November 30, 2012

THRIFTED: Goodwill Haul

Some of you may have already watched my 'Thrifting & Tim Tam Slam' vlog and have been anticipating this Goodwill Haul video.  Well, wait no longer my friends, as I am finally getting this posted.

A huge bag of clothes for about $30! 


November 2012 Favorites


2.) OOTD featuring leopard leggings:

LOVE my new high tops :)
Products Mentioned:
Pepperidge Farm - Tim Tam - Chocolate Creme (Target)
Magnum - Mini Classic (any grocery store)
Fage - Total 2% w/ Honey (any grocery store)
MeMoi Leopard Valore Leggings (or here)
MeMoi Corduroy Leggings
Target - Mossimo - Vianca - Cheetah Slipper Loafers
Target - Xhilaration - Selma - Black Wedge Sneakers [Isabel Marant Bekett style] (SOLD OUT)
Revlon- Colorburst Lip Butter - 085 Sugar Plum
Rimmel - Moisture Renew Lipstick - 880 Rose Passion (may be discontinued)
Maybelline - Dream Lumi Touch - Nude [comparable to YSL Touche Eclat]
Victoria's Secret - Very Sexy EDP
GG Gatsby - Ooh la la Volume - Against Gravity Hairspray (or Target)

SIZES: 7.5 - 8 - 8.5 - 9 - 9.5 

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November 29, 2012


Sorry I'm getting this post up so late.  I wanted to really test the products before I reviewed them!  Here's the completed video review and as usual, I have the price breakdown of each product below.

ALTERNA in hair, CAROL'S DAUGHTER on hands, MODELCO on lips, NATASSJA SKIN used the night before, **Using HEARTLAND FRAGRANCES loofah soap bar as bathroom decoration**
1.) ALTERNA BAMBOO - Lustrous Shine Mist
     Price of Full Size $22.00 / 4.0oz [In box: 0.85oz/ $4.68]
2.) CAROL'S DAUGHTER - Shea Souffle
     Price of Full Size $20.00 / 8.0oz [In box: 4.0oz/ $20.00]
3.) HEARTLAND FRAGRANCES - Exfoliating Loofah Soap
     Price of Full Size $8.00 / 6.0oz [In box: Full Size]
4.) MODELCO - Lip Duo in Dusk and Striptease
     Price of Full Size $39.00 / lipstick .13oz + lipgloss .07oz [In box: Full Size]
5.) NATASSJA SKIN - Enzyme Facial Peel
     Price of Full Size $40.00 / 2.0oz [In box: 0.25oz/ $5.00]

November 20, 2012

WILDWOOD {earthy layers & velveteen leopard}

I hope everyone had a wonderful Tuesday!  
So today, November 20th, marks the day of my first ever fashion blog post!

I'm not the greatest at filming or photographing my looks yet, but I hope it translates well.
Let me know what you guys think!

It's a bit chilly today, around 50 degrees here in Illinois, but the sunshine is bursting with warmth.  Getting dressed this morning was really easy, because I had been waiting for a crisp, autumn day like today to cozy into this outfit.  I wanted my first fashion post to be meaningful to me, so I appropriately named this look, Wildwood.  Why wildwood you ask?  Well keep on reading :)

Forever 21 - olive knit dress 
Silver Spider - brown, ruffle scarf &  Target - olive, cross body bag 
The Limited - amber, octagonal earring studs
Forever 21 - large cable chain stretch bracelet & Michael Kors - gold sportswatch 
MeMoi - leopard valore leggings & Gianni Bini - brown riding boots
wool cloche (from Von Maur, no tag)
Wildwood, by definition, means 'a wood growing in the wild or natural state; forest'.  I'd like to think of myself as a woman forever growing in her organic, original, and very true state.  Being the 'real you' can be challenging sometimes, but it's worth it. 

I'm not trying to get all philosophical on you guys here, but I believe you have to know who you are in order to derive genuine thoughts and ideas about how you perceive the world and in turn, how you want the world to perceive you.

I always strive to be that true Jenn.  I never want to be the girl that pretends to be something that I'm not, and I want my style in these fashion posts to reflect that.  Though I enjoy playing around with trends, I would say I focus more on timeless fashion.  Whatever the look of the day may be, I always hope my 'classic with a twist' styling feels eternal.  

