Everything you need to know about looking and feeling your best on your wedding day!
Our sense of smell plays such an important role in forming memories that last a lifetime, so here at CWM HQ we completely understand how crucial choosing a wedding-day fragrance will be to you. After all, the bottle, often a work of art in itself, so frequently makes it into those all-important morning bridal-prep photos. So, do you opt for the old favourite: tried, tested and true that many might associate with you as being your signature scent? Or do you set out on a journey of discovery to find something new: selected especially for the big day that you can savour and save for anniversaries and date-nights in the future? The decision is all yours, but we hope the following will inspire and start you out on your path.
Posted: 25 August 2021
A special scent for your special day
Sure, wearing fragrances isn't rocket science - a quick spritz and you're off. However, for the big day, you're going to want to make sure it lingers all day and that it's a scent you'll want to forever associate with your wedding. Head of brand at The Fragrance Shop, Athina Macpherson, reveals all...BACK OF YOUR HANDS"When spraying onto your skin, it can be a natural instinct to want to rub it in, especially if you spray too close to the skin. Avoid this by spraying the back of your hands lightly and allowing the scent to dry and absorb naturally. This will also avoid rubbing off onto your clothes."
Posted: 23 August 2021
The Bridal Beauty Company is thrilled to annouce the launch of its much-anticipated latest beauty box. The Honeymoon Edit is the essential curated beauty box featuring fabulous products by big name brands chosen specifically by The Bridal Beauty Festival team to ensure you have the ultimate escape-worthy beauty assortment for your suitcase. This one-off limited edition is worth over £150 and is jam-packed with travel-size and full-size products by award-winning and best-selling brands to take you straight from the big day, direct to your honeymoon adventures.
Posted: 20 August 2021
Award-winning make-up artist Lisa Armstrong shares her top make-up hacks
Lisa Armstrong, award-winning make-up artist and brand ambassador for new Beauty Hygiene Plus shares her top three make-up hacks...1."There are so many tips and tricks of the trade, however I think that when doing a make-up look, such as my smoky eye, I would advise that you always start with the eyes. When I do it at work, or on a new client, sometimes they think I'm mad because I haven't started with their face. By doing the eye make-up first, any fallout or mascara spillages that may happen are easy to clean up before you put your primer on and start with the face make-up. It allows you to make a beautiful base with no marks or smears, allowing you the most flawless finish!"
Posted: 18 August 2021
Enjoy National Relaxation Day with ESPA
This National Relaxation Day, bring wellness home with ESPA. From home fragrance to body care, the brand has you covered for a truly relaxing experience. We've all been through the mill over the last 18 months. So, National Relaxation Day on 15th August 2021 will be most welcome! Make sure you take some time away from the stresses of wedding planning and enjoy it. HOME FRAGRANCEAdd a beautifully enveloping aroma to any space, with ESPA's luxurious hand-poured candles and pure essential oil diffusers, expertly blended to soothe, uplift or restore.
Posted: 15 August 2021
Two new eyeshadow quads from Tom Ford bring imapact and extravagance, signaling the new roaring 20s - an anything-goes return to decadence and glamour.This season, Metallic Denim and Rose Prisme join the Tom Ford line-up. Both are buildable and endlessly combinable - the ultimate tools for creating the iconic eyes of Tom Ford.Designed to create an array of looks, the wet/dry eye shadows offer multidimensional effects – from a soft wash of colour to a bold smoky statement. For a subtle, sheer look, use dry; and to intensify, apply with a damp brush.Find them online at www.tomford.co.uk/beauty
Posted: 13 August 2021
LLIO's Crystal Clear Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli and Citrine crystal sanitisers are a game changer for wedding settings. Couples should no longer fret about the dreaded ugly plastic sanitiser bottle displayed on the wedding table!Stylishly santise, cleanse, refresh and feel comforted with LLIO sanitiser, formulated and lab tested to kill 99.99% of bacteria. Spritz away impurities and restore peace of mind. The practical benefits of LLIO sanitiser are complemented with delicious geranium and sweet orange essential oils. The smell is truly addictive. To add glamour to your hand cleansing routine, LLIO sanitiser is charged with rose quartz gemstones, the stone of unconditional love.
Posted: 11 August 2021
Roccabox, the monthly beauty box subscription, has launched a 'Glow Up' beauty box this week. The 'Glow Up' Roccabox, which is on sale now, contains six products that the Roccabox beauty team consider essential in the pursuit of glowing radiant skin that has become synonymous with the heat and hedonism of August. From a glow-giving highlighter and radiance-boosting skin drops to tanning elixir and skin essence, this month's Roccabox has every beauty product needed for the ultimate glow-up.
Posted: 10 August 2021
Award-winning, cult-favourite makeup brand BITE Beauty brings its innovative vision of clean beauty to the UK this summer: Long sought-after in Canada, the United States, and Australia, BITE is known for its sensorial, superfood-fueled complexion, lip, and eye products. BITE creates clean, high-performance beauty - vegan, gluten-free and fueled by skin-loving superfoods (aka nature's overachievers). The products harness the power of ingredients that are rich in the stuff your skin craves—antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and more—to deliver vivid color, sensorial textures and products that make you look and feel darn good.
