17 Beach Bag Essentials

Hello Sunshine!

White sands, crashing waves and sunny rays . . . It’s beach season, my friends! But along with all the magical things the beach has to offer, there’s also painful sunburns, flaking lip and knotted hair. For as gorgeous and fun as a day at the beach can be, it’s often followed by a slew of bodily woes at the hands of the elements you were enjoying just a few hours before. So I’m making sure my beach bag is fully prepped with everything I need for a (chic) day in the sun!

Whether you’re heading out to the beach for some surf and sand, enjoying a relaxing day lounging out by the pool or spending the weekend out on the lake, these items will have you covered for all your Summer fun! Check out my 17 functional and affordable beach bag must-haves.

17 Beach Bag Essentials | Original Caroline

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How To Lighten Up Your Summer Beauty Routine

Summer is slowly casting its glowing warmth over the planet and it won’t be long until it takes over with days full of sunshine and good vibes! With the start of a new season, I like to make a few tweaks to both my skincare routine and my beauty routine. And now that the heat and humidity are getting stronger, it only felt natural to lighten up on my makeup.

While I enjoy spending time out in the sun and getting a nice tan, I’m not too fond of the makeup meltdowns that come with the heat. Even if you’ve used a steadfast primer and diligently dusted on a layer of setting powder, you know that you’re still taking a gamble when you face off against summer’s steamy temps. High humidity, sweat and stagnant air are all enough to dislodge even the most resistant makeup. (You know this if you’ve ever stepped outside in 100 degree weather only to realize a few minutes late you’re in a pool of perspiration with a melted face.) This hellish cycle is enough to make you want to ditch makeup altogether!

I’m here to tell you that abstinence isn’t the only option. If you strategically stock your makeup bag with the right products, you’re face will be on point from dusk to dawn! From weightless foundations to airy fragrances, keep scrolling through to see how I lightened up my Summer beauty routine.

Freshen Up Your Summer Beauty Routine | Original Caroline

 

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9+ Products to Freshen Up Your Summer Skincare Routine

Summer is just a few days away which means days spent lounging by the pool, outdoor adventures and vacays to the beach! You’ve spent all Spring transitioning from flannels, sweaters and cold weather to tank tops, shorts, and warmer days filled with heat and humidity. But your wardrobe isn’t the only thing you should be switching up . . . Your Summer skincare routine needs to freshening up as well! No, it is not necessary to change every single item. A few adjustments and you’ll be showing off glowing, flawless skin all season long.

Sure, Summer is practically made for kicking back and relaxing. But it’s definitely not a time to slack off on your skincare routine. And as much as I love a sun-kissed glow, I also care about the health of my skin and the products that I use. Clean and clear skin is the first step toward having an overall healthy looking glow that so many of us crave. And while makeup can definitely help, without a good canvas to start on, makeup can only do so much.

Taking care of your skin can be quite the challenge: What do all those products do? How often should you use them? How do you pick what is best for you? Here’s my breakdown of some key products you totally need this Summer + how to use them correctly so you can keep your skin fresh, protected and glowing all Summer long! From weightless sunscreens to hydrating mists, scroll through for all the ways to freshen up your Summer skincare routine.

Freshen Up Your Summer Skincare Routine | Original Caroline

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Friday Favorites | Volume One

Happy Friday my friends! Starting today, I’m going to close out the week by sharing a few of my favorite links. I’m a pretty big fan of Fridays, and there’s nothing like a little inspiration to jumpstart the weekend!

I hope you are inspired by these Friday Favorites for fun-filled weekend.

Keep scrolling to see today’s roundup and be sure to let me know what your weekly favorites were in the comments below!

(*This post contains affiliate links. Which basically means, if you click on or purchase something from this post, I have a chance of making a small commission — at no extra cost to you. That said, I never recommend anything I don’t personally use or find to be of value to my blog, and only refer to brands I trust and use.*)

Friday Favorites | Volume One

Favorite Reno: Leave it to Elsie of A Beautiful Mess to make me drool all over my laptop. Seriously, she’s like an interior designer fairy, and I want all of her magical dust! How freakin’ beautiful is this bathroom?! Check out the before/after here.

Friday Favorites: Elsie's Bathroom Reno | Original Caroline

Friday Favorites: Elsie's Bathroom Reno | Original Caroline

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