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“It’s right there…”
Today, my beauty queens, we are backing our fav beach tote up for some much needed R&R by the ocean! Or where ever you go to cool down in the warmer months.
I’m so excited to show you some of my fav summer products and what I HAVE TO have when I’m taking in the sun and splashing in the water. Also, as I write this it is currently thunder-storming so I’m in desperate need of it.
This is an in-depth post, so sit back and grab a snack cause we’re going to the beach!
OK that is all, thx! Love you guys :*
Now, on with the post!
This all depends on what type of bag you like to carry. Most of time I will take a tote to the beach because totes can double as real bags if you decide to go out to eat or if you are traveling and are limited with items to bring. I have two options for you guys:
Options 1: The Classic Tote (won’t break the bank)
I like this bag because its big enough to store the essentials and also not too big as to where it gets heavy and obnoxious. Also, its a plus that it is so fashionable and has a cute colorful accent to it as well (the tassel is removable if you were worried about it collecting sand). It has an interior pocket to store away small personal items for safe keeping.
Option 2: The Splurge (because life’s a beach)
This is the bag for the people who like a bigger more high-end option. It zips fully closed and has a large interior pocket too! Its beautiful design just screams “beach day!” This review shows just how great of tote it is:
The proof is in the pudding, people! In addition to these two totes, you can go through a heap of them that are relatively inexpensive at places like Target, TJMaxx, and Kohls.
A Beach Towel:
When it comes to beach towels, of course whatever you have on hand will do, but if you are looking for something more luxurious and cute, then, Turkish towels are the way to go.
These towels are great because they are made of ultra soft and absorbent 100% Turkish cotton! This is perfect for the beach, pool, backyard, and basically where ever you need a towel to relax on and dry you off. Also, because they are so lightweight they dry super fast.
Writlets are great for the beach because they can hold money, credit cards, hotel keys, small makeup products, etc. These are also great if you want to go buy something but don’t want to tug around your beach bag or for its late in the day and you’re going out.
Straw Pouch; Regularly $9.99 (currently on sale for $7.49)
This is a quick way to reach your personals in a pinch without them getting lost in the abyss of your tote. I would also add a floating key-chain if, god forbid, it falls into the water. The keychain will keep it afloat. One can be found like that here.
My mom has also had a waterproof change holder ever since I was little and still uses it to this day. Its actually really good if you need change for the parking meter and whatnot!
She has one exactly like the pink one! lol. You can buy it here
Waterproof Bathing Suit Pouch:
These are a must if you know you will be changing out of your wet bathing suit later on in the day. You never want to put your wet bathing suit in your beach tote, this will get everything else wet and also if left for a while it can start to smell, especially if its in a hot car on a sweltering day.
Instead pick up a pouch like this:
This is small enough to fit a bathing suit top and bottoms. If you want something a little more for your flip flops that packs into itself to save space in your beach bag, the one shown below is good choice.
This is a classic beach essential. A beach cover-up is so necessary because this can be your outfit going to the beach, if you go to get something to eat or shop, and (if it isn’t too see-through an outfit) to change into when you leave. If you came from afar to the beach and are going to be in the car awhile, then, this is good idea because you can be comfy and dry the whole way.
Gorgeous cover-up found here
This is another beautiful one available in plus sizes
It really is the best way to dress up any bathing suit as well.
For Blasting Some Tunes:
If you want everyone to listen to some music a portable/wireless speaker is the best way to go. There are a lot on the market these days and most are pretty pricey. I personally love this one from Sunny Life:
I love this speaker because it is both water and sand proof. It takes batteries so you don’t have to worry about charging it, this also means its wireless. Works with any smart phone plug and has AM/FM radio capabilities which is just classic summer at the beach! An Aux cord is included which is a great plus. AND they come in like a bunch of colors and designs to best match your personal style.
What the inside looks like
But if you are more of the person who likes to tune out the world and just listen to your personal collection of music then earbuds are the best option (or you just really want to listen to Shawn Mendes as a 21 year old girl who is way too old to be listening to him and doesn’t want to be judged) ((BTW: I won’t judge)).
Headphones can get bulky and make your ears sweat if it’s really hot. So, earbuds work best for the beach or poolside.
These ones from Skullcandy are great! They are wireless (battery life lasts up to 6 or so hours) and has a microphone if you want to talk on the phone. A great way to not make your wallet hurt but listen to your music with high quality audio speakers.
Keeping You Charged & Protected:
I have mentioned this in a previous post but portable chargers are not just a must have in your beach bag but this thing should just be everywhere you are.
Keeps your phone from dying and keeps you connected with the outside world.
Imagine the sun is setting and its getting to that golden hour where the sky looks like a delicious orange and you just got to snap a pic for the gram and…NOOOOO!!! Your phone has died! Very emotional, I know…
Or you’re striking a pose like me… (2003)
Can’t have that happening, now can we? This portable charger ensures that snaps and selfies will be taken.
I love Belkin brand products because they tend to be pretty durable but also stylish as well. They come in a lot of different colors. This portable charger has a:
“Standard USB-A output for smartphones, tablets, headphones, cameras and tons of other devices. Small design fit comfortably inside most pockets. Features temperature regulation technology that prevents wasting energy through overheating” -Belkin
Also, when you’re by a body of water you will probably want to keep your electronics safe too. There are many waterproof phone cases out there but they tend to be pretty bulky and sometimes even ugly. I like waterproof phone bags instead!
