Friday, August 31, 2012

4.92 Random Happenings - Tomatoes, Drinks, Dvds

Two weeks ago I managed to go see Brave in 3D on one of my days off. It became a little bit of a ritual of going shopping and catching a movie afterwards by myself. It's quite pleasurable as I do not have to worry whether my company is bored or not. Brave was a pretty good movie albeit they did seem to waste a lot of time on side characters and unnecessary scenes which made the movie itself seem short of the actual story line. Oddly the 3D on the screen during the previews and the beginning of the movie wasn't working which made me think that there was something wrong with my glasses. After exchanging for a new pair and coming to the realization that the screen was still blurry, I concluded that the projector(s) must be misaligned. Even though there were a few other people in the theatre with me, only a couple people seemed to notice the blurriness but didn't end up doing anything about it. I, on the other hand, refused to sit through a blurry 3D movie that I paid $14.99 for. After informing a worker that the 3D wasn't working, it was fixed and that was the end of that fiasco.

Lots of ripe tomato pickings from the backyard garden. My steak tomatoes are still ripening and they are HUGE. Will show you one once I am able to pick them. The ones in the above picture are normal sized tomatoes and tiny tim tomatoes. 

I realize that next year I will have to buy metal/steel tomato cages because the wire ones can't bear the weight of the heavier tomato plants- especially the steak tomato plants. My plants have fallen all over but they've managed to survive to produce the fruit I grew them for.

I spotted my one of my favourite drinks on sale at No Frills and decided to pick up a few.

I got the three flavours above. Can you believe Pomegranate Acai Berry is only 20 calories a bottle?? It's because it's from their Shape line. Still delicious though!

Taken from the site: "For you, 'healthy body, healthy mind' isn't a cliche. It's a way of life. Your body is your temple, and you work hard to stay in shape - physically and mentally. That's where Fuze Refresh comes in. With a unique combination of seven essential vitamins, calcium and exotic fruit flavours, it helps in the maintence of your health. Your vitamins and mineralts never tasted so good."

But aside from the good taste, I really like Fuze because of the vitamins the beverage contains.

I have yet to venture into the world of alcohol, but it doesn't mean that the heavy glass bottles don't fancy me. Don't you find that drinks taste better out of a glass bottle? I bought the sparkling juice beverage for my family and the blueberry juice for my brother as I had been meaning to buy that for him for some time now (he has a thing for blueberries). 

This "Tuxedo Cake" was from Costco and boy was it ever delicious. It had a mousse filling and some sort of cheesecake cream filling. It was death by chocolate. So good.

Saw the We Bake In Heels store at Vaughn Mills. It looked quite impressive to me. If they're still around for my wedding day, I might just go to them to have my cake done.

Has anyone spotted the new Annabelle displays? It looks much more compact and organized the previous shelving. It actually draws my attention in and makes me want to buy something.

Seems all the brands over here are getting on the bb cream madness. I remember the Asian ones were popular a few years ago. I don't plan on buying any North American bb cream because it's probably more like a tinted moisturizer than what a real bb cream is suppose to be.

This was taken at HMV. I haven't been in that store in ages. Not only that, I haven't bought a cd in ages! I did manage to pick up a couple of dvds though.

Inception was mind-blowing so I wanted to have that. Films by Hayao Miyazaki are always amazing so at only $5, it's a total steal. I forget what Princess Mononoke is about, it's been that long.

I spotted these blue flats at Urban Planet that are strikingly similar to a pair of Aldo ones I bought (but have yet to share with you guys). Of course the Aldo ones are made of real leather and are better quality, but it just goes to show you that you don't need to spend a lot to get the look.

