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The Brazilian Blowout – For Brides Who Want Low Maintenance Hair

Ok, everything they say about the Brazilian Blowout is true, I finally took the plunge (all for the benefit of my readers, of course) and had it done. And I LOVE it!!!! This IS the secret to beautiful hair and believe it or not it actually improves the health of your hair and does not damage it in any way.

Fortunately, I did not have to travel all the way to West Hollywood to have it done, I was lucky enough to find a local salon with a fabulous hair stylist who knew exactly what to do. The process is identical to what they show in the video but thankfully a little less expensive. It made my long course, straight, hair shiny and smooth but not pin straight, and it still has body.

The best part about it is it returns to this exact state after you wash it, even if you let it air dry. Now I am all about LOW MAINTAINENCE hair and that is why I am highly recommending it to all of you soon to be brides out there. Now obviously you all want to look beautiful on the wedding day but what about all the pre-wedding events, and not to mention the honeymoon. I really think this would make your life so much simpler in an upcoming time of chaos.

There are a few downsides, for instance the initial cost, and the cost of the hair products which are necessary to maintain it. I paid a $150.00 for the treatment which is quite steep but they say it last three months and the products I bought are supposed to last through three or four treatments. But I will be honest with you the worst downside is the fact that it is very likely you will become addicted to your hair looking this amazing all the time.

Wedding Makeup Tips from Kimara Ahnert

Bridal Beauty Makeup Kit

Well, as promised here are the Wedding Day tips from Kimara Ahnert and I went a step further and requested a sample of her products and they arrived yesterday! I received the Chamomile Eye Makeup Remover Pads which I used last night and they are everything they claim to be. One pad easily removed all my make-up and they are gentle enough for even my very sensitive eyes.I also received the White Pencil. This is Kimara’s secret to bigger and brighter looking eyes, she suggests you apply to the inside lower rim of the eye for added brightness and definition. So, I tried that too, and she is right, it was INSTANT brightness (I love my “job”). This tip is also included in the how to’s for “taking a foolproof picture.” I have a few more items to try like the Powdered Rice Paper Blotters which by the way are included in her Bridal Beauty Essentials Kit shown above. I personally think this would make a great gift for a bride-to-be. However I am very interested in the Holiday Shimmer Duo I just may have to order this kit, all in the name of research, of course.

Wedding Day Tips:

  • Lipstick so it’s KISSPROOF: First blend a layer of foundation onto your lips, then apply lipliner in a color that resembles your lipstick, apply lipstick, then apply a lipsealer on top to set.
  • Always use a little more makeup (not excessive) than you usually would on a normal day. For example you could, apply a little more blush or use bronzer, line your top eye lid with a liquid smudgeproof liner, apply false lashes or use more than just one swipe of mascara. I always recommend a test run of any new or different makeup before the big day, as this will create less stress on the actual day of the wedding.
  • If you have a dark complexion then you will need to select a makeup color palette that includes deeper, richer colors. To avoid an ashy look avoid foundations that are too light for your skin tone and that also have too many blue and red undertones.
  • When you have fair skin you will want to avoid colors that are too dark, as they will make your skin look even paler then it already is. Your best colors are going to be soft, natural, earth tones. Pastel colors also look beautiful on fair skin.
  • When you have medium skin tone select roses and tawnys . This skin tone also looks nice in jewel tones

Here is one more of Kimara’s great tips for taking a foolproof picture that I wanted to share:

To maximize your smile, brush lips with a toothbrush to exfoliate and create a fuller pout. Then line lips outside of the natural lip-line, fill with your favorite lipstick and dab a pearlized gloss to the center of the lip for added “VaVoom”

Kimara Ahnert Studio

NYC Wedding Makeup

You may remember I was stuck out in the Mojave Desert for three years, and although it felt like I was living in the middle of nowhere, it did come with some advantages. For instance, Los Angeles was just an hour and a half away, which made it the perfect choice for our frequent weekend getaways. And boy, did we find every excuse to take a quick trip to LA to indulge in the “finer things in life!” You can check out some of my posts from the past about Valerie’s Salon in Beverly Hills or Kate Somerville’s salon, where I saw Paris Hilton (btw, she is beautiful even without makeup).

