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Hair and Makeup Score

Another item that got checked off the list while in MN was my hair and makeup trial with my awesome stylist Laura.  If you want to read me rave about her some more, read this and this.

Warning: This is a Miss Sword photo heavy post!  If gets too overwhelming staring at my face for the next few minutes I suggest taking a break after the extensions go in.

I’m so happy because Laura nailed my bridal look!  I gave her my smokey eye inspiration photos and after decided to do a softer colored lip than you’ll see in the photos, I was in love with everything.  I decided to go with airbrush makeup, as are most of my girls, because it will last us all day and all night!


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Smokey eyes plus false eyelashes… yummy.  Too bad it took me awhile to get used to wearing them!

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As for hair, well, if you’re on the fence about getting extensions, I can’t recommend them enough!  As someone with limp, stringy, and lifeless hair, the one day I want volume more than any other is my wedding day and boy, did some extra blonde pieces of hair accomplish that!  I know it’s superficial, pricey, and completely unnecessary, but I felt so beautiful.

These are my babies:

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This is me brushing them later that night while Mom Sword stands on laughing and taking photos of me.  In my defense, Laura told me to brush out the hairspray after I take them out!  🙂

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This is Laura clipping the extensions into my hair- so cool how easy it is!

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This is her styling them.

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And this is the final look:

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And this is MOH Big Eyes wearing just one extension in her dark locks.  We’re a silly bunch.

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Finally, this is me with my normal hair after a mere four hours of wearing the extensions.

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Yes, I had to take them out, I’m a wuss.

In all seriousness, I consider myself to have a pretty tough scalp from years of Mom Sword ripping through my tangles, but my head was definitely hurting after a few hours of having my new hair pinned in and I’m wondering if this is normal or not.  I’m thinking of taking some ibuprofen on the day of the wedding to take the edge off, plus I’m sure being in a state of wedded bliss will help take my mind off of things.  🙂

(all photos personal)

Did your hair and makeup trial turn out to be everything you thought it would be?  Who else is wearing extensions and does it make your head hurt or am I just a big baby?

Pretty Faces

As my hair and makeup trial is only two weeks away now, I thought I’d share the name of my artist for my fellow Minnesota brides along a few inspiration photos.

My hair/makeup story started a while back when I was searching for some new options after an initial frustrating experience.  I was pretty set on hiring someone who could do both my hair and makeup; I love the efficiency of two vendors in one!  After a few more Google searches, I found this gorgeous website and I sent in my information only to receive both an email and a phone call within a few short days, hence this post entitled, The Hair and Makeup Vendor That Called.  Laura and I just clicked and after meeting her in person in October, I was sold.

Being the flexible person she is, Laura had offered to meet me and curl my hair for my Minnesota bridal shower even before I had signed a contract.  She even drove to my parent’s house!  Awesome.

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Below is a slight preview of what Laura might do with my hair for the wedding.

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Speaking of hair… she also picked up my hair extensions a few weeks ago and I’m so excited to see them in person!  I made the decision to go with a golden blonde over a platinum blonde mix based on a pic Laura sent me.

Since I’m pretty set on how I want my hair to look (down and curly), I moved on to thinking about my makeup.  I’ll be doing air-brush and false eyelashes (even though I never sport them in real life!) because it’s my wedding day and I’m going all out baby!

But can I just say that I really love it when other Bee’s do their own wedding day hair and makeup!   I admire them for saving money, for taking charge and for having such talent.  But to be perfectly honest, the thought of doing my own hair or makeup sounds so entirely stressful that I could have a melt down just thinking about it!

For one, I can’t even braid my own hair and it took me a lot longer than most little girls to master the ever-simple ponytail.  Two, I’m someone who gets careless when I’m feeling rushed and who does not work best under pressure!  And finally, I want to be pampered and relaxed so having a hair and makeup artist was an important part of our wedding day budget.

Moving on to inspiration pics!  I tend to look at mostly blondes because I’m trying to get an idea of how the makeup will look with blonde hair.  I guess I’m going for a smokey eye and more of a nude or pale lip.  Also, as a fair-skinned gal, my favorite piece of makeup is not the typical answer of mascara, because I am obsessed with BLUSH.  No subtle cheek bones for me, I wanna see them!

Here’s Kate Hudson, sexy as ever.  And she’s the face of Almay right now?  That’s my makeup brand!  (See I don’t even buy good enough stuff to do my own!)

image via Almay

image via Almay

Here’s Lauren Conrad, ahh, she is so beautiful!  And her line of clothing is sold at Kohl’s so that makes her even cooler!

And while I don’t know who this is, can I look like her on my wedding day?  She looks beautiful, feminine, and she is glowing.  Notice her cheeks?

Finally, this photo was too luscious not to share.

image via Modern Bride on Pinterest

image via Modern Bride on Pinterest

(all photos personal unless otherwise noted)

Are you hiring a hair and makeup artist in one or doing separate vendors?  Do you have your inspiration nailed down yet?

