Waxon Waxbar-Toronto Reviews

17 Dec

 Highly Recommends for fast, easy and less painful waxing, for those who take their lattes skinny, own a Bugaboo or are thinking of losing their virginity at the UCC-Branksome prom afterparty

 Waxon

So for the longest time I would go wherever to get a wax. Whatever cheap, Asian nail place closest to me that could it me in. It was kind of gross, a lot of them didn’t use gloves and re-dipped the wooden stick back into the pot and the floor would be kinda grimy with black dirt, and sometimes the door would be a shower curtain, but it was easy, cheap and fast.

Then a bunch of wax bars started popping up around Toronto in this new trend of specialization (blow dry bars, manicure bars etc.,) but they were always so much more expensive so I never went, and I figured, what could really be the difference? Heat wax, put it on , rip it off. I’ve even done it to myself before.   ‘Aint rocket science. 

I was wrong. I did not yet understand the difference between soft and hard wax.

I finally said “enough is enough” after I had a horrible experience at Perfect Threading, of which I don’t want to gross you out with the deets.  I picked Waxon because it was the most conveniently located.

Now I am stuck paying $9 more for my wax, because unless my life turns into a romantic comedy and a tall, dark and handsome stranger tells me to pack my bags because he’s whisking me off to a weekend in Miami in an hour, I can’t see myself going back to cheapie places.  

 
 
Waxon is clean and hygenic. No double-dipping or other such shady practices
  1.  The technicians are highly trained. The lady I had was this friendly Irish girl, and we all know Irish beauty schools are the gold standard in the world! Well, I just made that up, but Irish girls definitely win the gold medal in  maintaining complicated beauty routines. You would know what I mean if you’ve ever traveled to Ireland and been blinded by the amount of false eyelashes, hair extensions and fake tans present. They have products and services there that we’re likely to get in 2020. Those girl take their beauty seriously.  She told me waxbars were cool about 2 years ago there, but they’ve moved on
  2. They use hard wax. What is hard wax you say? Well, it is wax that you don’t need a cloth to pull off and is supposed to be ideal for  the bikini region. It is less painful and gets the hairs better. Two thumbs up for this scientific breakthrough!
  3. It’s $9 more expensive for the sort of waxing I get (as if I’m telling you what that is!). For me, that’s worth it.

If you’re an obsessive, regular, or  all-over body waxer, (Is this 1992? Get lasered already!), they have some sort of  monthly points program that you can view on their website.

Address: 1242 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1W5

Phone:+1 855-929-2271

www.waxon.ca

*All opinions are my own. All services were paid for my me. I received no compensation or product in exchange for this review. Management was not informed of review before purchasing service.

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Wow Wow Nails Review – Toronto

17 Dec

 Highly recommended for poor, downtown, shellac fanatics with a flexible schedule.

WOW WOW Nails Online Store

This small nail place downtown is both the best and the cheapest place to get shellac or nail art done. It’s my #1 downtown gem.  It is..wait for it…

$15 flat to get a Shellac manicure.

Not polish change. Full manicure, including shellac removal. Compare that to the average price of $35.

Not only that, but every nail technician there is experienced and professional. They don’t do waxing, facials or massages. They are a nail place; it’s their speciality and they are damn good at it. (They recently started offering pedicures too.) They have  one of the biggest ranges of shellac colours I’ve ever seen and a bunch of nail art supplies. I’ve never gotten nail art but I have seen them doing other people and it always looks good. A lot of time the staff are away at nail art shows, so they seem really dedicated to the craft.

Entertainment wise, they  have a ton of up-to-date magazines and usually a reality TV show playing.  All the technicians also  speak English, so you can easily converse with them.  

The only downside is their hours. It can be difficult to get an appt, as I believe they only do shellac Thursdays-Sat and there is only 1 or 2 technicians working at once. On the plus side however, the owner, Nina, takes appts by text! So convenient especially if you are covertly trying to make an appt. while at work.

Cash only.
Address: 802 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1V3
Phone:(416) 850-2823
http://www.wowwownails.com/
 

*All opinions on my own. I received no compensation or free services for this post. All services paid with my own money. I also did not inform management that I was reviewing before receiving service.

 

Snap Review: Rimmel Hide the Blemish stick concealer

16 Dec

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The products I find it the haaaardest to go drugstore with are foundation and concealer. It’s just so hard to find the right colour and the coverage is generally not as full as I would like.

I originally bought this concealer to do highlighting with, and it turns out I’m so pale in the winter that Ivory was a perfect match for my NC20 skin.

These stick concealers are a very ild-fashioned heavy formula that have been around forever, and the coverage is so much fuller than liquid concealers.

It conceals my undereye circles, acne scars and active acne really, really well. In fact, I almost considered ditching my beloved Laura Mercier concealer for this!

I think any brand with this sort of stick concealer will work equally well, just try to find the right colour. I just picked up the Rimmel once since it looked like it had the lightest shade.

These are super cheap and are perfect to throw in your purse and for touch-ups.

They are creamy, so maybe don’t smear it all over your entire face if you are acne prone.

Snap Review: Revlon Liquid Lipstick

13 Dec

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This stuff really does last long. Unfortunately it still transfers onto my coffee cup. The shade selection is typically drugstore-poor. This bright colour works well for work, where I wear minimal makeup. It has an interesting texture, wet at first then it almost stretches to the contours of your lip. Unlike a lot of long-lasting lipsticks this is not drying at all.

I paid $11 on sale @Shoppers.

How I failed my 30 day hot yoga challenge

6 Dec

Oops.

I started with the best intentions, I really did. But after day 21, everything just fell apart.
First of all, my yoga studio shut down and they started having a limited schedule at another yoga studio which was farther away.

Then, I had a mix of birthday and holiday parties.

Then, I got sick with a fever and sore throat.

Thusly, I failed my yoga challenge. Life got in the way.

What are the lessons I can learn from this?

I could have finished it had I made it a priority. I didn’t have to go to holiday parties, I could have trekked to the other yoga studio, I COULD have accomplished it (I could definitely not have gone while sick though). But I didn’t. The choice to fail, ultimately was mine.

 

This is why freelancing and making your own schedule is so hard. It is so much easier to do things when someone else is forcing you to or when you are in an institutional setting (like school).

But when you take on challenges on your own, it becomes up to you and only you to accomplish them. And you can make up a million and one excuses.

There are no real consequences to me failing, except for that I feel like a quitter and a failure. But nothing’s going to happen, I don’t get an F, no one’s kicking me out of school.

My lack of discipline was the problem and it’s silly to pretend it was anything but that!