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Let's Talk About Yoga + Benefits

Bhargavi Arrunategui

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The Art
of Yoga

Yoga is a great form of exericse that not only helps physically, but mentally. 

Here are five poses that everyone can do no matter the skill level. 
 
Yoga has been proven to have multiple benefits. Here are a few:
1. Helps Tone Body
2. Increase Flexibility 
3. Improves Respiration
4. Weight Reduction
5.Protection from Injury 

American Osteopathic Association 
|Mountain pose is great for that all around stretch and tone. A classic and a favorite of many yogis, this move starts in mountain pose (arms to the side) then slowly reaches it way up to the sky. This allows for a deep stretch and focuses on the mind. |

| Tree is a pose all about clarity, focus, and balance. Here is a great beginners pose to really tune in on your breathing while focusing on carrying the weight of your body on one foot. |

|Triangle is a wonderful standing or sitting posture that allows for your lungs to open up. Adding the correct breathing opens up your lungs for a deep inhale. |
|Cobra pose is invigorating and exciting. Ever yoga pose focuses on breathing which helps make the pose even more effective. We really are stretching the abdomen allowing our rib cage to open up (better breathing). Follow up this pose with the next one below (Child's Pose).| 

|Child's pose is an amazing for when you need a break from other poses or mental relief. It's elongated stretch is felt all through the upper body. This pose is great to have in your
back pocket. |

 

Photos by Katee Lue on Unsplash






6 Ways to Get Your Skin Summer Ready

Bhargavi Arrunategui

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Hey While you’ve slipped in and out of warm weather outfits, Summer is almost upon us on June 21st!  Astronomically, the first day of summer is said to be when the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky, which occurs on the summer solstice (June 20–22). Therefore, the summer solstice is considered to be the first day of summer. ARE YOU READY???!


1.  CLEANSE MORNING AND NIGHT 🧖‍♀️

All that sticky humidity can leave your face looking a bit, well, greasy. Help sweep away dirt, oils, and impurities from the surface of your skin morning and night with a gel facial cleanser or micellar water. If you have enough time to work a traditional lather and rinse cleanse into your routine, try using the Artistry’s Hydra V Gel Cleanser If you’re on the go, pick a micellar water that’s mattifying, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. Just pour some out onto a cotton pad and wipe the pad across your face—no rinsing required! Store a bottle near your nightstand so you can easily cleanse if you’re pressed for time. You can also toss a travel size one in your tote if you think you’ll need to cleanse on the go.

2.  TRY A WATER-BASED MOISTURIZER 💧

In the colder winter and spring months, you may find yourself finding you need to use a richer cream to help keep your skin hydrated. But when it’s warmer outside, you may find that a lightweight face lotion is all you need. Consider using a water-based moisturizer with a matte finish, like the Artistry’s Hydra V Refreshing Gel  It’s Natural Marine Ingredients helps normalize, absorb, and control excess surface oils. It’s also Lightweight and provides long-lasting hydration and an instant cooling sensation. Smooth it gently over your face after cleansing.

3.     SMOOTH ROUGHNESS 🌵

Dr. Aanand Geria of Geria Dermatology in Rutherford NJ says Generally, treatment varies depending on what is causing the rough skin texture. If the cause is due to dead, dull dry winter skin, a low strength glycolic peels would work great to exfoliate the top layers. Glycolic acid peels also help decrease oil production allowing pores to breathe and remain open. There’s minimal downtime usually consisting of mild redness and flaking for a few days. However, if we’re looking for a treatment with no downtime then the HydraFacial is of course a no brainer. The HydraFacial is a quick lunchtime facial that exfoliates, extracts and hydrates all in one treatment. Great for maintaining healthy skin all year long! If we are considering deeper textural issues such as acne scarring, then procedures like microneedling with PRP and laser resurfacing may be needed depending on the severity and results desired. Usually several treatments are needed to see decent results and best if these procedures are done in the winter as sun exposure may result in additional scarring if sunscreen is not worn.  It’s best to have the skin assessed by a dermatologist prior to treating.

4.  TAKE SUN PROTECTION MEASURES 🌞

It’s important to take sun protection measures year-round, but if this hasn’t been on your radar, now’s a good time to start since you may be spending more time outdoors these days. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher regularly as directed. But that’s not all. In addition to wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen, make sure to reapply every two hours (and immediately after swimming or sweating), limit your time in the sun, especially during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. If you’re pressed for time, look for a moisturizer with SPF, like the Artistry Youth Extend Daytime Protect Cream or Lotion with SPF 15, it protects UVA/UVB Rays.

