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Matte Makeup for Summer!

Matte Makeup for Summer!

6/21/2018

Blog by one of our favorite designers!

Matte Makeup for Summer

matte makeup

SUE MARSHALL

Guest Blogger

AHHH Summer..the season when we go from glow to WHOA! It’s my favourite time of the year but going from glow to greasy is pretty easy in the hot and humid summer months. Planning a summer wedding on a beach or in a secret garden needs your undivided attention when it comes to your makeup and how you stay fresh and shine free throughout your day. While your beach waves will need an extra can of hairspray, there are a few tricks to keep you makeup smooth and long-lasting. Matte makeup doesn’t need to mean flat either. You can apply matte makeup products to your face strategically, just where you need a little extra mattifying help without compromising any dimension.

I usually apply mattifying primers to the T-Zone for most faces and keep the cheeks luminous. Don’t fight mother Nature with powders that clog and look made up; work with her a little with some well-placed product that keeps your look fresh.

Here are some of my favourite matte makeup products that will take your summer beauty game to the next level and help you face summer head on feeling flawless!

Matte Makeup Products for Summer

  • BECCA’s Ever-Matte Primer has to be my favourite primer to use to mattify and keep you shine free and fresh in humid and hot weather and have you ready for your close up! This is what I use to prep my girls in heavy duty summer weather. I apply it (lightly) with a synthetic brush to the areas the girls tell me they shine. Never apply this product under the eyes-you will dry out and any under eye lines will become apparent. You will feel this product tighten your skin in seconds! If you are extremely oily and you start to see some shine through the day, blot your skin with Premium Facial Oil Blotting Paper, 200 Counts – Natural Bamboo Charcoal Face Blotting Sheets-they are amazing at keeping you shine free. Then, dab with a brush the Ever Matte Primer over your makeup again for a fresh, not powdery, perfect in direct sunlight look. Try and stay away from powders and reapply your foundation and then add your primer over it again. The look is more natural and fresh. #summerready
  • BECCA Anti Fatigue under Eye Primer which is a blurring, moisturizing, non-creasing formula that brightens and gives a flawless base for your concealer to effortlessly glide over and never settle into any fine lines you may have. This is the real deal. Warm the product between your fingers and wipe your under eye (not dab) this way it provides a smooth base to apply concealer. You will look as fresh as can be and it has real staying power even in the heat! I also now apply it to my own marionette lines around my mouth to soften the look and it works wonders!
  • SEPHORA Waterproof Jumbo Pencils are the best for hot days. The oiliest part of your face is actually your eyelids so this is where you will need to pay most attention-blot with some blotting papers before applying any product. I am not a huge fan of “most” eyelid primers personally. They can leave the eye looking crepey and a touch older than they should. These pencils are SUPER quick and handy for touch-ups and are easy to blend with your fingers only! They have awesome staying power and even are swim proof! Shadows will crease and fade in the heat of the day. Work quickly with these pencils as they set fast!
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils keep the lips kissable and not dry; like many other pencils can leave your lips. I’m not a fan of a totally matte face, I like a lip balm or a semi-matte lip, to be honest. Crayons like Honest Beauty’s Truly Kissable Lip Crayon add colour and shine and are perfect for on the go touch up’s at a wedding or beach chic looks that take you from the beach to the bar on holidays!
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Natural vs Organic Beauty

Natural vs Organic Beauty

5/23/2018

Blog by one of our favorite designers!

SUE MARSHALL

Guest Blogger

Natural vs Organic Beauty – What You Need to Know

 

I remember sitting across from my physician many years ago in my twenties and he said to me “do you work with chemicals?” I said “no!” My boyfriend at the time said, “yes you do?!” The Dr. said, “what’s your occupation?” I said I’m a makeup artist! He wrote down on his clipboard ..WORKS WITH CHEMICALS. It was the very first time as a young girl I even thought about makeup as containing chemicals. Back then it wasn’t really a discussion like it is today. But it hit me like a bolt of lightning.

Today’s consumer is much savvier and twice as demanding when it comes to knowledge of ingredients within products and expecting efficacy especially in beauty. On a whole, the beauty industry is virtually unregulated. Let’s say… Loosely regulated.

The average woman can apply over 500 chemicals a day before she leaves for work! Let that sink in.

I will leave this link below for those who wish to read a short page from the FDA’s actual website regarding cosmetics. It’s quite scary considering whatever we put on our bodies in the form of deodorant, lotions, perfumes, makeup, serums, hair products eventually get absorbed into your largest organ which is your skin and then travels through our bodies.

The FDA does not require any pre-market testing or approval before you purchase your beauty products off the shelves. In the US, many of the ingredients in the products on our shelves here have been banned in many other countries around the world like Europe because the scientific studies have shown that they could be linked to reproductive harm, neurotoxicity, and cancer!

CERTIFIED ORGANIC– A certified organic product must be between 95-100% chemical-free ingredients.

