Naked Rose

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My #MOTD  <3  I was inspired to use the Naked 3 Rose Palette, and I just love how much these soft pinks and mauves blend to make me dream of spring time!  Who else is over this wintery rain and snow?  Put me in lace and soft pinks, this girl is ready for blooming flowers and feeling the sunshine…

I used Buzz and Dust across the eyelids first, then I used Nooner  to deepen the crease.  It’s always best to use a matte shade to shadow corners and the crease – shimmer and sparkle are meant to highlight and bring out! Matte shadows create the sultry effect to balance the sparkle.  Then I used Darkside and Blackheart from the Naked Palette to deepen the eyeliner area.  Blend blend! Lots of mascara 😉 and you’re good to go <3

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Seeing RED

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More fun with the wigs! Sometimes it’s just fun to see that bright red hair I used to have, but with alot less trouble. This one is from DonaLoveHair.com and the quality is beautiful! It’s synthetic, but it is really passable for real hair. The color is a deep rich bright red, but not so bright that you’d feel it screams FAKE. I loved that it comes pre-curled and it’s a lace front too!  It comes with a cap, and a cute comb too and box to keep it nice. For mermaid  fun, put in “aimeejadore” in the discount code box at their website to get $$ off.

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To wig or not to wig?

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One thing I love about wigs nowadays, is that they are getting so REAL looking, that you can really pull off different looks all the time if you want to!  I’ve had a few companies reach out to me to try out their wigs, and I was happy to oblige.  This one is from UniWigs.com and this is actually a synthetic wig!  You can actually apply low amounts of heat to it, to style it straight or wavy and it retails for just over $100.  I loved this one in particular just because it’s a natural brunette ombre into blonde, and then into pink! What is not to love??  It’s a lace front wig for the most natural look, and hey, if you decide to wear a cute hat or accessories, it makes it look even more real.  So much fun!


Falling into Balayage

I had so much fun today, seeing this dear girl! Sevda has been a long time client of mine, and she moved away from Portland so I haven’t seen her in a few years.  She was here in town for a baby shower and she really wanted to switch up her hair.

Sevda has a beautiful natural color, so we decided to keep it and add a beautiful golden blonde ombre with balayage throughout to brighten.

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Wedding Time!

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Believe it or not, summer is not the only time we are thinking about weddings.  Now is the time that all those holiday proposals are being popped, and it’s a good idea to be thinking about booking some of your main vendors if you are deciding to be married in the next 12 months.  Yep!  I’ve had bookings come in a year or two AHEAD, and those are my super organized brides 😉   Don’t stress if you haven’t started yet, but keep these tips in mind – from one vendor that’s been doing weddings for years!

VENUES book out 6 months to a year in advance.  It’s totally cray cray.  So decide where you want it first off.  And keep in mind that you want the space to fit your needs – don’t get some giant venue and pay all the extra money if you end up wanting to keep the wedding intimate.  Think about your budget first off, your wedding invites a bit, and then book that venue first thing!

Secondly, hair and makeup is one of those “hurry and book now” kind of things.  Sure, I’ve done plenty of last minute brides, but I hate turning down brides and there’s only so many places my team and I can be on any given Saturday.  If you are getting married on a Saturday in the high season (June through September) then be SURE to call early and get a trial run in.

I was reminiscing about many of my past lovely brides tonight, and I just love looking at pictures of them.  For me, it is such an HONOR to be a part of someone’s wedding day.  I mean, think about it. You are entrusting me, with how you will LOOK on one of the most important days of your life.  <3 I take that very seriously, and take alot of joy out of making sure everything is perfect for each of my ladies.  It’s an amazing thing, and I feel humbled and honored at each wedding I attend to.  Truly.

My brides are the sweetest, and some have taken the time to write such kind reviews about me working with them on their big day.  Feel free to see more by going to weddingwire.com and searching my name, Aimee J’Adore.

I’ll post a few below – love you ladies so much!  so much love!

Meghan said…
Love Her. I had another makeup artist booked months before my wedding, and then ran into some issues and had to scramble to find someone else with less than a month before my date. I contacted several vendors and they were all booked. I am SO GLAD that I ended up finding Aimee, and that she miraculously had an opening for me on my wedding day! I was so stressed with this situation, but the moment I listened to Aimee’s voice mail telling me that she could work with me, my stress started to melt away. Aimee is awesome, so so sweet and she made me look amazing. Also she is fun to be around, and the whole experience was relaxing and just wonderful. I had a trial run, and I was really pleased with the results. I let her know about the few minor changes that I wanted, and so on my wedding day everything was perfect! To be honest, at the beginning of wedding planning I wasn’t sure if getting professional makeup was worth the money. It absolutely was. Not only did it look great, but everything stayed in place ALL DAY, so I didn’t have to worry about my hair or makeup getting messed up during the wedding. Don’t worry about it and just HIRE AIMEE!

