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A Beautiful Mind with Dr Joti Samra

MG_5441_web-2-200x300Dr. Joti Samra is an innovator in the area of psychological health and wellness. She is a leader in the conceptualization and communication of psychological health issues and the creation of related treatment manuals, clinical tools, and training resources. Dr. Samra is a passionate advocate for organizational change. Her research catalyzes fundamental improvements in the psychological health and safety of work environments throughout Canada. She presents her work extensively at the invitation of organizations across Canada and the United States. Dr. Samra is a frequent media commentator and writes prolifically for a wide range of scholarly, professional, and popular publications.

Dr. Samra is a featured clinical expert in all three seasons of the Animal Planet docu-reality series Confessions: Animal Hoarding, developed by the producers of the critically acclaimed A & E series Intervention. Dr. Samra is a host and financial expert in Million Dollar Neighbourhood, a docu-reality series produced by Force Four Entertainment for OWN:Oprah Winfrey Network and a psychological consultant for CityTV’s The Bachelor Canada. She also writes a weekly“Ask a Health Expert” column for The Globe and Mail. The second season of Million Dollar Neighbourhood which was filmed in Bowmanville, Ontario, aired Sunday January 6th.url1

I had the pleasure to get to know Dr. Joti Samra at my Anniversary Charity Event last February and I can honestly tell you that she is such a sweet person. She is a great listener, genuine, confident, funny and has a strong business sense. Joti is a person that you can talk with and she makes you feel so comfortable, like you’ve known each other for years. I have seen her work and I have so much respect for what she does, and she does it so well. Since I believe beauty really starts from within, I thought it would be a perfect fit to feature Dr. Samra who lives and breathes it every single day.

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to go into TV?

JS~ Funny, people ask that all the time and it wasn’t something that was intentional or planned, it kind of just happened. I’m a clinical psychologist and a  number of years ago (6 or 7), I was doing a number of national research projects and started getting contacted by Media sources to comment on the research I was doing. As I started, I realized how much I loved and enjoyed this. I was able to target so many people in the media. I was then contacted a few years back to be a Dr. on “Confessions Animal Hoarding”, which was filmed in the US. Then I was contacted a year and a half ago for the show on OWN. Its funny I use to joke and say to all my friends that I would love to have my own tv show, I just need to meet Oprah once and convince her to give me a tv show.

BB411~ When you were growing up did you know you wanted to be in the career you are today?

JS~ I use to always say to my parents I wanted to be a doctor, but hated dirty things and would pass out at the sight of blood. Growing up I would have all my friends confide in me and come to me with their problems. I was then a peer counsellor and did volunteer work starting at a young age in a senior citizen’s home. I knew in high school that traditional medicine wasn’t what I was going to do (mostly because of the blood factor). I just gravitated to being a psychologist (which took me 11 years to get to the point of where I wanted to be).

BB411~ Who’s the one person (role model) you haven’t met that you would like to sit down and have lunch with and why?1306188246oprah-winfrey-1

JS~ The one person and this is even before any of what I do, is truly Oprah. I would have said that even years before I started this. For so many reasons, she’s a woman who fought all the odds against her. Here’s a woman who had adversity in her background, a minority woman in this day and age. I still notice it, it’s an industry that’s still male and caucasian dominated. She has done so much to help people, she essentially is a psychologist. She helps people feel comfortable, she navigates them to tell their story in a way that helps other people. She has made such a tremendous impact on so many people. I have a lot of respect for what Oprah has done (especially for issues related to woman).

BB411~ If you weren’t a Doctor (Host) and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

JS~ I’d say an entertainer, singer/dancer (laughs). I Love Beyoncé ! That would be my dream to be this big pop star entertaining everyone. Unfortunately I have zero talent when it comes to those areas.

BB411~What does it mean to you to help people?

