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Sun’s Still Out


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

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

BB411~ What is the top treatment during sunny weather?

EOL~ Rejuvenating HydraFacial

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

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

BB411~ SKIN MITES???????

EOL~ Yes!

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

EOL~ Going to bed with makeup on!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BB411~ Spray tan or natural tan?

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

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

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

BB411~ Physical or chemical sunblock?

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for Leah’s Fall favourites coming soon!

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Fresh Ideas~ March 2013

Canadian Fine to Full 2

Say Good-bye to Fine Hair

Fine Hair has a new best friend in town, Luxurious Volume “Fine to Full” blowout spray from John Frieda. Whether you need to add life to your fine locks or natural volume to your tresses, this spray provides an instant fix. I saw first hand how hair transformed into Hollywood glamour, it was red carpet worthy. See the whole line at John Frieda

HONEYBEEWhat’s all the Buzz about

I am completely obsessed with baths and honey! Lush Honey Bee bath bomb brings the sweet scent of toffee, honey and mood lifting sweet orange oil to create a soothing bath filled with heavenly scents. I love how the Moroccan Rhassoul mud gently deep cleansed and softened my skin. It was hard not to stay immersed in hours of absolute bliss. Try one at LUSH


Baby Lipsheroized-pack

Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s Maybelline Baby Lips. No matter what the day may consist of, this lip balm provides my kisser with hours of hydration and just the right hint of color for the perfect pout. I can’t seem to get enough of these beauties, I keep one with me everywhere I go. My lips stay smiling thanks to this moisture rich saviour . Go to Maybelline for all their  incredible shades

Oranger en Fleur EDP

A Garden Walk

There is really nothing like walking through a garden with all of the flowers in full bloom. The sophisticated fragrance from House of Houbigant “Orangers en Fleurs” wrapped me in alluring scents of orange blossom, Turkish rose and Egyptian jasmine. It was a perfect combination of sweet and spice that brought Springtime a little early this year. © Arpi Pap 2008

Cuticle Love

Whether rocking a manicure or going au natural, taking care of my cuticles is always a top priority. Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil completely nourishes my nails while keeping them healthy and strong. With a clean, fresh apricot scent, it’s hard to resist drenching my nails in this cuticle love. Check out Essie and grab yours today

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Crazy about Creme Sheen Glass


There is nothing like finding a great lip gloss! A while ago I was at MAC and they had a limited edition line for Daphne Guinness. It was then that I tried their Creamsheen Glass lip gloss in “Japanese Spring” and “Narcissus”. I instantly fell in love with the way they glided on my lips like silk. Creamsheen gives great coverage on its own and acts as an amazing top coat over one of my favorite lipstick, “Plink” by MAC.



I am completely out of the “Japanese Spring” and trying to scrap every last drop out of the tube, it’s such a great pearl-pink color. As for the “Narcissus”, I pull this little baby out when I want to add a splash of color. The huckleberry/plum shade compliments any cream or shimmer eyeshadow. A summer must have for sure!

What I love about this line is that it’s not sticky like most glosses, which I find perfect for a girl always on the go. Sometimes I even put it over my favorite spf lip balm when I go out for a run. My newest shade that I am currently obsessed with is “Petite Indulgence”, which I received in a gift set from MAC. It’s the ultimate Barbie pink and I pair it with a little mascara and bronzer, for an every day look. Sometimes all a girl needs is a great gloss and perfect pair of heels (Oh, Manolo Blahnik)

What is your favorite Cream Sheen shade by MAC?

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Wild Rose & Yoghurt

As my love for roses continues, so does the excitement I get when I discover new beauty finds. Years ago while on a trip to Greece, I developed a slight sunburn (even with a high spf). I came across Korres skin care and was recommended to try the Korres Yoghurt Cooling Gel. Instantly my skin was cooled and moisturized, I could feel the burn soothing. I continued to use this for the remainder of my trip and still to this day keep a bottle in my fridge (love keeping it chilled, feels incredible). I use it all over my body including my face. This is one of my MUST HAVE items!

