Monday, December 19, 2011

December'11 - Week 2

I bought this polo around the end of November, and received it last week. It took me a long time to receive it because Tommy held my order for A WEEK because my shipping and billing addresses weren't the same. Instead of calling me to verify, I had to call them to find it out myself. I didn't call right away because I thought they were swamped with after-Thanksgiving sale. If I didn't call, I bet they wouldn't bother calling me and solving the issue at all. Bah. I don't think I will buy from them again.

TOMMY HILFIGER Classic Tommy Knit Polo (Orig. $49) - $23.40 shipped

Despite of the dissapointing customer service, the polo quality is pretty nice. I bought this for hubby because he has one white polo from Old Navy. It's not exactly white anymore, it's dingy white, like old socks. Yuck.
Yes, I tried bleaching the polo, I left it in bleach water for a long time, but didn't work, still couldn't get that 
clean white color, just like in the commercial.

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 I purchased this from,with the 30% off coupon and $5 Reward.

I ordered 2 weeks ago, and received last week. It got delayed for a week because it's out of stock. Unlike Tommy Hilfiger, they emailed me right away to tell me about it.

CLARISONIC Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing System (Orig. $225) - $152.50

I already own the Clarisonic Classic that I owned since late 2009. I cannot live without it!! But, I cannot use the body brush with that one.  So with hubby's permission, I bought this one and give the other one for hubby to use. I was going to give it to my sister-in-law, but my hubby said he wanted to use it. 

The Clarisonic Classic comes in 2 speed (low and normal). 
The Clarisonic Plus comes in 3 speed (low, normal, high, plus Body Mode). 
For the face mode, I just use the default (normal) speed. The low is too slow, the high is too fast.
For the body mode, it exfoliates skin gently and it massages your skin. It feels really good. I love it!!

My Clarisonic Plus purchase also came with a free travel bag and one sensitive brush head (MSRP $25)  Pretty good deal! Luckily it's the type of brush head I always use too.

The also included a candy cane, an instant hot cocoa mix and an Xmas greeting card. How nice of them!

CLARISONIC Travel Bag + Sensitive Brush Head - FREE

Monday, December 12, 2011

December'11 - Week 1

Received the rest of the Cyber Monday purchases this week. 

GILLY HICKS Latham Park (Orig. $19.50) - $11.70 shipped

 Pretty comfy pair of lounge shorts.

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 ESPRIT Chunky Cardigan (Orig. $99.99) - $41.99

I almost didn't buy this because of the price, but I love the length, chunkiness and  style! After I'd submitted my order, it's out of stock. So it was only 1 left! Glad I ended up getting it.

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Oregon State University bookstore had 50-75% off sale.  They always do it every end of the term, twice a year.  Nothing good this year, but I was able to snatched a pretty good deal on a hooded long sleeves top and a pair of skinny jeans for $16 total.

I also grabbed some baby clothes, for around $5 each. :-)

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I came across this bag on Neiman Marcus website early morning 2 weeks ago and bought it right away.   It costs about 30% off the MSRP. ❤
I'd been wanting one for a long time, but it didn't want to spend almost $1K on a canvas bag, and the resale value is not as good as Louis Vuitton.

Gucci Sukey Large Top Handle

The bag is pretty huge. I'm still not used to the size of it.
Last weekend, hubby took me to a Gucci store because I'd been wondering about the size of the medium Sukey. The medium Sukey was pretty cute, a bit smaller than the large version but roomy, with short drop handles. With my jacket on, I couldn't get them pass my elbow. The Gucci employee (who looked a lot like Sylar from Heroes tv show!)  said the medium size was more of a carry-on.  I want a shoulder bag, so the medium size is too small for me. It's perfect for a shorter or more petite girl though.
At the store, I tried out the Sukey with chocolate trim, the original color I wanted to get. The chocolate color was quite dark. Hubby didn't like it that much. He said the gold trim I got from NM was better. So that settled then, I'm keeping the gold trim Sukey! :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