NATURAL PRODUCTS-a natural product usually is 50-70% chemical free.

So just take a second here, and read the above two sentences again slowly and take it in. The words that stick with me are “chemical free” So looking at this, to me says that either option is a head start and a good bet that the cosmetics that have not been certified as natural or organic. I have had so many conversations with people saying to me that something has to get you in the end and where do you draw the line? I will say- so if I go and now pour a small shooter glass of a known carcinogenic product and asked you to consume it would you? It’s funny when something makes you look pretty, is a pretty color, smells nice or tastes nice…Cannot possibly harm us? We choose to turn a blind eye.

So who is looking after our health and safety? Clearly, there are many professionals that advise us to use caution and purchase wisely when it comes to our beauty routines. Ingredients in our beauty cabinet and bathrooms contain certain ingredients are known to be endocrine disruptors, irritants even carcinogenic. So why are we still buying them? For those who may be pregnant reading this, this is super important you take note and reassess your beauty routine while a baby is on board.

GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK

Thank goodness some smart, caring entrepreneurs have our backs when it comes to beauty. There are so many eco-chic safe products that look good, smell good, work great and are safe for us to use. Below are some of my tried and true favorites. It’s time to go Au Naturel.

  1. NATIVE DEODORANT– I’m obsessed with this product. Because it actually works. It smells delicious. You get a great bang for your buck. Their customer service rocks and their marketing is genius. It’s $12 but pretty big so great value for money. I found the coconut and vanilla to be my go to. Their website has the opportunity to purchase travel sizes in different scents so you can try them all. It works. Also look for Vapour Organic Beauty Aer Next Level Deodorant.
  2. RMS BEAUTY- Rose –Marie Swift is the brainchild behind this cult brand. She is a makeup artist to Miranda Kerr and Giselle Bundchen. This makeup line is all good when it comes to efficacy and price. You can use several products several different ways. Love this range!
  3. ZOCA LOTION — SPF 30 Reef-Safe Zinc Oxide Sunscreen. This beauty sells out quickly. It’s all organic and reef safe. Also, the amazing company STREAM2SEA sells a zinc oxide sunscreen on their website that is in a tinted formula so you don’t have that thick white zinc look. Happy you happy Fishies! Check them out!
  4. ILIA BEAUTY – This beauty range is making waves for all the right reasons. Stylish and efficacious this brand has dialed up the style while keeping it good for you and the earth. Inika Beauty is an Aussie brand that has been a go-to for me for a long time. They have countless beauty awards that prove that their expectations are as high as yours!
  5. Honoré des Prés Nu Green Eau de Toilette – All certified ingredients, this heavenly line was created by world-class French perfumer Olivia Giacobetti. Another perfectly layered scent is by Ayurveda Apothecary Kapha Balancing Perfume Oil, $28. I went natural with my fragrances years ago and I haven’t looked back. They always take a unique scent that I find many are curious about when I wear them.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

  1. PHTHALATES-linked to cellular damage. It’s found in hairspray, nail polish, perfumes, and lotions. It’s called “fragrance” on your labels if listed at all.
  2. PARABENS-linked to breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. Europe has banned parabens 6 years ago. The US is yet to regulate its usage. This has even been found in breast cancer tumor biopsies. SERIOUS STUFF LADIES!
  3. FORMALDEHYDE-cleansers nail polish, mascara and more. It is a known human carcinogen.
  4. CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS-causes cellular damage and cancer. Benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate, methoxycinnamate and Wear Titanium Dioxide and zinc as they are not absorbed by the body. Look for REEF-SAFE also to keep it safe for the fishies! An estimated 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotions end up in coral reefs each year. L
  5. SYNTHETIC COLORS-carcinogenic and linked to ADHA in kids. Europe has banned these. Look for combos of letters and numbers such as such as FD&C Blue No. 1 or Blue 1.

Whether you choose to do organic or all natural beauty, one of my favorite places to shop for safe products is The Detox Market. They have tons of products and are very picky about what goes into them.

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Our new fashion line!

Our new fashion line!

4/18/2018

It’s always an exciting time for brides-to-be!  Not only are you constantly gazing at that gorgeous ring on your finger, but you doing lots and lots of planning for the big day…and celebrating!  There are bridal showers to attend, a bachelorette party and rehearsal dinner!   So, what are you to wear to all these fabulous occasions?

We have launched a new line of super cute outfits perfect all your wedding affairs!  Choosing outifts we kept two things in mind:  comfort and style!  

Comfort is key!  Whether you are mingling with guests or having a night on the town with your girls, you want to be comfy in what you are wearing.  And you definitely want to stay on fashion trend while being sweet and adorable at the same time!  Because many pictures will be taken!

Here are a few of our favs!

Rompers are super fashionable and scales high on the comfort scale!

Or how about a little shortie dress?