JS~ I feel very fortunate to be in a position to help people. I feel very humbled with people who are able to share their life stories with me. That feeling of being able to help someone when they’re  at their worst moment, you can’t even put that into words. My patients will say  “you are the 1st person I have told this to”. They will be in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s or 60’s and they’re sharing things with me that they have never told another human being. They can share without judgement. It’s so therapeutic for all of us, we want to tell our story and not be judged for it and accepted for it. I get to do that through my work and when people tell me that I’ve made a huge difference in their lives and they’ve been able to work through things.

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

JS~ The causes I am involved in are mental health related. I have had to take a pause since moving to Toronto but I was on 6 different committees, all for things that promote mental health. I have been heavily involved with The Canadian Mental Health Association and National quality institute. My passion is in various mental health, groups and organizations that are really reducing stigma about mental health issues and how people are coping with it.

BB411~ Are you involved in any Volunteer work?

JS~ I’m the clinical expert spokesperson for Bell’s “Let’s Talk” campaign.

BB411~What inspires you?

JS~ I guess love! Some days I work hard (I work a ton) and I know a lot of my friends look at my life and are living totally different lifestyles (married and kids) and go “how do you work all the hours that you do”. But I just love making a difference. When I’ve felt like I’ve touched people’s lives and left an impact, it has a reach that’s much greater whether its minutes, days, weeks that I’ve been with them~ that to me is why I keep on doing it.
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BB411~What does beauty mean to you?

JS~ Beauty is being a good , positive, happy person. You can take someone who say in a photograph looks like a beautiful person, but if they’re mean, negative, hateful or egotistical~ to me it goes out the window. There’s nothing about that person that looks attractive. You can take someone who isn’t say the norm (quote/unquote) super-attractive person superficially and  if they have a fantastic personality, happy, positive and a caring person it makes a world of difference.

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

JS~ Trust your insides way more. Don’t get caught up in worrying what other people are going to think or say or all those insecurities. Just do what you need to do to make yourself happy and what you know in your heart is the right thing.

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

JS~ I’ve always been a girly girl. Growing up my sisters were more tomboy’s and you could see in pictures that I was always dressed up. I’d have a little dress on, my hair done and a purse in my hand (laughs~ at 3 years old). Now I get to do it for a living, it feels like I’m getting married everyday. Over the years as I get older, I feel I’m getting more and more comfortable in my own style. Being a young female I had people not taking me serious. They would say are you actually a doctor or do you just play one on tv. Ten years ago I didn’t feel as comfortable as I do today, I’m more comfortable in my own skin.

BB411 ~3 beauty products you carry with you always?

JS~  I always have to have a lipstick or lip gloss (Vasanti ~”Baltic” & “Coral“~they are great for different ethnic backgrounds), Bobbi Brown’s corrector/concealer (with being darker skin I have genetically darker circles, no matter how much I sleep). Finding one that works really well has been a challenge for me. Last is perfume, I feel totally naked without perfume. I love Pink Sugar, it’s sweet, girly and feminine. Oh and I  also love Dior Highlighter and Skin Shimmer Powder.

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

JS~ Concealer! I could not live without it. The other thing I could not live without that I started using this past year is the Clarisonic Mia face brush. When I’m filming I have so much makeup on me and I was a little skeptical thinking is this a gimmicky thing. I love it, it’s so good for your skin and takes all the makeup out. I will do experiments and wash my face as good as I can and then use the Clarisonic and there’s still make up coming out. You should get one. I also love St Ives Apricot scrub.

BB411~ Yes the scrub smells so good. The Clarisonic also is  definitely a Must Have, I have interviewed others and it too is a favourite of many.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

_MG_5553_PrintJS~ I have really sensitive skin (Eczema) so I have to be careful what I use , but the products I love are Avene. I use their eye makeup remover, cleanser and toner. And I also love a Vancouver based moisturizer called Linacare, I use the body one and use it on my face.

BB411 ~You have great hair, what do you use as your go to products?

