Sunday, December 5, 2010

Currently Obsessed With...

The Tracy Anderson Method

Tracy Anderson is a celebrity trainer who trained Madonna for a long time, and is responsible for the sleek, tiny physiques of Gwyneth Paltrow, Courtney Cox, and a slew of other celebrities. I became interested in her method when she covered Fitness Rx for Women a while back and read about how she believed that any woman could change her body structure into the "teeny tiny" figure that Hollywood loves.

She's all about doing dance-inspired moves and lots of repetitions with low weights so as to exhaust the main muscles and engage the accessory muscles to create tone without bulking up. I've begun doing some of her exercises I found in various magazines and on youtube, and they've been so effective that I ordered her mat workout dvd on amazon and can't wait to get it. I'll post an update once it arrives and I have a chance to try it out.

You can learn more about her at her website.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Philosophy The Gingerbread Man Scrub

I've been using this scrub that I got on my birthday a while back, and I love it! It's really hard to resist most of Philosophy's bath and body products because they all smell so divine, and this scrub is no exception.

It doesn't really have a baked good, cookie-type scent, but more of a fresh gingery scent that's amazing to wake you up and put you in a positive mood. The scrub is a bit stiff and not very oily or watery (which I adore, because I prefer a more abrasive scrub... I think it just gets the job done better!) This makes the scrub work great on either dry or wet skin - other scrubs that are more slippery tend to slide off wet skin and get wasted down the drain, but not so with The Gingerbread Man! Also, I love that it's not oily so it doesn't leave my tub a slippery mess.

And of course, what's not to like about the adorable, packaging and name? This is definitely one of the seasonal holiday treats that I look forward to every year, and would make a great gift for any girl in your life that enjoys a bit of pampering. It retails for $25 at sephora.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm so so thankful for so much in my life these days, with the most important obviously being my family, my boyfriend, and my wonderful friends.

Hope you guys have a great day and get to eat lots of tasty food!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Skincare Product Rave

Bath and Body Works recently had a sale on their entire website for 20% off, so I decided to spring for the Pat Wexler MD MMPI Skin Regenerating Serum. When the line first debuted several years ago, I was pretty skeptical about it. I had read about Pat Wexler rather often in magazines, and knew that she was a very successful dermatologist, but I still figured, "A skincare line at BBW? eh" Also, given that it was a skincare line sold at BBW, the price point was steeper than I was willing to pay.

However, I've recently been encountering several rave reviews for this serum, so when the coupon rolled around, I figured I would give it a shot.

I got the 1 oz jar, which normally retails for $55:
The product itself is hot pink! It makes me happy every time I open it!

In the past, I've tried various serums and potions that claimed to smooth, brighten, tighten my skin, etc. and none of them worked.

This serum, on the other hand, is amazing! It's fragrance free so it doesn't bother me at all. Texture-wise, it's really interesting. It feels very silicone-y and in that sense, it reminds me a bit of Estee Lauder's Idealist skin refinisher and Biotherm Source Therapie. However, with both the EL and the Biotherm, I felt that the effects were extremely temporary. They made my skin feel smoother and more refined when I applied the product, but when I washed it off at the end of the day, my skin still had the same blotches and bumps.

Not so with the Pat Wexler serum! Upon initial application, it is honestly a bit weird because it feels so silicone-y and even left my skin feeling slightly sticky. However, I followed up with a moisturizer (as recommended), and that got rid of the stickiness. I use it 2x a day - in the morning, I just use the serum + my trusty Aveeno SPF 70 sunblock, and at night, I use the serum with Korres sugar crystal cream.

I've been using it for about 2 weeks now, and I can't say enough good things about it. It has really evened out my skintone (which can be a bit blotchy at times). Also, I've had these tiny bumps on the right side of my face for the past few years that NO exfoliator or cleanser could get rid of, and within 2 weeks of using this serum, they're almost nonexistent. This serum is seriously amazing and it's the first really effective skincare product I've encountered in a LONG time.

The BBW website is currently having a great deal on a giant sized jar (3.4 oz) for only $65. I'm beginning to wish I'd gotten that one instead!

