Top Beauty Tips EVERY Bride Should Know!

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Are you ready to celebrate your special day with friends and family?  However, are you feeling a little overwhelmed when it comes to looking and feeling your best?  That’s ok, every bride goes through these emotions but we have got you covered here at Bride Icon as we have asked our beauty experts to come up with some of the top beauty tips to share for your big day and here they are….

No more refined foods – One of the best ways to stay as beautiful as ever is to avoid eating refined or highly processed foods. Such types of foods can take away important nutrients that are needed by your body and that can make your skin look dull.  Aside from that, they can also get you constipated!

woman surrounded by sliced lemonsRaw food is better – Eating raw foods means not overcooking your meals. Such practices will only enhance your beauty, since raw foods are still filled with vitamins, enzymes, and other nutrients that can take care of your skin and hair. It is a known factor and has been proven that raw foods can make wrinkles and age spots less obvious too.

person holding amber glass bottleFirst thing to do in the morning – It is really important when you wake up in the morning you drink a glass of water, and eat a piece of your favourite fruit for example a banana. This would ensure that your skin is properly hydrated, and the fruit would also help in maintaining its radiance.  In addition, such a practice can also help you maintain your weight, or lose some.

floating woman on body of waterPreventing grey hairMaking use of oil for your hair can help in preventing grey hair.  However, to make it more effective, you can add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to it.  Not only that you can also eat a teaspoon of curry leaf chutney at least every other day, since it has components which can strengthen the cells that form the pigmentation from within.

woman doing poseSeal your nail polish Having a nail polish that is shiny and glossy offers that extra special touch.  Thus, it is best that you prevent it from scratches and peeling by applying a top coat over your nail polish – this will ensure a protective seal to last even for up to 7 days.

assorted Honest bottlesPractice a morning skin care routine – Following a skin care routine each morning can help a lot in maintaining your beauty.  A typical routine that you can follow would involve removing all dirt from your skin with the use of a deep cream cleanser, and rinsing it with water; applying a mild moisturizer; and applying a small amount of face powder to control oil build up.

woman with pink lipstick on hole of pink paperUse cream as your skin cleanser – Cleaning your skin on a regular manner is essential in maintaining its beauty. However, it is best to make use of a cream cleanser to do this, since it won’t take away the natural oil from your skin, which protects it. Don’t use anything that can dry out your skin, since it can become prone to bacteria and cellular damage.

Honest cosmetic setUse rosewater as toner – Using rosewater as your toner provides a lots of key benefits.  Aside from maintaining the radiant looks of your skin, rosewater actually contains substances which can also maintain your skin’s moisture.  It is also a good solution that you can use if you have allergic skin or to treat sunburn.

sliced lemon on bathtubGet enough sleepGetting enough rest is one of the most important things to do, when it comes to maintaining your beauty.  You need to have at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night;  the best way would be if you are already asleep by 10 in the evening so you can maximise the benefits from your beauty sleep.

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Drink enough amounts of water – To maintain your beauty, you need to have a skin that has good moisture. To achieve that, you need to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Aside from flushing out harmful toxins from your body, it can also get rid of excess heat.  Drinking enough amounts of water can also help you maintain your weight, and prevent constipation.

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Get your calcium – Drinking milk is one of the best things that you can do in order to maintain your beauty. Having a little milk each day, will provide your body with the essential nutrients to strengthen your hair and bones.  It can also make your skin look younger, enhance your health and the looks of your eyes.

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Refrigerate toners and floral waters during summer time – Toners and floral water can help you freshen up, especially during the warmer months. Thus, it is best that you keep them inside the refrigerator during the summer months, so that you can use them cold. To feel refreshed, you can always spray your face with it too.

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Never pick pimplesHaving lots of pimples on your face can affect your beauty. Thus, you don’t want it to multiply. Picking your pimples is actually one of the things that can make you have more of them.  This is because pricking it can spread the infection further, not forgetting it can also damage your skin tissue around the pimple.

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Exfoliate your hands each week – Having hands that are soft and smooth are a must. To achieve this, you should exfoliate your hands once a week, with the use of a natural exfoliating liquid.  Use it in light circular movements to gently massage your skin.  It will be worth it!

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Fix your yellow nails – Yellow nails is not something that you can be proud off.  Thus, if you have them, you can simply make use of a homemade whitening bath for it.  All you need to do is to mix enough lemon juice and rose petals into a bowl of clean water, and dip your hands into it.  After going through that process, apply a moisturizing lotion to enhance the results.

