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Sephora Chic Week Haul!

Saturday, April 20, 2013 Category : , , , 4

I've been trying to save my money as of late but when Sephora's Chic Week came 'round I just couldn't resist!

Sephora is offering 15% off your total purchase, but in-stores only for Canadian shoppers--how unfair is that!? It's already bad enough that some items can be $10, $15, maybe even $20 more than in the States when the currencies are so close to par!

Well, fortunately I found a way around this predicament :)

Because of the huge discrepancy in USD to CAD prices at Sephora, I like ordering my items through the US site and shipping it to a parcel receiving place in Point Roberts, which is not too far a drive from where I live. This way, not only do I save from the huge markup, but I get to use the 15% code! Yay!
Below is the damage this haul dealt to my credit card:

Merchandise Subtotal: $292.50
Promotion Discount:-$43.87

BUT WAIT! I also used Ebates for the first time with this order which saves me an additional 4% off my subtotal, which comes to $9.93. 

If I did my math right (unfortunately I'm one of the few Asians not blessed with crazy math skills), I saved 18.4%! That's $53.80 on top of what I already saved from the USD to CAD price conversion! Yippee!

Chic Week lasts until April 22nd, so if you want to be sneaky like me, the promo code for online shopping is "CHIC"

I had the most difficult time narrowing down my product selection to reflect a reasonably-figured expenditure, but here it is:

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (in Blissful and Exposed)
Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT - Radiant Touch (Oh no! I left this one out by accident!)

I'm super excited to try these products! You can expect to see a whole slew of review posts coming up soon!

Amicably Yours,

March 2013 Favourites

Saturday, April 6, 2013 Category : , , 1

Seeing as how we're already a week into April, I was debating whether to do my first "monthly favourites" post for March or April, but I decided on the former 'cause I felt pretty inspired.

I've got quite a few skincare favourites this month, since my skin (particularly the nose area) was being uncooperative and making both my BB creams and foundations cake on me. Not only was my makeup caking in some areas, but there would be dry patches as well as oil buildup. Then after I blot to get rid of the oil, the dry spots would become even more accentuated. I could not win.

But thank goodness my skin is finally somewhat agreeing with me.

I already reviewed this back in February (link above), but I've still been using it everyday since. The texture is more like a serum than lotion, but that's what the product is called. I find this is a good base product for moisturizing in the morning and night. Then I slather on a bit more cream if my skin's having a rough day.

Hada Labo Moisturizing Cream
I usually apply this cream at night after applying the lotion from the same line. This cream's got a thick consistency that almost has me feeling oily after applying, but it gets absorbed by my skin overnight (or gets smeared all over my pillows, but I'm choosing to believe the former) so I wake up feeling nice in the morning :)

Josie Maran Argan Oil
It's $14 USD/$18 CAD for a tiny 15mL bottle of this stuff, but I've had it since the beginning of November last year and I'm barely halfway through the bottle so the price isn't too big a deal for me. A little bit goes a long way with this product. I like to add about 3-4 drops to a dime-sized amount of moisturizing cream each night for extra moisture. You can even apply this directly on your skin for treatment because the oil dries/gets absorbed quite rapidly. 

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Nude and Black
It's hard to find a nude eyeliner that isn't exorbitant in price, so I was pretty excited when I saw these eyeliners on the blogosphere. I like to use the nude on the inner corners of my eyes and the black for tight-lining my upper lashes. The nude doesn't stay on all day and the black smears a little into my waterline but I'm okay with that. I don't think even the higher-end liners could perform any better. Since they're kohl liners, these eyeliners are super creamy and pigmented, so it doesn't take a lot of effort to apply them. 

This finishing powder has been a part of my daily makeup routine since I bought it. This particular shade is supposed to help reduce redness and I find that it certainly does live up to it's claim (it conceals the redness on and around my nose that my foundation misses). It also blurs away my pores and doesn't highlight any dry skin I may have like some other powders do. Since these powders have no oil-control, I usually do have to re-powder my nose area every few hours, but I do like the effect this product gives.

NARS Blush in Orgasm
This was one of my first-ever high-end makeup products from several years ago in the beginning of 2011 (it's a powder product, so I have no qualms about any "expiration" date). Even as a complete beginner with makeup, I had heard about the NARS Orgasm Blush and my interest was piqued. Admittedly, it just sat unused until recently since I've been going for a more natural look with blush instead of contouring with my bronzer. I haven't tried other blushes before, but I find the peachy pink with gold shimmer to be absolutely gorgeous!

