Category — lifestyle

Beauty Teas on the Rocks


 
Happy National Iced Tea Day!
 
Any guesses to how we’ll be celebrating? You guessed it, with our age-defying iced beauty teas, of course! Each refreshing sip delivers skin-loving antioxidants for glowing complexions that start from within.
 


 
hydrate mi beauty tea: Green rooibos contains nine different types of skin-aging fighting flavonoids and essential electrolytes to hydrate from within. Goji berries are rich in Vitamin C, necessary for collagen production.
 
de-stress mi beauty tea: Peppermint uplifts and rejuvenates the mind. Chinese liquorice and chamomile blossoms provide anti-inflammatory properties to soothe and purify from within.
 

 
Here’s an updated version of our beloved iced tea recipe featuring our skin-boosting premium loose-leaf tea blends.

 

Serves 1
Ingredients:

● 1-2 tablespoons of MIYU’s premium loose-leaf hydrate mi tea or de-stress mi tea

● 6 oz. of filtered water

● 1 tsp of agave or honey (optional)

● 1 cup of ice

● mint, strawberries or raspberries (optional)
 

 

Instructions:

1. Boil 6 oz of filtered water, then steep 1-2 tablespoons of tea in the boiled water for 10-12 minutes (the longer the better).

2. To sweeten, add 1 tsp of agave nectar or honey. Stir until the agave/honey is completely dissolved.

3. Top with 1 cup of ice.

4. Garnish with mint (de-stress mi), or strawberries and/or raspberries (hydrate-mi).

5. Stir and enjoy!
 

 


 
Cheers to beauty teas with skin benefits + National Iced Tea day for letting us enjoy them!

 

June 10, 2017   0 Comments

Happy Holidays from MIYU Beauty



Happy Holidays from our family to yours. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah + a fabulous New Year.

December 25, 2016   0 Comments

Face Stress, Head on!

 

Let’s face it. Life can be stressful and it’s ageing your skin – fast! Whether it’s hectic deadlines, daily family responsibilities or the expectation to be hyper-connected through social media (yes, Instagram, Snapchat, we’re talking about you!) – life has a way of bringing out the worst in your complexion.

Continued research shows stress compromises skin barriers, fast tracks skin ageing, irritates and inflames skin, and/or even causes breakouts.  The good news: the way lifestyle affects your skin is entirely within your control.

At MIYU, we believe “beauty is a lifestyle,” and emotional well-being and taking care of your physical health are essential to achieving glowing, beautiful skin.

In honour of Stress Awareness Month, here are 5 things you can do to combat stress and maintain healthy, glowing skin.

  1. Work out. Exercise to decrease tension, boost your circulation and keep inflammation in check. Exercising releases endorphins, which trigger positive thoughts.
  2. Enjoy a cup of tea. The act of drinking tea naturally encourages relaxation, and eases the mind from moments of tension. Try our de-stress mi beauty tea, loaded with soothing peppermint, chamomile + liquorice to calm complexions from within.
  3. Spritz a facial mist/serum. Keeping a facial essence/mist at your desk, or nearby, can be a lifesaver on days when you ‘just need a moment.’ Not only will it help you instantly de-stress, your dewy complexion will be a bonus.
  4. Just breathe. “Take a deep breath” may seem a bit cliché, but it actually does help when it comes to stress. Shallow breathing is known to cause stress, while deep breathing provides oxygen to the blood, and in turn, helps clear your mind.
  5. Call a friend. At MIYU, we’re fortunate to be good friends and colleagues, so when things just aren’t going according to plan (like all the time) – having someone to talk to, laugh with, cry or express your anger, can be a healthy way to relieve stress.

Stress will always be a part of life, but how you deal with it, and how you let it affect you (and your skin), is essentially up to you.

In support of Stress Awareness Month, we’re donating $1 for every de-stress mi beauty product sold in April to CAMH – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

We’d love to know how you de-stress. If you have any tips on relieving stress, feel free to comment below.

 

April 6, 2016   0 Comments

Introducing our MIYU Beauty lookbook


 

Hello lovelies!

 

We’re very pleased to share with you our new MIYU Beauty Lookbook – a compilation of our most gorgeous + stunning photographs, to convey our brand story. Inside you’ll discover the inspiration behind MIYU Beauty, our philosophy, and our creation process. We hope you love it, just as much as we do!

 

January 19, 2016   0 Comments

A Day in the Life of a mompreneur…

 

Hello lovelies!

