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Gyugyuya - logo
Strong like bull!

Met up with my cousin and her friend for lunch downtown. If you know a shift worker, then you’ll know how difficult it can be to coordinate 3 schedules to find a day that works for everyone. We decided to try out Gyugyuya, a new japanese curry restaurant.

The website describes the logo, with the black bull symbolizing the culture and vitality of Gyugyuya.


The Atmosphere

Gyugyuya - spork

Yellow is an extremely prominent colour in this place. The walls, tables, chairs… it’s all yellow. It’s a bit overwhelming actually, but maybe it’s to symbolize that it’s a curry house? There isn’t a ton of seating inside, and during the lunch hour, there was a bit of a lineup. The line up is not as crazy as some of the ramen places, but still a little bit of a wait for a table. The staff, I’m assuming, is mostly japanese, as they were calling out orders to each other to and from the kitchen. Ordering was quick and easy, and our food came our fairly quickly.


The Food

Gyugyuya - tonkatsu curry
Tonkatsu curry – $11.99

I ordered tonkatsu curry, which came served on a steel plate. The pork cutlet was HUGE as you can see in the above picture. It was deep fried to a golden crispy colour, although slightly dry in the middle. You can’t see it in the picture but there is rice and curry underneath (I definitely tasted apple in the curry sauce), a whole hardboiled egg sliced up, and shaved cabbage. I ended up packing up 1/3 of this to bring home because I couldn’t finish it all.


Gyugyuya - Gyu cheese curry
Gyu cheese curry – $12.99

My cousin’s friend ordered the Gyu cheese curry. Also a large portion, with some melted cheese in the curry and thinly sliced beef. It’s also served with a sliced hard boiled egg and shaved cabbage.

My cousin ordered the katsu don, which must have been really good because she polished off the bowl in no time. No picture as I forgot to take it.


The Verdict

For never having tried japanese curry before, I thought it was pretty good. For my palette, it’s not something that I’ll rush back to have more of. I don’t know what really good japanese curry is supposed to taste like, so until I find a place that also does curry, I’ll say it’s good. Portions are a really good size for the price you’re paying.


The Place

177 Dundas St. West
Toronto, ON

Written by Jessica

January 29th, 2015 at 8:30 am

Posted in Food,Restaurant

Lancôme Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl

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Lancôme Genifique Yeux - box and bottle
Deluxe sample of Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl

I got this as part of a winter skin care kit Lancôme put out near the end of 2013 from The Bay. Now that I’ve finished it up, I can write up a full review. Lancôme claims this to be an eye-illuminating serum for use above and below the eyes. A consumer test on their website reports that 78% of women thought their eye contour was improved after 4 weeks of use.


The Packaging

Lancôme Genifique Yeux - bottle
Mini bottle – perfect for traveling with

Being a deluxe sample size, there was 5ml worth of product in here. For my eyes, both day and night, I managed to get 2 weeks worth of use.


Lancôme Genifique Yeux - tear drop
Cooling metal tear drop

The idea behind the metal tear drop is that it’s cool temperature helps to soothe puffiness around eyes and to help bring down any swelling. Although it certainly feels nice and cool against the skin, I find that I still need to work the product in with my ring fingers. My only issue with this is that it touches the skin, and then you’re placing it back into the bottle, which could potentially contaminate the rest of the product. I wasn’t too worried as this was a pretty small bottle to begin with, being a deluxe sample size, but if this was the full size bottle, you’d be dipping and redipping this tear drop in for months until you finish.


The Product

Lancôme Genifique Yeux - swatch

It comes out almost gel-like, but thinner. It absorbs readily into the skin, although I needed to use my ring fingers to fully work the product in.


The Verdict

While it certainly hydrates the skin around my eyes, I can’t comment on the anti-aging properties as I currently don’t have any fine lines or crows feet. Now I can either take that as I don’t have them yet, or in using this product, I’ve kept them at bay. In any case, it is certainly hydrating. However, for the price tag, I’m likely going to use something else that hydrates just as well but for significantly less.


Where to Buy – $88 CDN

Written by Jessica

January 25th, 2015 at 9:30 am

Posted in Beauty,eyes,skincare

Lancôme Génifique Repair Youth Activating Night Cream

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Lancôme Genifique Repair Youth Activiating Night Cream - box and jar
Gradient box with a beautiful glass jar

This jar of Lancôme’s Génifique Repair Youth Activating Night Cream was part of a skincare set I bought from The Bay near the end of 2013. Seeing that I finally finished the jar, I can get around to writing a full review.

Part of Lancôme’s Génifique skincare line, this night cream is supposed to help repair the skin to look like it’s youthful days, as well as reducing signs of fatigue and aging.


The Packaging

Lancôme Genifique Repair Youth Activiating Night Cream - jar lid
Lancôme rose on top of lid

The jar is made of thick glass and the lid is a twist type, made of thick plastic. As you can see, Lancôme’s iconic rose is printed on top.


Lancôme Genifique Repair Youth Activiating Night Cream - inner lid
Inner lid

Once you twist off the lid, there is an inner lid that seals the product in, helping keep it from drying out.


Lancôme Genifique Repair Youth Activiating Night Cream - inner lid off
Inner lid removed

Remove the inner lid to reveal the cream. The glass jar is quite thick-walled, and is weighs a bit. There is 50g of product in here, which lasted me approx 2.5 months of night time application.


The Product

Lancôme Genifique Repair Youth Activiating Night Cream - swatch

The cream itself is quite thick, but absorbs very easily and readily into my skin. It’s hydrating, but I can’t say for certain if it’s more hydrating than some of my other night creams. There is a medium strength fragrance to it which may bother those with sensitive noses, but I don’t mind it. The fragrance dissipates pretty quickly so I don’t really smell it after application.

