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Mystique Hair Design: In A League Of Their Own

Before I get into how amazing of a salon Mystique Hair Design in White rock is, let me first tell you about how finding them came to be; and why Steph hands down is a rare gem with a heart of gold!

Last year I had a major hair crisis when my hair went every shade of “I didn’t want that”, from orange to green to wtf is that colour. I was devastated and fortunate enough for a friend to find me a salon to correct it. But in that time Steph reached out on social media to say that she was happy I found someone but if ever I was in need of anything in the future that they were here to help. WHAT! This is someone that doesn’t even know me and has nothing to gain but it showed just why Mystique Hair Design is in a league of their own. To me that was an act of pure kindness.

Even though I had my hair corrected, I still wasn’t in love with it as much as I wanted to be. I wanted someone that specialized in blondes as it has continued to be my obsession (recovering-former brunette). I also wanted to find someone that really invested in their clients and gave you that “I fucking love my hair” feeling every time I left the salon. So I decided to reach out to Steph and see if there was a stylist available, expressing that I was nervous to try someone new and wanted someone really good. Steph rest assured me that the whole team was amazing and she was setting me up with Lindsay. She told me that I would be in exceptional hands and I would be more than happy.

Here’s the thing… I went in feeling pretty good and relaxed that it would be a great experience, but what I got was way more than I could have ever imagined or hoped for. First off, if you haven’t been to White Rock you are missing out. Parking and walking down to the salon I was taken back by the beautiful view of the water, there is something magical when you can sense the ocean. Upon walking into the salon I was acknowledged by each staff member (even if it was just a look up from their client and a smile) and instantly greeted by Lindsay. It wasn’t an awkward first meeting, Lindsay welcomed me as if she had known me prior. We sat down and consulted on my hairs history so she could really grasp the life of my hair (well at least what I’ve put it through over the last few years). I told her that I wanted to go pretty blonde but not so much that I look washed out. Lindsay talked me through everything and before long we were underway on making me a blonde bombshell. Steph came over after she was done with her client and made me feel even more at ease that I was in great hands. Steph had this awesome energy about her and I could see why I had such a good feeling sitting at the salon. I hadn’t been sitting for long when the girls were bringing me over a little gift they give each client (a hot hand towel, under-eye beauty treatment patches, tea and yes….a yummy macaroon). I was feeling so relaxed and taken care of and I had only been there for a short amount of time. When everything was all done, Lindsay left me blushing at the image I saw looking back in the mirror. I knew right then and there that Lindsay was my girl! So with a refreshed attitude I left and continued loving my hair.

I ended up going back to Lindsay for another round of blonde and expressed to her that I was going through some changes and needed something adventurous, bold and different. I told Lindsay I tried a pink hue before and didn’t like the tone with my skin. And Lindsay said “oh you are a purple girl, why don’t you go purple”. “Purple? I don’t think I could do that”, I felt nervous and scared. But Lindsay being Lindsay with her huge heart took the time to go over the process saying lets just go light purple to test it out. She told me it wasn’t permanent and if I didn’t like it I could wash it frequently and it would fade out. But Lindsay had a feeling she wasn’t sharing: that I would fall in love with it.

Actually “fall in love with it” is a bit of an understatement. What transformed after going purple was something I could have never dreamed. It’s as if I finally felt more like myself than ever before. There was this whole new level of confidence. I owe a lot to Lindsay, the way she built trust with a new client was really something special. Here is a girl (Me) who was fearful to do something risky (I know most people might not think going purple is risky), but with Lindsay by my side I gave up control and decided to jump. What most people don’t know is I spent years in a relationship that would never allow me to do something like this. So from someone that felt boxed in, controlled and insecure, going purple was actually a really BIG THING for me. Actually when I was little I was obsessed with a purple lipstick and Cyndi Lauper so going purple was also a magical process believe it or not. This is just another reason that Mystique and Lindsay are in a league of their own. They had the confidence knowing how the purple would turn out and held my hand the whole way through. It’s not about $$$ – it truly is about the whole experience from the moment their clients walk in the door to the moment they send them out into the world to rock their new look. Whether I stay purple, go back blonde eventually or try something crazy and new; I have my complete trust in Mystique and Lindsay’s vibrant, expressive, creative mind. They say to “Love what you do” and it shows on every single client at Mystique Hair Design.

There are so many wonderful reasons to become a client at Mystique Hair Design, but before I finish off this heartfelt feature, here is a little Q&A on some hair love. Enjoy!

