The only thing more enjoyable than the actual vacation is shopping for it!
So here we are breaking down the essentials you will need:
Makeup, fragrance, hair, skin care, swimsuit and accessories for the perfect vacation <3
Keep that Skin beautifully hydrated
Sure, summer is for relaxing but it’s not time to slack on your skincare routine. Due to the higher level of sun exposure, we need to focus on sun and heat protection first. We are also switching from heavier creams and fragrances to lighter formulas and fresher scents. Tune in, and scroll through our favorite finds that will get you through even the hottest days.
Our biggest summer skincare fear is sun damage. Because sun damage ages our skin, sunscreen is a summertime skincare staple. This Shiseido sun protection lotion is great even for sensitive skin. It also contains aloe vera to soothe the skin. And it becomes even more powerful protection when it comes in contact with water.
Nourishing body cream
Nourish and treat your skin with our favorite body care product for the summer months. Power up your radiance with an infusion of Amazonian açaí oil, the super-potent antioxidant powerhouse in its purest form.
Hydrating Face Mist
They may seem like an indulgence, but they are a quick and convenient way to maintain moisture throughout the day. Extra tip: Keep this in the fridge for a fantastic cooling effect in the summer!
Lip Care: Nourishment + Color + SPF
If you plan on spending hours outside, this product is an absolute essential! FRESH Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen is a favorite among everyone who tries it, even the Hollywood elite! It moisturizes, protects, smooths lips. But the best part is that it comes in a variety of different shades. Use it as a base to keep lips hydrated under any long-wear lipstick, including matte and liquid lipstick.
Water-Resistant Hair Shield
Sometimes we’d rather hit the beach or pool while avoiding getting our hair wet. This IGK Hair Shield acts like a magic swim cap for your hair. Blocked uses natural waxes to create a water-resistant barrier over the hair. Hair is protected from UV rays, water, salt, chlorine, sweat, and wind and then it washes out with shampoo.
Daily Tinted Moisturizer with SPF
Make your moisturizer work double-time for your skin by providing sun protection and evening out the skin. It’s far superior to using a foundation with added SPF, which won’t do the job. Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Protect + Perfect will give you a warm glow and a kiss of coverage. The universal shade suits most skin tones while the powerful natural SPF 47 helps keep skin safe from sun damage.
Self-tanning body mist
This product is for those who live in colder climates or don’t like to lay out and tan for hours. Mimic a tan with light-weight finishing tones and textures. This product gives a beautiful and natural-looking tan without streaking or exposing you to harmful UV rays. Sephora Tinted Self-Tanning Body Mist also moisturizes your skin which is a great bonus!
Summer Makeup Checklist
Summer is the perfect excuse to switch up your makeup bag, opting for a tinted moisturizer over a heavy foundation and a brighter, coral-hued lipstick over a deep berry lip.
Waterproof mascara and Eyelash curler
Curling your lashes before applying mascara is a really important step, that makes all the difference. By far favorite eyelash curler among MUAs is the one by Shu Uemura. By lifting your eyelashes your eyes look bigger and happier. Then all you need is just one layer of waterproof mascara. For some serious assurance that you’re makeup isn’t going anywhere, we’ve found your holy grail. Tarte mascara will complete your look and make you insta-ready for your beach day.
Eyebrow set for light shaping
Frame your eyes by lightly feathering in your eyebrows, following your natural shape. You don’t want to use too much as you don’t want to look as you have full face makeup. This NYX eyebrow pencil is flattering for everyone from blondes to brunettes. And the light pink highlighting end is used beneath the arches to lift and brighten.
Bronzer for a Sun-Kissed Glow
If you are not tanned yet, use a bit of bronzer to add more color to your face, so-called sun-kissed glow. Keep in mind that the right brush can make or break the bronzing process. That’s why we are hyping over this bronzer and its airbrush packaging by Physicians Formula.
Lip and Cheek Stain
Lip and Cheek Stain is your best choice for adding some color to your face on sunny days. Use a brush to dab color and apply it to your cheeks. It lasts longer than powder and cream blushes and it is great for those with oily skin. And it also looks natural as if you were naturally blushing.
