While I was just in NYC I had the pleasure to visit Haven Spa in Soho. The spa is cute, quint but super lush with a velvet couch waiting room and little lights in the hallway to your treatments that look like the stars overhead. I booked two treatments. The Peach Smoothie and The Hour Glass. Here was my experience:
I recently fell and had an accident which left my face scratched up and in need of some healing love. As many incredible products as I have, I know that what we take internally will ultimately help us rebuild our skin cells and decrease the chance of scaring and wrinkles. This is why right away after my accident i was sure to load up on Vital Proteins Collagen to go packs.
Once upon a time… I swear I had clear skin.
.... But in the middle of any breakout, the way you feel about your face, skin, and confidence makes you forget what life once was prior to pimple central.
The worst thing about the lack of confidence from skin problems is that no matter how hard you work to create the body you want in the gym, the success you want in your career, the love you want in your life you still will feel the insecurity that washes over you. It feels so out of your control too. You feel like your face does not represent the person you are becoming, but yet it's the first thing people see. It represents everything you do. Its what people see first and foremost. Its what you see.
Well, its that time of year again. Time to spread the cheer. I am infatuated with gift giving, the same way I am in love with sharing my favourite things with all of you each day via @thefitfatale. I get to gift those I love with the products and experiences that changed my life.
Through gifting, I have been able to share the excitement, the health, beauty and wellness parts of life... and now you can too with our ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE.
You asked for it, so here it is!
Full disclosure, nothing on this list is sponsored. It is 100% organic and just things that I absolutely love!
Fitness & Health Accessories
GIFT CARDS & EXPERIENCES
If you are living in Montreal and are passionate about hair and make-up, you are probably familiar with the Annie Young name. A Montreal staple in the beauty world, Annie Young Boutique and Spa was founded by Annie Young in 1988 and since 1996 Annie and her daughter Sharleen have been running the show as one of the most wicked mother-daughter duos around.
You may know them from their past locations, like the famous make up department at the old Avanti Spa (where myself and pretty much everyone at the time (some 15-10 years ago) did their grad make up!).... or maybe from their following location that was on Sherbrooke street in Westmount, but no matter where you first discovered the Annie Young name, The New Annie Young is unlike you ever experienced it in the past.
The new Annie Young is located on the 4th floor of Victoria Park boutique health club, which if I had to guess you all know very well from my instagram stories. It is where I teach Bodylicious and train every day, so you can imagine my excitement in having this new hub for beauty junkies of all types. AY Boutique and Spa is now home to many Quebec exclusive beauty and skin care lines such as Kevin Aucoin, Ellis Faas, World, Luxcey, Odacite, Ilia.
Additionally, they have their own hair salon, manicure pedicure bar, makeup department, massages, facials, lash & brow services, hair removed and of course the part that gets me every time... the boutique. This one stop shop doesn't leave you feeling overwhelmed as each department has its own designated treatment space.
After having officially opened in their new space 4 months ago, Annie Young is now thriving with the top trained makeup artists, manicurist and haircare professionals. I am a huge fan of so many of their services and lines, but to give you an idea of some of my favourite, here are my top five.
Not only is Gabrielle one of the most talented nail artist I have ever had the pleasure of having my nails done by, she is also "my kind of people". This girl is beautiful inside and out, dedicated to her business and brand as a nail artist, a vegan, natural skin care junkie and so so kind. Her work is outstanding, has a signature look and lasts. I am addicted to gel nails that look 100% real and stay put with all my running around and gym going. She produced exactly what I wanted with a touch of her signature style, a new shape and an array of three colours, from a matte finish to sparkles.
A line I have been a big fan of for a while, but is exclusively at Annie Young in Quebec. Odacite is known for their natural oils for every issues and skin type, but they most recently launched a new product, their Matcha face mask.
The product I am most excited about from Vitamine and Sea is their perfect skin solution oil. The founder was on accutane and went through everything trying to clear his skin. Finally his brother and him came up with a recipe that was all natural with an ingredient list that includes the likes of avocado, almond and olive oil... and it worked wonders clearing pimples, inflammation, redness and bumps... something I struggle with from always working out. Looking forward to trying this one out!
Richard did my hair at Annie Young and the blowout was fabulous. He didn't use any hot tools, just the blowdryer and brush and delivered on exactly what I wanted... voluminous waves that stayed, even post spin class!
My first experience with WORLD was at Annie Young. Their products are light, do not weight down your hair, are all natural and made in Toronto. The sugar hold spray was fabulous. As I said, I won't eat it, but put that in my hair any day and I am good to go.
To book an appointment call 514 488 7722 or check out the location below.
Annie Young Boutique and Spa
376 Victoria Ave Suite 430
I tested out a new flavour from Vital Proteins, the Chocolate Blackberry collagen peptide and it was amazing. Right away I knew it was going into a raw ball mix because the flavours were perfect for an energy boosting snack.
Collagen has so many benefits which is why I am always trying to sneak in Vital Proteins where ever I can.
