A skin-saving smoothie bowl… featuring Dragonfruit, strawberries & kiwis



Hello lovelies!

Now that it’s spring, we are super excited to incorporate a wide variety of fresh fruits into our diet again, and what better way to do so than through a gorgeous smoothie bowl? Today’s Beauty Eats post features a quick way to drink in your antioxidants, plus get some added probiotics! Here are their beauty benefits…



Strawberries: Providing one of the best sources of Vitamin C, strawberries are at the top of our beauty foods chart. This little berry has soothing capabilities as well – all the more reason to add them to your smoothie!

Kiwis: Did you know that kiwis contain 5x more Vitamin C and 8x more Vitamin E, than an equivalent amount of orange? Vitamin C provides super antioxidant power and vitamin E aids in cellular repair.

Dragon Fruit: Rich in vitamin C, B1, B2 and B3, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and phosphorus, this super fruit also helps reduce bad cholesterol. The fresh watery sweetness of this fruit is also perfect for spring and summer months!

Probiotic Greek Yogurt: If you suffer from skin sensitivities, recent studies have shown consuming probiotics can strengthen the skin barrier, resulting in skin that’s more resilient against potential irritants. The Chinese believe nurturing gut health is the best way to ensure healthy complexions.

Soy Milk: Soy milk contains all nine essential amino acids, which your body needs to assemble new proteins, necessary for immune function and cell energy. It is also rich in B-vitamins, a requirement for healthy, youthful skin.

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.

Bananas: Bananas are loaded with potassium, which regulates the water content in skin cells. If your skin feels particularly parched, it may be due to insufficient potassium levels. The best thing to do is reach for a banana!

Dragon Fruit Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
 
Servings: 3 – 4
Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients:
● 2 cups frozen strawberries
● 1/2 cup cubed kiwi
● 1/2 cup cubed dragon fruit
● 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
● 1 cup soy milk
● 1/2 cup hydrate mi beauty tea
● 2 ripe bananas
● 1/2 cup ice

Directions:
1. Steep 1 tsp of MIYU’s hydrate mi beauty tea in 1/2 cup of hot water for 5 minutes.
2. Add all ingredients, including the steeped tea, into the blender, and blend until smooth.
3. Garnish with fresh fruits and/or granola. Enjoy!



Be sure to let us know how your smoothie bowl turns out in the comments section below!

March 27, 2017   0 Comments

Beautiful Packaging, for a Beautiful Future


 
Hello lovelies!
 
Welcome back from your summer break.
 
It’s often said, the day after labour day marks the unofficial end to summer. Back to school, work, and reality.
 
While we’re sad to say goodbye to backyard tea parties and summer soirées, we can’t help but love this transitional period. It’s the perfect time for a beauty refresh or even a new look, even for us.
 
As Connie mentioned in her last post, we’ve been challenging ourselves in the last while, to create new tea packaging that is both beautiful, yet mindful of our ecological footprint. With that said, we are delightfully proud to introduce our new premium loose leaf teas + eco-friendly packaging.
 

 
MIYU’s signature teas are now housed in 100% recyclable tins and foiled pouches, including the labels – now printed on Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) paper. Each tea blend is available in two varieties. The deluxe edition: a gift-worthy tin, for those who love pretty packaging and the everyday edition: an adorable, resealable foiled pouch, for everyday use and/or refilling the tin.
 

 

The new tin canisters and pouches are available online at miyubeauty.com and at select retailers across Canada and the U.S.
 
We hope you love the revamp and the new look, and we encourage you to also be mindful of your impact to our planet, as we work together towards a beautiful future!
 

September 6, 2016   0 Comments

A new baby on the way…

Hello MIYU-ettes!

I can’t believe how time flies – as I am writing this, I am only 5 days away from my due date – eek! That’s right, we’re expecting another little one any time now. These past couple years between building MIYU and raising our first born – Emelia (aka Miss E), have been some of the most rewarding years of my life. The challenges are new, and scary at times, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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As I am in full nesting mode, trying to tie up everything home and MIYU-related before the big day, I just wanted to take a moment of pause to reflect how much my family has meant to me through all of this. I literally could not go through all the trials and tribulations without the support of my amazing husband. I am also truly blessed to have a pretty well-behaved toddler.