I'm so impressed with this product that I'm beginning to look into the rest of Pat Wexler's line. Have any of you guys had any experiences with it? Any recommendations?

(first image is from the BBW website)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Starbucks red cups are back!

As I said in my last post, I love everything about the holidays, so I was very excited to find out that Starbucks' red cups and holiday drinks are back!

I look forward to this every year, and I always get one before starting my holiday shopping expeditions. I hate drinking my calories, but I make an exception for Starbucks lattes! My favs are the gingerbread latte and the peppermint mocha latte (skinny, of course). They are such a delightful, creamy way to get the day started (or at any other time of day, really!) that it's practically impossible to resist them.

What are your favorite holiday drinks from Starbucks?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Festive Fingertips

Anyone will tell you that I'm absolutely obsessed with the holidays and with sparkly things. So when I saw this nail polish in my friend's Sephora FF haul, I just KNEW that I had to have it. Something about gold is just so festive and fun for the holidays, and this particular gold is so glitter-packed and sparkly that it seems perfect for holiday and NYE parties - a fun alternative to the more traditional red, which is what I normally have on my tips all throughout December.
I know it's a bit early to start getting ready for the holidays, but it's never too early in my book! I normally start getting ready in October. hehe Also, the sparkliness is a great pick-me-up for me as I go through the dreariness of preparing for finals. :)

Without flash:

With flash:

With just two coats and flash:

As you can see, it's absolutely opaque. I love that, as most glittery polishes tend to be rather thinly pigmented. The shade is called "Looks Like Rain, Dear," and it retails for $9.

What are you currently wearing on your nails?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Some of my favorite things...

Blooms: Roses, all colors!

Food: steak and cake (and it even rhymes!)

Drink: water and coffee for everyday, champagne for special occasions

Thing to Wear: jeans and high heels (although not necessarily together) ... also love juicy tracksuits for lounging around the house

Destination: Madrid - I'm seriously craving some churros con chocolate right now. mmmmm....

Season: fall

Musician: Lady Gaga

Book: anything and everything Harry Potter! also love Ayn Rand and Le Petit Prince

Color: red and pink

Scent: in love with lavender. As far as perfumes go, I'm currently being rather fickle and alternating between Viktor and Rolf's Flowerbomb, Hanae Mori Butterfly, and Creed Spring Flower.

Extravagance: I try to incorporate a little bit of extravagance into my everyday life. I consider it to be good motivation for me to continue working hard, so I generally don't feel guilty about splurging on myself and my loved ones.

Quote: "Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe." - Gail Devers

"You can sleep when you're dead"

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Birthday Beauty Haul!

I had an amazing time turning 26 this year. My boyfriend flew across the country to come see me, and we ate lots of great food, did some sightseeing, and then topped it off with a night of fun with some of my best friends.

I wanted to share with you guys some of the fun beauty items that I received!

My boyfriend knows that one of my favorite scents is Bath and Body Works' holiday scent Twisted Peppermint so he got me a ton of goodies from that line, which just recently re-launched this year. It is a gorgeous candy cane scent - peppermint with a hint of sugar and vanilla, so that it just leaves your skin smelling like cotton candy!

I got this adorable hand soap and lotion set:
I haven't had a chance to try the hand soap yet, but I've used their hand soaps before, and love them. I couldn't resist tearing into the hand lotion, though, and it's amazing! I wish they sold this separately - it is smooth and thick, gorgeously scented, and sinks in quickly without leaving any greasy residue. I also like the handy pump packaging - it causes me to moisturize my hands more often (always a good thing as I tend to neglect them).

He also got me the matching body wash and antibacterial foaming hand wash:

I don't know if it's just me but I just love foaming products - there is something so decadent and luxurious about them. I also love that it's antibacterial - nobody likes germs!

My bf also spoiled me by getting me Creed Spring Flowers and Philosophy's Gingerbread Man scrub!

I've been lusting after this perfume forever but always balked at the high price tag. It was designed for Audrey Hepburn's wedding and smells absolutely amazing - the website describes it as having top notes of peach, melon, apple; middle notes of jasmine and rose; and base notes of musk and ambergris. It smells really feminine and gorgeous without smelling too young.

