5 tips to maximize your bedtime skin routine

When it comes to your skin routine, we all know there’s one part which is possibly more important than all the others put together. And that’s the bedtime skin routine.

At the end of a long day, it can be really tempting to just get those comfies on and sink into bed without taking your make-up off – but it’s absolutely vital that you get into a regular skin routine at night to avoid any nasty skin issues further down the line.

1. Know your Skin type

First thing’s first, you need to know your own skinreally know it.

Many of us are confused about what skin type we have, so if you’re unsure, get yourself down to your local beauty counter and get some help. From this, you’ll be able to select the best products which will be kind to your skin and work hardest to keep it looking its best.

2.  Use Cleanser

Cleanser, or cleansing wipes if you’d prefer, are an easy way to get rid of all the day’s impurities – make-up, pollution, and even sand if you’re lucky enough to live on the coast.

Use soft cotton make-up pads if you’d prefer to use a liquid cleanser, being careful not to apply too much (as your skin will struggle to absorb the moisture).

Be extra careful around the eye area, it’s super delicate!

2.  Exfoliate

Many people are scared to even touch their face with an exfoliant, but it’s not the enemy (in fact, it’s far from it).

Exfoliating our facial skin (gently!), is an easy way to keep it clean, buffing away any dead cells or dirt which could cause issues if left in the pores.

Use a sensitive one if you’re new to the world of exfoliating, and be gentle, moving upwards in small circular movements. The result – fresh, clean skin!

4. Explore New Products

So many of us are guilty for sticking to the same products, even if they’re no longer suitable for our skin. Like our bodies, our skin changes as we age, so using the same product at 29 as you did at 22 may not be the best approach.

Once you’ve established your skin type, explore new product ranges to ensure you’re getting the most out of your skincare. More and more consumers are now taking the cruelty-free approach, and you should do the same. In fact, a recent study found more than 35% of women only bought from brands who didn’t test on animals – it’s the best way.

 

5. Know Your Water

Before using any products, wash your face with warm water. The temperature helps to open up your pores, making it easier to remove any dirt or grime.

After completing your routine, splash your face with cold water and pat dry with a clean, soft towel. The cold water (not too cold!) will close the pores up again, preventing your skin from absorbing any additional nasties in the night.

 

This is a contributed post written by Dale White

Summer ready with Fielding Estate Winery

When I think of summertime I think of laying out on the beach, picnic in the parks, hikes in the mountains, and of course BBQs to catch up with friends. For the later one I also think of a delicious rose or white wine that screams summer, because let’s be honest there is nothing better than a rose on a warm summer day. I am pretty lucky to live in a place like B.C. that is pretty famous for delicious vinos, however having grown up in Ontario I absolutely love the sweet tastes from Niagara. My love for Ontario wine eventually led me to Fielding Estate Winery.

 

What first drew me to this winery was the story behind it. This is a family run winery that focuses on high quality, while at the same time practicing sustainable farming. Their focus on quality and sustainability has not gone unnoticed. they have been named one of Canada’s top 10 wineries several times.

Fielding Estate Winery 

Now the question I am sure you have all been waiting for me to answer, what about the actual taste of the wine? Well trust me it really awakens the taste buds in the best way possible.

I had a chance to try their Fielding Estate Winery Rose and the Long Weekend Rose. Both very unique and very delicious wines.

Fielding Estate Winery Rose

If I could bottle up summer and put it in a wine, this is exactly what it would taste like. Watermelons, strawberries, and citrus notes had my tongue begging for more. I loved that it was on the dry side and not overly sweet but you could definitely taste the fruit tones. The best part is, it pairs perfectly with a burger!

Long Weekend Rose

This wine was a bit more drastic in flavour combining the citrus notes with more of the deep red fruits. It is truly the perfect combination of Cabernet Franc and Cab Sauv and just what you want to drink on a hot summer day.

Both are absolutely delicious and the perfect wine for summer time and the best part is, they are both under $20 a bottle.

