AUTHOR: HOLLY, 'LUXIT' BEAUTY EDITOR
If you’re planning your hen’s event and wondering how to add that X-factor, you might be the perfect candidate for an at-home beauty bar, offering your friends and family the chance to treat themselves and have their own glam squad at the ready. The team from LUXit, Australia’s premier mobile and beauty concierge, share their top 5 ways you can enjoy a beauty bar on this special (and fun-filled) day or night!
A BEAUTY BAR WILL HAVE YOU...
ONE: GETTING READY FOR YOUR CLOSE UP
No matter what you’re planning for the day (or night!), starting your hen’s festivities with a bespoke beauty bar pop-up at your home or venue will really set the tone for the fun to come. You might opt for yourself and all your girlfriends to enjoy a complete makeup look application, or a quick touch-up before an evening out - no matter what you choose, everyone will be looking and feeling their best (and everyone will be camera-ready for the hundreds of snaps you’ll be taking!).
TWO: MAKING TIME FOR CONNECTION
Incorporating a beauty bar into your hen’s day or night means you can all unwind (with a glass of champagne!) and enjoy each other’s company - and there’s something for everyone. You might have a manicure station, a false lash application and a pick-me-up massage; so your guests are not only celebrating this exciting time for you, but also getting to really catch up with one another while treating themselves to some beauty touch-ups.
THREE: GETTING A LITTLE ADVENTUROUS
There’s no better time than your hen’s night to be adventurous and try that winged liner, that glitter lip or that high-pony - and with your wedding makeup trial sorted and your go-to elegant look confirmed, take the opportunity to have fun with your beauty routine for the night, all with an expert hand at the ready to make it happen! You might even like to designate a “signature look” for the evening inspired by your favourite celebrity red-carpet moment, or a colour-scheme for your whole group, and our LUXit makeup artists will take care of the rest.
FOUR: CALLING IN THE EXPERTS
This environment is a great way to learn expert skills and ask those burning beauty questions. For our LUXit beauty bars, for example, you’ll be visited by our expert LUXit Partners across all areas of expertise - from celebrity facialists to in-demand hair stylists, you can rest assured that yourself and your guests will be completely taken care of. During the celebration you might like a quick how-to workshop for the perfect at-home blow dry, or a guide to contouring 101 - whatever you’re looking to learn, our LUXit Partners are ready to impart their wisdom for a hen’s event that all of your guests will really take something away from.
FIVE: INDULGING AT HOME
For those looking to really slow down for their hen’s (perhaps you’re not the partying kind, or you have your wedding just around the corner so you want to give the late night a miss), why not bring the spa to you? Think head & shoulder massages, pedicures and facials all under one roof; the perfect custom indulgence for a smaller group. You’ll not only be able to relax in the company of your friends, but you’ll enjoy this down time as the bride-to-be before the big day approaches. This is also a great way to thank your maid of honour, bridesmaids and family members who have dedicated their time and energy to your upcoming nuptials!
With the rise of the on-demand economy, professional beauty & grooming services have never been easier to access, and LUXit combines luxury and expertise that will really make your hen’s event something to remember!
To learn more, visit www.luxit.com.au
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AUTHOR: MEL DRIVER OF 'EMBALM SKINCARE'
Planning your wedding can be so stressful and time-consuming it feels like a full-time job in itself.
Why not make your hens party something that will help relieve that stress, rather than add to it? Get the girls together and have a girls night in pamper party.
Set the mood for the night with some relaxing music for your guests to arrive to. Search for ‘Smooth Jazz’ playlists on YouTube or Spotify.
SET THE SCENE
Light some scented candles to give the room a calm atmosphere. Choose scents proven to enhance relaxation, such as lavender or vanilla.
PAMPER IN STYLE
Before your guests arrive, set up stations around the room with:
Rotate around the stations in pairs or groups.
NEXT UP... A MINI FACIAL
The benefits of a DIY mini facial are endless. It can instantly make your skin look radiant and it helps to keep your skin in optimum health. It’s also a great way to unwind and treat yourself.
Be sure to take your makeup off before you begin your pamper party.
