Five Summer Must Haves – and a Giveaway!

It’s been beautiful outside a few days in a row, and in my mind that means that summer is officially here!  I’ve been transitioning to summer products for a while, and here are the ones that I consider to be must-haves!

1. Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture SPF 15.  This is the perfect moisturizer for the summer when your skin might be a little bit oilier.  This oil-free wonder is a light and refreshing lotion that absorbs into skin leaving it hydrated so that it doesn’t overproduce oil.  The SPF 15 is a nice touch, and in a pinch, I slather this all over my neck and arms too so that they’re also protected from the sun.

2. The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray.  Everyone in my family is addicted to this stuff because it cools feet instantly.  It’s a boon on a really hot day – I don’t know what I did before it!

3. Dove Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo.  This is absolutely a must-have in the summer because you might find that your hair is a little more oily.  Instead of washing and blow-drying ad nauseum, it may be a better idea to use a dry shampoo so that you can wash on alternate days! I absolutely love Dove’s new dry shampoo because it doesn’t look white on my very dark hair.  It leaves my hair fresh and clean-feeling without any of the fuss of washing.

4. Smashbox Reflection High Shine Lipgloss.  This is the best gloss that’s come out all summer.  It’s highly pigmented and very moisturizing, so it’s perfect for a low-maintenance look when you don’t want to wear lipstick.

5. Finally, my summer must-have is frozen lemonade from Tim Hortons.  I prefer the original Lemon one, and I like that I can get something cold without having to take a caffeine hit.

Thanks to Tim Hortons, you too can get your Tim Hortons fix – tell me what your summer must-have is and you could win a $25 gift card to Tim Hortons!  Just leave your comment in the comment section, and I’ll pick a winner next week!

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35 Responses to Five Summer Must Haves – and a Giveaway!

  1. Jules May 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    1. Evian Mineral Water Spray – to keep my makeup fresh and smudge free!
    2. Marc Anthony Salon Expert hairspray – not sticky, strong hold and has UV protectors
    3. An iced cap!

  2. Jeanette Raposo May 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    My summer must-have is: hot pink nail polish. It always jazzes up a typical summer outfit and just makes me feel fresh and funky!

  3. Henna May 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    This contest is way more fun than I thought it would be!
    Jules, the Evian Mineral Water Spray… what exactly do you use it for? I have three bottles lying around but never really reach for it!

  4. Laura Webster May 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Clinique Lash Power mascara. Not a waterproof mascara, but a “tube” one, that puts a little tube around each lash. Only comes off with warm water, so no smearing or raccoon eyes in hot sweaty weather.

  5. Henna May 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Laura, that’s a great summer must-have. My Elizabeth Arden eyeliner is like that too which makes it perfect for the summer.

  6. Jules May 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Henna, just give yourself a spray during the day. It cools you off on a hot day and keeps your powered makeup (ie shadow, blush, etc) fresh. It won’t smear all over the place or just come off. Good alternative if you can’t touch up

  7. Lisa May 13, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    My summer must have are blotting papers. My face is always on the oily side and without them in the heat I would be a greasy mess.

  8. Shery May 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Ooh I must try the frozen lemonade!!!
    My must-haves are: secret deodorant, batiste dry shampoo, my garnier toner in a spray bottle (cheaper than buying face mist!), and maybelline baby lips (spf20!)

  9. riann May 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    my faces are RMS cheek/lip creme in “modest” and blotting papers!

    thank you.

  10. StephanieW May 13, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Oh wow, that lipgloss looks divine…. must try it! And totally agree with your point on the dry shampoo.

    My summer must-have is a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen incorporated… such an easy way to get that lightweight layer of coverage and protect your skin from those glorious summer rays at the same time. 🙂 My fave pick is the Smashbox tinted moisturizer, SPF 15.

    Awesome post and an awesome giveaway!! Really hope I win, I love a good Timmy’s lemonade in the summer! Fingers crossed!

  11. Henna May 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Stephanie! I actually make my own tinted moisturizer by mixing some concealer into my sunblock and applying that all over my face. That way I can control the coverage that I need and get my sun protection in.

  12. maggie May 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    In the winter I find the SPF in my makeup is enough, but my summer must-have is Cliniderm Gentle Protective Lotion SPF 45. It’s a mineral sunscreen that doesn’t have a white cast and isn’t greasy at all. Took me forever to find a sunscreen that fit that bill!

  13. Glori May 14, 2012 at 5:36 am #

    Sunscreen, sunscreen and more sunscreen!

