Thursday, July 30, 2009

Back from Japan with Packages at my Doorstep!

I am back from Japan! I miss it already T_T It was such a quick trip... I spent so much money and I cannot even begin to organize a haul post.. LOL Maybe I'll just make a video.
I'm trying to settle down now, I still have a jetlag and I get so sleepy around 3-6 pm for some reason. I hope to work on some reviews that I was requested for a long while ago. I am sorry to make you wait! Anyway, keep reading to see what I was greeted with upon my return home.

Wow a huge pile of packages were waiting for me on my desk when I came back home from Japan this Monday: prize package from Eki's cosplay contest, love pack from Millie (Miu Miu), giveaway win from Kathi from Lotus Palace, Lunasol haul from ebay during my trip (hahah.. -_-) and Perricone MD giveaway win via Fuz's blog.
It must have been my lucky few weeks that I won Fuz's giveaway and Kathi's (2nd time because the first winner did not contact). Thank you!

These were the two e/s palettes I bought from Ebay for a very nice price! I bought the Sheer Contrast Eyes in Orange Coral 05 for I think $39? Then I also got the Blooming Eyes in Summer Pink Gradation for $36. Nice deal!! :)

Haven't played around with them yet... Can't wait to use them! My first Lunasol purchases for such a good price.

Next is the package from Kathi (Lotus Palace). Adorable matryoshka deco tape!

Hehe cute packaging and letter from Kathi. I have the same lace pattern gift bag from Daiso :D

Miffy pens (which are great btw, thank you so much!), samples galore and Simbiosis etsy pouch.

Look at the samples! One of the foundations leaked onto the pouch but today I was able to wash it and it came off very easily, so happy!
Package from Millie (Miu Miu). Such cute stickers, reminds me of my elementary school years when I collected these kinds of stickers.

A bunch of Skinfood samples, RMK foundation samples (which I have been dying to try but forgot to get some in Japan), Etude house e/s and masks, etc. Also a really lovely letter from Millie. This was in return for some shampoo & conditioner samples I sent her. Thank you so much Millie, love everything!

Cute Etudehouse e/s palette, with colors that match me so well. I love this kind of edgy, dark eyeshadow color. You have nice taste, Millie! My first Korean makeup item.

Perricone MD giveaway win from Fuz with two extra samples. The Perricone MD rep didn't contact me for a while so I had to email her but after that I got quick respones~ haha x)
I am not going to use this for myself and gave it to my mom. Hope to see nice results on her! Will update everyone if this product is nice and works for her.

Finally contest prize from Eki! Lots of goodies from Too Faced, Smashbox, MAC, Fresh, and the best for last, CANDIES! I love the Baskin Robbin hard candies btw, thank you Eki!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Okinawan Paradise

Wow I can't believe it has already been more than a week since I last posted! Sorry... I don't have much time to update my blog these days, I am getting lazy to upload pictures.. Plus the internet is not as fast as my computer back in NJ.

The weather has been SO hot and humid lately, luckily no heavy rain but some little trickles. I am sweating buckets everyday! It is disgustingly humid T-T

I just came back from Okinawa, if you don't know, it is a small island to the south of Japan, previously briefly occupied by Americans during WWII and home to the Ryuku people! It is very different from mainland Japan and VERY HOT! The sun is 7 times as strong as the sun rays in Tokyo, I got burned a little after two hours of snorkeling even though I lathered on so much sunscreen.

So I will show you some pictures of my 3 day trip to Okinawa, I went with my friend as well, she has more pics but I don't have access to her pics atm.

