Tuesday, March 30, 2010

MAC's Blooming Lovely and my sad-looking drawing

Awkward Face of the Day!

Color is again a bit off but good enough to see the general idea. I played around with my Kat Von D palette in Beethoven today and came up with just a shimmery purple eye. My lips are what stands out today. I recently purchased the last Blooming Lovely from MAC Nordstroms and found the intimidating color to be quite refreshing and fun to wear.

Its purple tones really help accentuate your lip shape and while it definitely stands out being an amplified cream, it can be toned down enough to be wearable. The best way to apply it is to either blot it on or use a lip brush...though honestly, who has time to grab and clean a lip brush?

In other news, I am having to deal with the deadline of my C'Store design that is due this Tuesday April 6. Argh. With the show taking place during the duration of this project, I feel like I have lost a week and have not really put enough time and effort into this project. Overall, I am lacking motivation and inspiration. Help! Here's a bad picture of my line drawing for my perspective. Sigh, back to work I go..

Josie Maran Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick

Ok, kids! Get ready to be disgusted and amazed at the same time! I decided to buy the Josie Maran Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick at Sephora today for $22. Sounds like a hefty price but considering the results you get from such a small condensed container, it is nothing short of amazing.

I have always heard many positive things related to her brand of cosmetics as they are paraben free, natural, and all around green. So to no surprise, I walked up to the Josie Maran section finding great interest in almost every product in sight. The eyeshadows looked and felt wonderful, lip products swatched nicely but my focus was on this argan stick. I swatched it on my left knuckles which had been dehydrated and lacking in conditioning since the weather shift. It was moisturizing, easy to apply, and felt very nice! Cracks be gone!

For the sake of experimentation, I only applied it on my left hand leaving my right hand jealous and bare. Here are the results after 3 hours and numerous hand washes:

Left hand with argan oil applied

Right hand without any product

It is amazing! Since then, I have conditioned my right hand and have not touched it since. Both hands are not showing any signs of drying and have even softened. What are you waiting for? Go go go to your nearest Sephora and I dare you to prove me wrong!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Simply Frustrated with School

Sorry to be such a downer but I decided to post some rejected ideas for my C'Store project. The second sketch is a step closer to what I am trying to achieve.

So we have officially decided on attending the US National Qualifier for tkd on April 11. I would like to apologize to Olivia for "making" her go when she did not really want to, I am feeling a weird drive to push for these tournaments. No real reason to why I want to do other than, well...I want to do it.

I used to be an active taekwondo competitor, attending about two to three big tournaments a year. Usually the State Championships followed by the Junior Olympics Tournaments. Then I got to age seventeen and realized that I was not going for myself, it was no longer fun so I simply stopped.

Seven years later, I am sitting in front of my computer questioning why I am returning to what I used to dread most. I suppose age teaches us lessons that we wish to apply. I am not too old for this, I am not THAT busy where I cannot sacrifice weekends, I am more patient and relaxed about it now...which I suppose can also be a disadvantage.

On one hand, I am willing to learn and patient to reach that goal. On the other hand, I am so relaxed that I am not trying as hard as I used to in my earlier days. Well, let's see how far this takes us and hope that seven years down the road I will not be regretting the road not traveled.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Olivia's Mom-cut looks nice

Today was a flurry of activity! Er... in the morning at least. We woke up, changed really quickly, had a super short lunch, drove at the speed of light to LAX, and rushed Olivia to her flight. Yes, all in a day's work.

Here's minutes before the departure!

And here's Olivia's new 'mom' haircut!

While we retreated back to our bat cave, I noticed a flash of color from the corner of my eyes. What was that? I looked over and found...


Beautious! ...

Which brings me to my new favorite nail polish of the moment: OPI's Lucky Lucky Lavender from the Hong Kong Collection. It is a creamy pink-lavender color that is easy to apply and requires two coats minimum to achieve an opaque finish.

with flash

without flash

$9 at Ulta

Saturday, March 27, 2010

An Unnecessarily Long Review for the Guerlain LipLift

Today is going to be dedicated (mostly) to a product review for Guerlain's KissKiss LipLift!

