12.30.2014

Le Mieux Skincare

"With thousands of algae-derived ingredients used in cosmetics and skincare, Le Mieux has incorporated the best of this sea treasure into products to cleanse, protect and reverse the signs of aging.

Featuring peptides, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids, algae helps increase cell renewal in addition to stimulating collagen production and the creation of elastin, which gives skin that snap-back, youthful quality.  This powerful ingredient can also help provide protection against cell damage induced by ultraviolet rays, while inhibiting the enzymes that break down elastin."

Essence Toner ($24)
Perfect for enhancing a daily anti-aging facial regimen, the Essence Toner minimizes the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, while improving firmness and elasticity. Formulated with sea algae harvested from the Brittany Coast of France, this age-defying, serum-infused toner balances moisture levels and soothes, softens and replenishes skin.


Hyaluronic Shea Mask ($15)
Formulated with the moisture-binding hyaluronic acid, this deep conditioning mask prevents water loss, dryness and roughness, providing intensive, long-lasting hydration. A rejuvenating blend of soothing oils and botanical extracts deeply nourish dry, damaged and mature skin, while improving elasticity.


Phyto-Nutrient Cleansing Gel ($24)
Featuring phytonutrient mirco-bubbles, this lightweight foaming gel removes makeup and surface impurities, while maintaining the skin’s natural, essential moisture balance and improving hydration, tone and texture. The Phyto-Nutrient Cleansing Gel also features brown, green and red algae extracts that smooth and nourish skin.

Le Mieux products are gaining popularity and are being used by top estheticians, make up artists, celebrities.... Actresses like Aubrey Plaza, and Christina Ricci love Le Mieux products, and with good reason! 
We love this line and especially Le Mieux' Phyto-Marine Cleansing Lotion- infused with mareine extracts (algae, sea lettuce extracts). This cream-based cleansing lotion melts away makeup and surface impurities while soothing skin. It softens while cleanses, moisturizes and protects skin's elasticity. This is especially great for dry skin and we highly recommend it! 

Le Mieux products are available online via www.myskincarebox.com
"Le Mieux is a division of Bielle Cosmetics, Inc., specializing in INNOVATIVE SKINCARE PRODUCTS based on EXTENSIVE anti-aging and cell growthRESEARCH. Our high-tech youth preserving products keep us at the forefront of a constantly evolving beauty care industry. The company offers a unique and comprehensive range of products combining the LATEST BREAKTHROUGHS in natural, herbal and botanical ingredients with innovative, state-of-the-art formulae. Le Mieux Cosmetics takes pride in excellent professional training and PROVIDES QUALITY PRODUCTS." You can read more about the brand here

12.27.2014

Life Time Fitness Commitment Day

This year, Life Time will be opening its doors to the public during the Commitment Day Festival, with a goal of getting one million people through the door to commit to a healthier life in 2015. 

image008.jpg@01D01DD7Join a Revolution | Life Time Opens Its Doors to the Community During Commitment Day Festival 2015
As the battle of the bulge wages on in America, we're seeing skyrocketing obesity rates and lower life expectancies among children. Life Time--The Healthy Way of Life Company aims to inspire positive change by opening its doors to the community and hosting one million workouts across the country during its Commitment Day Festival (January 1), Fun Run (January 1-4), and Indoor Triathlon Workout (January 4, 2015).

