Crazy for Coconut

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As the colder months approach you have probably noticed that your skin, nails and hair have started to get dry and brittle. This dryness leads to breakage for the hair, peeling for the skin and cracking for the nails, not fun! It’s not as though we don’t have enough to worry about with the chilly Canadian temperatures, worrying about complicated beauty routines is the last thing we want to add to the list.

What if I told you there was one simple fruit that could fix all of these problems? And what if I told you that we have used it as a key ingredient in the majority of our WAXON products? The answer is COCONUT.

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Eating raw coconut has many health benefits but the main benefit for winter is that it boosts your immune system, making you less susceptible to cold and flu. Specific fats found in Coconut including caprylic, capric and lauric fatty acids–are antibacterial, antiviral and antiprotozoal, helping to boost your immune system and destroy pathogens.

As well as boosting your immunity there are a ton of vitamins and minerals found in Coconuts. Just one cup of shredded coconut contains 60 percent of your recommended daily intake of manganese, 17 percent for copper, 11 percent for selenium, 11 percent for potassium, 10 percent for iron, 9 percent for phosphorus, 6 percent for magnesium and 5 percent for zinc.

That’s one powerful fruit! Not to mention its delicious, sprinkle shredded coconut onto your muesli, drink fresh coconut water or eat the raw flesh straight from the coconut as a great snack.

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Hair

Applying coconut oil to hair helps smooth over the hairs cuticles, which can become damaged because of the cold weather. The coconut seeps into the hair restoring its shimmer and shine and getting rid of those crunchy feeling ends.

We recommend using WAXON BodyShot Skin Quenching Body Oil on towel-dried hair. A pea-sized amount worked through the hair is enough to have it feeling and looking great after styling.

BodyShot has all natural ingredients so its not going to coat your hair in any chemical junk AND a slight hint of Blood Orange and White Grapefruit Oil that is uplifting and has a delicious smell!

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Skin

Applying coconut oil to freshly cleansed and exfoliated skin at night will help to soothe extremely dry skin. You can use it on your face and your entire body; it seeps right into the skin and locks in moisture. In the morning you will wake up with soft supple skin and it was all achieved while you were sleeping!

We recommend Exfoliating with WAXON On The Rocks. It straight up exfoliates and cleanses skin in one simple step, using all natural exfoliants, such as sugar and white lava, to smooth skin. The sulfate-free formula is a 2-in-1 exfoliant wash with a coconut oil base to heal, hydrate, and treat anti-inflammatory issues as well as soften and exfoliate your skin. Gentle enough for daily use.

After exfoliating apply BodyShot or raw Coconut all over!

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Nails

Your nails are made up of Keratin, which is the protein in your hair so it makes sense that while your hair suffers in the colder months as does your nails. The cuticles in particular take a beating and split cuticles can be super painful.

We recommend applying a dab of BodyShot skin quenching body oil directly to your cuticles and then massaging it in, work up from the cuticle to the nail. This will keep your cuticles soft, which will prevent them from splitting; it will also stop your nails from cracking.

While your giving your nails some TLC, massage your fingers and hands, if you find BodyShot is a little heavy for you use our WAXON Body Cocktail hydrating lotion. It seeps right into the skin and doesn’t leave a sticky film on your skin like a lot of hand lotions on the market do, and of course it contains Coconut oil!

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Halloween Girl Power!

That time of year has rolled around again, the time for grown adults to get dressed up as whatever they want and go out in public without anyone batting an eyelid! We love Halloween! Who doesn’t?! The only downside is thinking of a new costume year after year. You want to look fierce of course but you don’t want to blow the budget on an outfit that, lets face it; you’re probably never going to wear again.

Sick of dressing up as a sexy cat, a sexy nurse, a sexy maid or a sexy pumpkin? Us too! So here’s our Halloween list of costumes that are quick and easy but most importantly pack a feminine punch!

Best Solo Costume Ideas

Rosie The Riveter

She was the original career woman and nobody pulls of red lipstick like Rosie. She showed us that even though you can be a hands on hard working woman you could still look fierce doing it! Everything about this costume from the headscarf to the stunning 1950’s make-up make it a winning choice this Halloween.