I also really wanted the gingerbread man scrub as I love everything gingerbread cookie related since I love the holidays and love the way gingerbread cookies smell! Philosophy scrubs work really well, so I can't wait to use this sometime soon.

My friend Jo also got me a bunch of goodies - one of which was this adorable mini cupcake lipgloss set! They're just too cute to use - they have different scents and they are just ridiculously cute. I have been wanting to buy something like this for a while but couldn't bring myself to buy it because it seems like such a frivolous item. I love looking at these though - they make me happy!

Overall, it was one of the best birthdays ever, and I couldn't have asked for anything more!

Now I'm just waiting on my Sephora FF package to arrive - it's supposed to get here tomorrow. I only got a Dior e/s quint in Mystic Smokys since I got just about everything else I want at my birthday! I am thinking of making a few more orders to buy some Christmas presents though.

What about you guys? Are you waiting on anything in the mail? I've been going crazy with tons of shopping from F21 lately, but I'm trying to be good now!

(BBW product photos are from their website)

Monday, October 11, 2010


from Lush:
* Maple Taffy lipbalm
* Lemony Flutter
* King of Skin body butter
* Satsumo Santa
* Gingerbread House
Korres Wild Rose Foundation in #2
fuzzy slippers
Philosophy Gingerbread Man scrub

Currently loving:
VS body butter - they come in such gorgeous scents and the butter is so silky smooth. The butter itself has a bit of a sheen to it so it leaves a beautiful effect on the skin. My current favorite scent is Pure Seduction.
Agent Provocateur perfume - smells clean and feminine! My current fav. It lasts almost all day and the bottles are so adorable! I often layer this with the VS body butter.
Korres Wild Rose foundation - I've been using a sample of this and I can't wait to buy it! It makes my skin look absolutely flawless and lasts all day. It also doesn't make my face itchy after a few hours, like a lot of other foundations do.
Sally Hansen complete manicure polishes - they have some gorgeous nudes and leave a glossy, long-lasting finish.

I cannot wait for the holidays to get here! Mulled wine, cold weather, Christmas decorations... I'm so excited! Not to mention that I will have a 4 week holiday break, so I am ESPECIALLY excited about that. I'm going to be in LA and Toronto for the holidays, so I'll get my share of gorgeous weather AND the snowy cold!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

random rambles

things that are currently making me happy:
* juicy couture tracksuits and jewelry (I want a charm bracelet although I don't think I'll really wear it because I just want to buy all of their adorable charms!)
* F21
* shearling
* yoga
* pilates
* EGGS (I <3 them! my roommates think it's gross how many eggs I eat)

things that are currently making me UNhappy
* job searching
* my MAC All That Glitters e/s shattering on the plane ride
* raggedy cuticles
* weather that can't make up its mind (hurry up and become fall so I can wear all my cute new things!)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Online Shopping!

I've been shopping online in the past few weeks to take the edge of having to come back to school. Here's some pics of my recent online haul. :)

I got some NYX lipstuffs from - from top to bottom, it's round lipgloss in Whipped, Mega Shine lipgloss in Smokey Look, Round lipgloss in Sorbet, and 2 l/l in Natural because they were BOGOF at $2!
I like the formula of the Mega Shine l/g better than the round l/g, but overall, I'm really happy with my purchase. The colors are so pretty and the products are all pretty pigmented. Sorbet is the PERFECT baby pink l/g - it's everything I wanted Underage to be, even though Underage is way too white on me. Whipped is a great nude l/g that kind of reminds me of MAC C-Thru, which I lent my friend one night we went out clubbing and never got back. :( My fav out of the products is Smokey Look l/g - it's a gorgeous natural warm l/g. Love love love it.

Next I took advantage of the 60% off boutique brand sale that they have going on at I got Too Faced diamond gloss in pink diamond and Vincent Longo diamond wet/dry eyeshadow in Dawn Flesh:
I LOVE these! the TF l/g is sooooo smooth and has the prettiest microshimmers that make my lips look fuller! It's brighter than what I wanted, so I'm contemplating getting some more colors. The VL e/s is kind of gritty and sucks when you use it dry, but it's gorgeously shimmery when you apply it wet. It really makes your lids sparkle like diamonds!

