CTV Morning Live : Travel Beauty Essentials

Ahhh, who doesn't love a nice trip away?? With weight restrictions and checked luggage charges, it's best to keep the beauty regime low-key by not bringing a ton of products (and it'll leave you extra space for all the shoes!). This morning on CTV Morning Live, Melissa Lamb and I were talking about travel beauty essentials, and looked at some pretty cool products - check them out!

Watch the video here!


And in order, here are the fabulous products we discussed:

Mèreadesso Travel Ease Kit -, Nordstrom, $45; includes their amazing Face + Neck Cleanser, cleansing cloth and All-In-One Moisturizer. The AIO Moisturizer is pretty amazing because it's your day cream, night cream, eye cream, serum, and primer all in one! Talk about being able to pack light with all those great skin care product in on convenient pouch! And the best part - the packets are resealable :)

Jack Black Jet Set Traveler -, Nordstrom, $33; Jack Black is a fantastic skin care and grooming line for men - free from parabens, sulfates, colorants and synthetic fragrance. This set is a $42 value and includes everything needed to shave and care for your skin while away on your travels. Carry on friendly.

L'Oréal Professionnel Wet Domination by Tecni. Art - select salons; embrace the wet look while on vacation - no need for heat or styling tools to achieve one of the season's biggest trends in hairstyling. Both the Extreme Splash and Shower Shine are easy to use, and recommended for all hair types.

Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo and Condition - select salons; who doesn't love a great dry shampoo - it helps to effortlessly refresh your hairstyle and absorb excess oils. But Dry Condition... this stuff is *amazing* at managing the ends of your hair, taming frizzies and smoothing your overall look. With Pureology's Ant-Fade Complex, you can be sure it's actually doing good things for your colour and/or highlights, as well. See it as a little TLC for your tresses that may be a little stressed from all that sand and sun ;)

Tia Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4x -, $515; Tria's number one seller for laser hair removal. This seriously makes it so easy to be razor-free during your travels with a few quick treatments at home before you go! With as little as one treatment every two weeks, you can be virtually hair-free in about 3 months (results vary), using the same diode that you would be treated with at a dermatologists' office for a fraction of the price. Win! (PSA - when using lasers, always use a sunscreen)

Tria Age-Defying Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser -, $285; This breakthrough anti-aging laser is uniquely designed for treating the eye area that corrects fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes for eye-opening results in just two minutes a day, for a visible younger, more radiant look. Keep that fresh, radiant, just-got-back-from-vacation look going and going. Perfect for travel because of it's ease of use and compact size. Follow up with your favourite nourishing eye cream, and remember, when using lasers, always use a sunscreen!

CTV Morning Live - Summer Ready Segment

Back again with some *amazing* products to get your body in tip-top shape and ready for summer! From products that primp your toes, to remove unsightly hair, read on to get to know some great gadgets that will help you achieve incredible results that LAST! Check out the video here!

summer ready

Today, we'll start at the bottom and work our way up!

Clarisonic Pedi Foot Transformation System - $230,; Back again with their amazing sonic technology, Clarisonic now has their Pedi Foot Transformation System that helps to transform rough, dry feet and toes into perfectly summer-ready condition. The kit includes the Clarisonic Pedi Device, Smoothing Disc, Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head and three foot care products - Pedi-Buff, Pedi-Boost and Pedi-Balm

  • For daily use, use the Wet/Dry Buffing Brush head with Pedi-Buff (a physical exfoliator) to cleanse, exfoliate and buff dry and/or damaged feet. Finish with the non-slip Pedi-Balm (no more slipping and sliding around the bathroom floor!) to further hydrate and protect.
  • Twice a week, use the Smoothing Disc on dry feet before the Pedi-Buff & Wet/Dry Buffing Brush. At this point, you can further treat with the Pedi-Boost, which contains liquid exfoliants such as lactic & glycolic, bringing your level of foot care even beyond what physical exfoliants can offer. This will leave your feet feeling rejuvenated and renewed.

