Head to Toe Gorgeousness (June, 2012)

We know that you’ve got enough wedding planning to do but this is no time to forget about some TLC for yourself! Here are some basic tips in looking radiant and beautiful on your special day.

Be Your Own Talent Scout – Get referrals from friends and family for wedding hairstylists and makeup artists. This may take several appointments. Once you decide on your specialists, book them for the big day!

Facials – Consider a facial every four to six weeks prior to your wedding. Experiment with different kinds – a brightening antioxidant facial one time, a rejuvenating light-emitting diode (LED) facial the next – to see what your skin responds to best and then stick to the one that works for you.
If you’re experiencing skin problems, consult with a dermatologist as soon as possible. “Starting the problem-solving in advance gives products and procedures sufficient time to make a real difference,” say Ranella Hirsch, a Boston dermatologist.

Fighting fuzz? You’ll likely need four to six monthly laser-hair-removal treatments to be smooth-skinned on your wedding day. Laser treatments make skin more sensitive to sunburn so if you spend a lot of times outdoors, make sure you cover all recently treated skin. Prefer to wax? Book monthly visits until one week before the wedding.

Don’t forget to see a brow specialist. Ask your expert to follow the natural line of your brows and take a conservative approach. The most flattering shape for brides is full with a nice arch. Book shapings every four to six weeks leading up to the wedding and abstain from DIY plucking between visits.

Care for your hair! Spare your ends by focusing lather around your roots when you shampoo every other day and don’t forget to use conditioner afterwards! Protect your strands by heat-styling as little as possible, and working from the ends up gently untangle snarls with a round-tip wide-tooth comb that won’t tear your hair. Use a weekly hair treatment with a moisturizing formula.
If you dream of flowing locks on your wedding day, start working toward your goal now. Keep in mind that hair grows about a half inch per month. Tell your stylist to trim no more than an eighth of an inch each time.

Consult a colorist now if you’re contemplating any hair color changes. Semi-permanent glazes are great gateway dyes that give a hint of tint. Permanent single-process color easily covers grays. Golden highlights photograph best, adding depth, texture and sparkle. Book all appointments at once: for highlights or semi-permanent color, every eight to twelve weeks; for a single-process color, every four to six weeks.

Then have a “tress” rehearsal. Bring a snapshot of your gown and headpiece to your hairstylist. If you’ll need hair extensions, order them now. They’ll need to be cut and colored to match your hair. Having trouble committing to a look? Try a classic chignon or a half-up, half-down creation. Both are timeless and work on most women.

For beautiful nails, schedule weekly manicures and monthly pedicures to create a uniform length and shape for nails. If you haven’t chosen a nail polish yet, each week try a new color that will flatter your skin tone.

And for a radiant smile, visit your dentist for a regular cleaning. Whether you choose to whiten or not, a scaling-and-polishing can remove surface stains and plaque. Don’t forget that you can keep your teeth dazzling by avoiding red wine, coffee, tea and berries leading up to the wedding.

Beauty from Head-to-Toe (May, 2011)

I would like to give a huge congratulation to all of our upcoming brides. My name is Karen Berry and I’m an Independent Avon Sales Representative and I would like to help you get ready for your wedding. Let’s touch on a few things from head to toe.

  • When you start your day you should consider your shower as a major part of you beauty regimen. Use a shampoo and conditioner that fits your hair type. When I’m done with my shower I use a leave on conditioner also since my hair is so long.
  • After you have taken care of your hair, follow-up by using a facial cleanser that exfoliates your skin to wash off those dead cells and show off how beautiful your complexion is.
  • For your wedding day, use a shower gel that matches your favorite cologne. If you have dry skin it’s not a bad idea to exfoliate also.
  • After your shower, it’s imperative that you moisturize your skin. In Arizona (especially!) there is no humidity and your skin will thank you for it.
  • If you are going to be wearing sandals or open-toe shoes/heels, make sure you give your feet plenty of attention also. A good foot soaking product is where you want to start. This will help to put you in the right frame of mind and make the skin ready for the next step.
  • Exfoliate your feet with either a scrub or a mask, and then the final step is a cream.
  • Treat your face for any skin problems that you may have and then make sure to use a face cream with at least a SPF 30.
  • Use a concealer and foundation along with a face powder to have a set and polished look.
  • Don’t forget to choose your favorite eyeliner, eye shadow, brow liner, mascara, blush, lip liner, and lip treatment.

Once you have done this you are ready for your big day – looking fresh, beautiful and radiant. extends its gratitude for this article to Karen Berry, Independent Beauty Sales Consultant with Avon. If you would like to learn more about Karen’s favorite products feel free to contact her at 928-379-1126, or or

A More Radiant You (January, 2004)

For frequent visitors to, it’s no surprise to learn that we were at the 9th Annual Bridal Expo 2004 held at the Prescott Resort. Accolades to Jennifer Garber of Extraordinary Events (a phenomenonal coordinator who is listed in Resource Center) and her partner Jeni Reid (of Rent-Events by Jeni) in putting together a spectacular event.

It was great meeting all the vendors at their booths, learning about their services and products, and seeing what’s new. One of our favorites was Kerry Hunt and Ginger Blankemeier, professional beauty consultants. Like allies and friends, all day long they shared tips with Brides in how to look their absolute best. They know the techniques in how to make you look fresh and relaxed while you handle the stresses in planning your wedding.

