Wednesday, December 30, 2009

In & Out XII

- having next week off from work. I know it's only tuesday, but I can't wait for next week
- the twilight woods fragrance from bath & body works.
- Avatar! I also enjoyed the fact that CGI Zoe Saldana did a better job acting than most popular young actresses nowadays *cough* KStew *cough*
- J Brand jean leggings. Most comfortable things ever.
- holiday pay. hellz yeah.
- Dexter. Fantastic show, just got into season 1 and I am enjoying the ride
- the boyfriend's camera is in my hands yet again... you know what that means! No less than stellar outfit posts!

- COLD COLD COLD OUTSIDE. It's freezing, no snow, just weird gusts of ice.
- mean post-holiday shoppers
- Burt's Bees lip balm. Just not cutting it in this cold.
- Lady Gaga moving her show from a small intimate theatre to a big arena for the concert I'm attending on the 13th :( I don't like big arena shows

That's about it for the evening. Have a great rest of the week and I'll catch you before the year ends. Take care everyone

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Outfit of the (satur)DAY

Happy tuesday, everyone!
After some extensive Facebook creeping, I found a photo of me from saturday evening that shows my outfit to the best of its ability. (Remember that I still lack proper camera *sigh*)
I opted for a funky twist on the classic pencil skirt. The only thing not pictured are the shoes, which were a pair of grey suede ankle boots by Jessica Simpson.

T-shirt: T by Alexander Wang
Vest: thrifted!
Pin on vest: Marquis & Camus
Skirt: BCBG MaxAzria
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Area of darkness on the right: my lovely friend Sharon :) haha

Again apologies for the shady photography, I promise one day I'll get these outfit posts right!
Have a great rest of the week and a wonderful holiday, if you're celebrating.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

8 Most Worn Things Tag

Good evening (or morning, wherever you may be)
I have survived 4 out of 5 exams thus far and with my last one being a couple of days away I found it fit to relax, take a break, and do a little blogging.

"The 8 Most Worn Things"

This is a really fun tag and it's been going around for quite some time, basically talking about 8 of our most worn items out of an array of categories. Unfortunately I only had my iPhone camera to capture the images but it'll do for now. Here goes...

The Chosen Ones:

1. LIPSTICK - Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte in #1 "Nude Beige"
A great nude shade, glides on effortlessly, has a slight sheen to it, smells divine, very pigmented. It is definitely the lipstick I reach out for the most. I always put it in my bag before I head out anywhere.

2. EARRINGS - small studs. These are half white gold, half yellow gold, with a small diamond in the white gold part. I received them as a special present from my dad when I turned 12 and I still wear them all the time. Sentimental value.

3. SHIRT - a black V-neck T-shirt from Express is my favourite and certainly my most worn. I've worn it out with jeans, with skirts, lounging around the house, etc. I took this shirt with me when I went to Europe both times this year, and it was my go-to shirt when I was out of ideas. I bought it over a year ago and it was on sale for 7 dollars or something like that. I wish I would have gotten more - I can't seem to find the exact same kind anymore. I didn't put it on for a picture or anything since it's just a plain ol' black V-neck short sleeved T-shirt :)

4. NAIL POLISH - while at the moment I'm obsessed with the dark rich hues of Chanel's Vendetta and the minty freshness of Essie's Mint Candy Apple, my "Old Faithful" of nail polishes lies in my beautiful bottle of OPI's "Parlez-vous OPI?". It's the more purple cousin of the famous Sephora OPI "Metro Chic". I own both and I prefer the OPI. It has a very rich and creamy consistency and the colour goes with anything, summer, spring, winter or fall. Since I suck at doing swatches and something always goes terribly wrong with my manicures (yesterday I had a breadcrumb stuck on my pinky - go figure) here is a swatch from a great nail blog Vampy Varnish - it's a very accurate swatch:

*sigh* maybe one day my nails will stop looking like a 5th grader's.

