My 5 Favorite Mascaras

Best MascarasI LOVE mascara, pretty much more than anything. It is definitely the most important part of my makeup routine. Even when I don’t do a full face I always wear mascara. This means that I have tried a million different brands and here are my fav’s ….


Maybelline Full & Soft – I’m pretty sure this will always be my most favorite. It is exactly what it says, full and soft. My lashes look fluttery, its great for daytime , natural looks. If I want more drama I just add on extra coats and it doesn’t get clumpy. 5 stars

Buxom Lash – Comes in 2nd place. This lengthens my lashes the best. It does a nice job of separating and is also great for daytime. Their waterproof version is also great as well! 4.5 stars

Bad Gal Lash by Benefit- Definitely thickening and gives volume. I love the big giant brush. I also loved the mini travel version. 4 stars

They’re Real- Hello drama. It makes the lashes longer and falsie looking. You don’t need a lot though it doesn’t layer on great , one or two layers is just enough. 4 stars

Covergirl Fanned Out- This also gives some thickness and length. I like the way the brush is curved its easy to put on. Perfect for night time because it adds some nice drama as well. Only qualm is that a little too much product sometimes comes out on the brush. 4.5 stars


Xo @phillyhair


New Year’s Eve Makeup Tutorial

Holiday Look perfect for NYE or a winter wedding.

Products used:

Urban Decay  Vice 3, Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland, Stila Waterproof liner pen, Maybelline Full & Soft Mascara, Sigma Brushes.

Winter Wonderland

What a perfect wedding blog to end 2014 with! This epic event was a winter wonderland heaven. I have been friends with the Giombetti family since I was a little girl and we all danced together. Now we are all grown up and Bianca was the first to get married. She stunned in a one of a kind ball gown with a beaded neck line. Her hair was pulled softly back off her face in an intricate updo. We lightly contoured her, did full wispy lashes and a deep plum Smokey eye. The Giombetti girls are known for their long, thick hair which her two sisters left down and curled.The entire bridal party was gorgeous and glam!   The Cultural Center Ballroom was amazingly transformed into winter chicness by John Mackey Designs and the photos were taken by Arabella Photography.

Xo @phillyhair

Diamond Street Photography

Hannah got married at Knowlton Mansion and was photographed by Diamond Street Photography. She did a low bun/twist esque updo and wore a hair piece with decorations from her moms wedding dress. We did a golden bronze light smokey eye.


xo @phillyhair

My Best Friend’s Wedding

FINALLY the day has come where I get to post the pictures of my best friend’s wedding. I have done literally hundreds of brides, but have never been in a wedding and did the hair and makeup at the same time. It was really so much fun planning the whole thing with Courtney from beginning to end. Helping her pick out the dress, cake, vendors, hair and makeup trial and then the big day! Courtney is the definition of classic. The whole event was black and white, and she wanted to look effortlessly pretty and very natural. We did a purple LIGHT smokey eye with glowing highlighted skin. Her hair was in a big, timeless, low updo with intricate weaving. Usually I get my brides ready and then leave and never really get to see how everything plays out and watch my work the whole day and it was really a treat! She was the first of many more of my friends to come :)


Thanks Julie Jordan for the photos!

Side Pony Updo


Kassandra had long, dark, thick beautiful hair! We pulled it into a side swept pony-looking updo. We gave her ” bridal dramatic” eye makeup and she looks flawless. Faith West did a beautiful job with her photos!


xo: @phillyhair

Great Wedding Updo

I am a big sucker for a low, loose, soft udpo. I think it is romantic and looks good on everyone. It is my favorite wedding hair to do, and if I was t describe my ideal wedding hair aesthetic or style, these pictures would pretty much embody it. Lisa pulled this look off perfectly. It was so nice going full circle from doing Lisa’s hair as a bridesmaid in her friends wedding to her very own wedding day! She looks perfect don’t you think?

xo @PhillyHair


Photos by Lori Gail

Bon Voyage Abby

I am lucky enough to have had my little sister on our Philly Hair & Makeup Co. team. She is talented in so many ways. Not only is she a wonderful hair and makeup artist but she is also a beautiful dancer. She sets sail on the Norweighian Cruise Dawn living out her professional dance dream for 8 months and I along with our brides and company will miss her so much. I just want to thank her for always driving in from Scranton to help me with weddings and doing such a perfect job on all of our clients, giving me tips and inspiring me to be a better makeup artist.


xo, your sis @phillyhair

October Fav Product

images (2)My new favorite beauty product of October is Urban Decay’s Vice Pallet 3. I haven’t gotten an Urban Decay palette in a while, after naked 1 I was kind of sick of the same old neutral shades. When I saw this pallete though I immediately knew I wanted it. I also forgot how pigmented Urban Decay Shadows are and that’s why I used to love them so much. You barely need to put ANYTHING on the brush and the colors are bright and identical to how they look in the pan. I really enjoy this pallee because it has a little of everything. Neutral browns and greys for weddings, a  lovely pinkish row  and some pretty blues and greens for more colorful looks. I wish it had one more highlighting shade with no glitter, but other than that I am completely on board. The packaging is adorable as well. Go get it!


xo- @phillyhair

Siousca Photography – Boathouse Row Philadelphia

Maureen’s wedding story and day of prep was so much fun! She was marrying the #1 singles rower in the world, at her trial she told me her husband was in Europe competing for the USA at Worlds. She was also a rower and they were going to get ready for their big day at their rowing club on Boathouse Row in Philadelphia! The house was amazing and I always wanted to be able to go in one when I viewed them lit up at night from the highway. It was such a cool experience, a great group of girls and they all looked amazing. We did a bridal smokey eye and a big volume low bun updo. Big thanks so Siousca Photography for the beautiful photos!


xo- Ashley