Archive for September, 2012

Balanced and Fit…..a fitness journey

 I recently saw this quote and it really resonated within, “If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up”. For years I have (like so many others) been on the fitness roller coaster, trying every health kick, fitness activity and quick fix to get my little butt into shape. I seem to have the same conversation over and over with people, saying you don’t need to lose weight, you’re in great shape. But the truth is everyone has their reasons for losing weight and improving their fitness. It’s not about being super skinny; it’s about living a healthy balanced lifestyle. It always seems that I have some event coming up that I get into a routine for some time and then after it’s come and gone I fall off the wagon. It usually starts with missing a few days are at the gym, eating some bad food and saying I’ll start tomorrow. But tomorrow doesn’t usually happen and then you get into a rut. You have to make the conscious decision to start today. You also have to have patience and not beat yourself up if you do take a few steps back. Fitness can’t be something you cram into your life; you have to make it a part of the everyday.

Ever since my teens, I have been an emotional eater. When things seem to be going bad or a stressful situation arises I turn to food. There is a reason things are called “comfort food”. One thing I have realized over the years is when you first start something or are trying to get over something, having a support system is crucial. For years I have trained and tried to tackle this fitness thing alone, which can be very challenging. With that being said, I am pleased to announce the launch of a new fitness journey called “Balanced and Fit”. I have teamed up and will be sponsored by personal trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness. From the moment I was introduced to Hanan, I knew there was something special about her. She has such dedication, compassion, determination and discipline that I knew she would be the perfect fit. Hanan also does online training, which makes it convenient for anyone to start a program, do it on your own with a constant support platform. I believe that having a trainer to check in with and support you can be very beneficial when starting out. Each week I will be posting on how the week went with my gym time, meal planning and all the trials and tribulations. I plan on being honest on my progress and holding myself accountable, which means even if I hit some bumps I will post on how I over came those obstacles.  Thank you to Steve Nash Fitness Clubs as well, who will also be sponsoring my training at their various gyms.
It’s been a week since I started the plan and I have to say it’s definitely been an adjustment. First off I really had to sit down and plan my week out. I had to spend a day to shop and prep my food for the week (actually I prepped twice this week ~Sunday and Wednesday), schedule my workouts and journal my progress. Starting any new routine can be hard, but like brushing your teeth you need to make it a priority. One of the main challenges I have is eating breakfast, so within an hour of waking I eat oatmeal with a scoop of protein powder.. I’m following a food plan of 5 small meals a day, eating every 2-3 hours. Throughout the day my diet consists of protein (usually chicken), raw veggies and yams. I am allowed one cheat meal each week and this week my food of choice was pasta! One of my biggest challenges is drinking more water. I have stopped my earl gray lattes and really trying to increase my water intake. When I do want to splurge and opt for an additional bevy I choose Coconut Water. It has no added sugar (I drink them in moderation). It has been a little hard emotionally when I do have a hiccup or 2, but Hanan has been great at letting me know not to beat myself up and believe in the process. Well it’s off to start prepping for week 2. I look forward to sharing my fitness journey with all of you……….

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Home is where the Heart is with Cheryl Hickey

When it comes to all things entertainment, ET Canada has it covered. Host, Cheryl Hickey has been gracing us with her talent, style and beauty since the launch in fall 2005. ET Canada is part of the most watched entertainment news franchise in the world. I think it was set in stone or call it destiny that Cheryl would end up where she is today. At an early age, she developed a passion and love for television not only in front of the camera but behind the scenes as well. From producing shows, running the teleprompter and being a cameraman, she poured her heart and soul into every aspect of the job. Over the years she has brought us coverage’s on the Golden Globes, Oscars, Grammys and more. We have watched her grow and taken the journey with her, from her marriage in 2008 to husband Kevin Foley to the birth of their son Jaxson in 2009. Week after week she graces us with her infectious smile and down to earth charm.

