Top 10 Summer Essentials this 2009

What is fashion & style when you don't look good and feel good about yourself this summer 2009? Before basking out in the sun or hitting the beach with your friends, make sure you have these summer beauty essentials with you. It's the hottest time of the year so better look hot - yet stay cool.

My 10 summer Must-Haves!

Never leave home without applying sunblock. Neutrogena Active Breathable Sunblock with SPF 30 is water and sweat-resistant making it more appropriate for outdoor activities during sunny days.

Cleanse your face regularly with orange jojoba micro-beads. The Body Shop's Vitamin C Cleansing Face Polish gently exfoliates, revitalizes, and protects skin to reveal a smoother and softer skin underneath.

"Skin is protected and perfected" with Physicians Formula Solar Powder SPF 20 Powder in Light Bronzer. Made of the finest talc that glides perfectly on your face.**

Bonus: It is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and dermatologist approved.

Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for eyes
1. Ultra-blendable, easy wearing, and does not feel heavy when applied.
2. It has soothing aloe and green tea to correct dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines.
3. Provides sun protection (SPF 20)**

Bonus: It's also gentle enough for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

For budget shoppers: This can be used as bronzer, blush, and eyeshadow. Blend together "for the ultimate glamorous, tan glow" or use each individual shade. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer, Blush and Eye Shadow is available in Miami Strip, Sunset Strip, and Vegas Strip shades.**

Jergens Soft Shimmer - Skin Radiance Moisturizer
This lotion-moisturizer in 1 is a personal favorite. It enhances and illuminates the natural radiance of your skin. It's also infused with subtle light reflectors, like super micro glitters to create a radiant skin effect throughout the day.

Bonus: Aside from its powerful moisturizing effect, its golden tint helps to even out your skin tone. So prepare to stand out and shimmer! I remember Mariah Carey sprays 24-karat gold dust all over her body to achieve that golden/tan look. This, is waaaay cheaper and more convenient to use.

This Neutrogena Body Oil in Light Sesame Formula is one of my favorites too. Chlorinated water from pools can leave your skin feeling dry and itchy. Good thing this body oil does its job well. It has a "light sesame formula that glides on easily to moisturize dry skin. It's so sheer it vanishes into shower damp skin leaving it soft and silky, with a radiant, healthy glow. No moisturizer can touch this experience."

Bonus: It's highly absorbent with no greasy after-feel and smells really great. You can smooth on a few drops after shower while your skin is still damp. But I suggest you mix it with water while you bathe to soften your skin.
Use lip balms with sun protection - even lips get sunburned. Benefit Benetint Lip Balm with SPF 15 is one perfect pick. It has a "blend of Vitamin E, sunscreen & light rose-petal fragrance protects & delicately tints lips."**

Tired from too much summer stress? Relax yourself and wake up your senses with Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Tranquil Mint Stress Relief Body Lotion. It has peppermint essential oil to combat mental fatigue and rosemary essential oil to improve thinking and foster creativity.

Don't forget to bring back moisture to your hair - the sun is not your hair's best friend. Use The Body Shop's Brazil Nut Moisture Mask to bring back lost moisture and shine to your tresses. It has brazil nut oil, sesame oil, and organic olive oil, plus honey.

My trend cravings this summer:

I think I would ditch my jeans addiction for a while and try wearing mini dresses for summer. I love this aqua dress from Bayo.

A stylish pair of comfy flip-flops completes my day! I adore this echo-chic sandals Sand Fem in White Gold from Ipanema Gisele Bundchen Seeds Collection.

**Physicians Formula Solar Powder SPF 20 Powder in Light Bronzer, Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for eyes, Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer, Blush and Eye Shadow, and Benefit Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15 are now available at

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