Archive for May, 2012

Fresh ideas for June

 I love this time of year! With June near, Summer is just around the corner. I decided to focus on a feature dedicated to amazing products that smell delicious. There is nothing like finding great beauty buys that have incredible scents to captivate you.

 

Revive & Balance

After a recent haircut I’m learning to style short locks. I have tried many products but most leave my hair feeling either crunchy or greasy and tend to weigh it down. Not with R&B hair moisturizer from LUSH. With ingredients like Olive Oil, Avocado Butter, Coconut Oil and Jojoba oil, my tresses are full of soft, bouncy curls. It’s perfect for scrunching hair that’s wet or smoothing fly aways. The best thing about this cream is the exquisite scent of Jasmine. You will be wrapped in the romance! Pick up yours today at LUSH

Purity Made Simple

I found a one-step facial cleanser from Philosophy that is a true triple threat. Not only does this cleanser clean, tone and moisturize, it’s a makeup remover too. It’s suitable for all skin types and is great to use all year round. I love using this after my morning run, for a perfect post workout cleanse.  Start your day off right with “Purity Made Simple

Good Luck Perfume

Never before have I worn a fragrance where more people (men included) stop me on the street and ask me what I’m wearing. MZ by Principessa awakens my senses with an enticing sweet, clean scent. I’m reminded of lemon meringue pie, walks on the beach, crisp linen and gardens filled with my favorite flower, Jasmine! I coined it my “Good Luck Perfume” as every time I wear it good things seem to happen. Whether the scent creates actual good luck or just puts me in a great mood, I am a firm believer you will fall in love and it will become an instant favorite. Visit Princepessa to learn more about the fragrance with all the Hype

 

The Ultimate Cup of Tea

Who doesn’t love cozying up and relaxing with a warm cup of tea after a long day? Well, I have now found the ultimate luxury when it comes to indulging and tea time is being taken to a whole new level. Salontea bath tea sachets fill your tub with sultry, sensual fragrances of spices and herbs. From “the Writer” Chai tea, to “The Lover” for chocolate fans everywhere and “The Society Hostess” in us all, you will be immersed in heavenly scents.  I must warn you, you may enjoy the bath time so much you will want to stay in there forever. Discover yours today, shop Salontea or for my Vancouver followers check out the new Granville location

Lip Love

I think many of you will agree, we all love to pamper ourselves from head to toe. I’ve have always been an advocate of making sure to exfoliate my body and face. I recently came across the lip scrub “Brown Sugar” by Sara Happ and don’t know how I ever lived without it. After just one use my lips were softer and smoother than ever, making my lipstick and gloss glide on like silk. This scrub makes your pucker perfect. Say good-bye to chapped lips forever. Oh, and did I mention it smell like brown sugar?

 

Salty & Sweet

If you could, wouldn’t you want that spa feeling at home?  Principessa has created the perfect scrub. Introducing “Amore Afterglow” smoothing salt buff & “Delizia Mia” creamy sugar polish. These two magnificent scrubs leave my skin touchable, soft and glowing, plus they leave the most incredible scent lingering on your skin. I love the whipped, frothy texture and how they illuminate my skin when applied. Both contain the sweet fragrance of Honeysuckle, along with luscious organic extracts and Shea butter. I cannot get enough of this line and am constantly replenishing my supply. I’m not the only one loving this line, check out all the press!

 

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Love your SKN

I thought I would bring you a special feature for Feed your SKN Friday! I have always been a big believer that you need to nourish your skin from within, but I think it’s equally important to give your skin regular treatments. You can do at home treatments or it’s always great to find a local spa/clinic that will pamper you. I have been very lucky to stumble upon Award winning SKN Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic in Vancouver. Not only do they have amazing, knowledgeable staff, they offer treatments that will have your skin craving more. From the moment you walk in the door to the time you leave, SKN provides a one of a kind experience. I can truly and honestly say that I have never been so relaxed, complete Zen. I love how they customize their facials. Every time I go in for a treatment I get to discover something new. The products they use are incredible, from Osmosis to the Rhonda Allison custom masks I am obsessed with. Here are a few of my favorite picks~

Osmosis Purify Cleanser~ I can’t get enough of this cleanser, it has the most amazing citrus scent. It’s a cleanser and enzyme exfoliator in one. I love how it deep cleanses without stripping the moisture from my skin. Suitable for all skin type and contains key ingredients, Bromelain, Kumquat and Kiwi Fruit Extract.

Osmosis Quench~ A light weight, hydrating moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid and Water Soluble Shea Butter. It is great for oily and normal skin tones. For someone like myself that tends to be a bit dehydrated at certain times of the year, I like to boost this moisturizer with a small drop of Osmosis Immerse (soothes very dry skin).

