beauty review: you glo girl

In the summer especially we should all be applying sunscreen.

Included in the summer box of style was a full-size bottle of glo skin beauty’s lightweight, hydrating SPF 40 face lotion. What I really like about it is exactly what it boasts…light, moisturizing and broad-spectrum protection.  What more do you need? You can wear it alone as a moisturizer, not necessarily over your moisturizer, which means one less step. 

Each season the box includes one skin-care and one makeup product that’s outstanding. You get to try something different with products that actually work.  I love that.

Here’s what I also found out taken from their website:

Glo Skin Beauty vows never to test products on animals, allow others to test on animals on their behalf, use raw ingredients tested on animals or enter into business markets like China that require animal testing by joining *PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program and becoming a PETA approved brand.

China requires international brands that sell cosmetics in their market to test products on animals, regardless of where the cosmetics were manufactured. Cosmetics manufactured in China sold in the United States are not subject to the same requirements. In the United States, these types of tests are not required by law.

*as opposed to “People for Eating Tasty Animals” – Mary Steenburgen’s line in the movie comedy “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”  Sorry but I couldn’t resist. 


Beauty – Goop pop-up at Nordstrom

 For a short while only

Goop: Launched in the fall of 2008 out of Gwyneth Paltrow’s kitchen as a homespun weekly newsletter, GP wanted a place to organize her unbiased travel recommendations, health-centric recipes, and shopping discoveries for friends, and she also wanted to get her own questions—about health, fitness, and the psyche—answered. Now, goop has become a fully formed lifestyle site, offering a tight curation of products and content. It is a place for GP to introduce some of the incredible experts who have mentored her throughout her life to a wider audience, and a place where readers can find suggestions about where to shop, eat, and stay from a trusted friend—not from an anonymous, crowd-sourced recommendation engine.


We have always been outspoken here at goop about concerns over the toxic ingredients used in personal care products—an industry that operates without regulation. 13 months ago, we were given an opportunity to partner with Juice Beauty, a California company that has been making non-toxic products for more than a decade. We built on their foundation in safety to create something that didn’t exist that I had always been looking for: A line of truly luxurious and effective skincare—products that take organic to the next level. Our line delivers clinically proven, age-defying results that mirror exactly what you would find from the big guys with huge R&D budgets and no ingredient restrictions—but instead of plastics, and toxins, which you would be surprised to know are found in so many expensive face creams, they are loaded with organic, naturally-occurring ingredients that are actually good for you. Aloe, apple, lemon, and grape juices deliver glow, peptides and linseed extract help to firm skin, hyaluronic acid plumps and smoothes fine lines, vitamin C works to clean up the age spots, and meristem plant cells minimize wrinkles and brighten skin tone. We literally did not rest until we had a set of six products that are, quite simply, perfect. Safe enough for our daughters, and powerful enough for those of us who have maybe spent too much time in the sun. I hope you love them as much as I do.

love, gpI am sampling a few of the products like the eye cream & exfoliating instant facial which they swear gp uses daily.  I left with a nice shopping bag & an authentic Japanese bamboo tea ceremony whisk for my matcha green tea lattes.  I have the bkr water bottle which I love.

Beauty: BioActive Externals

Youthful and Ageless

Two key words that jump out to grab our attention in the packaging of many skincare lines.  After all, we all strive to be youthful and ageless for as long as we can.

If we’re being true to ourselves we should know that we cannot rely on one miracle topical product to turn back the clock.  But we keep hoping.  I think even with *good genes the key ingredients to staying youthful is remaining curious, being active, refrain from stress (as much as humanly possible), eating and sleeping well, hydration and the bioactive externals like good clean skincare.  Basically looking after yourself as well as you can because you’re all you’ve got! Keeping this in mind, and aside from my own products, I’m always open to checking out new and improved skincare regimes.  I also love the ritual of applying them morning and night.

After having met and listened to Suzanne Somers promote her Suzanne Organics skincare line which is exclusively at Clark’s Nutrition in Rancho Mirage, Ca., I felt obliged to try a few products.  If only because Suzanne is her own best testament to the products and philosophy behind them.

