Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What I Wore: A Perfect Gloomy Day

green parka: Gap // blouse: Forever 21 // leggings: H&M
boots: Cotton On // purse: thrifted from Goodwill

This parka is one of my favorite pieces in my closet because it's just so warm, oversized, and trendy. I've been on a hunt for a fitted one, but it's pretty hard to find one that isn't $40 and under. San Diego has been sunny for the most part, but we luck out sometimes with a gloomy day or two before Summer comes. If you know me, my perfect day consists of either a light rain, wind, gloomy skies, and a little chill in the air. I don't know why, but I love it. Pair this weather with some laid back music (indie folk please) and coffee... I am just in my zone. To top it off, it was my day off! I spent the day hanging with Enrique, fixing his car, grabbing dinner, and did some light shopping. Perfect day if I do say so myself.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Empties, .03; Skincare


By the look of these photos, I go through Cleansing Face Wipes pretty fast. Probably one a month, which makes sense because each pack comes in a set of 30. But I mean... look at that photo, that's a lot of face wipes, haha. Anyway, here is the list of the empty products I used up!
  1. The Body Shop Brazil Nut Body Butter: This body butter is amazing! It smells awesome, it's thick and perfect to use to moisturize your legs and arms (especially after you shave), but the only downside is that it's so moisturizing that it doesn't seep into your skin right away. I'm not a big fan of lotions that make my skin moist and it just feels awkward. This was kind of like that, but no too much to the point where I didn't want to use it. I still recommend it though.
  2. Studio 35 Beauty Cotton Rounds: These were huge cotton rounds from Walgreens that worked like regular old cotton rounds.
  3. Garneir Nutri-Pure Cleansing Towelettes: I wasn't a fan of these wipes because I felt that it didn't take my eyeliner off well. When I use face wipes, it's important for it to take off my eyeliner well because that's the only product I use everyday that has a staying power.
  4. Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes: This smelled very manufactured, if you know what I mean. I was not impressed by it really, only that the packaging was pretty.
  5. Simple Exfoliating Facial Wipes: Unfortunately, this didn't take off my eye makeup well either, so I wouldn't recommend it also.
  6. Ponds Wet Cleansing Towelettes: These are my go to face wipes (even my mom buys them for me randomly) but I want to try different ones because there is so much brands out there. These take off eyeliner pretty well, so they're still at the top of my list.
  7. Dickinson's Oil Controlling Astringent: This has witch hazel, which I've heard was good for your skin, but it smelled really weird, kind of like... popcorn? I don't know.. it got the job done, but it felt a little too oily for me.
  8. Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes in Pink Grapefruit: Omg, these face wipes stung so bad! I will not get these ever again, wah.
  9. Burt's Bee's Facial Cleansing Towelettes: The lemony scent was nice, but it stung my eyes too. I don't think I should get any citrus smelling face wipes, haha.
  10. Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Hand Sanitizer: Not a big fan of the scent, but it got the job done.
  11. Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Toner: I really liked using this toner because it smells super chemical-ly that I felt that it cleaned up my pores like crazy. Yes, it stung, but I liked it, haha. 
  12. Bath & Body Works Frosted Snowberry Body Lotion: This smelled amazing! I like the texture and how it left my skin supple, but not moist. I brought this along with me when I went to Hawaii, so when the holidays sneak up on us this year, I want to buy it and relive Hawaii all over again.
  13. Philosophy Hope in a Jar Face Moisturizer: Okay, at first I hated this scent. The only reason I kept using it was because I didn't want to waste product. However, after a couple of days, I realized how soft my face was getting. This product may smell bad but it worked wonders. I guess this is one of the rare times where the outcome triumphs the scent of a product!
  14. Philosophy Grace Body Moisturizer: This again smelled like baby powder and worked alright on me.
  15. Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes: These were good, but then towards the end of the pack, I realized that they started to feel drier and drier. So, I'm not sure if it's my fault or if there's not a lot of liquid in it.
  16. Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Cleansing Wipes: These were gentle to my skin and took of my eye makeup well. Nothing too great, but not bad either.
  17. Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Whitening Toothpaste: Um, regular toothpaste?
  18. likewise Moisturizer: Worked fine.
  19. Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser: Too small of a sample to really see a difference. Although, I did like the ice-y cooling feeling it had after I washed my face.
  20. DDF Mesojection Healthy Cell Serum: Again, too small of a sample.
I'm still amazed at how much face wipes I've used. I really want to do an Empties post each month because if I wait too long and have like eight face wipes to review, I am not going to remember much. Which is what kind of happened right now, but I do remember what I really loved and what did not work for me. I think it's good to see all of these products so that I won't forget in the future and buy the product again.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Empties, .02: Hair & Shower


