11 May 2016

New Etude Play Nail: Hand Made Jam


I swear, every time I go onto their site, they have something new that makes me want to buy it!

This time Etude House released more nail colors, which are totally my speed. I've discovered that their nail colors last a fairly long time for me. They are a low price but the quality doesn't waver. 

This new set is called Hand Made Jam. 

This collection seems to be a decent combo of both pastels that make me think of tea time and richer colors that make me think of fall (that was when we ate the preserves we made in the summer!). 

Under the cut are the images of the collection from the Korean website. 

07 May 2016

Latest Etude House Haul and Impressions

I can't believe I forgot to share my latest haul with you! 

It wasn't the biggest haul in the world, just a lot of odds and ends that I wanted to add to my order to get free shipping (it's so expensive to ship from Korea to the US!) because I was hell bent on getting the new Pink Cherry Blossom collection. I missed out on the perfume (wah!) but I did manage to get the set that had the body spray and lotion in addition to the Play 101 pencils. 

This is the set together. 



28 April 2016

Update: My Rebelling Body

My body has been rebelling like crazy. It makes me wonder why all of my systems can't all just work together in peaceful harmony so I can live life like a regular human being. 

Nope. 

I would like to be able to go do things again without getting sick. 

But my body is more like the cute little Old El Paso girl: 


Just subtract the celebration.

I've had this terrible toothache for weeks now. The tooth is abscessed and I've done my best to care for it like I know how, because this isn't my first time having an abscessed tooth. At this point, since my teeth are genetically weak, it's nothing new. 

Enter a bone spur on the other side opposite the aching tooth. 

That little fucker, the size of a grain of sand, coming out through my gums from a ten year old extraction made life hell all over for a good month. 

I did lose ten pounds, so I can't be too pissed. 

It also made me have to beg my uncle for opiates because I don't have dental insurance. I have damn good health coverage, just nothing for my chompers. 

So I have an abscess that I can do nothing about other than pray that it doesn't get any worse because I don't have $3000 to pay for a root canal and crown. 

Don't let anyone lie to you - being a full time blogger doesn't come with a ton of money. 


On a good note, bf got his license!


After ten years of not having it, he's finally got it and now he's driving everywhere. He fixed my car that I'm not driving and now he's back on the road and everything is great. He's finding the silliest reasons to hop into the car and just go. I don't blame him. I remember doing the same thing when I turned 16, and again after not driving for almost two months after I broke my ankle.

I've been a bit better with my anxiety, so I decided that I was going to go on a ride with him. This is a week after I went with my mother to the Dollar Tree and spent like $50 in canned food because I went in when I was hungry. (Yes, I ate every damn bit of it except for the mackerel fillets in mustard sauce, because I don't dig mustard, but I'll probably eat them anyway so I don't waste.)

Anyway, we end up going across town (I haven't been to that side of town in like a year) so we can drop his son off at work and the go to the supermarket across the street because they have the best prices for meat in town. If you have a Bravo in your city, get your meats there rather than Walmart. Prices and quality are better, just skip veggies and canned goods because their veg isn't very fresh and their canned goods are extremely overpriced. 

We get back onto the highway and are at the light to turn to the supermarket when I get all fuzzy, everything goes numb, and then I'm sick. Everywhere. Totally ruined my super cute outfit. 

I'm grateful for two things in this situation:

1. I always care a spare set of clothing in my bag, as well as everything I'd need to clean myself up. As a spoonie, you can never be too prepared for the worst case scenario. And this was a worst case scenario. 

2. My Granny lives in the neighborhood behind the supermarket. 

We bypass the market and go to Granny's. 

I get out of the car, covered in sick (blech) and go to the door. Her car is parked outside so she's got to be there, right?

I ring the doorbell. Repeatedly. 

Knock. 

Call. (I can hear the phone ringing inside)

I start to panic because she's in her 90's.

Then I thought about it.

She's not fucking home.

She's not fucking home.

She's not fucking home.



