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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

[Old Post] Dineout Vancouver 2016

Hello hi I'm still alive! I hope you guys are well. I'm just going through my backlog and pushing out these long overdue posts now so please bear with me. Every year, we have a food festival in January where restaurants set up custom menus for you to sample their best dishes. This year, the menus were priced at $20, $30, and $40. I didn't really make the most of this event in previous years, but this year I went all out. I visited 6 lovely restaurants, some were a little disappointing, but overall I had a great experience.
The first one I went to was Miku. It's a very popular Japanese restaurant here. I was a bit disappointed by the portion sizes but everything was incredibly delicious. Catherine came with me to this one too so it was nice to catch up. Unfortunately we didn't take a picture together :(

Next stop was Sai Woo. It's right outside of Chinatown and it turns out one of my good high school friends worked there! He made sure we had a great dinner and we were not disappointed at all.
My makeup for that night:
The next place I went to was Forage. I heard a lot of good things about this restaurant so I was excited to try it. My friend's dad works as a chef there too so that was kind of a neat coincidence. The man cooks a mean salmon. If you've never had bison carpaccio then oh my god you're missing out in life.
Next stop was Kobe for teppanyaki! I've always passed by this place but I was put off from the way it looked on the outside. It looked really expensive so I never thought about eating there. I'm glad I was able to try it though because it was super tasty!!
If you've never been to a teppanyaki place I really recommend you try it once. It's kinda gimmicky but it's pretty entertaining if you go with a big group of people! 

This next place was super disappointing. I went with a group of good friends from elementary school. We had planned a last minute dinner at this place called Chewies. The menu sounded okay it was a lot of seafood/New Orleans style food. The service was really slow and the food was subpar at best. We all ended up getting sick the next day too so I was pretty upset with this experience. Food poisoning is the worst!
Our last stop was a cute little French restaurant called Bistro Pastis. I heard good things about this place too but I don't think the experience lived up to the hype. It was still a nice dinner though!
There was also a hot chocolate festival going on around the same time as Dineout, so of course we had to get in on the yummy cocoa specials!
Red Velvet Hot Chocolate!
I don't remember what this was
but it was a dark chocolate cocoa
Overall I was pretty satisfied with my dineout experience. I've never eaten at so many nice restaurants before since money was so tight. It felt really nice to just go out and have a nice dinner with friends. If you happen to be in town, I highly recommend you check some of these places out! They're well worth the trip, I promise.

Anyways, that's all for this post. Sorry it took so long to get this out! Catch you next time~

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Small Life Update

Hello lovelies! Yes, I'm alive. Sorry for the long hiatus, there's been a lot going on in my life so I took a break from everything. I'm going to try and keep this short and not ramble.

tl;dr - Life happened but I have a lot of posts in the backlog so I hope to roll those out once everything settles down a bit.
Last month my grandma passed away and it was very hard for the family. We had a service for her and it was the first time my family had reunited in a while. It was nice to see everyone but I wish it was for something less heartbreaking.
I had my birthday on the 20th and I celebrated with 2 dinner parties. We went to some very lovely restaurants and I made lots of great memories with some of my most favorite people.

I also got my first tattoos:
They didn't really hurt as much as I anticipated. I'd say it was an uncomfortable experience, as if someone was scratching me. I don't believe in every tattoo having a meaning, but these two are very special to me and I think my artist did a lovely job.
Since the game I worked on has released now, I'm moving to a new project at work and I'm very excited for it. I've already moved desks (I got a window seat!) and everything just feels like it's falling into place. I really love what I do and I hope that I can continue working up with the momentum I've built so far.
Overall, the last few months have been a blur and just a terrifying emotional journey. I have a lot of exciting things to look forward to this year so I'm trying to keep my chin up. Thanks for sticking around, I'll try to throw out my old January posts soon lmao.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream Review

Hey everyone, I hope you're all doing well. Today I'm going to review my current favorite BB cream of all time, the Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB cream. I've been using it for the past year or so now and it's become my staple foundation. Please keep in mind that this is not a sponsored review~
I bought this off eBay for about ~$12 after hearing lots of rave reviews. The packaging looked so cute I just couldn't resist! Although I have not used BB creams in a long time (the last ones I used were the Skin79 ones and they're pretty much used up/don't match my skin very well anymore), I thought I would give this a shot because foundations just weren't working out for me.

This product contains SPF 20 and comes in 2 shades. I bought it in the lightest shade, #1 Aqua Beige. It comes with 40mL of product and a sponge (I don't have pics of it because I threw it out due to the awkward wedge shape making application difficult). Here's what it looks like:
Cute little box~
The little glass bottle
It looks really orange in the above pictures but the color is more accurate here when the lid is off:
The texture is sort of like a jelly/pudding. It's a bit thicker than the BB creams I've used before as they usually feel like tinted moisturizers. This feels like something between a tinted moisturizer and a foundation.
I tried using the sponge it came with but I really didn't like it so I just use my own sponges. Here's how it looks on my skin:
Bare skin
Aqua Petit Jelly
Powder on top
As you can see, the product does leave your skin a bit dewy. If you're into that kind of look then you can just leave it at that, but I have oily skin so I always put powder over top~
Color/Pigmentation: ♥♥♥♥
I think this is the best BB cream I've used. Most BB creams oxidize and can become gray or orange. This one stays pretty true to the application color, at least for me. I haven't experienced it changing colors throughout the day so I'm really happy with it!

This BB cream has really good coverage. I would say you could get medium to full coverage with it, depending on how much you apply. My skin has gotten a lot better in the last year so I don't require such a heavy base makeup routine anymore. I do have breakouts here and there but this BB cream along with my concealer keep it manageable.

Texture: ♥♥♥♥
I can't even begin to explain how moisturizing this product feels on your skin. Usually my skin feels a bit heavy after skincare & base makeup. This leaves your skin feeling supple and bouncy. When you go outside, it often feels like you only applied skincare and you skipped foundation. My skin always feels fresh and hydrated!

This is my favorite BB cream of all time and I will definitely repurchase it in the future. I love that it makes my skin feel like I am not wearing any makeup. This was particularly good in the winter months when the air was cold and dry. My skin always felt well hydrated and taken care of. Although the dewy finish isn't for me, a good powder over top remedies this in no time. The packaging is great too. I love that it comes with a little spatula built into the lid so you can keep things clean and you don't have to make a mess getting the product out~
I hope you found this review helpful! Thank you for reading and I'll see you next time ♥
Strawberry On Top Of Cupcake