STEP 2: FACIAL STEAMING
Do the facial steaming first to open up pores so that the face mask can penetrate deep and nourish the skin. You can use rooibos, chamomile or green tea. Add 1 tablespoon of loose tea to a bowl, pour over hot water and wait a couple of minutes so you don’t burn your face with the hot steam. When the temperature is right, place your face over the bowl and place a towel over your head.
Do this for about 5 to 8 minutes.
STEP 3: FOLLOW UP WITH A DIY FACE MASK
Cucumber is one of the best kitchen ingredients to soothe, heal, and re-hydrate dry skin. Combined with Greek yoghurt or natural plain yoghurt, you can create an awesome face mask to nourish your skin and make it supple and smooth again!
Yoghurt contains antibacterial and antibiotic properties that help treat bacteria. It deep cleanses, nourishes and softens the skin. Only use plain, unsweetened, and unflavoured yoghurt to avoid any skin irritations and rashes.
Ingredients per person:
1 tablespoon yoghurt
Blend the ingredients into a puree.
Pat dry with a towel and apply a thick coat of the face mask to your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. When the time is up, gently rinse off the face mask using lukewarm water.
Pat dry with a soft clean towel.
Apply a hydrating, natural moisturiser.
IF DIY RELAXATION IS NOT YOUR STYLE...
You might prefer to hire a mobile massage service and all take turns having professional massages in a separate room.
HIRE A (TOPLESS) BARTENDER
To add an element of fun to the evening, hire a bartender to come and make cocktails for all the girls or find one who will teach a class on making cocktails with what you have at home.
For a simple, yet indulgent, treat you can’t go past fresh fruit and chocolate fondue. Melt the chocolate slowly in the microwave or on the stove top, with the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Prepare and serve in a bowl right before it’s time to eat. Fruits like strawberries, banana pieces and apple slices will always be winners here, but you can experiment with others like pineapple and pear. Have separate bowls of white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate to add variety without much extra effort.
After you’re done pampering each other, put on your dressing gowns and slippers, and get comfortable watching a classic chick flick. This would also be a great time to pair up and give each other neck and shoulder massages.
As Anne Lamott once wrote – “Joy is the best makeup”, so have a pampering night in with the girls and give yourself that beautiful glow that comes from being happy and relaxed!
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Mel Driver is the creator of Embalm Skincare and a multi-award winning skincare formulator. Her passion for a natural and holistic approach started when she experienced a severe allergic reaction to off the shelf hand sanitizer.
Mel is armed with a Diploma in Organic Skin Care Science, and her mission is to formulate products to help women restore and maintain a healthy glow. Using Australian native botanicals, Embalm Skincare is one of a few skincare brands on the market that offer a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.
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AUTHOR: MITURI OF ‘NIM-VEDA AUSTRALIA’
Okay, so let’s tell the truth!
It’s frivolous to pretend that brides-to-be are cool cucumbers in the weeks leading up to their weddings, right?
No matter what you’re hearing from your bridesmaids, or saying if you’re in the wedding planning group to the blushing bride; we all know it’s time to face the facts.
Being blasé about the wedding just isn’t happening!
Though this is an event to remember for the rest of her life (for good reasons, hopefully), days leading up to the big event for most brides-to-be are full of angst, stress and general nervousness – I think we can all agree, not a good place to be.
So, what can we do to lessen the pressure and help release the pent up tension and stress before one of the most important days of her life?
We’re glad you asked, because one of the very best things you can do for your upcoming bride is to gently nudge them in the direction of a good, old, hearty massage – no pun intended. A great hen’s party option if you ask us!
Not only will a wholesome massage calm and sooth the stressed out bride, but this ancient practice has a multitude of health benefits as well.
Want to know more?
Let’s knead these knots out...
REASON 1: MASSAGE HAS A MULTITUDE OF HEALTH BENEFITS
Massage is one of those hard to find, beautiful inconsistencies of life. Most of us would be hard pressed finding something that feels as magical as massage while being great for us too.
It’s like having a guilty pleasure you don’t have to hide from anyone. If you ask us, it’s a keeper; like ice-cream in front of a warm fire on a freezing cold winter’s day (minus all of the sinful associated accountabilities).
Massage has a wide variety of properties that improves health; some of which include better blood circulation, improved flexibility and mobility, quicker rehabilitation of muscular injuries, reduced stress and much more. Here’s a more detailed list of massage benefits in case you still need some convincing on why this would be the ultimate hen’s party idea!
