Feb 21, 2015  •  In Books, Personal

“Bad Sleeper”

Sleep and I do not have a good relationship. We have never been friends. I am constantly chasing sleep and then pushing it away. A good night’s sleep is my white whale. Like Ahab, I am also a total drama queen about it. I love to talk about how little sleep I get. I brag about it, as if it is a true indication of how hard I work. But I truly suffer at night. Bedtime is fraught with fear and disappointment. When it is just me alone with my restless body and mind, I feel like the whole world is asleep and gone. It’s very lonely. I am tired of being tired and talking about how tired I am.

The phrase “going to sleep” has always given me great anxiety. I don’t like doing things I am bad at, and I have been told since I was very young that I am a bad sleeper. As soon as I become prone, my head will begin to unpack. My mind will turn on and start to hum, which is the opposite of what you need when you begin to switch off. It is as if I were waiting the whole day for this moment. Trying to sleep is often when I feel most engaged and alive. My brain starts to trick me into thinking this is the moment it should turn on and start working overtime. It is a problem. I need some rest. I have a lot to do.

– an excerpt from Amy Poehler’s Yes Please
(because I feel EXACTLY the same way)

A futile attempt to nap with the girls.

Feb 20, 2015  •  In Beauty, Giveaways, Korean

Mega Korean Skincare Samples Giveaway (42 Pieces!)

I know I’ve been promising some giveaways since…gulp…last year…and I’m so sorry to not have delivered sooner!

To make it up to you, I’ve decided to run 3 giveaway just 3 days apart from each other.  :-) 

This first giveaway may not seem like much, but it’s ideal for anyone who would like to try a multitude of Korean skincare and beauty products without breaking the bank.

And by multitude, I mean 42 pieces.  😯 


The winner of this giveaway will win every Korean skincare/beauty sample pictured above. The full list comprises of the following…

  • Cleansing:
    • Etude House B.B. Deep Cleansing Foam
    • Etude House Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Foam
    • Nature Republic Snail Solution Foam Cleanser
    • Skinfood Aloe Vera Foaming Cleanser
  • Toners, Emulsions, Essences, Serums, Lotions, and Creams:
    • Be the Skin Botanical Nutrition Power Cream
    • Be the Skin Botanical Nutrition Power Serum
    • Etude House AC Clinic Daily Skin Care Kit (includes toner & gel lotion)
    • The Face Shop Myeonhan Miindo All-in-One Cream
    • The History of Whoo Whitening & Moisture Cream
    • IPKN New York Hyaluronic Acid+ Skin Care Primer in Natural Glow
    • IPKN New York Liquid Ice Cube+ Pore Essence in Radiant Finish
    • Nature Republic Snail Solution 80 Emulsion
    • Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum
    • Skinfood Fresh Apple Sparkling Pore Toner
    • Skinfood GoldKiwi Cream
    • Skinfood Royal Honey Gift Set (includes toner & emulsion)
    • Skinfood Royal Honey Hydro Massage Gel
    • Skinfood Verdure Pure Cabbage Toner
    • su:m37º Time Energy Skin Resetting Moist Firming Cream
    • Tony Moly Intense Care Snail Cream
    • Tony Moly Timeless EGF Power Cream
  • B.B. and C.C. Creams:
    • Banila Co. It Radiant C.C. Cream
    • The Face Shop Face It Aura CC Starter
    • Missha M Perfect Cover B.B. Cream (no. 21)
    • Missha Signature Complexion Coordinating B.B. Cream (beige, 2x)
    • Missha Signature Complexion Coordinating B.B. Cream (white)
    • Missha Signature Real Complete B.B. Cream (no. 21)
    • Skin79 The Oriental Shining Pearl B.B. Cream Plus
    • Skin79 Super+ B.B. Cream
    • Skin79 VIP Gold Collection Super+ B.B. Cream
  • Sheet masks:
    • Etude House I Need You, Green Tea! Mask Sheet
    • Etude House I Need You, Pomegranate! Mask Sheet
    • The Face Shop Real Nature Mask Blueberry sheet mask (x3)
    • The Face Shop Real Nature Mask Rice sheet mask
    • Mamonde 7 Days Project Sheet Mask: Brightening
    • Mamonde Flower Essential Mask: Lotus Cooling & Soothing
    • Nature Republic Snail Solution Mask Sheet
    • Tony Moly Floria Whitening Mask Sheet
  • Misc:
    • Skinfood Tomato Whitening Point Pad

Yes, those sheet masks are all full-size, and YES, some of those brands are high-end, luxury lines!

Overwhelmed yet? I know that I was, when I looked at my humongous box of samples and realized that I may never get around to using them…but then realized that you might benefit more from it!

Even if you only want to try a few items from the lot, you can always share the rest with your friends and family!

To enter this giveaway, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below. Not sure how to use Rafflecopter? Watch this 52 second video for a tutorial on how to enter a giveaway using Rafflecopter. There are 5 methods of entry, with the first method (commenting on this blog post answering the question “Which product are you most excited to try?”) being mandatory while the third method (Tweeting about the giveaway) can be used once per day:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will end on Saturday, February 28th, 2015, at 12:01am EST, at which point a winner will be randomly chosen and announced here. If the winner has won the drawing via a fraudulent or illegitimate entry (i.e., not commenting on this post, using different accounts to enter multiple times, using a Twitter account that is only used to enter contests on a frequent basis, using the same Tweet URL to enter multiple times) I have the right to choose another winner.

