Beauty Edit: This Week’s Best Beauty Products

It amazes even us just how many new beauty releases there are each week and they only seem to be getting better. We’re all for better research and better results when it comes to skincare, haircare and makeup. We’ve rounded up the best beauty products that caught our attention this week.

Beauty Edit: This Week’s Best Beauty Products

Omorovicza Revitalising Scalp Mask, £55[1]

It’s a chunk tube with a thin nozzle, perfect for directing straight onto your hairline. The easy application leaves you to just massage the clay into your scalp and leave it to work its magic. Applied on dry hair before shampooing the clay product is also formulated with salicylic acid to exfoliate the hair bed. Just make sure when you follow with your shampoo, you really work the roots to remove all residue.

tube of omorovicza scalp maskBuy this scalp mask here[2]

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, £31[3]

Moringa is a Vitamin C -dense superfood that packs a greater level of the popular vitamin than oranges. Emma Hardie has harnessed the power of this superfood in her hot cloth cleansing balm to great effect. After one use of this luxurious balm we found skin felt spotless, fresh and soft to touch. Used with a microfibre hot cloth, it’s almost like giving yourself a spa treatment at home. We’re sold.

Bjork & Berries Cleansing Gel Formula, £18 [4]

A Nordic beauty brand we have instantly come to love. The cleansing gel has a delicate, pine fresh fragrance and cleanses beautifully, removing makeup with ease. Thanks to the pink clay, which colours the product beautifully, it gently lifts impurities and leaves skin feeling suitable clean.

bottle of Bjork and berries cleansing gel new beauty products Buy Bjork & Berries here[5]

Hotel Chocolat Coffee Body Scrub, £16[6]

Hotel Chocolat has branched out from serving up their mouth-watering chocolate delicacies and ventured into the world of beauty. It makes sense, the cocoa plantation in St Lucia has everything readily available to them. We’ve tried their mists and body lotions but this week we’re enjoying the invigorating coffee body scrub. Pumped with caffeine it exfoliates and lifts flaky, dull skin (particularly well around the elbows) whilst the almond oil and cocoa butter work to prevent it drying out your skin.

coffee cup of coffee body scrubBuy this scrub here[7]

UpCircle Face Serum, £14.99[8]

UpCircle is a brand with a conscience, using repurposed materials to create their products. Skincare that doesn’t cost the earth? We’re into it. The face serum is super greasy buy its staying power and hydrating power impressed us no end. A couple drops of this across your face in the evening – a little while before bed so it can soak in and work its magic- works a charm.

bottle and box of upchircle face serumBuy this serum here[9]


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  2. ^ Buy this scalp mask here (
  3. ^ Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, £31 (
  4. ^ Bjork & Berries Cleansing Gel Formula, £18  (
  5. ^ Buy Bjork & Berries here (
  6. ^ Hotel Chocolat Coffee Body Scrub, £16 (
  7. ^ Buy this scrub here (
  8. ^ UpCircle Face Serum, £14.99 (
  9. ^ Buy this serum here (
  10. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (
  11. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (
  12. ^ here (

Beauty Edit: The Best Vegan Beauty Products

Veganism is on the rise and it’s expanding into all fields, including beauty. Who knew animal-derived products were in so many of our beauty buys? That said, there’s a multitude of vegan beauty products available to buy and all equally as good, if not better, than your everyday products.

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Beauty Edit: The Best Vegan Beauty Products

Best Vegan Makeup

Charlotte Tilbury has a huge selection of vegan-friendly makeup, including this Rock ‘n’ Kohl eyeliner[1]. Super-soft texture for easy application, easily blendable with deep pigment, true to shade.

rock 'n' kohl Charlotte tilbury eyeliner vegan beauty productsBuy this eyeliner here[2]

e.l.f’s beauty range is all vegan-friendly, including this Nude Rose Gold eyeshadow palette… [3]

Nde rose gold elf eyeshadow palette - best vegan beauty buys Buy this palette here[4]

…As well as this Flawless Finish Foundation, [5]which offers good, lightweight coverage for a natural finish.

elf flawless finish foundation best vegan beauty products Buy this foundation here[6]

Bare Minerals is also in on the action with numerous products, including this BarePro Performance wear foundation powder[7]. The powder provides a lightweight, even coverage and banishes shine.

bare minerals powder foundation best vegan beautyBuy this powder here[8]

Too Faced’s Diamond Highlighter[9] is highly pigmented to make your cheekbones pop and suitably vegan.

too faced diamond highlighter best vegan beauty productsBuy this highlighter here[10]

Best Vegan Haircare

Olaplex shampoo[11] and conditioner[12] are both vegan and work perfectly in conjunction with the No.3 Bond perfector, should you happen to have had an Olaplex treatment.