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Replace candies and chocolates with fresh fruits – One of the many weaknesses especially for brides is to crave for sweets, which can affect health and of course, beauty.  Thus, instead of sweets, and other food items that are filled with sugar, you should try to eat a lot of  fresh fruits.  Foods that have high sugar content can enlarge your pores, aside from the fact that it can make you gain weight.

Have a facial once a month – Going through facial each month can provide you with lots of benefits. Some of which would include collagen and elastin recovery, improve the circulation of your blood vessels, even out your skin colour, improve hydration, and help with the skin tone.  It can also make your skin soft and radiant.

Keep your makeup simple and light each day – It is always best to show people your natural beauty. You can achieve this by keeping your makeup as simple and light each day. When you do that, you would also prevent skin damage, which is one of the effects of using heavy makeup on a regular basis.

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Using lip balmKeep in mind that maintaining the condition of your lips can also enhance your beauty. To do that, it is always best to carry a lip balm wherever you may go. Lip balm can prevent your lips from drying out and it is one of the best ways to prevent or cure lip chapping. With the right kind of lip balm, it can also soften your lips. There are plenty of flavoured balms too so try them out.

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Be gentle with your skin near your eyes – The skin under your eyes is one of the most sensitive parts of your body. Thus, it is best that you are gentle with it. You should not pull or stretch it, since it would definitely show, and affect your looks. With regular pulling and stretching in that part of your face, it can look wrinkled or saggy in no time.

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Be conscious of your weight – One of the many biggest issues for brides is weight and it is a time when all brides are conscious of wanting to lose a few pounds to look their very best.  It’s important to note, whether you gain or lose weight you may have problems in properly fitting your clothes. Therefore, it is best to maintain your weight at an ideal level, so that you can feel healthy and you can fit perfectly in your dream dress.

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Don’t visit the kitchen too often – If you want to prevent having bouts and bouts of acne infection, you should avoid going to the kitchen, especially when someone is cooking.  Its good to keep in mind that there is oil floating around your kitchen, when it is heated.  Therefore, if you visit the kitchen during times of cooking, then you would be accumulating oil on your skin, which is bad news.  Not exactly practical but something to keep in mind.

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Minimize stressWhenever you are stressed out, it would actually show on your eyes, the expression of your face, as well as your skin. In fact, stress can also cause pimples. Therefore, you should minimise stress as much as possible – easier said than done given brides are renowned to be stressed – however take action by taking deep breaths whenever you encounter stressful situations.  Following other healthy practices in breathing and meditation can also help alleviate stress.

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Avoid oily foods – When you eat foods that are filled with bad oil, it would eventually get accumulated, which can lead to weight gain. Gaining weight can alter your figure, aside from the fact that it can put you at risk to a number of diseases. In addition, oily foods is also one of the top causes of pimples. The key factor here is to be eating the good fats that help skin and not the bad ones.

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Keep your hands off your face – If you want to prevent pimples to affect your image, then you should keep your hands off your face.  You need to remember that there is always a tendency for your hands to touch certain things, which may contain dirt and bacteria. When you touch your face on a regular basis, then you may irritate it.  Thus, touch your face only when you need to, and only with recently washed hands

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Keep away from the sun –  Although we all love the sun, exposing yourself to the sun can irritate your skin, which can lead to having pimples. Aside from that, it can also cause dry skin. Therefore, it is best to stay in the shade in most parts of the day.  If you are out in the sun do make use of a quality sunscreen product.

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Get help with severe acne – There are times when acne can attack without warning. If you do have severe acne, you should not hesitate in getting help for it.  Visit a dermatologist as soon as possible, so that you can finally put a stop to it, and live a life with healthy and acne free skin.

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Try one product at a time – To cure acne or any other skin disorders, you may have a tendency to make use of different types of products all at once. Instead of doing that, you should try one product at a time, so as to give it a chance to work. Aside from that, it is best to focus on a reliable product, than applying different ones, since applying too many of them may irritate your skin even further.

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Wear the right clothes – You have to keep in mind that the way you dress can have a huge impact on the way you feel.  Therefore, make sure that you wear clothes that makes you feel good whatever the occasion.  When it really doesn’t matter wear comfortable clothing, so that you would be able to move freely, and be yourself and we know exactly how that feels!

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Be mindful of what you apply on your hair – When you apply certain products on your hair, such as gel, hairspray, or mousse, you should do it sparingly. This is because, using it excessively can irritate your scalp.  If you have long hair and it constantly rubs against your face, then it can also be the root cause for having acne infection.  Something to really consider.

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Rachael is the CEO and Founder of Rachael Academy. The online educational business and entrepreneurial platform. Rachael passion is to see men and women fulfil their life long dream of starting their dream own business and start living life on their own terms. Find out more about Rachael here.

