Remember hot sand sifting between your toes? An inviting aroma wafting from a backyard barbecue? The cool refreshment of a sticky popsicle? Oh, summer! How we have missed you! Thankfully, our long wait is almost over. To make the most of this cherished season, slice.ca wants you to be all prepped and ready to go. With our handy checklist of tips, you’ll be all set to dive straight into summer’s deep end. Cannonball, anyone?
Sandal season beckons! Time to show your hands and feet some love! After months spent hibernating in gloves and boots, our nails are feeling neglected. Make up for lost time with a pampering manicure and pedicure. Many summery nail polish shades are vying for your attention; sample one, sample all, and restore the shimmer to your fingers and toes. What better way to showcase that cocktail ring you’ve had your eye on or your new funky wedges?
There are so many wonderful things to look forward to with summer’s arrival. Waxing isn’t one of them! But a girl’s got to take the good with the bad, right? Sure, it hurts, but once the pain is over, the results are worth the ouch factor. Every morning, you’ll be grateful that you don’t have to dedicate precious shower time to hair removal. Remember, every sacred second of summer counts. Do you really want to spend it shaving your legs?
Summer Makeup Trial
Ever had a summer makeup meltdown? You’re not alone! The sticky temperatures that come with sunny days in July and August can play havoc with your cosmetic routine. Gooey, runny make-up cascading down your cheeks is not pretty. Spare yourself the humiliation by doing a test run of your makeup before the humidex hits. Re-evaluate your moisturizer, foundation, and concealer. Do you need as much as you did during the winter? Can you use only sunscreen, a little powder, and lip gloss instead? If you’re not sure, book a visit with your favourite beauty counter and have a professional consultation. A little pre-planning now will help save face later!
When the temperature starts to climb, the urge to purge our toasty sweaters, boots, and parkas goes into overdrive. This itch signals that it’s time to become reacquainted with your tanks, shorts, light-weight skirts, and sandals. It’s easy to forget the goodies lurking in the back of your closet. Pull out all your summer favourites for an afternoon of re-discovery. Clothes that are worn out or no longer fit should be placed into piles destined for the garbage or charitable donation. All the leftovers—clothes you love and can’t wait to wear again—can find permanent residence in your wardrobe. While it’s fun to be reunited with your summer favourites, this exercise also helps determine what pieces you need to replace or add to your collection. The best part? You won’t feel guilty about a much-needed shopping session. It’s a win-win.
Sclero-what, you may ask? Have no fear! Sclerotherapy is the fancy name for spider vein treatment. For women who feel embarrassed by these small reddish-blue leg veins, Sclerotheraphy is a godsend. Treatment is easy and can even be done on your lunch hour. A doctor injects a solution into the tiny veins causing them to shrink and vanish. But will it hurt? Most patients feel the prick of the needle and notice some bruising afterwards, but discomfort is generally minimal. Treated spider veins should disappear in a few weeks time, never to return. A pre-summer visit or two should have you ready for shorts in no time. Sclerotherapy clinics are located across Canada. A Google search will find an experienced doctor near you.
While it’s exciting to capture a last-minute travel deal, it makes more sense to coordinate your summer holiday in advance. Often the best flights, hotels, even cottages are snapped up early, so don’t be left out of the fun. Examine your schedule before summer kicks off to see if there’s a window of holiday opportunity in your future. Speak with your boss about time off and start researching different scenarios, so you’re well-versed in potential destinations. Whether you’re seeking an adventure overseas or sun-drenched stay at a provincial park, it pays to be organized and prepared. Plus, an early start leaves you with plenty of time to shop for vacation essentials!
Written by: Jackie Middleton
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