If you are a bride (or bridesmaid) to be, chances are you are ramping up your health/beauty/fitness routines in anticipation of the big weekend. Who doesn’t want a trim physique, glowing skin and gleaming locks on their big day – or always? True beauty comes from good health, but we all need help. We recently spoke with some beauty and fitness experts and uncovered a slew of great products and old standbys to help you look and, more importantly, feel your best come nuptial time.
Of course, the sensible route boils down to this: watch your refined sugar and white carbs, alcohol and caffeine intake, do at least 30 minutes of cardio plus 15 minutes of strength training a day (one day off!), remember to take off makeup at night and begin facials, waxing and nail care 6 months prior to the big day. And try for 8 hours of zzzzzs a night. And drinks lots of filtered water. I know, impossible. In order to help, we present:
Viviscal – this nutritional supplement will help give you Kate Middleton-worthy locks in no time at all! Hollywood gals like Reese Witherspoon swear by this supplement since their hair takes a beating from color changes and hot lights. I used it after my pool water turned my hair fried and green. I lopped it all off into an Ali Larter bob and now use Viviscal religiously.
Speaking of supplements – most girls hate swallowing giant vitamins, and we’ve discovered the best liquid vitamins in the world by Tropical Oasis – enhanced also with amino acids, herbs and other supplements. Best of all, it’s packaged in Earth-friendly glass, stays in the fridge and doesn’t taste terribly. Sold at health food stores, many Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s nationwide.
An at-home hair glaze is just the thing if you don’t have time to visit the salon. Blondes, especially, have a hard time maintaining a mirror-like shine. We like Oscar Blandi’s At Home Salon Glaze– makes your color last longer, is plant-based and imparts natural gleam.
Tooth whitening: face it – we all love blueberry smoothies, espresso, red wine and other things that break down our enamel and dull teeth. Zoom whitening at the dental office can really hurt sensitive gums. I’m here to tell you about GLO Whitening System. Worth every penny and created by Dr. Jonathan Levine and recently featured on Dr. Mehmet Oz‘s Show. You wear the silly iPod-looking device around your shoulder and insert the mouthpiece and gel over your choppers for four 8-minute session a day for 5 days. So, make sure you have 32 minutes a day for 3-5 days to commit. The difference will astound you! Available at Sephora, too under “Tools”. My teeth whitened about 8 whole shades. And you can maintain it all year and do a last minute boost for two days before the wedding.
Jouer Cosmetics (my ultimate favorite) tint in Peony – a shade that looks bright pink in the tin, but is perfect for glowy bride cheeks and even on the lips. I love all of Jouer’s line, which you can see if you click on that first hyperlink. Jouer is also a favorite of Giada deLaurentiis and Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s now gaining traction in the States due to makeup artists’ use. For glamourous nights out, though, nothing beats Tom Ford’s new makeup collection. It’s hot, sexy, dangerous, classic and for the confident woman. Even the packaging makes me feel like going to a supper club. Available only at Bergdorf Goodman in store and online.
Serums – LOVE. Each night, we use Nude Skincare Replenishing Night Oilon our faces and necks (we found it at Fred Segal Beauty – the mecca), but it’s now available at Sephora. It smells terrific, helps you sleep, melts right into skin and you wake up looking fresh as a daisy. Not kidding. While we’re on the topic, we love the serum/oil by Skin & Bones. You can use it on your hair, face or body and it also smells delicious and does the trick. It’s all about moisture and dewy, not greasy. Skin & Bones can also be purchased at the Beauty department at Fred Segal in Santa Monica.
Cleanser: we are loving Eve Lom’s wonderful new cleanser. We also think that if you cleanse at night and use a serum and eye cream, you needn’t cleanse in the morning. Simply mist your face with some Evian, put on a day moisturizer and makeup/sunscreen. Too much cleansing can irritate and strip your face of crucial oils. Eve Lom’s Day Cleanser is great at night, too. Purchase at Beauty.com and see her whole range there as well. Plus, it’s nice to get your beauty and drugstore staples all together with one shipping box. Love that!
Exfoliation: only one exfoliant will touch my sensitive skin and that’s Kate Somerville’s “Exfolikate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment”. It’s gentle, I can use it with my fingertips or a Clarisonic or other battery-operated brush and it smells divine. It’s also smartly priced.
Universally pretty eyeshadow: Everyone looks good – daytime or wedding night in Stila “Kitten” in both powder and liquid wand form. I prefer the powder, because you can build the color in layers. No one doesn’t shine in “Kitten”.
Cheap thrill – oh, WOW, we are in love with Maybelline insanely pigmented, dramatic and non-creasing Eye Studio Color Explosion Quads. We bought the green and the purple range. It has this sort of “top coat” you can use for night to make the shadows simply glow and gleam. Once again, buildable pigments mean you can go light or deep and dramatic. Available at any drugstore.
Sephora’s own Body Butter (the scent alone!). Bot are heavy, non-greasy, really work for the silkiest skin.
There are about 45 other products that fill our addiction and cabinets – including old school sponge rollers from the drugstore, RGB and Butter London Nail Enamels and homemade brown sugar body scrub (sweet almond oil and regular brown sugar), but we have much to get to.
Let us know your favorite, life-changing beauty product in the comments section and you will win a $40 gift card to Sephora. Contest closes Sunday, 10 PM, EST. You must be a subscriber to this blog. So tell a friend!