yes, this is my face without makeup on. scary, yea? check out that stye!
Anyway. Those who know me know that I also hit up the spa and get a mani/pedi before I go on a trip. Yes, even before I go on a weekend trip to Los Angeles, I get my nails did. A girl has got to make sure she looks properly presentable, mmmmmkay? So before trekked down to El Lay for Valentine's Day I got my nails did!
I used Zoya's "Stephanie" on my nails and OPI's Absolutely Alice from the Alice in Wonderland special collection for my toesies.
Zoya's Stephanie - very feminine and classy I love it.
OPI Absolutely Alice - it's a straight party on my toes
I told Melissa "I'm all business on top, but party on the bottom!"
Maybelline Eyestudio Quad - Give Me Gold
I was inspired by Holly to try this quad out. She had managed to get this before it arrived in the U.S. Now that it's here... I decided to check it out since Walgreen's had a 40% off thing going on with drugstore brand cosmetics. Normally, I don't use neutral tones or browns but I have been using them lately (before the stye). When I was younger I didn't know how to apply them so I felt like I looked like I had a black eye. Anyways!
The color pay off seems great when you swatch these, but it's a lie :[ I always use Urban Decay Primer Potion on my lids (I have greasy lids) and that usually makes drugstore brand eye shadows last a lot longer. Although I have primer on my lids, the shadows don't last very long. They are also very very easily blendable so you can lose color definition. I also seem to have a problem with constant fall out whenever I use this. I think that it is not pressed well enough. However, I got it for 40% off so I guess this warrants a B- rating. I won't be using it as main eye shadow anymore but I really like the gold so i'll keep it to use as accentuating shadows.
In Los Angeles, I was browsing through the various shops inside Little Tokyo before dinner. I stumbled upon a dollar store where they sold tons and tons of NYX! I was ecstatic since we don't have any place that sells these in San Francisco. However...All the things I wanted from NYX seemed to escape me. I only remembered that I wanted to try the jumbo eyeshadow pencil in black bean since a lot of YouTube gurus seem to have it.
Very pigmented, color pay off is great but - it creases on my lids despite wearing UDPP. *sigh* not happy with it. I probably won't be using this anymore and will most likely be giving it away. I still want to try their blushes and eye shadows though.
The one thing I picked up recently that I am happy with is this:
Neutragena 3 in 1 eye concealer in "light"
- eye cream
- spf 20
If you want to make a switch, I recommend giving the Neutragena brand a try. Besides, you can't go wrong! You can always return/exchange drugstore cosmetics - don't ever forget that!
Friday we did hot pot or "da been lo" as we say in Cantonese at my friend Jocelyn's house.
Saturday I drove down to Santa Cruz for the 29th Annual Clam Chowder Festival. It was pretty fun! It was $8 for a tasting kit: 5 tickets (redeemable at 5 vendors of your choice) 1 biodegradable spoon, paper cup, napkin, and a people's choice ballot. There were 76 different vendors. We each bought a tasting kit and decided to be greedy and share our 10 tickets. No pictures from that day, I forgot! Sorry! Drove us back to San Francisco to have dinner at Boboquivari's. I love their bone in filet mignon. Bad camera phone pic, sorry! It's dark in there, hahaha.
me: how's the twice baked potato? him: good, but it would be better with bacon me: *melt*
EVERYTHING IS BETTER WITH BACON OKAY!?
Sunday was very chill. Just eating , people watching in the rain and relaxing at mi casa.
"So Good" Authentic Belgian Waffle Truck :]
French Onion soup @ Chez Maman
Basic burger + bacon and brie. Frites w/ aioli @ Chez Maman, my absolute favorite burger in the world
Blue Bottle Vietnamese coffee ice cream @ Humphry Slocombe
P.S. I stole these iphone pictures from his Facebook. Just a lil disclaimer for when he sees this, hahahaha.
Just re-did my nails because I got bored.
Zoya "Savita" from the matte collection. This stuff takes a long time to dry. I've had to re-do my pinky nail twice -_-