What’s Your Secret?

Summertime is a season to be seen – between the increase of event invitations to the fact you aren’t bundled up under a toque and scarf, most people will take care to put a bit of extra effort into their summertime appearance. With that in mind, today I’ve rounded up a few summer beauty secrets that you can work into your routine (or share with a friend – hello gifts!) that also have a natural twist, to ensure your keeping that glowing, healthy look no matter what. Moody Sisters Dry ShampooDry Shampoo – $14 @ Moody Sisters Skincare
Here’s a fact: washing your hair every day (particularly in the sunny days of summer) is no good for your mane. But of course, I’m sympathetic if you’ve got grease at the roots. The answer? Dry shampoo. Typically speaking, these powders (or sprays) contain ingredients like (gasp) aluminum, to basically plug up your oil-producing pores (and soak up whatever oil there is). But this natural alternative is vegan-friendly and just as effective as providing a boost of lift at the roots while getting red of greasy bedhead. As a bonus, this cute tin also comes equipped with its own powder puff for precise application.

KMF Moisture Shave

Natural Moisture Shaves – From $4.99 @ Kiss My Face
Summer is also about showing off those stems. Some of the foaming agents in regular shave creams can be really harsh and drying to your already parched legs. Kiss My Face’s 4-in-1 Moisture Shave solutions offer plenty of protection from your razor blade while also soaking up your skin in rich, moisturizing oils. With six lovely scents to choose from (including a fragrance free option), you can also lather up knowing that there’s no artificial fragrances in this cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-friendly cream.

The-Body-Shop-All-In-One-BB-CreamAll-In-One BB Cream – $20 @ The Body Shop
I’ve used many CC Creams and BB Creams at this point, but I have to say I’m pretty impressed by The Body Shop’s entry into the category. And apparently I’m not alone – the stuff is so popular, a bottle flies off the shelves every 27 seconds globally. When you squeeze it out of the tube (and a little goes a l-o-n-g way), it actually comes out as a sort of creamy white lotion with little flecks in it. As you rub it into your skin, it blends in flawlessly, to even out your complexion, cover up redness, and moisturize to boot. Best of all, I looked it up on one my favourite resources for testing the quality of ingredients in cosmetics products, and it ranks incredibly low – at a harmless 2 out of 10 – making it great for those of you that don’t want a skin-clogging product.


Tom's of Maine Oral CareSimply White Toothpaste and Cleansing Mouthwash – From $4.99 @ Tom’s of Maine
Planning to pucker up with a summer romance this season? Then make sure your breath is as fresh as can be, whether you’ve spent the day hiking or lounging by the pool. Going natural offers up a few benefits. For one thing, the effect is super long-lasting. I’ve been using Tom’s of Maine Simply White Toothpaste for awhile now, and yes my teeth look more sparkling, but more importantly, I wake up and I don’t have horrible dragon-esque morning breath. It’s magic! For another, both of these products are free from some of the harsh ingredients in regular toothpastes and mouthwashes, such as fluoride, glycerin, triclosan, and SLS. These mouth freshening products will admittedly take a little bit to get used to as they’re not nearly as ‘sweet’ as convetional brand, but once you enjoy the benefits, you’ll be hard-pressed to switch back.

MaskerAideMaskerAide Face Masks – $5.99 each
I. Am. In. Love. These face masks are absolutely incredible! First of all, they’re from a Canadian brand, instantly giving them some extra adoration from myself. Secondly, they work. I put on a face mask of some sort on a weekly basis, and it’s hard for me to really see a noticeable difference after I’ve scrubbed off the clay. But with these paper face masks soaked in rich essential oils (perfect for travel, btw), after a 10-20 minute intense hydration experience, I have the world’s most glowing, refreshed skin – it’s almost as if I’ve just stepped out from the spa and gotten a facial. As an extra benefit, each of the masks offer up something different. Whether you’ve been partying all night or about to head to a notable fete, there’s a mask for you. Particularly useful for summer? The ‘Weather Warrior’, which promises to soothe sun-chapped skin. As a bonus tip, use the extra oils in the package and lavish your neck and decolletage!

I hope you enjoyed my tour of some amazing ways to up your summer beauty game. Now I’ve got an awesome prize package for one lucky winner, valued at over $70. Interested in winning? Here’s how to enter:

1) Okay beauties – tell me in the comments below by July 13, 2014: which of these natural summer beauty secrets is tops on your list? Why?

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around July 14, 2014 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry #1: Follow Moody Sisters on Twitter. Tweet @ em (and tag me @cdngiftguide). Link back to your Tweet below!

