Monday, March 29, 2010

Las Vegas Haul

You didn't think I went to Vegas just to gamble did you :) The truth was, I probably spent more time in stores than in the casinos. I figured, instead of spending time on the dollar slots and never win, I might as well spend those money on more tangible stuff I can touch and use. Hahaha...you all know it was just an excuse I made up because I am a shopaholic :p


One thing that I had planned on getting during this trip was a Juicy Couture purse. I had always wanted a black velour purse from them, so when I spotted the perfect one in the store, I knew I had to get it!


There is a big bow tie on the side, and a charm that hang from the strap. Every details on this purse was exactly the way I had wanted!


What's a shopping spree without something Hello Kitty related right? :p I bought a bunch of these cute souvenir pens for friends and family.


Those of you who know me well know that I absolutely adore jewelry and charm pieces with either a bow, a crown, or a key. Put one of those on something, I'll want it! hahaha. This pair of earrings from Guess was love at first sight :) See a key AND a crown, that's 2 out of 3! hahaha. Sorry for the over-exposed picture :( I had bad lighting in the hotel and a camera that never listens to me :T


What did you say, more jewelries? I hit the jackpot at Claire's. The turquoise and purple earrings accompanied me for most of the trip because coincidentally a majority of the clothes I had brought with me were green and purple.


I picked up one item from the CCO -- Big Bow lippie from the MAC Hello Kitty collection. I regretted not picking up more HK items when MAC was selling them last year, but with the help of lovely blogger ladies and CCO trips, I am slowly increasing the collection little by little. I am still missing most of the lipglosses though. Oh well, let this be a lesson to me that next time when there is a collection I like so much, never hesitate!


At Metro Park, I spotted the cutest wallet ever! Edna had mentioned to me before that she was looking for this too. So one for her, one for me, and now we are wallet buddies :)




I grabbed a few of these hand creams at Urban Outfitters because I fell in love with the smell, especially the grapefruit one. These are tiny enough to toss into the purse on the go as well.


I didn't pack any LUSH bubble bars for this trip because I thought I wasn't going to take any baths in our hotel. But once I saw the big jetted tub, I changed my mind! There was only one LUSH in Vegas (in Mandalay Bay), and that was the first place we visited the next day, so I can get my Comforter bubble bar and get comfortable :p Along with it, I picked up two Easter bath bombs -- Fluff Egg, a pink egg shaped bath bomb that smells exactly like my favorite scent Snow Fairy! I need to pick a few more of these before they stop selling it. The cute yellow chick is called Hippy Chick, it's a grapefruit scented bath bomb.


Macy's Clinique counter is having another GWP (gift-with-purchase) event right now! So if you need to stock up on any Clinique items, now is a good time :) I picked up an Acne Solutions toner to try out, and a backup of Fiance's Mild Clarifying toner since his current one is almost running out (Good job!!).


The GWP comes in an adorable floral bag that totally appropriate for the spring season. Inside, there were a bunch of nice samples to try out.


I couldn't leave as soon as I saw this tote bag at Victoria's Secret. Notice the key on there? Yup :p This tote bag is free with any $21 purchase from their newest Secret Moments collection. I totally love the scents of these body lotions too. The ones I picked up at all floral or fruity scented. I am using Good Day Sunshine (the yellow one) right now. I love it! The consistency of the lotion is just right, and isn't greasy feeling at all.


I also picked up some stuff at Bath and Body Works. I am really curious about the oil to foam sake body wash. Can't wait to give it a try!


Last but not least, yup you guessed it, more jewelries:


A close up of the two pieces I picked up:

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Back from Vegas!

Hi everyone, I've missed you all so dearly. The boy and I took a week long vacation to Las Vegas last week, it was super nice to relax and rest a bit, and to visit Vegas again. The city changed so much since we've last gone!


We stopped by Seredipidy 3 next to Ceasars Palace for their yummy Frozen Hot Chocolate. We also got some nachos to fill up our tummy so we can have more energy to keep walking along the Strip :)


Part of the pretty display at Bellagio:


Yummy crepes at Jean-Philippe Patisserie in Ballagio:


The tallest chocolate fountain, I drooled over the gooey chocolates for a good minute or two, how about a chocolate fountain for my wedding?! Brilliant!! :p




Of course, the most adorable deserts that I would not want to bite down:



This cake would be perfect for a future blogger meet-up, look at all the delicately made nail polish, lipstick, and purse:


For all the Hello Kitty fans out there :)


We tried out Pink's Hot Dogs, I can't wait to try out the LA one next!


