Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Travel: La Jolla, CA

Sometimes you just need to unwind...

If you read my previous post, you know that I went for a little shopping. What I didn't mention was that before my shopping adventures, I went to treat myself to some sushi. There's no one better to date myself at the moment ;)

As agreed upon earlier that day, me and my housemates drove to La Jolla to visit Whole Foods. I couldn't remember why we needed to go there; nonetheless, I was happy to be out and about. Before going to Whole Foods, we walked to Sprinkles. According to my housemate, they had the best red velvet cupcakes. I only got a mini, but wow, it was definitely an experience. Very moist, very sweet = heaven. 

I only settled for a mini cupcake because I planned on getting some Macarons at Whole Foods! The first time I had Macarons, I wanted to be eccentric and try the flower flavors like Lavender and Rose. Bad idea. I don't like eating my flowers, thank you very much.

Anyway, look at the selection! I mean, how can you even choose just a couple? I planned on buying only TWO, but ended up with FOUR. *sigh* I know, I'm ashamed of myself. I got Coffee, Vanilla Bean, Raspberry, and Salted Caramel. I found I loved all but one - Coffee was a bit disappointing for me. Just add that to the flavors I won't buy again.

Since it was still early, we decided to check out the mall. WOW. I think the mall there might be my favorite in San Diego. I wish I would have taken more photographs but it was already dark and I wasn't in the mood to analyze the location.

When you think of a mall, you wouldn't think of the word "relaxing." However, I did when I saw this one. I mean look at the chairs in the photo at the top of this post. They look comfortable! They had many more varieties that I hope I can photograph some other time. Overall, I can't wait to come back!!

Photos in this post were taken using my Samsung Galaxy SIII.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Haul: Toni&Guy + Not Your Mother's

A little splurge doesn't hurt anyone, right?

If you read my last post, you know I've been going through some tough emotional/mental times. It still hasn't quite improved completely where I'm back to being content again. Long story short, I managed to force myself to get out of bed and do something. I decided that something was shopping :)

First, I went to Sephora and finally got a sample of the NARS Sheer Glow in the shade Santa Fe. I'm quite excited to try it out :)

Then, I went to Target to find a new dry shampoo. I was glad when I found that Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo actually smelled amazing without having the coconut scent that their sea salt spray has. I also made sure I read some online reviews before I made a purchase. According to the reviews, this is quite a good product.

However, not fully convinced, I kept looking around, but I couldn't find any more dry shampoo brands I wanted to try. I did, however, found the shelf for Toni&Guy. I've seen Zoella mention the brand in her videos, so I was excited to check out the line. Unfortunately, Target didn't stock their dry shampoo, but they did have a sea salt spray. It smells AMAZING! It's quite pricey, but I thought, "what the heck, treat yourself." So I did. 

Let me know in the comments if you'd like me to do a review of these products :)

P.S. I'm going to TRY really hard to make my posts shorter. I noticed that my posts so far have been LONG and quite rambly (that's a word, right?). I'm also going to try to take better, more pleasing photographs. I've been visiting a lot of blogs and I'm in awe at how amazing and creative people are with their photographs.. Okay, I'm rambling again.. Til next time!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Just a Little Bit of Reflection...

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Hi everyone, this is not my usual post, but after watching Tyler Oakley's latest Q&Slay video, I thought I would do a little post about self-reflection and gratitude.

Last week was probably one of the most difficult times of my life. It brought up painful childhood memories, and all the resentment and anger that came with it. It's not because someone passed away, or someone was in an accident. No. It was more of an internal battle. Leading up to it, I was having anxiety because I wanted to stop taking a medication that I have been taking. I will not specify what it is.

My first trigger was work frustration. I was frustrated that I had to go back and find the series of mistakes a coworker made in order to correct them. Sometimes I feel like it's a curse that I'm so detail-oriented.

My second trigger was a family member. I will not specify who it is either. Let's just say that I've since concluded that this person is my biggest trigger of all. They always want to get the last word, even if what they say has nothing to do with the current conversation.

After the second push, I've completely lost it. I've surrendered to depression and isolation. Everything was too much of an effort. Living was too much of an effort. Smiling was too difficult. I couldn't look at people, let alone myself. I couldn't be bothered to greet anyone or start a conversation.

Even when I couldn't look at myself in the mirror, I felt how dead I was inside behind my eyes. I didn't feel motivated to think of happy thoughts, to remind myself of what my purpose is.

I was dead. Inside. I cried at my work desk. I cried while sitting on the couch. I cried silently.

And then, the moment of truth arrived. My therapy session was scheduled on Friday. That day, I was excited because I believed that I would finally be fixed.

Long story short, the session was filled with bottled up tears. It was filled with anger, envy, self-pity, hopelessness, and the biggest of all: SURRENDER. There was only one solution I received, but I thought that it was enough for the time being: DO THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOUR MIND TELLS YOU TO DO.

Let me explain. If my mind and body is telling me to sleep all day because I'm feeling depressed, do the complete opposite. Force myself to go outside, get some fresh air, and enjoy my surroundings. As per my therapist, it would feel unnatural, but it will be very helpful.

