Monday, October 26, 2009
Eki and I both ordered a variety of sheet masks from Sasa a few weeks ago, and we decided to do a mask exchange so we can try out all the masks we got :) She is such a sweetie and specifically asked me on Twitter what my favorite colors were, and sent along these baby blue and pink colored hair bows :) She got me the Catena Collagen Vitamin C Eye Masks, which she reviewed here. I've never tried crystal masks before, the texture looks so soft and soothing, I can't wait to try them out! She also got me Kuan Yuan Liang's whitening sheet mask, along with a pretty and sparkly Rimmel lipgloss and a Burt's Bees lipbalm (*heart* Burt's Bees), along with some yummy candies. I am also really excited to try out the Revlon Fantasy Lengths false eyelashes she got me, I need to practice how to put on falsies! :) Thank you so much sweetie! I hope you liked the Beauty Story masks I got you too :)
Eki also sent me her newly designed business card for her super kawaii store EkiLove. Make sure you check it out, she makes adorable hair bows and super cute makeup pouches, earrings, and more! By the way, she is having a free shipping deal going on right now, today is the LAST day! So act quick :)
I also had the chance to meet up with Kalmo last week and had dinner with her. We went to Sushi House in Alameda, and had some yummy sushi, and some great conversations. It was so nice to catch up with her. It was right after her tortuous week with midterms and papers due, that poor girl looked so tired when we went to pick her up! I hope you are well rested by now Kalmo :) oo and of course, Kalmo was sweet as ever and got me so much goodies, along with the my Zoya matte velvet nail polish in Harlow that we ordered together last time. She got me more masks to try out! I can't wait to try out the bird's nest/ginseng/fish roe mask, it sounds so fancy and nourishing! I am also really curious about the Tina's Dresser masks (the white packagings), since they come in an upper half and a lower half separately for easy application, I am curious to see how that works out! She also got me some cute oil absorbing sheets, some DHC samples, and threw in another Zoya polish in Piper for me! On top of that, she gave me one of her O'Slee sleeping mask! I love sleeping masks, because it's the best solution for lazy people like me, you just put on a thin layer of the mask at night right before you sleep, and then rince off in the morning to a smoother face!
Food pictures from Kalmo's camera --
Lion king roll -- my favorite at the Sushi House:My pork katsu dunburi:
The bf's bento box:
This weekend, the boyfriend and I had The Boiling Crab cravings and decided to drive to San Jose for some yummy shrimps in she-bang sauce and sweet potato fries (my favorite!). While in the city, I also got to stop by LUSH to stock up on bubble bars -- I don't live close to a LUSH so I wanted to stock up with this chance since I love taking bath with LUSH bubble bars. I also got a little chunk of the Snowcake Soap -- it's the yummiest smelling soap ever, and reminds me of almond milk tea! Ever since Mona mentioned it last year, I've been dying for the Christmas season to return so I can get this from the LUSH holiday collection.
Today, my haul from Sephora F&F sale finally arrived :) I know, I know, I am suppose to be on a no buy ban right now, but I just couldn't resist such a good deal and to finally get my hands on a Clarisonic Mia. I got the pink one, of course :) I've read so much wonderful reviews about how much the product has improved people's skin, and I want to have beautiful skin too :) I hope it'll work wonders for me!
I also grabbed a really pretty Sephora by OPI nail polish in 212 -- a dark, shimmery smokey black color with all sorts of pretty glitters, shimmers, and sparkles in it = perfect for the winter time :)
Finally, some super kawaii hello kitty bows I found this weekend, not sure what to make with them yet!
That's it for today! I have a few reviews that I am writing up and will be posting soon, so please stay tuned :)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
But no worries, love packages in the mail and a little haul always cures everything (mentally at least :p).
♥♥♥ I finally SWAPPED! Last month, I was browsing through Jojo's blog and noticed in her "looking for..." section that she was looking for a L'Oreal linear intense liquid eyeliner. I happen to have an unopened backup in my makeup drawer and offered to send it to her. Instead of Paypal-ing me for it, we decided to make it into a swap instead, because it's more fun that way. Since Jojo lives in New Zealand, even though she sent out the package a while ago, it took forever for it to arrive through the postal system, I was beyond ecstatic when I saw her package (still well sealed and intact) on my front porch!
