Bridal Makeup Tutorial

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello Beauties, I have a full tutorial of how I did my own makeup for my wedding day this past October. I had so many looks I wanted to do but after many trial runs throughs I kept going back to a classic matte natural cut crease like look. This makeup routine would be great for someone with acne scars, hyper pigmentation, or unever skin tones. I am extremely oily and this look not only stayed the entire day in the Florida heat but I didn't have to combat oil. This look would also be great for a special event like prom or homecoming!

Here are the products I have used in chronological order.

Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector • Becca • $36
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation Medium 54 • $49.95
Tarte The Slenderizer Bamboo Contouring Brush • Tarte • $34
Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder • Laura Mercier • $37
Tarte Cosmetics The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush • $16.69
Mac 187sh Duo Fibre Face Brush • M·A·C • $42
Maybelline Fit Me Maybelline® Fit Me® Powder • Maybelline • $5.59
SEPHORA COLLECTION Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer • $14
Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup, Classic Ivory 150, 0.68 Fluid Ounce • Maybelline • $8.99
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge • Ulta • $6.99
Real Techniques by Sam & Nic Chapman Setting Brush • SAM. • $7.99
Real Techniques Makeup Stippling Brush • $8
Nyx Cosmetics HD Finishing Powder • NYX • $9.99
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit • Anastasia Beverly Hills • $40
Enchanted Eve Brush Kit / Essentials • $39.38
Bobbi Brown Powder Brush • Bobbi Brown • $64
Milani Baked Powder Blush, Rose D'Oro 02 • Milani • $5.99
BECCA Limited Edition Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed • Becca • $38
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed - Champagne Pop • Becca • $38
BECCA Shimmering Skin PerfectorTM Poured • Becca • $38
Smashbox Fan Brush #22 • Smashbox • $18
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics 1 ea • Urban Decay • $29
Urban Decay 'Naked' Palette • Urban Decay • $54
Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Brow Wiz' Mechanical Brow Pencil • Anastasia Beverly Hills • $21
Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade • Anastasia Beverly Hills • $18
NYX Cosmetics Concealer Jar, Medium, 0.21 Ounce • NYX • $4.99
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner • Stila • $22
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara • Tarte • $21
Benefit Cosmetics they're real! lengthening mascara • Benefit • $24
Kat Von D Lock 'N Load Makeup Setting Mist • $24
Revlon Super Lustrous - Matte Lipstick, Stormy Pink 011 • Revlon • $7.59
NYX Slim Lip Liner Pencil 844 Deep Red • NYX • $6.85

 Photos by Cat Pennenga Photography

I'd love to hear what are your favorite products for a big special occasion or heat/sweat/ waterproof must have items! Let me know if you try this look out and tag me in your post on instagram! My account name is @stephanie_aynne.


NPC Nationals: Competition Thoughts

Monday, November 23, 2015

This past weekend was NPC Nationals, and I still love to watch the sport of bodybuilding evolve. Whenever there is a national show I like to see who places in the top 5, what the competition/ favorable physiques are like, and the best part is to see some of the girls I met while competing or inspired to compete. Ultimately leaving me with the itch to compete again.

I would first like to congratulate Nicole Mudafort on winning her IFBB Figure Pro Card. She competed with me in my 2nd competition, The NPC Sunset Classic in 2011. We trained in the same gyms over the years and she never gave up on her goal or physique. She will be a great addition to the Pro Figure division.

Another top contender in the bikini division is Aria Adamy, who was my teammate when I was still competing. She halted her training with that team with the same results I ended with and moved onto get her metabolism back to health training under  Layne Norton, who was done research at my university and has made a 360 to the bodybuilding industry. Layne is close with a personal friend of mine and I can only hope if or when I make it back to the competition that I can train under him. Aria has maximized her calories and changed her training and have been able to place top 5 this past weekend! We use to train intense with super sets, 1000 calories, and hours of cardio under a cookie cutter "guru" plan. I am really excited for how far she has come and the transformation she made. I can only hope other competitors come to realization of the danger and can look to Aria as a role model.

Moving on to the competition, I want to dedicate this post to the bikini division since that is my area of interest. The first point I'd like to make is that I love the Sandy Williamson is still a head judge. She is in favor of blondes and keeps us minority in the top 5. When I moved onto the national level stage, I was told by coaches that blonde hair would not place as well as brunettes. If I chose not to dye my hair then I would have to compete when Sandy was judging, which wasn't at ever national show. She typically judges at Nationals, USAs, and Jr.USAs (maybe Jr. Nationals). Meaning she is not a judge at Team Universe or IFBB North Americans.

The physiques this year appeared to be harder than the past years with the "soft" look. Most top contenders had more defined abs, a tighter waist, toned but not overly muscular legs, and glutes with the "tie-ins". Some of the first place girls I noticed did not have significantly capped shoulders which was surprising to me. I believe the winning look shadowed the standard that Ashley Kaltwasser IFBB Bikini Pro has set.  The overall winner, Alyssa Germeroth was absolutely stunning. She looks very similar to Brittany Taylor who won overall at 2014 Jr. Nationals.

The competition is growing more interest in the division, but the amount of girls that compete at national shows seems to be around 40 competitors in the common height classes which hasn't changed over the last 3 years. Without a doubt seeing how fierce the competition is, I can't help but get the itch to get back on stage. For now, I will keep my training as is in the gym as I am just diving back into a training routine with the dream and motivation to get back to where I left off.

