Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fashion (mostly) Haul!

Hi everyone!

I absolutely love shopping (who doesn't!?), and I love it even more when there are sales or coupons available to use, so that I can maximize my savings! I thought it would be cool that once in a while I would share a haul. Normally I haul beauty products, but I thought why not the other great items I find like fashion or home decor? I'll give tidbits here and there on how to score major savings at possibly some of your favorite stores! :)

First up! Forever 21! I've been shopping at this store ever since I was in middle school, and I have found that their quality has gotten better over the years. Shop here often? Then I highly suggest that you sign up for their emails because you can get some awesome coupons that they send exclusively to you or email newsletter subscribers. I've gotten a 30% off one regular price item before, 40% off one regular priced item, and so forth! You can sign up on their website HERE. I believe you'll get a free shipping code if you sign up right now.

This is called the Floral Crochet-Paneled Bell Sleeve Dress ($24.90), and it's absolutely cute! It's perfect for spring! I was able to purchase this several weeks ago for $15 since I had a 40% off coupon. I can see myself wearing this with gladiator sandals or boots with a nice pair of shades.

I randomly saw this on a rack while I was shopping at F21, and thought it was cute, so of course I bought it since I had a 40% off coupon (paid $7.74). I've worn this with a pair of capri style jeans and flats. Simplicity!

Wild at Heart Tee ($12.90)

Utility jackets/coats are in for the spring season, and I picked up this grey one for $15 with my coupon. Unfortunately it's not sold online anymore, but this HERE is similar.

 Old Navy! Who else used to shop at Old Navy as a kid? I still shop there! My friend gave me a $10 off $25 supercash coupon, so I went in and came out with a few awesome pieces.
I saw this awesome Wanderlust tee in store for $10, and it fits great. It's online  for sale right now for $7.

These Linen-Blend Shorts in khaki are so comfortable. I am in need of a new pair of khaki shorts because my other one has been worn too often that now there are holes! Whoops! I purchased these for $10 in store. Online they are $18.

The last item I purchased from Old Navy is this tank. This would be nice to wear during a casual day out in the sun. I purchased this in store for $5, but online it is $8. I hate how the prices vary from in store and online at Old Navy. -__-

DSW Shoes
I bought myself a pair of Keds from DSW shoes a month or two ago, and I am in love with these! They're grey jersey sneakers that provides real comfort for my feet. I was able to score these for $17 at the time using my coupons. If you shop at DSW, be sure to sign up for their rewards program! Sometimes they randomly send you a $10 off $10 purchase coupon, and you can earn points by purchasing from their store. It's a great program! You can learn more about it HERE.

TJ Maxx

Last but not least I purchased face towels from TJ Maxx. I know it's not exciting, but I got them for a great deal. Most of these are Cynthia Rowley face towels that I scored for $1 each on clearance. They are extremely soft, and are of good quality. Be sure to check out the end caps of the aisles when you're shopping at TJ Maxx, Marshalls or Homegoods. This is where they usually keep the marked down items. Sometimes clearance products are in the regular aisles too. Look out for red clearance stickers. :)

That's it for my haul! :) Happy hump day!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Best of Becca - Ulta Exclusive Set!

I went back to Ulta, and this time it's for a really good reason: Best of Becca set. Yes! I've made calls to FIVE Ulta stores trying to see whether or not this Becca Cosmetics set is in stock, and today I decided to call one store nearby where I was studying, and they had one set left. Oh my goodness, you should have seen my face because I was ecstatic! Thank you Andrea for finding me the last set! 

I have the Becca Skin Perfectors in a trio set that my sister got me during the holiday season, and I immediately fell in love with them. I saw this set online a few weeks ago, and thought its value was amazing. Unfortunately it's sold out online, but if you find it in stores, I highly recommend buying it because it is limited edition. For only $34.50 you get a full size Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé in Watermelon/Moonstone (regularly $27), a full size Beach Tint in Guava, a deluxe size Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold, and a deluxe size Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Opal. It's a great value set where you're able to try out several best selling products of Becca Cosmetics!

Here's the back of the box if you want more details.

 Swatches of all four products (L to R): Beach Tint in Guava, Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé in Watermelon/Moonstone, and Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold.

My first impressions of these products:
  • Beach Tint in Guava - fruity smell, creamy. You can use this on your cheeks or on your lips.
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal - I have this, and it's absolutely gorgeous. I use this everyday, and I'm glad I now have another Spotlight. This is so easy to blend out, and it doesn't make your face look too shimmery. It gives you a nice sheen that makes you glow like a goddess! This is an amazing highlighter!
  • Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé in Watermelon/Moonstone - This has a bouncy texture. It's not a cream blush nor is it a powder. Its texture is similar to the Maybelline Dream Bouncy blushes. Love this!
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold - This screams out bronze goddess to me. This pressed highlighter is so perfect for the summer time. It's a true rose gold.

It's no longer available online, but I wanted to post this up just in case you see it in store, and you're wondering whether or not you should get it. GET IT! I haven't put all the products to the test, but I know this will be worth it! :)

Mini Haul: Marshalls & Ulta

After I got my hair cut a few days ago, I decided to get myself a curling wand and some heat protectant spray, so I went to Marshalls. Usually I would go to Target for beauty related items, but I secretly wanted to go to Marshalls to check out their cute fashion pieces and shoes. You can find so many great designer brands at an affordable price!

I was able to find myself a curling wand for only $14.99. I was a bit hesitant to purchase it though because it was so inexpensive. I was expecting it to suck, but to my surprise it works dandy and fine. It's by the brand Bella Beauty, and it's a 3/4" to 1" wand that also comes with one protective hand glove. I also found two American Eagle headbands for $1.99 each! Score!

Here I am wearing one of them:

 I quite like it! I feel so young though wearing this headband! 

I was unable to find a heat protectant spray at Marshalls so I headed over to Ulta and I found a NYX blush in "Cinnamon" for $2.99 and a Toni & Guy Heat Protectant Hair Mist for $4.49! Great finds!

See! It's a tiny haul! ;) Have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hair, hair!

Happy hump day everyone! We are so close to the weekend already, and I am excited because I will be able to catch up on some work and rest!

I decided to chop off my hair yesterday, and it's a huge change for me because this is the shortest length I've ever had. Childhood Asian bowl-cuts hair do not count!  The last time I had my hair short was during my senior year in college, and ever since then I've kept my hair at a medium to long length.

I just wanted something different: a change. Summer is just a few months away, and although I do prefer longer hair during the hot season (I like the summer beach breeze blowing my hair into the wind, and having stylish beach hair. LOL), I just needed a change.


I look quite fierce don't I? My hair is pretty short! This is obviously when it's straight.

I also bought myself  a clip-less curling wand yesterday at Marshalls, and tried curling my hair to see what it'll look like and here it is:

Not bad right?

I'll be watching videos on how to style my short hair! :P

Friday, April 3, 2015

TIP: Brush Cleaning!

I am at home for a few more days until I head back to school, and I unfortunately do not have my olive oil and Dawn soap with me to clean my dirty brushes. What did I do? I improvised. As a couponer, I have a lot of personal care items at home, and I found a bar of the Shea Moisture African Black Soap in my bathroom cabinet. I decided to test it out to see if it would do a good job at cleaning my brushes without too much effort, and it worked wonderfully!

 You can buy this bar at your local drugstore for approximately $4.99. It's inexpensive and works great for your brushes!

The bar is fairly large, so I took a knife and cut a quarter of it off. You may want to do the same, and save the rest for later.

 This is an It Cosmetics brush that I use for blush. You  can see that there's a lot of product I need to get off.

 All I do is wet the tips of my brushes with water and swirl it on top of the piece of soap I cut off just enough to get some soap on there. Then I massage my brush with my fingers through water again to get all the gunk out. I dry it on a clean and dry towel, and I'm done!

And... boom! I have myself a clean brush. :) I tried this soap with my Beauty Blender as well, and it worked great!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dermstore - 20% Off (almost) Everything! + free shipping!

