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Home is where the Heart is with Cheryl Hickey

When it comes to all things entertainment, ET Canada has it covered. Host, Cheryl Hickey has been gracing us with her talent, style and beauty since the launch in fall 2005. ET Canada is part of the most watched entertainment news franchise in the world. I think it was set in stone or call it destiny that Cheryl would end up where she is today. At an early age, she developed a passion and love for television not only in front of the camera but behind the scenes as well. From producing shows, running the teleprompter and being a cameraman, she poured her heart and soul into every aspect of the job. Over the years she has brought us coverage’s on the Golden Globes, Oscars, Grammys and more. We have watched her grow and taken the journey with her, from her marriage in 2008 to husband Kevin Foley to the birth of their son Jaxson in 2009. Week after week she graces us with her infectious smile and down to earth charm.

Like Cheryl, I too grew up watching Entertainment Tonight. Since I was a child, ET has been a staple in my household. Each night after dinner I would be glued to the television, completely enthralled on watching Mary Hart interview celebrities and cover events. I was obsessed with entertainment news, style and fashion. I feel Cheryl shares the same qualities that Mary Hart (who left the show in 2011) brought to the show; charisma, compassion, truth, honesty and a genuine likability. There is nothing like turning on the TV and hearing ET Canada’s intro song and sitting back and watching Cheryl light up the screen.

I had the absolute pleasure on an early Thursday morning to sit down and chat with her about life, love, family and all things beauty. Cheryl has this way about her, making you feel so comfortable. I think that’s what I love most about her; the conversation never seems forced or scripted, more like talking with a girlfriend. She is funny, honest and such a genuine person. When it comes to Cheryl Hickey, home is definitely where the heart is……….

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to go into tv and become a host?

CH~Becoming a host, probably didn’t know that till around the year 2000. I dived into television when I was 17 years old, volunteering at a cable station. One summer my dad and I were trying to figure out what I was going to do, what I was interested in. A crawl came across the local television station that said looking for volunteers, so my dad drove me up there and we checked it out and thought that would be something good to keep me busy for the summer.  I started running teleprompter there and thought it was very interesting. The energy that lived in that building at the cable station kind of sparked it all for me. I went through various jobs from producing to writing to cameraman doing all kinds of different kinds of things and admired each position and job for many different reasons.

BB411~ Any tell tale signs when you were younger that this would be your direction?

CH~ My Mom bought me a microphone when I was little, but I more thought I was going to be Whitney Houston than Barbara Walters back then.

BB411~ If you could be anything in the world other than a host what would it be? (Maybe you just answered that in the last question) Would it be a singer?

CH~ No cause I can’t sing. I think I would probably want to be a backup dancer for someone, I think that would be so much fun. Or a kindergarten teacher, I think I would be a really good kindergarten teacher. I always want to hug other people’s children.

BB411~ I could definitely see that, you seem like an amazing Mom

BB411~ What has it meant to you being a part of the ET Canada family?

CH~ Growing up I watched Mary Hart, after dinnertime we would sit down and watch the show. I always loved it! For me being on this show is a perfect blend of a dream coming true but I still get to stay home, have my friends that I have here and be close to my family. So I get the best of both worlds. I get to travel to LA, New York, Cannes and do all those glamorous fun things, but at the end of the day I get to come home to where the people who are most important to me are. Also its really great for Canada, it’s a great platform to show off our Canadian talent.

BB411~ What is your favorite interview that you have covered?

CH~ I have a lot of favorites (I do) I like George Clooney, I’m a little bit fond of him~ I don’t mind him at all. Casey Affleck is ridiculously funny, I really enjoyed interviewing him. I like Olivia Wilde, I think she is a brilliant woman and beautiful person. Paul Haggis is one of my favorites. I have a lot of favorites!

BB411~ I know recently you met and interviewed Oprah (which is obviously a dream of mine). What was it like, were you nervous?