5.     HEAL DRY WINTER SKIN 🌬

As the humidity in the air increases, the skin loses less water, so dry, wintry skin will usually recover by summer with the use of emollients. “I like to use acid-containing lotions, like AmLactin Alpha Hydroxy Therapy Rapid Relief Restoring Lotion + Ceramides ($15) or Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion ($43), to smooth out dry skin and have silky smooth legs by summer,”

6.     CLEAR UP ACNE FROM WITHIN 🐠

As temperatures rise, oil glands become more active and acne may worsen. One way to address this is through your diet. Avoiding foods like dairy, which worsen inflammation, and increasing foods like salmon, which is naturally anti-inflammatory, will help to curb breakouts. Don’t eat fish? Try heading to a fish oil supplement like Nutrilite’s Balanced Health Omega which supports nerves and helps keep blood flowing and joints moving with EPA2 omega 3s

Rushabh & Niti

Bhargavi Arrunategui

Inside Look into a True (Cinderella) Love Story

Our Story

Rushabh and I first met at a fraternity and sorority mixer. He first saw me and asked me to play pong. Shyly, I said no. Little did I know that a couple months later I would see him in the halls of a school building at Temple University and say hi. He couldn’t figure out who I was since our interaction was only for a couple seconds. A hour later I get a message on Facebook asking “was that you who said hi to me in Anderson hall?” He had spent the past hour trying to figure out who I was. A couple weeks later we had our first date where he asked me to get coffee on campus. I was commuting at the time so I said I could only meet at 8AM. Never being able to wake up to an alarm and being a VERY heavy sleeper, he was scared he wouldn’t wake up on time. So he stayed up the whole night until our date. After a couple weeks of getting to know each other and talking all the time, Rushabh asked me to be his girlfriend on June 19, 2014. Throughout our journey of dating, we overcame many obstacles and challenges and these struggles have only made us stronger and respect our relationship and love that we have for each other even more. From the first day we were dating, until March 25, 2017, the day Rushabh asked me to be his wife, our love has just been growing deeper and deeper. June 23, 2018 was the day I officially married the love of my life and my best friend. I couldn’t be any happier. 

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Congrats to this beautiful couple.

Thank you for sharing your amazing story with the Cinderella Bridez community.

The CB team wishes Rushabh & Niti a wonderful life together!

Behind The Scenes Dream Team

PHOTO/VIDEO: House of Talent Studios | DJ: M4U

DECOR: Rangoli | CAKE: Bredenbeck's Bakery

VENUE: Royal Alberts  | HENNA: RangHenna


Sapan & Kim

Bhargavi Arrunategui

Inside Look into a True (Cinderella) Love Story


“Sapan and I met in 2017 through the Indian dating app, Dil Mil. Initially, we both were hoping to find people on our own, however meeting others with the same goals in NYC wasn’t promising, leading us to create accounts. After matching on the app, Sapan and I met up for margaritas at Rosa Mexicana. We kept it simple so if we didn’t like one another, we had an easy out lol. Fortunately for us we got along great and what was meant to be one margarita turned into many.”


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Magical Review 

“I used Bhargavi and her team for my Garba, Wedding, and Reception. From the very beginning Bhargavi was very responsive to emails/texts and was easy to work with. When it came to my wedding events the team was very punctual for each event and knew how to work with one another. For my Garba I wanted a low, messy, side-bun look which Bhargavi was able to beautifully replicate. During my trial I had mentioned I never wear dramatic eye shadow colors, so Bhargavi was able to create multiple looks with all subtle colors, and she was also able to fulfill my request for neutral colored glossy lips. For my bridal party I had requested a low, messy bun with winged eyeliner and red lips, which the CB team was able to successfully execute. Overall they did a good job and I would recommend them to future brides.”



Congratulations to this beautiful couple.

Thank you for sharing your amazing story with the Cinderella Bridez community.

The CB team wishes Sapan & Kim a wonderful life together!

Behind the Scenes Dream Team

Venues: The Marigold, and The Legacy Castle

Catering: Moghul Caterers, Chowpatty, and 321Chillz

Photography: Sachi Anand Photography

Videography: byDesignFilms

Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez

DJs: Dhoom Events, and Jay Dabhi Entertainment

Decorator: Wedding Design

Coordinator: TumHiHo Events

Bride’s Outfits: Sabyasachi, Anita Dongre

Groom’s Outfit: Mayyur Girotra Couture

Jay & Alka

Bhargavi Arrunategui

Inside Look into a True (Cinderella) Love Story

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How it Happened

Jay and I met through mutual friends. Jay originally was going to propose to me at the vineyards in Long Island (Baiting Hollow) and surprise me with my friends.  However, the weekend before we had a wedding in Santa Barbara and he thought I had figured out he was proposing because of a text message he received from my friend who was helping him coordinate.  I had no idea though :).  He decided to change his plans and give me clues in order to meet him at the Pier in Hoboken where we proposed.  From there, we drove to the vineyards where every single one of our closest friends greeted us and celebrated with us.  It was an amazing day.  


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*Magical Review*
…I just wanted to officially say THANK YOU for everything.  I honestly could not have had a smoother wedding day and you played the most important part.  I really appreciate the fact that you helped my mother very last minute.  I absolutely loved my mom's look and was obsessed with my look so thank you again for your help.  I promise to be better at getting in touch with you and I am absolutely going to recommend you to my friends.  I'm also going to be pinging you a lot for any upcoming events Jay and I have.  Again, thank you so much Bhargavi.  It was so great working with you and getting to know you.  

Love,

Alka

Congrats to this beautiful couple.

Thank you for sharing your amazing story with the Cinderella Bridez community.

The CB team wishes Jay & Alka a wonderful life together!


