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Need Your Help -Only 3 Days Left to Vote!!


LETS MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Thursday………….. I woke up this morning feeling energized and so excited with only 3 days left for the Canadian deadline of the Global Degree contest.
I am willing to do anything, I’ll eat something weird, shave my head, climb something big – If I win!!!!!!! I have not wanted anything more…… EVER
I am a blank canvass ready to paint the world with Global Degree
There is nothing to lose and a Giant, Beautiful World to Gain
I want to Pay It Forward, spread love and share kindness
There is only three days left to vote and gain as much love as possible to help gain the attention of the team and sponsors! I would love nothing more if you could take a moment to click the link HERE and watch my video and Vote

*********Remember In order for the votes to count, you have to go to the Global Degree Contest Page and like, subscribe and follow all pages for Global Degree & Flight Centre Canada.

To All that have already voted (Thank You form the Bottom of my heart), if you haven’t already liked their pages, if you go and do it, you can VOTE again. That means Double votes for this Girl trying to make a dream come true by becoming the 4th member on the Global Degree team along side Natalia Anja, Michael Graziano, Alexander Thomas James Hennessy and writing for these incredible sponsors World Nomads, Flight Centre Canada, Monstercat and Hostelworld.
Please feel free to share and spread the love on this amazing opportunity I would be forever grateful to live.

Much Love, Crystal – xo

Human Connection with Global Degree Contest!

Vote To Help This humanitarian Become the 4th Member on The Global Degree Team!
I have entered probably one of the greatest contests in the world. I have followed
Global Degree during their Asia travels last year and completely fell in love with everything they were doing.
It was this beautiful photo that captivated me and completely touched my soul. I have always been a fan of Natalia’s photography, the way she captures emotion in her shots is breathtaking. But this photo was extra special, the human connection stole my heart and brought tears of joy to my eyes. It was at that exact moment that I knew I wanted to bring what I was feeling with her photography into the writing I create in this world. I have always wanted to move people with my writing and Nat was a beautiful inspiration to take it to the next level.
The love that Global Degree is spreading throughout the world by showing us the different cultures and beauty from counties that some have misconceptions about is amazing. I WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT! To do this VIDEO for their contest was life changing for me, it scared me so bad to put myself out there and be vulnerable. But you know what……. Because of this I now know there is absolutely nothing I can not do. I would love nothing more and be forever grateful if you could vote in the link in my profile and share with your favourite humans.
I know in my heart that traveling the world with these 3 incredible, amazing HUMANS Natalia Anja, Michael Graziano, Alexander Thomas James Hennessy and writing for these AWESOME Sponsors World Nomads, Hostelworld, Flight Centre Canada and Monstercat would be a dream come true!
So from the bottom of my heart to yours, thank you for the support and votes. I am all about Paying It forward, so please let me know if I can ever help you out with your passion and dream – xo

*********Remember In order for the votes to count, you have to go to the contest page and like, subscribe and follow all pages for Global Degree & Flight Centre Canada

Then Go to Contestants and Vote for Me 

Help This Small town Girl See this Big Beautiful World♥
Photo: Natalia Anja Photography

Help This Small Town Girl Get Her Dream Job


Help This Small town Girl See this Big Beautiful World♥

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*********Remember In order for the votes to count, you have to go to the contest page HERE and like, subscribe and follow all pages for Global Degree & Flight Centre Canada

I have entered probably one of the greatest contests in the world. I have followed Global Degree during their Asia travels last year and completely fell in love with everything they were doing. The love that they are spearing throughout the world by showing us the different cultures and beauty from counties that some have misconceptions about. I WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT! To do this video was life changing for me, it scared me so bad to put myself out there and be vulnerable. But you know what……. Because of this I now know there is absolutely nothing I can not do. I would love nothing more and be forever grateful if you could vote in the link below and share with your favourite humans. I know in my heart that traveling the world with these 3 incredible, amazing HUMANS Natalia Anja, Michael Graziano and Alexander Thomas James Hennessy and writing for these AWESOME Sponsors World Nomads, Hostelworld, Flight Centre Canada, Monstercat would be a dream come true!

