Five questions to ask your bridal make-up artist

From the venue to the invitations, making sure every element of your wedding day is exactly how your dreamt it can be a tough and stressful task. When it comes to your make-up artist, this is one of the most important jobs of the day, as he/she will decide how you look and feel on your big day. If you’re having some trouble deciding how to pick that perfect person for the job, here are some of the top questions to quiz the candidates with …

  1. Will you be happy to try different looks at the trial if I’m not satisfied?

It’s essential that you’re happy with your overall look, and the best makeup artists factor in time to discuss different looks and hairstyles with you. For example, Sarah Meredith does bridal makeup in Manchester, and allows two hours for the bride’s consultation, with another hour for each additional person in the party. Whether your makeup artist allows fair timing is vital, so you need to understand how in-depth your trial will be.

  1. Can you help me with my accessories?

It’s important to understand the skill level of your makeup artist; do they have experience using different hair pieces? Do they have any additional training for themed make-up? Always make sure they’re capable of what you need, and send them pictures of any accessories or items that need to be tied in to your look. It’s essential you bring these to the trial, to avoid any mishaps on the day.

  1. Where and when will the trial run take place?

Most makeup artists will travel to your home, but it might be useful to visit them at their studio for your trial, if you’re unsure of what you want and would like to see more photographs for inspiration. The trial run shouldn’t be too far away from the day itself, in case you’re unhappy and need to find a new makeup artist, so around 2 months is usually a good time period.

  1. Is travel time included in the price?

Most makeup artists and hair stylists are mobile, and so will factor in travelling time to their prices. However, on occasions where they need to travel a little further than usual, they may charge a premium for this. You need to understand whether your situation requires this, and how much it would be, so don’t be afraid to talk numbers from the beginning.

  1. Are false lashes or lash extensions included in your bridal package?

All makeup artists will differ in their approach when it comes to extras, whether that’s lashes right through to using jewels on your eye makeup. Make sure if you want any extras like this included in your bridal look, that you tell them right from the beginning. The same goes for any bespoke looks, such as those that are more theatrical or movie-inspired creations, which will require more time.

You can find more questions to ask bridal makeup artists here. How did you decide on your wedding beauty expert?


Brilliant Buffet Ideas

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Have you agreed to host a large party? This can either create enormous anxiety or positive anticipation. Whether you’re an experienced or novice host, serving a large crowd with a buffet can be quite simple. Follow these recommendations by renowned party planner to ensure our event is a huge success.

Secure the date and send invitations either printed or electronically to the guest list. Include contact and a respond by date on the invitation. Once the headcount is secured, you can begin the menu planning. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and plan a fabulous meal around the terrific selection of meats available from Omaha Steaks. This will certainly be a crowd pleaser. If you’re not a grill master, feel free to recruit one of the guests in advance. Everyone likes to help!

For the remaining items on the menu, plan to prepare recipes that you’ve mastered in the past. Select dishes that can be prepared well in advance. You certainly don’t want to be in the kitchen slicing vegetables as guests are arriving. Plan to prepare the buffet table the day before the event. Fresh clippings from the garden can always make an attractive centerpiece. Stack half the plates on either end of the buffet to allow guests to serve themselves from both sides. Wrap the flatware in napkins to make it more manageable for guests. Set up a separate drink buffet in an area away from the main food buffet. This will help avoid bottlenecks around the buffet table. Ensure plenty of glasses, ice, mixers as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic options are available. Ask the guests to help themselves, otherwise you risk spending the evening tending bar.

Finally, be ready and dressed at least an hour prior to the anticipated arrival of our guests. There’s always one couple that insists on arriving early. Designate an area for coats and purses should the weather be cooler. Finally, take a deep breath and prepare to enjoy your own party. Charge up your camera and take plenty of pictures of memories in the making!





Get Smooth, Hair-Free Skin In Time For Summer



Waxing is a preferred method of hair removal for many people, offering quick yet lasting results and silky smooth skin. 

With the nights getting lighter and weather getting (slightly) warmer, it’s time to start preparing our skin for summer by exfoliating, moisturising and removing excess hair. There are a number of different ways to get rid of facial or body hair, but, for many of us, waxing remains the preferred method of hair removal.

Why waxing?

