Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Spices & Seasonings

First Spices & Seasonings post, folks, and a long one too!

Over the years I realized I've written a few things scattered here and there that really should all belong in this same post. Hubby and I love food, and before our little guy came along I used to cook a lot more than I do now. That meant spices, seasonings, and condiments galore. Here they are, some of my favorite things to share with you.

First up, a few of my most loved Japanese condiments. Don't get me wrong, I love a great many condiments, but I have a special soft spot for the Japanese variety since hubby and I have lived in Japan a few times and are accustomed to Japanese food.

When we were still living in Yokoyama (2010-2012), I saw this Momoya seasoned chili oil on TV one day and just had to run out to the grocery store to get it. Japanese food shows almost always make me hungry because folks just squeals and shrieks with pleasure as they chow down whatever that was presented. This chili oil has the funniest name: 辛そうで辛くない少し辛いラー油 (karaso de karakunai sukoshi karai rayu), which roughly translates to, "Looks-spicy-but-not-really-spicy Mildly Spicy Chili Oil" LOL! Its English name is much more boring: Chili Oil with Fried Garlic.
***Stock photo courtesy of Momoya JP.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum

Almost done with this 5mL/0.17fl. oz. pump bottle of Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum so here's a quick post. It was a Sephora-points freebie from an order last winter.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

DHC (Medicated) Lip Cream Part II

This isn't a review because the product is the same, only with different packaging. Last year, I discovered these DHC (Medicated) Lip Cream in LE Hello Kitty packaging and couldn't resist. Along with the new Concentrated Cleansing Oil (will review soon), I picked up a dozen of them as gifts for friends and family. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Dear Flora Oil in Hand & Nail Cream

Stumble upon these two 60g tubes of Dear Flora Oil in Hand & Nail Cream x Disney LE packaging in Floral Bouquet (Princess Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty, pink tube) and Fruity Cocktail (Snow White, red tube, will review later) on final clearance sale. They were going for $5-6 a piece on YesStyle where prices are usually grossly marked up--I'm talking about 200-300%! So I grabbed them along with a 120g jar of DHC Medicated Hand Cream for my mum who works in a clean room for a pharmaceutical start-up, which constantly leaves her hands in tatters :(

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser

Moved on to this 30mL/1fl. oz. tube of Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser after finishing Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder. This tube was part of a generous GWP from Nordstrom a while back.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Lipstick Queen Black Lace Rabbit Cream Blush

Along with Lipstick Queen Dating Game Lipstick in Good Catch, I also picked up the Black Lace Rabbit Cream Blush. There was a lipstick version too, but aside from being a bit gimmicky, their color-changing lippies were hit-n-miss in my experience, so I stuck with just the blush which almost always work for me (Frog Prince sure did!). 

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Lipstick Queen Dating Game (Lipstick)

Over the summer, Lipstick Queen shuttered their official US online shop and put all available stock on great discount (the brand is still available through other online retailers such as Ulta, etc.), so I picked up a few things, among which a Dating Game Lipstick in Good Catch, Sinner Lipstick in Wine for my pal J., a backup of Saint Bordeaux, and a Black Lace Rabbit Cream Blush (will post next). 

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Clarins Eye Contour Gel

Finally got around to using this 10mL/0.35oz. tube of Clarins Eye Contour Gel. It was from the Double Serum Complete Age Control Trio I got a while back.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Estee Lauder Lip Conditioner Part II

Another belated post for Estee Lauder Lip Conditioner since it's been discontinued (why?!?) :( I had stocked up a few and had finally given the last tube away to my dear friend C. who's a busy mom to a toddler and a busier professor of Philosophy. In short, she definitely needed some pampering :D

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Paul & Joe Lipstick CS Part X

More of Paul & Joe Lipstick CS from last year's releases, 105 Saint Germain from spring 2018 that was out of stock when I ordered 106 Rue Cremieux and 107 Rue Montorgueil, and 108 Le Poete from fall 2018 that I actually went back to get because I liked 109 Artiste so much. I also picked up three Lipstick Case CS, LE 001 because I realized LE 002 was made of fabric and not paper--and gorgeous!--, and 043 and 047 to make up for the missing case from the previous order.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil

Last of the Estee Lauder freebies: this Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in 18 Nude.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick Part II

More Estee Lauder freebies from Nordstrom: Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in the color Uninhibited.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

L'Occitane Immortelle Overnight Reset Oil-in-Serum

Through various purchases I somehow ended up with seven(!) of these 5mL/0.16fl oz. pump bottles of this L'Occitane Immortelle Overnight Reset Oil-in-Serum. They were really pushing these since it came out late summer 2018, and I kept getting one after another with each order, not that I'm complaining ^.^

Pictured here are five, as the other two came later. Pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

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