Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Wedding Series // Tips On Finding Your Wedding Venue

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As silly and obvious as it sounds finding where and when your getting married is the first thing you need to find and settle on as it will pretty much be the centre of everything planning wise and can affect colour schemes and themes. There are lots of different places you can have the ceremony part of your wedding be it at a church, registry office or venues that have an approved room or area, personally for me i went for a venue and these are a few tips/pointers from my experience.

Finding what's available - I had a few ideas on locations i wanted to look at but where you might look at when your not planning could be completely ruled out when your actually planning your wedding so it's good to have a few in mind. One of the best ways to do this with ease is using Google maps and searching for wedding venues in the area you wish to get married, you'll be surprised what comes up, keep in mind the time of year you've planned on, the look you want and the party amount when your looking through. It's also worth noting that prices of venues can vary greatly depending on the time of year and whether your picked date is in the week or weekend, so if your on a budget these can be ways of saving.

Get in touch - Annoyingly you'll most luckily find that not all the venues you've found will have their wedding brochures on their website and will have a contact number or email address to someone in their wedding team. I find it good to email as this way you have a hard copy of quotes you can later look back on and refer to which makes things a lot less complicated if your talking to more than one venue. In your email to them you should include what services you need whether you want the ceremony and reception at their location with a wedding breakfast and/or buffet, the date you want, rough number of day and night guests, also to save wasting time and repeating yourself you can always save a draft of this. With this information they should send you a rough quote with some information and menus to which you can then further decide whether it's worth arranging a date to be shown around.

Looking around - Leading up to your viewing date it's always worth jotting down some questions you'd like to know so you don't forget them whilst your there and they're giving you a lot of information. Obviously what you need to ask will be different for each person but a few of mine included:
 

- can we decorate the room and hang decorations from walls, ceilings? 
- what exactly is included in your package eg. tables, chair covers, cake stand etc? 
- are you allowed bands playing and music and up until what time?
- can we hold rooms for our wedding guests to book?
- do you have a wedding the day before or after?
- how long can you provisionally hold the date for and how much is the deposit?

If you do forget to ask you can always email any questions so don't worry if something pops in your head at a later date. If for what ever reason your fiance can't make it to the viewing i would recommend taking someone with you as they may notice little details you have overlooked and then re-book so you both look around if you feel it's worth it. It's also good to note that in the summer it's wedding season so the majority of places have weddings every single weekend so it might be best to opt for a weekday even if its later in the day, this way you can look at all the rooms you will use. 

It might take a little while and looking around a couple of venues but these little pointers will hopefully help make that process a little less stressful and seem not quite so repetitive. I hope this helps and congratulations x    
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Review // Lush Million Dollar Moisturiser

Lush Million dollar moisturiser - £32.50

A little while ago i was very lucky to be invited to my local Lush for a blog event, as a massive self confessed Lushy i jumped at the chance and was very smitten when we was offered a product to try form their new sun care range. Personally for me the product that stood out was the million dollar moisturiser as it smelt so damn good and i always avoid using sun cream on my face as they all leave a horrible greasy feel. 

Where to begin on this marvellous little tub, can you tell yet that this is going to be a positive review hehe. This rich creamy moisturiser is packed with evening prim rose oil, honey, shea butter, sesame, lavender and jojoba oil to name a few, which combined helps keep the skin soft smooth and protected with a SPF factor of 30. With all these lovely natural ingredients it has a wonderful unique sweet aroma and they have also added some of their feeling younger skin tint to give a lovely healthy glow. Even though it has quite a thick rich consistency it is absorbed quite quickly and doesn't lay heavy or greasy on the skin although i do
find it has a slight tacky feel but compared to other sun creams i have used it's a far better feel and is far more comfortable to wear. Through out the summer i used this mainly on it's own as i had a tan and with the feeling younger skin tint in this it made my skin look healthy and glowing. I also tried this under make-up and found it worked quite well as long as i applied a light amount and left it to absorb before applying foundation. 

I really put this to the test over the weeks of lovely hot weather we recently had in the UK and i would personally say it certainly works as i had no redness in the slightest and didn't even worry about sunburn. I love that it's so convenient to use as whether I'm wearing make-up or not i always use moisturiser and the fact that this contains my sun screen and a high factor one at that it's great to know I'm always protected. Even though this is thought more of a summer beauty product there are harmful UV rays through all seasons so it is always important to protect yourself and for me i especially want to do what i can to help reduce ageing so it can be used throughout the year.

It is slightly on the pricey end but i really think it's worth it and like most Lush products a little goes a long way so it certainly lasts. Did you use anything from Lush's new sun care range this summer? 
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Monday, 4 August 2014

Wedding Series // Beauty Wishlist

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Among the billion things i am currently doing planning a wedding for 4 months away is now one of them and a very big one you could say haha. Of course planning a wedding means organising food, flowers, venues etc etc. but to the bride and certainly one that's a beauty blogger it also means thinking of lovely products to use to make myself look and feel the best. 

  As a beauty blogger in general i have a wish list as long as my arm but these are the six that are at the top of it and that i especially want for my wedding day.

1. Corioliss C2 galaxy hair straighteners £120 - Although i am having my hair in an up-do i always find my hair looks and feels a lot nicer after being straightened, being that my current ones are nearly a decade old now of course i want a nice shiny new pair.

2. Glamglow mud mask £40 - Of course it's only natural for every bride to want their skin looking flawless on their biggest day and with the glamglow range getting such high reviews i am dying to try this out.

3.Urbam decay naked 2 palette £37 - Being a beauty therapist and extremely into beauty and make-up i am actually doing all my own beauty treatments and makeup on the day. I am very much a nude kind of gal and although i already own the basic palette i think the naked 2 would create a wonderful bridal smokey eye look.

4. Urban decay all nighter setting spray 30ml £9 - I'm hardly going to have the time to touch up my makeup on the actual day so a good setting spray is in order and i hear good things about this one.

5. Glamglow brightmud eye treatment £40 - Most brides could more than likely just get away with a skincare treatment but my dark circles are the last thing i want showing up in photos so urgent treatment will be in order for them!

6. Marc Jacobs daisy dream 100ml £70 - As well as looking like a princess i want to smell like one and as soon as i took a whiff of this perfume i knew i wanted it for my wedding day. 

7. Pearlys smile box £40 - This is a complete vanity wish but i think for the occasion it's completely allowed and as i plan to have a beaming smile on my face all day i want my teeth to sparkle too. 

What products would you want or did you have for your big day? x 
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