Tuesday, December 29, 2009

new years NOTD & jewelry

Hey guys,
Sorry for the lack of updates, I've been taking advantage of the laziness that comes along with my 3 week long winter break. Actually theres barely been any laziniess, more like work work work and holiday shopping madness! Now that Xmas is done with, I can kick back and relax and just figure out what I'm gonna do for the new year.

Since New years is coming up, I decided to do an extra sparkly NOTD, nothing too fancy, but my girls and I were thinking about wearing sequiny dresses for new years and I figured this would be great to compliment the glitz and glam of new years.
whoops sorry not THE greatest photo (how did I mess up point & shoot?!), and pardon the cut on my finger, I'm so clumsy! But yeah like I said, nothing super fancy... I just had some glitter that I bought to decorate some xmas gifts, so I just put on a clear coat and poured it over my nail for that ultra bling effect! :) I then applied a top coat. Hopefully this will last through my shower tomorrow morning!

Another thing I wanted to post about was this super cute necklace that I purchased from American Eagle. I gotta give it to AE, they've definitely upped their jewelry game this season. It's a pocket watch/necklace with silver filigree detailing that gives it this antique feel to it. Dainty and delicate, the other side has a heart-shaped window to reveal the time without needing to open it.

I tried to look for the watch online so I could give you guys direct link to it, but it wasn't online anymore! But it's still in stores if any of you guys are interested in buying it. I think it's perfect because first of all, it's frikin' adorable. It's on a long silver chain which is perfect for layering necklaces on, or just going solo for simple, yet put together look. And also great for people who dont do watches (aka me, my arms are meant for bracelets!), and guess what! It was only $19.50 (I think.. i threw away the tag)

Anyway, it's pretty late right now! I didn't notice the time until I uploaded the picture of the necklace opened up with the time and everything and I was like "OH WHUT?! It's 3am!?" and sure enough it was. So I think it is time to hit the sack because my body sure does need it. Can you believe I was sick during the holidays?! Super lame, not to mention I just insisted on going out anyway. Speaking of which, does anyone know any good fast remedies on getting rid of cold sores? It's quite unsightly.

A demain!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

leonid meteor shower

Okay, so meteor showers aren't exactly cute, but they're super cool so I guess we'll make an exception today and the blog will temporarily be loveallthingscuteandcool. Sound like a good idea? haha!

So last night and tonight was the Leonid meteor shower. I'm no astrology geek but I just LOVE LOVE LOVEE meteor showers. I had nobody to watch it with last night because people were preoccupied with sleep (sleep? who needs sleep?!) or homeworks and what not, so I just walked outside my house and tried to spot some. I saw two measly faint ones, but I was disappointed.

Luckily, it goes on for 2 days, and today a small group of friends wanted to go! Yay me! It was FREEZING. I had my jeans on, my furry boots (not UGGS, mind you), a v neck sweater + peacoat, a beanie and earmuffs, so I was OKAY, still a bit cold. I forgot the gloves! At first they were a bit sparse and faint, but around 2 we saw a couple BIG ones. They were bright, and left a faint streak after the meteor had vanished. That one meteor made tonight SO. WORTH. IT. :)

It was just breathtaking, lying on your back staring up at the sky. We went to a better location today so less light pollution. You're just staring up at the black sky and its bedazzled with stars. I felt like I was in one of those snowglobes, watching the meteors fall.

HAHAH okay so a little embarrassing, but I'm love playing SIMs, and if you're unfamiliar with it, your SIM can look through a telescope (if you buy one), and they can get ABDUCTED! So I was a little nervous HAHA but that's just my imagination getting the best of silly me.

Anyway it is 3:39 where I'm at right now and I really need to get to bed if I'm going to make my 9:30 ballet class in the morning... The next meteor shower happening is the Germinids meteor shower happening December 13th-14th, so if you missed out on the Leonids, here's your chance! Supposedly this one is supposed to have a better show than the Leonids. :)


Thursday, November 12, 2009


AHH. The long awaited post is FINALLY here. I know I've put it off for WEEKS but, here it is finally!

This collection is a sequel to UD's Book of Shadows 1, which was a huge hit to consumers and became SUPER hard to find anywhere (believe me, I've tried!). This set comes with 16 shadows, including 8 exclusive shadows found only in this collection. It also comes with 2 of their famous 24/7 glide on pencils and a mini, super cute bottle of their well-known primer potion. All yours for $48 dollars! I think that this is a decent price for 16 shadows since their eyeshadows are priced at $16 individually and this set has a large variety, plus the eyeliner & primer.