5. SHOES - while technically my most worn shoes are the shoes I wear to work (old run-down Coach tennis shoes), no one wants to see that. So instead I will pick out my most-worn high heel. I love shoes and am always rotating pairs, but this is definitely my go-to.

They are high (120 mm, I believe, maybe more) and dramatic while still comfortable and rather simple. They go with a myriad of different outfits and are not likely to go out of style anytime soon. I've owned them for almost 2 years now. They are by Barbara Bui, and I don't remember what the style name is. I bought them from Nordstrom, but I know carries the shoe range as well.

6. HAIR PRODUCT - I don't wear bobby pins or hairspray often (they seem to be the most popular choices for this category), my hair is generally let loose to its own will or pulled back loosely in one of those big claw-like clamps. But those are hair accessories, not products. Anyways, from the product realm, there is really only one star for me, and it's Aveda's Volumizing Tonic. I have been using this for over 2 years and have no intention of trying anything else. It's a medium-sized brown glass spray bottle, and I spray it about 3 times on damp hair after towel-drying it, focusing at the crown. I then let my hair air dry or proceed to blow-dry. When I don't use it, my hair is limp an boring. With it, I feel like it gives the little bit of "oomph" that we all want from our hair. I even have the giant bottle that I just use to refill the small one :)

7. PERFUME - this is another one that I am always switching up, but ever since I bought Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle, it has been my go-to evening fragrance. I play around with scent combinations during the day, but for night-time, this one always wins.

8. HANDBAG - Pictured in one of the photos above, it is my newly acquired Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 in Damier canvas. I bought it this October in Rome after debating it for months. I finally gave in. I never had an everyday purse I could just throw on and go, my Speedy now fulfills that purpose. It also goes with 90% of my wardrobe since I tend to stick to simple black and neutrals most of the time. It used to bother me that they're not made of leather, but now I like it. It doesn't scratch or stain from water, which makes it even more ideal as an everyday bag for me.

What are your 8 most worn "old faithfuls"?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Last "Hurrah" Before Project 10 Pan!

My cosmetics collection needs to size down a bit. I have lipglosses purchased from 2 years ago that are just sitting there, unused, because my attention has been grabbed by another product. So, I am embarking on the Project 10 Pan journey once again, inspired by the lovely Laura @lollipop26.

Now I will present you with: Project 10 Pan, lip products edition!
I have already chosen 10 tentative "victims":
3 of them are from a MAC holiday plushglass gift set from long ago, and you may think they don't count because they seem so small, but they actually contain just as much product as a Dazzleglass does (if that doesn't scream "ripoff", I don't know what else does haha) so I think they're pretty fair game.
From left to right, the lucky 10 are:

MAC Marquise'd Lipstick, MAC Goldensoft Lip Gellee, MAC Plus Luxe Plushglass, MAC Oyster Girl Lipglass (my favourite!), MAC Hot Stuff Plushglass, MAC Bountiful Plushglass, YSL Rouge Pure Shine in #28, Benefit Jing-a-ling Lipstick, MAC Freckletone Lipstick, CO Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine.

Most of them are about 3/4 used up, so I will only be using these until I am finished! Also, since they're mostly by MAC, I'll have a nice stash to bring back for back 2 MAC later on :)

Now, I will make one exception: on December 26th the new Love Lace collection comes out and my favourite eyeliner ever, the MAC Kohl Power, comes back out - I need a back-up of Feline. (*groan* why can't MAC just make these permanent already!?!).

Anyways, so before I commence on my lip product consuming journey, I bought one last makeup item today, and boy am I glad that I did:

I got the NARS "Eurydice" eyeshadow duo from the new holiday collection after seeing it in a recent tutorial by Nicola from Pixiwoo. It is stunning. A rich red-tone purple with dark blue duochrome, and a gray with silver and gold sparkles (kind of like a bedazzled version of MAC's Print eyeshadow). Here's an attempted swatch in natural light, courtesy of my phone:

I can't wait to use it!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mario Badescu Drying Mask: smells like doom, works like a charm!

