It really works: Trying out DualSculpting at Sculptology in Winnipeg

Dualsculpting at Sculptology Winnipeg

You know the saying, “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is”? Well, that’s the way I felt about CoolSculpting prior to trying it out in 2019.

I’ve always had an issue with my chin area and in 2019 I got the chance to try out CoolSculpting to get rid of the stubborn fat in that area and have a more defined jawline. I got one round of the cooling technology done but to be honest, prior to getting it, I really didn’t think it would work. But then it did and from then on, I became a believer.

If you are unfamiliar with what CoolSculpting is, it’s the process of freezing stubborn fat, which then flushes out of your system over the course of three months to reveal a more defined appearance. You can have pretty much any area of your body CoolSculpted, but it’s only for subcutaneous fat, which is the fat outside of your body that you can pinch. These are the problem areas that no matter how much exercise or healthy eating you do, the fat just doesn’t seem to want to go away. If you’re looking for a get slim quick procedure, then CoolSculpting isn’t for you.

Like I said, I had gotten my chin CoolSculpted three years ago (read my biog post on it here) and loved the results, so when Sculptology Winnipeg, a local clinic here in Winnipeg, reached out to me to see if I wanted to try out the procedure again, I jumped at the chance.

Dualsculpting at Sculptology Winnipeg

I always said that if I did CoolSculpting again, I would do my lower belly since no matter how many times I go to the gym (which is five to six days a week), it just doesn’t want to budge. The lower stomach area, as well as the hips (aka flanks) is a common problem area for a lot of people. The fat in that area in particular is well-known for being hard to shed, so therefore it is a popular area for people to get CoolSculpting on.

Now the really cool thing (no pun intended) about Sculptology Winnipeg is the fact that it’s the only DualSculpting clinic in Manitoba, meaning that they use two CoolSculpting machines at once to cut down on the time it takes for the procedure.

So what exactly is CoolSculpting?

It’s a non-invasive, non-surgical medical procedure that removes stubborn extra fat cells from your body. Each treatment precisely targets a particular area, killing only those fat cells without any damage to the surrounding skin, tissue, or organs. The treated fat cells are crystallized (aka frozen), destroyed, and then over the course of a few months, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates those dead cells from your body (to be blunt, you basically pee and poop them out over that time period). What are you left with is a more sculpted appearance.

CoolSculpting is great since, unlike liposuction, it’s non-invasive, so there is no downtime. You will feel sore, numb, and discomfort in the days after the procedure but it’s not anything that will prevent you from doing your day-to-day routine. Unless you tell people, no one will really notice since there’s no bandaids or scars and you’re able to carry on your day without any interruptions (well there are minor ones like you can’t do exercise).

CoolSculpting entails a machine that is carefully placed on the area you want to treat, which cools the area to -11 degrees Celsius (between 30.2 and 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 45 minutes. When they first turn on the machine it does get quick cold and it does feel uncomfortable, however, the area gets numb after 10 minutes or so, so after that time you don’t really notice it. The results from CoolSculpting are permanent since those fat cells are killed and once you hit puberty your body actually stops producing fat cells. Once they are gone, they’re gone, and unless you gain a ton of weight, the area won’t expand again (the remaining fat cells you do have expand as you gain weight).

Mapping out Dualsculpting at Sculptology Winnipeg Dualsculpting at Sculptology Winnipeg attachment head

Sculptology Winnipeg

As mentioned, Sculptology Winnipeg is the only DualSculpting clinic in Manitoba, which, if you are doing an area which involves a lot of CoolSculpting treatments like I did, this is very beneficial since it essentially cuts down the treatment time by half.

I initially met with the Sculptology Winnipeg team in December 2021 to go over the areas I was interested in treating, at which point they determined if I would be a good candidate for the procedure. Basically they had these cut outs of the CoolSculpting attachment heads and they put them on the parts in question to see if they would fit. From there, they made a plan for me, which included how many sessions I would need and how many treatments it would entail (the more treatments you get, the better the outcome). March 2022 was my first treatment, where I went in for before photos, as well as the treatment itself. After the photos were taken, I was weighed and then Jocelyn, the CoolSculpting technician mapped out where the panels would go on my body. For this first session they did 10 areas:

  • Two on my lower stomach which overlapped in the middle
  • Two on my hips (lower and upper, so four areas total; two on either side)
  • Two on my stomach above the belly button, which overlapped in the middle
  • The upper bra fat near my armpits on both sides

Once I was all mapped out, I sat in the chair and started the procedure. Like I said, each CoolSculpting treatment takes 45 minutes, meaning that this session would have probably been around 10 hours if it was done with one machine (I rounded this number up to an hour for the session since that includes all the prep work and the massage they do after they take off the panel to break up the crystallization). Since two machines were working at once, they were able to do the whole thing in five hours, which is still a long time but less time than an entire day (and believe me, it’s not the most comfortable thing to get done).

