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NOTD: Essie’s She’s Picture Perfect

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She’s Picture Perfect is from Essie’s Resort 2012 collection. This is a pastel purple with a slightly darker purple shimmer. The shimmer only picks up under close inspection, but under light, it gives off a really pretty glow.

*Don’t laugh. I’m still not very good at painting my own nails so I know there’s polish on my cuticles.  I’ll get better with time… hopefully.*

Like with all my Essie polishes, two coats are required before I get a nice opaque colour, and then I top it off with my Seche Vite top coat. Love!

Written by Jessica

November 29th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Posted in Beauty,nails

Rice Krispie Wedges

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I had a craving for a snack last night and I didn’t have any snack foods. I did, however, find that I had ingredients for a quick Rice Krispie treat. I couldn’t remember the recipe my mom used to make, and I was feeling too lazy to look it up, so I improvised and eyeballed the ingredients and their amounts. Here’s what I did:

  1. Melt about 2 tbsp of butter in a large pot over low heat. It’ll take a while to melt but you don’t want the heat any higher or you risk burning the butter.
  2. Add marshmallows (I think I put in half a bag?) and continue stirring over low heat. The marshmallows will eventually melt into a pool or marshmallowy goodness. If you find your marshmallow mass is sticking to the bottom of the pot, you might need to add more butter.
  3. Pour in 1-2 tsp of pure vanilla extract. It should smell amazing at this point.
  4. Remove from heat. Pour in Rice Krispies a cup at a time and stir to mix with the marshmallows.
  5. Add as much Rice Krispies as you want. The more Rice Krispies to marshmallow ratio, the less sweet/harder your treats will be when cooled. The less Rice Krispies to marshmallow ratio, the more sweet/softer your treats will be when cooled. One way to test is to take a small bite when mixing to determine what taste you prefer. Personally, I prefer more Rice Krispies to marshmallows – it may cool down to be hard, but when you microwave it for 10 seconds before eating, it becomes an ooey gooey treat!
  6. Once you’re content with your mixture, pour it into a pan that’s lined with waxed paper (this will prevent it from sticking to the pan). Take another sheet of waxed paper and use it to press the treat into the pan.
  7. Cool for a few minutes. Then cut and serve!

Written by Jessica

November 19th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Posted in Food,Recipe

Where to buy Essie nail polishes

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Ever since I discovered Essie polishes, I’ve fallen in love with their colours and formulas. It only takes two coats to get you an opaque, solid, colour of prettiness! However, at a price point of $11.99, it can do quite the damage to your wallet. However, I was determined to hunt around for a better deal! So far, I’ve found Wal-Mart selling them for $9.99, but the best place to get Essie polishes is at the Toronto Barber and Beauty Supply store on the northeast corner of Bay and Dundas, in downtown Toronto. For another landmark, it’s kitty-corner to the Canadian Tire street entrance by the Eaton Centre.

When you walk into the store, the far wall to your right has a huge rack with tons of Essie colours for only $6.95 each! And not just colours, but top coats, base coats, nail treatments – everything Essie you can think of! The newest collections are always on display on a tall, metal rack by the front window. There’s also a small, clear container near the cashier by the door that is full of Essie mini polishes for $2.50 each. These minis are the sizes you find in the Essie mini sets. I suspect that the original package may have been damaged somehow and that’s how the store is selling them individually. For the record, Essie minis are 5ml and full size is 13.5ml.

If you’re lucky enough to visit when they have a giant basket of clearance nail polishes, the deal is even better! Full size Essie polishes for $3.99! I took a quick peek and picked out Nothing Else Metals today, a metallic purple from the Mirror Metallics collection.

Aside from Essie, there is also a huge range of OPI ($8.99) and China Glaze (can’t remember the price) polishes available to choose from. This store is my go-to place for polish, unless I’m traveling to the states and make it to Target.

 

Written by Jessica

November 8th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Posted in Beauty,nails

Fall 2012 Luxe Box Review

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I know this is super late. Sorry!

