Case of the Empties – August 2015

I’ve noticed a few of the blogs I follow have posts about products they’ve used up, and figured I’d do one myself. Here’s what I finished for this month:

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Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 – This was a sample I redeemed with my Beauty Insider points at Sephora. It’s actually lasted me a few months since I was rotating between BB creams. The coverage is light to medium. I really liked it because it has the highest SPF of any BB cream I’ve tried so far. I plan to purchase this as part of their Dynamic Duo travel set.

Nexxus Hydra-Light Rebalancing Shampoo – This had been sitting around as part of my mom’s overflow of shampoos. I’m not sure why she even had this since she doesn’t normally use this brand. Either way, I ended up taking it off her hands. It’s actually made for fine hair, which mine isn’t. It contains 100% pure elastin protein and states to provide “deep nourishment without excess weight”. Simply put, it did what it was supposed to do. There really wasn’t any miraculous change to my hair. I basically just used this as a clarifying shampoo since it had a clear formula. No plans to purchase another bottle.

Paul Mitchell Dry Wash Express Dry Waterless Shampoo – This was part of a gift bag that I had received when I picked up my bib for the Nike Women’s Marathon. Most dry shampoos have worked OK with me, and the same goes for this one. However, this didn’t leave a white cast and I didn’t have to wait to style my hair after using it. The search for an awesome dry shampoo shall continue.

St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub – The travel sized tube was finally finished after a few months because I only scrub my face 1-2 times a week. This didn’t dry or irritate my skin. Sometimes I used it before applying makeup get rid of any dry/flaky spots. Loved the scent of this and definitely upgrading to the regular size.

Yes To Cucumbers Facial Wipes – This has been one of my travel essentials for years. I also use them occasionally when I’m too lazy to wash my face in the evening. The cucumber scent is refreshing as well. I’m currently using another brand of wipes at the moment, but I’ll be coming back to this one once I’ve run out.

Have you used, currently use, or plan to use any of these products? Feel free to share your thoughts!

French Pharmacy Giveaway!

Reposting bececause 1) It’s a great giveaway and 2) Interest in Bioderma and La Roche Posay has been increased lately. Check it out!

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I’m back from holiday and I’m pleased to say that I managed to fit a good amount of shopping into our day in Paris. The highlight of my shopping was definitely CityPharma, for me this is the best pharmacy in Paris, it has a huge range of products, some of the lowest prices I’ve seen as well as helpful and knowledgable sales assistants. I picked up loads of stuff and there will be a haul post coming soon, but I picked up a few bits for a giveaway as well.

Just before we left I hit 1000 followers which is absolutely amazing. Honestly thank you all so much, it means so much to me that people actually read my posts and are interested in what I have to say. The last couple of months have been fairly rough for me personally, but reading all of your lovely comments always puts…

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The 30 Day Disney Challenge

It’s been a good while since I’ve done a 30 day challenge. I came across this one on aribebop‘s site and it looks like fun. I can’t call myself a die hard Disney fan, but I definitely am a fan. Here’s what I’ll be posting about for the next few days, beginning tomorrow:

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I’m sure there’s a few of you out there who’d be up for this challenge. I’d love to see your answers if you decide to participate!

200 Posts!

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The blog reached another milestone today. Cool to have come this far, although I still have my writer’s block moments (who doesn’t?). Things will be getting a bit busy for me towards the end of next month when I start my seasonal job, but I’ll do my best to post when I can. Thanks for visiting and your support!

ipsy August Glam Bag – Prep School

I got a nice lineup of items to try in this month’s bag. It’s enough to help put together a simple look for school or work. The bag itself is something Cher would probably have carried around with her in “Clueless”.

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What’s in the bag?

  • Beauty Without Cruelty Leave In Conditioner – This has a creamy formula and my hair was easy to comb through after applying it. It was soft and manageable the next day. I could to without the aromatherapy scent though.
  • Doll 10 Beauty HydraGel Blush in Flirt – I was looking forward to this item since I had never used a cream blush before. This was easy to apply and blend with my finger or sponge. The shade is nice too. Word of caution if you’ve received this: Handle the compact carefully, because the mirror cracked when I accidentally dropped it on my linoleum floor. Boo.
  • Hikari Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Merlot – This is slightly out of my normal color preference since it’s on the darker side. but I actually liked this more than I thought. I felt that the texture was slightly sticky, so I wouldn’t want to wear this with my hair down. Not a good look on a windy day! It leaves a bit of a stain when it wears off too.
  • Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics Eye Shadow Primer – I had another first with this since I usually use eye primers from a tube. I liked the doe foot applicator, and the wear time seems pretty good. I’ll have to really test it out while wearing shadow for more than 4 hours.
  • La Fresh Group Good Night Night Cream – After having a good experience with their day cream, I figured the same would happen with this one. Yep, I was right. I used it on the driest parts of my face and they felt smooth like a baby’s bottom.
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Top to bottom: Doll 10 HydraGel blush in Flirt, Hikari lip gloss in Merlot

All items get a thumbs up from me for this bag.

