How to reduce dark circles

How to reduce dark circles? What is it caused by?

Dark circles are caused by stress, poor blood circulation, irregular sleeping/life habit and genetics. It shows more as we get older. There’re many ways to help reduce it. For example: leaving refrigerated cold green tea bags under the eye area for a few minutes, getting more sleep and applying a good eye cream/serum that contains vitamin C daily (vitamin C has brightening effect, if use in the morning, remember to use sunscreen after that before going out).

Here’s a good link for home remedies if you’re interested: (I’m all about nature products when it comes to skin care)

 

In the makeup world, a good concealer can help reduce the dark circle appearance drastically. Make sure to apply a good layer to moisturizer or eye cream before applying the concealer so the concealer can go on smoothly. Look for something that’s a tone or two lighter than your skin and also dries fast and creases less (MAC Cosmetics has a good one, another brand I really like is LA Girls Cosmetics). If you have olive or darker skin tone, go for the concealer that has orange color in it, then lightly cover it with a medium to full coverage foundation that matches your skin tone. Then, set it with a translucent powder. Remember, less is more.

Stay Healthy and Beautiful 🙂

Used LA Girls Cosmetics Concealer here
Used LA Girls Cosmetics Concealer here
Engagement Party. Natural glam makeup and hair
Engagement Party. Natural glam makeup and hair

The Importance of Wedding Trial

The importance of wedding trial can not be emphasized more.

Trial gives our brides the chance to see how their preferred makeup style and hairstyle would look on themselves. We may be drown to certain images from the webs but we’ll never know how it will look on us until we try it out! Whether it goes well with our skin tone, brings out more of our beautiful features or whether it goes well with our wedding colors and themes.. The point is also that we want to look the best we can and still feel comfortable in person!

Here is a little tip for choosing preferred looks for your trial:

1. Do I wear makeup often? Although the makeup looks stunning on the image, will it look good on me? Will I feel comfortable having this makeup look on me for my wedding day?

2. Ask your friends, family and Husband-to-be and see how they think about the makeup style you like. We want you to not only feel beautiful on your wedding day, but also feel like yourself. And we want your other half to love how you look too!

3. When choosing hairstyles, try to look for the hairstyle that has similar hair color / length as yours. The lighter the hair color is, the better it reflects light and texture. Here are a few questions you may wanna ask yourself:

 a. This hairstyle looks pretty, but will it complement my face shape?

 b. Will this hairstyle go well with my dress?

 c. Does my hair hold curls well?

Braids will take some of your hair volume, so if you have thin hair, you may wanna consider that as well.

Here is the perfect example, our beautiful bride to be Crystal had her trial with me yesterday. She loved the smoky, glamorous look but when she went home, her fiancé wanted a more nature look on her. 🙂 We are happy to schedule another makeup trial for her! We wanna everyone to be happy! So definitely, especially when choosing makeup looks, talk about that with your beloved ones and make sure to let them know that makeup usually look more intense in person but will photograph beautifully on camera!

Our trial special $99 for both airbrush makeup and bridal hairstyling will end on 12/31/14, so make sure to schedule a trial before that!

Talk soon!

xo

Toni Brides

 

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Healthy dessert recipe for weddings

Healthy dessert recipe for weddings 🙂

Good Thursday my lovely brides-to-be! I’ve been thinking about having more varieties of posts on my website recently as it goes, maybe add more health tips, tips to distress etc.. The reason for that is because I know how stressful it could be to plan your wedding and I want to contribute whatever I know that works to help you feel more calm and happy before your big day! So here,  to start with, I want to share this great dessert recipe with you guys that I’m in love with. To tell you a little bit about the history:

I’m recently becoming more focused on my body detoxification during the seasonal change and so last night I was craving for dessert and tried this recipe of raw chocolate truffles with gluten, dairy and sugar free ingredients. Immediately, I thought this would be a great dessert for brides who would like to do a little detoxification to clean their body and skin before their big day but not be stressed because they can’t eat anything sweet during the period. Or, it could just be an awesome and simple healthy and wholly sweet treats for kids and other attendants on your wedding day. if you don’t have the time to prepare it yourself, have a family member or friend to help. It last for at least a week in the refrigerator so you can even make it ahead of time! 

Here is the recipe I used:http://www.trinityskitchen.com/easy-chocolate-truffles-no-bake-vegan-delicious/ 

It came out great although it’s my first try. I used organic raw almond butter instead of raw almond to make the whole process a bit easier. They are not only absolutely delicious, but they also don’t leave you an acidic after taste like refined sugar sweets do. Besides that, they are actually GOOD for you! Hope you enjoy it 

Love and blessings from Toni Brides <3

Raw chocolate truffle

Feeling the love and support

Feeling the love and support is an essential element for a good wedding.