I purchased this product about two weeks ago and have since tried every possible way to use it successfully. Very unfortunately though, it did not deliver what I had been promised and I had to return it to its rightful home.

So here is the breakdown, sans photos of the product on my lips (whoops! sorry!)

This cost a whopping $30 which I knew was super expensive but knowing that Sephora has a wonderfully stress-free return policy, I purchased it to give it a shot. I have been quite interested in lip products recently but was unhappy to find that many lipsticks left a sad imprint at the end of the day. My lips are not fully plumped and hydrated to keep the formulations (of any brand) to stay on without settling into the cracks.

Which is why I turned to a Sephora makeup artist for a solution. He introduced me to Guerlain's lip plumper/primer and claimed it was his favorite. But he made sure to tell me to try gliding it on, rubbing it on, patting it on, etcetera on...

Well, I tried all the methods and even tried the many ways to apply the lipstick by blotting, patting, and dotting it on with varying pressures and still to no avail did this work. Actually, I have to take that back because I remember now that it did work quite successfully once. But one out of ten times does not make the product worthwhile.

I debated with myself if I should continue the experiment but at the end of the day, I just got frustrated. In all honesty, the product did plump my lips but also dried them out in the process. The lipstick does not stay on well unless you add a light light layer. But if you do not carefully glide it on, you will accidentally move the lip primer/plumper around as well which ultimately negates its purpose. Argh!

So back it went, and now I am willing to give another product a chance. Perhaps my lips are destined to be crack-free but until I find this magical product out, I will never know! =D

For now, I am going to return to working on my C'Store designs. Here is a picture of a rejected design. Yipee!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Bunch of Text

Yay! Spring break has officially started! Unfortunately it means that Olivia's is going to end but we all had good fun. Today was an uneventful day that started slow and ended fast. We waited for an hour to begin our AutoCad class where a few of our class members' projects were projected on the overhead so that the professor could point out key items and mistakes.

Then it was onto lunch followed by a quick review session with our next Instructor on our C'Store designs. I will show pictures soon!

Oh my, I am so exhausted for no specific reason today. After battling the hour drive from school to home in unforgiving traffic, we decided to take our Mama out for a nice walk through the local shopping center. It was a success since she found an eye cream and cute long sleeve shirt. I wanted to do a review of a product that I purchase, tested, and returned. But my camera is downstairs and my body is refusing to let me go retrieve it. Stupid, me!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Screw School, the Mall Needed Me

Yay, happy Wednesday everyone!

What a lovely sunny day it was today, Olivia decided to be very Martha Stewart and made breakfast! Too bad her over-easy egg did not stay put on her plate and decided to creep onto mine. No yoke!

Since Mz. Olivia is currently on spring break, I decided to make it a field trip today and head over to The Block in Orange.

We decided to walk through the entire shopping area first (to find the CCO) before taking a lunch break and found these fun seats


no smile

Then it was lunch time so we strolled through to Corner Bakery for some 1/2 sandwhich and 1/2 salad/soup. My choice for today was the DC Chicken sandwich (just okay) and baked potato soup (good!)

We shopped around and I found this cute casual number

Overall, it was a nice day and ... now I have to do Cad and C'Store! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


OMG! It works! My beautious maximus macbook pro is back in commission! After waiting (almost) two days, it is back! I'm so sorry MBP! I will never do this to you again.

With love,

p.s. Sorry I had to include my over-zealous expression. Hope you all can sleep tonight.


Sigh, this morning's incident has caused my macbookpro to be out of commission. =(

Sorry, my darling! Now it must wait a full 48 hours to dry and ho
pefully recover. I didn't realize at the time due to my stupidity that when electronics encounter water- immediate shut it down and wait for it to dry. Do not restart and have this happen. =(

I have been mo
ping around all day and will have to figure something out but for now at least I have my Dell to turn to.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tourney + Westwood

Update Time!

Sorry I missed out on updating this blog yesterday. I was extremely exhausted from the long day of tournament-ing. Err, you know what I mean.

