Planning a winter vacation? I’m currently living it up in Costa Rica as I visit my parents for Christmas and wanted to share my must-have beach beauty products. Whether I’m spending the day on the beach or hanging poolside, I make sure I bring all of these along before I head out for the day!

Before heading out, I apply generous doses of Garnier Ombrelle Sport Endurance SPF30 Water/Sweat Resistant Lotion and MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Unscented SPF28 (available at Murale) to make sure my skin is completely protected, and reapply throughout the day as needed. I also use the new Blistex Blissful Butters lip protectant to keep my lips safe from sun damage thanks to SPF 15. After sun exposure, I like to use L’Oreal Paris Sublime Sun After Sun Rich Repairing Lotions to hydrate to soothe my skin after being in the sun all day.

What do you pack in your beach bag?

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As a pale-skinned gal – or a gal with skin, period, for that matter – keeping myself protected from the sun’s damaging rays is always on my mind. By now, we all now all about the negative effects of direct sun exposure, and it’s no laughing matter. As I’ve mentioned, I’m going to be heading to Costa Rica in a few weeks for a much needed vacay, which means I’m going to spending way more time in the sun than I’ve been doing lately. Now, of course, your skin should be protected every day, but when I’m going to basically live on the beach for 2 weeks I’m going to need all the help I can get. Fortunately, Shiseido’s suncare lineup is going to make this way easier for me.

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First of all, I’m going to admit that I’m the chick who likes to wear a little makeup to the beach. Shoot me. I love makeup, I love playing with it, and there’s no better way to test it out than by wearing it, right? Shiseido has two new products that are absolutely going to be making their way into my beach bag. The Shiseido UV Protective Compact Foundation and UV Protective Stick Foundation both provide broad spectrum sun protection with SPF 36 & 37, respectively. These water-resistant products provide coverage to the skin while protecting the skin thanks to SuperVeil-UV360 technology, which ensures that the sunscreen evenly covers the skin’s surface, filling in ridges for full protection.

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Shiseido UV Protective Compact Foundation in Light Beige on left, Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation in Fair Ivory on right

They both apply nicely to the skin – it ultimately comes down to your preference in texture and the level of coverage that you’re looking for. The stick is my personal favourite – it applies like a creamy dream and provides medium to heavy coverage, while still looking natural. It does have a bit of a dewy finish, and I suggest applying a finishing powder over top to lock it in place. You can use the powder for this as well if you’re looking for a little more coverage. The shade range is a bit limited (5 shades in the compact, 3 in the stick) but they do blend in fairly well – at an event last week, I was surprised to see how easily they can match different skin tones.

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Now of course, I also have to keep the rest of my body protected, which is where the next two products will come in very handy. The Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion s, now redesigned with a formula that’s suited for sensitive skin, contains broad spectrum SPF 50+ and is water resistant (80 minutes) so you know that your skin is going to be kept safe while you play in the sun or the water. Created with WetForce Technology, this sunscreen actually gets stronger as it gets wet (from water or sweating). The formula, full of negative ions, “bonds powerfully with minerals in water and perspiration (which are positive ions) to create a highly water-repellant layer.” And of course, after spending time in the sun, the Shiseido After Sun Intensive Recovery Emulsion will be a must. It replenishes vital moisture that the skin needs after sun exposure, for a dewy feel.

How do you protect yourself from the sun?

 

 

 

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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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