DIY wedding makeup. *Screams of horror*. I know, I know, my friends were horrified too. But I’ll let you into a secret..

Unless you want perfectly blended smokey eyes with Kardashian style contouring which needs a professional – you can do it!

And it will be fine!

I wanted a natural, glowy and summery makeup look for my wedding. I have little makeup experience and hardly wear any on a day to day basis. With a few makeup lessons with Bare Minerals and Laura Mercier, a few YouTube tutorials and some good quality makeup products; I did this:

 I am so happy with how it turned out. The best decision that I made was to invest a lot of effort (which means money) in preparing for my wedding day. I had mechanical facials every four weeks for 6 months prior to the big day. Manual facials are lovely but I feel having a mechanical or ‘electrical’ facial gives the skin an extra kick and can really help give you that ‘glow from within’. I alternated the microdermabrasion facials (removal of the dead skin cells for deep exfoliation) with the oxygen facials oxygen is pushed into the skin for a pumped up and refreshed look) and I found this to be a winning combination. The only important thing to remember is to have your last microderm no less than 4 weeks before the wedding as it can leave the skin slightly irritated and pink.

Teeth wise I didn’t bother with the expensive teeth whitening that many brides do. I used Oral B Luxe White (Glamorous) toothpaste and mouthwash for 4 weeks proceeding the wedding and it did the job! I didn’t have too much discoloration to begin with so didn’t need anything heavy duty but it certainly worked and I was surprised how white my teeth looked in the pictures!

I also invested in having an LVL Lash Lift. This was honestly the best thing I did regarding my bridal beauty and I would recommend it to any bride who doesn’t want the faff of falsies. I have long lashes but they are dead straight and the lash lift curls the lashes from the root and basically makes them curly, giving your eyes a much more open and doll eyed-look.  I’m really pleased with how they look in the pictures.  I’m not going to lie – the process is not a picnic. It takes about 40 minutes with your eyes shut and various liquids being put on your lashes but it’s well worth it.

Finally, I splashed out and got my brows threaded at Blink Brow Bar, London. They are on the pricey side as far as threading goes but they do an amaaaazing shape and, once done, my perfect brows lasted 3 weeks and didn’t need any filling in or makeup on the day.

The key to perfecting a DIY look is practice and planning. I went for makeup lessons at several counters; MAC (for eyes), Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Bare Minerals and Lancome. I was never 100% happy with any of the completed looks (which reinforced the fact I was right to do my own – I’m fussy!!) but I liked elements and took bits from all of them to come up with completed look. I didn’t scrimp on the products and bought a few a month until I had everything I wanted and then I practiced, practiced, practiced at home.

The makeup I used to achieve this look:

FACE

  • Bare Minerals Prime Time primer; Original.
  • Bare Minerals mineral foundation; Fairly Medium.
  • Benefit bronzer; Hoola.
  • Bare Minerals Bareskin concealer; Medium.
  • Bare Minerals Mineral Veil setting powder.
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage face concealer.
  • Bare Minerals compact blusher; The One.
  • Bare Minerals compact highlight; READY Luminizor Duo.

EYES

  • Laura Mercier Eye Basic; Flax.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; Dazzlelight.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; A Natural Flirt.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; Corduroy.
  • Lanc├┤me Hypnose Mascara  (waterproof!)

I used the 3 MAC eye-shadows with a MAC blending brush and blended them all out to create a dewy, soft pink look with a subtle shimmer.  I had been toying with wearing a chocolate brown eyeliner but with the lifted lashes I felt I didn’t really need it.

LIPS

  • MAC Lipstick; Angel.

I would encourage any bride thinking about DIY to go for it. You really don’t necessarily need a makeup artist, with the right products, practice and the ability to remain calm on the day (!!!) you can certainly do it yourself ­čÖé

Any other DIY brides out there?

xox

To create a beautiful wedding – it’s all in the details! You may think that people won’t remember the little things from the day, but in fact it’s what they remember over everything else! I don’t really have an eye for detail, so I left it mostly in the capable hands of our wedding planners in Greece (Zante Weddings) to organise, however there were a few smaller things that my mum and me chose in the UK and took out with us for the big day.

Table Set Up

I was totally obsessed with Pinterest before my big day and I spent many hours searching and pinning ‘boho table set ups’. I think you can tell! I wanted something simple, boho and rustic looking with pastel colours and ivory and definately not matchy matchy.


The flowers, mason jars and table wear were provided by the planner but everything else was found by either me or my mum and brought from the UK or sources in Greece.

The male favours for example (pictured above) were different Olive Oil Fusions which be bought from a local Zakynthian gift shop. We then tied the twine and favour tags on ourselves. In this picture you can also see the corner of our ‘bonus’ favours which everyone got on their place setting. We bought 50 scratch cards from the UK and placed them in vintage brown mini envelopes which we sourced from eBay! 

