Lady Gaga: “I decided today I wanted to take the power back.”

The Gospel According to: The Women Who Wear the Pants.

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Lady Gaga and Charlize Theron

This past weekend ELLE threw its Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration. In her acceptance speech, she opened up about her dark past with sexual abuse, men taking advantage of their power over others, and her difficulty with being a woman in Hollywood as well as just in general.

Watch the full speech below:

She also opened up mental illness and an empowering moment where she tells women that they need to lift each other instead of putting them down. Using words like, “beckon the world towards kindness.” and wanting to “… take power back.

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Sarah Paulson comforting Gaga on the red carpet. 

Gaga mentions in her speech that she began to become disgusted with herself and the options that women had when dressing for an event. As some might already know, Gaga has a starring role in the remake of A Star is Born and has been adorning the red carpet premieres in the dazzling dresses and gowns. Now, she felt the need to make a statement. That is when she saw this over-sized Marc Jacobs suit.

Through tears, Gaga states that the suit was made for women and “Not a gown.”

“As a sexual assault survivor by someone in the entertainment industry, as a woman who is still not brave enough to say his name, as a woman who lives with chronic pain, as a woman who was conditioned at a very young age to listen to what men told me to do, I decided today I wanted to take the power back. Today I wear the pants.” -Lady Gaga

I think this is a fantastic speech that Gaga made for women everywhere. It is so much more than a suit. It’s about what the suit represents. It shows that women can be comfortable and wear, be, act, do, and say what they want. They take back their power by just being themselves.

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(L-R) Sarah Paulson, Keira Knightley, Mia Farrow, Lady Gaga, Angela Bassett, Shonda Rhimes, Charlize Theron and Yara Shahidi were honored at the event. (2018, October 16). Lady Gaga opens up about sexual assault and mental health in vulnerable ELLE Women in Hollywood acceptance speech. Retrieved from
Okwodu, J. (2018, October 16). In an oversized suit, Lady Gaga delivers a powerful speech. Retrieved October 16, 2018, from
Vagianos, A. (2018, October 16). Lady Gaga wears an oversized pantsuit for a powerful, feminist reason. Retrieved October 16, 2018, from

Why are millennials soooooooo obsessed with nostalgia?

The Gospel According to: A Dancing Queen (who is not 17)


I recently stumbled upon this article from Cosmopolitan. It’s the top trends to dress like you’re from the 70s era. And I got to thinking: why are millennials so obsessed with living in the past?

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Most of the time, for me, I take a little bit from every era. I’ve got a mom who was very much a rocker child of the 80s. I also have an aunt who was very much a disco queen of the 70s. Then, I also have my older cousins who are basically like my sisters and were children of the 90s, who loved Spice Girls, N’Sync, and Jennifer Aniston.

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While I was born in the late 90s. I feel like my actual style came together in the early to mid-2000s.

I know the nostalgia is a big factor when it comes to shaping one’s own identity. As millennials, we do enjoy trends of the past. But the truth is…so does everyone! All generations think their childhood and teenage years were the superior. Rhiannon Cosslett does an excellent job of summing up this fascination with “living in the past.”

We like to take things from our past like the way we dress, the music we listen to, and the way that we talk to one another as well. Every person in their life suffers from this part of being one’s own true self. Maybe I shouldn’t say “suffers” more like has instilled in them. I think one of the most accurate things that people are taught at a very young age is that all sense of style and culture is always in cycle and will always recycle and come back to the surface again.

I personally love when things come back in style because– well– vintage things have not just ~gravitas~ to them but also a history and a story. The fact that ripped jeans weren’t just a sign of not being able to afford jeans but they were a sign of being a rebel. Or the fact that grunge clothing in the 90s was a representation of the actual feeling of many Gen Xers growing up and feeling lost. And how we now teach our kids to dress and act the way they want. To express yourself to the max.

