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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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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20 Reasons Your Dad is Awesome

June 16, 2013 in Featured, Uncategorized

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To all the committed fathers, Upper Canada Soap is wishing  you a happy and safe Father’s Day.    Its days like these which are meant for us to take the time and reflect upon what makes our Fathers exceptional. What makes a man a father? Is it his sense of humour? Is it his strong hands, beard or the way he makes a great steak? Is it his ability to comfort, love and support you? One thing for sure is that it takes a unique combination of these special traits to make a man your dad.  Upper Canada Soap wants to take the time to recognize the amazing Fathers out there who made a conscious decision to be the best dad to their children. If you love your dad for one of the following reasons, let him know! -He held you as a baby -He makes you laugh -He has a mustache -He doesn`t have a mustache -He combed your hair -He taught you how to play sports -He took you to ball games -He walked you down the aisle -He held your first born -He loves being Grandpa -He taught you the value of hard work -He makes you smile -He loves your mom -He can`t text message -He doesn`t know what an iPad is -He knows how to waltz -He wears his pants really high -He says things wrong -He can grill a mean steak -He loves you  

[Beat] the Winter Blahs

February 7, 2013 in Beauty, Featured, Life

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A Winter Survival Guide for Canadians  At this time of year most of us are left hibernating and hoping for Spring to be near. Our dear friends at Ruralist have devised a list of 6 go-to cozy boosters to help us brace winter’s chill. We are pleased to announce our very own Naturally Signature Whipped Hand Repair Balm has made the list! Soothe your dry skin with a hard-working hand lotion infused with 20% Shea butter, proven to be a superb moisturizer, with exceptional healing properties. Check out the complete list of must haves!  

[THINK] A Classic Beauty Collection for your Valentine

February 6, 2013 in Beauty, Fashion, Featured, Life

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Vintage inspired elegance is never out of style! Does the love of your life covet refined, nostalgic elegance? If so, this collection developed by Danielle Creations is just for her! The line boasts products for the home as well as on the go, in two chic patterns, it will leave her loving you even more. The Wear Me / Wash Me Bags are a real hit, ideal for travel, it keeps all her delicates separate in this luxurious lingerie tote.  Check out the whole Boudoir Collection online here!

[Holiday Special] – Save 50% off Naturally Signature’s Nourish the Body Kit

December 12, 2012 in Featured, In the Media

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Save 50% Off  Upper Canada Soap’s Naturally Signature – Nourish the Body Kit Give the gift of lasting nourishment all winter long…  Treat someone special or yourself this holiday season. Kit includes: Wash, Lotion (325ml), Hand Repair Balm (120ml) and Bar Soap (220g). Available in all fragrance collections: Goji Berry Hemp, White Tea Ginger, Golden Maple Sugar and Creamy Almond Milk. Regular $49.00 Value    NOW $25.00! SHOP NOW Prices in effect until December 31st 2012

[NEW] KITCHEN by Upper Canada Soap

March 13, 2012 in Featured, Life

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KITCHEN by Upper Canada Soap is inspired by delectable epicurean delights and creates warmth that will bring you to a place where life’s simple pleasures are the focus. These scents invite you, your family and guests to the most important place in the home: YOUR KITCHEN. Available in 3 Scents: Lemon Citrus Preserve, Apple Cinnamon Puree, and Poached Fig and Pear.