So from the bottom of my heart to yours, thank you for the support and votes. I am all about Paying It forward, so please let me know if I can ever help you out with your passion and dream

Much Love, Crystal -xo

Hallie Jordan: A Balancing Act

HallieJordan-030315-119RTHighBest described by industry insiders as a “relentless redhead with a free spirit and a determined will,” Hallie Jordan is no stranger to theatre and film. This quirky girl next door with a quick wit and a stunning smile comparable to Julia Roberts, Hallie is also an accomplished actress and producer, founding SMALL RED STAR PRODUCTIONS and has produced several television pilots, independent films, and comedy sketches that have featured her on Funny or Die. With multiple movies set to release in 2015 and a huge motion picture role to be announced next, there’s no end in sight for this multi-faceted actress & producer.

Born in the heart of New York City, she found her love of the theatre as a child, while learning the ins and outs of the industry from her RKO Films Publicist grandfather who had worked with legendary actresses such as Judy Garland and Debbie Reynolds. Always the “new girl” at school while her mother traveled around the country for work, she found her expression in acting in school plays and local theatre. She continued exploring various artistic methods through college while studying abroad in Salzburg Austria, Nepal, The University of Paris- Sorbonne, and The Academia Del Arte in Italy. As a graduate of The Comedy Studies Conservatory at The Second City in Chicago, Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Redlands she utilizes her vast knowledge to explore the psychology, sociology, philosophy and business of acting.

While balancing her career as a professionally trained actress in theatre, comedy improv and music, she is actively developing pilots for television and films to continue developing her sense of creative independence with her production company, Small Red Star Productions along with her work in Philanthropy and Women Mentorship.

Have you ever meet someone that makes you feel like you’ve known them for a long time, that they’re so easy to talk to? Well that’s what I got when I sat down and chatted with the super talented Producer/Actress Hallie Jordan for our in depth interview. If you need a pick me up on how to grab the reins of life and run with it, this feature is for you. Hallie has this incredible energy that inspires you to give it all you’ve got, laugh more, never give up and ALWAYS stay true to who you are.

Hallie continues to work a balancing act between work and play and has found strength in her voice along the way. She is incredibly independent and holds her head high in all areas of her life. I could not believe what a generous heart she has for those closest to her and even strangers too (such a beautiful soul). She makes it very easy to stand behind her and show support, she has my vote on what ever adventure she decides to journey on. Hallie lives, breathes and eats passion for breakfast. This fiery red head is definitely a woman to watch out for. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed interviewing and writing it. Here’s to all the Girl Bosses like Hallie!

BB411~ Did you always know you wanted to be in theatre and film?

HJ~ Believe it or not, when I was really little, I wanted to be a painter. I think I was a better painter when I was 6 or 7 than I am now. My skills have not progressed. Then one day my mom took me to see Cat’s on Broadway, and that was it.

ISJrJw1pBB411~ You wear many hats, how did your career come to be?

HJ~ I never thought I would be a producer. I grew up in musical theater and since I was about 7, that’s what I wanted to do. I have trained to perform almost my entire life, but when I turned 22, I was shelved by a major agency. I refused to let anything stand in my way so I started creating my own work to ensure that I was seen and could continue to create. It helped me discover new creative outlets and while acting and performing will always come first, I like having the creative freedom to create new things.

BB411~ Tell us about Small Red Star Productions?

HJ~ I started SRSP around the time I was shelved by the agency mentioned earlier. By establishing my own production company, I was able to create my own work and projects to help propel my career forward. I was not going to ever take “no” for an answer, and SRSP helped make sure that I didn’t have a choice in backing out. The name comes from my mom. It’s her maiden name “Klein”, my brother’s last name “roth”, and my last name “Stern” (Jordan is actually my middle name) translated from German to English. My mother is a small red star…

BB411~ What projects do you have coming up in 2015?

HJ~ So much is happening this year that my head is spinning. I’m doing two movies out of the country, two movies in the country, re-developing a musical that I had wanted to produce, and am in pre-production for a project that I am spearheading called “Miss Glennside.” I’m not allowed to announce names quite yet for the others because it’s still very hush hush, but I can tell you that Miss Glennside is going to be hilarious and I have some pretty phenomenal people involved- In all of the projects. Miss Glennside is a web series around the beauty pageant culture and how ridiculous it is. Get all the latest scoop on Miss Glennside by following me on Social Media.

BB411~ Is there an Actor/Actress that you haven’t worked with that you’d love to?