Okay, enough about the past, it is time to start looking to the future. I am living on the east coast now and I’m on a mission to find ALL the luxury it has to offer, and where better to start than, “The Big Apple.”

I was recently contacted by Kimara Ahnert’s Makeup Studio in New York City, and it looks AMAZING! They say it is like walking into a lavish home which exudes warmth and comfort. It sure doesn’t sound like the standard make-up counter. Kimara’s Studio handles the makeup for over 300 weddings per year! I understand they also provide make-up lessons if you want to learn how to do it yourself. Kimara also has custom designed a professional make-up and skin care line and has a long list of celebrity clients including Catherine Zeta Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tinsley Mortimer, Amanda Peet, Vendela, Brooke Shields, Tara Reid, Marlo Thomas, Patricia Neal, Marla Maples, Jordana Brewster, Melanie Griffith, Alexandra von Furstenberg, Christie Brinkley, Daphne Rubin Vega, Emme, Isabella Rossellini and Tipper Gore. I highly recommend you browse her website and be sure to take a look at the wedding album; the brides look flawless and not overdone. I’m planning a trip to NYC early next year and I’ll make sure to include a visit to check it out.

Kimara is featured in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine in an editorial titled “Pretty, Quick.” She provides makeup tips for giving eyes a lift and she was also kind enough to share 5 wedding day tips with me which I will post soon!

Stay tuned,

Shower Filters: A Hair “Do”

Shower Head Water FilterOkay ladies I would like to pass on an easy way to get that beautiful, healthy, shiny, hair that we would all like to have on our wedding day; and it doesn’t require a trip to the salon. According to Dr Oz (you know, Oprah’s friend) chlorine and other minerals present in water can cause your skin and hair to become dry and dull. To prevent dry hair from hard water, you can use a shower filter. This is something you can start way in advance before the big day.

I did some research on shower filters and found there are several well known shower filter brands and companies out there that produce good, decent products. But the shower filter that sounds the best is the Aquasana , and according to the experts on one website, dollar for dollar, there is none better than Aquasana. This shower filter has been voted “Best Buy” by Consumer Digest magazine five years running now.

Well, I have my team of experts on the job testing shower filters (none other than my sister, girlfriends and hair stylists) I will give you an update on their results in the near future. If I have any other guinea pigs out there I would love to hear from you too.

Oh, a few more suggestions from Dr. Oz, only shampoo when your hair is dirty – not every day. And if you have to wash several times a week only use conditioner and limit shampoo to only once a week. And protect it from the sun, remember he says the sun actually fries the hair.

One thing I know for certain is EVERY bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day! It doesn’t matter what hair style and accessories you choose there is no substitute for healthy hair.

Britney’s New Looks!

Okay folks, I found a new toy.  Brides.com came out with a new tool, the Brides.com Wedding Day Hair Studio, to help you brides “try on” new hairstyles and makeups.  It also helped keep me entertained today.  But hopefully me entertainment can give you an idea of what you can do with this thing.  So here we go, some of my creations look pretty bad, but I must admit some might not be too bad, you be the judge.

 Okay, lets start with a bald Britney Spears…

Britney Spears

Now using the amazing Wedding Day Hair Studio, lets “try on” Paris Hilton’s make-up and hair style.

Paris Hilton Britney Spears

Here, Britney is trying on Hillary Duff’s look.

Hillary Duff and Britney Spears

And finally, here’s Britney trying on Jennifer Aniston’s make-up and hair style.

Jennifer Aniston and Britney Spears

Here’s Britney with long brown hair…

Britney Spears

Here’s Britney with long blonde hair…

Britney Spears

Okay, this pictures may be a little discouraging. Britney might be better off staying bald. But give the Wedding Day Hair Studio a try and let me know what you think!

