Babydoll Weddings Beauty: Gorgeous Lashes

5 Tips for Gorgeous Lashes

The last thing we want in the heat of summer is heavy, clumpy makeup so many of us lighten our beauty routine to a more natural look. Lashes, however, are a year-round necessity. Our experts put together these five tips to ensure that you get perfect eyelashes without going to the expense of extensions.

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1. Eyelash curlers are a must. 
Lash curlers are optimal to getting that “wow” factor. Not all curlers are alike, though, so be sure to choose one that creates a beautiful upward curl. With a delicate motion, move from the lash base upward for maximum results. And always curl before applying mascara, not after.  We love the glamorous curls you get with Shiseido’s curler. Silicon pad curls from base to tip and includes one replacement pad.

2. Rest between mascara applications.
Patience is a virtue. Give your lashes a little bit of drying time between each coat.  This will allow the mascara to set allowing you to add volume with each coat.

3. Comb your lashes. 
We don’t know about you but we hate clumpy lashes.  To avoid this, use a metal-toothed lash comb.  Wait a few seconds after applying your coat of mascara and then brush through your lashes.  Once dry, apply your next coat and repeat. Try the Lift Off Lash Comb for a refined look.

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4. Stick with one brand.
Mixing brands (layering one over the other) can lead to clumping as not all formulas are made to blend.  Should you decide to experiment, keep your lash comb close by to catch any potential clumps.

5. Condition your lashes.
Just like your hair, your lashes need a little TLC. Lash conditioners work as a primer, creating a good foundation for mascara. Growth treatments like Latisse stimulate the eyelash growth cycle, making it longer, so lashes come in longer, darker and thicker,” but you must stick with the regime to see results.  Full results take within 2-3 months, while improvements show within 4 weeks.

Wedding Traditions: Part 3 – Popular Wedding Floral

The Meaning Behind Popular Wedding Floral

bridal bouquet floral meaningA rose by any other name would smell as sweet, at least according to William Shakespeare.  Wedding flowers play an integral part in any wedding as they the focal point for decorations and tradition.  Your choices in color, style and floral type actually sets the tone and mood for your day.  Have you ever wondered how floral came to be part of the wedding tradition?

Why does the bride carry a bouquet of flowers?

The tradition of carrying a bridal bouquet can be traced back for centuries. In Ancient Rome, brides carried or wore flower garlands, as they believed that flowers signified new beginnings, fidelity and hope for fertility. Ancient Greece weddings featured ivy to represent enduring love.

Why does the bride toss the bouquet?

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Tossing the bouquet is a tradition that stems from England. Women used to try to rip pieces of the bride’s dress and flowers in order to obtain some of her good luck. To escape from the crowd the bride would toss her bouquet and run away.  In later times, brides tossed the bouquet to their bridesmaids and, it was said that the maid who caught the bouquet was the next to be married.

What is the meaning of certain types of wedding flowers?

Tradition isn’t the only element that dictates a bride’s choice of wedding flowers. Fashion trends also come into play. Convention has taken a backseat to individuality. Bridesmaids’ bouquets do not necessarily match the bridal bouquet, the boutonnieres and centerpieces. While most florists and planners stress the continuity of at least one main flower throughout all floral elements, many brides are breaking free from tradition.

If you have wondered about the traditional meaning of flowers that are common in weddings or if you want to instill certain ‘meanings’ in your bouquets, read below:

Roses

Long considered a symbol of beauty and love, the rose figures into many myths and fairy tales. Romantic writers and poets have used the flower as a metaphor for emotion, beauty, passion, and true love throughout the ages. The rose is an all-star player in the world of weddings, available in solid and bicolor varieties, including striped and tipped varieties as well. Not every variety, however, is scented. Three main types are likely candidates for your wedding flowers: hybrid tea roses (the classic, uniformly-shaped commercial roses generally seen at your local florist), spray roses (a rose with five to ten small heads on each stem and a “natural, garden-grown” look), and garden roses (expensive, old-fashioned varieties with bushy, open heads and delectable scents).

Tulip

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Representing “consuming love” and “happy years,” the tulip can be a meaningful wedding choice. Tulips are available in a wide range of colors, including white and cream; pastels like pink, yellow, and peach; and vibrant hues like magenta, red, and purple. Available during much of the year, the most common tulips are very affordable, though rare varieties can be expensive. This versatile flower can enhance both elegant wedding settings and more casual venues, and work well in almost any permutation — from bouquets to boutonnieres to table arrangements. Three main varieties are commonly used: Dutch tulips (typically seen at neighborhood florist shops and in gardens), French tulips (expensive and elegant, with extra-long stems and large tapered blooms), and parrot tulips (noted for their ruffled, striped petals in intense colors).

