Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wedding Wednesdays: The Pros and Cons of Airbrush Makeup

As you plan your day-of services, consider hiring a makeup artist that uses typical makeup application as well as airbrushing. Makeup airbrushing is extremely popular in the world of modeling and movies, and has also gained popularity with brides. There's no doubt that airbrushing, when done correctly, creates a smooth, flawless look that may be difficult to achieve with regular makeup, but there are some things you should consider before receiving an airbrush application. Here are some of the pros and cons:

All Day Stay
Most airbrushed makeup is silicone based, which means it lasts longer and is more water resistant than regular makeup. It’ll be able to withstand most of the hugging and kissing that will inevitably happen throughout the wedding day.

Flawless Finish
Airbrushing allows for makeup to be applied evenly, creating an impeccably smooth finish—perfect for the hundreds of pictures that you’ll be taking all day.

Minimal Makeup
Airbrushing requires less product for more coverage. Because of the spray technique application process, a minimal amount of makeup goes a long way.

Easy to Layer
Since you can apply airbrush makeup in such a fine layer, it dries super quickly, so you can add more layers for coverage if you want.

The Pros and Cons of Airbrush Makeup |

Can Be Flaky
Airbrush makeup is great on moisturized, hydrated skin, but if your skin tends to be on the drier side, the spray-on product may begin to flake. Since the formula is waterproof, the consistency is a lot less creamy than traditional foundation.

Hard to Re-Blend
If you do end up crying and your makeup streaks, it’s difficult to fill in the streaks with more airbrushing or even regular makeup, making it harder to re-create your original, flawless look. However, if it’s applied and dries properly, then this shouldn't be an issue.

Limited Shade Options
The type of foundation formula used with an airbrush is different than everyday foundation, and there’s a more limited selection of shades and brands to choose from. You may find that your skin matches better with traditional foundation.

More Expensive
For most makeup artists, airbrush is considered an add-on and typically more expensive than a normal makeup application. So if you’re planning to pay for your bridal party's services, airbrush may not be as cost effective. But if you’re curious about trying airbrush, ask about it during your makeup trial—it’s the perfect time to try it out to see if you like it before spending the extra money on the day of.

We hope this helps you devour the details of hiring the best makeup artist with the services you need to make your wedding day picture perfect!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tasty Tuesday: Overnight Oats You'll Love

Start your day the right way..with these two different and delicious kinds of overnight oats! You can save time by putting together the perfect breakfast the night before. Nothing beats these recipes! Check out our favorite overnight oats.

Pecan Banana Bread Overnight Oats

overnight oats recipe, two ways via

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1½ cups milk of your choice
2 very ripe bananas, mashed; plus sliced banana for topping
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted
2 Tbsp. honey, plus more for serving
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt
½ cup pecans, toasted
blood oranges, peeled and sliced, for serving (optional)
strawberries, halved, for serving (optional)

1. In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, milk, mashed banana, yogurt, coconut, honey, chia seeds, vanilla, and salt until well combined. Divide the mixture evenly between two bowls or two 8-to 12-ounce glass jars. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

2. In the morning, stir the oats, then top with sliced banana, toasted pecans, and figs. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.

Warm Cranberry Apple Overnight Oats

warm cranberry apple overnight oats via

butter or nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
1¼ cups steel-cut oats
1½ cups milk of your choice
1 cup apple cider
2 apples, cored and chopped, plus more for serving
½ cup dried cranberries, plus more for serving
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, plus more, if desired, for serving
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp ground cinnamon, plus more for serving
¼ tsp flaky sea salt
toasted pecans, for serving
toasted pumpkin seeds, for serving

1. Lightly grease your slow cooker with cooking spray or butter. In the slow cooker, combine the oats, milk, cider, apples, cranberries, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and 1 cup of water and stir to combine. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 9 hours.

2. In the morning, stir the oats, then serve warm, topped with apple, cranberries, cinnamon, pecans, and pumpkin seeds. Drizzle with additional maple syrup, if desired.

We hope you enjoyed this latest edition of Tasty Tuesday! Get your ingredients today and devour the details of starting your day the right way with these delicious overnight oats!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday Mashups: A Pop-Up Focused on Plants

Despite a rise in popularity of plant-based eating, anyone unfamiliar with the diet might think it’s bland or boring. To counter this idea, margarine brand Becel recently staged a greenhouse restaurant for consumers called PLNT, where everything inside—from the entrees and decor to the dinnerware and server outfits—was made entirely out of plants. This is definitely a restaurant we wouldn't mind spending some thyme at.

<p> Becel's plant-based pop-up restaurant took place in a greenhouse in downtown Toronto from February 28 to March 2. The...

The restaurant, open at Toronto’s TD Tower Plaza from February 28 to March 2, enlisted the likes of TV personality and interior designer Jillian Harris, registered dietitian Tori Wesszer, and chef Matt Dean Pettit to help put together dishes with a goal of redefining how people view the term “plant-based.” The restaurant hosted seven seatings where diners could taste dishes including vegan mushroom wellington, crunchy guacamole bites, and deviled eggs, all of which used Becel products. The pop-up, which was produced and designed by EventSing and Jesson Moen and Crux Design & Build, created an outdoor oasis by installing garden lights, laying down sod flooring and wooden fencing, and creating a small forest that guests could walk through.

<p> The space was designed to mimic the feel of a greenhouse, complete with hanging garden lights, sod flooring, and...

The inspiration for the event came after a successful pop-up PLNT in Montreal at Monsieur Resto and Bar with local chef Kimberly Lallouz. Fischer also explained that social coverage stemming from a Becel with Avocado Oil pop-up restaurant—which took place in Toronto in the fall to coincide with its product launch—was so impressive that the product quickly gained a 2.1 percent market dollar share in the margarine market.

<p> Influencers and media were invited to a session of the event, which featured a wooden centerpiece with the hashtag...

Proceeds from the PLNT pop-up ticket sales were donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and were matched dollar-for-dollar by Becel. We love all that inspired this pop-up and hope it will plant a seed and inspire you to devour the details as well! For more information on plant-based diets, check out the Becel website.