Why Marriages Succeed or Fail

Do you want to know, with 90% accuracy, whether or not you marriage will succeed or fail? Well, Dr Gottman, author of Why Marriages Succeed or Fail: And How You Can Make Yours Last, claims he is able to predict the fate of your marriage with a 90% accuracy. He’s monitored hundreds of couples during conflicts and has concluded that there are four different characteristics that spell out trouble. They are criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and withdrawal. He also says that positive to negative comments in a relationship must be in a 5 to 1 ratio. Are you getting nervous? Well, Dr. Gottman isn’t saying you are all doomed to failure! He has a four step program that can help turn your situation around.

Now, this morning on the Today show, I saw Dr. Laura Berman talking about her research about how personality traits can ruin your marriage. She broke the traits into four types also:

1. The Pleaser: “Puts the we before me in the relationship” Sounds to be somewhat co-dependant.

2. The One-Upper: Has to be right and fights until the other admits defeat.

3. The Avoider: “Sticks his/her head in the sand” Tries to avoid issues in hopes they go away or to avoid conflict.

4. The Catastrophizer: Tends to blame all his/her problems on their spouse. Uses terms like “You always…”, “You never…” often during fights.

Do you fall into any of these categories? I ordered Dr Gottman’s book today, it sounds pretty interesting.

Here’s the video from the Today show this morning, it’s only a few minutes long.

Why We Divorce and How to Avoid it!

Why We Divorce

The folks over at divorce360.com commissioned a Gfk Roper poll to find out why people get divorced. Maybe we can learn something from this to help us avoid it. Maybe if we enter into marriage with our eyes open we can fight the odds.

So here’s the top 3 reasons why we get divorced and how to avoid it.

1. Abuse: The number one reason people get divorced is abuse, either physical or verbal. In fact 36% of divorced Americans cited abuse as the cause ( 48% of women, 21% of men)

How to avoid it: Okay folks if you are being abused before you get married, things aren’t going to get better. Run away as fast as you can! Now there are some anger issues or improper arguing that can be worked on but it will take cooperation from both of you but if you are getting hit or verbally abused that should be an obvious warning sign!

2. Money: 22% of people cite money as the cause for their divorce.

How to avoid it: Take a look at how your fiancé is handling money now. Do they save? Do they have a lot of debt? For those of you marrying the second time, are there child support payments? This can lead to resentment on your part. Are the child support payments up to date? Whatever you see going on now is probably what you will see going on in 10 years. Can you handle it? Don’t expect them to change. Talk to him/her about it see what kind of reaction you get. Talk about where you want to be in 10 years, are you in agreement?

3. Someone New: 18% of divorced people got divorced because they met someone new.

How to avoid it: By the way 12% say they got divorced due to boredom. I see these reasons as related. So what can you do about it? Keep it new! Sounds simple but it’s not. Things are great while you are courting, you can’t wait to see each other, you can talk for hours on the phone and not get bored. Well folks, I hate to rain on your parade but the norm is for this to stop. Why? Life happens, work, bills, complacency, kids, etc. So, are you doomed? You don’t have to be. But, it takes a lot of work on both of your parts. I recommend the book, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate the author Gary Chapman is a genius.

Overall marriage takes work. You both can have the best of intentions but can’t seem to keep the connection. It takes a lot of focus and determination but it also takes a keen ability to communicate your feelings and understand the feelings and needs of your mate. This is what Gary Chapman explains in his book.

It’s never too early to start working on your marriage, even if you’re not married yet!


Thanks billjacobus1 for the picture!

Vinotherapy: A Thousand Times Better than Vitamin E?

As you know planning your wedding can be a stressful time.  Well, here’s a unique way to get reinvigorated.  It supposedly will make you look and feel younger as well as exfoliate and help to detoxify your body.   What is this unique therapy I speak of?  It’s Vinotherapy!

