Monday, December 30, 2013

birthday treats

For some reason we ended up at Panera's Bread again for my birthday brunch this year

Of course I had to save room for my favorite cookie - the red velvet crinkle

We roamed around downtown and ended up at St. Lawrence Market - look what we found?? 
 We will have to do this for the Holidays next year with Ritu!!

Had a nice dinner with my family - and an awesome cookies-n-creme ice cream cake, even though it was slightly melted!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Little pick-me-ups

I know I was supposed to be shopping for gifts but that's when I came across these deals... a lip butter for 4 bucks and nail polishes 3 for 5 dollars... Plus some of these will probably find a new home as part of a gift... hence my purchase of yet another bunch of nail polishes are justified!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Food for a ninja

made rice, then added a packaged seasoning mix from Japan, then into the molds they go...

add some pressure...

et viola!

Food for a ninja!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Recreating a childhood favorite

Fried egg with beef and tomatoes

Monday, December 9, 2013

swatch: bourjois eye pencils

I've finally gotten a chance to play with  my new eye liners from Bourjois which I'm super excited about - I love the fact that they are essentially two products in one which means that they would be perfect for keeping in the purse and for travelling!

These khol & contour shadow and light eye pencils have a shimmery shade in lighter colors "to illuminate and open up the eyes" on one end and a matt darker shade "to sculpt and intensify" the look.
The color combos included in this limited edition set are black and white; grey and pink; brown and caramel; and lastly, blue and silver - versatile colors that can be worn with pretty much everything.

There isn't a huge difference between the black and the grey and somehow the blue appeared the darkest out of all 4 khol shades.  The pink and the caramel contour shades are absolutely gorgeous especially when worn on the waterline but I'm sure I could find some use for the white and the silver shades as well.


I was pleasantly surprised by the staying power of these eyeliners - usually khol eyeliners smudge and fade in no time but you can still see a trace of these ones after I tried to wash them off with water.  The contour shades were all gone though and only left behind the glitter.  I had to remove them with a cleansing oil.  These are definitely keepers!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Lisa's warehouse sale 2013

I wasn't going to go to this winter's Lisa's warehouse sale but then I saw several blog posts about finding great deals on Anna Sui,  Stila and China Glaze there,  so I ventured out in the cold in the last day of the sale,  waited 30min in line and battled the throng of inconsiderate shoppers who pushed and shoved...  and come out with:

Kotex @ 2.49 ea
H2O de-stress marine gel mask @ 12 ea
Andrea eye makeup corrector pre-moistened swabs @ 2.99 ea
Marcella hydra-c cleansing wipes @ 3
China Glaze nail polish 3 for $10

... among other miscellaneous stuff.

Sadly there weren't anything good left from Stila nor Anna Sui in terms of product and shades,  so that dramatically reduced the damage to my wallet this time around.  Next year though we will have to make a point of hitting the sale earlier before all the goodies get sold out.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

date night: little bangkok on main street markham

looked to urbanspoon when it got too late to cook and found generally favorable reviews on this little restaurant on Main St. Markham right across from the GO station - nice atmosphere, yummy mango salad and pad thai but a bit overpriced for the portion size and the rushed service - I don't hate it enough to write a review on urbanspoon to warn others of the over-hype but I'm not sure if I liked it enough to visit again

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Happiness is...

Happiness = LoL + surprise treat just because I mentioned that I had a craving for a taro milkshake