I also ordered this awesome Jami Rodriguez necklace off of because it's originally around $100 and it was on sale for $45. I also had a $10 off coupon, so I got this necklace for only about $35!

MAC has been having a ton of free ship codes lately, so I also got the lipstick in Shy Girl, which I've been wanting for a while but which has been sold out for the longest time at my counters. I love this shade. It's a really pretty almost nudish corally peachy shade.
I can see this working really well with the NYX l/g I got.

And the last item I got is this awesome keyboard protector for my macbook pro! My boyfriend got this for me and I get a ton of compliments on it from my classmates. :) I type really fast so I get self-conscious about my loud typing in class sometimes, so this helps muffle the sounds.

And that's it for now! I also ordered a bunch of stuff at F21 because I needed some layering camis and socks. I can't wait to get that package on Monday!

Monday, January 25, 2010


I have to start off by saying that I love long hair. I think it just embodies femininity and I just love the glamorous look it can give off. I also love big hair, especially with big luscious waves.

I am pretty lazy about my hair but have gotten a little bit better with it lately. I LOVE watching the youtube tutorials by the gorgeous Imogen as I find them super helpful, and she has this really pleasant voice that's nice to listen to as well.

I have long hair to the middle of my back. Most days, it's just wash and go. But when I feel like styling it, I like to play it up with lots of waves.

I am normally a salon brand snob when it comes to hair care products, but have recently started using drugstore products because I am now a poor student! Unfortunately, this has just reminded me why I am so picky with shampoo and conditioner - d/s brands do NOT work on my hair!

For some background info, I have long Asian hair, medium thickness, medium density, that tends to frizz. I find that I have to use at least twice the amount of product when I use drugstore products, and that I end up with a lot more frizzies. I'm currently using Pantene's s&c meant for long hair, and I am not a fan. The search continues!

I remember having good luck with the L'Oreal Nutri Gloss line (light pink) though, so I'm thinking of trying that out again. I normally have really good luck with Shiseido Tsubaki, Healthy Sexy Hair, and Biolage.

As far as styling products go, I mostly use the ones pictured above. I LOVE hot rollers and I have a Conair set that I use, along with some curling irons from Hot Tools.

The products pictured above are some of my mainstay products. I like to always have a spray mousse, like the one pictured above from Big Sexy Hair. I'm not too picky about which brand I get it from, as I've had good luck with this line, but also with Redken Guts and Tigi's Queen for a Day spray mousse (The TIGI one also smells like grape candy!). I like to use some of this product at the roots before blowdrying. It helps to hold my hair better when I backcomb afterwards.

Next in line is the Tigi superstar blowdry lotion. I honestly haven't seen that much of a change in my hair since using it, but a lot of bloggers say it makes their hair look thicker? So I'm still experimenting with this one. This also kind of smells like grape candy (yum!).

Next is Vavoom by Matrix forming gel. "Gel?" you ask? I know, right? It totally reminds me of those spiky haired boys from junior high, but this is one of the best products ever for holding a curl. My hair HATES to hold a curl. I like to emulsify this product in my palms, mix it with some shine serum, and apply it to ends before curling. It works great! it does make my hair a bit crunchy though.

Next up is Kenra's heat protecting spray. This works like the gel, but it's a spray formula. It helps my hair really hold styles but can make it kinda crunchy. Plus it's supposed to protect my hair from the heat, so I guess that's a good thing.

I then have one of my HGs- Paul Mitchell super skinny serum. This serum is awesome! It makes my hair look sleek and smooth and makes it dry at least 10 minutes faster than when I don't use it. It's pretty pricy though, and I go through it pretty fast, so I just bought a generic version at Sally's. I haven't used it yet, though, so I'll report back once I do.

The next two products are heat protectants (boring, but feel free to ask if you're curious).

