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Shiseido/NARS Fall 2015 Warehouse Sale

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I’ve received news of the upcoming Shiseido/Nars warehouse sale! Here are the deets:

When: Sat, Nov 7, 2015 – 9am to 5pm | Sun, Nov 8, 2015 – 9am to 3pm

Where: 303 Allstate Parkway, Markham, Ontario, L3R 5P9

They accept Visa, MasterCard, debit, and cash.

They also state that strollers and children under 12 are not allowed. I’ve been to a sale before and believe me, you don’t want to have either there. It can get so crowded.

This sale is open to the public so no tickets are necessary! Aside from Shiseido and Nars being there, I do recall there was Clé de Peau there a few years ago. I’m hoping to go this time around. Will you go?

Written by Jessica

October 27th, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Posted in Beauty,events

Disney World: Wolfgang Puck Express

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One of my favourite places to eat in Disney World isn’t actually in the park itself, but in Downtown Disney! In the Marketplace area, there’s Wolfgang Puck Express. What’s awesome is that you can use the Disney Dining Plan here, and a meal here counts as a quick service meal. That means you get an entrée, a dessert, and a drink.


The Atmosphere

The place is very casual, but there are waitresses and servers present. When you first walk in, you turn left towards the cashier. It is there that you make your order. From there, they give you a cardholder with a number, and you go seat yourself at one of the many tables available in the dining area. If the drink you ordered isn’t bottled, you take your cup to the soda fountain and fill it up! After you’re seated, your food will come out to you by means of one of the servers available. What’s nice is that even though it’s a quick service location, they will still come by and check on you and ask if there is anything else needed. Service is great and everyone is very nice. One thing to remember is that despite it being a quick service, it’s nice to leave a tip for the servers and waitresses.


The Food

Wolfgang Puck Express - Rotisserie Turkey Cobb
Rotisserie Turkey Cobb Salad – $14

For my entrée, I picked the rotisserie turkey cobb salad. This is quite a large salad and very hearty. It consists of a mixture of romaine and arugula, lots of chunks of rotisserie turkey, topped with bacon, green beans, avocado, tomatoes, gorgonzola cheese, and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. I liked this salad a lot and would order it again in a heartbeat. The use of green beans in this salad was super creative in my opinion, and gave the salad that solid crunch texture.

Wolfgang Puck Express - Oven Roasted Salmon
Oven Roasted Salmon – $18

Mr. Pixelbunny ordered oven roasted salmon. The salmon was cooked perfectly, with that moist and juicy interior. Just perfect. It sits on a bed of mixed fennel and arugula, some roasted potatoes, topped with a tomato vinaigrette, onions, and horseradish cream on the side. The salmon is good on its own, but it also tastes awesome with the horseradish cream. The salad is fresh and crunchy, and the potatoes are seasoned just right. This is another dish I also wouldn’t hesitate to reorder.


The Verdict

If you’re going to be visiting Disney World, then you must eat here! Not only is it very affordable, the quality of food you receive for the price point is amazing. I’ve come to eat here on two separate Disney World visits and you can bet that I’ll be back again.


The Place

Wolfgang Puck Express
Downtown Disney Marketplace
1780 E Buena Vista Drive Lake
Buena Visa, FL

Written by Jessica

October 25th, 2015 at 9:51 am

Posted in Food,Restaurant

Sushi Dragon

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I had a major craving for sushi one night but didn’t want to make the long trek out to Richmond Hill/Markham. Having already tried Sushi-Ya, Mr and I decided to try Sushi Dragon, which was right across the street.


The Atmosphere

There’s lots of table space inside so you feel comfortable, not cramped. When we went (around 6:30pm on a weeknight), there was only 2 other tables with patrons there dining. Good thing or bad thing? We were promptly seated with tea brought to our table.


The Food

Sushi Dragon - miso soup and salad
Salad and Miso Soup – complimentary

The salad came in a chilled bowl, which meant one of two things: a) the bowl is pre-chilled and they added salad to it to keep it nice and cold, or, b) salad bowls are pre-made and sitting in the fridge waiting to be served. There was nothing special about the salad, as it is strikingly similar to the bagged salads you can purchase at Costco. Iceberg lettuce tossed with slivers of carrot and red cabbage. The miso soup was mildly better, with lots of little cubed tofu and seaweed.


Sushi Dragon - japanese fried chicken wings
Japanese style chicken wings – 10 for $10.95

For our appetizer, we ordered the Japanese style chicken wings. According to our waiter, it is a special and many customers love it, so we decided to try it out. Skip this – it’s not worth it. It’s basically fried chicken wings that are smothered in sweet chilli sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds and parsley flakes.


