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Bridal Hair Accessories Flower

wedding-hair-accessories-1-300x300Bridal flower hair accessories will give your hair a refreshing look. It also provides a soft and exquisite appearance for the bride. Used properly, flower accessories will enhance the whole wedding ensemble.

Floral Hair Clips

Making your own floral hair clips is easy. If you will use real flowers, make the clips as close to the ceremony as possible so they remain fresh.

Materials

Ribbon
Flowers or silk flowers
Floral tape
Floral wire
Hair clip

Step 1

Get a 6 inch floral wire and push it halfway in the flower base. Bend it halfway down the stem. Cover the stems using the floral tape. Cut the flowers but leave the stems long enough to connect to hair clips.

Step 2

Put the flowers on the hair clip with the floral wire. The number of flowers you can add will depend on the dimensions of the flowers and the clip. Make sure the flowers are set on only one side of the clip. Make certain the hair clip’s handle is free.

Step 3

Put the ribbon on the clip. Be certain there is color coordination among the flowers and ribbon. You may choose to arrange the ribbon like a bow by creating loops. You can fasten it with a floral ribbon.

Step 4

Put them on your hair.

Bridal Flower Hair Accessories Tips

If you used fresh flowers, keep them in a cool place until the proceedings begin. If you used silk flowers, store them where they won’t be crushed.

You should coordinate the flowers that will be used by the bride and bridesmaids. Don’t use too many different types because it will look confusing. Keep it simple.

Bridal Hair and Makeup Perth with Flowers

Begin by washing your hair and drying it. Put light amounts of hairspray on your hair. Put hot rollers at the tips and roll them to the scalp. Leave it there for 20 minutes. Remove the rollers and shake your hair. Now style the hair (in a pony tail, loose waves, tight spirals etc).

When the hair is set the way you like, apply hairspray. Put the flowers in the back of the ear, back of the hair or any place you like. Use bobby pins to fasten them in place. Add more hairspray when all the flowers are set.

If you want the bridal flower hair accessories to be unique, choose exotic flowers. If you want the classic look, go for white flowers or roses. If you cant do your styling at your own, you can go for makeup artist Mandurah.

Eco-Celeb: Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie has received three Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and an Academy Award. She’s also considered one of the world’s most beautiful women. Oh, and she shows up on the red carpet accessorized with Brad Pitt. But what really makes Jolie stand out (at least in my humble opinion) is her humanitarian efforts. And she doesn’t do it for the sake of the press either. Jolie is truly committed to making our world a better place, which is why she continues to personally plead for the lives of those less fortunate. Jolie even admitted to donating a third of her increasingly large income to charity, resulting in millions of dollars earmarked towards her favorite causes.

Jolie’s first big humanitarian effort occurred in 2001 during a trip to Tanzania and Sierra Leone when she experienced for herself the shocking living conditions of the refugees. Shortly after she was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Actively helping refugees seek asylum and fighting for their basic rights, the UNHCR is currently helping approximately 34 million people in more than 110 countries. Part of that includes evaluating the environmental damage that occurs in refugee camps.

Along with her partner, she created the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation (more commonly known simply as the Jolie-Pitt Foundation) in 2003. Focusing on conservation work in Cambodia’s endangered Cardamom Mountains, the foundation started by helping save the region’s forest, freshwater ecosystems and endangered species. Currently it has expanded with reforestation, park management and rural development projects throughout Cambodia.

From handing out presents to Colombian refugees on Christmas day in Costa Rica to witnessing first hand the destruction in Pakistan after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, Jolie has visited more than 20 countries to help aid refugees. She also regularly visits Washington DC and meets with the country’s top politicians. And she co-chairs the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, which connects over 40 organizations to help children caught in areas of war, natural disasters or other conflicts.

