Getting Married Abroad

With winter upon us many of you will be thinking sunshine thoughts. Weddings abroad are increasing because of guaranteed sunshine. There are a few things to think about before jetting off to the sunshine though.

If you burn easily in the sun avoid stripping off as soon as you get to your destination. The last thing you want is sunburn on your wedding day! Invest in a really good suncream with a minimum SPF15. Build up your sun exposure in short bursts.

Think about strap marks! Having a lovely strapless dress with tan lines in your wedding photos isn’t the best look.

Give your face and body an all over exfoliation before you leave the UK. Skin looks better when its hydrated. There are lots of face and body products on the market.

If you opt for a fake tan before you arrive. Remember that the chlorine in the swimming pool will make it go streaky and having a fake tan doesn’t mean you have protection against the sun’s rays. Always do a test fake tan you don’t want it to go wrong!

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Take care of your hair. Have it trimmed regularly and use a deep conditioning masque before going away. The sun can be so drying on hair.

 

Here are some Top Tips from weddingsabroad.com they are specialists in international weddings!

Weddings Abroad – Consider the following:

Dress Its best to use a wedding dress that does not have too many layers or artificial fabric if your chosen destination is hot! Choose your shoes carefully too.

Budget Always check and double check the small print to ensure all essential services are covered including legal fees and document charges you don’t want any last minute surprises for additional costs.

Guests Choose your guest list carefully. Decide who you want at your ceremony, remember these people will also be on your holiday!

Climate Check out the weather carefully for your wedding destination, especially hurricane season. Beware of getting married in the midday sun, instead opt for a later ceremony.

Glowing Beware if sunbathing prior to your wedding, you don’t want strap marks if you are wearing a strapless gown. Also don’t forget the sunscreen on your nose, the Rudolph look is not good on the wedding photos.

Written by Karen Thornton-Brown, International Wedding Planner, WeddingsAbroad.com Ltd

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Enjoy reading and let me know your stories in the comments below!

Joyce x

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Give Your Lips Winter Protection with Chapstick

Everyone knows the name ‘Chapstick’ and considering they’ve been around for 120 years I’m not surprised. I always have one in my handbag to protect my lips from the cold winds in winter and the sunshine in summer. My favourites are the cherry and strawberry ones because of their sweet and fragrant scents and the flavours taste just like the real thing. Chapstick is a make up bag must have! Use it under your lipstick or lipgloss as a base or on its own for a satin look lip.

Chapsticks Classics come in Origninal, Cherry, Strawberry, and Apple – RRP £1.19. There is also a Medicated one that repairs dry chapped and cracked lips – RRP £1.59.

To coincide with the release of ‘Shrek Forever After’ on DVD Chapstick Forever Apple is now also available to buy – RRP £1.19.

Chapstick’s Classic range also contain an SPF so they are great for all year round use too! And Guys if you don’t want to have the sweet flavours go for the Original which is unscented.

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Chapstick is available Nationwide

The 5 Minute Face

The 5 Minute face

I believe that every woman can do a 5 Minute Face! That is, a morning routine that requires very little effort and only 5 minutes. It quick, simple and easy to do.

To do your 5 Minute Face, you need to have the certain products. These make up products will get you started: Foundation, Concealer, Powder, Cheek Colour (Blusher or Cheek Stain), Eye Shadows, Mascara and Lip colour (Lipgloss or Lipstick).

Look for make up palettes so that you condense your make up bag contents and make it more compact. It will also enable you to mix around the colours so you don t look the same all the time. Some make up can have dual usage, like using eye shadow for eye colour, eye liner and brow colour. Cheek stain can be used on lips too.

Get professional advice about which colours to use for your skin tone if you ve never used make up before.

A make up artist would use tools such as brushes and sponges to apply your make up so you should too! To achieve that flawless finish invest in good brushes and applicator sponges. Cotton buds, cotton discs and tissues are always useful too.

We all live such busy lifestyles, but we can all spare 5 minutes in the morning to get that hot look!

My 5 Minute Face

After I ve cleansed toned and moisturised I wait a few moments.

Apply foundation with a brush or latex sponge where it needed.

Cover blemishes and dark circles with concealer using a brush and blending with ring finger, especially under the eyes. I also apply it to eyelids as a base.

Set with a light dusting of powder and a large brush.

Sweep a neutral eyeshadow over eyelid with and angled brush. Also use a suitable colour to fill in patchy eyebrows using a flat brush, and use it as eyeliner too.

Apply mascara to top and bottom lashes.

Use a cream stain on lips and cheeks. Or apply your favourite lipstick or lipgloss with a dusting of blusher.

Pack it all into your make up bag and off you go. Ready to take on the world!!

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Skincare for Darker Skins

Skincare for Darker Skins

There isn t much I can say that different for darker or paler skins other than to make sure you find a skincare routine to suit your needs. Darker skins tend to be oilier than paler skins. But believe it or not darker skins can be much more sensitive to certain product ingredients. Because of this sensitivity the skins reactions can be much harsher resulting in scarring and hyper-pigmentation.

