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A Men's Grooming Guide for One Month Before His Wedding

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Whether you’ve been on a regimented grooming kick in preparation for your wedding, or are just getting around to thinking about hair and beard options for the big day, all grooms-to-be definitely have some, well grooming, left to do before the big day. Previously, we’ve compiled an essential grooming checklist for the groom-to-be. Now, we’re breaking it all down month-by-month—and you’re in the home stretch!

This men’s grooming guide is perfect for the dude who has four to five weeks left until his wedding day and needs to maximize his beauty routine, so to speak. If you’ve been taking care of your grooming regimen for the past five or six months, then this can also serve as the fine-tuning your routine needs. Either way, the tips below will ensure you look your best, just in time for your wedding day.

1. Skincare

Perfecting their complexion is on everyone’s pre-wedding to-do list, and no matter how far along or not-so-far-along you are with your routine, the few weeks leading up to the big day are enough time for you to see an improvement. The key lies in splurging on a laser treatment according to Joshua Zeichner, MD and Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai. “One month before the wedding, you can think about a light laser treatment like Clear and Brilliant,” he says. “It works by punching microscopic holes in the skin, allowing the skin to heal itself back up in a more cosmetically acceptable manner. It can be used to even skin tone, improve skin texture, and even minimize the appearance of pores.” While it might sound intimidating to try a laser treatment, Dr. Zeichner assures that with this specific laser, there is virtually no downtime. You can expect a bit of redness for a few hours after the 15-minute procedure and a bit of a grainy feeling to the skin for a few days after—but you’ll have incredible skin within a week, and with a daily dose of sunscreen and moisturizer, you’ll maintain those benefits up until the wedding.

2. Teeth Whitening

Chances are, you’ll be grinning from ear to ear on your wedding day. And with all eyes on you, you’ll want your smile to be as bright as can be. “I think we can all agree that the smile is one of the most important elements of the big day, and is captured in pictures that will be looked at and treasured for years to come,” says Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, DMD PC. “Grooms are so busy in the weeks leading up to the wedding, which is why scheduling an in-office whitening one month prior is close enough to the big day to let them flash a truly brilliant, glowing smile at all of their wedding events.” Treatments for in-office whitening can range from a few hundred dollars to up to $1000, but the results are well worth it. “For best results, I recommend following an in-office whitening treatment with a monthly at-home whitening maintenance regimen,” says Dr. Levine. He recommends using his GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device ($199, available at Dermstore) once a day for 30 days to amp up that new megawatt smile.

3. Hair

“If you only go to one pre-wedding [hair] appointment, this is the one you should not miss!” says NYC-based men’s hairstylist Martial Vivot. He says to book a hair appointment a month before the wedding to trim up your signature style and decide how you want to wear your hair on the big day. “At this visit, never do anything drastic,” he maintains. Vivot says to use the appointment to discuss any questions you may have with your stylist on how to style your hair and get product recommendations. “Ask your stylist specific questions at this appointment, like how to achieve the look at home and a step-by-step tutorial on the products to use, including how much to use.” Think of this appointment as your personalized hair guide, so that on your big day, you can DIY your ‘do with your arsenal of hair and beard products.

4. Gym

If you’re maintaining your gym schedule, step things up at the one-month mark and focus mostly on higher intensity workouts, says Julie Wandzilak, Tier X Coach at Equinox in NYC. “This means shorter rest periods, longer circuits, and approaching full-body workouts and higher heart rate throughout the whole workout.” She says that the next four weeks are where you will see the most improvement and progress in your pre-wedding gym routine (translation: book those HIIT classes, stat). “The cardiac output, duration, and heart rate will be key components to making sure your body is staying within the fat-burning metabolism zone within this time frame,” she explains.

See More: A 3-Month Grooming Guide for the Groom-to-Be

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Wedding Photography Tips for the Best Bridal Beauty Shots

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It goes without saying that wedding photography is one of the most important aspects of any wedding day. These photos will last a lifetime after all, and you’ll want your photographer to capture every oh-so-special moment—from seeing your partner for the first time to making your grand entrance as a couple at the reception. And when it comes to beauty, there are a few shots that you’ll definitely want your photographer to snap, too, that put the focus on your flawless manicure or let your perfectly imperfect updo shine.

We spoke with NYC-based wedding and lifestyle photographer Jenny Fu about the essential hair, makeup, and manicure shots that your wedding photographer should have on his or her “must-take” list, plus the tips you need to know to nail every shot.

Below, the wedding photography tips you need to take the best bridal beauty photos on your big day, straight from one of Brides Best Wedding Photographers of 2018.

