What’s FRESH In Beauty!

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Dark and Sleek

Made for all hair colours and types Sebastian “Dark Oil” is a hair must have. This styling oil works like magic by smoothing out the cuticles and disappearing, leaving no oily mess – only hair that’s bouncing with incredible shine and manageability. It’s just perfect for sleek styles or crazy curls.

Augment your style with Sebastian Professional

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Duck Face
Why not add a little beauty to your next “Duck Face” selfie. The Face Shop is bringing a whole new set of friendly faces with their limited edition Kakao Friends “Character Masks”. They are so convenient for travel and give your face the perfect little pick-me-up for beauty on the fly. With 5 masks to choose from, you’ll be set for all your moisturizing and brightening needs.
Get your beauty on at The Face Shop

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Kaleidoscope Eyes

When it comes to my eyes, I love finding products that give me a golden glow all year round. I’ve discovered Teeez Trendy Cosmetics “Spectrum Of Stars” eyeshadow in “Vanilla Sunbeam” and can you say “Hello, Luminescence”? They have 18 different shades that come in a pretty little gold pots and can be worn as a light shimmer or built up to really make your eyes pop. To top it all off, this beauty treat contains argan oil with anti-aging properties.

Find your Shade at Teeez Cosmetics

 

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They say the eyes don’t lie and with Essence Cosmetics “For-Bidden” volume mascara you’ll be telling nothing but the truth. And the truth is, this product gives you intense volume and show-stopping, voluptuous lashes in just one swipe. I absolutely love the definition and boldness my peepers get and there is no clumping. Who needs false eye lashes when you’ve got this beauty weapon.
Make heads turn at Essence Cosmetics

 

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Clear Skin

Acne? Check. Fine lines? Check. Pigmentation? Check. These are just some of the skin problems solved with Dermapen Skin Needling. The treatment consists of tiny needles penetrating your skin to stimulate the collagen and rejuvenate your complexion. The pain is quite minimal, kind of feels like tiny bees buzzing on your face. Honestly, this is one of the best treatments I’ve ever had and my skin has never been in better shape thanks to Essence of L Medi Spa and Laser Clinic. In the season of giving, I have teamed up with EOL and want to treat you to experience one for yourself.

Use code #GLOW for $50 towards your next treatment.
Book your free consult today at Essence Of L

 

 

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Playing with bold lip colour is my new thing and I am completely obsessing over NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in “Brooklyn Thorn”. It glides on wet but drys to a gorgeous matte finish, without drying out your lips. You need to check out the other 24 shades – they have smoking hot colours that will make you play on the wild side. From glitter to glam, NYX will have your lips making a statement! Shop at NYX Cosmetics

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JH X MA SUMMER LOVE COLLECTION

 

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SUMMER LOVE
The inspiration behind the summer love collection are those meaningful relationships ,we as women, all have. Whether its best friends, mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, we wanted to create a collection that celebrates those personal connections and provides you with daily reminders.

Jillian Harris and Melanie Auld have designed some really fun and classic pieces with a little modern twist. Jillian brings that girly, pretty, loveable vibe and for Melanie it was about taking that and infusing a bit of a modern edge.

All their pieces are brass based with 14kt gold plating. Moonstone, turquoise and pink opal stones mix beautifully with pave and heart detailing.
Meant to be layered and lived in.

In an effort to give back, they are donating $3.50 for every piece of jewelry sold to A Better Life Foundation. Which is the cost of a meal. Buy a piece of jewelry and feel good about helping to feed someone who needs it.
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Miranda Lambert Stuns the ACMA’s

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Not only did country superstar Miranda Lambert stun during her ACM performance, the Female Vocalist of the Year (naturally) stunned on the red carpet as well! Celebrity Hairstylist for PRO Beauty Tools Johnny Lavoy explains how he created Miranda’s sexy, wavy textured hair:

“I wanted to create a sexy, wavy texture for Miranda’s look. I used a beach spray for a little texture from the start, then scrunched her hair while drying it with the PRO Beauty Tools Professional 1875 W IONIC AC Motor. Then I curled her hair with the PRO Beauty Tools Professional Gold Curling Iron 1 ¼”, alternating from section to section. I love this curling iron because of its 24 hour curl lock guarantee – which was perfect for a big night like this! I wanted to create a natural, sexy feel so I left out her ends to really get that textured look. To finish, I used hairspray to hold it.

To see more of Johnny Lavoy’s creations, be sure to check out his social: Twitter, You Tube Channel , Facebook and Instagram!

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Cate’s Golden Hour

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73rd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS 

Jeanine Lobell Creates a Dewy Smokey Eye For Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett dazzled in a pink gown on the Golden Globes Red Carpet. To compliment the dress, Makeup Artist Jeanine Lobell wanted Blanchett’s look to be pretty but not too soft so she gave her a dewy smokey eye.

To achieve the look, Lobell used a combination of three Giorgio Armani Eye Tints instead of powder shadow to create a sheerer version of a traditional smokey eye. She started with Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in #12 Gold Ashes across the lid. She then used Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in #1 Obsidian instead of a pencil or liquid liner, using it along the lash line placing it from the top and then wrapping it around to the bottom creating a small C around the outer hallow of the eye crease to give a smokey effect. On top of the Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in #1 Obsidian in the crease, she layered Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in #7 Shadow feathering it lightly.

Lobell wanted to give Blanchett a “glow-from-within” on her cheeks so she used Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric in #507 and then brushed Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact over it.

Jeanine didn’t want a heavy look on the lips so she just tapped on Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in #508 Daybreak to keep the sheer textures consistent.