Maria Nila’s vegan shampoo[13] and conditioner[14]. It smells amazing, a scent which leaves hair smelling glorious all day.

bottles of Maria nila shampoo and conditioner best vegan beauty productsBuy the shampoo here[15]

Vegan Makeup Brushes

Popular makeup brand Zoeva, has a lovely bamboo brush collection,[16] which is all vegan. They are soft and gentle, we particularly love this face definer.

Buy the brush set here[17]

The Body Shop’s vegan makeup brush [18]collection has a large variety of super-soft bristles to choose from.

selection of body shop makeup brushes for the best vegan beauty products


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  1. ^ Rock ‘n’ Kohl eyeliner (
  2. ^ Buy this eyeliner here (
  3. ^  Nude Rose Gold eyeshadow palette…  (
  4. ^ Buy this palette here (
  5. ^  Flawless Finish Foundation,  (
  6. ^ Buy this foundation here (
  7. ^ BarePro Performance wear foundation powder (
  8. ^ Buy this powder here (
  9. ^ Too Faced’s Diamond Highlighter (
  10. ^ Buy this highlighter here (
  11. ^ shampoo (
  12. ^ conditioner (
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  14. ^ conditioner (
  15. ^ Buy the shampoo here (
  16. ^  Zoeva, has a lovely bamboo brush collection, (
  17. ^ Buy the brush set here (
  18. ^ Body Shop’s vegan makeup brush  (
  19. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (
  20. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (
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The Best Hair Masks for 2019

Perfect wedding day hair doesn’t just happen upon you. Your locks require serious attention in the lead-up to your big day and that means tonnes of hydration. We’ve rounded up the best hair masks to use at home to keep your hair in mint condition.

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The Best Hair Masks for 2019

At least six months before your wedding you need to begin your mission to achieve flawless wedding locks. Whilst a good hair stylist on the day can work wonders, some care prior to this can restore your locks to optimum condition.

“I suggest starting the Ultra Nourishing masque treatment at least six months before your wedding day. It is crucial to maintain the condition of your hair, so when you see signs of improvement, gradually go down to perhaps once every two weeks.” Says Paul Windle, MD and Founder of Windle & Moodie.

“If your hair isn’t too damaged, but a just needs a little TLC, start three months before your wedding. Hair that is already strong and healthy would only need to undergo a treatment a couple of days before the big day.”

The emergency hair masks

So you realise your wedding is mere months away and you’ve left your hair to split and dry out, negligently. Queue a rushed hair chop and intense hair treatment to pump some life back into it.

Windle & Moodie Ultra Nourishing Masque, £34[1]

The final, indulgent step in a three-step treatment you can do at home or in the Windle and Moodie salon. The rich and luxurious cream coats the hair shaft and over the space of 15 minutes works to intensely hydrate. A catalyst in the journey to healthy hair.

windle and Moodie ultra nourishing hair mask

The best hydrating hair masks

Kerastase Elixer Ultime, £25[2]

A better option for coarse, thick hair in need of more life. It’s heavy and indulgent and only a five-minute mask, so ideal for the time-constrained among us. Formulated with four hydrating oils (Maize, Pracaxi, Camellia and Argan) it’s a bit too much for fine hair. For coarse hair, use bi-weekly and for fine hair, we’d suggest once every few weeks.

The best restorative hair masks

Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask, £32.85[3]

Cult haircare brand Moroccanoil once again delivers a hair saviour. We found the mask helped slick down dry and lacklustre ends and soften our coarse tresses after one use.

Sachajuan Hair Repair, £19.55[4]

Sachajuan’s hair repair noticeably improved shine on our lacklustre air and we noticed it reduced frizz. It’s not as thick as some of the other masks we tried so it’s not as impactful on colour-treated hair. We couldn’t get enough of the smell though.

sachajuan hair repair best hair masksBuy this mask here[5]

Hello Jo pack of 3, £6 [6]

Hello Jo works to restore and revive the ends of your hair to prevent breakage. A cocktail of a multitude of oils (argan, olive, moringa) it adds a natural slip and suppleness to convince you you’ve done it the world of good.

sachets of hello jo hair mask- best hair masks

Tigi Bed Head Urban Anti+dotes mask, £9.54[7]

One that smells like summer even after you’ve dried your hair. We noticed it minimized frizz and smoothed frazzled ends. We loved the light consistency (it’s like a normal conditioner), plus, it’s great for all hair types.

tiki bed head urban anti+dotes hair mask best hair masks Buy this Bed Head hair mask here[8]

The everyday hair mask

We understand that not everyone washes and conditions their hair daily. When we say everyday mask, we really mean in place of your normal conditioner.