Hair

Capture your vibrant highlights or a beautiful updo with an outdoor hair photo, says Jenny. “Bridal hair photos look great when shot with natural light—you can see the texture of the braids or curls.” Ask your photographer to shoot from various angles so that you’ll have tons of options, too.

“I love capturing a gorgeous profile view of the bride because you are able to see all of the detail in the hair and the bride’s beautiful face,” adds Jenny. “Ask your photographer to take these detailed shots early on in the day, before it gets too messy.” We recommend getting these outdoor hair photos right before your first look or ceremony.

Makeup

When it comes to showing off your wedding makeup, “Great portrait shots are all about angles,” Jenny explains. “Everyone knows that the perfect selfie angle is from the top down, and the same theory works when it comes to bridal photography.” Jenny says that she usually has her brides gaze down at a 45-degree angle over their shoulders to capture the perfect portrait.

It’s also important to capture those getting-ready moments before the wedding, so add a few close-ups of your in-progress makeup and hair to your “must-take” photo list. And before the big day, Jenny recommends to practice taking selfies on your phone, in order to learn which angles work for you and later communicate that to your photographer.

Manicure

Whether you go for wedding nail art or opt to keep your nails neutral, Jenny says to make sure your fingernails are groomed and ready for their close-up, whether you want to show off that manicure in a spotlight shot or not. “You never know when your photographer will want to take a beautiful close-up shot of the ring on your finger,” she says. Our favorite? Lush bouquet shots that show off florals, that new wedding band, and your bridal manicure.

“Husband and wife rings shots are so romantic to capture,” adds Jenny. “This photo will definitely be one of the ones that end up in the wedding album.”

She also says taking mani shots gives you the chance to be playful and show off personalized items that you’ll have at the wedding. “I especially love capturing a close-up shot of the bride holding something personalized like a clutch or even a custom coconut!”

See More: The Brides Best Photographers of 2018

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Here's How to Have a Totally Painless Wedding Hair and Makeup Trial

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Your wedding hair and makeup trials can be just as important as shopping for the perfect wedding dress—but they don’t have to be anywhere near as stressful! Whether you’re a classic bride looking for an elegant updo or a boho bride wanting a no-makeup makeup look, we turned to the bridal beauty pros for the best tips on how to ace your trials so that looking spectacular on that special day becomes a seamless experience.

Below, 9 tips to keep in mind when the time for your wedding hair and makeup trials rolls around.

Have Photos on Hand

Lauren Thompson, a New York based stylist at Nunzio Saviano Salon says her number one tip is to bring inspiration photos to your hair trial (cue the endless hours on Instagram and Pinterest). “Bring pictures of different styles you like and pictures of yourself in the dress you have chosen,” she suggests. “That is the best way for you and your stylist to have a meeting of the minds, so you can decide what would work best for you, your hair type, and what would look best with the dress.”

Look for a Social Media Star

If you’re still on the search for the perfect wedding hairstylist, Lauren suggests doing some research on social media. “It’s the easiest place to find a bridal stylist and makeup artist,” she says. “Look for a stylist that shares your aesthetic, but most importantly, a stylist that does weddings often.” By choosing someone with a bridal background, you can be confident in their ability to whip up styles for you and your bridal party.

Compatibility Is Key

Glamsquad Artistic Director, Kelli J. Bartlett adds that beyond their skills, finding a makeup artist and hairstylist that will mesh well with your personality is also important since you’ll be spending a considerable amount of time with them on your wedding day. “You obviously want to look fabulous, but the emotional connection and vibe created by the artists are equally as important,” she says. “The trial is the opportunity for you to meet the artist and see if you vibe well. In order to look good, you have to feel good and comfortable.”

Document Everything

It’s okay to not have it all figured out after the first trial—maybe you need a bit more time to think about it or wait to see the dress again to make up your mind. Lauren recommends taking photos of each hairstyle from your first trial. “You can refer back to these during your first [dress] fitting and get the thoughts of your family and friends if you need a second opinion.”

Don’t Rule Out Rapunzel Locks

Consider wearing hair extensions, says Lauren. “About 90 percent of the brides I work with wear extensions on their big day,” she says. “Wearing hair extensions doesn’t mean you need to use them just for length, but they can add extra volume and fullness whether you’re wearing your hair down or in an updo.” If you already wear extensions regularly, bring them to your trial. Otherwise, your stylist should be able to help you with options.