November'11 - Week 3

Some of my black friday and cyber monday orders arrived in the mail yesterday! Yay!
AE Military Hooded Parka ($129.50) - $2.70 shipped

I was a bit hesitated to buy this jacket, it's pretty pricey... but it's worth it! Itis surprisingly good quality for an AE brand. It's well made, it's thick and warm, it has a huge detachable hood, the faux-fur is fluffy, and the length is long enough to cover my butt. AE outerwear usually are pretty short. It'd have been nicer if it's mid-thigh length, but I'm satisfied with the length of this one.
Thanks to 40% off sale and my supply of my AE gift cards from doing online surveys, I've got a VERY good deal for it. :-P
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I also purchased a few things from Express, because of their 40% off sale  and I have a $50 gift card.  

Not really a fan of Express, their stuff is sort of overpriced. The last time I purchased from them was late last year I think.
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EXPRESS Cuffed Sleeve V-neck Tunic (Orig. $59.90) - $26.37

I'm surprised this tunic sweater is very long! It's more of a dress on me (I'm 5'5" tall). I was split between buying the dark navy or the red one. Hubby said the red would suit me more. Well, the red is very vibrant, but I like it. It's a keeper. I will wear it with a pair of black or denim leggings and boots or flats. NOT bootcut jeans like in the picture! LOL

The original price of this tunic is $60.... eigh, this is what I meant by "sort of overpriced". I think it's worth more like $35 or $40.

EXPRESS Snowflake Pattern Sweater Coat (Orig. $98) - $43.15

My first winter-theme cardigan! This sweater cardigan is very nice, comfy and warm! The quality is nice. The snowflake pattern is pretty! Happy it's on sale for 40% off.

I was planning to use the $30/$100 coupon, so I bought a cowlneck top to reach the minimum requirement. This cowlneck is pretty comfy and well made. I fits me fine, but kinda too form-fitting for my liking. I think one size larger would have fit better for me.  Well, it will stretch overtime! LOL

EXPRESS Solid Cowl Neck Top (Orig. $29.90) - $13.16

 After 40% off + $50 gift card, total $40.68!!

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Then, AT Loft had the 40% off sale too. Luckily (for my wallet), most of the good stuff was not available in my size. I purchased a top, it's pretty comfy, great for summer.

ANN TAYLOR LOFT Pleated Neck Knit Top (Orig. $34.50) - $8.44

OK! I hope I won't be tempted to buy anymore clothes.
Why? Because I'm currently 3 months pregnant (^_^). My body will expand like a balloon.  LOL

If you want to check out my pregnancy blog:
It's not much, I don't know what to write.
BEWARE, some posts are kinda TMI. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

November'11 - Week 2 (b)

I forgot to post a couple of things I received in the mail when I was still in Florida.
Sephora currently is giving away iPhone 3 and 4 covers/sleeves and iPad sleeves, with any purchase.

I bought a $1 nail buffer just to get the iPad sleeve for my iPad 2. Hubby and I didn't really want to spend $$$ on a sleeve/cover, since I rarely take the iPad out of our home. So, I got the Sephora one, technically it only costs me $6.95 shipped.

SEPHORA Nail Buffer - $1
SEPHORA iPad Sleeve - FREE
+ 3 perfume samples

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I purchased a Soia & Kyo wool coat from Hautelook, for a pretty good deal, because of the "$50 for $25" coupon that I bought from Plum District a few days prior. 

SOIA & KYO "Lyta" - $112.95 (Orig. $155)

The quality is VERY nice! The coat is very thick too, perfect for winter. I love the colar and the hood.

Unfortunately, it's too small for me. Boo! :(
I was split between the medium and the large. I had to decide really quick because the coat was selling out really fast. After a quick googling, people said they were true to size. So I got the medium. 
After I purchased it, I emailed S& customer service. The following day, she replied, she said I should have ordered a size up, and she's right :(
The sleeves fit fine, but the rest of the coat fit too tight/small. I barely could zip it up. 
So, I returned the coat. Good thing Hautelook offers $5.95 return fee, UPS with tracking#. USPS would have charged me at least $10-13.