Amicably Yours,

Review: Beautyblender Makeup Sponge

Friday, April 5, 2013 Category : , , , , 2

I've read and seen rave reviews about the beautyblender sponge on both blogs and YouTube, but I could never bring myself to splurge some $20 on a sponge applicator.

I finally added this to my cart when I was shopping online at Sephora (I did a mini haul that I sent to Point Roberts and I figured I may as well make my purchase substantial enough to justify the trip down to the border)--and boy am I glad that I did!

From the reviews I read, I definitely knew I wanted the real thing, and not the half-priced Sonia Kashuk blending sponge. Then came the problem of which set to buy from Sephora.

- 1 beautyblender for $19.95 USD ($26 CAD)
- 2 beautyblenders for $25.95 USD ($33 CAD)
- 1 beautyblender + 500mL blendercleanser for $34.95 USD ($44 CAD)
- 2 beauty blenders + 500mL blendercleanser for $39.95 USD ($50 CAD)

I definitely knew it wasn't worth it just to go for one beautyblender when a second one was only an additional $6, but I couldn't decide if I wanted the cleanser or not. After going back and forth, I finally decided to go for the cleanser as well. Not only did it provide for an easier way to clean the sponge, but it apparently works as a brush cleaner as well.

The Claims:
Now you can look like a movie star without the pricey services of a major make up artist. Introducing Beautyblender, the ultimate make up sponge applicator. Invented by top Hollywood make up artist Rea Ann Silva, Beautyblender has been created to leave you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion. Silva knows that the key to a perfect face is simple: a perfect blend. So forget your fingers or sharp-edged triangular sponges, these application methods waste make up and can leave visible streaks. 

Beautyblender’s patent-pending elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. Its suede texture is sensual to the touch and its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your make up dazzling and undetectable. Beautyblender is latex free, non-allergenic and odor free.

In short, using brushes, fingers, or other spongers for foundation application can sometimes leave streaks and the beautyblender sponge promises to deliver a flawless streak-free application. Furthermore, the pointed tip of the sponge is designed to get at the smaller areas of your face (ie. the sides of your nose, around the eyes, etc).


1. You can use the beautyblender with any sort of makeup formulation, whether it be liquid, cream, powder, loose, or pressed. Whichever the case, you'll want to use it damp, so wet the beautyblender under a faucet with a squeezing motion and then squeeze all the water out. When you're done, the beautyblender will be significantly larger than when it was dry, as you can see in the picture below.

2. I use BB cream, so I squirted a nickel-sized amount of product on the back of my hand and used the beautybleander to dab at the BB cream.

You'll want to use a stippling/bouncing motion against your face rather than dragging it across like a brush. This will blend the makeup into your skin without distorting the texture or tone. Use the round, blunt end of the beautyblender for application of product to broader areas of your face (ie. cheeks, forehead, and chin), and the pointed end for smaller areas like the sides of your nose and eye area.

My Thoughts:

Product: The beautyblender is super-squishy and feels almost like suede. I love how it's designed to be used on both ends for applications to different and all areas of the face. My only gripe about the product is with the bright pink colour since I've heard the pink washes out when you clean the sponge.

Well, that and the fact the product is that it's near-impossible to travel with (not that I travel often, mind you, I just like having the option open to me), but that's not a fault with the product itself. 

Packaging: The packaging for this product as actually quite neat. The iffy thing about buying a sponge rather than a brush (or using your fingers) is that it's difficult to find a place to store it. The packaging actually comes with a pedestal insert (you can see it in the second picture of this post) that will allow for the least amount of sponge surface area to rest against a solid surface, which will in turn allow for optimal drying :)

So when you get your beautyblender, don't throw away the packaging!

Price: If you weren't paying attention at the beginning of the post where I listed out the options and prices, here it is again:

- 1 beautyblender for $19.95 USD ($26 CAD)
- 2 beautyblenders for $25.95 USD ($33 CAD)
- 1 beautyblender + 500mL blendercleanser for $34.95 USD ($44 CAD)
- 2 beauty blenders + 500mL blendercleanser for $39.95 USD ($50 CAD)

As you can see, at $20 USD, it's not really worth it to buy just one beautyblender on its own, but it's a lot to buy two beautyblenders and justify the $13 USD per sponge price tag instead. Now that I think about it, I think that's how they trap you! >_____<

Overall: I love the even texture that the beautyblender provides. I'm not sure if I'm just being influenced by the hype, but I do feel like it provides a flawless application. I feel that the sponge provides a fuller coverage than I can get by applying my BB cream with my fingers. Furthermore, it feels like my BB cream lasts longer on my face.