CH~ Yes and she is also one of my favorites. It wasn’t surreal until I was driving back from doing the interview, then I realized how big it was. I had the flu, so earlier in the day I was just concentrating on getting up and getting make up on and making it to the interview. So I didn’t give myself the time to be nervous. She’s pretty great, Oprah’s good at listening and that’s the biggest part of doing an interview. I don’t always have questions prepared when I go in to do an interview because it should be a talk. When you talk to someone you don’t have all your questions prepared. You have to just ask some questions as you go along, listen and that takes you to where you need to go next. I think that’s the most effective way to get a real conversation going.

BB411~ One person that you haven’t met or interviewed that you would want to sit down and have lunch with?

CH~ I’m a huge, huge New Kids On The Block fan but have turned down every reason to do an interview with them because I think I will turn into a 12-year-old girl and I don’t want to ruin it for myself. So I’ve told everyone when they come to town I don’t want to interview them, I can’t!  I was in love with Joey McIntyre so there is no way, I will FREAK out. So it’s on the bucket list! One day before this whole game is done for me I’ll have to do it, but I just don’t want to do it right now. The band that I interviewed recently (One Direction), as young as they are have that same kind of thing going on. It’s that same feeling that leaves you feeling good and happy, they were just fantastic

BB411~ There you go…They are your pre- interview before NKOTB

CH~ I can’t do New Kids, I don’t know when that’s ever going to happen. Someone at work said were just going to surprise you one day and their just going to come in the studio. But it will be a terrible interview, someone will have to be there with me to do it cause I will just sit there.

BB411~ How would you describe your style?

CH~ I dress how I feel, I admire different styles and love the Boho-chic stuff.  I’ll go through stages where I like to dress like that and then I love the Audrey Hepburn classic look. It’s very wide, it depends how I’m feeling that day. Today I’m wearing red high heel shoes, boyfriend jeans and a sweater. It’s different every day.

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

CH~ I think so. Truth be told, I was a bit of a tom boy in my teen years and then my style sort of changed. I remember being in my mom’s closet and trying on her clogs. My mom, even when I look back in pictures when we were born, always looked fantastic. So I think its watching different people in your life and always finding it a little interesting.

BB411~Who is your favorite designer right now?

CH~ I love Marchesa, I just do. I think it’s so gorgeous, it’s beautiful, creative and elegant. That would be a red carpet look that I love the most. Jeans I’m a Diesel girl love, love, love them. Oh an I LOVE Joe Fresh, let me say that. I get a lot of my sons stuff there (and Baby GAP too). For as fast as he grows its affordable and funky. I get him little fedoras, he loves to wear them.

BB411~ Favorite Color?

CH~ Periwinkle Blue and I love black, I just love black

BB411~ 3 Staple items you should have in your wardrobe at all times?

CH~ A good pair of skinny jeans/boyfriend jeans, a really nice white T that can go with anything and a great fitting blazer

BB411~ What is your secret to having such great hair? (And I love the braids you have been rocking lately)

CH~ For the past 4 months I have been doing my own hair. Just recently we signed up with a company called bob + paige. There going to come in twice a week because I want some inspiration from my hair stylist, to try what’s hot . But I still want to have the ability to do my own hair because I think every girl should do their own hair.

BB411~ What hair products do you love?

CH~ On the weekends it’s not about how I look and more about spending time with my family. In all honesty, I put olive oil in my hair and tie it with a twist and that’s it. That’s usually Saturday and Sunday. My poor husband. I try not to wash it every day and wash every other day. I don’t color my hair a lot, I color it about every 3 months. I actually love the look of quite a bit of root. I have dirty blonde/brown hair so it all goes together well. I don’t mind the grow out and with all the stuff I do to my hair there’s a lot of breakage.

BB411~ Actually other than Olive Oil, coconut oil works great as a hair mask

CH~ It does, However….. I did that early this past summer and went to a park with my son and I had BEES all over my head (laughs) I swore I would never do that again as I was completely swarmed with bees.  A year ago if anyone saw a strange woman running through a park with her hands flailing, it was me. Coconut is definitely amazing, I use it on mine and my sons skin

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

CH~ I use Jane Iredale products, that’s what we use on the show and recently Jane showed us something called Beauty Cream. That stuff is amazing, it’s a tinted moisturizer with a little bit of spf. That’s all I use on my face now. You can apply it light or wear it heavier for tv. I Could not live with out it! I also use  Jane Iredale bronzer and a product called Too Faced lip injection plumping lip gloss

BB411~ What is your secret to great skin on and off camera?

