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Our Favorite Blow Dryers for Brides Who Don't Have Time to Waste Drying Their Hair

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Nothing feels better than leaving the salon with a fresh blowout, but let’s be real: Those frequent trips to the salon might not exactly fit into your wedding budget. And what bride-to-be has an hour-plus to waste struggling with a low-powered blow-dryer at home? You have a wedding to plan, after all! But as luck would have it, there are a ton of new blow-dryers on the market that will majorly cut down on drying time and give you a silky, bouncy blowout at home. No trip to the salon (or waking up an hour early) necessary.

Scroll on to see the top-rated and best-selling blow-dryers out there, because you have way more important things to do (like tackling that wedding checklist) to waste time drying your locks.

See more: 25 Beautiful Hair Color Shades to Bring to Your Salon Appointment

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The Best Dermatologist-Approved Skincare Products You Can Find in the Drugstore

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From picking the perfect wedding dress and shoes to splurging on just the right hairpiece, your bridal look can get expensive. But luckily, your skincare routine doesn’t have to be. In fact, you can get that bridal glow right at your drugstore with a daily skincare routine full of affordable, dermatologist-approved skincare products.

While you should head to the dermatologist at least six months before the big day for a consultation and start specialized skincare treatments (such as laser treatments or microdermabrasion) at least three months in advance, you can start revamping your daily regimen ASAP with just a stroll through the drugstore aisles. We reached out to dermatologists for their expert opinions on the best drugstore skincare products. Read on to see their top recommendations!

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11 Pretty Yoga Mats For Your Pre-Wedding Workout

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The Best Body Scrubs for Glowing, Honeymoon-Ready Skin

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While you probably already have a lengthy pre-wedding skincare routine in place (with cleansers, serums, moisturizers, the works…), don’t forget that your body deserves just as much TLC as the skin on your face. Luckily, exfoliating is a quick way to get soft, glowing skin all over. Think: smooth, honeymoon-ready legs, ready to take on the beach with your new spouse at your side.

You can buff away dull, dry skin with a dry brush or a loofah, but nothing will leave you quite as radiant as a rich and luxurious body scrub. And in addition to those buffing benefits, exfoliating scrubs can help you get a closer shave and a more even spray tan. There are also scrubs that firm skin, treat scars, and help alleviate body acne—all while hydrating and moisturizing your skin, too. So, what are you waiting for? Get polishing!

We’ve rounded up our favorite body scrubs for exfoliating your way to a lit-from-within, all-over glow. Keep scrolling to see our picks.

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How to Keep Nail Polish From Chipping For Flawless Ring Selfies

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Newly engaged? Let us guess: The first thing you probably did after calling your friends and family was snap a #ringselfie for Instagram. Throughout your engagement, all eyes will be on you and your new bling, so whether you get your manicure done at a favorite nail salon or do it yourself at home, you of course want your manicure to last for always Instagram-ready nails—but how do you keep a manicure from chipping? After all, between wedding planning and your day-to-day, who has time for frequent visits to the nail salon or waiting for polish to dry?

We reached out to the nail experts for their best tips for a long-lasting and chip-free manicure.

Pick Your Polish

When picking a polish, you’ll have to consider more than just which shade will best match your dress. If you want a long-lasting manicure, be sure to do your research. Evelyn Lim, chief educator at Paintbox suggests brides choose acrylics for strength and length or SNS for thin nails, and almost all of our nail experts agreed—for a long-lasting manicure, gel was the way to go. Candice Idehen, owner of Bed of Nails salon, says, “A gel manicure would last you the longest—between two and three weeks. I would advise any bride to opt for the gel! You don’t want to worry about chipping or broken nails on your big day.”

If a gel manicure just isn’t your thing, Idehen recommends Essie’s Gel Couture Polish. This easy-to-remove polish has a gel-like finish and lasts up to ten days. Lim also suggests these gel-like alternatives: CND Vinylux and Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro. These two-step formulas promise long-wear without the UV light required for a gel, as well as easy removal at home. And the kind of polish to skip? Matte. Idehen and Lim agree that not only will a matte finish not last as long, but it is also susceptible to staining and discoloration.

If You Decide to DIY…

If you go the DIY route, Hortūs Nailworks advises that you start your mani with dry, shaped nails. Then, swipe on nail polish remover before applying a base coat. “We like Orly Bonder,” they explain, as the formula will create texture that helps the polish adhere better and last longer. Another key tip for a long-lasting manicure? “Apply each product—including color—thinly and evenly, including the tips of nails.” They note, “Thick coats of polish tend to chip and peel.”

Lastly, you should always finish your manicure with a top coat. Our experts also recommend adding another top coat a few days after your initial manicure, whether you get it done at the salon or at home. Idehen explains, “After the second day of your manicure, I would put another layer of top coat to reseal the polish. Make sure your nails are free of debris before applying.” Cult-favorite Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat and tenoverten’s five-free The Shield are two recommended formulas.

Take Care of Your Hands

While drinking tons of water is essential for brides-to-be, it’s best to keep your freshly manicured hands out of it. Nadine Abramcyk, co-founder of tenoverten tells Brides, “Don’t take a shower within a few hours of getting a manicure and try not to wash your hands as moisture will get trapped in the polish and might lead to early wear.” If avoiding water just isn’t possible, Idehen advises, “If you have to clean, use gloves; and if you must wash your hair, use your finger pads—not your finger nails.” This will help reduce the risk of chipping and fading.

In addition to avoiding water, be sure to keep your hands and cuticles moisturized. Dry hands and nails will lead to dry cuticles and chipped nails, so be sure to apply a hand cream and cuticle oil. Abramcyk suggests moisturizing your hands before bed, allowing the skin to heal and hydrate overnight.

See more: 10 Wedding Nail Ideas for the Girl Who Would Never Wear French Tips

Prep for Nail Emergencies

No matter how careful you are, from chipped polish to broken nails, anything can happen on or before your big day. If you don’t have time to make it to the salon, there are a few quick fixes. A broken or chipped nail can be filed down until it’s even. If the polish has chipped, simply apply the same color over the chip and reapply the top coat. If your nail is broken beyond repair, Idehen suggests grabbing a press-on nail and filing and painting it to match the rest of your nails. If all else, call your nail tech—she knows best!

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The Best Hair Masks and Deep Conditioners to Treat Your Tresses

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With your wedding date quickly approaching, you’re likely doubling down on the big-day prep. Maybe you’re adding complexion-clearing smoothies to your morning routine, frequenting your favorite facialist, or finding new ways to de-stress from all the last-minute planning. With a schedule that jam-packed, it’s easy for busy brides to forget to prep their locks for the big day, especially when their wedding ‘do will likely be handled by a pro. Thankfully, it’s oh-so easy and incredibly fast to give your hair that much needed pre-wedding TLC, simply by adding a weekly deep conditioner or hair mask into your haircare routine.

These intensive, nourishing formulas work to undo damage, dryness, and breakage, while also getting your hair ready for all that wedding styling that lies ahead. Below, we’ve rounded up all of our favorite hair masks for every hair type and every budget. If you have five to 10 minutes to spare, you have enough time to try out the one best suited for you. (Yes, you can have soft, wedding-worthy hair in the time it takes you to text your “Bridesmaids ❤️” group chat!)

Keep scrolling to see our picks.

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