It’s Summertime! Time to pack your bags and get ready to head to the cottage and beaches. If you’re a mother like me, that includes a large bag filled with toys, snacks, drinks, clothes and diapers too!
Every summer we usually head to the cottage for some lakeside bliss. I just came back and it was every bit as perfect as it is every year. It’s so important to ensure I’ve got everything ready for my kids, but I never forget about me!
I’ve pretty much narrowed down the essentials to pack in my carry-on and as a woman that takes pride in appearances as well as health, there are some key items I have to make sure to stock up on.
Here are my Favourite Travel Beauty Must-Haves to help me feel refreshed, renewed and beautiful this Summer.
1. For Your HEALTH
This has been a bad season for allergies for me and you can’t enjoy summer to the fullest if you’re busy sneezing, wheezing and rubbing your itchy eyes.
Life Brand Allertin 24 Hour Remedy Non Drowsy Tablets (10 Tablets – $9.49, exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart)
Got motion sickness as bad as I do? Long car rides to Cottage Country are not fun without these!
Life Brand Ginger Anti-Nauseant (20 Tablets – $5.99, exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart)
Bring on the BBQ and deliciousness! Need a system reboot after all the summer goodies?
DAVIDsTEA organic detox tea (50 gram – $7.75, DAVIDsTEA)
2. For Your SKIN
There is no other brand I use most on my skin year round than Dove.
Rocking those sleeveless tops and sundresses, make sure to take good care of your underarms. Formulated to go beyond 48-hour odor and wetness protection, it is clinically proven to help soothe underarm shaving irritation, leaving skin softer, smoother, and ready to reveal in just 5 days.
Dove Go Sleeveless Soothing Chamomile Deodorant ($3.88)
I just started using this body spray thanks to my sister and I love it! Perfect for the summer as it offers a nice, refreshing scent that lasts but not overbearing.
Dove go fresh Energize Body Mist in Grapefruit & Lemongrass (89ml – $4.49, Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart)
I found my new favourite sunscreen! It smells amazing, non-greasy and quick-absorbent, water and sweat-resistant and it’s hypoallergic.
Life Brand Suntherea3 SPF50 Sheer Lotion (88ml – $10.99, exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart)
Moms! This product is not only great for your little one’s skin but it’s also good for yours AND it’s a proven Mosquito Repellent! I know, because I’ve used this many times and it really helps repel those pesky blood-suckers while leaving your skin smelling nice and feeling smooth!
JOHNSON’S® Baby Creamy Oil Aloe Vera & Vitamin E (15 FL Oz. – $2.98, Walmart)
You want that beautiful summer tan without the dangers of suntanning? If you’ve tried self-tanners in the past, you know they’re a hit or miss. Get the perfect and safe self-tan with this innovative new product from Clarins!
A skin booster to be mixed with your day and night cream for a radiant, sunkissed glow.
CLARINS Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster (0.5 oz – $30, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora)
3. For Your HANDS & FEET
There is no better statement in beauty for the summer than your nails! Especially your toes!
These are my favourite picks of the season.
Inspired by the bold and rich colours of the summer, the Hot Summer Nights Collection from Ceramic Glaze is the hottest new accessory to hit your nails this summer.
Ceramic Glaze Hot Summer Nights Collection ($11 each polish, exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart)
For summer nails, the brighter the better I say!
The essie 2014 neon collection celebrates stylish girls around the world struck by fashion fever.
Essie 2014 Neon Collection ($8.50 each polish, Shoppers Drug Mart & participating retailors)
Get your feet beach ready with Soap & Glory’s HEEL GENIUS™ Amazing Foot Cream! It renovates rough feet in a single overnight session and will give even the roughest of cuticles a run for its money. Featuring allantoin, glycerin, macadamia oil, menthol, bilberry, orange and lemon fruit acid smoothers.
HEEL GENIUS™ Amazing Foot Cream (125ml – $16, exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart)
4. For Your BEAUTIFUL FACE
My lips tend to get dry often (cons of having full lips!) even in the summer, so I am absolutely loving this product from Quo! It tantalizes your senses and gives your lips a refreshing feel with new tints in First Blush, Bittersweet, Ooo La La and Carissma. Ooo La La is my favourite!
Quo Refreshing Lip Tint (4ml – $14.00, exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart)
Another part of my face that gets dry often is my cheeks. Summer skin (even with makeup on) should have a nice sunkissed glow. The perfect combination is my favourite budget-friendly bronzing powder from Annabelle with a little of Quo’s cream Blush Fusion. It offers a subtle shimmery hint of colour to your cheeks (so if you hate shimmery blush, stay away!).
Biggy Zebra Bronzing Powder ($11.95, Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart)
Quo Blush Fusion (20ml – $16.00 exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart/Murale)
Don’t let the water or summer sweat ruin your makeup! Keep the beautiful colour on your cheeks with this fab product from Cargo. This longwearing formula withstands moisture so you don’t have to fuss with re-application. Specially formulated with a unique silicone-coated powder that provides better adhesion to the skin and withstands water. Loving Ibiza (shimmering hot pink)!
Cargo Swimmables™ Water Resistant Blush ($26, Shoppers Drug Mart/Murale, Sephora)
A new favourite in my makeup bag — if you’re looking for radiant, glowing skin, Clarins has just the thing.
This base gives you a perfect complexion, all day long! It naturally illuminates and corrects your skin tone, in addition to hydrating and soothing the skin with katafray bark extract.
Clarins Instant Light Complexion Illuminating Base (30ml – $37, Shoppers Drug Mart/Murale, Sephora, The Bay)
And last but certainly not least, a staple makeup product in my bag that I use almost daily. Truly a one-step wonder for beautiful skin, every day! It not only blurs imperfections, but it also brightens and evens your skin tone with sheer coverage. With its SPF 30 protection, Maybelline BB Cream also hydrates, enhances and protects your skin from the harsh rays of the sun.
If you haven’t tried this yet, please pick one up. Blends so well with all beautiful skin colours.
Maybelline Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream (30ml – Prices start at $7.50, Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart & other popular retailers)
Have a beautiful Summer!