Getting to Know – Claire Salter Bridal Make-Up and Hair

Claire Salter Bridal Make-Up and Hair

Interview with: Claire Salter

Company Name: Claire Salter Bridal Make-Up and Hair


Location / Coverage: Nottingham/ Nationwide & Thailand

How did your business get started and how long has it been going?

Several years back I had a very difficult time in my life where many doors closed. After much consideration and decision making I decided to go back to full-time education, where I started a year’s course in Make-up Artistry. This was 11 years ago, and I have never looked back 🙂

Bride leaning on stairs - Hair and Makeup by Claire Salter

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I cover all areas of the UK.

What wedding services do you offer?

I offer a personal, bespoke service for your big day. First of all I will telephone you to chat on a personal level, in order to get to know you and all about your desired look for your wedding day. Thereafter we will agree on a convenient date and locations for your trial.

When we meet for your trial I would like you to be as relaxed as possible, so I can come to your home or you can visit me – whichever is most comfortable for you.

A trial is exactly that and I set no time limits; we keep trying styles and looks until you are 100% happy.

On your wedding day I will arrive at your chosen location, should this be your home, venue or hotel. I am also able to help with little tweaks like, the covering of a tattoo/bruise/blemish, and help with the lacing of a dress… and provide little words of calm 🙂

Bride with headband - Hair and Makeup by Claire Salter Bride with flower in her hair - Hair and Makeup by Claire Salter

What packages do you offer and what are your prices for wedding make-up and hair?

I work both in the UK and Thailand. I will be available for booking’s in Thailand as from December 2013 – April 2014. My full price list can be viewed here –

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Make-up artist Natasha Wiggins

Getting to Know – Wedding Hair and Make-up by Natasha Wiggins

Make-up artist Natasha Wiggins

Interview With: Natasha Wiggins

Company Name: Wedding Hair and Make-up by Natasha Wiggins


Location / Coverage: Hampshire and Surrey

Describe your business

I am a hair and make-up artist, and I also have a small team of hair and make-up artist that work for me for weddings.

Bride having make-up done by Natasha Wiggins
Image courtesy of Neale James Weddings

How did your business get started and how long has it been going?

I started my business after I qualified in 2003 and have been going ever since. I always knew that I wanted to do hair and make-up for brides, and have a real passion about helping my brides get the perfect look for there wedding day

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

We cover Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Sussex, Kent and the borders of London

Bride having mascara applied
Image courtesy of Foden Photography

What wedding services do you offer?

We offer hair and make-up for weddings, and we also offer beauty treatments including semi permanent lashes.

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Amarya Beauty Box

The Amarya Beauty Box

Amarya Beauty Box

Do you want to try new beauty brands but have absolutely no idea where to start?

Amarya has put together the ‘Beauty Box’, a truly luxurious beauty idea that can’t be found anywhere on the high street. It really is perfect for any beauty loving lady, and that’s most of us girls!

The Amarya Beauty Box is perfect for women who love to try different beauty brands. Each month a Beauty Box is delivered to your doorstep and is full of gorgeous products. All brands are natural and organic and every month the box is different.

Amarya is a luxurious beauty website that offers some of the UK’s best selection of natural and organic beauty products. Over 1000 products have been screened to ensure that they do not contain harmful chemicals and Amarya staff are trained extensively on every brand to ensure high levels of customer service and the best possible advice is given.

With thousands of organic and natural beauty products on the market it can sometimes feel daunting when looking for the ones that are right for you, not to mention expensive. Amarya’s Beauty Box is a fun and exciting way to try the wonderful range of products stocked at Amarya every month.

Products from Amarya Beauty Box

With brands such as Dr Hauschka, Ren, Neal’s Yard, Bohdi, SantaVerde, Botanical, Lavera, Zoya, Terre D’oc, Inika, Essential Care, Eyre, Pinks Boutique and many more, who could resist?

