Saturday, December 20, 2014

Emerald Green Eyes

It's been a while since i've done a colorful look.
I'm not as creative as I was back in the day where I would experiment
with several different color. I've just been leaning more towards neutral
and everyday colors.

Here's a look I created using MAC's Emerald pigment
along with other MAC eyeshadows.
I've been neglecting my MAC shadows since I have so many
other eyeshadow palettes from different brands.

Face:
Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation - Shell Beige
Nars- Laguna Bronzer
Shea Moisture Pressed Powder - Tropea Almond
Tarte amazonian clay blush - Glisten

Eyes:
Smashbox 24hr Eye Shadow Primer
MAC Emerald Green Pigment - Lid
MAC Soft brown Eyeshadow - Crease
Mac Rice Paper Eyeshadow - Brow bone
Mac Nylon Eyeshadow -inner corner
MAC Mulch Eyeshadow - Under eye
MAC Dark Edge Eyeshadow - Outer Corner
MAC texture Eyeshadow - Crease
Lancome Art Liner
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
Ardel False Lashes - Demi Wispies

Lips:
Urban Decay naked 2 lipliner
Urban Decay Naked 2 Lipstick











Friday, November 28, 2014

November 2014 Haul + Lip Swatches

Beauty Buys from the month of November!


Urban Decay Lip 24/7 glide on lip pencil:
Naked 2, Deep
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner- Trooper
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick:
L.U.V, Vampira


Urban Decay Naked 2

Urban Decay Deep

Urban Decay Venom

Kat Von D L.U.V



Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick- Vampira! 

Updated Skin Care Routine Using PocketDerm - 2 1/2 Week Progress

I've been struggling with Acne since the 4th grade, i'm not kidding you.
I've tried many things on the market, such as Proactiv, Murad, Clinique,
various topical prescriptions from the dermatologist and none of these have really
completely kept my acne away.  

The Acne.org regimen was one of the medications that helped me
get clear when I was in college. It was basically all in the power
of 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide. I've used this product for over 4+ years.
I was very consistent with it during the first 3 years and It truly helped cleared my skin.
However, the past year I've been getting too lazy with this regimen.
Overtime your skin gets use to the benzoyl peroxide which means you have to
constantly keep adding more pumps and layers of benzoyl on your face.
That means I would have to wait for my face to dry for a longer period of time.
That was a no-go for me since I do work now and all I want to do at the end of the night
is wash my face and go to sleep.
Ain't no body got time for that!

So, since i've been skipping out on the regimen on most days, I began breaking out more.
I've been getting cystic acne throughout my jawline and chin and sometimes
on my cheeks. This mainly has to do with hormonal imbalance.
They would be large and painful with no whitehead.
I decided I wanted to try something new that would be easy
and less time consuming.

I was watching stillGLAMORUS 's Youtube Video About PocketDerm
and how it really helped out her skin. I mainly subscribed to her because of 
her acne and makeup videos and she's gorgeous!
She made a video on pocketderm and how it helped her skin.
After watching that video I hopped on the site and signed up for it!

PocketDerm is like your very own Online Dermatologist!

Signing up is pretty simple and straight forward. 
You make an account and put all your info on there.
It also asks for a credit card in order for you to finish the
account setup. However the first month IS FREE, so it doesn't
charge your card right away until the next month. 
Don't be afraid because you can cancel it whenever you want.
Also, it asks you to take three pictures of your skin, the side views and front views.
You can take however much you'd like and upload them for your
 dermatologist to see.
Then you are assigned a dermatologist.
He or She will determine what type of medication to prescribe you.
They not only prescribe topical treatment but also Oral medications
which they can write a prescription and send it straight to your pharmacy
which is pretty AWESOME!

They also treat Anti-Aging skin as well!

Then you basically get to message your dermatologist about your skin 
problems. I gave her a little background about my skin and the types
of medication I've used in the past and what works and what didn't.
She got back to me within a full day.
And that's when she told me what formulation of medication
she was going to give me.

My formulation consisted of Tretinoin .018%, Clindamycin, and Azelaic Acid.
She then explained what each of these medications did.
She also wanted to prescribe me an Oral acne medication called Spironolactone.
I typically do not like take oral pills, so I decided to stick with the topical treatment.
They're very informative and answer all your questions.
You also get emails about tips and instructions of how to use the product
and facial wash/cleanser recommendations.
It's a pretty legit site and I would recommend it to anyone.

My skin has gotten a lot better within the two weeks I've used it.



