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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Zara Canada Contest Scam The latest influencer growth tactic

As if there was not enough shade in the Instagram world from comment pods, buying engagements and likes and following to unfollow the latest greatest way to cheat your way to followers is through the Zara Canada  Contest Scam The latest influencer growth tactic.

In law we call this both passing off and misrepresentation where something or someone looks like and acts the like real deal but is really a scam.

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STEP TWO offer gift cards to entice people to follow

STEP THREE offer a code to be given 24-48 hours after a promotion is made for the page on Instagram stories

STEP FOUR gain followers

STEP FIVE check for code and realize that Zara Canada is now someone else such as Amanda Baynes who has great content coming soon who bought her account.

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STEP SIX create other accounts and repeat  steps 1-5

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My biggest wonder is how many people will actually stay following once they check for their code and see it’s a new account they lost my follow already.

I wrote this story to warn other not to fall for the scam and also because Instagram needs to step up their reporting game. They shadow ban legit accounts and withhold people’s likes but do not have any way to report accept its spam and it’s in apropriate they allow no elaboration like Facebook so by the time the check the account in a few months it will look real and won’t be taken down. Who knows how many times this scam has gone on prior to me noticing it yesterday because I see at least two more pop up today.

What do you think about this latest way to get followers have you experienced this before?

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 

Quick Organic and Downright Delicious

IMG_9327.JPGWhen the good people over at Influenster asked me if I was in to try the new organic seasoning from Club House  complimentary for testing purposes, of course I was in because I love to cook and I also love making healthy choices like choosing Organic.

The first seasoning I tried was the Kung-Pao seasoning and my first impression is this is some good seasoning because the first ingredient was a quality one, Cane Sugar, Cane Sugar is expensive and of good quality.  I chose to use chicken as my meat and I added Shredded Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Onions and Peppers to my stir fry. Making this dish was easy all I had to do was add water. I love Basmati Rice so I added my Kung-Pao Chicken stir fry over a bed of delicious rice.

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The second seasoning I tried was the new Organic Taco seasoning, again I was impressed with the organic ingredients that I could pronounce. The flavor was tex-mex style and coated the ground beef very nicely, I prefer this taco seasoning to the non-organic it was so aromatic and delicious. I got imported from Mexico Corn Tortillas from No- Frills and topped my tacos with Shredded Tomato, Onion, Salsa Verde and Sour Cream.  Again preparation was very easy just add a cup of water and cook it on medium until all of the liquid becomes sauce.

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Influenster generously sent me these samples to try, all opinions are my own personal opinions

Easy Halloween Cocktail Recipe

Easy Halloween Cocktail Recipe with Bacardi Rum

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My favourite Rum in the whole world is Bacardi Rum. This past weekend my agency G of G Inc had me partner with Bacardi Canada to serve up some delicious Halloween inspired cocktails. I have come up with my own version of the Zombie cocktail it’s easy and delicious and the best part is you can also adapt this drink into a punch bowl sized beverage to be enjoyed at parties, events and showers during any season not just Halloween.

1 oz. Bacardi Superior rum
1 oz. Bacardi Black rum
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz orange juice
1 tsp. grenadine syrup
1 tsp. superfine sugar or stevia
Garnish with Cherry and Orange Slice

Drink photo is from The Cooking Channel 

 

Easy DIY Zombie Halloween Costume

DIY Zombie Halloween Costume 

  1. Find an old school or distressed t shirt like this awesome one I found thrifting that literally says zombies on it.
  2. Use pale makeup to cover your entire face including lips , you want to look dead so making your lips look colorless is a good way to give off the corpse look.
  3. Use a light red blood toned blush on cheeks as a hint of color , line your eyes and use a good mascara to make them really pop. I have blue eyes and I am happy with the way they look however some people like to use contacts to make their eyes look even more spooky.
  4. For the hairstyle, go for the rats nest disheveled I’ve been eating people all day sort of look. I recommend to wash it the day before your Halloween event and when you wake up in the morning spray it with hairspray and tease and backcomb it really big, I add a few curls to make it look more stylish but the backcombing and hairspray give the locks a wild look.
  5. Take fake blood and put it all over your face neck and body to make it look like you are the undead feasting.
  6. For the bottom half depending on where you are going you could be more casual with jeans and sneakers or for the evening look make it more sexy with black leather leggings and heels or booties.

Anyone of any gender or age can make this easy costume with a few modifications or personal touches. Have 2 Halloween parties? Make night 2 a zombie version of night 1 costume.  Choose themed clothing or costumes  some examples are saved by the bell 90’s fashion, stranger things character or your favorite celebrity, a pregnant woman might include a zombie baby doll tummy. Whatever costume you like for Halloween just use the above DIY zombie costume steps in addition to your favorite Halloween costume.

