Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Lexi Love's Last Photoshoot

Hello lovelies! So those of you that follow me already know I'm a photographer and that I have four very special young ladies that I do photoshoots with all the time. They love it, I love it...and it's always great to spend time with them. Sadly though, my little blonde green-eyed baby...my "Lexi Love" is moving out of state, so I got all four of those little troublemakers together and had a last photoshoot with them. My photography is really how this whole blogging thing got started...so I will always continue to blog about my photography work. It's a huge part of my life and in my book, photography will ALWAYS be beauty related! I also like for my readers to get a sense of who I am as a person and this helps me to share a little bit of me with all of you! I hope you enjoy and please visit my business Facebook page to view the rest of the album at the link I'll put below.


From left to right: Lourdes, Lexi, Nicole and Yolanda. We went to a lovely park near my home, "Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens". It's a fantastic place for photography...portrait or landscape. However, we didn't have a good weather day. We got hit by rain several times, it was windy and we couldn't even make it all the way around the entire facility because of the weather. Unfortunately, we were rushing and I hate to rush because I feel my work suffers. Not to mention we all started to look a bit like drowned rats! No amount of hair brushing is going to help when you're wet and being blasted by wind half the time!
 
While I did not have the kind of time I would have liked to get photos that I consider are to my standards, what really matters is that I got to spend time with Lexi before she left and she got to have fun with her friends. We had our little "moment" together while stuck on a porch waiting out the downpour...
It was actually my niece Nicole that captured this shot. I noticed Lexi was sitting there by herself when I turned around and she looked a bit sad. Nope...not gonna let her be sad with all of us!  So I sat myself down next to her, hugged her as tight as I could, kissed her cheek and told her that her "Aunt Na Na" loved her...and then said something ridiculous to try to make her smile. As you can see in the photo above...I succeeded! Mission accomplished! (Our tears came later in our private goodbye.)

In spite of the rain, the girls had a good time...just being with her friends cheered Lexi up I'm sure. Me...I just kept looking at the four of them thinking how very much I love them all. So...I was the emotional one! I would walk behind them and try to catch a few shots when they weren't paying attention (one of my favorite things is being sneaky about photos) and just watched them interact with each other. Do you remember being 14 and being with your best friends? I do...and I also know how hard it is to leave them when you move so far away. I was Lexi's age when we moved from Pittsburgh to Florida and it sucked! 

(See how sneaky I am????!!!)  These two are the best of friends and I know that last goodbye is going to be REALLY hard for them.

I may not have children of my own...(which means I get to be the FUN one!)...but I am so very grateful for the children I do have in my life. My nephews, my niece, these other young ladies and so many others that aren't pictured here. Although they may all try my patience at times...I love them all very much and would do anything I could to make them happy. I steal my friends' kids ALOT for photos...and, I've always said, "I feed 'em full of sugar, shake 'em up, and give 'em back!" Doubtful their parents appreciate the whole sugar high thing!

I would put more photos of our day here, but then this post would go on forever. If you'd like to take a look at the entire album of Lexi's last photoshoot just click this link:  www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.301128133345178.1073741858.212768802181112&type=1 to go to my business Facebook page. While there, check out some of my other albums!

You can also visit my official website at www.reneebruch.com or go straight to my Facebook photography page at www.Facebook.com/ReneeBruchPhotography.  Follow me on Instagram @reneebruch and on Twitter @ReneeBruchPhoto for updates on photoshoots, beauty blogs and more!

Thank you all and I'll see you again soon!!!!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

REVIEW! Milani Limited Edition "Rose Powder Blushes"

Hi everyone! Today's review will be on the Limited Edition Rose Powder Blushes from Milani Cosmetics! I was so excited to try these out and I have all four of the colors. Let's get straight into it!

I have not seen these blushes available in any stores, but they are available on Milani's website at www.milanicosmetics.com and cost $7.99 each. Also, they are tricky to find! You have to do a bit of searching as they are not listed with their other blushes. You have to type "Rose Powder Blush" into the search box for them to show up. All of the shades are matte and have a gorgeous rose motif. The packaging looks much like any other blush from Milani. It is gold at the bottom and has a clear lid. These blushes have quite a bit more product when compared to Milani baked blushes. A baked blush from Milani that you see in stores has 3.5 grams of products, where these rose powder blushes contain a whopping 17 grams of product!

Let's begin with the obvious...they look gorgeous! The rose pattern is so beautiful that you don't even want to touch them! There are four colors:

Top left: "Lady Rouge" - a deep reddish pink which leans a bit towards orange. 
Top right: "Coral Cove" - a true bright coral.
Bottom left: "Love Potion" - a very deep mauve pink with the slightest hint of a plum tone.
Bottom right: "Tea Rose" - a soft rosy pink.

"Lady Rouge" and "Love Potion" are by far the darkest shades, but when used sparingly they are quite lovely on the cheeks. These swatch EXTREMELY chalky. When I first swatched them I was concerned that they would be very difficult to blend. That's not necessarily the case. They do have pretty good pigmentation, and it is easy to overdo it, so start with less than what you think you need and add if necessary. Below is a photo of a very concentrated swatch of these blushes.