  1. Top trends going into winter: Darker colours; lots of reds!
  2. What’s the key to colour correction: There are many. many, many steps. First is to be realistic; understanding the process that got the hair in that condition in the first place. Going back and taking an inventory (history of the hair) of what’s been on it for the last 2 years.
  3. What is the benefit of using paper foils instead of metal foils: For a full head of foils they are better as they don’t conduct heat the same way metal foils do. And since bleach is heat-activated it allows us to control the process and lift slowly.
  4. Two ways to cancel unwanted brassiness: Highlights and Lowlights to add dimension. Also for blondes; using a purple shampoo for helping with yellow and blue shampoo (salon recommended) for orange.
  5. You have used two different colour lines on me; tell me what you love the most about both lines: La Biosthetique (Blonde) ~ This line is super conditioning (Vitamin E and Avocado oil); hair feels better after being coloured. The whole line is versatile and each colour can be mixed in many different ways. They are big on education with providing our team the opportunity to perfect our skills and craft (4-5 classes and 2 trade shows per year). And can we talk about their reds…they fade beautifully and last a long time (just ask Lindsay who is rocking some gorgeous colour)        Pulp Riot ~ This line lasts such a long time and doesn’t fade fast, and it’s easy to remove when you want to change it. It makes the hair feel amazing and the colour smells so good you could eat it….. But don’t ha ha! Lindsay expressed to me that she especially loved helping me go purple as she got to express herself through the colour and be creative. Also loved the trust I put in her to customize it.
  6. Favourite treatment for hair right now: La Biosthetique PCC treatment (in salon only). It’s a 2 step process; first step is a vial liquid that adds protein to strengthen the hair and the second step is a conditioning mask to lock everything in.
  7. What’s your favourite product at this current moment: “High Dive” by R+Co. It’s for deep hydration and reflective shine; you add it to towel-dried hair before blow drying. It really helps with flyaways and is good for all hair types, especially for straightening or curly hair.
  8. Mystique Hair Design specializes in many amazing services, has there been any hair that you haven’t been able to work with: Henna Colour! If you put bleach or perm on it there is a chemical reaction that destroys the hair!!!!!!!!
  9. Top tips for hair: Always use a heat protector before heating-tools (styling) and sun exposure. Also don’t wash everyday; natural oils are great for hair and over washing it can strip the hair.
  10. How would you sum up the Team at Mystique: Supportive, hardworking, passionate. You basically summed us up by asking; WE ARE A TEAM! We work together and help each other out. We are also HUGE into EDUCATION. It’s very important to stay current, updated and challenge ourselves. Keeping things fresh and trendy is a top priority for our family (clients).

If I haven’t fully expressed how much I adore the girls at Mystique Hair Design, let me wrap it up in these final words. The shop is stunning and cozy, they carry awesome hair care brands, they give you treats during your treatment, the staff has a wicked energy, they give back to the community, they care about the environment, they are AMAZING Hair Gods (stylists) and the care about each client like they were family. Oh and the shampoo head massages are to die for!

I highly recommend contacting Mystique for a consultation and you can stalk them by check them out on their Website, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

I am super excited for my next visit where Lindsay will be taking my purple to a whole other level; think Katy Perry!

Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

 

10 Acne Causing Culprits

FullSizeRender-3While acne is caused by dead skin clogging your pores, sometimes there is a bit more going on behind the scenes. Standard treatments and face washing will not help with if there are subtle contributors happening in your daily life. Your diet, lifestyle and habits could all be working against you, preventing you from having the healthy and clear face you want.

If you have already diagnosed all of the obvious things that could be causing acne, here are some contributing factors that are not talked about as frequently:

1. Biotin
Biotin, sometimes referred to as vitamin B7, helps your hair and skin grow. It’s great in low doses, but if you take too much it can contribute to breakouts. Vitamin B7 goes in the same “slot” as vitamin B5, which is absolutely essential in keeping your outer layer of skin clear and beautiful. If you have too much biotin / B7 in your diet, you will crowd out the vitamin B5 and prevent your skin from getting the regulation it needs.

