Filed under: cosmetics, shopping | Tags: asian, bubbletea, cosmetics, diamond lash, eyelashes, japanese brand
One of my favourite lash trays from Diamond Lash is the “ドーリーeye”, which translates into “Dolly Eye” in English. (I seem to have a great connection to the doll-eye themed eyelashes, haha.)
After the mediocre experience with the “Celebrity Eye” tray, I finally opened the “Dolly Eye” package I hunted specifically for. Normally for day-to-day wear I tend to only use cheapies, which are more expendable in case I feel too lazy to save them, but I was in the mood to put a bit more effort into my eye makeup.
Five pairs come with each hot pink tray. The eyelashes are not too long, and the volume is excellent. The sides have little criss-cross of hairs, while the middle has a longer straighter hairs. It’s really great ~ I wore it to work, as well as meeting up with a dear friend Selina for bubbletea yesterday evening.
I like to first outline the eye with a pencil eyeliner (I find Bobbi Brown kohl eyeliner or Dolly Wink pencil eyeliner in brown works well), go over the outline with a liquid liner (I use Dolly Wink liquid eyeliner), then apply any eyeshadow or shimmery liner. Then, I apply the eyelashes of choice.
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After work yesterday, my coworker and I went down to Pacific Center’s Holt Renfrew. It was our first shopping trip together. She bought an expensive Dior long wallet in a dreamy pale pink (it took a bit of convincing on my part), and I got a little something for myself too!
As a reward to myself for having worked 3 months at my job, and therefore (hopefully!) having passed probation, I bought the iconic bag I had my eye on for some time: the Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM.
Many girls tote this bag around Vancouver; it’s one of LV’s more common styles. I don’t mind. It was either the Neverfull tote or a Gucci tote, but I didn’t like any of the styles on display at the Gucci store.
I feel this is a great summer bag. I’m trying my best to enjoy it. It’s the same price as my dog! I’m happy I work for a company that pays me well enough to indulge and have savings. (Now if only I could cut back on my $700-800 a month credit card bills..)
Review possibly coming soon, once I get more of a “feel” for the bag~
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Filed under: clothing, shopping | Tags: aritzia, clothing, fashion, shopping, shorts
I went shopping at Pacific Center’s Aritzia. I don’t know why I like to shop at that over-priced warehouse, but I was happy to pick up the light mint green blazer I had my eye on, along with a pair of cute buttoned shorts. I believe they are called “Talula Starboard Shorts with Anchor Buttons” on the official website.
These shorts aren’t a new item; they’ve been around for as long as I can remember. I know because a couple months back, I spotted them and resisted the urge to buy them. I somewhat regret buying them now, since they were original price at $50CAD, and also because they’re cheap (quality-wise!) as hell. Today at work, one of the anchor buttons actually popped right off!
Basically, I paid original price for a garment that fell apart on me the next day. I also happened to take the tags off, so there’s no chance of a return. Thank goodness I’m quite skilled with a needle and thread! I’ll be sewing this button back when I get home after another grueling day of work. (For some reason I work ten days in a row.. is that legal?)
This reminds me of the time where I bought a red Lush blazer and ended up having to sew back a seam on the shoulder area. That blazer cost me a hefty penny too, but I liked it too much to return it!
On another note, when I first bought these shorts I was unsure of them because I didn’t know if they would go well with the rest of my wardrobe. After a day of wearing them, they seem all right style-wise. It’s just the quality that really gets me!
Have you ever had this sort of set-back with a brand new piece of clothing? Had a disappointing experience with Aritzia? Leave a comment!
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I finally got the chance to watch The Avengers in theatres and believe me, despite the 2 hour show time, I DID NOT WANT IT TO STOP. It was action-packed, filled with eye-candy, and explosive — just as expected! I munched on popcorn and sipped soda happily throughout the movie and was not disappointed.
My favourite character, Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) returns to the big screen looking more jaded than before. In the earlier Iron Man movies, she had long red hair and more of a sex-appeal. In The Avengers, she has chic short hair and she is tough! I’m glad they showcased her strong character and espionnage background in such amusing ways.
Creeping up behind her is a new favourite, one I never thought I would like: CAPTAIN AMERICA.
When I first saw Captain America: The First Avenger, I was very skeptical about it. I wasn’t anticipating it to be a good movie. It ended up surprising me beyond belief.
