Planning their wedding can be very stressful for an engaged couple and can even take its toll on their relationship. This is especially true when the future bride and groom are not getting any support from their families and friends. In order to mitigate these undesirable consequences, parents can provide any form of assistance to their children to lighten their burden and make wedding planning easier and more romantic.
Here are three things that the parents of the bride and groom can do for their children:
Remember that the wedding is not about you.
Some parents can be overly eager to help out that they forget that this isn’t about them. Sure, you made a significant financial contribution and the couple appreciates that. Did you get them handmade jewellery Brisbane couples can buy from Ringleaders? Even if you are paying for the wedding, keep in mind that it is not your wedding but your daughter’s or your son’s. Let them plan it the way they dream their perfect wedding to be. If your own parents or your in-laws interfered when you planned your own wedding many years ago, remember how you felt then. We know you wouldn’t want your children to resent you for meddling too much on their affairs.
Be honest and direct about financial contributions.
While parents are not obliged to contribute to their daughter’s or son’s wedding, you can still offer monetary assistance to your children. Many engaged couples are already financially able to carry the weight of wedding costs but any financial assistance they will receive will be greatly appreciated, particularly if they are on a tight budget.
Don’t wait for them to ask you. As parents, initiate the conversation about making contributions to their celebration. If you are giving money, make sure you are clear about the conditions of your funding. How much will you give? Are you giving the money as a wedding gift or as a loan? With the former, there is no expectation for repayment so it will be less stressful on the couple. The latter has a responsibility associated with it that the soon-to-be bride and groom can choose to accept or decline. Do not feel bad if the couple refuses to accept your offer because they may have other financial considerations as well.
In the same way, if you are unable to make a monetary contribution, let them know. Your child and their life partner will understand. It is likely that they are aware of your financial status and have anticipated this as well. Your honesty about your ability to contribute will help the couple better plan their wedding because now they already have a clearer budget. Also, in lieu of contributions in cash, you can always offer yourself or your expertise for their special day.
Offer your help as often as necessary.
In this stressful time, couples would greatly benefit from the assistance and support of family and friends. Check in on the couple every now and then so you can help address conundrums with your wisdom. Mothers of brides particularly need to have their maternal instincts and comforting words ready for bridezilla moments.
Your opinions as parents will also have a substantial impact on the couple, so make sure you are careful with what you want to say during these very sensitive times – from the wedding preparations up to the wedding day. From avoiding familial conflicts to delivering great wedding toasts and speeches and being in your best behaviour are just some expectations of the soon-to-be bride and groom toward their parents.
5 WAYS THE FASHION INDUSTRY IS BATTLING THE USE OF ANIMAL TESTING
As the level of public awareness about animal testing grows, the number of procedures carried out is gradually falling. However, recent data confirms that around 4 million procedures are still taking place on animals each year.
Experimental procedures are carried out on animals for a variety of reasons including medical research and to test chemicals for use in household products and cosmetics. However, the testing of cosmetics and hair products on animals was banned in the UK in 1998 and throughout the EU in 2013.
Unfortunately, many of the companies which sell cosmetic products in the UK still test on animals, they just carry out these procedures abroad in countries such as Japan and China.
Nevertheless, there are plenty of companies who are trying to stand up for animal rights and welfare and make a difference. Below are 5 ways in which the fashion industry is battling the use of animal testing:
More and more women are taking a stand against animal testing with as many as 36% now buying their beauty products only from companies which do not test on animals. Many of these companies are now making their cruelty-free stance a key part of their ethos and branding, paving the way for others to follow. There are now more than a dozen ethically produced cruelty-free beauty brands available in the UK.
Cruelty-free hair products
Similarly, many hair care companies are taking on a leading role in the cruelty-free beauty industry. Many of these companies are not only against animal testing but fully committed to providing products that are created and tested in a cruelty-free way without any use of animal products, making them vegan-friendly as well.
Leaping Bunny Certification
Cruelty Free International is a programme which awards companies with the Leaping Bunny Certification if they can provide their products are produced using cruelty-free practices and ingredients. The highest standard for beauty, skincare and household products, more and more consumers take this into consideration when making purchases.