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Launches Bella Rosa

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Bride Icon can reveal the new fragrance for her Bella Rosa by Oscar de la Renta is now launched.  Bella Rosa pays homage to the House’s perpetual love of florals and meticulous attention to detail.

A burst of lush pink florals, fresh freesia and warm amber reveal an undeniable femininity and unwavering elegance.  Bella Rosa is a playful and alluring scent that captures the romance of a secret garden and reflects the captivating appeal of the Oscar de la Renta woman.

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“Inspired by the beauty, charm, and grace of the Oscar Bella woman, I wanted to create a fragrance that was romantic, feminine and flirty with a playful, sensual tonality weaved through,” says Firmenich master perfumer Harry Fremont. “The vision was captured through an elegant and sensual feminine fragrance that contrasts soft and luminous fruits and florals with sleek textured woods and an airy gourmand.”

Fragrance notes:
• Top: Pink Pepper, Freesia, Mandarin
• Mid: Pink Rose, Jasmine, Orris
• Dry: Patchouli, Sandalwood, Amber

As captivating as the scent itself, the Bella Rosa bottle is covered in three-dimensional pale pink flowers. A rose gold plate glows in the centre etched with the name of the perfume, and a metallic cap adorns the top.  The outer packaging is a pale pink box covered in graceful florals with a shining band wrapped around.

Oscar de la Renta Bella Rosa is available from Liberty, The Perfume Shop and Debenhams, priced at £81 (100ml)

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Bridal Skincare

Bridal Skincare: The Pre-wedding Prep Your Skin Needs

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You have been waiting for your big day for as far as you can remember, and every woman’s dream is to look her very best with her skin reflecting the inner glow she is feeling. However, the biggest fear would be waking up a few days before with signs of a pimple or blotchy skin – but now these things can be prevented if you know how!

Skin specialist and product developer at Colorescience, Patricia Boland, has revealed the only pre-wedding prep your skin needs. She explains here on Bride Icon, when you should begin the prep and what you need to achieve that effortless glow that will look picture perfect.

When should I begin the prep?

A lot of brides want their skin to be luminous and have a natural but dewy complexion which allows them to wear less makeup on the day. In order to achieve that smooth surface you need to invest into a better skincare regime which preps the skin. The later you leave the prep, the more stressed you will become as you will have less time to react to any skin issues on top of the many other responsibilities you hold. Please don’t try anything brand new and drastic before the wedding day as you may get red and flaky skin, stick to what you know suits your skin best.

Start your prep 8 weeks before your big day, most of the work is simple can be done by yourself at home so you don’t to worry about spending a large budget on expensive treatments and products. By maintaining this 5-step process for 8 weeks you will see a big improvement in your skin health.”

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So, the 5-step process:

1. Weekly intense hydration mask

Your skin needs to look and feel revitalised as opposed to dehydrated. This is not be confused with dry skin, which is down to a lack of oil, dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water in the skin. Low levels of moisture can give you a dull complexion, increase fine line and wrinkles and even cause sensitivity and irritation. This affects every type, even oily skin – this step ensures your t-zone is oil free and ready to be a clean base for your makeup. A weekly intense hydration mask will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles that are exacerbated by dehydration and leave you with plump, youthful and healthy skin.

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2.  Salt scrubs

Brides tend to forget about their arms, legs and chest during their bridal skin prep. All eyes are on you during your big day, so you need to reduce any existing or potential dry patches. Add a bath to your weekly routine and throw in bath salts with sodium bicarbonate, this will break down the dry patches and make your skin supple and a sponge for moisture.

3. SPF always

Sun damage will undo all your hard work and you can be affected more easily than you think. Dull, lackluster skin and dark spots can all be a result of UV rays. Either apply sunscreen at the end of your skincare routine in the morning or incorporate makeup with a high SPF to protect your skin. If you are wishing for a slightly sun kissed and bronzed look for your big day then gradually build in a bronzed moisturiser about 3 days before your wedding. This will give time for your colour to adapt into a beautiful and natural subtle tan.

4. Exfoliate and moisturise your body

Use an exfoliation product, whether in a wash or lotion that has AHA or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) to break down dead cells on the top layer of the skin, doing this daily allows further penetration of the moisturiser you apply. Do not exfoliate with physical scrubs or loofahs as these often remove living cells as well which cause damage to the skin.

5. Achieving the dewy look

Use a natural face oil and work firmly in small circles upwards and outwards over your face. By using the knuckles of your index and middle fingers, work along the jawline and use the heels of your hands to press and hold under the cheekbones. Do this daily before you go to sleep to allow the ingredients to settle into your skin, this will give the skin an incredible quality and glow whilst defining the face contours.

