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

Lose 10 Years in 2 Weeks With Wrinkle MD

I’m usually skeptical about anything that says it reduces the signs of ageing but I have to say that i was really impressed with this little gadget. Not only is it easy to use but you can carry on with your usual daily life while wearing it. I’m sure that wearing it walking down the street might attract a few glances though.

I wouldn’t say that I have wrinkles as such but I did notice one frown line appearing on  my forehead in the last few months so trialing this Wrinkle MD Brow System couldn’t have come at a better time. The whole kit comes in a box and inside the box is everything you need for the 2 week treatment programme.

Brow Hyaluronic Acid Deep Infusion System, £189.00 - WrinkleMD

Brow Hyaluronic Acid Deep Infusion System, £189.00 - WrinkleMD (2)

How to Use:

  • Thoroughly cleanse and dry skin. Recommended: WrinkleMD Infusion Skin Prep, sold separately.
  • Attach the Connector Buds to the HA Infusion Patch.
  • Apply patch, wear for 30 minutes, and dispose.
  • Follow with Youth Serum HA™ to extend results. Use twice a week for the first week, then once a week for continued results.
Wrinkle treatment

RRP £189.00

After I’d used all 5 of the patches in the pack i have continued to use the Youth serum twice a week and I can hardly see that there was a line there now. I have also had lots of comments about how great my skin looks because i use it all over my face and not just on the wrinkle. I will continue to use this product because I love it!

They also have a system for the eye area. I have yet to try this but I’m sure it too will have amazing results.

Wrinkle skin treatment

RRP £189.00

It’s definitely worth the money. For more information and to purchase the kit visit here

 

Botox or Dermal Fillers – What should you choose?

Botox or Dermal Fillers? What should you choose? – Guest Post from Dr Michel Lauzel

Dermal fillers

How the ageing process affects our skin

As we age skin loses its smoothness, fullness and elasticity which leads to the appearance of lines, wrinkles or folds. The natural ageing process results in a:

– Loss of volume (fat)

– Loss of hyaluronic acid

– Loss of hydration

– Loss of collagen

– Laxity of muscles

The effects of the ageing process on the skin are increased by a number of environmental factors such as the sun (UV damage), gravity, smoking, alcohol, poor diet and hydration and sun beds.

Modern society is less accepting of signs of ageing – particularly the face we present to the world.

Due to a culture of youth, in the media and in the workplace, there is increasing pressure on women in particular to look younger for longer.  Are there things we can do to improve the signs of ageing and hold back time?

What are the treatment options?

Amongst the different rejuvenation treatments available to counter the ageing process, cosmetic creams mostly don’t live up to their promises mainly because they can’t penetrate far enough to reach the deeper levels of the skin. And for most people surgery seems like a step too far.

There is however an effective middle route with anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. These treatments are injected directly into the skin and offer the best option to restore a firmer, toned, healthy looking skin and smooth out lines and wrinkles.

Anti-wrinkle injections

Better known as ‘Botox’ these injections temporarily block the contraction of the muscles below the skin and by relaxing these muscles they effectively iron out and soften the lines and wrinkles caused by smiling, frowning and other facial expressions.

Anti-wrinkle injections are mainly used in the upper face to treat three areas where expression lines appear and typically provide a fresher look:

1. Crow’s feet

2. Frown lines

3. Horizontal forehead lines

They can also be used to treat other lines and wrinkles including bunny lines, smoker’s lines and to create a brow lift.

These injections have been used safely for medical treatments for over forty years, and can also be used to treat excessive underarm sweating. The treatment is relatively painless and the effect typically lasts between 3 to 6 months.

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers consist of a smooth gel which is injected to replace the loss of volume in the face resulting from the ageing process and they lift the skin, improving the wrinkles and sagging.

The latest generation of fillers (such as Restylane or Juvederm) contain Hyaluronic acid, a natural substance present in the skin which bonds with water molecules to increase deep hydration and add to the plumpness.

Dermal fillers are mainly used for:

  1. Smoothing out and softening lines and wrinkles mainly in the lower face, ie. nose to mouth wrinkles/folds, smokers lines, marionette lines etc.
  2. Enhancing the lips and their contour
  3. Restoring volume to areas of the face such as the cheeks.
  4. Revitalising and improving skin elasticity, hydration and smoothness for the face, hands and decolletage area.

These hyaluronic based fillers have proven to be very safe, based on the experience of millions of patients treated worldwide.  Generally the effect lasts between six and nine months.

Working closely with your practitioner, treatments can be used to create a natural, more youthful look.  The aim is to look better not ‘done’ and retain your own facial expressions and personality.  We can’t avoid ageing but we can soften its effects and the face we present to the world.

What should you expect during the treatment itself?

1.    Make you sure you have a detailed discussion with your practitioner and you are clear about the effects you can expect from your treatment. A visual examination of your face, its movement and lines should be conducted by the practitioner and prescriber of the botulinum toxin.

