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Jane Iredale Make-up

Sometimes it’s difficult to know what foundation, powder or shadows to buy. We purchase a product, take it home and then realize the color is wrong or the foundation is not what you had expected. Although you should purchase only cosmetics that haven’t been opened, it’s nice to try before you buy!!

I have discovered the most amazing natural mineral cosmetic line called - Jane Iredale.

What sets Jane apart from others is the fact that these products are based on micronized minerals and are made without fillers, chemical dyes or preservatives. Jane Iredale products are not only beneficial to your skin due to the natural properties but also provide essential sun protection.

What you may not know about the Jane Iredale line is that the products are non–comedogenic and will not block pores. This product is natural so virtually no allergy risk, very water resistant is anti- inflammatory helping calm irritated skin and promotes a broad spectrum UVB and UVA protection of SPF 20.

It is said that Jane Iredale skin care makeup is so safe and beneficial to use that it is recommended by plastic surgeons and dermatologists.

The Jane line is a professional product found in aesthetic clinics, or spas. I found my Jane at Lakeshore Vein and Aesthetics. This clinic is not only aesthetically beautiful to walk into, it's professional and they carry the complete line of Jane cosmetics. The Jane Iredale specialists will assist you so you can find that perfect foundation or color.

At Lakeshore Vein and Aesthetics you have a private area to try on any of the cosmetic line before you buy. This is essential to make sure you leave with that look of perfection. You can choose to book a consultation for makeup application although no appointment is necessary to go in and check out these products. If you like, make an appointment to have your makeup done for that special day!

I am sold on the coverage and application of the Jane Iredale products. If you want that flawless natural look and a variety product to choose from take some time to visit Lakeshore Vein and Aesthetics.  The staff is very knowledgeable and happy to assist you. (250-860-9919).

My to picks for Jane:

  • Glow Time Mineral BB Cream – amazing total coverage this is not just a foundation but a concealer, sunscreen and moisturizer one step product
  • Pure Gloss lip gloss - stays on for a long time leaving your lips very shinny and moisturized
  • Pure Pressed Powder – love this one it feels weightless and is SPF 20

Here are some makeup tips to follow:

  1. To get maximum longevity from your make-up, store the products in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  2. Get rid of that dried up mascara - do not add water to make it last longer. Mascara usually lasts 3 months maximum. You do not want to increase your chances of getting an eye infection.
  3. Eye pencils and shadows usually last 2 years.  However make sure you clean the applicators each time you use them and sharpen the pencil before you use it.
  4. Blushes can last up to 2 years and cream blush 1 year.
  5. Foundations: always use a clean sponge for application and remember to clean your brush frequently for powders. Most foundations, powders will keep for 1 year.

Thank you Lakeshore Vein and Aesthetics for a fun experience and getting me onto this product!


Eye spy...

Recently I visited a clinic in Kelowna. I noticed that the receptionist had the most amazing eyelashes. Knowing there is a variety of products out there to enhance your eyelashes I couldn’t help but ask her, ”Where did you get those eyes?” She told me about a product called Latisse!

Latisse is a growth treatment for eye lashes. Although FDA approved, Latisse will need to be used under a doctor’s supervision. Latisse makes lash growth possible because of its active ingredient Biamatorprost, used to treat some eye conditions.

You apply Latisse topically to the base of your upper eyelashes daily and will start to see improvement of length as early as four weeks although it will take at least 16 weeks to achieve full results. Lashes will look amazing in only a few weeks, however, if you choose to stop using this product, your eyelashes will gradually return to their former state.

It’s a time-saver, giving you the look of mascara without doing anything. You can choose to apply mascara although it may not be necessary. Think of waking up in the mornings looking fabulous; or never having to worry about waterproof mascara on vacation.

What to expect using Latisse for at least 8-16 weeks:

  • Eyelash length increased
  • Thickness and fullness increased
  • Darker lashes

Latisse may be worth a try if that is what you are looking for. If you are looking for more information try Lakeshore Vein and Aesthetics - they carry Latisse.

Another option would be eyelash extensions.

Eyelash extensions are another popular way to achieve those long, lush, dark lashes. Extensions are comprised of individual synthetic micro fiber coated (polyester) eyelashes that are curved to replicate a natural eyelash. Depending on your lashes and the number of lashes being applied, it generally takes between one to two hours to apply a full set. Extensions should be applied by an experienced technician at a clinic or professional spa. You will also need monthly refills that can be done in as little as 30 minutes to one hour. During the application process you are lying down - some clients may even fall asleep.

There are many spas in the Okanagan who apply extensions.  Heather is one of my suggestions.  Visit her website for more information. 

The perfect pedicure

The Okanagan summer is far from over; sandal season is still here!  Maybe it’s time for foot maintenance.

