Everything you need to know about looking and feeling your best on your wedding day!
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
Christmas is coming and this year it's pink! Santa, take a seat, the Lush Snow Fairy is back and the incandescent presence means one thing: 'tis officially the season! This year, for the first time, The Snow Fairy debuts on screen. This short animation brings the magic to life in celebration of kindness, courage and confidence - a Christmas message we can all get behind. Lush collaborated with FeralChild, the London-based direction duo, who lovingly crafted the animation with a team of talented artists to create the story of Elya and The Snow Fairy.
Posted: 6 October 2021
UP Cosmetics: The latest make-up range to make waves on Instagram
Irish entrepreneurs Pippa O'Connor Ormond and Úna Tynan joined forces to launch UP Cosmetics mid-pandemic and are now excited to be launching on to www.boots.com less than a year since launch. The UP Cosmetics x Boots collection consists of 13 easy to use, superior quality, highly pigmented, cruelty-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic products at an attainable price point, which can be enjoyed by all make-up enthusiasts from a novice to a pro. In under a year since launch, UP Cosmetics has gained a cult following of 50,000 people on Instagram alone and has been praised by leading make-up artists including Nikki Makeup.
Posted: 4 October 2021
The Lush Halloween range has landed!
With new additions and returning favourites, the Lush Halloween range has all you need to feel spooktacular this autumn. And as part of it's "Leave The World Lusher Than We Found It" mission, the brand has launched a new packaging returns scheme enabling customers to bring back any full-sized Lush plastic packaging to their local Lush shop to be recycled. For each plastic Lush item returned, customers will receive a 50p deposit to spend on their Lush basket that day.
Posted: 1 October 2021
The Bridal Beauty Festival is coming to The Dorchester, London
The UK's top beauty event for brides-to-be is coming London on Sunday 24th October 2021 at The Dorchester, Park Lane. Get 50% off VIP tickets with County Wedding Magazines! Featuring the best brands in the industry, a festival of inspiration, creative workshops, live demos and VIP talks, this dedicated showcase is the go-to event for brides looking to overhaul every aspect of their beauty, fitness and wellness regime ahead of the big day. Bringing together the top headliners across the beauty, cosmetic and wellness worlds, The Bridal Beauty Festival offers brides-to-be an unrivalled access to a curated selection of beauty brands, makeup artists, hairstylists, inspiring talks, pampering, exclusive discounts, treats and top tips. In essence, this is set to be the most amazing beauty day out for brides-to-be!
Posted: 24 September 2021
The definitive guide to choosing your signature wedding-day scent
The Perfume Companion is a beautifully illustrated compendium of almost 500 recommended scents, designed to help you pick out your next favourite fragrance. Ideal if selecting your perfect big-day signature scent is leaving you dazed and confused. Perfumes have the power to evoke treasured memories, make us feel fabulous and help us express our best self. But with so many out there, how do you choose something new? When the scents in the perfume shop are merging into one aromatic haze, how do you remain focused? And if your favourite scent goes out of stock, how do you replace it? The Perfume Companion is here to help. Sarah McCartney and Samantha Scriven deliver a host of scents for you to try – including bargain finds and luxury treasures, iconic stalwarts and indie newcomers, the lightest florals and the deepest leathers.
Posted: 20 September 2021
September's here and it's time to treat yourself with some well deserved R&R. We think the two newest boxes from monthly subscription services Glossybox and Lookfantastic are just the ticket!GLOSSYBOX Pure Relaxation September boxIt's time to treat yourself to some precious 'me-time', the September Pure Relaxation GLOSSYBOX is the perfect addition to your self-care tool kit. Including rich, sensual skincare and sumptuous fragrances, unbox this month's edit to find five pampering beauty buys that'll help you relax and unwind.
Posted: 15 September 2021
Discover your favourite shades with Barry M's new virtual try on
Discover your new favourite shades with Barry M's new Virtual Try On tool, designed to make your online shopping experience effortless.Using advanced AI technology, you can now virtually try on a selection of the brand's best-selling eye, lip and face products to find your perfect shade match in an instant.Browse, play share and shop using your device's camera - making choosing your new must-have products even easier and accessible from wherever you choose to shop. Barry M CEO, Dean Mero says, "As we mark our 40th anniversary in 2022, it's important to us to ensure our business continues to evolve.
Posted: 13 September 2021
How to winter proof your nails and cuticles
The winter season is especially harsh on the nails so it's vital to take extra care of them. Carla Opoku, founder of Cienna Rose (ciennarose.com) says "Cold weather zaps moisture from the cuticles and nails leaving them dry, brittle, flaky and damaged. Our nails naturally have a low moisture and oil content and therefore, can become worse in winter but there are things we can do to help keep them looking and feeling on point." Carla shares her top tips for taking care of nails and cuticles this winter.
Posted: 10 September 2021
Willowberry launches a new indulgent hand and body lotion
A favourite with top make-up artists, independent British skincare brand Willowberry is launching its first ever body care product; the new Willowberry Indulgent Hand & Body Lotion, a luxurious, nourishing lotion with a beautiful spa scent to treat skin, soul and senses. The Willowberry Indulgent Hand & Body Lotion is enriched with soothing aloe vera, nourishing shea butter and a nutrient-rich blend of sweet almond, pomegranate, kahai and rosehip oils. It is nourishing yet easily absorbed to leave skin feeling softer, smoother and more comfortable without greasiness or residue.
Posted: 1 September 2021
The latest limited edition collection from Jo Malone London
This luscious Jo Malone London favourite is inspired by orchards awash with golden sunshine. The sensuous freshness of just-ripe pears wrapped in a bouquet of bright white freesias, their unmistakeable blooms radiating innocence and a delicate, cool touch. Mellowed by amber, patchouli and woods. Celine Roux, global head of fragrance says, "When you smell English Pear & Freesia, you're instantly transported to an orchard where juicy fruit mingles with blooming flowers. There's something unexpected about the combination of key ingredients and it's got that freshness and elegance we're known for."
Posted: 30 August 2021
At night, your skin works to repair itself from the build-up of dirt and oil on the skin's surface throughout the day. Helping your skin rejuvenate at night will make it more durable during the day and keep damaging factors like the sun, wind, and stress from penetrating the epidermal layer. A night-time skin care routine that focuses on repair and hydration will keep your complexion clear and your skin firm. So check out some of Bioderma and Institut Esthederm's night-time skin care products, with a range of different products for different skin types, they're super-simple to fit into your evening skin care routine.
Posted: 27 August 2021
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