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I Spy: Eminence Organic Skincare

8 Jun

 

You’ve no doubt seen Eminence Organic Skin Care around  a lot lately. Pretty much because it’s based out of Vancouver, but mostly because they have great products that are natural, organic, not tested on animals and free of fragrance, mineral oil, petroleum, parabens, sodium laurel sulfate and other harsh chemicals.  With ingredients like coconut, mango, guava, pineapple, chocolate mousse and ice wine, it’s hard to resist not licking your face!

Why the “I Spy”? Because I spotted a brand new building across from Lululemon Lab at 530 West Broadway with an ‘Eminence Organics” temporary signage. Could it be an office, flagship store or even better… a SPA????

Well before their doors open, you can still buy their products locally online, at spas or try their treatments:

Where to Buy Online:

Spas:

 

Some of the products that you should check out or get a sample of:

Cleansers:

  • Coconut Milk Cleanser
  • Eucalyptus Cleansing Concentrate
  • Sweet Red Rose Cleanser

Moisturizers:

  •  Mango Night Cream
  • Pink Grapefruit-C Gel
  • Guava & Bamboo Age-Defying Moisturizer
  • Wild Plum Eye Cream

Scrubs and Peels:

  • Pineapple Enzyme Pro Peel 10%
  • Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel
  • Blueberry Soy Sugar Scrub

Masques :

  • Quince and Ice Wine Masque
  • Pink Grapefruit Clarifying Masque
  • Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque

Suncare:

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Wax on, wax off

27 May

I believe that an aesthetician who is a pro at waxing should receive the same level of reverence as a hairstylist.  I don’t know what it is about hair (maybe because it is such a large part of our identity), but when you find ‘the one’ that you trust and who understands your needs, they inspire fervent loyalty. Though you see them every 4 or 6-8 weeks, you spill the beans about everything in the 20 minutes or the 3 hours that you spend with them. They know all your secrets – things about your family, significant other, dating history, what your real haircolour is etc. … from that ‘scar’ behind your ear down to your netherregions. They won’t judge if you had a mishap with at-home bleach or have an ingrown – they’re there to hold your hand as they make it all better.  

If you find ‘the one’, the relationship and friendship that you develop with them can last longer (and could be more fulfiling) than the one with your significant other. And unlike your significant partner, they will know if you’ve cheated. =)

I will never go to another as she is the best:

Amy Luong
Aesthetician, Som Visao Spa
8-3195 Granville St.
Vancouver BC
604-732-9901

Meet you at 12B?

24 May

My co-worker told me that he went with a few friends to this underground restaurant, 12B, that’s all the rage in Vancouver, though this concept has been popular in HK for a while, and I’m sure elsewhere. Ever since coming into the light, I heard that the chef is booking 6 months in advance. Alas, that means that I won’t have the opportunity to try this place anytime soon, but here are some reviews to tide me (and you) over till then.

Global Peasant

Food and Tell

Greedyguts

Foodists

12B: A unique restaurant idea
Somewhere off Main St
Telephone: 778.389.7295
12breservations@gmail.com
Hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings

Bring your own booze
By donation $65?

Getting Lashed – where to get your lash fix in Vancouver

17 May

THE places for lashes:

  1. Wink Beauty Lounge is the original Vancouver lash lounge. Focuses on lashes but has other services as add ons. Your go-to place if you want to have everything done at the same time for a night out on the town: lashes, facial, wax, spray tan, mani/pedi. I am slightly dismayed by the ‘U.S.-type’ pricing for the lashes, as in ‘per lash’ though. *shudders* Edit: After some thought, they are just being honest and giving you an idea about the number of lashes applied as a half or a full set or more. But it gets us thinking: are you really counting the number of lashes being applied? (Gastown)
  2. Noir Lash Lounge – This is a successful local company that has given new life and new hype to lashes. It’s quite obvious that the proprietor is an addict herself, as her marketing, services and pricing reflect years of experience of being a lash extensions customer. Borrowing the business model and marketing tactic from Blo, Noir offers a menu of lash styles, so it’s a no-brainer.  Pick what you want, and get what you expect. Prices are $35 for a half set, $65 for a variety of full sets. Quality at a reasonable price, but I am somewhat sensitive to the lash glue and the removal solution that they use.  (Yaletown, South Granville)
  3. Tiffany’s Spa – I’m all about the deal, as well as the quick and dirty. This was my go-to place when I had my lash extensions for a year. You might want to communicate to the owner of how you want your lashes (the curl, length, volume, flare) if you’re picky, or just let her go at it for a natural look, but at $35 for a full set, it’s a steal. Like Noir, She to Shic and a couple of other places, a ‘set’ means as many lashes as it takes to get the look. Get a massage and your nails done while you’re at it as well. (Vancouver)

Places to try: (I welcome your reviews!)