5) Bonus Entry #2: Follow Kiss My Face on Twitter, Tweet @ em (and tag me @cdngiftguide). Link back to your Tweet below!

6) Bonus Entry #3: Follow Tom’s of Maine on Twitter. Tweet @ em (and tag me @cdngiftguide). Link back to your Tweet below!

7) Bonus Entry #4: Like MaskerAide on Facebook. Leave a comment on which mask you’re most in need of. Link back to your comment below!




85 Responses to “What’s Your Secret?”
  1. Kimberley says:

    On the top of my list is the Natural Moisture Shaves. My legs are always dry and itchy and I like an alternative to shaving cream.

  2. Tricia Dickie says:

    The Weekend Warrior Maskeraide Face Mask – I have a 7 year old in Soccer and both of my children (10 & 7) are on our town’s swim team. That means I am either out on a soccer field 3 days/afternoons a week or I am at the pool ( I swear I have my own seat!). Being out in the elements or exposed to the chemicals at the pool – my skin really starts to show it! I love using the essential oils – I use them already and really like the results.

  3. cookie3 says:

    I’d love to give some of those MaskerAide masks a try. They sound awesome & I love that they are perfect for travel. I also think they’d make a great stocking stuffer so I will be earmarking the idea for later in the year.

  4. dorcontest says:

    The All-In-One BB Cream – so it can even out my dark spots. Thanks πŸ™‚
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  5. diane says:

    The Natural Moisture Shaves is at the top of the list. Vegan and no artificial fragrance does it for me.

  6. Erin McSweeney says:

    I’ve been wanting to try All-In-One BB Cream – $20 @ The Body Shop, help with my dark spots and make my skin a lot more even

  7. Honestly, I haven’t tried any but they are all super brands that produce top quality stuff! I’d love to try the Kiss my Face Moisture Shave!

  8. Bonus entry # 4 I liked Maskeraide on FB and posted a comment – I would love to try the Pre-Party Prep, but they all look great!

  9. kittypride says:

    I agree about The Body Shop BB cream, it blends well, covers redness and you only need a little bit to do the job, great product!

  10. Cairine says:

    I would like to try the All In One BB Cream as I haven’t tried any of these creams and I have been wondering about them.

  11. ikkinlala says:

    The Natural Moisture Shaves are at the top of my list, because it’s hard to find a shaving cream without synthetic fragrances (I’ve been using soap but it doesn’t work as well).

  12. May says:

    All-In-One BB Cream is on the top of my list because I just love trying BB creams and still trying to find the right one!

  13. Bree says:

    Simply White Toothpaste and Cleansing Mouthwash I need to get rid of some of the harsh ingredients out there!

  14. mousecat says:

    the The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream is at the top of my list!

  15. tammy ta says:

    I’ve always wanted to try Tom’s toothpaste and mouth wash.

  16. Holly says:

    I like BB creams so I would try the Body Shop All-In-One cream!

  17. Audrey Skinner says:

    I am eager to try the All-in-One BB Cream to even out my skin tone.

  18. Janet says:

    I want to try the Body Shop’s All In One BB Cream-I’m sure it’s great quality!

  19. I want to try the All In One BB Cream from The Body Shop,,sounds great,I love trying out new BB creams,haven`t found a great one I like really well yet.

  20. beewbedard says:

    I like the Dry Shampoo – I have always wanted to try out a dry shampoo

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  22. Susan says:

    I’ve never tried BB cream, so would love to try The Body Shop’s All In One BB Cream!

  23. Julie G. says:

    The Tom’s Simply White Toothpaste is my pick – you can never have teeth that are too white!

  24. Annie D says:

    So many of my favourite products. I’m a big fan of Moody Sisters products and Kiss my Face! I have been thinking about trying the Body Shop BB cream so that is on the top of my list.

  25. Annie D says:

    Already following Moody Sisters, tweeted :https://twitter.com/anniebalanie/status/481972299403231232

  26. Annie D says:

    liked MaskerAide on facebook and commented :https://www.facebook.com/MaskerAideBeauty/posts/642704452481916

  27. Susan T. says:

    I have tried the MaskerAide Face Masks before and love them so they top my list. I find that they make my skin softer and smoother which makes sunscreen absorb better and makeup go on smoother!

  28. Susan T. says:

    Bonus #4: I like Maskeraide on FB as Susan Terendy.
    My post: https://www.facebook.com/susan.terendy/posts/10152061354831486

  29. Mike Mottishaw says:

    I ‘d love to try out Uncle Tom’s toothpaste & mouthwash- I drink quite a bit of fresh-ground coffee and sometimes need a little whitening kick!