Some of my fave benefits are:
1. Keeps you full
2. Weight Loss; cravings under control!
3. Stronger Bodies; cartilage, tendons, ligaments and bones!
4. Fewer Wrinkles and Fine Lines; increases moisture and helps fill out the skin.
5. Promotes Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails.
6. Better Digestion since the digestive track is made up of the same amino acids we find in collagen!
7. Collagen helps to add back into the body what has been stripped by mass food production!
Here is the recipe I put together and hope you enjoy!
I took the following ingredients and blended it all together in a food processor. Rolled them into balls and then rolled in a mix of the drinking chocolate and coconut.
1 cup of dates
1.5 scoops of Vital Proteins's chocolate blackberry collagen peptides
1/2 cup of fresh blackberries
1 tbsp pf Drinking Chocolate
1 tbsp all natural peanut butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup ground flax
I have been a huge fan of Vital Proteins for the past year or so but my love for their collagen peptides grew even more after my accident back at the beginning of March. If you haven’t had a chance to read my article on sweat.com about all the benefits of Collagen I would suggest you check it out here.
Essentially collagen peptides help in healing skin, and bone health. It is vital in fitness (no pun intended) stronger bodies & bones. One a day to day Collagen keeps you full, helps with digestion, aids weight loss, promotes health skin and hair and improves the look skin with fever lines and wrinkles of course one of my faves!
I’m sharing my Five Fave product from Vital Proteins with you all. The brand is all around awesome. Their outlook on their business is to promote natural whole nutrition. Key world being natural that I of course love. They state: “There is nothing more important than ones health, and we believe the body needs and deserves high quality building blocks for life’s adventures.”
Their brand identity is something similar to my own. They aim to help people achieve their fullest and best lives, ultimately similar to my Fit Fatale girls, finding their happiest lives through health. Natural beauty is something that comes from within. Yes it’s relative to the way you treat others and the world around you, but it is so important how you feed yourself. How you feed yourself becomes the beauty you put forward. It turns into your mood, your body, your brain, your skin, your cells. Mental and physical health are all a product of what nourishment and nutrients our body gets.
Since collagen slows as we age, is stripped from food processing and is a vital thing in our beauty, youth and daily bone function, the consumption of collagen and nutrients helping in the production of collagen can be life changing in any diet. You start to glow when you take Vital Proteins. I personally did! Their beauty water and beauty supplement were the two things I had the most comments on. “How did your hair grow so fast and healthy” or “You skin looks so plump and full”.
Vital Proteins are naturally sourced from pasture raised cows in Brazil and New Zealand while their wild-cough fish in sourced from Hawaii. They put research into finding the highest quality proteins for their product and it shows in the results from taking it. Not all meat, fish … or protein supplements are made the same. Thats something important to keep in mind.
My Relationship with this brand grew so naturally, having loved the product from the moment I tried it… their cute and clean packaging doesn't hurt either! I strongly suggest trying it out to anyone looking to achieve their optimal health. That being said, here are my Five Fave from Vital Proteins.
1. Collagen: Vanilla and Coconut Collagen Peptides
For daily dose of protein & collagen
(I use in my smoothies!)
2. Supplement: Beauty Boost Supplements
For hair growth, nail growth and skin care
(I have had so many people ask me how my hair became health and has been growing so well. This has been a major attribute to that along with daily collagen in my smoothies!)
3. Beauty Waters: Cucumber Aloe
For on the go beauty care and a refreshing tasting drink!
(Great to change up your water routine and
4. Supplements: Spirulina Supplements
(I have been taking these everyday to compliment my 25 day detox! Many detox routines will suggest taking spirulina for its detoxifying benefits as well as ability to aid in weight loss, reduce stress, depression and anxiety.)
5. Greens and Veggies: Collagen Beauty Greens
For your collagen and daily dose of green power
(Love this combo because I can get collagen and also a greens boost in my morning smoothie. Drinking greens is one of the best and most effective ways of breaking your fast post cardio.)
One of my most recent fave recipes featuring Vital Proteins!
Collagen Boosting Coconut Turmeric Milk
Scoop of Vanilla Coconut Vital Proteins
1 Cup of Coconut Milk
1 Tbsp Turmeric
2 small scoops servings of Royal Jelly
1 Tbsp of MCT Oil
1 Tbsp of Cinnamon
Warm the coconut milk up on the stove and then add all the ingredients together in the blender. The milk will blend well and will become frothy thanks to the whip mode on your device. Poor in a mug and enjoy. Top with additional cinnamon should you wish!
New obsession alert!!
We have express manis, pedis, blow out bars and everything in between. No one has time for extensive repetitive beauty treatments in 2017. Every so often we splurge (time wise) and go for the full spa day, but the average woman is working or studying, running a company or being a full time mom, all of which leave very little time for multiple spa days. Its why all the express bars have become so successful.
Blitz Facial Bar is the spin off of popular women's spa Body Blitz Spa in Toronto. The Blitz Facial Bar is the first express facial bar I have experiences or seen. It's absolutely fabulous and so is the concept.
Not only is the staff knowledgable, but they have figured out how to turn the sporadical facial into a regular behaviour. It's SO important to care for your skin. Plus in today's market we love anything on demand and with spot on branding. A menu to pick your facial. Yes please. A booster bar full of 10$ skin boosters (similar to the detox booster menu of a juice bar!) ... so much yes. Express peels, lasers and depuffing.
