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So you’re newly engaged and thinking about planning your wedding! Firstly, a huge congratulations! You’re probably feeling a variety of emotions – excited, happy, nervous, overwhelmed. Well hopefully our guide to completing your first 5 steps to planning your wedding will help you out.
1 – Set a Budget
It’s a good idea to set a rough budget first and estimate what you think the whole wedding will cost. This includes everything from venue hire to outfits, decor, food, etc. Ask friends and family for advice on how they budgeted their wedding and what they paid for their suppliers. You may find that decor for example costs more than you first thought so you can either increase your budget or try reduce the cost of something else.
2 – Search for Venues
This is a really fun part of planning where you shortlist some lovely venues for your big day and go to view them. It’s a good idea to find out when the venue is having a wedding open day as usually other suppliers go there and it’s good to have a chat with them too. A lot of venues have peak and off peak prices with summer months being peak so if you don’t want a summer wedding you might be able to get a discounted rate.
Once you decide on the venue you like you can let them know of some dates you are looking to get married. Be flexible with your dates as popular venues get booked up pretty quickly especially if there’s less than a year left.
If you’re having a religious ceremony you’ll have to find a venue for this too.
3 – Set your Date
Once you’ve decided on your venues and know their availability, it’s time to choose a date! Once your deposit has been placed you’re date is secured and you can begin planning the finer details of your big day. It’s a nice idea to send out save the date’s so all of your guests know to keep the date free. Here’s some save the dates we love.
4 – Choosing Suppliers
Now that you’ve set you’re date, you need to start booking other suppliers. This includes caterers, DJ, Decor, Flowers, Entertainment, Toastmaster, Wedding Car, etc. You probably would want to start with choosing your caterers. This can involve going to a few food tastings with various caterers until you find the right one. Next you should choose your decor company as they can get booked up pretty quickly too. Look around at a few suppliers and discuss your theme ideas and budget. Once these have been decided, you can begin finding whatever other suppliers you want such as DJ, entertainment, toastmaster, etc.
5 – Guestlist
Write a list of people you will be inviting and group them into families so you know how many invitations need to be made and sent out. You have to remember that your chosen venue has a maximum capacity and to make sure you don’t go over this number.
Hopefully these first 5 steps will help you get started on your wedding planning and we’ll be writing more about wedding planning tips soon so keep an eye out for those!
As you can see from my YouTube video I don’t have the best complexion and have light and dark tones. Recently my skin started to peel and flake around my cheeks down to my jaw line and it became very dry, flakey and irritated causing it to go much lighter in that area, and for us girls we start to panic & stress out which doesn’t help!! I started using this wonderful product from Tamaar London as I wanted something to help this issue and the pigmentation caused.
Pigmentation, Colour & Skin Texture
This product has helped dramatically! It’s improved the colour and texture of my skin. I’m in love with this product! I have only been using it for 3 weeks and friends and family have noticed the difference, which makes me so happy 😊
Tamaar Skin generally say it takes up to 4 weeks to begin noticing any difference.
Tamaar use natural ingredients in their products that have been clinically tested by pharmacists. Some key ingredients include turmeric root extract, tamarind seed extract, rosehip seed oil, kefir milk probiotics, holy basil and many other wonderful ingredients. I personally prefer using natural products as my skin is quite sensitive and therefore I’m always wary of other products I use.
This cream is really light weight so sits really well under makeup. Watch the best way to apply your makeup once you’ve used this product. It’s not thick and oily which is it great as it soaks straight into the skin and starts working it’s magic!
Wrinkles, Eczema, Redness, Oily & Blemished Skin, Hyper-pigmentation & Dark Spots
Tamaar have products to help all of these conditions so give them a go as they offer a 60 day guarantee satisfaction too!
It can often be confusing when deciding which products to use especially when you have sensitive skin. It can be so annoying when you spend money on products and then have a reaction to your skin!
We’ve made a list of tips to help you decide which makeup products might be best for you to use.
When choosing a foundation you should opt for a foundation stick or powdered foundation. It’s best to avoid liquid foundations because they make bacteria easier to spread.
Or instead of using foundation every day try using a BB cream. BB creams contain less pigments so won’t be as drying on your skin when compared to foundation. Dryness can cause irritated skin.
Highly Pigmented Makeup
Makeup such as bright lipsticks and eyeshadows are very pigmented, which can cause dry skin. This can then become very irritated so it’s best to use these as less as possible.
Cleaning Brushes & Makeup Applicators
It’s so important that you regularly clean your makeup brushes and beauty blenders as you don’t want to keep adding bacteria to your skin.
Make sure you have a good routine to remove your makeup. Coconut oil is great for breaking up makeup. Follow this PM skincare routine to make sure your skin is completely clean.
Print these games off to play at your wedding events!
Wedding decor is the part where you can get creative! It’s only the biggest day of your life so identifying themes and colour schemes is a good place to start. There are loads of wonderful wedding decor companies out there who will help and guide you to design your dream wedding day and reception.
Here’s some super instagrammable wedding decor ideas we’ve found. We’ve also tagged their Instagram accounts.
A lot of you have been asking me about my skincare routine since I posted my new makeup video on YouTube. I’ve listed below all the products I use. If you have any questions just let me know.
I always remove my makeup with coconut oil. Simply let the coconut oil melt in your hands and rub this onto your dry skin. Pay more attention to the eye area if you’re wearing heavier eye makeup. Once your makeup has melted off with the oil, wash your face with warm water. You can repeat this on areas if you feel like you still have makeup left if you didn’t use enough of the coconut oil.
