Wednesday, October 17, 2018

7 Products to Keep the Beach With You Even After Summer Vacation Has Ended

Press Samples Included

It has officially been the fall season for almost four weeks, but with the warm weather sticking around for quite some time, it has only really felt like it this week up here in wine country. As eager as I have been for the return of chilly days so I can enjoy my boots, scarves, and cozy sweaters, there are a few things about summer that I just cannot bear to part with. I am a beach-loving babe to my core, and it used to be difficult for me to part with my beloved beach-inspired beauty products over the cold months. While there certainly are no hard and fast rules in place that state I cannot enjoy my beloved tropical effects, I still feel a little out of place. For today's blog post, I wanted to share my current favorite products that will take your mind back to those hot summer days on the beach with sun-kissed skin while still embracing the colder and drier days we are now facing. Ready? Let's jump in!

Pearl Candle and Perfume Oil

Of our five senses, smell may be the best at triggering evocative memories, so it should come to no surprise that the first item on my list would utilize smell's incredible power. While I have an affinity to tropical fruit smells, I want something a little warmer for the cooler months, and the Pearl scent by The Sage Lifestyle has already become my daily go-to this season. Inspired by the organic gemstone created by mollusks, this fragrance was developed by Sage Machado and inspired by the birth of her oldest daughter, Sophie Rose Annabelle Lee. This scent captures the purity and innocence of the gem by combining base notes of woody sandalwood, fresh musks, and warm vanilla with a fresh, green mousse de chene heart note for a timeless fragrance that will keep you coming back. Even those that are sensitive to fragrances can enjoy this subtle scent that is far from overpowering! Whether you choose to wear it on yourself while out and about or to keep this warm scent close to home, you'll be amazed at how often others will compliment this delightful fragrance!

Tide Me Over Picture Perfect Cuticle Cream

I may not have been aware of the subtle changes going on around me, but my body definitely has picked up on them over the past month! With colder weather comes drier air and the return of cracked and peeling cuticles, unless you take care of them, of course. My preferred product is the Picture Perfect Cuticle Cream by KBShimmer as it is filled with nourishing jojoba oil, cocoa and shea butters and olive oil, and yet is it still able to be absorbed quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. The cuticle cream in scent Tide Me Over is a favorite of mine as it starts off with notes of fresh coconut before touches of woody sandalwood come in to warm it up. The bottle may be small, but you only have to use half a pea sized amount so it lasts for quite some time. The little opening is also perfect for slipping it on a keychain or carabiner so you can take it with you and apply no matter where your day takes you!

Skin Snob
Midnight Flower Dry Body Oil

Since we've already covered our cuticles, we have to be sure to moisturize our skin during this ultra-dry time as well! I'm usually ambivalent when it comes to body oils, so I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed the Dry Body Oil pads by Skin Snob! The cotton rounds are filled with nourishing argan, grape seed and sea buckthorn oils in addition to vitamins A, C and E to give your skin the ultimate treat. The application method is convenient and easy to use, so there is no worry about oil dripping on the floor to slip and slide on (I may know this experience well from other products). What won me over the most is that within about 5 minutes of application, the oils were fully absorbed into my skin so I could go about my day and not have to worry about oils transferring onto my clothing. The Midnight Flower fragrance brought back memories of my time in Hawaii and Tahiti, so I naturally had to include it in this post. Because floral scents overall aren't my normal go-to for during the day, this is more of a Girl's Night Out kind of product. Obviously if florals are your jam, you may wish to wear it all day long!

Octavio Hair
La Playa Salt Spray

I know what some of you are thinking: Come on, Jen, beach hair is meant for the summer only! I beg to differ! While the long and carefree tousled beach look may not be the most common this time of year, it doesn't mean you have to say farewell to the beach vibe altogether. Bulky sweaters don't pair well with too much lift of the hair, but there are ways to add the beachy elements without being over-the-top this fall. Current hair trends shows the return of both curtain and short bangs, and the La Playa Salt Spray adds a textured wave to your look while still keeping the desired sophistication of the season. I've not yet committed to adding in bangs again as I am toying with having my hair cut really short, but I am still enjoying using this spray on my inverted bob cut.