Check out their website to find out more about the winery or to order some perfect drinks for your upcoming BBQ party: https://www.fieldingwines.com/story

Happy summer my friends,

xo

Mia

 

 

 

7 tips to get your skin ready for a special event

I have mentioned on my social media that this month I was focusing my blog on some lifestyle and beauty features. With a wedding coming up I have really been focused on taking care of myself, whether it be through fitness and eating healthy to taking proper care of my skin and today I wanted to share some of my skin care secrets with you.

As an on air TV reporter, I wear a lot of makeup. Working for the Weather Network takes me outside a ton so it is really important for me to take good care of my skin when it comes to both protecting it outside and keeping it clean. A challenge for most of us after a long day but something that your future self will no doubt be thanking you for.

I have worked with many makeup artists throughout my TV career. I am also working closely with my wedding makeup artists to get me ready for the big day. Over the years from makeup artists and dermatologists I have picked up a few tips and tricks that I wanted to share with you.

 

1. Drink lots of water

Trust me, I know this one can be tough. You are rushing to the office, to your workout classes, to cook dinner. It seems that in this day and age we are always rushing somewhere and to do something but it is so important to remember that in between rushing places, chug some water. I really started focusing on this when I had my makeup consultation for the wedding and the first thing my makeup artists asked me was; “how much water do you drink? Your skin is a bit dehydrated.”

We tend to forget that a big portion of our body is made up of water, including your skin cells and without water they cannot function and repair properly. Because of this I start every morning by chugging a glass of water and make sure I constantly have a full water bottle (even if I am going out for a story).

Since focusing on drinking more water not only has my skin started to look healthier, but I also feel like I have more energy during the day and it has also helped me curve food cravings. Win, win, win.

 

2.Follow the routine, no matter how tired you are

After long days at work and the gym, sometimes I just want to crawl into bed with my face still covered in makeup, but it is so important to keep those pores clean. It is also so important to make sure you find a routine and products that work for your skin type. My skin is fairly neutral so I don’t have to worry about products for oily or dry skin, but recently I started using Dermalogica. My mom has always sworn  by their products and now I do to.

  • Every day and night no matter how tired I am and even when I am traveling I start with the Precleanse balm, a deep cleansing balm to oil which helps melt the makeup off my skin.
  • I then use the multi activate toner to help keep the moister locked in.
  • Next I slather on my secret weapon. It isn’t a Dermalogica product but I picked up a wonderful facial oil in the Yukon made with all natural ingredients including carrot seeds and vitamin E. I use this as my serum. Serums are great because they are made up of smaller particles that can dive deeper into the skin
  • Don’t forget those eyes. After serum I throw on the Mac cosmetics fast response eye cream. This eye cream has caffeine in it which helps with de-puffs and firms skin
  • Lastly I finish it all off with a moisturizer. I use the Dermalogica skin smoothing cream. What I really love about this moisturizer is that it protects for 48 hours against environmental stress which is important when you spend your days working outside.

3.Wear Sunscreen

This one is super important to me for so many reasons. Firstly, a few of my family members have suffered from melanoma. Secondly, as I have mentioned working with the Weather Network I am outside a lot. Protecting my skin from sun damage is super important, not only because of skin cancer but also sun can lead to aging. No matter what the temperature is or if it is raining I always put at least SPF 30 on my face. I also try and find makeup that includes SPF for some extra coverage.

4.Collagen is key 

I have spoken about my love for Biosil in my previous piece for hair care, however the product fits in with skin care as well. Biosil helps create collagen, which creates elasticity in your skin. In return it helps promote glowing, vibrant skin. I take two tablets daily for skin, nail, and hair benefits.

