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I SAID IT
WE ARE BEYOND THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE
THAT WE HAVE BEEN OFFERED A COVETED SPOT ON THE
KUALOA RANCH PREFERRED WEDDING VENDOR LIST
::insert screaming here::
Earlier this year, we met with the head of Special Events for Kualoa Ranch and was offered to embark on this partnership. After a thorough screening by their entire Events Team, we were approved as a Preferred Wedding Vendor.
On October 11 the 2019 Brochure went to Print and it should be ready ANY day now. In addition to physical copies…and this is the really big news…it is formatted as an E-Brochure that will be attached to EVERY single email that Kualoa Ranch sends out
::insert more screaming here::
We are so honored to be partnering with “Hollywoods Backdrop” and one of the Top Wedding Locations on our beautiful Island.
This will increase our visibility a great deal so if you have been thinking about booking our beauty services for your Wedding or Special Event do NOT delay!!!
Also a HUGE mahalo to Tash from @sabaiigraphicdesign for the beautiful design work!
Choosing your Beauty Team for your Wedding Day can be a very nerve wracking experience. Especially so for our destination Brides! The Medicine of Beauty team is committed to full transparency about every aspect of our business. What does full transparency mean, exactly?
!! IT MEANS ASK US ANYTHING !!
You are going to have a million questions and we promise to have the answers. Every detail is important and we want every aspect of this experience to be positive.
Below we have a list of Frequently Asked Questions for you read through at your leisure. Should your question not be on the list or requires a deeper explanation, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please also note that this is considered a “living document” in the sense that we might be adding questions as they become important! If you’ve read it once - you mayyyy want to see if there is something we have recently included.
What is included in the Bridal cost?
Both a hair and makeup trial is included in the Bridal Package with no travel expense. The trial will take about 2 hours total and is a very important time together. We expand more on the trial question #4 below. Also included in the bridal package is a false lash application at the trial and the day of, airbrush foundation, a deluxe touch up bag and the behind the scenes office hours.
What kind of products do you use?
Each artist is always on the lookout for the latest information and best product for your specific needs. We use a range of luxury hair + makeup brands to ensure both durability and appearance. Our Earth is very important to us and we use Cruelty Free + Vegan products where we can. We are always open to your product request and will do our due diligence to research that product on our end. In addition to traditional false lashes, we can offer a Mink or Faux Mink lash at an additional expense.
How can I be assured my Wedding Date is reserved?
Medicine of Beauty reserves the right to send multiple clients quotes for the same Wedding Day as a request comes in. In order to reserve your Date with us, we do require a non refundable retainer and signed contract. Once we receive BOTH the retainer and contract, your Wedding Date is considered reserved and we will not take another client. The retainer will be put toward your final bill and is non refundable and non transferable.
Do I really need a trial?
YES YES YES! The trial is a very important time between the artist(s) and client. In a perfect world, the hair + makeup trial will be at the same time so that you can see an accurate representation of what your Wedding Day look will be. During this two hour session, the artist(s) will walk you through the desired look and counsel the client as to what is feasible. It is important for the Makeup Artist to assess your skin and recommend any products or treatments that will benefit the application process. In the same way, it is important for the Hair Stylist to see the texture of your hair and compare it to the inspiration photos that you have provided. The hair stylist may suggest a smoothing treatment or clip in extensions, should your current hair not be able to be styled how you desire. It’s a time of total honesty. We desperately want you to feel and look your best, so we NEED you to let us know if you need something changed or adjusted. The trial is to ensure that the day of there are no surprises. Prior to the trial, we will send you a prep sheet letting you know what we need from you and what you can expect from us. For our destination brides, we can schedule the trial for as close to the wedding as your schedule allows.
If I forego the trial, does the price decrease?.
