Archive for the ‘Beauty’ Category

7 Bridal Beauty Picks for a Fresh, Cool Wedding-Day Look

Friday, July 21st, 2017

We know how hard it is to maintain your wedding-day hair and makeup with Houston’s unpredictable weather…which is why we picked out 7 essential bridal beauty products to keep you cool, fresh and flawless! Shop the links below, and smile pretty for the camera, love : )

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1. Honest Beauty ‘Honestly Uplifted’ Volumizing Spray: Honest Beauty 2. Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint in Gold Ashes: Sephora  3. Mink Drama Lashes: Donyale Traveling Makeup Artist 4. Bbrowbar Brow Sculpt: NET-A-PORTER 5. KAX Tanning Souffle: Kax Tanning 6. Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighter in Rose Gold: Burberry 7. Yves Saint Laurent ‘Top Secrets’ Instant Moisture Glow: Bloomingdale’s

Bridal Beauty Secrets Unlocked: 5 Experts Reveal Their Top Tips

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Wondering how Houston brides manage to look so freakin’ fabulous on this here blog, in the pages of Weddings in Houston, and IRL? How ’bout we let a handful of leading Houston bridal beauty professionals explain what it takes to get from fine-for-everyday to…OMG, yassss. Take it away, ladies!

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Photo: Courtesy of Your Fab Fairy

 1. Get serious about your skin.

“Great skin is the foundation for a glowing and radiant bride,” says talented beauty expert Margaret Fahnbulleh of Your Fab Fairy (the wedding-services offshoot of Fab The Salon). “A great place to start is by partnering with a dermatologist who can help you identify the right products and skincare regimen that are best for your skin type.”

Meanwhile, traveling makeup artist Andrea Benson of Makeup by Andrea, recommends: “Get monthly facials in the months leading up to your wedding,” while Cheryl Sorrels, owner of KAX Salon, which prides itself on a total VIP experience for brides, bridesmaids, and everyone who seeks out its skin, hair and makeup services, admonishes: “No face picking! If you get a pimple, compress with a very warm towel for five minutes every hour until the pimple has shrunk.” Bam!

2. Banish unwanted hair with care.

While a bit of fuzz may be fine for everyday, professional wedding makeup is best applied to a smooth canvas. But don’t wait until the last minute to depilate. “Make sure you have done all hair removal 10 days before your wedding date,” cautions beauty expert and lash wiz Donyale Jones of Donyale MUA. “We don’t want any peach fuzz on that upper lip to show!”

Sorrels of KAX Salon agrees that it’s crucial to give yourself a good window of time before your wedding to get eyebrows, upper lip and other facial areas in shape. “Do NOT thread or wax the day before the wedding,” but DO make hair removal part of your bridal beauty regimen. “This way your makeup will go on smooth and even,” she explains.

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Photo: Sharon Nicole Photography | Hair & Makeup: KAX Salon | Tanning: KAX Tanning Souffle

3. Tackle major “issues” well in advance of your wedding.

Even the most confident among us have things we’d like to change about our bodies—especially when we know we’re going to be in the spotlight.

If you’ve been as devoted to your workout routine as you are to your future spouse, but still can’t manage to achieve the sleekness you seek, Wendy Gentile has the solution. The spa manager for Radiance Advanced Skin & Body Care in The Woodlands advises: “CoolSculpt away unwanted fat four months before the big day for your best wedding-dress look.” The fat-freezing process involves no knife, no suction hoses, no needles…not even a laser, and you’ll be back at work (or play) right after your treatment.

Worried about wedding-day waterworks…and not the tear-duct kind? “Schedule your MiraDry treatment for one month before your wedding. It eliminates the sweat glands under your arms for a clean, perspiration-free result,” Gentile says. “Raise a wedding-toast glass with confidence!”

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Photo: Courtesy of Donyale MUA

4. Be extra kind to your eyes.

As a bride, you’re going to want big, beautiful, dramatic, expressive eyes in person and in photos. Which means professional makeup, designed to emphasize and enhance this most beautiful feature of every bridal face. Which can be tricky if those peepers of yours are not in tip-top shape.

“Dehyrated and puffy eyes can be challenging for a makeup artist,” Sorrels says. “Invest in a good eye cream and apply it every night. Then apply a cold towel compress in the morning.” Cutting back on salt and alcohol can help, too. And getting plenty of sleep is absolutely key!

Plus, Jones adds: “Drink a lot of water during the entire month before your wedding. This will have your skin”—including the delicate skin around your eyes—“at its very best.”