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Miss E has really become my inspiration – she ignites a new desire in me – to make this world a better place for her future. Wouldn’t you want to do everything in your power, to witness this infectious smile?

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In fact, because of her, we have started to be more mindful of our packaging – challenging ourselves to create more eco-friendly packaging that minimizes our impact on the environment. It truly is our corporate responsibility to care for our planet, so that our children and grandchildren can continue to thrive. Of course at MIYU, creating packaging that is both beautiful and performance-driven has always been our core. Adding the eco-friendly aspect has its challenges, but what we have found through this journey is that all it takes is a little creativity, to design something both breathtaking and eco-conscious. Our new tea packaging is the first evolution of that – and we cannot wait to share more.

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So let me take this time to thank all of you – our family, friends and cheerleaders. Thank you for your continuous support throughout this journey. Thank you for believing in us and celebrating our milestones. We cannot wait to share with you what is next to come…

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P.S. Our gorgeous photos were done by our friends at Oink and Coo – if you have not checked out this talented couple yet, please do! You will not be disappointed!

August 24, 2016   0 Comments

Welcoming our newest retail boutique – Blush by Jamie Rose



You know when you discover a beauty destination that you can’t stop gushing about it? That’s pretty much how we feel about Blush by Jamie Rose, which is why we had to spotlight her as our Feature Friday. We are ecstatic to introduce MIYU to all the classy locals in Boise, ID! Read on to learn more about Jamie and her swoon-worthy boutique…



What was your motivation for opening up your own boutique? It has always been a dream of mine to open a luxury beauty boutique that carried only amazing and unique products you couldn’t find just anywhere. I wanted the products to be showcased in a unique and intimate environment that inspires elegance and beauty. I also wanted to create a place for clients to shop in that gave them the expert advice and artistry that is missing in today’s beauty market. It was important for my clients to have a one-on-one tailored experience with an educated beauty professional that could really take the time to listen to their needs and educate them on what will be best for their everyday beauty routine.



What do your customers love most about Blush by Jamie Rose? My client’s love to come in and have what we call the “Blush experience” It starts the moment you walk in, feeling like you have been transported somewhere else for the day! Smelling all the unique scents, browsing exclusive beauty products, and experiencing all the beautiful, unique products we offer. My client’s really enjoy popping in and seeing what’s new and finding that special treasure to take home!



How do you curate products for your store? What is your vetting process? First and foremost is that the products have to be something I am in love with. If I know the product is amazing and I can’t live without it, my clients will feel the same way! It is really important to me to pick the best of the best products for my store. Quality vs. quantity! I look for very unique and niche brands, I feel like this creates a specialty vibe that people gravitate towards. I carefully select all my lines, and I keep looking for future brands that are unique and that add something special to Blush.

If you only had time to grab 3 beauty products to put in your purse, what would they be and why?
1. Bronzer/Blush duo, because I am fair and it’s a great way to pop a little color to my face and a perfect touch up for my cheeks for that instant glow.
2. Any kind of pink lippie, lipstick/gloss. I am obsessed with lip products, especially pinks and nude tones. I always feel complete when I have my signature pink lips on!
3. Diptyque Eau Rose roll-on fragrance, it is so convenient to have one of my favorite fragrances in a travel size roller for my purse.

We’re so delighted that Blush by Jamie Rose now carries MIYU Beauty. What is your favourite MIYU product and why? We just LOVE MIYU Products here at Blush. The packaging is so beautiful and feminine! I adore all of the MIYU products but one of my favorites is the de-stress mi beauty tea. It is such a wonderful tea for me to sip on throughout my busy day at work. It keeps my skin glowing too!



Thanks for your lovely responses Jamie! And for all you MIYU-ettes, you NEED to make a stop at Blush if you are in the area…

Connie Linda Signature

December 11, 2015   0 Comments

MIYU Beauty 2015 Gift Guide: Curated Classics She Will Love

Looking for that perfect gift? Shop OUR GIFT GUIDE items here:

1. eau so pretty kit
2. liquid assets kit
3. mint-to-de-stress kit
4. soirée essentials kit
2015 MIYU Holiday Gift Guide