Luck was on my side again because she has a little privacy fence area in her back yard separating her yard from the other two that are next to it (her lot is massive). 

With bf on the lookout for the nosy little eight year old that lives in the next house over, I proceed to get totally starkers and start cleaning myself up as best I can with a handful of baby wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer. 

I was just finishing up as she and my aunt are walking up, bf is taking my bag of sick clothes back out on the other side of the house where they don't see him. 

My aunt and grandmother didn't suspect a thing. If they did, they were really cool about not letting on about it. The last thing I'd need to make the mortification complete is my Granny and aunt lecturing me about something that I have absolutely no control over. 

I ended up staying with my Granny while bf went and did his shopping. I haven't been to my Granny's house in over a year so it was a nice visit. She taught me how she managed to get her orchids looking so lovely compared to my poor sad orchid that has stopped blooming. The secret? Don't fucking touch them. Spritz with water rather than pouring it into the pot. Don't fucking touch them. 

On the way home I was golden. Beyond golden.

We even stopped by the restaurant that bf works at. It worked out, I was able to go get sick in the bathroom really quick while he looked at something that the supposed night manager of the kitchen fucked up - an error that not even the newbies would have made. 

I just couldn't believe that, after over a year and a half of not getting extremely sick in the car, I ruined it in one fell swoop. 


On the plus side, I have some new things that I cannot wait to share with you once I'm feeling better. 

I managed to snag most of the goodies from the new Etude House Cherry Blossom collection, as well as the hand sanitizers from the Hello Perfume set. I've also been addicted to the app Wish. I think I've mastered the sizing (Chinese XL does not equal US XL, btw) so I am going to do a post with all of the new outfits I've manged to get in the correct sizes. The rest went to my boyfriend's daughter (who is taller than me and super thin and it makes me hate life - she's 13 and taller than me!). 

My sister is also moving down to the Keys at the beginning of summer. Who will I have to get into wild shenanigans with now? *cries*

What's new with you? Talk to me!

Love yer faces!



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05 April 2016

Spring 2016 Favorites

This spring has been pretty amazing for beauty finds for me. It's tax season, or hood Christmas as my boyfriend calls it, so he decided to spoil me a little bit.

He let me order from Jolse and Etude House to get some things that I've been lusting over for a while.

I think I've posted everything from my hauls, and each order has had some great products but these are my favorites. 

Hair



I found this Silk Scarf Hair Treatment when I was looking for a hair treatment from Etude House. In their hair dyes they include a little packet of hair treatment - it's not available on the website. I'm not sure if it's been discontinued or if they just don't carry it anymore. It smells like frangipani and gave me mad memories of childhood and getting those cheap bath sets from my family at Christmas. 

In comparison, the hair treatment is much thicker. It is more like a deep conditioner. Silk Scarf has a thinner texture that is in between regular hair conditioner and a serum. Like the treatment this has a very floral scent, I just can't place what flower. 

After washing and conditioning, put this in for three to five minutes and rinse. Perfect healthy looking hair is the result. 

I generally do this about once a week. 

I got this from the Etude House Global site for around $11.

18 February 2016

Stuff I Relate To - Second Puberty

I don't think I've ever related to a video so much in my life. 

This is the best description of aging that I've ever heard in my life, and perfectly describes how my life has changed after I passed my mid 20's. It definitely describes life in your 30's!


I had to share this with you guys. 

Maybe you can relate, too!


15 February 2016

Etude House Haul + Tatcha Sunrise Lipstick

I've started to run out of things that I need, so was time to reorder necessities!

That led to a little Etude House haul, plus a fantastic gift from my boyfriend.

First, let's have a little story time!

Apparently the USPS isn't tracking packages from Korea anymore here in the US. Once it's left Korea, the package is completely under the radar until it reaches you, or until you get pissed off and call the post office and have them track it for you.