When I went to New Zealand for vacation last winter, I had purchased a few Wild Ferns manuka honey items that I absolutely love. So this time, I asked her to send me some more, plus some kiwi flavored goodies. But she went above and beyond and included SO much more! She got me a set of nice smelling soaps in lanolin, honey and kiwi -- New Zealand's three most well known things. My favorite lipbalm -- Wild Ferns manuka honey lip balm, and its matching hand sanitizer which took Jojo some extra effort to find and send to me! Kiwifruit lipbalm with SPF, and a kiwifruit flavored soap. I am really interested in the mask she included, it is a thermal mud face mask, it kind of reminds me of the MAC volcanic ash mask, I can't wait to try it out! What's more is she got me my first MAC Powerpoint pencil in this lovely dark purple, a Smashbox eyeshadow trio that she was originally selling in her blogsale, AND a Majorlica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus mascara that has been on my wish list forever! Can you imagine how excited I was when I saw it in Jojo's lovely package? She also got my favorite chocolates -- Flakes, Maltesers, and lots of yummy candies, good thing I took a picture of them right away, they are nowwhere to be seen now, the bf and I fought for our share and happily stored them in our tummies :)
Thank you for all the goodies you sent me Jojo! And thanks so much for being my FIRST swap buddy :) I also hope you liked all the stuff I sent to you!
♥♥♥ Good things always come in pairs! I received Dana's package on the same day that I received Jojo's. I was the lucky winner to Dana's contest earlier. I feel so lucky to have won because Dana had some really awesome prizes!
Look at all those bows, I am now the proud owner of more Eki bows and GS&P hair bows, AND DSK jewelries! Yayyyyy!!! Dana also gave me some adorable bandaids with Hello Kitty on them! a few cute dangling ornaments and a pair of super cute Guess earrings. She also gave me a bunch of ELF/Costal Scents brushes, a few of which that I've been wanting to try, I love the ELF Studio Line eyeshadow C brush and the small precision brush! Both of them are super useful! Thank you so much sweetie! I also wanted to use this chance to say that I am so glad to have met you through blogger, we have been emailing back and forth a few times and getting to know each other a little better, and I feel like we are already good friends :)
♥♥♥ Now onto some of my hauls recently:
Today I got another Sasa package. I know I know, ever since Sasa had the free shipping promotion, I've been on the site all the time checking for goodies to buy. One night, I found these -- A box of 22 sheet masks (not individually packed) that you take out as daily treatments for 5 minutes (or more). The best part is the price, they are only $8.90 (if I remember correctly) a box, for 22 masks that will last you almost a month if you use one everyday! I also really like how this mask has the little flaps that can cover up the eye area as well. Most mask I use leave too big of a hole for eyes and I always feel the bottom of my eyes aren't moisturized and nourished as well as the rest of my face. I got two boxes to try out, the top (blue) one is for whitening, and the bottom (yellow) one contains hyaluronic acid. Also included in my package are these tiny tubes of Suisse message cream and face mask that I chose as free gifts from Sasa's point reward program. I have accumulated quite a lot of points on Sasa over the past few months, so I figured I should redeem some of the points for a few more samples to try out!
I also stopped by my school's bookstore to purchase a huge pack of special 25% cotton paper to print my Thesis on. They are so pricey (for printer papers), but it's well worth it considering that they will help me to graduate by this December, right? hehehe :) I also picked up some adorable bookmarks. The ones on the right are called "book bracelet", I've never used one before, they are so cute aren't they!
From Target, more Hello Kitty goodies, because I can never get sick of collecting anything HK related :) A whiteboard for writing down things I suddenly remember to do when I am in my vanity area doing makeup/putting on skincare, a HK bottle of handwash, HK stamps, and HK beaded bracelet/necklace that look too childish for me to wear, but I'm sure I'll find some use for them :)
♥♥♥ At RiteAid, I bought a new lipbalm:
At first just by looking at the packaging, I thought the rounded part that the lady in the picture put next to her lips is a roller ball, but turns out the whole dome is your lipbalm goodness! Instead of like a potted lipbalm where you have to stick your finger in to dab some onto your lips, this inverted pot makes application a lot easier.