These not only hold your phone to it keep from getting wet but can also be used to store your money and keys all in one place.
They can be shared with people who have different phones from you because they fit most of them. Whereas if it was a case, it will only fit the phone it was made for. Also, if you are one that loves underwater filming and snapping pics this a great way to do so.
These are more multi-purposeful too! You can use them for not only water but dirt, sand, snow, and dust! I can go on and on about how much of lifesaver these bags truly are.
For Thirsty Boys & Gals:
Let’s face it, it gets pretty hot at the beach and all that heat is making you…thirsty…BUT in a good way!
I love Swell bottles for a hot beach day! You probably have heard of these before because they are so saturated in the public right now. I know that I get ads for them all the time on Instagram.
Swell really does work through I should say. I have two and they are literally all I use for the beach but also for keeping my water ice-cold next to my bedside! You know when you wake up in the middle of the night and your mouth feels like the Sahara Desert? Ugh, the worst! This saves you from that horrible feeling.
Swell bottles keep your liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. They are made of high-grade stainless steel meaning they very durable and don’t stain on the interior. They fit in most standard cup holders and the opening fits most ice cube sizes too.
Also between me, you, and the wall the 25oz size can hold a whole bottle of wine! Great for concealing your alcohol and keeping it cold. 😉
Tip: If you have an “.edu” email from your school then you can use it to create a student account on Swell and get 20% off select products. Score! Find out how it works here
The Lily Pulitzer x Swell Collection
And have no fear of your bottle getting full of sand if it has condensation on it! I just found these things and now I don’t know what I was doing without them! They are called Spikers and can be found on Amazon and if you like personalized ones they can be found on Etsy.
Great for the beach and stands firmly in the sand. They also don’t just hold your drinks but your portable speakers, phones, and anything you want to keep from the sand as well.
A lot of blogs and publications put out lists like this one for what to pack in a beach bag before every summer. Often they will say something like “Don’t forget to pack some cheap sunglasses!” While I understand their intent, which is get cheaper ones because you won’t care if they get damaged or lost in the water and whatnot, I would take this advice with great caution.
When being in direct sunlight your eyes need to be protected to the fullest extent.
“Ultraviolet radiation is the energy radiated by the sun that arrives on Earth in wavelengths too short for us to see. Both UVA– and UVBradiation– can be harmful to your eyes.” -From CNN
So, please protect your beautiful eyes! Invest in some good sunglasses that state that they have “100% UV protection” on them.
Foster Grant Sunnies in the style “Dempsey”; $30
These sunglasses are great option that have full UV protection and aren’t too expensive. The best way to find good sunglasses for having some fun in the sun is to consult your eye doctor!
These next five products are ones that I like to take to the beach with me:
This sunscreen provides broad-spectrum UV protection all with an ultra light sheer mist.
It has an ultra-light, non-greasy finish and is waterproof, sweat-proof and resists running into eyes.
The weightless formula applies easily to “even hard-to-reach” areas because of the “one-touch continuous spray” handel that works at any angle.
And best part it won’t clog pores! Woo!
This a lip balm is nourishing for the lips which is good for any lip balm but also is soothing to the lips too.
Your lips can really can get dry and chapped when in the sun and just in summer months in general. So, instead of licking your lips which can irritate them even more, just add some of this lip balm.
“Lips are one of the most sun-sensitive parts of your body. This lip balm, made with moisturizing shea butter, will lock in hydration while protecting from the sun.”
Also, best part is that it has 30 Broad Spectrum SPF.
I love this body powder because it keeps everything dry and cool.
This feminine powder makes it easy for you to care for your “down there” by absorbing moisture, which can cut down on irritation and itching.
Summer’s Eve is a hypoallergenic powder which is made of ingredients that are gentle on your skin and are gynecologist tested!
It neutralizes odors and leaves behind a lovely light and fresh scent. You can apply it directly to your vulva or put some inside your underwear.
Also, its free of talc which is essential for any powder you put near your bikini line.
This spray is good for all hair types and has a lightweight, build-able non-drying formula that instantly adds texture and volume to your hair.
The spray locks in those beautiful beach waves you got from the going into the ocean (or you can use it on your normal hair to fake-it lol).
This has a salt-free formula, so it is safe for color and keratin treatments! It is a texture spray that can be used on wet or dry hair.
“Formulated to add volume and texture to hair to create a sexy, wind-blown look, it also adds fullness, hold, and a cool, matte finish.”
All while being free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
“This product features the IGK Miami scent, featuring lush, vibrant notes of guava, coconut water, pink lotus, midnight violet, and vanilla. It’s cruelty-free and free of mineral oil, petroleum, and gluten. With UV protection.”
For my beauties that burn easily or just need to cool down after being the sun and heat all day long this is a great product for you.
“Enhance and extend your sun-kissed glow with this body lotion. It soothes, hydrates, and nourishes the skin with a touch of cooling aloe, antioxidant-rich argan oil, and vitamin E.”
Its lightweight, has a fast-absorbing formula and is infused with coconut and passion fruit oils so it smells so incredibly yummy, and has a luxurious Monoï scent as well.
Just smooth it over the body after sun exposure. That’s it! So cooling and refreshing and it is great for all skin types.
You’re ready for the beach, queen! Now, go grab your best floppy sun hat and rock that summer bod. Its about some time for some (safe) fun in the sun!
Q: What’s your go-to beach bag essential?
Hugs & Lipstick Marks,