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Top 10 Beauty and Skincare Products for Winter skin

Bridal beauty winter skincare

Every winter my skin struggles with the different changes in temperature, central heating and the cold winds wreak havoc on my skin’s moisture balance. I try to keep it as hydrated as possible and because having great skin is one of my top priorities i try lots of different things to get the best skincare products in my opinion that do work!

If your getting married in summer this year you should start pampering your skin now. Bridal make up lasts longer on hydrated and nourished skins. When your skin is too dry and flaky make up will just soak straight into it.

Brides to Be should treat their skin to a monthly masque and a daily hydrating skin treatment during the winter months.

My top 10 Must Haves for winter skincare routines

 

Skin brightening

Dermalogica daily microfoliant

 

Skin nourishing masque

Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque

Hydrating mist water spray for skin

Avene thermal water

Bridal Beauty eye cream

StriVectin SD eye cream

Skincare serum

Dermaquest Essential b5 hydrating serum

Skin repair cream and primer for dry skin

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Overnight skin serum

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial

Lip treatment for brides

Dr Paw Paw

Effective dry skin treatment

Weleda Dry Skin Food

Nourishing body cream

Laura Mercier Crème Brulee  Soufflé Body Crème

Here are all the stores that i use to purchase my products!

  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant –  info
  • Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque –  info
  • Avene Thermal Spring Water – info
  • StriVectin SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles –  info
  • Dermaquest Essent B5 Hydrating Serum –  info
  • Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream –  info
  • Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial –  info
  • Dr Paw Paw – RRP info
  • Weleda Dry Skin Food – info
  • Laura Mercier Crème Brulee Soufflé Body Crème – info

*** I use all of these brands for personal and professional use. I am not affiliated to any of these companies and i have purchased all products myself ***

Thanks for Reading 

Joyce xx

Remembering 2013 – Thank you!

 What a great year!!!

Wedding hair and bridal make up in Berkshire

 

2013 was one of the best years ever! Above are a few of my favourite images.

I got to work at some amazing venues and with some amazing wedding suppliers. Thank you to everyone of you that booked and worked with me.

Here’s to 2014!!!! 

Joyce xxx

Bridal Hair and Make Up – Oakley Hall Hampshire

Earlier this year we did the wedding of the gorgeous Paula at Oakley Hall in Hampshire. She picked a gorgeous day to get married. The sun shone and the photos from Neil Palmer are just gorgeous!!

Bridal make up

Wedding hair up

Bridal make up Hampshire

Bridal Hair and Make Up

Wedding hair and make up

To see more images and find out more about Neil click here 

For details about the stunning Oakley Hall click here

Marriages in England 2013 – Infographics from Wedding Secret

Weddings in England By The Wedding Secret

Created by The Wedding Secret:

Lipcote Celebrates 50 Years

Lipcote – The original Lipstick Sealer 

When I was young I used to use Lipcote and it was a bit stingy so I reserved it for special occasions.

How pleasantly surprised was I to find that not only doesn’t it not sting anymore but it still makes your lip colour stay on really well. I put it to the test with a dark lip colour.  I absolutely love it and it’s a great addition to anyone’s make up bag, Brides included. If you like to wear lipcolour on holiday too this is great because Lipcote  waterproofs the lipcolour!

They even have lovely new packaging:

Bridal make up lipcote

“Celebrating 50 years in beauty as lipstick’s best friend, Lipcote’s very own anniversary makeover reflects the zeitgeist of contemporary feminism, courtesy of a delicate yet brash new logo and packaging in collaboration with top illustrator, Dora, whose distinctive work is aptly inspired by 1950’s burlesque, Japanese print and age-old femininity.”

How to Apply:

Put on one coat of lipstick, blot with a tissue and add a 2nd coat of lipstick. Apply one thin coat of Lipcote.

I put Lipcote on first thing in the morning and 6 hours later it was still on even after eating and drinking all day.

