Summer Beauty Edit 2016

Summer Beauty Edit 2016

*Clockwise from top left: Living Proof Restore Instant Protection Spray; Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Bar Soap; Burberry Beauty Full Kisses ‘Nude Blush’; Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray; Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection SPF 40 for Face/Body; Commodity Cocktail Kit; Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Lock Moisture Balm; Verb Ghost Oil; Nars Sculpting Multiple Duo

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Summer Hair Heroes

Summer Hair HeroesFeeling the frizz? It’s feeling nearly 40 degrees celsius with the humidity here in Toronto, and that means a mission to try to keep your hair hydrated.  After many a rescue attempt with endless balms, masks and leave-ins, these are the heroes that have been tried and tested – and the most true – after a few rounds in the great Canadian heat.

First up! To give hair a real break from any form of heat, ‘Dont’ Blow it’ by Bumble and bumble is a hair cream that’s meant to help tame your air-dried strands. Now, it must be said, I never air-dry my hair, as my fine follicles tend to just stick to the side of my head and stay wet until the next time I wash my hair. But this cream wasn’t heavy, smelled wonderful and actually gave my hair some body and texture (even a bit of a beachy wave!) – although it didn’t fully keep the frizz away. The directions say to apply to towel-dried hair and scrunch, but I just ran it through damp hair, slept on it, and was able to just get up and go.  One-step summer hair solution in my books – without the heat!

Looking for a UV protectant, I tried out the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer by Bumble and bumble which says it helps with frizz as well as providing protection from heat and UV radiation. All true. This is an absolute mainstay product and one of the best hair products I’ve tried this year hands down.  It smells like summer in a bottle and while it still doesn’t completely ban the frizz, it definitely makes hair more manageable and noticeably softer without leaving any kind of residue. Did I mention the heavenly smell?

Lastly, if your hair has already been frazzled by the heat and humidity this summer and is in need of some repair, the Repair Blow Dry by Bumble and bumble is supposed to help seal split ends, protect against UV damage and maintain styles for up to three days.  While I didn’t give it the three day test, it did massively help tone down the infamous post-blowdry frizz  that tends to affect those of us with thin, fine hair as well as keep hair smooth throughout the day.

What are your summer hair heroes?

xo Coco

Hello Sunshine! Summer 2015 Beauty Edit

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*Clockwise from top left: Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin VolumizerBumble and bumble Don’t Blow It; Spray of Sunshine Perfume Sampler; Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Ultra-Hydrating Body Butter; Dior Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm; Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face/Bodyboscia Super Cool De-Puffing Eye BalmEstée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer; Butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in ‘Tour Pout’

As we can now officially say it’s summer, it’s time to go minimal and break out the beauty essentials from sunny scents to soothing moisturizers, and most importantly – sun-protection! These are my beauty picks for staying cool and keeping hydrated this season.

Always look on the sunny side!

xo Coco

Summer Reads 2014

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So, yes, life does exist outside of Game of Thrones, that is if I ever manage to get through the fifth book *sigh.*  In the meantime, these non-fiction picks have been great to settle into in the summer sun.  The real sparkler here is Robyn Davidson’s Tracksa self-telling of her journey across the Australian desert with her dog and four camels and a whole lot of determination.  Davidson’s writing makes you feel something in your bones and that, to me, is the best kind of writing.  It is a book I know I will revisit over and over again.  If your the kind of person that gets weak in the knees (in a good way!) at the sound of adventure than this is an absolute must-read.

The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of both fiction and non-fiction essays and stories by award-winning writer Marina Keegan, who tragically died in a car crash just days after graduating from Yale University at the age of 22.  The title of the collection comes from the essay ‘The Opposite of Loneliness that Marina wrote for a special edition of the Yale Daily News for the graduating Class of ’12.  It would be a seemingly impossible task to describe Marina’s immense talent for word crafting and storytelling, so I’ll just hope you pick up a copy, or borrow mine, either way, her words deserve to be read.

Disclaimer: I have never shopped at Nasty Gal.  There, now that’s out of the way, I was genuinely curious to read #GIRLBOSS by the gal behind the massively successful online fashion website NastyGal.com, Sophia Amoruso.  The inside cover reads:“A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”  Sold.  Written with honesty, humour, a bit a grit and a whole lot of ‘getting it done’ attitude, where Amoruso really hits home in my books is with this: “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let the Man get to you. Okay? Cool. Then let’s do this.” Yes, let’s!

What is on your summer reading list?  Have you read any of these picks or are planning to?

xo Coco