Friday, July 1, 2011

NOTW: Red Hot!


I'm back to share my nails for the week, I was having a hard time deciding what color to paint my nails and figured I hadn't done red in awhile so it was about time.

Polishes used:

NYC in a new york color minute in Times Square and Seche Vite fast dry top coat

What do you have on your nails this week?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review: Equate detangling spray


So, a couple weeks ago when I included this product in a haul I got a comment from Kassandra (check her out if you haven't already!!) asking how I liked this so I figured why not do a review!

What it claims: Tear free, can use on wet or dry hair for silkier, tangle-free hair.

Compare to: Johnson's no more tangles (light green bottle)

Where to buy it: Only available at Walmart

Price: $1.97

My Rating: 4.5 Peace signs

The Good: Okay first and foremost I LOVE how this smells! I can't quite describe what the scent is other than delicious! lol. My other favorite part about it is the spray nozzle (shown below) it twists to lock and gives the perfect mist. It does a really good job at detangling like it says with both wet and dry hair.

The Bad: I will say that sometimes when my hair is extra tangled I have to use kind of a lot of product to be able to get my comb through but even though this is a con, I don't mind it too much.

Overall: I would say this is great alternative to the Johnson's detangler and definitely recommend giving it a try to see how it works for you!

*This is just MY experience/opinion on this product, it may or may not work the same for you. You never know!*

Monday, June 27, 2011

Finished products of the month

Hey everyone!!

I'm writing this post in the middle of the night because tonight I'm leaving for vacation and didn't want to totally abandon my blog.

But yeah, so I decided to make these posts my finished products of the month since I go through things pretty fast or there isn't much left and I use it up.

1. St. Ives soothing oatmeal & shea butter body moisturizer. I'm sure I've mentioned before that I have eczema so I'm always trying out new moisturizers to see what works for me. This one was actually pretty good, it had a nice pleasant fragrance and did a very good job at moisturizing my skin. The best part is that it's less than $4!

2. Suave detangling spray. I always have to use something to detangle my hair after the shower and I had really high hopes for this one but unfortunately it didn't work for my hair. I had to use a lot of product to even get it to somewhat detangle and even then it really didn't do much. I did love the scent which was apple but that was about it.

3. Onyx Professional 100% pure acetone nail polish remover. I've mentioned this in several posts and it's still the only remover I use for my nails. I've already picked up a new one!

4. Aussie 3 minute miracle. I did a post on this not too long after I started blogging and said that this stuff was something that didn't work for me. Well after the package change and my sister buying it and loving it, I figured why not give it another try! It sadly still didn't work for me, it was more like a daily conditioner rather than a deep conditioner as it says. I really wanted to love it because it's so affordable and smells delicious.

5. Garnier Fructis fortifying deep conditioner 3 minute masque. I really love this masque, it really conditions well and makes my hair feel so soft. I wanted to get the big jar after I was done with these small sizes but after checking a few stores I think it might be discontinued because it's never there and I didn't see a spot for it. If you've seen it in stores please let me know where!

6. Lipsmackers in Strawberry Vanilla. These are my hg lip balms I can't go a day without them!

So, that's everything.

What have you finished lately?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Victoria's Secret semi-annual sale haul


I wanted to hurry and post my haul for the VS semi-annual sale so you could all take advantage of the deals!

First off, everything in their secret garden line was 6 for $20 so this is what I picked up:

 Ultra-moisturizing body butters in Luscious kisses and Pure Seduction.

I wanted more but they ran out of a couple of my favorite scents.

 Ultra-moisturizing hand and body lotion in Coconut Passion and Mango Temptation and Exhilarating body wash in Coconut Passion.

These mini PINK body mists were on clearance for $2, I got Aloha Pink in tropical and juicy and PINK with a splash in cool & carefree.

I think I'm gonna go back this weekend because the sales ends in stores on Monday, so if you haven't checked it out yet you better hurry! :)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Products I regret buying #2

Hey everyone!

I hope your weekend is starting off great so far!

Since I got a pretty good response on my last post like this I decided to look through all my stuff and dig out even more products I regret buying.

So, here they are...

