Korean Beauty Products: Innisfree Jeju Volcano Capsule Recipe Pack Review

I am back with another Korean beauty product review. I spoke about Innisfree in my last post titled: Korean Beauty Product to the Test: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Nose Pack Review 

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The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap Review

I haven’t shopped at The Body Shop in ages. It was popular when I was in high school, I loved their tea tree oil products and their musk scent. I got over The Body Shop pretty quickly as I entered my 20s and the brand just kind of lost steam. I happened to find myself in a Body Shop store on my way home from work. I came across the Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap and was intrigued.This soap is part of the Body Shop’s Wild Argan Oil collection.  massage soap with Argan oil? What more do you need?

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My skin is very dry and I was thinking the Argan oil would provide me with much needed moisture.I really wanted to love this soap. For starters, it is a bit awkward to hold in the shower. I find it a bit too big and it slips easily from my hand. Forget about massaging – as the soap gets really slippery. This soap doesn’t have the greatest scent either (which is not a deal breaker by any means). It left my skin feeling quite parched after I came out of the shower. Wasn’t this supposed to be moisturizing? I am not sure what amount of Argan oil this soap contains, but it is probably minimal at best, given that this soap is currently on sale for $3.60 CDN. Overall, I am unimpressed.

 

Real Techniques Sponge Review: Is this as good as the Beauty Blender?

I have been using the holy grail Beauty Blender for sometime now. I quickly realized that it wasn’t just your regular makeup sponge. It blended my foundation so easily creating a flawless finish. Concealer creasing? Didn’t happen with the Beauty Blender.

So for those of you that have never used a Beauty Blender, well it is an egg shaped sponge. It comes in different colours and two different sizes. The thing with this sponge is you need to wet it before you use it. You wet the sponge, squeezing the excess water, and then dabbing with a towel. After you have wet the Beauty Blender it is ready to use. Wetting the sponge allows the product to sit on the surface of the sponge and not get absorbed.  I knew the Beauty Blender was doing wonders for my makeup when I had people commenting about how amazing my skin looked (they didn’t know I was wearing foundation!). Ok, so now that we know this thing is amazing and an absolute essential, why am I trying other sponges? Well, here’s the thing. The Beauty Blender is pricey! It retails for $28 CDN at Sephora. Oh, and you need to replace it every 3 months. It is no wonder I started looking at similar sponges to see if there were more affordable options.

I had heard a few Youtube beauty bloggers rave about the Real Techniques Sponge and how it was an affordable dupe for the Beauty Blender. The Real Techniques Sponge retails for $9.99 CDN at amazon.ca. Not bad, right? It looks similar to the Beauty Blender, but has a flat edge that is supposed to work for contouring. Same process here, you wet the sponge, and then use it to blend your foundation, concealer etc.

Ok, so I have had this for a month now and given it a number of shots. I don’t love it. It doesn’t work as well as the Beauty Blender, it absorbs all my product, and doesn’t create the same finish. Nothing other than this sponge has changed in my foundation routine, so I know the sponge is the culprit.

So what’s my overall opinion of the Real Techniques sponge? Doesn’t compare to the Beauty Blender. Period.

Glow Medi Spa in Toronto Review: Facial

I am trying to take care of my skin this year and we all know maintaining good skin requires regular facials. I decided to give Glow Medi Spa in Yorkville, Toronto a try after reading about it online. So this is what their website says … they are “recognized nationwide for … quality services …” and their “exceptional team of caring professionals”. Impressed with all of this – I thought why not give them a call and book an appointment. So they book you in for a “consultation” where the skin care professional will evaluate your skin and then recommend a treatment. And guess what? The consultation is $50.00. But wait, if you book a treatment following the consultation, they waive the $50.00. Ok makes sense – I scheduled a time and was looking forward to my facial appointment. (But if you don’t like your consultation, you are stuck because you can’t cancel the facial appointment …)

So how was my experience at Glow Medi Spa in Toronto? Let’s just say I was not impressed… Continue reading “Glow Medi Spa in Toronto Review: Facial”

Ten Spot Leslieville Review: Brazilian Wax and Pedicure

Ok, so I have had my fair share of waxing experiences in the downtown core. I have tried them all, Ten Spot, Fuzz, and Waxon.

