Everything you need to know about looking and feeling your best on your wedding day!
The ultimate pre-wedding skincare routine - according to the experts
Your special day is on the horizon and the planning is well underway.
You've found the perfect dress, your Pinterest boards are overflowing with hair and makeup looks, but the one thing you mustn't neglect is ensuring you have your skincare routine locked and loaded before the big day.
After all, to look your very best for when all eyes on you, starting at the beginning is essential.
But not to worry, experts at Cult Beauty are here to help brides-to-be with the ultimate pre wedding skincare routine.
Posted: 27 April 2022
Are you making the mistake of ‘air drying’ your skin?
Cleansing is the most fundamental step in any skincare regime – but 'air drying' your skin post-cleanse could be causing you more damage than you realise.
Simply rinsing off your cleanser with water and allowing your skin to 'air dry' sounds like no big deal, but the pH of tap water has the potential to cause dryness, irritation and inflammation when left on the skin post-cleanse.
Skincare Expert and Katherine Daniels Co-Founder Kirsti Shuba reccomends a solution
Posted: 27 April 2022
Inform your next beauty purchase; what allergens are in your skincare?
If you haven't found the products that make your skin truly happy yet, beware that ingredients in products that are labelled for sensitive skin could, in fact, be the very thing irritating your skin. Food and fragrance allergens and other irritants in these products can cause dryness, breakouts or painful redness.
Oodee is the first Allergen Neutral skincare company and is making it their mission to supply all the information you need on choosing which skincare products could be right for you, in one place.
Posted: 25 April 2022
Bouclème celebrates World Earth Day with Trees For The Future
Naturally powerful curlcare brand, Bouclème have been a proud partner of Trees for the Future since 2015. Since their partnership began Bouclème have helped the organisation to plant a staggering 67,434 trees and counting! In celebration of World Earth Day on Friday 22nd April and throughout the month Bouclème are doubling their commitment and planting two trees for every purchase made on boucleme.co.uk. Trees for the Future have been planting trees in impoverished countries for over 30 years. Helping to revitalise degraded lands and improve the livelihood of farmers and those in poverty.
Posted: 22 April 2022
Celebrate World Bath Bomb Day with Lush
Lush is giving away 100,000 Bath Bombs across the UK to celebrate World Bath Bomb Day!
On Wednesday 27th April you can head to your nearest Lush shop and pick up a bath bomb to take home while stocks last. Lush staff will help you navigate their selection of bath bombs available in-store to find the one most suitable for your 'me-moment' this World Bath Bomb day.
World Bath Bomb Day is to celebrate the importance of switching off, taking a deep breath, and letting your bathroom transport you to another place.
Posted: 22 April 2022
Get sandal-ready with this DIY foot scrub
Does anyone else leap into foot scrubbing panic mode as soon as the sun comes out, with the thought of taking feet out of thermal socks and into sandals? You're not alone, UK Google searches for 'Foot Scrub' are up by 130 per cent in recent weeks! Help is on hand (or foot!) as here, natural beauty expert, and founder of 100 per cent natural sugar wax brand Sugar Coated, Rosie Khandwala takes us through a natural, three-ingredient, DIY at-home foot scrub that'll have your feet sandal-ready in minutes. INGREDIENTS To create the scrub, you'll need: 400g of sugar (a gentle exfoliant), 1 sliced lemon (an anti-fungal and astringent), A handful of lavender flowers (an anti-inflamatory it also adds fragrance and soothes the skin)
Posted: 20 April 2022
Look Fabulous Forever launch mother-of-the-bride make-up kits
Look Fabulous Forever, the UK's first pro-age beauty brand, has launched a special make up kit for the Mother of the Bride (or Groom) to take the stress out of finding the right palette for the big day! With summer 2022 set to be a bumper season of weddings and special events after Covid-19 delayed celebrations, the Look Fabulous Forever Mother of the Bride kit will help keep make-up looking fresh and camera-ready all day. Tricia Cusden, founder of Look Fabulous Forever says, "We know many customers have upcoming big events such as family weddings. However, we're also aware that attending such a big occasion after so long at home in lockdown or isolating can be a daunting prospect. We wanted to create a make-up kit to not only alleviate some of that stress but help them feel their absolute best selves for their daughters, sons or loved one's big day."