Anyway, yesterday was the California State Championships held in California State University Dominguez Hills (whew that was a long name to type out) that started from 8am till 5pm for poomsae competitors. Oye was it long! It took forever to start and after many delayed hours later we shuffled our tired feet from the arena ready for sleep and food.

We did really well with 3 golds, 6 silvers, and 1 bronze. My sister did an amazing job in form, our friends did wonderful by all advancing through to the semi-finals and finals. Good job everyone! Here's a picture of my friend and I celebrating the end of our tournament day!

Today was a chill day which ultimately meant that I did not start my homework yet...teeeheee =D We went on another fun-filled Art Class evoked field trip to the Hammer Museum near UCLA. Olivia, Odona, and Jeanne strolled through the museum's exhibits while Jimmy and I left to walk through the Westwood Village shops.

It was a lovely day that ended with Diddy Riese's famous Cookie Sandwiches.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

One more day!

Tomorrow's the tournament! So today was a quick practice followed by a dog wash party. Look at our contenders!

Then we picked up Olivia at LAX at night. Oof, late dinner and now here I am. Ugh, it's 2am and we need to be up by 6am...the lack of hours sound like a school day! Anyway, wish us luck tomorrow! I will take some pictures and probably put together a video for our youtube channel =)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Whew, presentation's done...for now

Ah the joys of a post-presentation celebration. Of course this Mid-Review was not grounds for spending all night trying to hash out sheets of sketches. Instead, we all sauntered into the studio on time to meet and greet our guest Critiques.

Our instructor invited six Crits today and separated them into two groups. Our group had two out of the three Crits leave before the presentations were over due to scheduling conflicts. But if they knew they could not stay, why come at all?

This one Crit was being quite difficult today- he kept interrupting presentations and putting down people for not having enough work shown. I agree that there should be a level of information given to show the student's train of thought and time/effort. But to put them down during a mid-review? Well, I would expect a bit more assistance to guide them to the next step.

Here's an image of my board:

Anyway, afterward we went to a L'Oreal trailer (much like the F3 MUV!) that parked on our campus. We took turns going into the trailer to be assisted by a skin care professional who helped us match the right product to our needs. We were able to test out our free product and try different lotions and makeup items. This is what I got:

You can detach the center scrub to use. I really liked it but I've only used it once so... more details later?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Stress = Mess

Sorry, no real blog post today because I am a bit stressed about tomorrow's Mid-Review presentation. Sigh...

Here's one idea so far...not really unique though

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It's only Tuesday?

Oh the agony of a full day. Every Tuesday schedule involves all of us going to school at 9am and finishing at 9pm. UGH.

Not much to report today because it was almost all busy work. I did not make much progress in my C'Store design except to talk to our instructor to get her input. Her words of wisdom definitely helped.

Thursday is our Mid-Review which means that professionals from the field are coming to critique us! Eep, I don't have much done yet so this post will be shorter this week.

You can see my enthusiasm while waiting for our next class. Unfortunately we have a delightful break between our last two class from 4pm to 7pm. Terrible 3 hour breaks should not be taken as super seniors!

I'm getting better thanks to some H2O!

Still sick, wth?!

Today was a frustrating day.


Well, besides the fact that I had a heavy head, a small cough, and a sniffly sneezey nose...I had to talk to so many different people today! No, of course talking to so many people was not the issue at hand, the real frustration is having to keep a safe distance away while trying not to look like I am purposely repelling them. Though I was...

Every time I walked towards someone who greeted me with a kind warm smile I had to screech, "Get away from me! I'm sickkkk!!!"

Ok, it wasn't THAT bad, but it felt that way. And the worst thing is when someone hears you are sick and then proceeds to jump ten feet away. Grr...(er, 'Grass' according to May)

Also, the studio is such a depressing place to be these days. I suppose we have grown tired of the stark white walls, congested cubicles, and delightful fluorescent lights.

Anyway, the rest of the day was comprised of meetings and homework and nose blowing so not too much to report today. I really did not make much progress on my C'Store design so I am hopeful for tomorrow.

