Tuesday, August 31, 2021 / Vancouver, BC, Canada

Where To Get Dermal Fillers in Vancouver, BC

If the idea of getting fillers has been on your mind, please keep reading this post!

We all know how popular dermal fillers are right now, they are a convenient option for those who do not want to submit to painful surgery.

To me, it all started years ago, when I noticed I barely had a chin, all my life I thought I was going to get surgery in order to get chin implants, but we are in 2021!! so I obviously opted for chin fillers instead and it was the best decision.

The process of searching and finding a good clinic took me around 3 months, I called, googled, and visited a couple of them but no clinic convinced me until I found Skin Technique.

I called Skin Technique and booked my first appointment with Dr. Pavlou, who is the leading expert in skincare and medical aesthetics in Vancouver.

Dr. Pavlou is a recognized doctor in the city, he is professional, honest, and straight to the point, when it comes to fillers he is the best one in town, I always felt I was in good hands, and to me, this was such an important part of the process because trusting the person that you are putting your face to (literally) is fundamental.

About the procedure

I was a bit anxious at the beginning because a couple of friends of mine told me it was going to be a painful process, but from my point of view, it was not. 

I'm not afraid of needles (thank god)

The procedure lasted 19 minutes in total and I got 2 syringes, I do recommend not to drink alcohol at least one week before getting them done, I was bleeding a lot during the process because I had wine on the weekend.

Is not something very relevant, but is a recommendation that you should consider.

The Results

The results are almost immediate, you will see the change right away, but not entirely until the swelling goes away completely, this can take 4-5 days.

The day after, I was able to do all my day-to-day activities, I did exercise as usual and everything else. 

You also should not have any alcohol 1-2 days after the procedure.

That is another recommendation.

Swelling is also completely normal.

My Before and After

Skin Technique is located in Yaletown, Vancouver.

I have shared the entire experience with videos on Instagram and TikTok.

Feel free to check them out @sparklepiece


Thursday, February 18, 2021 / Vancouver, BC, Canada

Dining Table Setting x Fable

I didn't realize how passionate I am about home decor until now that I have my apartment where I get to create spaces with things that I love.

Home decor is one of these topics I can talk about for hours.
I get distracted so easily on Pinterest creating boards or just seeking inspiration,  I love it because here is where I get my ideas for almost all of my spaces.

 I found Fable thanks to an ad on Pinterest, I was dreaming of finding a simple yet elegant dinnerware set, but nothing really convinced me.

I find Fable products very aesthetical plus I'm a sucker for neutrals and everything minimal, this is exactly why I feel so passionate about everything they sell.
I don't want to write a lot because I feel pictures speak louder in this case, but I got the Fable Dining Table set + mugs set in Dove Grave (for brunch days, you know)

The quality is great, they don't chip easily, they are dishware and microwave safe.

I hope you guys like the way I arranged everything, I took these photos on different days, you will see pampas grass on some and a sneak peek of Tulip arrangements on others.
If you are planning to buy anything from their website, I have a promo code for all of you!
You can use SPARKLEPIECE10 at checkout to get 10% off your entire order.

Xx. Laura


Thursday, January 7, 2021 / Vancouver, BC, Canada

Staycation Weekend at The Sutton Place Hotel

A couple of months ago,  I started thinking of the idea of doing a staycation weekend here in Vancouver with some of my girlfriends, and with all this year's craziness, I really needed something like this to get out of the house.

Honestly, I feel this experience was everything and I highly recommended it for any person who is looking to do something fun without the need for traveling.
This time, we did a girl's weekend which was super nice because we ordered takeout, we had wine, watched chick-flicks and obviously, we got amazing photos of this view which was breathtaking.

The Sutton Place Hotel is located in the heart of Downtown, Vancouver. 
I got to say that from the moment we checked in, the service was 10 out of 10, the experience overall was fantastic.

Everything was COVID safe, we checked in on a Saturday night, we didn't see many people around the lobby just the staff who gave us the instructions. 
The hotel itself is beautiful, it has a gym, pool, liquor store, and one of my favorite restaurants in the city, The Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar.

One of the best parts is that we had the chance to stay on the top floor at the Premium Grand Suite, probably one of the best views you will ever see of Downtown, plus it is also very spacious.

An aside note, they have a Nespresso machine which was great for me as I love to have my coffee right away when I wake up.

Overall, we did lots of fun activities inside of the hotel, we ordered room service the next morning, their natural juices were delicious, we ate a lot overall, but all good food.

In the evening, we had the chance to try their Prix Fixe menu, which includes three courses, I highly recommend their roasted cauliflower (is bomb).

Lastly, on Sunday night we celebrated with some drinks and snacks inside the room as we were glued to the fantastic city view.


Tuesday, January 5, 2021 / Vancouver, BC, Canada

My Solution For Maskne in 3 Basic Steps

One of the things I have struggled with the most and I still do is my skin.
This topic is not as easy as I have tried thousands of products with no response. 
The problem is not the products I have tried, but my beautiful and crazy hormones.

I found this out thanks to a consultation with my dermatologist a year ago or so, and since then, I started being more conscious about my skin type and the best products to use for combination and sensitive skin.
Everything seemed to be under control until COVID arrived.

COVID has been a thing for me since I'm using maks when I go out of my house, I started getting Maskne a couple of months ago.

Today, I want to be brief and straight to the point on the 3 main things that helped me to recover from this issue.

My solution for Maskne in three steps:
First things first, if you have sensitive skin I recommend that the mask you are using is disposable and you change it every 2-3 hours after one use, you can't imagine all the bacteria that we accumulate in that zone.
I got a set of 100 masks on Amazon, it has been life-changing for my skin.

Second, I started using every 2 days a clay mask that I also got from Amazon.
I usually apply on the days that I have used the mask for long hours and I mix it with apple cider vinegar, I leave for 10 mins max. 

Third and the last step is to limit yourself to not use many products because that will make your skin go crazy.
I started trying Skinceuticals products thanks to a friend of mine. 
These products are not cheap, but they are all very effective, you get what you pay.

Products to get for Acne-Prone and Maskne issues:
I got their famous blemish + age defense it has been a glory to me since it dries my pimples very fast, you can even feel a slight burn on the pimple once you apply the product.

Phloretin CF is another amazing product from Skinceuticals made especially for dry and sensitive skin.
 I started using it to help my scarring, this product is basically a highly concentrated Vitamin C, that contains 2% Phloretin, 10% Ascorbic Acid (which is vitamin C ), and 0.5% Ferulic Acid.
I started using it three weeks ago and I'm already seeing the results, you need to be consistent with the usage so you can see changes after a month.

Remember to keep it simple, don't combine lots of products together, ask for professional assistance before you get to buy or use any products.
I know what I'm using because I have asked my dermatologist about these products in the past and she approved them considering my issues and type of skin.

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