A good friend of mine has the most amazing skin I have seen, she's older than I am by a few years and I still believe her skin is younger looking than mine. She once said to me that her secret was starting a good skincare routine at a young age.
My 22 month old toddler has very sensitive skin. She's battled with eczema and dryness since she was born and I have always been so afraid to put anything on her skin. These past months have been so dry inside with the heater running basically all-day and all-night that Eva Rose has had even drier skin than usual.
Then I came across this... and just like her beloved Sophie doll, now there is Sophie La Girafe Baby. Lotions, creams and oils formulated just for baby's soft and fragile skin.
Each product is so softly scented, I think it leaves her smelling just like a baby should smell. I remember before I was a mother that people would always say babies smelt so good. This is true in a way but it does also depend on what you use to bathe them!
Natural, organic and gentle on baby's skin, this is a line of product I will keep close to my heart.
All products are available in store and online at the luxury boutique Constance & Charles
Valentine's Day may have left you a little over-indulged... but incase you need to ease out of a love induced chocolate binge and back to healthy eating, here is my recipe for the decedent yet nutritionally balanced *Cherry Ripe chocolate bar smoothie bowl.
Blend 1C frozen chopped cherries, 1/2C coconut milk or other non-dairy beverage of choice, 1 scoop vanilla or plain protein (vegan optional) in blender until smooth and creamy. Pour into a bowl and top with strawberry or cherry coulis, coconut, fresh strawberries and chocolate (or vegan carob).
Enjoy knowing you've ticked all the boxes:
- low in sugar
- high in fiber and antioxidants
- moderate protein
- exceptional taste
Weekend words of wisdom loves:
Feeling happy, buy lingerie. Feeling Sad, buy lingerie. Celebrating, buy lingerie. Birthday, buy lingerie. Romancing, buy lingerie. First date... second date... any date, buy lingerie. Ha! For every occasion you can buy lingerie and Valentine's Day is no less of a reason.
If for nobody else but yourself, you should buy lingerie!
It maybe just around the corner, but there's still time... here are a few of my favorites for this coming happy heart day. Shopping for him, for her or for yourself; for the day or for the night. Whatever takes your fancy lovers, this day is for you! Find your hearts content with these inspirations.
“Tough Cookie” shirt, shooting star Hematite earring and the Dream maker love taker choker.
“Be Mine Babydoll” dress.
“Oui a L’amour” dress, gold plated & crystal earring.
“Je t’aime” sweater, circle silver plated earring and songbird choker.
Ok, so winter is far from over and just when the sun comes out and the snow starts to melt, bam! Another big snow storm comes along and snows all over our spring parade. Well, in the meantime I wait out the bare-ankle weather, I'm consoled by the thought of warming up each morning with bowls of these delicious oats. Toppings can vary any which way you would like, but banana maple is a great start!
1/2 Cups Whole organic oats (Gluten free if needed)
1 1/2 Cups Coconut milk (I use the no-sugar added)
Banana for slicing, flax seeds for sprinkling and maple syrup or maple caramel for drizzling
Mix oats and coconut milk in a small saucepan and set covered overnight in the fridge. In the morning, bring to a slow boil while stirring occasionally then reduce heat to low and cook 20 minutes, stirring often so it doesn't stick on the bottom. Add more coconut milk if needed to reach your desired creaminess. Top with sliced banana, flax and maple. Enjoy!
Have you heard the saying that beauty is more than skin deep? I'm pretty sure that who we are as people definitely has a lot to do with our personal radiance, but I do believe that having an on-point skincare routine is the first step to beautiful skin. If you're like me, most days you'll go bare-faced; no more than eye liner, mascara and out the door. So I need to have glowing skin!
That being said, one of the things I want to do during 2017 is be more open to new things. In the past I've been of the mindset, that if it's not broken then why try to fix it? (in this case speaking specifically about the creams, lotions and potions I use on my face and body) I've been faithful and stuck with my tried and true favorites for years... until now!
