Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dry Skin and Wind Burns

Since it's chilly and windy in California, you can't avoid wind burns and dry skin every now and then. Take care of yourself during the nippy fall season.


Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Dry, Sensitive Skin 16oz.

I use Cetaphil moisturizing cream for my face and extremities. Cetaphil locks in the moisture in my skin and being fragrance free and noncomedogenic, it won't clog your pores and reduces breakouts. My skin has become far more supple and smooth that my husband noticed it. I use it twice a day; once in the morning and again before bed time. The cream keeps your skin well hydrated throughout the day as it’s proven to bind water to your skin to prevent moisture loss. Unlike other brands, Cetaphil isn’t greasy after the application. I like that the formula has a thick consistency as compared to the watery ones. You'll notice the difference after a week.

This also worked well in healing the burn on my arm. I apply the cream on my feet at night and seal in the moisture by wearing socks afterwards.


Chapstick Medicated Lipbalm

The same goes for the medicated Chapstick. My lips felt cool because of the menthol in the lip balm and eventually healed. It helps soothes the pain and locks moisture in your lips. Since it’s a medicated lip balm, you shouldn’t use it more than twice a day. If you feel the need to moisturize your lips even further during the day, use regular lip balm or petroleum jelly.

What causes dry lips anyway? There are numerous causes but the most common is the lack of humidity. This causes the lips to dry up. When this happens, do not lick your lips because the air will dry your saliva and cause crusting which can eventually lead to cracking. If you don’t have lip balm or petroleum jelly, drink more liquids. At the end of the day, clean your lips with warm soapy water or apply hydrogen peroxide if there is bleeding.

So Long, November Shopping!

Time is so fleeting that I didn't even get to savor November. I enjoyed the autumn weather even if the temperature has dropped considerably in California. Oh how I love seeing my breath at dusk! There's more reason for me to shop. *sinister smile*

My first stop was Sephora! I'm not the one for hustle and bustle so I decided to shop online. With the discounts codes I had, I was able to get loads of freebies. I purchased two palettes on sale from Stila and Smashbox. My sister-in-law purchased a few pieces of makeup as well so the total amounted to $60 or so. Ergo, we had free shipping.

Stila Trendsetting In Tokyo Travel Palette $10.00

Smashbox Eye Shadow Palette in Classifeyed $15.00

How was Black Friday and Cyber Monday for everyone? Mine was utterly eventful both online and in stores. After stuffing myself with turkey, I took a nap and grabbed the hubby's credit card before the break of dawn. I bought a fair amount of clothing for myself and Jordan plus some home supplies.

Even better, I won a $55 CSN giveaway at Mimi's page. I entered the contest not expecting to win but surprisingly, I won! It was timely since my husband's birthday was on the 23rd. He has been wanting a coffee maker for himself and that's precisely what I got him. Being that the Cuisinart coffee maker was originally $74.95but I got it  for a reduced price of $59.95. I only had to add $4.95 to the total amount. Compared to the $30 generic one, I chose a trusted brand.

The message that made my day:

hi toni! just wanted to let you know that you won my giveaway! i also sent you an email with the details. congratulations! :D <3, mimi

Cuisinart 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
Delivery was delayed. Original delivery date: 11/29/10 
Expected on 12/02/10

For Black Friday, my first stop was Target. To my surprise, there wasn't a crowd. No hustle and bustle whatsoever. I spent approximately $70 at my trip to the store.

Things I got:
- 2 fleece pillows for $7.00
- 1 zebra printed plush blanket for $19.99
- cotton head wrap
- 2 Mossimo women's v-neck tops 
- 1 white women's turtleneck
- 1 men's thermal sweater for $5.00
- 2 sets of gloves

The plush blanket is amazing! I say that it's mine but Jordan never fails to correct me by saying, "OURS". He loves that blanket more than I do. The pillows are a great bargain! I should have gotten another one. They're so comfortable that I fell asleep soon after resting my head on the pillow.

fleece throw pillows and plush blanket

Our trip to Costco was a quick one. We were one of the first ones there so my sister-in-law and I got free cookbooks. I have yet to try the recipes. I'll be sure to share them with you!

