July 25th, 2017

How to Throw the Best Beach Barbecue Bash

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It’s summertime! And while the living may be easy, planning the perfect beach barbecue requires a bit of work. Beach days can be a fun way to bring friends and family together, especially if you don’t have outdoor space at homeㅡyou can make use of public beach facilities and get some swimming in too! We’ve got everything you need to throw the best beach barbecue this summer.

1. Portable Grill

Obviously, the most important part of a beach barbecue is the barbecue! You’ll want a portable grill that is easy to set up. There may be restrictions in your area about the size of the barbecue or what kind of fuel it uses. In Vancouver, for example, any barbecue in a public park needs to be at least 75 cm off the ground. A good tabletop grill will suffice! In Alberta, check the current fire ban situation before you start planning your barbecue, but for most of the summer a gas or propane stove will be allowed.

2. Cooler

Got to keep them drinks cold! We’ve got you covered with a ton of cooler options, including this fashionable Thermos Heritage Cooler in a classic check pattern and this 36 litre Igloo Wheelie Cooler (drinks and ice get heavy!).

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3. Things to Sit On

It’s fun to hang out in the sand, but you at least need something to sit on to keep that sand out of your food. Beach towels offer double duty as a place to sit and tool to dry you off after a dip in the water. This donut printed towel is a fun pick!

If you would rather sit off the ground, there’s a number of camping chair options that will get you up higher. A foldable chair or two is easy to stash in your car trunk.

4. Music

Nothing gets the party started like some tunes! Bring a portable bluetooth speaker and play music directly from your smartphone. You’ll be the coolest person at the beach.

5. Games

For kids and kids at heart, pack some games for your party. Golf toss is easy to play and tons of fun. Bocce is another great option that requires even less equipment. Even just a frisbee can make a beach day better!

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6. Food, Drinks, and Dishes

Last but not least, a beach barbecue needs food! Food, drinks, and things to put those on and in. Burgers and hot dogs are the classic barbecue foods, but if you want to up your game and impress your friends, bring some corn on the cob and grill it up elote-style. The Mexican street dish is easier to make than you think!

Compostable paper plates are a great option for the beach, but if you have particularly liquid or greasy foods, plastic may be a better choice. For drinks, you can stick to cans and bottles, or you can class it up with cute enamel camping mugs. Just like dad used to have!

Make the most of the sunny days and breezy nights by spending time outside this summer. No matter what you choose to do, it’s always more fun with friends!



July 21st, 2017

Summer Makeup Tutorial: Sunset Eyes

This summer’s hottest eye makeup look is full of colour! The sunset eyeshadow trend has taken the beauty world by storm this season, and is all about blending together warm pink, yellow and orange eyeshadows, for a look reminiscent of a gorgeous summer sunset. Watch the tutorial video to see how you can re-create this bold yet wearable look, with the help of our Beauty Advisor Jessica.

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July 12th, 2017

Share Your Summer Travel Memories on Instagram…and IRL

Summer is the season of camping trips, beach vacations, hiking adventures and most importantly, making memories. With the extra-long days, there’s time to squeeze in even more outdoor activities. Whether you’re spending your summer being a tourist in your own town, or jet-setting to somewhere entirely new, you’re likely planning to snap a lot of photos along the way. After all, summer is fleeting, and the best way to preserve those memories is with photos.

Of course, part of preserving those memories is sharing them. We snap hundreds of photos while on vacation, but how many of them never end up seeing the light of day? Some of them get posted online to Facebook or Instagram, but there are plenty more that end up sitting on memory cards and hard drives unseen. Make the most out of your photos by printing them. There are endless ways to showcase your summer travels, from square Instagram Books and Book-Its, to photo DIYs if you’re feeling crafty.

 

Book-It Mini Books

Your photos tell a story of where you’ve been, what you’ve experienced, and what you’ve learned. It may feel bittersweet to arrive home after an incredible vacation, but it’s always fun to relive the best moments while journaling your trip in a photo book, like the 6×4 Book-It Mini Book. Pick a colourful, graphical theme and customize the layout and text to tell your story.

Instagram Books

Instagrammers rejoice, even your square photos can be turned into a photo book. Compile your Instagram-worthy shots into a 4×4 square Instagram photo book that’s wire-bound and printed on quality glossy or pearl photo paper. When family or friends ask how your summer vacation was, you can pull out your handy brag book to show them all the awesome places you explored this summer.

 

Photo Print DIYs

Start off with some good old 4×6 photo prints, and let your creativity do the rest! Collect ticket stubs and other small souvenirs throughout the summer, and use your photo prints to create a fun collage. Or make a Summer 2017 timeline to hang on the wall: pick a photo of each summer excursion, and use wooden pegs to hang them chronologically along a string.