  1. Green Smoothies
    While many of the ingredients in your smoothies might be safe, raw kale is often a trigger for breakouts. Kale is full of goitrogen, which are chemicals that disrupt normal thyroid function. Also found in broccoli, asparagus and brussels sprouts, goitrogens prevent iodine from getting to your thyroid. Eating all of these foods in small quantities is fine, especially if they are cooked, but if you go on a green smoothie rampage and drink several cups of raw kale every day, you will quickly run into thyroid issues. You might notice acne, eczema, fatigue, issues controlling your weight, or depression.
  2. Lip Balm
    Many of the chemicals found in lip balm (and often lipstick too!) are not great for your skin. Things like lanolin, isopropyl palmitate and isopropyl myristate can all clog your pores and lead to breakouts and redness. Look for the term “non-comedogenic” in anything you put on your face – this means that it will not cause your pores to clog.
  3. Hand Lotion
    Just because you are not applying something directly to your face does not mean it will not get there eventually. Most of us touch our faces frequently throughout the day. This means, anything you put on your hands will get transferred to your facial skin over the course of the day. Many common ingredients in hand lotion and cream can cause breakouts. Be especially careful with the hand cream you use before going to sleep. You might sleep on your hands without realizing it!
  4. Tissues
    The fragrances and other chemicals found in some tissues can be transferred to your skin, causing irritation and acne. Even worse, if you blow your nose a lot the texture of the tissues themselves can irritate your skin. If you are breaking out a lot around your nose, consider trying a different brand of tissues to see if a softer, or less chemical-heavy Kleenex might do the trick.
  5. Sweating
    While sweat on its own will not cause acne, failing to wash your face after sweating will. Sweat can carry makeup, dirt and other irritants into your pores and it is also linked to an acne-like infection called pityrosporum folliculitis. A gentle cleanse, or shower after you exercise will help reduce the risk of normal breakouts. If you get stubborn and difficult to treat breakouts after exercising, see a dermatologist for recommendations about how to treat folliculitis.
  6. Makeup
    As long as you are careful to stick to non-comedogenic makeup, you should be fine throughout the day. No matter how safe your makeup is, you will run into trouble if you forget to remove it at night. Your skin needs time to recover at night. Leaving your makeup on can stifle this recovery process and cause you to wake up with an unfortunate mess of acne.
  7. Laundry Detergent
    Just like with hand lotion, any chemicals found in your laundry detergent will quickly find their way onto your face. Fragrances, powdered detergents and any biological ingredients can all lead to breakouts. For best results, stick to a liquid detergent and use as little as you can. Even try choosing a longer rinse cycle if you can. You will minimize the amount of enzymes and other chemicals that wind up in your clothes and linens.
  8. Shampoo / Conditioner
    Things that are good for your scalp and hair might not be good for your face. If you find yourself breaking out on your neck and upper back, it might be because you are letting your shampoo or conditioner wash down your body in the shower. Try shampooing with your head tilted to minimize this drip, or switch to a different shampoo. Be especially watchful for sodium lauryl sulfate and other similarly named chemicals. While these compounds may help your shampoo foam up, they are another big culprit that may be causing your breakouts.
  9. Sunblock

The sun’s rays can cause your skin to age prematurely and develop unsightly blotches and spots. Using the wrong sunblock can lead to breakouts and zits. You can usually avoid this by opting for a physical sunblock rather than a chemical one. Sunblock that uses titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide as the active ingredient tends to be safer for acne-prone skin. If you prefer to use a chemical sunblock, be sure to do your research and find one that will not make your acne flare up.

More Tools At Your Disposal

If you are still suffering from acne despite everything you have tried, examine the things above and see if they might be contributing to your pimples. Acne is a complicated problem that is caused by a multitude of factors. If you can eliminate one or two of them by reducing your stress levels, or cutting down on biotin, it can do a lot to help keep your face clear and beautiful. Try everything for a week or two and pay attention to the results! You will figure out how things affect your face, giving you the information you need in your fight against acne.

At Essence of L Medi Spa & Laser Clinic, we understand that acne isn’t a small problem. While each pimple might be small, the damage caused by these unsightly bumps can be long lasting and difficult to heal. We think that each and every person should be able to have clear, beautiful skin. In order to achieve this goal, we are proud to announce a new Clear Skin acne program.

This one-of-a-kind option offers personalized treatments that are tailored to your unique skin. We take advantage of all of the latest developments in skincare in order to offer a clearance rate of up to 95% after four months.

The Clear Skin program combines revolutionary treatments with a bouquet of high-quality skincare products that have been hand picked and developed by our staff. Not only do we match products to your skin type, we also exhaustively research every ingredient in these products to make sure they are safe and non-irritating. We would not want you to make your acne worse because you are using a cleanser that is full of chemicals that clog your pores, irritate your skin, or disrupt your body’s hormonal balance.

In addition to the products and treatments you receive, our staff can help review your daily practices and identify potential habits that might be causing you to break out. The number of normal activities that can contribute to acne breakouts is surprising to most people. By making small changes in your daily routine, your diet, or even how you prepare for your recreational activities, you can put a major dent in your acne. When you combine this with your treatment sessions and skincare products, you will reduce breakouts even further and get the clear, glowing skin you deserve.

Most people don’t need prescriptions for their acne. Instead, they need a supportive environment, modern treatments, and a skincare routine that utilizes safe and effective ingredients. Essence of L’s Clear Skin program provides all three. By combining expert coaching from skin care experts (who also have also struggled with acne-prone skin), effective treatments, and some of the best skincare products on the market, we will help keep your skin clear and happy!