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Afternoon Tea & Bridal Couture With Wedding Mission & Browns Bride

Wedding Mission in partnership with Browns Bride showcased a sumptuous Bridal Show Afternoon Tea at The London Edition Hotel with a special display of bridal couture by Romono Keveza and Mira Zwillinger.

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Guests were treated to a luxurious selection of sweet scones and clotted cream and savoury smoked salmon for Afternoon Tea, classical music by Maple Rose Strings together with a sensational collection of bridal gowns.  Bride Icon teamed up to be media partner with  Wedding Mission, and here we have put together some of the beautiful highlights of the day and, of course, the gorgeous bridal gowns.

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Photos by Bride Icon

Olverum

Olverum – A Royal Appointment

Olverum bath oil with its aromatic senses is rumoured to be a favourite beauty regime for the Royal Family!  Bride Icon have had an opportunity to find out exactly why this elegant little green bottle is thought to have become an essential product for the Royals.

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Firstly, without even opening the bottle the appearance oozes a sense of calm therapy that already sets the scene on what is about to become a very indulgent experience.  Olverum is a unique and highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils, carefully blended to work synergistically.  However, what is most important to note is that an Olverum bath is a very effective way to naturally relieve stress and help you achieve a great nights’ sleep – something that is essential to every bride to be!  It is also a great way to ease aching or sore muscles (such a treat after a workout!) and is the perfect soothing antidote to a cold or flu  – not forgetting the unique aromatic, unisex scent.

For many years Olverum survived only by word of mouth – a cult product known in the UK to only a small number of passionate devotees. Now beautifully re-packaged, yet still retaining the same formulation loved for over eight decades, Olverum recently re-launched under new British ownership.

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Bride Icon has indulged itself with numerous relaxing baths using Olverum and we can only describe it as a heavenly route to eternal exquisiteness.  With every bride, stress and long days of endless planning is all part and parcel of the build up to their exciting day, so what more could you ask for than to pamper yourself with a luxurious bath oil that creates the most perfect aromatic explosion to all your senses.

The Sunday Times Style Magazine recently described Olverum as a ‘bath nirvana’. It truly is… and one that every Bride would want to keep hold of!

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You can get your own bottle of luxury from Harvey Nichols, Fenwick and Conran. The 125ml bottles is £32.00 and will be enough for 25 baths.  The 250ml size will be £58 and enough for 50 baths. The travel set is £22 and enough for 9 baths.  For further details see www.olverum.com

Middle Eastern Beauty – Azara Beautique

Homeopath and botanist, Dr Samira Zaidan is an expert on the health and beauty benefits of natural organic ingredients, with over 25 years of experience treating ailments.  Samira and her daughter Mona are Founders of the London-based start-up Azara Beautique, where through their links to the Middle East, they collect rare ingredients such as frankincense, zamzam and camel’s milk to use in their unique soap range. Regarded as offering the purest cosmetic range, blended with the refined jewels of the Arab world, Azara Beautique have exclusively featured a range of exotic soaps and have shared with us some of these traditions and beauty secrets here on Bride Icon!

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For thousands of years Arabian mothers and female relatives have prepared their young brides for their wedding day by making remedies and cosmetic treatments for them from natural ingredients that are found locally. These remedies and treatments have been passed down from mother to daughter for generations and are considered to be wealthy beauty secrets.

