4.17.2015

The Hair to Communicate

Sometimes we can never communicate what we are after when it comes to hair colour. We try, and we think we are effective, but hair stylists need the lingo. These are my top three trending styles I want to communicate.

Baby Lights...




Remember those soft, sun-kissed strands that graced your hair as a child. Your hair stylist knows those as baby-lights. They are delicate highlights that add beautiful dimension and a youthful glow. Even better, they are low maintenance and can be done on all hair types. 

Splash Lights...



The images above perfectly explains splash lights. These resemble bits and blobs of lights and darks uniquely and randomly placed for an interesting, somewhat natural style. Don't try this at home! This style must be saved for professionals.

Rose Gold...



Sooo stunning! These gorgeous pinkish-copper (rose gold!) tones are the rave. Whether it be a whole head of hair or a few subtle strands, it is definitely the colour to strut as of late. The great thing is that these tones can be accomplished on almost all hair colours, however, pre-lightening will be required if your colour is on the darker side. 

I can't wait to try all of these colour styles and I now know how to communicate them to my stylist:)

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4.04.2015

Vitamin C Me

Vitamin C is one of the most beneficial topical nutrients for maintaing healthy and resilient skin. I have heard of this time and time again, but I never knew I could do it myself. Vitamin C powder is my new go to.

While young skin is full of vitamin C, aging skin is not. Our skin naturally loses this nutrient over time and this is further compounded by other factors such as UV light exposure and environmental pollutants. There is good news however! You can fight back by topically replenishing your skin’s vitamin C levels to help to combat (and even reverse !!!) time’s effect on your face.




For Wrinkles

One of the most powerful functions of vitamin C is its' role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its' elasticity. Increasing your collagen production can help counter act wrinkle formation.

For Age Spots

When it comes to treating age spots, you don’t need chemical peels and lasers (!!!) – vitamin C can deliver almost the same results. Age spots are essentially sun damage. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that has proven to reduce the number of sunburned cells as well as reverse age-related damage to skin. Vitamin C repairs UV damage such as discolouration and fine lines.

DIY

Vitamin C serum can be quite expensive, however it is super easy to make. All you need is Vitamin C crystals/powder, distilled water and a dark class container for the solution to to prevent oxidization. 

The Recipe...

  • 1/2 tsp of Vitamin C Powder/Crystals 
  • 1 tbsp of distilled water 
  • a dark coloured container to store 

This mixture will last for up to two weeks, longer if refrigerated.

Directions

Apply this topical vitamin C serum once a day, ideally after you’ve exfoliated in the morning to utilize vitamin C’s sun-protecting properties. Counteract with a moisturizer should the serum cause mild dryness, which is rare (but can happen). This topical nutrient is safe to combine with all your other skin care products!

The length of time from when you start using vitamin C until you see results varies with each person. Some people see changes as soon as 2-4 weeks while it may take others 6-8 weeks to see a difference. After around 6 months, you’ll reach the maximum benefits.


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3.14.2015

Pretty & Basic Spring Nails

Remember when the only nails you could show off were french manicured? They would only be perfect for a day or two, but they were the nails to have! Well, times have certainly changed. Current trends are so far left from the basic french manicures we used to love. I'm not afraid of a little nail action, but I still prefer pretty and basic. 

These are my favourite pretty and basic trends seen on the SS15 runways... 

Lela Rose chose a matte peach nude tone for her runway. I love the simple stud detail. Butter London Nail Foundation was used for this perfect spring nail. 



A good red nail is always a hit with me. I love this red coral Jenny Packham chose for her Spring 15 runway. Marilyn inspired indeed. The polish to buy is Essie in Geranium.


BCBG Max Azia chose a lovely ivory white. Warm whites are a big favourite for me this spring. OPI's Bubble Bath is the polish to buy for this nail. 


If you want a creamy. more opaque look, chose Essie in Fiji. Here it is at Naeem Khan.



Happy polishing:)

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3.03.2015

1 - 800 - Epsom

My new remedy for everything: a epsom salt bath. 

Everyone should be reminded of the great benefits an epsom salts bath can bring to you. They've only been used since the 17th century so there must be some reason why?! Let's talk about the number one: Magnesium. 

Magnesium is the second most abundant element in human cells and the fourth most important positively charged ion in the body. It helps the body regulate over 325 enzymes and plays an important role in organizing many bodily functions, like muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins.
(Source: Care2)



Most of us are deficient in magnesium, and soaking in a bath with Epsom salt, which is high in magnesium, is one of the easiest ways to get a boost. Magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin, and so is Sulphate, the number two of why we should soak in Epsom Salts! 

Sulphates play an important role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. They stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and help to detoxify the body of medicines and environmental contaminants. Enough said.

Here is a guide for how much to use per bath:
  • Children under 60 lbs: Add 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
  • Individuals between 60-100 lbs: Add 1 cup of salts to a standard size bath
  • Individuals between 100-150 lbs: Add 1 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
  • Individuals between 150-200 lbs: Add 2 cups of salts to a standard size bath   (Source: Natural News)

Do this at least three times weekly for a least 12 minutes, and no more than 25. I has my first epsom bath last week, and I feel the magnesium boost. I really, really do:)

For more benefits of Epsoms, go to Saltworks. The benefits go on and on.


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