Bite Beauty Lipstick in Cin Cin

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This is the first and only Bite Beauty item that I currently own. It’s a fairly new brand of makeup and is available at Sephora and of course their website bitebeauty.com

Bite beauty focuses on lips; it’s all about the lips, with their line consisting of only lip products! They’re highly pigmented and natural enough for women to eat, so they claim :-)

I’ve looked at their products at Sephora but was never really interested until one day I felt the urge to get a nice lipstick. I swatched a few neutral shades from their Luminous Creme Lipstick range, which has a lot to offer, then looked at their brighter colors and fell in love right away with Cin Cin, a beautiful orangy pink.

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Now I know it’s fall and most people tend to go towards darker, redder lips for the fall and winter, but here in Southern California, we’re still having 80*-90* weather. I can wear a coral if I want. Besides, isn’t orange supposed to be on trend? So ha!

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It goes on smoothly and creamy, plus it feels very comfortable on the lips. It does fade a little after eating and drinking, especially if you wipe your lips at all. However, when it does fade, it does not appear patchy or anything; it fades nicely. Haha.

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Excuse the tiny bit on my tooth there. Haha. I like to wear this with a neutral eye, as it is a very bright lip. I have been attempting to wear bold colors on my lips more recently, especially with fall and winter coming.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Have you tried anything from Bite Beauty?

xo, Briana

FTC: All opinions are my own. This is not a sponsored post. The lipstick was purchased with my own money :)

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For The Love Of Z Palettes

If you know me or have followed my blog long enough, you’ll know that I love to organize and am very particular about my organization. My makeup collection is something I frequently love to go through and reorganize from time to time. Also, since having moved in with Bub once we were married, I had to rethink how I organized things and get a little creative. We live in a very small space and so we both have had to condense things. While I’ve left a portion of my makeup, clothes, and other things at my parents until we have a bigger place, I still have a majority of my makeup at my tiny place.

One thing that has helped me keep more of my makeup with me is by using a Z palette. If you haven’t heard of these empty palettes, you should check them out! They come in various sizes and colors. Each palette is magnetic and holds eye shadows, powders, blushes, bronzers, etc. Basically anything in a compact or palette form. There are even palettes made for lipsticks.

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I purchased my first palette (large, black) on Amazon about two weeks ago and filled it with my favorite and most used blushes. To fill the palette, this requires some work in that you have to depot the product from it’s original source. There are a lot of videos on YouTube that will show you how to do this. After filling up my palette and deciding I quite enjoyed the chore of depotting my blushes, I ordered a second large black palette for eye shadows!

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My blush palette!

Each palette comes with magnetic stickers to apply to the makeup so it can stick. This also allows for variety in that you can take out the makeup and replace it with something else, as often as your heart desires. This totally allows for complete customization! Mix and match shadows, blushes, whatever! The cover on the palette is also pretty durable. I thought it would be flimsy and might break easily in the future but it’s pretty thick and strong! I also love being able to see my makeup :-)

In the above palette, I have 5 Tarte blushes, 4 of which I had to fix because they broke during the depotting process. Also another video you can find on YouTube –How to fix broken makeup! I also have 2 Wet N Wild blushes, Mac Peaches, Physician’s formula Match Maker, and Benefit’s Coralista.

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Eyeshadows!

In this palette, I have three Wet N Wild individual shadows, plus shadows from two Mac quads and three individual shadows. I tried to organize by shade but sometimes I like to rearrange by finish/color. I dunno. It’ll get easier when I put more in there. Or not. Ha.

I’m aaaalmost considering getting a palette just for my three Urban Decay Naked palettes. I don’t use them as often as I would like and I think if I had them all in one place, I might use them more. Your thoughts? Is that crazy? Or brilliant? Or both?

All in all, I love my Z palettes. I am so glad I finally bought these! Even my husband was impressed with the idea of these. And he’s not frequently impressed by makeup, unless it’s on my face and he thinks it’s pretty, which he does 100% of the time ;-)

Do you have any Z palettes? How do you organize them?

xo, Briana

FTC : This post is not sponsored. I purchased all mentioned products with my own money. These are my own, honest opinions.

They Made Me Do It!

There was a tag on YouTube, perhaps last year, called “YouTube Made Me Do It!” and it was essentially the person doing a show & tell of certain items that they purchased because of others that they followed on YouTube or even blogs! You know you have a few items because of your favorite gurus and bloggers, right? I know I do!

