A Fairy Photoshoot

Here’s a shoot we did in the woods. It was a great shoot and we had fun doing it!! Its based on the Cottingley Fairies!

Hair and make up by Brides and Beauty

Photography by Clare West

My favourite photos from a January photo shoot

Here are the photos that I love the most from a shoot that we did in January this year! Hair and Make up by Brides and Beauty!

Photography by Carey Sheffield

Hair accessories by Love the Burglars

Hair and Make Up by Brides and Beauty

Fushi’s New Bride And Beautiful Essential Wedding Kit

It’s not just a certain bride-to-be who’s going to want to be looking her very best on her big day when all eyes are upon her. Okay, it might not be the eyes of the world, and okay, not every bride is going to have the pick of the very best of experts to make sure everything is perfect.

Every bride does have access to Fushi’s new Bride and Beautiful Essential Wedding Kit, with complete with tried and tested remedies for glowing skin, healthy hair and even something to manage the hissy fits, so that you can positively shine on your big day.

And, since most brides want to lose a few inches before the wedding and certainly before their honeymoon, Fushi also offers something that not only boosts weight loss, but also gives energy levels a welcome boost.

The products in the kit are:

Monochrome Gift Box
Beauty Totale 60 caps
Lemon Balm & Lavender Herbal Drink 230 ml
Organic Argan oil 100 ml
Total Body Slim Complex 90 caps
A4 Age reverse Enzyme Peel 30 sachets

FUSHI’S TOTAL BODY SLIM COMPLEX is designed to complement a sensible weight loss programme. Take At least 1 month before.

 

A4 ENZYME PEELING POWDER is the bride’s essential for an even complexion and fresher looking skin. Recommended to use 1 sachet a week and start using six weeks before the big day.

BEAUTY TOTALE, an advanced skin, hair and nails nutriceutical complex with 24 very essential nutrients. Recommended to start using 1 month before D Day.

MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL, is a renowned beauty oil with outstandingly intensive moisturising effects for smoother, youthful skin and nourished hair that’s glossy and in peak condition for any styling. Start using 1 month before, massaging into skin and hair three times a week.

LEMON BALM and LAVENDER HERBAL DRINK calms the nerves and relaxes the senses.

I have been using the ‘Moroccan Argan Oil’ and taking ‘Fushi’s Total Body Slim Complex’ for the last 2 weeks.

I love the Argan oil and its really made a dramatic difference to my hair. Its softer and more manageable. It says to use it 3 times and week and that is enough. I have used it on my face and its too oily for me because I have very oily skin. I am using it on my decollete though to give that area a boost and keep it supple. Its amazing. You need such a small amount so a little goes long way! I really recommend this product.

I’m not very good at taking pills but I decided to give these a try. I have lost a bit of weight and my clothes are fitting better. You do need to think about what you eat too. Taking these is not substitute for bad eating habits. The pills are capsule shaped and you need to take them with water and food 3 times daily.

The ‘Bride and Beautiful’ kit can be purchased from Fushi or at selected Waitrose, Ocado, Daylesford Organic

 

Bridal Hair and Make Up Trends for 2011

The look for 2011 is flawless skin. To achieve this I recommended a series of salon facials to get skin to its optimum hydration with weekly exfoliation at home in between treatments. Most salons offer consultations so you can get advice on what type of facial would suit your skin type! If the products you’re using now aren’t giving you the desired results then discuss this with your skin therapist during the consultation. Its important to prepare hair and skin for the wedding day. The photos will show how great the condition of how your skin and hair are. If you’re unsure always seek advice. A salon therapist or hairstylist will be qualified to give the best advice. Images give ideas of styles but sometimes hair pieces or extensions are needed to get the desired look.

Make up will only look as good as the skin it’s on. A great skin gives the perfect blank canvas for the make up artist to apply her base to. The bridal make up look for 2011 is a natural or nude eyes with lashings of mascara or eyelash extensions. Lip colour is going to be big this year too. If you want to add colour to your eyes then go for pastels that can range from very pale to vibrant. Strong eyes go with neutral or pale lips and neutral eyes go with stronger lip colours. For lip staying power colour the entire lip in with a matching lip pencil and add your lipstick or gloss over the top.

