Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tofu Stew (soon-dubu)

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile! I've been really stressed out and it has affected my body *sigh*. Anyways, I'm posting another recipe that I had piled up.

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

Ingredients:
2 tbsp. red pepper powder
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. salt
chopped garlic
1 tbsp. anchovy broth, beef broth, or water
water
5 anchovies
1 dried seaweed/kelp
seafood mixture
beef
1 package of soft tofu
1/8 tsp. sesame oil
1 egg
chopped green onion

Step 1:
In a small bowl, add the ingredients. You need red pepper powder, soy sauce, salt, garlic, and anchovy broth or water is just fine. Mix it and put it in the refrigerator. You can use it in 3 days and it's good for 2 weeks.

Step 2:
In a pot, make anchovy broth. You will need water, anchovies, and dried seaweed/kelp. Cook it for 15-20 minutes.
Then take out the anchovies and kelp (I use this later). Add the red pepper powder mixture we made in step 1.
Then add the seafood mixture and beef. I didn't add beef since it's not the most healthiest for my father. You can add anything else you want like oysters, mussels, etc...
After 10 minutes of cooking the seafood, add the soft tofu.
I used this, but you can use any soft tofu.
Towards the end of cooking, I added sesame oil and an egg. I cooked it for 5 more minutes then I topped it off with green onions and chopped up kelp I used for the broth. Now you can eat with rice and kim-chi! :)


There are websites that sell luxury products for cheap (30-50% off) during a certain time period. They sell from fashion (clothes, shoes), accessories (jewelries, bags), and to cosmetics. For example, they're selling Lancome products and Marc Jacob sunglasses at Hautelook at the moment.

Some of websites I know are (alphabet order)...
Gilt Groupe
Hautelook
Ideeli
Regent's Secret/Billion Dollar Babes
Rue La La

If you like an invite to any of these, please comment with your e-mail address, as well as, which sites you would like an invite to!!! :)


I'm going to end my post with an item I bought last week with my friend. For anyone in Burbank, there's a store in the mall that sells Japanese products. I bought this facial sponge cleaner.
I haven't tried it out yet, but I definitely will soon... hehe~

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Crown Brush in S205 Pointed Blush

I got this brush during IMATS (click here to read the post on IMATS). I think it's time to review this brush since I've been using it for a month... hehe~ ;)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

L'oreal HIP Metallic Eyeshadows in Electrified and Shocked

I mentioned about L'oreal HIP coming out with new duo eyeshadows (click here to refresh your memory) in matte and metallic. I bought two metallic one this week. I decided to pass on the matte until I hear more reviews about it (since it's brand new). I already know the metallic ones are good from last years collection... hehe~
I got it in Electrified and Shocked. They were on BOGO free sale at Ulta. So I got these for $7.99.
I also got Neutrogena Body Scrub for $5 something (I can't remember the exact price). This was also on sale and plus I needed a new body scrub.

If anyone knows of a good body scrub, PLEASE tell me! :)

I need one for my rough skin! I have tiny, white bumps unfortunately. :'( Anyways, it worked out well for me. If you spend more than $10, you can use your coupon to get $3.50 off... wheee~


Back to L'oreal HIP metallic eyeshadows...
Electrified is a gorgeous tan and purple colors.
Shocked is a peachy and olive color.
Here are the swatches on my wrist. The left two are Electrified and the right two are Shocked. They have a mixture of really metallic and not so metallic. By the way, this is taken with one swipe of color. I love the metallic line because the quality are good and pigmented.

I did two looks with these eyeshadows. I know I'm not as good as other people, but at least I try... hehe~ :P

What I used:

My looks:

UDPP
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
L'oreal HIP in Electrified:
* tan color on the lid
MAC in Mulch on the crease
MAC in Magnetic Fields on the outer "V" and outer bottom 2/3
CG Sugar Rush as highlight
L'oreal HIP Color Truth Cream Eyeliner in Black
Smashbox Cream Eye Liner Duo in Smashing Beacon on the inner corner & inner bottom 1/3 (white side)
Maybelline Lash Stiletto

What I used:

My looks:

UDPP
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
L'oreal HIP in Shocked:
* peachy color on the lid
MAC in Expensive Pink on 2/3 lid
MAC in Magnetic Fields on the crease, outer "V", and outer bottom 2/3
L'oreal HIP Color Truth Cream Eyeliner in Black
Smashbox Cream Eye Liner Duo in Smashing Beacon on the inner corner & inner bottom 1/3 (white side)
Maybelline Lash Stiletto


I've been into matte type nail polishes recenty. I hauled two from OPI. :X
This is from the new matte collection. The color is Gargantuan Green Grape. I'm wearing this at the moment. It's a pretty mint color. The only problem is I had to apply 3 coats for it to show up.
The last one I got is In My Back Pocket. It's such a pretty coral color. I wore this last week and it's love!!! :) Check out all the swatches of my OPI collection (click here).


