Aug 18, 2009

Haul and Recap of my Vacay!

I'm always up for trying out new products for my face. So I was in my office one day and decided to watch MichellePhan On The Go reviews (which give really helpful info) Click here to see her videos. I had seen it before but did not take notes so while watching I made a list. I needed some new stuff because my face soaps, scrubs, and lotions were getting near empty. I knew I needed a gentle facial scrub and night lotion. Also, I decided on renewing my shelf with some more Aveeno face brightener scrub. I think I've used this stuff like 4 times over, it is amaaaaaazing! My only gripe is that if it gets in your eyes it gets a little irritating. Main reason I went to CVS was to return my 2 bottles of colorstay, I can officially say that Revlon Colorstay foundies won't work with me anymore, my skin is way too yellow, not enough yellow in the colorstays to make me happy so back they went.
Ok, now getting back to the skincare....

I exchanged them for the Aveeno and something else, RoC. The french skincare line that I've seen but hadn't really given it much thought...mostly because I thought it was for older ladies in their 50's, etc. but what I found was that some of their products are perfectly fine if they aim at a more sophisticated buyer such as women in their late 20's and 30's. The whole idea I was going for was to shop for something that would improve my skin and prevent signs of aging, so to speak. What is great about RoC is that it is reasonably priced and is liked by many, so I've read. So last night I did a facial, I scrubbed with the Aveeno and did a Queen Helene mask (which is favorite mask by the way!) afterwards but right before going to bed I smeared the RoC on and went to sleep. By the morning I noticed a slight difference, which is no biggie since it was my first time using it. I will post a review on this particular night creme very soon!
New morning routine?
This morning I did something totally unexpected.... I smeared on my new Clarins wakeup lotion (see my review on it) and saw my face look like 2 times healthier. So excited :)I did my makeup and noticed a great difference in my skin appearance. haha, so I'm wondering if all products contributed to my good skin day or if it was just 1 particular product at all? I guess I'll have to try them all by themselves to be sure!

Vacay Rewind --
I had a ball! Went shopping, did a little damage to the CC. But overall my vacay was off the hook :) I made it a point to stay up until 2 am or so every single day that I was on, haha...
Started off my time with a trip to the Witte Museum, so much fun but obviously the word got out that it was free on Tues. because like all of San Antonio was there as opposed to last yr around this time it was nearly empty, but we had fun!

Witte Museum

3801 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 357-1900

Separate exhibit called the HEB Science Treehouse is great and fun for the kids. Mostly aimed towards science and experiments for kids to learn from. If you are ever in San Antonio I recommend Witte as a nice time to see and learn things with the kiddos.

My littliest boy turned 7 the next day... aww! Missing upper central, haha

For his birthday we decided on a trip to Chuck e Cheese or how my mom likes to call it 'Chunkin' Cheese'..haha, with a few hundred dollars of coins is the way to do it...
Thurs was a relaxing day at our house while in the evening we parked ourselves in a local Applebee's for a late night dinner.... (sorry, poor quality pic! taken w/cam phone) Oh yah and Yuuuuuuummmmmm!! Kuddos to the amazing person that made my PULLED PORK burgers with kosher pickles!!!! :D and a side of mashed potatoes with pieces of hickory smoked bacon and sharp chedder cheese. Is it just me or is this sandwich notably really good?!?!!
Friday was Fiesta Texas day, I was already getting a headache by 1130 :( Also got sunburn.

Here are a few snaps of the day...

The Rattler

What an zany situation...the pic looks like he took one look at the rattler and balled his eyes out! Pics do tell a different story...
actually just learned he's a tad too short to ride the big rides...aww, but my lil' brave one rode the Boomerang & White Water easily....So so proud!Getting soaked at the Power Surge Bridge, where most ppl forget the ride... At the ol waterin' hole, as they used to call it After the laser show...

Tired much? Fell asleep during our 'nom nom' on delicious bacon burgers and curly fries at Pete's

But we had so much fun, can't wait to do it again in a few weeks. Part of the reason I needed a vacay was for a chance to do something fun with my kiddos since they go back to school very soon. I also needed a chance to get outta my office, my career is not stressful, I thank God for that, but I love staying home with my family. That is one thing I am thinking about doing pretty soon but will require much thought.....
OK, back to the vacation! Saturday was pretty much a recovering period from Fiesta Texas, so we didn't do much besides go out to eat and I did a little shopping at Ashley's.

Lamps, $88 a pair
Love them so much I decided to plant one in my bedroom...

Afterwards we marched ourselves over to my mother-in-laws new house where she was in the middle of installing a new stove. Believe it or not the stove was found at a garage sale for a mere $10 (haha, not a typo, Best Buy!)


Through it all I picked up a few things here and there........

Got flowers for my vanity

Chanel hair clips

Yummy Body lotions from Victoria's Secret
Earrings for work

and pristine necklaces from F21...

and for some odd reason I'm into dainty tiny necklaces now. So much I decided to make my own....

Swarovski crystals are my fave....

Tried out this CVS lipcare and decided I love it! It is smooth and creamy, has SPF and smells just like the Carmex :)

I also needed a new perfume since my 2 favorite ones ran I've had the One for almost 2 yrs ...ran out.

My beloved P. Rabanne

was my oldest but holy grail, there is still some left in there but it is not purple the way it should be, instead yellow..ew! think I bought it in 2002 and I love it so much I'm thinking about buying again. SO finally got a perfume that I love, Viva La Juicy...

I chose this perfume very carefully, I knew I wanted one that would smell divine and wouldn't make me sick. But it was a little hard choosing between Juicy fragrance and Viva. Actually they both smell great, but I chose Viva since it smelled a bit more edgyier and strong while the Juicy fragrance smells light and girly.

Oh, and had a chance to swim thru my gob of MAC lipsticks to decide which ones I didn't like & came up with MAC's Plink! Thank God I didn't buy it cash, instead it was a B2M item... no wonder, it's a lustre, which I'm not a fan of....

I just can't wait for the next vacation which should be right before Christmas *yay* can't wait for it, I'm counting down the days!


  1. Nice haul!

    Your sons are adorable. (:

  2. Rai:

    Thanks so much! I'm going to do major makeup hauling in beginning of september so watch out for that!

  3. Rai:

    Thanks so much! I'm going to do major makeup hauling in beginning of september so watch out for that!

  4. Those mashed potatoes look sooo yummy!

    Looks like y'all had alot of fun.

    I LOVEEE Forever21's jewelry.