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Lisa Xu

Spring Shoes: Ankle Straps Obsession!

As you can all read from the title, this post is all about the ankle strap trend that has been raging through a bunch of shoe designs. I personally have been obsessed with this trend since last year, and I think it just makes any shoe look so more pretty! Pretty much throw on an ankle strap, and I am sold! I am currently lusting over a few more pairs of ankle strap heels.

(1. Steve Madden OPTICALL, 2. Zara HIGH HEEL SANDAL WITH BUCKLES, 3. MANGO Fetish Sandals, 4. KORS Michael Kors , 5. Heart and Soul )

As you all can tell, I really like platform pumps and the strappy sandal style with the ankle straps. I am also always on the lookout for flat sandals now because I know in the summer I will be doing a lot of walking during my travels. However, I am super picky about those and I just don't think thong sandals look good on my feet, but I digress. I am very tempted to purchase the first pair of Steve Maddens for my Vegas trip this upcoming June!

Now for the shoes I actually purchased in the past couple of months...

The first pair from Zara is to die for! I love them so much. If any of you follow fashion bloggers, these have been seen everywhere! They also come in 3 other color blocked shades on the Zara website. If money grew on trees I would have definitely purchased them too, but I wanted them to be timeless so I opted for the black. I swear they make your legs look amazing!

The second pair is from ShoeMint, and it is a bright fun teal color. I don't have any fun colored shoes just because I usually opt for neutrals. I just feel like with neutrals you get more of your money's worth because you can wear them with everything. However, I really loved the color on these, and they looked perfect for the warmer weather, so I decided to pull the plug and purchase them. I think these will look great with a nice summer dress!

Last but not least are these beautiful Sam Edelman sandals. I love these because they kind of remind me of the Zara heels. They have a modest 2 inch wedge in the back so they still give you a bit of a lift without being overbearing. I adore the gold detailing on the ankle strap, and they just literally look good with a lot of things. Even my mom, who thinks my shoe taste is a little bit too much for her, wanted to borrow them when she saw them.

Overall, I am super happy about my purchases, and I can't wait to sport these for the upcoming season!

I know ankle straps aren't for everyone because for some they cut off the leg line, but for me, I think as long as you find a right style, anyone can sport it! What do you all think about ankle straps?

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The end of another chapter

Wow it's been awhile. I haven't posted since January, and a lot has happened since then. As usual, I was super busy because I was finishing up my last quarter of college. That's right, I graduated this past April, and I have since moved back to LA. It's good to be back in the bustling city, but I will definitely miss the beautiful beachy San Diego. The past 3 1/2 years flew by so quick, and I felt like it was just yesterday I was a college freshman.

Since moving back, I definitely appreciate the warm weather of LA more. San Diego has beautiful weather, but it can get so cold at times that I dress more for comfort than style. I'm usually on campus from 12-9PM, and the weather changes drastically throughout the day. It's just not practical sometimes, and I don't want to worry about catching a cold.

I have also been spending my time off with friends and family that I never really got to hang out with while I was in school. It's been so great to catch up with them all, and I realized how much I truly miss them!

In other news, I have a lot of travel plans lined up for the rest of the year. A couple of trips to Vegas, a trip to San Francisco, and possibly trips to Washington and New York with my cousin who is visiting in August. I will also be flying off to China at the end of the year to attend one of my cousin's wedding as a bridesmaid! It sure seems like it will be an eventful rest of the year.

For the time being, I am just trying to get into a healthy lifestyle, work on my portfolio, and find a job/internship in LA. I am also going to embark on doing freelance design to make some extra money on the side. If anyone needs services for print/graphic/web design, just shoot me an email :) and I'll be happy to discuss price rates and details.

Finally, I hope to start blogging once again now that I have more time on my hands. I really want to find that spark again. However, I am definitely more into fashion now, so you all will be seeing a lot more fashion related posts. I don't buy as much make up & beauty products as I use to as I am just trying to use what I have now. I hope you all don't mind.

For me, a post is never complete without some eye candy. However, I don't have much photos to share in this post so I just made a collage out of a few of my more recent instagram pictures. If you guys have instagram, follow me @ tralalalisa or check it out on your computer through this link: http://followgram.me/tralalalisa!

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Star Products of 2011

And here goes to another year over! 2011 went by super fast, and well quite frankly I haven't done much to this blog this year at all besides give it a face lift. I think I have lost the spark in my motivation to keep up this blog, but I don't have the heart to let it go either. Sometimes I feel like beauty blogging is just not the way it use to be. I hope I will find some way to relight my passion that started this blog in the first place in the upcoming year. For now this blog will remain, and I will still blog when I find the time to. Who knows what the future has in store!

