This is so cool-I have to share #petsatwork

In honor of this year’s Take Your Dog to Work Day, the passionate pet lovers at Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada decided to celebrate by providing a Pet-Friendly makeover to a deserving office – Jellinek Law Office – that specializes in sexual assault and personal injury law, and has seen first-hand the incredible impact that Pets at Work can have on employees and clients alike.

Please watch.  Thank you.

 

Vichy Cleansing beauty oil-take it all off!

Because I’m all about the pre-cleanse.  Dermalogica introduced me to this and I’ve been hooked ever since.  My quandry with cleansing oils is that I want to find one that works well for a decent price (um shu umera you are OUT of the running).

So I’m happy to say I have found a GREAT oil for a decent price.  My wallet is loving me these days.

Vichy cleansing beauty oil contains the benefits of an oil and a cleansing milk in one step.  It contains micellar technology to gently remove makeup and impurities and cameilia oil to improve softness, radiance and smoothness.

-contains soothing and fortifying Vichy Thermal Spa Water

-Paraben free

-Tested on sensitive skin

And it does a GREAT job on removing my waterproof mascara and eye makeup-this is one pass, holding the cotton round on each eye for 10 seconds.

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Overall, I recommend this cleansing oil as a first step to your night time skin care routine.  It will dissolve the dirt and impurities and allow your products to work better-what’s not to love?

Have you tried any cleansing oils? What’s your favorite and why?

Undereye issues meet their worst enemy with the Eye Perfecting Brush from EcoTools

I’ve had an undereye ‘situation’ since my 20’s (yes over 20 years ago-SIGH).  I’ve tried a lot of things, combinations of products, different tools to apply-and I still have the situation.

I’ve had a moderate amount of success with this new brush from EcoTools and I thought I would take a moment and just sit right there, I‘ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel.…ooops wait, I want to tell you about this brush.

The EcoTools Eye Perfecting Brush reduces the appearance of fine lines or dark circles around eyes.  The brush features uniquely cut, rounded tip bristles that mimics the shape of a finger for easy application under and around the eyes without tugging sensitive skin or transferring oils from the hands.

Designed with straight, firm and dense bristles, the Eye Perfecting Brush allows for optimal bending and coverage to take on fine lines and even the darkest of under eye circles.

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Love this brush for almost all of my concealers.  It picks up product well, and distributes it well in some fairly sensitive and particular places around my eyes. The only thing I have not tried it with is my corrector from Becca which is fairly creamy and thick and in my opinion, best applied with fingers.  Some of my other favorite things about this brush are that the bristles are soft, made with bamboo and recycled aluminum and are CRUELTY FREE.  The suggested retail price of $9.99 CAD means my wallet stays happy too.

Have you tried this EcoTools brush? How do you apply your undereye products?

Best face forward-the aging situation. My experience & a first step with Teosyal!

 

Who googled the last word in my title?  Don’t be embarassed if you did….I didn’t know what it was either at first.

I thought by 2015, people would be ‘over’ the whole dermal filler/neuromodulator “stigma” but lo and behold, I still get raised eyebrows when I talk about it.  I have a BIG soapbox to stand up on regarding this topic and I will be doing that-just not in this post.  This is an EXPERIENCE post.  Please keep that in mind as you read!

Since you googled Teosyal, I’m sure you have an idea of what I’m going to be talking about here. I’m in my 40’s now and have been noticing that my skin is losing it’s elasticity and brightness, and starting to droop quite a bit.  I have also noticed dark undereye circles.  I have made major changes to my diet, stepped up my skincare game, and have been drinking water, and taking my vitamins.  That only gets a girl so far though….so I decided to take it to the next level.  Here we go….

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WHAT IS TEOSYAL®?

Teosyal is a full range of injectable dermal fillers made of biodegradeable hyaluronic acid

WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID?

Hyaluronic acid is a natural skin component. It acts like a sponge and retains large quantities of water to keep the skin plumped and soft. One HA molecule can hold 1000 times it’s weight in water. In the filler syringes, HA comes in the form of a gel.

Age, stress, hormonal changes, harmful effects of UV rays, oxidants and environment all play a role in depleting our skin of collagen, elastin and especially hyaluronic acid. We lose 50% of our bodies hyaluronic acid between the ages of 40-50. The dermis breaks down, causing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, loss of volume, and sagging.

My experience:

I have raved about Dr. Cory Torgerson more than once on various social media platforms.  His office and staff alone deserve their very own blog post (and they will be getting one).  To make sure my skin was at its absolute best and brightest prior to my Teosyal appointment, I had a SilkPeel Dermalinfusion which was incredible.  I’m going to try to explain this treatment the best I can.

