With the long weekend just a day away, it’s official: summer is here! While you might be ready to bounce out of your office chair and hit the cottage/park/patio as soon as possible, we have a few suggestions on how to make your long weekend even better—beauty-wise, that is! From the newest trend in waxing to a sure-fire way to cure those Monday night “the weekend is over” blues, here’s your guide to getting ready for the weekend faster than you can say TGIF.
Did you go into hair removal hibernation over winter? No worries! There's still time to get an appointment from a place you may not know of, but certainly can trust. Wax-focused salons are popping up across Canada, offering spa-quality services at very affordable prices. Even better: online booking means you can schedule a last-minute appointment without your coworkers overhearing your request for a Brazilian. <br />
In Toronto, try <b>Fuzz</b> (<i>$45 for a Brazilian, <a href="http://fuzzwaxbar.com/">fuzzwaxbar.com</a></i>) or <b>Waxon Wax Bar</b> (<i>$43 for a Brazilian, <a href="http://www.waxon.ca">waxon.ca</a></i>).
Speaking of waxes, nothing ruins your first weekend in a bathing suit like ingrown hairs. But it's time to rejoice: thanks to <b>Prince Reigns</b>, an anti-ingrown serum that really (honestly!) works, you can spend the entire summer bump free. Exfoliate before you shower, slather it on after and you'll never have to deal with a pesky ingrown again. <br />
Prince Reigns ingrown hair serum (<i>$30, <a href="http://www.waxon.ca/prince-reigns-ingrown-hair-serum.html">waxon.ca</a></i>)<br />
While it's tempting to spend the whole weekend soaking up the sun, your skin will thank you if you instead load up on the SPF and let <b>St. Tropez</b> do all the bronzing. The gel formula makes it extremely easy to apply and the colour will last even longer than the long weekend.<br />
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Gel (<i>$35, <a href="http://www.sephora.com/self-tan-bronzing-gel-P307305?skuId=1413574">sephora.com</a></i>)<br />
The last thing you want to do on a long weekend is waste time applying your usual routine of serums, moisturizers, and makeup. (Especially if you're at a cottage—you do not want to be that person.) Enter the BB cream, which is jam-packed with everything good: anti-oxidants, moisturizer, SPF and a touch of colour that will make your skin look flawless.<br />
<b>Estée Lauder</b> Daywear Multi-Perfecting Beauty Benefit Creme (<i>$45, <a href="http://www.thebay.com/eng/beauty-skinsolutions-DayWear_Multi_Perfecting_Beauty_Benefit_Cr_me_SPF_35-thebay/235840">thebay.com</a></i>)<br />
Want to offset the Monday night blues that always come around when a long weekend is about to end? Plan a bit of pampering! <b>Life Brand</b>'s After Sun Mask demands at least 10 minutes of relaxation while it soothes, using green tea and aloe vera to hydrate sun-kissed (or scorched) skin.<br />
Life Brand SunThera3 Hydrating After Sun Mask (<i>$3, at Shoppers Drug Mart</i>)