Anyways, today what I really want to focus on is the annual post I do on my favorite products of the year! I try a lot of products throughout the year but only so many become worthy of this mention at the end of the year, so without further a do....

Let's start with skincare. This year has been not so great for my skin, and I have had many problems with breakouts and scarring. Midway through the year, I changed my skincare entirely, and I couldn't be happier now because my skin has improved so much.

*DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser - For most of 2010-2011 I went through a phase where I had some serious breakouts on my chin area. It really stressed me out and for the longest time I could not find anything that would calm my skin down. This was one of the first products that started helping me salvage my skin. I had gotten a deluxe sample from Sephora awhile back, and I had it in storage for the longest time. On a whim when I was cleaning out my skincare products, I found the sample and decided to start using it. Immediately after a week of using it, I noticed that the acne on my chin was subsiding. I used it for a couple of months, and my skin is much  better now. It contains 1.8% salicylic acid, so it can be a bit drying for some but it totally works wonders for me! Although now I have stopped using it daily, this is still my go-to product for when I break out during that time of the month!

*Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 - This toner picks up dirt like no other but also stings like no other! I started using this also because of a deluxe sample I had gotten from Sephora. At first, this toner stung my face so bad, and I seriously considered to just stop using it because it was seriously painful....but I pushed through it! Now, it doesn't sting my face at all. I am not sure if it is because I am use to it now or it is because my face just isn't so irritated anymore. Either way, I actually quite love this toner, and after my sample I went out and purchased the full size (which btw, is half gone now!). I use it at night after I cleanse my face and it picks up every little bit of dirt left off my face. I think this has definitely helped make sure there isn't any dirt and oil clogging my pores.

*Lancôme Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate - This has got to be the most expensive thing I purchased ever in terms of skincare. I have heard so much about this serum, and when Sephora had a sample of it for 100 points, I went ahead a redeemed one. I was hesitant to even try it just because it was so expensive but I am so glad I did. This has changed my skin! It has helped blemishes and scars heal so much faster, and the texture of my skin has become so much smoother. It has improved the tone of skin and it just looks more radiant overall. This is definitely a must have if you don't mind the steep price.

*Mario Badescu Drying Lotion - This is an awesome spot treatment! When school started this past September, I was, as usual, breaking out due to stress. I saw this at Ulta, and decided to pick it up because a lot of people said it was good. Low and behold, this stuff zaps zits like magic. It dries up pimples (even cystic ones) in half the time it takes for them to heal on their own. I have gone through almost all of my first bottle, and I have one stored away as a backup already.

Along with my skincare products, I have been in love with washing my face with oatmeal. I first saw this on Bubbi's youtube channel ( click for the video). It's cheap and effective and all natural! I usually do it once in the morning and sometimes once at night. It has helped tremendously with my acne and the texture of my skin. Although it does get a little messy, and it is probably best if you have a drain stopper to stop all the oats from going down the drain, it is definitely worth it.

Next up is the makeup and some hair products...

*Makeup Forever Duo Mat (#120) - This was the first powder foundation I have ever used. I have always stayed away from powder just because I thought it would be too cakey for my skin. However, during Sephora's F&F sale I decided it wouldn't hurt to try since I can always return it. Well, I ended up not returning it because I absolutely love it! It's so quick and easy, and it definitely doesn't take any time away from my rushed mornings before I go off to class. Coverage is excellent, and it doesn't feel like a mask on my face. It actually feels more comfortable than liquid foundation to me. I love how the powder is so finely milled and I just can't say enough good things about it. This is definitely a HG product for me now.

*NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder (#720 Sunny) - To be honest, I have never been the bronzer type of girl. I just find that they never quite fit my skin tone and it's an extra step I don't feel makes a difference. Discovering this has definitely changed my mind though. I bought this on a whim, and at such an afforable price I couldn't ask for more. It just warms up my face and gives me such a nice healthy glow. Definitely a must try!

*Lioele Artist Auto Eyebrow (#3 Gray Black) - My go-to brow pencil. Since I reverted back to my natural hair color, my old eyebrow pencils and powders don't match anymore. It just looks very unnatural in my opinion when I have black hair and brownish eyebrows. Lioele's gray black shade is perfect for those with black hair. It's not too dark or light. It just looks natural, which I love.

