the best summer beauty products

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I’ve really hit my groove when it comes to finding the best summer beauty products. I had to really pare my routine down during our honeymoon to Maui in June, and could only pack my fave products – this is what I brought! In the summer, it’s all about moisture, protection and simplicity, and I always favour natural beauty products over checmicals.

Suntegrity Face Sunscreen: this stuff is totally natural, and honestly, pure gold. It warded off any possible sunburn during our trip, and i adore the fact that it’s chemical free – if I could recommend on product to you this summer, this one would be it! (bonus: it doubles as a moisturizer and makeup primer for year round protection).

Bobbi Brown Beach Body Oil: a blend of natural oils with such a warm, summery scent, this is perfect to use post beach, pre-dinner.

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One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal: after a day in the sun, this oil packed with Omega’s is just what my complexion needs to repair itself – a few drops before bed helps my sunned skin feel nourished.

glossier balm dot com: the sun and water (especially the salt water) destroys our lips, and this stuff is thick and protective – I use it all day and overnight, too!

By Rosie Jane Leila Lou: not one for perfume, I find this to be so light and pretty, perfect for summer and very soft and summery. It’s definitely my go-to summer scent and it also happens to be totally natural!

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summer entertaining ideas

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Summer is by far my favourite time to have guests over, because we can take the party outside! Our new place has a patio, and the first thing I did was buy a BBQ for it! We’re still getting the hang of it, but we’ve been grilling a lot lately. We’re really loving having our friends over, and I adore having an excuse to host! It doesn’t need to be complex at all – fresh flavours, lighter foods, fruit and of course, rosé, are always my go-to dishes! Summer entertaining ideas are below.

Watermelon, bocconcini on skewers – sprinkle with cilantro, and it’s such a refreshing appy.

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The easiest dinner for us or for guests? Chicken, vegetables, and potatoes on the BBQ! Could NOT be easier or tastier.

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Pavlova is by far my fave summer dessert – SO easy and seasonal. I shared my “recipe”, here.

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Hosting meetings and photo collaborations with a few nibbles ! My easy go-to is a stop at Whole Foods for fruit and some sort of baked good. A fresh press juice is always a nice little addition!

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Yes way, Rosé! What’s a summer patio moment without a pretty and crisp glass of rosé?

our home tour

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I’m so so excited to finally share a home tour with you! BC Living offered us the opportunity to share our home with their readers, and we were so excited to shoot our space! Home decor is such a hobby of mine and I love making a space feel like home. I decorate with items that just feel right, and never, ever, go into it with a plan. Balancing my taste, and my husband’s taste has been quite easy – we compromise a lot and balance our tastes to make it work. For instance, the green leaf pillow, it was his choice, and I don’t mind it. The floral one was mine and he maybe pretends like he doesn’t mind it (but isn’t it gorgeous?!)

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I’m all about the splurge and save tactic when it comes to home decor: save where you can, and spend on those items you’re in love with! Our couch was Ikea, and a great deal, while something like the ottoman was a bit pricier. Like everything, balance will be the key to decorating success.

Pop over to BC Living to see all the sources and the rest of our home tour! As always, feel free to comment below with any questions!

Photos by Taya Photography and flowers by Flower Factory.

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the perfect summer salad

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watermelon is very popular around here! if i see hubs eating it, i’m instantly possessive. this summer salad is my fave quick little taste of summer that i whip up in a jif – the perfect snack, side dish, or even, dessert. how many salads can you say that about?

this watermelon salad is a combination of only a few ingredients: watermelon, bocconcini, mint and a drizzle of balsamic crema. the flavours, textures and colours are beyond pleasing. you could easily use cilantro in place of mint, and feta as your cheese. grab a bowl, and feast away – it’s the best.

the beauty products he needs

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Since it’s almost Father’s Day, I thought a more masculine themed post was in order! I constantly make jokes that my hubs steals my products… and that isn’t far from the truth. He is very well taken care of in the beauty department, so I asked him to share his go-to products in his own words. The guy has great taste, what can I say?

HARRY’s Truman Razor: Ask anyone, I hate to shave. It’s true.  Whose big idea was it to get us men to wield a razor sharp blade of all things, around our face in the morning when we’re our groggiest?!  Thankfully, Harry’s has the Truman, an expertly designed razor for comfort and control to get us through.  The handle has a weighted core and the molded exterior provides an ergonomic grip.  It comes in a variety of colours for you to choose from that’ll look great in your (her) bathroom. The best part? Never worry about running out of blades again!  Harry’s has a subscription program that delivers straight to your door, so it makes a great gift (nudge!).

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May Lindstrom Skin’s The Blue Cocoon: Being married to a Beauty Editor means I have access to all sorts of products, and over the years, I’ve secretly nicked a balm or two from the Mrs., so by proxy you could say I’m a bit of an expert?  That said, after using the Blue Cocoon, I demanded that this be stocked in our medicine cabinet with NO exception.  A little goes a long way with this blue miracle.  It’s perfect for healing the most stubborn razor rash as well as any other inflammations as they occur, giving me a dewy and supple completion.  (note from erin: he’s literally obsessed!)

KIEHL’S Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion: I have an extremely thick beard, and after a couple of days of regrowth, my skin can start to become looking dry, flaky and ruddy in texture.  I’ve used scrubs in the past to various degrees of success.  For me, this is the holy grail of exfoliators.  I use this once or twice a week: after I shave, and then again 3 days later.  Instantly, the skin on my face is smoother and clearer and it serious cuts down on my razor bumps.  Another bonus is getting rid of all the dead skin will help the absorption of any topical skin treatments to maximize their efficacy.

Routine’s Like A Boss Natural Deodorant De-odor-cream: Do you know what stinks?  Deodorants that don’t work.  Or worse, those with synthetic scents that leave you smelling like a teenage boy who just discovered their single new chest hair needs an abnormal amount of body spray to survive.  The Like A Boss deodorant is Routine’s strongest formula, made from beeswax and clay for absorption.  It’s mildly scented with geranium, rosemary and lavender with hints of mandarin, bergamot and spearmint.  All you need is a pea sized amount rubbed into each armpit.  Each pot lasts anywhere from 3 to 6 months (depending how many CrossFit classes your man takes), and for the true north strong and free lover, it’s hand-made in Calgary, Canada.

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KMS California’s Tame Frizz Taming Creme: A man’s hair is important, but depending on your man, taking care of it may not be.  My outlook on hair is that it should be able to move and should be touchable no matter its texture and type.  Now that Mad Men has finally paid its TV bar tab, we’re going to see men’s hair move away from the shellacked lego hair helmets for a more natural look (Don Draper, I’m looking at you).  This humidity resistant taming creme from KMS’s Tame Frizz line will add control, definition and style manageability to any hairstyle (including the man-bun).   Use on towel dried hair or blow dry it in for extra control and definition.

Suntegrity’s Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer: If your man is anything like me than he worships the great outdoors… and the sun.  It also probably means he forgets to use sunscreen.  To make sure that your mister doesn’t get too “George Clooney-ed” before his time, get him to use this all-natural sunscreen.  One, it comes in a metallic container mimicking a silver bullet (already awesome) that doubles as a mirror,  and two, a little dab goes a long way.

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Tom Ford’s Grey Vetiver Cologne: If a man has to get one thing right, it has to be his scent.  However, since scent is so personal don’t take my word for it.  Help make your man an instant classic and take him on a date wherever Tom Ford fragrances are sold to explore all Mr. Ford has to offer. Tom Ford is rarely ever wrong., I say.