Summer is going to be here before we know it! Time stock up on essentials now so when beach/cottage weather arrives, we are well prepped.

Summer beauty essentials: Margaret Dabbs Foot Lotion and Exfoliating Foot Mousse

Foot Care

I can say that since trying Margaret Dabbs’ products last summer, I have been consistenly filing and scrubbing my feet, making time between pedicures last so much longer which makes me happy because:

1) It saves me tons of money
2) I don’t have to look at gross feet every time I am reaching for my toes in yoga class

The file, scrub and cream keep my feet in primo condition and I won’t ever be without them again (they also last forever, so they are well worth the investment). Need further convincing? Check out my review.

Summer beauty essentials: Dior Lip and Cheek Glow, Gel Top Coat, Chanel Rouge Coco Insoumise and Stila Stay All Day Liner

The other major part of keeping feet looking good is the varnish. No matter what colour you pick for your toes (might I suggest a few), you’re going to want to invest in Dior’s Gel Top Coat. I can’t believe that I haven’t actually done a post dedicated to this product before, but it is wonderful. Crazy shine (someone was convinced I actually had a gel manicure done), and super long wear makes this an essential for summer feet unless you want to be touching up chips all the time. I can get two weeks of chip-free colour with this guy. P.S. For Canadians: you can’t find this at Shoppers, but the Bay and Sephora carry it.

Summer beauty essentials: Lac Hydrin, Clarisonic Body brush head, James Read Tan Accelerator

Face + Body Care

As lazy as I am when it comes to scrubbing my body, Summer strikes the fear into me to get my bumpy, keratosis pilaris smoothed out. Three things that help me achieve that? A dry body brush, a Clarisonic Body Brush Head (you can use it on ankles and feet, too!) and Lac Hydrin body lotion. Manual exfoliation + chemical exfoliation = no bumps in sight.

For getting a quick, subtle glow, James Read’s Tan Accelerator is my pick. It’s really a powerful product–it contains a little bit of self tan, but it mostly stimulates your melanin so that you can tan easier and faster while lounging about, or extend your tan once you’re back in the office.

Summer beauty essentials: Vichy Invisible Mist sunscreen and Elta MD Clear Sunscreen

However, you DO need to wear sunscreen. Always. A few favourites of mine include Elta MD (face, body), Chanel, La Roche-Posay and Vichy. Vichy’s body spray not only smells great, but is so light, it doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing anything (read more about it here). Elta’s body sunscreen is a bit more hardcore–it’s thick, white and is a physical sunscreen, but their face one is my daily go-to.

For some extra sun protection, it never hurts to wear a hat! Here’s the one pictured, but here are some other cute alternatives I’ve been eyeing up: Aritzia, Talula, J.Crew.

In case you didn’t already read my latest evening skincare post, you’ll see that I’ve switched from oils as my first cleanse to Chanel’s Le Blanc Tri-Phase Gel Cleanser. The oils were just too heavy for my acne-prone skin. Vichy’s new Pureté Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel will be taking over 1st cleanse duty soon since I’m almost out of the chanel.

Summer beauty essentials: Vichy, James Read, Elta MD, Chanel, Dior, Stila, Margaret Dabbs


Nothing like the humidity of summer to make your face melt off. Waterproof and foolproof products are where it’s at. Stila’s iconic Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner is a godsend, and Dior’s Lip and Cheek Glow makes for light vacation packing and a refreshing minty feel.


I’m not going to pretend that I have my curly, frizzy hair doesn’t exist in this post, but I can tell you that Cézanne has graciously given me a smoothing treatment, which was applied last Friday. Stay tuned for more info on the results!


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