Project Life – October 2016

Although these pages have been done for some time, I ended up going back to make some tweaks to them. Although they are few, the month was pretty eventful.




Watching Sia in concert with the bestie

Catch up session at Ocean Beach

Alton Brown’s cookbook signing in Menlo Park

Pumpkin Beer Fest with Gogobot in San Jose

Having fun with costumes (makeshift Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII and Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

RCubed eats – Ichi Ramen, Shuei-Do Manju Shop (Japanese mochi), Jimbo’s (Bubbies mochi ice cream)

Review – L’oreal Infallible Lip Paints

The latest release from L’oreal’s Infallible collection is a glossy lip product that provides high-impact color that’s also smudge-proof and waterproof. I read that this wouldn’t be released to stores until some time next year, but it’s currently available online and has been recently showing up at Walgreens. I ordered 2 shades online from Ulta.

The packaging is interesting since it initially looks like a squeezable tube, but it actually has a doe foot applicator. The product is glossy, has no runny texture, and wasn’t sticky after I used it. I tested its wear while having lunch with the family. The only time I saw any actual transfer was when I dabbed at my mouth with a napkin. The only gripe I have with the product is the slight scent/flavor it has. Luckily it faded a little while after application.

Top to bottom: Spicy Blush, Nude Star

I don’t see myself purchasing more from this line, but I’m satisfied with what I received. You can check out the shades on Ulta’s site. Let me know what you think of this product if you’ve tried it.

Colourpop x Hello Kitty Haul

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to hear about this collab with Colourpop and Hello Kitty. The collection released at the beginning of the month and I made sure to pick up a few items. Since I follow the brand on social media, I was able to check out the products beforehand. Most of the shades looked a bit too bright for my liking, so I didn’t put much of a dent in my wallet as a result (which I’m very happy about).

Here’s what I purchased:


Lippie Stix in Konnichiwa (mid-tone cool blue pink with creme finish)

Ultra Satin Lip in Tiny Chum (baby nude pink)

Hello Kitty Makeup BagĀ 

The items are too cute with the packaging and bow imprint on the Lippie Stix caps and liquid lip wand handles. Unfortunately, I failed to show that the makeup bag has a cute red bow as the zipper pull, but you can see it here. Most of the collection is still available for purchase on Colourpop’s site.

Thank You

Just wanted to drop in real quick and wish those of you who celebrate it a Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you’re able to spend some time with loved ones and get your fill of wonderful food before heading out for pre- Black Friday shopping (if that’s a thing for you). Also, thanks for checking out the blog, whether you’re following or a casual reader. I’ll have some catch up posts rolling out starting tomorrow. Seasons Eatings, y’all! Have a great day.


Japan Crate Mini, Volume 17

The theme for this crate was Japan Throwbacks. I received 3 snack items and 2 candy items in this one, and some of the brands I had tried in past crates.



What’s inside:

Brazilian Orange Pocky – This was release during promotion of the Rio Olympics earlier this year. I enjoyed the orange white chocolate flavor, and surprisingly haven’t finished the box yet. Some things are worth savoring!

Chew-Ing Straw, Green Apple – These sour straws reminded me of when I would purchase Sour Power during elementary school. These were not as sour, but the flavor was spot on.

Saku Saku Panda Cookie Pack – I believe this is the 3rd time I’ve gotten these awesome chocolate topped cookies, but there’s definitely no complaints from me about it. I just wish there were more of them.

Sportsubu – This chewy candy contains electrolytes to help replenish active bodies. Think of it as chewable Gatorade. These have a lemon-lime flavor. I should have brought them with me during my marathon a few weeks ago.

Umai Sugar Rusk – Rusk is a twice baked baguette that was often served with tea or coffee in Europe prior to its arrival in Japan. This version was made with corn puffs. It’s crunchy, sweet, buttery, and pretty darn addicting.

The Mini subscription contains 5 different types of snacks and candy, but if you’re looking for more, you might want to check out their Original or Premium subscriptions. Visit their site and use code MSA5 to receive $5 off your first one for either sub (code courtesy of My Subscription Addiction).

Generation Beauty – San Francisco

For those of you familiar with the ipsy subscription, the brand also holds an annual event which features brands they have included in their glam bags and opportunities to meet their stylists. Los Angeles is where Generation Beauty has been currently held, but this year they added San Francisco to their list. I didn’t jump on the chance right away, but eventually got a friend’s ticket since they wouldn’t be able to attend. Score!

The event was held at Pier 27 and lasted for 2 days. The line to get inside grew long as it grew closer to opening. The registration process was smooth and my group and I immediately went over to whatever booth didn’t already have a line forming. We were able to grab a custom makeup bag before checking out the other booths.


There was an appearance by a few of the ipsy stylists before they had their meet and greets. To see Michelle Phan address the crowd was something I’d never expect myself to witness. Very cool moment.

L-R: Jaleesa Moses, Christen Dominique, Michelle Phan, Madelynn (aka Madewin), Desi Perkins, Karen Yeung (aka iamkareno), Cyndee Black, Lustrelux, Chrisspy (with the blue/green hair behind Lustrelux), and Gabriel Zamora


A special passport was given to each attendee, and it contained small coupons to be handed to various booths in the venue for free items. I’m not sure if I even got through half of the list, but others I wanted to check out constantly had their lines capped throughout the day. But even though I wasn’t able to get every freebie available, I did get a good amount and also got a gift bag. In fact, they gave out one gift bag for each day of the event that included different items from the sponsored brands. Sadly, I didn’t return for Day 2, but I was plenty content with whatever swag I received on Saturday.


