Body, Health, Hygiene, Moi, Skin, Sunscreen

Backpacking is romantic until everything hurts.

My husband loves climbing shit camping. He’s hiked and camped his entire life.

I have not.

I prefer doing my nails. In a city. In civilization. Preferably sitting down.

But don’t get me wrong – I do love an adventure and Josh and I have already camped twice! Well, three times now.

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Specimen #1: Somewhere by Carmel.

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Specimen #2: Somewhere in Big Bear.

And adventures = fun. And camping = drive to location, walk 12ft, pitch tent, start fire. Backpacking means something completely different.

We drove thirty minutes out of town, parked our car and started walking. Mostly downhill at first. Then a little incline. Passing through what should be little streams but are now just rocks awaiting spring rainfall. We held hands and laughed; strolling deeper up the mountain and listening to the sound of nature all around.¬†It was treacherous and my backpack was heavy [food, clothes, 0¬į sleeping bag, some butt wipes and my husband’s heavy as hell camera; believe me – he had it worse].

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We found this tree. Behind us is a rock this giant tree grows around.

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Tree bitch.

Then we got to the camp site and we shoveled things into our faces. And I doused myself in a Deet cocktail and took a nap on a picnic bench with the sun shining on mah face. And it was glorious.

But nothing is this simple.

We had to go further up to reach a scenic point on top of the fucking mountain. But now the terrain became even worse: switchbacks, unsteady dusty dirt slides, steep inclines. F. M. L.

Josh and I were in a car accident a few years back where the bone in the T went inches away from me and my back has been a nightmare ever since. Carrying shit in a backpack bigger than me made the nightmare a reality once more. By the time we got to our gorgeous campsite I was whining and throwing all my toys out of the pram. But it was gorgeous. And quiet.

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My shitty phone cam panorama.

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Sunset!

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Husband takes amazing pictures. This was our home for the night.

Morning came too quickly and it was time to down my coffee, pack up and hike a different way down than the one we came.

And by down I mean scaling a fucking mountain.

Here are the details I remember:

  • sending evil glares in Josh’s direction
  • telling Josh he’s a horrible human being for torturing me like this
  • sliding down in my shorts and getting my vagina massaged by sharp rocks
  • having my arms and legs mutilated by sharp leaves [scroll down for photographic proof]
  • sliding down¬†in my shorts and getting my vagina massaged by sharp rocks
  • sliding down¬†in my shorts and getting my vagina massaged by sharp rocks
  • sliding down¬†in my shorts and getting my vagina massaged by sharp rocks
  • twisted ankles and the nail beds on my toes bruised from the incline down

So, a walk in the park.

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These are my legs post branch lashings. Pictures don’t do this justice.

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Quarter of the way down. Stunning scenery. I love that man. I hate all of those bushes.

When we finally made it down I was pigeon-toed and covered in baked on sweat-dust. Sexual. I know.

But enough about me. Let’s get to product…

Murad Balm

Murad Essential-C Sun Balm for quick application on the nose and forehead [don’t forget the tops of hands].

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Whish Deodorant Swipes were perfect for refreshing [contains hair inhibitors – not too shabby] .

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Kiehl’s Lip Balm with SPF 15 because your lips need balm to be bomb.

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Shea Moisture Joint & Muscle Relief Dead Sea Salt Soak with Lavender & Wild Orchard – you better believe I was soaking [and emailing from my phone because it never ends].

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My Frida Kahlo impersonation.

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This was on my face while I was naked and covered in water. I get these at the Asian market downtown.

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Love of my life [sorry Josh] Osea Malibu Undaria Alage Oil to soothe and repair the skin.

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Ioma Soothing Gel For Legs – this stuff has been a life saver. As a makeup artist and professional backpacker.

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Nip + Fab Post Workout Fix is a topical muscle cooling gel made especially for my tired shoulders and buns.

And now I must go do my nails because they look like I’ve been climbing rocks. Wait. I can actually say that now!

Owie! Owie! Owie!

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BB Cream, Foundation, Makeup, Men, Sunscreen

Be my BB | Être mon BB

By now you’ve probably seen my countless pages of beauty stuffs in Bisous Magazine and said to yourself, “I want to know more!”

I give.

BB Creams have changed my life. Like, really really so. Foundation is becoming a thing of the past in my kit as the array of my favourite BB creams mixed with concealer is all I need to make my clients’ skin look flawless. No matter the texture.

