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Monday, June 16, 2014

Day 1 Road Trip in BC: Vancouver to Manning Park & Osoyoos

I was invited by a family friend to go on a mini road trip outside of Vancouver. I had a lot of fun and it was a very relaxing experience, especially since I was not feeling well after the 3rd anniversary of my boyfriend's passing. It was nice to get out of the city and enjoy the beautiful outdoors of BC. The weather forecast was not in our favour and kept saying rain and thunderstorms. Luckily, weather was very good. I did not dirty any of my clothes or fall in mud. 8) 

We left Vancouver around noon and arrived in Manning Park late in the afternoon. The road was quite windy with a lot of turns. I had to stay awake to help the friend navigate and stay awake.

The first destination was Manning Park, otherwise, we really had no idea where we were going to we had to ask the locals. There was an information center in the park and there were lots of these little prairie dogs popping in and out of the holes. These guys are everywhere, but they are so cute. The animals were very interested in our food and it was hard to not give them any nuts to chew on.

We were told to go up to Cascade Lookout by a woman at the convenience store, so we drove up the mountain. I have been there once with family and I love it up there, so I was excited to go back. The road was very steep and narrow. I would have been too afraid to drive up myself. The view on the way up to Cascade Lookout is amazing.

The view from Cascade Lookout is beautiful. There was also a big cute raven hanging around. He was very polite and did not bother us.

Chipmunks are very common up on Cascade Lookout and they like to beg for food. They are very friendly. The chipmunk and the Clark's Nutcracker kept begging me for food. The chipmunk wouldn't let me eat my lunch in peace. 

I made friends with the chipmunk. :)

"Please, can I have some too?" 

We coasted on neutral while going downhill. The friend said it saves on gas. Petro Canada says that it is not true and can also be dangerous. Oops.

On the way down Cascade Lookout, we saw what looked like a mating pair of deer. It was a beautiful sight and I had wished very hard to see some deer. I was afraid that the male deer would attack us, so we stayed in the car and drove slowly. They gave us no trouble and moved to the side.

We drove into a random lake area in Manning Park and there was this cute Shiba Inu following us around off leash. The dog was very cautious and cute. He wouldn't let me pet him and would just stare at us. The dog belonged to a man who was kayaking.

The lake was too cold to swim in, but it was nice to walk around and have snacks.

Here is my lame pose copying the friend.

Oh look, more prairie dogs. These guys are everywhere. The friend was quite evil. He tricked this little guy with food and made him go swimming. They also dug holes everywhere, so you have to watch your step. I tripped on a few holes.

After leaving Manning Park, we had attempted to find some wineries, but they were all closed. This winery had some dogs running loose and they kept following the car. We were very afraid of running them over. They were cute and this dog reminded me of my deceased dog, Mimi, who is a Border Collie x Labrador.

On the way to Osoyoos, we passed by Spotted Lake. At first, I thought this was a polluted lake with oil rings, but it actually contains several minerals and is protected for the Okanagan First Nations for traditional medicine use. This lake also has a rich history, in which it was used as a resource for ammunition making for World War I. I read online how the gate is often closed, so I guess we were lucky to be able to walk past the gate and closer to the lake. I did not realize that we were potentially trespassing, since Wikipedia said that the land was purchased for $720,000 by the First Nations people.

We finally reached Osoyoos in the evening and had to find a hotel to stay in. After we got a hotel, we had to find a place to have dinner.

The hotel recommended this Greek restaurant called Diamond Steak and Seafood. It was so good and one entree was enough to share between two people. I loved the pita and tzatziki. The lamb was very tender and delicious as well. I appreciated how the food did not taste salty, besides the olives. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel, showered and went to sleep.

I had a really fun day and I really enjoyed my time in Manning Park. The next day, we spent more time in Osoyoos and Kelowna, which will be in a second post. 

I hope you enjoyed the picture!
Later Days ~

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hair Update: Split Blonde and Pink Hair with Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink

Hi everyone. I am back to my blog after a very long time. I wasn't very happy with the layout, but I finally had time to redo the website and even got a domain. I am still slowly working on it, but I like it a lot more than what it used to be. I also reorganized all the menus and added other topics that I'd like to write about in the future.

