Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Maybelline Stylish Smokes in Natural Smokes

I bought this palette long time ago and I'm finally posting about it... lol~ By looking at the pictures, the date was taken back in July... whoah baby lol~ :X
Product Review: Maybelline Stylish Smokes in Natural Smokes-02

Where can you purchase this: any drugstores

Made in USA

My thoughts: To be honest, the reason why I didn't post earlier is because I wasn't a fan of it. When I bought it back in July, I played around with the palette. I actually followed the direction on the back and didn't like how it looked on me. For that reason, I never touched this palette again until last week. This time around I modified the look to my style and fell in love... wheee~ :)

* Smokey look but on the natural side.
* Can wear during daytime.
* Pigmented.
* Easy instruction on the back.
* Comes from a brand you're starting to trust.
* People compare it to the MAC 2008 Holiday Palette in Smokey Eyes.

* Comes from a brand I never trusted.
* I don't completely compare it to the MAC 2008 Holiday Palette in Smokey Eyes.

Would I buy this again? Yup.
Rating: 4/5 Tobey's Paws

I'm going to talk about this palette a little bit more... hehe~ Here's a closer pictures of the colors of the palette.
(clockwise from top left: lid color, crease, outer corner, and brow bone)

The top two colors are both shimmery and the bottom two are matte. I also swatched it long time ago. Here's a picture of the swatches.
(l-r: lid, crease, brow bone, and outer corner)

I also took a picture of the back so you can see the direction of the palette. ;)

Now for the look I did. It's a very simple neutral, natural look which I love since I don't want to stand out during daytime.

What I used:

Now for the look:
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Maybelline in Natural Smokes:
* lid color on the lid
* crease color on the crease & outer, bottom 2/3
* brow bone color on top of the lid color
CG Sugar Rush as highlight
Max Factor Pensilks Eyeliner in Black Velvet
Asian white eyeliner on the inner, bottom 1/3 & inner corner
L'oreal Lash Architect Waterproof in 660-Black Noir (click here for the review)

A lot of people compare this palette to the MAC 2008 Holiday Palette in Smokey Eyes. I don't know if I agree or not, but I do have the MAC palette. You can be the judge... hehe~ ;)
I still have this picture which I took for the old blog I had before I took it down. I wish I had the swatches, but unfortunately I deleted that... lol~ If you want to see swatches for this and compare it to the Maybelline palette, ask and I will do.

I finished another bag for a Christmas gift for one of my nieces. That makes two down and two more to go... lol~ :/
This time I made a pig bag. If you want to see the bunny bag I made, you can click here to see it. ;)

I'm going to end with a little surprise Tobey left for my dad and I... lol~
I guess he couldn't sleep one night, because we woke up to this gigantic hole he left... lol~ This has to be the biggest hole he has ever dug up. My dad wasn't happy but I thought it was cute. :X

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Visee Blackish Forming Eyes

Couple of weeks ago, October 10th to be exact, I visited my makeup buddy. I haven't seen her for a long time so it was nice seeing her, at the same time, to pick up my Japanese haul. Her brother went to Japan during the summer and I asked her if he can picked me up some. He was nice enough to do that... wheee~ Thanks bro!!! :)
I got two Visee palettes. They were 1680 yen each which is about $17 American money.
The first Visee palette is in B-1.
I swatched clockwise from top left.
The second Visee palette is in B-3.
The swatched is clockwise from the top left.

I know no one asked for it, but I did a look with both palettes. Here's how they look on me... lol~ :P
I really like how the B-1 came out on me! :)
Here's how the B-3 looks on me. I think I could had done a better job... lol~ :X

This is my opinion and you can disagree, but I always thought colored contact lens or circle lens make the eye makeup look much better. I wanted to see how it looked with my natural color versus a gray colored lens... hehe~

Natural colored eyes:

Gray colored contact:
What do you think? Natural or colored contacts look better with the makeup?

