August 25, 2014

Product Review: Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream

Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream (50mL)


The Body Shop

Disclaimer: I am in no way being sponsored by the parties mentioned below. All statements made are purely my own judgement and opinion.

Why did I start using this? When I returned from Italy my skin was extremely dry. No matter how much moisturiser I used, my face was dry, uncomfortable and bloated for the entire school day.  Then my mom pulled this out and told me to try it, and I'm pretty sure it saved my skin. In less than a week, I had used up half of this, that's how many times I had to reapply it throughout the day!

I would seriously recommend using this only if you have dry skin because it is an intense moisture cream. The scent of it isn't great because there are no added fragrances. Furthermore, I like buying products from The Body Shop because they are a cruelty free company.

August 22, 2014

Road Trip: Granville Island and SUSHI {Day 6}

On our last day, we went to Granville Island and explored the Farmer's Market they had there. There were so many people and it was an extremely fun place to be! We then ended the day by going to get sushi and it was just so delicious. 

August 19, 2014


I can't believe the month is already half over, that went by way to quickly.

Thanks to a fellow Edmontonian Book Blogger, my friends and I were able to get an advanced screening of If I Stay on August 13. Even though I swore that I wouldn't watch any of the movie adaptations (i.e. City of Bones, TFIOS, Divergent) I went out to watch this one because, yenno, free tickets. It was surprisingly quite a good movie and followed the book quite well. There were definitely tear-jerking moments, and the ending made my friends (who has not read the book) go like "wtf?", and everyone who had read the book just chuckle.

Last week, I had the opportunity to volunteer at my piano teacher's church for the Summer Day Camp they were holding. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I've had so far; instead of waiting for my elders to tell me what to do, I had to take the initiative to talk to the children and get to know them. The past week gave me more confidence in speaking to others and made me feel like a responsible person! At the same time that I was teaching the kids, I also learned from them to just take life a little less seriously.

School is coming up, and I don't know if taking life a little less seriously will be for the better or for the worse. I go to an academic school where everyone is pretty uptight about their marks, and I admit, I am too. However, over the last few weeks of summer vacation that I've gotten, I've really just let loose for a while and have been reminded of all the little things. Taking life a little less seriously, to me, means to not let my marks affect me too much. There's seriously a lot to this, but this year, as much as I want to focus on school, I still want to try and make time for all my other commitments.

Looking at my schedule and what the grade 11's before me went through, I can tell that this is going to be a pretty hectic year. Most likely, I won't be able to update the blog as much, or make as many videos, but I'll try my best!

So whether you're heading back to school, work, or maybe you're one of those lucky people who just get to stay at home, I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and best of luck to whatever you do! :)

August 15, 2014

Road Trip: Seattle Premium Outlets and Beautiful Ocean Sunset {Day 5}

It was raining (like it did every day except for the last day) as we left Richmond to head across the border into Washington State. We didn't actually buy a lot of things at the outlets. When we arrived back in Richmond, we drove to the Vancouver Airport and out to a walkway that went straight into the ocean. Little did we know that to get there and back was a total of 8km and by the time we got back to our cars, it was pitch black. 

August 11, 2014

Book Review: Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Book from Lisa

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this book because I remember liking Burn For Burn but it didn't really live up to my expectations, especially after reading The Summer Trilogy. (I completely bawled my eyes out in those books) However, when I finished the book, I found myself wishing that the next book would come out sooner! It was a lot better than I had expected!

August 10, 2014

Mid-Summer Update

I can't believe it's already August, which means I have less than one month left before school starts. Here's what I've been up to recently:

1. I've watched hours and hours of Friends, and am planning on watching some other shows before school starts. It's probably actually one of the funniest shows I've watched so far, and it just puts a smile on my face every time I watch it. For some reason, I really enjoy watching old TV shows.

2. I've started the 52 Lists Project (source), a project where I have to make a list for every week of the year. I'm pretty sure it was meant to be started in January, but I was extremely bored. Hopefully this project will help me open up my mind and stay creative since I couldn't find a full list of prompts for all 52 weeks.

3. My friends and I go biking around our neighborhood quite often. I'm also trying to stay as active as I can throughout the summer, and hopefully finding some time to keep active once school starts.

A picture I took while biking with my friends.

4. I will be volunteering for the next week at a summer camp, teaching arts and crafts to children. I'm a bit nervous because it's my first time, but I've taught kids before so I'm hoping it will go fine.

I haven't been motivated to read at all lately, but I will find some time to relax in the backyard and read on the deck chairs. The weather has been really lovely lately, with enough breeze to cut through the heat. The books that I plan on reading in the last few weeks are: The Cuckoo's Calling, City of Heavenly Fire, and The Revenge of Seven.

How has your summer been so far?

August 08, 2014

Road Trip: Boats and Night Market {Day 4}

There were so many people walking on the docks and buying the huge variety of seafood. Afterwards, we went shopping at Aberdeen Centre where I bought a few things! Of course, being in Richmond, we went to the huge night market that was full of people and lots of food!

Some sea urchins :)

August 06, 2014

52 Lists: Words That Touch Your Soul {Week 1}

For some reason, I love making lists; as I was watching Friends, I was finding something to do and came across this idea of the 52 Lists Project. Every Wednesday, I will post the top ten things on my list, not all of them so it's not overwhelming. In no particular order:

1. Family

- I just spent about 4 days with my cousins and I really appreciate all the time I spend with them.

2. Friends

- My friends keep me anchored and in check with my morals and values, I'm just so grateful to have them around.

3. Love

- I feel like this one is on everyone's list but it's something I want to find in the future, whatever it is.

4. Autumn

- This is my favourite season, the colours, the wind, the smells, and the comfy clothes I get to wear. It also happens to start about 12 days after my birthday, on September 22nd. 

5. Confidence

- It's been an important concept to me for a while now, trying to become more confident with myself and who I am. Not only is it a word that touches my soul, but it's also one of my goals for this year.

6. Help

- One of my biggest goals in life is to leave a mark by helping others.  

7. Coffee

- This is pretty self explanatory, I love the smell and the taste of coffee.

8. Intelligence

- Not only is it a quality I look for in others, it's also a quality that I hope I will always have. 

9. Smile

- Try smiling at least once a day, it really helps. For some reason, just smiling makes me happier, even if I'm feeling down. It's weird.

10. Dusk

- One of my favourite times of the day, resulting in some of the most beautiful pictures. It's also the perfect time to go biking in the summer, not to hot or cold.

August 01, 2014

Road Trip: Suspension Bridge and Whistler Village {Day 3}

Instead of going to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, our friends brought us to the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. Even though it was raining on us (which made it really hard for me to take pictures), it was such a cool experience walking through the forest. We then drove for about and hour and a half to Whistler to see the Olympic rings from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. As we were driving back, we wanted to take pictures by the ocean and ended up spending another hour there. Back in Vancouver, we took a drive around the city to see the night scenery (more pictures on my Flickr) then returned to our hotel in Richmond.