Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

De Lorenzo Gift Sets


Finding the perfect Christmas gift can sometimes be a difficult task, so it comes as a relief that De Lorenzo has created a range of gift sets tailored to different hair types and needs.

Thanks to De Lorenzo, you can give your loved ones the gift of healthy, shiny hair this Christmas – whether it’s a gift for your daughter, mother, sister or girlfriend, De Lorenzo has something to make her feel special with an at-home salon treat.

Moisture Balance Gift Set


Featuring the Moisture Balance Shampoo & Conditioner and Moisture Balance Revive Hair Moisturiser from the Prescriptive Solutions collection, this luxurious range is inspired by the arid Australian desert and is infused with creative technology and specialised bio-complexes. Locking in moisture with natural ingredients like Coconut and Olive Oil and Australian Wattle Seed, a rich source of protein. Also included in this nourishing pack is the Essential Treatments Oil Balance – a pre-shampoo treatment containing a blend of natural plant oils including Avocado, Rosehip, Linseed and Evening Primrose designed to mimic the scalp’s natural oils. Completing the set is the Essential Treatments Absorb, a weightless dry shampoo enriched with Organic Rosehip and Rice Extracts adding volume and texture to your hair while absorbing natural oils.

RRP: $59.95 each set

Control Balance and Control Revive Gift Sets

With the Control Shampoo, and either the Revive Conditioner or Intense Conditioner – tailored to individual hair types – this fresh, clean range is designed to invigorate your hair. Inspired by the rainforests of Australian and containing Lemon Aspen, Watercress, Rocket and Ivy, the Control Range with help prevent product build up and offers superb softness to hair.

The Control Revive and Intense Gift Sets also include the Essential Treatments Protein Complex and Absorb. Protein Complex is an in-shower treatment spray enhanced with Quinoa Protein and Organic Rosehip to strengthen, seal and protect hair follicles while Absorb allows natural oils in the hair to be absorbed with its infusion of Organic Rosehip and Rice Extracts.

RRP: $59.95 per set 

Instant Rejuven8 Gift Set



For the woman who loves a trip to the salon, Instant Rejuven8’s Shampoo & Conditioner is perfect for reviving chemically treated hair and is infused with Organic Bilberry and Aloe Vera. Helping protect hair and leaving it with a natural shine, bounce and movement.

The Rejuven8 Gift Set also includes Elements Afterglow – an anti-humidity spray designed to leave hair with a greaseless finish. Lightweight, quick-spreading and light reflecting, Afterglow will add a beautiful shine to your hair.

RRP: $39.95

Instant Accentu8 Gift Set


Perfect for those with flat, fine hair, the Instant Accentu8 Shampoo & Conditioner boosts volume, body and movement to your hair with its unique blend of Sea Kelp, Ginseng and Bio-Marine Extracts. This duo is great for adding some va-va-voom to a tired and style as its shampoo has been created to thicken the hair shaft from the cuticle.

Add to this Elements Sandstorm for added fullness. A dust sculpting spray that gives hair a matt, textured look, Sandstorm contains Organic Rice Starch and Rooibos Extract for a natural and tousled finish.

RRP: $39.95


Instant Allevi8 Gift Set

Instant Allevi8 is for the woman who deals with frazzled, brittle and porous hair. Infused with a blend of 8 Organic Ingredients such as Cucumber, Kakadu Plum, Cactus Flower and Yukka, the Allevi8 range will give her smooth, silky and healthy looking hair in an instant. Designed to gently cleanse and nourish while calming flyaways, this gift set also includes Instant Satur8 – a weightless moisturising foam which revitalises hair, making it manageable with a glossy finish. 

RRP: $39.95 

De Lorenzo Christmas Gift Sets will be available in salons around Australia from 1st October 2014.

For stockist details, please visit www.delorenzo.com.au





Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kate Spade's Idiom Bangles


Perfect gift for the bride or her bridesmaids is hard to find because it should be elegant, chic, romantic and personal. Beautiful piece of jewellery is always a good idea and we think that Kate Spade's idiom bangles are saying it all with their simple design and catchy slogans etched on the surface.

Crafted from shiny rhodium, Bride's idiom bangle features an inside inscription that reads "happily ever after", as well as messages etched on the outside: "cue the confetti, cheers!, kiss the bride, tie the knot, toss the bouquet, cut the cake". 



Maid of Honor idiom bangle an inscription that reads "the hocus to my pocus, the lovey to my dovey, the hoity to my toity, the riff to my raff, the helter to my skelter". There is also a phrase engraved on the inner side and it says: "you and me".