Vintage glamour is big this year too! The vintage style will go with the whole vintage wedding theme it might look out of place otherwise. 1940’s and 1950’s are a great look for this with red hot lips and long lashes being the key to achieving this style.

Hair styles for this year are varied. The messy updo is still in and so is the bouffant chignon. The natural look with loose bouncy curls is also in. The chosen style will all depend on the overall look that the bride wants to achieve. For vintage glamour large finger waves are to die for. Book regular trims if you’re growing your hair.

The groom should also have skincare treatments to get skin glowing. Men’s hands usually get forgotten and need to be manicured for the big day. Clean smooth hands with filed nails and soft cuticles will make all the difference to the wedding photos! Get short hair cut a couple of days before so that the cut settles into shape! Longer hair should be trimmed no later than two weeks prior to the wedding day. Don’t over do the hair styling products, the hedgehog look went out In the 80’s.

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The Awards 10 Day Face and Body Blitz

As you all know I’ve been nominated for an award and I want to look my best for the day so here’s my 10 day countdown.

Day 1 – Hand exfoliation

Day 2 – Full Body Scrub

Day 3 – Foot Scrub, Masque and Moisturise with. Hair Cut and coloured.

Day 4 – Facial Scrub

Day 5 – Dry Body Brush all over to stimulate circulation

Day 6 – Slather handcream over hands and wear gel gloves for 30 minutes

Day 7 – Full facial – Cleanse, exfoliate, masque, tone, eyecream, mositurise

Day 8 – Wax legs, underarms, eyebrows

Day 9 – Pedicure for pretty feet

Day 10 – Morning ritual before heading to the awards.

On top of these my I will also do this daily:

Morning – Cleanse, tone, eyecream, moisturise

Daytime – Apply cuticle care

Nightime – Cleanse, tone, eyecream, serum, moisturise. Apply Rapidlash to lashes. Apply foot cream. Sleep.

If you need any help or have any questions! Please contact me!

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A Fifties Wedding

Today I’d like to share with you a post by the fabulous Charlie of Fifties Wedding. We both share a love of all things vintage!

A Fifties Wedding

I love a vintage bride, and for me there is no better decade than the fabulous fifties! The 1950s oozes glamour & sophistication, think Marilyn Monroe, Sandra Dee, Grace Kelly & Audrey Hepburn. If you re looking for some 50s inspiration on your wedding day these icons of the last century should be top of your list.

Generally weddings in the fifties were very traditional, and when brides today talk about having a fifties wedding what they generally mean is inspired by the decade, e.g. the fashion, the music, patterns (such as polka dots). Certainly this was the case for my own wedding.

For most real 1950s brides they still wore white, full-length gowns, though the shorter style dresses had become more popular towards the end of the decade. Today 50s inspired wedding dresses tend to reflect the fashion of the era. A classic 50s style dress on today modern bride is classy, stylish and flattering to any shape. Think high waists and petticoats, lace, modest necklines and shorter or tea-length gowns. These dresses from Dolly Couture and Joanne Fleming Design illustrate the look perfectly.

As for hair, 1950s hairstyles were generally shorter than the preceding decade, and fabulous curls and elegant buns were the order of the day to recreate that movie star look. For a bride I love Audrey updo and Grace Kelly curls.

The 50s wedding reception was much less lavish compared to today standards. It was very traditional. There were certainly no cupcakes, the wedding cake was the traditional fruitcake covered with marzipan & icing, with the top tier saved for a first christening. Since the war had not long ended, not all foods were widely available yet (particularly at the start of the decade). For my grandparents, they served cocktails for guests instead of champagne.

As far as makeup went, peaches, pink and creams were popular, and lips were either pink or bright red. Eyeliner was thick and mascara was important to accentuate the eyes. Blue & green eye shadow made an appearance, though generally eye shadow was quite muted.

For fifties inspired hair accessories, my favourite is the birdcage veil, which always looks so stylish. For bridal jewellery, long sparkly earrings really give that movie star glamour. Long white gloves can finish off the look.

