Shop Local Saturday – Nude Sugar Bar

I got hooked on sugaring my body several years ago after having waxing treatments for most of my adult life. I really prefer sugaring for several reasons: it’s an all natural product; more environmentally friendly as there are no fabric strips to throw away; not as rough on your skin, and since it doesn’t rip off the top layer of skin (the way that waxing does), you can go over the same area several times to get those pesky, stubborn hairs; and I find it less painful, although I still pop an Advil before I go.

During the winter of my maternity leave, I stopped seeing my regular sugaring lady and when I was ready to go back and see her again in the summer, she had mysteriously disappeared. Since then I have shaved and trimmed and plucked and tried to find a new sugaring lady. I saw one that did great work but didn’t have a filter on her mouth and I refuse to be abused by the people I pay to perform a service for me.

So when the Mexico trip was upcoming, I Googled “sugaring corydon area” and up popped Nude Sugar Bar. I also found and loved this article giving a back story about the 20-something woman who owns the store and why she thought it was important to open a niche, one-service sugaring shop here in Winnipeg.

I called and made an appointment for Jan 21st, giving myself at least 48 hours between the time of my appointment and when my skin would be subjected to UV rays. I was allotted 45 mins to do a Brazilian and my underarms, which I figured would be plenty of time.

I arrived a few minutes early to fill out the forms that come with every new sugaring/waxing/facial place. Jaylene (I hope I’m spelling that right) ushered me into the cute, minimalist back room with clear instructions on getting completely undressed, except for my bra, laying on the table and covering myself with the towel. She knocked respectfully before opening the door, which was good as I needed one extra minute to get all the layers off, on the table and the towel on.

Jaylene was friendly and really put me at ease. I know estheticians talk about how they don’t even notice the nudity of their clients anymore and I’ve noticed that can easily turn into disregard for the client’s feelings about nudity. Jaylene walked that line very well, she wasn’t embarrassed about my nudity but she respected my feelings about being nude in front of a stranger, which I really appreciated.

She worked quickly, even while we were chatting about birthing, babies and pregnancy (she is pregnant) and I was in my car 10 minutes before the appointment was even supposed to be over. It was also the best sugaring job anyone had done in years, my skin was incredibly soft and I didn’t have to go home and tweeze any stray hairs that had been missed.

When I came home from Mexico, I received a birthday card from Nude Sugar Bar with an invitation to return for 25% off my next sugaring appointment. Nice touch!

Overall, my experience was great, I will definitely be going back. And while I went during lunch, I really appreciate that the store is open later during the week and on Saturdays so I don’t have to skip work to go.

Have you tried sugaring? Do you prefer it, or waxing? Let me know in the comments. Happy Shopping!

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See my wonderfully smooth armpit? It’s been over two weeks and I still don’t need to shave!

South Beach Casino and Resort Review

IMG_4450.JPGLast month was my third wedding anniversary and my husband and I always like to try new things on our anniversary. Our first anniversary, we went to 529 Wellington but last year I think we just went to a movie, nothing exciting. So this year we decided to visit the South Beach Casino and Resort on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Reserve on Hwy 59.

They have a great weekday room rate of $77 per night and we had heard great things about their Thursday Night Seafood Buffet. So then it was easy to pick which night we were gonna go. Thursday, it is!

So, the hotel is about an hour from Winnipeg and by the time we got ready after work and left, we didn’t arrive until about 8:30 and we were starving. We quickly checked into our hotel room, which was spacious and clean, and headed down to the restaurant for some food.

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Now, I’m not sure what we were expecting but the place was packed! We eat dinner between 6 and 7 pm so eating at 8:30 is extremely foreign to us. The restaurant is split into two sections, one for people with children and another, adults-only section, which looks out onto the casino. Lucky for us, the groups of six and seven in front of us both had children with them so we were seated within 10 mins in the adults-only section.

We didn’t even bother looking at the menu, just headed for the buffet. It spanned one wall and included a salad bar, with a cold shrimp appetizer-type dish, mussels in a cream sauce, pollock fillets, bacon wrapped scallops, tuna tartare, scalloped potatoes, rice, shrimp stir-fry and several different types of cakes and a sundae bar. One sign advertised stuffed crab legs but I didn’t see any. So Doug and I filled up our plates and came back to the table where a lovely waitress took our drink orders (margarita for me and a coke for Doug). Our drinks came fairly quickly and then she brought a plate with 3 half crabs including legs and two lobster tails. When Doug asked if I had ordered this, the waitress stated that it was included in the buffet. She also brought some butter and placed it over a candle to keep it warm – fancy! To say we ate until we were stuffed was an understatement. I must’ve eaten two dozen bacon wrapped scallops by myself. Doug wasn’t crazy about the crab (he’d never had it before) so I munched on that while he happily devoured the lobster tails. Overall and food and drink was delicious. Two thumbs up!