I also went to Tilly's along Ventura. There weren't so much people in the store but the sale was amazing. I didn't want to overspend so I only got two things which cost me approximately  $8.00 for both hair pieces.

For Cyber Monday, the hubby and I were looking for rice cookers and we found one on sale for $14.00. It's a definite steal so we most definitely added it to our cart.

Aroma rice cooker and steamer

That concludes our November shopping spree. I can't wait for Christmas sales! For right now, we have to be frugal for a couple of weeks. I hope everyone had a sweet November! 

Before I forget! November was a birthday month for my hubby. We prepared a surprise dinner for him at Magnolia in Pasadena. It was such an intimate night for family. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Makeup Discount Codes For Black Friday

Need I say more?

Benefit: Free U.S. shipping with code GLAMSHIP, 11/24 through 11/29. Free international shipping on $85+ orders with code DEALDAY1, 11/25 through 11/29. There will be a free sample for every order with no necessary code.

FREE SHIPPING for US standard shipping on orders that are $50 and above. Use code PRETTY50. For international shipping on orders $155 and up, use code WORLD115,

Sephora:  Free Haul-iday tote with $25+ orders only on 11/26 (while supplies last). Free shipping on $25+ orders with code SHIPNOW, 11/27 through 11/29.

FREE 3 samples with every order.
You can choose amongst the following products:

Smashbox: Free gift upon checkout during Tuesday and Thursday. A free product will be added to your cart upon checkout between 9am to 2pm PST. 20% off with code FFSB20, expires 11/29.

FREE shipping on every order with complimentary jumbo samples.

Stila: 20% off with code STILALOVES, expires 11/30.  Cyber Monday Warehouse Sale only on 11/29, up to 80% off.

You might want to grab a combination set. 

Purrfect Eyes - The Talking Palette is valued at $96 and is currently priced at $45.

e.l.f.:  Buy 1, get your second item at 50% off sitewide. Use code BOGO50. You must have a minimum of $30 for to qualify for the FREE SHIPPING after the $50% off discount is applied. 

A free magazine subscription to MORE magazine for purchases of $30 and higher.

Take advantage of e.l.f. gift cards!
Choose from denominations of $5, $10 and $25.

NARS Cosmetics:  Free shipping on orders of $25 or more with code 25FREESHIP. Free 2-day shipping on orders of $150+, no code necessary. (For a limited time only.)

Looking for the perfect holiday present?
What about NARS candles?
They are priced at $50 each.

Urban Decay:  Two free deluxe samples w/ $65+ purchase, code HFS65. Be sure to take a peek at the clearance section of the site. 

Apocalyptic Nail Kit with 7 shades is now on sale for $12! Selected lip liners, mascaras and pencils are marked down at $6 for a limited time offer only.

Happy Turkey Day, ladies!
Happy shopping!
I'll be back with some fabulous finds! <3
Hellooo Black Friday!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Let's Play Dress-Up!

Who isn't excited to work? A lot of people, I surmise.
As for me, I'm laughing in my sleep with excitement.
I can't hardly wait to start working!

Being that I'm on a special kind of visa, there are certain kinds of limitations that come with it.

1. Marry within 90 days of your arrival
2. Apply for your Social Security Number (SSN) - (This can be done before or after the marriage but I elected to wait until after the marriage to avoid hassle.) and also, a State I.D.
The last chance to apply for a SSN is when you receive the two year green card.
3. File your Adjustment of Status
4. Work upon receiving your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card

Since my family is permeated with my eagerness to work, Jordan's aunt gave me a wonderful present.
An Erin Fetherston dress! 

dress: Erin Fetherston
belt: Nordstrom

flower head wrap: Viancz Closet (Philippines)
earrings: Good Shepherd Night Market (Philippines)

 It dawned on me how bare my face looks. I tried on the outfit just to see what accessories I could match it with.

One of my favorite party dresses was given to me by my mom. I know, this is absolutely not office wear but isn't it pretty? I believe that the sequins makes the outfit "pop".


