Thursday, July 30, 2009

Foundation Trials and Errors, and my humble birthday =)

Hi everyone!! Sorry I've been so MIA but I really hope you're all out and about and too busy enjoying your summer to notice little ol' me anyway!! You'll accept this loooooooong post as a peace offering and forgive me, right? *puppy eyes*

As you know, I've been on the hunt for my perfection foundation...and still no luck! Even though I wear very little makeup during the day, I still want to find the perfect foundation for going out at night, especially since it usually means taking a lot of pictures with bright flash. My idea of the perfect foundation is one that feels lightweight but offers enough coverage for a natural and flawless look, and doesn't make my face look ghost white in pictures with flash. What a MISSION this is, indeed!

I actually liked the MAC Studio Sculpt (from the makeover for the wedding I went to last month) BUT it failed the flash test (completely and utterly). So I went by the MAC store because I wanted to try the Studio Tech foundation (in NC 30 applied by a MAC MUA). What did I think of it? Felt heavy and kind of sticky and cakey. =( I know from reading Julie's review that if I buy it, I could thin it out with Fix+. The funny thing was that the MUA said Studio Tech is lighter than Studio Sculpt (used on me for my friend's wedding), but I actually liked Studio Sculpt better because it felt more lightweight. And...this one also failed the camera flash test (I know by now you're questioning my camera flash, but let me point out that it's only MY face that comes out white and not anyone else's, guys or girls with makeup).

I also went to Sephora and tried the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation, which I reallllllllllly wanted to like but it just did not agree with my skin. =\ So...the search continues! Woe is me, to be a girl!

But...aside from that...last week was my birthday!! I'm not the type to announce my upcoming birthday unless I decide to make plans and invite you (so if you weren't invited, you didn't know about it! jk), but thank you to everyone who somehow found out anyway and wished me a happy birthday!!

I had a nice dinner at Yamashiro in Hollywood, it's a Japanese themed place ( couldn't tell by the name?) situated up on the side of a hill overlooking L.A./Hollywood.

the Koi Room/Garden Court in the center of the restaurant

Rather quaint, don't you think? know me...moving on to the food! hehe

"Pacific Oyster Shooters"
sake, ponzu, scallion, smelt egg, chili paste...mmm so good..
"Snow Crab and Spicy Tuna Napoleon"
snow crab, spicy tuna, avocado, wonton crisps, wild arugula, wasabi aioli
malibu rum, strawberries, coconut, pineapple, galliano float (basically...a strawberry daiquiri!)
unagi, crab, avocado, cucumber
"Cracked Pepper Filet Mignon" (medium rare)
grilled artichoke, twice-baked wasabi potato, cabernet reduction
"Seared Ahi Tuna"
caramelized onion and potato tart, confit tomato, sauteed spinach, white soy veloute
and since it was my cream!!

Here are some more shots from outside the restaurant...apparently they do events (and even weddings, according to the website)...anyways, there was a pool! and a pagoda...

not a bad view, don't you agree? =)

I am a big sucka for city lights at night...especially in the summer!! *le sigh

FAST FORWARD to Sunday night at
the OC FAIR...

(Oh yes, I went out Friday night but you just had to be there!)

you'll forgive me for this bad pic once you know what it is!
might I tell you it's delicious and that's partially why I look like a fiend ready to bite into it?!
ahhh yes, my tweethearts know it's Deep Fried Oreos!!
the fair is the place to get deep fried this yummy deep fried zucchini (picture doesn't do the size justice, they're longer than stadium hot dogs!)
standard fair picture with the ferris wheel background (sorry I'm looking craptastic but it was the end of the weekend!)
looking up at the ferris wheel...
looking down from the ferris wheel!
change the camera setting a bit...
aww I love petting the animals at the petting zoo at the fair!
soooo soft and comfy....

And then my camera battery died...haha whoops! I forgot to charge it from going out Friday night. So no pictures of the yummy Deep Fried Twinkie (it just looked like a soft corn dog anyway), giant grilled Turkey leg (huge!), or the rides we went on...but all in all, it was a fun night and a fun birthday weekend!!

Next posts...some birthday love from my blog sweethearts!! Thank you for being such thoughtful and generous really know how to make a girl smile!!

Hope everyone's ready for a great weekend!!


  1. HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY! Looks like you had a great day. The restaurant looks fantastic.

  2. awww! looks like you had a great birthday xD very droolworthy food.. aahh.. gotta get me some fried oreos, hahah!

