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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Prepping for cold season - Power Drink

Working in a salon, I come in very close contact with up to twenty different people a day, five days a week, face to face. Especially with cold season right around the corner, people are already getting sick so I tend to start to boost my immune system around this time.

This is a remedy my mother and I have been using for the past several years to beat colds, coughs and stay energized during the winter. I love this drink because it works, it's healthy and it's easy peasy to make. I actually recently learned that this drink is a popular Ayurvedic medicine.

What you'll need:
1 cup of hot water
1-2 slices of lemon (I use half a lemon for colds)
1 tsp. of shredded ginger (I use a tbsp for "extra strength")
1 tbsp. of honey (try not to get processed honey, raw is best or Manuka)

To save on time, I shred the ginger into my mug, then squeeze the lemon while the water is boiling. I pour the water into the mug and let it is sit till it is at a drinkable temperature. That's when I mix in the honey (high temperature can destroy the antioxidants and nutrients in the honey). 

Ginger: A powerful root with anti-inflamitory and antioxidants properties. Ginger aids in indigestion and stimulates saliva and bile production which helps move food and fluid through your GI tract (an organ responsible for digesting food, absorbing nutrients and expelling waste)
Lemon: High in vitamin C and other anti-oxidants can help boost your immune system in fighting colds or the flu. Any food high in vitamin C also help in the absorption of iron.
Honey: Traditionally used as an Ayurvedic medicine has many benefits, it was thought to be effective in fighting imbalances in the body. It has anti -viral and anti-microbial properties. Helps alleviate coughs and is known to help alleviate allergies as well.

During cold season I tend to drink this once a week and for a quick immune and metabolic boost I'll sometime just shred some ginger, add hot water and drink it on my way to work. When I first started drinking this it definitely took some time getting used too the taste. Now I actually love it because I know of all the benefits that I'm getting and it's keeping me healthy.


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Cosmania The Must Beauty Boutique to Visit in Amsterdam

During my amazing stay in wondrous Amsterdam, I was told by my housemate to visit her favourite beauty store Cosmania on a beautiful narrow street called Herenstraat filled with unique boutiques.
Following her advice I biked my way over to the Jordaan District(my favourite) where there is a new generation of occupants: artists, students and young entrepreneurs.

Entering Cosmania you automatically feel a sense of comfort, as you clearly see all the products displayed in a minimalistic and simplistic manner. Brands are separately displayed together on wooden selves with testers on the bottom. The front of the store mostly caters to hair and body products, then as you walk farther into the store it fazes into skin care and makeup. The modern feel of the boutique is accompanied by cool house music playing in the background.

A beautiful detail I love about this boutique is that because it caters to both women and men it has a unisex feel to it, so men, want to pick up something nice for yourself or your lady? Don't hesitate to head on in.

A little bit about Cosmania...

The creators of Cosmania, Marije Hoff and Marcel Dekker call themselves "self-confessed cosmaniacs".  A clearly charismatic team Marije and Marcel have a passion for foreign products, beauty, photography, design and fashion which is clearly displayed in their beautiful boutique.  Having years of big companies under their belt such as L' Oreal, Lancome, Biotherm and Oillily the two decided to embark on their own private cosmetic company that caters to both women and men that have a love for beautiful beauty brands. Starting out as an online store celebrating their 4th year, the boutique in Herenstraat has now been open for a year and a half.

I had the honour of meeting with one of the creators, Marcel. Speaking with Marcel was a pleasure as he told me about his and Marije's background and about combining their passions, fashion with cosmetics. As well as bringing international beauty brands to Dutch consumers with affordable pricing.

Myself with one of the founders Marcel
Cosmania carries beautiful, special and affordable international products that you can mostly only find in Cosmania. I love that their products have quality and integrity keeping with the brand's philosophy. With plans of expanding throughout Holland, Marcel gave me some very good tips about being an entrepreneur. Follow your passion, follow a business plan, REVISE the business plan and most importantly stay consistent!

This is defiantly a must visit store for all beauty lovers....

Here are a few of my favourite products from Cosmania:

Inglot Makeup

Korres Fig Body Butter

John Masters Organics Hair Products

If you are ever in Amsterdam, be sure to visit this wonderful store!


Monday, 20 April 2015

Beauty Monday: 5 Beauty Tools I......