Robyn said…
I recently used Aimee’s hair and makeup styling services for my wedding. Aimee styled my hair & makeup, my mom’s hair & makeup, and hair for our officiant, a bridesmaid and flower girl. I absolutely LOVED my hair (intricate yet subtle braided up-do) and makeup, and the others loved their styles, as well. Aimee was very open to feedback and was responsive to different requests. For example, I wanted to wear a specific eye shadow shade I have that I love, and she worked it in. Also, my darling flower girl wanted a specific style (“two braids on the side that come together in the back with curls” and that’s exactly what she got! She encouraged me to be open with my preferences and feedback, both during the trial run appointment and the actual day-of. She took photos and very good notes during the trial run and was thus very prepared to re-create my look. She was prompt and worked quickly yet did an amazing, detailed job for each style. Personally, Aimee is very sweet and has a fun, easy-going demeanor. I know she works with tons of brides every year, but definitely made me like she was focused on me individually, and focused on making me the most beautiful bride ever (and that’s definitely how I felt!) I have already recommended Aimee to my future sister-in-law and highly recommend her to any bride!

Diane said…
What can you even say about Aimee that hasn’t already been said? I mean, this women wins awards for her work, she’s featured on a TV show, she has glowing reviews everywhere…. I’ll start by saying I came by Aimee as a recommendation after having the most traumatizing trial run ever. I left my trial thinking first, if this is what professional bridal hair and makeup look like, this is a joke. And second, I would not DREAM of letting someone touch my hair and face on my wedding day of ALL days! Aimee is a PROFESSIONAL hair and makeup artist. Period. She did my entire bridal party by herself, in record time. As soon as the first bridesmaid came out, we were so in shock that my mom and her best friend pleaded with me to ask if they could get their makeup done, too! One by one she transformed each of us into the most beautiful, tear-worthy versions of ourselves that I have ever seen in my life. Words cannot explain how talented, amazing, skilled, creative, experienced and professionally trained this lady is. I’ve told her this already but she has a god-given gift for makeup – bridal or otherwise. I would have paid Aimee in a kidney if I had to in order to have me and my wedding party look that spectacular on my wedding day. She made my look what it was – I have never felt that beautiful in my entire life and it changed my entire demeanor and feeling about the day. I don’t even have words to describe how amazing I looked and felt and I simply cannot thank her enough! If there is ANYTHING I can share with another bride in PDX to make her wedding day the most amazing day of her life, it’s to go straight to Aimee and let her be your hair and makeup artist. You will probably send me fan mail, flowers, and candy for the recommendation. I am not even kidding. THANK YOU Aimee for the one day in my life I felt truly beautiful.


No More Orange Ombres!

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Sabrina – she told me how she’d gone to hairdresser after hairdresser, and had never been very happy with her hair.  She’d been all blonde, and then gone back to her natural black, and then wanted to have an ombre – too much damage and she was just dying to have it grow out and be healthy again! Unfortunately, the “ombre” that was last done on her hair, had not been lifted properly and it was a very orange gold blonde with a very distinct line.  Ombre is a graduated color – never ever a line!

I was so happy that Sabrina saw my instagram page and trusted me with fixing her hair.  This is my favorite thing to do! Transform someone and make them HAPPY!  I love making men and women feel confident in how they look!

Once we talked over all the options, it was decided we would leave as much of her natural hair as possible, to continue with the ombre idea, so that she could grow it out to be perfectly healthy again.  I knew to break up that line of color, I was going to do small, “baby lights” as they are called.  Very finely placed balayage highlights to soften and blur the line of color, while still leaving her natural darkness in place.  To do so, I did some sections with 20+lightener, others with PM 8N+6A, and still others with PM 8CB+6A to really soften that line, cool the color down and blend, blend BLEND.

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Once I was finished with all that, I went back in with mechee papers and 20+lightener to brush on all over the remaining blonde ends to brighten everything to a level 9.  The Before photo really doesn’t capture how much orange/gold there was!!  It was crucial to lighten her hair – very carefully – to get the appropriate level of blonde so that we could tone it to the ash beige blonde she’s always wanted.

Then in the shampoo bowl, I mixed PM UTP+UTA 5vol and left it on for a good 10 minutes to really create the beautiful cool blonde on her.  It looked amazing.  With a new shapely haircut, and a blowout, Sabrina was rocking her new cool blonde ombre!

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Ariel is calling!

