Blog

UPDATE! Hairburst Chewable Hair Vitamins

Product description…

‘Hairburst Chewable Hair Vitamins are the tasty way to ensure you are getting the essential vitamins for, faster hair growth. We created this product for people who find it hard to swallow tablets but still want longer, stronger healthier hair.

Hairburst provides a different approach to hair maintenance, a professional product that works from the inside out, our chewable vitamins contain the vital ingredient for hair growth including Biotin, Selenium, Zinc, B5, B6 & B12

Our chewable hair vitamins work to combat the negative impact daily lives can have on your hair. We are all guilty of committing hair sins, whether that’s not having your nutrition on point, over styling with heat or chemicals , excessive dying or just simply age and genetics. We’re here to help’

So at the moment I am 4 months in using a mixture of the chewable hair vitamins and the capsule version. I am not too sure my hair has grown too much, although my nails and skin are looking very healthy! What I would say is that the hair appears thicker and shinier. I’ve got 2 more bottles of the capsule to take, so I’ll give you another update in a couple of months time x

Why do you charge what you do?

As this can be quite a complex subject, I thought I would fully go into this and explain my prices and why I charge what I do. It’s also a question I know many of you would have asked yourselves before contacting me to book, or maybe even questioned this on the initial enquiry. I think it’s important to know exactly what you’re paying for, and see how the cost is broken down. As the wedding and beauty industry seem to vary widely in costings, I thought this would go someway to explain at least my prices to clients.

✨ Why do you ask for a £100 non-refundable deposit?

It is quite common for businesses (especially in the wedding industry) to ask for a deposit. The deposit ‘holds’ the date for a client and ensures that their chosen supplier is available for their special occasion. Personally, it also means that I will NOT book any other event on that same date, meaning I am completely focused and dedicated to my client for anything they need me for.

The deposit works in three-fold; 1. It holds the date, 2. It secures against anyone else booking that same date, 3. It roots out time-wasters and means only genuine clients book.

Any why is it non-refundable? Well this is actually for two reasons. The very fact that it is non-refundable puts a lot of people off, so for me as a business I only get clients book who like my work and really want me to be a part of their special day. It also serves to protect myself financially if a client decides to cancel.

✨ Why do you charge less for a trial than the wedding day?

This is actually quite a common question, and can leave a lot of people scratching their heads trying to figure out why the cost has suddenly changed.

It’s standard practice in the beauty industry to charge less for a trial than the wedding day. This is for a few reasons, but mainly it is because it allows clients to experience their wedding ‘look’ without committing too much money. It also gives the client the freedom to walk away if they don’t get the feels! The trial is also the time when things are discussed, experiments are made, things are changed and notes are taken – so when it comes to the big day everything flows smoothly and everyone knows what they are doing.

The trial is usually just for the bride, as I feel it is important to focus on my client completely without the distraction of the whole bridal party. However, I know it can be lovely to have the full gang together for a treat – so if you would also like the bridesmaids to have a trial, please let me know at the time of enquiry and I can work out a price for this.

✨ Why do you charge more for the bride on the wedding day than the other guests?

Ok, the big one! Why charge more for the bride? It seems unfair right? Well, I’ll try and break this one down so you can see where the extra costs come into it.

So firstly, the person who communicates with me from the start until the end is the bride. So whenever I reply to an email, text, phone call or Instagram message (which can be at all times of the day) this is my personal time. Don’t get me wrong I love to chat to my clients and I want them to feel as if I am there for them no matter what is going on, but as a business I still need to account for this time.

Now the next level in price is due to the physical application, skill and experience taken to do the bridal hair and makeup. I always allow extra time for the bride. No question. She will come first. This is where my 7 years of experience comes into affect to produce a hair and makeup look that my client is comfortable with, and which makes her feel absolutely exquisite. I am always striving for the next best thing so constant training with some of the biggest names in the industry is a must for me, but can also be pricey, so I have to balance this in the books and so therefore in my costings.

Finally, the last bit of cost for the bride is the ‘just in case’ scenario. I always like to leave myself a few extra pennies for peace of mind, just in case I need to purchase a special product for my client that she has asked for. Sometimes, this extra cash will be used to absorb any travel cost that maybe local but still a bit of distance.

✨ Why are the additional guests prices less? Does that mean they have less makeup/worse hair?

Absolutely not, and please don’t interpret the costings this way. Again there are definite reasons behind the price for guests; 1. It allows the guests to take part in the festivities without escalating the overall cost, 2. Guests are usually less concerned with their hair & makeup requirements, and are happy to take my lead when it comes to this – so I feel to reflect this attitude a dip in price is best.

But there is no way they will receive less of a service, and will definitely not have bad hair or hardly any makeup on.

✨ Why is there a surcharge of £90 for an additional hair/makeup artist?

I have a carefully selected team of individuals I like to have assisting me on larger jobs. These professionals usually have been working as a makeup artist, or hairstylist for 7+years and their skills are closely matched to my own. However, because they are also freelance sourcing their availability takes time.