In fact realizing that many refugee children are without families or have families unable to care for them, Jolie adopted Cambodian refugee Maddox in 2002 and Ethiopian refugee Zahara in 2005. Her growing clan expanded once more in 2007 with Vietnamese orphan Pax. And when I see photographs of Jolie out with her kids (including her three biological children she shares with Pitt), I get a true sense of her vision for the world: all nations, all races and all religions perfectly united.

Do It Yourself Facials: Spa Relaxation at Home

Facials are not only great for your skin, they can also reduce stress. While getting a professional facial can be expensive, you don’t need to splurge at the spa for a relaxing treatment to moisturize and revitalize your skin. It’s actually quite easy to give yourself a facial at home. All you need is about 30 minutes and a few basic skin care essentials.

A Good Cleanser
The first step in any facial is to cleanse the skin, so you’ll need a good face wash to get started. Finding the cleanser that works best for you is all about knowing your skin type.

If you have dry skin look for cleansers with added moisture, like Dr.Hauschka’s Cleansing Milk face wash. Or, if your skin is sensitive, try a mild face wash, such as Welada’s Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion. For normal skin types, a gentle all purpose cleanser, like the Vitalizing Cleanser by Living Nature, will leave your skin healthy and well nourished.

A Gentle Exfoliate
Exfoliators help to remove dead skin cells which allows your moisturizer to better penetrate your skin. However, be on the lookout for exfoliators with harsh chemicals, as they can damage your living skin cells. Instead, try an exfoliator like Pangea Organics Facial Scrub. It’s good for all skin types, and promises to leave your face looking radiant. Simply rub on the exfoliator in a circular motion, and be sure to rinse well.

A Soothing Facial Mask
Avoiding your eyes and mouth, cover your face with the facial mask and relax for 10 – 20 minutes, depending on the directions on the product. Facial masks are a great way to help hydrate your skin and promote a healthy complexion.

A mask like Primavera Revitalizing Antioxidant Mask, uses natural ingredients to repair tissue and prevent the signs of aging for most skin types. However, like cleansers, it is important to find the mask that best suits your skin type.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Moisturizer should be applied immediately after the mask to replenish your skin with natural oils that may have been washed away. A good moisturizer will leave your skin feeling soft and help to protect it from environmental damage.

A non greasy cream that will lock-in moisture, like Qunice Day Cream by Dr. Hauschka, will revitalize normal to dry skin. However, those with sensitive skin should look for lightweight organic moisturizers, such as Weleda’s Calendula Facial Cream, which nurtures the skin while maintaining its essential moisture balance.

Get Started
Now that you know exactly what you need to give yourself a nourishing facial at home, go for it! Relax, de-stress, and revitalize your skin.

Daily Sun Protection Creams and Lotions – All Natural Solutions!

Sunscreen isn’t just for summer. If you want to preserve your complexion, prevent skin damage and retain a youthful glow, the number one thing to avoid is overexposure from the sun. And even just a little bit of daily exposure adds up. There are plenty of conventional moisturizer/sunscreen combos out there. But those, of course, shield your face and neck with chemicals. Many organic and natural alternatives, although effective, are hard to rub in and often leave skin with a ghostly white tint. Certainly okay for a day at the beach, but they’re not an ideal everyday solution. Luckily there are a few products out there that make every day sun protection simple.

My absolute favorite sunscreen is Santaverde Aloe Vera Sunscreen Emulsion SPF 18. Sure it’s wonderful when you’re going to be spending the whole day outside. But it also works just as beautifully the rest of the time too. This is because the ultra light formula absorbs so incredibly fast. And maybe even more importantly, it doesn’t leave any filmy or greasy residue. This makes it an ideal pre-makeup product because your blush, concealer and any other cosmetic won’t slide right off your skin. The mineral based, organic formula provides superior sun protection while simultaneously healing and nourishing your skin. A natural anti-aging complex blended from Macadamia oil, Kukuinut oil and White Lily helps skin retain moisture while naturally protecting cells. Like all of Santaverde’s amazing products the sunscreen has an Aloe Vera base, which provides gentle moisture while helping the cells regenerate. The result is skin that stays smooth, healthy and glowing.

