Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Random looks using Taaz + April Fool Romance's Giveaway

Because I wanted to see what I looked like blonde, lol.  This curiosity emerged after reading April Fool Romance's post here.  You should follow her, I love her blog.  She is also holding a circle lens giveaway + super cute bag.  Don't forget to join.  It's easy!

Friday, February 24, 2012

REVIEW: Skin79 Intense Classic Balm (BB cream)

Or called "The Premium BB Cream".  

I've been using this BB Cream for sometime now.  I've been using it on and off for a year, but more daily in the last six months or so.  So I figured I would share my thoughts about this BB cream, since there aren't that many reviews (that I can seem to find).

General idea about the product:
- Medium to full coverage
- Gray cast and applies pretty light, but oxidizes after a few minutes (5 mins give or take)
- Feels creamy and is pretty easy to work with
- Consistency is thicker than a standard foundation
 * I wouldn't know compared to other BB creams, because this is the only one I've tried.


What it states...I don't know why it's so blurry :(


A Brief on my skin:
My skin is oily combination.  I'm oily in the T-zone and fairly normal at the cheeks, temples, forehead, and chin.  In the winter I tend to dry in those areas, but my T-zone will stay the same.   I find this works fine everywhere except the T-zone.  More about it following...

What my thoughts are..   if you don't want to read this...skip to the bottom for Pros/Cons.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Weekend Photos at my Fave Chi-town restaurant 'XElua'

If you're ever in Chi-town in Toronto and are hungry for some cheap Vietnamese food, I personally would recommend 'xElua'.  I honestly don't know how to pronounce it, so I just call it 'Train', because there's a picture of a train behind the words.  It's funny because whenever I mention 'Train', people know what I'm talking about.  It's located right beside Chinatown center on Spadina about a block south of Dundas.


This place is pretty good in terms of price.  I get a pretty big bowl of curry chicken with vermicelli noodles for 7 bucks.   Our bill is usually under thirty dollars for 2 appetizers, 2 dishes, and 2 drinks, and with tip.  Not bad huh?  The portion sizes are pretty big itself.  The pho here is pretty good, but it isn't my first choice on the menu.  You can choose bowl sizes for the pho and the large is a giant serving bowl (think salad mixing bowl size).  If you imagined it, it's massive!  I've never ordered it but I'm always astounded at how big the bowl is when it rolls by.

Just a forewarn, don't go here because of the service.  Go here for the food.  I mean, the service isn't bad, they aren't rude or anything, but they aren't looking for your approval.  The food does it for them :9.  They aren't gonna come back and ask 'is everything ok?'.  It doesn't really bother me, because I go, I order, food comes pretty quickly, I eat, I pay, I leave full and happy. That's why I always go back. I've been going here for years and apparently when I was a kid, my rents would bring the fam here.

The food is also pretty greasy, I think that's why it's so good.  If you want not-so-greasy options I stick with the pho or rice dishes.  The spring rolls and chicken wings (which we usually get) are GREASY!  But sooo yummy! 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

NAKED 2: Swatches + Initial thoughts

Even though there are soo many reviews already of this wonderlust palette.  I decided to make a post sharing swatches and my initial thoughts.

First and foremost..I caved.  I thought I would just try and not give in to the palette, since I already have the first but that failed.  My friend actually bought this for me as a pre-bday gift and a parting gift from work.  I wasn't expecting it, but I was totally thrown off and it was incredibly sweet of her.  :)


Friday, February 17, 2012

GFC is closing down so I just joined Bloglovin...

I just found about the announcement that GFC is shutting down it's service to 'non-blogger' providers or sites.  In turn, this may affect traffic and readers.

I don't believe blogs created on the blogger site will be much affected.

You can read in full detail here.

In effort to try an deal with this happening.  I've decided to join Bloglovin'.  I'm in the new on this site and hopefully pick it up well.

Please follow if you are also there :)  ..if you'd like or if this is an easier option in general to follow blogs.  :)

Follow my blog with Bloglovin


I will see you there!!!

Thanks :)
Sara.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

REVIEW: Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara

Happy Hump day!!

I've been using this mascara for a few months now and thought I'd post my thoughts on it... Why not?  I believed I purchased this because it was on sale.  My Estee Lauder Mascara expired and was time for something new.

Product Photos:
 Bristled brush picks up product well.  I have no complaints.

Monday, February 13, 2012

FOTD: Random V-day look + Weekend Pics

Happy Vday eve!

Hope you all receive the many, many love and chocolates you all so very much deserve.  If you are single, don't fret..spoil yourself.  It's what I'd do.

For my FOTD...
I initially was inspired by Jen's vday look, but quickly realized how much I am such a noob at applying makeup.  I really need practice!  I tried her gradient lip look but then just covered my lips with lipstick.  If I had an idea on how to apply good eyeshadow to hooded lids I would.  I will try next time..but for now, I just applied violet along my inner corners of my eyes.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

LENS REVIEW: EOS Extravaganza 3-tone Grey (G310) *Sponsored*

Good morningclosetonoon everyone,

Yesterday was a relaxing day.  It was my birthday and I "wined and dined" on pizza, ice cream, and pop.  It truly was a heavy relaxing day.  I pigged out and then passed out.  I feel so old..blegh.  Good thing for sayings such as "age is just a number".   Anyways...Happy Post-Birthday Post, lol..

Anyhow..what better way to enjoy this Thursday than share another lens review, right? It's nice and sunny outside, I have the place to myself, there's a full tub of ice cream in my freezer, and I thank my ipod player from stopping me from heading downstairs to my neighbors and smashing his little precious guitar to pieces, because he "plays" it everyday and night and he sucks for music.

I really enjoy when I put up a new post.  I feel so refreshed, lol.  I'm so cheesy.  I would do it more often, but I'm so bad at writing.  Let's face it, my grammar skills are rocky and I write like I talk.  I know..it shouldn't matter.  Thank goodness for photos!

These lenses were kindly sponsored by Kiwiberry1-Collection.

Before I go into detail on the review, here is a brief on the company: 
I've been a customer of hers for as long as I can remember.  I recall when she first opened and held pre-orders.  Her customer service was outstanding back then and still is today.  I believe this is part of her ever-growing customer base.  I really admire the fact that she values her customers and is very accommodating, and on top of all that she manages to have amazing sales pretty much all the time.  When is there not a sale?  Seriously.  Customer service is managed in a way that satisfies all parties; so one does not get burnt out and frustrated.  I never worry when I order from Kiwiberry1, and should a problem arise with an order, I still don't worry.  I don't see a need to. 


It's noted as 8.6 BC on the site, but the bottles are listed as 8.8 BC.  Could be a typo? 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

REVIEW: e.l.f Conditioning lip balm in 'Peaceful Pink'

Happy Sunday!

Anyone watching the NFL Superbowl?  I might.  I hope the Giants win..lol.

Just gonna share a small review on e.l.f.'s Conditioning lip balm in 'Peaceful Pink'.

First and foremost..I really, really like this product!  The smell is so nice.  I'm not much for sharp, floral scents.  But, I do love this scent.  It's almost like a Vanilla, coconut like scent and sweet, candy like, rather than perfume-ish...for me anyway.

 



Friday, February 3, 2012

PORTRAIT: Natalie Portman

I actually posted a WIP (work in progress) last January but never got around to (more like forgetting) post the final piece.

Sooo..here it is!  hahaha.

I am quite pleased with this one..  Some areas are off but maybe that is what I like about it :)

Enjoy!!


Thanks!!
Sara.