By Kelley Granger

Gypsystyle Beach Bags
Whether you’re hitting the beach in the Hamptons or Hawaii, snag one of the chic new beach bags from Gypsystyle before you go. As eco-friendly as they are fabulous, these roomy, durable and water resistant bags are made from 100 percent recycled plastic and come in bold patterns like Cabo, a mix of chunky pink, blue and orange stripes, and Sahara, a combo of smoldering hot orange shades. At 13 by 19 inches, the beach bag is great for toting towels, books, sun lotion and all your ocean-side needs. The Gypsystyle collection hovers around 35 bucks a pop and includes other options like larger “weekender” bags, yoga mat totes, cosmetic pouches and more.

Michael Marcus Travel Brush Kit
Summer heat and humidity can wreak havoc on even the most precise makeup application, so arm yourself with this travel-sized cosmetic tool kit from Michael Marcus, which aids trouble-free makeup touchups anytime, anywhere. At less than an inch thick and the size of your wallet, it houses a host of high quality sable brushes that simply pop in and out of plastic holders to keep them organized inside. A mirror on the interior allows you to freshen up in seat 16B, in line at customs, at the baggage carousel, from your towel at the beach, on the starboard side of a ship deck…well, you get the idea.

Coppertone’s NutraShield with Dual Defense
We hope you swapped the tanning oil for an effective sunblock a long time ago, but if you haven’t replaced your traditional sunblock with one that is endowed with antioxidants, moisturizing ingredients and broad-spectrum, photostable protection, you’re still missing the boat. Luckily, you can pick up a bottle of Coppertone’s NutraShield sunscreen at most major retailers. We like Coppertone NutraShield Faces, which prevents sunburn and premature aging with an SPF of 70+ and is non-comedogenic, non-greasy and hypoallergenic. Best of all, it’s sized at precisely three ounces, so TSA shouldn’t give a hassle if it’s in your carry-on.

Venus Spa Breeze
We’re sure we don’t have to tout the virtues of Venus razors, which have been around for quite a while and have well-earned their reputation for close and comfortable shaves. One of the newer members of the Venus family, the Venus Spa Breeze, takes the disposable razor to a whole new level – girls on the go can leave the cumbersome cans of shaving cream at behind and have a quick, smooth shave with this razor. Two gel bars lather up when they get wet with water and the triple razor action is a godsend for the bikini line. You won’t even miss the candy-sweet smells of your typical shaving gel – the razor is scented with a fresh, delicate white tea fragrance.

Originally published June 2009
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