Wedding season is upon us once more and brides and their entourage are busy with hen dos, last minute preparations and dress alterations. Being a bridesmaid nowadays requires a lot more input with weddings tending to be more do-it-yourself but no less lavish, so what to buy your leading ladies to say the enormous ‘THANK YOU’ that they deserve? If you are struggling for ideas, fear no more as Blush! has found lots of lovely gifts that are sure to please!
If you are happy to give your bridesmaids their gifts a little early, why not treat them to a three step skin care regime which is sure to leave them glowing in time for the big day? Liz Earle’s The Power of 3 Spring Gift Collection, £19, comprises a full size hot cloth cleanser with two muslin cloths and mini toner and moisturiser. I love Liz Earle products and recommend them to all my brides, particularly the hot cloth cleanser which does an amazing job of getting rid of all traces of makeup and leaves your skin feeling thoroughly cleansed, gently exfoliated and super hydrated.
Available at www.uk.lizearle.com
Another great early gift is the gorgeous BC Brazilnut Oil range from Schwarzkopf Professional, from £12.40. Not only does it look super glamourous in its sleek, hot pink and gold packaging, but it is suitable for every hair type and leaves locks nourished, smooth, supple and shiny. And as an added bonus, it smells simply divine with top notes of bergamot, mandarin, lemon and orange blossom, heart notes of ginger, ylang ylang, tuberose and jasmine and bottom notes of vanilla, cedarwood, amber, soft oud and cinnamon. It really is like using a very expensive fragrance on your hair!
For stockist information, visit www.schwarzkopf-professional.co.uk
If you have decided that the bridesmaids will be doing their own makeup on your wedding day, but you want their looks to cohere, a perfect gift is the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette, £49. Depending on the style of your wedding, the palettes come in both Natural Beauty and Seductive Beauty, and feature three eye colours, two blushers, a bronzer and highlighter. What’s more, each product is printed with where it should be placed on the face for foolproof application.
Available at: www.charlottetilbury.com
For bridesmaids that have been rushed off their feet and deserve a good pamper, you can’t go wrong with anything from the Korres range of shower and body treats. My current favourite is the Almond Cherry collection, from £8, which is described by Korres as ‘capturing the velvet aroma of sweet almond and fresh cherries, inspired by long spring getaways and fully blossomed gardens’, though I have to say for me it is reminiscent of cherry bakewell tarts, warm from the oven – delicious either way!
Available at: www.marksandspencer.com
Lastly, and these are a bit of a two-in-one as well as one of my favourites, are the Etta French jewellery candles, £30. Made locally in St. Leonards-on-Sea, Etta French candles offer the most subtle and delicate of scents inspired by English country gardens, including bluebell, violet and sweet pea, wisteria and orange blossom and rose, saffron and vetiver. They are encased in stunning, frosted glass and excitingly, as they burn down, they reveal a silver package which can be carefully opened to reveal a beautiful piece of jewellery by local designers Pearl & Queenie.
Available from: www.ettafrench.com