Tria Laser Precision - $345,; This is an amazing little wand that helps to banish unwanted hair from those curvy, sensitive areas with ease in the comfort of your own home! It was designed for those areas that are smaller and harder to target (read: bikini, underarms, upper lip & chin), leaving your skin silky and soft, and free from ingrown hairs, razor bumps and redness. It is important to note that the Tria Laser Precision features the same Canada Medical Device Licence diode laser technology offered in dermatologists offices, but with the comfort and convenience at home. How it works is a term called selective photothermolysis (sounds long, but once you read what it does, it makes sense :) Beams of laser energy are absorbed by the dark hair within the hair follicle and this is created into heat. The heat then disables the hair follicle and this prevents it from growing new hair. This is why it is important to have just freshly shaved the area, and to have not waxed - the hair has to be there to follow the trail down to the follicle! For optimal results, use every two weeks for approximately 3 months. Now, as with anything, there are some skin tones that it will work better one, as some hair that it is most effective to treat. To find out if Tria Laser Precision is right for you, check out FAQ section of the Tria website here.

Kiss LED Gel Lamp - $34.99 and Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish - $11.99 each, Wal-Mart; Super high-gloss shine that is chip-resistant for up to 2 weeks! I absolutely love gel polishes for my nails, as they are weak and brittle, and regular polish usually chips in about 5 minutes. This system from Kiss is incredibly easy to use, and so cost-effective it makes me giddy! As someone who frequents the nail salons more often that I care to admit, my husband tells me an at-home option is pretty much necessary...le sigh. But in three easy steps, you can have nails in summer ready colours with literally no drying time, no dents or scratches. Once they are cured from the lamp, you are done! So I'm happy with that :)

  • Kiss Pro LED Gel Lamp cures your nail colour quickly and evenly. Your manicure is easily timed with the 30 second/60 timer built-in timer that turns off automatically
  • Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish comes in 15 individual colours including neutral, brights, shimmer and classic french manicure options. Top Coat and Base Coat are also needed, as well as the Prep & Cleanse.
  • Great option obviously for fingernails, but also fantastic for a super long-wearing pedicure as well!

Garnier Ombrelle Ultra-Light Advanced Weightless Body Lotion SPF 50+ - starting at $19.99, most major drugstores; Finally a sunblock that not only protects for up to 80 minutes in water, but has the most light-weight silky feel, it's almost as if you're not wearing any sunblock at all! Not sticky or greasy and no white film - which is challenging for such a high level of UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. Also available, Weightless Face Lotion in SPF 30 & 60 with the same lightweight feel, makes it great for day to day, under makeup and also for oily/combo skin.


Such amazing products out for the summer to get our bodies ready to go and keep them looking their best!


CTV Morning Live - Anti-Aging Devices

When asked about some of the industry's most truly innovative anti-aging devices, I just knew I needed to share this information with my fan base and beyond. This is a very common concern for many people, not just women, and it certainly doesn't imply vanity. This morning, I was on CTV Morning Live with Melissa, talking about a couple of great devices available on the market right now. So, if you're dealing with hyperpigmentation or fine lines and wrinkles, I may have the products for you!

Watch the video - CTV Morning Live - Anti-Aging Devices

First up - Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Solution!

Now for a statistic, I found this intriguing. The #1 concern when it comes to aging, or rather anti-aging, is hyper pigmentation - and this is true across the board no matter of gender or race. We all know hyperpigmentation is when we see darkening patches on the skin, whether we call them age spots, sun spots, freckling... all the same thing. Hyper pigmentation happens as a result of injury (who knew) and this injury can be caused by many things like environment, acne, stress, and sun exposure to name a few. Essentially your skin produces extra melanin (which is the pigment that gives our skin the colour it is) in it's repairing process. These spots can be hard to cover, and well frankly, most people just want them gone!

Clarisonic saw a huge need for this in the marketplace, and for the first time ever, have created an entire system dedicated to reducing the appearance of current spots, and helping to prevent new ones. Immediate results are seen when using their specifically designed Sonic Radiance skin care, and it just keeps getting better from there!

  • 37% clinical improvement of skin texture
  • 2.5x greater skin clarity & improved radiance VS. manual treatment

And the most impressive stat yet...

  • 10x greater improvement of hyper pigmentation VS. manual treatment after two weeks

What?! 10 times?? That is HUGE! It's important to know that these studies are very closely tracked and documented - a lot of work goes into a getting a clinical trial and to be able to make a claim on a product. So these results say A LOT. And they are based on using the same skin care either with, or without, the device. So while the skin care is great, the device is what makes it oh-so-special!


Now onto the products themselves:

Clarisonic Aria - offers customizable, three speed sonic cleansing. What's also important to know, is that while the device itself is an existing model, the brush head itself is the softest, most gentlest brush in their entire line up. To purchase this Sonic Radiance brush head separately to go on your current Clarisonic device, click here.

