Spilling the tea: The Skin Benefits of Green Tea

What’s a better way to relax than sipping on some hot tea, especially green tea? Green tea originated in China and spread throughout Asia due to its many health benefits. You can also find green tea in many cosmetic products because Camellia Sinensis leaves are loaded with antioxidants. Here are some great beauty benefits that green tea contains:

Reduced Inflammation

Did you know that you can drink your way to perfect skin? Recent studies show that drinking two cups of green tea a day will protect you from the sun’s UV rays. Too much sun exposure can irritate and inflame your delicate skin. Luckily, green tea contains anti-inflammatory properties that combats the harmful rays.

Gentle Exfoliator

Applying the tea leaves on your face makes a great exfoliator. The tea leaves have a slightly abrasive texture, which is good for eliminating dead skin cells. The end result is a brighter and smoother complexion.

Anti- Aging

Aging gracefully is a wonderful thing, but if there was a way to rewind the clock, would you take it? If yes, then green tea has been proven to provide anti-aging elements. The catechin EGCG can reactivate dying skin cells on the outermost layer of the skin. This means wrinkles and age spots caused by free radicals damage can fade away!

Acne

You may have noticed that many skincare products contains green tea or that green is their main ingredient. Well, when used topically, green tea has been proven to dissipate the appearance of pimples, zits, and blackheads. The reason being, green tea is antimicrobial and astringent.

We hope these beauty benefits will help you achieve a clearer and smoother complexion.


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3 Fall Elements to Add to Your DIY Centerpieces

The weather is finally getting colder and what’s a better way to welcome the chilly weather like Fall DIY Centerpieces!

Centerpieces are a nice way to spice up any room. Here are 5 elements to include to your DIY centerpieces:

Pumpkins

Fall means harvest season, so why not use pumpkins! Our favorite and easy centerpiece DIY is painting our pumpkins.

First, remove the top of the pumpkins and clean the inside. To add elegance to the table, paint your pumpkins gold and white. This color combo will help brighten up any room. Lastly, place any florals to your liking. Tall branches will add height to the decor, while silvery leaves makes it versatile for autumn and winter.

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Candles

Candles are great if you want to create a warm ambience. This next DIY is a sure way to warm up your guests. If you really want to impress your guests, then we suggest placing the candles inside the pumpkin. Place it so the candle is exposed and not hidden. Make it simple placing the candles on a wooden board surrounded by winter berries and fruits. 

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Winter berries

Winter berries are great because they compliment everything. It's small accent pulls centerpieces together. Winter berries can be place surrounding candles, pumpkins, and flowers. Another way is wrapping them around objects like pumpkins or candles. What's great about these little berries is that they come in multitudes of colors, from red to glittery silver- the options are endless!

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Fall Themed Wedding Ideas

It’s official, Starbucks just welcomed back their Pumpkin Spice drink, which means it is officially fall! The cold crisp air and the color- changing leaves makes everything picture-esque. Cue, the beautiful white dresses draping the rich ground. If you want to achieve a modern fall themed wedding, then keep on reading.

Fall Color Palette

This year’s color palette does not stray far from your warm notes of reds, oranges, and browns. Copper, a cool shade will brighten up any dull, cold day. We recommend our readers to incorporate copper with gold to “jazz” things up. You can add elegance with deep emerald green, plum, or neutral colors like champagne, cream, and slate grey.

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Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

Since the weather will be a lot cooler, it’s best to go with thicker fabrics for your bridesmaid dresses.  Adding boleros and pashminas is a perfect way to keep your squad warm. Get quirky with argyle socks and plaid patterns! The fall staples complements the groomsmen nicely with some suave navy suits.

As for the bridesmaids, deep jewel tones, shimmering metallics, and long- sleeved bridesmaid dresses will look beautiful with the summer glow!

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Floral

Flowers are must in weddings, it’s a fun way to incorporate the season. There many flowers that bloom year- round, but in- season autumnal flowers perfects any wedding.

  • To go with the deep tones, burgundy Dahlias are exceptionally beautiful in the fall.

  • Garden Rose is another flower that brings subtlety to any floral arrangement. Garden rose also come in variety of colors and they are a great alternative to peonies.

  • Black Cosmos have an eerie and dark look to them, which is perfect for the fall! Black cosmos are great to add to your arrangement without obscuring anything.

  • For rustic accent, Scabiosa pods and Andromeda will give your arrangement some edge.

  • Add a touch of softness with some Jasmines. The pure white color helps softens any bold arrangement

  Remember, Fall is about deep tones, but don't forget to add some quirkiness to add some originality. We hope that these tips will help you achieve your dream wedding.

Remember, Fall is about deep tones, but don't forget to add some quirkiness to add some originality. We hope that these tips will help you achieve your dream wedding.

