Beauty School

6 miracle products for the bride to-be

An unquestionable perk of the job is being able to test the latest and greatest in beauty items. Well-stocked swag bags from the Queen City's generous PR girls make for exciting nights in, giving a mélange of miracle potions and products a whirl. With exceptional success of late, I fell head over heels for a bevy of beauty essentials. And while any bride to-be is likely seeking a few cosmetic helpers for the big day–and these winners won't disappoint, I promise–she's also likely to be looking for some products for keeps. And these necessities fit the mold to a tee. 

1. Clarins Double Serum, $85.00. Having just returned from a trip to the beach, my skin couldn't have been more parched. A weekend of beach days that turned into late nights left my face looking subpar, come Monday. Two drops of this serious miracle serum and I had instant hydration and a dewy glow. 

2. Honey Eau de Parfum by Marc Jacobs, $50.00. Marc Jacobs did it again. This sweet but subtle scent makes for a perfect transition season fragrance. If you're looking for a signature scent for the day, this fresh fragrance doesn't disappoint. (Plus the cheeky bottle makes for an adorable photo opp with your photographer on wedding day!)

3. Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-fine Precision Brow Pencil, $29.00. Never was I even aware of the serious difference a few pencil strokes can make in the brow line. And this particular option blends seamlessly with literally any shade brow. 

4. Sue Devitt Microaquatic Lactic Renewal Facial Peel, $62.00. This 5-minute mask had the immediate after-look of my favorite triple-oxygen facial–instant brightener.

5. Sebastian Penetraitt Deep Strengthening and Repair Mask, $12.00. After a curling iron-intensive blowout and a day of dry shampoo, my locks were in serious need of some moisture. I used a quarter-size portion of this sweet-smelling mask, let it sit for 10 minutes on my hair and rinsed with cold water. My hair looked shinier than post-blowout and was unbelievably silky. 

6. Georgio Armani 'Eyes to Kill Excess' Mascara, $30.00. A self-confessed mascara junkie, this one takes the cake–no questions asked. No clumps at all. 

Categories: Bride + Groom