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 Mary Kay Skin Care Favourites

I have been using Mary Kay makeup products for quite some time now and have shared some of the products that I love from the line on my blog before. From vibrant lipsticks to beautiful eye shadows, Mary Kay helps get my ready for both on air and everyday. Today though, I wanted to share a different side of Mary Kay, their skin care products. 

I have started to include quite a few Mary Kay skin products into my daily routine and I have noticed such a difference in my skin’s health and overall appearance. Wth a very busy schedule, that includes lots of travel it is sometimes hard to keep my routine consistent and my skin taken care of. However, these products are quick and easy to use. They also keep my skin moisturized, clean, and clear. Mary Kay’s skin care has become a habit for me both at home and on the road. I wanted to share with you some of their products that I absolutely love using.

My Mary Kay Favourites 

Timewise Replenishing Serum + C

This is my absolutely favourite skin product right now. I use it everyday, twice a day. The

antioxidant rich formula combined with high levels of vitamin c help keep existing collagen from breaking down. The rich botanicals also keep skin lifted and firm. Another aspect of this product that I love is that the pump bottle keeps air out, meaning the formula stays fresh. It is also clinically test for skin irritancy and allergy as well as dermatologist tested.

$65

Timewise Vitamin C Activating Squares

Use this with the Timewise Replenishing Serum for amazing results. In just a few weeks, my skin looked radiant, toned, and refreshed. The activating squares combined with the serum helps deliver put vitamin c to your skin. You mix the square with water and when it dissolves in your hand, you rub it on your face. It really leaves my skin refreshed and rejuvenated

$30

ClearProof Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask

I use this mask twice a week all over my face and neck. I leave it on for about 20 minutes and feel it cool all over. It really gives my skin a deep cleanse. the charcoal acts like a magnet to unclog my pores and absorb any excess oil. The mask is made with rosemary and peppermint and not only leaves your skin clean but awakens your senses.

$26

Mary Kay Indulge Soothing Eye Cream

I use this eye cream twice daily and I absolutely love how it has helped the sensitive skin around my eye. It calms, cools and refreshes my eyes after a long day of work. The cream contains botanical extracts, like green tea and cucumber extract which help increase skin moisture by 130% percent. The team is also fragrance free and hypoallergenic making it perfect for sensitive skin.

$22

Satin Lips Shea Suger Scrub

Get ready to pucker up after using this sugar scrub on your lips daily. It exfoliates, soften, smooths, and polishes lips. The scrub uses natural crystals combined with shea butter. The white tea and citrus flavours will also leave your lips shiny and fresh.

$16

Foundation Primer SPF 15

As an on air reporter, I need to make sure my makeup goes the distance and so I use the Mary Kay Foundation Primer, which also has SPF in it (what a bonus). Besides helping extend your makeups life and add a layer of sun protection it also helps diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. It provides a flawless finish time after time and helps me make sure I am game ready.

$22

Mary Kay Satin Body Revitalizing Shea Scrub

I know this isn’t technically skin care, but the satin body revitalizing shea scrub has really helped with how dry my skin gets in the winter months. The scrub is made with shea butter and sunflower oil. It is gentle enough to use daily, but exfoliates dry skin immediately. You will be left feeling moisturized and calm thanks to the scents of white than and citrus.

$22

 

These are just a few of my favourite products on top of the makeup that I love to use on a daily basis. I hope these products can help you as much as they helped me.

xo

Mia

Product Love: Garnier Face Care

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If you have been following my blog you know that I use Garnier shampoo and conditioner for my hair. Well I recently discovered their skin care products and quickly became addicted to them. What I love about these products is how moisturizing they are. As an on air reporter and host who travels a lot for work, I am always dealing with changing conditions and climates and need a product that will keep my skin healthy. I wanted to share my routine and some of my must have’s with you.

 My face routine

Step 1 

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Micellar Water All-in-1 Cleansing Water

I start with this cleanser day and night because it just leaves my skin feeling and looking so clean. I use a cotton ball to remove al my makeup. It lifts all my oil and makeup while not leaving my skin feeling dry. I also love that it is really gentle on my eyes.

Step 2

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Skin Active Clearly Brighter SPF 15 Brightening and Smoothing Daily Moisturizer

My next step in the day time is my moisturizer and I love this SkinActive Clearly Brighter moisturizer. It contains an antioxidant complex of Vitamin C and E so it helps my skin look more alive no matter how much sleep I got the night before. It also evens out my skin tone and it absorbs fast which is great for someone on the go. The best part it contains SPF so I never forget to protect my skin.

Step 3 

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Moisture Bomb Gel Cream 
At night I use a different moisturizer, the Moisture Bomb Gel Cream because it helps repair my skin overnight. I love this cream because it is rich in vitamins and antioxidants like Goji Berry extracts. It really helps my skin recover and hydrate while I am sleeping. I wake up with smoother and healthy skin. The really neat thing about this cream is that it helps renew, restore, and nourish the epidermis meaning a more radiant glow.

Step 4 

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 Garner Skinactive Clearly Brighter Dark Spots Corrector

I finish my routine with this dark spots corrector that has a high level of Vitamin C and exfoliating ingredients which helps eliminate skin surface dead cells. the corrector helps even out my skin town and leaves my skin looking flawless. I have truly noticed a difference.

I have truly noticed a difference in the quality of my skin since I started using these products. My skin is brighter, softer, smoother, and my hydrate. It really helps with the changing conditions when I travel and helps make being on camera a lot easier.

xo

Mia

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!