CH~ Thank you, actually it wasn’t always that way. When I was a kid I had keratosis pilaris on my cheeks and above one of my eyebrows. I always had a red face and kids would make fun of me. So growing up I was very self conscious and never wanted anyone touching my face. In my late twenties it started to go away. I get photofacials and oxygen facials from time to time to keep the pigment under control.  I really use a lot of sunscreen and also Strivectin on my face.  I just started SkinCeuticals; I’m using the serum, moisturizer and sunscreen

BB411~ Do you have any best kept beauty secrets that have been passed down to you from either your Mother or Grandmother?

CH~ Always drink lots of water and always take your makeup off. My mon doesn’t wear that much make at all, so I think less is more. I’m always afraid to do a smokey eye or put eyeliner on the bottom of my eye lash, I  feel its going to be too much. I’m very much into a habit with makeup, I don’t experiment that much (maybe with lipstick). I want it to be a little bit enhanced on what’s naturally going on there. I don’t want it to be a mask

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood?

CH~ Yes, The Body Shop Strawberry Oil. They discontinued it 10 years ago and I have been trying to find it. It was my first perfume when I was 16 years old. I don’t really like perfume, it makes me feel a little nauseous. Right now I wear Calgon Hawaiian Ginger body mist. I’ve worn it since the Body Shop stopped their Strawberry oil (Laughs) and that’s all I wear.

BB411~ That’s it, I’m on a mission to find something similar for you or maybe there is a miracle and you can get it?

CH~ Yes, send out to your twitter followers and see if there is a way

BB411~ How do you stay fit?

CH~ I’m like every other woman, you get in to something and then you stop doing it then you get in to something and then you stop doing. I think that’s how most woman are. There are some that are consistent though. I will go to the gym for a month and then life gets busy and I’ll stop. From the gym, Windsor Pilates videos every once in a while to hot yoga classes/pilates. When I had my son I gained 65 pounds and I used kettle balls. After I had him I knew I had a few months before the Grammy’s were coming so I started doing kettle ball exercises with a trainer and that made me shed a lot of the weight. I also went gluten and dairy free which helped shed a lot.

BB411~ Top 3 songs to work out to (currently on your iPod)?

CH~ Anything by the black-eyed peas, I love Bruno Mars, For the slow down part Jason Mraz. Oh wait Rihanna is in there too!

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

CH~ You always feel your most beautiful when your feeling good on the inside. When everything in your universe is calm and happy. When that part of you is taken care of, we all look better (when you’re in that place). Beauty means confidence, being fresh and being yourself.

BB411~What charities are you involved in?

CH~ MS Society of Canada and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure

BB411~ What Inspires you?

CH~ My family, they are my heartbeat. My parents, my brother, my sister, my husband and most importantly my son.

BB411~How has having your son changed you?

CH~ Its made me a better person for sure. For many years it was all about me and working on my career and making sure I can provide for myself down the road. Meeting my husband was a big breath of fresh air. He is my best friend and someone  who I can have a good time with and see the world. We got pregnant with our son and honestly it was the best thing that ever happened to us. He’s so much fun and he’s so silly. He reminds me not to take everything so seriously. He is the loviest, huggiest kid out there. Every day I feel really lucky that I have him.

BB411~ Favorite Quote?

CH~ Actually my mom and me make jokes all the time that we get quotes wrong. So you asking me to give you a quote is really quite funny because I would get it wrong  “grass is always greener on the top of the hill” (both laugh). Honestly I can’t give a proper quote

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

CH~ Stop Worrying. I’m working on that. I’m always anticipating what’s coming next; the what if’s, what if’s . I try to tell myself to not plan and just let it be.