Posted: 18 April 2022
Tried & Tested: W7 Legend Lasting Wear Foundation
CWM beauty editor Kelly put W7 Legend Long Wear Foundation to the test attracted by the claim that it's the perfect dupe for Estee Lauder Double Wear. Priced at just £4.99 this seemed too good to be true, but is it? WHAT W7 SAYS The W7 Legend Foundation gives a dewy feel, which leaves a matte finish with a medium to full coverage. This foundation is formulated to sit comfortably on the skin whilst lasting for hours through thick or thin. This vegan friendly foundation is a staple for all makeup bags! WHAT CWM BEAUTY EDITOR KELLY SAYS I'm a huge fan of Estee Launder Double Wear Foundation, but for everyday use, I just can't justify the price tag, despite struggling to find anything else as good. But I can safely say it's arrived in the form of W7 Legend Long Wear Foundation! It's priced at an incredible £4.99 so I was hugely sceptical, but nevertheless keen to give it a try.
Posted: 15 April 2022
Read my lips... Lip gloss is making a comeback!
Many of us first fell in love with lip gloss in our teenage years - remember those grape scented tubes of trouble?
Now, the days of that thick, tacky feeling of sticky glosses are gone, but the lip gloss is making a comeback says Melanie Barrese, head of training and education at Eyeko and Illamasqua.
"As people start going back to work and socialising after all the restrictions, there's a greater sense of freedom, as we rediscover and reinvent our make-up looks post lockdown," she says. "With make-up trends all pointing to a more pared-back, skincare infused make-up regimen, it makes sense to use lip glosses, specifically those that are a glaze or a soft transparent wash of colour."
Posted: 13 April 2022
Everything you need to know about congested skin
Dr. Janet Mason, skincare expert at new British brand The Elements shares her advice. What is congested skin? "Signs of congested skin can include a combination of skin concerns ranging from blemishes and acne, including both whiteheads and blackheads, to open, enlarged, or blocked pores. Congested skin can also cause inflammation, redness, or even sensitivity or tightness triggered by breakouts" What causes congested skin? "Congestion can be caused by a number of factors, from sweat to over-production of sebum, build-up of dead skin cells, make-up, dirt, and environmental aggressors. Daily debris builds up and gets trapped on the skin's surface causing bacteria to form which leads to spots, blackheads, uneven skin texture and a dull appearance.
Posted: 11 April 2022
Get the look: The slick ponytail
Seeing sleek ponytails coming back into trend this season on the catwalks and celebs? You may be wondering how you can achieve the look at home. The key product needed for this is something we all have - a toothbrush! A Bamboo Toothbrush is an effective (and environmentally friendly) method of smoothing flyways as the nylon bristles tame the hair - The Humble Co offers sustainable bamboo brushes for as little as £4 from Boots. For extra hold against fly-aways, The Anti Static Mist by The Hair Boss (£8.99 at Superdrug) instantly neutralises to controls fly-aways, static and frizz. Mist over hair lightly and use your bamboo toothbrush to smooth your hair back for the ultimate sleek look.
Posted: 8 April 2022
New beauty tools and accessories from Next
From skin prep with the 100 per cent rose quartz roller to the last touch of shadow with a set of six eye brushes, Next beauty has all the tools you need to perfect your skin and make-up routines with its latest collection. THE MUST-HAVE The 100 per cent natural rose quartz beauty tool set contains two rejuvenating beauty tools to help enhance your skincare routine and reduce facial tension. Use them to reduce puffiness, help to improve the skin's elasticity, even tone and promote a radiant glow. All sets available at www.next.co.uk
Posted: 6 April 2022
Your new roll models from Patchology
Introducing three new all-in-one innovative beauty must-haves from Patchology. SMOOTHING ROLL MODEL. An effective eye serum paired with a built-in yellow jade roller to ease application and help the skin to soak up the invigorating natural ingredients. This new product features anti-aging active ingredients to soothe, soften and refresh skin. Including: Peptides and niacinamide to smooth the skin's appearance. Newcomer bakuchiol (a plant-based retinol alternative) tones and refreshes the eye area. Antioxidants from blueberry and acai extracts work hard to block out environmental stressor and protect the sensitive eye area. Team the Smoothing Roll Model with Patchology's Restoring Eye Gels for the ultimate under-eye skincare solution. First, apply the serum, then top with the eye gels to help the active ingredients sink in and soften the skin. £20, available at www.libertylondon.com
Posted: 1 April 2022
Are you treating your eyes with the same care as your skin?