When it comes to hair removal, there is a huge number of options out there, from shaving to epilation, and hair removal creams to laser treatment. So, why do so many people choose waxing? Waxing is a great solution for getting rid of a large amount of dense hairs, such as those found on your legs and your bikini area. It’s quick and effective and, although not permanent, the results do last several weeks – perfect if you’re going on holiday. It’s also relatively cheap, particularly in relation to more permanent solutions such as laser removal. The more often you wax, the thinner and softer your hairs become, making the treatment less painful and needed less frequently.

DIY vs Salon

It is possible to use wax on yourself at home, but it is not always straightforward, particularly for novices. A lot of home waxing kits use ready-made cold wax strips which are not as effective as hot wax, and if you do use hot wax it can be a very messy affair. Home waxing can also be very painful if you don’t know what you’re doing, leaving you with bruised, sore skin. When in doubt, it’s always best to leave it to the professionals.

Finding a salon

When it comes to getting waxed, finding the right salon or beautician is vitally important, so it pays to do some homework before making an appointment. The most important thing is to make sure that the salon you use follows recommended hygiene practices, such as wearing disposable gloves and using a disposable paper sheet on the bed – otherwise you could risk an infection. If you have sensitive skin it’s also a good idea to ask about the products they use so that you can avoid any harsh chemicals.

With so many beauty salons in Chelmsford, it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff, but word of mouth recommendations are usually a good indicator of quality. Either ask your friends and acquaintances who they use or look online. A quick google search of ‘waxing Chelmsford’ will give you a number of recommendations and reviews.

Mimosa Beauty

One reputable salon offering waxing services in Chelmsford is Mimosa Beauty. Run by founder Jenny Lawson, Mimosa offers a wide range of beauty treatments, but sees waxing as its speciality. The salon offers a full set of waxing services, including the leg, arm, underarm, lip, chin, eyebrows and the bikini area, with prices ranging from £12 to £14.

For leg, arm, chest and back waxes, Mimosa uses Australian Bodycare wax containing tea tree oil which is known for its antiseptic properties, and 90% of the salon’s waxing treatments are carried out with hot wax. Mimosa’s fully trained therapists are committed to good hygiene, wearing disposable gloves and never ‘double dipping’.

Of course, waxing isn’t just for women. More and more men are waking up to the benefits of waxing, and Mimosa also caters for these with waxing treatments for the back, chest and intimate areas.

Be prepared

To get the results you’re looking for it’s important to follow some advice from the professionals. Make sure that the hair you want waxed has been allowed to grow to at least 1/4 cm in length, otherwise it will be difficult for the therapist to remove all the hair, and it is likely to be more painful. You should also exfoliate the area every two to three days in the weeks leading up to your appointment. This will help to minimise the risk of ingrowing hairs, leaving you with silky, smooth skin that you can’t wait to show off.


Skin-care On The Go



If you spend your days traveling and catching red eye flights, it is obvious that skincare may not be your top concern at the moment. But just because you are busy does not mean you cannot have beautiful skin. There are ways to alter your skincare routine specifically to fit your travels. So when you are on the go try this in-flight skincare routine to look and feel your best:

  1. Remove any makeup: If you are wearing makeup in the flight, wipe it off gently with make removal wipes. This not only lets your skin breathe but also unclogs any pores that may have led to unhealthy skin.
  2. Cleanse: Use a cleanser suitable for your skin type to further clean. It will lead to a fresher looking skin with no clogged pores.
  3. Use a face mist: A face mist will restore the moisture of your skin as it will completely hydrate it and leave you feeling very fresh.
  4. Moisturize: Don’t let your skin get flaky and dry. Use a good amount of your favorite moisturizer and gently rub it onto your face. It is a good idea to use a hand and foot cream to keep your hands and feet moisturized, which may be exposed to the airplane air that can lead to dryness.

It is important to buy all these products in travel sized packs to be able to carry them through airport security. With all else taken care of, now you can just sit and relax knowing your skin is going to be just healthy and perfect. And if you ever start getting stressed while waiting for these flights of yours to arrive, you can play some games at to distract yourself.

