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Skin Care Wedding Sets by Philosophy

You’ve never had a way with words. Skip greeting cards’ cliche messages and give the bride-to-be a Philosophy beauty gift set that will convey your thoughts (and pamper her in the process).

Featuring pretty packaging with poetic prose and wise words, Philosophy’s wedding gift sets include Here Comes the Bride, a travel-size selection of cleansers, moisturizers, shower gels and shampoos fittingly named Purity Made Simple, Amazing Grace and Hope. Other options include the Falling in Love fragrance set or bottles of 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath named Wedding Cake or Bubbly. Each bottle or box features a wedding fact (like how brides threw the wedding cake instead of eating it) or a meaningful message.

Say it and spray it.


Nailing It

Essie’s 2011 Bridal Collection

You’ve been getting weekly manicures in preparation to show off the new ring that will dangle from your finger. But after months of the same sheer neutral, it’s time for a change.

If you’ve been stalking the nail salon waiting for new spring colors to appear, look no farther. Essie’s 2011 bridal collection recently debuted in time for wedding season, featuring four bride-friendly colors. Test out the pale blue Borrowed and Blue at your bridal shower, then take it up a notch with the fiery red First Dance at your bachelorette party. For the wedding day, your fingers can’t go wrong with a classic pink like Better Together or Made to Honor.

It’s mani-pedi pretty.

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The Perfect Face

Obagi-C Rx Early Intervention Kit

Monthly facials are one step toward a natural wedding-day glow, but now’s the time to perfect your complexion in between appointments, too. Starting an at-home routine and sticking to it means you may be able to erase some of the problems caused by sunning too much and sleeping too little.

Stop analyzing microscopic wrinkles in the mirror and be proactive with the Obagi-C Rx Early Intervention Kit, a vitamin C-based skincare line that helps keep damage away (before it’s too late…cue the dramatic music). Created to erase common troubles like sun spots and freckles in normal to dry skin, the five-piece set includes a cleansing gel to prep and condition your face, plus morning and night treatments (a clarifying serum, exfoliating day lotion and SPF for AM, and a therapeutic night cream for PM). Use the antioxidant-rich system for about 12 weeks, and you’ll really notice a difference — think softer, smoother, refreshed skin that will look luminous in front of the wedding photographer’s lens.

You clean up well.


Obagi-C Rx Early Intervention Kit

Full Bodied

Vinotherapy at The Plaza’s Caudalie Spa

We like to think wine cures all, but here’s confirmation that it should be part of your bridal regimen: French beauty brand Caudalie uses the restorative powers of the grape to keep skin looking gorg, a theory that lends itself to some intense prenuptial pampering.

Couples tying the knot at The Plaza (or another dreamy Manhattan destination) should book the VIP room at the hotel’s Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, a luxe escape that’s one of only a few in the world. The cozy private suite is the ideal place to relax together the day before or after the wedding. All treatments are vino inspired, from a honey and vine wrap to a crushed Cabernet scrub. Book side-by-side massages, take a dip in a red wine barrel bath or try a steam shower for two. Afterwards, relax in the spa’s wine lounge, where an on-site sommelier (spammelier?) can recommend the perfect post-facial pairing.

In vino veritas.

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About Face

Scientific’s Rejuvenating Skincare Line

The countdown to the big day includes a quest for perfect skin. But living at the dermatologist’s office is not an option, and facials are only an occasional treat.

Get that sought-after bridal glow on your own. Dermatologist Dr. Kenneth Beer of West Palm Beach, FL, launched Scientific, an addictive skincare line that subtly renovates and renews. While plenty of medical expertise went into its development, Scientific feels anything but clinical. Highlights include an Intensive Repair Serum that restores elasticity and plumps wrinkles, Brightening Serum that uses botanical extracts from the Swiss Alps to create a more even skin tone and brighter complexion, and White Bamboo Exfoliator that corrects daily damage and smoothes skin. And don’t worry that there’s not enough time to start a pre-wedding regimen — you’ll see and feel a difference in days.

Start glowing healthy.