If there is one piece of our body that most of us don't show much worry about, it's most likely our feet. Did you know the average person takes up to 10,000 steps a day and travels up to 129,000 kilometers in a life time!  We often spend so much tie on other parts of our body maybe it’s time to …. TREAT YOUR FEET!

There are many ways to treat your feet, exfoliation or the sloughing off of dead skin cells, prevents the cells from accumulating and causing bunions or corns, which can be painful. Removal of the dead skins cells also encourages newer skin cell growth which creates a smoother, more appealing foot.   Pumice stones or a good foot file work best and can be purchased at any drug store. 

If you are able treat yourself to a professional pedicure at your favourite spa, go for it!   The average cost of a professional pedicure is about $50.00 depending on the spa.   Ask questions before your treatment.  Be sure the technicians are highly experienced and give you a special experience. You want this to be a relaxing experience; the technician should have a very nice manner and follow the highest level of spa sanitation.  There are so many spas in the valley so find one that makes suits you!

Make it fun many spas have more than one pedicure station so invite friends make it a group date!

I recently had my pedicure at Mirror Mirror Salon and Spa in Kelowna it was fabulous.  The staff is very professional, the experience was fantastic.    I suggest adding gel toes to your pedicure.  This includes an overlay of colored gel to your nails.  Gel will last you at least two months with no chipping or having to re-apply polish.   One of the benefits is the high gloss and smooth professional look.  Although this runs a few dollars more it’s worth it!

If you don’t have the time to go to the spa here are some suggestions how to create your own at home foot spa.

Remove old polish

Soak your feet. 

If you do not have a foot bath fill a large container with warm water and soak your feet for at least 10 minutes.  You can add your favorite scented oil or Epson salt.  A few drops of tea tree oil to the water will help fight athlete’s foot.

After soaking pat dry feet with a soft clean towel.

Using your pumice stone or foot file to and buff your feet.  Make sure to get your heel, the ball of your foot an your big toe.

Use an exfoliator such as a sugar treatment or simply kosher salt and scrub your feet and legs for a couple of minutes before rinsing in your foot bath. 

Trim your nails and ad polish or simply apply a moisturizer to your feet and legs. Try and use a rich medicated cream for lasting results.    Gehwol or Allpresan are two of my favourites. 

Treat Your Feet!!!



Today my beauty concern is a skin condition that affects so many of us… Melasma. Have you experienced discoloration on your face, neck or any part of your skin that is exposed to the sun? Do you wonder how it suddenly appeared or if you can get rid of those unwanted discolored dark areas on your face?

This condition is very common, you are not alone. The good news is that it can be treated.

Melasma is described as a patchy brown discoloration usually found on the face and neck. It is thought to be primarily related to severe sun exposure however there are other factors that can cause this condition such as pregnancy and of course, hormones. Melasma tends to be more noticeable in the summer months due to sun exposure. In the winter, the hyperpigmentation in melasma tends to be less visible as we lose our summer tan and the skin lightens.

I had melasma on my chin and cheeks about 10 years ago.  It just appeared and I had no idea what it was until I saw a dermatologist. She suggested a topical skin lightening cream, the key ingredient being – hydroquinone. Yes the product I used was helpful by lightening the hyperpigmentation but I was not 100% happy with the results. I started a regime alternating microdermabrasion and peel every couple of weeks… amazing results! My skin has been clear of any discoloration ever since.

Microdermabrasion and peels along with a topical skin lightening cream and proper sun protection worked for me but there are other options that may give you the results you are looking for.

Always consult a professional / physician before being treated to find out what is the best treatment for you.


  • Skin lightening cream. You usually have to ask for them at the pharmacy
  • Glyquin (I liked this product)
  • Neo Strata skin lightening gel
  • There are many products on the market for skin lightening, these happen to be my pick. Look for a product that has at least 4% hydroquinone.
  • A series of microdermabrasion and peels may help (Flawless Microdermabrasion 250.8265652)
  • Another option is laser therapy (there are a number of reputable Skin Care Clinics in Kelowna the one I have visited and suggest is the Okanagan Skin Care Centre)

Most importantly, daily sun protection of at least 30 SPF containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are recommended. Remember to always protect yourself with hats and sunglasses and avoid sun exposure as much as possible. Below is a U Tube video highlighted from the show the “Doctors” with Brook Burke explaining her battle with malasma.

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Beauty Secrets~  What’s hot ~ What’s not!!

Brenda has 16 years in the beauty service industry.  Join her as she explores Okanagan businesses revealing some of the best-kept beauty secrets in the valley - from home services to cosmetic surgery.  

Find out what’s hot and what’s not!  Brenda is the owner of Flawless Microdermabrasion and hosts http://www.okanaganbeautysecrets.com.

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