FOR ON-TIME DELIVERY ORDER BY DECEMBER 15TH AT MIYUBEAUTY.COM

December 10, 2015   0 Comments

Tea Story


 
It is funny how I did not come to appreciate the beauty, art and health benefits of tea until I got much older. Perhaps it wasn’t until my skin took a turn for the worse in my mid-20’s – during an exhilarating time working in the Big Apple and testing countless beauty products as a beauty product developer – that I re-examined my health + lifestyle habits a bit more closely. Like many 20 year olds, I took my healthy complexion for granted. After suffering from bouts of hives and eczema, I was desperate to find a solution that would return my skin back to normal. The advantage of working for other beauty brands as a product developer was that I was constantly reading and doing research about skin health. I knew that if I wanted a chance of regaining a healthy complexion back, I needed a solution that extended beyond just a topical approach. Turning back to my roots, I realized I did not have to look too far – the health beverage consumed for centuries by my ancestors was right under my nose – TEA. I found myself fascinated by all the different varieties of teas and all their associated benefits. Today, I thought I would share with you some of my early findings. Here are just some of tea’s possible health benefits, cited from a growing number of studies:
 
● reduces risks of certain cancers
● improves cardiovascular health
● helps with weight loss (lowers cholesterol)
● strengthens immune system
● and…. LAST BUT NOT LEAST — improves skin and complexion!!
 
I am a strong believer that great skin comes not only from good quality skincare, but also from a healthy lifestyle and a stress-free state-of-mind. Drinking tea, in my opinion, is an effortless way to achieve both of the latter points. Infused with vitamins, minerals and potent antioxidants, tea is one of the easiest ways to enhance your overall health.
 
Here are some of my key insights:
Spend a little more for a good quality cup of tea. While the generic tea bags that you can purchase in your local grocery store may be convenient, you will not get the full health benefits of tea if you are purchasing the mass tea bag varieties. Mass tea bag varieties typically contain older tea leaves that have already lost many of its nutritional benefits. More specifically, mass tea bags contain fannings (as opposed to full leafs), which are fine siftings leftover after larger tea leaves have been removed. While fannings allow for shorter steeping times and provide immediate and intense flavor, the flavors do not actually bloom in the same way loose leaf teas do, and as a result taste fairly flat. Good quality teas are picked from the youngest shoots, which contain the full flavor profile and contain the maximum amount of nutrients. Treat yourself to a good loose leaf tea. Note: When I created MIYU’s beauty teas, I wanted not only to use premium leaves, but I also wanted the convenience of sachets. Why choose when you can treat yourself to the luxury of both?
 
Teas contain 2 or 3 times less caffeine than coffee. I know you have heard those rumors that coffee contains less caffeine than tea, but that is simply not true. Think about it this way, have you ever felt jittery after a strong cup of coffee? I’ll bet you have never felt that way drinking tea. Tea gives you an overall lift in energy and increased mental alertness. It does not have the same heart-pounding, eye-popping, stimulating effects that a strong cup of coffee has, which can leave you with an unpleasant caffeine crash once it wears off.
 
Teas are rich in flavonoids and catechin polyphenols which have an abundance of antioxidant properties. Due to its radical-scavenging abilities, antioxidants protect against cell damage and have detoxifying effects on the body. Research has shown that regular tea drinkers (people who drink 2 or more cups a day) “have less heart disease and stroke, lower total and LDL cholesterol, and they recover from heart attacks faster” (WebMD). And of course, since antioxidants are the most sought after group of ingredients in skincare, tea may also have anti-aging benefits for the skin.
 
Select the tea for your specific concern. If you have aggravated skin, peppermint tea may be the choice for you. According to Phytotherapy Research, animals that were given peppermint demonstrated a relaxation effect in their gastrointestinal (GI) tissue [1]. Issues with your GI tract are frequently linked to problematic skin – think inflammation + breakouts! We love our de-stress mi beauty tea for this reason! If you are concerned about parched complexions, you may want to select a tea with red or green rooibos. Rooibos, an African red-bush tea, is naturally high in electrolytes, therefore helping to hydrate the body from within. Rich in flavonoids, rooibos provides incredible antioxidant activity, necessary to scavenge age-accelerating free radicals. Our hydrate mi beauty tea boasts all the benefits associated with green rooibos and the aromatic snow pear essence makes the tea unbelievably divine. Definitely one of our favourite beauty brews!
 
