Friday, October 16, 2015

Easy Peasy DIY: How to make your own sushi!

This was a long time coming wasn't it? Everyone who knows me knows I love food, and my Asian food in particular. I'm a big fan of sushi, sashimi, soba, udon, ramen etc. etc. you get my drift. Anyway since eating out is not always the best (and cheapest duh) option, I've always tried to make my own sushi to bring for lunch as it doesn't need refrigerating - and it makes you full because erm, carbs.
There's been a few 'hey friend, teach me' (by that I mean one friend) how to make sushi, I decided to take some photos of me in action ARE YOU READY EVERYBODY?! I'm gonna make you a pro at rollin' sushi after this. No guarantee though.

Okay no more talking. Let's get straight-talking. I made this for 2 servings so you'll need:

  • 2 cups short grain sushi rice (brown sushi rice if you're healthy) 
  • 2 tbs Rice vinegar 
  • Seaweed (from the World section of supermarkets or a good ol Asian supermarket) 
  • Sushi mat 
  • Fillings can be anything! I used: smoked salmon, carrots, seafood sticks, cucumber
I've also used avocado before so you can really use anything you want! You could even used chicken/beef/vegetarian/kimchi (mmm) so go wild my friends~


Boil/steam (I use a rice cooker) 2 cups rice and mix in 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar when it's done. Let it sit for 30-40 minutes, the rice should be cool enough then. Unless you want warm rice when rolling, which may dampen the seaweed. 


While you boil/steam your rice or let it cool, you can be ~productive as hell~ and chop up all your ingredients! Here are some artsy shots of me doing such a thing. I like to cut it lengthways so it's easier to place them for rollin' later mate. I used my fingers to strip apart the seafood sticks since they come apart quite easily anyway.


Now that's it's all chopped up, you can start assembling your sushi onto the seaweed and mat. Lay out the mat onto a flat surface (I just used a chopping board) and take a piece of the seaweed and put it on top, fill it with rice and press down to make sure it's flat.

Then go wild with your ingredients. You can put as much as you want so long it doesn't overfill by the end of it :)


Roll roll roll - it takes a bit of practicing but the trick is to push in after each roll to make sure your sushi is compact enough and won't fall apart. You can seal the end bit with a bit of water and it's ready to be cut! A tip is also to wet your knife and cut the sushi in swift moves.

OKAY THAT'S IT. I've ran out of photos so you can feast your eyes of these. It lasted me two days so it should be enough for a meal at home too!

Did you like this easy peasy handy how to? I'd love to do more like these cause I love food. Have you guys tried making sushi, did you like my gif? ;) Let's talk about how we love food below!

(I'm also away for two weeks tomorrow in KL and Seoul so I'll be sure to fill up my tummy that's fosho)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Review: Benefit's Air Patrol vs. Urban Decay's Primer Potion

I know, I know – another product review/talk?! I must be going crazy! Maybe I'm blossoming into a beauty blogger without even wanting to. Well actually, there's tragic news: it's a pimple party on my face (you don't want to be invited) so I'm just going to talk about something else. Also I thought it'd be an opportune time to throw in here that I have really oily eyelids (since we're already talking about my face in general) and I'm always on the hunt for a primer potion that works! Well well. Benefit's Air Patrol has been making its rounds through the bloggahsphere and being the thrifty AZN I am, I got myself a sample.


First of all, let me just say I have never tried any Benefit's products before and I don't have a very good impression of the brand to begin. Mainly because I find it overpriced for the amount, and never dared ventured beyond. So when this came through the mail, I decided to give this a whirl. Unfortunately, this doesn't sit well on my lids AT ALL. It's a nice, light consistency which smooths over the lids well but it's absolutely not long lasting. I'm not sure if it's because it's a 'BB cream' primer, but after 4-5 hours, my eye makeup were smearing and I looked like a Van Gogh painting. TRUST ME. Imagine that. Van Gogh on the lids. NOT SO PRETTY HUH.


On the other hand, my trusty Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion! Where would I be without thee? I've had this particular tube for about 2 years (I know I'm gross) now and it hasn't yet disappoint. I can go out in the morning and come home with it still intact, yay! The longevity of this definitely outweighs the Benefit one, at least for me. The only downside to this is because I've had this for a while now, it isn't as creamy as it used to be and if you wear contact lenses like me, applying too much pressure on the lids might make your eye sockets kind of... uncomfortable.

I EVEN DID A SWATCH. WHO AM I. But the top is the Benefit primer and the bottom is Urban Decay's – you can (hopefully) see the Benefit one is watery, and much lighter whereas the second one is much creamier and definitely holds your eye makeup. With Benefit being £21.50 for 0.3 oz (~8.87ml) and Urban Decay for £16 at 11ml, what would be your choice?

(hint: it's not Benefit)

What do y'all think? Am I being too mean 'cause yo girl is too poor to afford Benefit? But honestly. Leave me a message, let's talk about this serious issue. For real. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hourglass Palettes: An Amateur's Take

We all know I'm not a beauty blogger, else I'd be broke (not that I'm not already poor FYI) but I usually stay away from beauty products unless I have sumthin' sumthin' to show... The last time I talked about anything makeup-related was in my Sephora haul, and these beauties were a part of that massive package. I'm no stranger to Hourglass, after hearing everyone's extended families talk about how flawless it made their skin - I jumped the gun and bought three freaking palettes. Plus, it was definitely saving me more had I got it from North America... or so I keep telling myself.

First off, I caved and got the Lighting Powder in Diffused Light, which is supposed to ~illuminate~ your face, and make you feel and look like a Greek goddess. Not too sure about the goddess part, but I do like it enough, and it's a fuss-free powder that doesn't make me look like a ghost. I wouldn't go that far to say that it makes my skin flawless but I am enjoying this... 

Second, everyone keeps going on about these marbled blushes and I obviously have a weak will and eventually opted for the Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat. Okay here's where it gets a bit strange: this doesn't come up on me well at all, sadly. Maybe because I'm totally clueless and haven't done my research well, or that I'm tanner than a typical fair-skinned laydee, but it barely shows on my cheeks. I probably should've gone for a darker, rosier (?) shade, but this one frankly just disappointed me :( nonetheless I gotta use the hell outta it somehow!

Finally - I saved the best for last, my absolute favourite of the three has got to be the Ambient Lighting Palette with the trio of Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light. And oh my sweet kimchi it is literally a dream, this one. I've got to say, this one works perfectly for my yellow undertones and tanned skin, and it adds such a nice subtle and bronze hint to my barely visible cheekbones! I love it! It's also not very hard to blend, so I don't have to spend ages in the morning trying to make everything come together... I've barely started to use it but am already scared of using it up!

Have you guys tried any Hourglass stuff? I hear the limited edition palette is already sold out! Anything I should be trying from the range? Hit me up down low y'all!
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