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5 Nail & Lip Colors for Fall Brides…and Brides-to-Be

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Myth: Bridal makeup must be demure, girly, and, for lips and nails especially, preferably some shade of neutral or pink. FACT: Your wedding day is your time to make a statement, darling. And if you happen to be an autumn bride, well…here’s some good news: Straight from the runway, the season’s hottest nail and lip shades are bold, dramatic, even, dare we say…gothic. Take a cue from pro makeup artists, and set off your wedding day look with intense lip and nail shades that make themselves known, rather than fading into the background. They also happen to look UH-mazing set against white, ivory and champagne gowns, and are totally on point for fall-season engagement parties, bridal showers and other swank to-do’s!

Fall 2017 Lip Color

1. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Damned” – NARS

Pair this ultra-vampy lip color with any transitional spring-to-fall piece in your wardrobe to complete your autumn look. Or bring an elegantly wicked edge to your heavenly wedding by making this your go-to bridal lip shade!

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2. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb – Sephora

It’s here! It’s HERE!! That’s right, lovelies…Rihanna’s long-awaited Fenty Beauty line has finally graced us with its arrival, just in time for fall, y’all! We’re loving on the ultra-nourishing Gloss Bomb–a shea-butter-infused, stay-put gloss in a gorgeous, shimmery shade of nude. Want to shine big time on your big day? The Gloss Bomb is your jam, sugar. SaintLaurent-Rouge Pur Couture Vinly Cream Lip Stain-Burgandy Vibes- NeimanMarcus1

3. Saint Laurent Pur Couture Vinyl Cream Lip Stain in “Burgundy Vibes” – Neiman Marcus 

Saint Laurent’s Vinyl Cream is both as durable and as luscious as its name suggests. Our favorite shade for fall is “Burgundy Vibes,” a magnificent burgundy-red hue that goes on like a liquid lipstick, but stays on like a stain (kisses, anyone?). The diamond-shaped applicator keeps things precise, while the rich formula provides 10-hour wear, with no drying or cracking. We are in LOVE.

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4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Fashion Collection Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in “Trax” – Sephora

Got a little vixen in ya? Let her out, at least through your fingertips, with Marc Jacobs Beauty’s limited-edition Fashion Collection Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in “Trax”–a black-burgundy creme shade that looks stunning against a backdrop of wedding white…and will enhance your ring-finger dazzler, rather than steal its shine.

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5. Deborah Lipppman Gel Lab Pro Color in “Waking Up In Vegas” – Deborah Lippman

Dull gray? NO WAY! With its warm greige tone and dual-patented nail-loving formula, this professional salon nail color is the ultimate in cosmopolitan sophistication. Rock it on date night, party nights…or the big night. It’s all good, gorgeous. Happy beautifying, loves!

3 Hot Bridal Hairstyles + Our Earring Picks for Each!

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Hairstyle + earrings = the frame for your beautiful bridal face! Inspired by these looks? Make sure to ask your jeweler to show you a selection of similar earring designs to pair with your perfect ‘do

Bohemia Braid- NAti Hortig Image: Nati Horti | Top: Anthropologie- Freshwater Fringe Drop Earrings | Middle: BHLDN- Rihanne Earrings | Bottom: Baublebar- Fergie Ear Crawler

1.) Boho Braid. French, Dutch, fishtail or a combo of techniques…whichever you choose for your wedding-day look, braided bridal hairstyles are so on trend. Natural hair not quite long enough to rock braided locks for your big day? Azur Salon at West Ave has the solution for that! Natural or…helped out a bit…wear your long bridal braid swept to the side, and pair it with a textured drop or modern ear-crawler for maximum cool.

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2. Messy Updo. Part classic chignon, part sexy tousle, the slightly undone updo is a lovely bridal hairstyle choice for medium to long locks. Because this style already has a lot of texture and movement, you don’t want to add more with super-elaborate chandelier earrings or oversize stones. Instead, opt for an elegant piece of hair jewelry, and dress your lobes with delicate pearl-and-diamond drops or studs.

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3. Half Up, Half Down. It’s a style compromise…in the most beautiful way! The half-updo takes your hair out of your face, but also allows for flow and movement. It’s both demure and dramatic, and it’s the perfect bridal hairstyle to frame your pretty face, and showcase a larger, sophisticated bridal earring style.

VIDEO: Azur Salon Bridal Updo for Short, Medium & Long Hair

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Bridal Updo Hair Extensions

Got your heart set on a lush, sophisticated bridal updo…but got a head full of short or medium-length locks? Well, darling, you’re in luck, because we just happen to have Azur Salon at West Ave–one of the very best in the business–on the blog today, demonstrating how their expert stylists can transform your short ‘do into a full, fabulous, upswept bridal hairstyle, using ultra-luxe Balmain Hair Dress extensions. Love what you see? Want to know MORE? Schedule your appointment with Azur Salon (they’re also AH-mazing with cuts, color and professional makeup, and will treat you and your b’maid squad like straight-up royalty) and watch the magic happen. On you!!