Don’t struggle against your acne alone! Get in touch with Essence of L Medi Spa & Laser Clinic and find out more about our Clear Skin and Visia Analysis program today. Together, we can start getting rid of your acne for good.

Sun’s Still Out

 

I am one lucky girl to have found my Skin Therapist from Essence Of L Medi Spa. I swear I’m turning into Benjamin Button from seeing Leah! When I look in the mirror, I feel my skin looks better than when I was in my early 20’s. On a daily basis I get asked how I get such great skin and I am constantly writing down Leah’s contact.

Not only is Leah amazing at what she does, she is one of the most knowledgable people I know when it comes to skin health. So I thought what better way to share then by picking her brain and bringing you some Q&A’s on the essentials needed throughout the year. Even though we are rolling into fall, the sun is still out and these are some important tips you need to know. So Sit back, grab some rosè and enjoy our top 11 skin must do’s.

BB411~ What is the top treatment during sunny weather?

EOL~ Rejuvenating HydraFacial

BB411~ What is the biggest misconception people have about their skin health?

EOL~ Right now I hear (a lot) the question “If I wash my face before I go to bed, why do I have to wash it in the morning?” There are two reasons why it’s important: #1. If you wear active ingredients before you go to bed, you need to wash them off in the morning because they can make you photosensitive and cause irritation and #2. Can we say sweat, dirt and skin mites!

BB411~ SKIN MITES???????

EOL~ Yes!

BB411~ What is the biggest NO NO that clients do when it comes to skin health?

EOL~ Going to bed with makeup on!

BB411~ The next question really helped me out while I was competing in my fitness competitions. This is actually an acne tip (whether you workout or not). What are the top two things to do while working out to help with acne and breakouts?

EOL~ #1. Ice your face. If you can incorporate putting an ice cube on your face for 1-2 minutes it will reduce your inflammation. #2. Wash your face within five minutes of your workout.

BB411~ Leah says to cleanse your skin at the gym or after your workout but I don’t always find that easy. So is there a option that makes it more convenient?

EOL~ The best option we have found is to carry baby wipes with you.

BB411~ Do any baby wipes work? Even cheap baby wipes from say…….. the dollar store?

EOL~ NOOOOOOOOOO! The best ones we have found through continued research are the Costco Kirkland unscented baby wipes. There’s no pore-cloggers in them which is great. (Check out EOL’s list of Pore Clogging Ingredients)

BB411~ To laser or not laser in the Summer, that is the question???

EOL~ In the summer or sun exposure months I’d definitely say pass on laser treatments (Photo Facial or IPL). If you’re looking for treating anti-aging and sun spots, the sun will actually trigger more melanin so you want to avoid that with sun exposure.

BB411~ Spray tan or natural tan?

EOL~ If you are looking for a golden glow, we highly recommend a self-tanner like St Tropez.

BB411~ In June Leah launched her new acne skin care line and I have been testing it out since January on my face and body. It’s incredible. What are the new products in the line?

EOL~ We have two new cleansers – One is an exfoliator and one is for the face and body.

BB411~ Physical or chemical sunblock?

EOL~ We recommend using a physical sunblock during the summer. They are a little bit more hearty, they lay on the surface of the skin like a protective layer and they are usually water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

BB411~ In-between my awesome treatments, I upkeep by skin health by adding some at home maintenance. The “Lumibright” pineapple enzyme mask is great for exfoliating and decongesting.

BB411~ What would your top product pick be to use?

EOL~ It would definitely be Retinol, it is the gold standard in the industry. It’s great for anti-aging, for sun damage, melasma and it’s a big contender for acne.

Stay tuned for Leah’s Fall favourites coming soon!

Call and Book your appointment today:

(604) 619-4959
Much Love, BB411

What’s Hot In Beauty

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For several months I have been going to Essence Of L Medi Spa & Laser Clinic where Leah has been taking care of my skin. With each treatment we always include the “Girls” as your chest is just as important as the skin on your face. I posted recently on some news that I have entered a fitness contest. I am very excited to announce that I have entered Bodybuilding.com’s #250Kchallenge  where I will compete in a 12 week challenge and do the whole thing VEGAN! I have done other competitions before and with any major weight loss the elasticity in your skin can be effected. With that said I will be switching up my treatments at EOL and focussing on Skin Tightening as well as taking a Collagen and Silica supplement.
I got my first BBL Skintyte treatment today to kick things off and was so blown away. Honestly I was scared to get it as people have mentioned from getting a similar treatment at other places that it was really hot and burned.
Well…… not with Essence of L!
Leah is so incredibly knowledgeable that she uses a thermometer throughout the whole treatment to make sure the skin gradually gets heated from the laser and stays heated in a controlled setting. The treatment was the most relaxing I have ever had.
This is going to be a perfect addition during my competition as the treatments are every 4 weeks! I will be documenting my journey and announcing a few key players that will be helping me through this life changing adventure. I am excited to go a little MIA for a while and reveal the new me come April 2nd ❤
Essence Of L Medi Spa & Laser Clinic is located in White Rock – So for all of you in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver area looking for an amazing place to get some Skin Love. Check them out.
And because I believe so much in them, you can get $50 towards your first treatment by mentioning #GLOW when you call to book.
Much Love,
Beauty Buzz 411

What’s FRESH In Beauty!