In addition, more and more brands within the fashion industry are partnering with Cruelty Free International to gain the certification as a guarantee that gives consumers the peace of mind that their products have been ethically produced.
Vegan fashion is really taking off. Many people not only want their beauty products to be cruelty free, they also want to wear ethically sourced fabrics made from non-animal products. Many brands are taking this so seriously that they are having PETA approve their items.
Fur Free Fashion Week
In 2018, London became the first city to vow not to allow fur on the runway. This move received huge support from within the fashion industry and the general public, paving the way for brands and other fashion week events to do the same. Only a small minority criticised the decision which shows the growing acceptance of ethical fashion and beauty.
Once I saw the palette on Instagram, I was fairly certain I’d be taking this limited edition Palette home with me, even without seeing the swatches, I could tell it was going to be beautiful and I was going to love it.
The shades are divided into four different electric eye looks and are much like the Instant Palettes. We have Day Eyes, Date Eyes, Diva Eyes and Disco Eyes. You don’t have to stick rigidly to the looks though because most of the shades compliment each other very well. You can mix and match the colours to suit your every mood. The palette is designed for every occasion and every mood! Inspired by the spotlights, rock stars and dancers Charlotte partied with at the Ku Club in Ibiza, these multi-coloured, multi-use shades glide across the eyes easily.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE ICON PALETTE
Swatches L-R: Day Eyes & Date Eyes
Swatches L-R: Diva Eyes & Disco Eyes
The palette is a 12-pan eyeshadow palette with a mix of shimmers and satin-mattes. It has a beautiful texture that can be used either wet or dry and feels soft to the touch. Pigment was really good with very easy to blend textures. Not all of the shadows (mostly Day Eyes as you can see from the swatches) contain the same level of pigment but overall I’m pleased with the palette. I did not find that I got a lot of fallout. There are enough colors in here to give you a wide range of complete eye looks.
I’ve played with this palette for a few weeks now and think it’s a beautiful option for those who want a little bit of everything in a palette. Lasting power is really good – stays put on top of a cream shadow base, doesn’t budge and layers beautifully. The shimmery eyeshadows tend to be easier to blend out and use.
It is absolutely exquisite to look at and the colours are bold and versatile. Overall, this is a beautiful palette that performs well, blends and layers with perfection and has every color you can think of for so many different looks.
The Charlotte Tilbury The Icon Eyeshadow Palette retails for $85 for 12 shadows. You can find it now at Sephorawhich is where I purchased mine.
Healthy, glowing skin is something that many people yearn for – after all, your face is often the first thing that people notice about you. It always feels great when your complexion is looking flawless and glowing. Some people are blessed with naturally perfect skin, while for others it can be harder to achieve and needs a little extra help. Luckily there are some great products on the market that can help everyone achieve a beautiful complexion, whether it comes naturally to you or not. Here are a few tips to get your skin looking perfect:
A skincare routine is key to consistently treating your skin well, and maintaining your complexion. Everyone seems to have a different routine, and with millions of skincare products out there, there’s certainly plenty of choices when it comes to picking products for your beauty regime.
When putting together your skincare routine, it is worth remembering that your regime doesn’t need to be set in stone and inflexible. Skin changes for many reasons, and there’s no reason not to adapt your routine to reflect this and give your skin what it needs. After all, the lure of those exciting new products is just too much to resist, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on finding that elusive perfect multi-tasking miracle product!
Following a skincare routine means that you are aware of any changes to your skin and are able to make any adaptations to your routine which are needed to remedy any problem areas.
Great skin doesn’t happen overnight (if only!), but with the right products and regular use, you can achieve some impressive results.
A typical beauty fail is sleeping with your makeup on. Everyone knows this is a big no-no, but it’s so tempting when you’re really tired and have had a hard day. Don’t fall into this bad habit, which is so easily done, your skin really won’t thank you for it, and your skin will feel pretty yuck the next day as a result.
Our lifestyle can have as much influence over the condition of our skin as the products that we use. Not getting enough sleep, being dehydrated and eating a bad diet are all factors that can lead to skin getting into poor condition.
