Friday, April 24, 2009

Swap and More Hair Accessories

I recently did a swap with Miracle from Miracles are all Around. You guys should check her out. She's not only cute, but really down-to-earth which I love in a person... hehe~ :)
As soon as I opened the package, this is what I saw. She wrapped the swap in blue wrapping paper and blue tape. I know you don't see the tape but it's there... hehe~ I thought it was so sweet she remembered my favorite color, blue, and even the letter is blue!
After several hours of staring at the pretty wrapping, I finally decided to open it up. Here's what I got in the swap. This girl added way too much!!!
Her gift to me was this blue MJ, Majolica Majorca, Jeweling Line polish in BL555. I can't wait to try this out on my nails... wheee~
She also included this Biore Body Powder Sheets. She remembered my comment on her Poupee Girl. I think that's so sweet she remembered what I said. In honestly, I find that amazing in a person who actually listen!!!
Another product she included was this Face Mask which I'm excited to try!
I have never seen this product which makes it more exciting to try, Wet Head Cotton Buds. She told me she uses this to clean her makeup. I swear Asia has such brilliant idea products... hehe~ :)
My swap was MJ, Majolica Marjorca, eyeshadow palette in BR751 and plastic container for nail polish remover.
You know this will go to good use with me... hehe~ ;)

Thank you Miracle!!! :)

Yesterday, I visited Forever 21. I swear that was the biggest mistake because I ended up buying more headbands!!! :X I really need to stop but ribbons really get to me. People who know me knows I'm really into ribbons. :X I even like ribbon rings... hehe~
I only saw this in black and white. The white looked really bad on me or at least I think so, therefore, I got it in black.
This was the last one they had of this. I thought it was really simple and cute. I like it!!! :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

More Nail Polishes Collection

I got more nail polishes this past two weeks either I bought for myself or a swap with Spankedelic.

Thank you Spank!!! :)

I have quite a lot so I'm warning you... lol~ :P I swatched the nail polishes for you guys as well.

China Glaze in Harmony:

China Glaze in Passion:

China Glaze in Poetic:

China Glaze in OMG:

China Glaze in In The Lime Light:

China Glaze in Beauty & The Beach:

China Glaze in Summer Rain:

China Glaze in Naked:

OPI in Burning Love:

OPI in Fit For A Queensland:

Essie in Reggae:

I also bought Konad kit from WowSoCool. I don't know if the deal is still going on, but it doesn't hurt to mention it... hehe~ If you use the code "nailphile," you get 20% off and free shipping over $20. Can I say how fast the shipping is, as well as, the communication!!! It's an amazing website. On the day I ordered it, I got a confirmation and shipment e-mail. Three days later I got my package. I definitely recommend this website!!! :)
I've been playing with this kit for the past couple days and I'm having difficulties... lol~ I don't have problems stamping on my hand. It's actually pretty easy in my opinion *knock on wood*. My difficulty is getting the print on the stamper... lol~ If you guys have any hints, please tell me!!! :D Once I get more experienced, I might order some more plates since there are so many cute ones! But I need to get myself experienced first... hehe~

I'm going to end this post with my nail of the week (NOTW #12). I actually used one of the nail polishes I bought. I've been wanting this color for such a long time after seeing it on Soompi. When I saw this, I didn't have to think twice... lol~
Isn't it gorgeous!?!? I love it!!! :)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Chicken Porridge (dak juk)

What to do with left over chicken!?!? Ahhh~ I know... hehe~ ;) I made this many times this past week to get rid of the left over chicken we had. It was really delicious that my sister-in-law wanted the recipe for... hehe~

If you need some guidance with the ingredients, you can check my Korean Cooking 101. ;)

1/2 c. sweet rice
1/2 c. plain, short grain rice
2 cans of chicken broth
1 c. water
1/2 carrot
shredded chicken
dried seaweed
chopped green onion

Step 1:
Get a bowl and wash the rice. You need equal amounts of sweet rice and plain, short grain rice (not jasmine). After washing, sit the rice in water for 2-3 hours.

