Every fashionista worth her Manolos knows that too much is never enough when packing for a day–or weekend–trip in the sun. So whether you’re jetting off to the Muskokas, or simply partaking in pool party festivities at your friend’s new condo terrace, be prepared for come what may with this list of beach bag essentials to keep you looking fab all the way through.

Old Navy’s yellow strapless keyhole dress is so Paris Hilton–but in a good way. Carries over well day to night paired with a big ol’ floppy hat–they’re everywhere this season, including Joe Fresh, though JLo called it years ago–and silver flats from Aldo. Don’t forget your Shan floral-print bikini, and for true, styling comfort, pack a President’s Choice Home Collection folding beach mat and a Missoni towel in your favourite tote.

Prep work:
Lead up to the big day, or weekend, with a little self-tanning at home. We love L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Gelée to get you that perfect summer glow with easy streak-free application. Morning routines with Fruits & Passion’s Pineapple Slimming line, which features tropical pineapple, papaya and caffeine, will help keep you smooth and supple.

Morning of:
Pout’s Sexy Swimwear Firming Shimmer Sunscreen SPF20 does it all, and then some, keeping you fashionably protected in the great outdoors. But give your face some extra care with Vichy Capital Soleil 60 Mexoryl XL Anti UVA-UVB Sun Block Cream SPF 60. Keep your tresses seductively tussled with John Frieda Starlit Waves wave enhancing spray. And for long-lasting beauty, leave it to the best with Chanel’s Inimitable Waterproof Mascara and Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner. (The glosses are also must-haves!) Finally, spritz on some of Missoni’s gorgeous fragrance, Acqua. Not only does it come in a cool rollerball version, but will match your Missoni towel to boot!

After a day of sun and surf, clean up your act with Clarins‚ new Truly Matte Range Skincare, including an Ultra-Matte Rebalancing Lotion and Pore Minimizing Serum. Redken UV Rescue After-Sun Shampoo and Conditioner will take care of your locks.

On your return:
Do a deep cleanse to clarify and smooth your skin with Ahava’s Purifying Mud Mask, which features the healing properties of ingredients from the Dead Sea. Kérastase’s Gelée Fraîche is our favourite hair mask for quenching coloured hair parched by the sun. Last, hold on to your tan and enhance it with sun-kissed honey and cinnamon hues from Sisley’s Phyto Touche. Softening and moisturizing, this sparkling dry oil for the body, face and hair also features anti free radical protection and a floral bouquet.

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