There was one scene where his commander threw a dummy grenade into the group of soldiers and Captain America (plain ol’ Steve Rogers at the time) dove on top of it and wrapped his own body around it, telling the other men to “get back”. I didn’t see that coming and was, admittedly, touched. This was the part of the movie where I started to gain my respect for the character in the ‘new generation’ franchise. His character is pure, self-sacrificing, and righteous! A true soldier.
That and, wow, actor Chris Evans really rocks that costume. Who knew that the American flag could be fashioned in such a flattering suit for the male body!
I cannot wait for the second installment! (AVENGERS 2: STILL AVENGING STUFF?) In the meantime, I’ll spend my days anticipating the final Dark Knight movie in July. I’m interested to see how Anne Hathaway pulls off Catwoman, as well as seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt as some random police officer.
What summer movies are you excited for? Let me know so I can watch ’em too!
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Filed under: cosmetics, shopping | Tags: cosmetics, diamond lash, eyelashes, japanese brand, shopping
The beauty product I am writing about today is called “Diamond Lash – セレブeye”. For those of you who don’t know, Diamond Lash is a brand of Japanese eyelashes. They usually retail for $20CAD for five pairs. Slightly cheaper than Dolly Wink, and you get a couple more pairs to boot. (Five, to be exact.)
★ Diamond Lash (Blue) – Celebrity Eye
“セレブeye” is featured on a baby-blue-coloured tray, making it a part of that colour collection. The brand has multiple eyelash series distinguished by differently coloured trays. セレブ (serebu) translated from Japanese into English means “celebrity”, so this eyelash is meant to make your eyes look like that of a celebrity’s. Sounds glamourous, huh?
My experience with this “celebrity eyelash” was so-so. The first time I took a pair out of the packaging, a hair on the band actually got pulled off! I read reviews that this brand’s lashes were delicate, but I found this to be quite ridiculous. I didn’t used any more strength than I would with any other brand, delicately peeling the lash off the tray without much force.
Fortunately, wearing them was all right. If you examine the lashes closely, there is a portion near the ends of the lashes where the hair is a thicker stroke. I really like this attention to detail. The lash band is clear instead of black, which I also like. However, something about the length and design of these lashes makes it feel heavy on my eyes. They are really long! It might be because I didn’t apply enough mascara to “hold up” the lashes with my natural ones, but halfway through my work day I could see the lashes drooping in my peripheral vision… something definitely not desired.
I’m going to try wearing this style a couple more times before I come to a final verdict. Some are big fans of this lash type, but I didn’t find it too impressive. I’d be giving it 3 stars out of 5. Maybe 3 and a half. While not practical, they do look stunning in photos.
Any tips on how I can get full use of the incredible length these lashes offer? Perhaps I’m not positioning them right. Let me know if you have any pointers!
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Filed under: grooming, pet care | Tags: dog care, dog shampoo, dogs, grooming products, pets
January 2011 was the month I brought home my very first dog, a miniature American Eskimo by the name of ‘Jacky’. He was born on November 10th, 2009–making his birthday a very unique 11/10/09. He is the sweetest, most lovable and well-mannered dog ever. (I’m sure all pet owners say that!)
It must come as no surprise that I’m very picky about the products I buy for my fluffy boy. We all want what we think is best for ourselves; pets are no exception! Here are two favourite doggy shampoos that have caught my attention, both product-wise and packaging-wise. Have a look and decide for yourself if you ever want to try them out for your own four-legged pooch.
★ Isle Of Dogs – No. 20 Royal Jelly Shampoo
Product Description: Promotes hair growth. Also maintains, conditions, and adds volume to the existing coat. Especially helpful with dogs that have dropped their coat after a litter, false pregnancy, or a “season.” To help repair hair or stimulate new growth, use regularly. Highly effective in controlling shedding.
Directions: Wet hair thoroughly, apply shampoo, lather, and rinse to remove dirt and excessive oils. For optimum results apply shampoo again, lather, and let sit in coat for 2-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Condition if desired, then dry.
Notable Ingredient: Royal Jelly
I was first introduced to this brand at a kiosk in Metrotown Mall. It was quite pricey at $23CAD ~ $25CAD for a 250ml bottle. My dog is a long-haired breed, so the lady recommended that Isle Of Dogs was good for a luxurious coat as it contained royal jelly to promote coat growth. I was skeptical at first, but after sniffing the pleasant scent of the shampoo, I couldn’t help but purchase it. The white bottle has a professional vibe and the brand certainly does promote a ‘clean’ feeling with its packaging. The shampoo is a clear colour and smells really good!
