All that glam

My healthy habits for life truly began during our wedding days. For our big day I wanted to glow inside out, that is why I began following an alkaline lifestyle and have kept it up ever since. Another thing that I stuck with is using GLAMGLOW mud masks after seeing them in a wedding magazine.

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Okay, so maybe it wasn’t the only reason I was glowing (my handsome groom definitely put a beaming smile on my face), but my YouthMud was definitely the icing on the cake. They call it a facial in a jar, which couldn’t be more true, my skin felt super clean, lifted and tighter too. Since then I’ve tried their SuperMud as an overnight spot treatment (just dab a little on the affected area) and to keep my skin happy during winter in Canada, I am hooked on ThirsyMud. Which smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling dewy, soft and fresh.

I was replenishing my stock at Sephora the other day when I learnt the owners would be there at the weekend promoting their new “mud to foam” range (which is just as lush, mud that turns into cleansing foam) and so I booked an appointment. It was really nice meeting Glenn and Shannon Dellimore, they even signed my little jar of mud, so much better than just taking a selfie!

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I spend a lot of time choosing skincare products, I love trying new beauty lines but will only really invest in something if it is worth it and does what it says on the bottle. This range is a little like magic, it does the trick. After using it, I rarely bother putting on any make-up, just power up my brows and add flick of mascara.

If you have been keeping an eye on 2015 make-up trends, you will know that day glow, barely there hues and a natural face with pops of colour is right on the money. A fresh faced look needs a little more love than usual when it comes to taking care of the skin in winter and that polar vortex isn’t making it any easier. GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud is all that jazz.

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Follow me in merry measure

The 25th of December is just four days away! I am almost done with all my work and can’t wait to have a week off to just bliss out with my hubby when he gets back from his trip with the boys. We are off to a spa this weekend for our anniversary and I can’t wait. If there is one thing I love to do, it’s pampering myself just as hard as I work and play.

The other day, a bit over whelmed with all the deadlines on my plate and trying to balance festivities, I decided to switch off for a while, play some music, pop a face mask on and on close my eyes for a while. I didn’t realise I was all out of my favourite GLAMGLOW, so improvised with some wheatgrass powder and almond milk.

Lately I have been seeing spirulina masks on my Instagram feed, inspired by Deliciously Ella’s homemade masks, I did a little research of my own research and found out wheatgrass is just as good. Get glowing for Christmas with this quick and easy green beauty!

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1tbsp wheatgrass powder
1tbsp almond milk

Mix them together into a paste, apply and leave on for 10-15 minutes.

Underneath the mistletoe

The other day my friend, Wendy, tweeted that Chapstick abusing season is upon us, terrible news around Christmas, given the mistletoe above our heads. Our lips require more attention than we think. They are thinner than the rest of the face and don’t have much defence against weather changes, so they will be the first to show signs of damage, by becoming chapped. Here are my top tips for smooth kissable lips all winter.

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Hydrate

All that indoor heating, cold weather, warm coffee and holiday season drinking is playing havoc with the skin on your lips. Water is the key to glowing inside out. Just because we aren’t out in the sun all day, doesn’t mean we can skip all those glasses of water. Drink it at room temperature if it feels too cold, or try herbal teas but however you do it drink up.

Exfoliate

Get rid of dead skin cells with this awesome natural sugar scrub. Exfoliating every couple of days will keep you from biting at flaky lips.

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SPF

During the day it’s important to use a lip balm that hydrates and also protects your lips from sun and wind damage. Try this Jack Blacks one from Sephora or this Carmex cherry lip balm which has added SPF15. Keep them in your bag or pocket.

Repair

Using an intense lip treatment overnight is really important, the balm can get to work while you sleep. My favourites are Dr. Jacksons Coconut Melt and The Lip Balm by Creme de la Mer.

Riboflavin

Eat more broccoli and almonds. Increasing riboflavin (vitamin B2) can help to keep your lips super smooth. Try my broccoli and lentil soup recipe on We Heart Living.

Candy Girl

So I finally found a way to indulge in sugar that is actually good for me and makes my skin glow. I knew I would eventually.

A few weeks ago I went to an eco-beauty workshop by Maya Goldenberg, which you can read about here. One of the things we created, was a do-it-yourself sugar lip scrub and I ended up using it as an invigorating body polish in the shower this morning. My skin was left feeling as smooth and as yummy as toffee.

Exfoliation is one of my favourite ways to get healthy and glowing skin. It helps to remove dead skin cells (allowing fresh ones to be exposed), it allows moisturiser, masks etc. to penetrate deeper and promotes blood flow to cells giving them life and energy.

Check out this gorgeous recipe by Goldenberg for an organic sugar scrub which is a real sweet treat and will do wonders for your skin in the upcoming winter.

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1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/8 cup organic almond, jojoba or olive oil.
1 drop of DoTerra lemon, grapefruit, wild orange or peppermint essential oil.

In a glass jar, place your sugar and add the oil slowly, stirring until the desired consistency is achieved. For a runnier scrub, use more oil, less for a more sugary consistency.

Add the essential oil at the end for flavour.

Tip: To use, simply apply a dime sized amount with clean fingers or toothbrush on a moistened lip and scrub gently. Rinse. Close jar and store in a cool dry place.

If you are interested in learning more fun recipes like this, why not go to Goldenberg’s upcoming workshop in December? Check out bevlab.co for more information.