Love Boat – $45.95

This was what I was waiting for – Love Boat. I didn’t care much for the maki, but all I wanted was loads of sashimi and some sushi. After scouring the menu, this was the best option without breaking the bank. It’s supposed to come with 14 pieces of maki (I know, there’s only 12 in the picture but I didn’t noticed it until I double checked their menu online), 14 pieces of sushi, and 14 pieces of sashimi. The sashimi and sushi are pretty decent with fairly thick cuts and small amounts of rice. The maki was california roll (not bad) and spicy tuna maki (too much spicy mayo).


The Verdict

It’s not the best place to go to but if you’re desperate for a sushi craving, it’s ok. Skip the appetizers and just go for sashimi and sushi. If you’re a stickler for high quality sushi, you’re better off making the trek out to Richmond Hill/Markham.


The Place

Sushi Dragon
634 Dixon Rd
Etobicoke, ON

Written by Jessica

October 20th, 2015 at 10:17 am

Posted in Food,Restaurant

L’Oréal Warehouse Sale for Fall 2015

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L'Oreal Warehouse Sale for Fall 2015 haul
Small haul compared to previous visits

I finally went to L’Oréal’s warehouse sale for fall and I have to say, I was pretty disappointed in what I found. Most things that I had intended to repurchase from the spring sale had increased significantly in price, rendering it not worth repurchasing. In particular was the Garnier body lotions. In previous sales, I could pick up a smaller bottle for $2 and the larger bottle for $5. This time around, the smaller bottles were $4.75!! No big bottles around either. Definitely not worth it and pretty much the same price as what you can buy it from Walmart when it’s on sale.

Some newer things that were drool worthy was the presence of Giorgio Armani makeup, Shu Uemura makeup, and YSL makeup. I had never seen them at the warehouse sales before. Being new, the stuff there is the more recent offerings such as Shu Uemura’s Shupette eyeshadows (I believe they were $26?). A great deal considering they are $45 on their website.

My haul was limited to La Roche Posay’s Lipikar as it’s the only body lotion that helped my poor baby’s eczema. So I stocked up on it and bought some for my cousin as her baby also has eczema. I had to look closely at expiry dates. Some expire early 2016 so I tried to find ones that expired later.

The Mr picked up a Garnier Fructose Style Power Hairspray for Men to try out.

So the haul this time was:

  • La Roche Posay’s Lipikar Baume AP (3 regular, 3 children’s) – $19.75 each (reg $30)
  • Garnier Fructus Style Power Hairspray For Men – $2 (reg $6)

Total spent = $120.50 + tax = $136.16
Total if regular priced = $186 + tax = $210.18
Total saved = $74.02!

Did you go to the sale? What did you haul?

Written by Jessica

October 17th, 2015 at 8:15 am

Posted in Beauty

X3: Clean Hand Sanitizer

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X3 Clean Hand Sanitizer
Foaming hand sanitizer and pocket-sized hand sanitizer

Now that baby is here, I’ve been much more diligent at hand washing prior to handling him. Obviously, the best choice is soap and warm water, but there are instances when going out where hand washing may be tricky. In those cases, I use a combination of baby wipes and hand sanitizers. Let’s face it, baby wipes can remove all the dirt and grime from your hands and fingers, but not the germs. That’s where the hand sanitizer comes in handy. I was introduced to X3:Clean by FarleyCo, and it’s been a wonderful staple to my diaper bag.

X3:Clean is an alcohol-free hand sanitizer. In addition to being alcohol-free, it is also non-flammable, non-corrosive, and non-toxic. Thus, it is considered safe for kids! I’m not about to use it on my baby’s hands, but it’s good to have a product in mind for when he gets older.


The Packaging

I have two products here: the foaming hand sanitizer and the pocket-sized hand sanitizer.

The foaming hand sanitizer holds 75ml of product in a pump bottle. A clear cap covers the nozzle to prevent it from being accidentally pressed down.

The pocket-sized hand sanitizer is literally pocket-sized. It holds 8ml of product in a small test tube-like container. The bottom is rounded so it won’t dig into you should you decide to keep it in your pocket. The nozzle is activated by a twisting motion, so when you’re finished using it, you can twist it back to lock it from being pressed down.


The Product

X3 Clean - foaming hand sanitizer
One pump of foam is all you need!

The foaming hand sanitizer comes out as a light, airy, bubbly foam. Leave it in your hand too long and the bubbles start to pop and liquify. One pump is enough for both hands. I’ll let you in on a secret – it took multiple attempts to get a picture of the foam before it started breaking down. I pumped 5 times to get the shot I liked and didn’t wash my hands between takes. My hands did NOT get sticky or flaky. Other hand sanitizers leave a strange sticky sensation and/or your skin starts to flake off. This one did neither. I’m impressed.

