Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Are First Look Photos Worth The Time on Wedding Day? | Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA

When I ask brides if they will be taking first look photos, many say they are undecided.  

Seeing first look photos are some of my favorite photos that brides and photographers share.

The His and Hers Foto team captured these great first look photos of one of my brides last year. Having 2 photographers capture the moment is really special!

If you are on the fence when deciding if you want to see your future spouse before the ceremony nuptials, maybe this little documentary will inspire you!

First Look Real Galveston Wedding
Real Galveston Wedding First Look Photos Captured by His & Hers Foto

Don't you just love the anticipation and pure joy in these photos?!?! 

Planning an extra hour and a half to two hours before the ceremony will help you capture priceless moments like these before your wedding. Just a few quite moments with your spouse before the whirlwind starts, is extremely special. When planning your wedding day timeline, be sure to plan on having your makeup and hair is done in plenty of time!

Of course, I would be delighted to help you create your special wedding day makeup!

Contact me at if I can be of service to you!

If you enjoyed these photos, you may want to see more of this amazing wedding by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Real Montgomery County Texas Christmas Wedding | Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA

 It's almost Christmas and I am reminiscing about this beautiful Christmas wedding that I did back in 2013.  Time sure does fly by, but I will never forget this day or this lovely client!

This Montgomery County venue has since been reverted back to a private family home, but I love the red roses and the bride's, Sophie's, bright red lips!  So many of my makeup clients are afraid of lipstick and few are bold enough to wear bright red, but this bride wears red so well!

The amazing photographers are no longer in the photography biz, but I have to give a shout out to the talented Martha and Brent Shumaker team who made captured these great photos for me.

Montgomery County Wedding Makeup Artist
This Christmas bride rocks her red lipstick

I love seeing photos from client's happy Christmas wedding day!

Lashes and red lipstick - classic makeup for any occasion, but how fabulous with a veil!

I would be honored to serve you, and your bridal party, on your wedding day and I will create a customized makeup look just for you - whether you are a red lipstick wearing bride or a bride who wants very natural wedding day makeup look!

Please feel free to reach out to me at

Monday, November 23, 2020

Tatcha Lipstick Trio Review | Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA

In my 2nd Tatcha order (click here to see the products I ordered and reviewed), I had included the Lip Blossom Lipstick Trio Set - a complete impulse purchase because I had stumbled across their friends and family sale.  I am trying to replace my bag of lipsticks with fresh ones.  I am a sucker for a set of lipsticks.

I realized I had not received my lipstick trio in the box and customer sent a replacement ASAP with no questions asked.

When this box of lipsticks arrived, I was quite confused, as the shipping box was much larger than my previous order.  And it was heavy.  I only asked for the lipstick set I had ordered.  Surely, this was not the entire previous product order?

I opened the shipping box (bottom left photo above), discovered my 3 promised sample products, and discovered the beautiful white box with purple floral ribbon.

This is definitely a gift-worthy product and presentation!

No, Tatcha, had only sent me lipsticks and this was the set.  3 full sizes boxes of individual lipsticks. I have never owned heavier lipsticks!

Some people had stated that these lipstick tubes were like pieces of jewelry.  They are very nice and heavy.  The way the lipsticks are molded, they have a unique diamond pattern.

Kyoto Red is a beautiful red lipstick.  On my lips, it has a tendency to turn into a cool red (that is my lip print above). I will enjoy wearing this shade for a long time.  It is a matte lipstick and I wish it had more of a sheen to it, but a gloss will take care of that.

Twilight is described as a cherry blossom lipstick.  It went on as a very pale dusty blush shade.  I usually go for something brighter, but this is a very nice shade for super casual days around the house.  It will probably layer on top of another color nicely too.  I would classify it as a nude lipstick.

Sunrise is described as a plum blossom shade. It is a beautiful plum hue.  This is a great anytime color and I will wear it most any time I head out of the door.  This really is my favorite lipstick of the 3 of them.  It is not as matte as the Kyoto Red lipstick and it does brighten my lips more than the Twilight shade.

The reviews I have seen on-line say this is a really creamy lipstick and lasts a long time.

I found the colors are long-lasting. However, these lipsticks are not hydrating in-spite of the silk formula. I really do need a rich and hydrating lipstick.

I am glad a didn't pay full price for this set, but they are very nice lipsticks and I will use them. 

This would be a great gift for any gal who loves lipstick.  The packaging is very impressive and no wrapping is required. You can have confidence in shipping as a gift, because none of the Tatcha packing lists include pricing information!  (Sadly, it appears the lipstick trio sets are gone, but they still feature lipsticks on their website.)

This is not a paid or sponsored post.  Any links included in this post are to help the reader gather more information.  All of the opinions of these products are mine after I purchased the products.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Real Galveston Bride and Wedding | Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA


His & Hers Foto Galveston Bride

This beautiful bride's wedding in Galveston, TX was documented on camera by the fabulous His & Hers Foto team, who graciously shared their photos with me and allowed me to share them with you! 

You have to see all of the vibrant details of this wedding!  

