What are the latest bridal beauty treatments to get you looking gorgeous for your wedding day? The Wedding Ideas team put the most popular bridal beauty treatments to the test…
Eyelash extensions at browhaus
From £120 www.browhaus.com/uk
Eyelash extensions can help you achieve your desired bridal look from natural to full-on glamorous lashes. The process involves attaching eyelash extensions to your natural lashes – you can opt for one eyelash extension per lash for a more natural look or have ‘bouquets’ of lashes attached to one lash or clusters attached to the eyelids and helps you achieve a fuller look.
Whether you go for individual, multi, or cluster lashes, you’ll notice a huge difference straight after they’re applied. I tried out the bespoke Lash In Bloom cluster lash extension service by browhaus that gives you beautiful lashes that frame your eyes to make them appear larger and darker and despite giving that fuller look, they weren’t OTT.
The best thing about eyelash extensions is not having to wear mascara! They’re the perfect option if you’re going straight on your honeymoon after the wedding as you literally wake up and needn’t apply makeup.
Individual lashes last up to 3 weeks, and if cared for and removed properly, will not damage your natural lashes. For those who prefer to make a statement, then Russian lashes are your go to, as they are thicker and fuller.
On average, Lash In Bloom lashes can last between 3 and 6 weeks depending on the growth rate of your natural eyelashes – mine lasted about a month.
Teeth Whitening at The London Smile Studio
From £395 www.smile-studio.co.uk
Dr Wyman Chan is up there as one of my all-time beauty heroes. Not just because he does an absolutely smashing job with whitening teeth, but because he’s also a pioneer in the technology behind a brighter smile. Since the cosmetic teeth whitening rules changed in 2012, he’s had to invent less abrasive but effective methods to give his loyal clientele his signature Hollywood smile. All of Girls Aloud have been treated by Dr Chan, as has Jessie J. Not wanting to feel left out, I went in for a thermal laser treatment which takes roughly an hour.
Before my treatment, I got to relax in the Shiatstu chair for a while and read before being given some goggles, which not only protect my eyes from the treatment, but double-up as a mini-DVD screen so I can watch a film whilst Dr Chan gets to work. It feels like a day at the spa. I am made trays for my take-home teeth whitening treatment, Get2Smile, at the studio as there is an in-house laboratory. The home bleaching boosts and maintains the work done at the clinic, and there is absolutely none of the sensitivity I’ve experience in the past with other teeth whitening systems. It’s always a 10/10 from me here!
Fat-Busting with Malvina Fraser at the KX Spa
From £200 per session www.kxlife.co.uk
Malvina is the most cheerful administer of fat-busting treatments available – and importantly, the most honest. No wonder her client list includes Kylie, Madonna, Yasmin Le Bon and Duffy. With over 30 years of experience in the medical beauty industry, I speak at length with her about various forms of non-invasive, non-surgical blubbler removal at her suite in the luxurious KX Spa in Draycott Avenue, Chelsea. What Malvina does next is genius – she mixes up and combines treatments to suit my individual needs as opposed to administering juse one. I saw her for a bit of pre-bikini season thigh contouring using mostly the Velashape II treatment. This is the most advanced, non-surgical fat reduction and body shaping system on the market at the moment.
Velashape II incorporates heat, radio-frequency and infrared laser to stimulate the release of fatty acids and glycerol which help shrinks fat cells to improve cellulite. Malvina applies the machine using long strokes around my thighs and back. The heat is uncomfortable but there is no soreness or downtime after the treatment. I am happy to report back smoother legs and lower back too. Malvina has been the beauty ambassador for Marks and Spencer and has also recently launched her own skincare brand which includes face firming serum and moisturizer, which you can buy online at malvinaskincare.com.
Gel mani and pedi at Limoz Logli
From £40 www.limozlogli.com
Limoz Logli is a name adorned in the little black book of London Elite. Situated in the exclusive borough of Kensington & Chelsea but away from the hustle and bustle of the King’s Road, the two storey hair and beauty salon is a hub of pure glamour which has the power to transport its clients back to the golden age.
Their resident nail technician Kristina gives the most indulgent of shellac manicures and pedicures tailored to you while offering expert advice and retaining the salon’s famed one-to-one experience.
Expect to be pampered in secluded stylish surroundings that transport you to the comfort of your dream home. If you’re a gel polish nail virgin – the durable game-changing polishes set completely hard to be totally smudge and chip-resistant and only need removing when you’ve had enough of the visible nail regrowth or fancy a colour change.
Just like in a regular manicure, cuticles are pushed back and your nails are filed. Nails are then also buffed, so the gel adheres more strongly.
If you’re not the most patient of beauty-lovers, there’s no waiting for your nails to dry as after each coat of gel polish is applied to each nail, there’s 30 seconds of drying time under a UV Light in between.
The shellac mani and pedi lasted nearly three weeks before the sides started to peel and regrowth was visible.