May Favorites 2017

It’s crazy to think we’re already at the end of May! I want to first say CONGRATULATIONS to the Class of 2017! Y’all did it! Next stop: Adulthood and College! I can’t wait to see what life has in store for y’all! Second: I want to say sorry I haven’t been posting in a really long time, college and work has been super crazy and I haven’t had a lot of time blogging. I’m back with my monthly favorites again! I don’t have many favorites for this month, bet let’s get started!

Like I said before, I don’t have a lot of favorites, but I’ve been loving my Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner! I love how dark and opaque the liner is. It’s also very versatile. The brush tip is very flexible so you can have a nature thin liner or a thick, dramatic liner.

I also have been loving this new matte liquid lipstick by Kiss New York Professional. The liquid lipstick line is called Celeste and the color I’ve been obsessed with is called Peanut Brittle.

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My next favorite is an organization thing. I’ve been really in love with planning my life accordingly but in fashion! It’s not just a planner, but it’s called bullet journaling. I love how flexible bullet journaling is! It’s a planner, a diary, a sketchbook, and a to-do list! You can customize it to your lifestyle.

This month I’ve been reading the book Evermore by Alyson Noël. It’s about a sixteen-year-old, Ever Bloom and how her life changes forever after a car accident that kills her entire family. She moves to California and posses psychic abilities. This book is the first book to the Immortal series. Alyson Noël does an amazing job with building suspense and curiosity to hold her readers’ attention throughout this book. I would definitely recommend this book!

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Well y’all that’s it for this month, I hope y’all have a wonderful day!

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Studying Tips to Succeed in College (or High School)

Hey y’all! In case y’all didn’t know, I’m a freshman in college. As I was studying for my psychology test, I thought it would be a good idea to share with y’all my study tips on here. So let’s get into it!

Tip #1: Get a planner

I would highly, highly recommend getting a planner. It will help get you organized, especially if you’re busy. I’m have a part-time job and I go to college part-time, I also write on this blog (not as often as I like, but hopefully I can get back into blogging again)! Currently I’m using a bullet journal. I love bullet journalling because it’s very flexible and I can customize it to MY lifestyle. I will be doing a bullet journal blog post very soon for those of y’all who are interested.

Tip #2: Record your lectures

I like recording my lectures in class because sometimes my teachers will talk a lot and has a lot of information I can’t type or write down I can always go home and listen to the recording and revise my notes and make them better when I study.

Tip #3: Flash Cards

If I have a class where there’s a lot of vocabulary or even if there’s questions on the test and they’re short answers I like to study with flash cards. If you don’t like using paper flash cards you can always use StudyBlue.com or Quizlet.com. Get the app on your phone and study on-the-go!

Tip #4: Preview and Review

Preview before class and review after class. If you just finished a section or a chapter, read the next section or chapter before class so you have a decent idea of what you will be talking about in class. Then after class you can review in depth of what y’all talked about. This is a great study skill to have because you won’t have to study a lot because you’re spreading the time out.

Tip $5: Color Coding/Highlighting

Last and final tip is color coding and highlighting. Color coding your notes and highlighting important parts in your notes is a great study tip! If you color code your notes it’s easier to see without being super overwhelmed when you’re studying for finals. It also makes it pretty and somewhat fun to do! I’ve noticed the more colorful my notes are the more I want to look at them.

I hope these tips are helpful and I would love to see what other tips y’all have that work for you!

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In-Flight Beauty Routine

As summer is approaching, I’m sure many of y’all including myself will be traveling a lot for vacation. I have put a few tips together to share with y’all, so your skin will not be so stressed out as it already is from flying.

Tip #1: Pack travel sized products you already use at home. For example get empty travel sized bottles from Amazon or a beauty supply store. This is because your skin is used to the products and you know you will not be breaking out. You don’t want to stress your skin any more than it already is.

Tip #2: Use a makeup remover or a water cleanser with a cotton pad to remove your makeup.

Bonus Tip: Soak the cotton pads with the water cleanser and put it in a zip lock bag.

Tip #3: Ask a flight attendant for a hot towel. Place the hot towel over your face and leave it on for about 10 minutes. This will help open up your pores, so that your skin will absorb the products better.

