MUST HAVE PRODUCTS FOR YOUR NEXT SEASIDE GETAWAY

"There are many stunners among us who can roll around in the sand and dive into the ocean coming out looking like Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon but the rest of us can feel quite disheveled"

 Photo by Louise McFadden 

Photo by Louise McFadden 

A break by the sea is refreshing and liberating but it often means that your usual hair and makeup rituals must change and adapt. The efforts of styling your hair with a voluminous blow-dry or soft GHD waves are washed away by salt water, eye makeup runs down your face and the absence of foundation exposes all those glorious spots, dark circles and pigmentation. There are many stunners among us who can roll around in the sand and dive into the ocean coming out looking like Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon but the rest of us can feel quite disheveled.

 

I recently holidayed in Lake Como, Amalfi Coast and Ishchia Island for my honeymoon and I wanted to feel beautiful, especially for what is meant to be the most romantic getaway of my life. I was determined not to allow my baby frizz to spring out from my temples or my face to resemble a melting clown. You don't want to be the boring girl who doesn't budge from her towel in fear of washing off her contouring but you do want to be proud of your holiday album. So, here are some of my favourite ocean friendly products that I took along with me and some easy tips that will help you to be the BROOKE. 

 

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MAKEUP 

HAVE A BROW AND EYELASH TINT BEFORE YOU LEAVE. THIS MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE, ESPECIALLY FOR FAIRER COMPLEXIONS. A DARK NAVY LASH TINT FOR BRUNETTES IS A SHOWSTOPPER

 

L'oréal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara || Smudge proof eyes

Sun Sense Daily Face invisible tint finish ||  SPF 50+ || Great coverage that will leave your skin glowing  

Becca Beach Tint || Water resistant lip & cheek tint available in 8 shades || Natural creme blush and lip stain    

 

 

HAIR 

SALT WATER CAN WORK WONDERS FOR HAIR SO EMBRACE THE TEXTURISING EFFECTS THE SEA PROVIDES. BUT IF YOU NEED TO CONTROL FRIZZ AROUND THE FACE, BLOW-DRY ONLY THESE FRONT SECTIONS OUTWARDS AND THEN TWIST YOUR WET HAIR UP INTO A BUN BEFORE SLEEP. WAKE WITH A BEAUTIFUL NATURAL WAVE.  

 

Twistband Elastics || These will help achieve the above without leaving a crease in your hair

Leonor Greyl Treatment Oil || Hydrates dry, frizzy hair and protects against UV rays

Coco Luxe Coconut Oil || Unrefined, 100% organic & in an easy travel tube || Massage this through your hair daily, mainly the ends for a deep nourishing mask 

 Photo by Jason Sevres || Hair & Makeup by This June ||  Carlie Grima for Chic Management   

Photo by Jason Sevres || Hair & Makeup by This June || Carlie Grima for Chic Management  

 

SKIN

INCREASE YOUR DAILY WATER INTAKE TO KEEP YOUR SKIN HYDRATED AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MOTHER NATURE BY EXFOLIATING YOUR BODY WITH WET SAND.

 

JBronze Rapid Tan Mousse || A fast, long lasting and streak free golden fake tan with Aloe Vera extract

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Or || Shimmering dry oil for face, body and hair containing mineral particles that nourish and illuminate skin

ULTRACEUTICALS Face & Body Recovery Cream || Hydrating after sun cream packed with antioxidants to help irritation and redness

     

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A GUIDE TO YOUR BEAUTY PREP BEFORE TYING THE KNOT

Today marks my two month wedding anniversary and what a perfect way to celebrate by posting my first This June article; how to get your skin and hair looking it’s best for the big day and finding the right hair and make-up artist.

Walking down the aisle can be a very daunting thought for a bride. Hundreds of eyes fixated on you, a pair of heels that you're most likely walking in for the first time in a dress that restricts your breathing, the repetitive sound of a photographer’s shutter capturing every move you make and the likely chances of your emotions taking over and turning you into a blubbering mess. You want to feel good; you want to look your best.

GENERAL HEALTH

If you're anything like I used to be and tick off your daily exercise after the first set of sit-up’s followed by inhaling an entire block of chocolate with a glass of wine while watching Netflix then try to remember, beauty truly does start from the inside. I kicked some bad habits to the curb prior to my wedding and felt so much better for it.

Regular exercise promotes better blood circulation creating a healthier and more vibrant exterior. Clean eating eradicates toxins, enhancing the whites of your eyes, the glow in your skin and the appearance of teeth and gums. 

·      Practice at least 30min of physical activity every day. Going for a walk is an obvious one but if you have the benefits of living by water, this can be something as enjoyable as hiring a canoe on the weekend and going for a paddle with your fiancé.

·      Find a form of exercise to do at least three times a week. For some it’s the fast paced adrenaline of boot camp or kickboxing, for others it’s to be more in a state of meditation with yoga or laps in a pool. Whatever the sport, you need to be enjoying it otherwise you won’t stick to it.  

·      Eat a healthy diet high in vegetables, fruit and drink plenty of water. Try to also find a great Naturopath in your local area. I promise you, you’ll never regret it. Naturopath’s study each individual and their specific needs and focus on treating a problem’s underlying causes with natural approaches such as herbs, nutrition and acupuncture.