The last product is Proclaim's hair oil. One of my favorite things to do for my hair (well, not favorite, bc it's pretty annoying, but favorite because it makes my hair look amazing) is douse my hair in oil, pop a shower cap on, and then sleep with it. The next morning, I wash it out, and ta-da! Gorgeous sleek shiny hair. This oil is ok but it has kind of a sickeningly sweet smell. I think I prefer jojoba oil but that can get kind of pricy. For the price, this is a decent product. I'm going to try regular olive oil in my hair next. :)

And now, here are just some random pics I felt like sharing:

Blast from the past:
Did you guys have an American Girl doll when you were growing up? I begged and pleaded for my parents to buy me this doll when I was in the 6th grade, and they finally gave in. She was my fav American Girl because she was the prettiest. (hehe, vanity at such a young age!) But I just found out that they got rid of her!!! How dare they. She had the best clothes!!!

And one last random pic. My bf's family, my bf, and I are all obsessed with the Showtime tv show "Dexter". So here's a gingerbread cookie my bf made for that show: Not bad huh? But I think he should still stick with his day job. ;)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Guilty Pleasures

So lately, I've been indulging myself a lot and began wondering about guilty pleasures. Everyone has them. For me, they include:

* watching HSN or QVC for over an hour while they sell cosmetics... my fav is Adrien Arpel. I always cringe as she slaps her 80s makeup on the poor models faces. WHY does she never put makeup on their nose??? For the love of god, COVER THEIR NOSE!
* plowing through a tub of ice cream or a chocolate bar (LOVE Godiva, Sees, and Cadbury) by myself
* reading cheesy chick lit (pretty much everything by Jane Green) or cheesy books in general (I'm reading Twilight right now)
* watching Saturday morning cartoons that I'm WAY too old for (what can I say? Ninja Turtles still rock. Although they no longer have that sweet van that shoots pizzas anymore.)

and sometimes they can be as simple as enjoying a really great cup of coffee or tea and indulging in a two hour long phone conversation with a friend, or just zoning out and forgetting about responsibilities for a while. Like they say, it's the little things in life that count.

What are some of your guilty pleasures?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ten Products I'm Loving Right Now

Here are some products that I'm just loving and using everyday lately:

1. TF bronzer in Chocolate Soleil: my FAV. I don't really use bronzer to look more tan; I just use it for contouring. This product is perfect for that because it's matte and brown with no red tones. It's pretty dark but you can really sheer it out using a fluffy brush and a light application. Plus it smells like coco pebbles and tastes sweet if you get some in your mouth by accident! (makes me want to eat it hehehe). I'm a MAC C3 and it's absolutely perfect on me for contouring.

2. Ardell lashes in #101: I have Asian eyes, and I need a fuller lash to make my eyes look really defined; those spiky lashes don't really work on me. These lashes are perfect and really work for just about any occasion. I do like to wear some longer lashes for a night out, but this lash works for just about anything, so it's a great standby. It's quickly become my new fav.

3. MAC eyeshadow in Naked Lunch: this is PERFECT for everyday on my C3 skintone; it's a great MLidsBB. It is just slightly lighter than my skintone and has a great shimmer that brightens up my eye area.

4. DDF Glycolic 10% Toning Complex: I've been having a lot of problems lately with my skin; it's been breaking out in weird bumps and stuff. This product has really helped to clear up my problems; I've noticed that my skin has become a lot smoother and softer since I've begun using this (it's been about 3 weeks). It smells like crap and kind of tingles when I use this, but it's so worth it!

5. MAC l/l in Subculture: the perfect MLBB. It really helps make y lips look slightly fuller because it's light and lip-colored.

6. Coastal Scents Pink Semi Firm Pointed Crease Brush: this brush is amazing and only $3.95! It's very firm and has a fine point at the end. I can use the wider side of the brush for wider application of eyeshadow, and then I use the pointed side of the brush to line my lower lashline.

7. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk: This is my favorite pencil for lining my inner lower lashline for that bright-eyed effect. I know a lot of people don't like using a white eyeliner on the lower lashline but I love it because I think it really opens my eyes up. This creamy pencil lasts all day. It's also a good backup eyeshadow base - the white color really brings out all the colors of the eyeshadows I apply over it.

8. NARS blush in Deep Throat: this has been kind of languishing in my collection, but I began wearing it everyday lately. It's the perfect shimmery peach that brings out my cheekbones.

