10 Acne Causing Culprits

FullSizeRender-3While acne is caused by dead skin clogging your pores, sometimes there is a bit more going on behind the scenes. Standard treatments and face washing will not help with if there are subtle contributors happening in your daily life. Your diet, lifestyle and habits could all be working against you, preventing you from having the healthy and clear face you want.

If you have already diagnosed all of the obvious things that could be causing acne, here are some contributing factors that are not talked about as frequently:

1. Biotin
Biotin, sometimes referred to as vitamin B7, helps your hair and skin grow. It’s great in low doses, but if you take too much it can contribute to breakouts. Vitamin B7 goes in the same “slot” as vitamin B5, which is absolutely essential in keeping your outer layer of skin clear and beautiful. If you have too much biotin / B7 in your diet, you will crowd out the vitamin B5 and prevent your skin from getting the regulation it needs.

  1. Green Smoothies
    While many of the ingredients in your smoothies might be safe, raw kale is often a trigger for breakouts. Kale is full of goitrogen, which are chemicals that disrupt normal thyroid function. Also found in broccoli, asparagus and brussels sprouts, goitrogens prevent iodine from getting to your thyroid. Eating all of these foods in small quantities is fine, especially if they are cooked, but if you go on a green smoothie rampage and drink several cups of raw kale every day, you will quickly run into thyroid issues. You might notice acne, eczema, fatigue, issues controlling your weight, or depression.
  2. Lip Balm
    Many of the chemicals found in lip balm (and often lipstick too!) are not great for your skin. Things like lanolin, isopropyl palmitate and isopropyl myristate can all clog your pores and lead to breakouts and redness. Look for the term “non-comedogenic” in anything you put on your face – this means that it will not cause your pores to clog.
  3. Hand Lotion
    Just because you are not applying something directly to your face does not mean it will not get there eventually. Most of us touch our faces frequently throughout the day. This means, anything you put on your hands will get transferred to your facial skin over the course of the day. Many common ingredients in hand lotion and cream can cause breakouts. Be especially careful with the hand cream you use before going to sleep. You might sleep on your hands without realizing it!
  4. Tissues
    The fragrances and other chemicals found in some tissues can be transferred to your skin, causing irritation and acne. Even worse, if you blow your nose a lot the texture of the tissues themselves can irritate your skin. If you are breaking out a lot around your nose, consider trying a different brand of tissues to see if a softer, or less chemical-heavy Kleenex might do the trick.
  5. Sweating
    While sweat on its own will not cause acne, failing to wash your face after sweating will. Sweat can carry makeup, dirt and other irritants into your pores and it is also linked to an acne-like infection called pityrosporum folliculitis. A gentle cleanse, or shower after you exercise will help reduce the risk of normal breakouts. If you get stubborn and difficult to treat breakouts after exercising, see a dermatologist for recommendations about how to treat folliculitis.
  6. Makeup
    As long as you are careful to stick to non-comedogenic makeup, you should be fine throughout the day. No matter how safe your makeup is, you will run into trouble if you forget to remove it at night. Your skin needs time to recover at night. Leaving your makeup on can stifle this recovery process and cause you to wake up with an unfortunate mess of acne.
  7. Laundry Detergent
    Just like with hand lotion, any chemicals found in your laundry detergent will quickly find their way onto your face. Fragrances, powdered detergents and any biological ingredients can all lead to breakouts. For best results, stick to a liquid detergent and use as little as you can. Even try choosing a longer rinse cycle if you can. You will minimize the amount of enzymes and other chemicals that wind up in your clothes and linens.
  8. Shampoo / Conditioner
    Things that are good for your scalp and hair might not be good for your face. If you find yourself breaking out on your neck and upper back, it might be because you are letting your shampoo or conditioner wash down your body in the shower. Try shampooing with your head tilted to minimize this drip, or switch to a different shampoo. Be especially watchful for sodium lauryl sulfate and other similarly named chemicals. While these compounds may help your shampoo foam up, they are another big culprit that may be causing your breakouts.
  9. Sunblock

The sun’s rays can cause your skin to age prematurely and develop unsightly blotches and spots. Using the wrong sunblock can lead to breakouts and zits. You can usually avoid this by opting for a physical sunblock rather than a chemical one. Sunblock that uses titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide as the active ingredient tends to be safer for acne-prone skin. If you prefer to use a chemical sunblock, be sure to do your research and find one that will not make your acne flare up.