1. VO5 Herbal escapes clarifying shampoo in Kiwi lime squeeze. I know this stuff is really cheap and even sold in some dollar stores but I got it because I wanted to try a clarifying shampoo to help control my oil and rid my hair of any of the residue left over from my normal shampoo. This stuff dried out my scalp way too much to the point that it was itchy and even started to flake, gross!

2. Tresemme 24 hour body root boosting spray. I have fine hair that is just about stick straight so needless to say it has no volume, ever lol. After trying countless things to give me some kind of lift with no luck, I decided to give this a try only because I really liked the finishing spray from the same line. Well this didn't impress me at all like the finishing spray did, this did absolutely nothing for my hair it was like spraying plain old water in it.

3. mark. shine fighter oil-control mask. I usually stick to my queen helene mint julep mask but when all the hype about mark was going around I really wanted to try out their skincare stuff and as soon as I seen something for oil-control I had to get it. This mask was just like putting glue on my face, it was really sticky and gooey and once I rinsed it off it made no difference in my face at all except for maybe dry it out.

4. mark. go with thegrain exfoliating beads. This was another product I got because of all the mark hype and I was yet again disappointed. The beads were so finely milled that once you mixed in with your cleanser like the directions stated it disappeared into nothing, so obviously there was no exfoliating happening. Total fail.

5. Elf ($1) Waterproof eyeliner pen. I was hoping this might be somewhat decent because I really love elf but sadly is wasn't. The problem is that it's not pigmented at all, I got it in black and it barely showed up no matter how much I shook it or tipped it, the color never got any darker. It really sucks because the pen form makes it really easy to apply but it's a waste if the product doesn't show up.

What's something you regret buying?

*These are just my opinions/experiences with these products, they may or may not work the same way for you*

Friday, June 17, 2011

Review: St. Ives Natually Clear Green Tea Scrub

What it claims: From America's #1 scrub brand, this scrub with skin-soothing green tea gently fights blemishes and reduces redness & irritation caused by acne. The result is clean and calm skin.

-Dermatologist tested
-Clears break outs and reduced redness
-Salicylic acid (1%) acne medication with 100% natural green tea
-Formulated without parabens and phthalates
-Not tested on animals
-Does not contain animal ingredients

Size: 4.5 fl oz.

Price: $4.99-$7.99

Where you can buy it: Walmart, Target, Drugstores and anywhere else St. Ives products are sold.

My Rating: 3 peace signs

The Good: First off it smells SO good, it has a slight floral but very clean scent. The formula is a nice consistency not too thick or thin. The beads are very fine so it isn't harsh on the skin at all. I also really like the fact that it's made with more natural ingredients.

The Bad: I personally like a semi harsh scrub for my face because it's the only thing that helps with my blackheads and the stubborn dry spots I get occasionally. With this scrub I found that since the beads were so tiny and fine it really didn't get as much off as I would've liked.

Overall: This would definitely be better for those who prefer a light scrub or have minimal to no problems with blackheads, it just wasn't for my skin type (Oily-combination).

*This is just MY experience/opinion on this product, it may or may not work the same for you*

If you have any questions on anything I might have left out, please leave a comment and let me know!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

NOTW and new nail polish storage


I've been trying to paint my nails every week or so because I just can't wait any longer to use all the new nabi polishes I got!

Polishes used:

Nabi polish in Summer Purple and Seche Vite fast dry top coat

A few weeks ago I went to Target and decided to pick up this large snapware container to house all my nail polish.

I love that it has two containers that are very wide and spacious. I don't have enough to fill a whole one but everytime I look at it, I want to buy more to take up the space lol.

What do you store your nail polish in?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I'm back with mini hauls!

Hello everyone!

I know, long time no blog and no one is more upset about it than me. I was really on a roll getting posts out again, I even still have a bunch that need to go up and BAM all these things in my life happened at once. I went back and forth on whether or not to do a little post about it all but I figured I'll just get right back into what this blog is really about and that's makeup. I also got a new camera so after all the drafts are up all the posts after that will have better quality pictures!

First, I'm going to share some mini hauls I did while I was away.

I went to Target for some essentials and of course ventured on over to the makeup and had to get some Elf, I can never pass it up!

