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Winter Elopement by Kat St. John

Some people wonder if we do elopements, the answer is YES! Not everything has to be a huge wedding or event. While that is most of our "bread and butter", there is something more fulfilling when doing a small party, or a "Bride Only" job. It feels nice to switch things up.

Two things about this particular elopement: 
1. It was my first elopement so I was VERY excited to see what an elopement was like! Weddings are based around your photographer's timeline, and so are elopements....however, this was so much more laid back. So relaxed, I was almost scared I was missing something. 

2. We didn't have a trial run together. This was also something foreign to me! Kind of like a Bridal Blind Date.....I have to say, it was kind of exciting to see what we would come up with.  

When I arrived, the bride met me out front of the cutest Bed and Breakfast, we quickly made it up to her suite where they were getting ready. It was just Me, the Bride and her Mom.

Since we had a relaxed timeline, most of it was spent time chatting, talking about everything and just enjoying the presence of people and authentic emotion. No Phones, no TV, just human interaction. I sure do hope Eloping is in for a while. This was such a joy to do. 

Photos: Toni Christine | TCP

Clean brushes and the pursuit of clear skin. by Kat St. John

We are all human, right? We sweat, have dry or oily skin, break out sometimes, even as a 34 year old woman like myself.

Often times you turn to a facial cleanser or a toner. Maybe there was this super cool mask that you found at Sephora, or you saw some kind of "Hack" on You tube where a girl got some baking soda and coconut oil to make a scrub (hey, it could happen....) and needed to try it because you were sick of conforming to "Expensive products that don't do anything". 

Here is a hint!
Look at your sponge.
Look at your brushes.
Are they dirty?
When was the last time you washed them? And I mean REALLY washed them, under running hot water with soap.
*Cups ear to hear better* When was that?

OK so, lets have a conversation about this.

No facial product, not even unicorn tears can bring you back from a terrible break out if you continue to put a dirty brush to your face. Thats like taking a shower just to go outside and jump in the mud. Makes no sense, right? But it's really common. 

When you have dirty brushes, here are a few things that can happen. 

-break outs (duh)
-Skin irriatation/ dryness
-Infections like Staph, Strep, Ecoli, Fungus and viruses.
You may have heard the story of the Australian woman who contracted a staph infection after sharing a makeup brush with a friend, leaving her paralyzed in the legs and arms.
- Make your makeup look bad (Definitely not as horrible as the risks listed above, right?)

For personal use, you should be washing your brushes AT LEAST once a week. A professional makeup artist should be washing them after every job, wedding, client etc. 

This brings me to my closing statement.

When you are hiring a makeup artist, ask them about their sanitary practices. Ask what tools they use and really take your time. When an artist is confident in their cleanliness, they will have no problem going over your concerns.

Cleanliness is not a preference, it is a necessity for your health and safety.


Photo Credit: G Squared Weddings -