14 Beauty Products for When It Feels Like Everyone’s on Vacation Without You

Aperol spritz is a state of mind.

Lipstick and south of France collage

Lisa Eldridge

Is everyone on vacation without me? It certainly looks that way. Lately, life has felt like an endless scroll of “friends” (internet and otherwise) soaking up rays on the Amalfi coast, clinking glasses of Aperol, and laughing haughtily without me. Maybe (probably) there’s a bit of projection here, but I’ve lost the plot. Photos featuring couples in breathable linens at a seaside dinner in Lisbon seem to be multiplying on Instagram. French rosé haunts me. Bougie algorithm aside, this hunch—that everyone is traveling without me—actually is a real phenomenon. 

Dubbed ‘revenge travel,’ lessened Covid restrictions worldwide have caused a surge in vacations this summer. People everywhere are trying to make up for lost time, staying booked (flights, hotels, reservations) and busy (shopping, sunbathing, relaxing) while the warm weather lasts. But, what happens with the rest of us? The ones who won’t (or can’t) jet-set this summer? All that’s left is to find ways to cope.

Personally, I tried bargaining. It didn’t last long—just try googling “affordable flights to Nice in August,” and you’ll see what I mean. Anger was also no good (there are more important things to worry about). No, what I recommend is a healthy dose of straight-up denial. When the world is messy, and everyone else is on vacation, it might just be time to lather on some sunscreen, grab a book, and spritz yourself. Trust me, it's the only thing that works. 

Ahead are some summery products to get you in the mood. Close your eyes, and it's almost like you're on the Italian coast.

The World's Most Indulgent Sunscreen

Vacation Chardonnay Oil


"The world's most indulgent sunscreen" absolutely lives up to its name. This yummy, fragrant oil will take your daily sunscreen application from drudgery to who is she?

Vacation Chardonnay oil
Vacation Chardonnay Oil SPF 30 $22.00

Fragrant (and Shimmery) Body Oil

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc

Tom Ford 

I mean... What's more "hot summer night" than a fragrant body oil with the perfect amount of glitter? Spritz some on and pretend you're in the south of France.

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc
Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil $100.00

Massive Amounts of Glow

Saie Highlighter


If you're noticing a theme here, it's intentional. Faking a vacation requires massive amounts of glow, and this luminizer from Saie is one of the best. Go for the SunGlow shade for a healthy dose of extra-bronzy shine.

Saie Glowy Supergel
Saie Glowy Super Gel $28.00

Smell Like the South of France

Krigler Perfume


I discovered this perfume while staying at the iconic Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg (a historic hotel that oozes old-world glamour), and I immediately knew it would be my seasonal scent. Inspired by summers on the Mediterranean, this storied perfume is equal parts joyful and spontaneity. It's a splurge for sure, but for those so inclined, it's absolutely guaranteed to transport you to your last getaway.

Voyage au Paradis 56 Perfume
Krigler Voyage au Paradis 56 Perfume $605.00

Beach Waves Without the Beach

Ceremonia Beach Waves


Beachy waves without the beach are easier said than done. But, this luxurious spray uses Pink Bolivian Salt and hydrating ingredients to give your hair a salt-kissed tousle without the dryness a synthetic texturizer can cause. Plus, Ceremonia's intoxicating Guava scent smells just like a tropical vacay.

Ceremonia Guava Beach Waves
Ceremonia Guava Beach Waves $18.00

Add Some Fresh, Juicy Gloss (Why Not?)

The Lip Bar Gloss

The Lip Bar

There's nothing like a fresh, juicy gloss come summer, and this formula from The Lip Bar is my holy grail. Unlike many high-shine products, this one is all glitz no stickiness. Plus, it's super moisturizing and its sheer finish looks amazing with a nude lip liner.

The Lip Bar
The Lip Bar Gloss Up Sheer Finish Gloss $14.00

Popsicle Lips for Days

Lisa Eldridge Lipstick

Lisa Eldridge 

Found: the perfect Bouche Mordue (French for "bitten lips"). This formula is heavenly feeling and super buildable, so you can pack it on at night or smudge it up for a "popsicle lips" moment.

Lisa Eldridge Je Ne Sais Quoi Luxuriously Lucent Lip Colour $26.00

Highlight Everything

Danessa Myricks Beauty

Danessa Myricks 

Take one look at Danessa Myricks' highlighting palette, and you'll know where I'm going with this. Vacation denial is all about bronze and glitter—we're going for more "sun-slapped" than "sun-kissed"—and this product delivers on all fronts. You've got every shade, tone, and shimmer you could possibly need. It's time to light up your face and body for a vacation-worthy glow.

Danessa Myricks Beauty
Danessa Myricks Beauty Lightwork Highlighting Palette $4.00

A Skincare Spritz

Boum Boum Milk


When traveling, less is more in terms of skincare. While I don't recommend giving up the SPF, we all could do with a routine decluttering come summer. Boum-boum milk is exactly the kind of dewy, hydrating 3-in-1 to simplify your life like a true jet-setter. As a primer, refresher, and nighttime reset, this 3-in-one toner, serum, and moisturizer is the perfect travel companion for both long summer journeys (plane rides) and short trips (car rides to the grocery store).

Boum-Boum Milk
Violette_FR Boum-Boum Milk $58.00

Accessorize Like the Amalfi Coast

Pucci Scarf


Nothing says "I'm off to the Amalfi Coast, darling" like a bright Pucci scarf. Yes, the price tag is hefty, but this statement accessory will last you for years to come. Plus, it's still cheaper than an Italian vacation.

Pucci Scarf
Pucci Pesci And Iride-Print Medium Silk-Twill Carré $360.00

Fake a Sunburn

Tower28 Blush

Tower28 Blush

Fake a sunburn by tapping this creamy blush on your nose, cheeks, and chin for a natural glow. There's no shame in implying you got sun somewhere far away and fabulous.

Tower28 Blush
Tower28 BeachPlease Lip + Cheek Cream Blush $20.00

Don't Forget the Claw Clip

Claw Clip


You simply must be prepared for a convertible ride at all times if you're living like it's vacation time all the time. This limited edition clip will do the trick (and goes well with a bright print or neon swimsuit).

Balmain Claw Clip
Balmain Limited Edition Pince a Cheveux Claw Clip $106.00

The Candle Version of a Sundress

Byredo Cotton Poplin candle


Introducing the candle equivalent of the perfect sundress: light, comfortable, and able to spark immediate joy—even when you're lighting it in a cramped, air-conditioned apartment.

Byredo Cotton Poplin
Byredo Cotton Poplin $45.00

Bronze, Bronze, and then Bronze Again

Chanel Bronzer


Creamy, bronzed perfection from Chanel. If this doesn't make you feel like you just got back from a long week of sipping and relaxing beachside, nothing will.

Chanel Bronzer
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream $50.00

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