My nightly skincare routine goes a little something like this.
I wash my face with a gentle Cleanser,
My all time drugstore cleanser is the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Skin Cleanser
But I ran out of that and wanted to try something different,
So I tried the more pricier brands Philosophy Purity One Step Cleanser

After cleanser, when I'm not too lazy I apply the Rose Water Hydrating Toner
by Poppy Austin Which I got from Amazon.com . It's pretty expensive, but
it's good quality and works well with my skin.

Then, I wait 5-10minutes before applying the PocketDerm Treatment.

In addition, Twice a week, I would use the Peter Thomas Roth 3% Glycolic Acid Face wash
During this routine, I DO NOT apply the PocketDerm treatment after, since I don't want 
to over irritate my skin.

Here's a link to PocketDerm if you're interested in trying it.
https://pocketderm.com/invite/IBWPJZN

I do get $10 back as credit for inviting people.
If your don't feel comfortable using my link,
just simply go to pocketderm.com :)

There goes my updated skin care routine and so far it's been helping quite a bit!
I'll keep you guys updated to see how everything is going with before and after pictures! 







Get Ready With Me




Products Used:
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - Stromboli
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealor - Ginger
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish - Dark
Nars Blush - Love Joy
Smashbox 24hr eyeshadow primer
Lorac Mega Pro Palette: Apricot, Camel, Brown, Espresso, Fawn, Sand, Smokey Topaz, Granite
Lancome Artliner Liquid Eyeliner
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
Urban Decay Naked 2 Lip Pencil

Music:
Tinashe - Vulnerable (Dave Luxe Remix)

October 2014 Beauty Haul

Back with a Beauty Haul from October!
I'm such a total makeup addict.. especially when it comes to Limited Edition MAKEUP!
It's so hard to pass up on makeup that's limited edition.
I think I need to attend a Makeup Addict Anonymous club..

Here are a few beauty Items I got, I got the majority of these items from
Sephora, partly because they had a VIB rouge sale which was 20% off your order.
That was a big thing, because we rarely get any discounts from Sephora.
Other Items were from MAC.

Lipstick swatches in the video below :)






















Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fitness update

Lately i've lost motivation in working out.
My goal was to lose some weight before Hawaii,
but that ended up being a fail. LOL.
 I would tell myself I would workout after work since I get off
around 3pm. I even wear my workout clothes to work so I can drive straight
to the gym. However, on most days, I end up not going because I feel too tired
or I have an errand to run, and I hate going to the gym during peak hours.

After a couple of months of being inconsistent with working out,
I forced myself this week to wake up earlier and workout BEFORE work.
I start work around 6:30am.. So on Monday I woke up at 3:40am.
It gives me at least an hour and a half to workout, and go home and get ready.

I thought waking up that early would be extremely hard, but it really wasn't
I even woke up before my alarm. Of course i still felt tired,
but before I left to the gym, I took my pre-workout drink which really 
helps a lot.
I start by doing weights, then 30 mins of cardio at the end.

It was a success, I did this for 5 days straight and I love it!
They gym is empty which is a BIG FAT PLUS!
It encourages me to go this early each time. 
Also, My workout is out of the way and done so I don't have to
worry about it later on in the day, AND I have extra time do things
after work.

Overall it worked well and I will try and keep this up.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Going back to the Mainland

Had our last breakfast at our hotel
gathered our things and waited for the shuttle bus
to pick us up from our hotel.
We were picked up around 11:00am,
and out flight was at 2:30pm.

There was a flash flood warning,
the waves were pretty crazy and it was raining hard.
We were hoping our flight wouldn't be canceled
because of the hurricane, luckily it wasn't.

We arrived at the airport, checked in our bags and walked to our gate.
We had lunch at this place called Gordon's.. I can't remember the full name of it.
But we had burgers with garlic fries and sweet chili chicken wings.
It was pretty pricey..
We got done just in time,
right when we came out our plane was boarding passengers.

We were heading back home..
back to reality..
We got to oakland airport around 10:30pm pacific standard time.

Hawaiian Airlines was great,
there was a lot of turbulence, but we got through it.
The pilot brought us safely back home and through the storm,
We are so blessed.








Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bob's Snorkeling at Kaneohe Bay

Our activity for today was Snorkeling at Bob's Snorkel in Kaneohe Bay
It was about 30-35mins away from Waikiki.
What a difference does that make in terms of the view.
I love seeing the natural view of Hawaii rather than the city life
Waikiki had to offer.
ALSO, there were no ABC stores! LOL
I think they said Waikiki had 47 ABC stores?
Not sure..

The weather was gloomy, and sprinkling a bit..
The storm was nearing our way.. but that didn't stop us from snorkeling.
We first went to the middle of the water where there was a sandbar,
I believe it was 6 miles long and 1 mile wide.
It's the largest sandbar in the world.
Very very shallow.
It was a bit colder than usual because of the weather.
nonetheless we enjoyed it.