The pocket-sized hand sanitizer isn’t foamy, rather it comes out as a spray. One spray is all you need and the neat thing is, this formula is moisturizing. That’s right! A moisturizing hand sanitizer!


The Verdict

I love it. This stuff is awesome. It has a permanent spot in my diaper bag. I’m also taking it with me when I travel in December. The foaming spray will be great to have in my suitcase whereas the pocket spray will be on me at all times.


Where to Buy

Foaming Hand Sanitizer – $4.99 for 75ml | $5.99 for 250ml | $16.99 for 1L
Pocket spray (3-pack) – $5.99

  • FarleyCo
  • Walmart
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Pharmaprix
  • IDA
  • Guardian
  • Value Drug Mart

* Disclaimer – I received this product from FarleyCo for review consideration. All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.

Written by Jessica

October 16th, 2015 at 9:20 am

Posted in Beauty,hands

September 2015 Empties

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September 2015 Empties
Just a couple of things this time

Garnier Body Hydra Express 24H Hydrating Gel-Cream

Finally, I’ve finished off the last of the bottles of gel-cream formulation! As expressed in my previous empties post, I am not a fan of the gel-cream and am quite excited to be finally done with them. Am definitely not repurchasing this version.

Pur-Lisse Pur-Moist Hydra-Balance Moisturizer

A sample I received in a Luxebox, this moisturizer was ok. Though it was hydrating, it did have a bit of a greasy feeling afterwards. Will not be purchasing this.

Written by Jessica

October 10th, 2015 at 8:55 am

Posted in Beauty,body,face,skincare

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

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** This post was updated on Oct 1, 2015 since Laneige is now available in Canada. I bought the asian version but for the Canadian version, I received it complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.**


Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream - packaging
Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream – asian version

I’ve been a fan of Laneige products ever since I was introduced to it a couple years ago. A Korean brand under the Amore umbrella, this line is now available at Target and Sephora stores in the US. For us Canadians, it’s now available at Sephora! Woo hoo!

The Water Bank line is ideal for hydration, something my dry, parched skin craved during our cold, Canadian winter. The gel cream is good for those with normal and combination skin, which is great for my oily t-zone and dry cheeks. It’s also light which is perfect for the summer months.

Laneige is known for using Himalayan snow water as one of its ingredients. It also contains 6 minerals: magnesium, manganese, zinc, calcium, potassium, and sodium. When I was first introduced to Laneige, I was told it is targeted for those in their 20s and early 30s.


The Packaging

As you can see in the top picture, there is an illustration on the box. This is to indicate the collection is part of the 2013 Waterful Sharing Campaign. Laneige had partnered up with Save the Children where part of the proceeds from the sales of the Water Bank line are donated to them. This is true for sales that occur in Korea, but I’m not sure if that is the case for sales outside of that country. There is no difference to the product itself, except for a cute little water pump illustration on the cap or pot.

There is also a small white paddle that is included so that you can scrape every last bit out of the pot. Sanitary point!


Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream (CND ver) - box and jar
Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream – North American version

The North American version has a slightly different jar design, but it also comes with a little paddle (this one is clear).


Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream - inner lid
Inner seal – asian version

Another bonus sanitary point is for the inner seal. After unscrewing the cap, you see an inner lid with a tab, but that tab is sealed tight to the pot. This ensures that the product has not been tampered with after production.


Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream (CND ver) - inner seal
Inner seal –  North American version

The North American version is exactly the same as its asian counterpart.


The Product

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream - product
Gel cream – asian version

My pot contained 50ml of product. The cream itself has a gel-like consistency, with an opaque whiteness to it. It’s cool and refreshing, and absorbs easily. It’s difficult to discern the fragrance, but it is light and very pleasant with some floral notes.


Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream (CND ver) - product
Gel cream – North American version

Yup, still the same.


The Verdict

I absolutely love this gel cream and would definitely purchase it again. I have used two jars of the asian version, and now have a jar of the North American version (courtesy of Influenster for testing purposes). My skin is well hydrated and I haven’t seen any dry skin ever since I started using the line. I highly recommend it!


Where to Buy – $42 CAD

Written by Jessica

October 1st, 2015 at 4:41 pm

King’s Tacos

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While wandering around town running errands, Mr and I ran into lunch time and stopped in here for a bite. We originally wanted to go for sushi, but the places nearby were closed (on a sunday??). A quick search on Yelp brought us here and we popped in for lunch.


The Atmosphere

It’s pretty roomy with ample seating. Perfect for us with baby in carseat. Save for us, there was only two other patrons inside which initially worried me. Normally you think if it’s empty, the food must not be good, right? Thankfully, it wasn’t all that bad.


