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Natalia Anja: Global Degree

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Photo Credit: Britney Gill

 

Natalia Anja is a freelance photographer based out of beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada. Natalia was born in Poland and moved to Greece, eventually settling down in Vancouver, her father documented their family’s adventure with a film and video camera. She’s followed in her dad’s footsteps by capturing and cherishing memories through a lens.

While working for a company called ‘The Buried Life’ (A project that encourages people to check off their bucket list items.) ‘The Buried Life’ inspired Natalia to pursue her passion as a Professional Photographer.

The love she has for photography stems from the incredible feeling of capturing unforgettable moments. She takes pride in connecting with people in a genuine caring way, allowing them to feel comfortable and at ease in front of the camera. “Always smiling and hoping I can bring a smile to the faces of everyone I meet.”

Eager to learn more and strongly believing that images are very powerful; Natalia’s goal is to capture life-changing photographs! Helping others that are less fortunate has always been Natalia’s greatest passion and she would love to use her camera and experiences to make a positive difference in society.

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I have known Natalia for some time and could not be happier for this incredible opportunity she is about to take on. It takes a lot of courage to just drop everything, pack your bag, take a risk and go outside your comfort zone. See, Natalia is a “Gypsy Soul” and the travel-bug flutters inside her. She has this free spirit and her heart has always longed for beautiful adventure. I have had the opportunity to shoot with Natalia and she has some mad talent, she has this way of making you feel so comfortable in front of the lens. From knowing Natalia, I can honestly say that the Global Degree guys have landed the jackpot on having this beauty come on board. Not only is she super funny and gorgeous, she is down-to-earth, gold hearted and truly loves connecting and seeing the good in people. This little gem is going to be missed here at home (by so many I’m sure), but what’s in store for this “Wild Child” is only the beginning to amazing things. What I love most about interviewing is showcasing people who just want to do good, make a difference in this world, and this girl represents all that and so much more. I am grateful to call Natalia a friend and it warms my heart to share this interview with you………….

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to become a photographer, how did it come to be?

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Photo Credit: Natalia Anja Instagram

NA~ When I lived in Italy and I couldn’t find a job because of the language barrier, I spent a lot of time alone…exploring with my camera and fell in love with photography. I took a correspondence course through the New York Institute of Photography. I was always quite fearful of pursuing it and one day two years ago I threw myself into it and I’m so happy I did.

BB411~ What do you love most about photography?

 

NA~ The connection. You can look at a photo and there’s so much more than just an image. It’s a connection between people, a place, or a feeling and there’s always a story. Whether it is as simple as comfort or discomfort, happiness or vulnerability.

BB411~ First off, Congrats on the new adventure you are about to embark on with Global Degree. What inspired you to apply for the contest?

NA~ Thank you! As soon as I heard about the contest, I didn’t think twice about applying. I called my friend Dan Rizzuto, told him I needed to make a short video and without skipping a beat he said “when are we shooting it?” I’ve always loved traveling, exploring and stepping outside of my comfort zone. Global Degree is that in a nut shell.

BB411~ Tell us what it means to get your “Global Degree”?

NA~ Each country is a ‘course’ and once you complete every course – step foot into every country (193 UN Nations) you achieve your Global Degree.

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Photo Credit: Natalia Anja Instagram

BB411~ What are you most excited about and what do you hope to gain from this experience?

NA~ I’m most excited about the unknown, to me there’s something thrilling about that. I don’t know what to expect, I’m excited to see the world with fresh eyes, meet new people, experience different cultures and grow as a person. I’m excited to photograph every country and make a series of photo books each year. The book will highlight each country I explore. I will showcase a landscape, a portrait of a local, fashion, food and animals of each country. Proceeds of each book will go to a charity of choice.

BB411~ Do you have any fears surrounding your upcoming travels?

NA~ Managing packing 7 months of my life into 1 backpack. Other than that, no. For some reason a lot of people feel inclined to only tell me travel horror stories but I’m going in with an open and optimistic mind.

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BB411~ What do you love most about your brothers from Global Degree Michael and Alex?

NA~ Since my initial meeting with both of them there was a natural, comfortable connection. They’re complete goofballs which I love. Since day one they have treated me like a little sister. They make me laugh a lot, make fun of me like siblings do, but are very protective and caring as well.

