beach bag

It seems like we wait around all year for summer and finally it’s almost here! What does that mean for you? Cocktails on the deck? A trip to the cottage? Maybe even a vacation away? My plans are pretty low key, but I’m definitely going to try to take some down time…hopefully by water!

In preparation for the summer season I’ve put together 6 beauty essentials that will be included in my beach bag.

1. PLAY IT SAFE AND BRING SUNSCREENsunscreen

With the health risks associated with the UV rays, sunscreen is a must for everybody (even if you’re in the shade). Sunscreen is definitely number one on my list. I love the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist (I use SPF 30). It doesn’t leave that sticky, heavy feeling like many sunscreens do, and it’s so easy to apply. I’ve been using it for the last three summers and won’t be switching any time soon.

Where Can I Get It?

Most drug stores carry this line, and I’ve also seen it at Walmart and Costco.

Cost

$7.47 US/ $10.97  CAD

2. LIP PROTECTOR
blistex
While we protect out skin from the sun, we can’t forget our lips – they need protection too. You can tell that this tube of Blistex Ultra SPF 30 is an essential for me, by the wear of the packaging. I don’t leave home without it in the summer, and it’s most certainly in my beach bag! This product is super versatile too, as you can be using this for outdoor winter sports as well.

Where Can I Get It?

Drug Stores, Walmart

Cost

$0.99  US/ $2.49 CAD

3. LIP GLOSS, LIP GLOSS & MORE LIP GLOSS
YSL
bobbie
While lounging by the pool, who doesn’t want to look like they just stepped out of a photoshoot? While I’m a firm believer of being ‘au naturel’, there’s no reason why we can’t have that natural and healthy ‘sun kissed’ look, especially when we’re sitting in the shade, away from the damaging rays. I always have a couple of natural lipglosses on the go. My two favourites at the moment:  YSL Beauty {rouge splash, 203} and Bobbi Brown {twightlight, 50}

Where Can I Get It?

YSL rouge splash, 203 is from the summer POP WATER collection and is available at most YSL Counters. Bobbi Brown Twighlight, 50 is part of the new Telluride Collection, launching July 2015. Check out Bobbi Brown for a store near you.

Cost

YSL Rouge Splash, 203, $36  US/ $38 CAD

Bobbi Brown Twighlight 50, $25 US/ $29 CAD

 

4. A GIRL NEEDS HER SHIMMER!
shimmerbrick
To get that sun kissed glow, a girl needs her shimmer! My favourite way to get a little shimmer? Bobbi Brown’s infamous shimmer brick. It’s versatile as it can be used multiple ways: as an eyeshadow, a highlighter and, depending on the shade, can also help add a little bronze to your cheeks as well.

Where Can I Get It?

This particular shimmer brick is also part of the Telluride Collection, launching in July but one of Bobbi Brown’s bestsellers is the shimmer brick in {Bronze}, which is available now.

Cost

$44 US/ $51 CAD

5. FAKE AND BAKE
mac bronzer
Since we’re not really ‘sun tanning’ (because we’re in the shade, away from the harmful rays right?), there’s no reason why we can’t do a little ‘healthy fake tan’ with bronzer. While there are so many on the market now (stay tuned for a roundup post), I just acquired this beauty from the Mac Wash & Dry Collection. This is Golden Rinse.

Where Can I Get It?

Any mac counter near you.

Cost

$27.50 US/ $33 CAD

6. MOISTURIZER
beachlotion

So our day by the pool (or on the beach) is finished. It’s time to shower off and wipe away the chlorine, salt water and sunscreen. Both sunscreen and sun can both be very drying on the skin, so it’s really important to moisturize. My moisturizer of the moment – Bobbi Brown {Beach} Body Lotion. It’s soft and hydrating, without being heavy and it smells just like a beautiful mixture of the sea and sunscreen (the good smelling ones). This is a great product to use when you’re longing for the sun but just can’t get there.

Where Can I Get It?

Check out Bobbi Brown for a store near you.

Cost

$37 US/ $49 CAD 6.7 oz./200 ml

 

Do you have any vacation plans this summer? What are your beach bag essentials?

Until next time,

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