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Saturday, 7 May 2016

Style & Beauty: Wedding



Admittedly, I've never been much of a girly girl. I'm not the type who gets excited about make-up and have always been a bit too afraid to take huge risks with my hair (even though even I have had my moments...). But when it comes to opportunities where you have to look nice, I do tend to throw myself into it all and have fun getting all dressed up! Obviously, my mom's wedding was the perfect opportunity. Thankfully, the weather was beautiful and was lovely and warm, but not too sticky and hot. Seeing as I was on the look out for wedding style tips in the lead up to the big day, I wanted to share mine! So let's begin...

Dress



I have to admit, when I tried this dress on just five days before the wedding, I was stressed and worried about the hassle and all the last minute shopping I would have to endure in the days leading up to it. So when I put it on and it fit perfectly, I had a sort of Cinderella moment. I fell in love with the dress, the detail is stunning and it was surprisingly comfortable, even with the multiple underskirts. I purchased the 'Nia' Curve dress on the Chi Chi London site for £66.99, which I thought was very reasonable for the quality of the dress and for the fact that I will be wearing it to the races again next month.

Accessories 




I didn't want to go too overboard with accessories and jewellery as the dress was already a statement piece and I didn't want there to be a bit too much going on. However, I also didn't just want to settle for a pieces I would usually pick up in Primark, because it was a special occasion, I thought I'd treat myself a little. So I headed to Accessorize and picked up a pashmina, silver clutch bag and a silver headband and all three came to around £30. I felt like a little kid buying a headband, but it's because I didn't fancy wearing a fascinator and again, didn't want to put anything on my head that would distract from the dress! Shoes wise, I chose not to buy new ones. I struggled to find any heels that I would last in all day and night and ones that would go with my outfit. I picked up these adorable midi heels from New Look last May and they were perfect for my outfit, so I saved at least £20 there!

Hair and Make-up



So make-up wise, I stuck to my trusty foundation, which is Maybelline's Dream Satin Liquid in 'Nude' and Rimmel London 'Sand' Concealer Stick. I didn't go mad with the contouring, but I did use my NYX Wonder Stick ever so gently, just to give my skin a more blended look. For my eyebrows, I stuck to my favourite kit, Collection Eye Brow Kit in 'Blode'. I love that eyebrow kit so much it would take something impressive for me to use another one! For my eyes, I used my Revolution pallet. I used the light brown as a base, then added a touch of the silver glitter one and finished with just a smudge of the deep purple. I finished my eyes off with Rimmel London's Wake Me Up mascara on my top lashes and Max Factor's Masterpiece Max for my bottom lashes. For my lips, in the day I stuck to NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in deep purple and then changed over to my beloved Rimmel London purple lipstick on the night as I've found that it lasts longer, especially when you're drinking! I finished my face with my trusty Revolution Pro Fix Spray which I will take to the grave with me. Nails wise, I wanted to mix it up a bit. So I went for NYC light purple on my toes and Barry M deep purple on my fingers!

I knew I wanted to curl my hair for the wedding, but as my hair is very fair, curls very rarely stay in place. That's why when I want to do a particular style with my hair, I use volume mousse, which I'll scrub into my hair around 15 minutes after washing it. I've tried so many over the years, but the Loreal Studio Pro mousse is by far the best one. Similarly with the hairspray, I've found that the Loreal Studio Pro works best, especially on my big thick fringe which just looks awful when it loses it's curve!

If you have any questions or want any links to items, drop me a message! 

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