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So if you want to dress in the more futuristic style of now then that’s your preference and if you want to dress like it is literally the 1960s then that’s your own preference.

That’s the beauty of fashion. You can really be and dress like whoever and whatever you want. I know this seems a little random but it just sparked an idea. No matter what generation you’re from, you’re always going to be cool in my book.

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Cosslett, R. L. (2017, September 26). Why do millennials insist on living in the past? Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett. Retrieved October 4, 2018, from

Torgerson, R. (2018, October 01). 24 ’70s fashion trends making a major comeback. Retrieved October 4, 2018, from

The Assassination of Gianni Versace (Again)

The Gospel According to: American (fashion) Crime Story



If you don’t know already the fashion brand, Michael Kors, purchased Versace for a little over… 2 BILLION DOLLARS?!?


Although this wasn’t much of surprise because it has been in talks for a few weeks and was an almost definite thing then. Now, its a reality. Great. So there’s that.

This purchase is not the only one that Kors has made recently. The brand also purchased Jimmy Choo conglomerate last year around the same time. So, that’s also a thing.

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Michael Kors has changed the umbrella name to Capri Holdings (ooo, ~fancy~). I bet you can sense my feelings towards this whole purchase. I will admit I have a particular distaste for Michael Kors itself. I feel like it is just a basic white girl’s idea of “high fashion.” I might sound a little judgmental…and that because I am.

I try for the most part to realize that everyone has a unique style and for the most part whatever one likes is valid. Some people like wearing 90s grunge clothes, some like Vineyard Vines, and some even wear superhero tees. That’s great! Maybe this is due to Kors’ wide availability that makes it soooooo popular among the average millennial. I have even fallen in the trap of asking a watch for my 15th birthday. It is a pretty watch…but kind of outdated.

I’m upset. This basic brand that all the rich girls in my high-school coveted have bought one of the most innovative and creative fashion haus’ of the 21st century! When I was a teenager if you didn’t have a Michael Kors bag as your school bag, then you weren’t cool. Which was pretty impracticable if you ask me. The bags at the time were small and had literally no pockets. Like WTF? Also, mind you this is before they came out with backpacks.

Also, also!!!!

I feel the brand represents culturally ignorant white girls who think other high fashion brands are “weird” and don’t even understand couture or avant-garde.

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If you like Michael Kors, then good for you. Keep doing you.

But it should be noted that Inspire Brands just bought Sonic this week for 2.3 billion…………………………………..Versace was purchased for 2.1 bil.

This means Sonic was worth more than Versace.

I can’t!

I laugh!

OK, I’m done.


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Works Cited:

Garcia, T. (2018, September 25). Inspire Brands acquiring drive-in fast-food chain Sonic for $2.3 billion. Retrieved September 27, 2018, from

Gensler, L. (2017, July 25). Michael Kors is buying Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion. Retrieved September 27, 2018, from

Halford, T. (2018, September 25). Michael Kors just bought Versace for $2.1 billion. Retrieved September 27, 2018, from

Pat McGrath: A Woman Not to Be Messed With

The Gospel According to: Just take my bank account, Pat.

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Many of the beauty community know of the cult fav, Pat McGrath Labs. A woman who shattered many records in the past year regarding her highly successful business and makeup brand (something to the tune of $1B).

Reports came out this week of a sneak peek of her highly coveted eyeshadow pallets, that flew off the shelves the first round when they were released a few months ago, for her holiday collection.

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The “Decadence” Palette from her initial Mothership Series

And good luck trying to snatch up these babies because they sell like hotcakes and are consistently adorned with the “Out of Stock” sign on both her website and Sephora. If you don’t believe me go look for yourself! If you do happen to stumble upon a restock well then lucky you…

In an article recently put out by PopSugar, they point out the glaringly obvious fact that these things don’t come cheap. To those who aren’t into makeup or see buying expensive makeup as a waste of money theeeeeennn….this post isn’t for you.

