The Soiree 2.0 website has arrived!

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The new Soiree Beauty Concierge website has officially launched and we are IN LOVE!

Last year, we rebranded and changed our company name. After sitting with our previous Squarespace template, we realized it just didn't fit the look or layout that we were going for.

After some soul searching, we found exactly what we were looking for in the "Banquet" template by GOLIVE HQ. These girls know what they are doing when it comes to modern + feminine design!

With the help of our fabulous graphic designer, Nichole Rocero of Nic Roc Designs, we were able to create our dream website!

Cheers to these very talented female entrepreneurs and great design work!

Bespoke Beauty

 

The Finishing Touches

In addition to relaxing with a mobile massage, Newport Beach residents may find themselves in need of finishing touches—almost weekly amid the holidays and bustling soiree season. This is the perfect time to forego the salon visits and bring the primping to you. “This way, clients are in the comfort of their own space, and [getting ready] is more time-efficient,” explains Brandi McMillan, owner of Soirée Beauty Concierge, which serves all of Southern California. For groups like bridal parties, it provides a more intimate and relaxed setting where friends can mingle while they receive a makeover.

Offering men’s grooming, application of cosmetics and hairstyling, Soirée Beauty Concierge has seen a boost in mobile beautifying services with the growing popularity of boudoir shots and social media. “Bridal parties are still our biggest business,” McMillan says. Her technicians are trained in the most current trends, so no client request is unmet. The beauty concierge will bring the props to get you primped; clients should just be clean-faced, shampooed and towel-dried upon arrival.

 

Read full article:

http://www.newportbeachmagazine.com/bespoke-beauty/

 

 

 

10 most popular weddings of 2016

The perfect way to bring 2016 to a close was to find out that one of our weddings was nominated by Green Wedding Shoes for "10 most popular weddings of 2016." Cheers to Nichole (Nic Roc Designs) and Ian!

Summer Essentials

Photo courtesy of Popsugar

Photo courtesy of Popsugar

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Science Mineral Powder Brush Matte SPF 50

This may be one of the greatest cosmetic inventions of this century!

So, we are suppose to reapply SPF to our face every few hours. But, this is not convenient if you wear a liquid foundation. Now, each time you touch up your powder, you'll be adding an extra dose of SPF 50. 

Note: We DO recommend the product to everyone. However, we DO NOT recommend wearing this product on your wedding day or special event, if you are concerned about flashback aka "the pale white look" in photos, that mineral powders and SPF are known to cause. 

Available at: Amazon

 

L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Pro Perfect Airbrush 

If you are concerned about tan lines showing or just need a little bit of color, this product is easy to use and super affordable. 

If you your wedding or special event is coming up, we suggest testing it out a few times and getting the hang of it beforehand. If you are wearing light colors, make sure to shower at least 1-2 times before beforehand, to avoid any color transfer. 

Available at: Amazon
 

 

Kenra Extra Volume Mousse #17

Mousse isn't just for curly hair anymore. We recommend a small amount of volumizing mousse to almost everyone, if you are concerned about frizz or having your curls hold up in the humidity. 

If you are having a Blow Dry service done before your event, suggest to your Stylist that you'd like them to add a little mousse, to give you some extra hold and volume. 

Available at: Amazon
 

Holiday cocktails + more

We were recently invited to help style on a shoot for our friend and graphic designer, Nicole Rocero, of Nic Roc Designs, for her new business venture. THE ROC SHOP is a line of modern party goods, including coasters, napkins, laser cut stir sticks, cake toppers, and foil stamped greeting cards.

Photography // By Amy Lynn                     Planning // Marina @ The Bustle
Cocktails // Snake Oil Cocktails                H + M // Soiree Beauty Concierge

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIPS + TRICKS for oily/combination skin

 

 

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

The reality is... there is no way to remove pores or magically stop oil production, regardless of what you may have heard. Sorry people. It's the way we were born and I feel you. We CAN use specific products that with jive best with our skin type and help us reduce the disco ball look at the end of the day. 

 

HERE IS A LIST OF MY FAVORITE PRODUCTS FOR OILY/COMBO SKIN

 

Skin PREP

 

Milk of Magensia mask

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Yes, the kind the you would normally injest, is actually a clay that can help to keep your pores tight and oil at a minimum for day. I've actually begun carrying a small bottle in my kit, so that my oily/combo skinned clients can put on the mask before I do their face.

