The Etiket Traveler

Winter Vacation Essentials

Not sure what to pack for a winter getaway? Discover the skincare, makeup and haircare essentials I'm packing for my upcoming tropical vacation!

I’m jetting off. In an attempt to flee the cold Canadian winter we’ve been enduring, I’ve booked a trip with my friends to the tropical island of Turks and Caicos. I always pack light when I travel, especially when I’m going somewhere warm. A few bathing suits, shorts, a sundress or two, and of course, some beauty essentials. Keep reading to discover the products I can’t possibly leave without!

SKINCARE

Let me preface this blog post by saying that I will be checking a bag. When you’re like me and are unwilling to compromise on skincare and beauty products, you always check a bag. Trying to fit all of your essentials into that small plastic bag TSA gives you at the airport is a sport, and I want no part of it. For my cleanser, I’m bringing the Pro-Derm Gentle Cleanser. It’s been a staple in my skincare routine for over a year now and I just can’t get enough. I will also be adding my Phloretin CF Vitamin C Serum from SkinCeuticals. I use it everyday, but it’s especially important when you’re getting a lot of sun exposure. As you may or may not know, vitamin C compensates for sunscreen’s inherent shortcomings by neutralizing the free radical damage that sun exposure causes. They literally play a defensive role by diffusing the effects of the bad rays that make it through your sunscreen.

For sunscreen, I will be bringing my Sunforgettable Enviroscreen Protection Face Shield and the Sunforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen to re-apply my SPF throughout the day. In the event that I get a little too much sun, I like to bring a soothing moisturizer for my skin, just in case. The Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion is definitely a must when venturing off on a beach getaway. Like a wheatgrass shot for your skin, this lotion delivers powerful antioxidants and nourishing, soothing ingredients that help skin bounce-back after a day in the sun. For my body, I use the new COOLA Mineral Sunscreen Spray. It’s lightweight, offers SPF30 protection and is water-resistant!

MAKEUP

I like to keep my makeup simple when I’m on vacation. The weather is hot and humid, so I’m usually either in the water or dabbing my face with blotting papers. For that reason, minimal makeup is key. I’ve decided to bring the RMS ‘Un’ Cover-Up to use as a concealer and to cover-up any imperfections. I’m also bringing ILIA’s Limitless Lash Mascara and the Colorescience Color Balm Collection. This kit comes with three balm shades: blush, berry, bronze. The great thing about these shades is that they can work as a blush, bronzer, eye shadow and lip tint. Plus, they offer SPF50 protection. When I travel, I look for versatility in my products, and the Color Balm Collection offers just that!

HAIRCARE

I’m pretty simple when it comes to my hair. I will pack my favourite shampoo and conditionner duo: R&CO’s Gemstone Color Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as R&CO’s Rockaway Salt Spray. My hair is naturally curly, so I like to lean into the beach hair look when I’m at the beach. This spray adds volume and texture and just accentuates my natural beachy curls. I also pack Rahua’s Hydration Detangler, especially when I know I’m going to be spending my days in the ocean and at the pool! This product helps keep hair detangled, moisturizes hair, smooths frizz, prevents breakage and damage, and provides color-treated hair with photoprotection. Everything you need on a beach vacation.

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Skin Care

Best Sunscreens to Re-Apply Over Makeup

Did you know that you should re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours when you're spending time outdoors? Re-application can get tricky once you've applied your makeup for the day, which is why many choose to skip this step. However, we carry a number of products that allow you to touch-up your sunscreen throughout the day, without messing up your look. Let's discover them together!

At Etiket, we’re all about sunscreen and keeping our skin protected from the sun. However, when our makeup is looking good, and our skin is looking glowy, the last thing we want to do is rub a liquid sunscreen on top of our perfectly made-up face. For that reason, we came-up with a re-application strategy that will allow you to keep your skin protected, while keeping your makeup intact.

STEP 1. Start With an SPF Base

In this article, we will introduce you to some great SPF products that allow you to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day. However, none of them are as efficient as a solid SPF base. A solid SPF base includes any of our broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection sunscreens of at least SPF30. Experts recommend you apply a tablespoon of a liquid sunscreen to the face, and a shot glass to your body. Once this base is applied, your re-application will serve as a touch-up throughout the day as your base slowly wears off with sweat and daily wear. Here are some of the bestselling broad-spectrum sunscreens we sell at Etiket.

Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50 SKINCEUTICALS
UV Clear SPF46
ELTAMD
Tinted Mineral Face Cream
PRO-DERM

STEP 2. Use a Powder Sunscreen

Once your base has been applied, skincare experts recommend re-applying sunscreen after two hours have passed. This task can be challenging once makeup has been applied and we’re either at the office, or out with friends. For that reason, we recommend reaching for a powder sunscreen. They deliver consistent UVA/UVB protection, and allow you to touch-up your makeup throughout the day. Keep shine at bay with these powder sunscreens from some of our most popular brands.

Sunforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen COLORESCIENCE
Radiant Translucent Powder SPF 20
ILIA
Mineral Loose Powder SPF 50
PRO-DERM

STEP 3. Mist For a Quick Refresh

Who doesn’t love a facial mist? It’s a quick and easy way to refresh your skin mid-afternoon. If you’re into toners and essences then you’ll love an SPF facial mist! When your skin is in need of a boost, mist away and provide your skin with the SPF touch-up it needs. Not only do these sprays provide environmental protection, but they also are packed with hydrating ingredients that’ll give you an instant glow!

Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30
COOLA
Refreshing Water Mist SPF 20
COOLA

MAKEUP WITH SPF

There are some makeup products that provide added SPF protection. However, experts advise against skipping the liquid SPF base and jumping right to SPF makeup products, as they don’t usually provide as much protection as solid sunscreen products. However, they can help you touch-up your sunscreen throughout the day and/or get that added SPF you’ll need if you’re spending your day out and about! Here are some of our favourites.

Mattifying Perfector
COLORESCIENCE
Rosilliance BB Cream
COOLA
Color Balm Collection (Blush, Berry, Bronze)
COLORESCIENCE

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All Calm Multi Correction Serum from Colorescience
Skin Care

New Launch from Colorescience: All Calm Multi Correction Serum

Colorescience just launched a new serum specifically designed for sensitive, redness-prone skin. Introducing the All Calm Multi Correction Serum, a calming force in your skincare routine.

The new All Calm® Multi-Correction Serum features proprietary, clinically proven BioSolace® ingredient complex to help calm vulnerable and sensitive skin and, with continued use, helps address the appearance of redness-prone skin. The addition of Crystalide™ helps to support epidermal integrity while Phytomoist and Glycerin provide intense hydration. The result is smoother, deeply hydrated, more luminous skin.

This serum is effective on its own, but the brand recommends its use with two of their other star products: All Calm Redness Corrector SPF 50 and the Sunforgettable® Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50. Why use these them together? These three products work collectively to address the key factors impacting sensitive skin; such as redness, dehydration and physical signs of itching and burning. The All Calm® Sensitive Skin Regimen was clinically studied to be used as a stand-alone regimen or can be incorporated into an existing skincare routine.

In a 12-week clinical study conducted to assess the efficacy, tolerability and global improvement of the All Calm® Clinical Redness Regimen, 100% of subjects agreed they saw overall improvement in their appearance, with skin that looked and felt healthier with less noticeable facial redness and skin inflammation. Furthermore, 93% of subjects found their skin texture to be smoother, softer and less rough, while 73% agreed that the serum alone calmed their skin upon application.

Our staff has fallen in love with the All Calm Clinical Redness Corrector as it blurs imperfections and hides any facial redness. We have no doubt that this new addition to the All Calm collection will be just as effective and well received!

SENSITIVE SKIN ROUTINE

If you struggle with sensitive skin and want to incorporate the All Calm Sensitive Skin Regimen into a more complete routine, we have a few recommendations for you. To start off your routine, we recommend you opt for a gentle cleanser. One that will clean your skin without over-stripping it. Pai Skincare is renowned for its sensitive skin friendly products. Their Middlemist Seven Cream Cleanser is no exception. Specifically designed for reactive-prone skin, Pai’s gentle cleanser lifts away dirt and makeup with ease, while protecting the skin’s delicate oil and pH balance. SkinCeuticals also carries a gentle cleanser that is tough on makeup and sunscreen, but gentle on skin. When it comes to moisturizers, we recommend Pai’s The Anthemis Chamomile & Rosehip Moisturizer, as it deeply hydrates the skin and is formulated to quickly calm flare-ups of visible redness and irritation. For more product recommendations, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

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