*Revlon Lip Butters - Everyone and their grandma has these and many have raved about them. I am one of those who love them so I am not going to say much because I know everyone has heard about enough them. All I have to say is that I love these for the price. They remind me a lot of the Dior Addict Lipsticks which are 3x the price. If you haven't tried them, definitely try to pick one up if you see them at your local drugstore. There are 20 shades so you are bound to find one you like!

*Sigma Beauty SigMAX Brushes - These brushes are amazing! I have all of them except for the tapered face brush since I brought the face set and the precision kit separately. All three of the Sigmax face brushes that I have applies foundation and any liquid products like a dream. As for the precision kit brushes, I love using them for concealer and creme bases for my eyeshadow. I can't imagine not having these now.

*Panasonic Heated Eyelash Curler- This is a must for stick straight asian lashes. My lashes usually don't stay very curled no matter what mascara I have used, whether it be American or Japanese. However, if I curl them with this after I put on mascara my lashes are actually visible and curled. Definitely makes a huge difference on my lashes.

*Essential Nuance Airy Hair Mask - Ever since I dyed my hair a couple of years ago it has not been as healthy as it used to be. Even though I eventually grew it all out and cut it off, my natural hair didn't have the shine that it did before. I tried quite a few hair serums, but it was always just a temporary fix which was not satisfying at all. This hair mask, however, has made all the difference upon the first use. It has made my hair silky smooth, and it has restored the shine and luster to my hair that was missing before. I usually use this once a week.

*Essential Nuance Air Hair Treatment- Along with the hair mask, I also use this whenever I feel like my hair needs a boost but it hasn't been a full week after my hair mask. This one a bit a lighter, but does the job just as well as the hair mask! Both are super affordable, and if you are able to get your hands on either treatments, it will be the best thing that has happened to your hair! 

Well that about wraps it up. I hope you all enjoyed reading this ridiculously long post. Props to whoever made it to the end! Thank you to all of you are are still sticking around. I hope everyone has a great new year with friends and family, and may the upcoming year bring lots of love and joy!

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Vanity Box Haul feat. Ameli Eyeshadows


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Food for the Skin


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Back and Better!

Why hello everyone! It's been awhile hasn't it? For those of you that didn't know and wondered what happened when you couldn't access my blog for so long, it wasn't because I shut down my blog. It was simply because in mid-June I decided to revamp my blog. The final product was originally suppose to be done within a week, but my schedule unexpectedly became quite busy. Before I knew it, I was also starting summer classes so I had to put everything on hold until now. I slowly worked on bits and pieces when I found the time and energy in the past month or so, and I can now officially say it's done! 

As you all can see, it's a lot more simple than my last layout with a lot less clutter. I hope you guys don't mind because I know a lot of my readers in the past have said they really liked my old layout. My style and taste has changed over the years since I opened this blog, and I just wanted to make a layout that would better reflect that. Changes in the blog you can also expect is that I want to branch out and talk more about fashion, food, and pretty much just about anything. No more of only makeup, because there's too many other things I love that I want to share with you guys too! 

I am so excited for the change, as partially the reason why I stopped blogging as frequently was because I felt discouraged whenever I looked at my blog before. As a result, I just pushed this blog to the back-burner. Other reasons were because I was so busy with classes. It was hard to squeeze in any time to do anything else. All I did was classes from 10AM-7PM everyday, then eat, homework, sleep and repeat. There were times when I questioned the fate of this blog, and whether I had the will to keep doing it. However, I want to keep blogging because I do truly love it. I started blogging since I was 13 believe it or not (of course, back then it was about trivial things and it was on xanga/livejournal/etc). Ever since then, I have gone through many different  platforms and phases, but this blog I want to keep for much longer....so I decided I will work harder! 

Let me know what you guys think of the new look. I'd love to hear people's feedback. If there's any suggestions, things you would like to see, things you miss that I use to blog about, etc. please leave a comment and tell me!

And because a post on this blog would be incomplete without some sort of photograph, here's a more artistic photograph I took at the Bellagio when I went to Vegas in June. :) Enjoy!

