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Hair and Beauty Habits

unduhan-41The problem with bad habits is that they come in all shapes, sizes, nuances and strains. And all too often, we’re not even aware of when we’re committing these cardinal beauty sins. But once you recognise exactly what you’re doing wrong, it becomes infinitely easier to address the problems and better your practices (or as I like to think of it, “admitting it is the first step”). So when you make the giant leap from Ms to Mrs, use this life-changing moment to toss out your rotten routines and replace them with constructive ones.

We’ve put our heads together to come up with a list of the commonest hair and makeup no-nos- including those we know we probably shouldn’t do, and those many have no idea are actually counterproductive. So if you find yourself nodding your head in silent agreement to any of these issues, consider it time for a beauty revolution.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

We all know what it feels like to wake up with bed hair (the unsexy version), where the only way you’ll face the day is by wearing a hat. Or a headscarf. Or 26 bobby pins and a can of hairspray. Say goodbye to tousled tresses and hello to luscious locks with these easy tips.

Washing hair with heated water

– The problem: Hot water removes natural oils which then leaves hair dehydrated and prone to frizzing.
– The solution: Use lukewarm water and (perhaps only in summer!) finish with cool or cold water as this closes hair cuticles, seals in moisture and makes your hair shine.

Manhandling wet hair

– The problem: Just-washed hair is weak and strands can break easily.
– The solution: Use a wide tooth comb – not a brush – and work from the ends up. Don’t rub vigorously with a towel- pat it instead, and let hair dry loose instead of tying it up.

Over applying products

– The problem: Continually using sprays, serums, gels and mousse can weigh down your hair, making it dull and oily.
– The solution: Ease up on products so you can avoid a build-up and let your locks breathe! If you absolutely must use a certain amount, use it where it’s needed only- generally the ends of your hair are the most dry, damaged and in sorest need of a bit of TLC.

Heat damage

– The problem: Using hot tools everyday depletes the moisture and strips away protective oils which results in dry, frizzy hair and breakages.
– The solution: Give your hair the day off at least once a week and use a deep conditioning treatment to replace essential nutrients. Turn down the heat on tools and don’t forget to use heat protection products.

Using a dirty brush

– The problem: A brush matted with hair looks unsightly but what you don’t see is the oil and product build-up which is a happy breeding ground for bacteria.
– The solution: Give your brush a monthly bath in warm water and baking soda.

Saving Face

An occasion skin sin is excusable but if your slip-ups are becoming the norm rather than the exception, it’s time to re-evaluate your rituals. Here are a few beauty regime pointers that you might have forgotten about.

Going to bed with makeup on

– The problem: You’re too tired or tipsy to remove your makeup. This clogs pores which can lead to dreaded breakouts, while your eye makeup can irritate your eyes and weaken lashes.
– The solution: Force yourself to spend a few minutes following your normal washing routine but if you really, really can’t then facial wipes literally take seconds to use.

Using old makeup

– The problem: All makeup has a shelf life and old products can contain bacteria which you’re then (innocently but liberally) applying to your face.
– The solution: Replace mascara every 3-6 months and other products within 1-2 years at the most.

Dirty makeup brushes

– The problem: Brushes accumulate bacteria and dirt which is then (you guessed it…) transferred onto your skin.
– The solution: Clean brushes once a week using mild shampoo and then allow to air dry.

Over exfoliating

– The problem: Excessive scrubbing can make skin sensitive, cause broken capillaries and can leave you with very unwanted whiteheads.
– The solution: Use a gentle product and restrict your exfoliation to once a week only.

FAQ About Bridal Lingerie

Something comfortable and supportive, which creates a seamless silhouette when worn with your dress. White, ivory and nude tones are safest on your wedding day. Try to match the colour of your lingerie to the colour of your dress or to the colour of your skin, as closely as possible.

My wedding dress is backless. Do I have to go bra-less?

We would recommend not going bra-less simply because you will have no support without a bra and you run the risk of your dress turning transparent under flash photography (not the kind of attention you want on your wedding day). There are some backless bras available which hook onto the waistline. You may even be able to discuss bespoke options with your dressmaker. If you have a small cup size, adhesive gel cups might be a good option to offer coverage, but not offer enough support to bigger busted women.