The well-worn advice on getting your beauty sleep, eating nutritious food and drinking plenty of water is always essential to your skin’s health. Many people find that neglecting these steps will show on their skin in the form of a breakout or dark circles soon after.
Visiting a salon and having a treatment is beneficial for so many reasons; the opportunity to relax and enjoy a serious pampering session being one of the main benefits! Getting a professional treatment is perfect for giving your skin a spring clean. Whether you choose to have a chemical peel or a rejuvenating facial, a trip to the salon always feels like a treat and is a great way to chill out and have some me-time.
This dual ended brow pencil also features a spoolie brush to groom brows, distribute product and diffuse any harsh lines for a natural looking finish. The Rodial Microblade Effect Eyebrow Pencil has a lovely creamy formula and creates natural looking brows. It is a retractable pencil that has a unique, triangular tip shape that makes filling in your brows super easy and quick. The brow pencil comes in two shades:
Ash Brown – recommended for dark blondes and lighter brunettes
Dark Ash Brown – recommended for those with dark hair
Swatches from L-R: Ash Brown & Dark Ash Brown
Filling in my brows is a must for me. I have dark black hair but pure black is often too harsh and some browns contain red which is a no-go for me. Dark Ash Brown is deep enough to look natural on me and doesn’t look harsh. It has a very slightly waxy feel which helps fill in sparse areas. The color and texture are really good and easy to apply. The shape of the pencil in my opinion really defines the brows! It is great for my sparse brows as it gives good coverage, yet still offers the precision I need. I love the spoolie on the other end of the pencil, it combs the brows into place and also diffuses any harsh edges and is so handy to have on the other end.
This has been my go-to brow product since I got it. I just love the natural feathery brow look this pencil provides.
What is your favorite brow product? Do you use both pencil and brow gel or you prefer a pomade?
One of the things I love most about Instytutum skincare is that the brand is solely focus on achieving flawless skin and outstanding results for women of all ages. The products are all formulated without parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, synthetic dyes, or SLES/SLS. The innovative, luxury skincare line has made attaining flawless skin it’s top priority. Its products promise to target and diminish every skincare concern from visible pores, uneven skin tone, aging, redness, to dryness.
XCEPTIONAL FLAWLESS CREAM
Infused with Raspberry stem cells and the Multi-Molecular HA complex to significantly improve the skins moisturizing capability and retain hyaluronic content to ensure flexibility, firmness and increased elasticity. Wild Tobacco stem cells and Coffea Cell Extract measurably reduce wrinkles, act as a potent antioxidant and improve cellular vitality. L-Carnitine to fight free-radicals, advanced glycation and stimulate the collagen synthesis. Tri-Peptides to rapidly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reverse visible signs of photo-aging, tighten and refine the skin texture while improving firmness and elasticity to lift and redefine the facial contours along the cheeks and jawline. Shrubby Everlasting Plant and Paracress Extract to regain firmness, tone and reinforce the architecture of the dermis to fight wrinkles and sagging. Vitamin E, Shea Butter, and Almond Oil as a perfect addition to smooth, sooth and deeply nourish and regenerate the skin.
This ultra-powerful dream cream melts luxuriously into the skin for a smooth, sensuous application. This is a great everyday moisturizing cream that has a gorgeous velvety smooth texture. It is not heavy on the skin but provides a lot of moisture even if you have dry skin. It is very hydrating but it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on the skin. It’s the type of moisturizer that I can use both for the summer and winter since it’s not heavy but provides enough moisture for my dry/combo skin. I can also easily use this moisturizer both day and night. It is supercharged with efficacious levels of ground-breaking ingredients to provide multiple anti-aging benefits. A regenerating soothing formula that fights free-radicals, advanced glycation, and reverse visible signs of photo-aging. The cream gave me such an instant glowing and youthful skin.
TRULY-TRANSFORMING BRIGHTENING EYE CREAM
My eye care needs are preventative anti-aging and hydration and this eye cream is so perfect for my needs. This eye cream has some amazing ingredients such as Silk Tree Bark Extract, Ash Bark Extract, Vitamin PP, Coffea Cell Extract, Tripeptide-5, Biopolymers, calming Bisabolol and Shea Butter to lift, brighten, tighten and reduce fine lines and crow‘s feet.
