Workout Wednesday: Burlesque Booty!

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Alright! New Year’s resolution time! As usual, after we’ve gorged ourselves on the finest foods and wines of the holiday season, how many of us strive to work out again and get back into tip-top shape? I’m just as guilty as anyone, but I’ll be really honest here… does anyone else have flashbacks of The Jetsons when they look at a treadmill? Or feel like they’re going nowhere fast on those stationary bikes?

Working out takes… well, work. 😉 But for me, I have found that I’ve lost weight when I’ve done things that don’t feel like exercise to me. It’s come off without me even realizing it because I was too busy having so much fun, or I was just doing something I needed or wanted to do anyway. For example, I used to work for a television station, and would walk an hour there to get to work, and an hour back home. Even just working two shifts a week, I was shocked when people started making comments that I’d lost weight. I hadn’t consciously changed my diet or adopted a strict exercise program, and I wasn’t ill at the time, so the only thing I could attribute it to were those two hours of walking twice a week.

But let’s face it. If we don’t enjoy what we’re doing, we’re most likely not going to stick with it, right? It was a necessity for me to walk to work at that time, but in general, powerwalking and running are exercises in torture for me. Kung Fu is the most challenging and rewarding activity I’ve done physically, and I love it to bits. However, there are times that I don’t feel very feminine with it. I’m the only woman in my class, and sometimes I long for something a little more flirty… and with less bruising.

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Bring on the dance party! Tada! We know that dance can be one of the most aerobic activities, and hey! It’s fun, right? Do I even have to mention Zumba here? With the world of pin-up being a fun, flirty, and empowering environment to boot, I thought it would be cool over the month of January to share some of the DVDs and dance styles I’ve found that have made me feel the most gorgeous and fantastic, and which you can actually try out on this side of the border. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find something that tickles your fancy as well as your toes. 😉 So without further ado, let’s get these Workout Wednesdays started!

As I’ve mentioned before, the worlds of burlesque and pin-up tend to cross over quite often, with many burlesque performers doing pin-up work, and vice-versa. There is just something about embracing your inner sex kitten and allowing yourself the freedom to move and dance sensually—whether you are doing it on a stage for an audience, in the privacy of your home, or in the controlled setting of a dance class. Burlesque classes are popping up all over in dance schools and gyms across the country, and yet, they can be awkward because of some of the social stigma still found with burlesque. Believe me, the first time I took a burlesque class, I was so excited, but I was also terrified that my friends and family would judge me for it. Fortunately for me, the instructor preferred not to get into the extremely sexual parts of the style, and treated the class as more of a Jazz class. She also set the class as female-only, and for women 18 and over. Even with these safeguards, I still felt self-conscious about it all, and if anyone would ask, I would just say, “I’m going to Dance Class tonight!” 😉 But if it wasn’t for that class, I may never have checked out that shop next door that changed my life, the Drunken Sailor, and may never have started this blog with all of you wonderful readers.

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If you’re not ready to take the step of joining a burlesque class, World Dance New York has produced some phenomenal DVDs in this genre that you can enjoy in the comfort of your home. Hosted by burlesque queens Peekaboo Pointe and Gal Friday, the Best Assets Burlesque Booty Workout and the Rock Bottom Burlesque Booty Workout are programs designed to help you tone and strengthen those gorgeous lower-body muscles while celebrating your femininity and prowess. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to pull a Miley Cyrus without anyone knowing, these workouts are your chance. 😉

Rock Bottom focuses more on the glutes through its lunge and squat variations, while Best Assets offers more Pilates-style leg training to go along with your bumps, grinds, and shimmies. Each DVD is broken into three instructional segments that slowly walk you through the moves, and then a 10-minute dance session with those steps after each one. You can also do the dance sessions as one giant 30-minute session once you’ve done the workout a few times. Gal and Peekaboo definitely make the process fun, and they help show you exactly what you need to do by showing you the moves from various angles—something I appreciate as a visual learner. Plus, you get a glamourous, sexy soundtrack in the background to dance to that is a nice alternative to the usual Buns of Steel material.

