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Oct
9

Meet Corson Beauty: A New All-Natural (And Local) Skincare Company

Corson Beauty

We all know how important the pre-wedding skincare regime is and we know of a new all-natural skincare company that just might be the answer to our prayers. 

Originally from northern Minnesota, sisters Bridget Corson Ford and Marilyn Corson couldn't find the type of skincare products they were looking for. Instead of settling, they decided to take matters into their own hands. The sisters decided to create their own 100 percent plant-based skincare company called Corson Beauty — made right here in Little Rock. 

The products contain no fillers and no water. Bridget and Marilyn use only non-comedogenic and low-comedogenic oils (read: non-clogging) to moisturize skin. The company is very transparent — their website dives deep into the thought process behind each product and why it's natural and effective. Even the product's fresh, often fruity smells are 100 percent natural. The sisters use pure essential oils to lightly scent the products. 

Staff member Lydia has been trying the products for a little over a month and can attest to the incredible smells and textures of the products. Her personal fave? The toner. She likes to keep it handy for a mid-day skin refresher on these somehow still hot Arkansas days. 

Corson Beauty

We also asked Bridget what her recommendations are for getting skin wedding-day ready. Here are her tips:

  • Collagen. Bridget puts a bit in her smoothies, oatmeal or coffee. 
  • Sunscreen. She recommends applying every day before putting on your makeup. Her brand of choice? Suntegrity available at Winc Beauty
  • Lots and lots of water. She recommends a Birkey water filter (available on Amazon). 
  • Face masks. Because a little self-care never hurt anyone. 

Corson Beauty is available online or you can shop in-person at Winc in the Heights and Box Turtle in Hillcrest. For more information on the brand or the products, head to the website

Oct
1

Meet the Stylist: Adrianne Brooks

Courtesy of Adrianne Brooks

Next up in our "Meet the Stylists" series is Adrianne Brooks of Whiplash Beauty. Adrianne has been in the wedding business for six years, and in 2013, she opened Whiplash Beauty. She's worked on all sides of the beauty industry, and she talked with us about prep work, the best part of being a stylist and what she does when she's not working.

Let's take a look into the life of Adrianne Brooks.

What did you do before?

Before becoming a makeup artist, I worked in corporate product development before venturing out on my own to create a cosmetics manufacturing company. I eventually sold the cosmetics manufacturing company and went to beauty school and now have come full circle in the beauty industry!

How would you describe your beauty style?

My beauty style for my clients is fairly natural  the complete opposite of my beauty style. About 85 percent of the weddings that we do are out-of-state brides, and the majority request a natural bridal look. So we have worked really hard to tailor to the natural side of beauty to enhance the beauty of a "Natural State" wedding. But don't get me wrong, we LOVE the glam side, too!

What are details you especially pay attention to with a client?

My main focus is to really hear what my clients are saying. This includes a lot of reading between the lines in what they want, what their fiancé wants and the overall theme of their wedding. We always do a trial beforehand to work out issues in their look and to make sure that the bride and her fiancé feel 100 percent confident in their day-of look.

What do you love about being a stylist?

I love the people that we have the honor of working with. This is one of the biggest days of their lives, and it is a huge responsibility to me and my team to make sure that they love their wedding look and feel amazing. The look on a bride's face when she sees herself all put together to meet her groom is the most accomplished feeling that you can have!

What's one piece of advice you like to give brides on their big day?

To relax and let us do our job. It is our responsibility to work with the coordinators, family, maids of honor, moms, etc. to make sure the day runs smoothly and to keep all the pressure off the bride. This is why we do a trial beforehand, as well. When we show up to a wedding, we like to go in as prepared as possible, and we will do all of the prep work to ensure that the day runs smoothly on the beauty end.

When you're not working, what do you like to do with your spare time?

More makeup! There is always someone around who wants to go makeup shopping or to try new techniques or to just discussing trends and products. My mom is into beauty as well, and she is always sending me new suggestions on products and treatments to try. My husband also owns a gym in Hot Springs, Flex Fitness, so I spend a lot of time there as well.

What's your favorite way to unwind after a busy wedding session?

Mexican and margaritas! Or a day on the lake works wonders, as well.

To see more of Adrianne's work at Arkansas Bride, click here!

Jul
20

Meet the Stylists: Rachael Reid

Rachael Reid

To take a break from our Meet the Photographers series, we're going to talk with another amazing beauty stylist. Rachael Reid of Salon Karizma is a veteran in the beauty business. She's been doing wedding hair for over a decade, and she's a national hair educator.

From the consultation to the post-wedding unwinding, Rachael gives us the inside look into her life as a stylist.

What did you do before?

I've always done hair, but alongside doing hair, I went to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and have taught modeling and acting. I have a passion for all aspects of the beauty industry.

How would you describe your beauty style?

My beauty style is always evolving. I like to focus on what's modern yet chic.

What are details you especially pay attention to with a client?

I enjoy listening to my guests' needs and making them feel confident by enhancing their natural beauty.

What do you love about being a stylist?

I love the ability to be creative while making and sharing memories. Each strand has a story.

What's your favorite part of preparing someone for a wedding?

My favorite part of preparation starts at the consultation. I love seeing the dress, talking accessories, exploring how she wants her hair to flow with her dress. Hearing all the details and making her vision come to life.

What price points can brides expect?

Price points vary with each bridal party. The bride needs to preplan her day with a consultation to decide if she wants both hair and makeup, lashes, hair extensions and any other services. She can also include her entire bridal party for hair and/or makeup. Don't forget your groomsmen  they can also need a little grooming as well! Ask about bridal packages.

When you're not working, what do you like to do with your spare time?

I love to be with my family, friends, dogs, going to the lake, volunteering and continuing my education.

What's your favorite way to unwind after a busy wedding session?

Relax and decompress by looking back at the memorable moments of getting each guest ready. I love looking back and remembering how beautiful the bride felt after her first look or how the flower girl felt like a little princess and couldn't wait to walk down the aisle and be the best flower girl. It's moments like this that make it worth it and help me unwind.

To see more of Rachael's work on Arkansas Bride, click here!

Jul
3

Bouquets: Pretty Maids All In a Row

Jason Masters

These bridesmaids styles and more available at Bella Bridesmaids in Little Rock.

Plush, pastel bouquets inspired by the romantic bridesmaid styles of Joanna August

A PERFECT BLOOM, Beebe

Jason Masters
A PERFECT BLOOM Beebe


YE OLDE DAISY SHOPPE, Conway

Jason Masters
YE OLDE DAISY SHOPPE Conway


KELLY EFIRD FLOWER EVENTS, Hot Springs

Jason Masters
KELLY EFIRD FLOWER EVENTS Hot Springs


FLOWERS & HOME, Hot Springs & Benton

Jason Masters
FLOWERS & HOME Hot Springs & Benton


POSEY PEDDLER, Jonesboro

Jason Masters
POSEY PEDDLER Jonesboro