August 30, 2011

Collective Haul: ELF && Warehouse

Warehouse: 1001 Ellesmere Rd. last day open Labour Day
- Revlon Sculpting Blush - 435 Merlot at Midnight - $2
- Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel - Modern Grace (purple) - 2 for $5
- Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel - Gold Rush
- Revlon Eyeliners - 504 Antiqued Gold - 3 for $8
- Revlon Eyeliners - 503 Burnished Amber

*side note* I also picked up a couple bottles of Garnier shampoo and conditioners for my brother to take in to res. $2.50 each or 5 for $10

ELF Beauty Eye Manuals 
- Everyday Eye Edition
- Natural Eye Edition
$5 each
ELF Brushes 
- Eye Crease Brush
- Blending Eye Brush
- Eyeshadow Brush
$1 each
ELF Waterproof Eyeliner Pens - Black x4
ELF Hypershine Lip Gloss 
- Fairy, Flirt, Bubble Gum
$1 each
ELF Lash Curler $1
ELF Studio Corrective Concealer $3


August 29, 2011

Circle Lens Haul && KiwiBerry1 Review

A couple weeks ago I purchased 3 pairs of circle lenses from Kiwiberry1 because:
1) my old ones expired (a year old)
2) there were lenses I wanted to try
3) I tried looking for circle lenses in Hong Kong, but they were either over-priced, pmall priced ($30+), or sold in a sketchy environment
4) some of the tutorials I was planning on doing, required certain lenses
5) there was a 40% off sale

This was how my package arrived, lenses bubble wrapped, lens cases and a thank you note.

Website Navigation: Easy 5/5
I like that I can find lenses by color or brand, if I choose brand it's also separated by line. 

Stock: 4/5
Kiwiberry sells 5 brands of contacts, EOS, G&G, Geo, Hana and MI, although lot of the lenses are in stock, there some lines that don't offer all the colors available. They also don't offer all the newest lenses, for example Geo, Kiwiberry carries the new Xtra series but not the princess mimi or princess mimi cafe. Lenses are usually offered in plano, and they do have some prescriptions available, but not a lot. (read more in the Customer Service bit, where they answered some of my questions)

Prices: 5/5
All lenses are $20 each, I really like that they're all the same price. They always have sales or discount codes of some sort so keep an eye out!!!

Packaging: 4/5
Everything came undamaged, it's simple and straight forward. I took a point off, because that's all it was, compared to the other companies I've seen, they don't do anything "extra" but maybe that's why they can keep their prices at $20 so I don't mind too much. 

Shipping: 5/5
Considering the package came from Vancouver and I live in Toronto shipping should have been faster, they still get a 5/5 because it was not long after the postal office strike was lifted. It took under a week, 5-6 days (sorry couldn't remember) but that included the weekend so still fast. Shipping costs $7 flat with tracking for those in Canada and US, so it's better if you order a couple lenses at once. They also ship international, and it's $10 flat, Kiwiberry offers free shipping at $150. 

Customer Service: 5/5
At first I was going to leave this blank, but to "test" their "efficiency" (they claim to reply emails within 24hrs) I decided to send them a couple questions. FYI they did reply within 24 hrs. 

What I sent them...
I'm currently writing a review about your company for the readers of my blog. There are a couple questions I'd like to provide in my review, so I was hoping you can help me ^^

1) If a bigger prescription was needed, can you special order it for the customer?
2) Why don't you carry the "latest" lenses? i.e Geo Princess mimi/ mimi cafe even though it's really popular?
3) How often do site-wide sales happen?

Thank you for your help!!!

Hope to hear from you soon!!!



Thank you for your email.

To your questions:
1-Unfortunately rX lenses cannot be special ordered
2-We are currently in the works of adding more items and will soon be expanding with many more brands and styles later on this year.
3-sitewide sales happen every week (usually through out the weekend)

We would love to see your review! Hopefully you can share the link with us!

Thank you.
Have a wonderful week.


