Beauty, Fashion & Beauty, Product Reviews, Toronto

Introducing YsthĂ©AL: Highly Concentrated -The Perfect Product for Luminous Skin!

I’d never seen AvĂšne products until I’d been to a cosmetics counter in Asia. Many Asian women use it to hydrate and cleanse their faces. They have an extensive facial and body care line and they’ve recently added YsthĂ©AL Intense. It can be used together with the water. The water is excellent for tired,oily,dehydrated and aging skin.

When asked to try their newest product, I decided to give it a try. It smooths fine lines and wrinkles which I’m not sure I need for that just yet lol. ‘It promises to be 2x concentrated than the rest of the range’ (Concentrated it is!) It’s recommended to be used at night for effectiveness. It’s a good idea, it’s VERY concentrated.

It’s got ‘Retinaldehyde’ it restores radiance and luminosity to the skin. ‘Radiant skin is always in’ #YstheALIntense. With Summer finally here  it reduces age spots, blemishes and the (Pre-Tocopheryl-Vitamin E) Keeps it hydrated.

It was much colder in May (when I received the product.) I found it really drying to the skin. Be mindful of more sensitive areas like nostrils, lips,ears and eyebrows. There is quite a bit of initial peeling and mild irritation. If you alternate days and use the product as it suggests-‘Only basic moisturiser should be applied over it if you have very dry skin’. I recommend this method for sensitive skin also.

So far I’ve used this after my Clarsonic deep-cleaning, microdermabraison or laser treatments it works VERY well. It’s great for sun damage and hyperpigmentation which is great for darker skin. The results are immediate!

The product is as concentrated as it says it is and does what it says it should do. Eau Thermale AvÚne YsthéAL Intense Anti-wrinkle skin renewal concentre at 30 ml retails at 55.00. AvÚne products are sold in drugstores across Canada. #YstheALIntense

Food, Health & Wellness, Hemp Hearts, Holistic Health, Knowledge, Manitoba Harvest, Product Reviews

Manitoba Harvest – Hemp Hearts – Raw Shelled Hemp Seed – #imfuelledbyhemp

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I began a very focused workout schedule last summer. Instead of losing weight-I’ve opting for building muscle. I always feel that as you age weight loss looks different and weight looks a little awkwardly distributed throughout the body. (You know-chins,guts and extra thigh junk). In my quest to build muscle besides consistently lifting weights and kettle bells I’m also paying attention to what I eat to achieve results. Almost every article I’ve read and every health food expert I consulted recommended I try whey protein powders.

Hemp

Although whey protein is the fast and widely easily available muscle-building ingredient it might not be the best for everyone. There are a few things I noticed when ingesting whey protein. 1) Full all the time, no room for food. Protein makes you full and gives you energy to complete an arduous workout. By following the daily intake recommended on the package-I had no need to eat. I’m not sure if this is good. I’d have to workout much more than an hour a day to speed up my metabolism. Also-who wants to feel that full all the time? Whatever you ingest should be fuel not weigh you down.

2) Acne breakouts. Within a few days of taking whey protein, I started breaking out. Shoulders, back and face. I’m lactose intolerant and I’d discovered years ago that excessive dairy causes acne for me. I keep dairy products to an extreme minimum. Cheese,milk,ice cream are very low on my daily dietary menu.I opt for dark leafy greens (not kale) but spinach, broccolini, rapini,okra, green beans,greek yogourt to get the calcium I need.

What I found out was that ‘whey’ in whey protein isolate is a by-product or separated component from milk. Whey is high in protein but its effects don’t ‘sit well’ in my stomach.

I needed something protein-rich pre-workout that’s light but substantial and tasty. So I went into my 2 favourite health food spots (Nutrition House and Healthy Planet) to look for plant-based protein powders. I saw a few made with chlorophyll, green vegetables or spirulina but I was really interested in Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Pro Fibre Powder. Believe or not I found a small container of Manitoba Harvest powder at Marshall’s for $11.99! Although it’s not too high on the scale for protein at only 10g per tbsp, it goes down really well and I have a tremendous amount of energy to handle my workouts without feeling bloated, sluggish and full forever. Each serving you make in an 8-12 ounce smoothie needs 4 scoops.

I tried the Green Smoothie challenge twice last year and along with all the kale, spinach avocados I used-I threw in scoops of Hemp Powder.Working out has helped my iron (anemia) and I’m taking iron capsules on occasion now since I’ve started using this powder. With 52% (13g) of iron ‘things’ can get a little backed up and the hemp powder with fibre helps with that!

Let’s take a look at Hemp: It’s related to Cannabis. I don’t use Wikipedia often but it says this: is a commonly used term for high-growing varieties of the Cannabis plant and its products, which include fiber, oil, and seed. Hemp is refined into products such as hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper, and fuel. The Body Shop has an amazing range of Hemp products from hand wash, to hand and foot creams to oil for cuticules and for eczema patches. It’s a versatile product and its not Marijuana!

