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Wearable Art with Paraezo Couture @WMCFW

floressa_aParaezo Couture, designer wedding gowns, was established in Toronto, Ontario in 2009 by lead designer Bruce Dang, with the first bridal collection launching in 2010, Paraezo Bridal designers combine European style and high fashion runway couture to create pure and original wedding gowns for the modern bride. The brand uses only the highest quality materials and never shies away from elaborate detailing so that every gown evokes feelings of elegance and beauty. In 2012 Paraezo Bridal launched the Paraezo Couture and Wish by Paraezo collections. Paraezo Couture amps up the haute couture design elements creating wearable pieces of art.

Dang’s interest in bridal fashion was sparked while working as creative director for a local wedding boutique. From there, Dang has created seven bridal collections under Paraezo Couture. For the Spring/Summer 2013 collection (entitled “Essence”) at World MasterCard Fashion Week, Dang took inspiration from natural elements, the simple beauty of flowers and foliage, to design wedding gowns with sensational curves, thoughtful embellishments and sharp contours, transforming the pieces into wearable art. He continues to pursue his dream of becoming a world-renowned bridal designer, and to grow Paraezo Couture to become among the most desirable brands in bridal fashion.

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In designing this collection, I found myself inspired by the novel The Secret Garden,” said Dang. “The themes of growth and rejuvenation illustrated in this classic tale captured my attention. Since weddings celebrate joy and new beginnings, I wanted my designs to reflect the optimism inherent in a budding flower. My hope is that brides who chose Paraezo Couture will feel like they have stepped out of a modern-day fairytale, thanks to a combination of European and haute couture influences and indulgently feminine details. The Paraezo woman is one who appreciates sharp cuts and style, but still believes in romance and happily ever after.”~ Bruce Dang

Paraezo was inspired by the Spanish word paraiso, which means paradise, mountains and the garden of eve. The brand defines Paraezo as a place of complete bliss, peace and harmony.

As I sat awaiting the show at WMCFW, I was mesmerized and intrigued by the studio runway decor (especially the wall which was draped with orchids). The gowns were beautiful and dreamy, I honestly had so many favourites. I had the opportunity to meet Bruce backstage and express my love for his designs. With such pure beauty gliding the runway, I jumped at the chance to feature Paraezo Couture on Beauty Buzz 411. If you’re a bride-to-be, this is a designer you must check out. See how the “Secret Garden” inspired this collection and how his pieces are true works of wearable art.

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

BD~ It was my sisters 16th birthday and with my mom I had designed a gown for my sister. The moment she had tried on the gown and seeing how happy my sister was, made me realize that this is the feeling I want all of my brides to feel. Then I knew that this was something that made me happy.

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

BD~ I actually would love to be an artist and have a gallery somewhere in Toronto.

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

BD~ Karl Lagerfeld, Monique LhuillierAlexander McQueen and Elie Saab

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

BD~ I always loved fashion even though I didn’t realize it until later on being older. But I have always notice how people dressed and I criticized and thought how they could have dress differently.

_MG_8381BB411~ What kind of person does your line represent?

BD~ Someone who is a romantic and traditional but yet loves the new things in life.

BB411~ Who would be your favourite celebrity to dress?

BD~ I love Victoria Beckham, she is so sexy, daring and I would design anything for her!!

BB411~ What was your favourite moment from showing during Spring/Summer 2013 at World MasterCard Fashion Week?

BD~ The moment at the end when everyone claps, I thought to myself that I have come so far and it feels really good.

BB411~ What was the inspiration behind the Beauty Looks during the show (make up & hair)?

BD~ For the makeup I thought bridal needs to be soft, light and whimsical hence my inspiration for my s/s 2013 collection is “the secret garden”. For the hair I wanted to throw in real flowers to show the pureness of each bride, a different trend rather than a tiara and veil._MG_8232

BB411~ What is your favourite season to design a collection for?

BD~ I would say Spring and Summer collection, because I love using natural elements.

BB411~ What do you look for when creating each collection?

BD ~ I try to stay with the trend and maybe set a few trends whenever possible, but the main idea behind my collection is how I would see my perfect bride go down the aisle.

BB411~ Favourite colour?

BD~ I love blue and blush pink. Pink I have used in a few of my gown designs already but would love to do some blue in the near future.

BB411~ What are the 5 staple pieces every woman should have in their wardrobe?

BD~ I would say black pumps (something classic), a black dress, accessories, hats and a few different dresses with different necklines.

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BB411~ Describe your style?

BD~ I like to be preppy, love wearing suits.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

BD~ Everyone is beautiful in their own way and naturally they are a beauty.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

BD~ I get many compliments from my clients and brides who had seen or bought one of my gowns and that really keeps me going but other inspiration comes from movies, books, nature or simply other people.

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

BD~ I would love to be a part of Make a Wish Foundation & The Breast Cancer Society.

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

BD~ To me I feel that Fashion is a part of life and I am designing to make people happy when wearing my designs. So designing quality and fashion forward dresses is giving back.

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

BD~ Never be afraid and never give up.a21r1386

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

BD~ Fun, Silly and Creative.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

BD~ Well my skin is very oily so I was my face 2-3 times a day with a skin cleanser. I keep an acne cream on hand just in case I break out.

BB411~ Three beauty products you carry with you always?

BD~ I love the foaming cleansers, nail clippers, and floss.

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

BD~ A good face wash/cleanser.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favourite Cologne?

BD~ I have always used CK Eternity and Euphoria, love the smell and gotten used to it.

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

Paraezo_dresses-674x518BD~ My mother actually showed me how a gown should fit and how it should be structured so yes she showed me many details in a gowns internal designs.

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

BD~ I love movies more than reading, which I am very ashamed to say.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

BD~ “Imagine the world you want to live in and then dress that way” -Paul Crik

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

BD~ To never give up and remember the reason you are designing in the first place! Your Motivation!listing_Paraezo Couture

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

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Sealed with a Kiss @ WMCFW…….Christopher Bates

1Trained in Milan at legendary Istituto Marangoni, Toronto-based Christopher Bates is an intrepid designer achieving a meteoric rise in the fashion industry. His eponymous menswear line is gaining traction with retailers, consumers, media, stylists, and celebrities.

In 2009, Bates was featured as one of the top six leading menswear designers in Canada (Sharp Magazine, September 2009). Since he launched his brand he has been selling in leading Canadian boutiques including Toronto’s high-profile Gotstyle Menswear.

Bates’ unique style signature evolves from the following elements: contemporary tailoring, stylish fabrics and trims, clever details, a modern-edge, quality construction, a tasteful colour palette with injections of boldness, and a unique blend of Scandinavian and Italian influences. He designs quality, lifestyle-oriented pieces with a distinctly European flair. Focusing on the smart-casual contemporary market, his dashing urban looks are perfectly suited for evening, weekend, and transition wear. His inspirations are diverse and include: living, studying and travelling in Europe, asymmetry, the 80`s, architecture, street-style, Depeche Mode, and style icons, such as David Bowie and Freddie Mercury.

Bates designs for dynamic, stylish individuals who possess a cultivated appreciation of designer fashion and a sense of adventure in their life and dress. The line is perfect for confident men in their prime who want to stand out from the crowd. Born and raised in Canada, trained in Milan and inspired by the jet-set lifestyle, Bates’ approach to design is truly global and his line appeals to the growing numbers of fashion-conscious men in cosmopolitan cities around the world.

Bates’ ultimate goal is to create a leading international designer fashion brand.

“Your work is a breath of fresh air! Very tasteful, with thoughtful little design touches – a real modern take on classic menswear.” Bernadette Morra, Editor-in-chief, FASHION magazine

Christopher Bates had an elegant men’s wear line with a James Bond theme. “I have no doubt at all that that guy is going to make it.” Jeanne Beker on myETVmedia.com8c

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Christopher this past October at the Spring/Summer show at World MasterCard Fashion Week. His collection was classic, sexy and romantic all-in-one! There was one piece that I absolutely fell in love with~ the Romeo dress shirt with the signature kiss print on the collar. It’s funny how such a small detail can have such a strong impact. From the moment I met Christopher Bates I knew that he had something special. Not only is he incredibly charming, he is very humble and genuine.

Upon talking with Christopher, I began to realize that he incorporates his appreciation for life into everything he creates. I appreciate so much his dedication and focus to his work and brand. Christopher is strong-minded and when it comes to business he is focused, driven and determined. Even when I approached him for this interview, he took no time on delivery and made it happen. When he puts his mind to something he gives it 1000%. This designer is one to watch out for, big things are to come in the near future (mark my word). It is my pleasure to share this up close and personal interview with all of you on the man behind the suit~ Christopher Bates.

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

CB~ In 2005. It was during my second tour of Europe. I was in Stockholm, surrounded by the most stylish people I had seen in my life. It was then that I knew there was a market out there for the ideas for clothing I’d be having since I was a kid.

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

CB~ Professional soccer player.

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

CB~ Dolce & Gabbana, Dean & Dan Caten, Giorgio Armani.

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

CB~ Yes, since I was in elementary school. My mom bought some pretty cool clothes for my brothers and I. Clothing was powerful for me. It reinforced how I felt on the inside, which was very energetic.

BB411~ What kind of person does your line represent?

CB~ A cultured and international individual who appreciates the finer things in life. He wants to be like James Bond.

BB411~ Who has been your favourite celebrity to dress?

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CBCharlie Carrick. He’s a friend and we play for the same soccer club: Annex FC. He’s an upcoming actor who has major potential. He’s tall, slim and handsome so he looks great in the clothes.

BB411~ Who is a celebrity you haven’t worked with but would like to?michael-fassbender

CB~Michael Fassbender 

BB411~  What was your favourite moment from showing Spring/Summer 2013 at World MasterCard Fashion Week?

CB~ Watching my show on a TV monitor backstage. The guys did such a great job. It was flawless.

BB411~ What was the inspiration behind the Beauty/Style looks during the show (make up & hair)?

CB~ We opted for a clean and modern look to compliment the collection. The collection had a James Bond theme, so the hair (Jorge Joao from Redken) was slick and the make up (Grace Lee from Maybelline) was minimal.

