Everything you need to know about looking and feeling your best on your wedding day!
Waste not want not - make it sustainable
After agriculture the beauty industry uses the most water. On average a bottle of shampoo contains 70 per cent water with around 90 per cent in conditioner. So, pioneering new beauty brand We Are Concentrate is on a mission to create sustainable and essential products using as little water and plastic as possible. No water is added to the production process and with only a marble-sized amount needed per hair wash, these concentrated pastes contain all the actives and benefits of traditional haircare products, without any of the added water.
Posted: 12 December 2022
A restorative sleep - yes please!
It's a well-know fact when it comes to skin that sleep is a great beauty ally, but did you know this also applies to our hair? During the night, the release of the hormone melatonin allows our tresses, as well as our skin, to regenerate. Consequently, its in ideal condition to receive a stronger dose of nutrition than during the day and so your night-time routine is essential.
Posted: 9 December 2022
Our skin is the largest organ in the body and the first line of defence from environmental threats and lifestyle stress, but its barrier is a delicate balance of natural lipids, which without care, can become compromised. Olverum's diligently-crafted solution to effective, gentle cleansing is a combination of botanical mastery and scientific know-how. The new Body Cleanser contains an innovative formula that's been five years in development. Created for dry or dehydrated skin, it's soap and sulphate-free and features a complex of five mild surfactants, derived from sugar, amino acids and responsibly-sourced coconut and palm.
Posted: 7 December 2022
Dr. Craft launched its sustainable mandarin skincare range recently and what makes this a world first is the use of mandarin peel. There's currently no commercial use for it meaning 10 million tonnes are incinerated and wasted annually. However, the range's creator, Professor Richard Blackburn, an expert in green chemistry, has been able to harvest the peel's extract and produce this exciting range of products including the Soothing Cream Cleanser (£18), Gentle Brightening Exfoliator (£20), Purifying Toning Mist (£18), and Antioxidant Rescue Serum (£26).
Posted: 5 December 2022
Is your face in need of a skin detox due to the adverse affectd of winter weather and heating? Check out Unplug, a new stick face mask from Skin Proud. Formulated with sebum-absorbing white clay, moisturising amino acid and a free-radical fighting active, this powerful mask detoxes the skin, while hydrating sesame oil balances and provides a hit of hydration. £12.95, www.iamproud.com
Posted: 1 December 2022
Bridal tanning tips and advice from luxury tanning brand That'So
Tanning can be a scary prospect for running up to your big day, and you might be feeling unsure what tan to apply and how to apply it so that it looks flawless and is in no way patchy. You might well be off wearing fake tan in the fear that it'll rub of onto your wedding dress, however, when prepped and applied correctly, a self-tan can look incredible, giving you a gorgeous sun-kissed glow for your big day. So, Nadia- Rafi Kenny from That'so Skincare and Tanning has put together her top tips and advice to help you prep and apply your tan for your special day with the help of some products in the brand's tanning range that will provide the skin with a seamless, healthy and long-lasting glow.
Posted: 18 November 2022
Stranger Things bath bomb collaboration
Fans will remember the launch date of 6th November as the date that Will Byers went missing in Hawkins, Indiana in the show. Long after the town gave up the search, his friends kept looking... and discovered a mysterious girl known only by a number: Eleven. She was alone, hunted, and extremely powerful. Eleven would stop at nothing to help them find their friend. Today Stranger Things fans everywhere celebrate 6th November as 'Stranger Things Day,' a special day to share their love for the series. Exclusively available on the UK and NA Lush websites, The Hellfire Club Bathing Duo, £15, will give fans the chance to get their hands on two limited edition handmade bath bombs based on some of the latest season's most popular motifs, as well as two collectible playing cards compatible with the Dungeons and Dragons game played in the show.
