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Breaking: Local beauty brand goes Hollywood!

Because you know how much I love my local skincare!

BEE23 Natural Beauty is a Canadian beauty brand specializing in full body high performance skincare. In harnessing the potent power of plants, flowers, trees and beeswax, our product line has served as an exceptional natural alternative for maturing, dry and sensitive skin care with excellent results in soothing eczema and acne.

Queen Bee of BEE23 Natural Beauty, Michelle Rosetta, began this venture in an off grid cabin outside Thunder Bay, ON when she was impassioned by the current state of our environment and the impact our beauty industry had not only on our planet but on our people. “After suffering from severe headaches, I realized the trigger was my favourite perfume.” says Rosetta “Although the scent was soft, with research I realized there were severely detrimental synthetic chemical additives in my product. As a woman and mother, I immediately saw the connection between what I wore on my skin, my health and the impact it had on those around me and my environment.” Taking matters into her own hands, Michelle set out on a journey to gain the knowledge and skills to create a natural formula that would soothe, restore and rejuvenate with all the aspects of a potent facial moisturizer and none of the contaminants that actually can dry, irritate and take away from a youthful complexion.

Three years later with a “we can do it” attitude, she has gained a growing incredibly loyal customer base, a substantial retail presence and of course the next step is the red carpet! Now, BEE23 Natural Beauty has been invited to bring their natural glow to one of the notorious gifting suites at the 2017 Awards Week in Hollywood. The goal is to have their products that you love and use become the talk of Tinseltown. If you have seen them in action, then you know they’ve been hustling hard and going to La La Land is in their sights. BEE23 Natural Beauty will be posting their Hollywood adventure from opening curtains to end of chapter via YouTube and social media, so you can join them every step of the way.

Some of my favorite products below-anything you want me to review? Let me know!

  

 

 

 

 

Find Bee23 :

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Radford (really does) love skin! My Custom Facial with Wand treatment

*I paid for this treatment myself*

I knew I was overdue for my facial when I could actually feel the texture on my face changing.  I knew I needed to get my face in better shape so short of going to home depot, I turned to one of the best skincare gurus in the business, Vee Mistry. I had the pleasure of seeing her (on my own dime) at Victoria Radford, on Avenue Road.  Spoiler alert:  and one thing’s for sure…..ever since I arrived back at home, I have been contemplating changing my skin care routine, and I’m putting their number into my contacts.

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Ho Ho Holidays are coming-what will YOU wear? How about Gerry Weber?

I find myself getting more and more into fashion when Autumn & Winter roll around.  I like the idea of wearing layers and more clothing. It’s never too early for me to start my holiday preparations!  Check out the latest in Holiday Chic from Gerry Weber.  My favorite is Fireside cozy (but maybe not the winter white pants, as I AM a bit slovenly).  What’s your favorite?

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Flash Giveaway….open to anyone who can get to Toronto!

Hey all, if you are subscribed to yours truly this could be a huge opportunity for you!  I’m having a giveaway….and it’s beauty/skincare oriented!  Why am I doing this? Because I can!

Stay tuned to my twitter, facebook page, and instagram account…..like anyone of my ‘This giveaway starts NOW” and follow me on one account  or all 3 for your chance to win a gift card from one of my favorite Toronto spas-The Purebeauty Salon & Spa at Trump International Hotel and Tower.

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The rules are simple:

1. This giveaway is going to run for 2 hours.  I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, February 28th and contact them.

2. Anyone over 18 can enter, but this spa is located in Toronto so if you can’t get here, I’d pass it by.

3. I’d appreciate a re-tweet or a favorite or a like if you could please.  After all, it IS a GIVEaway.

So what’s the prize then exactly?

Well, it is a gift card from aforementioned spa-and has a value of over $100 CAD!  Good times!

Here’s the spa menu in case you needed ANY more convincing:

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oh and before I end this post, check this photo out because the giveaway starts NOW! Head on over to my twitter, facebook, or instagram or ALL 3!

