Beauty and Confidence Tribe

Love your body as it is fully and completely. Boudoirs by Mallory and I have put our vision and mission to help all women feel beautiful and confident into action. Beauty has so many facets and we think the most beautiful thing is confidence and loving yourself. These gorgeous women support us in our mission to help every woman feel confident and beautiful in her own skin. 💜 ⠀

No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart. Her heart is so big. She cares so deeply about others and helping people find joy.

Her smile is everything!

Cancer sucks, but her attitude does not! Scars are left to prove how strong she is. She is showing others how to live life to the fullest and not letting anything stop her.

This momma is beautiful and confident!
Beauty and confidence
Beauty is grace and confidence

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. – Audrey Hepburn

Her eyes are stunning, as are her tattoos!

Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself.
Beauty is ageless

Being confident is beautiful. Every woman has so many talents and beauty to share with the world and there should be nothing to stop her.

Ladies, we are our own worst critiques and it needs to stop! You are beautiful😍 Every size, every color, every race, every age, each and every one of you reading this are BEAUTIFUL! ⠀

Embrace the body you have! Love your curves, your smile, your muscles, your height, your bust size, your hips, your butt; love each part of you! Girl, your smile and strength can change the world💪 ⠀

Partners!

Boudoirs by Mallory and I are so proud to have started this Beauty and Confidence Tribe.

Each woman who does a boudoir session with us is going to become a part of our strong tribe of amazing women. We will encourage and empower each other. We all have an excuse to not have our photos taken and we are here to tell you to stop listening to the excuse. You are gorgeous exactly as you are in this moment in your life. So come let me enhance your beauty. You will feel beautiful and confident as you step in front of Mallory’s camera for your photoshoot. http://Www.boudoirsbymallory.com

It’s in the details!

I love walking into a reception room and seeing the tables, the flowers, the seating charts, etc. The tiny little details give the personal touch. It is what makes a wedding unique, it gives you a certain vibe and lets you know more about the couple and the love they have for each other. Oh the details are so important!

Here are some gorgeous details from a beach theme Newport Wedding Shoot. Location was Queen Anne’s Loft, a beautiful venue that is one the second floor and has with large windows to allow you views of the ocean and the city.

Table Setting Perfection

Setting the table with the wedding theme directing you allows every person taking part of the special day really feel your vision. This table setting is perfect.

The florals are gorgeous, a great height and are soft colors. The rope runner has beautiful knots and brings in the beach theme. The glasses tinted green and blue make you think of the ocean. Then there are the pieces of sea glass with beautiful calligraphy as the place cards. I mean, can it get more perfect than that?!

Guests will feel important with the attention to detail you have given to make their place look beautiful.

Your wedding theme starts with the invitation you choose to send your guests. Gorgeous invites that clearly shows the beach theme, the beautiful colors, and the writing will all follow through to the wedding day details.

When there is a custom sign to greet guests when they enter it becomes a photo op and gives guests an idea of the vibe your reception will have!

Gorgeous!

Every detail is perfection. Her dress, jewelry, hair, makeup, flowers, and decor all give beautiful, romantic, spring, beach vibes.

This cake is stunning. The colors and details incorporate the beach theme beautifully. I love that it was not a huge cake, but tall enough to beg everyone to come take a look before it was cut.

Finding a baker that not only bakes a delicious cake, but that is also beautiful can be tricky. Add to that a need to be gluten free and you could be in trouble. Be sure to take the time to find your ideal baker and do tastings to ensure you are happy with the result. After all, no one wants pictures of the bride and groom not liking the taste of their cake.

This wedding was elegant, romantic, and simply stunning. Every last detail was thought of and taken care of. Working with event planners can help you find the perfect wedding vendors to work with and it can ensure a flawless theme. As a woman, former bride, and makeup artist I appreciate all the work that goes into creating your perfect wedding. Start to finish there are endless details that cannot be overlooked. If you liked the personal touches and details from this wedding here is the list of wonderful people who made it all possible! If you contact any of them, be sure to tell them Jess sent you 🙂

Custom Foundation!

Ladies, do you find yourself looking at all the different types and colors of foundation and wondering what to do?  This has been a struggle for so many women and I wanted to be part of a solution.  Imagine having a foundation made just for YOU!

I have always believe that makeup should enhance a woman’s beauty and by creating custom foundation just for you, I am able to fully enhance your natural beauty! First, I will ask you to complete a survey to determine what your skincare needs are and what you are looking for a foundation to do.  Some women use it to cover up spots they feel are imperfections, some use it to cover sun spots and dark circles under their eyes, some just like it to create even skin tone.  No matter your reason for wanting foundation, I can provide the correct coverage.   

The consultation begins!

Now that I know your desires for foundation, we talk more about skin care. Would you like sunscreen in your foundation? Do you have sensitive skin? Are you concerned about aging? You answers to these questions allow me to customize your foundation even further.

Get your perfect match!

