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Winterized Beauty

With the New Year here and the cold weather still here, it is even more important to make sure to protect your skin. I always post on the importance of staying hydrated and keeping moisturized. Even though I try to drink as much water as possible, my skin still shows signs of dehydration at times during the winter months so I need to stay on top of my skin care regime. I wanted to bring you some of my absolute favourite things that I have discovered in 2012 that gave my skin that added boost of moisture.

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The first thing I want to talk about is treating yourself to a facial. Now it is important to keep up with weekly maintenance at home, but I recommend finding a great spa near you to pamper yourself each month. A lot of spas have specials that make it affordable to go on a regular basis. For those of you that have been following the blog for some time, know that I just adore SKN Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic in Vancouver. From the moment I have been going to them my skin has been in love and just can’t seem to get enough. I swear that my skin acts up sometimes just so I will go in for a treatment. On a recent visit to SKN, I received the “Perk Me Up Peel“.This peel is a great, quick treatment that creates visible change and hydration in the skin. It boosts the skin by removing surface cells with AHA’s and is completed with an infusion of antioxidants.First off they started by cleansing my skin with Osmosis “Cleanse” with 20% lactic acid added to it. Then a 50% lactic acid was applied to my skin and left on for 2-3 minutes to help with cell turnover, decongestion and hydration. After a Rhonda Allison Omega 6 oil was put on my skin, along with a milk mask to pump up the moisture. While the mask and oil sat on my skin, a cold jade roller was glided across my face (this was the best part). To finish off the treatment, I had more Omega 6 oil and a growth factor serum added for healing and rejuvenating. Not only was my skin glowing when I left, but the next morning and days after I had clear, radiant skin~ no more dehydration and congestion. You can check out SKN Shop  for all these lines and many more great products.

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Now I have some absolute favourites when it comes to MUST HAVE products that hold a permanent residence in my cupboard. With saying this I want to not only include them in this post but also introduce you to some new contenders I have had cross my path.

Hair~ Now since I cut my hair last February and have a shorter style, I have really started to play around with different products. Recently I have started the journey of becoming a blonde, which means with curly hair as well, I need to find lines that give my hair tons of moisture. Here is a list of some of my favourite products that are keeping my hair in top shape this New Year.

Joico “Smooth Cure” hair care line~ This line gives my hair tons of moisture and helps protect it from the dry winter weather. I love their Sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, both contain KeraShield Complex that reduces frizz and leaves my hair manageably soft and smooth. After I like to add Joico’s leave-in rescue treatment. This cream can be used alone on wet hair as a styling aid or it can be applied before blowdrying your hair. When blowdrying my hair I also like to add their thermal styling protectant, these two combined protect my hair against humidity and thermal damage. The whole “Smooth Cure” line from Joico smells great on top off all the goodness it does for your tresses. Another great leave in treatment I found was Biolage Smoothing Shine Milk. This light-weight mist helps control flyaway’s, frizz and gives added shine while leaving my curls bouncy and soft.

The original Mane ‘n Tail hair care line~ It’s funny I originally heard of this line and tried it years ago, but was recently sent some product. This line gave great moisture and strength to my hair. I enjoyed the shampoo, conditioner and hair strengthener. One product that was new to me (and not hair related) was their Hoofmaker hand & nail therapy, it was originally developed for horses to moisturize dry, cracked and brittle hooves. This cream is light-weight and non-greasy. It adds instant moisture to dry hands and left my cuticles nourished.

Moroccan Oil products~ What’s not to love about this line. One product that I recently discovered during a photo shoot was their Luminous hairspray, all I can say is it smells heavenly~ like being on a beach in the Caribbean. It has medium hold but still keeps your hair manageable with a natural look. It’s even easy to brush out if you’re needing to change-up your style. 03739

LUSH~ Awwwwww Good ol LUSH Cosmetics, what can I say ~ How I love thee! As many of you know LUSH holds a special place in my heart. I have discovered so many fabulous products from them that I enjoy sharing them all with you. When it comes to hair, LUSH has been a life saver. I am totally obsessed with their R&B hair moisturizer which I have posted about before. It is one of my go to products that I also use as a styling aid. The Blousey shampoo is a new-found favorite that contains rose oil, blackcurrant absolute, thyme and rosemary. It has fresh smashed organic bananas that provide my hair (especially being blonde) with intense moisture. Next I discovered Happy Happy Joy Joy hair conditioner, which reminds me of Springtime and all the flowers in bloom. With Orange flower absolute, rosewood and grapefruit oils your hair will be dancing a happy tune. Once a week I like to run a bath, apply a hair treatment/mask and relax. There is nothing I enjoy more than hair products that contain peppermint and honey, and Roots hair treatment contains both. I love the way it tingled and left a cooling sensation on my scalp. Honestly my hair had major bounce after this treatment! Last but not least Shine So Bright split end treatment. I love adding this to my hair as a finishing touch after drying. You can use to mend split ends or tame fly-aways as well. It’s a perfect size to slip into you purse and have as a quick fix when your out on the town.baby-lips_pack-shot-crop_Quenched