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I found these workouts made me sweat in a good way, and gave me a great excuse to wear sexy workout wear without feeling inappropriately dressed or exposed. The one caveat to these workouts, though, is that they can be hard on the knees. You transition from floorwork to standing exercises at times, and there are movements done on the knees. If you have any issues with that part of your body, these may not be the best workouts for you.

As with any exercise program, it is always best to consult with your doctor, and play it safe with any moves you feel might be harmful. You alone know your body, and your doctor will be able to help you find alternative moves you can do that will help you achieve your goals without injuring yourself.

Both Burlesque Booty workouts are available through Amazon.ca, and of course Amazon.com. If you prefer, you can also stream the workouts directly onto your computer through World Dance New York’s website.  For more information about this option, please visit http://worlddancenewyork.com/collections/worldwide-instant-video-streaming.

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Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

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In the Presence of Heroes

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Almost 70 years have passed since the end of World War II. We have generations, of which I am included, that have no idea of the devastating effects a global war can bring. It’s hard to grasp the trauma, fear, and heartache our grandparents and great grandparents experienced during one of the most turbulent periods in human history. But it doesn’t have to stay that way.

My grandfather didn’t always like to talk with me about his experiences as a bomber pilot during World War II. He was more open in earlier years, but I was too young to hear such stories. There were some incredible things he was awarded for during his service, but there was one event my grandmother told me after his passing that shook me to the core.

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At one point in the war, there was a German battleship that had been extremely deadly, but also quite elusive. One morning, my grandfather’s squadron scrambled with the rest of the fleet for an attack on this battleship. Somehow, my grandfather slept in, and missed joining his team on that raid. NONE of his squadron came back. Had my grandfather been with them, he would have shared their fate, and neither my sister nor I, my cousins, my mother nor her siblings would exist today. And yet, though he survived, I cannot imagine what this must have done to him mentally and emotionally—let alone the guilt he felt for the civilians who were killed during the bombing raids he had to perform in the line of duty.

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But it’s not just those on the front lines that suffer because of wars. For many Canadian immigrants from Eastern Europe during World War I, even the very country they had come to find refuge in became a prison. Fearing that they were spies for Germany and Austria, many immigrants from Ukraine and other neighboring countries were forced by the government into internment camps throughout the nation. These people—who had come after seeing posters and ads from the Canadian government encouraging settlers to fill the land—were betrayed and humiliated after giving up so much just to come here. And to add insult to injury, the Canadian government at the time attempted to hide this from the history books, destroying nearly all records of the internment camps’ existence.

Fearing further punishment, many of the survivors said nothing of their ordeal, and took the secret to their graves. This story hits all too close to home, as I have learned that although my great grandmother and her family were Polish, their passports were Austrian due to the world’s borders at that time. No one has ever stated if it happened, but there is a very good chance she and her family were among those imprisoned because of who ruled the region they escaped from. The idea that she may have lived with those secrets boggles my mind.

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We live in a world where the ideas of war and death have been separated from their costs and effects. And as much as we can argue about which side was the right side, it’s like what a dear friend told me recently: “There really is no good side in a war.” Both sides end up doing things that could make our worst nightmares— just for the sake of victory. And when I think of it, it’s not just those who were decorated who were heroes, or those whose lives ended suddenly. Really, it takes even greater strength to get up every day after witnessing such horror, death, destruction, disease and inhumanity and not give up on life. The generations who came after wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the people who bravely pressed on despite their experiences.

As we remember the fallen who never came home, the ones who made it back but have since passed away, and the ones still with us, let us never forget the true cost of what they sacrificed; whether they wore a uniform or not. For in reality, we have truly been in the presence of heroes.

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Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

The Vintage Kitchen: Conquering the King of Whiskey

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It’s a big year for one of Canada’s “kings” of the global market, and what better way to celebrate then to raise a glass? Crown Royal, the epitome of Canadian Whiskey, turns 75 this year, and though many whiskies have come and gone in that time, people still swear by this time-honored tradition.

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I’m not usually one for heavy alcohol, and until recently thought that Crown Royal was more of a “man’s drink”. However, I have a friend who swears by this stuff, so I thought I would try it. And then I remembered it—a recipe for Crown Royal Cookies that was floating around Facebook for a while. Perfect! What goes better at a cocktail party than happy beverages and happy cookies?

