Flawless Skin Beauty Tutorial

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Bryce Covey and Amy Clarke recently collaborated together on two stunning beauty stories for Once Wed readers. Today I am excited to share the first tutorial in our series for creating flawless skin with a bit of foundation, liquid blush, and the infamous beauty blender. Enjoy, ladies!

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Products Used:

Kinar Weightless Moisturizer
Jane Iredale Balance Spray
Beauty Blender
Nars Illuminator in Copacabana
Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation
MAC Sculpting Cream in “Coffee Walnut”
Nars Creamy Concealer in “Custard”
Becca Cream Blush in “Hyacinth

Method:

1. Moisturize skin.
2. Wet the Beauty Blender with a Rose Water or Hydration Spray, until it becomes softer and a bit larger. Squeeze the Beauty Blender until the water is fully absorbed throughout.
3. Apply a liquid or cream highlighter to the top of the cheekbones, bridge of nose, inner corners of the eyes, upper lip and chin. Then, blend in the highlighter into the skin, in a bouncing motion.
4. + 5. Apply liquid foundation all over the face and down onto the neck, using the same bouncing motion with the beauty blender.
6. + 7. Apply a liquid concealer to the under eye area, and blend well using your ring finger.
8. + 9. vAdd cream or liquid foundation, two shades darker than the skin tone, to the forehead near the hairline, just under the cheekbones and jawline.  Blend in well with the Beauty Blender.
10. Using fingers, apply a cream blush to the apples of the cheeks and blend toward the hairline using the Beauty Blender.
11. Spray rosewater or hydration spray to the face, giving the skin one last hit of moisture.

Photography: Bryce Covey | Makeup: Amy Clarke  | Hair: Lady Dianna

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07.08.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Plan your wedding with MGM Grand

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There are few wedding destinations that rival the excitement of Las Vegas. The grandeur, opulence, and plain fun can’t be matched when you’re looking for somewhere to say “I Do,” and the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino can give you that memorable Vegas wedding you’ve always  dreamed of!

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino offers everything a couple could want in a Vegas wedding, and the Forever Grand Wedding Chapel at the MGM Grand Las Vegas provides the perfect venue. You are presented with endless options for your dream wedding day including multiple on site locations for your ceremony. And we love that the Forever Grand wedding planners are on site to work with you to customize your wedding to guarantee an unforgettable experience.

 The MGM Grand not only serves as a lavish location for your dream wedding, but you can settle in for your first days as newlyweds in the lush rooms and suites.  The AAA Five Diamond property offers a variety of luxurious accommodations sure to fit any budget. You can choose to keep your stay simple in the gorgeous rooms at the hotel or  opt for the Stay Well rooms that include amenities like showers infused with Vitamin C that promotes healthy hair and skin, and light therapy that reverses jetlag. How nice does that sound?

Your wedding guests will also want for nothing. Restaurants like the three Michelin-starred Joel Robuchon Restaurant will surround them, and they can party all night at MGM Grand’s new Hakkasan restaurant and nightclub.

Visit mgmgrandweddings.com today to inquire about hosting your wedding, vow renewal or commitment ceremony at the MGM Grand Las Vegas!

07.03.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Floral Meringue Sandwiches with Lemon Curd Filling

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I love the idea of giving away a sweet treat to guests as they leave a wedding, so I recently asked The Jewels of New York to come up with 4 dessert wedding favor ideas to share with Once Wed readers. Today we’re sharing the first recipe in the dessert series, Floral Meringue Sandwiches with Lemon Curd Filling. These delicate beauties are almost too pretty to eat, right?

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Floral Meringue Sandwiches with Lemon Curd Filling Ingredients

Makes about 2 dozen sandwiches

8 large egg whites

2 cups sugar

3 tablespoons meringue powder

orange blossom extract, rose extract, peppermint extract

orange, pink and green food coloring

1 11-ounce jar prepared lemon curd (Wilkin & Sons brand preferred)

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Preheat oven to 175 degrees. In a heatproof mixing bowl, combine egg whites, sugar, and meringue powder. Set over simmering water and whisk until sugar dissolves, about 2  minutes.

Pour contents into an electric mixing bowl. Use whisk attachment on medium speed, then high and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 10 minutes. Divide meringue into 3 separate bowls. Add 3-4 drops of orange blossom, rose, and peppermint extract to each bowl. Then mix in food coloring to tint meringue and match to each flavor.

Transfer each mixture to a pastry bag with a large round tip. On parchment paper draw a template with 1 ½” round circles with 2 inches spacing in between. Flip over to use as a guide and spray lightly with nonstick spray. Pipe each circle with meringue forming small round discs. Bake each sheet for 1 hour or until dried through. Let cool completely and store in airtight containers.

To form each sandwich, spread ½ a teaspoon of lemon curd onto bottoms and finish with a meringue on top.

Photography: Bryce Covey | Recipe and Food Styling: The Jewels of New York | Assistant Stylist: Bespoke Only

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07.02.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Invitations for less from Ann’s Bridal Bargains

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Are you on a tight budget for your wedding? Are you afraid that finding budget friendly invitations may mean that your selection will be limited? Well, we have found the perfect place for you to find the beautiful discounted invitations you’ve been looking for! Our sponsor Ann’s Bridal Bargains is a one-stop shop for discounted save the dates, invitations,  stationery, and accessories for your ceremony and reception.

Ann’s Bridal Bargains has a great selection of invitations for you to choose from that will fit within your tight budget. And Ann’s makes it easy for you to find perfect save the dates and wedding invitations by helping you search by color, price, and theme. Purchase your invitations in a complete suite to make planning even easier! You can also search their expansive selection of ceremony programs, menu cards, and place cards to create a cohesive look for your wedding day.

Ann’s makes planning your wedding simple by also providing you with a massive selection of customizable accessories for your ceremony and reception. After you order your custom invitations, pick up some monogrammed wedding napkins, balloons, or even personalized mason jar mugs! Ann’s Bridal Bargains is proud to make shopping for wedding accessories easy and affordable for you.

No more searching craft stores and wedding shops to pull together all of your wedding accessories! Find it all with one visit to Ann’s Bridal Bargain. So do yourself a favor, and drop into Ann’s Bridal Bargains to look through their huge selection of custom invitations and wedding accessories!

07.02.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog