Glowy Summer Essentials

With only one month left of Spring to go I definitely have Summer on my mind. I have a love hate relationship with Summer. I LOVE the sunshine, gardening, taking long walks and going to the beach. But in the last five years wildfires have gotten really bad across Canada (and the rest of the world really). So far my city isn’t under a wildfire watch but it’s concerning how we lost most of last summer to smoke advisories and yellow skies.

I hope that we see less forest fires and better containment this year, but it’s too early to tell. We work with what we’ve got right? For days when the sky is bright blue and we can go out and enjoy the sunshine I have compiled a list of my favourite Glowy Summer Essentials to survive the heat.

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Glowy Summer Essentials

Glowy Summer Essentials

To stay glowy in the Summer I like to use a few things: Sunscreen, primer, bronzer, highlighter and lipgloss. I’ve been skipping foundation altogether lately. If I want some coverage I’ll use a BB cream with SPF like the it Cosmetics CC+ Cream. Thankfully my skin has been clear so I haven’t needed a ton of concealer. Please keep in mind that I have dry skin and the products I mention in this post work well for my skin type but might not work for you if your skin is oilier than mine.

Glowy Essentials - Sunscreen


Okay the number one summer essential that should be in literally everyone’s routine is sunscreen. Sunburn = Skin Cancer. Also a blotchy red burn = Not Cute! I already burnt once this Spring when I spent a day at an outdoor shooting range. I was wearing SPF but I guess I didn’t put enough on my nose or chest. Voila, sunburn. Hello darkness my old friend…

If I am going anywhere near the ocean or a lake I like to wear Reef Safe sunscreen which doesn’t contain Oxybenzone, a chemical known to cause coral bleaching. Most chemical sunscreens contain this ingredient and Hawaii has actually gone ahead and banned the sale of these sunscreens. I have a few chemical sunscreens that are near empty, such as my Hawaiian Tropic & Aveeno Hydrate & Protect.

I really hope that both of these companies go reef safe soon. The Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Sunscreen smells amazing and Aveeno Hydrate & Protect doubles as a face moisturizer for me during the hottest parts of Summer.

Summer Bronzers


Bronzer is near the top of my list when I think about getting that Summer Glow! Bronzer warms up the face and helps achieve a beautiful sunkissed glow. My favourite bronzer for summer is the Sunny Honey bronzer from Too Faced. Unfortunately it isn’t available as a single but it can be found in the Natural Face Palette.

I also enjoy the Tropic Like It’s hot bronzer from the same palette, the shimmer is really nice when I get a tan!

Related: Too Faced Natural Face Palette Review

Glowy Summer Essentials

Matte Primer

I’m usually all about a dewy look but when it gets above 24 degrees I need something mattifying on my face to control oil. I only recently discovered the Milk Makeup Luminous Blur Stick in the May Boxycharm but so far I’ve been enjoying using it for the added luminosity and to blur pores. It adds a tiny bit of glow to the skin while keeping it matte. It’s been quite warm here the past few days and it’s been nice to wear this in lieu of foundation.

Related: May Boxycharm Unboxing 2019

I also started using the Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener again. The shade Stella is a beautiful and helps me to look more awake in the mornings. You can read my review Here!

Glowy Summer Essentials - Highlighters


Of course we can’t forget about highlighter! I feel like summer is my favourite time to shine with a blinding highlight! From top to bottom we have the Tarte Pro Glow liquid highlighter which is a little bit glittery when worn on it’s own but looks beautiful when mixed with foundation.

Next is another liquid highlighter, the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter in the shade Moonstone. This highlighter is stunning! It can be mixed with foundation or worn on top of it. It blends out perfectly with a beauty sponge and doesn’t move the foundation underneath it.

My last highlighter pick for this time of year is the Becca Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone. It’s technically the same shade as the previous liquid highlighter I mentioned but it looks slightly different on the skin. The liquid one is more of a natural highlight once blended into the skin but Moonstone really pops as a pressed powder.