Here are some of the giveaways I received:


And here’s the contents of Saturday’s gift bag (minus 2 items):


This event was enjoyable for me and my group in that we were to check out different beauty brands and take home some of their items to try out. What I’d like to see in the future, should it happen to return to SF next year, is a bigger venue. The turn out for this year is sure to present a possibility for that happening, and it would be nice to see slightly better crowd control. Some of the booths had lines that didn’t seem to move at all. Those that were more popular due to the brand (i.e. tarte and Jouer) were constantly announced “full”. It felt like I was at Comic-Con seeing volunteers hoist up signs saying that. The event itself is on a smaller scale compared to the likes of, say, IMATS or Beauty Con, so waiting in line will almost always be expected. The only one that was moving swiftly was for the booth handing out the gift bags. Patience is a virtue with this event, so it’s definitely not one to consider if you dislike lines in general or happen to be on a time crunch. Some attendees even had their significant others with them. If it’sĀ not love being willing to wait in those queues for swag, then I really don’t know what is.

Despite the minor snags my group and I faced, we had a blastĀ nonetheless and got our moneys worth.

Fall Haul: Sephora

Since renewing my Flash Shipping last month, I’ve started to check things off Ā from my Sephora list. I’ve made 2 purchases so far, and plan to make a few more before the year’s end.


Part 1:


It’s Skin Cookie & Body Ice Cream, Mint – This is one of those items that I constantly sampled every time I paid the store a visit. This body cream has a light texture and contains “cookie chips” that melt when massaged into skin. This comes in 3 scents, but I always gravitated towards the mint. It smells only faintly of mint, and I liked how soft my hands felt after using it.

Closer look of the product. Looks like mint chip ice cream!

The Blend 07, White Tea – Yet another item IĀ loved to test out at the store. This one sat in my list for months. The Blend by Fred Segal is a collection of fragrance oils, ranging from floral, to fresh, to spicy, that can be used alone or mixed together for a customized scent. I didn’t see myself liking the White Tea so much since it has a spicy note. But from the list on the Sephora site, it’s only one, which is why it wasn’t overpowering for me. It’s hard for me to not smell my wrists after putting it on. Long story short, I eventually had to own it.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick, Speedball – This is one of the Sephora exclusive shades from the collection. I loved how the vivid purple shade looked when I swatched it. Not too sure how it’ll look Ā when I get around to wearing it, but I figure it would be pretty bad ass.

Part 2:


Benefit Cheekathon Blush & Bronzer Palette – I had originally planned on purchasing this from Ulta with my rewards points, but to my dismay it was discontinued at the store and online to make way for their current products. Thankfully it was still available with Sephora. I don’t see myself purchasing another blush any time soon since this has a nice range of shades. Swatching these didn’t do much justice since all these shades are sheer and easy to build if you’d like more color pay off.


I’m actually glad I didn’t do too much damage with these purchases. But with the holidays around the corner, that can easily change (heheh!). Ā Hoping to get some use out of all these items before I move on to my next purchase.

Japan Crate Mini, Volume 16

Last months’ Halloween themed crate featured some awesome treats (4 sweet items, 1 savory item, and 1 novelty item). Check it out.



What’s inside:

Lovely Halloween Pocky – I received 1 of 3 possible flavors between Strawberry, Apple Pumpkin, and Milk. Happy to have gotten the second one. As for the flavor, it tasted more like white chocolate and not either of the 2 that it was supposed to be. I had hoped to get at least a bit of apple. Oh well, it was still good. I have yet to try a Pocky flavor I didn’t like.

Nama Creme Pie – With a name like that, one would assume it would be some type of pie, right? Nope, not with this. However, these mini palmier cookies do interpret the buttery, flaky goodness of pie crust. But that’s about for the actual “pie” concept. I love palmiers, so these could have easily been finished first. I still have a few left and plan to savor them.


Nyusankin Ikitemasu! Yogurt Candy – These hard candies really did taste like yogurt. They also contain probiotics to help your tummy digest the rest of the tasty snacks in this crate. šŸ˜›

Potato Chips, Shio flavor – The chips with the not-so-unique name are back! Shio is Japanese for salt, and these lightly salted chips were immediately consumed.

Surprise! Horror Gum! – The package contained a sheet of slightly gory temporary tattoos and banana flavored gum. The gum wasn’t bad. The tattoos have yet to be used.


This was nice to grub on during Halloween day/night since I actually didn’t give away any candy to trick-or-treaters this year. Nothing bad at all from this crate. Stay tuned to see what November brings!

Project Life – September 2016

Already November and I’ve been slacking majorly on putting pages together. Actually, I’ve had September’s done for a bit, but kept forgetting to upload them (whoops). Last month’s pages should be finished within the next week, so I’ll have those up hopefully soon.



Cruise to Alaska & BC

SF Japantown shenanigans with Gogobot

RCubed eats – Santo Market & Creamistry