The Ensley Styled shoot was showcasing the gorgeous dress by Modeca Bridal and it was up to Michelle Guzinski - Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer to capture it in all it's glory... and so she sure did. Thank you to all the vendors for joining on this awesome collab and for inspiring me on a new level.
Make up: Beautiful by Bea
Dress: Lady Marmalaide East London
Hair: Anre Erasmus Hairstylist
Bouquet: Mariëtte Genis from Blooming Pretty
Venue: Jemimas Hospitality Gonubie
Model: Jemima Kruger
In our case our professional product will have you beautiful the whole day, no need to wait till last minute and run around. Take it easy else you wont enjoy the day leading up to your special night!
Research awesome photos to take and use a lifestyle photographer for professional snaps beforehand.
Make use of the community to find out where you can rent or make a dress locally. Some awesome groups on Facebook serve for a platform of options.
Make sure that the color of your suit match your skin tone and hair. As with the girls, timeless can never go out of fashion.
It is a good idea for you and your date to share the costs of a professional photographer beforehand.
Family friends and contacts of your parents can help when starting your ride hunt. Dare to be different and remember to open that car door.
Aren't floral pieces just awesome? Well, not always, but some ladies sometimes wear them really fashionably.
Fashion’s infatuation with florals is a long-standing affair. From dandelions, chrysanthemums, daisies, freesias to everlasting roses – there is a blooming beautiful choice for everyone.
You can start with small and simple, perhaps a printed skirt or some florals embroidered on a section of your jeans. If you’re feeling more daring, go for the total look: flowers from head to toe – you’re guaranteed to turn heads this way.
Dos and Don’ts for Styling Summer Florals
My favorite floral finds recently:
Below Gallery show some awesome style inspiration on ways to pull off this beautiful trend.
With the Annual East London golf club & Hemmingway's Bridal fair's that just passed we thought that this would be a good subject to tackle. Options is always a good thing and every woman out there is different so here is my key notes on the top tips when choosing the person who will be making faces with you on your wedding day or special occation.
I have also added some questions that can be good to ask when making your decision. I have left the answers to my questions below that will save you asking.
Quality of product is so important, especially when you will be standing in front of a professional photographer with that big sharp lens and flash. Professional products does not reflect on photos! Ever seen those photos where it looks like someone has a mask on? Jip! their foundation reflected against the flash on the photos. I am sure you are trying to avoid the "Phantom of the opera" look on your big day so do some research on the products used.
Opt for professional products because they also last way longer. Normal foundations and eye shadows fade within a couple of hours and does not deal well with heat or sweat (this will come in handy if you would like to not only look fab at midnight still but also if you want to own that dance floor.)
What products does BEAutiful use?
Kryolan - Suitable for stage and cameras. World wide known and Kryolan creates two-thirds of global production of professional makeup for film, TV and theater.
Have you ever liked or disliked something before giving it a try? No, because how would you know. Surely you won't want to try figure this out on your wedding day. That is why it is so important to book a Trial make up with your make up artist to make sure you know what to expect and she knows what to do. Go for the person who will allow you a trial session as this will tick make up off your list completely and help you relax on the big day.
*Note to book this not too long in advance, especially if you going to still tan.
Does BEAutiful offer trial make up?
Yes! Our bridal make up package comes standard with a trial. This being more than just putting on according to a picture you like, it includes a full consultation on your all over look and style making sure it matches your day and dress and making sure that we make all arrangements as to what you want your following to look like.
You are allowed to ask the person any questions if you are interested in their service... Example when last they did a wedding or how long they have been doing make-up professionaly for and where they qualified. Keep in mind that experience is not only key with the make up itself but also with time management and handling of oopsies on the day. You do not want a make up artist that is more stressed than you!
How experienced is BEAutiful?
8 years of doing professional make up with a Diploma in Make-up Artistry from Face to Face Academy.
When your service provider can travel to where you are getting ready it does make your day less stressful, especially if you are getting married out of town. What better than having to know your appointment comes to you and you can just sit back.
Does BEAutiful travel?
Yes we do, all travel costs in East London is covered and travels out of town available at additional cost.
