Archive for June, 2012

Summer Strawberries

If I was told that I could only choose to eat one fruit for the rest of my life, it would have to be strawberries (though blueberries are a close second). Growing up I spent countless hours wandering around in my grandmothers garden, surrounded by delicious fruits. From blueberries, rhubarb, raspberries and more, strawberries are the top contender. My grandmother would take fresh sliced strawberries, pour some cream on top and sprinkle a hint of sugar, it was a perfect treat on a sunny day. I also loved angel food cake with fresh strawberries and whip cream~YUM!

Not only does this little, juicy fruit taste good, it has many health and beauty benefits. For starters, they are considered a Superfood which are nutrient-rich and packed with full of antioxidants. One cup of strawberries will give you your daily dose of vitamin C. Other health benefits include boosting immunity,  promoting good eye health, cancer prevention, fighting bad cholesterol, reducing inflammation, regulating blood pressure, boosting fibre, aiding in weight management and promoting pre-natal health (high in folate).

A member of the rose family, strawberries contain salicylic acid, which rids the skin of dead cells, allowing it to absorb moisture more efficiently. Strawberries are great for fighting blemishes, preventing wrinkles and healing a sunburn. I thought I would list a few favorite ways I like to add strawberries to my life. Whether it be home-made skin care or smoothies, you’ll be getting your vitamin C.

Body Scrub~ You’ll need 8-10 ripe or over-ripe strawberries, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp coarse salt (or sugar). Smash strawberries up with a fork in a bowl, add olive oil and salt/sugar until it forms a paste. Apply all over to your body, including your hands and feet. I usually like to do this in an empty tub, then after I have had it on for a few minutes I fill the tub and continue to soak it off.

Strawberry Mask~ This is a perfect all over body mask, including using it on your face. I first started using this after I developed a slight sunburn, it’s a great alternative to Aloe Vera. I take fresh strawberries from the fridge (colder the better), mix together with thick, plain greek yogurt and add a few tablespoons of honey. This mask works wonders and your sunburn will be on the road to recover before you know it. The strawberries reduce the redness and swelling, while the lactic acid in the yogurt provides moisture and promotes healing. The added honey also has great healing, soothing properties. Check out the recent segment on how to prep your skin for Summer~here!

Strawberry Smoothie~ I have played with ways to make the strawberry milkshake healthier. I combine and blend 6 large strawberries, 1/2 cup of your favorite yogurt (I use coconut~Greek) and 1/2 cup of plain or vanilla almond milk. If you do not eat dairy you can sub the yogurt for juice, but you may not get the thick milkshake consistency. In that case you can add some hemp or pea protein powder and I always throw in a few ice cubes.

I love beauty products that smell like Strawberries. Recently I was in Sephora and saw that Cake Beauty  was celebrating Strawberry Shortcake’s sweet 30 years by launching a decadent lip butter in “Berry Creamy”. I remember when I was little, my Strawberry Shortcake & friends figurines were my favorite, they smelled so good. This lip balm reminds me of them and brings back so many memories.

What is your favorite Strawberry beauty product, home-made skin care or recipe?

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Summer Sunset

If I had to pick a season, there is no doubt in my mind it would have to be Summer. I just love everything about it. From the warm weather to the flowers that are in full bloom, the scents and colors are intensified. When I found out that Lise Watier put out a new line called “Summer Sunset”, I had to test it out.

Honestly I test so many products and usually have a few favorites, but this time I loved the whole line. The Eau De Toilette spray is a “Summer Must Have”. Not only is the bottle design beautiful with bright orange and hot pink stripes, the scent fills the air with its full bouquet. Lise Watier brilliantly combines jasmine, lily of the valley, honeysuckle, apple, grapefruit blossoms, bergamot and luxurious red fruit to create a sensual and feminine scent. This fragrance is perfect no matter what you’re doing; lunch on a patio, walks on the beach, running errands or shopping with your friends.

With my love for pink, it was hard not to freak out with this new collection by Lise Watier. The nail lacquer in “Dragon Fruit” is the perfect pink. It has a light on the cap which make it easy to apply, especially getting into the corners of your nails. I can’t wait to sport this color with my sandal collection. Next on the list is the Crystal Drops Ultra-Shine lip gloss in “Smoothie“. This gloss gives your pout a hint of shimmer with a pale pink sheen. A great neutral lip when your rocking out the smoky eye.

On days when I want to add just a hint of color to brighten my eyes, Lise Watier Crayon Jumbo in “Peche Melba” does the job. I love how easy it is to apply and convenient when you need to touch up on the go . For those wanting to jazz it up, their Palette Summer Sunset in “Tropical” will satisfy all your needs. They have combined creams with a rustic brown and burgundy, oh and we can’t forget the lime green.

Last but not least, face and body bronzers that will give you that sun-kissed glow this Summer. First, Lise Watier Sun Smart~Tinted Universal UV Shield with SPF 30. This oil-free cream will give you coverage, protection and instant color. I still like to apply an additional SPF 50 before. Next, the Summer Sunset “Bronzing  Powder” palette gives you an array of colors to choose from, peach, pink, brown and cream. You can mix them all together or select individual colors to customize your look. Either way you’ll look beach ready and radiant. To finish off this line, I could not leave out the body! The Havana All Over Baked Bronzer is amazing for using everywhere, especially defining your legs and collarbone.