Just like your skin, your eyes are vulnerable from too much exposure to light. Too much UV can cause the cornea to become damaged and irritated while too much screen use is a culprit for dry eye syndrome, which up to 80 per cent of adults suffer from. Here, optometrists and Peep Club founders share their expertise on how you can best protect eyes from the bright lights of daily life.It's important to protect the back of your eye area from the sun... According to Nicola Alexander-Cross, optometrist and co-founder of Peep Club, "So many of us fail to realise that our eyes are just as vulnerable as our skin when it comes to UV. Not only does UV from the sun damage cells and their DNA, in extreme cases, damage caused by the sun's harmful rays can lead to photokeratitis, a condition that results in blurry vision, redness, and that annoying nitty, gritty sensation behind the eyes."
Posted: 30 March 2022
Your three-step route to glowing, wedding-ready skin
A regular skincare routine is the secret to glowing skin on your big day. To ensure yours is prepped and perfected in time for the "I dos," the team at Foreo tell us how investing in a regime to help you maintain healthy, glowing skin right up to the big day and the honeymoon beyond is the way forward. An excessive build-up of make-up sweat and dirt on the skin can result in blocked pores, which can lead to unsightly blemishes and breakouts. Daily cleansing to remove unwanted grime also ensures skin is rid of dead skin cells, which can make your complexion appear dull and uneven. For unparalleled cleansing, the FOREO LUNA 3 Plus uses the power of ultra-soft silicone and high-tech sonic technology to give you your clearest, smoothest and firmest skin yet.
Posted: 25 March 2022
Mastering wedding make-up: A how-to guide for the big day
Wedding make-up can be a hard thing to get right: you want to glow, but not shine; to feel your best, but also look like yourself; and of course, you want your look to last. To relieve a little of that stress, Illamasqua and Eyeko's head make-up artist, Melanie Barrese gives us her easy step-by-step guide on how to create a flawless and long-lasting look that any one can recreate.
'The most important thing for most brides is ensuring they look like themselves, but the very best version. As a Makeup Artist, I encourage brides to go a tiny bit heavier with the make-up than what they would normally do, as this will ensure they look incredible in photographs.' - Melanie Barrese, Head Make-up Artist at Illamasqua and Eyeko.
Posted: 18 March 2022
Emma Watson's magical miracle balm
Dr.PAWPAW has garnered a whole host of celebrity fans over the years. The original UK made PAWPAW balm is a firm favourite amongst make-up artists due to its versatility, multi-tasking powers and sustainable ingredients.
Emma Watson, Harry Potter megastar and celebrated multi-award winning actress is one of Dr.PAWPAW's long-term fans. Bridal make-up specialist and artist to the stars Philippa Louise was was behind those stunning Vogue shots of Emma Watson we saw everywhere. One of the key products used to perfect this stunning au naturel look on Emma, was, you guessed it Dr.PAWPAW Original Balm!
Posted: 11 March 2022
The Bridal Beauty Co. presents The Glow Edit
Get the spring off to a glowing start with The Bridal Beauty Co.'s Glow Beauty Box, featuring the best in beauty skincare and make-up.
The Glow Edit is the essential curated beauty box featuring top skincare, mak-up and body care by big-name brands chosen specifically by The Bridal Beauty Co. team. The aim is to give brides an unrivalled access to the ultimate glow-getting products, to prep, purify and refine from top-to-toe.
Featuring 15 amazing products by award-winning beauty brands including Charlotte Tilbury, Oskia, Super Facialist, Dr Paw Paw, Miss So. and many more. Highlights include Charlotte Tilbury's iconic Magic Cream exclusive to The Bridal Beauty Co.
