When it comes to summer beauty, it’s all about withstanding the heat. From the pool to the beach to the barbecue, your beauty routine has to hold up all day, even when the temperature is hot, hot, hot.
Being summer beauty ready doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Every Sunday, my brother and I do our weekly grocery haul and we always make a stop in at Wal-Mart Canada, as they often have a great selection and the best prices. After I get all my food, I make sure to check out the cosmetics section to see what’s new from all my favourite drugstore beauty brands. Everyone from L’Oreal to Revlon to CoverGirl has some great products out this season that will have you looking your best, while still having some cash left over for the waterpark and slurpee runs. My top choices for skincare is a great day moisturizer that will help skin cell renewal. Because your skin is exposed to sun all day errr day, make sure you keep your face moisturized. Try L’Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal ($29.95), a new skincare line formulated to help stimulate surface skin cell renewal. It instantly makes your skin look smoother, more supple, and in one week looks refreshed and replumped. Before you moisturize, use a gentle face scrub, like Olay Fresh Effect’s Acne Scrub ($7.97), which has exfoliating microbeads that deep clean to fight blemishes and blackheads, and help prevent new ones from forming. Partner your moisturizer with Garnier’s new BB Eye Roller ($15.97), which corrects dark circles, minimizes puffiness, reduces the look of fine lines, evens and hydrates. Lord knows summertime means lots of long nights (whether it be bonfires or a patio/lounge).
For the daytime, rock Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream ($23.47), which has seven benefits, including an even skin-tone appearance, minimizes the look of pores, enhances brightness, visibly smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, reduces the look of spots, hydrates for a firm look, and replenishes moisture. For night, try CoverGirl’s new Ready, Set Gorgeous foundation ($7.97) and concealer ($7.97), which gives a medium coverage which will last all night. Since cosmetics tend to wear away due to heat, chemicals, you name it, you’ll need some heavy-duty products for the lips and nails. Try Sally Hansen’s new InstaGel polish (I’m wearing the colour Pink Tank), which, combined with the topcoat, will give you gel nails without the annoying curing process. For the lips, try a stain, which will give you long-wearing colour, perfect for the beach or pool. I’m wearing Revlon’s ColorStay Moisture Stain in Milan Moment in the above photo, which gives you a nice colour with Vitamin E and aloe.
As for accessories, have some oil-absorbing sheets on hand if you have greasy skin. Also, don’t forget some makeup wipes, and for those of you who want to look bikini-ready, try a skin treatment oil, which lessens the appearance of stretch marks. Wal-Mart’s own Equate brand has all these products offered at a great price.
And finally, no day in complete at the pool or the beach without a chic towel, hat, and a cute bag to hold all your beauty products, including sunscreen (or in my case, tanning oil with an SPF ;)). Hit up Wal-Mart Canada for all the beauty products and accessories shown in this post.
Swimsuit: Victoria’s Secret
Coverup: Alexander McQueen
Please note, products were sent from PR, all opinions are my own.
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