So here’s my list of items that I’ve purchased because of my favorites! ;-)

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Let’s just go ahead and state ALL three of the above… Haha! And I love them all!

I purchased the NYX setting spray thanks to EmilyNoel83. It doesn’t necessary help makeup last all day, but it helps take away any cakeyness (cakieness? Cakie-ness?) away that powder might give.

The NARS Sheer Glow foundation is from various YouTubers ;-) Tanya Burr, Tati aka GlamLifeGuru, Zoella, etc… Same goes with the Beauty Blender! Although Tati and Casey Holmes aka itsbl0ndie definitely helped me go for it even more. But I cannot do my makeup without it now. A brush or my fingers will never compare to it. And there will never be an equivalent dupe; I know this for a fact.I have tried them all.

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar

I avoided this for as long as possible. I literally avoided it for months. As you know, I have nearly every single neutral eyeshadow palette and really do not need another one. However, I went ahead and bought it, thinking if I wasn’t too impressed with it, I would simply return it. But, and a big but, I really like the matte shadows in it, and the green, and the reddish ones. Okay, I like them all. And it smells yummy…

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Now I had every intention of using this for my wedding when I purchased it, which I did, but I was also spurred on to buy it thanks to EmilyNoel83 and Casey Holmes. Those two, I tell ya. I trust them way too much. But I do adore them. Haha. It is a beautiful, full coverage foundation. And really does last all day. My goodness, it was perfect for my wedding, which was blazing hot!

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My faaaaaaavorite mascara. For ever. My current tube is about dried up, which I’m not looking forward to because I really don’t want to spend money on an expensive tube of mascara. But I do love it. So much. I did an entire blog post about it.

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Real Technique brushes, including the eye set. They are so soft; they work great; and they’re a decent price. Fantastic! I have yet to try Sigma brushes. That would be something else on this list if I tried/liked them. Ha.

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It’s A 10

This is something I saw for a long time that many gurus were using, as well as the macadamia deep repair hair mask. While I have yet to purchase the hair mask, I’m on my second bottle of this product. It definitely helps with detangling and I also noticed a difference in my ends when I use it. I went about 1-2 months without and my ends were super dry without. I repurchased it and my hair is much happier with it!

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Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.

The name alone cracks me up. I’m sure you’ve seen this floating around the Interwebs, either on YouTube or blogs. While it certainly doesn’t replace my beloved YSL Babydoll, it does a decent job of volumizing. I’m not a big fan of the traditional mascara wands, but I I have to say I am impressed with this one. Maybe it’s the hourglass shape, I don’t know.

So that’s my list for now! What have you purchased because of one of your favorites on YT or blogs? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Briana

FTC – All products mentioned were purchased by me and these are my own honest opinions.

My iPhone Library

I upload my iPhone pictures to my computer about every other month. This results in about 200 pictures per upload. I usually do it so I can update my phone or whatever. I like to browse those photos from time to time and I thought I’d show you what I found from my recent upload. This is essentially a pictorial diary in the life of me. Enjoy. Some of these pictures are from July/August, and up to the last few weeks.

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This was something I posed on Instagram because I was feeling melancholy and moody. I do believe i was missing my hubby as he was away on a fire assignment with no cell phone service. And we had just gotten married like, 10 days before… Ha. I also remember everyone saying I looked like my sister in this, more than usual. Which isn’t a bad thing. She’s gorgeous.

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Speaking of Hubs, this was on that same fire assignment. When he did have cell service, he would text me his selfies. How cute is he? And dirty. Goodness.

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These two are such a pair.

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My dad took this picture of my niece watching as I put on my makeup. I love it.

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And speaking of nieces, I have an adorable new niece :-) She is 3 weeks old as of yesterday. She is already so loved and adored. But how could she not? Love.

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Our 2 monthivesary, right after he came home from an 18-day assignment! It was a long 18 days, too. But he had cell service every day, so that was good ;-) And yes, you may comment on the mustache. I’ve gotten used to it, other than it tickles my nose sometimes.

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FaceTime on that said assignment. He knew I was taking screenshots because his ‘stach was so epic! Haha. He actually trimmed it a little when he came home. He plans on keeping it until the end of the season, which is next month.

