6 Beach Bag Beauty Essentials!

I have been to the beach a few times already this summer. While you are reading this, I am actually on my way to the beautiful island of Nantucket with my family. I went last year and it is one of my most favorite places I have ever been. I actually convinced my parents that we had to spend some time together there this year so I am super excited to be on my way! Yay!!! Next week, I will be going to the Connecticut shoreline for a few days with my bff and then we'll be heading for another week on Cape Cod with our other bff. I. Love. Summer. And yes, I. Love. The. Beach.

My beach bag, a really cute peach striped one from J.Crew, is filled with my beach bag beauty essentials.

  1. Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray - I spray this in my hair after I come out of the water before I brush. I helps to detangle my hair a bit, but it helps it dry to that beachy wave look I like at the beach.
  2. Secret Outlast Clear Gel Deodorant - This deodorant goes on clear, dries in seconds and lasts up to 48 hours, but I like to reapply after a day at the beach before I get dressed. I'd never chance being stinky!
  3. U by Kotex Tampons - These are a necessity, well, just in case. You never know when you or a friend will need one, so a box is always in my bag. When needed, they are easy to insert and super comfy to wear.
  4. Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunblock Stick - I know I'm not a baby, but I love this super gentle sunscreen on my face. It protects with SPF 60 and has never made me break out.
  5. Kiehl's Lip Balm SPF 15 - Of course I need to protect lips from a long day in the sun. This lip balm is super soft and keeps lips smooth and protected from the sun.
  6. Banana Boat Protective Tanning Dry Oil Spray - This sprays on, leaving a light oiled look that doesn't feel overly greasy. I use SPF 15 because I am pretty dark skinned already and this lets me get a bit of a tan. It does comes in higher SPF ratings too.

Happy beaching!


ghd Green Peacock Styler.

I straighten my hair almost everyday. My hair is naturally very wavy, almost curly and it frizzes more than it curls or waves. My hair is very long and very thick and I have gone through many hair straighteners. I swear I break two or three a year. I've been using this one for over a month now and it is performing beautifully and showing no signs of wear at all.

If you have to straighten your hair, you might as well use one that is totally hot and stylish, right? I think so, and that is why I use a gold standard in hair straighteners, the ghd Gold Classic styler, but it is styled and colored in a great green peacock shade in a special limited edition. It is called the ghd Green Peacock Styler.

This ghd Green Peacock Styler is amazing.  The super smooth ceramic hair plates glides over hair without ever puling or dragging. It just glides and instantly straightens and smoothes hair.  It even comes complete with a storage bag and heat resistant mat. The mat helps protect surfaces from the high heat of the styler, and this baby gets hot.

What I may be most thankful for is that this styler comes with a two year warranty. I won't have to worry about this baby breaking down any time soon.

The ghd Green Peacock Styler is sold on the ghd website and it sells for $225.00.


SEVENTEEN ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BEAUTY: The Best Hair, Skin, Nails & Makeup Ideas for You.

So I don't spend all my time at the beach just reading gossip mags; I like a good book. Beside the two summer romance novels I just finished, my friends and I keep going through this: SEVENTEEN ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BEAUTY: The Best Hair, Skin, Nails & Makeup Ideas for You.


All the beauty advice I have come to expect from Seventeen magazine is available in this new book! Packed with tons of awesome pics, each chapter offers detailed how-tos, amazing inspiration, and awesome advice. Written by Ann Shoket, editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine and some of the Seventeen’s editors, this is my beauty guide.

The book is so easy to navigate. All you do is look for your individual style and learn how to play it up!

  • Girly: mixes sweet and romantic with refined touches for pop and polish  
  • Glam: makeup that’s dazzling and dramatic
  • Classic: timeless beauty with a modern twist 
  • Edgy: strong, daring, and undeniably cool 
  • Boho: natural and earthy but way beyond neutrals

Each theme includes looks for every occasion: school, weekend, party, and date, plus essential tools and products. There are a ton pro tips and my favorite part, a celebrity-packed look book. This section features teen beauty icons such as Demi Lovato, Nicki Minaj, Emma Stone, Zoë Kravitz, Freda Pinto, and more.

The book also features a hair guide with chapters on: Waves & Curls, Braids & Twists, Sleek, Updos & Buns, and Ponies. This section offers easy-to-do styles for every event, essential tools, and step-by-step instructions with photography. I have been trying out a ton of new styles, and it is all because of this book.

The final section of the book offers a comprehensive guide to getting the most beautiful skin and nails, plus the best makeup and hair for special occasions, from Sweet Sixteen to prom!

Look for SEVENTEEN ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BEAUTY: The Best Hair, Skin, Nails & Makeup Ideas for You on newsstands and in bookstores now. You can also buy it online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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