This past October I attended World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto and had the opportunity to go backstage with Redken and Maybelline to see all the magic created before the shows. I have always been a fan of both brands and during this trip I came across some new products that caught my eye. First off Hair! Again with shorter curly hair, finding a styling cream that doesn’t weigh my hair down is a little tricky. Also one that doesn’t leave it looking greasy is the key too. That’s where Redken Tousle Whip 04 comes in. This cream smells divine and delivers soft texture while providing a good hold. Then when I want to blow out and style my hair I first use Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide, with macadamia oil it adds protection and leaves my hair glossy smooth. After I dry it, I use Redken Iron Shape 11 finishing thermal spray. This heat protective spray locks in curl and straight shapes while adding a touchable, shiny finish. There are many Maybelline products that now fill my makeup bag, one being their new moisturizing lip balm “Baby Lips“. This lip balm provides 8 hours of hydration and I was passed on a beauty trick from Maybelline’s lead Makeup Artist Grace Lee ~ use it to highlight your features. That’s right girls, you can add “Quenched” (shown here) to your cheekbones for contouring. This new balm also comes in scrumptious shades and my new favorite is “Cherry Me”.

brown_ss_angleFace and Body~ When it comes to my skin I love products that smell great, deep clean and keep me well moisturized. I believe in exfoliating your skin each week, always moisturizing and not going to bed with makeup on (though we all have done this a few times I bet). Here are some of my favourites from 2012 that I can’t seem to put down. Even though I love going to the spa, I love even more finding products that I can indulge in right in my own home. During my birthday last year I received La Licious brown sugar & vanilla sugar souffle’ and this is definitely a scrub you need to get your hands on. It exfoliates your skin to perfection and did I mention it’s all natural! It has all my favourite ingredients~ Brown cane sugar, coconut oil, sweet almond oil and honey. It smells so good you will want to eat it. Another great scrub that I was introduced to by the same friend was Jade & Ginseng Sugar Scrub from Jade Spa. With the detoxifying properties of jade and many health benefits of ginseng, your skin will  be exfoliated, renewed, smooth and hydrated. These two have permanent homes beside my tub.

When it comes to shower time and cleansing my skin I tend to mix it up between using scrubs, body washes, milks and my latest craze~shower jelly. LUSH  introduced me to shower jelly’s and I was instantly hooked. A few of my favourites have been Calacas (limited time only)~which smells like green life saver candies, Ghost~which smells like a garden of jasmine and lilies, and my latest obsession Whoosh~ which bursts with a lemon scent and is sure to wake you up. The great thing about these shower jelly’s is they clean your skin so well without stripping the moisture. Another fave from LUSH  is their Rub Rub Rub shower scrub. This sea salt scrub contains a mimosa and orange blossom scent that is sure to awaken your senses. After cleaning your skin you always need to moisturize. It is said the best way is to apply your crams and lotions while you skin is still damp. Sticking with a theme I came across a few beauty finds from LUSH,  Vanilla DEE-Lite body lotion  is vitamin-packed and made with their Vanilla Fountain fragrance and fresh kiwis. Though this lotion is light it still leaves your skin supple. Another great moisturizer for those looking for an organic line is Consonant C ultra moisturizing organic face cream. This cream is formulated with organic botanicals and natural source hydrators making it a perfect fit for the driest winter weather. Last but not least when it comes to cleansing my face I look for a wash that is gentle for sensitive eyes, deep cleans and won’t over-dry my skin. Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel does the job. I love how easy this cleanser washes my face and easily rinses off. Dermalogica products are formulated without artificial fragrances and colours, making them suitable for all skin types.

Wel there you have it, a few of my favorites from 2012 that I’m continuing to love in the New Year. I’d love to hear what your MUST HAVE beauty products are that you just can’t live without.

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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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A Fresh Face with Jeremy Szafron

There is something that I just love about writing Beauty Q&A interviews! I love finding interesting people who are genuine, have great values, live life, give back, keep it real and remember just where they came from. Someone that exudes and celebrates beauty inside and out.

Now saying all this, I’d like to introduce you to tv personality Jeremy Szafron. I have known Jeremy for some time now and still remember the first time I met him at fashion week, being drawn to his magnetic energy, stylish fashion and incredible smile. There is something about how he puts himself together. Whether it’s dialed in with a suit or rocking a more casual style, those black framed glasses give Clark Kent a run for his money. Jeremy was even dubbed as “Montreal’s freshest face in television.”

