The long weekend’s (almost) here, and after turning my entire bathroom upside down, I’ve narrowed down my hefty packing to my favourite beach-side products that will actually fit inside of my overnighter bag. I love the dewey, fresh look (perfected by J.Crew photoshoots and doe-eyed models) that comes with summer, so I’ve put together some of my favourite natural, lightweight and sun-tested things.
(Above: Korres Classical Charm of Athens blush in Peach, Kiehl’s Lip Treatment with SPF 15, Avène Hydrance Light Moisturizer, stila stay-all-day 10 in 1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm, Clinique Lightweight Sunscreen, Korres Under the Sun of Santorini Cooling Gel, Mara Hoffman bikini, stila two-in-one Blush and Lip Balm, bumble & bumble Surf Spray.)
My top picks:
Under the Sun of Santorini - KORRES®
After Sun Yoghurt Cooling Gel with Real Yoghurt
I used to not believe in sunscreen, after sun lotion, and aloe. Now, with just about every beauty blog and mag drilling the importance of prevention, fine, I’ve given in. And it’s not so bad. The second I brought this one home, I knew it was a keeper. The insanely yummy-smelling soothing gel has a rich, cooling texture and it’s just a bonus that it’s rich in lactose, proteins, minerals and vitamins. In my family – blame the European roots – it’s unusual to go without my parents avidly suggesting sour cream as an age-old tried-and-tested sunburn remedy (I kid you not, as unfortunate as that may be). Imagine my relief when I found this: it works with Greek yoghurt, which has the same properties as my family’s favourite old school sun relief methods, but with a fragrant smell and a chic tube you can proudly throw in your beach bag.
bumble & bumble Surf Spray
As a runway staple for at least 8 years now, there’s a reason why this tiny bottle has stayed on my bathroom shelf since high school. Did you know your hair structure tends to change every 7 years? This spray boasts lightweight, salty texture and has been thoroughly tested (over and over and over and over) by just about every beauty insider. It lives up to the hype, and lasts forever.
Classical Charm of Athens- KORRES®
Zea Mays Blush
Just because you’re on the beach, doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in a little bit of make-up into your all natural look, right? I’m a firm believer in the “I just threw this on and rolled out of bed” look – but that doesn’t mean that you can’t perfect it with a little bit of help. This apricot shade is perfect for a hint of colour that looks as if you got a perfect swipe of colour (from the sun, right?) in all the right places. (Don’t overdo it – it really does last all day.)
No. 164 Small Carry-All - Billykirk
I know, I know – it’s not practical to get a white travel bag. But even with some ‘travel bruises’, this bag just gets more character. It’s kind of like a pair of well worn in Keds – who wants a brand new looking weekender? Your bag should say: I travel often, and I do it looking chic as Jane Birkin.