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Wedding hairstyle inspiration from the stars

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 31st, 2012

Deciding whether to have your hair up or down, sleek or curly can be enough to send any bride over the edge. OK, just kidding, but how you wear your tresses on your wedding day is very important and can make or ruin your wedding day look.

To help you decide, we’ve looked at images of some of the most famous women in the world for inspiration, and bring you 15 of our favourite hairstyles.


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All images: Press Association

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Twilight wedding ideas gallery

By Andrea Petrou on May 2nd, 2012

Yesterday we gave you the lowdown on how to get that perfect Twilight wedding theme, from the location to the dress.

And today we thought it only right we followed up with some pictures to give you some better ideas of exactly what you should be showing your hairdresser, wedding planner and of course other half.

Take a look at the gallery below for all your Twilight inspiration and be sure to look around for replicas.

We’re off to find our Edward now.

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Bridal beauty: Copy Adele’s BRIT Awards make-up

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on March 2nd, 2012

We must admit we’ve had a bit of a girl crush on Adele for a while now. So when we saw her looking all glamorous and gorgeous when performing at the BRITs the other week, we couldn’t help but wish we kind of looked like her.

Adele has made the flirty 50s flick her trademark and we’re sure many brides-to-be are wondering how they can copy the singer’s look for their own time in the spotlight, their wedding day. Wonder no more! With the help of international celebrity and bridal make-up artist Helen Kalli, here is a step-by-step guide on how to re-create Adele’s beautiful make-up (just scroll down below the image),

Firstly use Shu Uemura’s UV under base BB mousse £29 for smoothing out the skin and helps hold onto makeup.

Chanel ‘s Vital Lumiere Satin finish Foundation £33 is great for giving a dewy, fresh faced skin. It has a medium buildable coverage and works well when applied with a brush! This is giving Adele that beautiful fluid skin – perfection!

Always set your foundation with a translucent powder, I love Ben Nye colourless powder; this will give you longevity and a shine free face!

Apply Lancôme’s Ombre Absolute Momo Radiant Smoothing Eye shadow in Moonlight £16.50 all over the lid and under the brow, then use Laura Mercier’s Fresco on the crease to give definition.

Then use a gel liner like Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama £5.99 to create a sultry feline eye. I would apply with a flat liner brush rather than a pointed brush, as this will help you to get a straight line. Always do the eye you find harder to do first, as this will help when matching them up!

Lash on with Eylure Naturalites False Eyelashes Glamour £5.35 for the ultimate red carpet finish!

Use Shu Uemura’s Glow on Blush £9.75 Pearl Pink on the apples on the cheeks.

Adele has perfectly groomed brows! This is key to frame the face. I would recommend using a powder as it gives a softer look and is easier to use rather than pencil. Laura Mercier’s Brow duos are fab!

Use Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Lipshine in Aventure £23 Adele’s kept it soft which is perfect, but you could go for a soft red if you prefer!

If you want to learn for yourself how to create Adele’s look or a look that you have in mind for your wedding day why not book yourself onto one of Helen’s make-up masterclasses.

For more information on Helen Kalli and her bridal make-up services please visit

Image source: Press Association

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Beauty countdown for brides-to-be

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on June 14th, 2011

All brides want to look their best on their wedding day, from hair and dress to nails and skin. What would be worse than breaking out in blemishes or having the make-up look like Alice Cooper on your actual wedding day?! OK, the groom going m.i.a. or the cake falling over darling nan would be worse but…

To ensure things go smoothly it’s essential to make sure you start your bridal beauty regime in good time before of your wedding day. We’ve prepared this little beauty treatment check-list with the assistance of US celebrity esthetician Bella Schneider to help you plan ahead.

Secrets to being a blushing bride:

4-6 months: Facials

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Start treating your skin to monthly facial treatments 4-6 months prior to your wedding. Make sure you get a facial that fit your skin (clarifying, detoxifying, anti-aging) to receive maximum benefits of the treatments. Start the process early and when the day comes all eyes will be on your glowing self!

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Sparkle with a festive lunchtime pre-tox facial this Christmas

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 9th, 2010

Festive Lunchtime Pre-tox FacialsOver the next couple of weeks women everywhere will be working, shopping, and sorting out everything else that the Christmas period requires. Add a couple of parties and a wedding on top of that and you’ll find there are very few hours left in the day.

So for all Christmas and New Year brides who are looking for a last minute treat, here’s one that will leave you with a festive glow and sparkling all the way to the altar!

In the run up to Christmas, sk:n clinics are offering their lunchtime Pre-tox Facial at half price. This means you pay £35.00 instead of the normal £70.00 – the perfect treat for winter brides!

The Pre-tox Facial consists of:

  • An in-depth skin analysis to ascertain skincare habits, skin type and needs
  • A warming cleanse to strip the skin of the morning’s impurities without over drying the skin
  • An exfoliating microdermabrasion OR glycolic peel – depending on the individual’s skin requirements – to lift away dry, dead winter skin, giving a fresher, brighter look to the skin and softening fine lines and wrinkles
  • A deep cleansing clay mask
  • Application of SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel to replenish and hydrate the skin
  • Application of sk:n Derma Performance Repair Serum – protecting against UV-induced cell changes and helping to reverse the ageing process in cellular activity

Treatment time: 30 minutes

Give yourself a pre-Christmas gift and book your half-price Pre-tox Festive Facial or free skin analysis by visiting or call 0800 028 7222.

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