My 2013 Birthday Wishlist

It’s that time of year, birthday time!
My birthday is happening in less than 2 weeks so in spirit of celebration and consumerism, here’s my wishlist.
For some reason, wishlists still make me feel young as I’m rushing into quarter life crisis.

[Places I would like to experience]
Statebird ProvisionsYelp Review
Everyone has been raving about how unique and delicious this tapas place is.

Afternoon tea at Garden Court in Palace HotelYelp Review
I’ve really been into afternoon tea after trying crown & crumpet. The Palace Hotel is beautiful!

[Things that I think are awesome and would like in my life]cardsagainsthumanity

Cards Against Humanity Card Game – Amazon

 This is really fun game, we’ve played it a couple of times at our friend’s house. 

sigma dare

Sigma Beauty Palette in DareAmazon

I really like orange and pink eye shadows. I saw that EmilyNoel83 (youtube) was using this and it looked very nice.

Tea for Two Teapot by Shinzi Katoh  – Can be found in Japantown @ San Francisco, CA or Ebay
I think this is soooo freakin’ adorable! I really like drinking jasmine green tea and bunnies.


Personalized Cuff bangle braceletEtsy

I really would something personalized with the “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
I think it’s too long so maybe just “Invincible Summer” – here in San Francisco, it feels like there’s never summer but quote makes me think about even when the times are rough you can find your strength from within.


Square Peridot sterling Silver Ring (sz 5.5/6) – Caron –  Etsy

A few months back I had seen Caron list this ring in her shop and it’s so gorgeous. Peridot is my birthday stone and I’ve been looking high and low for some Peridot jewelry. I really like how bright and vibrant the color is.
I personally own 2 of Caron’s custom designed rings and they are so beautiful and affordable. She’s a very lovely person.

Just Fab – Entrance Bag (either in Tan/Black)JustFab

I think this bag is very stylish. I’ve been on a handbag kick and I’ve been  loving gold stud look on handbags.
I own 3 JustFab handbags and 2 pairs of their shoes, they are trendy and good quality products.
* Just Fab is a monthly subscription site

Benefit Cosmetics – Rockateur Blush Benefit Site also available on sephora/ulta

Will be released August 20th, it’s this beautiful rose gold blush!

glow-all-outSoap & Glory – Glow All Out Highlighter – Available in United Kingdom ><
I’ve heard fleurdeforce discuss glow all out highlighter being great and being such a fan of her, I really want to try it.
Just my luck that’s not available in the US. I’m interested in the highlighters, blushes and bronzers from them.

Yep that’s my list of birthday wishes.  🙂
Hope you found something things that you find interesting.

My Birthday Wishlist 2012


So first off I want to say I know this list is very long.
Secondly, I don’t expect anyone to buy me anything for my birthday.
Lastly, wish list make me nostalgic and suddenly I do not want to age one bit but …
…it’s just that this list been stuck in my head, swirling around and I feel it needs to be set out into the internet void.

Mostly it is a bunch of makeup. I love makeup. The gleam of new packaging, the fresh pressed eye shadows and the buttery texture of powder. Others are bits and bobs for our place, the fact that I now cook and mostly I like a lot of things.

BTW I made Duncan Hines fudge brownies for dessert with walnuts and white chocolate chips.
They are yum!

Also to be noted many of the items are new releases so that could be interesting to you if you want to see what’s hot now or what I think is pretty cool. This won’t be a review of the products because well I don’t own them. However I do write why I’m interested in them and who I think they would be suited for…though that is my own opinion.

Lorac Cosmetics – Pro Palette $42
* New Release, Available at Sephora,, Ulta, Online
* The packaging is deliciously slim, portable and easy to use
* Eyeshadows are buttery and saturated with color
* It’s bang for your buck, comes with primer and large array of shimmer/matte shades
* Perfect for those who love vibrant, full impact colors

Benefit Coralista Set $28
* New Release, Available at Sephora,Benefit Counters, Online
* It comes with blush, highlighter, shimmer and matching gloss
* The new gloss formula is amazing! It feels great on the lips.
* It’s a great way to try 4 sample size Benefit products for the price of 1
* I really interested in Cha Cha Tint and Coralista blush. They are peachy pink with golden shimmer.
* Perfect for those in love with peachy pink with golden shimmer color scheme.