So, you’ll have to check out pics of the restaurant here cuz I was so hungry I forgot to take pics of the food or the restaurant or my drink, nothing. Just didn’t even think of it until there were shrimp tails and broken crabs legs left. And I didn’t think you would appreciate a picture of that. Lol.

Then we decided to check out the casino. Neither of us gamble although I’ve been to Club Regent Casino many years ago so I kinda knew what to expect (I’ve also been to Vegas but I didn’t expect it to be like that). We wandered around for a bit and had a drink in the lounge. Both of our drinks (Doug had a caesar and I had another margarita) were too salty (so salty, it was gross) and when we (politely) complained to our waitress, she said she would look into it and came back two minutes later and let us know we didn’t have to pay for the drinks. She was really polite and friendly the whole time and even though we hadn’t enjoyed our drinks, it still left us with a great impression of the place.

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Not knowing that we should bring cash to this place (seems like a big DUH, but I somehow was under the impression we put money on a card, like debit) we only had $10 between us. So we signed up for the loyalty card and got two $5 bills and were off to play the slots! lol.

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So, we didn’t win the jackpot but the money lasted for about 35 minutes of entertainment and when was the last time you paid $10 for a couple to be entertained at anything? Even though the restaurant had been packed, the casino didn’t feel full. It is huge though [the website says 40,000+ sq ft, almost as big as a football field], and it didn’t feel empty either which means there must’ve been quite a few people there.

We looked at the pool but didn’t get a chance to go in, which Doug was really bummed about.

We ate the breakfast buffet the next morning and it was also good.

Overall, it was a great experience. We enjoyed the food, the hotel room and the service. Every employee was friendly and polite and ranged in age from teens/early 20s to our breakfast waiter who looked like a grandpa.

It was also a very reasonably priced place. The seafood buffet was $20 per adult plus alcoholic drinks and the breakfast buffet was $11 each and included tea and coffee. I also want to mention that when we were headed home, we went across the highway to Wavers to get gas and we also received excellent service.

Doug and I do plan to go back and would probably take our daughter next time. The hotel is less than 30 minutes from Grand Beach and would be a great place to stay for a couple of days and not have to drive back to the city after playing at the beach all day. I really can’t tell you enough what a great time we had. If you are looking for some place to stay near Lake Winnipeg, I highly recommend the South Beach Casino and Resort.

Any summer plans left to check off your list? Happy Shopping!

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Welcome and Prep Salon review

Hi folks! I’m so pumped to be writing my first blog post for TLC Shopping. This has been my brainchild for a number of years and I’m so glad I’ve finally gotten off my butt to make this a reality.

For my first blog post I’m excited to share with you about my recent experience at Prep Salon, which is Winnipeg’s first blow-out salon. Now, before you start blushing, a blow-out is a wash and style. (Sorry guys, this isn’t “that” kind of blog 😉

I read about Prep Hair in Flare which never features anything about Winnipeg, so I was pretty excited to hear about it. As a new mom, you don’t really have too many events that require a hairstyle any fancier than a ponytail. Generally, a blow-out at playgroup gets you weird looks, so when I had a social to go to, it was the perfect time to try the salon out.

Making the appointment went smoothly, the girl who answered the phone was pleasant and while they had to phone me back to see if anyone was available at the time I wanted, someone phoned back within the hour to seal the deal. I found out later from my stylist that each girl makes her own appointments, which clarified the call back.

I arrived at my appointment on time and was taken right away. They switched my stylist at the last minute which made no difference to me considering I had never been there before. I arrived looking at this:

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Somboun, my stylist, was super friendly and made great conversation. The salon was clean and bright. It had a group of girls in there having their hair & makeup done for girls night out so it was busy and had a great vibe. All the stylists & makeup artists looked like they were in their early twenties and they all had that hipster look. They used Kevin Murphy products in the salon which I was familiar with but Somboun showed me two new products and happily wrote down the names for me so I could purchase them at a later date if I was pleased with how they worked.

When I was leaving at 5 pm, a woman about my age walked into the salon and asked for a blow-out. I hung out a little bit to hear the response from the receptionist. Most of the stylists had left about 4:30/4:45 and the salon was pretty dead. “Yep, we’ll find someone for you,” was the response. I was pretty impressed.

Overall the experience was great. I felt relaxed and Somboun was friendly and made an effort to make my experience enjoyable. And at $35 it was an affordable luxury. I did not mention the blog or this review so I feel that the experience was genuine. As for my look, I’m pretty happy with it. Please leave me a comment and let me know how you think it turned out!

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