Overall: 5/5 
Despite the little points that got deducted, Kiwiberry still gets a 5/5 in my books...
1) service was quick and painless
2) the order went through and everything arrived safely and quickly
3) I would order from them again!
4) they ship from Canada, YAY for Canadians (this is a bias point =p lol) 

So check out what I got!!!!
&& what I paid....


lens = $20 USD
 3 pairs= $20 x 3
there was a 40% off code = $60 - (60 x 0.4)
lenses = $36
flat shipping rate = $36 + $7
Total = $43 USD
which equals to apprx $14.33 per pair...

omg... that was painful... >< 
i hate math... 

reviews will be up soon....

EDIT: follow them on twitter for the latest updates!!! There's also an end of summer 30% off site-wide discount atm.


August 21, 2011

DRAMA REVIEW: The Greatest Love

Drama: The Greatest Love

No. of Episodes: 16


I LOVE watching dramas on this site, it's good quality and there's english subtitles. They have licensing rights from the companies so you don't have to worry about watching a drama half way then having it removed because of copyrights. I've tried watching dramas from their website while in Hong Kong (didn't work) a screen pop ups saying it's only available to those in Canada & States at the moment. 

Network: MBC - 2011

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Type: Korean Drama

 CAST: 5/5
Gong Hyo Jin as Goo Ae Jung (beige dress)
Cha Seung Won as Dok Go Jin/ Dokko Jin (super sexy man in the chair)
Yoo In Na as Kang Se Ri (pink dress)
Yoon Kye Sang as Yoon Pil Joo (glasses)

Everyone fit their roles perfectly, even the supporting characters. Though I had to admit Goo Ae Jung's brother Goo Ae Wan played by Jung Joon Ha, pissed me off a lot of times... but that was his character... so good acting? lol I also really liked the celebrities they chose to cameo. I love it when I can recognize a celeb cameo in dramas and there were quite a few i.e Brian Joo && Lee Seung Gi =D

Plot: 4/5
When I first read the summary/ plot... it's initial appeal was not very good. As I recognized some of the actors/ actresses, my interest piqued and lead me to watch the drama. The biggest push was Cha Seung Won and Yoo In Na. I've adored Yoo In Na since Heros (so darn hard to find subs ><), she's so cute and funny. The roles she's played so far (High Kick Through the Roof & Secret Garden)  are just really lovable, and when I saw that she was playing a mean role in this drama, it piqued my interest. And of course seeing a SUPER sexy photo shoot of Cha Seung Won on allkpop helped. 


Summary from DramaFever
"Goo Ae Jung (Gong Hyo Jin) is a former girl group member whose popularity has waned despite her sweet personality. Dokko Jin (Cha Seung Won) is the top action star in Korea who privately has an arrogant side. When Goo Ae Jung enters a variety show that fakes marriages between celebrities and "normal people," she gets entangled in a love square with her ex-bandmate Kang Se Ri, Dokko Jin, and adorable Eastern medicine doctor Yoon Pil Joo. From the famed Hong Sisters of You're Beautiful and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho comes this hit romantic comedy about true love in the fake world of entertainment."

Fashion: 4/5
Over-all everyone in the drama had a good style that fit their character, or body. Some of the outfits the lead, Goo Ae Jung wore was quite questionable and I don't understand the constant need to put bright red lips on her. Her style was the least consistent, for the other characters their "work" clothes versus "home" clothes were different, but still had a particular style/ theme it falls under. Whereas Goo Ae Jung was really random, and the outfits didn't flow even if it looked good on her. I guess you can argue her character had a tight budget so she wore whatever was given to her, but still there should be some consistency... imo.

Cry Meter: 5/5 
Good amount of tears to match the laughter for a romantic comedy, my heart broke a couple times for some of the characters =D This is a lame little requirement for a romantic comedy review, but it works really well for me. I cry fairly easily when watching dramas/ movies, so if a romantic comedy can't make me make me cry and laugh, it's no good in my book. 

My Thoughts:
I LOVE THIS DRAMA <3 Other then the low initial appeal and the occasional fashion cringe, it was absolutely wonderful!!! It was a good length, made me laugh, cry, drool, and yell at my computer. I have admit if I were watching it weekly as it was coming out, the appeal would have dropped a notch, because some of the episode endings didn't leave me wanting more. 

Overall: 4.5/5

Recommend: Yes, good plot, hot actors, pretty actresses, wonderful romantic comedy!!!