In a short answer, it does not. Due to the environmental conditions of the islands, we require a trial for all of our brides. This is to ensure that your hair and makeup are able to withstand the changes that they go through. The last thing that you, or us as your beauty team, want on your wedding day is to be surprised with anything unexpected. Should a destination bride arrive within days of the Wedding Date, we would offer the trial to be for the rehearsal or any evening of festivities leading up to the occasion, if a day time appointment is not available. In the rare event a trial is 100% not possible we would need to schedule a larger block of service time the day of to ensure that you are completely satisfied and leave room for the unexpected.
How do we determine the timing of services to ensure overall punctuality?
The artists of Medicine of Beauty are known for their art of both beauty services and time management. On the Wedding Day, we ask for one hour each for the bridal hair + makeup and 45 minutes each service per additional person. We are able to work on the same person at the same time. These time frames are a general guide and depending on the requested style may take more or less time per person. The artist in charge will be in close communication with the Wedding Planner and important persons to ensure we have an accurate timeline for your specific needs. Should we need to bring on additional artists there will be no additional fees to the client. Please be advised that should scheduling require our artists to be at your location and ready to begin services prior to 7:29am, an “early riser” fee may be included.
Are there travel fees?
Short answer, yes and no :)
If your wedding is on the island of Oahu, a travel fee is applied to wedding parties of 3 or less persons and is paid per artist. If your wedding party is 4 + persons receiving services there will be no travel fee
If your wedding is not on the island of Oahu the destination travel package will be applied. Please ask us for more details
In the event our artist(s) are required to pay for parking at any of the locations, that fee will be added to the final total and is due within 48 hours of the wedding.
I don’t wear a lot of makeup, do I really need to hire a professional makeup artist?
Absolutely!! There is no rule that says you have to wear a LOT of makeup on your wedding day…it just has to be the correct product applied correctly. We ensure all of our artists are skilled in the styles of makeup our clientele requests. The products that we use are luxury beauty products that will feel weightless on the skin, last the entire day (and dancing!) and photograph flawlessly.
I’m really good at my own makeup, do I really need to hire a professional makeup artist
Absolutely!! In addition to the answer above, in question 8, the day of the wedding is extremely busy. As much as we try to request the bride be allowed to relax and focus on her self care, it’s much more common that you are being pulled in a lot of different directions and constantly answering questions. One of the absolute worst things that could happen that morning is you run out of time to do your makeup at your own pace and are rushed through the process…this is most commonly where mistakes are made and helloooooo anxiety. When we begin corresponding we always ask if we can be your friend on Social Media. This helps us see you in your own eyes…we can tell a LOT about your beauty style simply by the photos you post! Let us pamper you. Let yourself take a day off and invest in a team you trust to execute your signature look.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Venmo - will include Hawaii State Tax
PayPal - will include Hawaii State Tax
All major Credit Cards - will include a processing fee and Hawaii State Tax
Can I schedule just the trial before deciding on officially booking you for my Wedding Day?
Yes! We treat that request as a Special Event Makeup and the price is $175. That amount is due at the time of booking to reserve your appointment. After the trial, should you choose to go with another company for your Wedding Day that is 100% your prerogative. In the event that you DO want to hire us for your Wedding Day, the $175 will be applied to the total bill of services :)
PLEASE NOTE THAT BOOKING A TRIAL DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR WEDDING DATE
We do not reserve the actual wedding day until we have both the signed contract and the entire retainer. We will still be giving quotes to clients with that same wedding day up until the point we have both the signed contract and the entire retainer.
Do you offer to do “just eyes” or “just face” ?
At this time, we do not. For a look to be complete and accurately represent our work, the makeup will need to be done by one of our artists from start to finish. This will also ensure the makeup will last all day. In addition, I do not touch up or modify another artist's work if you have hired another makeup artist outside of Medicine of Beauty.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS POLICY EXTENDS TO “HELPING” A PERSON WITH SOMETHING LAST MINUTE
We frequently get asked if we can assist someone who did not book our services with something (ie lash application, blending, etc) . If we have time and if they are able to provide payment for that service prior to it being performed we will do our best to fit them into the schedule. However, our focus will be on those that reserved us prior to the day.