Swing in and let a professional bridal consultant not only style you for your wedding day, but for all your bridal celebrations as well! 

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 6pm.

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Trends we love! Icy Pastel, yes please!

Trends we love! Icy Pastel, yes please!

3/14/2018

Trends We Love: Icy Pastel Bridal Parties

by one of our favorite designers!

The weather may be heating up this spring, but that hasn’t stopped Sorella Vita from introducing a new color story all about icy pastel blues and purples. These cool colors are paired with updated sweetheart necklines made of silky chiffon fabrics, which give the gowns a distinctly modern style that will make even your most discerning, style-conscious friends happy.

In universally flattering shades of blue and lavender, Sorella Vita’s gowns are designed with the modern ‘maid in mind. Super easy to mix-and-match – not only in silhouette but with colors too – these bridesmaid dresses are fun and on-trend.

One of our favorite dresses from Sorella Vita is style 9094. With an amazing peek-a-book triangle back, this gown screams cool girl. The micro straps make this dress feel a little beachy, a little boho and totally modern. A sexy V-neckline in the front mirrors the triangle cutout in the back.

We also love how Sorella Vita is giving strapless looks a major comeback. Elegantly ruched tops outline modern sweetheart necklines, which give the gowns less of a traditional bridesmaids look and more of a fun party dress feeling — something modern bridesmaids will appreciate!

These new styles from Sorella Vita were made for the bridal party that brings the party! Fun and fresh, the color feels like a breath of fresh air, while the new silhouettes are modern and style-conscious. Perfect for the bride who wants a mix-and-match look, these gowns allow your bridesmaids to choose the silhouette they love in the colors of your choice! A win-win in our books.

Book your appointment now at The Bridal Cottage to try these lovelies on!

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Top 10 Drugstore Beauty Products Makeup Artists Swear By!

Top 10 Drugstore Beauty Products Makeup Artists Swear By!

2/14/2018
We love this blog post from our designer Essense of Austraila! 

SUE MARSHALL

Guest Blogger

Top 10 Drugstore Beauty Products Makeup Artists Swear By

 

When planning your upcoming wedding we know that every penny counts! Sticking to a budget can be tough as there are sometimes unexpected costs that catch us by surprise and so making savvy saving decisions throughout the year ahead can help your bottom line and still have you looking flawless on your big day. I mean we can’t put a price on beauty but we will smile so much brighter (AND WHITER knowing you look slick and chic on your wedding day without breaking the bank! The best thing about Drugstore beauty buys is that they always have sales like Buy 1 get 2nd one 50% off! So you buy more save more! Lol

I have so many more… however, I squeezed this list into a Top 10 (no particular order)

  1. L’OREAL VOLUMINOUS WASHABLE MASCARA CARBON BLACK 335  – This is my go-to mascara PERIOD! I love the black formula and the brush is my favourite by far. Mascara is all about the brush and this one deliver’s a perfect coat.
  2. ARDELL 110 LASHES – these lashes work on EVERY eye. They are not too thick and not too long. They look like yours but better!
  3. GARNIER MICELLAR WIPES (PINK PACKET) – My absolute favourite when it comes to makeup removal. The wipes are super soft and gentle and remove even the toughest waterproof makeup with ease!
  4. SOKO SHEET MASKS – I have blogged on these before! South Korean Sheet Masks for your face. OBSESSION! You will walk away hydrated and with the softest skin to apply your makeup on with ease! Starts around $2.00 whaaaaaaaat???!
  5. FELT TIP EYELINER L’Oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liner – This precision liner is superb for the blackest black line that with last all day and all night! If you think it’s too severe-soften the edges with a little shadow and VOILA! A totally sexy smoky line!
  6. ALMAY BEST BLEND FOREVER FOUNDATION – Loving this product for Spring / Summer weddings! With an SPF 40+ and 12 shades to suit most, this hydrating formula has the coverage of a foundation and the hydration of a tinted moisturizer.
  7. CREST 3D WHITE BRILLIANCE DAILY WHITENING SYSTEM– Your smile is EVERYTHING on your big day but can be expensive to have your teeth professionally whitened. There actually are many good products in this category in the drugstores, I prefer the 3D Crest White Brilliance daily Whitening system. You will see a significant difference in the first use!
  8. NEUTROGENA SUNSCREEN WITH HELIOPLEX – This is the best anti-aging formula sold in stores anywhere! Sunscreen saves your skin from sun damage and should be the first product you apply daily.
  9. VITAMINS-MULTIVITAMIN – ALIVE Women’s energy more specifically. A good multivitamin will help you glow and grow your hair and nails. With today’s nutritional imbalances with too much fast food and not enough sleep, this will keep you feeling in top shape and ready for wedding planning!
  10. L’OREAL ELNET UNSCENTED HAIRSPRAY –  I love the “Unscented” version of this cult beauty product. A staple backstage at fashion weeks all around the world, this product gives weightless hold and grip to your style that lasts!
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