The top (white) portion of the box opens up to reveal a mirror and a "lookbook", but I was a bit disappointed with the lookbook. It would've been a great idea if it was a bunch of looks that you could achieve with the book of shadows, but the looks used other UD products not just from the BOS (book of shadows).

I was a little disappointed with UD's packaging, it wasn't exactly the greatest. See that little purple pull tag at the bottom? You pull it and the "drawer" of eyeshadows pulls out. It was actually quite difficult pulling the drawer out the first time, I thought it would get easier after we got it out once, but I was wrong! Eventually that tab broke off, and I decided between returning it for a new one, or just super gluing it back together. I went with the latter choice, and now it's good as new! So if you plan on purchasing this, proceed with caution and be gentle!

Here are some closer up shots of the shadows:
and here are the swatches:
Perversion is a matte black, I'm glad that they've decided to add a matte color because in my opinion, UD is all about the shimmery/glitter colors. Plus, a matte black shadow is a must-have in every girl's makeup collection! It is also one of the exclusive shades. Gunmetal is a metallic gray with glitter in it

Ecstasy (OOPS spelled it wrong) is one of gorgeous colors in the box. It is a pretty purple with a slight light pink undertone. One of my favorites for a purple smokey eye.

ac/dc is another one of those exclusive shades, and although the site describes it as a "deep eggplant shimmer" I'll have to disagree and say that its just a purple shimmer, definitely a deeper purple than ecstasy though.

The next row has more neutral shades, i find myself going to these colors for more of my everyday school looks.

nylon is a sparkly champagne color and one of the "special" shades included in this set. I'm a bit neutral on this color, it's not my fave, but I don't hate it.

sellout is a pinky champagne, and it reminds me of stila's Kitten. UD describes it as "Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, w/o glitter!" but sellout looks more pink to me and MCRA seems a little darker. This color is perfect for an all over eye color!

mushroom is a shimmery taupe color that I really like to pair with sellout & nylon. This is also one of the exclusive shades that come only in this set.

sphynx is one of my favorite shades in this collection (i love pink!) I'm sad that it doesn't show up very well on my swatch though. It is a petal pink with glitter in it, a bit on the frosty side, and quite sheer. I usually use it as an all over color with something else, or when I really want it to show, I gotta pack it on and layerr it so it POPs. :) also an exclusive.

Moving on, the 3rd row is DEFINITELY an all neutral shade family.

half baked is a shimmery gold that makes an appearance in UDs 'Ammo' palette. I don't see myself reaching for this color much, maybe I'll have to come up with a look that utilizes this color.

twice baked is a dark corky brown with small gold glitter. I guess half baked and twice baked would go well together... time to try!

midnight cowboy rides again is i think is one of my least favorite shades in this collection because it is just so darn glittery! it's a gold with gold,bronze & silver giltter. Dang, glitter overkill much? I guess it'll be handy though when I feel like being glammed up. I guess you cant really tell from the swatch (sorry guys!) the glitter doesn't show up very well without flash. but believe me, its glittery!

ydk (does that stand for 'you don't know?') is a shimmery bronzey brown. I can't say that I have a lot say on this color. Maybe thats why its YDK, cos i really dont know what to say. haha!

YAY finally colors that I actually want to talk about (sorry UD).

jinx is a B-E-A-utiful bright, shimmery mermaid blue. I wished this set gave me more colors that I could use to pair up with jinx. This color definitely deserves to be called exclusive.

flipside... i dont really even know how to describe this color... its definitely frosty and goes on lighter than it looks in the pan. In the pan it looks tealy, greenish. But on my finger and in the swatch, it looks almost sky blue. Is this the flipsidee that they're talking about? Still pretty color though!

homegrown (LOL what is up with all these weed names UD?) is a shimmery leaf green, which i assume is what they're going for with this name. Also an exclusive shade.

misdemeanor is the last shade of the bunch, and SUPER interesting (and exclusive)... it has shimmer in it and in the pan it looks like a taupey gray. But UDs website describes it as a deep teal with shimmer. Teal isn't exactly what I would call it, but I guess its like a dark, near black navy with shimmer.