Dermstore is one of my favorite online beauty shops because they carry a wide range of brands from skin care to cosmetics, and they always have free shipping, no minimum. Luckily for the next five days until March 30, you can get 20% off almost everything with the promo code: SPRING

They carry brands such as LORAC, Becca, Tarte, etc. :) Happy shopping!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

REVIEW: Jouer Cosmetics Moisturizing Lip Gloss in "Malibu"

Wow. It's been MONTHS since I've last posted anything! My life is school, and school is my life right now and for the next year or so. I don't expect things to slow down any time soon, but I do want to get myself into the habit of blogging or vlogging again at least once a week or so. I truly miss it!!!

Today's post is a review on a brand that I am not too familiar with called Jouer Cosmetics. I've heard about this brand here and there, but I never got myself to try anything out until a few months ago when I picked up their lip glosses from Nordstrom online.

Jouer's Moisturizing Lip Gloss ($22) in "Malibu" appears hot pink in the tube. These lip glosses are sheer and contain shea butter, jojoba seed oil and vitamin E with purposes to hydrate the lips all while keeping the lips smooth and shiny.

Malibu is such a summer shade! I know it just turned spring, but I'm from southern California where it's going to be 90 degrees in a few days, so bare with me!

 Doe foot applicator.

This gloss, and I'm going to make the assumption that all their other glosses, are extremely sheer, just like what is described on their website. No glitter, nada.

These are my natural lips. You can see I have pink coloration to my lips. (with flash)

With the gloss on my lips look MEGA plumped compared to my natural lips! You can also see that my lips appear quite shiny, and the gloss gave my lips a little more color. (with flash)

My lips with the gloss on without flash. I like the hint of color! It appears extremely bright in the tube, but this color doesn't transfer like that on the lips. It's definitely wearable during the spring!

  • Hydrating - Strangely enough I feel as if this gloss is indeed moisturizing. I like that my lips feel smooth. This is quite a surprise!
  • Sheerness -  I typically go for very opaque glosses, but this one is very sheer. I like this for a change because this gloss brightens up my face when I'm having one of those lazy days where I don't want to wear lipstick or anything that will bring direct attention to my face. It's one of those lip glosses.
  • Formula -  Non-sticky glosses are the best kind of glosses, but with that said, expect to reapply after eating, drinking, etc. However, even when I eat or drink with this gloss on, my lips still feel hydrated!

  • Cost - $22 for a sheer lip gloss? I'm not sure if you would want to pay that much. I fortunately got this in a limited edition set, but it might be worth it if you're looking for a gloss that is very hydrating for your lips. 

Despite the cost for this Moisturizing Lip Gloss, I like it, and I would invest in another one if there was a sale or set available. :)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Beauty Favorites!

Can you believe that it's already February?! Who's watching the Super Bowl tomorrow?! I am, but sadly the Chargers aren't in it this year, but there's hope for next season! LOL :P

Back to beauty, here are my beauty favorites for January! Unfortunately for some reason Google/YouTube isn't letting me "reply" to comments, so I need to look into that soon. Let me know if you how I can fix that please! :)

Happy February! :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

REVIEW, DEMO & PHOTOS: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler!

My favorite eyelash curler currently is the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. This is a well-known curler that many people love, and I can see why!

Although the curler is $20, it does a fantastic job at curling your lashes! You barely need to press down on the curler to get them really curled. There's no pinch to the skin, and it doesn't create weird creases in your lashes!

This is what my lashes look uncurled. You can see that they come straight out towards the plane of the photo.

 Here's how they look when I curl one set (on the left) once.  They appear more uplifted than the photo above.

I decided to curl the same lashes again (2nd time) and is it noticeable or what?! Compare them to the right side!

Here I decided to wear two coats of mascara just to define my lashes more.

You can only purchase this mascara through the Shu Uemura website, which is where I purchased mine. Be aware of buying it through other vendors as I have heard there are fake ones around the market.
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