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It’s official. Fall settled down into Toronto this week. All of a sudden it’s a bit chillier and the leaves have started to turn. I’m not complaining though! I love fall. Who doesn’t!? But, just because the temperature has dropped a few degrees does not mean I am busting out my wooly socks and big coats juuuust yet. In fact, fall fashion is my favourite for transitioning all my favourite cute summer pieces. Summer dresses layered under denim jackets. Short skirts with big sweaters and booties. Floral camisoles and cardigans. You know the drill!
Well, along with making my summer wardrobe go the distance, you know what else I want to last for as long as possible?! That radiant skin and sun washed hair that I earned on those long summer days! More than just the look though, it is about a feel that summer brings. Living in Canada we have long dull winters (which I actually love, don’t get me wrong) but there is something about our summers that is just magical. I wish I could bottle it up and experience it all year long. The feel of warm summer breeze and hot evening sun and nights spent outside without a jacket. Are you with me?
I’ve teamed up with Yves Rocher and selected my 5 favourite products to keep your summer glow (and hopefully that warm summer feel!) lasting well into the fall.
So, I admit, I don’t get outside nearly as much as I would like to in the summer. Wedding season tends to be all hands on deck and beach days take a (far) back seat. Regardless, my skin burns easily so I try not to spend too long out in the sun on a hot day anyway. You may not know this but I am actually a big user of self tanners! Honestly, for me personally, a bit of colour on my legs just makes me feel good and confident on a summer day and it comes without risk of harmful sun exposure. I know they aren’t for everybody and that is definitely ok! So, over the years I have tried a lot of self tanning products. There are some good ones, of course…but for every good one there are definitely 2 not so good ones!! Well Friends, I am happy to share that this Yves Rocher Express Body Mist is one of the best self tanners I have used!
The Yves Rocher Express Body Mist is the first product I have used where, I kid you not, I even question if my tan is real when I look in the mirror (and THAT is why I am claiming it as one of the best self tanners!). This spray is lightweight (you don’t even feel it), not sticky, and easy to apply. The only downside is that I am not a big fan of the smell. On the up side, unlike other products where the smell lingers for a few hours this product only has a smell while being applied.
So, any fellow self tanners out there (put your hands up?!) know that the key to an even ‘tan’ is a good exfoliation first. This Sensual Sugar Body Scrub is hydrating at the same time as exfoliating. It’s a rich combination of shea butter and organic sugar cane. Currently in stock online there are the ‘Bourbon Vanilla’ and ‘Coconut’ scents – both of which use natural extracts from Bourbon vanilla (named because it is grown in the tradition of the Bourbon Island) and coconut, respectively.
We put a lot of emphasis on exfoliation of our faces but an exfoliation on our body can help make skin smooth and remove dead skin which might be preventing us from fully absorbing moisturizers. Hydrated skin is happy skin and happy skin is glowing skin!
This summer I added a few highlights to my hair. While I love the light feel that it offers (and that it makes me feel like a cool surfer girl that DID actually spend a few days outside this summer ;)) I definitely don’t love the brassiness that inevitably strolls along. Earlier this year I posted about the Yves Rocher Low Shampoo, which changed the way I cared for my hair and remains a favourite. But, to combat any brassy hair I have switched to using the Silver Highlights Shampoo (pictured here, not available online but available in select stores) and it has done wonders on keeping my hair nice and ashy (and no no to the brassy!).
My sister, who has similar hair colouring to me, uses the Golden Highlights Shampoo (which uses camomile as a key ingredient! Remember this camomile post?) with similar results as far as maintaining vibrancy. Long story short – these shampoos are perfect for keeping highlights, whether they be natural from the sun or added in like mine, fresh!
The super bonus about these products? They are biodegradable so they don’t pollute the water system when they wash away. They are also made in a bottle that contains recycled plastic to help reduce plastic waste. Easy on hair and easy on the environment (all while making you look/feel awesome?!). Yep, I’m in!
No make up look evokes the feeling of a hot summer night outside like a dewy glow on your cheeks. Highlighter is definitely one of my favourite products and I know I’m not alone there! To use a highligher, swipe some of this beautiful iridescent powder on the parts of your face where the sun naturally hits to enhance the glow. On the tops of your cheeks, above your upper lip, down your nose, and on your brow bone are key spots. This product is a highlight and bronzer duo and both have a lovely shimmer.
Another great product to enhance your skins natural glow? This Luminous Loose Powder is made from rice extract which helps improve skins radiance. This can be used all over your face to fix your makeup and give an all over luminous but natural (and not shiny!) glow.
Final step – lip balm! This lip balm is the bomb (heh). Yves Rocher kindly gave me a whole range of colours of this product earlier this year. With more than I could use myself I shared with my sister, mom, and friends. Well, they garnered a unanimous thumbs up and are now a staple for all of us! The formula is free of parabens, silicones, preservatives and mineral oils which is something that Yves Rocher strives for with their formulas. These liquid balms are very hydrating and the pigment is lovely for each shade. The colours are light and enhance your lip colour in a really natural looking way. And…you know what?! A shiny lip gloss definitely completes that over all sweet summer glow 😉
So, who’s with me to keep your summer glow?! Let’s keep those warm summer feelings lasting into fall and beyond!
Thank you to Yves Rocher for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions, words, and photos are my own.
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