Quinoa pasta paired with Moroccan Harissa inspired dish

Quinoa pasta paired with Moroccan Harissa inspired dish

I was about to make a Moroccan inspired dish, mainly consist of vegetables (taken from Bowl of Goodness recipe book) and I needed some sort of carbs to pair with it. I was thinking of black rice with extra texture and also gives off a nice color contrast with the redness of the dish. But what a good timing – I received a package from GoGo Quinoa to try out their new Super Grains Fusili pasta. I was missing some protein dense food and hoping this pasta can complete it, about 8g of protein per cup.

GoGo Quinoa Super Grains Fusili is a blend of organic sorghum flour, organic red quinoa flour, organic white quinoa flour, organic amaranth flour and organic chia flour. That is a bunch of good nutritious goodness compared the normal pasta. Once cooked per instructions, the pasta was al dente and tasted like whole wheat pasta, but a few notches better.


(serves 6-8)


olive oil, as needed to lightly coat cauliflower and tray
1 can of 140ml harissa sauce
2 cauliflowers, separate the florets
2 large red onions, cut in wedgdes
4 carrots, shaved into thin bands
4 avacados, cut in cubes
handful of almond chopped in bits
1 package of GoGo Quinoa fusili pasta

Lemon tahini dressing

  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 garlic gloves
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 cup of sesame seed
  • 4 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 400 F
  • Arrange the cauliflowers and red onions on baking tray
  • Coat olive oil and harissa sauce on the cauliflower
  • Sprinkle with a bit of salt on the  cauliflower and red onions
  • Roast them for 40 minutes, after 20 minutes of roasting, toss them
  • Cook GoGo Quinoa pasta according to the package instructions
  • Blend the dressing ingredients into a smooth almost liquid runny sauce. Water can be added to achieve the consistency ( I added quite a bit). The dressing can be stored for a good month in the fridge.
  • Once the cauliflowers and onions are out of the oven, mix them with carrot, avacado and almond and topped with the tahini dressing







Lalavesi Akma Cushion S.S. Natural Review

Lalavesi Akma Cushion S.S. Natural Review

Spring has arrived and summer is just days away. So I took out my Lalavesi Akma Cushion S.S. Natural! It was part of my Korean make up purchase back in January. I already reviewed the Lalavesi Akama Cushion F.W. Classic 2016 here.

I have been using Lalavesi Akma Cushion S.S. Natural in Y6 for 2 weeks now and I love the finish it gives me!

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Lalavesi: Akma Cushion F.W. 2016 classic

Lalavesi: Akma Cushion F.W. 2016 classic

Cushion foundation is a popular type of foundation in Korea. This type of foundation was out in the Korean market about more than 2 years ago and the North American market only caught on lately.

In this sea of cushion foundation, I was very confused to choose which one to try from, especially if I had to order it online all over from Korea! This blog,, convinced me that Lalavesi is the one.

There are not much reviews out there on Lalavesi but The Outlet of my Consciousness reviewed it in so much details and stated it was her favorite cushion that I was immediately sold.

And here is my contribution to the review of Lalavesi Cushion foundation!

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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!

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Marvis: Brushing teeth is stylish now

Marvis: Brushing teeth is stylish now

I never liked brushing teeth. It was my worst nightmare when I was a kid. I would say “I rather take 10 times more shower than brushing my teeth!” I’m glad that cleaning my teeth has become a daily routine without much thought. Yes, a mundane routine. But Marvis is about to change that! Brushing teeth is not only exciting, but stylish as well! How? Continue Reading…