Monday, February 17, 2014

6.198 "NEW"

I have a knack for getting new shiny pretty things. But when it comes to blogging about it, it could take weeks (or even sometimes months) before I even show you what I got it. That's why these "new" things aren't so new anymore.

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These eyeshadow palettes are a good example. I got them when they were just released but it's only now that I'm sharing it with you.

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Yes, I finally jumped on the bandwagon and bought the 3rd Naked palette (I got it when they had the $20 off $50 promotion in December). This is the first Naked palette which seemed to scream my name (much more to my liking than the previous two). The shadows are really nice and pigmented and I like how it includes matte and shimmery shadows.

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I also got Judy's itsJudyLife palette, not only because I wanted to support her, but because I loved the neutral colours she picked. I also admire her everyday makeup so it made sense to get what she personally picked out and uses- plus it was so cheap! Only $15!

Believe it or not but these are my first *true* eyeshadow palettes. The only other palette I own is the Two Faced Smokey eyeshadow palette- which never felt like a true palette to me. With these two new additions, I'm set for travel! Well, at least in the eyeshadow department.

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I also got really excited when I heard about Chloe releasing a new perfume, the Roses de Chloe, which is better than the rose edition of the original Chloe perfume they did a couple of years ago. This perfume has enough difference from the original Chloe to stand on its own and to be worth getting. I am obsessed with rose scents, and this one couldn't be more perfect. It smells sooo good and has shot up to be my most favourite perfume- that's how much I like it. It's pricey as you'd expect from Chloe perfumes but I am so happy to have it because the scent is totally me.

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I also made an online order from Sephora which came with a bunch of free samples of perfumes; three of which I picked out for the Mister. I also had a code to get the Tarte Maracuja oil for free and redeemed 100 points for the Bumble Bumble BB Straight. As for the actual order, I got the mini version of Benefit's They're Real mascara because of how great it is, and because getting a full-sized high-end mascara is a waste of money in my opinion. I also got the Dior Lip Glow in "Coral" from their Trianon Spring 2014 makeup collection since I have this weird thing about collecting Dior lippies.

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I don't know if it's limited edition or not but because I have the original Lip Glow in "Pink", something inside of me just wanted to join the two together in my collection. Yes I admit, my "makeup stash" can now be referred to as a makeup collection because apparently I've been collecting specific cosmetic products so that I can neatly group them together.

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Top swatch is the pink; bottom is the coral. On my lips there's the tiniest subtle difference between the two Lip Glows, but because it's so subtle you probably won't be able to tell which one I'm wearing if I were to ask you to guess. Getting the Coral one to me is more of a collector's item than anything. Nonetheless, I'm glad I have them both because I am a bit of a collector and I like the Lip Glows because they subtly enhance my lip colour. FYI, they're not a lip balm for chapped lips. If I were caught in cold weather and my lips felt dry, Lip Glows would be the last lip balm I would pull out. They're more waxy/balmy so it's harder to get them on the lips and they're not as hydrating as other lip balms. They're more of a makeup item than skincare item for me.

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Sephora also included samples of some of their perfumes on these nice high quality postcards. I'll hang some of these on the wall in my closet by my vanity.

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And last but not least, I ran to my local Bath and Body Works store after watching a haul on youtube from their latest collection, The Sweet Shop. The thing that got me was the whole idea that it was inspired by Parisian pasteries/desserts (you know how much I love Paris).

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I did good this time. I only got two candles and they're in the mason jars as opposed to getting them in the huge 3-wick candles. There were an array of scents to choose from and they all smelled so good. I ended up getting the "Raspberry Peach Macaron" and the "Cinnamon Sugared Doughnut". They smell like what they are marketed as, especially the Cinnamon Sugared Doughnut! I also picked up a couple of foaming hand soaps in "Pink Vanilla Macaron" and "Orange Creamsicle Swirl". This is the first time I've bought any kind of soap from Bath and Body Works and it turns out that I really like them. They get the job done, they smell great, and I like foaming hand washes.

So that's it for now. Currently I'm lemming to buy some clothes for Spring/Summer. I'm not fed up with winter yet (maybe because I'm mostly inside and working), but I am looking forward to clear blue sunny skies, green grasses, and a nice cool breeze blowing through the leaves of the trees. Doesn't that sound nice just about now? I've had some moments where it almost felt like Spring. I just can't wait to crack open my window for some fresh air. Are you ready for Spring?