We couldn’t resist taking advantage of their knowledge and asked them their secrets in how to look fabulous all day long on your wedding day. Here’s what we learned:

  • A good skin regimen is priority #1 to ensure healthy, glowing skin. At least one month prior to your wedding, start using a cleanser and moisturizer that include age-fighting properties.
  • You want your skin to look fresh, not wrinkly or dehydrated. Drink plenty of water and minimize alcohol intake, especially the night before your wedding.
  • To avoid tired, puffy eyes, indulge in a soothing eye mask. Your eyes will sparkle.
  • Your wedding day is not the day to experiment with colors of foundation, eye shadows, eyeliner, etc. Determine your shades at least one month prior to your wedding.
  • Foundation make-up should be taken to the jaw line and blend naturally with your skin tones. Natural, warm shades look best.
  • In addition to powder, a beauty blotter removes the oil and shine on your face. This is perfect for any touch-ups you might want to do during the day.
  • To ensure no black rings under the eyes (generally caused by mascara), make sure all your eye make-up is waterproof – and that includes eyeliner too.
  • For eye shadow not to crease, apply foundation first, then powder, and then the eye shadow.
  • For lipstick to last longer, apply foundation, then powder, then lip-liner, and then the color itself. To add shine, follow with a little lip-gloss.
  • If your lips are dried and cracked, prior to your wedding day have them exfoliated and then use a lip balm to moisturize.
  • In putting together your small cosmetic bag of “Bride’s Essentials”, all you really need is lipstick, lip liner, gloss, and a few beauty blotters.

As Kerry Hunt told, the Bride wants to look timeless. She should be able to look at her color 10 years from now and still be happy with her wedding photos.

Every element of your appearance has come together and you are more beautiful than ever. A picture-perfect you – and the Bride you always dreamed to be. extends its gratitude to Kerry Hunt, Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay, 928-775-5415,, and to Ginger Blankemeier, Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay, 928-533-9702,

Say, I Do to a Beautiful You! (April, 2002)

Everyone wants to look picture perfect on their wedding day, here are a few tips to do just that. First of all you must start with flawless skin. You should start a skin care regimen at least three months before the wedding to get you skin in tip-top condition. Remember when you are applying your makeup to think about how you will look for your photographs.

Apply plenty of powder since flash photography can make you look shiny. Be sure to wear waterproof mascara for tear-proof eyes.

Avoid bright or frosty shadows and blushes. They’ll reflect too much light when the camera flashes. Choose medium shades for lips and cheeks. The lips and eyes should have the same intensity of color, so your look is balanced.

It is also very important to select your dress and accessories based on your makeup and fashion personality. By creating one theme from head to toe, you will always look pulled together and look your best. Here are some ideas on how to know what your fashion personality is.
•    Romantic fashion personalities are nostalgic, dreamy and feminine. Think Jane Seymour, Scarlet O’Hara.
•    Classic fashion personalities are loyally committed to tradition and timeless fashions. Think Jackie Onassis and Grace Kelly.
•    Dramatics are always the trendsetter, like Joan Collins or Ivana Trump. They want to make a statement when they enter and room and they do!
•    Naturals like Christie Brinkley prefer comfortable, easy going styles. A soft sweater paired with a no-fuss skirt or a simple sleeveless gown.

An image specialist can assist you with all your bridal beauty needs, including helping you discover your personal gown and accessories style. All the best for a beautiful you and beautiful life together.

by Linda J. Williams
Skin care and Image Specialist
(928) 445-6694


(The following article courtesy of Audrey Hoke, BeautiControl Consultant, November, 2001)

Flawless, Healthy, Radiant Skin is In! No longer is it the rule that you have to be the tannest to look your best. Women-on-the-go and Women-in-the-know want the same things … glowing skin, long-lasting makeup, and a few special touches creating a great head-to-toe look they can pull together in just minutes and without spending a fortune.
The Classic Look this Fall (October, 2001)
Flawless, Glowing Skin:
Foundation and Blush that looks natural, not applied. Blend, baby, blend!

Volumized Lips:
Full lips are at hit, from petal-soft pinks to chocolaty browns to luscious wines to drop dead wines, you want color but without the “clash.”

Eye-Catching Eyes:
Sensuous eye shadow trios are in but with a softer blended look. Mix it up for great new looks, or go solo for a more natural appeal. Thickening Mascara creates the longest most luxurious lashes imaginable but make sure you get the “plump” without the “clump”. Don’t forget those eyebrows – just as the right frame enhances a cherished picture, so do those brows.

Fall Fashion Forecast

Boots Everywhere:
Under skirts, dresses and jeans – over leggings and riding pants. From knee-high to shoe-boot, all boot heights rule!

Skin Is In:
Leather dresses, jackets, tops, pants, accessories … fur too, on tops, pants, jackets, boots, coats, trim, cuffs. Whether real or faux, you can’t be too furry this fall.

Hot Fall Colors:
White as the pure driven snow; Shimmery and shiny fabrics, rich ripe plum.

Leg Lengths:
All skirt lengths prevail, from micro-mini’s to knee-level to past the knee! This is wonderful news this fall … no matter what your style and preference or size and shape … Ladies, we finally can have it all this fall!

Personal expression is the new trend – the ability to choose according to personal taste and lifestyle. Whatever your beauty needs are, we at BeautiControl are experts in providing you personalize service, customized (money-back guarantee) products, and exclusive head-to-toe image services and tools so you’ll never make a shopping mistake again.

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