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DIY Bridal Beauty Tips for the Budget Savvy Bride

DIY Bridal Beauty Tips for the Budget Savvy Bride

 

Feel like using some of your creative energy? Use it to DIY your perfect wedding right from your own home. You can make everything from decor and invitations to custom fashion pieces and accessories all by yourself. The cost of a wedding can quickly spiral out of control and become overwhelming, so if there are ways to cut down on the budget for the big day then we recommend trying it. It’s true that DIY takes some extra time and effort, but there’s a huge payoff. You’ll be saving money and your wedding will have a unique, one-of-a-kind feel that you can’t buy in a store. Even brides who aren’t very craft-inclined can make DIY wedding magic using our tips.

Do Your Own Makeup

We’re sure you have masses of amazing makeup already stashed around your bathroom, so why not utilize what you’ve already got rather than hiring a makeup artist? We live in the age of the internet, and you can learn how to do literally any beauty or makeup look from YouTube tutorials. Test-drive your look before your big day to make sure you have everything you need and master the techniques you’ll be using. Otherwise, enlist a makeup savvy bridesmaid or girlfriend to help you out. After all, no one can say no to the bride!

  

 

Do Your Own Hair

DIY bridal hair styles

If you’re a simple type of gal, we recommend doing your own hair and saving money on an expensive stylist. After all, you’ve done your own hair thousands of times before, so why not today? As long as you have a flat iron, a curler, and plenty of hairspray and bobby pins, you cannot go wrong with doing your own ‘do’. Obviously, the easiest bridal hairstyle to do at home is loose, simple curls which you can achieve with a curling wand. We love this look with middle parted hair and perhaps even two small braids pulled back on each side. You can also learn how to do a variety of ornate looking braids and up dos online. Again, do a test drive before the big day to make sure you have all the products and techniques down. Remember, practice makes perfect.

Whiten Your Teeth At Home

Weddings are all about the details. We know you’ve got your beauty routine planned out to the very last detail, but don’t scrimp on the small stuff. You absolutely must whiten your teeth before the big day. Since professional teeth whitening can be super expensive and it can take months to get an appointment, why not try an effective, at-home teeth whitening system kit, or try some teeth whitening strips?

 

A Store-bought Dress Isn’t Always the Best Dress

Recycle a wedding dress

If your mom, grandma, aunt, or friend is handy with a needle and thread, enlist them to make you a custom, one-of-a-kind wedding dress. Since most people aren’t lucky enough to have a friend who knows how to sew couture-level wedding gowns, check out the wedding pictures from the women in your family and see if any of them would be willing to gift you their vintage wedding dress. Vintage is always a yes, and we’re sure one of your female relatives would be honored to loan you their retired wedding gown. If their gowns are outdated, never fear. Even with minimal sewing skills, you can rework an old dress to create a modern, magical gown. It’s just a matter of getting rid of those shoulder pads, tailoring the silhouette, and perhaps letting out a hem or two. Get creative!

Raid your grandma’s jewelry box

As the old adage goes, you need something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue to ensure a happy marriage. With vintage accessories from your mother, aunts, or grandma, you can knock out both borrowed and old. We love vintage gold jewelry, especially when it comes to earrings and necklaces. They’re funky and unique. If the jewelry you find at your grandma’s house is a little worse for the wear, never fear. Pick up some polish at your local craft store and get scrubbing. Those pieces will be restored to their former glory in no time. 

Create a Fresh Hair Piece

Get crafty with hair accessories

Flower crowns are just so perfectly lovely for a garden wedding. They look wonderful holding down a veil and they give you that magical, fairy princess look. Who isn’t on board for that? A fresh flower crown is actually one of the easiest DIY accessories. You can use the same flowers from your bouquet to keep with your color scheme and avoid a trip to the backyard or to a florist. Simply select three flowers to begin and loosely braid the stems together, adding more flowers along the way, the same way you would with a French braid. Once the flower string is long enough, pin the ends together into a crown shape, and finish off the crown by sticking leaves, flowers, and ribbons into the braid. Easy, classic, and gorgeous.

So there you have some top tips for brides on a budget looking to get creative and add that personal touch to the most important day of your life. Whether you want a mix of DIY and store bought for your big day, see the bride’s one year guide to planning a wedding for some excellent planning tips. We wish you all the happiness in the world as you plan your perfect day!

