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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.

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

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Tea Party with Tracy Stern

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BB411~Do you use tea for your skin care?

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

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

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

BB411~3 beauty products you carry with you always?

TS~lipgloss, chai perfume roll on, lipstick

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

TS~My pure oils

BB411~Favorite lip color?

TS~TOM FORD RED

BB411~How do you stay fit?

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

BB411~What does beauty mean to you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

“Wearing your Heart on your Sleeve” with Jillian Harris

 What’s not to love about Jillian Harris! We first fell in love with her energy and sweet girl-next-door personality on ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. We watched as she opened her heart to the possibility of love. Jillian joined the team of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, where she added warmth to episodes bringing passion for life and 10 years of design experience. Though we had to say good-bye to EMHE, Jillian has been keeping busy from hosting Canada’s Handyman Challenge (which premiered this year on HGTV) to various design projects and appearances. She is dedicated to charities including Big Brothers and most recently helped with disaster relief in her hometown of Slave Lake in Alberta for the Red Cross. Jillian has appeared on various covers for some of the top design publications in the country. Her latest hosting gig is on W Network’s hit show Love It or List It coming to Vancouver.

Jillian’s philosophy of “Design with personality” radiates to every part of her life.  If you have not checked out Jillian’s web site (which I am a Huge fan of), WHAT are you waiting for? Full of delicious recipes, great fashion tips and amazing concepts for at home designs, the whole site radiates with L.O.V.E and inspiration. She brings such great ideas and gives you the courage to think outside the box while still listening to your heart and remembering what really matters to you. She really puts her personal touch and evokes so much emotion is all that she designs. It’s a great read to start you day!

I have had the opportunity to get to know Jillian over the past few years. She really is a sweetheart with a genuine, honest and captivating personality. Jillian believes that “the most beautiful things in the world are the ones that reveal who you truly are”. Family and friends are such an important part of her life; she really lets us get up close and personal by sharing precious moments. Jillian is the(daughter/granddaughter/cousin/)  you would want to have, the devoted best friend to share in life’s entire joy and the person who stands beside you no matter what life throws your way. She sees the best in people and embraces wearing your heart on your sleeve. Recently Jillian posted on finding a new love (his name is Justin) and we could not be happier for her. Anyone that gets to have Jillian a part of their life is lucky and blessed. She really is the real deal!

BB411~When did your love for design start?

JH~When I was super young. I remember my mom taking me to JC penny and picking out my ‘bed in a bag’. When every other 8-year-old was picking up neon & Jem & the hologram’s themed décor, I chose a dainty dusty pink and periwinkle floral set with lace trim. I knew what I loved and liked from a young age and was always changing my room around and begging to paint.

BB411~What is your earliest memory and what did you create?

JH~Haha see above! I also about 6 years later at 14, painted my bathroom periwinkle against my dads wishes after school before they came home from work.  I LOVED it !… the cutting in job, my dad not so much.

BB411~#1 tip you would give someone when revamping a room?

JH~ Completely gut it, clean it … revamp and only bring back into the room what you KNOW you need.  Toss, recycle or store the rest.  Replace light fixture, window coverings and light bulbs.

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

JH~ YES always!

BB411~What was your earliest memory?

JH~ Above! 🙂  I also  was the highest spender at a Mary Kay party when I was 12. I used my entire savings to buy the WHOLE package from my neighbor.  She had to call my mom and make sure it was ok! Haha!

BB411~ Favorite Designer (clothing & decor)

JH~ Still a sucker for Aritzia, love Wild Fox & Urban Outfitters. Designer would likely still be Kelly Wearslter, but my style is evolving away from hers-becoming more feminine, light and airy.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

JHCaudalie beauty elixirSoleil Tan De Channel, Urban Decay 24 black eyeliner

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

JH~ Le Mer & Caudalie beauty elixir

BB411~Favorite color?

JH~ Right now – periwinkle

BB411~Favorite Cleanser and Sunscreen?

JH~ It changes all the time!

BB411~You have great hair, what’s your secret, any favorite products?

JH~ Oh god I have a complex about my hair.  Truth be told I’m getting a few greys so I’m insane about keeping it healthy and I take hair and nail vitamins (usually Genuine Health)  lots of copper & biotin in my diet!  And oh – try to wash my hair only 2-3 times a week!

BB411~You are in amazing shape, how do you keep fit?

JH~ Hahah.  Genetics.  And some balance. I love super foods so naturally I’m drawn to berries, broccoli, kale etc. I don’t work out consistently but if I see my little butt start to sag I commit to the gym for a week!

BB411~What does beauty mean to you?

