5 THINGS I’VE LEARNED ABOUT MARRIAGE

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I’m no expert here but I have learned a few things about marriage since becoming a wifey in 2012. Like many things, I probably wasn’t the best at it at first – I still have my shortcomings but let’s be honest I’m practically perfect at it now 😉 LOL. Learning from some great couples around us and really stepping back and looking at the whole picture has helped me gain a lot of perspective on what it takes to build a marriage. It’s definitely not easy – it’s constant work, work from both sides. And for us we’ve had time to just grow together because we haven’t expanded the family just yet (Oh that will be a learning curve! A welcomed learning curve 🙂 ).

So with Valentine’s Day two weeks away, and our five year wedding anniversary coming up, I had the urge to chat marriage lessons and love. Nope I don’t hold all the secrets and every relationship is different but this is my experience. Read Full Article

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A Real Simple Weekend Makeup Look

The weekend can be just as busy as the weekdays especially Saturday mornings. Who has the time to do a full face of makeup while juggling with the kids, the dogs, running errands, going to the gym and grocery store. Here are 5 beauty items that you can use that is real simple to help get you out the door…QUICK!

  1. Beauty Blender-Make sure it’s damp before using.
  2. Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer-A hydrating, lightweight, water-resistant tinted moisturizer with SPF 15.
  3. Jane Iredale PureLash Lengthening Mascara– Natural-looking, extra-long lashes that are thick and feathery that will command attention wherever you go.
  4. Jane Iredale Bronzer Refill– Complementary shades that can be worn on the eyes, cheeks and lips to contour and highlight for a luxurious look.
  5. Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick-A sheer blend that is nourishing with natural oils and superfruit extracts for petal‐soft lips that feel, look and taste amazing, #justsaying

If you’re in Connecticut you can purchase Jane Iredale mineral makeup at Whip Salon in Ridgefield, CT.

Do You Like This Athletic Glam Makeup Look

 

Whenever my makeup muse Lena from Ridgefield, CT come to see me just know the makeup will be STUNNING! Any makeup look that I give her is going to be flawless. My girl was not having a good day so what do a girl do, come get her makeup done. So, I’m calling this makeup look ATHLETIC GLAM. We make for a great team I luv working with Lena because she allows me to be a makeup artist creating different looks for her even if it’s out of her comfort zone. I have been Lena’s makeup artist for a few years now. We hit it off the first time she hired me to do her makeup.

I always get asked if I really use Jane Iredale mineral makeup. Yes, everything on Lena is from Jane Iredale. It’s not about the makeup it’s about the artists, the brushes, the skincare when trying to get a beautiful look. Come see me and I’ll show you how to achieve a ATHLETIC GLAM makeup look, unless you rather I just do it for you. Well, what are you waiting for. Book me by emailing me at; brandy@bgdmakeupartistry.com I offer concierge makeup services not just in Ridgefield but all of Fairfield County and New York.

After Hours Makeup Class:Learn How To Hightlight & Contour

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Do you want to learn how to highlight and contour like a PRO? Here’s your chance, on Thursday February 2nd I will be teaching a new After Hours Highlight & Contour class at Whip Salon from 7pm-9pm.

What’s included:
– Learn to master the look of the moment
– Bring your own makeup bag & brushes, we’ll provide a mirror
– 2 complimentary drinks
– 10% off any Jane Iredale products on the night of the event

$50pp, space is limited. Email info@whipsalon.com or call 203.442.6444 to book. Must pay in advance and be over 21 to attend.

Picture credit: Frederick Bad Boy Redbean Plunkett

This is my last makeup class at Whip Salon but I will still be doing makeup in Ridgefield, CT. If you are in need of a makeup artists in Ridgefield, CT and the surrounding Fairfield County area give me a call at 504.427.1169 and/or email me at: brandy@bgdmakeupartistry.com

Couple Night Dinner At Terra Of Danbury

Tonight we tweaked date night out we invited another couple, Johnny and Randy to join us out. With both Michael and I having some travel dates coming up we knew that we had to enjoy these next few days together. After attending Terra Of Danbury restaurant grand opening last week inside of Hotel Zero Degrees I knew that I would be returning. No more driving to the city just to have dinner and a drink at the bar. This night wasn’t pretty, the weather was the worst, due to the Nor’easter but I couldn’t cancel.

So as I waited for Michael to arrive home from Milford after meeting a new candidate for his restaurant I do what I do best, take tons of selfies.

As soon as I saw mussels on the menu I was done. When I was in New Orleans I use to eat a lot of mussels. The broth was always cooked with some type of white wine. I must say the mussels at Terra did not disappoint. The food was wonderful. We ate and drinked so much and the wait staff was a delight. This restaurant will do very well in Danbury. If anyone in Connecticut is looking for a beautiful restaurant with a delicious menu look no more. Once you walk through the door you get the feel of being in New York.