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Dark and Sleek

Made for all hair colours and types Sebastian “Dark Oil” is a hair must have. This styling oil works like magic by smoothing out the cuticles and disappearing, leaving no oily mess – only hair that’s bouncing with incredible shine and manageability. It’s just perfect for sleek styles or crazy curls.

Augment your style with Sebastian Professional

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Duck Face
Why not add a little beauty to your next “Duck Face” selfie. The Face Shop is bringing a whole new set of friendly faces with their limited edition Kakao Friends “Character Masks”. They are so convenient for travel and give your face the perfect little pick-me-up for beauty on the fly. With 5 masks to choose from, you’ll be set for all your moisturizing and brightening needs.
Get your beauty on at The Face Shop

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Kaleidoscope Eyes

When it comes to my eyes, I love finding products that give me a golden glow all year round. I’ve discovered Teeez Trendy Cosmetics “Spectrum Of Stars” eyeshadow in “Vanilla Sunbeam” and can you say “Hello, Luminescence”? They have 18 different shades that come in a pretty little gold pots and can be worn as a light shimmer or built up to really make your eyes pop. To top it all off, this beauty treat contains argan oil with anti-aging properties.

Find your Shade at Teeez Cosmetics

 

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They say the eyes don’t lie and with Essence Cosmetics “For-Bidden” volume mascara you’ll be telling nothing but the truth. And the truth is, this product gives you intense volume and show-stopping, voluptuous lashes in just one swipe. I absolutely love the definition and boldness my peepers get and there is no clumping. Who needs false eye lashes when you’ve got this beauty weapon.
Make heads turn at Essence Cosmetics

 

Derma Pen

 

Clear Skin

Acne? Check. Fine lines? Check. Pigmentation? Check. These are just some of the skin problems solved with Dermapen Skin Needling. The treatment consists of tiny needles penetrating your skin to stimulate the collagen and rejuvenate your complexion. The pain is quite minimal, kind of feels like tiny bees buzzing on your face. Honestly, this is one of the best treatments I’ve ever had and my skin has never been in better shape thanks to Essence of L Medi Spa and Laser Clinic. In the season of giving, I have teamed up with EOL and want to treat you to experience one for yourself.

Use code #GLOW for $50 towards your next treatment.
Book your free consult today at Essence Of L

 

 

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Playing with bold lip colour is my new thing and I am completely obsessing over NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in “Brooklyn Thorn”. It glides on wet but drys to a gorgeous matte finish, without drying out your lips. You need to check out the other 24 shades – they have smoking hot colours that will make you play on the wild side. From glitter to glam, NYX will have your lips making a statement! Shop at NYX Cosmetics

As Seen In FRESH Magazine

Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

Cate’s Golden Hour

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73rd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS 

Jeanine Lobell Creates a Dewy Smokey Eye For Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett dazzled in a pink gown on the Golden Globes Red Carpet. To compliment the dress, Makeup Artist Jeanine Lobell wanted Blanchett’s look to be pretty but not too soft so she gave her a dewy smokey eye.

To achieve the look, Lobell used a combination of three Giorgio Armani Eye Tints instead of powder shadow to create a sheerer version of a traditional smokey eye. She started with Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in #12 Gold Ashes across the lid. She then used Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in #1 Obsidian instead of a pencil or liquid liner, using it along the lash line placing it from the top and then wrapping it around to the bottom creating a small C around the outer hallow of the eye crease to give a smokey effect. On top of the Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in #1 Obsidian in the crease, she layered Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in #7 Shadow feathering it lightly.

Lobell wanted to give Blanchett a “glow-from-within” on her cheeks so she used Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric in #507 and then brushed Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact over it.

Jeanine didn’t want a heavy look on the lips so she just tapped on Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in #508 Daybreak to keep the sheer textures consistent.

