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Bobbie's Bests: 10 hacks to melt away makeup, prevent swimsuit mishaps and more

Plus, a clever way to keep your hands protected from the sun.

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Bobbie Thomas is bringing us the "Buzz" on all things fashion and beauty in "Bobbie's Best," a bi-weekly series that covers the top trends, her favorite finds and much more.

This week, she's highlighting some helpful hacks that can make your everyday routine just a little bit easier. Whether you're struggling to find ways to relax or want to switch up your morning coffee, these products might be the smart fixes you didn't know you needed until now.

Keep reading to see all of Thomas' picks that you'll be reaching for all summer long.

Bobbie's Bests: Summer Hacks - July 2022

Lashify Melt Away Remover

Summer heat often calls for putting some trust in weather-resistant makeup, which can be a struggle to remove. Thomas loves this fast-working solution for melting away makeup — it is meant for removing lash glue but is gentle on your eyes without drying them out, she says.

Whipped Drinks Whipped Coffee Newbie

If you can't start your mornings without a caffeine boost (or need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up), Thomas says these Columbian coffee sticks makes it easy to whip up at home. If you tried your hand at the viral "whipped coffee" trend in 2020, this kit can help you make it in even less time.

Coolibar Tramo Performance Hand Cover UPF 50+

To protect the skin on your hands while you're out and about, Thomas has a clever recommendation for handwear. These covers from Coolibar are made with UPF 50+ fabric that is said to be lightweight, moisture wicking and quick drying.

Coolibar UPF 50+ Men's Backspin Performance Sleeves

Designed for activewear, these protective sleeves are made with a form-fitting fabric that can help block the sun's rays and keep odor and moisture at bay.

Solbari Hand Covers UPF 50+ Sensitive Collection

Solbari's hand covers are said to fit more like gloves and are designed for sensitive skin. They're made from a blend of cotton, bamboo viscose and elastane that allows them to stretch without shrinking, according to the brand.

ZenTyme Moments Shower Steamers

Move over, bath bombs! Now you can give yourself a moment to re-energize without having to sit and soak in the tub. These aromatherapy shower steamers are packed with essentials oils to help you release stress and relax. It's a simple upgrade to your night routine that one Shop TODAY contributor also loves.

Bristols 6 Adhesive Nippies Skin Covers

Thomas says these nipple covers "not only do the job but are water resistant and discreet." The reusable covers can come in handy if you lose the padding in your bathing suit or need extra coverage under sheer tops. It comes in two sizes: One that fits cups A-C and another for D+.

Bristols 6 Nippies Tape

Sometimes your swimsuit doesn't provide enough support — Thomas says that's where this tape comes in. She says it can help smaller cup sizes "avoid a wardrobe malfunction." According to the brand, you can wear them a total of six different ways — from a halter style to a backless design — depending on the top you picked out for the day.

Mslo Breast Petals

These petals have pull wings to help you adjust for a better fit and are also adjustable and waterproof, according to the brand. You can grab them in a set of two or a set of four.

STBra Reusable Sticky Bra

This reusable bra can also help give you an extra lift and comes in two sizes that can fit cups A-C and D-E.

Fouba Exfoliating Bath Towel (Set of 4)

Summer can be tough on skin, from sweating and salt water to SPF. Thomas says exfoliating can be a helpful addition to your weekly routine and loves this iconic, Korean beauty scrub towel. It fits like a mitten and you can use it to effectively remove dead skin.

Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap

With over 18,000 Amazon reviews, Thomas loves to pair the bath towel with this all-in-one soap. According to the brand, this concentrated, organic soap can not only be used on the body but also on dishes, around the house, pets and more! The brand does note to make sure you dilute the soap with water before use.

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Exfoliating Peeling Solution

This viral peeling solution and Shop TODAY favorite is known for it's "vampire facial" and exfoliating capabilities. But do you want to know a smooth skin secret? Thomas says she likes using this product on her feet and does wonders to smooth rough heels.

Thigh Society The Cooling Shorts

Even though it's sundress season, you still want to hop on a bike or sit on the grass without feeling overexposed, Thomas says "shorties" are your new under-hero. This pick from Thigh Society is their thinnest high-performance short that features moisture wicking fabric, which helps prevent chafing and absorbs sweat, says the brand.