SilkPeel Dermalinfusion is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure. It is the ONLY procedure that provides simultaneous exfoliation, evacuation, and delivery of ‘condition-specific’ topicals (for example, if your skin is oily, you will get a certain topical, if it’s dull, you get a different topical. A topical is a product applied to the skin).

The SilkPeel took approximately 30 minutes. My skin was super smooth and VERY clean.  It isn’t irritating like Microdermabrasion and I like the fact that the tool does the work and EVENLY exfoliates and treats every inch of my face.

Teosyal:

QUICK FACTS:

  • Did you know that 5 syringes of filler, equals only 1 teaspoon of product? That’s why you need more than 1 syringe to get the results you are looking for! Although each molecule holds 1000 times it’s weight in water, to get best results, most people need 2-5 syringes to get the results they are looking for!
  • Teosyal is the most natural looking and feeling product, because it integrates naturally into your tissue, allowing for dynamic and natural expression.
  • Teosyal is the purest filler on the market, resulting in less swelling!
  • Depending on the area injected, Teosyal can last anywhere from 6-18 months.

 

My turn-back-the-clock experience included  Teosyal Ultimate and Teosyal Redensity to give me some beautiful volume in my cheeks and provide me with that “I just got my beauty rest” type look  under my eyes too. 

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I’m sure I don’t need to write out which photo is before and which photo is after.  Keep reading to see how I look now!

My thoughts:

I won’t lie, this isn’t a pain-free procedure but it’s not intense or prolonged discomfort.   It feels like exactly what it is….a needle in your face.  I can compare it to having blood drawn or getting a shot.  The whole kit and kaboodle took 15 minutes and there are instant results.  If you are fair skinned, have thin skin (like me) don’t be incredibly shocked if you see a “baby bruise” or two.  This is normal and will fade in a short time.  Also, please note….Hyaluronic acid is attracted to water so you may see some slight swelling.  Again, give the product some time to ‘settle in’ -I’m a big fan of soft ice packs on the areas that were corrected.

Overall, this was a great choice for me.  I recently posted a photo of myself on Facebook and it’s a side by side.  The photo on the left was me 4 years ago (from an article on the website ChickAdvisor) and the photo on the right is me currently.

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While there was nothing ‘wrong’ with my photo from the past, I can’t help but notice the current photo is so much brighter and fresher.  It represents ME and how I feel, not my age.  I know that I can’t stop the aging process and I don’t want to …..but I do like knowing that I’m the best version of myself that I can be.  Teosyal helps me achieve that.  It’s one more ‘care item’ I’m adding to my list.   There is absolutely nothing ‘wrong’ with wanting to look the best I can be-and I do recommend Teosyal products. The best way to find out if this is right for you is to speak to a professional, in my case I always recommend Dr. Cory Torgerson.

Stay tuned for more about my anti-aging journey with #Teosyal and Clarion Medical Technologies.  I personally would like to thank Dr. Torgerson, Clarion Medical Technologies, and the staff at The Clinic at Yorkville for being kind, knowlegable, and supportive. I am so thankful to have been able to participate in this opportunity and look forward to sharing more posts, information with all of my readers!

I would love to hear your thoughts-have you had any experience with dermal fillers and/or neuromodulators?

Find Clarion Medical Technologies:

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Find Dr. Torgerson:

on the web

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on twitter

on YouTube (I may make a cameo appearance here)

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#Vichy works for me-ProEVEN for brighter skin!

I am constantly on the search for great skin care….and realized that although the majority of my routine contains medical/clinical grade products, that I do also know of some VERY effective drugstore products that I should discuss.  Options are everything, right?

One of my major skincare concerns is my hyperpigmentation, a result of my former dedication/obsession with tanning.  Since I’m older and wiser (the wiser is questionable), I now know that I have to protect my skin from the sun’s rays.

To address dark spots and uneven skin tone, Vichy has created the ProEVEN line.

Dark spots and uneven skin tone are very common skin concerns, affecting 74% of Canadian women.*
To address these growing concerns, Vichy created ProEVEN. Inspired by the latest dermatological advances in the treatment of hyperpigmentation, ProEVEN features active ingredients that have been rigorously tested for their strong efficacy, and optimal skin tolerance.

Here are the products I’ve been using from the ProEVEN line:

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Brightening Cleansing Foam

For all skin types, even sensitive.