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Summertime-how about an Almay picnic!

This was a fun event-and so well done.  I loved the picnic theme.  As per usual, I don’t want to talk too much.  I’ll let the photos do the ‘work’ for me and then summarize at the end 🙂  (You’re welcome!)

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isn't this cute? Reusable lunch bags contained the almay products for the 'hands-on' tutorial.

isn’t this cute? Reusable lunch bags contained the almay products for the ‘hands-on’ tutorial.

My lunchbag containing almay smart shade products for my skin, eyes, lips!

My lunchbag containing almay smart shade products for my skin, eyes, lips!

Jacquie demonstrates how to use almay smart shade eyeshadow on a beautiful invitee

Jacquie demonstrates how to use almay smart shade eyeshadow on a beautiful invitee

Some of my fellow beauty bloggers got in on the action too….check out @jillojello and @thebeautyblogca getting ‘hands on’ :

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Now let’s check out the products:

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Almay smart shade anti aging makeup with SPF 30 in light/medium; Almay smart shade CC luminous primer

Almay smart shade anti aging makeup with SPF 30 in light/medium; Almay smart shade CC luminous primer

Very excited about these 2 items right here. Let’s face it (eh, see what I did there…..? FACE IT! Don’t worry, I’ll keep my day job), a beautiful face starts with a great canvas.  These 2 products work together to ensure a smooth, even toned face!

Makeup removers from Almay

Makeup removers from Almay

I’ve been a bigger and bigger fan of makeup remover wipes….especially when I work alllllll day long and then want to look fresh for an evening out!  A couple of swipes and I’m ready to begin again.  I like the towelettes-they are unfragranced and don’t leave my skin feeling tight.

almay smart shade eyeliner

almay smart shade eyeliner

I do apologize for the blurry photo. I have to admit, at this moment-this product is my ‘stand out.’  Why you ask?  It’s the color, it’s somewhere between a copper and chocolate brown with shimmer. It looks so good at the base of the upper lash line.  Complements my blue eyes wonderfully!

Almay smart shade bronzer

Almay smart shade bronzer

This bronzer also intrigues me.  Haven’t delved into it just yet but I’m interested for sure.   I’m in love with it already just for the polka dots!

intense i-color volumizing mascara

intense i-color volumizing mascara

I’ll be ripping this product open when I remove my lash extensions. I have heard great things about it.

IMG_3719Hmmmm, out of everything I have to say this is going to be a tough sell for me. I am not in agree-ance that blue eye shadow “works” on the eyelid of a blue-eyed gal such as myself.  However, Jacquie did give me hope that this could work for me and in fact even demonstrated using this product WITH the sponge-tipped applicator. WHOAH.  *gasp*-yes it’s true.  Let’s keep in mind that she is a professional though.

Stay tuned for a closer look at the products-more specifically 2 products that I am REALLY enjoying for flawless skin.  I’m a bit surprised that I am liking these 2 products SO MUCH!

Thank you to the lovelies at Almay who invited me to this event!  Well done!

Yet another reason to get your locks to Yonge/St. Clair- BlowDry lounge!

Creeping my work neighborhood……has worked out in my favor!

I had an event last week, a social outing-right after work.  No way I could style my hair in the morning, work the entire day and then head off to this event.  I wanted a fresh style-something pretty & voluminous.

Sure I walked by the blowdry lounge at least a hundred times. I noticed it was busy, sure I did….I looked at the website.  But after going to another blo dry bar chain and being fairly to moderately disappointed on a consistent basis (I won’t mention the name but I’ll give you a hint, the name of the disappointment rhymes with ‘Flo’), I was hesitant to give this place a shot.

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I am SO glad I did!