I was so pleased with our place name cards which also came from EBay. They were really good value and looked really classy and elegant. My mum wrote the names as she has such lovely handwriting! You can see these place name cards here.

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The favours for the girls were Olive soaps which, again, we bought locally in Zakynthos. I liked the fact that we were supporting the local community. We purchased the favour bags in advanced and they came from The Last Detail; a great website with lots of cute wedding decor ideas.

The favour tags, which we tied into each favour individually, came from ArtCuts UK; a lovely company which we found at the National Wedding Show. We ordered these cute tags pictured above as well as some really unique table confetti which were wooden too – to make a change from the standard rose petals!

Lastly – but one of my favourite things about the table set up – were our personalised stickers which we used on the scratch card envelopes. The came from Zazzle, a brilliant site where you can literally personalise anything for your wedding! They really made the envelopes extra special. 

Personalised wooden ring box.

This was a surprise for us from my mum. How cute is it?! She got it online, I’m not sure of the exact supplier but there are many eBay stockists who do similarly beautiful ones.

Guest Book Table

The vintage suitcases were provided by the planners, and the lettering is from Art Cuts again. Touches like this really make the reception venue look super classy.

You can just about see another Art Cuts sign which reads ‘Mr & Mrs Erler’ in the corner. Also pictured here is the table plan which we wrote in a ‘chalk look pen’ on a peice of blackboard from eBay. My mum also came up with the idea of the coloured pens and those bits of paper which say ‘draw a picture of the Bride and Groom!’ This was brilliant as it gave the guests something to do while they were waiting for the dinner, and it’s also hilarious to look back on lots of ridiculous illustrations of us! My creative cousin made the signs.

I even brought my ‘happy signs’ from my walls at home! They were a lovely touch to the inside of the villa.

Extras

A few photos of some extra thingswhich definitely  weren’t essential but really made a difference to the details. 


Vintage Just Married Bunting – EBay.

Self designed and customised card for my vows – Zazzle

Mr & Mrs Signs and Photo Booth – provided by the planner.

It’s true what they say – the devil is in the detail. You may not notice these small things on the day, but looking back at pictures I notice something different every time! I hope by sharing some of our choices it may give other couples some ideas for their day about what sort of thing is out there. Trust me – there is a lot of choice! 

Brides – have you made any decisions for your wedding day yet? 

xox

I am DIYing my wedding makeup! Shock, horror! No, it’s sensible for two reasons. 1) (The most obvious reason) I’m getting hitched in Greece! Even if I hired a Greek makeup artist there would be not chance for a trial or see any of their work beforehand. 2) I hardly wear any makeup and I am soooo fussy about how it has to look.

So there you go, I’m doing it myself.

I did, however, admit to myself that I needed to spend some decent money on some decent products. So I set myself a ┬ú250 budget and have spent the last few months trotting around various makeup counters in John Lewis trying different things. Here’s what I have ended up with:

FACE

  • Bare Minerals Prime Time primer in Original
  • Bare Minerals Original mineral foundation in Fairly Medium
  • Bare Minerals Warmth bronzer
  • Bare Minerals Bareskin under eye concealer in Medium
  • Bare Minerals Mineral Veil setting powder
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage face concealer
  • Bare Minerals compact blusher in The One

EYES

  • Laura Mercier Eye Basic in Flax
  • MAC Eye Shadow Dazzlelight
  • MAC Eye Shadow A Natural Flirt
  • MAC Eye Shadow Corduroy
  • Laura Mercier Eye Shadow Coffee Ground
  • Laura Mercier Cr├Ęme Eyeliner in Espresso
  • Lanc├┤me Hypnose Mascara┬á (waterproof!)

LIPS

  • MAC Lipstick Angel
  • Laura Mercier Lipstick Angelic

Coincidence that they are so similarly named! I can’t decide at the moment I love them both.

So, this is the look I’ve ended up with. I’ve practised the full look a few times and I’m really happy with it. The eye shadows blend well and give a nice pinky/brown which isn’t too pink and I love the Hypnose mascara.┬á I’m also loving the Bare Minerals base at the moment and I think its absolutely perfect for natural, barely there bridal makeup, and I think it will be perfect for a destination wedding too!┬á You can see my review of the Bare Minerals products here.

Overall I’m really pleased with the look and I think it will look lovely on the day ­čÖé

Any other brides doing their own makeup?

xox

 

 

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I love making things on a Sunday!

This is a gorgeous sugar scrub which is super easy to make and will leave skin silky smooth. Made of all natural ingredients that I found in my kitchen!

Lemon – Yum. Lavender – Yum. What’s not to love?

You will need:

  • 2 cups of sugar (I used white to get the nice yellow colour, but brown works too)
  • 1/2 a cup of olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 8 drops of lavender essential oil
  • a jar or something to put it in

 

scrub

Literally, mix the ingredients together in a big bowl and… that’s about it!

One yummy body scrub that smells divine and would cost you about £8.99 in a shop!

xox