Stop makeup from melting with long-lasting innovative formulas that mattify and minimize oil. Benefit makes terrific beauty products, and this pore minimizer is no exception. The silky and lightweight formula makes perfect for summer days. It hides pores perfectly, makes skin dewy, and ‘accepts’ every foundation on it. Also, it lasts all day and helps your makeup last longer. It is a must-have for girls (or boys!) with large pores.
Ever tried to get that perfect beach wavy hair, but couldn’t quite make it work? This product is oil and salt infused, creating the perfect sea-tossed waves in your hair. It softens and adds shine to your hair at the same time, an added bonus! Spray it all over your hair and let it soak in and then style it by crunching and twisting the hair. Once it’s dry it should give that dreamy and natural beachy waves.
Must-have Lip Gloss
If we would have to choose one lips shade for all the summer, it would be this soft pink nude.
Yes, it’s millennial pink. This soft pink nail color would go perfectly with our choice of lip gloss.
Transport yourself to summer days in the garden via notes of citrus, cedar, coriander and tea leaves. A spritz of Maison Margiela’s evocative perfume will take you to the beach immediately.
Swimsuits for All Body Shapes
Great style begins with a great fit! Swimwear should be fun and make you feel good. But often when it comes to buying and wearing a swimsuit, it doesn’t seem that way.
From curvier frames to athletic body types, EVERY body shape deserves to be celebrated. It sounds like a cliche, but it cannot hold more of a truth. To feel above all comfortable for under-sun activities, it helps to know what are your best features and what serves them right. Then narrow down to the picks that were made to fit and flatter your frame. Here are our top choices for every figure.
Triangle figure (pear shape)
If you are curvy at the hips and thighs and you have a small bust, look for a high waist and/or high-cut. Those will visually lengthen your legs. And go for the eye-catching top to draw attention upwards.
A smaller chest requires less support, so you can play with styles with more minimal coverage or embellished detailing, bows, etc. A smaller bust always means you can wear tiny scoop tops or bandeaus — embrace them!
If your body is muscular but isn’t particularly curvy, then you should play with bold prints, ruffles, and embellishments and strategically placed cutouts to add feminine flair.
If you are built a little more like an apple shape and carry your weight mostly in your middle, choose swimsuits with gathered fabric around the waist, it hides bulges and creates definition in the waist. Tankinis are made for these bodies or just the days when you want to conceal your tummy. The tankini is a bathing suit combining a tank top and a bikini bottom.
The Hourglass figure
If you have curves throughout, and you have strong hips, butt, and bust, you will need good support, but you will also want to accentuate those curves with style. The asymmetrical suit that draws the look to the neckline suits the best on this type of body. So go for it, and accentuate your curves.
The best petite swimsuits are those that improve your proportion and make your legs look longer. Look for the low-cut bottom and a top to visually lengthen your torso. Or go for a high-cut bikini bottom to lengthen your legs. Also, off the shoulder design or tiny straps are generally flattering to petite women, and that also applies to petite swimsuits.
Summer Accessories Checklist
Your accessories also need to be on-point. We know that accessories can make or break your outfit. So here are a few must-haves for the summer with which there is no mistake.
That one thing you are going to wear all summer. A great pair of shades simply makes you look cool in a way no other accessory can. And even when it is not sunny outside, they are still an impossible chic way to hide bags under eyes.
The versatile straw bag is a spring/summer staple, as wearable in the city with jeans as it is on the beach. They complement both your swimwear and jeans and white shirt outfit. They come in all shapes and sizes. But for us right now straw bags don’t get much cooler than this ribbon-strap offering.
How about this golden and emerald green seashell earrings? They make a perfect accessory for all occasions.
This is a summer staple especially if you are going on vacation. It can be styled into four unique outfits to wear day or night. It’s a timeless and ageless piece of wardrobe that can be worn as an elegant scarf, a dress, a skirt, a wrap or in the traditional sarong style
Clutches hold only the essentials, allowing you to travel light and easy during the hot and hazy days of summer. In just a few years, the ethnic clutch has become the must-have accessory for dressing up an outfit with style and originality.
I mean, is there a cuter hat to sit and sip rosé in on a summer day with your best girls?
What’s the stylish vacation without a stylish suitcase? Time to hit the travel season with this beautiful set of vintage-inspired cases!
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