Much Love,

Beauty Buzz 411

Beauty on the West Coast with Erin Cebula

Call it destiny and hard work, or passion with a purpose, Erin Cebula has been gracing our TV screens since 2000 with her infectious smile and charming personality on Global BC. As the go-to reporter on the West Coast for Entertainment Tonight Canada, Erin brings a high level of energy to her interviews. When Erin’s not in front of the camera, she’s giving back by lending her genuine heart to rewarding everyday heroes and changing lives with the various charities she is involved with (Spokesperson for the BC Children’s Hospital Lottery and Host of HGTV’s Makeover Wish , to name a few). Erin shares a passion for life, from her love for animals (especially her late dog Lenny), beautiful marriage to her wonderful husband, strong bonds with her girlfriends and indulgence for everything entertainment. This “former farm girl” & “undercover jock” brings beauty and style to everything that surrounds her!

When she’s not filming you can find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen, enjoying the outdoors or spending quality time with family and friends. I had the chance to speak with Erin and find out a little more about beauty, life and the things she loves……

BB411~Have you always loved fashion/entertainment?

EC~Dress-up has always been part of my life and I still have a well stocked tickle-trunk.  In 86’ I started interviewing my poor family at Christmas Dinner, and I guess I just never stopped.

BB411~How would you describe your style?

EC~I suppose I strive for “sophisticated bohemian”, but I can be really lazy too. My go-to look when I’m not working are leggings, gumboots and a toque! Stilettos just don’t belong in the dog park.

BB411~You rock short hair! Do you ever think you will grow it long?

EC~My short do’ has become a bit of a trademark over the years, but I am open to long locks. I’m just not sure I have the patience to make it through the dreaded “inbetween” stage. Shudder.

BB411~What is your favourite hair product?

EC~I was recently introduced to the Oribe texturizer and I’m hooked.  It gives my hair some grittiness without being sticky. It’s magic.

BB411~Does any certain scent remind you of your childhood?

EC~I wore Samsara by Guerlain when I was a teen, and when I do catch it in the air (which is very rare) it takes me back to awkward high school dances and bush parties.

BB411~Do you have a best kept beauty secret that have been passed onto you?

EC~Healthy food was big in the Cebula home and it’s just as important to me now. I avoid junk food and splurge on good wine and cheese instead. I eat organic when I can and I am a really good sleeper!

BB411~3 beauty products you carry with you always?

EC~Quo Lipgloss in “Captive Fascination”, Jane Iredale Mineral Powder and a big old tube of Great Lash Mascara.

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

EC~Dermalogia Microfoliant

BB411~ I Love, Love, Love this product too (see post)

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

EC~First of all thank-you!  But the props should go to my trainer Tom Taylor at T3Athetics. He kicks my butt and Moksha yoga keeps me balanced.

BB411~What does giving back to charities mean to you?

EC~I love to be a part of positivity, and helping others makes the world a better place.

BB411~What does beauty mean to you?

EC~To me, beauty is health and confidence.

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

EC~I can limbo like a hot damn!

BB411~Favorite quote?

EC~ “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching”.-Unknown

To find out more about Erin and keep up to date with what she has going on, check out  facebook or follow her on Twitter

Remember  to say that you heard it first from BeautyBuzz411!

Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

Fresh Beauty: Spring into Spring

Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant 75mL

 

The Mother of all Exfoliants

Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Thermafoliant is your beauty tool for sloughing off the dead cells to reveal a brighter glow. The Great thing about this product is it not only polishes the skin, but with a touch of water it’s self-heating, creating that extra touch of exfoliation. With scrubbing action like this, products penetrate and melt into the skin more deeply.
Refresh your skin at Dermalogica

 

 

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D’Fluff

The key to a perfect shave is preparing the skin before. I love looking for products that have fresh ingredients, and that’s exactly what you get with LUSH Cosmetics! D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap is like dessert for your legs (and other body parts too). Whisked together is this combination of strawberries, egg whites, coconut oil, cocoa butter and many more antioxidant goodies. The fluffy, whipped, marshmallow texture brings fun to the shower and you’ll be showing off those silky legs.
Discover a new way to shave at Lush

 

 

Let the Good Times RollLike Oatmeal in the Morning

What better way to start off the day then with the sweet smell of “Let The Good Times Roll” from Lush. This maize, cinnamon and polenta facial cleanser gently washes, soothes and conditions your skin. I can’t get over the heavenly scent that makes me think of sweet and salty popcorn, caramel and oatmeal with brown sugar all-in-one! A real treat for your face.
Get your morning burst with Lush

 

 

In the Buff

Kai

Bring Hawaii to your bathtub with the exotic and natural scents of “Kai” body buffer. This unique sponge is infused with good-for-you oils like coconut, olive and palm. This product really does it all, cleanser, exfoliator, moisturizer, bubble bath AND provides up to 30 showers. Oh and it’s a great companion for the travel bug on-the-go (Packs Perfectly)!
Let Kai take you away at Kai Fragrance

 

