[Beauty] Cosmetics Shelf-Life

Although not all beauty products have listed expiry dates on the packaging; they do have a specific shelf life.



Blush and Face Powder: Both of these beauty products can last up to 2 years when stored in a dark and dry place.

Concealer (liquid): It is highly recommended that you throw it out after 1 year.

Concealer (powder and stick): Can last up to 2 years.

Eyeliner: Can last up to 2 years.

Eyeshadow (powder): It can last up to 2 years. However, throw it out when it gets really flaky or dry.

Foundation (liquid): Throw it out after 1 year. Try to keep your foundation bottles out of the sunlight.

Lipgloss: If you notice that your lip gloss has become extra sticky; it's time to throw it out. Estimated shelf life is about 1 year.

Mascara: Throw it after 3 months as it can get clumpy.

Nail Polishes: It really depends on the brand and quality but it can last between 1-2 years. Throw it out if you notice that the lacquer is drying up and clumpy.

Perfume: Store your perfume bottles in a cool and dark place if you want the scent to last longer. It can last up to 5-7 years if stored properly.

Momofuku Milk Bar


The opening of the Momofuku Milk Bar was very much hyped this summer. It's a popular bakery spot in New York City, and the baked goods are now available for consumptions in Toronto. I finally got a chance to stop by to get their infamous "crack pie" and cookies this week, and I am completely sold on it.


Rather than a full-on bakery, the baked goods are stored in a refrigerated 12.5 x 6 foot cube on the second floor of the Momofuku building. Inside you will find a small selection of their best sellers from NYC which include cookies (blueberry & cream, compost cookie,
corn, and cornflake marshmallow), crack pie (slice or whole) and b-day truffles. Additionally, there are also baking mixes, cookbooks, pins and t shirts available for purchases as well.


There are various pink and metal bins that carry prepackaged crack pie and cookies on
the left side of the cube (when walking in) and merchandises are on the right.


After looking around, I decided to get the corn cookie ($2.00), compost cookie ($2.00) and a slice of crack pie ($6.00). If you love the crack pie, then there's an 10-inch crack pie for $48.00. 

 

The two cookies have chewy and soft textures which I really liked. 

The corn cookie contains sugar, butter, unbleached wheat flour, corn flour, corn powder, and eggs. 

The compost cookie contains a mixture of various ingredients including butter, unbleached wheat flour, sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, graham crumbs, potato chips, eggs, milk powder, cream, and coffee grounds ... hence its appropriately titled name. 

 

Looking at the package, the main ingredients used to make the crack pies are butter, sugar, brown sugar, cream, egg yolks, oat and wheat flour. So based on the ingredients only, I knew that it'd be really sweet which I didn't mind as I have a huge sweet tooth.

 The sweet and buttery confection that is the "crack pie" was everything that I had hoped for and more. The pastry itself was chilled, sweet, and had a nice gooey texture that I enjoyed. The toasted crust provided a nice crunch which went well with the soft filling.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 4.4/5
Service: N/A
Overall Dining Experience: N/A
Price: $$$ || Online Menu

Address: 190 University Ave (second floor), Toronto, ON, M5H 0A3

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[Random Musing] Rhonna Designs/Starbucks/iPhone5S

I love photo apps, and have quite a few on my cell phone. So earlier this week, I saw that Rhonna Designs was free (normally $1.99) in the iTunes store, so I couldn't help but download it.

 

This photo editor is pretty nifty if you want to spruce up your Instagram photos. There are not many filters to choose from (8 in total) but it does come with a variety of picture and text overlays.


I was waiting for someone at Starbucks and decided to play around with one of the apps!

Starbucks' seasonal drink, Pumpkin Spice Latte, is back and celebrating its 10th year on the menu. Starbucks and McDonald's are two of my go-to places for caffeine during my work week as I really need it to stay awake. However, I have never tried the Pumpkin Spice Latte until its return on the menu earlier last week. The reason being is that I don't like the flavor of pumpkin so I always thought that the latte would have a strong pumpkin flavor to it. Anyways, I decided to order one  this week as I kept seeing pictures of people's PSL drinks on my Instagram feed so I was curious to its taste. I have to say that the pumpkin-flavored syrup wasn't too strong. Additionally the whipped cream went well with the pumpkin pie spices. Overall, I actually really liked it and have been drinking it since then (ordered 4 grande this past week).