More Tools At Your Disposal

If you are still suffering from acne despite everything you have tried, examine the things above and see if they might be contributing to your pimples. Acne is a complicated problem that is caused by a multitude of factors. If you can eliminate one or two of them by reducing your stress levels, or cutting down on biotin, it can do a lot to help keep your face clear and beautiful. Try everything for a week or two and pay attention to the results! You will figure out how things affect your face, giving you the information you need in your fight against acne.

At Essence of L Medi Spa & Laser Clinic, we understand that acne isn’t a small problem. While each pimple might be small, the damage caused by these unsightly bumps can be long lasting and difficult to heal. We think that each and every person should be able to have clear, beautiful skin. In order to achieve this goal, we are proud to announce a new Clear Skin acne program.

This one-of-a-kind option offers personalized treatments that are tailored to your unique skin. We take advantage of all of the latest developments in skincare in order to offer a clearance rate of up to 95% after four months.

The Clear Skin program combines revolutionary treatments with a bouquet of high-quality skincare products that have been hand picked and developed by our staff. Not only do we match products to your skin type, we also exhaustively research every ingredient in these products to make sure they are safe and non-irritating. We would not want you to make your acne worse because you are using a cleanser that is full of chemicals that clog your pores, irritate your skin, or disrupt your body’s hormonal balance.

In addition to the products and treatments you receive, our staff can help review your daily practices and identify potential habits that might be causing you to break out. The number of normal activities that can contribute to acne breakouts is surprising to most people. By making small changes in your daily routine, your diet, or even how you prepare for your recreational activities, you can put a major dent in your acne. When you combine this with your treatment sessions and skincare products, you will reduce breakouts even further and get the clear, glowing skin you deserve.

Most people don’t need prescriptions for their acne. Instead, they need a supportive environment, modern treatments, and a skincare routine that utilizes safe and effective ingredients. Essence of L’s Clear Skin program provides all three. By combining expert coaching from skin care experts (who also have also struggled with acne-prone skin), effective treatments, and some of the best skincare products on the market, we will help keep your skin clear and happy!

Don’t struggle against your acne alone! Get in touch with Essence of L Medi Spa & Laser Clinic and find out more about our Clear Skin and Visia Analysis program today. Together, we can start getting rid of your acne for good.

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Sun’s Still Out

 

I am one lucky girl to have found my Skin Therapist from Essence Of L Medi Spa. I swear I’m turning into Benjamin Button from seeing Leah! When I look in the mirror, I feel my skin looks better than when I was in my early 20’s. On a daily basis I get asked how I get such great skin and I am constantly writing down Leah’s contact.

Not only is Leah amazing at what she does, she is one of the most knowledgable people I know when it comes to skin health. So I thought what better way to share then by picking her brain and bringing you some Q&A’s on the essentials needed throughout the year. Even though we are rolling into fall, the sun is still out and these are some important tips you need to know. So Sit back, grab some rosè and enjoy our top 11 skin must do’s.

BB411~ What is the top treatment during sunny weather?

EOL~ Rejuvenating HydraFacial

BB411~ What is the biggest misconception people have about their skin health?

EOL~ Right now I hear (a lot) the question “If I wash my face before I go to bed, why do I have to wash it in the morning?” There are two reasons why it’s important: #1. If you wear active ingredients before you go to bed, you need to wash them off in the morning because they can make you photosensitive and cause irritation and #2. Can we say sweat, dirt and skin mites!

BB411~ SKIN MITES???????

EOL~ Yes!

BB411~ What is the biggest NO NO that clients do when it comes to skin health?

EOL~ Going to bed with makeup on!

BB411~ The next question really helped me out while I was competing in my fitness competitions. This is actually an acne tip (whether you workout or not). What are the top two things to do while working out to help with acne and breakouts?

EOL~ #1. Ice your face. If you can incorporate putting an ice cube on your face for 1-2 minutes it will reduce your inflammation. #2. Wash your face within five minutes of your workout.

