Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fav Lippies at the moment: YSL & Tom Ford

i've been on this endless, dreadful search for a lipstick that is just a one-step go kinda thing. most lipsticks (MAC, NYX, Chanel, etc) require a lot more maintenance...when i say maintenance, i mean you gotta pull out your mirror, apply, then put gloss on top...all at the same time, getting the weirdest looks from the people around you. *stares* don't get me wrong, i stare back...but it's a hassle. especially when you're a up and go type of person like me. please don't get this twisted with not putting in any effort....oh i put effort, i just don't want to have to take 10mins to apply my lipstick.

this search finally ended this weekend....and i didn't even have to spend a single $1!! i found this awesomeness right in my own drawers. i actually found 3 lippies that would do exactly what i was looking for...

1) YSL rouge pur lipstick
2) YSL rouge volupte lipstick
3) Tom Ford lipstick

YSL Rouge Pur Lipstick

#144 - silky apricot, #148 - tea rose, #135 - candy pink

these ones are a little more matte than the volupte lipstick, so you may have to top a gloss if you find it too drying. but they are super pigmented and require minimal effort to put on. you actually may not even need a mirror. note that some of the colors in the pic may have been LE, so i'm not sure if they are still available.

YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick

#13 - peach passion, #7 - lingerie pink, #19 - frivolous pink, #2 - sensual silk

out of the 3 lipsticks that i've "rediscovered", these are the best ones. not only are they effortless, they are glossy, pigmented and extremely easy to apply without a mirror. you cannot go wrong!! i've been trying to cut down the crap i put in my makeup bag, which is what started this search for the ONE effortless lippie. and i feel now, this is all i need in my bag....why did i even put this down in the first place? i shall be hitting the counters this weekend for some more!

Tom Ford lipstick

pure pink, blush nude

tom ford has amazing products with spectacular quality....however, they put a big dent in your wallet also. these babies were around $52 CAD each, so i only use these on special occasions and not daily use. i also do not want to abuse the packaging so i keep them out of my makeup bag when i do carry it around. they are so gorgeous on and again, it is effortless to apply. the downside is the color range for these suck...there's only what? 10 colors? *sigh* but i guess it's a good thing...or else i'd be giving them my paycheque!!

Cirque du Soleil - Totem
this past Thanksgiving weekend, i took my parents to cirque du soleil to watch "totem" - they had a blast. i felt like i was 5 years old when my parents used to take me to see shows or concerts, except this time, it was the other way around. i love doing things with my parents...just the 3 of us. it helps me re-live the times when i was younger and we would have an amazing time...no worry, no drama, just the 3 of us. i know these moments won't last forever, so i try to do as much as i can to make them last just a little longer. anyways, here are a few pics from the day. no pics were to be taken inside the "big top" but we snapped a few outside. hope you guys all had an amazing thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

marciano "i heart cure" launch event

i am super late on this, but i wanted to share with you anyways. last week, i was invited to the Marciano "i heart cure" launch event - basically the catch is, you get triple the Guess/Marciano points when you make a purchase and all their proceeds go towards "Run for the Cure" for breast cancer. I thought that was a pretty good cause AND you get a gift bag with purchase. plus they always serve really delicious hors d'oeuvres & champagne at these events. i'm not going to lie, i wanted their gift bag the most. hehehe. i took my mom and made it a mother/daughter date...my dad tagged along also, but he went to harry rosen to look for shoes. hahaha. needless to say, these events are always packed like sardines....so i wasn't planning on staying long. even with the limited amount of time i spent there, i still managed to splurge and haul.....*covers face in shame*

The Goodies

as you all know, i have a sick obsession with scarves....so of course, i had to grab the only 2 scarves i didn't have yet. these were released as part of their fall 2011 collection, which i am thoroughly enjoying....so much animal print, it's awesome.

the leopard scarf - $58 CAD
this is awesome because it's casual enough to dress down but still dressy enough to be dressed up with a trendy outfit and a pair of nude pumps. the scarf is 100% viscose material with a fringe bottom...which is the con to this because this can get caught on your purse or chairs and it pulls the strings/threads out. yes it's already happened. but i still love love it!

the cheetah-print silk scarf - $68 CAD
wearing a 100% silk scarf makes me put an ultra bubble on top of my personal bubble...i might as well put a "do not come near" sign up. i hate walking close to people when i have silk pieces on because they get caught on people's bags and it drives me insane. this is more dressy than casual...i've tried to wear it with shirts/bottoms that are more of a casual nature, but i feel like it just doesn't work. any ideas?? i feel like because it's silk, i need to dress it up....to do it justice. haha.

breast cancer tee - $68 CAD
i had bought a similar logo tee from marciano's breast cancer event from 2010 and i figure i'll make it an annual thing and grab the tee this year also. i kinda like the pink striped look....would look uber nice with a scarf and blazer! hehehe. plus it's for charity and all proceeds go to a good cause...why not!