  1. Sidr Honey: Pure and organic Yemeni sidr honey is one of the best treatments for your skin and hair, as it is full of anti-bacterial, healing and hydrating properties. Apply it to your hair as a conditioner before rinsing it out with warm water for soft and healthy hair and/or apply it to your skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, acne and other skin infections.
  2. Coffee: The caffeine in Arabic coffee is known to rejuvenate and stimulate the blood circulation and it can break through clogged pores giving the skin a deep and exfoliating cleanse. It is also a great treatment for cellulite, as it encourages blood flow if you massage it well into the affected areas, resulting in firmer looking skin.
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  3. Neem: Neem has been used in the Middle East and India for thousands of years and is used extensively in many natural medicines for its disease fighting properties. Neem leaves are rich with vitamin E, oleic acid and anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties that are extremely beneficial in healing scars and treating various infections, such as eczema and psoriasis.
  4. Moringa: Moringa leaves are considered to be miracle leaves by the Indians and ancient Egyptians, due to their extremely high vitamin A, C, E and mineral content. Moringa helps to heal wounds and fights parasites, such as ring worm.
  5. Blackseeds: These seeds are obtained from the nigella sativa flowers and have been known as “the blessed seeds” for their healing properties for thousands of years by the Arabs. The Ancient Egyptians believed that this seed is the cure to all diseases, when eaten or ground and applied as a mask to the face, as they are rich in anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which helps the skin to heal from deep within.
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  6. Arabic gum: This resin from Sudan supports and stimulates the skin’s reproduction of collagen and elastin, rebuilding and repairing the skin and reducing the appearance of scars and damage caused by infections and irritation.
  7. Henna: This plant has been used across the Middle East, North Africa and India for generations to nourish the skin and scalp and give dull hair a gorgeous healthy shine and a rich deep brown/red colour. Henna has also been traditionally mixed with water and oils to form a paste that is applied to the hands and feet of brides by henna artists. The henna stains the skin to reveal beautifully decorated hands and feet.
  8. Frankincense: Green Hojari Omani frankincense is the finest grade of frankincense available. The transforming effects of frankincense on the skin are immediately visible, as it regenerates and promotes the production of new cells, and as a powerful astringent it tightens and firms the skin giving an immediate youthful lift.
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  9. Saffron: As an age-old staple of the Middle-Eastern royals’ beauty regime, it has earned its title of ‘red gold’. Saffron deeply nourishes, cleanses and shrink the appearance of pores, whilst its astringent properties tighten and lift the skin smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles to give a beautiful youthful glow to the skin.
  10. Camel milk: Considered a superfood, camel milk is rich in vitamin C, B1, B2, B12 and carotene, which is not only beneficial when drunk but when applied to the skin. Camel milk can be used in soaps and face masks to deeply nourish, smoothen and hydrate dry skin.
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Each soap is priced £22, available from Azarabeautique.com

Bridelux

BRIDELUX ATELIER SHOW: ROSEWOOD HOTEL, LONDON

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What a weekend of luxury bridal it’s been!  The Bridelux Atelier Show driven by the Commercial Director Anisha Varsani of Anisha Varsani Creates kicked off in full swing on Friday 9th & Saturday 10th March 2018 – bringing together some of the most opulent designers all under one roof  at the Rosewood Hotel in London.

Guests were treated with a flow of champagne, scrumptious cakes and macaroons to designs from the legendary designer Vivienne Westwood, vintage and chic wedding dresses from Eliza Jane Howell, and not forgetting the stunning table decorations.  Bride Icon have captured some of the images that showcase some of the latest luxury wedding trends!

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Eliza Jane Howell – Bridal dresses

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Beautiful florals by – Maison de Fleurs

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The wedding range of cakes and macaroons by Ladurée UK

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Jadore La Vie – Caberet & Couture

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Charlotte Olympia – luxury shoes

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Ananya – Award winning wedding & event stationery

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Twilight Trees beautifully lit up the whole atelier!

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Some fun and entertainment for the guests!

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Double Dutch Drinks – we love the cranberry tonic!

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Thank you to all the designers and suppliers we spoke to at the Bridelux Atelier!

Shaan Mu

Shaan Mu Expert Make-up Artist @ Aashni & Co Wedding Show

 

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Shaan MuSomerset House, played host to the top South Asian fashion and beauty experts for the much anticipated Aashni + Co Wedding Show in London.  Among all the embellishments, jewellery and lavish designs, Bride Icon caught up with the celebrity makeup artist Shaan Mu.  This cheeky chappie with a sparkling personality promotes a mega clientele list ranging from Bollywood stars such as Shraddha Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez to becoming a YouTube sensation in a short span of time with his outstanding expert beauty tips and masterclass tutorials.

 

Shaan Mu (Muttathil) began his career as a BSc fashion designer, and insists it all happened as a mistake!   No mistake when a chance offer to do a hair and makeup styling course in Delhi changed the direction of his career forever.  After becoming top of the class in cosmetics, he was certain, this is what he wanted to set out to do.  His career as a makeup artist began in 2006 unknown to the world of cosmetics, but 12 years later he holds a proud and gratifying catalogue of being part of 47 Bollywood movies, including 1 Telegu film and 1 international film.

 

We asked Shaan how it felt to be beautifying some of the most elite Bollywood stars and celebrities in the world!  Being the ever so professional he feels so blessed, appreciative and loves that he has been given such an opportunity.  No doubt saying it’s also been a struggle consisting of a lot of hard work.  However, by acquiring quite the business mindset, he has earned himself the recognition that he deserves as an accomplished makeup artist.  Shaan acknowledges being in the film industry is not easy and even super stars have to go through their tough times.  After struggling for years Shaan has reached the place he wants to be – although we think the world is still his oyster!

