How To Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Olivia Wilde recently tweeted: “My [New Year’s] resolution died peacefully in a pizza box”.

Feel like you can relate? We all know how hard it is to keep our New Year’s Resolutions going strong past January, especially the ones which mean giving up some of our favourite (yet terribly unhealthy) snacks.

Luckily, there are some amazing products out there to help keep you on track with your 2015 goals. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites that will help you turn those personal promises into a sustainable lifestyle…

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Manage Energy Levels: Energy Revitalizing Remedy from Saje Natural Wellness

Got the 3 o’clock blues? Instead of reaching for another cup of coffee, try Saje Natural Wellness‘ invigorating Energy Revitalizing Remedy. This topical roll-on combines essential oils, including uplifting peppermint, zesty lemon, stimulating rosemary and refreshing bergamot to combat fatigue, reduce tension and encourage mental focus. Bye bye fatigue, hello productivity!

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Stay Alcohol-Free – Shloer

If “cutting back” was on your list for the New Year, make Shloer your new best friend. This sparkling, non-alcoholic grape-based drink is perfect for any occasion! Offering two flavours, Red Grape and White Grape, Shloer contains zero preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavourings. The perfect wine alternative!

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Take Care of Your Skin – Racinne Lady I Cleansing Brush

The Lady I Facial Cleansing Machine system comes with 4 different interchangeable applicators to target specific skin concerns and is beneficial for any skin type! We love the facial brush to clean deep into pores and exfoliate skin. Try the sponge head to apply your serum for an even deeper absorption!LadyI_Front_4brush

Get Rid of Toxins – 24 Hour Face Cream from OURS by Cheryl Hickey

Meticulously designed with extra purity and care, this all over, long-lasting 24 Hour Face Cream is ideal for any skin type. Safe to use on children and hydrating enough for mom and dad, this gentle cream will help hydrate skin all day long leaving it feeling silky and dewy. Our favourite part? OURS by CH products are free of silicones, parabens, phthalates, fragrance, dyes, formaldehyde, PEG, petrochemical, and most common allergens!

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Eat Clean – Eat Nakd

The best way to eat clean in the New Year is to snack clean; this is the moment when Eat Nākd nutritious bars come in handy! These vegan, dairy-free, wheat-free bars are made from a cold-pressed mix of fruits and nuts. Available in four delicious flavour combinations – Cocoa Orange, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Delight and Berry Delight – keep these desk-side for guilt-free snacking!

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Detoxify – DAVIDs TEA Detox Kit

The holidays are over…we’re back on the grind…but some of us still still crave that detox. Our favourite way (and the most delicious) comes in DAVIDsTEA’s Detox Kit. This collection of super-healthy teas are not only good for you, they taste amazing! From Yogi Berry to Japanese Sencha, Pu’erh Ginger to traditional Detox, starting fresh has never been tastier.

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What are your favourite ways to keep on track with New Year’s Resolutions? Tweet us @natashankpr!

Holiday Gift Guide: Winter-Ready Beauty

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Winter. For some it’s a time of beautiful snowfalls, romantic ice skating, and holiday cheer. But for others it’s a time of flakey skin, dry hair and cold, sleepless nights leaving you looking less than your best. If you happen to fall into the latter category, this winter-ready beauty gift guide is for you.

We’ve rounded up our favourite products to keep you looking perfectly polished all winter long…

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While the days get colder and colder, be whisked away to the beach with this leave-in surf mist. The OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray uses texturizing sea salt to add fullness to hair while sea kelp moisturizers your thirsty strands. The added Moroccan argan oil will add an extra touch of shine for that undone, easy-breezy, effortless hair style.

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To emphasize your outer beauty, start with boosting your beauty regime from the inside. This Detox Tea from DAVIDsTEA will make you feel like a whole new person with traditional ingredients like rooibos, ginger, ginkgo, lemongrass and juniper berries. A total system reboot!

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What goes into your body is just as important as what goes on it…especially to survive these long, bitterly cold Canadian days! The OURS by Cheryl Hickey EveryBody Lotion is an all-natural lotion that both moisturizes and protects sensitive skin utilizing ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, and aloe vera. Bye-bye dry flakes, hello touchably smooth skin!

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Every beauty girl knows that sleep is your skin’s best friend. This Sleep Well Roll-On from Saje Natural Wellness is a powerful and natural relaxant that promotes a deeper and more restful sleep. So grab your favourite pillow and blanket and get that warm, snuggly sleep your body needs this winter!

