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Preparing for The Big Day? Birchbox can help you!

Whether you’re getting married soon or you’re helping out a friend who’s counting down the days, looking your best on the big day may be running through your mind. These things only add to the stress already in place with table plans, invitations and all those things you already have on your plate! You may think it’s too late to start a beauty regime – or why bother at all?! While we can’t perform a miracle, we can help you out with the beauty side of things.  A little advice goes a long way, and that’s where Birchbox comes in.

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The beauty experts have devised a little beauty plan for us to help you out ahead of your big day.

3 months to go: Start your beauty regime. Never had a facial before? Then this is the time to start. Many brides make the huge mistake of having a facial the day before their wedding and wake up with a bright red face and a nasty irritation. Nothing that won’t disappear in a day or two but even the most robust of skins can have reactions, all part of the natural process of facials replenishing your skin. Not a pretty sight on your wedding day! If you think 3 months is too far in advance, then leave at least a week between your last facial and your wedding day.

No proper beauty routine? Keeping your skin glowing and fresh needs maintenance. Just five minutes of care a day will keep your skin in tip top condition. You don’t need expensive products or two hours in front of a mirror, things like cleaning your face every day with a facial wipe before bed and applying a moisturiser for your skin type day and night will help to keep you looking radiant and youthful.

If you want something a bit more substantial then adding a toner and a cleanser to your daily routine can really help even the driest and dullest of skins. The most important rule? Always remove your make up before bed time! This Cleanse and Polish treatment by Liz Earle is a great 2-in-1 product. If, like me you suffer from dark circles and puffy eyes then this eye cream from Benefit works wonders.

Feed your skin from the inside: This is just as important at the creams and products you apply on the outside. Fruits, vegetables, a diet high in essential fatty acids (salmon, olive oil, avocados, raw nuts) will all keep your skin plump and healthy. And water. Lots of it. At least 8 glasses a day. Not a fan of plain water? Herbal teas and squash added to water all count, just make sure they’re sugar free.

It’s suddenly 10 days before your wedding! It’s not only your facial skin that needs tending to, the rest of your body will also feel stressed and will need some TLC. Whether you have a sleeveless dress and your arms are on show or a backless gown, then these parts of your body looking their best will help you feel more confident! The luxurious feel of Laura Mercier’s Crème Brûlee Body Butter will have you feeling as smooth in no time. It smells pretty delicious too! Embryolisse Laite-Crème Concentré is a fantastic product that can be used as an all over body moisturiser, a make up remover and a post shaving cream for your legs and underarms. Saves on money and shelf space!

Want a professional nail polish without the expense? Then why not paint your nails yourself at home. Most of us do this often anyway and if not, we all have a friend whose nails always look immaculate. Ask them to pop round the night before with a bottle of wine and Soigné Creme au Beurre Nail Lacquer and no one will know the difference!

The Night Before: Don’t panic. Your nails now look beautiful and you’ve had a glass of wine courtesy of your friend. What you do need is to relax, feel happy and get an early night. Eat a healthy meal, drink a herbal tea and have a relaxing bath with Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil. At £39 it isn’t cheap, but it’s so worth it. You only need a few drops so it’ll last a long time and every time you use it will remind you of your wedding day.

It’s your big day! Many of you will opt to go and get your makeup professionally done, but if like me you know what you like, how you want to look and what suits you then here are some suggestions for some fantastic products to use: First things first, you need a primer that will help your make-up stay in place, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer is great at helping your face stay intact! Staples that you’ll need are a blusher, a concealer, powder and mascara. We suggest Benefit Box O’Powder Dandelion for those rosy cheeks, Benefit Stay Don’t Stray (we just love the name!) to keep eye make-up in check and Boi-ing for any blemishes, Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder and Benefit They’re Real! Mascara for those extra long lashes effect. Once you’ve got these then you’ll be on the right track.

Oh… and you can’t not have a signature fragrance on your wedding day! We love English Laundry No. 7 For Her – bright and fruity, you’ll surely turn some heads when you walk down the aisle wearing this!

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