Saturday, December 28, 2013

Considering getting my first tattoo in a few months... any advice/tips?

I originally didn't plan to blog until next year, but I have the biggest urge to get a tattoo of a simple quote in my inner left bicep (don't worry, this is not on impulse, I've been thinking of getting on for a while and now just worked up the courage to do so) aaaaaaaaaaaaand, I need advice/tips from those who got inked!

Design / /
I'm planning on getting the quote "be at peace, not in pieces." tattooed in either Arabic (تكون في سلام، وليس في قطعة) or Punjabi (ਅਮਨ ਤੇ, ਨਾ ਟੁਕੜੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਹੋਣੀ). Right now, I'm in the process of getting the phrase translated by my friends that are native speakers of the language; I originally found the Arabic quote on Tumblr but seeing all those horror of mistranslation of languages tattooed, I'm making sure it's getting translated by a native speaker instead of trusting the internet/Google translate.

Size / /
Not extremely small. Perhaps, like picture #1 (below) or picture #4 (below) but in a clearer script. So, I guess a medium size?

Tattoo parlor and artist / /
I've already found my ideal place to get tattooed, and I trust the staff at the store because I've gotten pretty much most of my piercings done there. The staff is super friendly, knowledgeable and calm. I'm planning to head down there sometime in January to get a consultation.

Approximate ideal location / /





Experiences & Pain / /
This is my first tattoo so I don't have any experience whatsoever. However, I have multiple piercings (cartilages, ears, nose, tongue and navel) and none of them was painful whatsoever. I don't know my pain tolerance, I've always thought it was low but the fact that I've gotten a lot of piercings without flinching proves otherwise?? I'm not sure. I enjoy getting immunization shots too... so it's safe to say I don't have a fear of needles. I'm a fairly skinny girl but my biceps does have some meat to it, lol.

/ /
Any tips for reducing nerves, pain, or aftercare process? How was your first tattoo experience like?

Also, pleaseeee help me choose between Punjabi or Arabic. The phrase was originally written in Arabic so it looks beautiful, but I love (and everyone knows this) India and the Punjabi culture which is why I'm considering Punjabi. I feel like I'm leaning towards Punjabi more but in terms of the design and look, I feel like Arabic is slightly more beautiful and creative.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas! by thesushibox

Happy holidays! Hope you've enjoyed 2013 and many blessings to you and your family for another wonderful year to come!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

I got my wisdom teeth surgery done... before all the Christmas feasts


I got my wisdom teeth taken out yesterday. Originally I was supposed to have all four taken out at the same time but my previous dentist told me that the top two is optional - they're fine and most people take it out to get it over with and it's "cleaner" too.

I'm not covered by any dental insurance (PT workers don't get coverage, and my school is a private institute so they don't offer coverage), and my mom works in a family operated restaurant which doesn't offer dental coverage either. So, to be lucky and have my top wisdom teeth perfectly fine, we saved about $1,000.

The pain right now is bearable. It's just really discomforting. My dentist uses a different method to extract the teeth out which is why it's not as painful as many other claims it to be. My cheeks are just swollen, and I can't stop touching them for some reason.


Literally, what I've had last night and for breakfast.

What happened was, everytime I get sedated (this is my second time), instead of waking up groggy and sleepy, I wake up extremely nauseous and eventually throw up. I think it's a bad reaction to the drugs (I mean, I'm completely asleep during the surgery but when I wake up, it's downhill).

So, after the surgery, I slept until my mum came home with a bowl of congee. I didn't eat much because I still felt like throwing up, but I ate enough to somewhat settle my stomach. By this morning, all the drugs were out of my system so I consumed the entire bowl :( man, I feel like a fatty.

Does any of you guys get nauseous after being sedated or know someone? How were your wisdom teeth surgery?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Welcome Derpina!

 

Welcome Derpina!

Yes, Derpina from 9gag. 

I've never touched a bunny in my life so to hold one for the first time was soooo sweet. I picked her up from Sydney's (the girl I adopted Derpina from) house out in Surrey at around 5PM. As I was walking to my friend's car, Derpina tried to escape from my arms (I nearly panicked!). I think she's growing more accustomed to me since she doesn't try to escape when I walk around the house with her.

Did I mention my mum didn't know I was adopting a bunny? She called me crazy for taking in another pet. My Dad just laughed and is excited to meet Derpina soon. 

Derpina in her cage. Here's a funny story: when Sydney said Derpina comes with a large cage, for some reason I thought it wasn't going to be THAAAAT big. But it turns out to be one of those big 3 ft bunny cages.... boy, I was in for a surprised. And to think that I was planning to take public transit to pick up this bunny! Thank goodness for my friend to help pick her up [he ended up being about half an hour late for work too].
Body shot of Derpina. I fell in love with her colours. Can you believe she's this big already at only 4 months?!



I'm super happy to have Derpina in my life. She's so adorable and I can't stop watching her, LOL. I have a lot to learn now but nonetheless, extremely thrilled and grateful to have stumbled upon her. It turned out that Sydney never had a chance to bond with the bunny so Derpina has no recollection of any previous owners, technically. 

Right now, I'm just eager to littler train Derpina and buy a few more toys for her. And hopefully switch her bedding from the shavings to blankets :) 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Any of you guys a bunny owner?


