Friday, November 14, 2014

hiatus...

Hi everyone!! I'm so sorry for not updating recently!!

Please continue to be patient! I'm trying to decide what direction to take (my blog) at the moment:

  1. keep this blog and focus on beauty/skincare AND start a new fashion blog with my sister, OR
  2. completely start a new blog with my sister and have that blog focused on fashion and beauty.
If you have any insight or suggestions, let me know~~

thanks so much everyone <3

Sunday, October 26, 2014

LA Ultimate Women's Expo

I took a little break from school to attend the LA Ultimate Women's Expo with my sister. It was definitely very interesting--there will many little booths selling anything from food to make-up to apparel to teeth-whitening products! Although I was mainly interested in the beauty products and the food, it was cool to see so many different brands ands companies come together to promote their goods.

Having fun at the Expo--btw, did you notice that this was my DIY skirt from the summer? :)
The expo had free samples of Quest Bars! I tried my first bar, and it was super good! These bars actually quite low in calories too--what a perfect and filling snack~ I hope none of the workers there noticed, but I went back to try a second bar >__< Probably not supposed to get two samples, but they still gave it to me :P hehehe

Mai Couture also had a booth there! I love their products, particularly their blush. All you do is tear half a sheet of the blush paper and gently dab it on your face for a natural bit of color. It's super fun and easy to use--and mess free! Now I really want to start using makeup too XD hahaha The booth were selling them at 40% off, so I ended up buying one...for my awesome friend! Hope she'll like it! It's a surprise!!! hehehe

Samples!

My gift for a friend :)
Have you guys ever been to any expo before? Which ones? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: LUSH full of grace moisturizing serum bar

Has anyone heard of LUSH before? I first discovered LUSH as a junior in highschool, walking down 23rd Avenue in Portland (side: if you're ever in the Portland area, check out 23rd avenue!). I was definitely fascinated by the fact that all the products in LUSH are handmade. Moreover, the products don't use any preservative, making them better for you skin.

Last month, I purchased the "full of grace" serum bar for $14.95. I felt a bit guilty for purchasing this because I was on the lookout for birthday gifts for my friends (XD), but the saleswoman told me it'd last for up to 3 months (for both my twin and me)! I couldn't resist and purchased it.

"Full of grace" is made of all natural ingredients, including the featured ingredient: fresh portobello mushrooms! Isn't that interesting? I've only eaten portobello mushrooms. I never would have suspected that they were good for my skin, too! According to LUSH's website, portobello mushrooms are full of antioxidant B and C vitamins and have skin-conditioning properties. How exciting~~



How to use: melt the bar in your hands by rubbing it; then massage the serum into your face.

REVIEW

The first thing I noticed was the smell; it's amazing. I really appreciate the fact that it's not too overpowering. In fact, this scent is very soothing and relaxing. In terms of effectiveness, the "full of grace" bar works quite well; it's very moisturizing and helps brighten my complexion.

However, the bar is difficult to keep sanitary. You'll have to make sure too keep your hands clean before touching the bar and touching your face. Additionally, the serum is a bit thick and difficult to spread; in order to massage the serum into your face, you'll be tugging a little on your skin.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

It's not always "no"

The answer is always "no" if you never ask.


This is one of the lessons I've learned this year. I think it's made a big impact on how I interact with people. I know it's intimidating to ask people for things, but if you never try, the answer is always "no." However, if you ask, sometimes the answer may be "yes."

I think we think people will think badly of us if we ask for help, but in reality, most people don't mind. They won't judge us for what we ask. In my experience, most people are open to helping others.

For me, these were some of the ways I applied this lesson:
  • asking people for interviews
  • asking friends to drive me to the airport
  • asking professors for office hours outside of scheduled times
  • asking people to donate to a charity


Do you ever feel too intimidated to ask?
I've definitely been too intimidated. I've very shy by nature and often worry about how I'd look if I did a certain thing or asked a certain question. However, I know that people don't care too much about what you do. They might think it funny or strange for a moment, but they'll quickly forget. Don't get caught up with the fear! 

If you don't ask, you will miss many opportunities.