Review: Geo Bella Grey Coloured Contacts

Pink Paradise. What an interesting name for a website, right? The first time I looked at the website, I was quite overwhelmed by how pink this website was (hence the name, I suppose).

I bought a previous pair of contacts from this website (Venus Eye Brown) and so I decided to try out another pair from the website. I went with the Geo series – Bella Grey.

The contacts came in two separate vials with the prescriptions written on the top. My eyes are a whopping 5.25 (left) and 7.25 (right) – terrible eyesight, right? I picked the 5 and 7 since these were the closest to my prescription.
*Note: When buying contacts, make sure to get the prescription closest to your own (lower) or you may harm your eyes.

These contacts costed me a total of $19.90 from Pink Paradise. The diameter was 14.2mm (more of a natural look) with a base curve of 8.6mm. These contacts can be worn for a year and the contacts came with a pink macaron lens case

At first glance, the colour was definitely the grey that I expected it to be from the images I saw from the website. It is more of a medium dark grey colour. I’ve only ever tried grey contacts once before but the colour came out to be blue instead.

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As you can tell from the above photo, the colour isn’t the same grey as it was in the vial, but this colour was a lot closer to grey than it is to blue. I’m not quite sure if my dark eyes change the colour of the contacts when worn, but this often happens to me. Be wary when you buy the contacts since it won’t exactly be the same colour as you expect it to be when worn, but it’s kind of a nice surprise when you do.

Coloured contacts are recommended to be worn for 6-8 hours (same as regular contacts). I occasionally wear my contacts longer (I know.. very bad..) but they stayed relatively moist when worn.

Overall, I thought these contacts were worth the cost and the colour was able to show a lot better on my eyes than the Venus Eye Brown contacts that I’ve previously bought.

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Review: Tony Moly Pureness 100 Red Ginseng Mask Sheet Shine

Lately I’ve been really into face masks since the summer heat from Asia killed my skin! I apologize that I have not been up to date with all my posts but I promise to get back on the train and write more!

Tony Moly has always been one of my all-time favourite brands for face masks and this one was definitely a hit in my books.

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Ginseng has been said to have therapeutic benefits; it is said to stimulate blood flow which leaves the skin looking young and hydrated. It also is said to provide an individual the ability to relax and reduce their stress levels.

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As shown above, the images demonstrate how to place the mask onto your face. I found that the mask was the right size for my face (mine is small and oval-shaped) but it really depends on the individual. If you’re wondering as well in regards to the expiry date – I tried this mask awhile back but I wasn’t able to post this until later (oops!)

Like other masks, this one is instructed to be worn between 10-20 minutes to allow the nutrients to be fully absorbed into the skin.

I found that once I opened up the packaging, it felt super moisturizing. My skin felt very hydrated after use and the ginseng scent was ever so soothing. Although I have never encountered red ginseng in real life (I’ve only ever seen regular ginseng), I think it had an even better scent than the regular ginseng.

Masks from the Pureness 100 series are all around $3-5 CAD which is the average price of Asian branded masks. I’ve tried a handful of these masks from the Pureness 100 series and I would for sure repurchase these again in the future.

If you have any comments or questions, leave them below!

 ~Miss Happy Penguin

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Table 85

More and more Asian cuisine restaurants have opened up in Ottawa and I’m happy to have found this little hidden gem. Table 85 is located on 85 Bronson Street in the basement of a Remax building right off the 417.

I went with a group of 10+ individuals and we had ordered various items to try out their dishes. There were assorted Korean side dishes such as sweet potatoes, kimchi and black beans. A lot of Korean restaurants make and serve their own kimchi dishes.

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Sweet And Spicy Fried Chicken
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Original Korean Fried Chicken

Table 85 offers different types of fried chicken; we ordered the Original Korean Fried Chicken and the Sweet and Spicy Fried Chicken. Both dishes tasted great but I enjoyed the original flavour a little bit more (it also might be due to the fact that my tolerance for spice is lower?). I really taste the soy sauce and honey marinade in this dish.

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Fire Seafood Noodles

Next up we have my favourite dish – Fire Seafood Noodles. Although as stated above that my tolerance for spice is low, this dish was worth killing my taste buds for. This dish consisted bok choy vegetables, mussels, shrimp, and carrots in a noodle base. I adore seafood so it was nice to have this part of the meal.