Like Cheryl, I too grew up watching Entertainment Tonight. Since I was a child, ET has been a staple in my household. Each night after dinner I would be glued to the television, completely enthralled on watching Mary Hart interview celebrities and cover events. I was obsessed with entertainment news, style and fashion. I feel Cheryl shares the same qualities that Mary Hart (who left the show in 2011) brought to the show; charisma, compassion, truth, honesty and a genuine likability. There is nothing like turning on the TV and hearing ET Canada’s intro song and sitting back and watching Cheryl light up the screen.

I had the absolute pleasure on an early Thursday morning to sit down and chat with her about life, love, family and all things beauty. Cheryl has this way about her, making you feel so comfortable. I think that’s what I love most about her; the conversation never seems forced or scripted, more like talking with a girlfriend. She is funny, honest and such a genuine person. When it comes to Cheryl Hickey, home is definitely where the heart is……….

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to go into tv and become a host?

CH~Becoming a host, probably didn’t know that till around the year 2000. I dived into television when I was 17 years old, volunteering at a cable station. One summer my dad and I were trying to figure out what I was going to do, what I was interested in. A crawl came across the local television station that said looking for volunteers, so my dad drove me up there and we checked it out and thought that would be something good to keep me busy for the summer.  I started running teleprompter there and thought it was very interesting. The energy that lived in that building at the cable station kind of sparked it all for me. I went through various jobs from producing to writing to cameraman doing all kinds of different kinds of things and admired each position and job for many different reasons.

BB411~ Any tell tale signs when you were younger that this would be your direction?

CH~ My Mom bought me a microphone when I was little, but I more thought I was going to be Whitney Houston than Barbara Walters back then.

BB411~ If you could be anything in the world other than a host what would it be? (Maybe you just answered that in the last question) Would it be a singer?

CH~ No cause I can’t sing. I think I would probably want to be a backup dancer for someone, I think that would be so much fun. Or a kindergarten teacher, I think I would be a really good kindergarten teacher. I always want to hug other people’s children.

BB411~ I could definitely see that, you seem like an amazing Mom

BB411~ What has it meant to you being a part of the ET Canada family?

CH~ Growing up I watched Mary Hart, after dinnertime we would sit down and watch the show. I always loved it! For me being on this show is a perfect blend of a dream coming true but I still get to stay home, have my friends that I have here and be close to my family. So I get the best of both worlds. I get to travel to LA, New York, Cannes and do all those glamorous fun things, but at the end of the day I get to come home to where the people who are most important to me are. Also its really great for Canada, it’s a great platform to show off our Canadian talent.

BB411~ What is your favorite interview that you have covered?

CH~ I have a lot of favorites (I do) I like George Clooney, I’m a little bit fond of him~ I don’t mind him at all. Casey Affleck is ridiculously funny, I really enjoyed interviewing him. I like Olivia Wilde, I think she is a brilliant woman and beautiful person. Paul Haggis is one of my favorites. I have a lot of favorites!

BB411~ I know recently you met and interviewed Oprah (which is obviously a dream of mine). What was it like, were you nervous?

CH~ Yes and she is also one of my favorites. It wasn’t surreal until I was driving back from doing the interview, then I realized how big it was. I had the flu, so earlier in the day I was just concentrating on getting up and getting make up on and making it to the interview. So I didn’t give myself the time to be nervous. She’s pretty great, Oprah’s good at listening and that’s the biggest part of doing an interview. I don’t always have questions prepared when I go in to do an interview because it should be a talk. When you talk to someone you don’t have all your questions prepared. You have to just ask some questions as you go along, listen and that takes you to where you need to go next. I think that’s the most effective way to get a real conversation going.

BB411~ One person that you haven’t met or interviewed that you would want to sit down and have lunch with?

CH~ I’m a huge, huge New Kids On The Block fan but have turned down every reason to do an interview with them because I think I will turn into a 12-year-old girl and I don’t want to ruin it for myself. So I’ve told everyone when they come to town I don’t want to interview them, I can’t!  I was in love with Joey McIntyre so there is no way, I will FREAK out. So it’s on the bucket list! One day before this whole game is done for me I’ll have to do it, but I just don’t want to do it right now. The band that I interviewed recently (One Direction), as young as they are have that same kind of thing going on. It’s that same feeling that leaves you feeling good and happy, they were just fantastic

BB411~ There you go…They are your pre- interview before NKOTB

CH~ I can’t do New Kids, I don’t know when that’s ever going to happen. Someone at work said were just going to surprise you one day and their just going to come in the studio. But it will be a terrible interview, someone will have to be there with me to do it cause I will just sit there.

