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28 Amazing Products You'll Want To Use All Summer Long

Unicorn pool floats, lip balms with SPF, popsicle molds, fun games for your next BBQ, the perfect maxi dress, and so ๐Ÿ‘ much ๐Ÿ‘ more ๐Ÿ‘.

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1. Strappy sandals that require absolutely NO break-in time. Take 'em straight out of the box, put them on your feet, and be on your merry way.

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Plus, the straps on these sandals can be slightly adjusted to ensure the perfect fit.

Promising review: "These fit the bill for a comfortable summer sandal! I did not realize how comfortable they would be. The rope design is soft and strong without cutting into my foot, they don't require any break-in time, and they fit very nicely." โ€”KewlSoles

Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in sizes 6-11 and in 10 colors)

2. An after-sun lotion made with silk protein, shea butter, and aloe gel to provide non-greasy, weightless hydration. AND! It smells like a delicious blend of coconut and papaya.

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Promising review: "This is the best after-sun lotion, period. Even my husband loves it, and he hates the feeling of anything on his skin! It's non-greasy, it smells great, and he hasn't once peeled since we've been using this โ€” and we spend a lot of time in the sun!" โ€”Barbie

Get it from Amazon for $7.48.

3. A halter neck plunge swimsuit with a gorgeous open-back. What are you waiting for? Take the ~plunge~ and order this pretty thing right now.

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Get it from Asos for $32 (originally $43, available in sizes 14-24).

4. Beach cottage and summer camp poured in small batches. PLUS! They're made from all-natural soy wax and have a burn time of up to 80 hours.

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The beach cottage candle smells like seaweed, sand, fresh coffee, and ocean air, while the summer camp candle smells like fresh grass, wildflowers, and lemonade.

Get them from Amazon for $29.95 or Homesick Candles for $29.95 (summer camp) and $29.95 (beach cottage).

5. A conditioning lip balm that provides broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. SPF 25, my lips will be eternally grateful.

Promising review: "I'm doing archaeology in the Mojave desert, and let me tell you, it is DRY. Not only do I come home feeling like a prune, but my lips are peeling no matter how much chapstick I use. Last weekend, I used this lip balm and it was great. It's thick enough to give you some protection, and because it's 25 SPF, it kept my lips from burning or drying out." โ€”Cosmetic Chemist turned ArchaeologistGet it from Amazon for $7.50.
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Promising review: "I'm doing archaeology in the Mojave desert, and let me tell you, it is DRY. Not only do I come home feeling like a prune, but my lips are peeling no matter how much chapstick I use. Last weekend, I used this lip balm and it was great. It's thick enough to give you some protection, and because it's 25 SPF, it kept my lips from burning or drying out." โ€”Cosmetic Chemist turned Archaeologist

Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

6. Ice pop molds because making homemade treats shouldn't be such a hassle. Just fill these with your favorite ingredients, stick them in the freezer, and enjoy.

These also have a drip tray, meaning that if your ice pop starts to melt? It'll melt directly into the drip tray AKA it WON'T result in sticky hands. Promising review: "These are perfect for making a low carb treat! I tried these out for the first time today, and our homemade popsicles came out beautifully. I used frozen organic strawberries, coconut milk, and natural sugar substitute." โ€”S. B. Get it from Amazon for $8.99.
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These also have a drip tray, meaning that if your ice pop starts to melt? It'll melt directly into the drip tray AKA it WON'T result in sticky hands.

Promising review: "These are perfect for making a low carb treat! I tried these out for the first time today, and our homemade popsicles came out beautifully. I used frozen organic strawberries, coconut milk, and natural sugar substitute." โ€”S. B.

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

7. A portable picnic blanket you'll want to purchase immediately. This outdoor mat filters out sand AND blocks out water, so you can stick this on wet grass and remain warm and dry.

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Promising review: "My family likes to do a lot of outdoor activities, but it seemed liked every time we put a regular blanket on the ground for a picnic or to watch my child play soccer, the ground was wet โ€” which would get us wet. However, this picnic blanket is a nice size and it keeps us dry on days when the ground is wet." โ€”my3girls

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in five colors).

8. A unicorn pool float to add a touch of โ€” get ready for this great joke โ€” ~magic~ to your next pool party.

Promising review: "This is honestly my favorite Amazon purchase so far, and I've made a lot of purchases! Not only is it adorable, but it's also durable! It's the perfect size for an adult, and it blows up (with my car pump) in less than one minute. That alone is worth the purchase price! It also deflates in about a minute, and it even came with a patch in case I ever need to make repairs." โ€”Riley Get it from Amazon for $14.99.
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Promising review: "This is honestly my favorite Amazon purchase so far, and I've made a lot of purchases! Not only is it adorable, but it's also durable! It's the perfect size for an adult, and it blows up (with my car pump) in less than one minute. That alone is worth the purchase price! It also deflates in about a minute, and it even came with a patch in case I ever need to make repairs." โ€”Riley

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

9. A lightweight tinted moisturizer that will give you a glowing, even complexion without feeling heavy on your skin. Thick foundation + humidity = the actual worst.

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Promising review: "This provides the perfect amount of coverage, glow, and dewiness for such a lightweight product. I have worn this every day in the summer, and it never irritated my skin. I am impressed with the glow that lasted all day, that never turned into oiliness. The first day I wore this, one of my coworkers asked if I got a facial. Need I say more? Most days when I'm in a rush, I'll just dab this product on with my fingers and sometimes, I'll set it with powder." โ€”Konstantin

Get it from Sephora for $30 (available in 16 shades).

10. A cornhole set to turn your backyard shindig into an event more competitive than the Fifa World Cup. Soccer has nothing on this game...

Promising review: "This is an awesome bean bag toss set! Very high quality boards and bean bags that should last over time. Putting it together for transport is literally a snap โ€” the boards snap together very easily, and you can store the bean bags inside. Plus, the handle makes it very easy to carry. Can't wait to bring this to the next tailgate!" โ€”Bill Get it from Amazon for $46.61+.
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Promising review: "This is an awesome bean bag toss set! Very high quality boards and bean bags that should last over time. Putting it together for transport is literally a snap โ€” the boards snap together very easily, and you can store the bean bags inside. Plus, the handle makes it very easy to carry. Can't wait to bring this to the next tailgate!" โ€”Bill

Get it from Amazon for $46.61+.

11. A knit maxi dress with hundreds of positive reviews. Plus, this pretty little number has adjustable straps so you can customize your fit. #win

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Promising review: "This maxi dress is dressy enough to wear to a BBQ, but casual enough to stuff in your beach bag. Plus, it's very comfortable!" โ€”klm611

Get it from Nordstrom for $38.90 (originally $52, available in sizes XS-XL and in five colors).

12. A mineral water facial spray you can use to set your makeup, refresh your skin, hydrate your face, AND cool off on why-is-it-so-hot summer days.

Promising review: "Do I even have to list the ways in which this product rocks? Yes, I guess it IS kind of crazy to spend money on pressurized water, but if you've ever used it, you know that it helps with hot flashes, summer nights, days at the beach, optimizing your skin care regimen, setting makeup, smoothing your hair...a girl could go on! I have one if these in my purse, my work desk, my travel bag, and my vanity." โ€”AmyGet it from Amazon for $9.99.
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Promising review: "Do I even have to list the ways in which this product rocks? Yes, I guess it IS kind of crazy to spend money on pressurized water, but if you've ever used it, you know that it helps with hot flashes, summer nights, days at the beach, optimizing your skin care regimen, setting makeup, smoothing your hair...a girl could go on! I have one if these in my purse, my work desk, my travel bag, and my vanity." โ€”Amy

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

13. A fanny pack perfect for traveling. Why carry around a heavy bag when you can carry around all of your essentials, hands-free? AS A SOCIETY, WE NEED TO STOP HATING ON FANNY PACKS.

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I 100% admit that I used to make fun of my dad for using a fanny pack at the airport, but I just used one at a music festival and honestly? It's the best thing ever.

Promising review: "I used this for a month long trip to Italy and it was fantastic! I never had to worry about my bag being snatched or my bag being opened. It held everything I needed: wallet/passport, sunscreen, small purchases, portable phone charger, hair ties, medicines I needed while out and about everyday. Perfect for travel!" โ€”HistoryBuffAmanda

Get it from Amazon for $7.65+ (available in 32 colors).

