Showing posts with label spas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spas. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Get-Clean-Skin Biore Give Away!

Remember those funny looking nose strips from high school that would hurt like hell when you pulled it off? You can thank Biore for that. Before facials became a must-do skin care routine, Biore strips were a skin saver for me. Who knew many years later into my 30's, my skin would find refuge again in these nifty little strips. This mama doesn't get a chance to do a spa facial too often (but then again I'm not a big spa fan - you don't want to get me started! I seem to have bad luck with spas even in-home spa businesses...but I digress...), but these strips get rid of my blackheads like none other! Sure, it's not as relaxing and painless as a real facial but sometimes beauty equals pain right? Right... :) And can I tell you, I still get fascinated by the spiky texture that is left after pulling the disgusting blackheads off my nose.

Biore is now more than just nose strips. The brand has an entire line of skin care products targeting your specific skin care needs all in new packaging! The Blue products are for deep skin cleansing and my favourite of the bunch. The Orange products are for complexion clearing - the Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser is ah-mazing! The Pink is for makeup removal - wipes are a makeup gal's best friend! 

If you want a squeaky clean complexion, then enter to win the entire line of some of my favourite dirt busting Biore products! Here's what you'll win: 

  • BiorĂ©® Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser with Skin Purifying Technology
  • Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser
  • Blemish Fighting Astringent
  • Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser
  • Pore Unclogging Scrub
  • Steam Activated Cleanser
  • 4-in-1 Revitalizing Cleanser
  • Daily Purify Scrub
  • Combo Pack Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
  • Make-Up Removing Towelettes
  • Total Value: $105!
It's easy-peasy to enter: 
  • You must be a Canadian resident.
  • 'Like' Biore's Facebook Page
  • Leave a comment with your email address telling me what your skin type is like and what Biore product(s) will change your life!
  • Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on April 16 at 12 pm. 
Thank you to Biore for sponsoring this amazing give away! Good luck! 

Products were sent for editorial consideration and I truly love them. 

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Mother's Day Gift Ideas!

What do you get for the woman that has everything? From experience, it seems beauty products never get old! For a few years my brother's and I would get my mother a new fragrance or bath and body products every year. And every year she would still glee with excitement because my mom is Mama Makeup Junkie! If you've been fretting over what to get the woman that let you try on her lipstick when you were four, that scolded you when you picked on your little brother, that read your diary during high school, that paid your rent when you were broke, and that is the best grandmother to your kid(s), fret no more because you're bound to find some wonderful gifts for the woman that has everything!

How utterly gorgeous is this bag accessory from YSL ($56 USD)? It's like a jewelry piece and cosmetics, two of my favourite things, in one! This bag accessory can customize a bag or belt includes a solid perfume and fuchsia pearly lip gloss. Perfect for that glamorous mom-on-the-go!
For more luxurious gift ideas visit YSLBeauty.

You can give your mother breakfast in bed without lifting a finger thanks to Philosophy's yummy 3 in-1 Shampoo, Shower Gel, and Bubble Bath trio ($30 USD) in Cafe Au Lait, Fresh Cream, and Belgian Waffles. Mmm... I am a huge fan of any of Philosophy's shower gels because they come in such mouth-watering scents! Your mom will love the idea of having breakfast in bed anytime she'd like!

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For the mother that can't decide on what lip colour to wear or loves to mix and blend, Bobbi Brown's limited edition Lip Gloss Palette is a staple of gorgeous shimmery neutrals. Bobbi Brown is known for creating beautiful convenient palettes. She takes the guess work out of matching the right colours together. This is one palette you just can't go wrong with!

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Oh Chanel, why do you make me covet so? Chanel's Multi-Use Makeup Palette ($85 USD)is a mix of best-selling colours and exclusives, four eye shadows, four lip colours and one blush. This is for the mother who is a sophisticated, social butterfly. This palette will take her from day office to evening gala!

