Collagen Supplements for Health, Beauty and Fitness

IMG_2651.JPGFor Many Years the Japanese have been taking Collagen Supplements to enhance their youthfulness. What the Japanese discovered was when they applied collagen topically it did little for the skin, but taking it orally helped them achieve a healthier appearance.
It takes approximately 3 months to see the benefits from taking collagen, I have been taking my collagen for 4 months and definitely see an improvement in the overall appearance of my skin hair and nails. My supplement of choice is Natures Bounty Advanced Collagen that can be found at Walmart and Shoppers drug mart with a Hair, Skin and Nails option in gummy formula for easy intake.

The following are reasons you should consider adding collagen supplements to your daily beauty regime.

It strengthens bones, joints and cartilage. It reduces cellulite.
It helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by tightening the skin and improving elasticity.
It promotes healthier skin including working on stubborn stretch marks.
It helps with gut health and has been known to help manage IBS symptoms.
It aids in taking down acne swelling because it works as an anti-inflammatory.
It helps your hair and nails grow thicker, longer and stronger.
It helps with regenerating missing amino acids that help to regulate hormones.
It is a pure protein, perfect to take after a work out to help build muscles.                  It is high in glycine amino acid it can help with sleep and stress relief.
It is good for metabolism because it works at maintaining thyroid health.
If you have any injuries especially bruises or cuts collagen can help you heal faster.

Warning: taking supplements can be dangerous especially if the supplements are not from a reliable source as they could contain contaminants and are not always FDA regulated. The opinions in this post are mine personally if you have any questions or concerns about collagen supplements please address them with your physician. Vegans take note that collagen is usually derived from animal proteins.
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The Original Vegan Hypoalergetic Dry Shampoo

IMG_0120My secret to having great hair is not to wash it every day because shampoo strips hair of all of its natural moisture. Going 2-3 days without washing can cause my second day hair to look really greasy, heavy and weighed down.

The solution is Klorane Dry Shampoo

 

 

. Essential in the gym bag to freshen locks up after a light workout.
. For those early morning meetings, blogger events and girls night out when you have no time to get a full glam on a few spritz into hair and voila a fresh mane that stays shiny and voluminous all day or night.
. Hit the snooze button and catch a few more moments of beauty sleep, tame flyaways or add volume to flat hair when you wake up, this is especially nice when it’s freezing during the winter and you don’t have to get hair wet in the shower.

 

 

Although I am not a vegan when I can make more ethical choices and use plant based products which are not tested on animals I do. The natural botanicals and plant based ingredients in my Klorane Dry Shampoo combined with its effectiveness in combating , loss of volume, greasiness and unruly strands make this my Dry Shampoo of choice.

Klorane USA did a study and the results were as follows

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Plant extracts of common oat seed are high in carbohydrates, lipids and vitamins and are selected for their hydrating, softening and protective properties.
Stinging Nettle root extract helps reduce sebum secretion and absorb oil.
Starch, Silica and Beta Cyclodestrine have highly absorbent qualities that keep hair looking fresh without weighing it down.

 

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How to wear your fragrance to maximize attractiveness

Viva La Juicy Perfume Review
I discovered this beautiful scent many years ago when it was gifted to me by my mother. I find viva la juicy perfume the perfect everyday scent because it’s so feminine and fun, I am someone who really likes fresh clean gentle scents with a hint of a darker powdery musk and I don’t like strong vanilla overpowering but do like a small hint of it to linger. There are no florals in this scent, I don’t like floral scents because I find them overpowering and too strong, but a hint of spicy orange citrus is present to balance out the sweetness and give the perfume that originality and sweetness.
The bottle is so cute and girly it looks really great in your perfume collection because of the hot pink bow and gold accents. This perfume doesn’t go on too strong and it lasts many hours on the skin and forever if sprayed on leather or fabric materials.

