Summer Favourites



Blonde Ambition

I have a secret weapon for maintaining my golden locks in-between salon visits. John Frieda’s “Color Renew” tone correcting shampoo diminishes any brassiness and brightens my hair. This affordable line has a great lavender scent and provides protection against UV exposure. A definite must have, boost your blonde today at John Frieda.

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Perfect Imperfections

Finding a great coverage that also gives my skin multiple beauty benefits is an added bonus. This CC cream from Marcelle wears many hats; spf 35, make-up base, tinted corrector and powerful moisturizer, just to name a few. It’s my complete correction solution, especially since it contains 24K pure gold to help fight signs of aging. Run and grab your favourite shade at Marcelle.



Tousled and Tamed

Bumble and bumble is giving my hair nothing but love these days with “Bb. City Swept” finish spray. Not only does it define and manage my hair, it also provides incredible separation and shine. Whether I’m rocking some curls or keeping it sleek, this versatile spray makes my style complete. Suitable for all hair types (Even the fine ones!). Transform your hair by visiting Bumble and bumble.




Muah Rouge

Make a bold statement this summer with Lise Watier’s matte “Rouge Gourmand Velours”. All you need is one beautiful coat to keep your lips popping with the colour you desire. This long-lasting, collagen-restoring lipstick has the most incredible, pigmented shades. Colour and Plump your pout at Lise Watier.




Sun Savvy

Dermalogica delivers again with “Protection 50 Sport”. A top pick when it comes to sun protection. This light-weight, water-resistant, citrus scented lotion has you covered from head to toe. You’ll be moisturized and all set for this Vancouver summer heat. Get Sporty at Dermalogica.

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The Spa on 4th

There was no hesitation when I was asked to be Dermalogica’s “Little Grey Pass” Ambassador. I have been a huge fan of the brand for years and my love for the company continues to grow. The Little Grey Pass program allows you to cruise around your city, checking out great skin centres. The thought of spa treatments using Dermalogica products is music to my ears.

First on the list was a stop at Beverly’s the Spa on 4th, located in the heart of Kitsalano. I have driven past many times but never checked it out. From the outside it looks smaller than it is, but once inside you soon realize there is more to this beautiful hidden gem. Upon walking in, I was greeted on the main floor where you can shop and purchase product, as well have your makeup done. I was then taken upstairs to change and relax in their lounge before heading in for my treatment.

I was treated like a queen by my skin therapist Amanda with the “Time Smart” facial. My main skin concerns were slight dehydration and congestion (change of season). My 60 minute treatment started with a complimentary (AMAZING) 15 minute back massage. What an awesome way to start off a treatment! Next, my skin was cleansed with Precleanse and the Skin Resurfacing cleanser, then some exfoliation with one of my favourites Daily Microfoliant. She then followed up with light extractions and Dermalogica’s  Age Smart Multivitamin Power Serum. Another one of my favourites, Multi Active toner was applied before massaging my skin with soothing oils. The oil combination smelled heavenly. Last a Colloidal hydrating mask (professional use only) was applied and my treatment was finished off with Dynamic skin recover and Intensive eye repair.

Immediately following my treatment my skin was glowing, radiant and drenched with moisture. There were no signs of dehydration. My skin looked so incredible I decided to go makeup free. I was very impressed by the level of professionalism and care my therapist and the spa provided. Beverly’s the Spa on 4th gets the Beauty Buzz 411 stamp of approval. I also highly recommend asking for Amanda. There spa services include facials, massages, pedicures, manicures and much more. Check them out HERE.

A Big THANK YOU to Dermalogica for continuing to rock it out in the beauty world. Oh and did I mention Dermalogica supports cruelty free! Just one more reason this company is one of my top picks.