 I actually got tagged on Instagram to to post about 5 Beauty Tools I... and thought this would make the perfect Beauty Monday post. As I haven't posted in a while (tons as happened/changed) so I'm getting back on track! Woohoo! Enjoy!

  1. Beauty product I can't live without: Annabelle's Brow Pencil and Benefit's Gimme Brow are two product I can't live without! Brows frame your eye and help shape your face. They can make you look put together when your rushing out of the house or don't feel like doing much with your face that day. Early call times consist of shaping my brows with Annabelle's pencil and filling in with some Gimme Brow! 
  2. Makeup item I will splurge on: This is more a beauty tool rather than makeup, I will splurge on brushes and I will splurge a lot. I believe that having the right tools makes all the difference with application, blending & execution. l admit I'm more of a brush addict that product addict, especially when it comes to my kit. 
  3. Product(s) I travel with: To things I always toss in my purse & ALWAYS have with me wherever I go is my lip balm & Arbonne's Skin Conditioning Oil. My skin gets very dry during travel so having these two conditioning products for me is a must. Recently, popped into Kielh's and was curious to try  out their lip balm as I was running out. It has a lot of natural oils & vitamins , but the only thing I don't like is that the main ingredient is petrolatum (vaseline), for myself it does the trick but because of the petrolatum I wouldn't purchase it again. Arbonne's Skin Conditioning Oil is great cause it's tiny and goes a long way and doesn't leave your hands greasy but moisturized. Perfect for our dry Canadian winters!
  4. Beauty Tool I Can't live without: I probably could but choose not too. After purchasing the Mini Beautyblenders for my kit I got my own. Just makes blending so much easier and faster underneath the eyes. So why not? And it's TINY barely takes up any space in your makeup bag!
  5. Beauty product I normally don't buy: Would be bronzer....Seriously I don't, I always use it for my contour but somehow I always end up getting one from someone else or a freebie (YAY!) Also, because I only use it underneath my cheekbones it lasts me FOREVER! I do really like M.A.C's Bronzing Powder because even though it's undertone is orange, the pigmentation isn't as strong so it's real easy to get it looking like a shadow as opposed to an orange streak under your cheeks. *Less is more people*


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Belated post

Why have I disappeared from this blog????????????

Because I am currently living in Amsterdam for the month of April, specifically till May 3rd. So before my departure from Toronto I was prepping as well as working pretty much everyday. Maybe had 3 days off for all of the past 4 months. Doing freelance makeup, The Brow House and keeping up with my fitness served me barely any time to blog and get inspired. Along with tax season.....don't get me started about that!

I know that's pretty rad right? So I've been here for a week taking it pretty easy, let's face it as much I love my job(s) I'm a nomads, love to travel and needed to experience new people and new places. So I've done all the touristy things and literally just roamed the city. Can I tell you something, I still haven't experienced mediocre food? Seriously, everything is so good. Not only that I live in the best damn area! Steps from the farmer's market, a walk away from a super cool coffee shop called Coffee and Coconuts (a featured blog on that later) and so close to the city centre you can smell it! (not literally, figuratively) Literally dream location for me! #manifestyourdreamlife

After a week of being here, I'm doing a couple of shoots this weekend, WOOHOO! Super psyched to be working with a talented team. And to be living out one of my many passions of doing makeup & hair.

I've had "me time", traveled, explored. I feel amazing, I even reconnect with a friend I haven't seen in 4 years! It's been amazing so far, I know it's only getting better!

Stay up to do follow my Instagram Nomadic Beauty, as I am always posting, not a an IG fan? That's ok you can follow me on Facebook Founder of Nomadic Beauty Blog and Services!

Sending Love & Hugs! Some awesome blogs coming up soon!
Nomadic Beauty


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Why Veil Complexion Fix?

For a day to day basis I don't see the necessity of wearing layers of makeup on your skin. My philosophy is to use makeup as a tool to enhance your natural beauty, not to cover it up. So why am I raving about this concealer?

Why? Because it's not JUST a concealer! It's the holy grail! Ok, ok maybe not the holy grail, but it's pretty freaking awesome. 

- Hydrating
- Soothing 
- Improves under eye circles
- Brightens dull complexion
- Improves uneven skin tone & colour
- Weightless coverage!!!

