Beach bag essentials

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Here are the beauty essentials we think every girl needs for a day at the beach your beach bag for a day at the shore.


Every girl needs a pretty cover up for a day at the beach to protect your skin. Wear it for lunch at the pool or for the ride or walk home. Don’t forget to include a pair of pretty matching flip-flops or sandals.


Embellished Linen Tunic Style $158.00 from Barbara Gerwit.


Keep beach hair neat with colourful and trendy new Scunci soft braided headbands. These come in pretty colours and won’t damage wet hair. You can wear them as headbands but they can also be wound around ponytails or even used as cute hatbands to dress up a saaSun_protective_summer_oil_100ml_HiResScunciheadbandsun hat.


Don’t primp too much on the beach. Use a cute heart-shaped pop-up brush and mirror like the ones from Conair to tidy your hair or slip on a little colour.  We like Benefit Posietint check and lip stain.  Stains look natural and stay on.


Apply sunscreen at home and pack your favourite to reapply frequently. But don’t forget your hair. Both scalp and hair need protection.


SOLAIRE Protective Summer Oil  protects hair from chlorine and salt water.  It contains Sesame and Castor Seed Oil as well as UVA/UVB sun screen  to help keep hair healthy in the sun –wet  or dry.  (Available June 1, 2015


Wear a hat to protect your scalp and ears if you are spending time in the sun.  Choose one with a broad brim.


Antiseptic wipes and Nexcare No-Sting Liquid Bandage will help keep small scrapes and cuts from getting infected – and from stinging.


Sun protection 411

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All sunscreens are not the same. Some are more irritating due to the ingredients they use.


Also, if you are worried about keeping your skin looking young, then the addition of anti-aging ingredients such as antioxidants may be a good idea, according some of our favourite experts. 


Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF50 is easily absorbed and doesn’t feel greasy. This matte finish UVA/UVB sunscreen contains Octinoxate and Zinc Oxide. $46.


Obagi Professional-C Suncare SPF 30 protects against skin-damaging UVA and UVB rays while it fights the signs of aging with 10 percent L-ascorbic acid or Vitamin C. The Vitamin C complements collagen synthesis for firmer skin as it helps brighten skin. $72.


Obagi skin care is recommended by many dermatologists.  Both sunscreens offer excellent sun protection when applied correctly and reapplied frequently.


H2O Marine Defense Green Tea Antioxidant Lotion SPF 30 is a UVA/UVB sunscreen that also fights the signs of aging.  The lotion contains an Antioxidant-rich Tea Complex, Botanicals and Sea Minerals. H2O Marine Defense Green Tea Antioxidant Lotion SPF 30 and is H20to protect and repair skin.  $42.




Trend alert: Romantic dress

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A long, light cotton dress that billows in a summer’s breeze is a must-have this summer. You want one that makes you look romantic, exotic, and poetic. Channel Talitha Getty in Morocco or Rapunzel in her Tower.


Ralph Lauren Mary Racerback Maxi Dress $234.99

Bellaluxe.Maxi Dress Bella Lux $148.00


Warm weather moisturizer

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Your winter moisturizer can feel heavy and greasy in warmer weather.  Using too heavy a cream or lotion can also clog your pores and cause break outs. 

Try switching to a lighter moisturizer for summer. Tuck your rich cream away in a cool place and save it for next winter. 

The Jojoba Company Australia Hydrating Day Cream with green tea and olive leaf extracts, skin calming chamomile, beta Glucan, Vitamins B & E, and skin-firming Siberian ginseng as well as natural Jojoba oil is light and deeply hydrating.  Your skin will feel instantly refreshed and moist all day.  I really like this line. The products are all excellent value. They feel amazing on your skin.


It is priced at $29.95 for a 50 ml/ 1.7fl. ounce tube.



The power of C and artic berries

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Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Applied in the right way it can help to shield skin from environmental damage, boosts collagen, and even helps skin repair itself. Topical Vitamin C can help to fade brown spots and scars and well as reduce redness.


Lumene Finland is a skin care line from Finland that combines science with wild Arctic ingredients. The more I see of this well-priced but very sophisticated skin care line the more I like it. Lumene Finland products, sold on line and in drugstores, offer ingredients found only in very expensive products. The line is nicely packaged and the products feel fabulous on your skin.  So far, I ha17042761ve found their results to be outstanding.


Bright Now Vitamin C Beauty Drops are little capsules of pure topical Vitamin C combined with Arctic cloudberry seed oil and lingonberry seed oil. Used for 28 days, Lumene claims it will boosts radiance and brighten the skin. The company says it is a special formula designed to “release Vitamin C slowly into the skin making its effect last longer”.


Bright Now Vitamin C Dry Skin Cocktail instantly revitalizes dry skin. This cocktail – be sure to shake it well – combines cranberry and cloudberry seed oils to help nourish and vitalize even the driest skin into a “highly bioactive serum”.


Skin is brightened by antioxidant-rich Arctic berries and left also left glowing as the serum helps to visibly diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by dehydration.  A little of this light serum goes a long way. If you use too much your skin can feel greasy. It really does give skin a glow.



Trend alert: Bright bags and sandals

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Make your everyday summer looks pop with a bright bag or pair of shoes. Now that the summer sales have started it’s the perfect time to pick up a trendy summer tote or classic bag in a bright neutral.


Try a bucket or cross body bag in saffino or calf leather. Pick up a fun tote or clutch in canvas, straw, or something shiny and fun. Summer sandals of all heights look sexy and flirty in bright hues or burnished metallic.LoubutinSandal


Gucci Miss Bamboo Medium Leather Bucket Bag, Blue

$2,500.00 Neiman Marcus

Christian Louboutin Elastigram Cross-Strap Red Sole Sandal, Multicolor

$695.00  Neiman Marcus


Watermelon and arugula salad

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This is one of my favourite summer salads smoky pine nuts and mint make  it special.   Peppery arugula is paired with sweet watermelon. The salad also has rings of summer sweet Vidalia onions and crunchy, smoky pine nuts.

Serves 4 as a side


4 cups of baby arugula, washed and dried

2½ cups watermelon, cubed

½ large, very * 2 Tbsp. of fresh mint (do not use dried. If you do not have it omit, but it adds punch).

3 tbsp. pine nuts (you may use walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, or almonds instead)


Right before serving, toss the salad with a scant tbsp. of classic French vinaigrette.


Squeeze the juice of one fresh lime (Use two if the lime if not juicy) over the salad and toss again with 3 tbsp. of pine nuts.


Recipe for vinaigrette:

Place in an attractive jar:

2/3 cup of good red wine vinegar

1 cup plus 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard or 2 tsp. dry mustard

2 tsp. sugar or natural sweetener of your choice

1 peeled and crushed clove of garlic

*Chiffonade is a classic French cooking term. It means finely sliced leaves of herbs, lettuces, etc. Stack and roll them into a tight little tube, so you can then cut them easily with a sharp knife into pretty thin strips or “rags.” That word in French is “chiffe,” which gives us “chiffon” and “chiffonade.”



Try something new

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Summer is the perfect time to try new things. Change your hair. Try new exercise class. Learn to paint. Take up golf or windsailing. Make a reading list like the one you had in college and plow through it. This time enjoy it. The summer gives us time with its longer days and bright nights. Don’t waste yours!

Summer is short, so enjoy the sweetness! Happy holiday!

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