In other Starbucks news, I finally obtained gold membership about 2 months, and have not received my card yet. I wonder what is taking them so long?


I have been waiting for the release of the Iphone5S since my contract ended nearly 2 months ago. I am currently on a monthly paid plan. So I was very pleased when Apple had their press conference on Tuesday in regards their new phones. I know that this is basically just an upgrade from their previous model but ... I am still excited about it. I was debating between getting the Sony Xperia Z and Iphone5S (mainly for their camera quality as I use it a lot). In the end, I decided to upgrade to an Iphone5S as I have all of my files backed up on my computer so it'll be a breeze to transfer everything over.


Kirei Sushi + Bar

The city's downtown core is nestled with many sushi restaurants of various price points. Kirei Sushi + Bar is a mid-ranged establishment located nearby the Financial District in downtown Toronto. A friend and I were on our way to a food festival when the weather took a turn for the worse, and it completely poured. Deciding to seek refuge from the rain, we randomly walked to the nearest restaurant which happened to be Kirei Sushi + Bar. Upon entering, I was impressed by the large space, cozy looking booths, and modern decor of the restaurant. 


We arrived at 5:30 pm which was relatively early for the dinner rush so it was kind of empty. However, during the course of our meals; the numbers of customers arriving for dinner started picking up quickly.


My friend and I were were warmly greeted and seated right away. Our waitress brought out complimentary appetizers (two small bowls of mixed cooked veggies), and took our orders. The menu at Kirei Sushi + Bar offers a variety of different sushi, special rolls, and sashimi. Additionally, I noticed that they also have authentic Japanese BBQ and a few choices of Korean dishes such as kalbi, pork bone soup, and bibimbap.


I opted for the chicken teriyaki dinner ($14.00) which was served with miso soup, salad and rice. I liked that the house salad had a tangy yet refreshing taste to it, and the miso soup was decent.

There was a good amount of chicken teriyaki on my plate but noticeably very few pieces of vegetables. Overall, I thought that the pieces were well cooked and not dry. The marinated sauce was lightly poured onto the chicken teriyaki so it wasn't overly drenched in the sweet sauce.


I love sushi pizza and I usually get it when it's available on the menu. So, I ordered myself a salmon sushi pizza ($9.00) which was nicely presented on a white square plate. It was not the best that I have had but it was pretty good nonetheless. The rice texture wasn't soggy, patty was crunchy and the salmon was fresh. Although, I thought that they did overkill on the amount of roe that was placed on top of the pizza. Overall, I enjoyed my meal.

My friend got the shiromi katsu ($17.00) which was also served with miso soup, rice and salad. I tried two pieces of the katsu and thought that they were slightly dry even with the accompanied sauce.


RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3.9/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 4/5
Price: $$$ || Online Menu

Address: 81 Church, Toronto, ON, M5C 2G2

Kirei Sushi + Bar on Urbanspoon

[Touring Toronto] Fan Expo 2013

Before I start writing about my Fan Expo 2013 experience; I want to write down a small blogging goal. I am hoping to have at least one blog post up every 2 weeks (either a personal or food review post) from now on. I have been brainstorming some blog topics during my 1 hour commute home from work, so let's hope I can keep it up. Anyways onto my Fan Expo blog with tips for next year's event (that I learned from my experience there).


Fan Expo Canada was held over the weekend of August 22 to August 25, 2013, at The Toronto Convention Center. This year was my first time attending the popular event, and I will definitely be coming back next year. Apparently, this year they expanded to the north building and also added a new Sports Expo area as well so a lot more space.


Pictured: I spent the last 30 minutes browsing through the Lego exhibit (near the food court), and taking pictures with the Logo sculptures. This was one of the features there which was The Hobbit in Lego.