Beauty Blogger Award: Round 3

Received another nomination for this award from Siu Wu. Thank you! I won’t be tagging other bloggers like the original rules for this award state, but I will answer the questions she asked.

What country would you like to visit? It’s a tie between Australia and Italy.

What is the one thing you cannot live without? Family

What is your favorite dessert? Creme Brulee

What is one beauty product you regret buying? Creaseless Cream shadows from Benefit. I love their products, but this one didn’t do it for me. They still creased on my lids.

if you could switch wardrobes with someone, real or fictional, who would that person be? Audrey Hepburn. She’s the epitome of classic style in my opinion.

What was/is your favorite subject in school? Science.

If you could only shop at one store for the rest of your life, what store would it be? Target.

What do you do to cheer yourself up if you have a bad day? I either eat a favorite food, go shopping, or watch a show on tv that’s guaranteed to make me laugh.

What is your favorite type of weather? Sunny with a slight breeze.

Who is the last person you talk to every night? My mom.

My Gastronomic Adventures in San Diego

While I was in San Diego last month for Comic Con, not only was I trying to cram in as many events as possible, I was also on a mission to try out more food places. Very happy to have crossed a few off my to-eat list. Of course, there’s still lots more left to discover. Pic heavy post coming right up!

This has been the 3rd straight year that I’ve kicked off my Comic Con experience with a stop at Donut Bar the morning prior to Preview Night. Can’t really beat visiting around this time since they have Marvel, DC, and geek themed donuts during the week of the event. Even the employees dress up for the occasion.

When it would be time to grab a bite during the convention, I’d head over to Petco Park’s Interactive Zone since they had several food trucks. Day 1’s stop was Salt + Lime, which featured authentic Mexican food. If you’ve ever or never been to San Diego, this stuff is on point! Had their Al Pastor and Carne Asada tacos, and a Nutella Chimichanga for dessert.

Lunch on Day 3 came from Super Q. Everything on their menu looks good, but I ended up ordering their Brisket Melt (All their melt sandwiches have mac n cheese in them. Crazy!). No regrets here.

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My final truck visit on Day 4 was at Currywurst. Per a friend’s recommendation, I ordered their Polski Dog, which had kielbasa, German red cabbage, sauteed onions, and honey mustard. It’s unlike any Polish sausage or hot dog I’ve ever tried.

The Polski Dog
The Polski Dog

The last dinner I had with my SDCC group before everyone left to travel home the following day was at Bub’s @ The Ballpark. Some of us were highly craving tater tots, and this place has several variations of them. They even have them as dessert (sadly, no one decided to try them). My order of Tater Skin Tots hit the spot after a few rounds during happy hour at Altitude.

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Before dropping off the friends that I roomed with during Con, we had lunch at Phil’s BBQ. I’ve been curious about this place for some time, and friends that had tried it had positive feedback. One said that it didn’t really compare to the original location in Mission Hills. But you know what? Anything close to it is fine by me. I ordered the quarter rib plate, which was more than enough to fill me up. The meat was fall-off-the-bone tender and absolutely pheNOMenal. We all had leftovers, which were taken home back to SF with the others.

Once I was settled near Mira Mesa for the remainder of my stay, I made dinner plans with another friend. They suggested Kula Sushi, and I dared not say no. Again, the local buds had spoken about and liked it. Plus at $2.25/plate (otherwise specified on the menu), I didn’t have much to lose.

Slightly different from other revolving sushi places I’ve seen, the conveyor belt brings them around with sealed plastic covers. The only way you can take the plate is by a slight pull/tilt motion that opens up the cover.

Orders can also be placed via touch screens that are at every booth in case you want anything extra (e.g. miso soup or ramen) or want other sushi not on the revolving belt. In under 2 minutes, your request is sent to you via another conveyor belt located above the revolving one. Check out the video I took of it below.

I took advantage of this on both my visits here (Yep, took another friend here for lunch before I flew back to SF since they haven’t been yet.). I even managed to make room for dessert and ordered mochi ice cream from it. I also tried my friend’s order of soy milk donuts. They came with a scoop of ice cream and weren’t dense. Good stuff!

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The following morning, I met up with some other SD friends and had breakfast at Breakfast Republic. It’s currently been open for a few months, and I’ve heard before my visit that the food was great. I definitely believe it! I recommend either the Breakfast Mac ‘n Cheese with Jurassic Pork bacon (how cool of a name is that for bacon?!) and their pancake flight. There’s a few flavors to choose from for the latter. My friend ordered theirs with the Bacon, Oreo Cookie, and Cinnamon Roll pancakes. Ah-mazing! I hope to head back here again soon.

And for my last evening in San Diego, a small group of us had dinner at Slater’s 50/50. I’m a fan of their 50/50 burger (half of the patty is bacon), but decided this time to try something different. I made myself a custom burger (you can name them too) with my usual Nutella shake.

The longer the trip I have down here, the more places I get to try. I’ll be back in a few months to hopefully knock out a few more. Will be sure to feature them in another post! 😀

Tagged – 50 Things That Make Me Happy

Thank you Beginner Beaute for the tag! Figured it would be nice to post this on a Monday since they tend to be so hard for most of us to get over. Hope y’all have a great week!

