My Weight Loss Journey: How I Did It Without Ever Stepping Inside A Gym

I wasn’t going to share the story of my weight loss journey quite yet, but I surprised myself by fitting into my goal dress with 10 more pounds still to go!

Goal dress achievement unlocked!
Goal dress achievement unlocked!

I’ve been pretty quiet about my weight loss journey on social media and in real life. However, the last month or so it’s been hard to keep quiet for a few reasons. One, people who have known me for a few years NOTICED there is a lot less of me and would ask me questions. Two, I’m pretty darn happy with how I look now, so I am happy to talk about it. Three, once I compared an old picture to a very recent picture the comparison BLEW ME AWAY, so again I am happy to talk about it.
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Skincare 101 Step One: Cleansing

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I get asked quite often about my skincare routine, and while I’d love to be able to answer it simply, I really cannot.  So I thought it deserved a dedicated post.  What I choose to use depends on time of day, what I have on my fact to take off, season, whether I am in a hurry, whether I will be putting makeup on afterwards, my mood, etc.  I definitely reach for certain products more than others, and I usually have a handful of samples in the wings because I love trying new products to see if I want them in my arsenal.

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Product Review: Nature Republic Super Aqua Max

Yesterday’s post I reviewed one of my favourite barrier creams for fall skincare.  Today I will show you my other favourite,Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream, for combination skin.  This is also a gel cream texture and super hydrating but also is a last-step cream that you can use to lock down your layers of serums and essences.  It absorbs fast and dried to a matte finish.  It is thicker texture than the Boscia Sake Balm and holds its shape in the jar when disturbed, unlike Sake Balm.

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Three Tips for Hydrated Summer Skin

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Summer wreaks havoc on our skin, being subjected to the sun’s rays and heat.  It is even worse for those of us who work indoors and also expose our skin to the other extreme of very drying air conditioning.

The key to nourishing summer skin is, in a word, hydration.  This means hydrating from the inside out.

1. Drink lots of water.

-A simple concept for sure, but sometimes we need to be reminded that we need to drink more than usual when we are sweating and temperatures are soaring.  Water hydrates, helps remove toxins, plumps up the cells, and cools you down.

2. Use hydrating skincare.

-After cleansing use a hydrating toner, preferably one that does not contain alcohol.  Alcohol is very drying to the skin, and in the moments after cleansing when your skin is in “receiving mode,” you want to provide it with soothing hydration.  One of my absolute favourites is Shu Uemura Depsea Hydrability Moisturizing Lotion Enriched 150ml/5oz, $36.

-Follow up with a serum containing hyaluronic acid.  HA holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water!  My favourite is  Joy & Karma Vitamin C Serum, $17.50, which contains HA and other anti-aging ingredients.

-Finalize with a moisturizing barrier cream to lock down all that good stuff you just layered onto your skin.  Simple and affordable, I love me some CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, $6.  

3. Misting throughout the day.

-Gaining more popularity in North America now, misting has been practiced in Europe and Asia for years.  Throughout the day, hit the skin with some hydration, wait a minute or two, and then blot excess with a tissue.  Also helps to refresh makeup and perks you up!  My favourites include Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $16, which has a lovely scent, and Avene Thermal Spring Water, $9.  I love the mini sizes; they fit perfectly in my purse!


P.S. using a hydrating sheet mask a few times a week is amazing for boosting hydration and having a bit of spa time at home as a treat for yourself.  I love the Tony Moly Pureness 100 Sheet Mask, seven sheets for $12.