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Everything you need to know before “saying yes” to microblading!

We love telling our beautiful brides about the new techniques out there.. and before you “say yes” to microblading and getting it done for your wedding day, here’s some details you need to know..


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What is Microblading?

It’s a form of semi-permanent tattooing that involves using tiny, fine-point needles (instead of a tattoo gun) that make up a small disposable blade and handle (a very weird looking tool, right?) that helps scratch and deposit the pigment under your skin evenly and simultaneously.Unlike the tatoo gun,  there’s many shapes and sizes of the microblading needles, which allows the artist to create your dreamed brow shape!

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(The holder might vary, this pic is just to give you an idea of the type of needles used for the process)

Is microblading for me?

Yes, definitely! Microblading is customizable and it’s for everyone, from girls with zero brows, blonde ultra-faint brows, or girls who just need a little help filling the arches. However, you do need to find a microblading artist who has enough experience and can create different styles, shapes and match your eyebrow color.

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Before and After (@sumanbrows)

How do I find the right artist for me?

Ask them to see their portfolio (it can be their FB or Instagram account), make sure they have pictures of various brow shapes and colors, that the color match, and of course… read the clients reviews.

Does it hurts? How long it takes to heal? 

Before you get to the Riviera Maya and if you are thinking about getting your brows done hera a couple of details you need to know. Microblading is a lengthy process, you need to let your brows peal, heal, geat the correct shade and then do a touch up. So if you are thinking about getting it done before the big day, allow at least  4 months before the big day  and allow the hole process to take place.

Well, to be honest it does hurts a little bit. After all, you had needles going through your skin to deposit ink pigments under your brow tissue. So it’s a little bit like a more sophisticated tattoo. So you will need to follow the after care instructions your artist indicates, a bit like a tatto…applying creams and letting your skin peal a little after it reveals the beautiful outcome. Although you will see the final outcome once the session is done, a couple of days later you will experience a bit of pealing off and a tiny bit of discomfort.  Here’s a great inforgaphic from SumanBrows London, on what to expect after you get your brows done.

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How long it takes & how long it lasts?

It takes about two hours, but what take the longest is the numbing cream they use before they go ahead with the microblading.  It lasts around one to three years, but a couple months after you get it done you will need to go for a touch up in order to finalize the pigmentation. After that, you might need a touch up after 12 months or more.

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Here´s a couple of brow-artists that will help you achieve your dreamed look! 

New York:  Brow Doctort NYC. 

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Los Angeles: MLAmicroblading

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We hope this blog was helpful and it helps you achieve your #browgoals !

 

 

 

The ultimate bachelorette party in the Riviera Maya, Mexico!

We know that planning the perfect bachelorette party weekend can be a challenge, getting the entire squad together and having a plan that pleases everyone can be almost impossible… except when you choose the Riviera Maya as your weekend destination! We know some of your besties would prefer to party, others would like to chill and enjoy the beach and some others would like to do some sports or go on new adventures. But guess what? The Riviera Maya has a little bit of everything, and here are some of our fav things to do with your friends:

For the adventurous, high energy and sporty girls!

There are tons of fun activities to do that will keep their adrenaline pumping!  You can  arrange a quick kite surfing lesson or if you already know how to kite you can rent a couple kites and visit some awesome kitting beaches like Isla Blanca.

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Or you can choose to arrange a SCUBA diving lesson for the girls who never been diving and join the girls that SCUBA!. Let’s show your girls the colorful reefs of the Riviera Maya!

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For the party girls…

Did someone say Champagne pool party?  Yeap, that’s right Coralina day light Club in Playa del Carmen it’s a gorgeous beach club which hosts Champagne parties every week at their pool! What else could you ask for? A couple of bottles of Moet, the beach, and your gals is the perfect combination for an unforgettable wknd.

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If the Champagne party is a bit to much.. maybe a Catamaran trip is your thing. This trip mixes the best of both worlds, it offers a snorkeling tour for everyone to enjoy and discover the reef and on the way back is party time, they offer lunch and unlimited booze. This is a good option to mix the party animals and adventurous crew. Catamaran tours are offer to Isla Mujeres, Puerto Aventuras or Playa del Carmen, so you can always find a good option near you hotel.

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And for the girls who are more laid back….

There’s a ton of fabulous hotels, beach clubs and spas in the Riviera Maya. But if you want to relax take the gals to Tulum for a Temazcal day (Mayan traditional steam bath) and let herbal medicine, natural oils and steam clean and relax your mind, body and soul. It’s a one of a kind bonding experience, something you and your besties will remember forever.