O well, I learned my lesson, better luck next time!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

November'11 - Week 2

Hubby and I, and a couple of friends, went to Orlando FL and stayed there for a week! It's really nice and refreshing for being able to get away from work and the gloomy Oregon!!

We visited Universal Studios and Disneyworld (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood, and Epcot).

My favorite theme park was the Harry Potter theme park!! We spent whole day over there, and we drank lots of butterbeer!! It tasted like a mixed of root beer and butterscotch. I wish they sold one in a bottle or a can so that we could bring some home.

Coincidentally, our trip was on the same day as Q&A session with the HP casts! I was so happy that I could see the Weasley twins in person!! ^o^  This was the 2nd day of the Q&A session. 
I heard on the first day, Emma Watson (Hermoine) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) were there. So sad that I missed that one!

Hubby and I splurged on Gryffindor clothes! I bought the Gryffindor hoodie. It costs $60, before tax. I hesitated to purchase it because it's pricey, but hubby said to just buy it if I wanted it. Yay!

Hubby purchased a Gryffindor knit beanie.
He also bought the Hogwarts robes, 3 of them!! For him, me and his sister.
It costs $100 for one! Crazy. I was like, "Are you sure you want to get those robes?! It's 100 bucks each!!" Then, he bought the scarves too. LOL. We didn't buy the ties, 'cuz it's $30 for one, too much for a tie.

The robe is pretty cool, it has a hood, I didn't know it had one. It also has a hidden pocket inside designed for the wand. It looks like we are going to dress up as Hogwarts students for Halloween every year from now on. LOL. We only bought one wand, the Harry Potter's. We were going to get the Dumbledore's too, but we changed our mind.

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We flied back home last Saturday (Sad!), and stayed at our friend's house for one night. On Sunday, we went to Nordstrom Rack. I bought a lace-trimmed open cardigan.

 Lace-Trimmed Open Cardigan - $20

The lace is so delicate and pretty !!

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I also bought a sweaterdress from Ann Taylor Loft. I was originally there only to return a sweaterdress that I bought online 2 months ago (They have 60 days return policy). They were having a sale, select styles were on sale for $35. 

I bought a sweaterdress for $35! Pretty cheap!
At first, I didn't believe the dress only cost $35, because it's not on sale online (I checked it on my iPhone when I was in the dressing room). I'd had to ask the cashier before I bought it.
Online, this dress  currently still costs $89.50, and even with the current 40% off promo, it still costs $53+, not including the $8 shipping cost! That's a huge price difference!

Sweaterdress - $35 (Orig. $89.50)

Monday, November 7, 2011

November'11 - Week 1

The weather is getting colder here, but I am sick of wearing pants/jeans all the time. So I bought a couple of knit skirts.

SIMPLY VERA WANG Ponte Skirt - $25.20 

It's a knee-length skirt. A little bit too expensive for a skirt, but I like the 'fishnet' design on the sides.

ATHLETA Ponte Packable Knit Skirt - $39

I found this skirt on eBay. I didn't like the price at first. But, after watching it for about a week, I caved and bought it. 
The skirt looks as modeled when worn, it's below the knee. It's made of good material, it's thick and it's made of wrinkle-resistant fabric. 

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My Sephora 20% Friends & Family Haul, and they didn't cost me a cent !! 
Paid all with a gift card heheh ^__^

From Left to Right
  • Perfume and skin care samples
  • DiorSkin Forever Flawless Perfection Wear Foundation - Light Beige (20) & Linen (21)

