Have we mentioned how much we love this time of year? The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and everything just feels brighter and more exciting. However you plan on spending the next two months, a new season means it’s time to take a look at your beauty routine, and try out new and exciting products. With a little help from the experts at St. Vital Centre, we’ve narrowed down 8 must-have items that will keep your summer beauty regimen on point.
Sea Spray Hair Mist
Why we love it: Sea Spray is our not-so-secret weapon this summer. It’s perfect for those rushed mornings when you want to embrace your natural waves, but don’t feel like putting in too much effort. Use it anytime you want to refresh, re-style, or add some texture to your hair.
How to use: Apply before blow-drying for added texture, or apply to dry hair and gently scrunch it through to create tousled beach waves.
Tahiti Dreams Island Scrub
Why we love it: After a sweaty beach day, nothing refreshes us more than a good body scrub. This white sand exfoliator removes dead skin and leaves your skin feeling silky soft. The delicious scent will transport you to Tahiti with hints of coconut, vanilla, and kiwi blossom that linger on your skin long after use.
How to use: Massage onto skin with warm water while you’re in the shower.
(Bath and Body Works, $17.50)
All-in-one BB Cream
Why we love it: When it’s hot and humid outside, nobody wants to wear a thick layer of foundation. BB cream is a great alternative, since it evens out your skin tone while acting as more of a moisturizer than a foundation.
How to use: Blend well with your fingers or a sponge for an even, undetectable finish.
(The Body Shop, $23.00)
Bumble & Bumble Quenching Hair Masque
Why we love it: If you regularly swim or colour your hair, you’ll need to give it some extra TLC to ensure that it doesn’t become dry or brittle. This quenching hair masque restores the hair's natural moisture barrier for softness, strength, and gentle detangling.
How to use: Use as a luxurious weekly masque or leave it on the ends of your hair while at the beach.
CoverFX Custom Blot Drops
Why we love it: Tend to get extra oily in hotter temps? CoverFX Custom Blot Drops can be used throughout the day to soak up oil and instantly mattify the skin. The groundbreaking formula also diffuses light to help blur the appearance of pores, fine lines, and other imperfections. (And it's the perfect size to stash in your beach bag!)
How to use: Shake well and add a few drops directly to the skin, or mix it in with your BB cream or moisturizer.
BareMinerals Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer
Why we love it: Everyone wants a sunkissed glow – but not at the cost of damaging your skin in the sun! Instead, reach for this serum bronzer to warm up the skin and give your face a natural-looking glow. The lightweight formula blends beautifully, and works under or over makeup.
How to use: Apply to areas of your face where the sun would naturally hit, or use as a light contour.
Shaver Saver Body Bar
Why we love it: We love to show off our legs as much we can, but shaving everyday can leave our legs looking red and irritated. The Shaver Saver Body Bar reduces inflammation, sensitivity, and dryness after a shave. The all-natural blend of healing Calendula, St. John's Wort, and moisturizing Hemp Seed Oil keeps our legs looking flawless!
How to use: Apply directly to freshly-shaved, waxed, or plucked areas to reduce irritation and dryness.
Special Care Foot Mask
Why we love it: Even your feet need a summer makeover! With all the extra walking and adventuring you’ll be doing, this Special Care Foot Mask will lock in moisture and leave your feet feeling soft and supple.
How to use: This product contains one mask for each foot. Separate and wear like a pair of socks for 20-30 minutes.
(Fruits and Passions, $3.50)