Hello, Sunshine! 

Melt-proof makeup, poreless skin, a glowing complexion, and vibrant hues are how we like to kick-start the rosé all day season. Before you relish at the thought of perfecting your tan and lounging around poolside, don’t forget the cold hard facts: baking in the heat & humidity can really wreak havoc on one’s skin. We were able to dig into what you might really need to make it through SS 2019 flawlessly. Here are our top picks.

By: Christine Elizabeth Laprade



Cool Shades

Le Specs The Last Lolita in Red

First things first – wearing sunglasses is mandatory, even on a cloudy day. In order to keep wrinkles at bay, rock a pair of shades the minute you step out, and not just in the summertime. Fact: the delicate skin around your eyes ages faster than any other area on your face, and these fine lines are tricky to get rid of. Botox is not the ideal solution here, as injecting botulinum toxin in this area results in dramatically lifting the eyebrows (which often leads the perpetually “surprised” look -dubbed the Botox face- we see on other people). Prescription-strength retinol works in the long run by thickening the epidermis, but patience is mandatory as miracles certainly don’t happen overnight. Your best bet? Step up your game with THE trendiest sunglasses in the fashion world right now, Le Specs. Taking the Instaworld by storm, Le Specs is worn by every model and celebrity, from Bella Hadid to Rihanna. We really dig The Last Lolita in red ($223).



Dazzling Fragrance

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre

A delicate blend of jasmine absolue and sensual rose essence, this fragrance is light, bright, soft, and warm all at once –  just like the ideal sunny afternoon. Incredibly feminine, this scent was launched earlier in 2019 by renown perfumer Olivier Polge, who firmly believes that “chance is a way of being.” The hints of zesty grapefruit, addictive white musk, and quince make for the perfect summer olfactory & poetic amalgam. Available at all Chanel beauty counters ($119/50ml).


Fresh Canvas

Kate Somerville Liquid ExfoliKate

Your go-to ally for smooth, radiant skin. Lazy beautistas will dig this triple acid resurfacing treatment as it is applied at bedtime and doesn’t require to be rinsed off! Once dabbed with a cotton pad over your face, neck, and décolleté, you may go on with the rest of your nightly beauty routine. What we like: this 10% AHA tonic is formulated with a potent blend of lactic, glycolic and phytic acids, as well as natural enzymes derived from papaya and pineapple. Peptides, honey, and tea extracts soothe the skin and limit any potential irritation caused by the AHAs. This fast-absorbing formula keep fines lines at bay and refines pores & skin texture while improving skin cell turnover for the ultimate glow! $75, suitable for all skin types. Liquid ExfoliKate is available online at ca.katesomerville.com


Natural, beautifying no-makeup makeup

Guérlain Météorites Compact Illuminating Powder

Summertime is synonym of a more relaxed makeup routine. Tanned, dewy skin, a bright lipstick, and minimal makeup should be your signature look till September 1st. Get active, lounge by the pool, slick your hair back, and rock your brightest smile. Forgo primer, foundation, and concealer, and opt instead for a flawless complexion while keeping your T-zone shine-free. The Météorites iconic powder compact is legendary and needs no introduction (it was the first loose powder commercialized in the form of multi-coloured pearls back in 1987). Its new sibling, Météorites Compact Illuminating Powder ($77), delicately enhances the complexion by illuminating, correcting, and mattifying the skin. Its pearly light-catching shades smartly tailor radiance to every complexion (from light to dark), and adapts the level of light according to one’s skin tone. Its proprietary technology, Stardust, is a light-reflecting polymer naked to the human eye that blurs out imperfections and leaves the skin silky smooth! It also improves the hold of makeup till bedtime. An irresistibly chic compact that does it all. Comes in 3 tints: medium, light, golden. Available at Holtfrenfrew.com, labaie.com, Sephora.ca.



Skin Rescue

Chanel L’Eau Micellaire

The L’Eau Micellaire line by Chanel is the nec-plus-ultra of sophisticated, highly potent formulas (96% natural ingredients) that provide the ultimate skin relief. Incredibly soothing and beautifying, this new micellar cleansing water should be kept in your handbag at all times. Its multi pronged approach tackles urban pollution while removing all dirt and impurities from the skin while fully moisturizing it. In one simple step, the complexion is refreshed and cleansed (can be used on long-wearing and waterproof makeup), the pH levels are balanced, the dermal barrier is strengthened, and skin is left luminous… It’s divine, especially during the summertime when the skin has been exposed to UV rays, when using Retinol, or undergoing resurfacing treatments. L’eau Micellaire by Chanel retails for $53. Available at all Chanel beauty counters.


Bronze Repair

Institut Esthederm Bronze Repair

Planning on hitting the tanning bed before the warm season (we recommend hitting a spray tan booth instead, or getting plenty of sunshine as soon as the temps rise? Make sure to keep this newcomer in your beauty arsenal: Bronz Repair by Institut Esthederm ($89). The protective anti-wrinkle cream is both tinted and firming, in order to ensure a safe & long-lasting tan. We really dig this brand when it comes to suncare as they have the most sensory pleasing formulas and aromas around. This day cream provides an instant glow while neutralizing free radicals and improving the skin’s UV resistance. It also aims to preserve the elastin fibres and collagen production. A precious ally.


Water Surge

Clinique Moisture Surge Eyes

With the sunlight reflecting on the water or on any other bright surfaces, bright days are assuredly synonym of “sun glitter”- which translates as an extreme amount of squinting! The combination of sun and movement around the eyes lead to premature aging. Hello fine lines and crow’s feet! Make sure to apply a generous dollop of eye cream – especially in the summertime. This auto-replenishing, 96-hour hydro-filler concentrate by Clinique is a dream come true and the epitome of continuous hydration. Moisture Surge Eyes ($41) aims to drench, tighten, & brighten the delicate skin around the eyes. The water-gel formula is incredibly refreshing and consists of a blend of peptides, lipids, and green microalgae extract.



Keep cool when things get hot

Secret Aluminum Free Deodorant in Rosewater

Because estrogen can promote the growth of both cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells, some scientists have suggested that using the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may be a risk factor for the development of breast cancer. In case of doubt, make sure to steer clear of aluminum-laden antiperspirants and deodorants! This new line of deodorants by Secret is completely aluminium-free. It also happens to be paraben-free, dye-free, and goes on and stays clear, so there are no white residues on your skin at the end of the day. We find “Rosewater” to be quite irresistible with its delicate notes of freesia and lily flower. Available in 3 scents (Rosewater, Daylily and Honeydew). Retails for $7.99.


On the Run

Institute Esthederm Cellular Water Mist

To be kept in your handbag, at the office and in your beach bag at all times! A breath of fresh air, this mist ($29) is a beauty editor favourite. It boosts one’s moisture levels in seconds, energizes the skin,and  fights free radicals while reactivating cellular youth. The Cellular Water Mist by Institut Esthederm can be used over makeup and all over the body. Fantastic after a long day in the sun or after coming out of the shower, it’s a judicious way of limiting sun damage. What we like: unlike other mists, this one is infused with hyaluronic acid. Terrific!


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