It pains me that we don't have this in Montreal. I have to be honest...I would get a membership. I'd rather spend 10$ a day on skin care boosters than my coffee if it came down to it. If you're in Toronto you have to check it out.
I did The Works Facial and it was so refreshing. My skin came out softer than ever before and I purchased a few goodies from their face wash and moisturizing collection - Blitz Skin Care. For the past two weeks I've added their salicylic cleanser from the skin care line to my routine and love! Its also only 30$.
Check out the locations in Toronto here.
For more information : blitzfacialbar.com
Get ready! This week’s fave five is pretty awesome. I’ve gotten a lot of questions on these products (when I did a Live video stream featuring them, incase ya’ll missed it…)
Here are the fave 5 of the week!
A must-have in your daily routine. For me, it’s really important to take a probiotic daily. What happens when you’re stressed? Well, you secrete your natural flora (the good bacteria in your stomach the helps you stay healthy), which is why we get sick! I was getting sick often until finally, for the past few months, I’ve totally been in control; daily probiotics have saved me. I try and get it in every form possible, but the best way to ensure you have your dose is through a daily supplement. This one has 50 billion flora, which is pretty norm for every day use.
Anti Aging and Self Tanner Wipes
This wipe is pretty wicked. I love to get spray tans, but of course, our face is the first place we lose it. Mostly because it’s the place we wash and scrub most. If you have the slightest bit of dryness you also won’t retain your tan the same way. So, here enter these wipes. They add a little daily glow to your face, I would say for about 3-5 days. I usually use it at night before bed, and the same wipe the next morning or the following night to prolong its use. It has a lot of product on it so you can extend it a bit. Bonus: this product is also packed with tons of skin food like vitamin D, exfoliating agents and anti aging formula for nourishment and repair. It is also known to help calm any face irritations or blemishes. Magical, right?
You may have been seeing me pour this into my water lately… that’s because I am in love! Let’s just say, I ran through my container pretty quick. There are three flavours. My fave is the aloe cucumber. It’s super light and only gives the slighted taste of natural flavours. It’s actually a great boost if you’re working out. The powder mixed in with water helps to hydrate the skin and boost collagen production. AKA: firms and improves skin elasticity. Collagen helps the growth and beauty of skin, hair, and nails. This, we like! It contains marine collage for anyone who doesn't want to have the beef version (like me), no added sugar, gluten free and is just all around amazing. I drank this every day for a week and my best friend said to me, your face looks plump (not fat), but seems to have no lines and no tired-looking eyes. I hadn’t told her about the beauty water… Hmm!
Virgin Marula Oil
This is a yummy antioxidant-rich skin hydrating oil. I say yummy because it leaves your skin feeling replenished and delicious when you use it! It calms irritation and leaves no greasy residue. You can either go for the big sized bottle or a mini one that’s also great for travel. So many people have asked me where I bought it; you can get a mini pack of Drunk Elephant online or at Sephora. Ultimately, the oil helps to restore a healthy, youthful glow. I wasn't a huge oil user until recently, and I am totally converted! There are so many great ones on the market now.
Coconut Body and Hair Oil
Here is another oil I love. Some people use it on their face, but I personally only use coconut oil on my body and hair. No idea why, but it irritates my face and is a bit too heavy for my sensitive skin. That being said, I put this on the ends of my hair after every shower. Because I’m so busy, I often shower at home and make a quick run to my hair dresser for a style so that I get to pick what I am putting in and using on my hair. Like I always say, I try and go 5 days without washing my hair, so you do have to be careful in making sure the oil is only at the ends… but it’s a great way to keep your hair looking fresh come day 3 and 4 when the ends start to become more dry.
For any more information on these products, please do not hesitate to reach out via email or on a my next live stream! Enjoy.
I get so many products to review and share with all of you. I’ve decided, since I love so many of them, that every few weeks I will share my fave products of the week on Instagram Live, followed by a blog post with the items I’ve chosen. Tune in to Instagram Live this Thursday at 8pm!
Here are the faves I shared last week!
This dentist-approved mix is essentially black charcoal powder that you dip your tooth brush in and brush your teeth with. It helps whiten teeth, strengthen enable and eliminate bad breath.
Since it is black, be careful so that it doesn't spill everywhere, but have no fear - it will make you mouth turn black but it doesn’t taste bad at all!
PS: Use code SAMCUTLER for 10% off and in return BLCK will give a toothbrush to a local shelter!
No Needles Eye Fix reduces puffiness, dark circles and lines. I like to use it in the morning to help reduce puffiness after long nights or even oversleeping or over-eating. It feels very smooth and light weight on the skin.A great pharmacy-affordable product for the eyes!
Loving this line! The Thermal Black Cleanser is black and lathers really nicely when you wash your face. The best part is that it gives you a super clean, matte feeling once washed. It cleans into pores and detoxifies the skin of impurities, oil, makeup. It’s also great for brightening the skin. We all love a little more glow! Bonus: this wash helps to refine the look of pores. Is it just me or this is one of the first things I’ve been noticing as a sign of aging. Why pores? Why?!
Ancient Seeds Superfood Nut Bar - Caramel Coconut
So much yum in these little power-boosting bars. The Thrive Go Macro bar is gluten free, non-GMO, organic and a source of plant-based protein! Things I always check for in bars is how much protein, sugar, fat and fibre are in them. Then I quickly scan for what else looks high.
Here is what I found in these babies....
4g of Saturated Fats
(But from coconut, the only time saturated fats are supposed to be good for you!)
3 g of Fibre
6 g of Protein
8% of your Daily Iron
6 g of Sugar (probably from the caramel and vanilla)
For any more information on these products, please do not hesitate to reach out via email or on a my next live stream! Enjoy.
Chillhouse is the ultimate place to chill.
Located on Essex (right across from Beauty and Essex) Chillhouse is the quite frankly the chillest spot.
But actually, I could live there or at least spend a lengthy afternoon. The beauty of their set up however is that you totally don't have to..... You can also run in and out if that's all your day permits.
Chillhouse is a combo of massages, nail bar and coffee shop and a with a few other goodies your can buy as well.
I tried out their massages with a Chill Pill massages. Chill Pill at Chillhouse… it was kind of a must.
First off I had the cutest masseuse. Thanks Chillhouse! He was also incredible and found tons of spots I didn't even know were knotted up from working out. The massage rooms are in the back of the location all draped in. I felt like I was on the beach.
This is no spa, so don't expect it to be. There is soft house and r&b playing in the background. It was perfect. I actually preferred it for my Sunday mood post brunch and my work out class to just chill out to rather than a full blown robe, cucumber water, eucalyptus afternoon.
My favourite part was that I had never experienced a massage appointment with quite this kind of vibe. Its hard to put a unique spin on it but keep it chilled out and relaxed.
I would recommend this spot to anyone looking for a relaxing time but isn't thinking of going for the full spa day. It was the perfect girls Sunday. Following our massages we sipped on the Golden Latte (Turmeric) and the Beet-Chata latte. I had the Turmeric and it tasted a bit like a chia latte.... So delish. My girlfriend had the Beet Chata and it was naturally sweeter from the beet and pink with the milk. How adorable and yummy!
Other item sold here include Sakara Life watermelon jerky which I first became obsessed with down in Chicago and Boy Smells candles... which are also lit up throughout Chillhouse. The smell was everything!
The rose gold details and marble everywhere made this spot a pleasure to every sense, through in the cali accents it was right out of my dreams.
A must check out and chill out, Chillhouse!
REVIVis the new way to recharge through IV nutrient therapies and booster shots. You may have seen on my insta-stories as I shared the experience with you all getting "shot up" for lack of a better world with SLIMBOOST and GLUTATHIONE.
Seemed kinda creepy but it was actually a pretty cool experience. A big part of why I wanted to do it actually. I know its all the craze now and plenty of people want to know what the deal is, so dedicated wellness reporter that I am, I pulled it together and took one (or two) shots for the team.
I opted for the shots instead of the IV drip because the benefits of the shots appealed to me on so many levels, plus with the concussion I didn't want to push anything! I preach B12 and stocking up on all my fave vitamins via fortifying foods, so I wanted to touch base on these through the REVIV process.
Slimboost is a metabolic weight loss booster shot. The shot is a combo of B12, B Complex vitamins and Amino Acids. The benefits include general detoxification of the body, increase in red blood cell production (one of my love affairs with b12), regulation of your sleep, mood and appetite (again our lovely friend b12), immune system boost, and speeds up your metabolism for natural weight loss.
Doesn't this shot sound amazing!?
It's used to maximize your body's metabolic rate and help you reach your body goals. It will also increase fat burning and promote natural weight loss.
Glutathione is an antioxidant shot that is a major immune booster and detoxifier of the body. It's benefits include decreased inflammation, prevents and reverses cell damage, has tons of anti- aging benefits and just cleans you out. Picture it this way, your skin sucks and your liver is a little rough from your red wine weekend... this is the shot for you.
I'll be honest, NYC always make my skin kinda icky. The pollution and busy schedule, make up day and night always brings on a break out. So my skin was a bit irritated. I woke up the morning following the shot and my skin cleared up pretty quick. Cool right?!
In general it's suggested for wellness and beauty maintenance. I wasn't very informed on Glutathione before my visit but now it will for sure be part of my beauty routine and on my radar!
All in all I suggest trying it out! It's a pretty cool experience..... maybe not for everyone if needles aren't your fave, but even someone like me who isn't a huge fan of the prick, the shots are quick and worth it! Benefits hit you quickly, energy boosts and detox shows quick....and last up to a week! You can go back as often as you wish. Fun right?
Currently they have locations Globally from Africa, Asia, Europe.... all over the US (NYC to Cali) and one has recently opened up in Toronto. Yay Canada!
And last but not least, they offer a concierge service that comes to you to recharge and revive you....How New York! ... PERFECT!
Here is the location I visited and the team was wicked cool! Thanks for the great experience....
1140 BroadwaySuite 804New York, NY 10001
I had the pleasure of visiting the Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant a last weekend and it was an absolutely spectacular experience. Not only was the settling beautiful, the company of my best friend part of a perfect Sunday, but it also has tons of health benefits, and we all I know I love!