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How to be more popular at parties and social gatherings

Tips for being popular at parties and social gatherings
Treat others how you would like to be treated
1. Remember others names
Calling someone by name and taking the time to remember a name in this busy society goes a long way in making lasting positive impressions on others. Science has proven that we remember things in three’s so I like to have three pathways set up to remember names.
  • First I makeup a rhyme like for Robert, Robert Bobert
  • I then connect Robert to someone I know “Robert is Becky’s husband” or “Robert like my Uncle Robert”
  • My final connection is made by saying the name back to Robert three times
  • “How are you Robert” “ Helen have you and Robert seen the latest movie?” “do you have any pets Robert?”
2. Ask open ended questions
People like to be listened to and some people are shy, avoid yes or no questions that block the flow of conversation and use open ended questions an example of an open-ended question is “what is your favorite restaurant and why?” an example of a question that blocks the flow of conversation would be “do you like food?”
3. Shift the Conversation from yourself to others to allow others to talk about themselves.
I used to be a nervous rambler and anytime I met someone I would nervously talk about myself, this lead me to knowing little about people that I met in life and always being left with a feeling of longing to see them again to ask more questions. I made it my mission to learn as much as possible about others and share as little as possible about myself unless of course I am asked and then I provide short concise answers, this way others are left wanting to learn more and you leave knowing a lot about your new social connections.
4. Use body language to show others you are interested in them
Making eye contact with others who are speaking and leaning in or mirroring others body language goes a long way in making others feel more comfortable and want to be around you. When making eye contact remember to look down then back up every few seconds so you don’t come across too intense. If you are speaking, make sure to use your eyes to engage with everyone fairly especially in groups of three.
5. Do not exclude others
Get togethers are for making friends and being social be mindful not to create circles that exclude other people from joining because you will miss out on building new relationships and may make others feel secluded or left out. Treat others how you yourself would like to be treated, chances are high that if you find yourself at the same get together as another person that you are likely to see them again so don’t be rude.

Never Be Rude                Always Be Polite

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As Promised the worst party fails I have experienced
The first party fail happened at a wedding cocktail hour, a group of women who were long time girlfriends made a statement exclusively taking pictures together and getting other women to take the pictures while others awkwardly watched and felt left out.The girls should have made the energy more open by gathering everyone together to feel included and asking a wedding staff person to take the photo for a keepsake for the bride and groom of the special blend of friends.
The next party fail moment was at a get together where two women were clearly sitting next to one another texting to make fun of someone in the room, not sure if it was me but it felt like it because when people do rude things it makes everyone feel uncomfortable. Phone bullying is rude whether someone is trying to embarrass someone on an Instagram video or snapchat or people in the room are clearly texting each other and making fun of someone in the room the behavior is obvious and repels all good people who make life better while attracting all the people who are drama and make life worse.
The final party fail was where one woman had a low cut dress and had a wardrobe malfunction, instead of quietly pulling the woman aside this woman savagely yells across a table full of people that this woman is exposing herself, even if she was which she wasn’t you pull someone aside and quietly let them know they have a wardrobe malfunction or lipstick on their teeth, calling people out and embarrassing them is very rude and just makes the rude person seem jealous and petty.
The photo is from The Store on Queen Tea Party the owners of this Toronto store Vava and Angela also known as Hubby and Wifey are always the most fun women to party with. 

The Best things to do in Toronto for Halloween

IMG_7149.PNGLEGENDS OF HORROR AT CASA LOMA

Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace), 7-11 pm. $40-$45. To October 31. legendsofhorror.ca

Casa Loma has been transformed into a huge haunted house. Inside the house are a number of classic horror characters. The Castle has a two Kilometre trail beginning at the lower garden then through all of the winding and dark corners of the Castle.

TORONTO ISLAND STORIES- SPOOKY LAGOON

Toronto Island (99 Harbour Square), 7:40-11:40 pm. $25. To October 31. spookylagoon.com

This is Toronto’s newest haunted horror. The Spooky Lagoon is a boat tour that sets out to discover the truth behind the 1815 murder of the first lighthouse keeper JP Radelmuller, a bootlegger who was believed to have been taken out by soldiers from Old Fort York. You can do this tour any weekend in October, maybe if you are lucky you will witness some of the nexplained lights and shadowy forms.

HAUNTED HIGH PARK

Colborne Lodge (11 Colborne Lodge), various times for adults, families and children. $27.50-$32.50. October 21 to 26. highpark.org

For the West end crowd, the High Park walk is the perfect scary adventure. Walk the trails at on of the cities most frequently visited outdoor attraction. The tour explores the grounds where you learm ghostly tales such as the death on Grenadier park and a visit to the Colborne Lodge house which is reportedly haunted by its former lady owner Jemimah Howard.