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Fresh Summer Beauty

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Tropical Shades

What better way to jump into spring and welcome summer than with Lise Watier’s new “Palette Eden Tropical” eyeshadow. This vibrant collection of lush colours bring the perfect combination to enhance your eyes from morning till night. Create your master canvas at Lise Watierphoto-13



Dynamic Skin

I believe that no matter what time of year it is you should always shield your skin with a spf. Dermalogica’s “Dynamic Skin” SPF 30 gives my skin a barrier against environmental stresses. It not only packs a vitamin punch, it leaves my skin with a dewy finish. Get all your sun coverage at Dermalogica





Cleopatra’s Secret

Who doesn’t want to take a bath that’s fit for a queen! Smell This “Cartouche” milk bath transforms my tub into a dream oasis. With Epsom Salts, Whole Milk Powder and Cocoa Butter my skin was infused with so much moisture. I felt like I just stepped out of the spa. Enlighten you senses with Smellthis





If you’re like me and a fan of bronzed goddess skin, you’ll love Gleam Body Radiance by Melanie Mills. This amazing cream gave my skin an overall glow without transferring onto my clothes. I love finding a product that is so versatile and easy to apply to both face and body. Gleam will have you dancing with the stars. Pick up your luminous shade today at Gleam by Melanie Mills



Hydra Kiss

When it comes to lip love, Lise Watier has mine covered. “Hydra Kiss” colour balm is a triple threat providing the right amount of hydration, shine and colour. It’s a balm, lipstick and gloss all-in-one! A great companion when you’re on the go. Get your kiss on at Lise Watier

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A Fresh look at Spring

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Lise Watier does a body good with their Age Control Supreme “Ultimate Body Butter”. I absolutely love slathering this body butter on, especially after a shower or a hot yoga session at YYoga. My skin soaks it all in, it has a light scent for that hint of floral sweetness. This cream is rich in Labrador Tea Extract, argan and shea butter, making it a heavy weight contender for fighting dry skin and pre mature aging. Visit LiseWatierAbsinthe_hand cream 100 ml_INABSPJ005



Forest Fresh

Keeping our hands hydrated should be top on the list of priorities as we age. The Body Shop “Absinthe Purifying hand cream” delivers intense moisture and there is no greasy after feel. I am a little obsessed with the earthy scent; it’s like walking through a forest right after it has rained. The bergamot, petit grain and neroli combine for a perfect aromatic blend. Great for everyday use or an overnight treatment. Indulge today at The Body Shop

IT-O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation



Skin Perfect

I get so excited about finding a foundation that gives my skin a flawless complexion without a heavy feel. IT Cosmetics “IT O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Repair Oxygen” Foundation in medium is the ideal match for my olive skin tone. This foundation can be worn from sheer to built-up coverage. Oh, and did I mention that it is infused with peptides, hyaluronic acid and other anti-aging benefits? Say goodbye to imperfections and hello to dewy, beautiful skin. Shop IT Cosmetics



Starry, Starry Night
I think it’s pretty clear to say that I love my baths! There is just something about climbing into a hot bath and melting the day away. Lush “Twilight” bath bomb filled the water with colours of pink and purple hues. The relaxing scent of lavender makes you want to drift off to dream. Nothing like wrapping your body and mind in a blanket of zen. Get your fizz on today at LUSHFlying Fox



Flying Fox

With the Vancouver weather still lingering around, what better way to lift your spirit then a little mood-altering aphrodisiac. “Flying Fox” by Lush brings sultriness to the shower with scents of jasmine, yang ylang and palmarosa oils. This beautiful, honey infused shower gel left my skin caressed with moisture. What are you waiting for, your shower awaits. Lather up at LUSH

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Glitter and Glam with Melanie Mills

MM-headshot_HREmmy Award winning makeup artist Melanie Mills is one of Hollywood’s leading style-makers and beauty consultants, known for her glamorous flair, supreme talent, and vivacious personality.  Melanie’s journey began in Thousand Oaks, California, but she soon ventured throughout the world living, learning, and making memories that would leave lifelong impressions not only on her, but on those she encountered. Born to a family of intelligent, strong, and capable women, each style icons in their own right, Melanie’s love affair with glitter, glam, and all things stylish was her true destiny.

Today Melanie is one of the most sought after makeup experts in the industry. With more than 14 years of experience, Melanie is a master of her craft sculpting faces and bodies to true works of art in a variety of mediums including television, film, and editorial.

In 2007, Melanie was selected as the Department Head Makeup Artist for ABC Television’s global phenomenon Dancing With the Stars, where she completely redefined the look of the series and ultimately won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup Design in 2008. Melanie’s superior talent has earned her nine career Emmy nominations for her work on various projects in the Entertainment Industry, including two double-nominations.

