When I hit the beach I make it a rule to leave the expensive stuff at home because stuff has a tendency to disappear near large bodies of water — fancy sunglasses get forgotten on restroom counters, keys fall out of pockets in the surf and cars get broken into. I just bring the bare essentials of inexpensive beauty beach survival along with me and leave my beach bag in the car or on shore. That way, if (when) something does disappear, it’s not hard to replace.
If I were a rich heiress, I’d have an endless supply of Clinique’s Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 lipgloss and would absentmindedly forget tubes of it everywhere, but I’m not a rich heiress. At $14 bucks a pop, I’m not about to risk losing Glosswear, so on beach trips I’m bringing along my tube of Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother SPF 20 in Sheen ($6). This lil’ tube of gloss works like a charm, costs half as much as Glosswear does and still provides great SPF protection.
Sheen looks bright red in the tube but applies sheer pink. It has a light, slick feel on my lips, a subtle taste (which I don’t mind… It actually tastes really good, like watermelon Jolly Ranchers!) and subtle cooling effect. Great stuff, but it does have one unfortunate drawback: it doesn’t last (gives up after about two hours).
I wish it had more staying power (lasts nowhere near as long as Clinique Glosswear does), but I appreciate how affordable it is and love that it provides a reasonable amount of SPF protection.
Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother SPF 20
Use: An affordable, high-quality lipgloss
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
MoistureShine comes in six shades, each with the same fruity taste and cooling sensation.
Grab a tube of Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother SPF 20 at your favorite drugstore, or save yourself the trip and add it to your Target shopping cart.
Yesterday, El Hub and I paid a visit to Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of the island. It’s where we got hitched a couple years ago. We’re not staying at the hotel on this trip (rooms run around $350/nt), but we did share lunch at their beach front cafe and then hung out for a couple hours by the water.
Hawaii beach factoid: The Hawaii State Constitution guarantees the public’s right to use all areas of shoreline. There are no prohibited, privately owned beaches in Hawaii.
Turtle Bay is a lovely 4-star resort on Oahu’s North Shore, about a 40-minute drive from Waikiki. Nearby attractions include the quaint surf town of Haleiwa, the rock at Waimea Bay (people jump from atop a 30-foot rock into a protected bay) and the famous Pipeline beach (in winter has some of the world’s tallest waves).
Turtle Bay’s wedding pavilion: one of three locations on the property where couples can marry.
The hotel’s beach: reef protected, so there are no waves, making it perfect for families. The hotel rents snorkels and other fun-in-the-sun equipment. Docile sea turtles frequent the shoreline area, hence the hotel’s name.
Haleiwa, located about five miles down the road from Turtle Bay Resort, is home to one of the coolest little surf communities you’ll ever find. With plenty of shopping and eating for day trippers, Haleiwa is well worth the time it takes to get there (about an hour drive from Waikiki).
In Haleiwa, Matsumoto’s store has been serving shave ice cones — finely grated ice topped with yummy flavored syrups and/or ice cream — for more than 60 years.
Hawaii climate factoid: The northern and southern halves of Oahu are separated by a 3,000-ft curtain of steep mountains called the Ko’olau Range. North of the mountains, the climate is far wetter, and the landscape more lush and green than it is on the island’s southern side.
Well, those chickens in the backyard are still making a point of waking up the island at 4:30 every morning. I wish I could just send them a memo, “To: Hawaii chickens; From: Karen; Subject: Loud noise before dawn.”
Either chickens don’t need much sleep, or they go to bed early.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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