Makeup + Skincare by Suzanne Organics

I’ve been using her ageless serum which is loaded with sea algae followed by her Bioactive Moisturizer which among other active natural ingredients is loaded with CoQ10, Argan (last year my sis brought Argan oil back from the Atlas mountains of Morocco for me) oil and sea buckthorn berry which acts as a superfood for your skin.  Of course you have to eat whole food for your skin to look its very best but let’s just agree that the ingredient listing is excellent.  It feels great on my face too. The whole collection is Toxic Free.  The coco-mango body butter is my absolute favourite. Find out more at: link below

*Having good genes doesn’t mean you’ll live longer, it just means you’ll look better doing it.


  Formula uses only pure, organic ingredients

  No animal testing

  No synthetic fragrances

  Beech Tree Bud Extract supports the skin cells. This organic extract moisturizes the skin and assists in the look of wrinkle reduction by supporting the skin

  Argan Oil is one of the rarest oils in the world, this desert plant restores moisture so skin can survive dry climates, such as air-conditioning or heating

  Just as this plant protects itself from the desert heat, the oil from the tree’s fruit helps our skin to be protected from the elements.

  Sea Buckthorn Berry is a rare plant that contains essential fatty acids, Omega 3,6,7 and 9! Our skin loves these essential fatty acids and to find all of these essential fatty acids in one plant is remarkable


If you’ve been fortunate enough to try her line I’d like your comments.

Tox-Sick Talk with Suzanne Somers  

Because if you live toxic free you will feel better naturally.

I was thinking about starting a series about women who inspire me and who better to start off with than Suzanne Somers.20170302_144013Suzanne said people magazine once described her as the dumbest woman in America.  Which means she did a great job of playing the blond bombshell bimbo Chrissy Snow in the long running sitcom(edy) “Three’s Company.”

But she had the last laugh because the idiot who wrote that didn’t realize her full potential.  A cancer survivor, she is a well respected health and wellness advocate, a *best selling author having written 25 books (her latest is called Tox-Sick – From Toxic to Not Sick), singer, dancer, Vegas nightclub performer (who was once named Female Entertainer of the Year, the same year Frank Sinatra was named Male Entertainer of the Year, ) and savvy business woman with her suzanne organics skincare & cosmetics line.  It’s a pretty impressive resume.  There’s so much to her, but for now we’ll focus on her pure organic skincare line because I was waiting for something beauty-wise to inspire me for a beauty post – this is it!  And it’s never just about looking good (although we love that); it’s about feeling good from the inside out.  Which by the way, always makes one look better on the outside.

“It’s as if we are all on a big, chemical drunk, and the hangover is a killer.” – Suzanne Somers, in TOX-SICK

20170302_144328So I was thrilled to meet her alongside her handsome hubby Alan Hamel (I do remember well his successful TV talk show in Canada) when she launched her Radiance Facial Kit at Clark’s Nutrition – a fantastic family run natural foods market in Rancho Mirage.  Wait; it’s not just the facial kit she has – it’s a complete line of body care, skincare, sunless tanning, haircare and now cosmetics.  It’s a great line because it’s more than natural and organic…it’s certified ToxicFree.  What that means is a lot of NO’s!  No Pegs, Parabens, chemical emulsifiers, artificial colors, fragrance and of course NO animal testing.  She doesn’t kid around.  She walks/eats/looks the talk!  She even grows her own food.  It’s exhausting to even think about. She really does live toxic-free.  She discussed this along with her belief about a new way to age.  On close inspection I decided if she uses her own stuff (which she completely does) and looks that good I better buy me some.

As you may know I make my own little line of pure products so I’m very picky about what I choose to put on my face + body but I went for the coco mango body butter (a friend of mine swears by it – “it f….ing works!” Also the ageless serum (because it’s loaded with sea algae extract and African Birch) and a lipstick in caramelized peach (because it sounded yummy & looked pretty).  Just so you know.  All made in California.