Being such a huge fan of this product I thought I would try out their Wild Rose beauty line. Now all of you know how much I love roses and this line gets my stamp of approval. I picked up the Wild Rose Face & Eye Serum and 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream. Lets start with the Serum, the smell is devine~think roses and cinnamon hearts. I love how you can use it on your face as well under your eyes, two bangs for the buck. It has a light gel texture that glides on smooth and you skin will soak it up. It has Wild Rose Oil which is a natural source of vitamin C, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines. After I applied the serum I followed it with the moisturizer, again the smell is so delicious and addictive. What I love most is it has such light texture yet provides mega moisture for longer periods of time. It’s perfect for those wearing it under their foundation. It contains “Imperata-cylindrica extract: This desert plant is known for its ability to provide continuous moisturization by regulating the moisture equilibrium”. There is no greasy feel and it would be suitable for all skin type all year round. I suggest grabbing yours today at Korres or Sephora.

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Fresh ideas for June

 I love this time of year! With June near, Summer is just around the corner. I decided to focus on a feature dedicated to amazing products that smell delicious. There is nothing like finding great beauty buys that have incredible scents to captivate you.


Revive & Balance

After a recent haircut I’m learning to style short locks. I have tried many products but most leave my hair feeling either crunchy or greasy and tend to weigh it down. Not with R&B hair moisturizer from LUSH. With ingredients like Olive Oil, Avocado Butter, Coconut Oil and Jojoba oil, my tresses are full of soft, bouncy curls. It’s perfect for scrunching hair that’s wet or smoothing fly aways. The best thing about this cream is the exquisite scent of Jasmine. You will be wrapped in the romance! Pick up yours today at LUSH

Purity Made Simple

I found a one-step facial cleanser from Philosophy that is a true triple threat. Not only does this cleanser clean, tone and moisturize, it’s a makeup remover too. It’s suitable for all skin types and is great to use all year round. I love using this after my morning run, for a perfect post workout cleanse.  Start your day off right with “Purity Made Simple

Good Luck Perfume

Never before have I worn a fragrance where more people (men included) stop me on the street and ask me what I’m wearing. MZ by Principessa awakens my senses with an enticing sweet, clean scent. I’m reminded of lemon meringue pie, walks on the beach, crisp linen and gardens filled with my favorite flower, Jasmine! I coined it my “Good Luck Perfume” as every time I wear it good things seem to happen. Whether the scent creates actual good luck or just puts me in a great mood, I am a firm believer you will fall in love and it will become an instant favorite. Visit Princepessa to learn more about the fragrance with all the Hype


The Ultimate Cup of Tea

Who doesn’t love cozying up and relaxing with a warm cup of tea after a long day? Well, I have now found the ultimate luxury when it comes to indulging and tea time is being taken to a whole new level. Salontea bath tea sachets fill your tub with sultry, sensual fragrances of spices and herbs. From “the Writer” Chai tea, to “The Lover” for chocolate fans everywhere and “The Society Hostess” in us all, you will be immersed in heavenly scents.  I must warn you, you may enjoy the bath time so much you will want to stay in there forever. Discover yours today, shop Salontea or for my Vancouver followers check out the new Granville location

Lip Love

I think many of you will agree, we all love to pamper ourselves from head to toe. I’ve have always been an advocate of making sure to exfoliate my body and face. I recently came across the lip scrub “Brown Sugar” by Sara Happ and don’t know how I ever lived without it. After just one use my lips were softer and smoother than ever, making my lipstick and gloss glide on like silk. This scrub makes your pucker perfect. Say good-bye to chapped lips forever. Oh, and did I mention it smell like brown sugar?


Salty & Sweet

If you could, wouldn’t you want that spa feeling at home?  Principessa has created the perfect scrub. Introducing “Amore Afterglow” smoothing salt buff & “Delizia Mia” creamy sugar polish. These two magnificent scrubs leave my skin touchable, soft and glowing, plus they leave the most incredible scent lingering on your skin. I love the whipped, frothy texture and how they illuminate my skin when applied. Both contain the sweet fragrance of Honeysuckle, along with luscious organic extracts and Shea butter. I cannot get enough of this line and am constantly replenishing my supply. I’m not the only one loving this line, check out all the press!


