Kate Middleton's Skincare Secret Revealed!

Kate Middleton's Skincare Secret Revealed!

Kate Middleton's radiant complexion is not only down to her engagement to Prince William. The princess-to-be is also a fan of Karin Herzog's oxygen-infused skincare line. Karin Herzog Swiss Skincare is a pioneer of oxygen beauty treatments, which work by delivering the cleansing properties of oxygen gas deep down into the skin to destroy bacteria.

Kate Middleton is reportedly partial to Karin Herzog's Oxygen facials, although the high-performance Oxygen Face Cream is proving a real winner.

Ideally suited to 28-year-olds like Kate (the Vita-A-Kombi range, with its extra dose of oxygen, is recommended for the over 30s), the Karin Herzog Oxygen Face Cream is a great multi-tasker and helps to instantly reveal a fresher and more radiant complexion through its gentle but effective formula - perfect for brides-to-be who want to keep their make-up light and natural.

Like Kate, it's also worth considering having regular facials from four months prior to your wedding day to get your skin in tip-top condition. Find out more at www.shop.karinherzog.co.uk.

Karin Herzog Oxygen Face Cream, £35 for 50ml.

Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 3 spot zapper, £21 for 16ml.

The Big Drop

The Big Drop

If you've had a look at the new Brides issue, you'll see that I recently went on a big health and fitness programme and lost a bit of weight, well 20lbs to be precise! It was a life-changing experience and if anyone is looking to shift the pounds and transform your body in time for your wedding, I can't recommend my programme enough. I really don't care what anyone says: losing weight is HARD WORK and if you have a lot to lose you really do need to invest in professional help.
The company that I hooked up with is Louise Parker Personal Training. Louise recruits qualified trainers and sends them directly to your own home. That means no schlepping to the gym on a freezing cold snowy morning and 100 per cent bespoke exercise training to suit your own goals.
Her programme, called The Intensive, consists of six hours personal training every week and a very healthy (but easy) strict diet. It lasts for six weeks, which is a long-enough time for some serious life lessons to engrain themselves in you.
The cost is considerable (the course starts from £2,800) but you pay for guaranteed results. It's as simple as that. Having someone turn up at your house at 6.30am takes the stress out of summoning up your own will-power and on those painful sore mornings when you're feeling broken from the day before, it's the only way you'll achieve anything.
But having Louise on call 24/7 was the secret ingredient: I had to send her my daily food diary, which became an incredibly therapeutic tool to uncover my eating patterns, vent my frustrations, share my weight-loss excitement and fitness thrill, and to disclose my feelings about the diet and the exercise plan so that Louise could monitor my progress and evolve the programme as the weeks went on.

It's hard work, yes: as I mentioned in my article, sitting in front of X-Factor on a Saturday night with a pint of water and a salad is not my idea of fun, but stepping onto the scales on Monday morning and seeing the numbers drop is.
Funnily enough the exercise part is what I was fearing the most as I was so unfit and embarrassed, but the personal trainers I was allocated were patient, amazingly supportive, encouraging and trusting - so I achieved incredible, fulfilling, endorphin-pumped workout sessions. Sure, I won't lie: mid-lunge, when your legs are shaking and burning and the sweat is making your eyes sting, it certainly ain't no picnic. But just a short while later, as you're lying on the floor having your muscles stretched out, the warm rush of achievement and satisfaction really does make you look forward to the next session and the next burning lunge.

I remember literally laughing in Louise's face when she told me on the first session that she could make me drop 20lbs. Ha! Yeah right, I thought. It's taken me a good few years to put on the weight I need to loose, so six weeks really weren't going to make a dent. But they did. Her system works, and I'm now down 20lbs. As long as you stick to her diet religiously, and you push yourself in the training sessions, you CANNOT fail.
Obviously hindsight is a wonderful thing and if a stranger told me a few months ago that 'I could do it!' and 'I'll lose loads of weight!' I'd probably have told them to sod off and stuffed my face with crisps. So I get that hearing it from a third party is annoying.

Your only way to find out if it works is to try it. If you can't stretch to The Intensive's cost, then sign up for a couple of sessions a week. Louise will educate you in a way no one has dared to before because she doesn't use gimmicks and she'll tell you the truth. And the simple truth is: we all need a bit of help sometimes, so go and ask for it!

Find out more at www.louiseparkerpersonaltraining.com  

Get The Brides Cover Girl Look

Get The Brides Cover Girl Look

Like our new Brides cover girl? The amazing bridal make-up artist Sarah Brock is to thank and here she takes us through her step-by-step guide so you can recreate this gorgeous natural wedding-day look at home. She's used Daniel Sandler make-up, which you can buy online at www.beautique.com.

First of all, it is important to prep your skin, so it is ready for make-up application. The skincare products I used on this shoot were by Sisley, as their products add moisture to the skin without leaving a greasy residue, which can cause make-up to 'slide off' the skin.