Darker or black skin contains a higher amount of melanin which has two factors. One is a natural sun protection but I will always advocate the use of a sunscreen with a minimum SPF15. The second factor is the delaying of the ageing process, resulting in much younger looking skin in later years.

Top Tips for Skincare.

Cleanse: If you have very oily skin use alcohol-free clay based cleansers to help absorb the excess oil with out stripping it from the skin and drying it out. For other skin types a face wash is sufficient. Always remove your make up in the evening.

Tone: AVOID alcohol toners, not only do they strip the acid mantle of the skin causing sensitivity they can encourage oil production. Use a hydrating mist spray instead. The mist will dampen the skin enough to hydrate it and it will soak in as the moisturiser dries.

Eye Cream: You should start using one at around the age of 25. Apply the size of a rice grain under each eye using the ring finger and let it absorb before applying moisturiser. Eye cream will keep the delicate skin around the eyes moist and hydrated too.

Moisturise: Use a moisturiser suitable for your skin type. For very oily skins look for the oil free type and avoid products containing mineral oils which clog the pores and cause blackheads.

Sunscreen: This is a daily must, apply after moisturising and before make up.

Look after your skin, damage in youth shows in later years!

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Guest Blog – Sharon K aka Indiana Belle

The Guest Blog today is all about Sharon K (performance name: Indiana Belle)

Tell me a bit about yourself?

Burlesque Artist and owner of Burlesquebaby and Retrotease www.burlesquebaby.com

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What in your make up bag?

Chanel Lumiere foundation

Mac Ruby Woo red lipstick

Mac Cherry Lip – liner

Mac mineralize face powder

Jemma Cosmetics Lip gloss

Australis Liquid eyeliner

Rimmel superlash mascara

What your skincare routine?

Gentle face scrub in the morning

Chanel Hydramax moisture cream

Dr Sebagh – eye expert eye cream and any sensitive skin care sunscreen when leaving the house.

Nivea face wipes for make up removal

Simple eye make up remover

What one beauty product couldn t you live without?

Black eyeliner

Who do you most admire for their style and beauty and why?

I love Dita Von Teese because she is a master at her look, her hair is always flawless and her make up is of the style of the old school forties /fifties pin up’s. Her look is sexy, but not over the top.

The Pros and Cons of Fake Tan for Brides

Should you use fake tan on your wedding day? I get asked that question all the time. Well, fashionistas may question whether fake tan has had its day, but in my view the confidence boosting effects of a radiant looking skin are timeless. We all know from experience that it easy to make mistakes and that even A list celebrities still sport the oompah loompah look from time to time, we ve seen the pictures. For your wedding day, when you want to look at your most beautiful, you must be practised and prepared. So, if you re a fan of the tan, it as well to know something of the pros and cons of the various forms of self-tanning methods available.

Sun Beds

Pros Some people advocate the use of sunbeds because, used responsibly, they can minimise the risk of burning the skin whilst maximising tanning. If you do choose to use a sunbed to create your tan make sure that the salon follows the safety rules stipulated by The Sunbed Association.

Cons We all know of the link between over use of sunbeds and the rise of dangerous, potentially fatal, skin cancers. If sunbeds are used irresponsibly there is also a risk of permanent damage resulting to the eyes and premature aging of the skin.

Spray Tan

Pros A professional spray tanning session usually takes under half an hour and there is very little chance of areas of skin being missed or streaks appearing. This method quickly covers over any lighter areas left by previous tans and the amount of tan applied can be easily controlled.

Cons Compressed air is used in applying spray tan and this can be dangerous when used round the eye area. You obviously have to have someone else to assist you, in my view a fully trained professional, should apply the tan for you.

Tanning Creams and Lotions

Pros The cosmetic companies that produce these products are not only interested in providing you with an effective tan, they actively compete with each other to improve the texture of your skin through the use of vitamins, oils and moisturisers. Every skin type is catered for so there will definitely be a product out there that suits you. Have fun looking for the right one, but make sure that you find it way ahead of your wedding day!

Cons Many tanning creams and lotions emit a strong chemical smell when first applied. Blotchiness and unevenness can occur when applied incorrectly, particularly on older, freckled or scarred skin.

Foam Tan

Pros This type of tan also conditions and moisturises the skin, it easy to apply and quick to dry. It light and doesn t clog pores. Foam tan often comes in more than one shade, so you can choose the light, medium or deep shade to control the depth of your tan.

Cons As the foam is often light and white it is not clearly seen on the skin when being applied. It can be easy to forget exactly which areas the product has been applied to and this can result in missed areas, patching and forgetting to wash the product off the palms of your hands!

You need to prepare your skin properly before using self tanning products and practise with them way ahead of the wedding to ensure that everything goes smoothly, and most particularly your beautiful tan, on your big day.