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For the earth-conscious mother The Body Shop is full of planet-friendly pampering treats! Pick up a Bag For Life bag and fill it up with any of The Body Shop's gift sets. A Bag For Life is only $5 and every time you buy one $2 from every bag sold goes to the Canadian Women's Foundation, an organization working to stop violence in the home. Buying this bag also saves the planet because you're refusing the use of plastic bags. This bag is made from Teddy Exports, The Body Shop's Community Trade supplier in southern India. I love gifts that just keep on giving!

For more planet-friendly gifts visit The Body Shop

Don't forget about's Totally Green Sweepstakes! Prizes are being given away everyday so hurry be one of the lucky winners! Click here for contest details.

Know a busy mom-on-the-go? Hah! What mother isn't busy? Three Custom Color understands what products busy mom's need which is why the brand created the ultimate beauty survival kit called Mom-On-The-Go ($98.50)! The kit was inspired by co-founder, Trae Bodge, when she found out she was first expecting. The set is available in Cool and Warm and consists of an eye shadow, lip and cheek stain, bronzer, their best-seller Clarifier Pencil, Face Powder Brush, Clear Brow Gel, Refillable Trio with Mirror, and Double-ended Brush, and a Dante Beatrix Bebe Carry-all Envelope. Not sure if this is the right gift? If your mother is in the NY area get her a Gift Certificate for a One-On-One consultation ($85-$125 USD) at The Three Custom Color Specialists Color Studio! Her personal Color Specialist will provide application tips and expert color advice based on mom's personal needs and preference. If she's not in the area, give her the ultimate gift and fly her in!

Thinking a spa get-away is the ticket to her heart? Check out some sweet deals and spa ideas from Spa Beautifully by Ellen Mirza also of Lipstick, Powder, 'n, Paint!

As fabulous and covet-worthy as these gifts are, nothing beats hearing "I love you mom" followed by lots of hugs and kisses! Who am I kidding? Splurge for a gift please or make one from the heart! lol Happy shopping!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Beauty Review: Spa Day Tragedy 2!

I'm getting the feeling spas and I don't mix. I don't get away to the spa to often and when I do there's always some sort of drama surrounding it. Back in April, I wrote about my 1st spa experience since having my son and what a bust that was. You can read it here. Since that experience, I haven't had the urge to do a spa day plus I'd rather spend my money on makeup! lol But Christmas came around and my lovely in-laws surprised me with a gift certificate for a Toetal Spa Package at Spa Toepia, a spa in the cute historic village of Streetsville in my area. My birthday is this week so I decided this would be the perfect time to use it. My package included a 60 minute massage, classic facial, and classic mani/pedi. Since I'm not too big on massages (I feel weird having a stranger massage me), I called the spa to see if I could switch out my massage for a half leg wax, rescue eye treatment, and eye tinting just for fun. I told her I would pay the difference of $16 for the tinting. Pretty straight forward right? Everything was booked and I couldn't wait to finally have a "me" day full of pampering and relaxation.

The Good:
  • It's a smaller spa which meant it would be more intimate and less busy.
  • I can finally see the skin on my legs now that the hairy monster has been stripped off!
  • Everyone seemed nice and friendly.
  • I had my first facial which left my skin glowing and the smoothest it's ever felt!
  • I learned that my skin is in fairly good condition despite a few scars from blemishes. And my paranoid suspicions of sun damage were wrong (thank goodness) - my skin scars easily so the blemishes looked like dark sun spots. Need to get a microdermabrasion scrub to smooth out my bumps.
  • Facial was done with Dermalogica products. I've been wanting to try the brand and really liked it. My skin felt amazing and didn't make my skin breakout. Unfortunately, I fell asleep during the treatment lol and forgot to ask what products she used!

  • I got my first parafin wax treatment on my hands and feet and a body polish scrub for free (drama begins...)!
  • I'm lovin' my orange-red tips from OPI called The Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It!. Such a hot colour for Spring - too bad it's from an older collection but OPI's India collection has a similar colour called MonSooner Or Later!

