Sunday, August 30, 2009

Q&A, Your thoughts on...

Thanks for the questions (:

Kiitzyy said: what is ur favorite brand(s) of makeup?

Hmmm.. I range between liking drugstore and department store brands :P My usual non-failing favorites are: NYX, certain ELF products, Avon, Burt's Bees, and EDM. Some brands that I haven't tried too much of but I liked what I tried: Skinfood, ZA NY, Urban Decay, Sephora, Etude House, MAC (only their e/s), Eyeko. While I'm on a similar topic, my fav skincare is hands-down Neutrogena. I am interested in trying some of their cosmetics. Any experiences to share?

Dana said: What's your favorite body part on your bf? What's your favorite body part on the same sex?

Lol, great question (; I don't think I can pick just one favorite xD He has a drool-worthy body but I love him as a whole hehe. One thing I haaad to mention though! He has the nicest, biggest eyes EVER. Not color-wise... but he has EYELIDS!!! And full, long, dark lashes that CURL upwards. And he's japanese!!! ;___; so wasted on a boy :( Okay maybe you won't understand why this makes me so sad but if you are asian, you'll know that majority of the asian population have monolids and short, straight lashes; so the wide-eyed, full-lashed look is very desirable, especially through surgery. He's so lucky, again!! X__x My mom also has eyelids for some reason... so I have these semi-monolid wannabe eyelids :P

And my favorite body part on the same sex (if this isn't obvious by now), is BOOBIES! Haha. I don't care if they're fake, as long as they're nice (; This would explain why I like Tila so much.

I'd like to ask everyone the same questions as well~ What's your fav makeup brand(s) and what's your fav body part on your significant other and on the same sex? (;

Also, I've been pondering...
Your thoughts on... eyelids!~
Do you have eyelids? Monolids? Wannabe eyelids like me? xD
Images from Google

If you have eyelids, you're so lucky! If you have monolids/a little crease space, how do you do your eyemakeup? Do you wish you had eyelids
? I know I do :P

Friday, August 28, 2009

FOTD + cellcampix

Here's the look I used today... a simple smokey eye look using ELF products. I'll be posting reviews soon, but this is something I'll mention in them: I used ELF's liner/shadow stick and you can see in the pics how the liner became quite smudgy below my eyes. Not the best but you'll see how I really feel about it in the reviews.

Ugh, my hair is so dry/damaged :( Anyways, here's what I used:

  • Skinfood Lime Secret Glow pact #3
  • ELF Studio concealer pencil in "Light"
  • NYX jar concealer in "Beige"
  • Physician's Formula eyebrow pencil in "Dark brown"
  • ELF eyebrow treat & tame in "Dark"
  • Sephora eyebrow palette No. 2
  • ELF liner/shadow stick in "Black/Smoke"
  • Rimmel Exaggerate black eyeliner to tightline
  • NYX felt tip liner pen in "Jet black"
  • NYX double sided eye pencil in "Silver" on inner corner of eyes
  • Sephora e/s from Color play palette (see chart)
    C2 (Light taupe - Highlight)
    C6 (Light gray - Outer V)
  • EDM Naturals Murumuru lip balm
  • EDM Natural lip gloss in "Soccer Practice"
And here's some pics I took on my cellphone cam recently... when the weather was nice and sunny! The mister wanted to play some bball... This is when we got there; clear blue skies (:

And when we left... there was so many mosquitos :(

Sunset view from the park we were at

Took this a few days later; beautiful dark hues of the afternoon...

And here's a semi-rant that you don't have to read -__-;;
The current toy; dropped, how it USED TO be... ~3 in. off the ground

Took it to Firestone for new low-pros @ mommy's insistance (they fCked up our brakes) and, no surprise, they fCked up my car too; blew my brand new shocks. They won't admit to it but I'm pretty damn sure they did since it was riding perfectly fine before and now it's bouncing and whacking bumps like hell. Their excuse was that my car wouldn't fit over their jack, which is bullsh*t since we jack up the car all the time.

So now, they don't want to do my alignment, I'm stuck with their fat crappy tires that they market as low-profiles (which is even more bull since just to fit them on I had to raise my car past stock height), and they're still cambering. And now, the ass of my car is up in the air, like it's gonna get fCked doggy style. I would post pics but just looking at it makes me want to cry :/ I hate Firestone. FML

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Smashbox emulsion lip exfoliant review

Price: $18 from Smashbox, $9.99 from this ebay seller

What they say: Got cracked, dry lips? EMULSION is the perfect solution for you! This sugar-based, peppermint-infused lip exfoliant is packed with vitamins and soothing conditioners to smooth and soften lips. Poppy seeds and sugar granules gently exfoliate while cocoa and shea butter, grape seed extract and jojoba deeply nourish. Lips instantly feel soft and kissable!