  1. She to Shic Beauty Lounge  – Might try this place because it’s a 10 minute walk away and it’s all eco-friendly. Full set synthetic $55. Silk set (ooh!) $70, mink $80. I’ve never seen Mink lashes so affordable before! And get my nails done as well. (Kerrisdale). Sign up for the Kitty Card and you get 50% off your 2nd service.
  2. Elan Beauty is more of an ‘cosmeceutical spa’ offering permanent makeup (aka permanent eyebrow/eyeliner tattooing), laser hair removal, lasers and peels and teeth whitening. Uses US-made NovaLash’s premium products, notably the Platinum Bond Lash Adhesive, the only eyelash extension bond that is U.S. Pharmaceutical Grade tested (U.S.P. Class VI / ISO 10993 Certified), formaldehyde-free, and physician formulated for safety. No more red eye for me! Pretty pricey at $99.95 for a full set (as in doubles your lashes), but offers student discounts.
  3. Sweet Nail Salon Also sorta does the per-lash thing, but also has a menu of lash styles so prices vary. (Richmond)

Notes:

  1. I also highly recommend using some sort of lash conditioner when you have your extensions in. My product of choice is Rapidlash. Though I haven’t noticed a growth spurt of lashes, they look healthier and don’t fall out as much. It’s important to maintain your lashes when they’re under so much stress with the extensions on! Found at Shoppers Drug Mart.
  2. If you want to remove your lashes, first rule of thumb is DO NOT REMOVE THEM YOURSELF. With the obvious said, because different places use different glue, the removal solution is different. So go back to the same place. Most places offer free removal, but call and check. If you get a new set at the same time, full removal should be free. But don’t take my word for it. Hey – I still don’t understand why some places charge for a blowdry when you go in for a colour or cut – so I should walk out with wet hair if I don’t want to pay the extra $30-45? But that’s another rant/entry in the making.

My disclaimer: I’m not here to promote or discredit any institution. I’ve been a patron of all and would like to remain that way. Thanks. =)

Spicy Dumpling Sauce

15 May

One of my fave dishes at BBTEA cafe is the spicy dumplings. I always end up with a runny nose during the meal, but refuse to admit to defeat and cease eating. It’s not the dumplings that’s tasty, but the sauce! Here’s my version of it:

As usual, measurements are just for reference. I just go according to ratio and adjust to taste.

  • 50ml light soy
  • 30ml mirin
  • 1.5 tsp black vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • squirt of fish sauce
  • red thai chili, chopped

Combine all, let sit for 10 minutes, or longer if you want the sauce to be hotter. Don’t dilute with water. This is not really a dipping sauce, but you spoon on top of boiled and drained dumplings, along with a handful of chopped cilantro.

The elusive 2008 Nota Bene

6 May

First things first, I am NOT an alcoholic, contrary to what my mother might say. Sure I ingest more liquids than solids, and sure 30% of the liquid contains some alcohol content, but that does not make me an alcoholic. I just… enjoy wine. I’m not a wine snob, or nay, a connoisseur. Just someone who appreciates wine.

Wine pairings are like heaven to me, an orgasm of the senses when everything is just right. That’s why my chosen place of sin is Salt Tasting Room. So regular there that they know that 1) all my tastings need to come with a honeycomb condiment (Similkameen Honey, naturally) and 2) always a wine flight, with a sherry/port. Everytime I go it’s always a new and wonderful sensory experience. Thanks, Salt Tasting Room.

With that said, I was intrigued when Broadway Wines tweeted: “We sold out of the 2008 Nota Bene in 48hrs. However, contact us if you are interested… might get more! Join waiting list 604.734.8543 ” I got to googling. What is this wine that caused a buying frenzy? Apparantly, it’s 1) $$$ pricier than your usual bottle 2) a single vineyard blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes and 3) flies off the shelves, as demonstrated by the said tweet above.

