Spring Beauty Essentials

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With spring just around the corner, the weather changing and the possibility of spending more time outdoors, I felt compelled to share some of my recent go-to beauty products that I’ve been incorporating into my beauty routine. Most of these products are either green or very clean so I’m thrilled to share them with you all today.

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DERMA E Hydrating Facial Oil Treatment

This face oil is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free and GMO-free. It’s perfect to mix in with your daily moisturizer as it helps target dull, dehydrated and also premature signs of aging. I take this Californian green beauty product with me on my travels and use it either once or twice a day depending on the weather and how my skin feels.

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DERMA E Hydrating Night Crème

This clean night cream has been my go-to these past couple of months. Its extra-rich properties deeply penetrate the skin helping to moisturize and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The cream is enriched with antioxidants, Vitamins C and E as well as aloe. It also helps your skin fight against free radicals and the effects of the environment. It is also, 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free and GMO-free.

 

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Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum

Slowly getting to know this incredibly popular and successful line of products. This overnight serum helps enhance skin nourishment, cell renewal and also hydrates your skin while you sleep. Argan and rose oils help revitalize your skin and smooth away fine lines. This product contains no artificial fragrances or colors.

 

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Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer

Dermalogica’s primer is a great asset in your daily makeup routine because it does many things at once. Not only does it contain SPF 30, thus protecting you from the sun but it also helps smooth away fine lines while also creating a great base for your makeup, so that your makeup lasts all day. I usually combine this primer with my moisturizer and face oil.

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EOS Active Protection Lip Balm

EOS’s latest product combines jojoba oil, shea butter and antioxidant-rich Vitamin E along with SPF 30 to create a lip balm that will not only nourish your lips but also protect them from harmful UVA/UVB rays while you’re outdoors. The lip balm is also 80 minute water resistant as well as PABA-free, Petrolatum and paraben-free. I know it will become my go-to on warmer spring days or in the summer while I’m out running or surfing!

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Belif Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched

This Belif product is the latest addition to my daily beauty and wellness routine. Their light gel cleansing oil helps remove makeup and residue while also leaving the skin feeling refreshed. The oil is free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, preservatives and animal-origin ingredients.

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Belif Peat Miracle Revital Cream

I have been blending this Belif cream along with my face oil and primer every morning. The cream which contains peat extract, helps rejuvenate and hydrate the skin while also helping to increase the cell turnover cycle of your skin. This cream is free of synthetic fragrances, synthetic colors, preservatives or any animal by-products.

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Consonant Natural Foaming Face Wash

Consonant have become one of my favorite organic and green beauty brands. Added bonus – they’re Canadian! I recently tried their 30-day discovery kit and realized that their products left my skin feeling great throughout. I particularly liked their 100% natural face wash that is packed with tea tree oil and grape see oil that help not only remove makeup but also hydrate the skin and fight blemishes. It is the perfect travel buddy!

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Consonant Ultra Moisturizing Organic Face Cream For Dry Skin

Another great travel-friendly product is their non-greasy hydrating face cream. The use of cassia angustifolia seed extract and grape seed oil help with hydration and also work as antioxidants to help make your skin feel hydrated and radiant.

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Saje Wellness Tingle Mint Invigorating Foot & Body Lotion

Get your feet and legs feeling minty fresh and energized post-shower with Saje’s 100% natural, vegan and plant-based peppermint, shea and tea tree lotion. Their body lotion has become a favorite of mine post-runs and also in the morning.

Biolage R.A.W.

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I am all about green beauty so I love when renown brands lean towards launching more natural lines of products.

Biolage is the latest hair care brand to have decided to go towards the more wholesome and natural route. Their brand new line of products Biolage R.A.W. is not only good for you but also good for the environment. Their 70-100% natural-origin shampoos and conditioners provide the same professional results without harming your beautiful locks. These products are biodegradable and made from 100% recyclable packaging. R.A.W. is also free of any sulfates, silicones, parabens and artificial colorants.

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Biolage R.A.W. offers 3 different types of products: Recover, Nourish and Uplift. Recover has as a purpose to restore shine to stressed hair using ingredients such as yucca, goji berry, coriander oil and kaolin clay. Nourish uses coconut oil, honey, quinoa husk and kaolin clay to transform dry hair into healthy-looking soft locks. Finally, Uplift uses black sesame, grapefruit, kiwi and kaolin clay to purify flat and fine hair. All three product lines offer a shampoo, conditioner and also a hair mask.