BB411~ Out of all the places you will visit, which is the one you are most looking forward to and why?

NA~ After researching the Asian countries we’re about to visit, it’s so hard to pick one. There were quite a few I have never even heard of. I think I’m most excited for India, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea.

BB411~ What has photography taught you as a person?

NA~ That having a ‘job’ that you’re passionate about will make you a very happy, fulfilled person.

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BB411~ Which photographer inspires you and what do u love most about their work?

NA~ There are so many that are amazing but two that stand out are Rob Daly and Kharen Hill. Rob is an absolute genius! I think he creates pure magic. Every photo of his takes my breath away. All of his work is so original and creative. He really inspires me to start doing more passion projects and to step outside of the box. Kharen’s work also speaks for itself, it’s incredible and she’s one of the loveliest people I have ever met. Kharen was super helpful when I was first stepping into photography, I really admire her.

 

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BB411~ Is there someone you haven’t photographed that you would love to work with?

NA~ Shia Labeouf, I admire his outlook towards his art. I think a shoot with him would be incredible! I love how he bares his soul on film.

BB411~ Who did you look up to growing up or inspire to be?

NA~ Definitely My parents. They created this ‘get up and go’ mentality of mine. They were so young when they moved from Poland to Greece and then decided to come to Canada without ever previously visiting…Talk about spontaneous. I admire that a lot about them, and they did it all with smiles on their faces.

BB411~ How did your parents influence the person you are today? They are my hero’s. They’ll never understand how much I admire them for accomplishing so much at such a young age with two kids. They made me realize that anything is possible. I came from a very loving and supportive home and I hope I exude the love they have unconditionally provided me and each other with.

BB411~ Your sister Trish is your best friend, you share a very special bond. What do you love most about her?

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NA~ I could go on forever about her amazing qualities. She truly has a selfless heart of gold, she gets that from my mom…they’re very similar. She’s the sweetest person I know that has the softest heart. She’s also a little bit of a weirdo like me, which makes for good laughs.

BB411~ Top 3 things every woman should have in her wardrobe?

NA~ Something she’s very comfortable in, something she feels sexy in and whatever makes her happy.

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

NA~ Stilettos, there’s something about heels that bring out confidence.

BB411~ Describe your style?

NA~ Confused. haha. My style varies from looking like a little boy going to play basketball or dressing up like a girly girl. It all depends on my mood.

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BB411~ What does the word “beauty” mean to you?

NA~  “Beauty” to me shines within a person and radiates with energy on the exterior. Everyone is beautiful and confidence and a kind soul exude that.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

NA~ I feel most inspired when I’m alone with my thoughts in nature. I get inspired by good conversation, seeing people in my life working towards and achieving their goals and being a part of a community.

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

NA~ I believe we’re all extremely fortunate. To me ‘giving back’ is providing a smile on someone’s face whether it be a small nice gesture, monetary contribution or physically helping someone. It means to be selfless. I think smiles are contagious and once they start spreading, the world becomes a happier place. I love the quote “Don’t give to get, give to inspire others to give’

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Photo Credit: Natalia Anja Instagram

 

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

NA~ Project Solution Jamaica has become very close to my heart. It’s an organization my friend co-founded. I’m a HUGE fan of it. The breakfast program provides over 500 kids in Trelawny, Jamaica with a meal a day. Most of these kid’s families can’t afford to feed them so they don’t know when they will receive their next meal. This program allows them to receive at least one meal a day and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the breakfast program. I can’t wait till I get the opportunity to go to Jamaica to visit the kids and the school.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

NA~ I’m not too particular with my skin regime. I usually use The Body Shop Tea tree oil foam face wash and then Garnier moisturizer.

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Photo Credit: Natalia Anja Instagram

BB411~ What are your go to hair products?

NA~ Dry Shampoo and hair spray! ..and delicious smelling Coconut Conditioner.

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

NA~ Toothpaste? Blistex chapstick.

BB411~ What are your thoughts on animal testing? Do you support companies that are cruelty free?

 

NA~ I love animals so I don’t agree with or support animal testing. It’s a topic I’m not very educated about but would like to be. I know some of my go-to products from The Body Shop are cruelty free which makes me more inclined to support their brand.

