Tuesday, June 13, 2017

9.356 Does Anyone Even Care Anymore? Sephora VIB + Shiseido Warehouse Sale Spring 2017

No, but seriously, do you even care? It's mid June and the Sephora sale was 2 months ago, not to mention the Shiseido sale which was last month. It seems like every time I tell myself that today will be the day that I blog, I find myself kicking back watching youtube or Netflix.

Anyway, I thought it would still be useful to blog about what I got from Sephora and Shiseido. I've had some time to use them and it's great to document for my own records.

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Please excuse the lighting, I took these photos at night because that was the only time I could do it. The above is what I got from the Sephora VIB sale- minus a toner I got from Fresh (forgot to include it in the pic) which I'll show you below.

The main thing I wanted to get was the new Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner. Firstly, I love anything rose scented, and secondly, look how cool the bottle looks!

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I admit, the packaging had me at first sight. The toner smells really good, and I think it's an okay one. It feels like water on the skin and it doesn't leave a residue behind, which to me, doesn't feel that hydrating to be honest. It's essentially the same with or without it in my skincare regime. It didn't add anything and it hasn't made a difference to my skin. It's more of a luxury item than anything; just a nice bonus, a pleasant experience to add to your skincare regime. It's $54CAD, so it's quite pricey for what it is. I'd say you can skip this product as I don't find it necessary. The toners I would recommend are the ones from Shiseido since those actually feel hydrating.

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The other item I was super excited about was this Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in "Prismatic Amethyst". This is my first Becca product. I'm in awe with the gorgeous packaging.

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The highlighter is a lavender chrome colour (my picture doesn't capture how pink the powder actually looks). I bought it on the recommendation of Lisa. It's a very different and unique highlighter compared to what I own. If you use a light hand, you get this beautiful opalescent lavender looking glow. If you use more or a heavier hand, you get more of that chrome lavender effect.

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It can look quite shimmery/opalescent if you want it to. The product itself feels a bit creamy as well. If you touch the powder, it doesn't feel as dry as a regular powder.

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I ended up picking up two Burberry lipsticks. I picked up "English Rose" from the Burberry Kisses Lipstick line and I also repurchased "Nude Rose" from the Burberry Lip Velvet Lipstick line. The lip velvet formulation is my favourite, and "Nude Rose" is by far my favourite lipstick out of all the lippies I own.

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I love Burberry lipsticks as much as I love the Dior ones. Both companies make the best lipstick formulation and colours. Left swatch is "English Rose", right swatch is "Nude Rose".

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Speaking of Dior, I wanted to try out their new Dior Addict Lacquer Stick line. Now that I'm older, I've learned not to hoard so much makeup. Remember back in the day when I would buy multiple colours from the same line? I ended up with so much YSL Volupte Lip Shines- which I'm still trying to use up today!

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The colour I chose was "Lazy" 577, which is described as a mauve rosewood colour. This feels quite nice on the lips too. Less pigment than a regular lipstick but more than a lip balm.

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Also from Fresh, I picked up their Sugar Lip Treatment in "Bloom". I think this was one of their new colours. I actually don't have a complete set of the colours anymore. I used up some, a couple actually went bad, and another couple ended up in the wash... yeah that wasn't a pleasant surprise. Everyone and their mom knows how great these lip balms are. I actually need to go and repurchase some of the colours.

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Last, but not least, I got my hands on the new Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet. I got it in the shade "Fawn". My first choice was for "Dark Rosewood", but they were out of stock, and oddly they are still out of stock as I write this. I really want that colour! I feel like I should just visit the counter and get it there instead. Since I love the Lip Velvet Lipsticks so much, I figured the liquid version would be great as well. They're a matte finish but they don't feel drying like other matte lippies tend to feel. They're creamy, opaque and feel comfortable on the lips.

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This is what I got from the Shiseido sale back in May. I picked up cotton squares for $8, Sunscreen $32, Benefiance day creams $45, Benefiance night creams $47 and Benefiance eye creams $43. That's it, you ask? Where are the other products I usually buy?

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Why here of course. For the above, I got an even better deal when I found them at Winners. The softeners and emulsions were only $29.99 and the Bio-Performance Eye Cream was only $39.99. Luckily I found these before the Shiseido sale, so I saved even more than if I were to purchase at the warehouse.

