6 things to consider if wanting an ‘up-do’ hairstyle for your wedding

When deciding on your ‘bridal style’ it can be really difficult to determine what you do and don’t like.  Instagram and Pinterest are filled with ideas that can make choosing all the more tiresome.  Below is my simple guide to help you cut through all the chaff, and really decide on want you want.  I use these questions myself to pin-point what my client does want, without them even realising it x

1. Do you prefer your hair up or down?  It’s a really simply question but you would be surprised how often this gets over looked.  If you are comfortable with having your hair down most days, then having an up-do can feel exposing and not natural.  Likewise, if you often have your hair up – leaving it down can make you feel hot and bothered.  So consider how you naturally behave with your hair day-to-day.

2. What’s your wedding gown like?  Does your gown have a high neck with detailing at the back – do you want this exposed or covered by your hair?  Alternatively, does it have a long back – therefore do you want your hair to fall onto your bare back?

3. What is your hair colour like?  Clients often bring me images of looks they love of hair up – and what do all of them have in common?  The model almost always has blonde or blonde highlighted hair, when in fact the client stood in front of me has deep brown hair.  They love the style because with blonde hair you can clearly make out the detail in the design – that gorgeous braid or pulled out twist.  It’s sad but true that in darker coloured hair this detail gets lost, so either consider a different style with similar colouring to your own, or take the plunge and book in for highlights.

4. What’s the weather likely to be?  If you’re getting married in peak heat wave season then you’ll want to minimise the risk of curls falling out, or frizzy hair sticking to your back so an up-do is your perfect style ticket.  Likewise, if you’re having your wedding during cooler climates, then gorgeous cascading curls is the perfect choice to keep a tad warmer.

5. Are you having a veil, hair accessorie, flower grown or alice band placed in your hair?  Generally speaking veils work better on hair that is down, due to the fact that the sheer weight of the veil can knock the air out of a wispy up-do.  A sturdy low bun is often better if wanting both.

Modern hair accessories are usually made in mind of how they are going to be placed in the hair for a either an up-do or down-do.  I can highly recommend the following retailers that have been carefully designed to with-stand the pressure of both.  Kelly Spence / Victoria Fergusson / Donna Crain

6.  And lastly… is your hair long enough, thick enough, has enough texture for the style you want?  9 times out of 10 the styles on Pinterest have been achieved using hair extensions.  It’s a well known trade secret.  This makes it incredibly hard for brides to realise their expectation is not completely realistic.  Luckily, hair extensions exist for everyone to buy- so if you really want that ka-bow style we can achieve it! x

REPOST//Touching or topping up your bridal makeup throughout the big day – what will you need…

My bridal clients often ask me what they will need throughout the wedding to keep their makeup looking fresh, especially if any tears are shed during the ceremony or speeches!  A good tip is if you do feel a little emotional and the tears start to well in the eyes, have a tissue on hand and just dap don’t wipe across!  This will save your eye makeup.  This goes for if the tears that have made it down your cheeks.  Below I have complied a list of useful items to have to top up your bridal makeup throughout the day.  Give them to a trusted bridesmaid to look after for you x

1. Lipstick and lipliner.  Be prepared to talk continuously throughout the day to friends and family!  This natural action can result in the lipstick being warn off.  Think carefully about your choice of lipstick – a neutrally toned shade is less obvious when it comes to fading.  Drinking and eating will also mean the colour fades.

2.  Pressed powder.  Make sure not to go for a loose powder to avoid any upset if opened incorrectly, and powder ends up all over your gown!  A little bit of powder may be needed just under the eyes in case of tears, and if you’re feeling particularly flushed and just need to take some of the oil out of the complexion.

3.  Blusher.  A little bit of pressed blusher can be useful if a lot of people have kissed your cheeks and worn of your ‘natural’ glow.  Think about quickly topping this up before photographs.  Don’t be tempted to use too much though!

4.  Mints.  Breath mints are really useful if you want to feel fresh quickly.  With the wine and different foods you will be consuming, having some breath mints can just give you a little more confidence when talking to your guests.