Let me just say, I am OBSESSED with this redhead I got to do today! Alex and I have been on some fun color adventures, but this glorious Ariel red is one of my top all time favorite reds.   Look at that dimension!  Plus Alex is freaking gorgeous and has such an uh-mazing head of strands… it’s enough to make any hairstylist weep for joy.

 

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I wish I had gotten a BEFORE PICTURE!!  Agh!! One of the most horrible things ever!!! But she came in with the faded red we had done last time, and it was not in terrible shape. It had faded of course, to about a level 8 copper red.  She had about an inch of natural growth, a level 5-6.

Because her regrowth lifted so warmly last time, I used an 8R + 8RV PM, and did a partial highlight with 10 vol to brighten the top.  After she was washed, and partially dried, I did a pravana red and wild orchid mixture, allowed to set for 30 minutes, and then wa-laaaaaa!  This beautiful, magical mermaid!


What’s in my Makeup Drawer?

Clients and friends ask me all the time what’s in my makeup drawer – what do YOU use? What do you like best?  I love answering these queries because I’m a huge makeup whore and yes, I’ve tried thousands of products by now, and I can tell you straight up, some things that are now staples in my makeup drawer.

#1 must have is my Benefit Porefessional Primer

– this stuff really does what it says.  Smoothing on a fine layer over moisturized skin makes any foundation or powder I use very flawless, obscuring my large pores, helping makeup stay in place ALL DAY.  Now you know how much I work. This stuff has to STAY.

I’d say #2 must have is my Tarte lash curler!

– opening up my eyes is MUST to keep me looking awake. I love this curler so much, it lasts for ages – a good 20 seconds on each eye and I’m lookin closer and closer to being a wide-eyed Bambi.

#3 is Urban Decay’s Intense Cream Eyeliner in PERVERSION. (blackest of black).

Isn’t that the best name ever?  hhaha  But it really does what it says, it’s very intense and will last all day, no smudging and does gorgeous job in the waterline to create those full on smokey lushes eyes.

Curious about a product? Ask it below and I’ll tell you how it worked – or didn’t work!  Boom baby!

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The Naked Smokey Palette – A Must Have or Not?

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Ever since Urban Decay took the makeup world by storm with it’s Naked Palettes (1, 2 and 3, and don’t forget Naked Flushed and Naked Basics), they have finally released the new Naked SMOKEY Palette that I finally got my brushes into.  HERE’S a nitty gritty picky review so you can decide if it’s worth it for you.  (Cool, I’m rhyming, we are off to a great start)

First off, maybe you’d ask, do we really NEED another Urban Decay Naked palette at all?  When Naked 1 came out, it was all the rave because of the easy layout, the great intermixable colors, coming in all sorts of neutral sparkly shades that worked on everyone! Then came along Naked 2 which was also a good range of universal colors, with a few more matte shades yay (which was a complaint for me in Naked 1) and then there was the Naked 3 which fell pretty flat.  Naked 3 was all about the rose gold tones, which look BEAUTIFUL and amazing in the palette, but I felt, honestly, were not very universal.  Some can look downright unattractive on the wrong skin tones, so Naked 3 was a bit of a bummer to me.

BUT NOW! THE NAKED SMOKEY PALETTE! I was super excited to see this one; to see if Urban Decay could give us a palette of amazing smokey eyeshadows, full of depth and be universally flattering once again.  And I was not disappointed.

These shades really are gorgeous – the sparkly lighter shades are from left to right (starting with HIGH – a shimmery champanage to SLANTED – a silvery pewter) and then a deep gray (DAGGER) for those blending moments into a deep rich matte black (BLACK MARKET).  They included a beautiful dark amethyst next (SMOLDER) and then a lighter matte purple gray (PASSWORD) to blend everything into.  See that’s what I love.  They are finally taking in our feedback when we say we want the sparkly color for richness, but then we also need the matte tones for blending.         (Nobody wants sparkles in the crease.  That’s waaaaay too 80’s.)

Then in the final crowning glory, instead of adding a few more random super sparkle shades like they did in Naked 1 and 3, they added 3 more PERFECT matte shades to help with all the blending of your smokey eye.  If you want a seductive brown smokey eye (especially great for us blondes!), you now have this perfect dark brown (WHISKEY) and combine it with the matte peachy brown (COMBUST).  I love to mix dark browns with my black smokey eyes also because it adds so much more depth and beauty.  And lastly they have your most important color of all, in my opinion – a matte cream color, to blend out your inner lids, highlight the brow bone and use it to fix those spots where you just got too excited about over-blending all these awesome dark colors on your lids.  Now you don’t look like a panda bear. You’re welcome.

