Friday, June 29, 2018

Well everyone, Sister Sledge said it best! For my mother-in-law's birthday/Mother's Day gift, we thought a family portrait session would be perfect. Not only did it give us the opportunity to take some updated photos of her newly-married son and daughter and her grand-baby pups, but we got the chance to spend some time together as a family - something we don't find the time for very often with everyone's hectic schedules.

For the photos, my SIL and I knew we needed to complement but not intentionally match too much (white turtle necks and GAP jeans are no longer a thing now apparently). We elected the colors marigold and navy since we all could pull those colors off and they looked really nice against the beautiful greenery at Allaire State Park. I got my outfit from my favorite spot naturally, Francesca's. The navy skirt was something I had been eyeing up for weeks online so when my SIL suggested the color combo I was thrilled I now had a reason to purchase it!

Our photographer Kelly of Kelly Sea Images also happened to be our wedding photographer. Kelly and Ray were so fantastic and were such champs when it came to dealing with all 3 of our rambunctious dogs. For the full album click here!

8 Products You Need for the Perfect Summer Glow

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Summer is so close here in NJ and you can always tell from the high volume of N.Y. tourists roaming around asking, "Where's the beach?" and the line wrapped around the block to get into DJai's. While everyone else is out rubbing themselves in baby oil to get their tan on, my sensitive skin forces me to hide in the shadows and away from the sun to avoid burning. Despite my paleness, I am determined to have some kind of "summer glow," which is why I use the following items to get the perfect summer look:

The Products:

Foundation: Your Skin But Better CC+ by It Cosmetics, $38 (link)
Primer: Illuminating Face Primer by E.L.F. Cosmetics, $10 (link)
Bronzer: HOOLA Lite Matte Bronzing Powder by Benefit Cosmetics, $29 (link)
Blush: Dandelion Brightening Baby Pink Blush by Benefit Cosmetics, $15 (link)
Mascara: Ultimate Volume Nano by Marcelle, $15 (link)
Brows: Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel by Benefit Cosmetics, $24 (link)
Lips: Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in "Birthday Suit" by Tarte, $20 (link)
Eyeshadow: Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette, $38 (link)

All these items together create my go-to summer look that gives me a nice, natural glow and also allows me to take amazing care of my skin. Notice no super-shimmery products, I'm all about looking natural and wearing makeup that feels light on my skin. The full look below:


1. Use a makeup remover wipe to get off any excess makeup from the night before
2. Apply the E.L.F. Illuminating Primer all over your face, making sure to get underneath the jawline and by your scalp
3. Use 2 pumps of Your Skin But Better Foundation on your hand and use a damp beauty blender to cover entire face to look even and smooth
4. Open The Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette, and apply "Enlight" all over your eyelid and highlight brow bone to create a light shimmer
5. Blend "Silk Cream" and "M.F.E.O." into crease to create a natural matte glow
6. Dab "Obsessed" gently in the center of the lid and use smudge brush to line underneath your lower-lash line
7. Apply Marcelle Nano mascara lightly on upper and lower lashes
8. Use 2 dips of Gimme Brow+ to spruce up brows and form to your preferred shape
9. Gently brush over jawline, cheekbones and upper temple-area with HOOLA Lite and blend with beauty blender for subtle contour
10. Gently brush Dandelion Blush above cheekbones
11. Swipe "Birthday Suit" over lips (add "Sissy" from Jaclyn Hill palette to create a subtle shimmer if desired dabbed with finger)

This whole looks takes me about 10-15 minutes to complete since it really doesn't use many products that require time-consuming actions like falsies or something. The best part is that it's easy to transition to a more shimmery look since the eye color is so neutral. Simply apply a darker shimmer color to the outer crease of your eyelid to create a smoky look or even dab a shimmer more heavily onto the center of your eyelid for glam.

What are some of your favorite summer beauty products? Share in the comments below or let me know at @makeupandmulticam on Facebook and Instagram!

It's Not All Doom & Gloom

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Tonight Peter and I decided to have ourselves a fun little night out. Since our work schedules can get hectic, we try to make as much time for ourselves as possible to spend with each other. Sometimes we get busy, but it's always nice to know that we both are happy to make time for one another when we really need it most. There are times when I am having a super difficult week and just really need to spend some time with someone I love.

After very little debate, we unanimously agreed to go to one of our favorite spots Loteria in Asbury Park. Naturally we ate our weight in queso and delicious burritos and enchiladas. I had the enchilada special that had rojo sauce to die for (pictured below).

Tonight's look was casual, but cute. I had been pining for this wicker basket for weeks and finally waited for the perfect sale to strike and purchase it. The jeans were such an excellent steal from Target and are so versatile. I debated on wearing them cropped vs. fully untucked - as I do pretty much every time I wear them. Summer style is probably my second-favorite to fall style, but I find any reason I can to wear an adorable off-the-shoulder top and affordable heels.

Today's Look

Top: Francesca's, $10 (similar)
Jeans: Target, $30 (similar)
Bag: Francesca's, $54 (link)
Earrings: Francesca's, $24 (similar)
Shoes: Target, $25 (link)
Bracelet: Humanity for All, $8 (similar)

25 & Married

Monday, May 28, 2018

As I mentioned in my introductory post, this past February I married the most amazing man in the world - my husband Peter. Our story is simple, yet sweet and I figured to share a little more of my life, I'll take you inside of our special day.

How We Met

A mutual friend had introduced us and we hit it off immediately. I had moved out to PA for a little while and Pete would come visit me despite the 3-hour drive. After a month, he finally asked me to be his girlfriend and it was beautiful bliss ever since. In December of 2016, Pete had asked me to marry him with a romantic proposal in Asbury Park, NJ at Convention Hall. 

Our Wedding Day

We hit the ground running with planning and elected to have our wedding at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune, NJ. There was delicious food, dancing and lots of love. Every detail was so perfectly done and the day was just so beautiful, I wish I could continuously relive it. Check out some pics from our day below! I'd really like to thank Kelly from Kelly Sea Images for capturing the images from this day, Michael Romeo Creations for video and Kelly from Gifted Events for the seamless event coordination and support. Mainly, I thank my family, friends and amazing husband for their unconditional love and for sharing in our special day. 

Shoes from Target (similar)

Dress by Hayley Paige

Clutch from Rent the Runway

Hair: Denise Vacchiano

Our Vision

For the wedding, we had some specifics that absolutely HAD to happen. We both agreed to splurge on a great photographer, amazing DJ and delicious food. When it came to looking for a photographer, I really wanted someone to capture natural light effortlessly with a romantic, airy vibe - enter Kelly! Kelly and Ray were both the absolute best and a total dream to work with. Kelly captured some really amazing shots that we are so lucky to treasure forever. I'd highly recommend working with her again, so much that we already scheduled her to do family portraits this summer. 

For our first look, we knew having our dog Remy there would make the moment even more special. 

Flowers by Wildflowers NJ

Since we didn't have any young kids to be part of our wedding party for ring bearer or flower girl, we enlisted my 26-year-old cousin to be our "Flower Man." 

Cake from Chocolate Carousel, with chocolate cake and sea salt caramel drizzle. We incorporated our love for the beach with the sea salt caramel and of course our cake topper included our pup. 

When it came to music, we immediately knew our guy was Jeff - we literally did not talk to anyone else other than him. Jeff and SCE were so awesome with their totally professional staff. Everyone was dancing 

DJ and Photobooth from SCE Event Group, Jeff Scott Gould

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