The surcharge reflects the additional work I have to do to source the right person for the job. Securing that individual and guaranteeing them work at the end of the day is very important as a business.

✨ Why do you charge the amount you do?

So throughout my 7 years I have gone through all sorts of pricing mock ups, some with more success than others. It has been a tough learning curve, as wanting to reflect my experience and yet not price myself out of jobs has been no picnic! I’ve also learnt not to feel upset when another artist undercuts me, as I know deep down the job was probably not right for me in the first place.

I recently trained with Katy Djokic and The Bridal Stylists, and after speaking with Katy I soon realised I am very much close to her style and experience (especially when it comes to makeup) therefore I decided to match her costs. I hope in this way I have gone somewhere to even out prices and make it more fair to clients.

I hope all of this has made sense. If you do have any questions please do contact me x

UPDATED! ‘Trinny London’ makeup range by Trinny Woodall

Their story…

Trinny Woodall – ‘For the last 20 years I have worked with women all over the world.  I help them find the most flattering styles, the best skincare, and the most hard-working, perfectly matched, foolproof makeup ❤ As I travelled the globe, I improvised my own personalised makeup kit.  In a quest for the perfect tone and consistency I would mix a stick foundation with a liquid, blend a lip tint with a gloss… I mushed up colours and decanted them into little pots. And then I thought, “there has to be a better way”. The big idea was born: a portable, versatile range of makeup, with colours to suit every woman. ❤ After 3 years of experimenting, planning, developing formulas, and state-of-the-art technology to pinpoint which makeup truly suits you, welcome to the ultimate easy, modern, do-it-everywhere, premium makeup brand: TRINNY LONDON.’

Trinny London are all about portable makeup.  Whilst this is nothing new in the industry, I think the way they have marketed themselves and really pushed for all their products to be portable is refreshing.  They have considered what will give the maximum amount of colour, with the minimal amount of effort and take up only a small amount of space in a standard sized handbag.  I love the idea of this – not only is it better for the environment (as the pots are reusable) but also requires little skill in application, which is just perfect for everyday use.

My personal favourites are the lip glow colour in ‘Maddie‘ and spot concealer ‘Miracle Blur

REPOST// Coming soon… Mexican inspired feel good shoot

Westlake Photography / Penton Park / Frances Moore MUA / JMS Hair Design / Exquisite Bridal Couture / Fabulous Company / Guicha the Bus / Sparkle Bakes / Victoria Fergusson Accessories / Bloomberry

UPDATED! My top 6 venues to get married in The New Forest, Hampshire

I simply love the New Forest.  I grew up in Lyndhurst, moved to Southampton then moved back to Lymington (edge of the New Forest)  as both my husband and myself missed the forest too much.  It’s no surprise that so many couples want to get married in this beautiful part of the country, and to have that stunning scenery as a backdrop to their wedding.  After working in the wedding industry for some time now, and having the great opportunity of noseying around so many venues I have picked my top 10 for those that are playing with the idea of a New Forest wedding.

My top 10 venues to get married in the New Forest, Hampshire

1.  The Master Builders at Buckler’s Hard – Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu, Hampshire SO42 7XB.

2. The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu – 1 Palace Lane Beaulieu Brockenhurst SO42 7YG.

3. Hale Park – Hale, Fordingbridge, Hants, SP6 2RF

4. Somerley House – Somerley, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 3PL

5. Lime Wood Hotel – Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7FZ.

6. Pylewell Park – Pylewell House, Pylewell, East End, Lymington SO41 5SJ

REPOST// The big questions – No. 5: Will I look overdone and not like myself?

A very common worry among brides (when considering to hire a makeup artist) is that they will not look like themselves, or that they will be too heavily made up.  There isn’t a bride alive who doesn’t want that pleasant in-take of breath when she enters the room, and see’s her guests and partner for the first time.  You want to be breathtaking for all the right reasons, and any makeup artist worth her salt will always strive to help create that moment for you.  Here are a few myth busters to help you make your choice.

1. One of the most common fears surrounding hiring a makeup artist, is that you will be made to look too heavily ‘made up’ and covered in foundation.  Believe me, no one wants that!  True, we will use slightly more products than than your usual everyday look, but that is only because the makeup design has to work well for meeting guests, different lighting effects, professional photographs and lasting the distance on what is a joyful – but long day.

2. At the makeup trial you will be asked what is usual for you in terms of your everyday look, and what products you like to use.  That way we can design something that is very typically you, yet slightly tweaked to be the very best version of yourself.  A makeup artist is not there to experiment and try out the latest trends on you (only if you want to though!)  We’re here to give a guiding hand to create something that is uniquely you, yet translates well to all mediums.

3. Ok, yes we use a lot more products than you’re used to.  There are eye primers, facial primers, an array of eyeshadows, setting sprays, vitamin sprays the list is endless.  But we only use what we need to, to achieve that flawless base or that gorgeous smokey eye – the key is thin build-able layers that just looks seamless in it’s execution.  Basically, don’t panic when I open the makeup kit!

5 trending engagement rings for 2019

2019 is definitely the year that engagement rings have stepped up a gear. Couples are favouring more personal designs that reflect their individual personalities and tastes. Coloured stones and fashion rings are making an appearance, along with stackable and vintage type rings. There is truly a ring for any budget this year. So if you don’t fancy the traditional diamond engagement ring, maybe one of these will spark your interest x

  1. Coloured rings – the popularity of coloured stones debuted with Princess Diana’s blue sapphire ring and experienced a complete resurgence when the ring reappeared on Kate Middleton’s finger after her engagement to Prince William. By opting for sapphires in shades of peach and red, emeralds in brilliant shades of green, and black diamonds. You can branch out from blue hues to create unique pieces with eye-catching pops of colour.
  2. Stackable setting rings – An engagement ring feels like the start to the ultimate ring stack. Now, engagement rings feature stones in various shapes (think: pear, round, oval, rectangle, and even octagon) that are meant to be paired with arched bands on your wedding day. There are even rings complete with interlocking designs. The stack is here to stay, and now it feels much more modern than a simple engagement and wedding ring pairing.
  3. Clustered setting rings – In order to add interest to engagement ring designs, clustered settings have become one of the biggest trends. Sometimes one stone is flanked on either side by additional stones. In other settings, baguette diamonds encircle the main stone. Regardless, the result is stunning!
  4. Split shank ring – The “shank” on a ring is a fancy way of talking about the band, and split shanks are now trending. The gorgeous stone sits in between two bands that look like an amazing stack. Then the wedding band, which is split, is added to encircle the stone. It’s the coolest look!
  5. East west setting ring – If a stone is not round, most often they have a north-south setting, which means the stone points vertically. However, the latest trend is the east-west setting in which the stone is turned horizontally so it crosses over your ring finger. The slight change creates such a cool, modern feel, and we think this trend will become a timeless classic.
Heidi Gibson Engagement Rings

5 tips for growing long, thick hair for your wedding day

These are my top tips (taken from my own personal experience) on how to grow gorgeous long, thick hair before your wedding day. It’s good to start thinking about growing your hair as soon as you’ve become engaged, as good quality length and thickness takes time. You may even need to start from the beginning with an especially short hair cut if your hair is thinning. Cutting the hair short will relieve the pressure on the scalp and allow new growth to be healthier and thicker.

  1. Tell your hairdresser you are wanting to grow your hair, and have regular trims every 6-8 weeks depending on your growth rate. Letting your hairdresser know your aim allows them to tailor the trim to cut out the split ends, whilst leaving the healthy hair to grow to its potential.
  2. Resist the urge to wash and brush your hair everyday. By simply running your fingers through your hair to get rid of knots, saves undue stress on the hair and scalp. It can also create a nice beach wave effect. Also, think about washing your hair every other day to allow the hair time to gain back its natural oils – which coat the hair in a natural protectant.
  3. Invest in a really good brush that is kind to your hair. Tangle teasers are popular for a reason, as they gently comb through the hair without pulling too much at the scalp. They are also very good for children’s hair too.
  4. I always start my day with a hair supplement taken with my breakfast. I find if I make it part of my morning routine then I don’t forget to take them. I personally love the Hairburst supplements and have been using them for half a year. I find the extra vitamin boost helps with hair growth, thickness and gives the hair a silky finish. Coupled with a diet high in fruit and veg this has made all the difference.
  5. Avoid over styling hair everyday with heat. I tend to do a lovely beach wave using my hair straighteners twice a week, with a heat protectant, some styling cream, leave in conditioner and a salty sea spray. Sometimes I’ll add some oil if the hair is particularly dry. Reducing the amount of heat and adding the correct products can make all the difference.

And good luck girlies! x

REPOST // The big questions – No. 2: Should you get a friend to do your wedding makeup?

Brace yourselves ladies – this one’s a bit controversial!  If a friend offers to do your make up for your wedding it is obviously a beautiful gesture and is always done with the best intentions.  Unfortunately, sometimes the pressure of the occasion just hits home and they pull out or the friend can no longer attend the wedding – usually because of the pressure of the occasion!  Here are a few things to consider when asking should a friend to do your wedding makeup.

1. Your friend is amazing at makeup and has agreed to do the makeup for you and your bridesmaids for free as a gift.  But is that same person attending your wedding?  Will they have time to get ready themselves?

2. Will your friend by using her own make up or will she be using products that are designed for your skin type and colour?

3. Have you had a makeup trial with your friend and discussed the look you want, ensuring it will complement your dress, colour scheme and theme?

4. Worst case scenario here: your friend has done a wonderful look… but you hate it!  How do you break the news?  Sorry, that one’s a bit bleak but I’ve seen it happen and it can put a real dampener on your big day.

5. Remember to get your friend a lovely present to say thank you for being part of your big day.