My trip to Bali is just over a week away and I couldn’t be more excited! Bali has been on my travel bucket list for years, and it was one of my Top 10 places that I wanted to visit before I turn 30. I am so glad that I have finally managed to book a trip there, it will also be my first step into Asia! Cassidy and I will be doing a Bali Island Hopper Contiki, which is great because we will get to see quite a bit of the region. I will have my photo diary, outfits and travel tips up as soon as I am back, but today I wanted to share my beach make-up essentials!
Its not that I wear make-up to the beach, but sometimes the mood does strike me. Sometimes that perfect bikini just needs a bright lip or a pop of liner to bring it alive, and of course, I always carry sun protection with me. What do you pack in your beach bags? Here are my essentials for a fab and fun holiday look!
You always start with a fun beach bag, if not only to look great but to be able to spot it from far away! 😉 This time I am taking this great tote bag with me that I got from Bride Squad SA on Instagram. Forever on vacation- but of course 😉
First thing is first- I never come to the beach without SPF. And yes I love a good tan, but that doesn’t mean that you have to forgo the SPF! I’ve sworn by this Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 20 Dry Oil(R240) for years now so it will be coming with me to Bali as well. It helps to get that healthy, natural tan while protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays. I apply it all over the body and the bonus is that it also smells delicious! For my face, I always go extra (as that part of the skin is super sensitive) and use the SkinCeuticals SPF50 Ultra Facial Defense(R440). It also acts as a great moisturizer so when I’m on holiday, I usually just use that! It sinks into the skin nice and quick and leaves it feeling nourished and protected. This is my perfect duo for a healthy summer tan.
A colorful eyeliner
I love experimenting with different eye looks while I am on holiday, and one of my favorite ways to bring the fun is with a bright eyeliner. I have mentioned the Urban Decay Razor Sharp eyeliner here before(R320), and I adore them for being super waterproof. I go swimming with these babies on, and they just don’t budge. The colors I have here are called Cuff, Chaos and Kush, and there are 20 delicious colors for you to choose from. I’ll be packing all 3 with me for some fab beach looks!
A texturizing hair spray
My hair turns into one of those nightmare scenarios when I am anywhere with more than 0.1% humidity, so this a KEY item in my beach bag. This Kerastase Spray A Porter spray(R325) a fab leave-in spray that you apply to damp hair for a lovely (or in my case, manageable) beach look. Its very light-weight, smells amazing and leaves my hair soft and not feeling crunchy. It adds a bit of volume and does not weigh down the hair, so I usually apply it right after the shower on a hot beach night to have my hair curl-perfect for the next morning.
Sometimes you gotta fake it til you make it right? I actually pack two bronzers with me- one a light shade for when I have not managed to tan yet, and then a darker shade for when I am all bronzed up naturally, and just need a little bit of glow. I enjoy this UD Beached Bronzer(R415) because of the fun packaging and its color payoff. It comes in 2 shades, Sun Kissed and Bronzed, and is a must have in my bag.
A bright lip
I don’t go anywhere without lipstick, the beach included, because I just love it so much! I wore a red lip in Cyprus quite a lot and while a red lipstick on a beach raises some eyebrows, I loved it against my black bikini. This time I am packing some cool pink shades with me! I just received the new Lancôme Roses press drop and I am already in love with this shade! Its part of the new L’absolu Gloss collection which comes in 3 finishes-gloss, velvet matte and cream. I am feeling the matte formula the most because it is not at all drying and feels so comfortable on the lips! This shade that I’m packing is called Rose Lancome(R370) and you will spot this on my Instagram soon! Another fab pink that I cant wait to show off is the L’Oreal Lip Paint in the shade KinPink(159.95) . It has a very handy doe- foot applicator, which is perfect for those get-up-and-go holiday days, and it is vivid and stays on forever.
And the product to end them all… the All Nighter Setting Spray!
Take her swimming on the first date? Oh please! I have that All Nighter Setting Spray(R450)! When I was in Cyprus in September, I went swimming with my make-up, and when I came out of the water with my makeup still intact, my mom was shook! But why should she be? This award winning setting spray is honestly the best thing since sliced cheese for me (not being biased at all), and will lock in your makeup like no other. I reach for it each and every single day, along with the Eyeshadow Priming Potion for when I’m wearing eyeshadow, and this is a non negotiable to have in your beach bag if you ask me.
What do you think of my beach bag swag?