Danielle & Scott: The Beauty Regime.

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Hello RMW lovelies!

I’m having slight palpitations that it is OCTOBER and 2014 is almost over…since we’ve sorted out quite a lot of the ‘big ticket items’ (ie the ones that will actually allow us to get married at the end of the day), we’re on a bit of a relaxed, go-slow at the moment, which is nice.

I have to admit though, I am itching to get into some DIY projects (and if it can involve all the glitter, I will be all the happier for it. I am quite the glitter fiend – in fact, one happy night I covered an entire very popular club in the stuff. I’m sure I was everyone’s favourite person the next day when they woke up with it on their sheets…and clothes…and curtains…and, well, everywhere. Sorry Glasgow!)

That being said, I have sourced my hair and make-up artists! I spent SO long looking through different portfolios, facebook accounts, instagrams and poring over blogs that they had been featured in to work out which ones seemed most ‘me’, and I’m really excited to have found Carol-Anne Armstrong and Sharon Roberts.

They have both worked together countless times (Sharon even did Carol-Anne’s wedding, featured right here on RMW), and have the exact relaxed but beautiful style that I am looking for. I can’t wait to meet up with them for my trials and talk hair and beauty.

I am by no means a super girly, girl. I wear the same make-up every day and don’t even switch it up for a night out (ok, sometimes I might slather on some red lips, but that’s about as far as I go!), and most days you will find me with my hair swept up in a messy top knot but maybe to others I come across like I am…

For one thing, I only ever wear dresses (like really, my Bridesmaid Laura once had a nightmare that I was wearing ‘mom jeans’ and had to text me to tell me never EVER to do it) I really, really like dresses…and spend rather a lot of my disposable income on them. So for my wedding day I will actually be giddy that I get to wear the most beautiful of dresses, and get two lovely ladies to come and make me up so that I am the best version of me that I can be.

The photos below are a mixture of Carolanne and Sharon’s work, and a bit of a mood board of the style I’m aiming for. I think you might guess I am a little obsessed with curls (lucky for me I grow those naturally!) and masses of flowers. Swoon.

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Booking Carol-Anne and Sharon has really got me thinking about a ‘beauty regime’ and whether as a bride-to-be, I am obliged to have one. I mean, it’s not like I am just going to wake up on wedding morning looking like a goddess so maybe I should put some effort in there!

Luckily (or unluckily) for me, I work in the hospitality industry for a really rather deeeeeelicious company so I get to tuck into my fair share of wonderful food (and let’s not even get started on ‘competitor research’ which is a phrase I fling around like it’s going out of fashion) so for me I should probably put a focus on less of the good stuff, more of the greens. I like to think I’m a fairly healthy eater, but improvements can always be made, and perhaps limiting my burger/alcohol intake would be sensible (I don’t know who I am kidding…this will probably never happen!)

I’m also a swimmer, and most weekday mornings you will find me swimming in the medium lane at the pool opposite my work, trying not to get angry at the one or two regulars who have no pool etiquette whatsoever. I absolutely love swimming, not only do you get to feel like the little mermaid, but it is an excellent opportunity for thinking and planning.

Scott laughed his head off at me the other night because I told him that I split my pool time up into sections…the first 10 lengths I thought about the state of the world, the second I thought about my wedding dress, the third I thought about how to stay healthy, the fourth I thought about my plans for the week ahead and then the last 10 I thought about how much I love Vinnie. He thinks hilarious, I think efficient!

Other than that, my loose thoughts on a beauty regime involve starting to exfoliate on a more regular basis (or at least more often that the night before my twice yearly fake-tan-for-a-wedding session), making sure I am religious at removing my make-up at night time (currently purchasing all the pure white bed sheets to make me more motivated to do this), moisturising daily and increasing my already ridiculous consumption of greens (a spinach addict right here!). I’m also thinking of really pushing the boat out and starting on a weekly face mask and hair treatment regime too. Any recommendations for good ones to try out?! I would really appreciate any and all suggestions as to be honest, I’m quite clueless.

Combined with my already monumental intake of water, I think if I do all these things, I should be ok. No personal trainer, or expensive gym membership for me…I just want to be the girl I’m always going to be on the big day. I’m never going to turn into a gym bunny, or a total health nut, and I’m not putting down that burger or glass(es) of wine without a fight, so I don’t see the point of completely depriving myself for the next 10 months in order to look different for one day of my life.