I know people really enjoyed my past hair posts, so I have an update on what I did with my hair. I used Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink on the bottom half over my blonde hair, while leaving the top half blonde. I wanted bright pink hair, but I wasn't ready to get rid of the blonde, so I settled for both.

Bright hair dyes are extremely staining, so I always cover surfaces with newspaper. I use this plastic spoon to scoop out the hair dye into the colour bowl and always apply the colour with a brush.

I always use Vaseline to protect my skin from stains. I apply it on my face, ears, neck, hairline, hands, nails and wrists. These are the places where I tend to get dye on myself. I consider this a must have if you handle bright colours. It is also a great way to protect your skin from bleach.

You can see how I separated my hair here. I had already coloured my hair, but you can see how bright the colour is. Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink on my blonde hair is a retina burning neon fuchsia pink. It is really lovely with blonde.

I decided to add more pink to the front of the sides. I wrap the coloured pieces of hair with foil and let it sit in my hair for as long as possible. I try to aim for a few hours at least with these types of semi-permanent dyes that require no peroxide. It is not damaging to hair and these dyes usually leave my hair silky and soft. I've never been disappointed with Manic Panic and it is easily found at Sally's Beauty in Canada. 

It was extremely hard to not get pink on the blonde. I tried to wipe off the pink on that upper blonde part, but it had already been stained pink. If you can, get someone else to help you. My mom is away, so I can only rely on myself.

This is after rinsing out my hair and blow drying. My hair is still damp, because it is summer and I let the rest of my hair air dry. After colouring, I do not shampoo and I only rinse off the dye in cold water. I also apply conditioner after colouring. Whenever I wash my hair, I only shampoo my roots and everything gets rinsed under cold to luke warm water. Using cold water helps retain the colour, prevent fading and reduce bleeding.

I have to say that it is a pain in the ass to wash my hair. I have to separate the blonde from the pink, so that I only shampoo the blonde roots. I have to rinse out the blonde with shampoo separately before I rinse the pink hair. Afterwards, I can apply conditioner to all of my hair and then rinse again in cold water at the end of my shower. If I get shampoo on the pink hair, it bleeds like crazy. It also bleeds like crazy in hot water.

I am really glad that I did not dye my whole head pink. I wish I could have blended the pink in a little more, but it is really hard to do it on myself. I had a hard time trying to keep the blonde and pink separated as previously mentioned. The more I wash my hair and the more my hair bleeds, the more the blonde hair starts to turn pastel pink. I like it, but I hope the top blonde part doesn't turn pink. I don't want all of my hair to be pink. I also plan on re-toning the blonde, since it is getting yellow. My hair just doesn't like to stay white, even though I use Clairol Shimmerlights as my main shampoo. 

Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink does bleed a lot and my towels all have pink stains. I always sleep on dark coloured pillow cases and bedding sheets for this reason. Also, white collared shirts or white near your neckline is a bad idea. Cold water is key.

I hope you enjoyed my hair post!

Later Days ~

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Lindsay Phillips Customizable Snap Shoes Haul

Hi lovelies! I recently received my Lindsay Phillips order from Beyond the Rack and my initial impression is that I *LOVE* what I received. I remember seeing a product like this on The Dragon's Den or Shark Tank and I thought that it was a really cool product. I love how you can purchase different accessories for your shoes and change up the look. I was very relieved that the Size 6 in Lindsay Phillips is true to size, which means that it fits me very well. 

I purchased Kate Peep Toe Flat in White Gold and the Sharyn Slide Kitten Heel in Champagne for $20 each on Beyond the Rack, which is a total steal. I saw these shoes at Town Shoes and they retail for $70-$90 per pair, but they are cheaper if you purchase them directly from the company website. I would suggest that people try the shoes in stores for sizes and then purchase online. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Eat Vancouver 2013 LOTD and a Foodful Weekend

Hi lovelies! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I went to the Let's Eat Vancouver event on Friday with a friend and it was really fun. I also went last year and ended up with an upset tummy at the end of the day. This year, I learned to avoid the Oikos Greek Yogurt vendor, who was also at the convention this year.

