It’s wedding season! And if you make up one half of a couple tying the knot this year, congrats! And we feel for you, girl. Planning a wedding can be equal parts joyous and stressful. So. Many. Details. But we’re here to help! Here are a few tips leading up to the big day that’ll alleviate some of that panic and let you sit back and enjoy every moment of planning, and your big day.
Any brides out there trying to drop five before their walk down the aisle? The question should be: are there any brides who are not? If you’re short on time (which you are – duh! You’re planning your wedding!) and the thought of squeezing in one more workout exhausts you, as does the inevitable grumble that is earned when lunch is merely a few carrot sticks, lose a few the painlessly easy way. In the weeks leading up to your wedding day, simply add a tablespoon of the deliciously vanilla flavoured Leaner Creamer ($16.95 USD) a non-dairy creamer, to your morning java.
Observing the copious amounts of CoffeeMate getting guzzled in offices everywhere, a couple from California with upcoming nuptials teamed up (with help from his biology and physiology degree from UCLA and her marketing background) to create something better tasting and beneficial for soon-to-be-brides (and others!). Promoting all natural weight loss by burning fat and reducing appetite, this is one truly tasty magic fairy dust, and it actually works ” just be sure to have your dress fitted appropriately!
The Hakimian’s, creators of Leaner Creamer, on their wedding day in March 2015:
On that note, ensure every inch of that hard earned body is toned and taut by smoothing on Rodial’s Super Fit Size Zero moisturizer. Those cheeky Brits (pun definitely intended) have graced our bums ” and anywhere/everywhere else on the body ” with this light yet rich cream that effectively tones the skin. Noticeably reducing surface irregularities (read: lumps and bumps) by encouraging the reduction of stubborn fatty deposits and water retention, this delightfully rose and citrus scented lotion leaves you sleek, soft-skinned and ready to bare it all on your big day.
Rodial Super Fit Size Zero, $87.70, Nordstrom
Everyone knows the importance of a good night’s sleep: reduced stress, increased alertness and productivity, a healthier gut, the list goes on and on¦ but sometimes, thoughts of the guest list, music selection and every other detail of your wedding day creep into your mind at night and keep you up until dawn. Enter the new ZzzQuil Plug-In with ZzzPads ($16.99 USD). The sweet Lavender and Chamomile scent is gradually released into the air with its non-medicated and calming properties to help you get your beauty sleep.
And speaking of beauty sleep, there is hardly anything more important than a clear and glowing complexion on the day you exchange your vows. Your face needs something gentle yet effective to ensure there is no irritation or blemishes in sight. Start using Dermalogica’s Breakout Control ($60) nightly in the weeks leading up to the big day, which is formulated without a trace of Benzoyl Peroxide (so it won’t cause redness or flakiness), and is the very best thing to happen to congested skin since, well, ever.
This super lightweight antimicrobial cream de-congests, regulates sebum production, soothes inflammation, prevents early stage blemishes from becoming infected (read: full blown zits) and absorbs oiliness to prevent further breakouts. Phew. If that doesn’t sound like enough, this little bottle of miracle potion actually smells pleasant, has the texture of a light moisturizer, blends into the skin invisibly and at lightening speed, and can be used as a spot treatment or on the entire face. Non-irritating and non-drying, this stuff is your wedding day (and every day!) skin’s BFF.
It’s your wedding day! Sipping some bubbles and endlessly kissing your now-husband are the only things that should be concerning you. If your dress is strapless, backless, sleeveless or pretty much any silhouette typical of a wedding dress, fussing with any variation of a bra is going to be the last thing you’ll want your attention to be focused on. The simplest solution is a piece of (wedding) cake to use, comfortable beyond belief and completely invisible. That would be the Bye Bra ($29.95), an ingeniously easy to use adhesive breast lift tape that holds your girls in place perfectly until removed. Made with super thin and flexible medical grade tape, the horseshoe-shaped adhesive lifts and shapes breasts for the most natural look, and honestly feel like nothing at all.
A manicure is an extra special detail on your wedding day ” you’ll be showing off your new ring all night! Choose a modern yet classic take, like any of the shades from Sally Hansen’s 2015 Bridal Collection. For the fashion forward bride, Aisle be Yours is the perfect daring, textured white, and for the most iconic bridal look, swipe on a soft pink cré¨me, At the Altar. With Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure formula, which provides seven nail benefits ”base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, colour, top coat, gelshine finish, and chip-resistance ” your mani may still look perfect until the last day of your honeymoon.
Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure Aisle Be Yours
Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure At the Altar
And for a soft, glowing and naturally beautiful makeup look, snap up NARS exclusive collaboration with ethereal model-making runway king Christopher Kane. A super natural and supremely gorgeous complexion-enhancing blush, Silent Nude, gives cheeks the perfect amount of definition and colour, while their Lip Gloss in Nucleus lends the perfect hint of pink and subtle sheen.
Nucleus Lip Gloss, $31, Murale
Keep it all in place all night long with a few spritz’s of Urban Decay’s All Nighter Spray, which locks everything in place by lowering makeup’s temperature, and dance the night away as newlyweds.
All Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray, $15, Sephora