Applied onto my lips, it feels kind of waxy, it drags a little and doesn't feel extremely smooth, but the hydration it gives lasted a long time!
- 95% organic, 100% natural, good for people who are allergic to petrolatum and paraben.
- applies on clear: good for guys too
- smells yummy
- moisturizes for a long time
- can see how much product is left
- ergonomic design/easy to hold
- too bulky and weird to carry around in pocket
- can't get a precise application around corners of mouth
- contains no SPF
If my review didn't convince you to try it, then let Chuck Bass do!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I got another package from Sasa today, this time, masks! When Sasa had the free shipping promotion, the first thing I went to look for are the sheet masks. I found these Beauty Story masks, they came in a variety types of essence/flavors, and some of them were already running out by the time I checked! So I grabbed whatever I could into my cart, haha. They come in a pack of 10 for only $6.20, such a good deal! I figured since these are so inexpensive, that I can use these for everyday, and save my more expensive sheet masks for once a week pampering :) I hope these masks are as good as the My Beauty Diary ones, since some reviews said these two are from the same mother company in Taiwan :)
Sakura Q10 Essence Mask: good for whitening/brightening and tightening of skin.
Sakura Whitening Essence Mask: whitening, moisturizing, repairing.
Herbs Cleaning Mask: clarifying skin, balance sebum secretion, for flawless skin.
Sakura Hyaluronic Acid Mask: moisturizing and whitening/brightening.
I also got something tiny from DHC after hearing about their free shipping deal last week. I've never really tried anything from DHC before, besides their sample packs of deep cleansing oil, which I really like! But since I still have two bottles of cleansing oil to go through, I decided to skip this time. What caught my eyes were these Calcium/Magnesium supplement, they were on sale for only $2 a bag (crazy right!!!) for a 30 day supply. And I was just about to go out to my Costco to grab another bottle of calcium since I ran out. Yay for healthy bones and teeth :) I really like how nice DHC customer service is, they shipped out this package from New jersey as soon as possible, and I appreciate them letting customers choose so many samples during checkout, so we get to try out different potential products to buy!
Isn't this eye wrinkle stick sample extremely cute!
After my bf showed me this link, I immediately added this cute little Panda flash drive to my wishlist because I thought it was the cutest thing ever :) So when I spotted it on the shelves at Fry's today, I had to get it! I am going to use this for work, hehehehe :p
And lastly, something the bf got me today because he was being oh so nice! A set of 3 mini OPI Halloween nail polishes. Ghotess with the Mostess and Boo-berry are glow in the dark nail polishes (can't wait to see how they work!), and Pumped-up Pumpkin would be a perfect orange-red fall color to wear :) Thanks honey!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I also have lots of goodies to share with you guys, so let's get started!
♥ As I mentioned before, Clinique at Macy's is offering GWP (gift with purchase) with any purchase of $21.50 or above. Last week, I dragged the bf to the mall after work to grab some Clinique products to try. I just ran out of my Burt's Bees tomato toner, so I wanted to get my skin tested and give the highly popular and praised Clinique toner a try. The lovely sales associate suggested me to try #3, for oily/combination skin people who are oily in the T-zone, but comfortable (not too oily, not flaky either) in the cheeks. I am loving it so far! Some people don't like the witch hazel smell in Clinique toners, but I don't mind it. I also wanted to get a toner for the BF. The sales associate gave him the glass bottled toner from the Men's line to try, but he hated it, because it felt too drying with the alcohol in it. So I suggested him to try the Mild Clarifying one, and he's hooked! Every night he comes to my makeup table (where the toner is stored) and starts wiping it all over his face. hahaha :p I hope his skin will start clarify after continued usage!
For my GWP, they gave me this nice and big makeup bag filled with goodies. If you are interested in trying out some Clinique stuff while the GWP promotion is still going on, check out the details here.
♥ I met up with the super sweet Kalmo from Cambo Soup again last week :) We visited her lovely and cozy apartment, and saw her cat, Brody for the first time. He was quite the shy one (compared to Mia) haha, I love his fluffy tails and how scared he looked when I went to say Hi to him! :) She had an awesome promotion code for BOGO Zoya nail polishes and we decided to order some together. This was my first time trying out Zoya nail polishes. I really wasn't sure what colors to get, so I chose all my polishes based on names, hahaha :p From left to right, I got:
Mia ♥, Summer (Edna's Summer Catcat), Lulu (for obvious reason! hehehe), Sunny, and Jade. I also ordered a polish from their Winter 09 Matte collection (Harlow) but Zoya is shipping that out later because it was out of stock at the time.