On another note, big shout out to ANNA BANANA for sending us an awesome gift that we decided to ravage. It was delicious (to the max! where is that from?) and we decided to take a picture to prove it. Odona is holding the basket of love while Jeanne is ...well, being Jeanne. If anyone is wondering what the heck I am wearing, I am wearing the 'Thank You' ribbon because I am Miss Thank You 2010.

Then right after taking the picture, I noticed that I had left my cell phone in my back pocket and now it looks like I have a square butt...oh well, can't win them all!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Bug zapping the competition

So I have been somewhat avoiding the topic of school and C'Store these past few entries...

Yes, we have begun a new project about two weeks ago. But with the chaos of our show last week, many of us have neglected to put much attention and focus into this project. As I have pre-mentioned, this C'Store competition is held by www.retaildesigninstitute.org where students will submit designs for a prototype gas station/convenience store.

Here are my preliminary designs:

I started off with the idea of a bug zapper where insects cannot help but be drawn in...but after being warned about the correlation between customers finding refuge and insects being zapped, I decided to take a new direction.

Still with that idea of light capturing the attention of passerbys, I have decided to use a moth as inspiration. Moths use light as a navigational aid and to orient themselves to be able to fly straight. I plan to use this (somehow) in my designs.

The California State Championships are coming up this Saturday! Eeee! Wish me luck! Ok, now onto my homework.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sickie Me

Ah, finally a day off.

I went to bed last night with a blissful sigh that Saturday would be obligation-free and relaxing. I woke up this morning with a terribly dry sore throat. Damn it.

We headed far into the gorgeous-ness of El Monte to eat at a tiny dumpling house. They sat the four of us way way way way back in the restaurant which ultimately means:
a. if there were a fire, we would have a hell of a time getting out
b. we get to enjoy the delightful flushing sounds of the adjacent restrooms
c. we get no service

We sat there waiting for tea for almost 15 minutes and if you are familiar with Chinese restaurants, you know that despite the expected rude service, the only compensation we have is the efficiency of the staff to spit out (not literally) drinks and dishes. Well, my dad did not want to wait any longer so when the next wait staff came by, he loudly pronounced, "I've been waiting forever for tea, I will just go get it myself." They practically threw the tea at our table in their embarrassment. Sigh.

Around 6pm, we braved the 101 hwy traffic to head over to our favorite cousin's place and ate till our tummies burst! (again, not literally) After our close game of Taboo, we all scrambled back home to prepare for tkd tomorrow. Another unproductive day but a happy one nonetheless.

Check out my favorite new mascara combination!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Another lesson gained

What a beautiful day to head out to...the mall? Sounds kind of stupid now since I really should have taken advantage of that wonderful weather but I did exactly that. I headed out around 11am and made a shopping trip by myself. Look! Short sleeves!

I have to say that although I truly enjoy shopping with friends and family, I do also really value having the opportunity to have a 'Me' day.

The rest of the day was really focused on tkd. Another four hours of training, throw in some frustration and anger, and voila! My form! Anyway, my lesson of the day is that there will be times when frustration clouds your mind. You cannot see straight or think rationally, all you want to do is react out of anger. Normal.

What you need to know is that your mood affects others and if there is someone other than yourself involved in the situation, you have to be fair and return to your normal state. It is totally unfair to throw some of that unhappiness in anyone's way- I know this personally. Here's the candid advice:
Suck it up and realize the world does not revolve around you. Your mistakes do not always only affect you. Be fair and just take every experience as it is: accept it, then learn from it, and then improve yourself.

On another note, my daddy's a poster!

What a weirdo...oh yeah, that's where I get it from...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Thursday's Theme: Yawning

My new facebook profile pic. Like it?

Today was our take down day in the gallery where we got to tear down hours and hours of hard work in a matter of seconds. For some reason reckless ripping is very satisfying.

Anyway, our day basically came down to this: coffee, yawn, autocad, yawn, printing, presentation, another presentation, yawn. Oh yes, and ...yawning.

Jay something-er-I-forget from Kanner Architects came to give a short and concise presentation on his gas station designs. A few included: Westwood Village Convenience Store, E-station, and United Oil Gas Station.

You should definitely check that out.

By the way, I just officially registered for the 2010 California State Championship! Eep!