Toronto Haul – August 2018

I go to Toronto more than I actually should. Actually this year was the exception to the equation. I usually just go about once a year or something unless something else comes up and well, something else came up. This past weekend was my best friend’s wedding. Her husband is from Toronto so they ended up holding their wedding there. I honestly think I’ve been to more wedding outside of Montreal than in Montreal. Its a weird thought and shows how many of my friends have moved away, I guess.

Either way, it was a really fun weekend. We ate some awesome food, tried out some new places: two of which I’ll do a restaurant overview for during this week. I’ll show more of the wedding stuff in the next Weekly Adventures, mostly because well, it seems we may have skipped the last one. I know I did and it was deliberate.

Before I jump off onto another tangent, let’s check out some stuff I got in Toronto.

Things I Bought Because I Was Forgetful..
Scarborough Town Centre – Yves Rocher & Walmart

Cosmetics and Lotion

First stop on Friday in Toronto was the hunt for everything we remembered that we forgot during packing for the wedding stuff. For myself, it was not exactly all forgot but I don’t use make-up a lot so a lot of mine had expired and I needed to get some new stuff. Nothing heavy since I don’t do eye make-up because it causes eye infections for myself so just some simple concealer to do the job and seeing Fantasia and work destroyed my sleeping schedule, I’m currently rocking some puffy panda eyes and I had forgotten my eye cream. A trip to Yves Rocher was in the stars and the closest we could find on the way to the hotel was at Scarborough Town Centre. I’ll share the eventful moment there in the Weekly Adventures but one of the great things was the great service at Yves Rocher but a lovely lady who gave me some really fantastic suggestions and actually suggested that I changed to the other skincare line as my skin had changed and its why I was having all the blemishes I’ve been having lately. I didn’t get the skincare line seeing as I was away and didn’t really want to spend so much just yet but I loved the service of just sharing the knowledge of it all. So I got some body lotion and the eye care gel at Yves Rocher.

At Walmart, I got a concealer and some nail polish. I actually ended up not painting my nails for the event but I did also pick up this interesting product called a blur stick which I’m still exploring whether its something I could use or not as it felt really oily. I’m not sure the texture works well for my skin type, so I passed on using it and am still researching. If you all know what it is and have any suggestions or dos and don’ts, please do share with me.

T&T Supermarket (2 Trips)

T&T Supermarket

Most of the snacks and such were bought on the first stop. We didn’t think that we would go back but we did end up going again on Sunday. Friday was to pick up a late lunch of dimsum, which I didn’t take pictures of. We stocked up on drinks which I also didn’t take pictures so and they are all consumed. I can tell you that I was on a semi caffeine detox since March where I cut tea out of my life completely. I don’t drink coffee so its a given, I suppose. Either way, this weekend, I drank all the tea that I didn’t drink in the last few months or at least it felt that way. However, the Vita brand which usually is known for its lemon tea and such actually has this Green Tea and Japanese Green Tea which both tastes fantastic and its unsweetened so its the legit ones. Going back to the picture, look at these flavors, its like a world tour of Lay’s flavors.

T&T Supermarket

During the first trip, we saw these pokemon Ocean Bomb sparkling water. Actually when we went back in the second trip, we saw one new one and lost two so I guess I shouldn’t procrastinate so much in buying stuff. Either way, that was a spontaneous purchase although I’m still fairly unsure about trying the Pikachu Cucumber flavor. We also saw this KIM brand drink for bird’s nest drink. I’m not sure how many people know about bird nest’s drinks. Regardless, the happiest purchase here is the black sesame stuff because I love black sesame paste. Its my favorite dessert. I’ve never tried this brand so hopefully it’ll be good. I ended up sharing the bag with my mom.

Big Apple & 401 Brewery

Big Apple

Our always must-stop location is The Big Apple. I love to grab a pie and strudel and my husband loves the brownies. It is quite amazing to see how this location as grown in size and variety of what they offer. I remember stopping there the first time and it was still known but not quite as popular as it is now. I kind of miss the quieter days but they have really diversified and made it a truly Canadian experience with what they offer also.

401 Brewery

In the building, they have the store for 401 Brewery. We’ve never had anything from there before. Seeing as we didn’t manage to pick up anything at LCBO this time, we decided to grab some ciders. We picked the traditional apple cider and then a peach cider and a pear cider to try. We also saw a sparkling oaked cider which seems like it could be a nice smoky taste sort of experience. We are looking forward to trying it out eventually.

