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Better late than never, TBH!
I'm so glad I got a tube of this to try before the summer months hit, because it's been a total blessing during this heatwave. The trick is to warm it up by pressing it against your skin — then just smooth on as normal! One application is enough to last through all your daily activities (yes, even workouts), so you can spend less time worrying about unpleasant stink and more time just, y'know, living your life.
Get it from Indigo for $15.95.
I don't know what kind of magic is in this bottle, but this cream makes my under-eye area look brighter and smoother every time I use it. I feel like the brand must have read my mind when they sent me a bottle to try! It contains a whole slew of moisturizing oils, but also a touch of zinc oxide that'll help fight dryness and dark circles if you (like me) spend your days looking at screens. Plus, it's gentle enough to use on your lash line if you tend to get dry skin after cleansing.
Get it from Sephora Canada for $39. Use code FREESHIPCA to get free shipping on your order.
Okay, without getting into *too* much detail, hair removal is annoying and especially so during the warmer months (thanks to the brand for sending me a bottle to try right in the nick of time!). That said, if that's what you're into, I'd highly recommend snagging yourself a bottle of this magic mist. When they say it's soothing, they mean it, guys — no matter how hot it gets, or how sensitive your skin is. And since it's not a cream or a lotion, you'll never have to worry about it rubbing off on your pantaloons.
Get it from Urban Outfitters for $11.
I might be late to the party, but buying a sunscreen for my face has been a major struggle. They're either way too thick and tacky, or just slick and slimy. So, I was extra excited when the brand sent me a tube to try — a few swipes and I'm sold! It applies easily, blending right into my skin without clinging to my baby hairs. Plus, it makes a great base for my makeup, thanks to mattifying rice starch. Oh, and it doesn't have that chalky smell that most mineral products have!
Get it from SkinStore for $54.34.
I have a love/hate relationship with facial oils — some feel really heavy and leave me with breakouts, others make my complexion look oily and slick. This one hits the sweet spot! It's so lightweight, it almost feels like a dry oil, but pairs perfectly with gua sha or other facial massage. Plus, it absorbs super quick, so I don't have to worry about leaving a greasy spot on my pillow. Even though I got it for free, I'd definitely repurchase!
Get it from Sephora Canada for $95. Use code FREESHIPCA to get free shipping on your order.
There's only ~so~ much a moisturizer can do, right? WRONG. Not only does this stuff smell fantastic (a watery, botanical fragrance that's perfect for summer), it leaves my skin feeling soft as heck. It absorbs in seconds, which means I don't have to wait to get dressed or painstakingly yank my jeans over my legs. I've noticed my skin looks and feels a lot smoother, and I actually get less razor burn when I shave, too! Honestly, worth every penny.
Get it from Biotherm Canada for $44.
It also contains a blend of antioxidant-rich teas and algae extract that'll make your skin feel super soft afterwards. I'm talking zero tightness, no irritation, and noticeably improved texture. It's one of my fave products to use whenever I'm breaking out — or basically whenever, TBH!
Get it from Sephora Canada for $33+ (available in two sizes). Use code FREESHIPCA to get free shipping on your order.
Don't be deceived by this balm's price tag. It outperforms more expensive counterparts, thanks to its silky-smooth formula that never feels waxy or drying on your kisser. Plus, the packaging is honestly too badass to pass up (and makes for great gifts for just about everyone).
Get it from Simons for $8.
I always thought of myself as a clay mask kinda gal, but after trying this honey mask, I don't know if I'll go back. It feels the freakin' BEST on my skin — like wrapping it in the softest, plushest blanket on earth. I used it around my period, and I didn't get a single breakout. Not! A! Single! One! I actually love that I can see it absorbing into my skin (instead of just sitting on top). The brand sent me one to try for free, but I wish they sold this by the bucket — I'd buy it all.
Get it from LookFantastic for $47.30. Use code CANADA to get 20% off your order.
Some face mists just sorta ~sit~ on skin, but this one feels like it actually continues to work after it's dried down. I received it gratis from the brand, but lemme tell you — this spray manages to keep my forehead from getting oily, all while making my cheekbones look like the star of the show. I have combination skin and don't ask me how, but it manages to address all my skincare issues in just a few spritzes.
Get it from Indigo for $29.95.
The brand was kind enough to send me a jar to try, but truthfully, I'd love it just as much if I spent my own cash on it. The formula contains a metaphorical ton of goodies, like antioxidant-rich evening primrose, vitamin C, and jojoba oil, that'll help even the most distressed skin. It's an absolute dream on the days when I don't get enough sleep or am dealing with any kind of stress! Plus, it's free of all kinds of synthetics and chemicals (like formaldehyde and mineral oil), so I can slather it on to my heart's content. It also doesn't hurt that it smells like Froot Loops — a treat for my inner child.
Get it from Sephora Canada for $32+ (available in two sizes). Use code FREESHIPCA to get free shipping on your order.
No tug, no chafe — this lube's probably one of the best I've ever tried (and I'm not just saying that because I got to try it for free). It's not as long lasting as a silicone-based lubricant, but that's a fair trade-off (IMO) for clean sheets and moisturized hands. It's pH neutral and the bottle's easy to use with one hand, too! *wink wink*
Get it from Indigo for $25.