Sign me up to be in the Gucci Gang! It’s been about two years since Gucci has climbed to the top of the designer charts and I’ll admit that I’m obsessed with their designs. It seems that every fashion Instagrammer slaps on this Gucci leather belt to their outfits. But to be honest, I think it looks pretty damn good. I’ve had mine for more than a year now, so I thought I’d do a Gucci Leather Belt review to help you decide if it’s worth the money!
Shortage of the Gucci Leather Belt
I was interested in the black Gucci leather belt back in fall 2017 but there was a worldwide shortage (like what? just take my money). I couldn’t find it in Vancouver, Sydney or Tokyo. Luckily, in February 2018, I received a call that more stock came in! The style that I’m reviewing is the medium width in 75cm. This would be good for anyone that is an XS-S in clothing.
The Gucci Leather Belt features the prominent double Gs seen in their marmont family of bags. It comes in 3 widths with the smallest one ($350 USD) similar to a normal skinny belt. The medium width as seen here ($460 USD). As well as a large width ($1,050 USD) which would be similar to those thick waist belts.
The design of the belt is actually quite clever. You slide the belt behind the double Gs and then press the knob into one of the holes. This allows the logo to look like it’s floating in front.
Another detail that I like on the belt is that the belt loop is attached so it can’t slide too far away from the center. I’ve definitely had belts before where the loop slides all over the place. But with the “string” holding it in place, it never slides very far away.
Quality of the Gucci Leather Belt
I am quite happy with the quality of the Gucci Leather belt. The leather feels very smooth and supple. It has a beautiful sheen to it and has retained that healthy looking sheen for over a year! All of the stitching is even and I do not notice any fraying. I usually wear my belt once every 1 or 2 weeks. The rest of the times, I curl it up and put it in a dust bag in my drawer. I’ve had it for about 15 months now and it’s still looking great!
The only sign of wear is on the hardwear. If you look in the inner corners, there’s quite a bit of tarnish. However, the hardware is called “antique gold” so I wonder if that was there from the beginning and I never noticed? I don’t have any scratches on my hardware so maybe the tarnish is the look Gucci was going for.
Is the Gucci Belt Worth It?
In my opinion, yes. It may seem like an absurd amount to spend for a belt but it totally elevates any basic outfit. Also, you can’t really buy any designer pieces for less than $500 so if you want to add a bit of luxury to your wardrobe, this is the most cost efficient way. I thought this would be more of a fad but it’s starting to look like an iconic piece.
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If you have issues with redness on your skin, I’m excited to introduce you to Bioderma Sensibio AR! I’ve had issues with redness on my skin for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I would turn into a tomato whenever I do sports! The redness on my cheeks have actually gotten better in the years or maybe I’m more skilled with applying foundation. Either way, it’s still a feature I try to minimize when I do makeup.
About the Bioderma Sensibio AR Collection
The Bioderma Sensibio range is made for sensitive skin and has been around for quite a while. However, they recently introduced two new products with “AR” in the name and this stands for anti-redness. The main technology is the “Rosactive” patent which reduces the inflammation related to redness. The active ingredients in this patent includes Green Tea, Soya Bean and Ginko.
Redness on the skin is caused by dilated capillaries and triggers can be as common as extreme hot or cold weather. It can also be aggravated by eating hot and spicy food, and exposure to UV. So if you have redness that flares up, try to keep a log on what triggers your skin.
Bioderma Sensibio AR CC Cream
I was really excited to see a CC Cream ($25.90 at Shoppers Drug Mart) as part of the anti-redness collection. On a daily basis, I usually wear just primer with a dab of concealer or a very light coverage foundation. I have dry skin so I prefer liquid and cream formulas as opposed to powder. This product is especially perfect in terms of timing because it has SPF 30 and it’s almost summer time! There is only one shade though so it’s not going to be for every one.