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Photo Credit: Natalia Anja’s Parents

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

NA~ The babydoll perfume, reminds me of my mom. Smells like grapefruit.

BB411~ What is your favorite fragrance?

NA~ I love Escada – Pacific Paradise, Hypnotic poison, lolita lampecka or the Vanilla Oil from the Body Shop. On men…Jean Paul Gautier get’s me every time.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

NA~ Weird, smart ass, genuine

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

NA~ “Nothing is un realistic. Don’t be scared or too embarrassed to speak openly about your dreams and passions.”

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

NA~ Wake up early, grab a coffee, putting the phone away for the day, go on a hike and play the day by ear. Exploring places I’ve never been to and not be on a time constraint.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

NA~  “Wherever you go, there you are.”

BB411~ Favorite food?

NA~ Domino’s ham & pineapple pizzzza with banana peppers and franks hot sauce.

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

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NA~ My phobia, fear: I’m terrified of being in front of the camera. I get extremely awkward, my lips start to shake and I can’t be myself.

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

NA~ Being genuine, respectful and having a kind heart.

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

NA~ To take my family on an epic family vacation.

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

 

NA~  I’ve been slacking lately but I try my best to eat healthy, I love spinning, running, hiking, playing sports and anything active and outdoors.

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

NA~ If you’re extremely passionate about something and you’re willing to put all your time and effort into it you’ll do anything in your power to make it happen. You just need to set fear aside and do it!

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

NA~ I like to go with the flow. I have a lot of goals but my life is nothing like what I thought it would be even in the last year. In 1 year I hope to have seen all of Asia and have made an amazing photography book. Host my first Gallery event. I’ll have to see where my heart takes me in 5 and 10 years. I hope that in 5 years I would have achieved my Global Degree and have published work with National Geographic and have made 5 books.

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

NA~ Cheesy dad jokes & puns

BB411~ When you look back at the life you lived, what do u want to be remembered for?

NA~ I would hope that I have added an element of positivity in people’s lives, making them smile and feel good about themselves.

From the bottom of my heart I am so incredibly proud of this girl and can’t wait to follow this amazing journey she’s about to embark on.

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Photo Credit: Britney Gill

 

To keep up to date with Natalia: Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and make sure to check out her Site where she will be posting on her Global Degree Adventure.

Check out Global Degree on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Website & their You Tube Channel.

You will be able to catch Season 2 on the Discovery Digital Network too!

And a Big SHOUT OUT to their sponsors Flight CentreHostel World, Monstercat & World Nomads for getting them there, keeping them safe and putting a roof over their heads.

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Much Love,
Beauty Buzz 411

Fresh Beauty: Spring into Spring

Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant 75mL

 

The Mother of all Exfoliants

Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Thermafoliant is your beauty tool for sloughing off the dead cells to reveal a brighter glow. The Great thing about this product is it not only polishes the skin, but with a touch of water it’s self-heating, creating that extra touch of exfoliation. With scrubbing action like this, products penetrate and melt into the skin more deeply.
Refresh your skin at Dermalogica

 

 

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D’Fluff

The key to a perfect shave is preparing the skin before. I love looking for products that have fresh ingredients, and that’s exactly what you get with LUSH Cosmetics! D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap is like dessert for your legs (and other body parts too). Whisked together is this combination of strawberries, egg whites, coconut oil, cocoa butter and many more antioxidant goodies. The fluffy, whipped, marshmallow texture brings fun to the shower and you’ll be showing off those silky legs.
Discover a new way to shave at Lush

 

 

Let the Good Times RollLike Oatmeal in the Morning

What better way to start off the day then with the sweet smell of “Let The Good Times Roll” from Lush. This maize, cinnamon and polenta facial cleanser gently washes, soothes and conditions your skin. I can’t get over the heavenly scent that makes me think of sweet and salty popcorn, caramel and oatmeal with brown sugar all-in-one! A real treat for your face.
Get your morning burst with Lush

 

 

In the Buff

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Bring Hawaii to your bathtub with the exotic and natural scents of “Kai” body buffer. This unique sponge is infused with good-for-you oils like coconut, olive and palm. This product really does it all, cleanser, exfoliator, moisturizer, bubble bath AND provides up to 30 showers. Oh and it’s a great companion for the travel bug on-the-go (Packs Perfectly)!
Let Kai take you away at Kai Fragrance