Get in the (Comfort) Zone

Whatever you do, do not go for a look that is totally outside of your comfort zone. “I believe that a bride should look like a more polished version of herself,” adds Lauren. “If your hair is very curly, don’t straighten it—work with your natural hair texture. If you always wear your hair down, wear it down if it makes you feel more comfortable,” she explains. “[Many] believe an updo is more formal but that is not always true. You don’t want to look back at pictures and think ‘Why did I do that to my hair? It was not me!’

Stick to Your Signature

Similarly, when it comes to makeup stick to your signature look says Kelli. “When considering your wedding day makeup look, my rule of thumb is to be you.” If you’re unsure about what your signature look is, Kelli says, “Think of a time that you felt the most confident and beautiful, and lean into that look.” So, if you’re a red lip kind of gal, stick to your favorite shade of red. “Trying something new on your wedding day might make you feel inauthentic. Hone in on your signature look!”

Get a Gameplay in Place

Talk timeline with your glam team. Make sure you and your hair and makeup pros are on the same page for the big day. “If you are doing first look photos at 3:00 but your ceremony is not until 6:00, it is a good idea to book your stylist for a few extra hours so that you can get touched-up before your ceremony,” says Lauren. “Also, let your stylist know how many people you have in your bridal party, so he or she can decide if a second stylist will be needed.”

Be a #BossBride

Above everything else, be very clear with what you want. “Again, this is why pictures are very helpful,” says Lauren. “Do not be afraid to speak up if you are unhappy. It is your hair and your big day, and your stylist will want to work towards making you happy so that you can have a successful trial.” The first style you try may not be the one, and that’s okay—it’s all about trial and error! Try a few styles, switch your part, or spruce up your every day look. Either way, the end result will be gorgeous.

See More: When Should I Have My Wedding Hair and Makeup Trials?

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The Prettiest Nail Polish Ideas for Every Bachelorette Party Destination

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A bride-to-be who loves nail polish and nail art knows that her bachelorette party is the perfect excuse to go all out and embrace a playful manicure. Whether you’re headed off to a tropical island, staying local and enjoying a beach day, or headed to the big city for a night out with your bride tribe, the festivities call not only for a new dress and cute swimsuit, but the prettiest of nail polish, too.

No matter where you go, we’ve got some manicure inspiration to suit your bachelorette party destination. Below are a few of our favorites—from bridal white designs to tropical florals—to get your creative nail art ideas flowing.

Tropical Talons

Go for an artsy, abstract look that’s playful for enough for an island getaway by mixing peachy neutrals with a touch of pastel green and moody black.

Colorful florals inspired by a beautiful Caribbean island look oh-so-chic when you pair the bright nail art with a neutral base.

If sandy beaches and pool parties are on your agenda, embrace the blue theme with this geometric beauty of a manicure.

Las Vegas Luxe

This uber-glamorous design has Las Vegas written all over it (in the best way possible).

Put the Glam in Glamping

Chill brides who want to enjoy an outdoorsy weekend will appreciate a more low-key approach to nail art, like this monochromatic take on neutrals.

Parisian Polish

Feeling a bit of a classic French vibe? You don’t have to go to Paris to appreciate this glitzy take on French tips.

Newport Nails

Go for bold with a bright gingham motif, whether you’re in Newport, Rhode Island or Newport Beach, California. Either way, gorgeous.

Perfect Anywhere, Anytime

You can never go wrong with a wedding-white mani for your bachelorette getaway—just add a hit of metallic for a festive vibe.

See More: 12 Not-So-Basic Neutral Nails for Your Big Day

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A Men's Grooming Guide for Three Months Before His Wedding

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Attention all grooms: With a mere 90 days until the big day, you’ve got some big items to check off that to-do list. And none are more important (okay, they’re all equally important!) than your grooming guide. We previously penned the ultimate grooming checklist for men to tackle before their big day. Now, we’re breaking it all down month-by-month—and you’re almost in the home stretch!

It’s time to kick that skincare routine into high gear and pay extra attention to your hair and beard in preparation for your wedding day. Listen up guys, because we have a few expert tips on how to look and feel your best with just three months to go before the big day and you won’t want to skip this read.

1. Up the ante when it comes to skincare.

“Three months before the wedding you can start to think about a topical that contains retinol,” Joshua Zeichner, MD Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai tells Brides. “Retinol is the best ingredient that we use to stimulate collagen and improve the appearance of fine lines.” He recommends using it only every other night to avoid irritating your skin, which is a common side effect when you introduce your complexion to the powerful ingredients. “The effects take several weeks to start kicking in, so three months before the wedding is a great time to start using it.” If you’re looking for an affordable option that gets the job done, Dr. Zeichner recommends Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum with Retinol ($18, available at Target).

