Everything you need to know about looking and feeling your best on your wedding day!
County Wedding Magazines editor Danielle Harvey says, "Even as a journalist, and having worked as the Beauty Editor here at County Wedding Magazines HQ before, I'm still overwhelmed with all that's on offer in the beauty and wellness industry. There are hundreds of make-up and beauty brands, thousands of products, heaps of online tutorials, and ample tips and advice, how do you honestly find out what's right for you? First and foremost for me with sensitive, eczema-prone skin is the ingredients of my products – what's in it? What am I putting on my face and body? I tend to opt for all-natural products and when it comes to my face especially; for daily cleansing I had resulted in just using Micellar Water for removing my make-up each day. Which, until this winter had proven fine. However, I'm not sure whether it was the change in the weather, or the constant wearing of a face mask – the new normal - I had two irritated patches of skin on my chin area that just would not go.
Posted: 21 December 2020
False eyelashes are an effortless glam addition to any make-up look, so even if we are at home for Christmas and New Year's Eve this year, you can still up your game! The art of application can be tricky to master but practise makes perfect. False eyelashes are popular because they can give the illusion of bigger eyes and a dramatic look and even if you're not wearing a full face of make-up, they can take your eyes to another level. Strip eyelashes are the most common and easier to apply on your own. They give a striking look whilst individual eyelashes can provide a more natural finish. Strip lashes are the most popular choice of false eyelash enhancements and can be extremely quick and easy to apply. Any rogue application can be easily avoided with accuracy. To reveal the only way to apply false eyelashes, expert makeup artist at FalseEyelashes.co.uk, Saffron Hughes, shares her secrets.
Posted: 18 December 2020
Watch Sculpted By Aimee founder and MUA Aimee Connolly guide you through her favourite festive make-up, finished with the perfect red lip. All of the products from the cruelty-free Sculpted By Aimee range are available at www.boots.com and at www.SculptedByAimee.com. Recreate this fabulous and festive look with the products listed below and tag in @SculptedByAimee and @cwm_wedding. What you'll need: Beauty Blocks Palette - available in light, medium and deep, £30. Liquid LIghts in Gilded Glow, £13...
Posted: 16 December 2020
Check out our beauty editor's pick of Christmas beauty stocking fillers, sure to bring smiles to the faces of your loved ones. Jo Malone London Christmas Cologne Collection, £75, www.jomalone.co.uk/christmas-gifts. Celebrate the season of extravagance with Jo Malone London's festive and much-loved fragrances. Inspired by the glamour and opulence of the 1920s, this year's Christmas Collection features dazzling geometric prints and Art Deco-inspired designs to add a luxurious touch to your celebrations. The Rip-Roaring Christmas Cologne Collection includes the miniature fragrances:
Posted: 14 December 2020
Celebrity facialist and skincare expert, Lisa Harris, has shared her top 10 skincare secrets with us. So let's dive straight in! Over to you Lisa... Always cleanse your skin at night. I love to use a Gentle Gel Enzyme Cleanser that gently sloughs away dead dry skin cells. It clears the skin of oxidative stress (city pollution), debris, minimises the pores by flushing out daily toxins/debris and leaves a healthy glowing complexion. Enzymes help to break down unwanted debris on the skin, but they also help to restore and repair the top layers of skin.
Posted: 11 December 2020
Peacci is the first ever nail polish brand into space (yep, you heard us correctly) and is donating to support nail techs with its new collection. With nail techs being affected by the second lockdown during their usually busy festive period, Peacci is donating 10 per cent of the profits made from its new collection to support them whilst they now get back to business around the UK. Combining six of the best-selling opulent shades to try this season, the brand's sell-out range is truly out of this world, so that's where they went!
Posted: 9 December 2020
With stress levels and sleep deprivation on the rise, there couldn't be a better time to invest in a self-heating eye mask to revive, refresh and relax weary souls. When beauty entrepreneur Clare Anderson launched Sensory Retreats at the start of this year she had no idea how apt her services would become. Creating spa treatments and at-home products that incorporate all five senses - sight, sound, smell, taste and touch - Clare fused natural ingredients with mindful experiences and powerful massage techniques to produce a range of deeply restorative treatments.
Posted: 4 December 2020
Calling all make-up fans and Potterheads! The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 ¾ has launched its first ever vegan and cruelty-free make up collection, created in collaboration with iconic British cosmetics brand, Barry M. Available in store and online now, the range includes collections dedicated to the Deathly Hallows, Luna Lovegood and each of the four Hogwarts houses. Each make-up range includes a selection of stunning nail paints, bold lipsticks, must-have accessories and magical eyeshadow palettes, perfect for any fan to add to their make-up bag.