JH~ Ummm I hate to say it – because I know beauty comes from within – but I’m pretty afraid of age… so I try to pump my body full of super foods, water & stock up on all the potions and lotions.  I wanna be a hot mom.  It is what it is!

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

BB411~ Hahah Granny would say vodka!   Honestly I don’t know where I got my obsession for beauty tricks! My moms skin is in great shape but I think again, that’s just genetics!

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

JH~ Playing guitar has been on my bucket list for 4 years. WTF! Get on it Jill!

BB411~Love Granny Marg 😉 (Makes me miss mine) What do you love most about her?

JH~ She is just so open-minded, positive and accepting of EVERYONE.  She doesn’t judge and always understands everyone’s perspective.  She just wants people to be happy and that’s it.  I hope I inherited a lot of that.

BB411~If you could tell your younger self something that you know now what would it be?

JH~ To just trust, in people, in life and the whole process.  Don’t try to change anyone or control anything – just be the best person you can be.

BB411~Would you do reality tv again?

JH~ Would I do it all over again yes, would I do it again for a second time?  Right now, probably not 🙂

BB411~What does love mean to you?

JH~Well love is all I really need. I have been SO lucky to be surrounded by it my entire life – because of that I haven’t been desperate to settle down with someone – I have never been lonely or in a rush – just want to find someone who  fits in my heart and makes me happy .  Honestly I am so grateful for my career but Love and my personal and family life ALWAYS comes first.

 

 

 

BB411~ Favorite Quote?

JH~ My fav quote is a Gretzky one – you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take

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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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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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Spinach Power

When I was younger  I was told to eat my spinach so I would grow up to be big and strong (like Popeye). It wasn’t till I was older that I realized how true that statement was and how much power spinach really has. Learning more about this Superfood and all the health and beauty benefits it provides, I’ve made a real effort to include it more in my diet. This leafy green vegetable is full of nutrients like vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients. Did you know that “one cup of spinach contains far more than your daily requirements of vitamin K and vitamin A, almost all the manganese and folate your body needs and nearly 40 percent of your magnesium requirement. Vitamin A is especially important for promoting healthy skin (like preventing wrinkles and improving acne) and is an excellent source of more than 20 different measurable nutrients, including dietary fiber, calcium and protein.” I’d say that spinach is definitely one of the superheros in Superfoods.

Now I am not a huge fan of eating raw spinach on its own (though a lot of people love a good spinach salad), so I have found a few creative ways to make sure I get my daily dose. Here are a few tasty recipes that I love to get more nutrient-rich spinach into my day.

Simple Sautéed Spinach:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (coconut oil is my #1 preference)
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 20 ounces fresh spinach (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add spinach and toss to coat. Cover and cook until wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice, salt and crushed red pepper. Toss to coat and serve immediately.

*Weights & Measures:

  •                 10 ounces trimmed mature spinach=about 10 cups raw
  •                 10 ounces baby spinach=about 8 cups raw

Cheese and Spinach stuffed Portobellos:

  • 4 large Portobello mushroom caps
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 cup prepared marinara sauce

oven to 450°F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray (I use coconut oil)

  • Place mushroom caps, gill-side up, on the prepared pan. Sprinkle with salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Roast until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, mash ricotta, spinach, 1/4 cup Parmesan, olives, Italian seasoning and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Place marinara sauce in a small bowl, cover and microwave on High until hot, 30 seconds to 1 1/2 minutes.
  • When the mushrooms are tender, carefully pour out any liquid accumulated in the caps. Return the caps to the pan gill-side up. Spread 1 tablespoon marinara into each cap; cover the remaining sauce to keep warm. Mound a generous 1/3 cup ricotta filling into each cap and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan. Bake until hot, about 10 minutes. Serve with the remaining marinara sauce.

Smoothies and Baked goods: Last the #1 way I love to add more spinach to my diet is in my morning shakes and baking. First off, I add a handful of either raw or frozen spinach to my smoothie. You can easily buy frozen spinach at the super market that comes in cubes, making it easy to drop a few in your shake. I usually mix it with chocolate protein powder, frozen berries and almond/coconut milk. You won’t be able to taste it and being frozen gives your shake an icy consistency. As for baking, you can add it to any cookie, loaf, or muffin recipe. I also do the same with zucchini and always make sure to add some nuts.

As you can see these are just a few ways I incorporate spinach into my daily meals. It’s really quite simple and the health benefits are incredible. Along with other vegetables and fruits, I try to buy organic whenever possible.

What is your favorite way to add spinach into your diet?

Would love to hear your recipes

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