I have been to the Scandinave Spa in Mont-Tremblant before, I have however been to their location in Old Port several times for massages. They have a smaller version of the baths included in this Old Port of Montreal experience, but it is not the same as this outdoor moment of bliss you will experience up north!
When I visited it was a beautiful sunny day. Although cold, the stones are heated and there are outdoor fire pits on the grounds. You feel so cozy and relaxed the second you set food outside into the Scandinavian experience.
I bounced around from hot tubs and saunas to ice cold river water. It was great actually and felt so refreshing, knowing the health benefits helped ease my fear of the chilling temps as well. Ill do anything (cold or hot) if we have some wellness vibes!
They call it Hydrotherapy. It has benefits for the mind, body and soul! The tradition of these Nordic baths goes back thousands of years so there must be some truth to the euphoria around these baths. The circuit goes hot sauna (or hot tub), ice cold plunge and then relax. You repeat this 2-3 times at your own pace. I say own pace with emphasis because some of us (okay fine, yours truly!) totally passed out during the relax part in front of the outdoor fire pit... can you blame me
So what are the benefits:
- Helps tone your skin (i was sold on this one!)
- Flushes out toxins
- Improves blood circulation
- Releases endorphins
- Stimulates the immune system
Its total bliss. The spa is tucked away in the mountains just outside of Mont Tremblant village. The setting is so serene and peaceful. It is an absolutely relaxation for the body and mind and I encourage anyone to check it out. It was the perfect way to end my weekend!
4280 Montée Ryan, Mont Tremblant Quebec J8E 1S4
Wearing FUN swimwear from CHRLDR.
Photos below by the talented Sanni of We Took a Picture
Can we talk about how amazing my Sunday was!
Today was the first wellness retreat put on by The Goss Club andSpa Cloudthat I am so happy to say I was a part of. If you missed it, don't stress too much. After the successful inspiring day that we all had, I am certain that more will be headed your way.
The retreat focused on bringing women and wellness together. We had around 40 eager women attend who wanted to learn more about themselves, their bodies and how to achieve greatness through wellbeing and self love. My kind of people.
They spent their Sunday getting up early, eating well, making healthy decisions and going for what they want… greatness and happiness! I couldn't have been more proud to spend the day with them.
Attendees heard not only from myself, but from Yoga and Meditation Specialist Stephanie Parent, Love Coach Diana Eskander and Nutritionist Anne-Josie Roy. They had complimentary treatments all day long from Spa Cloud who helped host the event and munched on Poke Bowls from Le Poke Bar and Smoothies from Glow Smoothies.
I also brought attendees special surprises like my favourite cookies from Montreal healthy meal delivery service Agnosante and an awesome promo code from Teo Taxito leave with 15$ off your next ride…. PS since I love you all, the code is SC15. Enjoy!
Spa Cloudis a wellness spa in Griffintown, Montreal that has pretty much the coolest services ever. Some of my fave include Cryotherapy, Float Therapy and Slim Wave.
Cryotherapyis a freezing chamber where your whole body (everything except your head) is in a frozen to -140 degrees celsius. The benefits include increase in collagen production, so diminishing of cellulite and also helps to loosen muscle pains and help injuries. Don’t worry it is only three minutes!
Float Therapy acts as a detoxification method where you float in a salt bath for an hour. It elevates tension and stress on the body! Yes please.
And finally Slim Wave was my winning find for the day. Slim Wave uses EMS (electro muscle stimulation) technology. Basically the technology acts as natural exercise would and tightens the muscle through contractions…. for inch loss, firmness and strength! It increases your natural fat burning…ummm yes this is my new thing! Where has this been my whole life? So for 45 minutes you burn around 900 calories and if focused on the abs acts as if you did 400 sit ups. Kinda crazy, but kinda may go every week!
They also offer incredible facials and massages from specialist who will blow you away!
Here are some photo recaps from the day!
Okay guys Bee Venom is literally my new obsession.
Sounds super weird right? Until you hear what it does. Then you'll be pretty certain otherwise.
Been venom from a honey bee basically pulls a little trickster move on your skin. When it soaks in It sends the message that you've been stung so your body will direct blood towards the area that was hit. But the best part of it all is this little trick bee venom plays on your skin in the form of a cream, serum, or wash stimulates the natural production of collagen and elastin. Yes please!
I tried it out and it's actually amazing. Your skin feels so soft and plum the next day.
To be honest I was first looking into bee venom because it helps with any skin irritation or acne.
We all know bees for their wicked honey and making the world go round of course... tons of companies keep bee farms and we've all used Burt's Bees to heel chapped lips before. But one of the less publicized realities of Honey is that it has antimicrobial and anti acne properties. (Um Kendall Jenner said she's uses honey as a spot treatment soooo... you gotta jump on board now!)
But what people talk about a little less is on the side of bee venom (basically what bees release when they sting someone). This venom is extremely anti-inflammatory (one of my fave words in skin care, nutrition and basically anything!)
Obsessed over Rodial bee venom products! These are my fave guys so check em out. They are also packed with vitamin c to brighten the skin and melittin peptide found in bee venom.
