Sunday, March 30, 2014

Nom Nom Review ~ Over Easy Breakfast

Address: 824 Edmonton Trail Northeast

Price Range: $6.00-$17.00
Urbanspoon Rating: 91%

Serves breakfast & brunch

This was my first time going to OEB, was my first diner experience! I don't often eat out or try new places because I want to save money (typical me..) and/or I don't have the guts to try different cuisines. This time it was different - since it was after my birthday, I decided to spoil myself, hehehe. I know, diners aren't so special & it's "all the same", but to me, this was going to be good! I'm always used to eating the same thing over and over again. I thought I needed a change!  Besides, this will be a whole new experience for my taste buds!

When my friend and I arrived at this diner, we were greeted by a young man, who kindly asked us for our names & for how many. The wait was approximately 10-15 minutes or so, which wasn't too bad considering the fact that it was lunch time. However, I suggest going early to beat the long queue during peak hours & weekends. There wasn't much of a waiting area, so we were all bundled up at the entrance, but what do you expect from a small diner?
Appearance wise - the tables were a little tight, but it didn't seem like any one mind it at all. There was a modern atmosphere & the interior was retro-inspired, which I thought was pretty awesome because it wasn't a "typical" setting as you see on TV. Everyone was laughing & smiling. With that, the whole place just gave off a nice & relaxing aura because it felt like everyone was enjoying each other's presence!

Now here comes the problem! Being someone who has never been to a diner before and eats the same things every day, what do I choose?! Hahaha

Sooo many good choices, ranging from bennies to sweet cravings, they had them all & I wanted them all! I wanted to try a bit of everything, something with fruits, potato wedges and toast. So I decided on one of their BLUE PLATE SPECIAL called "Breakfast in Tuscany".
Breakfast in Tuscany - Two poached eggs, sun-dried tomatoes, San Daniele prosciutto, rye bread, herb potatoes & fresh fruit

Yummmmmy! Good choice for a newbie! This dish was delicious! I absolutely enjoy poached eggs & bennies, but I dislike Hollandaise sauce. Without hollandaise sauce, bennies tastes bland. So this dish was perfect for me, the prosciutto & sun-dried tomatoes definitely added a kick to it! I've never tried prosciutto before until dining at OEB, nor do I know how to pronounce it, fail. I've seen it being sold at grocery storse but never knew what it was for. Next time, I'm definitely buying some!
Potatoes, the one food I can't cut out. The herbed potatoes were perfectly seasoned and moist. Just how I love them. I could eat those all day & every day. Accompanied by the potatoes were fresh fruit, how could any one say no to that?

Overall, this nestled small diner was a delight! Way beyond my expectations! Service was excellent, atmosphere was pleasant & everything was fresh & cooked to perfection. Yummy breakfast! Highly recommended!

Check out my friend's review! -

Friday, March 14, 2014

March 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag

It's been long overdue for my "first look" with the Glam Bag by Ipsy!
Being an Ipsy subscriber for 4 months, I have not once been disappointed! Besides, being hopelessly in love with makeup, this gives me the opportunity to try new products and experiment with different colors.

Revealing the products!

This month's theme is "Destination Beauty" and it's all about travel. "Exotic beaches or a simple stay-cation - what beautiful destination is your March Glam Bag getting ready for?"

 Exclusive ipsy makeup bag

The print of this makeup bag is a selection from artist, Klari Reis' geography-based series, "Street Anatomy" where she showcases this series and others in San Francisco, CA

I really like this one! Probably one of my favorite bags I've received. Its unique & different. Bright and colourful. Not like any out there, such as leopard print, zebra print, pink, purple, bows, cute. Just as ipsy say, "we believe inspiration comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, mediums, and textiles.." Besides, this month's feature on Klari Reis is one of many in ipsy's new Artist Series & I can't wait to see what they bring!

