Thursday, August 02, 2012

Island Chic Beauty Necessities & Polo Perfume Giveaway







I'm off to the Dominican Republic, my home island neighbors in just a few days. I'm excited for so many reasons, mainly because I've never been! My itinerary: LOTS of resort hopping and beach bumming. For 8 days. Who can ask for a better vacation? A much needed one on top of that? I've spent much of the week detoxing and eating "clean" in attempt to shed some water weight. I want to rock my 2-piece -- comfortably -- w/out feeling like I need to have a wrap while I walk the length of any given beach. I tend to swell up in the heat and normally retain a lot of agua. Do you experience that, too?

 In my virtual and real shopping, I narrowed down my essentials list to these must-haves for any beach or island vacation. Beauty prods are an absolute "can't-do-with-out" to keep your skin glowing amidst the blaring sun damage (though we think we're getting a fabulous tan, our cells are being attacked). Sunscreen for sure. Spf 50 is where I'm at these days. I'm getting older and have prioritized nourishing my skin.

Lip balm: L'Oreal, one of my favorite everyday makeup brands, has released some Colour Riche balms that have tint, too. Apply once and enjoy the SPF benefits. If you're not drinking enough water throughout the day, our lips can easily be subject to cracking. And that my chicas, is not cute. The balms come in neutral colors that can be applied before or after your lip color. I've been wearing them on its own for super natural looks. They're smooth and feel great on -- not like sporty chap sticks that are gooey or too thick.

Mascara: My every day mascara is coming with me! L'Oreal's Voluminous Power Volume 24H and Voluminous Million Mascara's are the biz! It's in it's pretty gold tube, it keeps my lashes full and long all day long, even after some splashing fun in the ocean. Their newly released update has the longest brush to date. At $7.95, I keep this very one stocked up year-round.

Anti-Frizz Serum: Yes!!! My royally unruly highlihgted hair demands an insane amount of attention. Not sure how badly salt water affects it, but from past experiences, my hair gets straw texture and there's nothing more unattractive than that (thank goodness for hats). I use anti-humidity emollients and anti-frizz serums like L'Oreal's EverSleek creme to keep the curls in check. Don't leave home w/out! 

Bronzed cheeks & eyes: Maybe not during the day, but since I'll be dining out, dancing and cocktailing it up, some dashing eyes will add to the look. Another hit by L'Oreal is their new infallible eye shadow lineup. They come in six hues but I opted for the aqua and gold ones which are perfect for the scene. As long as the color doesn't crease up while I fist pump my way through different lounges, I'm happy! And, they're only $7.95 each. I like that.

Pair your eye color with a lovely bronze powder by Clinique. You're whole look will be complete!

Sweet scents: I'm a huge fan of floral, light scents. Iconic fashion guy, Ralph Lauren's Big Pony collection has put out a sexy chic line of perfumes, each embodying different characteristics that capture the essence of different women. My favorite: "The Free-Spirited Fragrance – Bottle #3 Eccentric, rebellious and independent, this Floral Green fragrance highlights Pear & Mimosa.  The crisp, bright scent represents ultimate optimism and natural feminine radiance for a woman who dances to the beat of her own drum." I can't tell you how much this reps me! My second favorite: "The Sporty Fragrance - Bottle #1 This Flora Citrus scent features Grapefruit & Blue Lotus for a vibrant energetic fragrance that evokes confidence and energy while awakening the sense.  Confident and fearless, the sporty woman is a natural born leader and ready to take on the world." This is chicer, lighter and sexier. It's great for evening cocktail parties. 

This is it for me! If I need anything else, I'll be too focused on caking up my face, which I like to reserve for TV work... for the beach, I like to keep it natural, light, yet pretty! 

And! Because I'm anxious and over-the-top happy about visiting las playas del caribe, I'm giving away THE ENTIRE RALPH LAUREN PONY PERFUME COLLECTION, valued at $260!


Jes, you read right! One lucky reader will win all four scents, courtesy of my friends over at Ralph Lauren. 

If you're like me, I can't have enough perfumes, especially one for different situations! This fits the bill if you're that girl. 

What to do? If you fancy the required following, you'll be entered and I'll select one random winner.  Entries accepted through August 15th, 11:59 EST! *UPDATE: GIVEAWAY EXTENEDED THROUGH 11:59 PM EST ON AUGUST 17TH!* So, there's time. Winner will be announced via Twitter and I will tag you in the perfume picture letting you know! 

1)  Comment below and share what your beach essentials are;
2) Like FB Page & comment on the post where I'm posting giveaway ;
3) Follow on Twitter & Tweet "Entered 2 win Ralph Lauren Big Pony perfume collection via @BrenHerrera of #BSoChic! (include post link)";
4) If on Google+, add to your fun circles;
5) Follow on Pinterest & Pin one of first 4 images;
6) Come back and leave a comment letting me know you did each of the above, including the Tweet (auto extra entry)

(all of my links are below) 

You may leave a comment for each action which will garner you an additional entry. Totally optional. That's a total of  4 chances to win! 

