As far as beauty products go, in the summer I tend to gravitate towards a natural healthy glow, leaving the dramatic looks for cooler weather. Here are some of the products I have been loving this season!
Glossier Colour Paint in “Dusk”- I adore this cream blush SO MUCH. Easy to apply, super bendable, great colour payoff and a beautiful natural glow. I am also all about Glossier’s minimal low key sleek packaging. I will be for sure ordering more colours (and more products) soon.
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen Face Lotion with SPF 30– This facial sunblock is super silky (as advertised) and it doesn’t burn my sensitive contact wearer eyes! I picked it up at Shoppers Drug mart and it is a great product for the price. It also just smells like summer and the beach.
Urban Decay Setting Spray– This setting spray totally lives up to its rating on Sephora! It is amazing! My makeup doesn’t budge all day or night and it feels so nice on my skin. Super simple to use and not too expensive (a little goes a long way) I have been recommending this to everyone I know!
Dior Show Mascara – This is not a new pick but a revisited one. I am totally smitten by this mascara all over again. Best black, biggest volume, longest length. The absolute best.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in “Ophelia”– I have been obsessed with Kat Von’s long lasting lipstick for ages but until now, I have gravitated toward the bolder colours like Red and Purple. However, I recently picked up this nude and I love it. It is perfect for summer and lasts all damn day!!!
Sunglasses are one of my all time favourite accessories- a simple change of shades takes your outfit from boring to chic. And speaking of chic- is there a more classic and universally flattering shape than the cat’s eye?! While they really never go out of style, there are so many great cat’s eye sunnies available this summer at a really nice variety of price points.
Here are some that have caught my eye (pun intended) recently!
Is there something that you look for when you purchase sunglasses? Price? Name Brand? Let me know!
This time of the year everyone is looking for fun and entertaining things for the kids to do during the summer break. I would like to tell you a little bit about Possibility Camp.
The mission of Possibility Camp is to bring out the potential of girls to make positive impacts on the world around them. This program empowers girls ages 8-13 to become leaders, social entrepreneurs, and change-makers.
Through fun and experiential learning, Possibility Camp will help instill a strong foundation of skills and values to help girls to develop empathy, identify societal challenges, generate creative ideas, design prototypes, and build self-confidence in a group setting.
The Program is based STEAM thinking (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). and among other activities, participants will get an insider’s view at the Telus innovation centre and learn about cyber and internet safety through the internationally renowned Telus WISE program.
This Summer’s Possibility Camp will be taking place runs Mon, 17 Jul 2017, – Fri, 21 Jul 2017, 9:00AM- 4:00 PM at Ryerson DMZ Zone Learning
I would like to offer my readers 20% off the camp with the code: Friendatstrollingthecity
Girls need to be empowered now more then ever to take pride in themselves and to see themselves with strength and self confidence!
As April showers give way to May flowers, its time for this month’s favourites!
Josie Maran Enlightening Illuminizer – I am totally obsessed with this illuminator. My skin looks so dewy and bright with just a touch mixed in with my moisturizer….. and speaking of moisturizer…
Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30– I am bad… I often forget to wear SPF in the winter but as soon as the sun become stronger I refuse to leave the house without it. I love the Dermalogica skin shield because it doesn’t irritate my skin at all.
Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson– I love Ms. Robson’s books (and the fact that she lives near me is also awesome). Her historical novels are some of my favourite reads. This book, about an American war correspondent in Blitz era London is totally engrossing, as are all her novels.
Splatter Print Tali Tassel Crossbody by Indigo– I needed a splash of colour during April- Toronto was so grey and crummy. Love this little cross body and its abstract design. Pretty sweet price too! (Currently on SALE)
Vici Doll Carson Charcoal Bootie– If you follow me on Instagram stories, you know that I LOVE Vici Collection (based in California, the clothes are super cute but the duty to ship to Canada is a bit prohibitive). These booties came in my second order and I am thrilled with them. They look amazing, are very good quality for the price point and are actually comfortable.
The Secret Wife by Gill Paul
– In this historical novel, one of the Romanov daughters of Russia fell in love with a soldier before the Russian Revolution. As the war intensified, these unlikely lovers struggle to stay together. This is a really touching book about the power of love, however I found many parts of it are soooo farfetched.
The End of Temperance Dare by Wendy Webb
(via Netgalley. Available June 6th) I have loved Wendy Webbs previous “Northern Gothic” novels and I was so excited that I was able to read the advance copy of Temperance Dare!
Eleanor becomes the new director of an artists retreat located in an old TB hospital and when her first group of writers arrive, suspicious things begin to happen. Slowly she realizes that all her guest have ties to the hospital and that something paranormal may have brought them all together. Such a good, tense and atmospheric read. If you like a good gothic story, I highly recommend this!
My (not so) Perfect Life
by Sophie Kinsella- Katie wishes her life were as glamorous as the life she shares on Instagram. Her “perfect” job is ruined by her horrible boss Demeter, she lives in a hovel with weird roommates and dating isn’t really happening. When Demeter suddenly and cruel fires here, Katie returns home to her family to regroup and finds herself starting a new glamping business on their farm. But when Demeter arrives as a guest….. Sophie Kinsella is the queen of women’s fiction and this novel doesn’t disappoint. Katie is a hero you emp and laugh with. Loved this book.
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir
by Jennifer Ryan The intersecting stories of the women of the Chilbury village choir and how they navigate love, suspicion, grief and fear during WW2. Such a wonderful book- characters that were so well developed and real that you couldn’t help cheering for every single women.
Find Me at Willoughby Close
by Kate Hewitt (via Netgalley. Available now) The second book in a frothy trilogy about three women living in the cottages of Willoughby Close. Harriet moves into one of the little cottages after she discovers that not only is her husband having an affair, but he has also mortgaged away their home. Suddenly single and broke, Harriet sets about trying to create a new life with her children and figure out who she is on her own.
Have you read anything recently that I have to cozy up with???
Leapfrog Number Lovin’ Oven– We don’t have room for a play kitchen in our house so this little talking oven is a real life/spacesaver
Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway Set– SOO happy that I kept all the tracks and trains from the twin’s big bro ( are they ever expensive)! They love them as much as he did.
Megablocks Big Building Bag– WOW do all three kids enjoy these. The twins are well on their way to being master builder and their brother loves helping them make elaborate constructions! Next stop- LEGO!
IKEA Lockig Potty– Cheap and cheerful. Let the potty training fun begin.
“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”– This is a favourite book in our house and a fun, rythmic way of teaching the alphabet.
Beanie Boos– All three kids are OBSESSED withe these big eyes plushies.