Isn't she adorable?! This little bunny is only 4 months old and is a lionhead mix breed. I don't know her name but her owner Sydney is allowing me to adopt her for $40 (which includes her cage and all that!).

I've always wanted a bunny and finally... FINALLY, I get to own one. I'm extremely happy I got it at such a low price with everything included because when I checked out local pet stores, the rabbit is $100 AND the cage (with no accessories) is already $100. If I were to adopt from a breeder, the bunny would be $30-40 but the cage and its accessories will still rack me over $100.

I'm meeting Sydney tomorrow and picking her up tomorrow so I'll let you guys know how my day is with her. I haven't gotten a name figured out yet (I joked about naming my bunny Derpina) so anyone got any suggestions?

Also, any tips from any current bunny owners? My best friend raised bunnies all her life but I'm still open to other tips too!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Product Review: Nivea Sheer Comfort Deodorant

Two of Nivea's deodorants: (L) 24hrs Sheer comfort and (R) 24hrs Invisible For B&W
How often do you see product reviews on deodorants? I feel like many people are shy about deodorants, and I mean, it's usually linked to body odor so I can understand but... it's like a daily necessity to put on (even in the winter!).

Anyways, today I'm reviewing Nivea's deodorants. When it comes to a few products like shampoo, deodorants, body wash, etc. I don't have a favourite brand so I tend to try something new whenever I get the chance to. The reason I picked up Nivea's deodorants was because 1) I'm familiar with Nivea skincare products and 2) being cheap, my drugstore had a buy one, get one free promo for Nivea deodorants so I thought... why not try it? I save $4-5 in the long run!

Well... much to my dismay, the sheer comfort was a big disappointment. I hated it within the first few days of using it.

Aside from it being the "wet deodorant" (as in, it's wet when you apply it and you have to wait for it to dry), it was FAR from 24 hours coverage AND it did not smell pleasant whatsoever.

Coverage//
It's my mistake for not reading the bottom to see if the deodorant was wet or dry. However, the 24 hours coverage that Nivea promised is a lie. For example, when I put it on before leaving the house for school, by the time I got home, I can smell my body odor, and this is a total of... six hours (including commute time). And it's not like I'm exercising for a marathon so to be able to smell my odor within 6 hours already, is just shitty quality. There are days when I will apply deodorant and not do anything but stay at home and within a few hours, there's already a smell.

I tried many different coverage levels like 1-2 layers to 4-5 layers to see if it'll make a difference for the smell, but it's still the same result. And trust me, it's not my body; I've used Dove and Lady Speed Stick which last me a full 24 hours, with no BO scent. Nivea, however, didn't last me 24 hours AND it had an awful smell of the deodorant's scent (spring fresh) mixed with body odor. It soaked through my clothes which also left a horrible smell. Compared to Dove, Dove left a smell but it left a nice flower-y scent.

Scent//
Like I said, the scent of the deodorant is pleasant (the generic spring/flower scents) but it mixes up with body odor REALLY easily which is really disgusting.

Quality//
The quality of the deodorant is so-so. Although it's a wet deodorant (I'm not a fan of it), I felt like Nivea's deodorants are much "wetter" than the usual ones. It left white marks around my armpit area that I need to wipe off before throwing my clothes on. Quality of coverage and scent is horrible as explained above.

Overall//
I wouldn't recommend purchasing Nivea Sheer Comfort Deodorant. I was so put off by the poor quality of it, I haven't tried the B&W one. It's a disappointment considering I enjoy the Nivea products. We all know what a deodorant is supposed do, but this particular product does the OPPOSITE.

Save your money and go with another brand.

The one I'm currently using. THE BEST I've used ever!
I personally prefer Dove and Lady Speek Stick (both dry sticks). What about you?
*Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. The opinions written above is based on my own experiences provided by my own money. I am no way affiliated with the company in any way.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Business Review: VCC Salon Services [aka I’ve gone blue!]

For those who don’t want to read about my experience with VCC Salon Services, long story short, I dyed my hair blue a few days ago!

I’ve always wanted to dye my hair blue but whenever I get the opportunity to, the stylist I will go to will either A) not have blue, B) talk me out of blue and most likely, C) doing it all wrong and having “blue” show up in sunlight (like seriously, why bother dying my hair if Vancouver rains more than it shines?).

So, after being inspired by Demi Lovato’s blue hair, I decided to finally cut my hair and dye my entire head blue.

CTV News did an article about high-end pampering for a low cost and that’s when I found out about VCC Salon and Spa Services. I figured, these people are training to be professionals and there is supervision in the salon, so what do I have to lose?

I quickly booked an appointment with the Advanced Class because when I described what I wanted to do with my hair, the receptionist told me to book it with the Advanced Class to ensure I get a more skilled person for my new look.

The downtown campus where their services is located at is easily accessible by transit (bonus points!) and upon arrival, I was in awe by how beautiful the salon was. Extremely bright and modern – I heard they spent a fortune redesigning it. I was also greeted by very friendly staff instantly.

However, keep in mind that VCC expects you to pay upfront first. I was taken back by it because I thought… well, what happens if the stylist can’t give me what I want but the receptionist told me that I’m in good hands with the advance class that’s graduating in seven weeks. So, payment was made up front.

