Look No Further Than Your Kitchen For The Quickest, Easiest & Cheapest Exfoliation

If there is one thing (other than SPF protection) that you can do for your skin, to make to keep it looking younger, longer- I truly believe that it has to be- exfoliation.  I am sure most of you know what exfoliation is all about (and I fully intend on writing a whole post dedicated to the benefits of exfoliating your skin), but for now, I will simply say that it is one of the easiest things you can do today to give your skin an instant and noticeable glow and refined texture.

Physical exfoliation is literally the process of taking an abrasive ingredient and rubbing it onto your skin  in order to buff away the surface layer of skin to reveal younger, fresher skin (think about how your feet feel after a day of walking on sand at the beach).  When you exfoliate, you will instantly notice how much softer and smoother your skin is- that’s why people often turn to it in the summer to give them awesome beach-worthy skin, but often neglect the whole process altogether in the winter,  as we tend to curl up and hibernate in sweaters and pants.  Well, I am here to put an end to all this neglect!  Let this post inspire you to let this be your first  fall/winter season  dedicated to pampering your skin at least once a week, because there is nothing better than feeling comfortable in one’s own skin.

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Da Balm! : Top Tinted Lip Balms On the Market

lip balmsSo we all know that trends come and go in fashion– but have you ever stopped and looked around a drug store and noticed that every once in a while, every single brand (or at least it seems like every brand) comes out with their version of the exact same product? I started to think about the trends that we have seen in the last few years- you know… BB creams as well as CC Creams and DD Creams (see my post about BB creams here!) , Lash Enhancing Serums, Lip-Plumpers,  Oil Cleansers, Nail Art galore, etc. etc.   Think about it.

Well, unless you have lived in a cave for the last couple year,  you’ve probably taken notice that  tinted lip balms are EVERYWHERE-  and I have this feeling that they arn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.  If you have never tried one, then think of tinted lip balms as BB Cream for your lips- it’s a multitasking product that heals, protects (usually with an SPF), moisturizes, and adds some sort of wearable and foolproof tint to the lips- the only real difference between them is how much pigment (ie: colour) you want.

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Why You Should Be Eating The King of All Veg- KALE! + An Amazing Raw Marinated Kale Salad

IMG_7580Kale is one of my all time-favorite veggies.  Okay, maybe not ‘all-time’, as I really only discovered its existence about 5 years or so…but during that time, it has since taken top position in my veggie repertoire.   What I love most about it, is its simplicity and versatility- I adore eating it raw, sauteed, juiced, blended (with other goodies), or baked- plus it is one of the easiest  and hardiest veggies to grow in your home garden (I swear this stuff would grow through a snow storm).  Above, you can see two varieties of kale that my husband grew in our garden this summer.  My personal fav, is called dinosaur kale (it’s the kale with the long and narrow leaves).

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One Of The Many Reasons I Adore Burt’s Bees: Herbal Blemish Stick

product_thumb.phpBreakouts are one of those things that can instantaneously put me in a foul mood.  Something about having a raging red bulls eye, smack dab in the middle of my face, that no amount of well-placed concealer can hide, does not exactly make me cheery…and I am quite sure that I’m not alone.  I have long fought my acne prone skin since my early teens, and although the severity and duration of my breakouts have greatly improved over the years :) – there are still times when I wonder why the hell this is stilllllllll happening to me.  I kid you not, I had this exact conversation with one of my best friend’s the other night (punctuated by a few choice curse words over a few glasses of wine), as to why we are still battling zits, well into our late-twenties.

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Quick Tip: The Easiest Way To Seed A Pomegranate

pomegranate-seeds1As you may have figured from my post earlier this week– I am kind of a major super-fan of the mighty pomegranate.  Not only are they a nutritional powerhouse, but they are simply one the tastiest fruits I have ever eaten.  Unfortunately, pomegranates are also one of the most annoying fruits to eat, as they are a)  tedious to pick through, and b) so juicy that the red stuff often stains my clothing, making me very sad :(

Well, if you find that you are in the same dilemma, let me show you the best way I have found to seed the fruit in about a minute, without getting any stains, anywhere! Yes, the pomegranate Gods have answered my prayers :)

You’re welcome.

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POMtastic: They Don’t Call Pomegranates a SuperFood For Nothin’

pomegranates“You need not spend hundreds of dollars at the cosmetic counter; you can avoid wrinkles simply by placing healthy choices on your plate” – Allison Tannis, M.S., R.H.N

I decided to start off this post with that awesome quote by Allison Tannis, author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles (a great read for anyone interested in how food makes you beautiful) because I think it is such an important concept that most of us tend to overlook.  I am always shocked by the amount of money some people will willingly spend on an anti-wrinkle cream in hopes that it will bring them the fountain of youth (…but to no avail), and yet they chow down daily on garbage that comes from a processed source.  Where is the logic? Here is the simple fact.  You are what you eat, and what you eat has a major role in how youthful you look.

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Cha Cha Cha Chia! Why You Should Be Chowing Down On The Almighty Chia Seed

IMG_7629The only thing I knew about chia seeds (before I found out they were healthy to consume) was that I used them back in grade 4 to make my beloved Chia Pet grow long and luscious grassy ‘hair’.  In case you didn’t already know, these little seeds do more than just grow chia hair, they are actually an amazing Superfood that have been eaten for centuries by the Indians of the south-west and Mexico.  They were even consumed by Aztec warriors during their long conquests to increase their endurance- and I figure, if chia was good enough for the Aztecs, then chia is probably good enough for me.  You can eat chia seeds in your daily smoothie, baked goods, or even in a glass of water (soaked for about 20 minutes, see below).

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The Perfect Facial Moisturizer: Andalou Naturals Acai + White Tea Moisturizer

acai_white_tea_oil-free_moisturizer-_pair If you are a person with extremely oily skin… you know,  the type that has skin which your friends can see their reflection in by 9 am, or if you have more balanced skin and simply want a great, everyday moisturizer that will provide you with light hydration, well today is your lucky day!  Andalou Naturals Acai + White Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer, $24  62 ml, is quite simply one of the best all-round facial moisturizers I have ever used. Period.

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What Are We Thinking?? Why Natural Deodorant Is Probably A Better Option Than Antiperspirant

thLet’s get one thing straight.  Pits are not pretty, nor are they a pretty topic to discuss.  But, considering this is a Health & Beauty blog, I figured that I was in my well within my right to write a post on this important topic- that being, switching over to a Natural Deodorant.  Now, I know most of you are probably already conjuring up images of that nightmarish moment when you are in a public place and  suddenly get a wiff of your dreaded underarms…I can only assume that it will be at that moment that you start to re-think reading my blog altogether.  Well, fear not, as I will attempt not to lead you astray.   This post is not meant to scare you, but to make think twice about what ingredients goes into your standard, everyday antiperspirant.  It will then be up to you to weigh the pros and cons, and decide if it is worth taking the risks.

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DIY- An All-Purpose Body Balm That Smells Like Heaven

IMG_1266My dear friend Lindsay must know me too well.  As we were driving up to her cottage for a little R&R, she told me that she had come across an awesome homemade recipe for a Whipped Body Butter, and had brought up the ingredients for us to make it that night.  As we took a look at the recipe, we decided that we should tweak it a bit as we were concerned that the solid ingredients wouldn’t quite whip up into the frothy concoction we wanted. So we took inspiration from the recipe (linked above) and below is the version that we created, which left us quite happy  :).  See, that’s the best thing about making your own products, you can replace, add, or take away ingredients;  and often times coming up with great or even better results than the original recipe.  Trial and error is all a part of the fun!

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