BB411~ How would you describe your style?

CH~ I dress how I feel, I admire different styles and love the Boho-chic stuff.  I’ll go through stages where I like to dress like that and then I love the Audrey Hepburn classic look. It’s very wide, it depends how I’m feeling that day. Today I’m wearing red high heel shoes, boyfriend jeans and a sweater. It’s different every day.

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

CH~ I think so. Truth be told, I was a bit of a tom boy in my teen years and then my style sort of changed. I remember being in my mom’s closet and trying on her clogs. My mom, even when I look back in pictures when we were born, always looked fantastic. So I think its watching different people in your life and always finding it a little interesting.

BB411~Who is your favorite designer right now?

CH~ I love Marchesa, I just do. I think it’s so gorgeous, it’s beautiful, creative and elegant. That would be a red carpet look that I love the most. Jeans I’m a Diesel girl love, love, love them. Oh an I LOVE Joe Fresh, let me say that. I get a lot of my sons stuff there (and Baby GAP too). For as fast as he grows its affordable and funky. I get him little fedoras, he loves to wear them.

BB411~ Favorite Color?

CH~ Periwinkle Blue and I love black, I just love black

BB411~ 3 Staple items you should have in your wardrobe at all times?

CH~ A good pair of skinny jeans/boyfriend jeans, a really nice white T that can go with anything and a great fitting blazer

BB411~ What is your secret to having such great hair? (And I love the braids you have been rocking lately)

CH~ For the past 4 months I have been doing my own hair. Just recently we signed up with a company called bob + paige. There going to come in twice a week because I want some inspiration from my hair stylist, to try what’s hot . But I still want to have the ability to do my own hair because I think every girl should do their own hair.

BB411~ What hair products do you love?

CH~ On the weekends it’s not about how I look and more about spending time with my family. In all honesty, I put olive oil in my hair and tie it with a twist and that’s it. That’s usually Saturday and Sunday. My poor husband. I try not to wash it every day and wash every other day. I don’t color my hair a lot, I color it about every 3 months. I actually love the look of quite a bit of root. I have dirty blonde/brown hair so it all goes together well. I don’t mind the grow out and with all the stuff I do to my hair there’s a lot of breakage.

BB411~ Actually other than Olive Oil, coconut oil works great as a hair mask

CH~ It does, However….. I did that early this past summer and went to a park with my son and I had BEES all over my head (laughs) I swore I would never do that again as I was completely swarmed with bees.  A year ago if anyone saw a strange woman running through a park with her hands flailing, it was me. Coconut is definitely amazing, I use it on mine and my sons skin

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

CH~ I use Jane Iredale products, that’s what we use on the show and recently Jane showed us something called Beauty Cream. That stuff is amazing, it’s a tinted moisturizer with a little bit of spf. That’s all I use on my face now. You can apply it light or wear it heavier for tv. I Could not live with out it! I also use  Jane Iredale bronzer and a product called Too Faced lip injection plumping lip gloss

BB411~ What is your secret to great skin on and off camera?

CH~ Thank you, actually it wasn’t always that way. When I was a kid I had keratosis pilaris on my cheeks and above one of my eyebrows. I always had a red face and kids would make fun of me. So growing up I was very self conscious and never wanted anyone touching my face. In my late twenties it started to go away. I get photofacials and oxygen facials from time to time to keep the pigment under control.  I really use a lot of sunscreen and also Strivectin on my face.  I just started SkinCeuticals; I’m using the serum, moisturizer and sunscreen

BB411~ Do you have any best kept beauty secrets that have been passed down to you from either your Mother or Grandmother?

