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Beauty basics you can do to prep for your wedding day!

15492075_1537393302955575_773872308846599447_nEvery bride deserves to look flawless on her wedding day. And to ensure that you look perfect on your special day there is a couple of beauty basics you can do to prep for your destination wedding!

Hair

Styling, coloring and blow-drying your hair in a daily basis can result in damage hair, so before the wedding day we would recommend you to hydrate and revitalize your hair by getting a Keratin treatment and maybe a couple weeks before the wedding get a little trim to get rid of the spit ends.

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If you color your hair, we recommend you do it at least two weeks before the wedding, so the re-growth doesn’t show. And if you can,  bring with you a highlight activating / colour protecting shampoo!

Reference The Best Hair Colour Saving Tips with Best Color Protecting Shampoo - Comadre Coloring Site

Reference The Best Hair Colour Saving Tips with Best Color Protecting Shampoo – Comadre Coloring Site

Face

A good advice is to always keep hydrated! Especially when you arrive to the Riviera Maya, since you might not be used to the weather we will recommend you to drink lots and lots of water even if you are not thirsty!.

If you are planning on waxing your eyebrows, try to do it at least 3 days before the big day, so your skin isn’t irritated or red the day of.

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If you want to prepare your skin, you can also have a facial done at least a week before the wedding as facials can cause redness and breakouts. A week will be enough time for your skin to calm down and get back to normal.

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Skin

If you are planning on sunbathing and 240_F_90571629_9wNAhLwBPKuJ1gqmeQmrS4Ghzv8RYVSXenjoying the gorgeous caribbean beach of Tulum, we would recommend you to always always use sunscreen, apply it as often as you can. Also, applying aloe-vera after a long day at the beach will help your skin recover and feel fresh!

Also, remember to bring a good sunscreen for your face and body, at least a 30SPF.

 

Accessories

Dirty-Blonde-Clip-In-Hair-ExtensionsSome brides choose to have hair extensions and eye-leash extensions. In this case we would recommend you to get the clip on extensions, rather than the glued ones, especially if you plan to jump in the pool or have a romantic ocean swim.

For the eyelashes, sometimes is better to get the fake eyelashes that come with your bridal make up, this way you can decide how bold you want them to be on the wedding day, rather than worrying if your permanent fake eyelashes might fall before the big day.

 

Talking about 2018 bridal trends with Ael Becker!

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Sarah Garnier Co, was featured in a fantastic Riviera Maya bridal blog by Ael Becker!

We had so much fun talking about all of the fantastic trends the 2018 bridal cat walk offered! And we picked our favorites for a beach wedding in the Mexican Caribbean!

 

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We talk about make up! Where our fav are trends are; red lips, glowy make up, bold eyebrows, & strobing!

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And for hair we talk about flowers, braids and the boho-chic look!

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Check out the blog, we know you will enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it!

READ THE BLOG HERE! 

 

Should I wear hair extensions for my wedding day???

The answer is Yes!!!, extensions are perfect for everyone! You can use hair extensions if you want to add either:

  • Length
  • Volume

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Hair extensions come in different lengths. Most common are 18” , 20” & 22”. Keep in mind that your natural hair needs to blend in with the extensions. For example, if you have a short haircut it’s better to choose shorter extensions. And as long as your hair is at least shoulder length, the hair extensions will blend and the clips will be secure and will not show thru the short hair.

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If you have thin hair… hair extensions are perfect for you as well! With the extensions, you will have more volume and length!! Which is exactly what you want in order to achieve your dreamed wedding hair!

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Here are some perfect examples of beautiful bridal buns with the added volume from the hair extensions!

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What we recommend:

-We recommend the clip in hair extensions instead of keratin or the any glued extensions (Remember you will be swimming in the beautiful blue ocean of the Mexican Caribbean, lets avoid a tangled disaster!), the advantage with clip ons is, that you can just take them off at the end of the day, wash them, conditioned them and let them dry on their own. You can go and enjoy the Riviera Maya beach, without worrying about damaging your new hair extensions!

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-We also recommend you to buy natural hair, because natural hair allows us to curl them, dry them and straight it without damaging it!

Sarah’s Tip: Buy a couple of hair extensions with lighter tones and other with a bit darker shade, this will help to create a highlights effect, give more depth to your hairdo, dimension and movement.

