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Are you looking to create your own make-up look for your wedding? Do you want to capture the radiance of the sun for an endless summer glow? If so, the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow make-up collection is the perfect choice.
This is a collection of glowing, illuminating and bronzing products to achieve a sun-kissed radiance. The collection includes two palettes, a new multi-tasking lip and cheek essential, a luxurious liquid illuminator and bronzers.
I love it when I get new make-up, and these Estée Lauder products are a firm favourite of mine. I adore the luxury feel of the chic gold case, and anything with a shimmer is a winner for me too!
The Summer Glow Eyeshadow Palette includes six sunlit shades that highlight, define and dramatise eyes. From brilliant shimmers to softened mattes, each shade helps sculpt and define eyes for a smouldering and sultry effect.
The colours, designed to complement a sun-kissed bronzed skin tone, work so well together. At first I was a little wary of the teal but actually it looks incredible with the other shades. The palette includes a dual-ended applicator and mirror in a gold case.
Do you love giving your cheeks a glowing, bronzed look? You will love the Summer Glow Multi-Palette because it helps sculpt and define your look with soft, shimmering colour for a natural glow.
With the three shades it’s easy to create a luminous, contoured look. I always find creating the perfect contour rather challenging, but not anymore! You can use the buildable shades separately as highlighter, blush and contour powder, or blended together for an all-over, sun-kissed glow.
Each shade utilises a unique suspension of pigments and pearls to create a spectrum of finishes. As a result this delivers a bronzed, sun-kissed face, flushed cheeks and luminous glow.
This product should be your new make-up essential! Lip and Cheek Summer Glow is a dual-ended 3 in 1 multi-tasking colour stick for lips and cheeks. On one end, the hydrating cream colour stick adds a burst of revitalised colour to cheeks and lips for a naturally pretty flush.
Then as a finishing touch you can use the opposite end to apply a fresh pop of colour with a glossy finish. Lip and Cheek Summer Glow is available in three shades, Fuchsia Lights, Peach Glow and Sunburst.
Finally, Summer Glow Illuminator is a drop of liquid summer. It glides on to enhance a sun-kissed bronzed look, and instantly illuminates skin. It’s perfect for highlighting and contouring cheeks, brow bones, or giving your face an all over glow, and skin looks luminous and enhanced with dimension.
You can wear the oil free formula alone or layered with foundation to add luminosity to skin. It is also perfect for all skin types and tones.
It doesn’t matter what time of year you are getting married, the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow make-up collection is all you need to radiate on your wedding day. These products are so easy to use and you will look like you have had your make-up applied by a professional.
So what are you waiting for? Now is the time to update your make-up bag.
Your entertainment could take up a large chunk of your wedding budget, so getting the best deal possible is essential. Adam Mezzatesta of Bands for Hire looks at what affects the price of a wedding band, and what you can do to get a great deal…
You’ve spent hours trawling through wedding blogs, music agencies and supplier directories, and your mind is just about frazzled! It appears there’s an abundance of wedding bands and musicians available at every corner, so whittling them down to the last few is an overwhelming task to say the least.
As a music agent I’ve spent the last six years looking for the best bands in the country, and so you have my sympathy. What was once an industry set aside for the ageing musician has in recent years seemed to become saturated with singers and bands of every age looking to make a living from performing at weddings and private events. With the ever-evolving state of the music industry, perhaps today’s young musicians are more inclined to partake in wedding gigs as a way of financing their songwriting and originals projects.
With so many options available, and all at staggeringly different prices, it’s difficult to decipher the good from the bad. So what affects the price of a wedding band, and what steps can you take to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible?
A band is a business the same as every other wedding supplier. Therefore their fees generally settle at a point that reflects their experience and how in-demand they are. With this in mind one might assume that the higher the quote, the better the band. Whilst this is true to an extent, many other factors can affect prices…
Travelling distance can have a big impact on a band’s price. Searching locally is always advisable, for both for your pocket and the environment. Many couples may assume that it’s just the travel expenses involved, but keep in mind that it also comes down to the extra time involved for the musicians. A six-hour round trip will be a major factor when quoting, especially if a band feels they have a good chance of finding another gig locally.
Bigger is almost always better. However, before you look for a 12-piece party band, consider your venue and check the small print in your contract. Many venues will have sound limiters or restrictions in place, meaning a larger band is either impractical or not allowed. Check with your venue before you book your band so you aren’t caught in a contract you can’t stick to.
The number of musicians in a band will be the main factor when it comes to price. My advice would be to set yourself a budget and see what options are available. You may find that a rocking trio sound as good as a five-piece, and for a fraction of the cost.
If you’re getting married in the winter or autumn months then it’s worth asking for a discount. Whilst bands rarely offer discounts for peak summer Saturdays, some bands will offer a deal to secure a booking off-peak.