The concentrated supercharged formula, instantly creates a smooth, lifted and depuffed eye area. This eye cream has a great texture – it has the right amount of thickness and it absorbs beautifully in the skin. This has definitely made my under eye area more smooth and hydrated since using it. I don’t know if this necessarily helps with dark circles because I don’t have an issue with that but I highly recommend if this checks all your boxes and you’re looking for a new eye cream.
The Instytutum Powerful RetinOil delivers more than just a clever pun. In addition to retinol, the formula contains skin-soothing algae and collagen-supporting stem cells, which promote bouncier, firmer-looking skin. RetinOil is a beautiful multi-tasking oil that can be used on its own or layered throughout your usual skin routine. Blend it into your foundation, face cream, or serum. It instantly creates a smooth, dewy, plumped and luminous-looking complexion. A must-have to address all your needs at once especially during the cold season.
Bottom line, I’ve said it before but I’m very impressed with the quality and effectiveness of Instytutum’s skincare as well as these products! Of the three I mentioned above, I really don’t have a favorite but as I’m partial to all things facial oil, I’d say I love the RetinOil more. These products produced amazing results for my skin. If you’re curious about their products, check out their website.
Let me know what your favorite products from the brand are.
Recently I had a chance to try some new products from the Rodial brand. They recently launched their innovative booster drops, scientifically developed using highly concentrated ingredient to target specific concerns. Rodial, is a well-known beauty brand from London. Their products have lasting effect on the skin and targeted to provide solution to specific skin problems. An innovation in skincare, the new Booster Drops are a collection of intensely targeted regeneration treatments. I was sent two: Retinol to minimise wrinkles and pigmentation AND Collagen to decrease the appearance of wrinkles.
Packaged in elegant glass dropper bottles, the booster drops can be mixed with your existing skincare regime for a more targeted effect. The formulas can also be used simultaneously and applied to specific areas of the face for a fully tailored treatment.
This is a collection of highly concentrated, single ingredient serum formulas to supercharge your skincare regime. 10% Retinol Complex is a rejuvenating concentrate designed to deliver proven anti-ageing results. This potent, skin revitalising active increases the rate of cell turnover, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful looking complexion. Uneven skin tone and pigmentation are targeted while the appearance of pores is visibly reduced for a clearer, brighter, rejuvenated complexion.
This one is a collection of highly concentrated, single ingredient serum formulas to supercharge your skincare regime. 30% Collagen Complex is a replenishing concentrate designed to support skin renewal and target multiple signs of visible ageing. This strong, active protein re-densifies the complexion, aids skin elasticity and prevents the visible formation of wrinkles to reveal a visibly hydrated, plump complexion.
I use these drops before my serum/moisturizer during my night-timeskincare routine. I massage 3, sometimes 4 drops onto cleansed skin. I use the Collagen drops every night. Since I have combo/dry skin and my skin can get extremely dry in winter, I only use the Retinol drops once, sometimes twice a week (as over-usage of Retinol can cause drying and irritation of skin). Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A, and is included in many skincare products due to its amazing benefits for the skin. Retinol works to do a variety of things to the skin, including reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, fading dark spots and hyperpigmentation, and increases cell turnover while stimulating collagen and elastin production. If instructions are follow and the Retinol drops are only used once or twice per week, it shouldn’t strip the skin because it has softening oils to stop the skin from drying out. Retinol is a strong ingredient on the skin, so you would not use it every day.
The consistency of the Retinol drops are on the oily side but the Collagen drops feel like a more watery serum-like consistency and is very hydrating on the skin. Both of these drops feel really great on the skin and layers really well with other serums and moisturizers. I have definitely seen a difference – my skin feels smoother after use and in the morning my skin is more hydrated, brighter, and plumped looking. Don’t expect miracles with these but you can count on visible improvement for lots of common skin issues.
Have you tried Rodial? Let me know what your favorite product from the brand is.
