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I’m gonna soak up the sun……(safely) with Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration!

Oh summer is here!  The patio chairs are outside and people are indulging in fruity after work cocktails and tapas/Hors d’oeuvres. Weekends are for the cottage and straight up lounging!

There’s nothing like being outside in the summer…..but if you’re a fair skinned gal like me, it’s all about the right protection.  Since the Canadian Dermatology Association recommends applying sunscreen every 2 hours, why not use a product that you actually WANT to apply and has added benefits?

Hawaiian tropic is unveiling several *new* products this summer!

Let’s take a look at the products:

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration sunscreen is the first and only sunscreen with hydrating ribbons for continuous moisture! It is infused with silk protein and shea butter.  The sunscreen is waterproof, light and non greasy and smells delicious! Silk Hydration is available in SPF 10, 30, & 50 and offers UVA AND UVB sun protection!

SPF 10 suggested retail $9.99 CAD

SPF 30&50 suggested retail $10.99 CAD

Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Sunscreen SPF 30 with mica minerals enhances your skin tone while providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection!

SPF 30 suggested retail $10.99 CAD

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF 85 Sunscreen is a photostable lotion that provides UVA and UVB protection.  It offers a lightweight feel, is waterproof AND oil free!

SPF 85 suggested retail $11.99 CAD

I knew that I liked using these products already so I ventured out into my network to find some ‘testers.’  Here are their thoughts on Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen products.

The beauty: Liz

The product:  Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect SPF 30 over the holiday weekend at the cottage!

Her Thoughts:

“Hawaiian Tropics Shimmer Effect sunscreen is great! It gives me that shiny beachy look that makes me feel like I am glowing!  The only downside is that the sparkles get everywhere!”

*I have to agree about the shimmer/sparkles-but since I am in love with shimmer, I don’t consider it a downside.  However, my other half seems to be annoyed that the shimmer is on his recently stained wooden patio chairs.  Personally, I think it enhances the chairs 😉


The Guinea Pig:  Brandon

The product:  Hawaiian Tropic SPF 85 Sunscreen Lotion and sunning on the condo balcony!

His Thoughts:

“This product is great because it’s light-not thick or sticky.  I like that it’s oil free and doesn’t have that sunscreen smell.”


The fairest:  Me!

The product: Hawaiian Tropic SPF 30 Silk Hydration- daily user because I have to function in the city!

My Thoughts:

“Since the first application of this, I have been using it as a lotion.  I apply it after my shower in the morning and take it with me to reapply-especially if I plan on being outside at all during the day.  The texture is great-it’s not that typical sticky, thick sunscreen.  This applies like a lotion and smells like the beach!  This product has made its way into my daily rotation!”


Applying sunscreen isn’t a chore-it’s a necessity!  Why not use a product that applies like a lotion and offers protection against UVA/UVB? Take care of your skin-it’s the largest organ you have!

What’s your sunscreen routine?

Find Hawaiian tropic:



*products sent for consideration/review.  Opinions are my own (and my testers have their own opinions too).




Holiday beauty with Arbonne!

I had the pleasure of meeting Davida G. just over a year ago at a Toronto Beauty Blogger Event.  She is beyond wonderful-especially in personality.   When I found out that she was an Arbonne Independent Consultant, District Manager, I thought…really? How can she be a makeup artist and ‘limit’ herself to only Arbonne products?


30 days into miracle 10!

I have spoken before about how much I like miracle 10! Just wanted to give a quick update since I am now 30 days in!

This is my skin after 30 days using miracle 10 products-no makeup on here of course:

30 days in....not too shabby!

Barring some hormone issues, my skin is looking and feeling quite well-barring some (hormonal) blemishes!  I am more than happy with my miracle 10 and will continue to follow the program to see if 10 weeks makes the biggest difference of all!

How’s your skin doing?

10 days in-Miracle 10 skincare!

Okay so I am (over) 10 days into my Miracle 10 skin care routine.  Here’s what I have:

10 hours after using Miracle 10.

and now, 10 days into the routine:

10 days in!

So … I see changes? Actually, yes I do!  Firstly, my skin looks a lot ‘brighter’ , I have noticed a decrease in the lines/dark circles in my undereye area…and the areas that I have sun damage are less noticeable now.  In addition, my skin actually ‘feels’ better and I find that I am using WAAAAAY less foundation, which is a definite plus.  You may notice a pimple on my chin-I am attributing that to ‘time of the month.’  I really haven’t experienced any breakouts!

So far, I am loving this.  I actually look forward to cleansing my skin and have seen visible improvement!  Awesome!

Do you have a tried and true skin care routine?  What do you use?  Have you ever considered trying something completely new?

All things Chanel… very first Chanel event!

I have always had it in my mind that Chanel was an “off limits” brand for me.  Chanel is associated with luxury in my world ( and I know I am not alone there).  In addition, me being the person that I am (crazy+spontaneous+colorful), how could Chanel possibly fit into my life?


Dermalogica Skin Savvy SHAVE event!

What a fabulous Thursday I just had….