Here's the "after" picture. You can see my terrible-ness of my bare skin in the application pictures above.

Repurchase? Yes! Hopefully I can get a long life out of each sponge, but when it's finally time for new ones, I'll definitely buy them again. I don't think I'll ever want to go back to applying BB cream with my fingers again!

Amicably Yours,

Hello Steveston!

Sunday, March 31, 2013 Category : 1


We were supposed to go biking on both Friday and Saturday, but since we were biking for a total of four hours on Friday, we were too sore to even fathom going again the next day.

Instead, we headed out to Steveston for the day! Unfortunately, the sun fool us all into thinking that it was a warm day and we would freeze every time the wind blew past (which was often, since we were by the water)!

We went to Pajo's for some fish and chips and the lineup was crazy long! It took what felt like forever and a day to get our food! I'm not crazy about fish and chips as it leaves me feeling all greasy inside, but I suppose it tasted pretty good for fish and chips?

One thing I love about Steveston is that there are all sorts of people running about. I love street photography, so Steveston is awesome for capturing both fun and peaceful moments :)

Steveston is also where they film the show, Once Upon a Time, which I love. Here's one of the shops--if anyone recognizes it ;)

Amicably Yours,

I'm a Rough and Tough

Sunday, March 24, 2013 Category : , , , , 3


"I'm a rough and tough, I'm a rough and tough
And nothing's gonna knock this girl down"
-Settle Down, No Doubt

Had that song stuck in my head when I was piecing this outfit together. It probably has to do with the studs on the army green sweater--not to mention that I decided to pair the outfit with my Steve Madden military boots!

Anyways, this is just a casual OOTD post of what I wore to work the other day. I love working in a casual environment; it has me considering getting my CPA designation here instead of a public practice firm. 

Speaking of which, I'm reminded of a text conversation I had while working:

James: "You are just a bundle of joy"
Me: "A regular little miss sunshine"
James: "The light at the end of the tunnel"
Me: "Until you realize it's an oncoming train, and then you're like, 'Shit'"

I think we'd make a great comedic duo. 

Amicably Yours,

Review: Benefit “Fake Up” Concealer in Medium

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Category : , , 7

Having started a full time job two months ago, I don’t get to sleep in anymore. As such, the dark circles under my eyes have become a little more noticeable to me.

Prior to this, I’ve used Yves Saint Laurent’s ANTI-CERNES - Multi-Action Concealer, which was disappointing, in my opinion. The YSL concealer provided only light to medium coverage; it would fade away after short period of time, and it would settle into fine lines under my eyes that I didn’t even know I had!

So when I heard about Benefit’s Fake Up concealer, my interest was piqued.

The Fake Up concealer comes in three shades: Light, Medium, and Dark.

The Claims:

This product is marketed as an ultra-hydrating crease control concealer that will keep your skin hydrated for six hours and won’t cake, crease, or settle into fine lines.

How it does this is the concealer itself is encased by a colourless blend of vitamin E and apple seed extract which is supposed to diffuse lines and keep the skin hydrated.

Research results:
Results observed in a consumer panel survey:
- 100% said it hydrates skin
- 100% said it feels comfortable on skin
- 100% said the texture feels silky
- 94% said the effect is long-lasting
- 94% said it doesn’t run
- 97% said the formula is lightweight
- 91% said it conceals dark circles
- 91% saw a natural appearance
- 97% said the packaging makes it easy to use


Benefit says: “Stroke Fake Up underneath each eye; using your ring finger, pat gently outward to blend. To instantly refresh your look, smooth over any concealer to diffuse lines and hydrate the undereye area.”

When dealing with the delicate undereye area, you always want to use your ring finger, as this is the weakest finger and therefore the finger with the gentlest touch.

I use this concealer under my eyes and on red areas after moisturizing and before applying BB cream.