Suzanne says she’s always loved the idea of pure organic skincare but had never experienced any anti-aging benefits so would end up reverting back to chemically-based products.  Now she has the best of both worlds.  She works closely with the formulators to use the power of nature to find the most effective anti-aging actives for clean, beautiful products to feed, nurture and hydrate precious skin.  It is like superfood for your skin.

OMG I never realized just how much we have in common!  I never even told her that I met her “Three’s Company” co-star John Ritter in Tokyo years ago on a TV series and how nicely he treated me.  But maybe she knows that now.

*On one of her many books about health and nutrition “Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness,”: She scored a big coup with “Sex and the City 2.” Her book is heavily featured in the movie.  Kim Cattrall‘s Samantha–who announces that she’s “fifty-f-ing-two” and going through menopause–declares that she lives by it. She hands it to everyone in the movie. By the end of the movie, women are exchanging copies of “Breakthrough,” with the cover very prominent. A book publisher’s dream.

And if all that isn’t enough, she’s nice too!  An inspiration to all women!


images: d. king


Beauty: everything is coming up ROSES

Doesn’t every woman love roses?

Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue, November 2014
Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue, November 2014

While red is the flower of love I prefer a bouquet of white roses.  And I’m the girl who couldn’t resist the crushed  rose de rose petal blush from by Terry sold exclusively at Barneys.  It’s divine.

Why mess with a sure thing?

All things Rose. The seductive, beautiful aroma of Rose, considered the Queen of Oils, has been used for beautification purposes since the beginning of time.

The usage of rosewater dates back to early Egypt, when Cleopatra (yes, that Cleopatra) used the natural product in her skincare regime.  Why not follow in the footsteps of the world’s most legendary beauty queen? And the girl who would be King!rose2

Not to mention it has found a place in almost every Indian household.  The girls who do my brows are Indian and when they finish threading they massage a tiny amount of rose gel from Bombay on my browbone to help soothe the area. The scent is so heavenly I ended up buying a jar from them.

Pure rose oil is an ingredient in my Divine Oil from *Skin so Divine.  Also I use rose water in the Divine Facial Mist.

Pure rose water is the distilled water of roses. When purchasing rose water buy only the 100 percent pure form. Often what is available in pharmacies and even some natural food stores is synthetic rose oil and water with preservatives added.

Rose has one of the most lasting effects on the body compared to most other essential oils.  The frequency of rose essential oil is over 300hertz.  This is due to the enormous amount of roses it takes to make Rose essential oil. Imagine the positive energetic frequency of that plant power when used on the skin? Its simply amazing.  There is no substitute for rose in aromatherapy, its divine therapeutic benefits are unsurpassed.

This From Vogue Magazine:

Bottles of the old-school elixir have pride of place on many a makeup table—Romy Soleimani’s included. “I’m half-Persian, so I grew up with rosewater. My aunts drink it; they put it on their face,” explains the makeup artist, who stocks Jurlique’s rose mist in her kit. On set and in the real world, rosewater does double duty, Soleimani explains: “You can use it as a hydrating toner, or spray it afterwards to reawaken your foundation, pressing it in with a sponge.” As for the reaction from those in her chair, basking in the garden-scented cloud? “It’s usually ‘Ahhh!’” she says with a laugh.

That sense of universal calm is fueling a growing passion for rosewater.  Elsewhere in the beauty world, it’s turning up everywhere from bold-face skin care (Le Weekend de Chanel) to small-batch start-ups . Of course, hydration doesn’t stop at the skin. New York–based Juice Press recently released its bottled Water + Rose, tinged with the venerable Bulgarian rose, and Juice Served Here, in Los Angeles, launched a smartly packaged version in February, touted for its anti-inflammatory and calming effects. JSH just wrapped a six-week partnership with the water-filter company Soma, in which a portion of the Rose Water proceeds benefitted clean-water projects in Flint, Michigan; a new charitable collaboration is on deck. What’s not to love?

