Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Ever since the beauty blender came out a few years ago, I have been curious about makeup sponges. I have seen a lot of dupes for the beauty blender but I was really hesitant to purchase them. Most of the dupes were still too expensive for my liking until I saw this one: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

As you can see from above, the price is $5.99 at Ulta.

It is super easy to use. You just need soak it up under some water and squeeze out the excess. It has a flat top on one side and precision tip on the other.

I normally use the flat top for applying foundation all over the face. The precision tip is used more for concealing.

To clean the sponge, what works the best seems to be the Cetaphil cleanser for me. But I had to rinse it through several times.

What I liked most about this was how the flat top made applying foundation quick and easy. It does make my makeup apply more smoothly. The main issue I have with this product is the cleansing part. Even after a few washes, the sponge still has some of foundation residue left. The sponge is super soft so it does start to fall apart after two months of constant use. If you decide to purchase you will need to replace this sponge every 3 months. So it will cost roughly $24 per year if you want to continuously use it.

Overall, I am happy that I tried it. Would I continuously purchase it? No. I would only get this once in a while if I feel like I wanted a change from my brushes. You can purchase the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge from Ulta for $5.99.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Favorite 5 products from 2014

Happy New Year!!......I know I have been absent for quite a apologies..there have been many times where I wanted to post but I ended up getting distracted by other things. So without further ado here is my top favorite products from 2014. Now all these products I have discovered sometime this year and they are now part of my regular routine.

From right to left:

Japonesque Makeup Brush Cleanser: I found this at Ulta for $12.99. I use this everyday to spot clean my brushes. I just spritz a few sprays on a paper towel and run my brush on it. It gets all the makeup off and works a lot better than the Mac makeup brush cleaner. It has a strong citrus alcoholy scent but I do not mind it because it fades rather quickly. 

Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray: My favorite HG primer was discontinued so I had to look for another one. I first got a sample bottle of this from when I ordered Skindinavia's makeup setting spray. Needless to say, I loved it enough to purchase the full size for $35. It works especially well when combined with the setting spray. You can purchase this from Skindinavia's website

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist: This mist sprays out extra fine and really helps moisturize the skin. It came as part of travel set that I bought from Tatcha. I used it so much that I am on my second bottle. Everyday after I take off my makeup, I spritz this on so I can take my time to do whatever until I shower. Most sprays will dry out my face after 10 minutes but this one does not! My skin still feels nourished and hydrated for a few hours. It is a bit pricey $48 for 1 bottle but the trial size is $15. Both sizes come in glass bottles. You can purchase it at If you want the travel set, you can get it here.

CND Solar Oil: My cuticles get really dry and starts cracking and peeling. My old Sally Hansen bottle wasn't working any more so when I went to Ulta, I picked this up for $7. It works really well. A few minutes after putting this on, my cuticles become soft and not dried out. I know I should put it on everyday but I admit I am lazy. The effects last for few days before I have to put it on again.

Tatcha Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm- This came as part of the travel set I ordered. The lip balm is quite nourishing and the gold leaf gives the tiniest bit of shimmer on the lips. It makes my lips super soft and hydrated. The tiniest bit will go a long way. I put it on every night before I go to bed. Quite itself the lip balm is $36. You can purchase it here or if you want the travel set, you can get it here.

Friday, October 3, 2014

September Hits and Misses

September for me was mostly filled hot weather. Now if you know me, I really do not like the heat so when temperature in San Francisco starting rising to the 70s or even the 80s (like today 86 freaking degrees) it just made me miserable. I do not know about you guys but I am so ready for the cold weather to come.

Now the constant hot weather has taken a toll on my skin. I had hives and allergic reactions twice this past month which added to my stress. But let's first talk products that I have been enjoying.

From left to right:

Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm- I had gotten a $20 gift certificate for so I ordered their travel set to try some things out. The lip balm has been really great for moisturizing my lips especially at night. If only it came in a stick form....

Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel- I was testing out another eye cream but got a allergic reaction so I had to go back to using this. Luckily it calmed down the irritation quickly and returned my skin to normal.

Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist- This was also part of the travel set from Tatcha. I like spritz my face with this after removing my makeup. It helps keep my skin moisturized while I am lounging around before taking a shower.