Simple Moisturising Facial Wash
I find that I’m quite sensitive to certain products so only use the moisturising face wash from Simple. I use this once I’ve taken my make up off with the coconut oil.
Rodial Vitamin C Booster Drops
Once I’ve used my face wash I use a few drops of Rodial’s Vitamin C Booster Drops. It helps to brighten and boost the skins radiance. It also helps with skin pigmentation and dark spots.
Viola Skin Anti Ageing Eye Serum
I then apply the anti ageing eye serum from Viola Skin. This helps to reduce puffy eyes, bags, wrinkles and fine lines. It boosts collagen and helps to have a brighter complexion.
Tamaar London Natural Skin Lightening & Moisturising Cream
And finally to end my PM skincare routine I use the Lighten cream from Tamaar London, which has really helped with my pigmentation. I’ve only been using this for 3 weeks and already my friends and family are commenting on the improvement of my skin! It’s formulated to target dark spots and pigmentation whilst moisturising the skin.
Learn the best techniques for applying flawless makeup and creating the perfect hairstyles for bridal and party looks. Here are some fantastic looks created by our students at the last academy.
Book onto our next academy now! 27th-31st January. Email [email protected] for more information or to book your space now.
Student: @taj_hundal | Model: @doughnuts.xx | Styling: @theanumalhi | Outfits: @sensationalthreads Jewellery: @maalalondon | Backdrop: @harperdecor | Photographer: @indysagoo
Student: @taj_hundal | Model: @doughnuts.xx | Styling: @theanumalhi | Outfits: @zoyaethereal Jewellery: @cessajewellery | Backdrop: @harperdecor | Photographer: @indysagoo
Student: @pam_x | Model: @muneca100_ | Styling: @theanumalhi | Outfits: @sensationalthreads Jewellery: @maalalondon | Backdrop: @harperdecor | Photographer: @indysagoo
Student: @pam_x| Model: @muneca100_ | Styling: @theanumalhi | Outfits: @zoyaethereal Jewellery: @cessajewellery | Backdrop: @harperdecor | Photographer: @indysagoo
Student: @muzzy1993 | Model: @nuveeraibutoy | Styling: @theanumalhi | Outfits: @sensationalthreads Jewellery: @maalalondon | Backdrop: @harperdecor | Photographer: @indysagoo
Student: @muzzy1993 | Model: @nuveeraibutoy | Styling: @theanumalhi | Outfits: @zoyaethereal Jewellery: @maalalondon | Backdrop: @harperdecor | Photographer: @indysagoo
Student: @kaneez49 | Model: @sophiedanvers | Styling: @theanumalhi | Outfits: @sensationalthreads Jewellery: @maalalondon | Backdrop: @harperdecor | Photographer: @indysagoo
Student: @kaneez49 | Model: @sophiedanvers | Styling: @theanumalhi | Outfits: @zoyaethereal Jewellery: @maalalondon | Backdrop: @harperdecor | Photographer: @indysagoo
Student: @kallyubhi | Model: @y.i.gram | Styling: @theanumalhi | Outfits: @sensationalthreads Jewellery: @maalalondon | Backdrop: @harperdecor | Photographer: @indysagoo
Student: @kallyubhi | Model: @y.i.gram | Styling: @theanumalhi | Outfits: @zoyaethereal Jewellery: @maalalondon | Backdrop: @harperdecor | Photographer: @indysagoo
If you’re getting married and have set a date you’ll be thinking about sending some save the dates! Here are 6 of our favourite save the date ideas.
Sometimes you might find that your hair gets greasy way too quickly. You might wash it in the morning and by the evening it’s already greasy! Oil build up can occur on the scalp when your sebaceous glands are over active, which produce too much sebum. Build up can also occur when you have a flakey scalp.
Here are tips to break down the oily build up and help get rid of oily hair
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Mask
Apple cider vinegar can balance the pH of the scalp, which helps to break down oily build up.
Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with warm water and apply to your scalp and hair for 15 minutes.
Wash with your usual shampoo after.
Repeat this 2-3 times a week and you should notice a difference quickly.
Yogurt and Honey Hair Mask
Mix 1 cup of yogurt with 2 tablespoons of honey.
Apply this paste from your roots to tips for 30 minutes.
Wash your hair with your usual shampoo.
Repeat this 2-3 times a week.
Aloe Vera Hair Mask
Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel.
Apply this to the scalp. Keep the paste on your scalp for 40 minutes.
Wash your hair with your usual shampoo. Repeat this 2-3 times a week to notice a difference.
Are your nails forever breaking and becoming weak and brittle? These tips will really help to make your nails stronger. Just follow the tips below!
Take a break from gel and acrylic nails
If you like to get your nails done regularly and realise your nails have become really weak then take a break from gel and acrylic nails. Gel polish peels the nails causing them to become brittle and UV exposure is a risk factor that can lead to skin cancer.
Use a non-acetone nail varnish remover
Using a nail varnish remover that contains acetone can be extremely harsh and dehydrating on the nails. So choose a non-acetone remover that has added vitamin e for keeping nails hydrated.
When you remove your nail varnish make sure you cream your nails. It’s good to get into a habit of creaming your hands and nails whenever you’ve washed them too.
Take biotin supplements
If you have weak hair and nails it could be diet related. Make sure you’re getting enough biotin vitamins. They can be found in eggs and legumes but also taken as a supplement.
Make sure you stay hydrated as this is essential for the whole body. A sign of brittle nails can mean you’re not drinking enough water.
Avoid long exposure to water
Having nails soaked in water (especially warm and hot water) can cause them to become weak. Wear gloves when washing up dishes and take more showers instead of baths.