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While the days are dull and dreary, spice up your winter makeup routine with these incredible brushes from Tweezerman Canada. The new Brush IQ luxury cosmetic brushes apply makeup flawlessly and help you to achieve that glamourous holiday look. From foundation to contour, eye shadow to eye liner, you’re all set to wow this winter season!

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With our extreme weather changes, skin can take a serious toll in the winter; dry, dull-looking skin is a constant battle! Racinne’s Ultimate Hydra Perfection Defense Illuminating Cream combines grape callus with seaweed extract to moisturize skin and protect its moisture barrier. With strong antioxidant properties, this cream will also reduce the look of fine lines and dark spots.

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Inside NKPR’s Fashion Week Survival Kit

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Here at NKPR, Toronto Fashion Week is one of our favourite times of year. From the exceptional runways to the impeccable street style, it’s a time of sartorial inspirations and ultimate fashion moments.

As the kick-off approaches, we’ve rounded up a list of our must-have items to help you not only survive, but thrive in and out of the tents…

Saje Natural Wellness – Pocket Pharmacy

This portable kit fits perfectly into your purse and includes five of Saje Natural Wellness’ therapeutic roll-on remedies – Peppermint Halo, Stress Release, Pain Release, Immune and Eater’s Digest.

Never miss a show with Immune which helps fight germs & viruses, while a few applications of Pain Release will help those sore feet and keep you dancing until dawn.

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Sophisticated nail shades are the perfect accessory for Fashion Week. As Essie Weingarten says, “fabulous colour is always in style.”

Rita Remark, essie Canada’s lead nail artist, will be specially designing nail art for the models in shows like Rudsak and Michael Kale using a variety of essie’s iconic shades and nail care products.

To prep for the show, try a few coats of essie’s Blanc or add a pop of colour with Butler, Please and you’ll look like you should be the one walking the runway.

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OGX – Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil – Weightless Healing Oil

With a photo-opp around every corner, it’s important to make sure you keep your luscious locks looking, well, luscious. Unfortunately, the endless amounts of styling, teasing and highlighting takes a toll on your hair.

OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Weightless Healing Oil is just what you need to stay camera-ready all day long and well into the night. Just a few spritzes of this nourishing formula instantly restores moisture and heals any split-ends.

After one application, hair feels healthy, looks shiny and leaves you ready for your close-up! (Inside scoop: now available online at Walmart Canada)

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Tweezerman – Mini Brow Rescue Kit

Tweezerman’s Mini Brow Rescue Kit is a no brainer – everything you need for on-the-go eyebrow maintenance, perfectly packaged into a convenient travel-size case.

This kit includes Tweezerman’s Mini Slant, Mini Browmousse, Mini Brow Brush and Mini eyehance Brow Highlighter and fits into any makeup bag. Perfect for quick touch-ups anytime, anywhere. Cara Delevingne, eat your heart out!

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bottlegreen – Cranberry & Orange Sparkling Pressé

Staying hydrated during Fashion Week is essential. For a delicious thirst quencher, try bottlegreen’s Cranberry & Orange Sparkling Pressé.

This delightfully refreshing drink is made with cold pressed ingredients blended with spring water sourced from the Cotswolds in England. It comes in an elegant glass bottle that suits any high-profile Fashion Week occasion.

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Racinne – Ultimate Hydra Perfection Contour Brightening Eye Care

Long days and late nights can leave you not looking your best, which is why Racinne’s Contour Brightening Eye Care should be in your purse at all times during Fashion Week.

This lightweight cream contains natural antioxidants and renewal properties to reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles. It instantly hydrates the skin for a firmer and visibly brighter look, keeping you fresh, well-rested!

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Eat Nākd Bars

Eating healthy is crucial to surviving during fashion week, but can be a tad difficult when you’re on the go. Luckily, Eat Nākd bars pack all of the protein, nutrients and natural ingredients that you need to tide you over until your next meal.

Eat Nākd bars are made from a cold-pressed mix of fruits and nuts and are available in four flavours – Cocoa Orange, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Delight and Berry Delight. On top of that, they are wheat-, dairy-, and gluten-free and contain no added sugars. So while you’re running around during fashion week, remember to Eat Nākd…you’re stomach will thank you.

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OURS by Cheryl Hickey – 24-hour Face Cream

Ever wonder how those models keep their skin looking so fresh and bright? We’ll let you in on a little secret…it takes some serious moisture power!

The 24 Hour Face Cream from OURS is meticulously designed to last all day and is safe to use from head to toe. This gentle moisturizer is free of parabens, fragrance and most common allergens so your skin looks healthy, silky and dewy.

