6/9/14

Summer Vacay Essentials

Hello lovelies,
We are currently in the midst of one of my favourite seasons, Spring, but trolling soon around the corner is Summer and Summer means vacation and weekend getaways!!!

With a newborn on the cusp of arriving for me, this summer will be more about weekend getaways then actual off shore vacations. But, who says weekend beach getaways can't be just as fun.
So, whether you are headed to a hot sunny destination, going on a road trip or taking a long weekend to bask in the sun near home, here are my Summer Vacation Essentials.

A cute swimsuit - from dynamite.
I love this swimsuit because it is flattering (for the top and bottom) and hello it's purple cheetah print!!!

A beach cover up
I got this when I was a teenager and still have it to this day, 'cause it has dolphins on it and it's huge. With cover ups the bigger the better for me, because they offer so much versatility.

Sunnies
- My favourite not too oversized sunnies from Dolce & Gabanna

For sun protection and tanning I love Hawaiian Tropic products and these are my go to's:
Tanning:
- SPF 4(the lower the better, because I am so pasty) oil spray with UVA and UVB protection. This stuff literally smells like a piƱa colada, yummie!!!
Sun Protection:
- 12h moisturization Silk Hydration sunscreen with Spf 30.
After Sun:
- Silk Hydration after sun moisturizer with aloe gel and 24h hydration. I absolutely love this stuff. It feels soft and cooling on your skin and is perfect if you got a little too much sun.

Hair
- Garnier fructis sleek and shine leave-in conditioner. As a blonde I need to protect my hair from the water whether it be salt water like the ocean or even just chlorine from a regular pool. To do so I wet my hair, slather this stuff all over and stick my hair in a bun. I do this to prevent my hair from absorbing the salt and/or chemicals. Instead my hair can absorb the conditioner and be that much softer.
If I'm not going in the water I use:
- Garnier fructis sleek and shine thermo-sleek spray to prevent my hair from getting heat damage. No this product is not uva or uvb protective, but I find it works just the same. (You can however get similar products that are meant strictly for sun protection.)

Other essentials include my fav razor for on the go; Shick Hydro Silk, a travel manicure set and my fav deordorant from Dove.
Every girl needs protection from mother nature as well, so I always make sure I bring a few tampons with me, no matter what time of the month it is. And, in my bag I have Playtex 360° protection Sport Fresh Balance. This brand has the best on the go protection (with a light fresh scent)and I need that as I will be running and chasing after a baby all Summer.

Face and Makeup:
No matter where you are going and no matter what anyone says, as a girl you always need a little makeup, it just makes us feel and look our best.
My makeup essentials for a weekend getaway include:
- Garnier BB cream in light/medium
- Maybelline age rewind dark circle eraser concealer in fair.
- My Naked2 palette from Urban decay
- Essence silky touch blush in 30 secret it-girl. This colour is perfect for when you have (or want) a tan, because it adds the most beautiful glow to any complexion.
- Stila stay all day waterproof volumizing mascara. Nobody wants raccoon eyes from jumping out of the water or after laying in the sun too long and having your mascara melt off.
Face:
- Blistex tropical lip balm with Spf 15
- My favourite moisturizer that I have been using for years!!!
Neutrogena Healthy Skin face lotion with Spf 15.
- Jergens Natural Glow daily face mositurizer with Spf 20 in fair to medium.
You always need a gradual tanner for your face, as the complexion of our face will never match the rest of our body. This one is my fav, because it is light and doesn't clog your pores. You can also mix it with your regular mositurizer or BB cream, so it is even lighter on your skin.
- Biore Make-up removing towelettes. The best for removing even the toughest waterproof mascara at the end of the day. Also great to refresh your skin after a long day in the sun.
What are your Summer getaway plans for this year and what will you be brining with you!?!
Comment below with your essentials and if you think I missed anything in my bag!!!

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