Like with all other Génifique products, I can’t really comment on its anti-aging properties as I currently don’t have any wrinkles or fine lines to reduce. All I can say is that it’s a great cream for the night and hydrates pretty well.


The Verdict

Unfortunately, I can’t say that I would repurchase this, given how expensive it is. Then again, I am basing this wholly on its hydrating properties and not anti-aging properties. If I noticed changes to my skin in bringing back its youthful appearance, then this cream could potentially be worth it. However, since I can’t notice these changes, there’s no point in spending so much in a cream where I can’t see the benefits.


Where to Buy – $112 CND

Written by Jessica

January 24th, 2015 at 10:16 am

Posted in Beauty,face,skincare

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

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Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate - box and bottle
Still the same black box and beautiful glass bottle as the previous version

I’ve been a long time fan of Lancôme’s Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate for a few years now. I first purchased a bottle at duty free on my honeymoon to Hawaii back in 2011. I was 27 at the time and figured it was time to start looking at seriously taking care of my skin. I didn’t have any wrinkles or fine lines, but it was a good time to start finding products to use as an anti-preventative measure.

In 2013, Lancôme reformulated Génifique to its current version, Advanced Génifique. It contains 40% more ingredients than its previous counterpart.

So what is a youth activating concentrate anyways? According to Lancôme’s website, it claims to repair and activate 10 signs of younger looking skin. These signs are fine lines, coarse wrinkles, radiance, clarity, evenness, texture, resiliency, tonicity, firmness, and sagginess. I remember when Lancôme was so confident that people would love this product that their beauty counters offered a free 7 day sample as you were supposed to see a difference in as little as a week. I don’t think it’s offered anymore, but let’s take a look at the product, shall we?


The Packaging

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate - bottle
Beautiful glass bottle with clear gradient at the bottom

Like the old bottle, it has the same gradient colouring of black at the top and clear towards the bottom. This is helpful in seeing how much product is left in the bottle.



Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate - top of plunger
Top of plunger/dropper

The top of the plunger/dropper still features Lancôme’s iconic rose.


Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate - plunger down
Plunger down when completely screwed in

The main difference between the old bottle and the new bottle is the function of the plunger/dropper. Instead of having to manually depress the top button, it automatically reloads the dropper every time you twist it back onto the bottle. As you can see in the picture above, when the plunger is fully screwed in, the button is depressed.


Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate - plunger up
Plunger up when not screwed in

When unscrewed, the button lifts, essentially sucking in product into the dropper.


Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate - dropper
Dropper type

The dropper looks the same as from the old bottle, however the button does not have as much fine control as the old bottle. I found that with the old bottle, I could easily control how many drops of product I wanted. With this new plunger, it’s difficult to get individual drops out and instead would end up with half a dropper or the whole dropper’s worth of product.


The Product

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate - swatch

Compared to the old version, Advanced Génifique is much thinner in consistency, and runs easily. I’m not sure how I like this, as it feels like the serum is watered down. It still readily absorbs into my skin, but takes a little bit longer to fully dry. I use this after toner and before eye cream and moisturizer.


The Verdict

From the old version to the current version, I am still seeing the same results – my skin is soft, radiant, with no signs of fine lines or wrinkles yet. I don’t know if Advanced is that much better than the old version, but it works for my skin and I am liking what I see. Definitely a continual repurchase from me.


Where to Buy – $96 – $158 CND

Written by Jessica

January 23rd, 2015 at 9:04 am

Posted in Beauty,face,skincare

I’m ba-ack!

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I had been MIA for the past few months with very sparse posts. Blogging took a back seat for a while because there were so many other things going on, both personally and at work. However, those of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram would have noticed this little post:


baby announcement

That’s right! A little bundle of joy is soon to be joining our household! Oddly enough, time has flown by and I’m already at 30 weeks. I still can’t believe I’m already 3/4 of the way through this pregnancy. So if blogging becomes slow again, this is likely the reason why. But for now, I’ve had a very productive few days off and have quite a few posts lined up. Hopefully I can get back into the groove of regular blogging again. It’s quite therapeutic.

Stay tuned for tomorrow as it starts off my weekend of full reviews for a good chunk of Lancôme’s Génifique line!

Written by Jessica

January 22nd, 2015 at 10:00 am

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December 2014 Empties

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I really need to get better at writing these up sooner rather than later. In any case, here are the few empties that I managed to acquire in December.

December 2014 Empties

Laneige Moisture Balancing Emulsion

A mini from a sample kit I received last year, I finally finished off what was left of the bottle. It’s hydrating with a light fragrance (which I love) and is perfect for day time use. Would definitely purchase a full size of it.

Lancôme Crème Douceur

I’ve had this for a couple of years but only use it once in a while when I’m not too lazy and want a deep cleanse. I find it works really well taking off the day’s worth of make up, and nicely soothes and hydrates the skin as well. This was my first cream-to-oil cleanser that I’ve tried, and I really like the lotus smell it has. Massage a small amount into the face, then hop into the shower for a rinse off.

Lancôme Génifique Repair Youth Activating Night Cream

I’ve used the Génifique serum for years (speaking of which, I really need to sit down and write up that review), so when a skincare kit was on sale last year for the Génifique line, I jumped at the chance to try it. The cream is thick, and while I can’t really see any anti-aging properties at work, I’m likely not going to purchase this one on my own. I’ll save more info about it for a more in depth review.

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Written by Jessica

January 20th, 2015 at 5:38 pm