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Review: HANAair Professional Hair Dryer + Blog Update

So about a month ago, John from Misikkocontacted me about reviewing a professional hair dryer. I was hesitant at first because I was never a fan of blow drying my hair. I usually let it air dry because I felt my current hair dryer would always make my hair brittle regardless if I used a serum or not. I haven't really used that many hair dryers in my life so I didn't even know the one I was using was actually...how should I put it..."bad". However, this hair dryer has changed my entire opinion about blow drying my hair.First of all, I have done a couple of reviews in the past and never have I ever had such nice replies or such a personable feeling from a company. John's emails truly made me feel like their relationship with me mattered to their company. In addition, I was only expecting the hair dryer that I had agreed to review in the mail, but what I got was a huge package from them instead.They included a bunch of other goodies along with a personal hand written note from John himself. The note actually mentioned stuff that was on my blog, so I knew John had went through my blog before, and it made me feel more confident about reviewing a product for them.Retail Price:$194.99Avaliability:Misikko.comColors:BlackProsDries hair quickly *Leaves hair shiny *Strong burst of air that's perfectly heated *Extra long cordConsPrice, it is honestly an investment hair dryer. *Buttons are a bit confusing, but as long as you read the manual first it should be no problem. *A little bit on the heavy sideIn all honesty, I absolutely love this hair dryer! I've even let my parents use it when I went back to visit them and they loved it too. It dries my hair super fast, and the heat is perfect for me. My previous hair dryer that I used sometimes would get so hot that I felt like I was going to burn my sculpt before I could get my hair all dry. It was frustrating and partially the reason why I never blow dried my hair. It just took way too long and it was painful. With this hair dryer, getting my hair dry is quick, easy, andpainless. Best of all, it leaves my hairsuper soft, shiny and frizz-free.The hair dryer Italian designed and . I love the design because it looks so sleek! It is Tourmaline, Titanium Oxide & Silver Infused, which helps to addshine to your hair. They also have a 2 year warranty so you can use it with confidence :)There are 2 fan settings, and 2 heat settings. You can also switch between hot and cold air. After drying your hair, you can seal your hair cuticles with a shot of cold air. It also comes with a concentrator attachment so you can use it to effectively blow straight your hair.Bottom line, would I recommend this product? (if you don't mind the price)So check Misikko out for this wonderful hair dryer and other hair styling products. It's a great site not only for hair dryers but also great hair straighteners.Rating: (5/5)-----------------------------------------------------------------BLOG UPDATE:For the longest time I have been unsatisfied with how this blog looks. I know a lot of my readers love this layout and the style, and I still love it to but I feel like I need to move on to something else. My blog has actually been around for a long time and the current layout has been up for the entire time. However, I have grown over the years and my style and taste has changed. I have been meaning to revamp this blog and give it a new look to better reflect what I want to portray on this blog. Therefore, sometime mid June the blog will be taken off public view for a week or two for me to make the necessary changes. I promise the revamped version will be better, updates will be more frequent, and I have a lot of good things in store for you guys. So please bare with me! And thank you for all of you that still are supporting and reading my blog even though updates have been slow (I will further explain this after the transformation)![](/attachments/2011/06/04/15/544295_2011060415030188.gif)

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Review: Karmin G3 Salon Pro Flat Iron

So this is a way overdue post because school has been so hectic lately, but since there is no class today, I thought I'd finally get this up for you guys. I was sent this iron about 2 months ago (before my Winter Break) and if you guys saw my previous post, I mentioned I would let you guys know how it turned out. Karmin G3 Salon Pro Flat IronRetail Price:$129.95Avaliability: Hair Products ProColors: Black, White, PinkProsStraightens very well *Heats up quickly *Iron feels sturdy and the grip is nice *Swivel cord *Temperature dial from 180-450 degrees *Moving tourmaline ceramic platesConsThe LED light doesn't flicker to let you know it's ready, and sometimes the light turns off.This iron has been said to be one of the best flat irons out there. Now to be honest, I have not heard of this brand before I was contacted, but I am glad I gave it a try.I have been using this iron ever since I got my hands on it, and I have to say I really like it. It has a lot of things that I find lacking in my CHI. First of all, I like the size and the grip on this iron. It feels sturdy and I can get a good grip when I'm pulling my hair through the iron. Second, it heats up quickly and gets the job done without much effort. My hair stays in place without any productat all.In addition, the plates sort of move from side to side so it really produces nice smooth results and it's perfect for curling.Another thing I love about this iron is the temperature dial. My CHI iron didn't have one, and I naturally have really thin hair so I don't need maximum heat. The heat settings go from 180-450 degrees so it's perfect for all hair types. For me, I set it to around 300 degrees to achieve my desired results.The only dislike I have about this product is the LED light. I am not sure if I am reading it wrong, but the LED light unlike my CHI does not flicker when it's ready. Also, it sometimes turns off for a minute, and I actually once forgot to turn it off because I had thought it was off already.Other than that, I love this iron. It makes flat ironing my hair effortless, and I would recommend this Karmin G3 Salon Pro Flat Iron to anyone. :)FTC Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for reviewing purposes. I was not paid for this review, and this is 100% my honest opinion.Rating: (4.5/5)

