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With over 15 years specializing in creating elegant wedding hairstyles & flawless all day wear wedding makeup, Magda Designs provides an expert level of service and travels to your location on your wedding day. As a licensed skin care, makeup & hair specialist, Magda & her team of professional & highly trained artists offer airbrush makeup as well as natural makeup applications. Our service area includes: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut & destination weddings. Contact us now to book your wedding hair makeup trial: (908) 447-6910.
Press & Awards: Our work has been featured in Town & Country, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, Wedding Chicks, Junebug Weddings, Ruffled, Manhattan Bride, Brides.com, 201 Bride, The Knot, New Jersey Bride, Elle (China), Bridal Musings, and other wedding blogs & magazines. We are also the proud recipient of Wedding Wire’s Bride’s Choice Award.
Photo & Styling Credits: (Photos 1 -6) by millie B Photography / (Photo 7) by Laura Gordon Photography / Bridal Gowns by Sareh Nouri / Wedding Hair Accessories by Liv Hart for Enchanted Atelier
Winter’s harsh extremities like cold weather, rough winds, and lower humidity levels are notorious for wreaking havoc on our skin, leaving it dry, cracked, itchy, and unappealing. The reason this happens is because these extremities break down the skin’s lipid barriers, which are there to protect it from dehydration and external dangers. This isn’t to say that we have to throw our hands up and give in to the winter woes of skin, it just means we need to add a little extra TLC to our daily routines. Follow the 5 steps below to keep your skin hydrated and you happy this winter.
- Avoid hot showers – I know this is a tough one. All I want to do when I’m cold is take a hot shower or bath, but think of your lipid barriers here. Taking a hot shower may feel good in the moment, but having extra dry skin afterwards will not!
- Use a humidifier – The forced heat in your home can be extremely drying for your skin, by using a humidifier in your home, you will be adding moisture back to the air.
- Up your water intake – By drinking more water you are helping you skin maintain its hydration level, which in turn helps to protect the lipid line.
- Change your lotion – During the winter months you should not be using water-based lotions. Look for one that contains Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acid is great because it can retain moisture up to 1,000 times. I will take this time to also note that you should still be wearing sunscreen!
- Hydrate from within – Eating foods that have high water content will help keep your skin hydrated from the inside. Think avocados, celery, cucumber, etc..
“12 Tips to Keep Skin Soft and Glowing In Winter.” Dr Frank Lipman. N.p., 10 Feb. 2014. Web. 03 Dec. 2015.
“10 Winter Skin Care Tips: Banish Dry Skin.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2015.
Bridal week is just like fashion week, except, surprise, it’s all about wedding gowns. The hottest gowns cascade down the runway, leaving onlookers, fashion enthusiasts, and future brides swooning over the latest styles. If you missed it this year, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got the inside scoop about designer’s inspiration for their Fall 2016 collections. So what did you miss?
We spoke with Yumi Katsura Couture’s Creative Director, Paulette Cleghorn. She told us this years collection has lots of texture with less beading. If there is beading, then it’s more of a tone on tone look.
If you’re a big fan of Victor Harper, you will be seeing a modern, sophisticated approach to the ballgown; tailored with a classic beading to create a bit of contrast.
For the Sareh Nouri line, Sareh pulled elements and inspiration from her Persian heritage. A history rich in art that is defined by detailed designs and patterns visualized in its mosaics, calligraphy, miniature paintings and intricate weaving. Sareh said, “The farics, laces and patterns that I selected and designed for this collection are reminiscent of an ancient, yet modern artistic culture.”
We also had the opportunity to speak with Cristiano Lucci, who said this years fall’s collection will be very fashion forward, so we’ll be seeing ball gowns, tulle, and delicate lace.
Overall, sexy sophistication seemed to be the theme of this season. We saw nude underlays, and plunging back lines, although, more toned down than last year. There was also a lot of lace—yay. And it seems ball gowns are making a comeback with a sophisticated, yet classic flair.
Designers: Yumi Katsura Couture | Victor Harper Couture | Sareh Nouri | Cristiano Lucci
Locations that carry these designers:
Bridal Reflections– Victor Harper
Designer Loft– Cristiano Lucci
Kleinfeld– Sarah Nouri
When it comes to wedding planning, choosing your venue comes second to getting engaged. The look and feel of the day will revolve around your venue. The venue can influence your gown, hair & makeup, flowers, invites, décor, and much more. Your entire experience, from start to finish, begins with the venue and ends with the execution of the staff you have helping you. The location you choose will become a place that will forever stay in your heart and your memory, so make sure it’s everything you’ve ever wanted.
Since Magda’s Designs Inc., provides on-location hair and makeup services, we’ve had the pleasure of working at some of the greatest wedding venues in NJ. We would like to share our top 5 choices.
1. Nassau Inn
Located, centrally in the heart of downtown Princeton is the Nassau Inn. This quaint venue is surrounded by little shops, theaters, and is a quick walk from Princeton University. In fact, our last Nassau Inn wedding was for two Princeton University alumni, who were arranging their wedding from out of the country. This just goes to show that when it comes to planning, the Nassau Inn has it down. From start to finish they’ll provide their clients with someone who will work with them to bring their visions to life.
Aside from their amazing staff, the Inn can accommodate weddings with up to 200 people. They have a beautiful outdoor space that can be used for either a ceremony or cocktail hour, and they provide overnight room accommodations. Take a look at our Nassau Inn bride HERE.