♥ Last Friday, I had to drive to Edna's town for a work related meeting, and obviously I had to stop by Edna's place to say Hi to her. I also brought over her EARLY birthday presents (her bday is in November!) because we've been both extremely busy this semester, and I know I won't get to see her again soon *sob*. When I got to her place, she was getting ready to leave for her mini-getaway to Tahoe. So we didn't get to hang out too much this time. She knew how much I am into nail polishes recently, so she was sweet enough to give me her OPI Russian Navy (Matte) that she just bought. Thank you so much love! It was my first matte nail polish and I love how it looks! Especially on my toes :) The only bad thing about matte polishes is that they chip so easily. Oh well, it just gives me an excuse to play with my nails more often :) Edna also got me a few packs of her favorite fruit snack at the moment, it's so good! I've got to get some more of these. (btw, I think she bought these because it says SUMMER strawberry on it, right? hehe :p)
♥ On the way home on Friday, we passed by an outlet mall. I've been wanting to check out CCO (Cosmetic Company Outlet) store ever since I heard that they started selling MAC Hello Kitty items. Sadly, the only thing they had when I went in was the HK beauty powder in Tahitian Sand, and they were sold out on anything else that they might have had. I wanted the two HK blushes so badly, and more lipglosses or lipsticks. Now I wish I had bought more HK items back when MAC was selling them at the beginning of the year :( I bought the Tahitian Sand anyway, so it can accompany my Pretty Baby beauty powder I bought back in February.
♥ From the Coach store, the bf bought me a pair of new sunglasses. I always complain about how most sunglasses don't fit on the bridge of my nose but on my cheeks instead, leaving two ugly red marks every time I take off my sunglasses. I found a pair at Coach that fits my face perfectly! Yay!! New love!
♥ At the Sanrio store, I bought myself a new set of pajamas, this time a long pants for the colder weather ahead. I love the pink silky bows on the pants. I also got a bunch of random "necessities" -- earrings, coin wallets, cute note pads, stickers, a new wallet that I want to use for school -- it's roomy enough to fit all my cards, cash, and my iPhone inside so if I have to go somewhere, I could just carry that instead of my heavy tote bag.
♥ On Sunday, our good college friend invited us over to her new apartment for dinner. She recently moved back to the bay area, and started working close by. I am so excited to have her back, and now I can hang out with her a lot more often :) She moved into her new apartment around the same time when we were moving, the funny thing was, she bought the same set of dining table we had, the same brand of mattress, and we even got our iPhone around the same time! hahaha :)
I prepared a fruit salad, chocolate dipped strawberries, and some sushi to bring over for dinner.
We had yummy hot pot at her place :)
She got me a bunch of cute goodies from her Taiwan and Japan trip over the summer. I was so touched by her thoughtfulness. She also got us a house warming present -- a serving set that I've always wanted, these are great for serving appetizers or dips at parties.
♥ I've been waiting for packages all week long, but they never came :( and I was hoping for them to arrive on Monday, but turned out Monday was a postal holiday because of Columbus day. Yesterday I was disappointed yet again because it was pouring cats and dogs, and my mailman didn't deliver in fear that the packages will be drenched wet by the time I come home. Finally, after waiting for so long, I received my first Sasa package today :)
Kalmo reviewed the Kuan Yuan Liang green bean face powder on her blog recently. Unfortunately the green bean powder one has been out of stock on Sasa, so I got the Kuan Yuan Lian Job's Tear Whitening Cleansing Powder instead, which is suppose to contain mostly green bean anyway. I can't wait to try it out in the shower tonight! I also got from their line the cucumber toner, it comes in a two pack of a toner, and a sprayer for refreshing the face on the go or just to set makeup. I am having high hopes for Kuan Yuan Liang products because their products are all made with natural products, and have really good reviews on Sasa.
♥ Since I've been so crazy about nail polishes recently...
