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?