Playa Essentials 🌴

Hello Beautiful & THANK YOU for visiting my blog.

I hope you enjoy some of my must-have vacation beauty & sun essentials.

Products listed can be found directly from brands, Ulta/Sephora.

First off, I have to shout out my girl for getting me glow ready..there was no way I was getting into a bikini coming out of Winter in Chicago, without a spray tan.


Miray Youseph is a spray tan specialist that customizing your special color. This was the first time she sprayed me and my color was amazing. She travels to you which was so convenient; especially if you have little ones running around.

Set up to break down, took 15 minutes and I was glow ready.

Follow her on Instagram @Mirayyouseph for more info.

Just here to show off my tan ☺️😝

Ok ok...Let’s start with Sun Protection.

Its hard to find a good sunscreen for me so once I find something I like I stick to it. I’ve tried a bunch and they either make me break out or it burns (my face) upon application.

Supergoop Glow Screen has amazing ingredients & they have one that delivers instant glow. If you aren’t into the glow they have different finishes for different skin types.

Available at Sephora


Shiseido 50+ $49

Shiseido has been in the sun protection game for a while and they do it well! Lightweight, great ingredients & packaging. Also comes in oil free & dewy option.

UV protective foundation SPF 36

From Shiseidos site:

A travel-friendly SPF compact foundation that delivers a powdery finish.

•Broad Spectrum •Sheer to Medium

•Finish Matte

Love this ‘no mess‘ compact for summer, easy to control oil or shine.

*Compact sold separately

Think Baby



Think Baby is what I use on my littles but most of the time baby sunscreen is better ingredients then most on the shelf so I’d prefer to use this on myself if I don’t have my preferred products on me.

Bali Body Tanning Oil + SPF 6


This was my first time trying this tanning oil and although a little pricey for the size; I love the ingredients and the subtle Watermelon scent.

They also have a shimmering oil that I want to get my hands on next.

You can buy this tropical oil right off their Instagram at @Balibody. Ulta has some products but not all.

Vita Liberata

$38 on Amazon

This is like an Instagram filter for your body.

It adds temporary color & blurs imperfections (this is amazing if you have spider veins on your legs).

Its perfect for when you want to show off a little skin for the night and add a little sheen.

I use to purchase from Sephora but it looks like they don't carry this product any longer. Since I only usually use this on my legs I might buy off Amazon to test out. It was a little harder to track down since Sephora took it off the shelves.

The Airbrush Girl tanning Mousse + Mitt

Add her on Instagram @Theairbrushgirl

I travel with my all time fav tanning mousse because I knew I would be going in the pool and the chlorine strips off your spray tan. Deena is a Spray Tan Specialist with a studio in Park Ridge & Wilmette and also sells her own Organic body products. This mousse is legit like coming back from Miami in a bottle. I use the Medium and I can’t be more obsessed with the color.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation. $44

This is an OG foundation for me. Medium to full coverage. Amazing for warm or hot weather. Its water proof, cry proof, oil free and non-comedogenic. I’ve used on many Brides celebrating outdoors in the heat. Wears & photographs beautifully.

Bare Minerals

Loose Foundation Powder


This is also one of those OG products I keep coming back to.

•Evens out complexion

•SPF 15

•Controls oil

My favorite thing about it is the finish. It doesn’t really have a shimmer but it has a high sheen- I probably sound like a broken record cause I always say this but sheen (can) mimick hydration if used correctly, and again- I’m all about the Glow baby.

Laura Mercier Setting Powder


I cannot say enough amazing things about this setting powder. Its tripled milled which means it’s grinded down to the thinnest possible powder and it makes for such a velvety soft finish. It keeps and sets your foundation in place all day. I’ve tried others and always come back to it.

Jordan Essential Body Butter


Off their website:

”Jordan Essential's fragrances and essential oils are blended with nontoxic, phthalate-free ingredients.”

This is one body butter I can’t live without. I use it year round (I’m dry) and especially for after sun care. The sun can dry you out if you over do (which I always do 🤪) so you have to put that moisturize back in. It also extends your tan which I am all about if you have not noticed by now.



This Kopari oil cause I love the ingredients & all about the gold shimmer + 50 SPF.

The following products are on my would buy list.

Thank you for reading through my summer favs. If you have a summer skincare must have please drop them down below in the comment section.

Happy Summer!