I was guided to my chair by my stylist, Song, a middle-aged Vietnamese woman. I had trouble listening and communicating with her because English wasn’t her first language. I was a bit disappointed because I wanted someone that I could easily communicated with so I can tell her what look I was aiming for.

Song nicely placed my jacket and bag away and quickly asked me what I wanted. After we consulted, she led me to the washing station and shampoo/condition my hair. I literally fell asleep because it felt like a nice massage.

After the washing station, she asked again how much I wanted to cut off and I told again the length I wanted. She nodded and started to get to work. Let’s just say… an hour later she was still cutting my hair (all I asked for was to cut up to my shoulders and layer it). For the first half of my head, it took her more than half an hour. Her hands were shaking and she was taking her time. When she finally finished the half, she sped through the other half like it was nothing. The supervisor stopped by and told Song that she’s cutting wrong and to redo a bit of my hair to fix it. In other words, after an hour+ cut, Song had to fix it up which took about 20-30 minutes. I did appreciate the fix up but it only caused me to have shorter than expected hair AND it ate up more time.

(Did I mentioned that I got in at 9:30AM and needed to be somewhere else by 3PM?)

After the cut, Song blew-dry my hair and I finally got to see the final cut. I ended up loving it despite it being shorter than expected. It worked out.

When I told her I wanted to colour my entire head blue, she went into a panic and called her supervisor over. The two of them told me that the blue is going to be super bright (I was aiming for a deep blue) and recommended me to just do the ends OR do an ombre and have purple on top and blue at the bottom. I liked the ombre so I agreed to deep purple and blue.

Halfway through the bleaching process, the supervisor (Gary) came to check up on Song. He then also checked out the receipt and apparently I didn’t pay for the service I wanted. Gary told me that if I wanted the purple, I needed to pay another $40. I decided no – if I need to pay another $40, I’d rather have my entire head blue and not half purple. I told them it’s okay, just dye the ends blue then.

Click to enlarge. VCC Salon updated price list.

After about an hour long process of bleaching and washing it off, Song finally started the actual colouring process.

A lot of her classmates stopped by and looked in awe. Gary said the colour is turning out wonderfully. Again, after sometime, Gary checked my receipt again and told me that I DO need to pay another $40 for the foils and bleaching process.

At that point, I got extremely pissed off. Not only have I been sitting in this chair for most of the entire day, missing my 3PM meet up, now I’ve been told TWICE that I need to cough up more money?! I explained to Song that it’s not what the receptionist told me. I told the receptionist exactly what I wanted and I paid the price she told me before we started. Song, with poor English, tried her best to apologize and get me to pay the extra $40.

By 4:35PM (remember, I’ve been here since 9:30AM), I was FINALLY out of the door after fixing up my bangs AND paying the $40.

Bottom line?

  • Be sure to have one of the stylist to check the price over when you’re at the receptionist.
  • Make sure you have the ENTIRE day free. I did not anticipated spending my entire day sitting in a salon chair for a task that would have taken about three hours max.
  • Have a stylist you can easily communicate with. I REALLY wanted to dye my entire head blue (and the final result of the dye was the shade I wanted!) and she messed up my bangs.

I understand that VCC Salon is a student run operation BUT if you’re training to be a professional AND you’re graduating in 7 weeks… it shouldn’t be this hard.

I also acknowledge the fact that if I went somewhere else, I would have easily went up $200+ and I shouldn’t be complaining about the price at VCC but it was ridiculous to be asking for more money when you expect me to pay up front.

Customer Service: 4/5
Quality: 4.5/5
Cost: 5/5 (compared to professional salons)
Would I come back? Yes
Would I recommend this place? Yes

Business Name: VCC Salon & Spa
Address: 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-443-8332
Website: Here

*Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. The opinions written above is based on my own experiences provided by my own money. I am no way affiliated with the company in any way.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

For the first time, I went to the movies... alone!


Last month was the start of a living nightmare for me. To this day I am still not in the right mind frame to go about life like I used to. A lot of personal things has happened to the point where I feel like I just want to give up. That's why I've been absent for weeks on pretty much every social media account. Just a few days ago, I started using Instagram and two days ago, just reactivated my Facebook.

Anyways, to get myself feeling better (hopefully), I went to watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire today. On Tuesday is half off movie tickets and if you're a Scene member (loyalty program), you save 10% on the already low Tuesday prices.

The only difference was, I went alone.

For a long time, I've never had the guts to go to a movie theatre alone. I thought of it as a social activity (when in reality, it's not really...) and I just felt like people would judge me. I mean, I'm not going to lie, a few times I've seen solo movie goers, I sort of felt pity for them. 

I know about only one person that goes to movies alone when he can't find anyone to go with. My brother goes to movies alone and when I first found out he did that, I felt this... jealousy towards him. My own brother is brave enough to go the movies alone and I'm sitting at home, fearing people would judge me.

I started Googling online and stumbled on Reddit and discovered that a lot of people go to the movies alone (even ones in relationships!) and said it's just like any other movie experience. They listed pros and a few tips of going alone but I slowly started to realize that going to the movies alone isn't a bad or weird thing.

Last night, I worked up the courage and decided to watch Catching Fire alone. Given my current mental state, I wasn't in the mood to see any of my friends AND most of them has already seen it when it was released.