After using the Hemp powder I noticed I had more energy during and after my workout. My metabolism picked up so much so I’d split a smoothie in two parts. My acne flare ups disappeared and my overall skin health improved. I put on 8.5 pounds of solid muscle in 6 months and looked leaner than I did before I started weight training.Using Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein proved beneficial because I got a good portion of my daily protein intake before my workout and I didn’t need to continue rationing out the amount of protein all day with too much animal protein.

After seeing the benefits of the powder I inquired a little more and found Raw Shelled Hemp Hearts. When I first tried them they only sold their ‘natural’ Hemp Hearts but they’ve since introduced the ‘organic’ Hemp Hearts product. So what are Hemp Hearts? They are a shelled seed super food derived from the industrial hemp plant. They look like tiny split peas are whitish-grey in texture and have a very nutty flavour. Kinda like sunflower seeds! Hemps seeds contains more protein than milk, meat or eggs and that’s pretty dope. (No farting here!)

I started using the hemp seeds in my Greek yogourt, oatmeal, breakfast cereals,smoothies, salad and pancakes. I started ‘breading’ my fish or chicken with ground hemp and all of that tastes good!!! All these methods helped me increase my protein intake without depending on crazy amounts of animal protein. I also use chia seeds, sunflower seeds, flax and cranberries on almost everything! They are Canadian which is awesome and one of the founders Mike Fata has a great story to tell about how Hemp has changes his life. http://www.manitobaharvest.com

If you’d like to try this product you can find Manitoba Harvest on: Facebook- Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, Twitter-@manitobaharvest, Instagram-@manitobaharvest

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Update 3 (FINAL) – Beautystat.com: AVIVA Hair Revitalizer Advanced Growth System

I know I’ve taken some time to post but it got quite busy. After 100+ days of using AVIVA,  the product is amazing! I was able to grow a few inches of hair to eventually cut off most of the straight ends. With such rapid growth….I’ve noticed my new growth hair texture strands using AVIVA are not as strong my hair growth process without the supplements.  I’ve been applying more protein-rich natural ingredients to strengthen my hair! I’m using lots of avocado,egg and coconut oil mixtures. This is helping to fortify the new growth! For anyone looking to purchase this product-eating healthy and drinking water is imperative! (Drink lots of water!)

 

Extreme close up

 

Some might argue that hair is growing regardless….but in this amount of time (exceptional results)! In the first picture this is the last blow/dry press out I did after completing my last package of capsules (89 days). In the second picture that was a shot taken at (46 days!) Notice how much thicker  my ends are at the bottom. My nape hair and temple hair grew the fastest. My hair is thicker on the right side than the left side and all those became further enhanced with AVIVA! I cut off about 4 inches off on the left damaged side and 2 inches and my hair is 2-3x thicker than before! I’ll continue with the hair growth system to achieve APL (Arm Pit Length) Hair! This AVIVA hair system trial is brought to you by Beautystat.com!

 

New cut close up

Damaged left, healthy right

 

August 2014,left chop

 

Special thanks to  Owner Adrian Carew of Hair 91 (91 Scollard-Yorkville) and Shanna Thornhill of Depicted Beauty in Toronto for the trimmings, treatments and photos!  For more info about AVIVA hair system please visit:www.avivahair.com

 

DISCOUNT —> Use code AVIVAbstat14 to receive a 20% discount and FREE shipping on all AVIVA products at www.avivahair.com.

 

-shine

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Update 2 – Beautystat.com: AVIVA Hair Revitalizer Advanced Growth System (46 Days)

46 days of use! Super thick roots. With kinky-curly hair you can’t really judge by length unless you straighten the hair! I can say that it takes a little longer to comb through my hair when wet and it’s denser in areas where my hair sheds the most. My hair is thin where it naturally parts at the front-left. My hair also snags onto scarves in the Winter at the nape of the neck. I had some breakage this past winter! (Gained it all back!)) After flat ironing my hair last Friday I see about an inch or half an inch of “length”. This is isn’t bad for a little over a month! And I learnt to increase my water intake to eliminate the breakouts!

 

Note: I dust my ends every two months and I have my hair cut after it’s been flat-ironed! Notice I cut my hair in April and see my ends in June! I blow out and flat-iron my hair 1x-2x month! Heat often interrupts the growth process! AVIVA capsules…..are awesome!

 

Top left March 2013 Top Right Sept 2013 Bottom Left (after trim) April 2014 Bottom Right June 2014
Top left March 2013
Top Right Sept 2013
Bottom Left (after trim) April 2014
Bottom Right June 2014
Before the trim!
Before the trim!

I’ll keep you posted with results in July/August!

