Thoughts Of The Week #1

thoughts of the week

1.  I really really really really WANT the Hourglass Surreal Light Palette but I have swatched it in store and it’s not really wearable shades for me so I simply cannot justify splashing $116 on something I will probably NEVER use.

2.  Instead I spent $30US and made my first ever Colourpop order.  YAY!  Can’t wait to show you my wee haul.

3.  Thursday was my last day of work.  I’m proud of myself for working this far along in my pregnancy { 35+ weeks } considering that I thought I’d have to go on early maternity leave because of my severe pelvic girdle pain / back pain / all-day sickness.  I’m definitely ready for some nesting and resting!

4.  We have officially chosen a name for the baby because when we ask Bunty what her little sibling’s name is, she knows.  Now I just need to get my Dad to come up with a Chinese name.  And I also need to think of a ‘social media name’ for the little one like the one we have for Bunty.  { Bunty is not my toddler’s real name and she would never respond to it IRL, haha! }

5.  Bunty is turning 3 next month!  Life is gonna be crazy with a newborn and THREE-nager!

6.  There’s a bossy girl in B’s ballet class and she loves to push B around.  I have to stop myself from stepping in and let her learn to defend herself.  Luckily B just ignores her and gets on with it.

7.  Instagram Stories was REALLY annoying until a girlfriend told me you can MUTE stories by pressing on their icon.  Now that I’ve muted out all the annoying ones, I’m really enjoying it.  Jamie Oliver and Chrissy Teigen are currently the only celebrities I follow on Instagram Stories because I like their “realness”.

8.  Snapchat filters are the best.  The Hello Kitty one needs to be permanent!

Dainty Sichuan, Glen Waverley

Life is better now that we have made friends with people { 2 couples with a kid each } who love to eat spicy Asian food because I LOVE SPICY ASIAN FOOD but hardly ever get to eat it because my Malaysia-born husband cannot handle the heat { he actually transforms into a human version of an overactive sweat gland!!!  #notaprettysight }.

After a super damn tasty first visit { first for us, but not for them who are regular patrons } to Dainty Sichuan at Glen Waverley, we immediately made plans to return again the following weekend.  IT WAS THAT GOOD!

And this time, I brought my point and shoot camera because I realised my iPhone pics did not do the food justice, haha!

“What do you do with the photos, Ling?  Do you post them on Facebook?”
“Um…no.  I just like to look at them when I get hungry…”
“Oh I see…”

Yeah, our friendship hasn’t reached the point where I can tell them I have a blog!  In fact, I don’t like telling any of my real-life friends about my online life…  #iamsoweird

Anyway, let’s get onto the yummy food we ordered…

dainty sichuan hot blood curd combination

Hot Blood Curd Combination $32.80

Sounds highly unappetising but that’s poorly translated Chinglish for you.

This is a big bowl of chilli and Sichuan pepper oil packed with an assortment of foods like pigs’ blood, lotus root, beef stomach, fish balls, beancurd sheets, quail eggs, wood ear fungus, spam, beansprouts, bean thread noodles, etc.

It’s great if you don’t want to be stuck eating the same thing because it’s like a surprise lucky food dip which has soaked up fragrant spicy-numbing flavours.

Even though I don’t eat pigs’ blood, I enjoyed everything else.  A good 8 out of 10.

dainty sichuan corns in gold sand

Corns in Gold Sand $22.80

Deep fried sweetcorn kernels coated in salted egg yolk that pop beautifully in the mouth releasing the sweet juiciness of the corn which perfectly complements the saltiness and sandy texture of the egg yolk.

So so so more-ish!!!  Not spicy so the kids happily ate this.  Definitely 10 out of 10.

dainty sichuan chongqing chilli chicken

Chongqing Chilli Chicken $30.80

This is one of the top 10 popular dishes and I can see why.  It’s basically chopped up fried chicken wingette pieces nesting within a dish packed with dried red chillis and Sichuan peppercorns.

It’s crispy, it’s spicy, it’s numbing…but it’s also annoying because of the bone splinters though.  I’d give it 7.5 out of 10.

dainty sichuan fish flavour eggplant

Fish Flavour Eggplant $20.80

“This is the best eggplant I’ve ever eaten” – declared my husband.  I think he had a foodgasm!!!!

Deep fried but non-greasy, sticky and gooey lightly battered eggplant fingers coated in a spicy, sour, sweet, tangy sauce.  Obviously 10 out of 10.

dainty sichuan cumin lamb ribs

Cumin Lamb Ribs $28.80

What’s not to love about a big plate of meaty fried lamb ribs with tantalising spicy cumin flavours?