So all in all, honestly, I know there’s a million smokey eye palettes out there, and I’m definitely one to know (don’t look in my makeup drawers) but this one really stands out from the crowd.  It’s price tag is a bit ouchy ($54 US dollars on Sephora.com) but considering it actually does have everyone a girl wants, you really won’t need another palette again! The pigments are rich and not chalky (a complaint from the Naked Basics palette), the case it comes in is a hard case, my favorite one so far (who else hated those furry cases the earlier Nakeds came in? They got COVERED in makeup and you couldn’t CLEAN THEM OFF), and they have a great range of sparkly vs mattes so that you can really go all in.

SO……

Aimee J’Adore pick?  YES.

Worth the price?  Yes, but I sure wish they’d go on sale sometimes.

Pros – You’ll be the belle of the ball with your newly acquired ease of making that sexy smokey eye with these rich pigments and no chalkiness in sight.  The hard case is easy to use, the mirror is large for on the go, and it comes with one of their wonderful double sided brushes for ease of applying.

Cons – You’ll have to hide the receipt from your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/parents because they won’t understand and will be like, You spent how much on EYESHADOWS? Don’t you already have a whole drawer full? They just don’t understand….


4 Mistakes Girls (and Guys!) make when flat-ironing! 1

You know when you go to the salon, and the stylist waves her shiny flat iron around and suddenly your frizzy, crazy hair is touchable, soft, shiny and AMAZING?  I can tell you straight off the bat, why you aren’t able to do this to yourself a home.  Ready? The secrets will be yours…

Numero Uno! Having a great straight look actually starts in the shower. Yep! You heard me! I’m sure you’ll roll your eyes when I talk about the importance of buying salon quality shampoos and conditioners, but my point is not about WHAT you are spending to have these, but on the WHY.  These products have a higher concentration of the pure wonderful ingredients that you need to have healthy shiny hair.  Cheap drugstore products might feel good in your wallet, but you can’t wear your wallet on your head.  (Well if you do, that’s just weird. Stop it.)   Having pure, sulfate free shampoo, with HYDRATING ingredients will smooth the hair cuticle down to help fight frizz from the get-go.  Applying your hydrating conditioner from the mid lengths down (NOT the top of your head! You don’t want an oily scalp do you?) will lock in that smooth cuticle.  One of my favorites is the Pureology Hydra Whip conditioner….it’s like a yummy, fruity whipped topping that your hair literally soaks up in happiness.  Mmmmm… people will be smelling your hair and smiling.

Second!  We do not just towel dry the hair, and then launch into blow drying immediately.  AHHHHHHH!!  Don’t!  DO USE a thermal heat protectant.  This helps with your blow drying, which then helps with your flat ironing. I have some girls tell me they air dry their hair, and then try to flat iron.  Or they blow dry it and then spray on some thermal protector spray and go to town with the flat iron.  This is just asking for more work, more heat, and more damage.  Always, always apply a thermal protectant spray to PROTECT your hair from the heat of blowdrying AND the heat of your flat iron.  My favorite is the Kenra Blow Dry Spray.  Everytime I spray it into a client’s hair – they get all misty eyed and tell me they feel like they are in Hawaii again. I don’t know why, but it makes people think of Hawaii.  It’s just yummy.  PLUS it’s won awards in the hairstyling world for being proven to cut your blow dry time in HALF.  I have seen it happen thousands of times before my very eyes.  So yeah, less time, less heat, less damage. BOOM.

Thirdly – You must blow dry your hair completely!!!  Yes.  It seems counterintuitive that you would apply more heat, to the frizzy (perhaps damaged!) parts of your hair.  But with the thermal protectant on it, you are safe.  If you DON’T dry your hair completely, you know as well as I that as soon as any type of humidity hit the hair cuticle, what does it do? It springs open.  In a nice frizzy mess.  Blowdrying your hair completely will cut down on the passes of the flat iron.  And THIS will save your hair from damage, and really make it look like you went to a professional.

Last but not least – Using the wrong heat setting for your hair! My favorite flat irons are ones with the knobs on them so you can see the temperature settings.  I hate the CHI flat irons because it just has like a little switch. That’s not helping??  Some flat irons just say Fine, Medium and Thick Hair.  Okay, so most of us can get away with using around 350-400 degrees.  Past 400 and you’re needing it for really thick, wavy hair.  Under 350 is for fine, damaged, or blonde hair!  Did you know you can accidently discolor your blonde hair by flat ironing it on too high of a setting?  Yep, you can. It’s called BURNING IT.  Don’t do it. And don’t break it off like that girl in the YouTube Video who tried to show us how to curl your hair.  I just felt so bad for her! Ouch!

By taking small sections, doing one or two passes, you can quickly give yourself a smooth, perfect look by following these rules.  Questions or comments? Post them below, I wanna hear it!

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