5.You are what you eat 

Eating well doesn’t just have health benefits for your physique but also for your skin. More and more studies that have been done on the connection between skin and diet show that a poor diet can age your skin. Some foods that are good for your skin include:

  • Omega 3: Fatty fishes help keep skin healthy and moisturized. I take a fish oil vitamin daily to help with this.
  • Avocado: Avocado has compounds that can protect your hair from skin damage. It also is an excellent source of vitamin E.
  • Sunflower seeds: Seeds are great for skin health. They help produce vitamin E and Zinc, all excellent products for your skin’s health.

 

6.Get your beauty sleep 

Your sleep time is also your skins time to recover. Also when you are sleep deprived, that produces more stress hormones, which directly impacts the look of your skin. Also, if you don’t get proper rest collagen and hyaluronic acids break down and so your skin looses that glow. I know it is cliche but a good nights rest really has health benefits for your skin.

7.Splurge on a deep cleanse 

No matter how much you scrub and clean and clear sometimes you just don’t have the tools in your tool box. My wedding makeup artist suggested getting regular facials leading up to the big day. I love that the work is all done for you. From hydration to extractions they take care of it all and can also recommend some products that will work well for your skin. Now I know facials can be expensive but sometimes there are Groupon deals (just read the reviews) or membership plans. I joined Skoah’s membership and now my facials cost $60 instead of $90!

Whether you are getting ready for your wedding, a special event, or just want to have beautiful skin these 7 tips can help you get the glowing skin you want.

xo

Mia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My staycation at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle

I love to travel and I am so fortunate that I get to travel quite a bit for both personal and work reasons, however this month has been a busy one to say the least. With short trip to Toronto and Merritt I was pretty wiped. When the long weekend rolled around I felt like I wanted a vacation but at the same time I felt like being close to home, so a staycation offered the perfect solution.

I decided to book a night stay at the Downtown Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Hotel. Located right in Coal Harbour the hotel is just a short 15 minutes away from my house but with the ocean front views, downtown shopping, and nearby attractions it seemed like I was miles away.

The hotel

When I checked into the hotel the first thing I noticed was the beautiful lobby and the jar filled with cookies at the check in desk (a treat while you wait, I love it). I was also so impressed with the friendly staff who wanted to make sure we had everything we needed.

The room 

We made our way to our room on the 31st floor. I cannot believe the incredible ocean front views that we got to look out onto right from the comfort of my bed. You could see all of downtown Vancouver, the Lions Gate Bridge, the boats in the harbour, and the stunning North Shore Mountains. I have never seen such a beautiful view from a hotel window before.

Speak of the bed, I was so impressed with how comfortable it was. You truly just drowned in the pillows.

 

Dinner at Showcase

While it was hard to leave the beautiful hotel room, we did have reservations at Showcase restaurant. The hotel lobby restaurant has just launched a brand new menu right in time for summer and Chef Jesse Hauchhuasen was giving us a little taste.

We had  a little booth in the back and started off with some delicious refreshing cocktails. The first thing that I noticed was the wide variety of cocktails, wines, beers, and even food. While I thought a restaurant like the Marriott would be pricey, I was impressed with the reasonably priced menu for such a creative selection.

Chef Hauchhuasen came out to explain some of the dishes we were going to eat. What I loved is that he told us a lot of his inspiration comes from his Japanese background and his wife’s Korean heritage. He added that he has traveled to these places a ton to get inspiration for the dishes.

Appetizers

First up were two appetizers, the Albacore Tuna Tataki and the Seared Scallops and Pork Belly. I loved that the food was made with sustainable seafood approved by Ocean Wise. The Tuna Tataki was seasoned with delicious ginger soy vinaigrette and the savoury taste was matched with sweet mango. The Scallops and Pork Belly were seasoned with the most delicious carrot puree. I literally was scooping up the leftover sauce with my fork.

Main course 

Next up, the main course. We were treated to Miso Grilled Sockeye Salmon and Seared Ling Cod. The cod  was possibly the best dish I have ever tasted. The broth was perfectly seasoned with crispy onions and chili oil, while the baby bok choy was the perfect side to compliment the asian inspirations. As for the salmon I loved the sweet soy sauce and the rice crackers added a perfect crunch to the dish.

