MiaParres

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Holiday News & Stocking Stuffers

Holiday News & Stocking Stuffers

Happy Holidays Friends!

I wanted to share some exciting news for the New Year that I've been hiding under my sun hat until I had official permission... I am so excited to be joining the Design Studio Team here in the Cayman Islands!

Villa Azure by Design Studio 

Villa Azure by Design Studio 

It will be so wonderful to start sharing some of the fabulous Caribbean designs that have stolen my heart, and I'm beyond thrilled to be working with Michelle Butler and David Wilson (& their FAB team!) starting early 2018! With offices in Camana Bay here on island, and in Turks and Caicos, this is sure to be a beautiful start to a new chapter as an Island Girl! 

Silly Creek by Design Studio 

Silly Creek by Design Studio 

Here is a link to the Design Studio Instagram so you can follow along in all our design adventures in 2018!

Okay SO FUN…But back to gift giving!!

This year… We're keeping it simple (and on the smaller side) and giving each other Stocking Stuffers. If that's your plan - Let's get creative, have fun and fill each one with thoughtful notes and cheeky presents – but don’t forget to add a few of these beauty items to your list! This year my wish list are all things that I want to add to my beauty routine – from the inside, out!

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In a few of my posts I’ve been highlighting some of my new favourite skin care routine products, and I think once you start you really don’t want to stop! The reason being, the results. Just like getting enough sleep, eating healthy, exercising and taking care of your body, this part of my routine helps to make me feel good. Some of these products are what I would consider to be my holy grail of beauty, especially because they really help to keep you glowing naturally throughout the day and even through the night.

Gut health, guys! It’s a real thing. So I’m adding this to my stocking stuffer list because I think once you get your gut right, you will notice such an incredible change in your mood! Just trust me on this. Here are my top three gut buddies:

GT’s Synergy Kombucha in Strawberry (but there are lots of others, this is my personal fave!). Once you add this to your daily routine, you won’t look back! I usually have mine in the afternoon to add a little pep to my step. And your gut will be smiling! These are sold at our local grocery store, called Kirks, and in Canada I usually buy these are Whole Foods or Pusateri’s.

Pearls are a girls best friend, right? Well, add these to your daily supplements and you will be one happy girl! These Enzymatic Pearls help your digestive track stay healthy, and the more you research gut health, the more you will understand how important this is!

I swear by Bio K when I travel, and I usually stock up whatever hotel fridge I’m in with these so that I can keep my gut happy and healthy even when I travel. Do not make the mistake and try to buy the unflavoured version, I thought “hey, sugar free!”, because some of the flavoured ones do have a couple grams of sugar…but don’t do it! Could. Not. Even. Drink. It! So I usually stick to Strawberry (jeez, think I’m a real SB geek!) or Blueberry.

I’ve had a pretty healthy obsession with night creams and creams in general, really my entire life. I remember starting to use them when I was about 12 and having my family members tell me I didn’t quite need to jump on that yet. Haha, never too early, right?

I think I love the idea of protecting what God gave you, and being able to feel moisturized and smooth all day and night is really such a luxurious feeling to me. The trick is, as you get a little bit older, to start using your ability to research and target specific issues that you may have with your skin.

For me, I’ve always had dark circles under my eyes and very fair skin, so I have to be extra careful when it comes to the sunshine, and I rarely leave the house without a little under eye coverage. Lately I’ve fallen in love with cleansers and moisturizers, and hopped on the big band wagon of Vitner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum. It’s truly skin-changing.

 

It’s a time intense serum that is created using all natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients. Without getting too nerdy on you, here are just some of the ingredients:

VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL

A POWERFUL FOUNDATION OIL WITH MAXIMUM ABSORPTION AND ANTI-OXIDANT PROPERTIES.

CORYLUS AVELLANA (HAZELNUT) OIL

A KEY FOUNDATION OIL RICH IN LINOLEIC ACIDS THAT STRENGTHENS SKIN'S ELASTICITY AND ITS SMALL PARTICLE SIZE ALLOWS IT TO REACH DEEP INTO SKIN.

