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Beauty: e.l.f Matte Lip Color

How would the e.l.f Matte Lip Color on me?

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I used a pink glossy Model Co. lip gloss that I received from one of my Birchbox. I have another lip gloss on its way from the website, and I’m excited!

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Buys: Suave’s Keratin Smooth & Shine Serum

I’ve mentioned previously that I have dry, fine wavy hair. That being mentioned, there is a lot to be done to my hair.

One of the most recent hair product that I bought is the Suave’s Keratin Smooth & Shine Serum, in replacement of the current serum that I’m using – Biosilk’s silk therapy.

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First of, this serum smells amazing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stick.

Secondly, this serum is the bang for the buck. At $2.88 at your local Walmart and Super Target, you can easily pick these up at the shelves without a thought.

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I’m not going to lie, I gave it a lot of thoughts before purchasing this product. Mostly because it is so inexpensive, and I’ve never had a good experience with Suave. This, however, is a different line. All Suave’s Keratin Professional is in gold packing.

In comparison to Biosilk’s silk therapy, this serum is not as thick, something that I prefer. A lot of times, when I accidentally poured a little too much of the silk therapy and didn’t want it to go to waste, I feel like I’m wearing weight on my hair all day. The Keratin’s serum however, does not make me feel that way.

Packaging of the serum at 2 ounce, I can easily put the bottle into my purse and off I go to where ever I should be. Perfect travel size for someone like me.

Not to mention, it smells so good sometimes I just sniff it.

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Haul: ELF Cosmetics

First haul – e.l.f cosmetics from Super Target.

Since I started working at a bank, I figured I have to start being more presentable. I have the dress pants, and the nice professional look courtesy of JPMorgan & Chase Co., I did my part to purchase affordable good quality cosmetics – e.l.f.

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Let’s start off with the least expensive product, the eyelash curler. I’ve never used an eyelash curler until e.l.f. It doesn’t snap my eyelashes off, or rather haven’t. Though I find it better curling my eyelashes on after application of mascara. I may just consider using a mascara primer for better results.

The eyelid primer is the second dollar product, one of my favorites. A small dab is good enough to ensure that my favorite eye shadow (and probably the only one that I use) Maybelline’s Eye Tattoo in Bad to Bronze to last the entire day. Love how my eyelid sparkles naturally with the application.

Three dollar purchases that I am glad spending every penny on, the Matte Lip Color. I bought mine in natural color. Will have a short update on what the color does to my lips later this coming week. Thumbs and more thumbs up for this product!

Moving on to my least favorite purchase – the eyebrow kit in medium. Perhaps because I have a full eyebrow, I don’t see the purpose of using the kit. The gel and the powder is most definitely not my favorite, especially with the applicator provided with the kit. Maybe I will like it better if I thin my eyebrow a little the next time I go over for eyebrow threading, and using the small angled-brush that is on its way.

Next not that amazing purchase is the undereye concealer and highlighter. First of, do not use the highlighter. It’s not usable. The undereye concealer is not the best I’ve used. Personally I prefer my Maybelline Luminating Highlighter Concealer is a much better option than this product.

Following translucent mattifying powder isn’t all that great either. First of, the sponge provided is again, not usable. I have considerable amount of shine, especially around my forehead and nose area, and this powder made an awkward cake-like lines whenever I apply in on my nose.

I’m a little effy about the tinted moisturizer. I got in in beige, as I am a little tan. I have read reviews that the e.l.f. products is darker than others, but find this moisturizer a-okay. It may be because my liquid foundation is light nude, something I bought back in winter. I knew I should have bought a darker shade foundation for the summer (and that is why it’s on its way!)

Back to the little more confused me about the make up mist and set. Honestly, I’ve never used one of these things. I’ve watched many make up tutorials and read good reviews on this product. Does it honestly set my make-up? No. At the end of the day, my makeup still looks worn off. Maybe I should use a different brush with the translucent mattifying powder.

After reading reviews after reviews rambling about how great the high definition powder is. I had such high hopes, and honestly don’t know how is it any different from a baby powder. It leaves a layer of powder on my face that I don’t like. I’m a liquid foundation, no weight on my face kind of gal.

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My current collection of e.l.f. cosmetics. I’ve always had a blush powder, an eye shadow “C” brush, and blush. Oh, and I forgot to mention e.l.f. was the first cosmetics I bought when I started wearing makeup.

More online purchases on its way from eyeslipsface.com.

