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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 #3

Gentle cleanser: Get your face ready for its poolside close up with a gentle but effective facial cleanser that will zap oil without over drying. We love Lush Aqua Marina Cleanser ($11) but don't get spooked by its untraditional appearance. This product is truly all natural and while nature isn't always pretty, in this case it leads to very pretty results. The calming cleanser is formulated for all skin types and is particularly effective at reducing redness with the help of calamine and aloe.

Summer essential #4

Firming moisturizer: Summer means showing a lot more skin, so it's important to keep your body moisturized. We love a product that does triple duty, which is why we'll be keeping our legs soft and toned with Nivea Body Firming Moisturizer ($12).  It moisturizes, firms and sunless tans your skin --  one simple step to bikini ready skin!

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