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I admit I really didn’t know how to use this stuff at first. When I went to Crown Royal’s website, I was quite surprised to see so many lady-friendly drinks. After searching through the options, I decided to try the Crown Royal Black & Cranberry for a couple of reasons: one, it appeared the most pleasant for those who weren’t used to strong drinks; and two, I happened to have some of the ingredients already.

Ingredients/Hardware:

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And so the fun begins.

  • Pour 1.25 oz. of Crown Royal Black over the ice.

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  •  Pour 3 oz. of cranberry juice over the ice.

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  •  Garnish with a lime wedge.

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This drink is definitely on the strong side with the use of Crown Royal Black, but the cranberry and lime do a great job of cutting into that flavor enough so it is not too overpowering. If you’re not a heavy drinker, I would only recommend one of these. They certainly pack a wallop. 🙂

Now that we’re a little more relaxed, let’s start baking those Crown Royal Cookies.

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Ingredients:

½ cup butter

1 ½ cups sugar

½ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 eggs

½ cup Crown Royal or Crown Royal Maple Whiskey (I went with the Maple to add a little extra flavor to the cookies, but the choice is totally yours)

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cream the butter, sugar, and cocoa powder with a hand mixer or standing mixer.

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  • On low speed, add one egg at a time.

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  • Add the vanilla and mix in the Crown Royal Whiskey.

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  • Add the flour, baking soda, and salt until everything is combined. (Please do not let children lick the spoons or beaters used to make the batter. It is much more concentrated with alcohol than the final cookies.)

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  • Lightly grease baking sheets, and form 1 tbsp. size balls with the batter. Place them 2 inches apart on the sheets. (You may find the batter a little too wet and sticky to handle. Wet your hands with water about every 3 balls to allow for easy rolling.)

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  • Bake for 12 minutes and cool on racks once finished.

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As you can see, the cookies come out much darker than the photo used on the recipe. However, they have just the right amount of cocoa and sweetness, and a hint of something “extra” only you will know. Definitely a treat I will make again sometime.

For more great recipes using Crown Royal products, please visit their website at www.crownroyal.ca. Please drink responsibly, and please do not drink and drive.

Always with love,

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Makeup Mondays: Arbonne Makeup Primer

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In all honesty, things just seemed so much simpler when it came to what you put on your face back in the day. When I was younger, I was taught to choose a moisturizer as the final step to my beauty regime. Not only that, but some sources even suggested avoiding moisturizer all together in my battle with acne! My, how things have changed at the beauty counter.

Fast-forward almost a decade from those early lessons, and I found myself facing this strange new product with no idea what on Earth it was for. I was an intern at a television station, and was getting training in doing makeup for broadcasts. Designed to create an even surface for everything else that came after and to make the skin appear matte, primers were an essential part of what we did to prevent excess shine under the bright studio lights. But even with this knowledge, I still saw no need for primers, and didn’t adapt them into my own skin care and makeup routines.

Earlier this year, a friend of mine who is also an Arbonne consultant lent me a wonderful “tester basket” full of goodies to try out. I had known of Arbonne before, but was excited to experience products firsthand from this company that was becoming more and more of a leader in green skin care and cosmetics. Some of the products were okay, and others were a no-go for me personally. However, one product seemed to stand out: the Arbonne Makeup Primer.

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At first glance, the packaging was a plus, as the tube was easy to hold, and the pump dispenser made for a more sanitary application than dipping my fingers into an open container. It had no weird or chemical fragrances, and once pumped, the product came out as a silky peach cream that had a good glide to it.

Like a foundation, you apply it all over your face, including on your eyelids. If you like, you can wait a moment or two after it is on (maybe use that time to do something else to get ready), and then begin applying your foundation as usual.

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One thing I noticed right away was the texture. While my regular moisturizer (one designed for oily skin) felt heavy sometimes, the primer felt sooooo silky smooth. Not only that, but I only needed one pump to cover my entire face with the way it spread so effortlessly. Plus, according to Arbonne’s website, it is enriched with vitamins too. Bonus!