Smashbox Master Class 11 Combo Palette – $59
* New Release, Available at Sephora
* It comes with eyeshadows, blushes, eyeliner creams, brow colors, highlights …basically the whole she-bang!
* It’s great value, sturdy packaging, and multi-purpose
* I’m really interested in the newly formulated shadows as they appear pigmented, smooth and plenty of variety
* The blushes also appear to be full intensity and unique colors I don’t own
* This is a perfect set for anyone wanting to try a bunch of Smashbox products and expand their collection

Lorac Pro Cheek Powder Stain Blush in Coral Crush – $20
* New Release, Available at Sephora, Lorac Cosmetics, Online
* Simple black packaging, plenty of product
* This is absolutely gorgeous coral with golden shimmer.
* It’s smooth, pigmented and has slight duo-chrome (pink/gold) effect
* This is a definite must to try out, leans more pink coral than orange coral

Tokidoki Airways Palette – $19 (on sale)
* Limited Edition, Available at Sephora, Online
* Tokidoki’s line is being discontinued at Sephora stores – 40% off!!!
* I’m attracted to the incredible attention to detail and cuteness of the palette’s lunchbox exterior
* Tokidoki shadows do seem fairly nice and this is a steal.
* I’m really into for the packaging 🙂

Tarte Into the Wild Palette – $44
* New Release, Limited Edition, available – Ulta Exclusive
* Wowza I saw Beauty Junkie’s swatch post of this palette it looks divine
* The colors look versatile enough to achieve a neutral to smokey eye
* I like how this is a bit different from Tarte’s original palette selection
* Pefect for those looking versatile everyday palette

Sephora Palettes : Izak Baked Palette, Primal Instinct Palette,
Moonshadow Baked Palettes, Collection – $30 each

* Sphora palette offer array of colors at affordable price points
* The packaging is usually quite beautiful, portable and easy to use
* I like these palettes in particular because of the baked quality which would be great for foiling
* There’s a combination of baked, shimmer, matte, neutral and bolder varieties
* Perfect for those who aren’t brand-conscious but still want quality shadows

Coastal Scents Hotpot Palette – Forever Natural $13-20
* Online Exclusive, Available at, (fast shipping)
* The 12 shadows come in a magnetic palette with mirror
* I’m fairly interested in this palette due to price point, good quality of hotpots and the variety of “neutral/natural”.
* I see this palette being able to achieve an array of looks from the color selection
* Perfect for those who want a more wearable look

Coastal Scents Hotpot Palette – Fall $13-$20
* Online Exclusive, Available at, (fast shipping)
* The 12 shadows come in a magnetic palette with mirror
* At first these colors didn’t call to me but after seeing blog swatches I’m hooked.
* These shadows are fairly pigmented, vibrant and bold.
* I can see using them in the fall season and for more night time looks
* Perfect for the upcoming season and bolder smokey eyes

–Drugstore —

Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel in Dry Skin (Pink) $6-9
* New Release, available at most mass retailers / drugstores
* I quite enjoyed Garnier Original Moisture rescue (Green) and I found the consistency to be very nice.
* However, my skin didn’t get along well with the grape extracts.
* Pink jar is made with antioxidant fruit water and for dry skin which is more suited for my face
* It’s affordable, easily accessible
* Perfect for budget gals who looking for some more hydration

Maybelline Studios Baked Duos $6-8
* In particular these shade: (Teal Takeover, Mocha Mirage, Petal Pink (LE))
* Available at most mass retailers/ drugstores
* I love how beautiful these duo baked shadows look. One side is solid color and other is a bit mixed with shimmer/glitter
* Dude that Teal takeover color is just drop dead gorgeous!
* They are easy to apply, accessible and portable
* Perfect for those who want to dabble in foiling and baked cosmetic products

Sonia Kashuk Dual Makeup Remover $10
* Available at Target, Online
* There’s lots of rave reviews for this product being able to efficient remove makeup
* I’m interested! Will it be greasy? Will it be drying? Can it remove mascara? I ponder these questions.
* Perfect for those who use high-end removers to try slightly cheaper alternative

