Everything you need to know about looking and feeling your best on your wedding day!
The 25-minute wedding workout that'll have you feeling your most confident
Getting in shape for your wedding can be a daunting task. Whether you're looking to lose weight, tone up, or just feel more confident, incorporating a solid workout with the right fitness moves into your routine can make all the difference. Amanda Place, award winning personal trainer and founder of Sculptrition (www.sculptrition.com) has devised a workout including five moves that are timeless favourites because of the multiple muscles they target and quick results they can produce. The best part is that this workout requires no equipment and can be done even if you're an exercise beginner. All you need is your bodyweight and some energy. Each move should be completed for three sets but if you're short on time, do one set of each to make it a eight-minute blast.
Posted: 2 June 2023
Encounter the elements with Issey Miyake's new fragrances
This year sees perfume house Issey Miyake present too new fragrances: L'Eau d'Issey Pivonie (£68, 50ml) and L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme Vétiver (£59, 50ml). Two launches that celebrate nature in all its beauty, starting with water, of course, but also ushering in lush, vibrant florals and the intensity of vetiver. L'Eau d'Issey Pivoine is made up of 87 per cent ingredients of natural origin, while this proportion for L'eau d'Issey pour Home Vétiver is even higher at 93 per cent. These ingredients are exclusively sourced in a manner that respects the principles of fair trade and are responsibly harvested.
Posted: 2 June 2023
How to get a camera-ready smile in time for your wedding day
Dr Peta Leigh is an award-winning aesthetic and restorative dentist at Elleven Dental, here, she shares five ways to get a camera-ready smile for your wedding without undergoing treatment... You want to look and feel good of the biggest day of your life – thinking about the photos you are going to treasure forever is often enough to inspire brides and grooms to treat themselves to a 'smile makeover' in some capacity. Not everyone will have the time or desire to undergo cosmetic treatment with a dental expert – but the good news is there are still a handful of ways you can protect and enhance your smile to boost your confidence ahead of your wedding day.
Posted: 31 May 2023
Discover LEGIT Lashes, Huda Kattan's debut mascara
LEGIT Lashes is Huda Kattan's debut mascara that's been more than four years in the making. Its revolutionary formulas and two-sided brush is set to change the lash game altogether. It features not one, but two full-size mascaras in one product with an innovative combo, perfect for the ultimate multitasker to achieve the three pillars of luscious lashes – volume, length, and curl – in seconds. Whether you want to turn up the volume or are looking for a boost in length, each wand works effortlessly to give you the lashes you're after. Both ends are loaded with Huda's signature extra black, Black-2 Liquid pigment. LEGIT Lashes is sure to be become a go-to product as you can choose a variety of looks with just one mascara. £24, https://hudabeauty.com
Posted: 26 May 2023
eSalon's Silk Shine is a nourishing argan oil treatment that increases shine, strengthens hair and protects colour. Packed with a punch, this lightweight serum is the ultimate multi-tasking treatment. Just a few small pumps (or one if you have short hair like me) gives hair an instantly radiant shine, while hydrating dry-to-the-touch ends and safeguarding against colour fade. It's done wonders for the condition of my hair and a little does indeed go a long way. eSalon is reinventing the way we colour our hair by creating a fully-customised professional-grade home hair colour that's made to order and shipped directly to the door. Find out more at www.esalon.co.uk
Posted: 19 May 2023
Decléor harness the power of green mandarin
Green mandarin essential oil is packed with antioxidants and is known for its rejuvenating and brightening properties. It leaves dull skin looking luminous and radiant, perfect for reviving your complexion and bringing a gorgeous glow to it. That's why the clever folk at Decléor have harnessed its power to create its Green Mandarin Glowing Collection. The new range features Aromanessence Green Mandarin (£56), Green Mandarin Vitamin Glow Day Cream (£60.50), and Green Mandarin Glow Night Balm (£50.50). But, I've fallen in particular for the Green Mandarin Aromaplastie Glow Booster Mask (£37), which is designed to boost radiance and revitalise the complexion. A potent treatment that brightens and energises dull and tired-looking skin, offers the ideal pre-wedding boost. Find it at www.facethefuture.co.uk