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Intensive Repair

Cocoa butter is the bomb! Garnier body’s “Intensive 7 days” Conditioning lotion brings moisture-rich hydration and an amazing scent. You’ll love that you can jump out of the shower and it absorbs quickly, while still providing continuous moisture for days. It’s perfect for full body coverage and all weather conditions throughout the year. And the best part, is it contains L-Bifidus, which is inspired by probiotics found in yogurts.
Slather up today with Garnier

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Something Sweet with Jessica Krueger

JessicaKrugerOFFICIALLise Watier Cosmétiques and its partner Shoppers Drug Mart are proud to announce that Jessica Kruger of Coquitlam, B.C. is the face of the new Something Sweet fragrance. This effervescent young woman dazzled the panel of judges with her infectious enthusiasm, unfailing positive energy, determination and eloquence, and because she so clearly represents the Lise Watier brand values. She is definitely the Something Sweet they were looking for!

“I have all the character traits that Lise Watier is looking for to represent Something Sweet, but choosing me also means choosing to embrace diversity and changing the world’s perception about what a model should be”, said Jessica Kruger. A fourth-year student at Simon Fraser University, Jessica is also Canada’s youngest female player in the wheelchair rugby association. As a quadriplegic, Jessica accommodates her challenges and enjoys life to the fullest. She also gives motivational sessions for WorkSafeBC (sic) and the Rick Hansen Foundation. Encouraged by a friend, this inspirational young woman enrolled in the competition at the Shoppers Drug Mart in Burnaby, B.C. Although she entered for fun, Jessica quickly realized the impact her application had when she garnered huge support from her community.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet and interview Jessica. Her story is inspiring and she is a great role model who shows what it takes to rise above challenges and see the possible in the impossible. I love that I get to share this interview with all of you, Enjoy………!

BB411~ You are currently in university, what are your focused studies and career plans?

JK~ I am studying at SFU to get my bachelors of English. Once I have gotten that I will apply to the PDP program, which is a one year education/teaching program. The ultimate goal is to be a high school English teacher.

Jess-rugbyBB411~ You are Canada’s youngest female player in the wheelchair rugby association, what do you love most about the sport and organization?

JK~ Honestly, I love everything about rugby—my team-mates, the physical challenges, the contact aspect of the game, the strategy—it’s all so much fun!

 

BB411~ What did winning and becoming the face of the new “Something Sweet” fragrance campaign with Lise Watier mean to you?

JK~ It meant that Lise Watier was ready to help make my dreams come true, that they thought the world was ready to see somebody with a disability be a model—an unheard of feat!

BB411~ What do you hope to accomplish being an ambassador?

JK~ I hope to show both girls and women that being different can be beautiful and that confidence is admirable.

BB411~ What do you think it means to be a good role model?

JK~ I think that a good role model empowers those that look up to them. I think that they remember that all of their actions could have an effect on other’s and that they truly embrace the message that they are trying to send.

BB411~ Where does your drive and focus come from?LiseWatier_Finalists

JK~ Honestly, I think that it comes from my stubbornness, which I suppose comes from my Dad. I have always been one of those people who refuses to accept no for an answer, and being stubborn has made me strive for things that may have seemed impossible just to prove that they weren’t.

BB411~ Who did you admire growing up or do today?

JK~ I wouldn’t say that there is one specific person that I admire, but rather that there are a number of people who possess the traits that I admire. I admire hard-work and determination, positivity and kindness, loyalty and drive. I see these traits in so many of the people that surround me, my friends, parents, sister, and team-mates, that it is nearly impossible to choose just one.

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

JK~ My parents are, and always have been, my greatest supporters. They are the type of people who have encouraged all of my dreams and never ever told me that something seems impossible or stupid. They have raised me to be the person that I am today. When I was six years old they took my sister and I on a four-year sailing trip around the world. In choosing to expose me to so many different cultures they gave me the gift of understanding other’s challenges and struggles. This trip showed me that people can have virtually nothing and still find happiness, it made me realize how ridiculously blessed I am to live the life I live.

BB411~ How do you stay motivated with life’s daily stresses that come up?

JK~ I remember that I really don’t have it all that bad, and recognize that this is the life I have been given, it is up to me to make the most of it, feeling sorry for myself will ultimately accomplish nothing.

FullSizeRender-1BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

JK~ I think that many little girls grow up with an admiration for all that is beautiful and glamorous, and I was no exception. While I have not always been a “girly girl,” I have always appreciated the fashion and beauty world.

BB411~ Who is your favourite designer?

JK~ My favourite designer would definitely have to be Betsey Johnson.

BB411~ Ditto (One of our faves too!)

 

BB411~ Any beauty/fashion tips or tricks you have?

JK~ The best tip I could give anyone is to wear something that makes you feel fabulous. Going out with confidence is probably the most attractive thing you can wear.

