Monday, November 19, 2007
Getting Ready for the Wedding (Sat 27th Oct 2007)
This morning I sprung out of bed at around 7am - Kirsteen claims that this is the first time she has seen me spring out of bed. We had a shower and a nice breakfast in the Balmoral of smoked salmon, cereal, toast, cheeses and fruit juice. I decided to save the fat boy fry up until the day after the wedding.
My wee sister Karen came up to the hotel at around 8.45am and we wandered down to the hairdresser - John Malcolm on Forth Street where we met Jenny and had our hair put up while drinking a glass of bucks fizz - a nice start to the morning.
Here's a piccie of my hair at the back:
And Karen's hair at the back:
At 11am Jenny and Kirsteen went to Bobbie Brown at Jenners to have their makeup done and Carole came to the hotel to do my makeup.
at 12 my Mum and Karen went to Bobbi Brown for their makeup and Jenny, Kirsteen and I had a much needed glass of champers.
Kirsteen practises her posing for later...
I take the last opportunity to slouch in my dressing gown.
Jenny enjoys her first drink of many ;-)
The flowers arrived on time and were beautiful. Three bridesmaid's hand tied bouquets of black baccarat rose and Vandella Rose with a few Eringium Thistle and my bridal shower bouquet of Black baccarat rose, Vandella rose, White Cala Lily and Denrobium.
Since the ceremony was starting at 2.30pm I decided to get into my dress just after 1pm so that we wouldn't be in a rush trying to get our dresses on.
Labels: Wedding Beauty
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
3 Days to go!!!
It's now only 3 days to go until the big day!!!
At the moment I am scared to type as I have just been to the beauty salon and had some gel nail tips. I can't stop looking at my nails as I have never had long nails before. This is going to take some getting used to!
I have managed to finish all my work and I am now taking the opportunity to chill out and relax for a few days before the wedding.
Today, in true lady of leisure style I went to the gym in the morning and then spent the late afternoon and early evening in the beauty salon (Zen, Teviot Place) for some pre wedding treatments. I had some waxing (ouch), followed by a fantastic back treatment of exfoliation, massage and parrafin wax treatment, with foot massage, then 2 hours of gel nail tips with french polish. So I am now feeling ready for the big day. Still no blemishes or blotches on my skin, so I am hoping that this will last for the next few days.
All I really need to do now is tidy up the house and prepare everything to take to the hotel on Friday. I'm not quite sure about the tidying up part as I feel that I shouldn't be doing anything to spoil the nails!
I am pretty much done with the wedding planning now - everything is organised and paid for. Yesterday I made up favours for all the kids and my order of services arrived through the post, so I have nothing much left to do - hooray!
Labels: Wedding Beauty, Wedding Planning
Monday, October 15, 2007
My Wedding Hair and Makeup Trial
Friday was rather a disastrous day. I had quite a busy schedule planned - makeup trial, visit to the registry office, hair trial, pay for the cake, finalise the flower order and pay for the flowers, doctor's appointment then out at night.
I had my makeup trial at Zen at 9.15am then my hair trial at John Malcolm at 11.10.
Unfortunately the makeup trial didn't go very well. It took a while - nearly an hour and a half and I felt more like someone who was about to audition for the Rocky Horror Show rather than a bride.
It was a bit of a bottom lip quivering moment - you know when you feel really upset and want to cry, but manage to stop yourself because you are in public. Basically there were far to many layers of foundation, concealer, primer etc, it was the wrong colour for me, it looked crumbly, I had too much mascara on, my eye makeup looked shiny and the lip gloss was horrible.
My theory is that in beauty salons they are experts in nails. facials, massages etc, but don't do makeup as much. I know I should have said something, but I was so upset I just wanted to get out of there. I decided that I would just phone later and cancel my makeup for the wedding day. Don't let this put you off going to the same place, as I still rate them as the best salon I have been to and they are fantastic at nails, massages, waxing and all that. I am going back there next week for a few pre wedding treatments so I decided that the quick exit and the quiet cancellation was the best thing for me.
I was supposed to go to the registry office next to hand in our ceremony booklet, but it was now nearly 11am and I had to get down to Forth Street (just off Broughton Street) from George IV bridge. I decided a strong coffee was in order instead so picked up a double latte in Starbucks and walked as fast as I could to the hairdressers. I am sure people were looking at me and my makeup as I walked done the street, but perhaps it was just paranoia.