 

PREPARING YOUR SKIN

It’s very easy to become an overwhelmed bride with what’s available out there for skincare but remember not to over do it. Excessive use of serums, treatments and the introduction of new products to your skin can cause it to go into a state of shock.  You should simply enhance your already existing daily skin regime by adding some extra love. Continue doing what you normally do and slowly introduce these step

·      You should already be cleansing, toning and moisturizing twice a day, exfoliating up to twice a week (depending on your skin type) and using a night serum for extra hydration. Add to this a weekly facemask. One of my favourites is the Facial treatment mask by SK-II

·      Have a consultation with your local beauticians or skincare clinic to find out what treatment is best for you. My issue was constant dryness and general dullness so I had a series of microdermabrasions paired with several skin rejuvenation treatments. Even if your skin is problem free, going for a facial once a month in the lead up will give you more radiant skin. Leave a space of two weeks after the final appointment and wedding day

·      Drink 8 glasses of water a day (2 litres) more if you are exercising

 

PREPARING YOUR HAIR  

Moving to a new country carries with it the joys of finding your new dentist, doctor and hairdresser. It was 3 months until the wedding and I hadn’t yet been in Paris all that long so I needed to trial someone for the first time. I didn’t need much, just a re-fresh of my already existing balayage with a trim. After following a recommendation to a salon that seemed professional enough, I sat in the chair completely unaware of the experience I was about to have. The hairdresser juggled myself and two other clients at the same time with no assistant. She painted my entire head peroxide blonde burning the ends of my hair because the chemicals were left on for too long and then topped it all off with a 2 minute haircut. Escaping the salon as quickly as I could, I ran to meet my fiancé Lucas as we had planned to grab a coffee afterwards. The look of absolute shock engulfed his face and as tears began to blur my vision I buried my head into his chest hoping not to offend the perfectly groomed waiter next to us. After comforting me in silence for quite some time Lucas bravely whispered ‘darling, you’re just like a prettier version of Christina Aguilera’. I exploded and had my only ‘bridezilla’ moment right there on a bustling Parisian street. 

·      Go to your regular hairdresser who knows you well. If this isn’t possible because you’re having a destination wedding or you have newly moved overseas, then make sure you leave enough time before the wedding day incase, like me, your hauntingly transformed.

·      Keep your ends healthy by having trims every 6 weeks, timing your last to be 2-3 weeks before the wedding day.

·      Do a monthly hair mask at home and have a deep conditioning mask with your hairdresser during your final appointment. I had a completely new head of hair after doing the Tokio Inkarami treatment. Created in Japan, this hair technology launched in France in 2013 and contains a relatively new chemical element ‘Fullerene’ which as of now is the world’s best antioxidant. This revolutionary molecule was discovered in 1996 and was even recognized for a Nobel Prize in chemistry. The treatment has four stages and during 30 minutes each hair follicle is deeply penetrated, restoring the strength and health of your hair.

·      Take a daily Vitamin that stimulates and improves your hair, nails and skin. I started to take SOLGAR Vitamins in the months prior to my wedding and noticed a huge difference. The formula in these vitamins supports collagen and delivers nutrients like Vitamin C and Copper.

 

FINDING YOUR HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTIST

After all of your hard work and self control with eating extra greens, doing weekly face masks and taking daily vitamins, you want to then find the right hair and make-up artist who can compliment all of these efforts and execute exactly what style you want for the day.

 

·      Find a H&M artist who is not only good at what they do but someone you get along with and who understands your vision. They are with you most of the morning while your nerves are racing and they can’t help but be in your face so chemistry is important.

·      Ensure the above by having a hair and make-up trial. This is something I recommend all of my brides to do so you can test out various styles and meet your artist before the big day. A good H&M artist should also advise you on what suits your colouring, face shape and hair type.

·      Do your trial 3-4 months before the day. Leaving it too late is risky incase you want a second trial and when it’s too far in advance things such as your dress, veil, jewellery and flowers may not yet be concrete. These details should compliment your hair and make-up and vice versa.

·      A little tip from me (who’s not at all a heavy handed make-up artist) you need to have enough on. It can sometimes feel a little heavy after sitting in a chair for an hour having someone else apply your make-up but remember almost 20% absorbs within the first hour and a lot of it is lost in photography. You still want to feel like you but it’s also not just another ordinary day so find the right balance.

Knowing my luck I was sure to wake with a volcanic pimple or a colossal sized cold sore on my lip for my wedding.  Both of these glorious lesions strike me several times a year when stress levels are high. I was extremely nervous by the steep stairs I needed to descend before walking down the aisle followed by a bilingual ceremony. I’m also an extremely ugly crier and ball my eyes out watching Qantas adds so all in all I didn’t hold much hope for myself for the 2nd September 2016. Fortunately I didn’t fall on my face, the blistex cream remained on standby and I surprised myself at how civilized my tears fell.

But not everything ran smoothly. My mum and two aunties managed to be involved in a three-car accident the day before the wedding and it just so happened that my manicurist was in the car behind them. She had her young son with her in the car at the time and with the shock of it all she closed her boutique for the week. In a small French country town in the middle of nowhere this meant DIY manicures and pedicures for all!

Things will go wrong but if you use this guide and keep your eyes on the end of the aisle, the central reason you are there, your love, then you will feel more beautiful then you have ever felt before.   

            

Credits;

Photography: The Kitcheners 

Flowers: Lily Paloma

Wedding Dress: Elie Saab