Beach Getaway: Beauty and Skin Essentials for a Pampering Vacation

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Earlier this month my hubby and I spent a much needed 3 night (kid free) getaway on the Cape. (If you aren’t from New England, that’s Cape Cod, MA.) It was just what we needed, beautiful sunny weather, quiet lazy days on the beach, and a break from the stresses of home. I’m ready to go back, like NOW.
When we have a getaway, I always like to bring new things to try. Like new lotion and bubble bath, or massage bars from LUSH. I like our getaways to be really pampering! I had a few new things that were sent to test that ended up being perfect for a beach vaca!

I’ve been using three new to me natural cosmetics items that are so perfect for a quick pulled together look that is beach worthy. Dusty Girls is an all natural cosmetics line that comes from the Australian skin care brand, Moo Goo. I’ve been incorporating more and more green beauty into my routine. I tested out three items from the Dusty Girls line up. The Tinted Earth Cream is a brilliant product that provides coverage, sun protection, and MAJOR skin care benefits. I love that it includes ingredients meant for healing acne prone skin, and won’t clog pores.

It comes in two shades, light and medium. The light was a bit light for me with a self tan, but it blends easily and looks fine with some bronzer. The Earth Cream doesn’t feel heavy on my skin at all, and holds up well on the beach, through sun, wind and sand! I have to mention some of the great skin care ingredients included like Nigella Sativa Oil and Manuka Tree Leaf Oil, especially for acne prone skin. The cream also contains Magnolia Acuminata Extract for soothing and Chaulmoogra Tree Seed Oil for skin repair. Possibly the best part of this multi tasking wonder cream, is that it doesn’t contain any nasty chemical sunscreen ingredients. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc are my go-to for sun protection. My acne prone skin does not get along with chemical based sunscreens.

Two other must have items from Dusty Girls natural makeup line, are the Natural Mineral Foundation and Natural Mineral Blush. The foundation comes in a good variety of shades and undertones, doesn’t contain bismuth oxychloride or talc. It’s great for setting the Earth Cream! I have the blush in the shade Pink Ladies, which is a beautiful natural flush of pink. There is also a peach shade, and both can double as eyeshadow shades. I’m really pleased with the reasonable prices, SUPER customer service and quality, good for your skin products. I really can’t recommend Dusty Girls highly enough!

I have been wanting to try Dr. PAWPAW lip balm forever and I finally got my hands on it! I have the original multi purpose balm that you can use on literally EVERYTHING, from skin, to lips, hair, cuticles, cat scratches…  I also have The tinted peach pink balm that gives a pretty wash of light color.

I had a few new pampering skin care products to save my skin from the crispy feeling I had after our beach days. From the French skin care brand, Phytomer, I brought Oligomer® Pure Lyophilized Sea Water bath sachets. This bath powder contains 104 trace elements that are essential for cellular balance and vitality. The Sea Water Bath leaves skin soothed, and muscles relaxed. I love this addition to my bath, and have been alternating it with my epsom salt detox baths. I love Phytomer’s Oligomer Well Being Invigorating Moisturizing Shower Cream which also contains seawater, amino acids, and trace elements from brown and red seaweed. This moisture rich cream has a lovely green tea and jasmine scent that lingers.


I followed this up with my new favorite body oil, Fleur’s Nutri Enhancing body oil. This luxurious body oil spray contains pomegranate seed, sesame, buriti and macadamia nut oils. This floral-citrus scented oil left my skin looking and feeling satiny smooth and replenished.
I also brought along with us the Tousee Voyage travel kit, with shower cream and body cream, cleansing cream and thirst relief melting cream. This was my first time using anything from these French luxury brands, and I’m a big fan. I felt pampered, and my skin was happy!

I only packed one perfume, which is a feat in itself! I have a bottle of Tocca’s latest fragrance, Isabel, that I’ve been loving this summer. With notes of rose, leather, sangria accord, mediterranean orange, pear and vetiver, this is a light rosy scent with a sexy kick. It’s very soft and subtle, in my opinion a perfect hot weather scent!

Lastly, I brought a soothing mask from Airelle Skincare. The Hydrating Manuka Mask has been my go-to for a replenishing and brightening face treatment. All Airelle skin care contains Berrimatrix, which is an ultra concentrated form of blueberry extract. The line is rich with antioxidants and polyphenols that help combat UV damage to skin and prevent photo aging.
Believe it or not, that’s not ALL I took but just a portion. So what do YOU pack for a getaway? Do you go minimalist or all out, like this beauty obsessed gal??