BB411~ What is your favourite season to design a collection for?3

CB~ Spring. I love using colour and lot’s of white. I also love lighter weight fabrics. I would dress for Spring year round if I could.

BB411~ What do you look for when creating each collection?

CB~ What’s not readily available in the market. A lot of clothes are over-designed or over-embellished. My goal is to update classic pieces and keep them clean. My focus is on fit, fabric, colour, cut + interesting details.

BB411~ Favourite color?

CB~ White.

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BB411~ What are the 5 staple pieces every man should have in his wardrobe?

CB~ Every man needs: a pair of fitted black jeans, a tailored sports jacket, a lightweight wool topcoat, crisp white dress shirt and a fitted leather bomber.

BB411~ Describe your style?

CB~ A cross between Milanese flair and Stockholm minimalism.4b

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

CB~ Having a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

CB~ Music, movies, art, fashion, architecture, automotive, literature, food and wine, and travel.

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

CB~ The Jade’s KIDS Foundation. Jade lives to inspire kids to choose creativity over drugs. His story is incredible.

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

CB~ To help people any way you can.

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

CB~Follow your passion.

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BB411~3 words that best describe you?

CB~Energetic, Ambitious, Imaginative.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

CB~I use an Kiehls exfoliator in the shower and a St. Ives face moisturizer every morning and night.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

CB~Vaseline (for my lips), eye drops, water.

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

CB~ Water.

BB411~ What is your go to hair products?

CB~ Kiehls shampoo, Herbal Essences conditioner, Messed Up fibre putty

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

CB~Dior Fahrenheit. This was my first cologne. It was an extremely distinctive scent. Any time I smell it, it brings me right back to high-school.

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

CB~Drink lots of water.

BB411~ How do you stay fit?

CB~ I go to the gym and do a mixture of cardio & weights + play soccer. 7 days a week I exercise. I also eat healthy.

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

CB~I’m a massive 80’s music fan.

BB411~Favorite quote?

CB~“What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail.” (Dr. Robert Schulfer)

BB411~ Where do you see your self in 1, 5 and 10 years?Main-13

CB~ In 1 year I’d like to have my menswear line selling coast to coast in Canada and in a few good stores abroad. In 5 years I’d like to be based in Europe and starting to open my own mono-brand boutiques. In 10 years I’d like to be evolving my fashion brand into a lifestyle empire including: hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, electronic music, furniture, film, and a modelling agency.

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

CB~Create a budget then double or triple it. And, be brave.

BB411~ When you look back what do you want to be remembered for?

CB~ Living a great life and building an exciting lifestyle empire.

BB411~Favorite food?

CB~ Hamburgers

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

CB~ Sail around the world in a tall ship.

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

CB~ Life

10I can’t tell you what an absolute pleasure it was to do this interview with Christopher! I look forward to seeing all the success that is to come for this amazing designer. I will keep my fingers crossed that one day he may venture out and design a classic woman’s suit~ There is really nothing like having a perfect suit that fits like a glove. I’d be happy to be his test model (spokesperson) and would wear that suit proud!

To keep up to date on the Christopher Bates collections, Check out Twitter, Become a fan on Facebook, Add on Linkedin, Browse Videos on You Tube and see his Website here.

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

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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Eye Catching Design with DUY @WMCFW

Duy Portrait B&W-1DUY, the eponymous Montreal-based high-end ready-to-wear line created by Duy Nguyen in 2001 has won numerous fans for its sharp tailoring and impeccable cuts. Duy has always experimented with the best in quality fabrics and pattern-making. His unmistakable precision, his mastery of cut and his high precision tailoring have created a unique tailoring approach that has become his signature. His timeless pieces have made him a favourite amongst women looking to be beautifully dressed, no matter the time of day or the season and with fashion editors and industry players who have been rightfully impressed with his edgy contemporary styling.

Born in Vietnam, raised in Montreal, Duy studied fashion design at Collège LaSalle and has worked with some of the biggest names in Canadian fashion design. Duy is the winner of the 2012 edition of the Mercedes-Benz Startup prize.

Clothes should be simple but well thought. I love menswear for its tailoring qualities and womenswear, because it makes me dream. Great style happens when it really reflects who you are. My clothes are edgy and innovative yet very wearable. They have a refined sensibility with unexpected details to catch the eye says Duy.

I had the pleasure to watch Duy win the Mercedes-Benz Startup show at World MasterCard Fashion Week in October. I met with him backstage after his win and he was so lovely to chat with. Here is a look at our interview and the inspiration behind the brand~DUY.

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

DUY~ After reading American Vogue March 1994 issue.

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

DUY~ A restaurant owner or a florist.DUY_Feb062012_0432

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

DUY~ Cristobal Balenciaga

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

DUY~ Yes, when I was young, I shampooed my sister’s dolls.

BB411~ What kind of person does your line represent?

DUY~ Confident and individualistic people.

BB411~ Who has been your favourite celebrity to dress?

Karine-Vanasse-Marcelle-BBDUY~ Karine Vanasse, she’s tall and nice.

BB411~ What is your favourite season to design a collection for?

