Budget Friendly Long Weekend Activities

June 29, 2016 in Fashion, Life, Uncategorized

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As proud Canadians we love to celebrate our country and what better way than with a fun filled long weekend. Life gets expensive quickly but there’s no reason your fun should take a backseat, here are some of the ways we’ll enjoying our summer weekends at a low cost: Backyard BBQ’s – whether one person cooks or we do a potluck, it’s an inexpensive way to hang out, enjoy the weather, and have some great food Local festival – Ribfest is a Canada day tradition; lots of festivals have free admission Bike rides – find a local trail or even around your own area. Many places rent bikes, some cities even offer a bike share program Fireworks – watch fireworks at a park Get active at a community centre – play some tennis, go swimming, or rent a book Work on a Puzzle – we love puzzles in our house, they’re great to work on alone or with a group of people Beach – visit a beach for the day. Day trips are always nice to look forward to and a budget friendly alternative to long trips If you’ll be hitting up the beach this summer, check out our nail accessories to help you look and feel your best. Have a great weekend, UCS Glam Girls | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Father’s Day Gift Guide

June 15, 2016 in Life, Uncategorized

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It’s that time of year again to spoil the special men in your life on Father’s Day. Here are some gift ideas to help show your appreciation. 1) Watch – Statement piece and functional, a classic gift for everyone 2) Travel Kit – For the on the go man, it will be an essential for their bag 3) Driving Package – An experience to drive sports cars on a closed course, you can also be a passenger, check out discount experience sites 4) Golf – Gear or accessories, any golfer would love 5) Building tools – For the DIYer’s or handy guys 6) Sport memorabilia – Team clothing, tickets to a sports event, or watch a game together 7) BBQ tool kit – Grill Masters will love some new toys for their BBQ’s 8) Shaving Mirror – Perfect mirror for grooming whether he’s home or on the go   We’d love to hear from you in the comments below or connect with us on social media.   Talk to you soon, UCS Glam Girls   | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Ingredients 101: Konjac

June 6, 2016 in Beauty, Fashion, Featured

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We know a lot of new beauty products are claimed to be must-have items, but how can you really be sure it’s a wise investment for your beauty routine? We’ve done the background work for you on natural Konjac sponges used for thousands of years in Korea, Japan, and China, which will leave you with silky smooth and radiant looking skin. What is Konjac? A perennial plant Native to Asia, Konjac is an eco-friendly beauty. Made from 100 percent Konjac root, Japanese have traditionally used to calm skin. What are the benefits? Konjac is renowned for its pure and deep cleaning effects. Konjac is gentle on the skin while naturally cleansing, detoxifying, and exfoliating. When to use? Similar to having a facial everyday – Konjac is safe enough to use everyday on your face, neck, and body. How to use: Start with rinsing a Konjac sponge under warm water prior to each use. Apply cleanser and gently massage skin to remove dirt, makeup, and other impurities. Rinse and allow sponge to dry after each use.  It is recommended to replace your sponge every two to three months to maximize Konjac’s benefits. Konjac sponges are safe of: Parabens Sulfates Phosphates As with all products monitor your skin and discontinue use if skin becomes irritated, broken, or is sunburned. It’s no wonder Konjac has become a must-have item! You can get yours here with hassle free shipping. We’d love to hear from you in the comments below or connect with us on
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Our Weekly Favourites

June 1, 2016 in Beauty, Fashion, Life, Uncategorized

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Last week was our long weekend and using the Ultimate Weekend Getaway with some friends we took a mini vacay. Keeping luggage organized isn’t only helpful during your trip but also if airport security has to check your baggage. Loved the look, functionality, and durability of the Ikat Collection – from keeping wet products contained to jewellery organized, this set is a must have. Check out some of the other designs here.   We’d love to hear from you in the comments below or connect with us on social media. See you next week, UCS Glam Girls   | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter |  

Recipe: Overnight Oats

May 31, 2016 in Life, Recipes, The Dish, Uncategorized

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Breakfast is the most important meal and it’s one of my first thoughts every morning. We know getting out the door on time isn’t an easy task, so Overnight Oats are a perfect solution to a healthy breakfast on the go. Taking under five minutes to prepare the night before, you’ll have more time to glam with Your Personal Beauty Expert or catch up on the news. Overnight Oats: Base Ingredients 1/3 cup oats 1/3 – ½ cup milk or non-dairy substitute 1/3 cup yogurt (any kind) 1 tbsp chia seeds 1/3 cup of fresh fruit Pinch of Salt Pinch of cinnamon   Directions: Combine all base ingredients in a bowl, jar, or container to sit overnight in the fridge. In the morning top with nuts/nut butters, spreads, seeds, fruit, or enjoy as is. The possibilities are endless! Tip: Almost empty containers of nut butters or spreads are a perfect dish to utilize for combining base ingredients and using up every last bite.   We’d love to hear from you in the comments below or connect with us on social media. Talk to you soon, UCS Glam Girls   | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter |

Calling all Gardeners!