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Inspiration: Wavy Hairstyles

When it comes to fashion, everything tends to be extreme – all patterns or completely monochrome. A dramatic night look versus natural and clean. This has sometimes been the case with hair, where trends have come and gone for very short or very long styles. These days however it’s all about moderation. Not too straight, not too curly. Wavy hairstyles are very much of the moment and luckily they can work whatever your hair type, length and colour. Here we list our favourite wavy hairstyles:

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  1. Wavy hairstyles: beach waves

You don’t need to be in summer to pull off beach waves. It’s a relaxed and casual look, but still elegant enough to take to work or for dinner! This style looks better with long hair, especially if your fringe is parted in the middle and smaller in length. But a straight fringe can also pull off these waves on both sides. The waves are big and loose from the ears down and they can be achieved in just a few minutes with a hair straightener or wide curler plus some salt spray.

  1. Wavy hairstyles: tight waves

If you have long, middle parted locks, these waves will give you that mermaid look you always dreamed of. And if you have short hair, then tight waves are just perfect! Small sleep-in rollers will do the trick, but it’s much easier to use a tight curling wand plus a bit of dry shampoo on the roots for volume. Don’t forget to include your fringe in the process and to side part it for a ‘killer’ effect.

  1. Wavy hairstyles: messy waves

On the other end of the scale are the effortless wavy hairstyles. If your hair already has a soft movement to it and gets wavy naturally, then you just need to keep that straight-out-of-bed look with some dry shampoo in the morning and you’re good to go! But if you want to go from straight locks to messy waves, the trick is to literally not put much effort into it! Use a hair straightener or curling wand to make the waves – make them uneven and don’t cover your whole head – and apply a bit of hairspray afterwards to keep them in place.

There are so many different options when it comes to wavy hairstyles. Make sure to get professional advice too if you’re going to make any big changes, so you can pamper your hair with the best products and quality!

Different Facial Types To Be Aware of

Different Facial Types To Be Aware of




Facial skin is so often subjected to substantial damage because of various environmental factors and stress. A facial is definitely going to be really good at offering a defense against aging telltale signs. We are faced with a true variety that is now available when referring to the different facial types that exist so choosing can sometimes be really complicated. It is important to think about your personal desires and needs before visiting any facial bar & body clinic since you want to know what to choose. The pampering process can basically utilize various different products in order to offer really interesting results. Based on the clinic you chose, people that administer the considered facial type can use varying techniques and products.

Traditional Or Clinical Facials

These are the facials that you only get after the specialist consults you. The trained therapist needs to assess skin so as to determine the best possible treatment course. A professional can easily decide what your current needs are so only after that a recommendation is done about the procedure that is the best one. Facials can resolve various different problems like oiliness, dryness, pH balance, rejuvenation or exfoliation. The most common facials of this type are balancing and deep cleansing treatments. Balancing is important in this case so individual facial skin problems can be taken care of with the correct treatment.

Anti-Aging Facials

When it comes to facials, most people use them in order to receive an anti-aging effect. It is quite normal to opt for such a facial in Studio City, CA. Two really common reasons why facials are performed include fighting sagging and wrinkles. Firming loose skin can also be done with facial massage, which is normally included with facials anyway. There are many clinics that will refer to this process with the name roulage. It practically means lift and roll. The big advantage is that blood flow will be increased. This leads to the skin being better and tightened.

Exfoliation And Microdermabrasion

These are the facial types that are the most commonly advertised and promoted because of the fact they offer really good results at the moment. Microdermabrasion is also referred to as brightening facials. Exfoliation means the therapist is going to eliminate the cells that are dull and dead from facial surface. Treatment does also include applying various different creams that are going to improve the quality of the skin that remains. Cleansing is great for us and acid peels can be added to the mix in order to remove impurities.

Remember The Following

When it comes to facials, there are so many interesting options you will want to take into account. Unfortunately, most people just go to the very first facial clinic and will ask for a facial. The lack of knowledge about the various facial types available is something you should always take into account. It is a mistake you do not want to make. The more you know about facials, the higher the possibility you are going to choose something that will offer huge benefits tailored to you as an individual.


Quality Skin Care Products at Great Prices



There are many manufacturers promising miracles when it comes to skin care and anti-ageing products, but it’s those that are honest, and that have put a lot of development into their product range, that we appreciate most. Those companies tend not to promise you miracles, but offer an effective, proven range of products that do the job. We can recommend the range from Elan Rose, an established supplier of beauty and skin care products offering clinically proven results. California-based, they have many satisfied customers across the world, and are there to help you keep your skin healthy and fresh.

