Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Products... again...eeks!


On Friday, I had one of those "me" afternoons. I was able to get off work early because it was my 2 year anniversary there. Since the husby was at work, I was able to run around and score products. WEEE! I tried to look for clothes, but nothing fancied me, BUMMER! Oh well! Anyways, I went to Sephora, ULTA, and MAC. At Sephora, I returned that whackass Clinique Take a Day Off Cleansing Milk and exchanged it for Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. Might I add, I LOOOVVEE this cleanser. It's simply amazing! I highly recommend it for dry-sensitive skin, you can try the smaller size for $15, if you'd like. I also got Clinique's brush cleaner since I ran out.

At MAC, I only planned on getting the 226 brush, but the MAC artist convinced me to grab one more thing. GAH! So he sold me on a Shadestick in Shimmersand. He was like, "Oh Honey! Do you know about our HK event?"... I told him I was attending the other MAC counter's event because my friend is the manager. Then I told him I wasn't that excited for the HK collection. I think the Blonde, Brunette, and Redhead collection is better because they have new brushes, new MSFs and stuff. The HK collection looks alright, but it doesn't get me all amped. By the way, I loooovvee the 226 brush! Oh man, it's perfect for my eyes. I don't consider myself having "asian eyes" because they're pretty round and big, but I just don't have a deep crease, so this brush is perfect for my eyes. I want another one! It's limited edition =(, I have to get another before they are long gone.

At ULTA, I wanted to use my 20% off everything coupon. So I got some NADS wax. Haha, I have no shame. I love these wax strips, they are soo gentle on my skin. My sis-in-law doesn't like it, so I'm not sure if I'd recommend it. I mean, it does the job and the more you wax, the slower the hair grows. So it's totally up to you if you want to try it. Lastly, I scored MAX Factor's 2000 Calorie Mascara (they used this a lot in the BLUSH episodes). I like it! I actually think it's better than some high end mascaras I've tried. My MUFE Smoky Lash is clumping on me =(, so I'm reaching for my MAX factor mascara more. Plus, it's not clumpy and you don't even need a brush to comb out the lashes.

I know I said my next post would be the wavy hair. But I'm too lazy to post that. I'll do it soon, promise! Well, uh, maybe... =)

Snowboarding this weekend!! WOOO! Can't wait! OoOH and it's SuperBowl weekend too, eeks, let's up I don't get fat by eating tons of fried food and chips. CRAP!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser Review

Oookay, so I was hoping to do my big wavy hair tutorial, but I'll just put it off till my next post. Actually, I'm still debating if I should do it! Here's a pic of my big hair, interested in achieving?

Anyways, so as I was shopping for my dear friend Kim's birthday gift (I bought her NARS Deep Throat
Blush and a VS duffle bag), I managed to snag something for myself. Just a little thing! I wanted to try Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser. I wasn't ready to fork out $38 bucks on a full size, so travel size will do for me.

"Soy Face Cleanser, Fresh's most popular cleanser for all skin types, is an extra gentle, fragrance-free, multi-tasking gel formula that instantly whisks away every day impurities, removes makeup, and is safe to use on the eye area. Safe for use on the eyes, it's face maintenance made easy. Plus, it's soap free and will never leave behind a film or residue." - from Sephora.com