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Bought and Loved Products of 2010

Today is the last day of 2010, and this year has been such a rush. I have to admit that I really slacked off with this blog during this entire year, and I have not really posted much at all. It has been a really rough year, and there were a lot of unfortunate things (which I won't go into detail because I don't need to burden you all with my stories) that have happened. It really hindered my progress on this blog. I hope you all forgive me, and I will try my hardest to improve in 2011 to really deliver what you were all expecting to see. I am very backed up in reviews and such, and I feel so bad about it. Thank you for all of you who are still with me. I can't wait to start fresh in the new year, and for the last post of the year, I decided to do my Bought and Loved Products post that was very well received last year.Please note that these are products that I have bought and used for 2010 ONLY, and they do not include products that I still love that I bought in previous years. I decided to do this because if I didn't, the list would just go on and on. I hope you all enjoy nonetheless. If there are any products any of you want a full review on (and you don't mind waiting awhile for it XD) please let me know, and I will add it to my never ending list.Nexcare 3M Acne Dressing- These little acne patches from Nexcare have been a life saver and really helpful throughout this year. These are basically little semi-clear circle patches you can stick on pimples, and it will help the process go by faster. For pimples that have already come to a head, I stick one of these suckers on before bed and the next morning the patch will have sucked out all of the sebum (yeah, I know it sounds kind of gross XD). All in all, I love these! The only bad thing about it is that it is only available in Asia so I have to get my cousin to send me stock every couple of months. *Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion - We all know that sunscreen is a necessity, rain or shine! But I have to be honest, I never liked wearing sunscreen because it made my face sticky and greasy and my face is oily enough on its own. Therefore, I use to often just skip out on it all together even though that is a really bad habit. I saw this product at TJ Maxx and decided to pick it up on a whim. My gosh! I am so happy that I did because it has changed my perception on sunscreen. It's a liquidy type of sunscreen which I love because it's light and not sticky at all! Most of all it doesn't make my face more oily than it normally would be. Now, I don't mind putting sunscreen on at all. *Shiseido Perfect Oil - I truly bought this on a whim, because I saw it at one of my local Asian grocers for a really good price. I've personally always tried to stay away from cleansing oils because I was afraid they would just make my face more oily or prone to breakouts. I use to use my Clinique makeup remover to remove my eye makeup, and use makeup removing wipes to remove my face makeup. Now I just use this product all over my face and it literally takes EVERYTHING off! Waterproof mascara, eyeliner, sticky glosses, you name it. It will come off. Best of all, it doesn't break me out. It is water activated, so after I massage the oil all over my face to dissolve my makeup, I just splash my face with water and it turns into this milky substance. It's almost like a milk cleanser. After it's all off my face, there's no greasy feeling at all. *Shu Uemura Face Architect Foundation - This was my first ever high end foundation, and I absolutely love this. It doesn't make my face break out, which is always a plus, and it's really light. It does not make my face cakey, and all in all I am glad I picked this up during one of their sales. *Rock & Republic Contrived Pressed Blushes - These blushes are pretty self-explanatory. Everyone has been crazy for these, and I have a total of 6 that I picked up! They are super pigmented and finely milled. I love these, and ever since I started using them I pretty much neglected all of my other blushes. These are a definite a must have![](/attachments/2011/02/25/05/544295_20110225050301150.png)Urban Decay Naked Palette- This palette is a gem, and I'm sure everyone has heard about it because it was such a hard item to get your hands on. I'm always traveling back and forth from my parent's house and my apartment at school all year long. This palette is great because I can just take this and I am all set. I don't wear eyeshadow on a daily basis but if I do, most of the time I tend to stick to the good old neutrals. It's the only palette I have been using since I got it and it is worth every penny. Lancome Artliner - I love this eyeliner, period. It's so easy and quick, and I have been using it everyday for the past 6 months. I love how black it is, and it does not smudge on me at all. I have tried the alternative L'oreal one, but I still prefer this one any day. *Shiseido Majolica Majorica Lash Expander Frame Plus - This mascara is awesome! It makes my lashes super long and it has impeccable staying power. I was hesitant to try it at first because I was afraid the fibers would flake off and get into my contacts, but it doesn't. The comb like brush is wonderful because I can apply my mascara with ease. It also works wonders for my lower lashes! *Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil - This was my first eyebrow pencil ever, and I have to say for the price it works wonderfully. I used it for most of 2010 until recently. I have stopped using it because my hair is no longer dyed brown and they only come in brownish colors. However, if you have brown hair and want a cheap but effective brow pencil give this a try.The Face Shop Color Shimmer Lipstick - I picked this up at The Face Shop store in LA during the summer, and I have to say it's really good. It reminds me of the Dior High Shine lipsticks I love because it gives off the same effect. The texture and pigmentation is similar. So basically these lipsticks are a good dupe for the Dior High Shines for a fraction of the cost. I am definitely going to pick up a few more colors the next time I am there. *Chanel Aqualumiere Lipstick - My first Chanel lipstick, and I have to say if it wasn't so expensive I'd be hauling these like crazy. They are so smooth and moisturizing, and they do not make my lips peel at all. *MAC Pro-Long Lustre Lip Color - I have one of these that I got at the CCO, and it has been my go to lip gloss this winter. I love how long lasting it is, and I never have to worry too much about reapplying. I can drink my tea without lip color all over it. I also love the gloss end it comes with because it gives such a beautiful finish. I need to get my hands on more of these! *Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss - My favorite drugstore lip gloss! I have 6 of these, and for anyone who wants a good affordable gloss definitely give these a try. I used these a lot during this past summer.I hope you all have a great new year with friends and family! See you all in 2011![](/attachments/2011/02/25/05/544295_20110225050301152.gif)