Behind The Scenes Dream Team

Photo: Ajit Singh

Video: My Wedding Maker

Venue: Hyatt Regency Jersey City

DJ: Luxe Event Entertainment (DJ BK)

Caterer: Amiya

Designer: Nazraana

Decorator: Elegant Affairs


Deep & Ankita

Bhargavi Arrunategui

Inside Look into a True (Cinderella) Love Story

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We started dating in 2015 and it felt like we had been dating for longer. Meaning it felt like second nature being with each other. I have never felt more comfortable with anyone. Something just clicked with him and I. I knew that he would be the one for me. My weaknesses are his strengths and vice versa. Much more than love and romance. It is about a respectful partnership. I am just so lucky.


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First of all, Erika and the rest of the team were phenomenal. I loved the professionalism and incredible work. I keep telling everyone that the biggest wedding highlights for me were music and makeup! I looked flawless and the most important part is that I looked like the best version of me. Erika took her time and really understood what I wanted which I really appreciated. I have never seen such amazing makeup. I was also impressed that without much prior discussion, Erika whipped up my hair into exactly the looks I wanted. That was brilliant.

Congrats to this beautiful couple.

Thank you for sharing your amazing story with the Cinderella Bridez community.

The CB team wishes Deep & Ankita a wonderful life together!

Behind The Scenes Dream Team

Hair and Makeup:  Cinderella Bridez

 Catering: Chand Palace Music: DJ Vik Events  

Day Coordinator: Royal Charms Inc Décor: Abhishek Decorators 

Location- The Westin Governor Morris: Julie Olsen

Photography & Cinematography: Light Year Studio

Sachin & Tulsi

Bhargavi Arrunategui

Inside Look into a True (Cinderella) Love Story
Anniversary Edition

Happy (almost) 1 year anniversary to this beautiful couple.

Thank you for sharing your amazing story with the Cinderella Bridez community.

The CB team wishes Sachin & Tulsi a wonderful life together!

Michael & Ivy

Bhargavi Arrunategui

Inside Look into a True (Cinderella) Love Story

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How we met

"Michael and I met on the first day of our new jobs right out of college. We were both New York City Teaching Fellows placed in the same middle school for our Spring Apprenticeship.  Perhaps by sheer luck, our classrooms were right down the hall from each other and we would often pass each other on the way to the copy machine, or during dismissal. There were only five Fellows from Staten Island so we became all pretty close during our daily routines, and especially on our way to and from Manhattan for our classes.  Towards the end of our Apprenticeship, Michael began taking the ferry home with me after class and we quickly found out how much we had in common. From bonding over our tight-knit families, love for food, our similar taste in music, and the fact that we both didn't’t have our drivers’ licenses yet, Michael and I quickly realized there was more to our friendship.  We started officially dating that summer and everything else fell into place. In each other we found our foodie partners in crime, our support systems for some of the hardest years of our lives, and became life long best friends".

How He Proposed

"During the summer of 2015, Michael and I planned a trip to Woodstock, New York. We rented a quaint cabin in the woods and spent a few days exploring the small town. One day, Michael planned a boat ride for us. We started out the day shopping in Saugerties, eating our way through small cafes, and finally setting sail on the river. He was so calm and I had no clue what was about to happen! We were the only passengers on the boat and the captain had laid out a picnic on the hull of the boat. Just as the sun began to set in the distance, the captain started playing Moon River, which was our song, over the speaker and it immediately clicked! Michael asked me to marry him and I said yes!"

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Congrats to this beautiful couple.

Thank you for sharing your amazing story with the Cinderella Bridez community.

The CB team wishes Michael & Ivy a wonderful life together!

Behind The Scene Magic Makers

Flowers: Clark’s House of Flowers

Venue: Nicotra’s Ballroom Staten Island 

Videography and Photography: GEORGE STREET PHOTO

Makeup and Hair: CINDERELLA BRIDEZ

Shobin & Becky

Bhargavi Arrunategui

Inside Look into a True (Cinderella) Love Story

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How We Met

In 2009, Facebook came out with the Uno game where we could play against friends on Facebook. Shobin and I had a mutual friend who invited us into a game with other people and we started off our friendship trash talking each other on who would win. He added me on Facebook and kept trash talking about uno and that was that. We ended up meeting each other in person at the 2010 Knanaya Convention in Dallas and spent last two days together with our mutual friends. He got my number and then started the millions of phone calls/messages/video sessions, etc which all led to today! :)