 

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Intensive Repair

Cocoa butter is the bomb! Garnier body’s “Intensive 7 days” Conditioning lotion brings moisture-rich hydration and an amazing scent. You’ll love that you can jump out of the shower and it absorbs quickly, while still providing continuous moisture for days. It’s perfect for full body coverage and all weather conditions throughout the year. And the best part, is it contains L-Bifidus, which is inspired by probiotics found in yogurts.
Slather up today with Garnier

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Beauty Buzz 411

Something Sweet with Jessica Krueger

JessicaKrugerOFFICIALLise Watier Cosmétiques and its partner Shoppers Drug Mart are proud to announce that Jessica Kruger of Coquitlam, B.C. is the face of the new Something Sweet fragrance. This effervescent young woman dazzled the panel of judges with her infectious enthusiasm, unfailing positive energy, determination and eloquence, and because she so clearly represents the Lise Watier brand values. She is definitely the Something Sweet they were looking for!

“I have all the character traits that Lise Watier is looking for to represent Something Sweet, but choosing me also means choosing to embrace diversity and changing the world’s perception about what a model should be”, said Jessica Kruger. A fourth-year student at Simon Fraser University, Jessica is also Canada’s youngest female player in the wheelchair rugby association. As a quadriplegic, Jessica accommodates her challenges and enjoys life to the fullest. She also gives motivational sessions for WorkSafeBC (sic) and the Rick Hansen Foundation. Encouraged by a friend, this inspirational young woman enrolled in the competition at the Shoppers Drug Mart in Burnaby, B.C. Although she entered for fun, Jessica quickly realized the impact her application had when she garnered huge support from her community.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet and interview Jessica. Her story is inspiring and she is a great role model who shows what it takes to rise above challenges and see the possible in the impossible. I love that I get to share this interview with all of you, Enjoy………!

BB411~ You are currently in university, what are your focused studies and career plans?

JK~ I am studying at SFU to get my bachelors of English. Once I have gotten that I will apply to the PDP program, which is a one year education/teaching program. The ultimate goal is to be a high school English teacher.

Jess-rugbyBB411~ You are Canada’s youngest female player in the wheelchair rugby association, what do you love most about the sport and organization?

JK~ Honestly, I love everything about rugby—my team-mates, the physical challenges, the contact aspect of the game, the strategy—it’s all so much fun!

 

BB411~ What did winning and becoming the face of the new “Something Sweet” fragrance campaign with Lise Watier mean to you?

JK~ It meant that Lise Watier was ready to help make my dreams come true, that they thought the world was ready to see somebody with a disability be a model—an unheard of feat!

BB411~ What do you hope to accomplish being an ambassador?

JK~ I hope to show both girls and women that being different can be beautiful and that confidence is admirable.

BB411~ What do you think it means to be a good role model?

JK~ I think that a good role model empowers those that look up to them. I think that they remember that all of their actions could have an effect on other’s and that they truly embrace the message that they are trying to send.

BB411~ Where does your drive and focus come from?LiseWatier_Finalists

JK~ Honestly, I think that it comes from my stubbornness, which I suppose comes from my Dad. I have always been one of those people who refuses to accept no for an answer, and being stubborn has made me strive for things that may have seemed impossible just to prove that they weren’t.

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

JK~ I wouldn’t say that there is one specific person that I admire, but rather that there are a number of people who possess the traits that I admire. I admire hard-work and determination, positivity and kindness, loyalty and drive. I see these traits in so many of the people that surround me, my friends, parents, sister, and team-mates, that it is nearly impossible to choose just one.

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

JK~ My parents are, and always have been, my greatest supporters. They are the type of people who have encouraged all of my dreams and never ever told me that something seems impossible or stupid. They have raised me to be the person that I am today. When I was six years old they took my sister and I on a four-year sailing trip around the world. In choosing to expose me to so many different cultures they gave me the gift of understanding other’s challenges and struggles. This trip showed me that people can have virtually nothing and still find happiness, it made me realize how ridiculously blessed I am to live the life I live.

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

JK~ I remember that I really don’t have it all that bad, and recognize that this is the life I have been given, it is up to me to make the most of it, feeling sorry for myself will ultimately accomplish nothing.

