Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Best Day Ever

Hello friends! I have been in a blogging hiatus since wedding season started.  I am having so much fun traveling around the Bay Area working on site with my lovely brides! Here's a glimpse of what I am privileged to experience every weekend.  It is such a honor to be a small part of a couples best day ever. 

A special thanks to Kim Baker for assisting me at Dominique's wedding // Video by JMarcMedia


Priscilla Francine

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


I've noticed during my bridal trials, that every soon-to-be Mrs is drawn to a similar color when it comes to their lips. There was a strong coral trend last year, and I don't think that it is over just yet. It's still in every magazine as the "it" color, and it ranges from soft peaches to neon oranges.

Orange is such a warm and inviting hue. It makes you think of a tropical island, or maybe just a nice citrus fruit. Either way, I think it is a safe color. It was ok in 1961 as Audrey Heburn's signature color in Breakfast at Tiffany's and its still ok today in 2014. I think it is a refreshing spin on the classic red lip.

I love NARS (in general), they have some pretty awesome long lasting Satin Lip Pencils. Lohdi, is one of those perfect coral shades!! I always customize my colors, and for this look I also added a bit of Harlot OCC Lip Tar on the bottom lip, finished with a little Party Starter from Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie gloss collection.

I was very pleased to see that the Satin Lip Pencil did not bleed and almost stained the lips of my model. I used it during my photoshoot with Jose Villa, which was featured on Hochzeits Guide Vol. 3 E-Magazine. Check out pages 124-133 to see more from this look to be inspired by corals.

A lot of cosmetic brands are launching new varieties of oranges and corals. If a neutral shade is your safe color, step out of your box for a softer apricot. If you love a BOLD lip, try one of the intense neons this season!!

Have fun!

Priscilla Francine

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

beautybox five: take it easy

Beauty Box Five is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic samples to your door step every month. I am really excited, because they have asked me to join their review program, becoming part of their beauty contributor team!

The box is a tiffany blue color, so if packaging gets your attention, you will enjoy opening this little box when it arrives! Besides the paper shreds to protect the products during their travel... Beautybox Five includes an information card, sharing the theme of the month, announcing contests, and details on products and prices.

I just got my first box - which is the October 2013, "Take It Easy" box....let's begin!!!

1. Aveeno Daily Mositurizing Lotion - $6.99

Benefits: Clinically Proven to improve the health of skin in one day, this emollient moisturizer is formulated to help prevent dryness. It will leave your skin feeling soft and naturally healthy.

Pros: This moisturizer absorbs into skin instantly-which is great for men who don't appreciate a "heavy" texture. I am going to give this to my hubby for his travel bag!
Cons: I prefer a heavy texture- something richer, when it comes to my body moisturizer.

2. Model Co Illusion Lip Pencil - $20.00

Benefits: This unique, nude pencil easily enhances your natural shape while keeping lips soft and nourished with cocoa and shea butter. Face it, there's no better pencil for plumping up that pretty little pout!

Pros: Will blend in with all lip pigment/lipstick colors for a natural enhancement to your lip size. It also has a sharpener on the lid, which is always my problem with lip liners-I never carry a sharpener with me...this is brilliant!
Cons: At the end of the day, this may not "enhance" your lip shape,  but it's still a nice lip liner color. There aren't too many negatives for this product.

3. Swissco Glitter Toe Separators - $2.00

Benefits: Feel like a princess during your next pedicure with these handy little glittered piggy-parters!

Pros: Super cute color, and sturdy design.
Cons: I don't normally do my own pedicures, so I may give this cute little tool to my sissy-she's super creative with her nails and will love this.

4. La Fresh Travel Lite Facial Cleansing Wipes - $19.99

Benefits: Packed with aloe vera, cucumber, chamomile, marshmallow and tea plant botanical extracts these, hydrating, oil-free facial wipes work with all skin types. Simply open, unfold, cleanse and go!

Pros: There is no oil, residue, sting, or heavy scent left on your skin after using these wipes.
Cons: I feel the price point is a bit high for facial wipes.

5. Nubar Alter Ego Nail Lacquer in Blondie - $8.00

Benefits: What's more fun than glitter nail polish? Um, nothing! Use alone for a beautifully translucent finish or over your favorite fall color for a glitter-studded top coat.

