Summer Essentials Haul

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I must admit I am not a summer person.  I much prefer fall.  I don’t enjoy being sweaty and hot.  However, I must say I love finding an excuse to purchase some summer essentials. These are just some of things I purchased recently because I really needed them.  🙂

ILIA Moondance Powder with SPF 20

I first heard about this powder through the lovely blog The Healthy Haus and when I saw it in the store, I just had to get it.  I find that it is really difficult to top up your SPF every two hours especially if you are already wearing foundation.  This has a twist-up brush which dispenses the powder from the tubular container (great to bring on the go).  The packaging is beautiful, and it is also supposed to bring some luminosity to the skin.  Plus, it is great to use simply as a powder to take some of shine away during the day.

Juice Beauty SPF 8 Lip Moisturizers

I think a lip balm with SPF is always a good thing to have during the summer.  I decided to try these from Juice Beauty.  They come in a pack of three shades: Naturally Clear, Playful (a rosy shade), and Joyful (dusty pink shade).  They smell like berries and provide a bit of a tint to the lips.

schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Stick in Bergamot + Lime

I have been really into natural deodorants the last few years and this deodorant usually comes in a jar.  I just recently found out that they came out with a stick version. The jar version is a little fussy in that you had to dip your fingers in to grab a small amount and massage into your armpit area.  This deodorant is great for every day use and stands up pretty well even if you walking around casually on a summer day.  On initial application, clumps to go off the stick, so you do sometimes have to massage it in.

RMS Beauty Nail Polish in Honest

To be honest, I haven’t worn nail polish all that much the last few years.  I used to be a nail fanatic and wore nail polish all the time.  However, my nails got so weak and breakable that I went on a detox and never looked back.  Since sandal season has started, I can’t help craving a bit of colour on my toe nails.  I actually didn’t know that RMS Beauty made nail polish.  Each colour in this 6-free formula matches a shade in their collection.  So far, it smells like regular nail polish, but the salesperson told me that the formula is non-toxic. She said that is really difficult to find a natural nail polish with good performance.

Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream SPF 30

For sunscreen, I figured that I since I am applying it all over my body, I usually choose something natural.  This product is certified natural and 98% organic.  This is actually a repurchase.  Even though this sunscreen is for kids, I bought this sunscreen last year and loved the creamsicle scent.  It is quite a thick cream and takes a little more time to blend it. Otherwise, I really enjoy it!

Karma Naturals Nail Polish Remover

I was introduced to this nail polish remover by the salesperson that sold me the rms Nail Polish.  I find that all non-toxic nail polishes pretty much still smell like nail polish. However, this is such interesting experience because it is primarily soybean oil based, so it doesn’t smell or feel like more traditional nail polish remover.  It totally works though!  I haven’t tried it on other nail polishes, but since it also moisturizes the nails, it is a lovely new addition to my collection.