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JK~ I think that many little girls grow up with an admiration for all that is beautiful and glamorous, and I was no exception. While I have not always been a “girly girl,” I have always appreciated the fashion and beauty world.

BB411~ Who is your favourite designer?

JK~ My favourite designer would definitely have to be Betsey Johnson.

BB411~ Ditto (One of our faves too!)

 

BB411~ Any beauty/fashion tips or tricks you have?

JK~ The best tip I could give anyone is to wear something that makes you feel fabulous. Going out with confidence is probably the most attractive thing you can wear.

BB411~ Describe your style?

JK~ I would describe my style as girly, fun and flirty with the occasional edge. I love, love, LOVE dresses and boots!

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

JK~ I believe that true beauty comes from within. Someone that is truly beautiful is seen as externally beautiful because their spirit shines from within.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

JK~ I am inspired both personally and professionally by people who are not afraid to work hard to achieve their dreams. I have a huge respect for anyone that has “beaten the odds” and remains humble.

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JK~ I have had some involvement as a speaker for the Rick Hansen Foundation, which is of course close to my heart, as their work is in support of people with spinal cord injuries. I learned about the work that The Lise Watier foundation is doing, and am hoping to be able to contribute to that in some small way. I think that the work that they do with women and girls in need is extremely important.

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

JK~ It means using all of the wonderful opportunities that I have been given to make a difference to others.

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

JK~ It would be that everything happens for a reason.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

JK~ Determined, Positive, Loving.

leah+jess_22.jpgBB411~ What is your skin care regime?

JK~ Extremely simple, wash with water and Lise Watier’s Hydra Smart self-foaming cleanser, moisturize with their Hydra Smart hydration gel cream.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

JK~ My purse sized Something Sweet perfume, Lise Watier Dramatique Intense Mascara, and my Lise Watier Sun Ray lip gloss!

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

JK~ Lise Watier’s feline black liquid eyeliner! Amazing!

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favorite fragrance?

 

JK~ Any sort of baking related scents remind me of my childhood, as that was one of my favourite things to do with my mother, and my favourite fragrance is Lise Watier’s Something Sweet!SSweet_RollOn

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

JK~ I have been to 45 different countries.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

JK~ “May the bluebird of happiness do cartwheels in your oatmeal” I actually have this quote up on my bedroom wall!

BB411~ I absolutely love this, this is going in the vault!

BB411~ Favorite food?

JK~ Tacos and sushi!

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JK~ The Guardian or John Tucker Must Die.

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

JK~ Travelling to India.

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

JK~ Realizing that people in wheelchair’s are capable of doing anything an able-bodied person is, just in a different way.

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

JK~ Spending time with friends, family, and my boyfriend, baking, and curling up on the couch to watch wedding shows with my sister.

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

JK~ I would tell them to remember that achieving them will probably not be easy, but ultimately hard-work and determination are always rewarded. Be patient, never say no to an opportunity, and go get those dreams!

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?FullSizeRender-9

JK~ 1: Starting the PDP program at SFU, continuing to train for wheelchair rugby, hopefully doing some part-time modelling!
5: Teaching, playing on the national wheelchair rugby team, getting engaged (**hint hint nudge nudge** haha!), living in Vancouver.
10: Playing on the national wheelchair rugby team, opening my own cupcake shop, married, living in Vancouver, and starting to have children!

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

JK~ On a non-materialistic level, My family, my dog, my friends, my life!

To keep up to date with Jessica: Follow her on Instagram

To get your hands on the incredible fragrance “Something Sweet” Visit Lise Watier

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Much Love,

Beauty Buzz 411

Fresh: Beauty Favourites

Cherry 200ml-1

 

Cherry Love

As someone that’s always on the go, having a product to freshen my hair in-between washes is a must (especially with a shorter style). Batiste new dry shampoo wakes up my roots with a luscious cherry scent. This quick touch-up adds instant life and texture back into my hair.

Discover your fruity side, Visit Batiste hair

 

 

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Climate Control

Dermalogica’s not just skin care, they keep you smelling fresh too! “Environmental Control Deodorant” keeps me dry with a blend of odor-neutralizing and natural ingredients. What I love most is its lemony scent and that it contains NO Aluminum Chlorohydrate. Perfect for sensitive skin and as a foot deodorizer too.