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How He Proposed

So my sister, Neema, and I had an appointment in NYC the Wednesday before the proposal. They told Neema they “accidentally overbooked” her appointment, and asked if she could come in Saturday at 12. It was also my friend Jerry’s birthday on Saturday, and he had planned to go to a rooftop lounge at 4 near Central Park. Neema said that we can go to the city for the appointment and have a “sister day” until Jerry’s party. (Little did I know all of this was fake)
At the appointment, the receptionist was apologizing that my sister had to come twice so she gave us 2 vouchers for a free drink at Tavern on The Green in Central Park as an apology. (Neema made this from scratch, it was actually fake!) So Neema and I went there and ordered drinks and hung out for a while.
Neema goes to the bathroom and we’re about to go lay on the grass in Central Park until she tells me lost her phone! I’m getting so mad because I just got the 7plus for her 3 weeks ago! Neema’s calling her phone and someone picks up saying they have it and to meet up across Bow Bridge at a deck. (Turns out while Neema went to the “bathroom” she gave the phone to my friend Chinnu and she walked to where the proposal was going to be. I even checked Find My iPhone and it proved it was on the other side of the park!). So I’m yelling at Neema the whole time on the walk over trying to find this phone and but I completely walked past the deck and Neema yells Becky! I turn around and see the little deck all decorated with all of our pictures/memories/letters over the past 6 years and I see Shobin come out from behind a rock. I had NO idea he was going to be in town at all.
We walk over to the deck and I see Shobin’s niece with a shirt on that says “My Kunjacha (uncle) has something to ask you” and then we walked through each station of memories.
At the end he gives me the necklace that I lost 3 years ago that has both of our birthstones in a heart, tells me to turn around, and I see ALL of our friends and family holding up the sign saying “Will you marry me?”…and I said yes :)


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Congrats to this beautiful couple.

Thank you for sharing your amazing story with the Cinderella Bridez community.

The CB team wishes Shobin & Becky a wonderful life together!

Aakash & Manisha

Bhargavi Arrunategui

Inside Look into a True (Cinderella) Love Story

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How We Met
We met back in 2007 as freshman at Rutgers University. It wasn't until 2008 that we started to "officially" date. There were tons of challenges and changes we faced together in our relationship from changes in personalities, to personal growth, to graduation, and to careers but one thing was for certain we never lost each other in any of it. If anything all these obstacles and challenges made us stronger and nothing was more beautiful in our relationship than watching each other grow up. Flash forward to 10 years of dating, Aakash finally popped the question in April 2017 by surprising me with a trip to Paris. As  cliche and romantic as it gets he proposed to me with a backdrop of the Eiffel Tower and a photographer to capture the beautiful moment. It was truly spectacular. Aakash and I finally tied the knot June 16, 2018 and I think it is safe to say that now we will be watching each other grow old together.

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Congrats to this beautiful couple.

Thank you for sharing your amazing story with the Cinderella Bridez community.

The CB team wishes Aakash & Manisha a wonderful life together!

Artistry Studio NYFW Take Over

Bhargavi Arrunategui

NYFW Backstage for Pamela Rolland

Global artist Rick DiCecca used Artistry Studio products for Pamela Rolland 2019 FALL/WINTER Collection

Global artist Rick DiCecca used Artistry Studio products for Pamela Rolland 2019 FALL/WINTER Collection

Artistry Studio was present during NYFW behind scenes. Artistry Studio products were in charged of preparing models backstage for Pamela Rolland in the hands of global artist Rick DiCecca and other elevated makeup artist. The looks that were inspired by Pamela’s 2019 FALL/WINTER Collection reflected femininity, natural beauty, and sensuality.

Global artist Rick DiCecca used Artistry Studio products to help create looks that enhanced every model’s natural beauty for the runway show. The look consisted of a very natural complexion, that reflected freshness and enhanced natural beauty. The eyes were contoured with pastels colors from Artistry Studio Palette in Shimmering Watercolors along with a mixture of Artistry Studio NYC Limited Edition 2-in-1 Eye Stick. The lips and cheeks were done with Artistry Studio Parisian Edition Cheek and Lip Duo in Polaris Pink that complimented the elegance that Pamella represents in her collection. The lips were defined with nude shades from Artistry Studio Liquid Lips in shade Notre Dame.  

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The Must-Have Products from Artistry Studio For NYFW

Artistry Studio took over the backstage model preparation for Pamella Roland 2019 Fall/Winter Collection. The makeup looks that Rick DiCecca created were inspired by Pamella’s Tiffany Glass inspired collection; Artistry Studio products helped Rick make his looks come to life.

Several products from Artistry Studio were used to prepare the models from runway. From prepping the skin with the Artistry Studio Select Personalized Serum to finishing the makeup looks with a bold lip color from Artistry Studio Liquid Lips. From the numbered of products used from Artistry Studio backstage during NYFW there are two that are defiantly must haves for anyone who wants to recreate these feminine and bold makeup looks.

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Must-Have product #1, Artistry Studio Parisian Edition Cheek and Lip Duo in Polaris Pink. This cheek and lip product inspired by the colors and couture of Paris is great to create a quick and perfectly coordinated look. Rick and the other makeup artist backstage during NYFW used this product to shape up cheekbones and blush cheeks while giving the lips a bold pop of color. The way Rick applied this product was using a foundation brush or fingertips while foundation was still damp.

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Must-Have Product #2,
Artistry Studio Eye Shadow Palette in Sparkling Water Colors. This eye shadow palette helped Rick and the other makeup artist create the elegant and sexy makeup look that enhanced the models eye shapes and that also reflected Pamela’s collection. The way the eye shadow was used backstage was applying shade #3 all over the eye lid, and then go over with shade #5 to create more dimension on the eye; at the end apply shade #4 to the inner and outer edge of the eye.