While working with Dancing with the Stars, Melanie created Gleam Body Radiance; a revolutionary transfer-resistant body makeup that perfects and illuminates the skin in four shades and is sold worldwide. Expanding her beauty collection, Melanie launched Gleam Lip Radiance in February 2012. Made with organic and botanical ingredients, Gleam Lip Radiance not only moisturizes, but also can be used alone and lasts all day – or night – long.

Melanie continues to expand Gleam by Melanie Mills with new and exciting products, many of which are featured her book in “Glitter and Glam.” Melanie’s products and tips for creating flawless makeup for the face and body have appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and Access Hollywood Live, and in national publications including Allure, Shape, Vogue, InStyle, US Weekly, OK, Redbook, and People, among others.

I have always been a fan of bronzed skin! When I found out I was going to interview the woman who works magic behind the scenes for one of my favourite shows (DWTS), I was over the moon with joy. It was an absolute pleasure to interview Melanie, she is a true artist with incredible talent. I also had the opportunity to test out a few products from Melanie’s line and Gleam Body Radiance was outstanding. It definitely received the BB411 stamp of approval for “Must Have” beauty products. I hope you enjoy the interview and get inspired to add a little glitter and glam into your life!


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BB411~ How did you come to work as a Make Up Artist, was it something you wanted to do from an early age?

MM~ I always did makeup for photo shoots in my neighborhood, or my friends’ makeup to go out, but I did not realize I could do makeup as a career until I was around 24 years old. I thought I wanted to be an Italian translator and live in Italy, which is what I originally went to school for in Florence. I visited a makeup school in Milan with a friend and fell in love with all things beauty and glamour. I realized ‘oh my god I could actually do makeup as a career!’

BB411~ How was it working as the Head of the Makeup Department on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, what did you love most?

MM~ I ran the makeup department at the show for 5 years and created the signature look of the performers. What an amazing experience! DWTS was fun, full of fabulous energy and great people. The best part was doing bold looks you wouldn’t usually see on TV. Meeting all the fabulous pro dancers and all of the amazing stars from so many different levels was great as well. It was a party and intense. I loved being backstage on a live show where you never quite knew what was going to happen next, but had to be prepared and ready for anything.GleamTube_onWhite_LR

BB411You developed your own product line “Gleam“, how did that all come to be?

MM~ Gleam is a beauty line that started with Gleam Body Radiance – a makeup, moisturizer, and glow all in one available in four fabulous shades for every skin tone, and yet all skin tones can use any shade for a different end result. The bodies are a big part of dancing and a lot of skin shows. I wanted the bodies to look spectacular and I needed a product to help me even out all of the spray tanning that was going on. I needed a body makeup that would not get all over the place and, if it did transfer, would not stain. So I concocted the perfect recipe and came up with Gleam Body Radiance. 

Gleam Body Radiance can create a tan, enrich a tan, and help to even out sunless tanning. It’s pigmented enough to cover small stretch marks, small varicose veins, and any uneven or blotchy skin. It can also be used to create just a golden glow or to highlight and contour. The ingredients are the highest quality and can be used on the face as well. Body Radiance is a must-have beauty product! Once I debuted Gleam Body Radiance, I then released the gorgeous Gleam Lip Radiance lip-gloss collection. Combining the best features of a lipstick and gloss – Gleam Lip Radiance is long wearing, anti-feathering, non- sticky, and available in 7 power-pigmented shades. The newest addition to the Gleam Cosmetic Line is Radiant Dust — a gorgeous luxe loose powder that mimics the 4 Body Radiance Shades. Radiant Dust can be used all over the face and the body and is stunning. This product is as unique as it is hydrating with Jojoba Oil as well.

GlitterandGlamBB411~ Tell us about your new book “Glitter & Glam“?

