You’ve envisioned your wedding since you were 8 years old. You’ve been planning for an entire year. It’s the day of your wedding and everything is just as you imagined it…almost. On your wedding day even the smallest issue can elicit a mammoth panic. Last minute beauty emergencies, while a bummer, can be reversed fairly easily.
Have a little trouble sleeping the night before your wedding? Did your bridesmaids take you out for your last wild night as a single woman? I bet you’re seeing the results in the morning, but no need to fret! There are plenty of ways to help fix puffy eyes!
Lie down and place warm tea bags (make sure it’s caffeinated tea like green or black tea) on your eyes and let them sit. The caffeine helps constrict blood vessels and reduces swelling. You can also put them in the refrigerator and reapply to refresh your eyes before you start your makeup.
Apply a cold compress or cold spoons if there is no compress in sight. If you choose to use spoons make sure you have more than two. Place several spoons in the refrigerator until they are cold to the touch and apply with the curved side against your eyes. When the spoons warm up replace them with a new spoon and place the warm one back in the refrigerator to cool down again.
•Reach into your vegetable drawer and pull out a potato or cucumbers. Both help reduce inflammation and also help with any redness.
•Go for one of the celeb beauty secrets and use hemorrhoid cream to bring down the puffiness and reduce the redness caused by your blood vessels.
Pimples and Blemishes
One of the most annoying beauty nightmares for the day of your wedding, but like you’ve always been told, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” This beauty emergency can be fixed right away!
•Reduce the redness with an ice cube and make sure to have a lemon handy because the acid in lemons helps dry out the pimple.
Instead of popping a whitehead with your fingers, which can cause more damage than good, reach for a sewing needle dipped in rubbing alcohol and gently insert it into the center of the whitehead just enough to pierce the surface and break open the skin. Gently press around the edges, making sure to not squeeze, and then dab a Q-tip soaked in rubbing alcohol to the area.
This may seem like an issue with no way out, but fear no more! Streaks from self-tanner are actually easy to fix. Grab your bronzer and follow these tricks:
Reach for the lemon again and while you’re still in the kitchen grab the salt too. Sprinkle salt onto the outside of the lemon and rub it against the areas of your skin where there is discoloration. The acid in the lemons dull the tone of the self-tanner and break up the color while the salt acts as an exfoliant.
Use bronzer once all color is broken up or to fix any patches that were missed by self-tanner.
Sunburnt and Chapped Skin
You should have opted for the UV-free tanning before your wedding, but you went against all suggestions and went straight into the tanning bed and now you’re sunburnt and your nose is chapped.
Hydrocortisone cream and aloe are a sunburn’s best friends. Dab on hydrocortisone cream to help reduce any inflammation and follow up with aloe (or a lotion containing aloe) to help soothe the skin.
For your chapped nose go into the medicine cabinet for some ointment or the next best thing, Chap Stick, and rub it on the chapped area. Give it a few minutes to settle in and then apply tinted moisturizer instead of cream foundation.
Now you’re all set to walk down the aisle! Before you take those first steps make sure to plan for any beauty emergencies that can happen throughout the rest of your day.
Here are some beauty essentials to pack into your bridal clutch (and you can have your maid of honor hold onto some of these for you too)
• Dental floss
• Eye drops
• Small brush/mirror combo
• Bridal makeup
Christina Lang is a contributor for Daily Glow, a health and beauty site on the Everyday Health. She can be found perfecting the latest in beauty and skincare trends or spending quality time with her husband of two years.
Be a Bridal Shower Event Planner
A bridal shower is one of those parties that are fun and practical at the same time. The obvious reason for a shower is to give things to the future married couple that will help them establish a home together. But the underlying reason for a bridal shower is that it's a nice occasion for the close family and friends of the bride to spend relaxed time with her before the big wedding day.
It's a time for sharing funny stories, for relatives to give advice to the bride, and for friends to show their support. The bride is the princess of the day, so be sure that in your planning you don't do anything that will make her feel uncomfortable.