Calla Lily

This elegant, trumpet-shaped blossom originated in Africa and symbolizes “magnificent beauty” in the language of flowers. The calla lily’s distinctive form is best seen in Art Nouveau and Art Deco works and twentieth-century photography. Two types are commonly available: a large-headed variety with a long, smooth stem suitable for tall arrangements or presentation-style bouquets, and a miniature version ideal for nosegays and boutonnieres. Creamy ivory is the most popular color, but calla lilies also come in yellow, orange, mauve-pink, and dark purple.

Hydrangea

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With its big bushy head and intense shades of pink, blue, burgundy, and purple, it’s no wonder that the hydrangea represented “vanity” in the Victorian language of flowers. One of the most popular varieties changes in color as it grows from bubble-gum pink to sky blue, depending on the acid level of the soil. A stem or two of this moderately priced, scentless shrub flower helps fill out arrangements and bouquets, and a few sprigs make a charming boutonniere. You’ll find the hydrangea in white and shades of green, pink, burgundy, and blue.

Peony

The peony has a large, full head, strong perfume, and bright color. Despite this outward showiness, the flower acquired the Victorian meaning “bashfulness.”  The peony is available in two main types, the herbaceous and the tree peony; however, the latter’s flowers do not last as long when cut. A bouquet made solely of peonies can be gorgeous and the flower is also beautiful in centerpieces and arrangements. Grown in single- and double-flower styles, this expensive bloom is seasonally available in AZ from late November through June.

Ranunculus

ranunculus floral meaning

Looking for a cost-effective alternative to roses or peonies? Try the lush, multi-petaled ranunculus, with its mild-scented with several blossoms on a stem and fernlike foliage. Carrying ranunculus is telling your partner, in the Victorian language of flowers, “I am dazzled by your charms.” A natural in a bridal bouquet or bridesmaid nosegays, this light flower also makes a fantastic boutonniere and is available in many colors.

Stephanotis

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The Victorian meaning for this flower is “marital happiness,” making the dainty white Stephanotis an obvious choice for weddings. The star-shape, waxy florets grow on a flowering vine; each is individually wired or placed onto a special holder before it can be arranged. A bouquet of stephanotis blossoms is one of the most traditional a bride can carry. Mildly scented and moderately priced (labor may be a bit pricey), this floral option is available year-round.

Gardenia

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Surrounded by dark green, waxy leaves, the exquisite gardenia exudes a sultry, heavy scent. A single gardenia makes a wonderful scented corsage or hair accessory. Be gentle as the delicate, creamy ivory petals of this expensive flower can bruise easily and the scent of many can be overpowering to some people.

 

{Real Bride Series}: Meet MacKenzie

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MacKenzie’s Story:

What is your name and your groom’s name? MacKenzie & Brett

What was your wedding date? Saturday, November 19, 2016

How did you and your groom meet? Brett and I met his senior year at prom. He went with a friend and I went with his best friend. Long story short, we spent the whole night talking, traded phone numbers, and the rest is history.

We are dying to know, how did he propose?! In March of 2015, Brett planned an “Escape the Room” game inviting our closest friends and family. While I didn’t know it at the time, he had planned ahead and hidden a note in place of one of the clues to help us escape the room. We were about 50 minutes in to the 60 minutes groups are given to escape when my friend Amanda said, in a very loud voice, “MacKenzie, come look over here in the oven.” I had already looked there, several times, and she pulled out a metal, magnetic lock box and handed it to me. As I slid the box open, a small folded piece of paper fell out. I opened the note that read “Your next clue is with your fiance.” I turned around and Brett was down on one knee with a beautiful ring.

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What were your wedding colors and why did you choose them? Brett and I chose navy blue, oranges and peaches for our fall wedding. We wanted a contemporary look to merge with our rustic venue.

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The Dress

Where did you find your dress? Would you say that finding your dress was relatively easy or difficult? I found my wedding dress at David’s Bridal. It was the second gown I purchased and I fell in love with the soft features of the skirt and the beautiful designs at the top of the dress.

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Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any special meaning behind the choice of the venue(s)? We held our ceremony and reception both at Shenandoah Mill. Brett and I fell in love with look of the mill, and how easy it was to coordinate the event. We love our pictures!

