March break has arrived and I know many of you will be heading down to a tropical destination—jealous! I was fortunate to get a petite break from winter's chill a few weeks ago. I was on a press junket that was held in Cancun, Mexico with luxury French hair care brand
, getting the run down on all their launches for 2014. More to come on that! [caption id="attachment_12397" align="aligncenter" width="548"]
My beauty beach bag must-haves for 2014.[/caption] Normally beauty junkets are held in New York or Paris, so this was a
nice change of scenery (and pace), especially because it gave me a few days to soak up some much needed vitamin D. It also gave me an opportunity to test drive a bunch of the newest beauty launches for summer. My suitcase was half filled with beauty products including, sunscreens, skin care, hair care, makeup and body care. After testing most of the products out I managed to narrow my top picks down to six beach beauty aids—and here they are:
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro, $29, murale.ca.
Ok, so this one isn’t exactly a new launch,
I've gushed about it before
. However it’s so good that I needed to include it in the roundup. Destination makeup should be simple, the less is more approach is always recommended. Quickly give yourself a “beauty” look with a swipe bright lipstick. Usually the main drawback to a bright lippy is maintenance, but not with Stila’s liquid lipstick. Apply it once and it will last you all day and all night, without budging. I kid you not. Over the years I’ve probably tested 100 long-wear formulas and nothing compares. I’m also a fan of the colour selection (10 shades to chose from) and the matte finish.
St. Tropez Tanning Essenital Self Tan Tan Booster, $38, sephora.ca.
This tinted (bronzer) moisturizer also works are a gradual tanner. It’s formulated to accentuate a natural tan or a faux tan, like in my case. Before I headed to Cancun I applied the
St. Tropez body mousse
, the tan booster kept my skin looks hydrated and the faux finish looking golden. This self-tanner is far less harsh than others on the market. It doesn't smell and the formula is lacking these gnarly ingredients: parbens, sulfates, phthalates and triclosan.
Clinique Superprimer Face Primer in Colour Corrects Redness, $29, sephora.ca.
Got a little too much sun? Or many just came back from a beach run and your complexion has developed into a lovely shade of cooked crustacean? No problem. Apply this yellow tinted primer and your colouring will be brought back to normal in an instant. This lightweight and oil-free formula is deisgned to correct redness. Follow up with a foundation or BB cream to further cover the redness.
RoC Soleil Protexion Multi-Position Atomiser SPF 30 RoC, $26, shoppersdrugmart.com.
When you're traveling solo the spray sunscreens definitely come in handy to cover those hard to reach areas, such as the neck, shoulders and upper back. Admittedly, I still haven't mastered the art of SPF spray sunscreens— I had missed a few random spots the resulted in Pollock looking burns on my tummy and toes. I would recommend applying the spray inside and away from wind; otherwise the breeze will totally pilfer your precious SPF. This spray from RoC goes on smoothly, dries fast (but still rub it in) and doesn’t leave you feeling the least bit greasy.
Ombrelle Ultra-Fluid Lotion for face SPF 30, $17, shoppersdrugmart.com.
Last year Ombrelle launched this facial sunscreen in an SPF 60 to great success. Truth be told there's not much difference between an SPF 60 and SPF 30, however the brand decided to launch a 30 (out now) because of consumers' preferences. The chemical SPF formula is ultra light and absorbed into skin immediately with no white residue left behind. Super easy to apply, fragrance and won't clog pores.
Kerastase Soleil Aqua Seal, $38, select salons across Canada.
Do you spend a lot of time and money at the salon for hair colour? If so, this is just as important as applying SPF. UV rays don’t just affect the colour of your skin, they also effect the colour of your hair. Keep the hair colour you’ve paid for while simultaneously smoothing and nourishing your hair with this SPF protective fluid cream with waterproofing effect.