I cannot believe that I've saved all of these empty bottles. This is about six months worth of products that I've used and it's pretty cool to see everything. It sounds kind of weird, but it brings back memories on the different months I've used different things. I actually used up Lush products but the one's I've used up you can't see, lol. Anyway here's the list!
  1. Redken All Soft Shampoo: I know that this is a high quality line of hair products, but I didn't enjoy it. I really feel that some cheaper products out there are way better for my hair. So I won't be purchasing this again.
  2. Redken All Soft Condtioner: Same as above. Not impressed.
  3. TRESemme Split Remedy Shampoo: I really like this Shampoo because it smells awesome and it made my hair softer.
  4. TRESemme Split Remedy Conditioner: Same as above. Impressed.
  5. Pantene ProV Moisture Renewal Shampoo: The scent to this combo was a little too strong and perfume-y. It also did a mediocre job, I guess.
  6. Pantene ProV Moisture Renewal Conditioner: Same as above.
  7. Philosophy Grace Shampoo: My hair smelled like baby powder after using this, which I wasn't too much of a fan of, so I'm glad it's only a sample size. I was kinda if-fy on using it because it said it could be used as a shampoo, body wash, and conditioner. Eh.
  8. Lumiere d'hiver Clarifying Shampoo: This was super thick and it left my hair super squeaky clean.
  9. Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Advanced Volume Shampoo: A whatever product.
  10. The Body Shop Banana Conditioner: I love love love the smell of this conditioner. Oddly enough, I don't like bananas, but this smells amazing.
  11. Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Conditioner: This smelled like Autumn and worked well with my hair. I want to purchase again in Autumn and see if it changes my perspective on it.
  12. Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Treatment: This worked wonders on my hair. It left it super soft and it lasted for a couple of days. I wish I can buy the usual size, but it just costs a little too much for me.
  13. Gloss Moderne High Gloss Masque: I didn't really see a difference with this hair masque. Even if it's spelled all fancy.
  14. Garnier Fructis Surf Hair: The smell of this product brings me back to Summer. This product works very well, but you have to make sure to not use too much or else it can get greasy. This is perfect to texturize my hair.
  15. Tone Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Wash: I loved the smell of this body wash and it was super cheap!
  16. The Body Shop Shea Shower Cream: This was very creamy and not too bubbly, which I don't know if I liked or not. I might try it out again.
  17. Bath & Body Works Frosted Snowberry Shower Gel: This holiday smell is amazing and worked well. 
  18. Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple Shower Gel: This was supposed to be a holiday themed shower gel, but it smelled like apples. Like Country Apple, which was one of their original scents. Smelled great regardless.
  19. TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave-In Spray: Enrique & I love this product. Even if we're not sure if this really works, it works as a great de-tangler and it smells good!
  20. Garnier Fructis Full Control Anti Humidity Hairspray: A great all around hairspray, but not sure if it works for heavy duty up-dos. I love it and the smell though!
Well, there you have it. Six months worth of hair and shower products. It's amazing to see how much you use and to see the trends or scents that I gravitate towards. Like oatmeal and shea butter. I love nutty scents I guess.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Empties, .01; Makeup & Perfume


I've seen some YouTuber's make Empties videos, where they talk/review their empty products. I don't know why I love these videos, but it's nice and fulfilling to take see empty products as much as products you do buy. I feel super good when I truly use up my products, so I had to share them on my blog. I think it would be a little too awkward for me to talk about it in front of a camera though, so this will do. I have three empties videos coming up and again, I've been collecting all of these products for awhile, I think since September 2012!!, because I never had the chance to take photos of them all. I'm going to try and do better so it's not all piling up in the corner of my room and Enrique asking me why I'm keep all of these things and shaking his head, lol. Anyway, here's the smallest empties post:
  1. Vanille Eau de Toilette: This is my signature scent and it reminds me of the period in my life when Enrique and I first started dating. It brings us both back to that time, so that is why he wants me to keep buying it when I run out. However, I don't mind because Vanilla is my perfect scent and it is a reasonable $18. (I don't like to spend $40+ on perfume.)
  2. Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black: These are my go to eyeliners because, like the name, it has a good staying power and doesn't fade. It does smudge occasionally, but not too bad.
  3. Physician's Formula Face Powder: This was short lived because it accidentally fell and broke into pieces, but it was good regardless.
  4. Maybelline Dream Matte Powder: Again, this was a basic face powder and worked just fine. I really did like the brush compartment at the bottom with a mirror. Very nifty.
I wouldn't buy the powders again because I feel like they worked just fine, but not anything more, ya know? Obviously, I'm going to be buying the perfume and eyeliners again because they are staples in my routine. Off to the trash these go! Check out tomorrow's empties!
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Material World, .13; AmVets, Savers, & Thrift Trader

Black & White Striped Blouse, $3.95 // Brown Woven Purse, $3.95
Amvets San Diego | 3441 Sutherland St. | San Diego, CA

White Vintage Heels, $7.99 // Owl Figure, $3.99
Savers | 15825 E. Imperial Hwy | La Mirada, CA 90638

Vertical Striped Blouse, $5 // Plaid Blouse, $5
Dotted Blouse, $5
Thrift Trader | 3939 Iowa Street | San Diego, CA 92104

I'm excited that I've been going thrifting a little bit more than I have been since I've moved back to San Diego. I am super impressed by Thrift Trader in North Park because they have tons of clothes, dvd's, and records all for 4 for $20. I'm definitely going to try and come by this secondhand store at least twice a month. Now I want to explore more thrift stores in San Diego and see what I've been missing out on. Here's some items I'm super excited about:

  • AmVet's brown Woven Purse: I saw this and thought it was perfect for Spring/Summer. I love brown bags and this will be perfect for my collection.
  • Saver's White Vintage Heels: Isn't it soo cute? I'm going to try and wear these out with cute little dresses when it gets warmer. I'm not much of a heel girl, so these are the perfect height for me and also Enrique and I are the same height, so these are perfect as well, so I won't be super taller than him when we go out.
  • Thrift Trader's Plaid Blouse: I love plaid shirts, especially if they're oversized. This one is perfect because it's oversized, but still fitted for a woman, which I love. It's a little festive, so I'm going to try and pair it with neutrals.
I'm being more picky when it comes to thrifting because I'm either tossing things I need to alter into a box and forgetting about it and/or leaving it in my closet because I don't know what it pairs with best with everything else I have in my closet. There were a good couple of things that I would've bought but didn't because I knew they fit into my two categories. I am satisfied with what I bought though. I forgot how fun it is to rummage through racks and racks of unique clothing and trying them on to see how I can make it look modern. Here's to more thrifting in my future!
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