I was basically housebound for most of August, so my favourite things for August are pretty much my necessities. I’m so happy September is here.
Le Petit Marseillais White Peach & Nectarine Shower Gel
La Petit Marseillais has been around in France for years and now we get a tiny taste of their product line in Canada. I had a chance to try all of the shower gels available in Canada right now (hopefully we get more products soon!) and the White Peach & Nectarine just blew me away. It’s so juicy and fruity smelling but it really mellows out in the shower. It’s also a lot more moisturizing than I expect from a shower gel. I’m actually able to get away with not applying body lotion without getting dried out and itchy and that’s never happened before.
Avène Couvrance High Tolerance Mascara
I love bold mascara but since I wasn’t going out much, I was really looking for something a little simpler but that would make my almost white lashes a little darker. From the first time I used this mascara, I was completely sold. I was already a fan of Avène’s thermal water and suncare products but this mascara really surprised me. It’s made for people with extremely sensitive eyes and I can understand why it works. For a hard plastic brush, it’s actually really gentle. The formula is really pigmented and black and you can get away with one coat. It also gives me a ton of length. Not a lot of volume, but it really separated and curled my lashes. This is my new go-to mascara for daytime.
Joico Blonde Life Collection
A lot of us go blonder in the summer, so it makes sense that Joico would release a collection for blondes just in time. I have some bleach left in my hair from the last balayage highlights I got and I was really skeptical that this collection could make them brighter but it absolutely did. The shampoo on it’s own isn’t moisturizing enough for me (I heard squeaking) but the conditioner makes up for it. It’s a fairly light conditioner, that smells incredible, and it really moisturizes your hair and gives it a nice texture. I haven’t been blow drying my hair, which is what the Brightening Veil is intended for, but I’ve been using it as a leave in styling treatment and it does a pretty good job of eliminating my frizz. I’ll also randomly respray my hair with it because I love the scent so much.
La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Melt-In Cream SPF 60
We’ve received tons of sunscreens to review this year and unfortunately for the first half of the summer, Toronto was a rainy mess and I was stuck inside for most of the other half. When I did venture out, I found myself always reaching for this sun cream over all the others. I’d heard a ton of good things about La Roche Posay’s suncare over the years but this was the first time I got to try it and to be honest, not much lives up to it for me. It’s a traditional cream texture with very little scent but it absorbs instantly and doesn’t leave any kind of greasy feel. For a mainly physical sunscreen base, it also doesn’t leave white streaks everywhere. But the biggest part is how well it works. I’m almost paler now than I am in January and this is the first summer ever where I haven’t even gotten a hint of a sunburn. For someone as fair as me, that’s a major win.
Since I hit my mid-thirties, I’ve been paying a lot more attention to anti-aging skincare. I have a lot of issues yet but I know they’re coming. Avène’s Ysthéal Intense is just that, intense. Made for anti-aging, people who have had recent skin treatments and people who just want better looking, hydrated skin; this nighttime moisturizer seriously covers all the bases. I have combination skin with definite dry patches and a couple tiny lines but other than that I didn’t really think I had anything that had to be corrected. The first week I tried Ysthéal Intense, I didn’t notice much of a difference. Sure my skin felt really nice in the morning and looked pretty good but two weeks later, all that changed.
All of a sudden, I noticed that my skin looked way more even and smooth. I didn’t even know I wanted it to be more smooth! After almost a month of using it on a fairly regular basis, I’m seriously impressed with the results. That said, if I’m going to continue using Avène for anti-aging, I might consider switching to the regular Ysthéal because the Intense formula is a little too much for my combination skin, especially in this crazy Toronto humidity. I can literally feel it drawing the moisture into my face, to the point where I look like I’m sweating. I’m definitely retrying this one in the winter because I feel like it’ll be perfect then. Until then, this is going to be my little secret for times when I want my skin to look amazing.
Steph posted her Most Wanted suncare products yesterday and while I’ve used quite a few of the same products, I wasn’t surprised that my list was completely different. I have much paler skin than she does and I burn easier than anyone else I know; so to say I have an obsession with suncare products is a little bit of an understatement. We might be heading closer to the end of August, but summer in Toronto doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and I’ve been using these sunscreens for months, so I know how well they work. Two of these are physical sunscreens and two are chemical and I honestly don’t think I have a preference between the two kinds as long as they work.
Avène High Protection Spray SPF 50+
This lotion spray falls into the physical sunscreen category and unlike another product I’ve tried from the brand, it’s much easier to work with. It’s a lotion spray, so rubbing it in is essential (but you should really rub in all sprays). It does leave a faint white cast to my skin but it fades after a little while. I like this one best when I don’t have a ton of skin showing because it’s easier to work with.
Shiseido Wet Force Ultra Sun Protection Lotion For Sensitive Skin + Children SPF 50+
This is the other physical sunscreen on my list and it might be my favourite physical sunscreen ever. It becomes more effective once your skin is wet and my head sweats a lot in the summer. I haven’t gotten a hint of pink on my skin while using this and that’s saying something. It does turn my skin white but I found a way to make it less noticeable. I apply it and rub it in a little, then wait a few minutes and rub the rest in. It takes longer to get ready but it’s worth the effort.
Coppertone Clearly Sheer Face SPF 30
Coppertone as a whole has been the biggest surprise for me this year. The matching body sunscreen is hands down my favourite sunscreen lotion this year but the face version really stood out to me. It comes in a pump format and absorbs so quickly that you can apply the proper amount without feeling like you’re piling it on (and I use A LOT). This doesn’t leave my face greasy and the scent is so faint that people who have issues with the smell of sunscreen should be good with this one. I love this whole line way more than I expected to.
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion SPF 30
This lotion is part sunscreen, part moisturizer. Or at least that’s what it feels like. It absorbs fairly quickly and smells delicious but the best part is how it makes your skin feel. If someone told me I could have a sunscreen that actually worked and made my skin feel super soft, I wouldn’t have believed them. Now I have proof.