While I was only there for the "beautifying" part of this special day, this couple appeared to have a fantastic wedding day from the photos.  His & Hers Foto captured such amazing First Look photos of this bride and her groom, I might have to share those in a separate blog post.

His & Hers Foto Wedding Photographers

Makeup by Keri Ann did the makeup, of course, but Southern Roots Boutique and Salon gets all the credit for the hair!

The Matron of Honor's pink hair was too much fun!  I wanted to enhance her brows with a touch of pink too, but wedding day was not the day to start experimenting or creating a whole new brow look.

Sea Star Base Wedding by His & Hers Foto

This bridal party was so nice to work with!

Makeup by Keri Ann Wedding Makeup

These B&W photos are my favorites - all the vibes of old Hollywood Glam!

Galveston Real Wedding Groom

The distinguished groom!

His & Hers Foto and Makeup by Keri Ann

I love pics of the father and bride!  
I had the wonderful opportunity to do makeup on the bride's mom too!

Galveston Wedding Details

Our bride made those flower girl dresses!

Island Flowers Galveston

Island Flowers Galveston

The flowers were done by Island Flowers.  Have you ever seen such vibrant colors?!?!?

Cakes by Jula Wedding Cake

Cakes by Jula made the cake!

Makeup by Keri Ann Bridal Makeup

Sea Star Base has a beautiful ceremony site by the water is beautiful!
Makeup by Keri Ann Bridal Makeup

I love this view of Sea Star Base

Galveston Wedding Makeup

The lovely bride holds the hearts of two men!

Makeup by Keri Ann Bridal Party Makeup

Those cute kiddos!

Makeup by Keri Ann Wedding Makeup

Who doesn't love a fun bridal party?

Galveston Makeup Artist Makeup by Keri Ann

Wedding days are long, but this party is just going to get started!

Makeup by Keri Ann _ His & Hers Foto Weddings

Love the sunset view on the water!

Congratulations, Melissa!  You were such a beautiful bride and so sweet to work with!

I would be delighted to be of service to you on your wedding day too!

Monday, November 9, 2020

Tatcha Product Purchase Review No. 2 | Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA


My 2nd Tatcha order arrived with the 3 samples as promised & also delivered in my previous order (you can see that review by clicking here).

The products I purchased were:

Luminous Dew Skin Night Concentrate - 10 ML / 0.34 OZ Travel Size
I ordered this hoping to hydrate my skin every night.  This product comes with a little gold spatula for application.  The consistency of this product is almost like a pudding.  It is very hard to balance on the tiny spatuala, but once you rub the concentrate into the skin, it melts into s smooth and creamy moisturizer.  My first impression:  I like the way this product feels in application.  No noticeable scent.  I did wake up with more hydrated skin. A tiny bit of this product goes a very long way.  The first few nights, I only used this product as night cream, but I have found I have more supple skin the next morning if I apply this product on top of The Dewy Skin Cream.

Luminous Dewy Skin Mist - 12 ML / 0.4 OZ Travel Size
This hydrating mist can be worn throughout the day to hydrate and illuminate the skin.  I like the light and refreshing scent.  It does not feel heavy or greasy.  The first few mists I loved.  But late in the day, my skin felt dry.  Still must determine if this dry feeling is because of lack of moisture or if it due from other makeup products under my foundation.

The Silk Canvas - 7G / 0.24 OZ Travel Size
A client recently raved about this primer and I have seen other women in beauty groups I am in rave about how smooth this primer makes skin look, so I went ahead and added a sample to my order.  I love the initial feel of this product, but I honestly feel after several days of wear, it may actual dry my skin out.  I am not not sure my foundation is any smoother with this product.  Like so many other products in this line, it may be great for normal skin, but I am not sure it is designed for those of us with severely dehydrated skin.

The Kissu Lip Mask - 9G / 0.32 OZ Full Size
This product comes with a little gold spatula for application.  A tiny (and I mean tiny) little bit of this jelly type product goes a very long way, so it will last a very, very long time.  It feels great.  Most lips masks I have tried are to be rinsed off, but this one is made to sleep in.  Overnight, my lips were softer and smoother than the night before. After using it a few nights, my lips are soft, but they still have a tendency to peel during the day. I don't regret the purchase, but I am not sure I will reorder when finished (by that time, a new and improved product will debut, as that is how cosmetic companies roll).

Once the initial excitement of unpacking my delivery wore off, I realized I was missing one product set I ordered.  It was on the packing list, but it was not in my box nor was it scheduled for a future delivery.

I quickly contacted customer service and I was notified that evening that the product I had ordered was being processed for delivery.  GREAT customer service interaction.

Stay turned for another review!

As always, I would love to know what you, and your skin, felt about any of these products, if you have tried them!

This is NOT a paid or sponsored post.  All of the opinions are my own. 
Any links in this review are for the reader's research - there are no paid affiliate links in this post.

You might be interested in my Initial Tatcha Purchase 
And reading what I think about the Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream 
I also have a review of the Tatcha Lipstick set

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Tatcha Product Purchase Review No. 1 | Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA

The Starter Ritual Ultra-Hydrating for Dry Skin set by Tatcha

After my first 2 applications of The Dewy Skin Cream by Tatcha, I knew I had to sample some of the brand's other products. My full review of  The Dewy Skin Cream is here.  