How much easier to deal with one person rather than 3 or 4. Ask the make up artist if they offer any extra services and add-on's. It would be ideal from an admin point of view and also you will benefit financially dealing with one person only most of the time. Good add on's to ask for would be hair, lashes, spray tan, nails, massage etc.
What extras does BEAutiful offer?
Make up Artistry for all ages, Fast Fashion hair styling & Image consulting.
It is important to find someone that can work within your budget. Remember that the cheapest inst always necessarily the best, nor is most expensive. Value for money is important but remember if one artist's cost is way below others it can be that they do not carry a high cost in product and equipment. Naturally someone who uses great quality products will be a bit more expensive.
What can BEAutiful do for my budget?
I have packages that was put together to assist people in saving when adding the wedding party and mothers or guests for make up.
Be sure to use social media to check out the style that a make up artist uses. Do they always do the same thing? (No problem if they are doing exactly what you are wanting all the time) But keep in when booking for your wedding party it is good to know that someone can do more than one thing and work on all different skins and a variety of styles.
What is BEAutiful's style?
Your style is my style. I work on any skin color and cater for any event or need.
I even once had to do a groom after the remainders of the bachelors black eye was yet to be gone on the wedding day. #proud #notproud
Make sure to meet and greet or arrange your trial, it is always in your own best interest to book someone you will be comfortable with. This also makes the procedures easier when you have questions or want changes. A good click with a make up artist makes the whole experience informal and low key so you can relax and sip away on that champagne in comfort.
What other people say and experience does matter and can help you make a better diction. Be sure to go look at Facebook reviews on their page or even Trip Advisor should you be booking at a Salon. Go look at the comments and remember there is always that one person who would have been happy with nothing, you will spot them quickly as they should not affect your choice.
BEAutiful value all feedback and we encourage all our clients to leave a review on Facebook.
Some received via email is on the website to view.
Make sure to go with the person who is open to give advice and recommend your pre-wedding prep as per analyses during your trial. Make sure that this is someone you can freely phone or message when needing advice on your face and skin. A professional opinion can go a long way.
How does BEAutiful prep?
I have a list of recommended vendors, this is people in the beauty field I have worked with. I often recommend eyebrow shapes, tinting, hair color and facials when needed. I also assist in what to take with to the wedding and what moisturizer or products to buy pre-wedding.
Well , there you go! 10 tips to choose the best for you! Happy hunting...
"May your day be FLAWLESS as your make-up"
This product got me back to thinking… You kind of want to leave the best for night right?
Yes, and here is why:
All day, skin works as hard as we do. It protects itself from constant attack but while we’re sleeping skin switches into ‘recovery mode,’ a time of intense repair and regeneration. In fact, at this time the regeneration process can be up to three times faster than during the day.
Got a bit off topic there but this is important to know when opting for a proper skin care routine and especially important when you are looking at adding incredible products like this to your routine.
Also, remember my last "2017 trends that can stay" post where I wrote about hyaluronic acid? If you missed it go and have a look, very interesting info on this ingredient that is present in this very product too!
How I used it
Applied 6 drops to my cleansed face before I put on my moisturizer.
Note: It smells amazing! (No artificial fragrance though)
Instant effect was that my skin definitely felt more satisfied than when I put on my moisturizer only.
I do have a very dry skin so this is added bonus. I also used less moisturizer due to needing less comfort.
I woke up that morning with my skin feeling fresh and hydrated. Definitely saw a difference as my skin is often pale from being tired. My skin had a definite subtle healthy glow and was silky smooth upon touch.
Skin definitely felt stimulated by the essential oils and as result this will stimulate cellular repair to help fight ageing.
As you should only use 4-6 drops every night this product will last well making it worth the splurge.
Most definite double thumbs up from me!
Product house - Dermalogica
Product name - Overnight Repair serum
Size - 15ml (note mine on the photo is a travel size)
Price - R1020.00
Available at - River Spa Port Alfred & Dermalogica online
*If you have used this before let me know what you thought and how it felt on your skin type.
