I tried the new Starbucks Pineapple Refresher

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  I had stars that were going to expire so I decided to try the new refresher. I have seen some reviews of people that love it and others of people that hate it. It’s often sold out but I was in a location where they had it.  I am not really a fan of pineapple flavours. I like other refreshers from Starbucks and I love passion fruit so thought it might be good. There are options to add coconut milk or lemonade. I always get coconut milk in my coffee but I don’t like it in refreshers and I always like lemonade. The drink at first seemed okay but it had a strange bitter aftertaste after each sip. I am not sure the addition of the lemonade made it like that but my mom and I both didn’t like it. It was drinkable but not something I would order again. I will stick to the the Mango Dragon Fruit refresher as my go to refresher from Starbucks.  Let me know if you have tried it in the comments or on Instagram @livingottawalocal.

March 24, 2017 Hair Manicure






Today I had my first ever hair manicure what is a hair manicure that is what I thought. I have never coloured my hair before and always said I would do it when I had more grey hair. As I am almost 40  I was starting to get a few more so decided I would try with my next hair cut. I made the appointment at my favourite salon Annex knowing they always give me good cuts its where I felt comfortable going. All the stylists are Japanese here and the girl on the phone didn't speak much English I couldn't really convey that it was my first time getting my hair coloured. Luckily the stylist I got had better English and was really patient in explaining this to me. She said I shouldn't colour my hair as my hair is really soft and it would damage it but they have something called a hair manicure which would be less damaging and also make the hair shiny I said sure. As I only have grey at the top so far and not that much she suggested that I just do the touch up with is $25 and a whole head would be $70 again I agreed. First she cut my hair and told me she would check it after the manicure was done. As I have black hair the stylist told me that if I did anything lighter it won't cover the grey so I should go with black and I agreed. She painted the polish on my hair she did go through my whole head but painted it on at the top and then combed it down. Then she came out with plastic wrap and really covered my head with plastic wrap. Then I sat under a big machine that heated my head it was like the nail dryer machine except that it was head sized. This really was a manicure for hair I was thinking as I sipped my green tea and read a magazine while waiting for my head to dry. Then after a while the timer rang on the machine and it was time to wait 5 minutes longer and then shampoo. Then I got the massage they always give with haircuts and she cut my hair some more. The colour matches my hair colour exactly there is no chemical smell and my hair is still soft and shiny. The stylist told me that as my hair is fine and soft that I should always do a hair manicure and never colour my hair as that will damage it. I am happy with the results so I will stick to hair manicures for the foreseeable future.




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