Thursday, June 25, 2009

My Not So "SUMO" Haul & Palettes

As most of you beauty junkies know, MAC had their Friends and Family 25% discount. Promo code "SUMO" was the magic word using their promo image of a jolly sumo wrestler. Well, of course, I ordered. My order wasn't so "SUMO" but I'm pleased. I got the stuff I was eyeballing and staying within my budget. Of course, there's tons more that I would like to have grabbed, but I'll save that for another day. I wanted to focus on getting more soft browns and I think I have completed my mission.

Here's the goods....

15x MAC Eye Palette
Soft Brown e/s
Soba e/s
Romp e/s
Beauty Marked e/s
Sketch e/s
Paint in "Untitled"
Cream Colour Base in "Hush"

I got some "product sweat" on my CCB but it's okay. A little swirls here and there and it's gone. But let me tell you, out of all the stuff I bought, "Hush" is my favorite! I used it on the apples of my cheeks and then dusted "Soft & Gentle" Mineralized Skinfinish and I'm glowing like a champ!

Anyways, after putting the pans in the palette, I ran upstairs to get my other palettes and do some reorganizing. I don't have any hot colors, cause I tend to stick with the browns, neutrals, and the smokeys. Here's a pic of all my palettes, rearranged! I don't have anymore single eyeshadows (wait yes, I have one more!) , I like having all my stuff in a palette. If it's not in there, I'll neglect it.
So when I get ready for work, I usually get a tad bit frustrated because I have to open each friggin palette to find what I was looking for. So, I finally decided to label them! Phew!

Here's my palettes! Nothing fancy shmancy. It might look a little dark, but I wanted to take these pictures without flash so you can see the color.

Err! So I'm a tad bit bummed with this third palette. I bought Mink & Sable at CCO, and I didn't even realize how close it was to Sumptous Olive. DOH! Oh well. So as you see, I have 12 spots left. I'm not in a rush to fill these up, but sooner or later I will.

So you tell me, what staples am I missing? What's your fave e/s?
Blush Palette

Anyways, I'm just glad it's Thursday! Which means, it's payday! WOOT WOOT! Oh yeah and one more thing. I have to show you guys the romper I ordered. I'm been on the hunt for a romper for quite some time, but I had no luck. Finally, I saw this on WOOT! Only $19.99! What a steal. My only worry is the fit of it. Eeeks, I hope it'll fit right. If not, what a complete womper! I showed this to the husby, and he was like "You're going wear that out in public?" And I had to tell him all the different way I could wear this bad boy and that'll I'll probably layer it. PUAHAHA! Oh man oh man. Does it look like pajamas to you?? Honestly?

Ookay, one more day till Friday! Hurry UP! I was supposed to head over to DC to celebrate my old man's birthday, but plans changed. DOH! OH well, I think it's going to be a movie weekend. I'm going to watch "My Sister's Keeper" with Tricia (don't forget tissues), and then probably Transformers 2 with the husby. I'm not complaining, I loove watching movies I live for my weekends.

Okay, later beauty homies!

Monday, June 22, 2009

So Random!

Hola my beauties! Slacker, slacker, slacker... tsk tsk. Anyways, I've been pretty wrapped up. Anyways, enough of the excuses. So now I'm on the hunt for a new skin care regime.

I've been using Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser since January and it's time to change it up. PLUS! That cleanser is $38 friggin dollars. I know it's skin care and it's okay to splurge, but the way the economy is heading, yeah, I should be saving. Anyways, the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser is good, but for some reason, I'm starting to feel like I'm not getting a deeper clean. With the heat coming on, I've been laying on the SPF and I don't think my cleanser was removing all that stuff. Which lead to clogged pores, then leads to little breakouts. DOOHH! So enough of the cream cleanser, it's time to bring on the tingly gel bead like goodies. I decided to channel my old teenage self and went back to Clean and Clear. I bought the Oil Free Daily Pore Cleanser. Let's hope this works out! So far, I'm loving this stuff. My face feels ubbbeer clean and it's not dry or tight after I'm done rinsing. I don't have a toner yet, but I'm looking for one that's alcohol free.

I have dry, semi-sensitive skin, so it's a bit complicated.
Any recommendations? Besides, Clinique, Aveeno, Cetaphil, Fresh, St. Ives, Mario Badescu, and Origins? (yes, I've tried all of those) Or whatever, what do you use?!?!?