Olive Garden Brush Cleaner

Thomas says this brush tool is extremely satisfying and something you didn't know you needed, until now. If you have a hard time keeping your hair brush clean, the brand says this clever tool works on any style brush and thoroughly strips away tangled hair from the bristles.

Hunu Collapsible Coffee Cup

Bring your coffee with you on-the-go with this compact collapsible cup. Thomas says she is obsessed with this leakproof reusable cup, which includes a straw and folds down to two-centimeters, making it easy to throw into your purse after use.

Bobbie's Bests: Summer Problem Solvers - June 2022

AmLactin Ultra Smoothing Intensely Hydrating Cream

Thomas discovered this hydrating cream after her dermatologist prescribed it as a solution to keratosis pilaris, a skin condition characterized by rough, bumpy skin. Rather than drying out skin, this ultra smoothing intensely hydrating cream moisturizes the affected area while gently exfoliating it with lactic acid, according to the brand.

AmLactin KP Bumps Be Gone Hydrating Cream

This pick is also packed with lactic acid and can help deliver softer, smoother skin. According to the brand, it does triple-duty by helping to exfoliate, moisturize and soften the skin.

Megababe Chest-o Presto Acne Spray

Swimsuit season often accompanies insecurities about body blemishes. Megababe's clarifying body acne mist prevents body acne without irritation, dryness or stickiness, according to the brand. Unlike other body acne products that leave hands dry, this acne spray spares your hands, Thomas notes.

EWC Ingrown Hair Wipes

Are ingrown hairs your worst nightmare? While these wipes exfoliate your skin, they battle ingrown hairs by treating and preventing them. For best results, use these ingrown hair wipes between your summer waxes, the brand says.

Olaplex Nº.9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum

Though fun in the sun gives you that summer glow, it can also damage your hair. Thomas recommends this nourishing hair serum because of its bond-building technology restores shine and detangles your hair, according to the brand. The serum protects against heat damage up to 450°F as an added benefit.

Sun Pop Life 2pc Rash Guard Set UPF 50+

Thomas knows you want a stress-free, sticky-free summer. This set's UPF 50+ fabric blocks 99.8% of UVA and UVB sun rays, according to the brand. Instead of worrying about your little one getting too much sun, let them pick a set from Sun Pop Life's seven pattern options.

Sun Pop Life Leggings UPF 50+

If your little one complains about the thought of head-to-toe sun coverage, Sun Pop Life's leggings are a great compromise. Made from the same UVA and UVB sun ray blocking fabric, the leggings will protect little legs from the sun. An elasticized waistband and quick-dry material will keep your child comfortable in the water and on the sand.

Bravissimo "Lilo" Pool Float

After reading an article about breast size inclusivity, Thomas was inspired by Brassimo's bra collection that includes 94 sizes. Although the brand's "Lilo" pool float began as an April Fool's joke, it is now available for anyone who wants some extra chest room while lounging in the water.

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Bobbie's Bests: Glow Getters - June 2022

L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion

If you're looking for a tinted moisturizer to even, brighten, or soften your skin, this glycerin and shea butter infused "glotion" is for you, according to Thomas. She recommends wearing the glow enhancer alone or pairing it with foundation for a deeper dimension.

Versed Luminizing Glow Drops

In Thomas' view, these illuminating glow drops should be added to your sunscreen or moisturizer to achieve lustrous radiance. The serum's peptide polyglutamic acid — a moisture retainer — and blackberry extract work together to increase moisture and make skin smoother, according to the brand.

Tan-Luxe "The Butter" Illuminating Tanning Butter

This "glow getter" hydrates, smooths, illuminates, and bronzes skin all in one application. The gradual tanner should be applied every other day to continuously build your perfect sun-kissed glow, the brand says.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer

Thomas also recommends this primer that can be used alone or with a foundation to brighten and even dehydrated skin, according to the brand. The primer includes patented anti-aging ingredients the brand stands behind to make skin glow.

Flower Beauty Spotlight Liquid Highlight

Unlike the other illuminators Thomas recommends for all over, this liquid highlight is designed to draw attention to specific facial features — she recommends your inner eyes, cheekbones, and cupids bow. The vegan and gluten-free formula combines natural ingredients including goji berries and cranberry seed oil to achieve a dewy glow, according to the brand.