Get active with Dermalogica

 

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Aurora Beauty

Collection after collection, Lise Watier continues to blow my mind. The new “Aurora Beauty” eyeshadow palette features 6 shimmery shades, perfect for day or night. With a creme-powder finish, you can keep it simple and matte or dress it up with a Metallic shine.

Ring in the holidays at LiseWatier

 

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Foam Party

Though I’m a sun bunny, I know the importance of being sun-smart. Jergens “Natural Glow” foaming daily moisturizer leaves my skin glowing and hydrated with a blend of moisturizers, antioxidants and Vitamin E.
I love how this formula creates a gradual tan and it quickly dries without transferring onto my clothes!

Create your colour with the help of Jergens & LondonDrugs

 

 

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Snap, Crackle, Pop goes Lush Cosmetics new “Northern Lights” bath bomb. I could not believe my eyes how quickly this little wand turned my tub into a colourful sea of neon blue and green. The next best thing to relaxing and being wrapped by scents of Jasmine and Ylang Ylang, was the blanket of tiny stars that floated above.

Have fun and melt away today at LUSH

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Beauty Buzz 411

A “LUSH” life with trainer Jeff Brown

LushFor those that follow this blog, you know that I lead a very LUSH life! From the moment I started my journey with LUSH Cosmetics (bath bombs were my first intro), I have had an increasing love that has blossomed and continued to grow for the company. Last year I had the amazing opportunity and privilege to tour the LUSH factory kitchen in Vancouver. Whether it be my experience in the stores, the tour, the product or the incredible staff I have had the pleasure of meeting, I have grown to have such appreciation for this great company. photo-3

Last year I attended a LUSH Cosmetics event in Vancouver where they  launched their new line Emotional Brilliance. Before even walking in the store I could see that the windows were filled with hanging streams of colored circles. The colors represented what the night had in store. Each color was part of the Emotional Brilliance experience. Right off the bat I was introduced to Jeff Brown, one of the brand and product knowledge trainers for LUSH. Jeff was so welcoming and had a great smile, without hesitation Jeff  jumped at the opportunity to get things started. His enthusiasm and passion made the whole experience memorable. He sat me down at this table and told me to close my eyes and when I opened them to watch the large wooden wheel spin and immediately pick the 3 colors that stood out! I was also told not to think about the colors and go with my gut reaction, to the ones I was instantly drawn to. There was even dry ice added to give the experience some flare (see pic below).

For every color their was an emotion tied to it, my 3 colors were Passionate, Calm and Motivation. The really cool thing about the night was to pick makeup colors based on pure emotion. I saw guests play with colors they normally would not gravitate to. I saw confidence building in people over the hour and a certain playfulness develop for some. Overall this was an event for all ages and I was happy to be invited and to be a part of the launch.

When I decide who I will feature for an interview on Beauty Buzz 411, I look for individuals that have something to give back and a love for life. After meeting Jeff at LUSH I knew that it would be a great fit since we shared similar views on life and a mutual passion for a wonderful company. I have seen first hand how happy LUSH employees are and knew this interview would be informative and fun. I am happy to be able to share with you a look inside what it’s like to work for LUSH and some fun tidbits on a great guy with infectious energy~Jeff Brown!

Jeff Brown 2BB411~ How long have you worked for LUSH and what do you do there?

JB~ I have worked for LUSH for 7 years and I am one of the Brand and Product Knowledge trainers!

BB411~ How has working for LUSH changed or impacted you as a person?

JB~ I came to work for LUSH initially impressed by the products and the retail environment (I started as a Sales Associate at the Robson Street shop in Vancouver),  but over time LUSH opened my eyes to so many things I didn’t know about before. From the huge array of animal, environmental, and humanitarian causes we support, to the wasteful over packaging that prevails in our industry, I get to contribute to all of these causes, and I am also a better informed consumer.

BB411~ What has working for LUSH meant to you?

JB~ To be honest, I am so touched to work for this company. They praise individuality and creativity above all else and I get to be myself and contribute and someone is always listening.

BB411~ For anyone that hasn’t tried LUSH or may not know much about the company, what would you want them to know?