So what I mean by this is, there was a CoolSculpting machine on either side of me and she could do both hips at once since those areas don’t overlap. Same with the upper bra part of my body. It’s this reason alone that I feel like Sculptology Winnipeg really is a great clinic to go to if you are getting a lot of CoolSculpting sessions done since they have the two machines working at once, so it really does make the whole experience much more pleasant.

Dualsculpting at Sculptology WinnipegThree month results Dualsculpting at Sculptology Winnipeg three month results

Once I was done my five hours with the CoolSculpting (during my treatments I was just working on my laptop. They also have a TV for Netflix or you can read), Jocelyn gave me a belly band to wear to compress the area since it was quite tender and sore, but truthfully, I only really wore it the first day.

I did document the whole journey on Instagram stories from March until September (my March to May photos are above and you can definitely tell there is a difference), when my after photos were taken. In the first few weeks I didn’t really notice anything and the areas were quite swollen (which is normal), but the whole process does take time and I was happy I had the videos and photos to look back on. I did notice a reduction in fat by the time I went back for my second session, where they CoolSculpted all the areas they did the first time aside from the area above my belly button since I found that the skin in that area was a little loose and I didn’t want it to get looser. The second session focused on my hips, lower belly, and the upper bra fat.

I do have to say that I do have a pretty high pain tolerance and truthfully the worst part about the whole procedure is the first 10 minutes when the area is being cooled prior to it feeling numb and then when they take off the machine after 45 minutes. The massage part wasn’t as bad for the belly area compared to the chin area, so I did appreciate that (it was still uncomfortable though). With that being said, I found that in my second session in May it did hurt a lot more. When they took off the machine it felt so cold and painful, similar to when you are frozen and your body is reheating itself. I want to say that it definitely wasn’t frostbite, but it felt incredibly uncomfortable and worse than how it felt the first time around in March. I think this was due to the fact that there was less fat in that area, so it was more sensitive.

When I was getting my second treatment done in May I did see the before and after photos from March to May and I do have to say that I noticed a difference. Once the summer went on I could definitely tell that my stomach looked flatter, and more than anything, my clothes fit better and I was more confident in wearing tighter pants or dresses. Prior to having CoolSculpting done in that area I was always so self-conscious since all I noticed was my lower belly bulge, but now I don’t have to worry about that since the area is noticeably flatter.

Dualsculpting machine at Sculptology Winnipeg, CoolSculpting

Now as I said, I did go for two sessions of CoolSculpting, once in March and then another in May. Although you can definitely get results from one session it’s recommended to do two or three for the best results. It does cost more money, but the clinic will work with you and your goals and budget to find a package that works best for you.

Speaking of price, this is obviously the most requested question I got. It’s definitely not a cheap procedure and I also want to say that everyone’s experiences and results with it are different. Just because it worked great for me doesn’t mean that it will work great for you. It’s also not one-size-fits-all, you really do have to go in for a consultation, where they will tell you which areas would be best to treat, as well as the cost of how much it will be to do so.

CoolSculpting Abdomen results CoolSculpting before and after photos on abdomen and flanks

I am so incredibly happy with how this turned out for me, and like I said, more than having a flat stomach, I’m just more confident in the clothes I wear. It’s nice knowing that I can throw on something tighter or in a colour that maybe isn’t as forgiving as black and not feel self-conscious about how I look. It was also very interesting to film the journey on Instagram and share my weekly updates and look back to see how far I’ve come. Obviously day to day you don’t notice a difference, but over the course of a month I was starting to see a reduction and a more sculpted appearance.

If you are in the Winnipeg area or in Manitoba and interested in having CoolSculpting done, I would recommend booking a consultation with Sculptology Winnipeg. They are located at 560-201 Portage Avenue right at Portage and Main, meaning it’s a nice and central location. You also get a great view of the city’s most iconic corner as you’re getting your treatment done as well.

CoolSculpting lower abdomen after photo

Have you tried out CoolSculpting before?  Have any questions? Leave a comment below!

Note, I did work with Sculptology Winnipeg to promote CoolSculpting and share my experiences for a gifted service. All opinions are my own.

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Super cute: Two new releases from Fenty Beauty

If there is one celebrity beauty brand that I feel is worth the hype, it’s definitely Fenty Beauty.