Bridesmaid idiom bangle features exterior engravings: "birds of a feather, two of a kind, perfect pair, partners in crime, peas in a pod, sidekicks". There is also a phrase engraved on the inner side and it says: "best friends ever".



These gorgeous bracelets come with a beautiful packaging. They are placed inside small blue and green round boxes with golden detailing which makes the ideal wrapping for such a special gift. 


We love Kate Spade’s jewellery collection with plenty of bright colours and witty slogans and if you want to browse through her fabulous range of accessories and find some pieces to complete your wedding outfit, please visit her website: http://www.katespade.com.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bridal Showcase: Demetrios & Divina Sposa by Elianne Moore



To preview their 2015 bridal collections, Demetrios and Divina Sposa by Elianna Moore are organising a Bridal Showcase and they are inviting both retailers and brides-to-be to this exclusive one night event. Brides attending this intimate showcase will have the opportunity to see over 60 different styles on the catwalk and each of them will have the chance to win $1000 off her dream wedding gown. The event will take place on Sunday August 17th at Randezvous Hotel in Melbourne from 17:30 pm to 19:30 pm and the tickets cost $30 per person or $40 for two people with light refreshments included in the price.


The Bride’s Diary® is supporting this glamorous event which takes the new approach to showcasing bridal collections. Future brides will be able to see the dresses before they are delivered to the shops and choose their favourite looks straight from the catwalk. If you are tying the knot in 2015, don’t miss the chance to attend this fabulous Bridal Showcase and preview the latest collections of the two leading bridal fashion designers. There are limited seats available for this intimate affair and the space will be adorned in wedding inspiring decor, so hurry up and book your ticket!




Friday, July 18, 2014

Best Beauty Looks from Paris Haute Couture Week


Paris couture shows are a great source of inspiration for both wedding dresses and beauty looks, especially if you are searching for fresh, fashion-forward ideas. From silver eyeliners to shiny chignons, hair and make-up stylists were very inventive and created looks that were extremely flattering for those glamorous couture gowns.


Silver Eyeliner on a Bare Face
Metallic eyeliner was used in a completely new way. Worn on a bare face, adhesive silver liner looked very elegant at Dior show and complimented chic sleeveless Rococo wedding gowns inspired by Marie Antoinette. We have seen a very similar make-up look at Alexandre Vauthier’s show with arrow-shaped metallic line drawn underneath the eye.

Dior, image from Vogue UK

Alexendre Vauthier, image from Savoir flair

Romantic Waves and Nude Make-up
Nude look with sculpted face, flushed cheeks and natural lips is one of the most popular bridal make-up styles as it flatters almost any wedding gown. We spotted this look at the Valentino show and it looked fabulous with romantic waves secured with a string of hair and worn with white cape-sleeved gowns and their signature embroidered tulle dresses. 

Valentino, image from Vogue UK

Valentino, image from Vogue UK

Glittery Smoky Eyes and a Sleek Chignon
Elie Saab’s sparkly dresses embellished with beads and pearls looked even prettier with shimmery silver eyeshadow and coral lip colour. Make-up artist Tom Pecheux created a romantic and light smoky eye look to compliment both the dresses and gorgeous hair gathered in a neat pretzel-shaped chignon with a shiny finish.
Armani, image from Vogue UK

Chanel, image from Vogue UK

Bold Eyes and a Neat Up-do
We also loved dramatic make-up look seen at Atelier Versace show which is great for modern brides who prefer to look a bit daring on their big day. Bold eyes, nude lips and sculpted cheeks looked incredibly sexy with tight and revealing white dresses. Celebrated make-up artist Pat McGrath created a two-toned shimmery cat flick in vibrant shades of blue and paired it with false eyelashes and nude lips, while the hair was super-sleek and tied in a neat bun.

Versace, image from Vogue UK

Versace, image from Vogue UK

Monday, June 23, 2014

Statement Headpieces



A statement headpiece can definitely enhance your wedding dress but also compliment your gown without overpowering it. Think about your overall look and choose a piece that matches your dress perfectly. It can be a traditional crown, sparkly headband, flower wreath made of fresh blooms or even a crystal studded hair comb. Whether you are going for an elegant up-do or a relaxed down-do, formal reception or a beach wedding, the right accessory can improve your overall look and make you feel even more sophisticated and chic!