Who doesn’t want to take the prettiest selfies? Getting the right angle, the right filters and light… This spring, Clarins offers an array of makeup solutions for selfie lovers. To look your best, effortlessly, discover the new “Selfie Ready” Collection. The collection is all about flawless, poreless glowing skin and sculpt brows/brighten eye! I have the entire collection for review/swatches.
Limited Edition Ready In A Flash Eye Palette
Glow 2 Go Duo Stick
Instant Poreless Primer
The packaging of the collection is very spring like, chic and feminine. The eye palette has the cutest holographic winking eye. It literally winks at you. Love it!
This versatile and multi-use palette is compose of 2 eyebrow gels, and 4 eyeshadows (2 shimmering & 2 mattes) adapted to any look you want. The textures of the shadows are really pigmented and easy to blend, and the shades are very pretty. The mattes are soft with a radiant sheen finish whilst still being matte. The shimmers are creamy and beautiful. The brow powders can also be used as eyeshadows if you wanted to. Especially to add a bit of liner/smoke to the eyes.
All the colors are finely milled and blend like a dream. I adore the beautiful gold shade, I think it works beautiful for an everyday eye look. The packaging is really slim so it’s ideal for travel and to also pop into your makeup bag for touch-ups.
The new Instant Poreless Primer is a gel-cream primer that blurs out the appearance of pores and imperfections, creating a smooth canvas for makeup application. This gel-cream formula transforms into powder, minimizing pores. It contains organic strawberry tree fruit extract which helps to absorb excess sebum. This universal shade is the perfect match for every complexion.
The texture is lightweight and goes on dewy and then slowly mattifies. The texture transforms into a powder, leaving the complexion luminous and youthful and can be used before and after foundation application to keep makeup fresh and flawless throughout the day. I love that this primer also acts as a moisturiser and boosts the skin’s hydration level. It is similar to the original red pot; however the texture of this primer is more lightweight.
This multi-product offers 2 essentials in 1 for an intense glow. Glow 2 Go sculpts and warms the complexion in just a twist! Both a highlighter and a blush, this double-ended product is available in two shades:
01 Glowy Pink
02 Golden Peach
I have the shade 02 Golden Peach. The textures are absolutely gorgeous – very silky on the skin with amazing pigment so that you don’t need to use too much. This shade is perfect to warm up the complexion in summer with a golden highlighter and a radiant peachy blush. The formula is really creamy, so you do not need much at all. I’m a lover of peaches and coral blushes, so the blush shade was perfect – it matches my skintone nicely. This can be worn for a natural barely there look, yet at the same time they can definitely be layered for more color.
Overall, the collection is fresh and pretty for spring! Colors are very wearable though I’m not sure I would call any of these must-haves. The Glow 2 Go sticks will be amazing for summer as they’re so easy and quick to use.
You can find the Clarins Selfie Ready Collection out now at department store and clarins.com. Have you checked out anything yet? What did you think?
Fresh is a brand well-known and revered for creating skincare that combines potent natural ingredients, ancient rituals and modern science. And it’s no secret what a huge fan of the brand I am. I have literally gone through several tubes of their Soy Cleansers, Lip Treatments as well as their Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream. I have pretty much used and is still using majority of their skincare and body-care products including their fragrances. There’s isn’t anything I don’t like from this brand. Recently, the brand introduced their newest technology, the nighttime moisturizer, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream. Developed using the natural, youth-enhancing properties of a whole and living lotus plant, this whipped moisturizer sinks in like a dream and smells like a fresh peach, thanks to revitalizing peach extract.
The Lotus Youth Preserve Moisturizer has been an all-time favorite and one that I have repurchased multiple times and have gone through a few tubs. Moisturizers in general are tricky for my skin type since I am combo/dry with dehydrated skin. My skin can get really dry and flaky with extreme heat and air conditioners but I am also prone to getting oily in the T-zone and breakouts on occasion; so sometimes finding that one moisturizer that is hydrating enough but not heavy has always been a challenge but I have luckily found several that I love. This one is pure love. It features maca root extract, antioxidant lotus root extract and vitamin E in Fresh’s Super 7 Complex. Super 7 Complex: A blend of seven super-charged ingredients that helps to hydrate, improve radiance, and promote a youthful-looking complexion, including lotus flower extract, AND Maca Root Extract: Helps boost luminosity.
