Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer Beauty Essentials: Beach Days



Did anyone else know that we had beaches in Toronto?  I had no idea.  A few things that crossed my mind:

- There's actually sand there.  Like, beach sand.
- Apparently there is more than one ferry drop-off location.  Don't just go for the shortest line or you'll walk for an hour and a half to get to the beach.
- There is little to no cell service.  Prepare yourself for Nomophobia-induced anxiety.

What beauty essentials did I tote with me on my inaugural Toronto beach trip?  Caudalie Soleil Divin Anti-Aging Face Suncare SPF50 is a chemical sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays.  I mix it into a light foundation for beautifully sheer, uber-dewy coverage. Next, a strategic dusting of  Diorskin Forever Compact Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup with SPF 25 (LONGEST NAME EVER) gives me a little more coverage, and takes down the sheen so my face glows only where I want it.  I keep it with me to control shine and to pretend I'm topping up my SPF.

I never bother with eye makeup at the beach, but those of you who are partial to waterproof mascara, go get 'em!  Lastly, don't forget a lip balm with SPF; in this case, Fresh Sugar Rose with SPF 25 for a hint of colour. I've literally never burned anywhere except my bottom lip.  Never again.

One thing that I've never, ever regretted bringing with me is a bottle of Avene Eau Thermale.  I use it for literally EVERYTHING -- to soothe any random cuts, cool down a rogue sunburn (Tod can attest to this), to escape from the relentless heat.  Literally everyone laughed when they realized it was pressurized water in a can, but not a single person complained when I spritzed them down at the height of the burning sun.  Just sayin'.

An optional item, but I had to mention because it has the most appropriate name -- BECCA Beach Tints.  It's a full makeup look in a 5 ml package; just dot on your eyes, cheeks, and lips when you go from the beach to dinner.  I like Fig because it makes me look like Evangeline Lilly from Lost.  *cough*

And lastly?  Sunglasses, otherwise known those things people use to shield their eyes so it's not completely obvious they're checking you out.

What? No, I don't do that.  What are you saying?

11 comments:

  1. i feel weird about those water sprays. but yea..maybe i need to have it spritzed on a sun burn to understand :P
    and yes, you guys have 'beaches'. hahaha. i dont often go though but there's one about 12 mins walk from my house. not too bad. if i did beaches. if i pretended the lake was the ocean.
    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. I have a hard time pretending the lake is an ocean. it just looks so dirty

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  2. oh my god, your bottom lip?? I don't even want to think about that! I live in North Carolina, so I'm always at the beach...but being a ginger means sunburn ery'day.. I definitely need to get my hands on that Dior powder! Coverage and SPF in a beautiful compact? Yes pleaaaassse!

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    1. Yeah! It gets all weird and rough and no amount of exfoliating will get rid of the rough patch! The Dior powder has shockingly high coverage too!

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  3. Yeah, apparently Woodbine is one of the cleanest beaches...in the world????? What even????????
    I'm half disappointed that the Beach Tint you have isn't 'guava'. DISAPPOINT.

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  4. I love that you didn't know we had beaches in Toronto... and there's a section of town even called The Beaches lol. I live up the street from Sugar Beach, it's a faux beach though and kinda ghetto. Love that spray water, I use the Evian stuff!

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    1. LOL I totally forgot about the beaches. Bad Torontonian.

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  5. I never leave without Avene Eau Thermale. I super love this product for it has many uses. Its true never go out to the beach without this.

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  6. LOL at the sunglasses thing :D
    and Avene. Love it...though I have been using the LAroch one a lot lately as well. It has a slightly finer mist, but I feel like the Avene has more of an effect...so I use them for diff things

    Anyway hope healing is going well!

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