Candy Gets Hungry #14: Sushi no Midori Review at Shibuya Mark City - Day 7 in Japan: Shibuya, Tokyo

30 November 2017

Hello minna(everyone)!Another continuation of my Japan trip is finally here! This time I’m dedicating the entire post to a sushi restaurant we visited called Midori Sushi. As this was the only sushi place in our Japan itinerary, I had nothing to compared to but one thing for sure is that Sushi no Midori at Shibuya Mark City definitely checks the affordable-moderate price + super yummy check box.

Clumsy me and my first chinese orthopaedic treatment

26 November 2017

Hello everyone! I've recently injured my foot and visited a Chinese acupuncture for treatment so here's my two cents on how it went :')

Before I begin hor, I know traditional chinese orthopaedics are pretty common but ya girl here grew up watching a lot of Hong Kong TVB dramas and they tend to portray traditional orthopaedic treatments rather...aggressively lol. So bear with me as I describe this from a scaredy-cat first timer pov.

Long story short, one night I couldn't sleep so I was playing Naruto Blazing on my bed quietly. As I was about to sleep, I wanted to put my phone on the table and because I was sitting with my legs crossed for a long period of time, my left foot started to get pins and needles(feeling numb). So despite fully aware that my left foot was numb, my brain was also quite dumb to decide that "ok let's have the left very numb foot get off the bed first instead of the perfectly fine right foot!" 

The minute I placed pressure on my left foot, it immediately lost balance and twisted itself. Nice. So after that, I limped over to the table, place my phone there, got back to bed and sleep. As my foot was still numb, I didn't feel much pain. Unfortunately, next morning my foot was hurting so bad that my aunt decided to bring me to a traditional Chinese Orthopaedic for treatment. Normally if I sprain my leg or anything I tend to ignore it and let it heal on it's own but I still had some errands to run so I decided to give it a try.

During the treatment, it was hilarious. As I grew up watching shows featuring how chinese orthopedics fixed dislocated bones and acupuncture therapy, I was prettyyyyyyy skeptical. The minute the doctor started inspecting my foot I immediately grabbed on my mom's shirt in prep that he would twist the ankle and all will be good again.

Only thing was, that didn't happen lol. No matter how he turned, nothing seemed to hurt HAHAHA. It only hurts when I walk or when the orthopaedic pressed on my nerve. Meaning I only injured a nerve and its a small matter la, so I guess that was good news???

Sooooooo for treatment, he poked two needles on my hand and continued inspecting my foot. I wasn't afraid of needles but when you have two needles standing on your hand for a couple of minutes, extracting it was quite painful leh. After further inspection he said "ok, wrong nerve" lmao. As I never intended to get any acupuncture treatments, I asked if I could just get the medication instead of the painful acupuncture process.

I know I'm weak, okay???

Luckily the doctor wasn't some scary old man. Instead of poking me with another larger needle, he grabbed some small wooden stick (kinda looks like the skipping rope holder actually) and massaged the side of my hand where the connecting nerve was supposed to be. If I didn't recall wrongly this was called 松根 relief the nerve(?) After that he applied the medication on my foot, wrapped it, and I went home.

Here's my foot for a day. Doesn't it remind you of those fruits wrapped in that little net-like thing HAHAHA.

Overall I guess it was quite the experience la. If you ask me, I guess I wouldn't mind visiting a traditional chinese orthopaedic for that nerve relieving process again but no thanks to acupuncture. I'm honestly too weak for acupuncture haha. I literally can't imagine how people get acupuncture treatments on their face and back when I couldn't even bear two tiny needles on my hand T_T

Right now it's been a week after the treatment and honestly I don't know if it helped? I think the "nerve-relieving" process did help slightly but the medication applied later on didn't seem to do anything. Can't tell if it's the treatment or natural recovery la but my foot is definitely less painful now. Initially it was so bad that if I try putting a lot of weight on my left foot, the piercing pain would be so bad that I'd lose balance! Well anyways, it's recovering now so until next time!!

Bought good and affordable makeup brushes from Taobao

10 November 2017

Hello kawans!! I was cleaning my makeup brushes the other day and figured it's about time I get myself some new eye shadow brushes. So simply said, I did some shopping on Taobao and here's me writing a simple haul post. By the way, the largest Taobao sale of the year is on tomorrow so if you're still compiling your Taobao 11.11 shopping cart, this post might be handy for ya!

Cerro Qreen 7pcs Metal Box travel size brush set (Secret Garden series) - RM14

Cerro Q r e e n. Yup, not Cerro Queen haha.

