Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer DIY: skirts

If you don't know, I love skirts, and I love DIY. SO, this summer, my sister and I finally decided to make some.

Skirts are super comfy to wear, and they looks good with any outfit! DIY skirts are so much cheaper (and maybe even more unique) than store bought ones. The three DIY skirts below were all under $5. HORRAY!

DIY Velvet Circle skirt: the fabric was purchased at Joann's. This is the first completely made-from-scratch skirt my sister and I every made!

DIY old thrift skirt: I was shopping in Goodwill and saw this skirt. It was a size 14, but I loved the pattern and the quality of the fabric! The colors were just so beautiful~

DIY old thrift skirt: This skirt was also found in Goodwill, and once again it was too big, but luckily, with a sewing machine and a few stitches, it was remade!

As you can see, I have huge thing for thrift shopping. It's so much fun (IMO) looking through piles of clothing to find a gem! It's very rewarding, and the pieces are all often less than $5. I've gotten some cute Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic pieces for cheap as well! They were in good quality, too!

Do you guys thrift shop? Would anyone like a tutorial?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Let's talk: where magic happens...

Everyone likes to stay inside their comfort zone. We all like the feeling of being safe and protected...but what if we ventured out? It'd be scary, uncomfortable, and worrisome, but will it be worth it? Yes, there may be times when we're embarrassed out of our minds, but there will also be times when magic happens!

Outside your comfort zone is where magic happens.

I just wanted to share this image (I found it on tumblr!). It's so inspirational~ It so true that a lot of times, I stick with what I'm comfortable with, and sometimes I regret it. There's so many valuable and wonderful opportunities out there that I'm missing out just because I'm too shy or too shared to try something new. I want to change. I want to go where "magic happens"!

What about you?

I think many times we feel as if we'll be judged by the people around us, but actually think about it. How long do you think about someone who does something clumsy or stupid? Most of the time, we don't think too much about it. Once we see it, we often forget about it. If that's the case, then what do we have to be afraid of? Just try something~

Sunday, July 20, 2014

All you need to know about sunscreen!

Hello everyone! Do you remember my previous posts about sunscreen? If not, check it out here.


I've been hiking semi-often recently, so I wanted to be up-to-date on my sun care. In this post, I want to share with you all that I've learned from Skinacea.com.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF UV RAYS?
There's two types of harmful ultraviolet rays: UVA and UVB. UVA causes aging, while UVB causes burns.

HOW DO YOU PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THESE RAYS?
Use sunscreen! There's two types of sunscreens available in the market: physical and chemical sunscreens.


Physical sunscreens
Chemical sunscreens
Function
Works by deflecting/blocking UV rays
Works by absorbing the UV rays
Active ingredients
- zinc oxide
- titanium dioxide

- avobenzone
- octylcrylene
- oxybenzone
- heloplex,
- octinoxate
- more
Stability
Photostable
Depends on the active ingredient

Avobenzone is very unstable

WHAT'S THE PROS AND CONS OF USING PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS?


PROS
CONS
Physical sunscreens
- photostable
- isn’t absorbed into the skin
- leaves a white tint
- can be more oily in texture
- thick in texture
- tends to be more pricey
Chemical sunscreens
- can be more matte in appearance
- less expensive
- tends to be photo-unstable (degrades with time and exposure)
- is absorbed into the skin
- can cause free radical damage (aging)

WHAT DOES SPF AND PPD/PA MEAN?
SPF is a numerical figure that determines how well the sunscreen protects against UVB, while PPD (or PA) determines how well the sunscreen protects against UVA. PA is measured using "+" signs; the more + signs, the greater the protection.

WHAT ORDER SHOULD SUNSCREEN BE APPLIED?
Sunscreen should be applied before make-up and after moisturizer or other skin treatments! It is best applied 15-20 minutes after the last product, so that the product can be absorbed into the skin and not interfere the sunscreen's function.

Vitamin C serums, although super expensive and not essential, are a great addition to any skin care routine, as it helps enhance the function of sunscreen. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that's great in preventing aging by preventing free radical damages. However, it's best if the serum has time to be absorbed into the skin (as opposed to being in the sunscreen) before applying sunscreen.


I ordered some sunscreen on Drugstore.com. I'll do a review on them later, after I use it for a couple weeks! Yay for sunscreen sales!

Here's what they look like:

 
SolBar Shield, $8 (on sale)                 Blue Lizard, $14.79 (on sale)

Friday, July 18, 2014

A mountain of food

Hello everyone! I've just finished taking my PCATs (pharmacy exam), and things are looking pretty good so far! Praise God~ In truth, I was super nervous of this exam--more so than taking the MCATs--but in the end, things turned out pretty well.

I wanted to a recap of the past week (in food)! A couple days ago, my family made wontons. Wontons are one of my favorite foods, and it something that my family makes together to eat, so it's also a great way for family bonding! Hope you enjoy :)

The filling! A combo of pork and Chinese veggies.

These beauties all lined up~

Yummy and delicious masterpiece~
Yesterday's meal was much more simple. I had microwave udon noodles. They were surprisingly good! The container was unlike any instant noodles I've ever seen though! It was such a fun experience XD hahaha


It's a huge cup! WHOOT!

yummmm-"fresh udon" in just 3 minutes~ 

There's little pieces of NARUTO!! How exciting!

Added my own bok-choy and eggs! Gotta make my meals a little bit healthier :P
AND TODAY...to celebrate finishing my PCAT exams, my mom took me and my sister to have some Sichuan (spicy) food! Of course, we got the awesome, spicy 水煮鱼!

I love the chairs~ They're so Asian and old-fashioned!

Yummy~~A dish of spicy, super spicy fish! Sorry, there's shadows in the photo...

All fried, crunchy goodness!