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From Sunscreens to Bronzing Oils: Summer Vacation Beauty Must-Haves

 

After the chilly winter and spring season, we can’t wait for the summer holiday season! Besides relaxing and enjoying the new environment on your holiday, there are a few beauty essentials that will make your holiday even more fun and refreshing. We collected our top beauty must-haves, which will definitely come in handy for any travel – from busy cities such as Barcelona and Lisbon to secret getaway destinations such as Crete.

Skincare Essentials:

Sunscreen

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We know, it’s not a particularly interesting item on the beauty list … but it’s definitely one of the most important ones. Sunscreen can not only protect you from the sun (and the horrible feeling of sunburns), they can also make your tan look more intense and natural.

Body Scrub

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Keep your skin energized, soft and smooth with a natural body scrub. If you wouldn’t like to splurge on it too much, you can make your own from sugar, rosemary, lemon and olive oil or coconut oil. While the sugar will exfoliate your body, the different oils will nourish your skin and keep it hydrated.

Bronzing Beauty Oil

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To add a bit of extra shimmer and glow to your skin and keep your tan looking beautiful, bring a small bottle of bronzing oil with you! It will look amazing for a night out, or a breakfast on the beach. If you are having troubles with getting a tan naturally, choose a tanning beauty oil to get that beautiful, bronzed look.

Toner Water

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A toner water (especially in a spray bottle) will help you in refreshing your skin and whole body during the hottest days. For an antibacterial and refreshing effect, choose a toner with tea tree oil extract and rose oil in it.

Makeup:

Water Based Hydrating Primer

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Because of the warm weather, say goodbye to heavy textures and balm primers that can clog your pores – a gel or water based, hydrating primer will get your skin ready while hydrating your face. If you are looking for a drugstore option, we recommend trying out the Nivea Hydrating Primer, which has a very light, gel formulation that absorbs into the skin in seconds, preparing it for foundation.

Light Coverage Foundation

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A tinted moisturizer would probably be the most skin-friendly option, but if you are having struggles with acne or redness, go for a light coverage liquid foundation or concealer. Try to leave any heavy cream or powder foundation at home (with the warm weather, heavy formulas will only crease on your skin and make it look more oily). To reach a flawless finish, gently tap the product to your spots and red areas and fix it with a face mist.

Tinted Lip Balm

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It’s the perfect time for coral, berry and pink lip balms! Summer is the season for glossy and creamy finishes, so instead of a regular matte finish lipstick, experiment with glosses and even glitter lip toppers!

Waterproof Mascara

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A curling and lengthening black mascara can bring the biggest change to no-makeup makeup looks, so don’t forget to pack your favourite mascara with you! Choose a waterproof version that will work well, even if you are going to a waterpark or have a long, hot day of discovering a new place.

Gel & Cream Blushes


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Sometimes powders don’t really work well during summer and hot weather, so instead of caking a powder blush to the cheeks of your apples, try out a gel or liquid blush and gently tap it into your skin. Find a shade that matches your lipstick, or to spare some space in your luggage, bring a 2 in 1 blush and lip tint (such as Bobbi Brown’s Rouge Pot), and don’t be afraid to try out something vivid, such as a deep pink or terracotta shade.

Hair Care:

Dry Shampoo

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A travel size bottle of dry shampoo will be your savior when you just don’t have time to wash your hair before a night out or dinner. We love dry shampoos because they have a light, refreshing texture to them that can spare you a quick hair wash.

Miscellaneous:

Teeth Whitening Pen

Taking a full teeth whitening kit on your journey might be a bit difficult (especially if you are travelling with smaller luggage), the perfect option to save yourself time and room in your luggage is a small teeth whitening pen if you want to keep your pearly white smile!

Cleansing Wipes

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A pack of universal skin cleansing wipes will be your best friend during travelling if you’d like to refresh your face or keep your hands sanitized.

All these essentials will ensure you are camera ready for the memories you’ll create this summer on your vacation.  If you’re looking for help to ensure your smile is camera ready look no further than the 10 benefits of teeth whitening (physical and psychological).  Now, enjoy your summer!