-shine

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The Body Shop Canada – Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil

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This product is really good! Many skin care specialists will tell you that in order to master a proper skin care routine you should religiously use cleanser, toner, moisturizer. This is partially true but the ‘real deal’ to sealing in moisture and I would say the fountain of youth is the use of serum or oil.

I’ve been experimenting with face oils for a few years and find that an oil pre-cleanse prior to a light foaming  face cleanser or soap works wonders!

If you’re looking for a no fuss way to deeply moisturize your skin without that heavy feeling-you may want to try Body Shop’s Overnight Serum-in-oil! It sounds greasy but isn’t at all. It soaks right into the skin and leaves it feeling velvety smooth and VERY hydrated. I see it as a awesome alternative to heavy ‘replenishing’ night creams!

After working in the beauty retail industry for a few years I can tell you that many brand ambassadors recommend night creams for women once they reach a certain age. It’s not bad per se, but the real question is: Is it necessary? Deep hydration is very important to give the skin an overall healthy tone and texture. (Drinking enough fluids also.)

Based on a commissioned study on 126 women The Body Shop found that:90% said the product feels light on the skin, 87% said that the product absorbs quickly and 70% said that the product is not greasy. All these stats are TRUE. IT is very light. I used it for about a week with incredible results only to find I was VERY allergic!!!

I broke out on my tenth night of use with pimples and rashes all over. I found out I’m incredibly allergic to Wheat Germ Oil. The oil has the highest concentration of Wheatgerm Oil in any of The Body Shop’s products. I got a red, inflamed rash on my neck, lips and also under my eyes. I realize I’ve also got highly reactive skin. I stopped using it and the breakouts subsided but I am left with scars from the breakout and the rashes. I’m currently using a Retinol based product and taking zinc tablets to help speed up the healing process.

If you’ve got a wheat germ allergy or sensitivity please be careful. This oil is so light that it soaks into the skin instantly! As a product for skin hydration and cell turnover I highly recommend it! The Body Shop has other really great serums that can still be used with great results if this one isn’t the right one for you! If you are allergic to wheat germ please try:Drops of Youth!

 

 

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The Body Shop Canada – Hemp Hand Oil – Intensive Care for Extra Dry Areas

Hemp Hand Oil

Spring is officially here! Dry skin and cold weather be gone! Not exactly. most of us are left with the aftermath of cold weather, dry air, hard water and loss of moisture. Hemp is known to take care of that! It’s concentrated ‘earthy’ smelling oil in a dark dropper bottle. It’s instructions specifically say ‘massage into very dry areas’. Not only is it good for dry areas but great for areas exposed to extreme temperatures.

The Body Shop’s Hemp oil is great as a scalp treatment, cuticle oil, rash salve (eczema or contact dermatitis), dry patches on elbows and between fingers. Can also be dropped  into lighter lotions for more moisture.

From The Body Shop UK website, ‘Our hemp seed oil comes from hemp plants grown in England. The plants are very fast-growing and thrive in the damp climate. According to the farmers, the plants are naturally resistant so there is no need to use pesticides’…it loos like ‘weed’, smells remotely like ‘weed’, but it is definitely not. 🙂

The Body Shop also carries a Hemp range of products in a hand cream, lip balm, foot cream and hand wash-which are all wildly popular for those who don’t like the perfumed scent. If you’ve got a sensitivity to almonds and/or almond oil; you may want to refrain from using this oil. There are other body/hand oil alternatives! If you plan on using this-please don’t ‘get high’.

 

-shine

 

 

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Update! Beautystat.com: AVIVA Hair Revitalizer Advanced Growth System

Just a quick UPDATE! Impressive so far! I want to re-iterate:I’ve got plenty of hair, super thick strands…..very little breakage, lots of healthy shedding and multiple textures. These are my results in 11 days:

 

  • My nails growing rapidly
  • My eyebrows also thick growing faster-need another threading appt. I usually thread my brows twice a month….not so sure about that now!
  • I’m anemic and often forget to take my iron regularly. My doctor’s warned me about not taking iron in addition to my healthy eating…..this hair revitalizer saved me.(It’s a mini-multivitamin) I’ve got more energy to work out and can wake up in the morning with less struggle! (Iron is one of the key components to proper hair growth and overall  energy)
  • The first few days my face kept breaking out and I increased my water intake and proud to say it stopped and my skin is looking like it’s healing with very little evidence left behind. Nutrient deficiency can cause problems for sensitive/reactive skin.
  • I scar VERY easily. Scars I earned a few weeks ago-scrapes, nicks are healing really well
  • My roots are growing in more curls, more thickness, couldn’t get a comb in there….looks like it’s working from the bottom….Remember kinky-curly hair grows out before it grows down lol

 

That’s all I’ve got.  I’ll post again in 3 weeks or so. Stay tuned!

 

-shine