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Bare Essentials

Polish your act: That sleek, pampered look doesn't have to break your budget. This summer, get trimmed, buffed, and tinted in a top salon at barber-shop prices.

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Craving a pre-summer beauty break? This spring, polished Palm Beach grooming is more than a sneaky indulgence -- smooth skin, neat nails, and a lush mane are practically essential for your new, pulled-together wardrobe. Top-drawer treatments are a cinch for those with third homes in Florida, but for the rest of us they could spell financial disaster. So "Sales & Bargains" has made a few pampering deals. Just mention the magazine when booking times between now and June 8, bring this page (yes, you can keep it), and tip as you would on the full price (and please, only one visit to each place with this offer).

The Cut: At Oscar Blandi's luxe Plaza digs, you'll pay a mere $50 for a cut any day during this offer and on Mondays for the rest of the summer (prices usually start at $90). The Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Ave., at 59th St., mezzanine (212-593-7930).

The Color: For a head of subtle, natural-looking highlights, try Angela Cosmai, a cozy, antiques-filled space where a full head of subtle, natural-looking highlights will cost you only $80 (prices usually start at $250). Angela Cosmai, 16 W. 55th St., second floor (212-541-5820).

The Bounce: For shiny, smooth, healthy locks, try a shampoo with a half-hour deep-conditioning treatment of your choice for $25 (usually $55) at Frederic Fekkai Beauté de Provence. Monday to Wednesday only. Frederic Fekkai, 15 E. 57th St., floor T-1 (212-753-9500).

Sleek, Smooth Skin: For a fuzz-free body and face, make your way to the glam HR Beauty Gallery and get half off waxing anywhere you want (prices usually range from $15 for a lip wax to $35 for a bikini wax to $70 for a full-leg wax). Tuesday to Thursday only. HR Beauty Gallery, 135 Spring St. (212-343-9963).

The Tan: Pretty floral skirts demand tanned legs. For color without health risk, try The Spa at Equinox's 70-minute sea-salt scrub and self-tanner application for $50 (usually $105). Weekdays only. Equinox, 205 E. 85th St. (212-396-9611); 140 E. 63rd St. (212-750-4671); 1633 Broadway, near 50th St. (212-541-7000).

The Brows: Designer Melanie Daniels at the John Barrett Salon in Bergdorf Goodman is a favorite for perfect, natural-looking brows. For you, the first try is $20 (usually $50). No appointment necessary; Tuesday to Saturday only. Bergdorf Goodman, ninth floor (212-872-2700).

The Feet: Sink into a cozy chair at the Away Spa and Gym, and relax as your toes are perfected for a mere $20 (usually $40) -- those new python sandals will thank you for it. Sunday to Wednesday only. The W Hotel, 541 Lexington Ave., at 49th St., fourth floor (212-407-2970).

Picks of the Week

Max Mara and Marina Rinaldi are clearing loads of women's styles for spring (pictured), plus fall leftovers at less than half-price, from $69 for skirts to $339 for suits. Sizes 2-20. Parsons School of Design, 560 Seventh Ave., at 40th St.; A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Wed. 9-6:30, Thurs. till 5; 5/8-5/11.

Colette Malouf's pretty, girly hair things and jewelry (at stores like Jeffrey) are half off at her sale: from $5 for ponytail holders to $150 for glass-beaded chokers. 594 Broadway, near Prince St., Suite 1216 (212-941-9588); M.C., V.; Thurs.- Fri. 4-7; 5/11-5/12.

Trussardi's sharp Italian clothes and bags are up to 70 percent off. Men's belts are from $35, women's leather jeans are $250, and python bags are $400. 20 W. 57th St., sixth floor (212-246-9860); A.E., M.C., V.; Wed.-Fri. 9-6, Thurs. till 7; 5/10-5/12.

Rena Lange Red and Blue, John Richmond, and Geen Morgan's sexy, casual women's samples are 60 percent off, from $40 to $300. Sizes 6-8. Moschillo, 730 Fifth Ave., near 57th St., Suite 604 (212-246-6724); M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 10-5; 5/8-5/26.

UNI*FORM by Gemma Kahng's colorful spring basics for women are 60 to 80 percent off at the sale, from $35 for knit tops to $200 for a coat. 224 Centre St., sixth floor (212-274-8773); cash only; Wed.-Thurs. 10-7, Fri. till 6; 5/10-5/12.


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