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10 Summer beauty essentials

Erica Mayyasi is a Red Sox fan in Manhattan. After stints at various magazines she now works full-time in public relations, though she continues to write for a number of sites including her blog etsymay.blogspot.com.

Sunny season must-haves

Summer is finally here! With each season comes a different set of beauty needs, so what should you stock up on for this sunny season? We'll get you started with our top ten summer beauty essentials.

Summer essential #1  

Sunscreen:  It's no big secret that sunscreen is an absolute summer necessity. Save your skin from the sun's harmful rays and preserve it for the future with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Unlike the goopy and smelly sunscreens you're probably used to, bareMinerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen ($28) is a lightweight mineral powder that feels barely-there and won't clog your pores. It also comes in a range of shades so you can match the powder to your skin tone.

Summer essential #2

Lip Balm with SPF: Just like the rest of your face, your lips need protection from the harmful effects of the sun. Burt's Bees Lifeguard's Choice Lip Balm ($3) is specially formulated for people who face extreme weather, whether it's sun or snow, and will keep your lips soft and hydrated even after an entire day at the beach.

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