Whenever I bathe Jacky with it, it’s true that his coat smells fresh and clean just like the scent in the bottle! I can’t recall if it really does prevent him from shedding as much (I think that would be more centered around his diet), but his coat is as full and white as ever–even after the unflattering haircut he once received from a poor dog-groomer.
★ Comfy Dog – Oatmeal Conditioning Shampoo
Product Description: Dry, itchy skin–it’s one of the worst things about being a dog (that and the lack of opposable thumbs). Comfy Dog brings welcome relief with ingredients like colloidal oatmeal to stop the itching and peppermint, comfrey and calendula to soothe irritation.
Directions: Apply to wet coat and thoroughly lather the entire body of your dog avoiding the eye area. Leave on for at least one minute before rinsing. Repeat if coat is especially dirty. Rinse off completely and towel dry.
Notable Ingredient: Colloidal Oatmeal
I spotted this brand advertised in Modern Dog magazine and got it for $18CAD (266ml bottle). I don’t particularly like the peppermint smell, but apparently it wards off insects (I have yet to research if this is true). To be honest, I was more drawn to the “home-y” feel of this brand and its packaging than anything else, with the warm orange sticker and caramel-coloured shampoo. (The power of marketing and quality draws me to products!)
You may be wondering why I chose a shampoo made for dogs with sensitive skin. Oatmeal is gentle on a dog’s skin, and American Eskimos are actually prone to having dry skin and allergies. Many dogs with long coats can suffer from this, because the long hairs take protein away from the skin. In addition, summer is fast approaching! Long-haired breeds are more likely to be targeted by insects. If Jacky does get pestered, I feel safer knowing I have a soothing product at the ready.
When I used it on Jacky, there actually wasn’t much scent on his fur at all.. Maybe I didn’t lather enough? Or maybe it’s not meant to have much of a scent, more of a “natural” clean..? It also doesn’t do much for cleaning power. It wouldn’t wash away much of Jacky’s dirty paws. Even though I liked this packaging, I wouldn’t buy it again.
What is your favourite products for your pooch? Any preference, or none at all? Leave a comment if you have any suggestions for me to try!
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“Sometimes a movie star’s spark
Gets you through the dark.”
Today was my blessed day off, so I had the time to watch two movies: Midnight In Paris (2011) and The Vow (2012). While it may not be fair to place these two movies side-by-side for comparison, I wanted to write my thoughts on the two movies, and why I liked MIP more then The Vow. Both of them feature Canadian actress Rachel McAdams alongside male leads Owen Wilson and Channing Tatum, respectively.
Midnight In Paris was the one I saw first. I’m late jumping on the movie bandwagon, so I didn’t see it until today, but I know many friends like this movie and would recommend it.
The film is about Gil (Owen Wilson), a Hollywood film writer who wants to pursue novel writing. He’s engaged to his fiancée (Rachel McAdams), and as the couple are vacationing in Paris before the wedding, he discovers new perspectives on life, his relationship, and of course, the magical city itself. Really, it’s magical. At the stroke of midnight, a taxi comes to whisk Gil away to the era he most admires: Paris in the 1920’s. He meets literary icons Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, as well as Pablo Picasso and others. (It’s completely extraordinary!)
In addition, Gil is taken with another girl he meets from the past, Adriana (Marion Cotillard). This causes him internal conflict as he struggles to figure out what he really wants in his life.
My reaction to this movie is quite surprising. I wasn’t paying attention at first, but the subtlety of the movie and it’s many underlying tones called out to me. It was a thought-provoking film, exploring themes that people probably subconsciously think about day-to-day. Nostalgia, missing the past, unsure of what the future holds–even writer’s block and struggling to find inspiration from somewhere. These are all aspects of life people think and worry about. The pace of the movie is slow and relaxed, reminiscent of a dream mixed with a pleasant vacation. (Which is what it is, really.) The film gives me hope that, even though writing is such a tedious chore, it’s worth it to keep soldiering on. The strong cast of actors/actresses on the film was magnificent!
★ Memorable quotes:
“If it’s bad, I’ll hate it because I hate bad writing, and if it’s good, I’ll be envious and hate it all the more. You don’t want the opinion of another writer.” – Ernest Hemingway, Midnight In Paris
“I’ll never be a great lyric writer; my talent lies in drinking.” – Zelda Fitzgerald, Midnight In Paris
Coming up next: The Vow.
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