Wedding Talk (#11): My Bridal Beauty Products and Treatments
I can't believe it's already been a whole WEEK since our big day - time really does fly when you're having fun! I thought I'd bring you guys one last little wedding talk post to round up all my favourite bridal beauty products and treatments that had me feeling a million dollars last Saturday. I was a little bit overwhelmed when we got engaged by just how many things were recommended in blogs and on magazines, so I thought it might be nice to share the things that were most important for me.
Here are the bridal beauty products and treatments that I invested in...
If you believed everything you read in bridal magazines, you'd be convinced that it's against the law to walk down the aisle without at least 10 facials and a regimented skincare routine, but that really isn't the case. I found that relying on a couple of products helped my skin reach it's glowy potential ready for alllllll the photos and none of them were super expensive.
First up, I started using Lush Ultrabland Cleanser almost exclusively. I find it super moisturising for my skin and it doesn't have any nasty chemicals in it, so there's no risk of having any reactions to it. I also added the Pixi Glow Tonic into my routine which helps to get rid of any dead skin and keeps my skin nice and even.
As well as sticking to a regular cleansing routine, I also started using The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - this product is really reasonable and fuss free, but mega effective when it comes to reducing redness. I also find that it helps my favourite moisturiser, Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur, absorb faster and better.
The other little change I made to my skincare routine was to stop using foundation through the week and replacing it with the tinted version of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. It gives a decent amount of coverage while also keeping blemishes and uneven skin at bay - win win!
Next up on my bridal beauty hitlist was haircare! I'm very lucky that my lovely cousin is my hairdresser and so most of my hair prep in the run up to the wedding was handled by him. He's been cutting it as regularly as possible for the last few years to make sure it grew nice and long (counter intuitive but it works!) and in the last month or so he coloured it a couple of times to get it looking as bright and blonde for the big day as we could.
All that that left me with was using an Olaplex treatment once a week to keep it as strong and shiny as possible and reducing the amount of heat I used on it - I tried to avoid hairdryers and straighteners as much as possible midweek and opted for pinning my hair up instead.
I also switched up my usual shame and conditioner for some "blonde friendly" products which helped to keep it nice and bright - this Go Blonder range from John Frieda does the trick without being too harsh on your hair.
There are so many beauty treatments marketed at brides, from laser hair removal to teeth whitening to HD brows. I knew I wanted to look as much like myself as possible on my wedding day so I steered away from anything outside of my usual routine. The only two things I did invest in were hair and lashes.
I started having regular gel manicures at Pastille a couple of months ago - the girls in there are amazing and as a result my nails were lovely and long on our wedding day. I also had Russian Volume lashes applied by the wonderful team at Beauty Divas in the North West - I knew I didn't want to be faffing with false eyelashes on the morning of the wedding and these lash extensions did the job perfectly. I've had them on for two weeks now and they're still going strong - I will definitely get them done again for future holidays.
And there you have it - the bridal beauty products and treatments that I relied on to feel my best last week. Have you used any of these products before?