Today, I picked out the earliest show time (12:25PM) and to my surprise, there were more solo movie watchers than there were of pairs. I didn't feel alone. I thought that, well... it is 12PM, most of these people want to avoid the evening show times (Tuesdays are PACKED since tickets are 50% off). For me, I chose the 12PM showtime because I know not many people are going to be there AND I wasn't going to see anyone I know. I feel sort of like... a little wimp because my brother has the guts to go to an open night movie release and I chose the earliest time to avoid the crowd. 

However, I thought, at least I got the guts to watched it alone. I didn't feel awkward or embarrassed as I thought I would be. I enjoyed the movie, even laughed at a few scenes. The best part is probably having two empty seats beside me to put my bag and jacket on.

Would I ever watch a movie during rush hours? Possibly. I only went this early because I can. On any other Tuesdays, I'll be at work or school during lunch time.

But, I would go to the movies alone if I wanted to catch something. This first time experience was great for me in many ways - I got some more alone time, I felt like I was treating myself, and I finally got to see Catching Fire! There are many more movies I'm itching to catch soon and the best part is that I finally worked up the courage to see them alone.

Do you go the movies alone? If not, do you plan to anytime soon? What's your thoughts on solo movie goers?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Age gaps in relationships


I shipped Serena+Nate BIG time during GG.
Being Asian and being surrounded by Asian friends, I've came to realize that in Asian cultures, age in relationships doesn't really matter.

I've read many stories of 10+ year gaps with some couples. That caught me off guard because most couples I know in real life have less than 10 years age gap. My parents, for example, have a 5/6 years age gap. My boyfriend and I have a 4 years age gap (although my birthday is in October and his is in January, people easily assume it's a 5 years gap but if you calculate by our birth year, it's only 4). A lot of my friends are in a 1-3 years gap and some are just a few months apart. 

The biggest age gap I know in real life is probably the 10 years gap between my classmate and her boyfriend (she's 21 and her boyfriend is 31) and the second biggest is an old friend and her boyfriend (she's 20 and her boyfriend is about 27/28). I got a bit turned off because I can't imagine why a nearly 30 years old man would want to be with a teenager but eventually I learned to accept it and it wasn't my place to judge.

I was with a guy for about a year and a half and he was six years my senior. To my embarrassment and regret, I also "hooked up" (it only lasted a few days) with a 30 years old, someone that was 11 years my senior. My cousin ended up finding out and he literally said "I'm not blaming you because you're young but that guy is f**ked up for going after a teenager!". The 30 years old guy told me he acknowledges our age difference and he really did like me and wanted a relationship but I felt extremely uncomfortable after knowing his age (he had Asian genes which made him look younger than his age). 

With my current boyfriend*, we went out with a few of his friends he hasn't seen in months. They were aware of me but we never met. One of his friends asked how old I was and I replied, "I'm 19 years old." and he nodded; however, his girlfriend started laughing and said, "Wow, (boyfriend's name*), I didn't know you decided to rock the crib." [In BC, the legal age is 19].

I don't think my boyfriend was offended by it but needless to say, I had a bad first impression on her AND I was a bit pissed off at her for making an unnecessary comment.

For me, an ideal boyfriend is someone that also has to be older than me. I don't care if it's older by one month, but I still prefer someone older than me (but not too old, haha). I feel secure and safe when I'm with someone older. I just get really... odd and uncomfortable if I dated someone younger. And yes, back in high school, I turned a guy down because his birthday was two months after mines.

But, love is love, right? I'm not in a position to judge a couple with a 15 years age gap. As long as they're happy, they're happy. I'm not going to lie, I will feel uncomfortable at first but by the time I get to know the person/couple, I usually accept the age difference. In the end, they've found someone to love and that's all that matters. Society has come a long way and age shouldn't be a shock to anyone now.

What are you thoughts in age gaps? Should we find someone closer or our age or let love take over and ignore age differences?

Look at these beautiful people.. ughanhjeabgtrhuairtebw!

*PS: I know that I haven't shared my boyfriend's name for some time and that's because he doesn't know I blog and if I were to use his name, I feel like... I don't know, I feel like I'm betraying him in some way. I know there are about a million people with the same name and the only way people will know who exactly he is, is if they know me and tie the connection. But nonetheless, until I feel comfortable to let him know I blog, I might just continue with Boyfriend, or S. or I don't know, make something up?? Any suggestions for this situation?

Monday, November 25, 2013

The 2014 Blogger Challenge

AnotherGirlyBlg

I found a great new blog challenge for the new year and the best part? It's achievable!  

The 2014 Blogger Challenge is hosted by Gaby from AnotherGirlyBlog. According to Gaby, this challenge is:

The New Year is a time for resolutions and starting fresh, so why not start with a challenge to kick off the new year! I have come up with the #2014bloggerchallenge. The challenge is to write a blogpost twice a month about different topics. The #2014bloggerchallenge posts will go live during the 1st and the 3rd weeks of each month. Everyone who signs up will be sent an email with the post topics. The topic ideas are there to give you new ideas and encourage you to write about things you wouldn't normally write about.

I'm excited for this challenge because it's only twice a month! I always fail the other blogging challenges because I can't blog everyday.

To join, visit Gaby's site and send her an e-mail or comment on her post! Deadline is Dec. 9th.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Beauty talk - eyebrows grooming!