6 Bridal Foot Care Products We Can’t Live Without

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Real talk for a sec re: feet. As a bride, you’re gonna be on them a LOT. And depending on the bridal shoe style you choose for your wedding day, your heels and/or toes are likely to be in the spotlight. Yet, for most brides, pre-wedding foot care tends to fall way low on the bridal beauty prep priority list. Do not–we repeat, do NOT–let this happen to you. Get started on you bridal foot-care regimen at least three months out from your wedding day, and make foot care a part of your daily skincare routine, and make any or all of these six superb products, hand-picked (foot-picked??) by our editorial staff, a part of the plan!

 

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Diamonds are a bride’s best friend…especially when it comes to her feet. Seriously, y’all, if you invest in just one foot-grooming implement, make it this one. Made with industrial-grade diamond grit (yes, it really is a thing), the Diamancel Diamond Foot Buffer is our go-to tool for eliminating calluses, sloughing off rough patches and softening cracked heels. Is it a bit on the pricey side for a foot file? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

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After your daily diamond sloughing and a quick rinse, preserve that baby-soft skin with a good slathering of Aveda Foot Relief Moisturizing Creme. Fruit acids and botanical oils will keep your feet insanely soft and smooth, while peppermint, rosemary and lavender will make your tootsies feel fresh and invigorated, even when encased in your fave snuggly socks!

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Packed with a hefty 15% super-softening shea butter, L’Occitane’s Dry Skin Foot Cream packs perfectly into handbags, desk drawers and toiletry cases, making it perfect for deep heel conditioning on the go. And we are always on the go.

 

 

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Not specifically a foot product, Fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish nevertheless makes our top foot care products list because we A) use it in the shower every day, B) always start our scrub routine with our feet, and C) can NOT get enough of the renowned brown sugar and citrus scent of this incredibly luxurious scrub.

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For a quick foot pick-me-up at an affordable price point, you can’t beat The Body Shop’s Peppermint Reviving Foot Scrub, which basically turns tough and/or tired tootsies into the foot equivalent of freshly brushed teeth. Yay!

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If all-in-one foot-care convenience is your bag, we highly recommend Sol de Janeiro’s Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish kit, which combines a super-cute surfboard-inspired Foot Smoothing Board and a fast-absorbing, cupuaçu-butter-infused Foot Fetish Cream for a one-two punch that, when used several times a week, will get your bridal feet in wedding-day shape like nobody’s business.

How To Pack The Perfect Wedding-Day Emergency Kit

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

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Whether you’re packing your own bridal bag (aka the wedding-day emergency kit) or having your MOH get one ready for you, you’ll want to make sure not to leave out a single wedding-day essential! You can go ahead and start getting your bridal must-haves ready a month before the big day, using our handy list of 10 wedding-day essentials as your guide:

  1. Snacks. You may not feel hungry with all the excitement surrounding you on your wedding day, but you’re going to need energy for this major celebration. Nuts or granola bars are a great source of protein, and will keep for months before your big day.
  2. Toothbrush and toothpaste. Buy a travel size of each to keep in your bag. You wouldn’t want to say your “I do” with anything less than fresh breath.
  3. A garment steamer. If you have a handheld one on hand you’re already winning! If not, get one. It’s an essential tool for smoothing out stubborn gown wrinkles, and can be used for last-minute clothing touch-ups for years to come!
  4. Bobby pins and hair ties. There are going to be lots of girls. Someone is going to need them, right?
  5. Sewing kit. A popped button or dropped hem is never good news. Having needle, thread and hem tape handy will save the day in a pinch.
  6. Mints, not gum. You don’t want to be captured on film chomping away like it’s nobody’s business, after all.
  7. Band-Aids. You’ll be wearing your bridal heels for hours. Even if you’ve made a pre-wedding effort to break them in, you’ll almost certainly have a few blisters or sore spots as the night progresses.
  8. Nail polish. Be sure to pack a bottle of your wedding-day nail color. Your bridesmaids should do the same. Chipped nails are a definite no-no in those detail shots your photographer is going to take!
  9. Lipstick & lip liner. You’ll be kissing your freshly minted spouse all night. Make sure your lip color is locked in or refreshed for photos.
  10. Blotting papers. A quick press to absorb any oil or sweat that may have snuck out to your skin’s surface, followed by sweep of translucent powder, will have you looking fresh and shine-free, in person, and in pix!