In comparison to my regular moisturizer, I do find I tend to get oily and shiny less quickly when I apply the primer instead. However, I find what I use also depends on my current foundation choice too. This product does not have any sun protection, so if the foundation I’m using doesn’t either, I still prefer to use my SPF 15 moisturizer to keep my skin healthy. But when I’m using one that does, this product is definitely my go-to for shine control and giving me an even base under my daytime makeup.

Arbonne products are available through their website, or through independent Arbonne consultants. For more information about their products and to find out who your nearest rep is, please check out www.arbonne.ca.

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Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

*Photo notes: Photographer – Katie Pahara Boudoir Photography; Hair and Make-up – Katt Panic Makeup Artistry; Dress – Pinup Couture.

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Just when our short-lived summer will seem like a long-lost memory, it seems we’ll be in for a treat. Three awesome pin-up books are set for release in October, and I can’t wait to see them.

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On October 1st, get ready to be launched into the heavens with Wings of Angels: A Tribute to the Art of World War II Pinup & Aviation. Produced by the phenomenal Michael Malak, this two-volume collection will include 1940’s style Hollywood photographs in black and white and sepia recreations, as well as full color HDR (High Dynamic Range) photographs. If you’re an aviation buff like me, you’ll also love the history and information tucked in about these warbirds and the role they played in World War II, as provided by the Yanks Air Museum in Chino, California. As a bonus, most of the lingerie used in the shots is from Secrets in Lace! And you all know what I think of them, right? 😉

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I’ve been following Michael’s Facebook page chronicling the production of these books, and each picture I’ve seen so far has been stunning. Both volumes are available for pre-order separately on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. For more information about Michael Malak and the Yanks Air Museum, please visit their websites at http://www.malakphotography.com/ and https://yanksair.com/.

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Mid-way through the month on October 16th, another little darling will be coming our way from none other than… Little Darling! Since 2005, Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin has been helping to spread the word about the unnecessary euthanizing of healthy, happy pitbulls just because of the stereotypes against their breed. Through her organization, Pinups for Pitbulls, she has been using her experiences in modeling to produce amazing pin-up calendars featuring gorgeous models and their pitbull companions, as well as highlighting dogs that desperately need adoption or foster homes through her Facebook page and charity events.

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This year, she is releasing a collection of some of the best photos from those calendars in a hardcover book. Along with those fantastic photos, the book will feature some never-before-seen shots, essays and testimonials from former pin-ups and volunteers, a complete history of the breed, tips for new rescue owners, and a homage to the dog who inspired it all—Carla Lou. Sadly, this one is not available on Amazon.ca, but you can pre-order it through Amazon.com, or directly through the organization’s website at http://pinupsforpitbulls.org/. And while you’re at it, you can pre-order the 2015 calendar too. Already got my name on the list. 😉

Do you have a favorite pin-up book or collection? Please send me a comment and I would love to share it with everyone.

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Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

*Photo notes: Photographer – Katie Pahara Boudoir Photography; Hair and Make-up – Katt Panic Makeup Artistry; Dress – Laura Canada.

Pin-up My Life: Punch Studio

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Stuff. Stuff, stuff, and more stuff. It’s everywhere we turn, and every day in North America, we’re bombarded with this drive and need to acquire more it. Don’t get me wrong—I like my stuff. But I feel like the Norwegian ideals of having just what you need, enjoying what you have, and treasuring experiences more than things more and more appealing. And hey, I’m part Norwegian too. Any chance to embrace my heritage, right?

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Anyway, as I said, I like my stuff, but I don’t want to see it every day. And yes, they have their places, but I am NOT a fan of having giant plastic or metal tubs littering my house! We don’t live in Tomorrowland yet, you know. 😉

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As I thought about how I wanted to solve my storage dilemma, my mind kept going back to those old cases and boxes our grandmothers had. You know the ones I’m talking about: those old trunks and suitcases with the locale stickers plastered on them? Or those round hatboxes that screamed haute couture? Yeah… try finding those easily in today’s modern world. Fortunately for us vintage and pin-up fans, there is a solution out there that can help bring that glamour and nostalgia back into our homes.

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Made by Punch Studio, these awesome cases and boxes come in an endless array of patterns and colours for you to choose from. They are easy to clean before storing, and much to my surprise, are actually quite inexpensive. I even got the Paris case for ½ price at $15 CAN. Bonus!