Today, I thought I would share something a bit more personal on the blog.  Friends & acquaintances are always asking me, what is it like to have your own business and have a young baby at the same time?  I would describe it with two words: beautiful chaos!  Of course, I have days where I am either frustrated with the business, or with Miss E, or both, but I absolutely would not trade it for the world.  Every day is different – I face new challenges – both on the personal and professional side.  Here’s a little run down of what my typical day looks like:

7:30am – Miss E wakes up.  I hear babbling, giggling or a loud “Mama!” coming from her nursery

7:40am – 8:00am – Miss E drinks her milk while I get ready for the day.

8:00am – 8:30am – I feed Miss E her breakfast, and then let her down to play while I eat my own.

8:30am – 10:00am – I try to play with Miss E, while checking my morning emails at the same time.  Some days are more effective than others.

10:00am – Our nanny arrives – whew! I go down to my home office and officially start my work.

10:00am – 12:30pm – In addition to answering emails, I am either texting or calling Linda to discuss MIYU plans, issues, etc. that we will have to deal with that day.  Often, we are creating artwork for our own promos, planning events, talking product development, talking press strategy, etc.  Trust me, the list goes on and on!

12:30pm – Lunch break! I get to see Miss E for another half hour.

1:00pm – 6:00pm – More MIYU work.  I continue what I was doing in the morning.  I love the days when I get to work on creatives and don’t love the days when I’m bogged down by admin or accounting stuff – comes with owning your own business though, I guess!

6:00pm – Nanny leaves and I feed Miss E dinner.

6:30pm – 7:30pm – I spend some time playing with Miss E until the hubby gets home.

7:30pm – 8:00pm – The hubby and I eat dinner.

8:00pm – 8:30pm – We give Miss E a bath and put her to bed.

8:30pm – 9:00pm – We clean up after dinner and then shower.

9:00pm – 12:30am – Finally, I get some quiet time to get a bit more MIYU work done.  Often, I choose this time to communicate with some of our overseas suppliers/retailers, due to the time difference.  Linda tells me I get way too many “bright ideas” during this time at night – she is usually not impressed.

I must admit, I am constantly juggling between Miss E and MIYU and I am always feeling guilty when I’m spending my time and attention with one and not the other.  I suppose it’s natural to feel that way? My only hope is that one day, Miss E will grow up and understand why her mommy always needs to work and not blame me too bitterly.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I hope all moms out there will also take the time to unplug, unwind and breathe.  We created our Sunday’s Well Spent kit specifically to help busy moms unwind.  You deserve it!

Are any of you juggling work and family life? How do you try to maintain work/life balance? I would love to hear your stories in the comments below!

 

May 5, 2015   0 Comments

Makeup Tips for the Beautiful Blushing Bride

 

Beautiful bridal make-up is romantic, classical and most importantly a reflection of your personality. Whether choosing a natural, fresh look or a sexy glamorous make-up for your wedding, the following tips will ensure you look your absolute best!
 
Complexion
• Foundation evens out your skin tone so you look polished in your professional photos. It should be applied over the entire face. It doesn’t need to be heavy, however a sheer application will smooth out your skin tone and minor flaws.
• Choose an oil-free, liquid formula that matches your face and neck. It will help prevent shine during the day and last without fading.
• Next apply concealer with a small brush under your eyes and to the inner corners to brighten. Apply it onto your eyelids and set with powder to create a flawless eye shadow base. Lastly cover any imperfections that were not covered by your foundation. You should choose a shade that matches your skin. For extra brightening under the eyes choose a half shade lighter and for hard to cover shadows choose one shade darker than your skin.
• Finish everything off by dusting sheer loose powder over your face, concentrating in the T-Zone to minimize shine.
 
Eyebrows
• Well-groomed and beautifully arched brows frame your face, enhancing your eyes. They should look natural yet clean. Fill in sparse areas with an angle brush and a taupe shade of eye shadow that closely matches your brows. Brush through with a clear mascara to soften and set.
 

 

Liner & Mascara
• Black eye liner applied to the upper lash line after eye shadow will give beautiful definition in your photos. For a smoky look use a pencil and smudge out with a matching shadow. For a cat eye try liquid liner. Top off with three coats of rich black mascara to your top and bottom lashes. To makes eyes really pop try a set of natural looking, but voluminous false lashes!
 
