Soothe sore muscles

Anyone who takes working out  knows that hydropeptide-stimulating-relief

aches and pains are part of the territory.

HydroPeptide Stimulating Relief Balm is a luxurious way

to soothe aching muscles.  This hydrating balm also contains

anti-inflammatory ingredients.

You can use it  before and after workouts. Motivate and reward yourself with this delicious scented treat.


Super hydrating sun screen

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The problem with wearing sunscreen is that it can

Leave your face looking oily or very dry.

Too many of them get greasy, cause break outs or cake up.

That’s why I fell in love with

AMOREPACIFIC Resort Collection Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen.

This broad spectrum sunscreen makes skin look and feel moist and hydrated.

It is the most luxurious and elegant sun screen I’ve tried.

As the company says, it is “perfect for on the go touch ups”

and if you burn-easily as I do,  you know

how important this can be.

The lovely compact is equipped with a specially designed

anti-microbial puff, enabling hygienic use. These puffs help make application smooth and seem to keep your product very clean.

As with all AMOREPACIFIC products, the sunscreen ingredients of Zinc Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, and Titanium Dioxide are supplemented with

anti-ageing botanicals.


Plum extract is added to protect against “heat-aging which accelerates oxidation and inflammation

the two major causes of premature aging”.  Purslane extract is added as “superior antioxidant protection, reducing skin irritation from environmental aggressors”. And Bamboo sap is “rich in minerals and amino acids” and it “hydrates for long-lasting suppleness”.  All together this formula leaves skin protected and glowing.


A few reviewers on store sites have complained that this is” just a sunscreen”. It is just a sunscreen – a fabulous, luxurious, effective, sun screen.

I see why Olympians like Swimmer Natalie Coughlin and Soccer Player Hope Solo love the AMOREPACIFIC range of Cushion Compacts.  They know the importance of waterproof and sweat proof sun protection.




Skin is In!

Skin Is In

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Trends come and go but the newest trend of looking “naturally beautiful” is here to stay.

Women who can afford the best beauty products money can buy want

a healthy glow and products that are good for their skin.

Jane Iredale’s New Skin Is In, her spring makeup collection,2051

is the perfect way to subtly emphasize your best features.

The Naturally Matte Eye Shadow Kit contains five PurePressed Eye Shadows

in soft neutral shades.  It is a flattering palette containing: a creamy neutral,

soft pink, grey brown, rose brown and a deep chocolate. These highly pigmented shadows are easy to blend.   $58

Frame your eyes with the GreatShape Eyebrow Kit. This is my favourite

brow colour because it never looks obvious and it is so easy to apply.

It comes in Blonde or Brunette. It includes a water-resistant powder and transparent wax.

There is an applicator, which is nice for travel, but I prefer a full size angled

brow brush for a precise daily application. $38

is a sheer, pretty, caramel kiss for your lips.

Moringa Butter, avocado oil and antioxidants keep lips smooth and feeling great. $24

I love this collection. The tones are almost magical in their ability to give your skin a glow. Jane Iredale uses ingredients that are good for your skin – I feel good about that.


Aromathearpy at home with EO

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The right scent can lift your mood. Aromatherapy can have a powerful impact on mind, body and spirit! You may have noticed; how you take deep breath and begin to relax when you enter you favourite yoga studio or spa.  They may have subtly scented the air with an essential oil.


Unlike synthetic scents most people don’t have an allergic reaction to pure essential oils but there can be exceptions so be cautious if you have scent/allergy issues.


Individual oils have own use from calming to uplifting. You can enjoy aromatherapy at home with E.O. Aromatherapy Singles.


Here a few tips to get you started::


Lavender is known for its soothing and calming aroma therapeutic effects. This is my own favourite. I like to put in mister with rosewater and mist my face, hair, and bed linens. I keep it refrigerated after mixing.


Peppermint is uplifting and known for its ability to help improve alertness. This can be very refreshing in the morning try tossing a drop or two on the bottom of shower in the morning.


Eucalyptus can help clear the air and be used as a natural decongestant when fighting a cold. This is great in vaporizer or pot of stream when you are fighting a cold or flu.


Price: $6.99


BikiniBOD Ultimate!


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If your new year’s weight loss resolutions have already failed, you might want to check out BikiniBOD Ultimate Beauty Body Formula.


