ipsy November Glam Bag – Beauty Blast

Had to get this post in before the year ends! Liked the theme of this bag and its design.


Here’s what I received:

  • INSPR Beauty Angle liner brush – Nothing special, although you can never have too many brushes.
  • Josie Maran Cosmetics 100% Pure Argan Oil Light – No plans to use this on my face even if it’s a lighter formulation. I might mix it in with a body lotion to help with winter dryness.
  • Pantene Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo – Used it twice and it’s not bad. The scent is strong, as with most dry shampoos I’ve tried. It leaves a bit of a white cast, so comb/brush your hair thoroughly afterward.
  • Smashbox Cosmetics Full Exposure Mascara – I’ll get around to using this after I finish off the 4-5 mascaras I’m currently using. 😛
  • treStiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Chili Red – Not reaching for this any time soon unless I’m craving a red lip look. I probably would have tried it out if it were a different color.




I decided that this would be the last bag I receive from ipsy. I have gotten plenty of items from them, with a good amount winding up being used once/twice or not at all. Rather than tell you, I’ll show you how long I’ve been a subscriber.

It’s been a good run! Maybe I’ll consider returning later next year. We’ll see.

T’was the Post Before Christmas

Well, I’ve finally reached the end of my post countdown. I said I planned to challenge myself and I sure did. Managed to slack off a bit too, so apologies for back-to-back-to-back posts on some days. I’m actually on time with this one since my supervisor let us out of work an hour early (score!). I’ll let one of my favorite boy bands close out this post with a song. Have a great weekend with your loved ones!

2 Posts ’til Christmas – All of the Lights

There’s a neighborhood right across from where I live that has an awesome display of Christmas lights. They are put up around the week of Thanksgiving and stay until New Year’s Eve. Visitors from all parts of the Bay area and from out of town drive there to check them out. Tour buses have also been seen, and they’ve been featured in the local news. Weather permitting, people also walk around to take photos of the houses. Unfortunately, not all of the houses participate. There actually used to be more of them that did. Nevertheless, it’s still a yearly tradition that’s been around since I was in elementary school. And it’s a tradition for me and my family to visit at least once.

Traffic already beginning to pick up around 6pm.


There were some houses that had various characters from cartoons, pop culture, and movies. One in particular had Santa and his elves climbing a ladder. Love the originality put into it.

One house that was a hit with visitors had a Star Wars display that used mostly Lego in their living room window. Speakers were placed outside of it that played music from the movies. It also had a lit up R2-D2 sitting near the top of their roof!


I always wondered what their electric bills look like. 😛 At least they don’t have to have these up all year round.

3 Posts ’til Christmas – 10 Christmas Beauty Questions

Came across this on fivezero‘s blog. Would have loved to do more holiday related tags as part of my post countdown!

1. Have you been naughty or nice this year with your skin care routine? I’d like to think of it as 20% naughty and 80% nice. I had an episode of frequent breakouts most likely due to the fact that I wasn’t taking well enough care of my skin a few months ago. It’s since come close to clearing up. Definitely happy about that.

2. What’s the go-to beauty, makeup, or skincare product you would gift to your family and friends? I’d give them each a bottle of Bioderma that catered to their skin type. It’s been a time saver in my routine and made me change my perspective on the micellar water hype.

Image via Beautylish.com

3. Do you mind gifting high-end products or rather drug store products to others? That would depend on the recipients’ preference. I have no problem doing both.

4. What are he beauty products you’re hoping to see under your tree this year? I don’t have an extensive list mainly because I’ve managed to cross the items off myself. Although, I have been eyeing a lip gloss from Too Cool For School and a Laneige BB compact.

TCFS Dinoplatz lip balm in Spilled Wine. Image via sephora.com
Image via amazon.com

5. What is the beauty product you’re dreading to receive for Christmas this year? A fragrance that doesn’t mesh well with me. I actually got some last year from relatives and have yet to use them.

6. Are you participating in Blogmas this year? If so, what is the post you’re most proud of so far? This is my first time doing Blogmas, but I’ve put a spin on it and made it a countdown to Christmas instead. My favorite post is about my favorite holiday movie.

7. Do you remember the first beauty product you received as a present? What was it and did you enjoy it? The earliest beauty present I remember receiving was a Love’s cologne gift set. Remember when their Baby Soft scent was popular? I’m getting flashbacks just thinking about it!

This wasn’t the actual set, but it contained these 4 scents (rain forest was actually called rain scent) and white musk. Image via theperfumegirl.com

8. What mini size product would you recommend as a great stocking stuffer? Easy! A travel sized UD All-Nighter setting spray.

9. Would you rather have friends and family ask you what gifts you wanted to receive or have them surprise you? I usually give them my wish list, but still am surprised with what they get me because I don’t have any idea of the exact item until I receive it.

10. What is your favorite way to show Christmas spirit through your look or outfit? Either with accessories that signify winter (I have a snowflake pendant I like to wear) or a bit of shimmer (not too much) with either nail color or eye shadow.

4 Posts ’til Christmas – December Favorites

I’ve fallen behind several times with my countdown posts due to a serious brain fart and not knowing what to write about. Thank goodness I’m at the home stretch! Just wanted to share a few things that I enjoyed about this month.

Playstation Experience – This was my first video game event and it was a ton of fun!  You can find out more about it via my post on World of Geek Stuff.


