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Friday Fix: The Ultimate Summer Survival Kit

Are you ladies as fond of the Birchbox craze as much as we are?

Developed by two fierce, female Harvard Business School entrepreneurs Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna, the idea for a monthly subscription box full of sample-sized beauty products was born. For those of us that do most of our shopping online and don't have the time to hit the nearest Sephora (our favorite) to test something out, this box full of luxe products is the answer. They even go as far as customizing the goods, based on your beauty profile. Whether you have curly or straight locks, dry or combo skin, they select the best for you and only you. We absolutely love that. Because let's face it, beauty comes in so many facets.

summer-ready kit birchbox

Although Melissa is an abundant product guru, frankly, she is all about sampling products before she commits to buying. Who want's to be stuck with a big bottle of goop that will end up under your sink for 3 years? No thank you!

That's why she wanted to share her enthusiasm for the Summer-Ready Kit. This box has all the essentials for island-hopping, poolside lovin' ladies like us who are constantly in the sun. It contains SPF to protect your face and lips, a shimmery pressed bronzer for glow, a luxurious shaving cream with a zesty grapefruit scent, and cooling wipes to keep you looking and feeling fresh anytime. What else do you need? Throw this in your beach bag with a pair of sunnies and a magazine, and you're ready to go!

coola liplux lip balm
COOLA Liplux SPF 30 Original Formula – Full-size
This SPF 30 balm comes in a travel-friendly tube and protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Made with 70 percent food-grade organic ingredients (allegedly edible), this balm packed with vitamins and antioxidants to moisturize lips and fights fine lines. Well-hydrated lips are a MUST in the sun!

ModelCo Shimmer Bronzer – Travel-size

This multipurpose, pressed bronzing powder from the Sydney-based brand Modelco is sheer, oil-controlled, and glides on smoothly for weightless coverage. The Matte shade will add a little warmth to you face and also doubles up as a natural contour and the shimmer is perfect for dusting across your cheekbones to channel the coveted ‘strobing’ look this summer. Suitable for all skin types and tones, and cruelty-free and PETA certified.

Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths – 10-pack

These on-the-go cloths give our skin a refreshing, foamy cleanse without the need for a sink or shower. And guess what? They’re infused with Icelandic glacial water and botanical extracts for an Arctic-level clean— minus the flight to the North Pole.

Supergoop!® Everyday SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology – Travel-size

This oil-free, nourishing, antioxidant-rich sunscreen formula repairs and quenches the skin while blocking UV rays. It instantly absorbs into skin for breathable, nongreasy protection which is perfect for everyday wear and repeated application. This travel-size tube is perfect for packing in a carry-on!

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream – Acai Grapefruit – Travel-size

This luxurious shave cream is made in the U.S.from eco-friendly ingredients and leaves your skin completely hydrated. Unlike most shaving creams, this formula is designed not to foam up: instead, the rich lotion is chock full of organic and natural botanicals that soften skin. With a base of omega-rich squalene, organic shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil, this protects against the redness and irritation associated with shaving, while organic green tea extracts infuse skin with antioxidants.

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