Rose Water Beauty Tips:

  • Use rose water to prevent or reduce eye puffiness.
    Just place a bottle of rose water into the fridge for half an hour and then, apply some of it on a cotton pad and gently place it on your eyes. It will help sooth the tender skin around your eyes and prevent or reduce eye puffiness.
  • Freshen your face throughout the day by spraying rose water mist on your skin.
    Especially, in the summer time, rose water can become your faithful friend, caring for your skin like nothing else; just spray rose water mist on your face (or you can also apply it using a cotton pad), it will instantly freshen your skin, naturally hydrate and nourish it, adding a wonderful radiance and glow.
  • Add 2 cups of rose water into your bath for a divine and unforgettable experience. Rose water will soften and add freshness to your skin, and add a beautiful scent.

*Skin so Divine products – on SHOP page @


Beauty: essentially speaking

Skin.Hair.Nails.Bath.Candles...these are some areas of the body, places and objects used to put essential oils. oils
Scent is powerful and important. I’ve made no secret about my love for essential oils and for mixing them up to create some outstanding allover skincare products.  It helps to know what works for what area  but by trial and error you can always experiment yourself.

If you haven’t already been introduced to aromatherapy, think of it as a cross between your new favorite candle and a cure to all your most annoying ailments along with the best scents nature has to offer. One of my favourite mixes to add to a diffuser is Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Orange sweet & Vanilla – it’s called “Hawaiian Escape” and it really smells like an exotic vacation. Essential Oils will trick your senses to help you escape for a little while.

Here are 5 EASY WAYS to incorporate essential oils in your daily routine. Warning: Once you start experimenting with them, you won’t be able to stop.oils2

Jasmine: The Happy Scent

Put a few drops of jasmine, ylang ylang or rose in your hand and rub into your scalp. This awakens the senses and increases feelings of optimism and joy.  I use jasmine in my facial spray.oils3

Mint: The Pain Reliever

Add Peppermint essential oil to your lotion and rub on your feet at the end of a long day. Enjoy increased circulation and the natural analgesic.  Fresh and Stimulating. Great for headaches too so if you feel one coming on rub a bit onto your temples.oils4

Lemongrass: The Pick-Me-Up

Add lemon or lemongrass essential oil to a spray bottle filled with water and mist the carpet before you vacuum. Citrus is uplifting and invigorating. On another note it helps to relieve stomach aches if you use it as a tea. I learned this while living in Brazil. – just pour hot water over fresh cut lemongrass.  Works like a charm.oils5

Lavender: The Sleep-Time Scent

Add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to your bath to unwind, or spritz on your pillow for a restful sleep.  I use lavender bath salts for a relaxing before-bedtime bath. There is nothing to do but crawl into bed as I can hardly keep my eyes open after that.oils6

Basil: The Feel-Better Blend

Combine rose geranium, basil and sandalwood and diffuse into the air when you are grieving, stressed out or overwhelmed. Diffuse or apply topically to promote clear breathing (warning; it will make you hungry for caprese).

On a heavier note – a bitch of a spray:

A perfect blend for when you’re irritated, annoyed, tired, peeved, frustrated, enraged, or have an overall bad attitude! Spray near co-workers, friends, and relatives as needed. Try to use sparingly!

I love to help!

Which essential oils are your favourite?

Photos: Pinterest

Beauty – Suzanne Somers Organics

Well; why not? There may be more competition in the skincare department but when the packaging has Suzanne Somers cred, listen up ladies.

I haven’t tried or even seen the skincare line but a friend of mine let me try her coco mango body butter and let me tell you….it was simply divine…ssbody1    I immediately felt like I was somewhere tropical.  Actually we were somewhere tropical but never mind those details.  It really felt luxurious and moisturizing.  And well…mango & coconut – what’s not to love?  These are two of my favourite ingredients in frozen yogurt & gummies too.  There is also Peppermint Cream and Rain Body Butter (which more than likely includes actual rain – well, living in Vancouver I could have made that one). Apparently they’re all food grade, so you know……extra benefits there.

