Hey guys. I’ve finally reached the max dosage for my Lyme disease medication (read about my struggle with Lyme here), so I haven’t been feeling too good lately, and with the holidays, well, there hasn’t been a lot of updating from me, has there? For those of you who follow me on Facebook I’ve been posting deals from the Good Old Games sale and the Steam sale (videogames), plus any awesome beauty sales I find (Sasa.com!). If you’re not following on FB, consider it. I find the best deals a lot of people miss + you may see awesomeness. Fair warning ^_^
 
 


Ddukbokki!

 
Holidays were good for me, I had a lot of Korean food (my favorite!) which is TOTALLY not allowed considering my strict requirements. Doctors orders: I have to eat a very careful diet, you guys would not believe how boring it is, lol. I can’t eat at restaurants and no one makes compatible food so I have to bring food with me. Usually I’m good, but I have no resistance against delicious Korean foods (ddukbokki, kimchi, japchae, bulgogi, ermagherd so gerd!!). Perhaps then it’s a good thing that we don’t have Korean restaurants in Vermont, if we did I’d fail at my diet and get so sick!
 

Though mostly I’ve been too sick to play a lot of games, the ones I’ve spent the most hours on recently are Harvest Moon Tree of Tranquility (Wii), and I just got The Sims 3 (PC) during the Steam flash sale. I’ve also been rocking Fortune Summoners Secret of the Elemental Stone (PC), which is unusual because I’m not typically into platformers, and they’re difficult due to my hands sucking at anything hands are supposed to do (like opening jars, writing legibly, holding objects, or jumping on shit missions in games). I’d say I enjoy all of these games so far, and yeah none are super hip roguelikes but I’ve been too sick, my brain can’t rogue. Every time I play I get Yet Another Stupid Death (YASD) because I can’t focus. So I’ve been playing more casual stuff for now.
 
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Dated: 31st December 2012
Filled Under: Beauty, Games
Comments: 13 Comments
Image is a photo os 3 products in front of an open box with some marketing materials. All are displayed neatly. The three products are all hair care from It factor, 2 are in tubes one is a pump. All three are very cute pink packaging with a apple-green circle with the brandname, and embellished with white filigree vector art.

 

One day, out of nowhere, I received a very nice email from a nice company, but one I’d never heard of before, It Factor:
 

I came across your blog and was wondering – do you review salon products? I work with a company called IT Factor and its products are available in salons in Vermont. Is that the kind of thing you might be interested in?
 

It’s called Simply It Quick Blowdry Smoothing Lotion. It lets you condition and style with hold, reduce drying time and smooth both wet or dry hair using just one product.
 

See? Isn’t that nice? They even knew I was from Vermont! So I replied with something along the lines of “Yes, I’m a total hair junkie, and a quick blowdry is on my list of things to sell firstborn children to get.” They have been very patient considering we first starting communicating in October (but guys, I have a pretty serious illness so I’m not a lazyface), and they sent me a seriously generous package with the full line of the Medium to Coarse hair products (shampoo, conditioner, smoothing lotion). They do have another line made just for Fine hair.
 

Image is a photo of a pink card that is part of the marketing package sent by It Factor. A finger is pointing to a hilarious pun that reads: You'll be blown away!
 
Also readers, by now you KNOW I love a good pun

 
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Dated: 4th December 2012
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
Comments: 12 Comments
image is a photo of a manicured hand holding an opened package of the My Beauty Diary Bird's Nest sheet mask. The packaging is cream colored with silver Edible Nest Swiftlet silhouettes and Chinese characters as well as the English product name.

 

Today I’ll be reviewing the My Beauty Diary Bird’s Nest mask (learn more about sheet masks and My Beauty Diary here). Right now you might be saying “Bird’s Nest?!! Asia, what the fuck?” but before you flip out let’s learn more about it.
 

