Tuesday, May 5, 2015

15 Ways To Jump-Start-Your-Bridal Beauty Routine

I found this fabulous article on TheKnot.com
Are you on The Knot? I am. Check out some of my fabulous reviews here. I absolutely love my brides!!
If you are getting married in the AZ (or anywhere else) hit me up :))
In the meantime enjoy this article:

15 Ways To Jump-Start Your Bridal Beauty Routine

  1. Bridal-Beauty-Tips
    1. Schedule Weekly ManicuresFace it: As soon as you got engaged, everyone was asking to see the ring. Keep those nails and hands primed and pretty with regular weekly manicures. This is your chance to experiment with colors (pretty mauves and pinks) and get to know your manicurist. When you get your nails done, look at your nail bed. Shape your nails to match, giving your hands and nails a balanced and elegant look.
    Want to splurge? Shellac manicures use UV technology for a harder and smoother finished nail. They're a bit pricier but can last up to twice as long as a traditional manicure!

    2. Whiten Your TeethYou want pearly whites for all those beautiful pictures you'll be posing for (but we also know how crucial coffee is right now with all the planning). Most toothpastes have whitening ingredients in them, but for faster results, choose a special whitening one. White strips are also a great option.
    Want to splurge? Get your teeth professionally whitened. However, makeup artist Sonia Kashuk says, “Don't go overboard. Anything that looks too artificial becomes too prominent in a picture." Get a professional whitening six months out so your teeth aren't too brilliant the day-of. Beware, though: Teeth whitening wears down your enamel, making your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold, so don't overdo it!
    3. Eat Healthier 
    If you can bear it, try staying away from sugar, lots of sodium and processed foods. These all lead to belly fat and bloating. Instead, focus on green vegetables, fruit and lots of water -- all great for staving off food cravings and clearing up your skin. Watch out for carbs as well, especially fried foods (that means no French fries!). Stay away from too much booze -- alcohol makes your skin puffy and dry (not to mention, you crave more snacks and junk food when you're buzzed). 
    Want to splurge? Sign up for meal plans that deliver healthy meals right to your door every morning like the Zone (ZoneDiet.com) and The Fresh Diet (TheFreshDiet.com). Or, hire a nutritionist to get you on the right diet track!

    4. Work Out RegularlyWe know it's an obvious one…work out on a regular basis. “Working out will help tighten and firm your body while also detoxing your skin," Kashuk says. A good workout gives you a boost of energy, helps you lose weight and makes you feel happier (hello, endorphins!).
    Want to splurge? Join a gym. You won't have the weather to use as an excuse, and you'll have all the equipment right there. Plus, working out with other people is always a huge motivation.

    5. Lift WeightsAdd weights to your workout routine. That age-old myth that you'll bulk up is false! Some simple dumbbells will make all the difference between toned arms and that little bit of arm fat that's so hard to shake. Try a trainer-approved exercise like a seated dumbbell press.
    Want to splurge? Pick a personal trainer over a workout video. Your trainer will customize the session to your needs and change up your workout every time
  3. Bridal-Beauty-Tips
    6. Have a Day-Of Bag
    Whether it's flyaway hairs or fall-off fake lashes, you should make sure you have an arsenal of bridal beauty fixers on hand the day-of; this means being prepared for any scenario. Start adding items as you begin to work out the details of your wedding, as well as during your makeup trials. You should have a plan of attack with your makeup artist should they not be there in a moment of need!
    Want to splurge? If you don't have the time to pull it all together, you can buy premade kits that come complete with hair spray, clear nail polish, deodorant and all those things you haven't thought of.

    7. Get a Smooth FaceA primer is a great place to start. Use it daily. It provides a smooth surface for foundation to adhere to all day. Or try a hydrating facial serum. Apply it daily before your makeup for softer and smoother skin.
    Want to splurge? At least three months out from your wedding, start planning monthly facials. Facials boost your skin's health, meaning it will look clearer and brighter! We're loving blueberry soy facials — the antioxidants in the blueberries help firm your skin and naturally exfoliate at the same time.

