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Summer Essentials: Five Must-Have Beauty Items

Summertime is meant to be exciting and stress free, but it can easily turn into a major fail if you don't have certain items on you at all times. You don't have to have runny foundation, sweaty pits and dry skin this summer because we have the perfect summer beauty essentials that will have you ready to run through the six with your woes feeling fab!
Essential #1: MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix + ($22.00)
Refreshing your face throughout the day shouldn't have to be a hassle, this perfect bottle of spray will transform your face in a matter of minutes leaving you refreshed and dewy.
Essential #2: LUSH Cosmetics Aromaco Deodorant ($6.95)
Bet you didn't know deodorant came in bar form, did you? Well, now you do! Worried about sweating profusely throughout those long summer days? Fear no more, this deodorant is perfect, compact, vegan and it is guaranteed to keep you dry and fresh all day long.
Essential #3: NARS Cosmetics Taj Mahal Blush ($30.00)
Stray away from your typical bronzer and pink blush for a bit and get into this beautiful orange blush will take any look up a notch this summer. Orange you going to purchase such an amazing color?
Essential #4: NARS Cosmetics Body Glow ($59.00)
Looking for an oil that will moisturize and give you that summer glow you're craving? This product gives you the best of both worlds. You can apply to your discretion to achieve the perfect look for you. Think J. Lo glow meets decent price.
Essential #5: Blinc Mascara Amplified ($26.00)
Long, natural lashes are definitely a must this summer. Worried about trying to find the perfect waterproof mascara that still comes with all the perks? Exhale. This mascara will lengthen, separate and allow you to build on the look without the negatives we all hate (e.i. clumping, smudging, flaking).
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I would totally try that Lush deodorant bar. I've already tried one of Lush's shampoo bars, and it made my hair smell fantastic.
@danidee I always wanted to try Lush's shampoo bar but I'm not sure how clean my hair will feel. Does it foam up?
I wouldn't mind trying the deodorant bar either. I love lush products. I think I'm going to invest in everything on this list, I already own #1 @danidee
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