MM~ “Glitter & Glam” is a book to inspire all to have fun with makeup, step outside of the box and play with color. I give some basic tips covering everything from eyelashes to skin care to body makeup. Included are some natural looks, but I really wanted to capture the drama and glamour of makeup and how makeup can change one’s look and mood. I was so lucky to have 13 of my celebrity friend’s pose for 2-3 different looks. I focused on my favorite icons and stories, like Snow White, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, Queen Nefertiti and David Bowie, creating stories that matched their personalities or features. One section of the book showcases the color wheel — where I chose 10 different solid background colors to feature 3 different makeup looks using the back ground color as inspiration. Red eye shadow, blush and lips – oh yes check it out. Another unique component of “Glitter & Glam” is The Faces of the World section where I took 3 girls of a same ethnicity and posed all 3 together in 3 different looks. This really shows the power of makeup and how it can change one’s appearance drastically! Again be inspired, play and make a statement!

BB411~ What is your signature look that you are known for makeup wise?

MM~ Gleamalicious gorgeous flawless complexions and body. I am known for revolutionizing the body for television. The body is just as important as the face. Glitter is another Melanie Mills’ signature — mostly from my work on DWTS. I am also known for glitter-izing existing tattoos. Last, but certainly not least, I love lashes and try to include them in each and every look.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

MM~ Beauty to me is compromised of so many things, but most of all I truly believe beauty is a state of mind rather than an outward appearance. There are so many ways to find beauty. Beauty can be found in a nice cool breeze, or a sweet kiss from my daughter. It can be raw or sweet; it can be flawless or imperfect. Most of all beauty is what you have within! I find beauty in everything!Melanie-Mills-LEAD

BB411~What inspires you personally and professionally?

MM~ Personally, my daughter inspires me daily. To make her proud – well there just is no greater feeling. I consider myself a creative soul and truly find inspiration in so many things, from movies, magazine campaigns, color, texture, trips, history and music – to name a few. I also love a challenge and nothing feels better than overcoming obstacles and achieving more each day.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

MM~ I’m always supporting The LA Children’s Hospital; what they do for children and their families is amazing.  I recently supported BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation at my “Glitter & Glam” Book Launch Party. Talia, the young aspiring makeup artist, touched my heart and I was so inspired by her. I was very sad to hear of her passing, so we wanted to honor her memory by supporting the organization that she was associated with and who still supports her legacy. Also a huge supporter of diabetes research – as my step-dad suffered for many years and ultimately lost his battle to the disease.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

MM~ To give back with makeup in particular is to be able to inspire, drive, challenge and teach makeup artists both new and seasoned to be the best they can be. To help them find their way and to become great makeup artists themselves. I love it when I can offer new opportunities by bringing aspiring artists backstage to Fashion Week or hiring artists for various projects and productions.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

MM~ I love Skin Ceuticals! In the AM 1) wash with a foaming or cream face wash 2) tone with the spray toner 3) apply eye serum 4) apply eye balm 5) apply a neck, chest and hand corrector 6) lotion (Emoliance is amazing and I would bathe in it if I could) 7) Always apply sunscreen.

In the PM I use 1) a clarifying cleanser with exfoliation then all the same steps but with heavier creams and sometimes Retina A. I also try to get facials every 4-6 weeks.

BB411~ What are three beauty products you carry with you always?

MM~ Gleam™ Lip Radiance, Mascara and Gleam Body Radiance™ in Rosé Gold7 Gloss Shades line Up.White_LR

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

MM~ Uggggg so tough, but I think my Gleam™ Lip Radiance is my must-have product!

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

MM~ Just start doing it! Take it step by step. No job is too small or too big. Sometimes you even have to donate your time for the experience and recognition. Outline your dreams and make a plan to get there. Most importantly – network, network, network!

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?

I try not to define my life by segments, but as far as the future I do have big plans and know that the timing will work itself out. For my future, I definitely see Gleam™ as a major brand competing with all the other key players in the industry. I plan on building my resume and ultimately running major fashion shows in NY, Paris, Milan and London during Fashion week. As I debut my first book, “Glitter & Glam” I hope to one day be on the NY Times Best Seller List with 1-2 more books on the shelf. Also, would love to do some producing and directing!!! I definitely see more traveling opportunities ahead while producing stylized shoots. Most important – I plan to always stay content at home and in my garden with my family and friends feeling accomplished and successful.

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?