The shade was a lot darker than I expected. Although it’s a light coverage product, it will be hard for fair skinned individuals to wear this as it gives off a warm, bronze color. For me, it is a tad darker than my skintone but once blended, it still looks natural and as if I got a bit of a tan.
To combat redness, this product has the Rosactiv compound to reduce the sources of redness. It also contains a few soothing agents which instantly reduces heating sensations on the skin. Since Bioderma is mainly a skincare brand, they made sure to also include moisturizing ingredients in this CC cream.
I’m really impressed by how this formula sits on the skin. It has an interesting velvety texture and provides a satin finish. There is a light fresh scent that is only faintly reminiscent of sunscreen. Usually I like to apply this with a stippling brush (I’ve been using this ELF one that I’ve had for ages). The finish is so beautiful and natural. I find that this does even out my skin tone and enhances my natural radiance.
Bioderma Sensibio AR CC Cream Demo
Here is a before and after photo of my chin area. I’ve been dealing with a lot of small brown marks, acne pigmentation, and small redness bumps as well. As you can see, it has a pretty good smoothing effect but still a light coverage.
Bioderma Sensibio H20 AR
If you wear makeup, you are probably familiar with micellar water. I usually associate Bioderma as the original producers of micellar water. On a side note, they also make the most adorable travel sized micellar waters that I always use when I’m on vacation. I love using micellar water as it removes my makeup effortlessly and I don’t have water dripping down to my elbows.
You may already be familiar with the regular H20 but this version has the Rosactiv patent which reduces redness.
Another Bioderma collection that I love is the Bioderma Hydrabio collection. This is one of my holy grails in the winter time and gets rid of my flaky dry skin. I’ll have to use these two Bioderma AR products on a more long term basis to see if it actually reduces redness. But I enjoy using the CC Cream as a light weight every day foundation either way.
Do blondes have more fun? I’m not sure but I’m getting closer there with the lightest hair color I’ve ever had! I recently got my first balayage at Suki’s Hair salon and I love the dimension that it gives my hair!
Okay I’m going to get right to it and show you the before and after! When I first saw my after photo, my reaction was that it wasn’t a lot of color. It wasn’t until when I compared to my before photo that I realized how much lighter and more dimension my new color gives my hair!
Here’s my black hair. I’ve had it colored once in a salon before about 5 years ago in Hong Kong, but honestly I barely had any color. I’ve also used box dye twice and never had any luck with color showing in my hair. To say that it’s stubborn would be an understatement.
My inspiration is an ashy brown hair color but through research, your hair needs to be quite light to be toned to that shade. So I trusted my colorist, Ashley, to see where she can get me in one session. In this after photo, the color looks a lot warmer than how I see it in person. However, I definitely see some of the ashy tone and medium brown especially the hairs framing my face. I love that when I braid or curl my hair now, there’s much more interest and dimension and I’m excited to go even lighter in the future!
Suki’s Hair Salon is one of the most well regarded hair salons in Vancouver. There are five locations (Downtown, Kitsilano, South Granville, Richmond and South Surrey) across the lower mainland. What sets them apart is that all of the stylists and colourists are trained inhouse through Suki’s Academy.
I visited the Downtown location and was blown away by how upscale the facility is. The reception area is bright, spacious, and filled with salon products. The salon area is broken up into a few sections. The cut/style area are the typical chair and mirror set up. Then the middle section is for coloring. Clients have a selection of magazines to choose from and the seats are around a table or by the mirror.
As I mentioned above, all the colorists and stylist working at Suki’s must have graduated from the prestigeous Suki’s Academy. From talking to the staff, they all take it seriously as a career and not just as a job. The pass the final exam, the stylist has to prepare 12 different looks in 3 weeks to show the judges!
Rule of the 3 Levels
I did a bit of research on hair color before going in. Before you start fantasizing about your platinum blonde hair, you should learn about the 3 levels. Your hair color is on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the darkest. To keep your hair healthy, the recommendation from hair stylist is that you should stay within 3 levels. Since I started with black hair, the lightest I can go is a medium brown.
