Whether you’re poolside or relaxing at a lake this summer you’re going to need something to carry all your essentials in, so it might as well look fabulous! There are tons of options this summer. (Tip: pick something with a bold pattern or cool texture to stand out in the crowd.)
The best beach bags: The classic straw
1. The classic straw bag is always a great choice and you can brighten it up or make it more unique by tying a small scarf around one of the straps.
(LEFT: H&M, $14.95)
The best beach bags: A backpack
2. If you’ve got a bit of a walk to get to your body of water, choose a backpack for maximum comfort – one with a cute pattern or bright colours will make it feel like less of a backpack and more of a perfect summer bag.
(LEFT: Hershel, $60)
The best beach bags: A canvas tote
3. Finally, if you’re going to be getting extra adventurous, and extra wet, opt for a coloured plastic or canvas bag that can be cleaned easily.
(LEFT: Forever 21, $14.80)
Now for the important part, what to keep inside of that beautiful bag. Here are the best skincare and makeup products to keep your face protected and fresh for your entire beach day.
For the love of everything in the world do not forget sunscreen! My mother, at 52, has flawless – I mean really flawless – skin and she swears her only secret is wearing sunscreen every day. The scare of skin cancer aside, wearing sunscreen keeps your body moisturized, looking healthy, and protected from red and itchy burns.
Although us ladies should never feels as if we need to wear make-up to the beach, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to amp up our natural beauty. That being said, keep it simple.
Waterproof mascara. The waterproof part is obvious – no one wants raccoon eyes – but also opt for a product that doesn’t clump, and doesn’t need to be reapplied. Here are some of this seasons most popular:
Lancome Definicils Waterproof Mascara $27
bareMinerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara $18
Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Waterproof Mascara $6.74
A moisturizer with SPF. Now this is where you don’t want to settle. If you’re not already wearing sunscreen on your face (which, after reading the last point you should be) then you definitely need to wear a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15. Try:
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisterizer SPF 30 $49
MAC Studio Moister Fix SPF 15 $32
Lip balm. Have I mentioned enough how important sunscreen is? Well, don’t forget about your lips! There’s nothing worse than a crackly, dry smile so do not let your luscious lips fall victim to the sun. Keep them protected with a lip balm backed with an SPF. Find tons of options at Target or Walmart!
A setting spray for whatever you’ve got on your face. Ensure you don’t sweat your makeup off by finishing off with a setting spray. My favorite is the De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay. Not only does this help makeup stay put, it also has a cooling ingredient that feels oh-so-good on a hot day. Find this at Sephora for $36.
And there’s more…
Headphones. Rotate every 3-4 songs while tanning to get an even tan across your entire body.
Reading material. You can’t possibly swim for the entire day, so make sure to pack some light reading so you can relax in between swimming and drinks!
Accessories. It’s important to keep yourself protected and not be in the sun 24/7, espeially in the summer. Pack an umbrella and/or a hat and make sure to give your body a break from direct sunlight and of course, don’t forget your sunglasses.
Finally, remember your food and water! It’s important to stay hydrated and well fed in the sun to avoid sunstroke.
Beach Bag Essentials Check List:
☐Food & Water
This post was written by Emma Reading for The Lady-like Leopard.