Friday, 21 November 2014

REVIEW: KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler

Today's post is different from all the other posts that I have done here. Why? Well, as some of you may noticed, Reflection of Sanity has one too many *sarcasm* or lack thereof posts that are related to hair. The reason for this is I am completely clueless when it comes to my hair. I don't do anything to it other than shampoo, conditioner and the occasional hair mask. I only have one hair dryer and no other styling tools because I never have luck with any of it. Once upon a time, I used to have a flat iron but other than a serious knack for burning myself, it had almost no other use to me. I did threaten to shove it up someone's ass once but we won't go there today.

So you can imagine my surprise when I received an email from BrandBacker that I was accepted to review KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler*. Well, first came the happiness and then the nervousness sets in. I have no idea how I am going to review and use this hair curler and was honestly convinced that I am about to lose some hair while testing this product. If there is one person who can successfully fuck up the most idiot proof hair tool, that person would be me.

Now let's talk about the product. KISS Instawave* is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that promises to instantly create beautiful, long-lasting curls with just the touch of a button. I find it too good to be true and come on, we all have heard these so-called promises one too many times but hey ho, to the testland Shireen go!

Am I the only one who gets nervous when I see 'AS Seen on TV' logo?!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Beauty Box REVIEW: ipsy November 'Girl Meets Glitter' Bag

One of the things that I miss in the beauty world was beauty box subscription. Back in Malaysia, I tried a couple of beauty box and I love all of it. There is something strangely thrilling about receiving a box filled with mysterious beauty products and after migrating here, I tried researching about Canada's beauty box and found there are a few that has not-so glowing reviews or has been discontinued. So in the end, I decided to subscribe to ipsy.

I've read many beauty blogs and saw that the general consensus about ipsy is pretty good so I thought why not? I was being pretty brave and settled for a one year subscription which set me back roughly CAD192.00, not too bad to be honest. The November bag arrived a couple of days ago and here's what I got!

ipsy November 'Girl Meets Glitter' Bag

Monday, 17 November 2014

Soft Dinner Rolls (Bread Machine)

So here's my thought...I plan to do a non beauty related post on every Monday. It may be a food, rant or life update post and I think it will give everyone a break from my usual beauty related posts and hopefully (fingers crossed!) that it'll be a more refreshing read for my readers.

Usually when I have an idea, it never turned out right, actually I managed to get myself into the biggest, crappiest situations whenever a light bulb goes ping! in my head. Such was one time when I decided to perch on a bar stool and dance with my 3 1/2 inches high stilettos and learned the hard lesson that alcohol and gravity will never be best friends, ever. Lesson well taught with me falling flat on my face, skirt flew up to my waist, exposed in all my glory and whatever that's left of my modesty was protected by my knickers that was looking more like a wedgie, or so my dearest friends told me the next day.

Me and ideas are never a good thing so please, please, pleaseeee let me know in the comment section if you agree or disagree with this.

We have been waking up to -3 to -4 Celsius and I am seeing frost everywhere! It's on the street, the roof, the lawn...everywhere. I have a confession, I am loving the cold so far and the part I am enjoying the most is seeing my breath in the freezing cold air. I'm just so matured, I know.

Anyhoot, the cold weather made me want to use the oven twice as much so I decided to bake some soft dinner rolls to go with a beef stew I made. The dough is done in a bread machine because I will die if I have to knead it myself so I pretty much dump everything and let the dough magically appear later. I found this recipe online but of course, me being me, I just had to tweak it and hubby dearest said it's perfect (the stew was shit...) so here it is, hopefully this dinner rolls will be great for you too. Do let me know if you try it and please share on how you tweak it to make it better.

Friday, 14 November 2014

REVIEW: La-Roche Posay Substiane Serum

I'm going to start this post with a warning, I am a little tired due to lack of sleep, grumpy because I had to retype word captcha three !#$@^&*$!* times to get it right (I swear word captcha and auto correct were created to drive me up the bloody wall) and I'm walking around smelling like a cinnamon roll. The rolls were great but my kitchen looks like a brown sugar bomb went off in it. And while I was baking and trying to clean, I caught little tyke happily rolling and playing in his puke...he was happier than a pig in the mud, his mum not so much.

