Summer Products- Everything You Need To Be Summer Ready Skin, Makeup & Hair

 

Favourite Summer Products

Getting ready for Summer is so different than getting ready for any other season. You have to be ready to battle the heat and humidity while trying to maintain your skin, hair, makeup, and tan. Here are the best products to help you out!

 

Perfume

My go summer scent right now is this! It’s a little hard to find but Amazon has some!

Hair

we all know how the summer humidity can take a toll on our hair. Plus its super hot out and who really wants to be taking out their hairdryer, straightener or curling rod? Not me. But I also don’t want my hair to be a big mess or in a perpetual bun all summer long. Here are the best products to make your hair look great with minimal effort!

Sea Salt Spray

This gives me the lust worthy beauty waves that I see all over Pinterest and Instagram! All I do it spray a bit into my hands after my shower and crunch it into my hair. Then I go about my getting ready routine, which includes getting dressed, makeup and lounging around till I actually leave.

Argan oil

This gives me pretty straight hair without the iron! It also makes my hair smell fantastic. I again spray this into my hand, and comb it through my hair with my fingers, then I brush it out leaving my hair wet but brushed straight. My hair will actually stay this straight for 2 days after doing this. This is by far the best product to give you straight hair without the iron!

Style Holder

 

If you are going to brave and heat up your whole bathroom, firstly I give you respect, second I’ll tell you about a product that will lock in your style! Beat the humidity with this style holder, I got mine from Sephora.

Hair Ties

Hands down this is the most important thing in your bag or on your wrist. I keep a few hanging out in the bottom of my purse and I keep one on my wrist pretty much all the time. If you’re at the beach, or even walking around the city being able to throw your hair up in a pony tail or a bun is essential. Props if they are also cute and can double as a bracelet!

Skin

Tan

I love being tan in the summer, and although I’m pale and can’t naturally achieve this look; I’ve found a great routine that I’ve been using for 2+ years, check it out here. I bounce back and fourth between two brands, and I share all my pro tips that I’ve learned from my tanning experiences! Use my code “TayylorTan” to receive a free mitt with any mousse purchase! Shop here.

 

Masks

I like to have serval different masks that I rotate through. Ill be posting about all them shortly! To see my general skin care routine check it out here. Right now I’m using ones from Shoppers! They have a whole wall of single use masks. They are super cheap, my skin loves them, and I love having a selection to choose from! I’m thinking of doing a whole post on face masks, and reviewing the shoppers ones.

 

Makeup

Tinted moisturizer

There are so many different brands, you really have to find one that works for your skin! My top choice is the Nars. The lightest shade is the perfect colour for me when I’m a little tan. If I have a darker tan on I’ll use a darker powder and play with some bronzer.  I picked mine up at Sephora.

Mascara

I have 3 that I love, and I use daily throughout the year. They are Smashbox, Buxom, and Rimmel. Sadly none of these are water proof. In the summer, to stop my sweat from making my mascara run, I use waterproof options! I haven’t found a holy grail option yet, so if you have one leave it in the comments below! My favourite so far is the Orange on pictures, LashBlast Volume by CoverGirl.

 

 

 

Water Spray

This is an amazing product to throw in your purse, beach bag,and just keep with you all summer long. What is is a can of water that will spray on your face/body to refresh you in the deep summer heat! This is my lifesaver in the summer, a lil spritz on my face, back of my neck and I’m completely refreshed.

Setting Spray

Sweat, Water Splashes, Rain, or even a Tornado could not move my makeup after I use this setting spray. This is my secret weapon in the deep of summer, when I’m going to the beach or anywhere where I fear my makeup may smudge or run. Two sprays and my face is protected. I have both the large size which stays on the counter, and the smaller size which I usually keep in my bag incase I forgot to spray or want to touch up.

Primer Water

I use this in combination with the setting spray above for those super hot, humid days or if I’m going to the beach. This just adds another layer of protection and keeps my makeup looking great all day long.

Makeup Remover

In the summers I tend to wear less makeup because I had the feeling of too much on my face in the scorching heat.

Bioderma water

This miricell water takes all my makeup off so easily. It doesn’t dry out my skin or leave it oily, and it’s super easy to pack in a beach bag. I keep this in my bag with a few cotton pads incase I need to take it all of-like if I’m going to be spending the day in the pool or the lake!

