Local Bridal Guide: Pamper You & Your ‘Maids for Your Wedding

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There’s no better way to unwind and beautify before your walk down the aisle than with a stress-relieving massage, a glow-boosting facial or some pretty polish—with your brides- maids soaking it all in right alongside you, of course. Whether you’ve decided on a low-key bachelorette party or you simply want to gather your best girls for a bit of pre-wedding pampering, you can’t go wrong with a few hours spent at one of the Philadelphia area’s most luxurious spas.

Rescue Spa 1601 Walnut Street, 3rd floor, Rittenhouse, 215-772-2766

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The Vibe: Once you step off the elevator into this modern European oasis, it won’t take long to forget you’re in the center of a bustling city. The brightly lit space is the epitome of elegance, with dark wood, white-washed brick, soothing gray walls, and a long manicure table lined with high-backed Victorian chairs.

The Services: To ensure glowing, gorgeous skin for your Big Day, treat yourself to Rescue’s Luxe Facial—a new addition to the menu that combines microdermabrasion, a topical peel and non-invasive electric currents, to achieve firmer, more radiant skin. As for your girls, they’ll want to book blowouts in Rescue’s salon, indulge in manicures and pedicures with the talented Kelly Jean Collana, and have a go at the lash extension services now being offered by the spa’s primary makeup artist, Victoria Roggio.

The Experience: Rescue’s relaxing, intimate atmosphere is best suited to smaller parties (say, the bride and two or three girlfriends), since you’ll be sharing the lounge—which has a huge, comfortable couch that’s perfect for everyone to gather on between treatments—and locker room (complete with showers and a steam sauna) with the spa’s other guests.

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Ask For: When you give the spa a call, ask to speak to the general manager, Aggie Otrebska, who will help coordinate the appointments for your entire party. Catering: Rescue is strictly BYO; you’re welcome to bring along a bottle of bubbly and a light snack or cupcakes to nibble on during your stay.

Read more at: http://www.phillymag.com/philadelphia-wedding/2015/12/10/local-bridal-guide-7-spas-in-philly-the-burbs-that-can-pamper-you-your-maids-for-your-wedding/

New Blood

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Hi readers!

My name is Lauren McGrath, and I’m a new contributing blogger here at Beauty Aficionado.

I recently joined the Rescue family, and I’m excited for my new role as guinea pig for all things Rescue: from aromatherapy to zapping cellulite and everything in between. I am here to review the products and services Rescue Spa has to offer for your reading pleasure, and I promise, you can expect full disclosure from me.

I am a photographer and a makeup girl through and through, so I know a thing or two about the beauty industry. But BioLift? E-matrix? Konjac Sponges? Oxygenation? P50? VelaShape? It’s all sounding more Star Wars than Sephora to me, and suddenly I
feel like I don’t know so much…

So I formally invite you to join me here in my exploration of the multitude of services and products that Rescue has to offer. My Notre Dame degree is holding up less and less – this right here is going to be an education.

Again, I promise total honesty in my reviews, and I hope that you’ll leave comments about what you’d like me to cover as well!

That’s not just fluff, I mean that. I mean it so much that I’m making this second promise to you: anything you ask me to review here at Rescue, I will do. Especially the services that may have scared you away in the past. That’s giving you a whooole lot of power there, faithful reader, so use it wisely. I am #1 baby when it comes to pain tolerance, (just ask my mom) so you know I’ll keep it real in my feedback. That’s right, whatever you are wondering about, I promise to try.

Even the infamous upper lip threading.

Even micro puncture needles to the face.

Even pedicures…(I hate people touching my feet)

I sincerely hope you’ll benefit from some of my posts and, if I do my job right, maybe get inspired to come in and try something new!

You know where to find us

 

xo Lauren

 

Photographer: Victoria Roggio

Healthy Skin is everything!!!

Makeup: Victoria Roggio

Hair: Tonia Day

Photography: Jauhien Sasnou Photography

Location: Make Me Up Pretty

Hi everyone! Today’s blog post is dedicated to skin and some advice that you have to take into consideration during the time you are engaged and not only. I’m starting a new series of posts on my blog, sharing with you my favorite beauty/makeup/hair products, since this has been the most requested topic from my readers lately. These products might look very familiar to you, even though they’re not being sold everywhere and most of the times you can purchase them in SPAs around the world or online. Trust me great skin and a good regimen is everything and it will make your life so much easier. 

In the past 2 years I have gained a lot of knowledge about skincare and great products, guess what I am working with one of the most talented and knowledgeable team at Rescue Spa, Philadelphia. Being a product junkie I try everything that’s out there, and then of course I share my knowledge and experience with my readers and clients. I love skin, I love health and I love everything that makes you pretty and feel good. My theory is very simple, less is more. Having a healthy skin is everything and now is the right time to address questions if you have them, now is a good time to meet and talk about your concerns. I am happy to recommend you some great products that changed my life and made me wear so much less makeup and feel great about my skin.

