah.

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I’m now on my way to go buy all of the awesome products she used on my face. If you want details click HERE.

Jessa Instagram: @jessakaephoto

Vivian Instagram: @vivianmakeupartist

Best Smelling Hair Products

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{photo by Kyle White, find him on Instagram @hikylewhite, model: Nicole Lier, styling: Michelle Lier}

These are all hair products that we have used and been asked what perfume we are wearing. They really are that good. We’ve been testing them in triple digit heat and amazingly, our hair still smells awesome by the end of the day. Plus, they all do the job they advertise really well. We got all of the products at ULTA.

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 #1 Not Your Mother’s –  Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray: It’s the perfect spray for when you really don’t feel like blow drying your hair but you don’t want it to look like complete crap. It adds really nice texture, but is still nice and light, and of course smells amazing. (It’s only $5.99! As in, you can buy this or a cupcake)

 #2 Alterna – Bamboo Beach Summer Sunshine Spray: Best Invention Ever! You spray this delicious shine spray on and it protects your hair from the sun, while also making it sparkle. And it smells like a pina colada.

#3 Tigi – S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer: This is the one you want to put on damp hair right out of the shower. The texture had us nervous at first, but it did not make our hair greasy at all. And you guessed it, makes your hair smell fresh as a daisy!

#4 Catwalk by Tigi – Curls Rock Amplifier: Tried this one in heat + humidity and it worked so well! Usually our hair gets that gorgeous uncontrollable frizz in any kind of remote humidity, well this kept our curls looking like actual curls. I also thought it helped hold the curl for longer than normal.

Drumroll please….

We have a new favorite hairspray and dry shampoo!

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#5 Kenra – Platinum Dry Shampoo: It smells like you just landed in a field of flowers on a Spring day. So yummy. I maybe might have also used it as body spray.

#6 Living Proof Control Hairspray: This is everything. It’s light, but it holds amazingly well, it’s not sticky, it’s not alcoholy smelling, you can use sparingly and it still does the job…. and you guessed it, it makes your hair smell so so so good!

You can buy all of the products at ULTA right now! Plus, did you know you can get $3.50 off every purchase over $10? All you have to do is go to their website and grab a coupon or sign up to receive their catalogue. Plus if you order online, they always throw in some free samples, how can you not love that?

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