Monday, July 29, 2013

China Bar Signature

Just a quick post on my visit to the Exhibition St branch of the China Bar Signature Buffet last week.

I had a "Buy 1 Get 1 Free" offer so after my friend and I split the bill, I paid $16.50 instead of the normal $33 for lunch on a Friday.

Unfortunately, I didn't end up with any photos of the buffet food. I went in thinking "eat first, photos later" and I'm kicking myself for not realising that they would stop bringing out new food in the last hour before lunch ended. By the time I went on my last round with my camera, pretty much all the food was almost gone.

The food however, was great! I tried a little bit of everything and enjoyed most things.

Pictured above are tempura prawn and salmon sushi, pan fried dumplings and fried wonton dumplings with red vinegar sauce. This was the last round of food I had and were all second servings of a few foods I liked most out of the range available.

More dumplings, this time "Yum Cha" style.

There were a lot of dumpling dishes to choose from, as well as a large variety of sushi (salmon, tempura, avocado and chicken), Asian style roasted meat (chicken, pork and duck), seafood dishes, soups, fried food, stir fry dishes, and the regular all you can eat buffet salad bar.

This chocolate fountain was my highlight of the desserts and I had a lot of fun making (and eating) my creation! In my opinion, the desserts available (the cakes, mousse, etc.) were not as good as I expected and aside from a slice of Tiramisu, I didn't even finish half of the other desserts I tried.

Again, apologies for the lack of photos. I did enjoy my experience at China Bar and I would consider dining there again- despite the high prices. It was definitely a very nice way to end my semester break, as all my classes will officially commence again this week.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Monochrome Polka Dots

Despite being such a simple pattern, I love how polka dots can produce such a cute look whether they are on clothes or nails, or even home decor! I'm a big fan of them so it was no surprise when I decided to include these dots on my nails.

In a way, my nails were inspired by this polka dot top I picked up from HK's Forever 21 that I am wearing as I couldn't decide on what polish colours to use. I can be an extremely indecisive person at times and in this instance there were just so many different colour combinations I could choose from for this manicure! In the end I went with black and white like my shirt, as I had worn it out recently.

I used black (Lovely me:ex BK901) and white (Lovely me:ex WH002) polishes from The Face Shop's Lovely me:ex nail polish collection and a dotting tool to create the dots. For those of you who don't own dotting tools, bobby pins are awesome alternatives too! Unfortunately, when I went over my nails with a top coat, the black polish smudged a little and that resulted in that black streak on my middle finger. :(

Aside from the black polish smudging, I really liked how this mani turned out and love how it was so simple and easy to achieve!

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Revlon - Radiant (Blue Mosaic)

I've already been on my semester break for almost four weeks now but it's felt no where near as long. I'll be creating my semester 2 timetable this week and for me, that is an indicator of how fast time has gone by as timetabling my classes had seemed so far away a few weeks ago. I hope I manage to get two days off again though!

Anyhow, on my nails below is Revlon's Radiant, also known as Blue Mosaic.

Revlon - Radiant (Blue Mosaic)

I purchased this bottle of polish almost two years ago whilst in Hong Kong and my bottle is called "Blue Mosaic", however I found out that Revlon ended up re-releasing it under the name "Radiant". It is made up of small blue glitter pieces as well as larger blue, silver and turquoise hexagon shaped glitters in a clear base. 

Radiant is a very sparse glitter polish and in my swatches, I actually needed FOUR coats to achieve opacity (and there are still a few spots that aren't completely opaque). Applying the four coats was quite time consuming but I am happy with the result! It's super shiny and sparkly, and it reminds me a lot of the ocean.

The next time I use this I will definitely be layering it over a base colour. Maybe a blue base to match the glitter, or black to bring out the colours... any suggestions on what shade I should layer Radiant over? :)

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