JS~ Jessica Viel has been doing my hair for this past year but since moving to Toronto I have had to find someone temporary. But with Jessica’s consultations I was able to get the colors. I have big hair which everyone recognizes, it’s a big part of my personality~ I’m a Leo. I have to really moisturize my hair cause it’s so thick. I use to use and love Moroccan Oil, but now that I’m on all Loreal products Jessica got me onto the Mythic Oil. I use their purple shampoo to make sure my streaks don’t go brassy. When I’m not working and on set I wash, deep condition and blowdry my hair and put in a ton of Mythic Oil, then curl with a wand curler. It goes crazy if I just leave it, but my hair holds curl very well.

BB411~ Have you ever had short hair?

JS~ No ever since I was little my Mom would never let me cut my hair. In grade 7 I was crying wanting my hair cut cause my sisters and Mom were able to and my Mom said that my hair was so nice she wouldn’t let me cut it.  But because I was crying they eventually let me and I regretted it as it didn’t suit me. Had a few other times a shorter style but not as short as yours.

BB411~ For my new followers~ Jessica Viel (Joti’s Stylist) was the talented, beautiful stylist that cut my hair when I donated it last year to Locks of Love at my charity event in February.

BB411~How do you stay fit?

JS~ I love Pilates and dance (Burlesque and Stiletto Fit). In Vancouver I go to a studio call Exhale in Yaletown. I don’t like regular gym workouts, I get bored. It’s a good stress release and its fun when your dancing.

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

JS~ Definitely “Ponds” moisturizing cream reminds me of my grandma and “Charlie” perfume my mom use to wear. And my dad (who has passed away) use to wear “Old Spice”.

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

JS~ My Mom is low maintenance, but my grandma (mom’s mom) would always be dressed up, she’d always have lipstick on and I love lipstick.

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JS~ Purple

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

JS~ I thought I didn’t like heights and then a year ago I did a 60 second free fall (skydive) from 14,000 feet without any thought. Oh one more thing, I have a big tattoo of a Buddha sitting in a Lotus flower, its got my favourite saying from Thich Nhat Hanh ~ (not many people know, I hid it from my Mom for the longest time). She accidentally busted me over the last year. The tattoo is on my right hip (no one knows that) My Mom only saw a little tiny part, I never showed her all of it and I got in trouble (laughs).

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BB411~ What is the saying on your tattoo?

JS~ Smile, breathe and go slowly. I got it during a very difficult time in my life. I think if we can bring that to any part of our life that’s difficult , you go through the motions. I tell patients to do this all the time, even when you’re not feeling well you want to do the opposite of what your mood is. Smile! Breathe~ we go-go go and we don’t stop to actually really truly take a breath. Go slowly ~when we’re stressed,  we act without thinking. When we slow that down, it makes a world of difference. I wanted the tattoo to be private so my day-to-day life you wouldn’t see it.

BB411~ Who would you say is the coolest person you’ve met?

JS~ Coolest person I’ve met is Dr Wayne Dyer, he wrote the book “The Power Of Intention” and you have to read it.  The law of attraction, putting out there what we want and then it comes to you. I so believe that! He was giving a talk and he came up to me to talk to me as I was on my way to watch him speak. I knew I was going to meet him! Then months later I ended up running into him in Hawaii and I again knew I was going to see him when I went out there. He remembered me and we started talking. So if New York is where you picture, I say you just keep putting it out to the world.

BB411~  For those of you that have been following the blog and read my tweets on twitter, you know that I am drawn to New York and feel a connection with the city. I feel I am destined to either live there or visit on a regular basis. Dr. Samra references it above as we talked about Serendipitous moments.

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

JS~ Having my own show!caterpillar

BB411~ Favorite Quote?

JS~ “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly….”

I want to thank Dr. Joti Samra for a great interview and allowing Beauty Buzz 411 to share her personal stories and experiences with all of you. It truly was inspiring and therapeutic all in one. She makes you feel so comfortable, like sitting down for drinks with a girlfriend. She is a beautiful person inside and out and I can’t wait to see all her success soar. This girl is going places~Trust me!

