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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Michael Todd Haul, New Kicks, Bloglovin', and Sephora Chic Week Wishlist ^_^

Hi guys!

Happy Saturday! ^_^ hope you guys have been doing well! Before I forget, I just wanted to let you guys know that I'm using Bloglovin' now. You can find the button on the right →→→→→→→→→→→→

I learned that the Google reader will be shutting down some time this summer (thanks Mandy, for letting me know ^_^) and after experiencing loads of glitches with my Google reader.... I decided to maybe it's time to use a different system. I'm really not used to Bloglovin'... yet. I don't know I can't follow some blogs from there (kept telling me the blog cannot be found... the f). So anyway! If you'd like to keep in touch with my blog, feel free to check it out :) or there's the e-mail subscription option too, or you can simply bookmark XD whatever floats your boat :3

So you might remember I'm on a skincare ban... and yes I'm still on it. But shockingly =_= I ran out of moisturizer!!!!!!! what the what?! I know... I thought I have SO much skincare that I probably don't have to buy anything for an entire year and there I was... no moisturizer!!! Well to be exact I have no "light" moisturizer. I still have some heavy duty products, but with the seasons changing, I needed something light to suit my needs, as I was starting to feel my skin getting dull and sluggish from all the heavy creams and lotions.

After hearing about Michael Todd from Raeview and Tanya, I decided to check out his line :3 which is pretty cool cuz I kind of ran out of brands I was interested in trying. Their recommendations came in just in time =D
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I got the travel size kit for normal/combination skin so I can try out more products. Each product is about 1 oz which is a pretty good size. (By the way guys I just realized there's a promotion now and the whole kit is only $19!!! WTF I paid $40 some dollars for it). The intensive eye cream is a free gift that comes with the kit so that's always welcome (bigger than I thought too... it's actually a full-sized product). I also purchased Moisture Lite light hydrating moisturizer that I can use for the summer.

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So far I've only tried the citrus cream moisturizer, and I have to say it's heavier than I thought (I thought for normal/combo it'd be a bit lighter). Extremely moisturizing which is really good, but I think more suitable for the winter. So I might have to switch to Moisture Lite soon because I don't think my skin needs this much at the moment. But I have to say I HATE the scent for the citrus cream moisturizer >_< I usually have a really high tolerance for organic smell... but to me this moisturizer doesn't even smell organic... smells like grandma's perfume >___< I don't know. Every time I apply it I go URGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! LOL.

Moving on, I bought myself a new pair of NIKEs a couple weeks ago >////<
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These are the NIKE Free Run 3 :)

Not gonna lie they cost an arm and a leg... but since I've been working out very consistently for over a year now :D I figure I deserve them and they're worth the investment-- I have been doing a lot of high impact workout, after all. Originally  I was looking for something with a big "air bag" for cushioning (air bag?? lol), something like this. But after hearing that I wanted something that will help absorb the impact to spare my knees from all the stress, the salesperson recommended me these NIKE Free Run. He told me because the bottom have a lot of flex to it, it really helps spread the impact. After trying both Air Max and Free Run, I decided I agree with him, and Free Runs are easier on my knees-- I really don't know much about workout gears, but I feel like the Free Runs are so light that I land easier too, if that makes any sense.

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I got mine in 5.0. There are 3.0 and 4.0 as well. The lower the number the more flexible the soles are. Honestly 3.0 and 4.0 all felt very soft and comfortable to me and I liked them all XD but I decided on 5.0 simply because I thought they might be more durable... ahahahahahaha who the hell knows. I've been working out in them for the last few weeks and I must say I've been LOVING them. My knees feel so much better now (lol I have pretty weak knees to begin with). Probably my best purchase by far this year ^_^

And as you all are probably aware, Sephora is having the Chic Week 15% off sale from 4/11-4/22/13. And of course I couldn't resist placing an order... even though technically speaking I don't really need anything >_<

1. Benefit Hervana blush
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Been eyeing this blush for a while now. I've been really really into pink blushes lately O_O and just really want this addition to my collection lol!

2. Wen Cleansing Conditioner

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I had wanted to try this ever since I saw this from ohhaiclaire's channel. Was gonna buy this on Amazon but realized Sephora carries it!! Yay!!!

