With a slew of summer engagements and heaps of September weddings, this month has become one of the busiest times of the year for brides. The change in temperature may also mean you need to switch up your beauty routine and choose products that will better complement that end-of-summer glow you’re hanging on to, or will help your skin acclimatize to cooler air. Regardless of your reasons, here are some of our favourite products that you need for your stash, from your pre-nuptial celebrations to jet-setting on your dream honeymoon.
Beautycounter Velvet Eyeshadow Palette In Classic
We love California-based Beautycounter’s mandate of creating cosmetics with safe, non-toxic ingredients and their strict policy of avoiding the use of 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals. The eyeshadows in their Velvet Eyeshadow Palette prove that those ingredients aren’t necessary to get buttery, rich shades that flatter all eyes and skin tones. This palette totally lives up to its velvety name—the colours are vibrant and blend like a dream, and are versatile for everything from smoky looks to adding just a hint of sparkle on the lids. We also love how compact this palette is—nine shades are held together in clean, minimalist packaging, small and thin enough to slip into your wedding-day clutch or pack in your honeymoon carry-on. Did we mention it also has a detachable mirror? Genius!
Céla Black Gold Supreme Coffee Scrub
Many brides adopt strict facial skincare regimens in the months before their big days but forget all about the rest of the body! Enter Céla, a new Canadian skincare brand devoted to upgrading the ritual of body care. Developed by Celine Tadrissi, owner of Toronto’s award-winning Hammam Spa, each product in the line is formulated with the most potent natural ingredients from across the nation, including blueberry, elderberry, evening primrose, juniper berry, rosemary and lavender extracts, which combine to reveal skin’s natural radiance while protecting it from the ravages of environmental factors. Work the brand’s Black Gold Supreme Coffee Scrub into your shower routine once or twice a week to slough away dead skin while combating cellulite.
Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel
Dermalogica’s Rapid Reveal Peel is the ultimate solution for glowing wedding day skin. We’ve always been quite smitten with chemical exfoliants for the face, and this is the highest-strength retail exfoliant offered by The International Dermal Institute, which means your skin will look instantly radiant and smoother upon application. Incorporate this into your pre-wedding evening skincare routine for a flawless wedding day complexion.
Reversa Urban Protection Hydrating Care SPF 30
Reversa is a Canadian pioneer of anti-aging skincare, and this is one product that’s currently in our best-face-forward arsenal. This anti-pollution face sunscreen-meets-tinted-moisturizer protects against air pollution and the environmental factors that can stress your skin. Our preferred use for this is during a beach honeymoon, when you want a product that will make your skin look gorgeous, provide just a hint of coverage, and give you some SPF protection against the sun’s rays.
T3 Whirl Trio
T3 is known for its innovation, and the Whirl Trio is our current favourite set of tools from this California-based company that brands itself as “part tech start-up, part beauty venture.” The company’s goal of keeping hair healthy while being styled is something we can get on board with, using technology for even heat distribution as well as tourmaline and ceramic barrels to quickly seal the hair’s cuticle. The interchangeable barrels make it so that you virtually never have to buy multiple curling irons again, with barrels of different widths creating all the types of curls you need for every bridal occasion.
TO112 Mask For Damaged Hair
Your wedding haircare program should start the second you get engaged — especially if you’re dreaming of sporting long, luxurious locks on the big day. To encourage the maintenance of healthy, beautiful hair, Canadian celebrity colourist Luis Pacheco (whose client list includes Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle) has developed a tamanu oil-based line of products that are equal parts luxurious and functional. Our personal favourite, the Mask for Damaged Hair, is designed to deeply nourish delicate tresses and smooth the outer cuticle to lock in moisture to create shine, strength and elasticity. The best part? All liquid TO112 products are stored in a singing room, vibrating at 528 hertz, which is the frequency of love! These products are literally infused with love — can you imagine a better line to use in the lead up to your wedding day?!
Valmont V-LINE LIFTING Cream
It’s never too early to start fighting the signs of aging, and the Swiss company Valmont has made finding solutions to preserve youthfulness its business. The company’s latest skincare innovation is AWF5, an exclusive complex of five active ingredients targeting five components of the skin to fight the most visible signs of aging. The complex is present in two new lines, the V-LINE LIFTING and V-SHAPE FILLING collections. We’re currently crushing on V-LINE LIFTING cream, in particular, which can be used morning and night to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Vichy Densi-Solutions Thickening Shampoo
If you’re looking to enhance your locks to achieve your ideal bridal hairstyle but wearing extensions is not an option, Vichy’s Densi-Solutions thickening shampoo can definitely give a boost to your natural mane. The shampoo penetrates each strand with a silica-gel called filloxane, which helps make your hair fibres more resistant. It also includes other ingredients that stimulate your hair to grow new follicles.