My local Ulta finally has the Essie Matte About You in stock! I was super excited when I spotted it on the shelf. This is suppose to be a matte top coat that you could apply to any nail polishes to give it a matte finish as opposed to the high gloss shine most nail polishes give. I tried it on tonight on top of Orly's Toast the Couple, it gives my nails such an interesting look, I love it! Essie Matte About You is a great product because instead of spending money buying full bottles of matte polishes, this top coat turns any of the polish colors you already own into a matte finish! Plus like all matte polishes, it dries super fast on the nails, which is a big plus for me because I am always the impatient one who end up smudging my newly applied polishes.
♥ No Buy! I've been hauling a bit often recently :p Instead of letting myself waste time checking out deals and making impulse buys all the time online, and to help me finish up all my goodies I already own at home, I've decided to join Edna and start our second round of No Buy Project! Our main focus this time is on makeup, since those are much harder to finish. But I'll also be keeping track of other products I finish as well in a separate list. I am not gonna lie, I get a kick out of looking at my list of finished products every time, hahahah :) I have a feeling the makeup hit pans will be much harder for me to do, but I shall try! Wish me luck!
♥ Hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far! And for those in California or elsewhere that are snowing/raining, stay dry and drive carefully! ♥
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
♥ OPI RapiDry Topcoat -- Thanks to the super sweet Kalmo for giving this to me! I love using my new OPI topcoat because it really dries super fast. And being the impatient person that I am, I tend to smudge my newly painted polish easily, this top coat on the other hand dries super fast and protects my nail polish from smudging!
♥ OPI Pink Flamenco -- This cute mini bottle of OPI is from the Senoritas collection Kalmo sent me :) I love this color on me, super bright hot pink!
♥ Orly Poison Apple -- A very pretty shade of red, perfect for the fall :) This is also my first time using Orly nail polishes, and I like it so far! Goes on really smoothly, and Poison Apple is so pigmented, one coat could do the job!
♥ Wet n' Wild Gold Mine -- Thanks to the wonderful Nic for sending me this in her prize package :) This is a shimmery shade of gold color. I wore it this past Saturday to my school's football game, because one of our school colors is GOLD :) I felt so school spirited, hehe. Too bad we lost the game! :p
♥ Essie Sensitivity Base Coat -- The basecoat that I am currently using for all my weekly manicures.
♥ Softlips Lipbalms -- I love Softlips lipbalms, especially since they come in this super thin and slick packaging, and they have tons of yummy flavors to choose from. Best of yet, most of their lipbalms contain an SPF of 20. The ones I used the most last month was vanilla and honeydew flavored. Applying an SPF lipbalm is a must in my everyday makeup routine, someitmes I just apply my Softlips lipbalms and go w/out any lipglosses or lipsticks.
♥ Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 -- I have been neglecting my BB creams and foundation in September, and have been using this tinted moisturizer every day. I love how light and easy it is to apply TM. My skin has been really good to me recently, smoother, less breakouts, less oily, and less visible acne scars (fingers crossed that it'll keep up being good :p), so I didn't feel the need to cover it up with heavy foundations.
♥ CoverBlend Multi-Function Concealer SPF 15 -- It doesn't crease under my eyes and has pretty smooth and good coverage. I love it! Thanks Kalmo <3
♥ ghd Fat Hair Lotion For All Over Volume -- I originally blogged about it here about how I received a sample from Sephora and loved the result. I purchased a full bottle of it during the summer but haven't been using it much because I haven't been blow drying my hair. Recently the weather turned colder, and being the night owl that I am, sometimes I didn't get to shower and wash my hair until the wee hours in the morning, and by that time I already don't feel like spending more time blow drying my hair. But sleeping with wet hair on a cold night is not fun! So for the past week or so, I've been religiously blow drying my hair and using my Fat Hair Lotion again. It does a good job keeping my hair protected, soft and volumized. I was also hoping that knowing that I have to spend extra effort blow drying my hair will make me want to go shower earlier and sleep earlier, but I guess I still like to be a night owl...:p
♥ Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Visible Skin Renewer Serum -- Truly a cocktail for the skin. It makes my skin feel so smooth! I actually look forward to using this product everyday because of how good it feels.
