Planning a winter vacation? I’m currently living it up in Costa Rica as I visit my parents for Christmas and wanted to share my must-have beach beauty products. Whether I’m spending the day on the beach or hanging poolside, I make sure I bring all of these along before I head out for the day!

Before heading out, I apply generous doses of Garnier Ombrelle Sport Endurance SPF30 Water/Sweat Resistant Lotion and MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Unscented SPF28 (available at Murale) to make sure my skin is completely protected, and reapply throughout the day as needed. I also use the new Blistex Blissful Butters lip protectant to keep my lips safe from sun damage thanks to SPF 15. After sun exposure, I like to use L’Oreal Paris Sublime Sun After Sun Rich Repairing Lotions to hydrate to soothe my skin after being in the sun all day.

What do you pack in your beach bag?

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Take care of your skin in the winter with these products!

Guys. Winter is coming. The cold weather can be harsh on your skin, so today I’m sharing my winter skincare routine and the products that I’m going to be using during the colder months to keep my skin in good shape!

I like to stick to products that are going to be gentle on my skin while providing great moisture – skin tends to dry out during the colder months, so it’s important to stay hydrated! I like to kick things off by removing my makeup with Chanel Le Bi-Phase Visage face makeup remover. It quickly removes all of my makeup before I cleanse, so I can make sure everything comes off. I follow up with a quick clean using Consonant’s Natural Foaming Face Wash (all natural AND Canadian!) with my Clarisonic Aria (if you haven’t tried Clarisonic yet, add it to your wish list – your skin will thank you!).

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Afterwards, it’s time to treat and hydrate. I start off by applying a few drops of Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir, which helps to brighten and plump the skin, then Bioderma Hydrabio Creme to boost my hydration levels. Finally, a few dabs of Kat Burki Complete B Eye Creme Complex (at Murale) under the eyes helps to soften the skin around them and perk the undereye area up.

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What products do you like to use in the colder months? What’s your winter skincare routine?


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Masks have always been a big part of my beauty routine. I couldn’t even tell you the number of masks I’ve tried over the years – all I know is that they’re perfect for when my skin needs to detox or is ready for a pick me up. They’re relaxing, gratifying and help to bring the spa home for those times when I just need to chill.

Lately, I’ve been really into the multi-masking trend. What’s that? Using 2 or more different facial masks on different areas of the face to target the skin’s different needs. Sure, there are times when one mask takes care of the needs of your entire face, but there are definitely others where different parts of your face have needs that that a one-size-fits-all mask can’t hit. Combination skin, for example, doesn’t necessarily require the same care for all areas; an oily t-zone and dehydrated cheeks, for obvious reasons, require different attention.

Multi-masking helps to take care of the problem that arises when the different areas of your face require different care. By specifically targeting the needs of certain areas with masks that were designed for these, you’re giving your face exactly what it needs. The best part? You can do all of this at the same time – take a look at the face charts that Vichy created below for a few examples of how you can use multi-masking to your advantage to get the results that you need.

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Lately, I’ve been using three Vichy facial masks for my multi-masking needs:

  • The Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask, a gel mask that helps to restore much needed moisture to dry skin
  • The Vichy Pore-Purifying Mask, which contains Kaolin and Betonite for the removal of impurities
  • The Vichy Double-Peeling Mask, which exfoliates and brightens with fruit acids and vitamin C
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Vichy Double-Peeling Mask, Pore-Purifying Mask & Quenching Mineral Mask

What’s been working for me? The all-in-one skin refresher has been perfect for my skin as of late. The summer weather has been playing around with my skin a little, leaving my T-zone shinier and oilier than normal, and with my work hours I’ve definitely noticed some dullness. I’ve been using the Pore-Purifying Mask on my T-zone to help fight back against small breakouts and to tighten the skin in that area (see ya never, shine). I also apply this around the sides of the mouth – you can definitely play around with where you use the masks based on what your skin needs!

