I don’t about you, but after ice pellets rained down on Toronto in the middle of May I’m ready to get my summer started with some beach lounging, fun in the sun and island hopping! Tonight I’ll be jetting off to Miami (my home away from home) to hit up a few of my favorite shopping sites and restaurants before heading to beautiful Turks & Caicos for my next press trip! That’s right, aside from the editing and blogging I also review and explore some of the most sought after vacation destinations in the world...did I mention I love my job!
To help me find my summer groove, I’m getting primped and prepped with Clarin’s Summer Essentials Collection featuring a variety of products to keep my skin glowing and my makeup intact! I’m going to start with the swoon worthy Bronzing & Blush Compact because the sun motif and amber case is stunning! This multipurpose powder consists of two bronze hues to create a beautiful sunkissed effect, a golden shimmer wedge to highlight + illuminate and a light peach center for a soft touch of summery blush.
This luxurious, gentle formula is enriched with nourishing plant ingredients suitable for sensitive skin and Clarins anti-pollution complex to protect against irritants. The texture is ultra silky, soft and smooth - designed for seamless blending and light contouring. Although the soft browns don’t provide deep sculpting, they do create shape and dimension for a warm complexion. The powder retails for $42.00 but since it is limited edition, I suggest getting yours before it’s gone!
For a beautiful metallic look the Shimmer Waterproof Eye Shadows are fabulous! There are 4 shades available that are all very bronzy and radiant. The, lush, velvety blend is infused with brilliant pearl pigments and conditioning orange flower to support delicate skin. Initially the formula applies very creamy which allows you to blend or layer and as you do, the pigments transform into a powder. Once dry, they stay put all day with lacquer-like durability.
The shades I have are ~ Golden Peach which has a pretty champagne undertone with medium coverage and Golden Sand - with a bronze base and sheer finish. If you have issues with your eye makeup fading or smudging due to humidity, sweat and heat then these are a great option and despite the limited shade selection there is a color for every complexion. The shadows retail for $24.00 each and are also limited edition.
The last step in makeup application during the summer months should always be a good setting spray and the Fix Make-Up Mist is elegant and refreshing! The lightweight formula consists of aloe to soothe, grapefruit extract and organic rose water to create a feeling of well being. On a sweltering day this light, invigorating spray is cool and calming and along with locking in your makeup and providing great hold it also keeps skin moisturized and protected with the same anti-pollution benefits we all love!
Unlike some of my other setting products, this one doesn’t leave behind water droplets or make my skin oily, sticky or stiff. The mist also enhances the brightness of makeup and reduces the need for frequent touch-ups. It retails for $30.00.
Whether you like to bob around in the pool, embrace the great outdoors on a sweaty day or you suffer from runny eyes and summer allergies we all recognize the importance of mascara that doesn’t bleed or leave behind a dark mess. The Double Fix formula is the ideal solution for all mascaras that let you down at the slightest drop of water. When used alone this invisible gel conditions lashes for enhanced shine and natural curl and layered over your favorite mascaras it provides water resistant, sweat-proof wear! Now you don’t have to be scared of all those formulas that smudge and run! This baby summer-proofs all your lash enhancing, volumizing mascaras and it can also be used to tame the brows and keep unruly hairs in place! It retails for $25.00.
One of our favorite Clarins products just got a new beachy makeover! The Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector is a great way to keep your pout soft and supple plus the delicious candy flavored gel enriched with nourishing shea deeply moisturizes parched skin. This delectable formula smooths, repairs and protects and the translucent, glossy finish makes lips appear lusciously full! The Lip Perfector is limited edition and retails for $20.00.
Last but not least is a product that no one should go without this season - sunscreen! Unlike traditional formulas this spray also supports healthy skin with a multi-filter complex containing olive, baobab and senna extracts for increased protection from premature aging, wrinkles and dark spots. The waterproof, sweat resistant lotion has SPF 20 with UVA/UVB (moderate protection), suitable for those who tan easily. The texture is milky and light so instead of feeling greasy and sticky it makes my skin silky and soft! The sunscreen retails for $36.00.
You can find all these fabulous products in department stores, pharmacies and on clains.ca