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Sweet 16: Beauty Essentials for Teens

I really enjoy putting birthday gifts together for my family and friends. When my niece recently turned 16, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for her. She is a busy lady and is constantly on the go. She plays on various softball teams that compete in tournaments throughout California. As a result, she stays in hotels quite frequently. Couple this with her already hectic, on-the-go schedule filled with practices, games, homework, and high school events. So I put together 16 essential travel-size beauty products for her sweet 16 self that she can easily take on the go.

  • Sweet 16 Beauty Round Up 1 of 16
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    Every teenager needs a well rounded assortment of beauty must-haves. See what 16 make my round-up!

  • Maybelline Baby Lips 2 of 16
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    The perfect amount of subtle lip color for a teen, plus a little moisture.

    Get it at Drugstores, $2.99

  • St. Ives Apricot Scrub 3 of 16
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    Scrub away those teenage blackheads with this awesome face scrub.

    Get it at Drugstores, $2.97

  • Alba Botanica Lavendar Sunscreen SPF 45 4 of 16
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    I love the smell of this lavender sunscreen. It's the perfect size for my niece to keep in her backpack for those sunny days out on the field. 

    Get it at Natural Food Stores (travel size)

  • Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes 5 of 16
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    These towelettes will take anything from dirt to makeup off. They are also so refreshing and smell crisp and clean.

    Get it at Yes To Carrots, $2.99

  • Marc Jacobs Honey Fragrance 6 of 16
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    I started wearing a light fragrance when I was a teenager, and this sample-size Marc Jacobs was the perfect little addition to the gift bag. Small enough to carry in her handbag and not overpowering. 

    Get it at Sephora (starting at $22)

  • Aveeno Daily Moisturizer 7 of 16
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    This is a staple in our house, and with the season changing, it's important to keep the skin hydrated.

    Get it at Drugstores, $3.19

  • Maybelline Great Lash 8 of 16
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    A teenager's best friend is her mascara, so I knew I couldn't go wrong with the classic Maybelline mascara. 

    Get it at Drugstores, $3.99

  • Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture SPF 15 9 of 16
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    Another classic that I also used for several years throughout high school. It's so important to start taking care of your skin as a teenager!

    Get it at Target (travel-size shown)

  • Sinful Professional Nail Color 10 of 16
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    Stay on trend with one of this season's hottest shades! The perfect mani color for fall!

    Get it at Drugstores, $1.99

  • Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner 11 of 16
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    My niece already has beautiful long dark hair, so why not introduce her to the mini-me versions of one of my favorite shampoos? They smell so good, you just want to eat them.

    Get it at Drugstores (travel-size shown)

  • Nail File 12 of 16
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    Considering my niece plays a very active sport, I am assuming she breaks a few nails here and there. What better way to treat those broken nails than with this adorable bubble nail file?

    Get it at Drugstores, $1.69 (similar shown)

  • Sally Hansen Real Nail Polish Strips 13 of 16
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    A girlfriend just bought me a set of these, and I thought they were so fun that I bought my niece a pair, too! Chip-free nail polish that lasts 10 days! 

    Get it at Drugstores, $7.59-$9.09

  • Cetaphil Face Wash 14 of 16
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    My first dermatologist recommended this cleanser to me, so I am passing the referral down the line to my niece. It won't dry out the skin or irritate the eyes. 

    Get it at Drugstores, $5.49 for 4oz (travel-size shown)

  • EOS Lip Balm 15 of 16
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    I wish I knew about this lip balm as a teenager. Hands down my favorite lip balm, and I LOVE this summer fruit flavor. 

    Get it at Drugstores, $2.99

  • Elastics 16 of 16
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    I think I had elastics in every pocket, handbag, and backpack I owned ... actually, I still do! It's safe to say you can never have enough!

    Get them at Drugstores, $1.49 (similar shown)

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