One of the largest consumers of bird’s nest products is mainland China, the nests being used to make soups, beauty products, and PROFIT. Male edible nest swiftlets (aerodramus fuciphagus, similar to swallows) produce the nests using their saliva. The nests take 35 days to create, and workers are specially trained in climbing and extraction, only taking part of the nest so that the swiftlets can rebuild. After harvesting the nests, they are painstakingly cleaned strand by strand to remove anything that is impure. As you can see they’re difficult to produce, and therefore very expensive. Even just a handful of bird’s nest can run about US $100! A figure I discovered here puts the Malaysian production of bird’s nests at US $1.59 billion, and other countries also produce bird’s nest, notably Thailand and Indonesia.
 

Image is a photo by Paul B. Jones of swiftlets and their nests on cave walls. The birds are dark grey and light grey, they're similar-looking to swallows, and their nests are white flecked with grey, possibly feathers.
 
Adorable swiftlets! Producers house swiftlets in caves (like these) and buildings.
(Photo by Paul B Jones)

 

Bird’s nest is considered one of the “four great youth tonics” in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and the wealthy elite during dynastic times would eat bird’s nest soup daily to keep their skin healthy and young. Today, bird’s nest is said to benefit the skin and is used worldwide for that purpose. It’s a strong symbol of luxury, and due to the building’s shape China’s Beijing National Stadium (2008 Summer Olympics) is nicknamed “The Bird’s Nest”.
 
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Dated: 25th November 2012
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
Comments: 12 Comments

Image is a photo of 15 products from the body shop. On the left six round jars are stacked, largest on the bottom. In the back, tube containers are arranged from largest to smallest, left to right. In front, bottle/pump containers are arranged largest to smallest left to right. So much stuff!!
 

WOW that’s a lot!! Wait till you see my total! (Hint: it’s not scary!)

 
You guys know I don’t overuse the word “Epic”. This haul was so amazing. In order to understand what I did, I want to show you two parts of my preparation.
 

Step 1. I bought a Groupon deal, $20 to spend in-store at The Body Shop for $10 (I bought three of these). Restriction: only one per visit. Must be spend before Dec 20, 2012. So I used each one on different visits.
 

Step 2. Get a Love Your Body Card for $10 that gives you 10% off in store and online.
 

Step 3. There was a “Buy 1 get 1 half off” sale during the Veteran’s Day weekend, but if you had a Love My Body Card, the sale upgraded to “Buy 1 get 1 free” (up to three items free).
 

Image is a photo of four products from the body shop plus a love your body card. The back row there are two body polishes, satsuma and strawberry, in front is the grapefruit body scrub on the left, and the mango body butter on the right.
 
My total haul from the first day (Friday)

 
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Dated: 15th November 2012
Filled Under: Beauty
Comments: 16 Comments
Image is a photo of the baviphat apple ac therapy sleeping pack. It has a cute, red, apple-shaped container and a tiny spoon is pictured next to it. The photo has words added, they read: Should I call you HONEYPOT? SUGARBUNS? KEWPIE? Well, no matter what, you'll still be, the apple of my eye.

 
I bought my Baviphat Apple AC Therapy Sleeping pack during my Imomoko Haul a few months ago, so I’ve had a good amount of time to try it out. “AC” Refers to Acne Control, so that means I would guess that the product is for acne skin, though I’m not 100% sure what it claims to do as I don’t read Korean.
 

I have to say, at first, it was super magic good. It ensmoothened my face, made my skin glow, and smelled magnificent. You guys, this could be one of my favorite smells in history, right up there with campfire, Body Shop mango body butter, and pizza. I think because it’s in a jar, and I was lazy and used my hands, that the product got a little contaminated with germs or something, because I think it started to clog me up more recently. It comes with a tiny and cute little spoon so you don’t have to put your filth-hands in, but my filth-hands went in anyway. Sorry I’m so gross you guys.
 
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Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 13th November 2012
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
Comments: 11 Comments