Now on to the misses for this month:

First up is Etsee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye- This was the eye cream that caused my allergic reaction. It's a shame since I have heard really good things about this product but it just did not work for my skin. 

Tatcha soothing silk hand cream- This item is also part of the travel set that I had purchased. There is a slight scent to this product which reminds me of orange peels and florals. I just felt that the hand cream left my hands feeling slightly rough and not moisturized. I tried using different amounts but each time I felt disappointed.  

Finally my favorite KPOP song of the month: Girls' Generation TTS- Holler. I'm loving the beat of this song and the chorus is quite addicting. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

the bubble tea travels: Bobabia

Bobabia is one of the newly open bubble tea places. It is located at 271 Baldwin Ave in San Mateo. It's is on the quieter side of San Mateo but still really close to all the busy streets.

Bobabia's focus is on organic teas and they serve snacks too.

Bobabia has two rooms. One is where you order and you can sit and relax. The other room had a DJ and they were playing house music. That part was rather odd to me since I don't really need to be dancing while holding my boba drink.

I had ordered the Bobabia milk tea which was Jasmine Green Milk Tea. My friend ordered the Rose Honey Pomelo Jasmine tea with Aloe. Both drinks were very strong in tea flavor, almost too strong for my liking. The boba was decent, nothing special. What I did like was their sample that they had out, the Matcha milk tea was very good. The staff was nice and welcoming to us. Even though they had made a mistake in our order, they did their best to correct it for us. 

Overall, Bobabia was just okay.  It is a new place so I wouldn't mind coming back to Bobabia but I also would not purposely go out of my way for it. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

thank you....

I have been writing this blog for over two years now and I am very thankful for everything it has brought to me. Unfortunately with my schedule now, it is quite hard for me to be able to write a post every week.  I do not want to quit doing this but it will mean that my posts will be less frequent here. If you do want more frequent postings, I am slightly more active on instagram. If you want to follow me, just click on this link ----> juletsheeeh.

Thank you everyone who has read my blog and commented. I will still be here on the blogosphere, don't worry I will not disappear. If I have time, I will try to post something every other week or at least once a month.

Until next time I shall leave you with my current favorite Kpop song: Super Junior's MAMACITA.
I know the MV is very weird but the song and the beat is very catchy which I like.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

the bubble tea travels: Plentea

Plentea is located in the Financial district on 341 Kearny Street. 

This place is quite hard to get to since it is located in downtown SF. Parking is very hard so it is highly recommended that you take public transportation to get there. The gimmick with this place is that they give you your drink in glass bottles. 

BF and I ordered honey lemon green tea with tapioca and ice milk with caramel pudding. The price for these drinks are high: roughly $5 for one but it is cheaper if you do not want it with the glass bottles. For the price I expected better quality but the drinks were disappointing to me. It lacked flavor the boba was kind of hard.  I will not come back here. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

winding down with summer movies

It is my official last weekend of summer break. Starting Monday, school will be back in session. My hope is that the year will fly by quick and that it will not overwhelm me too much. Is it bad that I am already looking forward to a three day weekend?! So to wind down school starts, of course I went to the movies.

Guardians of the Galaxy

This was the one movie everyone told me that I had to see. Honestly, BF dragged me out of bed so that we could get there for the first showing of the day which resulted in me being half awake during the movie. But I did not fall asleep during it! The movie was filled with nostlagic songs, action, and humor. This is a definite must see if you have not already seen it. It keeps everyone entertained! I almost bought the soundtrack just cause the songs were sooo good!


BFF wanted to watch this to see Scarlett Johansson kick ass. The film started off really well and then it got really weird in the middle with a even worse ending. I walked out of the film thinking WTF?! They had a good concept but unfortunately it just did not flow very well. Don't watch this, you will walk out feeling very disappointed.

The Expendables 3

Once again the movie was filled with all star ensemble cast. The first two movies in this series was entertaining so BF and I was looking forward to this one. However sad to say, it was disappointing. The writing was not as good. It had too many characters so there was not enough screen time for everyone and the characters were not developed too well. The only good thing about this movie was how Antonio Banderas made me laugh really hard. I would wait for this movie to come out on DVD or netflix to watch it, not worth going to the theater for. 

Well that wraps up my season of summer movies. I am looking forward to when Sin City 2 opens. I hope it's good!!