Review: BA STAR Smoky Eye Shadow Palette

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I’ve recently received an eyes shadow palette to review courtesy of BA STAR and Brand Backer. =) They sent me a natural eye shadow palette that can be used to create different looks.

Besides eye shadows, they sell other beauty items such as cosmetic bags, head bands, mascara, etc. Ok so now for more information about the natural eye shadow palette. It comes in 5 different shades from a dark to light bronze/brown plus 2 glittery eye shadow that you can easily use to transform your look from day to night. =)

BA STAR Natural Eye Shadow Palette

The colors are great for creating a natural smoky look and the pigmentation on it is great. Glides on really well and stays on. Here’s some swatches that I took.

BA STAR Natural Eye Shadow Palette

Swatches under the sun

BA STAR Natural Eye Shadow Palette

Swatches in the shade

They are also having a promotion currently, if you order 2 or more kits plus free shipping! You can find the kits here. Besides giving me a palette to review, they also gave me a BA STAR coupon code offering my readers a 50% off discount! Just enter BBSMOKY during checkout.

BA STAR Eye Shadow Palette

BA STAR Eye Shadow Palette

 


Klout – Essie 2012 Summer Collection

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Yay..I was awarded an Essie summer collection nail polish. The perk was actually closed already when I saw it but they awarded it to me. I was so happy! =D I didn’t know that they do that. hehe. I received the box few days ago. They gave me the ‘off the shoulder’ color which was a hot pink color.

The whole summer collection is lovely! There’s a total of 6 colors in the colletion. Here’s the description as taken from the brochure that was included in the box.

  • bikiny so teeny – provocative lustrous sky blue
  • cascade cool – frosty, shimmery carnation pink
  • all tied up – naughty molten bronze
  • off the shoulder – daring, scorching hot pink
  • fear or desire – obsession-worthy bright orange
  • mojito madness – fun loving party lime

The whole collection will be on sale in June 2012 with a suggested price of $8.00 per bottle. Aaa..so tempted to get all the colors. I’ve read on other reviews on Klout and saw that others received a different color. I guess they were just sending it out randomly. Maybe I’ll get all the colors if my husband will let me >.< I haven’t tried it out yet but I will soon after I remove the current color that I have on now.

One thing good about Essie nail polishes is that they are DBP, FORMALDEHYDE and TOLUENE free. I can have them on often without worrying that my nails are gonna rot under all the constant color that I put on. =) Can’t wait to try it out. Will post some pictures when I do so.

Essie 2012 Summer Collection

Off the shoulder - daring, scorching hot pink!

Thanks Klout and Essie =)

 


Julep Maven May

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I’ve been so busy this past few weeks. Been going down to SoCal 3 weekends in a row! Just went last week again for a wedding. Honestly speaking, I’m pretty tired from all the travelling. And I just found out that I have the Monday after memorial weekend off and our friends in SoCal was asking us to go down to Disneyland and I was like..hmm..I have to think about that hehe.

Ok, now about the Julep box. Kinda late post but whatever. lol. Kinda disappointed that there’s no nail polish this month. Instead I got a foot soak, pedi foot cream and the foot pedicure file.

That’s it for now. Pictures from the wedding coming up soon!

Julep Maven

Julep Maven


Books!

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Books

The books that I bought. Aren't they pretty. I must admit. I do judge books by their cover!

I went to Green Apple Books yesterday and bought some books plus another one I bought at Costco.

Lisa See – Shanghai Girls

Sophie Kinsella – The Undomestic Goddess

Nicole Mones – The Last Chinese Chef

Gail Tsukiyama – The Street Of A Thousand Blossoms

I bought Shanghai Girls in Costco for $4+. There were others by the same author, Dreams of Joy, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan but I bought one just to see if I will like it.

Sophie Kinsella’s The Undomestic Goddess, I bought it used at Green Apple for $5. I’ve read Confessions of a Shopaholic and I liked it a lot so I got this too.

For the other two books, I just bought them randomly because it was on sale. It was at $3.98 each with an extra 50% off. I only ended up paying $1.99 for each before taxes.

I walked out of the shop smiling with 3 books and the total bill was less than $10. =) This was a bit of an impulsive buy as it would take me a while to read all these books. I never have quite enough time everyday after work. I have to catch up with my movies, cross-stitch, blogging and other random stuff.