DUY~ Fall/winter. I love jackets and coats

BB411~ What do you look for when creating each collection?

DUY~ Interesting new details or silhouettes.

BB411~ What was your favourite moment from showing Spring/Summer 2013 at World MasterCard Fashion Week?

DUY~ Winning I guess.

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BB411~ Favourite colour?

DUY~ Light grey

BB411~ What are the 5 staple pieces every woman should have in their wardrobe?

DUY~ Wool pantsuit for fall/Silk suit for spring, a white shirt, a black shirt, a cocktail dress and an evening gown. KEEP everything basic and simple but very well cutted.

BB411~ Describe your style?

DUY~ Chic, classic with a twist.

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DUY~ That you are comfortable with yourself.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

DUY~ People who keep challenging themselves.A2NmSJlCAAAoK1j.jpg-large

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

DUY~ Helping homeless people

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

DUY~ Help people in any way when you can.

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

DUY~ Everything happens for a reason.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

DUY~ Easy going, obsessed (with work) , honest (with myself).

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

DUY~ I just wash my face twice a day with a cleanser with a citrus smell and use a moisturizer when my skin is dry.

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BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

DUY~ Lip balm, a small size eau de toilette spray and wipes.

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

DUY~ Lip balm

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

DUY~ Ariel, a famous detergent sold in France. I wear Jil Sander for men

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

DUY~ Good sleep.

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

DUY~ I am a very shy guy20110330-DUY23

BB411~ Favorite quote?

DUY~ Be rich or have a lot of friends.

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

DUY~ Marry rich or make a lot of friends.

To see more of DUY collections, visit the Website or follow on Twitter

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Design the Life you want to Live with Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy, designer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mother, designs to inspire women to feel smart, confident and individual. Raised in Northern California by an Indian father and Dutch mother, Rachel grew up immersed in the issues of Vogue magazines she collected and dreams of being a designer. After attending college in Washington, DC, Rachel moved to New York City and began styling magazine shoots. Her feminine aesthetic with a twist quickly earned her a reputation for knowing how to enhance a woman’s body without revealing too much. After almost a decade at a global urban brand, where she rose to Creative Director overseeing seven licensees and running all of design departments, Rachel launched her own brand.

Inspired by the strong, confident working women she knew, the Rachel Roy New York collection debuted in Spring 2005. The collection embodies an effortless, elegant and exotic lifestyle with Rachel’s design hallmarks of print/pattern mixing, the pairing of opposites and defining details that take women from day to evening. From the very first collection, Rachel has created modern iconic pieces – the trench, the blouse and the dress – that are, and continue to be, the cornerstones of women’s wardrobes.In August 2009, Rachel launched RACHEL Rachel Roy, a downtown, youthful companion to her designer collection featuring affordable contemporary sportswear, footwear, handbags and jewelry that has quickly become a destination brand.

A frequent lifestyle, fashion and culture contributor to various publications, Rachel is a featured monthly columnist for InStyle Magazine and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Rachel has appeared on numerous national TV programs; The Oprah Winfrey Show, Project Runway, The Nate Berkus show, Lifetime’s Catwalk 24/7, Sundance’s All on the Line, and Extra TV as the red carpet style correspondent for the 2011 Oscars. Rachel and her work has been featured on leading blogs like The Cut, Refinery 29, WhoWhatWear, and The Glamouri to over 200 million web viewers annually. Fascinated with technology and how it enhances women’s lives, Rachel has created a robust social network that engages women and acts as a research and laboratory to test new designs and ideas that includes Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+.

Rachel has garnered editorial acclaim in publications such as Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Vanity Fair, Glamour and InStyle. Rachel has had the honor of dressing First Lady Michelle Obama, Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Iman, Halle Berry, Sofia Vergara, Christina Hendricks, Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow among other esteemed actresses, musicians and businesswomen.

Giving back is one of Rachel‘s greatest passions and one of the founding principles of the Rachel Roy brand. Rachel always looks to create opportunities to give women and children in need a voice. As you can see Rachel really embodies true inner beauty.

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Rachel Roy has teamed up with Deepak Chopra to collaborate together on a collection of tshirts featuring Chopra’s inspirational quotes and a jewelry line showing her favorite evil eye symbol. “I have a vision of vintage rock-and-roll tees, but instead of the title of the album, it would be the saying,” Roy said. “Even girls who don’t know Deepak will think they’re wearing a cute shirt.” . And the collection involves charity: All proceeds will be donated to the Chopra Foundation to support education in India. I think it is truly remarkable what they are doing~ to see more on their collaboration click Here. I am absolutely in love with the pieces and am having a hard time deciding which one I want!

