With a background in dancing & pageantry, our gorgeous bride, Carin looked incredible wearing a sophisticated makeup look, emphasizing her natural beauty. I took extra care to keep her makeup very clean & precise, & our team was especially excited to show off her beautiful hair by giving her a sexy, loose curl (which paired perfectly with the elegant neckline of her dress). Carin is undeniably beautiful & her bridal party was one of the most fun groups we’ve had the pleasure of doing makeup for!
Leave it to wedding planner, Maria Socha from Sealed With A Kiss to coordinate a stunning wedding featuring bold red bridesmaids gowns & elegant white flowers amidst the gorgeous backdrop of Hotel Albuquerque. & thank goodness for the immeasurably talented Tony Gambino for capturing it all!
Here are some of our favorite images from the Anniversary photo session we did at the end of August. Take a peek inside the beautiful new chapel at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Downtown. Photos by Blue Rose Photography. Flowers by Albuquerque Florist, Inc.. Styling by Lauren, owner of Just Lovely Weddings. Makeup & Hair by us – C. Johnson Makeup. Groom’s attire by Suits Unlimited Models: Emilia and Konrad.
We had the crazy fun opportunity to do something we absolutely love – our take on 90’s hair & makeup (I’ll never not feel like the 90’s were only a few years ago </3 ).
Photos by the always amazing Alicia Lucia Photography
Hair & Makeup by C. Johnson Makeup & Hair
Model: Kelcie Diglio
This hauntingly beautiful photo shoot came together based on the inspiration of a beautiful lace overlay dress & the imagination of Kristina at Blue Rose Photography. Thanks to the help of Albuquerque Florist, an elegant model- Heyjoo, & C. Johnson Makeup, these photos are some of my favorite in my current body of work.
We are currently working on having these images published, otherwise I’d love to share more, but this is all for now.
Makeup & Hair Styling: C. Johnson Makeup. Christy Johnson & Merideth Baxter
Photos: DreamSpirit Portraits
Initial prep: old makeup removal & skin prep. We used jojoba oil & a cotton round to gently wipe away any left over mascara. We also used jojoba oil as to moisturize the rest of the face to help provide a smooth foundation application.
Merideth begins curling the hair from the bottom layers to the top, working in small sections & gently spraying with hairspray after each section.
Before & After photos showing the hair & makeup transformation. Natural/dewy skin finish. Pink/natural lip color. Light, smokey grey cat-eye.
Here’s the final product from the photo shoot.
One all-purpose kitchen item that I love to use in my beauty routine is….
❤ coconut oil ❤
It is really the best, multi-functional item I can think of. I use it for everything from eye-cream, makeup remover, moisturizer to toothpaste. At the end of this post I have included a few of my favorite coconut oil beauty “recipes”.
Coconut oil typically comes in a jar & is the consistency of thick butter when cool. It melts at about 70° F & when completely melted it is a clear lightweight oil. In solid form, it rubs into the skin easily because body heat & friction are enough to melt it immediately. Occasionally, there may be small granules that are more resistant to melting, but will eventually melt as you continue rubbing the oil between your palms. A large tub of coconut oil usually costs me about $20 & lasts 4-6 months; it is widely available at most grocery stores. You can purchase it either in the cooking isle or the beauty isle; I get mine at Sprouts Farmers Market, but I have seen it at Whole Foods & Trader Joes as well.
This is the brand I use. (It’s also good for cooking).
Coconut Oil As Skincare:
Many clients express to me the concern about applying oil to their faces, particularly if they have oily skin already. Having struggled with acne & oily skin for many years of my adult life I understand the fear of adding oil to an already oily face. I was very reluctant to try it in the beginning myself, but I’m soooo glad I did. Now that I am more aware of how our skin works & how all the chemical-filled beauty products negatively impact our skin, I understand how coconut oil makes a perfect skincare product. When you add oil to your skin, it balances & moisturizes the skin causing it to stop producing it’s own oil. Coconut oil doesn’t cause blemishes because the molecular structure is similar enough to our own oil that the coconut oil is able to penetrate the skin without clogging the pores. Unlike other moisturizers which contain chemicals, coconut oil is able to penetrate the skin, rather than sitting on the top layer leaving a greasy film.
Uses & Beauty Applications:
- Deep Pore Cleanser: Take a quarter-sized scoop of oil & work it between your palms until it melts. Apply the melted oil to your skin & gently rub in circular motions, focusing on areas where your pores seem clogged. Then, with a washcloth steeped in hot water, gently wipe the oil away. The hot washcloth works to steam open your pores while the oil bonds with dirt & debris in your skin, unclogging your pores. Repeat 2 to 3 times. Rise with cool water & finish with your favorite moisturizer (or a small amount of coconut oil- see the next bulleted point).
- Moisturizer (facial/body): Coconut oil makes an excellent moisturizer. A very small amount is needed for your face & it smells heavenly. To use, take a dime-sized scoop of coconut oil, working it between your palms until melted. Massage the oil into your skin in circular motions. Wait 5 to 10 minutes before applying makeup in order to allow the oil to penetrate & moisturize the deeper layers of your skin. I use coconut to moisturize daily, both in the morning & evenings. I tend to use a larger amount at night. Use a larger amount for your arms & legs. It leaves a beautiful non-greasy glow to the skin.
- Eye-cream: Coconut oil mixed with a few drops of vitamin E oil makes an easy & effective eye-cream. Apply a small amount nightly, after cleansing to help prevent wrinkles. This eye-cream also moisturizes your eyelashes, keeping them supple & preventing breakage.
- Toothpaste: This is one of my favorite coconut oil uses. Mix 2 TBS coconut oil with 1/4 C baking soda to form a thick paste. You can use the mixture just like this to brush your teeth, but the flavor is difficult to get used to. To make it taste better, you might add stevia, peppermint or cinnamon essential oils. This homemade toothpaste is very effective & will leave your teeth feeling incredibly smooth. Even without the addition of flavored essential oils, it will leave your mouth completely odor free & fresh & the results last much longer than typical store-bought toothpaste (no more morning breath!!)
- Makeup remover: This application is similar to the pore cleansing method. Use a quarter-sized amount of coconut oil, mixed with a bit of vitamin E oil, spread between hands & then over your face. Wipe away with a warm washcloth & watch even the toughest makeup come right off. Repeat if necessary.
- Shaving lotion: Shaving with coconut oil is great because it simultaneously moisturizes your skin while keeping the blade sharp. The only drawback is that it will clog your razor & cause your tub to get slippery (if you use too much). To prevent this, rinse your razor with very hot water every few strokes. Also, to prevent a slippery bathtub, avoid using too much coconut oil, a thin layer is sufficient. If your tub does get slippery, simply wipe the excess oil away with a mild household cleaning product & a rag.
- Hair balm/ Anti-frizz serum: Before blow-drying my hair, I usually soften a dime-size amount of coconut oil between my palms & then gently rub it into my hair, starting about halfway down & focusing on the ends. As I blow-dry I work the oil through my hair with a comb. It doesn’t leave the hair oily, but does smooth away frazzled ends. This also works on dry hair, just start with a very small amount of coconut oil & focus only on dry/damaged areas of your hair.
Do you use coconut oil in your beauty routine? If so, are there any applications that I have forgotten? If so, drop me a line & let me know 🙂 I’d love to know what you all think about coconut oil & how you’re using it.