Summer Beauty: Fresh Faced

I’ve always been taught that skincare is much more important than make up. That being said, this year I’ve made an effort to take better care of my skin and continually ease up on the amount of makeup I wear. Summer is an optimal time to put that into further motion, since I’m sure the last thing anyone wants to think about in hot temps are the cosmetics melting off their face! Here are the tried and true, key products I’ve been using all summer long to keep things simply, easy, and fresh.


I discovered the world of oils this past winter when my skin broke out due to dryness, and this TATCHA Camellia Beauty Oil is gold (literally: there are flecks of it inside the oil!) – in fact, their whole brand is pretty amazing and worth checking out! Light yet rich, I warm a few drops of this in my hands and apply it to a clean face, and run the leftover through damp hair which gives it serious shine.

I was introduced to my first lash serum, NutraLuxe Lash MD a few months ago by my friend Erin… and I can’t keep track of how many people have asked about my lashes since. My short, straight ones have more than doubled in length; I don’t wear eyeliner on most days now! (avail. at Bare Wax Bar in Vancouver)

This NARS Tinted Moisturizer with SPF is another recommendation from Erin (can you tell she’s my personal beauty advisor?). I put it on sparingly with a stippling brush, and it gives just enough coverage while providing much needed SPF.

Aerin make up is more than just pretty packaging, and this Bronzer and Gloss are been the perfect shades of pink for lighter skin. Everything in this line also happens smells like roses… enough said!

A small pump of this Tom Ford Illuminator goes a long way: I dab a little on the apples of my cheeks, and will sometimes actually mix a bit of it into the NARS Tinted Moisturizer for special occasions. (avail. at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver)


Do you have any favourite beauty products this summer? I’d love to hear about them!

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Heat Wave

We’ve had a bit of a heatwave in Vancouver over the past couple of weeks. And since us West-coasters are essentially useless when it comes to any sort of weather “extremity”, there’s been a lot of devising on ways to keep cool. One such solution has been to wear a lot of light coloured, loose pieces. Baggy clothing can be a hard to pull off well for those of us who aren’t model-thin, but defining the waist is one amazing trick that really does let you get away with all kinds of things. These high waisted culottes from a few years ago (seen back in 2011 here!) have really served their purpose well, and have sort of become my personal standard for any shorts I will own from here on out. What have you been living in this summer?

Wearing: YesStyle blouse, Aritzia culottes and vest (both old), Sole Society sandals (c/o – on sale and available in a few colours), GiGi New York clutch, Jeweliq cuff

Photos by Joseph Ng