2. Assemble your hair and beard essentials.

Now’s not the time for a makeover says NYC-based mens hairstylist Martial Vivot. However, you do have enough time to try out some styles you might have in mind for the big day, and this includes your beard. “[At this point], it would be best to work on any changes you’d like to do with your look and work on solidifying the final look.” If you’re toying with the idea of letting go of your beard, try it out now, otherwise, tend to it with regular trims and a little beard oil—also, try styling products to see what works and what you like. “Ask your stylist to teach you how to use all the products you will be using,” says Martial. “This is very important because you will have time to practice and see what you like and what you are able to achieve.”

3. Consider an in-office beauty treatment.

According to NYC Cosmetic Dermatologist Sejal Shah, founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, “If you are prone to razor bumps or ingrown hairs, now is a good time to see the dermatologist to discuss and start treatments.” She suggests talking to your dermatologist about doing a short series of Clear and Brilliant laser treatments, which help improve the appearance of pores, fine lines, and skin’s tone and texture. Each treatment is about 10 to 20 minutes long and has no down time, something any busy groom can appreciate. Another popular treatment among grooms-to-be three months before their big day is Botox. “A lot of my grooms get Botox before the big day and I generally recommend getting a treatment three to six months before, with a touchup two to four weeks before, if needed,” she says, noting that Botox can take up to three weeks to reveal its full results.

4. Kick your gym plan into high gear.

“Programming a 12-week dense program will be the strongest part of your wedding prep,” tells us Julie Wandzilak, Tier X Coach at Equinox in NYC. “Scheduling out your workouts, cardio, and overall personal calendar to continue the habits you’ve been creating will be crucial to avoid hitting a plateau or lull in your training program.” She recommends doubling down on high intensity workouts twice a week while sticking to a hearty strength program with increased reps (she says to aim for 10 to 12 each time). “This will enhance the ‘leaning out’ process,” she explains. “Separating the strength and cardio here will be important, so we are still focusing on muscle gains on certain parts of the body, but also increasing our cardiac output which both impact metabolism.” Translation: It’s time to get serious at the gym. You’ll be aiming for four to six sweat sessions per week, for the next 12 weeks.

See More: A 6-Month Grooming Guide for the Groom-to-be

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A Men's Grooming Guide for Six Months Before His Wedding

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News flash: While it may not include multiple makeup and hair trials, grooms have some pre-wedding grooming to do, too! After all, it’s his big day too, and not to mention, those wedding photos will last a lifetime. Who wouldn’t want to look their best?

To all men reading this: We’ve got your back, guys. We previously penned the ultimate grooming checklist for men to tackle before their big day. We’re certain these grooming tips will make you look dapper as ever and feel like your most confident self for one of the most important days of your life. No need to get overwhelmed, though, because now we’re breaking it all down, month-by-month.

Here’s an easy-to-follow grooming checklist for men to start six months before their wedding day.

1. Explore a skincare routine.

Hopefully you already have a daily cleanser and sunscreen you love, but in case you’ve forgotten to pay extra attention to your skin, it’s time to get diligent about cleansing and sun protection. Six months is enough time to find a skincare routine that works for you, and we recommend booking an appointment with a dermatologist to get one in place if you haven’t already done so.

Joshua Zeichner, MD and Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai notes that at the six-month mark, he also notices grooms come in for something beyond a skin Rx. “Six months out is when you want to think about treatments like Botox,” he explains. “Get a trial session to make sure you are happy with how you look. Botox last typically three to five months so if you are unhappy [with the results], it will have worn off before the big day.” On the flip side, if you like your smoother forehead and crow’s feet-free eyes, right before the wedding would be the perfect time for a touch up. Either way, it’s definitely something to think about sooner than later.

2. Get your hair game plan in place.

Six months may seem like a lot of time to start thinking about your hair, but NYC-based men’s hairstylist Martial Vivot says it’s an ideal time to get a plan in place. “I always recommend trying out what you have in mind around this time so that if you hate it, you have enough time to grow it back and come up with a new game plan,” he says. Martial says it’s important to communicate effectively with your go-to barber or stylist so that he or she knows exactly what you want for the big day. “Let him or her in on what you’re wearing and the vibe of the wedding,” he explains. “I say this to all my clients because we truly want to tap into who is sitting in our chair and what their personality is—believe it or not, your hair plays a major role in all of that.”

With six months to go, Martial says to look for a really great shampoo and conditioner. “Moisturizing is the key to healthy hair and you should always think of your hair as you would your skin,” he tells us. “Shampoo is like moisturizer for your hair.” He recommends the one from his namesake line to gently rinse hair, balance the scalp, and nourish all hair types.

