- Hey lovelies, I hope you’re all warm and well!
Let’s not lie, shaving is such a ball ache, isn’t it? I find the whole process really dull and boring, not to mention time consuming. After you’ve spent a good half hour de-fuzzing yourself, you’re silky smooth, but only for a day or two. Then we’re at it again. As a woman who has excessive hair growth, I feel the need to shave frequently, but I always end up with a rash. After looking into ways of preventing razor burn (what causes the rash) I stumbled across friction free shaving.
Hey lovelies, I hope you’re all warm and well!
As you all probably know by now, I’m a married lady! Me and Shane tied the knot on 06/05/18 (you can read more on that here.) A few people asked me to create some more wedding based content so I thought I’d put together some Wedding planning tips and tricks to help create your perfect day. Getting married soon or know anyone who is? Hopefully this will help them out. Wedding planning on a budget doesn’t have to be stressful and doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go without things, it just takes some careful planning and a lot of research.
Pretty much as soon as you get engaged, you’re mind will go into overdrive about every little detail you want included in your big day. You’ll have all the girls asking you a thousand questions at a time and it can become a little overwhelming. Remember that there is absolutely no rush, go at your own speed and take your time.
Getting married on a weekend will almost double the venue costs, especially in peak wedding season. It isn’t always ideal to have a weekday wedding but it costs a damn sight less. If that works for you then happy days, if not there are so many other ways to save costs on wedding venues. Consider having your ceremony and reception in the same place. This way you’ll save on travel expenses and you’ll probably be able to get a better deal.
Most venues offer wedding packages that could save money, but always weigh up your options. Think about if you actually need everything they’re offering. Usually, you can negotiate on prices too!
The wedding dress.
I always knew what kind of dress I wanted to get married in. Something big, sparkly with all the princess vibes. When looking into designers, boutiques and online stores, I found the dress of my dreams, but the price tag was just unrealistic. I’m a sucker for a good dupe so I looked into it and I found my dream dress in an outlet store. It was almost identical to the dress I first found but was literally 3 times cheaper! A lot of brides sell their dresses online second hand after their wedding so it’s worth having a look around at those. Remember if you’re buying an off the peg gown, you’ll probably need alterations so factor that into your wedding budget too (they usually charge per layer).
A lot of stores have end of line sales, if you have your heart set on a designer gown, wait until the new season starts and you might be able to get a decent discount. Similarly, stores obviously have display gowns, if you’re drawn to one in a shop window, ask to try it on. You’ll be able to negotiate on price as it’s ex display.
It’s obvious that the more bridesmaids you have, the more money it’s going to cost you. Looking for bridesmaid dresses can be challenging but they always seem more affordable in your favourite high street stores. Shops like New look and H&M have some stunning dresses that will cost a lot less than ones from the bridal boutique. Also worth looking at online discounts and offers too. If you found a dress in New look, have a nose around the internet, there’s always codes about for 20% off. If you’re giving your bridesmaid freedom to chose their dresses, it might be wise to ask them to contribute a percentage too.
Kitting out your venue with decorations all adds up. There are so many idea’s on Pinterest on DIY wedding crafts. Get the girls round one night and make some lovely bits for your wedding. It will give your day a more personal touch too. My mum made our table decorations with some diamonte candle holders and fairy lights. So simple but so effective. You can really get creative and have fun with it too. Also worth asking around in local Facebook groups to see if there is any unused decorations for sale cheap.
Feeding your guests can cost an absolute bomb. Most places offer a sit down meal but that usually equates to around £40- £50 per person (sometimes more). This does usually include 3 courses, wine on the table and perhaps some canapes. Depending on your group size it might be cheaper to have a buffet option. You can call a few favours from friends to help out and cut costs even more. It’s also easier to accommodate peoples food preferences as there’s a variety of options. Discus with your venue possible options and packages on food and drink, see what they offer but don’t feel like you need to book through them.
Another huge cost when planning for a wedding. We all want those gorgeous, romantic photo’s to show off but hiring a good photographer can cost a pretty penny. Consider hiring a newly graduated photographer or someone who is starting to build up their portfolio. These guys are usually great because their knowledge is fresh and they’ll want to get the best shots possible to add to their profiles. Also, if you know someone with a good quality camera and a decent eye for photo’s this is a great option. You’ll have a more personal relationship with them and it can save you a lot of cash. If that isn’t your thing, pick a ceremony only package and ask your guests to take pictures throughout the day, there’s bound to be some great ones.