Redken All Soft Mega Megasoft, £18[9]

One for coarser hair, Redken’s Megasoft is nourishing without a greasy finish. Work a 50p sized dollop through your hair from roots to tip and leave it for five minutes. TIt’s a great everyday mask for fine and coarse hair.

redken all sofa mega megamask bottle - best hair masks Buy this mask here[10]

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist[11], RRP £4.99 at Boots[12]

The everyday hair mask. The time it takes you to wash all your other bits, this mask will have worked it’s magic. Gentle on the scalp and bursting with fragrance, it also doesn’t cost the earth.

Charles Worthington Grow Strong, £6.74[13]

When you’ve not really got the time, five minutes or otherwise, to hang around for a hair mask to work its magic. Queue Charles Worthington’s Grow Strong treatment. It’s a leave-in treatment that requires no rinsing. We found it left our tresses silky-soft and smelling fresh throughout the day. We were impressed it didn’t leave finer hair greasy or heavy.

Charles Worthington grow strong treatment- best hair masks Buy this treatment here[14]


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  1. ^ Windle & Moodie Ultra Nourishing Masque, £34 (
  2. ^ Kerastase Elixer Ultime, £25 (
  3. ^ Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask, £32.85 (
  4. ^ Sachajuan Hair Repair, £19.55 (
  5. ^ Buy this mask here (
  6. ^ Hello Jo pack of 3, £6  (
  7. ^ Tigi Bed Head Urban Anti+dotes mask, £9.54 (
  8. ^ Buy this Bed Head hair mask here (
  9. ^ Redken All Soft Mega Megasoft, £18 (
  10. ^ Buy this mask here (
  11. ^ Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist (
  12. ^ , RRP £4.99 at Boots (
  13. ^ Charles Worthington Grow Strong, £6.74 (
  14. ^ Buy this treatment here (
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  16. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (
  17. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (
  18. ^ here (

The Best Heat Protection Sprays for 2019

When you’ve invested in a good chop to get your hair on track for your big day, you don’t want to let daily styling undo the good work. Queue a good heat protection spray to help protect your locks from everyday damage.

The Best Heat Protection Sprays for 2019

Are you a slave to hair straighteners? Can’t go a day without styling your hair to perfection? No doubt you know it takes a toll but with the use of a good heat protection spray and regular hair masks, you can maintain healthier locks for longer.

Moroccanoil Perfect Defense, £26.85[1]

Unlike the others we tested, Perfect Defense is a dry aerosol spray so great on dry hair. It’s still infused with the brand’s much-loved argan oil and smells like all the rest of the collection, delicious. If you’re reviving day-old styled hair this is a great heat spray that is dry and weightless.

can on moroccanoil perfect defence- the best heat protection spraysBuy this heat protection spray here[2]

Maria Nila Quick Dry Heat Spray, £18[3]

The first thing about this spray is the moreish scent, it’s like a tropical fruit explosion and we’re totally feeling it. It’s quite a wet product (obviously) by this we mean it has quite a heavy spray and saturates hair quickly.

Maria nila quick dry heat protection sprayBuy this heat spray here[4]

GHD Heat Protect Spray, £9.99[5]

GHD specialise in hot stylers and hair tools, so it’s no surprise their heat spray makes the cut. The R&D that goes into each product gives us complete faith in the brand. We love this spray, from the lovely smell to the even spray distribution- that’s right, it’s got a great spray function that doesn’t clog. What’s more, it’s the most affordable of all the brands we tried.

GHD heat protection spray Buy this spray here[6]

Cloud Nine Magical Drying Potion, £15.98 [7]

This magical potion is a multi-functioning spray. Sprayed on wet hair the product is formulated with a multitude of products with varied benefits. The oil softens and smooths, the alcohol speeds up the drying time and the heat protective ingredients (silicones and quats) work to protect from damage.

cloud nine magical quick dry potion heat protection sprays

Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Cocolicious Heat Defence £2.50 [8]

Easily affordable and an ideal travel size. The Cocolicious is a fine mist spray that has even distribution and – you guessed it- a coconut fragrance. However, it does also have a strong smell of alcohol.

Phil Smith cocolicious heat defence sprayBuy this spray here[9]


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  2. ^ Buy this heat protection spray here (
  3. ^ Maria Nila Quick Dry Heat Spray, £18 (
  4. ^ Buy this heat spray here (
  5. ^ GHD Heat Protect Spray, £9.99 (
  6. ^ Buy this spray here (
  7. ^ Cloud Nine Magical Drying Potion, £15.98  (
  8. ^ Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Cocolicious Heat Defence £2.50  (
  9. ^ Buy this spray here (
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  11. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (
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Beauty treatment review: Blush and Blow Salon, London

Blush and Blow salonCredit: Kate Nielen Photography

Natalie Keeler puts the new Environ Facial to the test at Fulham’s Blush and Blow beauty salon

I love winter; the prospect of wrapping up warm, cosying up by a burning fire and snuggling under a duvet in a thick pair of pyjamas.