Aside from a few items I can think of, most of the items I have tried from Fenty Beauty have been absolutely phenomenal.  The brand, which you can find through fentybeauty.com or at Sephora, is relatively affordable compared to other brands and delivers amazing results.

I feel like in terms of new products, there hasn’t been a ton of items lately since I’ve tried the brand last, but I recently got in some new and noteworthy products that they have released lately and, spoiler alert, they are amazing items.

Invisimatte Instant Setting + Blotting Powder

Invisimatte Instant Setting + Blotting Powder

I’ve been needing a new setting powder, so I had to get my hands on the Invisimatte Instant Setting + Blotting Powder (C$44), which is an instant mattifying powder that also blurs the look of pores, absorbs shine, and extends your makeup.

This powder, which comes in one universal shade, gives you a natural matte finish and is comfortable for all skin types.  Open up the palette, which is also refillable and magnet free, to reveal the powder with a puff to apply it.  I really love this powder and was shocked by how flawless it made my skin looked when I paired it with a foundation.  It also doesn’t cake or have any flashback to it if you use it for photography.

The formula contains chia seed extra to help mattify skin, as well as contain shine.  It also has sodium hyaluronate to provide comfortable, non-drying and all-day wear. The formula is also talc-free and vegan.

Poutsicle Hydrating Lip Stain Poutsicle Hydrating Lip Stain

Poutsicle Hydrating Lip Stain

Also new, and incredibly popular, are the Poutsicle Hydrating Lip Stains (C$30), which are a lip stain that goes on glossy and settles to a beautiful tint.

Available in four shades, a berry, a coral, a pink, and a red, these lip tints give you all-day hydration thanks to an innovative formula that has an oil-in-water innovation with squalene in it.

Fenty sent over all four shades and although I am more of a neutral kinda gal, I really enjoyed these.  These are so beautiful once applied and have a customizable sheer to medium coverage in them.  They are very comfortable once on and since it’s a stain, they do last a while on the lips.

Fenty Beauty Poutsicle Hydrating Lip Stain swatches

These are currently sold out online, so keep an eye out in your local Sephora store to see if they have them.

Since receiving these products, Fenty has released a couple newer items, including the Gloss Bomb Ice Cooling Lip Luminizer, which sounds like something right up my alley as well.  I think these two Fenty Beauty products are fabulous, especially the powder, so I would definitely check them out next time you’re in Sephora.

Have you tried these new Fenty Beauty products?

Please note, I received this product from PR. All opinions are my own.

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Dog days of summer: A dog staycation at the Mere Hotel in Winnipeg

Staycation at the Mere Hotel, pet-friendly hotel in Winnipeg If you have been a follower of mine for awhile, you’ll know that I travel with my dog often.

My dog, Ziggy, a standard American Eskimo dog, is my everything. He’s my best friend, my soulmate, and my favourite travel buddy. Travelling with your dog is a really special experience. It allows you to really see your destination and explore areas that you maybe wouldn’t have. It also gets you out and about more often, since you need to take your dog for a walk and although some Ubers and cabs allow dogs, it’s easier to just walk them to and fro.

Ziggy and I have travelled to New York City and Montreal numerous times, and he’s also accompanied me to Quebec City, Toronto, Mont Tremblant, the Eastern Townships, and Ottawa. I feel like, in general, a lot of places are getting more dog friendly and embracing pet tourism more. Lots of hotels allow dogs now and it’s getting easier to travel with your pets to these destinations.

Now as a Winnipegger, travelling to all these places, which are extremely dog friendly, always made me have a longing for dog-friendly places here at home. I do have to say though that in the last few years lots of local businesses have been embracing our furry besties and allowing them to come inside (or outside) and enjoy their time with their owners.

This past weekend I actually got to do a little staycation with Ziggy in Winnipeg’s Exchange District and visit places in the surrounding areas that allow dogs.

Dog in the Mere Hotel in Winnipeg Dogs at the Mere Hotel in Winnipeg

Where to stay

Winnipeg has a ton of pet-friendly hotels but the one we stayed at is the Mere Hotel, located at 333 Waterfront Drive in the city’s Exchange District. The Mere is the perfect location for partaking in various dog-friendly activities, such as green spaces, tourism destinations, and food and beverage.

The Mere Hotel is a boutique hotel home to guest rooms, a fitness centre, and conference rooms.  The two-storey hotel offers complimentary WiFi, a walk-in rain shower, Nespresso premium coffee machines, plush bathrobes, and more. We stayed in a king-size bed room (there are also double queen options available), and since I had Zig with me, I got a room on the main floor with a river view.