Pros: Gold glitter is perfect for the upcoming holidays.
Cons: It's glitter, pretty easy for anyone to use, not too many cons with it.

Instagram Photo Contest: Win the glittery Nubar Alter Ego Collection 
1. Post a picture of you and your box
2. Tag @beautybox5
3. Use #BB5winprettynails

My favorite product out of this months box, was the Illusion Lip Pencil by Model Co. I can't wait for November's box!!!

Priscilla Francine

Monday, November 4, 2013

Vendor Feature: Photographer Lindsey Hahn

While my clients, personality and skin type are extremely important in determining what products I choose to use on her for her wedding day- I do a lot of research on her chosen photographer too. How the photographer captures things, and edits aids me in finalizing my bride's makeup look. When our work flows well and compliments one another-the outcome is mind blowing. I also love working alongside another vendor who maintains the required professionalism needed, can have fun while still getting the job done, and their personality is genuine and caring. 

I had the pleasure of interacting with photographer Lindsey Hahn for a few hours this past summer and she was a joy to work with. Her presence was calm, but her actions were precise-she knows her art, and she knows it well. Lindsey captures the right angle in every picture, whether its an action shot or a posed shot. Every photo from Erin's wedding made a statement to me, intense, fun, sexy, emotional, loving...I can go on and on. 

Individual Variety Lashes by Faux

Bobbi Brown Light Brown Kit
This is one of my favorite pictures!

Maybelline, Superstay 24 Color in Perpetual Plum

As a makeup artist, I really appreciate the fact that Lindsey did not alter any of the colors in the makeup for my bride Erin. The eyeshadow looked gold in every photo, and the mauve lip color stayed the same in every single image. She allowed my artwork to shine through, and captured my work even better than I imagined!

MAC, Eye Khol Pencil in Fascinating (In her waterline)
Mother, Bride, and Sister's Makeup by Priscilla Francine Makeup 
Lindsey Hahn is located in Paso Robles, and while she is a wedding photographer she also has alot of experience working on editorials too-and wow is it amazing stuff!!! I am looking forward to using her at some point for my own personal pictures, and can't wait to see how she captures me and my hubby!!!

Check out her Facebook, Blog, and Website to see more of her artwork.

Priscilla Francine

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Degrees of Dazzling

The BareMinerals "Degree Of Dazzling" Holiday Set includes 20 miniature sized eye shadows, perfect for any mood, outfit, or occasion. In my opinion, this is one of the best value sets they have launched in years. The finishes and the color range are flexible for any personality...and while it is geared towards the Holidays, this set can merge well with running errands and work too.

-There are 4 finishes to play with from creamy velvets, high shines, and sparkling glimmers, to deep liners.

-There are 5 color families, warm neutrals, seductive greys, perfect pinks, majestic purples, and luscious greens.

Yoga // Black Leather // Lagoon // Toasted Espresso // Starry Nigh 
There are a few options to apply the liners. 

1. If you want a soft look, use them dry. 
2. For a smoldering creamy finish, mix a small amount of the shadow with PrimeTime eyelid primer (half/half). 
3.To achieve fierce definition, run your liner brush under some water and mix the powder in the lid for a liquid liner. 

Iridescent Iris // Rose Gold // Deep Sea // Pewter // Stay Golden 
The High Shine shadows are perfect for Holiday parties! You can also create a foiled effect by applying them with a damp brush! 

Golden Pear // Violet Spell // Ginger Sugar // Silver Dollar // Strawberry Mouse
The Sparkling Glimmers are feminine and subtle! I love the tiny sparkly they have! They are effortless, and chic! So pretty! 
Velvet Nude // Velvet Emerald // Velvet Mauve // Velvet Charcoal // Velvet Lavender 
The Velvet shadows have a matte finish, without looking "cakey" or dry. These are great for a soft everyday look, used on the entire eyelid as your base color. You can also use them in the crease with a dramatic smokey eye to blend and create a soft finish.  