CITRUS AURANTIUM VAR BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) PEEL OIL

A TIME-HONORED OIL THAT INHIBITS MELANIN SYNTHESIS; LIGHTENS AND BRIGHTENS SKIN.

PERSEA AMERICANA (AVOCADO) OIL

AN OIL RICH IN VITAMIN E AND A SERIOUS FREE-RADICAL AVENGER.

CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (MARIGOLD)

AN OIL PRIZED FOR CENTURIES FOR ITS POTENT HEALING AND SOOTHING POWERS.

ROSE DAMASCENA (ROSE) ABSOLUTE

AN ANCIENT SKIN HEALER AND HORMONAL SKIN BALANCER

DAUCUS CAROTA (CARROT) SEED OIL

AN OIL RICH IN VITAMIN A THAT IS A SUPER CHARGED CELL REGENERATOR AND WRINKLE REDUCER

OENOTHERA BIENNIS (EVENING PRIMROSE) OIL

A POWERFUL HEALING AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY OIL THAT ALSO ACTS AS SKIN BALANCER

ROSA RUBIGNOSA (ROSEHIP) SEED OIL

AN OIL THAT UNIQUELY TARGETS DAMAGE AND DISCOLORATION CAUSED BY UV EXPOSURE

Needless to say, I’m obsessed with the results. Normally I would use a vitamin C serum and wait for it to penetrate my skin (about 5 minutes) and then apply a cream (with spf in the morning or hyaluronic hydration in the evening). But now I switch between the Vitamin C and Vitner’s Daughter, and I'm loving the glow! 

Below are a select few of my favourite Radford Products, but to be honest... I love everything in her line. I'm also SO HYPED UP that you can order these online, since I have been obsessed for a while and want to share all the goodness with you. They're also building a new location in Yorkville Village, you will be quite literally jaw droppingly obsessed with this one stop shop!

I'll start with this mask, because this is the mask that converted me to MASKS! It is the ultimate in hydration, so if you have a big event, party, or you're home from travel, want to catch up on some r & r, check out this mask. It is the ultimate Treat Yourself Mask, and the perfect stocking stuffer. 

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Red Lips for the holidays! Both Vic and I are wearing the classic Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour, but Vic also has a fabulous set of glosses that will trump this any other day of the year! 

Back to my always-tired-eyes, haha! I swear I am always on the hunt for Coverage & Moisturizer! Radford's Foundation Stick has everything I could ever want in both categories, and is the perfect swipe addition to your beauty routine. 

For an Island Glow...use the Universal Glow Powder! I love this as a highlighter to touch on all the places that the sunshine would hit you. It's so special, and I just adore the new packaging. One of my new favourite items in my make up bag. Add some sparkle to your holidays! 

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I've talked about this before.. but set it and forget it is my new make up trick. Living in the heat, or being a city girl you want your make up to last and this powder does the trick! So if there is one thing you want to convert yourself to a Radford Groupie, try this All Set Loose Powder... and make the Make Out Balm! You'll never look back. 

I always have two things in my hand, my cell phone and my lip gloss. This is my go-to for a minty, teeth brightening, pop of yummy gloss! Plus the name says it all...Make Out Balm. Find some mistle toe and you're set! 

Last but not least... Holiday Parties! I think there is nothing more fun than getting ready with your girlfriends, and why not treat yourself to the perfect pout? I love getting my make up done by Jenna Want from Radford (I've linked her Instagram here)!

Not only is she gorgeous, super sweet, but we also share a sweet tooth for our fave cookies from Le Gourmand (which you can also pick up at Portland Variety if they're all sold out) ;) I've linked those here too, because hey! You never want to show up to a holiday party empty handed. 

Make Up By Jenna Want

Photography By Bekah Studios 

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Baking: Mia's Beach Bites

Baking: Mia's Beach Bites

Baking: Crispy (Paleo!) Chocolate Chip Cookie

Baking: Crispy (Paleo!) Chocolate Chip Cookie