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The 4 Secrets to Photo Ready Nails Your Manicurist Doesn’t Talk About

Look at your nails. If you were to get engaged right now, would they be worthy of the “I said yes” Instagram pic? If the answer is no, read on. We’re revealing the 4 secrets to getting and keeping your nails photo ready.

Go for a manicure – This is your excuse to treat yourself! We recommend going once a month for maintenance. The manicurist will buff your nails, shape them, and push your cuticles back. In between visits avoid biting your nails and cuticles!

Strengthen your nails –  Nails are composed of delicate cells that are very absorbent. Because of this, they are easily affected by weather, water, and chemicals. Be conscious of what your exposing your nails to. If you’re washing the dishes, wear gloves. If it’s cold outside, moisturize your hands and wear mittens. Also, try taking a break from using nail polish remover, as it dries out the nail.

Lighten your nails – No one likes yellow, stained nails. A great at-home remedy is a lemon juice and baking soda paste. All you need is 1 tablespoon lemon juice and two tablespoons of baking soda. Stir the mixture until a paste forms, then apply the paste to your fingernails. Wash it off after 10-15 minutes.

Color – When you wear bright colored nail polish, it’s very noticeable when it chips. Unless you’re planning on touching it up every couple of days, wear a toned down color like light pink.

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An Outdoor Wedding to be Desired

The ambiance and intimacy of Julia and Travis’ wedding was just too good to not share. Across the wooden bridge to the white tent, the couple had everything an outdoor wedding pines for: lights, lanterns, laughter, and dancing. It was love down to every last detail.

Julia’s hair was set with a 2-inch barrel iron for soft waves and curls. Half of her hair was pulled back leaving a few pieces to fall loosely besides her face.

Her foundation was Face Atelier and her eyes were a combination of both Mac and Make Up For Ever. It was a blended mixture of taupes, browns, and pinks that were topped off with black liner and lashes. Her eyes were kept very soft and neutral. After all, Julia’s look was really about her Carthage Pure Matte Lipstick by Nars.

Hair & Makeup: Magda’s Designs Inc. | Venue: The Inn at Millrace Pond | Photography: Pat Furey | Florist Peggy Patton, The Flower Mill | Gown Designer Amsale



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Our 11 Favorite Pinterest Hairstyles for Summer Weddings

Pinterest is a bottomless abyss of wedding inspiration. Looking for a hairstyle could lead to hours of filtering through what you like and dislike, believe me, I know. So I took it upon myself to do the filtering for you. The hairstyles I’ve chosen are soft, romantic, and perfect for a summer wedding.

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Michelle and Jeff’s Wedding at Holly Hedge Estate

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The eyes are meant to draw you in; the look is made with color and depth. To accentuate Michelle’s natural beauty, we used neutral tones by Mac. The palette consisted of Soba, Brun, Saddle, and Shroom.

Soba- used on the lid and blended into the crease

Brun- used in the crease to deepen the contour of the eye

Saddle- used to blend the colors from a dark to light contrast

Shroom- used to accentuate the brow bone

To finish off the eyes, we used Mac’s blacktrax liner, added single lashes, and applied black, waterproof mascara.

Michelle’s hair is long, thick and wavy, which made it extremely easy to work with. To give her the vintage style she was looking for, we set and styled her hair off to one side. The curls were given structure, but kept soft as to not look like over-sprayed, tight curls. We then looped the curls and weaved them in to place.

Once the hair was sprayed with Kenra #9, #13, and #25, Michelle put on her vintage, Jenny Packham gown. We dusted Orgasm blush onto the apples of her cheeks for extra pop and finished her lips with Mac’s Viva Glam V gloss. When Michelle looked in the mirror she took a deep breath, and exhaled with a smile.

It was truly a pleasure to be a part of Michelle’s magical day at the Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope, Pennsylvania. I wish her and Jeff all the happiness love can bring.


Photographer: Noa Green Photography
Florist: Mark Bryan Designs


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Keep Problem Skin from Becoming a Wedding Problem

No one understands the fear of acne flare-ups more than those with problem skin. If you fall into this category, stop hoping your skin could just look good for once. Take control of the problem for once and for all.

Go for a facial – A professional facial works wonders on the skin and is your best bet for fast results. Most problems, however, can’t be resolved with just one facial. It takes maintenance to get your skin in a, consistently, good place. Your esthetician will help you come up with a routine and game plan after examining your skin.

Pay attention to what you’re eating – What you put into your body is everything. Try cutting down on your dairy intake, as dairy can be very clogging. Increase your intake of vegetables and be sure to drink a lot of water.

Keep track of your bathroom habits – This may sound strange, but bowel movements are one of the ways our bodies get rid of toxins. If you are not ridding of these toxins in the bathroom, they will come out in other ways, and it could be one of the reasons your skin isn’t looking its best.

If you are not experiencing regular bowel movements, try increasing your fiber intake.

Years from now you shouldn’t be looking at your wedding photos only to remember the surprise pimple that popped up for the occasion. Everyone should experience the feeling of relief that clear skin can bring. Take control of your life today.

To set up a facial call Magda, slots fill up quickly, so don’t put off making your appointment.

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