As a Producer, Television Host for the Entertainment show FMA Weekly and national commentator with CTV News, Jeremy has interviewed many celebrities on an off the red carpet. He has a passion for life, is a proud uncle and volunteering is dear to his heart. I love how Jeremy speaks his mind and is so candid. He really has an incredible heart and cherishes his time with family and friends. I was so excited to talk with Jeremy and find out more on his style, life and how he keeps a fresh face on and off camera.

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

JS~It’s somewhat of a cliché, actually. I have wanted to get into television since I was a young boy. I once saw a reporter come to a very rural town in Saskatchewan to cover the aftermath of a tornado. I observed the entire process and was hooked.

BB411~What was your earliest memory?

JS~My first television had a fancy new “Closed Captioning” option, and I used to watch the television on mute pretending the captions was a teleprompter. My mother would come into my room, confused as to what I was doing. I then did some research and found one High School in all of Alberta who offered Broadcasting as an option. Not only did I attend that high school, but the school had a radio station which I managed and hosted for two years.

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

JS~I actually have no idea. I wake up everyday and love to go to work, it’s not work. I feel blessed everyday that I am doing something I love and I can only build and continue with it.

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

JS~Firstly, too kind. I embrace taking care of myself, adding that touch of different into a daily outfit. Don’t get me wrong, I can go cut some wood for the cabin fire while wearing some sort of rubber boots. For the most part we live in one big sea, and I think you have to put some effort in to being different. I enjoy seeing what is cutting edge season to season, but also staying true my own comfort within a unique way.

BB411~Favorite Designer?

JS~Tom Ford. The man is a genius when it comes to menswear and I love his passion of basics. On Air I typically wear a suit, and I prefer Indochino for those. They are custom-made, affordable, and they look damn good!

BB411~What was your earliest memory?

JS~I have enjoyed picking up GQ magazine for fifteen years. When people were reading the popular-at-the-time book, I had that magazine in my hands.

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

JS~I’ll be honest, Valmont eye cream. It’s not feminine, it helps with anything from a long night out to a brighter looking face.

BB411~Favorite Cleanser and Sunscreen?

JS~Kiehl’s makes a plethora of great product, I use a ton of them. A little SPF goes a long way, one that can avoid you from looking like Edward Scissor Hands in the future.

BB411~Favorite Moisturizer?

JS~ Anthony Oil Free Face. I actually have pretty oily skin, so I like oil-free, more matte.

BB411~Do you exfoliate?

JS~I use a Gomage brush every day in the shower that I got from a Hammam in Marrakech. Makes you just feel clean and fresh.

BB411~Favorite cologne?

JS~Peppermint by Comme Des Garçons.

BB411~What do you do to stay fit?

JS~I would love to say I work out, but sadly often don’t. I’m hoping my family blessed metabolism keeps going forever, cause~I love my beer!

BB411~What does beauty mean to you?

JS~Most men don’t think it’s masculine enough to use “products” or take care of themselves, but then they complain when they look old? Man up, and take care of yourself~your spouse will surely appreciate it. I’m in a bit of a minority because I often have to wear makeup on television so I just make sure some removal wipes are around when I’m off the clock!

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

JS~Arnica Gel! If you have a bruise, you’re sore or anything else. It’s like the Franks Red Hot commercial, “I put that sh-t on everything!”

BB411~ I totally agree, I have been using it forever.

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

JS~I had the privilege of being asked to join the Odd Squad Gala Committee this year, and what a success it was. I think children in their youth have enough pressure around them, sometimes they need some direction. Be smart, make the right decisions and DON’T fall to peer pressure.

BB411~What does it mean to give back?

JS~This is something I take very seriously. Being on television gives you an outlet to have an audience, a big one! I think it’s our duty to give back, and use that outlet to showcase support.

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

JS~Listen to every piece of advice you’re given. Make mistakes, and learn. Don’t ever be afraid of that.

BB411~What inspires you?

JS~ I am inspired everyday to make a difference. It could be smiling at someone who is having a bad day to helping someone by opening the door. Small things make a difference and I believe strongly in Karma. With that being said, I also don’t believe in expectations by getting things back.

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

JS~I love my friends and my family. I am blessed enough to have the most amazing nieces and nephews and a strong support system of family and friends. I am very loyal, and I pretty much love everyone or something about everyone. Oh, and I have a phobia about Cotton balls (not kidding).

BB411~ Favorite Quote?

JS~ There is no reason to have a plan b, because it distracts you from plan a.

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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.

Tell us your favorite ways to add watermelon into your diet

Would love to hear your health and beauty recipes

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Perk Me Up!