For those of you who are wondering, I maintain that 'twist' element in my style by thrifting and shopping for unique pieces.  I really enjoy searching for those one-of-a-kind items to incorporate into my, otherwise, basic style.

I hope you guys enjoy these new series of fashion posts and that it inspires you to discover your personal style!

stay fab,

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November 18, 2012

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes {Review & Tutorial}

I've used NYC products before in the past and was never too fond of their makeup line, but this custom compact is great!  Thanks to Influenster, I have a new respect for NYC.  What a fantastic product to include in the Beauty Blogger Voxbox 2012.

NYC New York Color's all-in-one compact gives you everything you need for a complete eye look: primer, illuminator, applicator and complementing shadows. With four vibrant colors designed for your eye color, you can create a look as individual as you are!  

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WHERE TO BUY: drugstores or online ($4.99 at chain drugstores nationwide)

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact in Dark Shadows

QUICK TAKE: I was unsure about NYC but willing to create a look with this palette.  I really liked the packaging and the size of the compact.

USAGE TIPS: Use as suggested and you'll get a lovely result!

THE VERDICT: The primer consistency is very creamy and the wear is decent, the illuminator is nice (maybe a bit too sparkly), and the eyeshadows are nicely pigmented with little fall out.  Overall, a simple and effective product at an excellent price.  I highly recommend this product!

I'm loving this NYC custom compact!

Simple Smokey Eye for Asian eyes (video tutorial below)

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November 17, 2012

REVIEW: Boots No7 Beautiful Skin

After watching some reviews on Boots No7 products on YouTube, I really wanted to try their products.  All I've been hearing are good things, and well, I'm here to add to that.  I've been using this for about 3 weeks now and my skin responds really well to it.

No7 appreciates that busy lifestyles mean you don't always have time for a lengthy skincare regimen. That's why we've created Beautiful Skin. Discover radiant skin in 14 days with two simple steps:

Step 1: Cleanse
The first step to beautiful skin is clean skin. All Beautiful Skin cleansers quickly and gently remove all traces of dirt and impurities, leaving you with perfectly clean, healthy skin. Skin is so effectively cleansed that there is no need for a separate toner.

Step 2: Moisturize
Once cleansed, hydrate your skin with our nourishing day and night creams. All our day creams deliver SPF 15 and Broad Spectrum UV Protection, while our night creams work to promote optimum hydration while you sleep.

1.) Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Lotion Normal/Dry 
The light, refreshing wipe-off formula feels weightless on the skin, yet it's very hard working, removing every last trace of make-up and grime. Packed with moisturizing agents like Glycerin, your skin will be left soft and refreshed. The oils are optimized to be the most effective at cleansing away dirt without removing natural and beneficial skin lipids.  How to Use: This wipe-off cleanser is creamy and moisturizing therefore no water is required as part of your facial routine. Best applied to dry skin, massage upward and across the skin using cotton or wool, avoiding the eye area, and wipe off. 

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream Dry/Very Dry:
Instantly nourishes and promotes optimum hydration for healthy-looking radiant skin. making it less likely to be dry in the future. Containing additional moisturizing properties, this is exactly the care dry skin needs overnight to ensure you wake up with nourished and healthy looking skin. Glycerin, Shea butter and ceramides are added to the formulas leaving it incredibly smooth. Designed to work in harmony with your skin, replacing lost moisture and leaving you with healthy looking radiant skin.  How to Use: Smooth into your face and neck after cleansing every evening 

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(Cleansing Lotion) $8.49 at ShopBootsUSA, Target,, and ULTA among many other retail locations
(Night Cream) $13.99 at ShopBootsUSA, Target,, and ULTA among many other retail locations 

QUICK TAKE: Yay!  I love skincare products!

USAGE TIPS: Use as directed and you will see good results.

THE VERDICT: Both the cleansing lotion and night cream have a very lovely texture.  They are very hydrating and perfect for the cooler, dryer seasons.  I like that these products are affordable and very effective.  My skin loves these products. I highly recommend Boots No7!

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Creating A Meme - Pervy Paul, the 'say gurl' guy

::the official Pervy Paul template::
After a night of heavy drinking, we gathered at our friends Nathan and Tyler's house for after hours -- the setting in which this baller photo was taken.  There was a pair of Nathan's sunnies resting on the side table and Paul decided to try them on.  Being my usual snarky self, I told Paul he looked like a douchebag and somehow that snowballed into how it would be hilarious if was there was a douchey 'say gurl' meme.