Now, as for the rest of us, we understand that beauty doesn’t come cheap and personally I can’t always afford these products as well. I get that the average beauty consumer doesn’t always have the extra dough just lying around to shell out almost $150 on a makeup palette but if you can splurge on these items every once and a while then Pat’s products are the way to go.

As mentioned earlier her Mothership palettes are merely divine, but of course, I always feel it is best to go swatch and try out the palette for yourself in a store like in Sephora. Especially if you are spending your hard earned cash on it! Some people love it for the name and the hype that most of the beauty community gives her products, but despite that, you should always go see the makeup for yourself in person. You wouldn’t necessarily buy a car without test driving it first, would you?

Maybe that was a little too dramatic, but you get my drift.

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Holy. Dear. Mother. of. God

Above everything else, I would pay the money for this brand because I know that Pat puts her heart and soul into every product in her line. That means a lot to me as a consumer.

She is also self-made, and a woman of color who is breaking through barriers that have existed in the beauty community now for decades. She worked her up from being a makeup artist and then skyrocketing from there on. This was to point wherein 2015 people were basically begging her to come out with her own line. Now she sits at the top of the throne in the beauty community and rightfully so.


So, you might have to ask yourself: Do you want to pay the money for a product you know that has taken time and dedication to be the best it can be?

Or is that something important to you?

The decision is up to you.

Works Cited:

Adebowale, T. (2018, July 20). Pat McGrath’s makeup line is now worth $1 billion. Retrieved September 19, 2018, from

Mpinja, B. (2018, July 23). Why makeup artist Pat McGrath is the self-made beauty billionaire we need. Retrieved September 19, 2018, from

Yaffe, I. (2018, September 19). Grab your wallet: These are the Pat McGrath products worth splurging on. Retrieved September 19, 2018, from

Taking lip-balm to a whole new level!

The Gospel According to: Kisses from soft-cinnamon-bun-angels :*


NSFW has a lot to offer. Especially some of the weirdest trends that many will see pop up throughout the year. Like Grandma Sweaters:

And whatever this thing on this girl’s head…

Bucket hats are still a thing…

But if all of that seems foreign to the average beauty-lover makeup is always a surefire way to bring back come comfortably while always exploring new colors, techniques and products that innovate and push the beauty community forward. People these days have busy lives and most importantly shouldn’t have to worry about their lipstick running off or smearing throughout the day.

MAC debuted their new formula of lipstick this past week NSFW 2019! Its called “Powder Kiss” It looks pretty damn amazing.

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For a couple days there were pretty “hush, hush” about the new lippie coming to shelves and online in October (no official release date has been announced). As most of makeup enthusiasts or should I say MAC enthusiast know lipsticks come in all diffident varieties like liquid, creme, gloss, matte, balm, etc. Now, MAC is adding this formula to there extensive and legendary collection.

The lipstick is said to feel lighter than matte and not as dramatic as a full pigmented creme lipstick. It is supposed to feel comfortable on the lips, give a soft color, and  leave your lips with a freshly kissed hue.

This will definitely take your lip balm game to next level is all the claims are true. Mattes traditionally leave many’s lips feeling crusty and dry. That is pretty much their biggest down side.

So, if  pretty lipstick can given a great color pay off AND be matte AND not suck the moisture out of my lips then just take my money now, MAC. 

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Me when new products are launched

I’m personally so excited for this new launch. Mostly, because of what i said in the begging of this post. Anything that is new and innovative for the beauty community is win. And like fashion it starts its way at the top of the food chain at the more expensive and exclusive places then eventually will trickle down into the drug stores and affordable makeup brands.

Things like the cat-eye stamps, glitter sprays, and magnetic lashes are really interesting to say the least. Push the community forward and always sparking new ideas for artists and makeup newbies to experiment and create new and exciting looks!

At the end of the day, isn’t that what beauty and self-care all about? Always strive to be your best self and at least for me makeup helps with that.