MOVING ON... (whew this is quite the post!) to the eyeliners!
I've heard a LOT about UD's 24/7 liners, and before I thought that maybe it was all hype, or over exaggerating, but OH MY GOD when I used them, I became a convert. This set comes with two colors, Zero (black) and Bourbon (dark brown). I was never a fan of pencil liners cos they hurt my eyelid when I use them but these applied SO SMOOTHLY, I was shocked! They were so creamy, but they stayed put!

I kept running my fingers over these heart-swatches that I did, and they did not budge or smear or smudge (smear + budge = smudge?). They're still on my hand now, and although they are lighter, they are still there. I've read many reviews that these work on the waterline, but sadly they don't work for me, maybe mine are extra watery. When I'm removing my makeup at the end of the day, I still see remnants of it AT my waterline, not like a hot mess in my lower eye area, so I'll give UD props for contributing to the raccoon look.

LAST but not least is the famous UDPP (urban decay primer potion). They give you a baby bottle of it (so cute!). I've read/seen a lot of this and it's rival too faced shadow insurance, and I think that it works pretty well. My colors seem to show up more with the primer than without it. I can't say that NO creasing happens, but the creasing tends to happen at the end of the day when my lids get pretty oily. When I apply it to my lids, it feels kinda greasy and I don't like it, but luckily it goes away. It also dries "clear" which is both a good and a bad thing. I've been using MACs paint pots as bases for awhile now (yay bare study!) and I've grown fond of the light shimmer that it gives me. I suppose UDPP would be good for matte looks where I don't want to use Bare Study.

Urban Decay's Book of Shadows Vol. 2 is BOUND to be a bestseller. I definitely think its a good bang for your buck (16 shadows, 2 eyeliners & 1 primer!). Urban decay's shadows are known for their pigmentation and smooth, creamy application. Although I felt like they should have added more extravagant colors (cos I feel like UD is known for that) and less neutral ones, I'm sure many neutral/UD fans would disagree with me. Ranging from neutral champagnes and browns to electric blues and purples, UD's Book of Shadows 2 is good as an introduction to the brand (to try out their products) and would be a great addition to any girl's makeup collection.
Grade: A

*EXHALE* wow. done with the post! Sorry if it was long, boring, or excessive. Feedback is VERY welcomed. I hope post was helpful, and if not, at least entertaining! More to come, hopefully!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

being productive.

Bonjour mes cheries!
Happy Veterans Day! I spent my lovely day off sleeping in, going to the mall, eating junk food and kinda-sorta making dinner. So.. what a perfect time to update my blog! Before I get slammed with school work and midterms again, right?

Halloween came... and left with a blink of an eye! I feel like people plan so much for halloween, like looking for costumes, even costuming as a group, looking for events to do and what not. Some people really do go all out! I did feel like there were wayy too many Lady Gaga's this year. Anyway so this year I decided to be festive and bake halloween goodies! They weren't the greatest cos I had a midterm that week and I just used this for procrastination :)

Meet Frankie! He was actually my least favorite cookie cutter shape, cos he was just so big and bulky, and I thought he was going to be boring. :( Sorry Frankster! But it turns out he was actually the most fun to decorate, and I think, the best outcome.

Next is Jack! (Jack, the Jack-o-lantern), I know, not super creative... I used candy corn for the eyes and black licorice for the mouth. I had to cut it up into strands, it was pretty time consuming! I coudln't find black drawing icing anywhere! -_- And most people I know aren't fans of black licorice. Oh well! Here are the rest of the batch:
Frankie's broski's.

what's a halloween cookie batch without some bats?Jack's extended family.
Black cat's are cute and yummay, hardly bad luck if you ask me. The kitty cookie cutter was my favorite at the beginning, but they were pretty difficult to decorate since.. ya know, they were all black O_O. Doesn't the purple sprinkle cat look constipated to you?

So that was the first day of halloween baking. These were just a simple sugar cookie recipe with royal frosting. The cookie cutters only cost me $1 from Target! Gotta love target. I also got the purple sprinkles for 1 dollar!

I wanted to bake halloween cupcakes the same night,but L convinced me not to cos i had to decorate, clean, and most importantly STUDY! Good call! So the next day, I made Red Velvet Cupcakes and sortaa decorated them.

All the frosting is creamcheese, i just died some fo it black to be festive :) and those orange things are halloween peeps! They looked like pumpkins, but they also kinda had ears so I was a little confused.Another black kittyghostie and pumpkin dude
I had some left over batter left, but not enough for another set of cupcakes, so I made red velvet hearts!
yummmyy warm bite-sized goodness if you ask me.