Posted: 4 December 2020
Top make-up artist Jen Gooding specialises in e-commerce and editorial make-up, as well as bridal. Here are her top five tips for flawless foundation application. 1) Prep. To make sure you are getting the most out of your foundation application, preparing the skin is the most important part. The key is to make sure your moisture levels in the skin are on top, to do this I recommend introducing a hyaluronic acid serum into your skin care routine, This adds more hydration as it draws moisture into crepey skin, try 'The Inkey List - Hyaluronic Acid Serum'.
Posted: 2 December 2020
Late October 2020 saw R&R Luxury celebrate their 10-year anniversary and a decade of growth, evolution and extraordinary accomplishments. R&R Luxury was founded in 2010 by Valerie Obaze after she discovered shea oil to be a remedy for her daughter's rash. Fast forward to today: R&R Luxury launched in the UK in January 2020 and currently retails over thirty products in seven different regions. The brand also has two standalone stores in Accra and Lagos alongside two factories in Ghana, with a new processing plant under way.
Posted: 6 November 2020
Aveda's new online Hair and Scalp Check provides personalised products and routines for unique hair needs, with four million combinations of results the tool combines powerful data and advanced knowledge to give you an accurate hair profile to understand your scalp health, learn what your hair needs are, and build a botanical-based routine. The advanced logic combines the revolutionary scientific knowledge from Aveda's research and development teams with the diverse and practical knowledge from the brand's global artists who've spent years behind the chair perfecting clients' hair.
Posted: 2 November 2020
Celebrate World Vegan Day with an exclusive offer from KVD Vegan Beauty and Boots! As a vegan make-up brand, KVD Vegan Beauty changed the beauty world and redefined vegan cosmetics in 2016 when reformulating their entire line to include 100 per cent vegan make-up, without sacrificing performance. That means long-wearing, powerfully pigmented, cruelty-free formulas that go the distance and then some. Get your hands on exciting new launches and best sellers for a fraction of the price showcasing the best in vegan beauty.
Posted: 30 October 2020
Zaiso, pronounced Zay-so, is a luxury cosmetic brand founded by professional makeup artist Sufiah. Born out of a deep passion and knowledge of the beauty industry, its aim is to provide to you the ultimate in premium products with an emphasis on quality and durability, whilst protecting our animal friends and environment in the process. So, on the ultimate quest to find the best bridal lash look, Team CWM Beauty put three styles to the test, bringing the #RandomlyGlam spirit into our work day. Check out our Tried & Tested video.
Posted: 28 October 2020
Meet the new beauty brand aiming to start an all-inclusive skincare revolution. Beauty Consociare, a collective of highly experienced beauty industry experts, recently announced their first brand launch with the release of Wo. The brand is built upon the desire to create an all-inclusive self-love skincare community, rooted in holistic wellbeing and backed by scientific research from leading skin scientists into the key factors affecting skin. The brand launched online in the summer with an online skin diagnostic and fifteen products. Clinical and consumer testing has been carried out on key formulations and all products are in sustainable mono-dose packaging.
Posted: 26 October 2020
If you're thinking of trying hair extensions for your wedding day, you've come to the rightplace! The hair extension experts from Foxy Locks have shared with us some tips on how to style your tresses to help you bring your Pinterest boards to life. First things first, you need to choose extensions that suit your needs, this might seem like the most overwhelming part, but we've made this easier for you! You only have to find an extension system that fits your hair length and volume.
Posted: 23 October 2020
World-class make-up artist and beauty expert, Hannah Martin is one of the most respected professionals in the industry. With 15 years' experience, Hannah works her magic on everything from catwalks and editorial shoots to make-up masterclasses. She's worked on high-profile names including Helen Mirren and Nadiya Hussain, as well creating looks for industry giants such as L'Oréal Paris and SpaceNK. Previously Pro and Artistry Manager at Bobbi Brown, she was also part of their Global Leadership Team. However, for Hannah, there's always been something very special about creating looks for a bride's big day. Always discreet about her coterie of private clients, Hannah has brought her expertise to three Royal weddings. She is the ultimate bridal make-up artist, bringing fresh, glowing and dewy looks.