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SALLY HANSEN FOR PRABAL GURUNG

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Backstage at Prabal Gurung during New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 Collections

THE INSPIRATION

The spring season is truly about “optimistic & spiritual romance of two opposite worlds: East and West.” The sensuality, femininity, vibrant colours & textures of the East merged with the practicality, pragmatism and movement of the West. It’s a celebration of what resounds with me most: femininity with a bite. The motifs, embroidery and textures are inspired by the artist Laxman Shrestha and shapes and silhouettes a feminine take on American Sportswear.

THE NAIL LOOK

For the eleventh consecutive season, Prabal Gurung turned to Sally Hansen, the #1 Nail Colour and Nail Care brand in the US, and Madeline Poole, Sally Hansen Global Colour Ambassador, to create exclusive nail looks.

Madeline explains, “For Prabal’s nails we chose a pale yellow “Mum’s the Word” with an organic flow of white shapes. The shapes are painterly brush strokes curves and are inspired by his feminine silhouettes while the colour combination gives the look a sporty edge.”

THE SHADES

Mum’s The Word and Let’s Snow are part of Sally Hansen’s award-winning Complete Salon Manicure collection that infuses trend-setting shades with an expert-quality formula to deliver salon-caliber results. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure delivers seven salon manicure steps in one bottle. Chip resistant strength joins gel-quality shine. Must-have colour meets nourishing benefits. Plus, with a built-in base and top coat, it’s everything you need to achieve a professional manicure at home.

THE MANICURIST

Sally Hansen Global Colour Ambassador Madeline Poole is a nail expert working in New York and LA. Trained as a painter, Madeline worked odd jobs like vintage poster restoration as an art student in Baltimore. Her unique talent in crafting innovative designs, emphasis on skin care and attention to the hand as a whole makes her one of the most sought after names in the beauty industry. As part of the collaboration with Sally Hansen, Madeline will help set the artistic direction for a new generation of modern nail looks and collections with her fashion-forward vision on a worldwide basis.

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Beauty on the West Coast with Erin Cebula

Call it destiny and hard work, or passion with a purpose, Erin Cebula has been gracing our TV screens since 2000 with her infectious smile and charming personality on Global BC. As the go-to reporter on the West Coast for Entertainment Tonight Canada, Erin brings a high level of energy to her interviews. When Erin’s not in front of the camera, she’s giving back by lending her genuine heart to rewarding everyday heroes and changing lives with the various charities she is involved with (Spokesperson for the BC Children’s Hospital Lottery and Host of HGTV’s Makeover Wish , to name a few). Erin shares a passion for life, from her love for animals (especially her late dog Lenny), beautiful marriage to her wonderful husband, strong bonds with her girlfriends and indulgence for everything entertainment. This “former farm girl” & “undercover jock” brings beauty and style to everything that surrounds her!

When she’s not filming you can find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen, enjoying the outdoors or spending quality time with family and friends. I had the chance to speak with Erin and find out a little more about beauty, life and the things she loves……

BB411~Have you always loved fashion/entertainment?

EC~Dress-up has always been part of my life and I still have a well stocked tickle-trunk.  In 86’ I started interviewing my poor family at Christmas Dinner, and I guess I just never stopped.

BB411~How would you describe your style?

EC~I suppose I strive for “sophisticated bohemian”, but I can be really lazy too. My go-to look when I’m not working are leggings, gumboots and a toque! Stilettos just don’t belong in the dog park.

BB411~You rock short hair! Do you ever think you will grow it long?

EC~My short do’ has become a bit of a trademark over the years, but I am open to long locks. I’m just not sure I have the patience to make it through the dreaded “inbetween” stage. Shudder.

BB411~What is your favourite hair product?

EC~I was recently introduced to the Oribe texturizer and I’m hooked.  It gives my hair some grittiness without being sticky. It’s magic.

BB411~Does any certain scent remind you of your childhood?

EC~I wore Samsara by Guerlain when I was a teen, and when I do catch it in the air (which is very rare) it takes me back to awkward high school dances and bush parties.

BB411~Do you have a best kept beauty secret that have been passed onto you?

EC~Healthy food was big in the Cebula home and it’s just as important to me now. I avoid junk food and splurge on good wine and cheese instead. I eat organic when I can and I am a really good sleeper!

BB411~3 beauty products you carry with you always?

EC~Quo Lipgloss in “Captive Fascination”, Jane Iredale Mineral Powder and a big old tube of Great Lash Mascara.

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

EC~Dermalogia Microfoliant

BB411~ I Love, Love, Love this product too (see post)

BB411~You are in amazing shape, what’s your secret?

EC~First of all thank-you!  But the props should go to my trainer Tom Taylor at T3Athetics. He kicks my butt and Moksha yoga keeps me balanced.

BB411~What does giving back to charities mean to you?

EC~I love to be a part of positivity, and helping others makes the world a better place.

BB411~What does beauty mean to you?

EC~To me, beauty is health and confidence.

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

EC~I can limbo like a hot damn!

BB411~Favorite quote?

EC~ “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching”.-Unknown

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

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Chasing your Passion with Justin Pasutto


14970_10152601363950377_38855323_nJustin Pasutto is a Former Professional Snowboarder and member of the Canadian National Boardercross Development Team. All starting back from grade 4 with a “Ski or Snowboard Day”  field trip, Pasutto has been hooked on the sport. Over the past 10 years, Justin competed and trained around the world and represented his country.

Before standing and racing side by side with the worlds best boardercross athletes, Pasutto at the age of 12 took interest in playing Rugby. In the years between 2000 and 2009 of playing rugby, Justin received an MVP award with his club (CCIAC), MVP award with the Calgary Rugby Union and was named to the Canadian Rugby team for Under17, U19 and U21 teams. Faced with the decision to pursue either sport at an elite level, Justin choose snowboarding to fuel his need for adrenaline and passion.

Originally born and raised in Calgary, AB,  Justin now currently resides in beautiful Kelowna BC.