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I was drawn to the Nourish line because of all the swimming I’ve been doing lately, the chlorine and salt water has really dried up my hair. Using the shampoo and conditioner allows my hair to not feel so coarse and also lot smoother than before. The shampoo is 71% natural and easy to lather whereas the conditioner, which is 95% natural can easily be combed through my hair. What I also like is the gentle and natural fragrances found in the product. Scents like ginger, eucalyptus, honey and nutmeg are nice because they are not too overpowering.

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Finally, the brand’s website offers a comprehensive guide to all the ingredients found in the Biolage R.A.W. products. It gives the ingredients’ origins as well as their benefits and why they are being used.

To find out more about Biolage R.A.W. visit the Matrix website here.

This post was written in collaboration with the Matrix Canada but all opinions are my own.

 

5 Questions With: Julie Clark of Province Apothecary

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I love learning from other women. Julie Clark, the founder of the Toronto brand Province Apothecary is someone who shares her green beauty and wellness knowledge via her amazing line of organic and natural skincare products. She recently opened up a new shop in the Little Portugal neighborhood of Toronto, where her clients will now be able to access her entire line of vegan and cruelty free products. She shares with us today her inspiration behind her line and her summer go-tos!

1) Where does your passion for green beauty originate from?

I have suffered from eczema for my entire life, i was sick and tired of using terrible products for my skin that in the end never healed it0 just made it worse. I thought there must be something better out there and so i started this skincare journey and started learning about the power or pure organic plant ingredients.

2) Why did you want to start Province Apothecary?

It started it for self healing reasons- to help my eczema that I had had for 28 years. I have accomplished my goal and now am able to heal my skin with our organic plant based products. I also now much more about skin then I ever expected and I love sharing this knowledge with our clients and customers on a daily basis. I had no idea how to treat my skin before I started on this journey and I had so much to learn!

3) What would you say separates your line from others?

The fact that I am an aromatherapist and holistic aesthetician. I see clients on a daily basis and give them amazing, relaxing, custom organic facials! I love connecting with them and truly understanding their needs and their skins needs. It so amazing to help them find the right routine for them and see their skin improve + glow after only a few weeks!

4) What are some of the benefits of using handmade & organic beauty products vs. general drugstore products or bigger brands?

They are better for your whole body and the whole plant! You also get more powerful products that are made with pure, organic plant ingredients- not petroleum by-products and commercial grade ingredients. 

5) What are your top 3 product recommendation for the summer?

I’m currently in PEI and can not live without:
Our rescue balm- I use it 10 times a day to keep my hands hydrated (this is where I have eczema) – every time I wash my hands I apply it. Also, it’s the best lip balm!
Our eczema balm- I am extremely sensitive to the sun and get heat rashes constantly. Every night I will apply the eczema  balm to any sun rash and wake up with normal, healthy skin!
Our toner- It’s hot here and one of my favourite things to do is keep the toner in the fridge and spritz myself whenever I’m in the kitchen- or need a cool down. Rosewater is so rich in phytonutrients and it is one of the most cooling hydrosols. 

The Cure Apothecary

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Part of my wellness journey this past year has been about finding good and natural skincare and beauty products. If I put so much effort in working out, eating clean and being healthy then I realized I should also be putting just as much thought into the products I choose to put on my skin.

A lot of research has shown lately that unfortunately, many products we use on a daily or even weekly basis can be very toxic for our health. A lot of these products are readily available and backed by tons of marketing and advertising dollars. Educating oneself about these products is key because they could be just as toxic if not more than the food we eat or the environment we live in.

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I’m grateful to live in a city where shops like The Cure Apothecary exist. I happen to find this boutique while walking home from work one evening. The super cute shop located on Queen Street West has been open for just over a year now and is the brainchild of Nitasha Goel. She made the switch to natural beauty products 8 years ago and found it difficult to find certain products that she wanted to try in the city. She’s also a big boutique shopper and has always been a fan of the one on one shopping experience. So when came time to open up her shop, she made sure that she would carry that experience over to The Cure Apothecary.