Definitely a stay! Finally you can spice up your look with comfort. I have listed the best ways to wear your kicks in style:
1. Keep it simple with jeans, a tee and a beanie. This literally could not be easier.
2. Wear a colorful pair with an all-black or white outfit to give a much-needed fun pop of color.
3. Sneakers with a plaid shirt, scarf and beanie makes the perfect outfit.
4. Make your maxi dress work for colder weather by adding sneakers and a cute jacket.
5 Keep things simple with skinny jeans, a cardigan and a scarf. The sneakers keep this look super casual.
One word. Obsessed. This trend can most definitely stay, jazz up any day, mood or outfit with a touch of rosegold. Be careful not to overdo though. Here is where I draw the line:
1. Please do NOT color your hair rose gold! What is up with that?
2 Please do NOT put rose gold glitter on your lips! (Unless its for a styled shoot)
You may just choke and end up pooping glitter.
3 A little goes a long way, keep styling in your home simple with a touch of rose gold here and there.
Don't overdo it.
You will see this is the new word on every product house lips!
Hyaluronic Acid is powerful stuff. Just please don't let the word "acid" confuse you. This molecule holds water and is gel-like as it is a moisture binding ingredient that as result leave your skin plump and hydrated.
Ps. Our bodies naturally produce this!
Hyaluronic Acid helps retain over 1,000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, making it an excellent moisturizer.
So why do we need more if our bodies already produce it?
Well, the average human body contains about 15 grams of Hyaluronic Acid. However, one third of that gets degraded and synthesized on a daily basis. We also produce less and less as we age. So we want more, which is why many anti-aging products contain Hyaluronic Acid.
Tried it! Amazing results and feel from the Dermalogica overnight repair samples I got.
(yes, yes a review on this amazing product will follow soon!)
Again, less says more! Best ways to incorporate them:
1. On the dining room table when i don't have fresh flowers.
2. Put in the middle of your table with finger eats with just a bit of greenery and be amazed.
3. Change up your decor without spending a fortune! (Candles one week and greenery the other)
Also fill with mints or hang them up once you rotate decor.
4. Stunning theme for a wedding as it is very versatile and works with any style or flower.
Terrariums have become quite trendy lately. In a way, they can be considered an alternative to the always present vases. They partially owe their popularity to their transparency and their versatility. Terrariums can take many different shapes and forms depending on a lot of things. Terrarium containers come in a variety of designs and styles and they define the overall look of these fresh and green decorations.
Zucchini noodles are all the rage right now. Actually any spiralized vegetable is. I for one absolutely love them! What about you? Have you tried them yet? If you haven’t I highly recommend it. Not only do they taste great, but it’s a fun way to get more vegetables into your diet.
Before I bought myself a spiralizer I simply used a julienne peeler to do the job. It doesn’t take up any space and is relatively inexpensive. However, after seeing people use the spiralizer I couldn’t resist buying one. I’ve now had mine for about a year and pull it out of my pantry at least once a week to make some sort of vegetable noodles. If you think it’s something you’ll use frequently and you have the space to store it, I definitely think it’s a good investment!
Awesome recipes all over Pinterest!
So there you have it! Bet you will loooooove all these just as much as i do! Start pinning and exploring and don't be afraid to try something new every now and again :)
Till next time stay BEAutiful and don't be boring.
Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer
Wow, what a treat. Best way to sum up is to confess that I am actually addicted...
I found that unlike your normal primers this was not only light weight but I used half of what I would normally use (and lets face it, when paying the big bucks for the best, obviously stretching it as far as you can is such a bonus!)
In the first week of using this product there was a day where I realized halfway through my work day that I never put foundation (not just because I am blonde but mostly because of the flawless look the hydrablur primer left on my skin)
On the days where I remembered my foundation this product actually made my make up application smooth and none cakey (everyone with dry skin will know exactly what I am talking about)
Tip* When using this primer make sure to work neat and not put it over your lips. As the product take on color it will leave residue on your lips :)
PS: I was very excited to see the festive promotions (where you get a FREE set of 3 travel size products) when you buy your Dermalogica moisturizer - One of the products is this primer and perfect if you want to try it... Just be careful you don't get as addicted as I did!
Bea is a qualified make-up artist that also tie up her passion for the beauty industry by full time managing a spa group.
Latest product review:
Overnight repair serum by dermalogica.