On-the-move beauty essentials for a 4th of July beach escape that ends with a
bonfire by the sea.
bonfire by the sea.
Written By Jess Basser Sanders
Successful July 4th getaways call for lazy hours of lounging seaside, accompanied by a copy of The Girl on a Train, bonfires, and glasses of the crispest rosé. Successful July 4th weekends do not involve hours at the vanity or a suitcase filled with the contents of the bathroom cabinet.
Embrace the freedom of packing light this Independence Day by whittling your list down to the basics—a paperback, a swimsuit, a beach-to-cocktails dress and a few select beauty essentials. Keep things lean with multitasking products, petite sizes, and specialized summer formulas that hold their own against sun, sand and heat.
This portable potion—made from pure, cold-pressed French plum kernel—is formulated to keep tresses in fighting form, even after long days spent poolside. Smooth a dime-sized amount through damp hair for a hydrating treatment, or run through ends to smooth sun-induced dryness.
A day at the beach is always fashionable, but the attendant UVA and UVB rays, less so. To relax and enjoy your day in the sun without the threat of skin damage, make sure this lightweight, moisturizing formula doesn’t leave your side—or, more accurately, your face.
Soleil Toujours’ creamy, mineral-based formula not only protects the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays during the day but also employs the use of vitamin E and sunflower oil to keep skin soft after-hours.
A moisturizer that’s ultra-hydrating (to counteract that steady diet of sun and surf), but light (because heavier formulas are the enemy of heat) is a summer must particularly once the sun dips past the horizon. La Mer’s Gel Cream offers all the benefits of the cult original, but with a lighter formula that’s retooled especially for warm climes.
If not everything in life can be easy, weekends away certainly should be. To that end, NARS’ legendary Multiple is a packing-and-prepping shortcut—smooth it on your lids, lips, cheeks and body for a glowing highlight, and head straight for a waterside cocktail.
Sheer, easy-to-pack lip gloss is the ideal beauty partner for low-key vacation days, when the most difficult decision should be between a deep diving into a summer read or a dip into the deep end. MAC’s 77-mineral formula keeps lips hydrated with each swipe and comes in a range of summer-worthy shades.
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