Sunday, 7 April 2019

Wedding Chat: Choosing Bands & Meeting Our Officiant

Wedding Chat: Choosing Rings & Meeting Our Officiant - ItsHollieAnn
I know it's only been a few short weeks since I posted a wedding update but I couldn't help but share another because.. We've chosen our wedding bands! We'd originally decided on getting them in either late April or early May but the more we thought and the more our calendars filled up, we decided it would be best to get them early so that we've got longer to make any changes. 

As always our appointment with Rob was a dream. We caught up on the past few months over a coffee and champagne before the big reveal. I fell in love with my band as soon as I saw it - It's ever so delicate and compliments my engagement ring perfectly. My fiancee's is the perfect classic band however she's undecided whether to go for one that's an extra mm in width - You wouldn't believe the difference it makes.

We've decided we'll have them engraved after the wedding and I'm toying with the idea of getting my engagement ring done too. It's currently off to be resized which is giving me all kinds of separation anxiety but hopefully this time around it will be the perfect size, plus it'll get a little polish too so it'll be even more sparkling. We also chose to emboss our boxes. My fiancee's was ready yesterday but mine should be with my when my engagement ring comes back - It's exactly the same but the initials are reversed. 

This week we were also introduced to our officiant, Judy, over in Las Vegas. She's an award winning officiant with years of experience with all different kinds of ceremonies. She's down to earth, very fun and right up our street so we're very excited to be working with her.  

Also, we finally got round to having invitations printed so we're in the process of sending those out as we speak - I'm a bit nervous that people are going to tell us they're coming but not actually RSVP so I can see myself chasing people closer to the time. I'll apologise to them in advance.

We're still putting together a playlist to send to our DJ but I'm hoping he'll get the vibe and play some songs we've probably forgot to add. I almost forgot to mention that we also found vases for the tables at our Celebration/Reception party yesterday - They were a bargain from Ikea and they look 5x the price. Very happy indeed!
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As of today, it's 75 days until we get married. I say this all the time but it's coming round so quickly! We're both incredibly excited but we'll be so sad that the planning and prep is over because we're truly having the best time!

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Monday, 1 April 2019

Current Base Staples

Current Base Staples - ItsHollieAnn
It's about that time of year where I start switching up my beauty products. Now that the cooler months are almost over and done with, I'm craving that natural looking dewy skin that will see me right the way through summer. My skincare has remained the same with the exception of switching to a lighter moisturiser so today I wanted to round up the beauty base products I'm currently reaching for on a daily basis, to give me that natural glow.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

This CC cream has actually been a staple of mine for I don't know how long. I love the way I can customise the coverage depending on whether I use a sponge or a brush and I also love that it doesn't feel heavy or cakey on my skin. I've not come across a product yet that doesn't layer well with this CC cream and despite it becoming a little tough to get hold of, it's remaining firmly on my dressing table for as long as physically possible.

L'Oreal Infallible Magic Essence Drops

Blue drops to brighten my complexion? Yes, I too was skeptical. Whilst I don't feel like these alter the luminance of my skin, they do an excellent job of hydrating. Upon first impressions I compared them to The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid  but after using them a little more, I think I prefer these because the consistency isn't thick making them very easy to blend out. Also worth nothing that, considering they're blue, you actually don't look like a smurf after application. 

L'Oreal Glow Mon Amour Highlighting Drops

I first discovered these about a year ago when searching for the perfect 'no makeup makeup'. I instantly fell in love with their versatility and their ability to not appear as though I'd poured a pot of glitter onto my face. At first I found them quite oily and though this is no longer the case, I do use them sparingly on my nose and forehead just in case. At the moment, I like applying them after the essence drops but before my CC cream - Sometimes I'll top them up afterwards too. Definitely a must have, especially since they're a fraction of the price of some others on the market.

Glossier Stretch Concealer

I have a love hate relationship with Glossier whereby I love their products but my skin hates them. This concealer is no different but I think I've found a way to finally make it work since I want to love it so much. As this concealer isn't as sheer as I first thought, without any other makeup, it's incredibly noticeable and often dries out over spots and under my eyes. Underneath my CC cream however, it works like a dream - I've been using it under and around my eyes, around my nose and even to cover blemishes and it no longer dries out or ends up sliding around my face. Since discovering this new-to-me way of using it, I've honestly been having the best time. I'm even considering replacing it - It's finally love. 
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There you have it, my four current base staples, why I love them and a little bit about how I use them. Thanks so much to everyone that voted for this post in my Instagram poll, it's one I've been meaning to share for weeks! What are your current base staples or beauty bits you can't live without?

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