To Keep up to date on the many adventures this power house has going on, check out her Website , Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin,  You Tube and don’t forget to tune in to see her on Million Dollar Neighbourhood on OWN!

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I look forward to hearing from all of you, email at beautybuzz411@gmail.com or simply leave a comment here

Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

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The 3 B’s with Erin Ireland

erin-ireland-karolina-turekErin Ireland is a food reporter and lover of cuisine who aspires to spend the rest of her life eating all that’s to die for. She is a regular guest on Shaw TV’s The Rush, a Vancouver entertainment talk show. Erin and hosts Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford discuss to die for food and Vancouver restaurants each month. Aside from running To Die For Fine Foods, her most current project is a video series for The Vancouver Sun featuring local food carts. To Die For Banana Bread is the first product in her line of baked goods under the To Die For Fine Foods brand. You can find it at these 38 locations in Vancouver.

I first met Erin back in 2010 during a charity event for  “Run for the Cure“. We both participated in the event and I also had the pleasure to be interviewed by her. It was also that very day that she introduced myself to the fabulous and one of my all time faves Yves Saint Laurent, their Rouge Pur Couture #49. From the moment I met Erin I was instantly drawn to her energy, ambition, drive, elegance and grace. She is a savvy business woman with a solid head on her shoulders. Erin knows what she wants and she is determined to keep moving in high gear with her eyes set on the prize.

(The above image was taken by Karolina Turek, who also shot the photos of Erin holding her banana bread).

During the course of the past few years, I have had the opportunity to talk with Erin about life, business and what matters most. I have been inspired by our conversations and she has shown me key important tools in keeping on track with it comes to your business. I can’t tell you how much it meant for her to take the time to in a way help mentor me on a few occasions. Sometimes in this big old world things can seem complicated and overwhelming, she showed me how to keep it simple and always stay true to what you believe in. It is for these reasons and so many others that I felt Erin would be a great fit for a Beauty Q&A.

So go grab your favourite “to die for” snack (Erin’s BB recommended) and get cozy as Erin opens up about the 3 B’s~ Beauty, Business and Banana Bread.

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to become a host and be in front of the camera?Screen shot 2012-08-14 at 6.46.33 AM

EI~ It was less about wanting to be in front of the camera and more about wanting to tell stores or share information. I’ve always loved to pass along the good word, share recommendations, and tell stories.

BB411~ What was your earliest memory?

EI~ My parents teaching me how to cook my own scrambled eggs. I had to use a step stool because I couldn’t reach the stove.

BB411~ You’re a food reporter and look for things that are “To Die For”, how did this all come about?

EI~ I’ve always been obsessed with food…and one day I realized I could make my passion my career. So I started my site, started writing columns, and really started to focus. I cut out all other topics of content that I tweeted about, attended events, etc.

BB411~ Why are you so passionate about food?Erin-2

EI~ Oh I cannot explain this! I was born with it. But maybe it has a little something to do with almond croissants, white chocolate, red wine, wagyu steak….

BB411~ Chef’s that inspire you?

EI~ Thomas Haas – he is a perfectionist and keeps an amazing sense of humour while doing. Walk into his shop – the displays of pastries, macarons and chocolate are immaculate. I swear his employees feel like the luckiest people on earth to be working under his roof.

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

EI~ News Anchor. I used to work at CTV news but veered off that path towards entertainment and then food. Host actually isn’t my main position at the moment – but I can’t wait to focus on it once I’ve gotten banana bread off the ground.

BB411~Tell us about the best banana bread in the world (yours!)  What inspired you to create this line?

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EI~ It all started really naturally. I never ‘worked on the recipe’ or strategized about how to turn this into a business. It was simply a gift I gave to friends and colleagues, and word seemed to spread. Before I knew it I was getting daily requests for the bread. I realized there was a major opportunity knocking at my door. Never in a million years could I have guessed this would become my career path – but I couldn’t be happier now that I’m running my fine foods company.

