February 2011 Collective Haul

1:00:00 PM mandy 16 Comments

China Glaze Sea Spray

Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Day & Night Lash Boosting Serum
I got these when CVS had $3 off $10 Physician's Formula purchase :P

Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Deep Brown 7366
I also got this during the $3 off $10 at CVS. But since my grandma and my mom had cards I got two =X

Soompi Korean Skincare Haul

L to R: Skinfood Omija Whitening Serum and Skinfood Facial Water Vita-C (Mist)

The skin on my face is already rather light. But I have a lot of acne scarring and uneven skintone that I wanted to try to fix. However I won't be using this soon only because I want to target one problem at a time. I've been on a facial mist kick lately. If only I had more funds I'd want to try so many lol. However, facial mists not in aerosol cans are a little difficult to find (I heard from gossmakeupartist that the nitrogen in the aerosols aren't so good for the skin). I have a few on mind to get after I finish this one already! ^__^

Samples the seller included!

Bag from Gmarket.

I've been wanting a small bag/purse to carry around when I go out. (This is my first small bag can you believe it?) I love the long chain handles..perfect for using on one shoulder or cross body! I thought it would be a softer material and less reptile skin like. But it's nice for the price none-the-less.

Hat from Gmarket.

I think I chose to buy a hat too late into the winter season. Although it is still cold I think it might turn spring soon! =X I haven't worn a hat in a long time! I'm more of a hoodie person lol But it just hasn't been enough recently...I wore it once on a relatively cold day and it kept my head and ears pretty warm :]

Philosophy Purity Made Simple

I went shopping with best friend a few days ago in Soho. We both wanted to try out this cleanser (especially with our new Clarisonic). But neither of us really wanted to pay the price for it since it is quite expensive. So we chose the best value for our money, the biggest size 24 fl oz for $40 at Sephora, and halved it. She wanted to keep the bottle (so did I but a pump is great too lol) so we went to Muji's and I got the latter.

My Beauty Diary - Bird's Nest Mask

I got this at one of the small beauty stores in Chinatown. The one that I got it at sold MBD at one of the lowest prices that around in Chinatown (there's one other store but I was closer to this one at the time). HOWEVER..I do not recommend going to this particular one for the costumer service. Product wise it's great. They have a lot of brands that NONE other beauty store I've seen has. But the lady that works/owns the place...is very rude IMO and some what annoying. I've been in that particular store on three occasions and each time she would eye me like I'm going to steal something. Maybe she knows that I might not purchase something but who ever said a person is required to buy when they walk in. Not only but once I had my headphones in and couldn't hear her asking me for help and she tapped on me and said "Can I help you?" I replied "No just looking" and she had the nerve to say "Well why didn't you answer me? I've been calling you for a long time now." Does that sound a bit ridiculous or maybe it was just me? Then during this recent occasion, I went in...walked around...browsed through her selection of products. I swatched a BB Cream I was interested in and she came over staring at me like I wasn't suppose to (but the ones I chose were obviously testers..). So I told her I was just looking around. Then a little while lately, she came over again and kept asking me "Are you looking for something? Are you looking for something? Do you need help? I'll help you look for it." Even though I specifically said I'm just looking around. She continued to say "Are you looking for makeup? BB Cream? Masks? etc etc." I got really annoyed and frustrated at this lady. When I told her "masks" just to get her off my back, and picked this box up and asked "What is this one for?" Her answer was "Masks. You put this on your face" as if I didn't know what they were for..So I clarified and said "No like what is it targeted for?" She just gave me short responses like I was asking the obvious "Brightening" (or maybe she said whitening..I don't remember too clearly now =X). "Are you going to buy it?" That was it..I was very annoyed at this point but just to I guess prove her wrong I bought them. *Sigh* Impulse buy much? lol But I really did want to try these.. My plan for whenever I want to purchase something that only she has now will be to bring only that much money and be positive that is the only thing I want to purchase so I can go in, pick up, make purchase, and walk OUT.

Do you think I was just being too sensitive or was this lady really out of lines as a seller/owner of a store? Maybe she sensed that I was only a looker and not a buyer...