Tip #4: Moisturize your skin with your favorite moisturizer. Don’t forget your lips either, so use your trustee lip balm.

Tip $5: Use an overnight face mask. Overnight face masks are great because you can have it on while you sleep.

Tip #6: After you wake up from your nap, you can use your cleansing water and cotton bad again and spray a facial mist all over your face.

Tip #7: For makeup keep it light and simple. I like to use a cushion foundation because it’s quick and easy and great for traveling. Next, use an eyelash curler and mascara and lipstick and some brow powder.

Hope y’all have/had a great flight!!!

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May Goals

Hey y’all recently I have read that writing your goals increases the likelihood of committing to them and taking actions by 42%. I have decided to write them down in my bullet journal for a daily reminder and share it with y’all.

Since this is my first written out goals I will not have a recap of last month’s goals because I didn’t have any, however I will be doing monthly goals and do a reflection of each month and tell y’all on things I could improve on and how I achieved/worked on achieving my goals for each month.

So, in May I want to:

  • Write 3 posts a week
  • Read 1 “fun” book
  • Let the things I can’t control go as much as possible
  • Eat healthier
  • Get a strong start to college
  • Continue bullet journaling– be organized
  • Be more financially aware of spending
    • Focus more on needs than wants
    • Not eating out
  • Eat breakfast every morning (I’m don’t eat breakfast)
  • Try to keep up having a clean room/car for more than a day
  • Figure out what to get my mom for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017 For The 5 Love Languages

After decades of couples counseling and research, Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages, found that everyone “speaks” a primary love language. Your love language is your preferred way to express and experience love emotionally. Dr. Chapman explains each love language here.

As we prepare for how we’d like to show the mothers and mother figures in our lives our love and appreciation, consider what her love language might be. If you don’t know, Dr. Chapman suggests thinking about how they tend to express love to others: Do they give gifts, never fail to give you a hug, or offer to help you somehow? He also recommends observing what they tend to complain about most: “I never get to spend time with you.” “You haven’t called me in ages!” These will give you clues as to whether they’re gifts, physical touch, acts of services, quality time, or words of affirmation are their love language.

Once you’ve figured it out, here are a few tried-and-true ideas we know are sure to make your mom feel as loved as she deserves to be.

WORDS OF AFFIRMATION

If she has been a source of “You’re doing a great job!” “That looks great on you!” and “Everything will be OK” statements in your life, then this woman probably feels most loved when she receives affirming words too.

  • This gorgeous “World’s Best Mom” card by Rifle Paper Co. will delight the mama whose heart melts at a kind remark.
  • If you’re no Shakespeare, let this fill-in-the-blank You’re So Awesome book help you do the talking.
  • Feeling creative? Pick up a blank canvas for less than $10 and paint her favorite song lyric onto it as Verily articles editor Megan Madden did for her mom. “We Skyped while listening to the song. My mom’s super into gushy things like that though.” So are we!

QUALITY TIME

This love language is all about giving the other person your undivided attention more than where or what you’re doing. Keep the distractions to a minimum by engaging in an activity you’re both familiar with and enjoy rather than something new.

  • If you both love to cook, plan a date and replace an old tool, like this classic and clean British Porcelain Mortar & Pestle.
  • If you’re both artistic, Verily culture editor Mary Rose Somarriba suggests going on a paint and wine date where you get to take home your masterpiece.
  • Verily style editor Lilly Bozzone split an Airbnb rental with her sisters to spend a weekend away with their mom (adorable!).
  • If an extravagant gift isn’t in the budget or there’s a long distance between you, as it has been with Megan and her mother, grab a cup of coffee and have a long and leisurely Skype or FaceTime date. No matter what you choose, it should be an opportunity to catch up and really listen to this woman who means so much to you.

ACTS OF SERVICE

For these women, actions speak louder than words. Chances are she’s been of more service to others than she has been to herself—and would delight in someone offering her a helping hand (or a day off).

