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American Beauty: Erin Brady

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On Sunday June 8th we watched as Erin Brady passed her title on to the new Miss USA. It was incredible to watch the recap of Erin’s journey over this past year. It was so emotional as Erin truly is such a humble person and puts the needs of others first. She is genuine, sweet and has carried her title with such grace, honour and kindness. Sitting down for my interview with Erin was such a treat. She is such a sweet heart and her kind heart shines very bright. Here’s a little more on Erin and our fun-loving interview on BB411.

Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady stopped using her calculator and started wearing a crown when she captured the title of Miss USA 2013 on June 16th, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A former number cruncher and Financial Accountant for Prudential Retirement, the 25-year-old from East Hampton graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Finance and a minor in Criminal Justice. She is proud to be the first person in her family to obtain a college degree.

Erin was raised in a household where she was subjected to alcohol and substance abuse and as a result hopes to use her title to advocate for children that have been exposed to similar situations. It is her goal to break the cycle of addiction after learning that more than half of adult addicts were children of alcoholics. The environment that Erin grew up in allowed her to realize the importance of being a role model to her two younger sisters. Erin made the conscious decision to live on her own at the age of 17 and says the experience taught her how to be self-sufficient and emotionally strong.

In her free time, Erin enjoys relaxing with friends and family, skiing, cooking and exploring new restaurants. Erin has a passion for running and enjoys pushing her body to its physical limits. The last race she participated in was the ‘Tough Mudder,’ a rigorous obstacle course that tests your endurance and mental strength.

As Miss USA, Erin was a spokesperson for breast and ovarian cancer education, prevention and awareness and worked closely with organizations such as Gilda’s Club, Susan G. Komen and the National Ovarian Cancer Alliance, among others. After her reign, Erin plans to pursue her MBA however; she is excited to see where her new title takes her and has an interest in broadcasting and hosting.

BB411~ What inspired you to compete in the Miss USA Competition?

1371472207_erin-brady-miss-usa-zoomEB~ I have always wanted to pursue modelling since I was very young but it never was in the cards for me. A friend of mine suggested pageantry and the Miss USA system specifically. After looking into it further, I realized the great message that the Miss Universe Organization stood by which is women empowerment. I then decided to compete at the Miss Connecticut USA pageant two years ago and that was by far the best decision I have made.

BB411~ What do you hope to accomplish with your title and what do you want to be remembered for?

EB~ As Miss USA, I hope to be able to leave an impact on many people all over the country. Between the volunteer work and being able to meet so many different people from all parts of the world, I hope that I am able to leave a lasting impression that changes the stereotype that so many people have stapled to the world of pageantry. I hope people remember me as the Miss USA that remained true to herself from the moment I began my reign. In addition, I want people to see that you can have it all. You can be smart, beautiful, kindhearted, and keep a solid relationship with the ones you love.

BB411~ What do you plan on doing after your title is passed on (Career Wise)?Miss California USA 2014 Pageant

EB~ I would have said I would be going back to school in the fall to pursue my Master’s degree and continue my career in the financial world. Since becoming Miss USA, so many new doors and opportunities have opened up that it is too soon to tell. Although school is something I will definitely go back to eventually, I would love to pursue some modelling and hosting as well.

BB411~ How did your childhood influence the person you are today?

EB~ My childhood was not the typical childhood most people would have expected. I experienced many struggles and life lessons at a very young age, forcing me to grow up extremely fast. Even though there are times that I regret and resent not experiencing the typical things a “normal” child would have experienced, I know that I would not be half the person I am today if I didn’t have these experiences to shape me.

BB411~ What are the key points to being a good role model?

EB~ Being a great role model is something that should come very naturally and effortlessly. When you don’t try to be someone other than who you are, you are able to really leave an impact on others without even realizing it. There is something to be said about that freshness that people love and look up to. Also, being a role model to me, means being selfless and thinking about others before yourself.

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BB411~ Who was your role model growing up?

