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Beauty Update: Filliar Condoleon, Asimina Nails and Beauty

3 Feb

Recently I had the absolute pleasure of catching up with the gorgeous Filliar Condoleon from Asimina Nails & Beauty. Filliar was kind enough to share with me her top products that every bride-to-be should have in their makeup bag! These products are staples that will give you a quick, fresh, natural look, in five minutes!

1. Primer: Using a makeup primer is crucial in keeping your makeup lasting throughout the day. It also creates a smoother, more even looking skin. I have a couple of favourites, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Mac Prep and Prime and Latonas Pore Perfecting Primer.

2. Tinted Moisturiser/Light Foundation: A perfectly colour matched tinted moisturiser or light foundation will hide any redness , pigmentation or dark areas that you may have and will brighten up dull skin. A personal favourite is ISSADA Mineral Liquid Foundation.  I have worn this for years. It is great for the skin and feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. The product smoothes on like velvet and looks so natural.

3. Dark Circles and Unwanted Bags:  Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat will add luminosity and light to any unwanted bags and puffiness around your eyes. Simply click around the eyes and use your fingertips to blot into the skin.

4.Mascara: There is no need to spend a fortune buying top brand mascaras. Over the years L’Oreal Lash Architect is the best mascara I have come accross. It gives you the false lash look every day and can be found at most chemists.

5. All-rounder: Paw Paw Ointment is a staple for sure. The best thing is that it is so versatile. Apply on lips for a soft moisturised finish. Apply over the top of cheekbones and even over eyelids for that quick dewy , luminous look.  It is also a great hand cream and body moisturiser for really dry skin.

6. Eyeliner: For an eyeliner that creates a quick, sexy, smoky look for the everyday, you can’t go past the Mac Powerpoint Eyepencil in Engraved. Just smudge over eyelids and in waterline. No need to fear the panda eyes, this stuff does not budge!

7. Rosy Cheeks: Yes, there is a colour out there that suits every skin tone and age, Stila Cream blush in Peon.  Apply with fingers over cheeks for a soft, fresh and natural look. Also use on eyes and lips. This is a great product for multiple uses!

8. To set the look: Use Mac Translucent Setting Powder for any unwanted shine or oilyness once makeup is applied. Blotting powder will not add any more makeup, it will take away the shine. You won’t even know your wearing it!

To get in touch with Filliar, or to find out more about Asimina Nails & Beauty, check out their website

Wedding Vendor Wednesday – Esther : LR Health and Beauty

30 Nov

Today’s vendor is not strictly wedding related so everyone must continue reading! Are you on the hunt for a new brand of cosmetics? Are you sick of the same old stuff just not cutting it for you? Well look no further, and check out the amazing range of products on offer from LR Health and Beauty Systems. LR Health and Beauty Systems is a highly successful and ethical company founded in Germany in 1985.LR Health and Beauty Systems is now present in more thank 30 Countries Worldwide including Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.

LR Health and Beauty Systemsproducts have to meet strict guidelines. All LR Health and Beauty Systems products are proven to be Hypo-Allergenic, contain no animal by products or radioactive materials. The products are not tested on animals and must contain non-dubious ingredients. The products must meet worldwide European Cosmetic Guidelines, must be effective and all packaging is to maintain quality.  In addition to dermatology tests taken by the factory in Ahlen, Germany, LR has a number of independent organisations who self-regulate their products and manufacturing process.

It doesn’t matter what you are looking for, LR Health and Beauty Systems have it all – Jewellery, Exclusive Celebrity fragrances, Skin Care for all budgets, ages and skin types, Aloe Vera Products, Trend Styling Hair Care, Baby Care, Animal Care, Paraben-free Mineral Makeup Options, Weight Loss Products, Hair Loss Products, Body Pampering Products, Men’s Anti-Aging Skin Care, Anti-bacterial Skin Solutions and so much more!

Esther Minglis – your LR Health and Beauty Systems Representative is absolutely a pleasure to deal with. I have been lucky enough to sample some of the products from the LR range, including the Aloe Vera Range, and a fair few of the Exclusive Celebrity Fragrances. The products are high quality and I had no problems, in particular with my very sensitive skin. I encourage you to check the range out, and if you are after any more information, get in touch with Esther via email

Images Courtesy of LR Health and Beauty Systems

Wedding Vendor Wednesday – MellyAngel

2 Nov

MellyAngel is the creation of Melanie Lee. First launched in October 2009, MellyAngel specialises in providing beauty therapy services to brides in the comfort of their own home. Based in Sydney, MellyAngel are committed to working closely with their brides to ensure flawless skin and that dream look for the perfect wedding day.