The Impressives:
Soap-free. This is plus for me because soap usually leaves a film-like feeling on the face. Plus, soap-free products are good for sensitive skin!
Smell. Smells like fresh cut cucumber! I like it. The more natural smelling it is, the less I feel like I'm putting a bunch of irritants on my face.
Toner. It acts like a toner too! So, I'm able to skip the toner step. WEE!
Smooth. After rinsing, my face feels clean and smooth! Not tight, like other removers I've used.
Skip a step. I feel like I've tried every combination of skincare/makeup remover that I've had. For awhile I used Clinique Cleansing Balm, then followed with Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk. When I finished the Balm, I started using Mandom Cleansing Moist, then followed with Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk. Then, I decided to stop Mandom for awhile, and try Clinique Cleansing Milk (This is horrible stuff! I used it twice and now I'm going to return it and get a full size Fresh) then Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk. OH GAH! And this was all over a few months span. I was tired of using a full face makeup remover, then following up with a cleanser. I wanted an all in one! So, I use Fresh to cleanse the face and remove the makeup. Now, I'm using Mandom on just the eyes only, then Fresh all over. So far I'm loving it!
Travel-Friendly. It's in a tube! Woo! I always get nervous when I have pump cleanser, cause they just might spill everywhere. Plus it's hygienic.

The Wompies:
Price. GAH! $38 for a facial cleanser. I guess it isn't too bad, because I used to buy a full on makeup remover, then a facial cleanser. STILL!
Foaming. It says its a foamy cleanser, but it's more milky then foamy.

As for any latest hauls, hmm, not so much! I definitely took advantage of the cosmetic settlement and was able to score a bunch of Clinique Moisture Surges (I love this stuff! I had used it before, but I think it's a good summertime moisturizer than winter, but you can use it as a mask!) and one night serum thingy. No perfume, BUMMER! I really wanted the Coco Chanel Mademoiselle lotion to match my perfume, but they didn't have any! GAH! Oh yeah! I did get the Strawberry Scrub by Mario Badescu. It's only $15 bucks and it's a huge tub. I loved the sample so much, I had to get a full size. Plus, it's good to exfoliate the face two times a week. It's pink and you can actually see the strawberry seeds (hard to see cause of the webcam)

I'm halfway through "Confessions of a Shopaholic" so far soo good! I should be done by next week? Maybe. I get soo busy sometimes, I don't have time to read. BLEGH!

Hmm, what else? Oh yeah, I'm getting off work early tomorrow! WOOO! A half day for me because it's my two year anniv. at work! Haha, I'm a geek for being excited. So hmmm, what am I doing to do? Whatever the crap I want to do! I'm just going to have some "ME" time! Yes, that means going to Sephora to return that bloody Clinique Cleansing Milk because it sucks so much and a trip to MAC. I only have one thing in mind to get! And that's the 226 brush! It looks lovely....Anyone tried it?

You know what I'm bummed about? I got a Bamboo tablet as a Christmas gift, and I haven't had the time to sit down and watch the tutorials! I installed all the software on my MAC. I need to get on it... *SIGH*

AND! Another snowboarding trip on the 31st! WOOOO!

Okay, that's all.. Have a lovely day!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Rambling and MAC

So I have a long list of movies to watch with the husby. He doesn't mind, he's quite the movie go-er himself. We watched "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" last Friday night. The movie was ammmaazzinngg! I loved it! I found out it was three hours long and I was bit worried that my mind would wander, or I might pass out in the theaters (I'm a grandma! It was a late night show), but luckily I didn't. I was fully absorbed. No worries, I won't write about any movie spoilers, but this movie made me realize a lot of things. Things that I want to add to my to-do list.

While Patrick was driving home, I told him, "I want to watch the sunrise one day! Let's wake up early one day and head somewhere with a nice view!" (Like we would ever wake up early enough!)... His response back was "Hahaha okay, why all of a sudden, you're trying to be like Benjamin Button!".. DANGIT! LOL! He caught me! Earlier that day, we were all hanging out with my brother and Kim, and I mentioned and how much I regretted not keeping a journal. It would have been nice to look back on my adolescent days to see how much I've grown, and even how naive I was. Man, I wish I kept a journal. Should I even start now? I'm approaching my mid 20s, but there's no way I could write in it everyday. Nothing exciting happens everyday in my life! I get up, I work, I go home, I cook, blegh blegh blegh....but the best part of the day is winding down with Patrick. I mean, I could write it when something exciting happens, right?

