Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Beach Bunny Essentials

Inspired by the beautiful Shaina's "Perfectly Preppy Spring Break" look, I have been dreaming about the beach. When my school ends for the year, I intend to spend all of my spare time lounging at one of SoCal's many gorgeous beaches. 

Maybe I'll go bother my friend Clay in Laguna Beach :)

So, what's in MY beach bag?

I've included a list of products I think are essential to ensure a successful beach trip!

All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

This makeup setting spray is awesome for a day at the beach! While it's not technically waterproof, it will definitely help to keep your makeup on in the heat. This spray has helped my makeup stay on throughout four hour ballet performances under stage lights as well as normal days in the super hot and humid weather of my hometown in Florida. I'd recommend spraying one-three sprays BEFORE you put on foundation/tinted moisturizer and one-three sprays AFTER you finish your makeup. 

Sheer Touch Creme Lotion SPF 50

I don't get too fancy with sunblock. I like Hawaiian Tropic because I feel like you're supposed to smell like coconuts and wax at the beach, but that's just me. I recently started using this creamy lotion, and I'm in love. It's not greasy, and it absorbs easily. 

You Rebel Lite

Benefit's You Rebel Lite is my all-time favorite tinted moisturizer. The regular You Rebel is way too dark for my skin tone, so I prefer the Lite version. You Rebel Lite is great for the beach because it's lightweight, gives you a nice light coverage, and it has SPF 15! I actually usually layer this OVER my sunscreen if I plan on being outside in the sun all day.

Sublime Bronze Tinted Self Tanning Lotion

My skin is naturally SUPER fair, so I usually apply self tanner for several days before I hit the beach . I don't want to be the palest one there! This L'Oreal self-tanner is my favorite so far. It's not greasy,  not too smelly, and the color is a nice non-orange light tan. I'm actually planning on doing a thorough review with 3-day swatches of various self tanners very soon, so be on the lookout for that post! Let me know if there are any self-tanners you're curious about, and I will try my best to try them out :)

Volume Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara

I NEVER leave house without mascara, even if I'm going to the beach. I've had good luck with the waterproof Falsies mascara. In my experience, it's resisted running or smudging even after being fully submerged in water. 

Melon Daiquiri Flavored Lip Shine

I know that you're SUPPOSED to wear SPF on your lips, but I usually just end up wearing something fruity like philosophy's Melon Daiquiri Lip Shine. Maybe my lips will be sun damaged, but at least I will smell delicious. We all have our priorities.

Every girl needs a good beach bag. I'm planning on buying Vera Bradley's Dockside Collection canvas large tote in Periwinkle for my summer vacation! I can't wait until it comes in. I have a ton of Vera Bradley bags, and I love that you can just throw them in the washing machine after a day at the beach! 

You have to have a nice pair of sandals for any successful beach escapade, and Jack Rogers are probably my all-time favorite shoe for summer. They go with EVERYTHING (especially this color), and they last forever. I think I've had my three pairs (white, platinum metallic, and silver) for about five years, and they're still going strong :) I am tempted to buy some of the brighter colors for summer, though!

Tory Burch Sunglasses

Sunglasses are obviously an essential part of a beach trip. I'm really into Tory Burch's new line of sunglasses. Thank goodness I have some Amazon gift cards to use up :)

Add a to-die-for bathing suit that you feel comfortable in. I wish you could order a Victoria's Secret model body online as well...a girl can dream.

This picture was taken on a recent cruise to the Bahamas. I absolutely cannot wait until my vacation!

I wish you all a happy and safe Spring Break! Let me know what your beach essentials are in a comment :)


  1. Never thought of using All nighter for the beach:p Good tip:)

  2. cute post!



  3. Love the bag and the bath suit so much, great selection!
    Thanks for following, follow you too!

  4. I love your post :) My beach essential is my Garnier sun block spray with spf40. In the summer I never leave home without it :)


  5. Amazing post! Love the sandals!

  6. Your blog is so fresh, love it :)

  7. Oooh, you are from california! I love the cali sun! to bad i have a sensitive skin and get burned already after 5 minutes. I always have to stay in the shadows :( thanks for following me! x

  8. Great post! Thank you for following me, I will follow you too!
    Love, Donna.

  9. Great post, following you now, kissesn from


  10. Awww i wanna go on holiday NOW! cant wait for the summer! great post, got me excited that summer will come soon! :) Im now following
    Abi xx

  11. Great pics! I've been debating on purchasing a make up setting spray for this summer since my skin tends to get oily in the heat, maybe I'll try the one you recommended here :)

  12. Very nice post, I would love to go to the beach, but it's still cold here, so I have to wait.

  13. this makes me so excited for summer to come! I absolutely love love the bathing suit, its so cute!


  14. Thanks for following my blog, I'm following yours too now. :)

  15. Very useful post :) Lovely! Following!
    Xoxo, K.

  16. Love this post! Thanks for visiting my blog! Following you now!
    I look forward to your posts!

  17. I have to add an Evian face spray. Your tips are so useful. Summer is only a couple of months away!

    Kisses and hugs,
    Froso from Style Nirvana.

