Wednesday, July 28, 2010

More Floral Radiance in stock + Big Bows

A midnight posting!

Made new floral radiances today during my study break. These have been a hit, and I'm truly honored that you like them. You asked for more, I delivered =)

Once a pair is sold, it's sold forever, so please grab yours quickly! Most of these sell out within hours!

** Due to the handmade nature of these earring, not every flower will be identical in shape in size. I have done my best to match up the best pairs. This is a part of the beauty of a handcrafted item =)
Get them HERE.

Also, awesome bow earrings! The bows are big and heavier than most studs I stock-- but top quality!

I'm willing to make more in other colors if there's the demand for it =)


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Quick Post of NEW items! BLUSH! Bow Necklace


******* SCREAM.

I've been on the lookout for the perfect blush forever. I bought the bare minerals set, and they had the "warmth" which made me look oddly copper and unnatural. I have pretty white skin, and the tone is actually a little pink, less yellow, so I wanted something more pink/red. Then I bought the VS blush, which made me look like a doll because it was too pink-- still unnatural!!

Say hello to ADRENALINE

This blend was inspired by the colors our cheeks get in the cold, or after exercise or... after certain exertions..

Here's a sort of bad swatch of it. Keep in mind I use a point and shoot, and it pretty much sucks at capturing true color.

Anddd... the cute packaging I've put together for ALL the beauty items. Ready for gift giving!

Anyway, I need to get back to studying, so I'll just quickly post photos and leave you for now =)

I think this necklace is going to be a hit!

I had some extra 7 inches mini heart chain left over from the spool, so this is what I came up with. Simple, clean, not very creative-- did the best I can given the random leftover material. Definitely not one of my creative designs -_-

And and ollllllllddddd pice I found laying around:

** I've been getting TONSSSSSSS of emails regarding items that you've seen and wanted to buy, but are no longer on the website. While I sometimes agree to remake them, I WILL NOT most of the time. I choose to run my business this way because it makes your pieces more special. So if you see something you like, my advice is to get it QUICK, because I most likely won't be duplicating it.


Monday, July 26, 2010

News + New items =) + 500 Follower GIVEAWAY!!

HELLOOOOO everyone :D

I have finals this week, meaning all orders place between July 23- July 28 will be delayed about a week-- I'm sorry about that! I've been getting a huge influx of orders, but I really need to concentrate on finals for these couple of days. I'll get right back on it after tests are done. THANK YOU for your understanding!

I have one more week of summer classes, then I'll have a two month break after that, dedicated to taking HQCD to a new level of awesomeness. THANK YOU ALL for being there for me as a lot of changes happen, and the mineral line gets launched ;) Currently working on giving all my colors permanent names, labeling, mineral veils and foundations. 

I also made a primer-- I think this works wonderfully as a base for your eyeshadows. It helped my shadow go on more vibrant and also kept it on all day. I dare say it rivals UD's PP! :X

Get it HERE

I will have more feather earrings, as Jen is wearing here,

 in TWO WEEKS. PROMISE. Just keep an eye out on the blog for the update, or my Twitter, or just directly from the website.

BTW, I made a formspring, ask me anything you're curious about, and I'll try my best to answer =)

Also, I'm very honored that I've been blogging a year, and have managed to have 500+ followers! I'd like to thank all supporters with a ..

HQCD 500+ Follower Giveaway
Prize Pack:

1. HQCD Bracelet
2. HQCD Faerie Drops Earrings
3. 2 x He Qi Beauty Eyeshadows (BTW, isn't the packaging cute? haha)
4. Vanilla Sugar Scrub Deluxe Sample
5. Sample of eyelid primer and Tropical Paradise Soap
Value: over $80 USD.

Open July 25, 2010 - August 10, 2010
Rules of Entry.
1. Must be a follower of this blog
2. Must be 18+yrs of age, or have parents' permission to enter
3. Open to residents worldwide

How to Enter:
Firstly, EVERYONE must leave their first name and email address. Please continue reading to see how you can earn entries into the giveaway =)
For 1 Entry, please fill out this simple survey & post it in the comments section:
1. What is current favorite item on my website?
2. Are you interested in He Qi Eyeshadows?
3. What are your favorite eyeshadow shades?
4. How did you hear about HQCD?
5. What would you like to see more of at HQCD?
For 1 Additional Entry:
Spread the word about this giveaway by tweeting, reblogging, faceboking, etc!
For 2 Additional Entries:
Review your He Qi Experience through your blog/youtube/whatever social media.
Please be thorough and honest. This must be a review that was done on July 25th, 2010 or later.
For 4 Additional Entries:
Make a purchase from the Website, and let me know you'd like to enter the giveaway
Winner will be announced after August 10th on THIS BLOG-- come back here to see if you've won! 

