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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.

To find out more about MASC and all the faboulous products check out their website, visit the store , follow on  facebook and  Twitter

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

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Tea Party with Tracy Stern

As little girls (and some little boys too), I think we can all look back and remember playing dress up and having tea parties. I also remember my grandmother’s exquisite china tea sets, hand crafted and designed with beautiful roses. Tea time held such wonderful memories, it’s probably because of that I still get such a feeling of love sipping on a warm cup.

In May of this year I was invited to the opening of New York- based Tracy Stern’s SALONTEA, which opened its first ever Canadian boutique in Vancouver (with President Sarah Ambrose). I had heard about the New York location and tea before as Oprah is fond of the brand. I wasn’t sure what the night had in store but soon found myself in my very own “Alice in Wonderland”. I took the occasion to dress up in one of my big Betsey Johnson dresses all decked out in black frilly lace! Upon arriving I was instantly mesmerized by the decor and colors that filled the room~burnt orange, hot pink and chocolate-brown. I wanted to find out more about the concept and was directed to the entrance wall. There laid out before me were seven different cut out mirror images~ The Writer, The Society Hostess, The Romantic, The Lover, The Artist, The Musician and The Fashionable Dandy. I was told to see what image grabbed my attention and that would be the tea of choice. I was of course drawn to “The Writer“, which I found out was Oprah’s favourite too (love this)! I mingled and engaged in wonderful conversations while enjoying a selection of teas, an array of delicate sandwiches, sweet treats and some sparkling champagne. My attention then turned to a display in the middle of the shop, on the shelves sat BEAUTEA products and perfumes which are made from tea. I was very curious and had to learn more.

I had the opportunity to meet Tracy Stern that night and I can honestly tell you she was beyond lovely, gracious and the perfect hostess. I was drawn to Tracy’s concept, devotion and love for the essence of beauty. We sat and chatted for quite some time and she indulged me in her world of tea. The conversation soon turned to beauty talk and we ended up sharing our favourite lipsticks, hers being Tom Ford’s Red and mine (at the time) YSL’s Coral. I explained what a huge fan of tea I was and that I loved taking baths. She mentioned that I should definitely try “The Writer” tea bath sachet and roll on tea perfumes. The perfumes were amazing, with such captivating, enticing and alluring scents. I took some of the tea sachet’s home and it was like indulging in a cup of chai tea (see a previous post here). I was in total heaven.


I picked up a copy of Tracy’s new book “tea party” and she graciously signed with a personal note. The whole night was a fabulous experience and I absolutely love the concept. It really is a perfect place to relax during an afternoon or to host a tea party. This takes tea parties to the next level. From the moment I met Tracy I knew without a doubt that she would be someone who I would like to feature on BB411 for a Beauty Q&A. So go grab your favourite cup of  tea, sit back and learn more about life and beauty with Tracy Stern.

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

TS~Since I was a little girl, barbies, fashion and simple luxuries like taking bubble baths were always my world. My mother dressed me well & I have an award from kindergarten for “BEST DRESSED AWARD”! Today in a NY magazine I am still voted best dressed.

BB411~What is the story that brought you to creating “tea party” and the beauty line?

TS~”tea party” the book-I have and always have a million ideas and inspirations for creating special events, decor and gorgeous table top ideas. Plus I love people and being surrounded by friends . I love the element of surprise and fantasy and want to create that for my guests while being old-fashioned and bringing people together.

BB411~What is your earliest memory with tea and tea parties?

TS~As an only child I would have tea parties for my dolls and remember my grandmother cutting out circle tea sandwiches for me with egg salad. Very sweet and simple.

BB411~Do you use tea for your skin care?

TS~I love beauty and purity. Using tea which naturally rejuvenates the skin cells on skins first layer of epidermis. You can actually spray brewed tea to balance the ph levels. As well it actually helps sunburns too.

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

TS~I would like to organically approach building several tea apothecary’s for the people to understand the lifestyle component of tea

BB411~3 beauty products you carry with you always?

TS~lipgloss, chai perfume roll on, lipstick

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

TS~My pure oils

BB411~Favorite lip color?

TS~TOM FORD RED

BB411~How do you stay fit?

TS~Eating healthy, juicing, drinking tea and walking the world over

BB411~What does beauty mean to you?

TS~It’s lifestyle encompassing visual, scents, tastes & it’s a feeling to make life more beautiful and wonderful

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

TS~I am involved in numerous charities in NYC and internationally . My latest NFTE just honored me for helping young entrepreneurs & I’m especially fond of all my charities to help children and women in need.