Plus, if you’ve ever seen Cheryl Hickey, you know the girl’s got some seriously enviable skin…

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What must-have survival item gets you through Fashion Week? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Fall Fashion: The Great Camel Comeback

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As we say goodbye to summer’s colourful sundresses and flowy skirts, we welcome the return of fall and most importantly… jacket weather! Jackets and coats are an accessorizer’s dream, from bold prints to traditional neutrals we’re loving this season’s take on old classics.

One of our favourites: The Camel Coat. No longer just your grandmother’s go-to, this classic staple is a fall fashion must-have.

We break down this season’s hottest trend with help from Jones New York taking this look runway to realway. Introducing The Great Camel Comeback

 

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Holiday in July – 2014 Gift Guide

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Although it’s sunny and warm outside, this week we brought some festive, holiday joy to Toronto giving media a sneak-peek into holiday gift guides. From jewelry to fashion, skincare to cosmetics, we’ve got something for everyone with these incredible holiday gifting ideas…

Let us know what’s on your wish list – tweet us at @natashankpr!

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Inhibitif #SmoothMovement Challenge: Our Results!

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In case you missed it, the NKPR team took part in the 8 week #SmoothMovement Challenge with Inhibitif, diligently applying the deodorant, body or facial serum and documenting our experience along the way! With the challenge complete, we’re sharing our hair-free results. The verdict? A great success!

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To recap: Inhibitif is a range of highly-concentrated products that help reduce the apparent prominence and visible density of unwanted hair over time. In under 8 weeks, the need for hair removal is minimised.

We found the key to the #SmoothMovement challenge was patience and diligence. 8 weeks may seem like a long ways away, but the twice-a-day application was well-worth it. Within a week of applying it fit nicely into our daily routines, and we’re all happy to report that we’ve witnessed a significant reduction in hair growth with all of our tested products!

Having taken the 8 week challenge, we thought we would share some of our tips based on our experience to help make your 8 week challenge a success:

Body serum: Make sure you use it twice daily. Spray generously directly on targeted area, and if necessary apply evenly with hands as you would apply a moisturizer. Let dry and then apply moisturizer or sunscreen as usual.

Deodorant: Apply to the underarms daily. Be sure to let the product dry completely before dressing.

Facial serum: A very small amount goes a long way! Dispense a pea-sized amount of product to palm of hand, then apply directly to the targeted facial areas.

With all products, be sure to store in a cool place!

Did you know? Inhibitif, combined with existing hair removal techniques, offers the lowest one-year cost of lasting hair removal than any other technology or product available…count us in!

Here’s what the media are saying about Inhibitif…

“I’m just completing week five but am down to epilating the legs and underarms just once a week and seeing very minimal regrowth, I’m a pretty happy camper!”

Stephanie Anne Daga, Beauty Blogger, Blush Pretty

“Amazingly, hair actually does appear to grow back slower and with less density, even within three weeks of starting the challenge.”

Philip Mak, Writer, View the Vibe

“This newly launched serum has helped to tame the little peach fuzz above my lip, and I couldn’t be happier!”

Michelle Bilodeau, Director of Editorial, Front Row Mag

“Game changer, ladies!”

Alexandra Cioppa, Beauty Blogger, Chick Advisor

“I started Inhibitif’s 8 week challenge three weeks ago and I already notice that my hair is finer and isn’t growing back as quickly!”

Kate Murphy, Assistant Editor, Beauty RSVP

 “Our tester tried the body serum, which comes with an easy-to-use spritz top. Following the directions of application twice per day, she noticed a dramatic reduction in the appearance of hair regrowth after only two weeks!”

Aleesha Harris, Entertainment Web Editor, Vancouver Sun

 “The slightly minty scent was refreshing, and we also liked the spritz application, which made for an invisible, mess-free experience. Some of us have seen a difference within a week!”

Mishal Cazmi, Assistant Beauty and Fashion Editor, Glow Magazine

Get your own Inhibitif at Shoppers Drug Mart and start the #SmoothMovement challenge! Tweet about your experience to @inhibitif!

Bloor-Yorkville’s 5th Anniversary of Beautylicious!

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With the holidays fast approaching (we can’t believe it’s already almost November!) there’s no better time to try a new hairstyle, fitness regime or pamper yourself with a luxury treatment (mink eyelash extensions or a St. Tropez spray tan, anyone?) Well, lucky for us, Bloor-Yorkville’s annual Beautylicious event is BACK from October 24 – November 3 for its 5th anniversary, with over 50 participating Beautylicious businesses offering an array of hair, spa and health & wellness packages at four “prix fixe” prices: $30, $50, $75 and $125! We’ve got our eye on a few treatments on the Beautylicious menu, including:

1. Brow tinting at The Brow House

2. A St. Tropez spray tan at SITAMAA Day Spa

3. Mink eyelash extensions at Winks Boutique

4. Mani-LUXE at LUX Spa

5. And for the boys…Men’s hot towel straight razor shave at Bode Spa Medi Wellness for Men 

We’re also VERY excited about this year’s contest – Bloor-Yorkville is hosting a giveaway of $1500 worth of luxury treatments at some of the neighbourhood’s most luxurious spas, salons and health & wellness businesses. We’ve all entered – who doesn’t love a pampering spa experience?

