Competition Winner – Kelly

Winner of The Clarins Collection Twitter competition!

I got this lovely photo from Kelly thanking me for her prize.

Great to see her so happy with her prize!

Keep an eye out for more giveaways on here and twitter – follow me there @BridesandBeauty

Getting The Most From Your Bridal Make Up

They don’t call it your big day for nothing so you need to look your absolute best, for most brides to be its a military operation so get planning early!

My top tip would be to create a countdown diary for getting everything ready for the big day- that way you can get your ideas down on paper and work out a beauty and pampering schedule taking the stress out of the situation.

Step 1 Choosing the right make up artist

Start thinking about your make up 6 months before your wedding day and choose your make up artist for the big day make sure you research this properly and get a good feel from them after all, they will be with you right up to the vows!

Browse through magazines and search the internet for ideas, bear in mind these will only be ideas and the make up artist will give you the best advice for the day.

 

Image courtesy of Wedding Ideas Magazine

Step 2 Creating the canvas

To really hydrate and soothe the skin start having facials regularly every 4 to 6 weeks, starting about 3 months before. Beautiful, clear skin is the blank canvas for great make up. If your budget doesn’t allow for this then try to do DIY versions at home, choosing the right products for your skin type. Good skin will look gorgeous in the wedding photos and your make up will look perfect on the big day.

Step 3 The trial…

Its best to have your trial run of hair and make up about 6 weeks prior to the wedding. Tell your make up artist the colours that you have chosen for your wedding theme so that it all ties in. If you’re not used to wearing a lot of make up tell your make up artist because you still want to look like yourself on the big day just a more fabulous version!

Book the time of arrival for the make up artist and let her know where you’ll be on the day of the wedding. If you’re not having a make up artist book a make up lesson and continue practising the look at home and ask the person giving you the lesson to write everything down for you. Get a friend to take pictures so that you can see what it will look like on the day. Always take a mirror outside to check the look, indoor lighting can have a yellowing effect on the colours. If you’re doing your own make up ensure you apply a bit more than usual for photographic reasons and don’t apply too much shimmer as the flash will pick up on this more.

Bridal make up is individual and unique to every bride – there are no hard and fast rules but do try to be yourself and feel comfortable with what you choose for your look on the day.

Have your final facial at least 1 week before the wedding so that it brings any impurities to the surface and allows time for any blemishes to calm down on the skins surface – and get your eyebrows shaped by a professional to frame your face.

On your wedding day wear a button down top, shirt or bath robe so that it doesn’t ruin your hair and make up when you take it off. Ask your chief bridesmaid to keep your lipstick/lipgloss in their bag and carry some powder and blotting papers for touch ups.

Now you’re ready to walk down the aisle feeling beautiful.

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Palmers launch – Daily Skincare Range!

I was on facebook one day and it was just at the right moment to see a competition to win the new Palmers Skincare range. I never win anything but I thought I’d give it a go and see. Imagine my surprise when I was selected out of 25000 people. The winners would be the first 25 to email. I couldn’t believe it when I got the email to say I’d won!!

Well my package arrived about 10 days later and I have been trying them out over the last few days. They smell gorgeous and I love the feel of the products too. Palmers are and age old company and started out in the USA. They are still going strong after starting out in the mid 19th century. They were taken over in 1971 by ET Browne and have grown from strength to strength since then. In the range is:

Daily calming facial Lotion RRP £5.95

Line Smoothing Eye Cream RRP £6.95

Night Renewal Cream RRP £6.95

Daily Cleansing Gel RRP £3.95

Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub RRP £ 5.95

I absolutely love the range. Its great value for the budget conscious and the range has everything you need to complete your daily routine. They all smell lush too! For more information on the range visit the Palmer’s website.

*All images are from ET Browne’s website*

I NEED your help! Testers wanted..

 

I am looking for 2 people to test and review a new range of skincare that i’m thinking of using in my skincare centre. The skincare comes in the form of a 7 day kit.

1. The first person must be over 40 and have a good skincare regime. Some fine lines and skin dehydration would be good too. The kit contains products that must be used according to the instructions and a daily diary kept. Then an overall review written with before and after photos.

2. The second person must be aged 20-30 and be suffering from Grade 2-3 acne. That is where you have more than blackheads but less than aggravated papules. You must not be on any medication from a Dr or Dermatologist. This will affect the results. The kit contains 5 products that must be used according to the instructions and a daily diary kept. Then an overall review written with before and after photos.

Please leave your name below and I will contact you for more details.

Thanks

Joyce x

Sensitive Skin – Skin Condition or Skin Type


A skin condition isn’t the same as a skin type. I hear so many people say “I have sensitive skin” and think they can only use products for that. If you know what makes your skin sensitised then the answer is to stop using the product. If you treat the sensitivity you should be able to then treat the skin type when the sensitivity calms down.