Lipcote is available to buy online for £3.99 here

 Joyce xx

The True Cost of Bridal make Up

When I meet a bride for the 1st time I do a consultation. Asking here about her skincare, how much make up she normally wears on a day to day basis and what she would like to achieve for her wedding day make up! Then a trial bridal make up is done with the wedding hair style at the same time if possible. Once the bride to be is happy with her look. This is what i will use for her wedding day.

I decided to write this post so that brides can see a breakdown of what I use to create their bridal make up. Here is a photo of a bridal model and below the image I have listed everything I used to create the look.

Make Up Artist in Reading Berkshire

The prices are based on middle to  high end high street brands. The same longevity of make up colour would not be achieved by the lower end brands. The brands i would use are professional brands and I use them because of the high pigment colour in them and they stay on the skin longer so the bride won’t need her make up touched up for at least 12 hours (apart from the lipstick).

Skin

Cleanser – £20.00

Toner – £25.00

Moisturiser – £30.00

Make Up

Primer – £30.00

Foundation x 2 £30.00 each

Concealor – £14.50

Powder – £20.00

Contour Powder – £20.00

Blusher – £15.00

Eyeshadows x 3 £30.00

Eyeliner Pencil – £10.00

Eyeliner gel – £16.00

Brow Pencil – £10.00

Mascara – £15.00

Strip lashes – £8.00

Lip Balm – £6.00

Lip Pencil – £10.00

Lipstick – £15.00

Lip gloss – £15.00

Make up setting spray – £17.00

Brushes

Foundation brush – £25.00

Concealor brush – £15.00

Powder brush – £25.00

Contour/blusher brush – £18.00

Brow Brush – £12.00

Eyeshadow brush – £15.00

Eyeshadow Blending brush – £15.00

Lip Brush – £15.00

Disposables

Tissues – £2.00

Cosmetic Cotton buds – £1.00

Mascara wands – £1.00

If someone has skin issues they made need more products. Hydration for dry skin. Blemish cover for breakouts or high colour on skin. These products used are for a blemish free skin and its the minimum i would use for a bridal make up.

Thanks for reading this!

Joyce xx

Guest Post – Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique

Guest Post 

ELLIE SANDERSON the multi award winning bridal Boutique owner talks about choosing the right dress!

Making the right dress choice.
It’s so important to choose a dress style that makes the most of your figure. Your height and your body shape are the key things that should influence your style of dress. The average British Woman is size 14 and more often than not slightly pear shaped and so when a bride goes shopping for the Dress of her Life it is so very important that she tries on a number of dress shapes until she finds the one that makes her figure look as perfectly in proportioned as possible.
A few golden rules – Choosing the right shape

 

Fishtail bridal dress

 

COLUMN LINE / FISHTAIL
These two styles look terrific on girls that have a figure that is in good proportion all over. They are fairly unforgiving shapes so steer clear if your hips are bigger than your bust size (i.e. 12 bust on 16 hips)

A LINE 
This is probably the most popular dress shape as it’s brilliant on all figure types, fitted bodices are totally flattering on the bust and waist but the A LINE of the skirt falls away over the hips. Repeat after me – A LINE IS MY FRIEND, Trust me they are everyone’s friends. In silk, in Lace and in taffeta we love them.

Bridal dresses

 

BALLGOWN
This shape of gown is great on girls who have slim tops and bigger bottoms; they fit to the waist and have full circular skirts which exaggerate a small waist and hide a problem bottom! Sassi Holford is Queen of the English Ballgown, soft floating silk organza will ensure you float of puff of smoke down the aisle.
A few golden rules – Choosing the right neckline

Wedding dresses

SWEETHEART NECKLINES and SCOOP NECKLINES
These necklines are great on small to medium busts and brilliant on petite girls as it opens up the decolletage making them look taller. All illusion of the eye, they are also so very flattering and terribly feminine.

Bridal Gowns

STRAIGHT NECKLINES
Are perfect for bigger busted girls, without doubt it will help keep your bust contained and prevent you from looking too booby on your big day. They are also great on medium sized busts.