However, you can usually go back to the salon in about 3 months time to move up another 3 levels!
I was pleasantly surprised that my coloring session only took about 2 and a half hours. I know some people spend 5-6 hours at the salon for a full hair color.
The technique that my colorist used is called foilage. It’s similar to painting on color like balayage, but then it is wrapped in tin foil. Since my hair is so dark, this is the best method. The foil helps to amplify the effect of the bleach by trapping the heat and allowing it to reach all sides of the hair surface! The product being used was the Blond Studio lightener by L’Oreal Professional. This process took just under 1 hour for my whole head.
Next, I sat around and waited for about 50 minutes while the lightener worked itself in my hair. There are magazines around the salon. You also have a space with a table surface so you can easily bring a laptop if you needed to get work done.
Once the time is up, I was taken to the Spa room which is where all the wash stations are. The room was large, spacious and very clean! I’ve never seen so many wash stations in one salon before! I had an assistant to the colorist undo the foils and apply the toner. In order to counteract any unwanted colors, a toner is essential especially if you want a cool tone look. This process took about 30 minutes.
How to Care for Your Colored Hair
I’ve never really had my hair colored before so I had no idea what I can or can’t do. From what I read online, it is best to wait 72 hours before you wash your hair. But I don’t think that’s actually necessary so check with your stylist. Also, I thought I should avoid hot tools right after I got my hair colored. But I received a hair cut and style right after which included blow drys and curling irons. So I think it’s safe to use hot tools right after getting your hair colored!
I am so so happy with how everything turned out! If you want a stress free hair color experience from people who know the craft, I’d highly recommend checking out Sukis. I’ve heard of so many horror stories that I didn’t want to take any chances. I have a beautiful lighter brown color in my hair now and it still feels healthy and soft.
I received a complimentary service from Suki’s Salon.
Spring is one of my favorite time of the year (after the holiday season) for makeup releases. Spring collections give me so much happiness and brightness after what is usually a rainy dark winter. For Spring 2019, Lancome released a Parisian inspired collection. I’ll be showing you how to create a spring eyeshadow look with the new Lancome Cafe Bonheur palette.
Name: Lancome La Palette Cafe Bonheur
Shades: 5 Glitter shades and 5 Satin Shades
Size: 5 x .2g and 5 x .8g
Find on Lancome online, other pieces of the collection available on Nordstrom
With so many neutral palettes out there, I’m so glad to see something completely different for this limited edition release. The collection focuses on a Parisian vibe and I feel the soft cool tones definitely capture that look. I visited Paris two springs ago (don’t miss my Paris travel guide!) and the city just exudes sophistication.
What is unique about this palette is the 5 glitter shades in the top row. While they don’t swatch particularly well, I’m so impressed with how they look on the eyes!
Are the glitter shades messy?
I usually hate working with glitters because it just means messy fall out. But using a dense flat brush, I can get a beautiful glitter look with out too much of a mess! In the swatch, you don’t see a lot of actual glitter particles, but you’ll see in my tutorial that it is quite easy to pick it up.
Gorgeous satin shades for every day use.
The second row has more wearable shades for every day use. I especially love the second and third color. Satin finishes are my favorite finishes in eyeshadow. It gives that healthy sheen to your eyelid space. I’m very happy with the pigmentation and longevity of the shades. It is definitely better suited for those with light to medium skin tones though as the shades are pretty light.
Spring Eyeshadow Look for Asian Eyes
The colors that stood out to me in this palette are the light and airy pinks. If not used carefully, pink eyeshadows can make you look like you have red eye. But I feel like I pulled off a romantic, feminine look and I hope you think so too! I find popular eyeshadow tutorials generally don’t look good on me. So I created this spring eyeshadow look for Asian eyes that might be more useful!
