Chinese Spicy Noodles…and Eggplants!

Happy Friday!! It’s the end of the week again, and the last day of work for me :)! I will be moving permanently to Toronto, and starting school at University of Toronto. Today, I will be sharing a recipe that is very close to home, the Chinese spicy noodles! Be warned, this is a very spicy and savoury dish. I believe it’s origins are from Hubei/Hunan China, but after moving to Canada, I’m sure it’s become more Canadian.

It’s super simple to make, looks impressive and most importantly very delicious :3!

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Banana & Berry Soy Smoothie Recipe

Hey guys! Every since the end of summer, I started making an effort to be health conscious. I exercised more often and also tried (most of the time) to eat clean. Recently, I acquired a second hand blender from Queen’s Free and For Sale Facebook group, and soon after I couldn’t stop making smoothies!!

Today I am sharing the recipe for the banana & berry smoothie :). finished smoothie

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In-depth Clarisonic Mia I Review

Hey everyone! Sorry for the long absence! I wish I could say that I was busy with summer activities…but it’s mostly because a lack of motivation. Thanks to my readers and friends who provide me with the encouragement I needed.

On the blog today is an overdue review of the Clarisonic Mia I. I’ve been using this for almost two months now, and I’m happy to report that I looove it, and that it’s become irreplaceable in my skin care routine.

What is the Clarisonic Mia? I’m sure it’s no stranger to most of your ears, but basically it is like an electronic toothbrush for your face! The Clarisonic promises to “transform your skin”, but I that is a bit of an overstatement. How it works is that the bristles will vibrate at 300 movements/second to remove dirt, oil and other impurities. When you first purchase it, it comes with the sensitive brush head, the charger, and a mini gel cleanser (which I do not use). clarisonic1_edited

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Classic Statement Lip

Hey everyone! I had a great vacation in San Francisco and Los Angeles :)! If you would like to see details of my trip please visit my friend’s travel blog or my Instagram for pictures.

Recently, I went over to Amy‘s house and we played around with our new purchases. One of the looks we did was a classic statement lip, which is what I will be sharing with you today.initial look

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Carry On for International Flight

Hi everyone! In preparation for my California trip next week I have starting packing all my liquids. As you may be aware, currently carry-ons have specific restrictions for liquids due to security reasons. You may still carry liquids in your luggage but many flights require additional cost to ship your luggage. If you’re planning a short trip, there may be no need for the additional luggage. Hopefully this will help you organize your travel necessities for your vacation!

Here are some general guide lines (may vary depending on airlines):

  • Max liquid capacity  – 100mL/container
  • All liquids must be placed in a clear plastic bag no larger than 20cmx20cm (8in x 8in)
  • The bag must be able to close completely

For my carry on, I have brought a combination of my favourite, most used products as well as some samples. The ziplock with the containers is from Shoppers Drug Mart for about $13.ziplock bag

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Natural “No Makeup” Look

Hi everyone! I want to apologize for my long hiatus. Second semester was a lot busier than I had anticipated especially with two jobs on the side. Nevertheless it is summer time and I’m ready to update frequently :)!

Today I have a natural “no makeup” look that I have been wearing for the past couple of weeks during spring and early summer. It takes me less than 15 minutes to do and makes me look more awake and fresh. I’m very excited to share this with you! Here is the before and after look: 7-final faceAs you can I see I look a bit tired, dull and groggy. But in the after photo I look much more energetic without looking overdone. Before we start I applied my morning moisturizer along with my SPF 30 sunscreen.

Here is a list of products I have used: 1- all products

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How to Make Japanese Curry

Hi! Today I’m sharing a very simple but healthy and delicious recipe for Japanese curry :). This is something I frequently make during midterms or during exams because I can make it in bulk and eat it for multiple days (which saves me from cooking many times a day).

curry1The curry brand I used is “Golden Curry” in “Extra Hot”. I have previously used Glico in “Medium” and “Hot” as well (you can purchase them at Oriental Mark in Kingston for $5, or for $3 in any Asian supermarket in Toronto) . I usually choose the most spicy option because Japanese curry is pretty mild to begin with. To me “extra hot” would only be considered “medium hot”. The best part about these premade sauces is that you do not have to add any other ingredients into the stew except for vegetable oil.

The overall schedule (allow for a total of 1.5h):

  • Chop ingredients: 10 minutes (or less if you have someone to help)
  • Stir frying ingredients: 15 minutes (10 for beef+onions, 5 extra for carrots and potatoes)
  • Waiting for the water to boil: 5-10 minutes
  • Shimmer: 20-30 minutes (you can do something else during this time)
  • Add in curry sauce, peas, and mix: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 Medium Onions (if you don’t like onions I still recommend you to use one because the onion completely melts into the soup and the flavour becomes very mild)
  • 3-4 Potatoes (I am a potato fiend, so I use 4, but you could use 3 or less)
  • 3 Big Carrots (You can use baby carrots if you wish)
  • 1/2 a clove of Garlic
  • 1 Cup of frozen peas (Put a cup into warm water)
  • 2 Pounds of beef or chicken
  • 5 Cups of Water

Although it seems like it takes a long time to make, this pot of curry last for 3 days (for two)!!

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