9 Beach Inspired Beauty Products to Make You Glow

You’re not that girl. Yeah, you. Sadly, you’re not that girl who got to take a vacation to Ibiza this summer. Or the girl who just so happened to walk into the office today after two weeks in Hawaii {the nerve!} looking like a golden goddess (if you do happen to be that girl a.) where do you work and b.) are you hiring??). But seriously, it can often feel like everyone has some fun-in-the-sun-time scheduled, but you. Yeah, feel sorry for yourself. It sucks – especially when people are jetsetting to Bali, the South of France, or just going to Mykonos for a week {*cough* Erin!}. Ugh.

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But quite honestly, yes the girl who just got back from vacation looks AH-mazing – but it’s pretty much no longer cool {although it slightly still is!} to sit out in the sun all day and get baked. Skin baked, that is. Because the skin cancer that you’re bound to get later in life is really not worth that bronzy complexion that will fade in only a few weeks time. It’s not worth it at all, especially when you have beauty products that can give you that beach babe look in no time!

So, if you’re like us, sitting there with no vacation in sight, don’t let the beach goddesses show you up. Grab these glowy, dewy, beachy, glistening beauty products and you’ll be all of the above come tomorrow morning’s meeting!


Get Your Shop On:

> Love + Salt Beach and Body Mist
> Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser
> Yves Saint Laurent Shocking Mascara
> NARS “Orgasm” Nail Polish
> Clinique Sun Protection Stick
> Margiela ‘Replica’ Beach Walk
> James Read Wash Off Tan
> Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow Palette
> Prospector Co. Leg Shave


A couple things to note:

> Obsesesed with Maison Martin Margiela’s “Beach Walk” perfume. It smells like the cotton candy side of the boardwalk, not the part that is infested by seaweed. Amazing!

> Love + Salt Beach Hair Mist is so perfect for that “I just stepped out of the ocean” look. It scruffs up your perfect curls just a bit for a whole lot of sexy!

> Self tanner: some people are against it and they’re clearly the ones who haven’t tried this Wash Off Tan by James Read. I’m telling you, self tanner = a game changer.

> Eye shadow isn’t normally in our daily repertoire, but we’re loving the glittery shades of this Bobbi Brown Surf and Sand palette. Go all the way with the sexy-vacay look and take take things from “bow” to BOW CHICKA WOW WOW.

These beach-worth beauty products definitely get us excited! You mean we don’t actually have to book a $2000 plane ticket to look refreshed?? We’re in. But if you DO happen to have an extra ticket to Ibiza, we’re in on that too. —Bianca

image via Vogue Russia 

12 Last Minute Beach Bag Essentials

I’ve lived by a beach my whole life. But it wasn’t until recently that I considered myself lucky to have the sand and bay right underneath my nose toes. If my day has been particularly stressful, the constant beat of the waves reassures me tomorrows always start fresh. When I’m feeling like I’ve literally got more issues than Vogue, the ocean quiets my secrets and is the perfect soundtrack for me to dish all to my girlfriend! The vastness and never ending horizon is a true source of inspiration and a great reminder in humility. And while that country song about “feeling small against the ocean” is catchy and all, I like to think that standing beside the ocean makes everyone feel powerful, big- a part of something HUGE. You?


But perhaps most importantly {and in attempts to steer this post from feeling like a freakin’ funeral!}, on a beautiful sunny day, the beach is a FREE and easy place to seek refuge from stress and enjoy some serious relaxation. Whether you’re in need of a break from the office or just want to have a random BYOB day with friends, you’ll want to pack these must-haves in your bag! ’Cause you know they’ll aid in a good Instagram or two! ;)


I’m in love with this woven J.Crew Panama Hat- I have it in every style. It’s a great classic to have in your wardrobe. These leopard-like sunnies are everything! Ordering immeditately. And let’s talk about this sweet little pouch for your credit cards and lip balm. No need to rummage at the bottom of your bag with this adorable organizer and it can double as a clutch when you head out for drinks post-beach day! Of course, you can just as easily take these essentials with you to the lake, swimming pool or even the park {a post on our favorite SF parks is forthcoming!!}

As we live out the last days of summer, we’re becoming slightly obsessed with making an escape outdoors for some good weekend r&r! You too?? Well, with that, I’ll see you babes at the beach! —Bianca


Get Your Shop On:

