Vacation Beauty Essentials

As a seasoned island veteran (twice counts, right?) I’ve perfected the art of packing the perfect bag of vacation beauty essentials that withstand the heat, sun, sand and TSA. To sum up my tropical beauty routine, it’s all about simplicity, sun protection, and surf-friendly (as in water-resistant). And not that it’s out of the ordinary from my everyday beauty routine, all of it matches my no-makeup makeup routine, but even simpler—where no brushes, only fingers, are required for application.

Everyone Hand Sanitizer Spray

My nightmare: porta potties. I love the beach, the sun, dipping in and out of the water for hours, napping on the sand and all of those things that oceanside life provides. But, when you’e living that beach bum life, your bum occasionally has to take a visit to some nasty places. That’s why I can’t not pack a bottle of hand sanitizer spray wherever I go for quick spritz/cleanse from my least favorite place—the porta potty.

Would I purchase again? I mean, sure, it’s just hand sanitizer.

EiR NYC Surf Mud Sunscreen

While on vacation, I tend to transform into a surfer girl with zero worries or cares, except for avoiding sunburn. I’m famous in my family for burning on the first day of vacation, nearly every vacation, but this sunscreen has kept me burn-free (on my face, the body’s a different story) for my past two island visits. Yes, it leaves a slight whitewash to application areas and you have to be a little careful to not get it on clothes, but it stays put seemingly all day and through all types of water activities.

Would I purchase again? Yes!

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipe

Man, I felt so smug and smart when I was buying a 20 pack of these Ursa Major wipes. I thought it would be genius to carry these around in my beach bag and use them to wipe down my face and underarms after spending hours in the sun and sand. Instead, I constantly forgot to use them after a day at the beach and instead they got the most use back at the hotel to wash my face when I felt too lazy to turn on the sink. They do a great job of removing grime, leftover makeup and sunscreen though!

Would I purchase again? Maybe—they didn’t get as high of use as I was expecting.

Glossier Zit Stick

Even if my email is on vacation mode, I’m doing things that are FOMO-inducing for others instead of the other way around and am fresh-faced and makeup-free for most hours of the day, a zit can and will find a way to my face. Glossier’s Zit Stick, a mix of benzoyl peroxide and other things, does a killer job of clearing a spot up in 48 hours.

Would I purchase again? Yes!

Herbivore Botanicals Orchid Face Oil

I’ve already shouted my praises for Herbivore Botanicals before, but I’ll do it again—I LOVE THEM. My skin gets extra thirsty while on vacation and particularly in warm weather, but I don’t like to slather a heavy cream on at night. So, instead, I’ve cracked the code for tropical weather wherein I mix a couple drops of face oil with my everyday moisturizer. The result? Fresh, dewy skin in the morning that’s ready for another day of fun in the sun.

Would I purchase again? Yes!

Clinique Pep-Start Daily Sunscreen SPF 50

If you, for some odd reason, not headed to the beach during a beach vacation and choosing to stay landlocked, it doesn’t mean you have an excuse to skip the sunscreen. This one by Clinique is light, layers over moisturizer and under makeup like a dream and is easy to throw in your bag for throughout-the-day application.

Would I purchase again? Yes!

Tweezerman Slant Tweezer

I’m a planner. Which when it comes to prepping for a beach vacation, I open up my calendar, work backwards from my departure date, then schedule a perfectly time wax appointment to defuzz. Another thing I’ve learned to plan for? Errant hairs that pop up post-wax. That’s why I can never not pack my Tweezerman tweezers—which are still sharp after years of ownership.

Would I purchase again? Yes (but I hope I don’t have to).

Glossier Lash Slick Mascara

I have definitely written this before, but if there’s one form of makeup that I could not live without, it would be mascara. Lash Slick is by no means my everyday mascara (that seat is currently taken by Dior’s ‘Pump N’ Volume’), but it’s non-irritating, waterproof and natural-looking application make it my vacation staple, especially in water environments. Even through a day of snorkeling, dips in and out of the water (pool or beach), it stays on without looking overdone or flaking.

Would I purchase again? Maybe. I have another holy grail mascara, but this one is great for a light, more natural look that’s water-resistant too.

Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam

I see little to no reason to bring a makeup brush on a tropical vacation. I’m always running dewy (not sweaty, thank you!), which just defeats the purpose of powder. That’s why I leave my powder blush, highlighter, anything at home and leave it to liquid formulas to do the trick. Even though I can blush at the drop of a hat, I still like a fresh cheek, so I reach for Glossier’s Cloud Paint in the peachy-tone of Beam and simply apply it with the swipe of a finger.

Would I purchase again? Yes!

Vapour Illusionist Concealer

Even off the islands, this is a daily staple as I’ve started to transition my beauty cabinet to natural, non-toxic skincare. To be honest, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find a concealer that would do the trick of covering zits and dark circles from late nights, and last the whole day. Enter this concealer by Vapour, which is formulated with beeswax, sunflower seed oil and other earth-friendly ingredients. It never feels heavy, provides ample (but not heavy coverage) and is slightly buildable if you need it to pull double-duty on any given day.

Would I purchase again? Yes (and already did).

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