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Beyoncé

Oh Queen Bee what did we every do without you? Everything about Beyoncé screams girl power and as soon as you put that costume on you are not only going to look like the baddest chick in the room you are going to feel like it. Beyoncé is a fashion chameleon who’s had a tonne of iconic looks over the years so have fun with this one!

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Frida Kahlo

She was the original feminist and nobody is quite as iconic as Frida. She was a game changer way back when with her iconic art and feminist views and paved the way for us all today. Her iconic look makes her a definite favourite for costume choices this Halloween, all you need is some flowers for your hair, a colourful shawl and a DIY uno-brow and your all set.

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Hilary Clinton

We have a feeling this one is going to be a favourite this year. Hilary is no doubt the most popular female icon of 2015 and so she should be since she’s going to be the first female President. All you need for this costume is a kickass pant suit, a killer blow out and some extreme hold hairspray.

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Best BFF Costume Ideas

Thelma and Louise

What is better than a totally kick ass costume that makes you look hot but also screams girl power? A totally kick as costume you can coordinate with your bestie! Thelma and Louise were the original #girlsqaud (does two count as a squad?) long before Taylor Swift came along. Not to mention it can be easily thrown together last minute with things you already have at home.

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Amy Poehler and Tina Fey

These hilarious ladies have had some iconic moments over the years from their outrageous SNL characters to even just their personal style, it’s an easy costume to pull together. They’ve both written best selling books AND have been key contributors in the rising feminist movement of 2015 so we think this one will be a favourite this year.

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Best Girl Squad Costume Ideas

Cast of Girls

We all identify of one of the characters from this iconic show and its always fun to get a group of gals together for a Halloween costume. There is so much to choose from Shoshanna’s donut inspired hair buns, Jessa’s boho chic style, Marnie’s uptight sweater vest combos to Hannah’s quirky playsuits.

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Bad Blood Music Video

The music video that caused a stir this year for all the right reasons! It teamed together kick ass outfits, women of all shapes and sizes and a badass soundtrack. We all wanted to be a part of Taylor Swift’s girl squad after watching it and now that Halloween is finally here we get our chance, black nylon and excessive eye makeup? Umm yes please!

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 Have fun this Halloween ladies!

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Sweat is Just Fat Crying

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Is there a way to make workouts fun while still being effective? A lot of new workout studios have popped up in Toronto that offer just that! To prove if it was just a FAD or the answer to our prayers we sent one of our WAXON staff off to a few workout classes that had a unique twist to see what all the fuss was about – here’s how it went!

Barre

Barre has become increasingly popular over the last year. I’m sure you all know someone who has either tried it once or who is obsessed. So what is barre? Well, in a nutshell barre is a combination of ballet, yoga and pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on strength training. You focus on holding your body still while contracting a certain set of muscles in high intervals.

Where? Barreworks

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My Experience

I walked in to my first barre class feeling pretty intimidated… I’m in no way super fit, but I do really enjoy yoga and I have friends who rave about barre so I have wanted to give it a try for a long time. As a beginner, I probably didn’t have all of the postures down to a tee (I’m sure there were times I wasn’t even close!) but the teacher was really helpful! She gave us variations on postures so that those of us (probably just me) who weren’t as flexible could still get a benefit out of the poses.

It was really hard -definitely a lot harder than I thought it would be! But, I felt great after walking out of the Barreworks studio! tThe next day I could feel every muscle in my body and I moaned and groaned a lot – but that’s a sure sign that it was a good workout. I’m glad I finally gave it a try and with regular classes I can definitely see how it would be a great full body workout, perfect for summer.

Difficulty 5 stars

Price
Single Class – $21
5 Class – $95
10 Class – $170
1 month unlimited – $199

Location 

625 Queen Street West, 3rd Floor
Toronto Ontario Canada M5V 2B7

2576 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto Ontario Canada M4P 2J3

Hooping

I have a friend back home who swears by hooping. I never gave it much thought until I noticed it becoming increasingly popular – and I was getting bored with my usual workouts. It sounded fun, which is the perfect workout for me so I decided to give it a try. For those of you not familiar with hooping, its a fusion of dance and aerobics incorporating a hula hoop. It helps to improve balance while toning and sculpting your whole body.