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As you can see, these cases are quite a good size, and allow you to store either lots of little things, or a few bigger items. These ones are 12 inches x 18 inches, but you can get smaller ones if you like. Even the hatbox is impressive. I can store every one of those hats you see before you, and some scarves too. Though there are ones that don’t seal shut, I prefer ones like these with the metal clasps that close more firmly, and have a more nostalgic feel to them. And noooo, I’m not going to show you what I store in these suitcases. That’s my secret. But I assure you that these things can hold a lot of stuff. 😉

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And you know what the best part is? Punch Studio doesn’t make just these cases. Their extensive collections feature journals, stationary, holiday wrapping, office folders and storage, fancy toilet paper holders, and more! There are also kid-friendly options that are bound to make any princess squeal with delight.

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Punch Studio products are available at Michaels stores in Canada, and through Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble online. For more information about what they have to offer, please check out their website at http://punchstudio.com/index.html.

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Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

*Photo notes: Photographer – Katie Pahara Boudoir Photography; Hair and Make-up – Katt Panic Makeup Artistry; Dress – Hell Bunny.

Make-up Mondays: eos Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream

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Yay! It’s Make-Up Monday! Boy, it’s been a while since I had one of these on the blog. To keep things interesting, I thought I’d review something a little different today. Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies, so it only makes sense to think about ALL of it—not just what’s on our faces.

Flip through various pin-up photos and paintings, and you know what you’re going to see? Lots of LEGS. But there’s a reason for that. Back in the day, codes governing the entertainment and publishing industries prevented the showing of certain body parts. The legs, however, were an exception, and pin-up artists and photographers definitely took advantage of that detail.

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Though I think that way too much skin is showing nowadays in mainstream media, legs are a functional and beautiful part of human anatomy. Whether they are capped off with flats, wedges, heels, sandals, or nothing at all, there is nothing like feeling a warm summer breeze on those gorgeous stalks. However, if you’re like me, the daily battle against the pricklies can feel like a never-ending chore in our already too-long to-do lists. Plus, with so many options for hair removal now, it can feel overwhelming.

A few months ago, I stumbled onto a new product in the hair removal section of Wal-Mart and I thought I’d test it out for you all: eos Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream. If that name rings a bell, they’re the makers of those ball-shaped lip balms showing up everywhere nowadays—or what I like to affectionately call, “The Egg”.

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I picked the Pomegranate Raspberry one because I’m a sucker for fruity scents. The first thing I noticed was the packaging on these containers. The tube is made of plastic instead of the traditional labeled metal, and as you can see, there are two sets of “dimples” or “grips” on the front and back. While most cans of shave cream are slippery when wet, this can isn’t, and the dimples allow you to get a good grip on it while in the shower or bath. Plus, the positioning and shape of the dimples allows you to grab it with either your left hand or your right—very ingenious indeed. 🙂

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Now to the product itself. The packaging says it is made with natural shea butter, aloe, and conditioning oils, allowing you to shave wet or dry. This was a major draw for me, ‘cause who has time to sit and wait for skin to moisten up in the bath when you’re already rushing to get to work? Or your kids are screaming for your attention outside the bathroom door?

I found I needed about one or two pumps for the lower part of my legs and my knees, and boy, this stuff is THICK. It spread more like a moisturizer once it hit the skin, but I found I could shave right away instead of having to soak in hot water for a while. My skin felt soft after where I had used it, and the scent was a pleasant but not overly intense fruity cocktail that added to the whole experience.

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On the other side, there were some drawbacks to this product. As I got to the bottom of the tube, the thicker nature of the cream made it harder to pump compared to foam or gel creams. It was almost impossible to get that last bit out without cutting the tube apart. I also found I had to rinse my razor more often between swipes because the product was clogging the blades faster. Sadly, this shave is more expensive than other options out there, and since it’s thicker, you end up using it up a lot faster than with a more liquid formula.

Would I buy this product again? Probably not. I certainly enjoyed the softness and the smart innovations eos put into it, but I don’t think it gave me any more moisture than something cheaper or more liquid. If you want my advice, save your money and just use some of the hair conditioner you’re already using. Double knockout there!