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First impressions? Fabulous.  Decor-pretty, clean, simple.  blow dry lounge has a RECEPTIONIST.  Yes, ONE person dedicated to scheduling, payment processing, inquiries.  I breathe a sigh of relief here-how many times I had to wait for one of the stylists to stop drying a client’s hair, to assist me with scheduling.  How many times was an appointment forgotten or overbooked upon my arrival? More than one.  But that’s the OTHER blow dry bars….not blow dry lounge. The atmosphere is friendly-not pretentious or stuffy.

My stylist consulted with me briefly about what I wanted.  She was friendly, polite, quick and efficient.  Then she started working her magic.  And it was quite magical!  She knows how to style….the shampoo, the product, the technique-perfect-o!  She gave me the full brush blow dry (head full of bushes!).

Just in case you are wondering, here’s a photo of me at the event.  I don’t like the photo for other reasons but my hair is incredible!

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I also popped over again for another blow dry-this time a bit more sleek.  I had a wonderful experience and my hair stayed frizz free for almost 3 days! YAY! Again, not my favorite picture of myself, but check my hair (and the 2 beauties next to me).

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And how about for up-styles? Blow-dry lounge has got you covered, as evidenced by my LATEST trip:

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I highly recommend blow dry lounge for your styling needs. They also offer haircuts AND threading (which I’ll be trying out soon).

blowdry lounge is located at  1343 Yonge Street in Toronto. Find pricing information and hours here.

 

Why I spend SOOOOO much time at Me & T studio

Follow me on Instagram or Facebook and you will know that I frequent Me & T studio.  Like…..a lot. Do you ever sit and wonder-why?  If so, keep reading…..if no, read it anyway!

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Me & T studio is a hidden gem…..well for now it is.-I don’t expect it to remain hidden much longer!  The studio is located several blocks North of St. Clair subway station.  I happen to work in the area, making it even more convenient!  The decor is impressive, take a look.

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Shawna Rao, the woman behind Me & T Studio:

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Shawna has always had a passion for all things pretty but spent part of her career in Nursing.  That commitment and care translates to her service delivery at Me & T. She has what could be considered a ‘cult’ of LOYAL clients who flock to her for her artistic flare and precision.

Me and T Studio offers Blow Outs, nail services, spray tanning, facial waxing, and lash extensions.  I’ll say that the only thing I have NOT experienced (at the time of this post being published) is a blow-out.  It’s only a matter of time before I have a seat in the stylist chair.

Nail Services:

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If you haven’t seen my nails, follow  Me and T studio on Instagram-they make frequent appearances along with the other incredible manicures!  3 Nail Artists are available to grant you your every nail/toenail desire!  Me & T offers a wide range of polish shades AND they also have CND Vinylux, AND shellac AND a great product called Artistic that I swear by.  It’s similar to Shellac, but has a bigger shade range, and (in my opinion) lasts longer.  These 3 individuals have B-I-G skill sets and turn out some of the most creative designs I’ve ever seen! They give good manicures too-and speaking of mani’s-manicures come with a sugar scrub AND a complementary paraffin wax that’s CUSTOM blended with your choice of essential oils. Um yes please!  I keep my nail game on point by booking every 2 weeks.  Since it’s summer, they will have a spot for you, but I highly recommend calling and making an appointment in advance.

Custom air-brush spray tanning:

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One of my pet peeves and absolute faux pas is having pasty white legs in the summer.  AND SHOWING THEM IN PUBLIC.  Me & T can hook you up with the best bronze this side of the border. It’s not orange, it’s not streaky, and it dries in 60 seconds.  No standing around flapping your arms like a crazed bird, or waiting hours to put your clothes back on.  This is spray and go! It’s custom blended so your shade is your shade.

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Let Dylan expertly groom your brows or de-fuzz your face with precision and speed! Dylan has an artistic eye and matches brow shape to face shape expertly!  I’m looking forward to having my brows tinted soon too!