My makeup buddy and I spent a day at the CCO, as well as, the outlet. I bought two lipglosses from MAC. By the way, this is part of the exception of the No Buy deal (click here for the post). ;) I didn't break my deal... hehe~ :P
I really love my CremeSheen Lipglosses. This is my second one from MAC. I got it in Melt In Your Mouth. The first one is in Petite Indulgence (click here for the post).
The second lipgloss is from the DazzleGlass. I got it in Sugarrimmed. It's a very light, sparkly color that you can put on any lipstick. ;) I have three more which I haven't posted about. :/

My makeup buddy also gave me a nail polish from L.A. Colors.
It's a unique color and I love it. Thanks makeup buddy! :)

I'm going to end this post with an update on Tobey (click here for the post about Tobey's accident). Thank you for the people who asked about him!!! :) He is doing much better. In fact, he got his stitches removed today (Monday, October 19th)... wheee~

WARNING: The Picture Might Be Graphic!!!

This is how his wound looks like. All he needs to do is grow hair back... lol~
Look how happy he looks like without his stitches and the cone around his head!... wheee~ Isn't he cute!?!? :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

L'oreal Lash Architect

I believe I bought this end of last year but I could be wrong... lol~ :X Yup, I'm finally using it. I still have a gazillion more mascaras to go through... eek~
Product Review: L'oreal Lash Architect Waterproof in 660-Black Noir

Where can you purchase this: any drugstores
I can't remember *sigh*!

Made in USA

Description on the back: Create dramatic three-dimensional lashes with Lash Architect Waterproof mascara.
* Patented Waterproof Triple Dimension formula builds dramatic volume, curl and length
* Spiral Brush glides through lashes smoothly, easily
* Formulated with Vitamin B5
* Ophthalmologist and allergy tested
* Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
* Flake-proof and fragrance-free

My thoughts: I have mixed feeling about this mascara. I love how it coats my lashes, as well as, holds my curl. I don't know if it's because it's an old product (I bought last year and didn't open until now), but I noticed there's clump on the wand. There was a clump from the first day of using this mascara. I also noticed my lashes look good as soon as I apply them but after an hour or two, my lashes doesn't seem as thick as when I applied. :/

* Coats each lashes
* Holds curl
* Waterproof
* Blue packaging (my favorite color is blue)

* Clumps on the wand
* Hard to apply to lashes because of the clumps
* After some time, the lashes aren't as thick as applied

Would I buy this again? I don't think so.
Rating: 2.5/5 Tobey's Paws

Here's how the mascara looks on my eyelashes.
Please ignore the awful eyeliner! I will do a review on it soon. :X I noticed the right (left in the picture) is more curlier than the left... lol~ :X
If you're wondering what colors I have on my eyes, I did a tutorial for it (click here for the post).

I'm going to post two things I bought last month. I know I'm late, but it's better late than never... lol~ :X For those of you who are wondering about my No Buy deal with makeup related (click here for the post), I have been good... hehe~ :D Now you know these two things I bought aren't makeup... woo hoo~ ;)
I have a Japanese Tokyo shop in the mall closest to me. They were having this on sale for $6.99. I just couldn't refuse!... wheee~ It's so cute! :)
Then I saw this hair pin at Forever 21. I just couldn't refuse since I'm so into ribbons... lol~ For the people who know me, knows I'm really into ribbon headbands. I noticed I moved from ribbon headbands to ribbon hair pins... lol~ :X The only problem is I really need a haircut. I noticed because of my long hair I haven't put my hair down. It's always tied up in a bun *sigh*. :X

I'm going to end this post with something recent I made. I know you guys might think it's early, but I think it's better to start now than later... lol~ I started making Christmas gifts for my nieces. I only finished one *sigh*!!! :X
It's a bunny!
No, it's a bag! It's a bunny bag!!!... wheee~ I know that was lame... lol~ :X Isn't it cute!?!? :)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dad's Birthday and Noodles with Vegetables and Beef (jap-chae)

Thank you for the ones who left me sweet comments about Tobey! I really appreciate it. :) He is doing much better. In one week, I have to take him back to get his stitches remove. We will finally move the cone on his head... lol~ I'm really looking forward to that, because that thing hurts when he runs towards you. :X