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eos Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream is available in Pomegranate Raspberry, Sensitive Fragrance  Free, Lavender Jasmine, and Vanilla Bliss. You can find it in Wal-Mart, Sobeys, and other stores across Canada where shaving products are sold. For more information about this and other products by eos, please check out their website at http://evolutionofsmooth.ca/.

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Always with love,

Liz,

The Canuck Pin-up

*Top and bottom photos: Photographer – Katie Pahara Boudoir Photography; White star shoes – T.U.K. Shoes/Drunken Sailor; Green Micheline Dress – Pinup Girl Clothing

Pin-ups Then and Now: Elly Mayday

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You know you’ve seen her somewhere, but where? One of the most prolific pin-up and lingerie models today, Elly Mayday is a Canadian jewel in the industry. Flirty… feminine… and plus-size. Yes – you read correctly. And guess what? People love her.

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Hailing from Vancouver, BC, Elly is a great advocate for full-figured and alternative beauty. Her measurements were 34-29-44 as of last June, and she proudly calls herself “The Curvy Canadian”. She even had green hair for a while! And with most of her work being in lingerie and swimsuit photos, it tells you that you don’t have to be thin to be successful in the modeling industry, or loved by the general public.

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But there’s one thing I admire about Elly Mayday more than anything. Last year, Elly was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. And so, at the age of 25, she underwent chemotherapy and a hysterectomy to save her life. Instead of shying away from the camera while in treatment, this fellow Canuck continued to model – displaying her scars and hair loss for all to see.

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I’m sure we all know someone who has been through the ravages of battling cancer, and we know how strong and brave those people are. Having said that, I think Elly’s are some of the most powerful pin-up images I’ve ever seen. It makes me proud to say that I am a Canadian; cut from the same cloth as this beautiful and inspiring woman.

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For more information about Elly Mayday, please check out her Official Fanpage on Facebook. In addition, please consider checking out Ovarian Cancer Canada to learn more about detecting ovarian cancer, and what we can do to help find better detection methods, better treatments, and a cure. According to their website, there are 17,000 women living with ovarian cancer in Canada, and it is the most fatal cancer among women. There is no early detection test for it like breast cancer, and sadly, many women that have been diagnosed with it find out when its already reached Stage 4.

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We’ve all seen what breast cancer research has done for that type of cancer – think of what we can do if the same amount of time, attention, and money were put towards this?

Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

Can a Cherry Bomb Be A Hepburn in a Hilton World?

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Sounds like something the Riddler would say to Batman, doesn’t it? But I admit it is a question that has plagued my mind since embarking on this journey of embracing who I really am. And as we celebrate our rights and freedoms with yet another awesome Canada Day and Independence Day, why don’t we take a look at this further?

A few years ago, I bought Jordan Christy’s book, How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace. Having respect for Jordan as a publicist for a record company, and being a huge fan of Audrey herself, I found the book refreshing, and felt at home with the values and concepts she shared. Heck, I even DRESSED as Audrey Hepburn for Halloween one year, and won a prize at work!

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Then I found the world of pin-up. Although some of the more classic styles and looks were making a comeback, the edgier, wilder side seemed more dominant. At first I thought, ‘There is NO way I would wear those outfits.’ Trust me – I used to tell myself that I wouldn’t be caught DEAD in leopard print. But then, every time I went shopping or perused the Internet for pin-up stuff, I found my viewpoint starting to change…

Enter the Cherry Bomb. Written by music journalist Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna (now ex-wife of Chris Vrenna), this book claimed to touch on everything from exercising via mini-trampolines to being the ultimate hostess – rock star style. I admit I was intrigued. Most of the reviews ranged from so-so to so NOT, but something about it drew me in. Deep down, I admitted that there was a bolder side of me I wanted to embrace; something I had quenched for far too long. Would this purple-and-black hardcover be the key? I had to find out.

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At first glance, the two books appear to have nothing in common… especially when page 29 of Carrie’s book discusses celebrity pickup tips. 😉 Yet, there are some similarities between these two extremes. Both women discuss exiting a vehicle without exposing things that shouldn’t be seen, and they talk about basic networking techniques that most have forgotten in our day and age. They also talk about dressing well and affordably but still with your own style. Think about it… two women of the music industry with completely different lives and tastes, and yet they still have something in common.

