Trades Secrets’ #TSGiveandTake

Dee_09As a supporter of charities, I thought I’d help support Trade Secrets’ annual #TSGiveandTake campaign. Until September 29th, all Trade Secrets locations are accepting gently used hair appliances, and in exchange, you can pick a new iron, curling iron or blow dryer for yourself for 50% off! Yes…you heard me! 50% off! This amazing campaign benefits women and youth shelters across Canada. For more details, visit givetake.ca.

 

It’s time to pay it forward, so I’m donating my gently used hair wand!

Find the closet Trade Secrets location here.

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September glow with Cocoa Brown

Cocoa Brown sunless tanner

September is here, which means summer has slowly but surely begun to fade, as have the tan and glow I’ve been enjoying these past couple of months. I can’t say I’m excited about winter but I’m thrilled to share my latest tanning find with you all! I’ve been on the hunt for a healthy way to maintain my colour even throughout the colder months and I think I’ve finally found a solution I absolutely love in Cocoa Brown!

Cocoa Brown’s 1 Hour Tan is a quick and easy bronzing fix that comes in shades medium, dark, and extra dark. I went for extra dark because your girl loves a good tan and the extra dark takes you 5-6 shades deeper from your natural skin colour while maintaining a gorgeous bronze shade. Since Cocoa Brown is a natural product, I don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals damaging my skin and I’m so excited to use it all through the fall and winter!

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To apply: 

Make sure the skin is well exfoliated and moisturized to help the product get absorbed. I used Cocoa Brown’s Deluxe Velvet Double Sided Tanning Mitt to buff the mousse into my skin and let it sit for 30 seconds (yes, only 30 seconds!) till it was absorbed. Since the mousse is oil-free it didn’t leave any sticky residue on my skin and I could put my clothes on almost immediately after application. The mousse leaves behind an amazing floral scent, which is a welcome change from the artificial odour that accompanies most self-tanners.

Fun Fact: The colour you see in the mousse is a colour guide so that you can see where you are applying the tan. DHA, the active tanning ingredient is colourless!
It’s recommended to wait 1-3 hours before you shower; however, the product will continue to develop even after your shower helping you gradually achieve the most beautiful glow.

Cocoa Brown didn’t stain any of my clothes and I could go about my day as per usual without putting aside hours and hours for my self-tanning session.

The result? I look and feel so sun kissed after using Cocoa Brown! Even better? Zero sun and chemical damage. I can’t recommend Cocoa Brown to you guys enough, especially if you’re the kind that likes to maintain a bronzed glow all year round.

The product will not put a hole in your pocket as it is super affordable at only $19.95. Get your hands on Cocoa Brown here

 

#PowerOfConfidence

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Now that summer is here, the short shorts, dresses and skirts are out in full force, and that means I have to shave often! I have thick, dark coarse hair so, when it grows back, it grows with a vengeance! Eek! With that said, I learned the importance of adding a few extra steps to my shaving routine to maintain a hair free summer, for as long as possible.

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I start off with cleansing my skin with a gentle and moisturizing body wash, like the new Aveeno® Daily Moisturizing Vanilla & Oats Yogurt body wash. The rich and creamy formula is made with Active Naturals® to help gently revitalize dry skin.

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Once my skin is cleansed, I move on to the Schick® Hydro Silk® razor, along with  Skintimate’s new hypoallergenic moisturizing shave gel – Skintimate® Skin Therapy® Ultra Sensitive – this shave gel forms a rich lather to help you see where you’ve shaved so you never miss a spot! Schick® Hydro Silk® goes beyond a close shave to care for your skin.

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As a #SchickAmbassador I was asked to share with my readers a #GoBeyond story and how you can embrace the #PowerOfConfidence.