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This was a “cool” day during a heatwave recently. It was consistently about 108* for like 4 days straight and maaaybe it cooled down to 85* at night. Bleh.

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I posted this on my public Instagram account (@tidbitsofbriana) to show the difference of doing your hair and makeup. This was quite fancy for me as I was expecting the Hubs to come home after his last fire assignment. I got real purdy for him, fake lashes and all ;-)

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fwendz.

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#selfie

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I’ve been attempting to eat better and also exercise more. I’ve been doing yoga, working out, and even running more regularly. I can feel and see a difference it has been making. Even my husband has noticed. I’ve pretty much cut out soda from my life and attempt to grab healthier snacks and even choose vegetarian rather than meat when I eat out. Although I have to admit, I did have a yummy cheeseburger courtesy of In-N-Out today… It was so good.

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Now this was actually the week of our wedding, in Palm Springs. I had forgotten about it as it was on our GoPro. We uploaded the footage and oh hey forgotten but cool pictures. This was on a random wall at our hotel in Palm Springs. I thought it was weirdly cool.

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We recently went beach camping for one whole night and it was awesome. It was warm, the water was warm, and the food was delicious down there. Everything is better with a little ocean breeze. It was an excellent reminder of why we want to move closer. And soon.

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Bub was attempting to capture the fluffy-ness of my beach hair. Oooh I want to go back…

Anyway, that’s all for now. Hope you’re all doing well.

If you have any blog requests, let me know! I need some ideas, y’all!

xo, Briana

Birthday Wishlist!

Now that it’s October (yay!), I can go ahead and show my birthday wishlist, seeing as how my birthday is next month. The second of November, to be exact ;-)

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Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

These are all screenshots by the way…

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Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow is Desdemona (shown above), Dione, and Subra

These are great dry but even better wet. They’re not glittery but they are straight up shimmer and soo gorgeous! But if you see the price tag, you can see why it’s on a wishlist! Granted they’ll last a long, looong time, but still…

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette.

I have yet to really try anything by Hourglass, but I know I would enjoy this… A lot.

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Kate Spade HB Small Loden in Newbury Lane in Lightsmoke.

I love. and I want. Very, very much…. Honey? Can you hear me?

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Spy Quinn sunglasses in Black

I don’t typically go for black or even round sunglasses but when I tried these on, I really liked them. I have a cheap version from Forever 21, but when you’ve tried on a good pair of nice sunglasses, you know the quality is quite different. And a good different.

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I want my own Keurig… I use my parents when Hubs drops me off at their house on his way to work, but it would also be nice to have my own at our place, of course. I can not only make my morning coffee, but afternoon tea and evening hot chocolate ;-)

So that’s it! For now… :-)

Hope you’re all having a great start to autumn! It’s 86* here in my area of California and it’s 2:17 pm as I type. Forecast says 100* by Friday… Awesome, right? And by awesome, I mean lame. Fall is my favorite season for a few reasons, from the fashion to the food. I am desperate for cooler weather already.

Anyway!

xo, Briana

All About My Wedding Dress!

If you remember, last October, I did a post all about finding my wedding dress style.

In the search for my dress, I determined two things.

1) I love lace and chiffon.

2) I love capped sleeves.

I also talked about things such as accessories, veils, poofy vs. not poofy, glamorous, casual, etc. Finding a dress can be stressful, to say the least! However, and I also mentioned this, Pinterest was a huge help for me. It gave me images of what I wanted and what to look for. I was able to show my friends & family, as well as sales consultants what I wanted.

My search started a month after we got engaged. I wanted to try on dresses ASAP because I was so excited and also to start my search early because I knew it might take awhile. It can also take up to 6 months for a dress to arrive from date of purchase! Keep that in mind when shopping for your dress!

I envisioned lace. Lots and lots of lace. I also envisioned bead work, little sleeves, low cut back. But I also wanted comfort and ease. Something simple,but still feminine and elegant. I tried on a few dresses like that and was not completely satisfied. I then tried on a chiffon dress, which the consultant picked out, and I fell in love. She added temporary sleeves and a belt. Then I knew: I found the one! My first day trying on dresses! Yes! But we decided to shop around some more and see what else we could find. This first trip though, we weren’t able to take pictures.

