summer must have products

It's that time of year again! The days are long and the patios in TO are full, as summer kicks into full-gear.

With that in mind, we've rounded up our beauty favourites for summer 2018.  Whether you're a sun worshipper or hater (or rather, the sun hates you) we've got you covered with the best products for a day on the lake, a beer on the patio, or whatever your summer jam might be.

#1. catch some rays

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Bali Body Pineapple Tanning Oil, $29.95

The Aussie-made hit Bali Body released this new product and we loooove it.  Not only does it help you get a deep tan, it's ultra hydrating and smells delicious.  For best results, we like to apply generously every 2-3 hours for a deep glow.  Keep in mind that this product does not protect against the sun, so we like to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen (like La Roche Posay's SPF 60) as a base prior to oiling up.


#2. fake the glow

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St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse, $54

St. Tropez is a cult favourite in the world of self tanners for a reason.  This lightweight mousse claims to tailor to your specific skin tone, and we found that to be true.  It's super lightweight and easy to apply and lasted for about 5 days.  If you've never used self tanner before, your should start with the original product, the Classic Bronzing Mousse.


#3. mist yourself

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Sephora Collection Hydrating Mist in Coconut Water, $9

We all love a good sun sesh, but if you're anything like us you hate the overheating and dry feeling that comes with it.  We introduced this cool mist into our sun regimen to help us keep our temperature down and give a quick boost of hydration while catching some rays.  The drawback? It's limited edition, so stock up while you can!


#4. protect that face

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Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector, $40

We searched far and wide for the best face sunscreen and we think we've found it.  At SPF 42, this Shiseido UV Protector is a miracle.  It is super lightweight and doesn't interfere at all with make-up, meaning you can make it part of your morning regimen each day without feeling oily or sunscreen-y (we know, that's not a word).  Best to mix it with your usual moisturizer, as it in itself isn't ultra hydrating.


#5. don't forget the lips!

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Jack Black Moisture Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, $10.50

Lip sunburns - they're a thing.  While most of us are great at applying sunscreen to our bodies, we often neglect our lips.  We went through a lot of different lip balms with SPF that left our lips looking white and greasy before trying this wonder product.  It's SPF 25 and comes in 6 flavours -  shea butter is our favourite.


#6. show your mane some love

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Shu Uemura Silk Bloom Restorative Treatment, $66

It's no secret that summer is hard on your hair with the heat and humidity.  In addition, as we sweat in the summer months, we're tempted to wash our hair more frequently, which can spell disaster for our locks.  We like to implement a hair mask into our hair routine in the summer and this Shu Uemura treatment is just what the doctor ordered.  We apply it once per week and sometimes use it as a leave in on extra dry days.