I get kind of depressed toward the end of August, here in New England. Our beautiful summer in Massachusetts arrived late this year: it was chilly even in June. And temperatures hovering around 70 degrees during the height of the afternoon have returned. At night, it has gone down to the 50s and even the mid-40s! Too soon, too soon!
But I have my fingers crossed that we’ll have one last terrific weekend at Bass Rocks Beach Club and Good Harbor Beach before the season ends on Labor Day.
There are lots of events scheduled for Labor Day weekend in Gloucester including a boat parade, fireworks, schooner races, and the beach. We usually use the club where there are showers and changing rooms as our base for the day and evening. I bring along clothing and supplies for different activities.
Here are some of the handy items that I rely on for getting ready for summer activities.
Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Cucumber Scent
I’m always on the lookout for the perfect sunscreen. Sunscreen is a must for me (or for anybody!) when I’m outdoors. During one of my Ulta visits, I tried a tiny amount of Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, and I was amazed at how matte the dry down was. So I was very pleased to get a full size tube of the Cucumber scent version to put through its paces.
First, it is a mineral sunscreen with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as the physical sunscreen ingredients. So if you avoid chemical sunscreen ingredients, this is one you should consider. It doesn’t give me a noticeable white cast as some mineral sunscreens can.
Second, Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen contains dimethicone, and quite a bit of it. Not everyone can wear dimethicone, but dimethicone is my friend. This stuff makes for a great primer. It leaves my skin sooooooo smoooooooth.
Third, it dries down matte. It has a “dry touch” feel to it. It handles my foundation nicely.
Mirabella Lasting Lash Waterproof Mascara
I’m not really a waterproof mascara gal. Waterproof mascara often seemed harder to remove, and truth be told, I never thought I needed waterproof mascara because with my dry eyes, running mascara has never been an issue for me.
I discovered Mirabella Lasting Lash Waterproof Mascara a couple of years ago when Mirabella sent me a tube to try out. Since then I’ve been hooked on this mascara. This is the fourth tube I’ve purchased on my own. It has a slim wand and a formula that creates amazing length with enough volume for my taste. The wand is great for keeping lashes separated, too.
No clumping, no flaking, and easy to remove with micellar water or eye makeup remover. And if I decide to swim, my mascara stays put. Perfect for the beach or anytime as far as I’m concerned. Mirabella Lasting Lash Waterproof Mascara is one of my favorite mascaras. Mirabella Lasting Lash Waterproof Mascara is sold on the Mirabella website, on Lovelyskin.com where it’s currently on sale for 20% off, and at some fine salons. Regular price is $26, but on Lovelyskin.com it is on sale for $20.80 (where I bought it last time).
Aquis Hair Turban
I have an Aquis hair towel that is about 17 years old, and it’s still going strong.
But I was eager to try this new version, a turban, that’s made out of softer microfiber fabric that doesn’t catch onto my hair strands like the old one did. When I took the new Aquis Lisse Hair Turban out of the handy dandy plastic travel bag that’s great for me to take to the beach club,
it looked looooooong and somewhat complex. But was I ever wrong, this one is a cinch to use. It is clear that one end is sewn to fit perfectly on the back of your head.
There’s also a button and loop to keep the turban in place.
Place the fabric around the back of your head covering your wet hair, and twist the fabric away from your forehead. Then just put the loop around the button and the back, and you’re good to go. Frankly, it’s much easier to do it than to tell someone how to do it! But just in case, it comes with a brochure and drawings that show you how to do it.
The brochure mentions that both the new hair towel and the hair turban come in the style, Lisse, the regular version that I received, and textured/waffle for “thick, coarse and porous hair” that probably would have been what I should have chosen. Nevertheless, Lisse seems to work perfectly for me so I guess you have wide latitude in your choice.
Boy, does this turban suck the excess water out of my hair! So easy to use, and stays in place for ages. Great to take with me on the go or to use at home.
$30 for the regular turban, $40 for textured waffle version of the turban of thick/coarse hair. They come in a variety of colors, but black is best for my color-treated hair. Sold at Sephora and other retailers.
My hair has been shoulder length and even below shoulder length this summer. And I often wear it in a pony tail to get it off of my neck, especially at the beach or if I’m jogging. Invisibobbles are handy dandy little items for putting my hair in a pony tail without my hair ending up with a crease in it after a few hours. There’s something about the coil that prevents creasing. Since I wash my hair every 3-5 days, I don’t want to have to wash it just to get rid of a crease from a regular hair elastic.
The Invisibobble set that I have is called the Around the World Collection.
and it comes with 4 boxes in 4 different colors of three Invisibobbles each: orange, deep purple, medium brown, and brown-black.
If you’re more creative than I am, you can create some adorable hair styles using Invisibobbles. In fact, the Around the World Collection comes with a hair styling guide that shows you have to create easy, medium and pro hair styles using Invisibobbles.
There are step by step photo instructions to make it do-able.
They look especially attractive if you have long hair, but I think I could give at least a couple of these styles a go with my shoulder length hair.
Invisibobbles are priced around $8 for a 3 pack, and like the Around the World collection that I got last year, there are more special collections now. Invisibobbles can be purchased at Ulta, Nordstrom, Nordstrom.com and UrbanOutfitters.com. Though so handy now, keep Invisibobble and its special collections in mind as we get to holiday season ‘coz they would make a fun and useful gift or stocking stuffer.
In-Style ActivESSENCE Fragrance Mist, Moroccan Orchid & Amber
I have managed to collect a lot of fragrances over the past few years. I love perfume, but I save my expensive perfumes for occasions other than the beach. Lately, I’ve been wearing In-Style AcitvESSENCE Fragrance Mist in Moroccan Orchid & Amber, a floriental of course! Whenever I wear it, people ask me what I’m wearing. And I tell them it’s an affordable body spray from Walgreens! It’s smells a bit spicy with a hint of amber. The actual notes include Lemon Verbena, succulent Apricot, Desert Sand Accord, Spiced Fig, Creamy Vanilla, and Kashmir Wood. Lovely and affordable. It’s time released so the scent really lasts. It comes in several other scents including Japanese Cherry Blossom, another favorite of mine. The fragrance mists are available at Amazon, Walgreens, Walmart, and Target among other online retailers. Priced around $7.99.
So these are some of the beauty products that I’m going to take with me to the beach club for this last true summer weekend. Sad to see it go! I’m hoping our cool temperatures will give way to a little heat for the weekend.
What’s on your agenda for Labor Day weekend? And what are your summer beauty must-haves?
And on a completely different note, I feel a little funny doing normal blogposts about holiday weekend and beauty products when people are suffering in Texas. My heart goes out to them. I hope this tragedy will end soon so the cleanup can begin, and the brave people can begin to rebuild their lives. 🙁