Pixi Beauty - Flawless Beauty Primer (12 ml)

The first time I was introduced to the Pixi Beauty line was from my very first glam bag back in November 2013. Personally, I love the eyeshadows, liners, and all that, but I wasn't the fan of the primer. For my skin, all primers do not work for me. My face feels greasy right after I apply it & my foundation will easily rub off onto my fingers or brushes, which results in cakey makeup. (eww..haha) Lots of makeup artists at beauty stores or review online suggests that primer is the key to rid of the cakiness, but for some odd reason, primer does not do me justice at all & without primer, my makeup looks great! I don't know it's because I'm not exfoliating enough, or my moisturizer isn't for me, I don't know and I wish I knew why! =(

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in ``Get Ready`` (1.5 g)

The color is a shade of rosy pink, which is similar to my preferred color for lipstick. The application was very smooth & the texture was very creamy. Ultra-pigmented! It gives full coverage with a rich, satin finish. It also gives the appearance of fuller lips and a healthy-looking pout. Although, some say its very moisturising, I feel as though it did the opposite. At first, it somewhat helped keep my lips moist for like a good hour or so, then it started to dry out my lips, which I did not like at all. My lips are already dry as it is, so I really did not need something on top of that to trigger it more. In the end, it is a promising product and I would try it again but only if the condition of my lips was a lot better. Hahaha

Chella - Eyeliner Pen in "Indigo Blue" (full size)

Best eyeliner ever!
It claims to:
          - lasts all day
          - water-resistant
          - smudge proof
          - quick drying, no feathering
& I couldn't agree more! Very pigmented, does not stain, and it provides a high-intensity eye look that literally lasts all day. Usually, I apply black liner to my lower lash lines and it always smudges, which requires me to rub it with my fingers & by the time the day is over, I'm left with barely any remaining! =( This time, I decided to be a little bold and apply Chella`s indigo blue & boyyy, was I ever satisfied. Not only did it not smudge, it lasted all day, no flaws, nothing! I haven`t been this happy with a product in a very long time! Very impressed.

NYX - Love in Rio Eye Shadow (full size)
Another addition to my collection of eye shadow palettes! The packaging is the slightly the same as the other eye shadows, but with a simple bow to add a little to its appearance. It comes with three natural nudes colors and is very pigmented. With such simple colors, it can be used to create a "casual look" for the day but enough for a "sultry smokey look" for the night. Plus, its travel-sized, so you can easily put it in your purse or makeup bag & reapply when needed! Very convenient, right?

Overall, this month`s glam bag was a success! One of the reasons why I love ipsy and their glam bags is that I get to be creative & use my imagination to create a whole look using the products they have given me. Hopefully next time, I can think outside the box and apply my skills into doing something more, hahah. =)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

fitness update

Hello again! It's been awhile since I updated my fitness journey, but then again, I haven't blogged for a long time. This time, no excuses!! :)

My journey to a healthier lifestyle started in October 2013, when my brother and I made a bet as a goal to lose weight. I know you guys are thinking that I shouldn't let money be the reason to motivate me to be healthy because we all know, ahem..MONEY IS EVIL!! LOL. Once I reach my goal weight and win the bet, the first thing I would do with the money is buy a cute new outfit -- if you got it, flaunt it!

Anyways, the first two months was easy, I simply cut out junk food and sugary drinks, work out at the gym 1-2 times a week & started to drink more water and tea. Watching what I ate and the portions allowed me to lose 10 lbs. After that, things went downhill, I was plateau for one month, which made me feel disappointed in myself. LE SIGH. I was too tired and lazy to go to the gym and I was making poor decisions for my meals and snacks. BIG NO-NO. I kept gaining some of the weight back and then losing it & I just didn't know what to do. I felt like I was a failure with no progress to show. So I thought "Maybe, if I invested on a food diary and calculate my calorie intake and consumption of water, it could work..?" Huzzah! There was progress! I felt in control of what was going into my body and more energized each day. I noticed my body was gradually slimming down by taking progress photos and going to the gym 4-5 times a week. In total, I lost 16 lbs. Boy, was I ever glad! I started feeling happy about myself and with that, I was, again, motivated to complete my mission to good health.

However, I am still fairly new at this and have a lot to research about my body type and what kind of diet I should be on. I really hope that when I post my next fitness update, I'll have more information I can share with you. Any advices are welcome, please comment! I would definitely love to hear them! =)