GRIM GROUNDS

16 Fleming (Brampton). $5-$7. Daytime 11 am-5 pm, October 27-31. Night time, 7-10:30 pm, October 27, 28 & 31. grimmgrounds.com

This Scare Maze is complete with live actors, special fx, lights, sounds and props. This years theme is demons and the French revolution. Just a short drive from Toronto this attraction is a favourite of mine. Daytime walks are also available for younger children and are modified to be less terrifying than the night attractions.

THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO GUILLERMO DEL TORO AT HOME WITH MONSTERS

Tickets are priced at $25.00 for adults, $16.50 for post-secondary students and youth ages 17 and under, and $21.50 for seniors ago.ca

The Art Gallery of Ontario offers a glimpse into the mind of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Over 450 items on display contained in the bleak house, 95 Artist items, 1600 comics and 2000 rarely seen books from the historical library. See life-sized figures of del Toro’s most visually striking monsters, such as The Faun and Pale Man (Pan’s Labyrinth), the Angel of Death (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) and Santi’s Ghost (The Devil’s Backbone), personal notebooks, silicone figures of characters from films and special items selected by del Toro.

 Ghosts, castles and haunted walks: Some scary things to do in Toronto as Halloween approaches Halloween Guide –
Special Thanks to CBC and Now Magazine for providing  some of the information for this post

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Tips on how to make clothes shopping easier

The worst shopping experience I ever had was one day my girlfriend Laura and myself had done a bunch of shopping and had chosen a bunch of clothes that were on sale and stores only had one piece of the clothes we fell in love with, we got tired and sat down to have a rest, we weren’t organized and left our bags behind. By the time we realized we had messed up our bags were gone. I since that day have created a shopping code that I follow to maximize my shopping trips to the mall or when I travel to a new place to make it more comfortable and time efficient. I have shared the code with you below. Tips on how to make clothes shopping easier
Before you go shopping take snaps of outfits you like on celebrities, social media friends , youtube stars, or stylish people from websites to help guide you.Tips on how to make clothes shopping easier
Have three areas in the change-room yes maybe and definitely no don’t try, anything you hum and ha about put immediately into the no pile.
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Wear leggings and a tank top for easy changing and trying things over top to save time such as sweaters. I love this look on Cara Loren comfortable and stylish and the hat is nice for entering and exiting the stores. I have really been wearing a ton of black hats with yoga pants and casual tanks lately and it turns heads because it gives off an inspiring vibe of someone who carries themselves with respect to their bodies, fitness and curating a more upbeat personality that is strong, powerful and who isn’t afraid to take risks. Tips on how to make clothes shopping easier
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Wear a beige bra or the right undergarments for what you wish to try on like a body shaper or strapless bra. This Wonderbra from Hudson’s Bay is soft and comfortable. I also recommend having a strapless bra for other looks like this strapless convertible bra from joe fresh for only 16$.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off. I love to wear comfortable shoes that are easy to slip on and off for shopping like these ophira shoes from GeoxIMG_6838Bring a small water bringing a water is essential because shopping is cardio and stores can be dry.
Put on a bit of makeup, or style hair to shop because if we feel good we are more confident and walk out with better clothes.
My favourite hair styling website to draw inspiration is InStyle 
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Carry a Large Bag a large bag is perfect so you don’t loose any smaller bags with purchases. A bag with lots of pockets like my Luglife Via Travel bag has a compartment just for receipts.  Tips on how to make clothes shopping easier
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Have a budget and do some planning  Decide the outfit you want at the more expensive stores and see if you can find similar pieces to build that wardrobe with sales rack items. Of course treat yourself if you find something unique or you can’t live without but I can usually find a more affordable style of the same clothing that I love and will splurge on a key piece like a bag or shoe.
This recent Elite Daily Article is helpful towards creating and understanding your clothing budget.

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Small Book and pen writing down what you like in a small book and seeing how much each item costs is good for keeping your shopping budget and planning more versatile outfits. I enjoy this planner from ALWAYS X ALWAYS a local Canadian brand that feature the cutest leaf pattern and has been featured on Toronto Bloggers Rebecah of Wishbone and Clover Media Annika of Ferweh Society and Carling of Through her Style 

 

 

 

 

A juice or smoothie it is good to stop for a juice break to collect your thoughts before you make your choices, the sugar gives a rush of energy to go back and make decisions, take time to respect your budget, the clothes you saw and what works with other clothing at home because planning saves return hassles. Village Juicery on College street in Toronto Ontario Canada is delicious and nutritious and a favorite of mine however most towns and cities have a juice bar or one can make their own juices at home.
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Knowing the mall plan, or peeking at the layout of department stores before you navigate the mall can reduce the stress associated  with getting lost and maximizes your efficiency while shopping.
Here is an Example of a mall map most most have plans that are available online for mobile phones and computers. CF Sherway Gardens mall just opened a renovated wing and a brand new Nordstrom in September 2017.

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Limit the time you spend in a store by grabbing all things quickly and at once don’t let one store, especially a dream store you can’t afford take up your time.
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