I’m not gonna lie, coming back from New York to the cold and endless amounts of snow here in Winnipeg has been really hard.
We have been going through a cold front lately, so it’s been a lot of bundling up, plugging my car in at night, slippery roads, snow storms, inches of clothing, jackets, mittens, hats, scarves, thick socks, boots… I think you get the point.
Every year around this time I ask myself, “why do I live in Winnipeg?”, it’s just so cold here. But then I remind myself of all the great things of residing in this city… the good standard of living, the easy accessibility to anywhere in North America (since we are smack dab right in the middle of the continent), our warm summers, lots of sunshine and long days in the summer, lots of trees and greenery, and the people. We are known for being “Friendly Manitoba” and I have to admit, as much as I complain about living here, we do have some incredible things here and people doing amazing things as well.
One of those amazing things is Sauna Winnipeg. As much as we love to complain about the winters here in Winnipeg, we also do a heck of a great job in coming up with activities to embrace it. Sauna Winnipeg is the newest pop up at The Forks, our most popular tourist attraction, and is a couple of stand-alone saunas where you can come partake in some seriously me time for 90 minutes.
Located near the Johnson’s Terminal and overlooking the river, you start your experience in the Nordic cabin, which is where you sign in and get changed into your bathing suit. Make sure to bring your own slippers/flip flops, water bottle, and robe, or if you want, you can also rent one of theirs for $15. They will supply you with water, a towel to sit on, and an oil-infused face towel to use at the end. After you’re ready, they will escort you to one of two saunas. There’s a communal one which you share with five other people, or a private one you can rent for a party of six.
Myself and five of my besties checked out Sauna Winnipeg this past Saturday. We hit up The Forks Market first for some food (Nuburger for the win!), and since the area is licensed, we grabbed some beer and wine from The Common and made our way over to Sauna. We had the private sauna and although we probably should have rotated between the Nordic cabin, sauna, and outdoor fireplace, we actually spend the full 90 minutes inside the sauna (which flew by!).
After our 90 minutes in the sauna, we made our way back to the Nordic cabin where they gave us an oil-infused towel to refresh with and just relax a little more. This area isn’t the biggest, but since they limit the amount of people who can use the facility, it doesn’t get too crowded.
So why should you check this out? First off, it’s such a cool experience to partake in, especially at The Forks (especially since there’s no RAW Almond or river trail this year). Plus, it’s such a cool experience, especially for a date night or a girl’s night (or day, like we did!). Also, there’s all the health benefits. Visiting a sauna reduces stress, releases toxins, cleanses your skin and pores, relaxes muscle, soothes aches and pain, can help with colds and flus (which is currently going around right now), and can help with sleep. So really, why wouldn’t you want to visit this?
Now if you are a Winnipegger, you may be asking, what’s the difference between this and Thermea? This is exclusively a sauna, you don’t get the other benefits and in-house experiences that come with Thermea (aside from the outdoor fireplaces), so if you are expecting something similar, you’ll be disappointed. Now with that being said, I loved this experience, and really it just brought more excitement to visiting The Forks. I feel like The Forks has really been upping their game over the past few years and this is just another thing to do when you go there.
So overall, I loved it and would definitely do it again. I do recommend renting out your own sauna and grabbing five other people and make it a party. The private sauna is $150 ($168 after tax), or if you want to go by yourself and don’t mind being a sauna with five other people, it’s $25 ($28 after tax) a spot.
Make sure you check them out online and IRL at The Forks here in Winnipeg (they will be here until April!). We still have a few more months of winter left, so you might as well get out there and embrace it, because it’s definitely not going anywhere.
Will you be checking out Sauna Winnipeg?
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Did you know that your skin contains around 64 per cent water? Although our skin is naturally full of moisture, there are many elements that affect how healthy it actually is. Things like pollution, diet, water intake, and stress are all factors that can leave your skin dull and gloomy.
With it being the dead of winter here, keeping your skin hydrated should be top priority on your list and if you’re looking for some new skincare items to rotate in for some major moisture, then Arbonne has just released a line that will be sure to keep your dermis nice and happy.
The Bio-Hydria line contains five products to help restore moisture into your skin. Each product has ingredients such as proprietary sustainable edulis cellular water to hydrate and maintain critical moisture, as well as sustainably sourced aloe vera, which contains minerals and vitamins taken from the inner part of the leaf and helps to moisturize and support skin’s natural ability to maintain a healthy-looking glow.
Start your routine first with the Gel Cleaner (C$30), which contains witch hazel to help moisturize and soothe skin. This cleanser foams up and washes away makeup and impurities. It also has plant-based surfactants to deliver a mild, yet effective cleansing routine.
Next up, use the Liquid Serum (C$56), which is a lightweight serum that is concentrated with botanicals to moisturize skin. It also has edulis cellular water in it to maintain the moisture in your skin. I really love this stuff since the texture of it is unique. It comes out as a crushed jelly which quickly transforms into a liquid serum, making it super simple to apply to the skin.
Finally, before your moisturizer, apply the Eye Balm (C$53), which is perfect for adding some hydration back to the delicate eye area. This balm is a gel that helps to nourish the skin around the eyes. This is also a double whammy, since it is a pearlescent pigment that also helps to brighten up the area, diminishing dark circles.
The line also contains a Gel Cream (C$50) to keep your skin soft and supple, as well as a Herbal Infusion tea (C$21) to nourish the body from the inside out.
I really love this line since it’s so soothing on the skin and really gives your face some much-needed TLC (especially in our -30C weather!). These products are all suitable for different skin types and are vegan and cruelty free. Check them out online or contact your Arbonne rep to order.
Have you tried the Arbonne Bio-Hydria line?
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My desert island beauty product? Definitely lip balm.
Okay, so I’ve chatted about my love for lip balm many times on this blog, but seriously, I pretty much have to carry one everywhere I go since as soon as I don’t have one on me, my lips get so dry that it’s uncomfortable.
I do have a few favourites but I am always open to trying out some new ones, including Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment (C$26). I actually received a few of these last year and have been holding on to them and using them for a few months now to really put them to the test.
The Butterstick Lip Treatment is a lip balm that is ideal for dry lips as it delivers up to 12 hours of hydration. This is also a great product to toss in your vacation bag as there is also SPF 30 in the formula!
Available in six shades, this product glides on the lips and keeps them moisturized, thanks to ingredients such as fair trade coconut oil and lemon butter.
I had received three of these to try out, the clear one, Simply Rose, and Touch of Berry. My favourite is clear since I usually tend to apply this morning or night time after my skincare routine, so I don’t need any colour. The other two do leave a nice tint on the lips, so if you are looking for something nourishing with a bit of colour, then take a look at the shades they have available.
Overall, I think this is a good lip balm. When compared to the Sugar ones (which I found the packaging to be very similar), I would say that these are a bit thicker than the Sugar ones, but they aren’t too thick that it’s uncomfortable to wear. In fact, these would probably be better for a windy day, to be honest.
Sure, C$26 is a lot for a lip balm, especially since there are so many amazing ones out there that are more affordable. If you are looking for a treat, then I would recommend investing in one of these (maybe even one of the coloured ones to get a double whammy out of the product). Really though, like I said, you can never have too many lip balms in your life, so if you are interested in picking one up, I know that you’ll get a ton of wear out of it.
Have you tried Kiehl’s Buttersticks?
Please note, products provided by PR, all opinions are my own.
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