my new toy + yu + thanksgiving

finally i got my 1st dslr. i've been hunting for one for a long time. this is the only camera(besides my lousy phone camera) that i have now, since i sold all my point and shoot. i'll probably need to get a new point and shoot as well. maybe when i get my bonus (wink *_^) i'm going to take real good care of this baby. fingers cross ^_^

went to a japanese restaurant 2 weeks ago for a scrumptious dinner. the bill was @_@, but it was worth it. here are some food pics. the chilean bass was so tasty. it's marinated in miso sauce for 48 hrs.

hope everyone had a great thanksgiving turkey eating fest. i went to denver with some friends for a short trip. it was really cold compare to austin and the scenery was mesmerizing. there are snow top mountains everywhere in mile high city. our thanksigiving dinner was *bleh. we had buffet at grand hyatt hotel. the food was cold and bland. totally not worth paying for. we drove to aspen/snowmass for skiing. it was a pretty exciting journey. we saw wild ram and dead deer on the roadside. it was so peaceful out there. it started snowing a little. sitting on the ski lift and watching those tiny snowflakes gently descend to the white covered ground gives you a peaceful and calm feeling. there weren't enough snow for snowmobiling :( but the women worldcup was held on the same weekend. we watched a concert and fireworks from aspen ski slope. something special from the trip. no shopping/hauling this trip ^_^ on a side note, it snowed in austin last friday. it was a rare sight down here.

shopping!!!! victoria secret is giving a free cute pup with any pink purchase. comes in silver, gold, pink, blue, green. hurry and get yours! y4ou'll also get a free pink panty with a printable coupon from pink nation. just sign up and print.

christmas is just around the corner. have you put up your decoration? i'm pretty lazy as i've just came back from the trip and will be leaving again next week. don't think i'll put up any decorations this year. picture is taken from silvertree hotel in snowmass village.

November Giveaways

* Tsumori Chisato 2010 calendar book
* Limited Edition Tsumori Chisato for Shu Uemura mirror with pouch
* Handmade gold leaf stud earrings
* Various sheet masks
* 2 boxes of Revlon Runway Collection artificial nails

For 1 entry:
1) You must be a follower of "Shop N' Chomp" blog
2) Comment on this post with your email address and tell me what your #1 holiday wishlist item is.

For 2 additional entries:
1) Spread the love. Enter a second comment that includes a link to your own blog or your tweet where you have shared my giveaway. Include the 1st pic above showing the prizes.

A Watercolour Sky 2nd Anniversary Giveaway
Giveaway ends November 11, 2009

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in For Audrey
Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate
Dior High Shine Mini-Lipstick in Catwalk Mauve
MAC Pro Makeup Remover Sample

1. Be a public follower via Google.
2. Leave a comment with your current beauty obsession [e.g, pink lips, perfect skin, etc.]
3. If you are one of the first/existing 308 followers, you get another entry. Leave another comment saying so.
4. [Extra Entry] Mention this giveaway on your blog and leave another comment with the link.
**There will be a new giveaway every week, so 3 giveaways in November.

Sweetcheek's Giveaway
Giveaway ends November 16, 2009

St. Moriz Tanning Mousse
Eyeko Fat Balm in Raspberry
ELF Mineral Lipstick in Nicely Nude
NYX Round Lipstick in Sash
Neutral Eye Palette

1. Must be a follower
2. Comment saying "Enter Me"
3. [Extra Entry] Mention this giveaway on your blog and comment with the link.

1. Leave a comment to say Enter Me and become a fan of Lash Mantra on Facebook if you have a Face book account.
2. Post about this give away on your blog, if you have one. Include the Prize Picture above.
Duration: 2 weeks (9th November – 23rd November) See Timer in my side bar.
Winner will be drawn on the 24th of November by and your address will be sent to Lash Mantra for direct mailing from there.

Savvy Mode's giveaway here


1. Be a Savvy Mode follower for one entry since this is to kickoff holiday shopping for Savvy Mode readers.
2. Share this giveaway for 2 additional entries.
3. Sorry, this is open to US and Canadian readers only.
4. Entry period Nov 9 to Nov 19, 2009

The Polka-dotted Apple's FIRST Giveaway!

The winner will get (all brand-spankin' new!) :
1. Must be a follower.
2. One comment per person. If more than one, the person will be disqualified.
3. Giveaway ends on November 29, 2009 at 11:59PM EST
4. Must have more than 10 people enter or it will be cancelled.
5. Winner will be chosen at random via
6. Include your email in your comment.
7. Open internationally.

Answer these questions in a blog post and link back to my giveaway post**:

What is your most prized possession?
my computer. it's my work, entertainment, communication box :) no way i can pass a day without touching my computer (except travelling maybe)

What is your definition of beauty?
hmmm.....don't really have one. i think everyone can be beautiful with the correct aesthetic techniques. fyi, i've seen too many before and after photos. well, that only answers for outer beauty.

What makeup item (Brand and name of product) would you recommend to me?
ecotools blusher brush. it's a good brush that doesn't hurt your wallet.

What is your favorite KIND of makeup item and why?
bbcream/foundation. it covers up all your flaws.

A weird factoid about you. :B
i'm a heavy sleeper. i won't wake up even if you kick me zzzzz

What is the fondest memory of your childhood?
fighting with my siblings. it helps to build character :P

Describe yourself honestly.
i'm a dreamer. i have lots of thoughts/ideas about what i'll do, but most of them have not materialized. i'll try my best to do them whenever possible cos' life's too short :)

Tell me something I could do to improve my blog.
your blog's title font/color. it's hard to see with the background.

new wintery layout + bats

decided to change my new layout to a more wintery look to match with the season. it's going to get colder and colder pretty soon. it's kinda depressing every evening when i leave my workplace the sky is already dark. i'm going to miss the warm sunlight.

went jogging at town lake. it was nice and refreshing to see the calm sight.

guess what i bumped into??? bats!!! it was around dusk and they were going to forage for food. austin congress bridge has the largest urban bat community in america. sometimes i see bats in my office. i've no idea where how get into the building. i better keep my snacks locked up!

the picture quality is pretty bad. those tiny black dots in the sky are bats. it's time for me to get a new camera :P

on to beauty related post :) i received sephora holiday catalog in the mail today. they're having a promotion when you buy 12 deluxe sample size scents($50), you'll receive a full size bottle of your favorite scent for free! this looks like a good deal. what do you think?

had a small NYX haul some time ago when ULTA had $5 off $10 coupon. read tons of reviews and tutorial related to NYX, so i just had to get my hands on some :) pretty good excuse, eh.

lipstick: flower, indian pink
felt tip liner
trio shadows for esxy babe's eyes only!
lipsticks are pigmented but it's not glossy or shimmery. gotta add lipgloss of course! i'm loving the liner.

Nails!!! Revlon Tropical Temptation. like the neon color