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

CH~ I have a fear of horses. I love them and think their beautiful, but I use to ride and fell off once and  haven’t riden one since.

BB411~ What are 3 words that best describe you?

CH~ HA HA you should ask my husband. I hope people would say trustworthy, loving and a good friend. I hope that’s what they would say

It truly was such a pleasure to be able to interview the beautiful and talented Cheryl Hickey. At the end, Cheryl left me with some last words… Watch out for the Bees!   To find out more about Cheryl follow her on twitter or tune into ET Canada on Global at 7:30pm EST/PST

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Beauty Finds this Summer

 

This Summer I discovered so many great beauty finds that will cover you from head to toe and inside out. I love nothing more than finding goodies that I can share with all of you that can be great additions to your existing beauty regime. Month after month I post on great products that in my opinion….ROCK! Here are a few of my favorites to add to the ever-growing list.

Karmaface Cosmetics “HOT HOUDINI” Bronzer~ This bronzer is perfect for any skin type. Not only does it give you great color, it has a matte finish with a light texture making it easy to apply. I love how you can add just a little for some golden glow, or more to contour and define. In addition to being a great product, $1 from every Karmaface product purchased is donated to YWCA Canada. Karma truly is a beautiful thing!

Dermalogica “Solar Defense Booster“~ What can I say about this product that I haven’t already! I have spoken about my love for this spf before in a few posts (check out here) and it is a staple item in my beauty regime. Dermalogica recently changed the packaging and formula and I was worried that it wouldn’t be the same. Well….. it’s still amazing. They increased the spf from a 30 to a 50, great news for those of us that love the sun. I am still and will probably be forever, obsessed with it. Along with this great protection, I discovered another addition to my skin protection Skinperfect primer with spf 30 Not only does this primer have a natural tint for added color, it has a  silky smooth finish. It can be worn alone over your moisturizer or used under your makeup for flawless skin.

Dazzle Dry Advanced Vegan Nail (3 part) system~ For years I spent hours in nail salons getting my nails done. Now don’t get me wrong there are some amazing and talented nail designers and salons out there, many I would recommend. But for someone like me that is constantly on the go, finding the time to sit in a chair for some time prepping my nails can be a little difficult. I discovered Dazzle Dry over the summer and love the many conveniences of it, I just have to list them. The system is really easy, first you clean the entire nail with the nail prep, then apply the base coat and allow to dry (which takes seconds), followed by 1-2 coats of your choice of colored lacquer (Tutti Frutti Smoothie #417 is a favorite), and finish with a coat of the topcoat. Honestly your nails can be dried rock hard in 5 minutes! Even though you do not need a UV lamp, you still need to be careful not to get on anything other than your nail. If you do get on your skin or cuticle, just take some regular nail polish remover or file to fix up. Yes you heard me correctly, this product removes easily with regular polish remover. What I loved most about this product system is that it is high gloss, doesn’t leave your nails yellow and when I removed it my nails actually seemed stronger. There are also no harmful ingredients and there are an abundant selection of fabulous colors. I actually had so many compliments asking if my nails had a gel overlay and where I had them done. Now like I said before, I am someone who is always on the go and between running around, writing away and being hard on my nails this product lasted 5 days before I had a chip (which is a compliment). Plus doing my nails once a week while catching up on my latest shows is some “me-time” that I always look forward to.

Pink Wipes Cleansing Wipes~ Summer is filled with so many adventures and activities from swimming to camping and more. I was introduced to Pink Wipes after hearing a lot of hype on twitter and had to try them. Not only are they individually wrapped in pretty pink packaging (my favorite color), they are the quick natural way to freshen up anytime of the day. They are pH balanced and formulated for sensitive skin. They are paraben free, SLS free, biodegradable and hypoallergenic. Pink wipes contain Aloe Vera, Chamomile flower extract, Lavender oil and Vit E, giving them a clean light scent. They fit perfectly into your purse, pocket or gym bag. They are great for travelling whether you are on a plane, taking a road trip or out for adventurous hike. Oh and did I mention they are not tested on animals and vegan friendly.