Posted: 12 May 2023
Create Robert Welsh's signature looks with his new edit from Ciate London
World-class make-up Robert Welsh is one of social media's stand-out creators, posting impressive make-up tutorials and refreshingly honest reviews, which have earned him a loyal following of millions. Now, you can create your own versions of Robert's signature looks with his new Curated By edit from Ciaté London. The kit includes the Chocolate Trend Palette, Dewy Stix Highlight, Velvet Cloud Lip Shadow in Heavenly, Extraordinary Translucent Powder and Wonderwand Mascara. The five-piece edit, £35, is available exclusively at www.ciatelondon.com. Watch Robert and follow along with his tutorial to get the look at https://www.instagram.com/p/CoFlTx6jjDb
Posted: 5 May 2023
Tried & tested: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
Having keenly followed celebs' ravings about Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream on social media, excitement levels at CWM HQ were high when a tub arrived in the office. Editor Olivia Gibson stepped up to try it, and here's what she had to say: "This cream smells unbelievable and absorbs quickly, leaving behind plenty of hydration. After the first use, I immediately noticed a smoother and refreshed skin. Fast-forward a few weeks and it now appears firmer and tighter.
Posted: 28 April 2023
Eat your way to a stress-free wedding
Nutrition and Health Coach, Demelza Rayner, reveals seven simple steps to feeling relaxed and in control on your wedding day. It's only natural to feel nervous – if not downright terrified – on your wedding day. After-all, you've spent at least a year on planning every little detail to ensure the big day goes without a hitch. Furthermore, if you're not someone who enjoys being the centre of attention then there's the added pressure of knowing all eyes will be on you. I'm here to reassure you that these worries are perfectly normal and, by following my seven simple steps, you can sail through the day feeling calm, in control and able to enjoy every stage of the proceedings. Let's get started!
Posted: 24 April 2023
Golden goddess Ekin-Su collaborates with BPerfect Cosmetics
Leading Irish make-up giant BPerfect Cosmetics is a celebrity and influencer-loved brand with a difference. Expanding into stores across the UK later this year, BPerfect has partnered with Love Island 2022 winner, Ekin Su Culculoglu to launch a range of innovative new products. Ekin Su was wore BPerfect in the Love Island villa and has now shared her secret weapons in recreating her iconic golden goddess look. Launching with four luxurious products – the Fearless Face & Eye Palette (£29.95), the Radiant Glow Luxurious Skin Enhancer (£16.95), the Luxury Half Lash Set (£16.95) and the Mini Empress Base & Body Brush (£9.95) they're set to become make-up bag stapes. Check out www.bperfectcosmetics.com
Posted: 21 April 2023
Hands up, tanning products and I have never gotten along terribly well, but when I heard about St.Tropez's new Self Tan Luxe Body Serum I immediately sensed a game-changer and was keen to find out more! Raising the bar, this new serum format, infused with a unique collagen-enhancing complex, responds to consumer demand for a hydrating, longer-lasting natural glow with skincare benefits. It works to firm, smooth, soothe, reduce redness and even skin tone while instantly hydrating skin in the most easy-to-use format yet. What's more, it's infused with the iconic St.Tropez Luxe scent, a fine fragrance with Tri-tech Olfactory Fragrance Technology, which equals no biscuity smell.
Posted: 14 April 2023
It's all about the braid this spring!
When it comes to bridal hair this spring, it's all about braids. Braids scream spring/summer, and give off boho vibes perfect for any weddings, whether you're in your local town at the church, a country house, or a rustic barn. These styles can look effortless and soft but also super classy and above anything, romantic. Below are three of Alterna Ambassador Sabrina Dijakman's favourite braided wedding hairstyles for the season along with her must-have products for creating them.