BB411~ Leah says to cleanse your skin at the gym or after your workout but I don’t always find that easy. So is there a option that makes it more convenient?

EOL~ The best option we have found is to carry baby wipes with you.

BB411~ Do any baby wipes work? Even cheap baby wipes from say…….. the dollar store?

EOL~ NOOOOOOOOOO! The best ones we have found through continued research are the Costco Kirkland unscented baby wipes. There’s no pore-cloggers in them which is great. (Check out EOL’s list of Pore Clogging Ingredients)

BB411~ To laser or not laser in the Summer, that is the question???

EOL~ In the summer or sun exposure months I’d definitely say pass on laser treatments (Photo Facial or IPL). If you’re looking for treating anti-aging and sun spots, the sun will actually trigger more melanin so you want to avoid that with sun exposure.

BB411~ Spray tan or natural tan?

EOL~ If you are looking for a golden glow, we highly recommend a self-tanner like St Tropez.

BB411~ In June Leah launched her new acne skin care line and I have been testing it out since January on my face and body. It’s incredible. What are the new products in the line?

EOL~ We have two new cleansers – One is an exfoliator and one is for the face and body.

BB411~ Physical or chemical sunblock?

EOL~ We recommend using a physical sunblock during the summer. They are a little bit more hearty, they lay on the surface of the skin like a protective layer and they are usually water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

BB411~ In-between my awesome treatments, I upkeep by skin health by adding some at home maintenance. The “Lumibright” pineapple enzyme mask is great for exfoliating and decongesting.

BB411~ What would your top product pick be to use?

EOL~ It would definitely be Retinol, it is the gold standard in the industry. It’s great for anti-aging, for sun damage, melasma and it’s a big contender for acne.

Stay tuned for Leah’s Fall favourites coming soon!

Call and Book your appointment today:

(604) 619-4959
Much Love, BB411

Clear Skin With Leah!

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Unedited & Makeup Free in Natural Sunlight

I have been very fortunate with my skin over the years to not suffer from acne. Though on two different occasions I went through a really tough time with my skin. 1. When I was in high school I went to an aesthetician and they applied too strong of a treatment for my skin and I broke out bad (leading me to have to go to a dermatologist to get acne treatment) and 2. When I got my IUD in 2013 I went through a horrific 3-4 month period where my skin had lots of acne. Other than these two scenarios I have been lucky to have overall good skin.

I know and have talked to people that have or are suffering from acne. It can be debilitating, I remember the feeling of trying to cover up with makeup and being self-conscious that people were staring at me. It really weighs on your confidence. Recently I spoke with a friend that has acne so bad and she is so embarrassed about it that she has quit her job! My heart absolutely breaks for her.

This post is extra special for me…… I have been going to Essence Of L Medi Spa for over a year now and I have never had so many compliments on my skin. When people guess my age the guess 10-15 years younger! Honestly, between the many treatments I have tried one of my absolute favourites is Leah’s Acne Peel. While doing numerous fitness competitions and indulging on vices like rosè, my skin can get congested and this peel works wonders. I swear I look younger since starting my treatments. Also you don’t have to have acne to get this peel, it’s amazing for brightening too. And for those suffering from acne scars, Dermapen Skin Needling Treatments are AMAZING!

What I love most about Leah, other than the fact that she is the most knowledgable skin therapist I have ever seen, is that she suffered from 15 painful years of cystic acne herself so she knows the emotional investment all too well. Her compassion and love for her clients is hands down truly remarkable. I can’t tell you the number of compliments I get on a daily basis and my instant response is “You NEED to go see Leah, she’s the Best!”

I wanted to share an article that Leah wrote to hopefully help anyone out there suffering from acne better understand and offer a solution.

Why Adults Get Acne

Acne is a specific type of skin disorder that persists into adulthood in roughly half of all cases. Acne sufferers typically have oily skin that sheds multiple layers of skin cells per day, resulting in clogged pores that often erupt into different types of pimples. For most of us, we get to blame our family as it is an inherited tendency. While acne is treatable, it is important to understand the disorder in order to properly treat it.