  3. aweee hehehe that happends to my camera all the time! you take really good pictures! the restaurant is BEAUTIFUL!!!

  4. aww belated happy birthday! I miss fairs!!!! :( i remember my last trip to the san diego fair..i drank an alcoholic drink (i have low tolerance to alcohol) and in a few minutes i was tipsy. didn't enjoy the fair :( now i regret it

  5. Hi Diana, welcome back and happy b-day! :) Thank you for the food porn...yum.... I love going to fairs and eating stuff that I shouldn't be eating but is oh so good. And your pics at Yamashiro's look divine. Been a while since I've been there. May have to go back! ;)

  6. It looks like you had an amazing time! Good for you!

    You should try the Dior foundation I have greasy yet sensitive skin and I found them to be very good~!

  7. Happy Belated Birthday! I love the OC fair, I got 2 words for you: Funnel Cake!

    Onto your dilema, I've been trying a bunch of different foundation lately too. I did not like the MUF HD one either, but the day I returned it I picked up the Korres Wild Rose Foundation, and I'm really loving that one, you should try it.

    I tend to not like MAC foundations but I did buy the MAC HYPER REAL foundation for those nights when I go out and I really like it. Only catch is you have to buy it from a MAC PRO store. I'm NC25 I could send you a sample of mine just so you could see the effect if you wanted.


  8. Glad to hear you had a good birthday.

  9. Hi :) I'm new to your blog but I love it! Your pictures are amazing! Can't wait to read more!

  10. Happy late birthday :D the fair looks so fun! I wish the state fair would come back soon.. I miss all that deep fried food! That's why I even go :)

    I'm on the search for foundation too. I've tried mac select spf, mac studio sculpt, and mac studio fix... I didn't find the perfect one yet but I'm going to settle for right now and use on of those and still keep searching on the side :)

  11. Happy belated birthday! deep fried oreos sounds sooo good!!!

  12. u look so cute in the pink dress :)
    happy belated bufday!

  13. omgoshh you ate all the good stuff at yamashiro! hehe luckyy! :) u should give laura mercier foundation a try! i LOVE that stuff.. its my HG :)

  14. I don't really wear reg foundation. Just the BB Creams, so I'm no help to you on that! Sorry chickie!! I do hope you find something soon though!! :) What about Clinique?! LOL!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN!! I know you little sneak!! Not telling me about it before hand!! Oh well...

    That Jap restaurant looks amazing! So pretty! And the FOODPORN!! YUMM!!

    Ooh love fairs!! Especially for the food! LOL! Always on my mind huh?! Deep fried OREOS & TWINKIES are the SHIT!! :) And those pics from a top the Ferris Wheel are breathtaking!! Love all the lights!

  15. Happy belated birthday! The Japanese restautant you went to for your b-day looks soooo romantic + nice. Gotta bug the BF bout bringing me there next time we goto socal! Yay for state fairs! I'm planning to goto the CA state fair in Sac next month :P

  16. aww happy belated bday!! i have yet to try the huge turkey leg, but the deep fried twinkie is OMG SO GOOD lol. but you can taste the heart attack later to come lol :p

  17. I'm such a FATTY!!! I ♥ deep fried Oreos!! I'm weird though, I don't like them hot, I like them straight from the bag the next day, lol
    Glad your doing well and I forgive you for being MIA!!! lol I've been MIA as well....

  18. woooow to the restaurant that you went to! it looks gorgeous there, and the food looked so yummy :)

    I miss going to fairs, especially for the food, haha. sorry to hear the MUFE foundation didn't agree with you =T

  19. I want to crawl through the screen and EAT everything!

    P.S. Hair color is a hit!

  20. hey diana! your food photos look de-lish! i actually decided on studio fix fluid (not creme)! loved the coverage but i'm in between colors so that's another battle i have to deal with. you know what i've noticed? all MAC associates have different opinions/recommendations on everything. even at the Pro store -- the MUA there told me that Face & Body foundation was buildable to full. Yea right! BTW- MAC artists don't need to go thru an extensive training course before they hit the stores. they hire anyone who passes the interview and on-site makeup application test. (i asked one of the artists.) no wonder all of the ones i've talked to have different recommendations. just an FYI that i thought might be helpful for you.. since you're also on a quest to find a best-ever product. =)

  21. The dragon roll looks deliciiious!!!

  22. Happy Belated Birthday!
    All these delicious foods .. and the gorgeous places =)

  23. wow great food porn hahah

    happy belated birthday!!

  24. happy belated my doll! :D the food looks amazing. I'm glad you had a good one :) xoxo


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