Friday, June 24, 2011

Fragrance obsession- Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

I've known Flowerbomb for years and years. I'll always notice if a woman is wearing this and I'm instantly turned on LOL. So when I saw the cute little travel version it finally had to be mine.

Honestly I'm a little disappointed because what I thought was a rollerball is really just a refill tube. The mini crystal perfume bottle is what you are supposed to tote around for traveling. And the funnel I am assuming is for refilling the mini crystal. 

Anyway .... whooo cares. I'll probably get the full bottle because I am in love. It smells like rich, warm sexy rosy florals with a hint of jasmine. The crystal bottle is gorgeous too. <3 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Naturally lighten your hair with Chamomile, Honey & Lemon...

I've been wanting to lighten my hair for a long time now (it is naturally dark brown). However.....dye boxes irritate my scalp, and I just don't feel like shelling out bills to get it done at the salon. 

I bought some Herbatint herbal hair color in the shade 7D Golden Blonde... But... I'm not too keen on using this anymore after I read some mixed reviews on how it dries your hair out. Yeah, I think I'll wait on that. 

Still determined, I figured I might as well try this the ALL natural way, instead of some herbal dye box that I'm too sketched out to use. So I went off to Safeway and got these ingredients for my homemade hair lightening concoction!

Lemon- the lemon acidity will lighten the hair pigment, but be careful because acid is extremely drying.

Chamomile- is a natural stain that lightens and brightens hair. 

Honey- contains a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide which is known to have bleaching properties.

Now this was my first trial, so without thinking I steeped a shot glass worth of chamomile, mixed it with the juice of a lemon wedge....and attempted to use deep conditioner as a thickener. What a FAIL. The lemon caused the conditioner to congeal. What was I thinking? I added some coconut oil to protect my hair from the lemon. But yeah that didn't help with the coagulation. I ended up very slowly massaging the mixture into my hair because it was half liquid half cottage cheesy solid! 

Even though this first time experiment with natural hair dying was a messy fail I am definitely interested in developing a more efficient, tidy method. We'll see how my hair is doing after a month!

But for now, I guess I'll have to survive with my dark hair the way it is :D


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My first Trip to Oahu....things I did on the island!

For my graduation present my mom & my aunt took me to Hawaii. It was such an amazing trip... aside from the mother daughter bickering of course. Funny how my mom told me we were going to Maui... we have great communication :) The first half we stayed with family in Pearl City. It was cool to see how all the locals live. Definitely a much different experience than staying at a hotel in Honolulu with every other tourist.

On our first day we went to the Dole Plantation. I wouldn't necessarily say this is a must go to activity for people in their young 20's, but more for families with young kids or picture crazy moms (like mine). There is a garden full of exotic plants and trees for photographing, an express train which tours the 'dole plantation' ( more like a replica of the actual plantation), and a huge souvenir shop including a food court area where everyone buys dole pineapple gelato! So yumm...But it melts fast.

Boarding Pineapple Express!

You'll see lots of Pineapple trees on the Pineapple Express...

Hangin... in the Dole Garden Maze...

After a long day at the Plantation we went to a dinner party to visit old family friends. I look like a scrub because my airline lost my luggage! Funny how a filipino party is always the same no matter where you are in the world. Always a buffet of meat. Soo gooddd...

Kahuku Point...

We also rented a car and spent a day driving around the north end of the island. You get to see all the other beaches that aren't as cluttered with tourists.

There's an area where you can look for turtles...called Turtle Cove. And we got infamous shaved ice in Haleiwa. We drove around to other beaches and ate lunch and swam at some random beach. Stopped to take pictures at Kahuku Point, which has a gorgeous view!

Me holding a coconut by some random man at Kahuku Point.

For dinner we went to Paradise Cove for a luau. Hawaii has really mastered the art of tourism because this luau was exactly how you would imagine it on tv. Food wasn't very good, but after a couple coronas who cares :D

My cousin used to play football with one of the male hula dancers so somehow I ended up on stage. I got a certificate of achievement though! Definitely the most embarrassing moment of the day.

Me very happy to be posing with my dancer partner ha! 

We spent the last 3 nights in Honolulu. I would recommend finding a hotel that is right by the beach because it is so much more convenient. You can tan for an hour, then go for breakfast. Or say you forgot something, you're back at your room in a minute! Going to the beach doesn't have to be a day trip if you are right there. 

