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4 Swimwear Designers’ Beach-Ready Beauty Must-Haves

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Now that we’re in the final weeks of summer, it’s time to squeeze in your last-minute beach jaunts and exotic getaways. I checked in with some of today’s most in-demand swimwear designers to see what trusty beauty products they never hit the waves without.

Daniella Sredni of Aquarius (above)

1. SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50: “Apply bronzing powder on top of this protective sunscreen to offset the white tint and you’re good to go!”

2. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Bronzing Powder: “My shade is called Give Me Sun. It’s a mineral powder that leaves a sheer finish, which is the perfect look for direct sunlight.”

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Of a Kind Designer Susan Domelsmith’s Triple Product Threat

Every week, Of a Kind brings you a new limited edition piece from a genius designer. This week, meet Susan Domelsmith, a jewelry phenom with excellent taste in products. Read on for her secrets, and pick up her Votan necklace now!

The Jewelry Phenom Behind Dirty Library Chains on the Three Components of her Clean Look

Susan Domelsmith is one of those unbelievably cool girls who you wanted to be in seventh grade (and, er, probably still want to SWF today): She launched a line of loud but easy-to-wear jewelry Dirty Librarian Chains when she was just 23, she’s in a band, she dates a photographer, and she even has really good hair. While we can’t promise you all that, the talented Brooklynite was willing to share the beauty trifecta she relies upon to achieve her soft, glow-y look: “My parents gave me a gift card to Whole Foods, and I went on a spree that included Almond Glow Lotion in rose. I’m so glad I tried it! I use a bit on my face. Added bonus: Dogs love it, so you get a lot of puppy kisses,” she says. “I’ve been using YSL Teint Resist foundation for about two years—the old drummer in my band, Eviana [Hartman, the designer behind Bodkin], told me about it. And I love Blinc mascara. It coats your lashes in tiny tubes and never smudges—genius!”

Beauty + fashion? What could be better. Read all Of a Kind’s guest posts here.