Urban Decay’s UD Gwen Stefani palette – Love her and Urban Decay, so it was only a matter of time before I’d snatch this up. I’ve only used some of the neutral shades and like it so far.


Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – This was something that myself and fans of the franchise have been waiting for all year. I didn’t expect to see this until the weekend after it opened. Luckily a friend informed me that seats were still available opening night. Not too long of a wait to get in the theater, plus I didn’t get to watch it alone. Score! I won’t reveal any spoilers, but I will say that I recommend watching it.

3D glasses on point!


Nutella cinnamon rolls – Found the recipe for this on Buzzfeed, and it’s so easy to make (Scroll down to the near end of the article to locate the recipe. I left out the icing part because I felt it would be too sweet). The end result? PheNOMenal.



5 Posts ’til Christmas – Activities I Wish I Could Do This Year

One of the downsides of living in an area that doesn’t get snow is the opportunity to do a few Winter activities.

The last time I built a snowman was years ago.

A snowball fight with friends would be awesome.

I’d love to go snowboarding again too. I’ll stick to the bunny slopes though.

One thing I could do here is ice skating. I’m not the best, but I’ve gotten pretty good at not falling on my behind.

6 Posts ’til Christmas – Warm and Fuzzy

In the part of California where I live, it’s been getting rather nippy with a couple of days of rain and slightly strong winds. What better time to think warm thoughts? Here’s what comes to mind for me.

Hot chocolate

A knit or fleece scarf (to wear, not eat)

Planting myself in front of a portable heater when at home. This cat knows what’s up!

Or if all else fails, jump into bed. Blanket burrito, activate!

7 Posts ’til Christmas – Holly Jolly Holiday Tag

I liked this on a brash attitude‘s blog and wanted to do it as well.

1. Do you start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday or wait until the last minute? Black Friday signals the beginning of holiday shopping for me, and I usually try to cross things off my list during the week instead of waiting for the weekend. That’s when the malls are crowded and lines tend to be longer. No thanks!


2. If you could be in any Christmas movie, what would it be? A Christmas Story. I’d be one of the kids on the playground that witness Ralphie’s friend get his tongue stuck on a pole. Haha!


3. Which do you like better, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Christmas Day because that’s when my family (mom’s side) gets together. Christmas Eve used to be celebrated on my dad’s side, but it’s grown too large since my cousins now have their own families. So they have their separate celebrations.


4. When does your family put up your Christmas tree and who decorates it? We lagged a bit this year because my dad was getting a bit lazy with decorating. My mom told him not to be a Scrooge and put up a tree. So he bought a small one from the tree lot and also decorated it.


5. White lights or colored lights? I like them both. We alternate which ones we put on the tree each year.


6. Are you guilty of peeking at your presents or do you like surprises? When I was a kid, I went to great lengths to find out what I’d get from my parents. Now I don’t really have to do that because they just give me money so I can buy what I want. The presents I get from friends are always a surprise.


7. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house or Santa’s Workshop? Unfortunately I’m not a big fan of gingerbread, so Santa’s shop it is!


8. Tell us your Christmas Eve traditions. My parents go out in the morning and get baked goods from a local Filipino bakery that we eat after attending mass that evening. During the day my mom and I also prepare the food for Christmas when her side of the family comes over.


9. If you could be under the mistletoe with anyone, who would it be? I do have someone special in mind and I’d choose them. I’ll keep their identity a secret. 😛


10. What tops your tree? It’s usually a white star that lights up, but since our tree is smaller, it’s a cluster of metallic ornaments, star included.






8 Posts ’til Christmas – My Wish List

I’ll keep this one a bit short because chances are I’ll be taking care of this myself. Most of what I’d love to have this year has to do with entertainment and electronics.

Since Star Wars has been released, I’ve been wanting to get their original trilogy on DVD.


I’m still in the process of completing my collection of Studio Ghibli movies. Some on the list are The Cat Returns, Pom Poko, and Whisper of the Heart.

As for electronics, I’ve been thinking for a while about investing in an instant camera. Fuji Instax and Polaroid Snap are possible choices. I thought it would be cool to add photos like these to my Project Life pages next year.



One thing that I don’t have on this list at all for this year are beauty products. *gasp* I’ve been able to check those items off thanks to my flash shipping from Sephora. 😉

9 Posts ’til Christmas – Have a Hydrated Holiday

The work that I do plus the cold weather make a terrible combination for my hands. Multiple uses of hand sanitizer and frequent hand washing have caused them to become dry and cracked. Before and after work, I slather on Eucerin’s Calming Cream to prevent any further damage.


In addition to my hands, I make sure to also take extra care of the rest of my body. I apply 2 layers of lotion after showering. I’m currently using this one from Jergens.


Of course, something with a thicker texture like body butter would be a great alternative. I just don’t use it very often. If I did, I’d opt for something like this one from Bliss.


Aside from keeping yourself well moisturized, don’t forget about staying hydrated on the inside! I’m not the best at drinking large amounts of water throughout the day (I finish at least one bottle while at work), but I keep this water bottle from Brita inside my bathroom and sip from it in the morning and before I go to bed.


I also have been drinking more tea as opposed to coffee lately. My face hasn’t had a dry spell in a while. Must be the combo of that and my water intake. Here’s to a healthy (and hydrated) holiday season!