Set to take place at 113 Life Time destinations from coast to coast, the Festival will feature healthy family events all weekend long. In addition, 52 Life Time destinations will host the annual Commitment Day 5K Fun Run on January 1st for all ages and abilities as participants join together in a symbolic commitment to lead healthier, more active lives in 2015. Plus, in partnership with IRONMAN, on January 4th, 79 Life Time destinations will host an inaugural Indoor Triathlon Workout to encourage and educate people of all athletic abilities on the sport of triathlon.
The Commitment Festival is open to both members and non-members and will kick off on January 1, 2015 with the Commitment Day 5K Fun Run taking place in 52 cities in 24 states. Commitment Day Festival offers a variety of educational and entertaining events, including:
Daily Fit Talks and Workout Workshops – The FIT Talks series is designed to educate and empower participants with approachable, relevant, and simple life-changing actions, such as breaking up with sugar, eating fat to burn fat, and why counting calories won’t lead to long term results. Participants may also attend a Workout Workshop in which they’ll have an opportunity to learn and burn with a new workout, such as ViPR, LT Connect, Strength and Flexibility, Battling Ropes, Upper Body Strength & Tone and more.
Jan. 2nd Alpha Madness – The Life Time Alpha program is designed for anyone looking to lose weight or enhance performance. Participants will start with a Get Connected Seminar to introduce heart rate training via LT Connect, which helps them train smarter not harder. From there, they’ll have the opportunity to compete against themselves in an Alpha Workout focused on functional movements suitable for all ages and fitness abilities.
Jan. 3rd Yoga Commitment Jam – Yogis and beginners alike will de-stress from the holidays and kick off a commitment to yoga with 90-minute Vinyasa Flow class suitable for all ages and abilities.
Jan. 4th Indoor Triathlon Hour powered by Life Time Tri and IRONMAN – Redefine your 2015: commit to tri. If you’ve ever wanted to try a tri, this is where to start. Inspiration without intimidation, the 60-minute indoor workout will feature a 10-minute pool swim, 30-minute spin, and 20-minute treadmill run. Athletes of all abilities from beginner to experienced are invited. All participants who register for and attend the Indoor Triathlon Hour ($25 fee) receive a lifestyle training shirt, swim cap, race bib, $20 off a $100 purchase at ironmanstore.com, one free month of Masters swim lessons with Life Time Swim (new participants only) and $10 a new LifeSpa service of $50 or more, plus, are eligible for a chance to win one of three slots to the 2015 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship in Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria or, one of five slots to a Life Time Tri Series race. Learn more about event locations and registration at www.indoortri.com. Limited spots available per club.

Far & Wide Collective

Far & Wide Collective is an online marketplace that sells unique and well-designed products made by artisans from developing countries such as India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and many others.
This company has wonderful home decor, accessories, jewellery and clothing.


Gold Plate Amethyst Studs - Afghanistan $125
Studs - handmade in Afghanistan by an incredible business woman named Shugufa Yousofzai from various precious and semi-precious stones native to the region (lapis, aquamarine, quartz, emerald, ruby) 


Kantha Scarves -one-of-a-kind, made from vintage saris by women from conservative families in rural India - allows them to work from home and create a source of income

Lapis Star Bracelet - Afghanistan/India $50
Aayenda jewelry collection - delicate jewelry pieces made from turquoise, lapis and gold plate

Far & Wide Collective has generously offered to gift a reader with something from their collection. 
We have chosen the Amethyst Studs made in Afghanistan ($120).


"These rough gemstone studs are handcrafted by Javid Noori in collaboration with UK designer Pippa Small for Turquoise Mountain. They are finished in simple gold-plated prong settings.Afghanistan is home to an array of spectacular gems, most of which are cultivated from the northeast ancient mines of the Hindu Kush mountains. Dimensions: approximately .4" (1cm) diameter" 


How to win:



*Write 'Far & Wide Collective Contest' on the Subject Line

*Contest is open to Canadian addresses


Give away closes on December 31st,  at 11:59 pm and winner will be chosen at random.



Goodluck!
The winner has been notified. 

Far & Wide Collective is a beautiful brand with a great cause. All products are handmade by artisans in emerging economies- adding value directly in the communities where these pieces are made, building sustainable businesses and better futures for the craftswomen and their families. Ranging from beautiful silk scarves to delicate pieces of jewelry, at Far & Wide Collective you can find pieces for yourself or a loved one.

12.19.2014

THE NEW PICKLE IS A BEAN

"After taking the Caesar garnish category by storm with The Extreme Bean, Hot & Spicy, Matt & Steve’s introduces The Extreme Bean, Sweet & Savoury. Challenging the ordinary pickle, the new flavour is tasty enough to create countless hor d'oeuvres, dress up any burger and sweet enough to do what most The Extreme Bean lovers do, eat it right out of the jar."