We are doing our photos after the ceremony, are you available to stay for touchups?
Yes! If you would like to hire our artist(s) to stay for touchups, please include that in your quote request so that we can provide you with that information.
Do you have experience with Ethnic skin tones?
Very much so :) Our lead makeup artist, Kate Broadhurst, began her 15 year career in Washington, DC. While there she managed a multi million dollar MAC store in a very diverse neighborhood. In addition, Kate worked very closely with Michelle Obama’s personal makeup artist, Carl Ray.
We promise you that we will have the correct product and shades to ensure both you and all of your guests are perfectly matched.
GUYS AND DOLLS...AS PROMISED...THE SOI NU FOR MEDICINE OF BEAUTY MASK HAS ARRIVED.
Designed with delicacy for a lush cleansing, Rose Gold LUXE uses the gentl powersof rose with the timeless healing benefits of natural sage honeycomb to pamper even the most fatigued skin
Mountain Spring Water - Sage Honey* - Glycerin* - Citrus Zest & Pulp* - Rose Oil * - Rosehip Oil - Vitamin E Oil - Peppermint Oil* - White Truffle Infused Oil* - Aloe Vera* - Optiphen + - Polysorbate 80 - Rose Clay - Pearl Powder - Marine Collagen
TO PURCHASE THIS MASK AND OTHER GOODIES FROM SOI NU ORGANIC YOU MAY CLICK THE TITLE OF THIS POST OR VISIT
I CAN'T STOP WRITING IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE I AM JUST SO DARN EXCITED I FEEL LIKE SCREAMING...OKAY...YOU CAUGHT ME...I ALREADY DID.
(pssst...if you click on the title it takes you to her Etsy to buy all the things)
In about 2 weeks along with another HUGE announcement, Soi Nu Organic and I will be launching a face mask that will just leave you feeling like the most pampered, expensive, lavish woman in the world at a fraction of the cost.
I will leave that information for it's own Blog, but until then please enjoy the interview I had with its founder/owner and one of my dearest friends, Amanda Geiger!
take it awayyyyyyyyy Mandy...
Hi Mandy! Thank you so much for joining us today and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to partner with Soi Nu.
Yes I’m looking forward to it! Thank you for reaching out.
I have had the pleasure of using these products for several months now and the difference in my skin is astounding. Your products are so well formulated and balanced - I must know your secret!!!
Thank you! Like many people, I have very sensitive skin. During my adolescence I couldn’t experiment with products or make-up like most young girls can. I started on a journey to understand my skin and understand how to accommodate it. This led me to a deep love affair with skin care and products in general. I’ve spent the better part of twenty years learning about different elements, oils, clays/muds - you name it. All the secrets lie in what the natural components can provide. For example, a lot of people don’t know that broccoli can be incredibly revitalizing for your skin. Most people look at it as a side dish at dinner.
Where did the inspiration for Soi Nu come from ?
Soi Nu, meaning “naked self” came to be in the upstairs room of a small coffee shop in BIg Bear Lake, CA - Moonridge Coffee. I was brainstorming different ways to use and breakdown an Orchid plant when I realized I could use my experience and knowledge to create something. I’ve always been health conscious and I felt like Soi Nu was an industry I could contribute to in a valuable manner. Naked Self was important because I wanted every product to be as close to the earth as possible, meaning women (and men) were still staying true to themselves- as they naturally are - when they use my products.
The first product I got to try was the Black Rose and Chamomile Dead Sea Mask. I had always stayed away from masks intending to draw out impurities and dry down skin due to my skin always being very dry. However – I believed in you and your product and I’m so happy I did. The mask is purifying without over drying…how are you able to achieve this??
