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Summer Beach Essentials & GIVEAWAY!!!

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Team, big news… it’s almost the unofficial start of Summer!  Memorial Day is a huge holiday in the States, honoring those who died while service in the country’s armed forces – much more on this later in the week.  But this three-day weekend is also when most pools and beaches open and the sun really starts to shine.  And with that said, let’s dive into my favorite Summer Beach Essentials that I try to remember to stock up on each and every year!

1. Kiehl’s Powered Masque Collection

While this includes newer products from the Kiehl’s collection, I’m officially obsessed.  These products include the Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque, & –my personal favorite- Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque.  These masques have been the only thing able to clean up my skin and they’re really setting me up for Summer success.  I can’t wait to use these before a day on the beach to protect my face from the sun, and after a day on the beach to refresh and rejuvenate my skin.

2. The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care with SPF 15

Two parts of my body that instantly show the effects of the sun are my hands and my lips.  While I slather sunscreen on my hands, having something with some moisturizer is key for my lips in the Summer heat.  The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Stick with SPF 15 has the sun protection I need, while still hydrating and soothing my chapped lips.

3. Natural Deodorant

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about how we should focus on using only natural ingredients on our skin, as it’s our largest organ.  And truthfully, it makes a lot of sense to me!  Unfortunately, most of the natural beauty products I’ve found, other than makeup, don’t seem to work as well as their synthetic counterparts.  However, I have found ZAK Deodorant and it has definitely been my favorite natural product to date.  With plant-based and mineral ingredients, it performs like a deodorant should and keeps me feeling fresh all day long.

4. Extra Large Turkish Towel

I’ve written about my love for Turkish Towels previously, but they’re not only great for the home!  The one pictured (a part of the GIVEAWAY!) includes Summery, preppy stripes, but is 40 inches by 70 inches (a usual beach towel is 30 inches by 60 inches.)  Less sand getting all over your towel means more fun on your beach day.  Plus, with those classic stripes, you can’t go wrong.

5. Breathable, Lightweight Beach Bag

Being raised going to Florida multiple times a year, I have used a wide variety of beach bags.  While I do love bags that offer full coverage of my belongings, I find that they make my items too hot in the mid-day sun.  Instead, I’ve started using a more breathable bag that’s easy to take everywhere.  I have a smaller compartment where I toss my valuables, but also wrap them in a Ziploc to keep them sand free.  This keeps my items cooler, and but protected from the sand.  A big win in my book!


And now it’s giveaway time!  To enter, login using facebook or your email (so that I can get in touch with you when you win!) and use the widget above to enter the giveaway.  Where relevant, you can enter as many times as you’d like, multiple days this week.  To tell you the truth, past winners of my giveaways have always been those who have entered multiple times, so enter as many times as you can!  I will be picking a winner at midnight EST Friday!  Good luck!

The giveaway winner will receive:

  • A teal, chevron breathable beach bag
  • A peach, polka-dot inner beach wallet
  • Striped, extra-large Turkish Towel
  • Kiehl’s Nature-Powered Masque Collection (along with instructions for best use)
  • ZAK Detox Deodorant
  • The Body Shop Lip Stick with Vitamin E & SPF 15
  • Fun Summer Note Pads
  • $5 Gift Card to Starbucks for a Tasty Tea or Coffee on Me

For those that don’t win (#sadface), I’ve linked to most of the products included, as well as similar items, below.


Please note that I did receive some original trials of the above products above in return for my honest opinion, however I did not receive financial compensation.  This giveaway is being funded by myself.

The above does include some affiliate links, my family and I thank you for your support! 

Giveaway only valid for those in the United States.


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  • Reply Kelsey Foege

    What a cute beach towel and summer essentials kit! 🙂

    ZLAM! <3

    May 23, 2016 at 6:33 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Isn’t it so fun! I love all of the Summer, classic colors. Perfect way to start off the season. 🙂

      May 23, 2016 at 7:50 am
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    These are all so cute but functional! I love the warm colors 🙂

    May 23, 2016 at 9:44 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Aren’t they great! Love the classic, simple patterns, too. 🙂

      May 23, 2016 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Carina

    SPF lip balm is so important and gets forgotten so easily, nice essentials! The pouches are so cute!


    May 23, 2016 at 11:38 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Completely agree! And having a different formula than traditional SPF is so helpful for your lips in the long run, too. 🙂

      May 23, 2016 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply craftyone

    i would not mind seeing more one pot recipes.

    is the kiehl’s masque good for dry skin?

    May 23, 2016 at 4:22 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Great idea! I’ll definitely add more of those to the list. 🙂

      My skin was always “normal” until I moved out to Denver, and now it’s incredibly dry. So, while my skin isn’t dry in it’s natural state, it’s literally the only thing that’s cleared it up entirely to date – specifically the Tumeric & Cranberry Masque!

      May 23, 2016 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Cute!! Id love to try the natural deodorant!

    May 23, 2016 at 6:19 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      It’s definitely the best natural product I’ve found to date!

      May 23, 2016 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    Yay! Sweet giveaway! And I love your style and fashion photos. Keep up the good work, lady!

    May 23, 2016 at 9:33 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks, lady! And I’ll take your tip for keeping those going throughout the year. 🙂

      May 24, 2016 at 7:24 am
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  • Reply Brittany Koelmel

    I’m always looking for new summer-y drink recipes! Also, great marinade recipes.

    May 24, 2016 at 1:45 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Awesome! Consider your thoughts noted. 🙂

      May 24, 2016 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Darla

    Summer treats and pics of places you go 🙂

    May 25, 2016 at 6:24 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks, lady!! I’ll definitely keep those in mind. 🙂

      May 25, 2016 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply Amanda @ Anchored to Sunshine

    I’m hoping to see more recipes! I need some kitchen inspiration 🙂

    May 26, 2016 at 3:53 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Fantastic! Definitely check out the recipe today. It’s perfect for the healthy girl on the go. 🙂

      May 26, 2016 at 7:34 am
  • Reply linda

    travel tips would be awesome

    May 26, 2016 at 11:45 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Fantastic! I’ll keep that in mind. 🙂

      May 26, 2016 at 11:53 am
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  • Reply Heather S

    So sad I missed this gorgeous giveaway! 🙂

    May 27, 2016 at 12:47 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      No worries – there will definitely be more. 🙂

      May 31, 2016 at 5:32 am

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