3. Get the smile of your dreams.

If you’re looking to straighten out your pearly whites to flash the perfect smile on your big day, Candid clear aligners could be an option for you. According to Dr. Lynn Hurst, Candid’s Chief Dental Officer, six months is enough time to straighten teeth in mild to moderate cases. “This gives the groom the time necessary to ensure their smile and oral health are fine tuned for their wedding close-ups,” he says. The price is also right: “Planning a wedding can be a huge financial burden, but Candid’s $88 per month cost is far less expensive than many of the alternative’s pricing, which can cost up to $7,000,” says Dr. Hurst. It’s also an incredibly convenient process that doesn’t require any appointments to see an orthodontist. “With the current wave of new high-tech beauty products and the rise of direct-to-consumer services, access to convenient and affordable grooming products is easier than ever before. Grooms see the appeal of a quicker and less-complicated alternative to braces, especially with their wedding on the horizon,” says Dr. Hurst.

Without having to step foot into an orthodontist’s office, Candid starts the process by sending an impression kit straight to your doorstep, which is ideal for any busy groom-to-be. Based on these impressions, Dr. Hurst explains, “Candid’s team of orthodontic specialists proceed to oversee creation of custom, 3D-printed, FDA-approved aligners.” After receiving your approval, within three weeks, the orthodontist-designed invisible aligners come in the mail and just like that, you’ll be ready to flash your best smile on the most important of days.

See more: The Wedding Beauty Routine You Need to Start 6 Months Before the Big Day

4. Consider hitting the weights.

Whether you’ve been meaning to tone up or have been slacking in the consistency department, there’s no better time than now to get in the gym and hit the weights. Not only does weightlifting help you tone up, it’s a great way to relieve the stress that can come with wedding planning and a boost of energy to kickstart your day. Julie Wandzilak, Tier X Coach at Equinox in NYC, says six months before the wedding gives you enough time to create healthy habits and for your body to respond in a healthy, natural way. “Solidifying a workout routine foundation and forming consistent behaviors will benefit your overall mindset, too.”

“It takes six to eight weeks to see an improvement in body composition and lean muscle gain,” explains Julie, who recommends starting a hypertrophy program for the first four to six weeks of a six-month workout plan. “[This] will kick start the metabolism and also prepare you for leaning out when the wedding approaches.” She recommends doing super sets that target specific muscle groups three to four times a week. By doing so, you’ll “develop lean muscle gains and give your metabolism a boost to start losing the unwanted fat that you’d like to remove before the big day,” Julie says. She also notes, “It’s important to start here because you want to have a solid foundation of lean mass and metabolic base before [you incorporate] higher intensity workouts.”

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The Best Nude Lipstick for Every Bride's Skin Tone

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When it comes to finding the perfect wedding lipstick, one shade does not fit all brides—but a gorgeous neutral is always a good idea. The perfect balance of rose and peach tones creates a universally flattering nude that accentuates your pout, but finding the best hue to complement your skin tone is easier said than done. A sheer wash of rosy pink is perfect for the minimalist bride, while a deeper, terra cotta nude can give off a more glamorous vibe. Either way, there’s a nude lipstick out there for you—and we’re sharing just a few of our favorites below.

Fair to Light Skin Tones

Play up your lips’ rosy undertones with a lipstick that’s slightly pink and has a satin finish. It’s best to steer clear of overly-matte textures when using nude shades to avoid a cake-y finish. If you prefer to take a true neutral approach, look for hints of beige or taupes to achieve that ’90s muted lip.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Nude Kate

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Covergirl Exhibitionist Lipstick in 435 Streaker

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte

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Medium to Tan Skin Tones

The trick to enhancing your skin tone with a neutral lip is to look for shades and texture that won’t read lighter than your skin. Deep rose hues and high-shine finishes with hints of brown will do the trick. Romantic shades with peachy tones will warm up your complexion, too.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick in Ophelia

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Backtalk

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L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Nature’s Blush

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Dark to Deep Skin Tones

A good rule of thumb to follow when looking for a neutral lip color is to look for a shade that matches your skin tone, only warmer and rosier. For dark tones, you can get away with rocking a bronzed version of a rose tone or veering towards a berry hue. The result? A fresh and healthy pout.

Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick in Anais

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Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes Lipcolor in 570 Toasted Truffle

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Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in 406 Antoinette

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See More: The Perfect Wedding Day Lipstick For Your Zodiac Sign

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