When I visited the Tatcha website, I was offered another FREE sample of The Dewy Skin Cream when I placed my first order, IF I joined their mailing list.  (My tiny sample was only 5 ML, and I was going to get another 10 ML FREE).  I took the bait.  Another moisturizer was worth the email harassment!

I decided to order The Starter Ritual Set Ultra-Hydrating for Dry Skin.  This was not a full size product set.  I wanted trial size products, which happen to be more budget-friendly than the full retail size. 

If I like a trial size, I can use it in my travel bag. If I don't like something, it's not as huge of a monetary loss.  My quest for skin hydration has become a very expensive endeavor.  Who can relate?

My order qualified for free shipping and I was pleasantly surprised when it shipped the next business day from California! (Bonus points for customer service!)

I certainly have dry skin and I certainly need ultra hydration.  I am very curious if this set will deliver?

I received a card with my packing list and 3 little samples of other Tatcha products to try.

The products I received inside my box are listed below.  And so are my first impressions (based on very first experience AND a few days of use).  I will write follow up reviews if the products actually live up to their name.

Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil - 50 ML or 1.7 FL OZ

First Impression: The smell did not intrigue me with the first use. You are instructed to apply this with dry hands to a dry face.  It was supposed to turn "milky" once water was applied and the cleansing began.  I did not notice if it did or not, I was in the shower when I rinsed it off. My face still felt pretty tight after using. The information on-line says this product is for normal to dry skin, so I am not convinced this product is for my super dry skin.  (This was in the ultra hydrating box?!?!)  (This is step 1 and is to be used daily.)

The Rice Polish: Gentle - 10 G or 0.3 OZ

First Impression: Texture appears to be very similar to a charcoal powder I am in love with.  The size is actually pretty generous for a sample, but I can't see how full the little container actually is.  A little bit of this product should go a long way.  The color is the pretty periwinkle hue and when mixed with water, the user controls how moist you want it to be.  The odor is surprising.  More dull and earthy than I anticipated.  I am not completely sold on this first use, I may have to warm up to this product, but I will be trying it again.  My skin was softer and smoother after using. (This is step 2 of the skin care and is suggested daily.  I believe it could be used alone as a cleanser daily or used every other day for exfoliation.  I will have to continue my testing of this product.) 

I got an email (remember I got a FREE cream for joining the mail list) about the Tatcha philosophy of dual cleansing.  Supposedly the oil removes the makeup without stripping your skin of essential natural oil and the exfoliator polishes off the skin  Will need more experimentation, but at home, because the rice polish jar is just too big for my travel bag! (I already overpack & space is premium in there!)

The Essence - 25 ML or 0.8 FL OZ

First Impression: The smell is similar to the cleansing oil.  This is a "serum" but is to be "splashed onto the face and neck and then pressed into the skin." Hmmm, ok. My skin felt dull and tight again.  It kind of tingled too.  For the quantity and the price, I am not anticipating another future investment, but will give it a few days.  (This is step 3 of the skin care and suggested daily.)

The Dewy Skin Cream - 10 ML or 0.3 OZ

First Impression: Hallelujah! I made it to the one product I fell in love with and invested my hard earned money on this travel set for!  The smell is as divine as ever (especially since my nose has been assaulted by the previous products)!  My skin welcomes the quenching moisture from the silky cream.  This skin care regimen has be revived.  I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!! (This is step 4 of the skin care and is suggested daily.)  

The Silk Peony - 3 ML or 0.1 FL OZ

First Impression: This is an eye cream.  A little bit will go a long way, so this teeny tiny jar, should last a while - worth the investment.  This is a very smooth and light weight eye cream.  It is not as heavy as the one I am currently using. Very faint neutral fragrance.  (This is step 5 and is suggested daily.)  This little eye cream pot is perfect for my travel bag!

Overall, I am glad I chose to purchase travel sizes, rather than full size products. While I am not in love with everything I tried, I can use the products until they are gone.  You do get "bang for your buck" with this product line, as a tiny bit goes a long way!  

Everyone on-line raves about how great these products smell, but the only one I really love the scent of is The Dewy Skin Cream.

For women with normal to dry skin, this may be a set worth investing in.  If you have extremely dry skin like me, I would suggest skipping the cleansing oil and the Essence.  If you don't have an eye cream you love, you might want to try this one. 

I have ordered other products and will continue to provide feedback on those in future posts!

This is NOT a sponsored/featured post.  All of the opinions about the products above are my own.  There are no affiliate links inside this post.  Any links are for the reader to gain more information.

If you have tried any of the products above, I would love to know what you, and your skin (please be sure to tell us your skin type), felt about them!  Leave me a comment below!

If you found this review helpful, you may want to read my other Tatcha reviews:

Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream

My Initial Tatcha Skin Care Purchase

My Second Tatcha Purchase

My Tatcha Lipstick Trio Purchase