Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream Review

Product Description

Containing arbutin and the extracts of Omega 3-rich salmon roe produced in Hokkaido, Japan, this eye cream brightens and relieves dark circles around the eyes.

I have the worst dark circles. Even with concealer, it is barely hidden. Without concealer I look like a panda bear. So I figure the only real way to fix this is to actually find a way to lighten up the dark circles instead of just concealing it.

Skinfood’s Salmon Brightening Eye Cream uses arbutin and salmon roe extract to brighten. When I opened the jar I expected a creamier formula. Instead, I was met with a more solid formula. It softens up with a touch, but stays solid in the jar.

The formula is quite light. I can feel the product after I apply but it quickly gets absorbed by my skin. It provides moisture, but nothing long term. I also haven’t seen any difference in my skin when it comes to brightening.

Not a bad eye moisturizer, but probably better choices out there. It didn’t provide me with a long-term results when it comes to moisturizing, nor did it seem to have brighten up my dark circles much.


Vancouver — August 2, 2014 (Yaletown & Kitsilano)

Thai Son
Mount Pleasant/Main Street
373 E Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5T 1W6
Urbanspoon (87%)

Have I ever mentioned that I love eating broken rice? Not many restaurants here serve real broken rice. Usually they either list it as broken rice, but still serve regular rice, or else they don’t even offer the option. There used to be a restaurant that I go to in my city that served authentic Vietnamese food, but sadly had closed down. Couldn’t get broken rice or Vietnamese spring rolls (cha gio). My uncle recommended Thai Son for their rice dishes so I ordered grilled lemongrass pork chop, shredded pork, and steamed meat egg pie on steamed broken rice. I also got egg yolk and condensed milk with soda in ice. I’ve had the egg drink warm before, but I only tried it cold just this year actually. Give it a try :)!

Ganache Patisserie
1262 Homer St
Vancouver, BC V6B 1C6
Urbanspoon (87%)

Went to Bombay Brow Bar in Yaletown and wanted to go to a cafe for some snacks and coffee after while waiting for my friend. Ganache was close by so I decided to give them a try. They’re actually known for their cakes. I got the Abricot Citron Earl Grey. There’s actually pieces of apricot in the middle of the cake for a nice surprise. My uncle got the Tiramisu Chocolat. Both cakes were good.

They didn’t have anything cold to drink except for water LOL! So I got a latte and my uncle got an Americano to go along with our sweets.

The macarons were a let down. They tasted kind of weird and it doesn’t seem super fresh. Definitely stick to the cakes if you go to Ganache!

We walked around Davie Street before making our way across Burrard Bridge to go over to the Kitsilano area. We wanted to walk around to wait for the fireworks that night. Vancouver had a Celebration of Lights the weekend that we were there. It is on three days. The second day was actually the day that we arrived and the last day was on the Saturday long weekend that we were there. We got to watch the one by Japan.

Sushi Bella
2059 W.4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7
Urbanspoon (82%)

Prices at Sushi Bella are super reasonable. I can’t get rolls at this price back home LOL. We ordered three rolls that day:

Crab Party Roll
Fresh real crab meat, avocado, cucumber & tobiko on top
Thought it’d be cool to try since they use real crab meat as opposed to the usual imitation crab. However, it wasn’t that interesting. Basically a California roll with real crab meat.
Ugly Truth Roll
Bacon, asparagus, crab mix, cheesy chopped scallop tataki & bonito on top
I love when rolls have baked scallop on top! This roll did not disappoint.
Wild West Roll
BBQ salmon skin & cucumber with fresh salmon on top, unagi sauce with crispy potato topping
The crispy potato topping was a nice touch. This also did not disappoint.

Totally recommend trying out the last two rolls!

Vancouver — July 31 & August 1 (& Richmond)

We were walking around Granville Island and I wanted to peek inside Emily Carr University. Josh started snickering and I didn’t get what was going on. Caught it after, do you see it? LOL.

We were looking around so hard for some sort of iced tea, and saw some tea chillers at the Public Market in Granville Island. I have no idea why it’s called that because it was basically a fruit smoothie LOL -fail-. And then after we turned the corner, we saw the Granville Island Tea Company.. which was what I was originally searching for because I wanted to buy some tea there. Turns out they had fresh tea lemonade in an ice bath. It looked like heaven in that sweltering heat. Too bad we already had the tea chiller in hand :’ (. Bought some Siliguri Chai and Cream Earl Grey to bring back home.