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A little hard to see because of the gel masks, but I’m rocking the all-in-one

I also use the Double-Peeling Mask on my forehead to exfoliate and brighten this skin, and the Quenching Mineral Mask on my cheeks as they tend to be a little more on the dry side. Again, take a look at your skin and what it needs and use that as a guide when deciding which type of face mask to use on the different areas.

What kind of masks would you use on your face?

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If you’re anything like me, you’re desperately hanging onto the last bit of summer despite the fact that September is a mere two days away. I, for one, live for summer. I love the heat, the colours, the vibes – everything – which is why I’m head over heels for the Mara Hoffman for Sephora Kaleidoscape collection. The show-stopping collection features stunning tropical prints created by Hoffman and natural products that your skin can appreciate.

“The Collection is a celebration of colour, travel, vitality, and femininity,” said Mara Hoffman. “I’ve had an amazing relationship with the Sephora Team over the years, who have masterfully executed the makeup looks for my past few shows. When they approached me about doing a capsule collection, it was a no-brainer – I knew we would create something really special together.”

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The prints really are the stars in this collection, and shine brightly throughout the makeup products, brush sets and extensive selection of bags.

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In addition to the five makeup bags (two of which are clutches that can definitely fit into your wardrobe, the collection also features a stunning compact mirror – which you will definitely want to pull out at every possibly opportunity – a limited edition version of the PRO Flawless Airbrush #56 brush, a 5-piece charcoal brush set and a selection of cosmetics.

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Of the makeup products, all contain natural, body-friendly ingredients like She Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil and Manuka Honey. You’ll find a tinted lip balm, a 5-piece sheer lip gloss set, a stick cheek trio (containing a highlighter, blush and bronzer) and a natural oil balm, which can be used to hydrate the face and body.

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Mara Hoffman for Sephora Kaleidoscape Clutch

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The Kaleidescape Escapader

The Kaleidescape Reversible Overnighter

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The Kaledescape Universalist

Will you try to hang on to summer with anything from the Mara Hoffman for Sephora Kaleidoscape collection?

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Shiny skin? I’m definitely not a fan, and the humidity we’ve had as of late has definitely not been working out in my favour. Follow these steps to help you skip the shine!

Switch up your routine

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Skin needs change in the summer as we move away from dry weather and spend more time dealing with humidity and heat. Try switching to an oil-free, lightweight cleanser like Garnier’s SkinActive Clean+ Shine Control Cleansing Gel ($11, available at drugstores), that helps to control shine, and opt for a gel moisturizer that will keep your skin hydrated without weighing it down, like Philosophy’s Take a Deep Breath Oil-Free Oxygenating Cream ($49).

Add some balance

Try using a natural toner to help balance your skin and prevent overproduction of oil. Mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part water and apply to your skin with a cotton pad after cleansing for a quick DIY treatment.

Prep for the day

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Give your skin the perfect base at the beginning of the day by starting off with a mattifying primer or gel to stop shine where it starts and keep it at bay. We love Benefit’s The POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel ($36). When it comes to coverage, stick to oil-free foundation or BB cream, like CoverGirl’s Clean Matte BB Cream ($8, available at drugstores) to even out your skin tone and prevent the shine from peeking through.

Freshen up

shiseido ibuki quick fix mist

Keep your skin feeling hydrated and refresh with a setting mist, like Shiseido’s Ibuki Quick Fix Mist ($32). When you feel shine start to creep up or your skin is feeling a little worn, give your face a quick spritz to rehydrate, cancel out shine and re-set your makeup.

Nix the grease

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Feeling a little shiny throughout the day? Keep an emergency product or two in your purse for quick touch ups whenever you need them. Sephora’s Cooling Mint Blotting Papers ($10) are perfect for soaking up any grease that happens to pop up, and fit nicely into a bag or clutch. Lightly blot a sheet on your face where you need a little help.

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