Shine Bright Like a Diamond: Get Glowing for Wedding Season with these Flash Fixes
Weddings are always such beautiful events. We celebrate the bride and groom, have a blast with friends new and old, and recall the couple’s amazing courtship from their first meeting to the culmination of their union as husband and wife. Last week, I attended the wedding of my boyfriend’s twin brother in the Cotswolds, England. Late summer in the Cotswolds is spectacularly capricious, with fog in the afternoon, summer rain that comes and goes in the blink of an eye, and the occasional bright, sunny day. Pat and Louise’s wedding was on a Friday, and fortunately it was one of the sunniest days the Cotswolds has seen this year. I was very excited to be there, for a plethora of reasons that I will not bore you with here.
Being part of the groom’s entourage meant that I wanted to put extra effort into getting my skin ready for all of the photos with the wedding couple. I wanted a glowing look that was light on makeup, and so my skin needed to be in tip-top shape. The stresses of work and flying would certainly make my skin more irritable than usual, so I devised a quick regimen on top of my usual skincare routine to invigorate my skin and bring back the glow.
The Week before the Wedding
The hero product here is one of my new favorites: Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask! (A more in-depth review of this product will be coming soon.) I used this twice in the days leading up to the wedding, leaving my skin smooth and rejuvenated. It contains fruit enzymes and White Willow Bark as natural forms of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta-hydroxy acid (BHA). AHAs and BHAs are ideal for improving hydration, stimulating collagen production, and firming skin up while reducing discoloration from sun damage and acne scars; they are what Paula Begoun, skincare expert, calls “the unsung heroes of the skincare world”. It also contains Blue Tansy, which combats inflammation and soothes skin from stress. Every time I use the Blue Tansy Clarity Mask I feel softer, clearer, and more supple skin that is revitalized and ready for whatever may come.
On the Flight to England
Being on a plane is generally a stressful time for skin—you’re in a pressurized cabin 36,000 ft. in the sky, the air is dry, you might be stuck in a seat with limited space, and seemingly always next to a crying baby. This flight was about 10 hours from San Francisco, so I had a stack of reading material; and when I rest my eyes from reading (they get dry from the cabin air) I like to put a sheet mask on to keep my skin hydrated.
The sheet mask of choice? Cremorlab Herb Tea Pure Calming Mask. Seriously, this is my holy grail of masks, period. It might even be the holy grail of all masks ever made yet. It is anti-inflammatory, soothing, hydrating, and refreshing; my skin always looks more youthful and revitalized after use! The Evening Primrose oil in it helps fights redness, roughness, and fatigue—in Britain it’s approved for use in alleviating eczema and rosacea. Polyphenols in the Chamomile and Black Tea extracts can help to increase antioxidant capacity in your skin so you can fight free radicals better. Plus, it brims with so much essence in each packet that you might want to collect the extra in a little bottle to use later!
On the Day of the Wedding
On the wedding day the groom’s entourage didn’t really have much time to kick back, draw a bath and take time to get ready since we have to get to Caswell House by a certain time. With an hour to get ready, I was able to use two products that would keep my skin looking bright and fresh for the rest of the day: Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Rose Clay Mask and Cremorlab White Bloom Triple Bright Floral Mask. The former contains Willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium), a type of highly-resilient flower that can quickly repopulate in fire scorched grounds over other plants. According to Origins, Willowherb “helps inhibit a protein change that can result in dullness and discoloration and helps restore radiance to skin”. (Read more about Willowherb here; it’s fascinating.) The latter contains Asian Tiger Lily (Lilium tigrinum), which can reduce scarring and brighten your skin. With the fruit and berry extracts in there as well, this mask nourishes and smooths out your skin while keeping dullness at bay.
This power-packed duo worked to keep my skin luminous and petal-fresh for the rest of the day. Happy to say I didn’t need any concealer at all! Thank you, Herbivore Botanicals, Origins, and Cremorlab!
Quick Buying Notes
I got my Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask from here as part of a set. If you’re buying it individually, it costs $48. Currently, Herbivore Botanicals is offering a “Summer Cool Down Sale” where you can get 15% off your entire purchase with the code ‘SUMMERCOOLDOWN’. More details on their website!
My Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Rose Clay Mask is from Sephora. It retails for $26, and remember, you can get free 2-day shipping if you’re a VIB Rouge member like myself!
I purchased my Cremorlab masks from Peach and Lily. They cost $6 each, which is rather steep, but I wait for sales to buy a ton of those and accumulate Peach Points as I go, so it works out… I think. Those used to Amazon Prime and Sephora’s flash shipping (note: guilty as charged) might find Peach and Lily’s shipping a tad slow, so be sure to order ahead of time!
Key To Radiance is not affiliated with Herbivore Botanicals, Sephora, or Peach and Lily in any way.