Yes... I am actually using a Sims model.
Let me tell you a little story about my eyebrows.

Growing up, I never thought of eyebrows as a beauty feature on the face. I don't think I even gave a poop about eyebrows - to me, they were just there. Somewhere in 5th grade, I fell in love with Kelly Clarkson's and Lindsay Lohan's eyebrows. They were perfectly thin (but not too thin) and dark. I inherited my dad's eyebrows - thick and bushy; by the time I was in 6th grade, it was clear that I had a slight unibrow (or at least to my knowledge. I do remember in 3rd grade an older girl said I had "one eyebrow" and I didn't understand what she meant).

I remember in 6th grade (or 5th grade, I forgot), I overplucked them. Picture short, thick and unshaped eyebrows. Literally, they didn't meet with the end corners of my eyes. They were extremely short. Embarrassed by them, I swore I wouldn't touch them in ages.

By the time 7th grade rolled around and graduation came, my mum plucked the middle of my eyebrows and I was unibrow free! They were still bushy but they weren't short. 

It was in the early years of high school when I first started grooming my eyebrows. To this day, my method hasn't changed - I get them threaded once every few months or so and in between my threading sessions, I'll maintain them by plucking.

Nowadays, I'm extremely conscious about my eyebrows. They have to be groomed or I'll feel like everyone is staring at me for having big bushy eyebrows.

If you're like me, there are many ways to groom your eyebrows:

Threading: My favourite and only method to groom and shape my eyebrows. Threading is a traditional Indian-styled way to removing hair. They just use cotton threads and their body to guide the threads to areas that needs removal. It removes the hairs right out of the hair follicle which results can last up to 2 1/2 to 3 months (depending on how fast your hair grows). It's more precise than waxing, and possible even less painful than waxing. It's not messy and can be done in 5 minutes. Locally, I pay only $5 (I've heard in a few cities, it's about $7-$8) but threading is still cheaper than waxing.

Waxing: This is a very common method and a lot of first time groomers will resort to waxing. Eyebrow waxing prices ranges from places to place but from what I've seen, average price is probably about $15. Waxing isn't as precise as threading or plucking however the results can last your months. This method can tend to be messy too and even unsanitary if the salon isn't high quality. However, the biggest downside to waxing (aside from the pricey visits), is the high possibility of your skin sagging from all the stretching. Also, if your stylist isn't skilled in waxing, they can also be taking off bits of skin. My best friend's sister got her eyebrows waxed one time and the stylist ended up ripping off some of her skin.

Laser: I have yet to do laser hair removal or even consider it since it's the priciest of them all. However, I would be extremely uncomfortable to have such a powerful laser near my eyes. The results are permanent but it may require multiple visits and a few hundreds dollars (per visit).

Plucking: This is everyone's go-to method. I only pluck AFTER I get my eyebrows shaped. If little hairs start growing, I'll just pluck them away at home. I know very few people that groom their eyebrows by plucking because it takes massive skills (in my opinion) to carefully shape your eyebrows and not mess up. I highly recommend getting it done professionally and then maintaining them at home and following the shape your stylist has done.

DIY: Of course, there's also DIY. These kits are available in drugstores and beauty stores and it's pretty much like waxing but they also provide eyebrows shapes stencils/templates. Each brand has a different way of using their kit, but it's along the lines of placing the stencils onto your eyebrows, and using a white coloured pencil (some kits provide powder instead), trace the stencil. Then, after preparing the wax, place the strips outside of the stencil drawing and wax the excess hair off. I would recommend a second pair of hands to help if you consider doing DIY.

Tips:
  • To save money, instead of getting it done every month or so, maintain them at home.
  • Always ask the stylist to shape your eyebrows to a 'natural' shape. From there, you can decide if you want them thinner or let them grow a bit and get a thicker shape. 
  • If you're scared of the pain, take some painkillers before your appointment. 
  • Get inspired by celebrities' eyebrows. Even show your stylist a picture and he/she can determine if that shape suits you.
  • Pluck after a warm shower. It opens up your pores and reduces the discomfort of plucking hair from the roots.
  • DON'T SHAVE YOUR EYEBROWS! I had a friend back in high school that decided to shave her eyebrows she couldn't control how/where she wanted to remove the hair. She underestimated the razor's positioning and ended up shaving more than she wanted. Also, according to her experience, it left an odd, dry, and uncomfortable feeling after shaving and when the hair started growing back.
I'm blessed with dark (and thick) eyebrows according to my stylist - she told me a lot of her customers wants dark and thick eyebrows. I just see it as I don't have to fill in my eyebrows every morning like most girls I know :P

How do you take care of your eyebrows? Have any tips to share for first-timers out there?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I fell in love... with Target Canada! ♥

Last night, I got to shop at Target Lansdowne Mall before the general grand opening because my friend works there and invited a few of us to the friends/family event.

Dispite it was only a friends/family event, a lot of people showed up and the line up was huge! It moved fairly quickly though.

Everything was so neat and tidy, well organized and bright. It's hard to believe that at point, that used to be a crappy Zellers store. The energy was great and staff were super helpful. Even though it's out in Richmond, until the other Target stores open nearby, I think I'll find myself shopping there for a while. They have a great selection on gifts - seriously, if you're one of the last minute shoppers (like me), this place is like heaven. 