 

Shaan MuAs for brides, Shaan is clear on bridal looks and creativity, although he will advise and share his ideas on what would look good for a bride – he will always ensure the brides have their say, especially if they were after a particular look – recognising this is her day.  This celebrity makeup expert is a follower of trends and keeps up with them, but not necessarily all the time.  He would prefer as a beauty expert to mainly highlight their faces, especially around the eyes, lips and cheeks – the holy grail to the art of beauty!

 

 

Bride Icon couldn’t resist asking Shaan who would be the ideal icon that he would love to create a superior look for and, of course, internationally it had to be Kim Kardashian, who he says is a superb businesswoman in her own right.  Nonetheless, there is no doubt his heart is set on Rekha the Bollwood film idol who he considers a beautiful soul both inside and out would be the epitome of his career – we hope it happens Shaan!  We would like to say a huge thank you to Shaan for taking the time out to speak to Bride Icon at the Aashni & Co Wedding Show in London.

 


Feature & Photos by Sinni Kumar
Founder & Chef Editor of Bride Icon

House of iKons

House of iKons, 17th February 2018, London

 

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House of iKons Founded by Savita Kaye under Lady K Production the House of iKons fashion show will take place during London Fashion Week on 17th February 2018, at the Millennium Gloucester, London.  Since the launch in 2014, House of iKons success is based on the unique concept, celebrating the new generation of global fashion talent. Savita Kaye’s ambition is for House of iKons to be a global brand, known for launching emerging designers. Working with global media partners has enabled House of iKons shows to be aired worldwide to millions of viewers.

 

In addition to the London Fashion Week shows, House of iKons have taken place in Los Angeles, Bangkok Beijing, Dubai and Abu Dhabi and partnered with official Budapest Fashion Week.  Designers have been signed to departments stores, boutiques, wardrobe for music videos and working with major celebrities such as Beyoncé, JLo, Katy Perry, Lady Ga Ga, Paris Hilton, Brtiney Spears, Tyra Banks to name but a few.

House of iKonsHouse of iKonsHouse of iKons has been created as a platform to launch emerging designers to the next level. Models and presenters who have taken part with the House of iKons shows here in London, Dubai and Los Angeles have all benefited working in TV and films.  As well as supporting new emerging fashion creatives, but also supporting emerging music artists giving them a platform to perform and providing exposure via events here in London and overseas.

In addition, House of iKons is working with a number of charities and organisations providing internships and work experience in fashion, media, event planning and filming.

 

Here are a few highlights on what to expect:  Mimi Parrel Pimentel; this amazing designer creates and designs directly for The President of Republic of the Philippines and the First Family.  This will be their first time in London exhibiting with government officials flying direct from the Philippines to celebrate and support this designer.

House of iKonsLavender Rose Designs: This is an inspirational story that has touched many hearts already about this young designer. Sharlene is an amazing mother and wife. Sharlene is a self taught designer and her 8 year daughter Tayla gave her mother the inspiration to make designs. Tayla enjoys modelling and catwalks as a hobby, but Tayla has sensory issues that go hand in hand with her Autism, so Sharlene decided to start making Tayla a few clothes.  But recently Tayla has run ideas past her mum about colours, shapes, designs and creativity.  Tayla, is a beautiful 8 year old child who has got so down about making friends, as she can’t understand why she can’t make friends. So Sharlene decided that they both need to do something together. Tayla who is only 8 years old has inspired her mother to create and design, the designs and creativity are from Tayla.

 

House of iKonsThe CEO of House of iKons has quoted “I am honoured and humbled to announce that Lavender Rose Designs by Tayla Mai our youngest designer will honour our catwalk February 2018 DURING #LFW. Taylor Mai at the age of 8 years of age has a gift; she sees beauty, creativity, designs and shapes in everything, something probably you and I may not see. Her condition does not hold her back, but has accelerated beyond words.

Another young designer brand ‘Designed by Josh’ will also be launching and exhibiting with House of iKons in London.  His very first women’s capsule day to night collection is designed to take the woman from a normal workday in the office to any evening event.  His main aim is to bring some glamour back to the boardroom in his designs.  This is no ordinary designer, he is only 12 Years of age.  His collection has already begun a storm not just in UK but also in UAE. This young designer will be “one to watch” with TV interviews planned in UK and USA.

 

House of iKonsHouse of iKons have also teamed up with Doris Pearson a celebrity singer and song writer. Doris was part of a five group pop sensation called “Five Star” where their albums went platinum four times over in the 80’s and 90’s. Now Doris writes songs for pop artists today, and will be coming on board to choreograph the House of iKons show.

