Wedding Lush » Beauty Wedding Ideas & Wedding Tips Wed, 07 Mar 2012 04:48:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Shed the Pounds before the Big Day Fri, 03 Dec 2010 16:30:11 +0000 galleca Most brides get into a frantic tizzy months before their wedding, especially if they discover that they suddenly can no longer fit into their gorgeous wedding dress. Instantly the idea of crash diets and hardcore workout routines come to mind. Some brides will try these things ' only to ultimately fail and sometimes even add more pounds on top!

A year prior to your wedding, it's important that you get real about your weight loss goals and make a concentrated effort to maintain them. No crash diet is going to be doing you any favors as this practice usually only leads to more snacking and inappropriate food choices. Even giving yourself six months before your wedding is a good way to start your weight loss regime. Here are some key points to keep in mind to really shed those pounds.

Watch what you Eat

Obvious, isn't it' Then why do so many of us fail at it' It's important that, in order for your body to thrive and to not go into 'crave' mode, you feed the body what it needs. This means having a good balance of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, along with other important elements such as proteins, iron, and carbohydrates (gasp! Yes, carbohydrates are good for you!).

The important thing about this is that you literally watch what you eat, otherwise known as portion control. You love cheese' You can have cheese. But you can't eat 10 slices of it in one sitting. Choose one ounce of choose rather than 5. You can eat chicken or beef or any kind of meat, but don't go for the 10 ounce steak ' a 4 ounce piece of meat is all you need to get your protein for the day. Drink skim milk and skip on anything that has white sugars or that is bleached (such as white rice and white pasta). Go for whole grains. Pass on the creamy salad dressings and go for vinaigrette dressings instead.

As a general rule, your meal plate should appear as:

of your plate consists of vegetables

consists of protein (your meat, seafood or tofu)

consists of starchier foods, such as rice, potatoes and pasta

It's always a good idea to stop in and speak with your doctor and a nutritionist before making any major changes to your diet. They will be there to provide further guidance and encouragement.

The Exercise Routine

No, you don't have to do 20 hours of 'hot yoga' to shed the pounds or spend 2 hours each day at the gym. You can walk, go for bike rides, play tennis ' the list goes on and on. The key is to keep active on a regular basis so that your body slowly loses the weight. Slowly losing weight is the more sustainable way to lose weight, so if you want to keep those pounds off after you have both said 'I do's', plan on losing 1-2 pounds a week rather than 5.

TIP: The closer you get to your wedding day, the harder you will have to step up your workout game. Short, intense workouts that last any where from 20-30 minutes are manageable ways for brides to be to really see the pounds come off.

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Half Up Half Down Wedding Hairstyles Sat, 01 May 2010 11:34:45 +0000 admin Try making use of half up half down wedding hairstyles for your wedding day. An up do fits in with any occasion, and a wedding is no exception. They give you an elegant, sophisticated look that can be altered in a hundred different variations. The beauty of this type of style is that it isn’t just for special occasions, it actually works well in casual circumstances just as well as would at a huge event — like your wedding, or at work. While you may be looking for more of a non-assuming look for your wedding day, half up half down wedding hairstyles will add a level of sexy, provocative allure to your outfit — without crossing the line for your loved ones attending.

Preparing For Half Up Half Down Wedding Hairstyles

The half up half down wedding hairstyles require you to pin up part of your hair, while letting the rest of your hair to flow around your shoulder in a natural looking way. This style really exudes sex appeal and confidence. This type of hairstyle isn’t necessarily ideal for everyone, although almost any woman can make it work with some effort. This style is best suited for those of us who have thick, dense hair. Of course, once again, with some effort any female among us can make it happen. Using hairspray, gels, mousses and holding pins will force even thin hair to succumb to the beauty of half up half down wedding hairstyles.

