8 Secrets to elevate your everyday look

Clients are always asking me what my 'must have' secrets are.  I've compiled a list of 8 things I cannot live without that are so much more than a quick fix....

 Glow.

Glow.

 Dior makes the best self tanning product in my opinion. It's a gel formula that glides on easily and doesn't rub off on clothes or sheets. It also has a subtle bronzer so you can apply it in the morning.  You need very little to get great results.

Dior makes the best self tanning product in my opinion. It's a gel formula that glides on easily and doesn't rub off on clothes or sheets. It also has a subtle bronzer so you can apply it in the morning.  You need very little to get great results.

 The newest addition to my everyday ritual is Nutraluxe Eyelash serum. I've just started using this incredible product thanks to local beauty maven Kimmy Le, owner of  Bare Wax Bar  (you can buy it there). After only 3 weeks, my lashes are thicker and noticeably longer. With regular use, lashes become so long it appears that you have extensions!  

The newest addition to my everyday ritual is Nutraluxe Eyelash serum. I've just started using this incredible product thanks to local beauty maven Kimmy Le, owner of Bare Wax Bar (you can buy it there). After only 3 weeks, my lashes are thicker and noticeably longer. With regular use, lashes become so long it appears that you have extensions!  

 Condition.

Condition.

 If there is one product in my house that I use the most, it's definitely coconut oil. This miracle product has incredible health and beauty benefits and can be used in a myriad of ways. I use it to whiten my teeth (oil pulling), moisturize my skin and hair, and boost my coffee just to name a few. Read more about it  HERE

If there is one product in my house that I use the most, it's definitely coconut oil. This miracle product has incredible health and beauty benefits and can be used in a myriad of ways. I use it to whiten my teeth (oil pulling), moisturize my skin and hair, and boost my coffee just to name a few. Read more about it HERE

 This Vitamin C Serum by Di Morelli is a miracle worker. The effects of a great serum are cumulative and can have dramatic effects on skin texture and appearance. I use this everyday and think of it as a daily vitamin for my face! The serum was created exclusively by Dr. Morell at the Medical Rejuvenation Clinic in Vancouver. Get it HERE.

This Vitamin C Serum by Di Morelli is a miracle worker. The effects of a great serum are cumulative and can have dramatic effects on skin texture and appearance. I use this everyday and think of it as a daily vitamin for my face! The serum was created exclusively by Dr. Morell at the Medical Rejuvenation Clinic in Vancouver. Get it HERE.

 Face food.

Face food.

 I have been using  Aveda 's "pure fume" Spirit for years and get compliments on it all the time. It has no harsh chemicals and smells like a day at the spa. You can choose from a wide selection of blends and they will make it for you custom, on the spot. My fav is #6 which is the fragrance of their iconic Shampure shampoo. 

I have been using Aveda's "pure fume" Spirit for years and get compliments on it all the time. It has no harsh chemicals and smells like a day at the spa. You can choose from a wide selection of blends and they will make it for you custom, on the spot. My fav is #6 which is the fragrance of their iconic Shampure shampoo. 

 You are what you eat as far as I'm concerned. A daily green juice is packed with vitamins and antioxidants to get your skin glowing and boost your mood. I have one everyday. Check out The Juice Truck in Vancouver for all kinds of healthy juices as well as amazing juice cleanse packages.

You are what you eat as far as I'm concerned. A daily green juice is packed with vitamins and antioxidants to get your skin glowing and boost your mood. I have one everyday. Check out The Juice Truck in Vancouver for all kinds of healthy juices as well as amazing juice cleanse packages.

 Let's face it. A great haircut and colour can elevate your look in spades.  I go to  IS Salon  in Yaletown, Vancouver. If you are unsure where to go, here are my top tips:  Google reviews  Ask around  Bring a photo of the cut/colour you want  Choose a salon with a great product line up  Ask for someone experienced   

Let's face it. A great haircut and colour can elevate your look in spades.  I go to IS Salon in Yaletown, Vancouver. If you are unsure where to go, here are my top tips:

Google reviews

Ask around

Bring a photo of the cut/colour you want

Choose a salon with a great product line up

Ask for someone experienced

 

 Highlight.

Highlight.

 There is nothing like having a wardrobe that is well thought out and organized. It relieves stress and ensures that you always have something to wear. I make sure that EVERYTHING in my closet has a current purpose. By hiring a personal stylist, you can eliminate what isn't working and build a functional wardrobe that is interchangeable.   See how it works  HERE .

There is nothing like having a wardrobe that is well thought out and organized. It relieves stress and ensures that you always have something to wear. I make sure that EVERYTHING in my closet has a current purpose. By hiring a personal stylist, you can eliminate what isn't working and build a functional wardrobe that is interchangeable. 

