It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy, right? Well, it can be, if you have the right products on hand.
Because, let’s face it: Summer poses some specific beauty challenges. All that glorious sunshine can be tough on your skin; you’ve got to take extra care of it. Meanwhile, the products you swear by in the winter, just feel too heavy and thick for your laissez-faire look du jour. We feel you.
We love beachy, wavy hair, soft summery scents and flushed cheeks as much as anyone. So, we’ve pulled together our favourite, must-have summer essentials, so you don’t have to. Hair, makeup, skincare and more—we’ve got you covered. Get ready for a summer shopping spree.
Our beauty editors reveal the products they can’t survive summer without
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino All Over Body SprayThis body spray literally smells like the Italian Riviera. If you aren’t travelling any further than your back porch this summer, at least smell like you spent a few weeks on an exotic European beach.
$77 at Sephora Sephora
DOLCE&GABBANA Light BlueHere's another refreshing, light scent that'll waft through the breeze, reminding you of summers past, spent at the beach. It'll cover you in a soft layer of jasmine, bamboo, white rose and more.
$61 at SephoraSephora
Burberry Body TenderThere are days when you don’t need a scent as formal and robust as a perfume, but we still want to smell our best–always. This spray is light and airy and just sweet enough to cover all the bases. One spritz on the way to the beach should do the trick.
$60 at SephoraSephora
Elizabeth and James Nirvana black and white rollerballOf course, you don't want to be walking around with a huge bottle of perfume stuffed in your purse. These rollerballs give you the best of both worlds. The white one is fresh and soft and flowery, while the black is definitely more masculine (in a good way) and perfect for nighttime. Wear them separately or together, for a super unique smell.
Nirvana Black: $30 at Sephora
Nirvana White: $30 at SephoraSephora
NUDESTIX Gel Color Lip + Cheek BalmWe’re always looking for hydration and killer colour. This baby has both. Plus, this super-moisturizing balm doubles as blush, making it perfect for when you’re on the go. Hey, we didn’t name it a Fab Find for nothing.
$28 at Sephora Nudestix
COVERGIRL Katy Kat Matte LipstickWe’re always looking for a natural-but-not-too-natural lip for the summer. This colour is a little bold, but we suggest patting it on for a more natural and softer look.
$9 at WalmartWalmart
Josie Maran Argan Color StickDuring the hot, sweltering summer months, we prefer using soft, cream blushes as opposed to powder. This argan oil-infused, sheer colour stick (in pink) will add a beautiful flush to your cheeks and keep your skin feeling soft.
$26 at Sephora Sephora
Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek PaletteFor the most part, we’re sticking to light, nude, natural makeup for the summer. This new eyeshadow and blush palette from Stila truly holds the perfect colours for day and nighttime wear. The best part? They come in four different shades so women of all colour can find the best one to complement their skintone.
$51 at Sephora Sephora
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail PolishDays at the beach and hikes in the woods are fun but disastrous for a manicure. This polish is one of the most resilient we’ve found though and can stand up to your active summer lifestyle.
$22 at SephoraSephora
Formula X Sheer Strength – Treatment Nail PolishWant that sleek mani look without the trip to the salon (or the $$$)? With this polish and the right technique, you can get the same effect right in your own home. Keep your nails looking fresh and chic with this colour: wondrous (as seen in picture), a sheer pink porcelain that’s slightly more fun than clear.
$16 at Sephora Sephora
philosophy Renewed Hope In a Jar Microrenewal Hydrating MistLooking and feeling fab all day long can be a challenging task in the summer. Give your face a mid-day pick-me-up with this rejuvenating mist. Spray it over your face, it doesn’t matter whether you’re wearing makeup or not, your skin will instantly feel better.
$32 at Sephora Sephora
Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing SprayWith all this humidity, now is the time to let your natural curls shine through. Everyone loves those beach waves. Give yours a boost with this saltwater spray.
$37 at Canada Beauty Supply Canada Beauty Supply
COLAB Dry Shampoo Rio - Sheer InvisibleDry shampoo is a must-have. Full stop. It’s especially crucial in the summer because sweat is literally everywhere. This pop-in-your-bag shampoo will freshen up your hair and leave you with a light scent (to mask the aforementioned sweat). Ick be gone!
$5.50 at London Drugs Colab
Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging UV Moisturizer with SPF 15For sun protection and anti-aging power, this is the facial sunscreen for you. Protect that beautiful face of yours (or you’ll regret it later…)!
$29 at Well.ca Olay
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF30The skin on your face is the most sensitive, yet the part you want to put sunscreen on least. It just feels gross! This moisturizer with SPF30 will protect you without making you feel like you’re wearing Vaseline.
$26 at Kiehl’sKiehl's
Phyto Phytokératine Extrême Exceptional MaskSummer can be hell for hair. Humidity, sun, chlorine, you name it, it’s damaging. This hair mask will renew and strengthen those locks so you can have a beautiful, flippable mane.
$54 at Sephora Sephora
St. Tropez In Shower Gradual TanSo you don’t get out in the sun a lot (or reapply sunscreen, like you should) and your tan isn’t as golden-beautiful as you’d like. No worries. With this shower tanner, get that golden glow without the sun (or dying all your clothes orange).
$35 at Sephora Sephora
Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Bikini TrimmerThis bikini trimmer and razor is the best of the best. No lie. If you need a shave down there, Schick is there. Works wonders on your legs and other places. We honestly can’t say enough good things about this water proof trimmer. It’ll last forever and you’ll just need to replace the razor once in a while. Woohoo!
$13 at Walmart Schick
Josie Maran Bear Naked WipesAfter a long hot day in the sun, we need to guarantee we’re fully removing all that icky stuff from our faces. These Bear Naked Wipes are perfect: all-natural, fragrance free and gentle enough to use around your eyes.
$15 at Sephora Sephora
eos hand lotionIf you're anything like us, you probably forget to lotion your hands throughout the day. Thankfully, this cute mini eos lotion, that you'll carry around, will continuously remind you to moisturize your hands a.s.a.p.
$3 at Walmart eos
Kat Burki Complete B Eye Crème ComplexAnd if you’ve got a couple hundred dollars to spend on your face, this eye cream is the best of the best. You can feel the tightening power. Hello, baby face!
$262 at NordstromKat Burki
Philosophy Full Of Promise For EyesSummer is the perfect time to try going makeup-free. Keep your eyes looking fresh with this duo eye treatment. It works to lift and firm all around your eyes, both good things. Bags be gone!
$79 at Sephora Philosophy
philosophy Purity Made SimpleYou need a capital-G Good facial cleanser in the summer. Between sweat and sunscreen, your face has its work cut out for it. This is one-step cleanser moisturizing to any type of skin and will melt that grime away.
$14 at Sephora Sephora
Dr Roebuck's Face creamGive your face the break it deserves with this cream. It rehydrates skin and might even reduce wrinkles. Bonus, it's BPA free.
$60 at SephoraShoppers