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Kick Off Summer With 50 Must-Try Beauty Finds

Jun 27 2012 - 12:51pm

Summer is finally here, and we're kicking things off by highlighting 50 of our favorite beauty finds for the season. Nail polish, lip color, frizz tamers, sunscreens, and more — it's all here, and it's all good. Read on to see what we're loving, and don't be surprised if you find a product (or 10) to love.

Additional reporting by Jaime Richards, Jessica Cruel, and Maria Del Russo

Source: Flickr user Yopuz [1]

Give Me the Kure

Straight from Paris, this nontoxic nail polish comes in the on-trend colors you'll want for your next pedicure. Note to impatient at-home manicurists: the formula dries in a snap.

Kure Bazaar Nail Polish [2] ($16 each)

Frizz Tamer

Humidity is public enemy No. 1 for frizz-prone hair. Thankfully, this leave-in conditioner keeps locks silky and smooth without weighing you down.

Bumble and Bumble Leave-In Conditioner [3] ($23)

Shine On

Heat and humidity don't stand a chance against these cream shadows. Beautifully blendable and creasing-resistant, they make an excellent base for powder shadows (or just wear them on their own).

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow [4] ($24)

Heirloom Quality

Clinique [5]'s ever-popular Chubby Sticks just expanded with eight new shades to tint, moisturize, and delight lips. We love this powerful red, which pretty much begs to be worn on a sunny day.

Clinique Chubby Stick in Two Ton Tomato [6] ($16)

Clean Sweep

Smooth skin is sexy, and these glycolic acid pads reveal a fresher, more glowing body. Use them before applying self-tanner, and you're practically guaranteed to be streak-free.

Cane+Austin Retexturizing Bodypads [7] ($70)

Shine Stopper

Whether you're posing for photos at a BBQ or running between meetings, it's easy to succumb to a shiny forehead. These pads keep your face looking cool — even when the thermometer says otherwise.

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets [8] ($5)

Warm It Up

Matte bronzer looks natural for daytime, but for night, try bringing both shimmer and warmth to your cheeks. This one has a pink-meets-bronze tint and a pretty sheen.

Colorescience Mineral Bronzer Powder [9] ($50)

Gold Rush

A close shave is a must, so say adios to both stubble and dryness with a moisturizing gel. Formulated with the scientists at Olay [10], this shea butter-infused formula is a dry-skin savior — and the gold packaging is a winner too.

Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel [11] ($3)

Firmly Fragrant

Technically, this lightweight and eco-friendly body moisturizer is intended to hydrate and help firm up "mature" skin. But the fresh, herbal scent has ageless appeal.

Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Body Moisturizer [12] ($32, originally $43)

Orange Crush

The orange lip craze doesn't have to be as daunting as it seems. Stick to a tinted balm to keep your lips as on-trend as they are moisturized.

Korres Lip Butter in Mango [13] ($12)

Lash Look

Waterproof mascara helps you keep the raccoon eyes at bay, whether you're going for a dip or just heading into the humid air.

Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Waterproof Mascara [14]($9)

Sparkle Motion

Ultraglittery lip gloss is best left for that Deee-Lite reunion, but a gloss that sparkles and shimmers? Call it a perfectly pearly interpretation of shine.

Mirabella Colour Luxe Lip Gloss [15] ($26)

Across the Universe

Color expert Pantone [16] teamed up with Sephora [17] to create this 35-shadow eye palette. If this rainbow of hues doesn't tempt you to experiment with color, then we don't know what will.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shades of Nature Eye Shadow Palette [18] ($55)

Garden Variety

Elton John turned to his garden to create this fresh, floral candle. Hyacinth, freesia [19], rose, and jasmine combine beautifully, bringing the garden inside when it's too hot to go outside.

Nest Sir Elton John Woodside Garden Candle [20] ($38)

Salty Language

Love beauty with a healthy dose of attitude? This sea salt scrub keeps your arms and legs smooth, and the cheeky name is bound to bring a smile every time.

Soap & Glory Scrub 'em and Leave 'em Body Buff [21] ($18)

Just a Tint

It's Summer, so swap your heavy foundation for something lighter and nourishing. This tinted moisturizer also has sunscreen, which is a complete necessity this time of year.

