Everything you need to know about looking and feeling your best on your wedding day!
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
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
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
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