Lets Get Things Started

Women with thin hair who want to use half up half down wedding hairstyles need to not wash their hair for at least a day before the styling. The natural oils in our hair will become our best friend when the multiple parts in the hair, and knots that come along with this hairstyle are put in place. If you find yourself at the morning of your wedding, and you thoughtlessly washed your hair last night after a long bike ride to clear your head: Pre-treat your hair with with some gel and allow it to dry before going to the style appointment. This may seem pointless, but the spray gel will not only add volume to your hair, but it also will become less manageable — which, unlike other styles, will benefit you with half up half down wedding hairstyles. If you, or a girlfriend are going to do the styling, read below.

Before you get started with half up half down wedding hairstyles, but after any pretreatment:

1. You should thoroughly brush the length of your strands, and make sure they’re free of knots and tangles.

2. Next section your hair in 2 inch thick parts, and straighten the parts with a straightener.

3. Allow your hair to cool, then take a rat-tail comb and create a side part that goes from the front of your hairline, down to an inch or two from your crown.

4. Next, brush your hair from the opposite side of your natural hairline and brush it toward the part, then pull the new section behind your ear.

5. Now use a paddle brush to smooth your hair out to hold in any loose hairs trying to pop out.

Your half up half down wedding hairstyles can now be clipped behind your ear, for the time being. Don’t hesitate at this point to begin pulling a few strands of hair to create new sections and put a curl or two in for a unique accent.

Continue in a criss-cross pattern, being sure to over-lap the first section every time, until the desired look is achieved. Add hairspray, and any decorative clips, flowers, etc. Now you have joined the club of half up half down wedding hairstyles.

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Making Wedding Headbands Sat, 01 May 2010 07:27:28 +0000 admin Deciding on the right wedding headbands, or head decorations can be a really long, tedious experience for most brides. Everyone wants to look beautiful and fantastic on their wedding day–this will be the most important day in your life, next only to a child being born. While the process can be lengthy, you can make your life a whole lot easier by: planning ahead, and having a game plan ready when the big day arrives.

Lets look at how to proceed with wedding headbands once you’ve made a decision:

1. Start by covering your headband with a wide fabric ribbon (many use velvet). You can choose to use glue for this step, however, a tougher, permanent finish will be recognized if you sew the needle and thread instead.

Begin at one side of your headband and sew your ribbon to it with the outer seam toward your front. Once that’s done, fold your left-over ribbon down over your seam that has been just sewn–Next sew each of the two ribbon edges together along the inner part of the headband. Once you get to the end, tuck last bit of ribbon in and sew it shut.

2. Now you have to choose how you’d like to embellish your wedding headbands. You can choose flower trimmings and/or rosettes by crafting them from ribbons, or strips of fabric of your choosing. Creativity is your best friend here, and many designs along with instructions can be easily found online. Having someone with the ability to sew is also an asset, as you really don’t want to be stabbing yourself in the thumb on your wedding day. Create small or large trimmings, using real flowers, or the fabric method mentioned. Don’t be afraid to glue some beads into your wedding headbands for a little attention grabbing glitter and shine.

3. Finally start attaching all of the embellishments you want to use in your wedding headbands. Make sure you only glue objects that you absolutely cannot sew, as glue can possibly let you down at the worst possible moment (even if you use crazy glue.). Stitching ensures almost 100% that you won’t have any issues. You may also wish to lend your piece out to another person in the future, so sewing just makes for ready to use wedding headbands in the future.

Additional Thoughts:

Some women will want to attach feathers to their masterpiece; be sure to tie them all together tightly before gluing them to your wedding headbands. Use any buttons you wish, however do be sure they don’t clash with any other elements you might be attaching afterward–it’s a real pain to realize that one element stands out and completely destroys the look of fabric strips you latter added.

So, make sure you plan ahead, before you even start. Have all of the headband elements laid out before starting. Always sew elements on, if at all possible. Remember glue may fail at the worst moment.

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Wedding Hair Ideas – How To Choose Fri, 30 Apr 2010 12:20:18 +0000 admin As women we all know, it isn’t just the dress that makes for a great impression at our wedding; but also how we look in that dress. If our hair style doesn’t look perfect under our veil then we will look and feel terrible. The most ideal styles for our wedding, are the ones that compliment our dresses, along with our personalities. Having the right wedding hair ideas is among the many important things that go hand in hand with the rest of our wedding day plans.