Sonia Kashuk Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 ($12 at Target)

Light and Steady

Not all sunscreens protect equally. We like this lightweight, paraben-free SPF 50 because it's formulated to remain stable in the sun — which is exactly where you'd use it.

Kiehl's Activated Sun Protector Sunscreen [22] ($23)

Cool Cucumber

Perfectly packaged for travel, these oil-free cloths remove dirt, debris, and that very last bit of stubborn mascara you thought would never come off.

Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes [23] ($5)

Poolside Punch

Summer calls for hot hues in both fashion and makeup. So complement your bright bikini with this tangerine lipstick. It was created for J. Crew.

Face Stockholm For J.Crew Lipstick in Frech Martini [24] ($20)

Nice Buns

The bun, whether it's a topknot or a chignon, is the style to try this season. Make it simple with this tool that takes out the need for ponytail holders and bobby pins. Easy!

Goody Bun Spiral [25] ($8)

Rave Review

Heading to a music festival? This top coat changes colors in the sun, and it glows white under black light. So trippy.

Sephora by OPI UV Effects Top Coat [26] ($10)

Prime Anytime

This hydrating primer ensures smooth skin, even in the highest temperatures. Plus, it's travel-sized, so it's ready for a desert road trip.

Smashbox Travel-Size Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer [27] ($17)

Hit the Waves

Effortless-looking, low-maintenance hair should be your goal this season. This spritz, which includes moisturizing argan oil and pink sea salt, delivers easy textured waves.

Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist [28] ($22)

Forever Yours

Twenty-four hours may seem like a long time for your waterproof mascara to last. But when you're heading from beach to pool to party, why wouldn't you want that much staying power?

CoverGirl LashBlast 24 Hour Mascara [29] ($8)

Graphic Artist

Try the graphic eyeliner trend with bold new colors. This liquid liner comes in bright pink, bronze, and gold, and a precision point lets you make perfect, fluid lines.

Lancome Artliner Waterproof [30] ($30)

Pop(py) of Color

Brighten your manicure and pedicure with this bright tangerine tone. It pairs with every ensemble, from a laid-back romper to a sequined cocktail dress.

Becca Nail Colour in Tangerine Dream [31] ($15)

Water Down

Instantly refresh your complexion with this ultrafine mist. The classic, mineral-rich spritzer also helps set and revitalize makeup, making your cosmetics wear better and longer.

Evian Mineral Water Spray [32] ($11)

Do the Wave

Beachy waves are where it's at, but if you prefer a hint of shine to your texturized strands, then try this light volumizer instead. Whipped like cream, the spicy, citrus-scented product even helps protect hair from UV damage.

Aveda Light Elements Texturizing Creme [33] ($24)

It's Easy Bein' (Blue-)Green

Smudge a bit of this budge-proof shadow along your lower lash lines, and you've instantly turned the volume up. The shade makes eyes look wide and bright and is nowhere near as brash and '80s as you'd expect.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Eye Shadow in Turquoise [34] ($23)

Hit the Matte

Some matte foundations can look dull, but this one is different. Wear this long-lasting base in a half-shade darker than your usual; you'll get a slight faux tan illusion.

Clinique Stay Matte Oil-Free Makeup [35] ($23)

High Brow

While you may never be fully dressed without a smile, well-groomed brows count too. Available in two shades, taupe and medium brown, this feathery soft pencil gives brows a polished finish.

Tarte Emphaseyes Clay Waterproof Brow Pencil [36] ($20)

A Fabulous Foaming Cleanser

Sing along with us now: burdock, sage, rosemary, and lemon. Not only do these key ingredients help to thoroughly cleanse skin, but they also smell like a dream.

Pevonia Botanica Phyto-Gel Cleanser [37] ($30)

Blemishes Banished

We can all get a little careless about our skin care routines when the mercury rises, causing a whole slew of blemish woes. Help blast away acne while you sleep with these complexion-clearing pads, which contain salicylic acid to smooth and treat.

Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Acne Pads [38] ($39)

When Cool Meets Warm

If you like neutral shadows but long for something unique, then you'll love this three-color palette. Shimmery silver, subtle peachy pink, and matte apricot tones come together for the ultimate light, smoky eye.

Nars Trio Eye Shadow in Ramatuelle [39] ($45)

Lit From Within

Bronze + pink + peach = a natural, sun-kissed complexion. That's exactly what you'll get with this skin-brighting palette, which has just the tiniest touch of shimmer for a healthy, lit-from-within glow.

Pixi Bronze Bloom Trio in No. 1 Bronzette [40] ($28)

High and Dry

While some dry shampoos leave the hair coated with a white film, this one adds a touch of volume and texture, sans the powdered wig effects.

Serge Normant MetaRevive Mini Dry Shampoo [41] ($15)

Lightweight Lotion

Lightweight and refreshing, creamy but not greasy, this lavender- and peppermint-scented lotion has just the right balance of hydration and fragrance. Read: no offensive sillage — or oil-slicked floor buttons — will be left behind for the person arriving in the elevator after you.

C.O. Bigelow Lavender and Peppermint Body Lotion [42] ($9-$12)

Kissed by the Sun

This shimmery cheek cream is just the ticket for achieving instant luminescence. Dab this golden honey shade onto the cheeks in the morning for a kissed-by-the-sun glow.

Jouer Tint in Sunkissed [43] ($20)

A More Than OK Cor(r)al

If you only wear one thing on your face this season (besides sunscreen, of course), then make it this dual-ended lip pencil. The semimatte tangerine lip color can double as a cheek color, while the liner portion gives lips a flattering neutral pink base.

Merle Norman Lip Pencil Plus in A Flare to Remember [44] ($14)

Divine Shine

When humidity attacks, lotion just feels too heavy. Instead of a cream formula, reach for a body oil. Apply after the shower and then pat dry for a nongreasy shine that can withstand the heat.

Caudalie Divine Oil [45] ($48)

Wash and Go

As the weather warms, the temptation to leave the house with wet hair increases exponentially. So cave in! This moisturizing leave-in cream is made for curly girls who love to rock wet hair and drip dry.

Carol's Daughter Hair Milk [46] ($20)

Sun Day Best

If sunscreen is meant to go under makeup, then why not apply it like makeup? A brush applicator delivers an antioxidant-rich sunscreen that protects from sun, pollution, and all the other little issues that lead to premature aging.

Prevage Triple Defense Shield SPF 50 Sunscreen [47] ($79)

Kiss and Tell

Margaritas and heat can dry out your lips, but this kit will help you avoid a cracked kisser. Cleanser, scrub, balm, and plumper will create a smooth foundation for the bold lip look of your choice.

Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit [48] ($45)

Orange Repellent

A superior self-tanner needs to deliver a believably sun-kissed hue, but it also needs to be streak-free. This one does both, thanks to a stellar formula and little mitts that keep it off your hands.

Kate Somerville Face Self Tanning Pads [49] ($45)

Fringe Foiler

Free your face from bangs and fly-aways with this set of fashion-forward bobby pins. With the mix of sparkles and pastels, who needs jewelry?

Ban.do Zesty Curved Bobbies [50] ($15 for six)

Bikini Blaze

This time of year, your bikini line gets a lot of exposure. Whatever your hair removal method, show your skin some love with roll-on relief from redness, ingrown hair, and itching.

Tend Skin Refillable Roll-On [51] ($20)

So Coco

You wouldn't dream of lying out in the sun sans SPF, right? (Right?) This sunscreen lotion moisturizes as it protects, and the coconut scent is, well, tropical.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion [52] ($10)

Smooth Move

Fly-aways and frizz have met their match. Brush on a bit of this formula to keep every hair — even those little ones that always seem to stray — in place.

John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Fly-Away Tamer [53] ($10)

Game On

Get into the Olympic spirit with this London-themed palette. Five easy-to-wear eye shadows and a lip and cheek color give you just about everything you need for a natural, neutral look.

Stila Lovely in London Travel Palette [54] ($16)

Double Up

Summer calls for simple routines, and MAC makes it easy to get foolproof eye makeup in seconds. Smudge the reddish-bronze liner on the lash lines, along with the golden, peach-pink shadow on the lids, for a subtle yet noticeable look.

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Liner in Beth Mask [55] ($22)


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