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

Holiday Beauty – Travel Sizes

With my holiday pending and baggage allowances getting less and less the last thing I want is to have to take massive sized bottles. So here’s my Top 5 travel sized products to take away on holiday with you.

 Dermalogica Skincare Kit – 10/10

I totally love Dermalogica it’s always going to be top of my list. This box lasts for 30 days!

Holiday beauty

This Dermalogica Skin Kit contains a full regimen of what your skin needs most. If you’re a first-time Dermalogica user, then prepare yourself for great skin. And, if you’re already hooked, these convenient travel sizes will bring professional skin care wherever you’re going today. Use as directed by your Dermalogica Professional Skin Therapist. 10/10  www.buy.dermalogica.co.uk

Nurture Mini Travel Collection – 9/10

Loved this range. My skin felt smooth and nourished. Wish there were more wipes in the pack!

Holiday beauty

nurture skincare offers a selection of great summer essentials packed with natural plant extracts such as edelweiss to help protect against free radical damage and suitable for even the most sensitive skin to make holiday packing simple and hassle-free.  www.nurtureskincare.co.uk

Eau Thermale Avène Spring Water Spray – 10/10

I never go anywhere without this in my handbag. I use it on everyone before I apply their make up too! It hydrates the skin in seconds and feels so refreshing.

Holiday beauty travel sizes

Keep refreshed in-flight with this cooling and soothing travel-size water spray. The softening and protective properties of the unique Avène Thermal Spring Water calms complexions and the low mineral content in the water, as well as its pH 7.5 (almost neutral) balance, will not sting, burn or dry out skin. What’s more it’s perfect for toning and refreshing flustered faces and cooling legs and body. www.boots.com

Soap and glory Clean Getaway – 9/10

Smells delicious and a great way to have a bit of girly pampering while you’re away! They should add a body scrub too.

 Holiday beauty travel sizes

 Shower gel, bubble bath, hand cream and body butter. www.boots.com

 Bumble and Bumble Hair  Travel Trio – 9/10

Love, love, love this range. Great for short trips and week long stays. Need more for a 2 week getaway.

Holiday beauty travel sizes

A luxurious set that gently, richly and deeply nourishes hair back to softness and shine.  www.bumbleandbumble.co.uk

 Hope you enjoyed reading this! Happy shopping

Joyce xx

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

 

 

Goodbye 2012. You’ve been a great year!

 

Happy New Year

At the start of 2012 I had so many different ideas in my head but I had no clue that it was going to be such an amazing year! Here are some  of my favourite shoots of 2012. Make up hair by Brides and Beauty!

Here’s my year in pictures! (Photographer details are below images)

Make up in Oxfordshire

Photographer – Balaji

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Photographer – Alexis Jaworski

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Photographer – Chris Harris

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Photographer – David Bostock

Make Up in London

Studio – Model Test Shoot

Make Up for cancer charity

Photographer – Mecifi 

Make Up for Photographers in Surrey

Photographer – Carey Sheffield

Make up in Hertfordshire

Photography – White Gold Images 

Multicultural Make Up

Photography – FO Photography 

Bridal make Up in Reading

Photographer – Hannah McClune

Pastel Make Up London

Photography – Emma Lucy 

Hair and Make Up London

Studio – Model Test Shoot

Make Up Artist Brighton

Photographer – Jayne Sacco

Model make up

Photography – Carey Sheffield 

And the highlights of my year! 

Being a judge at the ice the cake awards, winning a small business retweet (Twitter) from Theo Paphitis (Dragons Den) and Winning the Wedding Industry Awards best hair and make up in England!

Award winning make up artist

Thanks for reading

Joyce xx

Looking Gorgeous in your Wedding Photographs

As a wedding photographer, it is my job to capture every special moment of your magical day and of course, ensure every Bride looks stunning in every photograph, even the fun ones.

So from my point of view, where would I recommend you start in planning how you are going to look on your wedding day?

Many brides book a make-up artist to do their wedding day ‘face’ and that is very sensible. Even if you are excellent at applying the most beautiful make-up, the morning of your wedding will probably be full of excitement and glasses of champagne, not always the best combination when a mascara wand is involved. It is your day to be spoilt and pampered, so go for it, find yourself a really good make up artist to pamper your face. A few tips here

  • ALWAYS have a trial run and don’t be afraid to tell your make-up artist if you don’t like what she is doing. There is no point wearing make up you hate on the day, any good MUA will listen to what you do and don’t want and advise accordingly. If you really can’t agree, or feel in anyway uncomfortable, move on and find someone else.
  • Don’t be too concerned if they apply your make up a little heavier than you would normally have it, it has to last all day and if your photographer uses some flash at some point in the day, it will help stop any ‘washing out’
  • Photographically, most of us girlies always look better taking a ‘less is more’ approach – the make up may be more heavily applied, but it should still look gorgeous and natural.
  • Book EARLY! Like good photographers, good make up artists get booked well in advance, especially for the popular summer and key winter dates. The more time you allow, the better chance you have of finding the right person for you

So if you wouldn’t normally wear make up, should you on your wedding day? There is no right or wrong answer to this, it is very much a personal choice, but I would offer the suggestion of speaking to a make up specialist and perhaps booking a trial, see how you look and feel before going ahead and making a booking for the day. A good MUA will never make you look overdone and silly, they will only enhance your preferred natural look, so why not give it a try, you can always decide against it if you really don’t like it.

Finally, if you are going to apply your own make up, remember what I said earlier about the morning of the wedding and allow yourself at least twice as long to apply it as you normally would. It may be worth investing in some make-up lessons just to be sure you are flattering yourself and of course, it’s an investment that last long after your big day is just a distant memory.

