April 24, 2009

3 Reviews, 2 Late Birthday presents, and 1 Dance Competition

Helloooo all! Yeah I know, SUPER lacking on updating this but, I am busy with school (last quarter of college!), work, and life just keeps getting in the way but hey, I’m living it right? I always throw thoughts for blogging in the back of my mind so... here comes the long post! If you follow me on Twitter, I update that a LOT but I guess the Blogger Twitter app is broken? It won’t let me add it on here!

I wanted to start doing reviews on products i’ve tried, so here’s my first one! There are actually 3 product reviews I’m doing so hopefully this helps or informs anyone that happens to stop by and read what I have to say.

Up first…

Product: Beauty Secrets Hardener
Price: $2.99, $2.49 with Sally’s Club Card (I HIGHLY recommend getting a membership! Only $5 for the whole year and you save a LOT by buying with the club price)
Where to buy: Sally Beauty Supply
Description: “Beauty Secrets Nail Hardener an Thickener is a high gloss top coat that strengthens and thickens nails by cross coupling protein with your nail fibers.”

Thoughts: Instead of using this as a topcoat, I used it as a base coat. My nails have been VERY fragile, soft, and damaged due to having acrylic nails. I didn’t want to keep up with them and have been looking for a good nail base that won’t have my nail polish chip after a day or two (I’m an avid typer so my nails always chip super fast). The first nail polish base I was using was not working well (the review on it is after this) so I decided to give this a try after reading the reviews about it on the Sally Beauty Supply website. I used this under China Glaze’s Shower Together, which is a flat blue color, and I noticed that you could see little ridges and marks under the polish, probably from an uneven coat of the hardener. I assumed it wouldn’t matter since it’s clear, and liquidy, so as long as I covered the whole nail, I’d be ok. It wasn’t ok. I would suggest if you use this to make sure you evenly coat the whole nail, let it fully dry, and then put the polish over it. Besides that, I’ve noticed that my nails are actually harder, and my nail polish has not chipped at all, and I was only using it for a week. The little ridges and marks seen by me were starting to get annoying, so I changed my nail polish to China Glaze’s Raspberry Festival, which is a bright red with tiny red sparkles in it. I made sure to be careful to coat the hardener very evenly and let it dry, then put the polish on, and it looks way better than it did with the matte color.

Pros: Very affordable, can be used as a base OR topcoat, really does harden nails and stops peeling

Cons: Application needs to really be evenly coated, which is extra effort, but all worth it.

Overall: I would suggest it if you really want a good quality nail hardener for a good price. I’ll most likely buy it again in the future when I run out :)


Product: Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Price: Base: $6.99, $3.75 with SCC, Top: $7.99, $4.95 with SCC
Where to buy: Sally Beauty Supply
Description: “Seche Clear Base Coat provides stronger adhesion for longer lasting wear time.” & “Seche Dry Fast Top Coat provides a durable high gloss shine.”

Thoughts: I decided to do these two products together because as I was reviewing them, I used them at the same time. I believe that when products are of the same company, they should work better together. In this case, one works really well, and the other… not so much. I heard about the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat from MissChievous in one of her nail polish hauls, and loved how shiny it made her nails look, almost like a gel topcoat. I decided to buy the Seche Clear base as well, believing that it would make my manicure last longer. I say that the topcoat does works REALLY well and does dry extremely fast! My nails would dry in less than 10 minutes, 15 tops. I love the high gloss and consistency of the formula. This is my new favorite topcoat, as I was using OPI’s topcoat before my sister took it haha. I just didn’t really like it as much as I like this one. As for the basecoat, it didn’t really make my nail polish last longer. I have only been using China Glaze lately (before, I was never really a nail polish fan but now I am thanks to watching plenty of YouTube videos ha), and when I used this coat, it would chip after 2 days. What a waste of a manicure… I hate it when my nail polish chips, and hate it that it happened sooner than I thought. When I switched to using the Beauty Secrets Hardener as my base, I noticed a HUGH difference and improvement. My nail polish didn’t chip at all and it had already been a week… I was itching to wear another color so I just redid it… but that shows that the Seche Clear doesn’t work as well as the Beauty Secrets base.

Pros: Basecoat: Not as strong of a smell as the topcoat. Topcoat: Dries fast, high gloss, long lasting.

