February 20, 2015

beach beauty must-haves... what to pack if you're heading south.

I just returned home from a sunny vacay in the Bahamas (snow and -30 degree weather welcomed me with open arms - why do we live here again?) and it inspired me to write a post on beauty essentials for your suitcase. Read on if you're heading south for spring break!

1. sunscreen 

This is a must. Ideally SPF 30, but at the very least 15! There is nothing beautiful about wrinkles and age spots, or worse, skin cancer. Have no fear bronze-loving beauties, you will still tan with sunscreen, just won't be experiencing the damage that UVA and UVB rays do to unprotected skin.

LD Pick:Ombrelle Complete Sunscreen Lotion, $20 [I scored mine at Winners for $10!]

2. body lotion

After a day in the drying sun and chlorine-filled pool, you'll want to nourish and hydrate your skin, and what better way to do that than with a really good moisturizer. Bonus points if it contains shimmer elements to really make your tan pop!

LD Pick: Biotherm After Sun Oligo-Thermal Sparkle Cream, $37

3. bronzer/highlight

Bronzing and highlighting products are great for giving your skin a radiant, luminous finish, and for the start of your vacation, bronzer can help you fake it before you make it! The Too Faced bronzer I love combines the natural, therapeutic effects of real cocoa powder with their signature bronzing pigments, creating a unique matte bronzer that neutralizes red, and evens out and enhances all skin tones.

LD Pick: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder, $30 [smells like chocolate!]  //  MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in "Lightscapade", $37

4. bb cream

The last thing you want to do on vacation is wear a lot of heavy foundation [or spend lots of time in the bathroom getting ready!] so packing a BB cream is a must. This easy to use product smooths skin and evens out skin tone in a flags, with just the right amount of coverage. Finish with a bronzer to give yourself that 'au natural', flawless skin that's perfect for the resort.

LD Pick: Marcelle BB Cream, $23

5. waterproof mascara

At the beach, or for those humid nights, waterproof mascara will stay put [no mascara smudges!]

LD Pick: Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Custom Volume Mascara, $31

6. a bright lipstick

If you choose to pack no other element of makeup on your vacation, pack a bright lipstick. In a vibrant pink, or punchy coral, it gives your face a pop of colour while still remaining fresh and natural.

LD Pick: Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivid Lipstick in "Fuchsia Flash", $8

7. spf lip balm

Don't forget about your lips in the sun - they can experience the same damage the rest of your skin does! And anyone who has burned their lips knows how painful it can be. Make sure to pack a lip balm with SPF and reapply often.

LD Pick: Blistex Ultra Protection SPF 30 Lip Balm, $4 

8. nourishing face cream

Even though you've just protected the delicate skin on your face with sunscreen all day (Right? Right??), you should still rehydrate at night with a light face cream that won't weigh you down [and doesn't contain retinoids that make your skin sensitive in the sun].

LD Pick: Nivea Aqua Effect Moisturizing Night Care, $12

And before you go... Don't forget about a bright mani/pedi, and some self-tanner for a head start on that J-Lo glow!

Bon Voyage Beauties!!!

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