See how it works HERE.

Hair Rescue

Years of highlighting my long hair has taken it's toll. The texture has changed and I was suddenly faced with heat styling my hair diligently as opposed to the wash and go approach I used slide by with. I'm a huge Kevin Murphy fan and was so grateful when they sent me the perfect 3 step process to salvage my locks and make them look healthy again. Here's the scoop:

STEP 1

Masque

 When I tried this rich, creamy masque I was blown away. I was able to comb through my hair again with ease...

When I tried this rich, creamy masque I was blown away. I was able to comb through my hair again with ease...

 This luxurious oil is meant to be applied on damp hair to smooth, protect and prep hair for styling. It made my hair feel like silk.

This luxurious oil is meant to be applied on damp hair to smooth, protect and prep hair for styling. It made my hair feel like silk.

 This product is a dream. It's a heat protection spray that's perfect to use on dry hair before a flat iron, curling iron or blow dryer. It smells so heavenly I would literally wear it as a personal scent.

This product is a dream. It's a heat protection spray that's perfect to use on dry hair before a flat iron, curling iron or blow dryer. It smells so heavenly I would literally wear it as a personal scent.

The Results

 Happy hair!

Happy hair!

You can buy Kevin Murphy products locally in Vancouver at Pompadours Salon in Kitsilano.

Must Have: My secret for glowing skin!

I am a self-admitted product junkie but there are a few items that I use religiously and this is one of them. KEYS Reflex ProBiome is a serious miracle worker. All I know is that the first time I put it on before bed, I woke up looking like I just stepped out of the womb.

Did I mention that it's completely vegan and chemical free? Oh. And it's under $25. You're welcome ;)

You can read about it and find it HERE

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Must Have: Urban Decay Naked 3

I've been a huge fan of Urban Decay ever since I first tried their infamous "Naked" Palette. For a mere $60 you have a wide selection of wearable neutrals with velvety, high-pigment shadows that glide on effortlessly offering endless colour combinations. A perfect package to create looks for day or night. The palette was so popular that Naked 2 followed (my previous fav). 

I was instantly drooling when I saw a buzz photo on Pinterest of the new Naked 3 Palette as it features "NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN (and insanely beautiful) rose-hued neutrals—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter".

Pink is dominating for 2014 and while this set is on trend, it's hues will suit all skin tones and satisfy the diva or the girl next door!

Not yet launched, the palette should available in the next couple of months at a Sephora near you.

 

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Guest Edit: Beverly Fink

Beverly Fink is pretty much a makeup legend. She's an eco beauty expert who has worked with supermodels like Niki Taylor and Cindy Crawford and contributed to powerhouses like Vanity Fair, Seventeen and MTV. She's even collaborated with Helmut (insert swoon here) Newton!!! 

To kick off the holiday season, I've asked Beverly to share her top eco beauty picks for fall/winter. This list is the perfect mix of guilt free must have trends and underground finds! Thanks Beverly! XO

 The Vamp Lip  Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in "Lust for Life"   GET IT HERE

The Vamp Lip

Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in "Lust for Life"

GET IT HERE

 The Party Girl Polish  Zoya Nail polish in "Pixie Dust"   GET IT HERE    

The Party Girl Polish

Zoya Nail polish in "Pixie Dust"

GET IT HERE

 

 The Kiss Maker  Hollywood Lip Tea scrub   GET IT HERE

The Kiss Maker

Hollywood Lip Tea scrub

GET IT HERE

 The All in One  RMS lip2cheek in "Demure"   GET IT HERE

The All in One

RMS lip2cheek in "Demure"

GET IT HERE

 The Miracle Worker  Christopher Drummond Duo-Phase concealer   GET IT HERE

The Miracle Worker

Christopher Drummond Duo-Phase concealer

GET IT HERE

 The All in One  Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream   GET IT HERE

The All in One

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream

GET IT HERE

 The Skin Softner  CV Skinlabs Body Repair Lotion   GET IT HERE

The Skin Softner

CV Skinlabs Body Repair Lotion

GET IT HERE

 Beverly Fink

Beverly Fink

Knit Picky

Monday Must Have

 I stumbled upon this cleanser in a small organic grocery store one day and I've been using it ever since.  The ingredients are so natural you could eat it.  It foams up like a dream, takes all your makeup off and smells like heaven. It's no wonder this company has an underground Hollywood following. 

I stumbled upon this cleanser in a small organic grocery store one day and I've been using it ever since.  The ingredients are so natural you could eat it.  It foams up like a dream, takes all your makeup off and smells like heaven. It's no wonder this company has an underground Hollywood following.