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How to make a Peach Mojito Mocktail

Peach Mojito Mocktail that’s actually good for your skin? Count me in! Here’s how to make to yummy peach mocktails… sharing optional x

INGREDIENTS

1 peach, sliced
2 inch-long pieces of candied ginger, finely chopped
8-10 mint leaves
Juice of 3 limes
10-12 ice cubes
1 ginger beer

DIRECTIONS

Divide the peach slices, chopped candied ginger, mint leaves, and lime juice between two tall glasses.
Use a muddler (or a spoon) to crush the peaches and mint to release the mint oils and juice from the peach.
Fill the glasses with ice cubes.
Pour chilled ginger beer over the ice until topped off.

Enjoy!

Natasha Jay Photography The Greyhound Inn at Stockbridge Hayley Elizabeth Cake Design Wild And Wonder Events The Hampshire Wedding Club

#justpeachyhampshire

Vegan lip scrubs I love…

I simply love a good lip scrub.  They are so effective in how they gently scrub away flaky, chapped skin from the lips leaving a lovely smooth feeling, plus they encourage blood to the surface of the lips providing a short lived lip plumping look that also helps stimulate the healing process.  So all in all they are a great little secret weapon when it comes to kissable, soft lips.  And, they ALL taste amazing!  Here are my top fave 5 x

1. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub Valentines Collection in Chocolate covered Strawberries

2. Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum

3. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub in Strawberry Gum

4. Lush Lip Scrub in The Kiss – soon to be discontinued

5. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub Valentines Collection in Candy Necklace

REPOST // How to extend the life of your wedding perfume

I am a HUGE fan of perfume.  I love having a choice between scents to match my mood, occasion or even outfit.  But how can you make that gorgeous smell last all day?  Well, I’ve complied a list of top tips on how to do just that.  Hope you enjoy! x

5 Top Tips to extend the life of your perfume

1. Once you have your perfect bridal perfume don’t put it in direct sunlight, or in warm/damp place like the bathroom.  The heat will break down the scent and lessen the quality.  Instead pop it in a draw, or on top of a wardrobe away from windows.

2. Rub a little vaseline on your pulse points, as this will hold the scent better on your skin and for longer.

3. Pop your perfume on right after getting out of the shower, and before getting dressed.  The moisture from the shower will help to lock in the scent – and putting your perfume on before dressing will stop any staining coming through on your wedding jewellery and dress!

4. For a lighter scent, spray in mid air and walk through the mist.  The fragrance will distribute evenly over the body and leave a hint of scent.  Perfect for if you have a very heady perfume.

5.  Don’t rub your wrists together after applying perfume.  This squashes the top notes and makes them disappear faster resulting in a fragrance that doesn’t last the morning!

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Baby it’s cold outside… winter moisturisers perfect for the colder weather

Tight skin, rough knuckles, chapped lips? Say hello to winter, about to wreak havoc from head-to-toe. To show it who’s boss, I’ve tried and researched the best winter moisturisers that will keep skin happily hydrated throughout the cold snap.

1. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30

2. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+™

3. Pure Jojoba by MV Organic Skincare

4. SENSAI Cellular Performance Extra Intensive Series Extra Intensive Cream 40ml

2019 ‘on trend’ bridal nail polishes

Whether you’re into nail designs and want sparkling bridal nail art or prefer natural nails, picking your wedding day varnish can be a tough decision to make.  Firstly, it’s got to go with your wedding dress, but it’s also got to stand the test of time without chipping half way down the aisle or an hour into the reception.

Luckily, I’ve rounded up my favourite pearly pinks and beautiful beige shades to help you make your decision x

1. YSL La Laque Couture Nail Polish in 25 Rose Romantique

2. OPI Infinite Shine Bubble Bath – Infinite Shine 10 Day Wear

3. Chanel Le Vern is Long Wear Nail Colour 588 – Nuvola Rosa

4. Essie 13 Mademoiselle Sheer Pink Nail Polish

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REPOST//Tips for growing beautiful, healthy nails for your wedding

I have a confession to make.  I am a former nail biter!  I’m not going to lie it took a lot of patience and time to kick this lifetime habit.  And it all started with starting to plan my wedding and wanting to make sure my nails (which were in a sorry mess at the time) were not going to let me down.  Especially as my good friend and wedding photographer Mia mentioned that she would be taking a few ‘wedding ring’ shots, which immediately spurred me into action!  Don’t get me wrong there were plenty of relapses on the lead up to the wedding, as no wedding is completely stress free!  I learnt a lot of things along the way that helped me kick this naughty habit and now I’m going to share them with you x

Let’s get started!

