Friday, 22 May 2015

What’s in Kate Middleton’s post-baby beauty kit? And why we all need to stock up on these, kiddo or not

Custom illustrated by Kristina Hultktantz

Enough has been written about Kate Middleton’s extensive beauty routine. From her favorite Bobbi Brown makeup to her cult classic blowouts (even straight out of the delivery room!), the $35,000+ annual maintenance costs add up to a lot of primping – and now she has to change just about all of it post-baby. Again. Because duchess or not, having a baby is a total game changer. Skin throws out new problems everyday, hair is deprived of volume and shine building chemicals and the body goes totally out of whack.

So, from combating dark circles to keeping that luscious hair in place, even the Duchess of Cambridge will require a few tricks to look (and feel!) beautiful while re-adjusting to having a brand new baby in the house. Keeping this in mind, we have a whole care-package-of-sorts ready should she have been too busy with the little princess to think about her beauty routine.

Baby + bump

While we adore that cute little belly Kate sported in her very first post-baby appearance, judging by her quick bounce-back after Prince George’s birth, we know this perma-polished new mum will want to get back in shape soon enough. Cue: Mama Mio’s Skin Tight Toning Serum ($39) to tackle post-pregnancy crepey skin. This is perfectly complimented by Angelique’s Massage Balm (£9.79), which is so gentle it can be used on both mother and baby. Little wonder both are cult amongst A-Listers.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Gorgeous Artsy Items from Novica, in Association with National Geographic: $75 Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I'm born and raised in Canada, but I have to say I've always had a love for other parts of the world. I love living in Canada and being Canadian, and have a love for all types of art. I guess you can say I'm a bit of a dreamer, and wish to someday travel the world to enjoy a wider range of art. I came across an awesome website that showcases artists from around the world, where you can purchase their art: Novica. Novica is in association with National Geographic, and everyone has heard of them!

Novica features artists from around the world: Andes, Bali and Java, Brazil, Central America, India, Mexico, Thailand, and West Africa. By purchasing from Novica, you're helping those smaller companies and artists that may not have that much money. Visit Novica Live and find out how you can become a consultant, or even host your own Novica party!

Novica sells all kinds of items that would make for perfect gifts... women's robes, sarongs, floral bracelets, sterling silver filigree earrings, and much more! You can try out their new Gift Finder search tool, which is a tool to find the perfect gift. I personally have a love for anything unique, that would be hard to find anywhere. I like decor items that make for excellent conversation starters... I love adding to my collection.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Overcoming Marriage Challenges in a Beneficial and Stress Free Way

Many people have issues within their marriage. It is simply how the nature of marriage is. You will not get along all of the time. You will disagree on big things. There will be times that you will want to call it quits and get a divorce. Divorce is not always the answer, but sometimes it is. Sometimes, the best thing for the two of you is to end the marriage on terms that you can both agree on. A marriage is measured by success. That can mean how long it lasts and how in love the two are or it can mean how well the couple managed to end things together.

Beauty recipe: This DIY face pack wants to protect your skin from air pollution

While focusing on sun protection, we usually forget another major skin culprit: Pollution. Think smog. Dirt. Dust. Car exhaust. Industrial emissions. Heavy metals. Household vapors. Cigarette smoke. And so much more that doesn't just damage the ozone layer but also wreaks havoc on our complexions, along with being practically impossible to avoid. In fact, science reveals that pollution is the second most harmful element for skin, after the sun.

How exactly does pollution wreck our skin?

1. Pollutants play a double whammy by depleting our skin’s protective antioxidants and increasing the number of free radicals in the air. This makes skin at least thrice more vulnerable to damage, peppering it with premature fine lines and wrinkles, acne, rashes, eczema, discoloration and dullness.
2. Pollution also dehydrates the skin and depletes its natural oils. When this happens, our skin cells contract and lose shape, so they can no longer create a strong protective barrier. A weak barrier causes increased skin sensitivity, chronic inflammation and vulnerability to infections, allergies and acne.
3. Besides this, pollution decreases the production of collagen, causing skin to lose elasticity. This leads to sagging, a rough texture, fine lines and premature ageing.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Happy Mother's Day Mom... Funny!

I couldn't help myself, I had to post one more item for Mother's Day! I thought that this would be perfect for my mom!