Thursday, May 24, 2012

Beach Towel Beauty

{Did you know the first day of summer isn’t until June 20th?!  I’m going to pretend I didn’t google that and start this post of how I originally wanted to!}

Whether you’re finishing up school for the semester, planning a nice vacation, sunning by the pool after work everyday, or spending the weekends out on the boat--it can only mean one thing…SUMMMMER!  Which means it ‘tis the season for all things summery: sun, sand, swimming, sandals, swimsuits, sangria, sundresses, and sweating.  Wait…what?! That’s right, sweating.  We all do it and we all hate it.  Especially when it comes to trying to look cute for all the exciting summer festivities.  However in one quick post all your summer beauty concerns will be solved.  This post is going to give you all the tips and tricks you’ll need to keep your look fresh and fun all summer long, no matter what you’re doing!   

The most important beauty product for the summer is...your sunscreen of course!  You should be wearing it daily not just when you’re planning on spending the day outdoors.  Protecting your skin is key to preventing premature aging, so the sooner you start the better.  Also, if you have any scarring or hyperpigmentation from past breakouts, it’s important to know that they will darken with sun exposure making the more noticeable.  We don’t want that! 

My favorite facial sunscreen, which I use daily under my makeup, is La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer UVA/UVB SPF 15.  Depending on how long you’re going to be outside or how often you’re going to be in and out of water you may need to reapply, so don’t forget!  Another important thing to mention is to pick a sunscreen that’s made specifically for your face. It’s been my experience that using too thick of a sunscreen on my face can cause a ton of little micro bumps to appear, which give my skin a rough texture for upwards of a week before they disappear.  It’s easy to prevent, just pick something that’s gentle enough for your face.

Don’t forget about your body!  There are millions of sunscreens out there so take your time looking them over and pick your favorite.  It’s important to remember that sunscreens aren’t buildable, meaning if you apply and SPF 15 then layer on and SPF 30, you are not wearing and SPF 45.  My favorite kinds to use are the no-rub spray ones!  They’re quick and easy!


This may be scary to some, but I’m going to tell you to skip the foundation all together.  This is a classic case of “less is more.”  There’s no such thing as a waterproof foundation so anything you apply will either turn into a hot mess or come right off once you hit the water.  If you have a few problem areas that you would like to conceal, the idea is to spot treat them.  Try and choose a concealer with a waxier texture, it will be the most “waterproof.” To apply the concealer use the smallest concealer brush you have (I like to use a lip brush) and dab the concealer directly over the spots and gently pat the concealer with your finger to blend it in.  PRO TIP:  Want to double up the use of your eye primers?  Dab a little on problem areas before covering with concealer.  Just like it prevents shadows from creasing, smearing, and fading—it’ll do the same for your concealer!

I picked up this Bobbi Brown Face Touchup Palette from a CCO and I used the Foundation Stick as a concealer because it has a dryer/waxier texture.  The concealer in this palette is too creamy and wouldn't last as long in the heat. 

If you like adding an extra glow to the skin, here’s another fun little trick I like to use.  Take an extra pea size amount of sunscreen and mix in a pigment color of your choice (try champagnes, nudey-pinks, silvers, golds) and dab it on top of the cheek bones, down the bridge of your nose, on the cupids bow, and under the brow bone to give the face a fresh highlight. I like using MAC’s Melon and Blondes Gold pigments for this.  (Or try mixing it in with your moisturizer for the same affect!)
Left: Blonde's Gold
Right: Melon
If you are worried about becoming oily during the day, take some blotting powders to remove any excess oil.  Another good idea is to put your favorite facial mist in your cooler!  Give yourself a refreshing mist to give your skin a quick pick-me-up and blot away any extra moisture with your towel.
This is Pangea Organics Facial Toner but I like using it as a facial mist.  
If you’re like me and your brows are basically nonexistent, there are a few options for you. 
Option #1 is to use a tinted brow gel to brush over the brows to give them a little extra color and more defined shape.  Here are a few good gel options:
Option #2 would to use a waterproof brow pen/pencil such as:
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color ($21)
Sephora Collection Waterproof Retractable Brow Pencil ($12)

Now for the fun stuff!  For a day at the beach or laying by the pool, the most I would do is a fun colored eyeliner.  Since you’re out in your colorful swimsuit, now’s the time to pick a little more of a daring liner shade then you normally would! Think summery shades of purples, teals, pinks, blues, oranges, greens…Have fun with it!  You don’t have to match your swimsuit either, do something opposite for a fun pop of color!  You can find them anywhere, but here are a few I like:

Still Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner  ($20) (what I used)
in the color Peacock.  This actually came in one of my Birchboxs! 
NYC Waterproof Eyeliner ($1)
available at local drug stores
Waterproof mascaras come in all brands, so pick your favorite and roll with it. To maximize your lashes try this technique: Curl your lashes then apply a light coat of mascara and let it dry.  Curl the lashes again and follow with a thicker second coat of mascara.  For the second coat you can even try a fun waterproof colored mascara!

So fun!
Any easy trick for summer is to double up your lip and cheek products!  If you are using a lip balm or stain this is the perfect time to let them do a little double duty!  If you tend to get a natural flush when you're out in the sun, then you can skip the cheeks and go straight for the lips.

OR you could go for a fun bold lip!  Use a waterproof lip pencil then top it with a light wash of the lipstick of your choice or a chapstick for a little extra moisture!  This is a fun option if you plan on wearing your sunglasses and don’t really want to play up your eyes! Plus lipstick is super easy to reapply with little effort and the extra layer will also protects your lips from the sun. 
I used these Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains
The one the left in Cherish on my lips
The one on the right in Devotion on my cheeks for a little color
Available at local drug stores)

The Look

That's it!  I hope that was helpful and maybe you came across some info you didn't already know? Don't forget these tips and products can be useful in tons of different situations.  Think theme parks, at a baseball game, and of course at the beach! 

What are you favorite summer products?

For the love of beauty and SUMMMMMER!!,
...Casey B


  1. this post was perfecto!! love the sunscreen part :)

    1. I knew that would be your favorite part! :)

  2. Thanks for all the tips! I'll definitely be keeping this in mind while off to the beach :D
    (And June 20th??? How is that possible?? It's already almost 30 degrees!)


    1. No problem! Thanks for checking out my blog!!

  3. I really love your blog, you should definitely have more followers!

    1. Aww thank you so much Rachel! It really means a lot to me to hear you say that! :)

  4. Thank you for the recommendation about the face sunscreen. Skin cancer has affected some of my relatives so it is important for me to wear it underneath my make-up.