    8. Go for the BronzeSun-kissed skin will give you a natural, healthy glow. Use a gradual self-tanner like Jergens Natural Glow moisturizer. The pros at Brazil Bronze Glow Bar in NYC say brides should get a spray tan a few days before their wedding for a beautiful glow (this leaves enough time to fix any trouble spots and let the color calm down). A one-time tan will give you just enough bronze for a sun-touched look in your photos. Whatever you do, don't use a tanning bed or go out in the sun without sunblock.
    Want to splurge? Some tanning salons like Brazil Bronze Glow Bar make house calls.
  4. Bridal-Beauty-Tips
    9. Do a Makeup Test Run
    Besides your hair trial, you should also schedule a makeup trial. Have a trial at least three months before the wedding. This is where you'll fine-tune your look with your makeup artist so that you know exactly how you'll look the day-of.
    Want to splurge? Hire your photographer to take photos of you after you've had your makeup done (or schedule your makeup trial the same day as your engagement photo session). This run-through will ensure you know how you look in multiple lights for your wedding photos. If your makeup looks too harsh or too subtle, have your makeup artist experiment and repeat.

    10. Have Your Brows ShapedIf you do your own tweezing, take this opportunity to splurge on brow shaping. The pros at salons will follow your advice, as well as offer suggestions for the best brow shape according to your face. Waxing is a popular option. Threading uses a cotton thread rolled along your skin to catch hairs. The process is quick and more precise than waxing (also, if you're on antibiotics or skin medications, threading is the safe way to go). Start shaping appointments six months out, waiting three to four weeks between sessions. Schedule your last shaping a month before the wedding in case you need to grow out any areas.
    Want to splurge? See a brow specialist -- “someone specializing in the care and maintenance of your eyebrows," says Kashuk. They'll know best for your brow line.
  5. Bridal-Beauty-Tips
    11. Get Longer LashesIf you weren't blessed with long lashes, consider trying false ones. Don't want to look overdone? Get a softer, more romantic look by applying half lashes in the outer corners of your eyes. Longer lashes will enhance the shape of your eyes and focus all attention on you. Don't want runny mascara on your wedding day? Try this: Apply your favorite mascara, and curl your lashes. Then apply a top coat of some waterproof mascara. This will give you beautifully curled lashes without the heavy feeling that many waterproof products have.
    Want to splurge? Get semipermanent lash extensions at a salon. Extensions eliminate the need for mascara, which can actually lead to healthier eyes and lashes. They also last much longer than at-home kits. Applications stay on until they fall out naturally (you'll have to get touch-ups every two to three weeks).

    12. Focus on Your LipsTake care of your lips each night by applying a generous coat of lip balm or Vaseline. “Gently rub it over your lips in a circular motion with a wet washcloth," says makeup artist Mally Roncal. This will exfoliate and soften your lips at the same time. Go for a glossy lip on your wedding day. A matte lipstick will look classic but may not hold as long, and could crack and wear down. Put a gloss over your lipstick to cover up those imperfections.
    Want to splurge? Some salons offer special lip treatments that focus on exfoliating, moisturizing and energizing your lips!
  6. Bridal-Beauty-Tips
    13. Have a Hair PlanWork with your hairstylist to map out your hair care plan of attack. Try an at-home treatment with your favorite conditioner and mashed-up avocado. The creaminess of the avocado will increase your hair's silkiness. Start doing weekly treatments months before your wedding if you can. For an extra-glossy finish, look for shampoos and conditioners infused with olive oil. The oil helps tone down frizz and boost shine. 
    Want to splurge? Go to your salon and have your stylist give you a customized conditioning treatment for your hair type. For example, curly hair needs more moisture than straight hair. Your stylist will treat your hair type accordingly.

    14. Get Smooth SkinHave a tough-to-treat spot like dry elbows? A good body scrub in the shower will get rid of dead skin. Then, moisturize with a good almond butter or shea butter lotion. Wrap your elbows in a cloth and keep the moisturizer on for about an hour.
    Want to splurge? Get a full-body scrub at a salon for allover smooth skin. Go for a sugar scrub for a soft and sweet-smelling finish.