And good news to all our brides!! If you are thinking about getting hair extensions for your special day, let us know and we can order them for you at a special price or we can give you a special price code from our friends from Beyond the beauty Hair Extensions!  Let us know!

 

The Perfect Hairstyle for the Perfect Dress

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Ashley-Matt_0008One of the most important things for your wedding day is choosing the perfect the dress. But then you need to decide on the complete look, and how to make that dress and your natural beauty just pop!  It’s about how you will glow while walking down the aisle, how the dress will complement your figure, how your make up will complement your natural beauty, and more importantly a hair do that complements your face and dress!

So now that you have the perfect dress for your destination wedding, lets talk about the perfect hairstyle. A hairstyle that feels comfortable and looks perfect no matter how humid or windy is the beach on your special day! So we decided to show you a couple of dresses and how our beautiful brides choose the perfect hairdo to pair the dress and look glamorous and fresh at the beach.

Photo by: Quetzal Studio 

 

Chic Bohemian Look

Hair down & Boho Dress – Tulum Wedding in Casa Malca!

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The Bohemian look has been taking the 2017 bridal seen by storm! And our gorgeous bride Laura really knew how to work it! Her Tulum wedding was magnificent, a sophisticated Sheath gown, half up with soft waves and a veil for the final touch. Just the perfect amount of chic and bohemian, just like Tulum!

 

Timeless Look-

Chignon & Laced-Back Gown – Banyan Tree Wedding!

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Laced-back dresses are perfect for the vintage look. Our gorgeous bride Mariana combined an amazing laced-back gown with a sophisticated low bun and a head piece for the final touch  to make this look timeless. If you think about glamour with a touch of caribbean vibes you will probably think of Playa del Carmen which has some of the most beautiful locations and venues, just like this one!.

Glamorous in the Jungle Look

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Who said that you couldn’t be glamorous in the Mayan Riviera Jungle?? Our edgy bride just looks stunning in a strapless dress paired with an soft-messy low bun. Our bride showed us how to be sexy and glamorous, sexy and fun in the Mayan jungle and cenote!

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Photo by: Jonathan Cossu 

 

Romantic Look

Flower Crown & Strapless Dress

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This is such an ethereal look, is hard to find other words to describe it! A delicate strapless gown, down hair and a flower crown! This look is just perfect for a your dreamed Playa del Carmen beach wedding!

 

Your destination Wedding in Mexico and the most romantic places to visit before saying “I do”.

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The advantages of having a destination wedding is that you are in an exotic location y with the love of your life, and your friends and family travel from all over to spend a couple of days with you and celebrate your love, so lets make the most of it!

If you have a couple of days to discover the area, why not escaping for a romantic day trip just the two of you?…or maybe you want to take a couple of friends to enjoy this spectacular places… either way, we wanted to tell you about some of the most amazing, romantic and mind blowing locations in the Mayan Riviera and surroundings.

Las Coloradas in Yucatán.

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The amazing cotton candy pink lakes of Las Coloradas are located off the beaten track a bit. Getting there requires a 3 hour drive from Cancun or Playa del Carmen.

This day trip will take your breath away, the colors will melt your heart and you will also get the chance to get some amazing romantic pictures, adding magic memories to your destination wedding week.

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The vibrant pink color of these lakes is due to red-colored algae, plankton, and brine shrimp that live in the salty environment. As water evaporates, these organisms become more concentrated creating these glimmering pink in under the bright Mexican sunlight

 

Holbox Island, Quintana Roo. 

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This gorgeous island where the time has stood still is located to the North West of Cancún. It is a located only a short drive away, approximately two and a half hours from Playa del Carmen.

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The streets of Holbox Island are made of white sand, there are very few cars, and the local fisherman still walk around the island with the catch of the day, but what is more important is that there is very few tourist, and the view you have of the beach will leave you speechless. The vibe and atmosphere of the island is so relaxing you will feel recharge after spending a day or two there.

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In Mexico exist a category of towns named “Pueblos Magicos” or “Magic Towns”; these places are a must in your travel through Mexico because they combine history, nature and culture making it an unforgettable experience.

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Bacalar’s magic will enchant you. The lagoon reflects seven different tones of blue, it’s home to living fossils “the stomatolites” and downtown the architecture and the secrets left by pirates will enchant you!

