What's In My Summer Bag?

Jul 17, 2012
Summer bag

I said it before and I will say it again, I love summer in the city.

I enjoy the cool festivals, the Grand Prix, the picnics in the park, the backyard barbecues with friends, the sidewalk sales, the fireworks, the Rogers Tennis Cup, the late night walks to the ice cream parlor and most importantly, I find the energy of the city so invigorating.

Montreal is the best place to be in the summertime. But since it can get warm and humid with torrid heat waves, it is important to adapt your makeup routine to the rising temperature.

So here are the key products I like to keep in my bag during the summer months:

1. Evian facial spray ($9.00CAD/travel size bottle): It's always comforting to have a mini bottle of this ultra-fine face mist on hand when the humidity kicks in. This spray soothes the skin and revitalizes my makeup in no time. Aside from using it on my face, I also like to spray it on my neck to be even more refreshed.

2. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Aventure ($39.00CAD): I wrote about this lipstick in a previous post. Chanel Coco Shine is great if you prefer a lipstick that feels like a lip balm. The texture is simply amazing; it delivers a beautiful shine and it has a nice moisturizing formula. Aventure is a vibrant shade of pink with gold shimmers, which is very fun and flirty for this time of year. Don’t be afraid of the colorful hue, it’s quite sheer once applied on the lips.

3. MAC Blot Powder ($28.00CAD): This might not seem like an exciting product at first but once you start using it, it becomes an essential one. MAC Blot is a great powder to set your tinted moisturizer or my BB cream during the warmer months. It helps to reduce shine on the face by absorbing the excess oil on the t-zone. This pressed powder has a nice silky texture and can either be applied with a big fluffy brush or with the puff that comes with it. The best feature of this powder is the fact that it is achromatic so it will not add an extra layer of color to your face. Thus, you avoid looking cakey or over-powdered.

4. Blinc Mascara ($28.00CAD): This is my latest beauty discovery. I dear friend of mine introduced me to this Japanese product since I was concern with ending up with raccoon eyes at the end of a long hot summer day. With its wand and its thick substance inserted in a long tube, Blinc Mascara appears to be a conventional mascara. But this is far from being the case. This unique mascara forms tiny water-resistant tubes around your lashes, similar to tiny casts. The formula adds volume and length to your lashes without clumping, flaking or smudging. At the end of the day, you won't need eye makeup remover since the mascara can be removed effortlessly with a combination of water and pressure. My sensitive eyes are so pleased! A cool discovery.

5. EOS lip balm smooth sphere ($3.00CAD): I am completely addicted to this line of natural lip balms. At first, I wasn't sure about the egg shape but it’s an innovative feature which makes it seriously enjoyable. It glides easily on your lips and allows you to apply the product on a larger surface compare to a standard lip balm. I am quite fond of the
 honeysuckle honeydew one and of the lemon one, which contains an SPF 15.

6. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de toilette ($104CAD/50ml-1.07oz): I like to try different brands of makeup but when it comes to fragrances, I am a very loyal girl, a Coco Mademoiselle kind of girl. I just can't get enough of this subtle blend of citrus and floral notes. In the summer months however, I sometimes wear La Pausa (named after Gabrielle Chanel's vacation villa in south of France) from “Les Exclusifs” range.  But on most days, I like to wear Coco Mademoiselle eau de toilette, an airier and luminous version of the perfume. Since this summer scent is quite light, I tend to carry the bottle around to add a mist of my signature scent at various moment throughout the day.

Which beauty must-have do you carry around this time of year?

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