Anyway, this concludes my baking post! It was pretty long! I hope I didn't put you guys to sleep :)


Sunday, November 8, 2009

apologetic me.

Hii all,
Sorry I've been MIA with the posting. I know I promised reviews and swatches (this week, i promise!) I've just been burnt out from midterms week and last week was a total lazy weeek. After my midterm on monday, I will get the urban decay swatches up, I also have a halloween (i know, so late!) cookie post, and also a couple mascara reviews. Hooray!

BTW my UD Book of Shadows Vol II. TOTALLY died on me last week, theres a small ribbon "pull tab" to pull out the "drawer", and it just came right off! Urban Decay, i love you and your fabulous makeup, but can you guys PLEASEE spend a little more time (or money hmm?) on the packaging?! I was gonna lug my butt to the mall to exchange it at macys but I got lazy.. nothing a little Gorilla glue couldn't fix.

Anyways, sorry again! Ta ta for now :)


Monday, October 19, 2009

Philosophy: Kiss Me... Tonight

One of the items I picked up this weekend haul was Philosophy's Kiss Me Tonight ($20 for .3oz), which is an intense lip treatment.

I have pretty big lips, and during fall/winter they go a little haywire so I was hoping that this would be the fix that they needed. I also heard good things about the Philosophy brand and always wanted to try some of their products.

The product itself is a peachy, fleshy color, but it goes on clear. It has the consistency of Vaseline, maybe a little thicker and more sticky instead of slippery. Initially, it felt good on my lips but so far, I haven't really seen/felt any difference that the website boasts.
works on contact to soften roughness, relieve dryness and soothe seriously dry lips. this luxurious lip treatment helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, adds shape and definition, and restores a healthy rosy appearance
woah woah woah, works on contact? really now? Yeah, didn't see any of that happening, and I was pretty sure my lips were "seriously dry". I also did not experience or see the reduction of fine lines, nor a rosy appearance. A reviewer on the site said that although they didn't experience any immediate results, her lips were noticeably softer in 3 weeks. That sounds believable to me, but not instantaneous results like the website's description. Other reviews were dissatisfied with the product, so I'm glad that it's not just me who disagrees with the "greatness" of the product.

Product grade: C
not too bad, but nothing great either. Instead of paying $20 for this little jar, I'd rather reach for my Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm ($7 for .8oz), it works great, i get even more than DOUBLE the product, and it does the same job.

I'll give this product a 3-week test period, and report back with the results. Looks like I won't be kissing anyone tonight, not with these lips!


weekend haul!

This weekend I headed over to my mall to Macy's to get my brows done at the Benefit Brow Bar. Have any of you guys tried them out? Only specific Benefit Counters have them. It used to be $18 for a brow shaping/arch session, but now they've upped the prices to $20 (don't forget to tip!) I know it's pretty steep for just brows, but they do a good job almost everytime (except for this one esthetician)so for me, it's worth it because I have very thin, light, sparse brows, and they're hard to work with!

It may sound a little weird, but my favooriteee part is I get the area in-between my eyebrows (where the uni-brow would be, if i had one) waxed. I just love the feeling of the warm wax there and that area hurts the least when she pulls off the cloth strips, and then BAM silky smoooth. I love it.

ANYWAYY.. so I was only supposed to get my brows done and MAYBE get MACs "Brave" Lipstick... but that trip to the mall turned into a mini-haul instead...

My first stop was Sephora! I'm in LOVE with the Barbie for Stila collection, but they ran out of the eyeshadow palatte! :( I also wanted to check out Korres Cherry Lip Kisses, which was on my 'WANT' list after I saw Temptalia's swatches and review.. but I dunno if its her camera, or her lighting, but they definitely didn't look that cute in person, in the tube or on my lips. The only one that I liked was Fuchsia, the other colors looked really bland and even almost brown-ish in the tube, so I passed.

Next stop was MAC. Omygoodness, because of the Mischief, Magic and Mirth release, that store was jam-packed! I tried to ask one of the associates to assist me in finding "Brave", but she was in the middle of something. After aimlessly looking around for awhile, I decided to head over to the MAC counter in Nordstroms instead. While I was waiting for the MUA's attention, I tried to look for "Brave" by myself but I kept grabbing "Snob" instead. Snob is more of a pinky nude lip, while brave is more of a fleshy toned nude lip. I had to decide between the two and I got "brave"! (Review & swatches coming soon!) I also got enchanted by their new holiday eye palette "Sorceress" and bought that one too!!

