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Our Dec issue is a great holiday read! We feature 250 plus ideas to inspire you and look at every aspect of your big day! Jewellery, fashion, flowers, grooms and all the finishing touches can be found. We showcase the latest gowns plus gorgeous vintage styling ideas are included. For your reception, we find venue options that have incredible views. There's plenty of gorgeous real-life weddings to read for inspiration. A spot of celebrity style is the icing on the cake! Get your copy now!
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If there’s one way to bring your vintage look to life it’s by topping it off with the perfect bridal makeup. Think full, thick eyelashes, bold, red lips and flawless, dewy skin. We’ll show you how to achieve the perfect old-Hollywood visage.
Look back at any classic Hollywood film and you’ll see all of the stunning actresses’ beautiful lips defined perfectly with a coating of ruby red lipstick. Red lipstick screams vintage glamour and is certainly a makeup look that has stood the test of time. Red lippy comes in many different shades, some tinged with orange, purple, pink and plum undertones, so you need to ensure that you pick the right hue. For a vintage look, choose a red lipstick that has purple or plum undertones, rather than the lighter more orange reds. The deep, dark red will give you a more classic and glamorous look and will complete your vintage bridal makeup perfectly.
Another imperative when it comes to achieving the perfect vintage makeup look is to ensure that you get flawless, glowing skin. There’s a multitude of ways that you can attain this, and it always starts with the skin itself. Looking after your skin is the first step for a flawless look, and that means applying sunscreen every day, particularly in the summer months. This will prevent pigmentation, freckling, redness, irritation and broken capillaries – all factors that would be detrimental to your glowing visage. Fortunately though, if you do have damaged skin, good-quality makeup is the best way to cover any flaws and blemishes. There are plenty of foundations available to suit all skin types, but for a vintage look, your best bet is choosing something that is lightweight and dewy, but also has great coverage. Talk to your makeup artist, as they will have a good perspective on what brands would be suitable for your vintage look. Concealer will work wonders for any dark circles or blemishes and a good compact powder with a splash of peachy blush would give you a great finish.
Pull your look together with bold and beautiful eyes. Lengthen your lashes with a great pair of falsies to give you that dramatic, classic look. Don’t go overboard with the lashes, as you still want them to look natural and tie in with the overall feel. You don’t want one feature to stand out more than the others, but instead you want the perfect balance between all the elements. A good smokey eyeshadow with a flick of liquid eyeliner just past the eyelid is great for a vintage look.
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Last night Australia’s biggest stars congregated for the annual Logies awards, which took place at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne.
There was an eclectic mix of gowns this year, with a noticeable trend towards sequins and sleek slim lines, fishtail hems and classic, but contemporary silhouettes.
Australian designers dominated the red carpet, with J’Aton dressing Offspring co-stars Asher Keddie and Kat Stewart; Alex Perry gowns adorned both Michelle Bridges and Megan Gale; and Jennifer Hawkins was dressed in a beautiful Toni Maticevski creation.
There were some fabulous frocks on the red carpet and once again the Bride team have picked their favourites of the night!
With Vera Wang’s 2013 spring bridal collection recently revealed, we couldn’t help but make a comparison between her new bold range and Carrie Bickmore’s gorgeous red Bowie gown. Wang’s latest collection comprises of ravishing reds and burgundys, which is just as daring as her last collection that brimmed with heavy black gowns. Channel 10 Breakfast weather presenter Magdalena Roze’s breathtaking sequined black Ae’lkemi gown channeled Wang’s previous bridal collection.
While it’s easy to focus on your dream white dress, pretty pumps and angelic veil it’s important to remember that what goes inside them needs just as much attention! So when it comes to your last-minute checklist, don’t forget to give yourself a little much wanted me-time and get beautiful and wedding ready.
Here are a few beauty suggestions you might want to consider in the lead up to your big day…
Eye-spy an unwated hair
Been hiding under jeans all winter? Or have you just been a little lax on the hair removal front? Perhaps you’re just keen to look every part the glowing bride on your wedding day – whatever the reason, don’t forget to book in a waxing or laser appointment before your big day!
Allow at least a week before the ceremony to allow any redness or possible irritation to subside, and follow the after care instructions of your salon very carefully. Consider exactly what is it you want and need tidied up – perhaps you’re going on a sunny honeymoon directly after? Then you might want to consider a a full-leg or bikini wax, despite the fact that your legs will be hidden under your dress all day. The moment they soak up the sunshine you’ll be very glad indeed!
Hands and feet need a treat
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes I feel that my poor little fingers and toes feel a little neglected sometimes. Your nuptials are not a time to be skimping on what might be deemed ‘extras’ – you’ll feel all the more prettier if your nails are neat, tidy and sparkling with colour! Indulge in a manicure and pedicure for some much-needed relaxation as well as another thing ticked off your to-do list.
If you’re having acryllic refills or going for a particular look or colour, decide on what you’d like before hand and discuss your options thoroughly with your therpist or nail technician. Consider what would look best with your dress and accessories, and also what will last until the wedding and on the day. Long-lasting varnish products like Shellac are a great option for those who want the long-lasting colour and shine.
Relax, Unwind, Indulge
If the pre-wedding stress has you sweating the small stuff, it’s time for a relaxing and indulging treatment at the salon. Choose an all-encompassing body treatment if you’d like to be soft and glowing on the big day; go for a massage to release some tension. Treatments like these are also a perfect way to spend time with those who have been especially helpful during the lead up to your big day – your mum, sister or best girlfriend – or perhaps as a way to spend a little last-minute one-on-one time with your husband-t0-be!
