Lazy-girl summer beauty essentials

I’m going to throw this out there and hope you don’t judge me – I’m a lazy overachiever.

What does that even mean? Well, I’m that girl who sleeps with her makeup on to avoid washing her face (but enjoys the perfect smoky eye the next AM). That girl who does two Whitestrips in a row because she can’t commit to a two-week stint. That girl who layers on a bunch of serums once very couple of weeks because she can’t remember to do it daily.

That’s why I’m all about products that let me multitask, especially when it comes to daily routines.

Colgate Optic White

This superhero toothpaste whitens and brightens like a strip, but does so gently. I saw results in a week, with a serious change in 3-4 (I’m told this is typical), thanks to the same whitening ingredient found in strips. I’m a whitening fiend, so trust me when I say this stuff works. With a summer of bright lips ahead of us, there’s no better way to prep than using a whitening toothpaste daily. Squeaky clean teeth, cavity protection and extra-pearly whites? Count me in!

Bonus: exfoliate lips with an old toothbrush or a washcloth before bed each night then layer on the Vaseline. Totally kissable!

Vichy ProEVEN Daily Dark Spot Corrector

Summer typically means less makeup, so I’m all for a product that moisturises, helps to erase dark spots and gives your skin an instant radiance. Vichy ProEVEN helps to even out your skin without ever being harsh – you can use it all over your face! Along with the longterm brightening benefits of daily use, it also instantly makes your skin glow thanks to light-diffusing particles. Instant gratification? I can get behind that.

YES to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes

I discovered these little wonders at Natural Product Expo West in California and was instantly smitten. Seriously – I picked up a bulk pack as well as dozens of single-use packs. Safe for sensitive skin, these wipes remove dirt, oil, makeup and sweat in seconds – perfect for lazy girls who “forget” to take off their makeup after a long night or are just plain lazy at bedtime. Even better – thanks to the green superfoods they’re made with, these all-natural, biodegradable towelettes exfoliate, detoxify and rejuvenate your skin all at once.

All products are available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

What are your favourite multi-taskers?

** Disclosure: Products from Colgate and VICHY were provided to me by their respective PR companies for my honest review. **