Okay, so I don't keep a journal nor a record. But! Me and Patrick had something to pull out and look back on when we got home. You know when you go through that dating phase, and you celebrate each month? LOL! Yeah, we'll call me corny or whatever, but we did that. The first month, Patrick gave me a card with a long letter inside. I told him that I loved getting cards, especially if it had a letter inside. So for every month, he continued to give me a card! I've kept them all! So we pulled out that box and I read through the 1st card. It was crazy! He called me, "Jen", which never happens now. He even mentioned that he saw us being together for a long time. Who would have though that 3 1/2 years later, he'd be my husband! Then Patrick pulled out an envelope, which had all our movie stubs and first time stuff. Matches from the restaurant we had our first date, the ski lift ticket when we went snowboarding for the first time together, first piece of jewelry given, etc. I love how we kept this stuff! Hopefully we'll have it to show to our children when they are old enough! Or even just looking back on how it all started...
Sorry, I know this was a lovey dovey mushy mushy post. LOL! BUT! I need to get back on track with this blog, I've been slacking! So this is me playing catch up...

As for MAC purchases, I took advantage of that MAC sale. MAC never has a sale! Since I just bought a blush palette in the beginning of the month, I only filled up three spots. I never really was a blush person until now, it really adds a nice glow to your face, just don't overdue it and look like a clown! So, I ended up buying three more to fill it up! Sunbasque, Plum Foolery, and Secret Blush (Beauty Powder Blush), brow set in ShowOff, and Verdigris eyeshadow. I ended up depotting these the other night, and let me warn you, depotting these blushes were a pain! I depotted Emote and Gingerly before, and it didn't seem that hard. But this time, I was struggling. I cut myself, EEKS! But it was just a small cut. BLEGH! Oh yeah, and because the formula is different for the beauty powder blush than the reg. blush, I cracked mine a little bit on the edges. DANGIT! But all in all, everything is removed and placed in the palette. The good thing, I have all my black MAC containers and I'm ready to Back 2 MAC and get some freebies for recycling! WOO!

Enough about that! The reason why I've been lacking on my posts is because I'm just plain lazy! I rather read the books that I got instead, too! That's right! I finally got some books! I'm not an avid reader like Patricia, or Janelle. I alway considered reading as a task, from college! And of course, I was traumatized with books I didn't like reading (except for Memoirs of a Geisha). But finally, I realized that I should pick up reading and read whatever I want to read. Reading is fundamental! LOL! So here are the two books I got!

So far, I'm loving "Confessions of a Shopaholic", I wanted to read this because the movie comes out in February and I really like to see how they compare. Plus, being the junkie and shopper that I am, makes it an even better read. Plus, everyone that read the series seems to like it. Then! I got this Bobbie Brown Makeup Manual because it was 20% off! I know everyone blogged about that COSMO Beauty Book, but I like this one! There's a lot of pictures to explain application with different face shapes, eye shape, skin, etc. It also has chapters on skincare and bodycare. The good thing is that the book isn't all about Bobbi Brown cosmetics, thank goodness, cause I don't own any of her stuff (yet!). =)

OH OH! And one more thing! When I hung out with Beth on Sunday, I was able to get this at Bed, Bath, & Beyond! It's a purse hook! WOOOO! I'll never have to put my purse on a chair, on my lap, or on the floor (which I wouldn't ever do!)! Call me a weirdo, but I LOOOOVVEE IT! Perfect for restuarants, bars, etc...The first time I saw this, a lady had it at Panera, and I was in complete shock! I was impolite and I stared.. SO WHAT!

