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HENRI BENDEL STRIPE CANVAS TOTE
Some people bring just a towel to the beach. We’re not those people. We need a bag that’s big enough to hold a small child. This canvas one is not only huge but also superchic, plus the lining is water resistant. Now click through to see everything we’re putting inside!
Buy It! Henri Bendel Stripe Canvas Tote, $78
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CHANEL HYDRA BEAUTY ESSENCE MIST
Pamela Edwards-Christiani, Style & Beauty Editor: Yes, this mist costs a small fortune, but I swear it’s worth it. It’s like the upgraded version of bringing a spray water bottle to the beach and spritzing it on your face. It’s refreshing and hydrating, but is also loaded with vitamins C and E, which keep my complexion looking good.
Buy It! Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence mist, $90
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HILLIER SCREW-ON STUDS
Jackie Fields, Writer-Reporter: I wear earrings everywhere, including the beach and the pool. But after losing many a pair in the water and the sand, I’m investing in these cute hearts, which feature posts that actually screw on. This might be the first year I make it through the summer without coming out of the ocean wearing just one earring.
Buy It! Hillier Dotty heart studs, $430
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PHYTO PROTECTIVE HAIR TREATMENT
Jackie: I have super-dry hair and while I don’t mind slathering on creams and oils in the winter, they can feel heavy and greasy when I’m outside during warmer months. This hydrating spray is my May-to-September solution since it delivers moisture and shine and even protects my hair from sun damage.
Buy It! Phyto Protective Sun Veil hair treatment, $9.68
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BABYGANICS HAND WIPES
Michelle Tan, Senior Editor: Yes, I’m that girl. The one with no kids who carries these wipes designed for children. But I’m not ashamed because what good is digging into oceanside snacks (pass the gummy peaches!) if they end up covered in gritty sand and tasting like sunscreen?
Buy It! BabyGanics hand sanitizer wipes, $7.96
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EMI-JAY HAIR TIES
Michelle: I always like to have a hair tie at the ready (hey, we weren’t all born with beautiful beach waves), but I have two problems with standard-issue black elastics: They don’t look cute on my wrist and they break my hair. These metallic ones, however, can almost pass for boho bracelets, plus they don’t damage hair – even straight-outta-the-ocean wet strands.
Buy It! Emi-Jay hair ties pack, $10.99
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VICTORIA'S SECRET FRINGE COVER-UP
Brittany Talarico, Associate Editor: I’ve amassed quite a collection of cover-ups (I was raised at the Jersey Shore, what can I say?), and this white version matches every bathing suit I own. Plus, the tassel hemline and airy cotton material makes it feel fresh for the season. It’s perfect to throw on before an ocean stroll or a trip to the bar for a cocktail.
Buy It! Victoria’s Secret Tassel Cover-Up, $44.50
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FRESH TINTED LIP BALM IN PETAL
Brittany: Protecting your lips from the sun is just as important as shielding the rest of your body. My secret weapon: this vitamin-packed stick with SPF 15. The best part? It’s tinted so you get a fun pop of color without looking like you applied lipstick.
Buy It! Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, $22.50
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CLARINS UV PLUS HP SPF 40 DAY SCREEN
Andrea Lavinthal, Style Director: Whenever someone complains about applying sunscreen to their face because it feels too heavy or clogs their pores, I recommend this stuff. The oil-free formula contains 100% mineral filters and protects against UVA/UVB, pollution and free radicals thanks to cantaloupe melon extract (apparently the stuff is really good for fighting sun damage).
Buy It! Clarins UV Plus HP SPF 40 Day Screen, $40
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Andrea: I wish I was one of those girls whose hair dried in perfect beachy waves after a dip in the ocean. If left unattended, my curls will turn into a frizzy, tangled mess. This cool-looking brush gets knots out painlessly and helps create a nice, slicked-back bun.
Buy It! Goody TangleFix, $7.99
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LUSH DRY SHAMPOO
Senior Style Editor Zoë Ruderman: What doesn’t this stuff do? It’s a dry shampoo, a magical sand remover (just rub the powder on your hands or feet and voilà, no sand!), a deodorant, plus the citrusy clean scent means it can double (quadruple?) as a post-beach fragrance. If only it helped apply sunscreen to those hard-to-reach spots on my back…
Buy It! Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo, $13.95
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LIFEPROOF IPHONE CASE
Zoë: I’m not due for a phone upgrade until December, which means I need to not break my iPhone before then. This amazing case should help with that. It’s waterproof (hello, underwater photos!) and drop-proof to over 6 feet, but it has a slim profile and, added bonus, the case actually improves the speaker quality.
Buy It! Lifeproof iPhone case, $79.99
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ESSIE NAIL POLISH IN FRUIT SANGRIA
Alex Apatoff, News Editor: I stick to the same polish color on my toes all summer long: Essie “Fruit Sangria,” a vibrant pink shade, which is almost like a neutral to me now. Call me predictable, but it’s nice to know I’ll always have it on hand for any sand-related polish chips.
Buy It! Essie Fruit Sangria nail polish, $8
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ROBERTA ROLLER RABBIT COVER-UP
Alex: My stylish Upper East Side aunt hooked me on these adorable “kurtas” long before I moved to New York, and now I stash them in my beach bag no matter which seaside locale I’m headed to. I immediately feel like I’m two gin and tonics in on a yacht as soon as I put them on – and I also love that they’re stylish enough to wear right into town.
Buy It! Roberta Roller Rabbit Classic Kurta, $94
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