I first heard about Justin when friend and designer Jillian Harris confessed he was the prince that stole her heart. For those of you that know my blog, you know that I adore little Ms. Harris. So I knew that this must be a pretty special guy to win over such a beautiful person like Jillian. I saw this remarkable glow every time she mentioned Justin or posted a picture. I contacted Jillian to see if he would be interested in an interview and without a hesitation we were scheduling when and where to meet.

From the moment I sat down with Justin till the end of our 2 hour interview (was like talking with an old friend), I was completely mesmerized by his charm, honesty, dedication and passion. Justin has this way that makes it very easy to be around him, he has great energy and such a beautiful outlook on life. You can’t help but feel inspired and in a good mood after talking with him, Justin is a perfect gentleman with a giant heart of gold. Sitting there I was able to hear stories about his amazing bond he has with his family, the endless love for Jillian and how chasing his passion has filled his life with such joy. I am very proud to share this interview with you and to give you a little look into the life of a hard working, solid, genuine guy!

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a Professional snowboarder?

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JP~ I played hockey ever since I could walk, being from Calgary it’s the go to sport to get into. In grade 4  we did a ski or snowboard day and I picked snowboarding, it was blowing up everywhere because of Shaun White. I fell in love with it even though it was the most painful and tiring day of my life, I could not stand on my board for more that 3 ft without falling over. The lifestyle appealed to me. I wanted it so bad and felt that I would do anything to get it. Grade 8 is when I got into competing with half-pipe (freestyle) and then I did a boardercross race and won $500 and was like “I’m rich, what am I gonna buy”. It felt easy. I was playing Rugby as well at this point, and being an older brother I was very competitive. I wasn’t going anywhere in half-pipe so boardercross was more suited for me. I joined the Calgary Snow Board Club and boardercross programs kicked up and coaches were hired. In grade 10 I went to  a specialized high school, the National Sports School for olympic sports only (you have to qualify). There are classes and schedules to follow, but it allowed me to focus on snowboarding and coming out of high school I was giving it 110%.

BB411~ Walk me through a day in the life during the snowboarding season?

JP~ I Wake up around 7am and snowboard till 2ish, break for 45 mins (power nap or lunch), then gym for 1-2 hours either a recovery workout (bike, stretch, hot/cold tubs) or power strength/muscle endurance workout and then I head home.

BB411~ A little tip for sore muscles is to rub pure, organic coconut oil on your body or add it to a hot bath.

JP~ Thanks, that’s great to know!

BB411~ What’s on your playlist?

JP~ Country Music, I’m loving artists like Taylor Swift and my favourite being Eric Church.

BB411~ What is the next step in your career?

JP~ I’m on the National Development team and working hard at my quest to have the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia?

307653_10150772865850402_5040130_nBB411~ Have you been interviewed before?

JP~ Not like this, not a sit down. You’re my first!

BB411~ Thank you for the opportunity

BB411~ If you weren’t a professional snowboarder and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

JP~ In real life I would probably go into business, maybe commercial real estate like my day or become a Professional Rugby Player. But my dream would be a Country Singer or Cowboy (if I could time travel).

BB411~ Which Athletes did you admire growing up?

JP~ Shaun White and in my sport Mike Robertson (medalist with boardercross Vancouver). He always had a calm, cool mentality and is the friendliest person you’ll ever meet. Mike’s older brother Adam was my snowboard coach growing up, he built me to where I am today. Adam is one of the most intelligent coaches for boardercross that you can come across.

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JP~ (A BIG Smile goes on his face) I met Jillian in Kelowna this past Summer. I was in Calgary for a friends engagement party and I flew back out that same night, but I almost missed my flight. Everyone was going out in Calgary to party but I decided not to. But what’s cool is how the whole day worked out. I went straight from airport to a water front pub called Rose’s. I was waiting in the VIP line up, Jill and a few of her friends walked up and straight to the front of the line. Then one of my girlfriends came out and saw me in line and commented on how I was dressed up saying “oh isn’t this guy a beauty” to Jill and her gf’s and Jill responded “yes this guy is totally cute”. Jill and I only exchanged 3 or 4 words in the lineup and then I went in before her.

While inside we didn’t see each other all night until the end when it was closing time. We started chatting and as we were getting kicked out I asked her to give me her number so we could finish this conversation later. We went outside and as she was on her phone trying to figure out where her girlfriends were, I couldn’t help but look at her and If I had to say this, it was love at first sight. I really believe it, it was a sensation that just hit me. This was the first time it’s ever happened to me like this. A few days later I sent a text seeing about meeting for dinner and didn’t get nothing back for a while and then she finally responded and said sure and gave details of when and where. The thing was I had no idea who Jill was, she told me she did some work on tv, I figured it was on the production side of things. I had never watched the Bachelorette. I picked her up at her house and when she walked out I was like WOW~totally swept off my feet. When she got in the car she was like “hey how r u”, super bubbly Jill and I was like “I’m going to marry this girl, this girls perfect”. We chatted our faces off the whole date. Our second date was at a family picnic where I met her entire family for her Granny Marg’s birthday.

BB411~ Have you watched any of the episodes of Jillian on the Bachelor/Bachelorette?

JP~ We talked about it and for the longest time I didn’t, but finally out of curiosity I YouTube’d it and watched 3 mins of one episode.

BB411~ You must know about the hotdog theory?

JP~ I found out about it when I went out for dinner with her parents and her Mom asked Jill to tell me about the theory. Jillian asked me what I put on my hotdog and I replied “Mustard~ it’s the go to thing”. Jill lit up and explained the whole thing while saving the mustard guy for last. Well I totally nailed it and the rest is history.

63750_10152434247175377_1675046216_nBB411~ What are the 3 things you love most about Jillian?

