Product Love: Mary Kay Gel Semi Shine Lipstick

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Product Love: Hawaiian Tropic

 

IMG_2116As a former professional tennis player, I spent hours upon hours each day training in the Florida sun. With so much time spent outdoors, it has always been a priority for me to protect my skin. I would apply sunscreen every two hours to every inch of my body.

As I stopped playing tennis, so did my obsession with making sure my skin was protected. I would go outside and lay on the beach and forget to put on sunscreen. I would complain that it smelt bad, it was sticky, I didn’t like the feeling. Every excuse I could come up with. That was until I found out my dad had melanoma.

This was a huge wake up call for me. An eye opener. A slap in the face that the sun is dangerous and that I need to make sure I am protected. I was on a mission to find a sunscreen that I could enjoy putting on.

One sniff of Hawaiian Tropic and I was sold. Unlike other sunscreens, it smelled delicious, like fresh flowers. Probably smelled better than a lot of my perfumes. But aside from smelling great, it also went on my skin great. It wasn’t heavy like other sunscreens I had tried in the past, it didn’t feel like it was clogging up all my pores and making me break out. In fact, once I put it on, I completely forgot it was even there.

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What I really love about the Hawaiian Tropic line is that there are specific sunscreens for your specific needs. I found two that really benefited my lifestyle; The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Face Sunscreen  and the Hawaiian Tropic Sport Clear Spray Sunscreen. I am going to tell you a little more about these two products and why I personally love them so much.

 

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Face Sunscreen 

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The name of this product speaks for itself, weightless. I really struggled finding the right sunscreen especially for my face because a lot of them felt heavy and would leave me breaking out. I am not going through puberty anymore; pimples all over was not a good look. However, this lotion goes on light, and even moisturizes your skin. That sounds like a win-win to me!

Another great aspect of this sunscreen is the container that it comes in. So many times I have accidentally poured out way too much sunscreen and then was stuck with it all over my hands. This container allows you to control how much comes out, which is great especially for smaller areas like your ears and nose.

It is small enough that you can take it anywhere with you, even carry it on the plane, a huge plus for me since I have to travel for work a lot! And of course it leaves your face smelling great. I cannot recommend this product enough.

 Hawaiian Tropic Sport Clear Spray Sunscreen 

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The second product that I love and that I use on the rest of my body is Hawaiian Tropic Sport Clear Spray Sunscreen. As a former professional athlete, a sports reporter, and someone who is just always on the go I needed to find a sunscreen that could keep up with my busy lifestyle, this one happens to be perfect.

It is easy to spray on so I can get those hard to reach places but also reapply in seconds. Another bonus is it comes in SPF 50 so you really know you are protected. And if this wasn’t enough, it is also lightweight so your skin can breathe throughout the day.

I must say that since I started using Hawaiian Tropic, putting on sunscreen is no longer a hassle, but part of my daily routine as it should be. When I traveled to Greece this summer, my Hawaiian Tropic products were the first things packed in my suitcase. Even in the middle of winter, the first thing I do when I wake up is apply my sunscreen.

If you are like me, someone who struggles to remember sunscreen, to enjoy sunscreen, and to just use sunscreen in general, then I think it is time to give Hawaiian Tropic a try! If all else, at least it smells like flowers.

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Product Love: Biosil

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For the last six years I have worked on air as a reporter and host, you know what that means? It means for the last six years, nearly every single day, I have had to use heat products on my hair. Yes, for the last six years I have had to straighten, curl, wave, colour, you name it I have had to do it. As you can imagine doing this every day for six years can take a toll on your hair. I started to notice it was feeling dry, thin, and it wasn’t growing anymore. I was devastated but I didn’t know what else to do.

I had heard that biotin and silica and other pills and vitamins could help strengthen my hair again but no matter what I tried, it didn’t seem to work. That was when I decided to graduate from the grocery store and make my way to a real health store. It was by total fluke that I stumbled across Biosil. After reading the label that said it helps hair, nail, skin growth and contains silica I decided to give it a try.

With my product love section of the blog, I have the opportunity to share with you products that have really worked for me in categories such as beauty and health. This is one of the products that I have truly falling in love with.

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Biosil contains ingredients like CH-OSA and helps your body produce collagen, elastin, and keratin. It was just two weeks after I started using Biosil (two capsules everyday) that I started to notice a different. At first, it was my nails. As a videographer, I was constantly breaking my nails because I had to carry my camera equipment, but for the first time every my nails were strong. They weren’t breaking, they were actually growing. I didn’t have to keep shellac nail polish on them either. They were strong all on their own.

 

The next area I started to notice a difference was my skin. Working on air, I have to put “T.V.” makeup on everyday. This means I basically have to cake up every inch of my skin thanks to all that new HD technology. I would always get breakouts from the makeup I was wearing. Yet after about a month of using Biosil, I started to see a change in my skin. It was clearing up and it was also less dry. For the first time in my entire life I was confident to walk down a street without any makeup on during my off days. I finally felt free and it was fantastic.