A gentle yet effective triple-action foaming cleanser. It gently exfoliates, purifies and brightens the skin tone. A perfect way to start a ProEVEN routine.

My thoughts:

I absolutely LOVE this cleanser.  I need barely ANY to make this foam up and it gets EVERY trace of dirt and makeup off my face.  The texture is light and it has the Vichy ‘fragrance.’  It rinses clean and leaves my face bright.

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ProEVEN Advanced Daily Dark Spot Corrector

All skin types, even sensitive

For all women seeking to unify their skin tone, fade their stubborn spots (dark spots, brown spots, sun spots and acne scars), and reveal a flawlessly bright complexion.

My thoughts:

This is a fantastic a.m./p.m. treatment to use to brighten & lighten your sun spots.  My hyperpigmentation sits quite a bit deeper in my skin so I really have to be on the attack when treating it (to include consistent chemical peels, IPL, and microdermabrasion).  This is my extra 1-2 punch in between treatments.  It is light and slightly more liquid than a lotion with the ‘Vichy’ fragrance.

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PROEVEN NIGHT

Skin with uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation or dark spots caused by premature aging, sun damage or acne scars. Suitable for sensitive skin.

Vichy’s 1st dark spots overnight concentrate, with skin resurfacing and brightening effect from the 1st morning, and effective reduction on the look of dark spots in 4 weeks.

My thoughts:

Products that work with little to no effort on my part will always get a thumbs up from me!  This is an extra KICK for those stubborn dark spots.  Proeven night is more gel-like in consistency.  In my case, I’ve noticed that my pigmentation is lighter around my eyes.

If you need more information, check out the “Vichy Works For Me” website for testimonials from REAL women and scientific evidence.

Find Vichy:

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Sensitive AND oily skin? Try this-amie Radiant Dawn exfoliating face wash!

*I received this product for review*

I don’t know whether I’m just starting to pay attention or there are more and more people in my friends and family ‘circle’ who are extremely sensitive or allergic to -well, almost everything.  I myself have an appointment with an allergist later this month.  I’ve been looking for different products that are both more ‘natural’ and effective.

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amie Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily Wash

Deep cleanses pores & exfoliates for clear and radiant skin

Free from Parabens, Sulphates, Mineral oils or animal extracts.

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Lemon Extract
Blueberry Seed
Vitamin E bursting beads

To use:
Smooth over wet face and massage into skin using circular movements and paying particular attention to areas such as the T-zone, where dirt and oil collect. Avoid using on delicate skin around the eye area. Wash away with warm water. Use daily for best results. Avoid direct contact with eyes.

My thoughts:

One thing I’ve also been paying attention to (besides ingredients) is directions on how to best use the product.  Although it seems rather self explanatory, taking 10 seconds to read the instructions can make a difference in how the product performs.

I like this product. It’s not a product that I would use everyday-my underlying fear of exfoliating my face off will never leave me!  I do rather like it.  It’s a product that I would recommend for someone who wants the exfoliation but not the “OMG Am I rubbing my face with sandpaper?” type of exfoliation.  The fragrance is pleasant but not overpowering….scent sensitive types will be able to handle this.

I like that these products are ~95% naturally derived and also that they are wallet friendly.  They’re also pH balanced and dermalogically tested.  Yes.

Here’s where you can find amie:

on the web

on twitter

on facebook

 

I’m in love with the coco……LiveClean expands their coconut milk line!

*Products received for review-I haven’t tested all of these yet, but thought I would let you know*

This just in……

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Yes it’s true….live clean has expanded their coconut line to include a moisturizing body wash, moisturizing hand soap, and moisturizing lotion.  Right now I can only speak for the body wash, which is creamy, lightly scented, and absolutely luxurious.

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live clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Wash & Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Lotion

  • 500ml suggested retail $6.99CAD
  • gently cleanses, hydrates and restores moisture balance
  • enriched with coconut milk, apricot oil, and vitamins C, E, B
  • 98% plant derived
  • SLS/Sulfate free/ made with certified organic botanicals
  • Petroleum, DEA and Parabn free
  • Silicone, Phthalate and Phosphate free
  • Pure vegan and never tested on animals
  • package recyclable, biodegradable ingredients

live clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap

  • 500ml suggested retail $4.99 CAD
  • cleanses, hydrates and restores moisture to dry hands
  • Enriched with luscious Coconut Milk, Apricot Oil, and Vitamins C,E, and B
  • 98% plant derived with certified organic botanicals
  • SLS/Sulfate free, Petroleum, DEA, and Paraben free, dye free
  • Silicone, Phthalate and Phosphate free
  • Pure vegan and never tested on animals
  • Package recyclable, biodegradable ingredients

Available at Walmart, London Drugs, Shopper’s Drug Mart and well.ca

Find live clean:

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Get your rear in (Bench) gear…..Brighten up with Bench!