Sonia Kashuk Instructional Eye Palette in Neutral / Fall $20
* Available at Target, Online
* The Youtube Beauty Gurus are suddenly raving about the Neutral Palette.
* It’s all matte palette, a rarity among mass retailers!
* I hear the eyeshadows are fairly nice and well priced but I’ve never owned any Sonia Kashuk shadows to know for truth.
* Perfect for those who love matte shadows that are very wearable

Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow Quad in Fair & Square (Pink) $14
* Available at Target, online
* It’s portable, sturdy packaging, and nice see-through top
* Honestly, I don’t hear many reviews about the quads.
* My personal interest stems for my love of pink shadows and it comes with both shimmer & matte shades
* Perfect? I don’t know …maybe people like me who love pink

–Other Items —

Chevron Patterned Pillowcase (yellow, lime, blue) $14-20
* Available fabric stores, Etsy, Online
* My couch is lonely and it needs a pop of color

Proust was a Neuroscient by Jonah Lehrer $9
* Available at bookstores, Amazon,
* I really enjoyed his “How we decide” and I just want to read more

Miette Cookbook $15
* Available at bookstores, Amazon
* Miette is my favorite SF bakery and I totally want to try some of their recipes myself
* It’s got cute pictures through out the book

A nice cutting knife $$?
* Available – who knows?
* Lately,we’ve gotten more into cooking and I would to expand my collection of kitchen utensils
* I don’t really know of any particular brands or styles of knifes but my current one is getting old
* Do you have any recommendations?

A Cutting Board (non-plastic, non-wood) $$?
* Available – somewhere
* We cook, we clean and yet our cutting board gets kinda of gross.
* Now I’m on the hunt for a nice cutting board that isn’t plastic or wood and in it for the long haul.
* What would you recommend?

A ring from artwearbycaron $100+
* Available – Etsy Seller – Art Wear By Caron
* She’s fabulous! I love her jewelry and it’s all custom-made for around $100
* I want something that symbolizes this new phase in my life – adult hood? freedom? … I don’t know quite what to say about it yet
* I’m thinking something sparkly and Peridot, which of course is my birthday gemstone

Darth Vadar & Son (Book) $9
* Available at bookstores, Amazon
* I saw this exhibit at the SF Cartoon Art museum and it made me smile
* It’s quirky, funny and cute.

Game of Thrones Triology Books $20
* Available at bookstores, Amazon
* Everyone I know is watching the HBO series and enjoying it.
* It’s piqued my interest as I always need more books to read.
* Do you like it? Is it good?

Lonely Planet Street Food Cookbook $14
* Available at bookstores, Amazon, Online
* I love street food and I’m learning how to cook.

Hard Candy Kaleidoscope Baked Duo – High maintenance $6
* Available – Walmart Exclusive
* I’ve always been intrigued by these.
* Lately YT’s Emily Noel has been saying good things about them.
Perfect – For people like me 🙂

6 Piece Revolving Entertainment Set $40
* Available from Joyus Website
* I want to entertain more house guests and eat more delicious food.

Whew what a list! Are you still alive? Anything tempt your purse strings?

[I do not take credit for any of the photos. Most photos are the professional website merchandise photo.]

What I’m lemming for and other stuff

These are the items that recently excited me and I’m thinking of getting.

Coastal Scents – Go Beijing Palette
Costs $9 + Free shipping
Available at Amazon, CoastalScents Website

This palette been on the back of my mind for some time now since it released.
The colors really fit into what I normally go for. I like the satin finish and the pinks/plummy colors.
It suppose to quite small and travel friendly.

Garnier BB Cream (light to medium)
Costs: $10-13 depending on location
Available: most mass retailers & drugstores

I thought I was over the BB cream phase. The magic of 5 in one products comes back to entice me.
It’s suppose to moisturize, provide spf, light coverage, smooth skin and much, much more.
Can a product really do all these things?
Mostly I’m interested in a American style bb cream will provide decent color coverage rather than a Asian one.

Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain
Costs: $9
Available : most mass retailers, drugstores, and Ulta (on sale)
*This is a new launch! Availability may vary*

In particular, I want to try Rendezvous shade (orange – coral).
It appears the spring drugstore launches are doing a good job of duping high-end brands.
These remind me of Tarte Lip Resurgence and Clinque Chubby stick in appearance/packaging.
Recently I’ve been loving Revlon’s lip products such as lip butter, lustrous lip gloss and lipsticks.
I hear they are smooth, high pigmentation and a hint of gloss.

