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SUMMER IS HERE! Yep, as of Sunday summer has officially arrived. I’m going to help you get ready to beat the heat and survive the season with some of my top warm weather beauty picks.

Look Hot

  • The Refresh Botanicals BB Cream ($24) is perfect for giving your skin a bit of a boost when the heat hits. This lightweight BB cream helps to even out skintone, leaving it more radiant and smooth, while hydrating (thanks to safflower, almost and jojoba oils) and protecting against the signs of aging. It’s ideal for days at the beach when you want a bit of coverage and hydration without layering on the foundation.
  • Shine bright with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel ($12 ea/$20 for duo pack). 2 new collections and 5 limited edition shades coming in July mean tons of colour options (the Boho Chic collection is hella bright and perfect for pedis!) while a new Top Coat Activator locks in colour and provides serious shine and volume, giving you the effect of a gel manicure at home – without using a UV/LED light!

Tame Your Mane

  • Banish fly-aways and frizz with Redken Fly-Away Fix Finishing Sheets ($25). These sheets, which resemble those used in the dryer to get rid of static, are easily stashed in your purse for easy access throughout the day. Swipe one throughout your hair and over fly-aways to tone them down for a sleek finish.
  • Make styling your hair after a day in the water a snap with Cake Beauty Satin Sugar Texturizing Beach Spray ($24, available July at Murale). This non-drying spray helps to build body and create soft beachy waves using sugar and a tiny bit of salt. Spray it in, scrunch your locks and let them air dry for a perfectly tousled look.
  • Give your hair a deep clean with Biolage Cleansing Conditioner ($34 for 1L). Available in 4 different formulas for fine, medium, coarse & curly hair, these conditioners get rid of the need for shampoo so you can give your hair a rest, while nourishing, strengthening and preventing frizz. Get rid of product, chlorine and sweat buildup so your hair stays cleaner and fresher longer.
  • Minimize blow dry time with a spritz of Matrix Style Link Turbo Dryer Blow Dry Spray ($18). This quick drying spray helps to speed up your blow dry while helping to tame frizz and fly-aways for smoother, sleeker style.

Cool Down

  • The Sephora Collection Glitter and Chill Cooling Mask ($15) is the perfect way to relax after a day in the sun or the morning after. Keep it in the fridge and throw it on to depuff, cool down tired eyes & relax.
  • Wake up tired skin with the Sephora Collection Moisturizing and Energizing Jelly Mask ($24 for 6 masks). These individually packaged masks help to refresh and illuminate tired skin for an instantly energized look. Pop them in the fridge for half an hour before using for an instantly refreshing and cooling feel.

Keep Going

  • Getting used to your favourite or new sandals & wedges again can be a pain. Polysporin Blister Treatment ($8). These discreet, water resistant pads help to immediately relieve blister pain while they give a cushion that protects from rubbing so that blisters can heal quickly and you can keep rocking those sky high wedges.

What are your favourite beauty products to help you survive the summer?


 

Disclaimer: This post contains samples that were sent for review, but as always, opinions are 100% my own and completely honest. xo!

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Happy Monday beauties!  Last week I posted a little teaser of something fun I have been working on with Polysporin, and now I’m so excited that I’m able to share the entire video with you!  We know that all kinds of things can “pop up” when you’re faced with a stressful situation, so I’ve put together a fun and easy date night makeup look and tutorial to help you get ready for a big night out… And included a little beauty secret for those of you that deal something that can get a little more in the way in a situation like this.  Watch the video and let me know what you think!

PS.  Funny story – I’ve actually run into a couple of people who have been wearing the cold sore healing patches in the weeks since and I can happily report that it took a little while before I even realized they had them on – the first one I didn’t even notice until someone mentioned it to me after!

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Ugh.  I swear, this is the winter that just. Won’t. End.  Every time I think it might start getting a little better and we might get a little bit of a break from this brutal dry cold, we get hit with another day of -30 will wind chill weather (in the Toronto area, at least).  Now, there are more than a few things I dislike about winter – and right at the top of my list is the dry, flaky, dehydrated skin that comes with this frigid season.  I’ve rounded up some great products and tips to help keep your dry skin hydrated while you try to wait for spring.

So, first off, here are a few of my favourite tips for keeping you skin soft and hydrated in the cold:

  • Keep your shower/bath lukewarm and to a minimum.  I know in the middle of winter all you want to do is have a 20-minute long steaming hot shower to warm up, but unfortunately this is no good for your skin as the hot water dries your skin out even more and gets rid of its natural oils.
  • Apply lotion right out of the shower, before your skin is completely dry.  Pat yourself down with a towel and slather on your moisturiser.  It will use the “leftover” water to moisturize more deeply.
  • Keep drinking water!  I know this is a tip that I have a tendency to bring up quite often, but it really is one that I cannot stress enough.  You have to hydrate yourself from the inside to help hydrate yourself on the outside.

Now, onto a few products that can help you give your skin back the moisture it needs.

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For Extremely Dehydrated Skin: I’ve recently been introduced to Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula and it really couldn’t have come at a better time.  My body is so, so dry and needs a little extra TLC.  I’ve been using these three products and man, do they ever work.  The moisturizing body oil has been a great addition to my shower routine (make sure you wipe down your tub after using it), and when followed up by the original cocoa butter formula or the concentrated cream, my skin is in heaven.

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For the Scent Obsessed: I’m absolutely a sucker for a delicious smelling body product, so this Fruits & Passion 24H Moisturizing Butter in Grapefruit Guava is right up my alley.  The scent isn’t overpowering but is beautifully tropical, while the creamy lotion gives the skin great moisture.

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For the Luxury Lover: Those of you who love the finer things in life will appreciate these Moroccan Oil body products, formulate with argan oil for a deep, antio-oxidant rich experience.  The Moroccan Oil Body Butter is thick and creamy, and feels divine on the skin.  The Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Treatment, with a gel formula that deeply penetrates the skin.  It does leave behind a bit of an oily feel – my suggestion is to apply this before bed so it it allowed to penetrate overnight – you’ll wake up to skin that feels fantastic.

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For the Eczema Sufferer: I personally don’t have eczema, but I have a few friends who breathed a sigh of relief when I introduced them to the Polysporin Eczema Essentials line, comprised of a daily moisturizing cream, daily body was and anti-itch cream.  I know how irritating eczema can be in the winter, with painful, dry, itchy skin coming as a result of it.  Give this line a try and based on what my friends have said, you can expect to see some major relief from these symptoms.

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For your Dry Hands: I think the part of my body that suffers the most during the winter is my hands.  Between being out in the cold and working at a bar, my hands take a beating this time of year.  I’ve been a fan of eos lip balms for years now, and fell in love with these egg shaped eos Hand Lotions as well.  They can fit in the palm of your hand and are the perfect purse size so you can bring them around wherever you need to go.  They’re moisturizing but don’t leave your hands greasy (a big pet peeve of mine) and yeah, they’re pretty cute.

How do you keep your skin moisturized during the winter?  What are some of your favourite products?

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