    • I forgot to include the 2nd foundation in the picture.
    • My best friend LOVES this foundation, so I purchased them out of curiosity.
    • I usually wear Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Beige Ivory.
    • The DiorSkin in Linen matches my yellow skin tone perfectly. The Light Beige one is more pink, it makes my skin looks darker under sunlight.
    • It provides matte powder finish, I like this, so I don't need to apply finishing powder after.
    • The foundation has the expensive fragrance smell that lingers for a long time, I don't like it.
    • Unfortunately, the foundation is too drying for my skin. After I'm done applying the foundation, dry patches appears everywhere.
    • So, I'm going to return them and stick with Laura Mercier.
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
    • This makeup setting spray is better than Mac Fix+!
  • Boscia Revilatizing Black Hydration Gel
    • I love the dispenser! This way the gel won't get contaminated or accidentally spilled out.
    • The gel is black because it contains charcoal which absorbs excess oil and impurities as it detoxifies. It won't make your face or finger black, obviously, because your skin will absorb it.
    • It also contains glycolic acid, it helps clarify skin and smooth rough texture. The GA is good for lightening pimple scars too. 
  • DirShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum & Primer
    • This is a pretty new product from Dior. Compared to Lancome Cils Booster XL, this primer is pretty good. Easy to apply, prevent smudges, and it holds curls. I don't know about the lash plumping serum part, I don't notice any difference. 
  • DiorShow Mascara - Black
    • I actually like DiorShow Extase more, it makes my eyelashes very thick and long. It's not that I don't like it, it is just too dramatic for daily use. It fits more for special occasions or partying.
    • The DiorShow one fits for daily use more. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

October'11 - Week 1 & 2

I didn't have the time to update last week, so I'm combining purchases from the Week 1 and Week 2 together. :-P

LastCall offered 40% off of one item 2 weeks ago. So I browsed around the site to see if I wanted to get anything.
I came across some poncho tunics. I had been looking for a decent hips-length poncho tunic! Many poncho tunics I'd seen in the past were always too sheer and too short or waist-length. They have the poncho tunics in 2 different color combinations. I only wanted to get one, because it's a pretty pricey top, but I couldn't decide which one to get, so I bought both of them and decided which one to keep later.

CIELO Colorblock Tunic - $34.81 shipped each (Orig. $88 Sale $59)

Of course it didn't end well, ... after I tried on both of them, I decided to keep both of them! LOL I'm so bad.   O well!! I don't shop clothes as often as I used to these past few weeks.

I love the material, soft jersey and not sheer. The armpit hole is not huge, so my bra is not exposed.


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 Got a few things from Walgreens website, they had $10 off of $40 promotion. Beside some household stuff, I got a couple of Yes To  products -- Buy One Get One 50% off.

YES TO CARROTS Nourishing Rich Moisture Day Cream - $14.99

In the past, I bought the Yes To Carrots face cleanser. It's a decent face cleanser, I like it.
This moisturizer, it sucks! It feels waxy, it doesn't moisturize well, it just doesn't feel great on my skin. It smells sweet like candies.

YES TO BLUEBLERRIES Smoothing Daily Cleanser - $4.99 (Orig. $9.99)

The Yes To Blueberries cleanser is worse. It's very watery, and it doesn't remove makeup very well. When I applied toner on my face with a cotton ball, the cotton ball was dirty.

I returned both of them to Walgreens and bought the Garnier cleanser below.
It's better and cheaper. It doesn't irritate my skin, it removes makeup very well, and my skin feels fresh after .

GARNIER Skin Renew The Ultimate Cleanser for Skin - $5.99

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Then in the same week I also bought this Avalon Organics face cleanser. It's one of my all time favorite cleansers.  

Somehow, I accumulated around $20 something worth of credit from that site, I have no idea how their reward program works. So when I purchased this cleaner, I only paid for the shipping fee. Good deal!!

AVALON ORGANICS Vit C Refreshing Cleansing Gel - $2.40 shipped (Orig. $6.40)

I also grabbed a freebie,  a full size dental floss !

DESERT ESSENCE Dental Tape - Tea Tree Oil - FREE (Orig. $2.53)

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Last week, Rue La La had a big sale. So many cheap clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories! But, I tried to hold myself back, must save money for my one-week vacation next month. 
I only bought a pair of super cheap sandals from Born. Born is an awesome brand, their shoes are stylish and comfortable.

I lovvveee these sandals !! Unique straps design, and they are very comfortable, very thick cushions!

