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Friday, February 28, 2014

Cream Blush Product Review-Richmond Wedding Makeup Artist Aaron Ellerbrock BRIDEface Richmond

I am always on the hunt for products that I can use in my FACEing classes. Our clients love it when we can show them something new or different, or a product that can be used in multiple ways. So when I see a new cream blush, I almost always pick it up. Last week I can across Maybelline's Master Glaze.

The first thing that intrigued me was that is was in a stick form. Most of the cream blushes I have seen lately are in a pot or compact. The stick is nice because you can apply it directly to the face and do not have to mush your finger into a pot.

The second thing that I liked were the shades. Now mind you, there are only 6 at this point (2 pinks, 1 coral, 1 nude, 1 mauve, and 1 plum), but they are all unique in color (they don't all look the same) and they are very wearable shades.

So of course the question is how do they wear? Well I decided to give it a whirl on a client that I have been working with for years. There was a gala in her honor at the VMFA which I was also going to attend. It was the perfect opportunity to see, in person, just how the product wore throughout the night. I was quite happy with the results!

It applies very easily and most likely that it due to the shea butter. That is an emollient that not only has skin benefits but also allows for easy application and blending. The pigment level also seem quite high. Not so high that you will look like you have on war paint, but much more than the Maybelline Dream Bouncy which is much more sheer (a better fit for someone new to a cream blush). The color lasted on my client all night and when I looked back at photographs, I must say she looked AMAZING!! It was just the right amount of color.

One more benefit is that if you are in a hurry you can also use it on your eyes and/or lips. However, the biggest let down on this product is the amount of product. It is just a quarter ounce so this is not a product you will have for 6 months. But, I will say you don't want to keep creams as long as powders for hygiene reasons, so this might be a good size.

All in all I am impressed! I bought the "Make a Mauve" and have some extra bucks expiring from CVS today and plan to pick up a couple other colors. I am a sucker for a cream blush!!

This product review was written by Aaron Ellerbrock, Richmond, VA based makeup artist. He is the owner of BRIDEface Richmond, an award winning, on location makeup company that also offers FACEing classes to teach you how to feel more beautiful and confident!

Friday, January 3, 2014

JENNIFER IS MARRIED!!!-Richmond VA Wedding Makeup Artist Aaron Ellerbrock BRIDEface Richmond

As we enter into 2014 I wanted to take one last look back at 2013. Normally I am all about only looking forward, but with this gorgeous bride, I had to make an exception!

Jennifer and her husband had a very intimate ceremony in the home that they are renovating. I got to see the place when I did her engagement session and it is magnificent. It was built in the late 1800's and her contractor husband is doing an amazing job of updating and restoring.

They had just the family, including their two gorgeous children at the ceremony and then took a much needed get-a-way right after. I hope to be able to visit the home and this lovely family again once the house is completed as I know it will be spectacular! Thanks so much to David Abel of David Abel Photography for these awesome shots! David is not only amazing at capturing special moments but also does a fantastic job with placement and lighting. Definitely check him out!! Enjoy!

Jennifer wanted a very soft and natural look for her at home ceremony.

It is so special to see the relationship between mother and daughter. You can just feel the love!

We got Jennifer ready in the Master Bedroom which was almost finished with its remodel. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of antiques and modern elements.

The ceremony took place outside on the front porch and the guests were seated on the lawn.

A beautiful couple, a wonderful family, a gorgeous home...what a day!!!!

Makeup: Aaron Ellerbrock of BRIDEface Richmond