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Summer Beauty Products: 

With summer in full swing, it’s important to have the freshest beauty products to carry you through the rest of the season. My favorite beauty products balance funky bold colors and delicious natural scents to add a fresh squeeze of fun to your summer. Here are some of my top picks for summer that will rejuvenate your body from head to toe!

Rosebud Salve:

One of my favorite classic summer products is Smith’s Rose Bud Salve. It was first formulated in 1892, and since then not much has changed, including the adorable vintage tin. Rosebud Salve does it all and works as a perfectly pink tinted lip-gloss, blemish treatment and scented hand lotion. The mix of essential oils smells like fresh roses, which makes for the perfect summer scent. The 0.8 oz. size is small enough to fit in any purse or clutch, making it easy to have on hand for surprise blemishes or chapped lips during the summer. Rosebud Salve can be found at many stores, but it’s easiest to find at Sephora for $7.

Neon Essie Nail Polish:

Summer is the best time for bold, funky colors. Daring nails are the perfect way to express yourself, or accent any outfit. With the neon craze this summer, I’ve been loving Essie’s new neon polish colors, like their bright orange “Action” color, juicy pink “Camera,” tantalizing purple “Bahama Mama” and lush “Turquoise and Calcos.” These bold and flirty colors add some serious color to your world and are perfect for the beach or fun summer adventures. $8 at most drug stores.

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray:

Get your beach on with Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray. This saltwater-based spray gives your hair fresh, right-off-the-beach volume and texture to create faux wind-blown tresses. Stylists have often used salt water for elegant lasting volume, so having the perfect blend at home is ideal for summer styling. The spray’s salt-infused formula (with added seaweed and kelp extracts for rich hydration) is perfect to spray on the go to give yourself a taste of a California summer. $24 online at Bumble and Bumble.

Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Lotion:

A light moisturizing lotion is a must during the summer and Garnier’s Skin Renew Lotion is my all time favorite. This little bottle does it all, and at an affordable price. Besides protecting your skin from the scorching summer sun with SPF 28, it also reverses signs of skin damage from summers past. This lotion also refreshes and rejuvenates your skin by reducing fine lines, uneven skin tones and even acne spots with added lycopene, magnesium and vitamin C. With all these fantastic benefits, Garnier’s Skin Renew Lotion will become one of your must haves. $12.99 at major drug stores.

Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Shampoo:

I love the reviving and calming scent of lavender in the summer time.

Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Shampoo is the ideal blend of lavender and other botanicals, and the delicious scent stays with you throughout the day (giving you a nice kick start to your morning!). The nourishing part of this shampoo is the hydrating organic botanicals and essential oils that add luscious vibrance and shine to any hair type. Best of all, this line of products is created without harsh preservatives or moisture stripping chemicals, leaving your hair naturally beautiful and gentle. $10.50

M.A.C Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden:

Although I try to get out and worship the sun as much as possible during the summer, I always find that my friends are more tan than me. In order to make it seem like I haven’t been behind a computer at work all day (which I always am), I like to add some illuminating bronzer to my daily summer routine. My favorite is M.A.C’s Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden, which is the perfect balance of glimmery gorgeous color. With a few quick cheekbone strokes, I can go from ghostly to glam in 30 seconds flat. I also like to add bronzer to my neck and shoulders to really create the illusion that I’ve been enjoying the sun far more than I have. $23 at

Whether it’s adding a touch of colors to your toes or illuminating bronzer for a pick-me-up, these beauty products will keep you chic all summer long at an affordable price. Best of all, these products will last well beyond the summer months as you ease on into the cooler fall weather.