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Anyone that has been to the shop before, knows that Nitasha is incredibly knowledgeable, approachable and helpful. She’ll let clients touch, feel, smell and trial products before purchasing them. Though people are becoming more and more aware of what they’re putting onto their skin, Nitasha still feels that the transition has been slow towards adopting more natural skin and beauty products “A lot of people started changing their food and eating habits but that light bulb never really went off that what you’re putting topically is being absorbed. So it’s counteractive if you’re eating really healthy and then putting all this garbage on your skin,” she says.

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When she opened the store, Nitasha wanted to make sure that the boutique was both for men and women, that all walks of life felt comfortable there and wanted her shop to be a really easy transition place for those who were new to natural products yet also providing different products for early adopters or veterans.

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Nitasha tries to source newness to Toronto and the area and wants to make sure she only carries the best products available. She makes sure that each product line that she carries comes from the cleanest source. “A lot of essential oils and coconut oil are widely available on the market but you have to do your research. You have to know where that coconut oil is coming from. All of these brands have done that research for you. Even though it may say organic, you don’t know if the farm beside it is using pesticides. So even though it may be an organic farm, pesticides will affect the ingredients, it’s just like our food. All of these brands are using local farms if they can or their own farming facilities so they know what is happening there. They are doing that legwork for you and producing a good product,” explains Nitasha.

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Don’t stick with one brand, find what’s working for you in each brand. The beauty of organic brands is that you don’t have to buy A, B and C to get one result. You can mix and match and make the formula that works for you,” she adds.

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People who tend to compare prices between natural products to generic pharmacy products are usually concerned with the sometimes hefty price tag that these products have but Nitasha points out that these are products that will last up to 6 months whereas the generic products tend to only last 1-2 months. She tells all of her customers that less is more when comes to applying these natural products.

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The whole skincare and food thing goes hand in hand. You want to eat local, know that our food is being treated in a certain way and the employees are being treated well so you would want the same thing for skincare,” she says.

Nitasha’s 5 product recommendations for those leading an active lifestyle:

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Oils – “They are such a big thing. There’s a misconception that if you have oily skin, that the oils are going to make you oily. Oil really balances out your skin. I carry a good amount of oils because I think it’s the best way to hydrate. With moisturizers, people just keep adding, adding and adding and not getting the result. Whereas a little bit of oil will give you the best result. Evanhealy‘s rosehip oil and hydrosoul tonic spray creates a beautiful formula that is great for hydrating.”

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CV Skinlabs – “They use turmeric, ginger, aloe and mushroom extract. Being in the elements, your skin’s going to get dry (especially if you already suffer from eczema, it’s going to get irritated) so this is going to help heal your skin. It comes in 4 formulas but the spray is great for someone that goes outside a lot, especially in the summer. The spray helps repair the skin. Their balm is also perfect for wind burn and for your lips.”

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Kypris moisturizer – “For dark spots, when you’re in the sun or outside, you need vitamin C. This moisturizer has Vitamin C Ester, so it’s very gentle but effective.

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Skin Essence Mask – “Being outdoors, you have to be careful and you have to know what you’re doing to your skin. Any sort of hydrating mask is good for your skin. We do all invest in masks and it’s hard to get through them because they sometimes turn. So 90% of my masks are in clay form. All you have to do is mix it with water or toner or honey and you apply it. It won’t turn so it saves your product a little bit more.”

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One Love Organics Konjac Sponge – “It’s a plant-based product from Japan. You soak it for a couple of seconds to puff up. You can apply your cleanser directly to the sponge, you can also remove your makeup and cleanse your face while using the sponge to buffer your skin. You can also use it just with water. If you aren’t going to invest into a good scrub, it’s good to at least buffer your skin and get your cleanser right into your pores. If you suffer from blackheads, this is amazing.”

For more info on The Cure Apothecary or to check out their online shop, go here. You can also drop by the shop and say hi to Nitasha at 719 Queen St. West, Toronto.

Vinothérapie Spa Pedicure

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If you’re looking for the ultimate foot relaxation treatment, then you must stop by the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie at the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto.

Since I’ve been running so much these past couple of months, I was in dyers need of some major foot care and this ended up being the most luxurious experience!

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The Miraj Hammam Spa is located on the 5th floor of the Shangri-La and is a beautiful haven featuring architectural and cultural elements inspired by Paris, Marrakesh and Istanbul. As soon as you walk into the spa, you’re immediately taken into a world of tranquility and relaxation.

