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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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“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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Must Have Beauty Buys

With Christmas over and the New Year around the corner, these little beauty finds make a wonderful addition to your beauty regime. They also make a fab little gift for that someone who you just don’t know what to buy for!

k.hall designs Peony hand & body cream ~ Every year in the spring time I look forward to filling my house with the delicate scent of peonies. Recently I found the perfect hand cream that leaves my hands soft with a delightful fragrance all year round. Rich with shea butter, aloe leaf juice and other fine ingredients. This cream contains no animal products, petroleum bases or parabens. The best thing is you only need a small amount and it smells delicious.

Cargo Lip Gloss in “Tokyo”~ I have been searching for a long time for a red lip gloss that could be worn all year round, day or night. I recently was given this gloss and instantly fell in love. I love how it’s ultra moisturizing, long-lasting  and gives your lips a dazzling shine. I can be worn alone or on top of your favorite lipstick. I will be wearing this to ring in the New Year!

Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum~ I absolutely love Aromatherapy and this serum smells heavenly. Chalked full of age fighting ingredients like Aragan and Rose oil, fine lines are smoothed away. Free of artificial fragrances and colors, this is a perfect addition to your night-time moisturizer. In the winter months I even add a few drops during the day.

Philosophy Purity made simple~ This fragrance-free one-step facial cleanser is a make up remover, cleanser and toner all in one. It’s hydrating and doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight or dry. This cleanser is perfect for everyone, even the guys will like it too!

Smith`s Rosebud Salve~ This handy balm works magic in so many ways. Not only does it relieve dry chapped lips, you can use it on any skin irritations. I love using it during my at home manicure to soften and moisturize my cuticle. If you love roses as much as I do, then you have to grab one of these tins today.

Butter London 3 free Nail Lacquers~ I love these nail lacquers. Not only do they add some holiday glitter to your wardrobe. They contain no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, color or carcinogens! My favorite this season was Chancer, it was perfect for Christmas and reminded me of Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz. There are many colors in the collection that are a Must Have.

Bumble and bumble Thickening Serum~ This leave-in treatment actually works! It thickens and leaves you with stronger, fuller hair. I have curly hair and it added volume to my roots. I applied 4-6 pumps at my roots, put my hair in a bun and left it on over night. It has a clean, light citrus scent.

Deborah Lippmann Luxurious Nail Color~  My favorite nail color is Bad Romance. When you need to accessorize why not start with your nails. Luxurious nail color enriched with aucoumea, biotin and Green Tea. Free from formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate. Check out all the other amazing colors, they’re the perfect way to add a little bling to your little black dress.

St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion~  This product gives you that sun-kissed glow, making you look like you just came back from vacation! Not only is this lotion easy to apply, it does not leave streaks and gives you a golden tan. Say good-bye to orange and hello to a bronzed goddess. I love the body polish and moisturizer too.

Dermalogica Solar Defense booster spf 30~ Even with the winter weather here, protecting your skin from harmful rays is still extremely important. I love the way this sunscreen contains no artificial fragrance or color. It adds a boost to your skin and can be mixed with your favorite foundation or worn alone. It’s a wonderful moisturizer without being too heavy, making it great for all skin types.

Sara Happ The Lip Scrub Brown Sugar~ This scrub works great to exfoliate the lips, leaving them kissably soft. With light and dark brown sugar crystals blended together with Jojoba and Grape seed oils, you will have a perfectly prepped pout. The best is the product reminds me of freshly baked goods, who doesn’t love brown sugar!

Milk_Shake Conditioning Whipped Cream~ What’s not to love about this, it’s dessert for your hair. This leave-in conditioning and protective foam for all hair types smells like a vanilla milk shake. I apply it to my hand and it comes out like whip cream from the can! It has a light texture and leaves my hair silky smooth. I love applying it to my hair when it’s wet, creating a braid and leaving it over night to air dry. In the morning I undo the braid and Voila, beautiful waves.

Depend Instant lash and brow color~ I had no idea that dying your lashes and brows at home could be so easy, I would have done it years ago. Seriously, this little kit makes it so easy and it only takes three minutes. I was able to control how dark they went and the color lasted for weeks! This is perfect especially if you change your hair color and decide to go darker!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my Beauty Must Haves and love them as much as I do. For all my Canadian and Vancouver followers, check out Beauty Mark and spoil yourself today. I want to say a BIG Thank You to Beauty Mark for their continued support and for introducing me to all these special treats!

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Some Fresh ideas in Beauty

I wanted to share with all of you some of the must have beauty items that are permanent staples in my life!

First is the  Japonesque go curl eyelash curler.

This handy little device provides long-lasting all day curl to my poker straight lashes. It’s compact enough to fit into my pocket or even in the smallest purse. Finally I found a curler that doesn’t pinch my lashes and works wonders with or without mascara. Trust me, this little baby will make your lashes stand up and shout.         For more info visit

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Next on my list is Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch.

The magic wand that I can’t live without. I have tried many concealer and most did not match my skin tone. I love how this brilliant gold wand erases and illuminates in all the right spots. It has a soft brush that glides effortlessly across my skin giving it amazing coverage. It’s like a paintbrush perfecting every flaw with each sweep and very easy to blend. I apply it everywhere for an instant glow. It even makes me look well rested when I’m lacking my zzz’s.

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One more addition for the eyes, Latisse. Every time I open a magazine I’m obsessed with big beautiful lashes. You know the ones that are camera ready, high-definition with lasting drama! I thought it was impossible to transform my natural lashes into the ones I have always dreamed of. Within 16 weeks my lashes had more fullness, length and even became darker. Define your eyes today.

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Even though Summer is over, keeping your skin protected is still just as important! A product I just can’t live without is Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 30. Not only does this SPF give full spectrum protection, it’s chock full of vitamins and anti-oxidants that my skin craves. I love the consistency of this lotion as it can be worn alone or mixed with your favorite foundation or moisturizer. It has a clean scent, but contains no artificial fragrances.

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 Even though protecting our skin with sunscreen is the #1 priority, we all still long for golden skin. I stay away from basking in the sun and, instead, search for a self-tanner that will give me that sun-kissed glow all year round! St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Lotion gives the perfect streak-free tan that leaves my skin golden-brown-not orange. It’s easy to di it your self at home and dries quickly. I had people asking where I went on vacation!


For my Vancouver and Canadian followers go to BeautyMark and pick yours up today. Even more amazing you can go see their tanning and make up expert Cindy Leyland and receive a St Tropez spray tan! Cindy is knowledgable, professional and made the whole experience fun. This is perfect for an upcoming event, some added glow or when you want a little pampering!


Are you searching for the ultimate hair styling aid?

I was recently introduced to this great beauty find by Blo in Yaletown. AeroGel not only gave my curly hair all day hold, it created major lift without making it stiff! It has the flexibility of a gel with the control of a spray, making it the best of both worlds. This isn’t you grandma’s hairspray!

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Beauty Buzz 411