8 time-saving beauty products to simplify the rest of your summer

Get ready 10 minutes faster with these makeup, skincare and hair products.

Get ready 10 minutes faster with these makeup, skincare and hair products.

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As summer winds down we're all trying to cram in everything we can before the season is over. With everything we have to get done during the summer, we've become pros at multitasking. It's always good to find a product that can do the same. Enter low-key, double-duty beauty products that will give you more time to do all the things still left on your summer to-do list, while giving you an easy-breezy look perfect for right now.


On any trip to Sephora there's always a swarm of activity at the Milk makeup section. One of their most popular products in this stick that allows you add colour to your cheeks and lips in 3 swipes — it also works on your eyelids for a summery dewy look — saving you time and money!

MILK MAKEUP Lip + Cheek, $29, sephora.ca

L'Oreal Paris True Match Multi-Use Concealer Concealer

For those spontaneous summer patio hangouts when though it's low-key, the gang will still be taking pics for the 'gram! This true match concealer also corrects any under eye darkness or imperfections. You'll love the cushion applicator for easy application and blending. Plus it's available in 14 shades!

L'Oreal Paris True Match Multi-Use Concealer Concealer, $13.76, walmart.ca

L'OCCITANE Citrus Verbena Hair & Body Mist

During the summer we tend to go lighter on the fragrances. This non-sticky body mist has a light soothing scent, that's safe to use on your body and hair. The mist also contains menthol so it has a cooling effect. It's like a magical spritz of freshness! Take this mist with you to the pool, the cottage, or keep a bottle at your desk for after work summer meet-ups.

L'OCCITANE Citrus Verbena Hair & Body Mist, $19, loccitane.com

Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer

Smashbox's Primerizer is a face primer and moisturizer in one. If you choose to wear makeup over it, the primerizer will lock it in place without the shine. But it's also awesome at correcting dullness, uneven textures and fine lines. Definitely worth the hype but the price for the full size can sting. However, the travel size is a great option at $18.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer, $50, smashbox.ca

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Dry + Drops

The dry-and-go drops are perfect for those quick nail touch ups in between salon visits. Your nails will be dry to the touch in 60 seconds and completely dry in less than 2 minutes. So feel free to make that last minute change to your toe nail polish to match your new sandals!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Dry + Drops, $9.99, shoppersdrugmart.ca

dippity-do Girls With Curls, Coconut Curl CoWash

Save time with this gentle cleanser, deep conditioner and detangler all in one. It works for all hair types but particularly curls and coils. With ingredients like avocado and coconut oil, the co-wash helps fight frizz, dryness and breakage. The perfect way to simplify your hair wash routine for under ten dollars.

dippity-do Girls With Curls, Coconut Curl CoWash, $6.97, walmart.ca


When used correctly this Canadian brand can cut your blow drying time in half, regardless of hair type. Finally a little reprieve from beads of sweat and sore arms courtesy of manipulating a blowdryer. The power dry.me packaging is super cute and you won't be able to get enough of the smell. It's also cruelty-, sulfate- and paraben-free and is complete with frizz control, heat and UV protection!

DESIGN. ME PowerDry.ME, $19.50, designmehair.com

Avene Complexion Correcting Shield SPF 50

If you want to go easy on the makeup this summer, but you still want a little coverage and some sun protection; this is one of your best options. The complexion corrector evens out your skin tone and is available in 3 versatile shades and contains a mineral broad spectrum sunscreen. Ideal for everyday use or to throw in your travel makeup bag. You can skip a whole step with this product.

Avene Complexion Correcting Shield SPF 50, $35, shoppersdrugmart.ca

Nneka Elliott (@nnekaelliott) is a lifestyle blogger, host and actor. She shares her adventures with fashion and beauty in her pursuit of a gutsy life. nnekaelliott.com