***Other Things***

  • I want to try dry brushing since I saw this GlamLifeGuru Video on Youtube
  • I want to get one of those sleek 3 blushes in one palette, but so pricey to ship! (the one with Lace) 
  • I can’t wait for it to be summer and for it to be warm
  • I’m going to make fried rice for lunch, recipe here
  • I really like Good Earth Teas – sweet & spicy
  • I can’t believe I actually did my goal of blogging all of May 2012 – Woot!
  • I wish all my friends would move to the bay area, well a girl can dream
  • I’m going to do a giveaway to celebrate Blog May once I get around to taking pictures 😛

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Review Lorac Unzipped Eye Shadow Palette is A+

Lorac Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette + Mini Primer
Purchased at Sephora
Price – $40
*Recently it’s also available at Ulta

Let’s end the month of May with a Bang!
This precious palette has been a coveted favorite of mine this month.
It’s everything I looked for in a great palette from pigmentation to texture to package …this is it 🙂

Loraz Unzipped Palette Snapshot Review:

This a absolutely, hands down, amazing palette from Lorac Cosmetics.
I think out of all the different high-end and drugstore neutral palette this is my favorite.
I find that this set is very similar to Lorac’s baked eye shadow collection line.
It was strong pigmentation and silky smoothy buttery texture.

What it is

The Lorac Cosmetics Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette has 10 creamy eyeshadow shades.
It comes with 6 shimmery + 4 matte shadows + 1 Lorac eyeshadow primer

The packaging is amazing for traveling. I took this with me on my carry-on to Mexico.
It’s very slim, the eyeshadow pans are the size of quarters (easy to use) and comes with a mirror.

Swatched on watercolor paper without Primer

This is just for white color background reference.
The colors do lean towards more neutral or nude look.
They would be prefer for work, school and professional environments.

Swatched on arm without primer

This is the full set from Top Row to Bottom Row, Left to Right.

Swatched on arm without Primer ( Top Row)

I can’t possibly rave enough about how excited I was to see that Lorac came out with this formulation.
The shimmer and pigmentation is very close the Lorac’s Little Black Palette (baked) without the bulk.

Undercover – Matte White
Unbelievable – Shimmer Rosy Brown
Unattainable – Shimmer Walnut Brown
Unconditional – Matte Light Brown
Unbridled – Matte Plum Brown

Swatched on arm without primer (Bottom Row)

Did I mention there’s little to no fall out!!!
The matte colors are so pigmented and silky without being chalky.

Undiscovered – Shimmer Gold
Unreal – Shimmer Rose Gold
Uncensored – Shimmer Deep Brwon
Unspoken – Matte Brown
Untamed – Shimmer Deep Dark Brown with Gold Flecks

Overall, I’ve been using this palette non-stop for 2 weeks and I say get it!
At one time they said this palette was limited edition so I really recommend picking it up.
Lorac eye shadows don’t get much hype but they sure do deserve it!

p.s. the mini primer is nice too.

What’s for dinner? Crockpot Stew

Lately, I’ve been really loving my crockpot.
I use it about once a week and it’s wonderful!
I think they are great because they are affordable, they cook while you are at work, and they are easy to use!

I purchase my 5.5 QT crockpot for $25 at Target.
It’s very easy to use (Off, Low, High, Warm) functions.
It’s the perfect size for 2 people +  you get some tasty leftovers.

Beef Stew Recipe
*Mostly you can chop up any vegetables and meat you want, pour in some broth and a pinch of spices.
Afterwards you can just leave and voila! It’s done when you come back. It’s a amazing!

This recipe is a collaboration of many different recipes I’ve looked at and what works for us.
I own a 5.5QT crockpot (medium size) so please adjust to your pot size.
Ingredient do shrink some in the pot but don’t overflow it.