A bridal shower is commonly hosted by the maid-of-honor and bridesmaids. Although it was once considered poor etiquette for family members of the bride to host the shower, it is now acceptable. Here are some other considerations as you plan a shower:
- The event is usually held within two months of the wedding, up to two weeks before the big day.
- Don't invite guests to the shower who have not been invited to the wedding.
- You will need to decide whether this will be a traditional 'girls only' event or a couples party, often referred to as a "Jack and Jill" shower.
- Any time of day is acceptable, but most often showers are afternoon events.
- Make your guests feel comfortable and have fun with bridal shower games. Planning a few of these games is a particularly good idea if a large number of the guests don't already know one another.
- Encourage the bride to register for gifts. With so many couples living on their own before getting married, it's difficult for guests to guess which things they still need.
- Remind the bride to include a reasonable number of inexpensive items on her registry for guests with limited budgets.
- Decide whether the party will be held at a home or in a restaurant or other locale. These days many shower planners now choose activities instead of the traditional finger food/gift opening shower. For example, many bridal parties take the bride out for a day at the spa instead of a shower. Or for an active Jack and Jill shower, the party could be a beach barbecue complete with volleyball, Frisbee, music, and dancing.
- Unless you feel it's mandatory to surprise the bride, involve her in the planning. Ask her if there's a particular theme she'd like for her shower. Some popular themes include lingerie showers, kitchen item showers, around-the-clock showers (where everyone is assigned a time of day for which to select a gift) and travel gift showers.
- Don't forget to give party favors to all guests. These can be traditional favors such as small boxes of candy. Or they can be something that relates to the theme of the shower, e.g. drawer sachets at a lingerie shower.
As you plan the bridal shower, be sure to give careful thought to the decorations. Decorations will be the most important thing for setting the stage for your event. Don't be afraid to be creative. With the abundance of wedding bells and umbrellas, you find in the bridal shower section of party stores, one might think that's the only possible motif for this event. Think again. It can be very simple and relatively inexpensive to be a lot more creative than that. Here are three possible decorating plans to get you started.
Who Throws and Pays for the Bridal Shower
A bridal shower is typically hosted by the maid of honor. Many etiquette guides frown upon family-member-hosted bridal showers because it may be seen as rude or greedy for the family to ask for gifts for their own relative in recent years, however, it's become completely acceptable.
Unless it's a surprise, involve the bride in the planning process. Ask her to create a registry if she hasn't already done so. Maybe she has a particular shower theme in mind, like a lingerie shower, a kitchen item shower, or an around-the-clock shower in which guests are assigned a time of day for selecting a gift.
For an informal, casual shower the host generally picks up all the costs, but for a more elaborate shower the host may talk to the other bridesmaids at the beginning of the planning process and ask them about chipping in or splitting costs. Beyond financial assistance, the host can and should ask the bridesmaids to help plan, set up, decorate, etc.
In some cases, it's appropriate for all guests to pick up a portion of the costs for a shower. For example, an invitation to a restaurant bridal shower might read, "We'll celebrate with a Dutch lunch (entrees cost about $10), followed by cake and champagne in the garden." A spa invitation might read, "We've got the room reserved at XYZ spa. Call the spa directly to book your appointment. Instead of a present, please bring $25 to pay for the bride's treatments and send her on her way with a deluxe spa gift certificate."
The 53 Most Delish Bridal Shower Appetizers
If you need more bridal shower tips, we've totally got you covered.
We want all Greek, all the time.
This is the perfect way to utilize those sweet summer strawberries.
ADD SOME FLAVOR: Le Creuset Pepper Mill, $43 amazon.com.
These *classy* skewers are the easy summer app you've been searching for.
A taste of the golden state in one adorable bite.
You might even like pesto better on bread than you do on pasta.
These chicken avocado salad pinwheels double as a nutritious lunch and an adorable party appetizer.
These little bites are super refreshing.
Don't throw a summer party without this.
Be still our beating tarts.
These are the best spring rolls you've never had.
Everything's better wrapped in bacon!
This easy weeknight dinner doubles as an amaze party app.
This hypnotizing tart is surprisingly easy to make. Who knew veggies could be so beautiful?