EB~ My grandmother was my role model growing up. She is one of the most amazing women I know. The relationship I have with her is unlike anything I can describe. I spent every day after school and every day during the summer with her and she has left an impact on me that has forever changed my life.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

EB~ Yes beauty is an exterior quality, but beauty to me is in your heart. There are so many people I have met in this world that are physically beautiful, but once you get to know them, that persona disappears. If you are beautiful from the inside, so many people will see just how beautiful you really are.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

EB~ Personally, positive people with dreams inspire me. There is something to be said about those people who are always happy and are smiling around you. It’s a very magnetic trait and it is inspiring to be around. Professionally, I love taking chances. I think you learn so much more when you are pushed out of your comfort zone, some of the best things result from that. It’s those abstract thinkers that really make a difference in their lives and that is inspiring to me.Erin+Brady+MBFW+Theia+Presentation+6-AV_lntoq0l

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

EB~ I was able to work with Gilda’s Club first hand being Miss USA. This is a group that offers services to people affected by cancer. It is amazing what this group does for friends and family members affected by the negative affects of cancer. Being able to take part in their work is truly very special. I also have worked with Habitat for Humanity in the past and this was such a great organization because you build homes for people who financially can’t afford to have one. Being a part of something as tangible as building a home, is just something I have never experienced before and it helps change the lives for so many.

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

EB~ It is so important to give back. I call it “paying it forward.” You have no idea just how badly other people have it until you see how something so small that you may do, affects them so dramatically. It really warms your heart and makes you such a better person when you take that extra few minutes out of your time to give back to someone less fortunate.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

EB~ Every night, I wash my face with “The MAX Stem Cell ” facial cleanser from Image Skincare to remove all my makeup from the day. I follow this with the “Dickinson Witch Hazel” toner to get any left over residue off my skin. Then follow with the Vital C Hydrating Intense Moisturizer from Image Skincare to leave my skin with that healthy glow that radiates all day. I also use their Prevention + Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer SPF 50 for when I go outside.

BB411~ What are your go to hair products?

EB~ I use a lot of Chi hair care products. They have a wonderful shine spray that I use to finish my hair when I am done styling. Additionally, they have a “helmet head” hairspray which holds every last strand of hair in place as you carry on with your busy day.

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BB411~ Top Beauty Brands you love for Make up?

EB~ I have been using Rain and Mac Cosmetics. Their makeup is unbelievable. You can use their makeup for both day and night looks without looking too done up. It is great quality and I use them for everything from lip gloss to eyeshadow.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

EB~ I always carry a Burt’s Bees Pomegranate lip balm, a Dickinson Witch Hazel Cleansing wipe, and a tube of L’Oreal Voluminous mascara.

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

EB~ I can’t live without lip gloss. I have about 12 tubes in my purse at all times. I just love to have that sexy lip all day. My favourite is from Bare Escentuals Buxom Full-On lip polish in “Destiny”. It’s a plumper, I love how it tingles and gives a glistening look.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favorite fragrance?

EB~ Yes. Any time I smell the fall, it reminds me of going back to school which was one of my favorite times of year. My favorite fragrance is actually “Fame” by Lady Gaga.

BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

EB~ My mom always told me to drink a lot of water and moisturize because it keeps your skin looking radiant and youthful.

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

EB~ I have always loved fashion and beauty. I grew up walking around with my mom’s high heels on and singing in front of the mirror with my hairbrush. The great thing about fashion is you can make it as unique as you want to and it is forever changing. It’s just great to be able to express yourself through makeup and clothing.

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EB~ Some of my fashion icons are Jennifer Lopez and Kate Middleton. I love to dress classy yet glamorous. When you have a great outfit, you gain a sense of self-confidence that just radiates off you all day.

BB411~ Favourite Designer?

EB~ Alexander McQueen. I just really love all his designs.

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

EB~ I have a mild obsession with Flamingos. I’ve always been fascinated with things in the tropics. I went on a trip a few years back to Aruba and where we stayed they had a private island with wild flamingos. They were the most fascinating creatures. They would walk up to you and you could feed them. The fact that they’re pink birds alone are incredible. I have a pink flamingo plunger and stapler, I have the most random objects that are all flamingos.

BB411~ Have you always been athletic?

EB~ I grew up as a tom boy and have always been athletic. I was always outdoors building forts and keeping very active. I was an avid swimmer and runner. I competed in cross-country and track and field while in school and loved every minute of it.