Do I have to wear the same lingerie on my wedding night as what I wore during the ceremony?

No. In fact, often times, it’s best not to. The lingerie you wear during the day should be primarily chosen to cover and support you. It doesn’t necessarily need to look pretty; it just needs to be comfortable and invisible under your dress. Extra details like lace and frills might add lumps and bumps under your dress so it’s usually best to buy two sets of lingerie for your wedding: one plain set for the day time and one beautiful set for night-time intimacy.

My dress is quite lightweight and I’m worried that my panty line will be visible. Are there any lingerie options to get around this?

There are some seamless underwear styles available but you may find that they ride up over the course of the day. Another option would be purchasing pantyhose with built in underwear in order to keep the smooth, clean line of the dress.

When should I start buying bridal lingerie?

You can purchase a few different sets over any period of time before your wedding so that you have a variety to choose from during the honeymoon. You should, however, make sure that you have purchased the lingerie you are planning to wear on the day well in advance. This way, you can take the lingerie to your dress fittings and make sure that a smooth silhouette is achieved. Your dressmaker can then make any necessary adjustments or, if worst comes to worst, you can purchase more suitable lingerie to wear under your dress.

Who should buy the bride’s lingerie?

This can be a collaborative effort or you can purchase it yourself. If you are buying it yourself, it might be a good idea to take a friend along for a second opinion. You may find that your girlfriends also give you some lingerie on your hen’s night. A fun bridal shower or hen’s night activity is a lingerie party where a lingerie company representative comes to the party and displays their products. Your friends can purchase lingerie for themselves and can chip in to purchase items that you would like to wear on your honeymoon. This is a good opportunity for your friends to make you blush and give you some cheeky accessories.

Can I wear any coloured lingerie or does a bride have to wear white on her wedding night?

Tradition states that the bride should wear white on her wedding night. However, many brides choose to wear other colours, these days. Lingerie is available in every colour under the sun and it depends on what sort of look you after. If you are afraid that white may send too demure a message to your husband, think again! There are so many different styles of lingerie available that white can suit a doe-eyed bride right through to a wild and seductive bride.

I have very fair skin. What colour lingerie would suit me?

You’re lucky! Your complexion allows for a wide spectrum of colours. Bright, bold colours will stand out against your beautiful pale canvas whilst soft pastels will also blend well with the cool undertones of your skin. If you want to send your beloved a “girl next door” message, you might choose soft colours whereas you could surprise him with strong red or hot pink undergarments if you’re going for a more seductive look.

My skin is medium-toned. Will I suit any colour of lingerie?

Mid-toned skin, or honey-toned skin, is a little muted and so, it tends to suit muted colours like dusty pink, mauve or creamy neutrals. Play around with different colours in this mid-spectrum until you find something that really suits your complexion and makes your eyes pop. Most importantly, find a colour that you feel comfortable wearing and that makes you feel a bit sexy.

What colour lingerie suits olive-skinned brides?

Olive skin tends to suit rich neutral colours such as charcoal grey and chocolate brown because of your complexion’s darker undertones. However, your skin can also create a great backdrop for really vivid colours like red, cobalt blue or even yellow. Particularly dark skin especially suits bright statement colours. It depends on how playful or sultry you’re feeling as to what colour you should choose for your wedding night.

I’m quite conservative and am a little nervous about my wedding night. What type of lingerie can I wear that will allow me to keep my modesty but still look sexy for my new husband?

Pastel colours are great for keeping a modest, more innocent look whilst still turning your husband on. If you want to cover up a bit, boy legs, a chemise and/or stockings may help you feel more comfortable whilst still oozing sex appeal. Lacy garments can add a modest yet alluring touch, too.

My tummy is a bit bigger than I’d like it to be and I’m nervous about wearing lingerie in front of my husband post-dress-drop. Is there any type of lingerie that I can wear to cover my bulge but still look sexy?

Absolutely! Lace and mesh panels on panties work really well to tuck in and hide lumps and bumps (they also do a good job of hiding stretch marks). Suspendered bottoms are a good choice as they are designed to sit higher on the waistline, with the front panel covering up your belly. You could also go for a flowy satin chemise to cover up your midriff. If you’d like to really suck in your trunk, a corset or corset-bustier combo should do the trick but some women find them uncomfortable so the decision is up to you.

