Archive for February, 2013

Dancing Away with my Heart…..Louis van Amstel

bl14Three-time World Dance Champion and Emmy-nominated choreographer Louis van Amstel is best known for his nine stunning turns on the smash hit TV show “Dancing with the Stars.” When not tearing up the dance floor on TV, Louis continues to grow his highly popular dance fitness program, “LaBlast“, which is spreading rapidly and currently available in multiple cities worldwide. Louis recently partnered with leaders in the fitness world New Evolution Ventures and fueled by Crunch, to expand the LaBlast program both domestically and internationally.

Louis has an extensive background as a professional choreographer, coach and trainer. He served as a choreographer on FOX’s dance hit show “So You Think You Can Dance,” marking the first time any “DWTS” talent had crossed over to work on both shows at the same time. He has also choreographed for Fox’s “Lie to Me” and he trained the contestants on ABC’s reality show, “Bachelor Pad.” Additionally, Louis served as choreographer, creative director, and performer for the immensely popular “Dancing with the Stars” live stage show in 2006 and 2007, bringing his unique teachings and edgy style to millions of dancing fans around the U.S. Louis’ artistic and inspired choreography brought ballroom to the people and his creative vision helped to make the “Dancing with the Stars” tour one of the most successful live shows. SHOWBIZ Insider 1

Louis established himself as an expert on achieving fitness through dance after helping to transform the bodies of past “Dancing with the Stars” celebrity partners Kelly Osbourne, Niecy Nash, and Margaret Cho. As a longtime passionate advocate of healthy living, Louis created LaBlast to promote fitness and make working out fun- all through the power of dance!

Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Louis’ dance life started at the age of ten after his family decided it was important for his social skills to learn ballroom dancing. Louis’ grandparents were competitive ballroom dancers so it didn’t come as a surprise to many that he followed in their footsteps. From the age of 15 Louis was traveling abroad representing his country in major dance competitions in both Ballroom and Latin. He got an international partner, moved to England and therefore stop traditional school at the age of 16.

During the summer of 1989 he started a whole new roller coaster in life with his beloved British dance partner, Julie Fryer. Louis went on to receive three world Latin Dance championship gold medals in 1994, 1995 and 1996. Louis felt the urge to do more, so at 26 he stopped competing and in June of 1997 moved to New York City. “I took the risk and followed my intuition once more. I packed my two suitcases, bought a ticket and moved to the Big Apple leaving my home country. A new chapter of my life had begun, and I had no idea what was in store for me.”

In that summer he had the pleasure of working and coaching many amazingly talented dancers that are now colleagues on DWTS like Tony Dovolani, Karina Smirnoff, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his brother Val.

I have been a fan of Dancing with the Stars since the very beginning, you could say I was and am a little obsessed with it. Probably because I was never put in dance but always looked up and admired the girls in my school that were. I appreciate the process of the show and think it is incredible to see these stars transform week by week. I think the professionals are all incredible and Louie is one of my top picks. There is just something about him that deeply speaks to you when you watch him dance, teach and choreograph. There have been many celebrities that he has coached where I have had my heart warmed watching his compassion, dedication and love play out in each dance. I would have to say that watching his partnership with Sabrina and mostly Kelly was remarkable, the way he dug deep and nurtured delicate emotions, just beautiful. I still can replay his performance with Kelly, my eyes fill with tears and I become overwhelmed with emotion. Dance has a way of touching your core and evoking such strong emotions.

When I found out that I was going to have the opportunity to sit down and interview Louie for this piece, I was over the moon ecstatic. I wondered if he would be as lovely in person that he appears on television, well…… he completely blew my mind. Upon meeting up with him he had this calmness and ease that made me feel right at home. Louie had a full day with classes, interviews and tv appearances, I was his last stop yet he put all his focus and attention into our meeting (despite having a long day). We sat and talked like two friends catching up after not seeing each other for some time. As I sat and listened to him answer my questions I began to realize this wasn’t just any interview, I was gaining perspective and learning about how beautiful life can be. I didn’t know that my interview with Louie would give me some concrete direction and fed my soul. Louie has a huge heart, wonderful outlook on life and shows that one person can make a difference. It was an honour and I feel truly blessed to be able to share this interview with all of you.

