Tuesday, January 21, 2014

☁︎ Schoolwork Overload ☁︎

Hi lovelies!!~

This quarter at Uni I've been pretty stressed.. I've like, 2.5x more work this term! Sometimes when we are so busy with our hectic schedules (school, work, kids, etc.) we forget to just take some time out and pamper ourselves.

So last night, after I finished a certain amount of studying, I took a hot bath with jasmine bath salt and just soaked for a little bit. I let the muscles in my back and neck really rest up and read a little bit (books that I enjoy reading).

Then I got out and wiped my face down with toner and applied the Hyaluron Hydrating Mask from [我的心機] "My Scheming." I can't even describe the pure bliss that one experiences when putting on such a cool and soothing mask after a long, hot bath.

「我的心機」"My Scheming" Hyaluronan Hydrating Mask [front]
「我的心機」"My Scheming" Hyaluronan Hydrating Mask [back]
Kevin says the smell for this particular "flavor" of the masks doesn't smell as nice as the others. I didn't really notice anything too special about the smell either. However, my skin is so well moisturized the next day and feels so soft. Visible marks seem to have faded a little bit. However, these effects go away after 2 days or so.

I feel like it's well worth it because it really helps my skin rejuvenate. It's a good idea to do a face mask about once a week (or even twice a week if you have time or remember to).  

Sunday, January 12, 2014

✿ Philosophy Pink Almond Candy Lip Balm [Review] ✿

One of the greatest things to have ever happened to me was picking up this product on a whim at Sephora. I was already standing in line to pay and I saw this cute little product in an adorable box just sitting there. I was next up so I just grabbed it and paid without even taking a look at what it was. Turns out it's the best lip balm I've ever had in my 20 years of living hahaha.

I have this really bad problem of having dry and chapped lips, especially during the winter time. The only brand up until now that helped and actually worked was the LypSyl  balm made from Swedish Beeswax. Now I've got another!! The Philosophy Pink Almond Candy!!~



The packaging was really cute and really stood out next to the more monotone packaged products!!




The balm glides on so smoothly, it's unbelievable. 
It almost feels like it's melty but it isn't!!

And the SMELL. OH. MY. GOSH. I love it so much it's delicious-smelling!! 
Definitely makes you want to eat it!



It's so hydrating for your lips and
 it also gives your lips a hint of color! Light pinkish, but not overwhelming.

Now I don't go anywhere without it!


♡ My Birthday 2014 (with HunnyBear) late post ♡

My birthday is on a day in which everyone usually spends time with their families, so although Kevin and I have been together for almost 7 years, we haven't really celebrated my birthday many times. However this year, he decided to surprise me with a small celebration of our own, a week before the actual day of (because we're all busy).

Amongst all the fun things we did that day, taking purikura, eating at a small sushi boat restaurant & going to a bookstore were the most nostalgic things/highlights of my day. 

THE PURIKURA

Ever since Kevin and I have been together (many many years now..) we have been frequenting this shop in San Francisco's Japantown that has Japanese purikura booths!! The shop is called Pika Pika if anyone ever wants to go have a little fun.


This is the turnout from our last visit. I wish I could show you all our old ones, but THEY WERE STOLEN TT ^ TT so I can't, unfortunately. I miss them so much. 

I super like how they turned out and before, I used to decorate them profusely. Now I like to leave them more simple and Kevin was the one who decorated almost everything (including my crown and glasses lol). He's so cute for wanting to deco it up (^ω^)

Here are just additional shots of them




The machines really enlarge your eyes. Here's how we looked that day without any puri treatment hehehe 


Lol BB was whistling. He's so precious to me. I couldn't be more happy with him!! 

THE RESTAURANT 

There's a sushi boat restaurant called Isobune in San Francisco that claims it's the first of it's kind in America. I dunno about all that, but it serves really delicious sushi. The sashimi is always creamy and melts in your mouth. So delicious. We had to wait for a looooooooong time to get our seats, but it's ALWAYS well worth it. 

KINOKUNIYA BOOKSTORE

This place has a special spot in my heart because Kevin is an avid reader of manga and we have been coming here together for the past 7 years (Kevin alone, probably way longer). He reads in Japanese so we come here to pick up the latest issues. 

I like to get the fashion and beauty magazines :3 These are the two I got this time around: 


Really love the winter looks that are in here. Wish I lived in Japan right about now hahaha ^_~ Such cute winter fashions! Another thing that really impresses me, is that Japanese magazines like Vivi and Ray release their issues really early. For example, we celebrated my day in the last week of December and the February issues were already out and on display for purchase! As you can see, I purchased the December and January issues. They're about $15+ for the newest issues and $8-10 for the older ones.

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Thanks for reading about my day and hope you have a beautiful week dollies <3

Saturday, January 11, 2014

♡ [我的心機] My Scheming Face Masks [Review] ♡

Hi guys!!~ Ahhh I am so excited to try out these [我的心機] My Scheming Face Masks!! The packaging is so cute and really reminds me of the [我的美麗日記] My Beauty Diary masks (which I did a post on a while ago here). This brand is also Taiwanese and pretty popular. You can get them online for about $12.99 for a box of 10 (google for your prices).

Here are some photos of them ^___^


From Left to Right (& Top to Bottom):

Hyaluronic Acid Mask
L-Ascorbic Acid Whitening Mask 
Hyaluronan Hydrating Mask 
Q10 Collagen Firming Mask
Tranexaamic Acid & White Truffle Double Lifting Mask
Bamboo Charcoal & Cryste Marine Whitening Double Lifting Mask







*UPDATE: Did this mask last night (January 12) and I am loving it!!
There is so much essence in every mask and the material of the mask itself is so thick and smooth.

Skin this morning was so smooth and supple.
Don't really care about the whitening much, but it probably did brighten up my dull complexion.










I am so excited and I can't wait to use them!!~ Will provide updates soon :3