Beauty Through Balance by Ancient Secrets Inc. ~ At first glance I wasn’t sure about this line as I had not heard much about it. But within the first few tries, it received the Beauty Buzz 411 approval. The Acai Power Repair facial moisturizer is great for anti-aging with Acai extract, Eco-certified Olivate (from pure olive oil), Vitamin C (sodium Ascorbyl Posphate), and jojoba esters. It provided great moisture and was easily absorbed. With an essential oil blend, this moisturizer was a great addition to prep my skin for a good nights rest. Next I tested the Lavender Olive foaming cleanser. The lavender scent alone made this a must have, especially when winding down after a long day. I used it as a body wash, though you can use it as a face cleanser and/or add to your bath. It worked well to remove any impurities, while leaving my skin feeling nourished and soft.

Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil~ For years I have heard about the many benefits there are from taking Sea Buckthorn. I have seen it in capsule form, oils and in beauty products. I had some products shipped from SeabuckWonders to test out and discover if this dubbed “miracle berry” really packed an antioxidant punch. At first I started by adding a few drops after my moisturizer. I noticed an immediate increase in hydration after the first few days. Then after a few weeks my skin seemed clearer and softer. I actually had a small scratch on my chin and after applying the oil for 3-4 days,  it seem to heal remarkably well. It is said that Sea Buckthorn is a superfood, full of powerful antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and the entire family of Omegas (3, 6, 9 AND the rare Omega 7). I have just started taking the Sea Buckthorn capsules and look forward to keeping you posted on any additional health and beauty benefits I experience.

I would love to hear your Summer Must Haves

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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.

To find out more about Jeremy and keep up to date with what he has going on, check out  facebook or follow him on Twitter

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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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Summer Sunset

If I had to pick a season, there is no doubt in my mind it would have to be Summer. I just love everything about it. From the warm weather to the flowers that are in full bloom, the scents and colors are intensified. When I found out that Lise Watier put out a new line called “Summer Sunset”, I had to test it out.

Honestly I test so many products and usually have a few favorites, but this time I loved the whole line. The Eau De Toilette spray is a “Summer Must Have”. Not only is the bottle design beautiful with bright orange and hot pink stripes, the scent fills the air with its full bouquet. Lise Watier brilliantly combines jasmine, lily of the valley, honeysuckle, apple, grapefruit blossoms, bergamot and luxurious red fruit to create a sensual and feminine scent. This fragrance is perfect no matter what you’re doing; lunch on a patio, walks on the beach, running errands or shopping with your friends.

With my love for pink, it was hard not to freak out with this new collection by Lise Watier. The nail lacquer in “Dragon Fruit” is the perfect pink. It has a light on the cap which make it easy to apply, especially getting into the corners of your nails. I can’t wait to sport this color with my sandal collection. Next on the list is the Crystal Drops Ultra-Shine lip gloss in “Smoothie“. This gloss gives your pout a hint of shimmer with a pale pink sheen. A great neutral lip when your rocking out the smoky eye.

On days when I want to add just a hint of color to brighten my eyes, Lise Watier Crayon Jumbo in “Peche Melba” does the job. I love how easy it is to apply and convenient when you need to touch up on the go . For those wanting to jazz it up, their Palette Summer Sunset in “Tropical” will satisfy all your needs. They have combined creams with a rustic brown and burgundy, oh and we can’t forget the lime green.

Last but not least, face and body bronzers that will give you that sun-kissed glow this Summer. First, Lise Watier Sun Smart~Tinted Universal UV Shield with SPF 30. This oil-free cream will give you coverage, protection and instant color. I still like to apply an additional SPF 50 before. Next, the Summer Sunset “Bronzing  Powder” palette gives you an array of colors to choose from, peach, pink, brown and cream. You can mix them all together or select individual colors to customize your look. Either way you’ll look beach ready and radiant. To finish off this line, I could not leave out the body! The Havana All Over Baked Bronzer is amazing for using everywhere, especially defining your legs and collarbone.

Fall in love with Summer Sunset, Visit Lise Watier today

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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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