This whole eye look is completed with just using just the palette. I have eyelash extensions on (Vancouver peeps, check out Prep Beauty Parlour for your eyelash extensions) but no mascara or eyeliner otherwise. If you like this tutorial, make sure to check out some of the other looks I created especially for Asian eyes.
Use a fluffy brush and start blending color 1 on the outer corner of your eyes. This is one of the most important steps as it sets the framework for the rest of your look. To get the result in the photo, I probably went back 3 times in the pan and blended it for about 20 seconds each time.
Using the same fluffy brush, start blending color 2 around the same area but closer to the lash line. Don’t exceed where you have placed color 1. You want the
Pat the glitter shades (color #3 and #4) in the part of your eye lid crease. Definitely use a dense eyeshadow brush that will not kick up glitter. I put color #3 closer to the outer corner because it had a rose gold base color and was a bit deeper. Color 4 had more of a silver base color so it reflected light and I put it all over the lid.
Add dimension to your outer corner with the deepest shade in the palette (color #5). I try to use a makeup brush that is meant for eyeliner or detail work as my eyelid space is so small. If you have asian eyes, you can probably relate and using the right size brush is really important for adding the dark color to the outer corner.
Lastly, you want to blend the colors in your lash line too. I used color #5 all along my lash line. Then I used color #2 just on the outer corner. Lastly I patted some glitter on the center of the lash line.
Overall, I’m very impressed by the formula of the glitter eyeshadows. They were easy to distribute on the eyelid and did not fly away. I also love the Parisian vibe in the shade selection, name and packaging! It’s definitely a pricey palette and not one to start your makeup collection. But if you already have lots of items and want a special piece, this is a nice buy.
If putting on a pair of false lashes makes you feel like a queen, I’d highly recommend giving eyelash extensions a try. I was intrigued when I first heard about this a few years ago. But based on after care instructions, it seemed very restrictive on what type of makeup you can wear and I was always testing out products for this blog. However, I recently went for my first ever eyelash extension at Prep Beauty Parlour and I am hooked!
I’ll be showing you my before and after and sharing a few tips I wish I knew heading into my appointment.
About Prep Beauty Parlour
Prep Beauty Parlour is an eye candy of a salon. The whole space is bright, feminine and super Instagrammable. There is a separate section of the salon for eyelash extensions. I went pretty late in the night so there was only one other client beside me. There are 5 beds in total though so it can be a full house.
The lash room is nicely decorated with music playing at the perfect volume. There is a sink in the corner to wipe off any remaining makeup before you start your appointment. For the lash beds, I did notice that the head towel was not the cleanest as they probably do not switch sheets after every appointment. But overall, the whole space is bright, sanitized, and organized.
The entrance of the salon has the famous bird cage where you can’t resist but snap a selfie. If you are looking to get nail services, there is another section of the salon which is also nicely decorated. They are located on Burrard street towards the south end of downtown Vancouver. If you work full time, you’ll be happy to know they are open after 5 on weekdays and on the weekends as well! Appointments can be made online and you can browse all of their services here.
How to Pick an Eyelash Extension Style
If I could go back in time, I would definitely have done more research on different eyelash extension looks. Although in the end I think you’ll have to at least do it once to figure out what you like and don’t like. I know it kind of sucks to not be able to pinpoint the design you want based on photos alone, but due to the number of lashes you have and your eye shape, the same specifications can look very different on each person.
In terms of helping your technician choose the best look, you should know how long, how curly, and how dense you want the lashes to be. For length, an average extension is between 9-12mm so you can start from there. For curl, I’d recommend a C curl to start. Lastly, I thought I wanted a classic set (1 false lash to 1 of your own lash) but I probably could have done with something more dramatic!
I also thought I wanted to focus more on the center for a more open eye doll look. But I think next time I’d want more extensions on the inner and outer corner as well. I also thought I wanted something curly but next time I’d go for something a bit more straight. Definitely save inspiration to show your technician but be realistic that it may not look the exact same on yourself.