Pamella Roland NYFW: 'I'm really excited about this collection'

Bhargavi Arrunategui

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Pamella Roland presented her 2019 FALL/WINTER collection during NYFW this Thursday and she not only exceeded expectations, but she dared to introduce different styles. The stunning collection was inspired by Tiffany glass and intricate stained-glass windows, which reflects Roland’s elegance and artistic appreciation.

"Tiffany glass and intricate stained-glass windows are the inspiration for this season’s collection," said the designer according to Dailymail.com.

The concepts that inspired her are displayed through embroideries, trim silhouettes, and prints. The collection is filled with a blend of bold colors along with window-like linear techniques that signify Tiffany stained glass. This collection reflects sensuality and femininity, where women can feel empowered and confident while wearing comfortable pieces that enhance their unique beauty.

Pamella mentioned that part of the inspiration came from listening to what her costumers wanted. She wanted to please them while incorporating her vision in each material used in the collection. The different elements such as colorful feathers, pearls, 3D floral appliques, and ornate metallic threadwork along with new techniques made this fall collection a ‘daring’ collection that Pamella enjoyed creating.

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'I'm really excited about this collection,' Pamella told FEMAIL backstage after the show. 'It was really fun to do because we were daring'

Miten & Roopa

Bhargavi Arrunategui

Inside Look into a True (Cinderella) Love Story

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How It began…

“Miten and I met when we were both Sophomores in High School at the young age of 15, while we ended up being part of the same dance group after being enrolled in the Indian Cultural Association of New Jersey (ICA). We started 'dating' (if you can even call it that) and even though we went to separate schools, still were together until graduation. We ended up going to the same college in Philadelphia (University of the Sciences in Philadelphia) and both ended up getting recruited to the same Advertising Agency in New York post-grad. All in all - we dated for about 8 years until we planned a trip to Ireland - when he proposed at Dromoland Castle (an actual castle which they've modernized into a hotel) toward the end of our trip.”


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“He completely booked out a Falconry Tour (so that it would just be the two of us) (https://www.dromoland.ie/activities/falconry/) during our stay at Dromoland, and told me afterwards that he had been speaking to the Hotel Managers & Tour leaders for months making sure they were all aware of his plan. Halfway through the tour, Miten proposed :) Was a complete surprise - and we didn't end up finishing the tour because I couldn't wait to know all the details and call everyone (even though they already knew it was happening).”


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Congrats to this beautiful couple.

Thank you for sharing your amazing story with the Cinderella Bridez community.

The CB team wishes Miten & Roopa a wonderful life together!


Skincare Supplements

Bhargavi Arrunategui

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What are Skin Care Supplements?

Skincare supplements are simply products that provide essential nutrients needed for brighter, smoother, and a more healthier face.

First Things First

  • In order for any skin to look great you need a foundation...WATER! Everyone knows that water is the very foundation for perfect skin. Skin elasticity  will not bounce back without water.

  • Second, it’s rest. Getting a good night's sleep can prevent those annoying bags underneath the eyes.

  • Third, eating a balanced diet that has nutrient-rich foods are

Here are 5 Supplements that are the Key to Perfect Skin

  1. Vitamin C Extended Release by NUTRILITE this product is perfect in protecting the skin against free radicals while providing necessary antioxidants that maintain healthy tissues.                                                            Price: $66.90.         

  2. COLLAGEN LOVE by HUM is another great product that promotes skin elasticity for that youthful, bright, plump skin. If you have dullness, fine lines, and wrinkles then this will be a great product to try out. It keeps those pesky fine lines at bay while creating bouncy glowing skin.                                                                                                                  Price:$40

  3. TRUVIVITY by NUTRILITE is jammed packed with vital nutrients that provide moisture protection. The first part of this power pack, are the tablets which have that boosting collagen. The second part is the powder drink. Who doesn’t love a cool grapefruit flavored beverage? This has the amazing Vitamin C and cranberry extract that your body needs to fight free radicals.                                                                                                                              Price: $131.50

  4. HEART HEALTH CoQ10 by NUTRILITE this not only helps protect your skin with is antioxidants , but helps maintain a healthy heart. And who doesn’t want that?                                                                                                                   Price: $61.00

  5. HAIR, SKIN, and Nails by NUTRILITE is a triple threat. It provides strength to hair and nails while also treating the skin. It has that magical ingredient, collagen. Can’t get enough of that! Look out world I’ll have long luscious locks , strong nails , and glowing skin.                                                                             Price: $21.70

Final Conclusions

 

Skincare supplements might not be for everyone, but it’s worth a try if you aren’t getting it through your daily diet. If you do decide to splurge, make sure to look for the key ingredients that help your skin be the best it can be. Here are some major vitamins that can be found in everyday foods and supplements.

Vitamin:

  1. A- found in Dairy, great for fighting wrinkles

  2. C-found in citrus fruit, great for fighting free radicals

  3. E- found in fruits and nuts, great for fighting free radicals and keeping acne at bay

  4. D-found in fish, great for fighting infections which helps combat acne

  5. K- found in kale and milk , great for fighting those pesky under eye circles

  6. B3- both animal and plants, great for reducing the appearance of aged skin and reduces redness

  7. B5- whole grains and chicken, great for preventing water loss

  8. Folic Acid- over the counter supplements, great for creating firm skin

 

Stay beautiful!