Coco Mango, Peppermint Cream & Rain
Coco Mango, Peppermint Cream & Rain

 Here is all the nitty gritty:


  • SUZANNE Organics utilizes a natural, non-GMO (not genetically modified) new generation thickener and stabilizer derived from olive oil. Richly hydrates and protects skin, allowing it to retain moisture without clogging pores.
  • This luxurious, moisturizing body butter nurtures your skin. Abundant rich moisturizers create the look of smooth, beautiful skin rich with antioxidants.
  • Your skin’s barrier is fortified by this formula to prevent loss of important moisture. *The aging process is affected by moisture loss.
  • Enjoy a healthier, more youthful appearance on your skin with a natural scent that will make you feel like you are on vacation (yeah!).
  • No synthetic, toxic fragrances based on phthalates.
  • Created with certified organic, therapeutic grade essential oils and fruit juice essences. The essences are certified organic flavors used by organic juice, ice cream, yogurt, etc. manufacturers.
  • Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil supports the look of healthy skin, softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking. Helps improve the look of sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Shea Butter (Butyrosperum parkii) is a superior moisturizing agent. It contains a vast quantity of Vitamin E, and aids in the look of optimal skin health.
  • Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) Oil is high in oleic oil with balanced amounts of high oleic acids, vitamins and minerals. Provides high performance moisturizing benefits to soothe, nourish and soften the skin.
  • Made in the United States.

Apply liberally wherever skin is dry. Glide over skin and rub in lightly. Excessive “rubbing-in” is not necessary as this formula is designed to leave a layer to help promote moisture into the skin. Can be used as a hand cream and foot cream as well.


I think SS is Stunning!
I think SS is Stunning!

Have you tried any of the products?





















beauty – the passion of Maracuja Oil

I first found out about this strange fruit called maracuja when I lived in Brazil and found it sitting at the bottom of my favourite cocktail at the time – a caipirinha with a twist…of passion.  It was divine.

Passions Fruit (Passiflora edulis) Maracuja
Passions Fruit (Passiflora edulis) Maracuja

Now I put it on my face.  Well not just that alone, it’s part of my nighttime ritual “cocktail for the face” that I mix along with other essential oils in the “Skin so Divine” Facial Oil.

Maracuja oil (pronounced mah-rick-oo-jah and is portuguese for passionflower) is derived from the passion fruit in the amazon and only one crop is harvested each year by the amazonian women.

The vitamin C content in Maracuja Oil can help to make your skin look brighter, while calcium and phosphorus work to nourish and enhance skin’s healthy appearance.

Maracuja Oil is very rich in essential fatty acids and has a high antioxidant activity.  It contains nearly 80% linoleic acid together with oleic, palmitic and stearic acids.  These essential fatty acids not only work as a great moisturizer but they also have anti-inflammatory properties helping to alleviate inflammatory skin concerns such as rosacea and acne. By calming inflammation in skin, less sebum or oil is released and thus the likelihood of blocked pores in acne is greatly diminished.  Because of its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties, Maracuja Oil has a balancing effect being suitable for all skin types including sensitive, dry and oily skin.  What it does:

  • rebuilds and repairs
  • soothes and heals redness and irritation
  • hydrates and brightens
  • reduces lines and wrinkles
  • improves elasticity, tone and texture
  • boosts collagen production thanks to the vitamin c

Have you tried it?

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have beauty – will travel

Skin so Divine natural skincare line has come out with a convenient travel package with four complete products to hydrate, moisturize and soothe all skin types.

Skin so Divine Travel Set
Skin so Divine Travel Set

My skin is very sensitive. I was using this set in a very dry climate for over a month and my skin has never looked or felt better. Okay maybe when I was 15 it did but now that I’m older I want something that retains moisture and the oils in these products were sourced from the best around the world.  All ingredients are top-notch!

The set includes:

Ready for Take-off Makeup Remover, Refresh Facial Mist, It’s a Luxe Life Facial Oil (don’t be afraid of oil – it’s amazing for your skin) and Moisture Balm for eyes, lips & cuticles.  This is the only balm that works on my ragged cuticles.

It comes conveniently packaged in a *PET plastic carry bag which is BPA-free.  *PET is globally recognized as a safe, recyclable packaging material.  This makes it easier to travel on board with but you can also store it in your suitcase.  When you open the box It’s shipped in, it comes packaged inside a cute take-out lunch box.  Just for fun.