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

TS~I would tel my younger self that everything that happens is the way its meant to be. Let go and enjoy life and all opportunities that come your way.

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

TS~People don’t know I’m a skateboarder! I have been skating and doing tricks since high school – freestyle and old school. I love to travel internationally and now will start writing a jet set blog and national column for travel at pink memo.

Tracy Stern has created the popular SALONTEA and BEAUTEA product lines, which are sold at specialty shops and boutiques around the world and on her website. She hosts a tea salon in Manhattan and organizes bridal showers, banquets, and themed parties around the country. Stern and her products have appeared on numerous national television programs as well as in publications such as O Magazine, People, Harper’s Bazaar, and the New York Times.”

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

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

“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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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

When life gives you lemons…Use them for Beauty!

It’s funny they say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade~ I say use it in your beauty regime!

For centuries lemons have been used for their numerous health and beauty benefits. They are high in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene. Lemons boost your immune system, balance ph levels and help promote clearer skin. Lemons act as a digestive aid and cleanse the liver, which when added to your diet can help with weight loss.

I wanted to share with all of you some great tips and tricks on how lemons are the perfect beauty tool and packed full of power for your health.

Digestion and cleansing the system~ First thing in the morning on an empty stomach, I add freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon to a cup of lukewarm water and drink. This helps jump-start my system and purges toxins from the blood which helps keep my skin clear. Lemon juice helps in digestion and aids the liver to get rid of impurities.  “According to Ayurvedic philosophy, choices that you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down”. I say what better way to start your morning ritual then to add these beautiful little yellow gems to your day!

Acne~ Lemons contain citric acid and vitamin C, which can be effective in treating acne and promoting healthy glowing skin. I like to take fresh sliced tomato with lemon juice on them, place on my face and relax for a bit. This not only brightens your complexion, the natural acid helps to clear up blemishes.

Constipation~ Combine 1 cup of hot water, ¼ lemon and 1 tsp ground flax-seed, mix thoroughly and drink. This home remedy can be taken daily until issue resolves.

Oily Hair~ You don’t need to be annoyed with oily hair anymore! Take 2 spoons of lemon juice, add it to some water and use in your last rinse. It will also help add shine to your hair too. I remember growing up and putting lemon juice in my hair while going out and sitting in the sun. This lightened my hair and added natural highlights.

Blackheads~ Take 5 cotton pads and soak in lemon juice and place them onto your  face. After 15 minutes,  remove and allow your skin to dry. This process can be repeated daily until your pores are clear.

Discolored nails or excess nail polish~ Whenever I take nail polish off I sometimes tend to have a little discoloration on my nail bed. I take a lemon and cut it in half and squeeze out the juice into a bowl. I then take the lemon half and rub on my nails. After I take the juice that I squeezed from the lemon and soak my fingers in the bowl for 10 minutes. To finish off I take a nail brush (or a toothbrush will work too) and scrub my nails. Lemons are a great natural bleach and can be used for dark underarms, elbows and knees too. Again take half a lemon and rub onto the darkened area. Regular application of lemon lightens the skin color.

The color yellow reminds me of summer and I especially love rocking a great polish. A few of my favorites are MAC “Al Fredo” , butter LONDON  “Cheeky Chops” and Sephora O.P.I “opaque bright buttercup yellow”

What are the favorite ways you incorporate lemon into your life?

Would love to hear what your favorite nail lacquer is in YELLOW!

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Look forward to hearing from all of you

Much love, Beauty Buzz 411

Zucchini-Walnut-Carob Cookies

Who doesn’t love cookies! Growing up I was blessed with women in my family who loved to bake. One of my favorite treats, besides the ever popular banana bread was zucchini walnut cookies. Honestly, as soon as the batch of cookies came out of the oven I would stand in the kitchen waiting for the moment they cooled down. I have been buying more zucchini lately and incorporating it into my diet. From eating it raw to adding it as a side dish, my love for zucchini is still strong after all these years.

I love featuring fruits and vegetables that pack a lot of punch when it comes to health benefits. Did you know that one cup of zucchini has about 36 calories and 10% of your dietary fiber. Which as I have mentioned in previous posts~ helps with digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, promotes prostate health and is great for weight management. Not only is zucchini high in fiber, it is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium. Making these vitamins and minerals important for boosting your immune system. Zucchini also contains manganese which  is essential for the production of proline, an amino acid that allows collagen to form, thus promoting  healthy skin.