I didn't purchase much because I didn't need much. I did however, wanted to check out the make-up, clothes and accessories departments... but since I was shopping with a bunch of guys, I don't think they wanted to check that out, haha. When I passed by, the bags looks amazing and they had great sweaters too... ugh, I can't wait to stop by and do some clothes shopping!

They had the BEST Christmas department I've ever laid eyes on. Props to the team!

We have a Jewish friend and we just love bugging him about it (in a non-racist way).

I thought this was a nice little hat for the winter time and I ended up buying it because it was only $6... I didn't want to try it in store and when I got home, it ended up to be a big beanie... I'm not too sure how I feel about beanies. Oh, and lucky me, I removed the tags before I tried it on so I can't even return it! I might get my mom to fix it up into a smaller hat.

Long story short, the notebook I have since Sept 2012 got soaked with water. The pages still aren't dried yet but it's all a wreck for the bottom half. So I ended up buying a notebook... gah, they had such cute selections but I ended up with Hello Kitty... it even has glitter!

I LOVE Christmas if you don't know that already. I was looking to purchase a small Christmas tree with fiber optics in the end but Target didn't have any. However, they had this mini light up tree... I love it! The size is perfect enough for my tiny room but I still wanted a slightly bigger one... :/ next year maybe?
I love Target Canada... ^__^

Monday, November 11, 2013

Why is it that when I have a job, I tend to blow money too quickly?

So, I finally secured a job over at Staples as a Copy Center Associate... yay... ??? It's only a temporary job (about 9-10 months) until my co-op from school kicks in (co-op is when the school finds a company related to your studies and gets you a paid position with the company for a few months. Think of it as getting experience before graduation).

I love it to far - extremely slack environment and management and great hours to fit my schedule. Since I know nothing about papers and related goods and those big office printers, I had a lot to learn during my first week at Staples. I picked it up fairly quickly and I feel somewhat confident. This coming Saturday will be my first shift without a senior partner... super nervous!

Last week, and today, hasn't been the greatest. For personal reasons, the past week I've barely eaten anything or slept (which makes thing even crappier because my shifts starts at 7:30am/8am) and been crying nearly everyday. I felt like giving up on Friday but fought through this weekend and held onto hope. All I know is that I'm an emotional wreck right now and I really hope that this hope I'm holding onto and the pain I've been through will be worth it in the end. I wouldn't know what to do if things didn't turn out great, to be honest. 

Since my mental state was haywire, I literally went on a shopping spree almost everyday the past week. The amount of times I've been to Starbucks and reloading my card is ridiculous. I've been spending far more than I usually would when I go out to eat - whenever I do feel like eating, it's always sushi and I overspent on my sushi meals.

I also ended up shopping for clothes and make-up... which I felt like I really shouldn't have done.

A cut out dress from H&M. I ended up getting the purple one because I felt it looked better and I have waaaay too many black dresses.
I got a new eyeshadow palette too... look at all those neutral colours! I love the glitter in it and best part is, it isn't too much when I apply it!
I guess... I can get back on my savings path once everything is fixed and better... :/

Hopefully.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

32 books in less than year! [Goodreads Challenge]

32 books in less than a year!
I love reading and to be honest, I've only started reading A LOT last year because I got myself an e-reader. Otherwise, I hate dragging myself to the library and have a 2 weeks reading time to finish my books.

Goodreads has a yearly challenge of how many books you want to read in the year. It's my first time doing this challenge and a friend suggested 32 books. How he got that number, I have no idea but now that I've finished the challenge, I felt 32 books isn't enough. It still records how many books you've read once you past your goal so by the end of the year, I'll have a better idea what my next year goal will be... I'm thinking 50!

My main focus for next years book is to tackle my to-read list. I have a bad habit of adding books onto that list and then when I start a new book, I open one that isn't on the list... haha, anyone else does that too?

Any of you have a Goodreads account? Let me know your reading habits and Goodreads profile so I can follow you!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday's Five Reasons I Love November

1) Remembrance Day
This will always be on the top of my list. I have so much respect for veterans and soldiers because they're risking themselves for us. I get extremely offended when people degrade soldiers as 'stupid people for not having a post-secondary plan' or something along the lines of that. There's one quote that hits me hard and to this day I still remember it and that's "If you can't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them".

2) Early Christmas Spirts
I am a Christmas person. As soon as December hits, I'm in the best mood ever! Literally, a smile plastered on my face. A lot of people get me to do stuff for them around this time because they know how friendly I get during Christmas... tsk tsk. I got so bored, I already made my Christmas shopping list which I'm dead set on - unless something dramatically changes. I'm thinking of getting a head start this year.

3) MORE cozy night-ins
 I'm lazy and November equals colder days. Hellooooo, green tea and a nice book!
(oh, and hello to you too, boyfriend :P)

4. 2014 Planning
December is so hectic in terms of the holidays, I tend to plan my next year in November. I do get excited because I love challenging myself and making new changes to my life and self.

5. Family gatherings
For some reason, my family loves to gather around in November and rarely in December... I have no idea why but as my family is so distant from each other, it's nice.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Who doesn't know Carrie was based upon a novel?!

So, guess who finally got to see Carrie today?!