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BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a dancer?

LVA~ Well at 10 it wasn’t my choice, it was my mom’s choice. My Parents thought it would be good for social purposes. At the end of the season you’d have a medal test with judges who marked you on your performance. I made it into the top 3 and won. I had no idea, I was just dancing and  I liked that feeling. So by 12  I knew I was going to be a competitive dancer, then my international career started when I was 15

BB411~You left school at 16?

LVA~ It was actually illegal for my school principal to let me go, I had to officially stay for another year (or half a year). It was well thought out, my parents (especially my dad) said go, let him do it~why not if he’s talented like people say. My mom had a bit of a harder time. In 94 (8 yrs later) we became world champions, we had a celebratory event and they invited my principal to come. He made a speech and said I could have lost my job but being part of this journey was so worth it. I couldn’t keep it together, it was a  full circle moment!

BB411~If you weren’t a dancer and could be anything in the world, what would you be?

LVA~ A Pilot. If I make a lot of money and have a lot of time on my hands I will become a pilot. I have always dreamt of flying a plane. I love speed~ I’ve had a few of tickets (laughs). The freedom to fly through the air like a bird. I love it!

BB411~ Being a part of the Dancing with the Stars family, what has it meant to be on the show and what was your fondest memory to date?

Kelly-Osborme-waltz_300LVA~ There are a few~ My first one is season 9 with Kelly Osbourne and that journey, it wasn’t one moment it was the whole 3 months watching her grow. If I had to pick one moment with Kelly it would be our last Viennese Waltz, it was the dance we started the season with and ended it with (same dress). It was a corset dress and over the months they had to keep tightening it, there was so much ribbon at the end as she lost so much weight. We had to do an interview and we could not keep it together. We talked about the journey and how much it affected her, me and us together as a couple. The interview played just before we danced, tears were running down, she started crying and we had to go out and dance. It was a mess, there was not a dry eye in the house. That moment was like becoming champions in 19994 again. Second  moment was the Rumba with Sabrina this season, that was a similar experience. That girl opened up that week, she was a great dancer to begin with but her level changed. For a good dancer to become even better and the reaction from the audience was  incredible. We touched a lot of people through that dance. This season overall was great as everyone got along so well. The season finale we had so much fun from beginning to end. I wish there was a camera backstage during rehearsal because people would have had jaw pain from laughing so hard.129381-2934-ful-jpg_225624

BB411~ There is such raw emotion that you bring out in your partners that is such a beautiful thing to watch. That’s what makes you different. I have to throw this out there, if there is ever an opportunity where they have Dancing with the Stars for us regular folks I’m applying as your partner!

LVA~ Awwwwww, thank you. We’ve all suggested it, we want to do a season like that. Canada (CTV) should do it. I love education and if I see talent I want to bring it out, I will do anything it takes. I have a lot of patience and if I don’t get it out one way I will find another. Whether it’s sitting down talking, because often times people block growth, emotions, expression because of something that happened in life or fear of something. I always go there, I try to see where does that fear come from and then along the way I ask questions. I don’t intrude, if they want to talk about it great and if not I will wait. Then a few weeks later it comes up, you have to wait for the right time. I have a passion for that, it seems to work.

BB411~ Kelly Osbourne is my favourite transformation that happened on DWTS. She is so graceful, elegant and stunning.

LVA~ She is so well spoken and the real deal

BB411~ Tell me about La Blast?

LaBlast_1LVA~ It’s like what we talked about with the effect that happened with Kelly, my love for trying to bring out the best in people and educational dance. I just figured there are so many viewers that would love to dance that they think they can’t, they’re clumsy, uncoordinated and overweight but want to. These are self-proclaimed titles from people who bully people into thinking they’re fat, stupid, etc. I believe that there are no clumsy people, you just have to get it out of your head, start moving and the more you move bit by bit your going to learn it. The proof is in the pudding! After Kelly, that’s when I realized I’m going to turn this into a program. La Blast is partner free so you don’t have to worry about being in a group setting, having to go to the gym or class to participate. It’s an affordable alternative, the workout is in disguise. Also there are a lot of people who would never go in a group setting so I thought let’s make some DVD’s. One thing that I have done with the DVD’s that is revolutionary that no one has done before ( I insisted on it), I have turned my back to the camera so the people are all watching me from behind. It’s the easiest way to learn. If you learn in mirror and you see someone doing the right foot and you say the right foot~it’s confusing. In the tutorials in the DVD its done so anyone can learn, even the most absolute beginner. Then theres level 2 and 3 where you can challenge yourself. DVD 4 and 5 are all about if you only have 15 minutes to work out because you have a busy lifestyle or you want to focus on certain body parts (waistline, upper body, etc) we have merengue for the upper body, Jive for the butt and twists for the waistline.ml7