Thanks again y'all!!! :)

This week has been very busy for me with Tobey (wake up early, feed him medicine 2X a day, take him out many times a day for the bathroom, put warm compress 4X a day, etc...), as well as, my dad's birthday. My dad's birthday was on Thursday. I woke up early to cook for him. It took me 4 and a half hours of cooking!!!... eek~ :X
I made mi-yuk gook/seaweed soup (click here for the recipe), bu-chim gae or hea-mul jeon/seafood pancake (click here for the recipe), kim-chi jeon/kim-chi pancake (click here for the recipe), and jap chae. I know jap chae is a requested recipe and I apologize it took me this long to post it up!!! I just don't make this often because it takes a long time to make this dish. I tend to make it during special days like my dad's birthday. I hope you guys like it! :)

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

5 shiitake mushroom
olive oil or any cooking oil
lots of chopped garlic
1/2 onion
3 carrots
2 eggs
sesame oil
sesame seeds
soy sauce

Step 1:
First thing you want to do it take out the dried shiitake mushroom and soak it in water for 2 hours. The mushroom will get bigger and softer.

Step 2:
Cut your onion in thin, long strips. You will be using the frying pan pretty often. In the frying pan, add oil and chopped garlic. Then cook the onion. Once the onion is done, toss it in a big bowl.
Cut your carrots into long, thin strips. Do the same thing as above cook it in the frying pan with oil, chopped garlic, and carrots. Then toss it in the same big bowl.

One of the things I do in between frying is clean the frying pan with a dry towel paper. It helps the next vegetable not to be discolored. ;)
In a small bowl, crack the eggs. I add a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of water. The water helps the eggs become more liquidity to fry. Fry the egg on both sides and cut them in long, thin strips. Toss it in the same big bowl.
In a small bowl, add these small mushrooms for 20 minutes in water. I have no clue what they're called... lol~ Then squeeze the small mushrooms to get the water out. I chop them up in small pieces, and fry them in oil and garlic. Then toss in the same big bowl. If you don't know what this is, you can skip this part. It isn't important to have them. ;)
After 2 hours of soaking the shiitake mushroom in water, squeeze the water out. Then chop them in thin, long strips. Fry them in oil and garlic. Then toss them in the same big bowl.
I soak my beef in hot water until the blood runs out. Once it stops bleeding, I cut them in small pieces. I fry them in garlic and black pepper. Then toss it in the big bowl.
In a pot, add water and wait until it boils. While you're waiting for the water to boil, cut the ends of the spinach and clean it. Once the water boils, add the clean spinach. You will leave the spinach in the hot water for 3 minutes.
Then drain the water and squeeze the spinach with your hands. I cut them into small pieces which makes eating them easier. Then in a small bowl, I add the ingredients pinch of salt, chopped garlic, and sesame oil. I mix them and throw it in the big bowl.
This is how the big bowl will look like.

Step 3:
I don't know which noodles are good, but I used this one. It came out great to me... hehe~ ;)
In a pot, add water and wait until it boils. Once it boils, add the noodle. You cook it until it becomes soft. It takes about 5-10 minutes depending on the noodle. Then drain the water like you do spaghetti.
Then I fry it in oil and garlic. It makes the noodles more transparent, as well as, makes it easier to mix with the vegetables. Then throw it in the big bowl.

I forgot to take a picture of all of them in the big bowl *sigh*. Sorry!!! :X Basically, you mix the noodle with the vegetables and beef. You add soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and sugar. The most crucial ingredients is sugar and soy sauce.
It should look like this at the end... yummy!~!~ :)

This is the traditional way of making this dish. It takes longer to make this than the modern way. The modern way is to cut all the vegetables and fry them together. It takes less time, but I think the traditional way taste better! ;) It is up to you which one you want to do... hehe~

I'm going to end this post with a freebie... wheee~ ;)
Here's another coupon that is still usable (click here for the coupon). It expires in December of this year. I hope you like it!!! :)
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