Cheeks
• Shades of baby pink, rose, pinky coral and delicate peach work best to brighten your skin and give you a romantic glow. Avoid too much bronzer if possible as it can make the skin appear muddy. For a sunny glow apply a hint of bronzer together with pretty pale pink.
• Apply your blush to the upper apples of your cheeks, blending in an upward circular motion along the cheekbones. Don’t skimp on blush as some photography lighting can make your skin look pale.
 
Lips
• Apply a bit of your foundation over your lips to create a lasting base.
• Define the lips along the upper lip line with a natural looking lip liner similar to your own natural lipcolour. This will match with most shades of lipstick, and make your lips appear fuller.
• For a soft, sexy look fill in with a rosy neutral, soft pink or soft coral. Blot with a tissue, lightly dust with sheer powder and reapply. For a pop of shine apply a small dab of gloss at the centre of your mouth.

 

Last but not least, mist everything with MIYU’s hydrate mi beauty essence to set and refresh makeup.
 

 
Photography by Mike Caringi at 5ive15teen Photo Company
Make-up by Annesley Broadhead
Hair by Emily Sara Pike
Creative Production by Melissa Baum
Model: Jackie Johnson with B&M Model Management

April 30, 2015   0 Comments

Tips to flawless skin on your wedding day

 

Welcome to a new segment we are starting here on our blog focusing specifically on Bridal Beauty!

 

Allow me to introduce you to the talented Toronto-based fashion and bridal makeup artist, Annesley. Annesley and I have worked together at Cargo Cosmetics, where she was the national makeup artist for the brand. Not only does she have a big heart and a warm personality, her makeup artistry is truly flawless. We are proud to have her as a contributor to the MIYU blog, where she will share her color cosmetics expertise. She will contribute from time-to-time giving the best makeup artist tips and tricks that you can quickly learn and do on your own. Grab your makeup brushes, friends, and let’s practice!

 

A bride’s happy glow and radiant beauty is what we remember most from her special day, so skincare and make-up are two of the most important elements in bridal planning. Many brides leave this part of their planning to the last minute, often leading to disappointment. The following make-up artist tips will help you prepare your bridal beauty in the months leading up to your wedding.

 

 

1) Book a make-up artist early, at least 6 months in advance. The best make-up artists book up quickly. Review their on-line portfolio and make the extra investment of booking a trial. It will be well worth it!

 

2) Begin taking extra care of your health and skin months before wedding day. Eat healthy food, drinks lots of water and stay well rested. Add a healthy tea and facial essence to your regime. MIYU hydrate mi and de-stress mi beauty teas nourish from the inside out for healthy glowing skin, while the MIYU Beauty Essences boost the results of your skincare regime.

 

3) Keep MIYU de-stress mi beauty essence in your purse as a mid-day refresher and moisture boost. Both beauty essences are perfect in the Winter when the skin is dry as well as in the Summertime after sun exposure.

 

4) Use gentle, perfume-free skin care products appropriate for your skin type or skin condition.

 

5) Keep it simple with a gentle cleanser, toner, skin essence/serum and lastly a lightweight moisturizer.

 

6) Use an SPF if you are going in the sun and avoid tanning beds as they age and dehydrate the skin which can look unflattering in bridal photos.

 

7) Avoid harsh skin treatments in the month leading up to your wedding. Waxing/hair removal should never be done in the week leading up to the wedding.

 

8) Full, natural but neatly groomed eyebrows are the most flattering for the face and frame your eyes. If you have over-tweezed your eyebrows begin growing them in the year leading up to your wedding. Work with a trusted brow expert to assist you in getting a nice shape.

 

9) In planning your dream make-up, look to classical romantic beauty as inspiration. Nothing dates your wedding pictures more than a trendy make-up look. Have lots of inspirational pictures ready to show your make-up artist.

 

10) Lastly begin investing in the make-up pieces you will need as touch-up items on wedding day: pressed powder, lipstick, lip gloss and a purse-size MIYU beauty essence to refresh your skin!

 

Stay tuned until next time for some bridal application tips.

 

 

 

Celebrating your big day soon? MIYU’s BRIDAL EDITION E-SHOP offers special pricing on quantities of more than 10, on the following select items:

 

party favors

beauty teas

a prettea little quartet

 

What are you waiting for? Spread some MIYU cheer now! More details available on our bridal e-shop.

 

March 6, 2015   0 Comments

The fate of the 2015 “Year of the Sheep” starts with the first day

2015 lunar new year_Square

 

Today kicks off the Year of the Sheep and the start of the lunar calendar, used in many parts of Asia, and celebrated world-wide.