I started my blog, My Fash Avenue, as a creative outlet in my spare time, as I wasn’t so happy with my 9-5 job, working in an office for a large home developer. I started browsing the internet and discovered a bunch of fashion/beauty blogs (which weren’t as popular as they are today) and I thought, why not give it a try? I mean, why not experience something that I’ve always been passionate about, right?! I immediately set up my website (literally that same day), went out to Best Buy, and bought myself a camera. I had no clue what I was getting myself into but, as an introvert, at the time, I was determined to follow my passion! I got my little sister to take pictures of me, and then I started posting 5x/day. I had no idea my blog would open up so many great opportunities, experiences and friendships.

The time I started to come out of my shell was when I was featured in a 4-page editorial spread with Elle Canada! Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always dreamed of being a model, but didn’t ever think it would happen since my height is more on the petite side, rather than taller side. After a couple of years blogging, I was contacted by TRESemmé to be featured in Elle Canada, not once, but twice in the 4-page spread. I had to literally pinch myself as I never thought this would happen in my 30’s! It allowed me to turn my childhood dream into a reality!

Starting my blog was the best thing I’ve ever done! Although you might find it hard to believe, I used to be an introvert. Blogging has helped me find my voice and give me the confidence I never thought I would ever have. As a kid, I was bullied, which led me to turn into a shy an insecure little girl. If I could go back in time, I would tell my 9 year old self to not care what people say, and speak up with confidence, because it’s not worth letting cruel people change who you really are.

Share your story on how you conquered a fear and crushed a goal you though was out of reach.

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Want to experience the new and improved Schick® Hydro Silk® razor? Click on this link to enter and try a new Schick® Hydro Silk® razor!

 

How to get 2 different hairstyles from day to night in less than 15 minutes!

Want to learn how you can achieve summer’s day-to-night staple in less than 15 minutes, from perfect straight hair to flirty beachy waves, as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Having thick coarse hair, plus a busy lifestyle such as myself, can be difficult to change up my look with minimal time. I don’t have the time or budget to go to a salon so, instead, I found three affordable products from a local Shoppers Drug Mart, that can help me achieve this season’s go-to hairstyles in less than 10-15 minutes! Yep… you heard me, ladies!

Sleek and Straight:

Like most people, I am not a morning person, so I need to use the best products to help me get out of the house leaving my hair sleek and straight to last me throughout the day. So, on day two, my hair gets frizzy and flat, and it requires some TLC to help it look renewed, and sleek looking. I start off with spraying my hair with the Hydrating Dry Conditioner Spray, Cake “The Locks Smith” – It instantly leaves it feeling and looking smooth and frizz free without any residue. Next, I use the Infiniti Pro by CONAIR Ionic Straightening Brush, which immediately takes the frizz away, straightens and smooths – It has the ability to go up to 400°F, so that it can work on most hair types, such as my thick hair. I use it on small sections of my hair so I make sure it hits every strand. Once I finish with the Straightening Brush, I gently comb through with my fingers, making sure I smooth out any flyaways.

*These steps take about 10-15 minutes.

Beachy Waves:

As a blogger on the side, I am always rushing home from my 9-5 to quickly get ready to head out to an event, but I like to change up my hairstyle as I am always having photos taken, and like to have variety looks. Since my summer go-to is “beachy waves”, all I need to get that look is use spray, Cake The Wave Maker Texturizing Beach Spray. As soon as I walk in the door, I spray my hair with the Beach Spray, make two braids, and touch up my makeup and change as it air dries. Once I am ready to head out, I take my braids out and gently comb through with my fingers, and give a little bit of extra volume in the roots with the Cake The ‘Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray, and gently move my roots using the tips of my fingers in a small circular motion to give a bit more volume.

*These steps take less than 10 minutes (minus allowing it to air dry – to speed up this process, use a hairdryer on the braids)

 

Voila! I achieved 2 different, effortless looks to help me get through my busy day without having to worry about time!

What are your day-to-night tips and tricks?

 

CONTEST ALERT!

Enter in the Shoppers Drug Mart #HairGoals contest by submitting a photo or video of your great hair day for a chance to win a $350 salon-inspired basket for you and a friend HERE!