What To Pack For The Beach: 20 Beauty Essentials Under $20

Give your beach bag a timely makeover with these affordable picks


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Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, $12. A facial spritz is an excellent item to stash in your beach bag for its ability to hydrate, cool and invigorate skin as you laze about on the sand. Not only does it smell herbaceous and fresh, but it’s key ingredients of aloe vera, cucumber and green tea are revered for their skin-soothing properties.

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Buttermilk Accessories Courtney Scrunchie, $18. Coil salty tresses into a messy bun or scoop them into a low ponytail with this glittery statement scrunchie. It looks equally chic wrapped around your wrist.

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Glow Lab Facial Moisturiser Tinted SPF15, $20. Forgo full-coverage foundation in favour of a lighter option that still promises to disguise imperfections while lending a luminous glow. We love this one by Glow Lab, which offers a hint of colour to even skin tone while broad-spectrum SPF keeps skin protected from UVA and UVB rays.

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Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen Oxybenzone Free Formula, $20. It remains a firm favourite amongst the Viva team for its hydrating and glow-giving properties, all while providing broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. The lightweight formula glides on seamlessly and is undetectable under makeup. The tube is the second iteration of Mecca’s original sunscreen, this time minus oxybenzone, an ingredient that’s recently come under fire for its impact on the environment. Remember to apply at least 20 minutes before sun exposure and to reapply every two hours (or more often if swimming or sweating).

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Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Waterproof Very Black, $12. It’s been 40 years since Maybelline’s now-iconic green and pink tube launched onto the scene, and the waterproof variety remains one of the brand’s best-sellers. Wiggle the wand from root to tip, coating lashes in a volumising formula that won’t budge whether you’re in or out of the water.

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RAAD Hand Sanitiser Gel, $10. This new-to-market hand sanitiser gel by local brand RAAD (an acronym for Remarkably Awesome And Dirt-Free) rids hands of nasties without drying the skin’s surface thanks to the addition of harakeke and aloe vera leaf extract. The plant-based, cruelty-free and vegan formula contains 70 per cent alcohol (the recommended amount to ensure bugs are kept at bay) and is scented with bergamot and moss for a truly sensorial experience.

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Evo Happy Campers Wearable Treatment, $12. Treat coloured, weak or brittle hair to some much-needed nourishment with this leave-in treatment that serves a dual purpose to restore moisture while protecting from UV and heat damage. To use, spritz a few pumps of product into hands and smooth onto damp hair. Allow to air dry.

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OGX Refresh & Nourish Coconut Milk Dry Shampoo, $18. Restore order to post-dip tresses by spritzing dry shampoo on roots. Comb through using your fingers, leaving hair silky soft and smooth. This one from OGX has the added benefit of smelling like the ultimate summer cocktail – a Pina Colada.

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Bite Beauty Agave+ Lip Tint Tin Lip Balm, $20. Cute and covetable, Bite Beauty’s limited-edition tinted lip balm is available in five flattering tints, ranging from subtle sheers to punchy opaques. Formulated with agave nectar and cocoa butter, each lip balm drenches lips in moisture while lending just enough colour to make lips pop.

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Sephora Collection Oil Blotting Papers, $8. Mattify oily or shiny skin by keeping a wad of blotting papers handy to quickly absorbs excess oil. These come in a number of formats now, including biodegradable or reusable ones. But if your blotter of choice isn’t of this ilk, remember to dispose of it responsibly.

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Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes 25pack, $10. Is there anything a cleansing wipe can’t do? Short of packing up your beach set-up, a handy cleansing wipe can remove makeup and stubborn mascara, rid the remnants of a messy icecream, dust sand off just about anything, and swipe away sweat. Made from renewable plant fibres and sustainable wood pulp, each Simple biodegradable wipe is loaded with vitamin B5 and vitamin E to lift impurities, and is gentle enough for use on even the most sensitive skin.

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Lanolips 101 Ointment, $18. This handy, do-it-all ointment contains 100 per cent pure, medical-grade lanolin and works wonders on chapped lips, cracked cuticles and dry, itchy skin all over the body. Lanolin is a natural humectant (meaning it attracts and retains water in the skin) and is also high in vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects skin from free radical damage.

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La Roche-Posay Cicaplast, $18. Another fix-all cream is this one by La Roche-Posay, which is just as kind to dehydrated summer skin as it is to chapped winter skin. Niacinamide and glycerin combine to reduce redness and roughness, leaving skin feeling nourished and looking supple. Smooth it over hands or dry spots on the body.

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Burt’s Bees All-Weather Lip Balm, $9. Lip balm is a year-round must-have, but it’s even more important to slather on in the balmy months to keep lips protected from harmful rays. This one from Burt’s Bees includes zinc oxide, an ingredient frequently used in physical sunscreens to fend off UVA and UVB rays.

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Bondi Sands Mini Gradual Tan Milk, $11. Fake an I-just-returned-from-the-beach glow with this travel-sized gradual tanning milk from Bondi Sands. Layer it up to build a natural-looking, golden tan while hydrating skin with antioxidant-rich vitamin E and aloe vera. With bottle bronzed options as good as this available, there’s really no excuse to sizzle your skin in the sun (which can cause premature ageing – eek).

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Oasis Organic Aloe Vera & Cucumber Skin Healing Gel, $16. Soothe warm skin with a dollop of Oasis’ after-sun gel, which is packed with organic ingredients like aloe vera, cucumber extract and chlorophyll for an instant cooling effect. The unique formula promotes healing and detoxifies skin after a day spent in the sun, but is equally as effective at combatting insect bites, grazes, rashes, acne, minor burns, wounds, redness and itchy skin. It even doubles as makeup remover or eyebrow gel.

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Skinnies Sungel SPF30, $19. Leading the charge in the waterless beauty trend is Skinnies Sungel, which has been made sustainably without water since its inception 10 years ago. A pea-sized blob is enough to spread over face, neck and ears, and doesn’t leave a white cast. The no-nasties formula is made without parabens, preservatives, fragrances and alcohol, and is vegan and cruelty-free.

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The Wet Brush Original Detangler Classic, $19. Use the wrong brush on wet hair and you’re likely to run into trouble, which is why we love The Wet Brush Original Detangler, a specially designed brush that easily detangles hair while minimising breakage and split ends. It’s all thanks to the patented IntelliFlex bristles, which glide easily through knots and tangles for a pain-free brushing experience. A quick once over with this baby could mean the difference between matted locks and luscious, mermaid-esque beach hair.

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Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil, $18. If you can’t bear the thought of bare brows, then consider toting about the mini-sized version of Billion Dollar Brows’ cult favourite brow pencil. It offers a natural-looking finish and never needs sharpening, meaning you won’t have to cart around a separate sharpener to create defined, fluffy brows all summer long.

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Mecca Max Eyeshadow Quads, $14. Transition your daytime look to night with this compact eyeshadow quad, which contains four wearable neutrals in either shimmer or matte finishes. Dust on block colour or go all-in with glitter.

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