Facing the big day
A facial is a wonderful way to make your skin wedding-ready – they calm, cleanse and prime. Indulge with a facial package featuring a scalp or face massage to rub away any extra tension.
A lash in time…
If you’d really like pretty peepers and long luscious lashes but aren’t keen on falsies, then eyelash extensions or tints are a perfect way to go. They look natural and are a perfect way to minimise mascara use if you’re sure you’ll be bawling all the way down the aisle. They’ll also come in handy on your tropical escape honeymoon – no applying before the beach only to have it streaking down your face ten minutes later!
So make sure not to neglect the rest of yourself in the lead up to the big day: schedule in time for relaxing and pampering and always remember to book ahead of time in case you’re not 100% happy with how your treatment turns out.
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If you are struggling with exercise or healthy eating – even with the help of a trainer – you might want to consider hypnotherapy to help you break through your motivational slump.
Melbourne-based clinical hypnotherapist Paul Brickhill says he has helped many brides lose weight before the big day. “Hypnosis is a quick way to achieve a relaxed and focused state of consciousness which is similar to that experienced during meditation. The power of positive suggestion can be used to help you change habitual behaviours you may have been unable to change on your own, such as eating less junk food or exercising more.”
“Most people know what they should be doing to lose weight – exercise and a healthy diet. But due to past conditioning they can struggle to break the chains of behaviours such as comfort eating or the convenience of fast food. Hypnosis can help break those unhealthy patterns to make it easier for people to take on board new thought patterns and behaviours that lead to weight loss.”
Many people feel nervous about the possibility of trying hypnosis – after all, we’ve all seen people on TV clucking like a chicken after being “hypnotised” but the entire process is very simple and completely harmless. You start the process by talking to your hypnotherapist about your health and wellbeing and what you would like to achieve from the sessions.
The subconscious will only make changes the conscious mind is in alignment with. If the hypnotherapist suggests anything outside the bounds of why you’re being hypnotised you will not take on board those suggestions, only those that you’re there for. In the hypnotic state the subconscious is more receptive to consciously desired changes. The old conditioning that has lead to certain behaviours be it smoking, alcohol or eating unhealthy food can be more easily changed, inviting in the possibility of the cessation of those unwanted behaviours and or the creation of new, healthy and positive ones.
Because so many people I had spoken to were skeptical about the process of hypnotherapy, I decided to try it myself. I hate exercise and avoid it at all costs so in my session with Paul, we worked on exercise motivation and changing exercise behaviours. Being hypnotised feels similar to deep mediation, you a deeply relaxed and start visualizing the changes you want to make. Some parts of the hypnotherapy I remembered, and for others it seemed my conscious mind tuned out. After 45 minutes I opened my eyes and felt completely normal and very relaxed!
While I didn’t feel like much had changed in that moment, over the next two weeks I noticed that my inherent dislike of exercise had slowly dissipated – I even ran the Tan Track and Albert Park lake in one day. My outlook on exercise was much more positive, and while I still don’t love it, I have found it easier to do a 20 minute workout most days.
While it seems like my hypnotherapy session was positive, it’s is important to note that hypnotherapy does not work for everyone.
“Most studies indicate 1 in 10 cannot be hypnotised or at least, have a lower level of receptivity,” says Paul. “People that don’t want to be hypnotised and or have a difficulty in concentrating also generally struggle with the process.”
If you’re interested in trying hypnotherapy, the key is to go into the process with an open mind.
For more information on Paul visit Hypnotherapy Melbourne or call 0411 740 404.
You’ve spent weeks looking for the perfect dress and finally you’ve found it. Add the ideal pair of pumps and some gorgeous jewels and you’re ready, right? Not quite yet.
Finding the perfect look means getting your makeup right – different styles can subtly change the mood of your outfit, so think carefully! Will you go dewy and clean or smoky and sexy? Whatever you choose, you’ll be certain to look like the perfect blushing bride, but considering your options and trying a few things out will guarantee outfit happiness on your wedding day.
So why not take some bridal beauty inspirations from some classic A-listers? Whether it’s Marilyn or Keira, Twiggy or Kate (princess or super model), have a look at some of our favourite iconic beauty looks to get your imagination going.
The Original Sirens
Chanel some screen siren glamour with a look inspired by Audrey, Marilyn, Grace or Elizabeth. Think timeless elegance with simple eyeliner, porcelain skin and luscious lashes. If you’re feeling the vintage vibe add some red lipstick or a Monroe-esque beauty spot.
New Age Beauties
With the days of classic silver screen glamour left in the early and mid-twentieth century, a new wave of icons emerged to brush away their former counterparts with effortlessly sexy style. Take a cue from Brigitte Bardot and go for tousled locks and smoky eyes for a femme fatale meets boho beauty look; or go a little Twiggy with strong lines and bold eyes on a pale palette. Or perhaps you’d rather simple and au naturale, à la Mia Farrow, with her pixie crop and minimal makeup.
Today’s shining stars
Stars today are still channeling old-world glamour and mixing it with a touch of youth and 21st century cool. Many choose to focus on one feature, highlighting eyes or lips; or keeping the look simple, fresh and dewy. As today’s A-listers know, pretty is never out of fashion!
When considering your makeup for the big day, take a moment to remember what it is you love about the look of your favourite celeb icon and take away some handy hints on a makeup style that will suit both red carpet and aisle!