Fall Themed Wedding Ideas

It’s official, Starbucks just welcomed back their Pumpkin Spice drink, which means it is officially fall! The cold crisp air and the color- changing leaves makes everything picture-esque. Cue, the beautiful white dresses draping the rich ground. If you want to achieve modern fall themed wedding, then keep on reading.

Fall Color Palette

This year’s color palette does not stray far from your warm notes of reds, oranges, and browns. Copper, a cool shade will brighten up any dull, cold day. We recommend our readers to incorporate copper with gold to “jazz” things up. You can add elegance with deep emerald green, plum, or neutral colors like champagne, cream, and slate grey.

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Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

Since the weather will be a lot cooler, it’s best to go with thicker fabrics for your bridesmaid dresses.  Adding boleros and pashminas is a perfect way to keep your squad warm. Get quirky with argyle socks and plaid patterns! The fall staples complements the groomsmen nicely with some suave navy suits.

As for the bridesmaids, deep jewel tones, shimmering metallics, and long- sleeved bridesmaid dresses will look beautiful with the summer glow!

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Floral

Flowers are must in weddings, it’s a fun way to incorporate the season. There many flowers that bloom year- round, but in- season autumnal flowers perfects any wedding.

  • To go with the deep tones, burgundy Dahlias are exceptionally beautiful in the fall.

  • Garden Rose is another flower that brings subtlety to any floral arrangement. Garden rose also come in variety of colors and they are a great alternative to peonies.

  • Black Cosmos have an eerie and dark look to them, which is perfect for the fall! Black cosmos are great to add to your arrangement without obscuring anything.

  • For rustic accent, Scabiosa pods and Andromeda will give your arrangement some edge.

  • Add a touch of softness with some Jasmines. The pure white color helps softens any bold arrangement

  Remember, Fall is about deep tones, but don't forget to add some quirkiness to add some originality. We hope that these tips will help you achieve your dream wedding.

Remember, Fall is about deep tones, but don't forget to add some quirkiness to add some originality. We hope that these tips will help you achieve your dream wedding.

Two Weeks In... Keep The Magic Going

Months, (maybe even years) have gone by and you have been plugged, sprayed, pulled and designed to look like a fairy tale queen. Did you forget something? The GROOM silly! Don’t let the stress of planning your big day you are sharing with your love ruin the magic you two have now. Let’s face it, you are marrying him for a reason! 

Here are some things to do to keep the romance alive. 

1. Schedule date night

Whether you schedule a wine and dine at your favorite restaurant OR you do a cooking class together. Try going to the restaurant you went to on your first date. 

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2. Couples massages

 At Krystalrosestudio.com, we offer great packages for relaxing massages you and your partner to be can enjoy together.
 

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3.  Plan your Bachelor/Bachelorette party together

It can be fun doing a co-ed bachelor/bachelorette party. I personally used a party bus with all our friends. Or try a group dinner.

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4.  Work out together

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Want to get in shape together for the big day? Try running a few miles a week together or doing weights. Also, create a diet plan to support each other to be healthy and happy for the big day. 

 

21 Days Before The Wedding (Part 1)

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So imagine it, you’re three weeks till your big and magical day and you are in high stress and panic mode! You’re second guessing your look; your bride’s maids all have an opinion about something that drives you crazy. Nobody is on the page and you are thinking... this is my BIG day, why should I listen to any of them? Maybe… OR maybe you are just overwhelmed and stressed. You are sweating the small stuff with how close this magic day is. Don’t worry.

We highly recommend during the next three weeks before the big day, take some time and pamper yourself. Here are some recommendations we think can help relieve stress, feel productive. (Make it girls day)!

1.    Have a spa party 

            Spend time with your bride’s maids. Gossiping is always fun and in the end you feel rejuvenated and relaxed. Book a on location SPA party

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2.    Eyebrow waxing – Definitely want to do this 2-3 days before the big day. Why not make it a girl’s day with brunch as well.

3.    Spray Tan – I definitely recommend (if you want) to do a spray tan try it out three weeks before to make sure you like it. If everything went well go back in for your spray tan 3 days before the wedding. 

 Tanning is always relaxing if you can do it out in the sun. But watch out for sun damaged. 

Tanning is always relaxing if you can do it out in the sun. But watch out for sun damaged. 

 

4.    Nails – You definitely want to do all your Mani-Pedi’s at least 4-5 days before the wedding. We definitely recommend using Gel for a longer lasting color. If your doing a regular manicure this needs to be done the day before your wedding otherwise you risk chipping on the day of. 

5.   Lastly but definitely not least – eye lashes. If you are looking for extensions its best to actually try them out a month in advance and retouch it the week before.

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Love you ladies! Hope you enjoyed my bridal tips before your big day! 

Workouts For The Big Day

I know, I know you've probably have heard this a million times, but working out is such a good way to prepare yourself for your big day (or even just your life in general). Let's face it, you have been talking to professional hair stylist and planners. You've probably spent more time at a spa in six months than you have in a year. Exercising not only is a great way to sculpt that body and get the physique you want but also a great way to relax your mind from the stress. 