I was raised by an awesome mom, and was taught the importance of treating people with love and respect. I’ve also embraced the morals instilled in me from both my faith and my heart. Do I have to abandon those in favor of my more “fierce” side? Certainly not! And just because I like to wear zebra-print wiggle dresses, watch Star Wars, study astronomy, and practice Kung Fu – does that mean I’m a heathen?  Heck no! In fact, I think the world needs just the right combination of those things: compassion and boldness; love and strength; honesty and integrity. It’s been people like that – burning with righteous indignation, and having the guts to do something about it – that have allowed us to enjoy the rights and freedoms we have today. I would hope at the end of my time on this planet, I could say that I lived the same way.

So I say it again as we remember the great things our ancestors did to build these nations – Can a Cherry Bomb be a Hepburn in a Hilton world? You bet your bottom dollar you can! Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

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Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

*Photo notes – Top photo: Photographer – Katie Pahara Photography Boudoir; Hair and Makeup – Katt Panic Makeup Artistry; Dress – Pinup Couture.

Making “The Rose” Bloom in Canada

Hi everyone! Just thought I’d share a quick little vintage pick-me-up to brighten your day… especially as my area is getting bombarded by rain, rain, and more rain. 😉

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I love perusing Facebook for pin-up and vintage photography, and there are a few models I follow daily. Idda van Munster from Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of them. She brings a conservative, classy style to the world of modern pin-up, and I love the fact that she is a European beauty. A twenty-first century Audrey Hepburn, you might say.

Alas, many of the garments and looks she wears seem almost surreal; like they would be too hard to recreate. But a couple of days ago, I saw this photo of her on Facebook, and something about it caught my eye.

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First, the colors are amazing. The roses… The porcelain skin… Then I noticed the list of products Idda used to create the look. She is a make-up artist herself, and likes to provide this information in the notes along with who took the photos. My eyes widened… I couldn’t believe it. Almost every single product she listed is available to Canadians!!!

As provided with her photo, here is the list of products Idda used for “The Rose”:

  • Eyebrows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate
  • Lashes – Ardell Lashes Curvy Lashes
  • Eyeliner – Clarins
  • Eyeshadows – Too Faced Cosmetics Chocolate Bar
  • Blush – Too Faced Cosmetics Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush
  • Foundation – Vichy Dermablend Opal 15
  • Powder – Besame Cosmetics Violet Powder
  • Lipstick – Besame Cosmetics Australia Besame Red
  • Eyepencil – Benefit Cosmetics White Brightening Pen

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All three of the Anastasia Beverly Hills and Too Faced Cosmetics products are available at Sephora. For me, that means a journey into the big city, or ordering from them online. However, for many of my fellow Canadian beauties, there is probably a Sephora store in your vicinity. That’s much better than having to order from the U.S.!

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The Ardell lashes are available at Wal-Mart, and according to their website, they are only $5.97 Canadian! If you don’t already have lash glue, then you’ll have to get that too. Still, that’s a pretty awesome deal. I don’t wear false lashes on a regular basis, and only have experience with the Katy Perry lashes, but I’m tempted to try these just for the price.

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Clarins and Vichy products are available at most Shoppers Drug Marts and London Drugs stores. And Besame? Oh, Besame… I’ve already done reviews on the very two products she used! The one product I have not been able to find is the Benefit Cosmetics White Brightening Pen. Either it is called something else here on the other side of the ocean, or the product is discontinued. Nevertheless, with so many great eye pencils out there already, I think it would be easy to find a replacement.

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When I feel like Canadians have been snubbed again for getting access to awesome pin-up products, I love it when something like this proves me wrong. I can’t wait to do some shopping once this rain clears up. If you find these products, please let us all know what you think of them in the Comments section. I would love to hear what you think of them too.

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And if you like Idda’s photos, please consider liking her on Facebook. Pin-ups have to stick together!

Happy hunting! 😉

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Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

*Notes for my photo: Hair and make-up – Katt Panic Makeup Artistry; Photographer – Katie Pahara Photography Boudoir; Dress – Hell Bunny; Shoes – T.U.K.