Summer Glow Essentials + Giveaway ft Shoppers Drug Mart

Summer is finally upon us and, for many, that means it's time to rock that summer glow you had been yearning for all winter. But amid the excitement, don't forget the importance of protecting your skin and safe tanning! We have partnered with Shoppers Drug Mart to share this season's most coveted products that are sure to give you a natural sun-kissed glow without the dangerous effects of UV rays!

Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Face Lotion

Let's kick things off with arguably the most important skin product for the summersunscreen! I am super excited to try the Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Face Lotion ! At SPF 50 it's a great defense against environmental aggressors and helps in the anti-aging fight, too. My face is super sensitive and generally ends up burning or red from most sunscreens, but the Clinique Mineral Sunscreen, which is exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart, is non-acnegenic and perfect for sensitive skin. No more choosing between clear skin and sun care, now you can finally get protection without the breakouts. It's also gentle enough that it can be used around your eyes, and is supposed to be totally undetectable once applied! Definitely number one on my must-try list for the summer. Retails for $34 at Shoppers Drug Mart.

The Clinique Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is another product I can't wait to try. It's oil-free and glides on really easily, which I'm excited about since plenty of sunscreens I've tried in the past leave white, chalky residue behind on my skin. Exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart, it uses Invisible Shield Technology to create a lightweight and highly blendable formula that promises to be undetectable on all skin types. I'll be trying ASAP and giving you guys the down-low soon. You can pick one up for only $41.

If you have sensitive and/or combination skin, you will want to give La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Ultra Fluid Lotion SPF 60 Face Sensitive Skin a try this summer. This one is my- hard-to- impress mother's holy grail summer lotion so you know it ought to be good! I love that it is paraben free and has a matte finish and blends into the skin super fast -  I've been wearing mine under my makeup for the past  week and noticed no difference in the application or finish of my foundation at all. It's ultra-lightweight and thin (almost liquidy texture) but still manages to protect against both UVA & UVB rays. I took some photos with this product on and it did not leave a white cast like the previous product I was using did! Plus for only $29, you really can't go wrong! 

We often flock to products for the face but 
forget about safeguardingour lips from the sun! Caring for your lips is just as important in the summer as it is in the cooler months and luckily for us thirsty-lipped gals, Clarins has our lips covered in style ( literally!)  with their sought-after Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils collection! I LOVE the packaging on these-  each bottle consists of a nourishing blend of organic jojoba and hazelnut oils, then each individual shade is complemented and cocktailed with its own specific oil to match its hue – adorable right? The best thing about these oils is that they’re so multi-purpose. You can wear them alone, underneath lipstick or on top of lipstick to completely customizyour lip routine. I love that the formula isn’t sticky, which is a godsend for lip oils! It retails for $25.

Shiseido Sports BB Wetforce SPF 50+

During the summer, I like to give my skin a break from makeup so I was thrilled to find a product that combines the Shiseido sunscreen that I love so much with some tint for coverage on days that I want to take it easy with my makeup routine. Essentially, Shiseido Sports BB Wetforce SPf 50+ cream is a hybrid makeup and suncare product that gives the coverage of a BB cream with water resistant SPF protection. I've been meaning to invest in a quality BB cream that is water resistant and this one sounds promising. Retailing for $48, it is a bit of a splurge for BB creams but the WetForce technology in it enhances your SPF protection level once your skin gets wet. This means that after 30 mins of sweating or swimming, the SPF becomes more effective! As far as its powers as a makeup, it comes in three different shades: light, medium and dark. Typically, I prefer a wider range in shades but since this is a light coverage product, the limited range shouldn't be a problem at all!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

If you do like to wear foundation for extra coverage, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer  will provide all-day hydration. The peach-colored formula is infused with 4K, high-definition spheres that blur the look of pores, fine lines, and imperfections. If you aren’t familiar with the terminology, this means that the primer looks invisible in 4K (Ultra HD) definition, and to the naked eye. I haven't used this as a primer just yet but I did play around with as a highlighter and it is super blendable! It retails for $50.
This summer glow round up wouldn't be complete without some tanner talk! You guys, 
FINALLY – a one-night-tan solution that DOESN'T immediately rub off all over your clothes, car, and basically anything else you even slightly bump into. Don't get me started on the streaky, smudgy, embarrassing nights I've spent cursing the decision to“sunless tan'One Night Only' by St.Tropez ( retails for $20/ 100 ml ) uses RainMac Technology that keeps your tan in place until you simply wash it off with soap and water - and it sticks to your skin like a charm (and nothing else). The long and short of it is that St. Tropez 'One Night Only' is a no-commitment, non-streak, white dress approved, amazing product. And just a little trick of the trade, make sure to exfoliate 24 hours before applying for the perfect application. 

As a self-proclaimed faux tanning expert, I can tell you the number one trick to getting an undetectable tan application is a mitt, and I love the St. Tropez 'Applicator Mitt'. The glory of the tanning mitt is two-fold, it helps you create an absolutely flawless, streak-free tan, AND it protects those fingers from turning brown; nothing worse than tan-stained fingers to give away the fact that you might not have earned that golden glowing color by hours in the sun. It's washable, re-usable and allows for precision blending to get the perfect tan. The mitt retails for $9 at Shoppers Drug Mart.

We hope this round up helps you decide which products would work best for you this summer! Make sure to tells us what your holy grail products are for the time of the year in the comments below. 

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Disclaimer: This blog post has been sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart. Opinions expressed are our own.


  1. My summer essentials are sunscreen, BB cream and sunglasses! Its a must for me. My go to brand is Shiseido for sunscreen.

  2. fave summer products include Neutrogena Wrinkle Repair CC Cream with SPF 30

  3. My summer essentials are face cream and sunscreen! (entered as Stephanie)

  4. Sunscreen and chapstick are my beauty must-haves during the summer.

  5. Lip balm is my favorite summer product.

  6. My favorite summer products are sunscreen and fragrance mists!

  7. Bright coloured sunglasses and I can't forget about my love for thermal water face mists.


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