We start receiving enquiries two years before a wedding date, although I personally feel this is a little too early. Yes, you will find yourself with the pick of the bunch, but quotes will be higher. Bands won’t have decided their fees for the future, and will be confident of more enquiries for the same date. Some bands may not quote for a wedding two years in advance, especially those with big ambitions for the future. By booking 9-18 months in advance you’ll have a great choice of bands at your fingertips, without paying a premium.
If you’re looking to get a great deal and you’ve got the stomach for it, you could wait and book last minute. However, this will the limit the number of available bands so think hard before going down this route.
Bands usually base a quote on a 5pm – 6pm set-up. To have the band all set before the wedding breakfast will likely incur an additional charge for their extra hours. Furthermore, check what finish time your quote is for. It will often be a midnight finish, so if you have the venue until 1am this will also up the price.
Hopefully this serves as a good insight into the mind of a musician, how they quote and how to get the best deal. I’ll now leave you in the capable hands of Google – good luck with your search.
Guest post by Adam Mezzatesta of Bands For Hire
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Cardiff always appears top 10 UK stag destination lists, and it’s easy to see why. With amazing attractions, nightlife and activities, Cardiff has everything a stag group could want. Today Anthony Page of Welsh Games shares his guide to a stag weekend in Cardiff…
Seeing off the stag before his big day has certainly changed over the years. At one time just a few drinks down the local would precede tying the poor drunken soul to a lamp post. This would have been enough to see him off in style. Today the options for a stag do are limitless, with many destinations and activities to provide great content for that all-important best man’s speech.
Stag weekends have certainly become adventurous and action-packed affairs, and can take a lot of planning. The first job for the best man is to choose a destination. It’s become very popular to head over to a European city like Prague, Barcelona or Krakow, and for sure these are great places to send the stag off in style.
But how about a little closer to home? A city such as Cardiff, the Welsh capital, has pretty much everything that any other European destination has to offer. If you have a Cardiff stag weekend you won’t have the headache of organising flights, ensuring everyone has their passport and arrives at the airport on time. All you need is a few quid to pop over the bridge and you’ll be warmly welcomed to one of the UK’s friendliest and most dynamic cities.
Cardiff being an important centre is easily accessible from anywhere in the UK and has an extensive range of accommodation, places to eat and, most importantly, lots and lots of bars!
Here are one or two activity ideas, and a potential itinerary for a memorable (or not!) stag weekend in Cardiff…
Hit up the city’s nightlife, which is one of the most diverse in the UK with everything from designer bars to Irish pubs.
Have a break from the city and head out into the wonderful surrounding Welsh countryside for some fun group activities. One such idea is to take part in the hilarious group activity, Welsh Games, which has quickly become Cardiff’s most popular group activity.
A day out here includes nine wacky activities using large inflatable, catapults and fat suits. You won’t stop laughing as you take part in games such as Sheep Shenanigans, Drunk Dragons, Welsh Celebrity Knockout and the Rugby Run.
Hit the bars again and dine at one of Cardiff’s many eateries. One idea is to start off around the Mill Street area, which has lots of different places to line the stomach before the madness starts.
Cardiff’s liveliest pubs and clubs are centred on St Mary Street. It’s closed off to traffic on Saturday nights and provides boundless opportunities to send the stag off in style. If the stag is still going strong as the evening wears on then head to the Castle Quarter, home to nightclubs and trendy bars.
Your party won’t want for late night food options to soak up all that Brains. The city is awash with kebab and fast food joints.
Time to shake off the hangovers and go see a bit of the Welsh capital. There are many options for tours around the city, and here are a few ideas…
Buy a ‘hop on, hop off’ bus pass and see all the city has to offer. These generally leave Cardiff Castle on the hour and are a great way to get around and blow away the cobwebs. Of course, many stops are near great pubs!
Perhaps a better way to tackle those cobwebs is to head to the iconic Millennium Stadium and experience one of their tours. They run daily from 9am until 5pm and last around 40 minutes.
If your group is still feeling it from the night before then why not head out into Cardiff Bay? There are heaps of boat operators that are more than happy to take your party out fishing, or perhaps sail to Flat Holm island for the day.
Whatever you choose to do for your stag weekend in Cardiff, you really can’t go wrong with the Welsh capital. It’s compact enough to get around but important enough to have everything. The Welsh countryside is a stone’s throw away too if you want a change of landscape. Oh, and not forgetting the friendly Welsh lasses!
Cardiff really is a knockout destination.
M4 motorway. Rail Connections from London, Bristol and the rest of the UK. Cardiff Airport serves other UK destinations.
Cardiff is a year-round destination, but ideally try and plan from April to October when outdoor activities such as Welsh Games and Bay Boat Trips run.
Bar crawls, outdoor group activities, city sightseeing, sporting events, water sports.
Guest post by Anthony Page of Welsh Games
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