BB411~ In Canada La Blast classes can be taken at Steve Nash Fitness World and Sports Club?

LVA~ Yes but the nice thing SNSC did was offer training for instructors that are from other clubs and allowed them to teach somewhere else. Soon Vancouver will lots of La Blast, along with Holland, Russia and the United States. We are looking at expanding in England, Ireland and Germany!

To find a class, go to La Blast fitness and click on find a class near you. You can also go to Amazon to get the La Blast DVD collection.LaBlast DVD_covers v2

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?

LVA~ On top of the hill in Hollywood flying my plane lol, no really with La Blast and developing my brand ~ that everyone in the world learns the skill of dance and uses La Blast for what ever goal they would want to fulfil. Just the enjoyment of dance, to get into the best shape of ones life, bonding with people. I have people in hollywood (the most diverse people in my class) that you would never put in one room because of social status or career status. They become friends and we go on La Blast vacations together. I have a La Blast vacations coming up in June to Cabo San Lucas. No matter what, every day we do a La Blast class and lose weight on vacation. I am also in the process of working on a clothing line for those that are wanting to get into shape and need help. A lot of companies out their right now have sizes that are good for people already in great shape. Why can’t someone who is needing to lose weight wear something flattering, colourful and comfortable.

BB411~ What inspires you professionally and personally?

LVA~ When people are passionate about what they do, if they achieve the goals they want to achieve. It doesn’t matter if its professional or a hobby, you set a goal and work through it. I was teaching a class today and I said I would rather teach a bunch of women that want to do this and are struggling to get through it and see them achieve what they want. The smile on their faces says it all. Someone who doesn’t believe who becomes a believer, you can’t put a dollar sign on that.

BB411~ What charities are you involved in that are dear to your heart?

charity-01LVA~ If you want to make big changes you have to open yourself up, so anything that focuses on anti-bullying especially for those that get bullied for physical appearance (acne, glasses, race, etc). I recommend watching the movie Lincoln, he confirms everything I believe in. I am openly gay but support organizations that cover everyone, that fight for everybody. I love how the Heart Association really fights to fight obesity. Obesity is the #1 disease in the world, beating cancer. I thought wait a minute I’m part of the #1 show, why not use dance to get obesity off the 1st place. I received a golden heart from the Heart Association on my involvement with them on our work against this fight. We are trying to connect with Michelle Obama, she’s very active with the cause.

BB411~ I loved her when she appeared on an episode of The Biggest Loser.

LVA~ Oh I’m a groupie, I love The Biggest Loser. The results with Bob, Jillian and Dolvett, what they do ~ I highly respect it!

BB411~ What does it mean to give back?

LVA~ It’s about the smaller things that make a difference. I am actually teaching a class tomorrow where it’s by donation. You can come and take a La Blast class but you have to bring something for either the Food Bank or Toys for Tots.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

LVA~ Inner happiness. It sounds so cliché but it’s true! A person can be beautiful on the outside, but if they’re not happy on the inside (having blockage and unhappiness) it reflects on their true beauty.

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

LVA~ Wow, I must say I’m glad it doesn’t come up quick, I’ve lived my life. One thing that I would change, but am also thankful for is what has happened because of other people in my life that has effected me and has put bad memories from the past into my soul. At the same time, if it weren’t for those negative experiences I wouldn’t be the person I am today and help people who are bullied because I was bullied.

BB411~ Describe your style?bl1

LVA~ Unpredictable

BB411~ Favorite Color?

LVA~ Blue

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

LVA~ Rebellious, Loyal and Honest

BB411~What is your skin care regime?