Your wedding day hair is another area where you can apply almost identical principals as above – but you really can go for glamour if you want, get a look you love and allow plenty of time for trials and test runs before making the final booking for your day. After that, the rest is up to your photographer, my job is to take these building blocks and complete the look with fabulous photographs.

My name is Yvonne White and I am a London/Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer though I do work across the South East and the UK on request. Wedding photography is about capturing your memories, making a visual record for you and your descendants to enjoy long after the cake is eaten and the dress is boxed up in the loft. You can see more of my work on my website and by having a browse through my blog by visiting www.whitegoldimages.co.uk

 

How to look your best and be confident!

Image source: White Gold Images

A good haircut that’s manageable at home

A basic make up kit to enhance your natural beauty (foundation/ tinted moisturiser, mascara, lip-gloss/lipstick, blusher)

Wearing colours that suit you (clothing and make up)

Taking good care of your skin, cleansing, regular facials

Hands are always on display so manicures or neatly filed nails are essential

Good posture ‚ Sit up straight and walk tall.

Have a facial to brighten your complexion, the change of weather can make the skin look dull and sallow. Drink plenty of water to rehydrate the skin after spending long amounts of time in a centrally heated room, hot water with a slice of fresh lemon is very refreshing.

Try not to have the bath water too hot because it has a very drying effect on the skin. Do a full body exfoliation while you soak in the bath and then pat skin dry and use a good body moisturiser to make your skin glow.

In the winter months an everyday body tanning product can be used to give the skin a bit of colour, but you can just do the parts of you’re your body that are on show, take care to exfoliate feet, elbows and knees regularly to remove excess tan build up.

Shape your eyebrows, if you can‚’t do it yourself then get them done professionally. Eyebrows give the eyes definition.

Treat yourself to a new foundation if you’ve had the old one for a while. Skin tones change with the seasons, if your skin is flawless you can get away with just using a tinted moisturiser. Go to the make up counters and test 2/3 different colours closest to your skin tone on your jaw line, the colour that disappears into your skin is the right shade. Take a small mirror with you and always check it in daylight before you purchase it.

Now you’re all set for the new season ahead!!

Joyce xx

Memories of 2011

I was very lucky to be involved in some really great photoshoots in 2011. We did the hair and make up for all of them. Here are some of my favourite images from them!

Bridal hair accessories

Hair accessories Photoshoot for Love the Burglars Photography by Carey Sheffield

Fairytale

Cottingley Faeries Inspired Photoshoot. Photography by Clare West also featured on Love My Dress Blog

London bride

London Bride Magazine Launch photoshoot. Photography by Fiona Kelly

Anti bride with choccywoccydodah

A photoshoot written by me and inspired by Hammer house movies. As featured on The Good Food Channel with ChoccyWoccyDooDah and on The Boho Wedding Blog Photography by Tino and Pip

Bridal Hair Hair accessories photoshoot for Tiararama Photography by Hannah Duffy

Wedding Wednesday – Photoshoot!

Today I would like to share with you a Hair accessory photo shoot that we did the hair and make up for – All designs are by the amazing Suzanne Laughlin from Tiararama

The photography is by the fabulous Hannah Duffy

Here are some of my favourite images

Bridal hair and make up

Brides tiara

Bridal hair autumn shades

Bridal Hair Article

An Article I wrote for Vitality Magazine published – February/March 2011 Issue

Gorgeous Bridal Hair

Helping a bride to choose a suitable hairstyle for her wedding day can be fun if you both have an open mind. Some brides will see a style and think Wow I love that hairstyle ù but in reality their hair length and texture isn’t right for the style they’ve seen! Hairdressers should have some images available for the brides to view to give them an idea of styles they may be able to achieve for brides. One of my favourite long hair industry celebrity stylists is Patrick Cameron and he has some of the best books on how to do fantastic styles too. Length and volume can be added with extensions and there are lots on the market.

Check the condition of the bride’s hair in the run up to the wedding day! A series of conditioning treatments will help to get her hair into tip top condition. For brides that are growing their hair, advise them to have a trim every six weeks to get rid of split ends.
Brides and the stylist should choose a style that will look good with the dress and hair accessories. It’s easier if the stylist can see the dress and accessories to give them an overall view of what type of hairstyle would look best with the dress so ask the bride to be to bring a picture with them.

Book the bride in for a trial run, before the wedding day. I would recommend a trial run 6 weeks before the actual wedding day. If the hairstyle that they dreamed of does not look as good on them as they had hoped, they’ll be glad they found that out before the big day! Bear in mind that hair thickness and length may not be suitable for the bride to be’s chosen style and advise accordingly. Ask the bride to bring her veil, tiara or any other accessories along to the appointment.

Throughout the trial check the brides comfort levels, if the pins or hair accessories are causing discomfort, ask her to let you know so they can be adjusted. The last thing a bride needs on her wedding day is painful pins!

At the trial appointment its always a good idea to take pictures. A stylist should take pictures from all angles so that you have a record for on the wedding day. Offer to take photos for the bride too! Bride to be’s love to show pictures of how they will look to their Mum’s and bridesmaids.

Hair colouring or any other chemical treatments for the big day should be done a few weeks before so that the colour has time to settle down. Highlights should be done a week or so before the wedding so that they look freshly done. Give the final trim or cut no later than two weeks prior to the wedding date. Just before the wedding is not the time to try out a drastic new look, such as cutting long hair into a short style or completely changing the colour.

Ask the bride if she is taller than the groom or are they both the same height. Hair up styles can add quite a lot of height to the bride. Also take into account the height of their shoes. A bride that is much shorter than the groom can use a hair up style to even out the height differences.

An elaborate a hairstyle may be in competition with the brides face and dress, but its what the bride is happy with that matters the most.

Written by

Joyce Connor

www.bridesandbeauty.co.uk

 


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