We hope you enjoy this whimsical places with the love of your life!!

 

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…with a twist

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We have all heard the saying of something old, something new, something borrowed and something new. But what does it all mean?

Well, it comes from an Old English rhyme, and they are tokens of good luck that your family and friends will give to you on the big day. But hey, now that you are getting married in the beautiful Riviera Maya in the Mexican Caribbean, why don’t we continue with the tradition and give it a little twist… so we had some ideas on what some items that would be perfect for a destination wedding and also check the traditional requirements! .

Something Old-

Something old represents continuity.

Is there somthing your grandma gave you when you were little?, remeber those photo locklets that grandmas used to have? And even more perfect if it has a picture of grandma! Or even better, if grandma is at the wedding!

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Something new-

Represents optimism for the future.

Most brides something new is their wedding dress!, if you choose your something new to be the dress..this is awesome!, because after the wedding you can take it to the cenote or the beach and have alot of fun doing a trash the dress photoshoot!

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Something borrowed-

Symbolizes happiness.

This is always a hard one. You could borrow a hair accessory from friends or family for your hair up-do, or borrow your mom’s jewelry…this is always a good one!

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Something blue –

Represent purity, love, and fidelity.

Well this one was the easiest of them all, with the gorgeous turquoise blue ocean from the Riviera Maya as your background we are sure your marriage will be filled with love! And since we are in México, why not making a specialty blue cocktail with blue agave Tequila for your guests, nothing can go wrong with this …right?

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Or if you would like to play it safe, you could let the groom help you out with this one… he could wear a blue suit for the perfect beach wedding!

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PHOTOGRAPHERS CONTACTS:

Fine Art Studio: https://fineartstudioweddings.com/

Dean Sanderson: http://deansandersonweddings.com/

Magic Art Studio: http://www.magicartweddingstudio.com/

Quetzal Studio: https://www.quetzalwedphoto.com/

The wedding day essentials no bride should be without!

 

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We truly hope you don’t have any beauty emergency on your wedding day, however the key to avoid them is to be prepared. It’s super important to have handy those items that could save the day, so before you come down to the Riviera Maya, México for your destination wedding, we would recommend you to stop by your local pharmacy and grab some of these travel size beauty essentials:

Beauty essentials:

Your favorite lipstick or lip-gloss: for touch ups through out the day!

Breath mints: It sure will be nice for your first kiss as a married woman to be sweet and fresh!

Nail polish : Always ready for the ring/ bouquet picture!

Tissues: happy tears, no problema!

Hair bits and bobs: Ask your professional hair dresser to provide you with a few bobby pins and hair bands before she leaves, so you can fix and tweak your hair or even attach your wedding veil.

Comb or brush and small mirror: to keep your hair do under control.

Hair spray: with the tropics humid weather, it’s always a good idea to have some hair spray to make sure your do stays put!

And the essentials for your general beach wedding travel kit:

You might also want to bring these with you to the reception: deodorant, bug spray and sun- screen, after all you are in a tropical country having an amazing beach wedding, but lets face it it might be hot and humid, with the probability of mosquitoes and sun burns. And maybe include some first aid basics like pain reliever or aspirin and band aids.

For any wardrobe emergencies, don’t forget: Super glue (to fix any shoe, or hair accessory)  , stain remover, and the sewing kit!

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Also, if you are having a trash the dress (specially during the winter months), make sure you bring with you a towel, change of clothes, a thermos or a mug with hot chocolate or coffee, and a chocolate bar for the breaks in between shots, cause the water can get very cold!!!

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If we missed any ¨must have ítems¨, send us a comment and let us know your experience and how you handled the situation!

Hair Accessories ! Alternatives to the wedding veil…

For your wedding hairstyle and fashion design, the veil is an option but not an obligation!. There’s so many beautiful alternatives to the classical veil that we wanted to take few minutes to show you a few options for a beach wedding in the Riviera Maya. Beach weddings allow you to be as creative as you want, you can choose different accesories to create a shophisticated-classical look or a relaxed boho-chic style, lets have a look!

The veil :

There’s more than one way you can wear a veil, create a classical look by wearing it on top of your hair or give it a modern twist and place it underneath a bohemian up do for a beachy style.