Cons: Basecoat: Chips EXTREMELY easily. Does not last long at all! Topcoat: Nothing so far :]

Overall: I think that other people would also assume to buy the two as a pair, but I would stick to buying just the topcoat of this brand, and trying a different basecoat (like the Beauty Secrets one I reviewed above).

A few days ago my bestfriend, Chris, surprised me with my late birthday present… AND I LOVE IT SOOOOOOO MUCH!!! Thank you sis!! <3

Cute card<3

I can’t believe she remembered that I REALLY wanted this!! Pink & gold Hello Kitty face outline necklace

And she found another thing to go with it that’s just sooooooo me, hehe. Hawaiian Hello Kitty keycap. I love her tan and hibiscus flower LOL

Thank you again sooo much, if you’re reading this :)

Another thing I wanted to show… my most recent China Glaze Haul (I think from about 2 weeks ago?) JOANA this is all your fault! HAHA

From Left to Right: Make An Entrance, Avalanche, Shower Together

By the way, I absolutely HATE how Sally’s brought up the freaking price on their China Glaze nail polish! The regular price is $5.99, and $3.25 with the club card. Now with the club card its $4.49?!?!!? WHAT!! Ughhhhhh, why why why? The China Glaze Kicks collection is already out and I really wanted to purchase them through Sally since they’re having a buy 2 get 1 free sale… but Sally’s does lag on the collections, AND the price went up. Boo :( I guess I’ll just purchase them online…

Recent NCOTW (nail color [s] of the week:) From recent to least recent:

China Glaze Raspberry Festival (LE Summer Collection 2009)

(I should have China Glaze Shower Together here, but I forgot to take a picture!)

China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise (Neon)

China Glaze Orange Marmalade (LE Summer Collection 2009)

Annnnnnnnnd I finally received my business cards! I needed them to apply for a MAC Pro card, so hopefully I get that soon… i’m so behind on my collections but I do have a HUGE wishlist of what I want… yee!

Lastly, a picture of Selina and I at the Tarena Tahiti competition this past weekend. It was fun but SUCH A LONG one-day dance competition geez. I guess the pageant made it last longer than expected… and the fact that they couldn’t find the key to unlock the gym’s bleachers for like.. 3 hours ;p.

Us in our pageant outfits

& Us in our Ori costume... All natural sistas;)

Anywhoo… I have another busy weekend coming up filled with different things to celebrate… so I’ll update on that later… my stomach is super hungry and the BF is coming soon so… til next time my pretties!!

April 13, 2009

While i'm here...

QUICK little update, while i'm sitting here alone at work :)

Easter was fun! Chillin with the family, good times as always.

Who knew the $1 store had some nice eyelashes?

Hawai'i bound, I hope :( Money is STRESSING ME OUT LIKE NO OTHER!!

I went all through Lent without eating rice! Success ^___^

Tarena Tahiti coming up.

I LOOOVEEE Seche Vite. Review coming soon!

aaannndd, Ikka sucks at SF4:)

I'll be back later my loves!

April 6, 2009

Speedy Recovery Weekend

So, I actually recovered better than I thought! After the whole procedure on Thursday, that was the only day I stayed in bed and rested the whole time. Friday, I was feeling really good (was it the major painkillers I needed to take? probably!), and had no pain at all whatsoever. I was just sleepy cause of the meds, other than that soreness came and gone which told me to retake my pills. So other than that, I got to catch up on a lot of stuff I missed while I was sick (bleh, being sick BEFORE the oral operation :).

Here's my boyfriend on that Friday morning cutting the LONG grass in the backyard. He did it for my dad :)

Yeah, what a guy haha!

Later that night, we headed to La PiƱata for my friend's Joni's "going away party"... turns out she was going to announce that her and her boyfriend, JP, are GETTING MARRIED!! AWWWWWWWWW :) CONGRATULATIONS BABES!!! Some pics of the night... none with the soon to be bride and groom cause they were super busy!

Wolfpack, minus Joni :(

Us again with the BF


Saturday, I did Pipai's makeup for her junior prom! She looked absolutely BEAUTIFUL! My sis Eeks did her hair ♥

After we were done.

