Who is Amber? and What is she about?

I thought I should write a wee blog post on who I am and what am I about.

Often its hard to make a decision to use someone for the biggest day of your life, based on a website and not really knowing the person who is going to be spending most of your wedding day with.

My name is Amber McIver, I was born in Wellington and grew up in Auckland.  I went to Baradene college in Remuera, and I grew up on a farm in Drury (South Auckland).

I always knew from a young age I wanted to be a hairdresser, I often would cut off my barbie dolls hair and mum always brought me hair styling books as I was growing up.  So when I finished school, and headed off to hairdressing school.  Despite hating high school, I loved hair dressing school and was one of the top students, boasting 100% attendance over the 2 years.

I finished up at hair dressing school and found a job working in a tiny salon in Papakura.  Sadly, my boss at the time, was the most horrible person and I was wrongfully dismissed.  I took her to court and won my case, but it put me off working in the industry.

So I left the beauty industry, and got into the good old corporate world.  Working my way up the "food chain", till I was the Financial Accountant then Operations Analyst for Coca Cola.  I always felt I was wasted sitting behind a computer, and I didn't want to end up like the grumpy old man that sat next to me, who had been there 30 + years.  So I left and sought to get back into the industry I love.

In 2010 I had the opportunity to purchase the shell of my business (Verdo Nails), it was a very run down business, and all I was buying was the chalets.  I had to start from scratch, and it was tough, as there was no clients coming in my salon, but being pretty stubborn, I continued, with the plan that one day I would have something special.

About 18 months into business, I decided to start using my hair dressing skill (to which I paid 10k to learn by the way).  I enrolled in a bridal hair and makeup course, which was full time.  From there I found I loved getting people ready for their wedding day.

I still continued to grow my salon, and decided to link the two businesses together.

Why do I love what I do?

I love working with people, I am totally a relationship builder, and love hearing other peoples stories.  I am lucky that I get the opportunity to hang out with women I normally wouldn't get to meet.

I love making women feel good about themselves.  We often are rushing around and putting ourselves down so often, that taking some time out to look after ourselves, and do something that makes us feel good about ourselves is a must in life.  Especially if you are a busy mum.

Also, getting to spend the day with women on the happiest day of their lives is pretty cool.  Its so much fun to be around a bridal party when they are at their happiest.

I am lucky to have a job that I love, even 6 years into it.  

Amber xxx

Amber McIver - Verdo Parnell, Hair and Makeup artist, nail stylist

Amber McIver - Verdo Parnell, Hair and Makeup artist, nail stylist

Wedding Season Hair and Makeup Trends 2016/2017

Being in the hair and makeup industry (or beauty industry) for some years now, I defiantly see trends come and go, and this is the same with brides hair and makeup.

I am finding in the 2016 and into the 2017 wedding season we are going to be seeing more hair up rather than hair down.  Brides and bridesmaids are finding in the hot weather we have been having, getting your hair up off your neck really is helping keeping you cool.  

Braids are still very much in season, however, I am finding now its pulled out braids and a little more rustic and messy looking.  Low or off to the side messy buns are still in fashion, with the emphasis on casual.  Nothing is pulled back off the face, its soft and beautiful.  

Veils are still on trend, with more brides deciding to use beautiful clips alongside a veil as well.  Also, bridesmaids are tending to have clips for their hair as well.  Sometimes the same clips as the brides.

As for makeup, I am finding more and more brides are wanting soft, natural looks.  Neutral tones, mixed with nude or soft rose pink lipsticks.  Glowing skin is a big must for all brides, along with beautiful rosy cheeks.  Contouring is soft and subtle, and works with the glowing skin.

Brows are strong this wedding season, well groomed fuller, darker brows are on trend this wedding season.  

Brides are still wearing faux lashes, but are choosing to have 3/4 strip lashes rather than full lashes.

Always remember though, work with your amazing features to make sure they glow on your big day.


Amber xx