For example, if you are looking for the best anti-aging night cream on the market, you’ll find their range to be well-priced and carefully concocted. The Elan Rose team use proven scientific methods to develop their products, and they take great care to ensure all are safe for use and effective. They choose ingredients very carefully, and you will find they are dedicated to their chosen field of interest.

Fast Acting Skin Care

With a choice of products including the night serum, with its proven anti-aging properties, and the ‘Hello Sunshine’ Day Cream, you can be certain that Elan Rose has something that will be right for you, and as they concentrate on these two products you are guaranteed the best results. Indeed, in trials, some women even reported seeing results in a few days, with all saying they could see definite improvement in skin condition after just a few weeks.

The use of vitamin e cream for face products is an innovative choice, and also has proven properties. Indeed, it is an excellent choice for anti-ageing, and will help remove lines that occur naturally with the ageing process. You will feel younger, too, as the creams remove any old skin that may be hardened and uncomfortable, as well as adding nutrients that improve skin condition and, when used correctly, protect against skin cancer.

Protects Against UV Damage

One of the most damaging factors in terms of the skin is, unfortunately, a natural and unavoidable one. We are all exposed to UV rays on a regular basis, and while you most likely take care to limit your skin’s exposure to direct sunlight, you may not know that damage is being done on a daily basis. The day cream from Elan Rose is designed to protect against the sun’s rays and offers an effective barrier to much of the UV exposure you can’t avoid, as well as keeping your skin hydrated – essential for its good health – throughout the day.

Choose Elan Rose as your skin care products and you are joining a long list of happy, satisfied customers who have discovered they are the best in the business, and at sensible prices. Have a look at details of these excellent products on the website now, or contact them for more information, and one of the team will be happy to help.


Taking a Vacation From Work Doesn’t Need to Mean Taking a Vacation From Your Fitness Routine



A vacation is the best way to take your mind away from any and all stresses in your work and personal life. However, for many people, it’s also the perfect opportunity to take a vacation from their fitness. If this sounds like you, this article has good news (or bad, depending on how you look at it) to help you stay fit on your vacation.

What’s Around?

If you have a strict regular weight based routine, your best bet is going to be looking for local gyms that offer single-day visit passes. While you might not have access to a personal trainer, you can easily take your routine with you and work out at your own pace. Consider this a nice balance between staying on your routine and giving your body a slight vacation away from its regular activity.

Any Room in Your Luggage?

If you have a bit of extra room in your luggage, fill it with fitness accessories. No, this doesn’t mean packing in a full set of weights or an exercise bike. But it is easier than you think; head to the Groupon Coupons page for Bowflex and pick up small items like handgrips, push up handles, or even just a skipping rope. All of these items can easily fit in your luggage and can be used inside your hotel room or even on a local beach.

Take Advantage of What’s Around

Speaking of the beach, don’t be afraid to use the natural resistance offered by a beautiful sandy beach to practice your cardio. Similarly, take in local sights with a run around an unfamiliar city block or through a nearby park.

Talk to the Locals

Fitness enthusiasts love company, and with the level of technology in the palm of everybody’s hand, connecting with like-minded people in your destination city is easy. Look up local running, weights training, or even power walking groups at your destination before you arrive and arrange to join along for a day or two. Walking groups will welcome newcomers visiting their city and often tour through the city streets at night, offering you an experience you would never have known while also keeping your fitness routine on track.

Just because you’re taking a vacation from your work doesn’t mean that you have to lose your fitness momentum or return to work looking worse than you left. Keep these tips in mind as you’re planning your next vacation and enjoy the best of both worlds.

Extend the Life of Your Hair

Extend the Life of Your Hair

For countless women, how their hair looks and feels is one of the most important items on their to-do list daily.

Yes, some hair days do not come off as planned, but many others do.

That said there are various options on the table for you when it comes to getting your hair the way you want it to look and feel.

Turn to Those Closest to You

For starters, your female family members and girlfriends are oftentimes one of your best sources when it comes to the latest in hair trends. Lean on them to give you some pointers on not only how to make your hair look great, but also extend the life of it.

