Summer Skincare Tips and Sun Protection

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Happy Summer! It’s official here! I’m very excited because I’m totally prepared for some lovely hot weather. I’m happy the sun is out and the birds are singing. So very excited for nice warm weather and sunshine on the skin. Natural vitamin D is so wonderful but I always like to use sunscreen on my children and my self. I’m going to share a few tips and products with you that I use to get my skin summer ready. I hope you share your summer get ready tips and skincare in the comments. Would love to hear your thoughts and ideas. First thing I will tell you is stay hydrated! Drink lots of water!

The first thing I like to do the day before I use gradual self tanners is get rid of all the body hair. The products that I use are *AVON’s Skin so Soft Fresh & Smooth Hair removal creams. It take 2 min only. Pretty amazing and it is perfect for sensitive skin.

Read more about AVON SUMMER SKINCARE  Get Summer Ready! Summer Skincare Protection with AVON 


I also like using NAIR hair removing cream for the upper lip and I’ve just tried the *Nair Legs and body hair remover with grape seed. With this formula it takes a little longer for the hair to be removed but works really great. Just a reminder when using these hair removing products please make sure to do a patch test before using. It is important you follow the instructions that are on the package.


The new Nair Nourish Creme for Legs & Body is a swirl formula with Grape Seed Oil plus antioxidant Rich Resveratrol. It removes hair as a little as three minutes while moisturizing to restore skin’s youthful glow leaving you with moisturized, hair-free skin for days longer than shaving. Giving you maximum smoothness with minimum hassle, the Nair Nourish Creme Hair remover is an easy, mess-free formula that works, giving you the results you want in minutes. Easy to use, the formula removes hair below the skin’s surface while caring for your skin with natural beauty ingredients. It also works on very short hair. Results that last longer than shaving. It leaves skin smooth and radiant. I use this formula for my legs, body and underarms. Affordable and convenient. SRP:$9.96-$12.99

I recently bought gloves to exfoliate my skin. I purchased them from Shoppers Drug Mart. I like to exfoliate my body because I use a gradual self tanner and the self tanner goes on more evenly and smoothly if I exfoliate.  I love using AVON Skin So Soft Satin Glow Skin Illuminator and body gel moisturizer. I also love my CLARINS Self Tanning Milky-Lotion.

4131413277I’m thinking of buying ST. Tropez because I’ve heard a lot of great things about it. What self tanners do you use? I’ve also heard lovely things about Bondi Sands Everyday Liquid Gold. Have you ever tried Bondi Sands?

So along with the gloves to exfoliate I love to use AVON Planet SPA Heavenly hydration Body Scrub, body cream and dry oil body spray. This trio is so incredible! After I exfoliate the legs I make sure to hydrate them before putting on the self tanner. This  step of hydrating the skin will help with an even distribution of colour and smooth coverage.

The lovely Trio that I’ve been enjoying is *AVON PLANET SPA Heavenly Hydration with Mediterranean Olive Oil. This Trio has ultra moisturizing olive oil and a refreshing scent of crisp greens and sandalwood. The Body Scrub is invigorating and leaves skin feeling energized, 200ml for $12.00. The Dry Oil Body Spray absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling velvety smooth, 150ml $12.00. The Body Cream is very moisturizing and has lovely beads that are infused with olive oil which leaves skin silky soft. It is non greasy and feels so lovely on the skin, 200ml $12.00. Available as of July 2017, through Avon Independent Sales Representatives, 1-800-265-AVON or online at


After exfoliating and hydrating my skin I apply the self tanners really well and wash my hands. I only use the self tanners two times a week. I haven’t tried using them more then that and I’ve never used it on my face. I know St. Tropez has face masks that give a really nice glow to the face and I really want to get my hands on those. Have you tried using a tanner on the face? Should you? Please let me know.