LVA~ Elaborate~ Kiehl’s face washKiehl’s scrub I LOVE Kiehl’s they’re great and affordable. At the same time I love my La Prairie Cavier serums. One thing I would tell young people in the entertainment industry, start thinking about creams and taking care of your skin because in the end skin is still skin (Botox aside).

BB411~ On DWTS the cast gets spray tans?

LVA~ I have never had a spray tan, I don’t get them. In the trio dance with Kelly and Val, I had shimmer on~Val challenged me to go bare!

headBB411~ What is your #1 beauty product you could not live without?

LVA~ Bert’s Bees Lip balm 

BB411~ I have a perfect lip balm I want you to try, will send one your way

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

LVA~ No, none that I can think of except cucumber slices under your eyes when they’re puffy and tired (for those early morning call times). I do have this book on how to stretch your skin on facial exercises, it works.

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

LVA~ Lavender in the garden (reminds me of Holland)

BB411~ Favorite Cologne?

LVA~ Fierce by Abercrombie & Fitch is high on the list and Tom Ford

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

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LVA~ I come across as very serious on the show because I take my job serious. But I’m actually a goof ball.

BB411~ Favorite Quote?

LVA~ Its more of a description “Lets be thankful that we’re all different, what would this world be if we were all the same~boring! So lets appreciate each others differences~ Louis Van Amstel”

BB411~ What advice would you give individuals/entrepreneurs following their dreams?

LVA~ One door might close, it doesn’t mean the end. You’ve just got to regroup and two doors might open, three doors might close but four others might open. You’ve just got to keep knocking at that door, every door gets you a step ahead. If you try to achieve your dream in one step ~ don’t even go for it. You must be willing to work hard because dreams are to be drafted, they are not given to you. If they’re given to you, they’re not dreams. So many people in your life would love to give you good advice, I’ve achieved what I’ve achieved now by not listening. If I listened to all the good advice I would still be in Holland and I would not have followed my dreams. People are fearful, they don’t see what you see so they will try to talk you out of it because they “care about you”, but in the end there’s a lot of jealousy behind it. If they can’t do it then you shouldn’t either, because if you can do it then they look like a failure. A lot of times parents (out of caring) want to protect you, but protect you from what-trying, jumping off an emotional cliff. I say~ jump and swim in the ocean to see if there is an island.Kelly+Osbourne+Louis+van+Amstel+dU8lW-fXfp-m

To keep up to date on Louis van Amstel check out his Website, Like on Facebook, Follow on Twittertune in to Dancing with the Stars and get your body moving with LaBlast

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Beyonce:Life Is but a Dream

DSC02522If someone told me when I was young that I would be one day interviewing the Makeup Artist for both Oprah and The First Lady Michelle Obama, I would not have believed you. Derrick Rutledge has worked with some of the worlds biggest talents including Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé. Tonight HBO will premier the documentary, Life Is But a Dream. The documentary gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the notoriously private life and career of singer, entrepreneur and actress Beyoncé. Derrick had the opportunity to reconnect with his beautiful friend for Oprah’s Next Chapter in NYC. oprah-and-michelle-obama-picture_500x375

I am very excited to share with all of you Beauty Buzz 411’s interview with Derrick in the weeks to come where we will discuss beauty, style and his new brand launching OOH Lifestyle. In the meantime you can follow Derrick for all the latest news on his Website, Twitter and Facebook. Oh and don’t forget to also become a fan of the OOH Lifestyle brand on Twitter and Facebook too!

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Valentines Day Treats

hearts resized1Happy Valentines Day to all! Whether you are taken, single, looking, committed, today is a day that you can celebrate love with anyone or in any way. There are so many ways that people celebrate today, some go for dinner, receive flowers, pop some bubbles with girlfriends, spend quality time with family or some celebrate Anti-Valentines day and have a “Me” day. It doesn’t matter how you decide to spend it, just do something you love.

Today I take time to remember all the things I love in life, my family, friends, BB411’s Mascot Arthur and this amazing blog that has filled my heart with so much love. I am truly grateful for these past few years and all the support you all have given. It is because of the people I have in my life and all the followers/supporters of Beauty Buzz 411 that I get to wake up each day and write about what inspires me, things I love and the people who make a difference in this world.