When I heard they were doing a remake of this, I was extremely excited and while I am a bit skeptical how on well remakes live up to the original one, I was right about this movie as soon as I saw the trailer - the remake of Carrie IS AMAZING!

I loved the opening scene, it was extremely intense. It pretty much made my top 5 opening scenes I'll remember. I felt Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Mortez portrayed their characters to well, you gave give Carrie and Margaret White a new face (if you're used to picturing Carrie as portrayed by Sissy Spacek). I also enjoyed the modernization of the entire story... and oh, my goodness, I can't get over the beautiful colour of Mortez's hair in this film.

However, a bigger thumbs up is that the plot for this remake follows the novel written by Stephen King! I got super excited when they included Sue's minor story line, and the ending scene of Carrie's house AND when Sue testifies about the events months later.

That being said, as I walked out of the theatres, I overheard a group of young high school kids mentioning how they didn't know that Carrie was based off a book. One of my friends that watched the movie with me also admitted that he didn't know it was based off a book (and as Ender's Game is approaching, he didn't know that movie was based a novel too). 

I instantly thought... how do people NOT know Carrie is based on a book? How this remake has more connections towards the book than the original movie did. I mean... it's Stephen King! I honestly consider Carrie to be a classic.

As a bookworm, I've read this book ages ago and just listening to these kids and my friend makes me realize how pathetic our society is for not reading such great literature. In fact, nobody is reading at all! A lot of people, young and/or old, feel like reading is for "nerds" and it's "uncool and lame". I don't care if you read newspapers, magazines (Time, National Geographic, etc.) or general novels, but just read something! It sickens me how people are so afraid of books. Don't read romance if it's not your genre; read sports related novels, or horror novels. Any type of genre.

As society is getting younger, and technology is getting better, I actually fear the later generations would discard books and focus on Facebook. I personally find it extremely unattractive if you claim "I've never read a book in my life" or admitting books are lame/etc. If you don't read, I can't be friends with you. I don't care if you read Time Magazine or a book about knitting, as long as you read, I'm content. 

When I grow older and have kids of my own... trust me, I'll be introducing them to books before technology.  

Monday, October 28, 2013

Scary Encounters #4: The Possession

 
The last encounter is a personal one. 

Remember how I told you that I was starting to get back into faith at the beginning of the year? 

One night, after staying up late into the night with my friend, we both said a prayer before heading to sleep. 

It was a quiet night, I slept through it peacefully until the last few minutes before waking up. You know that dream you have just before you wake up in the last final minutes of your sleep?

In my dream, I was watching over an exorcism of a young lady. She was screaming on the floor and her body bending in ways that wasn't natural. As the priest was reciting an exorcism prayer, I watched the demon(s)' slowly showing itself via the girl. 

At that point, in my dream, I shouted 'Talk to me! Talk to me!" to the devil and the next thing I knew, I was woken up instantly and the first thing that came out of my mouth was a low male growl, a sound I've never made or even knew about in my life.

I took a few minutes to calm down and recollect the facts of my dream. When I got up, I noticed one of my grade school class photo in the trash can. It was hanging on my closet door and my trash can was beside it. Physically, if the photo were to fall in the middle of the night, it would have went straight down to the ground and no where else and impossible into the trash can, in a straight vertical. 

When I grabbed the photo out of the trash can, I took a closer look and noticed a scratch mark was made on the photo. I look closer at my closet door where the photo was and noticed a small dent on the door. 

And that concludes the end of Scary Encounters! I love supernatural/entities stories but when you know or actually experience it yourself, it's a whole new story... 

'Scary Encounters' is a mini segment that features true horror stories; it's a 4 week segment, starting on every Mondays of the October until the last Monday of the month, leading up to Halloween. Check out week 1, week 2, and week 3!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Beauty How-To: DIY Oil Blotting Sheets

I used to buy oil blotting sheets and at the price they're priced at, and me being a broke university student, I figured it's not worth spending $8-12 on sheets just to get rid of my oil when I'm on the go.

Luckily, my face doesn't get oily that much so even if I were to fork out $12, it'll last me a while.

However, for $1 from my local dollar store, I can have a lifetime of oil blotting sheets! ... okay, maybe not a lifetime but at the rate I use my oil sheets, one purchase from the dollar store can easily last me more than a year.

A lot of people don't know that oil sheets are the easiest DIY project... and trust me, as someone who can't do DIY projects, this is the EASIEST!

PS: You can put these in a zip lock bag or even a small plastic container (just cut to the appropriate size) and you can bring these sheets on the go!

Yes, you can even use Victoria's Secret's wrapping papers!
Sometimes you can't see the oil the tissue paper has absorbed but once you touch your wiped area, you'll noticed instantly there's no oil on your skin.

Enjoy your $1 sheets!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Book Review: Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Click here to view Allegiant's Goodreads profile.

BREATHTAKING.
JUST READ IT.
NO REGRETS, PROMISE!

Seriously... best trilogy I've read in a while.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

What I Wore: 20th Birthday Dinner

This dress was literally $10 from Urban Planet! I love body con dresses and lace. The white and pink colour schemes made it so flirty and cute... I can definitely see this on Valentine's Day too. Shoes were just a pair of black wedges.

 
I straightened my hair. My make-up was light and you can't see much of it due to the lighting and my bangs. But my lips were pink, eyeshadow was pink and blended with black on the outer crease. I used a little bit of blush and only wore light powder foundation all over my face.