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A Fresh New Year

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I like to stay sun safe and keep a beautiful glow all-year-round. That’s why I am always on the hunt for a great bronzer to add some sun-kissed color. The Body Shop’s “Brush On Radiance” is the perfect fix. Not only do these little beads give my skin a lustrous glow, they can also be used on the eyelids too.Pick up yours at The Body Shop


Bye-Bye Under Eye

When looking for a concealer there are two main factors that are most important, moisture and full coverage. IT Cosmetics’ “Bye Bye Under Eye” not only covers both, but also targets dark circles, anti-aging and is packed full of vitamins. What I love most about this concealer is that it brightens and strengthens the delicate skin under my eyes without any creasing. Grab this beauty fix at It Cosmetics



The Glow

They say beauty comes from within! DAVIDsTEA ‘The Glow” will have you radiating beauty inside and out. Not only does this tea contain key ingredients like rooibos, rose petals, rosehip, jasmine, oat straw and nettle leaf, it’s caffeine-free! Making this little beauty elixir perfect for sipping or steeping in a hot bath. Visit DAVIDsTEA to scoop up some today.It's Raining Men

It’s Raining Men

What better way to ring in the New Year (single or taken) then indulging and lathering up with a scrumptious LUSH shower gel. “It’s Raining Men” is loaded with soothing honey and smells like hot toffee-fudge. It’s like having dessert in your shower. I warn you, you may get the urge to sing and not want to leave. Lather up at LUSH


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Now you can cover yourself from head to toe with Karma. LUSH Cosmetics “Karma Kream” left my skin silky smooth with a calming scent of orange flower and patchouli. The mix of almond oil and cocoa butter easily absorbed and moisturized my skin without a greasy feel. This is my go to moisturizer morning and night. Stop by LUSH

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Fresh Winterized Beauty

Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Creme 10 IN 1 Beauty Balm For HairBeauty Balm

What if I told you I have found the ultimate beauty balm for your hair? Pantene PRO-V  “Ultimate 10 BB Creme” is revolutionary when it comes to styling products. This 10-in-1 hair perfecter can be used on dry or wet hair. It repairs, strengthens, smooths, moisturizes and provides incredible heat protection. Not only is this balm cost efficient, my hair looks like I just came back from a visit to the salon. I don’t know how I lived without this leave-in treatment!                                                                   Grab some hair goodness at Pantene.

COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Water Resistant VB


Clump Crusher

For someone with delicate lashes, finding a mascara that won’t weigh them down is an ongoing challenge. Covergirl’s “Clump Crusher” by lash blast is a definite must have.  Not only does it give my lashes incredible separation, it allows me to build volume and touch up hours later with no clumping. I love it so much it brings me to tears, but I don’t have to worry as their waterproof mascara has me covered.                                                     For easy, breezy beautiful lashes visit COVERGIRL.



It’s Tea Time

Lise Watier helps start and end my day with some tea time. Their Age Control Supreme Eye Care really packs a punch with the exclusive concentrated Labrador Tea extract. With a fresh, silky, gel-like texture, my eyes are moisturized and soothed. It also works wonders at softening fine lines and helps protect the delicate under eye area. This serum compliments makeup and is ultra hydrating on its own. Pick up yours today from Lise Watier.

Absolut Repair Cellular Masque



Absolut Repair

Keeping my blonde vibrant during the winter months will require some extra love. L’Oréal Professionnel “Absolut Repair Cellular” repairing masque transformed my hair by adding strength, shine and major moisture with its key ingredient lactic acid. My tresses are prepped and conditioned for the cold months ahead.  Stop by L’Oreal Professionnel.

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Ocean Salt

When you can’t get away, leave it to Lush to bring a little piece of the ocean to you. “Ocean Salt” face and body scrub is like a breath of fresh ocean air that is jammed pack of goodness. This scrub will whisk you away with its invigorating and scrumptious ingredients like avocado, coconut, lime, sea salt and vodka. It’s the perfect beauty cocktail when your skin needs a pick me up.                           Get your scrub on at LUSH.ExquisiteOil Monoi


Exquisite Oil

Matrix Biolage “Exquisite Oil” softening treatment provided my hair with nourishment and helped tame my fly aways. My favourite the Monoi oil blend. It has an exotic mix of gardenia and coconut and smells like being on vacation in the tropics. This serum is wonderful to complete any style, curly or straight. Check out Matrix.

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