They even have a serum that increases you stem cell production, biomimetic growth factors and includes marine collagen. This we like! Fish oils and been venom. Umm hi, perfect combo!
I highly recommend trying these products out, it's a super cool concept and did wonders to my skin. Love love it!
I've wanted to "do my lips" for a while now but I never really knew what it entailed and what exactly the results would be..... And by the way, what is doing my lips?! Is it surgery, injections what will happen, how will it look? And can I spin after? Seriously, what the heck happens and can I figure it out so I'll stop being afraid.... because frankly I was. Which is the only reason my friends listened to me for 3 years before I actually took the plunge or rather the plump 😜...
I decided to ask surgeon and facial specialist Dr Adi Yoskovitch a few questions on the procedure, how to know what's right for you and how to break those stereotypes. His answers convinced me to do mine and he himself was just as amazing as the results!
I was kind of nervous (obviously!) but beyond excited after his answers. I only did a tiny bit because I have very small features and wanted to look natural. Leading up to my appointment so many people freaked with excitement when I told them I was going to do my lips. Why? Because someone who would do a rational amount, wanted it to look natural and would tell the honest truth about the experience would be able to share with them the procedure... and yes it was all over instagram stories... and yes already tons of people were so thrilled I covered this in a pretty raw way... but here you have all the details and questions answered!
Needles, not my fave. But all in all the process takes 10 minutes, without the neurotic gibber gabber of yours truly!
Because I cant wait.... here is a pic of my lips now: OBSESSED WITH THEM!
First I told Dr. Adi what I wanted. Showed him pics and he took a look at me to see what would and wouldn't look good. He is a facial surgeon after all and in no means wants you to leave looking "off". The nurse froze my lip a bit with a gel and an ice pack. Then Dr. Adi did about 7-10 injections. Very small! All of which had Juvederm and it includes pain killer that'll hit you. ... That's my only cautious tale.... since I didn't eat first.
The basics to know: It swells up. Not tons. It hurts a bit. Not more than a bikini wax. And it goes down a lot within the week..... Don't play with it after. Seriously don't. It's setting. To the shape he positioned it in....DR knows best.
I felt a little high and swollen, but loved it right right away. Honestly I think I'll add a bit more because the swelling went down and I was very conservative with the amount. However, I feel the difference and my lip is lifted up enough .... and you can totally see my smile more because of the lift. Love that aspect!
Maybe have someone to take you home if you're sensitive to pain killers - you may be a tad high or nauseous. Totally worth it! Drink some Perrier and make your man take care of you and you'll be just fine ;) Plus look super cute with your swollen lip (just saying!). Maybe don't schedule a photoshoot that day. And probably wait till the day after to spin but besides that you're ready to rock and roll.
Oh and your lip will bruise a bit. And you'll need a fork to eat....
Seriously what a sweet man and what a great team he has working for him. I was very impressed.
Okay so all in all the experience was great. There are some shots of me and Dr. Adi below and a quick Q&A but first lets get to the nitty gritty of the before and after. You'll notice the difference is very slight however I personally notice the change a lot and so have many (and plenty of compliments :D!). It's slight and I will probably add a bit more like I mentioned, but I am thrilled with the results and would highly suggest Dr Adi Yoskovitchto any of you... Seriously!
Below is my Q and A with Dr Adi:
What is the biggest trend in plastic surgery and injections of the moment?
It depends a lot on the age group. Some people want botox to treat, others for preventative measures. But I do see girls come in for that big lip trend. Girls aged 18 who want to follow a trend which is not always the best.... The beautiful side of it is that you can correct real issues in a non surgical way that helps people feel confident again!
What is a good age and time to start thinking of preventative injections?
There is a real self absorbed instant gratification and poor decision making generation heading my way. I suggest mid 20's is the best time to start but I do have patients coming to me who are far too young.
How do you personally ensure patients are satisfied?
There are a lot of unqualified people who are doing injections. They are less expensive and quick and wrong! I am personally among the top 100 facial surgeons in the world and I say that because you get exactly what you pay for when it comes to injections and plastic surgery. If you work with another doctor make sure you know they are qualified and the product is right for you. Be educated on what is being injected and how.
How long will it last and how often will I need to come?
Some companies will say a year. I usually tell patients anywhere from 6-9 months depending on how fast they metabolize the injections. It also depends a lot on the quality of the product used. How many links in the gel injected is how fortified the product is. This is will vary based on the amount of water in the injection which changes how long it will last.... I use the best product, Juvederm.
What is a big trend you see in injections?
There is a huge difference in what is beautiful and socially acceptable in different parts of the world. Even looking at North America, west coast vs. east coast trends are very different. Girls in the west coast are looking for bigger and will pay more for whatever gets them there. East coast trends tend to lean towards a more reserved look.
What are your additional tips?
A conscientious physician will say no just as much as he will say yes! Keep that in mind. He will make sure that the procedure is right for the patient and not just want they ask and are willing to pay for. A good doctor will always tune the treatments to the patients looks and needs. You want realistic results!