Waxon – wasn’t a fan, I mean please leave the room while I undress, it is weird.

Fuzz, hmmm what can I say inconsistent service, high turnover of staff.

Ten Spot, what, I can get waxing and a pedicure done at the same place? Sounds good right? Continue reading “Ten Spot Leslieville Review: Brazilian Wax and Pedicure”

Is this the best sunscreen for your face? Clinique Super City Block SPF 40 Review

Sunscreen. We all know this is the most essential product to wear on your face to prevent aging, yet sometimes we forget. Or, we don’t like the extra step, or we just can’t seem to find that perfect sunscreen. You know something that doesn’t look like you have a white coating on your face, something that you can actually wear under your makeup without getting too oily. I think I found that sunscreen btw… Continue reading “Is this the best sunscreen for your face? Clinique Super City Block SPF 40 Review”

Toronto’s Best Restaurants Right Now

Ok so Toronto is buzzing these days. The NBA All Star Game is weeks away. We now have a train from the airport to the downtown core. And to top it all … we have amazing places to eat in this city. I love eating out, and I love good food. Here are my top picks for where to eat in Toronto. This is not a comprehensive list, just some of my favourite places!

1. Bar Raval – 505 College Street, Toronto

Yes, we have heard about Bar Raval time and again. But there is something about this place that makes you keep coming back. Whether it is the semi-heated outdoor patio where you freeze your butt off while eating tapas and sipping absinthe cocktails, or the indoor bar area with wooden arches, or the fact that you could be standing next to strangers and finding yourself conversing with them, Bar Raval is an experience. Grant van Gameren is probably my favourite chef in the city – his food is divine. Who ever thought bread with tomato could taste so good? But it does at Bar Raval. My favourites on the menu are the Manchego Cheese, the Mushroom Tower, the Chilled Octopus, and the Cuttlefish Fideo. Pair that with an Absinthe-minded cocktail and you are set for having a great night out!

2. Bar Isabel – 797 College Street, Toronto

Grant van Gameren makes an appearance again. This space has more of a restaurant feel to it, although I have sat at the bar and loved it. Food is spectacular – its Grant van Gameren after all. The King Crab is spectacular. Go there and experience it.

3. Seven Lives – 69 Kensington Avenue, Toronto

Yes, I know, tacos are like so 3 years ago … but, this tiny hole in the wall spot in Kensington Market has heavy lineups. If there is one taco in this city you want to try (trust me there are a lot of tacos in Toronto), it is Seven Lives. Baja Fish is my personal favourite, but the octopus taco is a close runner up. Oh and the ceviche. The ceviche is one of the best I have tried in the city. They only take cash and be prepared to wait, and then stand to eat your tacos, unless you can find a spot on the one communal table. Hours are sketchy sometimes, they close at 7 sharp, no exceptions.

4. Buca Yorkville – 53 Scollard Street, Toronto

I never understood the hype about Buca. I went to the King Street location and was underwhelmed. I decided to give Buca Yorkville a try this summer and well, what can I say, I was impressed. This place isn’t cheap so come prepared to spend a lot of money on excellent food. Seafood charcuterie anyone?  The menu is heavily focused on seafood, which I don’t mind at all. Try the braised octopus or the zuppa di pesce – you won’t be disappointed.

5. Jacobs and Co. Steakhouse – 12 Brant Street, Toronto

There are some great steak places in Toronto. But Jacobs tops them all. Whether it is the service, the overall ambience, the piano in the entrance, or the table side caesar salad, Jacobs is where you want to eat your steak. They have an extensive steak menu, with varying prices of steak, but don’t be alarmed by the prices, you don’t need to spend $400 on a steak to have a good dining experience here. Let the waiters help you with ordering, they know what they are talking about. Sit back, relax and enjoy the experience that is Jacobs.