  30. The-Body-Shop-All-In-One-BB-Cream is at the top of my list. I prefer to use BB cream instead of foundation and would love to see how this one works with my skin.

  31. Evan says:

    The Simply White Toothpaste and Cleansing Mouthwash – From $4.99 @ Tom’s of Maine looks great. Especially for all of us with dental appointments in the months ahead. Thank you.

  32. Taps says:

    I am looking for a good shave cream. will definitely want to try Natural Moisture Shaves – Kiss My Face

  33. Judy Williams says:

    The dry shampoo so I can clean my greasy roots without drying out all my hair

  34. Alison K says:

    Of these natural summer beauty secrets, “Dry Shampoo – $14 @ Moody Sisters Skincare” tops on my list because I ride my bicycle to work & wash my hair 2x a day, which makes my hair dry & unmanageable. This might help & I like that it’s a natural alternative.

  35. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry #1: Followed Moody Sisters on Twitter & tweeted https://twitter.com/SoulSeeker0/status/482338801449070593

  36. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry #2: Followed Kiss My Face on Twitter & tweeted https://twitter.com/SoulSeeker0/status/482340382995259394

  37. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry #3: Followed Tom’s of Maine on Twitter & tweeted https://twitter.com/SoulSeeker0/status/482341460441071616

  38. Amber says:

    Kiss My Face 4-in-1 moisture is my go to product for the Summer. I love all products from Kiss My Face.

  39. I like the toms toothpaste, it definitely works

  40. Angela Mitchell says:

    I loooove dry shampoo but I haven’t tried this particular brand yet or any more natural product so I’d love to try the Dry Shampoo byMoody Sisters Skincare.

  41. janicour says:

    All-In-One BB Cream – $20 @ The Body Shop I hae been wanting to try a BB cream. I love the body Shop .

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  45. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d love to try the dry shampoo as they are a lifesaver in the summer heat!

  46. lauriecburns says:

    I love dry Shampoos! I don’t like to wash my hair everyday, what a miracle product!

  47. Glogirl says:

    The MaskerAide Face Masks tops my list because I love the fresh, clean skin feeling after using one.

  48. BlessedTA says:

    MaskerAide Face Masks – sounds like a good products

  49. Dreena says:

    Tops on my list are the products from Tom’s of Maine. I only use natural toothpastes (fluoride-free) and really like them.

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  51. Marlene says:

    MaskerAide Face Masks – $5.99 each I love facemasks~

  52. jessica eapen says:

    The dry shampoo because it would help extend the life of my hair color!

  53. Vicki H says:

    the Moody Sisters dry shampoo. My daughter wants to get some dry shampoo for her long hair (no good to wash frequently) but I had no idea some contain aluminum. this would be ideal

  54. The Moody Sisters dry shampoo – soo useful in the summer, but it’s hard to find a good one 😦

  55. Anne says:

    Commented and really like the masks!

  56. Anne says:

    I love the bb masks – such good coverage and you need so little!

  57. linnett says:

    Discovered Toms of Maine toothpaste and mouth wash a couple of years ago, just love it, its refreshing, clean tasting and love the fact it is all natural. Thanks

  58. lisa bolduc says:

    I love the bb creams because I can use some good coverage

  59. Donnas says:

    I didn’t realize that the BB cream from The Body Shop was so popular. I’ve been buying mine at the drug store. I’ll head out to the mall this week and visit the Body Shop and pick some up.

  60. Donnas says:

    I follow Moody Sisters on Twitter and tweeted:

  61. Donnas says:

    I follow Kiss My Face on Twitter

  62. Donnas says:

    I’m following Tom’s of Maine on Twitter

  63. Donnas says:

    I like MaskerAide on Facebook as Donna Lee.

  64. Leah M says:

    I love the bb cream. It’s perfect when it’s too hot to put makeup on but when you still want coverage!

  65. Athena says:

    I’d love to try All-In-One BB Cream – $20 @ The Body Shop – it sounds perfect for those summer days

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  69. tennille says:

    The Natural Moisture Shaves looks great!

  70. Sunshine G says:

    The masks – everyone can use a summer deep clean!

  71. Sara says:

    The Moody Sisters dry shampoo! I hate washing my hair in the summer because I hate having to use the hair dryer with the hot weather, dry shampoo would be great!

  72. Natalie SQ says:

    Some dry shampoo is at the top of my list, I am trying this new hair regimen to help my curly hair through the summer months, so far so good. The not washing for several days gets me going though, maybe dry shampoo would be a good alternative.

  73. The all in one BB cream would be my choice. I’m using a similar product from the drugstore and am not too happy with it so would love to try out the body shop’s product.

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