The all-natural, vegan, and gluten-free BikiniBODUltimate Beauty Body Formula, according to its creators, “is designed to support your metabolism and to help suppress appetite to assist in your weight management goals.


“BikiniBOD’s formula uses naturally occurring fruit and plant extracts, including those from bitter orange, yohimbe bark, grape, raspberry, blueberry, garcinia cambogia, and green tea leaves.”


The website cautions, “Caffeine-sensitive users may experience some discomfort… BikiniBOD’s caffeine content is about equal to that of a medium cup of premium roasted coffee.”


Weight loss as well as maintaining a healthy weight is about healthy choices. Exercise is important but your weight reflects what you eat and how much you eat. Supplements like BikiniBOD Ultimate Beauty Body Formula can be very helpful to some women. I am very sensitive to all many drugs and supplements and I know many women who have serious reactions to similar products. This formula has not had any adverse effect on me, personally. I like the little natural energy boost it gives me. It is important to monitor you own reactions.


It is important to be sure you are not allergic or sensitive to any ingredients before using any type of weight-loss product.. Check with you health care provider if you have any doubt.


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Eat for thicker, healthier hair


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If your hair is thin, dry, and dull it may be time to reconsider at your diet.


“Taking vitamins is a great way to help make your hair fuller and grow faster,” explains Carla Rivas, hairstylist and co-founder of the all-natural hair-growth vitamin brand Hair La Vie. “But while you’re patiently waiting, a change in your diet can make a huge difference and even help expedite the process.    Photo: Gracey Hitchocok: Healthy Hair Healthy Diet


“Any foods that would make you breakout, such as those filled with sugars and grease are going to cause a buildup on your scalp that’s going to affect the way your hair feels looks and grows. Anything that irritates your skin (think ice cream) will bother your scalp, which can damage your hair follicle. A damaged hair follicle will either grow weak hair or not grow hair at all.”


Here is Carla’s list of what to eat and what avoid for thicker, fuller hair.


Top Food don’ts:


Sweet Treats

Sugary foods like your favorite candies or cupcakes cause your insulin level to rise, which also causes an increase in androgen (a male hormone) in your body. This hormone is known for causing hair follicles to shrink or become irritated. This leads to hair thinning and hair loss.


Greasy Foods

The grease form fatty meats, such as fried chicken and French fries, can cause more secretion on the scalp. Also, a lot of the time after eating greasy foods people touch their face and hair without washing their hands. This causes both acne and damage to the hair. You need a clean, debris-free scalp or your hair will not grow healthy and your follicles could be damaged.


Salty Foods

Think chips and canned/frozen meals. Consuming a lot of salty meals and snacks will dry your hair out and leave it weak, lifeless, and breaking.


Low Protein, Filler Foods

Starches, including pasta and many cereals – which can be low in protein – will leave your hair limp and unhealthy. That bounce and shine most ladies want is not possible without a healthy dose of protein.


Top Food Dos

People should eat nutrient- and antioxidant-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables. These help hydrate your scalp and strengthen your hair.



Eggs contain the protein, zinc, and iron that your hair and body needs. The benefits of zinc for hair include promotion of cell reproduction, tissue growth, and repair of broken tissues. Zinc also maintains the oil-secreting glands that are attached to your hair follicles, thus decreasing their chances of falling out.



Tomatoes have antioxidants that aid in scalp circulation. A healthy scalp leads to happy hair. Add to a salad or mix into your favorite dish for a pop of color and tons of fresh flavor.


Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is an amazing source of protein and Vitamins B5 and D. Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) is great for keeping the scalp clean and free from film and debris. This keeps the follicles from becoming irritated and promotes healthy, strong hair growth. Add fruit, nuts and granola for an energizing midday snack.


Lean Protein

Opt for healthy lean protein sources such as grilled chicken or baked salmon. Your hair is made of protein so it only makes sense that you’re going to want to enjoy nice lean proteins. If your diet lacks protein your body will begin rationing the protein left, which will lead to hair loss. Protein also has the iron you need for healthier, beautiful hair.


Trend alert: “Glow supplements”

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The number one beauty must-have this season is a clear, healthy, glow. Vogue, commenting on the fall runway trend for dewy skin, suggested getting more sleep and a better moisturizer. But it may take a little more than that to get that polished natural glow.


Expect to see a surge of products designed to give you a “radiant look”. But beauty mavens and ladies who lunch (on organic salad and Detox juices) have a new answer to keeping almost angelic glow; Beauty supplements that boost your collagen and give you a glow. A clear, radiant complexion is the new status symbol.