"Trusting you was my choice because I never thought losing you would be an option." -Unknown

Friday, February 14, 2014

6.197 Extro Meet Intro

I had an interesting conversation with a coworker about why I don't like to socialize much. It's because I'm an introvert:



But there's more... at least for me. 1. Most of the time I'm rather lazy and would rather lounge around at home; 2. I don't like the thought of having to entertain people and wondering if I'm boring them with my company; 3. I don't particularly like to get better acquainted because sometimes I learn things about people that I don't like (sometimes it's better to not know); 4. I hate having to hear people ask me why I'm so quiet (conversation killer anyone?); 5. If people don't know my character than they might get offended by my humour when I get more comfortable and joke around; 6. A lot of activities people like doing (ie. clubbing) aren't my thing; 7. If refuse or decline to join in on an activity then I'm labelled as the party pooper; 8. I prefer being with people who understand me; 9. If I hang out with people 9/10 they will ask me what I'm doing with my life and proceed to tell me what they think I should do- no thanks; and finally and mostly for me, 10. The hardest part of doing something worth doing is getting started.

Happy Valentine's Day and Happy 5 years of blogging for me =)

p.s. My internet is down until a tech guy can come and fix it. Meanwhile I'm bumming off my sister's hotspot wifi.

"For you to insult me, I must first value your opinion." -Unknown

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

5.196 Unpretty.

Sometimes I go through phases of feeling "unpretty". It doesn't happen often but it does happen. Most recently I went through this feeling of insecurity and it all began because I compared myself to another girl. From there it whirlwind into this whole negative idea that I was not good enough, which the Mister of course thought I was insane for evening thinking that. But after some convincing and caring words from the Mister and a little pampering with sheet masks and a focus on taking care of myself, I got over it. One day I would love to be at a place in my life where I won't feel that I lack in any way. And to start, I should stop comparing myself because nothing is more damaging to my self-confidence.

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Sherway is one my of favourite malls if not my favourite of them all. It's undergoing a $350 million renovation right now and I'm pretty sure this food court will be changed too. Yes, it's outdated (check out the neon sign), but there's something about it that I love despite the less than comfortable garden chairs.

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It must be the old school vibe that I cling onto, because lets face it, who doesn't love their childhood memories? I remember sitting and eating at this food court with my family when I was younger. I remember this place had a little more green but the rest remains pretty much the same. That's why I want to enjoy this old gem with the Mister before its all gone.

The Winter Olympics are well underway, and being a huge Olympic fan, surprisingly I have not watched a single tournament. Heck, I didn't even watch the opening ceremony because I was unaware of when it was going to show. I don't know what it is this year but maybe it's because of all the crazy stuff I've been hearing about Russia and the Olympics or maybe it's because I have no time to keep up with the programming anyway.

I know... I've been showing McDonald's a little too much lately here on my blog. But I couldn't help it because McDonald's is having this really great deal right now called the 20-piece Chicken McNuggets Fan Pack!! It's only $13.99 and it includes so much in it! And if you know how much McNuggets usually are, then you would know that this meal is a total steal.

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It's a meal for two and also comes with two cookies.

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The collector's item of this meal is the pin. You can collect them all to make a coke bottle (left pin). I got the miniature Olympic gloves from The Bay and the other pin is from Canadian Tire which I got for free at the checkout. They all hang on my bag currently. Go Canada!

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The main reason why we went to Sherway that weekend was because I wanted to get something that I saw at Holt Renfrew the week before.

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May I introduce my first Tory Burch item. When I first came upon it while browsing I immediately fell in love. I didn't buy it that instant though because I didn't want it to be an impulse buy. It's pricey, $190, so I didn't feel comfortable dropping that amount without having some time to think it about it.

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As the week went by, I kept thinking about it and how it would be super convenient to have on days when I didn't want to carry a bulky bag or even a small shoulder bag. This Tory Burch wristlet was different. And the main reason why it was different was because it's a smartphone wristlet which has a special slot for my phone and has enough room left over for cash, cards, coupons etc. Plus I couldn't have been more in love with the colour, the Saffiano leather, and the style of it. So, my mind was made and it was sold. I'm so happy I got it! Perfect for Spring right? :D

Then there was some shopping to be done at The Bay which I haven't done in a long time.