This season House of iKons is proud to support The Sharan Project, a national registered charity that supports women who have experienced domestic violence, forced marriage, honour abuse and other forms of violence against women and children. They work in partnership with NGO’s, Police forces, the Legal & Private Sector and various Government departments here in the UK and worldwide.  Savita said “Raising awareness that all forms of abuse against women and children must STOP not just here in UK but globally.”

 

Sponsored by Club Organix, Bryanna Angel Media Makeup Artist, Ideal U and Kids Acting Showreel.  Here’s the full list of the designers participating and details on how you can get your tickets.

Afternoon Show 3.30pm

  1. Grand Opening: Adam & Alice London
  2. Camellia Couture – Children’s Designer
  3. Che Arunjuez
  4. Roseanne McNamee
  5. Jennifer White
  6. Mimi Parrel Pimental
  7. Be Unique Be You – Children’s Designer
  8. Grand Finale: Iris Rodriguez

Evening Show 6.30pm

  1. Grand Opening: HoneeMoon
  2. Lavender Rose Designs – Children’s Designer
  3. Bowen-Dryden
  4. Shenannz
  5. JAL Kids Fashion – Children’s Designer
  6. Shahenda Hegazy
  7. Designed by Josh
  8. Jolie
  9. Grand Finale: Aandrei David

Tickets https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/house-of-ikons-during-lfw-saturday-17th-february-tickets-40103453509

Website: www.houseofikons.com

Berta

Berta Bridal Fall 2018 Debuts In London

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BertaBerta Bridal is the Italian fashion house created by the mastermind fashion designer Berta Balilti.  Known worldwide for her breathtakingly bold, sexy and alluring designs for the modern woman, the brand has spiralled to extreme heights in the last few years to become one of the most recognised names in the bridal couture industry.

Bride Icon were delighted to be at the Rosewood London this week, which became the setting for the debut of the Fall 2018 Berta Bridal collection.  In partnership with The Wedding Club, who are the exclusive UK stockists of Berta, there was an electric atmosphere as guests waited in anticipation.  Not to be disappointed, the sizzling Berta gowns complete with sparkling embellishments transpired sensuality and perfection.   The creative designs presented an aura of splendour and enchantment but capturing the sentiment of the Berta brand to represent the new era of the modern woman.

We have put together some of the dresses that we simply adore from the Berta’s Fall 2018 luxury collection. We think you’ll agree the bridal dresses speak for themselves!

The Wedding Club are the only UK stockists of Berta which is available in both Knightsbridge and Birmingham. For further details see their website www.theweddingclub.co.uk

 

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Zuhair Murad

Zuhair Murad Fall 2018

 

Zuhair Murad’s Fall 2018 bridal collection takes an ode to the shades of blushing pink and powdery palettes.  The bridal gowns are influenced by embellishing silk chiffon, tulle, floral themes, Mikado and lace reminiscing some of his previous inspirations.  The detachable over-skirts and the distinctive long capes define this opulent collection giving the bride the option and flexibility to switch looks during her very special day.  Beads, intricate hand embroidery and 3-D petals were the highlights of each of the fairytale dresses, however, the statement accessories such as the ruffled tulle stoles around the shoulder and the beaded and floor length capes added a touch of magic and Hollywood glamour for every beautiful bride to be! Bride Icon have the official Fall 2018 photos.

The Wedding Club is the official UK stockist for the complete Zuhair Murad Fall 2018 Collection. www.weddingclub1.com

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The Yoga Wellness Company Offers Luxury Retreats for 2018

yoga“New Year, New You” – we are all familiar with the age-old cliché that gets banded around at this time of year, yet nonetheless, we routinely begin to prep-talk ourselves about all the healthy initiatives we will undertake (after Christmas that is!),  However, aside from the initial two-week hype in January, very rarely do we actually follow through on our New Year’s #HealthGoals – and it’s easy to see why with summer seemingly way over the horizon.

YogaSo, this year, let’s try a new tactic. Instead of telling ourselves all the things we need to give up, let’s give ourselves something to look forward to; something that not only fits with our health goals, but something that will also give us a new outlook on maintaining a healthy lifestyle – all year round.

yogaJoin The Yoga Wellness Company in 2018 for one of their exclusive luxury yoga retreats – and give your body that TLC it deserves after all the stress you’ve put your mind and body through in 2017.

