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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 !

 

 

 

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!

 

Tulum- “THE” perfect spot for your destination wedding! Check out a couple of our fav venues!

The Riviera Maya beaches offer the perfect background for a wedding with the turquoise ocean and white sand beaches, but Tulum offers so much more!

Tulum is located 1.5hrs south of Cancun, and it’s a magical little town full of fun and folklore with a bohemian-hippy chic vibe.

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Tulum has everything you would like to spend a magical destination wedding! Take your family and friends to visit the Mayan pyramids or for a bike ride along the coast. Delight them with the Mexican cuisine and a fun night full of Mezcal at a beach party!

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Tulum has amazing wedding venues, from the super romantic and glamorous to a super relaxed beach- jungle mood!

Here are some of our favorite Venues:

Casa Malca –

This venue is famous for it’s history (being Pablo Escobars beach house), but this venue has so much more to offer! Its one of the most romantic and excentric places around! And of course the beach and the caribbean ocean are the perfect background for your I’do!

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There is over 100 bridal gowns hanging from the trees!

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Ziggy Beach

Gorgeous wood-earthy tones that contrast perfectly with the turquoise beach!

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Beautiful Ochre colors!

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Hacienda Chekul

Located 30min past tulum in Siaan Kaan; this venue is the perfect location if you want to get away from the crowds! hacienda-chekul-tulum-wedding-photography-elvis-aceff-24

There will be nobody else but you and your guests for miles!

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The perfect romantic hideaway!

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Casa Palalpa- Papaya Playa. 

The gorgeous jungle, beach front bungalows and Casa Palapa’s master bedroom is the perfect spot for you and your bridesmaids to get ready!

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Casa Palapa- Jungle mood!

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Gorgeous master suite. the perfect getting ready location!

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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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ALYSIA & CAMPBELL’S WEDDING

AlysiaCampbell-Papaya-Playa-Project-Tulum-Wedding-Photographer-426Tulum is one of the most beautiful beaches to get married in the Mexican Caribbean! And this wedding was magical!

 

We walk into Alysia’s room and we met all the bridesmaids! They were all so beautiful & fun! The room was full of good vibes, music and laughs!

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Our team enjoyed every minute making these girls shine!

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Alysia is one of most spontaneous brides! We had a trial with her before to practice the hair and makeup styles for the big day, however, she decided to go with a totally different hair style than the one practiced… a braided updo!

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And it was just perfect!, it just complimented  her beauty and of course her Vera Wang dress!

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Destination weddings are so much fun! And they take the the guest to new exotic and colorful locations! The wedding pictures turn out  fantastic! They really captured the boho-chic Tulum vibe!  Just the perfect beach wedding!

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This couple you could see are made for each other!

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Wedding Photography by: KaPe Photography! 

Thank you Karla for the fantastic photographs!

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! 

 

Magical moments with Quetzal Photo Studio!

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Photo by: Quetzal Photography // Hair and Make up by: Sarah Garnier Co.

We wanted to share with all of you some of the best wedding moments we’ve have had with Quetzal Photo Studio!  For a wedding or a family portrait, the Quetzal team captures magic, color, and love in every shot!  Chez, is an amazing and warm hearted photographer, so we had the pleasure to interview her! We hope you enjoy all the pics and the interview!Photo by: Quetzal Photography // Hair and Make up by: Sarah Garnier Co.

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What’s your name and where do you come from ?

Ches Pizzini. I was born in La Paz. I am Mexican.

Where did you study photography and how long have you been a photographer ?

Escuela Activa de Fotografía. I have been taking photos since my grandfather gave me my first camera at the age of 9. But I have been a professional photographer for 15 years.

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How long have you been working in the Riviera Maya and why did you decide to work in this destination ?

I have lived and worked as a photographer in Playa del Carmen since 2004. I decided to move here because I am from the ocean. I love the ocean. I wanted to move as close to the ocean as possible and I loved the idea of getting to know another peninsula of my country.

How long have you been a wedding photographer and Why did you choose to shoot weddings?

I have been a wedding photographer for 15 years. However, it was not my intention to shoot weddings. My initial love was photo journalism and product photography. However, as I met people, weddings fell into my lap. I am always into trying something new, so I agreed. I fell in love with shooting weddings immediately. They took over my calendar and I never looked back.

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How would you describe your wedding-photography style?

A mixture of lifestyle with photojournalism and a stroke of art

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 Are you working alone or with a team ?

Quetzal Wedding Photo is my company. I am the primary camera and shooter 99% of the weddings. However, I love to work with my best friends, who are photographers. I really enjoy working in a team. Therefore, on larger weddings, I invite them to collaborate with me. I am the sole editor of all Quetzal Wedding Photo Weddings

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Photo by: Quetzal photography  // Hair and Make up by: Sarah Garnier Co.

What is your best wedding shoot memory ? 

I shot a wedding once for a couple named Thomas and Christina. It was my favorite wedding to ever shoot because the energy and love was so strong; it literally moved me to tears. I have shot a lot of weddings, and I can say that my most favorite weddings are when the couple are truly in love with each other, really are grateful to have one another, and are comfortable and secure to share it in front of all their guests. The day vibrates on a completely unique frequency.

Which word would describe the best your job ?

LOVE

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What is the best advice you could tell to the brides and Groom who are reading this interview for their wedding day?

Today is only one day. Enjoy it. Please don’t stress out.

How future brides and groom can contact you ?

www.quetzalwedphoto.com

info@quetzalwedphoto.com

Phone: +521 (984) 804 3750

 

 

 

 

The hottest bridal trends of 2018…& the ones we love for your Riviera Maya wedding!

In the 2018 bridal fashion there was some bold trends. But remember, from whatever the catwalks bring…. you should pick only what works for you!.

What works will usually depend on: what you like, what you feel comfortable with, and the location of the wedding! So let us tell you a little bit of the 2018 trends, that we know you will love and are perfect for your Tulum or Riviera Maya beach wedding.

Shine on!

We love this trend! And its also perfect for the Riviera Maya humid weather.
With the airbrush make up technique we can crate the perfect soft glow, which looks great in the pictures! Also, airbrush make up holds for hours so you can look gorgeous all day and night!

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Braid away!

Even though in the Riviera Maya we have been doing braids forever, it seems that braids are invading the bridal catwalks! So, lets keep the Tulum boho-chic look and lets try some new braided styles this 2018!

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Flowers!

Flower crowns were the hottest style in 2017. However, in the 2018 bridal scene we see something more simple & sophisticated…. A couple of flowers paired with a beautiful chignon.

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Back to basics!

Do you remember wearing a ribbon to school? Well, guess what?? Ribbons are back and they will look fabulous on your wedding day! If you wanted a hair accessory and you wanted something classical and subtle, then this trend is perfect for you!  For the catwalk, the color of choice was black,  for the Riviera Maya maybe blue, sand or pink will be the perfect choice!

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Layer up!

And for the bridal dresses, the trend is this awesome extra layer that you can take off or add on! This is perfect for a beach wedding… depending on the weather you can add some layers to your dress!, or if you want to change your look for night-time just add on!

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These stunning layered dress is from amazing designer Eva Poleschinski, perfect for a Tulum wedding! Under the top layer, a sexy lace dress!   Check out Eva’s designs, click here!!

Let us know which one is your fav 2018 trend!