 

Growing up with Asian parents I was always taught, what you do the day of Chinese/Vietnamese New Year (as it’s also called) determines your luck for the entire year. Also certain superstitions, as my mom has always told me, are meant to be taken seriously! Although there seems to be quite few – here are some of the biggest ones I recall, and still follow, to this day – no matter how silly they seem.

 

1. No cleaning – your home should be cleaned from top to bottom before the New Year – symbolizing a clean start and new beginning. Sweeping on New Year’s day is an absolute NO, as you’re sweeping away your good fortune.
 
2. No washing or cutting your hair – You’re not supposed to wash or cut your hair the day of, because it means you’re washing away or chopping off your good luck for the entire year.
 
3. In general, what you do and how you feel on New Year’s day determines the direction of your whole year. I try to avoid arguments on this day every year. Therefore, only positive thoughts allowed :).
 
It’s funny, the older I get, the more I follow these superstitions. Not because I truly believe it will determine the fate of my whole year – but I figure any extra good luck sent my way, can’t hurt. Plus, it’s the only way I can get the bf to help clean the house beforehand. Ssshhh don’t tell!
 
Whether or not you follow these superstitions, or celebrate the Lunar New Year – from our MIYU family to yours, wishing you all a wonderful year filled with happiness, good health and amazing skin!
 

 

 

As a token of our best wishes for the Lunar New Year, receive your choice of a FREE* beauty essence mini with every purchase of $50 or more in our online shop.
 
To receive your gift with purchase:
 
1. Fill your shopping bag with $50 or more worth of product.
2. Select a mini essence of your choice and add it to your order.
3. Enter promo code: LUNAR2015 at checkout, be sure to click APPLY CODE to activate your discount.
 
*offer expires 02/26/15

February 19, 2015   0 Comments

Beauty is a Lifestyle


 
 

Hello friends!
 
9 months and 4 cities later – our brand video is finally complete!

 
The journey began last year, as we worked with Connie’s step-sister, Nashwa (a newly minted filmmaker) to craft a story-telling piece that would convey MIYU’s fundamental belief – that “beauty is a lifestyle” and good health is a means to glowing, beautiful complexions.
 
We had so much fun storyboarding “a day in the life of” 5 different women and how each of them integrated MIYU into their lives, to savour their moment of “mi” time. All of us made an appearance in the video, including myself (as the businesswoman), Nashwa (the yogi), and Connie (playing real life part, first-time mom) with her adorable daughter, Emelia. Even Connie’s cat Chocco made a cameo! See if you can spot the furry little cutie.
 
A BIG thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this brand video possible – especially Nashwa for bringing our piece to life, AND Peter for all your help, always.
 
We hope our video will leave you inspired to love and take care of yourself from the inside out – you deserve it!
 


 

TWO WAYS TO WIN A PRETTEA LITTLE QUARTET – 10 winners will be chosen! 

 
1. Tweet: Beauty is a lifestyle http://bit.ly/1L6uZzq #MIYUBeauty
 
2. Post on Facebook (or share the link from our FB page): Beauty is a lifestyle http://bit.ly/1L6uZzq @MIYUteasandbeauty
 

February 11, 2015   0 Comments

This Valentine’s, tell him what you want!

 

Hello MIYU-ettes!

 

When it comes to buying gifts, let’s face it, most men fall into the clueless category (sorry hun, you included). Over the years I’ve learned, if you really want to get what your true heart desires, you have to drop some subtle (ok, not-too-subtle) hints.  Come to think of it, if you don’t text him the direct website link – he’s likely never going to know!

 

So ladies, let’s make it easy on the gents this Valentine’s Day – send him over to our MIYU Beauty shop where he’ll find our limited-edition MADE WITH LOVE gift set, sure to send your heart fluttering!

 

Inspired by love, this beautiful kit includes our award-winning hydrate mi beauty tea + serum-mist essence pairing, our limited edition love sweet love chocolate chai tea, a gorgeous heart-shaped loose leaf tea infuser and an adorable mini wooden spoon.

 

SRP: $50.00 (retail value $65)

 

Kit Contents:

• 1 – hydrate mi beauty essence,  2.7 fl. oz./ 80 ml

• 1 – hydrate mi beauty tea, 16 sachets

• 1 – love sweet love chocolate chai loose leaf tea, 25 g/ 0.88 oz.

• 1 – heartstrings loose leaf tea infuser

• 1 – mini wooden spoon
 

Limited quantities are available, so don’t leave your lover in a lurch – send him this link now!

 

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January 27, 2015   0 Comments