JB~ The products are just as accessible and fun and easy to use as they are ethical and effective. People come into our shops all the time looking for vegan products or unpackaged products, but just as many people come in looking for body glitter or perfumed soap. All are welcome! For a crash-course in LUSH’ values, check out our We Believe statement, which we’ve followed since we started.

BB411~ When did your love for skin care start?

JB~ Not coincidentally, it started with a LUSH moisturizer a friend gave me when I was in my early 20s. Not only did my skin look and feel better, but I had never turned a product over and been able to read the ingredients before. Seeing honey, rose, and fresh mango in my moisturizer opened my eyes and piqued my interest.

BB411~ Describe Emotional Brilliance?photo-4

JB~ LUSH loves colour and wanted to explore using it outside the prescriptive confines of traditional makeup. While makeup is so often about trends and what someone else tells you is either ‘in’ or looks good on you, Emotional Brilliance is about looking inside yourself to choose the colours you respond to on a deeper level. Each colour represents an emotion and we want everyone to wear those emotions with pride and confidence. When one is wearing Emotional Brilliance you can’t help but let those emotions shine through. You can explore the colours and emotions through a colour reading in one of our shops on online.

BB411~ What 3 colors are you?

JB~ The very first reading I ever had, I chose Bubbly, Motivation, and Calm. And still can’t think of a better way to describe myself.

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BB411~ What is your favorite color?

JB~ Green! In Emotional Brilliance: Healthy.

BB411~ What is your favorite Cleanser?

JB~ I swear by Mask of Magnaminty. I can use it daily in the shower or as a mask when I am looking to relax a little more.

BB411~ Favorite Hair Product?

JB~ Trichomania Shampoo, one of our solid shampoos. It’s naked and preservative free, plus its packed with creamed coconut and it smells delicious! My hair is naturally really curly and it keeps everything smooth and under control.

BB411~ Favorite moisturizer?

JB~ I always moisturize with Skin Drink.

BB411~ What are the 3 beauty things you carry with you always?

JB~ I travel a lot in this position, working with different LUSH shops and training staff around North America, and in my carry-on you will always find Ultrabalm (an all-purpose, all-natural balm to replace petroleum-based balms), a Lip Service lip balm, and a Gorilla Perfume solid perfume (which one? depends on my mood).

BB411~ #1 thing you could not live without?03053

JB~ The #1 thing I can’t live without is a Geo Phyzz bath bomb. Taking a bath can be such a therapeutic experience and something I really rely on. Whether it’s to relax after a long day or travel, to ease sore muscles, or just for a few moments of meditation this sea salt, pine, and cypress bath always does the trick – and keeps me sane.

BB411~ How important is men’s skin care

JB~ I am happy to see that men are more health conscious than ever before and taking great care of your skin is just another part of taking great care of your body. I want people to be just as conscious of what they are putting on their bodies as what they are putting into them. I also think its important to recognize that taking care of one’s skin goes beyond an effort to look handsome. Looking and feeling healthy can be a great source a confidence; a reason to walk tall and hold you head up high.

BB411~ Number #1 mistake men make when taking care or their skin (or forget to do)?

JB~ Honestly, the biggest mistake men make is letting themselves be controlled by beauty industry marketing. Skin is skin; listen to it and look for products that are going to do what you want and what you need, not just ones that say “FOR MEN” on them.

BB411~ Favorite cologne?

JB~ I wear Imogen Rose by Gorilla Perfumes at LUSH almost every day. Rose is as classic as scents get and on my skin pure rose absolute smells sophisticated and interesting.

BB411~ I love Imogen Rose as I am obsessed with anything that smells like roses! I also posted about it here and featured in my column for Fresh Vancouver Magazine’s Nov/Dec issue.

BB411~ What scents remind you of your childhood?

JB~ Wood smoke, instant coffee, play doh, and of course L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci because my mom has worn it my whole life.Jeff Brown 3-1

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

JB~ I think we should use this word to describe anything we adore, admire, or appreciate. It’s not just physical. Beauty is an act of charity, someone who holds the door for you, a poem, animals playing together, the people you love most.

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

JB~ I think the most important concept is ‘give’. ‘Give back’ is the necessary reaction.