2.    Make sure your medical history is discussed in full, and that you have no underlying conditions which could make you unsuitable for treatment. You may find that your practitioner will always ask you to sign a consent form and take photos before (and after) treatments. This is completely normal.

3.    Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and remember it is a medical consultation and don’t feel pressured into having the treatment if you’re not sure about it.

4.    No topical anaesthetic will be used for anti-wrinkle injections such as botox, although sometimes you may be given an icepack to place on the area prior to treatment.  The area to be injected will be wiped with antiseptic and then using micro needles, tiny amounts of the botulinum toxin, will be injected into several points in the areas to be treated. For most people this is entirely painless and just feels like a ‘pinprick’.

5. Dermal fillers requite a topical anaesthetic, which is normally applied to the area to be treated 15 to 20 minutes beforehand. To make the patient experience  even more comfortable, some fillers also have anaesthetic mixed with the filler inside the  syringe.

6.    Less is often more, and a good practitioner would prefer to see how you react to the treatment on your first visit, and offer a follow-up visit two weeks later with a ‘top-up’ if necessary.

7.    Repeat treatments are normally needed around every 3 – 6 months to maintain the effects of the treatment.

8.    The treatment and consultation usually takes no longer than 30 minutes and you are usually able to drive immediately afterwards and carry on with your day. It is not recommended that you lie down within 4 hours of the treatment, or embark in strenuous exercise on the day of treatment.

9. Following your anti-wrinkle injections (botox) you will not see any change for 2-4 days, with the treatment taking full effect between 7-14 days . The results last on average for 4 months. With fillers, the results are immediate, although it is advisable for the initial swelling at the injection site to go down to see the final result. It is not advisable to have treatment too close to a special event as some patients may experience bruising.

10.  Anti-wrinkle injections such as botox are normally priced per number of areas  treated. Eg  Forehead lines classed as one area, crow’s feet (both eyes) a second area etc. Dermal fillers are priced per syringe  which vary in size.  To give an accurate cost of your treatment for dermal fillers- your practitioner will need  to assess  in person how much filler will be required for your  specific treatment, and therefore the price.

Important questions to ask your practitioner

1.    Are you a healthcare professional registered with the General Medical Council, General Dental Council or Nursing and Midwifery Council?

IMPORTANT: Always, always, always visit a reputable trained aesthetic healthcare practitioner who is experienced in facial injectable treatments. Ask ‘How long have you been trained in this area and do you have a certificate of accreditation?’

IMPORTANT: It is vital that the aesthetic healthcare practitioner has been trained to administer facial injectable treatments. Great results achieved with wrinkle relaxing injections are dependent on the technique of the practitioner – training and precision are essential when carrying out such delicate procedures. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of their experience and training in facial injectables.

2.    What products are you recommending to me and why?

IMPORTANT: If you want a specific product, ask for it by name. If you don’t have a particular brand in mind, then your practitioner should always provide an explanation for the brand of treatment they intend using.

3.    Can I see the original packaging so I am assured of receiving the genuine product?

IMPORTANT: You may see the original packaging of the injectable treatment you are receiving. However, if it’s not visible to you, just ask to see the packaging so you know you are receiving the authentic product you have either asked for or been advised you will be receiving.  Ask for the patient information for the products as well.

4.    What are the possible risks or complications with these treatments?

IMPORTANT: Your practitioner should talk you about the risks of the non-surgical treatments in detail prior to treatment.

5.    What level of aftercare will I be entitled to following my treatment?

IMPORTANT: Most professional aesthetic healthcare practitioner should offer a complimentary follow-up appointment, particularly on your first treatment.  This will be a good opportunity to highlight any concerns you may have.

BIO:

Dr Michel Lauzel is a French fully qualified medical doctor specialising in non-surgical aesthetic treatments (Harley Street trained). He is registered with the GMC in the UK. He runs a number of successful clinics at salons/spas in Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire and Middlesex.

For more details you can contact Michel at Rejuvenate Your Skin  Call : 0845 095 7033

 

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

Summer Make Up For Darker Skins

Last year I found a brand of make up that I had never tired before and having darker skin myself I find the high street brands are too ashy once applied onto darker skin. I tried the French brand Make Up Atelier Paris and was extremely happy with the results! They have a foundation shade for every skin tone and it blends really easily on the skin, plus no ashy after effect. The great thing is its now available in the UK too. I use this make up personally and professionally!

 

I did this make over using only Make Up Atelier products

Make up in berkshire

 

No make up

Make Up Atelier Paris

Make up for darker skin

Dark skin make up using make up atelier paris

Products used 

  • T-Zone gel
  • Foundation – TN2 and TN3 (TN5 for contour)
  • Concealor – PN2
  • Powder Compact – CPM
  • Brows pencil – 07 ( Dark Brown) and 10 (Black)
  • Eyeliner pencil – 10
  • Brow Bone pencil – 09
  • Lips Pencil – 01
  • Lipstick – Petal
  • Eyes – Palette T23
  • Busher – AIRM1 (Mandarin)

All products are available to buy from Make Up Atelier Paris in the UK

Adult Acne

Increase in adult acne!

