Girls, A Skin Care Post You Need To Read

Girls, How much are you spending on your daily skin care routine? If like me you spend ages in Shoppers pondering these purchases, this post should simplify the process. A dedicated fan of Pond’s Cream, I have routinely been swayed to more expensive products believing that more money makes a better product.

Recently a before and after test was preformed by Nicolas Miedzianowski-Sinclair, of The Cosmetic Imaging Studio – which provides 3D images for people considering cosmetic procedures, using a Visia machine (this machine, was developed by NASA to test astronauts’ skin). The test involved a simple scan the of face to see which moisturizer was more effective regarding lines and wrinkles, pore size, redness, hydration etc.

A  lady (pictured below) used the Nivea creme ($10.00 for 200mls) on one side of her face &  Creme de la Mer (prices range from$160.00 – $450.00) on the other, for one month. Which do you think performed better??

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According to the dermatologist’s scans, Nivea has performed best. The scans show the left-hand side of the face – where Nivea was – has retained better hydration than its rival. Not only this, but facial redness redness has reduced and some of the fine lines around the eyes have disappeared.

I am not shocked that the budget Nivea creme was better for the skin! Apparently Kate Winslet & Joan Collins both use this Nivea creme. Very interesting results given that us girls spend on average £18,000 on our faces in a lifetime!

face creamsWould this convince you try a budget moisturizer? Try it and let us know your thoughts?

S xx

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A Second a Day, For One Year In Canada

During my time here in Toronto, I have found comfort in meeting and chatting to people from “home”. These initial conversations I have with new faces are all the same (admit it, we all do it) “So how long have you been here?” “How do you find it?” You know the ol’ speel yourself. So imagine how delighted I was when I discovered this video whilst on my morning commute.

The video; which David gave us permission to use, charts his second year in Toronto.

He says of the video; “Before I turned 24, I was building up my career and working long hours, as well as exploring my new home in Toronto in my free time. I wanted to capture my time in Toronto and take on a fun project outside of work. I also wanted to show family and friends back home an updated view of my life, as I don’t get the chance to go home as often as I should.”

Taking inspiration from Kent Frost’s “Just A Second” video, David decided that this would be the best way to capture and share his new and exciting life.

Watching his video it’s amazing to see how much actually happens in a year. David’s Journey around Canada and the US, starting his YouTube channel and a Proposal! I’m definitely inspired to take on a similar project, what a great way to share your experiences with your family in Ireland.

Thanks for sharing David

S xx

An Irish girl fast becoming a brunch lover, Thanks to Boom Breakfast.

Brunch is a relatively new phenomena for me, one which I have fully embraced much to the annoyance of my boyfriend, who isn’t fan of either breakfast or brunch. Since adapting this very Torontonian  practice, I’ve tried all the common brunch spots and one is my firm favorite….Boom!

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Even Gavin who hates breakfast has been won over by this place because of one item on the menu Sausages. Visiting Irish shops and restaurants we always sample this Irish favorite, but none meet the grade. Boom, however has the “Irish sausage” perfected, so you can now have a breakfast just like your mammy would make, minus the pudding…..Cue a rush of Paddy’s to Boom!

Unlike many breakfast places which have a typical greasy feel to them, Boom is somewhere you want to stay and chat over a cuppa tea with your friends, analyzing the night out previous. Even though it is a busy spot, I have never felt rushed or harassed to give up my seat to waiting customers.

City locations include; College street, St Clair west and Eglinton West. Most locations open from 7AM-4PM.

My Local Boom is the Eglinton location and it is jammed on the weekends, especially after 11.AM. you may have to cue for 10-15 minutes, but the wait is worth it and the staff (who are fantastic)  give out coffee and treats to customers as they wait.

The menu boosts sweet and savory menu items, so everyone in your brunch party should be pleased.

Items are reasonably priced around $7-9

Have you been? As always let us know your thoughts?

Sxx

 

A tribute to my dad on Father’s day

This is my first Father’s Day without my father.

My dad and I had a pretty normal father daughter relationship. I was his “little baby” the youngest of five. I always knew my dad was that little bit older than the rest of my friends dad’s, and the thought had crossed my mind that I may not have him around on my 50th birthday, however nothing can prepare you for when it actually happens.