Posted: 21 October 2020
As the nights draw in and the mornings feel just that little bit fresher, it's starting to feel more like autumn than ever. On October 25th 2020, we'll set our clocks back by an hour; there's never been a better excuse to make the most of staying in and indulging in your bedtime routine. The best part? An extra hour of beauty sleep to enjoy. With an extra hour to enjoy in bed, treat your skin to a hydration boost with the Tired faace mask - £22.50 (100ml). Formulated with skin healing aloe vera and glow-giving vitamin C, while lactic acid gently exfoliates. Caffeine perks up your skin and soothes inflammation whilst Pomegranate and Rosehip join forces to provide a helping natural Vitamin A (retinol) to boost collagen and keep skin springy. An all-round winner for tired, lacklustre complexions. Available from www.liberty.com
Posted: 19 October 2020
A revolutionary 10 product haircare range launches from female Hair Boss Lisa Shepherd, to bring the salon experience home and keep your hair healthy. The Hair Boss collection has been created by Shepherd, the most awarded and profiled hair colourist in the UK today, to introduce a range to love and care for your hair in the same way you would for your skin. Each product has been developed using Lisa's years of expertise to combat every day, real-life hair problems, in the most simple and effective way. The range is 100 per cent British, vegan and cruelty free with individually selected sensory-friendly ingredients, treating busy women on the go to strong, beautiful and healthy hair every single day.
Posted: 16 October 2020
Trend-led beauty brand W7 Cosmetics, has added a new range to their extensive product line - Happy Hemp. Each product in the collection is infused with hemp oil and many other kind-to-skin ingredients. This range contains products for the eyes, face and lips including a colourful range of hydrating lip glosses. Primo Primer Nourishing Face Primer - £5.95. The Primo Primer Oil gives you a hydrating base, ready to give makeup that all day staying power. Smokin' Brows Sativa Brow Gel - £4.95. The Smokin' Brows Brow Gel will shape and fix those pesky eyebrow hairs to stay in place all day. Fluffy brows will last with our Hemp Oil infused Gel.
Posted: 9 October 2020
Body design specialist Peter Cobby, best known for transforming the fashion industry through his unique approach to health and fitness, is teaming up with the superfood gurus over at Spring Green London to offer an exclusive body preparation package for brides-to-be. The unique, all-in-one pre-wedding package is a fully comprehensive programme designed to help all women look and feel their best on the big day through a combination of personalised workout routines and tailored meal plans, all delivered direct to the door.
Posted: 5 October 2020
When it comes to completing your wedding day look, accessories are a must for most brides. Hair accessories are an ideal way to personalise your style and add that special something. We caught up with Melissa Morris, creator of Make Me Bridal Accessories, to learn more about her brand and how she helps brides pick the perfect piece.Tell us a little about yourself and how MMBA came to be.I've been a hair and make-up artist for over eight years specialising in weddings. After a number of hours in the studio creating bridal looks with my clients, I always felt the magic that the right accessories would bring to the final look the minute they were placed in. However, many brides hadn't even thought about how the final look would come together with accessories, this is what inspired me to create a collection to offer them. With an emphasis on being able to help brides choose the perfect accessory for their look, we offer brides a free one-to-one virtual consultation online. Brides also have the option of booking one of our ambassadors, who are handpicked professional wedding hair stylists, who stock our collection, ready to show their bridal clients at their trials.
Posted: 2 October 2020
Beauty therapist, and Sugar Coated sugar wax founder Rosie Khandwala gives her best tips to perfect the at-home wax, including how to deal with ingrown hairs, wax strip technique, and the dreaded bikini wax!Waxing removes hair from the roots. Shaving on the other hand cuts the hair from the surface ofthe skin. The regrowth with waxing is finer and slower as you do it more frequently, whereas shaving can cause hair to grow thicker and stronger and give a stubble feeling as hair regrows.Using a warm wax means the product is sticky and adheres to the hair. The warmth of the product will also open up the pores and loosen the hair resulting in hair being pulled from the root.
Posted: 30 September 2020
The RÉDUIT One is a new mega-misting hair device that's not only 38 times more effective than traditional hair products, but 20 times more sustainable. Coming to save our hair and planet. The device runs on 'hairpods', which are just 5ml each, packed with active ingredients, and can be popped in or swapped out for other treatments as needed. The range currently consists of strength, shine, volume, colour maintenance, and conditioning treatment pods which, containing 20 applications each, compare to 100-200ml of normal plastic-packed products each, only, again, without the fillers and delivered in just 30 seconds.
Posted: 28 September 2020