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Beach Bag Essentials

Hey guys! So as I mentioned earlier, I am currently working on editing photos from our trip to Key West last week so be looking for those to be up on the blog next week! Since I get asked all the time about my skincare and makeup essentials for pool and beach days I have decided to share with you all what is currently in my beach bag! These products are necessities for me during the summer months and if you give them a try I'm sure they'll become necessities for you too! Hope you enjoy! Also, feel free to share any of your beach bag essentials with me in the comments below so I can give them a try! Hope you are all having an amazing week!

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer -  This is a fairly new product for me but I have fallen in love with it!! It covers any redness or discoloration I may have and gives me a nice dewy- looking, sun - kissed, complexion without making it look like my face is caked in foundation. It is super light weight and I love the added SPF in it! PERFECT for the summer days to come!

Bare Minerals Locked and Coated Topcoat - This is a product I purchased especially for this trip! I have always used "waterproof" mascaras and found them to only be waterproof for an hour or so. This topcoat from Bare Minerals is legit!! It allows me to wear whatever mascara I want (doesn't have to be waterproof) and I put a coat of this clear gel over it and voila!- I get lasting waterproofness that lasts ALL day!! 

Josie Maran CoconutWatercolor Cheek Gelee - Another purchase I made especially for this trip but now I am obsessed and will always always ALWAYS carry with me wherever!!!! Seriously you all have to go try it! I mean what is better than something that is a 2 in 1 product?! I can't think of anything! This gel is amazing in that you can use it as a lip stain (which looks completely natural by the way and moisturizes your lips) and you can dab a little on the apples of your cheeks to give you a natural flush of color (aka the perfect blush)! I love having matching cheek and lip color! It looks effortless and feels amazing on your skin!

MAC Fix+ Skin Refresher - I have used this stuff for literally forever it seems like! After applying my makeup I spray two sprays on my face to set my makeup in place! It extends the wear of my makeup and keeps it in place through the day! I also spray my face with it when Im not wearing makeup to give myself a little spritz of hydration to keep my face feeling refreshed! Even with consistent use, this product lasts me every bit of 6 months if not more!!

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream - I have been using this stuff for a while now!(Ever since I read that Courtney Kardashian can't live without it!) No, the Kardashians are definitely not role models of mine in any way but I do love Kourtney's style and beauty routines! Anyway, this stuff is an all-purpose product! I use it for intense lip and eye hydration by dabbing just a little on those areas! I also use it on any areas of my face or body that are extremely dry or itchy! 

Bright Nail Polish - By the time we took these pictures my nail color was chipped and disgusting (I didn't have time to re-do it before the day so I just went with it!) My color was a sample I received in a birchbox a while back but I love this similar  OPI color in "Cajun Shrimp"! Bright nails are a MUST for summer!

Benefit Lolli-Balm - I received this sample with a purchase from Sephora earlier last week and think it is just perfect to add to my beach-bag necessities collection! If you want a really moisturizing and creamy lip balm with a bit of color, this is your go-to! 

Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen with SPF 50 - CONFESSION:  Ok, so I use to NEVER, I mean NEVER, EVER wear sunscreen when being outside! If I got a little too red, not to worry, it would fade into a nice brown tan the next day! That was my mind set when I was younger and in high school/college, but recently my eyes have been opened to just how harmful the sun's rays are. Like it is no joke! It is bad news bears for your skin!! Not only does it increase your risks for melanoma by like a bajillion percent but it also causes premature aging of the skin! (I mean, I don't want to look 50 when Im 30!!) Tanning either naturally in the sun or artificially in a bed are both no gos for me! I will stick to spray tans or tanning lotions to give me some color! Sorry for the rant but basically my point is.... love the skin you're in and take care of it!!! Anyway, I now use a higher SPF sunscreen and I prefer this Coppertone Water Babies one for my body! I love that it is water-resistent and I just reapply every 80 minutes!! 

Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby Sunscreen with SPF 60 - I wear this under my tinted moisturizer which yes has SPF in it also!!! I love that this one is gentle yet effective enough for a babies skin and doesn't cause me to break out!!

Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Sunglasses - If you have followed my blog for a while then you know I live in these! They are so chic and feminine, go great with every outfit, AND offer great protection from the big, bad, sun!!! ( Kidding, I love the sun and love to be out in it, Im just not going to be naive anymore about its effects!!)

 

Outfit Details -  Dress: Antonio Melani (sold out) but love this green and white one here // Sun Hat: (old) but love this one from ASOS here //Earrings: Kendra Scott // Sunglasses: Karen Walker

Lovely in Leather

It is still so cold here in Alabama and the temps are expected to keep dropping for the next few days so it looks like I won't be packing up my winter clothes just yet! I am crazy about this sweater from Ruche! It has a hint of sparkle in it so it adds some glam to any look! I paired it with my black cotton pants from target that you guys have to go get because they are seriously so comfy!! I know you have all seen me wear these Ariat boots before and there is a reason why!! They are the perfect boots for pants and/or skirt! They have the perfect heel height and I can wear them all day because they are so comfortable! Ariat makes the best boots...just saying! Growing up I used to never want a leather jacket. I just thought they felt so strange and had weird zips and just looked odd looking in general but now that I have this one from Spiegel, I LOVE them! This is a well made jacket with a feminine flare that I just can't get enough of! It also keeps me really warm as I am out and about! It can be worn for a more dressed up look or just casual as I have it here! It is extremely good quality leather and is a closet staple of mine for sure!!

 

Y'all, I can't get enough of these Ariat boots!! Perfect heel hight and I love that I can wear them all day!

My outfit details: Jacket: Spiegel//Sunglasses: Karen Walker//Lipstick: Mac "Pink Nouveau"//Sweater: Ruche//Pants: Target//Boots: Ariat

Some of my pieces are not available anymore but I found some similar items and have included the links below if you want to shop this look!