"Dear enemies haters and doubters. I have so much more for you to be mad at, just be patient." -Hplyrikz.tumblr.com

Thursday, August 30, 2012

4.91 Don't Judge + Chapters Indigo

Since my blog is read by only a few people, I figured it'd be harmless to confess what book(s) have captivated much of my interest and time lately, which would be none other than the ever so controversial book of 50 Shades... and that's all I'll mention of the full title as I'm sure you're all capable of figuring out what book I'm referring to. Those who have not read probably have this assumption that the book is entirely dedicated to eroticism, and that those who read it are only interested in this highly taboo subject. On the contrary, what intrigued me to read it came out pure curiosity to why these books became so popular. I actually had the same curiosity when it came to Twilight, but never ended up picking the books to read after listening to a short synopsis from my sister. Let's just say, vampires aren't my thing- unless it's Buffy the Vampire Slayer that is. After skimming the beginning story of 50 Shades in an attempt to get to the actual plot, I immediately concluded that the books are definitely not known for the writing style but instead on how quickly the characters and story captivates the reader. Now that I'm on the third and final book, I now understand why people describe the book as, "It's so bad but it's so good". You really get drawn into the story and come to care about what happens to the main characters. That and the very idea of a normal average girl marrying a rich businessman also aids in the books' popularity. One could probably spend countless hours daydreaming being one day luckily swooped up by some millionaire. And although there is a good amount of steamy scenes in the book to last a lifetime, the story also touches up on relationship topics such as compromise, jealousy, comparison, control, trust, understanding, and self-esteem to name a few. Not to mention the more darker subjects such as child neglect, child abuse, domination/submission, and taboo lifestyles. So as you can probably tell, the book is more than just sporadic steamy encounters. I think my BA degree in psychology was the main reason behind why I personally got drawn into the story. I was very curious to find out why the main character is the way he is. The story is interesting and it opens my eyes a little more to this big world we live in that holds even smaller and stranger worlds yet to be understood within it.

Speaking of reading, my recent order from Chapters Indigo came in.
I spotted the The Postmistress on the main front page of the site- recommended by Heather, the CEO. I was immediately intrigued after reading her review and the book's synopsis. I noticed that I tend to lean towards novels that revolve around history and war. I've always loved learning about history which is why I took several history courses when I was doing my undergraduate studies. But aside from stumbling upon this interesting read, the real reason I wanted to make an online purchase was because I spotted The Sound of Music dvd in the sale section going for $20. Lately I've been busy filling in my dvd collection with the films I love and have always wanted to own. I definitely need to get my hands on Marry Poppins one of these days. Will show you in upcoming posts of what dvds I've bought recently.

Well, unfortunately that's all the time I have today. I only have a few hours of free time before I have to leave for work =( Can you believe it took me yesterday and today to do this post? I'm back and forth to and fro. I have my pictures edited and uploaded so I only need to write up the posts. Sometimes I wonder if doing youtube would be quicker...

"Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume." -Jean de Boufflers

Saturday, August 25, 2012

4.90 Nail Polish Collection Swatches

One step at a time. That's the slogan I've been trying to convince myself of when it comes to blogging. When I'm away from blogger for more than a week, I find myself completely overwhelmed with the growing list of to-do's. If I had the time and patience to blog everyday, I would in fact do just that. As I mentioned in a previous post, I've been quite preoccupied with reading for the past week, staying up until the late wee hours  of the night trying to cram as much reading time as possible before I get too dozy. I'm a little hesitant to share with you what I'm reading, but I might mention it in a later post after given some time to think about it. All I will say for now is that it's very addicting.

I've been meaning to do this post for weeks but never found the time to sit down and do it- until now that is. Because I can't wear nail polish to work, I got the bright idea of getting some nail wheels off ebay so I can do swatches on there if I don't have the time to paint it on my nails to show you guys. 

And of course, because I'm a little bit of a stickler when it comes to consistency and organization, I decided to swatch my whole collection of nail polishes before I get any more in the future (a couple of polishes are missing from the photo above).

This nail strengthener, "Nail Envy" by OPI, is what I use for a base coat. Worn alone, it provides my weak nails some much needed strength. It's my HG nail product and I love it!

China Glaze "Love Letters" - won in a giveaway. Not a fan of it as the colour does not show up at all.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "Soul To Soul" - gives a sheer iridescent finish. Nothing spectacular about it though.

Rimmel "414 Insolence" - very shimmery and opaque with shimmer.

Wet 'n' Wild "Sparkling Diamonds" - fine shimmer that not only looks good on it's own but goes over other polishes beautifully. I've been buying this type of shimmer polish from Wet 'n' Wild ever since I was young enough to care for polish. I've gone through numerous bottles since then. So cheap but works great.

 Wet 'n' Wild "Amazing in Amber" - light wash of color, shimmery finish. Not a colour I reach for too often.