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The Cake

What was the flavor of your wedding cake?  Brett was in charge of the flavors and look of the cake. The bottom layer was almond flavored cake with a chocolate hazelnut filling. The middle layer was pumpkin spice with cream cheese filling. And the top layer was red velvet with cream cheese filling. The frosting covering the outside of the cake was a light buttercream. It was delicious!

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What details from your wedding that made it unique to you? Our favorite part of the wedding was the unique participants in our ceremony. Our grandmothers were our flower girls and they were so honored to be asked! And, not to mention, they looked adorable coming down the aisle! We also used our dog as our ring bearer. During the ring exchange in the ceremony, we called to have her released. She ran down the aisle in a tutu with the rings tied to her collar. It couldn’t have gone smoother!

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Other than marrying your husband, what was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day? Seeing my dad before he walked me down the aisle. Brett and I chose not to do a first look, so our photographer captured a first look between my dad and me.

The Honeymoon

Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go? We are planning our honeymoon for June of 2017. We have a Caribbean cruise scheduled with some exciting excursions planned.

What is one piece of wisdom you learned from your planning experience that you would like to share with future brides? Enjoy the planning process and do only what you can. If you do it right, the experience of planning and involving your family will be just as valuable of an experience as the actual wedding. Don’t worry too much, because the day of, all you worry about anyways is enjoying the day.

Who were some of the other vendors that were a part of your dream team? Graceful Cakes– Wedding Cake
Cassy Carmody Photography
Shenandoah Mill-Venue

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Babydoll Beauty: Simplified Summer Beauty

Beauty Simplified for Summer

Summer is all about lightening your beauty routine— such as ditching your foundation and blush in favor of a swipe of bronzer and letting your hair succumb to their natural waves. The flip side to warm weather’s unbuttoned ease is its ability to make your whole look melt. If you are looking for a simplified summer beauty routine considering trying some of the following tips:

Tinted Moisturizer

Using a product that multitasks, like a tinted moisturizer with SPF, turns three steps into one. Choose one that is a little bit darker than your skin tone. It adds a warmer glow to your skin immediately while protecting you from the suns harsh rays.  Plus, you can apply it with your fingers the way you would your moisturizer — much easier than foundation.

Cheeks and Eyes

Use the same product on multiple areas instead of individual blushes and eyeshadows. Choose something that has a bronzy tone to it but stay away from anything peachy.  Our pick is Nars the Multiple Bronzer, $39.  Finish the look with a waterproof (aka sweat proof) mascara that will add volume to your luscious lashes. Try MAC’s Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash, $23.

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Kissable Lips

A tinted gloss is a girl’s best friend during the summer.  Loaded with mango and shea butters, our favorite tint is not-sheer but not-opaque which means it delivers the right amount of soft, subtle color to your pout.  Clinique Chubby Stick, $17.

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Ask Sabrina: Preparing Skin for Your Wedding Day

Dear Sabrina: What is the best way for preparing your skin for your wedding day?

There is a saying that goes something like “no amount of paint can cover a bad foundation”.  We don’t know where it originated from, and maybe it was just something that is said to those folks in the cosmetology industry but we heard it and it stuck with us. The exact same goes for makeup.  No amount of makeup can fix bad skin.  A prime canvas is necessary to paint and prime skin is necessary to a {relatively} flawless look.  So, it may be understandable why we did a happy dance when we opened Jackie’s email asking how to prepare her skin for her big day.

While makeup artists can work to create a smooth, primed foundation to work with but there are many steps that you can take as well.

Facials

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It’s great to have a few facials leading up to your big day.  Be sure to start them a couple of months before as facials tend to detoxify the face and you don’t want any blemishes to show up unexpected just before the wedding.  While an at-home facial is an option, we strongly recommend a professional facial to ensure that any areas prone to problems are addressed.  Be sure to use a good skin-care system daily (morning and night) to cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate and moisturize.  Follow the recommended exfoliation schedule (generally not more than twice per week).

I love Embryolisse and babydolls, it is available at Target!

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Protection

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Sunscreen is your friend.  Be sure to apply an SPF (we recommend a 15) before applying foundation.  This will protect your skin from the suns harsh rays which cause wrinkles and freckles that could related to further damage or skin cancer.  Click here to read our blog “Here Comes the Sun” and find our top sunscreen picks.

