I’m so excited to finally be done with winter quarter! I’m headed to Florida with my family tomorrow for a much-needed vacation. Here are some of my spring break must-haves, and they’re all from Target!
In only 15 days, I’ll be back at my favorite place on earth.
Grand Cayman, here I come! I just have to get through some exams first. Okay… lots of exams. But then I’ll be able to relax.
I absolutely love the beach. A perfect day for me includes laying on a beach chair reading in the sun and occasionally going into the water to cool off. Unfortunately, the beach and I don’t get along. I burn so easily. But that doesn’t stop me! Here are some of my beach essentials to ensure that I can stay out in the sun all day, and some tricks of the trade that I have figured out from years of being a glowingly-pale sunbather.
1. Don’t be afraid to pack several bottles of sunscreen. Carry a larger tote if you have to- you want plenty of options! I use a higher SPF for my face and neck than I do for the rest of my body. I also use a cream sunscreen on my face and a spray on my body. They make sunscreen with tanning oil in it, so there is no excuse to not wear it! And don’t forget lip balm- some varieties even contain sunscreen.
2. Apply sunscreen before you go outside. Do it as you get ready to leave, and you won’t have to awkwardly put it on outside with a bunch of random people.
3. Re-apply sunscreen every time you get a drink. Whether you refill your water bottle or order a fun beverage, sticking to this routine will ensure that you re-apply enough.
4. On that note, drink! A lot! Make sure you always have water with you. If you don’t like water, then pack some Crystal Light packets or drop a few lemons or cucumber slices into your water. The sun can be very dehydrating, and water is so refreshing on a hot day. No excuses!
5. When you get out of the sun, take a shower to wash off sunscreen residue ASAP and moisturize afterwards. Use a lightweight moisturizer, or one designed especially for after-sun. You want your newly tan skin to stay healthy and soft.
15… more… days.
Where is your dream vacation destination?
I never thought I’d say this, but sometimes I use math in everyday life. Like today, I realized that the number of cars in the gym parking lot is inversely correlated to the chance I’ll snag a good elliptical at the gym. This isn’t really math, but it still made me feel like a genius. It’s summer, people, I’m allowed to neglect using my left-brain for a bit. 😉
You see, there are the good ellipticals (Precor) that tell me I’m burning lots of calories and going really far. They also have a handy crossramp feature, so I feel like I’m going up hills outside. It’s as if they’re saying, “Go, Courtney! You’re doing great! Your choice of TV show is just so intellectually stimulating.” Then, there are the bad ellipticals. They have these pesky little screens that I cannot figure out how to use, and annoying foot petals that give me shin splints. They say “You’re so out-of-shape, Courtney. You won’t be here tomorrow because you won’t be able to walk. Also, who watches SVU while exercising? Ha ha!” I’d rather do awkward waiting laps around the gym than use a bad elliptical. Thankfully, today there were many good ellipticals open, so I got to pick. WIN.
Also, the reason I watch SVU at the gym is because no matter how exhausted I feel, the people on that show always have it worse.
It was very hot outside today – I could probably have cooked an egg on the driveway… aside from the fact that it would be totally unsanitary and a waste of an egg that I could use to make banana bread. I’m a very logical person, you know. Anyway, 95 degrees in Chicago is unusual this early in summer so I had to go to the pool after my workout!
I brought along The Diary of a Mad Mom-To-Be by Laura Wolf, which I got for free but I can’t remember where. It’s a light, easy, fun read, but not a book I’d spend money on.
I spent two hours reading, sipping a club soda with lime, and soaking up the sun. I even went in the water a few times; it felt so nice to cool off!
And guess what? I didn’t get sunburnt! It was extremely sunny and hot, but I slathered myself in L’Oreal Sublime Sun SPF 50 as soon as I got to the pool and I was good! This never happens to me: I always burn in the sun. L’Oreal sunscreen really does work, and it feels so nice and non-greasy on your skin. I highly recommend it.
After the pool, I went back home and rested for a bit. I hate to admit this, but I watched Fear Factor and The Bachelorette on TV. I don’t really like reality TV, but for some reason in summer I can never get enough of it! I feel my brain cells slowly dying as I watch this rose ceremony. Also it really bothered me that a guy on the show mispronounced quinoa. It’s “kee-nwah”, not “kwi-no-a.” That would be a total deal-breaker for me, and I have no shame about it.
I’m going out to dinner with my friend Lily tonight, so I’m off to get ready. I love how “getting ready” in summer just means throwing on a flowy dress and putting on makeup – beach hair is always a go! Expect a beauty review coming soon – I have plenty of new products to share!
Rimmel London’s Clean Finish foundation is EXCELLENT. Like actually, the best foundation I have ever used. It doesn’t clog my pores, and it actually makes them look smaller! Though this is liquid foundation, it has the consistency of soft mousse. It comes with a little palette knife, so smear some onto a foam triangle before applying it to your face. I got it in “Warm Ivory” which is absolutely true-to-name. It’s very fair with golden undertones, just like my skin. And it wouldn’t be Summer without sunscreen! This Loreal one makes your skin look great and doesn’t clog pores. It also comes in SPF 50, which is the variety that I have.
Benefit’s “They’re Real!” mascara doesn’t just have a cute name – it works great, too. This mascara adds both length and volume, and doesn’t clump or feel heavy. For Summer, swap your black eyeliner for brown. It’ll give you bright, beach-ready eyes without all the heaviness of black. Remember to wear waterproof eye makeup if you’re going swimming! Another tip: if it’s a hot day and you want your eye makeup to stay in place, close your eyes and spray hairspray over the makeup. Don’t get it on your cheeks or your pores will get clogged, and do not do this every day, but it’s ok every once in a while and I promise it works!
Nobody wants chapped lips, especially in Summer! Both of these balms will keep your lips moisturized and gorgeous. I layer them on top of one another: it makes the color last while sealing moisture in.