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The best part of summer? Definitely getting to enjoy a little time relaxing on the beach. We’ve pulled together our top beauty & fashion picks to make your days by the lake even better.

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Let your mane go wild and give it some beachy texture with Sun Bum Beach Formula Sea Spray. A few spritzes on damp hair will help enhance waves and volume while adding protection from UV rays and the elements, and adding a little bit of a leave-in treatment, like Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Argan Oil Infused Crème will keep it feeling soft.

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Look stylish while staying cool and protected with a cute hat. Go wide brimmed for a luxe look or stay chic with a banded raffia cap, like the Tilley Women’s Raffia Hat while you relax on a lounger.

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If you’re planning on spending the day in the sun, you’ve got to make sure your skin is protected. For your face, a lightweight sunscreen with a tint (Garnier Ombrelle Ultra Light Advanced Tinted Lotion SPF 60) or a mineral compact with protection (Bioderma Photoderm Compact SPF 50+) will give your skin light coverage while keeping it safe. If you’re planning on spending time in the water, make sure you protect your body as well by using a waterproof sunscreen (Vichy Ideal Soleil Sport SPF 60, $30) and reapplying throughout the day.

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Make sure you bring everything along in a cute bag, like the TOMS Blue Spatter Denim All Day Tote ($95, which helps to provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need). Pack a few Instagrammable must haves, like a round towel and fun inflatable flamingo, for the perfect beach shot.

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While protecting your skin from the sun is a must, you can still rock a golden glow easily (minus the skin damage) thanks to the magic that is self tanner. Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan ($49) gives you a natural looking tan in, you guessed it, ten minutes, while its advanced technology supports natural collagen protection.

What do you like to bring along for a day at the beach?

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Oh, you know we’ve all been there. Whether you’re lazy, want to sleep in, don’t feel like styling your hair or just straight up want to keep working your hair’s texture, there comes a time (ok, many times) in a girl’s life where she doesn’t want to wash her hair. I try to go 3-4 days in between washes to prevent over washing and styling and to help prolong the length of my colour.

THIS is why dry shampoo is one of my best friends. It soaks up oil and refreshes your mane so you look like you just washed – perfect for getting a few extra days out of your wash. I’ve used it for years and have tried just about every one I’ve been able to get my hands on.

A few of my tips when it comes to using dry shampoo:

  • Don’t get too close – hold the can about 8-10 inches away from your hair so the product doesn’t get too concentrated in one area, which can lead to buildup and make blending more difficult (especially if you have darker hair)
  • Section it off – spray it on your roots in layers to make sure the product is dispersed evenly throughout your mane. There’s nothing worse than leaving the house only to find that a section of your hair is still visibly oily.
  • Give it time – Once you’ve applied your dry shampoo, give it time to work its magic and soak up the oil; don’t brush it through right away. Let it sit for at least 5-10 minutes – I say apply it before you start getting ready, do your makeup then massage it in.
  • Sleep on it – Better yet? Spray it on before you go to sleep, and let it work overnight. In the morning, brush your hair and wake up to fresh locks! Honestly, this is my favourite way to use it.

I’ve rounded up a few of my fave dry shampoos to hopefully help you find your new favourite. Check ’em out below. and share your dry shampoo loves in the comments below!

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The OG: The first dry shampoo I ever tried (years ago), and still one of my favourites to this day, the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is the one that started my love affair with this stuff. It really is the OG of dry shampoo – it’s been around since 1971, and leaves the hair feeling fresh and clean with a little help from oat milk. Bonus: it’s now available in a shade that works better for brown to dark hair.

The Rockstar: The Rock Your Hair Spray It Clean Dry Shampoo is fantastic, and one of the best I’ve come across. The scent is super fresh, it blends in really well, and leaves my hair looking unbelievably clean while giving it great texture. Lately, I’ve found myself reaching for it more often and have had to restock a few times in the past months.

The Style Reviver: I mean, the L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Morning After Dust  was named that for a reason. This invisible dry shampoo helps to add texture and gives the hair a great scent, so you can keep on looking fab when you aren’t necessarily feeling that way. Oh, and it’s invisible to HD cameras, so you don’t have to worry about it showing up on film – snap away!

The Bargain Beauty: While some of these dry shampoos come with a bit of a higher price tag than some might like to pay, there’s nothing like finding the perfect drugstore equivalent, which is why I absolutely love the Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo. Not only does it come with a price that’s lighter on the wallet, it really works. The scent is lovely, and it does a great job of refreshing my style when I’m on the go. I also find that it blends in really well compared to most other dry shampoos I’ve tried. Plus, it’s paraben free!

The Lifesaver: Running late for an important event or meeting and don’t have time to wash? the Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo will be your best friend. This dry shampoo is very lightweight, yet effective, leaving the hair looking soft and fluffy. I do find this one takes a little more work to blend into dark hair, so use it lightly – you don’t need much for it to work anyways! A light, clean scent also helps to lock in the fresh feeling.

The New Kid on the Block: Ok, though it’s not technically a dry shampoo, I felt that the Drybar Detox Dry Conditioner deserved a place on this list because it too helps to freshen up your style. While dry shampoo works on the roots, this is sprayed on the hair from midshaft through lengths, helping to soften and hydrate the hair – it’s perfect for those with dry ends who need a little help to keep their hair looking and feeling healthy as you upkeep your hair between washes. It also adds a really nice dose of shine, making this perfect before going out after a long day.