CH~ Always drink lots of water and always take your makeup off. My mon doesn’t wear that much make at all, so I think less is more. I’m always afraid to do a smokey eye or put eyeliner on the bottom of my eye lash, I  feel its going to be too much. I’m very much into a habit with makeup, I don’t experiment that much (maybe with lipstick). I want it to be a little bit enhanced on what’s naturally going on there. I don’t want it to be a mask

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

CH~ Yes, The Body Shop Strawberry Oil. They discontinued it 10 years ago and I have been trying to find it. It was my first perfume when I was 16 years old. I don’t really like perfume, it makes me feel a little nauseous. Right now I wear Calgon Hawaiian Ginger body mist. I’ve worn it since the Body Shop stopped their Strawberry oil (Laughs) and that’s all I wear.

BB411~ That’s it, I’m on a mission to find something similar for you or maybe there is a miracle and you can get it?

CH~ Yes, send out to your twitter followers and see if there is a way

BB411~ How do you stay fit?

CH~ I’m like every other woman, you get in to something and then you stop doing it then you get in to something and then you stop doing. I think that’s how most woman are. There are some that are consistent though. I will go to the gym for a month and then life gets busy and I’ll stop. From the gym, Windsor Pilates videos every once in a while to hot yoga classes/pilates. When I had my son I gained 65 pounds and I used kettle balls. After I had him I knew I had a few months before the Grammy’s were coming so I started doing kettle ball exercises with a trainer and that made me shed a lot of the weight. I also went gluten and dairy free which helped shed a lot.

BB411~ Top 3 songs to work out to (currently on your iPod)?

CH~ Anything by the black-eyed peas, I love Bruno Mars, For the slow down part Jason Mraz. Oh wait Rihanna is in there too!

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

CH~ You always feel your most beautiful when your feeling good on the inside. When everything in your universe is calm and happy. When that part of you is taken care of, we all look better (when you’re in that place). Beauty means confidence, being fresh and being yourself.

BB411~What charities are you involved in?

CH~ MS Society of Canada and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure

BB411~ What Inspires you?

CH~ My family, they are my heartbeat. My parents, my brother, my sister, my husband and most importantly my son.

BB411~How has having your son changed you?

CH~ Its made me a better person for sure. For many years it was all about me and working on my career and making sure I can provide for myself down the road. Meeting my husband was a big breath of fresh air. He is my best friend and someone  who I can have a good time with and see the world. We got pregnant with our son and honestly it was the best thing that ever happened to us. He’s so much fun and he’s so silly. He reminds me not to take everything so seriously. He is the loviest, huggiest kid out there. Every day I feel really lucky that I have him.

BB411~ Favorite Quote?

CH~ Actually my mom and me make jokes all the time that we get quotes wrong. So you asking me to give you a quote is really quite funny because I would get it wrong  “grass is always greener on the top of the hill” (both laugh). Honestly I can’t give a proper quote

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you now know what would it be? ( A lesson learned or wisdom gained)

CH~ Stop Worrying. I’m working on that. I’m always anticipating what’s coming next; the what if’s, what if’s . I try to tell myself to not plan and just let it be.

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

CH~ I have a fear of horses. I love them and think their beautiful, but I use to ride and fell off once and  haven’t riden one since.

BB411~ What are 3 words that best describe you?

CH~ HA HA you should ask my husband. I hope people would say trustworthy, loving and a good friend. I hope that’s what they would say

It truly was such a pleasure to be able to interview the beautiful and talented Cheryl Hickey. At the end, Cheryl left me with some last words… Watch out for the Bees!   To find out more about Cheryl follow her on twitter or tune into ET Canada on Global at 7:30pm EST/PST

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Skindinavia at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week

Celebrity socialite and fashionista Angela Simmons  has been a busy girl this week, taking on Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. She has been running (in killer heels & high fashion outfits!) non-stop every day, sitting front row at shows like Alice & Olivia, Diesel, Betsey Johnson and more. Earlier this week, she was spotted at Jene Luciani’s Loungerie 2012, rocking an all-leather outfit paired with some sky-high Olcay Gulsen suede heels. Angela looked picture perfect, with SKINDINAVIA ‘No More Shine’ finishing spray in hand.

