Trial time!

Since I showed you guys my hair and makeup inspiration, it’s only fair that you get to see how it translated in real life, right?

This was another vendor I didn’t have to go shopping around to find. I’ve been going to Nine Salon & Spa for ten years now, and I couldn’t imagine having anyone else do me up for the wedding. I mean, I’ve lived in Boston for two years now, and I still try to make it down to Cape May when I’m in New Jersey so I can get my hair cut at Nine.

Enough talking, I know you guys want to see how it all turned out! (All photos personal unless otherwise indicated.)


Carrie, my hair whisperer, and I – you can see she had her work cut out for her. She’s the greatest.

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This was the inspiration picture I ultimately went with. (Julie Parker via Hair & Makeup By Steph)

IMG_5408And this was the end result! For some reason, this was the only picture I have of this side of my head while I was still in the salon, and of course, it’s a really weird angle. Doesn’t do the style justice, in my opinion.


This is a better shot of that angle. Only problem is, it was taken after we’d gotten home and I’d wrecked the bottom of the updo with my coat and scarf. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.




Verdict: I’m really happy with it! I love Carrie’s spin on the style. It’s exactly what I asked for – soft and loose and romantic – and I think it will complement my dress really nicely. The only downside is that because my hair is relatively dark, it’s hard to make out some of the pretty details that attracted me to this hairstyle in the first place. I did consider changing the braid to something that would stand out a little more, like a rope or Dutch braid, but I think I’ll stick with the fishtail.

For the actual wedding day, I don’t have any significant changes in mind. The overall hairstyle will be smoother and more polished on the big day, and those back sections will be blended together a bit more, but not too much – I really like the defined sections. In addition, since the odds of me having much more hair to work with on the wedding day are pretty slim, Carrie may use some foam inserts (à la Bump-Its! YES!) at my crown to pump up the volume. What can I say? We Jersey girls like our hair big.

And then it was off to the makeup chair! Marcella, the makeup artist, was new to the salon, so I’d never met her before, but we hit it off pretty much instantly.


My makeup inspiration. (via Tom & Lorenzo)


IMG_5415Touch of crazyface, no big deal.


I smudged the eyebrow makeup about 4 seconds after she finished. Go, me.

I think Marcella pretty much nailed what I was going for. The smoky eye looks even better than I imagined, and the purple shadow really makes my eyes pop. Since I’m a newbie to false eyelashes, she used her most natural-looking set on me; after seeing them in pictures, I think I could pull off something a little bolder. (Aside: Mrs. Wallaby recommended that I definitely test-drive false eyelashes before the wedding, and I’m so glad I did! They felt really weird for, like, ten minutes, but then I got used to them and I was fine.) Marcella also plans on using liner/mascara on my lower lash line for the wedding day, which will also make a big difference with my eye makeup.

Changes I’d like to make? I’d prefer liquid or gel eyeliner for the wedding day, just because I prefer the smoother, more dramatic line. I haven’t worn pencil eyeliner in years, so maybe I’m not used to seeing it on me. Also, I think the lip color is a bit too bold – she used my beloved Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten, which starts off very sheer but builds up to the bright fuchsia you see in my pictures. I think building it up a little less, keeping the color more subtle, would be better. So basically, a little more eyes and a little less lips and I’ll be good to go.

Oh, and my review of the airbrush makeup? LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. It honestly felt like I wasn’t wearing any makeup at all. The coverage and finish were perfect, and the staying power was unbelievable. It killed me a little bit to finally wash everything off that night. The best part? It didn’t bother my super sensitive, acne-prone skin one tiny bit. The only downside was that after, like, eight hours, the foundation had started to sink into the fine lines around my eyes, but nobody noticed except for me. Besides, that can easily be remedied with a primer and/or finishing spray, neither of which we used at the trial. I’m thinking of picking up Model in a Bottle for the big day – have any of you used it before?

So I got all dolled up and proceeded to do absolutely nothing. Just kidding – we walked around Cape May and had dinner at my favorite sushi restaurant. I definitely stuck out like a sore thumb, considering my casual surroundings, but who cares? I felt like a freaking rock star/goddess/supermodel/queen.


I swear, Stallion has other clothes. He just doesn’t wear them.

In hindsight, the funniest part of the day was that I couldn’t pass a reflective surface without checking myself out and thinking how fabulous I looked. It was pretty ridiculous. But if there’s ever a day to be annoyingly vain, I guess that would be it.


Man, I’m pretty. (via Tumblr)

Last question for you, hive. We weren’t quite sure what to do with my bangs. As you can see, I have a fivehead, so I really should have some hair in my face. But leaving my bangs down runs the risk of them getting sweaty, greasy, and all-around disgusting. Carrie pulled them back for the trial; what do you think? Bangs or no bangs?

I’m opening the floor to you guys. What do you think of my wedding day look? Any changes or suggestions that I should keep in mind? Did you have to make any big changes between your trial and the big day?


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