Got foundation matched by Sephora’s new Pantone Color IQ and decided to purchase the Lancôme Teint Miracle in shade 4W from lancome.com. It’s always nice to have a concealer lighter than the foundation rather than darker, so I took a chance and ordered the Effacernes concealer in shade Light Beige. Hope it works out! The rest of the stuff was gift with purchase. I couldn’t pass up this gwp! The eyeshadow is a good size and since the actually size costs 49 bucks, it’s pretty cool, eh?

Sephora’s new foundation matching system (they call it “Pantone Color IQ”) is pretty awesome. This lady came up to me and asked me if I wanted to be foundation matched, and I said “Sure.” She then took some makeup remover, wiped a section of my cheek and forehead, and pressed the handheld machine on my skin. The machine selects your best matched foundations and emails you your matches - not only selecting from bad sellers (which I thought at first)…the machine takes every foundation Sephora sells and selects those that match you best, and you may get 5 to 25 matches. I got emailed five foundations.

Sephora purchase and scented flower that a random lady gave me at a jewelry shop. This is my 5th or 6th bottle of Clinique moisturizing gel. I lost count…can’t live without this! Sephora lady also hit the bell and screamed happy birthday to me (an early one!) Shown next to the Clinique is this year’s birthday gift, containing a cheekbone highlighter and a mascara.

Money and happiness.

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I’ve seen facebook statuses that state “money doesn’t buy happiness” or images like the above. Is there more to this idea, or is this the definite truth that people firmly believe in? As we look around, most people are striving to reach to the top of their careers, and workers with entry-level jobs go back to school for higher education, because they know higher education brings higher returns. It seems like we are all focusing on making more money for a huge purpose.

Does more money —> more happiness?

In my opinion, it definitely does. It really depends how you use that money (materialistic things vs rich experiences.) The returns also level off. Let’s move back to the very beginning. A person who desperately needs shelter and food would not be happy unless they fulfill those basic needs. Therefore, money brings happiness in that extent. What happens when basic needs are fulfilled?

Buying materialistic things like a new car or trendy clothes would sort of bring more happiness to our lives, since wearing trendy clothes makes us more confident to meet others, and in turn, we make more friends. Confidence in ourselves is key to meeting new people. That is why lonely people usually continue to stay lonely, because since they are not confident in themselves in making friends, they appear inapproachable to others. Being the social animals we are, we need friends to maintain our well-being. Studies have shown in the past that those who interacted with friends when they’re sick healed faster (less mucus on tissues as time goes by) relative to others. So, materialistic things—>confidence—>friends—>happiness.

On the other hand, what really increases happiness is spending money on rich experiences. This has to do with the Self-Determination Theory by researchers Ryan and Deci. Self-Determination Theory tells us that as long as three basic psychological needs (autonomy, competence, relatedness) are satisfied, the person is happiest. Spending money on experiences, in which we can enjoy, would help fulfill these needs. Person can feel competent by being able to use their talents to master new skills and autonomous when their actions are chosen by themselves. A person feels relatedness when they feel what they are doing increases supportive relationships.

More money does buy more happiness, as long as you use the money correctly. However, it starts to level off (every extra dollar brings more happiness but less each time.) There’s a cost to earning more money, and that could come from having more responsibilities (i.e. managing more workers.) More responsibilities would cause more stress. Still adding to happiness, but less and less!

Tomorrow is Lunar New Year. I decided to go shopping at forever21 today! Growing up, my mom had always bought me a new outfit for New Years Day. I know these outfits have no sort of pink or red in them, but I am excited to wear them! New clothes to start off the new year.. <3

So happy. Yay for comfort food. I just made stuffed peppers, and they taste delicious. I&#8217;ve been sick for the pass few days, and feel less sick now for some reason. Perhaps doing stuff that boosts mood helps heal sickness faster.&#160;: )I cooked everything thoroughly before scooping them into the pepper halves to bake them together (so no worries that turkey would turn out raw!)I used the following: Recipe

So happy. Yay for comfort food. I just made stuffed peppers, and they taste delicious. I’ve been sick for the pass few days, and feel less sick now for some reason. Perhaps doing stuff that boosts mood helps heal sickness faster. : )

I cooked everything thoroughly before scooping them into the pepper halves to bake them together (so no worries that turkey would turn out raw!)

I used the following: Recipe

New skincare stuff!
First Aid Beauty - Thanks to my secret Santa, I now have a night cream to use over my serums!
Shiseido Eye Wrinkle Expert Kit - I bought this with my $20 Sephora VIB coupon. A person’s never too young to start using anti-wrinkle creams; especially in the eye area, where the first signs of wrinkles usually appear. Wrinkles are easier to prevent than to erase later on. I’m beginning to see tiny dry lines near my tear ducts.. : (

It is extremely gloomy outside. Cars are beeping on the road, and rain is pouring on the ground. Way to cope? Tea.

I am not a typical coffee drinker—too much gives me a headache. Black tea is more than enough to keep me alert.