© Elizabeth Lois Photography, birdcage veil from Flo & Percy

Above, Grace Kelly with her Oscar 1955

I think the reason why I love the 1950s so much is that the women (and men) seemed to look so alluring and fashionable without even trying! The hemlines and necklines were simple, and a pair of drop pearl earrings and a beautiful updo could transform a woman into the epitome of sophistication and glamour. I also love the music and the old movies. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong decade!

For more 50s inspiration visit the Fifties Wedding website for lots more ideas.

Charlie x

Bridal Emergency Kit

√Ø ª ø√Ø ª ø√Ø ª øI asked what people they would have in the their Bridal Emergency Kit for their wedding day and here are the answers:

A packet of mints. For fresh breath and it also helps settle the stomach

Clear nail polish

A vial of Tide to Go

Make-up, hankies, brush, spare tights, party feet for sore feet, body spray

Bachs Rescue Remedy

Tampax / panty liners , tissues, concealer, lip gloss, safety pins, glue for acrylic nails, nail file, comb, hair spray

nail repair kit and spare tights/stockings

Jack Daniels! :-), lippy, tissues, nail glue!!! Compact for touch ups!

I needed a needle and white thread on my wedding day as my dad stood on my dress as we left the house and tore it!

Tissues, cotton buds dipped in eye make-up remover, eye drops to take away redness of crying, concealer and lippy

Lip gloss, hankies, needle & thread, single sachet of baby wipes they are brilliant for getting marks of clothes

Boobtape, saftey pins, hairpins, headache tablets, wipes, taxi numbers

Party feet and Pro plus

Mini deodorant, handcream, small mirror, perfume, scissors to cut off tags, spare contact lenses, suncream, pashmina

If you think there should be anything else please add it to the comments box!

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Destination Weddings

Destination Wedding – The wedding of Sophie and Richard

New Zealand

How did you choose your suppliers?

I actually took the step to get a wedding co-ordinator out in NZ. I chose one that specialises in people getting married in NZ from the UK (http://www.theweddingcompany.co.nz/). She was absolutely amazing! We chose where to get married first, the place I’d seen was on her website as an example but it ended up being too expensive. So she made some other suggestions and we went for one of them. We got married on Waiheke Island near Auckland on the North Island whereas she was based on the South Island so she had to find new contacts for us. We literally would get emailed with ‘Do you want photographer A, B or C’ and ‘Would you like florist A, B or C’ and sent examples along with it. I loved it, I still had some choice but it was being done for us.

Did you have any family or connections in New Zealand?

We had no connections or family in New Zealand!

How long before the wedding did you arrive in New Zealand?

We were originally going to arrive in NZ, get married then travel around for 3 weeks afterwards as our honeymoon. Instead we actually swapped it around a bit because my parents wanted to come but couldn’t come until nearer Christmas. So we arrived on 2nd December, travelled for 2 1/2 weeks, got married on the 21st December then went to the Cook Islands for another 6 days as a honeymoon within a honeymoon. Bliss!

Why did you choose New Zealand?

We’d always said we wanted to go to New Zealand on honeymoon. I’ve always liked to go for something different, and the wedding was going to be no exception. My mum always said ‘make sure your wedding day is or you, not for anyone else’… I really took that to heart. I couldn’t actually find anywhere in the UK that I liked the look of, I didn’t want the traditional church or hotel function room! My husband suddenly said well why don’t we get married in NZ? I loved the idea of it being so different and personal, and not to mention the fantastic backdrops you get out there – the photos are amazing! He actually insisted on it in the end, even though his family weren’t particularly happy about us going so far away! We had a reception back in the UK for friends and family where I got to wear my dress again and it was so much less stressful and more relaxed as we’d already got married! We showed a slideshow of images from the wedding day which everyone really enjoyed looking at.

How many family members travelled with you?

We travelled out on our own and then my parents joined us a few days before the wedding. We were originally just going to go on our own! I’m so pleased my parents were there, it really made the day.

Did you choose a hairstyle and make up before you got there?

I had an idea as to what I wanted for my hair – I had a hair stylist and make up artist arranged for me. I went to a trial the day before the wedding, I let the make up artist do what she liked as I’ve always liked dramatic smoky eyes! It looked amazing. They came to the venue on the wedding day and did it all again for me, I think the hair turned out even better on the day itself! My hair was pinned up, and my coordinator had suggested putting small white Singapore orchids in my hair which was a brilliant touch and looked fab!

