Aug 27, 2015

spice up your dorm



Hellooooo! Yes, I am alive. I've settled into my dorm since moving to Philadelphia last week and I'm excited to finally reveal it to my devoted readers. Along with a quick dorm tour, I've included small tips here and there for decorating and organizing your room, whether it be your dorm or bedroom back home.


Starting off with clothing organization: you bet I color code! Don't judge. Haha.

I'm very attached to my closet, so I brought almost everything I owned from Los Angeles (not a good idea, I know). To save some wardrobe space, I purchased a cheap garment rack from Amazon and assembled it (easy peasy) to sit right next to my bed. I love it! It's convenient in that I can hang laundry on it to dry as well.


I'll show you the most organized drawer in my desk. It includes nearly all of my jewelry, along with hair accessories, face masks, lots of gum, and medication. I bought a couple simple, clear drawer organizers from Walmart that are great for separating these miscellaneous items. The jewelry holder is my mother's.


An easy DIY for organization is to take random boxes lying around (shoe boxes, packages, etc.) and paint them! I want to keep the feel of my dorm really minimalistic, so I decided on white. Cut off any excess parts of the box. Take those remaining pieces of the cardboard to create dividers within the box. I just used tape to secure them. I use these boxes to hold nail polish and makeup (there's a section for brushes, another for lip products, so on and so forth).


You should invest in a camera mug. You should. You really should. If you're paranoid about cheap products... then use it as a pencil/pen holder! But I'm telling you... you should get one.

I love coffee cups. I sometimes ask cashiers at Starbucks to give me extra cups so that I can use them around the house. I recently visited Alfred {Coffee + Kitchen} on Melrose Place, and of course I fetched myself one of their cute cups. I'm now using it has a holder for my whiteboard markers.


I'm not a fan of sitting on hard chairs for long periods of time, so I brought a cushion for a chair. How was I supposed to know that the chairs here are huuuge...


I have a lot of polaroids, but I find them too small (I need the Fujifilm INSTAX 210 in my life). Instead of using those, I opted to print out some of my favorite pictures from my iPhone. All I did was add white borders that were polaroid-esque on Photoshop, and wha-la! Glue them to index cards, write captions, and your makeshift polaroids are complete. You can make them as large as you want, which is absolutely perfect.

In addition to coffee cups, I also enjoy collecting jars. The jar above is from Snow Monster, and the jar below is from Pop'd Up. Oh, and I love fake flowers because I like plants but I've killed every one I tried to grow.


I think I've mentioned this before, but Ebay is my best friend. If you dig deeply enough, you'll discover inexpensive hidden gems like this white wooden cube clock (not even ten bucks). It's beautiful and works well. And, I'm not quite superstitious, but I find dreamcatchers really pretty so I got myself one. The mirror is my mother's (love you momma).


Command hooks and adhesive poster strips are a must if you're a hardcore decorator. Actually, hooks are also nice for hanging bags, scarves, and towels around your room.


If Daiso exists around your area, I highly recommend you visit it while dorm shopping. They not only have great essentials for the kitchen and bathroom, but also stock up on awesome crafts like these paper lanterns. I hung them on my ceiling using Command hooks!


Repping the best coast with a $5 flag from Ebay. And what's a dorm without Christmas lights? The bedding is from IKEA and the ruffled throw pillow is from Target.

I think that's about it. What do you think? Classes started yesterday, and I'm enjoying every second here. I met so many incredible people these last few days and I'm extremely grateful. I'll try to log on from time to time, promise. As usual, thanks for reading! I appreciate all of your lovely comments and feedback. See ya laters,

xx

P.S: I hate mosquito bites with a burning passion. Missing SoCal just a teensy bit.
P.P.S: Unrelated, but VSCO recently selected one of my photos to appear in curated search results! Sweet.

Aug 12, 2015

a skincare regime



I'm no beauty expert, but I do know that caring for your skin early on in life will do great things for you in the future. From makeup removal to face masks, I present to you: my own little skincare regime. Along with the routine, I'll add bits of product reviews.