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Alphabet Challenge: Facial Hydrator

Third attempt at the alphabet challenge & the sixth week with the alphabet “F”. AlphabetChallenge My choice – facial hydrator! photo (5) I was introduced to Glymedplus’ facial hydrator when I first visited the lady who does my facial – Lynda Cabell. Why I needed this $50 product? My skin is constantly dehydrated, and the Neutrogena Acne Therapy System – the only acne system that helps control my acne (will get a review up later on) is also the only acne system that dries my skin.

photo (6) Look how smooth this product looks like. A 4.0oz bottle should last me about three months. It has been two months since I’ve started using this product and I’ve only used about half of the bottle. $50, totally worth it. What is my usual routine?

I wash my face with a cleanser, put on the acne lotion, then the hydrator before I move onto the sunscreen that is part of the acne therapy system. I think it should be a product that anyone should consider, regardless of the term that they used “anti-aging”. Such smooth product at a cost.

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Buys: Happiness in Shower Curtains

One of the things that boyfriend taught me was that the first thing you have to do when you move into a new place is a shower curtain. After personally shower-curtain-shopped with him, I learned that Walmart’s Mainstay light weight shower curtain and hooks is $3.38 tax included. Of course, the shower curtain wouldn’t be too sheer to be used (unless you enjoy being watched, that is totally up to you).

I shop hopped for a couple of hours after training today. The only thing I bought was Room Essentials’ light weight shower curtain and clear hooks.

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This wasn’t exactly what I bought, because Target has a larger variety of color for these light weight shower curtains – white, clear and shell (Walmart only had one – white. Dull, I know). Even the hooks had the same variation of colors! All for $0.40 more compared to Walmart!

This significant buy made me happy.

There was finally a change in the bathroom that I shared with my parents for as long as I’ve been here – that’s 3 1/2 years. Although of much less quality shower curtain, it serves it purpose – to ensure that the water does not spill out of the tub. After all, I thought it was for the best. How much weight do you think your rod can take?

So tell me, what joy did you buy with $4 today?

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Alphabet Challenge: Eyebrow Threading

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Second attempt & fifth week to the Alphabet Challenge. It’s “E” this week, and I decided to go with eyebrow threading. Understanding that eyebrow threading posts have been done and overdone, I will relate my personal experience to eyebrow threading in the DFW metroplex.

I didn’t do anything about my eyebrow until I was 18. I only started because a guy I knew wanted to do something about his eyebrows, and was too afraid to try. I figured why not? After all, I have to do something about my bushy eyebrows. After reading reviews after reviews, I decided to try out Heena Salon, an Indian salon that does eyebrow threading for $4 (!)

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There are several locations around the metroplex, and you just have to deal with the Indian smell, Hindi movies played, and the chit-chatty Indian women that are going to do your eyebrows. Eyebrow threading around the area can cost anywhere between $5 to $30! Read my review about Heena Salon on Yelp.com.

How would one benefit from eyebrow threading? First of, if you are a bush like me, plucking would take a good 72 hours. Waxing is also out of the question after I saw this teenage girl screamed in a spa. 

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You can read about how threading works here.

So to cut all of that, here is my personal experience. I usually head over to Heena every four to six weeks, depending on how often I feel like plucking my own eyebrows here and there. It’s a good idea to start a routine. For example, I pluck my eyebrows every Friday. If you keep up with the shape enough, you don’t even have to do thread your eyebrows.

You can personally read about how often you should get your eyebrow threaded but try it yourself, and say for yourself how often you should spend the money. As little as $4 (plus tips) is, it’s an $16 (plus tips) expense. That’s quite a bite.

Interested in joining the Alphabet Challenge? Here are the instructions:

1) Send your name and blog URL to itsmejiawun@hotmail.com
2) Further instructions will be given through email reply
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Adventures: QuakeCon 2013

This week’s release on James Phan Imagination features Kevin and I.

The QuakeCon at the Hilton Anatole was another interesting experience. Although much less stressful compared to the A-Kon, it is something I don’t look forward to doing again. One of those things that you do once in a lifetime, you know?

Whenever we do something out of the ordinary (i.e. not eating out or watching movies), the boyfriend would ask me what I found interesting about whatever we did.

So here it the list of what I found interesting about the QuakeCon:

1. I was incredibly fascinated by the fans that these guys built in their CPU to keep it cool. Wish I had the brains, tools, and accessories to cool my laptop down like that too.

2. People spend too much time on some things some times – like playing Starcraft. I watched this one particular guy manipulate the mouse and the keyboard like as if he was breathing.

3. Bawls is an interesting energy drink.

4. Video games guys are less weird than Anime-freak guys.

This is just me, from outside looking in.