Summer beauty: Top travel products (and destinations!) from the makers of your favourite Canadian beauty brands
We chat with the names behind some of Canada’s top beauty brands to find out where they’re vacationing this summer—and the products they’re packing for the trip.
You’ve decided on your summer vacation destination months ago—and you’re actually leaving. Soon. While it’s tempting to try to pack along your entire
summer beauty routine for the trip, airport weight restrictions and irrepressible self-control say otherwise. Take your cues from the top names in Canadian beauty and pare down your beauty essentials—or go for the travel-sized equivalents—before jetting off to your overdue time away. We asked these Canadian beauty experts for their go-to travel beauty products and where they’re taking them this summer.
Beauty expert: Hana Zalzal, founder and president, Cargo Cosmetics
Double-duty travel beauty: Zalal’s summer beauty picks? “Cargo OneBase, this is the perfect product for travel—it’s the ultimate concealer and foundation in one. I even wear OneBase when I am wearing no other makeup. It conceals redness around the nose and dark circles but then perfectly blends out to my natural skin tone. And Cargo Better-than-Waterproof mascara: it acts like a waterproof mascara –won’t run, smudge or flake— but comes off with warm water and gentle pressure. No need to travel with tons of makeup remover!”
Coast to coast: “My favorite places to vacation in the summer are the two places that are not only spectacular but fill me with national pride: First is Montebello, Que. I love the Canadiana feel of Le Chateau Montebello. As well, the hotel has such a great history and heritage. It’s a Canadian gem. We are taking a French exchange student there this summer; second is Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. The scenery so beautiful, you almost hear angels singing.”
Beauty expert: Viviane Colpron, vice-president of marketing, Lise Watier Cosmétiques
Summer beauty skin care: “Our favourite must-have beauty product to travel with this summer is the SunSmart Tinted Universal UV Shield with SPF 30. In addition to the solar protection it provides, the fact that the product is tinted gives a healthy, lightly tanned glow, which is perfect while travelling during the summer vacation. Also, the product being so convenient because it can be applied under or over makeup and at any time of the day, it makes it even more indispensable!”
Island hop hopeful: “Even though we work in the beauty industry with cosmetics all day long, we all love to stay in shape and do sporty activities after five. So we have determined that our favourite place to vacation in the summer is Hawaii. Because we all love to soak up the sunrays and do fun and active activities such as surfing, Hawaii is definitely the best place to do so. We love the destination for many reasons, but also to relax and take the time to admire the breathtaking sunsets.”
Beauty expert: Karen Clark, co-founder, The Green Beaver Company
Bare essentials: "I keep it to a bare minimum. My two essentials, apart from toothpaste and deodorant, are a facial cleanser and a facial moisturizer with an SPF."
Ultimate staycation: "Here at home in Canada, by the water. We are so lucky to have so many beautiful lakes and rivers. Our family loves to swim and go boating. There’s nothing like enjoying the great Canadian outdoors."
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Beauty expert: Rebecca Cook, founder, Bare Love Beauty
Beauty bases covered: "I take the Bare Love Beauty three-piece collection whenever and wherever I go. The light yet luxurious oil-based treatments keep my skin and hair radiant, especially during hot summer days. I also love butter LONDON’s nail lacquers, they offer such pretty colours!"
Sweet Canadian escape: "In the summer, I love visiting Muskoka Lakes with my family! I’m passionate about
natural beauty and there’s nothing more serene than watching a lakeside sunset with my baby son."
Beauty expert: Mario Verrilli, hair stylist and founder, Saijojo
Taking the heat: “Saijojo Styling Glaze for hair, which will be re-launched as Styling Creme in the next couple of weeks! Great hold and humidity resistant. And Aveda All Sensitive moisturizer— gentle ingredients yet very conditioning.”
Great white north takeoff: “I love taking my family to Northern Ontario—Sudbury (that is where I’m from) and Elliot Lake (where my wife is from). There are a lot of beautiful lakes and trails, the kids love it. I also like the scenery on the drive up.”
Beauty expert: Priti Patel, co-founder, Vasanti Cosmetics
Brighter travels: “Vasanti Sun Peached Glow – amazing all over brightening mineral powder that gives my skin a gorgeous peachy glow. And Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (love that we have deluxe sample sizes of this— perfect for travel, ‘cause my skin can’t go without this in the summer)!”
Batter up: “I’m a baseball fan and I love travelling to the States in the summer to experience a ball game at different stadiums across the country. Last year, it was Wrigley Field in beautiful Chicago and this year I’m hoping to get out to Miami to check out the brand new Marlins Park.”
Beauty expert: Caroline Cohen, founder and marketing director, NOIR Cosmetics
Eye-catching vacay: “Undoubtedly, my only go-to product for the summer is the NOIR long-wear eyeliner in Forever Noir. I like to keep my summer look very natural, with the only makeup being
finely lined eyes for nice definition and standout eyes. Every woman wants to ensure her eyeliner won’t budge or smudge when the heat is on. With this waterproof, extra long-wear eyeliner, you’ll get a hold on your look from sunset to sultry sunrise.”
Flying south: “South America is my ultimate vacation getaway. The scenery is inspiring and so vibrant.”