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Your guide to gorgeous wedding make up

Wedding make up by Alyson Sichenzia

Your wedding is one of the most important and memorable days of your life so you definitely want to look and feel amazing.  Most Brides,  want a glowing, natural, wedding makeup look.

Here are six steps to a DIY Classic Wedding Look: 
Step 1) Prep your skin by using hydrating non-greasy products. Be sure to choose a primer that is serum based.
Step 2) Start with the eyes by prepping the area with an eye primer then start adding on that gorgeous, natural smoky eye pallet. The eyes are the window to the soul so if you are going to make a feature pop definitely make the eyes the focal point.
Step 3) As for your complexion, go with a light to buildable coverage just enough to cover, but not feel heavy or unnatural. Especially with the South Florida, you don’t want to wear heavy caked on makeup in the sun or heat.
Step 4) Apply a beautiful, natural highlight, and contour for dimension and glow.
Step 5) Apply eye-popping lashes for added glam.
Step 6) Pick the lip color that will say “I Do”. Go with something pretty and bold.
Most importantly if you have the budget, consider a professional makeup artist like Alyson. To perfect your look and be the most confident,  invest in a consultation with her before the big day so that you can strategize on what overall image you want for that day beforehand.  The last thing you need on your wedding day is any surprises. Remember its one day in your entire life and you want it to be picture perfect.
Beauty tips are provided by contributor  Alyson Sichenzia, Makeup Maven. Follow her on Instagram @alysichenzhearne or check out her website at alysonsichenzia.com.
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A special note: When it comes to your wedding there is no detail too small and no request too big at South Florida’s premier destination and venue, PGA National Resort & Spa. Feel free to contact me directly to learn more!

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Bridal season is here: a post by guest beauty expert Alyson Sichenzia

It’s that time of year when many women get hitched! Makeup is a huge part of the wedding day. LUKA cosmetics is providing the makeup and application for weddings around south Florida this season. From airbrushed, flawless makeup to free hand high-definition makeup, we do it all.

Choose from two convenient locations:  PGA National Resort and Spa where you can  enjoy some pampering, full nail care services and full service salon in addition to getting the bridal party makeup ready.. Or at the Downtown at the Gardens locale  LUKA cosmetics offers a special VIP room where bridal parties feel right at home. Sit back, relax and be pampered while drinking a Bellini or mimosa!

LUKA cosmetics is not only an all natural, organic and hypoallergenic  skin care makeup, they provide great makeup artistry, a beautiful ambiance and tender, loving care from expert beauty professionals like me, Alyson Sichenzia. Put your worries to rest gals either experience will be the best makeup experience for you!

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Makeup Essentials a post by guest beauty expert Alyson Sichenzia

luka cosmeticsThere are a few basic makeup preparation essentials you will definitely miss depending on your everyday local cosmetic shops without guidance from a makeup professional.These are the essential daily foundations for a beautiful, long-lasting makeup application, so don’t neglect them ladies.

It’s a crime if you don’t prime! Primer is the number one product to a successful makeup application. Without it, your makeup will be dull and start to breakdown throughout the day!

-Eye base is the key to an eye-popping shadow application ! Eye makeup is the first to wear off on your face, an eye base or primer will be the trick to both eyeliner and shadow staying put!

-Luscious long lashes are the way to go! Lash primer will extend your lashes and prep your mascara leaving a fuller lash look!

-Setting powder sets your entire day and keeps your face on! Use a sheer and light setting powder to hold your makeup in place all day long.

Thanks for reading… Be sure to stop by Luka Cosmetics Make Up and Lash Bar. Get your makeup done by Alyson at the Spa at PGA National located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida where she’s the resident makeup artist on site.