 

 

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In September I was invited to meet Rachel as she unveiled the most coveted items for fall with her latest RACHEL Rachel Roy collection 548815_10151217488354228_958447699_nat the BAY. The evening consisted of an informal fashion presentation where the models stood on platforms displaying her beautiful creations. There was refreshing sips, sweet treats and hot dj beats. I had the opportunity to try on most of her collection, her designs are a perfect fit (for us shorter girls too!). I fell in love with her purple and black banded cut out dress (on the mannequin in the video and photo), it fit like a glove and hung perfectly on my body. I actually came out of the change room and Rachel gave me her approval with a smile and nod. You can’t get a better compliment than from the designer herself. She was such a sweetheart, I was captivated by her elegance, grace and beauty. Rachel is even more beautiful on the inside with her heart of gold. I was definitely a fan before, but after attending this event I have a whole new level of appreciation and admiration for her. I was beyond excited when Rachel agreed to be featured for a beauty Q&A. So get cozy while we get up close and personal with Designer Rachel Roy, she may just inspire you to give back and dream big!

photo 2BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

RR~ I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be designer. Vogue magazines were my escape and really inspired me to design the life I wanted to live – and that life, for me, was design.

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty, what is your earliest memory?

RR~ Always! I was the young girl who was always styling her family members, my poor brother! I was also the girl who took a job in fashion at 14 and begged my bosses to let me style the mannequins in the store window.

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

 

RR~ A travel writer. I love exploring new places around the world and sharing it.

BB411~ You collected Vogue magazines growing up, what did it mean to you to be featured in Vogue?

RR~ It was one of the highlights of my career. To have the support of something that was so influential and instrumental in my development as a designer means a great deal to me.

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

RR~ I am inspired by Coco Chanel and her story. She was an orphan who grew up in a completely different world than those she ultimately designed for and did it with such grace and strength. She did not let her beginning dictate her ending and that’s something that has always stayed with me.

BB411~ I absolutely am inspired by her as well and I love the statement “She did not let her beginning dictate her ending”.

BB411~ What did it mean to be inducted into the CFDA?

RR~ It’s another highlight of my career to be able to stand next to such talented designers and help make the industry a better place, not just for now but for the next generation of designers.

BB411~ Describe your style?

RR~ I’m a bit of a chameleon. Getting dressed in the morning is an opportunity to play to how you are feeling that morning. A little sexy, rocker girl, I love it all as long as you feel like an individual – that’s my goal with how I dress and how I design for women.

BB411~ What kind of woman does your line represent (including Rachel)?

RR~ I love helping women find their individual style – whether they are just entering school or the job market or are established in their career and life. My goal is for women to feel, smart, confident and individual through what I design.

BB411~ Who has been your favorite celebrity to dress?

RR~ I love the relationship that I form with women when I dress them. I learn a great deal from them – entrepreneurs who are starting or running established businesses to amazing actresses and political leaders.

BB411~ What is your favorite thing about fall?

RR~ The change of season – the cooler air, the leaves changing colors. It’s a great time to escape from the city with my girls and take a drive in the country.

BB411~ What are the 5 staple pieces every woman should have in their wardrobe?

RR~

  • An amazing dress that fits you like a glove.
  • A thin black turtleneck that you can wear under a dress to get more mileage out of it.
  • An office to cocktails blouse.
  • A trench coat in a soft fabric that can double as a dress.
  • A caftan. You can wear it a hundred ways from beach to street.

BB411~ What is the #1 fashion mistake a person does?

RR~ I don’t believe in fashion rules

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

RR~ I think beauty starts within us. We all choose to express it differently on the exterior but it starts within us.

BB411~ What has being a Mom meant to you and what do you want to teach your daughters about beauty?

RR~ I live for my girls and it’s important that I teach them to be citizens of the world by taking them on trips to other parts of the world to experience different ways of life, cultures and how beauty can take on many forms and expressions.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

RR~ I think it’s the opportunity to give women a voice through what they wear, to create a look/style that makes them feel like individuals.

BB411~ What do you look for when creating each collection?

RR~ Each collection starts with a specific inspiration, a story, and builds from there. I personally fit every piece I design – I want my pieces to feel as amazing as they look.

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

RR~ Margherita Missoni introduced me to OrphanAid Africa about 5 years ago and it’s been such an important experience for me. I think of the kids there often and every holiday season we do a book wrapping paper to send to them. Recently I traveled to Haiti with Martha Stewart to visit an artisan colony to develop product to be able to feature on my website. It gives the Haitian artisans a platform for telling their story and showcasing their amazing talents.

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

RR~ I think it’s one of the most important things you can do both personally and professionally. Donating your time personally to local shelter, food banks, or reading programs are simple ways to get involved. One of the goals of my business has been to help create jobs for women and give them a platform in which to create a better life for themselves.

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

RR~ I think sometimes as young women we tend to hold our voices and not speak loudly enough on things we truly believe in because we think it’s going to hurt others feelings or not be the popular opinion.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

RR~ Loyal, honest, inquisitive.

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

RR~ My mother passed down the importance of a good classic scent. Hers was Chanel #5 and
so is mine.

BB411~ You have great skin, what’s your secret (skin care regime)?

RR~ Make-up artist Cynde Watson gave me a Clarisonic skin care system. When I have time at night it helps ten-fold with the appearance of dark circles and tired skin. I swear by it!

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

RR~ Bobbi Brown concealer, ESOS lip balm, RICH cosmetics lip pencil.

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

RR~ Water.

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

RR~ I love Jo Malone Grapefruit and Red Roses candles.

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

RR~ I swear by everything Ted Gibson makes – especially his hair sheets which I travel with.