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A “Fresh” look at Springtime


 What better way to dive into Spring then with some great new additions to your skin care regime and make up bag. This season I am indulging in vibrant colors, glowing skin and nutrient-rich ingredients. There is nothing my skin loves more than products that deliver intense moisture. I have compiled a list of items that are perfect for “Must Have Monday”.



Hydration that doesn’t leave

What better way to combat our Vancouver weather than with a product containing the powerful concentrated Labrador Tea extract. I found a new line by Lise Watier, Age Control Supreme La Creme gives superb moisture day and night. This line also has a great elixir for am/pm, the night-time serum is black and disappears as you apply to your skin. The incredible Labrador Tea leaves can with stand extreme climate conditions and do not shed. In my eyes, Labrador tea is a superhero in skin care.

Recently I featured Lise Watier in a segment I did for West Coast Style presented by Pacific Centre with Host Mana Mansour . The show explores fashion & beauty trends, local designers & the hottest fashion events. To prep my make up and hair for the taping, I acquired the help from two talented individuals, Gemma Lagden & Chris Funk from Funk’d Hair

Gemma Lagden heads the makeup department at Shaw TV Vancouver. Over the last five years, her television experience has included network projects for NBC, ABC and MTV as well as national commercials. I have known Gemma gor some time and have been looking for an excuse to work with her. She is such a pleasure to work with and actually introduced me to a few new favorites that are sure to make a future post!

Chris Funk from Funk’d Hair is the “King of the Roller Brush” and flat-iron! I have been going to Chris for some time now, whether it’s for a blow out or some added curls, he glams you up for any occasion. Trust me, your hair will thank you.

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Strawberry & Roses

I love finding products that smell good enough to eat! Fresh reminds me of my childhood, spending time in the kitchen & garden with my grandmother. The Sugar Face Polish gently exfoliates with real brown sugar and strawberries, evoking memories of warm oatmeal and freshly baked pie. A perfect way to follow-up and lock in moisture is with the Rose Face Mask. With the captivating scent, I’m reminded of rose bushes in full bloom. I’d guarantee that my Grandmother would approve. Check out Fresh to order yours today!

Red~The new Black

My new obsession is rocking red lips. I have always kept a neutral lip, but I’m discovering how much fun a little pop of color can be. Paired with a smoky eye for a dramatic look, or as a featured lip, Lise Watier’s Haute Couleur High Coverage Lip Lacquer in Rouge Catwalk makes a bold statement. With a lighted applicator and mirror, this lip lacquer will not disappoint. Live on the wild side and add some color to your life.

After Glow

Put a little spin back into your skin care. With this powerhouse couple, my skin has been taken to the next level. The SKN Spin is a must add to any regime, it allows products to penetrate deeper and gives a gorgeous, radiant glow. The After Glow Serum pumped my skin full of nutrients and antioxidants, leaving it feeling restored and replenished. Aging skin is no match for these two.

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A Beautiful Blend

Since I love anything pink, I could not resist this wonderful little gem. I was able to perfectly blend my foundation, even in the tiniest corner. With its versatility and durability, the Beauty Blender is the ultimate make up sponge. I love its unique shape and how it gives you a flawless coverage. Who doesn’t want a streak free complexion? Say good-bye to boring sponges and hello to this beauty. For My Vancouver and Canadian followers, check out Beauty Mark



I would love to hear what beauty “Must Have” you love that gets you ready to welcome Spring! #BB411 #MustHaveMonday

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YSL Lips

The Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2012 collection has the most vibrant colors. I was completely in love with the whole collection. I was able to test out a few of the ROUGE VOLUPTÉ PERLE silky-sensual-radiant lipsticks. First off, they come in a beautiful gold case with the timeless Yves Saint Laurent logo. They are like the cadillac of lipsticks! I have been a major fan of glosses and have recently been experimenting more with lipsticks. I have to say, I was impressed with the texture and how nourished my lips were. Plus they smell great too, actually reminds me of watermelon. They provide a great shimmer with lasting color.