I came home and I felt like I was reborn. I was able to smile again, and my heart felt lighter. I gave myself some more time to mope until Friday night ended.

The weekend went by in a flash, but I was happy. I was grateful that even though I felt completely alone, I realized that I wasn't. The people I live with cares about me, and that's enough.

The biggest thing I've learned from this ordeal was:

Sometimes, you need to look out for your own happiness, instead of worrying so much about other people's feelings. Sometimes you need to give up on some things (or some people) for your own well-being. You have a choice. Take it. Take charge of your happiness. You deserve it.

The final thing I learned is: Family doesn't have to mean blood-related.

I want to take this time to list some things I'm thankful for.

  • I'm thankful to be alive.
  • I'm thankful that I have at least three people that cares about me.
  • I'm thankful that I have blogging and Youtube videos as an outlet.
  • I'm thankful that I have very low tolerance for pain. Otherwise, I wouldn't be here right now.
  • I'm thankful that I have acid reflux disease because it forced me to eat even though I didn't want to. It forced me to keep on living because I don't like pain.
  • I'm thankful for having my virtual friend Michelle. Having her support, understanding, and encouragement kept me going.
  • Finally, I'm thankful for the smiles that people gave and will give me. Even when they didn't realize it, they brought me back to life. They lifted my spirits and reminded me that there's so much more to life than tolerating things and people that do nothing but hurt me.

This post is sooooooooooooo bloody deep. I'm sorry if this was boring to you! Regular posts will be back on Sunday :) If you got this far, thank YOU for reading. You're awesome and beautiful.

Check out my bloopers/extras video for the 7 Deadly Sins of Beauty tag for a bit of a laugh :)

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The 7 Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag

Tell me, how sinful are you? ;)

I was looking around for some tags when I remembered that Juicystar07 (Blair Fowler) from YouTube used to love doing them. Luckily, I found this tag. If you'd rather not read through my answers, the video above should suffice :) The answers might differ in the slightest since I filmed the video a week before.

1. GREED - What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?
My most expensive is my Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Sand Beige. It retails for $45. My most inexpensive is an E.L.F. Essential Brightening Eye Color. It retails for $1 at most drugstores or their website.

2. WRATH - What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? 
I have a love/hate relationship with my Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash. I love that it's gentle and doesn't have any perfume or dyes. However, I don't like it simply because it has methylparaben in the ingredients.

3. GLUTTONY - What are your most delicious beauty products?
My most delicious would be my Bee & Flower soaps. They are natural soaps that smell so good! I got them from my local Sprouts. If you live outside of the U.S., you can get them from Amazon.

4. SLOTH - What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness?
I neglect my Alba Botanica Facial Scrub. One reason is because my chin area tend to get dry, especially towards that time of the month. My aesthetician informed me that the pineapple enzyme might be drying out my skin. The other reason is that sometimes I am too tired (from watching YouTube videos) that I just want to clean my face quickly and get to bed. 

5. PRIDE - What beauty product gives you the most self confidence?
Since learning how to contour my face, I felt more confident. So, the product that gives me most confidence is my E.L.F. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzer Duo. I love the subtle shade it gives me. I like them because I'm still not brave enough to wear bold colors on my face.

6. LUST - What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?
I like the stereotypical good sense of humor, good personality, and great smile like Joe Sugg. However, I am also attracted to the silent and mysterious types like Zayn Malik. Whenever I see him perform or watch interviews with them, he seems like he couldn't be bothered. He's in his own little world, and I want to know what's going on inside his head :)

7. ENVY - What items would you most like to receive as a gift?
I'd love to receive either the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation or the NARS Sheer Matte Foundation. I've yet to give them a try, but when I would watch Zoella or Tanya Burr doing their makeup, they always use the Sheer Glow foundation. I can't wait to go to Sephora and get a sample of both so I know which one works better with my skin!

I'd love to read your answers in the comments!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My TRESemme Collection

One thing I like about this brand is the smell of their products. It has such a pleasant smell, that it makes me happy using them - even the hairspray!

When I like a brand, I tend to try other products of the same brand. This is the very short story of my TRESemme collection. I have only repurchased the heat tamer spray so far. The other three are the first time I've purchased them and I have yet to finish the bottles.

I love this heat protectant spray. It smells amazing and I think it does a great job of protecting my hair when I style it. I also love that it has Keratin as an added bonus :) I'm pretty darn diligent when it comes to protecting my hair when I apply heat on it.

This is my favorite scent among the four products I own. It tames my frizzy hair and makes it look sleek. 

I'm not quite as knowledgeable as I wish I could be when it comes to dry shampoo. I was hoping it would really volumize my hair, but maybe I'm doing something wrong? I don't know how much I'm supposed to put in my hair, so my hair still ends up oily when I use it on third-day hair. It does say on the bottle to apply it throughout the day, but who has time for that?

I'm new to using hairspray in my hair. Thankfully, this hair spray doesn't smell too much like chemicals, and it also doesn't make my hair crunchy. The most recent time I used it, I applied it more liberally than I usually do. To my satisfaction, it left my hair truly touchable even after I've applied it. My curls held and my hair smelled amazing the whole day.

Have you used any of these products?
What's your favorite brand in each category if it's not TRESemme?

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