Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer; it’s time to get the beach bag stocked with beauty essentials.  Here are some of my favorite summer beauty picks, for the beach and beyond!

The most important item in your beach bag is sunscreen.  Hampton Sun SPF 55 Continuous Mist Spray is infused with vitamins, aloe vera and broad spectrum sun protection with increased resistance to water.  I tested this in Florida at the beach and I’m hooked.  Available at Sephora, Space NK, Bluemercury and in hotel resorts and spas.


For a sexier twist on your sunscreen, try new Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Lotion Sunscreen SPF 20 or SPF 40. With Hawaiian Tropic’s classic coconut fragrance, a touch of sexy shimmer adds a new twist to UVA/UVB sun protection. It’s non-greasy, sweatproof and really adds some glam to sun protection. Retailing at $9.99, this Shimmer Effect line is available in drug, discount and grocery stores nationwide, including ULTA Beauty.


Makeup at the beach can be tricky; you definitely want to stick to waterproof formulas. Nobody does that better than Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner. This eyeliner is nothing short of amazing. Formulated to not melt, fade or wash away. It lasts all day, comes in 15 colors and comes in 3 finishes–matte, iridescent and diamond. I’ve tried Diamond Black Purple, a new classic and Iridescent Anthracite, a steel-color that’s a great neutral. Both gorgeous! Retails at $23, available at Sephora.


I have found the answer to the perfect nude lip:  new fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15.  The perfect combination of barely-there color, hydration and SPF. This is a holy-grail beauty product for me and I can’t imagine a beach bag without it!  fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 retails at $22.50 and is available at Sephora.


One summer beauty product I can’t live without is a bronzer. I’m obsessed with the new Guerlain Terracotta Mosaic Giant Powder, which can be used on face and body.  Terracotta Mosaic Giant Powder comes in one universal shade that can be applied with a large brush anywhere you want to enhance your tan.  Available at Neiman Marcus, $69.


It never hurts to tuck something interesting to read in your beach bag.  Check out the new book CAN YOU GET HOOKED ON LIP BALM?, written by the creators of  It’s easy to read and understand; the Beauty Brains answer questions in detail on the skin care and beauty products you want to know about.  Available at

Of course you need a great beach bag to hold everything. The one I’m recommending is the Belle Isle Tote from Lindsay Phillips.  It’s done in a water-resistant black and white stripe fabric with turquoise contrast and includes a towel. Get it at, $59.

What are your must-have beach bag products? Let me know in the comments!


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