To finish off, more deserts :)


Stay tuned for my next post, on Las Vegas Haul!

Happy Sunday everyone :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Haul: Nail Polishes

I made a big nail polish haul with May through Victoria Nail Supply a little while ago. This was my first time purchasing nail polishes from an online seller, and my experience was pretty great! Victoria Nail Supply offers nail polishes in many brands, such as OPI, Essie, Orly, China Glaze, to name a few. They have a pretty wide range of selection, and even have the latest collections from each brands in stock. Best of all, their prices are very affordable. For example, each OPI nail polish sells for about $8.50 normally, but on Victoria Nail Supply, each bottle is roughly $4.75. However, do keep in mind that they charge shipping according to weight, and nail polishes are not the lightest thing in the world to ship around the country for. Together, May and I bought 18 bottles of nail polishes, and I believe shipping was around $12. But even with the shipping cost factored in, the nail polishes are still of a great value.


I purchased 4 polishes from China Glaze: Something Sweet and Lemon Fizz from their Spring 2010 Up & Away collection. Mr & Mrs, and Bad Kitty.

Something Sweet and Lemon Fizz are such cute pastel colors for the spring. To be honest, I loved almost all the colors in the Up & Away collection, the pastels are just so eye-catching and pretty! But I had to make choices, otherwise my order would have been twice as much :p

Here is Something Sweet on my nails:


I also did a black crown Konad on top of Lemon Fizz the other day while playing around, I also tried out rhinestones on my nails for the first time, inspired by Cat.


Bad Kitty is a pretty bright pink with chunky glitters:


I also wanted something from the OPI Hong Kong collection:


From left to right, in Jade is the New Black, Suzi Says Feng Shui, and Meet Me On The Star Ferry.

Here is another of my Konad-icure with Suzi Says Feng Shui as the base color:


Meet Me On The Star Ferry on my nails:


There are more! I also bought Essie's Mint Candy Apple, Orly Snow Cone, Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat, which I heard is a great basecoat that keeps nail polishes on longer, and Seche Vite. I can never find Seche Vite in my local Ulta since it's always sold out. Since many people about this so much, I wanted to see how I like it. I have to say, I am impressed! It drys super fast, and leaves my nails really shiny. It's suppose to make nail polishes last longer as well, but since I am always changing my polish, I have yet to test that out. I never have enough patience to let my polishes dry after doing my manicure, and often times my nail polishes would get smudged before they were completely dry. Seche Vite is a life saver! Within a few minutes after applying this top coat on, my polishes were pretty much dry to the touch, and I could go on with my life. I am sold on this product!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Finished products in February -- Nails edition

The nail related products I've finished in the month of February:


✔ Essie Sensitivity Base Coat -- A base coat for sensitive skins and nails. It worked well as a base coat, made my nails smooth for nail polish application to follow. It looks orange in the bottle but applies clear, and also dries very fast.


✔ ONYX Professional 100% Pure Acetone Nail Polish Remover -- This is great for removing glitter nail polishes off of nails. We all know how much of a pain it is to remove glitters with regular nail polish removers. This is when 100% pure acetone comes into rescue. It is drying though, so make sure you only use this occasionally for glitter, and use a more nourishing regular nail polish remover for normal polishes. Please read my review HERE. 

  
✔ Sally Hansen Moisturizing Fast and Gentle Polish Remover -- I normally use this to remove non-glittery nails. It does its job well. Now that I am done with this bottle, any recommendations for another good nail polish remover? I've heard great things about the Zoya one, any thoughts? 