1. Buy the wedding nail polish you want to wear and get excited about putting on that first coat of polish!  Often if you can visualise what your nails are going to be like by the end of your journey, then it makes it all the easier to make a good start.

2. Often our hair and nails need a little help in getting the right vitamins to them, so try adding a supplement to your daily routine.  I personally love Imedeen Derma One teamed with Imedeen Hair & Nails so my skin and nails get a kick start.  Also Perfectil is a wonder and slightly cheaper, but still as good.  Always check with your local GP before taking any supplements.

3. Get off to a good start by having a professional manicure to improve the cuticles and shape of the nails (be that with tiny nails for now!)  This will ensure good habits and make you want to keep up the good work.

4. Avoid the temptation to have false nails applied for your wedding.  I honestly don’t know why these have not been banned yet!  False nails are incredibly bad for your own nail bed – cutting off the air supply to your nails can make them brittle, yellow and left with unsightly ridges.  All those chemicals are not good for the nails, or your lungs!  There’s a reason why they all wear masks in nail salons…

5. Regularly paint your nails in expensive nail polish, or top coat it in special nail biter polish which tastes awful!  Why expensive nail polish?  Well, knowing how much it cost often made me not want to bite it off at all (I definitely wanted to get my monies worth!)

REPOST // Vegan lip scrubs I love…

I simply love a good lip scrub.  They are so effective in how they gently scrub away flaky, chapped skin from the lips leaving a lovely smooth feeling, plus they encourage blood to the surface of the lips providing a short lived lip plumping look that also helps stimulate the healing process.  So all in all they are a great little secret weapon when it comes to kissable, soft lips.  And, they ALL taste amazing!  Here are my top fave 5 x

1. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub Valentines Collection in Chocolate covered Strawberries

2. Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum

3. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub in Strawberry Gum

4. Lush Lip Scrub in The Kiss – soon to be discontinued

5. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub Valentines Collection in Candy Necklace

REPOST // How to get Meghan’s flawless skin…

Meghan stunned us all on her wedding day, not just with her beautifully elegant Givenchy gown, but with her simple barely there ‘no makeup, makeup look’.  Whilst this worked so perfectly for her and her utterly flawless skin, I would only recommend doing this if the skin is in tip top condition.  So here are my tips for getting a Meghan Markle complexion x

1.  Preparation, time and hard-work is key to getting clear skin that is naturally radiant.  The first thing you will need to practise daily is a facial workout.  Like our bodies, where we exercise to stay strong and slender, so does our face need a little workout now and again.  Meghan famously loves a good facial workout – favouring this method as opposed to surgery.  Search your local Saks salon for this treatment and many others favoured by Meghan.

2.  Get rid of the dry skin… pronto!  Meghan is a prime example of what the right kind of moisturiser can do for your skin.  Moisturising is a product that must not be skipped.  Ever!  Moisturising literally wakes up the complexion, plumps and boosts circulation.  Ditto for the eyes – use a balm or cream to lift the eyes and improve dark circles.  Try Dior Hydra Life Hydration Rescue Intense Sorbet Creme and No7 Early Defence Eye Cream.  And get as much sleep as you possibly can!

3.  Meghan is unique in the fact that her skin requires no colour correction and has a smooth surface area with no unsightly texture.  She is very naturally blessed – although like many actresses Meghan understands that what you put in your body has a direct connection to your skin.  So it’s no surprising she eats healthy for her body and skin, coupled with drinking plenty of fresh water.  Drinking water helps to plump the skin smoothing out lines and wrinkles, it also combats uneven skin tones with patches of redness.  This, used with the moisturising, will help to give you that even complexion.  It is also important to exfoliate once a month to help the skin’s renewal process and remove any dead skin cells.  Try Alpha-H Liquid Gold.

4.  You can tell that Meghan has been very good in the past with not picking her spots as she has no marks or scars.  Or if she had any, she has quite wisely had these professionally treated.  If you do suffer from breakouts it’s important to treat these either with a cortisone gel or red-ness reducing eye drops.  If you have suffered from spots in the past and are left with some scars think about booking yourself into your local Sk:n clinic to see about a re-surfacing treatment.

5.  Meghan’s teeth have that Hollywood effect of being perfectly straight and whiter than white.  If you think your teeth are looking a little sub-par, it is always best to consult your dentist to discuss options of professional teeth whitening and corrective adult braces.  Be prepared though… it can be a little pricey! x