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Skin, joy, boobs, and the right hair colour: My random & rarely dispensed beauty notes

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From the incidental to the possibly profound, here are my tips for chicks who want to look even hotter (’cause you’re already hot, sister).



I get some Botox-curious questions. (Do you? Have you? Would you?) My answer is: Nope, no Botox, no fillers, and no tucks for me. It’s mostly really great lighting and eyeliner (and BTW, the best eyeliner on the planet is by Marc Jacobs Beauty).

I get solid sleep, eat clean and green (almost no processed foods), and try to dance almost every day (kitchen funk parties for the win), and really move my ass a few times a week (I've got an elliptical and I actually use it). Also, hot water & lemon every morning, and lots of enzyme face masks.

Good old fashioned Vitamin E capsules (not ingested, but just punctured with a pin or your teeth) rubbed into problem areas a few times a week = pure gold. And, I only wash my face with cleansers at night. Twice a day is too harsh (and wasteful). In the morning it's just warm water, toner, and moisturizer. I stocked up on face cloths and use a clean face cloth every night. Fresh and luxy... and better for your skin.



Renee Rouleau Skin Care's Anti Cyst Treatment. Seriously magic for those big zitters you feel coming on. With this, they never make an appearance.

Renee Rouleau's Night Time Spot Solution. Dries spots over night without damage. Better than the tooth fairy.

[ comfort zone ]'s Active Pureness Scrub. Gentle but effective exfoliant.

Eminence Organic Skin Care's Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel. Sloughs off the old stuff. I use this twice a week, and always do a quick mask the day of photo shoots.

Rose Water. I've given up harsh toners -- they just created irritation. It's all rose water now for me, so much kinder, like my mom always said.

DerMed Renewing Moisturizer. Just the right amount of rich and medicinal, and it comes in a pump bottle, which is hygienic and great for travel.

My skin loves oils at night. Rose oil, Aveda's Beautifying Oil (, or Floracopeia's Carrot Oil ( are all delicious treats. (Note: Even if you have oily skin, don't be afraid of oils, they can actually help to regulate oil production.)



What you put into your body shows up on your skin. When I ease up on the gluten and dairy, my mug is happier. (Moderation, not abstinence. I'm not stringent about anything in my diet. If I want it, I eat it.)

Most importantly: Joy. Uncork yours. It’s the best thing you can do for your skin.



No amount of joy, however, can remedy a bad dye job. Looking fresh for women has a lot to do with the right hair colour. The wrong blonde shade will age you in a big way—and choosing the wrong blonde is an EPIDEMIC for women.

There are too many hair colourists who should have their licenses revoked for sending women out of the salon with YELLOW hair. Personally, I just rock what I was born with because it “matches” me. The universe has a wonderful knack for matching the right hair colour with the right skin tone at birth. Go figure. I asked Candis Hoey, hairstylist to the stars — she treats everyone like a star — for her best dye-job advice.



1. The right hair colour is worth getting two opinions on. Seriously, this is a big damn deal for your entire appearance, for karma, for power, for life. Have a consultation with two professional colourists and then compare their suggestions. If your budget is tight, invest once a year in a first-class colour job and then you can go to a more reasonable salon for upkeep.

2. If you want to go lighter, bring your hairdresser a photo of yourself when you were little. That blonde shade you had when you were three years old is probably the right shade for you now.

3. Another way to tell your best colour is . . . Look at the colour of the flecks in your irises. They will indicate your best hair tone. If you have golden flecks, you need warm tones in your hair. If you have white flecks, you’ll do best with the ashy, cool tones.

And of course, there are some women who can rock the unnatural platinum in the best way . . . That's art and costume; go for it.

4. Get real. Everyone always looks at Cameron Diaz in InStyle Magazine and says, “I want that!” But her hair colour is the result of lighting, cameras, and Photoshop — it ain’t a true story.

5. Dye your hair less frequently. People get their hair done too much. If you want a little touch up for your grey every six weeks -- yes, of course; or maybe a gloss or a bang trim and if you have short hair, for sure. But all over colour every six weeks… no. It’s just not necessary. And! Full coverage colour should always be layered on to the hair and always with foils -- never, ever, all-over processing with one colour.

Bonus tip: We take it too far with hair. This is what I hear from my hair clients: “Those blonde highlights made me look so good — give me more!” NO. Or, “The five ombre pieces made me look great. I want 20.” NO. Less is more.



