The big day is almost here! Are you ready?
Tip #1 - Obviously, get sleep - but his is really difficult if you're anxious or trying to finish up some last minute details or speeches. I've heard of brides taking a sleeping aid like Gravol or melatonin to help them get to sleep.
Tip #2 - Designate a makeup/hair checker. Entrust someone who will check your face and hair every now and then - especially just before pictures. Things like, if you need a gloss touchup, or if your face is getting shiny. Ensure that friend is close enough that they will have no fear to tell you that you have a booger up your nose. That close.
Tip #3 - If you have one of those long wedding days that start at 5am... I recommend a short nap time in between like just before dinner or something. I used my veil as a blanket. Best nap ever.
Tip #4 - Brides might think that the work is done after their wedding day...BUT...there are the thank you cards (*insert ominous dun dun dun*). I saw this at a wedding we went to - when they had us signing in, they also had us fill out our address on mail envelopes. Soooo smart! All they had to do was put their thank you cards in them, and mail them out!
Tip #5 - I do a lot of Asian weddings - there are door games where the groom has to get to the bride's room by doing a bunch of games (of destruction...I mean to prove his love...). Unfortunately, sometimes the brides are literally locked in the room away from all the fun games. One of the weddings, they had face-timed the bride and the door game activities so she can see what her bridesmaids were putting the groom and groomsmen through...bahaha. So much more fun seeing it in action instead of seeing them in pictures afterwards.
Do you have a tip for brides? Comment below!
I've always struggled with oily skin in my teens up to adulthood. My foundation would always become a greasy, separated mess by noon! I've tried A LOT of foundations - both high end and drugstore and here are my favourites for drugstore foundations for oily skin:
#1 Favorite is the Covergirl Outlast 3 in 1. I've gone through 7 bottles of this miraculous formula. It's a primer, foundation, and concealer in one!
- best formula I've found to control oily skin across the board
- great coverage, buildable
- comes with a blue pump for ease of product dispensing
- no weird smell - you know, those ones that smell like a chemical-soaked-old-lady perfume kind of smell...
- cheap. It's like $12 at Superstore.
- horrible range of colors. The only color that I could fine that has a yellow undertone in it is medium beige (I'm between an NC20- 25). Everything else is too pink/warm, so I have to mix it with other shades from other brands.
- the pump doesn't reach the bottom of the glass bottle so I have to dig product out with a thing handle brush or q-tip.
- not great for dry or flaky skin. If you are a dry/dry-normal skin, stay away from this product because it will look cakey on your type of skin.
- it's almost TOO matte which doesn't look like real skin if you layer it too much.
#3 is the Revlon Colorstay for combination to oily skin. I had to try it after reading countless reviews on it.
- controls oil very well
- good range of colors
- actually kind of expensive for a drugstore foundation at about $20 at Rexall and Superstore.
- a little bit more of a chalkier finish? Am I the only one?
- suuuuper minimal foundation separation
Conclusion: My review is based on my own experience and my own oily skin. These made it because I enjoy the formula.
If you're not a drugstore person, I recommend picking up the Estée Lauder double wear.
I really like the Covergirl formula over the more expensive ones and I'll mix it with other shades to go up or down depending on my tan throughout the year. I hope this helped!
Have you tried something that you absolutely love for oily skin?
Wedding season is just around the corner - are you ready for your big day?
Even after your makeup artist solidifies your face in makeup, powders, and sprays, there can be a lot of variables that can affect your makeup. Here are the items that I would recommend you carry in your emergency kit:
- Lash glue - If your makeup artist is not careful applying just the right amount of glue (especially on the inner and outer corners), or if you accidentally rub your eyes and the lash loosens, you want to make sure you have lash glue on hand for you and your wedding party. I highly recommend getting the Revlon clear lash glue. The glue strength is awesome and the application brush is easy for anyone to use. You can get it at any Rexall or London Drugs. Do not get the dark one - it could get messy if it doesn't get applied correctly and it's hard to correct.
- Lipgloss/Lipstick - It is usually the first to go after all that smiling, talking, eating, and drinking! I usually recommend the bride and the wedding party to carry their own personal lipgloss or lipstick and touch up just before pictures because it is difficult for photographers to photoshop the texture of lips. Lipgloss or lipstick is also fabulous to give your lips an extra surge of moisture because you and your team will be smiling and greeting people at almost every minute that day. I usually recommend a tinted gloss for easy application and you can't really screw up even if it's messily applied without a mirror. If you're going for dark lips like a red or plum, I highly recommend your artist apply a Lipsense color or a Revlon Colorstay color so the dark colors do not smudge whatsoever (unless oils are applied to it). Regular dark lipstick or gloss will be EVERYWHERE - on your teeth, dress, hair, husband-to-be...not a good look for your photos unless you're careful. If you want that high maintenance shade, make sure you designate one of your crew members to be a makeup checker!
- Foundation/concealer - This one is the one that not a lot of people thing of. From my own wedding experience, I ugly cried a lot and was blowing my nose. The foundation came off from me blowing my nose and wiping with tissues...lots and lots of tissues.... I also got a nice little sunburn that day...I'm surprised my photographers didn't return all my photos in black and white... I recommend carrying a small sample with you.
- Blotting sheets/Powder - if you're an oily/combination/sweaty-in-the-summer kind of person, then you may want to carry blotting sheets. My fave is the blue Clean and Clear from the drugstores because they don't have that powder on them and they're cheap! If you're in a pinch, you can blot with tissues. I only recommend a powder after blotting because the powder can get cakey in all the wrong places if it's not a consistent canvas or applied in a uniform manner.
- Other - Other things you may want to consider carrying are tissues, qtips, bobby pins, and even sunscreen if you burn easily! My wedding was almost 30 degrees out and we had an outside ceremony. It was only 15 minutes, but my shoulders and chest turned red from the sun...it was painful...it looked painful too.
Do you have any recommendations on what to carry in a bridal emergency kit?
Thank you for reading!