Where? Sugar Hoops

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My Experience

I LOVED it! The staff were all super bubbly and friendly and everyone else in the class was there to have fun while working up a sweat. I probably wasn’t the best at it being my first time but I didn’t feel intimidated at all because I was having so much fun. There was a lot of sweat and I was exhausted after it so it was definitely a good workout! I would recommend bringing a friend or a group of friends for some added laughs.

Difficulty 2 stars

Location

Dovercourt House, 3rd Floor
805 Dovercourt Road (Bloor & Ossington)

Price
Drop-ins $20 – space is limited
4 Week Adult Session – $70 + HST

Indoor Surfing

This workout craze started about two years ago. Many people thought it was a fad but it’s proved to be a great full body workout while keeping things interesting. There are a variety of classes you can choose from, which incorporate dance, yoga, aerobics and weight training all while using an indoor surfboard. The surfboard is attached to hydraulics so it moves from side to side and back to front with your body, pushing you to engage your core and stabilizer muscles.

Where? Surfset

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My Experience

I have terrible balance and coordination but as I mentioned I love yoga so I didn’t think it would be too difficult. I was wrong! It’s one thing to have good balance on the ground, but trying to balance on a surfboard that moves with your body while doing poses is pretty difficult. I did have a lot of fun though and if you are prepared to laugh at yourself for the first few times it would be a great workout for your whole body once you’ve mastered it. The instructors were really great and gave you tips and tricks to keep yourself distracted so that you stayed balanced. This is another workout that would be really fun to do with a bunch of friends!

Difficulty 4 stars

Location
2481A Yonge Street (2nd Floor)
Toronto, ON
M4P 2H6

Price
Drop-ins – $20
5 class pass – $95
10 class pass – $180
20 class pass – $330

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What is Ideal Beauty?

Being a woman in 2015 can be confusing, with more websites, magazines blogs and social media accounts then ever dedicated to beauty trends and celebrity styles its hard to know whats what. As women we can be super hard on ourselves when it comes to our appearance and whether we like to admit it or not we spend a lot of time obsessing about whether we are measuring up. But is it society pushing unrealistic beauty ideals on us or are we doing it to ourselves? We decided to find out by asking women what they believed the opposite sex found more attractive and then we asked Men what they actually preferred. The results may surprise you!

SKINNY VS CURVY

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Women – 70% chose the image on the right
Men – 90% chose the image on the right

One surveyor said “there is nothing less attractive then a girl who is obsessed with her weight and dieting”
MAKE-UP VS NATURAL

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Women – 60% chose the image on the right
Men – 80% chose the image on the right

LONG HAIR VS SHORT HAIR

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Women – 100% chose the image on the right
Men – 80% chose the image on the right

PORCELAIN VS TANNED

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Women – 100% chose the image on the right
Men – 90% chose the image on the right

One Surveyor said “I cant stand the orange look but a subtle natural looking tan just looks
healthier”

BLONDE VS BRUNETTE

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Women – 80% chose the image on the right
Men – 90% chose the image on the right

BUSHY EYEBROWS VS THIN EYEBROWS

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Women – 50% chose image on the left, 50% chose image on the right
Men – 70% chose the image on the right

One surveyor said “I like both! I think it depends on the persons face shape, theres very few women i know that can pull off bushy brows but sometimes they look really great”

GLAMOROUS VS CASUAL

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Men – 50% chose image on the left, 50% chose image on the right
Women– 100% of women chose the image on the right

One Surveyor said “stay classy till the idea sets in that your classy, then regardless of what kit is on you’ll carry an heir of class”

NATURAL VS TATTOOED

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Men – 90% chose image on the right
Women– 100% of women chose the image on the right

The overall message I got from most people who I surveyed was that regardless of what women look like the number one thing they found attractive was their confidence and overall attitude. So ladies lets stop being so harsh on ourselves and just embrace who we are! As long as you feel good your confidence will shine through and you will always look your best.

