Ball Season 2016 Hair and Makeup

At the beginning of May, ball/event season started, and its showing no signs of slowing down.

With young girls getting ready for their school ball, there was a few themes I saw over the last 8 weeks.

Firstly teenage girls tend to have super long hair (and extremely thick).  This was great, as a lot of girls were wanting to wear their hair up for their school ball.  Here are some pictures of some of the up dos I did this season.

There were still girls wanting their hair down, but often in winter, the weather doesn't help, so wearing it up off your face, helps.

With makeup trends, girls were happy to wear their makeup a bit heavier.  With going to night time events, we forget that the moment we are under artificial lighting, then we lose a fair bit of makeup.  So going a bit heavier is always a good option.  

Here is some of the makeup I did this season.

Not only was it school ball girls coming in to get their hair and makeup done, but ladies off to balls, events etc.

Overall its been a busy ball season for me, with signs of it not letting up till September.

Amber xx

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

Top Tips for Getting Ready for Your Wedding.

Today, I wanted to talk about some of my top tips for getting ready for your big day.

Drink more water - you hear this all the time, but this is a must for all up coming brides.  It helps flush out all the toxins, and helps keeps your skin hydrated.

Eat well - Most brides tend to go on what I call the "Bridal Diet" which is usually very restricted.  However, I suggest have a balance diet, lots of fresh, unprocessed foods.  Also, make sure your eating your good fats.  This will help keep your skin and hair nice and healthy for your big day.

Relax - Its easier said than done, especially when it comes to your wedding planning.  However, this stressful time will have some harmful effects on your body (including skin and hair).  Take time out to go for a walk, do something you love doing that will make you happy and relaxed.

Repair - Nows a great time to focus on the things you wanted to spend some time and money on.  Look at your skin, go get some professional advice, start using good products.  The same with your hair, invest in going to the hairdresser a little more, do weekly hair masks to help keep the hydration in your hair. 

All these things will help get you ready for the biggest day of your life.  Its an exciting time and there is a lot going on.  Make sure you take some time out for yourself.

BELLE OF THE BALL PROMOTION, SCHOOL BALL SEASON 2016

Belle of the Ball Promotion, School Ball season 2016

Looking your best at your school ball is priority for any girl at her school ball, thats where we can take the hassle out of making that happen.

 

What will you receive:

The day before your school ball:

  • Spray tan and Mini manicure.  This is based in our salon in Parnell

On the day of the school ball:

  • Your Hair and Makeup done in our salon in Parnell, by a professional Hair and Makeup artist.

All for $199 (usually $250).

Terms and conditions:

Limited to 5 girls per school ball date.

Deposit of 30% required to secure booking.

Booking times for hair and makeup on the day are 10.30, 11.45, 1.00, 2.15 and 3.30 (don't worry about your makeup or hair lasting, my makeup lasts brides 12 hours).  These times are first in first served

Includes false strip lashes and touch up lipstick for the night.

All treatments completed in our salon at 245 Parnell road, Parnell, Auckland.

For questions or bookings please email Amber@verdonails.co.nz

School Ball Season is Upon Us

School Ball season is here.  This means dresses, shoes, hair and makeup, nails, tanning and lots more primping and priming for their big evening.  I often refer to school balls as mini weddings, especially with how much things can cost.

So I thought I would put together a few tips that will help you with your hair, skin and nails, so they look the best, without having to spend a fortune on it.

Healthy Skin

Keeping your skin blemish free, would be most teenage girls first requirements.  Heres a few tips to help with your skin:

  • Reduce Sugar
  • Stop touching your face, this spreads oils etc
  • Drink lots of water
  • Exfoliate every week
  • Keep your skin Clean
  • Reduce the amount of makeup you wear

Using a good skin care is always going to do good things for your skin.  So I always recommend using a good skin care and sunscreen from a young age.

Healthy Hair

Having shiny hair is something most of us want, but very hard to achieve.  Coconut oil is amazing for all things for your body, but about once a week I use that as a treatment.  Apply on dry hair, tie it in a bun, pop a towel on your pillow and head off to the land of nod.  When you wake, shampoo and condition as per usual (you may need to do an extra shampoo to get the oil out completely).  

Regular hair treatments, over time will help restore the condition of your hair.  Also, reducing the usage of heating tools will help restore the condition of your hair.

Healthy Nails

Healthy nails comes down to one thing, cuticle oil.  This simply is the best thing you can do for your nails.  It promotes strength and flexibility, which means your nails will bend rather than snapping.  I suggest using this twice a day for healthy nails.

Keeping your nails tidy and one length will help keep your nails from having a wee break.  

Push back your cuticles a few times a week, after you have had a hot shower.

We have you covered for your School ball hair and makeup, your nails and tanning requirements for your school ball.  This is located in my salon Verdo Parnell at 245 Parnell Road Parnell Auckland.

Amber xx