14. An insulated stainless steel water bottle with a lifetime warranty that keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to six hours. Staying hydrated has never been so easy, folks.

Promising review: "Hydro Flask has stolen my heart. I have put ice in it during the summer on the hottest days, and there's still ice cubes in it at the end of the day. I put coffee in it before class on cold days, and my coffee is still hot two classes later. I have given this as a gift to everyone โ€” my professor, my clinical instructor, my coach, my mom -- the list goes on and on." โ€”Amazon Customer Get it from Amazon for $21.93+ (available in 14 colors).
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Promising review: "Hydro Flask has stolen my heart. I have put ice in it during the summer on the hottest days, and there's still ice cubes in it at the end of the day. I put coffee in it before class on cold days, and my coffee is still hot two classes later. I have given this as a gift to everyone โ€” my professor, my clinical instructor, my coach, my mom -- the list goes on and on." โ€”Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $21.93+ (available in 14 colors).

15. High-waisted denim shorts made from a super stretchy material, meaning you'll look stylish AND comfortable all summer long.

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Promising review: "I absolutely love these! The style is great, the fabric is super comfy, and it has just enough stretch." โ€”EILEEN

Get them from American Eagle for $39.95 (available in sizes 00-20).

16. A sunscreen stick to protect your face from burning AND from breaking out. This hypoallergenic, oil-free formula is made with vegan ingredients that won't clog your pores.

Promising review: "This is my absolute favorite face sunscreen. I have some occasional acne and rosacea-prone skin, but this doesn't break me out or irritate my skin at all. It also doesn't cause an allergic reaction like some other sunscreens I've used. Plus, it feels comfortable on my skin and lasts a lot longer than liquid formulas I've used in the past." โ€”Marietta Moore Get it from Amazon for $8.97.
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Promising review: "This is my absolute favorite face sunscreen. I have some occasional acne and rosacea-prone skin, but this doesn't break me out or irritate my skin at all. It also doesn't cause an allergic reaction like some other sunscreens I've used. Plus, it feels comfortable on my skin and lasts a lot longer than liquid formulas I've used in the past." โ€”Marietta Moore

Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

17. A ribbed bikini top you can mix and match with any style bottom you want. High-waisted! Cheeky! It's totally up to you.

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Get it from Aerie for $14.97 (originally $29.95, available in sizes XS-XXL).

18. A beach bag designed with double-layer weave technology to filter sand right out. THAT'S RIGHT! No more trekking sand into your car after a long day at the beach.

Promising review: "This is the first time I didn't carry sand home in my beach bag! Plus, it holds a lot of stuff, is lightweight, easy to carry, and the color is pretty!" โ€”Faust Get it from Amazon for $29.99.
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Promising review: "This is the first time I didn't carry sand home in my beach bag! Plus, it holds a lot of stuff, is lightweight, easy to carry, and the color is pretty!" โ€”Faust

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

19. A portable pizza oven that lets you cook your own homemade pie in just 60 (!!!!) seconds. Now repeat after me: Summer pizza parties.

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Promising review: "We used this for the first time with a large group of friends and quite honestly, it's amazing. It's easy to light, easy to use, and it heats up really quickly. The pizzas came out awesome, even the ones I burned while learning the finesse of pizza making. Looking forward to many more pizza parties this spring and summer!" โ€“Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $299 or Ace Hardware for $299.99.

20. A nourishing coconut mask because the sun and the sea? SO damaging for your hair. Be sure to give your mane some extra TLC.

Promising review: "My hair has been super dry and itchy for the first few weeks of summer, so I decided to try this out. After shampooing I immediately wrung out my hair and applied a generous amount (I have very long thick hair, so it takes a little more product for me) and after about a minute or so, I rinsed it out and dried my hair. Now, my hair is super soft and smells HEAVENLY!" โ€”Brianna Landis Get it from Amazon for $2.97+ (available in five formulas).
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Promising review: "My hair has been super dry and itchy for the first few weeks of summer, so I decided to try this out. After shampooing I immediately wrung out my hair and applied a generous amount (I have very long thick hair, so it takes a little more product for me) and after about a minute or so, I rinsed it out and dried my hair. Now, my hair is super soft and smells HEAVENLY!" โ€”Brianna Landis

Get it from Amazon for $2.97+ (available in five formulas).