Does Getting Eyelash Extensions Hurt?
The actual eyelash extension application does not hurt at all. The only discomfort during the application is the tape that is put across your lower lash line as it keeps the area very rigid. My appointment took just over one hour but a normal classic set should take about 1.5 hours. Also, if you come in wearing any type of makeup, you’ll have to take it all off. So it’s best to come bare faced.
Here is a comparison of my bare lashes to the newly completed classic set! I’m very impressed that I can not feel the eyelash extensions at all! I thought it would feel a little bit like wearing false lashes. But instead, I don’t feel anything on my lashes at all!
What Happens Right After Eyelash Extensions
You are advised to not expose the lashes to steam, sauna, hot water for 24 hours. I actually showered right at the 23 hour mark and I was a bit scared that I would have totally damaged my lashes. They are still going strong after 2 weeks so I think unless you are placing your face right under the shower nozzle, the bond is actually quite strong.
Can You Wear Makeup With Eyelash Extensions?
One of the reasons that I waited so long to try eyelash extensions is that I thought wearing and removing makeup will cause the extensions to fall out too fast. But you can in fact wear makeup with eyelash extensions. You just need to be a bit more careful with what you use and how you remove your makeup
Since I’ve gotten the eyelash extensions, I’ve avoided using liquid eyeliner and mascara. I’ve applied eyeshadow on quite a few days and have had no issues removing my makeup with micellar water.
Do not remove your makeup with cleansing oil! If you are a heavy makeup wearer, you may need to consider this. To remove makeup while wearing eyelash extensions, make sure to use micellar water! But don’t soak a cotton pad and leave it on your eye.
How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Last For?
The other thing that was holding me back from eyelash extensions was that I thought it doesn’t last very long! This photo was taken about a week after I got my eyelash extensions and they are still looking great! It’s been two weeks now and I still have the full effect.
Overall, I’m so happy with the look and how it makes me feel more glam! I can’t wait to try another eyelash extension now I have a better idea of what I want. My classic set was done by Roselyn and I’d highly recommend her.
I received a complimentary service in exchange for this review.
Truth to be told, I was scared to try Mugler perfumes for the longest time! A few years ago, I tried out a Mugler Alien perfume at The Bay. However, I didn’t see where the nozzle was and sprayed everything right into my palms! Unfortunately, I didn’t even like the scent but it stayed with me the whole day.
I am excited to say that Mugler Angel Eau Croisiere smells nothing like Alien and is going to be the perfect spring scent!
The Mugler Angel Eau Croisiere is available at The Bay for $82 for a limited time. The bottle contains 50mL of product. There is also a loyalty program called The Circle on Mugler’s website. However, you need one code to join and at least one more to receive any type of benefits.
The inspiration behind this perfume is to create a scent that embodies the desire to escape. This scent is made for your next getaway in search of adventure and time for yourself. I am always searching for the next amazing travel destination so the inspiration speaks loudly to me. It’s so important in this career driven world to take time for yourself and explore the world. I like that with scent, it can transport me to a summer beach vacation.
The Mugler Angel Eau Crosiere bottle follows the Angel family with an asymmetrical star bottle. The legs are pointy so it doesn’t stand and needs to be placed flat on a surface. The nozzle is really unique and is hidden behind the top tip. With a yellow and pink color, this perfume reflects beach cocktails and beach sunsets.
I like to display my perfumes so I’m a little sad that this does not stand up with the rest of my bottles. It is rather unique though to have the bottle lie down flat so I’ll give it a plus for creativity but a minus for fitting in with my collection.
I was really pleasantly surprised with the scent! I associated Mugler with stronger scents but the Angel Eau Croisiere has a very sparkling fruity opening. It’s also not overly sweet which is perfect as I recently started developing headaches with certain perfumes. Based on Fragrantica, the main notes are sweet, fruity, tropical and citrus.
