sarah + john.

I had the immense pleasure of meeting Sarah at the beginning of August 2017 just before my trip to Spain. We met for coffee at Starbucks along with her sweet mama. We got to chatting and meshed really well right away. 

What really hit home was when Mom shared her happiness in Sarah's future husband. She welled up with tears sharing how well he takes care of her. Especially as her health fluctuates, sometimes day to day. Sarah's health had never been better as when John stepped into her life. 

There is something about love that is truly healing. 

I too experienced the same transformation. At the age of 13, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I will spare you the dirty details. However, through the support and care of my now wife, I received the first all clear from my doctor in 2016.

Needless to say, Sarah, Mom and I really bonded. Immediately, Sarah wanted to book me. 

The makeup trial was so much fun. Again, mom joined and we chit chatted about everything from wedding plans to party stories and what I was doing. It felt like we were old friends catching up!

Not only was Sarah such a sweet heart, fun, and extremely relaxed, but beyond organized! I could not have asked for a better bride! She had inspiration photos for each girl and clearly read through my contract. 

Then the wedding day. SO. MUCH. FUN! Each girl was equally as kind and fun as Sarah. Conversation was so easy and everyone was extremely happy with their final looks. 

Sarah and John- I wish you all the happiness, health, patience, and peace in the world! May you enjoy the small details of life as strongly as the big adventures. Cheers to your love! 

Photography by Lolita Vasquez Photography

Venue Picchetti Winery

Four bridesmaids' makeup completed by assistant: Justine Levally

expecting.

Congratulations! You are creating a life! What a fun and exciting time for you. Did anyone mention all the lovely changes in your skin?

Probably not.

Some changes are happy surprises, some- not so much. Luckily, some of the unpleasant surprises can be prevented. I have done the research for you and will provide you with as much information and solutions as possible!


Melasma/Chloasma - aka. Mask of Pregnancy

Dark patches on the face caused by an increase in pigmentation. Occurs in nearly 50% of pregnant woman according to American Pregnancy.

What to do: wear a minimum of SPF 15 daily and reapply every two hours. I personally prefer a minimum SPF of 30. This is my favorite. Due to increased hormones, your skin is becoming extra sensitive and therefore will react more extremely to sun exposure. 

Pregnancy Glow

This is caused by an increase of blood flow and oil production. 

Yay blood flow, kind of yay to increase oil.

Oil is our body's natural moisturizer and anti aging cream, but it often brings along acne to the party. Make sure to avoid adding more oil to your skin. However, oil cleansers may still work for you. Much of skin care regardless of pregnancy is about trial and error. What may work for one person with similar symptoms may not work for you. Here you will find my favorite skin care. 

When it comes to getting rid of acne there is a two step fail proof process that I have found to work wonders. Leave it alone. Picking not only leaves scars, but can prolong the nasty unwanted guest. At night, apply Mario Badescu Drying Lotion on the affected areas. The spot will decrease by at least 50% over night. Apply until gone. 

Make sure to be diligent about your skin care and avoid touching your face as much as possible. If you find that your oil production and acne are on hyper drive, a visit to the dermatologist will be beneficial. 

Dry Skin

On the opposite end of the spectrum, many women experience very dry skin.

If my favorite skin care doesn't do enough to balance and hydrate your skin, try adding an oil before the moisturizer. Jojoba oil is a wonderful oil that absorbs well into the skin. Pixi also carries a Glow Mist that is simply beautiful.

Apply as much oil as needed for symptoms to subside. 


Ingredients to Avoid

According to Mother's Nature Network there is some skin care that can do more harm than good. I have provided you with the list. If you are interested in finding out more, you can click the link provided above.

  1. Retinoids
  2. Tetracycline
  3. Hydroquinone 
  4. Phthalates
  5. Formaldehyde
  6. Toluene
  7. Ammonia
  8. Dihydroxyacetone
  9. Thioglycolic acid
  10. Botox

Fit Pregnancy lists the following.

  1. Aluminum chloride hexahydrate
  2. Beta hydroxy acids
  3. Chemical sunscreens
  4. Diethanolamine (DEA)
  5. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA)
  6. Formaldehyde
  7. Hydroquinone
  8. Parabens
  9. Phthalates
  10. Retinol retinol alternatives.
  11. Thioglycolic acid
  12. Toluene

If you have more in depth questions, don't hesitate to comment or contact me! And congratulations again!