YogaHosted in some of the most beautiful locations Europe has to offer, escape the hustle and bustle of the workplace and enjoy yoga practices that is tailored to your needs and ability. The team of Yoga experts have carefully created the retreats to allow you to enjoy as much freedom as you need to explore the beautiful locations, eat plentifully and enjoy as much (or as little!) Yoga as you like – This is YOUR experience.

yogaWhether you’re looking for a Spring, Autumn or Winter break, book your place at one of their retreats.  First of the retreats is the Austrian Alpine Retreat on the 21st – 27th April. Immerse yourself in the stunning natural landscapes of Mühlbacham Hochkönig. With miles of lush greenery and a dramatic backdrop of the alps, this is a truly magical place to leave your busy lifestyle behind.

Jennifer Ellis, founder of The Yoga Wellness Company and wellness enthusiast of 25 years commented, “Our retreats are an invitation to let go of everyday responsibilities and immerse yourself in yoga, to deepen your understanding of the practice and gain new insights within a nurturing environment whilst also enjoying the space and time to relax in beautiful surroundings with fellow guests. You will leave feeling inspired and rejuvenated.”

Whichever you choose, The Yoga Wellness Company’s retreats are ideal for those looking to escape the hectic city life and find greater balance in mind and body for 2018.

 

To book your place, please visit www.theyogawellnesscompany.com or email Hello@theyogawellnesscompany.com

 

 

Aashni & Co

Aashni + Co Brings 2018 Wedding Show To Somerset House, London

Aashni & Co
Tarun Tahiliani

Following its continued success year on year and an ever increasing demand for tickets, the UK’s leading, South Asian high fashion extravaganza, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018 will return bigger and better than ever before, taking place at the iconic Somerset House, London on 21st January 2018.  After three successful residencies at The Dorchester, Mayfair and continuing to surpass itself each year, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018 will transform one of the UK’s leading cultural venues, Somerset House, into a wonderland for discerning brides and fashionistas alike, setting a landmark precedent in the South Asian fashion and bridal sector in the UK.  Some of India and Pakistan’s most celebrated designers will once again descend on the Capital to present their latest bridal and couture collections on one high-end platform, from established, A-list fashion houses to the most sought after new-gen talents. Showcasing alongside them will be the leading names in fine jewellery, accessories and wedding/occasion services, with visitors having the opportunity of meeting their favourite and wish list designers and suppliers in person, accessibility being key to the show.

The full line-up of participating brands to exhibit in the Department of Clothing will be: Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta, Rimple & Harpreet Narula, Astha Narang, Bageecha, Elan, Gaurang, Mishru, Samant Chauhan, Shantanu & Nikhil, Shehla Chatoor, Shyamal & Bhumika and Varun & Nidhika.  Exhibiting brands in the Department of Fine Jewellery will be: Amrapali, Araaya, Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers, Jaipur Gems, Jewels by Queenie, Khanna Jewellers, Moksh, Rose Diamonds and Sunita Shekhawat.

Participating names in the Department for Jewellery and Accessories will be: Aamir Naveed, Ahujasons, Ambreen Ahmed, Amishi London, Chakra, Isharya, Outhouse, Paraphernalia, Rani Pink, Rusaru, RWS, Shaan Mu and The Wedding House.

Style council will also be provided during the day through a series of intimate masterclasses with some of the most internationally respected names in styling, makeup artistry, wedding planning and the fashion and beauty blogosphere.

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Tarun Tahiliani

January being the seasonal buying and browsing period for Summer brides and grooms, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018 will curate the latest bridal, occasion wear and couture collections from the top tier of the South Asian design spectrum, alongside the leading brand names in jewellery, accessories and wedding services. The grandiose of Somerset House will be further transformed through floral styling by Zita Elze, an award-winning artist, designer, teacher, creator of the Living Embroidery Bridal collection and design consultant.

Aashni + Co Wedding Show at Somerset House, Strand, London
WC2R 1LA 
on 21st January 2018, 10.30am – 6.30pm

Standard Tickets: £25

Additional Masterclass Tickets to be announced shortly.

Ticket purchase via:  Website:  www.wslondon.com  or
Email:  weddingshow@aashniandco.com

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Berta

Worldwide Debut of Berta Bridal Fall 2018 Collection

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The Wedding Club are to host the Worldwide Debut of the Berta Bridal Fall 2018 Collection in central London next month.  Take a look at the invite below for further details and how to book.

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The Wedding Club will also be following up this lavish evening of stylish fashion with Trunk Shows over 2 weekends at their Knightsbridge store. This really is the perfect opportunity to be amongst the first brides to ever try the dresses and to find your dream dress!  Discounts shall apply on all orders placed at the Trunk Show and you may even meet the designer herself, who will be making an appearance!

 

We expect demand to be high and spaces are very limited so contact The Wedding Club today on www.wedding-club.co.uk