Fall in love with Summer Sunset, Visit Lise Watier today

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Asparagus

This week for Feed Your Skin Friday’s, I thought I would bring you some beauty nutrition and healthy tips on why you should add asparagus to your diet (if you haven’t all ready). There are many health benefits to this little green tree-like veg. Did you know that asparagus is an excellent source of folate? For those of you that don’t know about folate, it’s a B vitamin that helps protect our cells.  Next, asparagus contains inulin (a prebiotic fibre) which helps promote good bacteria in the stomach. We all know how important fibre is in our diet and when everything is working right our digestion and overall immunity is strengthened. For those of you trying to watch what you eat, this is the perfect vegetable to add when counting calories. Did you know that six pieces contain only twenty calories? Below is a favorite dish I like to make, it’s one of my favorite recipes that I have seen on many cooking shows.

Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients: 2 pounds asparagus, Olive Oil, Coarsely ground black pepper, Sea Salt, 1 roll of soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled (enough to lightly cover), 2 teaspoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel (zest)

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 220°C (200°C for a fan oven). Arrange asparagus on large rimmed baking tray, drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil,  turning to cover both all sides. Season with salt and pepper then roast asparagus in the center of the oven until just tender when pierced with knife, about 7 minutes. Pre-warm a serving plate (if serving hot). Remove from heat and arrange asparagus in single layer on the serving plate. Sprinkle with goat cheese & lemon rind. Drizzle with lemon juice and 2 teaspoons olive oil.

Serves 6 – serve hot or cold

Would love to hear your favorite Asparagus recipe’s

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Nothing but Real “Luve”

From Pop Stars to international stages, Rosette Luve is making a name for herself. Rosette is a Canadian singer, songwriter and dancer, who specializes in pop, R&B and house music. With a great voice and unique style to match, this artist brings it on many levels. What I love most is that she can rock the all natural look and then turn up the heat and rock out the latest fashions. Rosette is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. I love featuring artists that give back, she is involved with various charities and organizations like The Diversity Project that make a stand in helping an important cause.

I wanted to sit down with her and really find out the Beauty411 on the real “Luve”

BB411~Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

RL~I wasn’t always in love with it. Growing up I was more of a Tom boy. Playing ball, soccer and I was really into martial arts back then too. Fashion was never a top priority for me..I started to appreciate fashion just recently when I was introduced to Jason Matlo and seeing all the hard work that is put into it. I see how it doesn’t come easy. It’s hard work to stay relevant and cutting edge.

BB411~….and what was your earliest memory?

RL~Probably about 2 years ago when I did my music video for Ditzy Girl.. In the video we were making fun of Ditzy girls. But I have to say I learnt fast that these girls must take ALL DAY to prepare to look on point.. Lol.. It was days of shopping for the “right outfit” and making sure we looked “current”

BB411~3 beauty products you carry with you always?

RL~My black eyeliner.. Mineral powder blush, and voluminous mascara..

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

RL~Aveda facial moisturizer

BB411~Favorite lip color?

RL~My Pink lipstick I bought from Mac I think it’s called “girl about town

BB411~ I have to say I am in Love with this color and think it’s a “MUST HAVE”!

BB411~You are in amazing shape, what’s your secret?

RL~Hahah, amazing shape! Lol thank you for your kind words. ☺ I work out 3-4 times a week with Karen Dand at the Steve Nash fitness world. She is just amazing. Kicks my butt. But well worth it. If anyone wants to get in shape.. She the girl to “getter done”

BB411~What does beauty mean to you?

RL~Beauty.. To wake up every morning knowing you are beautiful inside and out. To feel good about yourself. No matter what the magazines say “how you should look like or be”. Who you are is beautiful.. And no amount of makeup or style can take that away from you. Remember that, Beauty is more than a just pretty face..

BB411~Do you have a best kept beauty secret?

RL~Not really.. Maybe just moisturizer

BB411~Fun fact that your fans may not know about you..

RL~Im really laid back, love to be spontaneous. And say whatever I feel at that moment.. Never hold anything back 🙂 *If you wanna stay in touch make sure to add/follow me on Facebook/twitter  “Rosette Luve”  I always respond to people when I can 🙂

“I am a huge believer in being positive with life and loving every moment of it, and if I can make people feel great with my music, I have done my job” says Rosette Luve.

To hear more on Rosette’s music check her videos Here

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Avocado

Avocados are one of my favorite things I love to eat, I put them on/in everything. From salads to smoothies, this little green pear-shaped fruit is one of my top picks for ” Feed Your Skin Friday’s”. Avocados have so many health benefits, they are rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. They are good for your heart, regulate blood pressure and most of all they are high in Essential Fatty Acids (the good fats).

I thought I would include a few tips and remedies for you to enjoy~ a great snack,  a few at-home beauty treatments and a wonderful smoothie.