I have been loving neutral toned eyes with bright coloured lips that match the colours in my clothing. I also wanted to try out the Shu Uemura White Gold Glitter Eyeshadow and MAC Eyeliner Mixing Medium that I had recently purchased. I am quite impressed with both products. I patted the mixing medium on my eyelid and patted the glitter eyeshadow on top. It helped hold the glitter in place and also make the eyeshadow more vibrant. I ended up with a lovely, shimmery platinum white gold look.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bravest Warriors: Catbug NOTD with Rimmel 60 Seconds #620 "Red, Steady, Go...."

Hi lovelies! You may have noticed that Pretty Optimal has got a new layout. What do you think? I really like how simple, functional and clean it looks. I started getting less motivated to continue blogging, because I was not happy with the appearance of the blog. It took a lot of work, but I love how it looks now. I am also considering a proper website domain.

Lumpy Space Princess is one of my favourite characters from Adventure Time, so I decided to add her to my page design. The same creators of Adventure Time have created a web cartoon called Bravest Warriors. My bf and I really love Catbug.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Diamond Lash Volume Series in Sexy Eye False Lashes Review

Hi lovelies! I had won a blog giveaway some time ago and one of the prizes was a multi-pack of Japanese eyelashes with different styles. I fell deeply in love with one of the styles and needed to get more. This is the Diamond Lash Volume series in the style called Sexy (Sekushii) Eye. My bf insisted on "sekushii". I purchased the eyelash pack on Ebay from user yoicho29 and you can find the listing here. It cost me $18.90 plus $2.40 USD for shipping to Canada. I ended up paying a total of $21.30 USD for these eyelashes, which means that each pair of eyelashes costs $4.26. This actually isn't too bad for a pair of eyelashes that can be reused several times.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Rimmel 60 Seconds in 210 Mintilicious NOTD

Hi lovelies! My lovely bf picked up a bunch of these Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polishes from Walmart several months ago. I absolutely love this line! It is dirt cheap and comes in fun colours. Each bottle is smaller than your average nail polish, but costs less than $4 CAD. This line is a great, cheap way to add more shades to your collection and is very budget friendly. I highly recommend these Rimmel nail polishes.

The colour range is quite beautiful. Mintilicious is a pretty minted light aqua blue with a cream finish. It applies opaque in two coats and dries very quickly. I used NYX Under the Moon Glitter Nail Polish on top, which is a holographic glitter in a blue jelly base. The NYX glitter polish darkened Mintilicious a bit.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Skin Food Fresh Apple Pore Cleansing Oil Review

Hi lovelies! I was running low on Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil and wanted to try something else. I ended up ordering Skin Food Fresh Apple Pore Cleansing Oil from Ebay. I bought mine from globalcommerce for $15.68 USD including shipping. I am very happy with the Skin Food cleansing oil!

Skinfood Fresh Apple Pore Cleansing Oil 150mL:

"A lightweight cleansing oil that thoroughly removes even the toughest makeup along with pore-clogging impurities. Contains fresh unripe green apple extract. Unripe green apples have a bitter, astringent flavor that helps control sebum production and tighten enlarged pores.

Ingredients List:
Cetyl ethylhexanoate, mineral oil, peg-20 glyceryl trisosterate, bis-ethoxydiglycol cyclohexane 1,4-dicarboxylate,sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, octyldodecanol, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, parfum

1. Dispense a few pumps onto a dry palm and apply to the face in massaging motions.
2. Wet fingertips and massage skin until the oil turns into a milky texture. Double-cleanse with a foaming cleanser.

Let's see how well this oil cleanser performs ~

Saturday, March 23, 2013

L'Oreal New Money NOTD & Other Green Things

Hi lovelies! My bf bought me a load of nail polishes from Walmart a while ago and L'Oreal New Money is one of the new nail polishes we picked out. I am very impressed with the formula and I love the colour! New Money is a bright yellow-green that is very spring. Although spring has not quite arrived in Winnipeg yet, I am in the mood for these bright, cheery colours.