My 5 beach and beauty essentials + how to fake it on the beach

Each year we spend the entire winter dreaming about beach holidays. White sands, blue seas, bright sunshine and golden tans. Arrhh, this is what dreams are made of.

Just after Christmas we re-join the gym and spend hours , hoping that it will have us looking as beautiful as Beyonce within 6 months.

And then before we know it, summer is here.

Agh, what happened to the fitness plan? There is no time!

Yes, this happens to me every year so I’ve found a few ways to fake that perfect beach bod in no time.

Fake the perfect beach bod

1.  – I can’t tell you how many people I’ve converted to Max Cleavage bikinis and they always thank me as though I’ve shared the secret to eternal life. I know the name sounds a little dodgy but these bikinis are gorgeous. They do exactly what the name suggests and boost your bust and they fit perfectly. This summer I have the and I’m pretty much in love with it.

2.  (Look out for it in Primark where it’s a bit cheaper) I love this once a day sun cream. It lasts for 10 hours while you’re active and I haven’t been burnt once since I started using it.

3.  – I’m currently drooling over these Black Orgasmy sunnies from Thierry Lasry.

4.  (Feel Unique is the best price I’ve found) I love the whole Pureology haircare range but it is pricey. If you only buy one thing for your hair I’d go with the sea kissed texturizer. It gives beachy waves without drying it out like sea salt spray does. Just spray it in and scrunch your hair up and you’re good to go.

5. (Buy from Amazon – it’s much cheaper) Fake Bake has been my secret weapon and go-to tan for almost 10 years. I’m rubbish at applying any other tan and always end up looking like a streaky Umpa Lumpa but you can’t go wrong with Fake Bake.

When you have a tan you instantly look like you’ve lost a couple of pounds and generally feel healthier and sexier. Skip that pasty look during the first few days of your holiday and fake it. Just remember to avoid tanning your knees, ankles and wrists because they’re always the giveaway areas.

If you have any more ‘fake it on the beach’ tips, let us know in the comments below.


Monica is the founder and editor of Fujiidenki. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel.Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

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  1. I love the idea of sun cream that doesn’t need to be re-applied for 10 hours! I know it’s not the most taxing thing having to re-apply but I’m sure this would save me lots of precious minutes on my trips away!!

  2. I need to try that fake bake!! I hating looking so white while I go to the beach. Its nice to have a little bit of color even if it isn’t real.

  3. Given that I’m pasty by nature, fake tanner is the closest I will ever get to the real thing!

    Also, those sunglasses are faboosh!

  4. I used to love Fake Bake, I haven’t used it in years but you’ve inspired me to order myself some! When I left England, I just clean forgot that I could order it online and always complained at it’s price if I saw it in shops in Germany/France/wherever I was at the time!

    As for Max Cleavage bikinis, you have me intrigued and I am heading over there now to check it out!

  5. Hey, I may be off topic, or it may be because i’m a yoga teacher and into all that “inner beauty” thing. But shouldn’t going to the beach be about having fun, soaking in some sun and enjoying oneself ? Drop the fake 🙂 and accept yourself. You’re all beautiful. And as a traveller, you must know how Asian women would kill for your white, oh so white, skin ! Beauty standards vary from country to country.

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