I'm going to end my post with my haul from J-town.
This is my second time getting this lipgloss. I gave the first one away. :/ It was more expensive second time around... lol~ I got NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in Beige. I don't know why it's called Beige when it's not. :/
I couldn't resist this bag. It's so cute... hehe~ This is my new makeup bag! :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Make Up For Ever HD Primer and Foundation

I was asked what I thought about MUFE primer and foundation. Since I've been using since the IMATS showing (click here to see my post about it), I thought it's a good time to do a review (almost a month)... hehe~ I will start with the primer.
Product Review: MUFE HD Primer in #6

Where can you purchase this: Sephora, online
Price:
$32

Made in France

Description on the back: I threw the box away before the review. My bad! :X I did check online at Sephora to see what they said. They said #6 is to lighten dark complexion.

My thoughts: I bought this at IMATS because my makeup buddy told me the foundation works much better with the primer beforehand. I thought I'll try it out since I'm almost done with my old primer, a Korean base. I didn't think it would hurt... hehe~ I think it works better on me than the silicon ones like from Smashbox. If I compare it to the Korean brand makeup base I've been using, I still like the Korean one... hehe~ I might be biased, but I feel like the Korean one works better on me... hehe~ :X

Pros:
* Comes in a great packaging.
* Easy to use.
* Helps the foundation to be applied smoother.

Cons:
* Doesn't lighten my skin.
* Don't see any brightening either.
* Doesn't cover my redness.

Would I buy this again? To be honest, no. I'll continue buying Korean makeup bases.

Rating: 3/5 Tobey's Paws

Here's a picture of the different makeup bases I have on my skin, MUFE vs IOPE Color Refine Under Base.
The left one is the MUFE HD Primer and the right one is the IOPE Color Refine Under Base. The green makeup base is to cover your redness, as well as, your flaws (pores, freckles, so on). It doesn't completely cover, but it covers the best I have ever seen on me. :)
The lightening part in the middle and towards the right is the IOPE one. The shiny one on the the left is the MUFE one... hehe~ I still think the IOPE does a better job. What do you think?


Product Review: MUFE HD Foundation in #128

Where can you purchase this: Sephora, online
Price:
$40

Made in France

Description on the back: I threw the box for this one too. My bad!!! I looked online at the Sephora website and it says for medium skin with beige undertones.

My thoughts: Now I can understand why people like MUFE foundation so much!!! It covers but looks very natural on you or at least I think so... hehe~

Pros:
* Comes in a great packaging.
* Easy to use.
* Covers your flaw.
* Looks natural.
* Doesn't make you look like you're wearing foundation.

Cons:
* Really nothing bad to say except maybe the price... hehe~

Would I buy this again? Yes, yes, and yes! :)

Rating: 4.5/5 Tobey's Paws

Here's how the foundation looks on my hand.
Now here's a picture of the primer and foundation on my face.
I think it looks good on me... hehe~ :) If you're wondering what eye makeup I'm using, you can check this post (click here to see it).


Several weeks ago I think or maybe longer. I'm not too good with my timeline... hehe~ :P Yinnie (I just linked) sent me a thank you package (I did her a small favor).
She included way too much! Plus she didn't have to send me anything. It wasn't a big deal.
She included three Barry M pigments. I was excited to see these, because I've heard about this brand for the longest time. I just couldn't get my hands on these... hehe~ This one is #23. Gorgeous color I'll tell you!
This one is #34. I love this color too!... hehe~
The last one is #44. I'm so thankful to finally try this brand... hehe~ I just want one more Barry M pigment in #93 I think. It's the matte mint color one or it's #92. I'm not too sure. I hope one day I'll be able to try that color, but I'm happy with the ones I got... wheee~
She also included Estee Lauder DayWear Plus.
She also sent me falsies! I love the look of long lashes. I just need to master the skill of putting it on... lol~ :X
If that wasn't enough, she sent me chocolates. The left one is strawberry, white chocolate. The right one is plain chocolate. Both good I tell you!!! :)

Thank you Yinnie!!! :)


I'm going to end this post with my haul from the recent trip to the CCO, 4th of July. I'm telling you ahead of time I've been into coral colors from nails to lipsticks. :X
MAC lipstick in Overrich.
MAC lipgloss in Apex. I thought they look good with each other. :)
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