  18. Oh what the heck...go bug your friend Clay in Laguna! I lived in Laguna...a wonderful place to live! You deserve a great day right?
    I so love that bathing suit! So incredible cute with a great tan! Say Hello to Laguna for me!
    XO Carrie

  19. OMG. I love your blog. My name's Anna, I'm a stylist and visual merchandiser in LA. I'm 23 years old and moved to California after graduating back in south with a degree in visual merchandiser. I've worked with such designers as Max Azria, Nicole Richie, and my idol Rachel Zoe. I'd love if you visited my new blog for multiple posts a day on all things fashion. I'd love the support. I'm following you, I hope you'll do the same. Thanks so much.


  20. Oh, this made me soooo miss California! I'm in the Uk right now, and I could really use that sunny weather right about now. Your blog, I must say, is awesome! How about following each other?

  21. thankyou! followin you back,
    nice blog btw

  22. Thanks for your sweet comment. Following you!

  23. Love the pic....I so miss Cali, btw I love your blog :)

  24. interesting post! and very educational, especially for a last-minute girl like me! what I did end up worrying about the most were my cameras haha, sunblock lotion and a good hat. I'm not too into the crowded beaches so I was glad I went to a family friendly quiet beach.. it may also have to do with my fear of walking amongst tall skinny over-tanned girls you see so much here in south beach! well, not really.. :) anyway, hope you have fun when you go down!

  25. Great post!


  26. cool!!!

    xoxo from rome

    (last day's of my GIVE-AWAY)

  27. CAN NOT wait till beach weather! - i love all ur products u choose - it's always interesting to see what people bring with them!


    *kiss kiss*
    Erika @ ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

  28. I so wish I could just head to the beach, but I'm nowhere near one (and it's still a little too cold here). Fantastic list! I adore that bathing suit you pictured!

  29. ooh this pictures makes me wanna have summer haha!

  30. Totally agree with your choices. I'm not the BIGGEST beach person ever but I certainly love the go on the occasion. Love the blog, I'm so following! x

  31. woah you make me want summer here right now :)

  32. I wish I was going to the beach for sb!! I am excited about my little trip to Nashville though :)

    Beautiful blog, xo

  33. can't wait for summer to hit the beach!
    love those tory burch sunglasses!

  34. Nice blog! Just found you. Love the sandals and the bag :)

  35. considering i have'nt been to a beach,in like ever,i'm guessing i would'nt really need "beach essentials".
    but incase i ever do,i'll be sure to refer to this list :P
    your writing's hillarious!!
    and i can't wait for the summers either!!


  36. Hi Ashley! Glad you stopped by! Your blog is SO cute.
    I haven't heard of that first product and I think I will have to get it!
    Happy Friday!

  37. thanks for your nice comment! your blog is super cute.

  38. I'm a Falsies lover too! I haven't tried the waterproof version, but I may need that for my upcoming bachelorette trip to Miami. I used to be IN LOVE with L'Oreal Volume Shocking macara but it was discontinued. :( The Falsies mascara is the best one I've found yet since having to replace my beloved Volume Shocking tube.

  39. Nice post !
    I love the beach pcitures.I wish I would live in LA (: But I live in Germany :D
    Thank you so much for following my blog , I really appreciate that and thanks for subscribing to my youtube.It means the world to me.
    I'm a neww follower and a new subscriber to your youtube.
    Love,Laureen ♥

  40. Fabulous beach bag and contents!
    Love that bikini and the lip shine in particular!


  41. Awesome post! This made me miss the beach sooo much! I used to live in Boston, where the beach was like, right there. And you like the Falsies? I'm going to have to go get it now. I've been debating for a while...but I think I'll probably get it because so many people have said such good things about it. And I HIGHLY suggest you get the Garnier MoistureRescue gel cream moisturizer that I mentioned in my skincare routine; it's absolutely great!

  42. I'm leaving for spring break soon and cannot wait. this post came just in time. so excited for warm beach weather :)

  43. sunblock is always in my bag - i am so pale and easily burn!

  44. Thanks for following! I followed you back. What is your youtube channel name?

  45. I love the platinum Jack Rogers! I've never heard of the makeup setting spray. I will definitely have to try it! Thanks for the suggestion! xoxo

  46. Oh, love! Thanks for the link! You're such a doll.

    I'm always a sucker for Jack Roger's... My platinum ones are so beat up. Perfect excuse for new ones!

  47. I am in love with (slash already own) everything you posted. Fabulous post! <3 you!

  48. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog ashley
    I love your blog and i am glad that i found it :)
    I just followed it


  49. benefit: you rebel.. is so good!

  50. hi! thanks for finding me! i love your blog. i am planning a vacation to the beach and needed some inspiration for packing/buying new stuff!!

    happy hump day.


  51. I just bought that bag and blogged it! hope you like it! I got the same color too!!


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