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For us, Summer is all about weekends at the beach, getting together with friends, relaxing at the park, and simply scaling back a tight everyday schedule. Summer also brings in the heat, and you need products that will help you survive it. We’ve put together a list of beauty essentials, sure to keep you cool and looking your best.


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Essence of Beauty Body Mist in Blue Ocean

With its blend of light scents— that remind us of cool ocean waves and fresh air— this body mist will keep you feeling like you’re at the shore, even if you are still sitting at your desk. $5.99,





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Revlon Extra Life No Chip Top Coat

Whether we’re playing in the sand, swimming in the pool or washing dishes, we use this essential, high-gloss top coat to keep our brightly-colored manicures in tip top shape for up to two weeks. $5.49,





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St. Ives Cellulite Shield Gel Creme

Gym visits are necessary for our overall health, but spending time outdoors is so much more fun in the Summer. To help us look our best, we recruited this powerful and hydrating creme to fight cellulite and leave our skin feeling smooth and looking more even-toned. This formula absorbs fast and includes ingredients like caffeine and citrus extracts work to energize, rejuvenate and stimulate circulation in the skin. $7.99,



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Nivea Lip Care A Kiss Of Protection, SPF 30

This long-lasting lip balm protects lips from damaging UV rays, prevents your pout from drying out and leaves them feeling silky smooth thanks to ingredients like Jojoba oil and Shea butter. $2.49, 



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Colgate Wisp

We love this pocket-sized disposable toothbrush. It fits in our purse, beach bag or glove compartment, and is perfect for keeping our breath fresh and teeth clean on-the-go, no matter where we go. Sugar-free. $2.59,




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L’Oreal EverPure UV Protect Spray

We admit, we’ve been stretching time between our haircolor appointments these days, but we couldn’t do it without a little help. A few sprays of this on our tresses before we finish our style not only adds moisture to our already dehydrated hair, but protects it from UV rays, thus helping our color look vibrant and healthy longer. $8.99,

nude_IMG.jpgFoundations are the best product for creating a more even, flawless complexion. With so many formulations on the market these days, we care most about finding the ones that feel lightweight but give us the coverage we desire. Now that we’re moving into the warm-weather months, these requirements also need to be teamed up with long-lasting finishes that won’t melt away. The following picks are some of our favorites, and for you recessionistas, all cost less than $40.


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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 provides a natural-looking, semi-matte finish on normal/combination to oily skin and stays fresh-looking for up to 15 hours. While it hides every flaw, it feels amazingly light and doesn’t smudge or rub off on our clothes. Oil-free, fragrance-free. $33.50,





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CoverGirl Smoothers AquaSmooth Cream Foundation is a truly affordable foundation perfect for those with a more dry skintype. We love that this goes on smooth, is easy to apply and gives flawless coverage without a heavy makeup feeling. Special light-reflecting pigments help minimize the appearance of fine lines and imperfections so you can feel confidant in your own skin. $10.11,



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MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is great to apply especially when we’re on-the go. This foundation is designed to be used dry, and the fine-milled powders and pigments create a matte, velvety texture that leaves skin looking smooth and fresh. Apply with a brush, powder or sponge. $26,



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Revlon Age Defying Makeup SPF 15 W/Botafirm for Dry Skin works well for mature skin types and provides excellent coverage without looking fake. This foundation is specially designed to help remove fine lines and moisturize the skin all day long while visibly softening facial features for a glowing, youthful look. Also available in a normal/combination skin formula. $13.99,



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Shiseido The Makeup Fluid Foundation provides skin with a light, refreshing texture and a translucent matte finish. Fabulous for all skintypes, The Makeup moisturizes skin and minimizes flaws, but still offers varied coverage, from light to full, without heaviness. $37.50,


Now that the heat is rising, more trips to the pool or beach will be occurring. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice looking your best. You should, however, consider investing in a few water-resistant products to prevent makeup meltdown. Then, should you choose to splash around, you’ll know your makeup isn’t running down your face. Here is an assortment of amazing products that will stay in place all day and keep you looking gorgeous— wet or dry.



For face:

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Clinique Work-Out Makeup will keep your skin looking flawless even while you work you way through those high-impact kickboxing classes. This long-wearing liquid makeup stands up well through heat, humidity and much needed dips in the pool. $20.50,




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Becca Beach Tint is a water-resistant lip and cheek stain that wears beautifully all day. The blendable, non-greasy formula suits all skin types, dries to a perfect, streak-free finish, and each shade is scented in its synonymous name: Watermelon, Peach and Raspberry. $25,




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Benefit She Laq will turn your non-waterproof mascara, eye shadows, and liners into splash-resistant wonders because of its “magic” sealing ability. Trust us, use this and your makeup will stay put. Comes with a complete set of mini brushes. $30,




For eyes and lashes:


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Max Factor 2000 Calorie Aqua Lash Mascara provides all the lash-building properties we have loved for years, but in a water-proof version. The gel-based formula coats lashes in rich color that dries to keep moisture out, but without drying our lashes out. $5.49,




