Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hello Kitty Cocktail

That's all.

They [Hapa Izakaya] have a fucking Hello Kitty cocktail.

I can't even right now.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Movie Review - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Last weekend, I got the opportunity to finally catch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

I'm a big fan of The Hunger Games; I would place this trilogy right after Harry Potter if I'm being serious. It's really dramatic, well written and keeps you on edge.

If you ask me, personally I don't think this film should have been split into two parts because the story isn't even that long! But, for marketing purposes, I suppose it'd make more money in the long run.

Mockingjay is the third and final installment of The Hunger Games series. It instantly picks off where Katniss is rescued after destroying the previous games. In this film, she's the symbol of hope and retaliation against the Capital and all the districts are going into war.

Here's the thing about Mockingjay Part 1: it's a filler.

It ends of right at the climax of all the action (if you follow the books). It is literally a two hours tease for Part 2. It's ridiculous.

The first hour of the film is boring. Yes, it is. My friend was about to fall asleep because it was really dry. This movie lacked action... a lot of action. Yes, there were scenes of things blowing up but that only lasted for about two minutes. The most dramatic scene was perhaps when Katniss finally reunites with Peeta, and if you've seen the film, you'll understand why. And hopefully agree as well.

Admittedly, Jennifer Lawrence's acting was great, as it can get in this film. I think this film really suppressed her acting skills, but don't get me wrong, there are scenes where the killed it, but overall, JLaw's talents were held back tremendously. There's a lot more Liam Hemsworth than in the previous two combined but he utters a few sentences that makes you question his acting abilities. Then there's Josh Hutcherson that makes you cringe everytime he comes on the screen because that's one ugly tuxedo he wears in this film.

Is this film worth it? If you're a big fan, sure, it's worth it. If you're not, you can personally skip this one and probably pick up all the action in part two. I was warned that this movie was a filler but I went in with somewhat high expectations.

Lower your expectations. The previous two films were great for me, and unfortunately this one was a let down.

Have you guys seen Mockingjay Part 1 yet?
Did it blow you away or did you walk out of the theaters saying, "Eh..."?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Product Review: Clarisonic Mia Cleansing System

Hellllo beauty lovers! I'm back with another review, this time for the iconic Clarisonic cleansing system!

For those who aren't aware of this tool, it's a facial cleanser than cleans deeply into your pores to remove make up, oil and build up. It's highly raved about and consider the best tool in the market. It boasts that it can clean up your face in just one minute!

I originally purchased this product because I was looking for something to clear up my blackheads. The beauty adviser from Shoppers recommended this tool and claimed that it helped with his blackheads too. I originally thought it was too much (retails at about $145CAD) just to clean out my blackheads but the adviser told me all the benefits and promised that I'd get my money back guaranteed if I don't like it.

Upon first impression (after getting over the high price tag), I was a bit turned off by the one minute timer. I mean, it's not the end of the world but after one minute, the tool powers off and you gotta turn back on. It's just a hassle because I want something that is powered on until I feel like my skin is clean enough. The brush head is soft and doesn't damage your skin. It's the default brush head so for those with more sensitive skin or a rougher cleaner, you'll need to cough up additional $50+ for alternative brush heads. On top of that, Clarisonic also recommends you replace your brush head every 3 months.

The package comes with a sample size cleanser for the system. It's recommended that you purchase their cleanser to use with the system but it actuality, it's perfectly fine to use any other cleanser as you wish. The good ones to use are the ones that foams up!

I've been using it for nearly a month, and to be honest, I'm disappointed by the product.

After forking out almost $200 for this system, I wanted my face to feel fresh, or at least, my blackheads gone. I've been using their cleanser and using mine and NOTHING works. The annoying 1 minute time still gets to me but on top of that, I just feel like it's not doing much. It's uncomfortable when I put the system on my nose to clear my blackheads.

It doesn't do anything. My blackheads aren't disappearing and reappearing, they just sit there like they've never been touched.

(And, I ended up buying a cleanser that ACTUALLY cleared up my blackheads for a fraction of the price of a Clarisonic!)

After a month of no clear results on my face, I decided to claim my money back with their 90 days money-back guarantee.

Here's another kicker. Their customer service sucks! I called their support line to start my return process and the line cuts me off. I sent them emails after weeks later, still no response. I can't return it to Shoppers and I think Clairsonic (as a business) doesn't want retailers taking them back. So, I believe if you ever decide to return Clarisonic, you need to contact the company themselves to start the process.

I wear minimal make up and my skin is generally in good health. This product is probably suited for those that wear a lot of heavy make up and/or have troubled skin such as oily skin or acne problems. Their customer service sucks SO be sure that you really want to invest a few hundred dollars on a system that might or might not work for you!

A lot of people rave about this product, but, unfortunately, I don't think my skin needs this product and now I'm stuck trying to contact Clarisonic for a refund.

If you're blessed with good skin and you're trying to target a specific area, don't invest in Clarisonic, regardless of all the positive reviews. It's probably not meant for you and you (and your wallet) is better off buying special scrubs/lotions to target your areas.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Introducing my 3rd Tattoo!

Who knows, this might be my last tattoo I'd get!

If you don't know by now, I'm planning to leave Vancouver in the next two years so. A lot of people may think, "psh, two years is a long way from now!" and if you are one of them, weeeeeell, you gotta look into your life because honey, time is FLYING by way, way, way too fast... seriously, it's the end of 2014 soon!

So yeah, 2 years may sound long but in reality, it flies by.
After procrastinating long enough, I finally got around to designing my third tattoo - a tribute to my home city.

It'll be my first coloured tattoo and I'm excited for that. My original plan was to keep it simple - just an umrella with rain drops and YVR's coordinates. Then I saw a few skyline tattoos and fell in love with it, except that the skyline tattoo would require more skin. I want to keep it simple, small and perhaps on the back of my neck or just below my neck.

Here's my design(s):

#1-4 is my original concept. I originally wanted it straight up but the diagonal designs add a bit of "umph" to it, just because it's diagonal, you know what I'm saying?

I also added two versions of it: one simple (4 rain drops) and one with a bit more raindrops (6 drops). I originally liked the concept of 4 raindrops until I experimented with 6 raindrops and loved it even more!

The skyline tattoo is Vancouver's waterfronts. There's a bigger one and a smaller cropped one. I enjoy the bigger one but like I said, I don't have anywhere on my skin to do that unless I put it sideways on my thigh or something - even then I'm not sure if I want a skyline. If I opted for the smaller design, I'd have it on my forearm. However, the skyline designs might even be out of the question because of all the fine details that are pretty small.

Right now, I'm leaning towards design #4 because it's pretty much what I envisioned prior to designing it. I thought about having the words, Vancouver, BC buuuut coordinates look soooo much better, haha.

Which design do you think is good?