However, in October, I went shopping again and this time we were able to take pictures. I’ll show you what I tried on :-)

There was a lot of lace involved in this one and I did find a lace dress I loved, but not nearly as much as the first chiffon.

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Excuse my bored faces. Haha. This was a mixture of lace and chiffon. I love the length and the way it felt, but I didn’t like the bodice.

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Same dress, but with capped sleeves! Amazing how it changes the look, isn’t it?

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This had chiffon, but mostly lace, in layers. I didn’t like the piece on the side, at all! We were able to take it off and add sleeves. That’s when I fell in love with it.

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It fell beautifully, it felt like a wedding dress, and it hugged in all the right places.

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We also added a belt, because it helped give the illusion of hips on my stick-like figure ;-)

However, I didn’t choose this dress, as beautiful as it is for two reasons

1) It was heavy (lace is quite heavy!) and would have been very uncomfortable in July weather. Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t go with this because it was so hot on our wedding day. I would have been really uncomfortable!

2) The cost. I had a set budget and this exceeded it by quite a bit. I wasn’t willing to budge from my price. Let’s be real here.

After this dress, I knew I wanted the original chiffon I tried on a few months before. We went back in December to the same store and tried on a few more chiffon type dresses, but I already knew which one I wanted. We went back in January and made the purchase! This was when we decided on which sleeves to buy, as well.

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These sleeves are made to come off the dress with the help of buttons :-) I also decided to look elsewhere for my belt that I wanted to add, because honestly, I didn’t like their options and they were also expensive.

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Excuse my face. I need to work on that. But this is the dress I chose! Before sleeves and belt are added of course :-) It’s a Blu by Mori Lee 5112 Delicate Chiffon in Ivory. I cannot wear a pure white dress for the life of me thanks to my olive tone skin. Haha. I literally glow in white!

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The only adjustments I had made to the dress were adding the sleeves, a bustle to the back for dancing, and shortening the hem so I could wear slippers and not trip. I thought I would only wear slippers but the week of the wedding decided on heels for the ceremony.

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With the sleeves, which still needed the buttons sewn on. Look how pretty it is with the sleeves! I love it.

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Now let me know you the professional photos so you can see it all put together in a much better form then iPhone pictures :-)

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I think that this was with my handsome hubby shows it well, with the sleeves and belt added. It flowed so beautifully with a breeze and was so light! It was perfect for such a hot wedding day. I also like that my shoes peep out. I thought it was fun.

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My shoes are by Nine West. They’re a pinky blush color. Soo unbelievably comfortable.

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I don’t have a great picture of my belt, but you can see a bit of the detail here. Below is a picture of my garter. I purchased both my belt and garter from the same shop on Etsy, which I will link below.

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The garter I wore has a green and a brown rose, with a pearl applique, all on ivory lace. It came with another garter that Bub actually tossed. This was my keepsake garter. Like I mentioned above, both garter and belt were purchased on Etsy from Avenue 22 Bridal. My belt is the crystal wedding belt on ivory ribbon. It tied in the back and created a cute look in the back, with a bow and the row of buttons on my dress (which was disguised as it was a zipper!).

Another thing I love about my dress is the fact that I didn’t have a wear a heavy petticoat or slip underneath, or even a corset bra. I wore a regular ol’ strapless bra.

And like I said, the sleeves could come off for some dancing :-)

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The belt added so much to the look of the dress and the shape, as well. I’m so happy with it.

So what did Bub think of the dress when he first saw it? He told me before that he did not like sleeves that draped below the shoulders and he also did not like poofy dresses. He liked simple. Well, he would have to like whatever I got. Haha. Luckily for him, my style is what he envisioned on me, although perhaps better. He told me he saw me in something that flowed to the ground, but maybe strapless. But when he saw me, the tears in his eyes told me he loved it. He said it was better then he imagined.

I hope this post made sense! I feel like I’m all over the place. If you have any more questions, please let me know in the comments below :-)

xo, Briana

Our Wedding Photos!

Let’s not drag it out and get right to the pictures :-)

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Our rings! As you know, mine is a rose gold halo setting. His ring is titanium with a band of yellow gold that actually matches my ring nearly perfectly! He’s still getting used to it, as he doesn’t wear it all of the time because of work. It’s so unbelievably light though. We also chose not to buy myself a wedding band yet. Maybe our one year anniversary :-)

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Getting ready with my mom, sister, and niece. My sweet niece was so excited when I finally had my dress on. She asked if I was a princess; I sure felt like one :-)

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My mama tying on my belt, which added so much to my dress!