Cinderella Bridez Team 

 

 

 

Sources

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/top-9-best-vitamins-for-skin-health-you-should-never_us_58aac16be4b0fa149f9ac888

Microblading: Eyebrows that LOOK NATURAL, FEEL NATURAL!

Cinderella Bridez Team

 Beautiful eyes are incomplete without aligned and beautiful eyebrows. Isn't it? Here is an impressive way you can have those shaped and prominent eyebrows above your eyes if you are missing them naturally. This interesting cosmetic way of styling up your eyebrows is called Microblading. It's sounding like "blades effect"; but you don't have to worry much as this beautifying technique is milder to no pain feel. If you have very less or no eyebrows or deformed eyebrows, then Microblading is one easy and efficient permanent cosmetic transformation you should go for to get those beautifully shaped eyebrows naturally.

Microblading Exactly Is:
It is permanent makeup technique, which camouflage the missing eyebrows by applying fine deposits of tattoo pigments on the eyebrows making the natural look. Although it's a stimulated hair process. It is not like the traditional way of cosmetic tattooing and thus it's not painful. Microblading uses several tiny needles in a row to deposit dye into the dermal layer depending upon the depth and length of the eyebrow on the client's face. It doesn't involve machines or any other gauges. It can fully reconstruct look of a person to give an enhanced natural face. One thing to note is although the risk is minimum in this process still, a pigment-patch test is recommended before implementing it for individuals who have any kind of skin sensitivities for their healthy dermis.
 Implementing Microblading:
Firstly the artist cleans the eye area and aligns the natural eyebrow along the forehead in accordance with the eyes. Then they show the set of brows suitable on the client's face type and it's only after client approval the artist implements the technique to decorate their eyebrows. The best part is there is no downtime of microblading. Microblading draws hair strokes that look natural and suits according to the color of skin and shape of the client’s face. In microblading extremely fine in diameter needles are grouped and aligned like a blade edge to mark the pigments on the skin. Microblading is not semi-permanent but yes it requires recommended periodic care and touch-ups to maintain the looks forever. It takes 2-3 hours of implementation and then a touch-up session after every 4-6 weeks is necessary. Although to minimize the discomfort a topical numbing cream or liquid anesthetic is applied. Microblading lasts for 2-3 years depending on the skin types (which may vary also with touch-ups, water used on brows and cosmetic-types used during the healing time) but the difference is minimal. As part of the healing process, the color will fade by up to 40%, and then eyebrows will continue to be dark though slight scabbing is noticed. It takes approximately 7-14 days to heal and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. The color is very light right after the two weeks of healing, which will automatically give you the natural shade of your eyebrows.
 What's Next after Microblading?
·      As a matter of fact, after any cosmetic transformation (even with minimum risk and complication) there are some post care tips for the person. Similarly, with microblading, some of the caring instructions must be followed by the customer/client.
·      Apply a healing balm after the procedure is complete. After 2 hours wipe the balm with dry tissue and re-apply it on the eyebrow area.
·      Apply this healing balm at least for next 5-7 days once in the morning and evening time of a day.
·      Don't over apply it, as it may reduce the crisp color effect of the microblade eyebrows.
·      Try to avoid water on the eyebrow area while cleaning your face or during bathing for at least 10-14 days. Use it in minimum quantity if required.
·      Don't apply makeup for a minimum of 10 days on the eyebrows as it may cause infections. Only apply healing balm.
·      Don't consume alcohol, aspirin/ibuprofen or any vitamins tablets for next 24 hours after implementing microblading.
·      If you feel itchy on the brow area, only apply healing cream. Don't do any scratching, scrubbing or other experiments.

PREPARING YOUR SKIN FOR THE WINTER MONTHS

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Winter is fast approaching and let’s face it – it doesn't agree with our skin. Cold temperatures, dry air and harsh winds sap our skin of its natural oils and leave it dry and stressed.

Though it's not only the weather that can harm our skin, there are various other factors too – changes in the daily routine, eating fat and sugar in large amounts, stress – can cause an occasional breakout, tightness and not to mention, dullness.

But fret not. You can reduce these effects by taking a few precautions in your daily skin care routine.

·        CHANGE YOUR ROUTINE. It goes without saying that your routine for the summer days won't work for the winter days as well. In the winter, your skin is going to need more moisture than the usual, so it's better to use cream instead of the lotion that you use in the summers.

·        CHOOSING YOUR CLEANSER. Cleansers are known to strip your skin of the natural oils and to dry it out and to lead to more visible lines and wrinkles. So, it's best to choose your cleanser correctly after doing a thorough research.

·        EXFOLIATE. It is recommended to exfoliate your skin as exfoliating brings back that youthful glow to your skin that often gets lost during the winter months.

·        PROTECTION. Though the winters appear to be less sunny than the summers, keep in mind that the harmful UV rays are still out there. It is recommended to use a sunscreen containing zinc oxide to protect your skin; and of course, not to forget wearing protective hats and clothing.