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

RR~ I do a bit of comedy acting in the videos my team and I produce.480289_10151280699994228_2143956638_n

BB411~ Favorite quote?

RR~ “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

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

RR~ The road will be harder than you expected, it may take more time you expected but it is
possible to design the life you want to live – just never take no for an answer.

Meeting Rachel was a highlight of my career as I have been a fan of hers for so long. It was such an honour to interview her and I am very grateful to have been able to share this feature with all of you. I look forward to having her designs continue to fill my closet and can’t wait to see all her collections to come. To stay connected and see all the updates on Rachel, be sure to check out her website and follow her on all her social media ~ FacebookTwitterFlickrYoutubeTumblrInstagramPinterest and Google+.

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“Every Conversation Counts” with Riaz Meghji

You know when you meet someone and their energy is so magnetic, the conversation seems to flow and you don’t want it to stop? Well that’s what you get when you sit down with Riaz Meghji! Not only is he incredibly charming (with great skin I must say), he carries himself with such confidence and class. I remember the first time I sat down with Riaz and how engaging he was to talk to. He truly was so present in the moment and such a good listener. He described how “Every Conversation Counts”, that everyone has a story worth hearing. I just love this and feel the same, you never know who you will meet or what opportunity will arise. There was no doubt in my mind that Riaz would be a perfect fit for a Beauty Q&A on BB411. He really shows how living in the moment and giving back is really what resonates beauty within us all.

Riaz’s career started out with a degree in Finance and soon turned to the world of entertainment. “Riaz worked in radio at Z953FM before making the shift into television working for MTV Canada interviewing A-List celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, Pink, and Kevin Smith”. He joined CTV News as a weathercaster on their evening news and after moved to Ontario to anchor an entertainment show on SUN TV.” In 2008 he joined the Citytv family as co-host on Breakfast Television in Vancouver.

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

RM~In 2002, I had a conversation with a friend that saw me give a presentation in Quebec City at a conference. I was just finishing my finance degree at Simon Fraser University and he challenged me to take a year of my life to get into the entertainment industry in some capacity. It was by far one of the most pivotal conversations of my life, as at that moment I started to believe I could bring something unique to the small screen. Once I had that belief, I knew I wanted to present on camera and started the creative process to get my foot in the door.

BB411~What was your earliest memory?

RM~Earliest memory in television was my very first screen test for MTV Canada. I had no broadcast experience or formal training and just walked in there like I knew what I was doing. Definitely not a home run audition, but the director saw something he could work with and gave me an internship.

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

RM~This is a toss up…..Professional public speaker or Michael Jackson impersonator.

BB411~Have you always been into fashion and beauty (you always look so stylish)?

RM~I owe a lot of credit to the boys at Harry Rosen for helping clean up my act. For years we have worked together and they have introduced several types of looks for me to sport on camera.

BB411~Favorite Designer?

RM~Tough to name one but here are some of my favourites: John Varvatos for the pants and shoes, Etro and Zegna for the stylish blazers and Robert Graham for the shirts that will stand out.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

RM~Two words: Halle Berry

BB411~Favorite Cleanser?

RM~Dove Soap

BB411~Favorite Moisturizer?

RM~Ponds

BB411~Do you exfoliate

RM~No. Should I start?

BB411~ Absolute! One of my favourite inexpensive ways is mixing coffee grounds with either almond oil or olive oil. I’ll give you a demo 😉

BB411~Favorite cologne?

RM~L’Homme- YvesSaintLaurent

BB411~You hair seems to be a signature for you (Love it by the way) what do you use as your go to products?

RM~My hair doesn’t move! But on occasion I might use d:struct molding creme

BB411~ What do you do to stay fit?

RM~If I’m not bike riding the seawall, I’m in crossfit 3x week at Tactix Gym and usually hit Yyoga once or twice a week. I also play in the Vancouver Ball Hockey League. On Sept 29, I competed in the Tough Mudder Competition in Seattle. I trained hard and there was lots of pain!

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

RM~In 2012, I launched 1Karma, a charitable partnership with my good friend Jason Sarai. We threw an event at the Hastings Racecourse in August in support of Camp Goodtimes and were able to raise 10k. It was a proud moment and will only get bigger as every year we will focus on a different cause to create an awareness and build partnerships with those that want to give back. Outside of 1Karma, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada is an organization I always get behind and I’ll support Free the Children where I can as well.

BB411~ I was lucky enough to be able to attend 1Karma in August with @LipglossnParfum and it was such a great event. So very proud of you and can’t wait until next year.

BB411~What does it mean to give back?

RM~Giving is living in my eyes. I have the privilege of using my voice for good and to be able to give back to those less fortunate is very fulfilling.

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

RM~People are only willing to accept the love they feel they deserve. Choose wisely, but be vulnerable to get the most out of the experience.

BB411~What inspires you?

RM~Risk takers with the ability to be present in the moment and smile in both the good times and bad.

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

RM~I’m gave my first TED talk at SFU on Sept 22. The theme was “Against the Grain”.  Ten years ago, I finished my degree and it was an awesome moment to go back and speak about what I did to go after my dream. (check out video here)

BB411~Favourite quote?

