Magic in a bottle: BB Cream

{via Chic and Unique}
I keep thinking about this product... which means it must be be something special.

Truth be told, I try a lot of products so when one repeatedly pops into your head.. well then you know it is good and worth buying.

A few months ago, in my Glymm box (your missing out if you don't get these), I received a mini pot of this magic cream. Honestly, I looked at the packaging and didn't give it a second look. It had a certain "dollar store" look and upon opening the lid, the color seemed waaaay to dark for my skin. Incidently, I had bought a friend a few months of the Glymm boxes and she texted about how she "absolutely loved the Magic Fini cream".

Hmmm. Well I definitely had to try it now.

And wow... you really should never judge a book by its cover. This foundation/BB cream is so soft and supple. It smooths over your skin and you can layer to get more coverage. Somehow it seems to work on everyones skin tone, even though it looks really dark in the pot. I have somewhat uneven skin and it seemed to just blend and vanish (in a good way) without catching up on any dry skin areas. In fact, as I was googling the product to find out where I could buy a full size pot, I came across a ton of amazing reviews claiming how good Magic Fini by M.Asam is.

This brand is from Germany and is based on the 'power of grapes' as they put it.

You can find it online to purchase at Cosmolane Boutique. It ships to Canada and is $38 for 30mL.

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Let's Roll Custom Sushi Bar

There's a new sushi joint near the corner of Denman & Davie - Let's Roll Custom Sushi Bar

It's a unique concept...It's a sushi bar with all the protiens/veg/fruit/sauces/toppings/etc displayed in front of you. They let you totall customize your roll and put it together right in front of you.

1. Start by choosing your seaweed (traditional, or modern soy).

2. Then choose your rice (white, mixed grain, or green).

3. After that, choose two proteins (about 12 to choose from including tuna, salmon, prawn tempura, grilled beef, grilled chicken, etc)

4. Then choose two fruits/vegetables (a bunch to choose from including avocado, mango, pineapple, cucumber, peppers, asparagus, yam tempura, etc)

5&6. Once you have done that, they roll it all up for you and put it through a machine that slices it up perfectly. They then arrange it in a cool little round wood take-out box, wfter which you can choose two sauces (about 10 to choose from including spicy mayo, wasabi mayo, sweet chili, teryaki, miso, etc), as well as two toppings (lots to choose from including seaweed salad, green onions, tempura crunch, corn, potato chips, etc).

They are very generous with their portions of fillings, toppings, and sauces, and the service is also very freindly! And most importantly, they use high quality ingredients!

COST: You get 10 LARGE piece per roll, which is definately enough to fill you up...and they cost only $7.95 per roll!

It may take 5-10 mins, depending on if there is a line, to get your roll(s), but that's about normal for any sushi place that is not pre-made. It's a pretty small place, and I predict line ups out the door once the weather gets going.

They also sell a variety of side items (yam fries, pork gyoza, edamame, miso soup, etc) and fresh fruit smoothies. The take out boxes are very cool...and even though I have been about 4-5 times already I always forget to take a pic of the rolls themselves...must because I'm too excited to dig in!

Worth checking out the next time you are around Engligh Bay, and PERFECT for taking down to the beach, and great value for your money.


Local Eats & Local Treats: Nero Waffles

Nero Belgium Waffles {My Iphone}
If you have ever tried an authentic Belgium Waffle then you know exactly what I mean.

These waffles are so good. Really they should be outlawed. Especially because I have been trying to eat super healthy lately. But how could I resist the above?? And at least I shared it with the husband :)

This is a tiny little storefront and they have super cute wood paneling throughout the store. The owners are an adorable couple (at least they seemed like a who have recently moved here from Antwerp, Belgium (see map below). Their decor is rustic and original the point of even looking vintage. And I was so happy to see a shelf in the corner that featured one of my all-time favorite board games: SETTLERS OF CATAN. That is a whole 'nother subject and I will not digress today.

They serve two types: Liege and another type I didn't bother to try because the Liege looked AMAZING! ..and let me tell you it was.

Fluffy, and chewy, and sort of caramalized on top. So good!
And with the nutella served in the cute side bowl with banana and ice cream.

It is definitely worth trying... a bit pricey but worth it for homemade goodness served at Nero Waffles on Robson Street (near the McDonalds).  Actually, funny story about that. The husband wanted an ice cream cone from McD's and as I waited outside I was reading the Nero menu board. I actually went into McD's, grabbed him from the line-up, scolded him for wanting corporate junk and said he must eat waffles instead :)


Work in Progress

{Instagram via my Iphone : Pic of Mark working on our magnets}

This is proof that we often spend our evening and weekends painting little half It is a lot of fun though.. and I can definitely say that I am WAY more up-to-date on current movies and tv shows. And if you know me, I am always behind on movies.

Behind as in... 'I still haven't seen the last few Star Wars and Lord of Rings' kind of behind.

The embarrassing kind of

But all that is changing now that I paint animals every evening ;)

I'm not sure if these have become a standard everywhere, but in Canada we now have these little kiosks in Safeway (a supermarket) and 7-11. They are super handy, only $2 a night, and they even have new releases. Actually, now that I think of it, I remember seeing a kiosk like this in Seattle YEARS ago, so they are probably super common in the States. Anyways, now that all the movie rental stores have closed, it is handy to have these nearby when you want a better quality movie (not some sketchy download).

Enjoy your weekend :)

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