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REAL Head Shots (finally!)

Danielle Bisbano - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It has been a long time coming but I finally made a plan to get some real deal photos done for my website.  As a consumer, I always prefer when I can actually see who I am considering working with.  I figure my clients might feel that way, too!

Liz (hair), Heather (massage) and I (makeup) had so much fun working with Amy at Olivia Greene Photography.  It was brutally hot  and humid out but I must say that everyone's airbrush makeup held up beautifully.  See why everyone wants this stuff?!  You can check out the rest of the images here.

We will be choosing our images from these photos that Amy picked.  Look for updates to my site very soon and let me know what you think!

The Real Girl

She's the Balm - My Newest Lip Balm Addiction

Danielle Bisbano - Thursday, May 02, 2013


What is a good sign that you really like a product?  How about when you run out of it, you are willing to drive an hour just to get more?  How about when that product is lip balm?  Crazy?  Maybe.  But it is THAT good.

I originally got a tube of MyLipStuff lip balm from Treat Cupcake Bar in Needham.  Red Velvet was the flavor and from the first time I used it I was in love.  I have a multiple  tubes of lip balm near me at all times.  Two in my purse, one on each floor of our condo, one at my desk.  I literally can’t go to bed unless I put some on.  I am not the only person with a lip balm addiction, right?  Right?!?!?!?!?

So the thing with MyLipStuff is that the product is (mostly!) natural and you can pick your flavor.  With over 600 to choose from, they have everything.  Quite literally everything.

I want my brides to have beautifully soft lips.  Lipstick just looks better on lips like that!  I decided to order some of my own as a gift to my brides.  They get their own tube at their trial run and their homework assignment is to use it at least until the wedding! 

The thing is, these tubes make awesome wedding favors, too.  You can have them printed with your wedding date and name of the bride and groom and give them to your guests on your wedding day.  How fun is that?  Check out these examples of some awesome labels for wedding days, “save the date”s and bachelorette parties:




I had a blast picking out flavors and even turned coming up with a tag line into a contest on my Facebook page.  There were so many great ideas but ultimately the winner was “She’s the Balm” lip balm.  Thanks, Mike, for playing along!

So far, nobody that I have given a tube to has said I am exaggerating about how great it is!  Survey says … it really IS the balm ;-)

The Real Girl






Makeup Guide for the Stylish Bride

Danielle Bisbano - Tuesday, February 19, 2013

You have dreamed about this day since you were a little girl. You have spent months preparing and planning, making sure of every last detail. The truth is, your wedding day goes by in the blink of an eye. It is your photos that will last forever. Here are some tips to make sure that your makeup and hair look perfect on your special day and stand the test of time for years to come.

As with all the other facets of your wedding day, no doubt your budget is a factor here, too. If you are comfortable applying your own makeup, feel that you do a good job with it and have plenty of it, you may wish to do it yourself. On the other hand, if you never wear makeup and don’t own any but you want to wear it for your wedding, doing it yourself is not the best way to go. By the time you buy everything you are going to need, you’ll spend more than it would cost to have it done professionally. Hiring a makeup artist also allows you to relax and be pampered on your special day and, really, don’t you deserve that?

Even when hiring a professional, there are some considerations to keep in mind. First, how do you find one? Referrals and recommendations are your best bet. Friends or family who had a good experience with someone or an acquaintance in the beauty industry who recommends someone are both great places to start. You will want to see pictures of their work first and always be sure to do a trial run. The trial run is where you decide on your wedding look so you can see exactly what it will be like BEFORE the big day. It is also where you get to evaluate your makeup artist and decide if this is the person that you want to work with. My trial run resulted in me doing my own makeup for my wedding. Needless to say, I am really glad I did a trial!

When it comes to deciding on a makeup look for your wedding day, it is probably better to avoid being trendy. Emerald green metallic cat-eye makeup could be the hottest thing for the season but a year from now you can be sure it won’t be. A classic look, however, is timeless and always appropriate. When it comes to colors, chose what looks best on you as opposed to trying to match your bridesmaids’ dresses or flowers. Nobody has to match each other; the only “rule” is that everyone’s makeup should be similar in intensity and nobody’s makeup should be so intense that it strongly overpowers the bride. Be sure that you have a well-defined lip and eyes for your photos. False lashes really make a huge difference in pictures so definitely consider them. They are not easy to put on yourself so this is a case where it would be wise to have your makeup artist do them for you.

Chances are you are going to want to look extra special on your wedding day but you still want to feel like yourself. If you are completely uncomfortable with how you look it will show. However, do you really want to look the way you do every day? No! So embrace your inner princess and get ready for the camera.

(As published in Bride’s Choice Magazine 2013 issue. Get your free copy here)

*photo credit St. Pierre Photography; hair by Liz Dufault

Love the Skin You're In!

Danielle Bisbano - Tuesday, January 31, 2012

You are what you eat.  How long has that phrase been around? A long time.  You know why?  Because it’s true!  The same reasoning goes for what we put on our skin.  Our skin is our largest organ and what we put on it goes directly into our bloodstream minus the benefits and protection of our digestive system.  We really need to be aware of this and cooperate by making sure we are using safe, natural products whenever possible.   

Have you ever heard this one:  “Don’t put it on your body unless you can eat it.”  Great advice and a noble venture but it’s not entirely practical for a lot of women.  I like to pick my battles and here is how I do it.

As I started writing this, I realized that there are several factors that I consider every time I make a skin care, body care and/or cosmetics purchase whether I am aware of it or not.  The basic considerations are: surface area, duration and permeability.  Let’s go through them one at a time, shall we?


 Surface area:  are we comparing a body lotion to a cuticle cream?  Let’s be realistic; it is much more important that what you are slathering over your WHOLE BODY be natural than something that covers three square inches.  I’m no math whiz but this is basic stuff.  This is the reasoning behind why I am more likely to use whatever eye shadow without obsessing but I probably won’t use a “junk” moisturizer on my whole face.

Duration: are we comparing something that you are going to be using every day or only once in a while.  How about how long you will have it on your skin?  Like the difference between a face mask that you wash off in 20 minutes versus a serum that you have on for 16 hours.  To me, it matters. 

Permeability: this one is really important to me.  It’s the products that I use in the shower that I am the most discerning about.  When you are in the shower or taking a bath, your pores are open and every square inch of you is getting washed with something (hopefully).  You really want to be careful here with soaps, body washes, shampoo and conditioner.  You’re like a little sponge soaking everything up and when you are taking a bath, it’s like your own private marinade.  Don’t use this opportunity to drown yourself in chemicals!  There are so many other options and they are all easily accessible.  No excuses!

With all of these factors, there is one more to consider.  It is what you do on a daily basis that really matters.  You don’t have to go crazy worrying about every little thing.  It’s all about balance.  On that note, do yourself a favor.  Buy yourself one bottle of natural body wash, shampoo and conditioner and you will give yourself months of chemical-free cleansing.  Want to do one better?  Do the same for a friend.  How easy is that?

Here are just a few products that I have tried and love.  No, I do not work for these people.  I’m just a happy customer.

Savannah Essentials:

Free shipping if you spend $75.  Treat yourself to deliciously scented body washes, soaps, lotions, bath salts and more.  These products are amazing!

John Masters Organics:

Salon quality natural hair and skin care products.  I have not tried the skin care products but I love the shampoos, conditioners and pomades. 


Okay, I actually DO work for these people now but only because I fell in love with the products first.  The most amazing, clean skin care line I have found.  The results are just phenomenal!

Oh, and tell your skin I said “you’re welcome” ;-)

The Real Girl

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