According to Town & Country, the SoulCycle Set in tony Connecticut can’t get enough of such elixirs as Reverseage Collagen Booster. We reviewed Reverseage’s Immunity Booster a year or so ago Skin supplement and collagen boosters in particular have been popular in the last few years. One of my favourites is LAC Taut Gold Standard Collagen MaReverseageCollagenBoostersks and LAC Taut Collagen Drink from Japan. The drink and the mask are designed to improve “skin’s elasticity and strength reduce sagging as well as fine lines,” according to the company.


The paper masks which are sold separately are impregnated with hydrolyzed marine collagen that has been broken down into tiny Nano-sized molecules so that they can be easily absorbed. The formula also contains squalene and hyaluronic acid. Squalene is an excellent natural moisturizer that protects skin from damage. Hyaluronic acid attracts and seals moisture into the skin. The mask also contains alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) in the form of citric acid. I regularly use these types of paper masks from Korea and Japan.


I really like the LAC Taut Gold Standard Collagen Infusion Mask. It left my face moist and refreshed. It is an effective pick-me-up before aOmegaBoostMangon evening out. After using it your face will look very smooth and poreless. It will have that dewy glow that is the “new must-have”.


The masks come in a box of five for $50, which makes them $10 each. The effects are temporary but it is astonishing how these masks can make fine lines seem to disappear as skin is instantly plumped. I always traveled with collagen masks. They are my secret weapon.


According to the company, “LAC Taut Collagen Drink is a proprietary collagen formula that contains 13,000 mg dose of Rapid Delivery System Premium low molecular weight collagen derived from fish”. It also contains Shark Cartilage, DNA, Hyaluronic Acid, Coenzyme Q10, as well as Vitamins C & E. According to my research there is some scientific basis behind the ingredients in the LAC Taut drink. There are several new studies that show high concentrations of Collagen peptides, such as in the taut formula, can improve skin’s firmness, luminosity, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. The ingredients in LAC Taut Collagen drink have been shown to also make hair and nails stronger.


The benefits of collagen supplements for facial firming are controversial, but support for supplements is growing with research. Be sure to use sunblock daily. Excessive exposure to the sun destroys collagen and causes skin sagging.  


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And don’t forget fish oil for young, glowing skin. Salmon, caviar, and many other fatty fish have been proven to help skin recover from environmental damage. Fish oil also gives you a glow! I love Nordic Naturals. It is pure and very high quality. I trust it. As a long-time beauty editor, I consider it a very important beauty food. I take Nordic Naturals Omega Boost in Tropical Mango. I take a just a teaspoon a day and it tastes so good. Even though I eat some type of fish almost every day I still like to take this.




“Beauty mediation” for stress relief

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Lavender and other essential oils have been proven to give you a lift when you inhale them. The right scents can soothe and cheer. While a lavender mist or bergamot scent cream can’t replace yoga or meditation, a good whiff of an organic scent can give you a quick lift or help you relax!  We call them our “beauty meditations”. 

Here are a few of our favourite products that cleanse, soften, and moisturize, but also add a little stress- relief to your busy day:


Soap & Paper Factory Lavender Clary Sage Shea Butter Hand Cream

This rich hand cream pairs the calming scent of lavender with crisp scents of clary sage and citrusy bergamot. Apply to soften hands and lift your spirits! The pretty packaging always makes us go “ahh” too! It costs $16. 

Fleur De France All Natural Lavender Bath Oil SkinnLavenderMist

Tammy Fender Cleansing Milk Lavender & Fo-Ti:

This organic blend of lavender, aloe butter, and chamomile gently cleanses and soothes dry skin. Skin is left looking refreshed and radiant. $55 at


Skinn Cosmetics Beauty Sleep Mist

You can spritz your face, body and linens with this relaxing amalgamation of Lavender, Valerian, Chamomile, and Passion Flower Oil to help soothe your senses. This magical mist will also help to calm inflammation, hydrate skin, and as well as give skin added antioxidant protection against damaging free-radicals. It costs $25.00.


Fleur De France All Natural Lavender Bath Oil

This elegant bath oil blends fragrant French Lavender Essential oil with Vitamin E, sunflower oil, and almond oil. A few drops make your bath or shower blissful. It is $16 for 4 ounces.