·        SHORTENING THE SHOWERS. Even though hot water feels great in the winters, it saps the skin of its natural oils. It is best to limit your long and hot shower and baths to once or twice a week and to choose lukewarm the other times.

Also, it is advised to apply moisturizer on the skin immediately after patting it dry.

·        EATING RIGHT. It is recommended to avoid simple sugars as well as carbohydrates that are known to stimulate reactions in the skin and which in turn can lead to breakouts. Avoid these during in daily routine, and you will see a substantial change in your skin.

·        WEARING GLOVES. It is our hands which suffer the most during the winters as we wash them more than usual I order to avoid the germs that can cause infections. It is best to take moisturizer with you daily and apply it regularly along with wearing gloves to protect the skin on your hands so as to protect them from the harsh winter weather.

·        USING A HUMIDIFIER. It goes without saying that air dries out as the winter comes. The dryer the air, the more it steals the skin's moisture.

If by any chance you live in a dry climate, then, it's better to use a humidifier, particularly in your bedroom at night.

·        REJUVENATION. A superb time to provide your skin with more nutrients is during the winter months so that it can withstand the stress of the winters.

·        TRYING A SUGAR SCRUB ON THE LIPS. Chapped lips are the bane of the winters. You want to get rid of dry and flaky skin? Then why not try a homemade sugar scrub?

To make a homemade sugar scrub, you only need to mix in some regular sugar with some jojoba, coconut oil and then rub it gently on the lips once a day. You can also add in honey for healing properties and then follow up with a nourishing lip balm.

SOURCE LINKS

1.      http://www.webmd.com/beauty/features/ten-winter-skin-care-tips#1

2.      http://skincare.allwomenstalk.com/ways-to-prep-your-skin-for-winter

3.      http://www.teenvogue.com/story/dry-skin-winter-makeup-tips

4.      http://www.thebudgetfashionista.com/archive/prepare-skin-for-winter/

5.      stylecaster.com/beauty/5-ways-to-prep-your-skin-for-winter/

6.      http://www.livescience.com/35954-five-ways-prepare-skin-winter.html

3 Face Mask You Can Make With Ingredients You Already Have In Your Fridge or Pantry

Cinderella Bridez Team

1) Glowing Skin: Ingredients- 1-Egg White; 2-teaspoons of lemon juice; ½-tablespoon of honey

 Mix the egg white & lemon juice by whisking it with a fork until the liquid becomes foamy. Add the honey and then mix again. 

Prep: Wash your face with warm water to allow the pores to open. Place mask on your face and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes. Then wash off and pat your face dry. Lastly, don't forget to MOISTURIZE!!! 

 

2) Soothing Skin: Ingredients- 1 tablespoon ground oats; 1-teaspoon honey; 1-teaspoon yogurt

Finely grind your oats (powder like texture), grab a mixing bowl to place your oats in and add your honey + yogurt. MIX TOGETHER!

Prep: Start with a clean face and apply your mask. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with cool water and BAM!

 

3) Hydrated Skin: Ingredients- 10-strawberries, ¼-bee pollen, 3-tablespoons of raw honey, 1-tablespoon olive oil mayonnaise, 3-drops of lavender essential oil

Simply mix (whisk) all your ingredients and apply to a fresh face. Leave mask on for 20 minutes then rise off with warm water. 

 

Happy Skin, Happy Life... Right?!

Not All Oil is Bad...5 Oils That Can Improve The Way You Look And Feel

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1.     Vitamin E Oil: Has an anti-aging effect on the skin, helps prevent dryness by stopping water loss from the skin, can reduce scaring and help stop stretch marks from appearing. I mean the list goes on. This it definitely one of my faves!

 

2.     Coconut Oil: Not only does this oil smell good but it also helps fight cancer. Coconut oil can be used for cooking your favorite foods as well as moisturizing your hair. Is there anything coconut oil can’t do?

 

3.     Argon Oil: Can be used as both a toner and nighttime moisturizer. Acne? Razor bumps? Stretch Marks? No problem, just apply some argon oil to your problem area and let it work its magic.

 

4.     Castor Oil: Fighting hair loss or tired of having thin hair? Castor oil has been proven to help with both. Just apply some oil to where you feel you need the help and massage into your scalp and hair. The antifungal and antibacterial properties help the fight against dandruff, scalp infections, and improves circulation which will allow hair grow.

 

5.     Fish Oil: Eww ! I know it sounds horrible right, but it’s actually very good for you. Fish oil capsules contain omega-3 fatty acids that have been proven to aid the body with weight loss, fertility, healthy pregnancy, healthy skin, bone health, boosted energy, and mood support. 

10 Daily Tips to Prevent "Chapped" Lips

Cinderella Bridez Team

As Makeup Artists, one of our challenges when working with clients through winter months is that most of the time they have chapped or dry lips. This makes applying a straight lip line, or having the lip color look smooth challenging. This is because we don't have a flat sure to work on leaving the lips looking flaky, dry and really not pretty. Below are 10 things you can do daily to prevent this from happening during the winter months.

