Planning - help for a big event :)

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
Hi Ladies (and gents!)

I have a major event in 4 months 17 days. ( huge once in a lifetime thing J )

The type of event means It’s going to involve being in photos a lot and on a number of websites.

How would you plan in month by month a beauty routine to make sure you look your best and avoid those holiday photo you just want to burn.

I hot yoga three times a week and am on a healthy eating plan (not a diet) and have dropped a few dress sizes already so that’s going well but I wanted to plan in the mechanics of getting ‘prettyfied’

Just to make you aware - I am chalenged in this department, not a natural beauty and would not be considered an oil painting so as the saying goes ‘every little helps’

So for example waxing – when? the week before or a few days before?
Hair cut two weeks before?
Nails and toes?
Scrubs and skin care?
Spray tan? I am a tan virgin ( I am a washed out olive skin at the moment and worried the tan would just make me orange)
dental hygenist? (I have a little bit of staining on my lower teeth)

What would you do and where would you plan it in?

Thank you!
Please note I have a cognitive disability - as such my wording can be a bit off, muddled, misspelt or in some cases i can miss out some words totally...

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  • lippy1923lippy1923 Forumite
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    I'm no expert in the beauty department but I would suggest you get your wax about 3 days before the event to be safe and let your skin calm down.

    As for the tanning, I've not done it before either but if you want to I would try it a few months before the event to see if you like it :)
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  • Will be following this with interest as I've got a big event in 7 months.

    Re the skin care, if possible I'd recommend a monthly facial. Sometimes a facial can cause a breakout so don't have your first one just before.

    I'd try a spray tan now to see if you like it. I hated my fake tan and don't think it looks good on many people.

    Hair - I'll get mine done as close to the event as possible. However, I'm kidding myself I'm not grey so want to avoid "root issues"!

    Dental hygienist - as soon as possible. Staining might take some time to fix so more time the better.
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    Thank you ladies, :)

    I did find this, but its a but sparse on details

    http://www.brides.com/wedding-dresses-style/wedding-beauty/beauty-checklist

    but it does ask you the date and plans in what you need to do (im not getting married but its the closest to the type of run up....)

    As i am totally beauty illiterate i needed a more comprehensive - on Monday do this an a Tuesday do that.... kind of planner.

    I will keep looking though
    Please note I have a cognitive disability - as such my wording can be a bit off, muddled, misspelt or in some cases i can miss out some words totally...
  • edited 1 March 2013 at 7:22PM
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    edited 1 March 2013 at 7:22PM
    Start now with skincare, you are wanting to grow plump healthy skin cells so that gentle exfoliation reveals them. Plenty of omega-3s (oily fish) so you hydrate from the inside, consider stopping using sulphate surfactant based shower gel and shampoo as these are quite stripping and damaging to skin and hair.

    Exfoliating and moisturising can be done largely as a one step process if you use a body lotion containing urea or lactic acid (both naturally found in healthy skin). This will prepare your skin well for tanning without really changing your routine (obviously you already shower or bathe! :p). Don't scrub at your skin, especially with foaming products, that irritates, dehydrates and even kills healthy skin cells.

    Practice run with spray tan: a good beautician will ask you if you want a light, medium or darker tan, choosing the product and amount of application accordingly. A good tan is not orange, it just takes the edge off the pale glow or looks like a natural holiday colour. Get a recommendation for the salon if you can, they might even do them at a local beauty college.

    You would need to wax a couple of days before the spray tan otherwise the waxing will strip off the colour, or the colour will settle into the pores leaving brown dots. Spray tan can stain your nails, a good beautician will put body lotion on them to protect them but you'd be best also having a layer of 'sacrificial' protective varnish that you intend to remove, then have your proper manicure and pedicure done after the tan.

    When you get your hair done is a personal thing, some cuts look best with a period of settling in, some look best fairly newly done. Colour likewise - I get a pink stained scalp so need a week or so for that to wash off!! :p

    How often you deep condition depends how dry and damaged your hair is and what product you use, some people benefit from a weekly treatment some find that causes build up so it goes greasy and lank, so only treat monthly. My personal favourite is coconut oil because it is cheap and supported by published research, no faux slip and shine from silicones. The lauric acid molecules are small enough to slip under the cuticle, fill the gaps, reduce porosity and protect from further damage.

    I leave the oil on overnight or even longer, head wrapped in a pedal bin liner or shower cap plus a pound shop microfibre turban. Getting the excess out takes a little practice, you should end up with bouncy and glossy but not greasy hair. This won't work if you are using silicone shampoos/ conditioners/ styling products regularly unless you clarify your hair super thoroughly first, they leave a build up that will block the oil from entering the hair shaft.

    I don't think there is a special day of the week to do anything, it depends on your schedule. You might enjoy a long bath or shower with lots of treatment products after your yoga class, equally you might prefer for that to be fast personal hygiene so you can relax for the evening. You probably won't want to be washing coconut oil/ deep conditioner out of your hair and realise you missed a bit when you are leaving for work at 8am.
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    Hi Fire Fox,

    Can I please ask where you buy your coconut oil from?
    Do you get a specific make? I want to try the oil on my hair, but not sure where is best to purchase it from.

    Thanks a lot.
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    edited 4 March 2013 at 2:09PM
    Thank you Fire Fox,

    I always find your replies informative.

    Recently I have been reading about the benefits of adding coconut oil to your diet (a table spoon or so up to 3 times a day)

    I do use coconut oil as part of my OCM, on my hair as a mask at the weekends and on my skin while wet after a shower in the morning and wanted to ask if this is ’absorbed’ as such, and if it gives any overall benefit other than being wonderful for my skin/hair. I admit I can’t stand the taste of the stuff and if I can get away without having to put in my diet I will!

    (ps i use naked products on my hair so none of the nasties - however i do use coal face from lush on my face in the morning - ocm in the evening)

    Kind regards,

    Tyger


    Lippy - i get my from Sainsburys in the cooking oil isle (cold pressed virgin coconut oil - its solid and white and tends to by by the top of the shelves - its on offer at the mo 50p off)
    Please note I have a cognitive disability - as such my wording can be a bit off, muddled, misspelt or in some cases i can miss out some words totally...
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    Found this one too :)

    Ordered some Omega 3 capsules, as well and adding to my diet, to help with the skin (thank you firefox)


    http://gulfnews.com/life-style/beauty-fashion/your-essential-beauty-calendar-1.961866
    Please note I have a cognitive disability - as such my wording can be a bit off, muddled, misspelt or in some cases i can miss out some words totally...
  • edited 5 March 2013 at 4:52PM
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    edited 5 March 2013 at 4:52PM
    I purchase KTC coconut oil from the World Foods section, £1.70 for 500g. I do eat it too - tho not a spoonful at a time which I don't see any scientific evidence for - but as my main oil for cooking. It is a refined one so no flavour or scent as I believe there would be with an 'extra virgin' .... although my cat disagrees, she is in like Flynn and will lick it right off my head or out of the jar. :rotfl:

    Is the lauric acid absorbed ... you mean into the body/ blood rather than just the skin? Yes in premature babies interestingly but not seen any evidence of that in adults, our skin barrier should be functioning far more effectively than a prem baby.
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