The hotel itself is incredibly beautiful and modern and is a beautiful addition to the neighbourhood thanks to its aesthetic look of vertical coloured pipes that is a combination of both style and personality.

After we checked in at the Mere, we wanted to go out and explore the area. We walked through Stephen Juba Park, which is directly beside the hotel and leads into The Forks.  Since we were hungry, we crossed over the Esplanade Riel Footbridge into St. Boniface, Winnipeg’s French quartier and the largest Franco-Canadian community west of Quebec.  We walked for about 40 minutes to Dug & Betty’s Ice Creamery & Cafe, which has a pet-friendly patio and pet-friendly treats for dogs.

Dug & Betty's Ice Creamery in Winnipeg Sandwich at Dug & Betty's in Winnipeg

Dug & Betty’s (309 Des Meurons Street) was actually named after the founder, Fern Kirouac’s two dogs, includes delicious sandwiches, soups, salads, hot dogs, and more, but the real treat is the ice-cream selection. Go to the walk-up window and take a look at their small-batch ice-cream, as well as delicious sundaes, milkshakes, soft serve, and other treats. Make sure to get your dog a pup cone, which comes in a mini cone with vanilla ice-cream and a dog treat on top.

After Dug & Betty’s we walked back to The Forks to hop on the Splash Dash River Boat Tour. The Splash Dash Tour at The Forks has been a mainstay in the area since 1992 and gives visitors scenic and historically-informative 30-minute tours on the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Best part is that dogs an also join you on the boat for the tour, which shows you many Winnipeg landmarks all on the city’s famous waterways. Admission is only $12.50 for adults (dogs ride free), with seniors and youth $10.50.

Splash Dash Water Tour at The Forks

Once the boat tour was over we walked back to the Mere Hotel to rest up a bit before the evening, which was much needed since we had done a ton of walking in the day.  I instantly changed into my pjs and just chilled on the bed with Ziggy and watched tv in the room.  It was really nice to be able to do some fun downtown activities and then have somewhere to rest before our evening started.

Cocktails at Patent 5 in Winnipeg Cocktails and dogs at the Patent 5 Patio in Winnipeg

Around 5:30 pm Ziggy and I went to Patent 5 Distillery and Tasting Room, which is steps away from the hotel at 108 Alexander Avenue.  Patent 5 distills small-batch premium spirits, which are also used in delicious cocktails in their tasting room. During the summer they have a pet-friendly patio which you can enjoy with your dog.

After cocktails, I dropped Ziggy back in the room and then went to Cibo Waterfront Cafe with some friends, which is located right behind the Mere Hotel in a repurposed pump house on the Red River. The Mediterranean-inspired cafe has a delicious menu of pizzas, sandwiches and burgers (their fries are delicious), salads, pastas, and more. Complete your meal with a cocktail or some wine for a delicious experience.

Once we were done at Cibo, I went back to the room to grab Ziggy and walk to ManyFest, which is an annual festival that takes place every year in September and is downtown Winnipeg’s biggest street festival. The festival is filled with food trucks, carnival rides, an artisan market, live music, and much more. Located at Memorial Blvd and Broadway, near the Legislative Building, it was about a 15-minute walk from the hotel.

This year, ManyFest featured a Pup Patio, which was an off-leash area for dogs, so my friends and I got to take in some rides, walk around, and Ziggy got to play and make some new friends as well.

It was a pretty long day, so after about two hours at ManyFest we walked back to the hotel and went to bed (Ziggy was beyond tired and happy to pass out on the king-size bed).

Dog at the Mere Hotel in Winnipeg Dog at the Mere Hotel in Winnipeg

The next morning we woke up around 8:30 a.m. and went for a nice walk in Stephen Juba Park to Harrisons Coffee Co., which is a local chain with a few locations around the city.  The specialty coffee shop is named after the owners’ late dog and allows dogs in all their locations.  I grabbed a pumpkin latte and then we walked back to the hotel making a pit stop first on the docks on the river to take in the beautiful morning.

Once we got back we packed up our bags and then checked out and headed home.

It was such a nice little staycation for Ziggy and I and truthfully I never realized how many fun things there were to do with your dog in the area. I would say that if you are staying with your dog in Winnipeg, I would recommend the Mere Hotel since it’s located in the Exchange District and a stone’s throw from The Forks and St. Boniface, which are all filled with pet-friendly activities.

Makes sure to check out the Mere Hotel online to book your stay and let me know what your favourite pet-friendly activity is in Winnipeg!

Special thanks to Travel Manitoba and the Mere Hotel for this fun staycation. All opinions are my own.

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