Over the last few years there has been an increase in acne among adults. There are many factors that can cause acne and several types of acne.

I have never suffered from acne personally but I have treated many of my clients over the years and with great success. I believe that there isn’t a one size fits all solution and that every single one of my clients has had to be treated as an individual. This is how I treat every single person that comes to me with a skincare issue.

There are 4 grades of acne 

  • Grade I – Pimples, commedones (blackheads) and milia (whiteheads) these appear in small clusters but are not inflamed and appear and disappear on the skin. This can be treated with skincare products and a good skincare routine.
  • Grade II – Pimples,  commedones (blackheads) and milia (whiteheads) appear in larger numbers over the face and sometimes the upper body. They will appear inflamed with redness around the areas of congestion. Papules and pustules will start to form if left untreated. This can be treated with a skincare products and a good skincare routine. Avoid squeezing the inflamed areas.
  • Grade III – Papules and pustules are more apparent. The skin appears more red and inflamed. Nodules (lumps) appear under the skin and if left untreated there is an increased risk of scarring. The papules and pustules can become infected at this stage and this is the main reason for the scarred tissue know as pitting. this type of acne will need treatment by a dermatologist. This may be a topical and oral medication type of treatment over a period of several months.
  • Grade IV – This is the most sever kind of acne. The skin is over sensitised and there are more papules, pustules, milia and commedones. The skin appears very inflamed. The acne can cover the face, neck, upper arms and torso. This type of acne is also known as cystic acne. Cysts and nodules are more apparent and there is a very high chance of scarring on the skin. This type of acne can only be treated by a dermatologist.

Many acne sufferers try to cover up their breakouts with make up but this can make the problem worse. Some of my clients have stripped there skin with alcohol based products thinking this will stop the oil. In fact it increases the sebum (oil) production.

Getting good skincare advice from a skin therapist will help. Some products containing benzyl peroxide or salicylic acids  are great for reducing the sebum and exfoliating the excessive skin cells that cause acne.

Treatment Advice

  • Don’t pick or squeeze the pimples this can lead to scarring.
  • Avoid using harsh and irritating products on the skin, they cause breakouts.
  • Let your skin breathe. Caking it in make up isn’t going to help the acne especially if the make up contains pore clogging ingredients.
  • Don’t over clean your skin. By this I mean washing twice daily is enough anymore and you will over sensitise the skin and make it more irritable.
  • If you think you have more than Grade II acne speak with your GP who can start you on treatment or refer you to a dermatologist.

If you’d like to talk to me about your skin. You can contact me through the website.

Joyce xx

 

 

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!

Anne hathaway

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

www.weddingsabroad.com

info@weddingsabroad.com

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

Joyce x

Brides and Beauty is 5 years old Today!

I have been in the beauty business for 15 years now but only set up Brides and Beauty in 2006. Its now 5 years old today and when I think what I started with its gone from strength to strength and I’ve loved every moment!

Over the years I have had some great experiences and here are some of my highlights over the last 5 years!

 

A wedding in Whistler

Joining the charity Look Good Feel Better

All My new friends on Twitter

Discovering 3 amazing make up brands!!

I love make up and cosmetics and if i have too much I give it away. I like to make other people happy and i’d rather it went to a good home than just sit on a shelf in my bathroom. I will be doing a giveaway on here so keep checking back for news!

Brides and beauty evolved because I wanted to offer a service using my skills and knowledge for everyone – Brides, and all women in general. Last year i started this blog and this year I launched the pamper parties and there is more news to come!

I am always open to suggestions of posts and if anyone needs tips or advice you can find out more on my website my Facebook and Twitter

Thank you all for your support. I wouldn’t have made it without you all xx

DIY Bridal Make Up – Good or Bad?

I have noticed the rise in the number of brides that have decided to do their own make up for their wedding day. I know its what i do professionally but i wanted to point out that once your wedding day is over you have to live with the images forever. I never make anyone look like someone else. I only do a brides make up after a thorough consultation.

My guide is always to enhance what someone already has. If you normally wear very little make up i will make you look very natural but flawless. Your wedding day is special and you should look special too.

Things to consider?

  • Does your normal make up last for 12 hours without retouching?
  • Do you know how to contour the shape of your face?
  • Can you make your lips even in shape and length?
  • Does your foundation leave a stripe around your jawline?
  • Can you lengthen you lashes using just mascara?

A make up artist will have the skills needed to avoid these things. The last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is how your make up looks!

Some brides are very capable of doing their own make up and i’m not saying they shouldn’t. If you would like to do your own but need help then consider a make up lesson.

I would love to hear from you if you did your own make up and if you’re happy with the images! I would also like to hear from you if you regret doing your own make up!

www.bridesandbeauty.co.uk

Youngblood Mineral Foundations

Which Foundation Formula is Best for your skin type.

I love Youngblood Foundations and use them professionally and personally. They have lots of different ones to choose from. Here’s how to find out which one would suit you!

See the blog on the Youngblood website for more information!

You can contact me I’m an official stockist!

 



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