  14. Janice Cournoyer May 14, 2012 at 5:54 am #

    My summer must have would be Neutrogena moisturizing sunblock with SPF 55. I also agree that washing your hair every second day would be a better idea. Looking forward to trying the dry Dove shampoo. I usually love their products.

  15. lmc1971 May 14, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    My summer essential is a great deodarent/antiperspirent! LOL I swear by Secret Clinical Strength Water-Proof, it hasn’t failed me yet and doesn’t leave those nasty stains on my white tees/tanks.

    Thanks, Lisa

  16. Rebecca May 14, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    My summer must-have is MAC tinted moisturizer with SPF!

  17. Cynthia May 14, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    (quality and reasonably priced)

    1. Dove hair oil serum – for anti frizz, especially after exposure to chlorinated water in public swimming pool
    2. Burt’s Bees Sun Protecting lip balm – for intensive gardening (farming!)
    3. L-Oreal Future-E lotion with vitamin E and SPF – inexpensive everyday moisturizer
    4. Burt’s Bees Sensitive night creme – after a long hot day

    And some nice home-made iced tea with lime, palm sugar, and ice cubes

  18. Henna May 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Cynthia, I’m with you on the iced tea!

  19. Sumita May 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Just stumbled upon your blog while researching the Smashbox lipgloss…can’t resist entering a contest!!! My summer essentials include….sunscreen, lipbalm, foot cream( flip-flops are no good for feet even though they are comfy), sunglasses….my my the list could go on!!! On another note, the lipglosses and oil free moisturizer look heavenly…must try them next time I visit Shoppers!

  20. Henna May 15, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    Sumita, I agree about the flip flops. Need a pedicure after wearing sandals!

  21. Sally May 15, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    Bright polish for my toes. Good bye boots … hello sandals!!!!
    Alba Botanical Fragrance-Free Facial Sunscreen Lotion is a must for me!

  22. Henna May 15, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    The brighter the better. I like American Apparel Neons on my toes.

  23. DD Shiu May 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    My summer must have are flip flop and olay spf 15 tinted moizturizer!!!

  24. Henna May 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    DD, I also can’t live without flip flops! Good choice.

  25. bellaevey May 17, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    I’m definitely going to try the dry shampoo now. It will come in handy in the Summer! Thanks(:
    Rawrs, Evey

  26. bellaevey May 17, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    Oh! And my Summer must have is.. my blotting sheets!
    Rawrs, Evey

  27. Katie May 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    My summer must haves are bright pedi colours (coral! sparkles!), flip flops, sunscreen, big floppy hats and Timmy’s iced caps! :0)

  28. Henna May 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    I like your style Katie! Corals are the must have of the season.

  29. Lily May 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    I know this is a beauty blog, but… yay, Tim Hortons!
    Also, coral is so pretty on everyone!!

  30. Kathy Smith-Woodcock May 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    I ‘m not sure what to include, I find I do have quite a few things I use in the summer but have to sort of be pushed into changing maindset, digging out clothes etc. I absolutely love all types of sandals from flipflips to ofice wear. For this reason my pedicure care is a must. I am trying an new line for me called Julep, available online and they have really nice polishes. Just tonight I used the foot soak (heavenly orange) and the roller ball glycolic acid for calluses. My feet feel totally renovated and I am ready to wear sandals tomorrow! Yay the child was cooperative enough I met my goal of doing this.Right now Julep.cpm is offering an introductory box for 1penny and I then bought one for 20, well worth it products high quality.
    My other must have is bew makeup etc but first sunprotection. Lise Watier, a Canadian co I love has a great product, no greasy fell no excuses as this is just like silk. I like to control my SS by adding it myself so I can talor to my [lans, office all day, beach, time outside, different needs. I really take this serously and it took a WHILE WHEN i WAS YOUNGER. With the sun products now there is no need to go around with a shiny goopy sticky mess. I am desperate to try the new icecream at Tim Hortons, it is pricey but supposed to awesome. As a single mum its checks and balance. I eally do appreciate times like this evening when I was able to look after my feet! I will leave the guys a note in their lunch tomorrow, just not to embarassing SSHH

  31. Lisa May 18, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    My summer must have is a good waterproof mascara that won’t run when I sweat.

  32. Dana May 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    I love the new frozen lemonade as well! Next I want to try the Expresso Ice Cap! Something cool is always great in the summer!

  33. Jess Gordon May 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    My summer must have is a coral or white tank top… I just love the way it makes my tan pop!

  34. Henna May 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Jess, you’re the only one who picked a clothing item! My clothing item pick would have to be cute dresses for the days that it gets really hot.

  35. Henna May 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    Ok, y’all, this contest is now closed. The winner was Shery! Thank you all for entering.