I really, really don’t want to look back at my wedding day pictures and think “I’ll never look that good again”. How depressing! Instead I want to look at the photos and think ‘wow, look how bloody happy we look, and look how bloody happy everyone else looks too!’, and if I also look at them and think I look pretty and healthy, or even beautiful, then that is a really rather wonderful bonus!

I’m like most girls that I know…I have a lot of self-confidence issues, and I don’t look in a mirror and like what I see very regularly so I’m not saying this with the confidence of someone who is content with their looks – I’m saying this as a girl who just wants to be herself – for me, but also for everyone else that loves me exactly as I am.

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I went to a big London wedding exhibition shortly after Scott and I got engaged and the goodie bag they were handing out for brides-to-be made me want to cry. It was literally filled to the brim with weight-loss products and femfresh (yes, really) and nothing else. It made me despair for an industry that makes girls feel like their every day is not good enough. It IS good enough, you ARE beautiful as you are, and you don’t need to conform to any expectations, except your own.

I think that is one of the things that I love the most about a community like Rock My Wedding – conformity isn’t the norm, beauty is everywhere, and who you already are, is already more than good enough. I think we should all embrace it. I know I for one am not going to be looking back on my life when I’m 80 wishing I’d spent more time in the gym, or saying no to the latest street food pop up because I’m trying to watch what I eat – I plan to make many happy memories over the next 10 months (eeek) – no way is this lady going to look back on her 28th year and have nothing to show for it. All the fun, and all the joy please with a healthy dose of cardio and greens!

Have you given any thoughts to your ‘beauty regimes’, and do you have any advice for me on this particular subject? I’m genuinely interested to hear your views on this as I know you won’t all share mine!

Until next time my lovelies,

Danielle xxx

Author: Fern Godfrey
Fern spends most of her time dreaming about weddings and trying to convince her long-suffering boyfriend to propose. Lucky enough to live in sunny Cornwall, if you need her – you’ll find her at beach.

19 thoughts on “Danielle & Scott: The Beauty Regime.

  1. Hi Danielle,

    I’m also at the 10 month count down – eeee! This post has come at such a good time! I’ve been fretting for a while about a fitness regime and really being strict with myself but your words really hit home!
    In terms of beauty regime I have naturally very curly hair, corkscrew curls really, and the major thing is keeping it hydrated and glossy. I’m all about natural products and the ‘Curly Girl’ regime – no sulphates or parabens ect, so along with natural shampoos and conditioners I make hair masks, my current favourite is great and really easy – 2tbs of honey, extra virgin olive oil (sounds odd, I know!) and raw organic coconut oil (you can get it in Tesco for £6/jar) mix it all together, blob it on dry hair, leave to soak in as long as possible (I’d advise covering with a shower cap, can get messy!) and wash out. Works a treat!

    xx

    1. Morning Emma!

      How exciting! Can you believe it’s only 10 months away?! It’s all going so quickly. I’m glad you found my post helpful. I actually feel quite passionately about not making yourself miserable to make yourself happy – it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, and I’ve seen too many people in the past doing just that in the run up to their wedding. I personally think it should be a super fun time!

      That’s really helpful advice about the hair – thank you! I have to admit, I’m pretty terrible with mine, and as I’m also a swimmer I really need to give it TLC. I am definitely going to give your hair mask a go (I have coconut oil, which was meant to be for the dog as it has similar health benefits for them, but he won’t touch the stuff, the little bugger!) xx

  2. 8 months and counting for me… ahhhh…. i have been going to class at my gym twice a week called grit, it is pretty intense but i love the fact its only half an hour long as I cant stand spending ages at the gym with no real results plus it gets me home in time for that all important glass of wine. skincare for me there is only one go to and thats paulas choice, not only are the products affordable and actually work the website has great articles about skincare myths etc. They also have a beutypedia which tells you wether products are any good or not and the reasons behind it. For my hair I am making a massive effort to get it trimmed every 9 weeks to keep it in good nick for the day, I have stopped dying my hair for almost a year now in order for the condition to be good when I get it highlighted for the wedding

    xx

    1. Oooh, grit sounds fun. That’s the kind of exercise that I am into – one that doesn’t drag on forever! I tried getting into running last year & quickly decided it was the most boring (and hardest) form of exercise I’d ever done. I normally spent my time checking out the dogs on the common and occasionally stopping to pet them…so not the form of exercise for me! My best combo is definitely swimming and I do some at home strength stuff too.

