Bollywood Belle

Bollywood Belle

Asian and Indian brides-to-be often tell us their foundation shades are too orange or pink for their skin tones - and finally there is a solution! The Miss Bollywood Glam-X Foundation comes in a fantastic golden colour range and has a lovely liquid texture that leaves a bright, flaw-free complexion. The formula contains moisturisers, antioxidants and sunscreen too, making the £15 price tag certainly worth it.
To make sure you've chosen the right shade, they're offering customers a chance to buy samples for £1.50 (with free postage) - which double-up as excellent touch-up pots for your wedding purse.

www.missbollywood.co.uk

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Five Steps To A Fabulous Face

Five Steps To A Fabulous Face

This month's beauty guru is John Tsagaris, doctor of Chinese Medicine at Energy Bodies. He develops bespoke treatment programmes to bring his clients back into natural balance, including massage, healing and skincare and wellbeing advice. Here he shares his insider secrets on how to get gorgeous, radiant skin in time for your wedding...

• Relax your face - acupressure
Our muscles and skin are very tensed during the day and for most of us during the night as well. Start pressing firmly and deeply all around the face trying to find all these sore and tense points, massaging to relax them. Immediately you will feel an invigorating blood flow to the face and skin and your face will feel much lighter. Better circulation on the face means better oxygen and nutrient supply to skin cells and a better complexion.

• Steam and exfoliate
Use the steam rooms in your gym. Normal cleansers and facial washes do not clean deep enough so the skin is still covered by a layer of grease and dirt blocking the pores and restricting the detoxification and breathing ability of the skin. Take a soft toothbrush and, while skin is warm and moist from the steam, brush gently all over to get rid of the dead cells and sebum which together create a prime environment for bacteria to develop and clog the skin and create breakouts.

• Exercise your face
Exercising your facial muscles tones and plumps up your skin, minimising those lines that you don't need. There are several good books on facial exercises and even DIY gadgets that exercise your face for you.

• Feed your skin
Beauty comes from within as they say and indeed providing your skin with the necessary nutrients will help your skin to regenerate quicker and keep its youth for longer. Antioxidant supplements with Alpha Lipoic Acid, vitamin C, Selenium, co-enzyme Q10 are excellent agents to protect your skin from oxidative stress which damages our skin cells and bodies. Eat superfoods such as prunes, blueberries, blackberries, avocado and all the powerful antioxidant foods to keep your immune system and body healthy and young.

• Beauty acupuncture
According to clinical evidence, beauty acupuncture accelerates skin cell growth, improves the circulation of blood and most importantly re-structures the weak areas of the skin where the face needs it more. The treatment restructures the architecture of the skin which no potions and lotions can reach. It has an accumulative effect and is a natural skin booster, which allows the skin to do what it knows best - protect and repair itself!

To book an appointment with John, contact 0871 9030 000 or email info@energybodies.co.uk

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Wow Brows

Wow Brows

To give your brows the wow-factor on your special day, pay a visit to the Shavata Brow Studio at London's über shopping centre, Westfield. Renowned for her threading skills, celebrity beautician and eyebrow-extraordinaire Shavata makes it possible to walk away with the perfect pair of brows in minutes, whilst her Brow Perfector palette (£19.50) means that your new eyebrows can be maintained throughout your honeymoon too.  www.feelunique.com

Strictly Here To Stay

Strictly Here To Stay

In my next slightly self-indulgent instalment to satiate my Strictly Come Dancing infatuation, I'm focusing on long-lasting make-up that'll stand the test of time on your wedding day; through ceremony tears, a thousand guest kisses, all-day smile cramps, a sweaty dancefloor and elimination panic. Okay maybe not that last one.
This weekend, I watched the girls like a hawk. Unphased by Jade's killer legs, Ola's gorgeousness and Natalie's hideous hip thrusts, my eyes were glued to their maquillaged faces. Never once did I see a smudged lash, a speck of sparkle out of place nor a foundation smear from a glistening forehead. Even during the loser's finale dance all the girls looked polished and perky, and that's after 90 minutes' cardio under seriously hot spotlights. How do they do it? Here are the secret weapons to keep your face from sliding off the dancefloor:

- The right moisturiser: you can't have a greasy canvas before painting, so pick something lightweight, such as Eucerin Hydro-Balance Refreshing Hydrating Cream (£12.09 at www.boots.com) or Darphin Hydraskin Light Moisturising Cream Gel (from £25 at www.lookfantastic.com).

- A face primer: this acts like a fine film between your skin and make-up, preventing the make-up from melting straight into your skin and dissolving too soon. Great ones include Laura Mercier Oil-Free Primer (£26.43 at www.spacenk.co.uk) and Daniel Sandler Retexturising Face Primer (£20 at www.beautique.com)

- A lightweight foundation: you don't have to wear a thick pan-stick mask to ensure even-coloured skin all day. Long-lasting, superfine formulas like Clinique Superfit Makeup (£19.50 at www.clinique.co.uk) and Estée Lauder DoubleWear Light (£24 at www.esteelauder.co.uk) are sweat-proof and sheer, so they won't crease or smear after hours of smiling and dancing. If you prefer using a powder compact, Crème de La Mer's new The Powder Foundation SPF15 (£65 at www.cremedelamer.co.uk) - as featured in the current issue of Brides - is pure genius.

- An eye primer: this is the most innovative, must-have product to hit shelves in recent years. The fine silicone cream creates an invisible layer over the eyelid and anchors eyeshadow for literally hours on end. I used Laura Mercier Eye Basics (£18 at www.liberty.co.uk) on my wedding day, and since then I've found Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (£11 at www.hqhair.com) to be equally brilliant.

- A no-budge mascara: I've tried them all, honestly, and the ones that truly stand the heat/tears/wipes are Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara (£17 at www.bobbibrown.co.uk) and Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara (£14.50 at www.clinique.co.uk). Something I noticed this morning; if your mascara goes a bit stiff and clumpy, blast it with a hairdryer for 30 seconds to soften it up and it'll glide on silky smooth.

- Lip pencil: forget drawing a line around your mouth. Instead, fill the lips with a pencil in the same shade as your lipstick. The porous texture absorbs the lipstick so the colour stays true and bright for longer. Even if you don't wear lipstick and only want a little tinted gloss, pick a flesh-toned pencil and use it as a base.

- Translucent powder: this works to 'set' the make-up, not cover it with a new colour, but do pick one with a slight yellow tone to mute down any redness and blur our blemishes. Try Bobbi Brown Face Powder (£22 at www.bobbibrown.co.uk) and Ruby & Millie Loose Powder (£13 at www.boots.com).

- Oil blotters: those with grease-prone skin know that make-up begins to slide and crease very quickly and obviously, especially round the nose and forehead. Before this starts to happen, give yourself a gentle blot once every with Paul & Joe Blotting Paper (£10 at www.hqhair.com) or Palladio Rice Papers (£4.99 at www.screenglam.com).

Try your look as many times as possible - ideally on a night out to see how much of each product you need and how long it lasts. My challenge to you this week? Go dancing to really put your make-up to the test!

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