I’m forever intrigued by things that humanize celebrities and influencers. Lists like the famed Proust Questionnaire (via Vanity Fair) and The Strategist’s What I Can’t Live Without are two of my favourite sources to find out more about these people. I’ve compiled my own ‘What I Can’t Live Without’ list specific to the summer season.
Sunnies Studios Kinga in Gold Full Brown
The one store I didn’t get to go to while I was in Manila was Sunnies Studios so I was delighted when Nicole brought me a couple of pairs over when she came to visit back in June. I got the Kinga and the Winona in Gold Dark Green and I haven’t even gotten a chance to wear the Winona because I haven’t worn anything else but the Kinga in over two months! I really love the shape and colour. This is the first time I’ve bought a pair of shades without trying them on and thankfully it worked out well.
The first time I tried this, it brought me back to my grade school days when our school cafeteria would sell melon juice with grated strings of melon in it for Php15. This tastes exactly like that sans the strings. I bought maybe 20 sachets to bring back to Toronto and have been bringing a sachet of this with a bottle of gin to every party I’ve been to this summer. I also made it a point to buy other flavours. I have buko, mangosteen, sweet ponkan, guyabano, dalandan, calamansi, and every imaginable flavour you can think of.
My love affair with David’s Tea knows no bounds. A couple of summers ago I bought a tumbler that allowed me to drink their iced tea of the day for a dollar. This summer, my client told me about their new single serving iced tea press. It has truly revolutionized my iced tea drinking. Less clean up, more drinking. It went on sale for $9 when it was originally 30 so I was more than happy to swipe one up. It’s amazing.
My friend Nadine and I attended a brunch festival sponsored by Bud Light Radler and that’s where I got to try it for the first time. Needless to say, I’ve been drinking it all summer. I bring it to barbeques, to my friend’s cottage, and even at festivals. I find this far more superior than the Stiegl Grapefruit Radler (cheaper too).
The search for the best travel friendly highlighter is over and it is no other than Wisp. It is the most versatile highlighter I’ve ever used. I can use it with or without a base, use it with my fingers or a brush, and during my most fair to my most tan phases. And it’s eight dollars. Get on the Colourpop train if you haven’t yet.
I bought this pair three years ago when on a trip back home my luggage got lost in Chicago and took a few days to get to me. I’d been wanting to grab a pair since I saw them on Love Taza ( she and all her children wear them, it’s adorable) so what better time to get it while shoe-less and in Manila? I’ve worn this pair to the beach, a desert, up a mountain, gone swimming with it, gone to festivals with it, walked around the city, and basically every activity under the sun (and even in the rain). The great thing about these sandals is that the leather gets softer whenever it gets wet; it’s like it molds to your feet even more. I ended up getting another pair off Amazon because I loved it so much. I haven’t bought another summer sandal over the couple of years since I discovered this.
This is not a sponsored post, even though I joked about it on my Instagram. Yes, my cousin works for J&J, but my love for this product goes way before her employment. However I was reminded of this powder when I went home at the tail end of Manila summer and she provided me with an array of cooling products in my bathroom, including this and the line’s cooling gel lotion and cooling bath. I apply this everywhere. In your bra and specifically under your boobs, in your pits, on the back of your neck, in between your legs (especially if you’re wearing skirts). I basically douse myself in this before I leave the house. I love it so much I brought back five 200g bottles of it for my cousins who are just as sweaty as me.
Let me start by saying I’m not here for the whitening purposes of this product (you know me, I believe I’m a better person when I’m tan). I’m here for the fact that this takes out a second step when it comes to my body care regime. It’s sticky enough in the summer, I don’t want to put lotion and then SPF. This isn’t greasy at all which is excellent especially when it’s humid out.
That’s my summer in a nutshell. Do you have any can’t live without products/ services/ etc for the summer? Share them with me.