The Food

King's Taco - totopo chips and 3 sauces
Totopo chips and 3 sauces – complimentary 

We were given a basket of totopo chips and 3 sauces to start off with. The chips are made in house and were fresh as they were still hot to touch. However, there was a lot of oil at the bottom of the basket so we only ate the upper chips and left the bottom ones alone. The three sauces were mild (orange), medium (green), and hot (red). Mild and medium were great for me, and hot was a bit too much. Mr loved the hot and was more than happy to keep that bowl all to himself.


King's Taco - Lengua (beef tongue) tacos
Lengua (beef tongue) tacos – $13.90 

As always, we ordered everything to share. There’s 4 tacos per order. First was lengua, which is beef tongue tacos. They were really good and moist. The grilled onions added a nice crunch to it. We also spooned some of the sauce from the totopo into the tacos (this was a really good idea!!) which added a little bit of heat to it.


King's Taco - Pastor (marinated pork) tacos
Pastor (marinated pork) tacos – $11.90

Next was pastor, which is marinated pork tacos. These had more flavour in the meat, although slightly on the dry side. We also added in the grilled onions and some sauce to it. Not as good as the beef tongue, but still yummy.


The Verdict

It wasn’t the most memorable experience, but the food was ok. Maybe it was because the place was empty but the staff were very attentive to us. Also, bonus points for being baby friendly – there was a change table in the bathroom. Would I come back here? Sure. Would I seek it out and come into town specifically to eat here? No.


The Place

King’s Tacos
1216 St. Clair Ave West,
Toronto, ON

Written by Jessica

September 25th, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Posted in Food,Restaurant

Laneige Light Balancing Emulsion

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Laneige Balancing Emulsion in Light - bottle


I love love love Laneige products. The sales lady had told me the Light line is best for summer time when skin tends to be more oily because of the humidity. When I peeked at the official website, it states it’s made for those with oily/combination skin. This is known as Balancing Emulsion in both Asia and in North America. The one I’m reviewing is from Asia.


The Packaging

Laneige Balancing Emulsion in Light - lid and pump

The bottle and cap is made of sturdy plastic, and fits nicely in your hand.


Laneige Balancing Emulsion in Light - pump
Pump mechanism

The pump mechanism consists of a push top with a small white tube which the product is dispensed from. I find 2 pumps is enough for my whole face and neck.


The Product

Laneige Balancing Emulsion in Light - swatch

Like with all Laneige products, the scent is nice and not too heavy.  I adore the smell of Laneige products, but those with very sensitive noses may not like it. The emulsion is lighter than a lotion, but it means that it spreads very easily and absorbs readily. Unfortunately for me, these winter months have caused my skin to dry considerably, so the emulsion is not enough for my skin. I’ve been pairing it with Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX, and it’s giving me great hydration overnight.


The Verdict

I feel this would be great to use during the summer months, but it doesn’t offer enough hydration for me for winter. Those with oily skin may benefit from this though. I’m likely going to squirrel this away until it gets warmer, and switch to something more hydrating for these cold months.


Where to Buy

Written by Jessica

September 20th, 2015 at 10:43 am

Posted in Beauty,face,skincare

Laneige Light Power Essential Skin Refiner

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Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner in Light - bottle
Pretty bottle

I’ve been a fan of Laneige products for a long time and snagged the Light line as part of a set a couple summers ago. It’s part of their oily-combination skin line, which is perfect for me during the summer months. This is the Power Essential Skin Refiner (known as Power Essential Skin Toner in North America). The one I’m reviewing is from Asia.


The Packaging

The bottle is made of sturdy plastic, is clear with a bluish tint to it. The cap is the twist kind.

Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner in Light - inner seal
Silver foil covering the opening

Removing the cap, you can see a small silver foil sealing the opening to the bottle. Bonus points to Laneige for sanitary packaging.


Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner in Light - nozzle
Foil removed, small opening

After taking the foil off, it reveals a small opening. I prefer these small openings as it allows me to control the amount of product that comes out instead of accidentally pouring too much out.


The Product

I use this as a toner after cleansing my face. It has a light, pleasant scent to it and isn’t overbearing at all. There is no sensation using it per say (as in there is no cooling or tingling sensation) and I find that it doesn’t irritate my skin. My serums and moisturizers soak in quite well afterwards.


The Verdict

Using this in combination with the Light Balancing Emulsion made for a great combination over the summer. It won’t be enough moisturizing for those with dry skin or for the winter months, but summer use is great.


Where to Buy

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Written by Jessica

September 18th, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Posted in Beauty,face,skincare