Thursday, November 27, 2014

6.250 We Love Marshalls! + WoodWick Obsession

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The weather has been up and down and up and down here in Toronto. One week it's freezing, then snowing, then raining, then warm, then really windy! I hope this Saturday won't be too cold and that it won't be raining or snowing because the Mister and I are hoping to go to the Christmas Market at the Distillery District. Speaking of Christmas, I have been Christmas shopping like a crazy lady. I'm done with my younger sister's present, my brother's, and my mother's. All I have left to get is a gift for my other sister, my nephew and niece, and something for the Mister. Him and I have been going nuts over Marshalls and Winners because there are so many good finds there! The Mister enjoys Marshalls more because he finds it more organized than Winners (referring to both locations that are downtown on Yonge).

We first started off the day by dropping by Square One so that I can go to Walmart to pick up a few essentials. I got a few things that I've been meaning to get such as my beloved Hask Macadamia Oil for my hair, a backup of my beloved Milani lipliner in "Nude", back ups of my Nivea moisturizers because they were on sale, an Essie polish in "In Stitches" (which is beautiful by the way), candy canes because I told myself I'm totally getting them this year, Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes because it's great to have in your purse, and house slippers for both me and the Mister. The slippers I got for myself were the cutest pair I found at Walmart, and they were only $12 too! They're very warm and comfy. My last pair of slippers were gifted to me by my brother two years ago by the same brand, George, so I know that they'll last for a long time.

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I also walked into Target and found this adorable little Christmas Tree. This is my first Christmas decor purchase that isn't from the dollar store lol. I wish my wall colour was different now since the room would be more cohesive if the wall colour wasn't so vibrant. It's not that I don't like the colour, it's just that I've realized that I gravitate to cool blue/purple/grey colour tones when it comes to picking out decor for my room.

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Grabbed a bite to eat at one of our favourite bakeries/cafe, Michel's Baguette. I really like the Spinach and Feta Croissant, but any of their Croissants are the bomb!

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On another shopping trip to Square One we ate at Manchu Wok, which I haven't eaten in a very long time. When the Mister and I started dating, we would go to Square One every Friday (our day off at the time) to shop and go watch a movie. I remember going to the food court and eating Manchu Wok while he stuck with Bourbon St. Grill because he was hesitant to eat Chinese food since he never had it before. How far he has come :) I like the Honey Garlic Chicken and the Sweet and Sour Pork (not shown) the best from them.

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Then we headed downtown and went straight to Winners and Marshalls. Check out these designer goods I found at Winners. Valentino? Fendi? Say what?! The Winners on Yonge is always so packed which is why the Mister doesn't enjoy it as much. I agree that it doesn't make the shopping experience that great with so many people in a space that seems to be crammed with tons of stuff... but I'm willing to sacrifice that for some good finds, and good finds I did find :)

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Obessionnnnn. I found the candle to the farthest left on a previous trip to Marshalls but I added it in this photo to show you how much I love WoodWick Candles. My younger sister gifted me a candle for my birthday last year and I've been obsessed ever since. I'm still actually burning that one that she gave me because I was saving it all this time. But now that I finally found some more WoodWick candles at Marshalls and Winners, I'm just going to burn and enjoy them all I want. From left to right the scents are: Linen, Baked Apple (good for Winter), Peppermint Cocoa (great for Holidays and Winter), and Lavender. They're much cheaper to find them at Winners and Marshalls because if Canadians buy online they go for around $25+ each and that doesn't include shipping.

Taken from the site: "Woodwick Candles are one of a kind candles made with a premium soy blend of waxes and beautiful fragrances from essential oils, from its feminine hourglass shaped glass container to its handcrafted wooden lid. Of course, all Woodwick Candles have a wooden wick that crackles just like a wood fire always setting the right ambience and atmosphere.

