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.
I know it sounds crazy to think of beauty products when you are camping, but brands definitely make products that you are going to covet when you are miles away from civilization. So make sure that you pack these products in your duffel bag:
KMS Hair Play Makeover Spray – You probably won’t be spending a ton of time in the shower, so your hair might need a refresh while you are away. Dry shampoo is essential for feeling fresh, especially if you are heading in to town for the day. This little spray is perfect for feeling refreshed even in the deepest woods. Bonus is that it smells great, so you will smell refreshed too.
Alba Botanica Spray Sunscreen – This spray sunscreen has been a staple in my summer beauty bag for the past two years. The light spray of the SPF 50 doesn’t feel like much, but it gives surprisingly reliable coverage. I’ve wore it to the beach all day long without any burn. Just remember to reapply, the same way you would with any sunscreen. It’s vegetarian and doesn’t use animal testing, so you can be proud to use it on your family too.
Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus Insect Repellent Towelettes – It might seem weird to have bug spray on a beauty blog, but this is an essential purchase when you’re getting your next Avon order. This isn’t bug spray, these are towelettes with bug repellent. One bag has 8 individually wrapped towels. One towel goes quiet a long way and can work on numerous people. I took these with me while I was camping and I can saw that they saved me from many bug bites.
Gold Bond Anti-Itch Lotion – It may not be new, but I just rediscovered the power of Gold Bond this summer. It’s great for a whole bunch of summer skin issues. First of all, it’s great for bug bites and the itchiness that come along with it. It’s also perfect for sunburns because it is full of aloe vera. It’s great on super dry or chapped skin and rashes, it’s good for all of those wear heat rashes, skin rubbing or other awkward and uncomfortable skin issues that you don’t want to talk about. If you have it nearby, you don’t need to worry about it or talk about it.
I want to start this review by saying this sunscreen works great! It’s a bit concerning to use natural sunscreen, because you want one that you can trust. I prefer a name that I already trust for my sunscreen most of the time, because you can’t mess around with things like that! This is one that you can believe in. The Sport version the sunscreen lasted for a full long bike ride in the beating sun with no burns at all!
My problem is with the spray bottle that this sunscreen comes in.
If you are going to make a spray sunscreen, make sure that it really sprays. This sunscreen shoots a thick lotion in one stream at your arm. It doesn’t spray it around at all. To get it on your arms or legs, you have to really aim carefully or you will miss them and shoot it across the room. It’s easier to just spray it in your hand and then spread it. There is also a regular style bottle, which I feel like is just as good.
The morale of the story is great sunscreen, bad spray bottle. Opt for the regular bottle and your summer will be great!
If you are heading out to celebrate the wilderness this summer, don’t forget to pack a few essentials to stay fresh and clean. While you don’t need to pack your hair drier, eyeliner or new lip gloss, there are a few beauty essentials that you will need.
Live Clean Refreshing Wipes – You might not have a sink where you are going, but that doesn’t mean you should skip on washing your face. Especially since it’s going to be dirty out there in the great outdoors. Pack Live Clean Refreshing Wipes to clean your face before bed to wipe off any dirt or sweat from playing too hard during the day.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion – The sun can really dry out your skin, so bring along this rich moisturizing full of oatmeal to keep your skin hydrated. It’s perfect to keep your skin soft for when you come home and will help if you stay at the beach all day.
Dermalogica Protection Sport – This moisturizer does everything you need for a day at the beach. It is water proof, sheer, non-greasy and is SPF 50. It’s your number one product for keeping your skin safe! Don’t forget to reapply though!
Fruit Of The Earth Aloe Vera Gel – If you do happen to stay out in the sun for too long, this is the stuff that you want on your sunburn! It’s cooling on even the worst burns. It is a bit sticky, but that will be nothing compared to your burn. The rest of the year, you can also use it for acne, as a primer, in your hair to stop flyaways and so much more!
Sally Hershberger Super Keratin Spray – With all of the elements, days in the sun and time in the water, your hair gets fried being out in the wild. Manage your hair with just one product with this spray. It’s like a leave-in conditioner that gives your deep moisture. It helps with frizz and makes your hair softer. You can spray it on wet or dry hair. Leave your tools at home girls and just bring this!
Jack Black Double Header Shampoo + Conditioner – One for the guys out there, this two-in-one product is great for cleaning your hair without having to pack a lot of products. It’s got coconut oil to help detangle and kelp for thickening. It’s like having a whole arsenal of products.
It’s time to start protecting myself from the sun while relaxing on the patio, so I tried three of Clarins’ sun protection products on my skin to stay safe.
I started with the Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray. It’s weird using oil as sunscreen. You usually think of oiling up before you go out into the sun as a bad thing. This has an SPF of 30, so it’s pretty good for being out on the patio during the day. I didn’t really like the way it felt on my skin. All day my skin felt a bit greasy. I couldn’t shake the feeling of it on my skin. I am sure there are people who will love this spray oil sunscreen, but I prefer a cream version.
For your face there is the little Sunscreen Stick for Sensitive Areas. This sunscreen is great! I love how convenient it is. You can apply this stick in seconds on your face, throw it in your purse and go. It’s easy and effective leaving you no reason not to wear sunscreen.
Finally, we get to my favourite product, the After Sun Self-Tanning Moisturizer. A long day in the sun tends to dry out my skin and I am adamant about applying moisturizer afterwards. I like it that there is now a moisturizer made especially for these times. It’s even better that it also helps to enhance any tan or glow I got from all of the sunshine. It really does help any bronzing look richer.
I have very fair skin and over the years summer has become a game of what sunscreen will keep me from turning lobster red and what does absolutely nothing. At this point I’m absolutely fine with being pale all year round so I’ve put together a list of sunscreens that actually work.
Arbonne Water-Resistant Sunscreen SPF 30
This is more of a traditional sunscreen lotion. It absorbs really well and has a slight orange scent. It doesn’t leave a greasy feel but like most lotions can get a little difficult to reapply on wet skin.
Neutrogena Beach Defense Kids SPF 60
Another lotion, I find that kid’s formulas sometimes work better on my super fair, sensitive skin and this is one of those times. This one definitely works, but it takes a little effort to rub it in.
Ombrelle Dry Mist SPF 60
Spray sunscreens have come a long way in that now they actually work. This Ombrelle sunscreen is what I use on a daily basis when I’m running into the car or heading out for an hour. It sprays on almost invisibly and it really does feel dry. The lack of greasiness or moisture sometimes causes me to question how much actually went on.
L’Oreal Sublime Sun Quick Dry SPF 30
This spray isn’t quite as dry as the Ombrelle one but it’s alcohol free which means it won’t dry out my skin as easily, it smells delicious and it works really well.
Coppertone Kids Mousse SPF 60
I’ve never seem a mousse sunscreen before and I had to try it. It’s the same as using mousse for your hair only it feels much drier. It absorbs so quickly, the first couple times I used it I went over the same areas a few times because I thought I had missed spots. This one takes a little more work in application but it won’t leave you greasy.
I love the way that sunscreen is changing into working better and not leaving you looking like an oil slick. Did I miss a sunscreen you love? Let us know!