Sunshine State

Sunshine State

Please say a warm welcome to Connock London, a very beautiful and luxurious bath and body brand with the bridal-brilliant mission to effectively soften and recondition skin. The body lotion, bath oil, soap, body wash and wonder balm all contain Kukui oil, a deeply nourishing Omega-rich Hawaiian nut oil that doesn't leave a greasy film but rather sinks in and stays there.
But that's not all it's good for, as, unbeknownst to Connock, we've decided to promote this range to the status of wedding-therapist-in-a-bottle.
When we inhaled the dreamy exotic white floral scent that's laced throughout the range (and accompanying candle) we detected a balmy 'holiday' aroma, which immediately cast our minds to soft sandy tropical beaches and the feeling of sun on one's skin. In times of wedding planning turmoil, family etiquette dramas and suppliers stress, any small gesture that takes the edge of is really quite welcome and a daily reminder that your paradise honeymoon is just round the corner is definitely one of them.

See the full range at www.connocklondon.com; buy online at www.beautique.com

Thai Square Spa Discount Offer

Thai Square Spa Discount Offer

Thai Square Spa in Covent Garden, London is celebrating the upcoming Royal Wedding with a half price discount on two very regal treatments. Ideal for a decadent pre-wedding treat, book in for an invigorating Thai Herbal Ceremony massage or a rejuvenating Essential Body Glow and save 50 per cent on either treatment until May 31 2011.
The Thai Herbal Ceremony is a fittingly royal experience developed by the spa. Two-and-a-half hours of pure heaven, the invigorating oil massage finds its roots in the beauty regimes of the ladies of the court in the old Kingdom of Siam. The therapy begins with a herbal steam treatment, followed by exfoliation using a light ginger scrub and then a fragrant Thai herbal massage to leave you feeling blissfully relaxed, soothed and invigorated.
Or why not try the Essential Body Glow treatment for instant all-over radiance? The two-hour therapy begins with a full-body exfoliation, followed by a nourishing body mask - made up of delicious ingredients such as ylang ylang, lemongrass and honey - and then topped off with a divine massage to ensure you achieve top-to-toe rejuvenation. With seven treatment rooms and a team of highly-qualified Thai therapists, the Thai Square Spa is the ideal place to get that traditional Thai spa experience without leaving the UK.

Book the Thai Herbal Ceremony for £105 (usual price £210) or the Essential Body Glow for £91 (usual price £182), until May 31. Visit www.thaisquarespa.com for more details.

New Jeanne Lanvin La Plume Perfume

New Jeanne Lanvin La Plume Perfume

Following last year's Jeanne Lanvin La Rose perfume, the house of Lanvin has introduced a second limited edition fragrance for spring 2011. Jeanne Lanvin La Plume (£49 for 100ml) takes the delicate sensuality of a feather as its inspiration, and offers a luxuriously feminine play on musk and berry scents that leaves a light and delicious fragrance trail on the skin. The initial top notes of apricot and pear nectar open out to reveal a floral heart of freesia, rose petals and juicy orange, while musk and sandalwood provide an elegant velvety base. As well as an elegant degradé bottle that will look beautiful on your dressing table, the Jeanne Lanvin La Plume perfume stopper is embellished with a detachable, white feather and pink tulle hair clip - ideal as a pretty accessory for your big day. Call 0845 769 7072 for stockists.

Photo Finish

Photo Finish

There's really nothing I hate more than having my photo taken, so when we were told that we needed new head-shots for the magazine this week you can imagine how delighted I was. Not.
So, time to round up the glossy posse and make this beauty editor look, well, a little more like a beauty editor.
First up, hair. I have A LOT of hair, with a mind of its own, and there are very few people who can make it look decent. One of these is the brilliant Jonathan Soons, Senior Art Director at Headmasters: he can wash and blow-dry my mane in under an hour, adding volume at the roots and a gentle kick (not twirls) at the ends, just how I like it.
Next up, make-up. I actually really don't like having my make-up done because I'm so picky and I've endured some hideous journeys back to my office after bad department store counter trials (why is it that when you say fresh, dewy and natural, you walk out with thick foundation, orange eyebrows and sticky brown lipgloss? Arrgh!).

BUT, ever the good student to my own editorial teachings, I know that professional make-up is key to looking good in the camera's flash. I was straight on the blower to Sarah Brock, a bridal make-up artist who works on our makeover and cover shoots, who is not only a thoroughly adorable person but she's very very good at natural-looking make-up. She did the whole team (here she is, pictured, at work on Bryony our fashion director - sorry about the messy office!). For me, we did a tinted moisturiser base with a liquid blush and toffee eye shadow using Daniel Sandler cosmetics.

Despite my wardrobe mistake (I wore a deconstructed cream Cacharel shirt, which is backless so I teamed it with a black vest underneath, but in the photos all you can see is black bra straps. So yeah, I look super dumb) it was a success and my dull skin / shapeless hair / untimely spots vanished in the camera's lens.
The results will be in the July/August issue of Brides (or perhaps sooner on this blog; anything to replace this one of me looking 12!), and it just goes to show that, in front of a camera, the no-make-up-no-effort look actually does require rather a lot of effort and professional preening. Jonathan and Sarah, we salute you!

Find your nearest Headmasters salon at www.hmhair.co.uk/salons

Find out more about Sarah Brock at www.sarahbmakeup.co.uk