JP~ Her positive energy and outlook on life (it’s so moving and inspiring everyday), her family values and her humour ~ She makes me laugh all the time (she gets that from her Dad Glen, he is the funniest, quirkiest guy out there).

BB411~ What is your favourite thing to do as a couple?

JP~ Depends of time of year. We didn’t go to a movie till 7 months. The best thing we love to do together is travel, every opportunity that we have time off we go somewhere (LA, Calgary, Maui or Road trip). We are usually so tired and beat up from our jobs we just love chillin out. As long as we’re together were stoked on doing anything.

BB411~ You travelled to NYC to ring in 2013, tell me about it?

JP~ I went with Jillian and my parents on a trip to NYC. We got to be down in time square and go in the green room to watch Ryan Seascrest at the ABC Studio (my Mom is obsessed with Ryan and being 5 ft away was incredible). The moment when the ball was dropping we ran outside and rang in the New Year beside Taylor Swift and Harry Styles. It was an amazing trip.

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JP~ That’s a great question. My Dad’s Italian and my Mom’s Irish so I get the fun-loving, sporadic, I want to hug everyone from my Mom and the love of food, big family and drive from my Dad. I was really lucky growing up, my parents come from great families. My Mom was the total “My kids are first” and built us with real true values. Respecting people for who they are, lending a hand, being responsible, growing up thinking what do you want to reflect on other people and what do you want other people to view you as? She’s gone over and above for my brother and I. My Dad he’s the exact way but in a different light. My Mom’s a school teacher and my Dad’s owned his own company which gave him the opportunity to be there for me and my brother all the time. Both him and my Mom have been my #1 fans since the start. He played a little sports in high school (genetically gifted) and was at every practice on the sideline helping run the programs I was in. My Dad  always said “the only thing that beats talent is hard word and time”.IMG_0210

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

JP~ I always have and I have to give my Mom credit for that (she’s always wanted a daughter growing up). She’d always ask “boys do you like my shoes” to my brother Matt and I. She would always dress us up in little bow ties, sweater vests and blazers when going to family events and outings. Then when I started dating Jillian, she is so passionate about style and loves her clothes that I have been playing around with different looks.

BB411~ Favorite Designer?

JP~ I love Indochino and Ted Baker, their style is amazing. Since I have big legs I have to get everything tailored, but these two are my favourites.

BB411~ Favourite colour?

JP~  I would say Blue, a flat navy blue. I also like periwinkle (Jillian would be proud).

BB411~ What are the 5 staple pieces every man should have in his wardrobe?

JP~ Bow tie, 3-piece tailored suit, quarter zip sweater, navy blazer and a pair of nice brown dress shoes.

487587_10152177175180402_1267195150_nBB411~ Describe your style?

JP~ I’m very practical for the situation. I go from snowboarding to red carpet with Jill. I’m not an emotional dresser.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

JP~ From the inside out. True beauty is someone who can live in the moment of each day, not worry about the future and not dwell on the past. Being able to stop and take the moments to enjoy life, like smelling the flowers. Jill is the perfect example of this.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

JP~ Professionally and personally it’s the things that impact your life, give you satisfaction, challenge you and help you grow as an individual each day.

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

JP~ In school I was involved with the Mustard Seed in Calgary, I helped the homeless shelter give out food and gifts (toiletry items). I have been involved with Motion Ball and the Covenant House Vancouver (Jillian and I slept out in the cold to raise funds and awareness for homeless youth). I got to meet with the kids that live there, hear about their lives and experiences and take a tour. The Covenant House has inspired these kids and given them a clean slate to believe in what ever they want to believe in. Sleeping outside gave me a different perspective and appreciation for shelter and a warm bed. The cardboard we slept on acted as an insulator, I woke up with my foot off the cardboard and it was frozen. I plan to get involved with other charities in the near future, this is something that is very important to me. I’m thinking after the season ends going to Africa for a few weeks and volunteering, maybe teaching at a school. I’d love to get involved with Right To Play foundation, it’s such an amazing organization.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?IMG_0243

JP~ Seeing that twinkle in someones eyes, that inspiration passed from you to them. You give them hope, without it we would all be miserable. It’s about leaving that person with a goal for the future, a different view on their overall thinking and giving them a light at the end of the tunnel.

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

JP~ Everything happens for a reason, I try to live my life with no regrets. I would tell myself to not stress out about the future, you work hard and good things will happen.

BB411~ 4 words that best describe you?

JP~ Emotionally intelligent (I’m good at reading people), Spontaneous, Drive and Humble.304345_10152183966425377_1874265724_n

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

JP~ Up until 2 years ago I’d go for the odd facial, but now I use the new Nivea mens line for rejuvenation with Coenzyme Q10 (face wash and moisturizing cream). Since dating Jill I also now go for microdermabrasions and use the Clarisonic.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

JP~ Aveeno hand cream, Labello lip balm and Caudalie Beauty Elixir (one of Jillian’s favourites).

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

JP~ Hand cream, there is nothing worse than dry skin. It’s a pet peeve of mine.

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

JP~ This perfume or hand cream that my Mom would wear, it reminds me of the products at a hotel at Emerald Lake that we would go to growing up.

BB411~ Favorite Cologne?

JP~ Lacoste-White 

IMG_2581BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that have been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

JP~ To wear sunscreen and drink lots of water. When I was young my Mom bought me and my brother these tank tops from the GAP that said lifeguard on them. We would run around with walkie-talkies and sunscreen on.

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

JP~ Im afraid of the dark and I’m willing to admit it (laughs).

BB411~ Favorite quote?

JP~ Never run from a loss and don’t whine when it hurts (it was in a movie).

BB411~ Favourite food?

JP~ Grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup.

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

JP~ Stoked or Heart (it’s a tie).

BB411~ Where do you see your self in 1, 5 and 10 years?