Ribbonwick Candles create a mesmerizing ribbon-like flame. As the candlelight dances across the pool of highly scented wax it creates an intriguing ambiance unlike any other candle on the market. This distinctive effect, coupled with elegant new home d├ęcor vessels, results in a stunning “centerpiece” focal point that will transform any room."


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And here are some of my candles. I admit I have a problem. I wonder just how many candles I have altogether :x But seriously, WoodWick is one of my favourite candles of all time. They're just so different and unique! It's like having an instant fireplace in your room. I love the crackling sound that campfires and fireplaces make and these WoodWick candles make that same crackling sound. I highly and most definitely recommend them.

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Then... there's Marshalls. They have some really nice home decor things and a lot of Christmas decor too!

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I found this little gem in the decor section. I've mentioned before how I love skulls and antlers, right? Well I found this little deer holder with golden antlers that I totally love. It's so cute!! I'm on the hunt for a silver deer head with nice antlers (non-realistic looking otherwise I find it creepy) to hang on my wall. Can you tell how much I love antlers?

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I got these LED lights at Chapters. I wanted to make one of these jars with these lights in them that I often see used at weddings and other events. The lights in the jar is so whimsical and magical almost.

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It runs on battery so you can place it anywhere. All I did was get two 3M poster tape (you could use one) and stuck it on the lid of the jar. I used 3M poster tape because I know it'll hold the weight of the batteries and it'll be easier to remove when I need to change them out.

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If you want lights to decorate your room for the Holidays but find $10 too steep, I would suggest going to Dollarama to get a string of lights for only $1.25!! The ones I got are the snowflakes but there are other designs to choose from too. These ones cast a blue white light than a true white light.

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Then it got dark. But these days it gets dark when it's 5pm. Other than the cold, that's the other thing that sucks about winter. You just get the feeling that the day is over much quicker when the sun goes away. At least the Christmas lights make up for it a bit :)

On two separate weekends, we did pretty much the same things by shopping at Winners and Marshalls but ended the day off differently.
One week we ate at dun dun dun... Swiss Chalet :) I can never say no to Swiss Chalet. They're Rotisserie Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries, oh, and this time I got their succulent Ribs too. I swear we're going to go again if we can... haha. It's just too addicting!! Especially during these cold winter nights!! At least it's cheaper than going to Pickle Barrel, Moxies, or Milestones; and better than going to McDonald's, A&W, or KFC. Yup, those are the places we love. I keep telling myself that we should try other places that aren't chain restaurants... but it's seriously so convenient to just pop in at one of these places and not have to think about it or look up reviews.

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Then last week we went to go see The Hunger Games MockingJay on opening day! We went to the one at Scotiabank Theatre and it wasn't that crowded. I found the movie a little dragged out, which isn't surprising since they made the last part into 2 parts. Had they made it into one movie I think it would have been really great. I just can't wait for The Hobbit coming out in December. That's the one I'm most excited for!

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On our way home I see this. I think someone pulled a little too hard on the string there... maybe eager to get off the bus?

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This was taken a while back but I never got around to sharing it. This was in Fossil's store front window and I thought it was quite hilarious. I think we girls would all agree that this checklist is on point, right?

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And a little random but I did want to share this Sheila Fajl perfume necklace with you. I bought it off of Lisa's web store. I expected a more antique gold colour but I like it anyway. It's very light and I love perfume so I thought the necklace was fitting.

I bought red wine by Naked- one of my favourite makers for white wine. I gave up on trying to ween myself into alcohol through white wine because I obviously can't drink the whole bottle and white wine needs to be finished within a week. I only have a little bit in my glass because that's all I can take haha. But this red wine takes pretty good though. I just need to get used to the taste of alcohol. We have been ending our Sunday nights with watching Walking Dead. This Sunday he has to work though =( So no Walking Dead for us until next week.

"Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too." -Will Smith

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

6.249 Shiseido Warehouse Sale November 2014 + Sephora VIB 20% Off Sale

I love when it's cold and I'm inside all toasty and warm, but when it comes to being out in the cold for an extended period of time... no thank you. The part I really dislike is when my legs get red and start to tingle and itch from the coldness. Don't get me wrong, I love all seasons, even winter, but sometimes it gets to freezing temperatures, that just kills me.

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But with the cold comes Christmas and the Holidays!! I am so excited!!! O-m-g. My most favourite time of year!! I must relish in the moment before it's gone. I've been doing some early Christmas shopping- the malls are totally packed this time of year- and unsurprisingly, I've also been doing some shopping for myself :x November is always the month of the year that kills my wallet to no end. There are so many sales that happen! For instance, I took part in the Hudson Bay Days sale, the Shiseido warehouse sale, and the Sephora VIB sale. In this post I will share my Shiseido warehouse purchases as well as my Sephora VIB sale.

I haven't been to the Shiseido Warehouse sale since 2011(!!). Yes, it's been a while- mainly due to schedule interference and just being plain busy. But this November I was determined to go because I was in dire need of some skincare essentials replenishments! I should do a post on my skincare routine but right now I'm trying to finish up skincare samples so I don't have a set routine to share yet.

The first time my mom and I ever went to the sale, we went super early and had to wait 2-3 hours before we got in. Then we learned it's better to just go later so that we don't have to deal with the long line. If you go near closing there's no line at all, but there might not be any good stuff left. This time we got there around 1:00-1:30pm and honestly it's the best time. The wait in line was about 5-10 minutes and best thing was... pretty much all the things we wanted were still available!!

Prior sales I had to deal with the crazies. And I mean like shoving and pushing crazies. This time it was totally relaxed and peaceful. No shoving or pushing. There was an abundant amount of product and everyone was able to get what they wanted. I even got to the front at all the places I wanted to look at, and had lots of room to look at the makeup section (thank goodness). I liked how they had tables where you can look at the things you've picked up in your bag and drop off anything you don't want. That way, it prevents products from going everywhere and it can go back on the sales floor quickly.

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And this is my haul. Hecks yeah they still had Suncare Ultra Sun Protection Lotion left!! I wonder if it's because people picked up some bottles and saw an expire of 01/14. But, if you take the time to look and browse, you would be able to find ones that had an expiry of 10/16- which is what I picked up! I'm in love with the White Lucent line which is why I stocked up. I got two Brightening Balancing Softeners (Enriched), and the White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Emulsion. I also picked up two Shiseido Facial Cottons. I love them because they're so soft so they're worth the money to me. It was a really good sale this time around- the best I've been to. My mom picked up a lot of skincare. It was amazing how much they were selling for. She and I both saved a lot of money.

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I kind of went crazy over the single eyeshadows. I love Shiseido's eyeshadows. They're pigmented, they don't have fallout, and they're buttery smooth. The greenish yellow one was a mistake. Under the warehouse lighting it looked more like a forest brown green but in reality it just looks unwearable for me. The rest, however, are perfect!

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And as a treat, here is my whole collection of Shiseido eyeshadows! Two of them I got for $6 at a previous sale and the rest are $8! That's high end eye shadows for drugstore prices! You seriously can't beat that.

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And then there's Sephora. Seriously all in the same day I bought from Shiseido and Sephora... can anyone say, #broke? FYI, I feel a bit ashamed that I qualified for VIB Rouge again...

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I behaved this time around... because I went to the Shiseido sale earlier in the day and because I don't need any more lipsticks :x I got the Shu Uemura cleansing oil because it's amaze balls. I bought a small duo set a few years ago that lasted me forever and I've been meaning to repurchase the full size bottle. And, need I say anything about the Marc Jacobs foundation? I heard and read so many raves on it, so I had to, I just had to... Also, I've been thinking about doing a review on all of the liquid foundations I currently own. I'll need some time to collect my thoughts, but what do you think? Good idea?