#116 Milky Pink~ As a huge fan of pink, I was drawn instantly to this shade. The perfect pink when you want a little color!

#115 Shimmering Coral~ This Coral color will compliment many skin tones. It reminds me of a beach vacation.

Both shades are perfect to welcome Springtime!

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A Perfect Arch

One of the things I have always struggled with when it comes to beauty is styling my eyebrows. I have tried grooming them on my own, but can’t seem to perfect it like how the professionals do. I have tried many companies out and had my brows tweezed, waxed and threaded, all doing a good job but never having a Wow Factor. Until………..

I had heard from quite a few people about an eyebrow stylist in Vancouver, so I thought I would check her out. I went to see Alisha Noon at Beauty Mark and honestly she has true talent at what she does. I can honestly say that I have never had my eyebrows look so good. After styling, Alisha finished my brows off with Paula Dorf 2+1 brow color in “brunette” and the brow gel. The line also has “blonde” which is great to use on any hair color.

I knew that I must not be the only one out there that has struggled to have the perfect brow. With this being said I thought I would take the opportunity to pick her brain and find out some key points when styling your brows . Here is the Q&A~

BB411~What is the biggest mistake that people do when styling their brows?

AN~ Oh there are so many! But it goes without saying, OVERTWEEZING! A lot of people think that thinner brows open your eyes up therefore making you look younger, but that is not the case…in fact, brows that are too thin for your face shape actually make you look OLDER and draw the focus AWAY from your beautiful eyes and onto your poor overtweezed brows


BB411~Advice for someone who is growing out their brows?

AN~ That would be to PUT THE TWEEZERS DOWN…HIDE THEM~FREEZE THEM! And stay strong! Growing out your brows can be a painstakingly unbearable task but the hardest part is just to get through the first 2-3 weeks and after that, it just doesn’t seem so bad. A good idea is to book a date with a professional a few weeks after you start the grow out process and then you have a goal, something to look forward to. That way every time you have a moment of weakness where you feel like you might break the tweezers out of the cup of water you froze them in, you know that it will all be better soon because you’ve got a plan…and an appointment that guarantees you won’t look like Oscar the Grouch forever

BB411~ What are the key items for beautifying your brows at home?

AN~ A great pair of slant tweezers (I recommend Tweezerman or Rubis), a spooly brush or dry mascara wand to comb your brows, and a standup mirror that you can sit close to with really good lighting, preferably daylight…and stay away from magnifying mirrors! They are breeders of overtweezer achievers!!

BB411~ Which celebrity has the best brows?

AN~ Oh my goodness, there are so many it’s tough to choose. But to name a few off the top of my head, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet, and Jennifer Lopez.

BB411~ Top 3 items in your makeup bag that you can’t live without?

AN~ Just 3?? YSL Touche Éclat, Shu Uemura eyelash curler, and a tie for Paula Dorf Clear Brow Gel, Bobbi Brown “Peony” blush, and Q-tips

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

AN~ Being true to who you are and letting your light shine from the inside out…and good brows and a little lip gloss never hurt 😉

I hope you enjoyed this feature. For all my Vancouver Followers check out Alisha Noon at Beauty Mark or find a stylist near you~ Your brows will Thank you

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Heavenly Scent

I have come across a Canadian based company that offers naturally inspired “body care with a healthy attitude”. deserving Thyme has recently launched a collection of naturally derived, Organic Fragrance Oil Roll-Ons.

Not only are these Fragrance Oil Roll-Ons alcohol and paraben free. They are blended with organic jojoba oil, leaving the skin hydrated and the scent lasts for hours! I had the pleasure of testing out all six alluring scents. I can honestly say it was hard to choose my favorite as I was drawn to each one for different reasons. Two of them tied in the top spot, “Be Sweet” & “Caribbean Coconut”. But the others were a close finish!