In the past few months I have met a good number of clients who had the same problem, dehydration and dull skin. Often people forget about the basics: Cleanse, Exfoliate and Hydrate. I’ve heard so many times the myth “drinking 8 glasses of water a day will rehydrate your skin”. Well guess what, it is great to stay hydrated and drink a lot of water but there are some essential steps that you still have to follow and make some time to give love to your beautiful face and body.

1. Cleansing The Skin sets the stage for everything else that will take place in your skin. More so than any other part of your skin-care routine, it is essential that the cleansing products you use are gentle. Over cleansing or using cleansers that are too drying is a major cause of irritation, dry patches and sometimes redness. Different cleansers suit different faces. I love mild, creamy formulas of cleansers because they don’t irritate my skin, but a foaming cleanser or gel cleanser may be better for oily skin (Valmont Nature Cleansing with a Gel). I use daily to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin Lait U by Biologique Recherche. It’s more than a cleanser, it’s also a makeup remover.  Lait U is a non-oily, fresh cleanser that respects the skin’s natural moisturizing processes. It is recommended for all skin types. It gently removes makeup, impurities, and cleanses without dehydrating. Respects the function of the epidermis. Does not leave an oily film.

2. Exfoliate your skin. I love and I can rave about P50 Original 1970 by Bilogique Recherche. This toner is “like a facial in a bottle” (Danuta Mieloch). It hydrates, exfoliates and balances the pH level in your skin. This product has changed my life and I highly recommend to use it . I have noticed that my skin feels fresh and young, I have a natural glow after using P50 Toner for over a year in the AM and PM. However, when I wake up in the morning, and my skin feels so soft and most importantly, a lot more rested. And since my schedule has been super hectic, that’s absolutely crucial for me.

3. Moisturize. When staring at the shelves and shelves of skin-care products, it can seem as if there is a cream for every pore. But finding the right formula is actually pretty simple. You can always make an app to see an esthetician or get samples of products that you find interesting and find more about them. I personally like to layer my products since I don’t like to feel a heavy cream on my skin. I use a Serum under my eyes and checks area to brighten my skin and on top a moisturizer. It is also great to have one moisturizer for the day that does a double duty. Day formula should contain a broad – spectrum SPF of at least 15, and after that , you can pick your weapon : anti- oxidants, anti-aging, anti-acne, you name it and I am happy to help you.

Silk Plus Serum by Bilogique Recherche unifies the complexion of the skin. is a moisturizing, smoothing serum that contains high concentrations of regenerating agents, Hyaluronic Acid, Cucumber and Silk extracts which really soothe the skin and leave it feeling silky soft! It is recommended for all skin types.

As my day moisturizer I prefer to use Embryolisse, it is lightweight and great for all skin types. “This cult Parisian cream is found in every makeup artist’s backstage kit bag.” Packed with nourishing, skin-plumping ingredients, Embryolisse’s cult formula can be used as a moisturizer, cleanser, mask or primer. See the tone and feel of your complexion visibly improve thanks to Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and Soy Protein – all are rich in essential vitamins, fatty and amino acids proven to stimulate cell renewal and collagen fibers.

  • Suitable for all ages and skin types, including children and babies – perfect for men after shaving
  • Leaves even dry and sensitive skin soothed and comforted
  • Rebuilds the hydrolipidic film that protects the skin from environmental aggression
  • Can be used as a cleanser, makeup remover, beauty mask or after sun
  • Paraben Free and Not Tested on Animals

For any questions or if you are interested to have a consultation with me, feel free to email at victoria@makemeuppretty.com Hope this information is useful for all of you!

With love,

Victoria

 

Engagement Photo Shoot Tips by Makeup Artist: Victoria Roggio

Photography: Alison Conklin

Being engaged comes with plenty of excitement, and one aspect many brides-to-be look forward to is their engagement shoot. It is very important to have the right makeup and hair for your engagement session.  The photos look best when they look like ‘you’. But in case you’re still a little unsure of things, here are five tips to keep in mind when it’s picture time.

  1. Pick a good primer, I honestly believe that it is a very important step whenever I am doing makeup for a photo shoot or a wedding. It helps to even out the skin tone and works great as a base for the rest of the makeup. I really like to use a base like By Terry’s Brightening CC Lumi-Serum ($89.00) it comes in 4 different shades and offers luminosity and a beautiful glow to your complexion. It brightens your skin as well and gives a dewy finish to the overall look.
  2. Go full coverage.  A foundation with full coverage, like Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($42), will cover just about everything. And if you’re worried about cake face, never fear. Heavy foundations like this were made with cameras in mind, and your photographer’s lens won’t be able to detect it.
  3. Be blushed and bronzed. These two products work together to make you look gorgeous, so leaving one out can make you look flat. Pick up your favorite blush, Chantecaille Playfull Cheek Creme Refill ($33.00) and start by sweeping the blush onto the apples of your cheeks. Then contour below the blush with the bronzer Compact Soleil Bronzer by Chantecaille ($45).
  4. Choose a good lipstick Chantecaille Hydra Chic ($35.00) that will last thought the photo shoot. I highly recommend something hydrating but still with some pigment. Your lipstick will make your lips look more fool and pop in the pictures. Feel free to add some lip gloss just to give your lips more volume and shine, By Terry Gloss Terrybly Shine ($44.50)
  5. Get a good blow out or loose curls. From your engagement party and bridal shower to your bachelorette party and rehearsal dinner, having a simple, go-to hairstyle that makes you look and feel great is key. You will feel pretty and like yourself! . We have two great hair stylist who specialize in blow outs and great hair styles ($45): Erica DiVario and Patty Gibbons