Amarya’s Beauty Box arrives beautifully gift wrapped and contains the following

  • Full sized product(s) worth at least £20 from leading brands
  • Trial-sized products and samples of the latest products
  • An exclusive offer only available to Beauty Box subscribers

You will also receive a gorgeous, introductory Gift Set by Santaverde worth £56! The ‘Care Set’ contains full-sized 30ml Medium Aloe Vera Cream and 30ml Extra Rich Beauty Elixir.

Amarya Beauty Box

The Wedding Community was sent one of these fabulous Amarya Beauty Boxes which we couldn’t wait to open and find out what treats were inside. This was the December Beauty Box which contained:

REN Neroli Duo Gift Set (Full-Size)

A body wash and body cream gift set fragranced with a zesty, invigorating and uplifting duo of neroli and grapefruit which came in a cute gift box of its own. This is a beautifully fragranced set which would be perfect on the morning of your wedding to refresh your senses and then to take away on your honeymoon.

Dr. Hauschka Censing Cream (Sample)

A gentle cleansing cream that delicately deep-cleans your skin once you have removed your make-up. A great product to use on the night of your wedding to remove the make-up applied; let’s face it you will probably be wearing a lot more make-up than on a usual day in the office.

Acorelle Eau De Parfum (Sample)

An organic perfume made with essential oils based on the principles of aromatherapy. There are nine fragrances to choose from. We were sent a sample of White Orchid which has notes of sandalwood and orange which are known to ease stress. So if you are looking for a new fragrance for your wedding, this will not only smell amazing throughout the day as it is really long-lasting, it will also help relieve any feelings of stress you might have.

This genius Beauty Box couldn’t be easier to purchase! It’s £120 upfront for the whole year or there is an option to subscribe monthly. Simply go to click ‘Beauty Box’ and enter the recipient details at the checkout.

Trish Rawlins applying wedding makeup

Getting to Know – Trish Rawlins

Trish Rawlins

Interview With: Trish Rawlins


Location / Coverage: Swindon, Wiltshire

What do you do?

I work as a Professional Makeup Artist; it is a job that found me rather than me finding it. I am honoured to be in the beauty sector and I love where this job has taken me. I started working locally and then went national, and my work has also taken me internationally.

I also work as a trainer, working on your inner beauty from confidence building, resolving conflict to effective communication. This enables me to project the “real inner beauty” that we ALL have. My workshops also include Healing Our Scars – healing our internal scars whilst also minimising/removing our external scars.

Trish Rawlins applying wedding makeup

How did your business get started and how long has it been going for?

I have been in the business for the past 16 years. I started off as a model and at a fashion shoot the makeup artist didn’t show up, and it was suggested that I should apply the makeup for the girls. That was it, I was hooked and I have been doing makeup ever since. I am now involved in photography, beauty (inside and outside) and the wedding industry.

Which areas do you cover?

Over the years I have worked internationally but have now pulled in the reins somewhat and I am now working nationally. The specific geographical areas that I now cover are Swindon and the surrounding areas, Berkshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

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VANI-T Lip Colour Lipsticks

Mineral Lip Colour by Vani-T

This week The Wedding Community’s product of the week is Mineral Lip Colour by Vani-T.

VANI-T Lip Colour LipsticksFrom talking with a lot of brides over the years, most want to find a new lip colour for their wedding day to complement their skin tone and make them look glamorous throughout the day.

I remember when I got married I went to lots of different cosmetic counters and tried a range of products in different shades. In the end I went with a beautiful looking Clinic long-lasting lip colour with gloss, but what I didn’t know was that the gloss would soon dry out and I was left with very dry lips. I remember licking my lips throughout the ceremony (which looks great in the pictures!).

When choosing your new lip colour, bear in mind that this is something you will hopefully be wearing all day, throughout the service, pictures, drinks, wedding breakfast and more drinks. Make sure you choose a colour that suits your skin tone and don’t go for something just because you think it will stand out in the pictures. My advice (from experience) is make sure you have a nice moisturising lip colour that will not dry out too quickly.

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