I'm very sorry if this rant bothered you! If anyone is planning to go purchase from these beauty stores in NYC and would like to avoid this lady...email me :P

Has anyone had bad shopping experiences before? :P


Baby No. 3

5:30:00 PM mandy 10 Comments

I recently jumped on the Clarisonic bandwagon!

I told myself I'd control my spendings, but bestfriend was buying one and she found a pretty good deal. So I got mine a bit earlier than expected. I guess it'll be my birthday present for myself (hopefully my only one..unless I can't control myself =X).

I've been wanting one since the whole wave of raves (lol) that were coming out last year for it. I really wanted to see how well it would fair on my very acne prone and extremely combination skin (especially right now in the winter). I did try a regular facial brush before from The Body Shop after hearing how they could be similar to the Clarisonic but that just left my face feeling very raw..eek!

I am hoping I could update often with the progression of my skin condition. Maybe weekly or every couple of weeks? I hope I don't go through the purging process that some users went through but if that'll lead to a better complexion..bring it on! :D

Of course I had to get it in purple! ^__^

Baby No.2 hasn't faced the blogging world yet but it's kiddies have been on here for quite some time now. Maybe I'll do a separate post later on dedicated to it :P

Has anyone else tried/want to try the Clarisonic cleansing system? If yes what kind of results did you have?


I'm not a loser! :]

7:47:00 PM mandy 11 Comments

Hehe Corny Title...I know :P

It's always so exciting to get things in the mail! A couple of weeks ago I won BirkinBagBeauty's Valentine Giveaway. Like all the other times I was expecting much. And I misread and thought I was just getting one of the items she showed but I actually won all of them (silly me!).

I'm very happy I have these since they're probably things I wouldn't buy (as of right now) because I haven't gravitated my interests towards red polishes and eyeshadows yet. More products for me to play with ^__^

Thank you again for the lovely giveaway & the extras you included!!


Wonder Woman!!

10:26:00 PM mandy 32 Comments

I didn’t grow up watching/reading Wonder Woman but she is nonetheless a classic heroine. Wonder Woman + MAC + oversized jumbo products = EXCITEMENT :] But I have to admit..I definitely have a problem if no one realized already =X I think I’m going to limit my MAC/high end purchases until I actually used a lot of the products that I currently have or until April when this certain MAC collection comes out with mineralized blushes. Don’t judge me..! *Looks away*

The products that I purchased were all limited edition and twice the sizes of normal products. This is the only reason why I allowed myself to purchase these items. They’re twice the size but not double in price. I’m in denial. I can’t control myself! Making up excuses all the time for my spendings..

I was actually able to get these a day before the official release at the MAC pop-up store in Soho. I’m not sure if it’s a permanent store or not because MAC Soho’s original location (literally 2 store away from this pop-up location) was already being renovated for something else. The pop-up store was completely decorated with the Wonder Woman theme. I wonder if they’re going to be changing it once this collection fades out?

What pretty packaging!
I already keep the boxes of most of the products I purchase, but when I do decide to throw those away..this will not be one of them :P

Inside of the boxes. So patriotic!

MAC Mighty Aphrodite Blush Duo

MAC Mighty Aphrodite Blush Duo – Back of box

MAC Mighty Aphrodite Blush Duo Packaging
It looks a little cheap IMO But it is pretty sturdy plastic.

MAC Mighty Aphrodite Blush Duo Packaging

MAC Mighty Aphrodite Blush Duo – Taken with flash under a light

MAC Mighty Aphrodite Blush Duo – Taken with with no flash under light
I think this one is more true to the color in the pan.

MAC Pink Power Mineralized Skinfinish

MAC Pink Power Mineralized Skinfinish – Back of box

MAC Pink Power Mineralized Skinfinish Packaging

MAC Pink Power Mineralized Skinfinish Packaging

MAC Pink Power Mineralized Skinfinish – Taken with flash under light
If only it had a mirror...

MAC Pink Power Mineralized Skinfinish – Taken with flash under light

MAC Pink Power Mineralized Skinfinish – Taken with no flash under light
This one is closer to the true color. It might be a smidgen darker though.

Did anyone find this collection captivating? Who else couldn't pass up on the jumbo products?
I was also interested in a lip gloss but decided against it since I don't even wear lip products often.
I'll try to post comparison photos to show you just how jumbo these products are soon! ^__^ You'll be very surprised if you haven't already seen it.