Angela’s MUA Angel Cherry  says that No More Shine‘ is “great at holding Angela’s makeup up in place and controlling her oil-proned skin during her crazy, hectic Fashion Week schedule.” Check out the pictures below, where Skindinavia helps Angela set the stage for a flawless face and altogether fierce Fashion Week look!

(Angela holds on tight to beauty must-have, Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finishing Spray)AngelaJeneAngelaSkindinavia

(Angela & Loungerie host, Jene Luciani)

SKINDINAVIA makeup finishing sprays extends makeup wear for 16 hours, sealing your foundation, blush, eyeshadow and bronzer, allowing fewer touchups and a look that lasts. This high performance spray works so well, it was used by both Lady Gaga and Britney Spears during their tours! This spray can help keep your makeup put, fierce and fab for your busy schedule as well.

NEW YORK, NY – The days of smudged, runny makeup are officially gone – say goodbye to touch-ups! SKINDINAVIA has solved the enduring problem of vanishing makeup for up to 16+ hours by creating the world’s best finishing sprays using their patented Temperature Control Technology®. These lightweight, breathable and hypoallergenic sprays have become a secret weapon in the hands of renowned makeup artists worldwide.

SKINDINAVIA has made makeup touch-ups at Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour almost effortless. Thank you for the great finishing spray!”
Sarah Tanno, makeup artist for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour

PRO TIP: Sarah Tanno, Makeup Artist for Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour applies SKINDINAVIA with a BeautyBlender Sponge. She applies foundation then spritzes SKINDINAVIA onto the sponge and stipples the formulation on to set makeup for concert-long wear!

The difference is impeccably clear! Convenient, quick, and effortless, simply apply makeup as usual, shake the desired finishing spray and mist the face for up to 16 hours of unblemished cosmetic complexion.

Created and designed as a simple way to keep makeup flawless, these one-of-a kind SKINDINAVIA finishing sprays are available in three must-have formulations; The Original Makeup Finishing Spray, No More Shine Makeup Finish and the Bridal Makeup Finish.

SKINDINAVIA is Amazing! For someone that doesn’t wear a lot of make , this light-weight finishing spray sets everything in place. It’s perfect for us non Make Up Artists doing it ourselves! I love that SKINDINAVIA doesn’t leave a residue on your skin and rinses off with just water. It contains aloe and has a clean, refreshing scent. SKINDINAVIA is hypoallergenic, paraben free and not tested on animals. I use a few pumps even when I wear just moisturizer to set my concealer and mascara in place. I find it helps my mascara from smudging under my eyes throughout the day. The best part is it still leaves my skin with a dewey finish without looking oily ~LOVE THIS      -Crystal Jensen, Beauty Buzz 411

With Fashion week and people running around,Here are some great ideas about what to do with your hair from a video I love thanks to 1.jpgStyleHaul ~ The largest original fashion and beauty video content community in the world with more than 825 vloggers, who churn out creative tips and tutorials on everything from top knots to at-home ombré hair dying, StyleHaul is the next generation fashion destination. Serving a global audience of 25 million style influencers and tastemakers who all come to create, consume and share, the YouTube network aggregates and fuses tailored style guru channels with premium original programming under a single social fashion video platform. With a mix of key players and curators like BubzBeauty, JLovesMac1, Pixiwoo, CutePolish, DulceCandy87 and Rock What You Got (just to name a few!), StyleHaul is revolutionizing fashion video, connecting users with creative, authentic content.

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Rachel Sin at Montreal Fashion Week

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Last week Montreal Fashion Week hosted their 23rd edition and celebrated it with a new venue and a new roster of top designers on the runway. On closing day, our very own Rachel Sin debuted her Spring/Summer 2013 collection in the intimate gallery room. Preceded by women’s wear designer Symbiose by Hinda A, and followed by the ominous Anomal Couture collection, Rachel Sin was in great designer company. Presenting a sea of neutral tones, corals and dark royal blue’s to a full house, Rachel Sin’s first appearance at Montreal Fashion Week was a great success.
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Rachel Sin and BIB Communications are glad to  have shared this experience with so many wonderful faces. Until next time!