Hey everyone! I'm in the middle of finals (hence my absence from the blogosphere) and as you guys know, I have problem skin. My skin is oily and acne-prone, somewhat sensitive. Mix that in with exam time and what do we get? Stress acne!
Luckily, I have been relying on an old favourite to keep those pesky blemishes at bay:

Mario Badescu drying mask

I have been using this for a few months now and am on my second pot of it. I use it about once or twice a week, depending on my skin. When my skin feels a little dry, I use a richer night cream the night before so that when I use the mask, it doesn't completely dry out my skin.
It is a sulfur-based product, like most of the acne-fighting products in Mario Badescu's range. Salicylic acid and Benzoyl peroxide treatments haven't worked for me as well as sulfur based treatments have, so I'm sticking with the Mario range for my acne-fighting needs.
The mask is clay-based, you apply it to your face (or just the problem areas - for me it's my cheeks and chin) and allow it to dry for 20 minutes, then rinse off. It hardens so try not to smile or eat while it's on because it will crack and crumble off.
Upon using, it immediately reduces the size of those throbbing red painful under-surface spots and refines the texture of my skin. My skin feels tight and refreshed afterwards.
I do not recommend this for you if you suffer from dry skin or normal to dry skin. If you're combination/oily, I suggest you only use it about once a week on your problem areas, since it can get too drying if used consistently all over the face.
Mario Badescu products are available to order at, and they are also sold at various retail chains in the United States such as Nordstrom, Ulta or BlueMercury Spa (where I buy mine from :)

I hope it helps!
Have a great rest of the week and weekend, everyone.

Friday, December 4, 2009

In & Out: XI

- Juicy Couture "Couture Couture" perfume. I tend to steer away from the "Juicy" lifestyle but the scent of this is undeniable. I love it. It's the most long-lasting perfume I've owned to date. It doesn't change smells on me at all, stays consistent throughout the day, and the bottle is sexy. It's important to pick out perfumes based on how they react with your own body's chemistry. Not all perfumes will smell on you the same way they smell on those paper testers. I like to use testers for at least three times before committing to buying the whole bottle :)
- speaking of perfumes, I got D&G #18 "La Lune" after wanting it for weeks. It's delicious. Not really heavy enough for winter time but mixed with Armani Code it might have the added punch to last all day on a thick wool scarf! Yum.

- Seche Restore nail polish thinner. I bought this because my beloved Seche Vite was starting to get too thick to apply. A couple of drops of this stuff brought it back in action. I also revived a couple other old nail polishes with it and it worked like a charm.

- Batiste dry shampoo. Lifesaver.

- 2 more weeks of school until winter break (although it's a bittersweet winter break since I'll be working retail for the majority of the time. Returns, to be exact. Post-Christmas returns bring headaches. Lots of them.)

- Lush "So White" bath bomb & "Pop in the bath" bubble bar. Smells fantastic. If you like the smell of the Olive Branch and things in that scent family, you will enjoy the combination. I think Lush is great for the most part - only I don't personally like the scent of cotton candy and cupcakes on myself after getting out of the shower or bath, and it seems to me like the majority of their products carry those types of scents. I do however manage to find some things that I enjoy using, and those keep me going back for more :)

- Pasta Aglio Olio! So simple to make and so delicious. Pasta, olive oil and a crushed clove of garlic topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese and a couple of drops of hot sauce if you wish... mmmm

- the sun goes down at 5 PM now. Depressing.

- no idea what to get my boyfriend for Christmas this year. I'm completely uninspired. I want to steer away from clothes because he's very particular about fit, so ordering things online and them having them look awkward would be a pain. Feel free to post any suggestions below!

- no camera :(

- pounding headaches. Who needs 'em? I sure don't.

Have a great weekend, everyone!!

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