This concludes all the products that I've finished in the month of February. I hope you enjoyed reading through them, and perhaps I've helped you a bit in deciding whether to try out a product that you haven't tried before. Stay tuned for the products I've finished in March in a couple of weeks!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Finished Products in February -- Makeup edition

Here are the makeup (and makeup related) products I've finished in the month of February and my thoughts on them:


Daiso Desktop Oil Absorbing Paper --  I bought this for my office. I can't go a day without blotting my oily T-zone and having a box sitting on my desk will remind me to do so. It does the job all right. It is a really good deal at $1.50 for 250 sheets. Although I tend to use multiple sheets each time. The paper is soft and thin, which also makes picking just a single sheet out every time a bit difficult, since it is not a pop up design like the Clean & Clear oil absorbing sheets. For a more detailed review of some of the oil absorbing sheets I've tried, please read my post HERE.


✔CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara -- This is a great inexpensive drugstore mascara that really helps to lengthen and volumize my lashes. The rubber wand is scarily huge at first, and I thought it would be a messy application. But surprisingly, besides skipping out on the tiny lashes at the hard to reach corners of my eyes, the mascara wand applies mascara at where it's suppose to be. It is not flaky and stays on lashes pretty well.

  
✔Stila Multi-effect Mascara -- I really wanted to like this mascara because its curved brush tip is really easy to use. But the formula in the tube is on the dry and flaky side. Amazingly it's not really flaky when applied to lashes. However it didn't do much for my lashes.


✔ Kirkland Brand Premium Unscent Baby Wipes  -- Yup you read that right. Baby wipes! It is unscented, so no baby powder smell that will remind you of...babies, hahaha :p Believe it or not, it's actually a great wipe for removing makeup quickly and gently, or just as a refreshing wipe on a hot and humid day. I use it often when I am testing out different products on my hands or trying out lipsticks. It also works as a quick and convenient makeup brush cleaner in between washes.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Finished Products in February -- Hair edition

Let's continue with the hair products I've finished in the past month.


Garnie Fructis Melting Masque --  I really liked this product. It's a hair mask you apply after shampoo and conditioner that helps to soften and heal damaged hair. It works just like a hair conditioner, sometimes instead of using conditioner I'd just use this after shampoo to save time. It doesn't make my hair feel greasy and is not hard to rinse off, which is great because my thin, oily hair doesn't need any more products build-up to weigh it down any further.


Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Shampoo --  It does make my hair feel fluffier after it's dried, but the result is not too noticeable and the volume definitely doesn't last for the entire day. I really love the scent of this shampoo though -- white nectarine and pink coral flower -- so yum! However the scent wears off quickly after rinsing. It lathers really well and rinses off easily. I like to switch my shampoos often so this was just one of them that I spotted in the drugstore and wanted to try.


Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Conditioner -- The matching conditioner to the shampoo I just mentioned above. Again, very yummy and fruity scent = a big plus. The conditioner is pretty thick and very rich. It detangles my hair pretty effectively yet rinses off easily.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Finished products in February -- Bath & Body edition

Today I am starting a series of blog posts that I will do every month, to talk about some of the products I've finished within the past month. I will discuss each of them briefly, tell you whether or not I enjoyed using it, and my thoughts on each products.

We'll kick off the project today with bath and body products I've finished in the month of February.


LUSH Smitten hand cream -- This is a really moisturizing hand cream with a sweet almond milk scent, almost similar to one of my favorite LUSH soaps - snowcake! I am personally not a huge fan of hand creams that make my hands feel greasy and slippery, so I use this cream at night before I sleep -- massage a thick layer on my hands and cuticles, sometimes even elbows. The sweet yummy scent puts me in a good mood before bed time. My only complaint is the pump bottle stopped pumping out products when there were about 1/3 of products left. No biggie though, I just stored the bottle upside down and unscrewed the cap each time to dump some products on my hands. LUSH does sell this hand cream in a jar too, which will make using it a bit easier (although not as sanitary).


Shiseido Sun Protection Eye Cream Sunscreen SPF 32 PA+++ -- I talked about this product in last year's June Favorites. Even though it's a tiny tube, it's lasted me quite a long time. I started using it at the beginning of last year, and I've been using it daily! Sun protection is also important around the delicate eye area. I like this product because it is sensitive enough to use around the eyes without causing any sort of irritation, yet it has a pretty high level of SPF. I will definitely keep purchasing this product.


