The Ultimate Summer Beauty Guide

Sun, warm weather, shorts… yep, summer is (almost) here. Stock your makeup bag with these summer essentials to get you through the season. 

1. Summer Beauty Guide: REN Body Contouring

REN Body Contouring Anti-Cellulite Gel:

Infused with pepper rose spice, caffeine, red algae and escin from horse chestnut, the REN Anti-Cellulite gel helps reduce the formation of fat lobule below the skin. Translation? It stops cellulite before it forms. It smooths and firms legs, plus delivers a cooling sensation.

$48, Available at renskincare.com beginning July 2012


2. Summer Beauty Guide: John Frieda Thermal Serum

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum Thermal Protection Formula:

Fight off that pesky summer frizz with this serum! John Frieda’s Thermal Protection Formula protects your hair from heat tools, such as flat irons, and against all the UV exposure you’ll be dealing with when lounging by the pool.

$9.99, drugstores nationwide


3. Summer Beauty Guide: Lancome Bronzer

Lancome Star Bronzer Bamboo Bronzer in Spice Island:

Get that tanned look without the harmful rays with this bronzer.

$46, Lancome.com


4. Summer Beauty Guide: Deborah Lippmann polish

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Mermaid’s Dream:

Nothing makes us think about summer more than the ocean blue, so this nail polish just the thing for this season. Plus, the name is kind of perfect, no?

$18, deborahlippmann.com


5. Summer Beauty Guide: Oribe Travel Set

Oribe Beautiful Color Travel Set:

Weekend getaways, long family vacations – whatever the case, colored hair needs something to protect is 24/7, and this new product is the key! Hairstylist Oribe has created a new way to protect and extend the life of color-treated hair while you’re on the go. The set includes convenient single use packets that are airline approved and able to travel anywhere with you.

$19.50, oribe.com


6. Summer Beauty Guide: Avon Skin So Soft

Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535 Expedition SPF 30:

This product combines sun and insect protection with just one spray and comes with the option of getting an aerosol or pump spray. It contains strong and long-lasting repellency against mosquitoes, deer ticks, sand flies, gnats and biting midges. Perfect for a day at the beach or park!

$14 to $16, avon.com


7. Summer Beauty Guide: Sally Hansen Hair Remover

Sally Hansen Simply Smooth Hair Remover:

Get shorts-ready with this depilatory cream that will do away with any nicks and cuts that come from shaving. This water-resistant formula works as you complete your regular shower routine, and removes hair in as little as three minutes. Best part? Six days of smoothness and there’s no odor!

$10.99, drugstores nationwide


8. Summer Beauty Guide: Sally Hansen Bump Spray

Sally Hansen Zero Bumps Bikini Spray:

Want to be hair-free when sporting your favorite bikini, but stressed over the irritation and bumps that arise from shaving? Say bye-bye to stress! Mist on this soothing spray with a micro-spray applicator to soothe, smooth and eliminate bumps and irritation. The fast-acting formula is instantly absorbed without the tackiness of creams and gels, and leaves a fresh vanilla scent.

$7.99, drugstores nationwide


9. Summer Beauty Guide: Smashbox

Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette:

This palette features some of the coolest summer shades picked by Smashbox’s studio artists. Use the brighter hues to add a pop of color for daytime glam, then layer on the sultrier, darker shades to create a captivating look for hot summer nights.

$48, smashbox.com

Smashbox Shades of  Fame Lip Gloss:

A travel-sized collection of five glosses that will definitely get your lips noticed.

$29, smashbox.com


10. Summer Beauty Guide: bareMinerals Sunscreen

bareMinerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen:

Vitamins A, C & E in this sunscreen will melt into your skin to provide an extra boost of essential nutrients and antioxidants for sun-exposed skin.

$28, bareminerals.com 


11. Summer Beauty Guide: bareMinerals Moisturizer

bareMinerals Advanced Protection SPF 20 Moisturizer:

A first for Bare Escentuals, this moisturizer provides balanced hydration and effective protection against sun’s harmful rays and is made for those with normal to dry skin and combination skin.

$30, bareminerals.com 

12. Summer Beauty Guide: Callus Smoother

CND Callus Smoother:

This dual-surfaced pedicure tool reduces and smoothes tough calluses and hardened skin on the heels and soles of the feet. (So you don’t have to feel ashamed to wear those cute sandals you been dying to show off!)

$29.95, cnd.com

13. Summer Beauty Guide: CND Shellac Polish

CND Shellac Power Polish in Tutti Frutti:

Hate sitting around waiting for your nails to dry? In a rush to jump in the water? Then CND’s Shellac Power Polish is the answer to all your woes. Shellac paints on like polish – base coat, color, top coat – and is cured in a UV light so there is zero dry time. Plus, it comes in 36 super cute and unique colors like our favorite Tutti Frutti shade.

professional service, CND Shellac manicures range from $30 – 45, cnd.com for salons

14. Summer Beauty Guide: Detangler Brush

Cricket Detangler Brush:

Whether you’ve gone for a swim or just got out the shower, detangling your hair can be a real pain. This brush helps detangle and smooth out your hair with ease. It comes in three different colors: vibrant pink, blue or green.

$8.49, cricketco.com