Oookay, that's it for now! I know I need to keep up with this thing. I still have to write about...
  • Bombshell Beauty contacted me and sent me free hair products. Basically, it's like that Hair Bumpit thing you see on tv. I haven't tested it out but I will, and I'll do a review soon.
  • CIBU products. I always rave about CIBU stuff. I LOOOVVEE IT! It smells sooo good and PHO FINISH is absolutely amazing. It's the best hairspray that hold your hairstyle without stiffening it up!
  • Hair. I'm getting frustrated with my hair. This is the longest I've ever had it! I'm about to cut it soon, I think? If I don't chicken out! I really like Jennifer Aniston's hair in this photo... please don't mind the buttshot. HMM! If I decide to do it, I'll head over to the lovely Bubbles at Lynnhaven! Ladies, get your hair done at a Bubbles or Salon Cielo! The stylists are amazingggg! Plus you can get CIBU products while you're there!

That's all for now! One more day till FRIDAY!! GAH! I can't wait till the weekend.

Have a lovely day!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Ringing in 2009 with a BANG!

Our mini vacay to NoVa was simply amazing! I could go on and babble and babble about everything that went on, but I'd run you around in circles. So, I'll break this post up in topics, so I can stay focused too...

Tuesday Night. We arrived at my brother's house in NoVa that night. Thinking, that we were just unwinding with a glass of wine turned into downing a few bottles. EEEKS! The girls were drunk as a skunk and the guy sat back and laughed... Then! When we dropped our luggage in the guest room, I noticed a post it with my name on it! The fabulous Kimmy left me some PRIVE Products!! WOOOO! I was stoked! Prive smells soooo good!!!

New Year's Eve. Off to our snowboarding adventure. It's too bad my sick butt got car sick. BLEGH! What's wrong with me??? I need to start carrying Dramamine in my purse. Then finally, we packed on the gear and hit the slopes. We knew the guys had a plan to ditch the girls since they are a tad advanced (*wink), so as soon as we got to the lift, they said "Oookay, guys on this and girls on the next" DAMMMIT! We all had our hearts racing while we were on the lift. I wanted to impress the husby and make sure I didn't fall. SUCCESS! =) He was proud... After snowboarding, we were supposed to meet up with my fam, but we were all too lazy! The night ended with a good ass steak dinner, Kings, and drunken Taboo. Uhhh, we definitely got our 2nd win. Oh yeah, women are much better communicators than men, it's was proven with a game of taboo. Guys got their asses spanked!

SnowBettys!!!! WOOO!

New Year's Day. Loafed all day in sweats!! Slept till like 1pm. Laid around. Took this picture.Tickle contest (don't ask). Dinner at Coastal Flats. YUM YUM!

Friday. The girls were too sore to board again, so the guys took another trip. My tailbone was still sore so I wasn't trying to risk it either. So instead, I had some quality time with my sis-in-law, Patricia. During our trip we drooled at Chanel purses, MAC (Haul: Gilded Ash eyeshadow, Blush palette, Trace Gold Blush), Lush, Panda Express, TangySweet, Georgetown Cupcake. Don't judge us! Just because we hit up a lot of food places, doesn't mean we're fatties!! LOL! (Oh yeah! I depotted my blushes to fit in my palette! I was skurred as crap to crack/break it, but I done did it! Even EMOTE!)

Oh! And Kim was so kind to show our (me and Trish's) blogs to the project manager at CIBU. There were kind enough to give us CIBU bags from New York's Fashion Week - Christian Siriano Show. WOOOO! It has my holy grail hairspray, PHO FINISH along with some extra goodies. Keep an eye out for a review! Thank you, KIM! AND! Thank you CIBU project manager!!

Saturday. Caught up with the fam. Frozen Yogurt at IceBerry (I like IceBerry better than TangySweet, they are not stingy with toppings! BUT! I still love the local Skinny Dip!!) and back to the beach. Our mini vacay was ovvveerrr!! NooOOOO!

Okay, I'll catch up with this bloggy thing later. I'm too tired. This whole "full" work week isn't working for me. I'm exhuasted and it's only Wednesday tomorrow... GAH!

Someone please tell me the weekend is near? Hope you all started 2009 right, I know I did =)