Also went on a brewery tour. Cost around $10/person and it includes 3 x 4oz tasters. We were so bloated from the chiller that we could barely drink the beer. Honestly, tour wasn’t really worth it. We were basically standing in one room the whole time since it’s a microbrewery. We pretty much just paid for expensive beer LOL. If you get a chance to go there though, and you’re not a huge fan of beer, give their raspberry ale. A bit sweeter.

We actually bought fresh cherries, grapes, and peaches to eat at the beach. Chilled a while at Kitsilano Beach to end our night off : )

Bubble Queen
Central Richmond
8888 Odlin Crescent
Richmond, BC V6X3Z7
Urbanspoon (89%)

I ordered a Matcha Slush BBT while Josh ordered the Original BBT. We also got some egg waffles (Matcha Mochi and Matcha Red Bean) since my friend said that Bubble Queen has really good ones!

Their BBT has a different flavour than all the other places I’ve been to before. I can’t tell if they use a different sweetener or if they use a different boba. It reminds me of the brown sugar sticks that Asians use to sweeten things. Really like how their BBT tastes.

The egg waffles were a bit more chewy, but I think that it’s because of the filling inside. Bubble Queen has stamp cards so you get a stamp every purchase and receive, I believe, a free drink for every 9 stamps.

We found out afterwards that they are known most for their mango BBT… hence the abundance of mangos everywhere LOL.

Richmond Night Market
3063-8700 McKim Way
Richmond, BC V6X 4A5

There’s a new night market in town for Richmond. The older one is free, the new Richmond Night Market has an admission fee of $2.25. I feel like this one is actually much bigger and a lot more vendors. Especially because of the added game zone – Magical Candyland. There was actually a long line to get in, however, it was moving pretty quick. I didn’t really have to stand still at any point. They do also offer zoom passes which are $20 and includes 15 admission passes. You also get to skip the line if you have a zoom pass, if I remember correctly. It does last until October so if you’re visiting Vancouver any time soon, it’ll be going on!

I had to get some takoyaki because no one here makes it fresh! It’s not even that time consuming =\ I wish more places provide fresh takoyaki. Still, although it was good, I feel like it can’t beat the ones I bought while I was in Japan LOL.

We ended off the night with some La Fin du Monde beer at home. Man, the alcohol level is high for a beer LOL – 9.0%! Got tipsy after chugging that haha! La Fin du Monde has earned the most models and awards for a Canadian beer. Not really my kind of thing though.. too bitter *weakling*.

Vancouver — July 30, 2014 (Burnaby)

Hello readers : ) Been gone for a while because I took a trip to Vancouver the other week. It was a much needed getaway. If you follow me on twitter you probably saw the huge amounts of food pictures! LOL. I thought I should update my blog with the places too. Everything’s taken with my cell, so don’t mind the quality haha!

North Burnaby
102-2201 Holdom Ave
Burnaby, BC V5B0A2
Urbanspoon (91%)

The place was within walking distance from the place I was staying at. It’s right under the skytrain’s Holdem Station – how convenient! We took a nap after we arrived in Vancouver since we had a 6AM flight. My friend and I wanted a light lunch and Sushimoto has a lunch special for $9.90. It includes one roll, one sunomono, and a miso soup. You can choose between 6 rolls and 3 different types of sunomono. It was just enough for a light lunch without feeling overly full!

I chose tako (octopus) sunomono and the red hot chili roll. I think Josh got ebi sunomono with smoked salmon lover roll. I liked the bounciness in the tako. Sunomono wasn’t overwhelmed by too much vinegar. We also noticed that the ginger included was a bit sweeter than the ones that usually come with meals. Made it rather addicting to eat :P. By the way, aren’t the cups cute? LOL

Hakkaku Ramen
North Burnaby
4530 E Hastings St
Burnaby, BC V5C2K6
Urbanspoon (85%)

Hakkaku Ramen was also kind of close by. Close by car, but we walked and it took around 40+ minutes LOL. It was really humid that day and walking made the warm weather even hotter. I really wanted to try their spicy miso ramen, but I knew it’d just make me sweat even harder. Josh tried out that one, but I tried out their Shio ramen with rich broth. Hakkaku offers their broths in a rich soup or a regular soup. Rich is more fatty, but more flavourful than the regular one. For the chashu, they also offer a choice between shoulder or belly. Belly is of course more fatty.

Everything in the ramen is flavoured nicely. One thing I noticed about ramen back home here is that they don’t seem to season the meat. Which is weird because, chashu itself is usually seasoned, but the ones in my ramen usually aren’t. I didn’t find myself having to add anything to my ramen at Hakkaku though.

We also got a chashu burger each. It was really good right after it came out when the bun was still hot. The chashu with the hoisin sauce is actually quite salty, but because the bun is neutral, it gave the burger a good balance.