Backless bridal dress
BACKLINES
Backs are the new fronts without question – designers like Claire Pettibone have some incredible dress back detail, no wonder she is tipped to do Jennifer Anistons dress when she finally gets up the aisle !

Shoulder strap bridal dress
SHOULDERS / STRAPS / DETAILS

Shoulders and straps are great on most girls except those with a very broad athletic frame as it can make you look broader. Shoulder straps can also make full busted girls feel more comfortable and supported.

Little jackets can also change the neckline of a dress and hide arms if you feel uncomfortable exposing them, cap sleeves or longer length sleeves are possible for that extra bit of coverage and glamour.
Also think about points of detail on a gown, they will draw people’s attention to that point, girls with a tiny waist and larger bust and hips look amazing with a flower or sparkles at the waist – drawing the eye to the waist and away from the bust and hips.
Girls with a small bust look great in dresses with rushing on the bust and sparkles or flowers to make the bust look bigger and more in proportion.
Petite girls look amazing in dresses with empire lines or sash detail to the waist, making them look taller and longer and pulling the eye to under the bust on the waist.

Once you have chosen your dress there are a few final golden rules.

1. Wear a small heel even if you hate heels, your posture is so much better when you are tilted onto the ball of your foot, if heels are a no go zone, try wedges, trust me you look and feel more glam in a heel.
2. Choose great underwear, most well made dresses have corsets if yours doesn’t buy one. A corset helps you stay in place and look shapely all day, it also helps your posture.
3. And keep your undies nude – white or ivory can show, lots of lace and bows can show. Plain is best and save the fancy glam bits for the honey moon!

Whatever your shape you should make sure you go to a boutique that offers you a one to one consultation. Being told to pick 6 dresses and leaving you with a sea of dresses is not going to help you.
At Ellie Sanderson you will be booked in for a 1 ½ hour consultation with one of my great girls who will guide you through all of the above and help you select the right dresses to try.
You will be styled, spoiled and totally looked after. Finally once you have chosen a dress you will be invited back to a personalised styling appointment with one of our stylist who will help you with shoes, veils and accessories – we are a little bit crazy about the detail and love to make sure your look is perfect from your tiara to your toes!!
We have two shops with some of the UKs top labels like Jenny Packham, Sassi Holford to Suzanne Neville mixed with world famous names like Augusta Jones and Claire Pettibone.

Call us today to book your appointment by visiting our website.
www.elliesanderson.com

Paris Wedding Hairstyles: The Chignon

Have I got a real treat in store for you today! today’s post is all about an amazing Parisian wedding book by Kimberley Petyt

We have got our hands on a copy of this gorgeous book and you could win it! Just read to the end for more details!! 

© The Paris Wedding, Gibbs-Smith

© The Paris Wedding, Gibbs-Smith

 

Paris Wedding Hairstyles: The Chignon

© The Paris Wedding, Gibbs-Smith

© The Paris Wedding, Gibbs-Smith

 

As with wine, cheese, fashion and Johnny Halliday, the French take their chignons very seriously. Before moving to France, I had assumed that a chignon was a fancy word for “bun”—when hair is pulled back into a band and then pinned under to make, well, a bun. It wasn’t until I started phoning hair salons in Paris for wedding clients did I realize how naive I had been. The moment that I would tell the salon receptionist that my client needed a chignon, her tone would immediately change: “Non! Zayre ees nobody who can do chignon ’eere.” Or, “C’est pas possible, Pierre is zee only one who can do chignon and Thursday ees his day off!” That was my first clue that a chignon à la française is a whole other ballgame.

 

Getting married in Paris

 

Bombée, tressé, néo-romantique, décoiffé or banane—the names of styles of the French chignon are as elaborate as the many variations of the style itself. Like the bride who sports it, a classic chignon mariage can be austere, demure or unbridled. It can be slicked back, poofed up, or swept over with meters of ringlets tumbling down the bride’s back. Some French hairstylists devote their entire professional lives to chignon, while others, having been shamed early on in beauty school, outright refuse to approach them. This is actually quite a noble thing, considering that a bad chignon is typically very, very bad.