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Lady Spa Spa Loves it!: Bath Bar online custom fragrance bar

bar_bathbarBath Bar’s retail location may be all the way in Hermosa Beach, California, but everybody can enjoy custom scented b0dy washes, lotions, scrubs, soaks, mists and sprays, and  more, with over 175 different fragrances to choose from with the online custom fragrance bar experience.    Bathbar.com  allows customers to become virtual mixologists choosing among many categories of fragrances to pair with bath products. Visitors select up to 3 individual scents from any category such as floral, citrus, chypre, fruity and foodie, green, oriental, woody, shared scents, men’s, or holiday. Selecting a category automatically pulls up a myriad of scents with alluring descriptions that are sure to perk up the senses.  And to feel extra confident about a full size product you can try before you buy. It’s just $3.50 to receive a  custom created sample in a small perfume tester tube, mailed to any U.S.-based address. 

Not the creative or adventurous type? No worries…Founder and Emmy winning, Hollywood makeup artist, Kristina Vogel‘s signature scents are the ultimate in smelly goodness and perfect for pampering and gift giving.

Choose among 5 unique, signature scents adored by celebrities and guaranteed to be loved by you too! An added bonus, Bath Bar’s body care products are all formulated with natural, biodegradable, paraban free, cruelty free, and depending on your product choice, organic ingredients.

  • Zen Milk – sexy musk with a hint of floral, vanilla and sugar
  • Magic Blossom – fresh, narcotic-like gardenia
  • Lazy Daze – dreamy lavender and vanilla
  • Pom Star – Pomegranate Tea and Amaretto
  • New Bon Bini – Magical Mix of Coconut and Tropical Flowers

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A makeup bible, a post by guest beauty expert Alyson Sichenzia


There is a book called “Do Not Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me” byPaula Begoun. Have you heard about it?

makeup counter without meWell, if you haven’t it truly is a makeup bible! You can find this book at most Barnes and Nobles. When I heard about this book I knew I had to own it. Being a makeup artist I always want to be aware of what’s in all the products I use on my body and face or am looking to purchase, especially since most products don’t do what they are supposed to or promise to do! Working as a makeup artist for MAC for two years and now for Luka cosmetics has showed me a thing or two about product knowledge!


For women who want to look beautiful and save money, this book helps them make wise cosmetic and skin-care decisions. This book helps women find products that make them look great without spending a fortune. Know your stuff! Know what’s in the products you use. Being aware is important as some products may not be so great for you and you only have one body!


When I do make up applications on my clients I make sure I share with them the ingredients, benefits, and advantages of the products. I listen to what they want and not what I want to apply on them! At the end of the day most of my clients want healthy good-for-you products that last and have a multiple purpose. This allows consumers to get the most bang for their buck.


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Thanks for reading… Be sure to stop by Luka Cosmetics Make Up and Lash Bar. Get your makeup done with me at the Spa at PGA National  located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida where I am the resident make up artist on site.


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OPI Small Wonders Nail Kit Giveaway!

Just popping in with a new giveaway to pamper yourself and have fab nails!

SmallWonders-mini-manicure-packOne lucky winner (USA only) will win an OPI small wonders manicure/nail kit with:

  • 1-3.75ml OPI ChipSkip Nail Lacquer Chip Preventor
  • 1-3.75ml Original Nail Envy Natural Nail Strengthener
  • 1-3.75ml RapiDry Top Coat
  • 1- 1 fl oz Expert Touch Lacquer Remover
  • 1- 25-ct. Expert Touch Nail Wipes
  • Adorable Travel Case

Check it out – here is the front:

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OPI Manicure KitAnd inside!

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Spa After Dark beauty event at the Spa at PGA National

1157413_10151586115842610_596058702_nOn Wednesday, October 9th, 2013, the Spa at PGA National will host its Spa after Dark event, after hours from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. This cocktail party under the stars by the famed Waters of the Worlds outdoor healing mineral pools, will allow locals, members and resort guests to learn the latest in beauty techniques, spa trends, shop to their hearts content and meet the beauty experts behind the scenes at the Spa.

Learn from the pros about makeup application, lashes, weight loss, cosmetic
enhancements, skin care, laser hair removal and experience the new Lymph Lift Massage. Other highlights of the evening will include a cash bar, DJ entertainment, tarot card readings, chair massages, paraffin treatments and
so much more!

That evening the Spa at PGA National will unveil their all new Hydrafacial System. The HydraFacial™ is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that delivers instant results with no discomfort or downtime. The procedure is immediately effective.

