Bare skincare basics
Any special occasion beauty refresh should begin with a little spring skin cleaning. In the weeks leading up to the big event, commit to regular exfoliation. To ensure you don’t irritate your precious dermis, skip traditional scrubs and opt for gentle AHA or lactic acids instead. Dr Dennis Gross Universal Daily Peel makes it super simple. The AHA/BHA-infused wipes are the ideal formulation for daily use so you don’t waste time thinking about whether you’re exfoliating too much or not enough. Simply swipe on the peel pad each night and marvel as it sloughs off dull and dirty skin cells. The second wipe neutralises the acid to prevent any irritation and ensures skin is a receptive canvas for further actives
The next step after prep is always hydration. To ensure your skin is swimming in moisture minus the grease or heaviness, add a hyaluronic acid serum into your daily routine. It’s the most unassuming of the active world and slips neatly into any skincare routine without upsetting other products. The Mecca Cosmetica Hyaluronic Acid Hydration serum is an accessibly-priced option that ticks the hydration box quite nicely with 1.06% hyaluronic acid and hyaluronate along with niacinamide and aloe vera, it’s also soothing and brightening.
Make glow a priority
For a high-wattage gleam that emanates from within, consider the transformative power of LED light therapy. The Dr Gross Spectralite Faceware Pro offers dual settings—red light to invigorate collagen production and blue light to combat breakout-inducing bacteria: essential when you’re wedding-bound. Yes, it is an investment, but what price do we put on flawless skin? This innovative device turbo-charges your skin’s radiance, perfect for anyone seeking an ethereal glow as they walk down the aisle.
Moisturisation is a cornerstone of radiant skin, and few products exemplify this better than Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream. Again, this one will set you back a bit, but if you can’t justify a little skinvestment it in the lead up to your wedding, when can you? This unctuous velvety cream contains the brands patented TFC8 complex of natural amino acids along with high-grade vitamins and synthesized molecules naturally found in skin. It bestows a regal radiance upon your skin, leaving it supple and illuminated.
A slightly more affordable option but one that’s still very efficacious is Go-To’s Very Luxe Face Cream. This delectable souffle is pumped full of ceramides, pink algae and vegan collagen to drench your skin with all-out-hydration faster than you can say bonbonierie.
Shake up your makeup
Not in the mood to spend hours primping before a big event? Outsource your makeup application to the pros and book in a glam makeup session at Mecca. The $150 fee is fully redeemable on product and you’ll also learn tips and techniques for applying the products to your own face. It’s a bit of a no-brainer, really.
Not sure what to spend the fee on?
Everyone needs an amazing foundation. One of Mecca’s bestsellers, and a beauty-editor cult buy to boot, is Nars Light Reflecting Foundation. The lightweight fluid is a transformative canvas that captures and diffuses light, blending seamlessly with the skin so it looks like you’re wearing nothing – just say you were just born with perfectly flawless skin, and they’ll believe you.
While we’re in the Nars aisle why not stock up on some of the brands’ famous blush powders? Apart from being essential fodder for any blushing bride, the two most famous shades also happen to be universally-flattering. Consider adding cheekily-named Orgasm or Deep Throat to your collection, if you can keep a straight-face long enough to try them on.
And, finally, the perfect lip colour for post-winter dry ravaged pouts comes care of Kosas. The Wet Lip Oil (Revealed is the most perfect nude pink) contains hyaluronic acid, peptides and evening primrose oil to rejuvenate lips while you wear. It also has a generous colour payoff meaning it won’t need to be reapplied as often as they top up your drink at the wedding
On the ground floor amid the busy thoroughfare is The Strand’s most photographed aesthetically-pleasing store: Aesop. Their minimalist packaging and deliciously botanical scented skincare are perfect for the betrothed and their guests alike. It’s also convenient that the products are unisex and genderless. In fact, they make the perfect gift for bridesmaids and kitchen teas. Our picks? Aesop’s latest fragrance, Ouranon, sparkles with citrus Petitgrain and warm, spicy romatics of chamomile and frankincense over an earthy bse of myrrh, patchouli and tonka. In a word: delicious. Or for something a little different, try the beautiful Kagerou Aromatique Incense with the chic Bronze Incense Holder designed for Aesop by Vogel Studio.
A few doors down from Aesop is Creed. A true heritage brand, the House of Creed was founded in England 1760 and supplied the English Court with custom tailored clothing, scented leather gloves and commissioned fragrances. It’s well worth stopping in and working your way through their iconic scents – be sure to smell Virgin Island Water, Fleurissimo (Grace Kelly wore it on her wedding day) and cult men’s scent Aventus. For Spring, try a new take on the classic Aventus Cologne – it’s sophisticated yet fresh mix of mandarin, pink peppercorn and vetiver with a smooth leathery balsamic base of styrax, birch, musk and tonka. The latest Creed scent for her, Spring Flower, is mesmerising with notes of jasmine and white flowers over a sensual ambergris and musk base it perfectly encapsulates the essence of blooming romance.
Finally, you can’t go to The Strand and not visit Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. This beauty institution was founded in 1221 by Dominican friars and is considered the oldest pharmacy in the world.They products are timeless and beautiful and will gain serious credibility from any beauty aficionado. The vintage packaging also looks beautiful atop one’s bathroom counter.
Our picks? The bath and body ranges are the ultimate in romance. Perfectly in keeping with our Spring theme, add the Rosa Gardenia Bath Gel and Fluid Cream to your collection. These luxurious picks evoke the freshness of a garden in full bloom, enveloping you in a sensory experience that complements the beauty of the season.
Artisanal brands like Mecca Cosmetica, Aesop, Creed and Santa Maria Novella converge within the hallowed walls of the historical Strand Arcade, offering a selection that resonates with the spirit of weddings and the rejuvenation of spring, making it an ideal destination for brides, grooms, and guests looking to embody the radiant beauty of the season.
To find out more head to Strand Arcade.