Here's a quick background about my skin type. I have very normal skin that leans slightly towards the dry side. If I dab my face with blotting paper, I get absolutely nothing. But, if I don't apply lotion or any other hydrating formula, my skin starts to become tight and peels after a day or two. I think environment plays a significant role in this because I live in a very dry area (it's a desert, literally).


R E M O V I N G  M A K E U P

I like makeup wipes. The brand doesn't really matter to me, as long as my eyes don't burn! However, makeup wipes don't rid of everything, so it's important to use another cleanser afterwards. I am currently using Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam by THEFACESHOP, and I've been liking it a lot so far. I purchased the peach one simply because I love anything peach scented. There are a total of six different ones you can choose from, including aloe and lemon. The cleanser is very gentle on sensitive skin, leaving my face clean, fresh, and soft. I use it every night after removing my makeup with a cleansing towelette.


A C N E

My face tends to break out if I'm stressed or tired. It also breaks out if I eat something greasy or just plain bad for my body, like Hot Cheetos (I can't help it...). Thankfully, I don't have extremely troubling acne. At most, I find a few zits around my T zone, nose, cheeks, and upper lip. My go to acne face wash is Neutrogena's Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Cream Cleanser, which I use after the Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam or every other morning in the shower. I can't say that it does the job in completely clearing acne, but I enjoy the foamy texture and it doesn't irritate my skin. It's affordable, cleanses my face pretty thoroughly, and smells like grapefruit. Yum.

The second item I'd like to introduce you to is Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish Stick. It consists of 100% natural ingredients, including tea tree oil that is known for its healing powers (especially acne). All you have to do is rub in the formula on any blemish. This stick exfoliates the skin as well. You may feel a burning sensation on breakouts that are very irritated, but I actually don't mind (it feels like it's healing, ya know). I've noticed that after using this stick, my blemishes don't grow further and die down!


H Y D R A T I O N

I use lotion religiously. By that, I mean every morning, every night, before leaving the house, after a shower, so on and so forth. I think it's definitely become a habit of mine due to the dry environment. My favorite face lotion that I've been using for years is Alba Botanica Hawaiian Oil Free Moisturizer: Refining Aloe & Green Tea. The consistency is not too thick and not too runny. It's very light once applied on the skin, and the scent is absolutely delicious. It keeps my face moisturized all day and all night.

I don't have a specific preference for body lotion, but I enjoy products from Bath and Body Works. Pictured above is their body lotion in the scent Frosted Wonderland.


P R O T E C T I O N

I am very. Very. Very. Tan. I'm tanner than the majority of my friends, and yes... it's because I always forget to apply sunscreen (genetics too). When I stopped by THEFACESHOP in DTLA a few weeks ago, I spotted this sunscreen and snatched it without hesitation: Natural Sun Eco Super Perfect Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA+++. As I'm Asian, Asian skincare and makeup products tend to work well with my skin. I love the lightness of this sunscreen, because who wants their skin to feel heavy? I apply makeup on top of lotion and sunscreen, so it makes sense to use the lightest products possible.

Chapstick is my best friend. My lips get chapped quickly, so I never forget to have some lip balm handy wherever I am. My favorite is Burt's Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit (this pink fruity thing is becoming a trend). I find that it really locks in the moisture in my lips, which is just perfect.


O N - T H E - G O

I've realized that I'm really quite fond of Korean skincare products. This TONYMOLY Peach Anti-aging Hand Cream has been very popular in both South Korea and foreign countries. The peach scent is to die for. The consistency isn't my favorite, but it's simply a cute on-the-go moisturizer that others will find fascinating when you pull it out of your bag. To you Jenn Im fans: remember when she called this the gradient nipple?

Hand sanitizer is a must if you're out. You're not always going to be able to find a bathroom nearby, and it's important to keep your hands clean before eating, touching your face, etc. Bath and Body Works has really nice travel-sized hand sanitizers. And, they smell nice.