2 Cans of Beef Broth
1-2 roma tomatoes
3 stalks of celery  (celery branch?)
3 russet potatoes
1 onion
1 cup of baby carrots
1 pepper
1 pound of beef roast (cubed)
Minced some garlic
Salt, Pepper, Worcestershire Sauce, Chili Sauce
Fresh Rosemary & Thyme – when available

As I said before this is just what I buy and what I have ready.
Basically any stew like vegetable works, it’s just experimenting.

1) First off make sure everything is washed and cleaned including the crockpot
2) Cut up all the vegetables / meat to bite size pieces (1in)
3) Put the food in the pot, make sure to leave 2 in room at the top
4) Pour in 1.5 cans of beef broth + 3 cups of water
5) Mix in 1 teaspoon  salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1 tablespoon of chili sauce (spicy), 2 teaspoons of worchester
6) Pinch up some garlic, rosemary & thyme
7) Stir mixture
8) Turn dial (6 hours cook time – choose High) ( 12 hrs cook time – choose Low)
9) Leave
10) If you feel the broth is evaporating too fast, add  1-2 cups water to the pot

Yep and it turns into this yummy stew/soup.
I like mine with biscuits and food coma 🙂
I like to prepare this the ***NIGHT BEFORE*** consumption and turn it on in the morning.

Cheap Thrill Forever 21 Love & Beauty Romantic Palette $5


Forever 21 (exclusive)
Love & Beauty Makeup Palette
Price $4.80

*Can usually be found in displays and buckets near cash registers

I was immediately drawn to how cute the packaging was for this palette, the easy to handle $5 price point and how it looks almost identical to the style of Stila Palette seen here. * different from texture of Stila

I actually took this palette on my cruise with me so I’ve been able to better test out the shadows and wear.
I’m impressed with how sturdy the packaging is and how it is very travel friendly.
The packages comes with a clear plastic protective cover (reflective glare in photo) but it can be easily removed.
It also comes with 2 sponge tipped applicator. I prefer to use my own brushes.

Swatched on Hand without Primer (In order from Top Row to Bottom Row – L to R)

All the colors do have shimmer.
I find them to be smooth and fairly pigmented.
The colors themselves are in the lighter range.

Easy for application
However there is a tiny bit of shadow fall out when the brush is hard pressed
I really love the color variety as it projects both pinky colors and neutral shades.

Top Row
Cream Beige
Walnut Brown
Light Pinky Purple
Light Rose Pink
White Grey

Bottom Row
Champagne Pink
Soft Gold
Royal Purple
Ballet Slipper Pink
Medium Grey

Overall, I am pleased that I have purchased this palette and I think it’s good value for the price.

Bonus! Love & Beauty Makeup Line doesn’t test on animals 🙂

Review The Body Shop Vit E Intense Moisturizer

The Body Shop
Vit E Intense Moisturizer
Price $20

Since I moved to California, I find myself in a state of very, very dry skin.
First off, I would recommend this for dry skin use as it is a thick moisturizer.

I really like this moisturizer as it’s unscented and my skin drinks moisturizer.
I find it to be gentle and it doesn’t sting when my face is washed or irritated.
It does provide a lot of moisturizer as the lotion leans more towards a cream consistency.

It’s a bit on the higher end scale as $20 for 1.7 oz.
But I use it daily and a tub lasts me about 3 months. So I find it is worth the cost.
Plus the Body shop is always having deals and sales going on.

Feel free to ask a Body Shop employee for a sample to try at home ❤

My Trip to Beautiful Boston (Day 1)

Boston is a wonderful city filled with historical sights and sounds of a busy modern city.
It was a pretty random and yet pleasurable trip.
I would highly recommend visiting Boston.
I found the city to be tourist friendly, the FREEDOM TRAIL was great and the food was delicious.
This is part 1 of 4.

The Freedom Trail was basically a red line on the ground that you could follow and it would go by all these cool historical sights and interesting events. They also had a lot of signs that provided background descriptions. It’s free and takes about 1-3 hrs to navigate. It made the day planning a whole lot easier 🙂

Massachusetts State House
Completed in Jan 11th, 1798 was said to the big the most magnificent public building in the new nation.
It’s true I really do like giant domed building. However I got to say our SF city hall kicks it’s …
Anyways, I got a really sweet souvenir pin!

Giant World Exhibit in the State House
I don’t really know why it was there or what they were doing.
Occasionally I would see the world deflating a grown men come out of the world.
How peculiar!