It’s a delicate balance when you use elements such as Israeli Dead Sea Mud. You want to benefit from the natural minerals, clean your skin, AND hydrate. This mask took me six years to perfect and remains one of the best products I offer. It’s loaded with raw butters and hydrating oils of different grades to allow for optimal moisturizing.
I know that you work relentlessly to ensure that your products are authenticated from their origin – tell me a little about how you choose your suppliers. I feel like it’s very important for our customers to understand the great lengths you go to, to ensure the quality of your ingredients.
Choosing a supplier can take months. I only use certified organic ingredients, and if I can’t get an ingredient that’s organic (or naturally sourced like the Israeli Dead Sea Mud - which is shipped here directly from Jordan) I will most likely not use it. It’s important that we work with companies who ethically source their products as well. For example buying raw, organic AND ethically sourced Cocoa was tricky but we eventually found a great supplier.
What are your favorite products?
From my own line or others?! ;)
From my own, the Black Rose Chamomile is perfect. It’s been my go to mask for many years. Along with BCR I love love love the Rose Toner. This hasn’t been released yet but it’s coming in a full Rose line. I use it every single day.
If I’m not using my own products, I absolutely love Fig + Yarrow and Herbivore Botanicals. I love everything I have ever purchased from either company.
You’re a full time mother – wife – and entrepreneur…how do you find work/life balance?
It can be challenging at times but I make it a priority to listen to myself and what I need. Taking personal time to stay centered is the key to any success I may find ahead. I’m lucky to have an amazing support system in my husband, family and a powerful group of friends. At the end of the day I can be proud of the Mother I am, and that only motivates and inspires me to work harder and take risks. My children have been strong, powerful lights in my life and I would fail them (and myself) if I did not try to be the same.
What can we expect to see from Soi Nu in the next 12-18 months? I mean, in addition to our COLLAB!!!
I’m an ambitious woman, and have high high hopes for Soi Nu. In the next 12-18 months I hope to continue to learn and grow alongside my company. What’s most important to me is the benefit I can provide to others without having to load everything up with chemicals.
Welcome to Medicine of Beauty...my own little Wonderland of beauty, babes and bullies (the 4 legged kind, don't worry).
I'm Kate :) A lot of people call me Maeve, but that is a story for another day. Please feel free to call me either. I have an incredible daughter, named Cosette, 3 rescue Pit Bulls and a very bearded boyfriend. So, to say I have my hands full is an understatement!
We are somewhat recent transplants to Oahu - by way of our hometown Washington, DC - and are loving every minute of life on this beautiful island.
I'm pretty bad at talking about myself, so let's get the rather mundane details out of the way. I am from the suburbs of Washington, DC - spent some time in LA - and finally have settled here on Oahu. I have been a professional Makeup Artist for over ten years and have worked closely with numerous prestigious cosmetic lines.
Friends and clients have been asking me to blog for years and I am extremely excited to be at a place in my life where that is possible.
Things I love:
- my daughter
- my dogs
- wing eyeliner
- the beach
Things I'm not crazy about:
- glitter - yes seriously - it gets everywhere!!!!
- spiders - I don't feel the need to elaborate
- prolonged cold weather - a visit is lovely, but give me beach or give me death
- avocado - okay I went too far didn't I...we are fighting aren't we? Forgive me?!?
I pride myself in being an open book, and much to my chagrin sometimes, I wear my heart on my sleeve. So, please feel free to ask away...I want to hear from you...I want to connect with you...I want to hear your story.
Everything we do, we do with purpose. And most things we choose because we like them...the shirt you bought...the glasses...the specific beach you choose...your shoes. All chosen because they make you feel good - and choosing how you feel beautiful is no different.
CONFIDENCE NOT VANITY
It's important to me that each of my clients/friends understand that my role is to help you feel like the absolute best version of yourself...no matter what that is.
Through blogging, I'll take you on my journey...and I hope you'll bring me along for yours.