First up in my haul is this set of travel size makeup brushes. To me I personally won't mind splurging a little more on makeup products but when it comes to makeup brushes I'm actually quite stingy haha! I know la, I kiamsiap ok. (even though I low-key really want Zoeva ones hahahaha)

PS. Hermo is selling this for RM40, but if you panai you can just buy it from Cerro Qreen's Tmall shop hereeeeee for RM14!

When I was browsing for brushes and stumbled across this set, I immediately added it to my cart. Not because I needed travel brushes but because I'm a sucker for packaging. T_T

Normally I'm quite skeptical with "cheap travel size brushes" but considering the price, the quality of these brushes were pretty good leh! Normally when I travel I only bring up to 3 brushes max to save space but I guess now I can just bring this small box with me instead.

Here's a closeup on these. A very decent selection for traveling. The 7pcs set features an angled brush for your brows/eyeliner, concealer brush, lip brush, three eye shadow brushes, and a powder brush. Needless to say, this set sure got ya travel game face covered fam.

As for the quality, the bristles of the brushes were soft and picked up the product pretty well too. Normally when it comes to all these travel brush kits, the powder/blush brushes are usually horrible. Although I personally don't fancy this powder brush either, it was still much better than most of the ones I've came across in the market. A lot of powder brushes in these travel sets are usually very rough and coarse so I'm surprised this one was actually quite soft. Then again, I use a powder puff to set my foundation so this really doesn't matter to me.

Cerro Qreen Individual eye shadow brushes - RM6.8 each

My "brush expansion journey" wouldn't be satisfied with just a small set of travel brushes, so naturally I'd pick up a few more. This makes my shipping more worth it right??? So after the travel brushes, I added a few full-sized individual eye shadow brushes to my cart as well.

In this series of brushes, there are 16 types of brushes to choose from. You could check out the rest of the brushes they offer here. I only needed eye shadow brushes so I got the brushes #09 #11 and #12. I'd assume they're all eye shadow blending brushes just that the difference between em' are it's level of fluffiness?

Also, although RM6.8 per brush is quite cheap(a lot of eye shadow brushes retail for RM30-RM90++ depending on the brand one ok), buying the entire 16 pcs set only to find out the quality is meh would be disappointing. So after purchasing these 3 to "test water" a.k.a grasp the quality of Cerro Qreen brushes, I think I'll soon go back to purchase the remaining 13pcs from this set!! Simply cause I'm actually really impressed with the quality from this series!

But hor, if you're very picky with makeup brushes, I recommend buying one or two to see first la haha. My standards for brushes ain't that high after all. As long it works, it works.

Just in case you wanna know, here's a side by side comparison between the individual brush and the travel kit one.

Brush egg - RM4

I guess this was quite an impulse purchase. I saw it when I was searching for brushes so I ended up adding it to my cart as well. Basically what this does is that it's kinda like a silicone brush cleaning glove.....? I've seen many variations of this and even a couple DIY videos teaching how you could improvise by using a plastic clipboard + hot glue. That's too troublesome and I'm pretty sure to DIY would be pricier than this RM4 one from Taobao.

So just Taobao guys, just 淘 淘 淘!

On the other side you get this un-even surface thingy. The way you use this is to first apply brush cleaner onto the bristles of your brush, then swirl it around on this thing to get rid of all the dirt and pigment. Normally I'll just swirl it on my palm but I guess with this, my palm is now spared haha.

Litfly Silicone Puff - RM6.8

This one's pretty cute. It's a silicone puff used to apply liquid foundation. I've heard mixed reviews about the magical silicone puff quite some time ago but I've only got one for myself now. Although it may not be the same one beauty gurus talked about, I'll put this Taobao one to test and see how it goes alright?

Other than the fact that it looks like a mini breast implant, this thing's actually pretty cute! There are reviews saying that their foundation went on patchy while some said that this was better than a Beauty Blender so I really can't wait to see how this goes! If this really beats the Beauty Blender for me, I'd hop onto Taobao and buy another 10 of these! I mean it's less than a fraction of the price of a Beauty Blender, it's easily washable, and you don't waste any product! So all I have to test would be it's application results!

Not sure if this mirror is available for purchase, but it's a freebie from Cerro Qreen so I'll just include it here la haha. I don't like mirrors without a cover but the illustration on it is so cute!!

The thing with shopping on Taobao is that it's always a gamble when purchasing from shops you've never bought from before. You never know if your money is well justified so I'm always praying for the best when I unbox my Taobao parcels. As for this haul, I'm actually really satisfied!!

PS. Lots of things happened recently so for the past few weeks I felt that it was pretty insensitive to publish any travel posts. I don't plan to share much in detail about what happened, but all I have to say is: everything is getting better. Over the past few weeks, I have a number of Aussie travel and food reviews drafted so stay tuned as I'll start publishing them one by one over the next few weeks!

 Thank you for reading!! 

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