> Madewell Tote Bag
> Dream Wave Pouch
> Panama Hat
Beach Body Oil
BaubleBar Knot Bracelet
Beach Towel
The Perfect Sunscreen
Rosehip Seed Lip Cream
bkr Water Bottle

image via Garance Dore 

The Beauty Holy Grail: The Five Minute Face

I am the first to admit I am NOT a beauty guru. Those girls who can look like they walked straight out of a magazine every morning? More power to ‘em. I’m amazed that I’ve finally concurred mascara and a red lip after all these years. Makeup has just always intimidated me. Sure I’ve gotten those over the counter makeovers and I’ve fallen for most of the “best product ever” articles you read in mags, and even with products piled high in my makeup drawer I’ve never really felt like it all made that much of a difference for me.

And then I met MAKE UP FOR EVER. Truthfully, I’d never heard of the line. You can find it in Sephora. But now that I’m in the know, I’m never going back! I teased the super fun experience I had shooting a video with MAKE UP FOREVER here. Well, today is the big reveal! They asked me to come to NYC and go through a full makeover, hair, outfit and makeup {of course!}… all based on my favorite style inspiration. Can you guess who I picked to serve as my inspirational icon?


Lauren Hutton! I’ve always adored her effortless, sexy-cool style – that she still rocks to this day! In fact I only think it’s gotten better as she’s gotten older. I’d love to look that put together at her age. From the 1970′s all the way to now, Lauren was the perfect beauty icon to have MAKE UP FOR EVER emulate. So I headed out to New York for my transformation – to be captured on video to share with you today! Tadah!!

And while getting glammed up was certainly fun, the best part of the whole experience was walking away with a makeup routine that I actually think will work for me on an everyday basis! It was simple, it was easy, it was fun and most importantly I love how it makes me look – like me…only better.


There were a few key “aha” moments that I took away from Lihja Stewart, MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Director of Artistry. First, that the entire MAKE UP FOR EVER skin line is practically perfect. From the silky, just enough coverage foundation to the light as air powder, perfect pink HD blush, easy to apply bronzer and the most AH-mazing HD concealer I have ever found….I am so hooked!

The look was finished off with what is probably my new favorite find – Mist and Fix. This miracle worker keeps your makeup set and it actually delivers on its promise! I left my shoot all dolled up and went out to dinner nearly 8-hours later with only the reapplication of lip gloss needed. No smudges, no wandering mascara under my eyes. As someone who never remembers to stop for a mirror check, this is the ultimate lifesaver.


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Another one of the favorite lessons I learned was how easy it is to do a great eye. No straining over an imperfect eye-liner line required. I was terrified when Lijha asked me to replicate what she’d done on my other eye {ha! do you see my hand shaking in the video?!} But with the Aqua Matic eye pencil you can do your entire eye so easily. It was basically impossible to screw up.

The third detail too often forgotten is your eyebrows. Ladies – you cannot neglect them! Do you know how much more awake and fresh a strengthened eyebrow makes you look? Thankfully, MAKE UP FOR EVER has the easiest tools to add a little oopmh to your brows with their Aqua Brow Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector and Brow Seal Eyebrow Gel. I’m never skipping this step again!


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And while we added extra flourishes for the video look, {false eyelashes that were actually super comfortable and I loved!} overall I never felt “made-up.” Caking on layers of makeup or trying anything that requires 30 minutes to prep just isn’t for me. Even though we were going for a “camera ready” look, I’ve been having a ball taking the key elements I learned and trying them at home.

Here is the full list of the secret weapons used in my MAKE UP FOR EVER makeover-should you like to do the same!

1.     Face/Body 20

2.     HD Concealer 325

3.     Pro Finish Powder Foundation 117

4.     Mat bronze 40

5.     HD Blush 215

6.     Brow seal

7.     Aqua Brow 10

8.     Aqua Matic 52 & 50

9.     Aqua Eyes 2L

10.   Lashes 157

11.   Aqua Smoky Extravagant

12.   Aqua Lip 2c

13.   Lab Shine S4

14.   Mist & Fix

I have to thank the entire MAKE UP FOR EVER team again for having me. It was a treat to get to work with a cool, creative crew and I left feeling like I could finally do my own makeup – no professional makeup artist required!

image via vogue, quote via glitter inc.

This post is in partnership with Style Coalition and Make Up For Ever. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34′s doors open!