Case In Point

Case In Point

Many thanks to Crème de La Mer for this genius 'beauty' treat. It was received this week to celebrate the launch of their beautiful new Eye Balm Intense (out in September) - as a hint to protect one's peepers from the damaging and ageing effects of UV on the delicate skin around the eye. The sunglasses case is from quintessential British leather and stationery house Smythson, and if we were flying on honeymoon it would most certainly be coming with us. It's definitely the chicest way to transport and protect your sunnies, and the bespoke gold-stamped initials will ensure envious rubber-necking from fellow hotel residents.

Smythson calf leather sunglasses case, £85. Personalised gold-stamping, £5.95 per letter. 
www.smythson.com

Cover Girl

Cover Girl

We're head over heels for our latest cover model, appropriately named Honey (cute!) and we're even more in love with her flawless, gorgeous make-up expertly applied by the talented and lovely Chase Aston. As the International Make-up Artist and Spokesperson for The Body Shop, he shows us that there's no need to spend a fortune on designer make-up to look good. Here he gives his step-by-step guide to getting Honey's cover look using the latest Body Shop make-up range "Baked to Last", out in shops now:

(1) Using a foundation brush and The Body Shop Moisture Foundation, start from the centre of the face and smooth and blend the foundation outwards and down, along the jaw-line and onto the neck. Then using a large Face & Body brush, lightly dust pressed powder all over to set.

(2) Using the Baked To Last Eye-Colour 01-Copper, apply the lighter shade to the lids, starting from the lash-line up to the crease of the eye, past the outer corners, and underneath the lower lashes all around the eyes. Now using the darker shade, blend along the top lash-line, along the crease of the eye and brow bone, the outer quarter corners of the top and bottom eye-lids.

(3) Take a fine tipped eye-liner brush and the Baked To Last Eye-Colour 02-Moonstone. Using the dark shade, start from the inner corner of the top eyelid, draw a fine line along the top lash-line as close to the lashes as possible, draw the line up and out past the outer corner of the eye, then using the silver shimmering shade smooth under the arch of the brow to highlight.

(4) Using the Brow & Liner Kit 02, shape, shade and define brows with short feathery strokes, then comb through a clear brow gel to set.

(5) Curl the lashes then take the Big & Curvy Mascara in Black, hold the brush at the base of the lashes, then gently zig-zag the wand from side to side as you slowly draw the mascara up through the lashes to the tips. Allow the first coat to dry before re-applying.
Top Tip: apply mascara to the lower lashes first and allow to dry, this will ensure wet mascara does not transfer to the top eye-lids, and avoid any messy mascara mistakes.

(6) Using the Baked To Last Cheek Colour 01-Petal, swirl a blusher brush across the palette over both shades, tap off any excess powder, now softly smile and blend onto the apple of the cheeks, and up and along cheek bones, then using the lighter 'highlighter' shade in the palette, smooth onto the highest point of the cheek bones and temples, blending to a sheer seamless wash of colour.

(7) Now take the Lip & Cheek Stain in 01-Rose Pink, and smooth over a clean bare lip for a sheer long lasting rosy stain, you can re-apply and layer the lip stain to build up the depth of colour. Then apply Delipscious Tinted Lip Balm in 03-Berry Crush all over lips.

(8) Finally, spritz The Body Shop's brand new Love Etc! perfume all over to complete the dream.

Discover the Baked To last range at www.thebodyshop.co.uk.

Bodychef Week 2

Bodychef Week 2

In the lead up to their wedding 72% of BRIDES readers are planning to lose weight for their big day and on average want to lose 13lbs. If you're thinking of doing a food-delivery service to help you on your path to slenderness, follow BRIDES' publisher Camilla Newman's 2-week diary of her experience!

In the run up to my wedding I was so manic that I ended up on first name terms with my local pizza delivery company. With friends dropping by with bottles of Champagne in the final countdown, last minute juggles to the table plan and endlessly writing out name cards, the last thing I could think about was shopping, chopping and cooking, let alone keeping to a strict diet plan. I wish I had known about Bodychef then! Rather than the pizza man, Bodychef would have delivered me healthy, nutritious meals that required no thinking about on my side, plus at the same time I would have slimmed down effortlessly for the big day and honeymoon.

So at the end of my two week trial, how does it feel? Well absolutely brilliant to be 6lbs lighter! The menu also varied daily throughout the two weeks, so I was never bored or eating the same meal twice. I learnt a lot amount about portion sizes, one of the biggest challenges when it comes to big day weight loss, and was amazed at how satisfied I was on my 1,200 calories a day. Although by the end of the second week I was craving a night out, but Bodychef has all bases covered so you can choose a three, five or seven day plan according to how busy you are and how much you'd like to lose (or whether you want the weekends off!). There are also low GI, low carb, detox or veggie options. Whatever your plan you can rely on them to do all the thinking, chopping and cooking, so you can sit back, enjoy and concentrate on the important things - like not sitting any exes together! So for a sensible, affordable way to fit in your dress, I'd say try Bodychef - good luck and enjoy! Find out more at www.bodychef.com.

Colour Me Mine Service

Colour Me Mine Service

The Colour Me Mine service from leading hair salon Daniel Hersheson is perfect for brides-to-be thinking about a beauty overhaul before the big day. Teaming up the expertise of Armani Cosmetics-trained make-up artist Lauren Hersheson with the skills of hair colourist Sibi Bolan (famed for Alexa Chung's current sun-kissed look), the Colour Me Mine service gives clients the opportunity to change their hair colour with Bolan while Hersheson creates a make-up palette to match. The service was born after Bolan found that clients who changed their hair colour were often unsure of how to complement it with their make-up, especially when it came to eyebrow colour. Based in Hersheson's Harvey Nichols salon, the experience begins with a joint consultation, followed by the hair colour change and Hersheson completing the new look with an individual make-up session using products from brands such as Armani, MAC, Chanel and Bobbi Brown. She then accompanies clients to the beauty hall to advise on the key products to recreate the look at home. Book an appointment in the final weeks leading up to your wedding day to give yourself time to live with transformation and get things perfect for your walk down the aisle. Sessions last approx three hours for hair and make-up; prices on quotation. Call 0207 201 8797 or see www.danielhersheson.com for more information.