Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Burt's Bees Radiance Eye Cream

... with royal jelly!



... and also my 10th post and 1st review! How exciting. So anyway, I've been using this for the past month, and despite its flaws, I believe it's a nice little buy.

Introduction:
Royal Jelly, one of nature’s most nourishing substances, and bee pollen naturally replenish and renew your skin’s essential nutrients, restoring a smooth, youthful appearance. This highly-concentrated formula also contains chamomile, cucumber and rosehip extracts, which are known to promote skin renewal and reduce puffiness and swelling. Natural mica diffuses light to minimize the look of fine lines.
Directions:
Place small dots around eye area and gently smooth into skin.

Fragrance:
For me, the aroma is a turn off. It's more like a fume very musky and "organic." With time, I've grown to tolerate this, and I hardly notice anymore, but it really could smell better.

Texture:
Soft and only slightly grainy. It's not even that noticeable.

Moisturizing:
It's not heavy, but it's not super light, either. I think it strikes a good balance. Personally, I prefer my eye creams a little heavier, but Radiance does the job. You have to pat in gently a couple times for it to really absorb into your skin.

Effectiveness:
Surprisingly, I see results! Now, when I wake up in the morning, I'm no longer greeted by ghastly under-eye circles. My eye area looks brighter, I give the illusion that I've slept a good 8 hours (reality: Tumblred 'til 2AM ), and my fine lines are less noticeable.

Overall:
I bought Radiance after my Shiseido Benefiance Concentrated Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream ran out. I wanted a drugstore alternative since I wasn't willing to spend another $50+ on half a fucking ounce of eye cream. Then I remembered Jenny's post about Burt's Bees eye creams. Since she was pleased with them, I figured, why not try a jar?

Well, I'm glad I did! It's not by all means the best cream out there, but it does a good job for the price and considering it's a drugstore brand. I wouldn't mind buying it again.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Soft Gel Nails

New nails!



I've been itching to get them done since last week--long after the polish from my birthday manicure flaked off--and this morning I was lucky enough to nab a walk-in appointment.

To be honest, my nails are pretty pathetic. I've never been able to grow them past my fingertips without chipping, snagging, peeling, splitting, and many more horrible verbs, so at my appointment I opted for an armor of soft gel to protect them. Well, I'm very happy with how it turned out! It's very natural-looking, and the polish is a classy nude pink.



On a completely different topic, check out this delicious pork teriyaki rice bowl.
I took a break from running errands on Friday and had this for lunch.

So good with just a drizzle of mayonnaise!

Monday, March 19, 2012

My 22nd Birthday



Hello! I'm back!

The past few weeks have been wonderful! I celebrated my birthday throughout a whole week, and it was so lovely. It was definitely one of my best birthdays--and it almost makes up for being another year older, hahaha. (Now I know why that store is called Forever21.)

Remember the appointment I booked at Bórjan? Well, I finally had my hair colored! It was done the day before my birthday, right after work. Mom dropped me off, so after picking up a few magazines and an iced java, I found myself in front of the little salon by the ocean.



It was as charming as the first time I visited. I felt like I walked into a Parisian boudoir! And the owner, Yukari, is so sweet and attentive. She noticed I had a much darker-colored section of my hair (thanks to a failed attempt at home coloring), so she customized my dye so the colors will blend better... and so I wouldn't end up with a scene kid coontail.



I couldn't have the color as light as I originally wanted, but it turned out so well anyway! I'm very pleased with the results. I feel like my hair shimmers! And I've gotten so many compliments, especially from Marcus. :f: I'm definitely switching to Yukari-san as my hair stylist now. Such a delightful, relaxing experience. I left as a very happy customer.



On my actual birthday, Mom and Nanay took me to have brunch at Climax Coffee. This time, I tried their Loco Moco Hawaiian dish with hamburger meat, a sunny-side up egg, pasta salad, broccoli, and rice. It was delicious! I gobbled the pasta in an instant.



Mom brought presents to open, and I received a beautiful Michael Kors shoulder bag from her. It's small and perfect for running errands! My little brother got me the Game of Thrones complete book set (can't wait for Season 2!), and Dad tucked $100 inside my birthday card.



After presents, Mom and Nanay took me to an onsen called Chula-U. I've only been here one other time, so I was really excited to go back. We spent most of our time in the "healing pool" where the water is heated and soothing music waft from hidden speakers nearby. We even had our feet cleaned with the help of tiny doctor fish! I couldn't help but giggle uncontrollably since it tickled so much. Overall, the whole experience was very, very, nice. And since went on a weekday, we shared the resort with just a few people.



We wanted to go to Romano's Macaroni Grill for dinner, so while Mom and Nanay waited for my little brother to get home from school, I used a gift certificate Nanay gave me (her birthday gift) for a manicure & pedicure. Sigh, I could really get used to all this pampering! The pedi came with a design, too, so I requested tiny pink roses painted on my big toes.



As for Macaroni Grill, it was great! I love dipping chunks of their crusty, crunchy bread in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and shredded cheese. For my main course, I ordered Carmela's Chicken with roasted chicken, rigatoni, caramelized onions, and mushrooms in marsala cream. I would have liked a little more cream in the dish, but it was still tasty and enjoyable.



To top it all off, I got to cuddle with Marcus after dinner! He gave me a HUGE Rilakkuma plushie among other presents. :a1: It's so soft and squishy... it's been my bedtime buddy!

My birthday has been so wonderful... lots of pampering, good food, and relaxing! Spending the whole day with my family was very heartwarming, too. :face5: It's easy to push back family time when I have my own life and responsibilities now, not to mention going out with friends seem more fun... but in the end, I know they're the ones that will always be there for me, no matter what, and I want to give them more of the time they deserve. :a1:

Looking forward to more posts! :u::f:
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