Anyways, so I'm patiently waiting for my MAC order. GAHHH! Hurry up, already! I can't wait to post the goodies I got. After this I'll be taking a break from MAC. Yes, I mean it! OooOH! ANNNND! Since it's getting freaking humid as crap outside, I wanted a tinted moisturizer with SPF. I used Fresh's High Noon as a TM, but there's no SPF. Then I bought Benefit's You Rebel and then I busted a few pimples =(. WOMP WOMP WOMP! So now, I rekindled with my Laura Mercier Oil Free TM. Then I decided to get my MAC Strobe Cream and mix the two. TA DAAAA! I LOOVVE this stuff. It's absolutely fab! Now if I can only find my new skincare regime... hmmmm Ookay, sorry for my lack of pics and stuff.

OOOOH! I want a new mask too! I found this at ULTA when I was shopping with Trish. C. Booth Deep Cleansing Volcanic Mud Mask. I've heard so much good stuff about MAC's le Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. So when I ran into this, I got excited. I didn't buy it though cause I wanted to do more reasearch. It's only 9.99 at ULTA! Anyone tried this?

This post is a little meh, but oh well, you still read it. PUAHAH! Ooh yeah, as for an update on Operation Sexy. Today, me and the Husby ran two miles and did a few sets of stairs. Aye yeh yeh, it's easy to do two miles on the treadmill, but outisde in the heat, eeks, it's tough. But, we did it! GAHHH! I smell the bikini already... but I'm not quite ready yet.

Already, I'm out! Later BEAUTY HOMMIIEESS!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Move Over OPI! Make Room for ZOYA!

Everytime I parade the nail polish aisles at ULTA or Target, nothing really fancies me. Sure, I've became a fan of OPI's Drip Dry because my sister-in-law went off a whim and bought it, and we both loved it BUT I always caught myself referencing back to Zoya. It's been months ago when I went to a spa that carried Zoya polish. But from what I recall, my manicure lasted more than a week. Other nail spas I've been to always carried OPI, but my manicure never lasted long. Unfortunately, the spa that carried Zoya no longer does manicures/pedicures, they solely focus on haircare, massages, and facials. BOO! So that's what brought me to
Now, just so you know, I have a horrible habit of peeling of my nail polish. Right when it starts to lift, I tend to grab it and peel all the nail polish off. Horrible, isn't it? Especially when you spend time doing your nails, and then it only takes minutes to kill a good manicure.

So here's my good ol' haul from Zoya. I had to try to the Color Lock System to break my poor habit.

(L to R) Meet the newest to my collection: Madison and Melanie

Everything looks soooo pretty! I love my Remove+, which is the purple nail polish remover. It's in a pump! So my clumsy butt doesn't need to worry about knocking this stuff over and being wasteful. Plus, it smells good, like lavender! What I love about this remover is that it cleans the nail plate and extends the polish wear, all without drying the nail.

Citing from their site: Zoya is free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor.

So no need to worry about sniffing and inhaling strong nail polish fumes! I did my nails in the bedroom and the husby didn't even complain about the smell! SCOORREE!

I'm pretty neutral when it comes to painting my nails. I guess because I don't feel like I have the bestest nails to pull off color. I have short nail beds, womp! But nonetheless, I do have a passion for pale pinks and good ol' classic french tips. I do have my eye on some other Zoya neutrals, but maybe I'll twitter the Zoya Nail Lady ( and ask her for some expert help.

Here's a pic of my nails. I really prefer my left hand over my right. I feel like my right hand is busted. PUAHA! I don't know what's wrong with me. But anyways, please pardon the crooked fingers. I blame cracking my knuckles in my youth... DOH!

I looooovvveee Zoya! I bought three nail polishes (2 Madisons, and 1 Melanie) and gave one to Tricia to try. She loved it just as much! And hopefully, I have converted her. Maybe I'll convert you blogger gals to try Zoya polishes. My manicure lasted longer and I didn't catch myself peeling off my nail polish. That's a major plus for me!

The Color Lock System is officially a holy grail item. With Remove+, Anchor Base Coat, Amor Top Coat, and Hurry Up Speed Drops, you're manicure and pedicure will last long and look fresh. The Hurry Up Speed Drops are going to last a lifetime, I know it'll be awhile before I have to restock. What I love about the Hurry Up Speed Drops is that my manicure/pedicure is dry within 5 minutes!! No need to wait! Plus, I'm impatient and during my old drying times is when I'd ruin my manicure. So I'm in LOOVVE with HurryUP!

As for Customer Service, Zoya went above and beyond. Since I spent a good amount, I was awarded with free shippping and of course, freebies! Who doesn't love freebies? I got an extra 2 oz of Remove+ and another bottle of drops by Qtica (sister-brand).

My only gripe is that I have a hard time finding Zoya is my area =(. I'm a little hesistant to order online because I wouldn't know how the color looks in person. But nevertheless, I'll still continue to be a faithful customer. I doubt I'll be buying any OPI anytime soon!

Lastly, here's a pic of all my manicure/pedicure goodness in one big green crate. Gotta love Target! $1.99 Basket!