The unfortunate thing is that winter doesn’t particularly love me, or – more specifically – my skin. As victim to a flaky t-zone for as long as I can remember, the colder months usually have me caking on moisturiser by the tub-load in a desperate attempt to give my skin a little radiance and hydration. I have blackheads that refuse to budge on my nose, and in short, I just really need a little TLC.

It was time to call in the professionals, so I headed to Blush & Blow in Fulham to try their new Environ Facial, which I’d heard is one of the most technologically-advanced treatments on the market.

Specialising in facials, nails and fabulous blow-dries, upon arrival I immediately got the sense that this beauty salon – which was founded by make-up artist Bridgette O’Keeffe – is a hub of elegance and serenity as I walked through the glass doors on New King’s Road.

Blush and Blow beauty salonCredit: Kate Nielen Photography

The interiors are chic, modern and uber-Instagrammable, with a large blue neon sign glowing from the far end of the room. I was greeted by Raimonda, the salon’s skincare expert, who was friendly and asked me to write down what I hoped to achieve from today’s experience, so my facial would be adapted to suit my skin’s needs.

Raimonda then took me down to the treatment room, where she left me to settle in, undress and rest on the bed. She started by removing my make-up with a double cleanse, and asked me to talk through my main concerns and my usual routine.

We discussed what I can do to rejuvenate and better hydrate my skin on a daily basis, and she even helpfully agreed to note down all her recommendations for me to take home afterwards.

It was time to begin the facial, and Raimonda started by applying lactic acid to remove the build-up of dead skin cells on my face, while gently exfoliating my skin. She then applied some vitamin A and C serum, which helps to increase hydration and lock in moisture into the lower skin layers.

Blush and Blow beauty treatment roomCredit: Kate Nielen Photography

Next, Raimonda probed my face with an ionzyme machine, to help the serums penetrate my skin fully while stimulating collagen. While the sensation felt a little odd, I thought it was a good indicator that the treatment was working.

She then applied an alginate mask, which was incredibly thick and covered my whole face, including my eyes, mouth and down to my neck. The whole process was so relaxing that it was quite a surprise to come back to normality and have the mask peeled off my face. Raimonda finished the treatment by applying some cooling eye gel, vitamin A cream and sun protection on top.

I felt positively renewed once the experience was over, and my skin was noticeably plumper and more radiant. I’d walked into Blush & Blow expecting a top-quality facial, but Raimonda had given me so much more than that: it was relaxing, rejuvenating and just what I needed at the end of a long working day, and better yet, I’d been given all the tips and advice I needed to keep my skin looking and feeling healthy for longer – that’s far more than I’d ever bargained for.

Prices start from £90 for an hour-long Environ Facial at Blush & Blow London. To find out more, visit[1]

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Christmas 2018 gift guide: Gifts for her on every budget

Woman opening Christmas presentCredit: iStock

Whether you’re in search of cheap Christmas gifts for her or something more expensive, our festive guide is sure to get you some brownie points on 25 December

Rosie for Autograph Amazing Body Glow

This gorgeous tinted moisturiser from Autograph gives you instantly glowing, healthy-looking skin while enhancing your natural glow.

Buy it now from Marks and Spencer[1]

Blend your favourite teas and gins inside this unique multifunctional gift set – simply fill the filter with your chosen tea flavour and pour the gin through the infuser. And, hey presto!

Buy it now from Amazon[2]

Espresso Martini Set

A great kit for when you’re hosting a party, this set includes two cocktail classes, two flavour mixes in chocolate and vanilla, and a shaker, plus a 50ml bottle of vodka and coffee beans to decorate.

Buy it now from Debenhams[3]

This handmade jewellery stand is made purely out of industrial plumbing copper pipe fittings and is the perfect quirky addition to any dressing table.

Buy it now from Etsy [4]

Clinique Replenishing Hydrator Moisturiser

This rich, oil-free moisturiser instantly rehydrates dry skin, keeping skin plump even 24 hours after application.

Buy it now from eBay[5]

Sanctuary Spa Indulgence Hamper

This luxury gift set is packed with pampering goodies, including body wash, scrub and lotion, a ‘Moisture Burst’ face wash, hand cream, heel balm and eau de toilette.

Buy it now from Boots[6]


Within minutes of putting on your spacemask, you’ll feel it warm up and start to mellow your tired eyes and face. The soft jasmine scent should help you doze off peacefully, too.

Buy it now from Liberty London[7]

The Positive Planner, £23[8]

The Positive Planner journal

Allow her to indulge in a little self-care with this 12-week organiser and planner, with space for you to add daily reflections and track your mood week by week. There’s also a section for you to plan meals and write shopping lists.

Buy it now from Life and Me[9]

Benefit Lipstick

Get fuller-looking lips in one easy stroke with this travel-sized lipstick, with a comfortable, semi-matte finish that lasts up to eight hours.

Buy it now from eBay[10]

Berry print pyjamas

These soft pyjamas are great for cosying up in the cold winter months. They feature a functional drawstring and fully elasticated waistband, too, so can be easily adjusted for comfortable sleeping.

Buy it now from Cyberjammies[11]

Dior Perfume Set

This luxury set contains a 50ml of Miss Dior’s signature scent, plus a Miss Dior Beautifying Body Milk.

Buy it now from Debenhams[12]

Christmas Eve Gift Box

This gift box has all you need for a cosy night in, including a handmade blossom mug, a bar of chocolate, cookie cutter, party matches, a pair of candy canes and a candle.

Buy it now from Parcel London[13]

Lana diamond table lamp

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? Okay, so this might not be the real deal, but it’ll sure look pretty on your bedside. Choose between a diamond bulb or a plain tube.

Buy it now from Room To Sleep[14]

Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter

This 3-in-1 multiport adapter allows you to easily connect your smartphone with your laptop, TV or other devices, and even speeds up the laptop-charging process, too. Available in three colours, including silver, satin gold, and – our favourite – golden rose.

Buy it now from Moshi[15]

Heaven Skincare’s new PRISM collection infuses a new groundbreaking formula, helping to protect cells from UV rays, boosting collagen and reversing damage caused by daily stress.

Buy it now from Heaven Skincare[16]

Oliver Bonas Jewellery Box

Store away all your jewellery and trinkets inside this stunning jewellery box, which has been lined with plush velvet in two shades of pink.

Buy it now from Oliver Bonas[17]

Flowers Luxury Gift Set

Sold in a beautiful white gift box, this delightful pampering kit comes with a signature candle, bath and shower gel, body lotion and triple-milled soap – all scented with a light and floral blend.

Buy it now from The White Company[18]

John Lewis Waterford Gin Balloon Glasses

This set of two glasses is ideal for enjoying a crisp gin and tonic or aromatic cocktail over the festive period. They’re presented in a signature black gift box, too.

Buy it now from John Lewis[19]

If unique, statement jewellery is your thing, you can’t go far wrong with this sophisticated pink tweed watch, complete with a sapphire crystal glass front, quick-release wool strap and stainless steel case.

Buy it now from Morris Richardson[20]

ghd Platinum Straightener

These unique straighteners feature precision-milled plates with ultra-gloss coating, allowing for 20% more shine. The sleek design and rounder barrel make styling easier, too.

Buy it now from Feelunique[21]

Grey wool scarf

This cosy wool scarf from the Stockholm-based designer Acne Studios is the perfect companion for the cold British weather.

Buy it from Harvey Nichols[22]

Luxury champagne hamper

Raise a toast to the festive season with this luxury hamper from Charbonnel et Walker. Inside the gift box you’ll find a bottle of Rose Monet, plus a selection of champagne truffles.

Buy it now from Harrods[23]

Bobbi Brown Classic Brush Collection

It’s party season! So make sure you look the part with help from this not-so-basic brush set, featuring six of Bobbi’s best-loved essentials – from the face blender brush to concealer blending brush.

Buy it now from Debenhams[24]

Silver Pendant and Earrings

This elegant silver pendant and earrings set features a swirling infinity design, which is filled with a cubic zirconia embellishment for a touch of sparkle.

Buy it now from Beaverbrooks[25]

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

This super-light and easy-to-use hairdryer helps you maintain shinier, healthier hair, with three heat settings, a smoothing nozzle and a digital motor that operates quietly.

Buy it now from eBay[26]

Michael Kors Sofie Ladies WatchMichael Kors Sofie Ladies Watch

This gorgeous watch is fastened with a glittering silver and rose gold bracelet, and also comes with a 36mm rose case with a rose gold tone and stone-embellished bezel.

Buy it now from Beaverbrooks[27]

Elemis Jewels of the Sea

This award-winning pro-collagen collection includes all the skincare essentials you need to cleanse, moisturise and reduce fine lines.

Buy it now from Amazon[28]

Not sure whether your skincare products are working? This hi-tech smart mirror takes photographs of your face over time, allowing you to easily monitor your skin for wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, roughness and pores.

Buy it now from HiMirror[29]

Chloé Pearl Embellishment Bracelet, £285

Chloe Pearl Bracelet

This beautiful statement piece is crafted with polished gold-tone brass, topped with two shimmering pearls – the perfect accessory for a glitzy Christmas party.

Buy it now from Harrods[30]

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Perfume, £295

Maison Francis Kurkdjian perfume

This classic eau de parfum is filled with notes of jasmine, saffron, bitter almond, cedar wood, and ambergris, originating from Egypt and Morocco.

Buy it now from Harvey Nichols[31]


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  7. ^ Buy it now from Liberty London (
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  9. ^ Buy it now from Life and Me (
  10. ^ Buy it now from eBay (
  11. ^ Buy it now from Cyberjammies (
  12. ^ Buy it now from Debenhams (
  13. ^ Buy it now from Parcel London (
  14. ^ Buy it now from Room To Sleep (
  15. ^ Buy it now from Moshi (
  16. ^ Buy it now from Heaven Skincare (
  17. ^ Buy it now from Oliver Bonas (
  18. ^ Buy it now from The White Company (
  19. ^ Buy it now from John Lewis (
  20. ^ Buy it now from Morris Richardson (
  21. ^ Buy it now from Feelunique (
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  30. ^ Buy it now from Harrods (
  31. ^ Buy it now from Harvey Nichols (
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Wedding Countdown: The Perfect Wedding Skincare Routine

The pressure to look perfect on your wedding day can be overwhelming but with the help of a good makeup artist and a good wedding skincare routine, you’ll have nothing fear. It’s hard to know when to go for a facial, when to cut out certain irritants and what to do in the final week. Lucky for you, we’ve got the answers.

Credit: Rhiannon Pritchard

The perfect six-week wedding skincare routine

We picked the brains of skincare specialists and beauty brands to find out what the perfect wedding skincare routine is and what products you should be using.

Six weeks to go

We all know a good complexion comes from within, so be conscious about six weeks before your wedding not to overdo the sugar, or carbs or booze (all the things we love most!). Now is a good time to start thinking about your gut health. A healthy gut will go a long way in improving your complexion. Think of it as improving your skin from the inside out. Try eating more live cultures in the form of yoghurt, kefir or kombucha.

Another great option is supplements, to feed your skin from inside.

Altrient C[1] is a potent concoction of – you guessed it- vitamin C. It aids skin firming by feeding your skin cells thanks to the liposome-dense formula which carry the vitamins all the way to your skin cells without breaking down. Loved by celebs and beauty experts alike and not one to break the bank, either.

altrient C food supplement Buy Altrient C here[2]

If you haven’t already, the six-week mark is also a great time to consider hair and nail supplements to ensure you have the bounciest, shiniest and healthiest looking hair on your special day. Viviscal is a brand that’s true to their claims, backed by a number of clinical studies and comes recommended by doctors and dermatologists alike.

Buy Viviscal here[3]

Now is also the time to try a variety of skincare products[4] from face masks and toners to cleansers and moisturisers. This will allow you to pinpoint your favourites. If you have sensitive skin, don’t leave trialling new products too late.

Five weeks to go

Five weeks before your wedding is a great time to consider some facial treatments and start trialling new skincare products. By giving yourself this lead time, you have enough time for your skin to recover should if be irritated by any new products or treatments.

The team over at Skinbase[5] suggest a microdermabrasion session to buff away all dead skin cells and rejuvenate your skin ahead of your big day.

“We recommend booking a course several weeks before your wedding. That way, you’ll guarantee your skin is still glowing from all the benefits of the exfoliation and gentle stimulation.”

Microdermabrasion isn’t for everyone, so would also recommend Origins GinZing facial scrub[6]. Use it weekly to achieve a refined and brighter complexion.

Buy Origins GinZing here[7]

Four weeks to go

One month to go! You’ll be asking yourself where all the time has gone and frantically tying up loose ends. This is the time Jessica Constanti, makeup artist for advises brides to have their makeup trial, however, for skincare she says:

“It would be advisable to not introduce any new product or procedure as your skin may react badly.”

Find yourself a good SPF daytime moisturiser such as this Neutrogena City Shield SPF 25[8] and a good cleanser like this Elemis Gentle Foaming Facial Wash[9]. Now is the time to find your hero products and stick with them.

Dr Rekha Tailor, Founder and Medical Director of Health & Aesthetics Clinic[10], warns us explicitly to steer clear or retinoids in the lead up.

” If you are already on retinols on the lead up to your wedding, we do recommend slowly weaning yourself off one week prior to the wedding to avoid any chance of red, dry and peel-y reactions!

“Sometimes, retinol can react more with stress, so this is another reason to make sure you gently wean yourself off one the week prior to your wedding so that you can ensure picture-perfect skin on your big day.”

Three weeks to go

Use these three weeks to really care for your skin, using an overnight mask to hydrate such as the Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial[11].

Buy this Korres overnight mask here[12]

Dr Ross Perry- Medical Director of CosmedicsUK[13] tells us:

“Skin peels are also a good choice in the run to your wedding. You can book one at a clinic who will also be able to advise you on the best course for your skin type or try a home peel for two to three weeks to see a noticeable difference in skin tone and texture.