Another great option that combines a daily moisturizer with the protective power of an SPF is the Living Nature’s Daily Defence SPF 15. I like that it’s lightweight, which makes it an easy addition to a daily routine. The moisturizing formula shields skin with natural Zinc Oxide and hydrates with Harakeke and Manuka Honey (both plants native to New Zealand).

If you know you’re going to be in the sun for only a few brief moments (from the house to the car and from the car to the office) a product like the Dr. Alkaitis Organic Day Crème uses natural sun filters to protect skin. The light formula also hydrates and rejuvenates skin. Other multitasking options are the Living Nature Tinted Moisturizer and the Suki Tinted Active Moisturizer because along with 100% pure crushed minerals, they contain natural sunscreens and anti-aging ingredients. With just one product you even skin tone, hide flaws, protect skin, prevent sun damage, soften and strengthen the skin. So in the morning when you only have approximately two minutes in front of the mirror, you know you’ve pretty much tackled everything when you smooth it on.

Cosmetics Tips – Selecting & Storing Preservative Free Cosmetics

I’m always going on and on about how important it is to use products that are free of synthetic ingredients-including preservatives. Of course this inevitably leads to the question about the shelf life of organic goods. All products-whether they’re organic or not-will eventually become contaminated with molds, fungi, bacteria and other nasty little things you don’t want swimming in your face cream. For almost 100 years conventional products have used parabens-the most common type of preservative-to protect cosmetics, medicine and even some food products.

It was only recently that people began to question the safety of these unnatural ingredients. A number of studies were performed with alarming results. Parabens may effect estrogen levels and contribute to breast cancer. And even if these particular things weren’t an issue, years of soaking up those chemicals still can’t be good for you. Thus the need for natural methods of preserving became more important than ever.

Organic companies use a safe and pure method of preservation utilizing antioxidants and plant based preservative systems. For example benzyl alcohol-a nature derivative of benzoin gum-is used in the Suzanne aux Bains Calming Body Wash to help battle bacteria and keep the organic formula fresh while it sits in your shower. While most conventional body and skincare products have a very long shelf life of three years or more, organic options can’t sit around as long. Most items will stay fresh after you open them between one and two years.

A couple perfect examples are Dr. Alkaitis and Sophtyo products. Dr. Alkaitis, which uses only raw plant ingredients in their formulas, have a recommended one-year shelf life. And Sophyto stays good unopened for up to three years. Once opened you can keep them around for up to 18 months. Dr.Hauschka products are good from six to nine months after they’ve been opened. Before opening they will remain fresh for at least two and a half years. At Saffron Rouge we make sure the products are fresh and will never send you ones that have been sitting around for years.

You can also help preserve items by keeping your skincare, fragrance and makeup products in a cool dry place and out of sunlight. Obviously the products that live in your shower can’t stay dry, but make sure to keep them closed to help keep them as fresh as possible. And how can you tell when a product has gone bad? Usually the smell will be your first clue. If it smells a little different than usual-and not in a good way-it’s a sign that you need to toss it. Other things to look for are discoloration and a change in the formula’s texture.

Concealed Weapons

Not all concealers are alike. In fact, even once you’ve weeded out the not-so-natural options you still have, well more options. You have to figure out what formula you want to use and even then you’re not done. There’s the task of choosing a shade. After all, not all concealers are alike. And obviously not every shade will work for everyone. To pick your shade, choose one that’s one or two shades lighter than your foundation. If your skin looks ashy when wearing the concealer, it’s too light. However, if it doesn’t brighten the area it’s too dark. It also may be smart to keep two shades in your beauty kit for working with extremely dark circles or on days your skin is more tanned than usual. It also may be necessary to blend two shades together to get the perfect color.