Hydration

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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Our bodies are approximately 60% water (the percentage fluctuates based on age and gender).  Drinking water helps to flush toxins from your body which includes your face.  Grab a glass of water and capture a natural glow!

xoxo, Sabrina

 

Babydoll Weddings Beauty: BB Cream

Why You Need To Add A BB Cream To Your Beauty Regimen

BB Creams, or Beauty Balms (also known as Blemish Balms), were originally developed in Germany by a dermatologist who wanted a single cream that would protect skin and provide coverage after laser treatments. They are formulated to do the job of five or six other products: moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, skin treatment, concealer, and foundation while providing sheer to medium coverage. South Korean beauty bloggers first discovered this wondrous all-in-one product and it quickly spread throughout Asia before finally making its way to the Western Hemisphere approximately four years ago. Today, just about every makeup brand carries a BB Cream.

Why You Need a BB Cream

Aside from the multi-purpose functionality of this product, a BB cream will help you achieve fuller coverage without having to move up to a heavier foundation. A pea-sized dab of BB cream can provide just the right amount of coverage for a casual day.  Add a foundation on top of it for a slightly heavier, flawless look.

Most BB Creams come in light to medium shades (medium tends to be the darkest shade available). For this reason, we recommend color matching at your favorite makeup counter to be sure the shade is right for you.

We are MAC lovers and so it is a no-brainer that our favorite BB Cream is MAC’s Prep +Prime:

MAC Prep+Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 35:   A beauty balm that blurs imperfections and evens skin tone immediately. Provides medium coverage, satin finish, and is available in 12 shades. $31.00

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Try it, we guarantee you will love the results!  Oh, and guys, believe it or not, there are BB Creams available for you, too!

 

Wedding Traditions: Part 2 – The Veil

Veil or No Veil?

The veil first made its debut in Rome. Fearing evil spirits were jealous of her happiness, the bride would wear a veil down the aisle to disguise herself from them and avoid any ill will they would bring upon her. Today, more and more brides-to-be are ditching this once sacred tradition.  Is it right for you?  Only you know the answer to this question!

History of the Veil

Wearing a veil is a custom dating back centuries to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who believed this headpiece protected the bride from evil spirits.  It was also used to hide the bride’s face from her groom who most likely had not seen her before.  Today, when worn, the veil has become a symbol of the brides style usually making a classic traditional statement.

Many modern brides are choosing to wear jeweled hair accessories, such as tiaras, flower crowns or something that better depicts their personal style and/or the theme of their wedding.  But if your wedding day wouldn’t feel right without a veil, don’t fret, there are plenty of styles available as noted below.

Birdcage

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Shoulder

shoulder wedding veil

Elbow

elbow wedding veil

Hip

hip length wedding veil

Fingertip

fingertip length wedding veil

Floor

floor length wedding veil

Chapel
chapel length veil

Cathedralcathedral length veil

photo credits: Pinterest, Bel Aire Bridal, Coco Melody, The Fashion Brides 

Choosing to wear a veil on your wedding day is strictly your choice. You don’t have to toss a bouquet or wear a garter either.  This is about your personal style.  If you choose to wear one, YOU decide the style and whether it covers your face or not.  Try out a variety of veils when you shop for your dress before making your final decision. When a bride finds one that truly expresses and amplifies her personal style, it’s a perfect accessory to the perfect dress.  Just remember, the choice is yours.

{Real Bride Series}: Meet Tessa

This issue of our Real Bride Series features Tessa and Michael who were married earlier this year at the Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler, AZ.  Tessa offers great advice while reminiscing about her wedding day.

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Getting to Know Tessa & Michael

What is your name and your groom’s name?    Tessa Mallette & Michael Lara

What was your wedding date? Saturday, January 28, 2017

How did you and your groom meet?   We met online and it did not take long before we wanted to meet. Our first date was at a sushi restaurant and didn’t want the night to end. We had so much in common; both of us are the oldest child with younger brothers and we enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and experiencing local attractions and farmers markets.

We are dying to know, how did he propose?!   Michael and I were supposed to go on a double date with my best friend and her husband. We were running late and parking was challenging as he wanted us to park in a busy mall parking lot across the street. Little did I know, my family was waiting out of sight. We walked near the waterway up to the restaurant, Michael stopped by a fountain and got down on one knee. I was so surprised! What surprised me even more was that my family, my best friend and her husband came around the corner just after I said “yes”! Michael and I are both planners so it is hard for Michael to surprise me but he had emailed my friends and family the location spot including where they all should park and hide so I wouldn’t suspect a thing! So romantic and perfect!