“I’d again advise to start early and then stop in order to address any skin issues early on. If you pack too much into your beauty regime if can have an adverse effect making us more sensitive.”

Also, if you are planning to wear open toe shoes or sandals at your wedding, now is a good time to use a foot masque[14] to exfoliate away all the dead skin. Leave this too late and you’ll have flaky feet days before your wedding. Do it now and you can keep your feet soft and supple with an intense foot cream ahead of your big day.

Two weeks to go

Often at this point, you’ll start to feel the pressure and it’s worthwhile taking time out to find something that relaxes you. Whether it’s a massage or a yoga class, it’s worthwhile as stress leads to stress spots which will only exacerbate the pressure.

Charlotte Connoley[15], facialist and skin expert, shared her insight with Wedding Ideas on what brides should be doing two weeks before the big day.

“Cleansing twice at night to take off any makeup, once with an oil such as Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil[16] with Coconut and Argan and then with either a cream or gel or foaming cleanser like Burt’s Bees Gentle Foam Cleanser[17] with Royal Jelly to treat the actual surface of the skin is so important. You want your skin to be at its cleanest and freshest before the next step. 

“Exfoliating with a harsh scrub should be kept to a minimum. You don’t want to aggravate the skin at this stage. An AHA toner such as REN’s Ready Steady Glow[18] to sweep over to exfoliate is enough.”

The final week

Finally, your wedding is just days away and hopefully, you have everything planned and organised. This is the most crucial week for your skin so for a few days, stay away from sugary snacks and booze. Avoid carb-heavy and salty meals which may leave your skin looking a little lacklustre and be sure to exfoliate with a gentle AHA. Drink plenty of water and stick to the same products you’ve been using for the past few weeks.

Joyce Connor, a makeup artist, tells us the final skincare steps the night before the big day should be to:

“Complete your normal skincare routine and do a full body moisturise, including your hands and feet. Drink a glass of water before you go to bed so you don’t get dehydrated in the night.”

Then, all that’s left is to enjoy every minute of your big day. If you feel good, you’ll look good.

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Beauty Edit: Makeup Myths Busted

We all hear stories about makeup routines and often they are conflicting. So we thought we’d tackle the fake news head on and put things right in the world of beauty. Here we take the everyday makeup myths.

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Makeup Myths Busted

You only need one colour of foundation all year – FALSE

We all know after a long cold winter, we crave the sunshine. Your skin is the same, craving vitamin D to pump some life back into it. Our skin is always naturally exfoliating, so you won’t have the same tanned glow in winter as you did in summer. You need to keep this in mind when shopping for a foundation. If you have a winter wedding you will need a paler share. It’s work mentioning this at your makeup trial with your makeup artist[1].

We love the wider colour range available with Bobbi Brown’s Longwear Weightless Foundation[2] which caters to all skin colours.

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Primers do the same job as moisturisers – FALSE

This is false. A primer is usually more silicone-dense and is applied after your moisturiser. It helps create a smooth and even base for you to apply your makeup and keeps it in place for longer. A primer is a must for many brides, and especially so for destination weddings.  to thanks to the silicones found in the formulas.

For a soft and smooth finish for a flawless complexion, we love Smashbox’s Photo Finish Super Light[3] as it’s perfect for all skin types and not too greasy or heavy.

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Makeup never expires – FALSE

As with most items, makeup will expire. All makeup has a small sign on the packaging that looks like a pot with an open lid. There’s a number in it which tells you how many months the product is valid for. For the best results on your big day, make sure your makeup is fresh[5], in-date and that your brushes are clean.

You only need suncream when it’s hot – FALSE

Never underestimate the power of UV. It can penetrate through cloud and it will hasten the ageing process. We’d always advise you get into the habit of applying SPF daily, even if you have an SPF foundation. Beauty brands are getting behind the cause but the minimal amount you get in your foundation is not enough to rely on alone.

We particularly love La Roche-Posay’s 50spf Anthelios[6] mist as it’s light with high coverage. It can be sprayed under or on top of your makeup too.

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You should add concealer before your foundation- FALSE

For the best coverage, you need to layer and blend your makeup. Always apply your foundation first and leave any spots until last. Tackle blemishes by dabbing- not rubbing- concealer over them with your finger. The gentle dabbing motion should blend it in flawlessly. If you apply concealer first, you’ll only rub it all off when applying the foundation.


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What is HydraFacial? Maxine Briggs reviews this super-fast cleansing treatment


Maxine Briggs discovers HydraFacial, a quick way to plump and hydrate your skin in 30 minutes

It sounded too good to be true. A 30-minute facial that would cleanse, extract, hydrate and build collagen levels, completely painless and delivered through a magic pen.

