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Shopping for summer: Beauty must-haves

Brianna Martinez is a graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. She received her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis in digital media. After graduating, she jo...

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Though it's thoroughly heating up outside, it doesn't mean our makeup and skin care products have to melt away with it! Check out our beauty must-haves for summer and get to shopping so you can beat the heat.

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All about SPF

One of the most crucial beauty must-haves of summer is sunscreen, or moisturizer with a double-digit SPF. Whether you live in a climate where the average temps hover around 75 degrees or 115 degrees, you can't hide from those rays. Try this all-natural SPF 30 sunscreen by J.R. Watkins that protects against UV A, B and C rays. The fresh aloe and green tea scent don't hurt either.

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BB Cream

BB creams are gaining recognition everywhere for their multi-action benefits. Among the many up-and-coming BB creams out there, this smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream is a top-rated best-seller. With SPF 35, it primes, perfects, hydrates, protects and controls oil. You'll be ready for your close-up!

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Eye nourishment

With the sun's harsh rays and those long road trips in the summer, it's important to keep those bright eyes, without puffiness. Keeping fine lines at bay is more than possible with this Creamy Eye Treatment with avocado by Kiehl's. It keeps the skin around your eyes silky and soft -- you'll look completely rested after a long night out on the boat.

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Stay soft

If you live in a desert climate then dry heat is one of your worst enemies this time of year. Keep your skin soft and moisturized with this J.R. Watkins Baby Balm. It will soothe your skin as well as your baby's, making it an ideal and dual-action product for Mom's purse. The convenient stick application makes it mess-free, too!

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Tinted lip balm

Summer is a casual season when you may not want to don a full-colored pout. That's where Maybelline's Baby Lips come in. Not only does this tinted lip balm have SPF 20 protection, but it makes your lips silky-smooth. The fun pale colors and sweet scent are another bonus!

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Sea salt spray

If you don't have access to a beach nearby,  how can you get those perfectly tousled beach waves? Josie Maran's Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist Texture Volume & Moisture spray will deliver that natural just-left-the-waterside look for you. Just spritz onto your strands this mineral-rich spray with Himalayan pink sea salt and argan oil for perfect waves, on and off the beach.

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Nail happiness

It's great to have a little color to your skin for summertime, but make sure your nails have some color too. Keep it soft and subtle with mints, lilacs and peaches, or step out of the box with neon yellow or screaming pink. This Mint Candy Apple nail polish by Essie is refreshing and has a lot of personality -- perfect for summer.

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Body scrub

Since you're naturally showing more skin in the summer, make sure you have no rough, dry patches. A natural body scrub will whisk away those unsightly spots. Try this deliciously scented Coconut Sugar and Shea Body Scrub by J.R. Watkins for fresh, sweet-smelling, soft skin.

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Bright eyes

In a heat wave, swiping on eyeshadow and eyeliner can be too much of a smudgy, melty effort. Instead, try something more long-lasting. This Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner by Bobbi Brown is a real crowd-pleaser. It stays on all day and effortlessly glides onto your lids. Brighten up your eyes with the different colors and forget all about the sticky summer.

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Heat Wave (literally)

Embrace the heat with bold red lips. Blazing lips are always fun and trendy in the summer, so why not live a little? Get siren-ready in this Semi-Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave by NARS with orange undertones for a bright look. Pair with a subtle eye look and a black LBD for the ultimate summer night look.

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