Estée Lauder Travel Essentials

Estée Lauder Travel Essentials

Estée Lauder always create the most adorable, efficient and value-for-money travel kits, ideal for buying in the airport before your honeymoon or wedding abroad. Here are our two favourite pre-take-off treats:

Re-Nutrive Luxury Traveller, £68.85, which includes:

- Intensive Lifting Crème (15 ml)
- A full-size Intensive Lifting Eye Crème (15 ml)
- Intensive Hydrating Foam Cleanser (30 ml)
- Intensive Softening Lotion (30 ml)


Ingenious Colour Palette (pictured), £36, which includes:

- Signature Silky eyeshadow Duo in Roseberry
- 2 Pure Colour Eye Shadows: Plum Pop and Tea Biscuit
- Signature Silky powder blush in Rosette
- 2 Pure Colour long lasting lipsticks: Bois de Rose and Candy
- 2 Kissable lipshine: Biarritz Kiss and Maui Kiss
- AeroMatte Ultralucent Pressed Powder in Translucent
- MagnaScopic Maximum Volume Mascara in Black


Get them at all travel retail stores, available now. www.esteelauder.co.uk

Revlon Scented Nail Polish!

Revlon Scented Nail Polish!

In New York this week, I picked up these brilliant Revlon 'Scents of Summer' Scented Nail Polishes in Duane Reade, the US equivalent to Superdrug. Annoyingly they're not available over here, but if you're going Stateside for your hen, a pre-wedding shopping trip or mini-moon, they're definitely worth hunting down.
At only 5 bucks a piece these hot little beauty stars are such fun: once dry, they emit a subtle but pretty perfume that matches their name, and come in a good range of colours to cover your hen parties, big day and honeymoon. There are eight in the collection (despite going into every drugstore I only managed to find 6!) including, from left to right: Cotton Candy, Beach, Orange Pop, Peach Smoothie, Grapy Icy and Ocean Breeze. The two I couldn't find were Gum Drop (a pale opaque lilac) and Bubble Gum (a medium bright pink).
Today I'm wearing Peach Smoothie, a gorgeous nude shot through with a very gentle shimmer that says 'fresh elegance' rather than 'showgirl sparkle'. It smells fruity and sweet, but not too strong, however our fashion intern Gareth did notice a hint of peachiness around me earlier!
Now that my jetlag is kicking in, I'm off to find sugary solace in the big bag of Hershey's Kisses I brought back for the office. If only those Revlon brains could invent lickable nail polish...

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The Sun's Out: It's Time To SPF-Up!

The Sun's Out: It's Time To SPF-Up!

Not that we're trying to be all head-teacher on you but in case you haven't noticed, the sun's come out to play and it's time to load up on SPF. If you're wearing a strapless wedding dress it makes sense to cover up (unless you like burnt red shoulders and big white strap-marks). And what a shame it would be to ruin the radiant results of all those facials and skincare products with a patchy forehead and dried-out cheeks. Here at Brides we're big fans of the brand Ultrasun for their no-nonsense, unfragranced, uncoloured and long-lasting suncreams. If you haven't heard of them, we got in touch with Managing Director Abi Cleeve for her sunshine advice and to explain why Ultrasun should be at the top of your summer wedding and honeymoon beauty list:

What makes Ultrasun stand out from normal suntan lotions?
All the products are once-a-day applications that delivers high level, all-day UVA and UVB protection. It holds on amazingly onto the skin so it still protects after swimming, towel-drying and showering without re-application. They're hypo-allergenic, non-greasy and fragrance-free to help prevent skin allergies such as prickly heat. The innovative, airless packaging prevents product deterioration ensuring that it remains effective for up to 36 months after opening.

How does it stay on the skin all day?
The products contain photostable UV filters (that means the chemical structure of the UV filter is not degraded when exposed to the sun's rays) and bonds to the skin cells to create a water resistant barrier. The patented "LipoSystemComplex" formula works without the need for emulsifiers, which makes the products non greasy, non sticky, easy to apply, moisturising, very photostable and extremely resistant to water, sweat and friction. It also means you can wear make-up over the top without it slipping or changing texture. We did a test with a group of volunteers who applied Ultrasun at 9am in the morning. They sat in a Jacuzzi bath, then towel dried, then went swimming, then towel dried again, and had to repeat the process several times until 5pm. The results showed that the UV filters were still 99% effective at the end of the day, hence the reason that Ultrasun is able to claim 'once-a-day' protection!

Any good application tricks or tips we haven't heard before?
Always apply sun protection to cool, clean, dry skin in the shade (ideally indoors) 15-30 minutes before you go into the sun. If applied in the sun, up to 50% of the quantity of sun cream applied to skin can evaporate before it has a chance to bond with the skin and therefore become less effective.
Ensure you apply enough product to your body. The official guidelines given by Colipa (Association of European Cosmetic Industry) is 2mg/cm2 - approximately one teaspoon worth for the face. Take your time to apply Ultrasun products carefully and generously - after all, as you only apply once a day, you can afford to be lavish!


The Ultrasun range is available nationwide in Bentalls, Brown Thomas, Fenwick, John Bell & Croyden, John Lewis, Waitrose, Harrods, many local stores and all UK airports. You will also find the range on QVC or order direct on 01737 245 499. From £4.00 to £23.00. 
www.qvcuk.com

Mile High Beauty Club

Mile High Beauty Club

This week I'm off to New York and about to face a 6 hour flight (unless Iceland tells me otherwise). Packing my on-flight beauty bag reminds me of choosing which toys to bring on holiday when I was small: I have so many adorable little friends (mini moisturisers, tiny toners), it's hard to pick what to pack for the guilt of leaving the others behind, all alone with no one to play with. But one must be ruthless and edit down the favourites, so here's who I'm taking with me:
- Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream: this wee little 15ml tube contains enough dense balm for my entire trip.
- Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster: a clear gel that feels light and clean but packs an amazing thirst-quenching punch.
- This Works Turbo Balm: for lips and nails (and to dab on the tops of cheekbones for a healthy gleam)
- Aroma Therapeutics Sleep Enhancer: a calming mist to dissolve the sound of screaming children.
- Mouthwash: courtesy of The Langham Hotel's excellent and generous bathroom amenities.
- A mini hairbrush: because groomed hair might nab me that upgrade.

Bon voyage!

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