Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Beach Essentials

Summer is here and one of my favourite things about summer is the beach! I love being by the water, enjoying the sun, and spending time with friends. Here's what I consider to be beach essentials :)

Bikini - Or any type of bathing suit! I love the bikinis from La Vie En Rose Aqua, I find them very flattering and they come in so many different patterns and prints to suit anyone's taste. Find something that suits your body type in a colour that you love!

Cover Up - My mom picked this up for me when she was on vacation in Turks and Caicos and I love it! It's great to have a cover up to wear when you're leaving the beach for a little bit, to go get food or to the car, etc., but you don't want to get fully dressed.

Flip Flops - I got these a month ago when I was on vacation in Key West, Florida. I've been a long time lover of Havaianas flip flops, but my pair has seen better days and it was time to retire them. I decided to change it up and pick up a pair of Reefs, they are so comfortable and I love the bit of bling! The only thing that I don't like about these is that they sometimes turn my feet a bit black. I'm hoping that is just because they are still fairly new.

I always like to bring some antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer to the beach. If you're going to be at the beach all day, you will most likely be eating throughout the day. These wipes are great to give you that clean feeling, taking away the sunscreen and sand. I also love the little PocketBac's from Bath & Body Works, the one I have here is the Fresh Lemon scent, very refreshing!

Sunscreen is obviously a beach essential, you don't want to end up burnt! Make sure you pick something waterproof and sweatproof! 

You might not need after sun at the beach, but you will need it after you get home from the beach. Even if you don't get burnt, I like to apply after sun just to sooth my skin. I really like this one from Vichy, is very thin and cooling.

I absolutely love the scent of this Hawaiian Tropic Dark Tanning Lotion. I used to tan every summer, but this year I'm really trying to protect myself from the sun. Since I love the scent of this and I don't want it to go to waste, I like to apply it over top of my sunscreen.

I really love this Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On! I brought it on the plane with me when I went to Florida, and I love it at the beach too. This has a metal tip that is very cool and helps to awaken tired eyes, and to de-puff.

I love to read outside, and when I'm at the beach I like to read something fun and light. I'm about to start Ellen's book Seriously... I'm Kidding, I've heard great things about it, so I'm excited to start reading it! I also love reading magazines at the beach :)

It's important to protect your lips from the sun too! I have a few different lip balms with SPF in it, but right now I'm loving Fresh's Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15. It's very moisturizing and I love the citrusy scent.

I absolutely love The Body Shop's Coconut Body Butter in the summer. This scent just reminds me of the beach! I don't actually use this at the beach, but I love to use it when I get home.

Do you love the beach as much as I do? What are your beach essentials :)


  1. I love the beach! I must always have two towels, a water bottle, a mister, a good book, some suntan lotion and a big floppy sun hat!

    1. I agree with the two towels! I hate having only one!
      I need to get a big floppy hat :) Great beach essentials!

  2. Perfect list of beach essentials!! I'm ready for my vacation! :-)

    Jayme @ HLNC

    1. I wish I had an upcoming vacation! Have a great time on yours :)


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