Good Luck!! You're going to love them! 

* some restrictions apply. Open to U.S. residents only at this time. So sorry my Int'l readers. Just depends one the brand.

* I did not receive compensation for this post, but was given the perfume collection and some of the L'Oreal products mentioned. All opinions are my own ;)

Won't you follow and share on  TWITTERFACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM  | GOOGLE + :) 

77 comments:

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

well, that's a lovely sounding vacation and a great collection of fun makeup/perfume items! would love to win.

geenie81 said...

My beach bag must haves are a big floppy hat, large towel, Neutrogena sunblock, and a cooler full of beverages and snacks.

geenie81 said...

Tweeted, pinned, shared! Hoping to win!!!

Ces'Ari Garcia said...

I love your beach favorites. Everything that you suggested is so simple and fresh. As for myself, my beach essentials are cute sunglasses, a light tint lip balm, w/ a waterproof mascara!

bloggingbabiesandthebayou said...

A beach bag and a chic beach hat (skin cancer runs in my family)!!

Sujeiry said...

My beach essentials for my curly hair are my white beach hat and definitely my Aveeda Stay Curly hair lotion. It works wonders when in a humid climate. I also love the Maxius Beyond Straight Conditioner. It's cheaper than the Aveeda product and also smells great. And of course I cannot forgot my Aveeno sunlock!

Sujeiry said...

Already like your FB page and commented on the post.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150998863858527&set=a.386097938526.164775.30179223526&type=1&comment_id=6944276&offset=0&total_comments=4

Sujeiry said...

Tweeted it!

https://twitter.com/LoveSujeiry/status/231223808416182272

Sujeiry said...

Follow you on Pinterest and repined an image that you had on there but not sure which one you wanted. I didnt see these photos there.

Have fun in my momma's mother land!

Elle said...

Beach essentials...sunscreen, lip balm, coconut water and a good book. And my love. ;)

Elle said...

Liked the post and commented on FB.

Elle said...

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/elleskitchen/statuses/231236347086663681

Elle said...

You're already in my fun people circle! :)

Elle said...

Pinned: http://pinterest.com/pin/204773114277932665/

Bren Herrera said...

I love Elle's must-have: Her love! Awwwww, so sweet! I <3 that! I agree with everyone else on the sunnies, hats, flip flops, etc... I've never really focused on what my beauty essentials were, but as I get older, I think about the things that will protect my skin and keep me looking fresh!

I'm doing an apparel must-have on Sunday, so stay tuned for that one! :)

Thanks for chiming in, ladies and good luck!

radmilamila said...

Hi, this is a great giveaway! The first beech essential is a sunscreen, then the book (unless i am with my child - then i have no time for the book).
Thanks, Radmila, rada76@mail.ru
FB name Radmila Ustych
I do hope that this giveaway is open internationally.

radmilamila said...

hi, i also follow you on twitter and I tweeted https://twitter.com/radmilamilamila/status/231362487474352130, Radmila, rada76@mail.ru

Pattie Cordova said...

My beach essential is Skindinavia. Keeps makeup in place even in the sun!

amyorvin said...

My beach essentials is sunscreen, towel, sunglasses, water,and a book.

2dogs5catscrew@att.net

amyorvin said...

Liked you on facebook as Amy Orvin and liked and commented on the post

2dogs5catscrew@att.net

amyorvin said...

following on twitter as @amyorvin and tweeted-https://twitter.com/amyorvin/status/231445979335884802

2dogs5catscrew@att.net

amyorvin said...

Added you to my circles on G+ as Amy Orvin

2dogs5catscrew@att.net

engineergirl said...

My beach essentials are tons of sunscreen, and a huge hat! engineergirl@mail.com

engineergirl said...

Liked your page and commented as Joey Maees. engineergirl@mail.com

engineergirl said...

Followed you and tweeted https://twitter.com/poppinjjooeeyy2/status/231453961109008384 engineergirl@mail.com

Kellie's Camera said...

My beach essentials:
floppy hat, sunscreen, cold drink, and a hot guy to hang with (lol)

kelliescamera at gmail dot com

Kellie's Camera said...

Liked your facebook page and commented on the giveaway post-kellie rose wilson

kelliescamera at gmail dot com

Kellie's Camera said...

followed on pinterest and repinned:

http://pinterest.com/pin/234820568041776675/

kelliescamera at gmail dot com

Kellie's Camera said...

added you to a google plus circle!

kelliescamera at gmail dot com

Bren Herrera said...

Wow! You all are awesome! Nice to meet you new ladies visiting by! Best of luck to all of you and happy summer. Enjoy the lovely weekend! Spread the word & a super thanks.