Posted: 6 November 2022
Debuting in the UK this winter is The Beauty Beat, a cool and cleverly curated beauty festival dedicated to meeting the beauty needs of Women of Colour. Powered by Instagram and supported by The British Beauty Council, this groundbreaking, unmissable festival will be the first of its kind in the UK. Set across the first weekend of December in Central London, The Beauty Beat brings together some of the world's biggest and best loved beauty brands – including NARS, Laura Mercier, bareMinerals and retail giant Boots – under one roof to celebrate Women of Colour.
Posted: 4 November 2022
Get your feet wedding ready with the Exclusive Medical Pedicure by Margaret Dabbs London
CWM editor Rachel Westall went along to Margaret Dabbs London to discover the benefits of The Exclusive Medical Pedicure... What a treat for the feet! As a working mum my feet work hard. Often wearing heels or sandals, exposing my feet to the elements I suffer with dry heels and skin build up on the balls of my feet. So, when the opportunity came to try out a medical pedicure at Margaret Dabbs London, I jumped at the chance. It's a giant leap further than your standard pedi. To explain a bit further, think hygienist for the feet and foot facialist all in one. The famous medical pedicure or medi-pedi, as I like to call it, is a thorough overhaul performed on the feet, by a qualified HCPC registered Podiatrist.
Posted: 17 October 2022
The Bridal Beauty Festival takes place twice yearly in the heart of London and features many of the beauty and wellness world's biggest brands, all there to talk to you about you and your wedding. With live workshops, expert talks, guest appearances and even incredible live music, it's the place to be if you're thinking about your big-day look. I visited the event in September at the luxurious Rosewood London and it was packed with plenty of my favourite brands. On the beauty and cosmetics side there were such titans as Charlotte Tilbury, Pixi, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown, while Penhaligons and The Wedding Scent Edit were on hand to talk big-day fragrances. The latter showcased an impressive array of highend perfumes from brands such as Juliette has a gun Parfums, Parle Moi De Parfum, Atelier Materi, Maison Crivelli and Mizensir. They were arranged in an inspired edit according to your wedding day vibe, be it elegant, beach, boho and more. I took home a sample of Une Tonne De Roses by Parle Moi De Parfum and have been receiving complements every time I wear it – highly recommended. In fact, I'm a huge fan of floral fragrances and also fell in love with Penhaligons' Elisabethan Rose.
Posted: 3 October 2022
Lush Dragon’s Egg bath bomb is going gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness month
Lush's cult favourite Dragon's Egg bath bomb is going gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness month launching online from 23rd September and in all Lush UK&I stores from 24th September 2022. This September, it's with heavy hearts that Lush UK&I is going gold for childhood cancer awareness month. This year the Constantine family (the co-founders of Lush) lost seven-year-old Dexter Constantine-Tatchell, their Master of Dragons. He fought fiercely against Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood cancer that lacks awareness as well as a lack of funding for research and treatment.
Posted: 23 September 2022
Skin care tips from Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt wasn't just pharaohs and slaves – there were many occupations ranging from bakers to soldiers, from fishermen to scribes. They were obsessed with health and beauty, and they did know a thing or two about skin care – especially where exposure to the sun was concerned. If you want to look your best on your big day (especially if that day falls in the middle of summer) there is much to be gleaned from the knowledge of ancient Egypt.gypt.
Posted: 25 August 2022
Meet the hair stylist behind Adele's iconic looks, Sami Knight
Adele returned to the stage recently in her hometown of London after a five-year break from live performances. Over the two nights in Hyde Park, Adele entertained crowds of 130,000 and did not disappoint. The man behind her elegant up do is Sami Knight – an LA-based hairstylist and creator of some of Adele's most iconic looks over the years. Now, Sami is working alongside REHAB - a new haircare brand making waves across the hair industry. Read on to find out more about this collab as well as well as the man himself.
Posted: 1 August 2022
RoC Skincare partners with Sarah Jessica Parker to launch the RoC Look Forward Project
RoC Skincare has announced The RoC #LookForwardProject, an initiative to celebrate the power of optimism and its scientifically-backed impact on long-term health and wellbeing. Global icon, RoC user, and optimist Sarah Jessica Parker serves as the voice of the campaign to inspire women to turn their focus from 'anxiety about ageing' to 'joy about living. The RoC Look Forward Project is anchored by the launch of an online resource hub featuring new research from the brand, along with practical insights and advice from a distinguished group of subject-matter experts and thought leaders on the proven difference optimism makes in the ageing process.