Makeup Removing wipes

Easier way to take off all your makeup with no fuss. Take out a wipe, & wipe your entire face before cleansing. I ran out of my clean and clear wipes, so I’m using baby wipes. These are great to keep in your bag incase you need to take off your makeup without it smudging everywhere. For instance if you’re going to the beach to swim, or to the pool and you don’t want to end up with racoon eyes.

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How To Get The Perfect Summer Fake Tan! Plus Get A Loving Tan Coupon Code!

 

My dream to be tan…

I have always wanted to naturally be tan, to have that effortless sun kissed glow all summer long… Sadly that will never be the case. I’m super super pale, and when I do try to tan in the sun, I burn. Nothing I do or try lets me get a tan form the sun, I’ve tried oils, laying in the sun for hours, even getting burnt to see if it will turn into a tan… Nope. The only thing that’s worked is fake tan.

So, If I want to get a sun kissed look, I’m going to have to buy it. There’s nothing wrong with fake tan, it allows you to pick the colour you want to be, whether it be light, medium or dark, AND you can be tan all year long… It just takes a little bit of effort. As a pale girl, I’m thankful for fake tans, as it lets me attain something I can’t naturally, and makes me feel more confident in a swimsuit. For me, this is the only way I can get the perfect summer fake tan.

So this is me!

As you can see I’m pretty pale. In fact almost every shade of face makeup I own (foundations, concealer, powder) is the lightest in their range… and for some brands their lightest shade is even too dark/pink for my skin tone. Clearly I could use a tan in the summer!

Disclaimer

Before we get into the post, I just want to add a disclaimer to all my other pale girls out there. You do not need to be tan to be beautiful. You do not need to be tan to be confident. You do not to be a tan for anything, or anyone. I personally just like being tan, I enjoy the process; it feels like I’m pampering myself a little. Plus I naturally can’t be tan… So I guess I just naturally want what I can’t have. So, if you want to be pale, all the power to you, for most of the year I’m pale too! But if you want to be tan for the summer, or maybe you have a prom, party, of action coming up and you’re looking for a little extra colour, read on. After years of fake tanning, I’ve come up with a pretty solid routine with a few tips and tricks you can learn.

Pick Your Method

Before anything you need to pick your method of tanning. I personally love a good fake tan (ie.Tan in a bottle 😉 ) But you can also go to a tanning salon and get in a bed, or get a spray tan. I’ve also seen news about tanning oils, although I’ve never tried them myself. Theres also the good old fashion way, laying in the sun with a good book and good tunes.

Why fake tan?

While I love a spray tan in a salon, I don’t have the time to go to the salon, or do I always want to be spending money on a tan every week for upkeep maintenance. I personally will not get into a tanning bed, as it is really bad for your skin, and I think I’d feel claustrophobic the entire time. While I love the feeling of the sun beating down on me, wrapping me in its warm rays-Im naturally super pale, and I burn easily. Plus, sadly that burn never turns into a tan, so its yields zero results. Which leaves me with fake tan.

Pick Your Brand

So let’s talk about fake tan. My method of choice for getting that perfect summer glow. The first step, is piking the right brand of fake tan. My personal two favourites are Loving Tan and St.Tropez.

St.Tropez

The first tan is St.Tropez. I’ve used this tan so much over the years because it’s so much easier for me to get my hands on. It’s carried in Shoppers Drug mart, which is located on every other street corner in the city. The St.Tropez line has so many different options as well, from the mousse, to a special face fake tan formula, and the gradual shower tan. I love them all. St.Tropez comes in two shades, and both are great. Their tan also has a express version, if you’re in a hurry! They have their own tanning mitt, with is super soft and great for applying your fake tan.

Loving Tan

Loving Tan I order online, and I get the 2 hour express in Medium or Dark depending on how tan I want to get . This tan is the amazing, it as an olive base, which is important for pale girls like me because it stops the tan from looking orange on my skin. There are so many options on the site when you go to buy your fake tan. You can get different shades, the express vs the normal, or the regular and large size bottles. I started buying the regular sized bottles just to try it out, then ordered the large bottles just because it made more sense. The medium dark colour gives me the tan of my dreams, it’s the perfect sun kissed glow I’m looking for all summer. Results below are shown using the Dark.

I actually have a coupon code for you guys!! Use “TayylorTan” at checkout with any purchase of a mousse and receive a free tanning mitt! How awesome is that?!

Both Tan brands give me an amazing summer glow, and if you apply correctly you will not get streaks and they will last for about 7-10 days if you maintain it.