The initial scent is so delicious, if it was a dessert, I’d gobble it right up. Mango is the most dominant scent and luckily it’s one of my favorite fruits! For the first 30 minutes or so, the mango scent is very apparent. You also get a bit of citrus to add some balance. The base of the note should mimic the original angel with patchouli and praline. However, by the time the fruity cocktail wears off, the scent is pretty light and it’s hard to detect.
From what I read, the Mugerl Angel Eu Crosiere does not resemble the original Angel very much. I really like this version because it’s got a great tropical scent! But if you are looking for a slight variation on the original, this might not be for you as it does not retain the original DNA of Angel.
If you like fruity scents but are over the generic floral, sweet smells, I’d highly recommend this one! The mango notes immediately reminds me of summer!
If you’ve been around in the beauty community, you may remember the green frog lipstick from Lipstick Queen that really put the brand into the headlines. Lipstick Queen is relatively difficult to find in Canada but it is available at Murale. Today I have two shades from the Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes Lipstick Collection.
Name: Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes
Shades: Available in 9 different shades
Find it online (Ulta) and at Murale locations in Canada
About Lipstick Queen
For the adventurous and daring, Lipstick Queen produces shades from all corners of the rainbow. My first impression of the brand is the Frog Prince green lipstick that turns to a rosy pink based on your pH! Currently, you can find fiery oranges, metallic lavenders, and true blues. But within all the crazy colors is their Nothing But the Nudes collection which contains 9 different interpretations on what makes a perfect nude.
I avoided nude lipsticks for the longest time as it tended to make me look sick and my teeth yellow. Then I realized that a deeper brown toned nude is the best fit for me! In my lipstick declutter in 2018, I kept 10 nude lipsticks and got rid of 13!
The Whole Truth
The Whole Truth is described as the perfect peachy nude by Lipstick Queen. When swatched on my hand, I can definitely see a bit of the peach poking through. However, depending on the pigmentation of your lips, the peachyness might not show up when worn.
I love the beautiful shiny finish from this shade. There is no shimmer or glitter at all just a gorgeous sheen. The formula is quite gorgeous! It feels moisturizing and yet the pigmentation is full swipe. However, I find this shade a bit too light on my face. It looks better in this photo than in real life.
The second shade I have is Blooming Blush which is described as a muted peachy pink. This shade looks a lot deeper on my lips and gives off more of a pink color. Again, I’m very impressed by the formula of these lipsticks. I like that it grips to your lips when applied but has such a pretty sheen.
Swatched from left to right: The Whole Truth, Blooming Blush. As you can see, they swatch very similarily. The Whole Truth just has a hint more orange but the difference would be minimized on the lips.
Value 8/10 Total 40/50 B
I gave the packaging a 7 because although the tube in a pretty pale pink color that goes well with the theme, I thought it was a bit boring and simple. Also, there is something inside the container that makes scratches on the side of the lipstick tube.
These are beautiful lipsticks in terms of formula. I love how the color swipes on in one coat and gives off a healthy sheen. However, the shade and packaging is just not interesting enough to justify the cost. Also, it takes time to find the perfect nude lipstick and for me, it has to be something with a deeper tone. Unfortunately, both of these shades are a touch light for me and washes out my features.
For this collection, I think it would have been interesting for them to show what the 9 different interpretations of nude lipsticks are rather a description of the shade of the lipsticks.
I love having the chance to try out new brands and have been testing out the Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Boost skincare collection for the past month! You may know the brand from their iconic dry oil but this is my first time trying their products.
About the Collection
The philosophy and idea of this collection really resonates with my lifestyle. The Creme Prodigieuse Boost is a multi corrective skincare line to fight the harmful effects from fatigue, stress and pollution. Young women these days are so busy and hectic lifestyle choices can affect your skin condition. The formulas in this collection aims to boost the skin’s antioxidant defence mechanism, collagen reserve and cellular activity.