This last on-the-go product is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. It's the Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist (another one of Korea's magical inventions). This is a light and refreshing mist that you can spray on your face anywhere, anytime. It's magical, I'm telling you! This is a great product to have in handy on a hot, humid day. It doesn't mess up your makeup and is able to rehydrate your skin in scorching weather. I recommend this mist full-heartedly!


E X T R A  S P E C I A L

Have you ever tried a face mask? I like to use Lush's Mask of Magnaminty once a week. This is a minty, refreshing, and clay-like product that really seems to get all that bad stuff out! It can be drying, so don't forget to moisturize your face afterwards. And remember to take a selfie while you're a green monster. Other than this, I also enjoy using sheet masks twice a week. My favorite is the Innisfree It's a Real Squeeze Mask. It can get sticky, but it feels pretty good to have all that nourishing ooze absorb into your skin.


T I P S  &  T R I C K S

Finally, I do some things consistently for the wellness of my skin.

- 1 -
When drying your face after cleansing, make sure to pat the towel on your wet face instead of rubbing it in. This helps the moisture seep into your skin to stay hydrated.
- 2 -
Moisturize your face after washing it (this includes showers). Apply a nice layer of lotion to lock everything in, and this will keep your face freshly hydrated throughout the day. Remember your lips too!
- 3 -
Avoid eating food after eight in the evening. Especially avoid eating junk food (ex. ramen, soda, potato chips). This is beneficial not just for your skin, but also for your digestive system. Digestive acids come out in your stomach only at certain periods in the day. So, if you eat during an hour you should be sleeping through (ahem: midnight snacks), your stomach is not going to be able to digest well. Cue nonstop stomach problems and heartburn (I'm not kidding).

W R A P P I N G  U P . . .

I apologize for the wavering presence on this blog, I'm moving out in less than a week and I've been overwhelmed with packing, summer homework, and last meet-ups with friends. Not to worry, I've prepared many scheduled posts for the coming weeks. As college is about to start, I can't guarantee that I'll be able to comment or reply as frequently as I have before. But, know that I'm still here! I'm just going to be busy with load and loads of studying ~

xx

Aug 5, 2015

18



Hi guys, guess what... I'm finally legal! Wooo! With less than two weeks left until I move to Philadelphia, I'm starting to get chills down my spine. Summer vacation whizzed by. I've already got my schedule for Fall semester, I'm eighteen, and independence is just around the corner. Say WHAT?!


gray heathered tee // discount store
white skirt // wet seal
black platform booties // forever 21

Am I nervous? Scared? Of course. No doubt about it. Making new friends, living across the country from my family, studying in a competitive environment—college is going to be quite the experience. It's going to be stressful. Breakdowns are possible. Homesickness is inevitable. I'm going to be alone for the first time in my life, on my own to make decisions, to manage time... even to wake up...!


Am I excited? Heck yeah! I am so. Fricking. Excited. The fact that I'll be attending the school of my dreams is going to make me the happiest gal on the planet. I'm going to be giddy every second on campus, from walking to class and sitting in the library to doing the laundry and falling asleep to the sound of taxis honking nonstop outside!

That's why I've made an important promise to myself: to never, ever, ever give up. To be as diligent as I can be. To be responsible and careful. To have fun and cherish my time there! I'm not going to let pressure intimidate me, and a horrible grade isn't going to ruin my life. I'm extremely thankful for the opportunities I've already been given, so I'm determined to make the best out of everything I now have. 


 Alrighty, back to the present: Aimiel, Angela, and I hit up LACMA and Iota Brew Cafe for my little birthday celebration on the 3rd. In the Urban Light assemblage, I pulled out my ginormous "18" balloons that I snatched on Ebay and proceeded to have a mini photoshoot. But of course it was windy and of course my balloons flew away. Of course. My deepest apologies to the ecosystem.

Iota is probably my favorite cafe in Koreatown right now. Both their main courses and desserts are amazing, I recommend it wholeheartedly.


All I've been wearing these days is black and white, literally. Love me some sophisticated vibes through the right mixtures of cuts, patterns, and textures ~

xx