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I’ll be doing a separate post on my dress, which I know I’ve been saying for awhile now! I’ve been having a few questions about it. Coming soon, I promise!

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Waiting to see my groom. I was hiding…

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Can we just take a moment and appreciate how handsome he is? *swoon*

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This was after we saw each other (finally) and he admired me in my dress. He said it was more than he had ever imagined and yet everything he imagined. I love this man so much and am so lucky to be spending my life with him.

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In the orchard with dear old Rusty. And yes, my dress needs no trashing. It got plenty dirty that day! So worth it.

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I think this is my favorite.

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My oldest brother performed our ceremony and it was wonderful! He even teared up himself a time or two, which I totally called. Haha. Love my brother!
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This was after my dad gave me away *sniff* and Bub came to get me. He kissed (not once, but twice!) then walked away from me, leaving me to walk to our altar by myself! It was just nerves he said. Hehe.

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He did dip me, too ;-)

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We danced to “Free” by the Zac Brown Band.

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It was a beautiful evening, perfect for an outdoor reception.

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Dancing with my father IL!

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I love this one of him with my sister! Two of my favorite people!

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In the center is his twin sister :-) Love it! She caught the bouquet by the way!

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We had a great time with our photobooth :-)

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It was his idea to use his helmet and my nursing cap.

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My girls.

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The captain and his men.

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I hope you enjoyed these pictures! I sure enjoyed my wedding day :-)

xo, Briana

We own the rights to these pictures, per Sparkle Jenny Photography by Leila Dali

Sneaky Wedding Preview – Professional Pictures

My fire fighting husband came home last Thursday and he finally got to see all of the pictures from our wedding! We have yet to actually post them online for all of our friends and family to see, but here’s a sneaky one I’ve got for ya. I have shown them all to our parents and most of them to our siblings, though. Heheheh…

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Even on our private social media accounts, we’ll only be posting 50-60, when we actually have a few hundred… Personal reasons :-)

I hope you’re all doing well!

xo, Briana

p.s. Our photographer is Leila Dali of Sparkle Jenny Photography, we have all rights to the pictures for our personal use.

Current Beauty Favorites!

Hello loves!

I haven’t done a “favorites” type of post in a quite a while and I thought it would be a good idea to show you all, seeing as how I’ve been enjoying quite a few new things, as well as some old goodies. <– World’s longest sentence.

So here we go! I also apologize in advance if some of the pictures are out of focus. This seems to be happening a lot with my camera… le sigh.

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette.

When this was originally launched this last year, I thought it was pretty, very pretty in fact. But I knew I did not need another neutral palette! I have enough as it is… However (game changer of a word), when I swatched it a few times at Sephora, I really fell in love with it, especially that green color. Ahh… I now use it nearly every day! I love the matte brown shades. They create a simple, warm look that can easily be amped up with any of the darker shades.

And it smells like chocolate…

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Estee’ Lauder Bronze Goddess in 02 Medium

I think the first time I saw this used was with Zoella on YouTube. Something about it looked so nice. My last trip to Macy’s I walked past the Estee’ Lauder counter and saw that if you spent a certain amount, you would get a free gift…. Well, that in itself was a great deal! Haha.

As you can see, the bronzer is a bit on the red side, but I quite like it for my skin tone. It has a tiny bit of shimmer when you look at the product, but once applied, you can’t really tell. It’s also a HUGE pan and I doubt I’ll ever finish it up. Good deal!

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NYX Dewy Setting Spray, NARS Sheer Glow in Medium 3 Stromboli, Original Beauty Blender

I love using this setting spray for 2 reasons.
1) It’s a third of the cost of UD’s setting spray2) It takes away any cakey look that foundation and/or powder gives and creates a more natural looking face.

This Nars foundation has quickly become a new favorite. Ever since I bought it, it’s the only foundation I have been using! I think it has even surpassed my Estee’ Lauder DW! The finish is soo natural looking and gives me such a healthy look and covers pretty well. It really is amazing. I believe the hype! Especially paired with my MAC powder. Ugh. Flawless! Haha…

And of course my beloved Beauty Blender! I finally got a new one after my wedding. If you haven’t tried the BB yet, please do! It will change the way you do your makeup! Before I didn’t always like foundation, as much as I loved my Real Technique brushes. The BB just creates such a perfect finish.

