Summer Glow Up

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Summertime is always the best time of year. You have sunshine, longer days, patio season, and lakeside memories. I love being outside, but sometimes it’s hard to find a routine that works and doesn’t make my skin feel heavy and unable to breathe. Here are my tips and tricks to get that perfect Summer glow.


St. Barts Scalp & Body Scrub

The number one step you should always do when self-tanning is to exfoliate. This helps to buff away any dry patches and creates a smooth working surface for the tanner.

This product is also a two-in-one! Use it on your scalp if you experience flakiness or irritation. The fragrance of this limited-edition scrub will transport you somewhere tropical while in the shower!

Isle of Paradise
Self Tanning Drops

This is my absolute favourite way to self-tan and gets that sunny radiance. With these drops, you can completely customize your Summer glow.

Mix the drops into your favourite body lotion and apply. Simple as that. The more drops you add, the more intense the tan will be, but I like to start off with three to four drops. This is even safe for the face, so feel free to add it to your face moisturizer.

Isle of Paradise
Blending Brush

If you’re worried about your tan being streaky, simply use this blending brush to apply the tanner and get a streak-free application.

PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50 PA++++

Never forget to wear sunscreen! Regardless of weather or season, we need sunscreen to help prevent any skin damage and to keep our largest organ happy and healthy. Supergoop! is super gentle and lightweight but effective. It is safe for adults, children and sensitive skin and has a light citrus scent.

Charlotte Tilbury
Hollywood Flawless Filter

With the Summer heat, sometimes it’s hard to wear a full face of makeup but still feel fresh.

Never fear, Charlotte Tilbury is here!

Her Flawless Filter is a multi-use product that can be used on its own, mixed with foundation or moisturizer, or on the high points of the face. This will help lightly even out and smooth the complexion but not feel heavy on the skin while giving a Hollywood-quality glow.

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St. Tropez
Self Tan Classic Kit

Another popular and cult classic tanning product is the St. Tropez tanning mousse. This isn’t as customizable as the Isle of Paradise tanning drops, but if you’re looking for a simple, no guessing game glow, the mousse will help you get an even tan without struggles.

This kit gives you a sample size of the mousse and an application mitt which is a great way to try out the products.

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Life Brand
After Sun Aloe Vera Gel

On the days where you may have stayed on the patio too long, use aloe vera gel to help hydrate, calm and soothe the sunburnt skin without feeling sticky. I like putting a cool, damp cloth on after the aloe vera application to soothe the burn even further.

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Halo Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 24

If you want a little more coverage than the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter but still something light, try the new Smashbox Halo Tinted Moisturizer. This gives you light to medium coverage and contains SPF! The Halo Tinted Moisturizer will leave you feeling fresh and protected that lasts all day because it is primer-infused.


Feeling Younger Skin Tint

If you want your body to glow with your soul, use the Lush Skin Tints that come in two shades: a beautiful pearly glow or a sheer bronzy glow. For a special occasion like a wedding or perhaps an evening birthday celebration, focus the application on the tops of the shoulders and on the collarbone to give an ethereal, alluring effect.

Lime Bounty Body Butter

This body butter will help energize you in the morning with its zesty notes while hydrating and nourishing the skin, which is essential for an even tan. I like to apply my body lotion about five to ten minutes before I apply any tanner so that my skin is hydrated but not greasy, which can affect the tanning products.

Sea Spray Hair Mist

To complete the Summer look, add the Sea Spray Mist to damp hair to get volume and texture like you’ve been at the beach all day!


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Kirsten is a graduate makeup artist from the Vancouver Film School who has moved back to her home roots to share her knowledge and passion for all things makeup, skincare, and hair care. She is a proud mama of fur baby, Patches, who is the bestest girl ever! Kirsten loves all things sci-fi, horror and fantasy, and she will talk nerdy things all day if she could.

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