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Jajang Noodles

Black bean noodles (also known as Jajang Myun in Korean) is a noodle dish drenched in a black bean sauce. If you’re more into a more saucy type of noodle dish, this would be your best bet. This dish is topped up with cucumbers and some boiled eggs to make sure your taste buds are completely overwhelmed by the black bean sauce. This dish tasted also very good and the portion size could be split between two people.

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Beef Sashimi

Last but not least is the beef sashimi. This well-marinated meat dish is served with both pickled radishes and lettuce. Typically you put the beef sashimi in a wrap and add the other side bits/condiments before consumption.

After trying various dishes from Table 85, it is safe to say that they have a wide variety in which all tasted really good. My favourite dish, as mentioned above, would have to be the Fire Seafood Noodles. Each dish varies from $10 to $30. I believe the whole meal costed about $40 each person (including taxes) since we had done a foodie group event. It was a spectacular experience and I would go again!

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Review: Tony Moly Peppermint Foot Mask

Masks have always been one of my favourite products from Tony Moly, but when I walked into the Tony Moly store, this little package caught my eye.

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It might have been the big white foot on the packaging or the bright green hue but I was definitely drawn to it in the store. I knew immediately that this is what I would need for my gross tired dry feet. My job consists of being a lot on my feet, so finding this product was a definite sign to give myself a break (also it only costed $5 so I was more inclined to give it a try).

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This foot masks consists of peppermint extract and that is said to refresh and to moisturize your feet. I opened up the packaging and found these look-alike white socks.

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I pulled them out of the packaging and found the pair attached at the top. Once taken apart, you could peer into the socks to find the peppermint extract.

The foot masks exterior were made with this plastic material. Although the packaging did not state what the shoe size limit for these masks, I would guess it would fit shoe sizes up to size 9. I have relatively big feet (size 7) for my height, but they were still a bit big on me.

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As followed by the directions, I placed my feet into these sock masks for half an hour and sat on my bed. It felt somewhat like stepping into wet shoes, but once the half hour had finished, I was happy to take them off.

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My feet felt absolutely wonderful after taking the socks masks off. They felt both moisturized and clean. My feet felt as if they were rejuvenated after a long day of work.

I really enjoyed this product for their design and it’s straightforward instructions. It was not too expensive and the peppermint scent smelt great and it was ever so refreshing. Tony Moly has once again not failed me with their product!

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Butter Avenue

3 years. It took me 3 years to get around to trying this lovely bakery/pastry store. My best friend and I talked about trying this place in our final years of university and we never got around to doing so. I am finally happy to say that I finally ventured into this little shop and purchased some macarons to taste.

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Two boxes of 6 and a mini macaron cup

 

The Butter Avenue location I went to was the one on Queen Street (super close to the airbnb place I stayed at the last time I went to visit). The shop offered many different flavoured macarons and some baked goods. I was only interested in the macarons where I purchased two boxes (one for myself and the other for a friend) and one mini mac cup for my sister.

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Mini Macaron Cup

The mini macaron cup was honestly way too cute to pass up on. The flavours that were offered in this cup were Raspberry, White Chocolate Strawberry, Earl Grey, Sea Salted Caramel, Pistachio Wild Cherry and Soothing Lavender (which is hidden in the back). My sister tried them all and she said they were super soft. Her favourite one was the raspberry and the sea salted caramel macarons.

My box of 6 came in a little yellow carton box that was tied together with this white twistable tie. When you opened it up, each of the macarons were displayed in a neat little row.

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Flavours in order (left to right) – Sea Salted Caramel, Earl Grey, Hojuicha Roasted Green Tea, Madagascar Vanilla, Lemon Poppyseed and Berry Punch

Above are the macarons that I had handpicked from the selection they had at the store.

Each any every one of these flavours were great on its own and I couldn’t help myself from finishing all of them in one sitting. They were bite-sized and super soft. I couldn’t get over how delicious they were. The colours were vibrant which made them even more appealing to eat.

