Thursday, March 21, 2013

Must-Have Products for Spring Break

What happens on spring break, stays on spring break.

Well, aside from your tan and hopefully your spring break bod...and maybe a few wild stories, but anyhow...

Whether you're flying or driving to your spring break destination, you don't want to overpack and you want to pack up the right beauty items. There are a few staple items that are a must for spring break. 

1. SPF
It doesn't matter how tan you want to get, you need to protect your skin. You can still get color when you wear SPF and it honestly looks better. When you get too dark for your natural skin tone, you can look leather-y, and it isn't hot. Plus, the sun affects your skin for years after you've been in the sun (think about age spots and wrinkles)!

Maui Babe's Sun Protectant Lotion has SPF 30 and is made to be used with Maui Babe's Browning Lotion, so you can still achieve a deep, rich tan without the harmful effects of the sun. 

On your face, go for a higher SPF because your skin is more sensitive. La Roche Posay's Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid is one of the best sunscreens on the market for your face. It may seem pricer at $29.95 because it's not priced like a drugstore product, but you get prestige quality for a much lower price. Other prestige brands make sunscreen that is way more expensive. It's fast-absorbing and dries to a matte finish so you won't look greasy. 

2. After-Sun Products
Whether you burn or not, taking care of your skin when it's outside of the sun is important. I already moisturize daily, but I will probably be kicking it up a notch for spring break. 

If you burn easy, or even if you don't, bring aloe vera gel. Not only is it healing (for sunburns), but it's also moisturizing. Even if you feel like you got a little too sun kissed, you can apply this. Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel has no dyes and is inexpensive. 

To prevent peeling, flaking and fading, try Maui Babe's After Browning Lotion Tan Enhancer and Healer. It will seal in your tan and moisturize your skin like any other moisturizer. It contains Aloe and Macadamia Nut Oil, so it smells amazing! You'll smell just like the beach.

3. Makeup 
Okay, girls wear makeup to the beach. They don't pack it on like they're going out in Vegas, but they put on a little bit of makeup. The key is to protect your face and be natural. There are really only 3 staples. 

BB Cream. It offers light coverage, hydrates and contains SPF. It's the perfect beach babe product. Revlon's Photo Ready Skin Perfecter protects your skin with SPF 30 and hydrates. It's one of the best drugstore BB creams. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream is a really popular product that runs a little more expensive ($39), but it's still not that bad compared to others. My favorite is by Dior and it's $56! Anyway, Smashbox's BB Cream offers great coverage, is really hydrating as well and has SPF 35. It also has an oil-controlling formula so you won't look greasy. 

Waterproof eye products. You can just swipe on waterproof mascara and call it a day. Or you can add some cream shadow on your lids to add some more life in your eyes. Try Maybelline's Volum' Express the Mega Plush Waterproof Macscara in Blackest Black or even Brown Black for those of you that are more fair-skinned. Another amazing product by Maybelline is Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow. They're cream shadows that wear just as well and have as much pigmentation as high-end cream shadows. (I use these more than my MAC paint pots)! Barely Branded is one of my favorite colors because it's a light, neutral beige that reflects from the sunlight beautifully. It highlights and adds color to your lids that will look beautiful and stay put at the beach. 

Lip products with SPF. Just like your skin, your lips need protection too! I personally love to always have some color on my lips, whether it's a natural pink, a sexy red or a vampy dark purple. For the beach, you could choose to have a colored or clear balm, as long as it contains SPF! 

The best lip balm/gloss/treatment you will ever try is Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15. It's the most hydrating balm I've ever tried and it smells like a lemon shortbread cookie. You can go for the classic Sugar, which is clear or Rose, a sheer berry rose tint. If you want color that won't budge, use Benefit's Benetint, which is also a sheer berry rose color. Apply Benetint before you go to the beach and use Fresh's Lip Treatment throughout the day to keep your lips hydrated. 

A more affordable option for a lip balm is Maybelline Baby Lips. These balms contain SPF 20 and have a good range of colors. Quenched is a clear balm that kind of taste like it sounds (lemony-ish and sweet?). Cherry Me is a sheer red would be a great alternative to Fresh's Rose. 

Life is a beach. I'm just playing in the sand :: Lil Wayne 

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