My father passed away on July 20, 2014, I’ve been spending most of my time thinking about him and the events that led up to that day. I think about the last 25 years, having him in my life and how lucky I am to have seen a man, especially my father, overcome extraordinary obstacles – so many times. He had beaten a heart attack, triple by-pass surgery and a stroke while my mother was going through chemo treatment for breast cancer.

It was that awful disease cancer that took his life at the age of 68. When we found out about the cancer it was too late. It was stage 4 and all the doctor could do was apologise. I was told the news by my sister the day before Christmas Eve. I had just moved to Toronto for work a month previous. All I wanted to do was to go home and make everything better. I believed that if I went home I could somehow cure this and everything would go back to normal, as if we had never received the news before. I honestly believed he was going to be ok, even though friends and family told me otherwise, I didn’t want to listen. This was my father, the strongest man I knew, he had been sick before and he fought through it, just like he always did.

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It all happened so quickly. I’m still processing his loss and I’m shocked by all the emotions I’ve been experiencing. I’m definitely not an expert on grief, but I do know there are many phases when losing a loved one. You can be fine one minute then the next it hits you in the face, like a truck. You can’t control it. Being alone can sometimes be the hardest time.

One thing that comforts me now, is knowing I got to spend his last three weeks by his side. He got to see me and he knew I came home for him. He had his whole family around him by his bed side day and night. There was nights where we got no sleep or we slept on the floor of his hospital room. We were all together and I am so grateful for such a big family with older siblings. In the end dad held on for two weeks, when the doctors told us he should have passed long before. That was dad though always a fighter and so stubborn.

He was a very proud man and rightly so, he raised a close knit and hardworking family together with my mum. He would not like to see us upset. He had a saying which he finished off his speech at his 60th birthday with We aren’t here for a long time we are here for a good time! Something I try to live by – Happy Father’s Day everyone I hope you get to say it to your own dad in your own way.

L x

Restaurantacular 2015

On Wednesday June 24th the village of Mount Pleasant will host its 4th annual doors open event for local restaurants and cafes to showcase their foods for low prices.

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The public is welcomed to local businesses along Mount Pleasant from 4pm to sample foods priced at $2, $4 and $6.

Participants include Granite Brewery, Celestin and The Longest Yard plus many more popular retailers in the neighbourhood. The event runs until 9pm with jazz musicians entertaining for the evening.

Location :- Mount Pleasant Village (Eglinton Avenue to Davisville Avenue)

Date :- Wednesday June 24th

Time: – 4pm-9pm

For more information you can visit their website Mount Pleasant village

L x

Copacabana Brazilian Steak house

Copacabana Brazilian Steak House; If you are a meat lover – you have to go!

The restaurant is all you can eat, for a fixed price of $37 on week nights and $45 on the weekend. Whilst you dine, waiters will circulate to each table offering a choice of 18 different skewered meats to be carved table-side in unlimited quantities.

Copacabana boasts two locations in the city; Adelaide St. West and Yonge & Eg. There are also two outside the city, Niagara and Vaughan, so there’s no excuse not to go!

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My first time here was to celebrate a birthday. Ourselves and another couple went to the new location on Adelaide Street, on a Friday evening. Its super chic and funky exterior is lit up with neon lights, you would be forgiven for mistaking it for a nightclub.

 *FYI if you go on your actual birthday in a group of four or more you get to eat for free – who doesn’t love free stuff!!!

Our server kindly told us to go and help ourselves to the salad bar and then they would come over with the meat.

DON’T FILL UP ON THE SALAD! You have been warned!

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With 18 different cuts of meat to try, you will soon be full. It is mainly red meat with a small amount of chicken also on offer, If you aren’t big into red meat then this might not be the place for you. But if you do like your meat then you are in for a treat. The best I have tasted since I have been here in the city (1 year and 7 months 🙂 )

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Friday and Saturday nights, is the time to go, talk about dinner and a show!! During our dinner we were treated to two shows, including salsa dancers and an aerial artist hanging from the ceiling above. Along with this they had a DJ playing some great tunes whilst we ate our dinner.

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Definitely somewhere I can’t wait to go back to – it is in my top three of Toronto. They have recently launched their new brunch menu available on Sundays from 10:30am-2pm.

Find out more information here http://www.thecopa.ca

Let us know what you think 

L x