The Bad:
  • Eye lash tinting was a bad call on my part. My lashes are black already, but I thought the tinting would intensify the black even more. It doesn't - so not worth it if you already have dark lashes. And it burns like hell, something the esthetician just didn't bother to tell me.
  • It's a smaller space which is good but bad if you're spending the day there and the only place to chill out and eat lunch is at the front in the waiting area! How awkward did I feel sitting there stuffing my face while women waited to get their nails done? Thank goodness I didn't stay in my robe or else I would have freezed to death sitting by the door!
  • There was no communication between the different esthetician's working on me. The one who did my facial thought I was done for the day, my mani/pedi person thought I upgraded my manicure and pedicure to include the parafin wax and wanted the body polish scrub. I was pretty clueless when it came to what each service included. I didn't bother reading the brochure and thought the parafin was apart of the classic mani/pedi and that the body polish was a complimentary service. I even asked the girl and she said it was included in my package. I thought "sweet!".
  • My package said it would be a 4 1/2 hr day but I was there for 8.5 hrs! The wait time between lunch and my next treatments was a 2.5 hr wait! It only took me 15 minutes to eat and the rest of the time I sat at the front reading old magazines. Not my idea of a "relaxing" time. Even with the long wait my appt. was still a half hour late!
  • A friend of all the estheticians came in talking about her lovely cold sore. I think it's cool that women can come and get their nails done and dish about everything. But I just don't think it's professional for a so-called spa to have their friends stop in and talk about picking at their cold sore until it bleeds. It grossed me out.
  • The icing on the cake: so after everything was done and added up I was charged $100 + over my gift certificate! I knew something went wrong when I got the body polish! Apparently the person who booked my appt. was the manager and she upgraded me to a Spa Mani/Pedi instead of the classic that came with my package and added a body polish scrub. She also made it seem like my lunch was included in my package and encouraged me to choose whatever I wanted. Little did I know that it was an additional $15! It's not expensive but it's the principle. I never asked for any of those services and figured she got my appt. mixed up with someone else. She tried to compromise by giving me a discount on the additional services so I would only pay $70. No way! I told her that I would pay for the services I asked for plus the lunch. I understood that the extra services were already done but since it was my first time there figured it was complimentary because why else would they be giving to me?? I even asked the esthetician to make sure it was included in my package and she said yes! I wasn't sure why it was taking the manager so long for her to minus the extra services but realized she was trying to figure out a way for me to still pay for them. She tried wording it different ways so I wouldn't catch on that I was still paying for a few extras but I stood my ground and said I will only pay $16 plus the lunch. She finally gave in and didn't even apologize for the mix-up. Her esthetician apologized though so I gave her a $20 for her troubles because I actually did like her.
  • I left the "spa" feeling more stiff than before I got there! So much for a relaxing time!
Overall, I will definitely not be going back to Spa Toepia. The bad points definitely outweighed the good points. It's not the type of environment to enjoy a full spa day plus the cashing out drama just ruined my whole day. I'm not the type of person to scam for free services and I hate to be made out like that. I guess it's ok if you're getting one service done at a time but it's so not worth it to spend the day there! If you're going to market yourself as a "day spa" then maybe you should have an actual area other than the waiting area for the clients to relax! The spa also seemed disorganized and no one knew what was going on, hence the mix-up. The first part of the day seemed so promising then it all went downhill at lunch. After 4 hrs I wanted to go home and was so over the whole spa experience. I'm sure had my girlfriends come along it would have been more enjoyable. I'm sure most of you reading this love the spa but it's just not my thing. I do my own nails, my husband gives me massages if I want it, and I can use a body scrub in the shower! Although, I'll probably treat myself to facials in the future but I'll never spend the day. I'd rather be doing other stuff like buying makeup!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Beauty News: Spa On A Budget Debut!