Fresh tortellini makes this the perfect hearty party snack.
All the flavor of meatball parm in one perfect bite.
Class up tomato-and-mozz salad with this hasselback technique.
Like a Greek salad on a stick!
All cups should be made of bread, TBH.
We don't know whether to eat this or frame it.
Asparagus has never been more addicting.
A new spin on a classic flavor combination.
Give it to me now: Caramelizing onion in bacon fat will make all your neighbors want to come to the party. Brush crostini with olive oil, top with caramelized onions and chopped bacon, and bake until warmed through.
Melty mozzarella and fresh tomatoes give basic garlic bread a MAJOR upgrade.
Top toasted or fresh baguette slices with cream cheese, thinly sliced smoked salmon, and fresh dill for everything you love about a bagel with lox.
Juices for glowing skin: How do juices help in making your skin glow?
Most vegetables and fruits contain fibre and other essential nutrients that help flush out the toxins that affect your overall skin and hair health. They also consist of antioxidants that inhibit the growth and effect of free radicals in the body, which are responsible for damaging body cells. Applying kitchen ingredients on your skin may help for a shorter span, but intake of nutritious vegetable and fruit juices will help your skin glow from within. Local, seasonal fruits are the best bets for you, and make sure you purchase your fruits from a trusted vendor, fruits with pesticides are known to be very detrimental for health.
4. Shea butter
Rich in triglycerides, shea butter is an excellent emollient and can help skin reduce moisture loss. Shea butter extract has also been shown to be anti-inflammatory, and one study even suggests it has similar topical effects as ceramides, an ingredient often used in luxe skin care products.
Try it at home: It's a thicker texture, so if you'd like to use it topically, we'd suggest as an intensive hand cream or on your legs post-shave. You can also make pretty wonderful lip products with the butter as a base (find our suggestions for several balms here).
My Homemade Chili Is Too Spicy. What Can I Do?
Three ways to save a recipe that's too spicy for your taste.
k! I accidentally made dinner too spicy.”
Katharine Kovan, via e-mail
The fix: There are a few ways to tone down overly fiery food. Sara Moulton, a chef and the host of Sara’s Weeknight Meals on PBS, says sugar is an unobtrusive antidote𠅎specially for soups, chilies, and stews. Add it in 1𠑂-teaspoon increments, and taste after each round. You can also dilute spiciness by adding more of the main ingredient, says Brendan Walsh, the dean of culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. 𠇏or a stir-fry,” he says, “put in more starchy vegetables. If you’re cooking meat, add some more meat.” Another option: Plate the dish with a garnish of soothing dairy—like a dollop of cool ranch dressing alongside way-too-hot wings.
Cute Bike Gear You'll Actually Want to Wear
Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.
In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.
Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.
The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.
Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)
What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.
How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.
Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.
For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!
5 Insanely Simple Homemade Masks You Can Make in Your Kitchen
Sometimes the best strengthening and conditioning masks for your hair aren't found in the sprawling hair aisles of Target or your local beauty supply store&mdashthey can be created right in your kitchen. Now, I'm no licensed trichologist, but with all the concoctions I've whipped up in my kitchen to treat all my hair woes (from dehydration to breakage and reversing damage), I do consider myself a kitchen beautician.
These five hair masks are packed with essential oils, fruits, vegetables, and other protein-rich ingredients packed with vitamins and minerals to nourish your crowning glory, inside and out. The beauty about homemade hair masks is that you're able to tailor your masks to treat specific hair concerns. Suffering from brittle, breakage-prone hair? Olive and coconut oil will be your best friend. Tired of dull, lackluster hair? Have you heard of my dear friend, mayonnaise?
Below, five of the best beginner-friendly hair mask tutorials to treat every hair woe.
A SUPER HYDRATING MASK FOR DRY OR FRIZZY HAIR:
What you'll need: bananas, olive oil, and honey
No one loves to eat brown-speckled bananas. But, you spent your hard-earned money on them, so rather than throw them away, crush them (or blend them, as Ashly did in the video above) to make a simple yet super nourishing mask for dry hair. Bananas are rich in potassium and improve manageability by making the hair shaft softer and shinier. Next, add olive oil, which is rich in fatty acids, for a surge of moisture to dehydrated hair. Not only is honey great for reducing breakage and frizz, but it also conditions the hair and adds back shine.