Claire is my most recent discovery on Youtube/newest subscription. I've been unsubscribing from quite a few Youtubers so I was looking for new channels to watch. She kind of reminds me of Hollyannaeree with her no nonsense attitude ;) for me she kind of looks like Hollyannaeree+ Fashionista804.... anyone else think so??? LOL. Anyway I'm obsessed with her hair!!! So voluminous!!! I jelly T____________T too bad I'm so lazy with my hair so I'll never attempt the blow drying thing XD  But I've been trying to take better care of my hair lately (my hair has been falling out more than it used to since I lost weight... but I will talk about that more in another post) and this seems like something worth trying. Oh as a little update on the Clear shampoo... after using it for a while I can't feel any difference anymore (I stopped using my other shampoo and just used Clear alone just to test it out). My hair sort of returned to its previous dry and brittle self. And I might be experiencing some residue from the shampoo as well... although I'm not sure if that's from the shampoo or another new conditioner I'm using (but I only apply conditioner to the bottom half of my hair nowadays so I don't think it's that... but it's hard to tell. We'll see).

So those are the only two products I purchased. YEP I ONLY BOUGHT TWO. I AM SO EFFING PROUD OF MYSELF. XD Sighhhhh, my wish list is so long. Why am I so greedy?! Discipline is a bitch man >.<

1. Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Cherie Bow
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Saw Lisa Eldridge wearing this in her recent foundation course videos... such a pretty color >.< By the way the swatches on Sephora are completely inaccurate... it's more a light, neutral pink. SO pretty. As much as I love Dior lipstick's formulation... I cannot justify the price >.< I feel like there are so many great and affordable lip products out there that I don't need to spend $31 for a lipstick. Maybe in the future when I'm rich or something XD

2. Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Plaza
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Also saw this on Lisa Eldrige. It was a really long time ago so I can't remember which video it was. But it's this very beautiful bright, but not saturated pink color. Gahhh why so expensive!!! With that price I can almost buy a foundation -__-""

3.  Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Colour Quad
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Been lusting after this for a while but... I can't bring myself to purchase this yet. But I shall collect this for sure when I'm much older ahahah XD

4. Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Bath & Body Hand Creme

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I've become more interested in LM's body care since Tanya Burr kept mentioning how wonderful her products are and how amazing they smell... but... I still have hand creams and body lotions. This will be such a splurge too. So again, will save them for when I'm older lol.

5. PeterThomasRoth Max Complexion Correction Pads
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I have heard Raeview mention this product numerous times so it's getting to me lol! I mostly want it because according to Rae it helps keep blackheads in check. Even though I'm tempted... I don't think my skin responds that well to acid products... usually it just peels and that's it (so if that's all it does I might as well just squeeze out my blackheads you know =_=). Sometimes I even notice with acid products it makes my skin produce even more oil/blackheads because it's aggravated?! No idea... honestly I feel like my blackheads do better when they're left alone without me attempting any treatments on them haha. Anyone tried this???

6. Givenchy Fluid Foundation Airy-Light Mat Radiance foundation

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Hehe this will be the next foundation I'm planning to purchase after my YSL Touche Eclat. I've sold almost all of my foundations now (which is quite a feat)... not because I don't like them, but I just realized I've only been reaching for my YSL. I'm about 1/4 way through my YSL TE foundation now ^_^ But I'm thinking about switching to BB creams for the summer. I figure I'll have enough foundation left until the next Sephora friends and family sale LMAO. But truth be told YSL TE is just such a dream to work with and gives such beautiful results I can't really imagine not having it >.<

7. Dolce & Gabbana The Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation

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Simply lusting after it because of Scarlett Johansson and the designer name. XD Don't think I'll ever buy it until I've actually seen the real thing though. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

8. Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation
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I usually prefer a luminous foundation but nowadays matte foundations are so well-formulated they still have a subtle glow to it even if the finish is matte. Honestly I can lust after anything with the word "foundation" on it XD By the way what's with the price difference though?! This one is ridiculously more expensive than the luminous one. Also I hate it when they have different coloring/naming for the shades... why can't they just make it easier for the consumers?!

That's all I have to share today! What did you all buy from the Chic Week sale?? I'm excited to be reading some hauls ^_^

Before I go, just thought I might share a couple of pics with you all. Went to DC the other day for the cherry blossoms. ^_^
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The flowers were BEAUTIFUL but man it was SO crowded. If I want to admire cherry blossoms again I prob wouldn't choose to go to DC again... I'd prob go somewhere else. But anyway, hopefully seeing pretty flowers will lift your mood just like it did mine ^_^

Have a wonderful weekend guys <3 br="">