Why?

Because using these magical creams makes you bypass steps (moisturizer, toner, SPF, illuminator, line filler, etc.) and lets your skin actually look like SKIN, not makeup! Red carpet and male clients are especially happy.

Check it…

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And now to the good stuff. Here are my favourites…

COMODYNES BB CREAMComodynes Skin Perfector: 6 in 1 is something I’ll probably never survive without ever again. This stuff is pure witchcraft. Skin is refreshed without being greasy. It smoothes and perfects unlike any product I’ve ever worked with. The only downfall is that it doesn’t come in light/fair and, sadly from what I hear, it probably won’t any time soon. But if you are medium or dark complected – this is the answer.¬†¬†$24.99

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And if you ARE fair skinned and want to drop less cash Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream is for you. ¬†These tubes are also hanging out in my kit because the quality, price and accessibility¬†are fantastic. Smells amazebeans. Beautiful coverage. Definitely don’t need any moisturizer with this stuff as it replenishes moisture and keeps on giving. $11.99

B Kamins

If you normally don’t wear makeup and hate the process of putting on creams but still want to look your best every day – B. Kamins BB Cream is the way forward. Though at a higher price point, just think… you’ll be bypassing ALL other products (this formula works on its own for most skin tones although I’ve noticed much better results on lighter pigmented folks). This sheer formula will highlight only the best and leave you smiling at your own radiance. $49

Kevyn Aucoin

Last, but certainly not least, is the luxurious Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Tinted Balm. Light weight. Comes in 4 rich shades. Velvety and precise, this sleek tube is an oil-free master of aging delay and evenness. Would you question this brand? I wouldn’t. $48

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Evil, Hair, Prevention, Remedy, Sunscreen

Vika’s Hair | Vika les Cheveux

Vika is a mother of a gorgeous little girl. Vika is a blogger. Vika has very thick hair. Vika had a question for me about hair and pollution.

I answer Vika by telling her I’ll blog about it.

DO:

DO NOT:

  • shampoo daily
  • dry your hair with heat tools
  • use oil based hair products will attract dust/dirt

PREVENTION:

  • massage scalp with coconut oil, leave in for an hour, wash
  • aloe vera gel mask for an hour, wash
  • mayonaise hair mask, 3-4 hours, wash
If you still want to add a little glisten to your tresses – here are a couple of oil-free options:

Optimum Care Sheen Spray

Vitale Oil Free Hair Polish

TADA!

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Evil, Prevention, Skin, Sunscreen

Sunscreen? | √Čcran Solaire?

So, my friend Jordan sent me an interesting article two nights ago about the dangers [gasp] of sunscreen. DANGERS, people. Naturally, I had to put my investigating cap on and do the research so you don’t have to…

Apparently most sunscreens on the market contain chemicals that are harmful, more-so toxic,  and increase chances of cancer down the line. Check it:

Oxybenzone

  • penetration enhancer – aids chemicals in making their way into your skin
  • endocrine and hormone¬†disrupter
  • damages and mutates cells
  • causes allergies
  • low birth weight if used during pregnancy

Vitamin A

  • increases skin’s sensitivity to UV rays = increases risks of skin cancer
  • another name for “retinol” which is used in anti-aging ingredients and should only be used at night and never around direct sun light

Diethyl Phthalate

  • causes liver and kidney damage
  • reduces fertility

Hemosalate

  • dries skin
  • deposits into hair follicles and may cause acne breakouts

Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA)

Salicylates

  • horrible for children
  • used to treat acne – not for every day use
  • can lead to kidney failure due to overproduction of bicarbonate

Beware, mes petits chéris, that this is not coming from a place of paranoia or panic. I also laughed it off at first, but then I cross-checked references and found that, indeed, all these additives are not our friends.

This is not to say that you shouldn’t be protecting yourself from the sun. This is also not to say that Vitamin D is bad for you, on the contrary it has some lovely properties for our well-being. This is just so you are more informed, more aware of what you are putting on and into your bodies.

Tips

  • light clothing covering your limbs is an alternative to SPF 15
  • wear wide brimmed hats to protect your head and face
  • wear large sunglasses to protect your eyeballs
  • Viamin E [topically or consumed] is an amazing sunblock in itself and helps reverse signs of sun damage
  • Omega-3 oils and fish are excellent preventative measures against cancer
  • when at the beach or working outside – try to keep in the shade as much as possible

Safe/er Sunscreens:

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