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And of course perfume- one of my addictions. I've been eyeing this Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina eau de parfum ever since by chance I came upon it months ago while browsing the perfume section in Sephora. I've been waiting patiently for this 20% off sale to get it. Isn't the bottle so pretty?! I want to eventually share with you my perfume collection, but there's one more perfume I want to add before doing so.

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And I couldn't resist an online order a couple days later. I was in-store debating on whether or not to get the Givenchy Teint Couture foundation Lisa raved about and the YSL Blush Volupte (I got the "Passionnee" #6) that everyone keeps talking about. As you can see, I caved in the end. I was already going to do an online order since I couldn't find NARS' blush in "Doucer" in-stores. It's a pinky nude brown blush and I was determined to get it because I recently started to watch Chloe Zadori (Canadian represent!) who used that blush to contour/sculpt with in one of her videos and it looked beautiful! She's a natural beauty too and she does gorgeous makeup looks. I like how she explains what she's doing in her tutorials, and because she's super pale it helps me to know what colours would work for me since I'm pale too (albeit not as pale as she is). Oh, and did I mention she has a wonderful accent? As for the cologne samples, they're for the Mister obviously.

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A closer look at what I got online. I really hope the YSL blush is as good as it looks. I haven't had time to play with these yet except for the NARS "Doucer" blush that I got to dabble in a couple times. So far, so good.

"Happiness comes from within and is found in the present moment by making peace with the past and looking forward to the future." -Unknown

Thursday, November 13, 2014

6.248 Wickedly Wicked

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Ladies, I am in love with the Ed Mirvish Theatre. This is the second time I've been here, the first time being when the Mister and I watched The Wizard of OZ), but this time we were here for Wicked!! We were both super excited to go see this show because all I heard were amazing things about it... and they were so right!

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Started off our day with some patties from Islington Station since we were rushed for time (our showing was at 1:30). This time the Mister got a chicken patty along with a beef one since they ran out of beef. I tasted it and it was pretty good too.

This time I had the iphone cam to take better pictures of the interior :D
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When you walk in it's absolutely beautiful. I love the old world feel of the place. Very elegant and grandeur.

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The ceiling is gorgeous! The chandelier, the hand rails, the mural, the colour scheme... all just beautiful. I'm just glad we could come once again and that this time I had a better camera to capture the splendour of the place.

Grabbed our popcorn (which was extraordinary delicious and buttery) and received our programme.

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This was the view from our seats. It's a little off to the side but it was the best seats I could find when we bought our tickets. Rule of thumb: always buy early. I was lucky to even find us these seats. All the good ones were already taken! Also, luckily this time around we didn't have workers who were such sticklers. When we went to go see the Wizard of Oz we were literally not even allowed to take a picture of the inside of the darn theatre!

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The beautiful ceiling inside the theatre. I could look it at it all day. So breathtaking.

The end of the show!

So how was it? Wonderful. Truly a magnificent musical broadway production. I always get so fascinated at how they change sets so quickly and how they manage to create these amazing stage effects. The show was funny, the cast was superb, I loved loved loved the storyline and how creative they were with incorporated it into the story of the Wizard of Oz. The witches were nothing short of perfect for their roles. They were really convincing and the Mister and I loved every second of it. If you get the chance to see it, I highly would recommend it. You won't be disappointed.

p.s. I don't know how it's like for other cities but when it comes to shows at the Ed Mirvish theatre in Toronto, be sure to go to the washroom outside the theatre before you enter. The line is long before the show even starts and super long during intermission. Odds are you won't even make it to the washroom before the show starts again. Oh, and at first I didn't want a souvenir because they didn't have anything that interested me, but after watching the show and loving it so much, I decided that I wanted to buy a Wicked pin. To my dismay, they were all sold out! So, if you ever wanted to get something, it's best to get it right away since you never know when and if it'll sell out.

"The best things in life aren't things." -Art Buchwald