Drink the tea that you fancy. With so many varieties, blends and flavors, feel free to choose the tea that you enjoy. The fact of the matter is: all teas contain flavonoids and they will ALL provide you with antioxidant benefits. Let’s be real – you will not receive health benefits from something that you refuse to drink! Whether you prefer earthy, woody blends, a bouquet of fragrant florals, or a concoction of sweet, exotic fruits, make sure you select the flavors that tickle your fancy.
 
Pinkies up lovelies, and cheers to healthy, beautiful skin!
 

 
1. McKay DL, Blumberg JB. A review of the bioactivity and potential health benefits of peppermint tea (Mentha Piperita L). Phytotherapy Research (serial online) 2006; June 12.

September 30, 2015   0 Comments

Happy Birthday MIYU! Celebrating 2 years of Healthy Skin!

 

Hooray! We’re 2 today! How quickly the past two years has gone since we officially launched our MIYU Beauty e-boutique.

 

We’re delighted to be celebrating our second birthday today and even more honoured to have you on this beautiful journey with us as we continue to help busy women and men like yourself, achieve gorgeous, healthy complexions with lasting results.

 

We’re proud to have achieved some incredible MIYU milestones in the last year…..

 

October 2014: WINNING BEST NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH at the Canadian Beauty Innovation Awards

November 2014: FEATURED IN NOVEMBER ISSUE OF CHATELAINE spotlighting our founder, Connie and the concept behind MIYU

December 2014: FEATURED IN HEALTH MAGAZINE’S HOLIDAY ISSUE under their Gift Guide “Give Bliss”.

February 2015: LAUNCHED MIYU IN HONG KONG with Hong Kong’s first blow dry bar – Airplay

July 2015: FEATURED IN PEOPLE EN ESPAGNOL’S JULY ISSUE in their tea segment “La Hora del Te”

August 2015: FEATURED IN FLARE’S AUGUST ISSUE in their article on “Drinkable Skincare”

 

A big thank you for all your love and support these past two fulfilling years. May we celebrate many more years of healthy skin with you!

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. We have a surprise giveaway on INSTAGRAM. Head on over to see how you can WIN A SUPER CUTE MIYU Beauty prize! Plus, for a limited time only, all you lovelies will be gifted with an adorable petite + portable beauty essence mini with every purchase on our e-boutique. Ends 09/01/15.

 

August 31, 2015   0 Comments

MIYU Beauty in New York City

 

It’s been a busy, yet exciting, time for us at MIYU.  As you may have seen, if you’re following us via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, last week Connie and I were at the Saks flagship store on Fifth Avenue in NYC serving our signature beauty teas.  Check out our cute pop up display on the beauty floor.  Doesn’t our iced hydrate mi tea look delish? So good!

 

 

From Thursday through Saturday last week, we sampled our hydrate mi and de-stress mi beauty teas, both iced and hot.  Immediately, our teas were a huge hit as customers, and staff at Saks, quickly came back for seconds and third tastings!

 

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Being in New York, Connie and I also took the opportunity to set up a few (or eight) meetings with magazine Beauty Directors, Editors and Assistants.  It was great getting the chance to meet them in person and introduce our new brand to them.

 

 

 

And after jam-packed mornings of meetings, we were back at Saks serving our teas. While an incredible experience, it was definitely exhausting!

 


 

Thank goodness staff at Saks, and the beauty floor team especially, were so incredible.  Thank you for making our stay so amazing!  And thank you to everyone who dropped by to try our teas and to say hi!  We truly adore you all.

 

 

 

 

 

June 11, 2014   0 Comments

MIYU Beauty Now Available on Anthropologie.com

 

Hi Friends!

 

We have some fabulous news to share with you!  Starting today, anthropologie.com will be carrying select MIYU Beauty products on their site!!!  We absolutely adore Anthropologie, and are huge fans of their well-curated collection of clothing, accessories, gift and home décor – to be included in such great company is a dream come true for us!

 

Go to anthropologie.com to check out the MIYU Beauty collection now.

 

April 10, 2014   0 Comments

Leaping Bunny Giveaway!

 

 

Hi MIYU-ettes!

 

Just wanted to let you know, our friends at Leaping Bunny are giving away one of our de-stress mi pairings!  To enter, go to the Leaping Bunny Facebook page and follow the instructions on the MIYU Beauty post.  Hurry, contest ends Sunday, April 6, 2014.

 

Good luck!

 

 

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April 3, 2014   0 Comments