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Birdcages & blushers :

Give a little twist to the veil by wearing one of these!,  birdcages and blushers will help you create a sophisticated vintage look with a playfull edge. Another great thing about these accessories, is that they can be attached to any style of haircomb, fascinator or brooches you may like.  Be adventurous and create your own retro-chic look with a spice of modern glamour!

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Hair Combs :

Hair combs are usually a vintage inspired accessory, faturing pearls, rhinestones, crystals or floral embellishments. Hair combs are perfect to wear with a bun. However, if you have your mind set on wearing your hair down, the comb will totally work with a sleek side look or a half up do style, keep in mind that it might need to be attached with some extra bobby pins.

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Floral crowns :

Floral crowns have taken the 2016 bridal hair scene by storm. Commonly used by boho brides the truth is, flower crowns go with any kind of hairstyle from the boho-chic to the conservative buns! I guess, we can see the reason for their success! You can mix and match between different flowers and colors to show your personal style.

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Tiaras and headband :

The classic Cinderella tiara will never go out of style, so you can’t go wrong with one! With a half-up, half down hairstyle or a stylish bun the tiara is the perfect accessory to create the princess look.

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Beach style :

And last but not least, lets talk about some beach theme accesories. If you chose the Riviera Maya for your setting,  there’s no doubt you will love these options . Be as creative and colorful as you want, try some pearls and crystals for a marmaid look,  a tropical flower for a splash of color and a sexy vibe or starfish accessories to  match a wavy or soft curls hairstyle. Either way, you will look stunning with the caribbean ocean as your background.

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BEAUTYBLENDER : A MUST HAVE !

You probably already saw these colorful egg shape sponges everywhere,  but you maybe don’t really know how to use them. If you love make up and if you are used to wear foundation, this little egg is made for you !

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The original beauty blender is pink and has been created by Rea Ann Silva in 2007 . It first replaced the classic foundation brushes of the professional make up artists but now it became so popular that you can find it everywhere and use it for your make up at home!

It is the best tool for traditional foundation application. The thing is to use it wet. “If you use it dry, it doesn’t work the same way, the magic is when you wet the sponge” Says the Rea Ann Silva . “When it’s wet, it becomes bigger, softer and less thirsty, instead of sucking up the make up, it pushes it out into the face “

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Wet the sponge until its completely saturated and squeeze out the excess water. Then dab it in your make up . When you apply the make up , you will see you have a better coverage with less product. The result is very natural and gives a non make up effect. This little egg shape is perfect  for application under the eyes, around the nose and along the lips. 

To understand better how to use your beauty blender what’s is better than a little video :

 

The beautyblender gives a flawless result, your skin will look amazing, fresh and light. Try it and  you will love it ! You can also use this sponge to apply your blush and bronzer.

Your make up artist tips :

  • You can use a beauty blender for make up but also to apply your face moisturizer, cream , serum, primer, spa etc… the sponge use the perfect amount of product and the application is very uniform and gives a perfect coverage.
  • If you are a bride to be getting married in a tropical place like the Riviera Maya Mexico,  and you plan to have a beautiful airbrush make up for the big day, you can get used to wear your traditional foundation using the beauty blender. The result will never be as perfect as an airbrush application but you will see it is not that far.

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PONYTAILS EVERYWHERE ! 2016 Fashion Trend

This season the ponytail hairstyles are everywhere, on the magazines, the red carpet, catwalks…  We love it so much we decided to show you some of our favorite styles.

There are so many ways  to wear the ponytail…. whether you are getting married or simply going to work or to the gym, the ponytail is a perfect option. What will you choose ?

BRAIDED PONYTAIL

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LOW PONYTAIL

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ON THE SIDE PONYTAIL

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TEASED PONYTAIL

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TOUSLED PONYTAIL

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If you are a bride to be , the ponytail matches perfectly with a hairpiece or a veil. If the ceremony takes place outside or for a beach wedding,  the ponytail is an excellent bridal hairstyle option. Moreover if the weather is windy and humid like in the Mayan Riviera Mexico, a teased or tousled ponytail can be the way to avoid the frizz . Your hairstylist bridal expert will help you to find the look that will makes you gorgeous for your big day .

WEDDING PONYTAIL

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