Destination I Do
Monday, October 31, 2011

Destination Wedding Beauty: Philosophy to the Rescue!

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Philosophy

As a busy bride planning a destination wedding, convenience is key without sacrificing quality. For your beauty regimen, we have an idea for a one-stop-shop place for your makeup, skin care, fragrance, gifts and bath & body. Philosophy was founded in 1996 and believes that beauty starts with gorgeous looking skin. To learn more about the company’s philosophy about a woman’s inner and outer beauty visit

We at Destination I Do pride ourselves on never recommending a product, destination or service without first seeing it ourselves. Philosophy was kind enough to send us some of their best selling products to try out and here’s what we thought:

Summer Grace Fragrance

This spray fragrance is precisely what its name implies. The bright, warm fragrance is distinctly floral. For me, floral scents often remind me of my childhood and sometime seem a little juvenile. However, Summer Grace, is sophisticated and warm. I’ve taken to wearing it every day and have gotten lots of compliments. Philosophy designed the fragrance to “make a woman feel the lighthearted happiness and ease of summer.” If you’re interested be sure to find a Philosophy location near you and snatch up a bottle or two ASAP as the fragrance is only seasonal. It comes in a 2 oz bottle and retails for $40.

Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser

I was really excited to try this facial cleanser, as I had never tried any of Philosophy’s skin care products before. Purity Made Simple is a mineral, oil-free facial cleansing oil and is sold in a 5.8 oz bottle for $25. The first thing I noted was that the solution is really runny. To be honest it’s a bit too thin for the pour cap it comes with and I had a hard time controlling how much I dispensed into my hands. It’s designed to be used on slightly damp skin, so if you’re used to washing your face in the shower, this cleanser really works better with just a wet washcloth. Purity Made Simple had a great earthy smell without being overwhelming and I could tell that the cleanser is made with all-natural oils. I live in Arizona, so I was a little worried that the cleanser would make my skin oily, but it rinsed away completely and left my skin feeling clean. Purity Made Simple is exactly that: simple. So, if you like your cleanser to hit you over the head (warming grapefruit, anyone?), then this isn’t the cleanser for you. However, for those out there who don’t have major skin issues and want something gentle, Purity Made Simple is just the ticket.

Miracle Worker Moisturizer

This moisturizer is described as a “miraculous anti-aging fluid” and has spf 55. Living in Arizona in the summertime, it’s often hard to find a moisturizer that doesn’t leave your skin feeling sweaty and straight-up icky. But, we desperately need the spf protection and this moisturizer offers both uva & uvb protection. Philosophy’s Miracle Worker Moisturizer was light and didn’t leave a greasy residue. In fact, if you suffer from dry skin then you will probably need an additional moisturizer. We used Miracle Worker for just under a month and didn’t see any anti-aging results. However, it’s loaded with antioxidants and with the high spf, it’s likely to help fend-off future wrinkles and sunspots. For those who wear foundation, my makeup went over the moisturizer beautifully and I didn’t have any problems. Miracle Worker Moisturizer comes in a 1.7 oz bottle for $55.

To find out more about your own skin and how Philosophy can help, they have a great Skin Care Quiz on their web site to help you navigate the maze of products. For more Philosophy product reviews, stay tuned for the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of Destination I Do.

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