Hao Are You? #2

My apartment complex got therapy animals for the residents during finals week.
Whoops. I've been away for long time again. I got too caught up with applying with jobs and school that I haven't been able to just sit down and write blog posts. I've still be binge shopping (tsk tsk Hao!) but time just slips away from me. 

Sadly, my skin has also been terrible lately that I haven't been wanting to take any pictures of myself. For some reason, I've just been buying bronzers and contour products nonstop. I want to include face pictures of the products in action, but my dark spots and acne just brings me down. I know, I know. Acne isn't the end of the world, but since these pictures are going to be forever once I upload them, I just want to wait till my skin gets getter. 

Btw, on the topic of skin. Do you guys have any skincare recommendations? I just bought Benefit's Skincare Sampler pack from Ulta since I loved the Facial Moisture Cream and wanted to test the rest of the products. I think I'm going to write a review for those products, but I'm going to wait till I've used up all of it. 

On to the questions!

What have you been up to? 
I just finished another round of finals. I really slacked off this quarter, but I think I'll be okay. I took a Race, Gender, and Science class and it was so fun. It is one of my favorite classes that I have taken so far. I'm on Spring Break right now and so I'm back in my hometown in the Bay Area. 

What are you looking forward to? 
Honestly, sleep. I've been having sleeping problems and so it'll be nice to just sleep the day away. So unproductive, but I really need to catch up on some rest. Some of my friends got me some books for my birthday last month and I finally have some time to read them. I'm so excited! 

What products have you been loving?
My sister got me the Naked 3 for my birthday and I love it! I'll be writing a kind of casual review for it soon. 

I recently also bought Benefit Hoola Bronzer and MAC's Sculpting Powder in Sculpt. I told you I was on a bronzer/contour product kick! I like using Sculpt to bring out my cheek bones and Hoola to warm up my complexion. I was surprised that Hoola works on me though. I always though I was too dark for it. 

Left to Right: Benefit Hoola. MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt. The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in #4 Deep Matte. NYC Sunny Bronzer. NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna. 

Blog updates -
I'm planning on writing more causal reviews for any future palettes I review by pointing out the pros and cons and of course, including swatches. I found that I was spending too much time on palette reviews and never publishing them because I wasn't satisfied enough. They were too wordy and boring and so I wanted to switch writing methods so that they would be interesting for everyone involved. As always, the comment section is always open in case you have further questions. I'll probably call them "Palette Praise: _____"



  1. Hao, I found your blog by Googling one of the products you mentioned in a recent Reddit post. I just wanted to say that I loved ALL of the looks and so far your blog posts too :) it was quite a coincidence because I've been imagining all these eyeshadow looks I want to create and you happened to post the perfect ones! I hope you gather the courage to wear them out because they are AWESOME.

    I've also been on a bit of a bronzer/contour kick lately and thought about trying the sculpting powder but I've been lazy lol... Have you tried any highlighters?

    1. Aww! Thank you! That's so sweet. I'm going to start slowly and then start wearing smokey eyes in the most randomly places. hahaha

      I love Sculpt, but I was so worried about buying any of the sculpting powders because I wasn't able to swatch them beforehand.

      I've tried a few highlighters but I'm always worried about them making my face look too glittery. I love NARS Albatross and Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Broken from the Theodora palette for both my face and eyes. I sometimes wear theBalm's Mary Lou-Manizer, but that's definitely more shimmery and bam! It's gorgeous, but not really an everyday highlight for me.