Friday, March 27, 2015

Why Paul Hudson would be one of your favorite authors too

I came across Elite Daily when friends share & like new articles on facebook. Elite Daily is an online blog comprised of a number of topics which appeals to millennials, with an easy-to-digest content. They are written by the same generations who have been in the same situations at different life stages.

In the beginning, a majority of the authors didn't appeal to me because it was hard to connect on their perspective. Some articles felt like lazy blog posts, ones which little effort was put in to engage the audience. Until last summer, I came across a dating article by Paul Hudson. This article lists a set of qualities an ideal boyfriend have which makes him the perfect man. 

The author's creative, playful, heartfelt writing style is highly alluring. Making it a fun, and easy read.
He writes articles which focuses on dating, sex, motivation, wellness, and entrepreneurship. Lots of inspiring, and uplifting articles during different stages of your life. 

Here's my recent favorite: 

What It Feels Like To Have A Broken Heart And Try To Love Anyway

What's your favorite author?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Freebie Mondays: Winsor & Newton Color Marker

My mom has recently been obsessed with creating art. She has over 20 canvas worth of art, some of which got repainted because there was no more room for more canvases to store... 

Not too long ago, I saw a free sample opportunity from Winsor & Newton for a color marker. Thinking maybe getting her with painting on paper... that it will save some space in our house. So! I decided to request one for her to try.

Let's hope she'll fall in love with color markers ;)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Summer time calls for a color change!

Last year, there were big changes in my life. My self-esteem was hitting rock bottom. So I decided to make small tweaks to my appearance to boost confidence bit by bit.

The first thing I wanted to experiment was my hair. With my father's genes, I have coarse, black hair. My hair did not require volumizing products and looked like I have a wig on already! I came across a Youtube guru who introduced a hair dye product that could turn black hair to red/chestnut color! Emily suggests using very light ash blonde, I used the light ash blonde (B1) instead as the color she mentioned isn't available in all drugstores.

Below is the YouTube clip I wanted to share with everyone:

I tried it, here's a before & after photo:


Will update on how I bleach my brows to match my hair color.

Stay Tuned!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

2015 Dine-Out Adventures

A new beginning calls for new adventures! 

Each year, Tourism Vancouver organizes an event involving lots of delicious food. Dine-Out Vancouver aims to promote new restaurants as well as a reminder to places we have yet to try. Different restaurants create set $18, $28, $38 three course menus. This year, Dine-out Vancouver took place from January 16th to February 1st, 2015. 

I've chosen the following places:

Yokohama Japanese Restaurant- Stevenston Neighborhood
I came across this restaurant on the Tourism Vancouver website. Not only it wasn't located in Vancouver, but it was at the very edge of Richmond. You can see the water from the street pretty much. This restaurant is located in an alley, so it wasn't easy to find. The set menu they had emphasized on the performance over the quality of food. The food wasn't worth $28. 
Yokohama Entrance.

They used blue flame to burn the salmon on the top. But tasted cold. 
The mango sauce (yellow) was extremely sweet, didn't really match the flavor of the roll. 

They cooked the scallop (on the right) with blue flames but it was cold. 
On the left, there are three layers. The lobster tail (top), fake crab meat mixed with spicy sauce (middle), and white rice (bottom).

Library Square Public House- 300 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver BC
I've been to the library square a few times, mainly there for drinks with a few friends. Their 90s friday night is worth checking out. Going back to their food, they aren't usually known for food but more so on the atmosphere and selection of drinks. I went with a group of business school friends and notice they have a dine-out menus, for $18, their quality was beyond amazing.  

Starter: Raw tuna in the middle with crispy outer shell. 
The contrast in texture extraordinary! 

Entree: Pull-pork sandwich with Fries. 
The Fries was salty and crispy. The pull-pork was very juicy and filling. 

Dessert: Cheesecake with Raspberry sauce.
It tastes as if they made it in house. 
The texture was very soft and didn't taste overly "cheesy".

Next year's Dine-out Vancouver is on January 15th-January 31st, 2015. 
Be sure to check it out!

Friday, March 6, 2015

2015 Spring Drugstore Beauty Haul

Endless amount of work has gotten me in the shopping mode last Friday.
Retail therapy put to work. So I went with my mom (best friend) to Shoppers Drug Mart. 

After seeing my co-worker with some amazing blonde highlights, I figure my ombre needs a touchup. Another reason came about two months back when I bought Physician's Formula Eye Liner trio. I got the Gold/Silver/Black combination for everyday wear. But somehow misplaced the black one after using it for 2 consecutive weeks.  It had an easy application and the lines came out natural looking, pretty much fell heads over heels with them! 

From left to right:
Revlon- Transforming Effects (725 Cosmic Flakies)
Maybelline NY- Master Conceal by FACESTUDIO (30 Light/Medium)
L'OREAL- Lineur Intense (630 Earthen Rock Brown)
Physicians Formula- Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio (Nude)

Not really a fan of Maybelline, but thought I should give their concealer a try and see how this compares to Vasanti & NARS.  

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Why we wait till they go on sale... The Quo Eyelash Curler

In all honesty, I fall under 50% of the Asian stereotype. You will usually find me looking through a place with a huge sale poster at the front of the store.

There are some things we compromise from a sale: color, design, size. Throughout the years of growing up, I learned an important lesson from my mom. Don't strive to buy a large quantity of cheap everyday wear, always aim for a few pieces of quality clothing. With the transition of moving away from low-cost stores which showcases over 100 designs each season, my wardrobe have shrunk in size. The pieces become longer-lasting and easy to mix and match.

We would agree that this applies for beauty products as well. With new products coming out, the innovative aspect is worth appreciating for because that's how the industry will continue to improve. But sometimes the functionality of these products are in question. Don't get me wrong, I do trust that companies would have invested $$ into researching and testing before the products are put into the market. Sometimes though, it could be improved. Just a little bit more.

Yesterday, I went to Shoppers Drug Mart to stock up some of my beauty products after work (in the most convenient location, 2 blocks away from my house). I found a "Travel Eyelash Curler" in the clearance section. They look more lighter than the regular metal curlers in the beauty isle in Sephora, so I decided to give it a try. 

Because the packaging was taped all around, I wasn't able to test it at the store. Immediately opened it after putting my things down. Here's what I found:

1. The product has lost its glossy appearance, looks fairly worn out with scratches
2. The spring doesn't work 80% when placed close to my eyes
3. Clamping wasn't smooth, more horrifying when put near the eyes
4. There is a space when you try to close for a nice curl