Since I probably won't write any more beauty stuff for another 7 years, I'll throw this in: You do know that 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra, right? Your girls need to be properly supported, and you deserve a bra that is comfortable for 12 hours. Go get fitted by a professional. (In Vancouver, go to Diane's Lingerie on Granville Street. In the US, most Nordstrom's have great fitters.) Good department stores and lingerie BOUTIQUES (not the lingerie chains) have trained boobie pros who will get you into the right size and shape. Think you're a 36 B? You may actually be 34 D. Get the right gear with a hint of lace and you will float out of the department store with your ta-ta's smiling. Again, kind of like getting the right hair colour established, invest in a great bra or a few of them, and then you can go to the lingerie chains for the cheaper, awesomely smuttier stuff that serves its divine purposes for budgets and ... being awesomely smuttier.



Well, I'm on a roll now, let's keep going: throw out your old underwear, okay? It's not sexy, it's not making you more creative, it's no good for nooobody -- even if you're not getting any action for the time being, you need to have it going on in the panty area to honour the Goddess. Girlguide's honour: I write better in sassy underwear. And when my bra and panties match, well, my super powers are extra-activated.



1. Don't over-wash your hair.
2. Steer clear of synthetic perfumes.
3. 97% of beauty advertising is LIES, LIES, LIES.
4. Tweezerman's tweezers are the very best.
5. Dress for your shape, not your size. (Tweet it:
6. Smile more.
7. Looking uncomfortable ain't sexy. It makes people feel sorry for you.
8. Wash your makeup brushes every month. Soap n' water, easy.
9. Beware of trends.
10. Get a good night's sleep.
12. Love your self so deeply that you know you RADIATE BEAUTY from the depths of your SOUL. That's right: You're an incredible being, and you're so lovely just for showing up.
13. And . . . love yourself enough to give a shit about looking your best. It's all a sacred celebration. (Tweet it:
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My travel tips: Rose water, keyboards, peppermint, and mantras

I’m on a few airplanes every year. “Few" is a relative term. Maybe a lot of airplanes. And, having five planets in Virgo (tho’ my Sun is in Gemini, FYI), I like things just “so.” I love my systems, my best finds, my compartments, and my comforting things. (This is way less neurotic than it sounds.) Here’s how I keep it all together and cozy on the road:


*I always pack make-up in my carry on. If my luggage gets lost and I have a speaking gig at 9am the next morning, I can rock the stage in the jeans and t-shirt I flew in, but if I don’t have my eyeliner and mascara, fughet it. Keep yer face with you at all times. (And your meds.)

*I’m usually in too much of a rush to opt out of the TSA full body scan. And while it doesn’t prevent radiation, I do always shoot the middle finger in the scanner to make my opinion known. So far I have not been arrested.

*I got a Nexus card. Well worth the paperwork.

*Hotels: I try to stay where there is room service because being stranded in Nowhere, Utah with some stale almonds in your bag, getting up when your body thinks it’s 4am, and having 20 minutes to get to your gig and no restaurant is in sight — really, really sucks. Being able to get an omelette or oatmeal brought to the room in the morning makes the difference in my performance and sanity until midnight that day.

*When possible, I stay close to a Whole Foods Market or a health food store. If I can get some fresh basics I’m fuelled and blood sugar-balanced for at least two days.

*I ask for a room away from the elevators. I inform hotel reception that I won’t be needing room service, or turn down service if I happen to be staying at a schmancier place. I like my room to myself and there’s no need to waste resources on towels and housekeeping. It’s just excessive and silly. Besides, I’m never anywhere long enough to need more than two towels, I mean, really.

*I cover the TV in my hotel room with a towel or my shawl. I put a pillow in front of the door. I light a candle immediately -- I've been using these travel tins from The Mystic Masala for a few years. Love them.

...there's more. Read the full article, including the rest of my in-transit must-haves, habits and practices to make being on the go easy breezy, HERE:
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My travel tips: Rose water, keyboards, peppermint, and mantras

I’m on a few airplanes every year. “Few" is a relative term. Maybe a lot of airplanes. And, having five planets in Virgo (tho’ my Sun is in Gemini, FYI), I like things just “so.” I love my systems, my best finds, my compartments, and my comforting things. (This is way less neurotic than it sounds.) Here’s how I keep it all together and cozy on the road:


*Tech: iPad with keyboard. In my office, I keep my MacBook Pro on my desk, hooked up to a 17” screen monitor. For travel I use a 13” iPad with a keyboard case. I didn’t warm up to the iPad until I got that keyboard. Now we’re in love.

*Luggage: For big luggage, I use TravelPro (, because my flight attendant friends say, “Duh, use what flight attendants use.”

*One of the best additional pieces I've gotten is the Tumi roller nap sack (from the Alpha Bravo Series - — it’s hella pricey, but a great design and will last for years.

*The Uniball Vision Elite pen (, in black. Because they don't explode on airplanes and they write like silk.

*Kleen Kanteen water bottles ( because they don't leak and are pretty much indestructible.


*Peppermint essential oil (I think Floracopeia oils are the best there are), is excellent for motion sickness and that general grey gunk feeling that hits when you thought you were close to landing but still have two hours to go.

