How are you spending your summer so far? I’ve been hitting the beach lately, playing tourist and just enjoying my time off from work like a nomad.

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beach essentials, what's in my beach bag, summer beauty essentials

Poncho-style cover up (Hautelook, invite here)

Denim lace shorts (Target)

Leather choker with abalone pendant (made by me)

Ray-Ban mirrored sunglasses (Macys)

High-rise bikini bottom & top (Victoria’s Secret)

beach essentials, what's in my beach bag, summer beauty essentials

beach essentials, what's in my beach bag, summer beauty essentials

beach essentials, what's in my beach bag, summer beauty essentials

My beach look vis-a-vis essentials are minimalist to say the least. For one, I’m the type who doesn’t want to carry or wear so much makeup while at the beach. Honestly, I frown at beauty tutorials with girls piling product upon product. It’s the beach, not a runway girly! With that said, ‘thought I’d show you what’s in my beach bag in case retouching is necessary.

beach essentials, what's in my beach bag, summer beauty essentials

Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Spray SPF 70. I’m all about sun protection. I don’t want to deal with sunburn and more importantly, I loathe photodamage and threat of melanoma that’s why beach days or not, I can’t leave home sans sunscreen. I like this sunscreen spray because aside from its high spf, it smells like citrus.

Murad Hydrating Toner (deluxe size). This spritz-type toner is a great way to hydrate my face after being out in the sun. The apple fragrance adds to the whole refreshing moment!


L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara. It’s a 2-step mascara that’s supposed to give lashes to-die for length and volume. It lengthens but volume is okay, not as advertised. However, I like it because it is indeed waterproof.

Liquid Lipsticks (Anastasia Crush & Stila Firenze). Talk about long-wearing; both of these liquid lipsticks withstand sand, sun and water so for the ultimate beach babe, I can’t recommend them enough. Anastasia Crush (worn in the photos) is soft beige while Stila Firenze (Sephora VIB Rouge exclusive) is mauve-beige.

Tom Ford Bronzing Powder Gold Dust. If you’re in the mood for summer glow (like a diva emerging from the waters, haha!), then you need this in your life. If you know me, I adore bronzers 365d, I can forego pinched cheek but not sun-kissed warmth!

Wet Brush. This is the ultimate detangler, beach bum or not. No tugging and pain for your sea salt hair.

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