Posted: 9 August 2021
Your ticket to fabulous, wedding-ready feet
Summer has officially arrived and this year more than ever we're looking forward to a season packed with weddings. Hurrah! But, if you're having that OMG feeling about slipping into those beautiful stappy bridal sandals with feet less than hot to trot read these top tips from expert podiatrist Dina Gohil to conquer your footcare fears...1. Feet focused We've all been the victim of lockdown feet in our slippers 24/7, so now's the time to get into a footcare routine to ensure your feet are looking fabulous in your new heels or sandals. Ditch dry dead skin and bring your feet out of hibernation with at-home pedicure treatment Footner Exfoliating Socks. Pop them on and relax for 60 minutes, and within just 7-10 days any hard, dead skin on your feet will have peeled away, revealing a layer of soft, smooth and rejuvenated skin beneath.
Posted: 30 July 2021
Viktor&Rolf put fragrances at the centre of wedding celebrations
Viktor&Rolf is an avant-garde luxury fashion house founded in 1993 by fashion artists Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren. The fashion house launched its first Mariage Collection in April 2016 in collaboration with Justin Alexander and continues to present an artistic interpretation of bridalwear adhering to the label's elegance. Utilising the French pronunciation and spelling of 'Mariage', the collection's name hints at the brand's standing as an haute couture maison. From the success of its spectacular Mariage dresses, Viktor&Rolf's bestselling fragrances, Flowerbomb and Spicebomb make the perfect gift scents for the most unforgettable day of your life.
Posted: 28 July 2021
For love that's worth the wait
L'Oreal Paris has revealed an exclusive bridal hairspray: L'Oreal Paris Elnett in Love. Over the past year we've lived in a world where time paused and plans changed, but with hope around the corner, we'd like to propose a hairspray to have and to hold your hair on your special day. Elnett in Love is your hair's soulmate and it's dressing up for the occasion in a limited edition rose gold can. The glistening finish is made up of ultra-fine particles to reflect light for a luminous ultra-glam golden touch.
Posted: 23 July 2021
Introducing Beauty Hygiene Plus
The new beauty hygiene range from Beauty Hygiene Plus is set to be a game-changer as it includes everything you need to keep your make-up products and beauty tools as safe and germ and virus free as possible. The products are quick and easy to use with no fuss and eliminate 99.9 per cent of bacteria and viruses within two minutes of application. Make-up and make-up tools are a breeding ground for bacteria andfungus that could be harbouring nasties from e-coli to ringworm along with viruses such as herpes and conjunctivitis caused from cross-contamination and unhygienic use and storage.
Posted: 21 July 2021
Roc, a French skincare brand with a heritage of over 60 years' expertise, has introduced its Multi Correxion® Revive Glow line to offer consumers a completeskincare routine. A true vitamin C shot, these dermatologically tested and clinically proven products are formulated with a specific blend to illuminate the skin and ensure an incredible glow. What's more, the line, which includes a Cleansing Gel, a Daily Serum, a Gel Cream and an Anti Aging Unifying Cream, is now complemented by a Cleansing Gel and Night Serum Capsules
Posted: 19 July 2021
British indie beauty brand Q+A launch one of their most innovative skincare products yet – the Vitamin A.C.E. Warming Gel Mask, £8.50. Quite literally a healthy fruit salad for the skin, this antioxidant rich, ultra-nourishing, radiance boosting mask, is bursting with a special blend of active ingredients to feed the skin and instantly renew the complexion. Q+A founder Freddy Furber has worked with his team of chemists for over a year to develop the formula. Faye Purcell, development chemist and skincare expert at Q+A says "It's the perfect vitamin hit. We've combined over 10 superfruits like cherry and acai along with avocado and algae to really pack a punch. Our micro-algae dunaliella salina is a salt-loving organism which has been developed to survive harsh conditions. One such development is its high-level of beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which the body can convert into retinol. When you use a product with retinoids, they are either synthetic or animal-derived, so by using a plant-derived carotenoid like dunaliella salina, you are still getting the skin health and healing benefits of traditional retinol, but without sacrificing naturals. The other unique thing about this mask is that its anhydrous. Most masks contain water but ours is oil-based making it extremely rich and nourishing"
Posted: 16 July 2021
Did you know that 80 per cent of people suffer from digital eye strain? After a day spent staring at a screen, it's no wonder our eyes feel overworked and exhausted. The human eye isn't used to handling the artificial blue light and the effects are starting to show. Our eyes store up the energy absorbed from screens and release it at night, resulting in oxidative damage to the delicate eye tissue. Day after day, our eyesight becomes damaged. Early signs of eye damage include dryness and irritation; take care of your eyes and you won't regret it.