6. Byblos – 11 Duncan Street, Toronto

As much as I despise Charles Khabouth outposts for their lackluster food, and their “where to be seen” persona, Byblos actually has great food. The fare here is “Eastern Mediterranean Cuisine” – this isn’t your falafel joint, people. Start off with a Gulab cocktail – who doesn’t like rose petals in their cocktail? Then order the Turkish Manti Dumplings, the Yogort Baked Fluke and the Sweet Jeweled Rice. The food here is full of flavour, service is great and cocktails are delicious.

7. The Gabardine – 373 Bay Street, Toronto

If you find yourself in the financial district at lunchtime, this cozy restaurant is full of Bay streeters, getting away from the pretentiousness of it all. Home cooked meal – that is what the food at Gabardine tastes like. Delicious, simple food. Try the Mac and Cheese, the Po Boy, and the Chicken Pot Pie. They don’t take reservations at lunch so try getting here at 11:45 if you want a spot.

8. Burger’s Priest – various locations, Toronto

Sometimes you just want a good ol’ burger. But you don’t want a defrosted burger patty, that tastes rubbery. You want freshly ground burgers. That is what you get at Burger’s Priest. Melt in your mouth burgers. There are locations on Queen West, Queen East, and Adelaide Street. I personally like the Adelaide street location, it is bigger, lots of places to sit and no lineups. This is the best burger in the city hands-down.


 

The list can go on … Toronto is full of amazing places to eat, new restaurants are opening all the time. These are some of my favourites, places I go to repeatedly. Some other mentions here, Churrasco Villa on Eglinton Avenue (best Portuguese chicken in town), Pomegranate on College Street (best Persian in the city), Enoteca Sociale (Italian), and Queen Margherita Pizza.

Happy Eating!

 

3 Products to Help You Relax and Unwind

Let’s face it. Life can be hectic and sometimes all you need is to just take a minute and breathe! Taking time out for yourself and being able to unwind is extremely important and these products will help you relax that busy mind!

1. Now Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser – $45.00

If you don’t have an oil diffuser – get one right now!

 

This BPA free diffuser uses ultrasonic electrical vibrations to create an aromatherapy mist. There is no heat involved, so the essential oils don’t lose their holistic properties. It is easy to clean and really quiet and the compact design will fit anywhere in your home! Plus, you know there are no artificial fragrances or chemicals, unlike most scented candles.

Use this with your favourite essential oil, my personal favourite is the AromaForce Lavender oil which smells fantastic in this diffuser! $12.99 CDN at Well.ca.

2. Bathorium CocoCreamer Bath Bomb $9.95

We all know a warm bath is nice and relaxing. A warm bath with the Bathorium Bath Bomb is heaven! This isn’t just any bath bomb. It smells amazing, yet gentle. It is made from organic virgin coconut oil, creamy coconut milk, and lavender essential oils and it is amazing for dry skin. It is a slow-release bath bomb, meaning it won’t dissolve right away in your bath so you can feel the carbonation while in the bath -fun, right? Oh and they are proudly Canadian! Bathorium has a whole range of bath bombs which can be purchased on their website at http://www.bathorium.com/collections/all-bath-bombs.

3. Miiyu Flocked Cloud Robe – $69.00 at simons.ca

No bath is complete, without being able to get into a comfy in this adorable bathrobe! Spend the rest of the evening lounging in your bathrobe and then call it a night!

How to get rid of that nasty corn on your toe

Ok so today’s post isn’t sexy. It is isn’t exciting. But, given I have recently suffered from corns on both my feet, I thought it might be nice to share my thoughts on what actually worked to help get rid of the corn.  Continue reading “How to get rid of that nasty corn on your toe”

Is Clinique’s new Pep-Start Eye Cream worth the hype?

clinique pep startI have tried a number of eye creams in the past and honestly haven’t had much luck. I don’t think I have ever used an eye cream that I thought worked wonders for me. I had high hopes for the Clinique Pep-Start after reading the positive reviews on Sephora. I have been using it for about a week now, and I wouldn’t classify this as being amazing. It is a very ordinary eye cream. It is slightly hydrating. It does brighten the eye area, as claimed. The applicator is strange and I can’t imagine it being good for the delicate eye area. I just used my fingers to dab the cream on my eye area. Overall, an ordinary eye cream not worth the price – $31.00. 2.5 out of 5 stars for this one.