Summer Beauty Essentials Under $30: Are You Ready to Bare It All?

Brianne DiSylvester

shoba sugaring waxNow that summer is officially approaching, are you bikini ready? Don't worry, I'm not ready either.

Around my birthday (May 8), I decided that I wanted to wax my legs.

I'm Italian so I have thick, dark hair. So much so that (TMI warning) I have to shave my pits every day. I know, crazy. So you can imagine what my legs are like ... picture a tiny forest.

I went straight to CVS and picked up Sally Hansen's Waxing Kit. I went home and started the process.

Bracing myself for the first pull, I was excited and nervous. How much would it hurt?

I ripped and it wasn't that bad. I checked out the strip and no hair ... no wonder it didn't hurt. Nothing ripped out! What a jip!

Perhaps it works okay for finer-haired peeps, but no dice for my Italiano hair. So, I was telling my friend at Shohba (an awesome Indian waxing place in NYC) and she suggested their Sugaring ($30) waxing kit. Since Indian people have similar dark hair, I was optimistic. And it worked! Sugaring is easier on the skin since the sugar attaches to the hair only, not the skin.

Now that I'm clean as a whistle, here are two more beauty summer essentials I need, like now.

sephora tanning mist

sephora sun safety kit











I love to be tan but wrinkles aren't cool ... flash-forward 20 years. So tan in a can is the way to go. Sephora has a great Body Self-Tanning Tinted Bronzing Mist ($12) that flows evenly from the can so you get a streak-free look. Bonus: No blending required and no orange skin and palms.

Next is Sephora's Sun Safety Kit ($25). It comes with a bevy of sun essentials like UV monitoring bracelets, self-tanning mousse, SPF lip balm, lotion, eye cream, foundation, and more. The trial-size bottles should last through summer and it's great for trying out items without a big commitment.

What is your summer beauty essential?

Images (top to bottom): Shobha; Sephora; Sephora

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