9. Scott Barnes eyeshadow in Lily: So sad that tbe Scott Barnes line is no longer around! This is the PERFECT highlight shade: it's a shimmery creamy off-white that doesn't look too obvious when you use it to highlight. If you can still get your hands on his line, he makes really amazing eyeshadows and blushes.

10. MAC eyeshadow in Mulch: I've been using this eyeshadow absolutely everyday. It's a shimmery bronze with slight red undertones that is great for contouring the eye area. You can use it lightly for a very natural contour, or darker for a smokier look.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

20 Questions!

1. Things you cannot leave the house without: keys, cell phone, wallet

2. Favorite brand of makeup: MAC, NARS, Dior

3. Favorite clothing store: Abercrombie, F21, Club Monaco, Guess, J Crew

4. Favorite flower: Orchids, roses, lilies

5. Favorite perfume: changes all the time but currently chanel coco mlle

6. Heels or flats: Heels!

7. Do you make good grades: I find out in a week! squee!

8. Favorite colors: red and pink

9. Do you drink energy drinks: not really. Only when I'm having a vodka red bull.

10. Do you drink juice: rarely. I mainly drink only water and coffee.

11. Do you like swimming: I used to love it but it's been a while!

12. Do you eat fries with a fork? Wat? NO.

13. Favorite moisturizer: for face, right now I'm liking Korres sugar crystal cream and L'Oreal hydrafresh gel-creme. For body, I really like Jergens Skin Firming and TBS Vitamin E body butter.

14. Do you want to get married later on in life: Yes.

15. Do you get mad easily: Yes, but I'm working on controlling it!

16. Are you into ghost hunting: oh hell no. I can't even go to Knott's Scary Farm.

17. Any phobias: I'm scared of heights.

18. Do you bite your nails: Only when I'm super nervous or super bored.

19. Have you ever had a near death experience: I almost drowned when I was little, if that counts?

20. Do you drink coffee: too much of it, probably.

Friday, January 8, 2010

first blog award!

I got my first award today from the gorgeous
Chloe! Now I have to say 7 facts about myself and then give the award to 7 other bloggers.

My 7 facts....

1. When I was little, I used to think that monsters would come out of the center of the earth when construction people drilled roads. I would get really worried if they drilled for too long.

2. I can't watch scary movies. They give me nightmares. I'm a big scaredy cat!

3. On a similar note, I get surprised really easily. It's really embarrassing because sometimes I get surprised by the dumbest things, like I'll be waiting for an elevator, and there will be a person inside that I didn't expect, and that will make me jump. *sigh* Lame.

4. I hate the taste of lamb. HATE IT.

5. I love pbj sandwiches. Like, I lived off of them for a month once. YUM.

6. I used to never cry watching movies and now I cry a lot! The first ten minutes of "Up" always get to me. *sniffle*

7. I have the worst immune system EVER. Airborne has been helping me a lot but if there's someone within 10 feet of me that's sick, chances are that I'll get sick too. Like, right now, I think I'm coming down with a cold because my brother's been sick. Boo.

And those are my 7 facts! Now I give the award to my favorite bloggers:

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I saw Jessica Alba today!

I was on my way to LA Live to grab some drinks at the Yard House there with some girlfriends when I noticed there was an inordinate amount of traffic in the area. I began seeing a lot of people with Lakers jerseys on, and assumed the traffic was for the game, and started walking to the bar when I turned and saw a GORGEOUS woman in a silver dress... I stared because she looked like a walking goddess and it was JESSICA ALBA. I have a major girlcrush on her and it got MUCH WORSE because she is even HOTTER in person. She is super thin, taller than expected, and has a tiny but hourglass shaped figure with a gorgeous face. I'd say she's around 5'6" because I'm 5'8" and was in 4" heels, and she was just a smidge shorter than I in her giant heels. She looks much taller though, because she's so thin and statuesque.

It turns out the People Choice Awards were going on tonight at the Nokia theater. *shrug* who knew?

I can't seem to get any good pics of her online yet but has some.

I've seen a lot of celebs but rarely do I see a celeb that's so hot in person that s/he just makes my jaw drop. Granted, most celebs I see are just out for a day's grocery shopping or whatever and so are not all dolled up like Jessica Alba was today, but still.