Prep Your body

So, you’ve picked your tan brand, and the colour. Now time to prep. First you want to start by taking a nice shower or bath using warm water. If you shave, you should do this during your shower as well. For the summer time, I would recommend waxing, as having spiky legs in the summer annoys me. Shaving with fake tan on can actually take it off and make it look streaky in my personal experience.

Shower/Exfoliate/Hair Removal

You also want to exfoliate during your shower. My method of choice is the exfoliating mitt that I was given from Loving Tan, or a loofa if you don’t have a mitt. Be sure to pay extra attention to your knees, elbows, ankles, wrists and your underarm areas. Your toes and fingers are also an area you’ll want to focus on, especially the knuckles and creases. If you miss any dead skin areas, or rougher areas the tan will show up darker (because it’s absorbed more).

Moisturize

Get your moisturizer out! After your shower you’ll want to use a really good moisturizer over your entire body. I love Aveeno, but I occasional use some of my sons baby lotion. Be sure to use a little extra in those area you paid extra attention to exfoliating.

Apply Your Fake Tan

After letting that soak in, now it’s time to apply your tan. Using a mitt, which I 100% recommend purchasing with your fake tan (both loving tan and St.Tropez sell the mitts) you’ll want to pump one or two dollops onto your mitt. The amount you pump depends on the area you’re applying tan to. In a circular motion spread the tan evenly around. Do this around your whole body. The circular motion insures you will not get any streaks.

Use my coupon code “TayylorTan” To get the Loving Tan Mitt free with a purchase of any mousse! Visit their site to order here.

Applying Fake Tan To Your Back?

The hardest area to apply tan is your back, so if you have a partner, sibling, parent or friends around ask them for help. If not, you can try and move your hand around to cover most of it, OR loving tan has this amazing back mitt type thing meant for tanning your back yourself. I think this product is genius and saves me so much frustration. Theres also this amazing hack, you can tie your mitt onto your back scrubber and tie it with a hair elastic. Pro Tip: If you don’t have a back scrubber… grab your longest spatula from the kitchen!

 

Another Pro Tip: Apply Baby powder to your inner elbows, knees and armpits to avoid your tan creasing.

Once you have your tan all applies, put on some old clothes and lounge for the time indicated on the bottle. I would suggest loose fitting and dark colours. Then shower, and rinse it off.

 

Tanning Your Face

When it comes to your face, whether you apply tan or not is a personal choice. I have in the past, as well as I have left it. It completely depends on my skin at the time. One year my skin was breaking out so I didn’t apply tan in fear of irritating it more. Other times I did apply tan to my face, but found that it faded quicker than my body because I washed my face twice a day. This being said, this was all just with normal fake tan. St.Tropez has a bottle purely for your face, which is super perfect. You can reapply as needed, and it’s specially formulated for your face.

Another tip is that you can also contour your face using fake tan if you don’t want to tan your whole face, and you’re only tanning your body a little darker. This saves you time in the morning, and you wake up practically ready for the day!  Thanks to Cosmo for teaching me this trick.

Maintaining Your Perfect Summer Tan

To maintain your tan, you’ll want to moisturize twice every day, avoid exfoliating in the shower, and be careful of any clothing or accessories that rub against your body that could take some tan off.

The most important part about fake tan is to remember to still wear sunscreen while you’re out and about in the sun! You can still get burnt while wearing fake tan!

Enjoy the Tan!

 To check out my Spring Beauty Product must haves, click here.

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Spring Skin Care Routine, Products You Need

Holy Grail Skin Care products that I’m loving (Spring Edition)

I’ve been battling bad skin since my high school days, so I’ve been around the block a time or two. With all that travel, I’ve found some holy grail products which I now use everyday and I’ve come to love! I have complex skin, it can sometimes be super oily and at other times super dry to the point of excoriating pain. My skin usually is oily in the summer, and beyond dry in the winter. So naturally my skin care routine changes depending on what my skin needs. This Spring, these are my go to products that I use in my everyday routine, and have helped clear up my skin.

Clarisonic Mia 3

First is of course my Clarisonic Mia 3. I’m sure most of you follow other beauty bloggers and have heard them rave about this device, and for good reason! This thing has saved my life.  I use it on the regular speed twice a day, every day. My skin feels so clean afterwards! Two to three times a week I use a mask, and I use my Clarisonic to take it off. Never has my skin felt so soft before doing this! I love that on the Mia 3 I have the options to adjust the speed for a more intense cleanse when I’m having a particularly bad skin day. I love the customization possibilities with the Mia 3, you can change up the speed as well as attach different brush heads depending on what your skin needs.