This is the famous Churaumi Aquarium where there are 3 huge whale sharks, which I'd like to see in person! I didn't bring my PADI diving card, hehe I have Advanced Scuba certification and Nitrox certification... :) Too bad I could not scuba dive in Okinawa, that is what many people go there for. However I did do some snorkeling!
Kind of blurry but you can see the whale shark right? Don't worry, it only eats plankton so it is a very kind and gentle creature. There were some Manta rays as well and they were so cool! I also really want to see some manta rays in person.
This is the view from the Manzamou lookout, a very picturesque and panoramic lookout spot. Such a beautiful spot..
Look at the sky! It is so blue.
And the ocean is even prettier, such nice gradation colors hahaha.
Haha.. This is me. I look like such a tourist.. the skirt also makes me look slightly pregnant but oh well -_-;
Some souvenirs, they are selling Sata Andagi, which is sort of like a donut. It is round and the inside is dry. Tastes yummy ;) There are also some tropical fruits there, like mango and dragonfruit. Oh and if you mention Okinawa, the most famous vegetable is the Goya! It is green and bumpy, and in English you would call it Bitter Melon. It is very bitter, but it is tasty as well. Some special fruits from Okinawa are Sheekwasa, (I have no idea how to spell it) but it is like a small citrus fruit that tastes like lime and little bit grapefruit, and lemon... It is so nice, especially the juice made from it.
This is a souvenir dessert made of Beni Imo, which is a purple potato. I tried samples of this Beni Imo tart but it was not that good... Haha.
A very popular symbol you might see in Okinawa is this lion creature, it is called a Shiisa. They are everywhere on the buildings, signs, and they have many sculptures all over the place.
This palace is called Shurijou, an old palace where the Ryuku dynasty ruled. The main part is under construction right now so I could not get a very nice picture.

I came back yesterday night and I'm back in Tokyo now! I have about a week and few more days to go in Tokyo. Time goes by so quickly, I want to stay longer! I still have more shopping to do... Hehe I bought many things but haven't shown all. Anyway hope everyone is doing well, sorry I cannot comment or view blogs frequently, but I try!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

100 Yen Haul & Household Life


Good evening from Japan!
Yesterday afternoon I went over to Nakano (中野 - Access by JR Chuo-Sobu or Chuo line) for some 100 yen shopping at Daiso.
Although Nakano isn't really a big shopping area or anything, I went to check out the Broadway plaza (which is a long indoor road with lots of little shops - a "happy road"?) but didn't really find anything interesting.
The Daiso in Nakano didn't have any cosmetic items! I was so disappointed T-T but the one in Koenji (where my "home" atm is), had more things, like false eyelashes haha x)

Here's my little haul from Daiso in Nakano:

Then my another Daiso haul from Koenji (the false lashes, anti-bacterial wipes, blue clips)
The hair claw is from Claire's in Nakano and the facewash, spray and nose packs are from Sundrug also in Nakano.

Hehe, can't leave this post without showing some things from the house I am staying in, right?
These are my grandfather's koi fish. They are really fat even though they are only fed once a day.
Fed them again so they would come closer.. Hehe.
Tanuki! (Racoon)

Neighborhood picture from the veranda. The weather is not good!
It was so windy today but later on it got sunny again.

My grandpa's cactus is sprouting flowers.. :)
Next post will be be about Shibuya! But I was so occupied with shopping that I didn't get to take pictures inside the stores T-T

Update from Japan!

It's been forever since I've last updated! I can't believe that I am finally in Japan, I arrived on July 7th (Japanese time) and got on the Narita Express train to Shinjuku, then transfered over to Chuo line for my grandfather's home.

I haven't actually really bought anything so I have no haul pics! I actually don't even have normal pics... Sorry! Just arrived, still trying to get over the jet lag. I am going out to Nakano today for some 100 yen shopping at Daiso, hopefully I can take some pics later and upload them to show hehe.

Anyway just wanted to let everyone know that I am safe and sound in Tokyo! The weather is not so great, humid and raining all week, but that's ok. Hope to update later tonight.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Perricone MD Winner!

Hello! Hope everyone is having a nice 4th of July weekend.

The Perricone MD Giveaway has ended and the winner was picked randomly by Several entries had to be disqualified because many didn't follow the rules correctly... T_T
The winner is Linda, comment #1!
The notification email has already been sent out to your email, you have 2 days to contact me (until July 5, 11:59 PM) or another new winner will be picked. Please email your full name and mailing address to foward to Perricone MD. Thank you!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Perricone MD Giveaway Update

Hey everyone,

This is just a small update that my USA ONLY Perricone MD giveaway will be ending tomorrow, July 3rd at 11:59 PM! Please enter if you haven't already.

I've been having problems with people not following the rules, you need to follow my blog, fill out the entry box form with your name & email, AND write a comment on the post answering 3 required questions. If you do not follow these rules, you WILL NOT QUALIFY TO WIN and I will DELETE/DISQUALIFY YOU.

I'm going to post up the names of people who need to do the following things:
James H.

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Cindy -
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Danielle -
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KayRN -
Angel -
Nancy -
Lisa -

Ok, sorry about that long post of names and emails...
I will make a nice, real post tomorrow. I'm still working on a review for the DHC Q10 Foundation for IchigoBunnie, sorry for the delay!!