the benefits of lemon water

lemon water detox

oh, the power of something so simple. the benefits of lemon water are vast. upon waking, i love to get my body revved up and start the elimination process by sipping on warm lemon water as i get ready, and before i caffeinate. warm lemon water alkalizes the body, helps to flush the system of toxins, helping all functions of the body. the skin will glow, you’ll feel less bloated, and have a little boost of energy.

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set your kettle to simmer filtered water so it doesn’t get too hot as it heats, and then squeeze half a lemon into the glass. can you use bottled lemon juice? yes, and i do sometimes – it’s much more affordable than buying a lemon for two glasses of water. if you can, go for the organic lemons/lemon juice to keep things as clean as possible. if you’re on the go, use a mason jar to sip while you commute.

try this out for 2 weeks, and see what happens – would love to hear your success stories!

  

spring makeup favourites

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spring? but it’s january! true, but my job is to think ahead and get our makeup bags prepped! a new do it all eyeshadow palette, concealer, lip balm and lipsticks, these are my current favourites.

first up, let’s talk about this most amazing shadow palette. i wrote about too faced chocolate bar shadows on glitter guide recently, and am loving them. the palettes are full of warm, cool, neutrals, shimmers and mattes, all of which are heavily pigmented and velvety. there are two versions, the original, and the semi-sweet, and it’s tough to choose which one i love more! (the chocolate aroma thanks to an infusion of cocoa is actually really yummy – thought it was a weird gimmick at first, but i kinda love it).

mac’s sweet and sour lipstick is a creamy peach that i wear almost daily. it’s neutral enough to work with most skin tones. i’ll often get asked how to choose the perfect lip colour, and the only way is to take some time, go in and try on one after another to find the shades that make your face come to life. a red i’m loving right now, is from the new nars audacious lipstick line. the formula is soft, creamy and deeply pigmented.

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nars has been one of my fave make up lines for years – their formulations are always superior. i hadn’t ever tried their concealer, and wow, was i missing out. everything about this product is perfection – the doe foot wand gets just the right amount of product out and on to your skin and the formula while creamy, doesn’t clump or crease and gives the most perfect seamless coverage under the eyes, or on a spot. for those of you with yellow undertones, nars always has a wide range of yellow/golden toned skin products, just a little tip.

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glossier is a new fave. the line only ships to the us for now (sorry!), but if you can get your hands on ‘em, you’ll be glad you did. i reach for the balm dot com multiple times a day to use as a lip balm. it’s basic, free from any scent and is the perfect seal to keep my lips supple.

the perfect bold lip colour

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i’ve always been a fan of a bright lip every now and then – bright fuchsia, red, and even hot coral are in my rotation. in one of my recent browsing sessions at mac (where i often spend too much money), i came across this perfectly bright, yet muted, shade that i swear, looks great on everyone. mac’s fashion revival is a purple based berry shade that brightens up my complexion so nicely. it’s very similar to the cult fave ‘rebel’. one coat gives a softer, brighter tone, and doubling up the pigment with a second coat intensifies the depth to almost another colour completely. i like to think of it as a two in one.

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paired with a defined eye and bold brows, it’s my new fave.

 

sparkle with robson street: perfect beauty gift picks

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it’s the time of year when you get to shop your little heart out… even (especially) when it’s for other people, i love to shop to find out what’s new in the world of beauty. as part of my second post in partnership with my fave shopping district, robson street and their sparkle with robson holiday campaign, i’m sharing the best beauty picks for everyone on your list!

robson street is home to a brand new sephora (the biggest in canada!), aveda, l’occitane, and kiehl’s – a beauty lovers dream. it’s fun to make a day of it, grabbing a coffee, and hopping from place to place, testing, smelling, and picking out that perfect item. i’ve edited my picks for even the hardest person to buy for on your list (most people would say that person would be me!).

my favourite picks from l’occitane for your mom, sister or bestie are of the rose variety. i love how pretty these picks are, and they’re ideal for the girl on the go:

ROSES ET REINES HAND & NAIL CREAM (the aroma is beyond)
ROSES ET REINES ROLL-ON EAU DE TOILETTE INTENSE (for quick touch ups while she’s running through her day)
ARLÉSIENNE SCENTED CANDLE (a pop of pretty pink beside the tub or on her nightstand)

kiehls products

just down the block from l’occitane on robson, you’ll find kiehl’s. their simple fuss free formulations are perfect for the guy on your list (like my husband who loves the straightening cream!):

Midnight Recovery Concentrate (anti aging powerhouse, perfect for him or mom)
Lip Balm #1 (cult fave and the perfect basic)
heat protective silk straightening cream (smooths and shines for the perfect blowout)
body scrub soap (his do it all power bar)
creme de corps (light and nourishing for the body with a subtle scent)

sephora products

a few doors down from kiehl’s, sephora is the one stop shop for every lucky beauty lover on your list. there are so many gift sets to choose from, and christmas is the perfect time to get her in on cult faves, too:

benefit high beam
benefit cha cha tint (my go-to blush)
urban decay naked palette 2 (a staple she needs now)
bite beauty lipstick in pomegranate (a bright and cheery red that we all need in our makeup rotation)
NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret (each lip crayon is a perfect shade that works on most complexions)

aveda products

stroll down the shopping district to aveda. in my early 20′s, i spent a few years as a makeup artist at aveda, and became obsessed with their products. so many good ones that i’m really familiar with, i had no problem picking favourites that would be ideal for honestly, anyone on your list down to your secret santa, boss, or heck, your bestie! (that paddle brush is a must for everyone – we have two in our house and they so well made, we’ve had them for five years):

shampure candle (we all know that signature aveda scent, and this is it)
rosemary mint bath bar (lasts for months and is a shower pick-me-up)
a gift of baths of beauty (the beautifying oil is delicious!)
paddle brush (great for blowouts)
aveda men pure-formance™ grooming cream (the aroma will drive you crazy… in a good way)

head over to instagram for your chance to win a $200 beauty gift pack full of some of these items and follow along with our official #sparklewithrobson hashtag!