August is a weird month for me. I find I go through it with a dominantly heavy heart—the days are not as long, the weather is not as hot, back-to-school ads are everywhere and we are nearing the conclusion of another summer that has gone by just too fast. However, then September comes and I suddenly feel excited again, as I love everything about fall and September feels more like a new year to me than January does. Anyways, I don’t want to think about fall quite yet seeing as we still have a decent chunk of summer left, so let’s pump the brakes.
Today, I have my summer favourites to share with you. Here are my top 6 things I have been loving this summer:
B.B. creams as a whole have definitely been a favourite this summer, but my most reached for has been this one by Boscia. It’s oil-free and in a self-adjusting shade, which means it is suitable for all skin types and has matched my skin since the beginning of the summer (sans tan) to now. I love the formula of this as it isn’t too runny and it is easy to apply and blend into the skin. It offers enough coverage that it evens out my skin tone and diminishes the appearance of fine lines, pores and blemishes, but is still light enough that it looks completely natural and shows my freckles. I also love how cooling this feels when applied, as it is incredibly soothing. It’s packed with antioxidants that help repair damage including Boscia’s Proprietary Botanical Blend, which includes jojoba leaf (nourishing and prevents free radical damage) and willowherb (reduces redness, inflammation and irritation). On top of all that it offers sun protection with SPF 27 and as always boscia products are free of preservatives.
I feel like I have mentioned this lip product in way too many blog posts this summer, so I gotta include it as a favourite. I have lusted over this product for quite awhile and now that I finally own it I am still head over heels for it. It is just the perfect pinky coral shade. I love the creamy, pigmented formula of this, as it applies so easily, but does not budge once on the lips. It wears extremely well and it is non-drying on the lips thanks to its vitamin-enriched formula. The formula just feels luxurious and high end, which is what I want when I splurge on a product. The only thing I wish is that this was a retractable lip pencil, as I feel like I am wasting product whenever I sharpen it. If you want to see what it looks like applied, you can check out this post where I wore it to an event back in June.
If I don’t want any colour on my lips, this has been the lip product I have been constantly reaching for this summer. I initially bought it as a lip balm to apply before bed, but it’s been living in my purse and I have been wearing it at all hours of the day, as I just love how it feels on the lips. It has a thicker gloss consistency, but it is neither sticky nor greasy. Of course, with aloe vera it feels really soothing on the lips and is especially great for sensitive lips. It has kept my lips super soft and moisturized thanks to a ton of hydrating ingredients including Community Trade sesame oil, shea butter, vitamin E and organic soy oil. It also does not get chunky and gross on my lips which is a huge problem I have with a lot of lip balms since I breathe through my mouth (wonky nose problems). It also smells sweet and delicious.
It was not my intention to purchase any new nail polishes this summer, but as soon as I saw Essie’s Summer 2015 Collection, I caved. I am a sucker for anything peach and this polish is the perfect peach shade and I have been wearing it almost exclusively all summer. As much as I adore Essie polish, I find it chips really fast on me, but this one seems to wear longer, which was surprising. It took about 2 coats to get opaque and the colour never became dull over time. It is one of those colours that every time I look down at it I feel happy. The biggest problem? Trying not to buy the rest of the collection (specifically ‘Saltwater Happy’ and ‘Chillato’).
I bought the travel size of this last summer to keep in my bag for traveling and beach days and knew I needed it again this summer. I grabbed the medium sized bottle when it was on sale and have been using it religiously each morning and I am obsessed. It feels so incredibly soothing thanks to the fine mist and the fact it stays cold in the can and it just helps perk up and awaken my skin. I actually look forward to using this each morning, as it feels so refreshing and it has helped calm the redness in my skin so much. I know a lot of people think it is a gimmicky product (I know I did at first), but it feels much more satisfying than splashing tap water on your face. This stuff soothes, softens and restores the balance in your skin and stays pure and uncontaminated (not like the pipes where our water comes from) and remains rich in trace elements. I also like using this to soothe a sunburn (I always get one every summer), as the mist does not irritate the burn more.
My last favourite, is not a beauty product, but an event I attended a couple weekends ago. I had never been to a music festival where you camp—I love camping and I love music festivals, but put the two together and I was feeling quite anxious leading up to it. However, I’m so happy I pushed past my anxiety, as it ended up being an incredible experience and a weekend I will remember for a longtime. Everyone we met was so friendly and nice and the festival overall exuded nothing but positive vibes and happiness. I have so many fun, hilarious, great memories from the festival and of course, saw so many talented artists. My favourites would have to be Hozier, alt-J and Manchester Orchestra (who I missed at Osheaga last year)—but every artist that we saw was absolutely incredible and they all seemed so happy to be there. The festival was organized extremely well and I loved the variety of food it offered and the art installations it had throughout the festival grounds. I was hoping to do a blogpost on my weekend there, but my camera is still broken and my phone was dead most of the festival, so unfortunately I didn’t document much of it. That aside though, this festival is definitely one of my favourites for the summer and I am totally #WayHomesick.
What have you been loving this summer? I’d love to know!