Teenage acne is very different from the kind of acne that affects adults. As you grow older, your hormone levels stabilize and your skin cells age and mature. This tends to happen from the top down. One interesting side effect of this process is that acne moves down your face as you age.

Hormonal fluctuations increase oil secretions, which are produced inside the pore. Normally, this isn’t a problem however acne-prone skin sheds up to 5 times as many skin cells as normal skin. An increase in oil, which is a nutrient for bacteria to proliferate, it creates the perfect storm. A number of other factors can also contribute to a breakout including: birth control, pregnancy, medications, makeup, smoking, and stress.

When your pores are clogged by oil and dead skin, the plug will form a protected place for bacteria to grow. Many times, not much will happen inside your pores. This results in small whiteheads and blackheads without too much swelling.

As the pore begins to stretch, more oil and dead skin cells get caught under the plug, while bacteria inside the pore are allowed to multiply. If the pore gets too full and bursts, bacteria will spread to the surrounding cells. The result is a red bump of infected skin cells, called an inflammatory papule.

Your body tries its best to fight back when it notices an infection, and it will flood the area with white blood cells, creating pus. These pus-filled pimples are called pustules.

If a zit gets quite inflamed it can have other names. Nodules are zits that go very deep, while cysts are pimples that are more than 5mm across. Both of these outbreaks can be painful and tend to scar.

While acne is one of the more common types of skin concerns, there are a number of similar conditions that adults are also vulnerable to getting. Pyoderma facale is particularly common among women in their thirties and this breakout causes redness and pimples. Several fungal and bacterial infections manifest with acne-like symptoms, including folliculitis and staph. If your acne doesn’t get better with a normal treatment (or if it gets worse), consult a skin therapist to make sure you actually have acne and not a lookalike.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having a regular skin care routine can work wonders on all adult skin conditions. Moisturizing, exfoliating, using sunscreen, and keeping your stress levels low will reduce the chances of most kinds of outbreaks. When you do get breakouts, consider a visit to your favorite skin care provider. You will get professional help to assist in determining the exact cause of your pimples and you will get a chance to learn about all of the latest treatments, products and techniques.

Understanding the root cause of acne (dead skin and oil clogging pores) is vital to combat this skin disorder. Exfoliating helps prevent dead skin cells from accumulating, while antibacterial treatments can prevent clogged pores from becoming infected. By recognizing acne symptoms and taking appropriate action, you will be able to minimize outbreaks and keep your skin clear and healthy.

Call and Book your appointment today:

(604) 619-4959
Much Love, BB411

 

Taking Back My Power

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Be Your Own Superhero

I learned so much these past 3 months competing in Body Building Com, Optimum Nutrition #250kchallenge!

I am down 25 pounds and lost some major inches on my overall body. I learned what proper nutrition was/is and how to use it to fuel my body for the best workouts and incredible recovery. I learned even though I’m not a morning person I can crush a cardio session at the wee hours. I learned how to lift heavy weights and superset with a powerful force. I learned to control my breath and the importance of sleep. I learned my body is a temple capable of incredible strengths.

They say you can do better when you know better. So I’m taking my knowledge, researching and upping my game. I’ve got some big GOALS and am so excited to take BBcom’s next challenge #stillinit with Dymatize.

I’m starting to feel like Wonder Woman

My FOCUS for the next 9 weeks……

Build a Bigger Booty • Defined Arms • Abs/Abs/Abs • Carrie Underwood Legs 🙌🏻

Who’s in it with me?

 

With a grateful heart & much love,

Crystal

Finding Light In The Darkest Time

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Seeing Light Through The Darkness

This photo holds such significance for me, same bikini yet two completely different people. In the top photo I stand in front of the door looking completely broken and sad. It is that exact door that I had to close and lock after the assault. Every day when I would lock that door or realize I forgot to lock it I would have a terror come over me wondering if he was on the other side. Every noise I heard created so much fear living in what was suppose to be my home sweet home. To have someone come into your home and rip your security away from you and make up feel fearful for your life is heart wrenching.

When I look at that girl in those first photos I wish I could reach out to her, hug her and tell her that things were going to get better. To know I almost wasn’t here 6 months ago is still a process and hard to think about, but I’m working through the process and learning to let go.