 

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Beauty Bootcamp For the Bridal Party

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We all know from experience that exercise doesn’t produce results overnight, that our faces rage red for days after a facial, that a dream haircut sometimes turns into a disaster that needs to be grown out and restyled, that fresh nail polish chips, and pimples surface the day of an important event which cannot be concealed by even the thickest coverup. But we’re all about positivity here. Instead of dwelling on the negative, we ask ourselves what bridesmaids-to-be can learn from horror stories of well-intentioned beauty procedures gone wrong. Here’s our answer. There is but one rule to always keep in mind: timing is everything, especially when plotting out your pre-wedding beauty bootcamp. A flawless wedding requires a lot of advance planning, not just for the bride but for members of the bridal party as well. So here we have a timeline of everything you should do to prepare for the wedding and exactly when you should do it.

6 Months Before the Wedding

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Start getting healthy. Begin a workout regimen, and by a workout regimen, we don’t mean just putting in 30 minutes on the elliptical a few times per week. Devise a plan that tightens and tones your lower half as well as your core and your upper body. This type of plan has you hitting the gym 3-4 days a week, working different muscles every day. Don’t fall for the oft-repeated mantra that since you’re working out you can eat like a pig: keep your diet the same or make a few healthy changes, if you so desire. And don’t forget to take your vitamins! They take time to work, which is why they’re often forgotten. But after a few months of daily vitamin intake, you’ll notice your hair, skin, and nails look better than ever.

3 Months Before the Big Day

Devise your hair and makeup plan. Before you make any irreversible decisions like chopping off your locks to get that super cute pixie cut you’ve always wanted to try out, start by consulting the bride. She may want the bridesmaids wearing similar hairstyles and makeup, so keep her vision in mind when deciding on your individual look.

Get your dress fitted, but schedule another fitting a few weeks before the big day. You don’t want to be that one bridesmaid whose dress won’t stay up because she skipped her fitting, and if you’re continuously working out, your dress will require some extra pins and tucks. Also, make sure you know what shoes and accessories you’re wearing: if you are planning on ordering these pieces online, order them sooner than later. We all know that despite all its convenience and glory, online orders can take forever to ship, you might receive the wrong size, or your package might get lost, so order in advance and have a plan to straighten out any problems that might arise.

Begin whitening your teeth. Teeth whitening isn’t a one-time kind of gig. It takes days or weeks to show results and requires weekly or monthly upkeep. You can whiten your teeth from home using a do-it-yourself LED whitening system or whitening strips. Follow the instructions that come with your product to get the full teeth whitening benefits.

6 Weeks before the Wedding Day

Schedule all your pre-wedding beauty appointments. You should fit in a facial no less than two weeks before the wedding, or you may have the dreaded red face scenario. Around this time, you should also schedule a trim to lop all the split ends off your hair, as well as a touchup to your color or highlights. Make a mani-pedi appointment as close to the day of the wedding as possible, but not on the day itself or your wet nails might ruin your lovely bridesmaid dress.

The Week of the Wedding

The week of the wedding is upkeep week. You’ll be busy with plenty of bridesmaid duties, so this isn’t a time to be traipsing off to the salon leaving the bride and the other bridesmaids to deal with the wedding arrangements all by themselves, unless you want to be swiftly removed from her friends list and disinvited to the ceremony. Instead, make sure you’re doing face masks at home, moisturizing daily, drinking plenty of water and not partying too much. Your workout schedule will probably be put on pause this week, so be especially careful about eating clean so as not to undo all your months of hard work. Your body will thank you the day of the wedding.

The Day of the Wedding

 

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As part of the bridesmaid squad it’s your job to ensure the bride has everything she needs on hand. Check your list of responsibilities to ensure you know exactly what, when and how everything needs to be done. Hopefully you will have had the required amount of beauty sleep the night before and will have your own dress, bag, makeup and accessories ready to go so you can get straight to those bridesmaid duties while looking effortlessly chic and beautiful yourself!

Meanwhile, if you're helping the bride plan the wedding pick up some great hints and tips with the bride's one year guide to planning a wedding!

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Movie Star Chic on the Cheap

From the classics of Monroe and Hepburn, to the Meghan Fox and Jennifer Lawrence lookalikes, the Hollywood Movie style is a true fashion art we all want master.

It’s probably a lot easier with a group of stylists, makeup artists and personal wardrobe keepers around you; choosing the best leggings for your 'haven't even tried’ look, to contouring your feet for a pair of Gucci open top heels. Who even knew contouring feet was necessary?!

Without an entourage of experts, and a hefty pay check, the stylish look of Hollywood movie stars can be difficult to attain.  But, there are plenty of ways to look movie star chic on the cheap!

That's right, step aside Emma Stone, we've got this covered.