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My Nars eyeliner in Via Venuto aka black. I use this on my water line and it stays so well. This is the only eyeliner I have found to last for more than 4 hours. The thing about this is that while any eyeliner might wear off of me, it doesn’t wear off until a few hours and then when it does wear off, it doesn’t give me raccoon eyes. It just fades away…

This Jordana Fabuliner is not only a great deal ($2 at WalGreens!!), it lasts. all. day. I’ll go to sleep with my makeup on and that is the one thing that hadn’t budged. I also have it in black but I like the brown for an every day look, it’s more natural looking and not harsh. The tip is a felt tip and isn’t too stiff or too bendy; just perfect :-)

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Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Moss in 105 & 109 (matte finishes)

105 is a beautiful coral color that I looooove! It’s a coral I can wear that doesn’t make me look orange or washed out. It’s just the right shade for my tan olive skin :-)

109 is a pretty rosy mauve color. On my lips, this is what I consider a “my lips but better” shade and it great for every day. I can top it off with a gloss if I don’t want the matte look.

I’ve never found a good matte that I like until I tried this. I was watching a video by one of my favorites, emilynoel83, on YouTube. She mentioned 105 and I knew I had to try it. Here are some swatches!

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How pretty is that coral?

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Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Fig & NYX Butter Gloss in 06 Peach Cobbler

The lip shimmer is a quick way to add some color (another “my lips but better” shade) that doesn’t require a mirror and also provides a nice tingly, refreshing feel on the lips. I always have this in my purse. It’s quick and cute.

The NYX color is another pretty coral but glossy (duh). It’s not slick feeling or goopy. Just the right consistency and it lasts pretty well, too!

More swatches!
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The picture is showing the gloss to be a bit more red than it actually is. I would say it’s pretty true to color on the tube however.

Next!

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EOS lip balm in Coconut Milk

When I saw the word “coconut” I didn’t even about it. I put in my cart and moved on with my life. I’m all about that coconut right now! I’ll happily hop on that band wagon…

This is a slightly different formula than the regular EOS however. It’s a bit…thicker? But it doesn’t feel waxy or too thick on my lips, which I prefer over the regular lip balms. I always felt like I put too much on my lips; but not with this one! It’s a good primer for lipstick, too.

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Maybelline Master Hi-Light in 30 Coral

Another product I recently picked up but I know I love it! It creates a beautiful healthy flush/glow on my tan cheeks without too much color. I love this stuff. No need for extra highlight, either! You can easily pick up the shimmer color for any kind of highlight with a small brush, too. I swirl it all together though. It’s easier.

Well that’s it!

What have you been loving lately?

If you want me to create a look with these products, let me know :-)

xo, Briana

FTC: All products were purchased by me! These are my honest opinions.

 

Getting Our Property Wedding Ready + Extras

You have been warned… This has a lot of pictures and shall be lengthy! I should also tell you that many of the pictures, if not all, were taken with our phones and even iPads! So excuse the quality.

I will be posting the professional pictures in a few weeks. My husband has been on a fire assignment for about 10 days now and hasn’t actually seen them yet, as they arrived while he’s been gone. Our families have only seen a few because I think he ought to see them all before anyone else.

Anyway!

First I should tell you that about a month or two before we even got engaged last year, there was a small fire on the property that charred about 2 acres or so. While at the time, the ground was black and we lost a few precious trees, it was actually a blessing in disguise. We were able to use a lot of the wood that burned and had to be chopped down. The property also got new trees in the process.

A lot of the real physical labor began around January, when we had a lot of the details and specifics chosen, such as theme and whatnot.

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Safety first! This is one of our nephews being a big help :-) That wood pile in the background just about doubled when all of the chopping and falling of trees was all said and done.

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We used the sections above in our aisle.

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The next thing to do after new trees were planted were to lay down new water and electrical lines. This included digging new trenches/lines from the source near the house down to pretty much the end of the property. This involved a lot of manual labor with shovels and picks, as well as massive power tools that Bub and his dad handled. FYI, their entire property is about 7 acres. We also had to go across the property (like a T) for more electrical and water lines towards the green. The new trees and golf green were on opposite sides of each other. This process took a few weeks. It was a “do it when we can and not working on other jobs/school” project. I helped when I could, in between school, clinicals, and other various wedding details.

