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Monday, August 12, 2019

Summer Survival Supplies | 2019 Edition

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I can't say that I've created many of my own traditions, but it seems that a Summer Survival Supplies post is a yearly must on IKATW. Okay, I missed last year, but since 2015 we've been chatting up a heap of summer products almost annually. Every year I end up with summery products that just don't find their way into other posts. No problem, into the SSS pile it goes. There is a problem though, I usually end up with a few too many products and then the post takes forever to write. I thought I kept this year's pile smaller, but now I'm not so sure. Oh well, it's faster to read it (and really, that's all you care about anyway) so let's get to it. You know what to do...

joico body shake review

Beach hair & beach reads. Okay, not your typical pairing, but I happen to be into it. For hair, the Joico Body Shake Texturizing Finisher is your new bff. It not only adds texture for a beachy, undone, tousled look (always a hair goal for me) but it also gives incredible volume. I already have a texturizer I really love, but it tends to make my hair dirty pretty quickly and I love that this one seems to keep my hair looking fresher longer. More volume and less washing? Yes, please! This formula is best for fine-medium textured hair, but if you've got medium-thick hair the Beach Shake is a better match.

lovely little things maureen connolly book

As for beach reads, I know lighter fare tends to be pushed (aka 'chick-lit') for the summer, but I say read whatever you like. I was sent an advanced review copy of 'Lovely Little Things' by Maureen Joyce Connolly and have recently taken a deep dive into it. I really didn't know what to expect as this is Connolly's debut novel, and to be honest, the plot revolving around a mother whose children are stolen didn't call to me, but so far, I'm impressed. The plot pulls you in (it's the definition of page turner as you just can't help but want to know what will happen) but the fact that characters are also so well developed that you really feel the story come alive. It's a little bit of a thriller / mystery, but with heart, and a perfect pick for spending a few hours removed from the real world.

avon skin so soft hair remover & shave oil

Longer lashes, fuller brows, voluminous locks... We put a lot of focus on a lot of various patches of hair on ourselves but are in desperate want to remove it everywhere else. Hair removal is a pain all year, but can become even more of a nuisance as warmer weather dictates the showing of a little more skin. Ugh, just thinking about it now is bumming me out. Luckily, there are some quick and (relatively) painless options from Avon.

the Avon Skin So Soft Fresh & Smooth Body Hair Removal Cream (aka depilatory cream) is both quick and painless. With a process as simple as dab it on, leave it, then rinse, it is the epitome of easy. I love using this when I'm in a hurry, as I can multi-task and not run the risk of slicing myself with a razor in the process. If I am reaching for a razor, the Avon Skin So Soft Fresh & Smooth Moisturizing Shave Oil makes the process much smoother. The oil has a soft cherry blossom scent that makes shaving that little bit less terrible, and a moisturizing formula with shea butter extract, vitamin A and vitamin E, to leave skin feeling otherworldly smooth.

avon magix tint & divine essence labrador tea floral water

Summer makeup is a dubious endeavor. Well, mostly it's about finding products that won't just end up melting away and trying to keep your face looking fresh in 1000 degree weather.  The new Avon Magix Tint Tinted Moisturizer is a nice way to avoid that melted foundation felling, as the light textured, tinted moisturizer gives a nice tint without anything that can melt away. The formula does a pretty good job at being moisturizing, but I wasn't really able to fully test this. I found the shade range to run a little too dark as the Light shade is too deep for me. There is a Fair option, though I imagine if you truly are fair, it too will be too deep.

So, you've got a heat-proof base, but how do you keep yourself looking daisy-fresh? You could powder, but I find the equation of sweaty skin and powder to be pretty unappealing. Some thing a little misty is my preferred method, and I have been very into the Canadian made Divine Essence Organic Labrador Tea Floral Water. The mist features cold processed actives (of which they have a ton of options) to create a high-quality, natural oil. The Labrador tea variety is rich in antioxidants, with anti-aging, detoxifying, and purifying properties that can sooth sensitive or stressed skin. It's great as a hydrating toner, setting spray, and of course, daily refresher. Note: they've recently revamped their labeling,  so the bottles now have a more clean, modern look.

body shop drops of youth foaming cleanser & bouncy eye mask

When the heat is high, I opt for the lightest skincare options I can find. Basically because I know myself, and I just won't use it if it feels like something on my skin. While foaming cleansers aren't typically my favourite as they can be stripping on drier skin, The Body Shop Drops of Youth Gentle Foaming Wash is not your typical foam formula. It's got the light, foamy lather you'd expect, but none of the drying harshness. It's great as a second cleanser when removing makeup, or on it's own for cleansing on light or no-makeup days. The formula is gentle enough for sensitive skin and features a blend of three plant stem cells- edelweiss, criste marine, and sea holly- with babassu oil to give skin that youthful je ne sais quoi.

Following cleanser with a little something hydrating is a must, and for the eyes I've been dipping into the matching The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Eye Mask. The light textured (yes, it does have a bouncy gel-type feel) cooling cream is perfectly hydrating for day and night use, but can also be applied thicker when you need the extra something, for use as an overnight moisture mask.

being vy sanctuary spa mango tonka & juicy couture oui

Last up, yes, we are nearing the end, are the fragrances. I love bit of fragrance, but in the warmer weather anything too intense or heavy just doesn't work. For the hottest days I often reach for a body mist that can offer a bit of scent, but without being too long-lasting or harsh. The Being by Sanctuary Spa Chili Mango & Tonka Bean Body Mist is just that, and has a lighter alcohol kick when first sprayed (the downside of most body sprays.) With the tropical sweetness of mango and a creamy, vanilla-like note from the tonka bean, this light scent is perfection.

If an actual perfume is more your style, Juicy Couture Oui eau de parfum has been a surprising hit with me. Surprising because I've never really loved any of the Juicy scents (they all seem quite similar to me) and because watermelon is a main note, and I am a world-class watermelon hater. The fruity-floral is basically summer in bottle though with the aforementioned watermelon, acai tea, and  pear infusion top notes, jasmine, tuberose, and honeysuckle mid notes, and warming techno woods, amber, and musk base notes. It starts off seeming like something far too strong, but calms after a few moments into a fun, fruity number that isn't overtly sweet.

And that, is that. I am pleased to say that this didn't become the novel of a post I thought it might. Granted, you had to read it, but if you got this far it wasn't so bad. Go, you! Do you have any must have summer products? Tried any of these or want to?

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