Luckily the hair trial was a good experience. I have been going to my hairdresser Louise for 8 years and she is great and I always feel happy with my hair after getting it done by her. Fortunately there were some baby wipes in the toilets so 5 baby wipes later, I had most of my makeup off, some moisturiser on and some of my own normal foundation, so I was feeling almost back to normal.
I won't go into the details of my hairdo for the day, but I got it coloured pretty much back to my natural colour and I liked the hairstyle for the wedding day. Unfortunately I managed to bring my wedding bra with me instead of my tiara (doh!), but they even managed to borrow a tiara from the bridal shop next door (thanks to Lorraine Weselby for that :-) )
Now I just need to come up with some alternative for wedding makeup, but if the worst comes to the worst I would rather do it myself than look like what I looked like today!
Labels: Wedding Beauty
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Growing Your Nails for the Wedding
I'v always been envious of people with lovely nails and hands. You know - long slim fingers, long perfectly manicured nails with a french polish. Unforunately I have never had long slim fingers or long nails. I don't bite them, but they always seem to break when they have reached the length of being slightly longer than my fingers :-(
I am dreaming of having nice long nails for the wedding. I can't do much about the fingers, but after a bit of research I have found that there are a few options for my nails.
While getting a manicure at Zen I asked for some tips for growing my nails. They recommended a cuticle oil, rubbed in to my cuticles daily. I am using Essie Apricot Cuticle oil
, which I bought from the salon for about £7. They also recommended something called Nail Envy by OPI
. Basically you paint on two coats of nail envy onto your nails. It is just like clear nail varnish, so it looks nice. Each day you then paint another coat on to your nails and then at the end of the week remove it and start again.
I have been doing the cuticle oil and the nail envy thing now for a couple of weeks and I can really notice the difference. My nails look nicer and also seem harder. I am going to keep going with this and if all else fails and I still have short nails a couple of weeks before the wedding I may consider gel tips or something similar.
Nail Envy can be bought in Boots for around £15, but I managed to get it on Ebay for £9 including postage. You can do a search for nail envy
on Ebay here.
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Another reason why nails may break easily is lack of magnesium. From what I could work out it seems quite hard to get your full quota of magnesium into your diet, so I am taking a vitamin and mineral supplement to cover that.
Hopefully my efforts will pay off and I will have nice nails for the wedding!
Labels: Wedding Beauty
Monday, April 23, 2007
Getting Beauty Treatments before your Wedding
Ok, so it's just about 6 months before my wedding now, and I thought I would use this as a good excuse to have a few beauty treatments - all in the name of research of course. I don't want to try something new a week before my wedding, do I?
So on Sunday I went to Zen
, a day spa in Edinburgh for a luxury manicure. Although I am the ripe old age of 33, I have never actually had a manicure in my life. The reason for this? I hate my hands. I have chunky fingers and suffer from eczema on my hands (although this is improving with the help of some chinese medicine). I always hide my hands and envy those people with long slim fingers and lovely nails. So, to be honest I wasn't really looking forward to somebody working on my nails. My theory is, that if I start having regular manicures now, then by the time my wedding comes and everyone is snapping photos of my hands, they will be in better condition and I won't be so self conscious.
So off I went to Zen
in Teviot Place, with a hangover no less, from the night before's dinner party at my friend Fiona's house, feeling slightly unnerved at the prospect of having someone inspect my hands so closely.
I needn't have worried - the girl who did my nails was lovely and didn't gasp in horror at my hands. She started off filing my nails and rubbing cuticle oil into my cuticles, then I soaked my nails in warm water and she worked on pulling my cuticles back. After that my hands were mositurised and massaged with some Aveda cream and put into gloves containing warm paraffin wax. I then put on a pair of mitts and sat for 5 minutes while she gave me a wonderful shoulder and back massage. After that I had a french polish put on in quite a natural colour. At the end of it my nails looked better than they ever have done and my hands were baby soft from the paraffin wax. Lovely!
So now I am hooked and will definitely be going back for a regular manicure.
In a couple of weeks I have my cousin Sarah's wedding and I am off to Portugal for a week so I have booked myself in for a Pedicure and a spray on tan. Again, all in the name of research.
If you are looking to have some beauty treatments I would highly recommend Zen, as the salon is lovely and the staff are very professional and extremely nice. I was there at the beginning of the year for hot stone massage (a Christmas present) so if you want something deeply relaxing then this is the thing to have. They have two salons - one in Teviot Place and the other in Bruntsfield.
Labels: Wedding Beauty