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Laser Spa Treatments || A Q&A on my recent experience. #AD

I’ll be the first one to admit, taking care of myself has fallen a bit to the wayside in the past 4 years. Since having kids I’ve struggled to find time for myself. This season  I made a goal to start the transition into a healthy balance of self care. It is so important, in hopes it’ll help me be an even better mommy. If I’m healthy, mentally rested and cared for… I will be able to give more of myself to these precious little guys. My best self is what my goal is all about.

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This week I got a sitter for two hours and headed off to Lipstick Empire for some me time. I shared my experience on my IG stories, I was overwhelmed by the response. So many of you feel the same way; it’s hard to get away for to the spa, a hair appointment, even a coffee alone! So thankful for the positive support of this me time movement. I know it was only two hours away but I needed it. So many of you had questions about the treatments, so I thought I’d try to answer them all in one place, welcome to my Laser Spa Q&A:

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Lipstick Empire LaserSpa is a full service med-spa that offers everything from facials, makeup applications to advanced laser treatments as well as Botox and Filler treatments.

All of their Medical Aestheticians and Laser Technicians are highly trained in the field of Medical Cosmetics with experience ranging between 5-10 plus years in the industry.

The devices and the technology used at Lipstick Empire have been handpicked to deliver unparalleled results with little to no downtime required.
Not all machines are created equally so please ensure that you do your research: not only on the machines being used in your service but your technicians skill level to ensure your safety and to ensure you receive the most effective/efficient treatment possible. I have had very bad Groupon experiences years ago, one was a laser hair removal nightmare, burns from a laser facial and a lash extension horror story. I really wanted to speak to this point, it is important to have treatments done by people who actually know what they are doing! Learn from my painful mistakes and find a reputable spa using machines that work and techs that know what they are doing. These machines can have amazing results but they are powerful, so in the wrong hands you can do damage to your skin. If you aren’t local, read through reviews from multiply source sites. Call and ask questions. Go in for a consult to check the place out yourself.

What did I have done?

I had GentleMax Pro Laser Hair Removal with a laser by Syneroncandela Canada.
The GentleMax Pro delivers fast and efficient results for laser hair removal. It has a dual wavelength which is great for ALL skin types. It does not work on blonde or grey hair but they have a treatment called Dermablading that takes care of that.

How many treatments do I need and does it hurt?


Typically most people need 6-8 treatments per area to removal the hair. Treatments are done at 4-6 week intervals to target the hair when it is in the growing stage. It did hurt in some spots more compared to others. But it is over in seconds. I wasn’t red or swollen by the evening. I would say waxing hurts just as much for me, but this will solve my problem while regular waxing appointments will not.

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Fall Cocktail Recipe || The simplest apple cider you’ll ever make and tasty too!

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Happy Friday! With thanksgiving just around the corner, I teamed up with my blogging bestie Diana of 204 Park to share a simple and easy apple cider recipe. Make it as a mocktail for everyone to enjoy and add a splash of alcohol for the adults. This mulled cider is a crowd pleaser and so easy to make. I love how it fills the house with those amazing fall smells, it’s the perfect addition to any gathering you may be hosting this season.

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What you'll need...

4 litres of apple cider

3-4 tbsp Mulling Spices

1-2 apples

Optional – dark rum or brandy

What you'll need to do...

The simplest low maintenance way to make this cider is with a crock pot (although if you don’t have one, stove top will work if you’re at home to supervise a full day of low and slow heating).

Pour the cider, mulling spices and a few chopped apples (optional) into your crockpot and leave on low for about 4 hours. I found my mulling spices at Williams Sonoma but there are plenty of great options out there. I like to have a mason jar on hand to collection my mulling spices after, as they can be used several times if stored properly.

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Once your cider has heated and mulled away serve it up just as is or add a bit of dark rum for those grown ups at the party.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends! I’m so grateful to have friends like Diana that support my blog, cheer on my life and are there for me no matter what. I’m grateful for my online community, my readers and my followers… without you I couldn’t do blogging as my career and be at home with my little ones. Thank you for that! Continue reading

Fall is here! You know what that means… @starbuckscanada cups & cozy @styleforthepriv #onrepeat

It’s my favourite time of year, fall is here! We all know what that means, Starbucks fall cups are out, buffalo plaid is in and the leaves are changing. See my cozy look from PRIVILEGE, this coat is so comfy exactly what I needed on this crisp morning coffee run. Hoary Autumn friends, make your PSL’s be hot and ready.

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Coat: PRIVILEDGE c/o || Sweatshirt: State of Grace c/o PRIVILEGE || Gold Mesh Watch: Piperwest c/o PRIVILEDGE || High Waisted Sculpt Denim: Gap

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Fall Decor: Kitchen Edition || It’s all about the little things || @TheBrick #ad #partner

Fall decor is my jam, I love adding tiny autumn details throughout the house. With that being said, I’m not big on clutter or decoration overload. For the kitchen’s seasonal refresh with The Brick I kept it simple. I added pops of metallic with these silver pumpkins, add seasonal scented soap to my sink and started burning my favourite fall candles. It’s all about the little things to update a space. Don’t feel the pressure to spend a lot of money to get some seasonal decor impact. Go with what you’ve got, find some tiny seasonal trinkets at the grocery store or head in-store to The Brick. Just like that you’ve entered into the fall.

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Appliances: The Brick 

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Marble Serving Boards: Instore accessory find from The Brick 

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Home Decor || Sleeping like a baby… || Bedroom Oasis Tips & Tricks with @TheBrick #ad

Many of you noticed on my Instagram stories last week that we changed up a major part of our master bedroom, our bed. I don’t know what it is about Fall but every year it makes me have the same motivation… purge, organize and complete decor projects around the house. It’s like I’m preparing for hibernation, I’m kidding but not kidding at the same time. One of the major projects left in our master bedroom was changing out our mattress and bed frame. We have owned the same ultra firm California king mattress for over 6 years. The size made it difficult to find any sheet sets in Canada that I liked, strike number one. Not to mention, both my husband and I were so over the hard surface. Flash forward 10 months! Yes, it took us that long to finally pull the trigger on a new mattress. Here we are, sleeping on a cloud… it makes me wish we had done this years ago.

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If you are in the market for a new mattress, here are the reasons why we went with the Beautyrest Hotel Diamond 6 plush king mattress set from The Brick. Exclusive to The Brick, the bottom layer of springs features Beautyrest’s Evolution pocket coils to reduce motion transfer between sleep partners. Not to point fingers, but “someone,” not me… moves a lot in their sleep. So the pocket coils were a key feature we needed with our new mattress.

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Our last mattress was far too firm for both of us. So this time around we wanted to invested in something both plush and supportive. The soft foam and cooling gel is just what we were looking for, designed to help alleviate sore muscles while cradling you in supreme comfort it’s like sleeping on a cloud that hugs every inch of your body. This mattress was exactly what we’ve been searching for, feels like we are on vacation at an expensive resort.

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My tip for creating a Bedroom Oasis: Go in store to The Brick, lay down on every single mattress and let your body make the final decision. The moment I lay on the Beautyrest Hotel Diamond 6 plush I knew it was the one I needed in my life. An amazing sleep is worth it, treat yo self! There are very few purchases that are this life changing, why wait?

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