Tan

First things first, you'll need that all American glowing tan that anyone who's ever passed through LA or California is gifted with.

This perfect tan gives you a fab base coat for any makeup you'll be doing later. Whether you're opting for sun beds for a gradual build up, or a quick fake tan, be sure to sparkle and glow like Kylie Jenner in her 4am dawn photoshoots. 

Using a fake tan like Benefit’s Hoola Zero Tanlines (around $24) will provide a smooth coverage so you don't have to worry so much about streaks and uneven lines down the back of your legs...Plus, it has the sweetest smell!

Teeth

Nothing says Hollywood Celebrity like a Simon Cowell white toothy smile. There's only one way to get those pearls looking so pristine; teeth whitening. Whilst the stars may be able to afford the highest quality teeth whitening services, an OTC whitening kit can provide that gleam without you emptying your bank account.

Once you've had your teeth whitened, keep up the cleaning and flossing every day and stay away from food and drink that is prone to stain your teeth. 

Find out more about Hollywood Stars and their Pearly Whites

Read all about Celebrity Dental Tricks

Nails

Though we're not sure how they manage every day activities like driving or texting, Hollywood stars are pros at wearing the longest nails known to mankind. 


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Opting for false nails and gel polishes will give you a stable and indestructible look for a couple of weeks.

Not only are gels available at the salon, you can also buy a DIY nail art kit like the ones on offer by MoYou that have everything you need from a variety of gel polishes, stamps and image plates so you can design your own pieces of art on your fingertips.

Hair

There's a whole array of hair styles the celebs use, and we're not even sure which our favourites are. We love the braids that are a must when chilling at home or going to the gym, but red carpet chic is also a winner with so much variety.

Stepping back to the basics however, you'll need to start with deep hydrating conditioners and a strong shampoo to give you a sleek and shiny look.

Many movie stars have to look on point every day, so their hair stylists use a number of quirky and elegant styles - most start with a centre parting and this will also create a sophisticated and sassy look even when left down. 

The best thing about hair salons these days is that you can buy the products they use or head over to the supermarket to grab a few (hundred) bottles. The smell alone is glorious and the benefits of a good hair regime are endless.  

Pick up a stylist shampoo like Toni & Guy or Tresemme (an ultimate fave) and see the difference it makes to your hair. 

As for styles, Pinterest! Be strong; there's nothing those hair whizzes can do that you can't! With hairbrush in one hand and Kirby grips in the other, transform your weave into a glorious 'do ready for the catwalk. 

Make up 

Contour, strobing, smokey eye; is it all really over for the new 'no make-up makeup trend?' Absolutely not. Whilst the no make-up trend is beautiful, not one celeb could possibly say there's not a little contouring that goes into the look.

Using tiny amounts of rose gold highlighter like Topshop’s Chameleon Glow will perk up the skin, whilst a little powder will go a long way for smoothing out skin tone and leaving a matte finish. 

Simple 

... but you're unlikely to see any of them attending award ceremonies without getting their face on, so learning to strobe, eyeline flick and plenty more of your classic makeup tricks will help you out when persuading the squad you've just been scouted by Hollywood.

If you're heading in the classic Hollywood direction, opt for a porcelain fresh look with a strong coverage level so block out any unevenness and imperfections. You need a totally blank canvas to operate as the most iconically beautiful women of history!  With a strong focus on those brow peaks, and liner flicks, you're set to go - without forgetting that all important red lip pout that'll make the fans weak. 

Using a foundation in a paler colour will help to replicate Monroe's renowned look. And sponge tipped eyeliner is perfect when trying to smoothly finish the eyeliner flick that so many of us have been defeated by in the past.

Color in those eye brows to add a shape that sassily says 'excuse me?' without words. And you're good to go for a walk over some air vents with your dress wafting along the way... 

But if you're enchanted by the 21st Century styles of our favourite movie stars, strobing is the game they play. Offering an added sparkle with each and every camera flash, strobing has become a way to accentuate your stardom.                                                    

Using Benefit’s Watts Up! Highlighter, cover the main sparkle points on your cheekbones, Cupid's bow, nose, brows and forehead to glow like a magical star.

Opt for a light, yet sultry smokey eye with silvers and light greys, rather than the typical charcoal shades.

For the rest, it's really your choice: bronze, foundation, lip colour and eyeliners are your playing field; go forth make up warriors!