  • Give your mom the gift of doing by checking something off her list that she’s wanted done for ages but never gets around to: fix that squeaky hinge, organize all the digital photos of the grandkids, or offer to purge the basement (which is probably filled with your high school castoffs anyway!).
  • Help her prioritize self-care by treating her to a DIY relaxation kit: include a de-stressing adult coloring book or a similar alternative, a good book, essential oils, an artisinal botanical candle by Wax Apothecary, or a DIY terrarium kit.
  • Breakfast in bed is thoughtful, sweet, and oh-so-affordable. Emily Brett, Verily‘s graphic designer, shares, “For Mother’s Day every year, my brother, dad and I wake up early and make my mom a full breakfast, then serve it to her. It’s a little treat that she really appreciates and looks forward to each year!”

PHYSICAL TOUCH

To this mom, nothing speaks more deeply than a warm hug, linking arms, a kiss on the cheek, or a tender squeeze on the arm.

  • Ready to make a physical touch mom feel super-special? Mary Rose recommends buying a new nail polish shade that complements her skin tone and giving her an at-home mani/pedi (we can hear the spa bells ringing).
  • Give her a much needed neck or back rub, or book an hour-long massage delivered to the comfort of her own home or office through the Soothe app for $99 (tip included).
  • Reduce her stress and refresh her mood by rubbing a bit of essential oils from doTERRA onto her temples, behind her neck and ears, and on her wrists. Ah, serenity.

GIFTS

For some, what makes them feel most loved is to receive a gift. Dr. Chapman advises, “Don’t mistake this love language for materialism; the receiver of gifts thrives on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift.” The perfect gift or gesture shows that she is known, cared for, and prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring the gift to her. It’s difficult for us to recommend the perfect gift because it depends so much on the individual. But we do have a few ideas based on our own experiences.

  • If you notice her hands need a little TLC, Emily recommends l’Occitane’s popular hand cream with Shea butter and honey.
  • If she’s always hunting people down for photos, collect them from family members and create a personalized photo book of special gatherings. Our lifestyle editor Kriza Liquido’s mother-in-law loves these!
  • Megan bought a gorgeously illustrated book titled A Mother Is a Story by Samantha Hahn for her own mom this year. Her accompanying journal, Stories for My Child, is a thoughtful opportunity for mom to record milestones and experiences to cherish.
  • Sophie Caldecott, Verily‘s special projects manager, recommends getting a voucher for an online class in calligraphy, macaron making, book binding, or photography from atly for the woman who wants to broaden her repertoire of talents.
  • For something that will remind her of you year-round, consider jewelry. Megan shares, “My mom, sister, and I all have matching rings, which makes us feel united when we’re apart.”

Whatever you choose for the special women in your life, we hope some of these ideas help you find the perfect gifts that make them feel most loved this Mother’s Day.

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Modern Dating-Rant

I’m in the mood to rant about modern dating, so sorry if this is all over the place because I’m literally just typing this as I’m thinking. So here it is; in this generation, dating is no longer dating. This is the generation of “it’s complicated.” My definition of dating is exploring life with another person. Growing with each other with the intention of a future together (aka marriage and kids). We live in the world of technology, so you would think dating would be easier right? Wrong. It made things so much more complicated and confusing for everyone. We jump straight to conclusions. Dating is now Netflix and chill. No one seems to go out and explore the world together anymore. He likes another girls picture, does he like her? This girl has 500 likes, I’m nothing compared to her. He took 3 hours to respond. He only texts me at 2am. Does he just want to f*ck? We’re all scared to commit but we don’t want to be alone and because of that our generation has invented “talking.” You’re not dating officially, but you’re talking.  They are your girl or man, but since y’all aren’t together you can’t be upset with them talking or seeing other people. You know they like you and you like them back, but no one is making the first move into an actual relationship. I think talking is great, but our version of talking is just over text. No one makes the first move to hang out in person. I feel like you can’t know someone until you meet them in person more than once to see if y’all it it off.

Once y’all have sex, that’s what your relationship starts to be all about. Your relationship will be centered around having sex. Yes, sex is great but no relationship should be centered around having sex. A relationship should be about growing together and adventuring. The we have the option of friends with benefits but that will only work if both people do not catch feelings, which doesn’t happen often. Normally, one person tends to always catch feelings and that my friends is no bueno. In my experience of having an fwb we’re both into each other, but don’t want to commit so we end up just talking and having sex. I don’t want to offend anyone who loves hooking up and doing fwb/one night stands. If doing that makes you happy, then go for it!

