Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Long, Long, Long-Lasting Lipstick

No matter how good a makeup artist is I've always been bothered by the dilemma of the disappearing lipstick. With all the talking and smooching a bride does on her wedding day lipstick touch-ups are a constant concern. So when a professional make-up artist clued me into a drugstore lipstick that did the trick, I ran to my local pharmacy to try it out. Revlon's Ultimate ColorStay Liquid Lipstick was on my lips the same day. It went on like a wand gloss, which was great. A minute later my lips felt like I applied a glue stick to them. When the lipstick dried (about 3 minutes), the stickiness was gone and the lipstick was on solid. I ate, I drank, I kissed; it did not come off. I admit to a drying sensation to this matte color but although the lipstick did not last 24 hours successfully, it certainly lasted the length of even a very long wedding. This is a lipstick I would trust to stay on and look good all night long. Try Perfect Peony with a clear gloss over it for a perfect wedding color. Give it a test run and let me know what you think!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Personalized Prints

We are often asked to suggest an alternative to the traditional guest book and I love this example from Personalized Prints on etsy. Each leaf is a signing spot for guests and the trees come with different numbers of leaves for small or big weddings. The turnaround is quick and as you can see, it's pretty enough to simply hang on your wall (as I did for the Wedding Library poster I commissioned). You have the option to print it yourself, too, and for different quality printing. Fun, decorative and novel. I love this guest book idea!

See my article for Martha Stewart Wedding's Bride's Guide on the topic!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Henna Cakes

Sandy Patangay traditionally applies henna tattoos to Indian wedding parties and guests of parties of all kinds. But she's recently branched out with an extraordinary new company Creme-Delicious. She re-creates her intricate henna designs on perfectly delicious little heart cakes. This is how it's done. First her baker creates the chocolate, vanilla or red velvet creations covered in white fondant. Sandy colors each cake to achieve the vibrant Indian hues she seeks. The cakes are cream-infused with white chocolate, strawberry or chocolate hazelnut. Then she painstakingly decorates each cake with piping, sugar dusting powder and sugar beads. The individual serving cakes can take up to a half-hour to decorate and are as beautiful as they are delicious. I think they would make a wonderful wedding favor, or simply an exquisite wedding dessert. Very special.

See my post about the cakes on Martha Stewart Wedding's Brides Guide today!