Friday, June 5, 2015

[Comparison Review] HERA UV Mist Cushion C21 & Summer Long Stay C23

As some of you may know, HERA UV Mist Cushion Foundation is my current all-time favourite make-up base. Cushion products originated from South Korea and has been a trend-setter in the makeup industry since its debut. If you are unfamiliar with cushion foundations, it's basically foundation absorbed in a sponge (hence "cushion"), applied with a polyurethane 'air' puff packaged in a compact. They are raved to be "light-weight", "portable" and provide an "even finish' by reviewers and beauty youtubers.

Every major Korean cosmetic brand now produces their own versions of cushion products, ranging from liquid foundation, BB/CC cream, to blush and lip colour. Just last weekend, the lady working at the Dior counter in my local mall was telling me about an upcoming cushion product.

The two biggest selling points of this type of products are 1) compact packaging and 2) quick and even application.

I choose to purchase HERA UV Mist Cushion Foundation because of its medium coverage, staying power and semi-dewy finish. I ended up buying both the regular version in C21 Cool Vanilla Cover, and Summer Long Stay versions in C23 Cool Beige Cover. 

Full Compact with refill priced at 45,000 won; Refill only priced at 20,000 won.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Spring Korean Beauty Product Haul

Happy 33 degrees celsius everybody! Well, that's what my car thermometer said today at around 5pm. My spring makeup itch is back and I enjoyed myself thoroughly this time around browsing online for quality products.  

The itch this time is none other than lip products. It finally feels like spring borderline summer in Toronto, so time to freshen up those lips with splashes of colour!

My full order and all those samples! :D :D

Friday, May 15, 2015

Spring Update -- I'm back :) :) :) !

After a long unannounced hiatus since last September, I am happy to be finally back to blogging! Forgive me as I took on the responsibilities of a full-time Master's student while working a 60% teaching load in the 2014-2015 school year. In addition, I had to plan a City Hall wedding in Toronto in March, plus a symbolic wedding vacation away at Dominican Republic for April. Everything turned out fabulous as I had a fantastic, heart-warming wedding vacation where I experienced un-anticipated "dream-come-true" moments, and all of our guests bonded beautifully. Graduation for the M.Ed program is in line for June, and I will be taking on the challenges of a new position at work. Lots of exciting things happening for sure! 

Today's post will give you a little sneak peak at engagement photos (of myself only for the most part, respecting privacy of my husband) taken in Taipei during Christmas of 2014, and the symbolic ceremony in Dominican Republic in April 2015. 

We chose Taipei Royal Wedding Photography because we were attracted by their range of photography styles, large selection of gowns and excellent reviews for their service. We went to the studio three days before our appointment date and picked out dresses (which they tailored each one to my measurements) and confirm photo spots. 

Photographer: Jimmy
Look #1: Light lace bridal gown with flower crown, ultra long veil.
Shot in 台北真爱桃花源 (wedding photography theme 'park').

Sunday, September 21, 2014

{Foodie} Lunch Specials at Kingyo Izakaya

So by now you have probably figured that I love Japanese food. Both authentic and fusion. From formal sophisticated multi-course Kaiseki Ryori to Osaka street food like Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki.

It's really been a hell of a week (or two) and we decided to explore a bit downtown and try out some lunch specials at Kingyo Izakaya. Izakayas are Japan's version of pubs, they often have excellent dishes that are very unique and appetizing to go with the drinks. I was a bit surprised to find Kingyo in Toronto (in the old cabbagetown area) ... the last time we ate there was in Vancouver!

It's situated in a quite neighbourhood just off Parliament St. and there are some parking options alongside the roads or public paid lots. Enough blabbing, Onto the photos!
Unique store front after you get into the front door facing the street.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节!

Mini Mooncakes with red bean paste filling (back two) and dates and walnut filling (front). Yummm~
Mid-Autumn festival falls on August 15th of the lunar calendar and it is the second most-important festival in Chinese culture. The moon is the roundest and brightest today out of the whole year, and it symbolizes reunion and togetherness. This day is to be celebrated with family, eating a generous feast, followed by moon-viewing while having mooncakes and fruits. Today is the first time I am spending it with my future husband and sharing delicious moon cakes while looking at the beautiful round supermoon. 

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival everyone! 中秋节快乐!