Saturday, March 31, 2018

Spray Tan @ Bronzed by Bloom, Aimee Song's Raw Bars & Making Madeleines | Vlog #4

Bronzed by Bloom

Hi everyone! I returned from a beautiful, sunny vacation to Cuba two weeks ago and have finally settled back in to a regular schedule. I filmed some vlog clips the week before leaving, and wanted to share the video with you. See my vlog #4 here: https://youtu.be/8jFSQ4h8pa4


Bronzed by Bloom Queen Street

The Friday before flying out to Cayo Coco, I visited Katie at Bronzed by Bloom on Queen St. W in Toronto. She gave me my first ever spray tan, using the Brazil Bronze solution. You can see a quick before-and-after in my vlog, but a more accurate shot of the tan will be covered in my upcoming Cuba vlog. Subscribe to my channel here to see when it's published!

Brazil Bronze spray tan is so natural, fades perfectly, and is the best alternative to suntanning - which we know is so damaging to the skin. This is the first and only spray tan solution that has a specific mix of anti-aging skincare and vitamins: Hyaluronic Acid, Resveratrol, Vitamin C & D. This is why all the Victoria's Secret models and celebs use it before hitting the red carpet.

Emily, the owner of Bronzed by Bloom, also donates $5 to the Melanoma Research Foundation for every bottle of Brazil Bronze purchased. She has a lot of experience with top cheerleading teams for Toronto's biggest sports teams, and I felt very comfortable at their studio.

Spray Tan Queen West

After getting the Brazil Bronze spray tan, the natural and deep colour made me feel super healthy and alive. No need for heavy face makeup, and I become more interested in bronzy makeup vs. my typical white-as-a-ghost look. Both are fine, I just wanted a change and this spray tan has reinvigorated my love for tanning lotions and bronzer. 

spray tan do's dont's

Spray Tan

This spray tan is customized to fit your needs. You may wear as much or little clothing as you want, and the solution is applied by hand using a very fine mist and can be concentrated in areas to contour your body. I did not have any orange blotches or streaks, and the tan wore off so well. Again, look out for the Cuba vlog for proof. Overall, I loved my Bronzed by Bloom experience and will definitely visit again.

Aimee Song Raw Bars

Also featured in my vlog are some baking snapshots including Madeleine French Butter Cakes and Aimee Song's Raw Bars. See the recipe below:

Aimee Song Raw Bar Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of rolled oats 
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 10 medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • Coconut oil
  • pinch of salt & pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F 
  2. Pour oats into bowl
  3. Add chia seeds, sunflower seeds and coconut oil - mix ingredients with hands
  4. Add a pinch of salt and pepper
  5. Put a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and spread granola thinly across
  6. Toast granola in oven for 15 minutes. Mix it up at the 7 minute mark, and continue toasting until golden
  7. Let it cool 5-10 minutes
  8. Pit and cut up the dates into small pieces
  9. Put granola back in bowl and mix with dates and walnuts
  10. Press and mash dates into the dry ingredients
  11. Once dates are incorporated, pour mix into a casserole dish lined with parchment paper
  12. Press down with hands, as firmly as possible to create a big solid bar
  13. Sprinkle shredded coconut over top
  14. Put into freezer for 2-3 hours with plastic wrap on top
  15. Remove from freezer and slice into bars. Enjoy!
I've been enjoying my raw bars with a side of plain Greek yogurt. It packs such a punch and tastes super sweet and delicious, without any added cr*p. Even Joseph likes them, and he is not a superfood kind of guy. Try them out and let me know what you think!

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