Curls that will actually STAY thanks to my sister's skills! haha

What I used:

- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- MAC Sugarsweet Collection Shadestick in Butternutty on the lid
- MAC Naked Lunch e/s
- MAC Expensive Pink e/s
- MAC Mulch e/s (one of my FAVORITES!! But I don't think it's that popular?)
- MAC browshader duo (haha not sure if it's really called that) in Maple & Soft Charcoal
- Blacktrack Fluidline
- Ardell Runway lashes in... I forget what number! Cause I gave her the box :)
- MAC Cremestick Liner in Sublime Culture (I love this one too)
- MAC Viva Glam V l/s
- NARS Orgasm l/g
- MAC Studio Fix Powder plus Foundation in NC42
- NARS Orgasm blush
- MAC Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden

Loved her look! Our other little sister, Marisa, was hanging out and she wanted me to do her makeup too since she was about to go pAARty haha!

aaannnd, the final look! They just grow up so fast :(

So after we were all done, I had to get myself ready to go to my friend's surprise birthday party kick it at their house. Good times as always, just wasn't feelin too well... and I couldn't DRINK! That's okay, I gotta think "DIET!" Competition season is JUST around the corner :)

Trying to see if my cheeks were still puffy... they were ;p


A baby bottle next to a bottle of Hen??


Chester & the hair all up on my forehead x___x

Sunday was an even more chill day... cleaned up a LOT of stuff in my room since it just smelled like... sickness for days hahah! Ate at Red Chili's = FAVORITE! Did some damage at Sally's & finally made a decision on what heels to buy :)

My little pretties

Sally's was having a "Discover Color" sale and ALL their nail polishes are buy 2 get 1 free, and since I had my Sally's Beauty Supply Discount Card, I got them for an even better deal! One China Glaze is $5.99 regular price, but with the discount card they're $3.25. Not bad right? Say I got two at the discounted price, plus the free one... it's like I got THREE for the price of ONE regular one! LOOOVVEEE ITTTTT!! Plus, I snagged the China Glaze Summer 2009 Collection for cheap :) They got their shipment in super late but I was glad I got there before they ran out<3

Top Row: Orange Marmalade (LE), Watermelon Rind (LE), Strawberry Fields (LE), Grape Juice (LE)

Bottom Row: Raspberry Festival (LE), Sexy in the City (Perm), Turned Up Turquoise [Neon] (Perm), Cherry Pie (LE)

My 3rd free one was "For Audrey" and I gave that to Nikita for her birthday :) Right now, i'm wearing Orange Marmalade, but I think it looks a lot nicer on darker skin tones... and not on my pasty hands haha

LOOVEEEDD this weekend! Good times, good weather, good company. Now it's back to reality and the weather just went back to being crappy again :( Goodnight all!

p.s. and the winner is...

SEXY, SEXY. Thanks, Babe! ♥

April 2, 2009


Must I be such a broke college student? I've wanted shoes like this FOREVER! I don't care if it's Spring, I stay wearing black ALWAYS! Then again, who said you can't? IDK, Spring just screams "PASTEL" colors, don't you think? *shrug*

Anyways, THE GOODS!

From AldoShoes.com, these JUST came to the top of the list. LOVE IT!

This pair from BakersShoes.com I've been eying for a long time, but i think the ones above are better.

I had a third one (also from BakersShoes.com) but, now that I look at it, it doesn't seem as nice as these other two do.

Still awake, and waiting for the BF to come home <3

hello hello new blog!

So, how many times have I started a blog?

... 372819472189479 times, cause I never keep up with it!


I will make a promise to myself to keep up with this because I recently got addicted to reading blogs and this will easily put them all together in one place, instead of freaking opening them up in my bookmarked pages (zuh... why didn't I just do that before?)


Because my ass will be in bed the whoooollleee weekend since I just got my wisdom teeth taken out and I have no idea what i'll be doing except the usuals (sleeping, eating, WHATEVS). It sucks doing this cause I was sick again during spring break so I can't enjoy this BEAUTIFUL weather the Bay is having right now! *cry* As my Chester says, it's only the beginning and the weather will be getting even better <3

Recently addicted to China Glaze nail polishes. One of my faves - LIMBO BIMBO :)

Cutesy card my mom's young male coworker gave me! Let's see if the bf does the same thing, HA!

It's freaking backwards, geez. Taken by my MacBook Pro.



I just watched "Marley and Me" last night, and I was bawling my eyes out. LAME, I know. But it was a good movie! Slumdog Millionaire was too.

Until next time my pretties!