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Christmas Treats for 18th December – Brides & Beauty

Who is Brides & Beauty?
Brides and beauty was established in 2006. We are a Mother and Daughter make up artist and hairstylist team and we specialize in all types of hair and make up. We want to give the bride the photographic look and feel fabulous on her wedding day. Brides and Beauty will travel to the brides home or venue on the day of the wedding to take the stress out of her day.  

Where are you based?  

We are based in Reading, Berkshire but cover the whole of the UK and beyond.  

What types of pampering do you offer?  

Brides can have hen or pamper parties with lots of treatments on offer from neck and shoulder massage to mini facials and manicures and pedicures.  

What is your greatest achievement so far?

Our greatest achievement was to be shortlisted for the Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards this year. We received a Highly Commended and were the only Beauty Company in the final. 

Photo Courtesy of Hannah Duffy

What do you have available for Christmas?  
For Christmas we have a great offer. A Neck and Shoulder Massage and a Mini Manicure or a Christmas Party Makeover for £25.00 per person. Gift Vouchers are also available.  

How can people get in touch with you?  

People can contact us via email or phone 07788 993965  

What do you love about Christmas?  

Christmas is all about being with family. I love spending the day with mine and having a fun opening presents and watching a movie after lunch!

NEW FOR 2012 – Make Up Masterclasses

We all like to look our best sometimes. But the looks we see in magazines and make up advertisements are hard to reproduce. Many women end up disappointed with the make up they’ve bought over the counter, because they don’t know how to achieve the look they’d imagined – and that wonderful make up they’d hoped to use ends up stuck in a drawer.
That’s why I’m here to help. With 15 years of experience in the beauty industry I can show you and your friends how to use all the lovely make up that hasn’t had the attention it deserves, and to achieve stunning looks that suit you.
For only £10 per person with £5.00 redeemable against product purchases you can have the look you want. (minimum number of guests is 5)
I will go through your make up bag and advise you on how to use what you’ve already got to look your best! The hostess of the party will receive a free makeover and her guests will have a make up bag MOT.
Masterclasses available
  • Five minute Face
  • Smokey Eyes
  • Daytime
  • Evening
  • Mature make up
  • Yummy Mummy
  • Day to night
  • Vintage Glamour
  • Make Up bag basics and hygiene
  • Choosing the right skincare and make up


    A Message from Joyce… 
    Brides and Beauty services are available to all ages. We will be launching a children’s party service in 2012. With face painting and glitter hair for girls!

    ‘Credible & Incredible’ Supplier of the Week – Brides & Beauty

    This week I am delighted to introduce a lady who I first met in August this year.  Having previously worked in the beauty industry I can only admire from afar her incredible work and I am delighted that she will be pampering some of the Finalists at our Awards ceremony later this month!  It is with huge excitement that I announce this weeks ‘Credible and Incredible’ Supplier of the Week – the inspirational Joyce Connor from Brides & Beauty…

    What services do you offer?
    We do bridal make up hair and beauty treatments as well as pampering days.
    What is your ‘must-have’ make-up product?
    My number one product is concealer and I don’t mean the click pens that you can buy. Proper concealer has many uses and it’s a useful cover up for blemishes, dark circles and as a base for eyeshadow.

    What other products are in your make-up bag?
    My day make up bag consists of 2 types of foundation, one is a liquid and the other is a mineral powder. Primer for giving me a flawless base. 2 types of mascara, one for thickening and the other for setting. 2 types of eyeliner, one gel and one pencil. 4 different coloured eyeshadows for day wear only, nude, pink, black and green. 4 eyeshadow pencils in purple, blue, brown and beige. Powder blusher. Eyebrow powder cake. 1  lipstick and 3 lipglosses. 1 liquid foundation brush, 1 kabuki brush, 1 powder brush, 2 eyeshadow brushes and a liner brush.

    What Bridal packages do you offer?
    There are several different bridal packages available but we like to create individual ones for the bride so that she can have exactly what she needs. All brides are unique and have different needs. Packages can be created to include beauty treatments such as manicure and pedicure or massage. Or the bride can have a course of facials. There are hair and make up packages too. 
    Do you go to out Brides or can they come to you?
    We go out to brides on the day of the wedding. If they are getting ready at home or in the venue its not a problem for us. It makes the day less stressful for the bride to have someone come out to them on the day!!
    Your Champagne, Truffles & Pamper parties sound divine.  Where did you come up with the idea for them & what treatments do they include? 
    There is a choice of 3 types of party. Just Pamper, Vintage Tea and Pamper or Champagne with Truffles and Pamper. All the pamper parties include a goodie bag for the host and all her guests. They are great for hen days and nights. Foot spas, towels and products will be available for all the guests to use while they wait for a treatment. 
    Each person will get a treatment and there is a choice of: 
    Nail File and Paint – Nails are filed and painted using the Jessica Nail care system. 
    Toe File and PaintNails are filed and painted using the Jessica Nail care system. 
    Neck and Shoulder MassageDe Stress those tense shoulders with this deep massage 
    Scalp MassageGreat for headaches and tension 
    Mini FacialCleanse, Exfoliate, Tone and Moisturise 
    Leg and Foot or Hand and Arm MassageRelax those aching feet 
    Eyebrow ShapeDefine those brows

    What is your favourite wedding style?

    I love a bride that wants something a little bit more than her usual look but still wants to look like herself! It’s the one day that you can look glamorous and it shows in the photos. Its not everyday that you get married.
    What is your top make-up tip?
    Great skin is the best base for make up. If you look after our skin your make up will look good too. And always wash your make up brushes regularly! 
    Photo Courtesy of Hannah Duffy
    Who inspires you?
    I am inspired by Alex Box she is the most creative and talented make up artist I have ever seen. I would love to meet her in person!

    If you could make-up anyone on their wedding day who would it be?
    I would love to have done the make up of Audrey Hepburn. She is my style icon and has the most amazing face. I also love Rihanna’s looks. She’s a real chameleon and has a lovely oval shaped face.
    What is your greatest achievement?
    This year I completed my 100th training course. You can never stop learning and there is always something new in the beauty industry.
    We hear you are a regular on your local radio – what do you talk about, when are you on and how do we tune in?
    I am a regular on BBC Berkshire. You can listen online at or tune in to 95.4FM or 104.1FM. I am on the parent panel at present every other Wednesday from the 9th until the 21st December. I talk about all kinds of topics including beauty and wedding trends as well as current news items.
    If you weren’t doing this job what do you think you would be doing?
    If I wasn’t doing this I think I would be working in travel. I love going to other countries and have been lucky enough to do a wedding abroad. 


    How do you spend your time when you are not working?
    I wish I had time for hobbies. I love to catch up with friends for meals out or coffee. I also enjoy the occasional spa break with friends too.
    Do you have a current special offer for Ice the Cake readers?
    Ice the Cake readers can get 10% off their bridal make up with the code ITC2011
    A Message from Joyce…
    Don’t be afraid to ask for advice about skincare and make up. If you’re not sure its better to get the right advice than guess which products are the correct ones for you!
    Contact Brides & Beauty: 

    Tel: 07788 993 965 
    Twitter: @BridesandBeauty 
    Ice the Cake would like to send a huge Congratulations to Joyce as Brides and Beauty celebrated their 5th Birthday on Tuesday 2nd November 2011!  A wonderful achievement – we wish you many more successful years xx