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Guest Blogger: Beauty VIPs a Product Girl Can Count On

Founded in 2005 by beauty junkie Carla Maganinho, Product Girl is an outlet for her to discuss her favorite finds. Over the years, the site has gained a loyal following — and even another staffer, Laurie Leopold. Together the blogging duo cover everything from the latest launches to their recent splurges. This week, these ladies-in-the-know are guest blogging for us about all things summer!

At Product Girl, we’re constantly searching for stand-out beauty products. The ones that solve our skin woes, brighten up our faces, and permanently occupy space on our vanity. We call them the Beauty VIPs. With warm weather fast approaching, we’re carefully choosing the crème de la crème of summer beauty. All week, we’ll be sharing our VIPs to help beat the summer heat. Get ready for loads of SPF, bronzer, and colors galore.

First up: sun protection and sunless tanner. The yin and yang of our summer beauty world. One cannot be present without the other. We love the sun, but prefer our bronze to come from another source—one that doesn’t come with a high risk for skin cancer and wrinkles!

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads are one of those products we can’t imagine life without. For use on the face, neck, and décolletage, this tiny square sheet not only gives you a natural, believable tan it, but also has active Vitamin D and anti-aging skincare ingredients. This needs to be everyone’s VIP.

St. Tropez has corned the market on self-tanning, and for good reason—they have something for everyone. Commitment-phobes will love the Instant Wash-Off line, but we are huge fans of the Gradual Tan Everyday for face and body to build up our summer glow at a believable pace.

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is incredible. Not only does it contain Zinc Oxide—the only UV filter that spans the full UVA/B spectrum—it contains a light tint that melds to all skin tones. And it’s so lightweight that you won’t even know it’s there.

And remember the rest of your body! It’s easy to forget about SPF when you’re going about your everyday business, which is why we love Josie Maran’s Argan Sun Protection For Body SPF 30 so much. It’s scent-free and can also fill in as your body moisturizer.

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