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If trying traditional Mayan medicine is a bit to much, maybe some Yoga by the Sea will have the same relaxing effect without pushing you out of your comfort zone. There’re tons of fantastic yoga teachers in the area, book a private sesh for you and your girls and do some sun salutations at sun rise, it will recharge you with a ton of positive energy and good vibes!

 

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Everybody is talking about the face rollers, but…do they work?

Everyone on social media is talking about the facial gemstone rollers. But what’s all the fuss about!? We decided to talk about this product and let you decide on your own. Maybe this will become your new beauty tool, and maybe will even make it into your list of essential items you need to bring to your Riviera Maya wedding.

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What are the derma rollers!? 

The Chinese derma rollers made of jade – or other gemstones like rose quartz are basically a stone roller (same principle as a paint roller) but small and with a gemstone. This product has taken the beauty market by a storm.And there’s must be a reason why influencers all over the world are recommending the use of these devices and massaging your face. But how do they work!? And, do they really work!? 

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The science behind…

Dermatologist Melissa Kannchanapoomi mentioned in Marie Claire’s interview says: “Jade facial rollers have been used to massage the skin since the 17th century in China, jade rolling can increase blood circulation, which, in turn, can temporarily give you a brighter flush”. Other dermatologists on the same interview also mentioned that they are not a magic wand, that rollers will not get rid of skin conditions….however they do acknowledge that “rolling a cold stone on your face can be relaxing, which, in turn, can indirectly improve stress-linked skin conditions, such as rosacea and acne.”  But don’t get discouraged, even though they don’t do magic… in the end, it’s all about how it makes you feel. We believe this could be a great tool for the day before the wedding, a nice and relaxing facial massage would do miracles for your skin. 

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What do users say about the product?

The thousands of users say that these rollers are amazing. They all mention how the rollers help you increase collagen stimulation, reduce wrinkles, enhance or increase the penetration of skincare ingredients, and some claim it clears acne outbreaks.

We believe that pampering your skin, massaging your face and just taking time for yourself will definitely improve your skin conditions, and will certainly provide benefits. So, why not give it a go & try these trendy rollers!? 

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There are many different stones available in the market. You can choose from the traditional Jadestone, the rose quartz, known as a beautifying and healing stone, or amethyst – thought to attract positive energy! And if you are a Tulum boho-bride, you probably believe in the mind-body-soul moto, and know-how the energy works…so try your perfect stone and get those energies vibrating!

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If you do give it a go…please let us know the benefits it brought to you, and share your before and after pics!

 

Utterly romantic things to do in the Riviera Maya!


While planning your Riviera Maya wedding you might visit the area a couple of times before the big day to scout venues, vendors and possible activities. While all this is hard work, you and your significant other might need a day or two to pamper yourselves and turn these trips into romantic getaways too.

Let us tell you a couple of unique experiences that you can enjoy with your significant other:

1.Sunrise paddle board!

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Every morning the sun paints the sky with beautiful colors! If you and your significant other are an active couple you would love this activity!

Enjoy the morning by the side of your loved one, get energized by the sunrise and fall in love with the Caribbean Sea.

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2. Alux Restaurant in Playa del Carmen.

If you like a more excentric place and a once in a lifetime dinner date experience, then Alux is for you! Dine inside a whimsical cavern. Enjoy gourmet Mexican food while listening to live music inside a millenary cavern is definitely a once in a lifetime experience.  After dinner, you can your glass of wine and take a tour around the cavern and admire the beautiful formations.Captura de pantalla 2019-09-15 a las 7.27.03 p.m.Photo by: Alux Restaurant

3) The Cirque du Soleil- Joya

Visiting the Cirque du Soleil it’s an amazing experience. The VIP package offers a mouth-watering menu with an unbelievable presentation, a bottle of sparkling wine and the Joya show it’s a visual treat of acrobatic skills, color, and aesthetics.  All your senses will be immersed in a magical moment! The show is fantastic, the makeup and characterization of the acrobats are just world-class. 02-Joya-700x432Photo by: Cirque du soleil.

After the show, you and your loved one can enjoy the venue, have a cocktail listen to live music and dance!

4) Romantic photoshoot 

The Caribbean Sea is the most romantic and stunning backdrop for a session booked with a local photographer. Or if you are more adventurous, there are literally thousands of cenotes (limestone sinkholes) throughout the Rivera Maya that are beautiful beyond your imagination and are also a magical set to showcase your love! And of course, if you like we can take care of your beauty services so you look even more beautiful underwater.