Good luck, everyone! Talk to you all later after my finals,
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

NEW Mineral Eyeshadows, sugar scrub, soap, earrings! SCORE SOME!

This passed week has been quite busy-- study study, midterm, and then speech today, and then finals week next week! YES, then I'll be DONE with summer session! That means I'll have till the end of September to experiment with minerals, soaps and sugar scrubs... and of course, keep adding to the jewelry line. There's a lot to do =)

I cranked out my first batch of mineral eyeshadows!
I've been doing research for months (since last Nov/Dec!), and finally received all the ingredients. It's shocking how many items go into these eyeshadow pigment blends-- the mica colors are the main component, but making the base that helps the color adhere to your skin and keep it healthy-- WOW the base alone has 3 ingredients which must be used in very specific proportions. To put it plainly, I had wayyy underestimated the art of creating eyeshadows.

Before I show you the collection so far, a few words:
He Qi Mineral Eyeshadows (loose pigments) are blended with 100% vegan minerals, cosmetic grade colors and base. Completely safe for the eyes, lips and face. Each shadow comes in 5 gram jars which measure 1inch across and 0.75inch in height, and is half filled with product. Each jar will last you aprox. 2 months with daily use. If you do not find a suitable color in my collection, contact me and I will make a custom blend, just for you! Each shadow comes with sifters, and will arrive shrink-wrapped and in an organza bag for easy gift giving. Every single eyeshadow is individually blended by yours truly =)
Check out the rest of the collection ( so far!) HERE.
I'm currently working with my awesome graphic designer to create labels for these babies =)
For now, they come unlabeled :X sorry! But because of that... the cost of these initial batches are lower. It is a wonderful time to try some He Qi Mineral Shadows. These are currently $4.35 each, including FREE worldwide (first class) shipping! The deal will NOT last for long, though! (They are filled SLIGHTLY less than the newer ones will be) The price will go up to $5 after one of each type has been sold. BE QUICK if you want to be the first to try these out. Buy some for yourself, or some for your gfs-- I know they can appreciate that ;)

* I only have ONE of each blend on hand currently, so I'll be taking the SOLD ones off the website as they go. They'll be experiencing new names + beautiful new labels.

I'm going to be offering free full sized shadows to beauty bloggers who'd like to review the product. You must have some kind of blog, and be willing to give a 100% honest review of the product. I only have a couple *random* colors to give away, so if you're interested, please leave me a comment below with your name, link to blog and email. BE QUICK! How many I give away depends on how much product I have left, as well as how many people are interested =)

My question for the rest of my readers is:
What colors would you like to see next?

I also made another batch of soap:
Yep, much fancier this time! It's a fruity blend of mango, melon, vanilla, coconut. LOVE IT. I have small samples to include with your orders ;)

Jewelry wise, I've been up to more earrings =)

Don't forget to visit the official HQCD website
And tell your friends!

** I noticed I've reached 500 followers-- WOW! GIVEAWAY TIME :D
** Also reached 600 sales on my ecrater site, another reason to celebrate!

See you all soon. I promise I'll have more time for blog reading and responding after next Friday!

Hope you all are having a wonderful week so far.

Custom Orders always welcome =)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Stiletto Jewelry & Another Winner =)

I got these SUPER CUTE charms in the mail today, and of course, sat down to crank out a some jewelry :D

Firstly, two bracelets: (See them HERE)
Simple and clean. "Fashionista"

And "Feminine Charms"

Not literally feminine charms, I was thinking more.. the charms of a female =)

And earrings with white-gold plated versions:

A close up of the cuteness:

And I also got a surprisingly beautiful earring component yesterday..

Plumeria flower posts (Thanks, STEPH for identifying those flowers!)
See the new earrings HERE.

And winner of this gift set:

Is sweetestbliss1
Congrats! Please email me at: to claim your prize!

I have a busy couple of days ahead of me, so I may not be on as much. See you all after my midterm!

BTW, you if guys can continue giving me ideas of scents you'd like to see in sugar scrubs, that would be amazing. THANKS!