It's been almost a month trialling the Intraceuticals Rejuvenate starter kit shown below in the image (with a few others of my current favorite products). This range of products was designed and scientifically backed to hydrate and deliver essential nutrients to the skin. By helping to fight free radicals, the skin should show reduced signs of aging. (Who ever said they didn't care to look younger?)
The 3 steps are so easy, I've lined them up on my countertop and I can pre-cleanse then go...1-2-3. A good thing too as I usually only have one eye half open when I wake up in the morning! Here you have the steps outlined:
1. Daily Serum to lift, tone and hydrate. This is all about radiance and vitality, everything I want in the morning please!
2. Hydration Gel that actively counteracts the dehydration that occurs overnight. When I wake up, I'm thirsty and so is my skin; this silky gel delivers and it leaves my cheeks glowing too!
3. Moisture binding cream is the final step. It feels like a super booster of moisture but it's not leaving me feeling oily or like I've added too much cream. It locks in moisture and all those nourishing ingredients that are going to fight for anti-aging all day long.
I still do need to add sunscreen afterwards as this is not containing SPF, but we'll talk about sunscreens in another post. Overall, I've been really pleased that I tried this starter kit, I haven't had any breakouts and I think it's battled the dryness of winter very aptly. I've had my fair share of events and occasions already in this first month of the year and I do feel like my skin has been smoother for makeup application as well which means I can use less; more is always less in my book when it comes to foundation.
If you're keen to try it out, you can pick it up in-store at Constance & Charles and they do ship! (locally in Montreal for free, BONUS!)
The kit also comes with this handy travel bag, perfect for the frequent traveller! Or if you just like to wash your face at work :)
English translation below
Je vous ai promis de vous revenir avec d’autres produits de la gamme Elle R Cosmétiques, me voilà! Cette fois-ci je vous présente le MASCARA 3D LOOKY EYES, un duo du tonnerre qui vous donnera des cils de star! Composé d’un gel et de fibres de thé vert et nylon, ce duo vous aidera à atteindre une magnifique longueur et un volume très intense. Facile à appliquer, je vous recommande d’utiliser votre recourbe-cils dans un premier temps et par la suite vous n’aurez qu’à appliquer une première couche de gel qui permet aux cils d’être humectés avant l’application des fibres pour maximiser sa tenue. Ensuite, il suffit d’appliquer votre couche de fibres à l’aide de votre deuxième brosse. Donc, en deux étapes faciles, vous aurez l’impression d’avoir eu recourt à une pose de faux-cils par une professionnelle. Je dois avouer que j’aime bien répéter l’application des fibres 2 à 3 fois avant de fixer le tout avec le gel. Je vous conseille de travailler un œil à la fois, afin d’éviter que le gel sèche entre vos applications. Vous économiserez du temps et de l’argent en utilisant le mascara 3D LOOKY EYES de ELLeRcosmétiques. Une autre belle découverte qui fait partie de mon quotidien! Vous pouvez acheter ce bijou en ligne sur ellercosmétiques.com, chez Jean-Coutu, Uniprix, environ 20$
Bonne découverte, Valérie
I promised to come back to you with another Elle R Cosmetics product, so here I am! This time I present the MASCARA 3D LOOKY EYES, a duo that will give you eyelashes like a rockstar! Composed of gel and green tea fibers with nylon, this combo mascara will help you reach a magnificent length and a very intense volume. It's super easy to apply, though I recommend using your eyelash curler first. This way you will only have to apply a first layer of gel that allows the eyelashes to be moistened before applying the fibers to Maximize its performance. The next step is to apply a layer of fibers using the second brush. These two easy steps leave you with the impression of having false eyelashes installed by a professional.
I must confess that I like to repeat the application of the fibers 2 to 3 times before finally fixing the whole with the gel one last time. I also advise you to work one eye at a time to prevent the gel from drying between your applications. You will save time and money by using ELLeRcosmetics' 3D LOOKY EYES mascara. Another beautiful discovery that is now part of my daily life! You can buy this jewel online on ellercosmétiques.com, at Jean-Coutu, Uniprix locally in Montreal for about $20. Sweet find!