Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Quick Christmas Morning Makeup!

Hello lovelies! Who else dreads waking up Christmas morning and having to face the camera while opening presents with your loved ones? Many people won't really mind, but this post is for the ladies who would like to feel a little more pulled together but don't have time to do a full face of makeup. I'm one of those ladies, so I put together a group of products that can be used to do a super quick makeup look so I don't hide behind my hands every time someone tries to snap a pic!

What I'll need:


I chose the Garnier BB Cream because it gives me excellent coverage and can be applied quickly with my fingers. If you've got great skin, just skip this step altogether. (I'm jealous...)

To cover my dark circles, (after Christmas Eve festivities this is a must for me!) I picked the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer Dark Circle Eraser shade. This is super easy to blend in with my fingers as well and definitely helps me to look more awake.

To add a bit of color to my cheeks and lips, I would choose a product that does double duty such as the Becca Beach Tint. I can also use my fingers to lightly blend it onto my cheeks for a healthy flush and also apply it to my lips to add a bit of extra color. As an added bonus, there's no transfer, so all those Christmas morning kisses don't end up leaving lipstick marks on your loved ones!

I have no problem going without filling in my brows and just using a spoolie and brow gel to tame them into place. But, if you cannot do without a bit of brow definition, opt for a pencil as I find it to be the quickest method.

Lastly, I gotta grab that eyelash curler to curl my super straight lashes and then add some waterproof mascara. Maybelline's The Rocket is my waterproof mascara of choice. I highly recommend waterproof mascara because you never know...you may get that gift from Santa that makes you all weepy! I don't know about you, but I can do without the mascara running down my face!

And of course, there's the dreaded "bed head". Throwing it up in a messy bun or ponytail is an easy option if you have longer hair, but if not...a Santa hat is going to be your best friend!

Of course, any makeup application may not be practical at all...especially if you've got little ones jumping onto your bed at 5 a.m. begging to open their presents! But, if you do have a few minutes this may just be the solution for you!

What will you do Christmas morning? Leave your comments down below, I love hearing from you guys! Please follow me on all my social media. Instagram @beautography_by_bruch and on Twitter @ReneeBruchPhoto. Check out and like my Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ReneeBruchPhotography and my official website www.reneebruch.com.


Monday, December 8, 2014

REVIEW! Gucci Luxurious Moisture Lipstick

Hi my lovelies! I wanted to share a quick review with you on Gucci's new Luxurious Moisture Lipstick in "Nude Satin". Gucci is well known for it's fragrances but the makeup line only launched on June 4, 2014. Their new cosmetics line consists of lipsticks, liners, glosses, eyeshadows, as well as nail and skin products.

I decided to dip my toe into the water and purchased the color "Nude Satin" in their new "Luxurious Moisture Lipstick" collection. There are two formulas, the "Luxurious Moisture Lipstick" and "Audacious Color Intense Lipstick".



I purchased mine from Neiman Marcus, but you can find their entire beauty collection on Gucci's website www.gucci.com. At a pricey $39.00 I wanted to make sure I got a color that I would wear often and chose the shade "Nude Satin", a neutral, medium pink shade.

First the packaging is just absolutely stunning! A sleek black tube with Gucci's logo on the lid and stamped into the gold interior bullet in a quilt-like pattern. Soooo pretty!!!

The minute I saw the shade I immediately thought "It's a dead ringer for NARS' "Audacious Lipstick" in the shade Anna". (Which I love!!!)  But that's where the similarities end. The Gucci formula has a creamy, satin finish. It is quite sheer and I had to go over my hand swatch several times to build the color.


(I apologize for the out of focus shot...dang shaky hands!)  I knew just by swatching it on my hand that it was going to be very difficult to build the color on my lips. It is super creamy, but also very sheer. Unfortunately it didn't show up on my lips at all. I wouldn't even call it a "my lips but better" shade because of how sheer it applied. However, it is extremely comfortable on the lips and it is quite moisturizing as well. It has a rather unpleasant scent (to me it seems to be almost a spicy "perfume-y" scent) and definitely an unpleasant taste. You do not want to lick your lips with this lipstick...trust me!

I don't hate this formula, I'm just not convinced that it is worth the steep $39.00 price tag. Maybe in a different shade it would have been better, but I don't think I can get over the taste. Blech!

This is just one product from the new Gucci makeup line and I do look forward to trying out some of their other products, but this lipppie just wasn't my cup of tea.

That's it for now my lovelies! You can follow me on Instagram @beautography_by_bruch and my Twitter @ReneeBruchPhoto. Also check out my facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ReneeBruchPhotography and my official website www.reneebruch.com.