JP~ 1yr- Hopefully (fingers crossed) on the National Team on route to the Olympics, 5 years-working in a business (maybe commercial real estate), married with a family (or at least starting) and 10 years-happily married with a family (prob 2-3 kids) living in Kelowna or Calgary.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

JP~ If you want something you have to do it, you have work for it, it’s not going to come easy. Nothing in life is free. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do it, block out any doubts that someone else has. If you want something bad enough and you’re will to work for it you’re going to get it.

BB411~ What do you want to be remembered for?294297_10152074826285402_994166618_n

JP~ Not just an athlete who has accomplished his goals and passion but a great friend. A good family member who was always thinking about other people. Always looking to have a good time and making sure others did as well.

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

JP~ I’ve been spoiled with my life and have had the opportunity to travel the world. One thing that I would love to scratch off the list is to visit Fiji and stay in those little huts that are out on the water.

BB411~ Any Adventures on the horizon (personally or professionally)?

JP~ At the end of every snowboard season the work thought kicks in for me to figure out a way to make some cash for the following season. This summer I really wanted to make sure I was on my own schedule and be outside. If I am on my own schedule that means I can fit training in for snowboarding easier.
So I came up with the idea to start my own company. Hadn’t decided what yet but I knew I’d come on to something. I’ve been boating my whole life and I had worked in a boat sales place way back one summer in Calgary and the idea to clean boats came up. But the thing that could give me an extra edge was making it a “mobile boat cleaning company”. I would access all if the Okanagan and make it easier and cheaper for people to get their boats clean. I can run the company out of my home, have my schedule to train and make money to help pay for my next season. I hope that I can grow the company and have it open and available for every spring/summer season to come. It’s been a great project and I’ve learned a lot. Check out Scrub Captain  to find the hottest Summer offers and deals for all your boat detailing needs.

It was such a pleasure to sit down with Justin. I want to thank him for opening up about his life and what matters most to him. I know that no matter what life has in store for Justin (both professionally and personally), he will accomplish anything he sets his mind to. I look forward to watching this rising star make the most out of life. I even got the official invite to visit the Pasutto Ranch in Kelowna this Summer. In Justin’s words, the more the merrier~ he’s just that kind of guy, always putting others first!

Make sure to follow Justin on Twitter to keep up to date on his quest for success, check him out on Pinterest for daily inspirations and Swing by Scrub Captain on twitter to book your appointment today.

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I look forward to hearing from all of you, email at beautybuzz411@gmail.com or simply leave a comment here

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Megan Williams: Our Interrupted Fairy Tale

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Megan is the Vancouver based author of the breakout, true love story, Our Interrupted Fairy Tale. If you’re looking for her, you’re likely to see her running the seawalls with friends who (she claims) have saved her thousands of dollars in therapy. She also has a new column in Valley Buzz – “How did you meet”. But if you really want to know Megan, take a look at what her friends have to say!

So what is there to know about 30 year old Megan Williams, that you haven’t already read? “It took me a little over a year to write Our Interrupted Fairy Tale – writing 1,000 words a day and sifting through old emails, diaries, letters and blogs. I moved to the spectacular North Shore with Chad in 2008, and have stayed there ever since. I still live in our mini-castle in the sky (read: very small, very high condo that over looks the ocean and city).

Since moving to the North Shore, I have run thousands and thousands of kilometres on the West Vancouver seawalls. Most of which have been with girlfriends who have saved me thousands and thousands of dollars in therapy – letting me cry through the rain, daydream about “what’s next” and drop minutes off my race times. I also still play tennis. Not as much as I used to – but each time I step on the court, I’ve got Chad’s coaching voice in my head. (Elbow up on the forehand, move towards the ball on volleys). I play one tournament a year – The Chad Warren Mixed Charity Challenge.

As for work, I’m on the communications team at BC Transplant, an organization that I am proud to be a part of, my colleagues are selfless and I have no problem showing up on weekends to work.”

FullSizeRender-15 copyI knew of Megan and her story for some time, but had the honour to meet and work with her for the Big Love BallFur Crying Out Loud” campaign shoot. Megan has this kindness that shines so bright from within – I don’t think this beautiful woman has a bad bone in her body! She is such a sweetheart and an incredible role model for woman and young girls all around.

Megan embodies strength, beauty, focus, dedication and most of all she shows us that the fight’s always worth it, when you believe in it! Her courage inspires you to step outside your comfort zone, listen to your heart and to do it all with love. “Our Interrupted Fairy Tale” is a true love story that shows us how through loss, love will always remain. Megan showed vulnerability in a way that allowed us all to see what a remarkable man Chad Warren was and how Chad’s spirit will continue to live on. As hard as it was to read this book, knowing how it would end, I found healing and comfort for those that I have lost to Cancer. It is with a grateful heart and love that I share our interview here……

BB411~ You released your new book “Our Interrupted Fairy Tale”, what do you hope people get from your love story?

MW~ I like that people will get to know a few things about this great guy Chad who they might have not otherwise had the privilege of meeting. But as time has gone on, I’ve been told that this story has helped others with their own life stories of love and loss – so I’m pleased this story has offered that as well.

megan-062BB411~ At what point did you know you were ready to tell your story?

MW~ It was about a year after I found one of Chad’s diaries. The timing was right in my life that I could commit to writing this story, and the timing was right in my grieving. I guess the pain wasn’t so acute that it would cloud the happiness of the story.

BB411~ What was the best and hardest part about writing this book?

MW~ Reliving our life together. The hardest part is similar – reliving our life together, and recalling the sickness and sadness that came with it.

BB411~ What are the plans to spread the love about “Our Interrupted Fairy Tale”?

MW~ I’ve recently signed with an agent in Toronto – so he’s taking over some of the planning now. We’ll have to wait and see!

BB411~ What inspires you to stay strong and embrace life?