Clothes

For your red carpet appearance there are only two options: tight or flowy. There's really no in between. 

Your choices will reflect your body confidence and a tight dress, clinging in all the right places is bound to get people talking and wondering 'what is her exercise regime?!'

Celebrity style shops like My Bandage Dress or ASOS are the perfect way to find an outfit ideal for your body type without the eyewatering designer price tag. 

If you want to make a statement and stand out from the crowd like Beyoncé or JLow, you'll have to look for the flowiest attire you can find. These experts in red carpet fashion pull out all the stops with their designer dresses and everlasting trains. 

Once you've found your own favorite celeb style tricks, add them all together to create your Hollywood Movie look in minutes. All you need now is an event, an award and a Zac Efron to hold your handbag. 

 

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Pre Valentine’s Day Beauty Tips and Tricks to Set the Romance Meter to RED


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If you’ve got a new boyfriend, a hot date, or a tried-and-true love, Valentine’s Day is almost like Christmas. You daydream about the sappy possibilities for this most romantic of holidays like a little kid anticipating the gifts waiting under the Christmas tree. Will your beloved send you flowers at work? Will you find one of those oversized teddy bears and a heart shaped box of assorted chocolates waiting on your doorstep? Will he take you to dinner? A concert? A romantic moonlit picnic? Will you get the kiss of your dreams at the end of the night? Take a second to sit back and picture your fantasy Valentine’s day date, and don’t hold back all the cheesy details. Now, in your mind’s eye, how do you look when you greet your beau on Valentine’s Day? Maybe you’re a vision of classic beauty, all soft curls and glittery eyes. Or you’re edgy and vampy in dark lipstick and leather. Whatever the concept, we have some tips that will help you prep your desired look for the occasion and help your V-Day fantasies come true.

Skin


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As you probably know, a canvas of fresh, bump-free skin is the best way to achieve the makeup look of your dreams. Right now, we’re absolutely obsessing over the healing powers of ginger, which is a life saver for eradicating acne scars, reducing wrinkles, and even soothing untimely pimples. Guess what, you don’t have to break the bank for this fix. DIY masks might be a little extra effort, but you probably already have many of the ingredients in your kitchen. Besides, a little extra effort is worth it for the most romantic of holidays. Heres the recipe for an at-home ginger face mask that will give you the skin you’ve always dreamed of, just in time for your Valentine’s date.

Perfume


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The perfect perfume is extra important on Valentine’s Day. It’s a fool proof way to entice your man to lean in just a bit closer, and linger next to you for just a bit longer. Maybe you already have a signature scent or maybe you’ve been thinking of trying out something new. Take Valentine’s Day as the excuse you’ve been waiting for to buy a new perfume or cologne. Mist your perfume (don’t douse it) just around your wrists and hair– you’ll give off little, tantalizing whiffs of the scent as you move, leaving him gasping for more.

Hair

While there’s really no wrong way to do your hair for Valentine’s Day, there are a few mistakes that could really ruin your evening. First off, if the style you’re planning relies heavily on hairspray, save that look for another day. Valentine’s is about romance, sure, but it’s also about touching, closeness and intimacy. No one wants to go in to stroke your hair only to run their hand through a crunchy lump of gunky, hair sprayed curls, no matter how visually appealing. In addition, any hair style that requires you to stay still for long periods of time to stay coiffed could really put a damper on your fun and should not be attempted on Valentine’s. For these reasons, we recommend simple sleek ponytails which can be easily fixed and retied if need be, or classic straightened hair for your date.

Nails

As with hair, nails that impede your ability to touch, move, and enjoy should be avoided like the plague on Valentine’s Day. Instead of gluing on long acrylics, which look glamorous but are not conducive to actually using your hands, go short and polished. But short and polished doesn’t mean boring! The color and design is where you can really have fun. You don’t have to adhere to the Valentine’s theme of reds and pinks, though you certainly can if you like. Dark blue or purple is unexpected and fun. How about flecks of glitter, dark, rich tones, matte or metallic nails? The choice is yours.

Teeth

For the all-important Valentine’s Day kiss, white teeth are not only recommended, they are a necessity. This step requires a bit of advance planning, depending on how dazzling you want your smile to be. You can either opt for some classic whitening strips, or try a professional home whitening system to really show off those pearly whites.

Now you’re ready for that all important Valentine date, or you could choose to pamper yourself and stay in with your favorite movie crush! Ahh, bliss!


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