When it comes to choosing a formula, it can all come down to simple preference. However, if you don’t have a preference (or a clue), here are a few simple guidelines. If under eye circles are your main complaint, try using a liquid concealer. Suki’s Liquid Formula Concealer is a great option. And Dr.Hauschka’s Concealer Pen is easy to apply. The formula is thinner than a cream or stick, so it won’t settle into the lines of your eyes as much. Also, since you’ll be covering a larger area, you want the end result to look as natural as possible. To use it, apply several small dots under your eyes. Then use your fingers or a brush to lightly tap the color in. If you rub to harshly, the color will just smear away and off the area you’re trying to conceal.

The secret to using any type of concealer anywhere on your face is blending. So make sure to blend the outer edges of the concealer area well. If you can’t seem to master blending, try using the Suki Eye Shadow/Concealer Brush to help you out. It’s soft and flat and will help tap in the color. After one layer has been finished, check to see if you need another. It’s better to add a few sheer layers rather than one thick, noticeable layer. After you’ve tackled your eyes you can use the liquid to help mask red areas around your nose, mouth, or anywhere else as well. Finish with a sheer powder to set the concealer. Use a very small amount, as too much will settle into the lines, making you look older.

Cream concealers are wonderful at hiding blemishes. It just takes a little practice. Try the Dr.Hauschka Pure Care Coverstick or NVEY Eco’s Organic Erase Corrective Makeup. For best results, you’ll also need a firm, thin, pointed concealer brush like the one from Alima Pure. After all, the trick to hiding acne spots is dotting the concealer only on the spot. And even if you have tiny, steady hands this can be difficult. Get a small amount of the cream on the end of the brush and dot it into the center of the blemish. Then slowly blend it outward towards the outer edge of the blemish. A second layer may be needed. Then finish with a light dusting of powder to set the concealer.

Close Shave

I’m not one for short shorts. And short skirts and dresses aren’t my thing either. But all summer long I peeled off the layers to reveal a bit more skin. And even though cool weather is almost here, I’m not quite ready to relinquish bare legs just yet. So until my legs go in hibernation for the winter, and my shaving routine slows down (just a little), I make sure my bathroom is stocked with the most pure and delicate shaving products. Mainstream brands will lead you to believe you need to sizzle off the hair with a chemical cream or smooth on a synthetic-filled shaving cream, but there are alternatives. They’re gentle, they’re safe and they really work.

You can get a close, easy, and nick-free shave without the harsh chemical ingredients with organic options like Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lemongrass Lime Shaving Gel. Certified organic by the USDA (currently the strictest body care standard around) and Fair Trade certified too, this effective non-foaming gel removes hair while hydrating with shikakai, hemp and jojoba. And the crisp invigorating scent made with lemon, lime and lemongrass essential oils is perfectly refreshing.

In my shower you’ll find Weleda’s Shaving Cream. The lather gets really creamy and soft, which helps the blade glide over my skin. It’s extremely gentle and helps prevent any post-shave irritation (especially helpful in the bikini region). Plus it soothes and nourishes with goat’s milk, almond extract and pansy extract. Since organic shaving creams don’t foam up, you have to massage it into your wet skin to create a slick lather before reaching for the razor.

In a pinch (if I’m out of shaving cream or I forget to pack it on vacation) I’ll use my hydrating Santaverde Aloe Vera Shower Gel. It’s creamy enough to really protect my skin while I’m shaving. And the line up of softening ingredients–including almond oil, wheat protein and aloe Vera juice–leaves me legs feeling soft as silk.

Budget Beauty Buys

There are times when I don’t mind splurging on a great organic product. But let’s face it; I’d rather score something at a great price. Many people are surprised to learn that there are plenty of organic options that won’t empty your wallet. In fact, you can get almost everything you need from face and body to hair products for $25 and under. Here are my absolute favorite organic beauty steals, so you can save your hard-earned money for a rainy day… or a swoon-worthy fragrance.

Weleda Wild Rose Cleansing Lotion

Currently my favorite cleanser, this option, filled with Rosehip oil and organic Mallow extract, is mild, creamy and effective. Plus it doesn’t dry out or irritate my skin. And I love the soft, pleasant fragrance.