Jessica Alba is hot. She has newly motivated me to work out, now.

My bf and I are planning on hitting up Hawaii for my spring break ... I should find a pic of Jessica Alba from tonight and post it on my wall or something for inspiration!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Perfume collection

I decided to do a post on my perfume collection because I'm newly falling in love with smelling nice this year. (hopefully I'll get used to it, because, as you can see, I own a ton of perfume but always forget to wear it!)

This is my collection: (I'm sorry my vanity is so dirty! This is the vanity at my parents' home and I haven't been here in 3 months!)

My collection consists of: VS Dream Angels Heavenly, Comptoir Sud Pacifique vanille abricot, EA True Love (OMG this is so old, I should throw this away), Clinique Happy, EL Pleasures, DKNY DKNY, Lolita Lempicka, CK Euphoria Blossom, Burberry and Burberry Weekend, Gucci II, Ferragamo Incanto Dream, Dior Addict 2, Ralph Lauren Rocks, Chanel Coco Mlle, Amarige by Givenchy, and CK In2U.

Like I mentioned previously, the Chanel Coco Mlle is my fav winter scent and probably my fav scent overall. However, I'm thinking of varying my scents a bit more, because there's just so many gorgeous scents out there and I want to wear more of them!

The fragrances I wear the most often are:

(from L-R: Gucci II, Ferragamo Incanto Dream, Dior Addict 2, RL Rocks, Chanel Coco Mlle, VS heavenly, CSP vanille abricot, and CK In2U.)

I'm thinking of pulling out the Happy and Pleasures and wearing them more for spring, though, since they're also such pretty scents.

I'll go through the ones I wear most often first, since I'm more familiar with them. I love the Gucci II year round because it's a very sweet floral scent - a lot of sweet scents smell too teeny bopperish in my opinion, but this one seems like a more mature sweet scent that's not too sweet.

The Ferragamo Incanto Dream is a young scent that I only like wearing in the spring or summer. It's a fruity floral that's also rather sweet and light. It's too light of a scent for fall or winter for me, but I do love it for warmer weather.

Dior Addict 2 is my fav spring scent. It's also a fruity floral but not as sweet as the Ferragamo, and more floral. It smells more sophisticated and grown-up in my opinion.

Ralph Lauren Rocks is a scent I like more for outdoorsy activities or the summer. It's a very light floral scent but it smells a little too green for my taste. I got it as a gift and it's pleasant enough, and I don't love it, but I don't hate it either.

Chanel Coco Mlle is my fav for winter and fall because it's a heavier scent, and such a gorgeous sophisticated oriental scent that's still not too heavy. I want to get Chanel No. 5 next.

VS Dream Angels Heavenly is more of a powdery scent that I only wear in the winter. It has a pretty strong vanilla base that makes it a gorgeous warm scent perfect for wintertime.

Next is my Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot - this one's a very sweet vanilla scent. It's too sweet for me to wear on its own but I love to layer it with some of my oriental fragrances, and even some of my floral perfumes to deepen them for nighttime.

Another scent that I received as a gift is CK In2U. This is a warm milky scent that I haven't really found a perfect occasion for, but it's a nice pleasant scent that I like for more casual events.

From the other scents in my collection, I don't wear DKNY DKNY, Givenchy Amarige, EA True Love, or CK Euphoria Blossom (they're all gifts that just aren't quite "me").

However, I do like to occasionally wear the rest.

I love Burberry Classic for the fall. It's a gorgeous oriental that kind of reminds me of fall foliage and crisp weather.

Burberry Weekend, which is now discontinued, is a lighter oriental. It's a very pretty scent but I don't wear it very often because it doesn't work with my body chemistry. It starts to smell kind of musty?

Clinique Happy is a fairly well known citrusy scent that really lives up to its name - it really does uplift your mood and make you happy! I like this scent when I need a pick me up.

EL Pleasures is another gorgeous floral scent that I'm rediscovering. It's an amazing sophisticated feminine scent that I like to wear when I feel more girly.

