Month: December 2016

2016 favourites | Makeup

Happy holidays, guys! It’s almost the end of the 2016. Time flies. New Year is just around the corner. I hope you are enjoying the festive period, getting some rest, doing the things you love with your family, and sharing some good laughs. I was doing my annual reorganisation for pretty much everything at home. Some of things will have to go. Some of the things I will keep for a long time. Since it’s the end of the year, I would love to share some of my makeup favourites in this year with you. Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette – Neutral and bright tone eye shadows in heart shape pan ( I surrendered already when I saw it). The chocolate smell is divine. The eye shadows are very pigmented and versatile. I have been using it for a long time. It still looks like untouched. It Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC cream – I did a brief review for this CC cream. It’s my everyday go-to in the summer. It has …

Winter melon (white gourd) balls

It has been hot and humid lately. I long for some light dish/snacks to cheer me up in a hot summer day. Winter melon is commonly used for cooking in China. Although it’s a summer fruit, it’s commonly available at the end of the autumn or during the winter. I was surprised that I saw the local veggie shop was selling winter melon slices last week. Certainly, I had to get one. Some facts about winter melon: It is light and healthy. It’s very low in calories and sugar but high in fiber. It contains potassium and vitamin A, B and C, but no cholesterol. It helps with weight loss and swelling reduce. Typically, winter melon is used for making soup. I remember my mom also uses it to stirfry with pork mince. It has really light flavour (almost nothing in my opinion). The best way of cooking it is to cook with some ingredients that have stronger flavour, like pork meat. In this recipe, the cooked winter melon balls are marinated in orange juice over night. …

DRUNK ELEPHANT Juju™+ Pekee™ Duo | Review

Frankly speaking, I have not been a fan for soap bars. I have used different soap bars before. I didn’t like any of them a single bit. I found they are always drying, and they don’t really clean my makeup very well. However, I have heard good things about Drunk Elephant as a beauty brand since it aims to create product that is safe, minimal, effective and non-toxic. I totally agree and love this concept. Since a lot of people are raving about their soap bars as a gentle cleanser, I got curious about the products and wanted to try them out. I bought this little travel duo few weeks ago from the local beauty shop. The travel duo includes Juju bar for the morning cleansing (the brown colour one on the right) and Pekee bar (the white one in the photo above) for the night. It’s 30g each at a price of AUD 26. Juju bar From the packaging, it says Juju bar is “an ultra-mild, multitasking bar that deeply cleanses, subtly exfoliates”. It has creamy lather to dissolve …

Baklava

Sorry, guys. I somehow injured my right hand thumb about over a week ago. I haven’t really cooked much ever since, although I have many cooking plans for this month. Anyway, I like Baklava. The only thing stops me from having it is that the traditional one is super sweet. I still remember the one I tried when we visited Istanbul years ago. Super super sweet! Apart from that, I totally fell in love with the buttery and nutty flavor. When I got home from the holiday, I started making my own version of baklava. The homemade baklava suits me and my friends better. It’s not so sweet, but with more nuts mixture and different flavour. I know some may think the process of making baklava is a little bit of tedious. However, for me, it’s like a process of meditation. I would put on some music as well. By the time I finish baking the baklava, the second when I open the oven door, the smell is just sooo amazing. Nothing can compare with that. When you garnish …

Rock & Ruddle hair brush |Review

I never thought I would love a hair brush this much. This one caught me by surprise. I went to catch up with a friend in a mall last week. After the coffee, we just wandered around in the shops. I came across this hairbrush in David Jones. The lady in the shop said her daughter loved this brush very much, and she had long hair. I thought I could have a new hair brush since I hadn’t bought one for ages. From Rock & Ruddle website, it says the hair brush is made from natural boar bristles with one nylon strand in each tuft to separate and detangle the hair. The natural bristle helps to distribute the natural oil evenly along the hair and get rid of dirt and excess oil when you brush your hair. Sounds pretty good to me. I have long straight hair, and I color my hair quite often. My hair is very soft and fine. I always hope I can have more volume and texture. I tried to perm my hair to …

Grow Succulents

A friend of mine introduced me to her succulents last year. I immediately fell in love. They are so cute and pretty. The most encouraging thing is that they are not too hard to take care of. You don’t need to invest a lot of time and patience to grow succulents. They are really low maintenance.  I guess I found my type of plant finally. My succulent collection has been growing. I am not saying I didn’t kill any succulents. As a matter of fact, I did. Sadly, quite a few at the very beginning. Then, I learned few things about them. Not all of them like a lot of sun like I thought. Sufficient but indirect sunlight probably is the best. They like to grow in well-drained soil, but good in the pots without drainage holes as well. I learned how to water them. I generally water my succulents every 3-4 days in summer and less in the cold season. For the ones in the pots without any drainage holes, I water them with much …

REBLOG: T’IS THE SEASON: CAKES, COOKIES AND TREATS – December 2016 Share and Inspire Others!

Originally posted on The Recipe Hunter:
I am super excited to announce the theme of our very first Share and Inspire Others ! Monthly Recipe Exchange and with being December, it can be nothing other than T’IS THE SEASON: CAKES, COOKIES AND TREATS ? Please click: How to Participate should you feel the need to refresh your memory and see the rules again. Timeframe: December 1st – Theme will be announced and published on The Recipe Hunter blog. December 10th – Submissions need to be received via email @ cookandenjoy@shaw.ca December 15th – Release of all entries from participants on The Recipe Hunter blog. December 20th – Promote and do a post/reblog on your own blog, linking back to the original post. Please remember, the subject line of your email, should be marked as follows: December 2016 – T’IS THE SEASON: CAKES, COOKIES AND TREATS Please remember to leave me a note (NOT THE LINK to your entry) on this post, to let me know that I should expect your email  in which you should provide me with some information on your recipe (if possible)  and  to add the  to your awesome  on…