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BB411~ Favorite food?

EB~ I am a health nut and recently, my favorite food has been brussels sprouts sautéed with olive oil, garlic, and balsamic vinegar.

BB411~ What do you do to stay fit and healthy?

EB~ I love to run! This is the most stress relieving activity for me. I plug in my headphones and just explore. Additionally, I love yoga as a relaxing way to unwind and I also hit the gym a few times of week for some light weight training.

BB411~ What are the top 3 artists on your playlist?

EB~I just put Justin Bieber with Will i am, Usher & Gavin Dagraw

 

BB411~ What does your ideal day look like when you have down time?

EB~ I am an early bird so I get up and have a great breakfast (pouched eggs on an english muffin if I go out to eat and Almond and banana sandwiches at home). Then I like to get a workout in before I start the day. If the weather was nice, I would head to the beach with a great book and relax for the day. Currently I’m reading “Lean In” from Cheryl Steinberg. Then I would head home and make a great dinner with some of my close friends and finish the day off with a comedy because I love to laugh.

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

EB~ Enjoy every second of your life, good or bad, because time goes by so fast. I wish I was back in school some days because your life just flies by even faster once it is done. Some of the best years of my life were while I was in school. I just wish I enjoyed them more and didn’t wish to be older.gallery_photo1375371608Erin_Highlight3

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

EB~ Magnetic, Intelligent, Selfless

BB411~ Favorite quote?

EB~ “Life is too good to feel bad.”

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

EB~ I want to see a broadway play in NYC because this is something I have never had the chance to do. The Lion King and Wicked are on my top list of must sees.

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

EB~ The biggest aha moment for me was when I graduated from college and started working in the corporate world. It is quite a unique feeling to finally have those four hard years pay off with a rewarding job that pays you for all of the hard work you have put in.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs (young girls) starting out that are following their dreams?

EB~ Anything is possible. Nothing comes easy so stick to your heart and push through the hard times because once you get over those, anything is possible.

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?

EB~ In one year, I can honestly say I see myself still living in NYC and pursuing some modeling, which is what I have wanted to do my whole life. In five years, I hope to be married with kids because I am a family girl and can’t wait to start one of my own down the road. In ten years, I hope to have completed my family and traveled all over the world because that is something I want to do for the rest of my life.

photoBB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

EB~ My life. I am absolutely in love with my life right now. I could not be happier!

The are big things in the future for this beauty. Next up on the list is her wedding to fiancé Tony Capasso!

To keep up to date on Erin follow her on Twitter and Instagram

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

 

Suki’s on Granville

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There was no hesitation when I was asked to be Dermalogica’s “Little Grey Pass” Ambassador. I have been a huge fan of the brand for years and my love for the company continues to grow. The Little Grey Pass program allows you to cruise around your city, checking out great skin centres. The thought of spa treatments using Dermalogica products is music to my ears.

My second stop on the “Little Grey Pass” journey was Suki’s Salon & Spa on Granville. I had no idea that they had spa services, there’s actually 3 levels to the location. When I walked in I was greeted by their friendly staff and shown around. They have a level for cuts and a separate floor for colour. I love the decor and funky feel, from the colour bar wall to the bold “Unleash the New You” wall quote. I was then taken down stairs to check out the spa level.

I was greeted by my Esthetician Asma and shown around, she described the many ways they incorporate the best of eastern and western spa traditions. From facials, body treatments, massages, hair removal and nail care, Suki’s has you covered from head to toe. My skin concerns going into my treatment were a few breakouts and congestion. Also my skin tends to be more on the dry side and a bit of a moisture addict.

My treatment started with Dermalogica’s precleanse (kaki nut oil), followed by the dermal clay cleanser. A soothing additive was also used to start off my facial with soybean, avocado and sandalwood. Next Asthma gave my skin some serious exfoliation love with a triple-threat of Dermalogica’s multivitamin thermafoliant, accelerator 35 and daily microfoliant. Next she washed my face with the ultracalming cleanser before applying a multivitamin power mask with a collodial gel mask. My treatment was finished off with the ultracalming serum, barrier repair and ultracalming sensitive tint SPF 30.