Regular massages help us take care of a stressed out bride and also serves as a unique and memorable experience –basically, it’s a win-win!
REASON 2: MASSAGE IS AN ANCIENT REMEDY, SO IT’S GOT TO BE GOOD
Massage has been used by our ancestors for centuries now.
Practiced in countries such as India, China, Greece and Egypt (to mention a few) massage was once a necessity instead of the luxury it is in the modern world, and it was believed to be a pivotal precautionary measure to keeping sickness away.
Unfortunately the concept of massage has slowly been degraded as a potential healing solution to one that many of us associate with extra money to spend. However, there is now considerable evidence that advocates massage as a therapeutic solution to many of the common day ailments we face. One that not only saves us money in the future as a precautionary means rather than a cure (in terms of diseases such as stress, etc. going untreated for too long), but best of all, one that is completely natural.
It’s a perfect solution for brides that need some much needed unwinding before their big days!
REASON 3: MASSAGE DOESN’T JUST MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD, IT MAKES YOU LOOK GOOD TOO
When you’re good on the inside it shows, which is probably the single most important feeling any bride should be experiencing on her day.
Remember the saying, beauty is only skin deep? Though this may be true for our souls (another blog topic!), when it comes to our health, it is an entirely different matter. When we feel healthy within, it’s probably going to show on the outside.
This is why we’re constantly being barraged with messages of how we need to pay more attention to what we put in our body. For years now, medical research has strongly suggested a significant correlation between stress and ailments such as the cold and flu, to more serious life threatening diseases as well.
And sickness and feeling under the weather is the last thing any bride is going to want to have to deal with on her wedding day, so massage is a lifesaver – literally!
In all honesty – stress is just one more thing to stress about. Massage helps to alleviate anxiety, which in turn makes us feel and look better.
The peaceful calmness that lasts long after a massage ends should be reason enough to gift this wonderful art our ancestors have been using for centuries to our favourite bride-to-be.
Massage is a wonderful gift for anyone, and frankly, who deserves some tender, loving care more than a new bride? No one!
Do you have any inspiring massage stories to share that could help brides to be and/or those organising the most memorable hen’s party there ever was? Let us know in the comments section.
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AUTHOR: TEGAN OF 'RELAX & UNWIND MASSAGE THERAPY'
We all want to spoil our beautiful bride-to-be before her big day; relaxing by her side is just an added bonus! To have your hen all pampered and relaxed; follow these six simple steps.
Set the mood with some relaxing music playing softly in the background. Whether it’s singing or water trickling, it can really help you drift off.
Placing lit candles around your home or venue is a fantastic way to create a relaxed atmosphere. Dimmed lights and flickering candles is a great way to wind down.
Have some beautiful robes especially for each guest attending the hens party – instant pamper party feels! Your style could be anything from silk robes that create instant luxury to a nice fluffy robe that feels cozy.
Because sipping champagne with your besties is a must. Obviously.
From a manicure or a pedicure, to facials and massages – there’s so many ways you can spoil that hen of yours! Whether you decide to DIY it (e.g. home-made face masks and taking it in turns to do each other’s nails) or hire some professionals (taking pampering to a whole new, amazing level!); everyone is sure to have a great time.
Treat your guests’ to some special goodie bags filled with natural and/or organic pamper related products (such as chocolates, hand scrubs, body lotions, small bottles of champagne, bath bombs, etc.!). It’s a great way to keep the relaxation feel; even after your pampering has finished.
If the thought of planning the pamper party of your bride-to-be’s dreams stresses you out (which defeats the purpose of such an event!); pass the ball to Relax and Unwind Massage Therapy. You can then sit back, relax and enjoy an unforgettable day with the girls while we take care of everything; working with you to make sure your hen and her girls have a day of pampered relaxation and bliss (leaving you with some luxurious goodies to continue those relaxation feels well into the night)!
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Tegan is a qualified massage and beauty therapist who, along with her team, works hard to provide a personalised and tailored approach to each and every one of her clients. A number of special pamper packages are on offer just for hen’s days; all of which include a gift, robe, glass of bubbles, relaxing music, candles and more!
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