Posted: 8 March 2022
Beauty experts reveal the latest Korean skincare trend
Bringing us beauty buzzwords such as glass skin, slugging, and glazed doughnut skin, Korea has always been at the forefront of skincare. Its latest trend is honey skin with honey skin in Hangul having over 4 million video views.
Managing director UK, of bestselling Korean skincare brand Atomy, Ruby McGrath, explains, "Honey Skin is the hottest skincare trend in Korea right now, and is the ultimate compliment if someone tells you, "Your skin is like honey." It's an established Korean term that's used to describe hydrated, dewy skin that's deeply plumped with nourishment. To achieve it, carefully layer oils and emollient creams, which offer instant and lasting hydration giving the skin a gorgeous, glowy sheen like that of honey itself. We predict this will be the next skincare technique to trend in the West, with the likes of Hailey Bieber already reaping it's rewards."
Posted: 4 March 2022
FeelUnique shines a light on unique love this Valentine's Day
With LGBTQ+ History Month and Valentine's Day on the horizon, Feelunique is celebrating connections. Reaffirming its commitment to champion all people, the brand has selected real life pairings – from the familial to the romantic – to remind us that whatever it looks like, love is the most beautiful thing of all. The diverse duos, selected for their unique stories, joined the brand to talk love, life and everything in between and were photographed by Feelunique's own dynamic duo, Tess Mickleburgh and Martina Bruno.
Posted: 9 February 2022
Kasey Clarke, Founder of Sweet Cakey Thing, explains how certain ingredients used in baking can actually be better for your skin compared to some moisturisers, leaving your skin looking hydrated and glowing. We all dreamt of smothering ourselves in cake as a child, yet even then, that sort of behaviour wouldn't go down too well at the dinner table. However, founder of Sweet Cakey Thing, Kasey Clarke, is here to explain why covering ourselves in cake is absolutely a good thing, as long as the ingredients are too. Here, she shares seven baking ingredients, which will help keep skin nourished and hydrated, making your skincare routine a piece of cake, literally.
Posted: 3 February 2022
Champneys reveals the perfectly suited spa treatment for each star sign
Champneys has spoken with their Spa Manager, Alice Lightfoot, as well as professional astrologer Heather Whitt, from The Alchemy Co, to reveal the perfect spa treatments based on each star sign – from the fiery signs of Aries, Sagittarius and Leo, to spiritual air signs such as Aquarius.
Embarking on a spa break is a very exciting experience, but the extensive list of treatments and their various healing benefits can often become overwhelming when trying to choose the right one for you. With the assistance of Champneys Spa Manager, Alice Lightfoot, and professional astrologer, Heather Whitt of The Alchemy Co, Champneys can reveal the best spa treatments based on your star sign. From a sports massage for the energetic Aries to a crystal treatment for the spiritual and innovative Aquarius.
Posted: 21 December 2021
A dermatologists's top 10 tips to feel skin confident at your wedding
Everyone wants to look and feel their best on their wedding day. From deciding on the perfect attire, to getting the hairstyle just right, but how do you achieve that wedding glow that everyone talks about? For many, achieving photo-ready skin can be daunting, especially if you suffer from spot breakouts and blemishes. With this in mind, acne treatment brand, Acnecide has joined up with consultant dermatologist, Dr Catherine Borysiewicz from the Cadogan Clinic, who shares her top 10 tips to feel skin confident for your wedding. There's no time to lose: start your skincare regime asap and make sure to cleanse your face twice a day ahead of the big day
Posted: 26 November 2021
Countdown to Christmas with the best beauty advent calendars
CHRISTMAS IS COMING with the big Ho Ho Ho just one month away, and we're just a tad excited about it here at CWM HQ. If the thought of filling yourself with yet more choccies in the run up to the big day (your wedding not Christmas Day), then check out our pick of this year's beauty advent calendars.
Posted: 24 November 2021
Five face masks to save your skin this winter
Whether it's a pre-party radiance booster, detoxing blemish buster, a quick pick-me-up, or something to soothe and protect from the harsh winter weather, here's five of our favourite face masks you need to try. All cruelty free and vegan friendly, prices start from just £6.50.
Posted: 19 November 2021