I look at the girl in the bottom photos, standing in front of a bright see-through wall with light shining in and see someone that is determined, beautiful and confident. I feel I took my power back, that I now stand strong enough to let my voice be heard. When I eventually went to the police to report the assault, the officer said some women take 20 years to come forward – That broke my heart to know that a woman would carry this pain around with her for all those years.

Since posting my before and after photos, I have had an enormous outpour of love. I have had woman come forward and message me saying that my story has inspired them. That it has given them the courage to finally speak up or take action to change something in their lives. I have sat as women shared stories of being pushed around, badly beaten, hurt, violated, terrified and even fearing for their life. It is unimaginable to know what some women have gone through, some that live to tell their story and some that don’t.

No one should ever be made to feel unsafe and if by me sharing my story helps someone leave or through a bad situation, then everything I went through mattered. I hope if ever you feel in an unsafe situation that you reach out for help. And if you feel you have no one to talk to I am here as your support system always. I wish I had spoken up sooner but believe now I can be a voice for others to hopefully give them the courage they need. If you are or know someone that is in an abusive situation please call 911 or the National DV Hotline.

No one should ever make you feel anything less than beautiful.

So to the girl in the before photos from the girl in the after ones, I say hang in there. Know that this will not be an easy road but that you will come out stronger than you could have ever dreamed. That you will wake up with a new found love for life and that a community will be built because of everything you went through. People will have your back in ways you never imagined. That by being completely vulnerable and raw you will allow others to express that in themselves.

“Rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life”. – J.K. Rowling

Thank you  Body Building ComOptimum NutritionSam ShorkeyTheresa Jenn Lopetrone and Tobias Young for being bright lights at the end of the tunnel!

With a grateful heart and much love,

Crystal

 

 

How I Regained My Life Back!

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Transformation

You name the diet and trend and I’ve dabbled in it. I have been going to the gym for years off and on. Up until this past year I was pretty steady with keeping my weight under control. I have always been an emotional eater though so my weight has fluctuated here and there over the years.

But then 2016 happened where one single event forever changed my life. On February 29th, 2016 I was assaulted in my home and everything around me suddenly became unsafe. I spent the rest of 2016 in a downward spiral and making poor decisions because I did not know how to cope with what had happened. I did everything possible to just numb myself so I did not have to deal with the terror I was feeling inside. I had no idea what PTSD was and the effects that it would have on my life. In less than a year I gained 30 pounds (and I’m only 5ft.3) and started living a very unhealthy lifestyle. To the outside world I may have seemed fine (Instagram post were colourful), but I was spiralling out of control and headed down a dangerous road. I did not know how to ask for help. I hated myself and felt very ugly inside. There was a lot of shame, guilt, disgust and uncertainty.

Dealing with PTSD almost destroyed me, last September I tried to take my life and by the Grace of God I was saved. It was at that very moment that I knew I was given a second chance and had to make some big changes. For 2 months I prayed a lot for something to come into my life to help me get back on track. At the final deadline I saw @bodybuildingcom @optimumnutrition #250KChallenge and took it as a sign that this was going to be the pivot I needed to regain my life back.

In order to make this huge transformation, I needed to find something that challenged me to the extreme – that completely purified my life to really make a new start. That’s when I decided to do my 12 week transformation Vegan. I decided to hire my coach @samshorkey and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only was her plan amazing, but her style of training really took me to a whole new fitness level. I was doing cardio sessions like a beast, fuelling my body through nutrition and the recovery…… well all I can say is it was phenomenal.

For years I had people tell me that I could not build muscle on a plant based lifestyle, well I sure did prove them wrong…….. I have never in my life had more strength, power and muscle then I do today. Being Vegan does a body good! I am so proud of the transformation I accomplished on the outside, but what blows me away is the internal transformation on my mind and spirit.

Starting this competition I was completely broken, lost and not in a good place. Most of the people in my life didn’t really know the magnitude of my sadness and emptiness. What I learned in these last 12 weeks and the self love that I now have, well that is the biggest prize of it all. If you had told me 12 weeks ago how I would be feeling today, I don’t think I would have believed you.

