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The weather back home has definitely taken a bit of a turn – can you believe we’ve already had snow in Toronto? Lucky for me, I managed to escape just before the cold hit and I’m spending a couple of weeks visiting my family down in Costa Rica. Since I know many of you are planning on getting out during the winter and heading somewhere with a more comfortable climate, I’m sharing my beach vacation faves. All of these can be found on Amazon, so make sure you sign up for a free 30-day Prime trial for better pricing and free shipping on many of these items!

Anyways, if you’re planning a getaway soon, you may want to add one or two of these to your list!

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  1. A super cute one-piece bathing suit. I’ve been wanting a one-piece for a while and I fell in love with this adorable red one! They have it in a ton of other phrases and colours as well. I do suggest buying a size up than you normally would because it fits a little short.

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2. Sunglasses! You can’t go on a beach vacation without bringing a pair of sunglasses along with you; if they’re stylish even better. I love the rose gold tone to these ones.

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3. A maxi dress makes for a perfect piece that can go with you anywhere. They’re comfortable and stylish, making them nice to wear on the beach or out to dinner.

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4. If you’re like me, you’ll want a fun, giant floatie to bring with you. Last time I was down I brought a unicorn (which my pup popped) and this time I have a flamingo to hang out in!

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5. I’m so here for the fanny pack – bonus points if it has a fun pattern (like tacos!) on it. They’re great for travel, hold the necessities and I like being able to have it close by so I never worry.

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6. Pick up a colourful beach towel to dry off after spending the day in the water. It doesn’t hurt that it looks good on Instagram 😉

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7. If you’re staying at a resort, you’ll want a comfortable pair of sandals to wander around in. These Steve Madden sandals are adorable and perfect for walking around in!

 

Are you planning any beach vacations this fall or winter?

 


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The best part of summer? Definitely getting to enjoy a little time relaxing on the beach. We’ve pulled together our top beauty & fashion picks to make your days by the lake even better.

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Let your mane go wild and give it some beachy texture with Sun Bum Beach Formula Sea Spray. A few spritzes on damp hair will help enhance waves and volume while adding protection from UV rays and the elements, and adding a little bit of a leave-in treatment, like Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Argan Oil Infused Crème will keep it feeling soft.

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Look stylish while staying cool and protected with a cute hat. Go wide brimmed for a luxe look or stay chic with a banded raffia cap, like the Tilley Women’s Raffia Hat while you relax on a lounger.

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If you’re planning on spending the day in the sun, you’ve got to make sure your skin is protected. For your face, a lightweight sunscreen with a tint (Garnier Ombrelle Ultra Light Advanced Tinted Lotion SPF 60) or a mineral compact with protection (Bioderma Photoderm Compact SPF 50+) will give your skin light coverage while keeping it safe. If you’re planning on spending time in the water, make sure you protect your body as well by using a waterproof sunscreen (Vichy Ideal Soleil Sport SPF 60, $30) and reapplying throughout the day.

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Make sure you bring everything along in a cute bag, like the TOMS Blue Spatter Denim All Day Tote ($95, which helps to provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need). Pack a few Instagrammable must haves, like a round towel and fun inflatable flamingo, for the perfect beach shot.

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While protecting your skin from the sun is a must, you can still rock a golden glow easily (minus the skin damage) thanks to the magic that is self tanner. Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan ($49) gives you a natural looking tan in, you guessed it, ten minutes, while its advanced technology supports natural collagen protection.

What do you like to bring along for a day at the beach?

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Who doesn’t love spending a day on the beach? Warm sun, soft sand and rolling waves make for the perfect spot to relax on a beautiful summer day. I’ve been pretty busy lately but have been able to to get down to the beach a few times.

When spending time at the beach you definitely need to be prepared. I’ve put together some of my beach mag must-haves to help you decide what you need to bring along with you for a day in the sun. What are your beach day essentials?