I always put my self tanners on at night because first thing in the morning I put on sunscreen. I’m obsessed with sunscreen and I will not leave the house without it. I’ve been really enjoying *Coppertone Clearly Sheer Spray for my arms and legs. It has SPF 50, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It is light weight sunscreen formula feels weightless on the skin, it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. It is clinically tested on acne prone skin. It is moisturizing formula helps keep skin smooth and soft. It is appropriate to use on sensitive skin and is very light and fresh clean scent. It is water resistant for 80 minutes.


I kindly received a Shisiedo Influenster box with Free Samples to try and I’m LOVING everything! The box came with *Shiseido 50+ Wet Force BB. It is Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ and its for the face. It is water resistant for 80 Minutes. I love it so much. It is not oily. It gives a soft matte finish and I absolutely love it. It feels incredible and light. I also received the *Shiseido Urban Environment Cream with SPF 40 for the face and body. I love it! It is a bit thicker and creamy in consistency but it absorbs so nicely on the skin.

Really incredible formulas. Shiseido is incredible when it comes to sunscreen and skincare. I also received *Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil! It is amazing and very hydrating, I love how it dissolves when I wash it off with water and it leaves my skin feeling so good and hydrated. Thank you so much to Influenster Canada for the incredible free samples. They are truly wonderful! Would you like to review and receive products from influenster? Join!

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You are beautiful to me because… SHISEIDO #ShareBeauty #Photoreadyskin

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Last year I attended the Dave Lackie follower party for SHISEIDO  with my wonderful friend and incredible blogger Cat Forsley.


I was blown away at the entire #ShareBeauty concept. SHISEIDO has connected people with their incredible campaign that “Beauty is a feeling”.


Did you happen to see my VLOG for that evening? Well you’re in luck!  I’ve attached it to this post so you can have a look at it if you like and you can also click and see pictures of the event on the blog post. #ShareBeauty Shiseido Event Toronto It was a beautiful function and I had so much fun. Truly a wonderful event that I will always remember. Thank you so much to Dave Lackie for the opportunity.

Last week I was fortunate and very lucky to win a gift from Dave Lackie on Twitter. You should totally follow him. He is really amazing and wonderful. He is a sweetheart and always gives to others. He is a really incredible person. The amazing gift that I kindly won is a Shiseido makeup bag with beautiful skincare and a lipstick. Thank you so much Dave Lackie! I’m truly grateful. I love everything and used everything already and I’m not surprised at all at how incredible the products are. Truly amazing especially the Cleanser!  wow!


I would also like to thank Dave for the beautiful lipstick! I adore the formula and the colour and packaging is perfection. This is in the colour RD 311 Crime of Passion. Totally adore Shiseido Lipsticks. They are beyond perfection!


Since I’m on a Shiseido Theme I wanted to share with you my INFLUENSTER BOX!



Guess what came in the box?

Shiseido products!

I’m going to share each product with you and give you a short little info and review.


IBUKI Quick Fix Mist

13ml Travel Size

This spray is amazing!  This is an all-day gel spray that absorbs oil, refreshes makeup and tones down shine in a spritz, anytime and anywhere. Incredible little travel size perfect for the handbag. I also received a big size when I went to the event and I absolutely love the Quick Fix Mist. Amazing!


 Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

10ml Travel size

This is an incredible booster for your skin. It really helps defend against signs of stress, aging and environmental damage. I apply this after my cleanser and I absolutely love it!


This is the IBUKI  Beauty Sleeping Mask.  This is for one application. I love this mask. I applied this before bed and I woke up with amazing radiant and hydrated skin. It feels dewy on the skin and very soothing and hydrating.


*Influenster box products have been given for review purposes. All opinions expressed are all honest and true. *SAMPLES

 Thank you so much to Dave Lackie for the wonderful gift.

Thank you also to Influenster for the free samples and to Shiseido Canada.

Have a beautiful week everyone and thank you so much!