The hair and makeup vendor that called

I have good news!  The hair and makeup artist I contacted after being disappointed by inflexible vendors was a success! After decided that I was getting bad vibes from all the email connections I had made, I did a Google search (I heart Google) for other hair and makeup artists in Minnesota.  A few new names came up and this one woman had me smitten by her fantastic website.  When I found her “About Me” section, I was even more impressed by her openness and passion for her art.  Naturally, I started to look at pricing, and it was so easy to find, upfront, and reasonable that I clicked on the “contact” page to send her my information.

I received a very prompt reply with 24 hours and it was just what I was looking for!  She said she would be FLEXIBLE with my timeline, she said she didn’t have any steadfast rules about when the hair and makeup trial had to take place, she said she could travel to my wedding location, and finally, she said she’d call me soon to touch base.

Now I figured this was just a pleasantry because who has the time for all that?  So I emailed her back, explaining my wedding theme A Highland Fairy Tale, which tends to lead into me talking about how Mr. Sword is Scottish and I’m a Princess, and suddenly I’m certain I sound like a ditzy fool, and convince myself that this artist is going to think I’m too annoying or too silly to work with, but I hit “send” anyway.  Cut to the following day and I get a call from a MN number.  I instantly think of my potential vendor who had said she’d call and so I answer it.  WHOO-HOO, it’s her!

She was nice and bubbly, and literally on her way to a be a MOH in a wedding later that weekend!

She said that sometimes emails seem so formal and she wanted to touch base over the phone because it’s more personal. She said a hair and makeup trial around Christmas should be fine and that she would also try and fit me in for a quick style on the day of my shower in October!  (I had suggested we meet in October so that we could talk in person, discuss my options for hair extensions– which I’m very nervous about, and so that I could book her officially.)

Everyone’s advice was spot on!  Thank you Hive!  You really can wait for an awesome vendor that will work WITH you.  I will keep everyone posted on how things go in October, and once I’ve signed her as a vendor for the Big Day, I’ll pass on her information for all you Minnesota brides to enjoy as well!

SOOO, I guess this story is To Be Continued…

Did you wait to find a particular vendor that would be flexible with you?  Did you have any of your vendors make a point to call you?


Is anyone else watching the new wedding show on TLC, “Randy to the Rescue?”  As a self-proclaimed addict of all things TLC (Sister Wives anyone?!?!!), I shocked myself by NOT really loving this new spin on a wedding dress show.  That said I would watch Randy any day of the week, he’s adorable, genuine and knows his bridal gowns, but the show itself is a little stiff and slow-moving.  Mr. Sword would argue that all wedding shows are slow-moving (rude!).

So on “Randy to the Rescue” they help women find their ideal wedding dresses and then doll them up with wedding day hair and make-up.  The brides are then given a “bridal blueprint” to follow so they can recreate the same look on their actual wedding day.

After watching the hair stylist transform just a few girls I’m suddenly obsessed with wanting to try something new for my Big Day.  HAIR EXTENSIONS.   I saw two brides in a row get temporary hair extensions and the change was so drastic and wonderful that it made me think maybe I should give it a try!  Of course I’ve known about extensions, but the thought never crossed my mind that it was something I could try until seeing it done on this show.

Here’s my issue, I have suffered with stick-straight, fine, limp hair my entire life.  I’ve always been jealous of people with curly thick hair and I know “the grass is always greener on the other side,” because most people with curly hair wish theirs would lay flat!  I have always pictured my hair down and curly on my wedding day.  The biggest issue with this is that my hair rejects curl in a BIG WAY.  Case in point, I tried to curl my hair for my engagement party and it was flat by the time we got to the bar!  My current plan is to simply load on the hair gel and hair spray, but it might be time to rethink that plan.

Here is my everyday hair.  Notice the kink on the one side and disregard the overall grossness of the photo, this was taken at my birthday party a few years ago.  And no, I wasn’t even drunk.  People don’t believe me but sometimes I use a flat iron to straighten my already super straight hair to avoid it looking like this all the time.

This is kind of what I’m thinking my hair could look like if I got extensions.  So lovely.

image via Chic Weding Hairstyles /photo attributed to Extend-It-Hair.com

While I want to look like myself on my wedding day I really want to look like a better, fancier version of myself.  In my head, I never envisioned an updo because I rarely pull my hair back in everyday life.  I wear my hair up if I’m camping or if I’ve just been to the pool and my hair is wet, and that’s about it.  I’ve just always preferred my hair down.

Mr. Sword has always had a thing for my hair when it’s curly so for that reason alone I’d love to have it down and curly!

Curly and down for a church fundraising event, we’re dressed up because it was a prom!

After minimal research I’ve figured out that I would definitely be going with the clip on kind that you can take out after the wedding (as opposed to gluing them in), and I’ve discovered the blonde extensions seem to cost more than brunette extensions.  Really?  Any hair stylists out there that can help fill me in?  I know hair extensions would be a pricey endeavor, but they seem to add so much volume and curl that perhaps they’re worth it to achieve the curly princess hairdo I’m dreaming about!  Plus, wouldn’t I get to keep my clip-on for further use?

(all photos personal unless otherwise noted)

Has anyone used extensions before?  Are they worth it?  Do you think they would enhance my bridal look?  Help me Hive!