Skin Conditions

Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Sensitivity, Rosacea, Acne, Milia (aka whiteheads), Commedones (aka blackheads), Dehydration.

There is a treatment for all of theses skin conditions. Some of these conditions are hormonal or hereditary. Long term used of prescribed medication can have side effects and cause irritation too. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t used them. If you follow the instructions carefully you should be ok. If any product causes redness, itching or burning stop using it immediately.

Skin Types

Dry, Oily, Normal – Skin can also be a combination of any of these skin types. Check your products and see if they are the right one for your skin type. Excessive use of some products can cause sensitivity and products that are too harsh will strip the skin of its acid mantle – protective layer. Skin needs oil to prevent dryness, a little bit is good.

For advice contact me!

www.bridesandbeauty.co.uk

Today’s Post is all About Margarita Bloom

 

Tell me a bit about yourself and your business?

My name is Regina which in Latin means “Queen” *wink wink* I’m the beauty and brains behind Margarita Bloom. I’m just a girl who loves beautiful things, glamour and life’s little luxuries!!! To put it simply, here’s me….I love Paris. I love fashion. I love luxury. I love Pinups. I love glamour. I love poetry. Shakespeare & Poe. I love sunshine and pretty flowers, sparkling water, cute furry puppies and kitties. I love Mother Nature. I love rockin tunes like “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele to Goldfrapp, Marilyn Monroe “I wanna be loved by you” and Etta James’s “At Last”. I love the BEACH!, sun, sand between my toes and refreshing breezes from the ocean. I adore Marilyn Monroe and anything from Old Hollywood. Sigh…I love chocolate and thoroughly enjoy experiencing new foods and drinks. Pictures and words inspire me and I in turn LOVE to inspire people.

I’ve taken all that and entwined it into my Beauty Company, “Margarita Bloom” to create Retro inspired bath & skincare goodies. Our company is light hearted and totally fun while having super fabulous skincare items to pamper yourself with which I think is a necessary luxury in anybody’s life. Sometimes when life gets stressful we need to have some downtime; some time to have fun, laugh, be light-hearted, and just be happy! Our products were made to have darling names like our “Lulu and the Volleyball Instructor” Coconut Lemongrass Scrub to our “Tea and Crumpets” Cream cheese Frosting Body Balm so when you read them….you smile! They have amazing scents so when you sniff them, you go ahhhh…and smile and when you use them…well by that time the bathroom door has closed and BLISS has arrived. lol… One of my favorite parts of my business is getting to know my peeps, getting their feedback on our products, what did they like, didn’t like, their opinions on packaging and types of goodies they’d like to see at Margarita Bloom. I really want to get their input to continue having wonderful products they’ll love for a lifetime.

Website: http://www.margarita-bloom.com

Twitter: twiter.com/margaritabloom

Where are you based? We’re based in the USA. Though we do not have a physical boutique we are an online boutique found at www.margarita-bloom.com and we can ship to many locations outside of the USA.

When did you establish your business? Margarita Bloom came to life around 2006.

Why did you decide to start this business? I always knew I wanted to have my own business even when I was little. It took me some time to figure out what I wanted to do because I needed to be passionate about it. I needed to LOVE it so I could give 200% and more to it. When you’re passionate about something you love doing, success is sure to follow. When I discovered this amazing world of beauty I was hooked and I’ve never lost interest in it. Every day is an adventure with meeting new customers, creating new products, sniffing new scents and more.

What’s your unique selling point? We’re retro, doll! Va va Voom Vintage, Glamorous and Gorgeous and of course everything is made fresh at the time we receive an order, only the best for our peeps!

What’s you best selling product? It’s funny because our customers always say, “I want everything!” lol…so everything! *wink wink* Some of our best selling goodies to give you some ideas would be our Cupcake Love Soaps, Bramble Briar & Rose Luxe Milk Soak, Antoinette’s Rose Garden Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Soaks, I Smell Delicious Roll on Parfume Oils and so much more.

Who’s your target market? Anyone and everyone who wants to be pampered and smell sweet.

Why do you think more people are buying natural products? I think from the beginning of time people have been enraptured with using plants and other materials from Mother Nature to beautify themselves. Look at Cleopatra…she adored baths in milk, honey and rose petals, and used Jojoba Oil on her face for her complexion. She even travelled to the Dead Seas to use the minerals and muds located there. The idea of using plants and oils from nature & refining it into a usable item that you can add to lotions, potions and scrubs and so on I think is timeless and has never changed and will always be there.

Can your products be used on any age customer? Yes, they can. Of course, always use supervision with children. You don’t want them taking a bite for example of our Cute Cupcake Soaps….they may look tasty but they sure don’t taste tasty! lol..

