Wedding Prep — Chapter 5: Week Before the Big Day
Ladies, the wedding is less than 2 weeks away — woo! Just a few things left to do and I will be (I think I will be) ready to walk down the aisle with my pops (yes dad, you get a special mention).
Some things written on my long to-do list include: touch-up roots (I have dyed hair), go for a wax (armpits and legs!), visit the dentist (for an annual master clean-up), and enjoy a spa! But there are a few other beauty matters that I prioritize above those just mentioned, and I’m sharing them with you in Chapter 5:
Put a ring on it!
There will be so many close-up shots of a bride’s hands, surely no one wants unclean, bare nails to be on camera. The easy way is to simply visit a manicurist and let her work her magic! I highly suggest getting a gel manicure done about 3 or 4 days before the wedding, to ensure: one, that you really adore it and would want it in your wedding album; because if not, there is still time to fix it. And two, gel manicures last longer and are less likely to chip; it’s very possible it'll last throughout your honeymoon!
If you prefer not to visit a nail salon, that’s okay, too! Go for a neutral or light pink shade so that little imperfections are less visible. Be sure to use hand lotion to keep hands moisturized. My all-time favorite, can’t-get-enough product is the Shea Butter Hand Cream by L’OCCITANE ($28 / 5.2 oz via L’OCCITANE).
Finally, and most importantly, be sure to use cuticle oils! It’s the icing on the cake that makes all the difference. One of my preferred choices is the Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go by OPI ($8.95 via Ulta Beauty). The small size makes it easy to carry in my handbag, while the brush head design allows easy application. Cuticle Pens from Taiwanese company Justnail and the Cutcile Oil Pen by Jamberry ($18 via Jamberry) are also on the top of my list.
A Mask A Day, Keeps the Dullness Away
I regularly use a sheet mask two or three times a week, but since two weeks ago, I started putting one on daily. I suppose this is similar to an intensive crash course, but in a beautiful way. This really allows our skin to stay hydrated and conditioned, and keeps it from being dull. Every day, I rotate through different masks, but only select ones that I’ve used before. This is NOT the time to try new brands or products, and especially not new masks, in case they give your skin a bad reaction.
Some of my recent favorites include Cremorlab Herb Tea Pure Calming Mask, Jeju Flower Mask Sheets by Dearpacker ($6.99 via Amazon), Lovemore Masks from Taiwan, and Enjoy Vital-Up Time Nourishing Mask by Mizon ($3.50 via Peach and Lily). Once a week, I would substitute the face masks with Mizon’s Intensive Skin Barrier Eye Gel Mask ($5.00 via Peach and Lily).
Beauty Sleep is for Real
Sleeping early is a matter of fact. It sounds so easy, but it is the hardest task of all! However, I recognize the importance of a good night’s sleep, especially weeks leading up to the big day, so I have been setting sleep alarms at 10pm to remind myself that it is time to get ready for bed. I also adjusted my bedside clock 1 hour ahead, so I’d think it is midnight already, when it really is only 11pm. This trick did freak me out a few times in the morning, but it was worth it!
Not only does a hot bath help reduce water retention, but it also prepares your body for quality sleep. There are times when I find it difficult to fall asleep, and a soak in a hot tub really does the trick for me!
Practice Your Walk in Your Wedding Heels
Other than stretching out your newly-bought wedding heels for the big day, walking in your heels at home beforehand is also important because it allows you to practice your walk. You want to walk gracefully in them. Elegant postures determine and affect your overall appearances, so don’t let feet pain or an awkward walk ruin everything you’ve worked hard for!
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