* Have some options for your wardrobe The primary guideline for both women and men is that you wear clothes that you love, that make you feel confident and comfortable.

Makeup Artist, Victoria Roggio

Bridal Makeup by Victoria Roggio

Victoria Roggio is a Philadelphia based makeup artist and beauty blogger. Since her childhood days, Victoria has always been fascinated with art and professional makeup artistry. She spent years shadowing her mother, a makeup artist in Moldova, and working as her apprentice.

Later, Victoria was trained at the world-renowned Make Up For Ever Academy in Paris, France. She is certified by MAC Cosmetics, Estee Lauder Group, USA. Drawing inspiration from her European upbringing and her natural passion for the fashion industry, she brings innovative ideas as well as personal finesse and style to every individual project.

 

Rittenhouse’s Rescue Spa Now Offers Hair Services—Including Bridal Updos!

More and more good news for brides just keep spilling out of Philly’s Rescue Spa!

First, fabulous Philly makeup artist Victoria Roggio joined the staff just a few months before they moved from their 17th Street location to their new 16th Street digs—into a location that, because it’s so much roomier, meant that the spa could better host bridal parties. (Expanded mani, pedi and lounge areas make it easier for you and your ‘maids to spread out while sipping champagne and being pampered, obv.)

Now, they’ve welcomed hairstylist Patty Gibbons to the staff, which means, ladies: updos! Patty does do bridal styling, for which she recommends a hair trial where the two of you will go through all of your inspiration and play around with any headpiece you’ll want to work into your ‘do—and if you’re hiring Victoria for your makeup, well, you can nail your entire Big-Day look right then and there so that the morning of your wedding, you pop into your one-stop bridal beautification shop, and are on your way down the aisle.

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Bridal Makeup Trials: What To Remember

Most brides who have their wedding makeup professionally done opt to do a trial run before the big day. This is a great idea, it ensures that you and your makeup artist are on the same page beforehand, so you don’t end up looking like a totally different person. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your makeup trial:

1. Book Your Makeup Trials Well In Advance

Don’t make the mistake of leaving your bridal makeup trials to the last minute, after all you want your face be as perfect as your gown.  Start your trials as much as 12 months, and at least 3 months, before your wedding day. Then be prepared to meet again in the weeks leading up to the wedding to do a run-through.

2. Dress the Part

Wear a white top and have your hair trial maybe on the same day with your makeup trial, that way you will be able to easily visualize your entire bridal look.

3. Bring Pictures

This is obvious, but it’s incredibly helpful to see everything you like in one place so you can pinpoint the similarities between the looks that you’d like to replicate. Is it the glowing skin? The strong eyebrows? The shades of shadow? If possible, try to include photos of women who look somewhat similar to you. It’s much harder for both you and your makeup artist to envision how you want the makeup on your bronzed skin to look if you’ve only brought pictures of fair-skinned beauties. It is always helpful to have some photos of yourself with makeup looks you really like.

3. Natural Is Not Always Best

Keep in mind that the best makeup artist has many objectives: how you look in person; what is going to suit the lenses of the photographer and videographer; what makeup works in a variety of lights – natural indoors and outdoors as well as day and night; plus of course what brings out your best features and the style of the hair and gown.

3. Speak Up and Be Open-Minded

While it’s great to have an idea of what you want, it also helps to go in with an open mind. Determine your non-negotiables ahead of time—you will not wear dark lipstick or black eyeliner, for example—so you can remain open to other suggestions, like trying a different eye makeup or having your eyebrows filled in. If you hate it, don’t hesitate to say something! Pretending you love it isn’t fair to you or the makeup artist, who likely wants to please you. We are here to help you in any way possible and make you happy with the final results.

4. Photograph The Results

This helps you get a feel of how your makeup will look in your wedding day photos. Remember: Makeup can translate very differently once captured on camera. By taking some self portraits once you jump out of the chair and throughout the day/night you’ll then be able to review how the makeup worked for the camera, be it an amateurs, and also workout what you will need for touchups. Remember Hair and Makeup isn’t permanent so changes can always be made and it’s important for both parties that you leave happy and  excited!

Above all have fun with your trials, you will walk away with new tricks and products that will probably change your outlook on beauty for life!!!

Makeup Artist, Victoria Roggio

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