Veil Complexion Fix uses Lightfast Technology, which means it bounces off light on the area that you apply it on. Which I love because as a lot of the population, I have hereditary indents (not dark circles) underneath my eyes, that can get exaggerated when I'm tired and/or don't drink enough water.   Regardless they are always there, no amount of cover up can help. So this bounces off light on the area so that it's not as noticeable.

"The ultimate brightening, soothing, and hydrating compound. Our proprietary blend of three key actives is found in all our skin care and color products. It targets melanin production, interrupting its development, preventing additional dark spots from appearing, while calming, soothing, and increasing moisture levels not only on the surface but deep down to a cellular level - leaving skin texturally smoother, refined and more even over time."

I find this product perfect for all ages, it's so light & easy to blend. You can use your ring ringer or my favourite is to use the Mini Beautyblender to blend out product. The one thing you do NOT want to do is rub the product in, you want to lightly tap the product until it is nicely blended. 

You can check out my FULL video on how to apply it on my YouTube channel Nomadic Beauty


Monday, 9 March 2015

Missing Your Summer Glow? No Problem!

Just wanted to shed some light on one of my daily essentials! I'm all about the glow, ESPECIALLY in the winter when our skin tends to loose it's lustre.
A little goes a long way with this Argan Oil base product. Squirt a droplet & distribute over to your three fingers, then tap away on your cheeckbones as a highlighter. Gold is usually best of olive/tan skin, but because this product is so sheer it perfectly blends into all skin colours. Not to mention, it also keeps your cheeks hydrated throughout the day! Josie Maran's Argan Illuminizer is perfect for easing into spring without feeling pale.


Monday, 2 February 2015

Post Gym Essentials

I'm the type of girl that loves to workout midday. Because of my freelance schedule that usually a possibility, if it isn't...then I get my butt into the gym in the evening. 

But anyways for those of you finding yourself choosing between the gym and something else because you know you will have to look good for it? After having these essentials in your gym bag, choose no more! Look fresh after the gym without carrying your whole makeup bag!

These are a few of my favourites. 

GOSH Fresh Up! Dry shampoo, spray it into your roots & bangs if you've got them. Run your fingers through your roots to make sure all the product is spread out. You'll notice your hair go back to it's original state of voluminous & no sign of grease to be found!

This next one I find to be a GENIUS, it's roll on perfume! I'm very picky with perfume senses, I don't like anything too sweet or strong. The one I'm currently carrying is Torry Burch's perfume. It's perfect and the packaging is pretty too!

All natural Bite Lush Lip Wipes are wipes I cannot live without! These beauties truly get your intense lip colour right off in just ONE swipe. I love wearing intense lip colours but obviously at the gym, it looks ridiculous and wiping with a dry Kleenex just leaves your lips in a stained mess. Then when your done at the gym and want to reapply your lip colour it'll look fresh again.

Last but not least is Arbonne's FC5 Mattifying Powder. Great after the gym because it soaks up oils and because it's light green (green cancels out red) it tones down your red face from all that running and lifting! ;)

This is what I carry with me to the gym and it keeps me looking and feeling fresh!

Nomadic Beauty


Friday, 23 January 2015

5 Night Lip Repair!

Did 3/5 nights already with Bite's all natural 5 Night Lip Repair! Loving both the Cherry Lip Scrub & Agave Lip Mask♡

Full review coming up after the 5th night!


Monday, 19 January 2015

How I became an ex procrastinator

As an ex chronic procrastinator I've adapted the phrase "JUST DO IT" 

Why?! Because the longer you procrastinate the more things pile up & the more things you've got to think about in the long run. This past year have adapted these habits (not perfectly yet, but I’m getting there) and I’ve definitely developed a better quality of life. Here are some ways to help you get things done. 

Wake up. Make a list. 
I know how this might sound! But wait a minute,
I'm serious. Take 5 minutes in the morning to figure out what you can
get done that day. 

Instead of keeping all that in your head, here are a few
ways you can organize these:
      - Plug it into your phone calendar and set reminders
      -Write it down in your notebook, where you can cross things off as you get them done
      -Download the app "Anydo", it reminds you to plug things in and set reminders

Create a morning routine.
Create a morning routine that you enjoy. 