What makes me happy (in no particular order):

  1. Chocolate
  2. A good laugh
  3. Having time to relax and do absolutely nothing.
  4. Watching a movie on opening day in a nearly empty theater.
  5. Visiting Disneyland, or any Disney theme park really.
  6. Hanging out with friends
  7. Splurging on an item or items and not putting a dent in my wallet.
  8. Lip gloss
  9. Traveling
  10. Family time
  11. Knowing that I’ve helped make someone’s day.
  12. Pay Day
  13. Attending SD Comic Con
  14. The smell and taste of freshly baked pizza
  15. Having a good catch up session with someone I haven’t heard from in a while.
  16. Happy Hour
  17. Being able to cook myself a good meal when I have the chance.
  18. Food trucks (Yes, I’m mentioning food a lot here. Can’t help that!)
  19. A good night’s sleep
  20. Snoopy
  21. Thanksgiving
  22. Black Friday shopping (preferably online and with free shipping)
  23. Browsing around Target. It’s practically weekly therapy for me.
  24. A new pair of Chucks
  25. Watching Netflix before going to bed
  26. When a song from back in the day comes on the radio and I still remember the lyrics to it.
  27. Christmas
  28. Sushi
  29. When people remember my birthday without having social media (e.g. Facebook) remind them.
  30. Going weeks without having my face break out
  31. My mom’s lasagna
  32. Swimming. I actually haven’t done that in a while.
  33. Dancing
  34. When I don’t have to worry about what to wear to work
  35. Naps
  36. Playing video games
  37. Making others laugh/smile
  38. Cookies. Pretty much any kind.
  39. Crossing everything off my shopping list in one go
  40. Bacon
  41. Bubble Tea
  42. Watching TV shows from my childhood
  43. Not having to work on weekends
  44. The smell of laundry fresh out of the dryer (It’s the folding part that I don’t like. Ha!)
  45. Finally finishing a book that I’ve put off reading
  46. Putting together pages on Project Life
  47. Blogging
  48. Discovering new places to eat around the area that I live in
  49. A well made Old Fashioned
  50. Sharing the things that make me happy with others

There wasn’t any option to tag others for this, but if you feel up to the challenge, feel free to do this as well. As always, looking forward to your posts of you do.

Tagged – The Blush Addict

Fell upon this tag on stashmatters‘ blog and decided do it as well. However, my collection will never be up to par with theirs (check out the post about it here). This actually was a bit of a challenge for me to complete since this is the one colored beauty product I have the least of.

My small blush collection. :P
My small blush collection. 😛

1. What color blush suits you most? Anything with a cool undertone works well on me.

2. Pressed, cream, or loose blush? I’ve tried them all, but pressed will always be my first choice.

3. Favorite shimmery blush? NARS Orgasm

4. Favorite matte blush? Ulta’s Tender

5. Favorite cream blush? I haven’t started using this type since a few weeks ago, but it’s a tie between Doll 10’s Flirt that I received with my most recent ipsy bag, and Julep’s Skip the Brush blush stick in Golden Guava.

6. Favorite drugstore blush? I actually haven’t purchased blush from a drugstore, so no answer for this question.

7. Favorite high end blush? Same answer as question 2.

8. Biggest blush disappointment? The Model Co blush I received from ipsy several months ago was a crumbly mess. I had put it back together using the alcohol method, but it still tends to separate. The color is great, but the quality of the product, not so much.

9. Best blush packaging? Out of the ones I own, I like Hikari.

10. What’s on your blush wishlist? NARS Deep Throat. I was told that it’s a less shimmery version of Orgasm.

11. Holy grail blush? Again, same answer as question 2. I use this one the most out of my collection, obviously.

12. Favorite brand for blush? NARS 😀

Here are swatches of the remaining blushes I own:

Small Hero, Big Laughs – My Movie Review of Ant-Man

I finally got a chance to check out Marvel’s latest film over a week ago, and wanted to share my thoughts on it. I had seen the panel for this at SDCC last year and couldn’t wait to see it on the big screen. Although I’m not as familiar with this character compared to other ones from Marvel, others had told me that the film’s story line is similar to that from the comics. The lineup for this movie features Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Evangeline Lily (I had wondered throughout the whole time I watched it who that was because she looked familiar, but couldn’t figure out her name. D’oh!).

As with most of the Marvel movies that I’ve watched, this one is action packed and has its funny moments. I actually think this is one of the funniest ones from the franchise that I’ve seen so far, but to each their own. The following gif is from one of my favorite scenes.

And if you’ve been watching Marvel movies as much as I have, you know very well to stay after the credits for a special scene. The same would apply to this one. In fact, there are actually 2 that are shown. I don’t think I’ll ever understand how people just start leaving as the credits roll with these movies specifically. I can only assume that they haven’t watched enough of them to realize that there’s hidden material after it ends. Consider this a heads up if you happen to be one of them and are reading this post!

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Loved the cast, the story line, and it was consistently entertaining. Have you seen this yet or plan to see it? Let me know what you think of it in the comments.