    15. Plan Hair RemovalThat little peach fuzz just above your upper lip may not seem like a big deal in your everyday life, but you don't want it showing up in wedding photos. Start getting monthly waxes for best results. Not into the pain? Salons now offer special waxes like chocolate wax and sugaring (a sugar paste), which are great if you're looking to walk out of the salon without too many sore spots. 
    Want to splurge? Get ready for your honeymoon by booking laser hair removal appointments in one month intervals (three treatments are recommended for best results). After around seven treatments, the results can be permanent.

Monday, May 4, 2015

How To Brighten Your Eyes ~ Beauty Tip Of The Week #13

Whether springtime allergies have got their hold on you, you sit in front of a computer screen all day, you're exhausted, or you just want a makeup pick-me-up, the key to looking vibrant, refreshed and alert is in brightening your eyes.

Waking up your eyes with makeup is super easy. All you need is a couple of really great products and a few good tricks.


How To Brighten Your Eyes In 6 Easy Steps

1. Start with Eye Gels.
Eye gels are amazing. You can de-puff your under eyes, cool them, hydrate them, and get them in glorious condition, all in about 10 minutes.
Try Tony Moly Intense Care Snail Eye Mask from Memebox

2. Color Correct
Use a color correcting concealer, but only on the dark shadows. If you put concealer on puffy undereyes, you will just make them look puffier.
Try Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer


3. Luminize
If you have sunken under-eyes or have deep ridges, a color correcting concealer alone can't make the shadows disappear. Use a touch of luminizer blended into your concealer to add a little light reflecting sheen to pop out those under-eyes. You will instantly look 10 years younger!

How-to make-your-eyes-pop

4. Curl Your Lashes
One of the best ways to open and brighten your eyes is to curl your lashes. 
Give them a quick pump with a lash curler before you apply mascara. I've used Shu Uemura's lash curler for years. It fits every eye perfectly and gives the loveliest bend to the lashes.
Discover the award winning eyeash curler from shu uemura today!

5. Complimentary Opposite
To really make your eye color spark use an eye shadow color that is opposite your eye color on the color wheel, then add a little sheen to the inner corner.
Try Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Color

6. Mascara
With your lashes freshly curled, add multiple coats of a volumising mascara, making sure to avoid clumping and keeping your lashes separated instead of letting them clump together.
Try HourGlass Superficial Lash Mascara for thick, long, luscious lashes.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Ideas From Natori

I've been scrolling around through Natori's website looking for Mother's day gift ideas. Actually I was really shopping for myself. 
I buy Natori sleepwear and lingerie, but didn't realize they have fabulous homewear as well!
Check out some of the fabulous things I found and then scroll to the bottom for a discount link for Corinna B's World readers.

The Natori Incense Set

The Natori Scented Candle With Signature Dragon Lid

Party Bucket with Dragon Handles

Lacquer Square Tray set

The Natori Boudoir All Over Lace Chemise

The Natori Adore Chemise
34" length with lace trim and adjustable straps

Josie Natori Rounded Snakeskin Bangle

Natori Lingerie Bag
with knot closures to making it expandable. Perfect for travel!

Josie Natori Lace Lolita Wrap
35" length, luxurious silk charmeuse

Here is the discount code:
Enjoy 20% Off Using Code LOVEMOM2015 on Natori.com

Friday, May 1, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Ideas From Memebox

Need some gift inspiration for Mother's Day?
Check out some of these cool ideas from Korean Beauty purveyor

Chocolate and Wine Box


Memebox beauty boxes make gorgeous gifts. Each box has it's own assortment of skincare and /or makeup products, all in full sizes (instead of sample sizes).
Memebox carries Korean skin care products, all of which are at the absolute forefront of skin care technology.

Here's a look inside the Chocolate and Wine box


Chocolate and wine for every occasion! Whether you’re getting ready to go out, or set on being cozy by the fireplace, we can’t think of a better combination. Especially after a long week when all you want to do is wind down and relax.