My Thoughts:

Product: The hydrating aspect of this product is certainly ingenious and it definitely works, but unfortunately, I can’t say the same about the concealer itself. Immediately after application, I would say the coverage is light and only somewhat diminishes my dark circles.

As you can see in the comparison, there's a barely perceivable difference with my eye bags. 

Good news? Even though the concealer faded after about an hour or two on my face, it didn’t deposit itself into the fine lines and make me look cakey.

Packaging: The packaging is super pretty and my inner-crow is delighted at the shiny silver tube. The product is delivered like a lip balm whereon you twist the bottom to extend more of the product.

Price: Fake Up is available at Sephora for $24 USD/$29 CAD. As far as “high end” concealers go, this is a fairly standard price, but in my opinion, this product isn’t worth that much.

Overall: I really wanted to love this product, but unfortunately, it doesn’t do much for me. I adore the concept of this product, but if the hydrating aspect works but the concealer doesn’t, I may as well just skip the concealer entirely, right?

Repurchase? I’ll keep the product, but I will not be repurchasing when/if I reach the end of the tube.

Amicably Yours,

Review: Benefit "High Beam" Highlighter

Thursday, March 14, 2013 Category : , , 3

After skulking around on beauty blogs in my spare time, I realized I wanted to try my luck with a highlighter again.

Previously, I used Yves Saint Laurent's TOUCHE ÉCLAT - Radiant Touch highlighter pen. Despite rave reviews and its immense popularity, I feel that it wasn't for me since it didn't wow me (though in retrospect, I may have to revisit it since I paid a mint for it).

I recently picked up Benefit’s "High Beam" highlighter—apparently another cult favourite—and let me just say, I’m definitely enjoying this one. While YSL’s highlighter pen did in fact highlight areas of my face, I just wasn’t that impressed. I think it was because I was looking for something that was a bit more luminizing when hit with a certain light… kind of like how models have that nice sheen on their cheekbones when photographed. 

I originally agonized between Benefit’s Watt’s Up! (which has a more champagne colour) and High Beam, but I opted for the latter because Watt’s Up! is the birthday gift from Sephora this year. So even though my birthday isn’t for another 7 months, I figured I’d try the more popular product that I wouldn’t be getting for free :P

Just FYI, Benefit also has other Beam products, including Sun Beam (a golden bronze complexion highlighter) and Moon Beam (an iridescent complexion highlighter), but I figured High Beam was most suitable for me.

The Claims: 

So as I was saying, I was looking for a luminizing highlighter and lo and behold! I stumble across this product!
Benefit High Beam is an ethereal pink liquid highlighter that creates a radiantly dewy complexion. For an angelic sheen, this pink shimmering lotion adds a soft, natural afterglow.
and furthermore, 
It's a "supermodel in a bottle" and perfectly alluring on all skin tones. 
I needed it.


Benefit says: “For spot highlighting, dab on cheekbones and brow bones for a beautiful angelic sheen. Or mix with your moisturizer or foundation for an allover glow.

After applying my BB cream, I dot my cheekbones and brow bones with a generous amount of product (generous, meaning I don’t wipe off excess product on the bottle like you’d instinctively do with nail polish) and pat at the product with my ring finger until it is completely blended. I do this one area at a time, since the product dries fairly quickly and will be impossible to blend once dry.

After the product has been blended in, I use bronzer to contour my face. The picture below will act as a general guideline if you’re not sure where to highlight and where to contour (though I also dab some highlighter on my brow bones as well). However, I would just like to say that application areas vary between individuals since people have different face shapes—hence, different areas to highlight and contour.

A few dots in each section are all you need, really. You may not notice a huge difference in the mirror, but trust me, it’s there. This stuff is potent, and you definitely don’t want to over-highlight.

My Thoughts: 

Product: Although it’s pink in the bottle, the product itself is more of a silvery-pink. I was worried how the product would look on my yellower Asian skin, but the pink isn’t noticeable after application.

The product definitely lasts for the whole work day, and even longer on my brow bones. When I get home from work and if I’m going out for the evening, I’m tempted to apply more on my cheekbones, though I’m sure it’s still mostly there.

Packaging: The packaging leaves much to be desired. The bottle itself is a bit chunky, like a bottle of nail polish. I like having slim items to carry around in my makeup bag for touch-ups, but unfortunately, this one stays at home :(

Furthermore, it would be a huge improvement to have a doe foot applicator, but instead, it’s a nail polish-type brush. In my opinion, this can get pretty messy if you’re not careful.