 THE STORY
While bartending in their early 20’s, college roommates Matt Larochelle and Steve McVicker quickly realized how many Caesars they were serving over the ‘wood’ and wished for a better, tastier and more flavourful garnish than a celery stick. With many calls made to Matt’s mother – the original pickling expert – they began hand packing beans into jars and experimenting with spice combinations. In the search for a unique bean, the Kentucky Flat Bean proved to be the star legume, growing longer and tasting sweeter than your normal everyday green bean. In their tiny 600 square foot apartmentover a small ring burner stove and hand me down pots, The Extreme Bean was born encompassing the brand’s four pillars:Tasty, Topical, Social and Fun.


PICKLING IN TIME
Used as a beauty aid from the likes of Cleopatra and served as royal snack to Queen Elizabeth, the art of pickling dates back to 2030 BC. Soaring in popularity during the Age of Discovery as a solution to the lack of healthy meals and food spoilage and thanks to modern times, pickled products became a fun and tasty snack. In North America, more than5,200,000 pounds of pickled products are consumed annually equating to nine pounds per person. From “Pickling Parties” to National Pickle Day, it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to end.
  
THE NEW PICKLE
While many pickle giants have closed their Canadian factories, Matt & Steve’s continues to expand and spearhead pickle manufacturing in Canada – reinventing the 4,000 year old tradition. The Extreme Bean, Sweet & Savoury challenges the ordinary pickle, delivering the same big crunch and bold flavour foodies have come to expect from the original The Extreme Bean, Hot & Spicy. With a Kentucky flat bean and a special heat process with no artificial anything added, the new flavour is tasty enough to create countless hor d'oeuvres, dress up any burger and sweet enough to do what most The Extreme Bean lovers do, eat it right out of the jar – the evolution of the pickle has begun
  
MORE THAN A BEAN
Currently offering The Extreme Bean in three different flavours: Hot & SpicyGarlic & Dill, and now Sweet & Savoury, creating a Caesar garnish has turned into a lot of tasty products. With the success of The Extreme Bean comes a number of products and bar supplies from cocktail rimmers like Matt & Steve’s Caesar RimStrawberry Kiss and Lime Margarita to a The Extreme Bean stuffed jumbo olive, The B’nOlive – the perfect pairing for any martini, dirty or clean. 

If you love pickles, you need to try Matt and Steve's products. With varieties of pickled beans and bean stuffed olives, you have much to choose from. Looking at the label, you will notice that these have a low caloric content, and are a good source of calcium. You can get a 30% requirement in just 3 beans! 
Plus, they taste great. You have the texture of beans but the taste of dill pickles. A great way to add some vegetables in your meal or for a snack. 
Another great option is their hot &spicy, which has a nice kick. Not overly spicy, you get the great crunch of a pickled bean with a twist. It would be a great addition to a caesar. It has the right amount of spice!
The bean stuffed olives are also delicious with a nice kick of spice. Add it to your martini or eat it as a delicious snack. You can use it as a cocktail garnish in a Bloody Caesar, or to spice up a salad or antipasto plate. We even enjoy eating it right out of the bottle! 

Matt & Steve’s specializes in pickled products and cocktail seasonings. The company was founded in 2000 by college roommates Matt Larochelle and Steve McVicker. Known for The Extreme Bean™, a pickled bean with a big crunch and bold flavour, the product line includes The B’nOlive, glass rimmers and bar supplies that stand behind their four brand pillars: Tasty, Topical, Social and Fun. www.mattandsteve.com


Coffee of the Month: Old Chicago Coffee Co. No. 42 Original


"This medium roasted coffee maintains its sweet taste as it cools, so it's perfect hot or cold. Offers rich reserve of chocolate and tangerines with complex sweetness and sharp acidity. Many also love the buttery flavored body with the gentle aftertaste. Grown at high elevations of 4,500 feet in
the San Marcos region of Costa Rica's Tarrazu growing region, this is Old Chicago's most popular coffee and their original, the very first ever selected for the Old Chicago Coffee brand. This coffee offers a delightful aroma. It's roasted to create a smooth body of coffee with a minor hint of bold. The bean is softer and offers a hint more fragrance, that scent we all love in the morning. It's truly a one of a kind specialty coffee, roasted only with AAA beans."