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TOP 5- BRIDAL TRENDS FOR 2019

December is here and so is the perfect moment to talk about the 2019 Bridal Trends!

Here’s our top 5!

 

  1. Headbands!!!

Headband were cropping up this bridal fashion week and we can see why: headbands are the perfect accessory to complete a minimalistic –sleek look! We know your 90’s heart is gonna love this trend!

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This is how our beautiful brides in the Riviera Maya rock this trend!

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Venue: Mayakoba Andaz

Wedding planner: Runawaybride

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.Headpieces- The bigger the better!

Although we said goodbye to the colorful flower crowns in 2019 we say… Hello to huge and vibrant hair accessories! Yes!, the bigger the better so don’t be afraid and be bold!

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Our beautiful bride Jess wearing a huge headpiece! Perfect colours and size for a Riviera Maya beach bride!

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  • Center Parts

This retro trend goes well with a pulled back super sleek style or a boho chic messy bun for for an effortlessly cool look.

 

 

  • Pink – Rosy Hues

If you love your pink blush , now it’s the time to bring it back out! The pink check’s flooded the bridal spring 2019 catwalk, if you love this trend then go on an blush away! Keeping up with he Rosy hues trend- we need to mention the gorgeous and bold ruby lips! Perfect for a spring beach wedding!

 

  • Luminous Skin!

Glowy skin has been in fashion since 2017, but this year we see the luminosity has been turn up a notch… and we looove it! Remember last year we talked about stobbing… well this year is not only about a bit of cheekbone highlighting this year is about an allover glow!

 

The 2019 bridal scene has blinded us with gorgeous luminous make up that accentuates the brides beauty!

 

 

Be a reef friendly eco-bride!

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A Riviera Maya destination wedding is all about enjoying the beach, the turquoise ocean and the Cenotes! To keep the ocean and the beach beautiful we need to take care of the coral reefs!

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Why are coral reefs important?

The reefs provide protection from hurricanes, maintain the beaches (erosion and provision of sand), they are an important habitat for marine life and support our local fisheries (and we all love fresh seafood, right?)

What can you do to protect the reef when visiting the Riviera Maya?

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Please only use Reef friendly sunscreen. Regular sunscreens have toxic chemicals that harm the reef and local waterways (Cenotes), because they diminish the corals’ ability to photosynthesize (bleaching) & can even cause diseases to the corals, so choosing the right products is more important than ever! You can take care of your skin, your guests and the coral reefs with a reef-safe sunscreen!

Take care of the Cenotes & enjoy your trash the dress photoshooting!

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Chemicals to avoid:

Some sunscreens might say they are reef-friendly, but they are not!!! Make sure your sunscreen is free of:

  • Benzophenone-3, also known as Oxybenzone.
  • Avobenzone, also a benzophenone.
  • Cylcopentasiloxane / Cyclomethicone.
  • Formaldehyde, Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, DMDM Hydantoin and Hydroxymethylglycinate. …
  • Nanoparticles.
  • Zinc

The list is quite large, it pretty much includes any chemical ingredient that is hard to pronounce and even includes zinc! We couldn’t believe it; even though Zinc is natural in large quantities it could be harmful to the reef!

But don’t worry there are a few great options out there!

Our recommendations:

Steam2Sea  You can order it online!

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And if you are already in the Riviera Maya and you forgot to bring reef-friendly sunscreen…well, a Zinc base one would be a better option than one full of nasty chemicals. You will find options like Maya Solar almost in every water sports shop in Tulum, Playa del Carmen or Cancun!

If you would like to find out more about harmful chemicals you can check the stream to sea webpage!

A reef-friendly sunscreen it’s a great wedding favor for your guests!, their skin and the reef will thank you!

We hope you have fun and enjoy the reef & Cenotes!

 

TOP 5 BRIDAL TRENDS FOR 2019

December is here and so is the perfect moment to talk about the 2019 Bridal Trends! Here’s our top 5!

  1. Headbands!!!

Headband were cropping up this bridal fashion week and we can see why: headbands are the perfect accessory to complete a minimalistic –sleek look! We know your 90’s heart is gonna love this trend!

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This is how our beautiful brides in the Riviera Maya rock this trend!

Bride Danielle / Venue: Mayakoba Andaz / Wedding planner: Runawaybride /

Photographer: Elizabeth Medina

2. Headpieces- The bigger the better!

Although we said goodbye to the colorful flower crowns in 2019 we say… Hello to huge and vibrant hair accessories! Yes!, the bigger the better so don’t be afraid and be bold!

