Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Beauty Review: The Balm Schwing Liquid Black Eyeliner

Hi dolls, how’s your day? Today, I have a review for you all. I don’t know about you but for me, liquid eyeliners are one of the trickiest parts of makeup. Finding the perfect liquid liner is absolutely crucial. Before this, I have used Dolly Wink eyeliner pen (it’s from Japan), physician’s formula liquid liner pen, NYC liquid eyeliner. Today, I would like to introduce you to my current favorite liner – the balm schwing black liquid eyeliner, and I will tell you exactly why I am absolutely obsessed with it. 

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First of all, I am absolutely obsessed with the balm cosmetics’ packaging. They all have this vintage pin-up art on them, which are so unique and adorable! They definitely grab my attention whenever I’m looking at my makeup drawers. But of course, that doesn’t tell you anything about the product itself. Unlike all the liquid eyeliners I’ve used in the past, this one has a sponge applicator. I am very used to brush tips so initially this was very difficult for me. But immediately, I was shocked at how black it is. It goes on very smoothly, and once you get the hang of the applicator, it is actually quite easy. It’s all about finding the perfect angle to position the applicator and everything else flows from there. It had great staying power, once it’s on, it won’t budge at all. Also, it has a semi-glossy finish, but not in a cheap and fake-looking way. I actually prefer those finishes over the completely matte ones. Overall, I think this is an excellent liquid eyeliner and I would definitely recommend it to you all. What is your favorite liquid eyeliner? Please comment below and let me know! Until next time,

Stay chic                             

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Healthy vegetarian low-fat cauliflower pizza

Hi dolls, I know I don’t do this often, but today I have a fabulous recipe to share with you all. I am sure you’ve heard of the famous cauliflower pizza crust and I would like share with you all my spin on this well-known healthy recipe.

You’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 & ½ cups of cauliflower
- ¾ cups of oatmeal flour (I just blended about a cup of instant oatmeal in my nutribullet)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Although in the original recipe, it asked to blend the raw cauliflower first and then cook it, it just so happened that we had some cooked cauliflower lying around. It was boiled with some pork so it had some extra flavoring that totally worked with this recipe. Also, the original recipe asked 3 tablespoons ground chia or flax seeds and 1/2 cup almond meal, I substituted all of it with the oatmeal flour. It reduced fat content significantly yet still maintained the doughy texture of a pizza crust. 

We put it in the oven at 4oo degree Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes and flip to the other side for another 10. As for the toppings, we blended up 3 tomatoes and drained it so it had a paste consistency, we also added a pinch of dried oregano and garlic powder. Mushrooms and green pepper are classic pizza toppings, so we definitely had to put them on top of our homemade tomato sauce. Topping it all off with some feta cheese and grated cheddar and popped it back into the oven for another 15 min. Voila! A yummy and healthy vegetarian pizza for you to enjoy. 

Cauliflower pizza, whole wheat tortilla chips, home-made hummus and baked fish <3 Yummy in my tummy :D
Have you ever tried cauliflower pizza crust? Let me know your favorite healthy recipe in the comment section below, please!
Until next time,

Stay chic!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dream Day Style Challenge

Hello my dear friends, how are you all doing today? I hope you are having a fabulous day. Recently, I was approached by Carolyn from to participate in the ‘Dream Day Style Challenge’. I am going to be honest with you all, unlike most girls, I don’t ever dream of my wedding day. To be quite frank, I honestly don’t understand why girls would get all excited about wedding dresses, decorations and all that jazz. With that being said, I am by no means anti-wedding, anti-marriage or anything like that. So I thought this would still be a fun opportunity for me to try and create a collage of beautiful pieces for a wedding, I’m sure it will be fun and exciting for some of you and maybe for those of you who are brides-to-be, it can help give you some inspirations. I was given three possible venues to style, including a traditional wedding, beachside nuptials, or a rustic soirĂ©e.

Since it’s currently summer, I thought the beach theme sounds like a great idea. So I put together some pieces that would really go with a beautiful summer beachside wedding, I hope you enjoy my picks. And of course, don’t forget to check out for all things wedding.

First, the most important part – the wedding dress. When I think of a beach wedding, I think of carefree style, dresses made of lightweight material flowing with the cool beach breeze, brides and brooms skipping barefooted on the warm sand, laughing their hearts out, yadi yadi yada you get the idea. So while I was browsing for the perfect wedding dress on, I kept those images in mind. This particular dress really fits my imaginations. The sweet heart neckline and the lace detailing is romantic and beautiful, and the tiered skirt looks like it will flow like a dream on the beachside. Nailed it!

Now comes the hard part – accessorizing. Like I said, I know very little about wedding, I honestly don’t know what goes with what, so if this offends you by any means, I apologize in advance. I thought the dress really speaks for itself with all the intricate lace-work, and the tiered skirt, I wanted to keep accessories at bare minimum.

The only jewelry I picked out were those earrings. I am personally a big fan of silver, gold in my opinion, is not always the most classic choice. Those earrings are simple and delicate, with a touch of elegance, they are my picks for the beachside nuptials for sure.

As for shoes, although I would love the bare-foot option, a pair of romantic sandals are a good idea as well. This pair I chose has a nice touch to it.

Last but definitely not least, the veil. Again, I wanted to keep it lightweight and simple, I think you can tell by now the key word for me here is Flowy.

So overall, my picks are rather simple, I don't like too much complications when it comes to weddings, now that I've given more thoughts to it. Here's a rather awful collage I made, I am absolutely horrible at collaging, so sorry!
What are you ideal wedding looks? Please share with me down in the comment section.