In true Meghan Markle style, hand picking your own fresh flowers is such a cute personal touch to your day. If you’re a keen gardener, plant some flowers well ahead of time that you can use for your wedding, you’ll save a few hundred quid and you know they’ll be unique to you. If gardening isn’t your thing, artificial flowers are a lot more affordable than fresh flowers and obviously they last a lot longer too! Some fake flowers can look so beautiful and you can add little detailing like diamonte. It’s also easier to get them to match your wedding colour scheme too, not to mention if the flowers you really wanted aren’t in bloom during the time of your wedding.
A little something to say thank you to all of your guests for coming out. Depending on your guest numbers, this could turn out quite pricey! I know a lot of brides that make their own which I think it a lovely idea. Personally, I didn’t do favours for my wedding because I was restricted to how much weight I could carry in my case and there were more important things. If I had have done favours, I’d have made little grow bags, filled with seeds for my guests to grow. A really affordable option and it gives people a chance to grow a good memory! Again, Pinterest is rammed with cute idea’s, just search DIY wedding favours, or Wedding favours on a budget.
The most expensive cake you’ll probably ever buy! But it doesn’t have to be that way. Some supermarkets sell undecorated cakes which is a great option for those of you who are nifty with an icing pipe. Alternatively, you can add fresh flowers that match your theme and bouquets. Even adding just a cake topper can make a difference. Your wedding cake doesn’t have to be luxury and lavish. Most guest won’t even eat it so save some coin there!
Hair and makeup
Luckily for me, my mum is a hair dresser. I sent her a few styles that I liked and we had a good few practice runs before the wedding. I loved how my hair looked, and I didn’t have to factor it into a budget. I’m sure you’ll know someone that is good with hair who might be able to give you a helping hand on the big day, even if it’s mates rates. Much cheaper than going to a salon! Similarly, wedding makeup can come at a high cost. If you know what products work for your face, and you’ve got the confidence to do your own makeup, then go for it! I done my own wedding makeup. Although I would have loved a pamper on the day, I wasn’t prepared to spend the cash. I felt the pressure but I think it turned out well!
So there we have it, 10 easy ways for Wedding planning on a budget. Try and enjoy the planning. Take one thing at a time. Allocate tasks to your bridal party (that’s what they’re there for). Communicate idea’s with your partner and remember to be realistic in terms of your budget. Whatever you choose to do, your day will be magic!
Happy wedding planning
Kisses and Love
Hey lovelies, I hope you’re warm and well!
If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that Shane and I recently got married. We flew out to with a few friends and family to Dominican Republic on April 29th and stayed for two weeks at Memories Splash resort, Punta Cana. It was an eventful few weeks to say the very least but our day was perfect and we’re so happy it all went to plan. If you’re interested to know more about Our wedding day carry on reading!
My day started off well, we woke up, had breakfast together and then went our separate ways for the day. The boys went down to the beach in the morning, snorkelled around the crystal blue ocean and done some other boy stuff I’m assuming. Meanwhile my mum was working her magic on my hair to make it look perfect. I went for a half up half down curly style with a few little plaits and a princess tiara! I done all my makeup myself, had a fight with a false eyelash, worried about it melting off and couldn’t get my brows matching. Suppose it turned out okay in the end. All the girls got ready in my room and before I knew it, it was almost time to go. With my hair and makeup done it was time to put my dress on.
Hey lovelies, I hope you’re all warm and well!
Here is the final part of my #Pixipretties review. Last but not least the Pixi beauty X Dulce Candy collaboration. Dulce created a 9 shade lip palette and a multi use brightening and highlighting palette. Both look absolutely beautiful in pan and have universal shades included everyone. Shall we dive straight into the products and swatches?
Café con Dulce
At first glace, I assumed this was an eye shadow palette but after reading up on the product, it can be used for many thing. The concept behind this palette was to help brighten and accentuate your beauty. Dulce created her ideal “go-to” palette for highlighting, cheeks and eyes. With a cream to dry formula, these shades feel so soft and buttery to touch. Really really easy to blend and have blinding pigment. Used with a super light hand you can sweep the colour across your cheeks for an everyday subtle glow or dampen a brush for intense pigmentation. I love that there’s a good veration of shades to choose from. Anyone can use this palette regardless of their skin tone which is something that beauty community needs more of. Pictured below are one swipe finger swatches.
Brillante, Dulce, Caramelo
The first row of shades are perfect for pale skin tones, and all have a golden hue to them. I’ve used these a few times and they look really pretty on the skin.
Piruli, Pan Dulce, Estrella
3 gorgeous pink shades that can be used as a subtle blush or compliments rosy skin tones as a highlight.
Bon-Bon, Tamarindo, Morenita
For me, these shades are too deep to use as highlighter but they double up as the most beautiful shimmer eye shadow.
Pixi beauty X Dulce Candy – Café con Dulce palette final thoughts?
