June 26, 2013

Surprisingly Loving: Illamasqua Skin Base Au

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I’d be honest with you, I did not know what to do with this when it was released last year. I know it has been awhile, and my apologies for that, but it took me long enough to finally fell head over heels in love with this and now I won’t let it out of my sight. That’s when it is time to blog and rave and shout to the world about it! Yeah, you know me. When I love it, I love it. Period.

June 17, 2013

Where To: Coffee, Chocolate and Cafe in Brisbane–Part 1

I thought I would do a quick blog post sharing with you some good coffee, chocolate and cafes here in Brisbane. Gosh, this city just offers more and more charms as day goes by! I shall only mention a few at a time so it won’t be too overwhelming, but not to worry, there should be more to come! This is just part 1, guys.

1) Pappa Roti, Market Square, Sunnybank

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Malaysian spot. Teh tarik, teh halia (ginger milk tea), milo dinosaur, bandung, and kopi are some of their incredible variety of drinks available. Definitely recommend teh tarik for a taste of Malaysia! Oh, and how can I forget to mention the coffee buns (only $2.50 each!). They are best straight out of the oven, melts in your mouth!

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Opens: Everyday till 9pm | Fri – Sat till 10pm

2) Gramercy Espresso & Eats, Wintergarden, Brisbane City

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Food freshly baked daily and made to order, right here at Wintergarden, Brisbane. The fingerlicking goodness on the plate you see above is the Poached Pear Brioche with nuts crumble and blueberry sauce. Delish-cious! I’m not usually a fan of poached pear neither am I a sweet tooth kind of person, but this is a winner, totally recommending for anyone for a sweet treat. Gramercy is also the only cafe that brews Reuben Hills coffee from Sydney. They also do super green smoothie (containing fruits and veges ranging from pear, apple, kiwi to spinach and other fresh produce) and guess what, they brew their own chai tea. Not many cafe does that in Brissie! Yum!

Opens: Mon – Fri  7am – 5pm | Sat – Sun  8am – 3pm

3) Noosa Chocolate Factory, Adelaide St, Brisbane City

Best hot chocolate range in Brisbane. Seriously. My pick of the bunch is Rocky Road Hot Chocolate. Or if you’re not into that sorta taste there are other milk chocolate and dark chocolate varieties available, including coffee. They use real chocolate, bliss!

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Monday to Thursday 8am-7pm
Friday 8am-9pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm

4) Monty’s Chocolates, Latrobe Tce, Paddington

Delicious thick hot chocolate, that you need the spoon to literally eat the chocolate not simply sip it. How cute is the cup! I fell in love.

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Not normally a fan of milkshake but I totally would come back for this milkshake. On a hot summer day or just when you want to feel refreshed without having to order coffee or tea. This is perfect. Ice cold and fluffy froth. A range of chocolate mix are available, such as chocolate and mint, chocolate and orange, etc. Definitely worth checking out this cute little spot on the Paddington Antique Centre area!

5) Chica Cino, Nundah Village

Tucked away discreetly in Nundah Village, Chica Cino offers yummy bagels and Campos coffee. Perfect breakfast or brunch spot. You can get half a dozen or a dozen of bagels of all sorts of flavours to take home. Blueberry, wholegrain, poppyseed, etc.

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And there we have it! Just a few places you might like to check out if you are visiting Brisbane or perhaps you already are a Brisbanite looking to check out some new places ;)

-x-

June 6, 2013

My Lips but Better… With Simplicité Angelica Lip Care Balm

Like you, I have tried hundreds of lip balms, lip conditioners, all kinds of lip care products out there. One is too oily, one is too gooey. One might be just sticky that you starts to lick your hair. One stings, one creates even more cracks. One just sits there on the lips and that uncomfortable layer leaves another layer that will then be too hard to get rid of. Yuck. I have had peeling, cracking, bleeding lips. None of the products have had long-lasting enough effect to make me feel that great about my lips. Who does? When you can literally taste the salty flavour of your own bittersweet blood.

Was that enough depiction of what my lip’s life had been? Now I present to you… my saviour.

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Shown with another of my essential skincare (worth another story on its own), keep reading to find out more!

June 3, 2013

Mani Monday: Chanel “April”

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One of my best friends surprised me a month ago as she gifted me this for my birthday. Yep, if you haven’t guessed it yet, my birthday falls in the month of April. Hence the significance of this nail polish that I shall now forever cherish!

Just when I thought nail polish formulas could not get any better, this Chanel Le Vernis nail colour just brings it up another notch. Is it gel? Is it in the compounds? What is it! One brush of this and oh my… I’m in love. It dries to a glossy, creamy finish, even before you put another top coat on! It feels like Coco Chanel signature red lipstick on my fingernails. It is a statement, it is adorable, it is just… as my very first Chanel nail polish… you’ve completely won me over.

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I don’t know how to describe its formula. As I have said, it glides like gel and sets beautifully. Something special is surely about it.

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Just bask in its angelic goodness… aah.

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Thank you for this rich raspberry nail polish :) It is so me, and you know it.