 

© The Paris Wedding, Gibbs-Smith

© The Paris Wedding, Gibbs-Smith

 

When you’re making an appointment for a chignon at a salon in Paris, especially for a wedding or other special occasion, try to make an appointment for a trial (called an essai in French) sometime before the actual event. Go to the trial armed with photos of the style you want, any combs, clips or other accessories that you plan to wear and photos of your wedding dress or gown. This being Paris, be prepared for the stylist to gasp in horror at your photos, and to insist that under no circumstance will he ever give you the style that you want. It’s okay, it’s all part of le jeu (the game). Let him give you the style that he thinks is best, ogle and fawn all over it, all the while flaming his ego with words like “maître” (master) and “génie” (genius). Then slowwwly ease it into the style you want. For example: “Oh, Pierre, it is absolutely magnifique (magnificent)! My future sister-in-law was right! You ARE a genius. You have given me a chignon that is sexy and sophisticated, with just the right amount of virginity to make those other women seethe with jealousy. Oh, but I must confess—I have always been embarrassed by the homeliness of the nape of my neck. Do you think it would be possible to drop the chignon down just a bit, to spare me the embarrassment on my wedding day?” Et voila!

 

Bride in Paris

© The Paris Wedding, Gibbs-Smith

 

Many salons in Paris will offer a forfait mariage, which is a package deal that could include a hair and makeup trial, plus hair/makeup and a simple manicure on the day of. The prices of forfait mariage are varied. For some reason, salons in Paris are usually very suspicious about quoting a forfait price over the phone. They often try to insist that you come in to see them to get a price. If you let them know that you’re phoning from overseas and are unable to come in, they will give you a price seemingly off the top of their heads, but you can assume that the true price will be within fifty euros or so of the one quoted. The best bet, of course, is if you have a printed advertisement or if you can get a quote sent to you by email.

If you’re thinking about trying out an authentic French chignon while in Paris, take a look at a few of these salons. I’m sure that any one of them will make you look magnifique.

 

Bar à chignons

Christophe-Nicolas Biot

52, rue Saint André des Arts

75006 Paris, France

www.christophenicolasbiot.com

Carita International

11, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

75008 Paris, France

www.carita.com

Jean Marc Joubert

255, rue Saint-Honoré

75001 Paris, France

www.jeanmarcjoubert.com

 

Kimberley Petyt is an American wedding planner in Paris, a French wedding expert and the owner of Parisian Events, a wedding & event planning agency catering to English-speakers in Paris. She writes the popular blog “parisian party: tales of an american wedding planner in paris” www.parisianevents.com/parisianparty

Her book, The Paris Wedding (Gibbs-Smith, 2013) is a full-color, idea-packed, go-to guide for globally minded trendsetters who are in love with the style and romance of Paris, and is available in the U.K. now through online booksellers.

To enter the competition to win your very own copy of this book. Just answer this question:

Who is the book’s author?

Please leave your answer in the comment box. One winner will be chosen at random on the 25th April 2013.   

 

Good luck

Joyce xx

 

 

Wedding Shoot – Ashmolean Museum Oxford

I took part in an incredible shoot with a great team at The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. It was a lovely day and the finished images are amazing thanks to David Bostock.

Here are my favourites

Bridal Make Up Oxford

Credits:

Photography: David Bostock – The Bridal Photographer

Dresses and Accessories – Ellie Sanderson – Ellie Sanderson Wedding Dresses

Menswear: Aaron John – Clements and Church Tailors

Make Up – Joyce Connor – Brides and Beauty 

Hair: Dani Maci

Styling:  Louise Grace – Louise Grace

Flowers: Matthew Taylor – Fabulous Flowers 

Venue: The Ashmolean Museum – The Ashmolean