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:

Friday, April 10, 2009

Contest #1

Since I cannot sleep at the moment, I thought I'll just update... lol~ I noticed a lot of the comments in my past post regarded the hair pins I made (click here to see the post). Since so many of you guys liked it, I thought I'll have a mini-contest... yippie~ :)
I'm going to give away a pair of hair pins to two readers. The best part is its going to be customized to your taste... hehe~ So basically whoever the winners are get to choose the style they like (pink or blue) and what colors they would like as long as I have the yarn... hehe~ Sounds good eh!?!? ;)

1. You need to leave a comment so I know you're interested in the contest.
2. You need to be a follower to my blog.
3. It's open to everyone including out of the U.S.

End of the contest: April 16th at 11:59 p.m. pacific time

How are the winners chosen: number generator

Once you are chosen as the winner, I will mention it on my blog and the winners have 5 days to contact me through e-mail. You will give me the color and style. I'll make it and send it off... wheee~

I hope this will be fun and people will enter!!! :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Marley & Me

This isn't the typical post of beauty or Korean cooking, but it's fun to post things out of the blue once in awhile... hehe~ I read this book some time ago, but I wanted to review my thoughts after seeing the movie.
Title: Marley & Me
Author: John Grogan

Price: $7.69 at Costco ($13.95 USA price on the back)

Description on the back: The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.

My thoughts: I've always been a dog person since I was little. Whenever there was a dog around, my parents knew where I disappeared magically... lol~ I love petting dogs, watching dog movies (Buddies series, Bolt, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, etc), and even reading dog books. When I knew they were making this book into a movie, I had to read it before I watched the movie. The book made me go through a roller coaster of emotion... lol~ It was comedic, sad, and made me think. Maybe I'm biased since I have my own lab, Tobey (click here to see all my post on Tobey) who is half, and their my favorite type of dog but I loved reading the book... hehe~ Whenever I stop reading to think, it was because I would remember Tobey doing the same thing.

* Relativeable since I have my own lab.
* Comedic scenes.
* Good for dog lovers.
* Much better than the movie.
* It's the reality of raising and losing a dog.

* It's the reality of raising and losing a dog.

Rating: 5/5 Tobey's Paws

My thoughts in relationship to the movie: They changed a lot of things in the movie compared to the book. I wasn't very pleased since the book was good itself. To be honest, I thought the book was more comedic and interesting than the movie. :X The movie wasn't also deep compared to the book. They lost the main point of what the book was about. I'll say read the book and then watch it later... hehe~

Here's the movie trailer:

I will end this review with a quote I found in the book. "Marley had earned his place in our family. Like a quirky but beloved uncle, he was what he was. He would never be Lassie or Benji or Old Yeller; he would never reach Westminster or even the county fair. We knew that now. We accepted him for the dog he was, and loved him all the more for it." The reason why this quote meant something to me is because I hear people, mostly non-pet owners, talk about the cost of raising a pet. Guess what money comes when it comes to raising anything including babies. The joy of raising your own child, as well as, pets is because they become part of your family. You love them for who they are! Tobey has become more than a dog to me. He is family!!! :)

I'm going to end this post with things I've made recently. I've been making Hello Kitty amigurumi dolls for my nieces' birthdays (April, May, and June). I only finished one but I think it came out adorable... hehe~
Now I need to make two more... lol~ I'll definitely post those when I'm done. ;) I also made hair pins for the fun of it... lol~
One of the pink and the light blue is mine. Here's how it looks in my hair... hehe~

Light blue:


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