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Photo: Courtesy of Radiance Advanced Skin & Body Care

5. Be good to yourself, and it will show.

“Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. She is making all these fabulous plans for her big day,” Your Fab Fairy’s Fahnbulleh says. “But it can also be very stressful.” As a bridal beauty expert, she sees herself as not just an applier of makeup, but a counselor and guide to her bridal clients, helping them to achieve radiance on the biggest day of their life. And this is her advice: “Bride-to-be, do not neglect your self-care during your wedding planning journey. It is so easy to get stressed and overwhelmed during the planning phase. Sometimes you have appointments all day. However, you cannot put your best face forward on your big day if you haven’t slept well in months and you are dehydrated. Great self-care months before the wedding will definitely create that effortless and classic glow from the inside out that every bride wants!”

We couldn’t agree more.

Find out more about these and other top Houston bridal beauty, fitness and health experts here. And get ready for your close-up, darling. xo

6 Hot Summer Makeup Essentials for Brides

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Ah, summer. The sun is shining brighter, and it makes us want to play…with makeup! Channel your inner sun goddess with these five makeup essentials that’ll make you glow through pre-wedding festivities all summer long, while you save your bridal skin from the harming effects of the, you know, actual sun.

1. If there’s anything we want to do this summer, it’s look like always-aglow beauty queen Chrissy Teigen. Now all of us can get our Chrissy glow on with the Becca X Chrissy Teigen ‘Glow Face Palette’! This pretty palette includes a shimmering highlighter in two shades (Rose Gold & Beach Nectar), a near-perfect bronzer and a creamy blush. This handy little compact is our go-to palette for the season!

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2. Get ready to pucker up to summer with ‘Love At First Bite‘—one of MAC’s newest lipstick colors for summer. It’s the prettiest shade of fuchsia, and looks great on every skin tone, poolside, beachside and beside your boo at barbecues, cocktail soirees and more pre-wedding celebrations!

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3. Get a sultry, smokey eye with Clarins’ Sunkissed Summer Eyeshadow Palette for those hot summer nights in Houston. Feel free to mix it up and combine all of the shades—it won’t crease and lasts super long.

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4. Looking for a highly pigmented nude lip color that’s semi-matte AND doesn’t dry out your chap-prone summer lips? Try out NARS Velvet Lip Glide in ‘Unlaced’—trust us, you’ll love the way it looks against sunkissed skin.

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5. If you’re traveling this summer and want to look like you’ve been on the beach for days, Tarte’s Limited Edition ‘Girl Just Wanna Have Sun’ Sun Bronze & Sun Set is going to be your best-kept secret. It comes with a travel size self-tanning lotion, self-tanning face towelette, bronzer and contour for your bod and a waterproof bronzer that’ll give you a sun-kissed glow all day long.

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6. Don’t forget to add a pop of color to the apples of your cheeks with Clinique + Jonathan Adler’s Cheek Pop, available in pretty shades of plum and peach. Did we mention how much we love the packaging? It’s also the perfect size for summer travel or to stick in your clutch on a hot night out! Happy shopping, loves…

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Workout Tips for Every Wedding Dress Style From Be A 10 Fitness

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Of course, everyone wants to be in tiptop shape when walking down the aisle on their wedding day, but determining exactly how to achieve that look can sometimes be as challenging as the pre-wedding workouts themselves! Every body type is different and requires personalized attention in order to look simply ravishing in the wedding attire of your choice. Lucky for you, we’ve got a direct line to certified personal trainer and nutritionist Rebekah Bray, the body and brain behind Houston’s beloved BE a 10 Fitness, and we’re bringing you her individualized workout plans for a variety of different wedding dress styles. Read on, lovelies!

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A recent bride herself, Bray creates custom training regimens and nutrition plans for brides, grooms and the entire wedding party. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, or looking to up your game, Bray has a regimen to help you look your best.

Take a quick look at these exercises Bray recommends for three of our favorite bridal gown styles. And in case you missed our 4/20 Facebook Live broadcast, we’ve posted it below for demos of each workout!

 

 

2017-04-17_0004 Photo: Steve Lee Photography | Gown: Stephen Yearick from Weddings by Debbie

A-Line & Ballgown Wedding Dress: These exercises focus on toning your arms, core and chest to get rid of any unwanted flab or “batwings” before slipping into this classic wedding look!

  • Elevated Pushup with a Shoulder Tap: 3 sets of 10 reps each
    • Start in a plank position.
    • Lift one leg at a time onto an elevated surface. Make sure the top half of your foot is secure on the surface and your wrists, elbows and shoulders are aligned.
    • Slowly lower down into a pushup. Come back up.
    • Stabilize yourself while pulling your core tight and lift one hand at a time off the ground to tap the opposite shoulder. Repeat.
  • Front-Lateral Raise: 3 sets of 15 reps each
    • Position dumbbells on the sides of your thighs, with palms facing inward and elbows straight or slightly bent.
    • Raise dumbbells forward and upward until your arms are horizontal and parallel to the ground. Lower and repeat.
  • Chest Fly with Elevated Legs: 3 sets of 20 reps each
    • Lie down on a mat with a dumbbell in each hand with your arms up in the air and the palms of your hands facing each other.
    • Either with bent knees or straight legs, lift your feet until you feel your lower abs tighten.
    • With your elbows slightly bent, lower your arms out to the sides creating a T-shape until you feel a stretch in your chest muscles. Raise your arms and bring your hands back together. Repeat.