BORN Crown "Annette" - $15.90 shipped (Orig. $120)

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 Bloomingdales had 20% off Friends & Family sale last week, and free shipping too! 

I bought a Bloomingdale's X'mas ornament!  I sort of collect cute X'mas ornaments.

This ornament is pretty heavy, it weighs 7 ounce! 
It's made of stone, not cheap plastic. The globe is made of a real glass, and inside contains water and snow specks just like a real snow globe. Overall it's pretty though, not bad for $12.
One thing I don't like about the ornament, I wish the mouse faced the opposite way, or positioned differently. When the nutcracker is facing forward, I cannot see the mouse, it's hidden.

BLOOMINGDALE'S Nutcracker Little Brown Bag Ornament - $12 shipped (Orig. $15)

Monday, October 3, 2011

September'11 - Week 4

This week main issue is HAIR.

I shed a lot of hair. Yes, yes, human sheds 100 strands of hair everyday, but my hair is thin, so every strand is important to me! 
I'm sick of picking out strays off my shoulders, my arm, my hubby's shirt, etc. I'm sick of looking at my hair all over the floor, and vacuuming them frequently. 
I'm surprised I don't have bald patches yet.

I browsed online for hair treatment product that can strengthen hair roots. I don't want hair growth stimulator, since I don't want to cut my hair often. 
I found one that's promising, it's made of bamboo, but it costs like $120, yikes!

I purchased this Alterna hair treatment on Amazon website. There are only 3 reviews, but the price is good and the brand is good. So I'm willing to try.  So far so good.

ALTERNA Life Solutions Volume Restore Scalp & Follicle Treatment - $24.50

LIFE SOLUTIONS Volume Restore Scalp & Follicle Serum, a super-charged, leave-in treatment for thinning hair. Promotes thicker, healthier looking hair. UVA/UVB protectants guard against sun damage and color fade.For best results, use daily.
LIFE Restore is the first comprehensive scalp and follicle restoring treatment program designed to promote fuller, healthier-looking hair.
Made in USA

I originally only purchased one bottle. It didn't come on time, so I complained to Amazon, and they declared my package lost, and shipped another one the next day with complimentary one-day shipping. They also said if the first one arrived, I could keep it. 

Both of them arrived on the same day.  Yay got a freebie.  LOL
Amazon has such great customer service. My email was replied within a couple of hours.

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REWIND Jeggings - $18.89

I received a 30% off Kohls coupon in the mail and a $10 coupon for switching from paper statement to e-statement. Yay!
So, hubby and I went to the store last week after work. He didn't get anything. I purchased a pair of jeggings with the coupons. The jeggings have fake pockets, no zippers,  and one button closure. I'm going to wear these fit boots a lot!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September'11 - Week 3

I didn't shop much last week, just one thing. I was occupied with some personal issues, and also hubby and I will go on a vacation in November, must save up for that! Anyway, I'm almost out of MAC Fix+, so I was thinking to try a different brand of a makeup setting spray, to see if there's something better out there. So I found this product on Amazon website. The customer reviews are okay, the good and the bad ones are pretty even. So I took the risk and bought one with an Amazon gift card, so it's technically free! 

Makeup in a Bottle Makeup Setting Spray - $11.34

So, I used it once, and now it's just collecting dust under the bathroom sink. It is REALLY that bad. The sprayer sucks. I had to press it really hard to make it work, sometimes it sprayed too much, sometimes it just wet my hand.
When the liquid touched my skin, it stung! It only lasted a few seconds, but it shouldn't have stung.
The smell, it stinks. It has very strong perfume smell. The smell lingered for hours.
In the afternoon, my face felt slightly tight and dry instead of oily. I usually use a couple of oil blotting sheets. So it does have good oil control. BUT, when I checked out my face really closely, the whole surface of my face had dry crusts! Eww !! It made me think this setting spray has the same ingredients as hairsprays does!

I want to return, but shipping is like $3-4. So I don't know. Glad it's cheap though.