The support from the community has been absolutely beautiful. I have had people (especially women) open up and share their struggles and thank me for being so vulnerable and honest. To know that I have made even the slightest impact in someones life for doing this challenge and sharing what I have gone through, that is something that I am forever grateful for. I am so thankful for this amazing community that I have become a part of through Body Building com. I plan to continue to share my story in hopes of helping others overcome their own personal struggles.

Sometimes you need others to help life you up and show you some light till you can stand strong on your own and believe you are so worth it. I plan to pay it forward and make it my life’s mission to help others at “Being Their Best Self”.

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Follow those that Inspired me each day at: Body Building Com, Optimum Nutrition, Sam Shorkey, Theresa Jenn Lopetrone and Tobias Young!

With a grateful heart and much love,

Crystal

 

 

The Power Of Transformation With Kendra Richards

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Professional Makeup Artist Kendra Richards continues to be inspired by and love the transformation power of makeup and its intimate, creative and collaborative process as she prepares someone for the camera, red carpet or stage. Her initial start in the business began as a costume designer and stylist, following in the footsteps of her mother who worked as a fashion designer in NYC. She changed careers as it became evident that her real passion was makeup. Kendra has said that “Helping people to feel confident about their appearance is at the heart of what I love to do”. Her work from timeless to edgy or clean and minimal have been seen in publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and InStyle to advertisers Olay and Paul Mitchell and Target to name a few. Some of her many clients includes Cindy Crawford, Hilary Duff, Anna Paquin, Justin Timberlake, James Franco, Martina McBride and Bella Thorne.

 

In addition to her clients, Kendra frequently shares her professional expertise on camera for E! EntertainmentE! Entertainment, Lancome, PopSugar, CocoPerez and Total Beauty to name a few. Sharing beauty insider techniques is her favorite aspect of reaching people thru the media.

In 2012, Kendra took her love of finding solutions for her clients and hands on knowledge of what truly works for both skin and make up, to develop and launch Heir Atelier Ultimate Make Up Prep, a facial serum that creates the perfect canvas for makeup. Kendra researched ingredients and initially creating her unique multi-tasking serum in her kitchen to meet her own needs as a makeup artist. After gaining a loyal beauty insider following and many requests to purchase from celebrities and other makeup artists, her company HEIR ATELIER was born.

Kendra is represented by CloutierRemix.

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a Makeup Artist and how did it all unfold?

KR~ I began as a costume designer and wardrobe stylist but eventually realized that what I really wanted to do was makeup.  So I went to makeup school and began testing and doing headshots, anything to gain experience. Six months later I started working with one of the top hair/makeup and styling agencies in LA and my career took off.

BB411~ What do you love most about doing your clients makeup?

KR~ Meeting and collaborating with some of the most creative,  accomplished and interesting people is a part of what I love about doing makeup.  I learn something from everyone that I work with and that is personally rewarding.  A huge part of what I love is empowering people, helping them feel that they look their best.

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BB411~ Who in your industry inspires you and why?

KR~ Creative people in all areas of the industry inspire me from stylists and hairdressers to photographer or art directors with an amazing vision. Other makeup artists inspire me and the model or talent sitting in my chair inspire me.

BB411~ Where does your drive and focus come from?

KR~ I think it comes from loving what I do.

BB411~ If you weren’t in the career you are today and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

KR~ A few years ago I added entrepreneur to my resume when I launched my beauty brand Heir Atelier. I love where that is taking me as it grows and I expand the business making it necessary to balance both the makeup jobs and running my company.  But to the spirit of your question I would say probably if I was not a makeup artist and entrepreneur I might want to work with endangered species in Africa or doing work being a voice for those in need in some way.

BB411~ How do you stay balanced with life’s daily stresses that come up?

KR~ Gratitude- that is huge.  Perspective helps.  Few things in life deserve the amount of stress we heap on ourselves, so perspective and gratitude for all I have. Also breathing and Yoga are very helpful. I am learning lately to be tuned in to how I feel and when I need it, take a little time for myself. Honestly it’s something that I am not great at yet but want to be.