Summer Glow Lipgloss


Back when I started my blog I hated wearing lipgloss. How things change! Lately I’ve been loving a glossy lip and I’ve been looking for more places to wear my glittery Night Light Ultra Glossy Lip from ColourPop. It has a metallic sheen and lots of glitter which is a little crazy for me but I love it worn over a darker nude lipstick.

I’m also loving the Kylie Cosmetics lipgloss in Literally, it’s been one of my favourites for two years!

What are your Summer Essentials?

Thanks for reading! I’d love to know what products you guys love for Summer, so please share with me in the comments what your favourites are. Talk soon! x




  1. May 31, 2019 / 10:46 am

    Great picks! I’m getting more into bronzers these days myself, like the new Fenty bronzers. Still not sure if I’m a lip gloss girl or not 🤔. I usually prefer traditional lipsticks for the most part. That’s so interesting that the Milk Makeup Blur Stick gives luminosity! I’m dying to try out more of their line!

    • June 3, 2019 / 10:37 pm

      I want to try those Fenty bronzers too! The shade range looks perfect. I don’t know why I love lipgloss so much lately it’s definitely a bit out of character for me 😅
      Have you tried anything from Milk before?

      • June 4, 2019 / 7:50 am

        They are great, you’ll probably love them!

        I’ve only tried the eye pigments & one of their holographic highlighter sticks from Milk. They both were good, but didn’t blow me away. I really wanna try the bronzer and the Sunshine Skin Tint though!

        • June 7, 2019 / 2:09 pm

          I wish I could buy everything that I want to try this summer, the list is endless!

  2. May 30, 2019 / 10:41 am

    Great post, I love all of your summer picks! I definitely go for a more golden, bronzed look during the summer, too. I also get obsessed with looking for a holy grail face sunscreen every summer too haha. Good call on using a reef safe sunscreen! We have to take care of the planet!

    Also, totally agree with you on the yellow skies and smoke advisories these last few summers. Basically all of August is just smoky and gross outside! Actually, we’ve been waking up to kind of reddish skies (not sunrise lol) these last few days and I thought it was from the wildfires up in Northern Alberta. I’m surprised you guys haven’t experienced anything yet, so maybe it’s something else.

    • June 2, 2019 / 5:12 pm

      Thank you! SPF is so important! I’m trying to remember to wear it even when I’m not spending a lot of time outside. I hope that more sunscreen brands change to reef safe formulas!

      The day I posted this we actually had the worst smoke I’ve ever seen here. I couldn’t even get the mail without smelling smoke on my clothing afterwards. The skies were so yellow it made me think the end of the world was here… I hope you guys aren’t getting it too bad, I heard that the smoke supposedly blew south this weekend 🙁

  3. May 30, 2019 / 9:34 am

    I need to find reef safe sunscreens too. I feel so bad about the coral bleaching, humans are not only killing everything up here they are also killing life in the seas.
    Bronzer and highlighter are also my faveeeeeesssss for summer! Best combo ever and I also try not to wear foundation during the summer. Unless I’m breaking out of course which tends to happen a lot.
    I was the same way about lip gloss! I used to HATE it and now I love it!

    • June 2, 2019 / 5:09 pm

      Humans have such a negative impact on the world, it’s good to do our part! I enjoyed the Goddess Garden sunscreen last year, it worked great for Costa Rica. But it did leave a white cast so I’m still searching.
      I keep wanting to buy all kinds of new bronzers, I need to stop myself because I don’t really need more lol
      Lip gloss is my favourite thing right now, I just bought more, I can’t stop!

      • June 4, 2019 / 7:14 am

        If you find a good sunscreen share it, all the ones I’ve seen are not reef safe. Might have to go for the natural ones probably.
        Lol I was just talking to Joy not that long ago that bronzers and powders in general take a LONG time to finish.

        • June 7, 2019 / 2:08 pm

          I’m still searching, if I find a good one I will let you know!
          Omg yes they really do. Even the bronzers that I use most days aren’t even close to hitting pan.

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