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The staff at the spa were all incredibly kind. When I arrived, I was immediately escorted into their manicure and pedicure room, given a class of water and was set up in one of their comfortable booths. The decor is warm, I particularly liked all the plush pillows and the fact that each booth had charging areas for your phone.

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Not long after I sat down, I was brought a glass of water as well as a tray of Middle Eastern snacks. I was brought some fresh homemade baklava, grapes and a mint and chai tea. The snacks were delicious!!

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The Vinothérapie Spa Pedicure is an 80 minute long treatment that incorporates some of Caudalie‘s signature products that originate from the Bordeaux region in France. The Vinothérapie includes the application of actual grapes on your legs (a great natural moisturizer and exfoliant for the skin!), a Merlot Friction Scrub, an Elixir spray to enhance luminosity of the skin as well as Moisturizing Mask. Your feet will be cleansed, soaked and groomed with the utmost care. This was hands down the longest and most splendid foot treatment I’ve ever received. My runners’ feet were transformed and are now ready for summer. I’m making a mental note to return after my 15k race on June 14th!

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Following the nail polish application and the finishing touches of the pedicure, I was brought to their Alhambra Relaxation Lounge for a few minutes, while I waited for the polish to dry. The dimly lit lounge is a Moroccan oasis, filled with plush beds, complimentary tea and snacks. You can also opt to go out on their adjacent outdoor patio. It’s majestic place to continue your relaxation if you’re staying for an afternoon or for the full day.

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I had a very pleasant first experience at the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie. It feels so good to get pampered once in a while. In addition to their signature Vinothérapie Spa Pedicure and Manicure, the spa also offers a variety of Hammams, Massages, Facials, Body Care and other delightful treatments. Find out more about the spa here.

Friday Faves

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1) PAI Copaiba Aha Deep Cleanse Mask – I recently discovered this brand of certified organic, vegan and leaping bunny beauty products. Pai started in London in 2007, having as a goal to create a line of products that were clean and plant-based. This mask features ingredients like rosehip, strawberry leaf (who knew?!), copaiba and pink pomelo. My skin is pretty fair and sensitive so I enjoyed the delicateness of this mask. My skin always feels super smooth afterwards.

2) Saint Cosmetics Precarious Peach Blush – This vegan and natural brand of cosmetics is from Pickering, Ontario. Their products are created from naturally occurring and derived ingredients from nature. They are all free from parabens, sulfates, petrolatum or any products that could be harmful for the skin. I’m a big fan of the packaging, it looks very high-end. I also really like the color of the blush, it doesn’t look too bright and also feels very light!

3) Pureology Red Illuminating Caring Oil – Though I have natural red hair, I sometimes like to give my natural color a little boost. I recently heard of this vegan hair oil that I’m very excited to try. The problem with dying your hair red is that it always comes out so incredibly fast so I’m hoping that this oil will help make it last a little longer. I like that the brand is a Global Green partner and is working to create a sustainable future in the salon professional community. I’ve always disliked going to the salon because of the heavy use of chemicals in their hair products but it’s nice to see that brands are slowly moving towards more natural alternatives. Here’s hoping it continues that way.

Road to Nike Women’s 15k – Week 5

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Week recap:

Can’t believe we’ve already passed the halfway mark on this training journey. This past week was by far the hardest week thus far. The reason being: I was sick. I started off the week with a speed run on Monday morning with the #BetterForIt ladies and couldn’t even keep up. I had to stop several times to catch my breath and felt really terrible. Tuesday, I took a sick day from work and basically slept all day so didn’t train at all. Wednesday, I went to the NRC club to do a short and slow 5k run to try to get back into it. I was happy that it wasn’t a complete disaster. Thursday was my regular NTC morning class with Eva Redpath. I could tell that I was still under the weather and had less energy and strength then usual. Took the day off on Friday but went to get my bib in preview of the 10k Sporting Life race on Sunday. Can’t believe the time has finally come to run my 1st ever race! Saturday I went for a quick “shakeout run”, as they call it, running 3k slowly just to warm up my muscles. And today, Sunday, was D day! It was a muggy but rainless morning. There was so much excitement in the air as people lined up in their corrals, it brought me back to my teens and all the years I spent as a competitive swimmer, skippers, etc. It was truly an incredible feeling to not only be able to run down Toronto’s biggest street but to also see everyone cheering on the sidelines (PDRR‘s has the best cheering squad, hands down!). I can honestly say that I enjoyed every bit of it. Though it did get hard with the excessive humidity near the end, seeing everyone cheering motivated me to keep pushing. I even got a little emotional as I crossed the finish line realizing that I had indeed finished my 1st ever 10k race. Not only did I run my fastest 5k but I also ran my fastest 10k ever. Two PBs for me today! After a pretty bad week of training, this was a huge surprise! If you would have told me a year ago that I’d be running a 10k without stopping (I could barely run 3km before without stopping!), I wouldn’t have believed you. Today’s run was incredibly meaningful. So stoked for the Nike Women’s 15k race on June 14th!!