Are you a fan of dry shampoo? Which one is your favourite?

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Hola lovelies.  Just wanted to share a sweet little beauty deal that my Canadian beauty obsessed friends may want to jump on before it’s too late.  Flare Magazine and P&G Beauty have come together to create two fab Flare beauty boxes – Classic Beauty & Fearless Beauty – full of full size & samples of some of their fave products. Each box sells for $9 + tax.  What’s in them?

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Will you be checking these boxes out?  They’ve got a pretty great value for a great price tag – and just to put it in perspective, the mascaras (some of my faves) are $9 regularly.  Which Flare Beauty box would you choose?

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Ugh.  There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning only to realize that you turned off your alarm, overslept, and now have precious little time to get yourself ready and out the door.  I know we’ve all been there and it’s never fun.  I’m not one to run out the door looking like I just rolled out of bed, so I put together my 5 minute face using some great P&G Beauty products (Olay, Herbal Essences & CoverGirl!).  When I say 5 minutes, I mean it – I timed myself while I threw this quick look on and made it through before the buzzer went!

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Let’s start with the face.  I like to wake myself up by giving my skin a quick wash in the morning, and the Olay Fresh Effects {Out of this Swirled} Deep Pore Clean & Exfoliating Scrub is the perfect wake up call.  It had gentle exfoliating beads to help get rid of any dry skin and leaves my skin feeling smooth and clean.  I like to follow this up with Olay Fresh Effects {Dew Over!} Hydrating Gel Moisturizer to hydrate and get my skin prepped, then give my eyes a boost with Olay Fresh Effects {Bright on Schedule} Eye Awakening Cream – the “metal ball” applicator is cool and soothing and really helps to de-puff tired eyes.  I actually noticed a difference right away (hint: to make this even better, keep it in the fridge for a real cooling feeling).

As for quick makeup on the go, I like to start off with Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!} Skin Perfecting Tinted Moisturizing Cream.  It’s lightweight, helps to even out skintone for a brighter look and masks minor imperfections.  I like to add a little colour, so I added some CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Ginger Flame to my lids and Crystal Flame to the inner corners of my eyes to brighten them up.  I also added a little liner using CoverGirl Ink It! in Black Ink before throwing on a couple of coats some CoverGirl Clump Crush Mascara (one of my absolute favourite mascaras).  Finally, I added a little moisture and shine to my lips with CoverGirl Lipsticks Smoochies Lip Balm in #BeSweet.

For speedy hair, I find it’s easiest to throw it up in a quick bun.  I try to shower the night before when I know I’m going to be up early and spritz on some Herbal Essences Honey I’m Strong Silkening Spray to keep my locks feeling soft when I wake up.  Give it a quick twist and pin it up, spray it with some Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Tousling Hairspray to keep it in place, and you’re good to go!

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Well, it’s music festival season again.  We certainly have no shortage of them (think Osheaga, Digital Dreams, NXNE), and I know that one of the things that immediately pops into my head during this time is festival beauty!  This is the perfect chance to have a little fun with your look and to play with a little colour.  Throughout May and June I’m going to be taking part in the P&G Beauty Turn It Up challenges where myself and other Beauty United bloggers will be creating different themed looks – what better place to start than with festival beauty?

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I had a ton of fun Herbal Essences, COVERGIRL and Olay Fresh Effects products to play with to help me create the perfect festival look.  I started off by applying Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!} to give my skin an even base.  This stuff feels great on the skin and even helps to add a kick of moisture, and then I threw some COVERGIRL TruMagic Sunkisser on to give me a bit of a glow (I’m the queen of SPF and my pale skin needs a bit of a boost sometimes!).  For the eyes, I decided to rock a swipe of COVERGIRL Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus in Aquamarine Ink for a fun little pop of colour (I also added some black Ink It! liner underneath for a bit more drama) before adding COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume Mascara for big, bold lashes.  I finished off the look with some COVERGIRL LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Blush Twist for a tiny hint of a pink glow on the lips.  

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As for the hair, I think festival hair is all about being carefree.  I like to add some wave, because when I’m out there dancing to my favourite artists in the sun I know my mane is going to have a mind of its own. I let my hair air dry before curling random pieces with my flat iron, then zapped it with Herbal Essences Naked Shine Sheer Shine Mist and Herbal Essences Naked Volume Flexible Hold Spritzer  for some extra shine and lightweight hold.  Side note: Have you smelled the Naked line yet? Holy moly, this stuff smells fantastic.  I feel like I don’t even need to spritz on perfume when I’m using it!  I also threw on a flower crown, because naturally you can’t have a music festival without a few flower crowns added in along the way!

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What do you think of my festival beauty look?  Would you like to give it a try as well?  Well, good news… One of you will win the products listed above, plus Olay Fresh Effects {Everything Off!} Deluxe Makeup Removal Wet Cloths (gotta make sure you take it all off before bed!) and Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo to give your hair next day life.  Enter to win via the form below.  Good luck!
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Disclosure: I’m affiliated with Beauty United, which gives me access to events and new products. Reviews of these products are in no way swayed by this affiliation as they will always be of my own thoughts & opinions.

 

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