Enter the contest HERE and check out a full list of services and packages HERE!

What treatment have YOU booked? Tweet us at @natashankpr & share the Beautylicious love!

 

NKPR Joins The Smooth Movement

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Let’s face it: no one likes frequent shaving or waxing. Don’t get us wrong – it’s nice to be smooth and hair free, but given the opportunity most of us would skip the pain and time spent on this annoying yet necessary task. We’ve been introduced to Inhibitif and it looks like our prayers have been answered! A serum applied twice a day for 8 weeks that reduces the prominence and density of hair? Count us in.

So how exactly does the formula work? The serum promises to thin hair in conjunction to regular hair removal, with the end result meaning less frequent hair removal and lasting smoothness. The serum comes in a spray format that you apply evenly on shaved or waxed body areas twice per day for 2 months, or until unwanted hair appears nearly invisible (imagine our excitement). You then reduce usage to 3 times per week to maintain results. We learned that Inhibitif is different from a depilatory, which removes hair temporarily. Inhibitif reduces the apparent rate of hair growth over time so that you have to remove hair less often.

Intrigued, the NKPR team is taking part in the Smooth Movement – an 8 week challenge where we will be tracking our experience and reporting our results. We’ve rounded up a group with diverse hair types, each of us testing out one of the 3 available products for face, body or underarms.

Did you know?

According to Cosmo Magazine, women spend an average of 72 days of their life shaving…ugh! Tell us how you’d spend those 72 days instead for a chance to win Inhibitif and join the #SmoothMovement!

To enter:

1. Follow @inhibitif and @natashankpr on Twitter

2. Tweet @NatashaNKPR and tell us how you would spend those 72 days, whether it be vacationing to Europe, travelling to Asia or catching up on beauty sleep and tag @Inhibitif #SmoothMovement!

Stay tuned for our two week progress update!

What’s trending at NKPR: Bold Brows

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The latest beauty buzz at the office? Bold brows of course! Bold brows made a comeback a few seasons ago and are here to stay. A strong brow enhances the eyes and frames the face (just look at Cara Delevingne or Camilla Belle and you’ll see what we mean). Check out our bold brows at NKPR and see how you can achieve this statement, on-trend look!

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What you need:

1. Tweezerman stainless steel slant tweezers

2. Tweezerman Mini Brow Rescue Kit (includes Mini Browmousse & Mini Eyenhance Highlighter Pencil)

Tips & Tricks

– Don’t get carried away. A little plucking goes a long way! Make sure you frequently step back and see that brows are even to avoid over-plucking

– The Browmousse is your best friend. Whether you’re looking to keep brows in place or add fullness, this little product is a brow-must!

– Take a pencil or pen and hold it so it’s aligned with the outer edge of your pupil; this is where you should enhance your brow arch

Here’s a great summary of how to perfect your brows!

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Tell us: Whose celebrity brows are you coveting the most? Tweet us at @natashankpr!

The IT List: June 25

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The star-studded MMVA’s had Toronto buzzing last weekend! Our friends at Baker Street  were on-hand at Perez Hilton’s One Night in Toronto event, serving up desserts to the stars including Carly Rae Jepsen, Dragonette and Darren Criss! [Perez Hilton]

Whether you’re for or against “manscaping”, we can all agree on the importance of using the proper tools! For waxing,  Andrea Professionals  is your best bet! For trimming, try  Tweezerman!  [Style Empire]

For a solo road trip or a run outdoors,  House of Marley headphones provide premium sound quality. And let’s be honest… They just look cool!  [Trailburn]

Summer means time to hit the beach and these flip flops from TEVA will allow you to run through the sand in comfort and style!  [Globe and Mail]

Dazzling rings inspired by Hollywood’s latest brides! We’d say “I Do!” to this diamond from Classic Creations [Hello Canada]

Brooklyn Decker looks gorgeous and summer-fresh on the June cover of Flare Magazine! The look is completed with essie nails!  [Flare]

This bittersweet Aperol cocktail is the ultimate patio sip! Sit back, relax and enjoy this Italian classic on a hot day!  [Chatelaine]