Summer is officially here, which calls for one thing and one thing only – hours spent at the beach or by the pool, soaking up all the sun possible. My mission for Summer 2014? Check a lot of books off of my ‘to read’ list and I’m planning on doing this whilst dipping my feet in the pool and sipping on non-alcoholic Mojitos. Let’s do this, shall we! To help me stay both refreshed and protected from the sun, here I have my beauty essentials that never leave my beach bag. Grab a delicious cool beverage and enjoy reading!
As much as I’d like to rock the perfect ‘bronzed goddess’ type of tan, I still prefer to protect my skin and lips from the dangerous UV rays. To help me with that I have gathered my UV-battling trio. Starting of with my face, I alternate between La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL (here) and the Bioderma Photoderm AR Tinted Cream (here). They both have SPF 50+, which is ideal but since I could never say ‘No’ to a bit of coverage and anti-redness claims, here I opted for Bioderma’s offering. It protects beautifully, doesn’t leave a white cast, feels super lightweight and leaves my skin feel soft and hydrated. In the bag it goes then. For my body, the NIVEA Protect and Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist with SPF 50 (here) is my protection of choice. It protects, feels super refreshing, applies quick and easy (not a big fan of SPF lotions) and doesn’t have strong sunscreen scent. A winner in my books. I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to protecting your lips. Sunburned pout ain’t cute and hurts badly, so Dior Crème de Rose lip balm (here) is always with me when I’m sunbathing. It has SPF of 10, which might not be much but still does the job perfectly, plus it keeps my lips moisturized and juicy, which I love. The incredible rose scent makes everything that much more appealing, so yes – definitely a beach / pool beauty necessity.
For my hair there is two items that I never leave the house without when I’m headed to the beach. A hair brush and a hair tie. The wind and the salty water could make me look rather hilarious and the only way to tame down the crazy mess looking hair is to have my trusty Tangle Teezer (here) at the ready. I’ve talked about it quite a bit here if you fancy a peek, but to put keep it short and sweet let’s just say that it is a complete hair savior. It takes care both for when my hair is dry and wet. It just slips through my hair and removes all the tangles in one go without pulling my strands. It’s my beach / pool best friend and I’d turn heads if I didn’t have it with me. And not in a good way haha. For similar reasons I always like to have a hair tie with me. If things go a bit too wild on the hair front or in case I feel too hot, I just put my hair up in a pony tail and feel human again. I love these fabric ones from H&M as they don’t create crease in the hair and are also a lot more gentle. Plus the hot pink color feels so happy and summery doesn’t it! <3
Refreshing beverages are a must when I’m sunbathing but sometimes I need some extra help if I feel too warm. I like to give my face a nice spritz of The Body Shop Vitamin C Energizing Face Spritz (here) when I want my skin to feel more fresh, energized and hydrated. This gem is the ultimate pick-me-up for the summer and I adore the healthy glow it adds to my complexion. A must-have for sure. For body refreshment and some added divine scent I always have one of the Victoria’s Secret Body Fragrance (here) on hand. My current favorite is called Sensual Blush and it basically smells like summer in a bottle. The delicious blend of pink lotus and sultry woods is incredible and I love how fresh, young and sweet it smells like. The VS mist is infused with Aloe Vera and makes the skin feel soft and smooth. It’s love. Last but not least, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’d know that I have to have a hand sanitizer with me at all times. The Bath and Body Works PocketBac Sanitizing Hand Gel in Aloha Orchid (here) is my latest obsession. It makes my hands feel clean and refreshed, without feeling sticky. This germ killer not only gets the job done wonderfully but also smells absolutely beautiful, like paradise. It has a fantastic sweet, tropical scent and it is supposed to smell like Hawaiian orchid and iced papaya. Yum.
Have you tried any of these products before? Which are some of your beauty essentials for when you are chilling by the pool or at the seaside?