I placed this order on January 27th. I knew it would take a few days to get shipped, and it could end up getting caught in the hustle and bustle of the Seollal, which I figured was the case when the last I could track it was on the 5th via Korea Post. 

Then nada on the USPS tracking, even when it showed it had made it out of Korea.

Then there was panic.


I broke down and called the post office and it had been in the States for days, and arrived the next day. Apparently it takes a detour to Moscow before hitting New York. I wonder if they take the same route for items going to the west coast of the US. 

Moral of the story is if you order a package from Korea and cannot track it in the US, don't panic and call your post office and they will track it down for you. All you have to do is provide them with the tracking number.

10 February 2016

Formation

Can we take a moment to appreciate this fabulousness that is Beyonce? 


Some people are up in arms over this, but it has been a long time since I've seen since powerful imagery in a music video. It left me speechless the first time I saw it. 

Even if she isn't your type of singer, this isn't your genre of music, take a moment to appreciate this. This is fire.


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07 February 2016

Nail of the Day

I've been really into doing my nails lately, so I've experimented with nail art!

This is Etude House's Bling Me Prism Nails No 1 Prism Break topped with a cheap striping polish I picked up at the dollar store.


Not bad, but I'm pretty pleased. 

Working on CNY nails now!

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06 February 2016

Wishtrend February Discount Codes




It's already February. January went by so fast!



Ready to save some money and look beautiful in the process? 

This month at Wishtrend, use the ode FEB10DISCOUNT to get a 10% discount off of all orders over $50. 

You can always find great products in the Free Shipping Zone or Beauty Steals section to get maximum savings. 

Order more than $30 and get two free mask sheets with the code SKQINSISSIMASK2016!

The SKQIN Dual Sissi Mask (Silver Sissi) brightens and helps to rejuvenate tired skin. 

The SKQIN Lifting Dual Sissi Mask (Gold Sissi)  is packed with moisture and boosts skin's elasticity and hydration. 

Not convinced? 

Look how lovely Eunice's skin looks after she's used the mask!




I really like the lifting effect that the masks offer. 

As always, spend over $69 and get free shipping worldwide. 

I cannot recommend Wishtrend enough for the products and excellent customer service. 

Happy shopping!

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05 February 2016

Vonnie Is Excited: Etude House Berry Delicious Collection

Etude House has really made this spring a happy one for me by releasing a strawberry themed collection.

The Berry Delicious collection has just been released in the past week or so. There was a special box released, a collab between Etude House and margarin fingers that sold out on Korea Depart with the quickness. I was so pissed when I missed it. To see that, and some amazing swatches, check out this amazing blog post.

I had been lusting after it since it popped up on Etude House's Korean website, from the images I'd seen from people living in Korea who got their hands on it, and the previews.

So a few nights ago (the 3rd) I went on their global site, thinking that maybe the products would be available to the international audience directly from Etude House (I'm picky about getting my Etude stuff from other sources). I was over the moon to see the products listed, but absolutely crushed when each item had these dreadful words printed underneath them: out of stock.

Reenactment of the moment.  

29 January 2016

Not Dead, Not Fully Alive

Hey, loves!

I just wanted to take a few minutes to let everyone know I'm not dead. 

Life has been very hectic lately. My bestie and her daughter have been staying with me for the last few weeks, then she ended up being stuck in the hospital so I've been taking care of things for her in her absence. 

To top it off, illness after illness has rolled through my house and I've taken the brunt of the worst of it like I always do. Then we have the lovely migraines that won't go away. Looks like I may end up in the hospital if they don't ease up!

Buuuutttt now I have insurance!

For the first time in my life I have health insurance and I am so happy I don't know what to do with myself, other than schedule all of the checkups that I've needed but couldn't afford. Starting in February I am heading to my PC doc and getting a full workup started. Now that I have insurance my costs for everything will go down significantly so I can afford the specialists that I truly need, and get back on the road to health.

I have some reviews I need to post, as well as some really amazing pictures I've taken lately. I just need my head to cooperate long enough for me to get that done. 