Revolution Beauty Ultra Cream Bronzer

Moving onto buildable bronzers, Thomas recommends this cream bronzer to give you a sun-kissed look or sharpen your features. Thomas advises that if you have a warmer undertone, you should choose a cooler shade from the product's five tones. This will allow you to avoid an orange-tinge in your bronzed glow.

Saie Sun Melt Cream-Balm Bronzer

Craving the sun-kissed look? Thomas also recommends this cruelty-free creamy balm bronzer. The product is blendable and buildable to induce an effortless glow on its own or with other products, according to the brand.

Saie The Big Brush

Thomas says Saie's the "Big Brush" pairs well with the Sun Melt bronzer, easing blending on your cheekbones and forehead for your beloved bronzed look. The brush's soft, synthetic bristles effectively blend and spread the cream bronzer, the brand says. The brush works well with liquid-based products as well.

Makeup by Mario Transforming Skin Enhancer

Thomas recommends this enhancer as the first step of a two-fold bronzing routine. The transforming skin enhancer provides light, creamy coverage in six shades. The enhancer's Omega 6 Fatty Acids are designed to nourish your skin, while the product gives it a tanned appearance. She also recommends pairing with the Transforming Skin Perfector.

Real Techniques Handless Oval Foundation Face Makeup Blender

Thomas recommends this kabuki brush for the following four products. The brush's dense, domed bristles interact seamlessly with beauty products for your blending and buffing needs, according to the brand. For best results, the brand recommends dabbing and dotting for application, while stroking and circling for buffing and blending.

Laura Geller New York Baked Bronze-n-Brighten Bronzer Powder

To be used as a contour or bronzing face powder, Laura Geller's bronzer powder includes varying pigment levels that self-adjust on different skin-tones, according to the brand. While using the powder to find your sun-kissed look, the product's antioxidants promise to improve your skin's health.

Chanel Healthy Glow Luminous Color

Nervous about environmental effects on your skin? This bronzer and highlighter uses Kalanchoe Extract to protect your soon-to-be-glowing skin against environmental stress. Use the powder all over your face for a bronzing look and on your cheekbones, forehead, and bridge of the nose to highlight.

Elaluz Stick Bronzer with Camu Camu

Complete with camu camu, a superfruit bursting with vitamin C, the bronzer will brighten your skin, while reducing lines and wrinkles, according to the brand.

Bobbie's Bests: Sun Protection Picks - May 2022

Black Girl Sunscreen Kids Broad Spectrum SPF 50

This SPF 50 sunscreen is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and won't leave any white residue behind, according to the brand. It's also formulated with aloe, shea butter and avocado oil, amongst other hydrating ingredients, which means it can also be used as a daily moisturizer.

Aveeno Protect & Hydrate Sunscreen SPF 60

Lather your face in this protective and hydrating sunscreen. It is a broad spectrum sunscreen, which means it can protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays while you're out and about.

ZitSticka Megashade Breakout-Proof Face Serum SPF 50

Prone to breakouts? Thomas picked this serum that is comedogenic, so it won't clog your pores. It's suitable for dry, combination, oily, normal, sensitive and acne-prone skin — so it is an option that almost anyone can use. Plus, the brand says it doubles as a primer for makeup.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Light Fluid Face Sunscreen SPF 60

This broad-spectrum sunscreen helps to not only protect your skin form the sun, but also works to reduce the appearance of sun damage, according to the brand. It's suitable for all skin types and is formulated with silica, which helps reduce the appearance of shine and absorb excess oil.

Laneige Hydro UV Defense SPF 50+

Thomas also recommends this hydrating daily sunscreen, which is also another broad-spectrum pick. Along with its protective properties, the brand says it also hydrates and soothes the skin.

Supergoop! Every. Single. Face. Watery Lotion SPF 50

This chemical sunscreen has a lightweight feel but doesn't compromise when it comes it protection, according to the brand. It protects against pollution, blue light and infrared radiation, in addition to UVA and UVB rays.

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40

If you think you'll forget to apply SPF, this serum makes for the best of both worlds. It provides light coverage, sun protection and also hydrates the skin, thanks to ingredients such as squalane and niacinamide.

Ilia C Beyond Triple Serum SPF 40

Ilia also recently released a serum that goes just a step beyond the skin tint, hence its name. The star ingredients in this formula are L-Ascorbic acid, niacinamide and zinc oxide, which work together to brighten, hydrate and protect the skin.