Step 2:
In a pot, add 2 cans of chicken broth and 1 cup of water. Put the stove on high.
Drain your rice that has been soaked for 2 hours.
Once the broth is boiling, add the drained rice and chopped up carrots. Make sure you mix once in awhile with a wooden spoon so the rice and carrots won't stick to the bottom of the pan! Cook the rice for about 10-15 minutes.
While the rice is cooking, I shred the left over chicken. If you don't have left over chicken, boil a chicken breast and shred that. That will work too! :)
After 10-15 minutes of cooking the rice, add the shredded chicken. During this time, you need to mix the rice often with the wooden spoon!!! ;) The cooking time won't be long about 10 more minutes or so.
Once the rice is done, top it with dried seaweed and chopped green onion. Now you can eat with kim-chi... wheee~ :)

This past Friday I went to Chinatown with a friend and got some stuff. :X
I've been wanting to get these headbands with a tie on the bottom, but I couldn't find one I like. I finally found one I like... hehe~
I got this hair tie and would you believe it's only a $1!?!? It's so much prettier in person... hehe~ The picture doesn't do any justice.
I'm going to end with this cute pillow I got... wheee~ Unfortunately, Tobey wants to rip it apart... lol~ :X I also got some nail polishes but I'll hold that off for the next post. :D

Friday, April 17, 2009

Contest #1 Winners and My Urban Decay Haul

Thank you for the people who entered my contest (click here to see the post)! :) I numbered the people who commented in the order as I got them. Now for the winners *drum roll*...

Winner #1:

Winner #2:

Please contact me at aly_4realz at hotmail dot com. You guys have 5 days from today.

I got my Urban Decay haul this week, Monday to be exact, from their Friends & Family Event (30% off). Today, April 17th, is the last day to order during this promotion. If you're going to order something, use the code "FNFS9" to get the discount. ;) Sorry it took so long to post this!!! :X
I ordered Travel Size Set in VIP and Ultraglide Lipgloss in Quiver. If you order $35 or more, they give you a free sample lipstick in Sellout.

I've always debated if I wanted the set or not, and thought this will be the best time to get it... hehe~ I'm very happy and I think the colors are perfect for the spring/summer weather! :)
(L-R: Zero, Lucky, Covet, Electric, and Lust)

I wasn't going to swatch the set since so many bloggers have these, but I thought it might not hurt... hehe~ I hope it helps somebody! :)

When I went to the Sephora makeover event for natural products, the makeup artist applied this lipgloss on me and I fell in love (click here to see the post about Sephora makeover)!!! I was going to buy it that day, but the last one they had in this color leaked all over the plastic. It was extremely sticky! Luckily for me, Urban Decay had this promotion and I got it during this time... wheee~

Since I ordered more than $35 before the discount, they gave me the free sample lipstick in Sellout. Can I just say how cute the packaging is for the lipstick!!! It has these cute design on the tube! :)

(L-R: Lipstick in Sellout and Lipgloss in Quiver)

Here's my nail of the week (NOTW #11) which I'll be changing today or tomorrow... lol~ One of my nail broke and it's bothering me... lol~

What I used:
(T-B, L-R: OPI Base Coat, China Glaze in Watermelon Ring, CoverGirl in Disco Dazzle, Seche Vite Top Coat, and makeup sponge)

* OPI Base Coat
* China Glaze in Watermelon Ring
* CoverGirl in Disco Dazzle
* Seche Vite Top Coat (Thank you makeup buddy!)

