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Beauty Swellness: My top 3 Aveeno travel essentials

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Sometimes my schedule can feel overwhelming. I’ve been traveling more than ever, and while it’s exciting and fun, it can also bring about stress. The lack of routine, while it suits me, at the same time also drives me bonkers. But ultimately my love for discovering new places, new flavours and having new experiences is what keeps me going.

What else keeps me going and helps bring some balance is a healthy routine, no matter where I may find myself in the world. My adventures may have me rappelling down a waterfall (like I did this month in Puerto Rico) or surfing with a friend in Barbados or in California, but my beauty regimen is a comforting constant in my life. And there are a few items I never leave home without, including my Aveeno® faves (I am an Aveeno® ambassador, after all, and use their products regularly because I know I can rely on them).

My absolute essential, if I had to name my one Aveeno® must-have, is the Aveeno® Positively Radiant® Make-Up Removing Wipes. When I have the energy to, I’ll use them as a way to preliminarily remove makeup, oil and dirt from my days exploring a new town, and also wash my face with a cleanser, but to be honest, most nights when I’m traveling for work, I get back to my room quite late and I am ready to fall into bed immediately, so these wipes are a quick way to remove all of the makeup and grime before I crash. There are many times I’m tempted to skip this step, but then I hear in my head every derm and makeup artist I’ve ever interviewed telling me that cleansing before bed is crucial, and I remember that I don’t want clogged pores and breakouts and so I break out one of these Aveeno® wipes and I’m done and under the covers of the plush hotel bed in no time flat. (I also count on these wipes after running a race; so great for cleaning off all of the sweat after a marathon!). The wipes have a pleasant but not overpowering fresh scent, and the packaging helps keep them from drying out (I’ve tried other brands that dry out pretty quickly, but these stay juicy with its natural soy extract formula).

Now, I know I just said the Positively Radiant Make-Up Removing Wipes are my #1, but how about we call it a tie? Because no matter where my travels take me, I need to have my Aveeno® Protect + Hydrate™ Suncreen Lotion SPF 45. I wear sunscreen every day, no matter what season it is (in the winter, I will switch to a regular moisturizer for my body since it’s all covered up by layers, but SPF on my face is part of my everyday routine). This SPF 45 lotion is my travel sunscreen go-to for many reasons: it comes in a 81-mL tube, so I can toss it into my carry-on luggage as it meets the TSA liquid requirements; it smooths on easily and absorbs quickly, which is important because I often don’t have a ton of time to get ready in the mornings when I’m traveling so I have to be really efficient with my time; and lastly, I can use it both on my face and my body (so I don’t have to pack two different products).

Last but not least is a product that’s a new addition to my product lineup: Aveeno® Positively Radiant®  Targeted Tone Corrector. Despite my diligent use of sunscreen, I can still get some dark spots, and evening my skin tone with a product that’s not irritating to my skin is a priority. This Targeted Tone Corrector has vitamin A, to help fade those freckles, while also helping with blotchiness and dullness. So, it helps me look radiant, even if I may not be feeling so radiant due to jet lag. And I am pretty much in a constant state of jet lag (and also oftentimes if not jet lag then poor sleep habits, which can make my skin less than glowing too).

What are my other never-leave-home withouts, which I recommend you travel with besides these beauty products? A swimsuit (even if there’s no pool where you’re staying, there may be a hot tub at a spa you go to, or on your balcony, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on using that, would you?), flip flops (they’re easy to slip on if you need to step out quickly to grab breakfast in the hotel, for example), leather moto jacket (which can easily be worn no matter if your outfit is more dressy or casual and it’ll keep you just warm enough in locales such as in the Caribbean where it can get a bit breezy at night) and a travel adapter (one with at least a few USB ports, too, so you can charge multiple devices easily, which is helpful when your hotel room just has one hard-to-reach outlet).

Travel adventures and living life on the go simply becomes much easier when you have things like these essentials to count on keeping you on a healthy track. Because there are enough other variables to juggle with–a foreign language, flight delays, limited wifi, you name it–when out exploring and away from the comforts of home!

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Leave a Comment May 30, 2017

Travel Swellness: Road-tripping to Niagara with Chevy Equinox

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Last week, I was invited on a road trip to the Niagara region with Chevy Equinox. It’s an area that I haven’t spent time in for more than 10 years (although I have been to Niagara on the Lake via GO train about two years ago), I think, so I took them up on the chance to explore it for a couple of days.

