Last week I managed to steal a couple of hours ‘me’ time and was invited by the lovely Susan in Eden Beauty Group in Wicklow Town to go in and have a treatment. I am a firm believer that beautiful makeup starts with great skin so when a bride-to-be contacts me and books me for their wedding the first thing I recommend is to get in to a good skincare routine, if they don’t already. That includes what they consume through their diet, cutting out smoking, using SPF and generally looking after themselves in the run up to the big day. It doesn’t have to include expensive products but just products that suit their skin and be consistent so that the products have time to work. I also recommend having a treatment or two if possible with a trusted and qualified beautician especially for those who might have some skin concerns. Not only will your skin thank you but you get a few hours to relax and recharge in between the planning madness. Win win in my books!!!
So when Susan suggested I come in to have a microdermabrasion session she didn’t have to ask twice. Eden Beauty Group was established in 2001 and have built their business on expertise, trust and friendship. They are the exclusive distributor for the Casmara SkinCare range in Europe and have a fantastic selection of products and gift packs available in the salon. I’ve been going to Eden for years and had a few treatments there in the run up to my own wedding in 2012 so I know the girls are highly qualified and I always come out feeling pampered and relaxed.
I have had microdermabrasion done in the past so I knew my skin would feel great after it but this time Susan was using a new machine so I was interested to see the results. Some people are scared by the concept and the name but microdermabrasion is ideal for most skin types. It removes the top layers of dead skin cells exposing new brighter skin underneath. It stimulates skin renewal and is great for reducing fine lines, pigmentation and acne scarring. It also removes a layer of sebum so is great for regulating oily skin. Skin will feel much smoother, make up will sit better and you will have a gorgeous glow which makes it an ideal treatment for brides. The strength of the treatment can be altered depending on your skin type so if you have sensitive skin this will be taken in to account.
There are 6 steps to the treatment that takes roughly an hour and Susan has very kindly outlined exactly what she did and used below… (apologies now for the beautiful pictures of my mug at the end!)
- Cleanse the face with Casmara green tea cleanser. This contains green tea which is a powerful antioxidant and silk proteins which are very moisturising. This means it is anti ageing and hydrating. It cleanses without stripping skin and can be used all over the face including the eyes. It can also be used on dry skin as an exfoliater and you do not need a toner so it is very multi functional.
- Oxy mask was applied on damp skin. This is a foaming mask which penetrates deep into the skin and releases oxygen which stimulates the cells. It makes your skin more reactive to products which means that subsequent products will penetrate more deeply when applied and be more effective.
- One pass of micro over the whole face. This can feel a bit weird on the skin. It’s not sore but feels a bit funny with vibration and a tingling sensation on the skin. I found it a little sensitive around the eye area which is where I would be quite sensitive anyway with a lot products and treatments.
- Go over the whole face again concentrating on any areas that need extra attention, for example fine lines, pigmentation, scarring etc.
- Apply Casmara cold mask. Susan did the Gold mask which contains 24kt gold dust and has a firming, tightening and illuminating effect on the skin. All the masks lower body tempo by 6-8 degrees, reduce puffiness and redness and sooth the skin. They are all marine algae and then different natural ingredients are added – this felt so good on the skin. You can also take the mask home with you to use again which will help the treatment to keep working that bit longer and you can use it to freak out your husband to be.
- Removed mask and applied Casmara factor 50 SPF which is non greasy, absorbs easily, is hydrating and make up can be applied over easily.
Susan recommends a course of 4 sessions, a minimum of 1 week apart and the price for one session is €65 or a course of 4 is €200.
I really enjoyed the treatment and my skin felt amazing afterwards. I had some slight redness on the area’s where I would be more sensitive such as the top of my cheeks just under my eye area but this was gone by the next day and all I was left with was baby soft skin. This was just after one treatment so I can only imagine it after a full course! Susan also very kindly gave me a Casmara Shine Stop mark to try at home.
I haven’t had a chance to use it yet (thanks to the two little people in my life who have my days kept very busy – a face mask is the last thing on my to-do list) but I’ll be trying it out very soon and will let you know how I get on with it.
If you’re interested in learning more about microdermabrasion or any other treatments then get in touch with Susan or any of the girls on 0404 61295 and they’d be happy to have a chat with you and talk you through the right treatment for you and your skin or click here to see the full range of treatments they offer.
Firstly, apologies. It’s been a while since I’ve done a post, and for good reason, I promise 🙂
2014 has been a great year for me so far, both personally and professionally. This summer I became a mum for the first time to our baby girl and while I was settling into motherhood (and getting used to 2 hours sleep a night) I got the news that I had won Best Makeup Artist in the Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Award 2014.