This Valentines Day I wanted to share with you some of the great beauty finds that were must haves. First off I have been in love with hearts and anything with hearts my whole life. Whether it be home decor, clothing, pictures, jewelry, stickers, etc. One person that I absolutely adore and love her fashion sense is the beautiful Jillian Harris. Jillian is known for posting on her Site many things that have heart designs. Here are some sweaters Jillian has been seen sporting, along with a few other favorites from Wildfox Couture. Currently Jillian is relaxing in Maui with the love of her life, professional snowboarder Justin Pasutto. Coming very soon Beauty Buzz 411 will feature Justin and I can honestly tell you, you don’t want to miss this one. Justin opens up about his love for snowboarding, his family and most of all the woman who captured his heart~Jillian!

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Lately I have been on this Nail Design kick and playing with a lot of different colours. Everywhere in the media from awards, music and fashion  shows, this seems to be an important piece to the fashion puzzle. I wanted to share with you some of my favourite brands and colours that are definitely Pink and Red V-Day inspired!

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Pink:

Sephora by OPI in “Arm Candy“, Essie in “Plumberry” and Joe Fresh in Neon Pink.

Red & Burnt Orange:

Sephora in “And a Cherry on Top“,  Dior in “Riveria“, OPI in “Big Hair…Big Nails” and Jacob in “Rouge Stiletto” and MAC in “Kid Orange

I love prepping my nails with Essie “Apricot Cuticle Oil”, OPI Top Coat and accenting my ring finger with Essie “Shine of the Times”.

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I also love the new butter LONDON SPRING 2013 ‘SWEETIE SHOP’ COLLECTION. The colors remind me of  tiny heart-shaped  Sweethearts candies. They offer a stunning range of lacquers, designed by their very own Nonie Creme, and based on the season’s latest fashions. The colour palette is perfectly tailored to each and every one of us, with something for everyone. The butter LONDON team does nails for fashion shoots and stars around the world. You can find them back stage at London Fashion Week, shooting for Vogue and Harper’s, even at the MTVAwards.

It doesn’t matter whether you are pampering someone else or treating yourself this Valentine’s Day, Kerstin Florian has options for extreme relaxation that go beyond a box of chocolates, and are good for the mind, body and soul. What better way to say I love you than with caviar? Kerstin Florian’s Caviar Pure Luxury Kit features four ‘delicious’ caviar products based around nutrient-rich caviar extract known for intense moisturizing, remineralizing, regenerating and protecting properties. Not to mention a few celebrities and artists are fond of this line including Patrick and Jillian DempseyKatie HolmesMariska HargitayTilda SwintonMatt VanLeeuwen and Sonia Leeimage

  • Caviar Creme Cleanser starts the caviar indulgence perfectly. The gentle, yet incredibly effective formula rich in botanical oils and mild cleansing agents such as lactic acid removes surface debris and all traces of make up.
  • Caviar Rose Damascena Mask creates the ultimate caviar sensory experience. The natural floral rose-water envelops the senses with its fresh scent and hydrating, soothing, relaxing and toning qualities.
  • Caviar Age-Defense Cream viciously fights aging with peptides and protein-rich properties in a lightweight serum. The age-defense product provides the highest concentration of age-management properties to visibly firm and deeply hydrate the skin.
  • Caviar Night Creme  is the ultimate skin luxury. The nourishing treatment contains a collagen-synthesizing peptide complex that significantly firms and strengthens the skin during the course of the night revealing glowing and refreshed skin come morning.

Another great  gift for the bath and spa lover is Kerstin Florian’s Lavender Dreams Kit, with four relaxing bath products.image-1

  • Turkish Body Scrub with Eucalyptus scrub is based on a unique salt crystal derived from a thermal mineral source. The invigorating body scrub contains minerals and trace elements to clean the skin with the added benefits of circulation, stimulation and eucalyptus.
  • Lavender Body Spray  is a reviving, soothing and calming light oil spray with the beneficial properties of lavender, it comforts dry skin, leaving the skin appearing softer and more hydrated.
  • Lavender Eye Pillow: Close your eyes and place this pillow over them, and the gentle weight will ease tired eyes and relieve tension. The soothing scent of lavender helps to melt away and calm the senses.
  • Soothing Mineral Bath is an all natural bath combining ylang ylang, Melissa and lavender with thermal mineral salts to calm the senses and help to provide remineralizing benefits for the body.