August 19, 2011

Tutorial: 2NE1's Minzy - I Am The Best MV Inspired Tutorial

Lens : EOS New Adult Grey

It's the first close up pictures of my semi- permanent brow tattoo =0 will be doing a post soon. 


This tutorial is inspired by 2NE1's Minzy in their I Am the Best Music Video. It's an extremely wearable look, and depending on your comfort level it could be everyday or a club look. Personally I would wear this to the club, since I tend to "avoid" silvers for everyday looks =p Enjoy ^^ 

If you haven' already, check out the original MV


August 17, 2011

Eating in Toronto: Phoenix Restaurant

Place: Phoenix Restaurant

Address: 7155 Woodbine Ave. 

Type: Chinese

Price Point: Affordable $2- $15

Environment: clean, open space, it's also a good size for the amount of customer flow

Service: 4/5

Hainan Chicken Rice
(steamed chicken on rice with ginger sauce)

This is one of their featured dishes and definitely one of my favorites. I've tried a couple other places that have this dish, but none of them offer the same amount of flavor. The flavoring and taste has gone down, compared to when it first opened but it's still pretty good.

Yunnan vermicelli with tofu fish cake in fish broth

Despite the name, the noodles aren't actually vermicelli and it doesn't taste like fish at all. I'm someone that prefers intense flavors that's why this dish is so yummy, the broth, noodle, winter melon, fried tofu and bean sprouts are all very light in flavor; and all the "heavier" flavor is in the tofu fish cake, so when it's eaten together it's a nice harmony. 

vermicelli with beef brisket in spicy beef soup

I only had a bite of this, so I can't say much... but the brisket is nice and soft and flavor is not overwhelming. But like the soup noodles mentioned above, again it's not vermicelli, and I'm not crazy about it.  

Condensed Milk on Thick Toast

The day before I went to eat at Phoenix Restaurant I had an INTENSE craving for condensed milk on toast, while editing some HK pictures. When I saw it on the menu, I had to get it, it kinda got it out of my system because it wasn't good and I doubt I'd find it made as nicely as it was in HK. =[ 

Other Foods Worth Trying: 
- Pork Chop Sandwich
- Club Sandwich
- Hot Plates
- Pastry dessert with ice cream
( I can't remember the name, they usually have pictures, but it's yummy && pretty)

Revisit: Yes, I would revisit this place just for the Hainan Chicken Rice, because like I've mentioned, it's the best I've had so far. But if anyone else knows good Hainan Chicken rice in Toronto let me know =] 

Overall: 4/5 worth trying, but if you're only in Toronto for a couple days, there's better places to eat =p 


August 13, 2011

Delayed HK Haul

This is gonna be the last of my HK haul, I wasn't gonna post anymore... but I already took the pictures, might as well post them ^^ 

Shills - Black Mask
BeautyMate - 
BeautyMate - White Truffle Mask

ISQUEEN - Whitening Collagen Mask (pink)
ISQUEEN- Moisturizing Collagen Mask (blue)

My Beauty Diary Mix Box

I bought a couple boxes of these =p I figured if I wanted to try all the MBD masks, this was a better option versus buying a box of everything =p 

My Scheming - Aloe Vera + Vitamin E Mask
My Scheming - Milk Extract Brightening Mask
My Scheming - Green Tea & Barley Whitening Mask
My Scheming - L-Ascorbic Acid Whitening Mask

I bought so many boxes of My Scheming masks, I have to say I like them more then MBDs =p 

Oslee Moisturizing serum

Manning Make Up Remover Puff

these were free =D


Neutrogena Sunscreen
Carmex Lip Balm - Cherry && Mint
Liese bubble Hair Dye - Chiffon Beige
Gatsby - Male Black Nose Pack

I've actually used the hair dye already, writing the review at the moment. But I liked it enough to purchase 3 more boxes in different colors!!!

Lioele V-Line Waterdrop Sleeping Pack
H.M.F Vitamin Mask

I've been dying to try the Lioele mask ever since Janie of S2Janie (Pretty and Cute) reviewed it on her blog!!! I've been using it for 2 months now, there's a review coming, but just a heads up... I LOVE IT!!!