Well before we decide on an appropriate style for our hair, it’s important to choose the perfect salon to have it styled at–that can work with our wedding hair ideas. One needs to choose a salon that they are familiar with, or that has been recommended by someone you trust. The very worst thing that could happen, leading up to the day; is to end up with a stylist that isn’t familiar with wedding hair styles, or doesn’t have much experience. Be sure to book an appointment well before the big day, as many larger salons which specialize in wedding hair ideas/styling get booked with long waiting lists, especially during the spring and summer months.

We also need to account for the shape of our faces, along with the dresses we plan to wear. Equally important is having planned what type of veil we will be wearing and how much of our hair style the veil will cover. If someone is planning to wear a tiara or veil that drops over their face, it’s important to make sure that our hair style won’t look awkward, or matted down. The best wedding hair ideas to compliment a tiara is the most simple–don’t go overboard. One could choose an elegant bun landing at the nape of the neck, or a high bun more toward the top of the head. If you want a formal look choose a part in the center of your head, with curls or a ponytail style flowing down the back.

For those of us planning a wedding that is more of a casual nature, then simply place a few flowers in the hair to accentuate your look–or even better still, let the hair hang naturally with a couple of strategically placed jewels. Flowers are also a popular choice for wedding hair ideas, particularly for a more informal, casual wedding, instead of a pricey veil. They can create a fun and innocent look, while still creating an aura of grace and virility. One could match the flowers in your hair style to the flowers in your bouquet for a flowing look.

When your looking into wedding hair ideas, be sure you plan something you love. Don’t just go with something you can live with. There are many stylists who will gladly make you look beautiful–simply by your willingness to let them use you as a reference for their future customers. Be sure to account for your surroundings, accessories, and size/shape of your face before making final decisions. Don’t settle for second best.

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Finding and Choosing the Perfect Wedding Makeup Sat, 10 Apr 2010 11:17:36 +0000 admin So you have the perfect dress picked out, have decided on all of your accessories and everything is coming together for your big day. It seems that most of the work is done and now it is time to put the finishing touches together to make sure you look and feel your best on the most important day of your life so far.

Essentially you have three main options when it comes to choosing your wedding makeup. Do you want to go with traditional makeup, mineral makeup, or airbrush makeup?

Here is some information on each type of wedding makeup to help you make a final decision and ensure you look as beautiful as you feel when you are getting married.

Airbrush Wedding Makeup

Airbrush makeup is considered to the most lightweight type of makeup and is applied with an air gun. It appeals to brides due to the even and thin layer of makeup that it offers and provides that finishing look that is the perfect accent to your elegant white wedding dress.

This type of wedding makeup has become increasingly popular over the past few years as the airbrushed look brings with it the flawless look that we are all used to seeing on models in magazines and on the runway. This type is often confused with the airbrushing technique that is used in magazines, but does give off that same excellent look in the end. The makeup stays on well through the night and the way it is applied ensures that it does not rub off against your groom’s tuxedo during the long awaited first kiss or first dance. However it does run the risk of being streaky if it gets wet thanks to sweat or tears.

Mineral Wedding Makeup

This type of wedding makeup is created thanks to the combination of several different types of minerals that are oxidized and then crushed into powders. It is used just like everyday makeup and is applied with a brush. Sometimes you can opt to apply it with a brush if you want a thicker look. There are many different options when it comes to mineral wedding makeup as you can use foundation, primers, all kinds of products to get just the look that you are after.

It is another style of makeup that has grown in popularity over the years but is not the best choice for a bride with sensitive skin or acne.

Traditional Wedding Makeup

This type of makeup usually consists of pressed powders, creams, and liquids that are applied with fingers or a sponge. This makeup comes with the most variety and can give you a unique or classic look depending on what you are after.

If you are on a tight budget then this can be the best wedding makeup to choose as you probably already have some on hand and know how to apply it perfectly for that smooth finish you want.
All types of wedding makeup come with their own pros and cons so make sure that you decide on the type that suits your style the best and that you will be most comfortable wearing for the entire day. The last thing you want is to be uncomfortable during the happiest moments of your life.

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