#ShareBeauty Shiseido Event Toronto

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I was really lucky to be chosen by Dave Lackie to attend Shiseido’s #Sharebeauty Event down town Toronto at the Thompson Hotel. The Hotel is very beautiful and chic! The rooftop is breathtaking and the view of down town Toronto is so stunning!


The evening started on the rooftop with lovely drinks but I was fashionably late with my good friend Cat Forsley from  as you can see in the photo we are in the taxi running late.


That being said, I skipped the drink and took a moment to look out the window. What a view of the city! It is breathtaking!

By the way on my lips I have Ruby Woo by Mac. My first Mac Lipstick which Cat kindly and generously bought for me. Thank you so much Cat!

We were then escorted to the screening room and I was so amazed!  The screening room is so huge and as you can see in the picture and in the video the room was set up so beautifully by Shiseido. I loved all the details!  The tables were set up with all the beautiful products, flowers on the tables and “Oyster pails” that held cute and colourful popcorn.  The colours of Shiseido everywhere ( my favourite colours red and white) and smiling beautiful faces. Details that made the #sharebeauty experience truly special, memorable and heartfelt.



There was also a makeup artist there to assist us with a skin match for Shiseido’s foundation Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation.  

img_2868Also a Shiseido Skincare Specialist to assist us and test out the products such as the new  IBUKI quick fix mist.  You can see in the video how I tried out the product and I absolutely love it!


Each seat was beautifully decorated and the flowers added beauty and warmth to the room. 


We also had a cute “Oyster Pail”  filled with popcorn because we were about to watch Shiseido’s new Campaign titled #Sharebeauty which I will talk more about because it is truly a beautiful and positive campaign.



Shiseido #sharebeauty is a pay-it-forward campaign that connects people through the power of words and giving. It focuses on a statement which allows a connection to be made with someone you care and love through the power of words and thus connecting our emotions to the powerful and beautiful statement… “You are beautiful to me because…”  

We were given a lovely envelope and in that envelope there was a card that allowed us to express our feelings for someone that we feel is beautiful. Beauty is not only the exterior of a human. Beauty is within and it shines through.


The lovely Elaine Shigeishi is the General Manager of Shiseido Canada. This is the first time meeting Elaine and I must tell you that she is a very inspirational speaker and presenter. Along with Dave Lackie they empower and inspire!

What’s very special about Shieseido is that Beauty is an emotion… beauty has very special feelings and its from beauty within..-Elaine Shigeishi

The first person that I though of for the #sharebeauty message is my mother-in-law,

You are beautiful to me because … you care about others and put others first. You are kind and caring, giving and loving. You are strong and have treated me like your own daughter. You phone me to see how I’m doing and give me hope and love. Thank you for everything you do for me and I love you.  -Maria Medeiros

I also wrote a note to my sister-in-law  Jenny,

You are beautiful to me because… you are truly a caring person and thank you for being so kind to me. You are an amazing mother and take such good care of my mother-in-law. You are amazing and I love you very much.- Maria Medeiros

We also had a big card on our table and I wrote to my amazing friend Cat,

You are beautiful to me because … you are always there for me and encourage me. You are kindhearted and always make me happy and feel good about my self. -Maria Medeiros


After watching the heartfelt footage for the #sharebeauty campaign and getting all emotional teary eyed and in touch with our feelings, we took a break and Thompson Hotel served the most delicious food! It was so nice and mouth watering.  The meat was medium rare and the flavours were so amazing! Love the veggies and also the potatoes! I could go for another plate right now. Mouth watering and very pleasing to the tummy.


Selfie time…


Overall it was a fabulous event filled with positivity and amazing people. It’s always such a pleasure and delight to see Dave Lackie. He brings so much positivity and sunshine to the event. I absolutely adore him and you should totally follow him on all social media. He is amazing! I’m his biggest fan!


It was amazing to meet other bloggers and Twitter friends!

Cat, Connie, Katie, ME and  Chantal

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 Christene  and I in the first photo  &  second and third photo is Chantal and I.