Posted: 7 April 2023
Five ways to stay fit and healthy with a hectic work schedule
A hectic work schedule can often mean that other parts of our lives our pushed to the side. Many people find it challenging to have a positive work-life balance, often not being able to find the time to stay fit and eat well. With an impending wedding day adding to people's desires to look and feel their best for such a special occasion, it can certainly add to the pressure. Fortunately, sports nutrition experts Bulk have highlighted five ways to stay fit and healthy during a busy work week. Change your commute; while it may seem like taking just a few steps to your car and driving to work will save you more time in the day than walking, it's not as practical as it may sound.
Posted: 31 March 2023
Face your volume and fine hair challenges head on with Alterna
Many of us struggle with the fact our hair lacks volume or that it feels and looks fine and lifeless. However, there are tips to helping our hair look as if it is fuller and thicker in appearance, and products we can use to instantly give our hair volume. Below are some of the most common volume and fine hair challenges along with Joana Neves' (editorial director at Alterna) top solutions...
Posted: 24 March 2023
Jo Malone's new Blossoms Collection is set to stun this spring
Jo Malone London's wonderful new scent offering for spring is The Blossoms Collection. Inclusive of three light-floral Colognes, the full collection extends to a lightweight hair mist and atmospheric scent diffuser, and it's giving us all the spring bride vibes. Céline Roux, Global Head of Fragrance, Jo Malone London says, "Each one brings different facets of fragrance to the table, but each also embraces the joys of spring and that unmistakable feeling of being in nature."
Posted: 17 March 2023
Wedding workouts: Top tips for getting fit before your big day
Everyone wants to look and feel their best on their big day, so if you're planning a pre-wedding health kick, Keoghan Bellew, Personal Trainer at Fitness Superstore, shares his top tips to help you get started on the right track. Whether you want to fill out your dream dress or fit into your freshly tailored tux, many people choose to step up their wellness routine a little before their wedding day. Nothing beats feeling happy and confident in your own skin, and this is even more meaningful during special events that you'll remember forever.
Posted: 8 March 2023
Perricone MD's director of education expalins how to retain that youthful look
Perricone's MD High Potency, Essential Fx Acyl-Glutathione, Neuropeptide and Cold Plasma Plus+ skincare collections harmoniously help to reduce the visible signs of ageing. Supercharged by active skincare ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and patented Acyl-Glutathione, each formula is designed to work symbiotically with the skin and other Perricone MD products. Whether you're looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, promote a lifted, supple effect or a unified skin tone, the assortment of creams, serums and treatments work together to create a radiant complexion. Here, Perricone MD's director of eductation, Rosalba Martone, offers her expert advice on how to look younger...
Posted: 3 March 2023
As the wellness trend continues to grow, more people are looking to incorporate wellness into their home, particularly in the bathroom. The focus is on creating a 'spathroom', a bathroom/spa hybrid that promotes serenity and calm. Luckily, creating one can be affordable and effortless. Chloë Luxton, founder of Bramley – the British countryside-inspired beauty brand loved by the UK's best hoteliers – has shared six quick and affordable ways to create a hotel-worthy spathroom: 1. Good lighting is a spathroom essential, as light has a huge effect on our wellbeing. Natural light, for example, is good for both the mind and bathroom, opening the room to give the impression of greater size and space. If your bathroom is lacking in natural light, add mirrors to reflect light around the room and brighten the space. Dimmer lights and candles are also perfect for creating a soothing ambience when the sun goes down.
Posted: 24 February 2023
The role water plays in skin health
For many of us, the importance of drinking water to stay hydrated is often associated with the need to quench a thirst. In reality, however, drinking water is a necessary part of staying healthy - carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells, aiding digestion and weight loss, and even improving the appearance of the skin. Research from the National Library of Medicine explains that during the colder months, we have fewer lipids in our skin barrier, subjecting us to dryness, itchiness and a lack of essential moistures. Now, however, new research from innovative water bottle, air up has found that almost half of the nation (45%), admit to only drinking one glass of water a day, with water consumption halving for millions during the winter months.
Particularly during the colder months, with the combination of exposure to cold outdoor air, dry indoor heat, decreased humidity levels, and a harsher winter wind it is likely that the nations' skin has been zapped of essential moistures. Water helps to maintain skin health, with the International Journal of Cosmetic Science unveiling that long-term water intake can have a significant impact on its elasticity, helping the skin to become plumper, have fewer irritations and blemishes, and maintain a good pH balance.