May 20, 2016 in Fashion, Life, Uncategorized

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May long weekend is the official start of gardening season! If you have yet to Plan the Ultimate Weekend Getaway and find yourself at home gardening we have some tips to make your garden the envy of your neighbourhood. Determine the amount of space you’ll want to dedicate to your garden. Take into account as plants grow they will cover more square footage. Set a budget and amount of time to dedicate to maintaining your outdoor space. Planting can become a large commitment both financially and time wise, start off with a few plants then continually add more. Inspect soil – noting sunlight, and accessibility to water. Each plant flourishes in different soil compositions, to make the most of your garden pick up a soil testing kit at a local hardware or plant nursery to check soil nutrients. Depending on the space you’ve selected be mindful if it has access to sunlight and rain. This will save you from continually watering your plants even when it rains. Take photos to capture before and afters. Remember it will only become better in time. Don’t forget proper tools! Make a check list of everything you’ll need, helps to make shopping an ease and spend more time gardening. Select plants to compliment your current landscaping and suit your lifestyle. If you’re like me and am not well skilled in gardening, consider plants with low maintenance and grow back every year. Clean up the surrounding yard. Cut the grass, prune, and remove any dead
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Planning the Ultimate Weekend Getaway

May 14, 2016 in Entertainment, Featured, In the Media, Life, The Dish, Uncategorized

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  With the weather beginning to warm up summer will soon be here. Time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Can’t take vacation time? Don’t despair – a weekend getaway is the perfect solution to relax, renew, and recover from those crazy work weeks. Grab a drink, message your girls, and keep reading because we have the ultimate planning guide for your weekend getaway. First up for consideration is budget. Knowing your budget is critical to creating a stress free break. No one wants to worry about money on a trip. Don’t forget to factor into the budget spending money for food, shopping, admission fees, cabs, buses, and tips. Travelling in groups for a weekend can bring people together. Try to choose friends who get along – it will avoid any unnecessary drama. Pick travel dates and select a destination. For weekend getaways opt for a closer destination to minimize travel time and maximize the fun. Some of our favourite local travel spots include: Ottawa, Montreal, Camping at Bruce Peninsula, Cottage rentals in Huntsville or Kawarthas, Vineyard tours in Niagara, and Blue Mountain in Collingwood. So now with the location, dates, and people to travel with decided; next up create bucket lists for: “must-see”, “must-eat”, and “must-experience”. Ask each person to provide ideas and ensure at least one item from everyone’s list is included. This will help ensure everyone can experience something they wanted and helps maintain group harmony. Selecting accommodations should take into account the “bucket-list” items.
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Recipe: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

May 6, 2016 in Featured, Life, Recipes, The Dish, Uncategorized

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In celebration of Mother’s Day we’re bringing you an easy recipe from Fraiche Nutrition for Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.   Ingredients: 3 tbsp. melted butter 2 c. flour (can substitute gluten-free flour) ¼ c. sugar 2 ½ tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt 2 ½ c. buttermilk 2 large eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. grated lemon rind 1/2 cup ricotta cheese 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice Directions: Melt the butter in a saucepan or microwave and cool. In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with a fork and add the buttermilk, vanilla, lemon rind, ricotta cheese, lemon juice and cooled melted butter Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until mixed: do not over mix! It will still look lumpy. Heat a griddle or pan with a small amount of vegetable oil on medium heat, pour into pancake shapes of your choice, and flip when the bubbles appear on the top and the bottom is golden brown. Top with all your favourites and Enjoy! We’d love to hear from you in the comments below or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.   See you soon, UCS Glam Girls

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

May 4, 2016 in Beauty, Fashion, Featured, Life, Uncategorized

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Mother’s Day is the one official day a year we celebrate those amazing women in our lives who helped shape us into the woman we are today. Whether they are our birth mom, grandma, aunt, godmother, or other incredibly special woman they deserve to be recognized and spoiled everyday, but especially on Mother’s Day! As the years go on, I’ve learned the absolute best gift I can give is being present in the moment and spending quality time together trying to cherish every opportunity we can to laugh, learn, and love together. Shopping for gifts is another way to show appreciation and luckily we have you covered with some of our favourite gift ideas. There is still time for online shipping so click on the links and get shopping! 1. Picture Frame with a photo 2. Danielle Classic Chrome Mirror 3. Mom Pendant Necklace 4. Naturally Hand Balm 5. Tea Pot 6. Fruit arrangement 7. Floral bouquet 8. E reader 9. Candles 10. Mug 11. French Press for Coffee 12. All about Feet foot Soak   We’d love to hear from you in the comments below some of your top gift ideas or how you plan to share Mother’s Day. See you soon, UCS Glam Girls

Your Personal Beauty Expert

April 13, 2016 in Beauty, Featured, Life

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A few weeks ago while messaging with a friend before a night out she was in the middle of a beauty crisis. Wanting to wear more than her typical mascara and eyeliner make up routine for a night out, she decided to try contouring her face to add definition. Unfortunately, without any direction she was completely lost and ended up, well let’s say not putting her best face forward! Fortunately with the new Tutorial line of high quality Make Up brushes by Danielle her crisis would have been adverted. Little did she know it’s your own beauty expert helping each step of the way! Each brush contains a QR code for learning industry tips & tricks on the spot no matter where you are and in no time you will be a cosmetic master. Tutorial has brushes to cover all make up application needs: from flat tipped to tapered.  Simply scan the code and follow along. In under 10 minutes you’ll go from beauty novice to expert with a flawless makeup look. Even mastering a perfect smokey eye is a breeze as make up professional Annie, teaches you step by step and shares expert tips using the Tutorial Brush Collection in this video. The collection is a full line up of high quality hypoallergenic brushes. Purchase separately or in handy sets: Powder Brush: Domed bristles ideal for applying loose powders. Blush Brush: Ideal for contouring, highlighting, and defining cheek bones. Foundation Brush: Synthetic round sleek bristles for precise application of liquid
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