Sunday, July 31, 2016

Nantucket Island Getaway: What's in My Beach Bag?

Beach Bag must haves for a Nantucket and beyond getaway!

Nantucket Island was one of my stops on my tour of New England a summer or so ago. I can tell you the beaches on Nantucket Island are amazing. Except for a few jellyfish, the water is warm and the surf incredible. Perfect for swimming or simply sunning, you can get some of the Island's flavor by reading "In My Footsteps - A Traveler's Guide to Nantucket by Christopher Setterlund (Schiffer Publishing). Now whether you are going to a New England beach or somewhere else there are a few essentials you'll want to pack in your beach bag. Here are a few new items to include this summer for your best time ever at the beach!

Skin & Hair Care Essentials
Skin & Hair Care Essentials
Out on the beach means being out in the elements for the day so you'll need to protect yourself. These new products are perfect for dealing with summer-sun, skin and hair care issues:

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin - Biting flies and now the new horror of Zika carrying mosquitoes call for an effective insect repellent. The gold standard for protection is DEET but you may want to consider a less toxic approach. I've used Avon's Skin So Soft for years and this product contains Picaridin & Vitamin E. Picaridin is a synthetic product was made in the 1980's to resemble a natural compound called piperine. Avon's Bug Guard works well if you make sure to cover all exposed areas. Makes life on the beach or at the lake bearable.

Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner
Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner - This product claims to decrease the appearance of cellulite. Now while I don't have an issue with that, I did find the products helpful for increasing firmness while giving you gradual, natural color that resists rubbing off on sheets and clothing. You should first use a really good exfoliant or Skinny Tan's Pre-Tan Primer. Give yourself about three days before you'll see a warm glow. The coconut smell is heavenly and the Gradual Tanner is best applied with a sponge mitt. See it at Skinny Tan Online.

Beach me!

Curel Itch Defense - This is perhaps the best of the Curel line of skin moisturizers. Itch Defense offers instant soothing relief for dry, itchy skin plus it has a special cooling ingredient. Really keeps your skin soft and moisturized all day long and helps sooth insect bites and skin irritations at the same time. 

Bag Balm in this tiny tin has tons of uses and at 1 oz is the perfect travel size. The main ingredient being lanolin, it's safe to use on pets as well as yourself. Try putting it on on top of your favorite body lotion for beautifully glossy skin. 

ClearEyes Pure for Dry Eyes

All of these above products are available at your local drugstore or online at

Beach Sandals means smoothing your heels with an Amope Tool.

G.M. Collin Mineral Sun Protection Cream SPF 60 goes on easy without too much white cast. As it is a Mineral Sunscreen it offers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Like all sunscreen, reapply after being in the water and/or after two hours exposure. Available at day spas or online at

Jirano Bombay Hair Oil - This is a natural hair care oil blend with a fresh citrus scent and no added dimethicone, mineral oil or petroleum products. Exposure to salt and sun can ruin your locks in short order. I add a few drops of Bombay Oil to my scalp and brush it through prior to shampooing. This gives my hair extra shine while conditioning my scalp after a day on the beach. Get it at

Beautiful Beach Touches

Finishing Touches: Your day at the beach means having a few essentials taken care of. Here are a few little things that add up to a beautiful you!

Les Diamants Bleus de France face powder with compact is infused with precious gems and is nearly invisible on the skin. Takes down the shine for hours but doesn't look dry or flat. Wear it over BB Cream. The beautiful compact is refillable and contains a little buffing brush with mirror. See the complete collection at

Lisa Hoffman Beauty Fragrance Necklace is perfect for enjoying natural essential oils and perfumes when applying them to sun-kissed skin is a "no-no". Everyone knows that applying perfume directly to your skin can increase irritation, especially when you plan of laying out in the sun. "Wear" your perfume or favorite essential oil in this little necklace instead. Works great with my Zen Oil Box subscription as I can change the fragrance by simply replacing the fragrance bead refills. Perfect! See the entire Lisa Hoffman Collection of Fragrance Jewelry online.

Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Jewelry Pendant

Essie Nail Lacquers from Ricky's, NYC are perfect for mani & pedicures before hitting the beach. These are long-wearing, pro nail lacquers that work with Essie's Fill In The Gap as a base coat. Colors shown above are:
Life of the Party, Sequin Sash and Cabana Boy

Net Effects Traders Teal Clutch is perfect for the beach as it is water resistant and has a zippered section for your cash plus slots for a few credit cards and ID for the bar. Ethically made in Cambodia out of plastic polymer. See the collection online which includes the Island Tote Beach Bag below at Net Effects Trader.

Net Effects Island Tote - NEW Molton Brown summer fragrances.

Molton Brown Bushukan and Orange & Bergamot Eau de Toilettes are perfect for summer nights and beach parties. Clean and natural, Bushukan  has top notes of lemon, bergamot and basil. The Orange & Bergamot has a heart of thyme and cedarwood. Both are blended by one of the top London fragrance houses,

Molton Brown - London

Holman Ranch Estate Wines & I'm Not Just A Wine Bag Wine Charms

Holman Ranch Estate Wines have been grown at their Carmel Valley, California vineyard since 1928. The ranch itself is a prime destination for tours. weddings and events. Shown here is their 2013 Chardonnay, a light, white summer-perfect wine perfect to accompany seafood and fresh garden salads. The second is Sweet Love, a late harvest 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. How sweet it is too! This would make a lovely dessert wine or a compliment to the end of a summer picnic. Delicious. Attending a beach or summer picnic? Pack one of these Holman Ranch Wines in an I'm Not Just A Wine Bag tote which has little wine charms included. Also throw in a pack of Nod Butterfly Party Picks & Wine Glass Markers.  Makes an impressive host gift for your next summer party!

Surf at sunset in The Hamptons

Leopard Print Swimsuit by Anabel Arto
Beauty products, fragrances and accessories c/o the companies so included herewith.

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