5 beauty essentials for the beach

Beach Bag Gotta Haves!

Although it felt like the sun forgot about us for the last seven months, she has finally returned with rays as bright and warm as ever! If you're anything like me, you'll be out enjoying it as much as possible. So, grab your sunglasses and beach totes. We're gonna fill it with things to keep you looking fabulous while protect you from harmful rays.

Sunscreen — While it's necessary to use sunscreens, I've never been a fan of them because of their heavy and sometimes greasy texture. Then I discovered Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen. It's broad spectrum UVA/UVB, water resistant, non-greasy and comes in SPF 30 or 70. The light mist even gets those hard to reach places.

Hair protectant — We always remember to protect our skin but what about our hair? The sun, sand and sea do just as much damage to our strands. So preserve them with good leave in conditioner or thermal spray with spf. Most hair care lines make their own type of treatment for this. My favorite is Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10 in 1 Complete Correction.  Simply run it through your hair, twist into a high (or low) bun, secure with bobby pins and your tresses are protected and styled for the day.

Golden Glow — For those of you who want a little more flash for your hair and body, add Oribe 24k Gold Pomade. It's actually made with flecks of 24k gold! For a day at the beach, add it to your hair after the protectant but before you put in a bun. You can even mix a little into the SPF on your legs and you'll be a golden beach goddess!  

Lip Balm — I love lipgloss, but in the warm summer months it can feel a little heavy. Not to mention gloss offers no protection from sunburn. This summer, try applying a hydrating balm instead. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments come in a variety of sheer colors, feel great on your lips, and keep them protected from damaging rays.

Waterproof Mascara — Nobody wants to be "that girl" at the pool with a full face of makeup, but we still want to look put together. Adding a few swipes of waterproof mascara will complete your look. My current obsession is MAC False Lashes Waterproof. It gives lashes unbudging volume, length and curl.

Melissa PerezMelissa Perez, protegee of Anastasia of Beverly Hills, is the go to brow girl at Blow Dry Southport turning perfect brows and youthful eyes into essential accessories. Melissa's areas of expertise are makeup applications, lash and brow tinting, lash application and facial waxing.

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