The Gift Bag...*dun dun dun*

so like i mentioned, with any purchase, you get triple the guess/marciano points which in turn, gives you cash credits you can spend at the store. not a bad deal to be honest. and then you also get this lovely gift bag...

here are the goodies you got inside the bag....

1. Marciano Fall 2011 Catalogue
2. $20 Marciano gift card *boooyah*
3. Marciano handbag hanger - quite useful!

4. Cargo Lash Activator mascara in brown

5. Cargo lipgloss quad in "Ibizia"

6. Marciano travel laundry bag for your "dirtys" and "cleans" - how brilliant and it's cute!!

7. Sample of North American Hemp Co. - "soak it up moisturising shampoo", "soak it up moisturising conditioner" and "area 369 serum"

i must say....that was a pretty awesome gift bag. most of the items were quite useful...the bag itself is meh. but when i travel, it can come in handy....esp when i need an extra bag to hold my stuff due to my shopping problem. hope you guys enjoyed this post....if you get an invite next year for a marciano event, make sure you attend!! xoxoxo

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Guu-ing + happy bday lisa + my new nails...

it's been a busy busy BUSY week...i actually kind of hate it when i get so busy, i don't have any energy left to do anything else. do you ever feel that way? quite useless in fact, huh? its been getting chilly lately and i think i forgot how to dress winter. but at the same time, i am excited about rockin my thigh highs. *sigh* what can i say....here goes longer nights & shorter days.

anyways, a few fridays ago was my girlfriend Lisa's bday dinner...we went to Guu. Guu-Izakaya is a japanese restaurant in the heart of toronto, where the atmosphere is LOUD, food is pretty awesome and the line-up is ridiculous. however, since Lisa is such a VIP...we didn't have to wait. i've gotta say...i had a really awesome time and i can't remember the last time i had so much fun at a bday dinner. not to mention, the company i was with were AWESOME-O!! thanks and kisses to sum of my fav ppl...mel, shaun, jen & lisa. before i forget, HAPPY BIRTHDAY LISA!!!!

disclaimer: some photos were taken from lisa's fb...hahaha


The food was decent at Guu....it's not the typical japanese stuff you find at all-you-can-eat or the regular japanese places. the four of us ordered many dishes so we can try a lot more and the food is very creative. the place is worth a try but i'm not sure if i'd say it's my fav place to eat...mainly because of the noise. when you walk in, all you hear is the staff screaming every 2 mins. it's very enthusiastic, not gonna lie, but dangggggg i need my eardrums!!! here are a few pics from the night...

all the HOT ASIAN girls...

jen, me, mel

mel & shaun - yes she finished that whole crapload of sapporo

a pumpkin dish with the egg in the middle

squid/octopus in some spicy sauce

lightly cooked raw tuna

the birthday cake & macaroons

....lastly, i got my nails done and this time, i did something different. i'm usually all over the french white tips, but this time....i was a bit more daring. what do you guys think??

Friday, September 9, 2011

MAC Me Over - My Thoughts....

Okay okay okay….I’ve finally gotten around to doing a post on MAC’s latest “MAC ME OVER” collection. I’ve actually been out of the loop with MAC”s collections because they have not been doing anything for me…..not even a tickle. I feel like they’re coming out with a new collection every week and if any of us were to follow the collections…we’d be on a never-ending yellow brick road to our debts. (just sayin!) But seriously….this is becoming a little bit overwhelming, however I still fell for this collection. Damn those marketing people @ MAC! I was good though….I only grabbed 4 items. I got:

- Heirloom Shadestick
- Street Cool Shadestick
- Curvaceous lipglass
- Illicit lipglass

left to right: street cool, heirloom, curvaceous & illicit

That is all and I swear I’m sticking to it. I’m not even sure why I grabbed the shadesticks but I am a collector at heart….or shall I say hoarder at heart…so I feel like I need these shadesticks because I have so many of them and it’s just WRONG that I don’t also have another 2 in my collection. Yes I do sound like those hoarders on A&E….Lord help me. Anyway….nothing else in the collection caught my eye in person. When I was browsing online – I had a few things in mind that I was excited to see and swatch, especially the lipsticks. Except I was utterly disappointed with the lipsticks….here is why:

So this collection had 2 sets of lipsticks – neutrals/light and dark. I was excited about the darker colors because a) I don’t have many of them; b) I’ve been getting into this color fad lately and I have no idea why…..and c) I have way too many neutral or nude lipsticks and I really don’t need anymore MAC nude lipsticks in any textures because I can guarantee you, I’ve got them all. As I walked towards the display, I almost squealed in excitement…only to be let down because the colors were all soooooooo dupable. The reds, the dark purples, the pinks – they’re all dupable…maybe not to the T but enough for me to say “let me save my $ for something else.” Having said that, I just had to walk away with 2 lipglosses – illicit and curvaceous – I have to admit, the sole reason I got these is because of how opaque they are. One layer of this gloss is more than enough to turn your lip into a nudey beige or nudey mauve pink. The consistency actually kinda reminds me of “Glamour for All” lipgloss from the “All Ages, All Race, All Sexes” collection.