Posted: 14 July 2021
Karen Lee-Thompson, founder of Wo, talks innovative skincare
Karen Lee-Thompson, founder of Wo, an innovative holistic skincare company disrupting the beauty industry, tells us why the team behind the brand is so passionate about what they do.Tell us a bit about why you founded Wo. I have over 20 years of experience within skincare innovation, working for numerous big names in the industry. However, I felt there was something missing, especially surrounding holistic and inclusive skincare. One day I noticed my daughter's skin started to change as she grew older – at first her skin was like mine, sometimes oily and easy to tan. Then she started developing freckles similar to her English Grandpa. At that point, I decided to find out more. Scientific research shows that ethnic heritage is the genetic canvas that influences the behaviour of our skin. As well as this our overall physical, mental health and lifestyle are also important. This is why our Skin Diagnostic considers all these aspects and why our products are suitable for all skin.
Posted: 12 July 2021
Hot on the heels of Heaven Skincare's award-winning Nettle Venom collection is the latest vegan must-have for sensitive skin. Brand founder Deborah Mitchell has launched her restorative Dock Cream to quickly calm irritation, even-out tone and tackle sensitivity issues, all using ingredients gifted by nature.This plant-powered skin saviour uses a clever combination of yellow and green dock leaves, collected on Deborah's doorstep in the Shropshire countryside, as well as vitamin E, a natural anti-oxidant. It works by harnessing the power of our own interferons – proteins that are produced by a variety of cells – to reinforce skin from the inside out, soothing breakouts, irritation, rosacea and eczema.
Posted: 9 July 2021
Nail the 90s look with Urban Retreat's mineral make-up range
From lilac lids, to glossy glitter lips, have fun experimenting with Urban Retreats, kind to skin and planet, products that will make you look and feel your very best whilst nailing the 90s make-up trend.The Urban Retreat's vegan Skin-Sync Mineral Makeup range is designed to not only make your skin look good but actually do good to your skin too. It contains no nasties and boasts a wealth of botanical and good-for-skin ingredients in each product. Make-up so pure, you'll forget you're wearing any at all!
Posted: 7 July 2021
Choose the perfect wedding scent
Deciding on a wedding scent can be a personal journey for everyone and a single smell of your wedding fragrance can transport you back to the big day in years to come. Fragrance expert Elizabeth Edwards from The Perfume Shop at Bluewater shares her tips on how to select the perfect scent for your big day. Elizabeth says, "Fragrance will play an important part in your wedding day; as scents are renowned for triggering memories, it will serve as a reminder of your special day for years to come. You may already have a 'signature' scent and couldn't imagine wearing anything else, but for those who want a unique memory of their day, there's always the option to choose something special and completely new."
Posted: 5 July 2021
Summer suncare for your skin's every need
Summer is upon us and we've already had some scorching hot days. So, make sure you stock up on your sun protection. If you want to know where to start check out Bioderma's targeted suncare products.Bioderma's Photoderm suncare range is formulated with the Cellular Bioprotection® patent, which protects the skin's cells and DNA against the damages of UVA/UVB, whilst helping to prevent inflammation. Whether you're concerned with hyperpigmentation, photo-aging, blemishes, redness or even if you're allergic to chemical filters, there's a Bioderma suncare option to suit you!Head over to www.lookfantastic.com, www.feelunique.com, www.escentual.com or www.naos-store.co.uk where you can shop the range.
Posted: 30 June 2021
Monochromatic Peach Look by Sculpted by Aimee
Embrace the monochromatic make-up trend with Sculpted by Aimee Connolly's new Cream Luxe blushers. Available in soft Peach Pop and romantic Pink Supreme, this easily blendable cream can be used as a glowing blusher, a striking wash of colour on the eyelids or as a finishing touch on the lips – one look housed in one multitasking compact! Watch the tutorial video below for more expert tips on creating this fab look. All products in tutorial from the cruelty-free Sculpted By Aimee range, available at www.boots.com and www.sculptedbyaimee.com
Posted: 21 June 2021
Introducing Brush Soap by Joy Adenuga
Professional make-up artist and melanin specialist Joy Adenuga is extending her award-winning, vegan beauty line! For those who've loved her recently-launched brushes, get ready to pair them with the all-new By Joy Adenuga Brush Soap. A vegan cleansing soap bar, it comes with a brush cleaning mat designed to be inserted into the lid to achieve a deeper cleanse. Sporting black and gold tins, the Brush Soap is infused with vitamin C, olive fruit oil, shea oil and Chinese licorice to soothe the skin.
Posted: 18 June 2021
Check out these wedding hair and make-up trends for spring/summer 21
With lockdown restrictions easing and brides and grooms across the UK gearing up to celebrate their weddings, Suzanne Smith, Head of Content and Trends at Sally Beauty comments on the latest hair and beauty trends for brides tying the knot this summer. Hollywood waves "If you're a bride that has always longed for that touch of vintage glamour in your wedding then the Hollywood wave is one of the biggest trends you'll see this season. Flattering
Posted: 18 June 2021
Naomi Smart, conscious living content creator and found of eco-friendly, all natural and vegan skincare brand Smart Skin has offered her top tips for nurturing your skin as we exit lockdown and head back out into the real world.Get outside as much as possible. Enjoy the fresh air and lap up the sunshine that we have missed for so long. It's an instant mood booster being outside. Make a conscious effort to take in your surroundings - look up at the trees, smell the flowers, listen to the birds singing, and feel that glorious sunshine kiss your skin.
Posted: 16 June 2021