Love Package from LaBelleMel

A little over a week ago, I was thinking “I haven’t won a giveaway in a while. My luck must be running out lol.” Then, the next day while I’m reading new entries off my blogger dashboard I saw my name on Labellemel’s site. I was so excited and couldn’t believe that I won her big giveaway. So I went to the giveaway post and searched to see if I was the only Mandy H :X What a great start to the New Year!

Since it wasn’t a set prize for specific winners and we got to choose what we'd be sent. I didn’t think I would be the first one to pick out my prize. It was hard picking between two of the sets. But I’ll explain why I chose the one I did later on.

L to R: Lush Grease Lightning and Emjoi Epilator
The main prizes.

Let’s make it clear..I did not pick this prize because it seemed the most expensive. I was actually on the fence between this one and the Lioele set. But since this was such a great opportunity to try out something I would probably never have the guts to buy, I figured why not? My pain tolerance level is VERY low. So justifying to buy an epilator when I’m afraid to use it is hard. However, now that I have this I can take my time getting use to the pain (hopefully) without having the pressure to return it. Let’s see how this goes when I muster up enough courage to use it xD

This has been my next To-Buy from Lush. I was waiting to finish up other acne/spot treatments before buying it. Can’t wait to see how it goes..I've been breaking out a lot lately. I know that Lush’s bath products are really great but my tub isn’t in the best condition to use for bathing lol

Of course. Everyone is always so nice with their packages and LaBelleMel was no exception. She included a ton of samples. I can’t wait to try them!

**Thank you LaBelleMel!!**

Happy New Year!


I can't believe it's already 2011!
So many things have happened:
I was drawn into the makeup/skincare world,
I made my first BIG purchase with my hard earned money from my internship for a DSLR (yay)!
I had many restless nights thinking about my future..
And this is only the beginning.

In 6 months I'll be graduating high school.
In 8-9 months I'll hopefully (knock on wood) attend college.
Time sure has gone by fast lately..

Sorry I've always been MIA!
I will try to start posting more week?
I have a few more college applications to finish and then it'll be ALL OVER ^__^
(I have a terrible habit of procrastinating that I need to kick..don't judge me please! =X)

I wish everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous new year!

November 2010 Collective Haul

Yay! I did significantly less damage this month :] A main part of it was because I’ve been so busy (hmm I said that last month lol I guess I was super busy this month). I only bought three things and the rest were either samples/gifts/exchange. I hope I can continue not spending this much lol

The Face Shop Peeling Day Honey Black Sugar

My aunt went to The Face Shop in Koreatown (Manhattan) to buy some masks for her friend and used my points to purchase this for me. (She thought that my points would expire? I don’t really know how their system works since I go once in a blue moon :X)

Lancome Teinte Miracle in 2W and 7W

*Sigh* The troubles my face and neck shades bring me...I can’t get foundations matched correctly. The MUA there told me I was 2W (she matched it to my face) and I asked what it would be matched to my neck and she said 7W. She was really nice and filled up the whole sample container with product. Now I just need to try them out a couple of times first. I think 7W might fit me more because of my tanned neck area. Has anyone else tried the new Lancome foundation?

MAC My Highland Honey – photographing this was very difficult! A majority of them came out pink/coral. The third is the closest IMO to the actual color.

Everyone’s posts about this blush made me really tempted to buy this. It’s such a lovely color. Very different for me since I’ve been really into pink shades. When the MUA tried it on me, she applied it pretty heavily, and I had to go yum cha and eat dim sum with my mom and her friends afterward (was very self-conscious that they’d notice I was wearing makeup). But nothing my fingers couldn’t fix lol When my mom’s friends saw me they even said my face was slimmer/narrower. I don’t know if it’s because of the way the blush was or because of shadows in the restaurant, but it made me nice ^__^

MAC Face & Body in C2

I was finally able to exchange for a darker shade (suggested by the MUA) the day I went to pick up My Highland Honey. I think it might be a smidgen too light, but if I am able to lose my neck’s tan I don’t think it’ll be a problem. I’ve been wearing it for a few days and I don’t think the difference is ghastly.

Ecotools Blush Brush

I’ve also wanted this for a while now. Lil Lady’s Life and many other bloggers said they recommended this blush brush and I can’t agree more ^__^

L to R: Beautymate Purifying and Hydrating Nano Mask & Shiseido gift from my aunt

My lovely aunt, who also started me on my whole skincare journey lol, bought the Shiseido Benefiance set from Macy’s and gave me the softener/toner to try. And since she’s soo nice, she also let me have the samples since I’ve wanting to try the White Lucent line but it is just too expensive. Not only that, shared a whole box of Beautymate masks with me. Ahh..I feel guilty!

St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Moisturizing Body Wash – travel size

The cold/windy weather that’s been in NYC has taken its toll on my it’s all dry, itchy, patchy, etc. Very disgusting looking! I didn’t want to commit to a full bottle because my family would nag me for wasting money if I didn’t use it. Hopefully, this will work if not..lotion here I come!


I didn't get to go shopping on Black Friday, but that's alright. Can't wait to hear about everyone else's purchases lol.