So with the help and inspiration of Jon, Paul, and our drunken stupor brilliance, we created a meme and coined it as Pervy Paul (it was initially Pedophile Paul but there was a unanimous decision to change it to something more funny and less offensive).

::the first, official Pervy Paul creation::
Paul & Jon

I went to high school with Jon and he lives in Texas now.  And let me just tell you, Jon is a character.  I can always count on him for a good joke or story.  He's visiting the Midwest to spend Thanksgiving with his friends and family and brought home this Johnny Bravo bro-phrase -- 'say gurl!' (he made certain we all knew that girl was spelled g-u-r-l).  Needless to say, we loved it so much that a meme was derived from it.

Gosh, I miss the old school Cartoon good.

Pervy Paul is more or less the R-rated spawn of Johnny Bravo.  Speaking of Paul, the guy behind the meme, he's not as scummy as the photo suggests.  I went to high school with Paul as well, and he is one of the nicest and least pervy guys you'll ever meet so it's amazing that he let us mold him into this creepster, 'say gurl' character.

Now that you guys have the back story of Pervy Paul, let's talk about why I love everything about this photo.  This was the first photo taken out of a series of three, and I'd like to call this one the proverbial money shot.  The poor image quality (my iPhone takes really hazy photos when the flash is on), the wearing of sunglasses indoors and at night, the giant bar stamp, the positioning of his bro all just screams 'Hello, I'm a douche, it's nice to meet me'.  And I mean that in the nicest way because I told Paul to look extra douchey and he definitely delivered--well-douched my friend.

I'm soOo excited to bring you guys more 'say gurl' quotables stay posted and shoot me an idea if you have one!  Or share your Pervy Paul creations with me via Twitter (@jenncyu) or email:

Thanks guys!  Have a great day!

------Leaving you all with a few more Pervy Paul memes------

November 14, 2012

{REVIEW} Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit

I'm not a lash wearer, but even I was stunned by these.  They are some of the most lusciously soft lashes I have ever felt!  Influenster has done it again -- another winning product found in my Beauty Blogger Voxbox 2012.  Thanks for sending these to me, Influenster!

Made from highest quality human hair. Use with Kiss adhesive for optimal results. Latex free, odor free, waterproof, flexible formula for 24hr hold, easy applicator.

Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit provides everything you need for amazing lashes instantly! Each kit includes 1 pair of Eyelashes, 1 3g Adhesive,and 1 PRO Lash Applicator. The new PRO Lash Applicator allows for a flawless application every time! Kiss lashes come in a variety of styles that are perfect for everything from day wear to a formal evening event. 

To Use: Simply apply glue to the lash band and let set for 30-60 seconds for adhesive to become slightly clear and tacky. Using the PRO Lash Applicator, apply lashes along the natural lash line. Hold, allowing adhesive to dry completely. Do the same to the second eyelash. Both lashes have a perfect fit!


Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit retails for $4.99 and is available at Walgreens stores nationwide. For more information and how-to videos, visit

QUICK TAKE: I thought these were so beautiful!  And the applicator looked useful.  And the latex-free lash glue is awesome because so many people have latex allergies these days. 


THE VERDICT: I tested these out really quick and these lashes are not for me.  Though they are super soft and gorgeous, it looks really unflattering on my Asian eyes.  Sad day for Jenn.  I wish these worked better with my almond eyes!  

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November 12, 2012

{REVIEW} Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin

I was excited to see this product in the Influenster Beauty Blogger Voxbox 2012, because I already own these pins and absolutely love them.

The Spin Pin does the work of 20 bobby pins! Easily achieve chic updo styles; simply twirl your hair up and spin the Spin Pins in for a perfect top knot, undone bun and side bun!

1. Gather your hair at the nape of your neck (no ponytail holder needed) 

2. Twist your hair into a tight bun and tuck in the ends 

3. Spin one pin in from the top and the other from the base, taking care not to interlock pins.

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$7.29 at Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreen’s, Kroger, Duane Reade

QUICK TAKE: I already own a set, but was excited to receive another.

USAGE TIPS: Doesn't work too well with short hair.  Works best with unwashed hair or hair that has texturizer in it.

THE VERDICT: I will always love this product.  Goody created an innovative hair styling product that has made my life a lot easier.  I can't wait to have long hair again to use it.  Short hair sucks sometimes.