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07 December 2015

Blogmas: Days 5, 6, & 7: Wishlists!

It has occured to me that I'm really terrible at this Blogmas business xD

For this three day bundle we are going to look at toys!

I was talking with my sister about what all of the kids want for Christmas this year and it got us on the topic of things that we wanted as kids, and we noticed how similar the wants are, yet how different they are at the same time.

A lot of the things that her kids and my other niece wants are pretty similar as far as trends go, like wanting Disney princess stuff (that was all me - she mutilated Barbies) and My Little Pony. Then there are the differences like the Nerf toys for girls. Where was that when we were kids? Seriously!

Let's take a trip down memory lane....


04 December 2015

Blogmas Days 2, 3 & 4: Food!

I'm behind on this. The last few days have been very hectic. A person I held very dear passed away earlier in the week. 

Story time!


My very first job, much like a lot of my classmates from school, was at our local Walmart. At the time there was no hiring freeze, we could get a buttload of overtime since we were understaffed, and they still offered benefits if you worked enough hours. It was a good time.

I worked in the softlines section, which is clothing and shoes. I worked the men's department primarily, though it wasn't uncommon for me to work other areas. Infants was always my favorite! 

There was a teeny tiny lady that was the queen of the fitting room. She was in her 80s and immediately took me under her wing. 

She had known my family for years so I ended up being yet another part of her extended family.

Rosie called herself my Italian Walmart grandmother. She did take on a very grandmotherly role, offering advice when I needed it, helping me try to work my way through my newly found independent life as I worked to help support mom after my dad left us in some crazy debt. 

She was always there to offer prayers, silly stories about my mom when she was young, and a shoulder when I needed to cry. Even so, she was always the reality check I needed when I was acting irrational. In that aspect, she reminded me of Sophia from The Golden Girls.



Even after I moved I would come back to town and visit her. She was always so happy when I would randomly stop by and see her. 

There was nothing on this planet like a Rosie hug. 

She's going to be so dearly missed. 

Read on for the rest of this Blogmas Foodie post.

02 December 2015

I'm Sorry, We Don't Do Good Days Here

It's not even noon and this day has already been pretty crappy. 

The only good thin is I did manage to make it on a quick car trip with my mother. That was a nice small victory. It was a less than fifteen minute trip but I'm still considering it a total victory. 


But let's go back to the very beginning, when my groggy butt woke up in so much pain that I could punch something cute and adorable and not feel bad. I really overdid it on the workouts yesterday. 

I managed to get myself to the coffee pot and cleaned it to make this morning's brew of thou-shall-not-kill-juice. The sink was still full of dishes because the boy child had not done them, so I was going to get read to do them. 

No hot water. 

So that means until we get a new hot water heater it's going to be cold showers. 


I thank everything that is holy and sacred that we live in Florida. If this had happened and we lived in a place with a really cold winter we would be screwed. I also appreciate our Home Depot card, which will fund a new hot water heater. 

That is just a little bump in the road. The temperature has been in the 80s so a cool shower won't be so bad. 

Then we get to the car so I can do my daily mini journey to get my anxiety levels in a vehicle back to normal road rage rather than "oh, god, danger, gonna puke everywhere". 

Things seemed ok until we backed out of the driveway and the transmission sounded like it slipped. I reached over to the gearshift and jiggled it a bit (that's what you have to do to my car when it acts like a patoot) and away we went. 

We made it about a mile and a half to the next stop sign after the one at the end of my street, and it started doing it again. FML. 

I made a joke to my mother, at least we have AAA, buuuuuut she cancelled it. 


She figured we were already so far from the house that we should just go through with the journey, which we did. We went through the drive through cooler and got our drinks and started home. 

We did just fine until we hit another stop sign. It sputtered, she slammed the gas, and we almost hit a chick that didn't use her blinker when turning. 

And that is my day thus far.

Hopefully the rest will be much better, and I'll get some sort of good news. I don't care what kind. Something good. 





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