More info on the SS13 collection to come. For now, visit rachelsin.com.

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When life gives you lemons…Use them for Beauty!

It’s funny they say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade~ I say use it in your beauty regime!

For centuries lemons have been used for their numerous health and beauty benefits. They are high in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene. Lemons boost your immune system, balance ph levels and help promote clearer skin. Lemons act as a digestive aid and cleanse the liver, which when added to your diet can help with weight loss.

I wanted to share with all of you some great tips and tricks on how lemons are the perfect beauty tool and packed full of power for your health.

Digestion and cleansing the system~ First thing in the morning on an empty stomach, I add freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon to a cup of lukewarm water and drink. This helps jump-start my system and purges toxins from the blood which helps keep my skin clear. Lemon juice helps in digestion and aids the liver to get rid of impurities.  “According to Ayurvedic philosophy, choices that you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down”. I say what better way to start your morning ritual then to add these beautiful little yellow gems to your day!

Acne~ Lemons contain citric acid and vitamin C, which can be effective in treating acne and promoting healthy glowing skin. I like to take fresh sliced tomato with lemon juice on them, place on my face and relax for a bit. This not only brightens your complexion, the natural acid helps to clear up blemishes.

Constipation~ Combine 1 cup of hot water, ¼ lemon and 1 tsp ground flax-seed, mix thoroughly and drink. This home remedy can be taken daily until issue resolves.

Oily Hair~ You don’t need to be annoyed with oily hair anymore! Take 2 spoons of lemon juice, add it to some water and use in your last rinse. It will also help add shine to your hair too. I remember growing up and putting lemon juice in my hair while going out and sitting in the sun. This lightened my hair and added natural highlights.

Blackheads~ Take 5 cotton pads and soak in lemon juice and place them onto your  face. After 15 minutes,  remove and allow your skin to dry. This process can be repeated daily until your pores are clear.

Discolored nails or excess nail polish~ Whenever I take nail polish off I sometimes tend to have a little discoloration on my nail bed. I take a lemon and cut it in half and squeeze out the juice into a bowl. I then take the lemon half and rub on my nails. After I take the juice that I squeezed from the lemon and soak my fingers in the bowl for 10 minutes. To finish off I take a nail brush (or a toothbrush will work too) and scrub my nails. Lemons are a great natural bleach and can be used for dark underarms, elbows and knees too. Again take half a lemon and rub onto the darkened area. Regular application of lemon lightens the skin color.

The color yellow reminds me of summer and I especially love rocking a great polish. A few of my favorites are MAC “Al Fredo” , butter LONDON  “Cheeky Chops” and Sephora O.P.I “opaque bright buttercup yellow”

What are the favorite ways you incorporate lemon into your life?

Would love to hear what your favorite nail lacquer is in YELLOW!

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Beauty Finds this Summer

 

This Summer I discovered so many great beauty finds that will cover you from head to toe and inside out. I love nothing more than finding goodies that I can share with all of you that can be great additions to your existing beauty regime. Month after month I post on great products that in my opinion….ROCK! Here are a few of my favorites to add to the ever-growing list.

Karmaface Cosmetics “HOT HOUDINI” Bronzer~ This bronzer is perfect for any skin type. Not only does it give you great color, it has a matte finish with a light texture making it easy to apply. I love how you can add just a little for some golden glow, or more to contour and define. In addition to being a great product, $1 from every Karmaface product purchased is donated to YWCA Canada. Karma truly is a beautiful thing!

Dermalogica “Solar Defense Booster“~ What can I say about this product that I haven’t already! I have spoken about my love for this spf before in a few posts (check out here) and it is a staple item in my beauty regime. Dermalogica recently changed the packaging and formula and I was worried that it wouldn’t be the same. Well….. it’s still amazing. They increased the spf from a 30 to a 50, great news for those of us that love the sun. I am still and will probably be forever, obsessed with it. Along with this great protection, I discovered another addition to my skin protection Skinperfect primer with spf 30 Not only does this primer have a natural tint for added color, it has a  silky smooth finish. It can be worn alone over your moisturizer or used under your makeup for flawless skin.

Dazzle Dry Advanced Vegan Nail (3 part) system~ For years I spent hours in nail salons getting my nails done. Now don’t get me wrong there are some amazing and talented nail designers and salons out there, many I would recommend. But for someone like me that is constantly on the go, finding the time to sit in a chair for some time prepping my nails can be a little difficult. I discovered Dazzle Dry over the summer and love the many conveniences of it, I just have to list them. The system is really easy, first you clean the entire nail with the nail prep, then apply the base coat and allow to dry (which takes seconds), followed by 1-2 coats of your choice of colored lacquer (Tutti Frutti Smoothie #417 is a favorite), and finish with a coat of the topcoat. Honestly your nails can be dried rock hard in 5 minutes! Even though you do not need a UV lamp, you still need to be careful not to get on anything other than your nail. If you do get on your skin or cuticle, just take some regular nail polish remover or file to fix up. Yes you heard me correctly, this product removes easily with regular polish remover. What I loved most about this product system is that it is high gloss, doesn’t leave your nails yellow and when I removed it my nails actually seemed stronger. There are also no harmful ingredients and there are an abundant selection of fabulous colors. I actually had so many compliments asking if my nails had a gel overlay and where I had them done. Now like I said before, I am someone who is always on the go and between running around, writing away and being hard on my nails this product lasted 5 days before I had a chip (which is a compliment). Plus doing my nails once a week while catching up on my latest shows is some “me-time” that I always look forward to.

Pink Wipes Cleansing Wipes~ Summer is filled with so many adventures and activities from swimming to camping and more. I was introduced to Pink Wipes after hearing a lot of hype on twitter and had to try them. Not only are they individually wrapped in pretty pink packaging (my favorite color), they are the quick natural way to freshen up anytime of the day. They are pH balanced and formulated for sensitive skin. They are paraben free, SLS free, biodegradable and hypoallergenic. Pink wipes contain Aloe Vera, Chamomile flower extract, Lavender oil and Vit E, giving them a clean light scent. They fit perfectly into your purse, pocket or gym bag. They are great for travelling whether you are on a plane, taking a road trip or out for adventurous hike. Oh and did I mention they are not tested on animals and vegan friendly.

Beauty Through Balance by Ancient Secrets Inc. ~ At first glance I wasn’t sure about this line as I had not heard much about it. But within the first few tries, it received the Beauty Buzz 411 approval. The Acai Power Repair facial moisturizer is great for anti-aging with Acai extract, Eco-certified Olivate (from pure olive oil), Vitamin C (sodium Ascorbyl Posphate), and jojoba esters. It provided great moisture and was easily absorbed. With an essential oil blend, this moisturizer was a great addition to prep my skin for a good nights rest. Next I tested the Lavender Olive foaming cleanser. The lavender scent alone made this a must have, especially when winding down after a long day. I used it as a body wash, though you can use it as a face cleanser and/or add to your bath. It worked well to remove any impurities, while leaving my skin feeling nourished and soft.

Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil~ For years I have heard about the many benefits there are from taking Sea Buckthorn. I have seen it in capsule form, oils and in beauty products. I had some products shipped from SeabuckWonders to test out and discover if this dubbed “miracle berry” really packed an antioxidant punch. At first I started by adding a few drops after my moisturizer. I noticed an immediate increase in hydration after the first few days. Then after a few weeks my skin seemed clearer and softer. I actually had a small scratch on my chin and after applying the oil for 3-4 days,  it seem to heal remarkably well. It is said that Sea Buckthorn is a superfood, full of powerful antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and the entire family of Omegas (3, 6, 9 AND the rare Omega 7). I have just started taking the Sea Buckthorn capsules and look forward to keeping you posted on any additional health and beauty benefits I experience.

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