In terms of palettes, this isn’t anything I haven’t seen before. However, I do love the quality of the shades, their lasting power and how versatile they are. The palette is slim and lightweight which means it’s perfect for travel and I think I’ve found my new favourite highlighter (Dulce.) It’s great that the shades can be used on the skin, cheeks and eyes, this palette will appeal to a lot of people. It’s a little expensive at £28 but when you break it down, it works out about £3 a colour, that’s a pretty good deal.
Dulce lip candy palette.
When it comes to lip products, I usually prefer them in stick or liquid lip form. For professional makeup artists though, this is such a staple to have in your collection. The whole colour story screams spring time to me. With 9 large pan lip colours, there’s a good choice but I wish they weren’t all pinks. I’m more of a nude lip kinda girl so I’m not sure how much use I will get from this but anyone who loves a pink lip will adore this palette. There’s a good mix of bold, subtle and muted pink shades which was something I did like about the palette. I gave a few a try and they applied fine with a lip brush. Didn’t look patchy or streaky. The felt comfortable to wear, with no drying or cracking throughout the day. Apparently the palette is formulated with minerals and anti-oxidents which is probably why they feel velvety soft and nourishing. The palette can be used for blush too which is a great touch.
Pixi beauty X Dulce Candy – Lip candy palette final thoughts?
As far as lip shades goes, pink isn’t my first choice, but I’m not mad at this palette. As you can see from the above swatches, the colour is solid and full of pigmentation. I enjoyed how they felt on the lips and I think the colour range reflects Dulce’s bright and vibrant personality. I wouldn’t reach for this everyday, but if I was feeling adventurous then I’d have a play around. For £28 it’s at an okay price point. I just wish there was a nude version with the same formula.
If you’re interested in getting one of these palette’s yourself, click here for the Pixi pretties page.
That concludes my #Pixipretties reviews. You can catch up on the Chloe Morello collection here or have a peek at my review on Weylie Hoangs dimensional eye kit here. I hope you’ve loved these reviews as much as I’ve loved doing them.
Thank you so much for being here
Kisses and love
Her lovelies, I hope you’re all warm and well!
Here’s part two of my Pixi Pretties review (you can catch up on the Chloe Morello collection here.) This time, I’m reviewing the Pixi beauty X Weylie Hoang “Dimensional eye creator” set. The set includes an eye shadow palette with 6 shades and a double sided eye liner. The collection was created to be the everyday essentials to for a perfect everyday eye look. Let’s take a peek at the Pixi beauty X Weylie Hoang collection then shall we.
Dimensional eye palette
The shade range in this palette is gorgeous. A mix of 3 shimmers and 3 mattes are all you need to create a soft everyday glam look, or really add some sparkle to finish a look off. Adore that this palette can be played up or down and with only 6 colours, there’s a lot that can be done with it. The shades are all super pigmented, the shimmers are intense when used with a damp brush. They blend really nicely together and are soft and creamy to touch. I did notice if you pick up to much shimmer it bunches up a little so start soft and build up. This palette has been put to good use already and all the shades are super long lasting They stayed put and didn’t fade away after a few hours.
Palette swatches (one swipe)
Shades top to bottom
Itty Bitty, Gurl!, Potato, Sista, bomb, beautis
As you can see from the swatches, the colour pay off is rich in pigment and top quality. I really love the shimmer pink shade “Gurl” I don’t own anything like it and it looks really pretty on my lids. The palette is faultless in my opinion.
Double sided liner.
Love the concept of this liner. One side is a kohl pencil which is soft, creamy and pigmented. The pencil is great for tight lining and can be smoked out for a more dramatic look. The pencil can also create thin lines or be used on an angle for a thicker liner. The other side is a felt tip style liquid liner. These are my favourite types of liquid liners because you can be so precise and get right down in the lash line. The tip of the nib is really little so great for getting a sharp wing.
HOWEVER, when I swatched the felt tip side, it immediately starting bleeding into the fine lines of my hands and it looked really messy. I tried it on my eyes and it did pretty much the same thing, leaving a messy line across the lid. The liquid liner was quite hard to remove, so unless you’re super sharp at wing liners or have a lot of fine lines around your eyes then I’d give this a miss.
Overall, I liked the set. The palette is beautiful and the shade range is right up my street. It’s small and compact so I can pop it in my bag with me which is great. I love the quality of the shadows and I think Weylie done a super job with them. The pencil side of the liner is really good and I’m reaching for it a lot. The liquid side was a little disappointing though, I expected more. For £22 it’s a pretty good deal and it’s worth picking up for the palette alone. You can pick up yours here.
Question time: Have you tried any of the Pixi pretties products yet? What’s been your favourite collaboration?
Kisses and Love