This past spring my oldest cousin got engaged and asked me to the be the maid of honour at her wedding next year. So far, I’ve collected information at bridal shows and weighed in on everything from dress styles, polish colours, and shoe choices. This weekend it was time for some fun. Chantelle won a champagne makeover party for her and some friends courtesy of Splash Makeup Artistry. It was a great opportunity for us to learn a bit about bridal makeup and what we can expect on The Big Day and try out a local (to Kitchener/Waterloo) makeup artist for the wedding. Chantelle invited over her bridal party, a couple friends, and her mom for some champagne, pampering, and an important lesson in skin care.
Our makeup artist Jessica was an extremely friendly, approachable, and most importantly, knowledgable makeup artist. She has tons of experience in cosmetics including a long stint at Shoppers Drug Mart where she had the opportunity to learn about and work with drug store cosmetics brands. Jessica knew all about non-drug store brands as well, including my faves Smashbox, Benefit, and Urban Decay. With all of this experience under her belt, Jessica has decided to exclusively use Arbonne products in her kit.
Jessica depends on Arbonne’s commitment to no animal byproducts or testing, vegan and PETA certified, gluten-free, PABA-free, botanically-based, chemical and fragrance-free products which are dermatologist, ophthalmologist and paediatrician tested. What stood out to me was that unlike most of the popular drug store products, especially cleansers and creams, Arbonne products are “pH correct” which means that your skin won’t get too dry or greasy trying to balance out the product once you apply it.
I wish I had taken more before & after photos. Here is me in my car2go on the way to Chantelle’s:
And after my makeover:
Jessica used the following Arbonne products on me:
Face: Arbonne Primer, Cream concealer in Light #7865 (pale girl over here!), Natural Radiance Mineral Powder (with SPF15!) in Medium Beige #7832
Cheeks: Bronzer #7824, Sheer Glow Highlighter #7821, and Blossom Blush #7839
Eyes: Shimmer Shades Eye Shadow in Smoke #7852, Chocolate #7857 and Linen #7863, Ebony Eyeliner #7893 and Triple Action Mascara (for defines, lengthens, volumizes) in Blake #7904
Lips: Lip Liner in Ginger #7899 and Brown Sugar lip polish #7873
While I loved the overall look and how natural Jessica made it look, my personal favourites were the mascara, the consistency of the concealer, and the non-stickiness of the lip polish! The makeup felt totally lightweight and clean, even though I was wearing a bit more than I normally would. The best part: I didn’t experience any skin irritation or breakouts which is typically what happens when I try new makeup, especially cleansers or foundations. (Jessica thinks my skin probably reacts because the products I am buying aren’t pH correct.)
Jessica and I talked a lot about my common skin issues and my current skin care regime and she sent me home with samples of FC5 cleanser, moisturizer, and night cream. I’m a convert! They offer UVA and UVB protection and include kiwi, strawberry, carrot, mango, and pumpkin. I don’t have a sense of smell, but Jordan says have a slightly citrus-y scent but nothing too overpowering.
I’m placing my Arbonne order this week and will probably pick up these FC5 products!
Knowing that Jessica was also fair-skinned and shared my concern about SPF and skin care, I asked her about Arbonne’s Made in the Shade self-tanner. We’ve both tried our (un)fair share of self-tanners and Jessica swears by this one. She has generously gifted me a bottle of my own to try and review for the blog! +2 points for pale people!
For more information on Splash Makeup Artistry you can visit http://www.splashmakeupartistry.ca.