One of the tools many women turn to for better looking hair would be tape in hair extensions.

Such extensions allow you to find that perfect look, be it straight, curly or wavy. You also have the choices of various colors, giving your hair a different look whenever you decide the time is right for change.

So, how can you find such extensions without lots of time and effort?

As mentioned a moment ago, turning to the different women in your life is a great start.

For example, go with one of them on a trip to their beauty salon (perhaps you even use the same salon). Any stylist you meet with can provide you information on the latest trends in women’s hairstyles. One of those trends may in fact be just what you are looking for, especially if it involves turning to extensions.

Go Online for More Advice

Another option on the table is looking to the Internet for advice on the latest in hair extensions and other such beauty tips.

If you’re not sure where to start, doing a Google search is oftentimes your best option.

You can type in such terms as hair extensions, prices of hair extensions, where to find hair extensions etc. Before you know it, you will have a fair amount of information on hair extensions, giving you some ideas about which ones are best suited for you to wear.

Also keep in mind that not everything you come across online is always going to be 100 percent accurate, especially when consumers write to question or complain about a product. The only way to truly discover which hair extensions are best suited for you is to try them out.

Speaking of consumers and the Internet, looking at social media sites for different hair care companies is not a bad idea either.

Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube etc. many hair-care companies are active on social networking sites. Better yet, you can oftentimes enter into discussions with other women looking for information on extensions, wigs, the latest color trends etc. By taking part in such conversations, you can find out what might be best as far as your hair-care choices.

Finally, look online for the latest from beauty bloggers.

Many of them give you great insight into what is going on in the beauty world.

Typically, a large number of beauty bloggers share information with one another, attend trade shows and networking events etc. together. As such, they have lots of information to share with consumers, information that could be just what you are looking for when it comes to what is in and out of style at the moment.

So, if the time has come for you to extend the life of your hair with better products, what better way is there than to reach out to those you know and don’t know for advice?

When all is said and done, you will likely have the look and feel you want, making you smile from ear to ear.

Creative Event Rentals and Design California

Creative Event Rentals and Design California



If you have been tasked with organising an event, you will have a lot on your hands! Whether it is a trade exhibition, conference or even a wedding, it’s up to you to get everything right, so any help you can get from others with experience is very much welcome. You need the best source from which to hire the best furniture – seating, tables, even table top decorations for weddings and backdrops – and we strongly recommend you check out the best company for wedding rentals Los Angeles and California, a great company called Archive.

Owners Regina Crosby and Krista Jon founded Archive with the intention of putting their creative talents to use for the benefit of others. A talented Florist, Krista can help with amazing floral decorations for tables and especially weddings, and have already helped many couples enjoy the very best in wonderful wedding organisation. For exhibitions, they can provide amazing backdrops and all manner of commercial staging, so don’t hesitate to call them if this is what you require.

Rentals and Styling

With a flair for styling and expertise in design, Archive can turn their hand to everything up to full event design and coordination, and have the ability to make any event very special indeed. Furthermore, they have the most impressive and comprehensive selection of tables and chairs for rent, so can help with all your seating requirements, no matter what sort you need. You will find the Archive team to be friendly and professional – as well as dedicated to making sure your event runs smoothly – and they are more than happy to discuss any special requirements you may have for unusual arrangements.

Although Archive operates out of Los Angeles they are available for events further afield, so don’t hesitate to talk to them wherever you are. After all, if you want the best service, it is not unusual to have to travel to find it, and Archive will come to you with no trouble at all. You can find many examples of their work in the excellent gallery on the website, so it is worth taking the time to browse for inspiration and ideas, then put them to the Archive team who will help you achieve what you want.

Expert Attention to Detail

You can rely on the team at Archive to provide you with attention to detail throughout, from the initial ideas stage to the presentation of the event itself. Whether you are hosting an event, attending an exhibition or organising a bohemian chic wedding they are the experts to talk to for all the finer details. With such professional help advising you and taking some of the stress off your hands you are free to concentrate on doing the bit you enjoy best, and if you use Archive for the entire event organisation, you can settle back and enjoy the day like everyone else!

Check out the Archive website now for more information, ad get in touch to discuss your requirements.