21. A stretchy maxi skirt you can pair with your favorite tee, denim jackets, and flip flops for a casual-but-still-stylish-as-hell ensemble.

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Promising review: "This skirt drapes nicely, is super soft, the side split isn't too high, and the fabric isn't too heavy." โ€”SMorris

Get it from Nordstrom for $28.90 (originally $44, available in sizes XS-XL and in five colors and in petite sizes).

22. Classic flip flops that would survive a zombie apocalypse. Old Navy flip flops, thank you for your many years of service.

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Promising review: "You can never go wrong with Old Navy classic flip flops. They are all I wear in the summer, and I always get several different colors." โ€”Mamaof3

Get them from Old Navy for $2.50+ (available in sizes 5-14 and in 21 colors).

23. A crochet dress you'll want to pack for your next tropical vacay. This pretty little thing acts as the perfect cover-up.

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Promising review: "I purchased a ton of things for my cruise, and this was hands down my favorite item that I bought. I want it in every color!! It's so soft and flowy, and it's perfect for any suit. I particularly love that it's a high low design, so you get just the right amount of coverage for your behind when you're walking around." โ€”Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 12 colors).

24. A 100% soy candle that actually smells like summer. Just close your eyes and imagine fresh berries, sweet black currant, and just-cut roses.

Psst, this candle has a 70-hour burn time, a 100% cotton wick, and is adorned with a 22-karat gold rim. This, my friends, is the gold standard (actually) of candles. Promising review: "Everything about this candle is gorgeous. It looks beautiful and it smells so, so, so amazing. It's a great combo of rose and tart berries. I'll be ordering more ASAP!" โ€”Kim Get it from Bijou Candles for $29.
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Psst, this candle has a 70-hour burn time, a 100% cotton wick, and is adorned with a 22-karat gold rim. This, my friends, is the gold standard (actually) of candles.

Promising review: "Everything about this candle is gorgeous. It looks beautiful and it smells so, so, so amazing. It's a great combo of rose and tart berries. I'll be ordering more ASAP!" โ€”Kim

Get it from Bijou Candles for $29.

25. Retro-inspired sunglasses perfect for anyone who doesn't want to break the bank on a product that โ€” no offense โ€” they'll probably end up losing.

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"I Have Lost Every Pair of Sunglasses I've Ever Owned: A Memoir"

Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE these sunglasses. They're such great quality for the price! Plus, they come with a hard case and a cleaning sleeve." โ€”Kris

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in nine colors).

26. An oversized beach towel sure to have everyone asking, "WHERE THE HECK DID YOU GET THAT?"

Not only is this towel gorgeous, but it's also made from a white terry material that dries quickly.Get it from 83 Oranges on Society6 for $38.99.
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Not only is this towel gorgeous, but it's also made from a white terry material that dries quickly.

Get it from 83 Oranges on Society6 for $38.99.

27. A halter swimsuit with removable padding and a deep v-cut. The "v" stands for VA VA VOOM, by the way.

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Promising review: "It took all of 60 seconds to get this suit out of the packaging and thrown on my body, mostly out of excitement. The orange and white print is GORGEOUS and is made from a thick, substantial bathing suit material. Plus, it's comfortable and does a great job at hugging your body. Iโ€™ve spent way more money on suits I like way less. Iโ€™m heading back to buy more right now." โ€”Paigernet

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 19 colors).

28. Insect repellent wipes that promise eight hours of relief from the bane of my existence, the worst part about warm weather โ€” mosquitoes.

The best part? These wipes are individually-packed so that you can stash a few in your purse. Promising review: "These were fantastic for my trip to Thailand and Myanmar. I didn't get a single bite, and neither did my boyfriend. These wipes are very portable, and I like that they're single packs so that I can store them anywhere." โ€”Amazon Customer Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $6.87.
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The best part? These wipes are individually-packed so that you can stash a few in your purse.

Promising review: "These were fantastic for my trip to Thailand and Myanmar. I didn't get a single bite, and neither did my boyfriend. These wipes are very portable, and I like that they're single packs so that I can store them anywhere." โ€”Amazon Customer

Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $6.87.

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