HJ~ I love Amy Adams and Emma Stone.

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

HJ~ I’d probably want to research social psychology, what makes people based on what’s around them sociology. Would you still be you if you weren’t growing up in the same environment, would you be the same person? Would you still like the same ice-cream if it wasn’t influenced that your mom liked vanilla ice-cream?

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HJ~ My mother’s best friend daughter, Marni Rothman. Marni was my biggest role model growing up. She also has big curly red hair, always inspired me to keep pushing forward, and even wrote my college recommendations for me when she worked for HBO. She now continues to producer for network television and is one of the strongest women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

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

HJ~ This is a tough one. My father actually passed away when I was a kid and I grew up with a single mother who had to move all the time to keep up with work. I did not find out that I came from an industry family until after I graduated from college. My mother, while we fight all the time, inspires me daily (while simultaneously making me crazy). I did have to grow up very fast because of my circumstances, but I was always encouraged to find my artistic voice and to not give up. The biggest influence anyone in my family gave to me was to remind me to never give up, even when I wanted to.

BB411~ You moved around a lot as a child with your mom travelling for work. What was the hardest part of that and what did you love about it?

HJ~ It’s definitely hard moving around so much because you don’t know how each town or group of people is going to be. I have literally been every high school stereotype one can be which was a lot of fun because I got to play a lot of different roles, but challenging because I had no idea where the real me started and the stereotype of what I was playing began. I love that I have friends everywhere, all over the world, and always have someone to call in every place I go. I do however wish that I knew what it was like to grow up with a group of friends. To have a “place” that means something to me- to Nest somewhere. Whenever somebody asks me where I’m from, I’m not entirely sure how to answer them, which is always an awkward beginning to a conversation.

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

HJ~ I have a manifestation coach that keeps me in positivity mode. But I have my struggles and my issues like everyone, it’s a very difficult career and people look at me and ask for advice saying “how did you get to where you are?”. I am not even represented and don’t have a full agent, so everything I do I do on my own and it wears on me some days. I’m still trying to make it just as hard as everyone else in this town. I’m no more talented than anyone, more famous or able than anyone. I just know how to push myself and my work publicly. I have amazing friends that really keep me up.

BB411~ How do you stay fit and healthy?

HJ~ I do a lot of yoga and I’m always on the go. I drink alkaline water, stay away from processed sugar (for the most part) and try to eat as little dairy and meat products as possible. I guess you could call me a fair weather vegan! I love brie cheese and if you put any in front of me I will eat all of it. Other than that, I make a conscious effort to shop at my local farmers market and watch what chemicals are in my food.

BB411~ Describe your style?

NBIypPolDdmSW-bUU_B2lqIcfRcOaYHfyo7f7PlnsaU,W_RYLDb50QezIZ2XlfgkNHFaDaglv1SVKPImpYNO7cIHJ~ I always have had a hard time describing my style but my friends joke that its “Boho Ballerina.” I dress like I live at Free People, but somehow there is always a bit of ballet class in it. I love Free People, Mod Cloth and any boutique with a cute day dress. Give me that and a cute pair of ballet flats and I’m set. I try to keep my outfits as simple as possible, never too much layering and never too much jewelry. Cute, classy and clean; lots of designs that flow.

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

HJ~ A black night purse, tan heels, and a silk button down shirt.

BB411~ Bare feet, socks, sneakers or stilettos?

HJ~ Stilettoes…. but only in public. Put those socks on as soon as you can get those stilettos off your feet!

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

HJ~ A hashtag that I use for promoting “Miss Glennside.” ….I’m half joking. Beauty comes in a million different shapes and sizes, and I don’t just mean body. I have met beautiful people physically, who I just did not think were attractive because of their personalities. I’ve also met people who would not be considered “beautiful” in magazine land, who are some of the most beautiful people I know. I mean Stunning. I don’t think that beauty really has to do with what you look like all the time. If you can own yourself and have a certain kind of confidence, your beauty will radiate. Just because one person or culture has one ideal of what “beauty” is, doesn’t mean it’s the same for the whole world. I suggest taking a look at those buzz feed videos and articles that show you how different countries view beauty. The results might shock you.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

HJ~ Knowing that I am the only one who is going to make this happen. If I don’t, nobody else will, so it’s up to me to keep on pushing.