BB411~ What charities are you involved with and why is it important to you to give back

KR~ My mother suffered from Parkinsons before she passed so research to end Parkinsons is important to me.  I have cousins who suffer from Fragile X syndrome, that is important to me as well. I’m always all about defending victims and those without a voice – so animals, children, women in countries that don’t value them as much as men and the elderly are of great concern to me and supporting. Mercy For Animals, Farm Sanctuary, PETA, PCRM, ALDF, HDL and St. Vincents Meals for Wheels are some of the organization.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

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KR~ Be bold, have confidence, dream big and believe. Also  enjoy the ride! Enjoy the moments.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

KR~ Hmmm, you might have to ask the people closest to me for that.  Brave, hard working, reliable, big hearted are some first thoughts. Optimistic, impatient and tough might be some others.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood?

KR~ My mothers perfume Arpege by Lanvin

BB411~ Fun fact that people may not know about you?

KR~ I am 5’2” which even people who know me are surprised by and I am really pretty shy.

BB411~ Describe your style?

KR~ That’s a tough one – not sure how to describe. My aim is hip/comfortable and stylish. Basically I like having a smallish wardrobe that gets a lot of wear. It is important to me to wear clothes that are cruelty free so I have chosen to no longer buy wool, leather, silk, etc.  The clothing that I put together is very important to me, it always has been. I feel that style empowers us and when we feel great about how we look we stand taller and carry ourselves differently.

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BB411~ What does healthy mean to you and how do you stay active?

KR~ Healthy to me is about mind, body and spirit. It’s about the thoughts you feed yourself, people you surround yourself with, how you treat yourself as well as others. It’s about having patience with yourself and others. I eat a plant based diet which I believe is healthy for me and the planet, as well as respecting the lives of animals.

As for active – walking my dog every day and as my schedule allows; yoga, hikes or whatever I am into at the time like HIIT, etc. I just joined Equinox gym to give myself more options and motivation to integrate fitness into my daily schedule.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

 

KR~ I have many but here’s one of my favourites: “The universe rewards action”.

BB411~ What are the 3 sites you check out to keep you updated on the world?

KR~ Well+Good, Wall Street Journal and Instagram

BB411~ When you look back at the life you lived, what do u want to be remembered for?

KR~ For being a do-er not a talker. That someone somewhere has been positively impacted by knowing me. That I have been a good daughter, friend, confidant, boss, mentor, etc.  I want to know that my time on the planet has been spent making it and people that I touch better in some way.

BB411~ Kendra, Let me be one of many I’m sure to say that you are an incredible role model and I am inspired by you. You have impacted me more than I could ever express just from this interview alone. Thank you for living such an authentic life with such kindness and grace. Your voice and compassion encourages me to love greater and live better by being an example of the goodness in this world. The world needs more “Kendra’s”.

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BB411~ What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?

KR~ That I don’t have to be perfect, I am fine as I am. And that nobody else is perfect either.

BB411~ What is the top quality that entrepreneurs should have?

KR~ Confidence, persistence, the ability to truly listen and see. It’s also helpful to be flexible, make changes when necessary – markets change, trends change and you have to adapt.

BB411~ Tell us about Heir Atelier and what inspired its creation?

 

 

KR~ I am obsessed with skin and creating the look of flawless looking skin which starts with the right prep of the skin. That is why I have chosen to create makeup primers only. Makeup only looks as good as the skin it is applied to.

BB411~ Who has been your most memorable celebrity/company to work with?

KR~ There are honestly too many to mention. I have had so many memorable experiences from doing makeup on a nominee in a limo on the way to the Golden Globes, to working regularly with the editor of a major fashion magazines while she was in town during awards season. Working with the women who inspired the term supermodel and A-list actors and musicians each experience is memorable in some way and I am grateful for all of them. It has been an amazing priviledge.

BB411~ You are a Dog Momma, what has been the greatest gift your pup has taught you?

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KR~ Ella just asks for what she wants: a treat, to be pet, to approach someone she doesn’t know. She never judges herself and she generally gets what she wants. So I would say she has taught me to ask for what I want!

BB411~ Favourite Cocktail?

KR~ Generally I drink Tequila neat (Casamigos) or Vodka chilled and neat (Devotion) or red wine.  If I drank a cocktail it would probably be a Martini, Lemon drop or Gin & Tonic.

BB411~ When I say “love this”, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

KR~ Life!

 

 

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