Apparently, this is the latest thing in facials, using Vortex technology with a unique suction action and delivery system, removing impurities and delivering the good stuff to a deeper level of the skin.

READ MORE: Does acupressure work? Sam Jones reviews this alternative anti-ageing treatment[1]

Even though it sounds super high-tech, the actual treatment is performed in a comfy chair where you don’t need to lie down. The first stage is cleaning – hydradermabrasion – which is an incredibly gentle vacuuming of the skin, so light and gentle it’s like being licked by kittens, to remove dead skin cells.

And the best bit is all the dirt that comes off your face is captured in a glass container, which may sound gross (and it is a little bit), but it’s also fascinating to see how dirty your face really is.

I was shocked as a dedicated double cleanser at how filthy my skin was, but with all my daily commuting and London city living, it had built up. After this rather unsettling revelation, a brightening agent is applied to unclog the pores and some more vacuuming to remove any remaining grime.

Now the skin is beautifully clean and ready to be fed lots of lovely things. A wonderful cocktail of hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants to deeply hydrate and plump is driven into the skin using the magic pen, again completely painless, like having a soft puppy’s tail whisked across your face.

And then finally, the rejuvenating section with red and infrared LED light is directed onto the face to reduce redness and boost collagen.

This is all done in just 30 minutes, and the technology allows for amazing results in a short amount of time. I had a dinner after the treatment and I didn’t even bother with tinted moisturiser; my skin was glowing and so plump.

As there is absolutely no down time, this is the perfect facial to have one or two days before the big day or even before your hen or honeymoon to make sure you are looking peachy as!

You can have several treatments to build up lasting results too. You can also just do an eye treatment or lip treatment which takes about 10 minutes – it’s the same high-tech system and gives great results for targeting those eye bags or for puffing up pouts.

READ MORE: Best beauty products for tired skin and under-eye bags[2]

Prices start from £90 to £100. Find out more at[3]

Does acupressure work? Sam Jones reviews this alternative anti-ageing treatment

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Beauty journalist Sam Jones discovers the benefits of acupressure

I really don’t want to write this beauty review! Not because something went catastrophically wrong at my last appointment – I am not sat here typing with one eyebrow higher than the other or my lips swollen like a puffer fish.

No, the reason this review is difficult is because I’ve discovered a treatment and a person who has made such a transformative change to my face, that I actually don’t want to share my secret.

READ MORE: Best beauty products for tired skin and under-eye bags[1]

It’s quite nice being this smug with friends who are wondering if you’ve had ‘work done’.

Over the past few weeks, my skin has glowed, my cheeks are higher, my eyebrows are lifted, my jowls are tighter, and my lips are plumper.

This is the best I have looked in ages, and it’s all down to one person and her amazing hands with no products involved (apart from a little E45 cream – more on that later).

Lari Yugai (who is of Korean/Japanese origin and was born in Russia) has lived, studied and practiced in many countries, spending the last 17 years in Poland.

She has been educated in natural medicine, physiotherapy, different massage techniques and the art of acupressure, which is the practice of applying pressure to key areas on the body and face to alleviate all manner of symptoms.

Lari, based in a clinic off Oxford Street, London, concentrates solely on the face and feet, using her unique method shaped through her 50-year-long career.

Her technique is a combination of the right amount of pressure and specific massage to manipulate your fascia (the connective tissue beneath the skin, which is primarily collagen), using some E45 cream to help with the gliding.

She then manipulates your muscles to be where they should be, taking mine back some 10 years! As the collagen is stimulated and your blood circulation improves, this gives you a plumped face and healthy glow.

I even met someone in her waiting room that has actually had her nose straightened quite considerably by Lari over the course of a few sessions (I saw the ‘before’ pictures).

READ MORE: The best beauty advent calendars for Christmas 2018[2]

Lari says it’s all about muscle memory and training your muscles to fight gravity. The treatment can be painful at certain points, not completely unbearable, but at times wince-inducing, but Lari never pushes it too far.

If she senses you are getting tired, she moves to another area of the face. The jowl area is especially painful – as apparently this is where toxins gather – but Lari works on this area by sending those pesky toxins on their merry way through your lymphatic system.

She will ask what your chief concerns are, but she’ll also be able to identify areas for work just by looking at you. You may not have noticed that your cheeks aren’t symmetrical, but Lari will.

That said, this treatment is not just about seeking perfection. Lari just gives you back the face you deserve without the stress, commuting, family life and whatever else life has thrown at you.

A one-off session is a good place to start, which should definitely give you a lifted and plumped look. Lari recommends a minimum of six sessions to give your muscles a chance to learn new habits, so you look your best self.

£190 per session,[3]

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