Price: It’s $30.00 CAD ($26.00 USD) for 0.45 oz of product at Sephora. While that might not seem like a lot, it will probably take me a while to get through the whole bottle since I’m only using a few dabs of product each day. 

Overall: This is one of those products where I’m amazed I haven’t tried it sooner. Previously, I only contoured my face with a bit of bronzer, and left it at that, but highlighting makes a world of difference. Benefit’s High Beam adds a lot more depth to my face than I can accomplish with just bronzer alone. 

Although its effects are subtle, when the highlighter is caught in a certain light and I happen to see my reflection, I’m like, whoa! 

Repurchase? Yes, for sure! It’s definitely become a staple in my makeup routine. 

Amicably Yours,

Review: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Power in Diffused Light

Saturday, March 9, 2013 Category : , , , 6

Whoa! Apparently everyone on the blogosphere has been talking about this highly-anticipated product. Evidently, I need to start reading more blogs!

As for me, I found out about this product when surfing Sephora’s website last month. I was in the market for a new compact since I was still using Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Powder and a wet/dry powder foundation from a drugstore brand called Prestige.

The former left a white cast that I found to be particularly visible in photos. The latter compact made me way too matte for my liking (plus I really didn’t need to be adding powder foundation on top of my BB cream, but it was all I had and it was better than having an oily T-zone). Furthermore, both products would settle around dry patches of skin later on in the day, which I definitely didn’t need!

So behold, the Ambient Lighting Powder from Hourglass: 

The Ambient Lighting Powder is: “a universal finishing powder that features state-of-the-art technology to recreate the most exquisitely flattering types of light.”

Note: “finishing powder”. This product is not meant to be a highlighter, or a blusher, or a bronzer—though I have read some reviews of women using it as such. This product is meant to be dusted all over one’s face to create the intended lighting effect. I suppose you can use it whichever way you want though. 

The Claims: 
Create your perfect light. Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin. Ambient’s illuminating particles are one of the first ever to exhibit both photoluminescence and color-correcting capabilities. The transparent micron-sized spheres with an entrapped diamond core—called photoluminescent technology—do not simply cloak imperfections like traditional powder, but rather, alter and refine the perceived appearance of the complexion by manipulating and filtering out harsh light. Delivering a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, skin appears softer, younger, and lit-from-within. With six universal shades available, you can choose to create your desired lighting effect—not unlike having a personal lighting technician. 

Lit from within? Like having a personal lighting technician? Whoa nelly, I’m sold!
Ethereal Light - opalescent sheer, cool white powder
Eliminate shine and mimic a moonlit glow—even in broad daylight
Mood Light - soft, sheer lavender pink powder
Mimic the softest most-forgiving light and reveal your brightest complexion

Diffused Light - soft, warm pale yellow powder
Reduce redness, eliminate shine, and give skin clarity

Luminous Light - champagne pearl powder
Create a soft, incandescent candlelit glow—day or night

Radiant Light - golden beige powder
Extend a summer glow, or enhance your overall complexion with a believable, subtle warmth

Dim Light - neutral peach beige powder
The perfect balance of warm and cool tones, to blur imperfections and bring to light your most radiant complexion 

Although Hourglass markets each of the shades as “universal,” I would recommend going out to Sephora to swatch the shades first, just in case. I bought Diffused Light online with no problems, but seeing the other shades, it’s difficult to see some of the darker or lighter shades being a good match for me.


Hourglass says: “Dust Ambient Lighting Powder all over the face with Ambient Powder Brush.”

Of course they have to create the Ambient Powder Brush to go along with it, and of course it has to be priced exorbitantly at $35 USD/$41 CAD.  

I just use a regular, densely-packed mineral powder brush with this product, which seems to work well enough for me—though I can’t say if the Ambient Powder Brush creates a better look or not.

Since the compact is rather large, I like to gather up some product on a retractable kabuki brush and take the brush with me for touchups rather than the whole compact.

