1. Chantecaille Protection Naturelle Loose Powder
"Whatever part of my brain decided an outdoor ceremony in August was a good idea, clearly wasn't taking my hyper-pale skin into consideration. I need SPF protection, but I don't need that slimy sunscreen residue showing up in photos. A brush-on SPF will make sure my skin is protected during the ceremony and won't leave it feeling all greasy and slick."
$72, available at Nordstrom.
2. Sonia Kashuk Spoolie Brush
"Rather than deal with the hassle of false lashes, I opted to get lash extensions. The fabulous Soul Lee over at Kiehl's Spa 1851 did such an amazing job on my fringe — it looks like I have naturally lush, lengthy lashes. In fact, they're so long that they sometimes get tangled, so I have to use a spoolie brush to comb them out each morning. Lashes so long they snarl? Now there's a beauty woe you won't hear me complaining about anytime soon."
$1.99, available at Target.
3. By Killian Rose Oud Perfume
"Everyone kept feeding me all of this jibberish about "feeling pampered" on my "special day." Gag. While I rolled my eyes about it at the time, as the date got closer, I started to wonder if some of the products I was choosing were "special enough" to wear on my wedding day. Yes, I drank the Kool-Aid. This gorgeous scent is just one example of my inner princess bride rearing her ugly head — its unique blend of rose and oud create a heady scent that feels distinct and romantic, which I think every bride secretly craves, at least on some level."
$395, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
4. Sprayology SleepEase Homeopathic Oral Spray
"The stress and the excitement over these past few weeks have been building, along with my inability to catch a proper eight hours of sleep. I react to sleeping pills like they're some form of insane street drug, and since I don't want to go all Miami cannibal on anyone, I opt for homeopathic remedies like this one. Just a few sprays under my tongue at night help me relax and quiet my overactive mind, so I can nod off into la-la land a little more naturally. After all, no one likes a cranky, sleep-deprived bride on a rampage — or so I've heard."
$26, available at Sprayology.
5. Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Color in La Fascinante and Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer in Rouge
"I may be an unconventional bride, but that doesn't mean I can't throw a nod to the classics with my beauty look. Even though my dress is short and my veil is gold, I feel like my overall wedding style is a little retro, so I'm going with a classic, deep red lip. I'm actually wearing these two colors in my headshot above. A big thanks to Chanel's Fulvia Farolfi, who handpicked these shades for me at an event and said they'd make an amazing match for my lace dress. My makeup artist, Nicole Iannitti, is shading in my lips with the liner first, which will ensure the lipstick stays in place long after that first kiss. Sure, I'll have to re-apply later in the evening, but it's worth it for a look this beautiful."
$32.50 and $29, available at Chanel.
Photos: by Grace Sun, Via La Petit Menagerie
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