Last but not least I could not leave out and share some of my favorite products that I discovered this Valentines Day from LUSH.

The Kiss is another first from the LUSH labs; a delicious vegan lip gloss that’s absolutely free from preservatives! With luxurious shea and cupuaçu butters, they’ve created a light balm to moisturize and protect the lips, while giving them a subtle pink glossy sheen – and a delicious almond and mandarin flavor to boot. Re-apply frequently to keep your lips plump and soft after all that kissing. It has a heavenly scent that will surely become an addiction!

Tender is the Night is the world’s first soft-centered massage bar, with a light shea and murmuru butter shell that crushes easily in the hand to reveal the almond oil, glycerine, cupuaçu and agave syrup core. This soft centre makes your massage an unforgettable, slippery, sensual experience – letting hands slide tenderly over the skin while spreading an intoxicating jasmine, ylang and vanilla perfume all over.

03050Everyone’s favorite toadstool has returned! Their enormously popular Magic Mushroom bubble bar is back again this Valentine’s Day, spreading his bubbles and soft, fruity scents everywhere he goes! His red cap contains the creamy Vanillary perfume, and is topped off with a perfectly white stem of fresh strawberries. Lay back in his enchanting waters and allow a spell of relaxation to wash over you. Although sharing a Valentine’s bath can be very enjoyable, you may not have mush-room for anyone else with this fungi!03051

When love isn’t a factor in your Valentine’s Day, it’s okay to indulge your wicked streak and celebrate the cynical! With the same vanilla-musk scent as their Butterball Bath Bomb, The Ex-Factor is especially fun for those of you who have a thirst for revenge. Pay no mind to the endless stream of cards, candy hearts and pink balloons around you, and drop our little blue man of bath time voodoo in your tub instead. Delight in watching his limbs dissolve one by one, into the calming, deep blue water until finally (finally!) his little heart explodes into a thousand tiny pieces, only to be washed down the drain into nothingness. Revenge satisfied!
What did you do this Valentines Day to indulge?

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Mani Cam at the Grammy’s

M_GrammyAwards2013WorldIsListeningIn previous posts I have featured posts on awards and music shows and expressed how in love I am with the beauty, fashion and most of all nail art creations. This year at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards E Online provided all the latest nail fashion with their Mani Cam. They actually had two Mani Cam’s where artists showed off how they expressed their creativity and style.

Some of my favourite nails from the red carpet came from JLo (Favorite pictured), Rihanna (Favorite pictured) Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry and Janelle Monae.

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photo-7I recently saw on twitter Miranda Lambert had this picture on her profile, I went crazy for the design. I have started collecting pictures on Pinterest for inspiration and my biggest addiction is tiny little bows. I am definitely getting more creative and adventurous with my nail colors and accent colours. Here is a list of some of my favourite finds.

Blues~ Essie “Mint Candy Apple“, Essie “Go Overboard” and Dazzle Dry “Blueberry Sno Cone

Bronze/Metallics ~ Essie Repstyle in “A Hypnotic Desert Bronze” and Victoria Secret “Steal the Show

Glitters/Sparkles~ Victoria Secret (Glitter) “Break the Rules“, Deborah Lippmann “Stairway to Heaven” and Sephora by OPI in “Beam Me Up Hottie!” & “Come to Pappa-razzi!

Here are some of my favorite picks for show stopping fashion: Alicia Keys, Rihanna, JLo, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Rowland and  Carly Rae Jepsen

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I think this years Grammy’s brought some amazing performances from Taylor Swift, fun, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and more. My top performances would have to go to Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Carrie Underwood.

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Rihanna rocked it on stage with her performance of “Stay” along side Mikky Ekko and later took the stage with Bruno Mars, Sting and Ziggy Marley for a Bob Marley Tribute collaboration. Her fashion and style was bang on all show and the new long locks looked beautiful on her!

Grammys-2013-Alicia-Keys-Maroon-5-Perform-VideoI loved the collaboration between Adam Levine and Alicia Keys with “Girl on Fire” and Justin Timberlake owned the stage with his electrifying performance of “Suit and Tie“.