Clarisonic is available online through their website, on Sephora as well as in person and at most Local Shoppers Drugmart! How convenient is that?! The only warning I would give with using this device the first time is that you will break out for the first few weeks. This is because the brush is bringing all the dirt beneath your skin to the surface.

Night Cleanser

The second product is the mask that I use a few times a week. This also doubles as my cleanser at night. This mask is perfect for when I wear a full face of make up, it also makes for an easy one step removal when I’m feeling super lazy.  It is a charcoal based cleanser, and its comparable to Glamglow. I used to use Glamglow religiously until one day I ran out of a mask and happened to be in Shoppers Drugmart. This happened to be on sale. For $8cad btw… so of course I got it to try out. Im so glad I did because I love it. The rest is history.

Morning Cleanser

The third would be a simpler charcoal cleanser, I use this one in the mornings before putting makeup on, or even if I’m stay in for the day just to have a fresh face. Again, it is also available at your local Shoppers. The Garnier cleanser above has a partner product similar to this, but they were sold out when I was shopping.

Make Up Remover

This is a sample sized product I got as a free gift that came with my Clarisonic. This takes off the makeup with such ease, it just swipes all of the days colours away. What I love about this remover is that you don’t need to scrub your face, or pull or tug. It’s super gentle and does a great job. Not to mention it smells amazing, it brings me back to what the yoga studio smells like when the teachers bring out their essential oils. This is a must have product for me, and when I run out of this size, I’ll be purchasing the larger bottle. You can get it at Sephora.

Moisturizer

Now, as a girl who struggles with dry skin, the most important product in my bag is my moisturizer. I’ve used pretty much every product on the market at one point or another; some I fell in love with, the others weren’t used more than once. My favourite has been First Aid Beauty, I buy their value kit at Sephora during the holiday season. This is the one I’m using currently. I got it in my stocking from my boyfriend at Christmas. While I do really like it, when my skin is going through a dryer time, I find my skin craves more hydration. This is a solid moisturizer for the summer, but during dryer seasons I’ll need something thicker.

 

Ill be posting about all my favourite masks that I rotate through soon!
To see my favourite Spring style trends this season, click here .

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Nail Styles You Need To Try This Spring/Summer

Its Spring time! One of my favourite times of the year; the flowers are in bloom, all the pretty florals are coming to the front of my closet, and your hands aren’t hidden away in mittens anymore. Time to get your nails done and show them off! So I did the math (which you should double check cause I’m horrible at math), but there are 17 weeks left from this Friday, to September 1st. What does that mean? You have the opportunity to try a new nail style each week and play around with a new colour, shape or design!  Need some inspiration? I’ve put together a bunch of different looks for you to try!

This Spring and Summer I really loving pastels and bring colours, I know, typical. But there’s so many different ways to use these colours to be a little different! You can play with the shape and the finish. Glossy vs Matte, Almond shape vs round vs coffin… So many ways to customize!

Here’s a guide to all the different shapes you can try!

Blue

One of my favourite nail colour has always been different variants of blue.
I love the idea of playing with the classic french manicure by using blue instead of white! A new trend I’m seeing everywhere is chrome… and this blue chrome is to die for! For me, I can never go wrong with blue, whether it be a pastel, baby blue, or aqua.

Coral

Another spring/summer favourite is coral. Having coral nails makes me want to be at the beach swimming, or lay in the sun working on my (non existent) tan. Coral is such a great colour, it makes your tan look darker, and it adds a pop of colour to your outfits! Not to mention it looks great holding a Starbucks frap 😉 Whether you pick a bright or soft coral

Chrome

I see this all over Instagram and Pinterest and I’m a little obsessed. Chrome nails make me want to cruise around in a fancy sports car and blast music like I just don’t care. Just me, or can you hear Rhianna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” in the distant background…

 

Pastels

Of course you also have to have your pastels to play with. Spring/Summer weddings, brunches with your mom or grandma, or just picnics with the girls!

Neon

Nothing will make your tan seem darker, and your summer break better than neon nail. So much fun, perfect for the beach, girls night out, or just sipping lemonade on your balcony.

Classic

You can also play it safe and pick a classic look; aka nude and french tips. If you’re feeling a classic look, but want a little edge, try putting a matte top coat on!

Patterns

And last, but not least; patters. Mixing up colours, adding some sparkles, flowers, designs… get creative!
 

To see my entire Nail Pinterest board, click here!
Hope you all have a fun and colour filled, adventure taking, Nail-Fantastic Spring/Summer!

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