This year I decided to share with all of you a jam packed holiday beauty stocking guide of some of my current faves in skincare, haircare, makeup and more. As you all know I love new beginnings, beauty and health. Sharing beauty and health products with your loved ones over the holiday season is the perfect way to motivate yourself and those around you to kick off a new year on the best note. Here you have below some great last minute grabs for the beauty girl on your list. Enjoy!
By Kane NY
I had just posted a full article on this serum. You can see all the details here. But in short, this cream is a plumping and skin saving. It creates a glow, one we all need this winter and is perfect for anyone who needs a little boost this season.
Stem Cell Magic Gel
This cream is a 10 in 1 miracle package. Seriously this makes your skin beyond smooth and leaves you feeling plump and hydrated. I hate the feeling that you skin is drab, swollen under the eyes, tired looking and not rested. I find using this over night lets my skin wake up and come back to life in the morning.
By Bioxidea USA
This mask was in one of my most recent giveaways. I wanted to share it because it brings an awesome glow and revival to your face. Its perfect during these colder months but BIOXIDEAs entire collection is pretty awesome. Im also a huge fan of their under eye and lip line cream. Roll that every morning!
I love this thing! You keep it in your freezer and roll your face with it in the morning before putting on makeup. It brings down any swelling and inflammation. It also feels great which is an added bonus. I could seriously stay rolling this over my face for quite some time. Usually I need to stop and get ready for my day!
Pore Refining Clay Mask
This mask brings down swelling and inflammation to any acne or redness in your face. Winter is hard on our skin and the cold temperatures can bring out redness. I actually leave this over night although the jar will tell you for ten minutes. Don’t do this all the time as it will dry out your skin, but every once in a while it is great to shrink pores, allowing less oil to cover you skins surface and cools the redness when you need the extra boost. Also, when you wash it off in the morning your skin feels incredibly soft. Its amazing!
Rose Face Wash
I’m actually obsessed. This product not only cleanses but acts as a toner at the same time. You need to only use a tiny it which is great because it lathers and it saves you from buying this product too often. Thankfully so because the quality is top, worth the price and will last. My skin is sensitive on top of all that and this didn’t bother it at all.
Shampoo & Conditioner
By Pai Shau
Loving Pai Shau hair products. Okay these smell crazy good for starters. They leave your hair volumized and soft, crazy soft. They also appeal to men and women so my shared shower friends, if you need something on hang that doesn’t smell like roses or coconut, their product is a for him as well.
Sugar Lip Scrub and lip treatments
By Fresh Beauty
These are the perfect stocking stuffers. Seriously love the packaging love the product and love the feel. They are beautifully prepared for your 2016 gifting needs, with a variety of packages some just of colours and others with scrubs and serums. I love the sugar lip scrub that they are best known for. It really is sugary and takes away any dead winter skin on your lips. Its awesome!
Matte Purple Gloss
Perfection on my lips and honestly stays all day. I love this gloss. A make up artist I work with introduced me to it and Im loving it so much. Its really a great colour day to night and stays on just enough that by the end of the day you still have some life left in your make up as you head home, to the gym or where ever before you wash it off
Holiday scented bodywash and cream
By Yves Rocher
Such a cute hostess gift… if youre visiting someone over the holidays and want to change up from bringing chocolates and wine this is such a great option. They have incredible scents for holiday in a range of products from creams, to body wash to hand wash. You can pick a few options and package them together for great gifting this week!
By Saint Tropez
I am so obsessed with this self tanner. It’s amazing. You don’t need a ton especially if you are pale like me. The smell isn’t too strong and it really adds a gradual glow as you use it after your shower. There are plenty of kinds but my favourite is the gradual daily application. The in shower one is great as well, but you do have to wait three to five minutes for it to set in to your body before washing it off.
Okay so let's get something straight, keeping your skin healthy and in good condition is everything. EVERYTHING. I've struggled with a lot of skin problems my whole life. Mostly because I’m so sensitive and partly because my diet has been forever changing as I try and figure out what fits my health needs. Plenty of stuff can send my skin into break out mode or irritation... from what I eat, how I work out, sleep, or product. Really anything, trust me! So over the past few months I've come to realize how important investing in quality skin products are.... and really testing out what is best for you and your habits before writing it off or committing for life. Let's talk about these healthy skin habits before we dive deeper into product. There is one thing I never skip since I turned 20.... I always use eye creams for collagen boosting.... every night... and people who see me do it tell me, "You don't have wrinkles. Your skin looks so youthful. No need for that." But preventative measures are more important than the proactive measures. Trust me. Wouldn't you rather be looking young longer than start acting and making changes as problems occur? It's the same with all health habits. Don't wait. So I started thinking why just eyes, why not a full face collagen boosting treatment? This is where Kane NY comes in.
One of my new favourite discoveries, the collagen booting serum from Kane NY. Let's get past the point that I adore the bottle in all white and gold (perfect for any flat lay - yeah I’m all about health but I'm still a blogger) but the contents kick some seriously skin butt. Created by one of the top experts in skincare, Dr Michael Kane, this skin saving serum is designed to improve skins overall health, hydrate and plum. I like the sound of that! The refill and recover skin serum is loaded with Halo-C, increasing hyaluronic acid hydrate surging skin where it is needed. So what is Halo-C? It’s basically a mix of all those awesome vitamins you want penetrating deep into your skin - vitamin e, vitamin B5, vitamin c and retinyl palmitate. Essentially the magic serum to make you glow. We like.