The Seaweed Bath Co.
Hydrating Seaweed Bath

One only has to look at the brand to realize The Seaweed Bath Co has been inspired by the ocean! All of their products utilize their seaweed-based proprietary ingredient, AlgaDerm Complex and Marine Tri-Peptide to repair and restore the skin's protective moisture barrier. This fall season, I am particularly gravitating towards the Hydrating Seaweed Bath. Argan oil, vitamin E, and Hawaiian Kukui oil naturally nourishes dry skin while Maine bladderwrack seaweed restores and calms troubled skin. It is available in lavender, eucalyptus & peppermint, and unscented options, but if you elect to use the scented versions, please be aware this bath product still has a rather strong seaweed smell. Given that seaweed is one of the main ingredients, it's not surprising the scent isn't masked completely, and it may be a turn off for some potential readers. I'm personally fine with it, but I still had to put this warning out for those that might not be a fan.

Alba Botanica
Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes
Deep Pore Purifying Pineapple Enzyme

I have a strange relationship with facial wipes- I both love and dislike them at the same time, and it really depends on what I want to accomplish as to whether or not I use them. On days that I wear a full face of makeup, wipes never feel like they get my face fully clean, but on makeup-free days, wipes always leave a weird residue that I have to wash off anyway. I picked up these Alba Botanica Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes to try because it contained two key words on the packaging- hawaiian and pineapple. These wipes actually work quite well at removing my makeup, particularly due to the addition of the pineapple enzyme. They do leave a little bit of product behind and some residue and a follow up with either micellar water-soaked cotton pads or a gentle wash to be a necessity, but when I want a little tropical "fix" this fall, these wipes fit the bill nicely. I should mention that those with sensitive skin will likely want to limit these to occasional use only and be aware that you may feel tingling or a slight burning due to the pineapple enzyme. I didn't notice it on my sensitive skin, but I don't use these daily nor on a relatively clean face to begin with. These are more for ultra-grimy cleaning after spending hours hard house-cleaning kind of wipes.

SoapyBliss Bath & Body Bakery
Mermaid Body Butter and Cupcake Bath Bomb

With a "Mermaid" scent, it is hard to not think about the ocean! The SoapyBliss scent is a delightful combination of creamy coconut with the salty ocean air, and it can be found in many products in the brand's lineup. The Deliciously Whipped Body Butter is just that thanks to the coconut oil, mango butter and coconut milk powder. That being said, my preferred go-to product is the mini sized bath bomb. After wearing those boots all day, these are the perfect pedicure treat! Whether you have a designated foot bath or convert a plastic tub, your tootsies will appreciate the little tlc. The "cake" portion is filled with both mango butter and avocado oil to treat your skin while it fizzes away in the water. The "frosting" serves as the perfect sugar scrub to slough away the dead skin although you can opt to just let it melt into the water and enjoy the extra essential oils that way if you wish.

As you can see, just because summer is over, it doesn't mean to have to permanently say goodbye to the beach over the next several months! The days may be shorter and the days colder, but with the right products with scents that evoke the crashing waves and still give your skin the added luxury it needs over the drier months, you can still relive your summer days, if only in your mind, until summer comes back again!

Also, I wanted to include a special thank you to Sage Machado and The Sage Lifestyle, whose Pearl fragrance unknowingly inspired this blog post!

Have you tried any of the products in this post? What scents bring back some of your favorite summer memories? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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  1. I was at the beach one day last week when it was 80 and tonight with the windchill it will be in the 20s. I need to keep the beach with me! I need to check out the product line from The Seaweed Bath Co. - it's right up my alley. And who doesn't want mermaid body butter all year round?

  2. I still wear some summer clothes and shoes for fall. I do enjoy though the shorter days and just the thought of the holiday season makes fall my ultimate favorite of all. Great roundup of products today!

  3. Well your pictures are just downright delightful!!! How fun. I love the idea of body oil pads!! I rarely use body oil, unless it has shimmer and in the summer, because I'm not a fan of the dripping potential, but body oil pads could change me.

  4. These photos are amazing!! I've tried those alba botanical wipes and they're great.

  5. Ooh, these all sound nice! I only have the KB Shimmer cuticle cream. Soapy Bliss Bath& Body Bakery sounds like a shop I need to check out! :)

  6. I totally change up scent for the season but summery ones do have my heart! I am all long live summer everything! Love brands inspired by the ocean and ocean season is still full swing, beach visits at least once a week!

  7. I'm jealous of your beach pictures. They look so beautiful. Your choices sound wonderful.

  8. Beach days are behind me but candles and cuticle cream are all year for me

  9. I tried that salt spray in one of my Ipsy bags and it was so good! I loved the beachy fragrance too :)

  10. I love Soapy Bliss!!! Their products are amazing and perfect for all year!!


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