MW~ I’m alive, I’m healthy and I’m loved. I can’t think of any more inspiration than that.

BB411~ What do you want people to know most and remember about Chad?

DSC03293MW~ That he was a kind, thoughtful, determined, good person. He also had the ability to make us blush and belly laugh at the same time with his super off-side jokes.

BB411~ Chad started a foundation called “Chad’s 1 Million“, can you tell me a bit more about it?

MW~ Chad’s $1 Million (for Multiple Myeloma) is a campaign to honour his wish to have his life make a difference for other blood cancer patients. Take a Look!

BB411~ You and Chad met on the tennis court, will you continue to play tennis or have you closed that chapter of your life?

MW~ I still play, but not nearly as much since Chad’s been gone. I play in the summers with my Dad in preparation for my favorite (and only) tournament of the year – the Chad Warren Mixed Charity Challenge up at Hollyburn in West Vancouver. It’s a great event, and for any tennis players who might read this article, I encourage you to consider registering this year! The tournament is set up as Chad wanted, accessible and open to players of any level. Good times only!

IMG_1866BB411~ What has “living on” meant to you?

MW~ I will never get over the loss of Chad. I haven’t met anyone who “got over” the loss of someone they loved. So, I’m living on, not moving on. I live on with Chad in my thoughts, conversations with friends and occasionally in my decision-making. He’s still here in so many ways.

BB411~ How did your parents influence the person you are today?

MW~ Oh, you mean my #1 fans? My parents have cheered from behind the glass watching my tennis matches, with one phone call, and they were at the hospital with Chad and I in less than an hour, and again, this past Friday – Mom and Dad stayed up late with me as they worked through the wrinkles of my SheTalksYVR speech with them. Their tireless support has influenced me tremendously and I wish that feeling on everyone.

BB411~ You have found love again, was that a hard process? How has Brad helped heal your heart?

MW~ I have found love again! While I wouldn’t say it’s a hard process, but it’s very uncharted territory for both of us. Brad (I know, Chad/Brad – I like to keep it simple) as he says, chose to love all of me, not just the parts that apply to him. I’ve never had to “hide” my grieving, or pretend I didn’t have a life with someone else, before him. And I feel the same about him, and I’m confident it’s why we works as well as we do.

IMG_0149BB411~ What does the word “beauty” mean to you?

MW~ We use that word to describe so many things don’t we! So, considering I told my step-daughter that she was beautiful before leaving for work this morning, and I also said the cherry blossoms were beautiful on my run – I’d have to say “Beauty” is something natural. Something that requires a moment of pause as you think how special that person/view/object/moment is.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

MW~ Paying it forward. Sometimes, I find that a gesture or generosity that has been extended to me, doesn’t always mean I “give back” to that same place – I try to pay it forward where it seems fitting.

BB411~ Are you involved/support any charities that are close to your heart?

MW~ Chads1MillionChildren’s Wish Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis.

BB411~ Describe your style?

MW~  I had to text my friend and ask. I would have said, “comfortable.” Cristina said, “West Coast”. I think we mean the same thing, but hers sounds better.

IMG_7251BB411~ #1 thing every woman should have in her wardrobe?

MW~ Runners

BB411~ Bare feet, socks, flip-flops or stilettos?

MW~ Flip-flops

BB411~ What do you do to stay fit and healthy?

MW~  I run with friends – which doubles as therapy and a workout. I do track workouts with a group called SuperKrun on the North Shore to help get my race times down. Strength training in the gym and skiing and tennis for cross training. I like to keep moving.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

MW~ Whatever the facial people tell me – wax on, wax off.

BB411~ What are your go to hair products?

Butter_Studios_Wedding_Photographers_Vancouver_megan_williams_our_interrupted_fairy_tale_3-900x500MW~ Whatever my hairdresser, Jaelyn tells me – shampoo, conditioner, comb, heat protector?

BB411~ Do you have any beauty secrets or words of wisdom that have been passed down to you from your mother or grandmother?

MW~ Drink water. Add sparkle.

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

MW~ Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer – SPF 30. Everything after that is a bonus.

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

MW~ Fun question! Halston, my Mom’s old perfume – it reminds me of being able to fit on her lap. Cigarette smoke and smarties – reminds me of my Grandma. Tennis Bubbles – reminds me of junior tennis.

64-450-2BB411~ What is your favourite fragrance?

MW~ Currently: Sugar Lychee by Fresh.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

MW~ I’m not great at answering this question, so I asked Brad’s little girl. She said, “Beautiful. Smart. Nice.”

BB411~ Fun fact that people may not know about you?

MW~ I have an irrational fear of fish.

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

MW~ You are not fat.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

MW~ “Your absence is like the sky – it covers everything.” – My cousin shared this with me. It’s actually a mis-quote from C.S. Lewis – but I like her version more.

5008_517342854126_51501401_30756267_5004979_nBB411~ Favorite food?

MW~ Brunch.

BB411~ Favourite colour?

MW~ Sparkle

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

MW~ I’d like to live in France for a few months. But most immediately, I’d like to run a sub 20 minute 5km.

BB411~  What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?

MW~ That there will always be more love. I didn’t have to fall out of love with Chad in order to fall in love with Brad. That was a biiiggg moment for me.

BB411~ What are the key points to being a good role model?

MW~ I try to be Kind, Supportive, Empowering.

FullSizeRender-15BB411~ Describe your perfect day (when you have down time)?

MW~ Run with friends (coffee and muffin after – specifically at Crema in West Van), a swim with my step-daughter and Brad, champagne lunch and shopping with girlfriends, and a big dinner out after spending unnecessary amounts of time getting ready with girlfriends, with Taylor Swift on shuffle.

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?

MW~ I’d like to still be writing and living by the beach. But, this last year has been another reminder that the course you’re set out on can always change direction, so I really have no idea.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs (writers) starting out that are following their dreams?