You can order under SHOP NOW at:

Have you ever found a good trusty travel skincare set?

Beauty biz – from your PANTRY

Skincare that you can literally eat…..

from my pantry
from my pantry

Double Duty Beauty. From the oatmeal you eat for breakfast to the turmeric in your curries, these kitchen ingredients  can work wonders for various skin issues.


Such as….


Worth a try: Coconut Oil

Eczema is an immunological abnormality of the barrier of the skin being deficient. Skin affected by eczema is very dry, red and itchy.  Restoring moisture is key, and coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer.  It acts as a shield on the epidermis.  While some moisturizers and face oils contain coconut oil, you can apply the oil – which can be purchased at health food (and most grocery) stores straight to skin using your fingertips.  You can also layer your regular moisturizer on top of coconut oil.  Side note: a brow threader said that we can apply coconut oil to help grow the hairs back on eyebrows.


Worth a try: Oatmeal

Brimming with Vitamin A and E, oatmeal is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse that helps calm irritated skin.  It’s also packed with skin-soothing starches and beta-glucans which provide a protective barrier for the skin.  Oatmeal that is featured in commercial redness-fighting beauty products is usually the colloidal variety (meaning it has been ground into an extremely fine powder). But you can use regular oatmeal for a homemade mask.  Mix ¾ cup (175 ml) of dry oatmeal with ¼ cup (75 ml) of warm water to get a nice, thick paste, and then smooth it onto your face.  The mask may not look pretty, but it should feel quite soothing.  Once it dries, it will feel itchy – your cue to remove it by rinsing with cold water.


Worth a try: Tumeric

Darkened areas on the skin, called hyperpigmentation, can be a sign of internal inflammation.  At the root is a biomarker called NF-kappaB (according to Gaetano Morello, a Vancouver naturopathic doctor) which is produced in the body.  The more NF-kappaB in your system, the more inflammatory reactions you have.  Curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, reduces NF-kappaB when taken orally.  And a recent study cited in the Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine concluded that “curcumin” has the potential to be used as a whitening agent in treating hyperpigmentation disorders.  In the study, consuming curcumin was found to significantly reduce the melanin content in melanin-producing skin cells.  While curcumin extracts are most effective (for instance, in the form of a capsule), there is no question that consuming turmeric – and lots of it – daily has positive benefits for those affected by hyperpigmentation.  This according to Dr. Morello.


Worth a try: Manuka Honey

I did not do my homework when I asked my sister to bring some back for me from her recent trip to Hawaii.  I thought it was from there, but it’s actually derived from a plant native to New Zealand and Australia.  It is thick and slightly bitter with powerful antibacterial properties.  The bacterium that causes acne, (propionibacterium acne) is very sensitive to the antibacterial activity of manuka honey.  Research shows that Manuka has a more powerful anti-inflammatory activity than other types of honey.  Its unusual antibacterial activity can diffuse across skin and get down into the infection that is causing the acne spots, according to Peter Molan, a professor in biological sciences at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.  Molan recommends soaking the pad of an adhesive dressing in the honey and placing this on a single pimple or a small area of pimples.  For wide-spread acne, he recommends blending manuka honey with coconut oil (one third honey to two thirds coconut oil); for example 1/3 Tbsp (5 ml) to 2/3 T (10ml), which makes for a healing skin cream.  Manuka honey can be purchased at many health food stores, and is typically more expensive than regular honey.  It also tastes great on toast, in teas or in yogurt.

For the Body: 

Coffee body Scrub – caffeine tightens loose skin, so this scrub acts as an instant slimmer and also helps to slough off dead skin cells to create smoother skin. Recipe: ¼ cup raw sugar, ¼ cup ground coffee, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, 1 Tbsp. sea salt. Blend all ingredients and place in an air-tight container.  Keep in the fridge.

Disclaimer: Just want you  to know that I don’t keep all of these food items to use only for my skin.  I also enjoy eating them.  The Girl Who Would be KING.

Credit for recipes: Stacey Stein for best health magazine