Here is my altered healthy recipe for Zucchini Carob Walnut Cookies:
Ingredients:
~1 cup of Coconut Flour (you can use whole wheat, buckwheat, etc. This is what I prefer)
~1/2 cup of favorite protein powder.
~1/2 tsp baking soda
~1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt
~2 Tbsp Coconut sugar
~1 tsp Cinnamon
~1/2 tsp cloves
~1 tsp Vanilla
~1/2 cup of carob powder
~1/2 cup of Coconut oil (liquified)
~1/3 cup of Coconut maple syrup (or Agave Syrup)
~1 egg (organic/free range)
~1/2 cup of Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce
~1 cup of shredded zucchini ( you can add more or less, depending on personal preference)
~1/2 cup of crushed walnut halves
~1/2 cup of crushed Almonds
~1/2 cup shredded coconut
Baking Instructions~
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F
In a bowl combine coconut oil, vanilla, coconut maple syrup, coconut sugar and apple sauce. Then add the egg and mix in. Now add the shredded zucchini.
Then in a separate bowl combine the coconut flour, protein powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and carob powder. Slowly add a little of the dry mixture to the previous wet mixture. Mix well and keep adding additional small amount till all is combined. At the end, add the nuts and shredded coconut.
Finally scoop tablespoon size amounts of cookie mixture onto a parchment lined or greased cookie sheet. (I use a small amount of coconut oil to grease my cookie sheets). Bake each batch for 15 mins, or untill they have a semi firm texture. You do not want to over cook these. Take out and let cool off and enjoy. I like to make large batches of cookies and give out to friends and family or freeze extras for future treats. These cookies are a great source of fiber, protein and a healthy alternative when your craving something sweet.
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Watermelon

 This amazing fruit screams Summer. I can remember being a kid and sitting in the sun eating triangles of this crunchy, mouth-watering melon. Not only is it the perfect, sweet treat, watermelons have tons of health and beauty benefits too. First, they are high in water content making them great electrolytes for staying hydrated. As well, only one cup equals 45 calories, making this a go-to snack for keeping you in shape. Watermelons are rich in Vitamin C which strengthen your immunity and helps prevent cell damage , Vitamin A which is great for eye health and Vitamin B6 which is important for energy and brain function. This melon also provides good sources of Potassium and Magnesium. Did you know that watermelons are high in lycopene (also found in tomatoes) which is a powerful antioxidant that helps with fighting heart disease and many types of cancer.

There are so many fun ways to enjoy watermelons and incorporate them for added health and beauty benefits.

Health:

I love adding watermelon to my diet, whether it’s including them in my salad or carving the fruit into little balls and dropping into my water with a little mint on a hot Summer day. There are so many creative ways to get your dose of the thirst-quenching melon. One of my favorite recipes from Carol Alt’s book “Eating in the Raw”

Watermelon Sorbet:

Ingredients: Distilled water(to taste), Organic watermelon (preferred choice), Freshly squeezed lemon juice (to taste)

Scoop out watermelon flesh; then puree it in a blender until thoroughly liquified. Add water until the watermelon sorbet has the desired consistency. Transfer to ice-cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, reblend the frozen watermelon cubes in the blender, adding a little lemon juice to taste. You’re done!

Beauty:

Since watermelons contain so many essential vitamins, it seems only right to use them in your beauty regime. You can use it as a toner by blending the watermelon and then straining the juice and mixing with a little water. Spritz your face and leave it on for 5-10 minutes and then pat it off with a towel or face cloth. Another way you can use watermelon to brighten and refresh your complexion is by taking 1 cup of watermelon, 1 cup of brown sugar and a little lemon juice and using as a great Summer scrub. This can also be used on the whole body. I like to keep mine in the fridge and apply when it’s cold.

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Dark Cherries will help you get your~ZZZ’s

Not sure if many of you are like me when it comes to the brain not being able to turn off at night and needing some zzz’s? There are times that I try to head to bed, only to lay there and toss and turn. I have heard a few times that dark cherry juice is the natural cure. Honestly, I was skeptical and thought this must be a myth. Well I can honestly say it worked!

Did you know that dark cherry juice is great for boosting the body’s own supply of melatonin?  It can help to regulate the body’s natural sleep cycle and increase sleep efficiency, including decreasing the time it takes to fall asleep. Melatonin plays such an important role in inducing sleepiness at night and wakefulness during the day.

Dark cherries are a good source of vitamins and rich in antioxidants, providing so many other important health benefits including fighting heart disease and are a natural pain reliever. They can help exercise-induced muscle soreness by reducing inflammation. The great thing is dark cherry juice is available year-round!

What I found worked best was not eating late and drinking a glass of organic dark cherry juice three hours before bed. Now you don’t have to buy organic, it’s just my preference and I highly recommend it!

I hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to hearing if dark cherry juice helps you get your zzz’s

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