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.