Pixi Sun Mist

If you prefer to spray your coverage on, Thomas likes this mist from Pixi. It's made with broad spectrum SPF 30 and can easily be reapplied throughout the day.

Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Face Mist SPF 50

Thomas' pick is no longer available online, but you can still grab it in-store.

Kate Somerville UncompliKated Soft Focus Setting Spray SPF 50

Another 2-in-1 Thomas recommends is this spray from Kate Somerville. It doubles as a sunscreen and is also a setting spray, which provides a matte finish for your makeup look.

Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Sunscreen Powder Brush SPF 30

This facial powder sunscreen absorbs oil while protecting your skin. It is also contains vitamin C, thanks to fruit extracts in the formula.

Tarte SEA Set & Protect Mineral Powder SPF 30

Tarte's powder sunscreen can also set makeup for up to 12 hours, the brand says. It has a translucent finish and also smells like vanilla, for anyone who doesn't enjoy the typical smell of sunscreen.

Brush On Block Mineral Sunscreen Powder SPF 30

Another option that's easy to apply is this powder from Brush On Block. It's a mineral sunscreen that comes in a refillable container. You can find it in a translucent powder or a Touch of Tan, if you prefer a bit of a tint.

If you have oily skin, Thomas recommends skipping liquid foundation. Instead, apply SPF as a base and follow-up with a powder foundation to get the protection you need and the coverage you want. Below are her two recommendations for powder foundations.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder

Thomas recommends this powder foundation, which comes in 20 different shades. It provides full coverage, a matte finish and is made for long-wear — so it checks almost all of the boxes.

Glo Skin Beauty Pressed Base

This foundation comes in 18 different shades and can provide sheer to full coverage, depending on how much you apply. Thomas called out that it is triple-milled for consistency and is formulated with antioxidants.

Bobbie's Bests: Viral Beauty Favorites - April 2022

Glow Recipe Glow Essentials by Mikayla Kit

This kit includes some of TikTok-loved brand Glow Recipe's chart-topping products. In collaboration with popular beauty TikToker Mikayla Nogueira, the brand curated a kit with three of their products that deliver a dewy complexion. It includes the Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer, Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops (which sold out 17 times globally, according to the brand) and Avocado Ceramide Redness Relief Serum.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops

Glow Recipe's Dew Drops received a lot of love on TikTok for brightening skin and leaving users with a dewy complexion. Skin-loving ingredients such as niacinamide and hyaluronic acid stand out in the formula and help keep skin hydrated, according to the brand.

Glow Recipe Mini Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask

The brand's sleeping mask is designed to feel like a lightweight gel but is actually a multitasking serum. Like the Dew Drops, niacinamide, watermelon and hyaluronic acid are also in the formula.

Glow Recipe Fruit Babies Bestsellers Kit

If you want to get a taste of everything in Glow Recipe's catalogue, this kit includes five of the brand's bestselling formulas. Inside is the Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask, Watermelon Glow PHA +BHA Pore-Tight Toner, Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Watermelon Pink Juice Oil-Free Moisturizer and Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops.

Maybelline Sky High Volumizing & Lengthening Washable Mascara

This volumizing mascara has amassed over 500 million views (and counting) on TikTok and has even sold out four times at Ulta's website, according to the brand. At just $9, it's an affordable option that not only helps give you voluminous lashes, but longer ones, too.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Plus

This hair drying brush quickly became a favorite of Shop TODAY readers and editors, among thousands of others. It's an easy way to get a salon-worthy blowout right at home (and depending on your hair, likely in half the time). This 2.0 version is slightly smaller than the original and now enables users to achieve soft waves and flips and can also be used on shorter hair styles. The detachable head, longer motor life and new medium heat setting are also a few new perks.

Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray

This tried-and-true root spray is a classic for a reason. Thomas says it is so popular that it spawned knockoffs. Due to increased demand, Thomas also says the touch-up spray is now at one of it's lowest prices yet — just $12.

Bobbie's Bests: Award Show Goody Bags - April 2022

Opopop Popcorn Discovery Kit

Anyone who enjoys adding flavor to their popcorn knows that it is impossible to coat every single kernel. That's what makes Opopop standout, as the brand says it individually-wraps each kernel in flavors such as Fancy Butter, Vanilla Cake Pop, Maui Heat and more. All you need to do is pour the kernels in the included popper and toss them in the microwave.

