Being a guy, by nature, I am not genetically inclined to comprehend or recall facts about concealer, lotions, or anything that smells like flowers or ‘happy’ things. Being in the wedding industry and being male, some would say, has put me at a slight disadvantage, especially when it comes to relating to a bride’s cosmetic or beauty needs…but with the advent of the beauty blog, I am here to say I am at a disadvantage no more! I will even one up-that statement, because I am actually friends with with one of the best beauty bloggers around!
I am here to introduce to you the always fabulous Brittainy, who is the author, entrepreneur, and head honcho of the immensely popular and fast growing beauty-blog Britt’s Beauty Bag! There you can find the latest tips & tricks, product reviews, and fantastic give-aways! Brittainy and I have known each other for about 10 years now, and I was so pleased when she agreed to meet up and answer a few questions about the blog, her approach on cosmetics, and some nice tips for those soon to be brides & grooms….ENJOY!
Tell us about Britt’s Beauty Bag?
Brittainy’s Beauty Bag features modern day beauty tips and tricks for the everyday woman (and men sometimes). Brittainy’s Beauty Bag, or BBB as I like to call it, is about enhancing your outer beauty so that your inner confidence (which is most important) shines through.
Give us a quick overview about what it is you do?
I do it all! LOL I am the creator, manager, editor, content supervisor, marketing coordinator etc etc. for all of BBB’s outlets…WHEW!
Currently BBB has it’s own blog, Twitter page & Facebook fan page and I manage ALL of them on a daily basis. I am responsible for researching and coming up with new content, reviewing different products, testing new beauty tips but most importantly I make sure I listen to what my fans want because they are the reason that I do this.
What is your core audience, who are your readers?
Most definitely the ladies! I do occasionally post tips and tricks for men but more women have become fans of the FB page and blog.
I have a wide range of readers that come from all different backgrounds, ethnicity’s and walks of life, from girls who are 12 years old to women who are in their 50′s & 60′s. Brittainy’sBeautyBag is for EVERYONE! LOL
How did you get your start and become a beauty blogger?
About 1 1/2 ago I heard this cool tip on t.v. about how to remove deodorant from your black shirt with the top inside part of a pair of pantyhose, so I tried it and it worked. I thought it was so cool that I had to post it on FB & when I did I got a huge response! I then decided that I would post other little makeup & beauty tips on my FB wall & when I did people loved it. I would post a few things then stop, post a few things then stop & every time I would stop people would say “what happened to the tips? I really loved reading them.” When I realized that I had a following & that people enjoyed what I was doing, I then decided I would do it full time & it’s been the best thing I could have ever done. I call it my therapy!
What advice can you give a bride to prepare for her special day?
Get plenty of rest, drink lots of water and be sure to EXFOLIATE & MOISTURIZE…LOL!
My regular blog readers know that I am a huge stickler when it comes to moisturizing & exfoliating! It makes all the difference in the world. It leaves you with soft & touchable skin, the skin every bride should have! Exfoliate & moisturize your face, body, lips, hands & feet on a regular basis. It does not have to be apart of your nightly routine but you should take the time to fit it in at least 2 to 3 nights a week!
If you visit my blog http://brittsbeautybag.com or my Facebook Fan Page, you can find different products and different ways to exfoliate and moisturize. I even have a recipe on how to make your own exfoliant right in your own kitchen!
Should a bride invest in a make-up artist? Is it safe to use a friend versus a professional?
It’s all about who you trust…I just don’t recommend a bride doing her own makeup the day of her wedding! I think professional make-up artist are great but not always necessary, especially if you are trying to save a buck. If you have seen your friends makeup artistry skills and TRULY feel comfortable with it then sure, go for it, have them do your makeup! However, you really want to make sure that it is someone who is skilled in this area. Even though your friends makeup might look great on her, that doesn’t mean she will do a great job on you. About week or two prior to your wedding I would suggest doing a test run and/or consultation. This will allow you to give clear and concise instructions about how you want to look the day of your wedding & it also gives you time to find another make-up artist just in case you don’t like the results!
Do you have any special wedding day tips for our brides-to-be?
1. EAT! Plan a good breakfast the day of your wedding and pack a few nourishing snacks – but be sure to avoid foods that could cause bloating or an upset stomach. Also, make sure to keep hydrated by limiting caffeine and drinking plenty of water. (Foods to stay away from: spicy, starchy, caffeine filled, sodas & milk and dairy products)!
2. Always remember that less is more. If you don’t normally wear makeup – or none at all- you don’t want to walk down the aisle with a heavily painted face. It won’t seem natural , you won’t be comfortable, and your pictures will reflect that!
3. Create you a rescue kit. This contains all of the items that will help to keep you looking fresh throughout the day. Inside you should have blotting papers to reduce oil build up (Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets $4.99), a blotting powder to reduce shine (Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder $32 Sephora), the lip color that you are wearing, a little pack of tissue & a few mints (no gum)!
I like that you occasionally feature hygiene “improvement” tips for men as well…what can you tell all our grooms out there?
Grooms, put aside your manly pride and treat yourself to a little pampering of your own on the “big day!”
1. I would recommend heading to get a manicure a day or two prior to the wedding. The manicurist will shape, buff, trim your cuticles & exfoliate (you know I like that) your hands leaving your hands clean and groomed. This will help to enhance the look of your wedding band in your close-up hand photos.
2. Grooms should also start a facial skin-care regiment leading up to the day of the wedding. Be sure that you are washing & moisturizing your face on a daily basis & exfoliating at least twice a week (St. Ives Apricot Scrub $5). There are some great men skin care products on the market, you just have to find the one that works best for your skin type.
3. Be sure to shave or trim your goatee, beard or mustache the day of the wedding. This will polish off your look!
What products are you using and/or obsessed with right now?
Oh goodness where do I begin! LOL I could give a you a list a mile long but these are my top three:
1. Crabtree & Evelyn LaSource Hand Recovery from Crabtree & Evelyn $34 ( I use this every night)!
2. C.O Bigelow Mentha Lip Tint from Bath & Body Works $7.99 (LOVE this product)!
3. Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub from Wal-Mart $7.00 (I use this 2 time per week…the smell is amazing)!
Do you have a go-to product`, something that your are never without?
So I know you asked for 1 product but I have to give you 2 because I use both everyday! They have changed my life! LOL
1.Curel Ultra Healing Body Lotion. $8
I use this product everyday…it has changed the feel of my skin! It is softer and smoother!!
2. Equate Exfoliating Cleansing Towels at Wal-Mart $5.
These are great! They take off all of your makeup and leave your skin feel great! I even use them even if I am not wearing any makeup just freshen up my face and remove the grit and grime of the day.
Do you have anything else to add?
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