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How to Apply Perfume for Attractiveness
Most women spray on their wrists as a traditional way of wearing scents and others spray all over.
But I’ll let you in on a little secret, the best places to spray perfume are
The top of your head, women are often shorter than men and men like clean hair, putting a dab on the crown ensures that your hair smells good and that scent reaches your object of affections nose.
Behind your knees , women are always crossing our legs putting a dab on the back of the knee ensures a nice scent while we are engaging with others,
Inner arm, humans move their hands when they talk so having a dose on the inner arm insures freshness while you talk.
All of these areas produce lots of heat, this accentuates the scent and permeates it into the air. These tips are just a guide, the worst thing you can do is overdue a scent, probably why I never wear floral scents because it’s easy to go overboard with them, a scent like juicy is so gentle and fresh it could never be too overpowering even with multiple doses.
Disclaimer: I received my Viva La Juicy Juicy Couture fragrance from Influenster for free for testing purposes all reviews and opinions are my very own 

Kiehl’s Comes to Canada

I recently joined the staff of Kiehl’s Queen Street West for their launch event. I was super excited to see that Kiehl’s opened here in Toronto Canada, because I have been trying to get my hands on their Lip # 1 treatment for years since my cousin brought me back a few from her trip to Korea. The event was fabulous, Kiehl’s didn’t miss a detail.

The event was catered by Kupfert and Kim with fresh coffee from Cali love.

I dug into a few of the chocolate covered strawberries from the locally owned and run shotberry

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Kiehl’s features modern and classic style around their store and their products are all organized by sections making it easy to find just what you are looking for.

Peter Grande is the Assistant manager at the Toronto Eaton Center Kiehl’s location and works with their Canadian Public Relations team he is passionate when it comes to skincare and very knowlegable. I will be returning to Kiel’s Eaton Center sometime over the upcoming weeks for a one on one with Peter so he can create a custom blend oil for my skin. Peter is also a blogger and has some amazing tips and recommendations on his blog  www.itspetergrande.com

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Keihl’s gives back to the community and is a proud sponsor and supporter ofCamp Ooch. 

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Now a little but about the products I took home with me.

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Lip Balm #1 SPF 4 sunscreen. Relieves Cracked or Chapped Lips. Not Tested on Animals. Temporarily protects and helps relieve chapped or cracked lips. Helps protect lips from the drying effects of wind and cold weather.
I Love this lip balm and so does my hubby, great for both men and women it keeps my lips hydrated and smells amazing.
Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25  Made with coconut oil, instantly melts onto lips, providing a cushion of soothing moisture. With antioxidants, including lemon butter, combined with broad spectrum SPF 25 sunscreen, Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25 provides year-round protection for lips. Lips feel and look softer, smoother and moisturised, and stay hydrated for up to 12 hours after application.
Having been a fan of Lip Balm #1 I was so excited to try the Butterstick in pop of peonies, it is the perfect shade of summery pink, perk of this product is its long lasting I feel this product working its magic hours later as they claim and in the past few weeks I have seen a reduction of lines around my lips due to the amazing natural ingredients.
Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil This all-in one non-comedogenic cleansing formula emulsifies with water to a cleansing milk, gently, yet effectively dissolving even difficult-to-remove makeup and impurities without over-drying. It leaves skin not only fresh and clean but also skin balanced, soothed and prepared for optimal night-time replenishment. made from an aromatic blend of pure botanical oils: Squalane, a planted-derived lipid with a natural affinity for skin; Evening Primrose Oil, rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids; and Lavender Essential Oil. And it’s Soap-free, Sulfate-free, and Mineral Oil free. Perfect one-stop cleanser.
This cleansing oil and makeup remover is the best one I have tried to date, it takes off all of my stubborn mascara and is so gentle and smells luxorious.
Midnight Recovery Concentrate One night. A few drops. Younger-looking skin by morning. Skin’s moisture level is replenished overnight. 99.8% Naturally Derived Ingredients. Helps to recover radiance by morning. Paraben-Free.
This product works so well on my fine lines in my forehead and puffiness around my eyes that happens on mornings after nights when I do not get my recommended 8 hours of sleep.
Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado Unique, concentrated texture.Does not migrate into eyes.Gently moisturizes the delicate eye area. Ophthalmologist and dermatologist-tested. Rich and creamy non-migrating formula that delivers moisture to the delicate under eye-area. Gently protects the skin against external aggressors.
Everything recommended to treat my eyes always makes them burn, not Keihl’s, I love how thick the product goes on without looking thick and I do see a reduction of puffiness and dark circles once I use this treatment.
Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate Line-reducing skin concentrate, containing 10.5% Vitamin C.Helps reduce the appearance of marionette lines from the corners of the mouth, leading towards the chin.Improves the appearance of crows feet lines and wrinkles as well as Sub-orbital wrinkles in the eye area. Helps to improve skin appearance and texture.
Vitamin C is proven to fight signs of ageing so I was really excited to see Keihl’s brightening concentrate had a high concentrate of vitamin C. This Eye-Brightening Concentrate is like coffee for tired eye and it works fast.