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I found this cute Vero Moda sweatshirt for only $20 on sale! What a deal.

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Then I found these (very-me) Vero Moda tops which is from the Spring collection for $39 each. And although they weren't on sale, the fit is perfection and they're less expensive than Zara tops which go for about $50 each.

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And last but not least I stumbled upon this interesting piece at Forever21. The sides dip very low but I don't plan to wear it alone anyway. I figure it would look great under a cardigan or blazer.

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And on another shopping trip, I went to Target with my sister and picked up a few things. FYI, their candles may look nice but of the two that I've bought so far, neither gave off any fragrance when burned. The diffusers on the other hand are great. I'm almost through with the first one I bought last year so I got this to replace it when it's done. The scents of the diffusers they carry smell really lovely. The bowl I found in the kitchen area and thought it was too cute to pass up. I currently use it to store my lip balms and not surprising, it's overflowing.

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Pho Dau Bo
1125 Dundas St. E #11, Mississauga, ON L4Y 2C4

And to catch you up-to-date, my most recent outing with the Mister was at Pho Dau Bo, my favourite Vietnamese and Pho restaurant!! I know I recently blogged about pho but that was an old post in January.

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I was so happy that I finally was able to take the Mister here to eat some really good pho, the best in my opinion. I always order the Pho Tai Bo Vien because I love to eat rare beef and beef balls, yum. Just talking about it now makes me want to eat some. And I also ordered us Avocado shakes, which was delicious of course- best around, and an appetizer because I wanted the Mister to try the Ban Beo which is a Vietnamese steamed rice cake/rice pancake. The whole meal was absolutely delicious, just as I remembered it to be. The Mister really enjoyed it as well. The service is typical of Vietnamese restaurants, they do their job but they're not going to go out of their way to please you. I will give them points for lightning speed service though, the food came when the Mister went to the washroom (he left right after we ordered). I can't speak upon the chain as a whole but this restaurant that I go to is the best for Viet food.

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And the haul of that day were these gems. If you're wondering what that thing is in the box, it's a wine aerator by Vinturi. I got it at Chapters at an amazing price on sale for only $24.50! It retails for around $50 or $36 on Amazon. I basically want to get into drinking wines and you know I love contraptions like this. I'm planning to get the aerator for white wine and spirits as well, and when I do, I'll try to make a post about them. The Juicy Couture makeup bag was an awesome find at Marshalls. It was only $20 and it's the perfect size in my opinion, plus the inside is coated so it's easy to clean.

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Now let me talk about this plate that I also found at Marshalls. I was pleasantly surprised to find a small section in Marshalls with plates made in Italy and handcrafted pieces from Portugal for only around $10-$15!! I wanted to buy more but I resisted myself since we had quite a few things to carry back home already. I forgot to take a picture but there was this beautiful big teal serving plate handcrafted in Portugal that was only $12.99. If I can this weekend, I hope to go back to get it. I allotted myself one item to get and this plate was the one I ended up sticking with because of how gorgeous it is. I have it sitting on my dresser right now to put knick knacks and jewelry I've worn for the day, but a part of me is tempted to use this to put my favourite perfumes on.

"I can't think of many things more attractive than a beautiful person whose beauty isn't what actually attracts you." -Unknown

Monday, February 10, 2014

5.195 A Love For Food

I've been a bit busy so I didn't have time to blog about these things in January.

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The Mister and I went to eat at Bun Saigon again but this time we ordered pho. It's a small restaurant and when we came this time around there was a kid wailing in the background (not a customer). Because I can understand Vietnamese, I knew everything that the lady was saying to the kid even when they went to the back where the kitchen was. It was awkward to say the least but thankfully it only lasted for a few minutes. After that whole scenario ended we were able to enjoy the rest of our meal in peace.

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I liked the pho here better than the Pho Hung also located in Chinatown not too far from this restaurant. Plus their Avocado shake is much better too albeit the whole meal is still not as good as my favourite pho restaurant, Pho Dau Bo. Oh and the weirdest part I found was that they didn't have any of those small dishes for the dipping sauce. The lady noticed me trying to look around for some and said she'd get a small bowl for us (which I assumed she'd come back with two) but she only came back with one so we just shared (so weird). With the absence of the sauce dish coupled with the screaming kid in the background, I'm not sure if we'll come back again... but if desperate times calls for pho in Chinatown, you never know.