Victoria's Secret Hydrating Body Lotion in Pure Seduction -- Pure Seduction is one of my favorite scents from the VS's Secret Garden collection. This body lotion is not too bad, it does its job and is fairly moisturizing. But I definitely prefer the body butters much much more -- the body butters are so much easier to rub in and not as greasy feeling.


Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Daily Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream --  this is a light weight eye cream that's good for day time use, or as a first layer in my night time routine. It absorbs easily, and doesn't cause irritation. However, I didn't really seen any improvements around my eye area after using this product, my dark circles were still there, obviously. I think this eye cream is adequate to help prevent the problems from getting worse, but it is not easy to get rid of existing eye area problems. I believe that getting enough rest every night will solve my dark circle problems, but I've been a night owl for years :T My goal this month is to try to go to bed early so I will be most rested and energetic the next day!


Paul & Joe Whitening Serum -- This stuff is so wonderful! After using this persistently for months, I really do feel like it did a great job at brightening up my complexion. It also helped to diminish the dark spots left form pimples quite a bit. It has a yummy orange cream scent, and is very light in texture, a few pat in the cheeks and it's all fully absorbed into my skin. The packaging is also super sturdy and the flower details near the pump is so pretty! Usually when I use a product in pump bottle, it is always hard to suck up the last bits of products. I thought the same thing was going to happen for this bottle, but amazingly the pump was effective enough to pump out all the products to the last drop! I would definitely keep purchasing this product. But first, I want to go to The Face Shop tomorrow and get the Spot Eraser that many blogger ladies have been loving and try that out :)


LUSH Silky Underwear Dusting Powder --  When dusted lightly over my arms, it served as a light weight moisturizer for the summer that also helped to keep me dry and smell nice :) This product is especially useful when used in conjunction with LUSH massage bars, because dusting this on top of just moisturized skin will get rid of the greasy feeling and keep your skin matte. I also used it often when I suffered from eczema around my arms and legs, it helped to reduce the abrasion my sensitive skin would suffer from when rubbed against clothing.


CVS Daily Facial Cleanser -- This cleanser from CVS is compared to Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, at half of the price. I love using Cetaphil to wash my face in the morning, it is extra gentle and makes my skin feel soft and moisturized. Now that I am adding Clarisonic brush into my face washing routine, I love Cetaphil cleanser even more because it doesn't foam up, so it is not as messy to use as foamy cleansers that can easily get into my mouth and eyes as I am using Clarisonic over the sink. This is a product that I will keep buying, Cetaphil brand or generic brands alike. I don't really have a preference over one or another.


Kuan Yuan Liang Green Bean Cleanser -- This is a refill pack that I purchased from sasa.com. This cleanser is a multi-use product that could be a face wash, a mask when packed on thickly, or a gentle facial scrub. I always use this product in the shower to avoid the mess because it is a powdery product. I dump a good amount of powder in the palm of my hand and slowly add drops of water to create a paste-like mixture and apply it on my face as a mask for a few minutes while I am washing my body, shaving, or exfoliating my body. Then I'd gently scrub my face with the products before rinse off. It made my face feel really clean and refreshed afterwards.


Union Street Soapworks The Healing Bar -- Diana sent this soap to me for Christmas and told me that it had helped to relieve eczema flare-ups. Look at all the rich and moisturizing ingredients in this soap: olive, coconut, emu, avocado, castor, and wheat germ oils; shea butter; lavender, rosemary and tea tree essential oils! I have found this soap to be very soothing to the skin. It foams up nicely, and smells really great as well!


Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser --  This cleanser is perfect to be used with Clarisonic brush. It is gentle and non-foamy, and does make my face feel very clean afterward. It is also easy to rinse off, which is important for a face wash that I use over the sink instead of shower.  However I found the scent to be a bit weird and hard to get used to, is it suppose to smell like green tea? or...fake cucumbers?? *shrugs*


✔ The Face Shop Fruit Bowl Hand Cream in Apple -- How can you not love this hand cream that's in a cute apple shaped container? Best yet, it smells like apple as well :) It makes me happy every time I use it. The cream itself is not too greasy and is easy to rub in.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the bath and body products I've finished in the past month. Next up, I will talk about makeup, hair and nail products I've finished in the the month of February. Stay tuned! :)