Until next time,

Stay Chic

Monday, August 18, 2014

OOTD: National Anthem

Hi beautiful people, how are you all today? I don’t know about you, but nautical inspired outfits are my favorite during the summer time. This outfit that I have on is not exactly nautical, but in my head, it has that kinda vibe, if you know what I’m saying :P

I scored this sheer blouse during an American Apparel warehouse sale. Although I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to spend a ton on sheer blouses, when I compare this to my $10 H&M ones, you can really tell a huge difference. Sigh, you really get what you pay for. Fortunately, the warehouse sale price made it way more budget friendly for a uni student like me. 

 I have showcased this shorts last year in an OOTD post called “secret garden”, I believe. I don’t care what others say, but I personally love skorts, so much for freedom in movement, and still look chic, don’t you agree? I love how the white piping kinda ties with those wedges, which are definitely my favorite pair of shoes that I own. I could walk in those for hours with very minimum pain. Pain, yes, a little, I don’t believe anyone who claims wearing heels is just as comfortable as wearing flats, they are either lying or they have no nerve tissue in their feet (is that even a thing?). But I love how those wedges make my legs look, sorry for sounding vain, but this is a sentence that you will hear very rarely from me, like I said before, I am super self-conscious about my legs. 

 Enough of me rambling, what do you think of this outfit? My mom said I looked like a flight attendant (in a good way, she claimed), but oh well, I’ll take it as a compliment. What are your favorite summer trends that you believe will never go out of style? Please share with us down below. Until next time,

Stay chic!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

TO Food Fest 2014

I know, I know, this is post is way too late. But you know what they say, better late than never, right? Well, today I will be sharing with you all my experience at TO Food Fest this year.
I have to apologize for the lack of photos in this post, in my defense, during that food fest weekend, our house had no Internet connection (I know, unthinkable, I barely survived), I totally missed the confirmation e-mail for my media pass. (Tears streaming down my face) Without the pass, I had to go with thousands of other people, so I decided not to bring my giant DSLR and just go and enjoy some food. I only managed to snap 4, so feel free to use your imaginations.
TO Food Fest is an annual food festival here in Toronto, more specifically, Scarborough. This is my first year attending and my overall experience was positive. There were lots of vendors selling all kinds of unique items. I tried the BBQ squid, Japanese fried chicken, rice balls, pierogi, empanada, bubble cake, Hawaiian BBQ skewers, and baos with meat inside thingie (sorry forgot what they’re called). I know, way too much food, took me days to recover, but it was totally worth it.

Let’s start with my favorite - the bubble cake. For someone who is so passionate about dessert, you would be surprised to hear that it was my first time trying this Hong Kong style dessert. It had the perfect soft texture, paired with your simple vanilla ice-cream, it was beautiful!

Next on the top of my list is the Japanese fried chicken. I am usually not a huge fan of fried chicken, I eat them once or twice per year, max. But this totally changed my opinion, The meat was tender and juicy, with the crispy layer around it, perfection! I really enjoyed the sweet chili sauce as well.
Fried rice balls are absolutely amazing as well. I took a bite of both the chicken and pork one, as always, I preferred the chicken one way better. It had pineapple on top, the perfect balance between sweet and salty.

There was a couple items that I felt quite neutral about, which included the BBQ squid (my mom loved it, but it was ehh for me), pierogi (I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t crazily amazing), Hawaiian BBQ skewers (only took one bite, again, nothing special).

I did quite like the bao thingie, although I found the bao itself was slightly too dry, it didn’t taste very fresh.
And there was one total fail item, the veggie empanada. I thought, hey I had too much meat already, let’s trying some veggie options. Mind me, it was my first time trying empanada as well, unfortunately, it was horrible! There were only beans inside, nothing else. The beans were extremely dry, and bland, the pastry outside was again, quite tasteless, overall, I had to toss it out because it was that bad. Maybe it’s just me, but this item was really disappointing.
The experience was lovely, although I do wish there were more seats available. But I guess that’s part of the food festival experience. Also, I wish there were more dessert options, there weren’t many unique items to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Overall, I had a lovely time at the food fest, and if I get to go next year, I would for sure make good use of my media pass and snap loads of photos. Have you ever gone to any food festival near where you live? If you have, did you enjoy it?

Until next time,
Stay chic

Monday, August 11, 2014

Downtown Fun Time

Hi everyone! How are you today? The past weekend, I went out with my friend to downtown Toronto and we had a wonderful time. We visited St. Lawrence Market, Distillery district as well as the harbor front center. Out of all the places we visited, I love Distillery district the most. I snapped a few photos while I’m there, hope you enjoy!

Didn't do much at the market, although the burrito was amazing!

Distillery district is located east of downtown Toronto, it’s a historical site as well as an entertainment spot for the locals. During the time we visited the place, there was an arts and crafts show going on so there were loads of vendors selling handmade products. Everything was so unique, it was a great experience compared to my usual shopping mall trips.

My favorite was definitely this vintage store, there were typewriters, old mason jars, chandeliers, etc. I was in a vintage heaven.

Another great memory was this cute little patisserie, my friend and I each ordered a cup of ice cream, mine was lavender and hers was earl grey. The ice cream was beautiful! It has the perfect texture, not too creamy or watery, and the lavender scent was so different, I absolutely loved it!

We also visited this chocolate factory, it carries some very interesting flavors, like this roasted white chocolate bar.

Later that day, we also went to Chinatown and had dinner at the dumpling house based on a friend’s recommendation. We ordered pork and cabbage dumplings, as well as sour and sweet soup (ugh, why does everything sound so odd when translated from Chinese), they were both super delicious! 

If you are from Toronto, what are your favorite spots for hanging out? Please share with me down below. Until next time,

Stay Chic