With 9 years experience in the makeup industry and a passion for helping people, you will be in very capable hands. MellyAngel offers a range of wedding beauty services for the Bride and her entourage. From Bridal Makeovers, Facials, Pamper Parties, Eyelash Extensions and a full range of nail services, MellyAngel  have absolutely everything covered for your beauty therapy needs.

MellyAngel also stock an amazing range of gorgeous products for all of your makeup and skin care needs.  Everything in the range has been specially selected by MellyAngel as being the best quality, organic or mineral Australian products. Each of the products are used by MellyAngel for all their beautiful clients so you know that they are really the best!

MellyAngel are such a pleasure to deal with, as I have purchased some of their amazing products. If you are in the Sydney area please do yourself a favour and get in touch

Image Courtesy of Georgia Blue Photography

Runway Express Experience Melbourne Cup Competition Part 1

29 Oct

Ok, so this blog post isn’t technically wedding related, but I really wanted to share it with you all. This morning my sister and I were very privileged to spend the morning with Abbey from Runway Express Experience, for a fabulous makeup lesson! I was lucky enough to win the Runway Express Experience Melbourne Cup Competition which included 2 Members Tickets to Eagle Farm Race Course for Melbourne Cup Day, A makeup lesson for two with Abbey, a Fascinator, Spray Tans, Eye Lashes, a bottle of Moet and a whole bunch of products from the Napoleon Perdis Range!

The makeup lesson was fantastic! I must admit,  lately I have been trying much harder to experiment a little more with my makeup applications and the tips and tricks Abbey taught us will most definitely make it easier to recreate the look on Melbourne Cup Day!  my sister and I both chose the smokey eye look, as this is something that has challenged us for a while now. It’s amazing how easy it all seems when you have a pro explain it step by step. I love the concept behind the Runway Express Experience (you can read about that in a previous blog of mine here). It was all hands on, with Abbey letting us do most of the work so when we left, we really had the confidence to do it all again!

A BIG thank you goes to Abbey for our wonderful morning! Kell and I are very excited for Melbourne Cup Day! There will be plenty of photos and stories to come in Runway Express Experience Melbourne Cup Competition Part 2! To get in touch with Abbey email

Interview with an Expert: Hannah Leitch – Flawless Hair and Beauty

7 Oct

Choosing the right hair and makeup artist for your wedding day is almost as important as choosing the perfect wedding dress. Creating your ideal wedding look can often be a challenging task. I recently had a chat with Hannah Leitch from Flawless Hair and Beauty who was nice enough to answer a few questions for me. Hopefully you Brides to Be out there will find this as informative as I did!

What are the hottest looks for Bridal Hair and Make-up for 2012?

For make-up, it’s all about the eyes! Thick dark mascara and smokey eyes in whatever colour makes each individual’s eyes “pop”! Lash extensions and false lashes are all the craze at the moment, so this  really helps us to make our eyes stand out and be noticed, as they should be.For hair, I would have to say  the timeless elegance of the tousled soft curls, pinned to a loose, low bun is quite a popular style, it suits everyone and is flattering on any face shape.

What should Brides take into consideration when trying to find a Hair and Make-up Artist?

You want to find someone who YOU are comfortable with. Someone who encourages you to have a trial, and talks you through every step of the process, giving you the attention you deserve. Also if you can find a mobile make-up artist/hair stylist your day will be much less stressful!

What are your top tips to keep Brides looking fresh on their wedding day?

Plenty of sleep! Be kind to yourself in the weeks leading up to the wedding and make sure you are well rested. The night before, if you can avoid it don’t have a late night! A lot of bride’s also forget to eat and drink plenty of water on their wedding day as their minds are off in so many other places, please don’t forget about YOU.

What are the differences between airbrush and conventional make-up?

Like anything, there are pros and cons for both types of make-up. Conventional make-up is generally cheaper; it’s been around for longer, so most artists generally have a lot more experience with it. There are so many types and brands, so you are bound to find a specific foundation that is just right for you. Airbrush make-up has a “weightless’ finish, leaving your skin feeling like you have barely anything on it. It has amazing lasting power and is great for defining and contouring. I think that both can be equally as effective, as long as the artist does it properly.

What preparation needs to be done to Brides skin/hair in the lead up to the wedding?

I ask all of my brides to shampoo (x2) and condition hair the night prior to their wedding day. No products or styling. Clean, natural, fresh hair is best to work with. I also ask that clients carry out a basic skin routine by at least cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising, starting a couple of weeks prior to the wedding day. Again, clean, natural, fresh skin upon my arrival.

How long have you been in the industry and what do you love the most about being a hair and make-up artist?