We really enjoyed this coffee and think you will too! We love that there are no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Old Chicago Coffee is a roasting company that sells coffee in bean and ground form to coffee shops, restaurants and grocery stores. 
No. 42 is a single origin coffee. It came from trial and error roasting where the 42 was their 42nd trial roast for Old Chicago Coffee's original. 
We really like how rich, bold and full of flavor this coffee has. 
You can view recipes by clicking here.

Old Chicago Coffee Company offers coffee from Latin American origins including Costa Rican, Brazilian, Colombian and Bolivian. Features mezzo roast, sunrise and blackened coffee beans.

12.17.2014

Glitter, Glitz & Glam: Mia Beauty’s Holiday Hair Guide


"This holiday season, adorn not only the tree, but your hair with accessories from Mia Beauty. From glitter to sparkles to metallics, Mia Beauty’s accessories will add some festive shimmer and shine to any holiday hair style."




Glitter Tony Ties®
Sleek, functional and great for a quick, crease-free ponytail. These no-tug hair ties are comfortable in your hair and can also be fashionably worn as a bracelet. Even your pony will be in the holiday spirit with these glittery seasonal colors.
$6.00|set of 3 / Available at ULTA and online via www.miabeauty.com

Metal Tony Pony®
Available in silver, gold and gunmental, these easy-to-use, versatile ponytailers look great in low, mid or high ponytails. Simply tie back into a ponytail and clasp the Tony Pony® around the hair tie for a chic holiday style.
$8.00/Available at Harmon/Bed Bath Beyond and online via www.miabeauty.com

Metal Tony Pony®
Available in silver, gold and gunmental, these easy-to-use, versatile ponytailers look great in low, mid or high ponytails. Simply tie back into a ponytail and clasp the Tony Pony® around the hair tie for a chic holiday style.
$8.00 / Available at Harmon/Bed Bath Beyond and online via www.miabeauty.com

Clip-n-Crystals®
Go bold and bright with many strands or subtle and sparkly with only a few, the Clip-n-Crystals® are reusable and will not damage hair. TheClip-n-Crystals® feature a snap clip for easy installation and removal and can be cut down for shorter hair.
$10 / Available at Harmon/Bed Bath Beyond, CVS and online via www.miabeauty.com

Hair Stickers®
Give any updo some extra pizazz with the Hair Stickers. Simply toss hair up into a sophisticated chignon or messy bun, peel and stick the hair ornaments for a pretty summer look. The non-adhesive stickers are reusable for multiple wears.
$10|4 Mini Pack|2 Small Pack|1 Large Pack / Available online via www.miabeauty.com 

Bling String®
Tinsel is no longer reserved for the tree. For some serious hair sparkle, just tie or clip in the easy-to-use hair extensions for a colorful, shimmery effect. Hair can be blow dried, curled and straightened and the Bling String® can last for weeks!
$10 / Available at CVS Pharmacies and online via www.miabeauty.com

These products make fantastic accessories for the holidays, and great stocking stuffers for loved ones! We know we will be using the Glitter Tony Ties and love the variety of colors. The sparkle adds such a nice touch to our holiday outfits while being sleek, functional and great for a quick ponytail. No-tug hair ties are so much better for your hair and will not leave a crease! They even look cute on your wrists when they are not being used.

www.miabeauty.com

PB Fit

PB Fit is a powdered peanut butter product that has been extremely successful. This product is a de-fatted peanut butter in powder form that is really easy to use. All you have to do is mix it with water to make a peanut butter spread that is more than 75% less fat, and 1/3 of the calories of traditional peanut butter. 