Let the mixing begin! Not only will you get the absolute perfect match for your skin tone, and the coverage you want, you will also have skincare additives in there to help improve your skin and any “issues” you have with it!

Mixing up the magic!

Here I am adding some anti-aging serum because she does not want to see fine lines and wrinkles! I will also add a soothing serum to combat redness and she would like the primer to be in the foundation to make her makeup routine less steps! I am happy to fully customize this foundation for her. Once I am able to satisfy all the skincare needs for you, I will then mix up your color!

The perfect color match requires a few base colors and some toners. There is a science to it that I love! I also love the smiling face of a happy customer. There is no better feeling than helping another woman feel like her most beautiful self by creating a one-of-a-kind product.

If you would like your own custom foundation fill out the form and I will be in touch! I cannot wait to help you have the perfect foundation!

Supportive Women

I have really been loving seeing posts on FB and Instagram with women supporting other women.  It should be the norm and not something that we are surprised by, but society had us all competing with each other for a really long time.  Finally, women have decided enough is enough and are collaborating and raising each other up.

This here is my favorite picture of us women supporting each other.  I am 3 weeks postpartum and my friend asked for makeup tips for an event she has coming up.  It would have been easy for me to say “sorry, i cannot”, but I knew it was important and I LOVE being helpful so I said, “yes”.  I was so honored that she asked for my assistance and that she understood my kiddos would be around when she came over for help.

Makeup artist empowered by women

While I helped her and showed her how to do a glam look, she held my daughter and helped her stay asleep.  **Not seen here are our other two daughters (her’s was entertaining my toddler with coloring books).**  I had tried to get the baby to sleep on her own, but she had other plans.  It was great that my friend understood the only way to get help was to help me out with the girls.  This is how supportive we are of each other!  We raise each other up, turn to each other when we know the other is stronger in a certain area than we are.

I explained each step, showed her how it looked, and she took notes on her phone.  I was able to make the steps easy enough for her to recreate at the events she had coming up.  There is no shame in needing and wanting help and us women should be empowering each other and supporting each other in any way we can.  Work at home, stay at home and working moms all need to take a minute and appreciate the work that each is doing to support their family. Community over competition raises us all up!

Here is her final look.  I love how it simply enhances her natural beauty.  This look also made her eyes really POP!  Now she is ready to recreate this look and look gorgeous for every event she has!

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This beautiful mom of three came by for consult and application.

Thoughts about Praise

I have been featured as a Trailblazer in the Boston Voyager! 

Boston-VoyagerIt’s not every day that I get asked to do an interview, actually I can literally count on one hand the number of times it has happened… three times.  Two of those times were because of work I was doing as a teacher and helping female students dive more into science and potentially lead them to science-based careers and now this! I am very excited to be featured as one of the trailblazers in my area!!

http://bostonvoyager.com/interview/meet-trailblazer-jessica-abreu/

It was quite humbling to be nominated and interviewed and as I went through the list of others who have been featured I was honored to be among such amazing company!   I loved the outpouring of congratulations that I received from family and friends.

Praise is something that people often desire, but as a mom, wife, entrepreneur, and former teacher it is not something I often receive from others. We all want to know we are doing a good job, that what we are doing matters above just completing a task or daily essentials.

As a wife and mother , there are sometimes thank you’s, but for tasks that if not completed we would not be alive, ie making dinner.  It’s not that the thank you is not appreciated, but it feels strange to be thanked for doing something to feed my family.  I would like to be thanked for cleaning the bathroom…. because, well… teenage boy and husband!  If you have a son and/or hubby you know what I am talking about!  Soon enough I will also have two girls to clean up after as well and I am sure the amount of hair found in undesirable places is just going to multiply!

When I think back to my former teaching days I can only recall a handful of times when I was told I was doing something great for my students by the administration.  If you want to know the number of times we were told to do more or “that’s nice” I lost count after reaching double digits. If you are a teacher and reading this know that I appreciate all the hard work and dedication you put into your students every year!  I know that parents and administration can be tough and they make you sometimes wonder why you are doing what you do, but you are fabulous and are making a huge difference in your students’ lives and they need you.   I try to always go above and beyond for my son’s teachers so that they know they are appreciated, especially when said child is not doing his best!!!

Being an entrepreneur means I get to be my own cheerleader and I try to give myself praise, but where is the line?  Do I praise myself for every little accomplishment, “Good job, Jess, you ordered the toner for the printer so it never runs out and got paid on your purchase.”  I mean, praise like that could really go to a girl’s head and make her think she is unstoppable!  Why YES! Yes,  I will praise myself and do it often because I am the only one who is going to make myself better and grow! Positive attitude and vibes all around here because that is what makes people great!  Will I stumble on my face, of course, and probably more than once, but I will always get up and continue moving forward.  That is what an entrepreneur does, that is what someone who wants to continue to grow and get better at anything does! Having a dream and a goal keeps me determined to move forward to accomplish more every day/week/month/year and it can for you too!

Remember it is not always about what the goal is and reaching it, but who you become along the way!Screenshot_20180607-162637_2