All About Eyes Box
$74 value for $35 + FREE shipping
Get ready to have all eyes on you, with our All About Eyes box! 
We’ve got the products to prep, prime, and bring out your eyes to the fullest.
Whether you need a quick morning touch up, or a bold look for night time- we’ve
 got you covered. 
This box is the perfect mix of our very own private label XO Memebox products
for beautiful eye makeup and several skincare products to pamper the delicate eye area! 
Perfect Crease Set


This set includes: ($26 value for $16) 

  • I'm Brush #01 Eyeshadow Blending Brush ($11)

  • I'm Series #13 Ginger Cookie Eyeshadow Mono ($5)

  • I'm Series #14 Earl Grey Cookie Eyeshadow Mono ($5)

  • I'm Series #17 Friday Night Eyeshadow Mono ($5)

What it is:

When it comes to eye makeup, it's all about the perfect crease! 
To do that you will need the perfect transition color and a good blending brush. 
So this value set is the way to go- it's like you get those two and you get two eye shadows for free

How to use: 

Ginger Cookie is a versatile sandy beige shade you can use to contour your eyes or even your face!

Earlgrey Cookie is a cool-toned pink beige shadow that's perfect as a blending color. 
Apply on your crease as a transition color.

Add a little sparkle with Friday Night, a gorgeous shimmery copper that's flattering on every skin tone. Apply all over the lid.

Memebox Starter Kit #Beginwithskin

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What To Eat In Sicily

I'm so excited! It looks like I will be leading another private tour of Italy and Sicily at the end of summer. ( Glam Italia II). 
I was just thinking the other day that if I were to find out I was never going to set foot on the magnificent isle of Sicily again, I would probably just curl up and die right there on the spot.
Sicily is one of the most magnificent places I have ever traveled to. And I can never wait to get back.
I think about Sicily every day.

There are so many things to love about Sicily. One of them is the food.
American Sicilian food is nothing like the food in Sicily. Sicilian food is spectacular. Everything has been grown locally in nutrient rich volcanic soil, the seafood is caught in the pristine waters of the three seas that frame the island, and the exotic blend of flavors reflect the multicultural history of this place.

If you are heading to Sicily make sure don't leave before you try each of these:



These are rice balls filled with ragu and deep fried. They are soooo good! And very filling. Your eyes might be bigger than your stomach!

Seafood Antipasti

seafood antipasti at my favorite restaurant in Giardini Naxos. Alici bottom left.

Especially Alici. (anchovies)
There is something about the way Sicilians prepare their anchovies. You couldn't pay me to eat them at home where they are horrible, salty and pungent. But there they are sensational. The first time I ate them I didn't know what they were, and probably wouldn't have even tasted them had I known they were anchovies, now I eat them every day in Sicily! And every day I eat the local seafood. The restaurant menus change all the time as they are based on today's catch, not on what is in the freezer.

Pasta Alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma

At some point during a trip to Sicily you have to try this dish of pasta made with fresh tomatoes, fried eggplant, basil and fresh firm ricotta. 

Fresh Peasant Salads

Eolie salad, Blu Caffe, Canneto Beach, Lipari

We ate this salad at a little cafe on the beach in Lipari on the 2014 Corinna B's World Glam Italia tour. It looks simple enough, but was so amazing we went back three times! Simple "peasant food" in Sicily is so good 



This is another food that I really don't care for stateside, but in Sicily (where they are from) fresh cannoli are just amazing. Crispy shells filled with fresh sweet sheep's milk ricotta flavored with chocolate chips or local pistachio. There's just nothing quite like them! 


Breakfast granita al cafe con panna, Canneto beach, Lipari

You can't beat an icy cool granita on a hot, sunny Sicilian day. They come in a variety of flavors are super refreshing and are nothing like Italian ices in America. The texture, consistency and taste are completely different.
In Sicily, when the days are long and hot and start early, granita and gelato are also breakfast food. A coffee flavored granita with cream ( beware - they add a very generous serving of cream) or a limon granita make a divine way to start the day. 

Brioche With Gelato
Brioche con gelato, Sicily

The first time I went to Sicily my friend Silvana made me a list of foods I HAD to try. One of them was brioche with gelato, a combo I would otherwise have passed on. Believe it or not this is another breakfast food! Warm sweet brioche filled with the creamiest gelato on earth. It is super sweet, gets a little melty, and is the food of the gods.

Pistachio Anything.
Pistachios were introduced to Sicily during the Arab rule, and now find their way into all kinds of foods. There are so many pistachio flavored foods to try - don't miss out on them!

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