Here are the six heavenly scents and a little bit about the memories they each bring back~

Berry Boostiful“~ With the sweet scents of orange and pomegranate, I am reminded of the summertime and sipping on fruit smoothies. This scent is perfect when you need a little energy lift.

Be Sweet“~ Pink Sugar is like sweet cotton candy reminding me of my childhood. This scent is perfect to wear during the day or for a night out on the town.

Caribbean Coconut“~ Coconut and mango drift you off to dream about a warm beach and a pina colada. This amazing scent is a definite pick me up when you’re needing a vacation.

Creamsicle“~ Orange, mandarin and vanilla bring fond memories of sitting on the front steps and enjoying a frozen treat. This scent is clean and sure to brighten your day

Crisp Apple“~ Citrus and apple bring instant memories of springtime. For those who are a huge apple fan, this is for you.

Hawaiian Papaya“~ Mango and papaya are perfect all year round to bring a smile to your face. I am reminded of vacationing in Hawaii, with all the enticing island scents.

I am proud to announce a great giveaway, from March 2-17 you will have a chance to win your choice of 3 favourite Organic Fragrance Roll On value of $60.00. All you have to do is “Like” deserving Thyme & BeautyBuzz411 on facebook. Then go to Beauty Buzz 411 and leave a comment on this post letting me know which scent is your favorite and what memory it evokes

And it gets even better by becoming a fan of deserving Thyme, you will get 25% off on any products purchased. Just enter code #555469251 Here

This contest is open to US and Canadian residents. Winner will be announced March 20th, 2012

UPDATE: Our winner is in! Congratulations to Lara, I can’t wait to hear how you love the new scents.

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It’s Time to Pamper Yourself!



There is nothing better than pampering yourself for a night out or a cozy night in! Here are a few of my favorite beauty Must Haves.

“Perfectly Polished” Looking for ways to add some glitter to that little black dress of yours? What better way to go all out than with Deborah Lippmann’s luxury line nail lacquers. With newly launched shades ‘Candy Shop” and ‘Forget You’, they’re the perfect accessory. Let the fun begin.

Jazz up your nails today at Deborah Lippmann




“Add a little fizz to your life”

One things for certain, I definitely love my baths. There is nothing like soaking in a tub after a long day. Years ago I discovered LUSH bath bombs,not only do they spice up my bath, they leave my skin feeling silky smooth.There are so many amazing scents to choose from that I feel like a kid in a candy store every time I go in. My latest indulgences are the Rose Queen and Sex Bomb, both are highly addictive. Stock up today at lush



“Happy Feet & Hands”

Tired feet and hands need pampering too! I’ve discovered just the cure, “Spa Wisdom Africa Honey & Beeswax Hand and Foot Butter“. With the sweet enticing scent and velvety creamy texture, I feel like I’ve just returned from the spa. This lotion delivers and keeps my skin hydrated all day long.

Available at The Body Shop


“Love Etc…”

With Valentine’s near, love is in the air. What better way to get into the mood then by wrapping yourself in this romantic scent. I find this fragrance perfect whether I’m going out to lunch with friends or complimenting a night out on the town. With notes of pear and lily of the valley, I’m reminded spring is just around the corner. Grab yours today at The Body Shop



“A Perfect Pout”

Looking for the perfect pout? I have come across Principessa’s lip treats in”Pinkini“. Not only does it provide a gorgeous gloss, it moisturizes my lips with rich Shea butter and vitamin E. It has a lovely scent, a non-sticky feel and comes in four different shades of my favourite color “pink”. Visit Principessa to pick your shade!



“Get your glow on”

I think candles add a tranquil ambiance to your home. I am on a constant search for beautiful candles with captivating scents.  Principessa “Belloccia” warms any room with the sensual scent of peach, vanilla, jasmine, ylang ylang, sandalwood and amber. Did you know Belloccia means irresistible in Italian. You will want one in every room. Get this heavenly scent at Principessa


I would love to hear back and let me know your favorite way to pamper yourself!

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