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BB411~ The one food you could not live without (ok top 3)?

EI~ Oatmeal, Avocado, Olive Oil

BB411~ Where do you see your business going in the next 1, 5 & 10 years?

EI~ One year – distribution to all fine food retailers in Vancouver (choices, whole foods, urban fares, etc), initial research in the TO market being done, the launch of several new to die for products.

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Five years – full ‘to die for’ product line launched. I’ll be less involved in operations at this point and more focused on high level operations, will be entrenched in broadcasting career at this stage (to die for show).

Ten years – fine foods company running smoothly, national distribution, network tv show in full swing.

BB411~ There is no doubt in my mind that someone who is as strong and determined as yourself will accomplish all this and more. I can’t wait to see this all unfold!

BB411~ Greatest accomplishment to date?

EI~ Obtaining a ‘real life’ business degree over the past 15 months working on my fine foods company. My real degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (focus Broadcasting), but I have learned so much from my experiences with my fine foods company – much of which I can credit to my partner, who holds a business degree. He is one of my greatest supports.

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

EI~ I wouldn’t say that I am. I have no patience for shopping (unfortunately! wish I had it in me) but of course it must be done – and it’s so important because if you look good, you feel good and more confident. Feeling and looking great is empowering and helpful in business. As humans we gravitate towards things that are attractive to us.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

EI~ Pretty simply – I use Riversol face wash, serum, moisturizer and eye cream. I’ll always trust a respected dermo above pharmacy lines/beauty lines.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

EI~ I am a ‘no purse’ kinda girl – so it’s all about what I can fit into my pockets. I don’t often leave the house without my MAC concealer pot (for the light lip look).

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

EI~ MAC shimmer – I’ve recently discovered what a little highlighting can do to the face. I love dusting a little above my brows and on my nose. I am super picky with my makeup and have always done it myself until I met Jackie Brown of Envy Me Studio. She is so great!

 

 

BB411~ Favorite lip color?erin-ireland-karolina-turek-isolde-semple

EI~ My old long-time fav was YSL #49 but lately all I wear is MAC “Costa Chic” mixed with my concealer – it’s the super light peach look

BB411~ I still remember you introducing myself to this lipstick, I am still in love with it (see post Here)

BB411~ Favorite fragrance?

EI~ Gucci Rush

BB411~ One of my favourites as well

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

EI~ My Mom’s perfume – Lancome “Tresor”

 

BB411~ You have great hair, what do you use as your go to products?

EI~ Thanks! My hairstylist Isolde Semple is full of great tips and she encourages me to spend the money on good quality hair products because I’ll notice the difference. She’s right. I use Redken shampoo and conditioner, Sebastian hair spray. My trick is to not over-wash my hair. It’s always better three days after a wash.

BB411~ How do you stay fit with eating all this fab food?

EI~ I run outdoors or go to the gym 4-5 times a week. This has always been my lifestyle since I grew up playing sports.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

EI~ Beauty is nothing without confidence and class.

BB411~ What inspires you and keeps you balanced?

EI~ My vision of the future – a nice home on the North Shore, two kids, a dog or two and a beautiful kitchen filled with beautiful things from The Cross Design

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

EI~ Don’t pluck your eyebrows thin – My Mom has always preached this. She is so right – eyebrows do so much for the face. Sometimes I add brown eye shadow to make them more bold.

BB411~ You speak about your Grandma and her love in the kitchen (I remember the note she left before going in the ambulance to the hospital to take care of the bread) how has she influenced you? Tell us a little about her?

EI~ She is 91 and bakes almost daily. She doesn’t waste a single bite of food, she will bake anything for anyone and is always ready to share a recipe. She is just such a good person and I’m lucky to have gotten so close with her. Here’s a post of us baking together . She insisted on using the flowers in the food photos – she’s so artistic.SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

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

EI~ I’ve worked with the Canadian Cancer Society on their ‘Tanning is Out Campaign‘ and have contributed to Breast Cancer Research Campaigns, but the cause closest to my heart lies in the realm of eating disorders and specifically, extreme dieting. Soon I’ll be touring high schools in Vancouver to speak to young girls and boys about the dangers of extreme dieting. There are so many young girls out there with eating disorders – and I believe there are even more out there who are just on the brink, but ‘not skinny enough’ to attract the attention and help that they need. I’ll share the story of my five-year stint extreme dieting and hope to connect with young girls and offer the support they need.