  1. Turn on your humidifier at night- Let's face it, the heat and staying in orders more during the winter months take a toll on your skin- extra moisture in the air while you sleep will do good for keeping your lips as well as the rest of the skin on your body plump and hydrated. Think humid like the summer months and how moist your skin looks. 
  2. Drink that water- refer to our last blog post on why and how much, this works just as good for your lips!
  3. Exfoliate- the easiest is while in the shower take your index finger and rub back and forth on your lips, the rubbing motion will get rid of that dead skin on your lips without adding anything extra except your finger and the water. Daily will keep your lips nice and smooth.
  4. Place a lip balm in your bag, desk and coat and apply several times a day. Having it withing hands reach will make it easy to make sure you are applying. Something that has a natural oil works best (shea butter, almond oil) 
  5. Before you wash your face, apply a lip balm because your cleanser, if it has any type of salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide may disrupt the PH levels on your lips.
  6. Don't lick your lips, this tends to dry them out rather than hydrate them. Your saliva has acids that are great to break down your foods but can wreak havoc on the thin skin on your lips.
  7. If your lips are dry- stay away from the matte lip colors, liquid lipsticks and anything else that is drying. Use products that have lip conditioners are are labeled hydrating for now until your lips are back in shape.
  8. Don't drink OJ, Grapefruit juices, or anything else that is acidic/citrus until your dryness goes away.
  9. If you are out in the cold weather, wear a scarf over your mouth the extreme temperatures can dry you out as well. 
  10. VASELINE! Yes it works, you can use this on your lips, feet, elbows and anywhere else you see dry flaky skin.
     

Why Drink 8 Glasses a Day?

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Truth: Water is essential for good health but the amount you need varies from person to person... Check out this article from MayoClinic Below on why. 

How much water should you drink each day? It's a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.

Although no single formula fits everyone, knowing more about your body's need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF WATER

Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired

What about the advice to drink 8 glasses a day?

Everyone has heard the advice, "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day." That's about 1.9 liters, which isn't that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations. Although the "8 by 8" rule isn't supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it's easy to remember. Just keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day," because all fluids count toward the daily total.

Factors that influence water needs

You may need to modify your total fluid intake depending on how active you are, the climate you live in, your health status, and if you're pregnant or breast-feeding.

  • Exercise. If you exercise or engage in any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to compensate for the fluid loss. An extra 1.5 to 2.5 cups (400 to 600 milliliters) of water should suffice for short bouts of exercise, but intense exercise lasting more than an hour (for example, running a marathon) requires more fluid intake. How much additional fluid you need depends on how much you sweat during exercise, and the duration and type of exercise.
  • Intense exercise. During long bouts of intense exercise, it's best to use a sports drink that contains sodium, as this will help replace sodium lost in sweat and reduce the chances of developing hyponatremia, which can be life-threatening. Also, continue to replace fluids after you're finished exercising.
  • Environment. Hot or humid weather can make you sweat and requires additional intake of fluid. Heated indoor air also can cause your skin to lose moisture during wintertime. Further, altitudes greater than 8,200 feet (2,500 meters) may trigger increased urination and more rapid breathing, which use up more of your fluid reserves.
  • Illnesses or health conditions. When you have fever, vomiting or diarrhea, your body loses additional fluids. In these cases, you should drink more water. In some cases, your doctor may recommend oral rehydration solutions, such as Gatorade, Powerade or CeraLyte. You may also need increased fluid intake if you develop certain conditions, including bladder infections or urinary tract stones. On the other hand, some conditions, such as heart failure and some types of kidney, liver and adrenal diseases, may impair excretion of water and even require that you limit your fluid intake.
  • Pregnancy or breast-feeding. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. Large amounts of fluid are used especially when nursing. The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink about 10 cups (2.3 liters) of fluids daily and women who breast-feed consume about 13 cups (3.1 liters ) of fluids a day.

Beyond the tap: Other sources of water

You don't need to rely only on what you drink to meet your fluid needs. What you eat also provides a significant portion of your fluid needs. On average, food provides about 20 percent of total water intake. For example, many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and spinach, are 90 percent or more water by weight.

In addition, beverages such as milk and juice are composed mostly of water. Even beer, wine and caffeinated beverages — such as coffee, tea or soda — can contribute, but these should not be a major portion of your daily total fluid intake. Water is still your best bet because it's calorie-free, inexpensive and readily available.

Staying safely hydrated

Generally, if you drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and your urine is colorless or light yellow — and measures about 6.3 cups (1.5 liters) or more a day if you were to keep track — your fluid intake is probably adequate. If you're concerned about your fluid intake or have health issues, check with your doctor or a registered dietitian. He or she can help you determine the amount of water that's right for you.

To ward off dehydration and make sure your body has the fluids it needs, make water your beverage of choice. It's also a good idea to:

  • Drink a glass of water or other calorie-free or low-calorie beverage with each meal and between each meal
  • Drink water before, during and after exercise

Although uncommon, it is possible to drink too much water. When your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte (mineral) content of the blood is diluted, resulting in low sodium levels in the blood, a condition called hyponatremia. Endurance athletes, such as marathon runners who drink large amounts of water, are at higher risk of hyponatremia. In general, though, drinking too much water is rare in healthy adults who eat an average American diet.

 

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