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MUSIC MONDAY: 11/12/2012

The 'Black & White' on to find out why!

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As of late, I've been really enjoying the musical compilations of Willy Moon and Paloma Faith.  
I'm definitely a huge fan of rockabilly tunes, and Willy is like the hottest new, old thing to hit the mainstream.  For me, discovering his music was like thrifting the funkiest vintage garment and knowing that it's BEYOND fresh.  His music is energetic and spontaneous--you can't help but get up because it's that dancin' music!  There's so much retro swag going on, I don't even know what to do with it.  Be sure to look out for his complete album!
Willy Moon, giving fresh a new face.

Now, what can I say about Paloma.  She's a heap of sweet with a shake of spicy, which pairs quite nicely with her bluesy style.  I don't know if it's the weather or season or what, but I'm really diggin' blues musicians like Paloma and also, Lana Del Rey.  Maybe I'm just an emotional 25-year-old woman that likes having a reason to lay in bed for a couple hours.  *shrugs*
Paloma Faith, epitome of 'classic with a twist'

Anyways, both the Willy Moon and Paloma Faith videos (for the songs listed above) utilized a black and white theme which led me to seek other great songs that were also filmed in black and white.  Surprisingly, I was able to find some quick favorites that I kept going back to on my iPod.  Again, something must be in the air, because it seemed like I found a multitude of new videos that were filmed in classic black and white.  

Which nicely directs our attention to the other three songs mentioned...

I'm not a OneDirection fan, but 'Little Things' really stunned me.  I mean that in the best way possible because, typically, I think they sound like young, obnoxious prepubescent boys.  Thank gawd they decided to get grown...a least for one song.

The song and video 'Forward' was an obvious replay for obvious reasons -- the PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION (for those of you who are living under a rock with Patrick the starfish)  
"Patrick, wake up!  Today is election day!" - Spongebob Squarepants
Last but not least, let's talk about one of my favorite black and white videos of all time.  'Scream' by Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.  I think was in 2nd grade at the time, so I was about 7-years-old(?) when I first saw this video, and I remember being absolutely hypnotized by the futuristic-ness of it all.  The only other TV memories I have consist of Lamb Chops Play-ALong, Saved By The Bell, Boy Meets World, Full House, and Chicago Bulls basketball games, so the fact that I remember 'Scream' (a five minute music video) is kind of a big deal.  
What are your current fave songs?  Please share in the comments!

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November 10, 2012

EBOOST - Natural Energy Effervescent Powder

I like that Influenster not only focuses on outer beauty but inner beauty as well.  A packet of EBOOST was included in the Beauty Blogger Voxbox 2012, and I was really excited to try it.

QUICK TAKE: I love Airborne, a dietary supplement that boosts your immunity, so I figured I would probably love this too.

USAGE TIPS: Follow the directions!

THE VERDICT:  Similar to Airborne, it contains ingredients that boosts your immunity, but other than that, I didn't really care for this effervescent powder.  It was kind of tasty but a little too sweet for my taste and really bitter.  This products contains stevia extract, which is good for people looking for a zero calorie sweetener or for people who have diabetes, but I absolutely hate it.  All zero calorie sweeteners seem to have a distinct flavor my taste buds can never get use to and in this case, stevia extract always makes everything taste bitter.  I also figured out the E in EBOOST meant energy boost.  Another reason why I'm not fond of this product.  I don't ever need the caffeine, but for someone who does depend on it, this is great for you.

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November 6, 2012

{REVIEW} Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream

To tell you the truth, I was a bit disappointed that I received the Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream.  I wasn't sure why Influenster included this in my Beauty Blogger Voxbox 2012, but I figured I could probably work with it.  The Not Your Mother's Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream seemed to be a better fit for me, but I'll just have to purchase that myself.

Don’t let your sad waves & curls get you all in a knot. KINKY MOVES™ helps encourage natural curls by giving them that extra oomph they so desperately need. It eliminates frizz and fly-aways to show your true locks. Infused with natural grapeseed & jasmine this salon formula will add that extra bounce to your step.

- De-frizzes and detangles unruly hair
- Defines and enhances natural curly or wavy hair
- Adds shine
- Grapeseed added for UV protection benefits

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Apply Kinky Moves™ to damp hair and saturate locks. Distribute evenly from root to tip. Scrunch curls and style as desired, then blow-dry upside down or air dry to reveal smooth, long-lasting curls!

