Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My Handmade 2017 Agenda from Berlin ♡

I am very picky when it comes to buying an agenda for the year.
I originally wanted to get a Ban.do agenda, but then I wanted something
unique and different from the majority, so I found this lovely seller on Etsy.

The shop name is called, waitingforadreamer ♡
The weekly agenda is under a project called, STUDIENMATERIAL.

I picked the 'Alice & Black Crown design'. It's lovely!
The agenda is quite small, but it's the perfect size for me.
The package came in about 3/4 days! It also came with an illustrated postcard.

Some people had complaints about the type of paper used, but I like it.
It feels nice and sturdy. It has a smooth texture, which may not work well
with some pens (they might smudge), but if you have a nice, thin inked pen,
it should work fine. It actually kind of makes the ink stand out more.

I have to say that this is not a very practical planner.
Some of the dates are covered with illustrations, making it impossible
to actually write on. But it has lovely illustrations and quotes. It's a nice
agenda for someone who just jots down weekly plans and special dates.

The illustrations are from different artists. There is a list of them on the back.
Eduard Belky (Ukrainian), Kaija Burlina (Ukrainian), Alessandro Cemolin (Italian).
Then the main designers are Anastasia Klerig and Anna Klerig :)

I love this cute, little agenda. It reminds me of when I used to do editorial design!
I am definitely inspired to create my own agenda for next year :p

This is the back cover. Lovely :)

Friday, January 13, 2017

ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner ♡ Crimson & Clover

I have been wanting to try the ILIA tinted lip conditioners for over a year now.
When Sephora had their annual end of year sale, I knew I had to pick up a couple!
I couldn't really justify the original retail pricing, because I don't wear lip products
often, other than lip balm, so this was a great alternative! It's super moisturizing and pigmented!

I also picked up the colour in Shell Shock, but I'll focus my review on the Crimson & Clover.
It's my favourite of the two and I'm in love with it!

The retail price can range from $26-32. I purchased mine on Sephora when they had a $20 off sale.
I ended up getting the lip conditioners for $21 each. That's a pretty good deal :p
What I love:
The case is made with recycled aluminum

Their products are made with certified organic ingredients
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax,
Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf*,
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil*.
May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Black Oxide CI77499, Yellow Oxide CI77492, Red Oxide CI77491, Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410,
Yellow 5 CI19140. *Certified Organic Ingredients.

From Vancouver, BC :) A Canadian product

There's jasmine oil in this lip conditioner. I love jasmine!

It leaves a lovely stain and doesn't dry out my lips

♡ I don't have to reapply. It leaves a stain and gradually
fades into a lovely pink shade on my lips :)

Here is a swatch of the colour. You can easily build up the colour from something
more sheer, to bold. I love wearing it both ways. It also leaves a lovely stain and is not
easily rubbed off when eating. I just had an apple and the colour is pretty much intact.
 My photos don't do it justice! It looks so much better in person on my lips :p
It's more red in real life and has this bright "punch" to the colour, my camera can't capture.

The colour of the lipstick on their website is actually quite close.
Not the swatch, but the photo of the whole lipstick with the colour in the tube :)
The colour 'Jump' is on my wishlist :p
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cosmic Pasta Salad Recipe ♡

Hello everyone! This is going to be a super random recipe post,
but I wanted to share this delicious pasta salad recipe with you all!

But I am truly sorry if it does not turn out well. I am a very inexperienced cook.
My palate is quite refined and I don't like to season my food too much.
I can taste the sweetness of a raw almond and the spiciness of a piece of celery.
If your tastebuds are like mine, then I hope you'll enjoy this recipe :p
♡ Please note that the ingredients I use are completely organic and suitable for vegans ♡
This recipe serves only 1 person :p

You will need:
1 cup cooked brown rice pasta (Tinkyada's Brown Rice Spirals)

1/3 cup cooked black beans (Eden Foods' Black Beans)

1 avocado with a sprinkle of lemon juice

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

Mix all the above ingredients, then add the salad on top.
You can also add the avocado in slices, separately with the salad.

Cosmic salad blend (Kind Organics Cosmic Blend)
This salad is a blend of lettuces, kale, pea shoots, asian greens, arugula, chard,
beet greens, corn shoots, parsley, dill, fennel, basil, lovage, cosmos, nasturtiums,
marigolds, dahlias, dianthus, carnations, roses

Himalayan sea salt, black pepper & Italian seasoning for taste

This will also taste great with some vegan herbed feta sprinkled on top!

Enjoy! :)

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