The products all have a beautiful floral scent that is clearly evident but not overpowering. There’s also a light pink tinge to the products. Read on to see what’s my pick on the top product in this collection!
The first step in this skincare collection is the Energising Priming Concentrate ($39). I use this as a serum, right after cleansing my face. The texture is extremely watery and quite refreshing on the skin. It has a slippery feel at first even though the consistency is thin like water. It temporarily leaves a slightly tacky feel but dries down really quickly. The formula contains 2 types of hyaluronic acid and vitamin C.
The light texture is inspired by Korean cosmetics and is meant to be a primer to prepare the skin for further products. I always use a serum now before cream as I think serums can provide a lot of skincare benefits. They sink further into the skin therefore more likely to be effective.
Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Boost Multi-Correction Eye Balm Gel
Call this a conspiracy theory but I don’t think eye creams work! I don’t think I have much of a dark circle but I do have some fine lines in my inner corner. However, I’ve never found an eye cream that actually provided tangible results. The Multi-Correction Eye Gel Balm ($38) has a really nice texture. It’s medium weight and has this plush, moussey feel as you blend the product in.
The formula includes a Botancial Caffine extract to fight against dark circles and puffiness. Hazlenut Oil is added to help strengthen the fragile skin around the eye. I thought this product felt very nice around the eye but I did not notice any difference.
Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Boost Multi-Correction Gel Cream
There are two creams in this collection and the Multi-Correction Gel Cream ($48) is better suited for those with Normal to Combination skin. For a facial moisturizer, it has a very light consistency and seems to easily melt into the skin. It’s great for those who like to use skincare in the morning. I have dry skin though so this is not moisturizing enough for me and my skin feels tight after.
The cream includes Jasmine Flower extract which is a boost for the skin’s antioxidant defence mechanism. Now that I live downtown, my skin gets exposed to a lot of pollution. I recently had a skin diagonsis that showed I had excess sebum and a dusty face! It’s definitely important to consider the impact of pollution and stress on your skin. That’s why I really like the idea behind this line.
Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Boost Night Recovery Oil Balm
I saved the best for last! The Night Recovery Oil Balm ($52) is my favorite product in this collection! The name makes it sound frightening greasy, but I actually find it really light weight. It is medium consistency at best and has a gel texture to it. Similar to the eye cream, there’s a plush and moussey feel. This provides nice moisture for my dry skin and I’d use this in the morning too!
This cream also includes Jasmine Flower extract. Additionally, it also has Nopal Flower extract which boosts cell renewal. My skin usually looks pretty fresh and smooth when waking up in the morning.
Here is a shot of the texture of the products. From left to right: Multi-Correction Gel Cream, Night Recovery Oil Balm, Multi-Correction Eye Gel Balm.
Overall, I really like the idea of this collection but only the Night Recovery Oil Balm is hydrating enough for my dry skin. I like the Energising Priming Concentrate as I’m used to use a serum before cream but it can probably be substituted by something else.
For a weekend getaway that feels exotic but is quintessentially Pacific Northwest, you need to pay a visit to Salt Spring Island. From breweries to organic farms, water activities to mountain lookouts, there’s something for everyone. I recently shared my top picks on things to do on Salt Spring Island. Today I’ll be sharing the ultimate Salt Spring Island Travel guide covering the basics of your perfect trip.
How to Get Here
The two main ways to get to Salt Spring Island are via ferry and air.
Coming from Vancouver, the BC Ferry route to take is from Tsawwassen to Long Harbour. There are only 3 sailings per day that are non stop (1 hour and 20 minutes). The remaining sailings makes short stops at nearby gulf islands like Galiano and Pender. For two people and one vehicle, the total roundtrip cost is $147.25
From Victoria, you can take BC Ferries from Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour. The trip is 35 minutes and departs 8 times a day. Fulford Harbour is on the southeast side of the island and is actually close to many attractions like the winery and brewery.
