Recap: Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2014 #DEBVan

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2014

This is super long overdue but I thought better late than never! With my friend MizzJ, I attended Diner en Blanc in Vancouver on August 21. Diner en Blanc is basically an event that takes place in cities all over the world where people come together and picnic together, while dressed in white. Attendees purchase admissions to the event, and the day of the event, you’d bring everything with you, from your picnic table to cutlery, drinkware, and of course the food. You can also purchase the tickets with the inclusion of food, which means you get food made and packed for you courtesy of Chef David Hawksworth, of the Hawksworth Restaurant at the Hotel Georgia.

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2014

Outfit: Dress from ASOS, blazer from Zara, shoes from Ferrgamo, bag from Coach

Taking place at David Lam Park in Yaletown, I dressed up in my best whites and went off to party with Vancouver’s social scene. It was really interesting to see the dynamic with everyone gathered in the park wearing white, as well as the people on the street who weren’t attending who were watching us from the side. It was also really fun to check out some of the more unique outfits that people had put together, some including full on costumes that seemed more Halloween-appropriate than anything else.

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All in all, the event was one of those once-in-my-life opportunity types. While I’m unsure I will want to attend again, it was definitely very eyeopening. If you’ve never been before, or if you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your friends or your significant other, you might want to check out Diner en Blanc!

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2014
Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2014
Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2014

Review: Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash

Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash review

I love a rich foaming cleanser that deep cleanses. While most cleansers in this category are drying and fare better on combination or oily skin, Kiehl’s new Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash cleanses without stripping, and is ultra gentle on the skin.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from Kiehl’s.ca): This rich, gel formula activates with water to create a creamy, dense foam that gently removes impurities without stripping skin of its essential moisture.Formulated with Calendula Flower Extract and Glycerin, this deep cleansing face wash helps to soothe and replenish skin without over drying. Skin looks and feels instantly refreshed and revitalized. Soap-free and Sulfate-free.

Price: $34 CAD for 235mL bottle

Texture/Scent: Light, translucent gel. Pretty much scent-free.

The good: This cleanser foams up quickly upon contact with water and some rubbing, and the type of foam it creates is the plush, rich kind. It cleanses really well, getting into all of the crevices of my skin and into my pores, but it never strips. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and balanced.

  • Foams up richly
  • Cleanses well
  • Never strips
  • Skin is left feeling soft and balanced

The bad: The Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash is not designed to remove makeup, so you do need to use a separate makeup remover. I find that if I wear a lot of makeup one day and remove it with an oil cleanser, if there is any leftover makeup after using the oil cleanser, this will not remove. Basically just need to remove your makeup really well before using this. This is priced at $34 CAD for 235mL, which isn’t too bad for me, but I can see some people not liking that price tag.

  • Does not remove makeup
  • Pricey

Overall: This is a simple, no-frills cleanser that will fulfill anyone’s need for a gentle foaming cleanser. While it is ideal for normal/combination skintypes, if you’re a dry skin person and love foaming cleansers, you can also give this one a try. At the end of the day, I really like this cleanser!

Product: 17/20
Packaging: 4/5
Value: 3.5/5
Overall: 24.5/30 | A
Repurchase? Likely yes.

Ingredients:

Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash review

Take an hour out of your busy schedule and play some board games with Mattel! #GameTime

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Life as an urban professional is always super hectic and busy, with every minute of your day highly utilized and productive. But when was the last time you took an hour out of your day to relax and play a spontaneous round of board games? Mattel, the producer of cult classic games such as UNO, Pictionary, and Mad Gab, is encouraging everyone to slow down, and bond with the people around you by spending some quality time with friends and family through interactive board games.

Mattel sent me four of their popular board games to play with my friends: Apples to Apples Big Picture, UNO, Mad Gab, and Bounce Off. Coincidentally my boyfriend was doing a games night with his friends so I brought along Apples to Apple Big Picture with me and it was a huge hit. Apples to Apples Big Picture is a variety of the classic Apples to Apples game, except with pictures matched to the theme word instead of words matched to words. It was fun to see what people had come up with as their matches to the theme word, and the night was filled with fun and laughter.

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In September, Mattel took over a Toronto shopping mall to surprise shoppers with a spontaneous and interactive game of Pictionary, which was disguised as a mall poster. Featuring surprises and prizes, this experience was caught on camera, which you can see in the video below.

When was the last time you took an hour out of your schedule to play a round of board games?

Gadget review: Baby Quasar Pure Rayz for Wrinkles anti-aging light therapy tool

review of Baby Quasar Pure Rayz for Wrinkles

Today I’m reviewing Baby Quasar’s Pure Rayz anti-aging light therapy tool.I’m going to start off by saying this product is for anti-aging, and since I’m currently in my mid-20s, there isn’t much aging to combat, but I have been using this to as a preventative measure for the last few months. Also I’m not much of an expert in light therapy tools, so I can’t compare this against anything else. My review is based solely off of my thoughts from using this product over a few weeks, and not any expert advice or testimony.

review of Baby Quasar Pure Rayz for Wrinkles

Pure Rayz is the more economical of Baby Quasar’s light therapy tools (the more expensive models being Baby Quasar PLUS and Quasar MD Plus). Priced at $249, it is the entry level model for those who are thinking about trying light therapy tools but don’t want to make the big commitment just yet. Composed in plastic shell casing, it includes four distinct wavelengths of light for even penetration into the skin.

