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An American Idol Moment Like This

Some people wait a lifetime for moments like the ones I had during what was, without a doubt, the time of my life in Los Angeles last week (all of which I am still processing – please, don’t pinch me just yet).

Thanks to the good luck of being in the right place at the right time to meet the right people (and extremely kind people at that), I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the two American Idol finale shows at the Dolby Theatre during the final farewell week of the series on April 6th and 7th.

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Lunch Guide to Vancouver’s Gastown

When at noon the grand clock chimes, it’s lunchtime! Along the picturesque scene of cobblestoned sidewalks, Victorian-style architecture, old-timey streetlights, and of course, the famed steam clock, the historical district of Vancouver’s Gastown offers many dining options to complement your afternoon of strolling, sightseeing, and shopping. From classic comfort food to the more adventurous choices, there’s something for every visitor who craves a taste of the Pacific Northwest’s diverse cuisine. The next time you find yourself venturing through this downtown Vancouver neighbourhood, check out these recommended places for a memorable munch.

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Highlights from the 2016 Oscars

Amidst a dark cloud of controversy, the 88th Annual Academy Awards managed to be a ceremony to remember with socially-charged commentary, award sweeps, surprise wins, and the bestowing of a golden statue to a long-time hopeful. Here are some of the highlights from the 2016 Oscars…

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American Idol Season 15 Top 10

After surviving through the audition rounds, the hell of Hollywood week, and even duets with Idol All Stars, ten Season 15 contestants emerged from the talent-heavy ranks to form American Idol‘s last group of Top 10 finalists.

They are… Dalton Rapattoni, Olivia Rox, Trent Harmon, La’Porsha Renae, Tristan McIntosh, Sonika Vaid, Gianna Isabella, MacKenzie Bourg, Avalon Young, and Lee Jean. One of these singers is on track to becoming the fifteenth and final winner of American Idol, and the bookend to the woman who legitimized the entire series, the one and only Kelly Clarkson.

Speaking of Clarkson, during this week’s Top 10 night, the original Idol graced the Idol stage one last time to deliver an emotionally riveting performance of “Piece By Piece” from her latest album, making for the perfect parting gift for the show that launched her into superstardom.

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REVIEW: Biore Baking Soda Cleansers

With its ability to deep clean and gently exfoliate, baking soda is the new secret weapon in the battle for a clean face. Thanks to Influenster‘s recent VoxBox campaign, I have enlisted in the trial of Biore’s new baking soda cleansers, which are accused of powerfully purifying pores to the point of instantly smoothening and softening facial skin.

After using the cleanser and the scrub dually for the past week, I have already noticed remarkable results. The cleansing formula leaves my skin feeling refreshed, clean, nice to the touch, and lightly (and pleasantly) scented. The fine, powder exfoliant activates with water to form a foamy, face scrub that immediately scrubs my face into a bright, smooth, and soft slate and is gradually eradicating the oily, grimy, and dry parts of my combination skin with each use. It’s safe to say that I’ll be pledging my allegiance to these Biore cleansing agents in the fight for pure pores!

For more information on these new baking soda cleansing products, visit and follow Biore Canada on Facebook and Twitter.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.