Pointers for the Perfect Pout

August 28th, 2014

Congratulations! You are getting married! Nothing says love like a kiss. To keep your pout perfect – here are some of the best tips! Enjoy!


Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Whether you are a lipstick lover or a gloss girl – moisturized lips are always sexy.

*Best Tip

The night before, slough off any dry skin on your lips with an extra toothbrush. I always keep one in the bathroom just for lips after brushing my teeth. Apply a lip balm. Lips will feel like new by morning. Vaseline also works very well.

Nivea’s “A Kiss of Protection” features sunflower and jojoba oils as well as vitamin E and an SPF of 30 to keep your pout pristine.


Less is more

The more natural the colour and texture, the less fuss and worry about making sure your lips look perfect at all times especially after kisses, eating and drinking. I love M.A.C Lipglass in Prrr. The colour is gorgeous, natural and looks great on every skin tone.



Line your lips

If you are going to be wearing a vibrant lip colour, lining lips first will keep the colour on for much longer. Lip liner is also great if you want to change the shape of your lips by making them symmetrical or bigger. Apply the same colour lip liner (the dark liner and light lipstick which I call “oreo mouth” days are long gone.) to your entire lip. Blot. Then apply lipstick. A lip brush creates pristine results. Blot again. Touch up as needed.

*Best Tip

Use a concealer brush with face powder to line around the outside of your lips to prevent lipstick from bleeding.

I love the Rimmel London Eggagerate Automatic Lipliner. It keeps lipstick from bleeding, comes in a great variety of shades and is very long lasting without drying out your lips.


I love the Beautiful Colour Moisturizing lipsticks by Elizabeth Arden. These high pigment lipsticks come in such a beautiful array of shades last 12 hours while leaving lips soft and supple.


The only great stain – Lipstain!

Lip stain is great if you are looking for a sheer hint of colour that lasts for hours. I love the line by Benefit as it can be used for cheeks as well. Apply to the apples of the cheeks and lips with the little brush and blend in with fingers. May be layered for a more dramatic look too. Benetint (Berry), Cha Chatint (Peach/Coral), Lollitint and Posietint (Warm Pink) look great on all skin tones.


Use straws

Use straws as much as possible when it comes to drinking. I like to keep a few of the covered ones you can get from Starbucks in my purse, just in case.

I hope you have enjoyed these tips. For my blog, work, YouTube and new e-book “I’m Not Making This Up” please go to www.colourchameleon.com

Happy Eternal Love!


By: Natalia Zurawska for YesBride


Would You Drop Your Eco Standards To Be Beautiful On Your Wedding Day?

July 24th, 2014

Most of us try to do our bit for the planet by being eco-savvy consumers, without compromising our wellness in the process. The problem is, there are certain areas in the health and beauty industry which fall short of providing options which are good for us while being environmentally friendly.

So, what happens when your wedding is on the horizon and you want to whiten your teeth or diminish those pesky fine lines, but the green, sustainable or ethical option is not available?


It’s not easy being green

The beauty industry has started to cater to the consumer’s need to use chemical-free products which are healthier for people and planet. It’s still not perfect, and the truth is sometimes the chemical options are much more effective than the green alternatives.


And, when it comes to healthcare, being green isn’t so straight forward. The dental and medical industry has been slow to employ green services and products, which forces consumers to drop certain green standards when it comes to getting the results they want.

The good news is, there are products and services available in the areas which have been slower to adopt green credentials, so that those 100% committed to the eco path don’t have to veer off at certain junctures.


You don’t have to compromise your green standards

In Amercia alone, 9.2 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2011, and of those 90% were on women. A total cost of US$10 billion.

There are however, safer and less expensive alternatives to the more abrasive procedures on the market, such as LED light therapy and cosmetic acupuncture. Light pens are used for non-needle acupuncture treatments and ‘photo-facials’ are also becoming common in beauty salons, Massage is also a good way to improve skin tone, relax facial muscles and increase blood flow.

Benefiting from the contributions of both Chinese and Western practitioners, cosmetic acupuncture is an effective non-surgical therapy that can reduce or retard the signs of aging by hydrating and plumping up the skin, while nourishing and energising the skin and facial muscles, bringing improvements in muscle tone and skin health and quality.

While preparing for your big day, it’s important to add a good skincare arsenal to your beauty regime. Be mindful of ingredients such as alcohol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Mineral Oil which can strip skin of its natural moisture and slow the skin’s ability to create healthy cells.

In recent years, there has been an explosion of wonderful organic skincare brands on the market to choose from. Most organic brands also do fake tans for those who don’t want to use anything with harsh ingredients, along with sunscreens and makeup.

And what about cosmetic treatments for our teeth?

Let’s be honest, when it comes to teeth all our green principals seem to fly out the window but the health of our teeth is fundamental to our overall well being.

However, there are Eco Dentists available, which are committed to reducing waste and pollution, saving water, energy and money. And, manufacturers are now producing green dental products which are just as effective.

And if you want whiter teeth for your wedding, air polishing is a safer and effective option, which uses bi-carbonate soda to blast off stains. The effect is much more natural than having bright white teeth which can look too prefect and overdone.

The proof is out there, there are many safer and green alternatives on the market which help us to protect and care for the planet while nurturing our natural beauty. So, if you want that great smile for your wedding photos, there’s no need to compromise your eco standards.

Megan McAuliffe is a writer, blogger and journalist covering ethical, green and sustainable lifestyles and culture. She writes health related articles for The London Lingual Orthodontic Clinic, and is based in Brighton, U.K., you can find her at @meganeditorial

How To Choose Bridal Lingerie

July 22nd, 2014

Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your entire life. Many times so much effort and stress is put on a bride to find “the perfect dress”. While this is essential for any wedding, brides often forget to choose something just as flattering for under their gown.

This infographic, created by HerRoom, illustrates which types of lingerie will work best with which dress styles and body types. Let’s face it, the right lingerie can make your big day even more perfect! Find this infographic and more like it at HerRoom.com.

Wedding Essentials For The Big Day

July 3rd, 2014

With wedding season in full swing, it’s time for brides to go through their to-do lists and check off any last minute items before the big day. The seating chart is probably already color-coded, the band set list in order, the menu finalized and dress steamed, but it’s important to remember the little details for a completely seamless event. Asking bridesmaids to gather these bridal essentials will help ensure a smooth ceremony and reception:

· Dress Fixers: Double-sided tape to prevent bra-exposure, safety pins to hold loose dress ends together, clear nail polish for runs in stockings, lint roller, static spray

· Bridal First Aid Kit:

· Neosporin® NEO TO GO!® First Aid Antiseptic/Pain Relieving Spray:Between bustling your train and tearing up the dance floor, keep this close by for easy application to minor cuts and scrapes.

· Band-Aid® Advanced Healing Blister Cushions: Whether you choose heels or flats, protect blisters with these cushioning gel pads. The waterproof adhesive keeps the bandage in place for several days, so you don’t need to worry about it coming off on your honeymoon.

· Benadryl® Itch Cooling Spray: Summer weddings may be warm and sunny, but they also add mosquitoes and pesky flies to your guest list. Be sure to pack this soothing spray to quickly relieve bug bites and rashes.

· Vanishing Scent Bengay® Gel: After standing and dancing all day, rub this soothing gel on calves and feet to relieve muscle and joint pain for complete relaxation!

· Beauty Lifesavers: Mints, spray deodorant, hairspray, stain remover, oil-removing tissues, your favorite lipstick, bobby pins

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