From the 6 that I had picked, I vote the Sea Salted Caramel and the Earl Grey as my top 2 macarons. The Lemon Poppyseed was a good one too. I had eaten these macarons with a cup of Orange Pekoe tea (which I highly recommend doing if you wanted to cleanse your palette between the macarons).

Overall I had a great experience with Butter Avenue. The staff were very kind and helpful. They gave suggestions on which macarons to try and which were their top sellers. The macarons were scrumptious and I would go again once I’m back in town.

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Laroche-Posay Hydreane Legere Face Cream

If I were to pick one skincare item that I could not live without, it would definitely be a moisturizer. Moisturizers are honestly the thing that I use religiously twice a day.

I’ve been through a lot of different moisturizers but this is one of my holy grail moisturizers. Laroche-Posay has many different moisturizers for a variety of skin types. My skin type leans more towards a mixed skin type where I am unfortunately both dry and oily due to my T-zone areas.

Laroche-Posay Hydreane Legere Face Cream is recommended for individuals with sensitive skin and I always believed I fall under this category due to my spontaneous breakouts of eczema from time to time. I also consulted a Shoppers representative in regards to this before purchasing this item. She had recommended a light formula so I would be able to gain the hydration from the moisturizer without giving it excess oils that tends to lead my skin to breaking out. I’ve had tons of difficulties in finding good moisturizers for this reason because skin produces natural oils and a lot of our cleansing products strips skin of these natural oils without replenish them properly.

This product comes in a cute little simple box package that states all the information one needs to know about the product.

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My first impressions of the product was how small it was. It only had 40 mL but it doesn’t take too much of the product to cover your face.

The formula of the product is very light and I didn’t feel as if I was overly hydrating myself leaving my skin oily. I find a lot of products tend to be super thick but this was not at all like that. Laroche-Posay’s product holds to the legere formula name.

Although this product is one of my holy grail for face moisturizers, the only downside of it is the price. For a small 40 mL bottle, it costed $28 CAD+tax from Shoppers Drugmart.

This product overall is a great product to use and I have not found another moisturizer that has yet to top this one in regards to formulation. Even though the price is more than what I would like to pay for the product, I would repurchase it because of the quality.

Thanks once again for reading and if you have any questions, feel free to leave any comments below!

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Review: Becca – Champagne Pop

Shimmer and glitter. These two words always appealed to me and since the trend of highlighters came out. I used to love wearing those glittery eyeshadows when I was a child and even in my preteens years, so I was happy to jump onto the bandwagon once again. Highlighters have been my absolute new favourite type of product and I rarely go out without a little bit on my cheekbones nowadays.

Becca came out with the prettiest highlighter – Champagne Pop. It is a listed as a Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter and it has the nicest undertones that I’ve ever seen.

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I was fortunate enough to have had this lovely product gifted to me, but the retail price of one of these is $46 CAD from Sephora. A hefty price to pay but the payoff of this highlighter is outstanding.

Champagne Pop colour has mainly soft white gold with a bit of a pinky peach to it. The pigmentation of this highlighter is absolutely beautiful and it’s very build-able. I generally just swipe a bit on the main areas of my face – cheeks bones, under my brows, a bit on my nose and my cupid’s bow – which is more than enough for a day look. I always add a bit more on the days I go out, but it lasts quite a long time.

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As you can see in the above photo, the colour is highly pigmented. It catches the light well. You can really see the white gold and the tiny specks of peachy pink. It is a great combination of colours and looks great on any skin tone. I have a bit more of a tanned olive complexion and it brightens up my colour.

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Here you can see the iridescent feel of the highlighter. It shimmers in the right places and it isn’t overwhelming like a lot of other highlighters. I especially love the fact that it has a gold undertone so it isn’t as shocking as the silvery kinds of highlighters.

Despite the priciness of this highlighter, I would highly recommend purchasing it. I have been using mine for a few months now and honestly I haven’t made a dent in the product. The payoff of this highlighter is unbelievable which is yet another plus on this product. If you haven’t had a chance to try this product, please give it a try. I believe that Becca has this highlighter in a smaller size too, so that might also be an option than buying it full-sized. Thanks once again for reading my posts. I look forward to writing more in the near future!

~Miss Happy Penguin

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