As of right now MAC said there will be 16 shades, as to what those shades are we are yet to find out (except for the picture in the article).

Works Cited

Capon, L. (2018, September 14). MAC is launching a brand new lipstick formula called ‘Powder Kiss’. Retrieved September 16, 2018, from

Coscarelli, A. (2018, September 13). Safari hats, slits, & low-rise pants: Spring’s trends are as divisive as ever. Retrieved September 16, 2018, from

Nguyen, D. (2018, March 08). Do these weird viral beauty products actually work? Retrieved September 16, 2018, from

Have a Tan-tastic Summer this 2018

The Gospel According to: All My Beauties Who Need Some (fake) Sun


Don’t want to end up like Ross!

Like I said in my first post, I used to overdo it with the bronzer and then I would end up looking like a freaking orange. Those days, thankfully, are over for me. Fingers crossed…

Today, I’m going to showing you my full proof self-tan routine to ensure that you get the tan of your dreams avoiding all orange-y-ness. So, let’s get right into it, shall we?

The “Fake It till Ya Make It” Self-Tan Routine

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“I spray…I bring to the heat to New Jersey.” (only OG fans will understand this…)

Prepping the Skin

This is the key to getting a good application when applying your tan. When you prep your skin, you are basically setting yourself up for greatness and for your fake tan to last longer, so that when it does fade it will look more natural. So, take the time to do this step and people will be wondering if you’re just a glowing queen naturally. Which you totally are!

The first thing you are going to want to do is shave everywhere you will be applying the tanning solution to. Shaving ensures that you skin in nice and smooth for a more even application. Unfortunately, this step really can’t be avoided, at least on your legs, because the hair can mess up the tan and you’ll get little white dots on your leg and it will look splotchy.

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I enjoy doing this routine on a lazy weekend day when I know I won’t be going out and can just take my time. Let’s face it…shaving is exhausting especially when it’s your whole body.

Also, I recently just started shaving with olive oil and I highly recommend using it instead of your normal shave cream. This keeps the skin hydrated and it’s natural. (Just be sure to wash down your tub after using oil because it can make your shower really slippery, which can be dangerous)

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This is the razor I use and it works like a charm

You want to shave your whole leg if you know you are going to be showing your entire leg. Most of the time, I just shave up to a little bit past my kneecap on my upper thigh if I know I won’t be exposing my full leg. So, this step just depends on what you’ll be wearing in the near future.

After shaving all the necessary parts of your body, this next step you can either do before shaving or after. I like to do this after, personally.

You are going to want to exfoliate the skin to get rid of any dead skin cells and dry patches that may be on your body. Exfoliating is essential to fake tanning because, like shaving, this makes for not just a more even application, but also makes your tan last longer. Dry skin can cause your fake tan to flake off and when it fades you and the whole world will know our little secret that you fake tan! (lol jk no shaming here)

For this step, I like to take my pair of exfoliating gloves. They sell a bunch on Amazon, I just picked up mine at Ulta one day.

I take these gloves and use them for a double duty action with my actual exfoliator. Next, take about a quarter size amount on the gloves and then take your hands and grab the calf on both sides. I will then rub up and down to really work the product into my leg. You can also add in some circular motions on the kneecaps and heels of your feet for some extra exfoliation, because these places tend to be drier.

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LOVE THIS THING! This is the “Very Sexy Now Beach Body Scrub With Sea Sand“; Normally $25 (on sale currently for $12.99)

Make sure to get you elbows, chest, neck, and writs as well. These are all places that should be given some extra attention, dead skin tends linger in these areas. It should feel tough and maybe slightly discomforting at times. You are going to want to use a heavy-duty exfoliator for your body because you really want to make sure it gets it as smooth as possible.

Then, you’re going to want to go ahead and take you fav body wash to cleanse your skin of any leftover sand particles and whatnot.