My Thoughts: 

Product: I bought the Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light since I have a bit of a problem with redness on and around my nose area. Diffused Light promises to (1) reduce redness, (2) eliminate shine, and (3) give skin clarity.
1. Redness? Gone! The redness on and around my nose is covered up when I apply BB cream, but as the day progresses, the redness starts to show as the BB cream wears off. The redness is kept at bay with the Ambient Lighting Powder, though I’m not sure if it’s due to the powder itself, how well the powder sets my BB cream, or a combination of both. Either way, I’m glad

2. Shine? I don’t become tremendously oily, but my nose does get noticeably shiny due to my BB cream. This product isn’t meant for oil control, so I didn’t expect too much on that part. However, I actually love the dewy finish the Ambient Lighting Powder provides. My nose does get a little oily, but it’s a lot less shiny and takes a lot more time to get to that point; meanwhile the minimal shine buildup doesn’t look too far off from the dewy finish from when I first applied the powder. I’m good for about 5 hours before I feel the need to touch-up the powder on my nose. 

3. Clarity? With the powder, my pores (though they’re pretty small to begin with) are blurred away and acne scars are significantly less noticeable.

And here’s the best part! The product is super-finely milled—I think the particles are even smaller than Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Powder—so it doesn’t cake or settle around my dry patches! Love it!

Packaging: The compact is encased in sleek and shiny hard plastic. It’s easy to open and close, and there is a large mirror inside the compact.
The compact is a little chunky (the whole thing is a bit bigger than my palm), but a larger compact means for more product, right!? The only thing I really dislike about the packaging is the fact that the shiny plastic is like a magnet for fingerprints. I apply my BB cream with my fingers, so I still have some BB cream residue on my fingers by the time I’m ready for the finishing powder. The compact will look pretty awful in due time :(

Price: This finishing powder is sold at Sephora for $45 USD/$52 CAD. Definitely up there, but certainly worth the investment. Besides, if you find it’s not for you, there’s always Sephora’s generous return policy! 

Overall: Oh boy, I’m definitely in love with this finishing powder and the natural finish it provides. It's definitely an HG item and it's definitely going to remain a staple in my makeup routine for quite some time! It's hard to see the subtle change this product provides via camera, but there is definitely a difference.

Repurchase? I’m biting my lip a bit at the price, but seeing the product in action (and considering it will take me a while to hit pan), I’m going to answer with a definitive “yes”—in fact, I’m thinking about buying this in Dim as well!

Good luck!

Amicably Yours,

Printed Shift Dress

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Category : , 1


My friend James wanted to go find a desk for IKEA and invited me along for 75 cent hot dogs. I bargained for ice cream as well, and in the end, I swindled a meatmall combo out of him instead of hot dogs (though I treated for ice cream instead).

+1 for me :D

I love IKEA. It makes me itch to move out 'cause I can't wait to furnish my own place.

This dress and ring were part of my most recent haul from Urban Outfitters. I've recently become obsessed with dresses that I can throw over a pair of tights and boots and wear to work. It makes the "what to wear?" debate so much simpler in those ungodly early morning hours. Aside from the snazzy print, this dress is awesome since it has pockets; pockets on a dress are the absolute best. The back hem is about an inch longer than the front--took some getting used to since the front hem curves upwards towards the sides, but I'm over it.

The armor ring is super cool, since it can open up for you to wear it across three fingers. Not that this is a real option for me since it's already loose on my fattest finger, but it's cool 'cause you can do it :)

I've run out of hangers and it's time to make room by donating old clothes. Note how refraining from shopping is not an option...

I think I have a problem. 

Amicably Yours, 

Cream and Sugar, Anyone?

Sunday, March 3, 2013 Category : , , , 1


I went for some high tea at Soirette the other day and I was told to "dress pretty". Since it was raining buckets (the sun that you see in these pictures came out waaaay later but it was still freezing cold and windy), I definitely wasn't going to wear springtime pastels. Instead, I opted for this black dress from Modcloth that has been sitting in my closet and waiting for an occasion to come out.

I've been online shopping too much. It's such a bad habit--and it doesn't help that Point Roberts is so close either.

Everything was super tasty! I think this place may rank up there with Adonia and Secret Garden for me. The place is pretty small though; there's only four two-seater tables, so you definitely have to make reservations in advanced.

They had such cute macaron decorations in the shop!

We went shopping at Metrotown later and I spotted these at the Estée Lauder counter at The Bay. Each compact also has the birthstone on the button/clasp. Too awesome! I don't use their makeup, but these zodiac powder compacts were so precious that I had to snap a picture.

I'm a Virgo, but I really have no idea what is depicted on the compact! Oh well, not like I'm going to buy it anyways~

Amicably Yours, 

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