BB411~ What does it mean to give back?

EI~ Paying it forward. We’ve all been grateful for the actions of someone else at some point in our lives and it’s our duty to pay that forward and do something significant for someone else.

BB411~ Greatest wish still to check off on your bucket list?

EI~ More traveling. My favorite destination is Italy but I really want to get to Japan (sushi and ramen) and Argentina (steak and malbec).

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

EI~ Save your money and always reference check.

BB411~ What would you tell someone following their dreams and pursuing their passion (entrepreneurs)?

EI~ Trust your gut and always be yourself – we know deep down when we’re not being ourselves. It doesn’t feel right and there’s a reason for that.

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

EI~ My favourite way to spend a friday night is watching dateline while eating chocolate and drinking red wine. Also in university my fellow student athletes knew me only as ‘Jeter’ – it was a nickname from my freshman year that stuck

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BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

EI~ trustworthy, confident, fun-loving

To keep up to date on Erin and her To Die For Fine Foods brand empire follow her on TwitterFacebook, or email (erin@itstodiefor.ca).

 

 

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I look forward to hearing from all of you, email at beautybuzz411@gmail.com or simply leave a comment here

Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

Fresh ideas for Fall


Hot Houdini

Hot Houdini bronzer from Karmaface is perfect for any skin tone. Not only does it give you great color, it has a matte finish with a light texture making it easy to apply. I love how you can add just a little for some golden glow, or more to contour and define. Karma truly is a beautiful thing! Visit KarmaFaceCosmetics today and remember $1 from every Bronzer is donated to YWCA Canada

 

Nails with Dazzle

For years I spent hours in salons and spas getting my nails done. But for someone like me that is constantly on the go, finding the time to sit in a chair having my nails prepped can be a little difficult. Then I discovered Dazzle Dry 3 part system over the summer and love its many conveniences. You will have people asking you where you got them done. With an abundant array of colors to choose from, you will be dazzled for any occasion. Available at Dazzle Dry and Beauty Mark 


A perfect pair

Recently I was testing LUSH solid perfumesKarma” & “Imogen Rose” and accidentally combined the two together. Although both scents are wonderful on their own, the combination ended up pleasantly surprising me. It was both delicate and romantic. I decided to test my new creation out on a night on the town and I had people asking to smell my wrist over and over again. It’s really was a beautiful marriage between alluring fresh roses, enticing sweet orange and captivating patchouli. When you can’t decide on which fragrance to put on, wear them both! Stop in to LUSH today and discover your perfect pair.

 

Put your feet up

With all the running around one can do, there is nothing like giving your feet some added love. I discovered LUSH “Volcano” and after only 10 minutes of this treatment, this mask left my skin soft and smooth. With fresh ingredients like papaya, tomato and cinnamon, your footsies will be thanking you. Winterize your feet at LUSH

 

 Eyes that make a statement

The eyes say everything, so why not make a bold statement with Lise Watier Eye Shine in “Black Gold”. With a metallic finish, this pencil defines my eyes, glides on smooth and adds just the right amount of sparkle for that glamour look. A good liner is a staple in any makeup bag and this is definitely a top contender. Learn more at Lise Watier

What are your Fall Favourites?