Yet the real reason I started taking this product was for my hair, and I still wasn’t seeing much change in that area. You may feel the same way, but don’t give up so easily. It was only after a few months of using the product that the change in my hair was noticeable to me. It wasn’t growing like a weed like my nails were, but it wasn’t breaking as much as it used to. It also wasn’t feeling as dried out. For the first time in a long time my hair actually felt… healthy.

I take this product everyday and I really do swear by it. Sure my hair isn’t  quite where I would want it to be and that is mainly because let’s face it, I won’t get it there unless I stop the heat products and colouring. Yet I am truly amazed when I look back at my stories on air and gone are the days of dead and dull and dry hair.  I see that my hair is shiny, healthy, and much longer than what it used to be.

I have spoken to a lot of women who feel the same way as me. Maybe they don’t have to style their hair every day, but as we age our hair, skin, and even or nails start to take a toll. Everyone who I talk to who has similar problems I tell them about my miracle product. I know that I will be continuing to use this product on a regular basis even when my days on air are a thing of the past because it really truly works.

For more information check out their website; www.biosilusa.com

P.S. one little piece of advice, I would recommend the capsules over the drops. The drops do work amazing, but they taste a little funky!

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Product Love: Garnier

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I have to admit, in the past I would always walk right past Garnier on the shelves and move on to the more expensive “salon recommended” brands. It wasn’t until after I decided to spend all my money on purchasing a condo that I had to start cutting back on my spending, and decided to give Garnier a try.

As an on air reporter and host, I am constantly damaging my hair. I use heat products daily, I colour monthly. I needed to make sure that I was using hair products that would both protect and repair.

I found a Garnier product that promised me that right on the label. Enter Garnier Damage Erase line. Not only did the shampoo, conditioner, and spray cost less than buying one item from my previous go to, it also said that the Marula oil used they use helps preserve and reconstruct distressed and damaged hair.

Gariner sure talked the talk, but did it actually walk the walk was the question? When I first opened the bottle I was distracted right away by the delicious flower and fruity smells. Ok, I knew I was going to come out of the shower smelling fantastic, but would the product actually work?

I have to admit I was beyond impressed with Garnier. My hair was just as soft if not softer than after using the expensive salon products. As I continued to use my new found obsession, my hair continued to stay soft, it stopped breaking, it started actually growing, and it was started to shine again on air.

As someone who travels a lot for both personal and work reasons, I am on the road a lot. I need to take my Garnier with me to make sure that my hair is constantly ready for whatever elements are thrown my way.

I have to say Garnier has been a life saver for both my hair and my bank account and I will never go back to another product ever again.

For more information on Garnier’s Damage Erase line, check out their website; http://www.garnier.ca/en-ca

 

 

Product Review: Nivea

As an on air TV reporter and host, I wear a lot of makeup, and I mean a lot of makeup. Drag style is how I would describe my makeup application because now a days everything is HD and nothing is forgiving. Because of all the makeup I wear my face sure takes a beating. Concealer clogging pores, waterproof mascara sticking to my eyes, the list goes on.

On top of the ridiculous amounts of makeup I ware, I also love to travel in my free time. Trips to Cabo here and Whistler there means that my skin is constantly having to deal with changing climates. Does it have to deal with humidity or dry air? It can barely keep up.

Needless to say, I have had skin issues my whole life and have used product after product to try and get rid of my redness, my pimples, and my dry skin. Nothing and I mean nothing worked until now.

I recently started using Nivea products. My skin felt instantly smoother and looked clearer after a week of using these products. I know I sound like a commercial, but I would never share a product with you that didn’t actually work for me.

I wanted to share with you the products that I have tried and why I love them so much

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Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream: I have been putting this cream on every morning and my skin has been feeling so soft as of late. It is an intense moisturizer that protects skin from external factors. This has been a huge help when it comes to traveling because the exterior factors are always changing, but this cream is strong enough to handle it.

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Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Nigh Care: I have been using this cream every night before I go to bed. It works with your skin during the repairing stage. Moisturizing while your skin is recovering, and you wake up with soft and silky skin.

 

Nivea Cream Care: This product is the ultimate! I have been using the lotion twice a day, even though you only have to use it once but it just feels so good on my skin. It is really gentle unlike a lot of cleansers I have tried in the past. It is designed to thoroughly remove makeup and it really works. It is also formed to protect the skins moisture balance. Good-bye too dry or too oily skin!

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Nivea Cream Care Facial Wipes: I am actually obsessed with these wipes. They are by far the softest wipes I have used to remove my makeup, but yet they don’t leave anything behind. For work I wear a lot of water-proof makeup, but it doesn’t stand a chance against these wipes. They also smell really fresh which is an added bonus.

For anyone who is in the same boat as me. Who is forced to wear more makeup that you would like, that loves to be outdoors, and that doesn’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars on really expensive skin care products I highly recommend giving Nivea a go!