Paul & Joe "#28" - won in a giveaway. Love this nail colour. It's a bit streaky but if you learn how to apply, it's pure perfection. [Left: 1 coat; Right: 2-3 coats].

Paul & Joe "#10" - won in a giveaway. It's pretty subtle pink. [Left: 1 coat; Right: 2 coats].

OPI "You Callin' Me A Lyre?" - okay, you guys already know how much I love this colour right? I love how natural it looks on my nails! [Left: 1 coat; Right: 2-3 coats].

OPI "Princess Rule" - it's a very lovely subtle shimmery sheer pink. One among my favourites. [Left: 1 coat; Right: 2-3 coats].

OPI "Teenage Dream" - a favourite among many and used to be a favourite of mine. Not a big of a fan of it anymore as it reminds me of barbie and seems to be more suitable for the younger crowd. Guess I grew out of it *shrugs*. [Left: 1 coat; Right: 2-3 coats].

Wet 'n' Wild "Sparked" - as soon I painted this on my nails, I hated it. It might work better if you utilize it in a design/nail art, but just painting it on it's own looks hideous in my opinion.

OPI "Pirouette My Whistle" - love love love love. It has micro glitters and matte larger hexagonal chunks of glitter. It's a heavenly combination with "You Callin' Me A Lyre?".

Sally Hansen "Glass Slipper" - a beautiful clear/silver flakie polish. It layers beautifully over other polishes.

Essie "As Gold As It Gets" - a beautiful gold flakie polish that I love layering over black nail polish. It gives a fierce and "expensive" look. It's among my favourites!

Essie "Shine Of The Times" - another flakie polish but gives off a multi-dimensional colour. Looks best over dark polish.

Essie "Set In Stones" - a gorgeous chunky glitter polish that dazzles alone or over other polishes. Over black polish, it reminds of the starry night.

Essie "A Cut Above" - another gorgeous chunky glitter polish but in a warm pink colour. It also looks gorgeous when you layer on several coats to get it completely opaque with no spaces in between the glitter. I also love brushing a layer of "As Gold As It Gets" over it to get a rose gold colour.

Rimmel "Steel Grey" - received in a package. I haven't had the time to try this on my nails yet but it looks like a lovely grey-taupe colour. [Left: 1 coat; Right: 2 coats].

*Forgot to take a picture of the bottle. Revlon "Carbonite" - a beautiful gold subtle grey. It's a very unique colour and applies seamlessly and beautifully. I especially love wearing this on my toes.

OPI Nicole "Follow Me On Glitter" - a favourite of mine. It applies a bit streaky with one coat but another coat fixes that. The only unfortunate thing about this polish is that it chips very easily. Other than that, I love the subtle multi-colour glitter in this gun-metal super packed glitter polish. It's a very unique colour. [Left: 1 coat; Right: 2 coats].

Revlon "Facets Of Fuscia" - a beautiful black with purple glitter polish. Several coats need to be applied or black polish needs to be applied first underneath to achieve the look. Due to popularity, it was then added in the permanent line under a different name "Scandalous". Very gothy, love wearing it in the fall near Halloween time. [Left: 1 coat; Middle: 2 coats; Right: 3 coats].

OPI Nicole "No Limits" - another favourite polish of mine. It's such a beautiful rich deep dark navy blue. It's super opaque just with one coat! Add another and it looks almost like black. In certain lighting you can still tell that it's blue and not black. Beautiful shade and very unique as well. [Left: 1 coat; Right: 2 coats].

Rimmel "Black Satin" - surprisingly not opaque with one coat. I needed a plain black which is why I got this cheap black polish from Rimmel. Nothing too particular. [Left: 1 coat; Right: 2-3 coats].

Another box of free veggies/fruits! This was actually from 2 weeks ago. I got another one this week but there wasn't as much so I figured it's not worth showing. I actually got a cantaloupe in the box (which is hiding underneath the lettuce head).

Oh, and my first hit pans on pressed powders! I got excited haha.

Wish I had more time to blog! Tomorrow I'm going to CNE so unfortunately I won't have time to post anymore for the weekend. Today I was at work too so I'm dead tired just trying to finish this post I started yesterday. Talk you all again soon.

"Nothing's forever. Forever's a lie. All I have is what's between hello and goodbye." -Unknown