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The ultimate bride survival kit

The ultimate bride survival kit

A bride needs a bride survival kit to get through the months of planning, stress and sleepless nights. In celebration of the Royal Wedding, we have put together our ultimate list of products we think no bride should be without before her big day.

What’s in the best bride survival kit?

For a perfect night sleep…

Making sure you get your beauty sleep is absolutely essential before your wedding. But stressful situations and late-night planning can make that seem near impossible. For the stressed-out bride in need of a peaceful night’s sleep, these are our essentials…

The eye mask

Slip’s Silk Eye Mask is made from the finest mulberry silk which feels incredibly soft and comforting on tired eyes. It actually took the brand 10 years to perfect this very unique eye mask, which is what makes it one of the best we have ever tried. With non-toxic dyes and an embossed “MRS” on its front; it’s the perfect bridal indulgence, sorry, necessity.

The pillow mist

The this works Pillow Mist has become a cult classic for late-night beauties as it’s mix of sleep-inducing ingredients help you drift off quickly. Winner of Harper’s Bazaar Best of Beauty 2017, it contains vetiver, lavender and chamomile to help calm, soothe and cocoon you into a wedding-free slumber.

The bath treat

ESPA’s Soothing Bath Oil is the ultimate indulgence when your body needs to relax and restore. The spa-partner of choice for leading luxury hotels all over the world, ESPA know how to create a bath oil worthy of a bride-in-need. The Soothing Bath Oil contains frankincense, sandalwood and rose geranium to soothe and calm frayed nerves.

For a flawless complexion

We all know that it takes at least a month of preparation to create the healthiest skin for a wedding. 4 weeks of face masks, spritzers and heavy-duty eye creams will ensure you look and feel your best on your big day. These are 3 products we can’t live without…

The face mask

What better treat to grace your skin with than the very aptly named Aveda Tulasara Wedding Face Masque. It’s enriched with Ayurvedic turmeric root extract to brighten the complexion, while plant stem cells help to repair the skin as you sleep. It also has a super soothing fragrance; perfect for relaxing and soothing your stressed-out mind.

The cleanser

Nothing gives quite a gorgeous glow to the skin as the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. Enriched with a blend of botanical and rich oils such as elderberry and starflower, the balm also contains padina pavonica, which helps to keep the complexion looking youthful and plumped-up. For brides in need of a radiance boost ahead of the special day, this is the ultimate weapon.

The serum

A secret weapon when you need to wake up with glowing and blemish-free skin is the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. With 25+ patents worldwide, this is serious skincare. It not only restores depleting moisture levels for a hydrated and plumped-up finish, it helps to transform dulling and blemish-prone skin into a complexion that looks smooth, soft and perfected.

For beautiful hair

Glowing, glossy and healthy locks is what any bride craved on her wedding day, which is why we have selected our edit of some of the best and newest products on the market.

The mask

Kérastase’s new Resistance Masque Extentioniste not only smells amazing, but leaves hair in near perfect condition. Made with maleic acid and creatine R, the mask actually works by repairing bonds within the hair’s internal structure to leave it strengthened, glossy and full of life. Discover more about the full regime here.

The curling tong

You might be using a hairdresser on your wedding day, but it doesn’t hurt to keep practising in case of emergency. The ghd Soft Curl Tong has a wide barrell which helps to create soft, loose and tousled curls which are reminiscent of a bohemiam bride. Hold each section in for 5 seconds to create a wave that lasts all day. Don’t forget to pair with the ghd Heat Protect Spray to keep your locks healthy and soft.

The product you didn’t know you needed

Bumble and Bumble’s Scalp Detox is a unique hair treatment which helps to remove all impurities and excess oil from the scalp for a refreshed feel and bouncy locks. Immediately cooling upon application, as the foam gently fizzes, it removes product build-up so that hair health is restored. Plus, it’s great if you have a wedding stress headache as the cooling texture feels immediately soothing.

For neat nails

With a wedding ring about to grace your finger, you need to make sure your nails are in their best condition possible.

The supplement

Imedeen’s Hair and Nail Tablets are made with a blend of zinc, biotin and B-Vitamins to help strengthen nails and encourage healthy nail growth. In addition, they support your natural hair growth and strength; perfect for the busy bride who needs multi-tasking products.

The nail primer

Give your nails a health boost with the Nails Inc. Nailkale Superfood Base Coat. It’s formulated with pomegranate, aloe vera, lemon and Vitamins A, C, E, F and H to get your nails in their best state possible before your big day. This should be a non-negotiable in your bride survival kit.

The wedding shade

What better way to ring in your special day than with a nail varnish called “The Wedding“? Jessica’s nail polish is a creamy ivory shade which perfects the nails and gives them a pearlescent and glossy finish. Who said wedding beauty prepatration needs to be hard?

For the dream body

We all want to look and feel our best on our wedding day, so getting your dream body isn’t about starving yourself or turning up to a nightly spin class, it’s about small changes you can make that will make you feel confident.

The dry body brush

Paired with exercise, dry body brushing is an excellent technique to adopt when wanting to sculpt, tone and flush out bloating. By getting your blood stream and lymphatic system working, it helps to remove toxins and work on any areas of concern like cellulite. Discover more about why it’s so great here.

The tan

We all feel a little better in the summer months when our skin has a light golden glow, which is why we love Vita Liberata’s newest release: the Invisi Foaming Tan Water. Not only does it immediately absorb into the skin, it doesn’t leave any residue or transfer onto clothes or bedding; perfect for when you’re wearing a white dress…

The body cream

Keep your skin soft, smooth and exfoliated with the new REN AHA Smart Renewal Body Cream. A revolutionary body product in that it contains acids to help slough away dead skin cells and leave the skin feeling moisturised. It’s perfect for keeping on top of a tan as it helps gently exfoliate without stripping off the colour.



Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!