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  • Monday, March 27, 2017

    Osmotics Wedding Day Glow

    Words by Lindsey Mcintosh
    Photos courtesy of Osmotics

    If you are looking to have perfect hair and skin for your wedding day, check out these products Osmotics has to offer. Osmotics Corporation is a new, cutting edge cosmetic treatment company for skin and hair. Since their first groundbreaking product, the Vitamin C transdermal patch, their effort to create new products that will shock you has only gotten stronger. Joining forces with medical centers, Osmotics incorporates the latest breakthroughs and most advanced thinking when creating their products. They have designed easy to use products that will give you healthy, beautiful skin in the shortest time possible.

    The month before “I do”, Osmotics offers an amazing Micro Peel Skin Resurfacing System. For $86 USD, you receive a three-step system that gradually resurfaces your skin’s texture, refreshes and brightens tired skin, visibly reduces lines and pore size and improves elasticity. To start, you use the Exfoliating Charcoal Mask for a deep cleanse that will remove all toxins, then apply 1-2 pumps of the Collagen Boosting Micro Peel full of Vitamin C. Finally, apply the Protective Barrier Cream to soothe and hydrate your skin.

    Due to a lot of late night planning, you may run into days where you are flat out exhausted, but thanks to Osmotics you wont show it! The Eye Surgery Under Eye Rejuvenator for $68 USD has three amazing Tetra-peptide technologies. The non-surgical alternative visibly reduces dark circles and puffiness, while also firming and smoothing the appearance of wrinkly skin on lower and upper lids. This product will be perfect for the months leading up to your wedding.

    The day before your wedding, Osmotics has an Inner Light Instant Complexion Enhancer for $35 UDS. The sheer, luminous veil of translucent color contains antioxidants and soft pigment that will enhance your post-skincare prep and wedding day glow! Use alone or as a primer, mixed with foundation or all three for radiant skin. We had a member of our team try this product and she fell in love with it. She said it evened out her skin tone and made her skin shimmer underneath the rest of her makeup. The product also felt light on the skin and had a refreshing smell.

    These great products will give you one less thing to worry about as you prepare for your big day. For more information about these products, head to their website, osmotics.com.

  • Friday, March 24, 2017

    A Tropical Riviera Maya Wedding

    Words by Melina Zúñiga
    Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Medina Photograpy

    Inspired by the creative process of planning a wedding, Lacey and Justin knew their special day had to be a destination wedding. With all the elements of a getaway with loved ones, culture and the beauty of Mexico, the lovebirds knew their desired destination would be a dream-come-true under the sunny and tropical skies of Riviera Maya.

    “It was always a dream of mine to go away with all the people I love,” says Lacey. “What better way to celebrate the most important day of our lives than with all of our closest family and friends for an entire weekend?”

    Now beyond happy with their wedding, the couple wasn’t always sure they wanted a destination wedding. Playing around with the idea of a more traditional wedding in New York, they knew they would love planning a destination wedding after looking at local venues and even looked forward to the planning process.

    After finding the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, the bride knew that was where she wanted to say “I do.” With the help of wedding planners from Runaway Bride Destination Weddings, the lovebirds had the company of 194 guests and a perfect wedding.

    “I had a vision of how I wanted the weekend to turn out and it completely exceeded my expectations!” says the bride.

    Adding unique touches to make the day feel as personalized as possible, the bride had a couple of DIY projects around the wedding. From the wedding invitations to customized pillows, the little details are what made their time in Riviera Maya more special.

    “I think our wedding weekend wasn’t just special for Justin and I, it was memorable for all of our guests,” says Lacey. “I know if we had a wedding at home it would have been the best day of our lives, but having a destination wedding was truly spectacular. It was a dream come true, I couldn’t imagine having a wedding any other way.”

    Overcoming a couple of bumps along the road with close friends and family members not being able to attend and some communication issues during the planning process, everything was easily resolved and the wedding ultimately blew away the couple’s expectations. It was also surprisingly affordable.

    “A lot of people say destination weddings cost less but I think it really depends on the weekend you decide on,” the couple says. “We had over five events throughout the weekend and had more people attend than we expected. In the end I think it was comparable in price, but we got so much more than a five hour party, we had the most incredible weekend.”

    We asked the bride to share some advice on planning a destination wedding for all other couples considering one of their own. “Everything works out! When you get super frustrated just put faith into your venue, vendors and the decision you made,” says Lacey. “You can’t control everything because you aren’t there so just make decisions and go for it!”

    Vendors: Photographer: Elizabeth Medina, Wedding Planner: Runaway Bride Destination Weddings, Ceremony/Reception Site: Beach/MK Blue, Florist: Alquimia, Stationery: Alpine Creative Group, Cake: Banyan Tree, Hair & Makeup: Backstage H&M & Styling Trio, Gown Designer: zcustom made by Zaza, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Ralph Lauren, DJ: Big Bang Productions, Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Arpason & Videography: Social Art.

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