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Look forward to hearing from all of you

Much love, Beauty Buzz 411

 

Backstage Beauty: Deanna Melluso for Kevyn Aucoin at Clover Canyon S/S 2013 NYFW

Lead Makeup Artist Deanna Melluso for Kevyn Aucoin describes the makeup for the Clover Canyon Spring 2013 Collection as the “Johnny Cash, desert inspired look”.  The spring collection is largely inspired by the vibrant colors and textures, from low-rider and muscle carsdriving through the magical landscapes of the American Southwest on a glamorously youthful road trip.  Melluso says “the makeup is juxtaposed against the vibrantly colorful designs with natural, matte makeup that has a dusty feel as if you just been on a road trip with Johnny Cash in a convertible.” The focal point of the look is the brows! They are brushed up, thick, dark and modern. “I think brows are going to be the hot thing for spring” says Melluso.
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THE LOOK:
Face:  Perfect skin with The Sensual Skin Enhancer.  Then apply a combination of The Tropical Days and Tropical Nights
Bronzer. Make a triangle from the bridge of the nose to the apples of the cheeks andbring the color down to sculpt, define and create a sun kissed look.  Mattify and camouflage skin with The Loose Powder in Diaphanous.
Eyes:  Mix The Sensual Skin Primer with The Sensual Skin Enhancer and apply over lids for a natural flawless eye that brings focus to the brows.
Brows:  Fill in brows with The Precision Brow Pencil in Brunette ( a BB411 Favourite) using a back & forth motion for a dark, thick, natural and wind-blown look. To keep brows in place brush them up with The Kevyn Aucoin Eyebrow Gel, set to launch in 2013.
Lips:  Apply The Expert Lipstick in Faith and top with The Loose Powder in Diaphanous for a nude, matte and dusted effect.
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With Fashion week and people running around,Here are some great ideas about what to do with your hair from a video I love thanks to 
StyleHaul
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“Wearing your Heart on your Sleeve” with Jillian Harris

 What’s not to love about Jillian Harris! We first fell in love with her energy and sweet girl-next-door personality on ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. We watched as she opened her heart to the possibility of love. Jillian joined the team of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, where she added warmth to episodes bringing passion for life and 10 years of design experience. Though we had to say good-bye to EMHE, Jillian has been keeping busy from hosting Canada’s Handyman Challenge (which premiered this year on HGTV) to various design projects and appearances. She is dedicated to charities including Big Brothers and most recently helped with disaster relief in her hometown of Slave Lake in Alberta for the Red Cross. Jillian has appeared on various covers for some of the top design publications in the country. Her latest hosting gig is on W Network’s hit show Love It or List It coming to Vancouver.

Jillian’s philosophy of “Design with personality” radiates to every part of her life.  If you have not checked out Jillian’s web site (which I am a Huge fan of), WHAT are you waiting for? Full of delicious recipes, great fashion tips and amazing concepts for at home designs, the whole site radiates with L.O.V.E and inspiration. She brings such great ideas and gives you the courage to think outside the box while still listening to your heart and remembering what really matters to you. She really puts her personal touch and evokes so much emotion is all that she designs. It’s a great read to start you day!

I have had the opportunity to get to know Jillian over the past few years. She really is a sweetheart with a genuine, honest and captivating personality. Jillian believes that “the most beautiful things in the world are the ones that reveal who you truly are”. Family and friends are such an important part of her life; she really lets us get up close and personal by sharing precious moments. Jillian is the(daughter/granddaughter/cousin/)  you would want to have, the devoted best friend to share in life’s entire joy and the person who stands beside you no matter what life throws your way. She sees the best in people and embraces wearing your heart on your sleeve. Recently Jillian posted on finding a new love (his name is Justin) and we could not be happier for her. Anyone that gets to have Jillian a part of their life is lucky and blessed. She really is the real deal!

BB411~When did your love for design start?

JH~When I was super young. I remember my mom taking me to JC penny and picking out my ‘bed in a bag’. When every other 8-year-old was picking up neon & Jem & the hologram’s themed décor, I chose a dainty dusty pink and periwinkle floral set with lace trim. I knew what I loved and liked from a young age and was always changing my room around and begging to paint.

BB411~What is your earliest memory and what did you create?