We really like this product ! It is close to the taste and texture of traditional peanut butter and is much healthier. Plus, because you are mixing the product yourself, you can control the consistency and texture based on your personal preference. 
For a sandwich, you may want it thicker and use less water. For oatmeal, you may want it more watery. 
PB fit has a nice balance: just a hint of sweetness and saltiness. It is also really easy to add to smoothies for added flavor and protein. The uses for PB fit are endless! You can also add it to ice cream, pancakes, and more without the extra calories of regular peanut butter. 
This product also has a long shelf life, which makes it great for a snack when you haven't gone to the grocery, or even outdoor adventures. It's really easy to carry on camping trips and can be stored in plastic zip lock bags. Just add water to it and knead the bag until the peanut butter is your desired consistency. Then, cut a corner of the bag and squeeze the PB fit onto whatever food item you want it with. 
In addition to the PB fit Peanut Butter Powder, this product also comes in another flavor : Chocolate Peanut Butter Powder
We love the twist on the original peanut butter flavor! This also has made its way into our food pantries. 

Better Body Foods has a really nice variety of recipes on their website that incorporates PB Fit into the dish.
One of our favorites is their Shrimp PB Fit Pad Thai.  


Ingredients

1 14-oz. package rice noodles
2 tbsp. BBF Coconut Oil
2 tsp. garlic, minced
1 lb. whole shrimp, tofu or meat of your choice
2 cups bean sprouts
1 cup carrots, shredded
1 bell pepper, julienned
3 scallions, chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup roasted peanuts, chopped
SAUCE
¼ cup BBF Agave
¼ cup rice vinegar, unsweetened
3 tbsp. PB Fit
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. chili sauce
1 ½ tbsp. fresh lime juice

Directions

Cook noodles according to package (generally, soak in warm water for 40 minutes).
In a small bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients. Set aside.
Heat coconut oil on high in a wok or large skillet. Add garlic and sauté for 15 seconds. Add meat or tofu and cook thoroughly. Add noodles and sauce. Stir fry for about 5 minutes, or until noodles turn transparent. Add sprouts, carrots, pepper and scallions and cook for 1-2 more minutes.
Garnish with cilantro and peanuts.
This recipe is absolutely delicious and a must-try! You can also find more recipes here
We also found an article called 10 Amazing Peanut Facts that we didn't know. Did you know that Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting  peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth!? 

We highly recommend these two products. We love them and think you will too! 

12.01.2014

NEW Lipstick from Gerard Cosmetics

"Gimme some lip! Gerard Cosmetics is pleased to announce the launch of their new lipstick collection which includes six shades: Cherry Cordial1995Nude, Fire Engine, All Dolled Up and Tequila Sunrise. The matte formulation glides on smooth for a long-lasting wear."

We love these new shades for the holidays and New Years! 


Cherry Cordial
Sinfully sweet with a dark and enchanting allure, Cherry Cordial is vampy and rich with a berry undertone.

1995
Get inspired by the neutral nudes of the 90’s. Inspired by the grunge revival and the beauty trends of an unforgettable decade, this iconic creation is a matte but creamy lip color that is a timeless expression of glam.

Nude
Buttery, full coverage and a stunning neutral hue that can be mixed with any lip color to create the perfect lip color.


Fire Engine
Red Hot lips are classic and timeless. Fire Engine is a take on the glamorous Hollywood lipstick that really turns up the heat.


All Dolled Up
Feminine and flirtatious, this pretty in pink lipstick is a pigmented and playful. No doll face is complete without this stunning staple.

Tequila Sunrise
A fresh and fun peachy Coral lipstick that is ultra pigmented and long-wearing. A soft matte formula that will keep the party going all night long.

These shades of lipsticks make a wonderful collection! They come in a variety of shades that will suit many skin tones, and many occasions. The luxurious golden packaging is noteworthy, and the lipsticks are sleek and simple. 
Just to note: Gerard Cosmetics is the same company as Whitening Lightening. While Whitening Lightning is geared more towards teeth whitening, Gerard Cosmetics focuses solely on cosmetics.
The shades are gorgeous and pigmented. They have a matte feeling but do not dry out your lips like other lipsticks. 1995 and Cherry Cordial have a really nice sultry feel great for the fall. The Nude lipstick makes a very nice classic staple, along with Fire Engine, which is also a wonderful statement shade. We love all these shades and hope there will be more additions to the line! 

These products are $19 each via www.gerardcosmetics.com