2017-04-17_0001 Photo: Serendipity Photography | Gown: Brickhouse Bridal

Trumpet/Mermaid/Drop Waist Wedding Dress: These exercises focus on your hips, thighs and butt, which will all be emphasized with this sexy wedding dress style. With a few arm exercises mixed in, brides will also look their best in strapless options.

  • Kettlebell Swing: 3 sets of 20 reps each
    • Start in a squatting position with your hips pushed back, chest upright and both hands on the kettlebell handle.
    • Stand with feet shoulder width apart.
    • Slightly bend your knees and use power from your legs and biceps to jerk and then swing the kettlebell rapidly until your hands are about eye level and you have reached a standing position.
  • Reverse Lunge: 3 sets of 10 reps per leg
    • Take a big controlled step backward with your left foot.
    • Lower your hips so that your right thigh becomes parallel to the floor, with your right knee positioned directly over your ankle.
    • Your left knee should be bent at a 90-degree angle and pointing toward the floor with your left heel lifted.
    • Switch legs and repeat.
  • Squat Hammer Curl Press: 3 sets of 15 reps each
    • Start in a standing position and squat down by pushing your hips back, as if you are sitting in a chair. Lower down as far as you can go and keep your chest up.
    • At the same time, hold dumbbells in each hand with your palms facing toward your body. Perform a curl with palms still facing inward as you lower down in a squat position.
    • Press up to return to a standing position and lower arms to return dumbbells to your side.
    • Once in a standing position, press the dumbbells straight up in the air with the palms of your hands still facing inward. Note: Keep your elbows narrow and in line with your shoulders.
    • Perform this exercise in one fluid motion. As you squat down, hammer curl up. Once returning to a standing position, perform a shoulder press and repeat.

2017-04-17_0002 Photo: Philip Thomas Photography | Gown: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon

Sheath Wedding Dress: These exercises crush your arms, core, legs, shoulders and more. The draping of a sheath dress may seem simple, but it requires a rocking bod underneath in order to look fabulous.

  • Pushup Plank Alternating Front Raise: 3 sets of 10 reps (10 pushups/10 raises = 1 set)
    • Start in a plank position.
    • Perform 10 pushups.
    • Immediately alternate lifting each arm out in front of you 10 times at head height.
  • Crab V-touch: 3 sets of 15 reps
    • Sit on the ground with your feet extended in front of you.
    • Place your hands on the ground – fingers pointing toward your feet — and lift up into a crab position.
    • With your body lifted up, reach your right hand toward your left foot and touch.
    • Place opposite hands and feet back on the ground. Alternate and repeat. Do not lower down from crab position until you have completed all reps.
  • Single Arm Row: 3 sets of 15 reps (each arm)
    • Stand near a flat bench and place dumbbells on either side.
    • Put your left knee up on the back end of a flat bench and then place your left hand toward the top of the bench. Your torso should be parallel to the bench with your arm, shoulder and wrist aligned.
    • Your right leg will be on the ground stretched out (knee slightly bent), not directly beside the bench but a few inches away.
    • Grab the dumbbell from the right side of the bench in your right hand and allow your arm to hang.
    • Pull the dumbbell up with your palm facing your body, bending your elbow until the dumbbell is between your chest and right shoulder. Squeeze your shoulder blades while maintaining a flat back and stable body. Keep your elbow close to your body.
    • Extend your arm back down and repeat.

Ready to achieve your wedding goals? Book your “FIT to BE a MRS,” “Bridal Bootcamp” or other wedding packages with BE a 10 Fitness today! And be sure to tell Rebekah you found her awesome exercises on the Houston Wedding Blog.

6 Products You Need for Flawless Brows & Eyes

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Whether you rock them full and bold like Cara, sleek and groomed like Rihanna, or somewhere in between, beautiful brows are in the spotlight–especially on your wedding day. Our six bridal makeup picks will help you get your brows in shape, your lashes lush and full, and your lids luminous, for a wedding day eye makeup look that will last through your tears at the altar…and all night long! Take a peek for yourself below:

 

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1. Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara: Smashbox 2. Artonit Makeup Le Stylo Art Beaute in Cat Noir: L’Atelier de ArtOnIt 3. Burberry Festive Gold Eye Color Cream: Bloomingdale’s 4. Smashbox Brow Tech To Go: Smashbox   5. Nars Brow Defining Cream: Barneys 6. Estee Lauder Brow Multi-Tasker: Estee Lauder