The sandbar was to give practice to those who haven't snorkeled before.
there was really nothing to look at but sand..
Then they provided us with lunch which was hamburger,
beans, pineapples and chips.

We then headed to the coral reef area which was a lot deeper 20-40 feet deep.
Along the way we ran into a few sea turtles maybe about 5-6 of them
They're so cute!!! and large.. They said their neck is about the size of my thigh.
Too bad it's a $500 fine if you touch the sea turtle..

We got to the reef.. It was kinda scary, I usually don't like deep waters
because I do fear sharks, or any weird creatures underneath that may harm me.
I was one of the first snorkeler's out there, my boyfriend and the tour guide went 
first.. I waited because I wanted some fins and a life jacket to snorkel.
I remember last time I went without it, i got so tired I drank a lot of sea water
and nearly drowned lol! So much for being a rebel. I learned my lesson this time,
AND the current was a lot stronger because of the storm.
It's always better to be safe. 

I got to the water and was just terrified but I swam next to the coral reef.
the other guides said it was pretty dead because of the hurricane coming..
However we got to see a couple of fishes here and there. 
The coral reef got so shallow that I cut my knee from it!
Before we got into the water they were telling us not stand on it,
because if it breaks, it takes about 5 or 15 years (can't remember) to grow back the
size of a fist. They did say, if you were drowning,
to just stand up on it, because our lives were more important. 

I didn't want to break and coral reefs but I had to stand on it because It was so shallow 
it was grazing my knee. 
I developed a battle wound from the reef that day, 
but I still kept swimming.
Luckily no sharks were around to smell my blood.

My boyfriend saw an eel... 
How scary..
He told me to go back and see it,
but i refused. LOL!

It was raining more and more,
we finally went back on the boat and back to the dock
where we waited for our bus to come back in the rain.
Although it was rainy, it was still warm and humid.

We went back to the hotel and washed up and 
headed to this Ramen place near our hotel and ate 
some good ramen!
Then headed to the ABC store to buy souvenirs for friends and family
and finally tried the Dole Whip. mmmm
then we came home and began packing..




















Friday, October 17, 2014

ALI'I KAI CATAMARAN DINNER CRUISE

In the morning we ate the complimentary breakfast they served
at our hotel. Buffet Style of course.
I felt like I gained so much weight, all we did was eat, eat, eat!
Then headed to Chinatown because my parents
wanted to bring home some fresh fish and vegetable that they didn't have back
in California. Every time in Hawaii, we always go to Chinatown just for this.
They bring it back frozen of course. 
I love their tropical fruits.. I really wanted to try star fruit, but they didn't have
any good ones.
We also bought some gifts there for my boyfriend's family.
They were cheaper than the ABC stores.
He also got me 2 Sarongs and a Turtle bag, heheh.

My cousin told us to try this hole in the wall place called Ono's Seafood
Takeaway for some good Poke!
We stopped by and got some spicy delicious poke,
along with some garlic edamame and seaweed salad.

After, we had a few hours to spare before getting ready
for the Dinner Cruise at 4:30.
So we utilized that time to go and enjoy the beach! 
We only had two more nights in Hawaii and we only been to the 
twice (including today).
There was a Jelly Fish warning, scary, because they never had that before.

We finally came back, got ready for the dinner cruise.
Before that though, we had to return our rental car.

The cruise was nice and relaxing..
We got to see the Hawaiian Sunset and cruise along the whole strip of Waikiki
towards diamond head and then made a U-Turn back home.
It was drizzling a bit because the tropical storm or hurricane Ana was coming..
But we still went outside and took some photo opportunities.
We couldn't miss the breath taking view you know.
Dinner was served buffet style
then there was entertainment
with polynesian dancers from samoa, tahiti, new Zealand, and hawaii.

At the Hilton, they also had fireworks going off so we were able to watch that
as well from the catamaran. 


We spent the rest of our time dancing 
while the catamaran took us back to our destination.
We danced the twist, Gangnam style, and a little bit of YMCA lol.
It was great! 

A tour bus took us to the cruise, just like how a tour bus took us to the Luau.
So we had to represent our Tour bus and guide.
They told us to cheer for them whenever they announce our Bus Number.
We were bus number 7 at the Dinner Cruise,
and Bus number 1 at the luau.
Cousin Gabby Was our tour guide in bus number 7
and Cousin Greg was bout Tour guid in bus#1.

It was fun.










Quick Snack haul






















My hair cannot withstand this Humid Hawaiian Weather