My father-in-law and husband are electrical contractors by trade, so they’ve been able to do everything on their own, including the new water lines. Quite handy men to have around, I tell ya…

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The next big project to do was make a retaining wall around the golf green. Bub has had this par 3 green for about 10 years and we decided this would be our dance floor and reception area. The wall would create a more finished look. Those are railroad ties, by the way.

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I helped! Haha.

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Next was actually prepping the green. When the weather began to warm up around February/March, Bub took out all of the old grass and rototilled the new dirt multiple times. He and his dad also laid new sprinkler lines so the green and surrounding area could get water (duh).

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If the green looks pretty dark, that’s because it just got fresh fertilizer. Two truckloads, approximately. The original dirt in the green and surrounding area isn’t exactly “golf grass” material, so they had to put a lot of fertilizer and “nutrition” to get it ready. It didn’t smell good for about a week, especially after a fresh water… You can also see the new electrical/water line, that streak of brown dirt that ends in the corner of the picture.

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That’s my father-in-law! The next step was laying down sod on the green.

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They had a little extra to go around the green. The rest of the area around the green (about a 10-15 foot perimeter) they simply used grass seed, which was very temperamental! Literally the week or two before the wedding, we were out there morning and evening watering it by hand to give it extra hydration because it looked like it would not grow or stay green! Luckily, it paid off and it was gorgeous the day-of!

Bub and his dad are standing in the sand trap, which does have sand by the way! Bub’s twin sister and I dug the hole out. Bub already had small sand trap, about 3×4 ft. She and I simply expanded it. Haha. Bub’s twin, by the way, was such a great help! Those three make such a great team and they are the ones who made everything look so good!! I am forever grateful for my new family!

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After the new grass was laid, Bub had to mow it down with a special lawn mower about 2-3times a week, not allowing it to grow too tall. We also had to lay a fence around so the dogs and other animals wouldn’t go on the growing grass and disturb it. The first 2-3 weeks after the grass was laid down, we couldn’t even walk on it. Just watch it and hope the roots grabbed hold!

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Our wonderful assistants once again helping lay concrete for the poles that would hold our cafe lights! We had one main pole and then about 6 others. All of the lights started at the main and then fingered out to the rest. This was one reason we needed new electrical lines… Lights!

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Putting the bulbs on! Bub and his dad used wire to connect the poles and then of course we attached the string lights. We had six 50-foot lines, then about eight 25-foot strings total.

Between the lights and our DJ, we had just enough power to not blow a fuse! Haha.

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Moving logs from the ceremony site to the wood pile!

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On the riding lawn mower, moving wood chips to various piles for the trees.

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My lovely, lovely arch. I showed Bub a few pictures of what I wanted and this is what he constructed :-) Isn’t he awesome? I have the best husband, who was the best fiance. Just saying.

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See? Log sections! :-)

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Moving the large wooden spools to their designated areas! I told Bub months before I wanted a few of these to use as tables for the gifts and decoration. He got like 8 of them for me! Love them. And him.

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One big thing we did was decorate nearly all of the jars the week of the wedding. Bub’s wonderful family from Alaska came down for the wedding and were more than helpful! I don’t know what I would have done without them! We had over 100 jars of various sizes to decorate!

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Making signs with my nephew, aka the Sign Bearer! He did a great job, too :-)

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I also made the bouquets! My sister-in-law and dear friend Genelle helped, of course. We used jumbo white hydrangeas and mini green hydrangeas. My bouquet had 5 white and about 4 green. They bridesmaids had 3 white and about 3 green. All of the flowers we used were purchased from Sam’s Club wholesale, shipped directly to my front door! Amazing! And wonderful quality! Not to mention inexpensive.

We wrapped the bouquets in burlap and then finished them off with twine. I’ll show you in a later post what I did with my bouquet :-)

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I even made the boutonnieres for Bub and his groomsmen :-)

Wah! I think that’s it… Like I said, I’ll post more soon! But that’s all my brain can handle for right now. It’s just past midnight as I type this and I need to get some sleep!

I hope you enjoyed this post! I plan on doing a wedding dress one soon and how I ultimately chose my dress!

xo, Briana