Sunday, August 07, 2011

Summer Staples 2011 - Beauty and Miscellaneous Favorites

Blog posts about Monthly Favorite are fun to read (to a certain extend, because how many Nars-Blush-Dior Bronzer-Wet-n-Wild-eyeshadow-on-white-background do you like to see? For me, not a hell lot.) but not as fun to compose. First, I never gather enough products to "love" on a monthly basis and then comes fetching, cleaning (nobody wants to see a shot of your freshly used foundation brush, really...) outdoor photo (Yes, I am insane.) part... It's a lot of planning and work that I am too lazy to commit monthly.

Anyway, to fulfill your desire (of looking at many beauty items piled together) , here are some of my favorites for the first half of 2011, not (OK, there is one) including lip products (for that I will need a separate post, and a much bigger trunk).
Paul & Joe Face Color in Harvest Moon - Suzi Weiss-Fischmann (aka the woman who has the burning desire to drop her name at least once in every OPI collection) is right, a good mandarin is hard to find. Lucky for me, I have found it: Harvest moon is the perfect warm flush that really works all year round...and of course I just had to drop it (on concrete floor +_+) the day after I took this picture. Don't worry, the matte orange part is alright and I managed to get the whole blush repressed (in a ghetto..ghetto but usable manner)...

Because you should never give up on your mandarin.

Essence Blush Brush - It air dries within hours! Anything (anyone) low-maintenance like this should be loved by the masses.

Wet n Wild (for brow) and L'Oreal Lash Serum - Pulling out lashes/eyebrow has never been so justified.

Missha & Innisfree Sheet Mask- Is there a better pick-me-up after a vigorous scab-picking, zit-squeeze (sorry mates, I can't help it) session? This stuff (not talking about picking scab) is addicting.

Benefit Coralista - Smells so yummy that if it were a lipstick, I would eat it. (It seems like an item so popular that it has already become a beauty-blog cliche.)

Too Faced Retractable Kabuki - Cliche No.2 that I feel obliged to include in every single "Favorite Anything" post.

OPI Over The Taupe/ Borghese Vaggio Mauve - I don't even know what to say beside...I like muted lilac and taupe?

Stila Convertible Color in Peony (Look how legitimate my favorites are! There is an visible dent on Paul & Joe blush and both Lash Serum are half-finished.) - Dusty rose-peach that's natural-looking, long-lasting and a joy to play with (dot-and-blend is just more fun!). If my lips get scarily red, it manages to tone it down (so I don't look like I have just eaten some animal alive)...

Wait! It's not finished and here is a second half...
Benefit Dandelion (You should see the now-huge dent on it) - For some strange reason, the pale pink blush actually shows up better, without looking garish with my darker, summer skin tone (OK, I guess not that dark, since the only shade concealer I use still works perfectly).

My Green Mosaic Wallet - Which might as well be called coupon/receipt keeper since it's filled with anything but money. (By the way, the green M & M's tin is a photo bomb that I decided to include since there are so many green items.) 
Vintage (reproduction) Barbie Doll Key Chain from the 90s - Another photo bomb purchased from a local doll shop, since the the chain was bolted right below her nape, it hangs like a corpse.I still like her outfit though...

Revlon Flavor Gloss in Appletini Fizz (So I forgot the "Fizz" in my review for it)  - A few days ago I thought I found the perfect location (more like a position right beside my bed but that sounds a little dirty) for lips swatch (it turns out that "perfect" on camera screen means grainy in monitor) so I swatched, revisited  what seems like 40 different lip products... by the end of swatch-wipe-swatch session, my mouth looked bloody and felt like it was about to fall off (Lesson learned, the most gentle physical lip gloss remover is indeed my inner arm).

So what does it have to do with Revlon? Well, you always need some wet, nice-smelling things to sooth things out when mishaps like that happen ...And I am amazed that the print on the tube still hasn't got rubbed off (happened to my Shu Uemura squeegee within a week!). Bravo to those Revlon package designers!

Walgreen Brag Book - Because it's always more self-gratifying to see your photos in print. This piece of s--- deserves  an individual review since it's actually quite horribly made. In fact, what you are looking at are actually the pages of the book I cut off. The binding and covers are really that bad. So technically, what I am liking is "Admiring my pictures in print", not the book itself.

Nephrite Jade Bangle Bracelet with a matching enameled bangle -  This is by far the best piece of green nephrite jade I own (in terms of color and the fine crystal structure) but it's way too big that I can almost call it an elbow-let. The only solution is to get it carved (or just chop them into round beads) when I go visit China, because no postmenopausal fattening (that's what all Asian women do right? According to some creepy @$$ white dudes.) is going to make this fit...
Since I can't really wear the bangles (even the enamel one drops off when I put my arm down), I have been liking my jadeite pendants instead, which are shinier, cooler (as the green has a blue undertone) that's generally preferred by younger people. It has been a lot while since I last gotten any jadeite so now I want more, like this icy cock...I mean this cartoon icy jadeite rooster pendant (and there is a bigger one!) from the taobao store The Armor of Time. Just imagine how many inappropriate jokes you can crack with that one! 

P.S. To the friend (who introduced me to SNL, a miscalculation on her part that eventually led to my discovery of  Dick in the Box , and my act of singing the song all month long...In her face) who once told me "Oh, you wish you have a dick!",  I indeed want one...

I am still talking about the jade pendant.


  1. I have been reading your blog faithfully for months now and I really like it. :D I love how you always post such clear, good-resolution pictures and I enjoy the nature backgrounds that you use. Taking pictures outside really makes the lighting perfect, in my opinion. I also appreciate that you use all sorts of makeup and aren't a snob about drugstore products (although it never ceases to amaze me how you wait until the precise moment to pounce on a lip gloss when you can use five different coupons and somehow get it for like 30 cents). How do you do that?! :)

  2. Aw man, I placed an order with Ulta and totally forgot to order the Essence blush brush -_- Oh well
    I get that grainy effect too in dark lighting, so misleading of camera LCD screens

  3. Kayleigh:
    I am glad you like the out-door pictures (the main reasons I do that is because my camera won't function well unless there is a full blast of sunlight...)also, I takes so many pictures, I might bore myself to death if I shoot everything indoor with white background (a method that works for many). As for the "extreme couponing", beside keeping coupon to pile them all at once during a sale, I set a maximum (3-4 bucks for a single drugstore item) I am willing to shell out and never go above that (though, most of the time I want to keep everything below 2). Promotions come every week and I won't miss out that much if I skip something (it's lip gloss after all, they all kind of look similar a few inches away).

    I have gotten a few new pieces for my collection and I will do a few posts on that!

    Haha, it's not gotta-have-it kind of great. It's just amazes me how fast it dries. I love using it for shimmery blushes as it never picks up too much.

  4. Thanks for this great post. :D

    Looking forward to your upcoming jade posts!! (and just your posts in general~ great reads!)

  5. Thanks for the "extreme couponing" tips. Lip glosses are my favorite thing to buy (and I buy way too many), so I will have to try that! :)

  6. Tiffyama:
    Will be working on that (OK, I have it in draft for quite a while but I just need to wait for the perfect time to put it out)!

    Actually, I forgot to mention clearance basket/session (because that varies by location), a good deal of my drugstore makeup come from there...If there is an ulta in your state, their 3.5dollars-off 10 can get you quite a bit of stuff when you saves a few manufacturers coupon.


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