From left to right: "Lady Rouge", "Coral Cove", "Love Potion" and "Tea Rose". As you can see...they are quite powdery and chalky. But, they are able to be blended. Below is a photo of these concentrated swatches blended out a bit. (Obviously, it wouldn't be necessary to use this much product on your cheeks!)


As you can see, you are able to work with them and blend them out. Their staying power is pretty good, but they will fade a bit, so I recommend using a makeup setting spray for sure. "Love Potion" is especially pretty. It gives that perfect flush of color as if you were just outside in the cold. While all of these can be used on any skin tone, "Lady Rouge" and "Love Potion" are especially good for darker skin tones. I am not a huge fan of "Coral Cove" because it does have that strong orange tone, but that's just my personal preference. For me, my favorites are "Love Potion" and "Tea Rose".

I'm on the fence about these blushes because I think most of their appeal is in the rose design. I believe the formula and quality of the product to be inferior to Milani's baked blushes. As for recommending them, I can't say yes or no...I'm so in the middle because they are limited edition, the colors are pretty, the packaging is to die for...but I'm not a fan of the formula. If you love to collect blushes, love limited edition items and are a sucker for packaging, then yes...I would recommend. If you are only interested in quality, these may not be for you.

That's all for now my lovelies! I hope that this review helped you if you were contemplating buying these blushes. And as always, please share my post and comment below because I love hearing from you all! You can follow me on Instagram @reneebruch and on Twitter @ReneeBruchPhoto. Please visit my official website at www.reneebruch.com and check out and "like" my Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ReneeBruchPhotography.



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

FEBRUARY FAVORITES!

Hello my lovelies! I wanted to do a quick blog post and tell you what my favorite products for February were!  I realized that I have written posts about my favorite drugstore and high end products, but those are my constant favorites, so I wanted to do a monthly favorites post. These will be short posts just letting you all know what I have been loving that particular month and why. Here's a picture of my go-to makeup products for February...



Most of February's favorites were eye products as you can see! I've been playing with a couple of new palettes that I really enjoy, and a few other products that I have reached for almost every time I've done my makeup.

  1. Sigma "Warm Neutrals" palette:  This palette is from Sigma's "Enlight" collection. (You don't have to buy the full collection as the products are now able to be purchased separately.) It cost $39.00 and was purchased from Sigma's website www.sigmabeauty.com  I did an in-depth blog review on this palette and I will link that review at the end of this post. I am so pleased with the shade selection, quality of the shadows and pretty much just love everything about it. No need to go into much detail, as you will see in the previous blog post...I gushed about how much I love it!
  2. Too Faced "Natural at Night" palette:  I bought this palette the same day I purchased Too Faced's Chocolate Bar palette for my Instagram giveaway. I purchased mine at Ulta for $36.00, but you can also purchase this online from both Ulta's and Too Faced's websites; (www.ulta.com and www.toofaced.com) at the same price of $36.00. This is my first Too Faced eyeshadow palette and I am kicking myself for being so late to the party! (I'm sure most of you have seen this palette because it's been on the market for quite some time. However, if you'd like me to do a blog post about it, please let me know in the comments.)  The shadows have a rich buttery texture and blend out quite easily. This is a great palette, especially for smoky looks.
  3. Maybelline Color Tattoo in "Nude Pink":  This is a limited edition color in the Color Tattoo line and is a matte pinkish nude. I'm afraid I don't have the price, and you may not be able to find it in stores because it was limited edition. (Sorry!) This was sent to me several months ago by a lovely friend on Instagram because I looked EVERYWHERE and could not find it. (Thank you Andréa!) The color is so close to my skin tone that I use this as a base for my powder shadows.
  4. Jordana 12 HR Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner pencil in "Black Point": I purchased mine at Walgreens for under $2.00. This eyeliner is not retractable, so you will need to sharpen it. It is extremely creamy and glides on smoothly, but will set and won't budge. I love to use this to tightline and use in my waterline. Because it is such a creamy texture, you don't have to tug at those sensitive areas and it has great staying power.
  5. tarte "clean slate poreless 12 hr perfecting primer": I only have a sample size, but I will definitely be purchasing a full size! The cost is $30.00 for a full size and can be found at Ulta stores and website, as well on tarte's website www.tartecosmetics.com. This is a silicone based primer and it works the same, if not better, than Benefit's POREfessional in my opinion. It leaves no residue and works beautifully to help me blend in my foundation and to help it last all day.
  6. Red Cherry #DW false eyelashes: Love these! (I purchase mine from Amazon.com. The price varies, but they aren't expensive.) I don't wear false lashes regularly, but when I do these are one of my favorites. The lash band is invisible, they have tons of volume and length and fit my eyes perfectly. They are shorter on the inner corner and are longer and flare out towards the end. I don't do winged liner because I have hooded lids, so I will create a slight winged shape with my eyeshadow and by adding these lashes it really helps to lift the eye even further.
Link to my Sigma "Warm Neutrals" palette review: http://blog.reneebruch.com/2014/02/review-sigma-warm-neutrals-palette.html

 So those are my monthly favorites! I hope you enjoyed this post. Comment down below and let me know what your February favorites were! If you aren't already, please take a moment and subscribe to my blog on Google+. You can also follow me on Instagram @reneebruch and on Twitter @ReneeBruchPhoto. Also visit my official website at www.reneebruch.com and my Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ReneeBruchPhotography.

Thank you all and I'll be back soon with another post for you!