Dessert

Lastly, dessert. We were treated to the Chocolate Pecan Tart. I couldn’t think of anything better, chocolate and pecan tarts are my favourite sweets and so combining them together was genius. I also loved the added ice cream infused popcorn. It was such a unique and tasty treat.

Overall experience 

After a delicious and filling dinner and a few cocktails, it was back up to the room for bed time. I couldn’t believe the amazing views at night time as well. The whole city lit up as far as the eye could see. It was a beautiful sight and the perfect way to end the day.

The next morning I woke up feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Just what the doctor ordered. I wasn’t ready to leave the comforts of the room but was thankful for a relaxing and wonderful stay.

If you would like to find out more about what the Marriott Pinnacle has to offer make sure to visit their website.

xo,

Mia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Hair care tips I swear by

 

As a TV journalist my hair takes a serious beating. I am constantly colouring it, curling it, and straightening it, but yet somehow every time I go to my hairdresser she cannot believe how “relatively” healthy it is based on the damage (so sorry hair) I put it through on a daily basis.

I will be the first to tell you I am not happy with where my hair is right now. I have been trying to grow it out for the past eight years since an old news director forced me to cut it so I looked more professional during my news reporter days. I tried to buy a wig and fool her, it didn’t work, so chop it I did. While I may not think my hair has changed much, everyone that hasn’t seen me in a while comments on how much it has grown and how healthy it looks so I guess I am doing something right.

Right now I am more motivated than ever to get the silky locks, I mean I am getting married in Sept after all and I really want those lifelong pictures to look amazing so I have been following quite an interesting hair routine with tips I got from pros and other on air personalities and I decided to share my top 5 with you.

1) Find a low maintenance colour that fits you

The old saying goes everything is bigger in Texas. I also learned everything is blonder in Texas. However the blonder I went, the more frequent I would have to get my hair done. My ends were starting to frizz and my bank account started to feel the hit too. I figured there had to be a better way. I decided to stay blonde, but go a little darker and more of a balayage look. I was still blonde, but I had found a more happy (and affordable) medium. This means I only have to make a trip to my hairdresser for colour every 3-4 months instead of ever 4-6 weeks and my hair has been pretty thankful.

2) Take your vitamins

I have been taking vitamins since I was a child for things like bone health but little did I know there were also vitamins that would help my hair. For the past eight years I have been taking Biosil and fish oil every day. Biosil helps produce collagen, which is essential for smooth skin, strong nails, and thick hair. While taking this vitamin I have not only noticed stronger and healthier hair, but I have also seen improvements when it comes to the strength of my nails as well as the smoothness of my skin. This is truly my secret weapon.

3) Chose your weapon of style carefully

 

 Ok, this is one I definitely need to work on myself. I am not a morning person and so I usually wake up late and am forced to turn on the dreaded flat iron because that is the quickest method of styling my hair. However, I am really trying to make an effort to wake up a little earlier and turn on the curlers instead. I find they produce less heat and cover a larger volume of hair. I am also a firm believer in air drying my hair, who has time to blow dry nowadays anyway.

4) Hair masks for the win

At least once a week I throw on a hair mask on damp hair for at least 15 minutes before my shower. The masks are filled with nutrients that are so good for your hair and I will spend about 5 minutes rubbing it into my scalp and all the way down tot he ends. Also when I am done washing my hair, I throw on a good leave in conditioner and Aveda’s total repair daily hair serum. I find adding these elements to the routine has me waking up with silky smooth hair.

5) Skip the shampoo

Ok, it might not sound that attractive, especially if you try and get a workout in every day but I only wash my hair 1-2 times a week. Now, I mean really wash my hair with shampoo, conditioner, purple shampoo etc. If you shampoo everyday, it strips your hair of its natural nutrients.
These are just a few tips that I have for you when it comes to taking care of your hair, but I am sure there are hundreds of other amazing tips out there and would love if you would share some of them with me below.
xo
Mia