As the first (or second step) of your skin regime, you use Pure Rayz either right away after you wash your face at night, or I like to use it after applying a toner because my skin gets dehydrated quickly. You hover it around your face and neck for a maximum of 4 minutes, spending 30 seconds in each area of the face. There is an auto shut-off after 4 minutes you never have to worry about overusing this. The light being emitted from the tool is red and is quite bright, so I usually aim this away from my eyes to prevent discomfort. If you do get it in your eye, it is gentle enough that it’s not going to cause any damage. I use this for 30 seconds each around my nose, both cheeks, chin, forehead, and for a minute on my neck.

review of Baby Quasar Pure Rayz for Wrinkles

I’ve been using Pure Rayz for a few weeks and the bottom line is, I really like it. Like I mentioned before, I don’t really have any wrinkles to eradicate, but I found that this tool is actually also great for just smoothing out the skin in general and tightening pores. My skin felt smoother, tighter, and my products absorbed more easily. The ergonomically designed egg shape of the tool is very comfortable to use. Being made of plastic, it is also light enough for travel. I feel like I’d have to revisit this in a few years after I’ve developed some fine lines to see what the anti-aging qualities are, but in the meantime I will be giving this to my mom to use.

I can see that this would make a great gift for mom or that beauty-obsessed favourite aunt. Men can also use this, as it is appropriate for anyone who want better looking, smoother skin. Pure Rayz comes with a 5-year warranty and a 60-day month back guarantee for those of you who are still on the fence about trying it. You can purchase Pure Rayz on the Baby Quasar website for $249.

Would you take the leap and try anti-aging light therapy tools?

review of Baby Quasar Pure Rayz for Wrinkles
review of Baby Quasar Pure Rayz for Wrinkles

Experience review: Eccotique Spas & Salons “Dual Exfoliation” facial

Eccotique dual exfoliation facial review

I was recently invited to Eccotique Spa to try out their new fall facial offering – the Dual Exfoliation facial, using Aveda products. This facial is a targeted facial, meaning that it’s specifically to benefit the skin and not for relaxation purposes. To be honest, it wasn’t super relaxing, but that’s okay because I walked out with glowy, refined, and smooth skin. Recommended for all skin types (except super sensitive types or those with rosacea or severe acne-prone skin), it is a facial focused on ridding your skin of dead cells, and increasing radiance.

Eccotique dual exfoliation facial review

The products used in this facial (in order of application):

Eccotique dual exfoliation facial review
Eccotique dual exfoliation facial review

My esthetician, Jessica, started by removing all of my makeup (I just had BB cream on that day) with Enbrighten Brightening Cleanser and toned with the Enbrighten Brightening Treatment Toner. The first step of the “dual exfoliation” is the Tourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner, which is clay-based, physical exfoliator that also contains bamboo extracts. This part was actually a little bit uncomfortable because Jessica thoroughly exfoliated my skin with the scrub, to a level that I wasn’t used to because I’ve always been wary about overexfoliating.

She then opened up my pores with the Perfecting Plant Peel, which is a warming mask designed to open the pores and let out any toxins. The next part was the most interesting – Jessica placed some cotton pads on my cheeks, nose, and chin, and slowly poured water soaked in Aqua Therapy on my face. She said this is to release and wash away any toxins in my skin. Having the cool water dribbled down my cheek was extremely refreshing after a warming mask, and was probably the most relaxing part of this mask.

After drying off my face (and neck) post-Aqua Therapy, Jessica used the Outer Space Cooling Mask on me to shrink my pores, and at the same time she used some cold stones to massage my face and tighten the pores some more. This part was also super relaxing, and made me wonder where I can buy those stones to do the facial massage at home. After wiping off the mask, she finished off with the Enbrighten Brightening Serum and Cream, and the Green Science Firming Eye Cream.

After I left the spa, I felt a bit wary because my skin felt like it had been overexfoliated. As soon as I looked in the mirror though, I was incredibly impressed by how refined and smooth my skin looked, and how I’ve never felt my skin (especially my chin area) feeling so soft and silky. I would go back there every few months just to “straighten my skin out,” especially during change of seasons or when I feel like my skin needs a good targeted treatment.

Eccotique recommends this facial be done once a month, and I think that’s a good amount to go if you have the budget. It’s priced at $100 for 45 minutes, which is pricey, but really worth it because I’ve never seen my skin so healthy immediately after a facial. The Dual Exfoliation Facial is available at Eccotique locations now!

Promotion: for the holiday season, Eccotique is offering $5 off of their top 5 favourite services, and the Dual Exfoliation Mask is included! Visit an Eccotique location for more information.

What was has been your favourite facial experience?

Eccotique dual exfoliation facial review
Eccotique dual exfoliation facial review
Eccotique dual exfoliation facial review
Eccotique dual exfoliation facial review