I'm so pleased to announce the launch of Spa On A Budget blog! The "Spa Girl" is someone very near and dear to my heart and she's full of tips on enjoying a luxury spa experience on a tight budget. Spa Girl is a full-time physiotherapist and now full-time mother to a beautiful 8 week old girl! She not only knows how to ease those sore muscles but knows how important it is to make that dollar stretch. Plus, she knows how essential it is to find time to pamper yourself. Lets face it - mothers always put themselves last on the list of priorities when it comes to having a family. So, check out her site and be inspired to pamper yourself in creative ways and be prepared to learn some great tips on finding great spa deals!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Spa Day Tragedy!

A couple of weeks ago my two girlfriends and I decided that we would take time to hang out and have a girly spa day. It's been a while since any of us had been to a spa especially with each other. I was truly looking forward to relaxing and having someone else pamper me for a change. One of my friends surprised me for my birthday with a gift certificate from Spa Finder which I could use at any participating spa in the world. I was so stoked and went on the hunt right away for a spa in Toronto. There wasn't a wide variety of spas in the downtown core to choose from but my deciding factor was a spa that offered threading. I'm embarrassed to admit this, but ever since I got bangs back in January I have let my brows grow out of hand! I had never tried threading and had always admired how clean and precise my Indian customer's brow were.

Ambiance Day Spa at the corner of Yonge and Queen was the only spa out of my list that offered threading. I had never heard of it before but figured it wouldn't be bad since Fashion Magazine had given it a good rating. Last Thursday I booked a threading and manicure for me, my one friend a mani/pedicure and my other friend a 1 hr deep skin massage and manicure. They were very accommodating especially since I had called last minute. Trying to book a spa day right before the weekend usually never happens so I was quite pleased they were able to take all three of us.

Friday had finally come and I was so excited! My one friend met up with me earlier and my other friend would be arriving an hour later (they're both from the Durham region). When we arrived at the spa we were a little confused because Ambiance appeared to be closed. I started to panic a little on the inside, but then thought they were taking a break and would be back in a few minutes. I started to calm down but when I didn't see a notice or sign saying they'd be back I started to panic on the outside. We tried opening the door but it was locked. We finally looked to the side of the door and saw there was a notice. To our surprise and luck the spa had been shut down earlier that day because they were behind $10,000 + in rent! We were livid and could not believe this was happening! I called the spa and left a message venting my frustration about how no one had the courtesy to phone me and that there had better not be a charge on my visa. I also thought maybe the lady that booked my appointment the other day knew the spa would be shutting down and was trying to scam me out of some money (I think I watch too much tv lol).

After my angry message, my friend and I started calling every other spa we knew to see if they'd be able to take us last minute and of course everyone was booked. We even walked down Queen St. to see if Beauty Queen or Civello's would take us. The receptionist from Beauty Queen even laughed at us implying , "Nice try". To my amazement the owner of Ambiance Day Spa returned my phone call and apologetically explained that it was out of her control. The spa was locked before they had arrived to work and instead were called right away into a meeting. She said she would have definitely called me had she been able to get in the spa to retrieve my number. I was still a little annoyed but was trying to be empathetic to her situation. She assured me that if the spa will reopen at another location she will offer me 50% off on any service. First of all it was hard for me to feel sorry for her because if she or her management had paid the rent on time they wouldn't have been shut down! Secondly, thanks for the offer but I don't think I'll take my chances.

So, our spa day was officially ruined. I called my other friend and told her not to bother coming down anymore. I felt really bad because I had chosen the place but how was I supposed to know I had booked us with a shady spa?? We decided to do the next best thing which was to eat and drink! There's nothing like a few martinis and some tasty food to make you feel good again. After our dinner we checked out The One of a Kind Show which was cool but don't go if you're broke like I was! It's no fun walking around seeing things you can't buy. The upside was that there were a few bath and body booths there which I will review in a later post. I will also give you my review of Civello's Salon and Spa and my thoughts on Aveda's make-up and hair line. Stay tuned!

Have you had a spa day tragedy? Would love to hear it!