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Sharing on Thanksgiving (Sephora Haul)

Before I start rambling on, I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all enjoy a wonderful hearty meal and spend precious time with all your loved ones :) I would also like to give thanks to all my readers who have supported me and made blogging so much more meaningful. I love you all, and I hope I will be able to deliver more in the future. I apologize for the lack of posts once again. I know I say this a lot but I really have no other excuse than that I have been busy with school and life. This quarter has been hectic. I'm usually out the door for school in the morning and I don't get back until 7-8PM. When I get home, I only really have time to eat, do homework, and sleep. That doesn't leave me a lot of time to worry about blogging as much as I love sharing with you guys. Adding to that, I still have yet to figure out a lighting set up that will allow me to take good quality pictures in my room that is horribly lit. If you guys haven't already noticed, I am really big on taking good quality pictures for you guys and I just can't bring myself to deliver badly lit photos. I hope you all understand where I am coming from.For the holidays, I am planning to perhaps do another giveaway like I did last year, but I have not figured out all the logistics of it yet. When I do, I will surely let you all know. I am also thinking about giving my blog a makeover, but I will see how time will work in my favor this coming winter break.Now finally to the main point of this post. I wanted to share with you all my Sephora Friends&Family and V.I.B Event haul. I hope you guys aren't tired or sick of all my haul posts T^T but they are a lot easier for me to do than reviews, especially since I am so limited on time these days. For the F&F sale I got the highly raved Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, 2 packs of the Boscia Peppermint Blotting Papers, and Sephora by OPI's 'Looks Like Rain, Dear'. Haven't tried everything yet so I can't say much, but I am going to paint my nails later with the new polish! :DLooks so gorgeous and it just totally reminded me of Catherine from Strawberry Mochi. :DAs for the V.I.B Event, I went with one of my good friends. The Sephora I went to, I felt lacked a a little in preparation. There were so many people and they ran out of totes very quickly. I still had fun, nonetheless, with my friend. We were both on the hunt for the perfect red lipstick for the holidays. We literally scrambled through the entire store swatching every red lip product in sight. Our hard work paid off in the end :)We both picked up the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in ' Cruella'. It's the perfect matte scarlet red color. One of the MA's even stopped me to comment on how good it looked on my lips after I had tried it on. I was instantly sold! I also wanted a more moisturizing red lipstick that wasn't matte and the MA recommended me Givenchy's Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in '20 Illicit Raspberry'. Totally fell in love with it so I picked that up too. I have tried it and it is definitely a great lipstick. Last but not least, I picked up my first NARS eyeshadow in the infamous Galapagos. I'm sure you all already know what that looks like so I didn't take a photo of that.So that was pretty much my haul. Gotta love Sephora's sales! I hope you all enjoyed the post, and since I spent way too much time on it than I planned to, I really need start working on some homework now.

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