So much of the magic of Miss Universe happens behind-the-scenes! Here are a few of our favorite moments off-stage:
DANCE PARTIES were one of our favorite trends! Dancing is a lot easier when you can be sure your robe will stay put - we like to think that our secure ties helped these ladies dance with a little extra confidence:
Miss Universe Laos Souphaphone Somvichit and Miss Universe Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp
Miss Universe India Shraddha Shashidar and Miss Universe Sri Lanka Christina Plate
BONDING BACKSTAGE over lattés and lashes, these ladies are so pretty in pink!
Miss Universe Namibia Sune January, Miss Universe Albania Leka Blerta, Miss Universe Sri Lanka Christina Plate, and Miss Universe Canada Lauren Howe.
When we asked the 2017 Miss Universe contestants to share their favorite natural beauty and wellness secrets, they responded with amazing tips to keep us all looking and feeling our best!
Take a look at these easy beauty tips you can do at home:
1. Scrub for Luscious Lips
Kaja Kojan, Norway
"One of my favorite beauty tips is my homemade lip scrub. The recipe is: mix sugar, oil and some fresh lemon juice. This makes your lips always smooth and soft so they are always ready for some lipstick or gloss. Two other very important things is to keep my skin clean and always take off my eye makeup before starting my beauty sleep.”
2. Coconut oil and Indestructible Curls
Frida Fornander, Sweden
“Tip 1: Coconut oil is the answer to everything! Ever since I started using this magic, natural oil as a makeup remover and moisturizer, my skin has not only cleared from breakouts, it feels more radiant and glowy!
Tip Number 2: Many of the girls during Miss Universe were asking me how I get my curls to hold for days, and I always told them to pin their curls while they are hot, and after they have cooled, you can let them down. Just use a little bit of flexible hairspray. No need to wash your hair every day, just touch up with some dry shampoo.
Tip Number 3: It's really true - beauty comes from within. I eat a plant based diet that provides my body with everything that I need to feel energetic and confidently beautiful! My best advice is to find a lifestyle that suits you, and you should never compare yourself with others”
3. A Sweet Treat for Your Skin
Miss Portugal and Miss Zambia both say that honey is the key to a natural glow!
Matilde Lima, Portugal
“I have a very good homemade mask recipe that I love to do. Only one honey soup spoon and two almonds are necessary to prepare this homemade mask exfoliant. First of all, you need to smash the almonds until you get a very fine dust and blend it with honey. Then, add a teaspoon of lemon juice and apply gently to the face with a circular massage and let it dry for 15 minutes. Flush with warm water, and it’s done!”
Isabel Chikoti, Zambia
“My favourite beauty tip is a 'Natural Honey facial,’ when I studied in the Ukraine my skin was always dry and lacked vibrance and moisture. Natural Honey worked incredibly well for me because not only did it hydrate my skin but it is also antibacterial hence prevented inflammation to fight acne and scaring. When it crystallizes I like to use it as a body scrub as the glow would be from head to toe. Honey continues to be a vital addition to my Natural Beauty Routine. The Natural Honey Facial is suitable for all climates and skin types.”
4. Beauty Rest is Best
Anna Burdzy, Great Britain
"I'm always asked on my skin regime and every time I am pleased how relieved girls are at its simplicity! It's important to treat your skin well; always remove your make up before bed, wash your face, drink lots of water and get good sleep. Don't underestimate any of those! Sleep is so important and I literally get every hour that I can. For those that struggle I always find that putting your phone as far away from you as possible works, as well as reading beforehand to help you switch off.”
5. Coconut and Banana
Lauren Howe, Canada
It sounds like a delicious smoothie, but it’s actually Miss Canada’s trick for gorgeous hair and soft skin!
“I moisturize my hair once a week with coconut oil in the hair overnight and use a clarifying shampoo once a week / every two weeks to remove build up. Apply a deep conditioner afterwards.”
“For acne prone skin, don't be afraid to moisturize! There's a tendency to want to use all "anti-acne" products when you have acne prone skin, but I truly believe a lot of acne is a result of your body reacting to something - stress, hormones, allergies, etc. Make sure you're still feeding your skin rather than stripping essential oils away. Exfoliating to clear away dead skin is KEY! A makeup artist recently gave me a really good on the go trick: use a mashed banana or banana peel on your face. It acts as a great exfoliator and moisturizer! Leave it on for about 10 minutes then rinse.”