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Make Up Forever Pearly Waterproof Eyeshadow Pencil is specially formulated to deliver rich, pigmented, long-lasting color that can withstand any damp condition. We love that we can also use these to line our peepers for an ultra bright-eyed look. $18,




For lips:


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Philosophy The Super Natural Lip Pencil gives lips a natural, your-lips-but-better hue and really lasts. We love that we can define and add subtle color to our lips and coat it with our favorite sheer gloss for an effortless lip look. $12.50,



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 L’Oreal Infallible LipColour is an affordable, long-lasting lip color that really stands up to the test. Even hours after spending the day in and out of the water, this still sticks to our lips as if it were our own natural lip color. $11.99,

top10sunlesstnnrs.jpgSummer is the perfect time to give yourself a more tan, glowing complexion, but getting too much sun isn’t the healthiest. For this reason, we have compiled a list of the best self-tanners for 2009 that will help you get the bronze look you desire without the risk of damaging your skin.

Best Overall Application

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Clarins Delicious Self-Tanning Cream- We love this cream because it’s easy to use and formulated with aloe vera to moisturize and cocoa beans to help prevent premature aging. Its golden color guarantees you don’t miss a spot, and because it comes in a tub rather than a spray can, you won’t be cleaning up spots all over your bathroom after applying. $42,



Best for Face

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Jergens Natural Glow Daily Facial Moisturizer- For an everyday glow and the protection of SPF 20, this oil-free moisturizing facial self-tanner delivers the perfect amount of natural-looking color. It absorbs quickly and wears well under makeup. $7.49,






Best For Travel

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L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes are packaged in individual wrappers, making them perfect for travel. One towelette is enough to cover our entire body, and the result is a natural-looking tan— no orange in sight. We found it best to apply in a circular motion for a streak-free finish. The smell isn’t our favorite, but subsides after a day. $8.99 for 6,




Most Dependable

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Neutrogena Sun Fresh Foam should be in your sunless tanning arsenal if it isn’t already. Cherished by its loyal users for years, this citrus-smelling foam goes on clear, develops a golden glow in a few hours and dries quickly once applied. $9.99,





Best Import

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Lancaster Easy Bronze Milky Spray SPF 6- As the authority in the field of prestige sun-care products in Europe’s, we now have access to these best sellers. Easy Bronze Milky Spray can be applied at any angle, even upside-down, making it very user-friendly. The result is a streak-free golden glow that lasts for days. $27,






Best For Customization

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Aveeno Continuous Radiance Moisturizing Lotion- The innovative, dual-chambered package has a dial design that allows the user to choose the depth of color to be applied and can be readjusted until the desired shade of bronze is met. $12.99,





Best Fool-Proof Kit

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Mystic Tan Perfect Tan Kit for Face ensures the perfect tan with its 3-step system. Gone are the days of over-application thanks to the uber-genius base that increases color depth and saturation in all the right places. $54,






Best Multi-Purpose Formula 

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Hourglass Solar Tan Self-Tanning Primer is just what we gals-on-the-go love. A primer and self-tanner in one, this glow-giving product leaves skin moisturized and prepped for your foundation. Subtle color develops over five days for a more radiant, natural look. $60,





Best Smelling Formula 

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Bliss A Tan For All Seasons- A user favorite, this antioxidant-rich formula provides a gradual, believable color without the typical “self tanner stink” thanks citrus-scented odor-repelling actives that mask the smell of DHA. $36,






Fastest Dark Tan 

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Bare Escentuals Faux Tan- This super-hydrating formula dries quickly and delivers instant color ensuring you won’t miss a spot. Maximum color develops in a few hours and lasts for up to a week. We recommend wearing gloves to apply this one, as the formula is highly tinted. $22,

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With the weather heating up, we feel it’s essential to have the best protection possible. There is nothing worse than catching a whiff of your own underarm umm…odor, and having to worry throughout the day whether or not others smell it, too (so embarrassing!). 

The following is a list of products we have tried and tested for you, and trust us, they really work.



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Mitchum for Women Clear Gel Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant is certainly the best of the best. We were most impressed with how effective it is. The alcohol-free formula won’t sting your underarms, the clear finish ensures you won’t leave any trace on your clothes and of course, you can be confident all day. $4.99,




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Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant comes in a lotion form, but never left us feeling sticky. This isn’t irritating, leaves our skin feeling smooth, and keeps us dry and smelling fresh all day long. Our biggest tip is to be sure to let it dry completely before getting dressed, and once it does, it stays put. $11.50,





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Degree Woman Clinical Protection Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant is applied at night to give the best odor and wetness fighting protection. We love this, especially when we have early morning workouts planned— no need for our groggy selves to remember to do anything but get dressed. $6.99,



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Secret Flawless Invisible Solid provides us with a feminine scent that that goes on light and softens our skin, thanks to Olay conditioners, but works to keep the wetness at bay. We love that this too goes on clear, and leaves us feeling confident enough to brave the hottest weather. $5.49,




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Adidas Women Cotton Tech Aluminium Free Deodorant is amazing if you are desiring an aluminum-free anti-perspirant/deodorant that actually works. We found this product kept us dry and odor free all day, has a fresh, clean scent and appealed to our health-conscious side. $3.75,


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