Really old chair in the State House
I’m not sure if this chair is older than America. It well could be.
The guide said the chair was very old and basically held together by inspiration.
I like that thought. A chair held together by inspiration.

Sweets Shop
This was a really adorable cupcake shop.
We got cheesecake cupcake and banana split cupcake.
Both were super delicious! I’m glad we got them.

Some cool old building in North End, Boston
I think it was by a sign that said Paul Revere’s House but it wasn’t. It’s just a neat building.
I like traveling to new places and looking at all the different architecture.
It almost feels like time traveling.

Gourmet Cajun Mac & Cheese from Quincy Market
Quincy market is a neat place that contains a food court, shops and tons of tourists like me.
It’s interesting to think that hundred of years ago people visited the market and here I am.
The mac & cheese was surprisingly delicious and very cheesy.

Prosciutto & Asparagus Pasta  at Pasta Beach
It was creamy and a divine dish! Everything I could have wanted from pasta.
Pasta Beach is a nice, hip restaurant by the pier.
It was bubbling with people and had a very nice ambiance.

Boston Cream Pie Martini from The Omni Parker House
A nightcap anyone?
They sure know how to make a cocktail!
It was strong, sweet and chocolatey.
The Omni-Parker house plays quite a interesting part in history and fairly well preserved.
JFK proposed to Jackie,Ho Chi Minh was a baker there, and Malcolm X was a busboy!

To Learn more about the place click here

My Beauty Army – April 2012 (Monthly Beauty Subscription $12/month)

My Beauty Army
1) Take a beauty profile
2) Choose up 6  from 9 deluxe beauty size samples
3) Costs $12/month + Free shipping
4) You can opt to “Skip a Month”

My Beauty Army Website Click Here

I have been a subscriber to Birchbox for about a year. Click here for latest Birchbox post.
My love for Birchbox has alerted me to the many different monthly beauty boxes available.
My Beauty Army is a great beauty box for those who want a bit more control over the samples.

My Beauty Army is very similar to Birchbox.
It’s a monthly subscription, you get a black box as seen above and you get high-end deluxe size samples.

The main difference is that you can *CHOOSE* what you get

1) Every month there’s a “window frame” about a 1 wk to choose samples
2) They present 9 samples – you choose 6 to keep
3) You can opt to skip a month of the subscription
4) Different brands available compared to Birchbox
5) Samples choices appear slightly larger in size 1-2oz

These are my choices for My Beauty Army for April 2012.
This is what the choice screen look like and you are maybe to the know the product function/size.

I choose my samples around the 1st of the month and then they arrived around 15th of the month.
They were nicely packaged with a sturdy black box as seen above.

My 6 samples I choose
1. Purlisse Lip Conditioner
2. Babor Cleansing Oil Duo
3. Brow Brush / Razor Tool
4. Befine Night Cream
5. CellCeuticals Skin Treatment
6. My FaceWorks Foundation in Light

If you don’t like the 9 samples option they give you but you want to see if they have something else available.

1) Go to left side of your profile – my beauty profile
2) Retake Beauty Profile
3) New beauty samples will pop up and your 9 choices will CHANGE!
You can take the beauty profile as many times as you like from my experience
However, if you do like something when you retake the profile it can be “lost” in a new set so choose wisely!
I did this a few times to see what is out there and get a better combination.

So far I’ve only really tested 2 out of 6 samples since I’ve been quite busy.
Here’s what I think so far.

I’ve never seen or used a tiny razor like this one before.
It comes with a small brush head that comes off to reveal the razor.
It’s very easy to use and great for tiny hairs.

My FaceWorks Foundation in – Light 02
Normally I would say I’m medium color but after looking at some swatches online I decided to go with Light.
I was very impressed by the sample size which will be good for a series of uses.
I think it’s a wonderful summer foundation and feels natural.
The consistency is very much a liquid form and it is easy to apply. It has medium coverage.

My thoughts?
I really like my Beauty Army and I think I will keep subscribed.
I found the samples I choose to be a solid sample size and I’m pleased with the selection.
I recently received my May 2012 box so stay tuned for that to be posted!

My Beauty Army Website Click Here