A silent auction and donations will be collected and appreciated at the door to benefit Big Dog Ranch Rescue.  Big Dog Ranch Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to saving the lives of unwanted pets. Out of Wellington, they provide great care for dogs, of all breeds, until they are adopted to the right homes.

Participating beauty vendors include Loreal, Pure Fiji, MoroccanOil, Epicuren, Tunies Groceries, Luka Cosmetics, Javita Coffee, Jusuru, and Clarisonic.

RSVP to attend required by calling 561.627.3111.

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At Home Spa Party

Natalie New, an esthetician and nail technician with the Spa at PGA National, recently just organized an at home spa event and let us in on how the event played out:

“Michele Lackovic recently called and spoke to me, regarding her daughter Anna’s upcoming tenth birthday. She wanted to create an at home spa party and hoped I could facilitate her event. “Absolutely,” I replied. Then the fun began!

First, we organized outside by her pool with the young ladies seated around the table. I explained the proper skin care techniques and used the Spa at PGA National’s skincare line: Phytomer. Specifically, Phytomer’s Gentle Cleansing Milk, Rose Visage Toner, Vegetal Exfoliate, and Hydracontinue moisturizing crème.

Then, Michele and I created an exciting hands-on craft session. Michele ordered Old Navy flip-flops online and selected ribbon from a craft store to tie bows.

As their take home gifts, she gave away Lavender Epsom Salts and mini mason jars for bath salts!

Not to mention, while the girls were in their craft session, each received toe polish changes. And of course, delicious birthday cupcakes and crustless finger sandwiches were served with spa smoothies as we completed our event.

Each young lady took home a beach bag filled with spa sandals, bath salts, wash cloths and the PGA National Resort and Spa home care kit.

“It was my favorite birthday ever,” Anna said.

Overall, helping Michelle create her daughter’s special birthday event was absolutely wonderful.”

Image Contact The Spa at PGA National Resort (561-627-3111) and to create your next home spa party.

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Summer Beauty Tip # 3: Use Gel Manicure & Pedicure for Summer Travels

ImageThis summer everyone is going to get their GEL manicure and pedicure right before they leave for vacations! Acrylic nails are a thing of the past, and now it’s all about getting the gel manicure and pedicure.

Gel has been trending for quite some time because it offers so many great benefits. The Gel lasts for about two to three weeks, which is conveniently the amount of time for a summer vacation. You can leave right after and even go swimming without damaging it!

The Spa at PGA National offers Gel manicure and pedicures with the OPI GelColor line. Angie Rawlins Nail Technician from the Spa at PGA National highly recommends using the Gel for your summer manicure and pedicure.

“Normally you have to wait at least a half hour for your nails to dry with a regular manicure, but with the Gel manicure or pedicure you can leave as soon as possible,” Rawlins said.


Once you get back from your summer travels, it’s very important to make the second appointment for soaking off the gel. The “soak off” normally takes anywhere between 10-15 minutes. “Peeling off the gel by yourself will dry off your nail because you’re also peeling off little layers of your nails when the gel is being removed,” Rawlins said.

So, make sure to stop by the Spa at PGA National for all of your Gel manicure & pedicure needs!


P.S. If you’re having trouble with picking out a color, just remember that bright and florescent are totally in this summer. Any kind of neon or bright gel color will make compliment your summer tan.

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Beautiful brows in five minutes by Guest Blogger Alyson Sichenzia

alyson photoMany women under-estimate the beauty of eye brows. Believe it or not, the brows define and shape the entire facial structure. If your brows are done, with a little eye shadow, mascara and lip gloss your whole face appears to be done and gives the illusion your makeup is complete!

Step one –use  Luka brand tinted brow wax to shape and shade in the brow, a little of this product goes a long way.
Step two –  use concealer to clean around the bottom and top of the brow for a clean natural look.
Step three – use a clear brow gel to comb through brow to set it.
“And voila you have brows!” 
Stop by the Spa at PGA National to experience Luka Cosmetics yourself and meet Alyson, Resident Make Up Artist.

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