Carrie Underwood though took the cake, her hologram dress was stunning as it projected images of stars, roses and butterflies. Her performance of “Blown Away” and “Two Black Cadillacs”  left me wanting more. Carrie always has top style on the red carpet and blows us away with her performances on stage. She always brings her A game.

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A “LUSH” life with trainer Jeff Brown

LushFor those that follow this blog, you know that I lead a very LUSH life! From the moment I started my journey with LUSH Cosmetics (bath bombs were my first intro), I have had an increasing love that has blossomed and continued to grow for the company. Last year I had the amazing opportunity and privilege to tour the LUSH factory kitchen in Vancouver. Whether it be my experience in the stores, the tour, the product or the incredible staff I have had the pleasure of meeting, I have grown to have such appreciation for this great company. photo-3

Last year I attended a LUSH Cosmetics event in Vancouver where they  launched their new line Emotional Brilliance. Before even walking in the store I could see that the windows were filled with hanging streams of colored circles. The colors represented what the night had in store. Each color was part of the Emotional Brilliance experience. Right off the bat I was introduced to Jeff Brown, one of the brand and product knowledge trainers for LUSH. Jeff was so welcoming and had a great smile, without hesitation Jeff  jumped at the opportunity to get things started. His enthusiasm and passion made the whole experience memorable. He sat me down at this table and told me to close my eyes and when I opened them to watch the large wooden wheel spin and immediately pick the 3 colors that stood out! I was also told not to think about the colors and go with my gut reaction, to the ones I was instantly drawn to. There was even dry ice added to give the experience some flare (see pic below).

For every color their was an emotion tied to it, my 3 colors were Passionate, Calm and Motivation. The really cool thing about the night was to pick makeup colors based on pure emotion. I saw guests play with colors they normally would not gravitate to. I saw confidence building in people over the hour and a certain playfulness develop for some. Overall this was an event for all ages and I was happy to be invited and to be a part of the launch.

When I decide who I will feature for an interview on Beauty Buzz 411, I look for individuals that have something to give back and a love for life. After meeting Jeff at LUSH I knew that it would be a great fit since we shared similar views on life and a mutual passion for a wonderful company. I have seen first hand how happy LUSH employees are and knew this interview would be informative and fun. I am happy to be able to share with you a look inside what it’s like to work for LUSH and some fun tidbits on a great guy with infectious energy~Jeff Brown!

Jeff Brown 2BB411~ How long have you worked for LUSH and what do you do there?

JB~ I have worked for LUSH for 7 years and I am one of the Brand and Product Knowledge trainers!

BB411~ How has working for LUSH changed or impacted you as a person?

JB~ I came to work for LUSH initially impressed by the products and the retail environment (I started as a Sales Associate at the Robson Street shop in Vancouver),  but over time LUSH opened my eyes to so many things I didn’t know about before. From the huge array of animal, environmental, and humanitarian causes we support, to the wasteful over packaging that prevails in our industry, I get to contribute to all of these causes, and I am also a better informed consumer.

BB411~ What has working for LUSH meant to you?

JB~ To be honest, I am so touched to work for this company. They praise individuality and creativity above all else and I get to be myself and contribute and someone is always listening.

BB411~ For anyone that hasn’t tried LUSH or may not know much about the company, what would you want them to know?

JB~ The products are just as accessible and fun and easy to use as they are ethical and effective. People come into our shops all the time looking for vegan products or unpackaged products, but just as many people come in looking for body glitter or perfumed soap. All are welcome! For a crash-course in LUSH’ values, check out our We Believe statement, which we’ve followed since we started.

BB411~ When did your love for skin care start?

JB~ Not coincidentally, it started with a LUSH moisturizer a friend gave me when I was in my early 20s. Not only did my skin look and feel better, but I had never turned a product over and been able to read the ingredients before. Seeing honey, rose, and fresh mango in my moisturizer opened my eyes and piqued my interest.

