Kinka Izakaya: Return in 2016

Kinka Izakaya: Return in 2016

Kinka Family strikes again! They brought in their izakya from Toronto in late 2014. This time around, they are bringing in another restaurant to Montreal from their Toronto playground. Ramen, yes! Kinton Ramen. Coming soon in 2016. I am very excited!

While waiting for that date to come, I was invited to try their tasting menu.

Before reading on, did you know that I went to Kinka 2 times before already and it is even on my 2015 restaurant list! Here are the links:

1. First visit
2. Second visit
3. Top 5 in 2015

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Peripera Peri’s Tint Water: A better choice over Benetint

Lip tints are popular lip products in Korea. They love to create the faded effect on the lips. The very first lip tint that I owned was Benefit’s Benetint, which came in similar bottle as nail polish.

My experience with Benetint has not been great, but I wanted to discover if it was the Benefit’s formula or was it lip tints in general. I purchased Peripera Peri’s Tint water in Cherry Juice in the hope of achieving red juicy lips!

Peri’s Tint water is not a new product. It has been in the market for many years already and has been listed as one of the best lip tints in the Korean market.

The bottle is very similar to Benetint’s, but the applicator is incomparable. Benetint came with a brush, just like a nail polish applicator and it was not the most effective one. Peri’s tint has a doe foot applicator, which is perfect to handle liquids. The applicator absorbs the right quantity of liquid, therefore I don’t need to dip the applicator back to the bottle for more products.

Like any lip tint in general, the consistency is very liquid, like water. Due to this and the factor that the applicator dispenses quite some product, the tint tends to slide into my inner lips, which then goes on my teeth. This happens all the time, and in great extent when I want to achieve the faded effect look as I would focus on the product on the center of my lips. So, I always make sure to blot the products after application and remove the residue from my teeth. This additional step is a bit of a hassle. Also, the product tends to bleed cover my lips. So application has to be very precise (please see my picture below for an example of sloppy application). But I believe this applies to most lip tints in general.

The positive points of this lip tint are the pigmentation and non-drying quality. The intensity of the color is easily manipulated and one layer of the product is already very pigmented (below is one layer). If a lighter color is desired, I could simply use a lighter hand to apply the products. And I love that the lip tint is non-drying at all. Benetint dries my lips like crazy and my lips feel tingly (not the minty type of tingly but irritation tingly) when I apply it.

I apologize for such a poor application. But it is just to show you that the lip tint is a bit high maintenance. It is not an easy slap on and ready to go. To be flawless, I have to be careful. But please consider that this picture is taken at very close distance and magnified. No sane person in a social environment would ever be that close to me to inspect my lips.

I love to use Peri’s tint on weekends where I don’t put make up, but want to look very awaken. The juicy red lips just brings life back to your face.

Peri’s tint is only a must have if you only have Benetint and hate it. I personally would choose Peri over Benetint anyday. But to say this lip tint would change your lip world would be a total lie!

Buy at testerkorea.com

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Mandy’s: A salad like no other

Mandy’s: A salad like no other

It’s winter and what am I thinking about to be reviewing a salad place? Because it’s always a good time to have Mandy’s salad.

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Top 5 for 2015

Top 5 for 2015

2015 has been a fruitful trying out restaurant year for zuuchini.com. I was able to check off various restaurants off from my wishlist and also try out some incredible eateries outside of Montreal. I compiled a top 5 list for 2015 hoping it’ll ease your 2016 outing choices!

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LeCHOP: The 4th edition with meals of 25$

LeCHOP: The 4th edition with meals of 25$

2015 is coming to an end. After all the festive celebration, there seems nothing to celebrate about in January, especially December totally sucked dry our budget. This is exactly why LeCHOP can bring in a little sparkles into dull January.

With 25$ 3-course meals, you don’t need to break your bank to enjoy a meal in a restaurant. And there is a twist! By voting your favorite meal created by the participating chefs, you get a chance to win a 3-course meals!

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