This is my current shower wash, smells soooo yummy. Like a cotton candy tropical vacation. “Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel“; $25

My next step is to moisturize the skin. I like to moisturize in the shower for the most part by using an “in-shower body lotion”. I especially will do this before I self-tan because it locks in hydration but doesn’t leave your skin too oily where the tan won’t stick to the skin, which can happen.

I use this one from NIVEA and it works so well with my skin. The body lotion comes in two different formulas, “Dry Skin” and “Very Dry Skin”, I use the one in the dark blue bottle because I want as much moisture as possible, but both work well. This step is just up to your preference. I apply this to my wet skin and I like to leave it on for a few minutes before washing away with water to really let the lotion work its magic.

When getting out of the shower you want to pat dry you skin with your towel, so you do not wipe off the moisturizer you just applied. This whole “prepping the skin routine” is great because it just leaves your skin so soft and supple; if you aren’t tanning, prep is so good to do just in general.

Time to G.T.L., Bro (Glow, Tan, and Lie Down ((because you’re exhausted from shaving)) lol)

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The actual application is the make or break of it this whole thing. You’ve properly prepped the skin so now putting on the self-tan should be a breeze! Picking the right self-tanner is a crucial part of getting a realistic and beautiful bronze glow.

To be honest, this is the one step that I would have to say you might want to splurge on. After many years of trial and error, my best fake tans are with products that have cost me a little more dough.

Now, that’s not to say a hefty price is sure sign of a good tan. So, do your research and the best way to see what a self-tanning product looks like on the skin is to just watch reviews on YouTube of people actually trying out the product.

This year I recently just started using Loving Tan. This product has been sponsored by a lot of a beauty gurus and IG models for a couple of years now. I never really played into the hype of it before, but now it is currently being sold in store for the first time at Ulta. In May, I had a wedding to go to and I hadn’t had any chance to catch up on a real tan…you know…like…by the sun.

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But I actually didn’t even want to tan the natural way because I’m trying to take better care of my skin and spending too much time in the sun causes premature age spots and skin cancer. So, I really wanted to just self-tan. I bit the bullet and picked this baby up and now I can’t ever go back.


Loving Tan “2 HR Express Self Tanning Mousse“; $39

I use the “2 Hour Express” version because it takes the quickest time to develop. I also feel it gives the darkest and richest tan out of all of the other versions. Also, 2 hours is the minimum, sometimes, I’ll apply this and let it develop for several hours and, at times, overnight (be warned it will leave a little residue on your sheets if they are light).

Before applying your tan, make sure your whole body is COMPLETELY dry. Any left-over water from the shower can cause the tan to run and not develop properly.

And make sure you have cleansed your face and completed your whole skincare routine. Don’t make the same mistake I did last time. Which consisted of me first applying my tan and then washing my face only to have huge water stain running down my arms because my tan hadn’t even begun to develop yet. I saved it in the end but save yourself the extra hassle and tan after washing your face.

I should mention that you can use a regular body lotion when coming out of the shower, but you need to wait and make sure that it has thoroughly soaked into your skin and there is no left over residue because it will, again, ruin the application.

OK…phew. Now, let’s get that self-tanner on your body!

Take you fav tanning mitt I have been currently using this one which I found at Ulta:


MineTan “Bronze On Applicator Mitt“; $7.95

I use the “four, three, two, one” method. This means Four pumps for each leg and the feet. Three pumps for each arm and shoulders. Two pumps for my chest. And finally, One pump for my neck and touch up areas.

Apply the self-tan to your mitt and rub in circular motions. I usually go in order of the numbers. So, I start with my legs. I work it into my whole calf and thigh, while making sure to keep my knee bent so I can get into all the lines and crevices. With the left-over product, I will being to work it into me feet, wrapping the mitt around and between each toe and even flexing them so it blends into the knuckles on your toes. Don’t forget the ankles too!