The last one in my collection is Lolita Lempicka, which is a woody oriental with a strong vanilla base. I used to ADORE this scent but it's becoming a little too sweet for my tastes and I just found out that my bf's not a very big fan of this one, so I'm not sure what to do with this one at this point. Maybe it'll grow on him? LOL, we'll see.

I'm hoping to use up at least ONE bottle before I make another fragrance purchase! Other perfumes I'm eyeing are Versace Bright Crystal, Nina by Nina Ricci, Fracas, Chanel No. 5, and Marc Jacobs Perfume. What are your perfume favs? Any you hate?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Winter Vacation

Winter vacation is flying by, as it always does.

I had an amazing Christmas at my bf's family's place in Hamilton, Canada (about an hour outside of Toronto). It was rainy on Christmas day but it snowed on and off during my stay, so it was nice to see the white snow covering everything for winter break (although it wasn't as nice to walk around in the freezing cold!) Here are some pics from my stay there:

the tree:

Gifts to be opened!

the Xmas dinner table setting:

gingerbread peoples we painted (I painted the top 2!):

I got soooo spoiled for Christmas - I received some spending cash, and a great haul:

Some DVDs, books, adorable pink stripy Ralph Lauren pajamas, various accessories, and even a Tiffany's box! My bf got me an Elsa Peretti diamonds by the yard bracelet to match the necklace he got me earlier last year. <3

I've been shopping my butt off all vacation. My only purchases in Canada were the:
Lush tea tree spray toner
L'Oreal Hydrafresh gel-creme for normal-oily skin (d/c in the states)

I really liked this when it used to be out here, so I was super excited to find it again. It's really light and creates a great base for makeup too.

and I also got some SUPER cheap DVDs at Wal Mart in Canada. Did we have this deal in the states this year? Boxing Day in Canada is like Black Friday here so I got these two dvds for only $5 CAD each:

I'm so excited to watch these; I've heard great reviews for both.

And with that, I had to leave Canada. :( I had such an amazing time, I was pretty sad to leave but I did manage to get some Tim Hortons coffee to soften the blow. (It's like their Starbucks or Dunkin... it's a coffeeshop on every corner and it's so good!)

Now I'm back in southern California, and I've been shopping like crazy! I got a bunch of clothes from all the post-holiday sales, and we even hit up the outlets, where I got a skirt suit from Anne Klein and a big haul from J Crew. I was too lazy to take pics of everything but here is the sweater and tank I got from Abercrombie

lol, you can see my toes. It was only $50 for both!

I also picked up some gorgeous lingerie at VS, and this shimmer powder.

Unfortunately, though, this product completely sucks. It's hard to get any product out, and when you get it out, the shimmer just goes everywhere but where you want it to go. It does smell really pretty but the product itself is terrible, so I returned it.

I also managed to score this amazing pair of Michael Kors heels from the Kitson outlet store in Santa Monica. Doesn't it kind of look like the golden pair of Christian Louboutins that I posted about earlier?

They're originally $248 but I got them for only $74!

I also had a little d/s haul at Sally's and Target:

This shampoo and conditioner is a knockoff of Redken, but I don't love it. It's supposed to be their moisturizing line, but it leaves my hair feeling kind of dry. I would not recommend or repurchase this product. It may be because the Redken line itself doesn't work for me either, though, so I'm not ruling out other Sally's generic products yet. The Redken All Soft line actually completely dried my hair out too, so I ended up throwing it out when I had it.

I also had to get the Boots cuticle oil just bc it's sooooo adorable.

Isn't it so cute? It works well but it doesn't smell very good (kind of like nail polish remover). Thankfully, it fades fairly quickly though, so it's not too bad. I wanted to get some Soap and Glory stuff because of the raves from the gorgeous UK bloggers but the Target I went to didn't have any. :(

I'm so excited for 2010! 2009 was fun but I'm ready for another fresh start! I hope you guys are all having a wonderful holiday season!

Current obsessions and loves:
* Earl Grey Tea (I was not normally a big tea drinker, but I'm currently obsessed with having tea with some milk and sugar. LOVE it)
* bobby pins (OMG - WHERE have you been all my life.)
* Chanel Coco Mademoiselle (my longstanding fav but I always fall in love with it all over again over the winter)