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray said...

So happy to hear you are headed to my home island, please say hellooo for me! As for beach needs, I always have: a good book, a trashy magazine, chapstick, coconut oil (to hydrate skin AFTER being in the sun, and also great to moisturize hair); and tweezers! Ha, I always find a stubborn random hair I obsessively need to pluck! What a fantastic giveaway!

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray said...

Like you on FB and commented on picture!

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray said...

I tweeted!

akronugurl said...

gonna have SPF!

freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

Nina Gonzalez said...

have fun on your trip!! :)

Rusthawk said...

beach essentials are sunglasses, a good book, and a hat and soft blanket.

Rusthawk said...

I liked your facebook page and left a comment there https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150998863858527&set=a.47642173526.59311.30179223526&type=1&comment_id=7011035&offset=0&total_comments=11

Rusthawk said...

I am following you on twitter @rusthawk and I tweeted https://twitter.com/rusthawk/status/234814202458542080

Rusthawk said...

I added you to my google circles! (Rust hawk)

Rusthawk said...

I am following you on pinterest and pinned http://pinterest.com/pin/225461525066075890/

JehanP said...

My beach essential would be sunscreen, floppy hat and camera :-).

Smash Bravo said...

sunscreen, a lip balm w/ sunscreen and a sun hat. I get burnt very easily.
smashbravo@gmail.com

Smash Bravo said...

Liked and commented on FB
smashbravo@gmail.com

Yadira said...

I can't be without my sunblock.

Smash Bravo said...

Liked and Tweeted:
https://twitter.com/smashbravoteam/status/235937722647343104
smashbravo@gmail.com

Smash Bravo said...

Added on G+
smashbravo@gmail.com

Smash Bravo said...

Followed on Pinter and pinned
smashbravo@gmail.com

Smash Bravo said...

I did all the steps including the tweet!!
smashbravo@gmail.com

Ashley said...

My beach essentials are sunblock, super hydrating tinted lip balm, waterproof mascara and a little bit of water resistant concealer!

Cat said...

Floppy hat, sunblock, sunglasses, water bottle & my kindle

Ashley said...

Did all that you requested except G+ which I don't have! =)

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Thoughts from Her said...

My beach essentials are definitely sunscreen and sunglasses!

Cat said...

I follow & pinned, http://pinterest.com/pin/253257179016340081/

Cat said...

I follow & tweeted, https://twitter.com/baeqn/status/235942711256039425

Comiendo en LA said...

Mine are: sunblock, towel, water & sunglasses

Monica Olivera said...

At the beach: SUNGLASSES! Towel, sun screen, flip flops, and a bottle of water. Thanks for the opportunity! :)

Comiendo en LA said...

Like you on Facebook :)

Comiendo en LA said...

Pinned!!

Isabel Garcia said...

Have a fabulous time in on your vacation, Bren! Just "Liked" your Facebook page!

Chrystal said...

Gotta have the huge umbrella, lots of blankets/towels, a comfy chair and cool drinks. If you want me on the beach with you, that's my simple request. Welcome back from the DR!

gaby said...

my beach essentials are getting a towel get tanned get surfing hair look also baby oil for a darker tan sit back drink a cold mikes hard lemonade..relax in the sunset listen to birds..and waves

gaby said...

like on FB left a message Gabriela Aguilar

gaby said...

Followin on twitter @1chynna tweeted
https://twitter.com/1chynna/status/236216352346632192

gaby said...

GfC:gabriela sanchez
added to my circles

gaby said...

Following on pinterest:Gabriela Aguilar
pin: http://pinterest.com/BrenHerrera/b-so-chic-tm-style/

gaby said...

Followed steps 1 threw 5.
tweeted:https://twitter.com/1chynna/status/236218123857059840

Michele the Belle said...

My baby, a good book, a hat, definitely some sunscreen and flip-flops. A beauty magazine is good too. I love this giveaway.

Michele the Belle said...

I already like you on Facebook!

michele the Belle said...

Just tweeted the giveaway! https://twitter.com/MicheletheBelle/status/236221687086075904

Michele the Belle said...

I'm not on Pinterest or Google plus (what is that?) so I hope what I did was good. Thanks for the giveaway. I love it. Oh, I already follow you on Twitter.

Michele the Belle said...

oh! i am on pinterest. lol. i totally forgot. it's been months since I've used it. thanks for making me get on it again. I pinned the perfume bottle picture.

stefanie gladden said...

My beach essentials are:
sunscreen, chapstick, tanning oil, sunglasses, and a towel!

stefanie gladden said...

liked on fb - Ann Lyfe and commented on the post!

stefanie gladden said...

following on twitter - @luvx14
and tweeted - https://twitter.com/luvx14/status/236622070178521088

womens sunglasses said...

My beach essentials are definitely sunscreen and sunglasses!

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