Shinery Radiance Jewelry Wash

Removing your jewelry to wash your hands is no longer necessary with this wash. It is the first hand soap designed to clean both your hands and your jewelry at the same time, according to the brand. The plant-based formula removes dirt, lotion and more, leaving you with soft and hydrated skin and shiny jewelry.

Hotsy Totsy Haus Bath Bombs

Hotsy Totsy Haus is a deaf-owned, women-owned brand based in the United States. These vegan bath bombs are handmade by CEO Christi Leonardi, who uses original recipes to create bath bombs, scrubs and more.

Warmies Stuffed Plushes

Another swag bag find is this adorable microwavable plush for little ones to snuggle with. While the stuffed animals are cuddly and cute, the brand also makes items designed for adults, such as microwavable slippers.

Highland Titles

If you're looking for a fun and unique gift, this is it. The Lords and Ladies of Glencoe are a community of landowners in Scotland working to support land conservation efforts, one plot at a time. You can purchase a souvenir plot of land to gift or pass on to future generations and be addressed by "Laird, Lord or Lady," by other community members.

Bobbie's Bests: Jewelry - March 2022

Fortune & Frame Deco Fortune Locket

With an art deco-inspired feel, this locket holds a personalized message and features enamel detailing available in multiple colors. Each purchase also comes packaged in a custom-designed storybook gift box with an extra fortune in a mini envelope.

Fortune & Frame Fortune Cookie Locket

This fortune cookie locket holds a rolled fortune that you can carry with you at all times. You can either write a personalized message or you can also choose to be surprised with one. The subtle design is great for layering or wearing alone.

Fortune & Frame Deco Heart Locket

Available in colors that range from neutrals and bright ivory and turquoise to classic onyx, this heart locket has a whimsical feel. The locket opens to reveal a space where you can keep meaningful messages that you want to keep close to your heart.

Fortune & Frame Mini Envelope Fortune Locket

Designed to look like a mini envelope, this deco-inspired locket opens to hold a meaningful message. The locket comes with extra messages you can put inside, plus a blank piece so you can write your own.

Fortune & Frame Sphere Secret Ring

Inspired by vintage rings that once held perfume or keepsakes, this cocktail ring instead opens to reveal a personalized message rolled into a scroll.

Fortune & Frame Polygon Bracelet

Inside this stylish polygon bracelet is a secret message. Designed with enamel crystals and burgundy garnet for a dash of color, this bracelet is a great way to combine sentimentality and fashion.

Fortune & Frame Polygon Lariat Locket

This polygon locket twists open to reveal a rolled note that you can personalize with your favorite quote, a note-to-self or even a surprise from the brand of their most popular sayings, if you don't want to choose.

Wear Felicity Personalized Heart Photo Necklace

This custom heart pendant holds a photo inside so you can keep those you love close at all times. Each necklace is made-to-order and hand-crafted by skilled artisans, according to the brand. When you hold the pendant and look inside, the picture will be revealed.

Wear Felicity Personalized Circle Photo Necklace

The necklace is also available with a circle pendant, available in silver, rose gold, black and gold. The photo is revealed when you hold the pendant close to your eye, or you can use the camera on your phone to view it, according to the brand.

Wear Felicity Personalized Circle Photo Bracelet

If necklaces aren't your thing, the brand also makes bracelets. Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries and more, this bracelet is a subtle way to keep a cherished photo with you.

Lovesnap Bracelet in Black and Brass

This elegant bracelet is designed to "snap" any negative thoughts right out of you. Whenever you identify a negative thought, the idea is to snap the rubber band, which connects the bracelet together, on your wrist and think of a positive thought to replace it. Included are five different colored rubber bands.

Olive and Cocoa "Loved" Bar Necklace

Love is in the air with this "Loved" bar necklace. The simple and understated design makes this a great jewelry piece to wear everyday. This necklace has a lobster claw clasp, measures about 18 inches long and arrives wrapped in a handcrafted wood crate adorned with ribbon, the brand says.

Roxanne Assoulin Loved Stitched Cuff Bracelet

This bangle features the word "Loved" in a ribbon stitch in red. The bright color contrasts the matte brass finish, which gives the bracelet a rustic feel.

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