Beauty, Gifts and Other Ideas for Brides

Despite the fact that fall is around the corner, wedding season is never really over.  Regardless of what season you’re getting married, the planning the Big Day can be very stressful.  Here are some ideas to make everything go more smoothly!

Keep the Peace from Philosophy

ACHIEVE THE BRIDAL GLOW: Pamper your skin! Last minute breakout? Your nerves take away from the bridal glow? That’s when it is time to make peace with your skin. Philosophy has a Keep the Peace protective color corrector with SPF 20 that embodies the philosophy “the more peaceful you are, the more beautiful you become.” It helps soothe and calm skin and leaves behind a satin finish. So if you feel sudden tears of emotion or a zit coming out, this is a miracle worker.

If you prefer a more standard concealer, Cargo Cosmetics High Definition Make-Up Concealer works brilliantly in the light. Cargo Cosmetics has a great blu-ray High Definition Make-Up Polishing Cloths set. This helps deep clean pores to enable make-up to go on more smoothly, less visibly. So if you wake up your wedding day with tired, dehydrated skin, these polishing cloths are truly a Godsend.

Bourjois Paris’ Foundation for Fresh Rested Complexion

If you prefer hydrating foundation to a polishing cloth, Bourjois Paris’ Foundation for Fresh, rested complexion – 10 hour sleep effect, is truly a lifesaver for a bride who had a restless night before her big day.

SCULPT AND CONTOUR: Smashbox has a fabulous “Step-by-Step Contour Kit” that is ideal for sculpting your face to bring out your cheekbones, slim your nose and enhance your jawline. It comes with a specially designed contour brush as well as an easy-to-follow guide for creating the effect you want.

Vasanti’s Brazilian Bronzer

BRONZE IT UP! If you want to kick it up a notch, Vasanti’s Brazilian Bronzer is the must-buy golden giver this summer. From the gorgeous artisan inspired packaging to the intense product impact, this brightening mineral powder builds easily and effectively with each sweep of the brush. The best part is it does not look orange or streaking. An alternative is Bourjois Paris’ Delice de Soleil Bronzing powder for face & body.

SCENT IT UP! Crabtree & Evelyn has just launched a line of Summer Fragrances. These Lavender, Lily, Rosewater and Iris eau de toilettes are perfect summer delicate scents and make for great bridesmaid gifts or are perfect for the blushing bride to wear on her special day.

For the bridal suite, check out Trump’s brand new Home Fragrance line and in particular Trump Italian Flora and Merlot Diffuser or Large Candle. Described as “an artisanal bouquet of fresh Tuscan florals, blended with harvested herbs, ripe currants, and rare varietals of Venetian Bordeaux.” It will transform the room into a welcoming, opulent aroma.

NAILS THAT SAY IT ALL:  Bourjois So Laque! Ultra-shine nail laquer in Rose Lounge is a very perfect oyster pink, just made for French manicures and promises the shine to last up to 7 days. It’s the perfect, classical shade for a bride to wear on her wedding day.

LOVE FOR NO REASON: All brides should read Marci Shimoff with Carol Kline’s “Love for No Reason: 7 Steps to Creating a Life of Unconditional Love.” This insightful book reminds us that “when you love for no reason, you bring love to your outer experiences, rather than try to extract love from them.” This is a very beautiful way to begin a marriage, by giving rather than focusing on taking.

SHARE YOUR JOY!:  Bridesmaid Gifts Looking for the perfect gift to give your bridal party. We at DelectablyChic! fell in love with Philosophy’s “Thank You” gift set. It features two little girls on the beautiful box and inside contains Raspberry Sorbet high gloss lip shine as well as a shampoo, shower get and bubble bath combo. A very sweet gift to give or to get.

A trendy gift that smells great is Mariah Carey’s mini perfume. Inseparable (pink bottle) – has notes of raspberry, mango, pear, jasmine and orange flower; Never Forget You (orange bottle) – features notes of jelly beans and golden peony; and Vision of Love (purple bottle) – with notes of French macaroon and purple jasmine. You can match the scent you give with the friend you are giving it to, for that added personal touch.

If you want to pamper your beloved bridesmaids or Maid of Honour with something extra special, you can’t best Mor Cosmetics’ Lip Balm in Marshmallow. Every aspect of this gift is optimal luxury. The lipbalm comes packaged in a keepsake tin box which is then packaged in a gorgeous and ultra feminine little pastel floral gift box with pink tied bow. The balm itself is a pretty soft pink but it’s truly the packaging itself that makes this gift truly special.

Mor Cosmetics Perfume Oil in Snow Gardenia

Mor Cosmetics also has a gorgeous Perfume Oil packaged in pastel cylinders and a premium soap packaged in keepsake tin boxes. These items come in four scents: Marshmallow, Snow Gardenia, Belladonna and Lychee Flower. Either of these or a combo of the two would make for a great gift to get in assorted scents for bridesmaids.

REMEMBER IT ALL!:  C.R. Gibson’s Guest books and photo albums are fabulous bridal shower gifts as well as wonderful, traditional and practical accents to a wedding. DelectablyChic! particularly likes their fabric covered “Candlelight Collection” which has a Loose-leaf Memory Album, Photo Album, and Guest Book. They also carry a new Customizable Guest Book titled “White Sands” which features a window on the front cover that adapts to any special occasion.

HONEYMOON MUST-HAVES: Crabtree & Evelyn’s Iris Essentials set of body lotion, shower gel and body cream that comes in a very stylish printed tote is perfect for a beach honeymoon. The tote opens to reveal a clear center compartment and two zippered side compartments designed to hold jewelry, cosmetics or any knick-knacks you may collect.

Racing around and unable to find time to pop over to the Dead Sea for a true mud bath? Never fret, LUSH Cosmetics’ Glorious Mud. The LUSH Cosmetics’ description of this product is: “Rub our dynamic, fizzy cube of rhassoul mud all over your body to cover and cleanse. The aloe vera extract is soothing, and the mix of sesame and vanilla will moisturize.” Leave this muddy mixture on the skin for 10 minutes before washing off, and your skin will feel noticeably smoother afterward. The vanilla scent also lasts for a couple of hours.

For the honeymoon, you might want to take a Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezer. This little tweezers are perfect for a vanity case and ideal for those annoying little hairs that pop up just when you least expect them. It’s such an easy thing to forget, but so worth remembering.

Another honeymoon must-have is Mor Cosmetics’ White Hydrangra triple-milled soap that is packaged in to-die-for white packaging and white wax seal that just resonates pampered Bride. This special soap really can make you feel like you are indulging in Cleopatra’s beauty secrets.

About T. U. Dawood

T U Dawood is a freelance journalist as well as the former Canadian representative to the YNS, the youth wing of the Associated Press. She is a specialist on entrepreneurship and is on a mission to educate girls in need throughout the world. Check out her Educate a Girl charity.

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T. U. Dawood

T U Dawood is a freelance journalist as well as the former Canadian representative to the YNS, the youth wing of the Associated Press. She is a specialist on entrepreneurship and is on a mission to educate girls in need throughout the world. Check out her Educate a Girl charity.