Balm Balm Face Balm (Rose Geranium)

I can’t stop finding new uses for this rose scented certified organic balm. It’s perfect to hydrate the usual suspects like my hands, feet and lips. But I also massage it into my cuticles, elbows and ankles. It helps prevent chapped cheeks when I’m out in the cold. And in a pinch, it helps smooth flyaways.

Weleda Almond Facial Oil

Not all oils have to be super pricy. This one is effective at quickly nourishing the skin. After I smooth it on, my face simply glows. It also doubles as a soothing eye makeup remover too.

Dr.Hauschka Lip Care Stick

I don’t know what I’d do without this affordable, moisturizing little stick. I stash one in my bag, in the bathroom and by my bed. The protecting formula glides on and lasts through coffee and kisses. There are cheaper lip balms, but this is the best.

Weleda Birch Body Scrub

When I’m having one of those mornings where I’d rather stay in bed than face the world, I pull out this exfoliating scrub. The intoxicating lime scent is deliciously uplifting. And the natural formula makes my skin velvety soft.

Weleda Foot Balm

I’m not a fan of foot products that smell like peppermint or menthol. Instead I’d rather soften calluses and moisturize my feet with the natural blend of Myrrh, Calendula and citrus oils found in this protective balm.

Badger Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 15

The adorable label implies it’s for the little ones. But that doesn’t stop me from using the gentle formula for myself. Natural minerals keep me safe from the sun while olive oil and rosehip oil nurture.

Weleda Citrus Deodorant

If you haven’t figured it out already, I love citrus scents. And this aluminum free deodorant is no exception. It’s a non-aerosol spray with a fragrance that’s not overpowering or cloying.

Bronzed Beauties

Although a pale face can be found here and there, it seems being tan—whether real or faux—is de rigueur when it comes to the celebrity set. From dark haired beauties like Jennifer Lopez to the blonde goddesses of Heroes, Ali Larter and Hayden Panettiere, stars know how to glow. And why not… tanned skin makes your eyes pop, your smile whiter and your complexion radiant. You feel thinner, happier and healthier. Of course being tanned from the sun is anything but healthy. So you can fake it with a few of my favorite products.

You have a couple options when it comes to formulas. Powder is really easy because you can start light and layer it on for more depth. My favorite bronzer is the Dr.Hauschka Bronzing Powder because the color looks sunny and natural. Before you apply it use your foundation and concealer as usual (if you wear them). If you’re wearing the bronzer right after you moisturize, make sure to let the moisturizer completely soak in first. Otherwise the powder will stick to damp areas depositing too much color in patches around your face. Grab a big, fluffy powder brush and swirl it into the powder. Lightly dust it around your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin (where the sun naturally colors your face the most). If needed, add another layer.

For a more dewy bronze look try Suki’s Tinted Active Moisturizer in Bronze in place of your usual foundation. And since it’s a moisturizer too, you get to skip a step in your morning routine. Pump a small dollop into your fingers and smooth it onto your skin like you would a foundation. Make sure to blend it in really well around the ‘edges’ of your face like your hairline and jaw. Another liquid option is the Living Nature Soft Light Illuminating Tint (in Dawn Glow, Day Glow or Evening Glow depending on your skin tone). The shimmering tinted moisturizer gives skin an extra dose of radiance without making you look like you got lost on the way to the disco.

After you’ve applied your bronzer make sure to follow up with a warm or rosy blush. Adding a pop of pink color to your cheeks on top of the bronzer gives your face a more realistic sun-kissed appearance. For the most natural-looking flush a good rule of thumb is to use the same formula of blush that you did a bronzer. If you used a powder, wear a powder blush like the Dr.Hauschka Rouge Powder. If you are going with a liquid bronzer, you can wear a cream blush like the Suki Pure Cream Stain (which you can also tap onto your lips to complete your look). Of course you can mix and match formulas, but it requires just a bit more work to look flawless.