2. The Ryland Inn
The photo speaks for itself, The Ryland Inn is absolutely stunning, and it gets better. Their Grand Ballroom has 30 foot ceilings, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, 6 chandeliers, and hardwood floors. They can accommodate up to 225 guests for a seated affair and are known for their award-winning farm to table menu. They also have a private outdoor patio that’s great for cocktail parties and outdoor ceremonies. Take a look at our Ryland Inn brides HERE and HERE.
3. Pleasantdale Chateau
The Pleasantdale Chateau is surrounded by 40 acres of woodlands, meadows, wonderful gardens, and ponds, making it the picture perfect place for a wedding…seriously, it’s a jaw dropping kind of elegant. Not to mention, they have an amazing staff who are completely dedicated to making your wedding perfect. They are willing to help with everything including your invitations, and flowers. Take a look at our Pleasantdale Chateau brides HERE & HERE.
4. The Castle at Skylands Manor
If you’re looking for a fairytale wedding, this is your place. The Castle at Skylands Manor is exceptionally beautiful, both inside and out. At this venue you will find the New Jersey Botanical Gardens, 1,000 acres of natural woodlands, Shepherd Lake, and a private chapel where you can exchange your vows.
This fairytale location provides overnight accommodations, and can host up to 600 guests in the formal gardens, 220 in their ballroom, and 300 at the exclusive castle. Take a look at our Skylands Manor bride HERE.
5. Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club
Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, is a great place for both indoor and outdoor weddings. Their outdoor weddings overlook the rolling greens of their river course and Lamington River. They also provide an outdoor patio that’s great for a cocktail hour. Their Somerset Ballroom can seat up to 300 guests, or if you’re looking for a more intimate wedding, they have other rooms available. Take a look at our Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club Bride HERE and HERE.
Skincare is important, you know it, I know it, that’s that. When it comes to planning a course of action for the issue, whether it be fine lines, dry skin, etc. there are many procedures and treatments that your medical aesthetician can advise. My favorite, and the favorite of my clientele is Dermaplaning.
If you have not heard of Dermaplaning, it is done with a sterilized surgical blade. The blade is used to exfoliate the top layer of dead skin. The procedure is not long and has no down time. The only aftermath you may experience is a pinkish tone to your skin on the day of and possibly the following day (meaning you should definitely be wearing sunscreen).
The procedure helps remove the dry, hard layer of skin that does not shed off on its own. It will help in the exfoliation process, it also helps refine fine lines, even out sun damaged skin, and stimulate blood circulation. Dermaplaning also helps with the removal of fine Vellus hair (peach fuzz). The only time this procedure is not advised it for active acne, however, it is great for helping with the aftermath; acne scars.
Since Dermaplaning gets rid of your dead skin cells, anything you do to your skin afterwards (i.e. anti-aging facial, chemical peel, etc.) will add a little extra oomph to the procedure. Even the products you use at home will be better absorbed by your skin.
My clients love this procedure because it helps them with everything I’ve listed above, as well as oily skin, hyper-pigmentation and because it leaves their skin looking nourished and radiant. It’s great for all skin types, and is a must for brides and anyone looking to reduce signs of aging. As an added bonus, after the procedure, your makeup will look much smoother and last longer.
Pay attention, hopeless romantics, if you want magic, this is it. We are completely obsessed with everything having to do with Devin’s wedding at the Ryland Inn. The day had a rustic feel with a dash of elegance. There was champagne, love notes, and a fairytale ending for our couple. So grab the tissues, because once you see the way the groom looks at our bride, you will need them; he cannot take his eyes off of her!
Makeup What & How to
Lid – Makeup For Ever Aqua Matic -ME-54 which is a pinkish beige. This shadow is creamy and has a smooth application. The shadow becomes dry and is smear-proof, smudge-proof, and water-resistant.
Crease – Soba by Mac was used in both the crease and under the bottom lash line. The shadow was used to create a more sultry eye. Brush #221 and #224 by Mac were used to create that look.
Brow Bone – Shroom by Mac was used on the brow bone. After applying the shadow, brush #228 was used to blend the entire eye. The shadows all blend nicely together.
Liner – Mac Blacktrack Liner was applied with brush #209 by Mac. The liner is applied thin and right in the lash line. Then Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner was applied to the rim of the upper eye lid, creating the perfect lash line. This contrasts the shadows and the eyes.
Lashes – 5 single lashes were applied and Maybelline’s Falsies Volum’ Express mascara waterproof was used to color the lashes.
Powder – Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Power was applied with Make Up For Ever brush #110. The powder was applied with a rolling technique that helps work the powder into place.
Blush – Bobbi Brown Pink Coral
Lips – Nars Biscayne Park
Hair How To
Devin’s hair was set using a barrel iron. For the top and crown section we used a larger one. This helps give the hair body and keeps it smooth on both the top and sides, while helping with the texture and soft tasseled effect in the back. The knot is pinned but not secured perfectly into place, so the hair is left with movement.
Hair & Makeup Magda’s Designs Inc. | Photographer Shannon Collins | Videographer SparkStory (joe Petrilla) | Florist Kim Auriemma | Dress Desiree Harstock with Maggie Sottero purchased from I Do I Do | Venue the Ryland Inn | Band Craig Scott Entertainment