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How I’m feeling:

For the past week, I’ve been feeling pain in my left knee so thanks to Eva’s recommendation, I went to seek professional advice on Friday. I had acupuncture and physio done by a really nice RMT at the Toronto Pain and Headache Clinic . He also told me to ice my knee and see how I feel after the 10k run. Since I’ve also been sick, I’ve been trying to sleep as much as possible to try to recuperate. Even a week later, I was still not feeling 100%. I was also very nervous as of Thursday night going into my first race, not knowing what to expect from the event. I’m please to say that my knee didn’t hurt the entire 10k and that I’m now feeling 100% 😀

What I learned:

Injuries suck. There’s nothing worse than not being able to give it your all because of an injury. What I learned this week, is to be in tune with your body and to not wait until something gets really bad before going to get it checked. Being injured can definitely throw a wrench in someone’s training so the best way to deal with it is to seek professional advice ASAP!

Enjoy the journey! A 10-week training journey is bound to be filled with ups and downs, personal victories, disappointments, etc. The important thing I’ve learned, is to enjoy the process. Our amazing Monday morning pacer Paulina, reminded me this week before the 10k race to just have fun and enjoy the experience. I think it’s truly the best attitude to have. I feel incredibly lucky to have the raddest group of people supporting me. Stoked on this first running accomplishment and excited to see what the future holds!

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On to week 6, only 4 more to go!! 🙂

#DoneBeforeDawn

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In July, I’ll be celebrating my one year anniversary of taking NTC classes. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably read about NTC before. Doing NTC for the past year has really changed the way a) I view group classes and b) the way my body feels and looks. I think NTC has made me a whole lot stronger and healthier overall and has also allowed me to meet such an awesome community of women not only in Toronto but across North America.

This week, Nike Toronto launched a special #DoneBeforeDawn series of NTC classes across Toronto. This special 6-week series offers Torontonians some early morning classes that will have you sweating while the rest of the city sleeps. You’ll be able to train with Nike Master Trainers in some of the city’s most beautiful locations. Classes are offered in the Annex, CityPlace, The Village, King West, Downtown, St. Lawrence and Queen West!

Want to find out more? Check out the Nike Toronto page here.

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Photos by @Offner

Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 5 Breathe Print Women’s Running Shoes (get them here)

Nike Dri-FIT 360 Arm Sleeve (get them here)

Nike Advantage Printed Women’s Tank (similar one here)

Road to Nike Women’s 15k – Week 4

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Week recap:

Can’t believe we’re already at the end of week 4! Time is flying by! This week started off with an awesome 6k run on Monday morning with the #BetterForIt ladies followed by an amazing private cooking class from The Drake Hotel‘s chef de cuisine – Alexandra. She gave us some of her favorite recipes to make pre & post-run. Tuesday was an EPIC day of training. It started off with a soccer-inspired #NTC workout on Tuesday morning with Nike Master Trainer Eva Redpath and two of the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team players – Adriana Leon & Sophie Schmidt. We previewed this month’s new NTC workout. That evening, we were brought by Nike Toronto to a secret location for a soccer inspired speed workout with Adriana and Sophie. In case you missed it, check out my interview with Adriana Leon on the blog here. Wednesday I took a much needed rest day but continued my training with another morning NTC class on Thursday and then a speed track workout on Friday afternoon. Clocked my fastest km & mile thus far, another exciting moment! This weekend, I took advantage of the beautiful weather and went for a longer run today, running 10k. Felt really inspired by all those who ran the GoodLife Fitness marathon & half-marathon today. I’ve said this before, but what an awesome community of runners we have in Toronto. We’re incredibly lucky!

