I’m going to the beach today and since I’m up so early I figured I’d do a post on what I bring with me down the shore. I have a lot of beach bags, but so far I’ve been using my Tory Burch one this summer. Most of my other beach bags are from Victoria Secret, they were free with a Pink purchase. I love those bags, they fit so much in them and they’re made well for being free!
Anywayyyy, I got this bag the day after Christmas in Bloomingdale’s, it took me forever to realize that it was printed in pink bugs. My friend said to me, “why does your bag have cock roaches on it??” — I thought it was just pink and pretty…wrong. But, oh well, i just ignore the bugs…whatever species they are.
Aside from my wallet, towels [I bring two, one to lay on and one for my head…makes it more comfortable] and sunglasses [with case for extra protection against sand scratches!] here are some essentials I always make sure come with me to the sand.
Most importantly, here are the two sunscreens I use while I’m at the beach. I use Aveeno Face 30SPF, and I love it. I’m really picky about the sunscreen I put on my face, Aveeno isn’t super oily, and I’ve never broken out after using it…which can sometimes happen to people with oilier prone skin. The formula is light, and doesn’t leave a gross residue. I def suggest this for your face if your looking for a new facial sunscreen! For all over sun protection, I took my mom’s 48SPF sunscreen the other day. It’s from Walgreens, it worked really well. I applied every hour and still got tan without being burnt. Since it’s not a facial sunscreen it’s a little bit thicker than the Aveeno, but it applies pretty dry which is always a plus…as opposed to streaky and yucky white goo everywhere…bleh. It worked just fine for being a generic brand, so I’ll keep that in mind from now on!
I prefer to read while I’m at the beach, as opposed to listen to music. Since I’m always with my friends I think it’s more fun to read so I can still talk, rather than be zoned out in music. Today, I’m bringing the August issue of Cosmo [Kim Kardashian…yay!] and one of the books I’m currently reading, Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl. It’s a very cute and easy read, I’m almost half way through…I feel more like a French glam girl already! I bought this book in Anthro a few months ago, and while I can’t find it on their website now..here’s a link to Amazon for it!
I make sure to have a compact with me, I always need a mirror. This compact is from the Hello Kitty collection from Sephora. I also always carry blotting papers, I hate to feel oily whether it’s just from the heat or my sunscreen. I really love these tea tree oil blotting tissues from The Body Shop. I know the link doesn’t exactly look like the ones I have, but I’m 100% sure they’re the same ones!
Lastly, while I don’t wear a lot of makeup when I go to the beach, I still need to have something on. I always put on Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturizer spf 20 [I use bisque] on in the morning, and I actually add the Aveeno sunscreen to that before I leave. I don’t put much else on besides mascara [Maybelline Falsies is my new favorite], because nobody will ever see me in public without mascara on.
I bring a bronzer with me because we usually go out to lunch so it’s nice to have a glow-y look after I’ve been laying out. Right now my summer bronzer is MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in medium deep. I use it as an all over bronzer or sometimes just as a blush which looks great too. And lastly, I always have my Burt’s Bees Replenishing Pomegranate Oil Lip Balm with me…everywhere. Some people don’t like this Burt’s Bees balm, they like the original better, but I love this one. It’s so hydrating, especially after being in the water.
I keep my makeup in this oversize Coach wristlet I got a longggg time ago. I don’t want to bring my everyday makeup bag since I have other unnecessary stuff in it. Everything fits in here just fine, and with a zipper I can make sure nothing falls out of it and gets sandy in my bag!
This is all the stuff I’m bringing with me today! Also, a quick tip…I put water bottles in the freezer the night before and wrap them up in paper towels [for when they start to super sweat from the hot sun, the water doesn’t get everywhere] to bring with me to the beach. Cold water for hours in 95 degree weather sounds perfect to me. It’s SO important to drink water all day when in the sun, but I’m sure you all already knew that!