If a traditional photo album is more your style, add your printed photos to a Pioneer Canada 150 Photo Album to showcase your favourite moments from #Canada150.

 

Don’t forget: great prints start with a great camera. If you have a vacation planned for later this summer, plan ahead and upgrade your camera so you can capture your summer memories in the best quality possible. It might be a matter of upgrading your smartphone, point-and-shoot or DSLR, or even switching up your camera’s lens to something new. You’ll appreciate the boost in quality when you go to print your photos!



July 7th, 2017

Heat-Proof & Sweat-Proof Summer Makeup Tutorial

Summer’s here, and it’s likely to be a scorcher! Luckily, our Beauty Advisor Hannah has hand-picked the best beauty products for avoiding the dreaded makeup melt. Watch the video to see how you can keep looking fabulous in the summer heat.

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June 23rd, 2017

Chroming Tutorial: The Hot New Highlighting Trend for Summer

If you try one new beauty trend this summer, this is the one to try! Our Beauty Advisor Samantha shows us how to rock the monochromatic highlighting trend coined as “chroming”. It’ll give your eyes, cheeks and lips a luminous glow, all using Youngblood’s gorgeous Luminous Crème Blush in Champagne Life!

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June 6th, 2017

Sun Care 101: A Parents’ Guide to Sun Safety

It can be time-consuming (and maybe a little annoying) to apply protective sunscreen on you and your family members—especially if these people happen to be squealing kids, just waiting to get outside in the sunshine! We’ve got some great tricks and tips for easy (ish) sun care application that will help keep your family covered. Here’s our guide to sun safety for parents.

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June 5th, 2017

Adventure Calls with Lise Watier’s Summer 2017 Collection Luxotika

Our Beauty Advisors are warming up to summer beauty, with the announcement of Lise Watier’s newest limited edition collection: Luxotika. Channeling elegance and exoticism, the collection draws its inspiration from the cosmopolitan cities and the wilderness of Africa, America and Asia. Explore all 6 new products in the Luxotika collection, from silky baked bronzer to tinted balm rich in oils.

 

Lise Watier Palette Luxotika 5-Colour Eyeshadow (Limited Edition)

A new generation of eyeshadows with an ultra-soft, cream-to-powder texture. The harmony of colours and the impeccable hold of this formula allow for a luminous and sublime look.

 

Lise Watier Lumistick Illuminating Highlighter

A multi-purpose highlighting stick that blends perfectly to illuminate the complexion with an incomparable soft glow. The creamy texture infused with vitamin E glides on effortlessly, leaving the skin beaming with radiance. The shade Pearl is ideal for fair to medium skin ones, and Gold is ideal for medium to dark skin tones.

 

Lise Watier Dramatique Gel Liner

The Dramatique Gel Liner offers extreme precision, absolute hold, and an intense colour as soon as it is applied. Its innovative gel formula withstands heat, humidity, as well as water. It can be used as a liner or can be smudged right after applying to instantly create a smokey look. Lise Watier has also added a special limited edition colour, Luxotika: Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Greenery!

 

 

Lise Watier Luxoil Lipstick (Limited Edition)

An innovative lipstick encased in an elegant magnetic case. This hydrating formula rich in oils softens lips while also providing them with luminous colour.

 

 

 

 

Lise Watier Luxotika Bronzing Powder (Limited Edition)

A baked bronzing powder marbelized in rich shades and an ultra-silky texture. Its mineral formula, enriched with shea butter and vitamin E, protects the skin and adds a divine touch of light to the face, shoulders and décolleté.

 

 

Lise Watier Luxotika Nail Lacquer (Limited Edition)

This lustrous nail lacquer can be swiftly applied to complete your Luxotika look. Its large brush allows for an easy and even application.

 

 

 

 

Beyond the Luxotika collection, Lise Watier is also launching other new products and shades at London Drugs:

 

Lise Watier Dramatique Curl Mascara

Showcase the perfect lashes thanks to this high tech mascara that curls your lashes for a star look. The curve of the brush and the precise placement of the bristles guarantee an amplified effect and curve the lashes for an intensely dramatic gaze.

 

 

 

Lise Watier Sourcils Velours Suprême

The must-have product for perfectly sculpted brows. Infused with anti-aging and antioxidant properties of the exclusive Labrador Tea extract, Sourcils Velours Suprême is a seamless union of makeup and skincare. Its long lasting matte cream to powder texture defines eyebrows with precision. Available in 3 shades: Blond, Châtain, and Brun Universel.

 

 

Lise Watier Féline Eyeliner HD

A long lasting liquid eyeliner with a flexible and precise applicator that allows for a high definition look. Try the newest shade, Blackest Black. Its formula contains the latest generation of pigments to obtain the blackest shade of black.



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