What to do: Apply to clean lips and rub with finger until desired smoothness is achieved, then wipe clean with a tissue. Leave on for 5-10 minutes for extra conditioning. Follow with LIP TREATMENT SPF 15 to protect and heal lips throughout the day.

Ingredients: castor oil, sucrose, soybean oil, beeswax, theobroma cacao seed butter, dimethicone, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, shea butter fruit, jojoba esters, poppy seed, mango seed butter, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, peppermint oil, sesame seed oil, avocado butter, spent grain wax, argania spinosa kernel oil, shea butter extract, tetradibutyl pentaerithrityl hydroxyhydocinnamate, phenoxyethanol, propylparaben

The good stuff:
  • Lots of good-for-you ingredients
  • Smells nice/tastes nice & minty
  • Great texture for scrubbing off dead skin
  • Exfoliates lips and preps for lip products
  • Moisturizes and softens
The low-down:
  • Expensive
  • Doesn't seem to work right away
My take: I was glad to find this for half price on ebay since it's so pricy from Smashbox. Overall, I really like this lip scrub since I was looking for a good one. Since Fuz reccommended it in one of her posts, I decided to get it, since it was the least expensive thing she suggested xD The texture is grainy and mushy. It smells like sugar and peppermint (tastes the same). You rub it into your lips so it'll exfoliate off the dead skin, then you can either rub it off with a tissue or leave it on for 10-15 minutes then remove. I do the latter for more nourishing effects. I find that it doesn't work right away at making your lips feel smooth and soft... I've been using it for about a week and it took awhile to be able to see/feel the positive effects; not that this is a bad thing. All in all, I really like this lip exfoliant~

NOTE - don't keep this in direct sunlight/heat! This is practically impossible for me since it's been very hot and humid lately... what can I say, it's Hawaii :P So basically a lot of the sugar granules in mine melted :( Ohh and I'd like to put in a good word for the ebay seller I got this from because the one she sent me had a dented cap and I told her about it and she quickly sent me a new replacement hassle free! A+++ ebay seller right there (:

Monday, August 17, 2009

I ♥ Kym :D, clothes/hauls, and GRIPES :(

Four packages came in for me today: my F21 order, my Papaya order, my replacement Smashbox emulsion lip exfoliant (will explain later) ANDDDD! My long awaited package from KYM!!! :DDDD I was so glad to see it since I thought it was lost in the mail ;A;

Here's the awesome t-shirt she made for me... and for all the other cool kids out there whose names are spelled with a Y :D And she also made me the most awesomest penguin card EVER ^____^ You def. should come visit us, Kym!! THANK YOU SO MUCH ♥ ♥ ♥ Oh and I love Hi-Chew!! Yum yum :3 Check out Kym's custom shirts at HERROHACHI~ She has a spiffy collection of shirts and also does custom orders, so be sure to drop on by.

Isn't it so cute?!?!?!

And now, here is the part of this blog post where I will talk about my latest GRIPES that I've had with my recent clothing hauls.

THis semi-rant may or may not interest you, so you don't have to read it :P

These are the tops I ordered from I bought one Papaya tubetop from Everblue on Oahu and I really LOVED it. So I decided to buy more tops from that brand since I liked the style and quality. So I chose these 3. I think I've been buying clothes long enough to know that my size is small and only occasionally medium and rarely ever extra small anymore. But these tops are so awkwardly sized that I was really disappointed. They are all size small and looked absolutely great on the website and they are just the styles I like.

However, when I got them in and tried them on, it was a whole different story. They DO fit, just not comfortably :/ I pretty much conclude that THESE shirts, atleast, have been made for girls who:

1. Have NO "chest area",
2. Have extremely tiny ribcages, and
3. Have very wide hips.

I drew arrows so you can see what I'm talking about.