Summer Skincare with The Lotus Project

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Recently  I joined Aisha and friends of The Lotus Project for a day of summer sangria and participated in a skin care workshop where we gave ourselves facials and learned techniques to use during our every day daily skin- care routine. I wanted to share with you what I learned and a few of my tried and tested favorites by the Skintelligence skin care line.

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I met Aisha part time “Mompreneur”, currently working in the insurance industry, and also founder of The Lotus Project, whose admiration of the Buddhist practice provided a foundation for The Lotus project. The Lotus Project is a lifestyle brand designed to build a community for driven millennials, multi-preneurs and the like to provide a one stop online resource to support growth, inspire and connect. A lotus flower grows from murky waters, blooms out of the darkness and radiates into the world.  Like the lotus, we all have the ability to grow and be successful in everything we do despite what the origin of our beginnings may be- mud and all. The Lotus encourages you to live by your own rules, be fearless, remember community over competition and always give back. With your feet planted and head to the sky: “Rise and be beautiful in everything you do.”

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The workshop was lead by fellow blogger Khristine KCHEZELLE https://kchezelle.wordpress.com her blog explores fitness, knitting, skin-care, makeup and general lifestyle, she is a diverse girl and I look forward to learning more from her at upcoming workshops.

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Khristine was assisted by instagramer Marigold Bandida , she is full of great tips for makeup and skincare and a makeup application teacher at workshops around the gta.

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Skintelligence is a skin care line that uses natural extracts to soothe and maintain healthy skin, I found the products were not only natural but also did not irritate my sensitive skin.

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I learned the following tips about skincare product application.

  1. Make sure to pat products into the skin and not rub them in, rubbing wastes product and causes sagging and wrinkles.
  2. The applicator on the eye cream was made of metal, the ladies suggested putting cold metal under the eyes to activate and stimulate the dead blood that cause our eyes to look puffy and dead.
  3. tFor a more radient glow, treating skin issues from the inside is recommended, we tried the twice a day liquid antioxidants which have 95 % absorption rate.
  4. When using a facial wash, always rub a bit of product in your hand before applying to activate and emulsify the cleanser.
  5. Proper pH balance is essential for your skin, the surface of human skin is acidic with a pH ~5. This low pH value is maintained through the production of free fatty acids during cell maturation and our secretion of fatty and lactic acids in sweat.

I was rather impressed with the line of products that I used in my facial mini session A Facial Cleanser, A Facial Mask, A Facial Spray and a Facial Serum.

Skintelligence Hydra Derm Deep Cleansing Emulsion  cleanser activates in water and is a deep penetrating cleanser that loosens and removes dirt, makeup and oil and contains aloe vera, chamomile extract and lavender extract.

The Skintelligence Facial Firming Masque facial mask promotes circulation and improves visual signs of aging caused by stress and the environment.The amazing natural ingredients in this product include aloe leaf extract and lavender oil to help to soothe any irritated skin.

I personally loved how fast this product worked, after 12 minutes I could see a difference in my skin tone and appearance it looked radiant and more firm, the mask was different than most because it was clear.

Skintelligence pH Skin Normalizer spray assists your skin to maintain normal pH levels while helping the skin fight the effects of pollution and other environmental conditions while improving skin’s natural barrier function.

I loved that the product exfoliates dead skin cells and removes dirt, makeup and oil that clog pores while having an alcohol-free formula that supports elasticity and an even skin tone. This product is perfect for spraying on after a summer swim or when it gets hot as a freshening mist.

A drop of Skintelligence Skin Perfecting Complex serum promotes smoother skin. I loved that this product contained proteins and amino acids and natural ingredients such as dandelion, carrot, lemon grass and violet.

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