So I called my go-to liquor merchants and they have it in stock. I won’t post my source, but comment with an email if you wish to know. Otherwise, they may not have stock when I get there.

Articles of Interest:
The Elusive Nota Bene
Black Hills Estate Winery

Secrets of the City: Eyebrow threading

8 Apr

I haven’t had a chance to make the trek to Yaletown yet to check out the new Bombay Brow Bar. It’s quite a treat at $23 for the Bombshell Brows that is more than just brow shaping, but also includes: brow gossip, calming forehead and eyebrow indian massage, soothing rosewater eye gel application, brow finishing, a complimentary makeup touch-up upon request and chai to sip on.

For those who just want a quick and dirty threading job, I’d recommend my regular place. All I have to say is:

eyebrow threading
Vancouver Westside
$5 $7
…unheard of
I know!

at:

Dona Lucia Esthetics
2813 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC. (at Macdonald St.)
604-736-5460
Hours: Mon to Fri 9AM – 8PM | Sat 9AM – 6PM | Sun 10AM – 6PM

Bombay Brow Bar
1056 Mainland Street (across from Glowbal Restaurant)
604-683-BROW (2769)
Hours: Mon to Sat 10AM – 7PM | Sun 11AM – 5PM |

UPDATE June 7, 2010: The Style Spy and their readers agree too!!

UPDATE November 14th, 2011: one of Dona Lucia’s best eyebrow threaders started her own salon a few blocks away. Ask for Rani at Deux Chic (3216 West Broadway, 604-569-3502) eyebrows are $7 (Tuesdays are $5), threading combos and daily specials. http://www.deuxchic.ca

Manjeet is still at Dona Lucia, Kitsilano.

For all your Taiwanese imports….

19 Sep

So I headed down to this event that my Grandma’s ‘school’ was holding – it was a food fair fundraiser. Found every Taiwanese dish from beef noodle soup, to fermented rice to bubble tea… all the food you grew up with. Came across these tiny tapioca balls – I’ve always avoided making the regular tapioca that you find in the tea shops – the larger 1cm diameter ones because it needs to be watched, carefully cooked and is time consuming. Found these tasty small ones about 1/5 the size – cooking time 5 minutes!

Got introed to this Taiwanese warehouse that supplied the tapioca, along with Taiwanese imports such as rock sugar, tea, fruit syrups (for all your bubble tea needs), 8 treasure beans (and all your ice plate needs), grass jelly, egg milk powder etc.

Shine Enterprise Limited
1624 West 75th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6P 6G2, Canada
tel: 604-737-8403
Fax: 604-737-9849

tw food

Dona Lucia Esthetics

22 Apr

Walked past the Dona Lucia Esthetics Salon on West Broadway on my way to Cupcakes today.

Saw that there’s a $5 eyebrow threading special – think I might make an appointment after work. Turns out she’s also the “Brazillian” Queen as well!! It’s another open space salon concept (a la Pure Nail Bar and Noir Lash Lounge) with long winding red leather seating.

Address: 2813 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.

Phone: 604-736-5460 | Email: donalucia@shaw.ca

Hours: Mon to Fri 9 AM – 7 PM | Sat & Sun 10 AM – 6 PM

UPDATE: Think the $5 eyebrow threading is everyday after 3pm? Ladies, if you live on the Westside, it sure beats going all the way to Main or Fraser and 49th!

The Reuben/Ruben Sandwich

22 May

I had a craving for the ruben/reuben yesterday. Had it on the way back from Seattle, thought about it while writing the blog, was still thinking about it when I had a lack of lunch yesterday. Google searched and found that delis are lacking in Vancouver. What happened to that sandwich store that was so abundant about 10 years ago? It was green with children from the Sound of Music. Anyway…

Found it.
Pricey, but near my house.
From a Jewish deli?
Sure. Why not?

http://www.kaplans.ca/restaurant_menu.php

Next search… hot dogs….

UPDATE: June 9th, 2009. The BEST Reuben (and less greasy than Metropolitan Market in Seattle) with a side of dill potato salad can be found at:

Tomato Cafe
2486 Bayswater Street (at West Broadway)
604-874-6020

http://www.tomatofreshfoodcafe.com/