What are parabens? Why should I stay away?

costumer shopping in the supermarket choosing a product With the new green movement in trying to promote a more sustainable lifestyle and natural products that are being promoted lately, we've seen a lot of controversy and claims that many things are now "paraben free". But what exactly are parabens? And why should we be so afraid of them? It's effective anti-microbial properties are effective and used in everyday things from shampoos to makeup products which is used as a preservative in nearly 90% of all cosmetics. Parabens, which include butylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isopropylparaben, and benzylparaben, can be absorbed through the skin and migrate into the bloodstream and body tissues. Due to the migration of the parabens, concerns have been raised recently, about possible links between some cosmetic products containing parabens and the incidence of breast cancer.

Leche Flan Recipe – Sounds a Lot Better than Saying Caramel Custard

Also known as crème caramel (the French name for you gourmet snobs) is one of my favourite desserts. Firm yet soft texture, with a creamy and sweet flavour, the richness of this dessert is almost without rival. I will be using the term flan for the rest of this article because I grew up calling it that. Now I know what you are thinking, going to a restaurant and ordering it or going to the store and just buying the President's Choice dulce de leche (Italian name for this dish) will taste just as good. The long and short of it is no, it definitely does not. The store bought one generally dries out really quickly making the dish have a lack of softness very quickly. Restaurant produced leche flan have a tendency to not taste as good as the stuff made at home. The home made flan is always better in quality and will certainly be worth the time and effort for you to make for company or yourself (small dishes or creme brule dishes are perfect for individual servings).

Spring Detox

What is a detox? Detoxification may refer to the removal of toxic substances from a living organism. This is why so many people around the Spring go through cleanses and detox kits in order to rid your body of toxins. I have never tried any of these methods myself. As a skeptic, I'm curious but don't believe a juice fast or just eating cabbage for a week will rid your body of said toxins. Each year, I like to reflect on my life and see where I am at versus where I would like to be in terms of my goals. I never used to believe vision boards or writing down goals just because I knew what I wanted, so why write it down?

Wine Pairings: The Rules of Thumb (How to Bring Oomph to Your Meal)

wine-and-food-pairing-chart At the instance of the Grand Mistress of the domain, I have been pulled from my busy schedule of heavy procrastination, to finally post an article on this site. But what topic can offer the appropriate magnitude of grandeur on a site that brings style for life?! Well I have been discussing with Jennifer several food related topics, but it wasn't till I started writing about wine that I decided to make an article bridging the two subjects as a start here. That said, pairing is a simple way to really add a little class to your dining experience. It really enhance meals in many surprising ways. Now pairing a drink with your meal is not necessarily a foreign concept to some. In fact you probably do it all the time, but here are a few fun tips with wine.

My Top 5 Mascaras

I still remember the very first makeup item I purchased; mascara. I was in the seventh grade and my friend introduced me to the makeup isle. All the products looked interesting to me but it was definitely overwhelming. I decided on a little tube of mascara and looking back, I probably wasn't the most skilled at applying it. Several years later and I've been through many tubes of mascara and have compiled this list of my top 5!

Supplemental Skin Care – Hydrating Masks

During the winter months, it gets to be really cold here in the Great White North. I had previously written about moisturizers, but mostly focusing on the body... so what about your face?? Face on our skin gets pretty beat up during the winter season so good skin care is vital. The frequent hot to cold and drying heaters in our homes mess with our skin's natural pH and destroys the equilibrium of the acid mantle. Acid what? Never heard of the term? Don't worry, not too many people have! The skin is very delicate and even the slightest imbalance can cause your skin to go into a tizzy... Here's how to supplement your winter skin care with hydrating masks!


The winter months are harsh. Let's be real. Chapped lips, windburned cheeks, just a few things that nobody likes about the season. Skincare is essential during the winter otherwise we end up getting flaky skin and that definitely is not cute. Not only that but without a proper skincare routine, central heating, UV rays and extreme change in temperatures can be extremely irritating for our skin. So how exactly do we combat the terrible winter months to help protect our skin? Using moisturizers help! And I can definitely give you a head start by letting you guys know about my favourites...

Giddy Yoyo Chocolate

Giddy Yoyo is a Canadian company that's based in Ontario and believes in quality products. They create organic, raw, heirloom chocolate that is always fair trade and organic among other products. Dubbed as the "Official Chocolate Bar of Yoga", this sweet treat is bound to please. Along with their chocolates, they have their own line of superfoods such as Maca and Cacao Power, wheatgrass, and body butter. Their Giddy Yoyo body butter is amazing, but we'll save that for another day. I recently purchased their original chocolate and I've been thinking about it ever since...