EZ Beauty: Summer Essentials

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Summer’s here and the livin’ is easy – and who wants to be bogged down with a complicated beauty routine (actually, when do we ever want that?). These easy, breezy products will keep you looking and feeling your best this season and all year long.

Fresh Sugar Lip Shines

This delicious collection is pure moisturizing bliss for the lips. Long-lasting, high-shine lip treatments come in three new colours including Sugar Tulip, Nude and, my personal favourite, Berry Shine. Wear alone or over any lipstick for supple, youthful looking lips.

Fresh Sugar Lip Shines; $22 CDN; Available at Sephora and Sephora.ca

Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray from Parlor

Every day is a beach day with this sea salt spray from NYC stylist Jeff Chastian. Getting a soft, tousled look couldn’t be easier: simply spray on damp hair and scrunch with your fingers. Let air dry or diffuse with a hair dryer. For added volume, finish with Jeff Chastain’s Reworkable Hold Paste.

Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray; $27 CDN

Reworkable Hold Paste; $27 CDN

Both products available at Birchbox.ca



Refresh Botanicals

Created from natural botanical extracts and oils, these skincare products are formulated to calm distressed skin and combat signs of aging. Try the Eye + Face Makeup Remover which cleanses the face with one simple step – no water, no rinse, no fuss.

$18.99 CND; Refresh Botanicals products are available in most major drugstores across Canada


Perfect for road trips or a leisurely day at the beach with the kids and grandkids, this collection of plant-derived healing ointments from Canadian company Therawise is a healthier option for dealing with cuts, burns, bug bites, heat and diaper rash or other bothersome ailments. And if you get hit by a dreaded summer cold try the Natural Bio-Active Vaporizing Rub (think a gentler version of Vick’s VapoRub.)

Skin Healing Ointment, AC+ Natural Bio-Active Acne Ointment, Natural Baby Diaper Ointment, Natural Bio- Active Hemorrhoidal Ointment and Natural Bio-Active Vaporizing Rub; CDN $ 15.99

Available at all major pharmacies and specialty health food stores across Canada including Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Rexall, Wal-mart, Whole Foods Market and Well.ca.

Racinne Anti-Aging Mask

It only takes a few minutes to feel like you’ve spent an afternoon at the spa. To give your skin a boost, start with the Korean Anti-Aging “Botox in a tube” mask from Racinne, and then pile on more pampering with the Lady-S 5 in 1 Home Spa Device to stimulate collagen production, tone and firm skin and help with product absorption.

Anti-aging Mask -$40.99 CDN

Lady-S – $199.99 CDN

Both products available at Racinne.ca