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Archive for July, 2010

Brides at Work

If you were looking for the perfect excuse to wear your wedding dress again, or to dress up as a bride, then this is it – and you can help raise vital finds for cancer research at the same time…

Breakthrough Breastcancer have come up with a great fundraising idea – Brides at Work. If you got married in 2009 or 1959, or even if you are still planning – then slip yourself into a dress for work on Friday 17th September, and get sponsored for doing it… Register now!

Here are some ideas to get you going:

– I love the idea of having a glimpse of what other brides down the years have worn, or ’27 Dresses’ -style, getting friends to dress in the worst bridesmaids outfit they have been made to wear.

– If you don’t want to risk your gorgeous gown on the tube, or have already sold it on, then why not find a wedding dress in a charity shop and style it up with some funky or outrageous accessories. Pop over to RocknRoll Bride for inspiration

– Get others in the office involved by having an entire wedding party with various colleagues playing different parts of groom, mother-of-the-bride, bridemaids etc. It’s like grown-up dressing up!

– If dressing up isn’t your scene, then you could create a wedding cake or cupcake tower and sell them around the water cooler at coffee time.

For more fundraising ideas, visit the Breakthrough Breast Cancer site.

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Be aware when you are out and about today that it is officially National Kissing Day (I’m not sure who decides these things, but I’m happy to go with it…). If you want to make sure you have luscious lips ready for action then check out our guide to some of the best organic & natural lip products around…

Just as we want to put only the purest ingredients onto our skin, that should go for make-up too, especially when you think that the red colour from some mainstream lip-tints comes from crushed beetles…eugh!

Green People organic lipstick – £10.99
Winner of Best Organic Lipstick (Natural Health & Beauty Awards 2008) this lipstick range was the first certified organic in the UK and has had rave reviews as a long lasting colour and mouisturises lips – I should think so with the organic cocoanut oil, jojoba oil and cupuacu butter in it, plus a hint of peppermint oil for tasty kisses. Instead of creating a massive range of colours, Green People suggest you buy a couple of their colours which are designed to blend together to create your personal colour – perfect for when you want to change you look without costing an arm & a leg. The lipstick has a hint of shimmer and is made with natural colours derived from earth minerals with fairly traded Cupuaçu Butter and virgin Coconut oil

bareMinerals natural lip gloss – £13.00
A top brand in the US, bareEssenscuals has recently come to the UK. Their natural lipgloss is made with ingredients only found in the earth – 100% Natural. Also including a variety of oils, this time sesame and sunflower Oils combined with Cupuacu Butter for the long lasting hydration. It sounds tasty with the Pomegranate Seed Oil and natural vanilla…mmm! My pet peeve with lip gloss is that my hair gest stuck to it – but this one is non-sticky and non-tacky…

Barefaced Beauty natural lip gloss – £8 (or 3 for £20)
Made in the UK, Barefaced Beauty won this years coveted Best make-up range in the Natural Health & Beauty Awards. Again, you can see the full list of ingredients on the product page of the website so you know what you are outting on your skin.

Do you have a favourite lip product you want to recommend? Leave a comment below, or tweet it to @weddingnotebook

The ultimate authority on beauty, especially green beauty, are Sarah Stacey & Jo Fairley, writers of the Green Beauty Bible. It has indepth reviews and comparisons of the main players in each beauty product category, and has recently been updated to incorporate new products that have been released. the book is independent, so you know you are getting a fari assessment of each product, and the daisy symbols make it clear to know what is good. Their site beautybible.com accompanies the book (but doesn’t replace it, so it’s worth getting a copy) and has some great beauty tips from the experts. Read their advice on perfecting your pout.

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