For all the coffee drinkers out there, did you know you can use coffee grounds as beauty care? I have never been a coffee drinker (the occasional latte here and there), but I always hear that people need it to perk them up in the mornings. For years I have seen caffeine in beauty products that have claimed to reduce cellulite and tighten the skin. So I thought I would do some research and put it to the test. It has been said time and time again that coffee grounds can be added to your gardens and plants to enrich the soil. But could it benefit your skin~Yes! Oh and Men, this is not just for the ladies.

Coffee Body Scrub~ I mixed 2 cups of coarsely ground coffee with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil (if coffee is finely ground you can add 1/2 cup of raw/brown sugar or sea salt). First I recommend doing this treatment standing in the shower/tub or over a towel as it can get a little messy. I applied the mixture with strong pressure all over my body in a circular motion. I then left it on for fifteen minutes or so before showering it off. After I patted my skin dry and applied some coconut oil (you can apply any of your favorite body lotions though). For a deeper treatment you can wrap your self in saran wrap and leave on for longer.

I have to say that my skin was instantly tighter, smooth and glowing. I would definitely recommend doing this treatment 1-2 times per week. I can’t wait to see the results as the weeks and months go on. Coffee grounds can also be used to add more shine to your hair (brunettes and darker shades though as lighter ones can be colored and stained). All you have to do is shampoo your hair like normal and then after your done massage some coffee grounds into your wet hair. Rinse and follow with your favorite conditioner, it’s that simple. I also have added some coffee grounds to some coconut and honey and massaged it onto my face. Honestly it was an instant glow!

So for all you coffee and non-coffee lovers out there, grab some grounds and discover the simple beauty you have right in your own kitchen. Your mornings will never be the same

What is your favorite at home beauty treatment?

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Summer Strawberries

If I was told that I could only choose to eat one fruit for the rest of my life, it would have to be strawberries (though blueberries are a close second). Growing up I spent countless hours wandering around in my grandmothers garden, surrounded by delicious fruits. From blueberries, rhubarb, raspberries and more, strawberries are the top contender. My grandmother would take fresh sliced strawberries, pour some cream on top and sprinkle a hint of sugar, it was a perfect treat on a sunny day. I also loved angel food cake with fresh strawberries and whip cream~YUM!

Not only does this little, juicy fruit taste good, it has many health and beauty benefits. For starters, they are considered a Superfood which are nutrient-rich and packed with full of antioxidants. One cup of strawberries will give you your daily dose of vitamin C. Other health benefits include boosting immunity,  promoting good eye health, cancer prevention, fighting bad cholesterol, reducing inflammation, regulating blood pressure, boosting fibre, aiding in weight management and promoting pre-natal health (high in folate).

A member of the rose family, strawberries contain salicylic acid, which rids the skin of dead cells, allowing it to absorb moisture more efficiently. Strawberries are great for fighting blemishes, preventing wrinkles and healing a sunburn. I thought I would list a few favorite ways I like to add strawberries to my life. Whether it be home-made skin care or smoothies, you’ll be getting your vitamin C.

Body Scrub~ You’ll need 8-10 ripe or over-ripe strawberries, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp coarse salt (or sugar). Smash strawberries up with a fork in a bowl, add olive oil and salt/sugar until it forms a paste. Apply all over to your body, including your hands and feet. I usually like to do this in an empty tub, then after I have had it on for a few minutes I fill the tub and continue to soak it off.

Strawberry Mask~ This is a perfect all over body mask, including using it on your face. I first started using this after I developed a slight sunburn, it’s a great alternative to Aloe Vera. I take fresh strawberries from the fridge (colder the better), mix together with thick, plain greek yogurt and add a few tablespoons of honey. This mask works wonders and your sunburn will be on the road to recover before you know it. The strawberries reduce the redness and swelling, while the lactic acid in the yogurt provides moisture and promotes healing. The added honey also has great healing, soothing properties. Check out the recent segment on how to prep your skin for Summer~here!

Strawberry Smoothie~ I have played with ways to make the strawberry milkshake healthier. I combine and blend 6 large strawberries, 1/2 cup of your favorite yogurt (I use coconut~Greek) and 1/2 cup of plain or vanilla almond milk. If you do not eat dairy you can sub the yogurt for juice, but you may not get the thick milkshake consistency. In that case you can add some hemp or pea protein powder and I always throw in a few ice cubes.

I love beauty products that smell like Strawberries. Recently I was in Sephora and saw that Cake Beauty  was celebrating Strawberry Shortcake’s sweet 30 years by launching a decadent lip butter in “Berry Creamy”. I remember when I was little, my Strawberry Shortcake & friends figurines were my favorite, they smelled so good. This lip balm reminds me of them and brings back so many memories.

What is your favorite Strawberry beauty product, home-made skin care or recipe?

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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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