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Welcome to the first post of our Wedding Doll guest blogger, Emma O’Connor, who lives and breathes all things beauty related. Emma is only happy when she’s rubbing shoulders with beauty bloggers and editors, plus a celebrity or two, so she can bring you reviews of the latest products to hit the shelves.

Over to you Em!

The Only Way is Orange…

When I was invited to the launch of TOWIE star, Lauren Goodger’s, fake tan at London’s Jewel Bar, I shamefully prepared myself for the worst. I was expecting lots of fake tan, hair extensions and false eyelashes… and this was just me.

I’m glad to say I was not disappointed; it was full on glam and packed with gorgeous beauty lovers, magazine editors, journalists and of course, Essex A-Listers. I was all set to learn the rules of this Essex beauty essential and if Lauren’s tan was anything to go by, her new product certainly promised to pack a punch!

 

For my part I was sampling the “Instant Wash Off Glow” so I grabbed my bottle and got down to business.

Being a die-hard fake tanner I’m not usually phased by the initial colour, but when I squirted some out of the bottle I shouted a very loud and very Essex “Shut up” to my tanning partner – the colour was REALLY dark which was slightly worrying, but all in the name of research I carried on.

When I started to apply the cream (using the all important circular motion) it soaked in really quickly – well under a record-breaking minute – and had a lovely fruity melon scent.

The colour completely toned down and almost immediately I was left with a really lovely tan and all streak free – and you can’t say fairer than that!

Overall I thought the product was great value for money (£11.95, 250ml) and would really recommend it for a beautiful glow on your wedding day. As it’s an instant tan there’s no worrying about how it will dry and you can touch up as you go.

One insider tip would be to use gloves or a mitt to apply – although it does wash off you don’t want to chance slightly orange palms!

All Lauren’s fake tan products (and lot’s more) can be ordered on her website.

Enjoy the tanning Wedding Dolls and see you soon for my next beauty review!

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Beauty, Hair & Make Up

Last week was a busy time at The Wedding Dolls HQ.

Not only did we get to see the initial concept of our new brand but we had massive fun with our very own photo shoot (with the gorgeous and super talented photographer Kay Young). It was a fantastic day with lots of fun, laughter and very creative ladies indeed.

We started off reviewing a whole host of bridesmaid dresses from the high street, sampled the latest ranges of Bridal headwear (thanks to Pantiles Bride and Cherish Jewellery) and then went all DIY putting together cheap and chic wedding outfits as well as low-cost ideas for decorating your venue.

Finally and purely for our own enjoyment, we were styled to perfection (by the lovely Caroline of Powder & Glow) and did a rock the dress shoot. Even the rain didn’t dampen the excitement and we had an absolute blast.

Watch out for our blog posts over the next few weeks to find out more about the shoot and our reviews. In the meantime here’s just a little sample!