Loved the accompany sides of spicy pickles and crispy biscuit twirls too.  Another 10 out of 10.

dainty sichuan chicken with chilli powder

Chicken with Chilli Powder $20.80

This chicken dish was for the kidlets but I did steal a piece or two and I liked it.  The five spice and sesame-flavoured chicken itself was not spicy; not even with the chilli powder IMO.  7 out of 10.

dainty sichuan stirf ried baby cabbage

Stir-Fried Baby Cabbage with Pork $22.80

A lovely almost all-veggie dish.  The baby cabbage was sweet and had a nice wok hei stir fried flavour with a slight hint of spice.  The pork pieces I ate were nicely marinaded.  9 out of 10.

dainty sichuan fried rice

Stir-Fried Rice with Beef and Lettuce $18.80

Pretty tasty fried rice.  We ordered it mainly for the benefit of the kidlets as the adults had steamed rice and they seemed to enjoy it.  Even my fussy little eating toddler!  7.5 out of 10.

dainty sichuan pumpkin cakes

Dainty Pumpkin Cakes $14.80

They had a red bean filling but I didn’t get to taste these so I can’t comment.  Asked the husband what he thought but he just mumbled a few incoherent words and said he’d give them 6 out of 10.

WE ATE SO MUCH!  MY BELLY WAS SO FULL!!!

It worked out to be around $80 per family with drinks – soy milk and sour plum juice.  Pretty reasonably priced { but not when you’re about to start maternity leave for a year…EEKS! } and the service has been good on both occasions.

Fingers crossed that we can find time to squeeze in one more feast-tastic visit before I pop my sproglet.

Have you tried Sichuan food before?  Do you love the spicy numb tingly feeling like I do?

Dainty Sichuan
25 Railway Parade N
Glen Waverley
VIC 3150
(03) 9887 8686

New Additions To The Real Techniques Range

real techniques new additions to Australia

As I mentioned from an earlier post where I met the Pixiwoo sisters, here are the 3 new additions to the Real Techniques range :-

  • Miracle Sculpting Sponge RRP $16.99
  • Ultimate Base Set RRP $45
  • Miracle Mine Eraser Sponges RRP $16.99

You can buy Real Techniques at Priceline* BTW.

Miracle Sculpting Sponge

real techniques miracle sculpting sponge

This is a 6-surfaced sponge designed for highlighting (using the small side) and contouring (using the large side).

For everyday busy women and mamas out there, who has time to highlight and contour in the mornings??  Definitely NOT me.

I did find the large flat side useful for applying and blending out blush though when I ran out of clean blusher brushes.

And I can see how this Miracle Sculpting Sponge would be useful for those women out there who have time and skills to highlight and contour.

Ultimate Base Set

So this set contains 3 goodies and one dud.

The 2 makeup brushes are great with super soft bristles.  The Expert Face Brush is great for applying and buffing liquid foundation.  The Deluxe Concealer Brush is obviously meant for using with concealer – but I actually like to use it to apply eyeshadow because the dense brush picks up a lot of pigment.

real techniques miracle complexion sponges

 

I’m already a major fan of the Miracle Complexion Sponge – which is the NUMBER ONE SELLING PRODUCT IN PRICELINE!!!  That’s a photo of the duo pack of sponges** – I bought these when they were on sale as a backup.  I like to use this sponge in its damp state for applying liquid foundation or BB cream because it somehow makes my skin look more dewy than when I just use my fingers.  It’s also great for blending in concealer under my eyes too.

real techniques ultimate base set

As for the dud… it’s the Exclusive Mirror To-Go Case…which I assumed would fit both brushes but it didn’t….and I just don’t see the point in it really.  Sorry!  >_<

Miracle Mini Eraser Sponge

This cute little purple sponge comes in a pack of two.  The sponge is dinky and used damp for blending away harsh lines and dry to sweep away makeup mistakes.

I like the idea of it but I have to admit that I didn’t reach out for it as much as I thought I would as I am so accustomed to using my fingers / cotton bud / makeup wipe when I make a makeup boo.

real techniques miracle mini eraser sponge

Instead, I think these Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges are a perfect gift if you have little mini-me’s who love to play with their mummy’s makeup!

Clearly, my beauty blogging genes have passed onto Little Miss B!

real techniques new ultimate base set

Disclosure :  Thanks again to 360 PR for inviting me to the event and gifting me this goodie bag.

* denotes an affiliate link which means you pay nothing extra if you buy anything via my link, but I do get a small commission

** I bought this duo pack of sponges, liked it and wanted to blog about it.  You can call me Disclosure Queen 😛

*** Also, if you’re wondering why I’ve started blogging about beauty stuff on this blog, then read here

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