MBD LE Hello Kitty Masks
- Strawberry Milk (pink)
- Honey Strawberry (yellow)

Like I mentioned in the title, this is a delayed haul so I've used almost everything, some more then others =p Reviews should be coming soon... but I've been procrastinating so yah...


August 12, 2011

Love Package from Kathy

Look what I got in the mail!!! Sweet love package from Kat of Mai Kat Oshaberi, it's a thank you gift for the stuff I sent to her while in Hong Kong. The letter/ card is so cute with the fishies *glub glub* lol!

AHHHH another nice packer!!! =D

Noevir - Body Protector 
MUFE - mini HD Powder (so cuteee && perfect for travels =])
Smashbox Sample
Dr. Brandt - Collagen Booster
Too Faced - Glamour Gloss - Pillow Talk
Etude House - Milk Screw
Noevir - Jelly Gloss - Peach Fizz

Super excited to try the Noevir products =D Kat has reviewed a bunch of their stuff before and they sound good!!!

Face Q Masks
blue - Ocean && Aloe Mask
purple - Grape Seed && Green Tea Mask

*squeal* I've been dying to try these!!! I wasn't able to get my hands on them in HK and she remembered from my comment when she reviewed them =p too sweet!!!

Check her out!!! I first came across her blog when I was searching bb cream comparisons and she has a couple posts dedicated to that!!! She has awesome reviews and is super sweet && nice. 


August 11, 2011

Random Baking Day

My cousin and I had a baking day, and this is what we made =D

Red Velvet Cupcake

red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, garnished with crushed pecans && raspberries

The red velvet bit isn't too red velvety, but the cream cheese frosting is GOOD =D

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons red food coloring
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
Chopped pecans and fresh raspberries or strawberries, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.
Garnish with chopped pecans and a fresh raspberry or strawberry.
Cook's Note: Frost the cupcakes with a butter knife or pipe it on with a big star tip.

Swirl Cheesecake Brownie

regular brownie base, cream cheese top layer swirled in

Something I make every once in awhile, never fails me =] It gives a nice twist to a classic treat!!!

Makes 9
Use semisweet chocolate chips to create these dense, fudgy brownies that are streaked with a cheesecakelike swirl. Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, they will stay moist and flavourful for up to two days. Serve warm or at room temperature.
1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus one more for baking dish
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (about 7 ounces)
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 large whole eggs
2 3/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 ounces cream cheese
2 large egg yolks
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Farenheit (F). Lightly butter an 8-by-8-inch glass baking dish, and set aside. Into a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking soda; set aside.
2. Make chocolate batter: In a large heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, heat 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup chocolate chips until they are melted. Remove from heat, and stir in 1 cup sugar. Add half the flour mixture, and stir to combine. Add the whole eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla, and stir to combine. Mix in remaining flour mixture until it is well combined. Measure out 1/2 cup batter, and set aside.
3. Make cream-cheese batter: In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine the cream cheese, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, the egg yolks, and remaining3/4 teaspoon vanilla. Process until mixture is smooth and well combined. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
4. Pour chocolate batter into the prepared baking dish. Spoon the cream-cheese mixture over the chocolate batter, spreading it in an even layer to the edges with an offset spatula. Top with reserved 1/2 cup chocolate batter. Run a knife through the mixture to swirl, as desired. Bake until golden brown and the centre is set when touched with your finger, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer baking dish to a wire rack to cool. Cut into squares, and serve.

Milk & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

they puffed up funny because i used crisco instead of butter >< tsk tsk 

Party Cheese Ball 

cream cheese, old cheddar, onion, red peppers, worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper rolled into a ball, && covered in crushed pecans

I've first tried this at a friend's Christmas party, SO FREAKING good!!! Pair it up with flatbread or unsalted crackers  =]  It's suppose to be one big ball, but to make it easier to eat, I made it into smaller balls, that way I don't have to slice into it every time I want some. 