Eyelash extensions:

 

Lacking a bit of va-va-va to go with your voom? Visit Me & T for your lash extensions…Shawna will expertly apply individual lashes to your own for an instant bright eyed and bushy tailed look.  Batting your lashes was never so easy! Just check mine out…..

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And did I mention the makeup?  Oh, I didn’t? Well check this out-saw it and couldn’t let either of these go:

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So, meet the Novalash 24 hour cream shadow triptych in Black Eyes of Paradise:

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OH EM GEE-look what it says on the website:

The NovaLash 24 hour eye shadows are a semi-permanent cream formula, designed as “extended-wear” cosmetics, to eliminate the need for any retouching throughout the day. The shadows can be worn for an extended period of time without smudging, creasing, fading or wearing off. NovaLash Cream Shadows and Liners are easy to apply and easy to remove. Once applied and set, the cream feels dry to the touch but continues to go on moisturizing the delicate skin around the eyes. All the shadow colors are based on hues found in artist Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’. They come in “triptychs” ( 3-color kits) that include a semi-permanent eyeliner pencil and an applicator brush.

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Don’t the shadows look luscious?

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Me & T currently has 2 different shade collections in the triptych-the one pictured above, and another which is called ” Forbidden Fruit”-I would check them out.  I’m no fortune teller but Forbidden Fruit is going to find it’s way into my life sooner rather than later!

Um you want to try these now, don’t you…..

And let’s not forget about keeping those lash extensions looking their absolute best-with the Novalash aftercare kit:

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This AfterCare Kit that contains Nighttime Conditioner and Cleansing Pads with pomegranate seed extract for conditioning, glycol and carbonate-free NovaLash Mascara, an extra mascara wand to comb through the lashes each morning, and an Aftercare Instruction Card.

In addition to all the fabulous-ness, Me and T has several promotions going on RIGHT NOW to include:

Tuesday Toesday- 20% off pedicures

Faux Glo Friday (and you better bet you will see me there for my tan on Friday)- 20% off spray tans.

just in case you’re looking, find Me & T Studio here:

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Thomas Sabo F/W 2014 preview!

I don’t like to say too much when I post Thomas Sabo photos.  I feel like what I say either doesn’t do the photo justice or distracts from the photos.  So, I’ll get everything out at the beginning and let you all drool over the photos. All sorts of fabulousness came together from all corners of the GTA to celebrate the launch of the new sterling silver Glam & Soul, Karma beads, watches and some new additions to the Rebel at Heart collections.  This was a fantastic event and a kind of ‘tradition’ that I would like to say I’m getting used to because I love it so much! Faulhaber Communications pulled out all the stops.  I have some favorite pieces and I’m sure you do too. I’d love to read what they are, so make sure you post in the comment section below!

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One of my favorite pieces

One of my favorite pieces

hand model Melissa shows off a beautiful ring....

hand model Melissa shows off a beautiful ring….

Hand Model Kate displays my other favorite piece in this collection....hopefully it will be mine soon!

Hand Model Kate displays my other favorite piece in this collection….hopefully it will be mine soon!

One of several collections of gorgeous-ness!

One of several collections of gorgeous-ness!

Let’s not forget about the food….*almost* as beautiful as the jewellry.  Lots of thought put into display-check it out:

Macaron tree....look how many have already been claimed!

Macaron tree….look how many have already been claimed!

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It's the little touches.....

It’s the little touches…..

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Finally, a shot of me and my beautiful companions for the evening-do they know how to dress/pose or what? Professionals…..

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And because I’m a stickler like that, a shout out to Liz at Me and T studio for my nails, which coordinated perfectly with my dress:

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This event was well done-I didn’t doubt it would be.  I highly HIGHLY encourage you to check out the new pieces from Thomas Sabo-there is truly something for everyone and every taste.

Find Thomas Sabo:

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Huge thank you to Faulhaber Communications for inviting me to this event. I always enjoy it and appreciate all of your efforts in putting this together.

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