IMG_0159MW~ Ask tons of questions, ask for advice, follow leads, have a plan and take chances.

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

MW~ My life.

To keep up to date with Megan: Follow on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and check out Her Site!

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

Gail McInnes: On Top Of Her Game

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Glasgow-born, Toronto-based Gail McInnes has worked in the fashion industry for over eighteen years with a focus on managing and promoting entrepreneurs and performers. She is owner of publicity agency Magnet Creative Management and co-owner of the exclusive fashion showroom Stylist Box.

Prior to launching her own successful businesses, Gail founded the ground-breaking The Style Box, Canada’s first-ever Canadian fashion designer rental showroom which catered exclusively to high-profile celebrities, dressing them for the Toronto International Film Festival, Emmy Awards, Gemini Awards, and Toronto Fashion Week.

Over the past two decades, she has accumulated an impressive clientele; having worked with actors, artists and performers, including the likes of Stephen Amell (Arrow), internationally renowned rapper Kardinal Offishall, Natalie Brown (The Strain), celebrity chef David Rocco, and reality star and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski; to fashion brands and organizations, including Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI), Lucian Matis, Fashion’s Night Out Toronto, Line Knitwear, CAFTCAD, Andrew Majtenyi, Hilary MacMillan, and many more.

Gail_McInnes (2)She brings her inherent Scottish charm, expertise and insider knowledge to her role as the fashion host for TDot TV and freelance fashion reporter; having written for FLARE.com, Huffington Post, Global News, View The Vibe, and more.

Her in-depth view and opinions into the world of style is often called upon for various television appearances and interviews as an expert in her field, including CBC News, Global TV’s The Morning Show, CTV News, National Post, Globe & Mail, Tele-Journal, Slice Network’s X-Weighted, Party Mamas, and many more. She was featured as the Bachelorette in Come Date With Me, which aired on the Cooking Channel in the US and CosmoTV and W Network in Canada.

Gail gained international recognition when she was nominated in 2011 as “Communicator of the Year” by the prestigious Scottish Fashion Awards, in association with VOGUE.com. She is also a nominee of the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards having been nominated in both 2012 and 2013.

Gail also devotes her extra time to furthering the careers of the next generation of fashion entrepreneurs through esteemed organizations including Youth Employment Services YES as an instructor of their Passion For Fashion Program, Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) as a mentor, and is regularly called upon as guest speaker and judge at various colleges and universities.

From The moment I met Gail years back at Toronto Fashion Week, I have been captivated by her authenticity, gorgeous smile and passion for life. Gail has this “Girl Boss” way about her that energizes anyone around her. She is determined, driven, focused and an incredible businesswoman. What I love most about Gail is she puts her heart and soul into everything she does. The clients, people and friends in her life reap the rewards having her in their corner, your greatest cheering squad. She stands behind what she believes in and goes the extra miles for the people she cares about. I find it inspiring to sit and talk with her and learn more on what it takes to have that entrepreneurial spirit. Oh and did I mention, not only is she beautiful inside and out, she knows how to rock the red lips!

Warning: This interview may cause you to stop what you’re doing and spark that entrepreneur in YOU!

BB411~ You have been involved with the fashion industry for over 18 years and wear many different hats. Can you give us a little insight into all that you do and how did everything come to be?

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GM~ It does seem like a lot, doesn’t it? It’s not really to me – I love being involved in as many aspects of the industry as possible. I want to see it continue to grow and flourish.

Day-to-day, I run my fashion branding and publicity agency Magnet Creative Management and our showroom Stylist Box, which I run with the ingenious Christian Dare. Then I freelance report and write for various outlets, including on air hosting for TDotTV. I’ve always loved writing and reporting – I am so lucky that I can also apply it to so many areas of my career.

BB411~ Did you always know that you would go into the career you are in today?

GM~ I never thought I’d be the owner of my own company, but I always knew I wanted to be in the beauty, entertainment and fashion industries.

When I was 8 years old, I wanted to be a makeup artist; by age 14, I was selling Avon door-to-door. At 12 I wanted to be a fashion designer. It wasn’t until my high school Fashion Arts teacher gave me a dose of reality and the best advice I was ever given at that stage; “Most people who go to fashion school end up as a patternmaker or seamstress. If you want to become a designer, you will need backing or come from a rich family.” I listened and decided at age 17 that I was either going to be a model agent or a fashion show coordinator. By the age of 20 I had already done both.

Stepping back and taking a look at the past twenty years always amazes me. I wish so much I could have told my shy, conservative teenage self to never place doubt on what you want to do – it is all attainable.

BB411~ Where does your drive and focus come from?

Gail_McInnes_Photo_Ted_BeltonGM~ Definitely from my Scottish upbringing and my parents. The educational system in Scotland is much more structured than the Canadian system – which I learned when I moved here in 1989. Both my parents are entrepreneurs and are self-employed.

Fear is the greatest motivator. I want to test myself and try to overcome anything which I ever thought I could never do or that was intimidating. I used to be deathly shy in social situations; overcoming that fear was just step one on realizing that if you put your mind to it, you really can challenge and accomplish things you thought were out of reach before.

BB411~ If you weren’t in the career you are today and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

GM~ Acting, art, or music.

I always wanted to act. I loved my theatre company in school and I wish I hadn’t been so reserved and shy to pursue it more. I would have loved to have become a professional artist. My mum had wanted me to go to OCAD, but never pressured me in anyway. When I was in high school I worked at music stores; if I had pursued that career path, I could have seen myself getting into music management.

BB411~ Who did you admire growing up or do today?

GM~ My mother. She was the driving force in my family. She married my dad at the age of 18 and had four girls by the time they were 27. She ran the household and was always hustling and working to provide us a better life than how she had grown up. I admire her for her gumption and perseverance.