JH~Haha see above! I also about 6 years later at 14, painted my bathroom periwinkle against my dads wishes after school before they came home from work.  I LOVED it !… the cutting in job, my dad not so much.

BB411~#1 tip you would give someone when revamping a room?

JH~ Completely gut it, clean it … revamp and only bring back into the room what you KNOW you need.  Toss, recycle or store the rest.  Replace light fixture, window coverings and light bulbs.

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

JH~ YES always!

BB411~What was your earliest memory?

JH~ Above! 🙂  I also  was the highest spender at a Mary Kay party when I was 12. I used my entire savings to buy the WHOLE package from my neighbor.  She had to call my mom and make sure it was ok! Haha!

BB411~ Favorite Designer (clothing & decor)

JH~ Still a sucker for Aritzia, love Wild Fox & Urban Outfitters. Designer would likely still be Kelly Wearslter, but my style is evolving away from hers-becoming more feminine, light and airy.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

JHCaudalie beauty elixirSoleil Tan De Channel, Urban Decay 24 black eyeliner

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

JH~ Le Mer & Caudalie beauty elixir

BB411~Favorite color?

JH~ Right now – periwinkle

BB411~Favorite Cleanser and Sunscreen?

JH~ It changes all the time!

BB411~You have great hair, what’s your secret, any favorite products?

JH~ Oh god I have a complex about my hair.  Truth be told I’m getting a few greys so I’m insane about keeping it healthy and I take hair and nail vitamins (usually Genuine Health)  lots of copper & biotin in my diet!  And oh – try to wash my hair only 2-3 times a week!

BB411~You are in amazing shape, how do you keep fit?

JH~ Hahah.  Genetics.  And some balance. I love super foods so naturally I’m drawn to berries, broccoli, kale etc. I don’t work out consistently but if I see my little butt start to sag I commit to the gym for a week!

BB411~What does beauty mean to you?

JH~ Ummm I hate to say it – because I know beauty comes from within – but I’m pretty afraid of age… so I try to pump my body full of super foods, water & stock up on all the potions and lotions.  I wanna be a hot mom.  It is what it is!

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

BB411~ Hahah Granny would say vodka!   Honestly I don’t know where I got my obsession for beauty tricks! My moms skin is in great shape but I think again, that’s just genetics!

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

JH~ Playing guitar has been on my bucket list for 4 years. WTF! Get on it Jill!

BB411~Love Granny Marg 😉 (Makes me miss mine) What do you love most about her?

JH~ She is just so open-minded, positive and accepting of EVERYONE.  She doesn’t judge and always understands everyone’s perspective.  She just wants people to be happy and that’s it.  I hope I inherited a lot of that.

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

JH~ To just trust, in people, in life and the whole process.  Don’t try to change anyone or control anything – just be the best person you can be.

BB411~Would you do reality tv again?

JH~ Would I do it all over again yes, would I do it again for a second time?  Right now, probably not 🙂

BB411~What does love mean to you?

JH~Well love is all I really need. I have been SO lucky to be surrounded by it my entire life – because of that I haven’t been desperate to settle down with someone – I have never been lonely or in a rush – just want to find someone who  fits in my heart and makes me happy .  Honestly I am so grateful for my career but Love and my personal and family life ALWAYS comes first.

 

 

 

BB411~ Favorite Quote?

JH~ My fav quote is a Gretzky one – you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take

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Home is where the Heart is with Cheryl Hickey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BB411~ How would you describe your style?

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

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

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

BB411~Who is your favorite designer right now?

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

BB411~ Favorite Color?

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

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

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

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

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

BB411~ What hair products do you love?

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

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

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

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BB411~ How do you stay fit?

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

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

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

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

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

BB411~What charities are you involved in?

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

BB411~ What Inspires you?

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

BB411~How has having your son changed you?

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

BB411~ Favorite Quote?

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

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

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

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

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

BB411~ What are 3 words that best describe you?

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

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

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Beauty Finds this Summer

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I would love to hear your Summer Must Haves

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