Do you ship your products worldwide? But of course! If our shopping cart isn’t setup for a particular location, feel free to email us and ask if we can ship to your country. We’re always looking to expand and beautify more peeps!

I just wanted to say thank you Joyce for this wonderful interview! I’m so glad I was able to meet you through my company! You’re a true Margarita Bloom gal! xoxo

Here are all the lovely soaps I bought. Delicious all of them… I had the whole Geisha Glamarama range. click here to get yours!

Visit Margarita Bloom for fun retro soaps and pampering products! Treat yourself or someone else.

 

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.

For more tips go to our website

Today’s post is all about Niki McGlynn


Tell me a bit about yourself and your business?

I trained as a homeopath after using homeopathy when I was pregnant with my daughter and suffering crippling morning sickness. I had taken everything my doctor had to offer and still ended up in hospital on a drip. My health visitor recommended a local homeopath, I had used it before with my son when he had dreadful eczema, so I was prepared to give it a go. I decided to add reflexology later as the two treatments work well together. Once qualified I was a bit shocked at the lack of products available for use in treatments. Most products contain petroleum and everything smells of peppermint! I wanted something natural which would help with various skin issues and smell better. I used my knowledge and experience as a homeopath in order to develop my range of Balms. They are all naturally anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial plus the oils they contain are really effective at moisturising and helping cracked or damaged skin to heal. They work amazingly well on cracked heels but my customers will often email me with other skin problems that they have used them for. For example Original Balm seems great for insect bites, fungal nail infections and cold sores and the Lavender & Chamomile seems really effective for burns and eczema.

Baby Bottom Balm is great for nappy rash and is also good for children eczema as it is a bit milder. Some of my customers also use Lavender & Chamomile Balm as a cleanser/moisturiser on their faces.

Balms can be ordered from my website www.nikisbalms.co.uk I am also on twitter @nikimcglynn or @nikisbalms where I am always happy to answer questions

Where are you based in the UK?

I am based in Wokingham, in Berkshire

When did you establish your business?

2 years ago

Why did you decide to start this business?

I wanted a natural product which would help my clients and would smell good!

What your unique selling point?

There is nothing quite like my balm on the market, apart for the fact it smells amazing, it is organic and made in small batches in order to maintain the quality yet it remains very reasonably priced.

What you best selling product?


My Original Organic Reflexology Balm is still my best selling product, closely followed by Original Organic Balm as other reflexologist clients buy it to use themselves as it is so lovely.

Who your target market?

Reflexologists primarily, and then people who are interested in using natural products on their skin.

Why do you think more people are buying natural products?

I think that people are becoming aware of the benefits of more natural products, and that they minimise the impact on the environment as well as providing safe and effective care for themselves and their families. They work well and are so much better than using petro-chemicals.

Can your products be used on any age customer?

Absolutely! I offer a Baby Bottom Balm which is mild and softer, perfect for babies and people with more sensitive skin and Original Organic Balm and Lavender & Chamomile Organic Balm are rich without being heavy or greasy and have excellent moisturising effects. I am currently developing a Warming Balm, which should help improve circulation for people with cold hands and feet.

For more information contact Niki here

Dermalogica Launches their Ultracalming Range

I have been using Dermalogica for nearly 15 years both personally and professionally. When I heard they were launching the new Ultracalming range I was very excited. I don’t have sensitised skin but i thought I would give all of the products a trial for 7 days. For me to get an idea of how my skin reacts to products I need to try it out.

Needless to say Dermalogica haven’t let me down. They are of the same great quality as always. I love the new range. They also have a trial kit that contains one of each of the new products.

If you think your skin is sensitised then this range could be the one for you!

There are 5 products in the Ultracalming range.

Ultracalming Cleanser available in 250ml RRP £25.00 or 500ml RRP £44.50 – An extremely gentle cleansing gel/cream that can either be rinsed off or gently removed with tissue or The Sponge Cloth.

Ultracalming Serum Concentrate 50ml RRP £49.00 – The antidote for skin sensitivity: a super-concentrated serum that helps calm, restore and defend sensitized skin .

Ultracalming Relief Masque 75ml RRP £37.60 – A powerful, ultra-calming treatment masque enriched with Colloidal Oatmeal to soothe enraged skin and provide lasting relief from sensitized skin flare-ups, redness and rosacea.

Ultracalming Mist 177ml RRP £26.00 – A soothing, hydrating mist that quickly relieves sensitivity while helping to calm redness, stinging and aggravated skin.

Ultracalming Barrier Repair 30ml RRP £32.00 – A unique anhydrous moisturizer that melts gently into sensitized skin to soothe and reinforce the protective barrier.

For more information on Dermalogica visit here

For more information on treatments and consultations visit here

 


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