I had the opportunity to provide my service for our bride Kirsten, her mom and mother in-law this past Saturday. It’s a destination wedding in Ventura. Kirsten and Mike’s ceremony was set up at Mike’s parents’ backyard at their beach front house built by his grand parents in the 40s! Over looking the entire Ventura beach. Their wedding was perfectly planned with months’ preparation.  Although on the day of, Kirsten was feeling a strong anxiety attack and literally broke down during her makeup session, her dear friends and family were there for her. With the love and support, her day was completely turned around like magic! I was so happy that she was able to let go of the fear, worries and anxiety after her makeup and just be her beautiful and vibrate self<3

Congratulations Kirsten, best wishes to you and your sweet love!

feeling the love and support changed her day
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Wonderful Gift From Bride

Wonderful gift from bride..

Waking up this morning with the most wonderful and thoughtful gift from my recent bride Val..

It’s a book I’ve incidentally ‘lost’ in the past few months and she bought and mailed it to me within a day! I was speechless..

Thank you Val for such an amazing gift, thank you for being so thoughtful and sweet! I feel blessed to have met great clients and some of the most amazing women in my life 

Together with this book, I want to encourage all brides and brides to be to read ‘If the Buddha Married’ by the same author- Charlotte Kasl. They are truly soul cleansing, full of wisdom and truth. May your marriage be a long lasting journey that’s full of love, support and wisdom xo

Some comments about these books:

Insightful, clear, humorous, delightful. A must-read for all people who value honesty, kindness, and compassion in the affairs of the heart.’ – Susan Page

“Brings the Buddha’s wisdom to the complex world of intimate relationships. In if the Buddha Married, she brings clarity to an area filled with confusion, and hope to an area where so many of us have far too little. We’ve all heard that marriage can be a spiritual experience; reading this book, you actually believe it.’ – Marianne Williamson

If the Buddha Dated If the Buddha Married

27th September Wedding

27th September Wedding Makeup and Hair by Toni Brides.

Just married Megan and her other half had their wedding at a unique and beautiful venue in Pioneertown. To enhance her beautiful green eyes and cute freckles, I did a light airbrush makeup with beach/brown tone shimmer eye makeup and paired with a authentic side bun. For her bridesmaid, we went for a side braids and a fingerwave retro look 🙂

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Wedding Photo Sneak Peak

So happy to share these few sneak peak wedding photos for Natalie’s wedding 09/06/14.

I can’t be pleased enough of how the makeup looked in this low light. Shout out to the amazing photographer: Stacey Adams Photography for capturing these ‘getting ready’ moment!

Natalie wasn’t shy on colors, she knows exactly what she liked and that made my job easy 🙂

I remember when we are waiting at the elevator, a couple of young ladies kept on coming back to see her and ‘wow’ed how beautiful she is.  Her purple smoky eye/glam makeup with a low classic updo completed the look for her glamorous and classic wedding.

Can’t wait to see all the photos!

xo

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Wedding Trial 14th September

Wedding Trial 14th September – Toni Brides

Bridal Trial gives our brides a chance to see how they envisioned to look on their wedding day. Sometimes we don’t know whether we like it or not until we try it out. Other times, we can’t decide what we like better.
For yesterday’s bridal/wedding trial, we tried out a few different eye/lip and hair possibilities for Vanessa’s upcoming big day in 2015! Finally, a light/flawless airbrush, bronze/rosy look + a side swiped half up-do is the winner! 

Come for a trial, let us help with the looks!

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6th September 2014 Wedding

6th September 2014 Wedding

– 6th September 2014 Wedding Makeup and Hair by Toni Brides at Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA.

A beautiful wedding day on Queen Mary, long beach. Bride Natalie and her wedding party were getting ready at a room where movie Titanic was shot at. To enhance her already gorgeous feature, I did a purple smoky eye. Paired it with a smooth finish full size low updo. 🙂 For Mother of bride’s, who has sensitive eyes, I chose to only enhance her natural lash line, and added some neutral tone eye shadow color to even make her blue eyes pop more. For one of her bridesmaids Mia, I went a little heavy and achieved a smoky, contoured look. Her husband said she looks like Kim Kardashian after makeup 😉

Hope you all had a wonderful first Saturday of September!

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