How did you transport your dress or did you buy it abroad?

I carried my dress all the way to NZ! The looks I got at Manchester airport were amazing!!! I took it in a large suit bag, on Singapore Airlines (who were great and hung it up for me once we got on the plane) – I then left it in Auckland with our registrar who kindly agreed to look after it while we travelled around. It survived ok! Bearing in mind I took a full dress with me rather than a light floaty number I was impressed with how it looked!

Top Tips for Gorgeous Bridal Hair

1. Choosing the style
Rule out the styles that you wouldn t feel comfortable with, this will help with the final choice. It does not matter what your mother, sister, best friend or hairstylist like – what really matters is what you want and like.

2. Browse Magazines and the Internet for ideas
Before booking a stylist, try to develop a good idea of what type of hairstyle you would like. Cut out the pictures of your favourite hairstyles from magazines and print pictures from the internet and take them with you to the trial appointment. If you can’t find any pictures, be prepared to give a description to the stylist.

3. Does it go with the dress
Choose a style that will look good with your dress and hair accessories. Purchase the dress first and then decide on the hair style and accessories. Take a picture of your dress with you when you visit the stylist, so the stylist can give you the best advice on the suitability of the dress and hairstyle.

4. Trial Run
Have a trial run, before your wedding day. I would recommend a trial run 6 weeks before the actual wedding day. If the hairstyle that you dreamed of does not look as good on you as you had hoped, you’ll be glad you found that out before the big day! Bear in mind that your hair thickness and length may not be suitable for your chosen style. Hair extensions are an option for adding volume to your own hair. Make sure you take your veil, tiara or any other accessories along to the appointment.

5. Comfort Levels
During the trial run, if the pins or hair accessories are causing discomfort, let your stylist know so they can be adjusted. The last thing you need on your wedding day is painful pins!

6. Take pictures
At your trial appointment take along a digital camera to take pictures. Ask the stylist to take pictures from all angles. The photos will give you a better idea of how the style would look to other people.

7. A Fresh Approach
If you want to have your hair coloured or any other chemical treatments for the big day try to have these done a week before so that the colour has time to settle down. Have your final trim or cut at the same time.

8. No Change Here
Just before your wedding is not the time to try out a drastic new look, such as cutting your long hair into a short style or completely changing the colour. Your husband and guests will be left wondering if it the same person!

9. Tall or Short
If you are taller than the groom or you are both the same height, avoid a hair up style because this can add quite a lot of height to the bride. Also take into account the height of your shoes. A bride that is much shorter than the groom can use a hair up style to even out the height difference.

10. Sleek and Glamorous
Try not to have too elaborate a hairstyle because you don t want it to be in competition with your face and dress. You want everyone to notice the entire look not just your hair.

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Facial Hair – A Taboo Subject

Have you ever sat and thought why do I have hair on my face and why do some people have none. Well facial hair is a taboo subject. The only person that would tell you honestly is a child! When it comes to the amount of excess hair we have, everyone’s problem is different to yours. It can be very distressing to some women too. Excessive hair growth could be hereditary, caused by a hormone imbalance or some types of medication. In any case seek medical advice or that of a beauty therapist.

When I look at some women I always want to suggest that if they have excess hair on their upper lip or chin they should remove it, there is nothing worse than a beautifully made up face with ‘whiskers’. We use all types of methods to shape our brows so why not the rest of our face? Over the years I have never been forthcoming enough to speak out. Now I want to tell you all!! If you can pick up the hairs on your lip or chin with your fingers remove it. If the hair is darker than a light brown remove it. If its a light brown you can bleach it. The one method I DON’T recommend is shaving! The 5 o’clock shadow is worse than the hair itself.

There are many ways to remove facial hair.

Electrolysis ~ Permanent hair removal.

Laser ~Permanent hair reduction

Waxing ~ Temporary hair removal

Depilatory Facial Creams ~ Temporary hair removal

Threading ~ Temporary hair removal

Bleach ~ Temporary hair lightener

Make sure you seek professional help before you start trying to do the treatments on yourself at home. It can be very easy to burn or damage the skin. Alwasy have a patch test before using depilatory creams and bleaches.

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