"Party Cheese Ball"
prep time: 15 min
total time: 3 hr 15 min
makes: 750 mL (3 cups) or 24 servings, 30 mL (2 tbsp) each
what you need:
2 pkg (250 g each) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened
500 mL (2 cups) Cracker Barrel Old Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
15 mL (1 tbsp) finely chopped onions
15 mL (1 tbsp) chopped red peppers (roasted are best)
10 mL (2 tsp) Worcestershire sauce
5 mL (1 tsp) Lemon juice
Dash Cayenne pepper
250 mL ( 1 cup) chopped toasted pecans
make it:
BEAT cream cheese and cheddar in small bowl with mixer until well blended.
ADD all remaining ingredients except nuts; mix well. Refrigerate several hours.
SHAPE into ball; roll in nuts. Serve with your favourite crackers.


Everything is super easy to make, if you decide to make anything listed above, let me know how it works for you ^^ The brownie and cheese ball recipes were given to me by friend, and the red velvet was from Food Network's Paula Deen. 


August 1, 2011

REVIEW: My Beauty Diary Japanese Cherry Blossom Mask

Product: My Beauty Diary Masks - Natural Key Line - Japanese Cherry Blossom

#2 on best seller list
(english site)

Box of 10 - 30g/ mask

Shelf Life: 3 years
(2009. 11. 25 - 2012. 11. 25)

Purified Water, 1, 3-Butylene Glycol, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Triethanolamine, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Dimthylsilanol Hyaluronate, Methyl Paraben, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Prunus Yedoensis Flower Extract, Morus Nigra Fruit Extract Aloe Barbadensis Gel Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Kiwi (Actinidia Chinensis) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Anrantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myritillus Fruit Extract, Polyglutamic Aid, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance

Claims/ Description

SaSa offers a close translation of the claims/ descriptions on the back of the box

My Beauty Dairy Japanese Cherry Blossom Mask delivers the following benefits:

  • Whitening and refreshing
    Japanese Somei-Yoshino Cherry Extract perform triple functions including whitening, soothing and firming. Blended with Extracts of Lemon and Kiwi, it refreshes and softens skin. Soaked in thread of Sakura aroma, skin appears pinky white.
  • Brightening and soothing
    Extracts of Arnica and Aloe soothe, repair and nourish skin. After use, skin glows with freshness.
For all skin types, especially tired or dull skin.


Scent: very faint, cherry blossom scent (sakura aroma)

Packaging: my FAVORITE of MBDs (excluding LE) beautiful box and mask packet, very pretty and not over-done~

Mask Fit: the shape is the same is the same as other MBDs, but there's less flexibility because it's a older MBD (Old vs New MBDs

Price: ranges from $10 - $18, I got my from Beauty Star during a sale for $10 (3 for $30)

Easily Accessible: Yes, if you're from Asia, and big cities in North America. also available online (make sure it's authentic) 

Directions: Open packet and unfold mask, removing it from the plastic backing. Use the side that is "wetter" usually side not from plastic backing. Apply mask to fit face, using the excess serum from the plastic backing apply the excess all over neck and chest. Wait for 15-20 minutes and remove mask. Personally I like to keep the mask on until it's almost dry... so 30-45 minutes and massage the excess serum on your face into your skin!!!

My Review
In short, the mask claims to whiten, refresh, firm, and soften one's face. This was one of the first masks I've tried from My Beauty Diary, and it's also one of my favorites. I keep all my masks at room temperature, but I do find that this mask is a little cooler compared to some of the other masks. (apple) I'm sure the fact that my room is on the bottom floor, close to the basement plays some part in it, so if your intention is to minimize redness it couldn't hurt to place the mask in the fridge for 5 minutes or so before placing it on your face. Anyways, back to the mask, while it's on, it's very relaxing becasue of the calm cherry blossom scent, there's also a tightening feel, but this is an 09' MBD which is known to be thicker and less flexible. When it's off, I can feel that my face has tightened, but not taut. My overall complexion is brighter, no longer red or pink, softer and has a nice youthful bounce. I used this mask  the most when my skin was drying out from my acne medication. After using this mask continuously for a week, I noticed  my skin has "learned" to lock in moisture and was no longer flakey like before. It was a VERY important step/ product in my recovery from the freak breakout and aftermath... All in all this is an amazing mask, I absolutely love it and definitely recommend it!!! 

Repurchase: yes love everything about it!!!

Overall: 5/5

P.S. This review is long overdue... It was supposed to be out in the beginning of the year, but I never finished writing the details until now. So the acne medication reference was towards the end of last year and beginning of this year...