Beach Bag Essentials

by Anna P. | May 4th, 2011 | Fashion, Women's Fashion

Summer is almost here, and it’s time to start heading out to the beach (or local pool) for some fun in the sun! But before you start calling friends and making plans for Saturday afternoon, it’s time to find your favorite tote bag and start filling it with the beauty and fashion essentials listed below.

1- Sunglasses with UV Protection

Forget about those cheap plastic sunglasses that are sold at a mass merchandisers or drugstores; you need to buy a real pair of shades that have UV protection to protect your eyes from the sun.

2- Waterproof Sunscreen with SPF15 or Higher

Your everyday sunscreen isn’t going to cut it if you plan on spending hours in the sun or if you plan on getting wet in the water. Shop for a water-proof lotion like Coppertone Sport Sunblock Lotion SPF 30 ($9.99 at Drugstore.com). Apply the lotion according to instructions, and then throw the bottle into your tote for touch-ups later.

3- Cool Hat

A floppy hat adds chic style and protects you from the sun! Go for a cool white or straw-colored hat with a floppy style and medium brim. Don’t bring a huge hat if doesn’t frame your face well, because it will just sit in your tote bag all day.

4- Minimal Cosmetics

All you really need is a little lip balm to provide your lips with extra moisture and hair lightening spray to brighten up your sun-kissed highlights. Try MD Formulations Sun Lip Balm SPF 20 ($2.99 at Beauty.com) and Sun-In Hair Lightener Super Blond with Lemon ($3.49  at Ulta).

5- Ponytail Holders

When your day 0f fun is done, and your hair is covered in sea salt or chlorine pool water, the last thing you want to do is to fret about your hair. Use a coated ponytail holder and create a ponytail with it to hold your hair back. It’s the least you can do to look presentable when driving home.

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