FOR BRIGHTER, SMOOTHER COLOR-TREATED HAIR:
What you'll need: virgin coconut oil, argan oil, and a little hair dye (optional)
Adding a dollop of toning conditioner (like oVertone&rsquos, which come in basically any shade of the rainbow) to these hydrating ingredients will create a hair mask that revives the color of your hair while adding a massive amount of shine. It&rsquos the easiest way to maintain your hair color between appointments.
ENCOURAGE HAIR GROWTH AND STRENGTH:
What you'll need: almond milk, olive oil, and flax seed
Alexandra suffered from major hair loss after the birth of her baby. And this mask&mdashwhich she applies root to end&mdashhelped her grow her long (omg, so long) gorgeous hair back. The first step is to transform the flax seeds into an gooey gel similar to an egg, then mix it with the almond milk and olive oil and smooth it onto the area you&rsquore wanting to focus on (so the scalp if you&rsquore wanting hair growth, the shaft if you're wanting to fortify). Let it sit for an hour then rinse.
A FACE MASK THAT ALSO DEFINES CURLS AND FIXES HEAT DAMAGE:
What you'll need: bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar
If you're an avid YouTube watcher or spend way too much time scrolling through Instagram, you've likely already seen the hype surrounding the Aztec Indian Clay and apple cider vinegar mask. It's been praised as one of the best masks for skin, but it's also ahhhmazing for reversing hair damage. In this video, Shlinda mixes her Indian clay with apple cider vinegar and generously applies it throughout her hair, making sure the hair shaft is completely coated. The clay is great for detoxifying the hair and cleansing it. Apple cider vinegar is used in hair masks to restore the hair's natural pH balance and breaking down any build-up by cleansing the scalp. ACV is also used as a rinse for severely damaged hair.
KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN'S HAIR MAS INSPIRED BY HER MORNING SMOOTHIE:
What you'll need: avocado, lemon, olive oil, manuka honey, lemon, and essential oils (optional)
Much like a green smoothie, this hair mask is great for overall hair health. Kourtney Kardashian&rsquos long, shiny hair is the perfect testament for this mask, which she created with her hairstylist, Andrew Fitzsimons, for Poosh. Avocado smooths and detangles, lemon is antibacterial and soothes an itchy scalp, olive oil protects hair from heat, honey is soothing, and the optional essential oils are &ldquoso you don&rsquot have to smell like a cobb salad,&rdquo Fitzsimons says. Throw it all in the blender, leave it on for 45 minutes, and you, too, can have hair that shines as bright as Kourt&rsquos does.
Throwing a Bridal Shower on a Budget
First, consider your home. If you host the party yourself, you won’t have to pay rental fees. However, there are circumstances where this simply won’t work. I live in Pennsylvania, and my friend, for whom I threw the shower, lives in Michigan. However, my in-laws live in the Michigan town where we grew up, and generously allowed me to borrow their home for a few hours. If you find someone willing to share their home, you might decide to give an inexpensive “thank you” present, such as a bottle of wine.
You’ll most likely have to shell out some money if no homes are available, but the shower doesn’t have to be at a fancy restaurant or hotel ballroom. Think outside of the norm and compare prices. Here are a few atypical venues to check out:
- You, a friend, or a relative of the bride might live in an apartment complex with a community center. Many complexes rent these rooms to residents.
- A park. Make arrangements in case there’s a storm!
- Townships, villages, and other local governments often have meeting rooms big enough for a bridal shower.
- A historic home or schoolhouse. These places might be run by a nonprofit and can be available for an affordable price.
- Many fraternal organizations, like the Rotary and the VFW, maintain meeting spaces with kitchens, tables, and anything else you need for a party.