Behind the Brand: Studio 78 Paris

Saffron Rouge is thrilled to welcome Studio 78 Paris to our family, an exciting line of luxury organic beauty products from France. It combines quality botanical ingredients with a modern color palette, offering perfectly pigmented products for face, eyes and lips that are gentle enough for sensitive skin. We recently spoke with founder Margareth Halfon about her cosmetic collection.

1. What motivated you to start your own line?

This was not just a marketing approach. Studio 78 Paris is a brand that has been made with our hearts.

We noticed that a real change was happening in the organic skincare market, but we just couldn’t find any makeup brands that seduced us. There was no alternative line that was also fun, with cool colors, that made us dream.

After working in the luxury, fashion and beauty industries, my partner Laurence and I decided to combine our skills to create our own brand.

Studio 78 Paris was created with a simple concept: to go back to the basics of any traditional makeup brand, which is to be feminine and glamorous, with innovative textures and strong, long lasting pigments. At Studio 78 Paris, making beautiful cosmetics comes first, and then the consumer is pleased to see that it is also an organic brand.

2. How long did it take? When was your product line ready for the general public?

We started in 2010 and it took us 10 months to develop the textures and the color range. Then we introduced Studio 78 Paris to the professionals at Beyond Beauty Paris in September to see how they felt about it. That year, 51 journalists elected us their Press Favorite among 65 brands in competition. Everybody was very enthusiastic about our brand. However, we decided to take few more months to improve the textures before the launch into the market because we wanted it to be perfect. Then Studio 78 Paris officially launched in September 2011.

3. What obstacles did you face along the way?

Studio 78 Paris is a very exciting venture, but there were some obstacles we had to face.

We wanted to have the Ecocert certification for all our products, but it was hard to find organic ingredients that gave us nice pigments but also meet the Ecocert’s standards, especially for eyeshadows.

It was a long road, but we persevered and it worked!

4. Who did you draw your inspiration from?

Studio 78 Paris was born so women wouldn’t have to compromise between beauty and health.

We decided to wander from the typical organic brand approach and to stay closer to the approach of traditional and luxury makeup brands, only with better natural ingredients. Our palate is inspired by the timeless, classic feel of the black & white era, and the glamorous, feminine style of floral watercolors.

5. What is unique, different or special about your brand?

Most of our products are based on our innovative formulas – baked technology for the powders, and bi-phased water foundation for a seamless texture that melts into the complexion.

The color range is modern and follows the current fashion trends. Our packaging is luxurious yet practical. Each detail is there to make life easier for women.

6. What if anything would you do differently if you could do it over?

We faced some problems since the beginning and I’m sure we will face other problems in the future. But each time, we ultimately found a better solution from what we had before. So, to be honest, we would do everything exactly the same!

7. How do you feel about changes in the organic beauty movement?

Throughout the past few years, we have seen a lot of changes operating in the organic beauty market. First, it started with skincare, then it followed with makeup, then perfume.

Some countries are more aware about organic products. Others still have to be educated to this new, better way of consumption. It will take some time. But as products become more attractive, the faster consumers will make the switch from traditional to organic products. It is our job as producers to make them want to make that switch. Don’t forget, when you sell beauty products, you sell dreams.

8. What advice would you offer other novice women entrepreneurs?

In one hand, when you start your own business you should be really motivated because you will go through hard times. You have to stay focused on your aim.

On the other hand, you should find suppliers who want to work with you because they trust in your project. They will get involved in your adventure and become a kind of partner.

9. Do you think it is more difficult for women when it comes to business?

To be honest, I think it’s easier for a women to create her own business. I’ve found suppliers are often filled with admiration for our courage and they want to help us.

Laurence and I used to work for huge companies before launching Studio 78 Paris. We both agree that was often much more difficult.

10. How do you find work/life balance?

When you start your own business, it’s like having a baby. You never have weekends or holidays. You always think about it.

But it’s all for good and happiness!