Clinique

Do you suffer from acne? Are you an adult, but still breakout like you’re a teenager? Tried everything on the market and frustrated that nothing ever seems to work? Well, then Clinique may be the answer for you.

I was introduced to Clinique by a guy who didn’t seem to be having that much skin problems. But he was trying everything on the shelf, so he knew way more than I did. I have been suffering from severe acne since I was 11 or so. I don’t know how many times I went to the doctors to get it treated. I tried all kinds of creams, but nothing ever worked. It wasn’t until I went to live in Japan that I was given some TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) which REALLY helped. I was super happy. I stopped taking them, but it didn’t get worse again and stabilized.

However, it didn’t mean that I was all free from acne. I still broke out, never as bad as before, but still. When I went on the one year of being on a strict healthy diet, I noticed that my acne significantly decreased. Since then, I’ve noticed that if I eat chocolate, sugar, buttery food, or chips, I break out – so I mainly avoid those foods as much as possible.

To help the skin from the outside, I now use Clinique. I started using the 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula $24.00 CAD and Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion  $17.00 CAD. I wash my face with a gentle soap, then massage the scrub. I rinse and dry. Then I apply the Acne Solution with a cotton pad. After a week, I noticed that I was clearing up. I noticed that I didn’t break out as much. I was really satisfied.

ÖAcne Solutions Clarifying Lotion  $17.00 CAD

Ö7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula $24.00 CAD

When I bought the two items, they were doing a special at Hudson Bay where you got a free gift bag with samples inside. One of the samples was the Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator. I apply it at night around my eye and corner of my mouth to soften the wrinkles. I am hoping to buy the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel next time since my Mary Kay’s moisturizer is running out.

ÖFree gift bag during promotion with creams, lipstick, eye shadows, mascara, etc.

The prices are pretty affordable compare to other competitors. And if you can buy when they’re giving out the free gift bags, bonus!  What I like about Clinique is that they’re 100% fragrance free. That doesn’t mean that they smell like crap. I’m really sensitive to fragrance so this is good.

However, after talking about acne with one of my friend, she said that Clinique didn’t work for her. So I guess it doesn’t work for everyone. Before taking the leap into investing into Clinique, go to one of their booths in major department stores like Hudson Bay or Sears and ask for samples. They’re really good out handing samples out (on certain items though).

Good luck!

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Esthetico Salon & Spa

I have been to this salon & spa several times now for eyebrow threading. It’s only $8 – the cheapest one I know of in Vancouver…and especially in downtown. Conveniently located on Burrard and just off of Davie St.

The lady who does the threading can be sometimes hard to catch. I don’t know how many times I went in there, only to be told that she was on vacation and would return a week later. A week later, I returned and was told the same thing. There are three young ladies that work there but none of them do threading. It looks like a family run business…not very professional by the least.

The name ‘salon’ and ‘spa’ makes it sound glamorous, but it’s far from anything but glamorous. It’s very small, and as some reviewers have pointed out in the reviews on yelp, you wonder about the cleanliness of the place. But there are usually one or two customers having their pedicure or manicure done.

The threading lady doesn’t speak while threading, which is fine with me. I don’t think she speaks that much English for that matter in the first place. The first time I went, she was on a bluetooth phone, talking in Chinese the entire time to someone – definitely not a customer…likely a family or friend.

They don’t give you a receipt…not sure if they’ll give you one if you asked one…I never did…didn’t bother.

I still go back, simply because it’s cheap, and she does do a fairly good job.

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Cleanliness: carrotcarrotFriendliness of Staff: carrotcarrot
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Ocean Breeze Spa

1025 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R6
Neighbourhoods: Downtown, Yaletown

(604) 669-9700
http://www.oceanbreezespa.ca

I bought a threading coupon from SocialShopper for $7. Regular is $15. I was skeptical of buying because of the previous reviews on Yelp, but thought I’d try it out for myself, especially since it was 50% off – and only 7 bucks.

The cashier at the front was friendly when I walked in (though not so much when leaving), but the person doing the threading wasn’t. After it was done, she was a bit rough rubbing lotion around my eyes and forehead… she didn’t clean any of my eyebrows that were threaded, so once I came home, I saw plucked eyebrows all over my face! Embarrassing, after the fact that I had gone to several shops afterward! and when you have black hair – it’s noticeable. She also didn’t do a good job, so I had to use my tweezers once back home for some missed hair.

Verdict: I wont be going back!