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On my nails, Essie "Ladylike". This is a new addition to my collection and it's grown to become one of my all-time favourite colours. It's a beautiful soft mauve colour. I highly recommend you pick this up!

"Most problems in life are because of two reasons: we act without thinking or we keep thinking without acting." -Unknown

Sunday, May 28, 2017

9.355 Can I Just Be a Housewife?

No, but seriously. I like cleaning and organizing, it's therapeutic for me. If I could stay at home, my house would be spotless; it'd be a sanctuary. I could have more time to maintain a flower and huge vegetable garden. I can cook up a storm and experiment with a lot of new recipes. I'd search for coupons and hunt down the best grocery deals. Heck, I'd have time to keep up with the blog. As long as I keep myself preoccupied with chores around the house, I'd never be bored.

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It's been difficult keeping up with the blog these days. Sometimes I wish I can make this easier somehow. It'd be nice to blog in real time so I can tell you guys about any deals/sales I come across. But alas, post-sales will have to do.

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This sweater jacket from Aritzia was on sale when I bought it. I can't remember the price now but I like the colour and how it's made of merino wool. The Mister loves how it looks on me.

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I got this little gem from Fossil back in Feb/March I believe. It's very delicate that I broke it at one point. I got pliers and fixed it so hopefully it doesn't snap on me again. I love how dainty it looks paired with my Pandora bracelet.

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This is another bracelet from Fossil. I found this in the clearance section and there was only one left in the store. I think I got it for around $30 or something. The clasp is magnetic so it's really easy to put on.

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A couple months ago I also got a Ted Baker watch from the Hudson Bay, it was on sale for $165 (retail $215).

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I thought the floral print on the face of the watch was so unique and pretty that I couldn't pass it up. Unfortunately I cannot find the watch on the site anymore, but there are a couple of new ones now: this one has white flowersthis one is a cherry blossom face, and this one has many variety of flowers and butterflies. They also have another cherry blossom one with a blue strap and they have other watches with the straps decorated with the flowers instead of the face. They're all on sale for $159.20 and I'm actually contemplating on getting the flowers and butterfly one. It looks so pretty!

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I will advise, however, that the leather straps on these watches aren't the greatest quality. I've worn it several times and the leather still feels stiff. It's not soft and supple as other leather goods. I love the size of the dial though, as it's not so big that it looks like a man's watch.

The following pieces of jewelry from Expression I bought at full price, and some of them I got on sale for 40% off.
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These earrings are a copycat of those Dior Tribal earrings. Of course, the real deal is too much for me to bear, so I'll stick with the cheaper alternative. The glass ones with beads inside are really cute on. I bought the glass ones at full price, which is fine when I think about it because they were sold out in-stores when I was shopping the sale.

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I got both of these on sale too during Bay Days.

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This picture does no justice to these bracelets. They glimmer and are really pretty in person.

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I'm glad I waited for the sale to get these. I was holding out hoping that I could snatch them when they do go on sale. They look nice paired with a watch or other bracelets. I'm also really into semi precious stones these days.

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Last but not least of the jewelry, I bought my first piece from Jenny Bird.

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I watched Lisa's haul a month back where she showed the new Spring/Summer collection from Jenny Bird. I was in awe with this one necklace she showed.

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And here it is. It's called the Saros Lariat. Isn't it beautiful? And it's neat and unique looking! It's also innovative as you can move the ball where you want on the chain, it stays exactly where you want it. I was actually contemplating on getting another one in the silver/gold combo. I probably won't though because I'd rather get another new piece instead of getting the same one in a different colour.

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Makeup! Something I haven't blogged about for some time! Fret not, I still have to share my Sephora haul and my recent Shiseido sale haul. Although I didn't get any makeup from the Shiseido sale this time around. Anyway, these Rouge Dior lipsticks were the new formulations that Dior came out with. I will note that I was slightly disappointed with the packaging. Although it looks like a luxury lipstick case, the lid sounds and feels cheap. If you compare it to their other lipstick lines, you'll notice that the plastic used for these lipsticks seems lesser quality. The sound it makes when you close the lipstick, sounds exactly like a Maybelline lipstick. The rest of the lipstick packaging seems up to standard though.