Wedding Tiaras 

A tiara is a classical choice, perfect for more traditional weddings. It can look lovely with a long tulle veil which you can remove after the ceremony, leaving only a sparkly tiara on your head. From family heirloom and gorgeous vintage pieces to modern tiaras with Swarovski crystals, this beautiful accessory has an irresistible royal charm. Think Kate Middleton’s wedding and her dazzling diamond tiara borrowed from the Queen! We also love floral designs such as the Edwardian style 45-carat garland diamond tiara worn by Lady Mary in popular British series 'Downton Abbey'. 

Even though a classical tiara is a fabulous accessory for princess-like brides wearing flamboyant white ball gowns, modern designs can be worn with relaxed outfits, such as bohemian style dresses. It is important to match the tiara with the style of your dress, hairdo and the shape of your face. And remember that you will be wearing it all day, so choose a piece that fits perfectly. 


Floral Crowns 

Floral crowns are a huge trend this year and they are perfect for spring or summer weddings. This cool accessory made from fresh blooms is suitable for vintage and rustic themed weddings, as well as beach parties. From oversized blossoms to chains of daisies, flower wreaths are very natural and romantic. Depending on the choice of flowers, you can wear them with straight or wavy hair, neatly styled buns and chignons, or even braids. Our favourite styling is the combination of a colourful floral wreath made from a range of wildflowers, romantic curls and a strapless wedding gown. 

This is a great accessory for nature inspired weddings and you can use anything from white or pink roses to bright-coloured flowers combined with decorative plants. Just make sure that the crown matches your bridal bouquet! Flower crown will look great with an elegant lace gown, simple chiffon dress, or even with a casual boho style beach wedding outfit, as seen at Oscar de la Renta's spring/summer 2015 bridal show.


Head Bands 

Head bands are very popular at modern weddings and we have seen plenty of gorgeous designs at Bridal Fashion Week this year. We love Jenny Packham’s head bands embellished with crystals and worn with long, textured hair gathered in low ponytails, but there were also some amazing bejewelled headpieces at Monique Lhullier, Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera spring/summer 2015 bridal shows. 

Head bands can be worn with or without veils and they can be made out of any material from satin or lace to crystals and pearls. Combination of old lace, beads and feathers is fabulous for weddings inspired by the roaring twenties, while crystals are great for both modern and traditional brides. If you want something a little different, try sixties inspired satin headband with a big bow and match it with a high bun, or re-embroidered lace for chic vintage look. 


Scattered Flowers 

Scattered flowers are very delicate and romantic, and they are the perfect match for long, wavy hair. This is a very nice decoration for modern hair styles with multiple braids and knots and we spotted this look at Marchesa spring/summer 2015 bridal collection. White floral garlands were intertwined with hair creating sophisticated but relaxed look paired with soft, natural make-up. You can also use single fresh blooms or pin flowers made from crystals, satin and pearls to create unique hair style.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

6 Romantic Fragrances for Weddings


When trying to imagine the ideal perfume for your wedding day, are you thinking of lush white and pink blooms, sweet fruit scents or refreshing green notes? If you are looking for a romantic and elegant fragrance packaged in a gorgeous bottle, have a look at our favourites: 


1. All Vera Wang’s fragrances are very feminine and romantic, but if you are looking for a youthful scent in a gorgeous bottle, we think that Lovestruck is simply ideal. Inspired by modern day Romeo and Juliet, it includes notes of guava, mandarin orange, angelica, lotus, tuberose and musk. 



2. Ralph Lauren’s Romance is the best choice for traditional brides who want a timeless and elegant scent on their big day. The clear glass bottle is very simple, while the fragrance is a delicate mixture of velvety woody notes, extravagant florals and seductive musk. 



3. Inspired by fresh roses and packed in a ribbed bottle adorned with a pink ribbon, Annick Goutal’ Rose Splendide is a gorgeous feminine fragrance for the wedding day. It is a delightful blend of musk and rose with elements of vanilla, magnolia and pear. 



4. One of our favourites, Valentino’s Valentina Assoluto is just so wonderfully chic and mysterious. Created from noble ingredients such as tuberose and Smeggia Peach it is bottled in an elegant round bottle decorated with a large flower. We think it would make an ideal groom’s present for his bride-to-be! 



5. If you want the essence of glamour in a bottle, Guerlain La Petit Robe Noir Couture is a great option. Launched this year, it is very trendy because of its irresistable packaging and a truly decadent fragrance which includes notes of raspberry, bergamot, rose, patchouli, vetiver, tonka beans and moss. 



6. Finally, we absolutely had to include Blooming Bouquet, the new fragrance from Dior’s Miss Dior family. Inspired by Dior’s legendary love for flowers, it is one of the best choices for weddings because it is a fresh and romantic combination Sicilian mandarin, pink peony, Damask rose, peach, apricot and white musk.