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Friday, 14 June 2013

Beach Essentials

Hi everyone, hope you're all ok! I have just finished my exams today which I am sooooo relieved about and it means I can do more blogging :) As I'm going to Mexico in the next couple of weeks, I thought it was about time I did a holiday inspired post. Mexico's are known for their beautiful beaches and that is where I will be spending most of my time so a 'Beach essentials' type of post seemed most appropriate!

Obviously you gotta have a nice bikini for the beach! These are two of my favourite bikini's: the two I bought this year. The white one can be a bandeau or can have the halter-neck attached too. It's from Matalan, believe it or not, and is absolutely gorgeous. I love a white bikini for summer especially with a tan. The second one is an orange, slightly coral, bikini from H&M. I thought it would be a lot more expensive than it was but it came to about £8 for the top and the bottoms which is ridiculous!! It is the most gorgeous colour and I love the tassel detail. Even the ties are blue turquoise beads which make it look soooo much more expensive than it actually is!

When you want to go in for a little bit of shade or for a nice stroll along the beach, you need a cute pair of shorts and a slouchy top. I love these cropped baggy vests from Topshop as they're so loose fitting therefore perfect for the hot weather. My purple hotpant shorts (also from Topshop) are also great for the beach look. I have so many pairs of shorts to take with me but these are one of my favourite pairs as they're super short and comfy. Lastly here is my beach cover up - can also be worn if strolling along the beach. It's white and has cut out detailing. It has frilly tassels at the bottom which gives it such a beachy vibe! This is from Matalan and was around £12.

You're definitely gonna want some nice sunglasses to protect your eyes from the blinding sun when you're on the beach! I got these from Topshop on Oxford Street last year and they're still my favourite ones. Wayfarer style suit me the best out of all sunglasses types and I love the croc-esque print they have. I purchased this sunglasses case to match the other day from Poundland! It's a hard case so will keep them protected but also matches the print on my sunnies, win!

Suncream is obviously an essential at the beach, as you should wear it everyday anyway! Here I have Piz Buin's SPF 15 which is non greasy and non sticky and absorbs instantly. I don't see the point in spending lots of money on suncream; if it has these qualities and protects you from both UVA and UBV rays, then you're covered! I will probably start on SPF 30 for the first couple of days then move on to this when I have a reasonable tan.

I use a different sunscreen for my face, as I have acne prone skin which is particularly oily. I bought the La Roche Posay Facial SPF 30 last year and a little bit goes a long way. I still have probably more than 3/4 of this bottle left, so it is definitely coming to Mexico with me. It isn't sticky or greasy and doesn't break me out.

In the little pouch (from a pack of 3 from Superdrug), I have a Soap and Glory Hand Gel, a Liz Earle Skin Tonic Spritzer, the Nuxe Reve De Miel Hand and Nail Cream and the Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm.

Lastly, I would just put a book and my iPod in there for a bit of light entertainment. I like listening to music when I'm sunbathing and reading a book whilst in the shade or tanning my legs. I need some book recommendations and/or some recommendations for new music, so please leave them in the comments below!

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Love Alice x



  1. Congrats on being done with your exams - I still have two to go. Wish it was me going on holiday this soon! ;-) x

    1. Thanks! Awww :( I'm exciteddddd x

  2. both of your bikinis are stunning!

    1. Thanks, I'm in love with them! xx

  3. Great post - love the purple hot pant shorts :)

  4. Great beach collection! Love that sunscreen too.

    Rebecca x |

    1. I've never had it before so I hope I get along with it but when I tested it, it wasn't sticky so that's a plus! :)

  5. love the topshop camisoles - they are perfect for hot weather and look amazing with a tan!

    bec X

    1. Yes I saw them and knew they'd be perfect! xx

  6. Great post!! I love bringing my book and music too!

    Check out What's In My Beach Bag sometime!!


  7. Love the bikini's! Especially the white one, love the pattern :) Love your blog too! Now following on GFC :)



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