I have been in the hair and beauty industry for over 10 years now and I still love every minute of it. Most of all I LOVE seeing the end result of any service I do. I love seeing my client’s reaction and knowing that I have helped make her feel great about herself.

Question from Amanda-What would be the most flattering but natural look for a young, fair-skinned, unnatural redhead Bride, for a garden wedding?

I would have to say  really soft, unstructured waves. This could be achieved by “scrunch drying” if you already have a natural wave, or using large hot rollers. You would then have the option of leaving it down; or even having it in a really lose braid, with a flower in one side. This would create a gorgeous natural look.

To get in touch with Hannah from Flawless Hair and Beauty, email

Image Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Wedding Vendor Wednesday – Larissa Brooke WeddingElegance

13 Sep

Are you a Perth Bride still on the hunt  for a hair and make up artist who does it all?  Well look no further and check out Larissa Brooke WeddingElegance!

Larissa if a fully qualified hairdresser and make up artist who strives to make you look and feel gorgeous on your wedding day. Larissa is so confident she will be able to make you look amazing, that she will not let you leave unless you are 100% happy with the look that she has created for you. The happiness of Larissa’s clients is always her number one priority and guarantees that you will be happy with her services!

Larissa has a wonderful home salon where you are more than welcome, or if you are after a mobile service, Larissa will be able to travel up to a few hours north or south of Perth for an additional fee.

Larissa Brooke Wedding Elegance is currently offering SMD Wedding Blog readers an End of Year Special. If you book your 2o12 wedding with Larissa Brook WeddingElegance before the end of the year, you will receive current 2011 prices. What a fantastic saving!

To get in touch with Larissa or to get a quote for pricing please email
Images Courtesy of Brittany Lee Photography

Runway Express Experience!

8 Aug

Today I am going to share with you something I am excited about! I will admit, I am absolutely hopeless at applying my own makeup – lets just say eye liner and I don’t mix, whether it be in a pencil or liquid form. I came across the Runway Express Experience after seeing the results of B105’s $100 Beauty Makeover last week. So why am I sharing this with you? Firstly, there are brides out there that could be considering applying their own make up for their wedding day, whether it be for budget reasons – or they are simply confident enough to do it themselves, and secondly a Runway Express Experience would be the perfect addition to your Hen’s Day/Night/Weekend festivities!

Ok, so what is a Runway Express Experience? Runway Express invite you into the world of cosmetics… their fully trained  Makeup Artist will provide you with all of the essential tools of the trade! You will be educated on how to apply a range of Napoleon Perdis products, from skin preparation to flawless finishes, while you and your friends relax in the comfort and privacy of your own home. The thing I love the most about this amazing concept – the Makeup Artist will teach you how to create the look yourself, not just apply the makeup for you, as in a demonstration. This ensures that everyone who participates in the experience will leave fully confident that they can recreate the look anywhere, anytime.

In addition to the Runway Express Experience, Abbey and the team also provide Bridal Makeup packages (including product packages) and Bridal one on one including bridesmaids and groups. So if you are thinking about doing your own makeup for your wedding day, why not be armed with the techniques and products to complete your look with confidence! If you are going to leave the make up to the experts, why not have all the girls around before your Hen’s Night! You will all look amazing for your night to remember, plus you will be able to recreate the look whenever you want!

For more information or to make a booking contact the girls at Runway Express Experience and don’t forget to tell them I sent you!

Images courtesy of Runway Express Experience

Wedding Vendor Wednesday – Asimina Nails and Beauty by Filliar Condoleon

3 Aug

Today’s Wedding Vendor  is the amazing Filliar Condoleon from Asimina Nails and Beauty. The thing I most love about Filli is her philosophy on wedding make up –  her goal is to make you look like a better version of YOU!  Filli understand’s  that make up is a reflection of the person wearing it and  pride’s herself on helping her clients achieve their dreams on their special day, while providing professional advice to make you look your best.

Like a lot of  brides, I was worried about my wedding make up. I wanted it to look really natural and not look like it had been put on with a trowel. Filli’s calm, warm and approachable attitude puts you at ease, and is more than willing to discuss any of your ideas for your big day.

As a professionally trained make up artist by Napoleon Perdis, Filli specialises in bridal, catwalk and photographic makeup, only using quality products such as Napoleon Perdis and MAC  to ensure a perfect camera finish result!

I cannot recommend Filli enough. My wedding make up was just stunning, and I still have people commenting on it 3 months after the wedding.  The make up was flawless, weightless and lasted all day and night! If you are still looking for a make up artist, look no further! Give Filli a call now on 0409 129 986!

Images courtesy of Asimina Nails and Beauty