6. Aloe Vera Miracle Plant
Rafieya Husain, Guyana
“My go to for almost anything is Aloe, the natural aloe from the plant. I use it for skin, hair, scars, the list goes on. For hair, it strengthens it and gives it a natural glow without any products or tools. I blend some of the aloe from the plan and add vitamin E oil from a capsule. Then, soak it in my hair for 30 mins, wash and air dry. Everyone has different hair and skin types, so make sure to test a patch at the end of your hair first.”
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Images by Georgina Vaughan Photography
How pretty is Madi in our Nora robe? We love this print so much, it's so sweet and girly without being floral and fussy. It's kind of perfect for Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day...and honestly every day!
Start your wedding day - and every day - with a little sparkle. This adorable 11oz mug features a gold glitter script "dulhan" so there's no mistaking the bride's morning coffee or chai. Glitter is proven to help get through monday mornings with ease.
These adorable mugs are Microwave and top-rack dishwasher safe, though hand washing is recommended. Buy the Dulhan Mug here
Are bridesmaid robes a gift? Or are they just a prop for your getting ready photos?
Here are some tips on how to do bridesmaid robes right:
With plenty of giggles, tickles, and snuggles, the girls were the best little mommies to their dolls (who also wore matching PajamaSutra robes!)
These two! Such a fun morning with this sweet duo. Cuddles, curlers, and lots of kisses.
Ami and her sweet baby girl are wearing our mommy and me set in Jaipur Rose, one of PajamaSutra's original prints and back this year for our 10 year anniversary!
All our Mommy and Me sets are pressed with organic rose water prior to shipping and include a special gift for mom and daughter!
Our little girl robes can also be ordered individually, perfect for flower girls and junior bridesmaids!
Images by Life Iz Photography
Those special moments before a bride-to-be becomes a mrs can be the most cherished moments of her wedding day. From the sweet anticipation to the glamorous transformation - and all the fun moments with your bridesmaids in between - its important not to overlook your wedding morning photo list with your photographer.
Here is a list of must-shoot photos for your getting ready session, as well as a few tips to help set the stage for gorgeous shots:
1. The Relaxed Bride Shot
With bubbly in hand and an easy laugh, this shot captures a fun, relaxed vibe in such a beautiful, glamorous way. TIP: One of the best ways to create a relaxed atmosphere is with music. Set the vibe in your getting-ready suite with a bluetooth speaker and one of your favorite playlists.
Photo: Tom Cisneros
2. The Glam Close-Up
Your make-up is fresh and flawless, and now is the perfect chance to go for an ultra-glam goddess shot! TIP: Good lighting, and a simple background is key for this shot. Your make-up artist will likely position you in the spot with the best natural light anyway, but mention to your photographer that you'd like a photo with a very minimal background.
3. The Informal Group Shot
All your ladies in one shot, and none of them, including you, looking at the camera! It is a fun way to capture the atmosphere, and while it may not end up framed in your living room, you will treasure candid images like this!Photos: Nicole Goddard / Ira Lippke Studios
4. The Group Shot
This is a must-have shot, and not just once, but at least twice - first in your robes, and then again later all dressed up! TIP: This is a great shot to take outdoors, which can add to your timeline. Set aside a few extra minutes to take a few images outside the getting ready room while the ladies are still in their robes, and then retake the images in the same spot when the ladies are in their dresses.
Photos: Nicole Goddard / Alisha Crossley
5. First Look with Bridesmaids
Everyone loves the first look photos with the bride and groom, but don't forget the first look with your bridesmaids - those reactions are priceless!
Photo: Alisha Crossley
6. With The Flower Girls and Junior Bridesmaids
Be sure to take a few shots with the youngest ones in your bridal party! TIP: Don't forget matching robes for your little ladies!
Shop our flower girl and junior bridesmaids robes here
Photo: Robyn Rachel Photography
7. The Love Note
Passing notes was never more romantic and sentimental! Be sure your photographer captures this precious moment as you read your groom's words to you. TIP: water-proof mascara! Also, before sending your note to your groom, spritz it with your favorite perfume. Read more about writing the perfect love note
Photo: Lin and Jirsa
8. The Jewelry and Mehndi Close-Up Shot
Though your gorgeous, intricate bridal mehndi deserves a close-up all on its own - add in your bridal jewelry for an exquisite capture. Our Lara, Eva and Tara Bridal Robes provide the perfect backdrop in these images!
Photos: Sachi Anand / Randery Imagery / KSD Weddings