This is a lightweight moisturizer which is a less intense version of the night cream, and it leaves the skin feeling very moisturized all day but has a lightweight finish. I can wear it under makeup without my face becoming oily or shiny. I absolutely love this moisturizer!
This is a lightweight whipped antioxidant night cream that helps detoxify while minimizing signs of aging. It is enriched with Super Lotus: Captures the multi-benefit properties of the entire lotus plant in one power ingredient that helps to hydrate, boost radiance, and deliver antioxidant protection; AND Peach Leaf Extract: Helps skin look and feel refreshed overnight.
My skin has been extremely dry because of the weather but this cream soaks right into my skin. This nighttime moisturizer works when skin is more receptive to nourishment – so you wake up with a rested, brighter look. It brightens, hydrates, and helps skin bounce back after a rough day, all while reducing the signs of skin stress and fatigue that have been acquired throughout the day.
I wake up with smoother and well-rested looking skin. It truly does a good job at keeping skin hydrated and removes any tight feeling you might have from dryness. I only need a small amount but you can definitely apply as much as needed depending on your skin type. It’s non-irritating, did not clog my pores, and it doesn’t have a strong scent (it smells wonderful) so it doesn’t interfere with my sleep. It’s lightweight, so I feel like I can use it year around. Overall, Lotus Dream Face Cream is an excellent nighttime moisturizer!
For the face creams, I can’t say I have a favorite of the two. They’re both very hydrating and suits my skin very well and the price points of both is a lot easier to swallow for luxury skincare. The main difference is that the Lotus Face Cream is a daytime moisture for hydrated, soft skin. You wear during the day for youth-preserving moisture and makeup prep; while the Lotus Dream Cream is an overnight protection for rested, recharged skin. You wear while you sleep for antioxidant protection and overnight recovery.
You can find both Fresh’s Lotus Face Creams at Sephora.
With the tail-end of winter in sight, we can finally start looking forward to spring – and planning our wardrobes for the new season. And it promises to be a fun one, with all the colours, prints, and accessories you could wish for. Have fun playing dress-up as you investigate these five fashion considerations to make for spring.
Add some fun prints
One print in particular was all over the catwalks for spring/summer 2019 – leopard print. This animal-themed classic shows no signs of disappearing, so now’s the time to try the trend (if you haven’t already). Designers like Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana favoured head-to-toe ensembles, but it’s easy to dress up plain clothing with a bag or a pair of shoes if you’d prefer a more subtle look. Or why not make one signature piece the main focus of your outfit? There are lots of leopard print skirts on the high street right now.
Don’t be afraid of colour
The sun will (hopefully!) come out and our clothing will brighten up accordingly. For the brave amongst you, there’ll be lots of neon shades – think highlighter-pen hues like shocking pink and green.
For something slightly calmer, look for shades of camel or lavender, or experiment with colour clashes. Red and pink is a favourite for this season.
Make your accessories big and bold
Whether you’re jazzing up your outfit with jewellery, hair clips, or a statement bag, there’s just one rule when it comes to spring accessories: they need to be outrageous. Bows were everywhere, and are an easy way to add some interest to your usual hairstyle.
Look for sharp tailoring
Gone are the days when only men could wear a suit. Tailored pieces like oversized blazers and wide-leg pants were popular sights on the S/S19 catwalk, and the good thing about them is they’re easy to add to your existing clothing. Throwing different coats and jackets over your outfits immediately makes you look more polished, while women’s pants in colours like bright blue and baby pink strike a balance between smart and fun.
Dress up your look with feathers and fringing
Going out out? Then you need to go all out. As you’ll have seen from the other items on this list, this spring is no time to fade into the background. Fringing and/or feathers adorned many designer dresses, no matter what style or colour they were. (Seriously – cosy cartoon-print sweater dresses got the same treatment as glitzy silver evening gowns.)
Whatever your preferences, let one piece take centre stage. You’ll make an impact as soon as you arrive – and all you’ll need to do is put on a dress.
Will you be adding any of these looks to your wardrobe? Which spring fashion trend is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.