Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Makeup Tutorial: Arabic inspired purple haze look

Hi dolls, hope you are all having a wonderful day! Today, I have another makeup tutorial. I was inspired by Maya mia on YouTube to create this Arabic makeup look. It is a lot easier than it looks like, let’s get started!

I’ve already done my base makeup as well as my base. I used Makeup Forever HD foundation, OCC concealer and a brow eye shadow to fill in my eyebrows.

Step 1: Prime your eyelids with a shadow primer to prevent the shadow from creasing. I used Urban Decay shadow primer potion in Eden.

Step 2: For any kind of smokey look, I always like to apply a medium brown shadow in my crease. I used Urban Decay naked from the original naked palette.

Step 3: Using a small pencil brush, I layered a medium purple shadow on my outer v. I also smoked this color along my lower lash line. I used a purple shadow by Annabelle. (It’s discontinued unfortunately, but any medium purple shadow is fine)

Step 4: Using a small pencil brush again, apply black eye shadow carefully on top of the purple and smoke it out. Depending on the shape of your eyes, blend it out in the way that complements your eye shapes the best. I also applied this closer to my lower lashline. Here, I used panther by Wet n Wild.

Step 5: Apply eyeliner on top of your lash line. I applied it in a cat-eye shape and here I used the liquid liner by Physician’s Formula. Also, I applied black pencil liner in my waterline. The most important thing about this step is to apply eyeliner in your inner eye corner in a triangle shape.

Step 6: Apply a gold eyeshadow on your inner third of the eyelids. I used sidecar from the original naked palette. Apply mascara and false lashes. And voila, you’re done!

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and if you ever try this look out, tweet me at @yolennie1 or hashtag #lavenderfedora on Instagram. Have a lovely day!

Stay Chic


Friday, February 7, 2014

Tasted and Loved: Mabu Station

I don’t know about you guys, but I am a total dessert freak. I would choose dessert over regular meals any time of the day. One of my favorite spot to visit in Toronto, especially North York area is definitely the Mabu Station. Ever since I discovered it, I visit there pretty much every month and I am definitely obsessed.
This is a Taiwanese style dessert place. It’s quite a small store like most of the stores located near Yonge and Finch area. This can be quite problematic from time to time, I’ve seen many people coming into the store and have to wait in lines. Fortunately, this never happened to my friends and me. Either way, the food you can get from here is definitely worth the wait. Some of my favorites are the Belgian waffles, House-special toast and their longan and red bean milk tea.

Let’s start with the waffle, shall we? My favorite meal of the day is breakfast, hands down. So of course, the waffle seems the most attractive to me. Unlike your conventional waffles, this one is very chewy in the centre. They come in three flavours – mixed fruit, chocolate and macha red bean. I absolutely love anything red bean and green tea, so of course, the macha one is my absolute fave. The portion of this dessert is huge, if you are coming here after dinner of lunch, and you want something light and sweet, this can serve up to 3 or even 4 people, in my opinion. But like I said, I would choose dessert over meals any time, so I often come here with empty stomach and the entire waffle is mine. Haha :D The price for this is $9 I believe and for the size that you get, I think it’s fair.

Sticking with the breakfast theme, the house-special toast from Mabu Station is absolutely delicious as well. The chocolate caramel one is served with walnut ice-cream, bananas with chocolate sauce drizzled over them, a chocolate macaroon, two egg rolls and two oreos. It is absolutely divine. The crispy toast is soaked with ice cream and chocolate sauce, it’s a perfect blend between crispy and creamy. The only downside is that near the bottom as well as the walls of the toast, there isn’t enough ice-cream so it can be quite dry. But over all, it’s amazing! $13 for this that can be shared with many friends, totally worth it!
oreo milk tea

red bean longan milk tea

The store also offers many drink option, I’ve tried the Oreo milk tea, Longan red bean milk tea and egg pudding milk tea (see a theme here? I’m definitely obsessed with milk tea). My favorite is definitely the red bean one, surprise, surprise! First of all, can we just take a moment and enjoy how beautiful this dish looks? The mug comes is star shaped, which totally makes this drink girly and whimsical. The red bean comes separately in a dish and the serving is quite large. For $7, I think it’s pretty decent! Of course, the milk tea is sweet and refreshing. The red beans are served cold, paired with the hot milk tea, heaven!

Overall, I absolutely love this place! The price point is slightly higher, but for the quality as well as the nicely decorated environment, I would give it a 4.5 stars out of five. Would I visit this place again? Absolutely!