That wraps up this shorter Toronto haul as I get things into order!

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Unboxing: FabFitFun [Spring 2017]

It’s finally here! FabFitFun boxes never fail to make my day (or my week) in this case!

I love doing unboxings. Unfortunately, with a myriad of other editing, we’re going back to the handy camera and pictures format for this one. It has been a crazy week and I’m a tad sleep deprived. Everything feels a little out of place this past week but hey, the box got here and I’m always excited to see what is inside. On top of that, we’re in for another year of FabFitFun unboxings because my annual subscription renewed with this box. So far, this box has been incredibly worth it.

Let’s check it out!

Unboxing: FabFitFun – Spring 2017

FabFitFun Spring 2017

Just look at this darling box! Bright colors and beautiful designs – looks great! Let’s open it up!

FabFitFun Spring issue + FabFitFun TV announcement

FabFitFun

As usual, there’s a few cool articles on the products in the box, which is always a quick and fun read to learn a little more about the item or the company that made it. FabFitFun TV is a workout extension for members. Totally up my alley.

Dr. Brandt – Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator

FabFitFun

I don’t use exfoliators a lot mostly because a lot of times it doesn’t work well with my skin. However, it is good to use exfoliators before using masks. I always do give these products a chance because I’m hoping to eventually find one that works for me.

RealHer – Lip Kit (Liquid Lipstick, Lip Gloss & Lip Liner)

FabFitFun

RealHer was built on a beautiful thought from a father to empower his daughter and that cosmetics are to add courage and strength and not to feel like girls are not beautiful enough. Its a really nice concept. There’s an entire interview with the man behind this brand. I love sayings and little encouraging statements like that. It reminds me a lot of movies like The Help. Plus, I do like these items as well.

Briogeo – Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioner Spray

FabFitFun Spring 2017

The best item of the box goes to this conditioner spray mostly because I’ve been researching these stuff for my incredibly long and much in need of a haircut hair. Its all the way down to my waist now. While I love my long hair and I did leave it long on purpose to be able to do braids, the fact that it is super thick makes it so heavy and kind of strenuous on my neck when I work out. However, hair care is one of those things I always don’t think about so much, especially when these days, I’ve felt like it needs to be strengthened more. Split ends and such are showing up.

Karuna – Hydrating+ Face Mask

FabFitFun Spring 2017

I started doing masks the year that that I got married. I really like it a lot because its such a refreshing feeling afterwards. However, I’m more of the lotion type of mask and not really these actual masks that you leave on your face. There’s always this illusion and worry in the back of my mind that if it doesn’t work, my skin will just be horrible and that would be scary. Maybe I’ll be giving these away to someone who likes them more. Its a pretty irrational fear, I know. But sharing these things make me happy also. I actually think my mom would like this.

Deborah Lippmann – Nail Polish Set

FabFitFun 2017

Nail polish! I have so much nail polish and yet only darker tints tend to work with me. Dark purple, Midnight Blue and especially darker shades of red. I’m not sure how good these will work with me but hey, if not, I have tons of friends who like this stuff and they might want to use it. My guess is the pink one on the right might work okay but the one on the left, which I have a similar one, probably doesn’t match with my skin tone.

Emerald + Duv – “Joshua Tree” Cage Bracelet

FabFitFun Spring 2017

Another item that I love in this box because I’m a sucker for pretty shiny jewelry. Simple and elegant is exactly how I like it and this one embodies all of that. I’ve actually gained a recent fondness for gold accessories so it could match well for an upcoming wedding that my husband and I are attending for a childhood friend.

Gypsy 05 – Roundie

FabFitFun Spring 2017

I’m not going to lie that when I first picked this up, I had no idea what it was. It looks like a tablecloth and it kind of is because they refer to it as beach roundie. So I guess its something we sit on and yet there’s pictures of it being draped over shoulders like a scarf or pashmina. Not sure what to do but it could be a nice adornment to something or a nice thing to sit on for hardwood floors. Probably not its purpose but beach time over here is a little limited.

Milly – Zip Pouch

FabFitFun 2017

“Slay all day” – love it! Pouches are fun. They are particularly useful on trips for like cosmetics and skincare products, etc. I know that this one probably can be used a clutch as well but I carry lots of stuff with me when I go out and I like the practicality of that. However, I do like this one. Its pretty cute.

Overall, this box is a little less useful than I’d expect however there are some items here that I can work with or share with family and friends.

That’s for this unboxing!
What item caught your eye?