Friday, July 09, 2010

SUGAR SCRUB! Winners, Earrings, more chances to score ;)

I took in all of your feedback from the previous post (which is always amazingly helpful, THANK YOU!), and created a couple of pieces with what material I had on hand. I'm officially completely out of the ballend head pins you see on each crystal, so.... no more of these till I get more of the pins. I think the round balls add a crucial extra something to the piece, so I don't want to make any without them :X

So... some new cluster cascades:

I've been working on sugar scrubs to add to my beauty line-- the first one is the REFRESH lemon scented sugar scrub =)
Here are photos of the samples I've put together to include with ALL orders until I run out =)

And a big jar:

These scrubs are made with refined sugar, olive oil, lemon essential oil (all natural), vitamin E oil.
They work as exfoliants, gently, buffing away dead skin cells to reveal a new, healthier layer. The oils help the skin retain moisture. I noticed a difference in skin texture and moisture level on the first use. Use no more than 3 times a week to allow skin to build new layers.
See the item HERE.

Want a Free Sample?!
The first 6 people who comment on this post with "I WANT LEMON SCRUB!" will receive 1 free sugar scrub sample! Only open to US residents this time, sorry! The reason is because I want to be able to ship these with just 1 stamp instead of paying $1.50 for postage for just 1 measly sample :X. Please include your first name and email address in your comment.
No more, sorry! If you make a purchase from the website, I'll include it with your order =)

I've randomly chosen a winner from the last post to receive a pair of earring, some oil blotters, and a sample of my new sugar scrub!

Congrats to: AnNeTtEe !
Please email me at: to redeem your prize!

For a chance to win this package:

Comment below with your favorite SCENTS, and whether or not you're interested in purchasing sugar scrubs. Thanks! Winner will be announced in next post =)

A little random, but I also added a nail buffer to my shop. I love the design, super cute and portable. It's a plus that it works well ;)

see you later,

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Cluster Cascade Earrings, Hello: Fellow Jewelry Artisans + Surprise ;)

Introducing the Cluster Cascade Collection:
(inspired by my own previous ROCKSTAR earrings)

These are just a few-- many more to come! What do you guys think? Any suggestions for shapes/color schemes?
All of the beads are wire wrapped to ensure durability, so it takes a little longer to make them, but I think this extra security measure makes the piece well worth it ;)

So... the little surprise ;)
EVERYONE who makes a comment on this post will be entered into a drawing for a pair of mystery earrings + some other beauty goodies. This mystery prize will be revealed along with the winner in my next blog post (whenever that may be, so be quick :D). This is my way of saying THANK YOU for dropping by-- it means a lot to me that you take the time out in your day to check out HQCD ^^

Also, HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO to all the fellow jewelry artisans who visit this blog. I'm happy you're spending time on here, whatever the motivation may be.  Anyone down for a surprise jewelry swap? I haven't done one in a while. Drop me an email if you're interested:

gnite, bed time for me =)


Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Yosemite, Rockstar Earrings, Charm and more earrings

For 4th of July weekend, I went to Yosemite for the first time with a group of friends. The scenery was breathtaking. It's a shame I got at least 45 (COUNTABLE!) mosquito bites (we forgot insect repellent), and every single one of them swelled like crazy. Unfortunately, the itchiness caused me to be cranky for the remainder of the trip :X

A shot of us, all excited:

And we randomly found a log that resembled a bazooka, lol-- it even had a handle

Got home Monday night, settled in. Today, I had to give a speech in my communications class at 8 AM. Started working on the speech at around 9...
... but Achilles decided he wanted pets instead-- so he laid on my work...

Eventually finished around 2, woke up a little after 5AM to put the finishing touches on the speech, and booked it to class. Everything worked out and went well, so I'm happy =)

And newwwwwwwwwwww jewelry I've been hoarding!

I'm CRAZY excited about this piece. It's been in my mind forever, but I finally produced it today:

"Rockstar" earrings. My current absolute favorite, hands down. The color combo is flawless (ahem... heehee), and believe it or not, these pair of babies took well over 45 minutes to wrap. They're LOADED with crystals and pearls. I hope this finds a good home, and an owner who loves it as much as I do ^^

And some Vampire Desire earrings, to match that Vampire Desire necklace!

Some pretty floral earrings:

A random colorful cutie:

And 3 new pairs of Floral Radiances =)

And lastly... since I was definitely feeling the purple/black today, I'll finish the post with a "Rockstar Romance" charm: