A bride needs a bride survival kit to get through the months of planning, stress and sleepless nights. In celebration of the anniversary 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's 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 bedtime beauty 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
When thinking about your wedding skincare prep, you should be actively creating a routine at least 2 months ahead of the big day. Your skin can can take 1 month to rid itself of impurities, and as this can result in breakouts, you should be giving your complexion as much time as possible to adjust.
These are the 3 products we think should be in every bride's arsenal of beauty items to help create glowing and healthy skin.
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.
Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water - Medium/Dark 200ml4.71 Stars 17 Reviews£16.72
REN Clean Skincare AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum 200ml4.6 Stars 15 Reviews£35.00
Nothing gives quite a gorgeous glow to the skin as the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm. Not only does it help remove pore-clogging impurities for a clear complexion ahead of the big day, it also helps to reveal a beautiful luminosity thanks to its nourishing blend of shea butter and sweet almond oil. For brides in need of a radiance boost ahead of the special day, this is the ultimate weapon.
Imedeen Hair and Nail (60 Tablets)4.56 Stars 16 Reviews£16.74
nails inc. Nailkale Superfood Base Coat4.67 Stars 3 Reviews£10.50
Jessica Nails Custom Colour Nail Polish 14.8ml - The Wedding£11.00
For beautifully bouncy and plumped-up skin, try the MISSHA Time Revolution Bridal Cream in Blooming Tone Up. The super lightweight formula feels surprisingly luxurious on the skin when applied, and thanks to its calamine and diamond powder infusion, helps to even-out the skin tone by adding a beautiful radiance.
For beautiful hair
Like your skin, your hair also needs a little extra TLC ahead of your big day. Look for reparative hair masks and nourishing treatments that will work to restore moisture, repair damage and leave the hair visibly healthier, fuller and radiant.
The hair mask
this works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (75ml)4.54 Stars 192 Reviews£13.07
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 overnight treatment
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 100g4.94 Stars 100 Reviews£28.60
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum (Various Sizes)4.8 Stars 168 Reviewsfrom£48.00
If you haven't got much time ahead of your big day for lots of hair mask treatments, then try the Kérastase Nutritive Night Repair. It's one of the brand's newest launches, and it's already one of our favourites. Not only does it have a scent that we want bottled in a fragrance, it also contains a cocktail of vitamins that work to replenish lost moisture, repair split ends and add a beautiful radiance.
The heat protector
Kérastase Resistance Masque Extentioniste 200ml3.77 Stars 13 Reviews£29.10
ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong (32mm)4 Stars 8 Reviews£129.00
Bumble and bumble Scalp Detox 150ml3.4 Stars 5 Reviews£20.80
This is the one step you can't miss out of your pre-bridal haircare routine if you want healthy and glossy locks on your big day. Making sure to shield your hair against damage from heat is essential to preventing split ends and dehydration. We love the new Heat Relief Thermal Protector from Aveda, which also works to add essential hydration and moisture.
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 fake tan
We all feel a little better when has a light glow, which is why we love the St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Body Mousse. Not only does it smell beautifully tropical, its whipped mousse texture melts into the skin upon application and leaves it radiant and bronzed without looking orange or streaky.
Pair with the Purity Face Mist for an all-over glow.
The body scrub
Gentle exfoliation each week will help ensure your skin is smooth and soft ahead of your big day. We love Mio's Heavenly Body Scrub, which not only smells divine, but also helps to remove dead skin cells, dirt and impurities without causing irritation or dehydration. We also find this works amazingly well on getting rid of old tan marks so you can apply a new layer without it going patchy.