Christina Littleton Photograpy, Rollers & Rouge,

Phlawless Skin or Photoshop?

Trial runs can be an important part of deciding on your perfect wedding day look. A bride may be deciding between leaving her hair all down, a full up-do, or something in between.  Working with your stylist to find the most flattering style to shape your face, what’s going to hold all day and night and what makes you feel simply beautiful can be a lot of fun and so rewarding when you have that “OHMYGOSHYES” moment!  This is why I LOVE doing hair.  To me it’s easy.  If you don’t like the first style, great, no big deal.  Let’s take it out and try something else.  With hair, the only illusion out there are these girls with crazy long, thick hair.  This is a simple fix.  Clip in extensions can be found at your local beauty supply and are so easy to work with.

On the opposite end of that spectrum is makeup. Doing a search for “wedding makeup” can be fun and downright inspiring. The internet is flooded with gorgeous pictures of girls with “flawless” skin.  Let’s say you’ve finally found the makeup look that you are ready to try out. You bring it into your makeup artist and sit back, enjoy a little bit of pampering and anticipate the big reveal of the new, more flawless version of yourself.  Except you look in the mirror and feel a little bit of disappointment.  Sure, you love the makeup.  Your eyes look big and bright and you love the lip color, but your skin doesn’t look like the picture.  You can still see the peach fuzz on your face, the fine lines around your eyes and (GASP) PORES!!!  Check out these gorgeous ladies…that actually have fine lines, a couple freckles and NO PHOTOSHOPPING!!

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Guess what, ladies?  You’re human and so is your makeup artist.  We may be good at our job, but we don’t have magical powers.  Our makeup brushes aren’t wands that transform your “normal person” skin into “internet skin”.  These pictures that you find?  Lighting has been set up, filters have been added, editing has been done.

 

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When you have the expectation that  your skin is basically going to look fake after your makeup artist has worked his/her magic, it’s unrealistic.  Cut us a break and even more so, cut yourself a break and realize even though you may not be perfect, YOU’RE GORGEOUS!!!

It’s Still Cold, but, Here’s What’s Hot for 2015

Good friend and wedding planner extraordinaire, Maura Bassman is our guest blogger this week!  This uber trendy girl knows what’s up for what’s trending this year.  Guess what?  Trendy can also be classic!  Read on for inspiration!

 

As we enter February, I find myself dreaming of warm weather, spring flowers and of course,

wedding season! I’ve gathered some of my favorite wedding trends of 2015 to share with the

most fabulous of Brides who are looking to incorporate top trends into their big day. Enjoy!

1. Miniature wedding cakes

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These dainty cakes can be simple or complex but one thing is for sure … small is the new big!

 

 

 

 

 

2. Skin is in!

 

 

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Although this trend may upset Grandma, there is no question that scandalous dresses are the

HOTTEST trend of 2015. Everything from low backs to midriff bearing dresses were all over the

runway during this year’s bridal fashion week.

 

 

3. Marquee lights

 

 

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I love love love this trend! Marquee letters are an adorable accessory to complete the perfect barn OR ballroom reception.

This picture was taken from a styled shoot that Rollers & Rouge and I participated in at the

beginning of the year. Marquee letters from One Fine Day Boutique.

 

4. Unstructured up-dos

 

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It’s no surprise this fashion forward trend is not going anywhere in 2015. Brides want to feel

comfortable on their wedding day with hair that looks easy, fun and low-key.

 

5. Purple, purple and more purple!

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Purple is the smoking hot color of 2015. Finding creative ways to incorporate purple into your

bridal look is all the rage – nails, lips, eye makeup … you name it!

xx Maura (Cincy Weddings by Maura)

Taking Care of Yourself Doesn’t End at Yoga and Kale…

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Hellooooo, Rollers and Rouge!  Thanks, Natalie- my high school band geek buddy (“I promise it was cool at our school!”  No, really.)- for allowing me to guest post!

A mere two and a half years ago, I had the wedding of my dreams- outside, in my childhood backyard, a slight chill in the air, at sunset.  It was great.  What wasn’t always great was the months leading up to it, can I get an amen?  Planning, reserving, ordering, fitting, meal plans, workout plans, showers, decisions!  I wouldn’t take any of it back, mind you, but wow was it tunnel vision in a thousand different directions in those days!  My main focus was on getting more shapely- through wise eating and a boot camp, and keeping my sanity- through continuing my regular yoga practice.

What I didn’t pay as much attention to was what was going on my body! I had a makeup trial run and ordered a crapton of new, expensive, AWESOME stuff.  But what I didn’t realize then was that I needed to be focusing as much on my beauty regime as my physical one.  I still workout 4-6 days a week, I still try to eat well, and now I prioritize the ingredients going on my face and body.

My newest obsession is the line at Beautycounter.  It’s proven safe by Mia Davis and made effective by Christy Coleman.  I love their Essentials line for my daily face care.  Add in a Lustro Oil with the moisturizer and I promise your life will be changed.  What I love about this line is that it’s the best out there- not only is it toxin-free and safe for you (check out their “Never List” of ingredients they promise to, well, never use), but it also makes your skin feel amazing.  And don’t get me started on their cosmetics line.  Because it’s a new company, new products are rolling out by the month! Their newest valentine-worthy product, Scarlet Lip Sheer, is somehow “the perfect red” for truly everyone that puts it on!  And if you don’t agree, they have a fantastic 30 and 60 day return policy!

Start taking care of yourself now, with a product that looks great and takes care of you!  

 

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Laura is a K-4 Spanish teacher in Nashville, Tn.  She was also my favorite percussionist in our awesome marching band days!  Want more info on her Beautycounter?  Visit her here.

Our Fabulous Styled Shoot!

 

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Rollers & Rouge was delighted to be a part of this styled shoot with some of the BEST wedding vendors in Cincinnati.  Working with this talented group of people was such a fun experience that we can’t wait to set up the next shoot!

A HUGE thank you goes out to the following:

Wedding Planner | Cincy Weddings by Maura

Photographer | Amber Bridges Studios

Venue | Obscura Cincinnati

Model #1 | Abbey Bridges

Model #2 | Nicole Leisen

Bridal Dresses & Belt | Lace Bridal Couture

Hair & Makeup | Rollers & Rouge

Florist | Special Day Bouquet

Videographer | True Artists Studio

DJ/Lighting | Maize Music

Vintage Furniture, Accents and Props | One Fine Day​

 

Engagement Rings | Cleves and Lonnemann

Macarons | Macron Bar

Happy New Year!!

We are in the dead of a cold, what seems like, endless winter.  What could be happier than flowers!??!

Looking for some beautiful inspiration for your wedding?  Tired of the same hair pictures on Pinterest (or is that just me)?   What could be more beautiful or uplifting and feminine than a flower crown?  We found some really beautiful images that we would love to share!  Let us know what you think!!

 

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