BB411~ Who has been your favourite designer to work with?

GM~ I’ve been so fortunate to work with so many amazing talented designers. It would not be fair for me to call out any names, but those who I call friends are special to me. They know who they are.

BB411~ What are the trends for Spring/Summer?

GM~ Even though trends can be fun to follow each season, I always say, wear what you like and what suits both your body and personality, don’t feel pressured into following trends.

BB411~ Which celebrity do you feel Rocks ongoing style?

GM~ Dita Von Teese, Cate Blanchett, and Tilda Swinton. They all have their own unique sense of style which is powerful in itself.

Gail_McInnes_Scottish_Fashion-AwardsBB411~ Favourite Colour?

GM~ Red.

BB411~ Describe your style?

GM~ Classic retro. I love a red lip and feminine dresses, but I also love to be a little “rock and roll” sometimes.

BB411~ Bare feet, socks or stilettos?

GM~ Stilettos.

BB411~ What are the 5 key pieces that every woman should have in their wardrobe?

  1. A perfectly fitted and tailored jacket
  2. A pair of classic black brogues and/or stilettos
  3. Well-fitted undergarments; especially bras – base garments are the most important thing
  4. A great classic white shirt
  5. A comfortable and well-fitted pair of blue jeans

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

GM~ Compassion. There is nothing more beautiful than someone who cares and understands the struggles of others.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

GM~ Any person or organization that is working hard to make a difference to our community without ego.

BB411~ What are the key points to being a good role model?

GM~ Being true to yourself and approaching every challenge with enthusiasm and optimism.

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

GM~ I’ve been involved with Passion for Fashion, a free fashion business program from Youth Employment Services YES and the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) as an instructor and mentor for the past five years. I also actively support the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). Every holiday season we encourage our clients to donate a shoebox for the Shoebox Project – it’s a great charity which brightens up the lives of women in shelters.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

GM~ Giving back is so important, it’s all about supporting the community and helping as many people as possible.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?Gail-McInnes-tedbelton-007

  • Take more risks.
  • Don’t stay longer in a job or relationship than you should – get out the moment you know it’s not making you happy.
  • Never be afraid to ask – you’ll never know unless you ask. This can apply to everything from financials, raises, favours, information, etc.
  • Surround yourself with people you admire and never be afraid to say goodbye to negative people and environments.
  • Do karaoke! You’re gonna love it, and you’re actually not that bad a singer as you think.
  • Don’t stress so much about dating. Being single is actually the best time of your life – you’ll accomplish more than you ever dreamed possible.

BB411~ How do you stay motivated with life’s daily stresses that come up?

GM~ Laughter. It truly is the best medicine. I also am lucky to be surrounded by so many hilarious people.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

GM~ It changes each day and with the weather. In my twenties, I only ever used Avon’s Effective Eye Make Up Remover to cleanse, I never used soap, then I would use Nivea cold cream. Since I turned 30, I’ve been taking a greater effort to take care of my skin. I exfoliate once every two days with St Ives Exfoliating Apricot Scrub, cleanse and moisturize with Shiseido’s Benefiance collection – the skin softner makes such a difference. For removing eye makeup, I’ve been using Annabelle’s Eye Makeup Remover, I love how easy the pump is to use. And for serums, I am love with the velvety feeling that Estee Lauder Perfectionism [CP+R] leave behind.

BB411~ How do you stay Healthy and Balanced?

Style: "Portrait B&W"GM~ I wish I could admit to going to the gym five times a week, but with my hectic schedule it can be harder during busy times, so I end up there about three times mixing up the elliptical with yoga. I do walk as much as possible when the weather allows; typically walking 30 minutes to an hour or more each day to get to meetings and events. I am trying to be better with drinking more water. I never keep junk food or alcohol in my house, so I do tend to eat better and more balanced at home rather than during the week. And Vitamin D! I have a very low count and take 5 times normal on my doctor’s directions – it really does make a huge difference on your mood, especially during those winter months.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

GM~ Right now, I always have Stila Stay All Day Lipstick in Amore, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat and Benefit’s BADgal Lash Mascara. If I don’t have time to do my makeup completely, these three products add extra glam in less than 5 minutes.

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

GM~ Conair’s Curl Secret – this is the only way I can go from work to an event in no time. It’s so easy to use and creates beautiful curls that last all night.

BB411~ Favourite fragrance?

GM~ Victor and Rolf’s FlowerBomb.

BB411~ Fun fact that people may not know about you?

GM~ My full name in Gaelic/Scots roughly translates to “Lively Fire of the Unique One”.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

GM~ “Power is being told you’re not loved and not being destroyed by it.” – Madonna

BB411~ Favourite Food?

GM~ Anything Mexican or Indian – I love spicy food.

BB411~ Describe your perfect day when you have some down time?

  • Sleeping in till noon
  • A long, leisurely brunch (grapefruit mimosas are mandatory)
  • Spa treatments
  • Dinner on a beautiful, hidden patio
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BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

GM~ Learn from others before diving into the entrepreneurship world. Find mentors to help you with your business plan. Do your research to ensure there is place in the market for your service or product. After that, just go for it and push yourself further than you ever thought possible. Good things will come to those who work their asses off. Don’t expect anything to come to you – you have to find it yourself.

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

GM~ Meet Madonna.

BB411~ What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?

GM~ No one is talking about you as much as you think they do – they’re too busy worrying about who they think is talking about them.

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?

GM~  My career is, and always has been, an evolution. I don’t want to jinx my plans just yet, but the universe will lead me to where I am meant to be.

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

GM~ Time alone. I’m a loner at heart and my alone time is what gives me time to recharge for the next busy period.

To keep up to date with Gail: Follow on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and check out her Site!

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Much Love,
Beauty Buzz 411