Waikiki beach was a 20 minute walk from our hotel so we walked along the Kalakaua strip. There is a lot of great shopping on this street as well as the International Market for people that are interested. I did all my shopping at Ala Moana mall because of the Victoria Secret there <3

A day at Waikiki beach....

First steps in the water. So amazing!

On our way home some hustler with parakeets suckered us into taking pictures with them. Lol! It was cool, there was a circle of people watching me posing with birds on my head. Slightly embarrassing though.

All in all it was a very well rounded trip. We toured the whole island, hit up some major tourist attractions, did some shopping and walking around Honolulu. I went off with my cousin at night and checked out the night life in Honolulu, which was so amazing too! 

I can't wait to go back, I'm already thinking August.....hmmm??


New nail polish! Illamasqua Baptiste ....& OPI Sparkle-icious

I just got back from vacation, sadly to say I didn't do much shopping at all! I did pick up a couple Illamasqua nail polishes though. My favorite one is this vibrant deep purple color called Baptiste. I basically wore it my whole trip :D

I absolutely love the color range Illamasqua has. I had a tough time picking only 2 colors... Sure I could have bought more but then it wouldn't feel like a rare treat! Ya feel me?

When I got back home I was organizing my makeup n stuff and randomly came across the ever sparkly Sparkle-icious by OPI. It works amazing with Baptiste as a base!

My nails are so damaged right now! I might ixnay the nail polish for a bit just so I can get them in better shape....

What are your favorite Illamasqua nail polishes? I want more!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Makeup shopping in the States...

Words cannot describe how excited I am to go on vacation to Hawaii. I haven't left the city in 2 years, except for little road trips...but that doesn't count.

I can't wait to be chilling on the beaches of Maui....but I'm definitely going to do a fair bit of shopping! Especially since our Canadian dollar is doing well relative to the USD I'll probably go nuts.

I did some online window shopping tonight ... and I'm already overwhelmed!

These are my lusts:

I can't wait for Illamasqua nail polishes! 

I'm excited for China Glaze too!

 I always have to get something from Abercrombie and I don't know why. 

As for makeup I'll definitely be picking up stuff from Illamasqua and Victoria Secret.

I've been eyeing the liquid metals quad for months! 

And maybe a little Sonia Kashuk too <3

Yay for vacation!


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Product Hits & Misses

I've been trying out some new stuff lately.... here are my thoughts:


CHI Keratin Mist-
I love anything that you spray, it's just a fun action, and it feels refreshing. This is supposed to be a strengthening treatment for your hair. I think the keratin must be functioning to some degree because my individual hair strands are getting much healthier. It feels less coarse and dry at the ends. Overall I have a softer texture and I like that because it is a mist there is less buildup and weight to my hair. It stays bouncy. However I would wear this in my hair for the smell alone because it smells a clean man haha!

Origins Charcoal Mask-
I also have a St. Ives mask and I definitely like this one better. I've been curious to test the Origins range and I'm happy to say I'm enjoying this mask a lot. It is not harsh or drying, my skin just feels deep cleaned and detoxed, exactly what this mask claims to do. It is great for sensitive and combination skin, well it works for me anyway. I'm sure I could find a more reasonably priced mask (at 25 some dollars it is a bit of a splurge ... for clay) but oh well ....

Essie Nail Polish-
 I don't know why but I've always just stuck to OPI, but for some reason I strayed away and got 4 Essie shades that I absolutely love! The Braziliant collection has a gorgeous color range, I picked up Braziliant, a coral/orange with a pretty sheen to it, and Absolutely Shore, which I wore in my previous post. It is an off white/minty color. I also have a turquoise shade and pinky white from the permanent collection. 


L'oreal Telescopic mascara-
First of all the wand is absolute scrap. It is made of rubber with very short bristles. I think it was designed   to get mascara very close to the lash roots, and it is very good for that. However it is so thin that I end up getting mascara all over my inner eye area. Not a good look. Also the formulation is very clumpy in the sense that my lashes group together....I'll have 5 lashes after a couple coats. Usually with sub-par products I will use them up anyway so I'm not wasting, but I think this mascara is going straight to the trash...

What are your hits and misses with products lately?