Kane NY feels smooth on your skin, hydrating and nourishing, but dries matte without leaving your skin feeling oily and creamy. You don't need to use a ton to reap the benefits either. A bottle will cost you 250$ USD but I promise it lasts a while and will save you plenty in the future. That's the beauty of the body and remaining healthy. Investing in good quality products, food, and fitness will ultimately save you money in health problems and larger cosmetic changes in the future. I've seen it in the past few years as I've begun investing in quality and trust me it's true. When you're taking care of yourself you're taking care of your investment. And who doesn't want to invest in themselves!
Kane NY has won plenty of awards as has DR Michael Kane for innovative technologies and patient work. Personally I love the way it feels and the way it doesn't irritate my skin but rather nourishes.
Check it out here to order yours. Love this product but find out for yourself.
Barbarella Spa is a boutique beauty spa in St Henri. They are one of the first to bring trendy and affordable spa experiences to the younger fashion forward demographic. The same one that has most recently occupied this neighbourhood in Montreal. Girl boss and creator of the unique space, Ashlinn Cassidy, first started years ago when she was spray tanning clients in her apartment. She was booking them and bringing them into her home .... up until the demand was too high that she needed a space, and this was the birth of Barbarella Spa.
The spray tans here have gained in popularity for a number of reasons, you look and feel great, they have amazing staff and spray tan artists like Steph (my go to girl!) and the product is all natural. I've even heard stories of people going for spray tans to give life back into their look while facing cancer treatments or other sickness. The idea of a spray tan goes far beyond tanned skin, it gives confidence and allows you to experience your trip or adventure in a different way. Personally I love to spray tan before big events, or before heading on a trip. I can focus on other things like finding the best restaurants or the highest rooftop without thinking about where my tan is coming from, sounds crazy I know, but it has become part of my travel routine.
Here are a few shots of me at events with my awesome Barbarella spray tan glow. Oh and did I mention how awesome and nice the staff is. They try their hardest to fit you in and cater to the needs of their clients all the time. For someone like me who has NONE of that (time) it is necessary and appreciated. You leave feeling happy and beautiful even with a last minute 8:45 the night before a trip spray!
Unique about this spot, every time I go there is a different pop up shop happening in the front of the space. Sometimes it is lingerie from Alice Kass (LOVE THEM) and sometimes it's ice cream (yum)! Great idea and incredible use of their extra space in the front. I love to see businesses that can think outside the box.
They also offer a number of other services such as eyelash extensions, manicures, pedicures and waxing!
Check them out!
I am so in love with this new make up line from Joe Fresh. I’ve been telling everyone about it. I love neutral make up and this brand gets it! Here's why... The words fresh perfectly capture this collection. With a number of pallets, the line really creates a dewy summer look for your face that you'll love. The tones perfectly pair bronze tones with fresh pale shades. My go to colour is bisque.
What is most exciting about this collection and that they have made it official, mixing high and low price-points is not only just for apparel and accessories any more, the concept is hitting other areas of our lives and even beauty. Stores like Sephora and the newly renovated Shoppers Drug Marts with outstanding beauty departments have made this a reality. I still have my go to products, mixing brands like Nars and Dior with Joe Fresh and Benefit, but now stores are catering to both markets, understanding that we use and WANT both!
Here is my beauty regime with the Joe Fresh Beauty collection;
This primer has a shimmer to it, giving it the illuminating name. It keeps your make up fresh day to night and helps your glow stay in tact (the way you want it to, not the stick end of the day way!)
2. Daily Boost Fluid Foundation
I layer this on top of the primer to give an all around conformity to my face colour and tone.
3. Foundation Stick
I love the foundation stick! Seriously this item is a gem and sometimes on days where you dont need as much make up, this is my only go to! I glide it across any area I am looking to highlight or cover up. I then use a make up sponge and dab it in. It is also amazing for under the eye! You can just run a layer under and blend in. It fills in any lines or wrinkles!
4. Highlighting Powder
This powder has a bit of shimmer to it. I dust it on a bit everywhere and it also acts as a setting agent on top of the foundation. I add a bit more to the cheeks for glow.
5. Matte Liquid Liner
Goes on liquid and stays on... all day... matte! Its a great liner for everyday use.
This mascara is AMAZING! It nourishes your eyelashes while adding long lasting tint, just enough that you can layer it on during the day. I am always asked if my lashes are real or not! Its a great product to cary for everyday use. The one i use is not water proof (hate water proof ones that never come off!) but if I forget to take it off in the shower or wear it at the gym it doesn't run. Best of both worlds!
7. Highighter stick
This finishing touch adds a hint of highlight to your cheek bones. Add it right under the eye on your cheek bone, below your nose (small space between lip and nose), and below your lips for indent. I also add a small amount to the top of my forehead.
8. Long wear lip colour
Love these tones, especially the pink rosy colours for summer.
This make up collection is such a great find. I tell everyone about it and its amazing that we can get it at Shoppers Drug Mart. Check it out and try out your pallet for summer!