      I’m going to check out Paula’s Choice – thanks so much for the rec! xx

  3. You manager to swim 50 lengths most weekday mornings?! Wow Well done.
    I struggle with 20 something on a Sunday if I’m lucky.
    Loved this post x

    1. Morning Danielle! Don’t let that make you feel bad, I truly think I’m part fish. I walk past the fountains in Trafalgar Square every morning and want to get in…(even though I’m on the way to the swimming pool), I just can’t walk past a body of water and not think about being in there! I’ve also mastered my breathing technique, which I think is the hardest part about swimming.

      Thanks so much for your lovely compliment! x

  4. I got married in June and to be honest I didn’t start on the beauty regime until three months before. My local salon had a good offer on for a facial and massage so I treated myself for my birthday. It was amazing and I booked in for a further two facials ahead of the wedding. Besides making your skin glow I found it was great just to go and have a bit of me time during the countdown.

    1. Hi Claire – this is what I like to hear! Oooh, it’s my birthday coming up, maybe I should treat myself to something similar?! I actually went to get my nails done at a new salon which opened beside my work yesterday & I absolutely loved the me time, so I think this is a really great tip, which I am definitely going to use! x

  5. WAH! I love this post! It totally sums up my exact feelings on pre wedding beauty and health regimes! I always knew I didn’t want to drastically alter my appearance or look for my wedding, I wanted to look back on photos and see ‘me’, just a slightly better groomed version! Having the BEST fun ever with the people you love most trumps having perfectly toned biceps or immaculately white teeth. FACT!! I was having so much fun at mine I kind of forgot I had a face and Rebecca kept trying to put more lipstick on me!!

    I was horrified when I went to my first (and last) wedding show to find masses of companies promoting Botox, quick fix weight loss methods, teeth whitening, e.t.c. One horror show of a woman even offered me a discounted liposuction deal, with the offer to do a bridesmaid for half price!! Horrendous!

    I’m so excited to see it all coming together, bring on the glitter!!

    See you in a few hours!! AHHH!!

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. You were definitely you on your wedding day – the most perfect natural bride EVER! I’m so glad we are not competitive friends! I think we should reenact tequila dungeon on the big day…Gordon and the groom will be on top form! Oh…and I’m also going to wear mom jeans…

  6. I’m so glad you want to look like YOU on your big day! I feel exactly the same way – I’m not a girly girl at the best of times, can’t be bothered to do my hair and wear minimal makeup (wow, really selling myself here). My fiance hasn’t asked me for much other than to look like myself on my wedding day. I couldn’t bear the thought of seeing him at the end of the aisle looking anything other than pleased to see me!

    The only thing I’m doing to prepare is exercise a little more to tone up, drink lots of water and try to take care of my skin. Easy peasy! Loving your mood board by the way.

    1. Hi Natalie! Your goals are my exact goals too – I will definitely be trying to do my best without going overboard. Good luck with all your planning! x

  7. Firstly, as you’re the girl with possibly the best skin ever, i’d say keep doing what you’re doing 😉

    Loved this post – think you have a really great attitude and it’s awesome you’re enjoying swimming so much rather than just doing it for the benefits alone.

    I can’t EVER imagine you getting to the mega-stressed-out-bride-to-be stage but if that ever happens I absolutely recommend Pilates for both toning and mental relaxation. I was sceptical but always come out feeling so refreshed no matter what, it’s fab. Hurts the day after though!

    Both your hair and make up artists look incredible, their work is beautiful. I’m SO excited to see the finished product and see your ideas come to life, you are going to be such a beautiful bride! <3 x

    1. Ahh Hannah! You are the most wonderful woman ever…you are like a cheerleader for all your friends & it is the loveliest quality EVERRRRRRR. I actually cannot wait to be surrounded by my wonder women bridesmaids! x

  8. Thank god for people like you. I’ve been wondering the same things too, and despite starting a yoga class (to try to sort a long-standing back issue out) and cutting back on dairy (as it makes me really full up) I’m pretty much bimbling along as always.

    I have no idea where to start with beauty regimes, and my hair and makeup are usually a bit of a mess too, so I think investing in someone to help with this will be a must for me! something else to add to the list…

    Awesome points well made, Danielle! x

    1. I’d love to take up yoga – I also have a dodgy back, and I worry that I am making it worse by not doing anything about it! let me know if you see any benefits 🙂

      honestly, it’s a total minefield. I feel like there’s an expectation that I should have a beauty regime, or that I should be trying to eat healthy/exercise more, but that makes me want to even less haha.

      I really recommend looking into hair/make up peeps soon as I think it’s one of the suppliers that people forget about until nearer the time, and they do get booked up really quickly it seems! x

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