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I’m going to start by saying sun protect is an absolute must when you are spending a day in the sun. By now, I’m sure we all know about the dangers of prolonged sun exposure. Make sure you stock up on sunscreen to make sure your skin is protected during a long day on the beach. Right now, I’m really loving Vichy Capital Soleil Invisible Mist (SPF 50) The spray format makes it easy to hit every part of your body when you don’t have anyone around to help you get those hard to reach places. For the face, I prefer something a bit lighter and non-greasy. Vichy Aqualia Thermal UV Hydrating Treatment (SPF 15) and Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense (SPF 50) are perfect for this, providing more lightweight facial protection. And of course, you can’t forget about the little ones… Garnier Ombrelle Kids Mineral Lotion (SPF 50+) makes sure their little bodies are safe from the sun – not to mention you can definitely use this on yourself!

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Of course, while we like to stay protected from the sun, there’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a bit of a glow. Keep your tan looking great longer with the Jergens Natural Glow Tan Extender. Moisturizing extends the life of a tan, and it even helps to add a bit of colour to your skin – but not enough that you have to worry about staining or streaking! For the face, the Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals is the bomb. Since it is a bronzer, it gives the face an automatically golden look once it’s been buffed on… But the best part is that the powder acts as a self tanner that is activated by your moisturizer or foundation, so a glow develops while you wear it! Of course, now that your beautiful and bronzed, you can perk up your look with a killer nail polish, like the fun Ceramic Glaze polishes pictured above.

Don’t forget about your hair! If you’re going to be splashing around in the pool or in the lake/beach, bring along a leave-in treatment like the Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Replenishing Oil. Once you get out of the water (and before you jump in if you remember!) apply some throughout your mane to lock in moisture and prevent chlorine from drying your hair or helping colour to fade more quickly. I also love to bring along a salt spray, like the John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray (and no, you don’t have to be a blonde to love & use this one!). I spritz some in my hair, scrunch it up and let it air dry for a wavy look without the fuss! Bonus – this one smells like coconuts. Love!

What do you like to throw in your bag for a day at the beach?

 

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“For me, summer has always been about the beach; it’s where I’m the happiest. Whether taking a morning walk or an afternoon swim, I am endlessly inspired by the sea and the shells along the shore.  This collection, with its natural colours and a multi-purpose cream, give a day at the beach an effortless touch of subtle luxury” – Aerin Lauder

Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of the legendary Estee Lauder, has really come into her own with her AERIN beauty line.  This summer, she releases the AERIN Shell Color Summer 2013 Collection, which features beachy shades that create a warm glow.  Neutral and warm, the collection comes together for a look that makes you feel as if you’ve just spent some time sitting on the beach.  I’ve got a couple of the products from the collection here to share with you.

AERIN Summer Style Palette

AERIN Summer Style Palette

AERIN Summer Style Palette, $78 – This is the perfect summer palette, it really has just about everything you need for a bronze goddess look.  This palette includes 2 lipsticks, 2 lip glosses and 3 eye shadows (one of which I feel can easily double as a blush/bronzer) in warm, neutral shades that suit most skin tones.

AERIN Pretty Bronze Portable Illuminating Powder

AERIN Pretty Bronze Portable Illuminating Powder

AERIN Pretty Bronze Portable Illuminating Powder, $60 – This is the perfect companion to smooth skin for the summer.  It comes in 2 shades, Glow (pictured above, it is a golden, shimmery highlighter) and Sunshine (matte bronze), and is perfect for throwing in your bag for a little boost.  These powders apply easily through the brush and are great for highlighting ad accentuating!

Aerin Lauder Shell ColorThe collection also includes 2 lip glosses (in Shell and Sunset), a lipstick (in Beach Beige) and a Beach Cream.  This collection will be available for a limited time at Holt Renfrew Toronto Bloor Street, Yorkdale, Calgary & Vancouver, as well as online at esteelauder.ca.

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