I'm not a make-up person but that night I really loved how my make up turned out and that made me want to play around with make up more.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Scary Encounters #3: The Ouija Board

 
Now... it won't be October if there isn't an Ouija board involved!

Looking back, I think I'm glad that I missed out on the Ouija board night with a couple of friends. I remember spending it with my boyfriend and his friend back in late November a few years ago. 

My friends, Ryan, Kevin, and Sergio were all gathered at Ryan's house for another night of games and movies. Ryan brought along his aunt's Ouija board he found, whom bought it from a thrift store ages ago. As soon as I heard that his aunt bought it from a thrift store... that when I knew something was about to go down.

Ryan was the type of believe that the Supernaturals don't exist and was always ready to prove it to you. Kevin and Sergio both believe in the Supernatural, or at least, something out of this world.

After finishing the movie, Ryan brought out the Ouija board and got extremely hyped up and talked Kevin and Sergio into playing it. They were well aware that they couldn't take their hands off the pointer. 

It began with Ryan asking simple questions such as, 'Is anyone there?', 'Are you a boy or girl?', etc. 

According to all three guys, eventually someone answered. All three of them swore that they never pushed the pointer on their own. The spirit answering was a female figure. 

Ryan, wanting to prove that they don't exist, asked 'Why don't you show yourself?' and 'Make a move'. 

There was no answer.

Kevin, taunting the spirit said 'Is it because you're ugly?'

Still no answer. They decided to stop playing the game and go home. While they were at home, things started happening. Ryan told me he experienced chills and heard uncommon noises throughout his house that night. Normally, it's quiet. 

Sergio, whom didn't participate much but still had his fingers on the pointer said his 7/8 ft. tall Christmas tree suddenly fell down in the middle of the night.

And worst of all was Kevin's experience. He claimed the spirit followed him back to his house. While he was doing his own thing, he'll experience chills now and then. By the time he went to sleep, he was awoken up in the middle of the night. He told me he saw a shadowy figure of a woman bent down at the end of his bed and his room got extremely cold. He didn't have the nerves to say anything but his first instinct was to turn on his lamp. 

When he looked back to his bed, the figure was gone.

When I was a kid, I desperately wanted to try the Ouija board. I didn't know where to get them so I eventually gave up trying to get one. A few years ago, I found out that Toys R Us told them... I didn't buy one for myself but I bought one of my friend as a birthday gift... needless to say, it's still sitting in his closet, wrapped and untouched. 

I've read many things about the board, and no matter how tempting it might be, I don't think I will ever be brave enough to sit through one session with the board.

'Scary Encounters' is a mini segment that features true horror stories; it's a 4 week segment, starting on every Mondays of the October until the last Monday of the month, leading up to Halloween. Check out week 1, week 2, and week 4!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Celebrating my 20th... Alone! (!!!)

Okay, well... technically I didn't celebrate it alone as I was with my friends last night. But seeing as the 20th is actually my birthday, it's being spent alone.... :"(
 This is literally the last photo of me in my teen years. Taken just a few hours before the 20th and a few hours before my birthday dinner. Scrubbed and au-natural, haha.

I wish I've taken pictures during my birthday dinner but... nope, it didn't happened. My friends took a few pictures but they haven't uploaded them (plus, I look extremely unflattering in the angles). However, the dinner was amazing. I had a delicious burger, my friends got to meet and get to know my boyfriend, and it turned out great in general. After dinner, we went to a strip club but despite how entertaining it was, I was a bit bummed out because a lot of my friends decided to bail out right after dinner despite knowing the plans of a strip club. I guess they weren't ready as they said they were?

Unfortunately, we had to end the night because I had a 9:30AM flight out to Toronto for a job training (I'll blog about that after I come back!). Right now, I'm just sitting in my hotel room... alone :(

I'm on Skype with my boyfriend but he's more interested in the hockey game than messaging me.. boys. I can't believe it's already 8:30PM and back in Vancouver, it's only 5:30.. I'm still in awe about the whole time change despite being in the same country.

Anywho, this blog post is just random. I'm just extremely bored in my hotel room. Did not expect to experience my 20th birthday this way, haha.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday's Five Horror Movies for October


One of my favourite things about October is the horror movies they are released. This list is in no specific order but just five of my favourite horror movies of all time.

1. The Conjuring (2013)
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I know this was released just released this year but I swear, this movie instantly kicked every horror movie off my list. To this day it still scares me... and did I mention it's based on a true story?! With actual photos to back up the movie's claim?

2. Insidious 2 (2013)
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I though the first one was scary but I think this was better.
3. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
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I always watch this movie every year and I have no idea why. Some say it's more of a gory, slasher genre and not an actual horror movie but nonetheless, I enjoy watching it every year. Probably due to the fact that I'm interested in mutations/government conspiracies.
4. The Last Exorcism (2010)
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I enjoyed it very much, it was a big plot twister throughout the movie. I have the DVD and one of the bonus feature is actual recording of exorcisms. They have a warning and a protection prayer for those who want to listen to it. I didn't.

5. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
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This is the first exorcism movie I've ever seen and I watched it with my mum and brother. It's based on a true story (pictures are even more scary) and for some reason, I always come back to this film.