♥ Paul & Joe Whitening Serum -- Even though I've only been using this product for about 5 days, I think it's working already! My acne scars have been looking slightly fainter these days, and I love it! I love how light the texture feels, and how it smells yummy like orange creme :) I'll keep using this and report back on how well it works :) Thanks so much May!!!
So these are the products that I've been using and loved in the month of September. What about your favorite products? :)
Last week was my best friend/college roommate's birthday, I sent her a love package filled with her favorite chocolates and candies, and also made these for her:
Thursday, October 1, 2009
So here is a little update from this week. On Monday, the bf and I visited the Boiling Crab in San Jose. I believe this is their first Nor-cal location! I have heard of so many bloggers talking about their Boiling Crab visits in southern California and have been dying to go there on our next LA trip. So when Edna told me that there is one in San Jose (opened at the beginning of the year), I was super excited!
The Boiling Crab was not disappointing at all. We ordered half a dozen oysters (so fresh and their red sauce goes so well with it!), 2 lbs of jumbo shrimp and 1 lb of crawfish with the whole shebang sauce (The BC's secret sauce that is to die for!), sweet potato fries (which were the best I've ever tasted), and the catfish basket with Cancun fries. Needless to say, we were both super stuffed from all the food (and had plenty of shrimp and crawfish leftover to take home, including the whole shebang sauce in the bag, which tasted SO yum over rice!!!). If you are ever in the San Jose area (or LA, they have a couple locations there I believe), I strongly recommend you to check this place out. The only downside is that you will pretty much guaranteed to have a long wait for a table (we waited for about an hour for a weekday dinner, imagine on weekends!) because it's so popular. But the wait is so worth it! The bf was super happy with the restaurant, plus it was the only place where he can eat messy and I won't remind him to wipe down his mouth and hands every two seconds, hahaha. Eating messy is the whole point here. Just to be able to eat all over the table, get your fingers dirty, and being messy is actually super fun! :)
After dinner, I had to stop by Tapioca Express to get a large lychee boba milk tea with lychee jellies, May had mentioned it to me earlier and I've been craving for it all weekend! So good! Mia wants a sip too :)
Now onto my nail polish haul this week. Ulta is having a buy two get two free sale on all of their China Glaze, Chi, Orly and I think some other brand nail polishes. Such a good deal, especially since you can use the $3.5 off of $10 purchase coupon on top of the sale. I could not pass it up, and decided to try out some Orly nail polishes. I got (from left to right): Toast the Couple, Prince Charming, Poison Apple, and Alabaster Verve. Prince Charming and Poison Apple are from their Fall 09 Once Upon a Time collection, and come with these cute charms! So adorable!
Last but not least, I got May's love package yesterday!!! I was the lucky gal who won May's giveaway, and being the sweetie that she is, she sent me a ton of extra love! oh May, I can't thank you enough for all the goodies you sent me, I feel so loved and so special! Now that I have your address, I am going to get back at ya soon! :p
The one wrapped in gold ribbon are her giveaway presents, and she packed an extra love pack (right side) for me and a love note!
Paul & Joe Whitening Serum, omg this product has been on my wish list since forever, and now I finally have it! I already tried it on last night and this morning, and all I can say is, this product is love! It goes on so easily and absorbs quickly, and it has a yummy orange creme scent. I hope it'll help me to fade some old acne scars on my face soon! :)
FIVE sheet masks! Dermal is a Korean brand? I can't wait to try those on!
Eki's hair pin! It's this beautiful white flower with pretty pink rims. Soooo pretty!
Majorlica Majorca palette! This is my first Japanese eyeshadow palette, the colors are too pretty!
And a ton of samples. A few of which I've been wanting to try for a while. It's like May read my mind! :)
Then May was sweet enough to pack me even more goodies!
She got me more masks :) Thanks to her influence, I am slowly turning into a sheet mask addict as well. I just ordered some more masks on Sasa, can't wait to receive them! A cute Hello Kitty nail file :) Stila's Red Carpet Looks eyeshadows and cheek color. And what is that in the middle! It's Yumeko's handmade brush roll!!! This is my first brush roll, I can't wait to go travel next time so I can use this :)
May also wrote me a cute get well note. Thank you so much for everything May! Your package had totally made my day, no my week!