Since a warm weather vacay is not on the horizon for me for another few months, the Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape Color Collection could not have come into my life at a better time. Bronzed, dewy, luminous - all things achievable with a week of fun in the sun but Elizabeth Arden allows you to have that 'escaped the city’ look without leaving your house.

Here are 3 products that effortlessly give us city chicks that sunkissed glow…

FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder… This quad lets you do your entire face with one compact, which is perfect for packing light (on vacation or in a hospital bag). It features a highlighter, bronzer, contour and blush. If I had to pick favourites, I’d choose the contour and highlighter. The color for contouring was the absolute perfect shade for me (keeping in mind I'm beyond pale so it may not work for someone with an already bronzed complexion). The highlight gives off that ethereal glow from within, sans any sparkles (which is how I like my highlight).

Sheer Kiss Lip Oil… You may be asking yourselves how lips apply to that perfect vacay glow and how I see it is, in the winter, lips are dry and cracked and yuck, but when you are tanned and yummy, your lips look plump and pretty. These lip oils are SUPER pigmented, which is a nice change from a hydrating chapstick or gloss. They can be worn like a lacquer with a really high color payoff or worn as a light wash (my personal preference). Both colors worn lightly give you a super natural your lip but better vibe and huge plus, they’re hydrating. No need for your balm underneath.

Dare to Bare Body Bronzing Oil… This product is my new favourite by far and will keep my desire to hop on a plane at bay. Perfect to enhance that summer tan, achieved via poolside rather than beachside. Dab on your collar bones, shoulders and the high points on your face for an extra pop! And not greasy at all.

And to polish off the whole look, the classics, a great mascara and eyebrow gel. I am loving the Elizabeth Arden Lasting Impression Mascara and State Brow Gel. The eyebrow gel is the perfect shade of brown (zero hints of red or orange). It allows you to achieve a clean brow without the harshness that a lot of gels give! And no crunchy brows here! And last but certainly not least, mascara. We know I am the pickiest person when it comes to mascara and I LOVE this one. It has a super wet consistency which allows you to coat your lashes as many times as you want without creating overtly thick spider lashes.

So there you have it, how Elizabeth Arden swooped in and saved me from my deep desire to take a vacation when I really can't. Because a little makeup goes a long way but great makeup, well that can take you anywhere you want to go! xo