1) Using the base brush, apply a small amount of Daniel Sandler Re-texturising Primer to keep your make-up looking perfect for longer. Next using the Catwalk Compact, start applying your foundation in the centre of your face and blend outwards - don't forget the hairline, under the jaw and up to the lash line and the eyelids. Then, using the Perfect Canvas Foundation as a concealer, use the Concealer Brush to cover any under-eye circles or blemishes. To 'set' your base use the Contour/Powder Brush and apply the Invisible Blotting Powder to your face - 'press' the powder gently onto the skin for complexion perfection.

2) For a gorgeous glow, use two blushers - the Mineral Matte Blusher in Rose Bud is gorgeous on the outer part of your cheekbones to create definition and for the apple of your cheek (smile in the mirror for perfect placement), apply the Watercolour Blusher in Cherub. To use, shake the bottle, tap a tiny amount on the back of your hand, apply a few dots only to your skin and blend well.

3) For stunning eyes, take the Sheer Satin Shadow in shade Sunrose and apply from lash line to brow. Next, take the Matte Shadow in Tornado and using the Smudger Brush, swipe the brush on either side, tap off the excess and apply first to the contour of the eye then apply a tiny amount of the same eyeshadow to the lower lash line. To make sure it's blended well (especially in the contour), take the Blending Brush and go forwards and back, over the eyeshadow you have already applied, to make sure it is perfectly blended.

4) A big part of this look is the eyeliner. Use the Eye Love Aqua Pearl Eyeshadow in Rock Chick - apply a tiny amount to the back of your hand and using the Eyeliner Brush, swipe the brush into the product, and pull your brow up so your eyelid is smooth. Apply to your top lash line - apply thinner at the inner corner and make the line slightly thicker towards the outer corner.

5) I like to leave the lower lashes mascara-free, to avoid any smudges from tears! Top tip: test your mascara before the big day, as different mascaras work for different people. I used the Baby Jet Black Mascara after curling the lashes.

6) For Brows, I used the same Matte Eyeshadow as I used to contour the eye - I used the Daniel Sandler Brow Filler Brush (tap any excess off the brush before you apply) and gently apply the products in small strokes, as if you are 'brushing in extra hairs'.

7) For lips take the Line 'n' Lacquer in shade Baby Lips - take the liner from the end of the gloss and line the whole of the lip area. Next, take the Luxury Lipstick in shade Loveable and using the Lip Brush, apply the lipstick to your lips. Next, take the gloss from the Line 'n' Lacquer and apply the gloss to your lips using a brush.

Find out more about the Daniel Sandler Cosmetics range at www.danielsandler.com

The Dorchester's Spa Treats

The Dorchester's Spa Treats

Many brides ask me what my favourite treatment or facial is, but it's a tricky question to answer because everyone's skin is different and we all seek something unique and bespoke to suit our moods let alone our skintype. I have however found one treatment that pretty much every bride across the land will fall in love with. This review from our insider guinea-pig has sold it to me!

"I was offered an opportunity to try out a new hot stone body massage at The Dorchester Hotel's spa and everything about that invite sang to me: a) I LOVE hot stone treatments as I carry tension in my back and shoulders and the smooth stones really untangle those knots, b) I hadn't been to the new spa yet and everyone keeps raving about it, and c) I had a big party to go to the following night and wanted to feel relaxed and well-postured after my manic week at work. So off I went, fingers crossed that it would be everything I'd hoped.

It was. The spa itself is so gorgeous: light and glowing (despite being underground) and very luxe with beautiful furnishing - like being in a princess's dressing room. Even the changing room was stunning, plus the robe, slippers... everything was just so lovely.

I was collected from the waiting area and led into the treatment room by my therapist who explained with great detail exactly what the treatment consisted of. In all honesty my brain had switched off by then so I nodded 'yes' at everything. The massage was heavenly: slow and gentle to start, and subsequently stronger as my muscles warmed up and relaxed. In what seemed to be a seamless, invisible movement, I could feel the hot stones in my therapist's hands and the gorgeous heat it delivered into my strained muscles. Then suddenly, a swoosh of cold water. Well, that's what I thought initially! Turns out they were fridge-cold organic marble stones used to balance out the treatment and make it even more relaxing. It felt like someone was rolling a can of freezing Diet Coke over my back but after a couple of minutes it felt incredible - unlike anything I'd experienced before.

I definitely nodded off at some points, and next thing I knew I was in the sapphire-blue relaxation room nibbling an organic cookie and sipping rose and lychee juice. I really didn't want to leave.
Not only was the treatment extremely relaxing, but the whole experience was sublime from start to finish. If I were to indulge and part with my hard-earned cash for a massage, it would definitely be here. It's not just about getting a good shoulder pummelling, it's about escaping the stress of reality for just a couple of hours and letting someone look after you for a change."

The Dorchester Spa's 'Hot and Cold Stone Therapy' is an 85min treatment priced at £160. For reservations contact The Dorchester Spa on 020 7319 7109 or email spa@thedorchester.com. To see the Spa Treatment Menu visit www.thedorchester.com.