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772 "Classic Matte" is from their matte finish line. Although it's a matte, it goes on very smoothly and doesn't dry out my lips. For a matte lipstick, it feels creamy and comfortable to wear. The pigmentation is very good.

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250 "Bal" is from their satin finish line. This lipstick feels moisturising and goes on very smoothly. Pigmentation is also good.

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Left is "Classic Matte", right is "Bal". I've had my share of Dior lipsticks and I would definitely recommend them. They are really great when it comes to lipstick formulations. They always come out to be creamy and hydrating and they're always comfortable to wear.

"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured." -Mark Twain

Thursday, May 18, 2017

9.354 Fueling Up

It is getting so hot out now... summer is here! I still don't have a beach body, but that'll probably never happen anyway because I love food and sweets too much to give it all up together haha.

Speaking of food, the Mister and I haven't been doing much on the weekends except for sometimes eating out at restaurants.
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We like to visit familiar places like Swiss Chalet, Earl's, China Garden etc. But recently, we agreed that we would get out of our comfort zone and try new places from now on. Visiting old places won't be entirely off the map, but for the most part it is.

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And if we visit old places, I think it would be a great idea to try new different food items on the menu. The above dish from Earl's is something the Mister consistently orders, but I want to try it for myself sometime. It looks so good!

This was the washroom inside Earl's. It looks so funky.

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Boston Pizza
50 Courtney Park Drive, Mississauga, ON L5T 2Y

This was when we ate at Boston Pizza. Neither of us have ever eaten here before. When we came in the door, the servers pretty much ignored us for a good minute before someone was free to show us our seat.

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We ended up ordering a custom pizza. The wait time for it wasn't too bad. When they brought it out, it looked quite fancy having it's own pedestal and pizza serving utensil.

Being advertised as gourmet, it did indeed taste really good. The dough was crispy and fluffy at the same time. The perfect amount of moistness and crispiness. The pizza was full of flavour. I would definitely like to come back again.

Overall: Ambience B-, Food A+, Service B-, Price A.

Since we are on the topic of trying new restaurants, my elder sister brought me, the Mister and my younger sister to a Middle Eastern restaurant and hookah lounge (can't remember the name). We didn't go to try the shisha, we went to go eat the food.

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The Mister and I weren't that hungry so we just got a wrap.

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My sisters got the real meals though. Looks good. I won't rate the restaurant though because I don't think it'd be fair basing it on a wrap I ate. The place being a lounge, seemed like it was a nice place for people to literally just hang out. It was quite interesting.

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Other than eating, the Mister and I go to Walmart every weekend to buy some food for work for the week. It's become one of our rituals. I was just thinking... when we first started dating we would always go to Square One every weekend. Then every weekend we started to go downtown. I guess this Walmart thing will one day just be "one of those things we used to do"... so we should enjoy it while we can :)

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One day when I move out to my own place, I think I will frequent T&T quite often. I rarely visit now, but when I do, I go all out.

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All the stuff I got. I got the Vermont Curry because I want to try to make Judy's Japanese curry one day. I got a bunch of ramen because I love to eat it. The Cheese one is a new one I recently discovered. I also got a bunch of masks, but more on that in a different post.

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This is my favourite ramen. It's by Paldo and it's delicious.

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When I was in T&T, I stumbled upon their cheese ramen version and decided to try it. It tastes pretty good! I'd recommend it.

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My favourite ramen though, is this Hot Chicken Flavour ramen by Samyang. It's like a fried version so there is no soup to eat with it. I must warn you though, it's really spicy. I only use about half of the hot sauce otherwise it'd be too spicy to handle. Samyang makes the same spicy ramen that people did that hot ramen challenge that went around on youtube. I like this one because it has a delicious cheese flavour to it, and if you can handle spicy and don't add the whole packet of hot sauce, it's really delicious.

Anyway, I'll end it off here even though this post was all about food. I have some things lined up, like some jewelry, beauty and clothing hauls. I haven't even shared with you what I got from the Sephora VIB sale. But I guess in this way, I was able to try out the items so I can tell you about it when I share it with you.

See you soon.

"Every man needs a woman when his life is a mess, because just like in a game of chess, the Queen protects the King." -Unknown