7 Beauty Products to Pack for Paradise

January 21, 2013    |    By +
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If anyone has been to New York City during wintertime, they know how cold and dry it can get. This year, my friends and I have planned a trip to Mexico to escape the dreary winter and catch a few rays! We plan on doing a lot of lounging on the beach, snorkeling in the ocean, and hitting up the local hot spots at night (margarita time!). That said, I don’t want to pack too many beauty products for the trip. Because I like to pack light, I started doing a little research on the best beauty essentials for a tropical vacation. With these in tow, I can be sure to have a fabulous trip.

Benefit Benetint, $29- This multi-use product acts as a cheek and lip stain. Great for on –the-go travel time, just add a hint of rosiness to your face, and hit the beach! This is perfect for the pre-tan “me” so that I don’t scare away the locals with my northern white skin.

Stila Stay All Day Volumizing Waterproof Mascara, $22 – Make your eyes pop with this luxe mascara. Best of all: you can take a dip in the ocean and it will stay put so you’re always ready to make eye contact with your super cute cabana boy.

Supergoop! City & Sand Sunscreen Travel Tote, $35 - Keep your lips, skin and body safe from the sun so that you can spend more time in it with this awesome gift set from Supergoop! It comes with SPF 30+: City Sunscreen Serum, MintFusion Lip Balm, Everyday UV Lotion for Face and Body, and an additional SPF 40 antioxidant-infused Sunscreen Day Cream for your body after the 30+ wasn’t enough the day before. This is truly a must have for beach vacations.

Josie MaranArgan Bear Naked Makeup Remover Wipes, $12 - These makeup remover wipes are made of all organic materials and a true space saving replacement for traditional makeup removers when traveling.

NARS Lipstick in Heatwave, $24 - For those sultry nights out on the town every gal needs a bright and bold lip color. NARS is known for their long-lasting intense shades of lip color and my favorite is this red-orange!

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray, $22 - Hours in the sun can leave you feeling dry and dehydrated which is exactly what we are trying to escape in the cold north! Moisturize your skin with this hydrating spray from Clinique; it ensures you can sunbathe for hours and stay dewy fresh.

Tory Burch Cat’s Eye Sunglasses, $149  - Not exactly a “beauty essential” but an absolute must for any beach trip. I love these large cat eye frames from Tory Burch, they add the perfect touch of glamour to any look.

What are your go-tos for staying chic while vacationing on the beach? 



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