It’s all in the polyphenols in the grape seeds.  Some experts say it’s a thousand times more effective than vitamin E in the fight against free radicals.

Here’s a video that tells all about it…

Interested in checking it out?  Well, your lucky!  Two of the top-10 best wine spas worldwide are located in California. 

They are The Kenwood Inn and Spa in Kenwood, Ca and Villagio Inn and Spa in Yountville, Ca.

Anybody ever experience this?  Let’s hear about it!


The Five Love Languages

Five_Love_LanguagesToday I’m going to spend some time talking about a book I’ve been reading, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. I’m fascinated about human interaction and what makes us tick. I’m also fascinated by the course taken by many relationships. How people so much in love in the beginning can wind up being the worst enemy’s in the end. You may have read books like “Men are From Mars, and Women are from Venus” which talks about the fundamental differences between men and women and how these differences are not understood by the other, leading to major communication issues.

Well this book, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate comes at it from a different direction. The premise is that each of us speaks a different “love language” and when someone “speaks” to us in our “love language” we feel loved and satisfied. Unfortunately, many times our mate speaks a different love language than we do, not wrong just different. This problem tends to leave one feeling unsatisfied and unloved and obviously leading to relationship problems! So how do we fix this problem.

1. Find out what your mate’s “love language” is
2. Learn how to “speak” it

The five love languages are:

1. Words of Affirmation
2. Quality Time
3. Receiving Gifts
4. Acts of Service
5. Physical Touch

According to the book, we tend to show affection to others through our own language. So if your love language is receiving gifts, then not only does receiving gifts from your mate make you feel loved, you will tend to give gifts to express your love. But if your mate’s love language is words of affirmation, he will feel much more loved if you compliment his looks, his intelligence, etc, than if you bought him a gift.

Personally I believe I’m bi-lingual, I enjoy both quality time and receiving gifts, while my husband is definitely a words of affirmation type of guy. So my job is to become tri-lingual and learn that in order to keep my husband satisfied I need to show affection to him through words of affirmation.

So why am I talking about this now to my audience of in love people preparing for their wedding? Because, this is just the beginning and I want all of you to have long and happy marriages! So if you want to see more of my thoughts on how to have a long and happy marriage, check out my guest blog post over at Masterpiece Weddings, and see “What Happens After the Honeymoon !”

Those All Important Eyebrows!

Eyebrow WaxingHow important are your eyebrows? Well, ladies I personally feel when your eyebrows are shaped and properly groomed, you see a difference in your face immediately. It is like having an instant eye lift. Now, I have been getting my eyebrows shaped for years, but I never have had them done so perfectly until now. I have been lucky enough to sample a few salons in Beverly Hills. I have been known to complain about being stuck out here in the Mojave desert in California, but it does have its advantages (like being an hour and a half away from LA).

My favorite salon is Valerie’s Salon, it is also the favorite of many stars including Teri Hatcher and Nicole Kidman. I have had my eyebrows waxed, my makeup done, and even false eyelashes once. I always have so much fun when I go, and I now know why the movie stars always look flawless. I must admit, that I feel like a million bucks every time I leave Valerie’s. Even after the makeup comes off, my eyebrows look great for weeks after. So I guess the reason why I am sharing this with you is because I really think eyebrows are the most important feature on your face and can have a drastic affect on your appearance if they are properly waxed. Perfectly shaped eyebrowas can improve your appearance as much as an expertly cut hairstyle. So, when you are preparing for the big day, don’t forget your eyebrows. But, don’t wait for your wedding day to find the perfect place to have your eyebrows done! Try a few out to make sure you don’t make the wrong decision right before your wedding. You need to start looking at least several months out, ask around, and don’t go for the cheapest place you can find. Also, remember eyebrows take a while to grow back if you choose the wrong salon!

By the way, the last time I was getting my brows done at Valerie’s I saw a beautiful girl having her makeup and brows done for her wedding that evening. She looked amazing… like she belonged on a magazine cover.

Thanks to Lazy Lightning for the picture!

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