The Details and the Dress

Babydoll Weddings Real Bride Series Tessa MakeupWhat were your wedding colors and why did you choose them?  My wedding colors were blush pink, gold, and mint green. I always knew I wanted a pink wedding but I wanted a more classic look, so I added the gold accents and added the mint green for an extra touch.

Where did you find your dress? Would you say that finding your dress was relatively easy or difficult?   I found my dress at David’s Bridal. It was a relatively easy process and I found it in one day. I was discouraged at first due. I wanted tulle but each one I tried on seemed so itchy.  Finally, I found the perfect dress with pearl buttons running down the back and lace details on the top.  It also had  a flattering neckline and the bottom flowed just like Belle’s dress from Beauty and the Beast.

Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any special meaning behind the choice of the venue(s)?   Our ceremony and reception were at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Arizona. We fell in love with all the water and the beautifully manicured green golf course which was perfect for our dream of an outdoor ceremony site.  The reception site was beautiful as well. The architecture of the building featured a wooden ceiling that made you feel as though you were on a boat. It was just the right size for our 80 guests.

From Flowers to Cake to Favors    Babydoll Weddings Real Bride Series Tessa Bouquet

What kind of flowers did you have in your bouquet and at the ceremony/reception?  I had a mixture of different color roses and additional flowers in my bouquet. For the ceremony, we had baby’s breath in metal buckets down the aisle.

What was the flavor of your wedding cake?  Our wedding cake was lemon cake with raspberry buttercream. We also had chocolate cupcakes with a pink buttercream.

Babydoll Weddings Real Bride Series Tessa Cake

 

Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they?   We did s’more’s kits with mini Hershey’s chocolate bars, marshmallows, and graham crackers.

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What details from your wedding that made it unique to you?   We purchased two wine barrels for either side of the ceremony aisle and they really created the rustic style that we wanted. Also, our DJ offed up-lighting options which enhanced the reception and added just the right touch.

Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?   We honeymooned in Kauai, Hawaii which is an amazing island that is mostly undeveloped. We had great weather and enjoyed traveling around the island, kayaking to the secret falls, and flying on a private plane tour of the island.

A bit of Advice…

Other than marrying your husband, what was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day?   Just watching all of our family and friends enjoy dancing and getting to know each other. It was so fun to see everyone in the same place and all the love in the room.

What is one piece of wisdom you learned from your planning experience that you would like to share with future brides?
Do NOT stress yourself out on the details. Make sure you choose the best vendors who want to make your vision come true. Also consider adding some personal touches that you love. When the day comes it all seems overwhelming but once your vision has come to life,  you will be able to enjoy each moment. The ceremony and reception fly by so fast so be sure to take time to enjoy each and every aspect.

The Vendor Dream Team

Who were some of the other vendors that were a part of your dream team?  Lia Photography was such a great choice for us. The husband and wife team shot our engagement shoot and we were sure that they would shoot our wedding with the same professionalism and quality. We were so right! They know which photos will make anyone who sees them feel like they are there and a part of the whole experience. We have many options for printing and our photo book  is almost done. Can you imagine how excited we are to see it and relive the day?!

Rock Around the Clock Entertainment/Jeff Marcus was also such an amazing selection. Jeff was so engaging from day one to make sure that we were on the same page for music selection, up lighting, and interaction with guests, which was very important for us to make the reception run smoothly. Jeff thought of everything and sent over a questionnaire to make sure that he know as much as possible about our guests and music preferences. He also took photos and videos of the ceremony and reception and sent them to me the same night. Hands down, Jeff is absolutely the best DJ that I have ever experienced. We were so lucky to find him for our big day!

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Babydoll Weddings Beauty: Sexy Summer Feet

Wedding plans are falling into place, you are getting closer to the big day which means that your honeymoon is getting closer as well (we can hear you sigh from here!).  Whether you have picked a tropical beach honeymoon or not, you want to be sure that you have sexy summer feet ready to dance the night away or snuggle in bed.  Here is our DIY guide to soft and sexy feet.

Babydoll Weddings Beauty Sexy Summer Feet

Smooth Supple Feet

Feet don’t have many oil glands which leaves them prone to dryness.

Fix it:

Moisturize feet daily.  Restore softness by applying a foot cream immediately after showering, while skin is still wet. For maximum benefits, look for one that also contains exfoliators such as lactic acid to improve its ability to soften your skin.