I really wonder how do others do it? I’ll write reviews when I get around to reading them. Won’t be for a long time though. haha


Mochicream

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So I mentioned in my previous post about Mitsuwa. Inside Mitsuwa, there’s a Japanese sweets shop called Mochicream. They sell lots of different flavors of mochi and some desserts. There’s a counter displaying all the mochi that they sell and when you go there, all you have to do is take a piece of the ordering list on top of the counter and tick off the ones that you want and write the quantity.

I don’t remember exactly what favors they have but I bought the mango, orange cheese, coffee, red bean, green tea, blueberry cream, rum raisin and some others. They are kinda overpriced. $2.10 for the fancy ones and about $1.80 for the more normal flavors.

Once you have filled in your sheet, just head to the register to pay and they will take your list and pack the mochi for you with they kept frozen in the freezer. I left mine in the car for the whole day as we shopped around and when I reached home at night, I just popped them into the fridge and ate them the next day.

Every flavor is yummy! Some have a caramelized filling that is crunchy when you bite into it and some have a cream filling. I can’t tell which is what. How I wish they label their mochi instead of giving it just like that.

Besides mochi, they have some small desserts also such as mango pudding, tiramisu, red velvet cakes etc. These are about $3.95 each.

Mochicream

Mochicream

Rows and rows of mochi

Rows and rows of mochi

Desserts

Yummy cakes and desserts


Mitsuwa

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I went to Mitsuwa in San Jose with my husband and some friends last weekend. Its great! Mitsuwa is the largest Japanese marketplace in the U.S. There’s lots and lots of Japanese goodies there. Within Mitsuwa, there’s also a sweets/dessert shop called Mochicream. I’ll write about it more in my next post.

I love all the random small goodies that is found in Mitsuwa especially the Hello Kitty ones. =) It’s definitely worth a trip there. Right when we walked in, there’s a small strawberry section in front of us. Its full of small snacks, chocolates, cookies, candies and its all strawberry flavored. I picked out some strawberry pocky as it was cheaper than in normal stores.

We also went on a snacks shopping spree and bought a some melon pan, coffee soy milk, mochi, snacks, ramen etc. There’s also a restaurant inside the marketplace but I forgot what the name is.

All I remember was that there’s a really long line of people waiting to get in. Outside, there’s also a cart selling hot roasted chestnuts that looked so good. I’ll definitely go back there again in the near future and maybe try out the restaurant there next time.

Hello kitty nori chips

Hello kitty nori chips. I love the container but my husband won't let me buy it just for that. =(

Hello Kitty nori chips

Hello Kitty nori chips. $26.40 for 3 cans. Kinda pricey but I just want the container!

Green tea kit kat

Green tea kit kat

Strawberry tart kit kat

Strawberry tart kit kat

Panda pocky

Panda pocky cookies and cream flavor

Hello Kitty pocky

Hello Kitty pocky

Hello Kitty drink

Hello Kitty carbonated soft drink. Tastes quite nice. Kinda like bubblegum lol

Sumo tangerine

Some weird looking oranges called Sumo Tangerines

Strawberry pocky

Strawberry snacks corner

Hello Kitty marshmallows

Hello Kitty marshmallows


Old Town White Coffee

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Just yesterday, I went down to Miri, Sarawak with two of my sisters. We drove there and it took us roughly about 2 hours to reach. After shopping for the whole day, we decided to have brunch. We came across this tiny cafe called ‘Old Town White Coffee’. The looks of the cafe was welcoming and there was a faint smell of toast coming from it so we decided to try it out.

Looking through the menu, it took us quite some time to decide on what to order as there was huge variety of food to choose from. I ordered the ‘Old Town Coffee Lava’, two scoops of vanilla ice-cream drizzled with thick black coffee syrup.

From my opinion, the coffee syrup was a bit too bitter for me but together with the sweet vanilla ice-cream, it goes quite well. My sisters tried the butter and kaya toast and also the nasi lemak. The hot toast went perfect with the cold butter and kaya and one bite would make you want to have more of it. As for the nasi lemak, the sambal (chilli based sauce) had a nice lemon grass fragrance and a tint of spiciness that fits the hot coconut rice. For drinks, we had it’s famous ‘Old Town White Coffee’ and also a refreshing chocolate drink.

The prices are very much reasonable and the food was satisfying. I would recommend anyone to try it out if they ever visit Miri!

Old Town Coffee Lava

Old Town Coffee Lava

Butter and Kaya Toast

Butter and Kaya Toast

Old Town White Coffee

You can always visit them at their website