The way my skin felt after the facial was amazing, super moisturized and radiant. I am crazy about the ultracalming line, my skin was dewy and glowing. My little breakouts even seemed to clear up. Suki’s on Granville gets the Beauty Buzz 411 stamp of approval.

A Big THANK YOU to Dermalogica for continuing to rock it out in the beauty world. Oh and did I mention Dermalogica supports cruelty free! Just one more reason this company is one of my top picks.

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

Summer Favourites

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Blonde Ambition

I have a secret weapon for maintaining my golden locks in-between salon visits. John Frieda’s “Color Renew” tone correcting shampoo diminishes any brassiness and brightens my hair. This affordable line has a great lavender scent and provides protection against UV exposure. A definite must have, boost your blonde today at John Frieda.

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Perfect Imperfections

Finding a great coverage that also gives my skin multiple beauty benefits is an added bonus. This CC cream from Marcelle wears many hats; spf 35, make-up base, tinted corrector and powerful moisturizer, just to name a few. It’s my complete correction solution, especially since it contains 24K pure gold to help fight signs of aging. Run and grab your favourite shade at Marcelle.

 

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Tousled and Tamed

Bumble and bumble is giving my hair nothing but love these days with “Bb. City Swept” finish spray. Not only does it define and manage my hair, it also provides incredible separation and shine. Whether I’m rocking some curls or keeping it sleek, this versatile spray makes my style complete. Suitable for all hair types (Even the fine ones!). Transform your hair by visiting Bumble and bumble.

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Muah Rouge

Make a bold statement this summer with Lise Watier’s matte “Rouge Gourmand Velours”. All you need is one beautiful coat to keep your lips popping with the colour you desire. This long-lasting, collagen-restoring lipstick has the most incredible, pigmented shades. Colour and Plump your pout at Lise Watier.

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Sun Savvy

Dermalogica delivers again with “Protection 50 Sport”. A top pick when it comes to sun protection. This light-weight, water-resistant, citrus scented lotion has you covered from head to toe. You’ll be moisturized and all set for this Vancouver summer heat. Get Sporty at Dermalogica.

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The Spa on 4th

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There was no hesitation when I was asked to be Dermalogica’s “Little Grey Pass” Ambassador. I have been a huge fan of the brand for years and my love for the company continues to grow. The Little Grey Pass program allows you to cruise around your city, checking out great skin centres. The thought of spa treatments using Dermalogica products is music to my ears.

First on the list was a stop at Beverly’s the Spa on 4th, located in the heart of Kitsalano. I have driven past many times but never checked it out. From the outside it looks smaller than it is, but once inside you soon realize there is more to this beautiful hidden gem. Upon walking in, I was greeted on the main floor where you can shop and purchase product, as well have your makeup done. I was then taken upstairs to change and relax in their lounge before heading in for my treatment.

I was treated like a queen by my skin therapist Amanda with the “Time Smart” facial. My main skin concerns were slight dehydration and congestion (change of season). My 60 minute treatment started with a complimentary (AMAZING) 15 minute back massage. What an awesome way to start off a treatment! Next, my skin was cleansed with Precleanse and the Skin Resurfacing cleanser, then some exfoliation with one of my favourites Daily Microfoliant. She then followed up with light extractions and Dermalogica’s  Age Smart Multivitamin Power Serum. Another one of my favourites, Multi Active toner was applied before massaging my skin with soothing oils. The oil combination smelled heavenly. Last a Colloidal hydrating mask (professional use only) was applied and my treatment was finished off with Dynamic skin recover and Intensive eye repair.

Immediately following my treatment my skin was glowing, radiant and drenched with moisture. There were no signs of dehydration. My skin looked so incredible I decided to go makeup free. I was very impressed by the level of professionalism and care my therapist and the spa provided. Beverly’s the Spa on 4th gets the Beauty Buzz 411 stamp of approval. I also highly recommend asking for Amanda. There spa services include facials, massages, pedicures, manicures and much more. Check them out HERE.

A Big THANK YOU to Dermalogica for continuing to rock it out in the beauty world. Oh and did I mention Dermalogica supports cruelty free! Just one more reason this company is one of my top picks.

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411