So you know how there was all these beauty boxes but they were only available in the US? About a year and a half ago, Luxe Box was born from the company, Loose Button, and they were only available to us Canadians. Awesome! I waited a bit to see some reviews about how people liked them, and in Nov 2011, I officially joined. Luxe Box was a monthly beauty box subscription that sees 4-5 beauty samples delivered to your door step. Month after month, I loved coming home to find a package addressed to me. It was like a Christmas gift, but every month!

However, even with the fun with monthly presents, there were some issues with the system as monthly boxes went from being delivered early to mid-month to later and later, until finally, boxes did not come to my doorstep until the very end of the month or at worst, the beginning of the following month. There were multiple emails of apologies about the delays, however it was troublesome that every subsequent month the problem still persisted.

Come May 2011, Loose Button announced a change in their beauty box subscriptions. Rather than a monthly subscription, they changed to a seasonal subscription, meaning that you would receive a quarterly Luxe Box with each change of seasons. I opted for this change to see what improvements could be made, and come mid September, I received my first Fall Luxe Box.

First of all, the box was an entirely new redesign. Instead of a black square box (where you can tell it was a flat template that is folded up), this is a cream coloured rectangular box, almost like a shoebox, but much slimmer. The box is made of a very sturdy cardboard material, with golden logos and emblems printed on the box cover and under the lid. Also, no more black shredded confetti paper lining the box! Now there is a white, silky cloth that wraps all the contents. A rather elegant touch, I have to say.

This is what I received for my Fall Luxe Box:

  • Benefit Stay Don’t Stray
  • China Glaze nail polish in Purr-fect Plum (full size)
  • Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (full size)
  • Orlane Thermo-Active Firming Serum
  • Madonna Truth or Dare Eau de Parfum
  • Marcelle Lux Cream Eye Shadow + Liner in Enchantmint (full size)
  • Orlane Absolute Skin Recovery Care
  • Loose Button Exfoliating Pad

This was a pretty good box to me as there were 3 full size products. Also, the Orlane Absolute Skin Recovery Care wasn’t even listed in my product information card, so either it was put into my box by accident or it was another bonus.

All in all, a great start to new beginnings for Loose Button. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the Winter box!

 

Written by Jessica

November 4th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Posted in Beauty,Luxebox

Video Games Live!

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Mr. Pixelbunny and I went to the Video Games Live Concert on Oct. 25. We’d actually seen them for the first time a couple years ago when they performed a free concert at Yonge and Dundas Square. This time, we bought tickets and made absolutely sure that we’d both be free that night.

The concert was amazing! Played by a local orchestra (whose name I did not catch – if anyone knows, please let me know!) and a choir from Humber College, this show was full of energy and packed full of adults and kids alike. The beginning featured a costume contest, with about 10 people or so who were costumed as a video games character. My favourite was actually the two teenagers who dressed up as the characters from Ice Climber, but the winner was this cute little kid dressed as Mario. The cuteness factor was too much to ignore. SO CUTE!

I think the best part about this concert is that they played a lot of new material. I have the cd, and after listening to it a million times, I was really hoping for something new. Well, this concert definitely did that.  Instead of playing One Winged Angel from FF7, but instead they played the opening theme of FF8 as well as Aerith’s Theme. Add in some Castlevania, Tetris Opera (sooo cool!), Civilization IV, Kingdom Hearts, an amazing tribute to Zelda by the super talented Laura Intravia, Super Smash Bros Brawl (where they had 4 audience members duke it out on the big screen – a guy wearing a spiderman costume won), Donkey Kong Country, Earthworm Jim, Streetfighter II… I must be missing more but there was definitely a lot of music played. The encores were fun – Pokemon, and then a sing-a-long to Portal’s Still Alive.

All in all, I would definitely go again, especially since there is likely a chance that by the time they make it to Toronto again, they might be playing new things. Have you ever gone to a Video Games Live concert?

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Written by Jessica

November 1st, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Posted in Games