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

HJ~ I have been involved with “The Young Story Tellers.” I donate to Planned Parenthood (because I believe every woman should have healthcare) and I really like Children International. I try to help out as much as I can when it comes to mentoring women in being the best version of themselves they can be.

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

HJ~ I’ve worked and fought incredibly hard to be able to continue to do what I’m doing. Part of that fight is inspiring others to do the same. Giving back, to me, is taking the time to reach others, however medium that may be and helping them learn and develop how they can reach their full potential.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

HJ~ I wipe my makeup off with Target brand face wipes and use whatever that crazy stuff my dermatologist makes. It doesn’t have a name, I have no idea what she calls it, I call it “skin crack.” I use that.

HallieJordan-030315-018RTHighBB411~ What are your go to hair products?

HJ~ I know you aren’t going to believe me, but I have ethnic hair. I don’t know where or how I got it, but my hair puts new meaning to the word “jewfro.” The only women who know how to do my hair are those that are mixed race or of African American decent, and thank god for them! I get a karetin treatment in my hair every other month just to make it manageable, and even then it is still curlier than most (if not all) white girls. I usually dry it with a blow dryer and whatever protector spray I can find, then go through it with a curling iron so I can shape the curls I already have, and decrease frizz (just like how most girls with straight hair go through their hair with a straightening iron). I spray it to stay. I do try to go for any product that is sulfate free. Numa products are great, and so are Agave. These two are my favorites. Curl Deva is pretty awesome too.

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

HJ~ Setting powder and my Nars blush 20.

BB411~ What are your thoughts on companies testing on animals? Which cruelty free companies do you support or are on your top pick list?

HJ~ Cruelty free all the way! We do not need to test on animals to ensure good products. There are other ways to test…I know Burt’s Bees is cruelty free and I love their lotions and lip balm. Nars takes the cake though for my all time favorite cruelty free company.

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

HJ~ Pine. My elementary school was surrounded on every corner by pine trees. I get real nostalgic around Christmas time, even though I’m Jewish.

BB411~ What is your favorite fragrance?

HJ~ My Michael Kors or course.

FullSizeRenderBB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

HJ~ Relentless, Driven and Quirky

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

HJ~ I have a big Weiner! – Dog. Her name is Sausage. She is the love of my life.

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

HJ~ Ignore them. Don’t take anything they have to say seriously. Have fun!

BB411~ Favorite quote?

HJ~ “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who couldn’t hear the music”-Nietzsche

BB411~ Favorite food?

HJ~ Sushi, and chocolate…. but not together.

BB411~ Favorite color?

HJ~ It switches between red and whatever mood I’m in.

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

HJ~ Letting yourself be open and understanding of other peoples experiences and frustrations without judgement, offering help and guidance when needed, giving those that you are helping permission to fail and try again, being open and available.

IMG_1566_largeBB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

HJ~ I want to get lost in a foreign country on the most epic and exciting adventure!

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

HJ~ An Epic and exciting adventure! Or drinking tea, breaking down a script, and watching movies…. followed by an epic and exciting adventure.

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

HJ~ I’ve had so many lately. It is entirely up to you to live the life that you want to live, nobody else. It is nobody’s fault if you do not like where you are at. It is up to you to change it. As hard as it may be to take responsibility, there is always a way to change your life and your circumstance if you do not like where you are.

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

HJ~ You will fail. and you will fail again, but only if you continue to fail can you succeed. Don’t be afraid to take a step back and try a new strategy. Just remember that it It took Thomas Edison over 1,000 attempts before he created the lightbulb. The Beatles were told that they had a boring sound and would never make a successful album. Michael Jordan was benched on his high school basketball team, and Marilyn Monroe was dropped from multiple studios before making it big. DO NOT give up.

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

HJ~ Doing exactly what I’m doing now only at a higher level, with more money, and more consistency.

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


HJ~ When I was at theater camp, there was a camp wide inside joke similar to Paris Hilton’s “That’s Hot” only our phrase was “Loves it” #Lovethis reminds me of that. It’s a cute pop way to say that something is awesome.

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

Remember to say you heard it here

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








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


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


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

Remember to say you heard it first here
Much Love,
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.

FullSizeRender-1BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

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.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?FullSizeRender-4

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!

FullSizeRender-10BB411~ Favourite movie?

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!

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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.


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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