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On-the-move beauty essentials for a 4th of July beach escape that ends with a
bonfire by the sea.
Written By Jess Basser Sanders
Bonfire Kit | Violet Grey | @violetgrey

— PHOTOGRAPHED in the studio with VIOLET GREY

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.

BONFIRE
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A travel-size version of your favorite shampoo is a packing necessity. Serge Normant’s fortifying, sulfate-free cleanser is a perfect choice, particularly when chased with the matching conditioner.

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Whisk post-beach or -pool hair into carefree French twists with a few well-placed pins from Y.S. Park’s tins. Filled with pins and elastics of all shapes and sizes, it’s perfect for tying up loose ends in a pinch.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Wipe off sunscreen and sea salt gently and swiftly with these mineral and herbal-enriched wipes. Their convenient travel-sized packaging is a beach bag plus, too.

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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.

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Get those long limbs in fighting form with this dry body oil, which not not only lends skin an alluring bronzed shimmer, but also softens it with moisturizing ingredients.

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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.

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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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At VIOLET GREY, we believe that hot summer nights and eyeshadow don’t have to be mutually exclusive. To wit: this cream version, which swipes on with a brush or finger tip and stays put from sunset cocktails to late night S’mores.

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Keep things classic (and a touch patriotic) with YSL’s bright red polish. Long-wearing and quick-drying, the lacquer glides on smoothly and stays put—even through a weekend in the sand.

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Keep brows groomed and ready with MAC’s Brow Finisher. The slanted tip and wax-style texture make for easy application and Brooke Shields-level brows all day and night.

In polite
society

In polite society, the best
kind of FIREWORKS are clothing OPTIONAL.
— VIOLET GREY —
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