Buy a really nice mug that you will look forward to drinking your morning coffee or tea from.
Wake up early enough so that you’re not in a crazed frenzy getting ready to leave your house.

Eat a breakfast you enjoy.
Blast the radio to get you pumped for the day. 
Remind yourself of things that you enjoy and see how you can incorporate them into your
mornings.  (working out, reading, dancing, ect)

Create a schedule. Your schedule.
Once a week, sit down and organize your week.

Give everything that you need or want to get done space.
Create space. Plug it into your calendar.Set reminders. If you want to workout out 4 times a week,
write it into your calendar, if you need to get your laundry done on Sunday, write it into your
calendar. This has helped me tremendously at staying organized and getting more things done in a
day than I thought possible! 

It’s a beautiful feeling!

Stop scrolling.
It’s a sick disease nowadays, it’s a time killer, but also a killer of time. 
Although I claim to mostly use social media for my work and research, I still get caught “late 
night browsing”. That half hour you just spent scrolling looking at other people’s lives? Well 
you just wasted your own when you have been getting things done or ahem sleeping? It’s nice to stop
thinking for a bit but try to start monitoring how much time you actually 
spend “browsing” social media. You might be surprised. 

Keep your promises
But don’t punish yourself when you don’t get around to doing them.

What I mean is that sometimes we like to put a lot of things on that list to get done, and
sometimes we can’t get around to doing all of them. And that’s ok. Don’t dwell on it, just 
reschedule it for another day. And make sure you get them done next time. 

Just do it.
If something small pops up in your day and you have time for it? Just do it. It’ll be out of the
way and one less thing taking up space in your brain. Getting things accomplished is so
fulfilling! You should try it!;)

Wishing all you more quality over quantity in your beautiful lives!
Nomadic Beauty


Monday, 12 January 2015

Winter. One Easy Step to Protect Your Skin.

Everyone's skin takes a bit of a beating in the area of hydration in the winter. Keeping your skin from flaking and getting dry has proved to be a bit of a challenge and taking a bit more time and effort with your skin care routine. Even when inside, the dry heat can be damaging.

Like an answer to my prayers, I came across some advice to use primer in the winter to protect your face. In the winter, I would normally set aside my primer because I don't quite need it because my skin isn't as oily, so my makeup stays in place all day without it. 

As my Torontonian readers know, the past couple of weeks have gone down to -20C, so it was the perfect time to test this theory. Before trying out this theory I would find my skin being more red, irritated and dry than normal because of the cold.

After testing this theory for a few weeks, to my pleasant observation, my skin isn't as dry as before & redness and irritation has drastically decreased. Yet temperatures are still in the minuses!

Everyone has heard of primers, but what are they actually for? 
Primers are used as a base to created a layer between your skin and your makeup for a smoother application, to increase your makeup's longevity and some primers absorb your skin's oils, have SPF protection and some contain antioxidants such as A, C & E or grape seed or green tea extract. 

Most primers are silicone or water based. Some are tinted for colour correction and others can leave you with a pearlized finish. 

It usually takes a bit of time to find a primer that works for you and your skin. I've had a lot of difficulty because more primers cause me to break out, because come can really clog your pores. But I've finally found one that works for me and I've never broken out from and it's Arbonne's Makeup Primer.


So there you are my Nomadic Beauty readers, a little titbit for Beauty Monday! 
Nomadic Beauty


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Knit on knit on knit!

Feeling the chill today in Toronto -15C! Knit on knit on knit all day! Paired with my fav high waisted jeans from Guess!
On set on vintage shoot this morning.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Beauty Monday: December Favourites

During December I've had some products really stood out! Here they are!

1.  My number ONE is Benefit's High Brow highlighting pencil. Great for highlighting right under your brow for some height as well as in the inner corner of your eyes to brighten up!

My number TWO is Urban Decay's Eye Primer is perfect for your holiday shimmers! Keeps your shadows in place all day & all night! If you feel like going a little bit more natural for a day, this is perfect to apply alone, along with some mascara.

My number THREE is Makeup Forever's Limited Edition Studio Kit, this is a fun one! I love this for the holidays! And you can totally rock these colours for January & February. It comes with some nice natural ones and some really nice fun ones! It even comes with a booklet of which colours to combine for makeup newbies!

These are my top 3 favourites for December! If you'd like to find out about my whole list of December Favourites check out my video here: