Archive for the ‘Beauty’ Category

10 Must-Have Products for Wedding-Ready Skin and Hair

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Even if your regular routine is more wash-and-go than prep-and-prime–OK, especially if it is–you’re going to want to amp up the attention you pay to skincare and haircare a bit as you prepare to become a bride (and the focus of more adoring gazes and photos than you could possibly count). Protection, exfoliation and hydration are your key tools during this important time, and lucky for you, we’ve pre-selected some of the best products on the market to get the pre-wedding beauty job done. Scroll down for more details!

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1. Kerastase Initialiste: Azur West Salon 2. Amarte Aqua Veil Hydrator: Amarte 3. Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm: Josie Maran 4. Shu Uemera Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil: Azur West Salon 5. KAX Tanning Souffle: Kax Tanning Souffle 6. Marilyn Monroe Spas MM Cream SPF 40: Marilyn Monroe Spas – The Woodlands 7. Patyka Intensive Moisturizing Mask: Patyka 8. Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer: Beauty.com 9. Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask: Sephora 10. Chi Rose Hip Oil Protecting Conditioner: Ulta

5 Natural Beauty Products for Glowing Wedding-Day Skin

Friday, January 27th, 2017

As pure as your love, and packed with powerful antioxidants, hydrators and ultra-pampering fruit and flower compounds, these super natural products are our picks for pre-wedding beauty prep without harsh, unhealthy chemicals. Scroll down for retail deets, and get your glow on, girl!

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1. Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist: Herbivore Botanicals 2. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Satin Eyeshadow in Tahiti: 100% Pure 3. Patyka Rosewood Velvet Cleansing Milk: Patyka 4. Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Mask: Herbivore Botanicals 5. SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Water Lily: SpaRitual

Marilyn Monroe Spas’ 2017 Bridal Beauty Resolutions

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

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Photos: Courtesy of Marilyn Monroe Spas – The Woodlands

Prepping for your big day starts early, by treating your skin, hair and nails with the TLC they need, to be in prime condition for your once-in-a-lifetime wedding. We’re thrilled to welcome Gina Berry of Marilyn Monroe Spas The Woodlands to the blog, with her top 2017 bridal beauty resolutions! Make these habits part of your New Year’s plan, and make sure to visit Marilyn Monroe Spas for regular facial, nail, hair and massage treatments, as you make your way down the aisle to bridal well-being and beauty!

Skin: As we enter 2017, remember that moisturizing is one of the key ingredients in anti-aging skincare. Your skin can never get enough moisture, especially during the colder, drier months (don’t let the rain fool you, winter air is rough on skin!). We recommend that you use a natural, customized SPF moisturizer every single day, and our Rose Seed Oil Capsules at night. Don’t forget to pay special attention to delicate areas including your lips, under your eyes, and your hands. We also recommend a monthly Marilyn Monroe Spas “Fassage” and Signature Facial to help with hydration, lymphatic draining and firming.

Nails: Keeping nails healthy is a must in the New Year. We recommend moisturizing with our jojoba-based Citrus Lime Hand Cream, and adding cuticle oil to your nightly routine to give nails extra added strength. We also recommend biweekly manicures and monthly pedicures to keep nails properly trimmed, moisturized and healthy. Add a monthly paraffin treatment  to seal in extra moisture, and treat yourself to some relaxing down-time as you plan your big day!

Hair: Out with the old and in with the new! One of the major problems we see here at Marilyn Monroe Spas is clients  using the wrong product for their particular hair type. We recommend a consultation with one of our hair experts to assess your hair type and determine the best at-home products for your particular hair. A high-quality hair mask is recommended once a month to help clear buildup, moisturize and protect hair from environmental stressors.

Get more details and tips, and schedule your bridal hair and makeup consultation here!

Classic Bridal Makeup VIDEO from Naturally Glam by Rae Michele

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

She wowed attendees at the I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston…and she’s going to wow YOU, when you watch Rae Michele, of Naturally Glam by Rae Michele (“I owe a big THANK YOU to all of my clients for such an ambiguously creative description…that became my brand!” she says), show you how classic bridal makeup–think: WOW eyes, soft shades, a hint of pink–is done, in this Houston Wedding Blog exclusive video, straight from the artist herself! Love what you see? Let Rae Michele demonstrate just what she can do for your and your bridesmaids, by calling her TODAY at 713.396.2319 to schedule your professional wedding hair and makeup consultation!

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Guest Post: L’Atelier De Artonit’s Sergio Escalona on Natural Wedding Day Makeup

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

We are so thrilled to have expert makeup artist Sergio Escalona of Houston’s L’Atelier De Artonit on the blog today, with his tips for wedding day (and evening-out) makeup that looks effortlessly natural. Check out his tutorial below…and then check out L’Atelier De Artonit to schedule your consultation for flawless, professional wedding day makeup for you and your bridesmaids!

Many brides-to-be are concerned about their makeup looking too overdone on their wedding day. Most brides prefer a “natural” look, but one that conceals problem areas. Here are some tips on how to get an effortlessly natural bridal look that looks as dramatic and beautiful on camera as it does in person:

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  • Make sure to get plenty of rest, adequate diet and keep yourself hydrated before your wedding day. This will help your skin to look at its best.
  • Shape your eyebrows a few days before the wedding to avoid inflammation and redness.
  • Sleep with a mask of your choice (depending on your targeted needs), and moisturize your face and under eyes right before starting your makeup application.

1. Eyes first! This will save you some time, as excess eyeshadow will fall under the eye while applying. If you have face makeup on before, you will have to clean up and reapply.

2. Choose three eyeshadow shades: A shade close to your skin tone, a medium-deep shade for contrast (not dark), and a medium shade. Make sure they do not have a metallic or pearly finish. Use semi-matte eyeshadows for a more subtle look. If you want to achieve a romantic look, use a shimmery eyeshadow.

3. Use a shadow base on the lid and proceed to apply the base color all over the eyelid. Apply the medium-deep shade on the lower lid and the medium at the crease to diffuse both colors.

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4. Apply waterproof eyeliner on the upper eye waterline close to the lash line.

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5. To open up your eyes and give them a flirtatious look, apply false eyelashes. Avoid extremely long or tapered ones. Look for faux lashes that are a hint longer than yours, and made with human hair. Make sure the lash band is invisible. Tap a little glue to your lash line and to the lash band as well. Wait a few seconds and proceed to apply. Work on one eye at a time. Dark glue will work better than a white or clear, so that when it dries it blends in with your liner.

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6. Apply eyeliner on top of the lash once it has dried and gently smudge.

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7. Time to clean up. Use a wipe and clean under eyes. Make sure to clean 45% of the outer corner to enlarge and lift the eyes.

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8. Apply a light concealer in the inner corner of the eyes and one close to your skin tone under eyes. Start dabbing and blend both colors for coverage. This gives you an overall well-rested look.

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9. Proceed to apply the foundation. Traditional makeup works best for daytime and outdoor weddings while airbrush is more likely to go under the radar at nighttime. Avoid excessive contouring if you want to look natural. Subtle strobing is a nice touch for the natural look. You can also use a bronzer to achieve a natural sculpting if you desire.

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10. Apply powder with a soft, fluffy brush to avoid caking. The use of the sponge is always helpful at the time to take off some shine around your forehead, nose and chin.

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Once you’re done, apply the lip color of your choice, add one final swipe of powder to “set” your makeup…and get ready for your close up!

Photos: Courtesy of L’Atelier De ArtOnIt