My First Couture Show

My First Couture Show
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I never thought that fashion could move me to tears, but this week was certainly one for firsts. On a 24-hr trip to Paris to attend the fragrance launches of Elie Saab Le Parfum and Jean-Paul Gaultier's mens' Kokoriko, we were privileged be invited to their haute couture fashion shows, a level of catwalk I'd yet to experience. Read more »

Mii Cosmetics: Saving Face

Mii Cosmetics: Saving Face

There are several routes you can take when it comes to wedding make-up. The first (and most expensive) is to have a make-up artist come to your venue or home. Or you could try doing it yourself. Alternatively you could travel to a local salon or spa to have it done on the wedding morning.

This latter option has, until now, been my least favourite to recommend because it means having to use their old-fashioned products. At a time when only the very best will do for your skin, it's such a letdown to have your complexion pasted over with low-quality products in limited colour choices and textures.

Well, not anymore. At last there is a fantastic new brand, Mii Cosmetics, rolling out right now into over 200 salons and spas nationwide that will replace these old products.

Not only are the make-up items stunning quality (think modern, high-tech and flawless textures in colours that will make you look natural, fresh and glowing), but all staff stocking Mii Cosmetics have been trained to create beautiful and flattering looks to Mii's high standards.

The best way to find a Mii make-up artist is to look on the website (below) and find one near your wedding venue. Book in for a trial, then book an appointment for your wedding morning.

 The products will soon be available to buy online too so keep checking towards the autumn. I've fallen in love with the Flawless Face Base SPF10 (£19.95) - a very sheer foundation that feels like a tinted moisturiser but has more pigment thus better coverage. It's the ideal wedding base so make sure you try it out when you visit.

Find out more at www.Miicosmetics.com  

Olay Pop-up Clinic

Olay Pop-up Clinic

We can't think of anything more vital to a healthy pre-wedding skincare regime than to kick it off with a one-to-one personal consultation with a trained pro. Once your skin issues have been recognised and assessed, you can then go forth to fix your flaws and maintain a good complexion confidently without doubting your future product purchases.

So we were thrilled to hear about a new pop-up facial clinic opening next week that offers a chance to meet a skincare expert and get a personalised facial absolutely free.

Olay's three-day-only professional dermatology clinic opens its doors on June 28, June 29 and July 1 in Mayfair, London. There will be appointments running from 10am-5pm each day, where you will get to meet a top UK dermatologist and chat about your skin, then have an anti-ageing facial exclusively designed and performed by the incredible facialist Anastasia Achilleos (a Brides' office favourite!).

It's all to celebrate the launch of their newest product Olay Professional, (pictured), that's apparently a huge success across the pond and arrives on these shores on August 9 in Boots, priced at £44.99. It's a brilliant kit that includes a daytime SPF moisturiser, a richer night-time cream and a targeting wrinkle cream to massage into prominent creases. Anastasia will be using the products in her facials so it's a perfect opportunity to try before you buy.

We're also excited to see the temporary clinic, which apparently has a hot-from-NYC look and feel.
What with this tricksy trans-seasonal weather confusing our pores, it's the ideal time to have a skincare overhaul, especially with a luxury high street brand like Olay, that's affordable before and after the wedding.

Placed are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. To book, call the Olay Professional Clinic booking hotline on tel: 0207 611 3770 to register your details (name, day and evening contact telephone numbers and e-mail address). Applicants must be aged 18 years and over. Standard call rates reply. Lines close at 3pm on Friday June 24 2011.

The Olay Professional Clinic will be open to the public for three days only (June 28-29 and July 1 2011) at an exclusive Mayfair location - 18 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London W1 from 10am-5pm.

Your Summer Wedding Hair Detox

Your Summer Wedding Hair Detox

It's that time of the year again when one's hair is controlled by hot weather humidity, no matter how much one tries to straighten it with tools.

In NYC a couple of weeks ago, I was having a total hair mare: it was a heatwave and my long tresses were all over the place, I could hardly even get a brush through the fuzzy tangles. Can you imagine dealing with humidity halo hair on your wedding day?!

Once I was home it was time for some drastic hair action. A big chop to get rid of all those rat tail ends and a Brazilian blow-dry straightening treatment to remove that awful frizz. I guess you could call it a hair detox.

I remember doing almost the same about a month before my wedding four years ago. I had a hefty trim to give my hair some shape and a healthy swing, and several deep-conditioning treatments to make it soft and glossy. At the time, Brazilian blow-dries didn't exist - but boy if they did I've have had one in a heartbeat.
Today they are in almost every good salon around the country and since I'm always up for trying new variations of the formula, I thought I'd research a new salon.

Over on Twitter there's a great community of beauty editors who share their favourite treatments and products, so thanks to Alexandra Steinherr (the beauty director of Glamour) and Newby Hands (the beauty director of Harpers Bazaar) I was convinced to visit the hairstylist Zoltan at his salon Compton Hair in Covent Garden, who tames the luscious locks of these two particularly well-groomed editrices. Alex was the first to discover Zoltan's amazing straightening skills a few years ago and assured me he could work his magic on my tired, unsightly mane.

The lovely Zoltan was completely dedicated to finding the right straightening treatment to suit my hair-type (rather than a one-fits-all approach). After a chat about how I wanted my hair to behave, he chose a fairly strong formula to remove all traces of frizz, and which would last well into autumn but would still let my hair look thick and bouncy.

The best part of the whole treatment is that he washes it out instantly, so you don't have to wait for three days marinating in it. I'm not sure why some salons insist on this - Zoltan believes the treatment acts immediately once it's ironed into the hair cuticle. And he's right. My hair is now silky and swishy without any kinks.

With this changeable summer weather, I feel absolutely confident that a rain shower won't leave my hair in a messy nest. Summer brides, this is one hair investment you won't regret.

Brazilian blow-dry treatments with Zoltan start from £129; for Compton Hair in Covent Garden call 020 7240 3240; for Compton Hair in Barbican & City call 020 7253 7995 or see www.comptonhair.co.uk.