If you don't know how to do gradient style nails, you can check my post for NOTW #1 (click here). It's the same concept. ;)

I'm going to end my post with the recent crochet I finished.
Yes, it's another Hello Kitty doll... hehe~ :P This is actually for my oldest niece whose birthday is in May. The other one was for my second niece whose birthdy was in the beginning of April (click here to see the doll). Now I need to make a third Hello Kitty doll for my third niece whose birthday is in June. They're all sisters and I noticed it's the best to give them the same things... lol~

For the people who are wondering, I only do this for a hobby. I like making things and love giving people I care about stuff. I've made scarves, baby blankets, armwarmers, and so on. I hardly keep anything for myself since I think it's more valuable when you receive something made from someone... hehe~ The only thing I really kept for myself was a kleenex box I made. Maybe I'll show it to you guys next time if you guys want to see it... hehe~ ;)

For the people who asked about the Hello Kitty pattern. Unfortunately, I did not get it from online. If you search online, there is quite a lot of Hello Kitty patterns. Just type "Hello Kitty crochet patterns" and you will get a long list of sites. I'm kind of picky what I like, therefore, I tend to modify most of the crochet patterns. I hope this helps for the people who want the pattern since I've been getting this question a lot.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Mixed Veggies

First of all, Happy Easter everyone!!! :) I hope everyone got to eat an egg. I'm boiling some at the moment to give to my dad, myself, and of course one for Tobey... hehe~

I make this dish often when I want some mixed veggies. To be honest, I have no clue what you call it in Korean... lol~ If anyone knows, please tell me! :)

If you need some guidance with the ingredients, you can check my Korean Cooking 101. ;)

olive oil
chopped garlic
1 potato
1/2 onion
1 king oyster mushroom
1/2 broccoli
1 fish cake
pinch of black pepper
garlic salt
noodle soup or diluted soy sauce
sesame seeds

Step 1:
Grab a frying pan and put some oil. I use olive oil but it is up to you. Then toss in some chopped garlic and sliced up potato. Potato takes the longest to cook so make sure you cook this for 5-10 minutes before the next steps. Stir with a wooden spoon so it won't get stuck on the bottom!
While it's frying, I chop the onion. Then toss the onions in and stir.
While it's cooking, I chop my king oyster mushroom. Then toss that in and stir.
Then I chop the amount of broccoli I need and then clean it. Toss that in and stir.
Then I chop fish cakes and toss that in. Before I chop the fish cake, I run it in hot water for couple of minutes. Fish cakes have a lot of oil/grease and running hot water on them helps get rid of some. Cover the frying pan with a lid. Make sure to open the lid and stir with a wooden spoon so the veggies won't get stuck on the bottom!

Towards the end of the cooking, you add the condiments. I add a pinch of black pepper, couple pinch of garlic salt, and noodle soup (diluted soy sauce can work as well) until it is up to my taste.
Put the veggies on a plate and top it off with sesame seeds. Now you can eat with rice and kim-chi! :)

This past Friday I checked out Longs Drugs and ended up buying a few things. :X
The L'oreal HIP Jelly Balm were on clearance for 75% off. It was $2.25 each!... woah~ I ended up getting 3 to put into my collection. Now I have 5 out of 6... hehe~ This is really good for someone like me since I can't use MAC Lip Tints since I'm allergice to spf products *sigh*.

I also got one Revlon Beyond Natural lipgloss out of curiosity. It was on sale for 50% off. I got it for $4.

Here are the colors of the Jelly Balm for the people who are interested.

Delectable 320:

Savory 420:

Succulent 520:

Now I'm going to add the two I already had. Please ignore the used product... hehe~ :X

Plush 120:

Ripe 220:

Now for the pictures of all of them together:
I also did swatches for these on my hand.
L-R: Plush, Ripe, Delectable, Savory, and Succulent

The Jelly Balm are very sheer glosses with a tint of color. It is very good if you apply on top of a lipstick in my opinion. I know a lot of people don't like scooping it out with your fingers that's why I use lip pencil... hehe~

I got Revlon Beyond Naturals in Peach 110 hoping it will be a nice gloss over the Revlon Matte lipstick in Nude Attitude 001 (click here to see the post), but it wasn't... lol~ Now for the swatch.

Don't forget to enter my contest. The last day is Thursday night at 11:59 pm pacific time (click here to see the post)!
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