Sorry, this giveaway is open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada who are over 13 years old.

Please use a valid email address and/or Twitter handle so that I can contact you if you win! If the winner fails to respond within 48 hours of my contacting them, another winner will be selected.

Good luck, and thank you for entering!

Feb 9, 2015  •  In Art/Design, Entertainment, Movies, Shopping

Global Luxury Shoe Designers Reimagine Cinderella’s Glass Slipper

In celebration of the release of the live action film Cinderella, Disney has enlisted 9 global luxury shoe designers to create their own interpretation of the iconic glass slipper. Take a look!

Paul Andrew:
“Cinderella’s glass slipper represents every woman’s dream shoe. The story, being a classic, inspired me to use my iconic pointed toe silhouette, which I embellished with an array of hand encrusted Swarovski crystals to create the ultimate fantasy shoe. I used transparent PVC to create a ‘glass’ effect and ivory suede for luxurious texture and dimension.”

Alexandre Birman:
“My vision of the glass slipper was inspired by the timeless and feminine beauty that I believe Cinderella and the Alexandre Birman brand both share. I reinterpreted our classic Johanna pump, this time giving it a fashionable and romantic twist with satin and Swarovski crystals. It’s a shoe I imagine a modern princess would wear.”

René Caovilla:
“‘Works of arts called shoes’ to grant wishes and raise emotions. Passion and never ending research don’t draw the line at fantasy and creativity. This is how dreams come true in our fairy tale.”

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Feb 3, 2015  •  In Art/Design, Entertainment, Funny, Geek, Movies

Parody Posters of 2015 Oscar Nominated Films

Presented to you by the 2nd Annual RIPTcademy Awards. I would totally watch some of these; The Grand Arkham Asylum looks especially badass! And Quailman? I used to love the show Doug!

The Theory of Everything – The Theory of Everything is AWESOME!

American Sniper – Canadian Sniper

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Feb 2, 2015  •  In Beauty, Personal, Reviews

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation Review: My New HG Foundation!!!

Can it be? Have I finally discovered a new foundation to replace my beloved “complexion perfector,” the Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation?

The Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation was released late last year to rave reviews. It is the latest in the liquid-to-powder foundation trend that began with the launch of GA Maestro two years ago. (You can read my thoughts on some of the other liquid-to-powder foundations here.)

So what made me want to try the Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation? It was an article in Refinery29, “Foundation Just Got Way More Amazing” — which talks about the liquid-to-powder foundation trend and reviews 6 of the most popular ones — that first sparked my interest. And the more I researched the Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation, the more I realized it may provide the additional coverage and longevity I had been seeking with the YSL Fusion Ink.

Even the sleek product design appealed to me, and the fact that it uses the silver “button” at the top of the bottle to operate the hygenic dispenser — it works just like an eyedropper, except you press instead of squeeze — made it even more enticing. (The GA Maestro can be difficult to travel with because of the eyedropper top.)


So when my foundation began to run low, I decided to use the money I would have spent on a new bottle of GA Maestro to buy the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation instead.

And I am so glad that I did. 😀

How does the Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation stack up against the other liquid-to-powder foundations I’ve tried? It provides the most coverage of all of them (in other words, more bang for the buck since I don’t have to use as much) and lasts the longest too!

For the purpose of this post, I used a heavier hand than usual in applying the foundation in the pictures below so that you can see the beautifully medium coverage it is meant to deliver. (I usually only use a few drops right after moisturizing, for a sheerer finish.) Additionally, I purposely didn’t wear my contact lenses because my glasses leave my face oilier at the end of the day and I wanted to show you the Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation’s lasting powder!

Right after applying (I should’ve taken a picture before using setting powder…sorry!):


And here I am, a full 8 hours after taking that initial picture:


I did NOTHING to my face between the two pictures — not even blotting paper! And as you can see, the only difference seems to be a teeny bit of shine along the t-zone.

And if you can recall, my biggest complaint about the YSL Fusion Ink was its strong flowery scent. I’m sorry to say that the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation is also scented. :-(  However, it is a subtly sweet, nutty aroma that reminds me of roasted almonds (I’m not too familiar with Kevyn Aucoin’s other products — do they smell like this too?) and it doesn’t bother me nearly as much as most other perfumed makeup.

Now, for the price. At $65, it is slightly more expensive than the Giorgio Armani Maestro’s $64 (GA raised the price of the Maestro by $2 since I first wrote about it). But since the difference is only a dollar, and because I’m using less per application than I did with the Maestro, it is certainly worth the extra buck, IMHO!

Interested in seeing the shades offered? My go-to queen of swatches, Beauty Professor, has once again come through in this extensive post. (I use SF05, if you’re wondering.)

You can purchase the Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation at many major department stores and online beauty boutiques such as: Barneys, Beauty.comBeautylish, Neiman MarcusNordstrom, and Space NK.

Want to try a sample before you buy but can not get to a department store? Camera Ready Cosmetics sells samples for $5!

Questions? Comments? Please leave them below!