 Elf ($1) lipstick in Classy, Elf Studio lengthening & volumizing mascara and Elf ($1) liquid liner (I LOVE this! Thank you Van for the suggestion on FB!)

Then I stopped at Walmart since I was running out of nail polish remover, I swear this is the only stuff I'll use for my nails!

Onyx professional 100% Acetone nail polish remover

Okay I lied, here's a little preview of a pic from the new camera. Somehow I lost the original pic I took of these.
Equate tear-free Detangler Spray and Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover.

That's everything, I'm trying to not spend too much because I'm going to my cousins Tahitian dance competition at the end of the month in San Jose. I can't wait, I need to get away for a little!

If you would like a review on any of these things just let me know!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

LUV BBW Club, Victoria's Secret and Nabi haul

Hey beautiful ladies!

I hope your week is going good so far, mine is I've finally had some time to relax which I'm loving since the last couple weeks have been stressful.

Anyways, I wanted to share a few things I've hauled lately.

This is the last month for the LUV BBW Club so I got my freebies which were the mini Coconut Mango body lotion, Pineapple Mango candle and Fresh Picked Apple PocketBac. You got to choose the scent of each so you don't have to get these ones they had bunches to choose from.

Me and my mom split the deal at Victoria's Secret so I got the Mango Temptaion body mist and the Love Spell ultra-moisturizing body butter. I also picked up a mini Aloha Pink body mist in Tropical & Juicy (LOVE!!)

I stopped in a dollar store up the street from my house and picked up these Nabi nail poishes.

L to R:

88 Neon Blue, 118 Summer Purple, 39 Lavender, 81 Neon Light Pink, 98 Ace, 17 Neon Hot Pink and 29 Neon Pink.

So, that's everything!

What have you hauled lately?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Products I've finished lately


First I wanted to say Thank You to all the new followers I've gotten lately and also to those who have kept reading after all these years. I know I've been really on and off and I'm glad you've all stuck around :)

So, I must say I've been on a roll with finishing up products I've had for awhile. I think it really helps with my spending too because I'll think to myself, "no I don't need this I already have something like it at home!!"

 Kirkland Daily facial cleansing towelettes, Elf makeup remover cleansing cloths (2), Aussie 3 minute miracle deeeep conditioner and Proactiv Oil-free moisture SPF 15 moisturizer.

Sally Hansen hair remover wax strip kit, Bath and Body works Sweet Pea intense moisture body butter, UDPP, Loreal lineur intense carbon black liquid liner and Maybelline define-a-brow in Dark Brown.

I need to repurchase a few of these things soon but others I'll pass on.

What have you finished lately?


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

NOTW: Mango Motion

Hey everyone!

Just sharing my nails for this past week, I changed my polish color mid week which isn't usual for me so I just held off the post until this week. This polish color is SO pretty in person, the camera wasn't picking it up but it had a more orange tint to it that I loved! I will also warn you that the consistency is kinda weird, it took 3 coats to get it completely even.

Polishes used:

Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Mango Motion and Seche Vite fast dry top coat

What's on your nails this week?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Products I regret buying


I hope you're all having a great weekend so far!

OK, so I've debated on doing this post for awhile because I really don't like bashing products but I figured since it only helps if other people are thinking of buying these products to hear the bad side rather than only the good.

But yeah, I only have a few products because I give away things all the time and these were still left laying around.

1. ELF makeup remover cleansing cloths. I heard some pretty good reviews on these so I figured why not just try them. Well I ended up not liking them because they're really oily and burn my face a little, also if they get even a little close to my eyes they water like crazy. I gave them another chance when I ran out of my usual makeup wipes but they still disappointed me.

2. Suave professionals dry shampoo spray. I was so excited when I finally seen this in stores so I hurried and picked it up. I used it once and it really didn't do much for my hair at all then on top of that all the product evaporated so I never got to use it more than that one time. Boo!

3. Dove damage therapy daily moisture replenishing mist. Yes this was in my favorites once but while I was thinking it was this that was making my hair feel nice it was actually the combination of products I was using along with this. When I used this on it's own it did nothing for my hair at all, it was like spraying plain water on my hair.