Rhonda Allison 3-N-1 Peptide Eye Cream~ Chalked full of antioxidants, this eye cream is a must have. Some of the amazing key ingredients are Shea Butter, Witch Hazel and a complex of peptides. It really brightened the eye area and provided mega moisture. It’s excellent for all skin type and can be worn under make up.

Rhonda Allison Honey Paprika Mask~ Though you can not pick up this mask, I had to include it as it was my favorite. All of the masks smell incredible and are so nourishing. I definitely recommend booking your treatment with SKN or finding a local spa/clinic in your area that might carry this line. You can also go to Rhonda Allison and check out her other masks that are available.

Last but not least, the staff at SKN used a cold jade roller on my face. Jade has been used in traditional Chinese treatments to balance and protect the body qi. Jade rollers are used to improve circulation and create a more beautiful appearance. It definitely is the icing on top of the cake!

I had some Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics applied. I love their pressed powder, it’s clean and lightweight, it allows your skin to breathe and is non-comedogenic. It feels like you’re wearing no make up at all and gives you a flawless coverage.

I would love to hear back and let me know your favorite way to pamper yourself!

For my Vancouver followers please visit SKN to book your treatment today

There are so many great spas/clinics around the world. I highly recommend finding one near you that will pamper your skin, take the time to understand what your skin needs and leave you in complete Zen!

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COVERGIRL Eyes

 For many years I found my eyes watered while wearing mascara. I finally realized that I was sensitive to many brands, so I decided to start using natural plant-based mascara instead. That was until I came across COVERGIRL Nature Luxe mousse mascara. With natural beeswax, this mascara gives my lashes great volume and length. I especially love the brush wand and the whipped texture, it gives amazing separation and clump-free lashes. I use the water-resistant formula, as it removes easily with my favorite cleanser and water. It’s especially great for those wishing to find a lighter mascara that still gives great coverage. You can enhance bare lashes or add more layers to creat a bolder look. Either way I am a huge fan of this line!

I also recently tried COVERGIRL Exact Eyelights for green eyes in “black ruby”. This formula has light-reflecting metallics and a hint of tint to make your eye color pop. This mascara has eye-brightening colors for blue, brown and hazel eyes. Both these mascara’s are hypoallergenic and suitable for contact lens wearers. COVERGIRL mascara will now have a permanent home in my make up kit!

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A LUSH Tour

Again I’m bringing you a featured company for “Feed your Skin Friday’s”. I recently had the opportunity to visit the Lush kitchens in Vancouver and from the moment I walked in the door I knew this was going to be fun! I have always been a fan of LUSH bath bombs and have had the pleasure over the last few years to start trying some of the other amazing wonders that are created by this beautiful brand.

I was greeted at the door by Jill Yewell, who was going to be my guide for the tour. As you can see from the picture of the lobby, the LUSH world is full of color! I honestly walked in and felt like I was a kid in a candy store, maybe Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for grown-ups!

I have always felt good using LUSH products, but this tour really gave me a different perspective and whole new meaning to “the love you put in, is the love you get out”. I say this because the staff at LUSH really love what they do. I walked around and was introduced to so many wonderful people. Everyone was happy and I can truly say that each product is wrapped with a lot of love! Each person was such a valuable part in the production, from the Bath Melts, Shampoo’s and everything in between . I saw a step by step outline on how the products go from the raw ingredients to packaged goodness. Fun fact~ every person that made a specific batch of product got to have a sticker placed on the product that has their name and picture.

Walking through the LUSH kitchen I was able to see many of the exquisite ingredients that they use in their products like fresh vanilla beans, organic eggs, Fair trade Shea Butter, stout beer and essential oils just to name a few. I really did not know they sourced locally as well. I would have to say the highlight of the tour came when I was introduced to one of their staff, Reggie! Not only was he super happy, he had a great sense of humor. I was put right to work and loved every second of it. I had the chance to help in the preparation of making the Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner, by stirring the product over heat. It had the most fragrant smell to it and I could have stayed there for hours!

The whole experience at LUSH was so much more than I could have ever pictured. I was able to see first hand the dedication their staff have and the heart that goes into making all the products for their customers. I walked away with quite a few new favorite’s that are a  MUST HAVE.

Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner~ You know how good your hair feels after a hair mask, well now your body can feel the same. This amazing smelling conditioner contains cocoa butter, cupuacu butter, almond oil and Argan oils. You just apply all over your body after showering, leave on for a few minutes, rinse and pat dry with a towel. The beautiful scent of roses will linger on your skin.

R & B (Hair Moisturizer)~ I love the scent of Citrus and Jasmine and this hair conditioner combines them both. The scent is truly to die for! With ingredients like organic avocado butter, oatmeal, olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil and candelilla wax, dry hair is not match for this powerhouse treatment. It gives my hair beautiful, bouncy curls without weighing it down.