Posted: 25 July 2022
How to achieve the 'no-nicure' according to Mavala's nail expert
The no make-up make-up look has taken the beauty world by storm, but did you know there's a nail version? It's called the 'no-nicure,' a chic sophisticated and understanded look, natural nails are this summer's biggest look and perfect for all you beautiful brides. However, don't be fooled in thinking that this type of mani requires no effort, it's actually a very high maintenance look and you're going to need the tools... Don't stress though as nail expert Lynn Mason from leading Swiss nailcare brand Mavala shares her top tips on how to achieve this look. Hint: it's all in the prep and hydration!
Posted: 18 July 2022
Improve your wellbeing from the inside out
Stay hydrated in style during this July heatwave and keep your cool during your wedding preparations with the luxurious Aqua Water Bottle from PMD Beauty. Known for its skincare devices, PMD Beauty believes that beautiful skin comes from within. Optimal hydration is not only the key to glowing and radiant skin - a must for your wedding day - but it is also necessary for overall health and energy levels to keep you going during the wedding planning, on the big day itself and beyond.
Posted: 14 July 2022
How to tell if you're over-exfoliating your skin
Exfoliation is a great way to achieve smooth, plump, and glowing looking skin but beware says Faye Purcell, Product Development Chemist + Skincare Expert at Q+A, as over-exfoliation can result in a damaged skin barrier. Faye says, "Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells on the skin's surface. It helps unclog pores, prevent cell and product build up, maintain a dewy glow, and can even make our other skincare products and ingredients absorb better. But over-exfoliation can also be a common mistake people make and probably the single most significant cause of breakouts"
Posted: 11 July 2022
Check out the latest launch from Eve Lom
Here at County Wedding Magazines we're always excited to hear the news of a new Eve Lom launch and this summer sees the introduction of the brand's Foaming Cream Cleanser. Already experts in facilitating the perfect cleanse, what more could they possibly do?! Read on to find out. Renewal starts with the perfect cleanse. This hydrating, enzyme-infused foaming cleanser uses the power of water to activate an innovative cream-to-foam lather which delicately wipes away make-up and impurities without drying skin or clogging pores. Effortless, efficacious, and safe for daily use, skin is left feeling soft, hydrated, and refreshed with a more radiant-looking glow.
Posted: 4 July 2022
Everyone wants their big day to run smoothly but if you have hay fever, you're very likely to have to cope with streaming eyes and running mascara. HayMax is an organic allergen barrier balm that you can use under your make-up. It works by trapping pollen, dust and pet allergens before they can enter your eyes. Common hay fever symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose, a stuffed up nose, itchy and watery or streaming eyes, nasal congestion and a general stuffed up feeling in the nose and throat. Some sufferers also experience itching around the face and mouth including an itchy mouth, itchy roof of mouth, and a burning sensation in the throat. Headaches and wheezing can also occur.
Posted: 1 July 2022
Wedding ideas from the Isle of Arran
Let ARRAN Sense of Scotland take care of wedding gifts for the entire bridal party – including you! And if you're in need of a favour (or forty), try some of the brand's gorgeous bath care miniatures for him and her; a gift to remind the entire party of your special day. Here are all of ARRAN Sense of Scotland's top wedding picks, including tips on choosing an enduring signature scent for your big day. Luxurious wedding day prep starts way before the big day, so take 'bridal showers' to a whole new level and get your skin in the best condition it has ever been in with ARRAN Sense of Scotland's bath and body care range. Choose your fragrance, whether it's zesty Glenashdale, refreshing After the Rain or calming Imachar with bergamot and honeysuckle, then take time to relax and unwind with luxurious bath and shower gels. Follow with a generous helping of ARRAN's body lotions which are enhanced with natural conditioning ingredients and vitamin B5 to leave skin soft, subtle and moisturised.