DIRECTIONS: Apply all over with a damp piece of cotton and allow it to set for 15 minutes, just before Makeup.  Then, remove with a damp cotton ball and cleanse well. Make sure there is no white residue left if your pores.

NOTE: Doing this often can effect the PH level of your skin, so we only suggest doing it for rare special occasions and to be safe, doing a practice run a few months before a big event.

Available at: Your local drug store.

 

 

TRY "NON-SILICONE" MOISTERUIZERS + PRIMERS

 

Embryolisse- Emulsion Hydra-Mat

This is a big one and it may be your #1 problem.

A few years ago, silicone primers (aka S/B) were all the rage and still are. Around that same time, S/B foundations began to show up everywhere. Don’t get us wrong, we love these products and the results that they can provide when applied appropriately, are very natural and skin-like.  However, it is very common these days for a sales person to suggest multiple products to be layered, with a silicone base. Though primers are suppose to make your makeup last much longer, layering S/B on top of S/B on Oily/Combo skin can be a recipe for disaster and cause all of these products to repel each other. 

 If you have oily/combo skin, we suggest swopping one or all of your S/B products for non S/B products to see if this improves the longevity of your makeup. 

EMBRYOLISSE- EMULSION HYDRA MAT has been my go to for the past year. It is a light weight, mattifying moisturizer, that also primes the skin. It's also probably the most common skincare line carried by celebrity Makeup Artists in there kit, as it works well with even the most sensitive of skin types.

Available at: www.nigelbeauty.com

 

 

Nurturing Force- Blot Out Offensive

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It has all natural ingredients and your can wear it by itself or on top of your primer/moisturizer. Also great for men's faces and bare shiny heads. This product helps to keep oil production at a minimum like no other, as it essentially absorbs the oil as it's being produced. GENIUS!

Available at: www.nigelbeauty.com

 

 

Oil free foundations


Make Up For Ever- Mat Velvet+

There are several foundations out there for oily skin and there is no "one size fits all." Try a sample of the Make Up For Ever-Mat Velvet+ and a few others, such as Nars or Becca, to see which sits on your skin the best throughout the day. 

Available at: www.sephora.com

 

SETTING + TOUCH UPS

 

Urban Decay- All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

This product can be misted on at the end or applied in layers with a beauty blender. Urban Decay is my fave!

Available at: www.sephora.com

 

 

 

Palladio-rice oil absorbing papers

If you don’t remove the oil and continuously re-powder, you're just going to end up caky and defeated. Opt to use oil absorbing papers before touching up with setting powder. Any brand will do, but one is a fave.

Available at: www.ulta.com

 

 

Laura Mercier- Translucent Setting Powder

Use a lightweight translucent powder, with a clean puff, such as Laura Mercier. With these finely milled powders, you can layer several times and the foundation won’t cake up on you.

Available at: www.sephora.com

 

 

A few more Tips: 

1. If you are having your makeup professionally done at an event, request to have your makeup done toward the end, when possible. 

2. Keep air conditioning on high and try not do move around too much, when possible. 

3. Opt for a "Dewy Look."  Go with the flow and powder your t-zone, but keep your cheeks be dewy for a Spring/Summer glow.


Was this blog informative? Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts! More like this to come :-)

 

Sincerely, Your friend, with oily skin

Brandi

 

 

 

New SOIREE TOUCH UP KITS!

Our brides have always been thrilled with the mini TOUCH UP KITS that we provide them for their big day when booking select packages, which include several of the cosmetics goodies they'll need to refresh throughout the night. 

This year, we've decided to take it one step further by adding the coveted Mini-mergency Kit by Pinch Provisions to the SOIREE TOUCH UP KIT. This entire kit is included when you book BRIDAL PACKAGES TWO (or) THREE. CONTACT US today for more information. 

SOIREE TOUCH UP KIT INCLUDES: Your customized shade of lipstick, lipgloss, concealer, oil blotting papers, and powder puff.

MINIMERGECY KIT INCLUDES: 21 little essentials to save the big day, including extra wedding bands, antacids, hair spray, bobby pins and more.