BB411~ Describe Emotional Brilliance?photo-4

JB~ LUSH loves colour and wanted to explore using it outside the prescriptive confines of traditional makeup. While makeup is so often about trends and what someone else tells you is either ‘in’ or looks good on you, Emotional Brilliance is about looking inside yourself to choose the colours you respond to on a deeper level. Each colour represents an emotion and we want everyone to wear those emotions with pride and confidence. When one is wearing Emotional Brilliance you can’t help but let those emotions shine through. You can explore the colours and emotions through a colour reading in one of our shops on online.

BB411~ What 3 colors are you?

JB~ The very first reading I ever had, I chose Bubbly, Motivation, and Calm. And still can’t think of a better way to describe myself.

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BB411~ What is your favorite color?

JB~ Green! In Emotional Brilliance: Healthy.

BB411~ What is your favorite Cleanser?

JB~ I swear by Mask of Magnaminty. I can use it daily in the shower or as a mask when I am looking to relax a little more.

BB411~ Favorite Hair Product?

JB~ Trichomania Shampoo, one of our solid shampoos. It’s naked and preservative free, plus its packed with creamed coconut and it smells delicious! My hair is naturally really curly and it keeps everything smooth and under control.

BB411~ Favorite moisturizer?

JB~ I always moisturize with Skin Drink.

BB411~ What are the 3 beauty things you carry with you always?

JB~ I travel a lot in this position, working with different LUSH shops and training staff around North America, and in my carry-on you will always find Ultrabalm (an all-purpose, all-natural balm to replace petroleum-based balms), a Lip Service lip balm, and a Gorilla Perfume solid perfume (which one? depends on my mood).

BB411~ #1 thing you could not live without?03053

JB~ The #1 thing I can’t live without is a Geo Phyzz bath bomb. Taking a bath can be such a therapeutic experience and something I really rely on. Whether it’s to relax after a long day or travel, to ease sore muscles, or just for a few moments of meditation this sea salt, pine, and cypress bath always does the trick – and keeps me sane.

BB411~ How important is men’s skin care

JB~ I am happy to see that men are more health conscious than ever before and taking great care of your skin is just another part of taking great care of your body. I want people to be just as conscious of what they are putting on their bodies as what they are putting into them. I also think its important to recognize that taking care of one’s skin goes beyond an effort to look handsome. Looking and feeling healthy can be a great source a confidence; a reason to walk tall and hold you head up high.

BB411~ Number #1 mistake men make when taking care or their skin (or forget to do)?

JB~ Honestly, the biggest mistake men make is letting themselves be controlled by beauty industry marketing. Skin is skin; listen to it and look for products that are going to do what you want and what you need, not just ones that say “FOR MEN” on them.

BB411~ Favorite cologne?

JB~ I wear Imogen Rose by Gorilla Perfumes at LUSH almost every day. Rose is as classic as scents get and on my skin pure rose absolute smells sophisticated and interesting.

BB411~ I love Imogen Rose as I am obsessed with anything that smells like roses! I also posted about it here and featured in my column for Fresh Vancouver Magazine’s Nov/Dec issue.

BB411~ What scents remind you of your childhood?

JB~ Wood smoke, instant coffee, play doh, and of course L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci because my mom has worn it my whole life.Jeff Brown 3-1

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

JB~ I think we should use this word to describe anything we adore, admire, or appreciate. It’s not just physical. Beauty is an act of charity, someone who holds the door for you, a poem, animals playing together, the people you love most.

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

JB~ I think the most important concept is ‘give’. ‘Give back’ is the necessary reaction.

BB411~ What charities are you involved in and are any dear to your heart?

JB~ I recently started supporting OWL, The Outdoor Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Delta BC, which rehabilitates orphaned and injured birds as well as educates youth and the public. Really, any animal oriented charities tug at my heart-strings!

BB411~ Favorite quote?

JB~ About Skincare “The best skin food ever invented is just that:  good food.” – Barbra Griggs, The Green Witch Herbal

JB~ About life: “A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.”  – Margaret Atwood

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

JB~ Say how you feel. And don’t take it personally.jeff rough

BB411~ Fun fact people may not know about you?

JB~ I love animals and my boyfriend and I have a beautiful Sphynx cat named The Bean, who keeps me sane (and makes sure I get my exercise).

I want to thank Jeff for taking the time out of his busy schedule to open his heart and let us learn more about LUSH. Remember to check out LUSH for all the latest, favourite and limited time products. Make sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter

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