Photo Credit for the second and third picture is Chantal. 🙂 thank you!

The campaign #Sharebeauty is beautiful and helps bring people together. It connects  our feelings and allows our emotions to be expressed through written words. The #Sharebeauty  Shiseido Campaign lets us express our emotions to friends and family thus making special moments unveil.   Thank you Shiseido Canada and thank you Dave Lackie for such a memorable and magical event. Thank you to the amazing and beautiful Thompson Hotel for having us. It was a pleasure and delight! A beautiful event that will stay with me forever!

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Thank you Shiseido for the beautiful gift bag.

It included the IBUKI QUICK FIX MIST

the IBUKI SLEEPING MASK  and the  Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation.

Thank you so much!

You can pick up a lovely #Sharebeauty Card  at any Shiseido location in any  Hudson’s Bay Department. They will send the envelope with your powerful and heartfelt message and a sample of Shiseido’s Ultimune Serum. 

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Weekend Fun & Easter Blessings!

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Hello! I hope you had a lovely Easter Weekend! I’m very blessed because I get to celebrate two Easters. The Greek Orthodox Easter is May 1st and It’s a blessing to have two celebrations. I always spend Easter with Family and it’s always so lovely. The kids play and paint eggs and we sit and eat together and have a good time. It’s always really special. I’m very grateful that we create beautiful memories especially for the children.

  My Sister-in-law made the prettiest cupcakes!

The writing on my sister-in-laws wall. 

Beautiful table setting.

I posted my OOTD (outfit of the day)  photo on my instagram account. This is what I wore at the family Easter Dinner.  My friend Humara picked out the dress for me. Thank you so much Humara! It’s from American Eagle Outfitters. I love that store! I would buy everything from that store if I could.  A really pretty floral dress and my glasses are from Reitmans, my cardigan is from Walmart, my boots are from Winners and of course the new love in my life Michael Kors handbag that my hubby bought as an early Birthday gift. I haven’t created an outfit of the day since summer and I was inspired by Humara. She is truly amazing at Style and fashion and I admire that about her. What do you think of this outfit? Would you like to see more style and fashion on my blog?

  So after the wonderful dinner my sister-in-law filled our bellies with lovely desserts!

Also this weekend Humara and I went shopping at the Scarborough Town centre and I can’t wait to bring you our VLOG! We vlogged together and it was so much fun to see the new ZARA store. It is huge! There’s a men’s clothing store, women’s and children’s store! I’m putting the vlog together today. I hope to have it up by tomorrow with another post for you. Would you like to subscribe to my VLOG channel? I would love your support.

Here is the lovely Humara and I at the Kastor & Pollux Instalation at the Scarborough Town Centre.  


The Kastor & Pollux Installation offers a lot of places to take creative photos.The installation is a collaboration with ZARA at the Scarborough town centre to offer the community a chance to win a gift card.  I believe they took the installation down but the contest is still open until April. For more information you can have a look at Scarborough Town Centre website. 

Have a read at my blog post for more information if you like.


Photo Credit -> HUMARA
Photo Credit -> Humara    Photo Credit -> HUMARA

Thank you all for being here and reading my post. I appreciate it. I wish you a very beautiful week. I’m very excited to bring you more news this week about the Dave Lackie Dinner that I’m attending on Wednesday for Shiseido.


I’ll be tweeting @bestdayblogger live from the Shiseido event on Wednesday at 6:00pm. Be sure to follow Dave Lackie @davelackie and also follow the Hashtag #sharebeauty to see photos from the lovely party.  Truly a blessing to be chosen to attend. Thank you so much to Dave Lackie! I’m truly grateful!  I  also can’t wait to see my lovely and beautiful friend Cat at the Shiseido event. Have you seen her beauty blog? you definitely need to check her out. She is a sweetheart!!!


Thank you all and have a beautiful week!

Tomorrow’s post will be about what I won from!

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