Even though not specifically intended for moi, I was lucky enough to tag along with my other half to the SHAVE event held at Dermalogica!

My first time here, so I had to take some photos of the space because this is the kind of office I would never be late for:

Steve and Nadia look like they are in a really good place right now 🙂

After meeting Emily P. (of Marketing Coordinator at Dermalogica fame-and of course, yours truly neglected to get a photo with her-boo) and Nadia (Clean Start Brand Manager & manager of Consumer events to include Skin Savvy events and joinFITE), I immediately checked out the ‘spread.’  Quite fantastic in a dude sort of way:

And let’s not forget, Sir Francis who served the best Steam Whistle on ice EVER!

How can you NOT want beer from this guy?

Dermalogica and event staff (Steam Whistle)

*spoiler alert* pay attention to the gentlemen in front with the gangster pose (Sean), he is going to look pretty dang different later on.

So we were ushered into a treatment/presentation room where we met Miss Charmaine.  Isn’t she lovely?

Charmaine was about to reveal the “proper” or shall I say ideal way to prep the skin for shaving, the actual way to shave, and what to do after shaving!  The Power Point was not only incredibly informative, it was also interactive/hands on AND there was a live straight blade shave demonstration going at the Dermalogica Skin Centre courtesy of  MANKIND Grooming Studio.  Check it out:

Now, that’s a close shave!

The presentation:

Playing with product:

Clean Bar (above)

Brandon also got his face misted by Amanda of Dermalogica:

His "I-know-how-important-toner-is-now" face

*psssst* The Multi-Active Toner was Brandon’s favorite product! 

Oh wow did we learn a lot!  Check out the 3 steps:

1.       Pre-shave– Cleansing, exfoliating and beard prep


2.       Shave – A medium to lift & soften the beard whilst protecting the skin


3.       Post-shave – Soothe, cool, hydrate, condition & protect skin

And some fun facts for you:

Some of the differences of men vs. women

hair growth on the beard area

larger oil glands = an oilier skin

more prone to skin problems such as acne and blackheads

skin is 25% thicker

both sexes lose 1% collagen per year after 30


the beard grows 2mm a day!

men spend at least 6 months of their lives shaving

shaving imposes constant stress on the male skin

razors create minute scratches

the outer layers of the skin are removed by force


I can’t forget some of the products we got to try:

Clean Bar

  • tea tree to purify
  • allantoin & licorice to soothe
  • soap-free


Daily Clean Scrub

·         tea tree & grapefruit to purify

·         clears pores, lifts hair & minimizes in-growns


Pre-Shave Guard

  • softens coarser beards & minimizes razor burn
  • provides extra cushion between skin & razor
  • camphor cools & helps lift beard from the skin


Soothing Shave Cream

  • ultra-lubricating medium weight cream that delivers a super close shave
  • calming, antiseptic shave cream reinforces natural protective barrier


Close Shave Oil

  • creates an instant cushion between skin & razor
  • ultra-smooth shaving oil minimizes nicks, cuts & razor burn


Invigorating Shave Gel

·         lightweight shaving gel soothes, cools & softens

·         wheat germ oil & yeast extract calm irritation & reinforce barrier layer


Post-Shave Balm

·         a light-weight treatment balm that reduces irritation & redness

·         panthenol & aloe accelerate post shave recovery


Multi-Active Toner

·         aloe vera

·         refreshes and hydrates the skin


Daily Defense Block SPF15

·         lightweight, non-greasy daytime moisturizer quickly absorbs into skin

·         promotes skin’s recovery while providing protection


Active Moist

·         lemon & mallow to soothe

·         oil-free hydration

·         easily absorbed for night-time protection

I WILL be purchasing the active moist…that sounds like such a delightful nighttime cocktail for my skin 🙂

And of course, Dermalogica is a founding partner of joinFITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship.  This global initiative supports women in developing countries who are entrepreneurs.  I encourage you to check out their website  (go prepared, bring tissues….there is a VERY powerful video clip on the website.  The clip that was played on Thursday practically had me in tears).  Give a hand UP not a hand OUT.

After the presentation/demonstration/product play, there was a raffle drawing (with all proceeds going to joinFITE).  Well drumroll please, my other half WON!  Here is his prize-I was quite jealous:

"man" prize envy

And let’s not forget his ‘swag bag’

And how classy, I was given a bag too:

*squuuueeeeaaallllll* I got a gift bag too. The candle is lovely 🙂

Emily was kind enough to snap this shot!

What a great way to spend a Thursday evening-learned a lot, met some great people and won (insert Charlie Sheen *winning* joke here)!

Thank you times infinity to Emily, Nadia, Steve, Charmaine, Amanda, Kerri from Dermalogica for having me (and my other half) at the event.  Also shout outs to Francis from SteamWhistle, Jason and Anka from MANKIND, and of course, let us not forget joinFITE.

Websites you should check out if you haven’t already:

Dermalogica Canada


MANKIND grooming Studio

Steam Whistle Brewery

What’s your skin care routine? Do you take good care of your face?