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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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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!

 

The perfect bridesmaid gift! – Customized Makeup!

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You don’t need to give your bridesmaids thank-you gifts , but doing it is always a thoughtful gesture and it creates beautiful wedding memories.

Your wedding party is super important, chances are that your friends will always be around to lend you a hand on more than one occasion (from the bachelorette party to handling a crisis on the day off), so being honest bridesmaids gifts are a thoughtful way to show your gratitude.

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The best gifts are those that show you’ve put some thought into it! So we were thinking of what could be the perfect gift for your gals… and we realized is something that is personalized. You can personalize almost anything from phone cases, bracelets, cute mugs, and tumblers to be use on your special day, and our favorite: personalized makeup!

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Personalizing makeup is about creating your own color, flavor and even packaging!

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You can choose the color that matches your friends personality, and of course highlights their beauty! You can customized the packaging to match not only your friends personality but also your wedding theme. Check out the video: HERE!!!! 

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Where can you get personalized makeup?

There are a few stores in the USA, or you can always get in online at:

Finding Ferdinand:

You can personalized lip stick and eye shadow palates!

Check them out HERE! 

Bite beauty

The perfect beauty lab where you can create your own shade of lipstick for your girls!

If you live in Toronto, NY, San Francisco or L.A. You need to check out their store!

Check them out HERE! 

 

The Riviera Maya Haciendas- your dreamed wedding venue!

Destination weddings are the perfect moment to enjoy some quality time with your friends and family!

And if what you are looking for is to escape the crowds, the Riviera Maya Haciendas are the perfect venue for you!

Located a few minutes from Puerto Aventuras (between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, 1.15hrs from Cancun) the venue offers privacy and luxury with a splash of fun!

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In the Mexican Caribbean… Love is Love! LGBT Weddings!

 

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Recently, we’ve had been blown away by our LGBT weddings!  We looove weddings in general, but meeting these beautiful brides and just knowing that they’ve found their soulmate it’s just magic!

Lauren & Brittney’s wedding

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We had so much fun taking care of our beautiful brides, both dresses were fantastic! Since it was a windy day, both of our brides opted for boho-chic low buns with braids and of course Airbrush Make up for splash of glow!

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Our gorgeous brides Saying “I do” with the turquoise Caribbean Ocean as background!

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Denize & Sven 

We also had the pleasure to be part of Denize and Sven’s wedding!  These two beautiful brides had a more private wedding in Playa el Secreto! They ditch the wedding dress and chose a more casual outfit and a beach look with soft waves and natural glam make up!

 

 

 

Say I do in the Riviera Maya!

Planning your LGBT wedding in the Riviera Maya it’s super easy!  Gay & Lesbian Marriage has been legal in Quintana Roo since 2015!!!

We look forward to seeing many LGBT couples enjoying the beautiful beaches and Caribbean sun!

 

Everything You Need To Know To Choose the Perfect Fake Eyelashes for your Wedding Day!

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Lately, we have received several e-mails from our brides to be, asking about fake eyelashes vs eye lash extensions. So we have decided to talk a little bit about the different options to help you choose the best option for your special day!

Why should you wear fake eyelashes? 

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  2. Glamorous or romantic look depending on the volume.                                                              You can achieve a romantic look by wearing longer and thiner eyelashes or a glamorous look with lots volume and length.
  3.  It’s your wedding day, such an especial day deserves the perfect look! Be bold and say yes to the eyelashes.

Types of eyelashes 

Single use- 

The single use eyelashes are included in all of our makeup packages! Don’t worry, we have all kinds of volumes and lengths!

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  1. Single use Strip lashes.  You can choose different volumes and length.
  2. Single use- one by one. For a natural effect, just a couple of extra lashes to give you a romantic look.

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Just remove the eyelashes with your regular make up remover and you are ready for bed!

You can use mascara and eyeliner without worrying!

Re-usable 

  1. Magnetic eyelashes. No glue needed and they are re-usable!  Two strips of eyelashes hold together by tiny magnets.

You can gently pull them out and save them for you next party!  With this type of lashes you can also use mascara and eyeliner without worrying!

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You will need to bring your re-usable eyelashes, you can find them online or your nearest make up store.

Extensions

  1. They last up to 3 weeks without maintenance, if you like to wear them for longer you will need to go with your eyelash specialist for a touch up!
  2. You CAN´T use oily makeup remover and some facial cleansers.
  3. You need to be careful when going in the ocean, touching your eyes or removing your make up.
  4. No need for mascara.
  5. Look amazing during all of your trip in México!

You will need to visit a professional eyelash bar or salon.

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The mystical Cenotes of the Riviera Maya- a great place to begin your married life!

 

The Riviera Maya has so much to offer for a destination wedding!

The beautiful Turquoise Ocean and white sand beaches make the perfect venue for a wedding, but we shouldn’t forget the Mayan jungle and its mysterious Cenotes.

 

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The word Cenote comes from the mayan “tz-onot” which basically means water hole or abysm . Cenotes were very important for the Mayans, because it was their main fresh water source. Mayans also believed that Cenotes were the “passage” or connection with the “underworld” .

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Cenotes were also important ceremonial sites, Mayans believed that Chaak the good of water inhabited those sites. Mayans would bring offerings to ask the god for rain during drought periods.

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No wonder why Cenotes are so powerful, so much mystery and magic. When you swim in a Cenote you definitely feel this spiritual connection, with life , water, and we even dare to say that you will feel renewed spiritually, mentally and physically.

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Cenotes are becoming more and more popular amongst the Riviera Maya brides, some brides are moving the ceremony from the beach – to a cenote ceremony with a Xaman!! , more and more brides are taking the plunge and doing TTD (trash the dress ) shootings at the Cenotes.

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After the wedding day, what better way than going to a Cenote for a dip to capture the beginning of this new life chapter – the beginning  of married life and the end of being single. Let Chaak the god of water guide your new path and bless the marriage to be a very fruitful and prosperous one, lust like the Mayan jungle!

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And we know you and your partner will have a blast during the shoot! Here’s a couple of pics of our most recent photo-shooting with Fine Art Studio!

Thank you Fabrizzio for a wonderful time!

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