The trip started by Toronto’s Pearson airport, and it took about an hour to drive from there to our hotel, the Inn on the Twenty. I had no idea that this was so close to Toronto. I’ve had dinner at the Inn many years ago as part of a Niagara on the Lake getaway, and in my mind it was more than a two-hour drive. I didn’t get behind the wheel for the drive up, but instead took advantage of enjoying the view, and Instagramming the drive without fretting about my data plan since the Equinox is equipped with wifi for up to seven devices.

After a lovely lunch at the Inn, we set out on our chosen adventures, and I’d selected the Whirlpool Jet Boat outing–I’d done this many years ago and  loved it so was eager to do it again (although, truth be told, I had envisioned a warm, sunny day). Suited up in about five extra pieces including a jumpsuit, thermal fleece, poncho and a lifejacket, our small group boarded the jetboat and swirled around in the powerful jetboat in Class V rapids in the Niagara Gorge. We also ventured towards the whirlpool. While the cold water swooshing onto the jetboat and soaking us to our skivvies was exciting, for me what I loved most was just the views of the rapids–the swirling water is mesmerizing. I found myself jealous of the hikers we spotted sitting by the Gorge.

The drive to get to the jetboat tour was an adventure in itself. I was driving, and we came across a road closed except for local traffic, as it was basically washed out. We had to go through it, though, to get to our destination, and although I was a little nervous, I took the car straight through it, and it was a splashy little drive but the car drove smoothly through. Nice job, Equinox! (Coincidentally, the Equinox is actually produced in Ontario, not far from where we were, in Ingersoll).

I’ll add a video soon here (once my technical difficulties are sorted out!) that I took of us going through it as we left the jetboat HQ. I was in the back seat when I recorded it and very appreciative of the  heated back seats (yes, the back seats are also heated!) since we’d all caught quite a chill after being drenched on the jetboat. And by the way, the  Equinox also has ventilated seats, and if you know me, I hate the summer’s overwhelming heat and humidity, so ventilated seats are possibly even more of a draw for me than heated seats and heated steering wheel. No pics taken on the jetboat as the Go Pro I had been given didn’t have any space on its memory card, so this is afterwards, once I’d taken four of the five non-waterproof layers off (I don’t know why they provide non-waterproof pieces…!). You can see a pic of us in all of our enormous yellow poncho glory on my Instagram.

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From there, we made a quick pit stop at Niagara Falls. Even though I’ve seen the Falls many times, it has been quite awhile, and I swoon over its power and beauty each and every time.

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For dinner, we were treated to a decadent meal at Redstone Winery, where I ate possibly the most delicious pork loin I’ve ever had. Juicy and so flavourful. You know it’s a good meal when you ask everyone else what they had after the dinner so you can either revel in the deliciousness of the pork (or share a #sorrynotsorry look with those who did not have the pork dish!).

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On day 2, we did a scenic drive to Ball’s Falls and stumbled across so many fields of the prettiest trees. I loved how well the car (even with me, the infrequent driver) handled the winding roads of the area. I”m also a fan of the size and feel of the car. Car interiors I find can often easily seem flimsy but the Equinox feels luxe, and as someone who always craves natural light (most of us do, except for one of my besties, she may be a vampire…), the enormous sunroof is incredible. And as for the size, when a car is too big for me, I feel nervous about nicking things (and forget about parking!); when it’s too small, I feel like I’m going to be swallowed whole by the big trucks on the roads. But like Goldilocks, I’m looking for the one that is not too big, not too small, but just right, and size-wise, that’s the Equinox.

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At Ball’s Falls, we did the very short “hike” (it’s really more of a short walk) to both the Upper Falls and Lower Falls, and took in the heritage buildings, too. I don’t often get to trails and to hike when I’m home in Toronto, so it was nice to make the quick drive and get in a quick dose of forest bathing.

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Our road trip ended with a phenomenal lunch at Good Earth Food & Wine, and I feel  like a failed foodie as I wasn’t familiar with this resto. I had the prettiest and most delicious salad there, full of bright and beautiful ingredients with a hefty helping of Guernsey Girl cheese, too. This was followed by a decadent tartine that was more of a gourmet open-face gyro, and a gorgeous lemon rhubarb tart. If you’ve noticed a theme here it’s that everything was so, so pretty and beyond satisfying. I will most definitely be back to eat at Good Earth.

One quick drive back to Toronto, and our Chevy Equinox road trip came to an end. We easily unpacked our trunk thanks to the hand-free power life gate feature (another fave feature — I’m forever carrying a ton of packages or groceries and now with my dog, Billie Jean’s leash often occupying one hand, freeing up my hands is always a plus). A slight wave of the leg underneath the back of the car and up (or down) goes the trunk door.

I’ve been living in Toronto since 1999 and I love that, thanks to Chevrolet Equinox, we were able to find new roads pretty much right in the city’s “backyard.” That is what makes me wish I had a car–not so much for living downtown, although it would make certain errands easier–but for the opportunities to venture out and discover the fun adventures that the world has to offer.

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Leave a Comment May 18, 2017

Travel Swellness: I flew a jet in Las Vegas

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In March I visited Las Vegas for the sixth time, and while I’ve been on plenty of whirlwind trips there (one focused on spa and daytime pool parties, another on food — when I thought my stomach would break — and two on fitness fun times) this one takes the cake on being the most thrilling.

How’s that? Well, for one, I flew a jet. No, really. I did the Top Gun experience at Sky Combat Ace and after you watch a video explaining the moves, you head up in the aerobatic jet and after the pilot performs the stunt, you’re given control of the plane (much like when you learn to drive, he can take over if anything starts to go wrong).

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I feel like I don’t get too nervous for most adventures I’m lucky enough to experience, but I will admit that I was pretty shaky in the knees for this one. But that quickly went away once we were up in the air. I didn’t find it too nervewracking to do the stunts because there’s really nothing around the plane that you can crash into.

What did catch me off guard? How dizzy I got! After the pilot did the first two stunts, I had to ask to have a breather before I performed it, just to let that dizzy feeling ease up. I can get carsick sometimes (usually if it’s particularly stop and go traffic) but I’m fine of rollercoasters so I didn’t expect this flying experience to affect me. But I guess it was the spinning action (I’m good on coasters that go up and down, but not the spinning of a tilt-a-whirl, for example).

I knew I had no interest in doing the stunt where you get to so many Gs that many people black out briefly (I’m prone to fainting thanks to my blood pressure sometimes dropping rapidly — it’s called vasovagal syncope — and I do not enjoy the feeling!), but I was keen to do all of the stunts, even the three more advanced ones…

So once we completed all the regular stunts, the pilot did the first advanced stunt — and mid-stunt, as the jet spun around and dropped in the air, I thought “Omigod, I’m going to lose that half granola bar I had for breakfast!” I immediately started to try to take deep breaths to get control on my insides and not throw up, and as I dry  heaved I reached for the convenient trash bag in front of me.

The pilot kept talking to me but because I was so focused on not throwing up, I couldn’t reply. “I think you moved your headset, I can’t hear you anymore,” he said. No, no, just me trying not to speak so I can keep my breakfast inside my belly…

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When I was finally able to speak, I told him I needed a break, so we flew low to the ground for awhile and then I heard him telling mission control that we’d be flying back soon. I almost interrupted and said I wanted to do the rest of the advanced stunts (cuz I’m stubborn like that) but then I realized how awful I’d feel if I actually did lose my breakfast. So back we went to land, and then I lay down in the lounge for almost an hour as I sipped water and had a snack and just waited til the dizziness went away.

Here’s the video from my Sky Combat experience. TBH, I’ve only watched the beginning…where you can hear my nervous laugh as we go up, and then my true laugh as I’m upside down. I had to stop watching the video because it actually makes me feel all lightheaded and woozy all over again! Soo…there may be a nice little scene where I’m trying not to vomit, I’ll have to watch the whole thing one day. Enjoy!

But you know what? As nauseous as it got me, I’d do it all over again. That’s right, my days as Maverick are not done if I have the choice to fly again! Such a thrilling experience and YOLO! Haha! I’m definitely glad I didn’t have more of a breakfast beforehand, and I say go for it if you’re in Vegas (and have a healthy adventure budget to burn! Jet flying doesn’t come cheap!).

For what else you can do in Vegas for the ultimate thrill ride of a vacay, check out my article on AmongMen!

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