4. NYC liquid liner in Pearlized black. I was in a rush one day and just grabbed this and man do I wish I had more time that day! First of all it has glitter in it which isn't at all pretty just makes the formula thick and chunky, second the brush is so flimsy I couldn't get a straight line no matter how hard I tired and forget trying to do a wing! Total fail.

Let me know if you like these types of posts and I'll for sure do more of them!

What's something you regret buying?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Review: Elf studio Tinted Moisturizer

Hey everyone!!

I got a request from LJ (check her out if you haven't already!) for this review, sorry it took so long get up! Enjoy! :)

What it claims: The lightweight and hydrating formula is breathable and provides anti-aging sun protection with UVA/UVB SPF 20.

Achieve even skin tone and naturally radiant skin with this moisturizing tint of color.

Skin enhancing aloe, cucumber and Vitamins A, C and E.

Where to buy: Target, certain Kmarts and

Price: $3.00

My Rating: 5 Peace Signs

The good: I find that this gives a light coverage with a slight glow to my face. A little goes a long way, about a pea size covers my entire face. It blends very well no matter what tool you use including your hands, my preferred method is a flat top buffer brush.

The bad: Like many others I was disappointed in the fact that the packaging leads you to think there is a lot more product then there actually is. I also find that this dries pretty quick so you have work in sections or very fast.

Overall: I really like this and will definitely be repurchasing after I finish my current one. It has made it's way into my daily face routine especially since it's been getting hotter where I live.

*This is just my experience and opinion on this product, it may or may not work the same for you, you never know!*

If you have any questions on anything I might have left out please comment and let me know!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

NOTW: Hot Pink

Here's my nails for this week, I'm so happy it's that time to wear bright nail colors again!!

Polishes used:

 Sinful colors base coat, Love & Beauty polish in Neon Pink and Seche Vite fast dry top coat.

What's your favorite bright nail polish?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Target beauty bag, ELF and F21 haul


Sorry about the lack of posts but I've been really tired lately and have a few things going on but I just wanted to share some things I've been meaning to blog about.

First is the Target beauty bag, it's no longer available but I received mine about a month ago. I hope they do another one of these but it was a really great little gift.

Everything came in this really cute Sonia Kashuk makeup bag which includes samples of  Pantene fine hair solutions shampoo, Nivea express hydration lotion, Fekkai shampoo and conditioner, Neutrogena naturals lip balm, Revlon color burst lip gloss in Hot pink and a coupon book with over $25 in savings.

Next are 2 small hauls from a few weeks ago.

ELF Brightening eyeliner and Eyelid Primer.

Nerd glasses and Anchor necklaces from Forever 21 (Aren't they cute?!)

I haven't been doing much shopping lately except for the essentials and my makeup has been the bare minimum since I pick sleep over getting ready lately lol.

I also have a question for you all, I have a few ideas about upcoming posts but I would like to know what you want to see on my blog.

Any requests? Please leave a comment and let me know!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Personal post: My neice is here!!

Hey everyone!!

I'm a little late in doing this post but I wanted to share with everyone that my sister/bestie Rachel had her baby girl on April 20th! Her due date was the 19th and they didn't want her to go past her due date so they induced her that day at 4:00pm and they put her on Cervadil since she wasn't dilated at all. It lasts 12 hours and the next morning when they checked her she was 3cm dilated but as the day went on she only progressed another 2cm. She got her epidural in the afternoon but once the evening of the 20th came around they decided that since she wasn't progressing anymore and the baby's head wasn't all the way down it was best if she got a c-section. I was shocked when she chose me to go in the room with her and I'm very happy and thankful she did! It was a really cool experience, I got to see the baby come out and hold her for the first time. I of course cried and was so happy for Rachel!

Gianna Jade was born at 7:12pm, 8 lbs. 11 oz. and 20 inches.

 Rachel looking beautiful when she first got to the hospital.

Rachel and Gianna's first picture as mother and daughter :)

Gianna wrapped up like a burrito!

 Her first ride in the car!

 The balloons Rachel got when she came home from the hospital.

 Rachel's flowers.

 Gianna's first easter.

Gianna wearing the "My auntie is awesome" onesie I got her! :)

I'm babysitting her for the first time as I type out this post so her mommy can get a little nap in and it makes me so happy!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, I had to do it because I'm a proud auntie!