Stay calm, cool and collected with these beach bag beauty essentials

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SPONSORED: When the weather’s hot, looking hot—and feeling cool—can be like mission impossible. Especially if you’re hitting the beach, whether it’s in your town or some more exotic destination. Sun, sweat, sand, swim… even one of those S’s can wreak havoc on a girl, but all four? Yikes!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting anyone wear full hair and makeup with their swimsuit a la Courtney Stodden or Heidi Montag. In fact, minimal is definitely the way to go—and that goes for what you put in your beach bag too. With just a few key items (think protective, waterproof, lightweight), you’ll be prepped AND pretty.

SPF protection: You already know (I hope) about the importance of diligently applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen all over your bod to ward off the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays. When I’m at the beach I like to also bring along a separate product for my face, which is way more delicate and therefore susceptible to sun damage and premature aging. I don’t like the feel of a greasy, heavy sunscreen though—so I appreciate that Olay has an entire lineup of moisturizers with built-in SPF, including ones for combination/oily skin and sensitive skin.

Waterproof mascara: Smudgy raccoon eyes may work on the runway, but they’re not really appropriate for real-life daytime situations like the beach. To prevent them from accidentally happening to me, I’ve taken to wearing waterproof mascara all summer long, whether I’m at the beach or not. (That’s because sweat alone, not just immersing your head in water, makes regular mascara migrate.) I go for the blackest, most volumizing formula I can find to make eyes pop against a (faux) tan.

Conditioning spray: So I just learned something about salt sprays recently: they dry your hair out like crazy! The same would apply, I imagine, for the real thing (saltwater), so if you’re going to be in an ocean, you’ll definitely need to remedy a potential dry-hair disaster. I love the new Pantene Aqua Light Weightless Conditioning Shake, which detangles and nourishes without weighing hair down. You just spritz it on damp hair without rinsing out. Easy!

Body mist: Speaking of sprays, I love those mini body spray things for a quick pick-me-up after a long day in the heat. The mist feels ultra-cooling and the scents are usually light and fresh, not overpowering. (Try Secret Scent Expressions in So Very Summerberry.)

Tampax® Radiant™ Tampons: With FormFit™ protection that gently expands to fit your unique shape, and a LeakGuard™ braid to help stop leaks before they happen, you’ll have complete peace of mind if you’re hitting the beach during your period. These even have a CleanSeal™ wrapper—the first ever re-sealable wrapper for worry-free disposal.

Tampax Radiant Tampons Stay calm, cool and collected with these beach bag beauty essentials

ENTER TO WIN: Check out ChickAdvisor’s Girl on the Go contest happening this month for your chance to win a luxe bag, products from the Always® & Tampax® Radiant™ collection, and other goodies.

*Contest ends July 17, 2012.  Approximate retail value of prize is $300 CAD.  Offer open to Canadian residents of the legal age of majority.  Winners will be notified by email during the week of July 18, 2012.  ChickAdvisor is the contest sponsor and has sole authority to award prizes or disqualify users for any reason.  Click through for full contest rules.

6 Comments

Veann
Wednesday, July 11/2012 at 12:02 pm

Sad to see what is basically an ad slapped at the end of what I thought was editorial content. The tone sounds like cut and paste “Tampax” not fun and genuine “Beauty Editor.” Shame.

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Ashley
Wednesday, July 11/2012 at 12:13 pm

Michelle – your original content is way more entertaining and engaging than these paid-for posts. They make me NOT want to try the Tampax product given that they’re not backed with your genuine approval & review. They consistently read like just some advertisement embedded in your website. I hope they paid you well for this!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, July 11/2012 at 12:42 pm

Hi ladies! Veann, I’m sorry to hear you were disappointed—the article is clearly marked “sponsored” at the top of the post to make it easy for readers who are not interested in paid content to skip over them.

To keep BEAUTY EDITOR running, I do need to have advertising. While the site is definitely a labour of love, I still have to invest an enormous amount of my time creating the content, managing the site and a HUGE amount of money making sure it’s running on a fast server and properly designed/maintained. (This is why we’re still “under construction” a month after redesigning.) I’m very selective about the advertisers I bring on and wherever possible (such as with this contest) I try to give readers a chance to win a great prize as a give back for reading BEAUTY EDITOR.

I hope that helps clarify! And Ashley I do genuinely think the Tampax and Always products are great—otherwise I wouldn’t be featuring them here :)

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leetal
Wednesday, July 11/2012 at 8:59 pm

it makes me sad to say that while i know sponsors support you i don’t value the post as much when i see it’s a sponsored post. even if you do believe in the product all of a sudden the recommendation doesn’t seem genuine. and it’s sad because you’re one of the only bloggers i actually listen to her recommendations:( i’m sorry…

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Elaine R
Thursday, July 12/2012 at 11:34 am

I don’t have a problem with Sponsored posts – I understand that blogs need money to survive and that you’re not going to write about some crap product just because someone is paying you. I personally have been liking these posts (the workout bag one, this one, etc), so don’t worry about the haters! If they ever tried to keep a popular blog afloat I’m sure they would be surprised at how much hard work and dedication it is.

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Veann
Tuesday, July 17/2012 at 11:31 am

Oh, I get sponsorship. I’m a writer. In advertising. :P It may be because the “sponsored” label is so small, I didn’t even notice it before reading. And then after making my way through your lovely content, the blatant ad at the end was a literary slap to the face (dramatic much?!) A possible solution (and this would be even better for Tampax) would be a genuine review from you. Not cut and pasted content from a client brief. You saying you love their product in comments section holds way more weight than the last paragraph of the article. It’s sincerity and consistency of tone that was lacking, and what I think I objected to. Not a hater in the least! Veann :)

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