Skin Illuminating Cleanser - this is going to be your morning cleanser, as it will leave your skin bright and radiant - a lovely way to start the day! You'll use Speed 1 with this cleanser.

Skin Renewing Peel Wash - this will be your evening cleanser and this is where the exfoliation magic happens. Combining two key ingredients of 0.2% LHA and 3.5% Glycolic Acid, will help to improve texture, boost moisture and fade those pesky age spots! You'll use Speed 3 at nighttime only with this cleanser.

Brightening Activating Serum - this will be used both day and night to help lighten dark spots and help to prevent new ones from forming.

So all in all - this is a huge win for the skincare and anti-aging market. Nothing I love more than some really fantastic products I can use in the comfort of my own home. The Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Solution set is available for $265 CAD at If you already have and love a Clarisonic device, you can simply purchase the skin care and brush head, for $132 here.


Which brings me to the Tria Age-Defying Laser (ADL)! I almost can hear the heavenly angels sing when I type those words.

Admittedly nervous when I first tried it, apprehension set in... Was I actually going to use a laser on my face, and if so, how much was it going to hurt?? Well, I did... and so happy I did!

The ADL is a super exciting device in the marketplace - I mean, we are talking about taking an experience that used to only be found in dermatologists and plastic surgeons offices for a) loads of money and b) a bunch of downtime, that involves a sunburned appearance and flaking skin.

Well folks, the Tria ADL has neither! A reasonable price point and no virtually downtime - SIGN ME UP!

I initially didn't want to bore you with statistics, but I am a stats girl - anyone can say their product is 'great', but if you have the numbers to prove it, I'm all ears! This info is taken directly from the Tria website:

  • 83% of people feel the ADL leaves their skin better looking than any other product
  • 88% of users report smoother skin texture
  • 77% report a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles (including around the eye area)
  • 77% of users agree that the ADL is as effective as professional laser treatments
  • 80% of users reported a reduction in discolouration

This page here describes really well how the ADL works, and why (and the informative graphic really helps too :) )

How does it feel? Well... I ain't gonna lie. It doesn't hurt, but you definitely feel it. Perhaps could be described as a zillion tiny little elastic bands snapping across your skin? Yes, that sounds accurate. But while it offers very mild discomfort and a tinge of redness, you know it's working. It's at bedtime anyways, and totally gone by morning - don't forget to sunscreen it up come day time, though!

How does it work? To make the explanation easy, is to say this: it is a fractional laser that uses light beams to create microscopic cellular disruptions deep within the skin (not epidermis... we are talking dermis here). What this does, is it tells your skin to go into a normal healing process, which stimulation collagen production and to rapidly repair those treated areas. As this happens, the new collagen creates a smoother texture on your skin's surface, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and discolouration is discarded through the skin's natural exfoliation process.

What I like about the ADL, is that it is easy to use. Once you read through the manual, you quickly discover that it's pretty fool-proof as well. Starting with freshly cleansed and dried skin, the little light tells you that you're using it properly, and it turns off if you're not. It also has a Canada Medical Device License (I don't think I'd be using a laser that didn't, but this is still very reassuring to know).


The products that are available for purchase really do compliment the device so well - they are designed for and meant to work together. 

Anti-Aging Facial Serum - $75; soothes and hydrates treated skin; contains retinol; skin sees improvement in elasticity and firmness while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Super C Brightening Moisturizer - $69; delivers up to 4x more brightening ingredients following laser treatment; Vitamin C has been long known for its anti-oxidant properties and will help to brighten skin

Overnight Brightening Boost Facial - $75; formulated to infuse potent brightening and moisturizing ingredients back into laser treated skin (both Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid help with this)

As with any device, it is extremely important that you thoroghly read the manual before using. Tria also requires you to sign-up your ADL via your email address, and by entering in your device's serial number. Once you move onto the actual treatment process, you will quickly learn how to use it (horizontal motion) and for how long, as each setting is different. I'm still currently on level 1, but hope to move up to level 2 soon. The suggested treatment course is eight weeks on, and then four weeks off. I'll be sure to post an update at the 8 week mark.

The Tria Age-Defying Laser retails for $569,  and all of the Tria Beauty Age-Defying Products can be found at their website,


So there you have it - two incredible new devices on the market that help to target the top two skincare concerns. Let me know if you have any further questions, or if you end up giving them a try!


**please note, all of the above thoughts expressed are my own and is not to replace the recommendations of a doctor.