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How I’m feeling:

The week started off great, except my knee started hurting on Tuesday during the speed run. It was ok the rest of the week until the track workout on Friday. I made sure to use the tennis ball and stretch properly using Dr. Bubbs tips (see them here), after my runs, hopefully it will feel better for my 1st ever race next week! I’m also feeling a bit under the weather, my throat has been sore and my head has been pounding, so I’m trying to load up on vitamins to make sure I’m 100% for race week! Not going to lie, today’s 10k was incredibly hard for me. The first 5, I was feeling really sick and even had to stop at one point but seeing everyone from the race still on Lakeshore and also seeing some of the last competitors walk or job past me, I know I had to keep going. Hey if they’re running 20-40 kms, then I need to finish my 10! Thanks to Offner for sticking with me until the end.

What I learned:

The importance of wearing the right shoe. This week I had the privilege of trying out new Nike running and NTC footwear. Below, from left to right, the new soccer inspired Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 5 Breathe Print Women’s Running Shoes – perfect for my weekly NTC classes, the new Nike Free 5.0 2015 Women’s Running Shoes – great for quick runs and working on speed. They are lightweight and are good for building up your muscles and finally the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 Women’s Running Shoes – perfect for longer runs with a shock-absorbing cushion and good outsole that maximizes traction and durability! Excited to have taken these three new pairs of shoes for runs and training this week. I’m definitely enjoying the extra cushiony feel of the new Vomeros, they make me feel like I’m reducing the stress on my body as I’m running longer distances.

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Listen to your body. With training comes fatigue and with fatigue comes injury. With my first race just a week away, I want to make sure I listen to my body when it’s hurting or feeling fatigued. I think I pushed myself way too much last week so this week, I took it a bit easier. With my knee not feeling 100%, I’m being careful with the amount and type of training I do. I don’t want to make it worst!

This week is a pre-race week! I’m excited to let you all know how my first ever race goes. Anyone else running the Sporting Life 10k? Wishing you all a fabulous week! xo

 Photos by @Offner

Healthy Skin

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As I’m transitioning towards a healthier and better me, I feel like the next logical step in this transformation is to take care of my skin. I’ve been eating as clean as possible, and working out, so the next logical step is to make sure that what I put on my skin is also healthy.

I started wearing makeup when I was in high school. I remember buying and wearing foundation because I didn’t like my freckles to show and as the years went on, my makeup collection just kept growing. Since I’ve been working in television the past five years, I’ve had the privilege of being able to get my makeup done when I shoot. That said, with having to wear a lot of makeup all the time, I started wondering if what I was putting on my skin was causing my breakouts, eczema, etc.

I never really cared about what I put on my face until very recently… When I started moving towards healthier and toxic-free living, it came to mind that I should also look at what I was putting on my body, since I was already keeping in check what I was putting in my body. After trying out a few local natural brands and after talking to my dear friend Maggie (if you haven’t already, check out her amazing wellness blog My Whole Healthy), it became obvious that I should also make the transition towards healthy skin.

So a couple of weeks ago, after chatting with Maggie and after checking out EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database she recommended, I decided it was time to clean out my makeup bag and only keep the cleanest and most natural beauty products. I also went online and ordered a handful of new natural and clean beauty products following the the Skin Deep guide of recommended brands. If you haven’t used this site before, it’s a must! You can find more than 68 000 products on their site, which they grade from the safest to most harmful for your skin (using the scale below!), listing what ingredients you’ll find in each product and their effects on your body.

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The products pictured at the top of the blog are all part of my new beauty routine. Juice Beauty, Eco Bella and Avalon Organics are products I just recently ordered online after checking out their their toxicity and reading reviews on the database. Kaia Naturals and LOVEFRESH are local Toronto brands that I’ve been really loving recently. I’ll keep posting some of my new favorite natural products as I find them along the way.

I still have a long way to go, but it’s such a great feeling to know that I’m not putting carcinogens or toxic products on my face every day. What are some of your favorite all-natural makeup brands and beauty products? I would love your recommendations! 😀