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Summer Beach Bag Essentials Under $10

Summer is right around the corner and the time has come to stock up on those perennial must-haves. We took out all of the guesswork for you and compiled a list of the top ten summer essentials. Bonus: everything is under $10. Beat that recession, sun lovers!

1. Essie Nail Polish in Need a Vacation (a bubble gum pink), $8

Essie Need a Vacation Nailpolish

Set off your perfect pedi this season with a bright polish in a floral hue like this one from Essie. The name alone takes your mind to a place with white sandy beaches and bronzed cabana boys. *Sigh*

2. Aveeno Essential Moisture Lip Conditioner with SPF, $3.69 (drugstore.com; beauty insiders choice finalist)

Aveeno Essentials Lip Moisturizer

Don’t forget to pucker up with some SPF love. This lip conditioner is made with oatmeal, jojoba and shea butter and will keep your lips ready for that inevitable summer fling.

3. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock $9.99

Neutrogena Sunblock
Waterproof, sweatproof and dermatologist tested, this sunblock delivers unbeatable UVA protection thanks to Helioplex. We love how it absorbs into skin leaving a light and clean feeling instead of that often greasy feel often left by sunblock.

4. Ulta Tinted Self-Tanning Sunscreen Lotion, $8.99

Ulta Tanning Tinted Lotion
This tinted self-tanning lotion contains sunscreen and is meant to reveal a natural healthy glow-Oompa Loompas begone! Now if only Lindsay Lohan could read the memo.

5. Almay Smart Shade bronzer, $8.99 at Walgreens

Almay Smart Shade Bronzer
Finally, a bronzer with a Mensa level IQ. This one gives your face that perfect sunkissed look no matter what your skintone.

6. Cover Girl Professional All in One Waterproof mascara, $4.89

Covergirl Waterproof mascara 

Smudge proof, waterproof and under $5? It really doesn’t get any better than that.

7. Jergens Ultra Healing daily moisturizing lotion, $6

 Jergens lotion

This lotion will take care of that parched, “I’m dryer than an Arizona cactus” skin.

8. Cover Girl Smoothers tinted moisturizer, $7

Nothing is worse than seeing someone wearing way too much makeup when the temperature starts skyrocketing. For those who don’t take to going sans makeup, tinted moisturizer is here to rescue you. Lightweight coverage plus SPF leaves your skin flawless and ready to go from brunch to beach.

9. Ms. Pedicure Pedicure 101 9 piece set, $4.60 drugstore.com

Ms Pedicure Set

Start summer off on the right foot by giving yourself a pedicure. We all know that no matter how rockin your bod looks in that bikini, it will seem like such a waste if at the end of those gorgeous gams are a pair of dry, cracked and callused feet. This 9 piece set from Ms. Pedicure gives you all the tools you need to put your best foot forward.

10. Tresemme Hot Oil treatment, $7.99

Tressemme Hot Oil treatment

Sun damage happens to hair too. Try this hot oil treatment enriched with aloe weekly to add shine and softness all while giving your hair the UV protection it needs.



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  1. Cover Girl Professional is one of my fav mascaras. It works so good and never runs, even the regular version and is so cheap too. Good pick 🙂

  2. Pretty color nail polish. So girly 🙂

  3. Cool! Always love trying something new, I’m gonna have to try this out tomorrowThanks!Mandy

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