 I was thinking of going on Saturday but didn't want to deal with the overbearing hoards of people, so I went with friends after work on Friday (took a half-day) instead. After reading online about the large masses of people who attended the event over the weekend, I was glad that I went on Friday instead. I made it in time to line up for the Sailor Moon’s 20th anniversary panel as I was a huge Sailor Moon fan during my adolescent years. I got myself a middle seat and got a decent viewing of the voice actresses, actor, and director.


Pictured: Linda Ballantyne (Sailor Moon), Susan Roman (Lita/Sailor Jupiter), Katie Griffin (Raye/Sailor Mars), Toby Proctor (Darien/Tuxedo Mask) and director John Stocker.

The four days event had everything from signing sessions (celebrities' autographs), hundreds of small and retailed vendors, food court, displays, booths, panels, thousands of people cosplaying, and a newly added sports section. 

Tips For Next Year's Fan Expo 2014:

1) Save Money Ahead of Time -- Going to Fan Expo isn't exactly cheap if you take into accounts the ticket prices, photo and autograph sessions with celebrities, and also an array of vendors made available. If you are interested in any of the above mentions then it'd be a good idea to save some money ahead of time. Photo ops are between $40 to $80 and autographs are between $30 to $50 (per celebrity).

Tickets for this year's event was Thurs ($25), Fri ($35), Sat ($50), Sun ($40) and deluxe pass for all four days ($115).

2) Buy Your Ticket(s) In Advanced -- You can buy your tickets online in advanced of the weekend's events. Although there is a $5.00 surcharge; at least it will guarantee that you'll have your ticket. I'd recommend buying your ticket(s) online if you want to attend Fan Expo on the Saturday as it's usually a mad house at the box office after 12:00 pm.

3) Plan Your Day Before Going -- All information and schedules are posted online on the official Fan Expo's website, so it's best to check it out before attending. That way, you can map out what you want to see or do at Fan Expo, what panels are available, decide on which celebrities you want to see and get an autograph or photo from, and which vendors will be there. 

4) Take The Program Guide With You -- Before entering the tunnel to purchase my ticket, the volunteers were handing out the guide books. It greatly helped me a lot throughout my day. The program guide book provided a lot of useful information such maps of the floors, times/locations of where the panels and celebrities are, vendors information, etc ... All of the information that are found online is condensed into this soft cover book. graph or photo from, and which vendors will be there.

5) Bring Cash -- If you're planning on buying entrance tickets to Fan Expo at the booth office; they only accept cash or debit. Additionally, many vendors prefer cash transactions over debit/credit (some are cash only). Try to withdraw cash from your local bank before attending the event as the line-ups for the indoor ATMs can get pretty long.

6) Bring Snacks -- You're probably going to be either moving around a lot or wait in lines for quite some time. So it's a good idea to bring along some snacks such as granola bars, cookies or a small bag of chips. It's also best to bring your own bottled water as it's a little more expensive at the food court. This was my first year here so I wasn't prepared at all. I didn't bring anything to eat and after waiting in line for Stan Lee; I got myself a plate of nachos/cheese and a bottle of water for $10.00.

7) Comfortable Shoes -- I love heels so I managed to last 6 hours of walking and waiting in 4 inches heels. However, for those who can't do that then I'd suggest wearing comfortable shoes. No one stepped on my toes that day (phewwwww), but I can imagine that happening on the packed Saturday.

8) Bring A Fully-Charged Cell and Camera -- If you're going with your friends then it's a good idea to bring your cell phones so you can connect with each other (in case you get lost). There is so much to see and do, and by bringing a camera ... you can capture the moments and memories of your day(s) at Fan Expo. Most of the photos that I managed to get are of myself posing with cosplayers and also of the Lego exhibit which I thought was really nice.

9) Deodorant -- Trust me, you'll need it as it gets really hot indoors, and you'll probably be sweating if you're in a cosplay outfit.

10) Line Up Early For Panels/Photo Ops -- You can expect lengthy line ups for popular panels and photo ops at Fan Expo. The only panel that I attended was the Sailor Moon’s 20th anniversary panel. This specific panel started at 2:30 pm and I got there around 1:30 pm. There must have been at least 150-200 people there ahead of me. So generally, if you want to attend any of the panels then get there 1-2 hours before it starts.

See you at Fan Expo 2014 =)