Not sure what workouts to start with? After doing some careful research, www.shape.com (as well as a few other sites) has tips on what workouts work best to sculpt your arms, legs, and core.

Strapless, strappy and A-line cut: 
Biggest Target: Arms and Core

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We love this elegant and sexy look and you definitely want to look good with your arms as well as keep a tight core for that fitted top. We definitely recommend the works below. Do 3 sets of 10 three times a week (feel like raising a challenge? add some weights to the planks).

          Plank Shoulder Taps

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          Wing Span
           Bicep curl
           Close Grip Barbell Bench Press
           Plank (timed: aim for 60 seconds then 90)
           Tricep Curl
           Incline Dumbbell press
             DUMBBELL LYING TRICEPS EXTENSION

 

Ball Gown Dress
Target: Emphasis on core figure (tiny waist)

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As if we didn't give you enough core workouts. Here are some extra ones you can do to help boost your way to that sexy flat midsection. All workout pictures can be fine here: https://bit.ly/2DEF6zL

Side Plank
Twisting V-up
Plank with Hip Drop
Side plank with leg lift

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Target: Full Body work out

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It's time to focus on it all! We listed some all body workouts you can do to keep your heart racing and your muscles tone to look elegant, beautiful and perfect in that skin tight beautiful gown of yours.

(Insanely Effective 15- Minute Workouts)
Burpee
Squat
One Arm Dumbbell Row
Crunch variations

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Mermaid Gown
Target: Thighs and legs

This is definitely a dress that will turn heads on your special day and leave your groom absolutely speechless. This cut emphasises your hips, thighs, and legs. doing a couple of weeks 2-3x a week is definitely a great to sculpt those muscle.
6 Moves for Slimmer Hips & Thighs

(Here are some squat variations)


Crab Squat (Side Squat)
Side Lying Leg Lift
Dumbbell Squat
Side Stepping Curtsy

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Target: Ladies it is all about them Legs!

You definitely want to do the workouts listed above but here are some extra ones to rotate your days with.

Basic Squat
Leg Lunge
Leg press (gym)
Step up workout

Other Tips:

Water- it does depend on how much you weigh - for example, someone who weighs an average of 150lb should drink between 75 a 150oz. And if you work out you must always drink more to stay hydrated. Water is your friend it keeps you hydrated and gives you beautiful skin. 

Stretch- Please please please do not forget to stretch before and after you work out. It helps keep your muscles from being sore, keeps your muscles flexible and helps with joint motion. 

Take a break in between- It is good to listen to your body. Take a day in between workouts to relax and let your body rejuvenate.

The Hair: Do's, Don't's & Tips

Thinking about your big day? I know the excitement and the stress are killing you. Luckily you have nothing to fear. We here at Krystal Studios have tips for everything and this week, we would like to focus on... HAIR. 

Hair is definitely a big item to work with and the sooner the better. We have tips for do's and don't's, when the best time is to start planning your hairstyle and products we definitely recommend to keep those locks healthy, shiny and smooth.

First off, I bet all you lucky brides are wondering when should I start planning out my hairstyle?  We definitely recommend seeing us as far out as six months before the big day. Planning on the perfect look from highlights to colors to updos or leaving your hair down is a big decision and you want to make sure you like the style and the color.  This also gives enough time that if you want to alter, or change the style you have plenty of time to do so. 

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Photo Courtesy: Styleweekly.com

It is also good to keep your hair conditioned and treated. Depending on your hair type, here are some good options:

For Fine hair: It is best to stay away from oil based deep conditioners. These products will wipe away any volume from fine strands. This can also leave your scalp greasy. We here at Krystal Rose Studios recommend a Keratin conditioning treatment. Find these treatments that are made of proteins to strengthen hair without adding any excess weight. Once a week is enough for your hair type.

Our recommendation is Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment

For Curly hair/damaged hair: If you have thick, coarse or dry curly hair, shea butter and/or coconut oil are your best bets. You definitely want to speak to your stylist at Krystal Rose Studios in regards to the best hair masks and conditioning treatments to keep those curly locks hydrated. A leave-in conditioner like Paul Mitchell's Full Leave-in Circle Treatment is a great option

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A few extra other tips:

Be sure to visit your hairstylist 2-3 weeks before hand to get the color touch-up and style you want. (1.5 weeks for Blonde colors/style touch-ups)

 

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So, ladies remember plan your color/highlights/hair cut/ deep conditioners 6 months out with your hair stylist. By the time your wedding comes around your hair will be on point because you and your stylist had a plan! Three months out from your wedding book your bridal trial. Your color should be around the color you envision for your wedding day at this time. When you come to your trial you want to be prepared, things to bring are; clip in hair extensions, hair accessories, veil, earrings, necklace, photo inspirations, and anything that is involved in your wedding vision. If your unsure of what color or where to get your hair extensions let us know, so we can help you! Enjoy hair planning!