As soon as I saw mussels on the menu I was done. When I was in New Orleans I use to eat a lot of mussels. The broth was always cooked with some type of white wine. I must say the mussels at Terra did not disappoint. The food was wonderful. We ate and drinked so much and the wait staff was a delight. This restaurant will do very well in Danbury. If anyone in Connecticut is looking for a beautiful restaurant with a delicious menu look no more. Once you walk through the door you get the feel of being in New York.

Happy Hour is daily from 4pm-6pm and they offer Wine Appreciation Tuesday 50%


What’s in our brown bags….wait for it…BREAD PUDDING!!! You know I was hyped with I saw it. The only thing different I added to my sauce when I got home was a little rum like how we do it in New Orleans. I gave tonight a 10, everything about Terra of Danbury was of EXCELLENCE!

Contouring & Highlighting Is Still A Popular Beauty Trend

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A beauty trend that doesn’t look it will slow down anytime soon is Highlighting & Contouring. When I’m at Whip Salon doing makeup a request that all the clients ask about is sculpting their face to look slimmer and complexion glowy. With so many makeup brands that now sell contouring palettes how is a girl to choose. Read More Here

When You Want Fab Hair & Makeup Who You Gonna Call

When my girls come to get glam at Whip Salon by me I make sure they get glamxurious makeup & hair. If you live in Fairfield County and want to receive red carpet beauty experience like some of your favorite celebrities Whip Salon is the place in Ridgefield, CT. Not because I’m there, lol. At Whip Salon we have many hair stylists that can give you whatever look you can dream of. Brides, we also come on location during wedding season so make sure you come in to see us. Take a look for yourself to see what we can do with makeup & hair.





Fab Evening Out At Hotel Zero Degrees

After work my partner in crime actor & makeup artist Johnny Luoma and I attended the launch party of Terra of Danbury a new restaurant inside the beautiful Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, CT. We were invited by a board member from The Chamber Of Commerce in Danbury. I have been begging for a nice hotel in Danbury so that I can have date night with hubby and a stylish place to hang out with my girls without having to go to New York. I know I know I’m spoil because I am accustom to fab places. And I won’t apologize for it either. As soon as I walked in I already knew this will be a destination for me.The staff was very welcoming another thing I look for when I drop my coins. Customer service is a big factor, everyone was friendly, held their smiles the entire time & they all seemed pleased to be working. I won’t keep you here are pics from my evening out.

Tonight is all about Proseco my favorite brand at that, Mionetto Prosecco for it’s exceptional taste

Meeting Room B 115 person occupancy

Heading to the restaurant….

What an impressive wine list at Terra, it includes more than 100 labels representing the premiere regions of Italy and California. Terra also features an equally carefully crafted seasonal cocktail list that reflects the menus incoming bounty. So if you’re a wine connoisseurs like myself then Terra is definitely a place to stop when your in Fairfield County.

The ambiance of Terra Danbury reminds meet of Old Hollywood meets Modern. With my career I have been bless to travel the world with my celebrity clients and major production companies. I don’t get impress much but let me say this, once you walk through the doors you will not believe your in Danbury, CT. While at the event I went ahead and made reservation for next week. I look forward to tasting Ethan Morse & Albert DeAngelis dishes. If these guys can give me flavor like home (New Orleans) then they will be seeing a lot of me. Sorry Brio you might have to share me.

Ran into a few invited guest tonight one being my girl, makeup artist Candee Caldwell

This is a beautiful room but unfortunately I’ll never be caught in it, well only to take selfies. Let me tell you the lighting in this room is EVERYTHING! We had to come back twice to capture more pics. Man, I should of had my selfie stick with me.

Hey Randy! I’ll meet you at the Terra Danbury bar any time

Told you, came back for round 2 of pics

Last pic of the evening, Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury we will be back.

Skincare Items I Like To Use On My Clients 

When I’m on set I never know what the talent skin type will be like so I like to bring with me a variety of skincare products that I know would give me instant flawless gratification.

Here are some of the items that I always have in my makeup kit. What are your favorite skincare products?

*FIRST AID BEAUTY-Facial Radiance Pads I like to use to exfoliate, tone, and brighten

*CAUDALIE-Vinoperfect Radiance Serum I use to improves the appearance of dark spots, even skintone, and boosts radiance

*FRESH-Soy Face Cleansing Milk to gently removes makeup and dirt, leaving the skin soft, soothed, and healthy-looking

*CAUDALIE Masque Instant Detox to draw out accumulated toxins from clogged pores to revitalize and invigorate the complexion

*ALGENIST Purifying & Replenishing Cleanser to purifies skin in one easy step

*COVER FX Custom Infusion Drops that can be used alone to hydrate and treat the skin, or I can infused it into any product in a beauty regimen