Avocado Hummus~ I take the following and puree in a food processor until smooth. It goes well with raw vegetables, lentil or sweet potato chips, or even as a spread on a sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 1 can chick peas, rinsed
  • 1 medium to large avocado (peeled & pitted)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed puree)
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested
  • 2 cloves mashed garlic (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • jalapeno ~to taste (optional)
  • Cilantro ~to taste  (optional)
  • I medium tomato (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut milk (optional)
  • Pinch of salt ( teaspoon if desired)
  • A few cracks of black pepper

Hair/Face Mask~ mix together half an avocado, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and apply. Leave on for 30 minutes to an hour and wash off/out. You can also just use avocado on its own and mash it up and apply.

Face Moisturizer~ Take the inside of the avocado peel and with upward strokes, lightly massage your face. The oil from the peel contains a humectant, which is great for adding moisture to the skin. Leave the oil on your skin for about 15 minutes. You can live it on overnight or wash it off and pat dry. Remember to apply a SPF if going out.

Under-eye Treatment~ Peel half an avocado, remove the pit, and slice into quarter-inch pieces. Lie down and place one piece under each eye and rest for 15-30 minutes. This is great for reducing under-eye puffiness. I love putting the avocados in the fridge before hand for a few minutes to chill , feels refreshing after a long day!

Hand & Feet Exfoliating Scrub~ Mix half an avocado, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of oatmeal and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl and apply to your hands and feet in a circular motion to slough off dead skin. Leave for 10-15 minutes and wash off. I apply coconut oil after and put on socks. This is a great scrub that will give you baby soft hands.

Smoothie~ Take the following ingredients and blend in a mixer. This smoothie is amazing for glowing, radiant, ultra moisturized skin!

  • 1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted
  • 1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoons honey or Agave
  • 1/2 chopped frozen banana (tastes better)
  • ½ Apple
  • Handful blueberries or berry of your choice (optional)

I hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to hearing any tips or recipes you may have for this beautiful little fruit.

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Wild Rose & Yoghurt

As my love for roses continues, so does the excitement I get when I discover new beauty finds. Years ago while on a trip to Greece, I developed a slight sunburn (even with a high spf). I came across Korres skin care and was recommended to try the Korres Yoghurt Cooling Gel. Instantly my skin was cooled and moisturized, I could feel the burn soothing. I continued to use this for the remainder of my trip and still to this day keep a bottle in my fridge (love keeping it chilled, feels incredible). I use it all over my body including my face. This is one of my MUST HAVE items!

Being such a huge fan of this product I thought I would try out their Wild Rose beauty line. Now all of you know how much I love roses and this line gets my stamp of approval. I picked up the Wild Rose Face & Eye Serum and 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream. Lets start with the Serum, the smell is devine~think roses and cinnamon hearts. I love how you can use it on your face as well under your eyes, two bangs for the buck. It has a light gel texture that glides on smooth and you skin will soak it up. It has Wild Rose Oil which is a natural source of vitamin C, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines. After I applied the serum I followed it with the moisturizer, again the smell is so delicious and addictive. What I love most is it has such light texture yet provides mega moisture for longer periods of time. It’s perfect for those wearing it under their foundation. It contains “Imperata-cylindrica extract: This desert plant is known for its ability to provide continuous moisturization by regulating the moisture equilibrium”. There is no greasy feel and it would be suitable for all skin type all year round. I suggest grabbing yours today at Korres or Sephora.

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Eat your Veggies!

I think many of us can relate to having been told growing up to “Eat your Veggies”. I have always been a fairly healthy eater, but have been known from time to time to indulge in sinful foods. I remember growing up I developed a love for foods like fruits, vegetables, granola, wheat grass, etc. It probably steams from having a mother than was very health conscience. When we made cookies, we used carob and juicing was a big part of my life! Throughout the years I have always tried to make good choices when it comes to my diet. But no matter how hard I try I don’t seem to eat enough of my veggies. Over the last few years I have enjoyed including more smoothies and juicing into my daily routine to get my dose of my Veggies! Check out “Glowing from the Inside Out” to find out how to make one of my favorite smoothies.

There are many articles out there on how many vegetables a person should consume, which can range depending on age, gender, activity level, etc. Vegetables are nutritious and usually low in calories, and they should make up a substantial portion of the diet at any age.

Recently I came across an article on how to get more veggies into your diet; it suggested filling a ziplock up of raw vegetables and snacking throughout the day. I’m not sure about most of you but when I give myself a measured amount of what I need to eat or drink, I seem to stick to it more easily. Now what are the best vegetables that you should be eating, remembering potatoes should not be included as they are starches.  Green and colorful vegetables are the best choice because they contain lots of vitamins, fiber and minerals. The colorful pigments contain phytochemicals that provide many health benefits. My favorite Veggies I like to mix up are bell peppers (all colors, especially the yellow and orange) zucchini, snow peas, broccoli, celery, cucumber, just to name a few.

I hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to hearing the different ways you incorporate veggies into your day!

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