Needless to say I was gobsmacked and over the moon. In a category with other amazing artists from all over the country, I was so chuffed and honoured to be picked.
This was their first year and these awards were slightly different to others, in that you are nominated by your past clients and then your brides or grooms from the year are asked to give a review of your services. This, for me, made it even more special. As a wedding supplier, you are part of one of the biggest events in any couples lives and to be acknowledged for my work and know that they appreciate the pride I take in my job makes me a very happy makeup artist!
I just want to thank all my lovely brides who took the time to send in their reviews and know that it means the world to me to have been a part of your big days.
Well done also to the guys at Mrs2Be for organising such a great way of acknowledging wedding suppliers in Ireland and supporting us in what we do. Continued success in the years to come!
If you’re getting married over the coming months or next year and you haven’t decided what make-up style you might like to wear then the red carpet is always a good place to look for inspiration. Below are 4 of my favourite looks from this years awards which would work perfectly for brides and there’s something for everyone…
Reese: Soft and pretty with smudged eyeliner for a soft smokey eye, pink blush and pink lip.
Jennifer: Again very soft with a silver grey shadow, liquid liner, peach cheeks and nude lip.
Amanda: Don’t be afraid of colour. Purples look amazing on green eye’s and by keeping the rest of the make-up clean and subtle it’s looks fresh and modern.
Alexa: A hint of vintage with a clean defined liquid liner, fresh skin with just a soft flush on the cheeks topped off with a strong lip.
So which one would you wear on your big day?
Last November I was asked by the lovely ladies in Pretty As A Picture to do the makeup for a wedding shoot in Dublin.
So together with some amazing wedding suppliers we styled a Dublin City wedding which would inspire couples thinking of getting married in the city. The ceremony was photographed in Dublin City Hall, then we moved on to St. Stephen’s Green and finally the reception took place in Locks Brasserie on the canal. Below are some behind the scene shots from the day…
The team involved were…
Printed material: Pretty As A Picture | Photography: Brosnan Photographic
Styling: The Bridal Lounge | Hair: Lorraine Browne Hair
Flowers: The Garden Powerscourt | Dresses: Little White Dress
Video: Best Day Productions | Food & Drink: Caterhire
Music: Sounds of Serendipity | Cake: Bake My Cake
Locations: City Hall, St. Stephens Green & Locks Brasserie
Models: Amber Jean Rowan and Jordan Ralph both from Morgan The Agency
There was a huge amount of planning and coordinating on everyone’s part and I really think the final shots are a beautiful reflection of the hard work. It was such a pleasure working with this team of talented people and I hope they inspire you as much as they did me!
You can see more of the shots here in my portfolio or pop on over to Style Me Pretty for a look at all the photographs.
You can also see the stunning video here…
Working in the wedding Industry I already had lots of idea’s on the different aspects of our wedding and some suppliers that I loved, so with so many of you in the throws of planning I thought I’d share two of them with you which might give you some more idea’s.
When I started looking for my wedding dress I had a pretty fixed idea of what I liked and I didn’t like, so I had a list of shops that I knew stocked the type of dress or particular style I had in mind. It was a short enough list but never being one to go with my first choice we looked at and tried on a lots of dresses (I have a very patient mother!). While all the shops we went too were very helpful and had some of the most beautiful dresses it was The White Room in Mullingar that had the dress of my dreams.
This shop is a must go for any bride-to-be! They are so helpful and calming and while some of the shops we went to were cramped and busy, The White Room was beautiful, spacious and you have the place pretty much to yourself. One thing that really struck me was how pristine the sample dresses were. They were spotless and looked brand new! There was one dress in particular that I wanted to see here (my wild card and nothing like what I thought I’d end up wearing) but when I tired it on I knew. I tried on a few others, just to satisfy my curiosity, but came back to the one I had my eye on and that was it. The girls were so friendly and made the whole experience so easy, it was a pleasure dealing with them.
So how does The White Room link with my second supplier, Pretty As A Picture? Well, as a gift from my mum on the morning of the wedding she presented me with the most beautiful sketched drawing of my dress! Now I have worked with the girls from Pretty As A Picture before so I knew their talents with designing wedding stationery and always adored Ailbhe’s wedding dress drawings, so when I saw the picture of my dress I was so thrilled! It was perfect, even down to my shoes (which Ailbhe hadn’t seen). It was just the perfect gift, especially since most of us never get to wear our dresses again and if you decide to sell your dress this is a fabulous way of having it forever. I just think this is such a unique gift for any bride and would be perfect from bridesmaids, family members or best friends.
Below are some pictures of my dress and the gorgeous drawing.
Thank you so much to both The White Room and Pretty As A Picture for being a part of our big day.
Photography by We Are The Mastersons