Glossary Lingerie

Babydoll: A loose fitting nightgown which usually reaches just below the hips. A babydoll is usually sleeveless, with spaghetti straps or cap sleeves and is often made of silk or sheer material like chiffon or lace, and is characterised by having a tight band just underneath the bust. A babydoll may have a split down the middle, beginning below the bust. Extra frills and ruffles are sometimes featured on a babydoll.

Body stocking: A close-fitting one-piece garment made of stretchy, sheer material, much like regular stockings for the legs. A body stocking often reaches down to the ankles and features a high neckline with full-length sleeves. Some body stockings also feature a cheeky peep-hole (often to make going to the bathroom a wee (ha!) easier).

Boy legs: These are worn by women, not boys, and are also known as boy shorts, tap panties or booty shorts. Boy legs are a style of low-cut underwear which entirely cover the hips and flatter most women’s ‘booties’! Boy legs come in a range of colours and styles, some featuring frills, ruffles and/or lace panels.

Bra: Whilst an everyday bra is designed to offer comfort and support, a lingerie bra is inherently different. Post-dress-drop, your bra may not stay on for very long so practicality isn’t necessarily the key. Lingerie bras are designed to wow your man so they may include push-up features, revealing half cups, lace, ribbons, bows, jewels, tassels, vibrant prints, and/or frills.

Brocade: A rich fabric, with an intricately embossed pattern, popularly used in corsets and bustiers.

Bustier: A close-fitting strapless top, which hugs a woman’s figure and pushes up her breasts to add extra cleavage. Many bustiers feature boning, to add extra support and shapeliness. Traditionally, a bustier was worn in addition to a corset but nowadays, they are often incorporated into one piece.

Charmeuse: A lightweight fabric popularly used in chemises and other lingerie items. The fabric is woven with silk threads to give a shiny satin appearance on the front. Cheaper versions sometimes substitute the silk for polyester.

Chemise: A chemise is similar to a babydoll in that it is a short sleeveless nightgown. However, a chemise tends to be a little tighter fitting than a babydoll. Much like a babydoll, a chemise isn’t buttoned up or fastened but is a one-piece slip-on garment and can be worn with or without a bra.

Corset: Also known as a waist cincher. Traditionally, a corset was worn around the trunk of a woman’s body. It featured whale boning and was laced up to restrict the woman’s waistline. These days, corsets aren’t as restrictive but do offer support and shapeliness. They usually feature wire boning, or elastic, and often incorporate a bustier. Some corsets lace up whilst others are fastened or buttoned. A one-piece corset is strapless and may push-up the breasts to add extra cleavage. Corsets come in a range of colours and may feature brocade fabric, lace, ruffles and/or tassels. Corsets are sure to turn the heat up in the bedroom, no matter what style you choose.

Garter belt: There are two varieties of garter belts: one which is removed from the bride’s thigh and thrown to the eligible bachelors at the wedding reception, and one that is a band which wraps around the hips and sits over the underwear. As it was originally intended to suspend a woman’s stockings to keep them from slipping, it features ribbon suspenders which clip on to the top of the stockings, adding sexy seams to the bride’s bare thighs.

G-string: Also known as a thong. A g-string is a style of underwear with no rear coverage, but merely a thin band connecting the waistband to the front of underwear, hence the ‘string’ reference. A g-string also offers minimal coverage at the front, so very little is left to your husband’s imagination. Some women find g-strings uncomfortable so seamless or cotton g-strings are a good option but they are also available in lace or even vinyl.

Fantasy costume: A fancy-dress costume with a sexy twist. For couples who like role playing in the bedroom, naughty costumes are available in a wide range of characters from nurses to school teachers to pirates. However, for a playful wedding night surprise, you might like to dress up in a fantasy bridal costume, with a barely-there dress, veil and bouquet.

Feather tickler: They say there’s a fine line between pleasure and pain and if your man likes to toe that line, a feather tickler might be just the trick for some fun bedroom games. Feather ticklers are readily available from most adult shops or you might even be given one on your hen’s night.

Fishnet: An open mesh style of fabric, resembling a stretchy fishnet. Fishnet fabric is often used in stockings to add sex appeal but for really daring brides, you might like to try a full body stocking made entirely of fishnet fabric.