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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Green Face II

I decided to continue the greening process with my makeup/skincare routine. Today's feature is my skincare routine.

Pictured from left to right, I use witch hazel, yes to cucumbers soothing mask, Burt's Bees garden tomato toner (oily and troubled skin), Boots Botanics replenishing night cream, Juice Beauty exfoliating cleanser, Yes to Blueberries eye firming treatment, Maybelline Clean Express waterproof eye makeup remover, Physician's Formula Organic Wear eye makeup remover, and Juice Beauty SPF 30 oil-free moisturizer.

Most of the products are very affordable and available at Target, Ulta, etc., but the Juice Beauty is my splurge. At about $25-30 per product, its more than I would usually pay. The product is endorsed, however, by someone who embraces my commitment to a greener life, Alicia Silverstone. The clinical results are not too shabby either. The Boots and the Yes to Blueberries run about $15 each. Otherwise, everything else is cheaper.

As with the makeup, I checked the EWG for ratings of 2 or less. Now they have an app. Most of the time you have to enter the product name, brand or category, but it does have a barcode scanner.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Japanese-y Organized

Ok, I'm just really bad at taking before pictures, but fairly decent at re-organizing.

The picture above shows. The bathroom cabinet after I added some storage. There is a tension rod that holds the gloves, flatiron, and hairdryer. I used hooks with clips attached to hang the stuff. The shelf came from Aki-home's kitchen section. And the baskets are from Daiso. (Oh, Daiso...)

The other thing I finally got organized was the kitchen storage cart. The microwave cart we had was just missing something (adjustable shelves, more shelves...). Anyway, after the recent earthquake, with an epicenter within 2 miles, we decided to re-evaluate our kitchen a little. I've been feeling like I want to get B-chan a countertop dishwasher, but our counter to cabinet is about 4 inches too short. I digress. Back to the microwave cart that was no longer containing everything it needed to hold. We decided to replace it with a chrome shelf unit from Aki-home. It has more shelves and is about the same size as the microwave cart.

For once I took a before picture.

Here is the after. It is a work in progress because I still have to get some baskets for it, but I like that we can hang stuff from it, at least.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Biting Post-its

More Engrish!

I found another great example of Engrish on the back of a package of post-it's from Daiso. Take a look at the 3rd bullet point in blue. Be careful, they bite!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Another Freebie

Dr. Brown's Natural Flow bottle Special Edition Easter by Babies R Us

I used the mailer coupon with a $10 qualifying purchase for this. I have yet to try this, so stay tuned.

When the elf was struggling with the reflux my babysitter recommended this bottle because of its anti-colic causing properties. As soon as I pulled it out of the bag, the elf grabbed it... I think its the bunny.

Friday, February 21, 2014

85° Love

We love the Taiwanese bakery 85 ℃ and there just happens to be a location that opened up right near the Daiso in Buena Park. I like going to grand openings because they give out free stuff, and today was no exception. For 85℃, the line wasn't very long, but as we entered, one of the associates handed us keychains as thanks "for waiting in line".

They were also offering a gift with purchase. The red mug has a picture of a girl calling out "Fresh bread!" as they do in the store. On the other side, little faces smile at you from a variety of pastry shapes. You, too, can have this cute mug with a $20 purchase, while supplies last, of course.

When you enter the store, grab a pair of tongs and a tray. Select your culinary delights with the tongs and place them on your tray. When you pay, the store personnel will bag and/or box your food, unless of course it's going to disappear before you even get back to your car.

You will find one line for pastries and a separate one for cakes, drinks, and other desserts, though you can order drinks in the pastry line.

The desserts are awesome, but use caution because your hips, bottom, and belly will agree. Word travels by mouth, and just like any popular Asian establishment, the wait is long but wort it.