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Date Night

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Spring has finally sprung and that means L.O.V.E is in the air! So whether its a romantic date night with your significant other or a fun night out with your single BFF’s we have come up with some unique date ideas for this spring!

A night under the Stars

Whether you are an astronomy lover or just appreciate the beauty of the night sky you can spend a night under the stars at the David Dunlop Observatory. Located just North of the city it hosts regular special star gazing events during the warmer months. Super romantic AND educational!

Location – David Dunlap Observatory
123 Hillsview Drive
Richmond Hill, ON, L4C 1T3 Price – $8.00 – $12.50

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Picnic in the Park

Nothing says romance like a picnic in the park and the Toronto Islands are the prefect place during the spring and summer. Perfect for people watching, cloud gazing and romantic naps in the sun its the ideal date on a budget. Alternatively get a bunch of friends together gather up a guitar, a giant rug and an overstuffed picnic basket and enjoy a day in the sunshine with good company.

Location – Toronto Island Park Price – $7 (Ferry)

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Outdoor Cinema

The old fashioned movie date with a twist! there are a range of outdoor cinema locations across Toronto to enjoy this summer. All genres are covered from romantic classics, comedies, action movies and animated films, seriously who doesn’t love a good movie? Teamed with the night skyline and comfy rug its a fool-proof plan. Oh yeah and did we mention its free?

Location – Range of locations; Sail in Cinema – Sugar Beach @ 25 Dockside Drive, Corus Quay Dundas Square Outdoor Cinema -Yonge and Dundas Square, Downtown Toronto Courtyard movies at St. Peters – St. Peter’s Church, 840 Bathurst St Toronto
David Pecault Square – 215 King St W, Toronto

Price – Free – $25

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TIFF

Catch a flick at the Toronto International Film Festival from September 10th – 20th screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries. Check out the Tiff website for venue locations and prices.

Location – http://tiff.net/festivals/thefestival/about
Price – Varies

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Where art thou Romeo?

Romance, suspense, tragedy and comedy all rolled in to one! Shakespeare in the park is a great way to impress your date with a little bit of culture in an intimate setting.

July 2nd – September 6th
Location – High Park Amphitheatre
Price $25

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Gatsby Garden Party

Transport back in time to the roaring 1920’s, perfect for a one on one date or a group date with a bunch of friends the Gatsby Garden Party is one of Summers most anticipated events every year. There are activities like croquet, period music by the Maple Leaf Jug Band and just an all round great atmosphere, best of all you get to dress up in fancy 1920’s attire!

Location – Spadina Museum
Price – $5

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Massive Party – Hotbed

Being hailed as the hottest spring party in town . The Art Gallery Ontario is bringing the musician/visual artist TALWST (né Curtis Santiago) to Toronto on the 23rd of April, to transform Massive into the 1980’s avant-garde art scene in NYC. This visually exciting display is sure to draw in a cool crowd of Toronto’s young and hippest, making for a fun and exciting date night.

Location – Art Gallery of Toronto
Price – $130 – $160

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Check Out A Street Festival

Toronto is bustling with street festivals over the Spring and Summer, from food and wine festivals to arts and entertainment festivals there is something for everyones taste. Theres the Pabst Street Jam, Annex Fest, Waterfront festival and more. With so much to see and do it takes the pressure of those first date nerves or makes a fun day out for a group of friends!

Location – Various
Price – Free – $25

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Waterfront Bike Rides

Prefer to keep it simple? A waterfront bike ride is a hassle free date thats still fun and romantic. Stretching over 1400km along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and the Niagara, Detroit and St. Lawrence Rivers, the Waterfront Trail connects 68 communities and over 405 parks and natural areas including wetlands, forests and beaches. If the waterfront isn’t your thing but you love a good bike ride there are plenty of other trails across Toronto to explore.

Location – Various
Price – Free

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