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Our beautiful bride Jess wearing a huge headpiece! Perfect colours and size for a Riviera Maya beach bride!

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3)Center Parting 

We owe this trend to the gorgeous Meghan Markle and her polished Duchess look! This retro trend goes well with a pulled back super sleek style or a boho chic messy bun and face-framing tendrils for for an effortlessly chic look.

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4) Pink cheeks, rosy hues and ruby red lips! 

If you love your pink blush , now it’s the time to bring it back out! The pink check’s flooded the bridal spring 2019 on Hayley Paige’s catwalk, if you love this trend then go on an blush away!

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We need to mention the gorgeous and bold ruby lips (Inbal Dror)  Perfect for a spring beach wedding!

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5) Luminous Skin!

Glowy skin has been in fashion since 2017, but this year we see the luminosity has been turn up a notch… and we looove it! Remember last year we talked about stobbing… well this year is not only about a bit of cheekbone highlighting this year is about an allover glow!

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The 2019 bridal scene has blinded us with gorgeous luminous make up that accentuates the brides beauty!

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La Catrina- the perfect halloween make up!

Hi everybody!

It’s October now, and we know everybody must be getting excited about Halloween at the end of the month! And also “the day of the dead” (Día de muertos) the 1st of November!  So instead of talking about bridal hair and make up we  have decided to to drift a little bit away from the wedding scene and just focus on Halloween and Día de Muertos theme make up!

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So we have decided to talk about the Catrina (some of you might know it as sugar skull), but the Catrina is an iconic Mexican character created by the Mexican cartoon artist Jose Posada about 100 years ago, and popularized by Diego Rivera’s paintings. catrinas-maquillaje

And of course, since we are based in the Mexican Caribbean and we also love celebrating the day of the dead… well “The Catrina”  is of course our favorite make up for the holidays!

What do you need to achieve the look?

Black Eyeliner (pencil)

Face paint of various colors (white, black, yellow, red, or blue)

Spangle or glitter

Large  fake eyelashes.

Large flowers for a flower crown or a side ponytail with flowers.

 

You can be as authentic to the character painting your face white or you can give it a little twist and just make your face glowy-white for a more nude look!

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Another twist to the traditional Catrina make up is going hafsies on it,  draw a couple of flowers and emphasize your natural beauty in the “alive” side of the make up.

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Although in the beginning la Catrina cartoon was indeed a mockery of Mexicans who denied their own cultural heritage and pretended to be of a different social class, today is a character that proudly represents Mexican folklore and culture honoring the memory of those who have passed away and remind us that no matter if you where rich or poor in the end we are all the same.

Happy Halloween and happy día de muertos! We hope you enjoy the festivities!

 

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Your destination wedding- Mexican style!

September is a very special month in Mexico, we celebrate the independence day! So we have decided to write a special blog on how you can incorporate a bit of the mexican spice into your special day!

Mexico is known for it’s colorful folklore! You can include a bit of this color and fun into your wedding by decorating your tables with traditional napkins and by using the “loteria” images so your guests can identify their tables!  Don’t you love this splash of color?

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Mariachi music is probably the most famous Mexican music! So in your Mexican destination wedding hiring a Mariachi is a must!

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Wedding Photographer: del Sol Photography / Hair and Make up: Sarah Garnier

The photos will be fantastic and you will have so much fun dancing and singing to “the Mariachi loco” rhythm!

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Wedding Photographer: Jonathan Cossu / Hair and Make up: Sarah Garnier

You can also give a little twist to your ceremony by having a Mayan shaman officiating the ceremony!

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Wedding Photographer: Quetzal Photography / Hair and Make up: Sarah Garnier

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Take advantage that you are having a caribbean wedding on the beach! Take a leap, be bold with your choice of flowers and choose some super colorful super tropical flower arrangements! Katherine&James084

You can use these tropical flowers as centerpieces, decor, flower crown and even your bouquet!

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Wedding Photographer: Fine Art Studio  / Hair and Make up: Sarah Garnier

Don’t you love the splash of color against the beautiful turquoise caribbean ocean!?

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Let us know what other Mexican traditions you are planning to include in your Mexican destination wedding?

Are you gonna have the traditional  Margaritas & tequila shots or maybe even a piñata just for fun!

Wedding photographers:

Del Sol Photography 

Jonathan Cossu Photography 

Quetzal Wedding  Photo 

Fine Art photography 

Bridal Hair and Make up: Sarah Garnier Company

 

 

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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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.