$6.00 at CVS, Walmart, and ULTA among many other retail locations

 QUICK TAKE:  I wasn't sure how I was going to use this but I figured I could use it for something.

USAGE TIPS:  For people with straight hair, this can be used to smooth and define straight or curled hair.

THE VERDICT: I curled my hair with a curling iron and finished styling using hairspray and this hair cream.  It seemed to add a bit of texture and definiton, which I liked, and they grapeseed and jasmine scent combo smells really fresh and pretty.

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I finally got around to doing the I Heart Fall Tag!  Please watch the video (change to 720pHD for best video) to see what I heart about Fall!


1. Favorite Fall lip product?

2. Favorite Fall nail polish?

3. Favorite Starbucks Fall drink?

4. Favorite Fall candle?

5. Favorite Fall Scarf or accessory

6. Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze?

7. Favorite Halloween movie?

8. Favorite candy to eat on Halloween?

9. What are you dressing up as for Halloween?
10. What is your favorite thing about Fall?


My Fall Favorites :)

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Forever 21: Fall Mini Haul

I fell in love with a $16.50 Studded Floral Print Shirt and Forever 21's 'Free Shipping if you spend $50 or more' promotion had me scavenging their website for other pieces I could buy.  Please watch the video to see my mini haul (watch in 720pHD for best video) and a product listing is also included below.

1.) F21 Essential Longline Cami
3.) 21 MEN Ribbed Beanie
5.) F21 Basic Mini Bodycon Dress (SOLD OUT)
Alternative: Essential Paneled Bodycon Dress
6.) F21 Coated Leggings (SOLD OUT)
7.) F21 Studded Floral Print Shirt (Only the cream/red is available)

A peek at some pieces I got...

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REVIEW: Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candles

I was so hype about the Influenster's Beauty Blogger Voxbox 2012 because it included a Bath & Body Works mini candle.  Now, anyone who knows me knows that I'm OBSESSED with candles, especially from Bath & Body Works, so receiving this product really made my day.  I have also been dying to test out their current fall collection so this was perfect.

Mini but Mighty! Our Mini Candles provide an amazing fragrance experience exclusively developed and tested by our team of Home Fragrance experts, including the world's best master perfumers. Now in an elegant glass container, these are the perfect size for trialing all our fall home fragrances! Mini Candles burn approximately 15 hours.

Mini Candle $3.50; Small Candle $9.50; Medium Candle $12.50; 3-Wick Candle $19.50

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Mini Candles provided to Influensters:
Mahogany Teakwood—The scents of fine woods-mahogany, cedarwood and oak – highlighted by delicate lavender and geranium notes conjure up an escape to a cozy library on a chilly fall day.

Pumpkin Cupcake—The perfect pick from the corner bakery this fall – a spiced pumpkin cupcake with rich buttercream and frosted ginger.

White Barn Nutmeg & Spice—a warm and cozy fragrance inspired by an elegant mixture of nutmeg and all of autumn’s very best spices.

Cider Lane—As sweet as the trip to the local apple orchard each year, a delicious fall blend of mulled cider, warm caramel and sweet cinnamon.

Black Pepper Bergamot—Intricate layers of spicy black pepper combine with uplifting bergamot and lavender in a fragrance inspired by fall’s changeable days.

Quick Take:  I literally DIED when I got a whiff of this.  It smells like a perfectly spiced chai tea latte!

Usage Tips:  Do not burn unattended!  

The Verdict:  It's a delicious scent and I can't get enough of it.  And it makes me want to buy all of the other scents because I'm sure they are just as amazing!


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November 5, 2012

MUSIC MONDAY | 11.5.2012

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With colder temperatures creeping up, I feel like I'm missing summer so much.  This week's playlist is a bit reflective of just how much I wish it was warm outside.

1.) Alexandra Stan - 'Lemonade' (craving a crisp, summery beverage)
2.) Brandon & Leah - 'Life Happens' (please throw sand in my hair and frolic on the beach with me)
3.) Jon Butler Trio - 'Good Excuse' (ugh summer festivals are the best)
4.) Mario - 'Ooh Baby' (a little bit of sexy to warm me up)
5.) MGK feat. Waka Flocka Flame - 'Wild Boy' (I wanna play drinking games...and beat all the boys!)
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