While I was leaving Nordies, I passed by the Philosophy counter and also picked up their "Kiss Me Tonight" - intense lip treatment (See next post for review!)

Last but not least, I made my way back to Macys cos I parked there.. and did you guys notice something else knocked off my want list? Let me give you a hint, it looks like this:

YEAH. I got the Urban Decay Book of Shadows: VOL 2
It retails for $48 but I had a $10 Macy's coupon and surprisingly cosmetics weren't excluded! Yayyy me!

Although I saved some on the UD palette, my poor, poor wallet! At least I'll make it worthwhile by posting up pics/reviews for you guys! :) Book of Shadows/Sorceress/Brave review will come later this week (sorry guys I have a chem lab report to do!) so keep an eye out!


Sunday, October 18, 2009

under construction!

Hi guys!

My apologies for the unfinished site. I liked my old layout, but unfortunately it was brought to my attention that posting comments weren't cooperating, so I switched to a new layout! I might still change it, and none of the links up there work, so please bear with me! Man, I used to be so good at this HTML stuff back in middle school (new xanga layout every 2 weeks baby!), but now I have to resort to getting them from sites and tweaking them to my liking. Hopefully things will be 100% soon!


edit: Okay, so the links up there work, its just that I don't have enough posts X__X for all of them to have something, sorry guys! As for commenting, you have to click on the post's name (so you see just THAT post) and the box should be at the bottom. Hope this works out for everyone! The last thing I need to do is just edit the banner a little cos it just says "ANYTHING".

Saturday, October 17, 2009

MAC winter 2009 collection

So promo photos are out for MAC's winter 2009 collection (releasing in the US Nov 25 freestanding/pro stores ONLY).

I was on my usual makeup website browsing routine when I was on Temptalia and she had a photo of it:

photo credit: temptalia.com

Isn't that lipstick just absolutely GORGEOUS?! From Temptalia's site I believe it is "Prive" described as a "creamy light blue pink". This collection is part of the MAC couture line, so the products are more expensive (ex "Prive is $22 instead of the usual $14 for a lipstick). And OF COURSE I am a huge HUGE sucker for packaging, and although I like MAC's simplicity, this vintage, baroque decor is a must-have on my list!

I was never a huge fan of lipstick when I was younger because I associated them with age, and that they smelled kinda funny... cos I always tried my mommy's Clinique/Estee Lauder lippies. It wasn't until I bought my own lipstick which was MACs "Most Popular", part of the Hello Kitty collection that I realized lipstick can smell and look good! Now I'm addicted :)

So excited for this new collection! For more info, hit up Temptalia's page, its one of my faves!

ps. If it's not baroque, don't fix it! (haha, i just had to!)


Friday, October 16, 2009

hello kitty mania!

I am a huge, and I mean HUGE hello kitty fan. A majority of my items are HK. I have clothing, pencil boxes, my school bag, watches, pen/pencils, stapler... hello kitty toothbrush (too cute to use), hello kitty chopsticks (from a friend<3)

So of COURSE my eyes nearly popped out of their sockets when I saw this picture on my facebook feed (yeah, i'm a fan of HK on fb). So from far away it looks like a mosaic of some sort of Hello Kitty... but if you take a closer look, you see that this piece of art, by Jason Mercier, is made COMPLETELY of hello kitty products!

Here, take a closer look:

COOOOL huh?! It's like a game of "I Spy". I spy, with my little asian eyes... a fork, spoon, scissors, gluestick, cookie cutters, mittens, a water bottle, tupperware, stationary, tape, figurines, bubblegum (yum i love sanrio gum!), hair barrette etc!

Isn't it amazing?! What do you see?

picture credits: sanrio.com

Monday, October 12, 2009



So I finally got a new, fully functional (yay) laptop which means I can finally make a legit post.. :)

I can't really tell you what this blog is going to contain, I love so many things, especially cute things (hello, blogname) so this WILL be random! There will be makeup posts, tutorials, reviews... random cute things (expect a lot of hello kitty), and more... so if you love all things cute like I do, stay tuned!


Sunday, October 4, 2009

testing testing 123!~

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