The bust area is really too tight to be very comfortable for anyone over an A cup. The top torso area is also rather tight and snug and doesn't stretch very well. And the bottom torso area is actually pretty wide and stretchy; seems like it could be a medium size :S Pretty much the only part of these tops that fit me comfortably is the waist, which is just the right fit, stretches just enough but is snug enough and doesn't prevent me from breathing. So overall, I was pretty disappointed. Again, these tops DO fit me and would fit a small/XS, but the dimensions aren't exactly on-point so it isn't the most comfy fit :(

Anyways, my order from F21 was mainly for their pants. I liked their Petite skinny jean so I ordered another pair except a 26 instead of 27 and they fit a lot better but a little snug at the waist... good motivation since I want to start losing weight anyway xP I also got their Alicia skinny jean in 26 but it feels more like a 27... it's longer and a bit baggier than the petite skinny jeans but still fits well. I was satisified with these.

L-R: Petite skinny jean, Alicia skinny jean. Those are pretty much my fav shoes (Nine West) that I never ever wear :P Yes, the are unbuckled lol.

Anyways, for the rest of my F21 haul, it was 2 of their fab convertible bras and a nailpolish (will review later). So as for the bras, you'll know in one of my recent posts that the first one I got was way too small for me (I usually go from 34B-32C) so I returned it and tried again. I got one white 32C and one black 36B.

Now here is the confusing part. I really wanted the white bra and I figured one cup size up; can't go wrong. Right? Wrong. Turns out, the black 36B is BIGGER than the white 32C. WTH??? The 32C doesn't feel very much more comfortable than the 34B I first tried... uh? Is there a difference between the white and black sizes or something? :/ KC said that F21's sizes run a little small... and this is definitely one of those experiences for me :( Both are still more snug than I'd like, but I'm too exasperated to return and try again, since now the only black ones that are left are too small and I've tried 2/3 of the white sizes and don't want to have to return another one. UGH!

What are some of your wardrobe shopping faux-paus?

Onion, cheese, and bacon topping

Okay, so the results of my poll have been showing that FOTDs and recipes are in the lead! Muffin is sad :( Haha~ So today, I figured I'd share a recipe I made up myself because I was hungry and only had so many ingredients :P This is for onion lovers like me :D

Onion, cheese, and bacon toppping (or dip)

*Use whatever amounts you want!!!

What you need
- Finely chopped onion
- Grated cheese of your choice
- Mayonaisse
- Bacon bits! (salad topping kind or real crumbled bacon)
- Salt and pepper to taste

What to do:
- Just mix all the above ingredients together!
- Put a little bit on top of crackers (I used Ritz)
- Pop in the toaster until warm.
- EAT!

I notice that the bacon bits soften after you toast them, so you can sprinkle some on top AFTER you take them out of the toaster for more bacon-y, crunchy goodness :3 You can also use this as a veggie dip, I would just use a little extra mayo.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

ELF haul product reviews [updated]

This is what I got this time around:

Studio Kabuki Brush

Price: $3.00

What they say: This new anti bacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush is softer and more absorbent and can be used with wet or dry products. Be a professional makeup artist and create a flawless look with this e.l.f. studio brush! Our handy and easy to use Kabuki Brushes provide a light to full coverage on your face or body to ensure a flawless finish. The compact brush is perfectly sized to allow for precise and controlled application of bronzer, powder, or a highlighter on your skin.

The good stuff:
  • Inexpensive
  • Cute design
  • Dense brush head
  • Bristles are soft to the touch
  • Picks up product well
  • Creates a nice flawless finish
  • Mine had no shedding/smell

The low-down:

  • The bristles are not too soft on the face

My take: Overall, I really like this brush. I daresay it does create somewhat of an "airbrushed" finish :P While the bristles are extremely soft on the hand, I find that they aren't that soft on the face. However, the brush head is dense enough to easily pick up and apply powder. I really like the design since I've been wanting MUFE's Kabuki brush... and this one just caught my eye. Although it's nowhere near as good as a higher-end brand, it does the job.

I also got their Powder brush for my Mom. The brushes I got this time around had that chemical smell but no noticeable shedding so far. This brush has soft bristles but is firm enough, however, the brush head was all mushed out of shape :( I haven't used this brush yet but all I've heard about it is good reviews~

Nourishing Cuticle pen


What they say: Relieves dry nails and flakey cuticles. The unique pen delivery system moisturizes cuticles effectively and the quick dry formula allows for a no mess application. Fortified with Vitamins E, A, C, Pro-Vitamin B5 and Aloe, this fast-acting complex deeply hydrates, nourishes and seals in moisture. The key ingredients Avocado and Almond Oils help to condition nails and cuticles for improved appearance. The result is softer, easy to manage cuticles and healthy hydrated nails.