Oh, yes! My winter gloves. :)

How's everyone doing?
Get your cumfy shoes on for Black Friday!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Shopping Haul + Blog Awards

Let me just say that I can't wait for Black Friday!
For now, I have a few steals from stores that I frequent.


original price $6.95
on sale for $3.00

original price $9.95
on sale for $5.00
(This is a skirt but I played around and used it as a top just for kicks)

Charlotte Russe

original price $26.00
on sale for $5.00

original price $16.50
on sale for $5.00

Original price $33.50
On sale for $25.00


Original price $89.00
On sale for $14.99

U.S. Polo Assn

The best deal ever!
A wedding present from my auntie!

I'm excited to shop for rain boots and more winter clothing!

Oh yeah! thanks for the blog awards, Caro Cassie and Vida
I pass both these awards to:

I adore her creativity. :)

She does wonderful make up!

She's one of the most spontaneous people on blogger!

The queen of giveaways! She's a sweetheart!

I'd like to add more but I can't think of anyone else at the moment.
I need some shut eye for now.
Have a great week ahead, everyone!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Applying for a Marriage License and According Fees

Marriage License:

My then fiancé and I went to the County Clerk's office in Van Nuys on August 14,2010. The one in Norwalk is too far from our location so we called to inquire about one in our vicinity. We entered the place at 11:00 am and we were entertained after 20 minutes of waiting in the queue. Since the application is readily available online, we printed a copy for ourselves and filled it up the night before. If you don't have the luxury of time to do it at home, you can proceed to the County Clerk's office and fill up an application there.


-One valid I.D. for the petitioner
-One valid I.D. for the beneficiary
-$90 fee for the marriage license
-Application form
-You must both be present in order to show "proof of identity"

The process only took 15 minutes for us. The usual time for the process takes an hour depending on the volume of clients. I handed over my Philippine passport while Jordan showed his license. I brought along an original copy of my birth certificate just in case but I was never asked for it. Your passport will suffice.

The registrar then asked us to sign the marriage license. As it goes with every legal document, we scanned the papers to check for errors. Once again, my name was misspelled though I don't blame her for it. The registrar produced one copy for their file and a personal copy for us to keep.

I was told to jot down the married name of my choice. My single name used to be in this format:
A A A B C. I decided to drop my last name so it's now, A A A B D.

You cannot change your first name. You are not required to change your name. You can choose to alter your middle name as your current last name, a hyphenated combination of your current middle name and current middle name or that of your spouse or the traditional way. What you can do is use a hyphenated combination of your present last name and future husband's last name or simply, your husband's last name as it is the tradition. Be sure to check any errors because you cannot amend the license once it is issued by the County Clerk. The registrar was very adamant about it.

Afterwards, we took a quick oath and paid the fee of $90 for the marriage license. Our marriage license was issued on the same day. They offer a same day service only until 3pm. The last step that we had to decide on was the desired ceremony date. In California, the available days are only on Fridays. We chose August 29th since I didn't have a dress yet. At the end of it, you will be given an envelope which you should bring on the wedding day. Do not fold it in any way.

FYI: You can apply for a marriage license online though by law, it cannot be mailed so you are required to pick it up once the document is produced.

Keep in mind that the marriage license is only valid for 90 days so you must marry within the given time frame.

instructions for marriage records

appointment slip

Wedding Day:

-One valid I.D. for the petitioner
-One valid I.D. for the beneficiary
-One valid I.D. for the witness/es
-A fee of $14 for a copy of the marriage certificate
-Civil ceremony fee of $25
-Marriage license

Proceed to the line where the other grooms and brides are then wait for your name to be called. You must show your marriage license. Once again, you both must present one valid I.D. and sign the provided documents. The witnesses will be asked to present valid I.D.s and sign the marriage certificate. Do not alter your signature just yet. You will then pay for the civil ceremony fee of $25 and $14 for a copy of the marriage certificate. Since it was just two days before Halloween, the registrar gave us and our witnesses a couple of candy bars. That part made me laugh. Moving on, you will be directed towards the ceremony area and stand there until the marriage officiator beckons for you. Once called, you will proceed into the area for the ceremony. After which, the officiator will sign the papers and you'll be officially wed.

fill up and submit the pink version of this form

The marriage certificate takes approximately two months to produce. In the meantime, you can apply for a Social Security Number. If by any chance, you failed to do so before the expiration of your visa, apply for a Social Security Number once you receive your two year green card.