Remember that you should:

Do a small patch test on your skin at least 24 hours before applying a product you are using for the first time

  • Never apply your tan immediately after a bath or a shower. You should give your pores time to close
  • Remove every trace of make-up, deodorant and perfume prior to applying the product
  • Exfoliate your skin before hand using a tried and tested method that you know will not irritate your skin
  • Moisturise the drier areas of your skin which are usually the knees, elbows and heels before tan application
  • Read the directions on the package carefully and don t be tempted to leave the product on your skin longer than stipulated, you don t want to turn orange!
  • Start applying the product from the feet and work upwards using small, circular movements, apply with feather strokes to the tops of the feet and between your toes. Don t rush the process
  • Make sure you apply the product to your ears and the back of your neck
  • Apply your tan two days before the wedding, so if there are any problems you will have time to correct them
  • On the morning of your wedding day wash all your body carefully, including around the ears and between the toes, with your chosen shower gel or perfumed soap. Thoroughly rinse your entire body and then pat dry, don t rub, using a soft white towel to ensure that your tan will not rub off on your wedding dress.

If you have a pale skin tone my advice is not to go for a deep tan effect on your wedding day, choose something light with a hint of shimmer. You should create a look of elegance and beauty, incorporating immaculate make up and perfectly styled hair, but one which allows the real you to shine through. This is the look that you want to be captured in your wedding photos and your tan should subtly complement this look, rather than overshadow it.

Here are some of my favourite self tanning products:

For Fair to Medium Skins – Dove Summer Glow

For Darker Skin shades – St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion

For the face – L’Oreal Sublime Bronze

To give your face a healthy glow, Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder

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Glowing Skin – DIY Facial

If you ve ever wondered how celebrities get such gorgeous glowing skin, fret no more as help is at hand. The good news is that with a bit of know-how, you can achieve salon special skin on a beauty budget. Here are my tops tips for a DIY facial that can be done at home using all your own products allowing you to wake up with skin to rival Jennifer Aniston .

A facial should make you feel pampered, relaxed and special and I m going to tell you how to achieve that Spa feeling without setting foot out of your front door. Ideally a facial should be done monthly, but once a week you can do the masque part whilst relaxing in a warm/hot bath (candles and glass of wine optional)!

Cleansing – Start with a double cleanse. Using your normal cleanser, apply a thick layer over the entire face and throat, down to the d√É ©collet√É ©. Massage this cleanser into your face, applying a light pressure in circular motions from your neck, up towards your forehead (massaging in circular motions stimulates the circulation of blood in the face and is great for the skin). This first cleanse is to remove make-up and surface debris, remove this cleanser by rinsing off with warm water or cotton wool pads. Repeat (as above) with a second cleanse to thoroughly clean the skin surface.

Exfoliation – using a gentle exfoliator (so as not to aggravate the skin) spread over the face, neck and d√É ©collet√É ©, gently rubbing it into the skin using your fingertips in a circular motion, continue for 2/3 minutes. Remove the exfoliator with a warm damp flannel, this opens the pores and makes skin more receptive to the masque.

Masque – While the skin is slightly damp apply a layer of the masque from the d√É ©collet√É © up to your forehead, make sure you use a masque suitable for your skin type. Leave the masque on for 5, 10 minutes and rinse off thoroughly with warm water. Blot your skin dry.

Eye Cream, Using your ring finger apply the eye cream; an amount the size of a rice grain is sufficient for each eye. Gently dab this into the eye socket and surrounding area.

Moisturise, Using a moisturiser suitable for your skin-type, rub a 10p size amount of cream between the palms, warming it up, and apply from the d√É ©collet√É © upwards towards the forehead. Use long upward strokes on the neck and d√É ©collet√É © and circular motions on the face, again stimulating circulation. Rub any excess cream into your hands. Always use a moisturiser with a SPF agent in it, ideally no less that SPF 15, as this protects the skin from aging UV rays. If your moisturiser doesn’t contain an SPF then apply one afterwards.

Common mistakes

  • Putting the moisturiser on before your eye cream. The eye cream should be applied first as you want the specialised cream to work on that area and then the moisturiser over the top of it for extra protection.
  • Dragging the skin around the eyes when applying creams – always use your ring finger as it has the lightest pressure and work from the temple to the nose.
  • Exfoliating too much – too much exfoliation can leave the skin raw and unprotected and make oily skins produce more oil.
  • Avoid using eye make-up remover containing mineral oil as this clogs the delicate skin around the eyes.
  • Don t use an exfoliator that is too granular as this scratches the surface of the skin causing irritation and sensitisation.

The best time to do a facial is at night when you have a little more time and your skin renewsa itself while you sleep; if you do it at the weekend or in the morning don t forget to apply sunscreen over the moisturiser if your moisturiser doesn t contain an SPF.

Now just sit back, relax and enjoy your glowing complexion.

This Heatwave

Its so hot here in the South of England, something we’re not used to. One product that I can recommend having in your handbag is Dermalogica’s Solar Defense Wipes SPF15 for a quick top up of sun protection. These wipes are great for the kids too. I used one wipe to cover my face arms and legs and it was enough. The RRP for a pack of 15 towelettes is £22.00.


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