Traveling hundreds of miles is costly no matter which mode of transportation you choose. When I needed to travel from Pennsylvania to Michigan, I compared the cost of driving to the cost of flying. The cost of gas to get there and back was approximately $150, while the price of a plane ticket would have been at least $200 per person. Since my husband was going to make the trip as well, due to a wedding we were attending in the area, we drove and saved more than $350 in travel expenses.
You can find other ways to save money on travel, depending on where you and the other co-hosts live and where the shower will be held.
- Schedule the shower so it falls within a few days of the bachelorette party or girls night out to save yourself a trip. Of course, you may want to have the bachelorette party a few days before the wedding to save time and money traveling to the nuptials. A shower within a week or so of the wedding might be too much for the bride, her friends, and family to handle.
- If you have to fly, find cheap flights to get the lowest fare possible. with other shower hosts or guests from your area and share the gas expenses.
Even if you’re a bridesmaid, you don’t have to attend the shower if it doesn’t make financial or logistical sense. If you simply can’t make it to a bridal shower, any reasonable bride will understand. Plus, you can always ship your gift.
Shower invitations don’t have to cost anything. You can send an Evite or create a Facebook event and invite everyone to the party for free.
However, there is one small problem to this approach: Not everyone uses the Internet regularly, and the bride is likely to have a grandmother or other relative who doesn’t use Facebook.
An Internet search will display many companies that will make custom-printed invitations. Just don’t order from a website if you can’t find an active coupon code for it. By using a coupon code, I paid only $84.70 for 40 invitations and recipe cards, on which each guest was asked to share a recipe for the bride.
Alternatively, you can stop into any card store and find affordable blank party invitations. Or you can make them yourself – even if you’re not the crafty type, you can buy invitation kits at many office supply and stationery stores. Many are compatible with standard word processors. Use a festive font, add a couple of photos or pieces of clip art, and print them off on the printer in your home office.
To save money, avoid hiring a caterer unless you’re hosting a shower in a venue that requires it. It’s much more cost-effective to make the food yourself. Check out these quick and easy appetizer recipes for parties, or peruse your cookbooks and the Internet for finger-food recipes that fit into your shower’s theme.
Also, spread around the costs for food by having each person who’s helping with the shower bring a dish. I shared hosting responsibilities with my friend’s sister, so we split the food preparation duties.
For beverages, have one nonalcoholic beverage on hand and perhaps one alcoholic drink. My mother-in-law prepped some sangria for us, and I made punch from this simple recipe:
- 2 quarts of cranberry juice
- 2 quarts of ginger ale
- 46 ounces of pineapple juice
- 1 cup of lemon juice
You’ll need dishes, but you or a co-host probably own dishes suitable for serving. If not, borrow them from someone who does. If you want to serve your guests using disposable plates and silverware, you can find them at a low price at a discount grocery store.
Party supply stores sell a huge variety of centerpieces, balloons, garlands, streamers, confetti, and other items that you may want to consider, though they aren’t necessary decorations for a shower. A more frugal option is to scour your belongings for things that fit into your shower’s theme.
The theme of the shower I hosted was “Around the World.” I brought a stuffed kangaroo a friend brought me from Australia, seashells from my honeymoon in the Caribbean, and a few other items I was able to find at home. Here are some other decorations you might have lying around:
- Strings of Christmas lights
- Houseplants to be used as centerpieces
- Photos or postcards that fit into your theme
If everyone helping with the shower contributes a few decorations, you’ll have enough to work with.
Silly bridal shower games are a staple of any shower. Here are a few that cost little or nothing:
- Prepare a list of questions regarding the groom (What’s his shoe size? What was his first car?). Pose them to the bride and see how many she gets right.
- Use Google Translate to make a list of how “love” is said in different languages. Make worksheets for your guests to match the translation to the right language.
- Stock up on cheap toilet paper. Divide the guests into teams and assign them to create the best toilet paper “wedding dress.”
7. Favors and Prizes
Along with games come prizes, and it’s customary for party guests to receive party favors. Search around and be creative – you might find inexpensive options for favors, like pretty soaps, candles, or candy. For game prizes, there’s nothing wrong with regifting that bath scrub you got for Christmas but haven’t used.