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

JB~ I recently started supporting OWL, The Outdoor Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Delta BC, which rehabilitates orphaned and injured birds as well as educates youth and the public. Really, any animal oriented charities tug at my heart-strings!

BB411~ Favorite quote?

JB~ About Skincare “The best skin food ever invented is just that:  good food.” – Barbra Griggs, The Green Witch Herbal

JB~ About life: “A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.”  – Margaret Atwood

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

JB~ Say how you feel. And don’t take it personally.jeff rough

BB411~ Fun fact people may not know about you?

JB~ I love animals and my boyfriend and I have a beautiful Sphynx cat named The Bean, who keeps me sane (and makes sure I get my exercise).

I want to thank Jeff for taking the time out of his busy schedule to open his heart and let us learn more about LUSH. Remember to check out LUSH for all the latest, favourite and limited time products. Make sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter

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Eye Catching Design with DUY @WMCFW

Duy Portrait B&W-1DUY, the eponymous Montreal-based high-end ready-to-wear line created by Duy Nguyen in 2001 has won numerous fans for its sharp tailoring and impeccable cuts. Duy has always experimented with the best in quality fabrics and pattern-making. His unmistakable precision, his mastery of cut and his high precision tailoring have created a unique tailoring approach that has become his signature. His timeless pieces have made him a favourite amongst women looking to be beautifully dressed, no matter the time of day or the season and with fashion editors and industry players who have been rightfully impressed with his edgy contemporary styling.

Born in Vietnam, raised in Montreal, Duy studied fashion design at Collège LaSalle and has worked with some of the biggest names in Canadian fashion design. Duy is the winner of the 2012 edition of the Mercedes-Benz Startup prize.

Clothes should be simple but well thought. I love menswear for its tailoring qualities and womenswear, because it makes me dream. Great style happens when it really reflects who you are. My clothes are edgy and innovative yet very wearable. They have a refined sensibility with unexpected details to catch the eye says Duy.

I had the pleasure to watch Duy win the Mercedes-Benz Startup show at World MasterCard Fashion Week in October. I met with him backstage after his win and he was so lovely to chat with. Here is a look at our interview and the inspiration behind the brand~DUY.

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

DUY~ After reading American Vogue March 1994 issue.

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

DUY~ A restaurant owner or a florist.DUY_Feb062012_0432

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

DUY~ Cristobal Balenciaga

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

DUY~ Yes, when I was young, I shampooed my sister’s dolls.

BB411~ What kind of person does your line represent?

DUY~ Confident and individualistic people.

BB411~ Who has been your favourite celebrity to dress?

Karine-Vanasse-Marcelle-BBDUY~ Karine Vanasse, she’s tall and nice.

BB411~ What is your favourite season to design a collection for?

DUY~ Fall/winter. I love jackets and coats

BB411~ What do you look for when creating each collection?

DUY~ Interesting new details or silhouettes.

BB411~ What was your favourite moment from showing Spring/Summer 2013 at World MasterCard Fashion Week?

DUY~ Winning I guess.

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BB411~ Favourite colour?

DUY~ Light grey

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

DUY~ Wool pantsuit for fall/Silk suit for spring, a white shirt, a black shirt, a cocktail dress and an evening gown. KEEP everything basic and simple but very well cutted.

BB411~ Describe your style?

DUY~ Chic, classic with a twist.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?7438583.bin

DUY~ That you are comfortable with yourself.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

DUY~ People who keep challenging themselves.A2NmSJlCAAAoK1j.jpg-large

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

DUY~ Helping homeless people

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

DUY~ Help people in any way when you can.

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

DUY~ Everything happens for a reason.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

DUY~ Easy going, obsessed (with work) , honest (with myself).

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

DUY~ I just wash my face twice a day with a cleanser with a citrus smell and use a moisturizer when my skin is dry.

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BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

DUY~ Lip balm, a small size eau de toilette spray and wipes.

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

DUY~ Lip balm

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favorite fragrance?

DUY~ Ariel, a famous detergent sold in France. I wear Jil Sander for men

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

DUY~ Good sleep.

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

DUY~ I am a very shy guy20110330-DUY23

BB411~ Favorite quote?

DUY~ Be rich or have a lot of friends.

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

DUY~ Marry rich or make a lot of friends.

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