What's your favorite finish? What's your favorite hue? 
Keep an eye out online and in department stores to get your hands on this set! ($79)

Priscilla Francine 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Living Water International

"The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away." - Joy J. Golliver 

This past summer, my husband and I went through a series of classes to determine our personal talents, our character strengths, ultimately what our spiritual gifts are. My spiritual gift is compassion, my personality takes on others problems and feels their pain. I always want to help those around me, and I've been able to use these talents daily as a makeup artist. My husbands spiritual gift is leading, he can walk into any room and people are instantly drawn to him. He knows how to get people to do what he says because they trust him. He is a natural born leader and uses his talents daily in his occupation. 

Together, we merge our strengths and balance our weaknesses. Its been on my heart for years that we are destined to do something, maybe multiple things, as husband and wife to improve our world. It's crazy how when you are really listening to God's purpose for your life, things are presented to you out of the blue. 

I'm so excited to say we are planning to take a trip with a group of 18 others to El Salvador in January 2014. We will be working with Living Water International: James will be digging water wells for the community so they can have clean drinking water, while I will be teaching clean water habits/hygiene to the women and children in the community.

Little back story on how we made this decision to go to El Salvador...While I'm a "planner" I tend to be an impulsive person when my heart feels right. When we were approached with this opportunity I said yes instantly. Heck ya I want to talk to women about hygiene and taking care of their health. This is what I was made to do-what I've been wanting to do for some time now. In my mind, if God wants us to go we will go. I'm not in charge of the logistics.  My husband and I were facing a tough week, financially, when we were asked to go. We needed to put down a deposit for around $400 to hold our spots. During that moment it just wasn't a realistic idea, but we kept praying about it. A few weeks went by and all of a sudden $1000 is donated to the trip, and it was given to us! I honestly thought it was a joke. When you have faith God works out the logistics... In any aspect of our lives. It's crazy because I see God work through my blog on a regular basis, and that's why I'm sharing today. I really don't know who reads what I write, but for some reason I keep writing. He always has a plan for our lives, and his plan is always way better than anything we can come up with.

Please keep us in your prayers during this process of planning. Please pray for our safety as we travel and stay in El Salvador. Please pray that we are able to make a difference in peoples lives while we are there, not only by providing them with the tools to have clean water and maintain their health, but showing them God's unconditional love through our actions. 

We are so blessed to be able to figure out what facial cleanser we want to try next, what type of fancy water bottle we want to carry our filtered water in. Can you imagine not having clean water to bathe in, wash your clothes in, or drink whenever you were thirsty? If it is on your heart to financially support what we are doing click here to donate to myself, James, or the entire team. 

Priscilla and James Wright 

*If you choose to support me and I receive more than is necessary for this trip, or for some reason I’m unable to go on this trip, the funds you've donated will be allocated to the support of other members of the same trip. If not fully utilized there, the funds will be placed in the WestGate Church short term missions FUND to be used for other similar trips.  

*Please note that all donations over $250 will be issued a tax deductible receipt. If your donation is under $250 please keep your own record for your tax proposes. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Let The Good Times Roll

Exfoliation is a necessary part of your skincare routine and should be done 1-2 times a week. Once you remove the dead skin cells, your skin can absorb more hydration from your serums and moisturizers + you get to show off your fancy new skin cells to the world! 

Let The Good Times Roll

If you choose to use a mechanical exfoliant it should not be abrasive, be nice to your face and your body!

Let The Good Times Roll Facial Cleanser by Lush reminds me of cookies. It gives me the urge to start baking yummy treats. When you remove the lid to this Facial Cleanser.... do not eat it. I wanted to too... so did the hubby. We were craving sweet snacks for the rest of the evening. HMMMM.... it smells that good.

First, I removed my eye makeup, and than cleansed my skin with a gel cleanser before using Let The Good Times Roll. It's easy to use more than needed, so don't grab too much product...a little goes a long way. I spread the product out on my hands before touching my skin. My skin felt like velvet after I rinsed off this exfoliant. (There's glycerin in it, which acts as a humectant to bind moisture to the skin). It was such a gentle process, so I would even suggest those with sensitive skin give it a try!

Some of the ingredients include Maize Flour, Corn Meal, and my personal favorite - Cinnamon!!

Priscilla Francine

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