Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ding Hao Taiwanese Noodle House and Bubble Tea

Hi everyone! I've been sitting on this post for a while, I hope you enjoy <3

Okay, so if you're local, I totally have a new place for you to try in Coquitlam (oh god I just gave away my location...) Eh. Over the summer one of my friends did me a huge favour by coming out to my area for hangouts (HI CAITLYN) and in return I decided to buy her lunch. BUT she's a vegetarian, so I had to do some googling.

One of the first and only things that came up were Ding Hao Taiwanese Noodle House and Bubble Tea. Apparently they're one of few places in the area that make noodles in the traditional Taiwanese way. I don't know what that means but I figured it would be something like pho, but new. The first time I went, I got crispy chicken and clear noodle soup or something like this. The soup itself was vegetarian I think and you can see some leafy greens and onions floating around in there. The noodles were amazing. They're really doughy and the whole meal was filling. My crispy chicken came on the side and was kind of too much food, hah.




The next time I went my friend (shoutouts to Ronak!) got the noodle in sesame sauce with cucumber, which is also a vegetarian dish (where did you all come from??).


And that's actually the end of this story because I'm pretty addicted to this. The sesame sauce is extremely rich, and the first time I had it I had a hard time finishing it (but by next week I was craving it again). I think the trick is to mix the cucumber in so that if you're feeling overwhelmed you have some of that and you're ready to go again.

Their bubble tea is fabulous too! (And HUGE)



In conclusion, you should find your local Taiwanese Noodle House and try some new things! Let me know what else on the menu I should try! :)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

I'm not sure why I try but I got a HUGE Rainbow Honey haul and I had to try some of them at least. First, some photos!

I spent enough to earn myself the free mystery add on :D



Three polishes, rose nectar chapstick and roll-on perfume, two disposable pigment applicators, 10 studs, and a cosmetic pigment

 I also got The Summer of 199X Part II and the Midnight Garden Collection PLUS Poffin Party and Sapphire Weapon (omg I can't wait to use that one).

Anyway, for Easter, I wanted to do some skittles. I learned I am very bad at that but here we go anyway. I had to cut it down to only a few colours otherwise it was going to be more of a mess than it was so I chose RH Tessie, Cameo 18 (from mystery bag) and Mint Flavor.



On my right hand, I also added Charaxes for the dark blue, Julep Kate for the white and Revlon Hot for Chocolate for the bunny's big brown eyes.



My other hand =p It kind of turned out better once I gave up on my striping brush...




(The glitter is RH I Miss You)
So it could be better but it's not the worst thing right? I don't think I'll ever beat my first year's design... Oh well. Next year bunnies all around!

Happy Easter everyone!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nailpolishcanada.com Easter Nail Art Contest!

Nailpolishcanada.com is doing it again :D A contest! They're certainly getting the hang of this, eh? Now if only I could.

I already had China Glaze Teal the Tide Turns down and I knew I wanted to do a skittles mani with my textured polishes so this design includes China Glaze Shell We Dance and Seahorsin' Around and my precious Zoyas Dahlia, Beatrix, Solange, Destiny and London. Incidentally, you can buy all of these on nailpolishcanada.com









A little messy but not the worst thing I've done. Sometimes skittles are fun! I need to try textured bunnies again sometime, maybe after I've got the rest of my CG's (aka the white one =3).

Vote for me HERE <3 (You have until tomorrow)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Swatch: China Glaze Teal the Tide Turns

Misnomer alert! This colour is NOT teal. I would consider Seahorsin' Around far closer to teal than this polish. Like the others in the Sea Goddess collection, it is a textured polish but it is less sparkly and less matte and took 3 - 4 coats rather than 1 - 2. I am far less impressed with this one.








Soooo my verdict is... eh. It looks sandblasted which is kind of cool I guess, but this is much closer to seafoam/minty colours than it is to teal. I'd say skip this one if you guys were looking to pick the Sea Goddess collection up but what's your opinion?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Swatch: China Glaze Sea Horsin' Around

This is the second of my Sally Beauty treasure hunt, and the last until my mail starts coming in. Sea Horsin' Around is a GORGEOUS teal-y blue. It is super sparkly and reminds me of those blue foil wrapped easter chocolates if you crumpled up the foil and stuck them to your nails (which I actually intended to do one day but now who needs to?). It fits right in with my Zoya Pixie Dusts for texture and sparkle.

Sea Horsin' around only took two coats for full opacity.





Eeeeee <3 This is almost as distracting to me as a full holo polish or those multichromes. Just wow.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Swatch: China Glaze Shell We Dance

The months are getting away from me! Lucky for you guys, I have nothing going on for the summer except maybe a couple tutoring gigs until June which means more posts. Too bad I can't subsist on attention from the internet alone...

Anyway, I didn't get into the program I was trying for (THIS year) so to make myself feel better I spent some of the hard earned money I'd been saving for the past eight months. I KNEW I wanted the CG Sea Goddess collection and lucky for me, they're on clearance at Sally Beauty! Unlucky for me they've been on clearance for a while but I managed to snatch two in the store near me and order the rest online for almost-but-not-quite full price (after shipping). So look forward to those and some art with them too! The colours are just too gorgeous.

Starting with Shell We Dance (yes we SHELL!) a pretty pink textured matte glitter much like the Zoya Pixie Dusts. Hopefully this will fill the holes in my collection for rich cool colours <3 I did three coats, and after two days there was no chipping, though I have by now (4 days) picked off some nails in their entirety. Keep in mind I like that, and it means you'll get a new post soon.





I really, really, really like this trend.

(How about you?)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Swatch: Rainbow Honey Papillon

Those ladies at RH HQ are the sweetest bunch! I came home a couple months ago to a nice surprise from them!



The package included their best selling glitters from 2013 (Kraken and Magic Cake), their two Valentine's polishes (Sweet Talk and XOXO) and the sneak preview of their spring butterfly glitter, Papillon! There are so many possibilities for Magic Cake that I am frozen with indecision....

BUT PAPILLON.
Papillon makes the perfect spring combination over Julep Robin! Those butterflies are adorable but I think my favourite part was the tiny micro holographic glitter that spread so nicely over the whole nail.





So sparkly! I love shaped glitters too! Without topcoat, the butterfly wings do stick up a little bit, especially on my very curved nails. The mix of glitter is beautiful though, and it's not just pink but there's a dash of blue and silver too, and of course those tiny, tiny little rainbows. Some of the butterflies flew away after some wear (again, without topcoat, with topcoat I don't think any of this would happen) but the majority stayed stuck and flat and I had flashy fingers for the first week of spring.

Have you ordered from your favourite brand lately?

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