We all are well aware that the NYX jumbo eyeshadow pencils knock these shadesticks out of the park….both in quality and price. However, I do love owning them – I can’t understand why either. They’re also not the best products to use – they crease if you don’t use them properly and they’re a bitch to put on, whether it’s straight from the tube or from a brush. So really, I don’t know why I got them – I got them just for the sake of saying “I got these shadesticks.” Sad I know – I haven’t played with them yet but I will and of course, I’ll let u guys know when I do.

Everything else…
Is not a must-have….I am telling you if you dig deep enough into your collection, you may actually find colors that are very VERY similar to this collection. I know my friend Sarah asked about the “stunner” blush – again….it’s nothing that jumped out at me. I find that the thing with MAC nowadays is that they’re just putting out product for the sake of putting our product….nothing is a “WOW” anymore and what is with this sudden price hike?? The shadesticks were like $21?!?!!!!!!!! All in all, this is something worth checking out but not necessarily buying….I’d wait for the Chanel fall stuff if I were you….hehe. Just sayin!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

japanese food + chanel = winning

its labor day long weekend...which only means 2 things: 1) summer is officially coming to an end, which starts my seasonal depression disorder (haha!) and 2) my daily commute will be crammed with students who love to talk about their so-called sexual escapades at 7am in the morning....really now? i figure i should enjoy this last long weekend before summer ends and do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! i was asked to attend a few parties and such, but i realized a few months ago that i am done partying. it's just not my thing anymore. there is no gratification in standing in a dark place, with watered down alcoholic beverages that costs a small loan, with nastiness bumpin & grindin near me...just to end my night with ruined shoes & hurting, blistered feet. noooooo thank you. having said that, i ended my nights with either an early drink at a nice restaurant or a nice mango slush with tapioca bubble tea. THAT my friends, is the most enjoyable experience especially when you are surrounded by people you love.

the other night, i went to a new japanese resto with my mom. please note, my mother & i love to eat out...try different places and such. some times...it's just easier to eat out. anyways, so we found this new place...courtesy of my cousin Chris...called "inatei". when you first walk in, the decor was meh...i wasn't thoroughly impressed, especially after my cousin telling me their food can get pricey. i'm thinking, with this decor, they better not be charging me a small fortune...unless they have a dishwashing option. lol. but boy, was i wrong....this place was DEEEEELICIOUS and it's worth every penny. they're actually not too pricey...it's mediocre and especially for the quality of the food, it's so worth a try. my mom & i ordered a 15pcs sashimi "boat" set, a grilled mackerel for appetizer, pork cutlet udon and unadon (eel with rice). i again...failed to take pics of all the food but i did wat i could!!

15pcs sashimi set - the shrimp was SO DAMN GOOD. it was soo sweet!!

grilled mackerel appetizer

i wasn't going to put this up just yet...but i thought i am just as excited as you guys are about CHANEL, so i fig why not! i FINALLY saw the chanel fall 2011 stuff at the chanel counter. my girlfriend jen made the mistake of taking me to a cosmetics store that had chanel and everything else...so i hauled. *hangs head* i didn't grab any of the lippies or the quad, or even the nail polish because i always go get my nails done so it's not worth it for me to spend the $ on a nail polish i'll only use once in a while. hehe. that was my justification. so i got the illusion d'ombre - long wear luminous eyeshadow - i believe there were 6 colors in total, but i only got 4. the other 2 colors were too sheer or too "common" and was easily dupable with mac's paint pots or cream shadows. here are the ones that i got....and i can't wait to use them!

it comes with an awesome brush....

because it comes apart and you can make it into a longer brush - like a lipbrush...how awesome!!





all of these eyeshadows (when i swatched them and played with them at the store) they were really soft and easily blendable....i was actually surprised, even with the black one. i thought it would be real sticky and dry - kinda like MAC's paintpots, but they weren't. i'm excited to use them and will def share when i use them. wooot!

Fall Style 2011
this fall, there is one thing i am looking forward to and that's wearing my over-the-knee boots with american apparel tights (the thicker material tights). i was rockin the look last winter and i plan to do it again this winter...booyah. here is the photo for inspiration:

her boots were loubs of course - but hey! my steve maddens work also!!! ....for now. haha. i love how kim k paired the look with a cropped jacket...it looks so professional yet classy and sexy. *drooolage*