RM~” Seek to understand before being understood”

Honestly, I look forward to each time I get together with Riaz, I always know I will leave inspired and challenged to dream bigger (and with a few recommendations for some great books)!

To find out more about Riaz and keep up to date with what he has going on, watch him on Breakfast Television Vancouver, check out facebook or follow him on Twitter

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Look Good and Feel Great with MASC

One thing that Beauty Buzz 411 is constantly on the look out for is fabulous men’s skin care. I have spoken to many men and skin care is not much of an importance on their list. Usually because they want to keep it simple, don’t have time and most don’t know what’s best to use. Beauty Buzz 411 is pleased to be working with MASC, a one stop shop in Vancouver for everything when it comes to skin care for the boys. Their online shop is amazing and I love how they are selective on which brands they carry. From The moment I stepped foot into the Vancouver store (in the heart of Yaletown) I felt right at home. It doesn’t hurt that Owners Patrick Levesque and Jamie Beuthin are incredibly knowledgeable and are such amazing guys. I still remember the moment I first met Patrick, it was an instant connection and I knew that we would work on something great together. As the months rolled on I have had the chance to get to know Patrick more and realize how down to earth he is and passionate he is about mens skin care needs.

Beauty Buzz 411 will be working with MASC and testing out the latest and greatest skin care for men. There will be on going monthly posts on what products and lines are a “MUST HAVE”! Recently I had the opportunity to indulge (along with my male panelists) in some amazing beauty products that were an instant hit. First was the Jack Black “Beard Lube” Conditioning Shave. I have to say this was a HUGE Winner for both myself and the boys. I used it on my legs and was blown away, I actually think it may be the best I’ve ever tried! As for the men they found it incredible, a 4 day hair growth shaved as easily as 1 day (without the razor catching the hair). With jojoba, eucalyptus and macadamia nut oil your skin will be left feeling clean and soft. Beard Lube is a pre-shave oil, shave cream and skin conditioner all in one. Not only does it go on clear making it easy for the men to see the hair, but it rinses easily and won’t leave a film or clog your blade.

Now you all know I am an advocate for exfoliation, well Menscience “Microfine” Face Scrub is a great addition to any skin type regime. I love how this product contains glycolic acid to remove dead cells, salicylic acid to clear pores and allantoin/aloe/glycerin to soften and soothe skin. It’s gentle for the face but still worked great on the chest and back! For the men it was great to prepare the skin for shaving. Also from the same line, another absolute MUST HAVE was Menscience “Advanced Face Lotion”. This lotion was ultra light-weight yet provided mega moisture, perfect for the men (especially those travelling on planes a lot). Not only is it formulated with advanced water-binding agents and skin-refining ingredients, It helps renew and restore your complexion. It really nurtures and protects your skin.

Last but not least I wanted to find a new cleanser that would be great for everyday use without stripping the skin of moisture. I discovered Kyoku “Daily Facial Cleanser” , it is inspired by Japanese herbal skin remedies and is designed especially with a mans skin in mind. I loved the way it felt on my skin and the scent of peppermint was uplifting. I was very pleased with these 4 beauty finds and look forward to searching out and bringing you all more. There was one more product that I tested out, Evolution Man Conceal and Treat and I feel it’s the perfect concealor for Men. It isn’t greasy and has a matte finish, making it great for providing coverage without looking like you’re wearing make up. I highly recommend picking one up as you never know when a late night or blemish will throw your complexion for a loop.

I recently had the chance to interview Patrick and find out the 411 on what’s to know when it comes to skin care for the boys!

BB411~ You and Jamie are the founders of MASC, how did the idea come to be?

PL~We graduated with Bachelor of Commerce degrees in Entrepreneurial Management, with no specific ideas of how we were going to apply that in the real world. We worked at several different jobs and gained some invaluable experience before it dawned on us about getting into men’s skin care & grooming. We both found ourselves having a hard time finding products  that were on the market, but were just not easily accessible. We also disliked having to go into a women’s shop or department store to find one shelf of product for men, which seemed more of an afterthought than anything else.

BB411~You carry select product lines, what do you look for in deciding which ones to carry?

PL~We consider the reputation of the brand, if it’s unique in comparison to other brands we carry, whether or not the product works well, the quality of the ingredients, whether it’s tested on animals, and of product packaging. We also really strive to offer our customers something unique and thus don’t see the point in offering a brand they can easily buy at the drug store.

BB411~ What do you want people to feel when shopping in the store or online with Masc? What makes you different from other stores?

PL~ We want people to feel comfortable and informed at masc. We are not about pressuring a guy to buy something, or the most expensive product, but rather finding the best products for their skin or to address their specific concerns. We take the time to ask questions, and are always happy to provide samples if he’s uncertain. Our store caters specifically to men, is run by men, we are knowledgeable about our products, and obviously have direct experience with skin care and grooming for men. We know what works. Online we try to provide as much information, including videos where we talk about the products so that they can feel like they’re in the store, even when they are not. We are renowned not only for our extremely high level of customer service but also for our unique assortment of quality products. Most of our brands will not be found anywhere else in Vancouver, and in some cases even in Canada.