Babydoll Weddings Sexy Soft FeetThick Toenails

Fingernails grown thinner with age but toenails thicken and harden due to the pressure from shoes.

Fix it:

Trim and file correctly: Using a nail clipper, trim toenails into a square shape. This will eliminate splits and ingrown nails. They should be even with the tips of your toes.  Smooth rough edges by using long strokes with an emery board.

Overgrown Cuticles

Excess skin builds up over time and attaches to the nail, shortening your natural nail.

Fix it:

Soften cuticles every 2 weeks: Rub on cuticle oil and immerse feet in warm water for 10 minutes to loosen skin. You can also apply a cuticle remover.

Push cuticles back and trim: Gently ease cuticles off the nail with an orangewood stick, and snip hangnails using a nipper.

Calluses

Calluses are a result of so many things – pressure and friction from shoes, walking barefoot and even genetics (something else you can thank your parents for!).

Fix it:

Exfoliate daily: Use a pumice stone in the shower to buff away dead cells. Water softens skin, making it easier to remove so, if your balance isn’t perfect enough to do this in the shower, soak your feet in warm water first. Also, don’t get too carried away with sloughing (calluses protect feet, so don’t file them down entirely) and razors, which can cut skin and lead to infection.

Yellowing Nails

This discoloration is usually residual staining from red or darker polishes.

Fix it:

Buff superficial stains: Lightly filing nails erases surface marks.

Bleach nails: Remove stubborn stains with the natural citric acid from a lemon (do not use household bleach).

Use a base coat: Applying this clear polish before painting nails creates a stain-fighting barrier. Try alternate shades: If you wear dark hues, go lighter every 3 weeks.

See your doctor: Persistent yellowing could be a sign of health problems.

 

Ask Sabrina: Summer Wedding Makeup

How to Make Your Wedding Makeup Last During a Heat Wave

Summer is in full swing in Arizona! We officially hit triple digit temperatures earlier in May and we have had many brides concerned about the resilience of their summer wedding makeup in this heat.  Imagine our surprise when we opened our email box last week and found yet another question about this subject!  The topic must be on every bride’s mind.

Kara M. in Scottsdale emailed “I’m getting married on Memorial Day weekend in an outdoor ceremony.  I am a little worried about my makeup as each day gets hotter. I’m worried that I will have sweat lines down my face.

How do I keep my makeup fresh and streak free in this 100º+ heat?”

Well, Kara, you are lucky that my team of stylists, comprised of many AZ natives and long-time residents, are experts in dealing with the heat.

Here are 9 things to remember:

  1. Skip the powder. Toning down shine with powder can create a chalky look that exaggerates fine lines and wrinkles. Use blotting papers instead to absorb excess oil without messing up your makeup.
  2. Cool off before application.   Let your skin cool down before applying any makeup as warm skin absorbs makeup.  Remember blotting papers in lieu of powder!
  3. Carry a facial mist. A facial mist delivers a fine spray that will cool your skin and will make your makeup last longer. Tip:  Our go to facial mist is MAC Prep+Prime Fix+.
  4. Use a primer. Primers are made to help makeup cling to the skin a little longer and they cut down on shine. Apply before putting on your foundation, but after your moisturizer.
  5. Avoid heavy foundations. Heavy, full coverage foundations are more likely to melt and slip on hot, sweaty skin. In the warmer months, switch it up to a lighter product that is oil-free and won’t be heavy on your skin. Try to stay away from powder foundations to avoid caking should you start to glisten or sweat.
  6. Switch from powders to creams. Powders can cake in the heat, which is super unattractive. During the summer, if you’re noticing caking, switch to cream blushes and eye shadows. Be sure to use an eyelid primer if you are concerned your shadow is caking (be sure to apply before shadow).
  7. Go water resistant. Mascara that’s water resistant or waterproof is better able to withstand summer sweating. Liquid eyeliners also last longer than pencils when your lids are moist.
  8. Avoid dark colors. If you’re going to be out in the sun, stay away from smoky eyes, dark blushes, and the like. These are a bit harsh in the bright summer sun, and are also more likely to be noticeable if they drip or smudge. Look for softer colors, particularly for the eyes.
  9. Drink! Keeping your body cool from the inside out is the best way to keep your skin dry. Carry a stainless steel water bottle with you, and sip frequently. Add ice often to keep it cold. This can also double as a neck and face cooler when you need it!  Tip:  We love Hydro Flask for their insulated abilities!

Till Next Time – Sabrina

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