Although there are still remnants of winter in Ontario (freezing rain today being a prime example), it looks like there are hints of spring all around-birds on my fence, longer periods of light, etc.   This extended winter has contributed to my expanding waistline (but I know I am ultimately responsible for my own behavior).  It’s time to face the facts, and lace up my shoes.  Although I’m a bit late for the ‘Summer bodies are made in winter’ mantra, it’s time for me to get my rear in gear….figuratively AND literally.  Check out the latest and greatest from Bench:

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  • Liven up your yoga routine by splashing colour into your outfit with the Suriah Crop Racer Vest
  • Slip into the Achiever Hooded Zip Thru to stay visible and keep cozy on breezy spring evenings
  • Energize from the outside-in and bring your workout to the next level with the Baddah E Leggings 
  • From student to explorer, the Bingam Backpack adds a punch of lemon yellow on the front and a bright lining on the inside – which makes it easier to find your keys and phone!

I absolutely love Bench athletic clothing, especially the fleece and hooded zips. They keep me warm and are functional.  I can’t wait to swap my black/grey tops and bottoms for some light/bright pieces like these!   In fact, I’m so happy, I jumped for joy!

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What’s your fitness & health plan for this spring?  Tell me!  Going anywhere fun-a jog or weekend camping?

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Find Bench Canada:

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Treat Yo-self….with skin treats from fresh!!! Bonus-anti aging recipe for the hands!

When I hear about the brand fresh what immediately springs to mind is the fresh lip scrubs and lip tints (of which I have several and gift them on the regular). I know so many people that have at least 1 of these in their purse, bag, jean pocket, or hand.  I never associated the brand with skincare.  After doing a bit of ‘investigation’ with my bestie Google….. the brand has so much history-and surprisingly their skincare was developed BEFORE my beloved lip products.

 

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I’m really into my skin….and I take my skincare seriously.  I have a fairly “involved” daily routine but absolutely love indulging in a luxurious mask or giving myself a nice scrub.  Especially when the products are natural, and smell amazing.   Take a look:

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Sugar Face Polish: A nourishing exfoliant made with pure brown sugar and strawberry seeds that refines and hydrates for a more radiant complexion.

  • Brown sugar, a natural humectant that seals in moisture, gently buffs away dry, dull skin.
  • Real wild strawberries, packed with vitamin C, help to brighten and soothe.
  • Plum seed oil and grapeseed oil are notable for their hydrating and nourishing properties

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Rose Face Mask:  A unique gel formula infused with real rose petals and pure rosewater that hydrates and tones the complexion.

  • Pure rosewater is notable for its soothing and toning properties.
  • Cucumber extract and aloe vera gel help soothe the skin and have an immediate cooling and calming effect.
  • Porphyridium cruentum, a “smart” algae, delivers optimum moisture.
  • Antioxidant-rich green tea helps to brighten and protect.

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Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask: A hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin.

  • Black tea ferment is an advanced antioxidant that helps to defend against wrinkle-causing free radicals** while softening, smoothing, and enhancing luster.
  • Lychee seed extract helps maintain the skin’s elasticity.
  • Polysaccharides help to smooth the skin.
  • Jicama root juice is notable for its hydrating and nourishing properties

*bonus*-here’s my “recipe” to prevent the dreaded “Madonna Hands Syndrome”  (notice she is ALWAYS wearing gloves lately?  It’s to hide the aging). 

  1. Wash hands with antibacterial soap and dab dry.
  2. Rub fresh sugar face polish all over hands and don’t skip in between fingers.  Wait 5-10 minutes and then rinse off.
  3. Apply fresh rose face mask to hands (don’t skip any parts again).  Wait 5-1o minutes and then rinse off.
  4. Apply your favorite deep moisture hand cream  Voila!  Instantly soft and hydrated hands that look youthful and vibrant!

The verdict?

Love love LOVE these products.

Love that they are natural and good for my skin

Love that they smell amazing

Love that they work and give me skin that is soft and dewy.

Give these a try-they’re worth the splurge!  Find fresh:

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Spring must-haves from Annabelle!

Pictures speak volumes, so I’ll get right to it:

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BAM! Annabelle’s got you covered for spring.  Pop of pink on the cheeks, some all over natural bronze, and some hydration on the lips.  What else can I say?

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