Okay, rant over and let's get to business.

Today is a little different as I am featuring one of my MUST-HAVEs in my skin care routine, a serum. I am a self confessed serum addict amongst other things (but we won't go there...) and I cannot be without a serum in my skin care. I personally feel that serums do a lot of good for my skin. The ingredients are usually more potent and concentrated and my dehydrated skin seems to drink it up.

So you can imagine my excitement when I finally got to try my first La-Roche Posay product, Substiane Serum*.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

My First Tango with e.l.f

e.l.f has been one of the many brands that I have been itching to try but living in Malaysia made it hard to get my hands on. I know I can purchase online but I have to confess that I am not a huge fan of shopping for makeup online. Why? Well, I love to do my swatches, smelling and playing around with the testers before finally buying my makeup. There is also a high risk of getting the wrong shade when purchasing online and I hate to be disappointed and for my money to go to waste. So when I finally saw e.l.f on shelf at Target, I just had to purchase a couple of products to try.

So here's the story of my first tango with E.L.F....

Monday, 10 November 2014

Creamy Cajun Prawn Pasta

One of the many perks of moving here is seafood is cheaper, make that wayyyy cheaper than in KL. Actually lots of things are more expensive in KL but I think it's the same with every major cities in the world; higher cost of living.

Some time before my mini emotional breakdown, I got completely excited and happy buying prawns and cod fish. It was unbelievably reasonably priced! And next came the challenge on what to do with my latest purchase. I will make fish & chips with the cod fish but prawns....that was a new challenge for me as I never had the opportunity to use prawns in my dishes back in Malaysia, it was just too expensive.

So what to do, what to do? I came up with the idea of making a pasta dish, why? Well, I love pasta, it's my all time favourite dish and I swear I could eat it everyday for the rest of my life. I posted a picture of this dish on Instagram, Facebook and some requested for the recipe.

Hope you love this dish as much as we did, do let me know if you gave it a go, if you liked it or what changes you made to it. Let's cook!


12 large prawns
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 1/4 tbs cajun seasoning; use less if you are not a huge fan of strong spice taste
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp fresh ground chilli flakes (SKIP this if you cannot take spicy)
1 clove garlic; minced

1 1/2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic; minced
2 pieces sun dried tomatoes; DO NOT rinse the oil

2 cups pasta
2 tomatoes; diced
2 cups baby spinach or vegetable of your choice; kale is a great option

1/4 cup white wine; optional
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp sea salt or to taste

Freshly grated parmesan for garnish; optional

Cooking method:
1. Mix (A) together and leave it aside in the fridge for at least an hour.
2. Cook pasta as per package directions.
3. Fry (B) until fragrant, use medium heat and make sure garlic don't burn.
4. Add chopped tomatoes and cook till tomatoes soften.
5. Pour white wine into pan and cook until liquid is reduced.
6. Add prawns into pan and cook until prawns are starting to turn pink.
7. Add baby spinach, give it a good stir and then pour cream. Bring it to a low boil.
8. Add salt to taste.
9. Drain pasta and add pasta into sauce mixture and mix well.
10. Garnish with parmesan and enjoy!

1. Make sure you take out prawns from the fridge and let it come down to room temperature before cooking.
2. DO NOT overcook prawns as it'll be dry and chewy.
3. You can substitute white wine with chicken/vegetable broth.

Friday, 7 November 2014

REVIEW: Avon Glow Bronzing Pearl (Sunkissed)

The days of healthy radiant shine from the sun is gone from me. The Canadian weather is something that I am still trying to get used to. Never mind the wind and rain but recently it started to get dark at 5.00pm. Yes, daylight savings has started and 6.00pm looks like it's 9.00pm! I think it's weirdly cool but then again, the novelty of living in a new country still hasn't worn off. Ask me again this time next year and I might have a completely different set of answers, one that involves words that no lady should ever utter in her lifetime.

To cheat the healthy glow back into my face, I have been using highlighters like my life depends on it. I have been a massive fan of Benefit Sunbeam for the longest time and it is running out *sob!* so I finally decided to try something new. Hubby dearest's aunt is an Avon rep so when I saw Avon Glow Bronzing Pearl was on sale, I just had to get it.

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