Nail your wedding beauty prep with BloomMe

Looking to scrub up and get glam ahead of the big day? Spa booking platform BloomMe shares its favourite vendors for bridal beautification. This popular app has more than 1,500 spas and salons on its books, and with discounts of up to 30 percent, you can always get a great deal on the perfect spa, wherever you are!

PLUS: All My Hong Kong Wedding readers can get $100 their first treatment when booking for the first time with BloomMe – just enter the discount code “MHKW” when signing up. Download now!

One Week Before: Wax and eylash extensions at Spa Beaute Par Zai

With one week to go before the big day, now is a perfect time to book that wax and get eyelash extensions done. We love Spa Beaute Par Zai in Central. As the first day spa to open in Hong Kong, this family style spa makes you feel instantly comfortable (a huge bonus when getting waxed) and you’ll leave feeling like a movie star!

Eyelash Extensions $890

Brazilian Wax $500

Two Days Before: Mani-pedi and facial at Melomist

Breathe, relax, it’s almost time! You deserve to put your feet up, have your nails tended to, and of course get a facial before the big day! Just don’t do it the day before, in case you develop redness or skin sensitivity.  

Melomist Spa on Cochrane Street is our top choice for a pamper day. This elegant spa always goes the extra mile, with every detail making you feel like a VIP from the moment you step through the door. No wonder they won BloomMe’s Best New Spa 2016 Award!

7 Toxins-Free Soak Off Gel Manicure $430

Melomist Pedicure w/revitalising salt scrub $520

Native Essential Aroma Renewing Facial $780

One Day Before: scrub, wrap and massage at Spa L’Occitane

It’s your last day as a Miss, so enjoy it and relax with a massage. You deserve some quality “me time” and, goodness knows you need a rest!

Spa L’Occitane is the perfect place to ease all your pre-wedding jitters. Using all their own products for each treatment, you can take a bit of paradise home with you once you’re done. 

Provencal Deluxe (Includes full scrub, wrap & massage) $1,700

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Mood Board: Ideas and trends for winter weddings

Two-piece wedding gowns

Limor Rosen at HITCHED! Bridal

Two-piece wedding gowns aren’t just flattering and fresh, but they’re also perfect for the chilly winter season. If you’re throwing a snow-kissed celebration abroad, consider pairing a fitted cashmere top with a classic round skirt.

Winter whites


Photo: The Wedding Company

If the movie Frozen taught us anything, it’s that winter can be absolutely ethereal. Even without snow, you can still get the look by decking out the venue in soft shades of white. When the palette’s kept simple you can go wild with contrasting textures – think white roses, marble, crystals, wood, and more.

Statement earrings


Cassouto

When done right, statement earrings can add a serious dose of glamour to your bridal look. And to be really on trend, consider a retro choker to match.

Seasonal cocktails

Put down that aperol spritz! This season is all about warming welcome cocktails that channel that winter wonderland – think cinnamon-imbued ciders, negronis, and pomegranate martinis.

Eye-popping colours

Your makeup says just as much about your style as the dress, which is why bold brides are embracing surprising eyeshadow shades. A shock of blue, mint, or a bit of gold leaf can change the look completely.

Party portraits

Creative couples will love this photobooth alternative. Instead of stocking up on Polaroid film, hire a Hong Kong illustrator – like Kitty Wong (@kittynwong) – to sketch portraits of your guests and perhaps even capture your ceremony. Now that’s a personal touch!

Go green

It’s cool to be eco-friendly – and not that difficult either. One of the easiest ways to reduce waste at an event is to avoid disposable straws. Instead, opt for stainless steel or glass straws which can double as a wedding favour! We love these from The Pineapple Company, which are $170 per set from Lane Crawford Home.

Emerald elements


The Silver Lining Wedding Journal

Timeless and regal, it’s no surprise this stylish shade is popping up everywhere this year, from bouquets to bridesmaid dresses. You can easily incorporate emerald into your big day, whether it’s a tiny pop of colour in the centrepieces or as a major player in your wedding palette.

Bridal Spa & Tea at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

What could be more magical for a bridal shower than an elegant afternoon of bespoke tea and pampering at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong?

First, indulge in a 90-minute signature body massage at the luxuriously appointed Plateau Spa, and let the expert therapists ease away wedding stress.

Afterwards, head down to the newly refurbished Tiffin Lounge for a classic high tea set with your closest friends – think finger sandwiches, dainty cakes, and scones with jam and cream. Don’t miss the unlimited homemade ice cream counter, classic crepes and made-to-order obanyaki.

Visit the hotel’s spectacular pool deck or sip champagne at the Waterfall Bar, to make the day even more memorable.

Cost:
$1,800 +10% per person  (includes a 90-minute massage and afternoon tea set)

Plateau Spa:
11/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai

Bookings:
2584-7688 or plateau.hkggh@hyatt.com.

(Presented by Grand Hyatt Hong Kong)

Best personal trainers in Hong Kong

Shredding before the wedding? Working with a personal trainer might be a hefty investment, but it’s a foolproof way to reach your goals in time for the big day. By Susie Riza
Do you need to lose five kilos before your wedding? Of course not! But if you’re determined to hit a personal fitness goal, then a wedding is a great
deadline. If you need an extra hand to stay on track, these personal trainers have been tried and tested for maximum return on investment.
RAW PERSONAL TRAINING
Conveniently located on Wyndham Street, Real Athletic Workouts – aka RAW
– provides a relaxed atmosphere in a top-notch studio. It’s a welcoming

environment, where trainers develop p ailored programmes structured around a host of effective training tools. Perfect for brides, RAW has an eight-week pre-wedding transformation programme that includes strength training, conditioning and a custom nutrition programme.