First Day Back In The Gym

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wow! Does it feel amazing to be back in a gym after 5 months off. Part of me was super excited like it was the first day back to school and the other part of me was anxious because  I had a beginners feeling. As I walked on to the gym floor, I had the moment of asking myself where do I even begin. That's when I had an Ah-ha moment and wanted to lay out some rules or tips when beginning your journey in the gym!

1. Be Brave! I mean you already got through the door and onto the big scary gym floor.

2. Warm up!!!! After you make your way onto the gym floor you want to get on the treadmill for 5 minutes. When you move on to lifting you will want to start your first set as a warm up. Meaning go very light for 15-20 repetitions.

3. Drink up. Please do not forget to hydrate. If you make yourself dehydrated your muscles can cramp. Drinking water aids in weight loss and attaining results.

4. Don't go overboard. Perhaps you are familiar with an exercise routine you did years ago. By no means does that mean to try to get back to the level you were once at the first day back in the gym. On my first day back I do 4 - 5 exercises and lifting light very manageable weight.

5. Results don't happen over night. Repeat the next day. If you can make it to the gym 4 times in the first two weeks it will become a habit and much easier. Results don't happen in one day you must work for it!

6. Watch yourself before you wreck yourself. What I mean is, watch yourself in the mirror. Look to see if you are lifting properly with good form. If you are jerking your body in the mirror reduce your weight.

7. If you do cardio, limit yourself to only 15 - 20 minutes and gradually increase your time over the next couple of weeks. Lifting and cardio for an hour each is not ideal when first starting a gym routine.

On the left is after my first 2 months in the gym ever, and on the right is 3 years of going to the gym religiously and competing for the first time at a National NPC Competition - Team Universe  - placed 13th

These may come off cliche but returning to the gym after a long break I always have to remind myself so I didn't make the mistake of an injury that could have been avoided if I followed these steps. After my past in fitness competitions I even struggle with getting into a routine when long breaks are taken.


Sephora VIB Sale Must Haves

Thursday, November 5, 2015

It's that time of year again! The Sephora VIB sale! If you have been a dedicated Sephora shopper, you should recieve a nice little coupon for 20% off your entire purchase!! If you are a VIB Rouge the sale starts tomorrow, and for VIB the sale starts on November 13th. There is no better time to Christmas shop for your loved ones, and accidentally throw in a couple of items for yourself (treat yo self). Here is a break down of items for gifts, my every day essentials worth stockin up on, favorites for the wedding, and some splurges I have had in my cart for a while but couldn't justify spending with a wedding as first priority.
Clockwise: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum® Vitamin C Collagen Booster I started using this in the morning before I apply my makeup. My face looks much brighter and who doesn't love some extra collagen.  Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum I don't know what I did before adding this to my evening routine. This has significantly helped reduce the appearance my my acne scar discolorations. boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil I was introduced to this by oodles of samples, which I was once hesitant about oil products on my oil slick of a face. This really does the trick in one swipe on my face my make up melts off my face with a splash of warm water. It even has minty cool effect which feels awesome on the eyes after a long day. GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUDTM Tinglexfoliate Treatment There are so many GlamGlow's to pick from to make your favorite but I really love the tingling and how much tighter my pores feel after 10 minutes of this slathered on my face. Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit If you are in the mood for a splurge these two are an awesome duo they are similar to the first two items listed. Good Genes has lactic acid that exfoliates and smooths fine lines. The Luna is a night time serum that reduced the size of pores, fine lines, and sun damage. 

Sephora Favorites Liquid Luxuries Perfume Sampler My go-to gift because it is good for even the difficult ladies I may shop for. They even make a men's version! It comes with 15 samples of perfume and a voucher for a full size of one perfume. Beauty Bite Best Bite Rewind I am late to the Bite train but these lip stick are creamy, moisturizing, and plenty of shades for a friend that is colorful and flirty with their make up. Sephora Favorites Lashstash There is a friend in every group that has lashes for days or a severe mascara addiction. This is the perfect match for her! Tarte Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case 30 shades of gorgeous to wrap with a big pretty bow to match.  Shimmer and matte shadows, with countour, blush, deluxe mascara, and an eyeshadow brush to complete the look. The colors look flawless on any skin town and can create so many different looks. 

Then there are times that you deserve a gift or two for yourself. My list was pretty extensive of things I wanted so here are my top 5. Nars Steven Klein Collaboration One Shocking Moment Cheek Palette I have seen this swatched and photographed on tan and pale, light and dark hair, and trust me it is gorgeous! I love Nars blushes for their quality and how long they last. I am really excited to get my hands on this! T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand I am a sucker for 2 in 1 or in this case 3 in 1. I love that you can change the size of the barrel on this bad boy which makes traveling easier than packing multiple styling tools. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Champagne Glow Palette featuring Champagne Pop x Jaclyn Hill I love love love Jaclyn Hill and her champange pop. When it was announced this was launching right befoe the holidays I knew it was meant to be. The perfect amount of glow and shimmer. The trio looks flawless layered together or stacked! Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer If you are a die hard beauty lover then you know why this made the list. Hands down best primer!! ghd Rose Gold Straightner I am really trying to wait for my CHI to be on its last leg. I have heard so many great things about the ghd flat irons I can feel confident this is worth the splurge. 

Don't forget with purchases of 25$ or more there are free gifts and bonuses! I cant wait to take advantage of 20% off. Share your must haves in the comments! 

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