Posted: 27 June 2022
The Perfume Shop announces AJ Odudu as its first brand ambassador
The Perfume Shop has announced the signing of its first ever celebrity brand ambassador, TV presenter AJ Odudu. The partnership marks the start of a year-long celebration of the brand's 30th birthday – since launching in the UK back in 1992. AJ's appointment marks a first for the brand, the UK's leading high street perfume experts for the past three decades and will see the star engage in a host of exciting activations and appearances throughout the year. Of the partnership, The Perfume Shop's Managing Director Gill Smith comments; "When it came to choosing a face to work with for our 30th birthday year, AJ was always top of our list. With her infectious personality and fantastic style, we think she's the perfect fit for the brand at such an important moment in our history."
Speaking of the partnership, AJ comments; "I'm so excited to be working with The Perfume Shop for their 30th year. It's a brand I've long had a love of, from Saturday shopping with friends as a teenager to my sister working in the Blackburn branch when she was younger, so it seems like the right fit to now have come full circle and be working with them!"
Posted: 20 June 2022
Essential skincare ingredients to give you the perfect wedding glow
There's a lot to think about when you're getting ready for your wedding day, and you might be wondering what to add to your skincare routine to give you that special glow for the big day . Here, Margo Marrone, Co-Founder of natural skincare brand The Organic Pharmacy, shares some key ingredients. When you're getting ready for your wedding, there is so much to consider. From the outfits and the venue to the food and the guest list, event planning can become a little overwhelming. A nice way to get yourself ready for the big day (and also give you some much-needed self-care time) is to treat yourself to a holistic skincare routine that will give you that dream wedding glow, and keep you feeling fresh as a daisy throughout the lead-up to your celebrations. Here, we'll go through some key skincare ingredients that will keep you looking radiant and feeling relaxed throughout your special day.
Posted: 16 June 2022
What your hair colour says about your personality
A person's hair colour plays a huge role in how they portray themselves and therefore gives insight into their personality. The UK hair industry turns over an estimated £2.8 billion a year, confirming that the population is willing to invest in their hair to showcase aspects of their personality. Here, Clip Hair presents what your hair colour reveals about your personality. Bleaching hair is a commitment, as it comes with an elaborate maintenance routine to ensure that it stays healthy and shiny. Overbleaching the hair can lead to dry, brittle strands that break easily as bleach breaks down the hair's proteins in order to remove the colour. Virgin hair (hair that has never been dyed, highlighted, or chemically treated) is more likely to obtain a successful bleaching experience.
Posted: 30 May 2022
The ultimate pre-wedding skincare tips from Cult Beauty
With wedding season on the horizon and Google searches for 'wedding skincare' up by 450% over the last 12 months, experts at Cult Beauty are here to help brides-to-be with the ultimate pre-wedding skincare tips for glowing skin. Start by healing your gut Glowing skin starts with a healthy gut. We know how hard it is in the lead up to your wedding, what with all the occasions to overindulge on food and drink. But its these that can contribute to breakouts, excess sebum production and overall stressed skin. Having a balance of a healthy diet inclusive of a variety of vegetables, pre and probiotics, fermented foods, teamed with plenty of water and the right supplements to keep your gut's microbiome happy is key. Remember what goes into your body is just as important as any beauty products you're relying on for a radiant complexion!
Posted: 5 May 2022
Beauty Besties for Your Honeymoon
With the warmer months first approaching and the first summer free of Covid restrictions right around the corner, holidays and honeymoons are ON, and we're already thinking about our travel beauty stash.
If you're visiting sunnier climates on your honeymoon, this is an essential in your suitcase.
Perfect for daily use, the Aloe Soothing Sun Cream works to protect the skin from UV and environmental aggressors whilst simultaneously deeply hydrating. Lightweight enough to feel like a moisturiser, the sunscreen is easily and quickly absorbed by the skin, without feeling greasy or leaving that white cast we all dread seeing in our holiday snaps.
Posted: 29 April 2022