*Jet lag pills ( These do take the edge off.

*Oil of Oregano ( I start taking three capsules a day, three days before I fly (it also comes in liquid drops but the taste is a gagger). Antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-gunk...

...there's more. Read the full article, including the rest of my in-transit must-haves, habits and practices to make being on the go easy breezy, HERE:

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A righteous conclusion about easing up on righteousness…

You can never really know ( the inner workings of someone else's soul, of their journey, of their karma, or of their dharma, of their deepest story.

Maybe they're learning precisely what they need to learn in this lifetime by going after what they're going after.

Maybe what looks meaningless to you is someone's way of becoming self actualized. (Tweet:

Maybe what looks advanced and deep is just spiritual glamour with a good IQ. (Tweet:

The city sanitation worker, the head of her class, the rock star, the mom who makes popsicles, the tantrika, the guy with lots of corporate power, working retail, best seller, multi millionaire, perfect skin, natural athlete, addict, trust fund baby, loser, tycoon, always laughing, eternal student, obese, seductress, wild, repressed, human… Maybe they’re struggling with — and getting closer to — getting free, like most of us are, most of the time.

The guy who does picking & packing at the warehouse and goes home to smoke a fatty on his stoop could be an enlightened Bodhidsatva (in fact, I think I know that guy). That yogini who meditates at dawn and can roll off the Sanskrit foundationals… maybe she is running from the kind of anxiety that's best to face.

That someone whom you wish had their shit together who is talking about the same shit again. You know the one. Well maybe she is going so deep with this lesson that she's burning karma for humankind.

So... in righteous conclusion about easing up on righteousness…

Listen with your soul.
Leave space to wonder.
Do your own thing.

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Comfort zones, truth telling — and by the way, I'm no guru

Here’s what happens when I do a speaking gig. Every time. I try to dispense some luminous #truthbomb ( and how-to advice -- because that’s what I’m there to do. Such as, “Reframe your obligations ( into conscious choices and it will liberate your self-agency.” Or... "What you stop doing ( is just as important to your success as what you start doing.” I also like to mention that some devotional or stillness practice is essential to mental health and intuitive capacities. And if I’m feeling extra feisty I end up working in something about orgasms and money (they are related).

And then someone stands up, and with earnest irritation and respect, they say something in the flavour of, “But I DO have obligations...” "But I AM busy...” “But I get really UNCOMFORTABLE when I get still... so now what do you suggest?"

Here’s what I used to do... I’d scramble a bit. I’d try to keep the energy up and encouraging. I’d try to rock out one more wisdom nugget to shed light, provide comfort and look infinitely wise. I could feel myself spin out a bit, away from my center. (I noticed that answering those "But NOW what?" questions was one of the few times I'd lose my train of thought on stage.)

What I wanted to say was this:

"For the Love, Love. I can't solve all your problems from up here (in fact, I can't solve any of them). Go easy on me. And, newsflash: Life is really really hard and I never said this consciousness shiz was easy. You gotta work for it, babe."

And, that's pretty much my response nowadays, delivered with sincere lightness and Love. Because it's the truth. And I'd rather be me — the human me in great shoes — than tap dance for the price of admission. And you know...

The truth always leads to the light. So just say it.


It's like my friend Gabby Bernstein asks when someone tells her they don't have time to meditate. Gab says, “Well, do you have time to feel like shit?” Kinda gets the point across, don't it? Kris Carr was talking about the benefits of juicing and low alkaline living — as in, it could SAVE YOUR LIFE, and the woman she was advising said, “But I don’t like the texture of smoothies, and I don't... and I don't... so what should I do then?” I can read Krissy’s mind by now, and I knew she wanted to wrangle down that lady with her microphone cord. “Well..." Kris said, looking her in the eye, "I guess that’s why it’s called being a 'Wellness WARRIOR,' huh?”

And that's about right.

Living in truth takes a whole lotta love and a good bitta the grind. (Tweet:

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The courage to hit "publish." Book Power Hour MP3 is all here.

We had 2600+ register for the Book Planning Power Hour with Linda Sivertsen and me. We Q&A'd about publishing, ebooks v. print, how to go from 60 subscribers to thousands, and finding an agent that gets you. The questions and live chat overflowed with literary passion.

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“Gratitude pouring… this nurturing of my heart/soul writing spirit is soooo the blog I have to start doing!” - Cathie

"So appreciate this right now as I have been hesitant about writing lately...JUST LISTENING so I can JUST WRITE." - Deborah

Writing a book could direct the course of your career. It could lead to infinitely important connections, multiple revenue streams, spin off products, breakthrough ideas, international relations. It could send more business your way, pay for a trip to Tahiti, or just pay the rent. It could change one person’s life for the better. It could start a revolution.

You need to plan out your book's life like you plan out your business.
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