What to do: Remove cap. Brush onto cuticles and bare nails as often as needed.

Ingredients: Isododecane, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil, tocopherol, ascorbyl, panthenol, aloe vera oil.

The good stuff:
  • Inexpensive
  • Sleek design
  • Portable
  • Moisturizing & effective

The low-down:

  • Can get a little messy if you use too much

My take: I'm really satisfied with this! It really does seem to nourish and moisturize my dry cuticles and keep them that way for awhile. I use this often. If you apply too much though, it does tend to get a little oily. Other than that, no complaints!!

Mineral Eyeshadow primer

Price: $3.00

What they say: This gentle and completely sheer Eyeshadow Primer has key vitamins A, C and E to help prevent aging and moisturizes the skin. The formula glides on easily and disappears instantly to create longer-lasting, crease-proof eyeshadow. The Mineral Eyeshadow Primer is designed to be used with your favorite mineral eyeshadow to provide ultimate staying power for beautiful and vibrant color that lasts. 100% mineral based with no parabens, no preservatives and no chemical dyes.

What to do: Apply a small amount to the eyelid and blend in. Use as a base prior to applying eyeshadow.

Ingredients: Isododecane, Cylopentasiloxane, Octyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Triacontanyl PVP, Propylene Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

The good stuff:
  • Inexpensive
  • Glides on smoothly
  • Creates a good base for eyeshadow
  • Increases staying powder and crease resistance
  • Moisturizes eye area
  • A little goes a long way

The low-down:

  • Consistency/texture is a little thin
  • If you put too much, it gets messy
  • Smells a little funny

My take: This is of course, not as good as UDPP but I'd have to say that I like it. The texture is smooth and easily blended in, albeit a little thin... so don't use too much or you'll end up just rubbing it around and making it look messy. I only need a little bit to cover my entire eye area. Since it's thinner than UDPP, it dries slower, which is good because it gives you time to rub it in, but is not so good because you have to wait longer for it to dry. It does increase the color payoff of eyeshadows as well as staying power and resistance to creasing, but again, it is not as good as UDPP. It also smells a bit funny but not horrible. Overall I pretty much like this primer; it performs as well as I'd expected it to. Idk about how "natural" the ingredients are though...

Nail polish remover pads

Price: $1.00

What they say: These convenient pads quickly and easily remove nail polish without the mess associated with bottled remover. Citrus scent and gentle formula leave nails fresh and soft.

Ingredients: What really made me laugh about this product was the ingredient list. On the back of the packaging, "Foamy agent" is listed as the first ingredient, then alcohol, perfume, and water. Online, the ingredients are credited as: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Hexyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol. Ehhh?

The good stuff:

  • Inexpensive
  • Effectively removes nailpolish
  • I guess it does somewhat smell like citrus
  • Great idea/packaging
  • Portable

The low-down:

  • Gets messy and sticky after awhile
  • Takes some rubbing to get certain nail polish off

My take: This is such a great idea and I find it very useful. It takes usually only 1 pad to remove my nail polish. It easily removes ELF nail polish but China Glaze / OPI nail polish takes some scrubbing to remove, which causes fingers to get all sticky and messy after awhile of rubbing. This isn't a bad thing though, just wash you hands after. I like the packaging and size is just right to tote around or store in a small space.

Blending wedges

Price: $3.00

What they say: Soft, but sturdy wedges perfectly apply and blend foundation for a smooth, flawless look. Convenient portable case is perfect for cosmetic bag storage.

The good stuff:
  • They're pink! So cute :D
  • Soft but firm
  • Inexpensive
  • 8 wedges included, package can be used for storage

The low-down:

  • They STINK like HELL!!!

My take: [full review coming soon!]

Makeup remover cleansing cloths

Price: $3.00

What they say: Gently and easily cleans skin to remove all traces of makeup and dirt, even waterproof mascara. Great for on-the-go travel. Gentle cloths are soft and soothing for even the most sensitive skin. Infused with Aloe Vera Extract for deep hydration and moisture. 20 Pre-moistened cloths included. Dimensions - Package: 6.5"L x 4.5"W x 1"H, Cloth: 7.25"L x 6.75"W

What to do: Gently wipe face with the cloth to remove dirt and makeup. Rinse off with warm water and towel dry. Dispose of the cloth in trash receptacle (do not flush). After removing cloth, reseal and close lid.

Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Trigylceride, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Glyceryl Sterate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf) Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

The good stuff:
  • Great packaging
  • Wipes are damp but not saturated with product
  • Removes most makeup
  • Inexpensive

The low-down:

  • Alcohol scent
  • Stings my eyes
  • Didn't completely remove all makeup
  • Left an oily feeling film on my face

My take: Totally disappointed in these. Will not buy again. Although the packaging is awesome, the product needs some work. It does remove makeup, but not totally effectively. You get what you pay for. There is an alcohol scent and the makeup remover also stung my eyes just by putting the cloth near my eye area. Took lots of scrubbing to get my eye makeup mostly off and in the end, I had an oily film feeling on my face, comparable to that of the Clean and Clear wipes I reviewed awhile back. This product is a no-go for me.

Friday, August 14, 2009

ELF Studio Corrective Concealer review


ELF Studio Corrective Concealer

What they say: Conceals under-eye darkness, blemishes and other skin imperfections with customized coverage. Brightens under-eye circles and neutralizes redness. Convenient size for on-the-go travel.

What to do: Use the nude and beige shades to conceal problematic areas. Use the green shade to neutralize redness like that of acne and the lilac shade to brighten yellow tones.

Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Mica, Candelilla Wax (Candelilla Cera), Synthetic Wax, Triacontanyl PVP, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax). May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499), Maganese Violet (CI77742), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Ultramarine Violet (CI77077).

The good stuff:
  • Sleek, portable compact with mirror and applicator brush
  • Inexpensive
  • Smooth, blendable texture and light feel
  • 4 Color-correcting shades
  • Somewhat conceals and brightens

The low-down:

  • Extremly sheer, light coverage!!
  • Slight sticky feel after applied
  • Needs many layers for coverage
  • Ends up looking pasty when applied enough
  • The brush is pretty much useless

My take: I had really high hopes for this concealer palette since I've been wanting one with green and lilac but this is really an example of YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. It's not all bad I suppose, but I'm really not liking this at all. First, the good points are that of course, it's cheap. The compact is a great style and very slim for toting in your bag. It comes with a tiny brush which is soft but there's so little bristles that I doubt it would work very well so I never used it.

The texture of the concealer seems smooth and lightweight HOWEVER when applied I find that it leaves somewhat of a "film" on my face... I can feel the concealer sitting on my skin. It is very smooth and blendable but the coverage is so SHEER! It's basically useless unless you layer it on... and then it looks pasty and cakey. The green did somewhat conceal my redness but it was still visible. The lilac "seemed" to brighten the bridge of my nose, but it might just be my wishful thinking. The skin tone shades just make me look pasty.

I concluded that each shade, once applied and thorougly rubbed in; pretty much turns to the same, bland shade... which looks pretty much like NOTHING. So I tried applying more and more to get better coverage, and it just ended up looking like a mess and feeling sticky. I think that this concealer would be better for people who have near perfect skin and just need a quick pick-me-up for tiny blemishes. For me, I have redness around my nose and chin, freckles, and terrible dark circles and this concealer doesn't cut it.

BOO! :(

Maybe this will work better for other people, but I am not a fan.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

EDM Natural lipgloss swatches

I've reviews Everyday Minerals' Natural lipglosses HERE before, so if you want to see the full review and more swatches, please click that link :D Here's my current lippie collection... You can see I really love their lipgloss... hehe

This time around, I ordered 3 more since I am in LOVE with their lipglosses. For a basic rundown, here's the pros and cons:

- Relatively inexpensive
- Various shades to choose from
- Natural ingredients!!!
- Sheer but buildable color
- Very moisturizing
- Super smooth and velvety textured
- High shine
- Long wearing

- Mine tended to dry out after awhile of not using them
- No good smell or taste
- Packaging could use some work :P

L-R: Soccer practice, Pink Lemonade, Murumuru

Pink Lemonade & Soccer Practice

I was kind of disappointed with Pink Lemonade, I kind of expected it to be a fresh, dewy pink, but it's more of a pale pearl pink... which is not exactly a BAD thing, but not what I wanted.

However, I am extremely satisfied with Soccer Practice!!! It's pretty much the best my-lips-but-better shade I've ever come across. In comparison, it's not as coral-y as Siesta and it's not as red as Bamboo. I LOVE IT!

I first ordered their Lemon Spice natural lipgloss, but I wanted a scentless one so I opted for their Murumuru lip balm... and it's GREAT :D As expected. Barely a smell/taste (you get used to it, it's funny taste at first) but it's extremly buttery and smooth and moizturizing and shiny. Love it~