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When Sampleroom, the first beauty and lifestyle website to offer free beauty samples to registered users monthly, invited FN and other members of the media to the beach to test out their summer collection, we could hardly contain our excitement. We couldn't wait to try their sunblocks and slimming drinks—definite summer essentials for every beach babe.

However, when we got there, we were faced with a major dilemma. How could we possibly slip on a bikini without dreading to see ourselves in the mirror? How could we come out of those beach #selfies unscathed? Wearing flimsy bikinis or even monokinis pressure us—it's like we're exposing both our bodies and souls to the world.

Our insecurities almost got the best of us, until we remembered that summer isn't about looking like we just stepped out of a magazine; it's about letting go and having fun! Why waste the day worrying about our bodies when we could jump into the water and bask under the sun? We decided to throw away our body-baring inhibitions and even came up with a simple guide on how to feel great in a bikini.

Click through the slideshow to see our tips!

(Photo from Redbook via Christine Knight Thomas on Pinterest)

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