I have a few Harney & Sons tea tins in my kitchen cabinet, and one of my favorites include the one named Paris. It’s a black tea, and on the tin, it is described as “a delicious blend reminiscent of the city of light, Paris.” Ingredients include, black teas, natural and artificial vanilla, and fruit and citrus flavors. This seems to be pretty accurate, as the taste is very close to vanilla and berries.

For some reason, I really enjoy flavored teas; especially those that consist of fruits and flowers. My most favorite green tea from Harney & Sons would have to be the Tropical Green, which has the flavor of pineapples.

I caved and got my very first mystery box from Jewelmint. Why? I forgot to skip the month and got charged for a credit. I decided to take a risk and get the box, since coupon codes aren&#8217;t usually applicable towards mystery boxes anyway. I was so afraid of getting a bad surprise; however, I am very happy with what I got.
I can imagine myself pairing the Siren Necklaces (turquoise beaded necklaces) with a white sundress, and the Foliage Drop Choker (chain necklace) with a classic purple, orange, or yellow dress.
I&#8217;m not too crazy over the the pearl earrings in the Duchess Pearl set, but I can use the bracelet for the holidays! The short length of the bracelet is a plus&#8212;Yay. It&#8217;s really funny how I got the Charmed Life bracelet with the Eiffel Tower, &#8216;cause just today, I was wondering when I can actually visit Europe one day. Someday.&#160;: ) Cheers.

I caved and got my very first mystery box from Jewelmint. Why? I forgot to skip the month and got charged for a credit. I decided to take a risk and get the box, since coupon codes aren’t usually applicable towards mystery boxes anyway. I was so afraid of getting a bad surprise; however, I am very happy with what I got.

I can imagine myself pairing the Siren Necklaces (turquoise beaded necklaces) with a white sundress, and the Foliage Drop Choker (chain necklace) with a classic purple, orange, or yellow dress.

I’m not too crazy over the the pearl earrings in the Duchess Pearl set, but I can use the bracelet for the holidays! The short length of the bracelet is a plus—Yay. It’s really funny how I got the Charmed Life bracelet with the Eiffel Tower, ‘cause just today, I was wondering when I can actually visit Europe one day. Someday. : )

Cheers.

Before purchasing the MK Madison Large Tote bag, I was browsing online and was trying to find out if the short handles could be used to carry the bag on shoulders, but I did not find a clear picture.
Here are the 3 ways you can wear the MK Madison Large Tote. : )
The 2nd way works fine if I do not have a jacket or puffy sweater on.

Some people said the bag would sit slouchy and not structured when it is empty, but I do not find that as a problem. The second picture shows that the bag only sits “slightly” slouchy. I was imagining it to totally drop flat from the way people described it. Also, some people said the leather is too thin for the price they paid for. In my opinion, the leather is not thin at all.

My only complaint is the lock does scratch and lose the gold color on the hook area it hits, but from far away, you won’t notice it anyway.

Overall, I love this bag!

What a great way to brighten up an otherwise dull day? I just received my Clarins Bright Plus set in the mail, and I&#8217;m super happy! Some girls really swear by Clarins and only use Clarins, so I&#8217;ve always wanted to try their products. Clarins stuff is not cheap: The Serum by itself is $69 and the lotion is $60. This set is really a bargain, since I only got it for $73 (hey, Sephora VIB sale!) I will post a review after testing these out.&#160;: )
****************************UPDATE! Dec 2, 2012***************************************This is my second week of using the Clarins set, onto my third. This set did nothing but good things to my skin. I just apply my usual Clinique moisturizer along with these onto my skin at night. Before I got this set, I&#8217;ve been lazy and just used the Clinique moisturizer. My skin looked duller and yellower before&#8230;Now I wake up with glow on my face, and acne spots are starting to fade.The scent is a very light, sweet scent that seems to make me feel expensive. Does that make any sense? My only complaint, though, is that the night cream tube was half empty. After using it for 2 or 3 nights, I squeeze nothing but air out (unless I really go at it!) I feel cheated. Lol. Oh well, at least I got to try the cream and can tell you it was great.

What a great way to brighten up an otherwise dull day? I just received my Clarins Bright Plus set in the mail, and I’m super happy! Some girls really swear by Clarins and only use Clarins, so I’ve always wanted to try their products. Clarins stuff is not cheap: The Serum by itself is $69 and the lotion is $60. This set is really a bargain, since I only got it for $73 (hey, Sephora VIB sale!) I will post a review after testing these out. : )

****************************UPDATE! Dec 2, 2012***************************************

This is my second week of using the Clarins set, onto my third. This set did nothing but good things to my skin. I just apply my usual Clinique moisturizer along with these onto my skin at night. Before I got this set, I’ve been lazy and just used the Clinique moisturizer. My skin looked duller and yellower before…Now I wake up with glow on my face, and acne spots are starting to fade.

The scent is a very light, sweet scent that seems to make me feel expensive. Does that make any sense?

My only complaint, though, is that the night cream tube was half empty. After using it for 2 or 3 nights, I squeeze nothing but air out (unless I really go at it!) I feel cheated. Lol. Oh well, at least I got to try the cream and can tell you it was great.