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The 6 Summer Beauty Essentials to Stash in Your Beach Bag

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Welcome to What's In Your Handbag?, a weekly feature that looks inside someone's handbag to answer the burning question, what do you have in there? Want to nominate someone? Shoot over an email with details.

We already know what's in her pre-vacay suitcase, but today we're taking a peek into Kristin Detterline's beach bag to learn her summer beauty tricks of the trade.

Namely, the six summertime essentials that give the Philadelphia Style mag editor-in-chief a perfectly pink pedi, coconut scented locks, and instantly toned, tan legs (we're dying to try this one ourselves).


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CVS/pharmacy

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Product #1: Johnson's Shea & Cocoa Butter Baby Oil Gel, $4.39 at CVS
"My mom always used baby oil on her legs in the summer—never for tanning but for going out. I upgraded to this gel formula since it absorbs better than regular oil. It's a small trick but I swear by it; legs instantly look more tan and toned."

Calista Grand Salon & Spa

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Product #2: Embellish Volumizing Finishing Spray, $22.50 at Calista Grand Salon & Spa
"I just started using this spray from suburban salon Calista Grand. Besides smelling like coconuts, the formula has great hold, infuses some lift, and adds definition in a way that I haven't seen from most hairsprays."

About Face Skin Care

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Product #3: About Face Retin Eye, $79 at About Face Skin Care
"I love experimenting with eye creams, and About Face's private-label product is a standout for its gentler retinol formula (retinols can make skin really dry) and ingredients, like green tea and cucumber extract, that target fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles."
Product #4: OPI 'Mod About You', $9 at Ulta
"This has been my go-to summer polish for years, especially for pedicures, so I have my own bottle and bring it with me to the salon--just in case they don't have it. The color shows up really bright even though it's light pink and looks perfect with a tan."

duross & langel

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Product #5: Mojito Lip Balm, $4 at Duross and Langel
"You can't go wrong with a mojito in the summer, and Duross and Langel's cocktail-inspired lip balm is undoubtedly the next best thing. I always keep lip balm in my handbag, beach bag, and nightstand."

Bluemercury

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Product #6: M-61 Skincare Fast Blast, $50 at Bluemercury
"Bluemercury came out with their own skincare line in 2012, and I've been a huge fan of this skin-brightening mask ever since. The foaming formula takes about two minutes to bubble (that's when you take it off), and the Vitamin C smells amazing. I like to use on Sunday nights after I've spent a lot of time in the sun."

CVS/pharmacy

Product #1: Johnson's Shea & Cocoa Butter Baby Oil Gel, $4.39 at CVS
"My mom always used baby oil on her legs in the summer—never for tanning but for going out. I upgraded to this gel formula since it absorbs better than regular oil. It's a small trick but I swear by it; legs instantly look more tan and toned."

Calista Grand Salon & Spa

Product #2: Embellish Volumizing Finishing Spray, $22.50 at Calista Grand Salon & Spa
"I just started using this spray from suburban salon Calista Grand. Besides smelling like coconuts, the formula has great hold, infuses some lift, and adds definition in a way that I haven't seen from most hairsprays."

About Face Skin Care

Product #3: About Face Retin Eye, $79 at About Face Skin Care
"I love experimenting with eye creams, and About Face's private-label product is a standout for its gentler retinol formula (retinols can make skin really dry) and ingredients, like green tea and cucumber extract, that target fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles."

Ulta

Product #4: OPI 'Mod About You', $9 at Ulta
"This has been my go-to summer polish for years, especially for pedicures, so I have my own bottle and bring it with me to the salon--just in case they don't have it. The color shows up really bright even though it's light pink and looks perfect with a tan."

duross & langel

Product #5: Mojito Lip Balm, $4 at Duross and Langel
"You can't go wrong with a mojito in the summer, and Duross and Langel's cocktail-inspired lip balm is undoubtedly the next best thing. I always keep lip balm in my handbag, beach bag, and nightstand."

Bluemercury

Product #6: M-61 Skincare Fast Blast, $50 at Bluemercury
"Bluemercury came out with their own skincare line in 2012, and I've been a huge fan of this skin-brightening mask ever since. The foaming formula takes about two minutes to bubble (that's when you take it off), and the Vitamin C smells amazing. I like to use on Sunday nights after I've spent a lot of time in the sun."