It is officially a month to my wedding so I thought I'd share my list of favourites with you as I've been religious about skin care in the run up to the wedding. I went to Spain for my first dress fitting at the start of April so I luckily picked up a bit of a tan which always helps my skin. I put a post up a couple of months ago on my skincare routine and while I still dip in and out of it my favourites have definitely changed.
Pestle and Mortar Cosmetics have changed my life. No that's not an exaggeration. The company is Irish which I love and was developed by two sisters, one a model and one a biochemist which as a science geek I love even more! They first brought out their Hyaluronic Serum which I've been using since October. It targets fine lines, dullness and dehydration restoring a healthy glow, plumpness and radiance. I suffer from dehydrated skin that's prone to dry patches rather than breakouts so this speaks my language. When they brought out their moisturiser a few months later I was dying to try it after falling in love with the serum and it didn't disappoint. It's very lightweight which I love but if you like rich heavy creams this won't be for you. It absorbs very quickly and also acts as a fantastic makeup base thanks to its high glycerin content; one of the main ingredients in foundation primers that creates a tacky base. You can read more about them on their website www.pestleandmortarcosmetics.com but I truely can't reccomend them enough! They are the only serums and moisturisers I now use, full stop.
All I want to do is glow on my wedding day. I'm sure as they say I'll be "glowing from within" but whatever help I can get on the outside I'll take. My favorite body scrub is the Green Angel Sunrise Body Scrub; it smells incredible and is oil based so you come out of the shower hydrated but as smooth as a baby, I've never used a scrub like it! I often suffer from breakouts on my back so I've been over the top about trying to keep my skin clear, I use Dr Bronner's Tea Tree Shitaki body wash on a body brush every morning and find it has made a huge difference. I make sure I scrub my back with this after rinsing out my hair conditioner as I was finding the residue from heavy hair products was sticking to my skin and I think this was what was blocking my pores. It's made a huge difference and is now something I never skip. To moisturise dry skin I love Dr Hauschka's Lemon Body Milk, nothing smells better!
As I mentioned I was away so I have a little bit of a tan left however my legs never go as brown as the rest of me no matter how long I'm in the sun for. I think it's also down to shaving my legs which removes the top layer of skin and hence tan with it. For this reason I've been loving the This Works Gradual Tan, although it says it's for legs it can be used all over. This Works is an amazing brand that was developed by the health and beauty director of British Vogue, Kathy Phillips so she knows her stuff! She designed a line that does what it says on the tin, fast effective products that make a difference. The gradual tan is a realistic sunkissed colour that makes you look like you've been on holiday rather than tangoed. I always use my body scrub before applying it and it goes on like a dream, doesn't scale off and matches the rest of my body perfectly!
I finally finished my clear braces! I have always had relatively good teeth and never had braces as a teenager but I had noticed as I got older my front two teeth had started to move. The more it bothered me the more I considered getting Invisalign but for some reason put it off. I mentioned to my own dentist, Denis Hilary in Dun Laoghaire last year that I was considering getting them and he told me that he offered clear braces himself. He uses a system similar to Invisalign but half the price and only takes 5 months to correct in comparison to a minimum of 6 with Invisalign. I decided to have my top and bottom teeth corrected even though my top ones were the only ones that bothered me, strange considering my bottom teeth were actually worse. The system is called Simpli5 and is designed for people who only need minor adjustments. You receive a top and bottom brace that is replaced once a month for 5 months that you can remove for eating and drinking anything hot or coloured. It is virtually invisible and comfortable to wear after the initial day or two of getting used to. I finished my treatment this week and could not be happier with the results! In conjunction with the braces I've been whitening my teeth using Mr Blanc's whitening strips, they are peroxide free which appealed to me as I didn't want to damage or sensitise my teeth. They have made a huge difference and I'll continue to use them after the wedding too! They are available in select pharmacies nationwide and I got mine in Meaghers Pharmacy.
And Finally... beauty sleep! I had been quite unwell towards the end of March and in April so between medication, going to Spain and my hen weekend I am feeling wrecked. I'm trying to get at least 8 hours a night but it's not always possible, tossing and turning over table plans doesn't help! I use the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray on my sheets every night before bed, a blend essential oils of Lavender, Vetivert and Wild Camomile to soothe the body and mind. It calms me down and helps send me off along with burning their Deep Sleep candle. Even Will can't go to sleep without them now!
The amount of effort my friends put into my hen weekend in Mount Juliet had me thinking I'd like to treat one of you guys and your best friend, my girls had me surprised from start to finish and spoilt rotten! I'm teaming up with Avoca to give you guys a chance to win a bundle from This Works for you and your best friend, sister or loved one! Head over to my Instagram to enter and win 2 This Works Gradual Tans, 2 Deep Sleep Pillow Sprays, 2 Deep Sleep Sleep Balms and 2 Shower Gels! One for each of you!
I promise I'll try do a couple more wedding posts before the big day so let me know if there is anything you'd like to hear about! Happy Weekend! X