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Beauty arsenal: Are you packin'?

By Brandee Dishner

Posted: Monday, Jun. 14, 2010

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Brandee James is the beauty writer and blogger for Carolina Bride. Have a tip? Email her.

Yes, we love our products, but what if you were deserted on an island or had five minutes to pack your bags or... well, you get my point. Here are seven must-have tools to add to your beauty arsenal.


It's a marriage of modern moguls. Use Benefit and Tweezerman's new tweezers to prolong your visits between waxing appointments.


Maintenance is a must all year - especially during swimsuit season! Make things easier with the bliss/PHILIPS Bikini Perfect Deluxe Spa Edition. Fully loaded with several attachments, the coveted bliss body scrub and body butter as well as the miracle-working ingrown hair eliminating peeling pads will leave you smooth and singing its praises.

Smashbox brushes

If you are going to start a collection, this is where to start. Smashbox makeup brushes not only have every angle of makeup artistry covered, the handles just happen to be a fabulous red.

Clarisonic Mia

Three words: Worth. The. Investment. The Clarisonic Mia: Sonic Skin Cleansing System is designed to gently buff as it cleans. After just one use, skin is softer and brighter and pores appear smaller. (Because they're so clean!)

beautyblender makeup sponge

Before you blame your foundation for the streaky mismatch, give this a try. The beautyblender makeup sponge matches the contours of your face, making makeup application a totally different experience. Who knew what we were missing?

BaByliss Pro

With summer temps sending hair to new heights, depend on the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium 1 1/2-inch C Styler to keep things smooth and straight. The unique C shape is also perfect for creating curls, flips and loose waves.

Sephora Havana Bag

Affordable, practical and super chic, the Sephora Havana Bag Collection in black is a must for storing all tools of the beauty trade.

Next: A month of all-natural, organic and botanical beauty buys!

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