Lustre Body Powder~ Again with the seductive scent of Jasmine, this body powder gives a hint of shimmer in the daytime or you can apply more to get that bronzed goddess look for a night out.

Peace Massage Bar~Who doesn’t love chocolate and a good cause? The Peace Bar is “made with cocoa beans sourced from a small village in Colombia where inhabits refuse to participate in the turmoil around them and strive for peace. Buying Fair Trade cocoa beans from them is LUSH’s way of supporting their efforts.” This bar is sure to entice your sweet tooth and make you feel good.

Friends with Benefits Massage Bar~ I’m in chocolate overload heaven. I had to include this massage bar as it contains Marigold oil which is soothing and calms the skin. This chocolate bar is perfect for sharing 🙂

Lip Tint~ What better way to finish up a chocolate experience than with a million kisses” & a latte. A Million Kisses is a great berry red lip tint that will suit everyone. With an undertone of blue, your smile will appear even whiter. With the scent of lemons and roses mixed together, you will be ready for Springtime. Latte is great for those that want a softer, warmer color. It gives you just a hint more color than a nude lip. You will be reminded of sipping on a vanilla latte.

I want to say a great big THANK YOU to all the staff at LUSH for showing me such a wonderful time.

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Another “Love Like This” with Michael Stagliano

 

On April 27th, I had the chance to attend the Michael Stagliano “Love Like This” acoustic show in Vancouver. I have to say first off that Michael made sure to make the rounds before and after his show, by meeting and hugging everyone at the venue. This is a true man of his word~Ladies he’s a keeper!

As for the show, Wow did he have the crowd going! He performed great covers like Jessie J’s “Domino, Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” & The Temptations “Papa was a rolling stone” My favorite was his original “Find You“. Between the interaction with his fans to the great stories he told, we were entertained from beginning to end! For anyone that has not checked out one of his shows, go to Michael Stagliano Music and find out when he’s playing a city near you. I think most artists can agree with this, there is nothing like having a solid bunch of people on your team. When I was at the show, I had the chance to chat and hang with his side kick on stage Jon Gus, Manager Alison Lavoie and photographer Claudine Lavoie. Not only were each of them talented at what they do, they are some of the sweetest people.

I had such a fantastic time at the concert, I can’t wait to see Michael & Jon perform again

Michael supports a great cause “Save Ryan“, make sure to check it out and spread the love

For more info on Michael, check out the interview here

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Hydration, the #1 Key

Welcome to the first post for “Feed your skin Friday’s”! Over the years I have learned so many tips and tricks on how to add every day super foods to your diet. One thing that always comes up in many of my conversations is “I have dehydrated/dry skin”. The first thing that I ask is ” Do you drink enough water?” The majority reply with, ” I drink coffee, tea, juice and energy drinks”. What most people don’ t realize is that all the beverages listed above are not good sources of water and end up dehydrating you when substituted.

Water is very crucial for your body in a number of ways. Not only is it good for your health and digestion, it is great for ridding the body of toxins and helping promote weight loss.

A lot of people I have talked to say that they don’t drink water because it isn’t flavored. The best way to add some flavor to your everyday water is with the beautiful fruits and vegetables from your very own kitchen. Here are my favorites and the benefits of each.

Lemons and Limes~ Promote good digestion, are great antioxidants, help clear up acne, cleanse and purify the system

Raspberries~ Loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. They contain strong antioxidants such as Vitamin C, quercetin and gallic acid

Pink Grapefruit~ Rich in Vitamin C and have lycopene, a known cancer-fighting chemical. Also have unique phytochemicals (a.k.a. bioflavanoids) that help promote skin health and general health.

Cucumber~ the abundance of antioxidants and silica within can rejuvenate the skin and leave it feeling soft and smooth. Great for collagen production and helps with acne problems

Fresh Ginger~ Increases skin’s radiance, decrease inflammation, improves skin tone and reduces blemishes. Drink to relieve heartburn, indigestion, nausea and vomiting

Mint~ A remedy for digestive problems and stomach cramps for centuries. Of course it is a natural breath freshener. It is also a natural diuretic and has been used to relieve IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and colitis.

I would love to hear your favorite addition used to spice up your water.

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Feed your Skin Friday’s

Featured on Friday’s will be new posts on the connection between nutrition and beautiful healthy skin. With “Feed your Skin Friday’s” you will see ways to transform your skin from the food you eat, to everyday Superfoods being used as skin care. Did you know that foods with anti-inflammatory properties could enhance the overall health of your skin? From masks, recipes, smoothies and so much more ~You will be glowing from the inside out!

I look forward to sharing my beauty finds with all of you.

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