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Screen grabs taken from this video by Zoe Spruston. She explains in detail how she applies her tan and it is how I learned, so I highly suggest taking a glance at it!

Next, I apply the tan to my arms and shoulders almost the same way as my legs. In circular motions, making sure to bend my elbow and, with left over product, wrap the mitt around each finger and bend them so they match the rest of my body.

As for the back, you can either have some do it for you (thanks, mom) or if no one is available and you are by yourself I’m usually able to reach the top of my back shoulders and neck. This is usually enough for me because I don’t wear a lot of backless things.

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E.L.F “Kabuki Face Brush“; $6

Then, I take two pumps to my chest and blend that in. Finally, taking one pump for my neck. For this part, I actually do not use the mitt, I use a kabuki brush.

For the more sensitive skin on my neck, I feel a brush just gives better and more even application. I’ll still apply the tan in circular motions, but the brush ensures that it gets all over my neck and everywhere around it.

You can pump the self-tan directly onto the brush or to the mitt and blend it in with the kabuki. It’s your choice.

As time passes the tan develops and appears darker and darker. When you desire to do so, hop into the shower for a quick wash and rinse off the developer. When you get out just simply pat dry and TA DA! You’re left with a bronzed and gorgeous fake tan (and no one will be able to tell the difference).

I never apply self-tanner to my face just because usually they can clog your pores and if you wash your face every day (which you should be) then it just rinses off anyways. I find that matching your tan to a darker foundation is the better and easier choice.


But if you aren’t going to wearing makeup and still want the tan to match your face, then you can also use tanning face-oil drops. I love the ones created by Ulta’s own brand.


You can apply these by mixing a few drops into your face moisturizer to leave a subtle but glowing tan. This has Aloe Vera and Green Tea which help soothes and hydrates the skin.


Apply at night and wake up with healthy morning glow!


After Tanning

In my experience, I’ve found you can shower up to 2-3 times before the tan starts to dissipate and fade away. You just have to be gentle when washing and make sure to always pat the skin dry. And if you want to reapply then just exfoliate the skin to get rid of your previous tan and reapply. I have found that the tan fades amazingly and very natural to the point where I can’t even tell.

If you want to maintain your tan between applications, you can purchase a body lotion that some color to it to keep the glow going and going.

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Jergens “Natural Glow Pump”; $12.99

“This moisturizer creates a color that’s gradual…Formulated with a blend of antioxidants and Vitamin E, Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer helps keep skin healthy-looking and nourished, so you’ll see, feel and experience natural-looking color that is the very essence of your beauty.” -Jergens


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So, cheers, everyone! Here’s to looking fab and like a bronzed goddess that has everyone captivated. You’ll have them asking, “Do they holiday in Antigua?”

Yes… yes you do 😉

Q: Have you ever self-tanned before? If so, what products do you like?

Hugs & Lipstick Marks,

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Let’s Pack a Beach Bag!

The Gospel According to: The sun, I swear! It’s bleaching out my gorgeous hair!?!


“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!

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The Bag:

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.

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A Wristlet:

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!

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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.

A Cover-Up:

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.

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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.


Part of the Destination Collection: “Los Angeles”; $25-$45

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

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From the Resort 365 blog by Lily Pulitzer

Sooooooo pretty!

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.

Some Sunnies:

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!

Beauty Products:

These next five products are ones that I like to take to the beach with me:

#1: Neutrogena “Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF 45” ; $10.99


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!




#2: Supergoop “Acai Fusion Lip Balm” ; $9.50

super_acai_lip_800-e1529383322917.jpgThis 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.


#3: Summer’s Eve “Cotton Breeze Body Powder” ; $2.98


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.

#4: IGK “Beach Club Texture Spray Mini” ; $14


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.”

#5: Moroccanoil “After-Sun Milk Soothing Body Lotion” ; $28

body_sun_aftersunmilk_1_1-e1529383961295.jpgFor 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.


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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,

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