The other way to get to Salt Spring Island is via float planes on Harbour Air or Sea Air. We chose this option as we were celebrating a special occasion and I’ve never been on a float plane before! It’s a bit more expensive but as we live downtown and don’t own a car, it was a better option. The fares are usually around $120 per person each way but is cheaper if you fly out of YVR instead of downtown Vancouver.
How to Get Around
You definitely need a car to get around Salt Spring Island. During my research I saw bike rental companies but I would not recommend it unless you are very fit and comfortable on a bike. The roads on Salt Spring Island are quite windy and there is a lot of elevation changes.
There are bus routes on the island but honestly during the weekend, I only crossed paths with 2 so they’re not that frequent. We used the only rental car company on the island called Salt Spring Car Rental. We rented the economy class and it was a clean but rather old Ford which was a bit slow on responsiveness. If you are going during the slow season, try reaching out to see if they can offer a more competitive rate.
Where to Stay
There are only a handful of hotels on Salt Spring Island but a whole slew of private B&Bs. From my research, many of the top rates B&Bs are actually not listed on booking.com or hotels.com. To find them, I used google maps and zoomed in on the areas I was interested in and looked from the pink hotel sign.
If you are looking for convenience to the harbour, definitely consider Ganges Village. We stayed at Harbour House Hotel and had a fantastic time. It is affordable, close to “downtown”, comes with free breakfast, and is newly renovated!
Here are a few suggestions for where to stay on Salt Spring Island:
Fox Glove Farm: A couple of accommodation options available on their farm!
Where to Eat
On Salt Spring Island, you should make breakfast your most important meal of the day! There are so many great options for brunch and coffee. Before you go, definitely check what each restaurant’s opening hours are. There are several that do not open on Sunday so you’ll want to schedule your meals appropriately.
Here are some of my recommendations on where to eat in Salt Spring Island:
Barb’s Bakery: Affordable baked goods and smoothies
Buzzy’s Lunchonette: Montreal smoked meat sandwich!
Moby’s Pub: Great place to enjoy a more lively atmosphere
Putin Plus: Poutine
Salt Spring Wild Cider: Really nice patio with fantastic food to along with the drinks
Tree House Cafe: Delicious breakfast and a unique building with a tree growing through the middle
Twig & Buoy: One of the fancier restaurants on the island
How Much Does it Cost
Prices on Salt Spring Island are comparable to medium cities in North America. The accommodation prices fluctuate a lot based on season! In the winter and spring you can easily find a room for $100-$150. However, summer weekends will likely be $200+ and booked out weeks in advance.
Food pricing is average casual dining. Plan to spend about $8 for breakfast, $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner. I loved being able to buy local BC liquor to enjoy back at the hotel. This will cut down on your costs as the places to buy drinks are straight from the brewery/winery/cidery or at the liquor store. If you are planning on cooking some meals, groceries are not more expensive than downtown Vancouver.
Here’s a breakdown of a 2 night weekend trip budget:
Other Activities: $100
Total: $930 or $465 each
How Many Days Should I Plan
We went for 3 days and it was the perfect amount of time! You can definitely do it in 2 days as well but it depends on the things you want to do. Since we went in March, we were limited by the operating hours of many businesses and can only fit in our activities between noon and 4pm. However, if you go during the summer time, businesses will be open for longer.
My suggestion on how many days to stay in Salt Spring Island:
Half day in Ganges Village combined with Salt Spring Wild Cider and other businesses in the central area.
Quarter day drive out to the north. You can stop by Fernwood Point Beach which has a nice pier.
Quarter day for Mt.Erskine hike. It takes about 1.5 hours to get to the top.
3/4 Day to visit Southeast side of the island including Salt Spring Vineyard, Salt Spring Island Ales, Salt Spring Cheese, and Ruckle Provincial Park.
Quarter day for other activities that may interest you such as water sports, or the Salty Pear Sauna, or the Spa Ritual at Solace.
I hope this guide was helpful and that you have a wonderful trip exploring this island!
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