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Also within walking distance is one of my favourite bakeries, Furama Cake and Desserts Garden.

I remember as a kid my mom always buying pastry from here. You have to come early for the best selection otherwise they run out by the end of the day. Coconut cream and coconut buns are my favourite.

If you guys have access to Costco, you have to try this really delicious popcorn chip. They're called Popcorners and they taste similar to popcorn but they have this sweet and savoury taste and they're extremely addicting!

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One Saturday evening my brother suggested the whole family try burgers from Woody's Burgers. We looked up the menu online and ordered by phone for pick up to eat for dinner at home. The Mister got the Tandoori and I went with The Bistro and we also got the 50/50 Fries (Yukon and Sweet Potatoes). I found my burger to have too much mustard in it (they were mustard seeds) but overall both the burgers were very delicious. The meat was very juicy and tender and the fries were pretty good too.

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This was our most recent meal in my room which was this past weekend. I made Tomato Onion soup and hot chocolate for us to enjoy. I know it probably sounds weird that we eat in my room but we both like it because we watch shows or movies on my Macbook while we eat. There's not much privacy or space in my house so that's why we just eat in here.

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And here is the little shelving unit I have just outside my bedroom door. It's nice because I have more storage space and another area to put some of my decor pieces. I got the flower arrangement at Target and I couldn't have been more in love with it. Luckily I caught it on sale too so it was like it was meant to be.

"True love doesn’t have a happy ending, because true love never ends." -Unknown

Friday, February 7, 2014

5.194 Winter Essentials

Sheesh, would you look at all the snow out there? As predicted, this winter has been a pretty brutal one full of snow and winter storms. Today I share what I consider essentials for the cold season.

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Hand creams are a necessity for my hands during the cold dry winter months. They keep my hands hydrated and prevent them from being chapped.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream: This is an amazing hand cream for really dry hands. If there ever was an award for best industrial-strength hand cream, this would be it. The texture of the cream is very thick, similar to those really thick over-the-counter special creams to relieve specific skin concerns. You only need the tiniest amount. After you rub your hands together it absorbs immediately and doesn't leave your hands feeling slick or sticky.

Nivea SOS Repair & Care Hand Cream: This is also a really great hand cream for really dry hands. The cream is also on the thicker side but absorbs immediately and doesn't leave your hands feeling slick or sticky either. This Nivea hand cream is by far the best hand cream I've tried of all the Nivea hand creams. It's just shy of first place but being in second place isn't so bad either.

Left swatch is Neutrogena, right swatch is Nivea. Don't be deceived by how it looks like both creams are "dripping". It looks that way because I squeezed the product in that direction. In actuality, both creams do not move on their own because of how thick they are.

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Lip balms are a total must for me all year round, especially in winter.

Nivea Lip Butters: Now I'll be the first to tell you that I have a lot of lip balms, but because I want to keep this post simple, I'll just share you these Nivea lip butters that I use at bedtime (the U.S. has more flavours, one being raspberry rose which I'm so jealous of...). I normally don't like lip balms that don't come in a tube because of sanitary reasons, but there are cases where I make an exception, one being Nivea and the other being Korres. There's not much to say but that these lip butters work great to keep my lips well moisturized. Nivea lip balms overall work great, I definitely recommend them.

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Hair oils for my hair is to creams for my face. I use hair oils year round but they are most effective during the cold season. I only have 3 oils at the moment but I also wanted to mention Chi's Silk Infusion which is another favourite hair oil of mine.

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment: I really like Macadamia hair oils in general because the smell is pleasant and they work well to keep my tresses hydrated. This macadamia oil treatment is fairly expensive at $36 but I don't mind the splurge since it works well. I apply it to damp hair and after blow-drying, my hair feels soft, smooth, and hydrated which prevents tangles and split ends.

Hask Hair Oils in "Macadamia" and "Argan Oil": These little tubes of oils are great. They're about $2.50 a piece at Walmart which makes them quite affordable. I would highly recommend these as they work really well at keeping my hair hydrated. My favourite is the macadamia oil but the argan oil works just as well.

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When you're faced with living in dry conditions, the last thing your hair needs is a cheap hair dryer.