BB411~ Describe your style?

JK~ I would describe my style as girly, fun and flirty with the occasional edge. I love, love, LOVE dresses and boots!

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

JK~ I believe that true beauty comes from within. Someone that is truly beautiful is seen as externally beautiful because their spirit shines from within.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

JK~ I am inspired both personally and professionally by people who are not afraid to work hard to achieve their dreams. I have a huge respect for anyone that has “beaten the odds” and remains humble.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?FullSizeRender-4

JK~ I have had some involvement as a speaker for the Rick Hansen Foundation, which is of course close to my heart, as their work is in support of people with spinal cord injuries. I learned about the work that The Lise Watier foundation is doing, and am hoping to be able to contribute to that in some small way. I think that the work that they do with women and girls in need is extremely important.

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

JK~ It means using all of the wonderful opportunities that I have been given to make a difference to others.

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

JK~ It would be that everything happens for a reason.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

JK~ Determined, Positive, Loving.

leah+jess_22.jpgBB411~ What is your skin care regime?

JK~ Extremely simple, wash with water and Lise Watier’s Hydra Smart self-foaming cleanser, moisturize with their Hydra Smart hydration gel cream.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

JK~ My purse sized Something Sweet perfume, Lise Watier Dramatique Intense Mascara, and my Lise Watier Sun Ray lip gloss!

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

JK~ Lise Watier’s feline black liquid eyeliner! Amazing!

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

 

JK~ Any sort of baking related scents remind me of my childhood, as that was one of my favourite things to do with my mother, and my favourite fragrance is Lise Watier’s Something Sweet!SSweet_RollOn

BB411~ Fun fact that people may not know about you?

JK~ I have been to 45 different countries.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

JK~ “May the bluebird of happiness do cartwheels in your oatmeal” I actually have this quote up on my bedroom wall!

BB411~ I absolutely love this, this is going in the vault!

BB411~ Favorite food?

JK~ Tacos and sushi!

FullSizeRender-10BB411~ Favourite movie?

JK~ The Guardian or John Tucker Must Die.

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

JK~ Travelling to India.

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

JK~ Realizing that people in wheelchair’s are capable of doing anything an able-bodied person is, just in a different way.

BB411~ Describe your perfect day when you have some down time?

JK~ Spending time with friends, family, and my boyfriend, baking, and curling up on the couch to watch wedding shows with my sister.

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

JK~ I would tell them to remember that achieving them will probably not be easy, but ultimately hard-work and determination are always rewarded. Be patient, never say no to an opportunity, and go get those dreams!

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?FullSizeRender-9

JK~ 1: Starting the PDP program at SFU, continuing to train for wheelchair rugby, hopefully doing some part-time modelling!
5: Teaching, playing on the national wheelchair rugby team, getting engaged (**hint hint nudge nudge** haha!), living in Vancouver.
10: Playing on the national wheelchair rugby team, opening my own cupcake shop, married, living in Vancouver, and starting to have children!

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

JK~ On a non-materialistic level, My family, my dog, my friends, my life!

To keep up to date with Jessica: Follow her on Instagram

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Cherry Love

As someone that’s always on the go, having a product to freshen my hair in-between washes is a must (especially with a shorter style). Batiste new dry shampoo wakes up my roots with a luscious cherry scent. This quick touch-up adds instant life and texture back into my hair.

Discover your fruity side, Visit Batiste hair

 

 

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Climate Control

Dermalogica’s not just skin care, they keep you smelling fresh too! “Environmental Control Deodorant” keeps me dry with a blend of odor-neutralizing and natural ingredients. What I love most is its lemony scent and that it contains NO Aluminum Chlorohydrate. Perfect for sensitive skin and as a foot deodorizer too.

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Aurora Beauty

Collection after collection, Lise Watier continues to blow my mind. The new “Aurora Beauty” eyeshadow palette features 6 shimmery shades, perfect for day or night. With a creme-powder finish, you can keep it simple and matte or dress it up with a Metallic shine.

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Foam Party

Though I’m a sun bunny, I know the importance of being sun-smart. Jergens “Natural Glow” foaming daily moisturizer leaves my skin glowing and hydrated with a blend of moisturizers, antioxidants and Vitamin E.
I love how this formula creates a gradual tan and it quickly dries without transferring onto my clothes!

Create your colour with the help of Jergens & LondonDrugs

 

 

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Snap, Crackle, Pop goes Lush Cosmetics new “Northern Lights” bath bomb. I could not believe my eyes how quickly this little wand turned my tub into a colourful sea of neon blue and green. The next best thing to relaxing and being wrapped by scents of Jasmine and Ylang Ylang, was the blanket of tiny stars that floated above.

Have fun and melt away today at LUSH

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