Posted: 17 February 2023
Help little girls with dreams to become women with vision with L'Occitane
L'OCCITANE's history and devotion to becoming cultivators of change reads like a poem; one where infinite passion, ground breaking ideas and a desire to make lasting change come together to create positive change and shape a better future for people and the planet. A commitment to empowering women lies at the very heart of the brand, driven by a simple wish to empower women and girls to dream big, and help to provide them with resources to turn their visions into reality, both for the brand's employees and for those they have the pleasure of meeting and supporting through their work.
Posted: 10 February 2023
L Curl Lashes are the perfect pairing for hooded eyes and monolids
Another day, another BeautyTok trend. The latest obsession? L Curl Eyelashes with 3.6 million TikTok video views. These lashes have a straight base that transitions and lies flat on the natural lash boasting a great curl. This makes them perfect for those with hooded eyes, monolids, or very straight natural lashes that point downwards, as they lift and open the eye. Jennifer Johnson, Senior Brand Manager at Ardell explains: "Short, doll-shaped lashes, like the L curl shape, are ideal for lifting and defining the eyes. They are especially effective for those with monolids or hooded eyes. L curl eyelashes emphasise the eyes the perfect way if used correctly, as they are designed specifically to create an open eye look."
Posted: 3 February 2023
Burts Bees and Wild Fawn collaboration
To celebrate the new look of Burt's Bees iconic Beeswax Lip Balm Tin, the brand has teamed with sustainable jewellery brand Wild Fawn to create a limited-edition charm necklace (£96). Inspired by traditional beehives known as skeps, each necklace is hand-crafted in London from recycled sterling silver and the charm opens to reveal a nestling honey bee. Available exclusively from wildfawnjewellery.com, 10% of sales will be donated to the Bee Friendly Trust. In addition to the percentage of sales from Wild Fawn, Burt's Bees have made a charitable donation to the trust to help them continue their vital work.
Posted: 19 January 2023
Fragrance hacks to make your scent last longer
As we all start clutching our pennies a little bit tighter, we're asking the experts for some tricks to make a beauty product last for longer. No more splashing on our perfume with 1,000 spritz a day, Fragrance Expert and Head of Marketing at The Fragrance Shop, Iember Gordon reveals how we can make a couple spritzes last all day, and our perfumes have a longer lifespan. 1. Apply perfume right after your shower "The best time to spray perfume on your skin is right after your shower. This is because moisture gives your scent something to hold on to, so spraying your signature scent on after your skin has been freshly washed boosts its staying power."
Posted: 24 December 2022
Sisley has you covered with its new concealer
Continuing the no-filter beauty revolution, Sisley has revealed a new concealer. Hailed as a one-of-a-kind product it offers a new way to enhance natural beauty. The texture offers lightweight full coverage that blends in so well it's virtually undetectable, and the smart doubleended format features a fine tip for precise application with a foam tip for blending. Its soft-focus effect and immediate radiance leave the skin looking more even and disguise any pigmentation flaws. So you can say "so long" to dilated pores, spots, fine lines, roughness, dark spots and redness.
Posted: 19 December 2022
Limited-edition Amy Winehouse Camden Collection
High-performance make-up brand Illamasqua has launched the limited-edition Amy Winehouse Camden Collection as part of its ongoing partnership with The Amy Winehouse Foundation. The new collection features exciting products inspired by Amy's iconic looks and individuality, while celebrating the spirit of Camden, the borough she so loved. It boasts seven new and exclusive Illamasqua products including Nail Tint, Amy Black (£14); Matte Nail Varnish, Amy Red (£14); Lip Tint, Amy Black (£20); Brow Pencil, Soundcheck (£15); and Face Duo, Double Trouble (£32). I love the Wet Liquid Liner, No, No, No (£21), which allows you to create that perfect cat-eye fl ick for a vintage bridal vibe, then fi nish the look with a pop of red lippy, Ultramatter Lipstick in Amy Red (£17).
Posted: 16 December 2022