T3 Featherweight Dryer: I have had this dryer for about 5 years now and it has never failed me. I don't know why but I never really raved about this dryer on any of my blogs before; I guess I kept thinking I would dedicate a blog post to it but never got around to it. But let me tell you, this is an amazing hair dryer. And even though it's an old model, I'm sure the newer models work the same if not better. It has tourmaline which is infused into the internal tools to emits negative ions and infrared heat for fast and healthy drying, ionic which reduces frizz and helps hair retain moisture and enhance shine, and ceramic which heats hair evenly inside out for faster drying. It speeds up my drying time by more than half (I used to take 15 minutes now I only take 5), it gets super hot because it actually dries my hair instead of just blowing useless warm air, and despite the heat, it does not damage my hair and never has. Instead, I get more time on my hands, and my hair is shinier and healthier than it was when I was using a regular hair dryer (it dramatically prevents split ends). And as its name states, it really is lighter than any ordinary dryer and it's more quiet as well. It's worth the splurge in my opinion, especially if you have long hair like me. You can read more about the T3 here.

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I love using sheet masks for a little pick-me-up. I use these on a weekly basis to boost hydration and to maintain beautiful skin.

The FaceShop Sheet Masks: The FaceShop has always been my most favourite brand of sheet masks. I remember I got a couple of samples from winning a giveaway on blogger years ago and loved them (especially the grape one which is discontinued). Ever since then I was constantly searching for a way to get my hands on them again. Miraculously, the FaceShop recently opened at the Eaton's Centre and I couldn't be more ecstatic. I've already tried the blueberry and pomegranate and I really like them both; my favourite is the pomegranate. The reason why I like the FaceShop sheet masks so much is because they come with a lot of serum, and unlike other sheet masks I've tried (including MBDM), I can actually tell that the serum has absorbed into my skin because there is little remaining afterwards, plus it feels like a true serum. Other masks leave so much serum behind from not being absorbed that it's hard to even pat or rub into my skin afterwards. The serum from these masks are the only ones I like to pat into my face whereas with others I tend to want to wash it off. These sheet masks moisturize my face like no other I've tried; that is why I highly, highly recommend these sheet masks. They go for $2 a piece which is totally worth it in my opinion.

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Face masks are another great way to boost skin hydration.

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack: Some nights the air is so dry that just using my main nighttime skincare routine doesn't cut it. On these nights I slather this mask all over my face just before I go to bed and by morning my face feels comfortable and hydrated. This is a miracle product for when my face feels super dry.

Fresh Rose Face Mask: This mask is more of a luxury skincare product. I like using it to soothe my face when it gets irritated from being too dry. It's also a great mask to maintain my skin as it leaves my face feeling refreshed. One of the reasons why I splurge on this mask is because of the rose petals that's incorporated into the mask. I love rose scents. It smells so good and feels so good on the skin!

I remember having a humidifier in my shared room as a child; it was humongous. This, on the other hand, is tiny.

Air-O-Swiss: I first saw this humidifier in one of Judy's vlogs in her hotel room when she was in Japan. I had to pause the video and then search up on google to find out the maker of this humidifier. It's so neat because it's so compact and travel friendly, plus it even comes with its own travel bag. All you need to do is add a water bottle, plug it in, then turn the dial to how much you want to flow out. I re-use a Fiji bottle (after I drank it of course) because it looks more appealing and the plastic is stronger than other water bottles. I didn't want a bulky humidifier since my room isn't that big so this was perfect since it's small enough to fit right onto my nightstand. Having a humidifier is great during the winter months when you're stuck inside a heat conditioned space which leaves the air super dry. A humidifier will help put moisture back into the air.

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It was last year that I discovered these wipes and I've been hooked onto them ever since.

Aldo Cleans Rescue Wipes: These are amazing to have and use during winter when your boots get dirty from the snow and have salt stains on them. I like to use them right after I get home to remove fresh salt stains to prevent them from ruining my leather boots. The wipes smell like vinegar and works like a charm. I love this because it's safe to use on suede and leather which is what my boots are made of. This is a must for me because water alone won't cut it to remove salt stains, trust me. If you cherish your boots, invest in wipes that specifically work to remove salt stains. I highly recommend these.

And that, my friends, is my winter essentials. Work has been a little hectic which is why I haven't been able to update much. I have a few posts in mind that I've been meaning to blog about, this being one. Until next time!

"Let your past make you better, not bitter." -Unknown