PT from $850 an hour. 23/F, Winsome House, 73 Wyndham St., Central, 2415-6233, www.rawpersonaltraining.com
PINNACLE BLACK
New to the Hong Kong gym scene, Pinnacle Black boasts a team of internationally accredited coaches with backgrounds in professional athlete development and body transformations. Sounds pretty good, right? With a razor focus on individual goals, Pinnacle emphasizes achievable and healthy targets by structuring a clear pathway towards those goals – complete with individualised training programmes, coaching advice and nutrition plans.
PT from $995 an hour. 26/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, 2469-2010, www.pinnacleblack.com.hk
Ultimate Performance
At Ultimate Performance, personal training packages focus on fat loss and body composition, tailoring programmes with each client’s goals in mind. Brides might consider the 12-week “Meltdown for Female Fat Loss” programme, which includes bespoke nutritional advice, as well as one-on-one sessions with an experienced trainer. Attend regularly and you can expect noticeable fat loss within 10 days, as well as muscle gain and tone. PT sessions start from $950 per session.
Two locations, including 11/F, Midtown Soundwill Plaza II, 1-29 Tang Lung St., Causeway Bay, 3543-5219, www.upfitness.com.hk
VALLEYFIT STUDIO
Living in Happy Valley? ValleyfitStudio offers personal training set against spectacular racecourse views. It offers personal training and fitness consultations, as well as complementary workouts such a  Powerplate, Pilates, kickboxing, TRX and more.
PT from $900 per hour. 19/F, First Commercial Building, 33-35 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, 3595-0139, facebook.com/valleyfitstudio

NARS: perfect neutral palette

There’s nothing more convenient than an all-in-one makeup palette, and the new “Strike it Rich” eyeshadow compact from NARS is everything. Featuring 12 rich, romantic shades, the palette combines velvety gold, amber, copper, chocolate browns, and warm beige hues that will make any summer bride glow. Thanks to the versatile mix of neutrals, the palette also delivers eye contouring that can be layered for a more dramatic dimension.
$500, available at Harvey Nichols, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, 3968-2668, www.narscosmetics.com.

Top face masks for a pre-wedding glow

There’s a reason why face masks are all the rage. Infused with oils and nutrients, these pore-shrinking and moisture-packing remedies offer a pre-wedding pick-me-up for your skin. By Susie Riza
FIG+YARROW, Clay Mask in Rose
The FIG+YARROW clay masks are perfect for dry and sensitive skin, which can be easily aggravated from stress. Packed with the healing and hydrating
powers of rose, the mask isn’t just for a pretty face – swipe it on your neck, chest, back and legs too.
$160 from www.gooseberrybeauty.com or in-store
at Unit 1841, 18/F, Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue,
Causeway Bay, 6094-0663.
Divine All Seasons, Biocellulose Mask
Inspired by ancient Chinese remedies, the Divine All Seasons Biocellulose Mask works with all skin types. The sheet mask aims to hydrate and brighten tired, dry skin with a formula made from skin-plumping peptides and herbs – think schisandra berries, goji berries, peony root and job’s tears, an ancient grain.
$180 from www.cabanee.com

Inside the makeup bag of Jaime Smith, Smudge Makeup Artistry

Hong Kong-based makeup artist Jaime Smith of Smudge Makeup Artistry shares her go-to beauty products for a gorgeous glow on the big day.

Farsali
Unicorn Essence
“This is my favourite primer, as it plumps the skin, adds moisture and a radiant natural glow. It perfectly preps the skin for wedding makeup. Use this on the lips as well for a little natural  plump.”
MAC “Patisserie” Lipstick
This has a silky satin finish that feels light as a lip balm, but with the pigment of a regular lipstick. Patisserie is the perfect pinky-peach- nude combination.”
Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner 
The 1.5mm tip is so small that you can create the perfect can eye and get in close to fill in along the lash line so easily.”
Laura Mercier Secret Under Eye Brightening Powder
“This little powder is fine-milled, so it won’t sit in any fine lines. It sets under-eye concealer like a charm and even helps brighten dark circles.”
NARS Cosmetics Orgasm Blush
NARS has some amazing blush colors and you only need a light swipe for the perfect blushing bride look. I often reach for ‘Orgasm’ – cheeky name aside, it is the perfect pink-peach with flecks of gold to make any bride look happy and glowing.”

Lunchtime fitness classes with Fit Eat In

LUNCH CLUB
Busy brides will appreciate the uber-efficient workouts and meal plans from Fit Eat In. The fitness company has designed an effective training regime that fits neatly into your lunch hour – the intense, 30-minute programme takes place in the Tai Chi Court at Hong Kong Park, and includes a healthy lunch prepared by Supafood. The team has tailored the healthy menus to help you trim down and tone up. Among the many options, lunch could include a roasted Aussie chicken with kale cashew pesto or baked tofu with sesame sauce – all complemented by sides of broccoli salad and coconut brown rice.
From $200 per session, including lunch. www.fiteatin.com