BB411~How important is skin care for men?

PL~Men tend to underestimate the importance of a good skin care routine. If you consider the fact that men take blades to their face when shaving, I’d almost say it’s even more important for men. There are various skin complications that can arise from improper shaving techniques or poor quality products.

BB411~What are some key points for men in taking care of their skin?

PL~Cleanse & moisturize daily, both morning and night. Use a good shaving cream and exfoliate a few times a week right before you shave. Not only with this improve the appearance of your skin, but it will also allow for a smoother and less irritating shave. Just remember, your shave can make or break the appearance of your skin so it’s important to really figure this part out. Also, your under eye area can be the first area of your face that will show signs of aging. Using a good under eye product daily, morning and night will go a long way. The key is consistency with all of this. Get into a good routine and stick to it. The more you take care of your skin now, the more benefits you’ll reap in the future. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the saying goes.

BB411~Does nutrition and fitness play an importance in healthy skin?

PL~It’s all connected. If you don’t take care of your body by eating healthy, keeping hydrated, and exercising, it will reflect on the health of your skin as well. Just like if you work out like crazy, but eat takeout every night, you’re not achieving the optimal results that you could be.

BB411~#1 mistake men make when it comes to taking care of their skin?

PL~Not moisturizing. Guys have either never been told they should moisturize, and never experienced the benefits, or have had a bad experience with a poor quality moisturizer that made them feel greasy. There are some great moisturizers available that will make your skin look and feel great, and it is so important to moisturize daily.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

PL~I don’t necessarily carry any beauty products with me on a day-to-day basis besides a Jack Black Lip Balm. If I had to choose another, I’d select a hand cream. More often than not I don’t have a bag with me so I have to keep it simple. Oh, one product that is good to keep at work though is a jar of toner pads. Sometimes if you’re going somewhere straight after work and want to freshen up without having to wash your face, toner pads are great for that.

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

PL~ The Vitamin E Moisturizer from (Malin+Goetz). I’ve been using it for years and it works so well. It’s oil-free and they use fatty acids as the primary moisturizing ingredient, so it absorbs into the skin very well.

BB411~ Favorite cleanser and exfoliant?

PL~ My favorite cleanser right now is the Menscience Daily Face Wash and my favorite scrub is the Urth Face Scrub.

BB411~ Favorite Cologne?

PL~ Duro by Nasomatto

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

PL~ Good question. I’d have to say that beauty comes from the inside out. I know that’s cliché, but I know that for me, if someone is an awful person, it changes the way I see them. The same goes for someone with a big heart. I think someone who respects others and themselves is also the same person that will take care of themselves and try to reflect on the outside how they are on the inside. It doesn’t always go hand in hand though.

BB411~ What does it mean to give back?

PL~ It means helping those that are less fortunate or that need a helping hand of some sort. There are so many organizations out there that need support and we feel really good about being able to help whenever we can.

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

PL~ I’m definitely a supporter of anti-bullying and different causes that go along with that. We have and continue to support many Out In School events put on by Friends & Company. Also, we support the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation as well as they are such a fantastic organization. Another one that is important to me is Autism Speaks. My niece has autism and it’s becoming more and more common and requires a lot of support and awareness within the community because there’s still so much unknown about it. Families with kids that have autism need all the help they can get. We support other causes, including different sports teams etc, but those two are ones that stand out in my mind.

BB411~ What inspires you?

Wow, that’s a good one. I think I’m inspired by the fact that all limitations are self-imposed. When someone says I can’t, I want to prove them wrong. Being an entrepreneur, there are no limits and it’s all up to us how big we want to dream. The other day I was at the gym after having not made it a priority for a while, and I saw a blind man working out, with his guide dog helping him navigate through a busy gym. People like THAT inspire me.

BB411~ That is truly inspiring, WOW!

BB411~ Favorite quote?

PL~ “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

BB411~ You are also one of the founders of Homorazzi, can you tell me a bit about that?

PL~ Homorazzi started about two years into Masc being open. I started it with my friend Donovan and a bunch of our friends were eager to join in as well. It’s  an entertainment site where we write about the latest in TV, movies, music, celebrities, gay issues, and of course, intermixed with some eye candy. It’s been an exciting ride and we’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many cool people along the way. We also have a show on OUTtv now where a panel of four of us talk about the same sorts of topics that we cover on our site.

BB411~ You are openly gay, has that been a struggle for you in your life?

PL~ Every since I’ve come out of the closet, being gay has never been a struggle. The struggle was when I was still in the closet and having to constantly lie to myself and others. When I was true to who I was, the world opened up many doors and I am a much happier person for it.

BB411~ What advice would you give to the younger generation that may be struggling with coming out?

PL~ We grow up hearing the phrase “be yourself” and it couldn’t be more true in this scenario. There is no rule for when you should come out, so do it when you feel ready, but know that your life will get better in the long run once you do.

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

PL~ I would tell my younger self that my family and friends will love me for who I am, regardless of my sexuality. I would also say to myself, “Follow your dreams and do what makes you happy in life.”

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

PL~ I just found out last year that I was adopted! The news brought my family closer together so it was a positive experience.

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