This is what dating has come to, talking and having sex. Not wanting to commit but don’t want to be alone. It’s sad, but the truth. We all post on social media we want dating to come back, but we don’t make it happen. Our generation is supposed to change the world, so let’s start now. We shouldn’t be settling for less. We deserve more than what we accept. My favorite quote is from Perks of Being a Wallflower, “we accept the love we think we deserve.” But the truth is we deserve WAYY more, so why can’t we see that in ourselves? Why are we letting boys/relationships, how many likes on social media we get define who we are. (Damn…I just went on a huge tangent. I’ll stop now hahaha). But you get the point, hopefully. I would love to hear what your thoughts are about modern dating.

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My Skin Care Routine aka The Korean 10 Step Skin Care Routine

Yes, you read that right. I actually do the full 10 steps to the Korean Skin Care Routine.

The general steps to this skin care routine are

  • Double Cleanse
    • Oil based cleanser
      • Banila Clean It Zero Sherbet Cleanser
    • Water based cleanser
      • Garnier SkinActive Miceller Cleansing Water
  • Exfoliation
    • St. Ives Apricot Scrub
  • Toners/Softners
    • Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner
  • Essence
    • Shiseido Benefiance Essence Serum
  • Serums
    • Estee Lauder Night Repair Serum
  • Sheet Masks
    • Foodaholic Naural Essence Mask
  • Eye Cream
    • Resilience Lift Firming/ Sculpting Eye Cream
  • Moisturizer
    • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel-Cream, Extra-Dry Skin
  • Sunscream
    • Neutrogena Sunscreen SPF 50

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DIY Cushion Foundation

Hey y’all! Today I will be showing y’all how to make your own cushion foundation. Cushion foundations have been a huge trend in Korea (where it originally started) and in the US. Cushion foundations are great if you are always on the go and it’s a nice travel size compact for when you are traveling. In Korea it is their beauty standard to have bright and pale skin so their foundations do not cater for dark skin tones. They also love that glowy, dewy finish, however, I know some people who prefer matte finish or a higher coverage cushion foundation. So to cater for everyone, I have decided to share this DIY cushion foundation. It’s quick and easy!

Here are the products you will need:

  • Cushion case with the refill and puff. (If you are reusing it like me, wash nicely with your face cleanser and luke warm water and let them air dry).
    • I will be using my IOPE cushion foundation case
  • Small skin care spatula or a toothpick
  • Foundation of your choice
    • I will be using my Maybelline Matte and Poreless foundation in 235
  • An oil-free suncream
    • I will be using my Nutrogena Sunscreen SPF50
  • Essence serum/ Moisturizer that is good for your skin type
  • Liquid highlighter/ illuminator (optional)
  • Tweezers

Steps:

  • Remove the sponge cushion out of the container
  • Pump or pour 10g of foundation into the container
  • Add 3g of suncream
  • Add 5-7g of serum or moisturizer
  • Add 3g of liquid highlighter/illuminator
  • Mix well with toothpick
  • Test the foundation out to make sure you like the formula
    • If you want more coverage add more foundation
    • Need more moisture, add more moisturizer or serum
    • Want more glowy, dewy finish add more highlighter
  • Put the sponge back into the container
  • Clean around the cushion with cotton swab
  • Close the compact tightly

THERE Y’ALL GO! YOUR VERY OWN CUSHION FOUNDATION!

Good luck y’all and have fun!

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April Favorites 2017

It’s crazy it’s already May, we’re 1/3 into 2017! I’m sure my fellow seniors are excited to graduate in a few weeks, I know I am! Anyway, let’s talk about my favorites for this month; I have quite a few favorites I want to share with y’all. I will not just be talking about my favorite beauty products, but I will be adding favorite music, books, etc.

First, let’s start with foundation because it’s the “foundation” of makeup (haha no pun intended ;)). I’ve been loving my Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup Foundation, which I did a review on (click here if you want to see an in depth review). I’m in the shade 3W2 Wheat and it’s a perfect match for me! I’m not going to say much because I don’t want to spoil the detailed review, but I will say this: I love this foundation (obviously, because it is in my favorites) because of its nice, matte finish, the coverage is AH-MAZING and it is long lasting.

Next is blush by Wet n Wild in the color Rosé Champagne. This is my go-to blush! I love how pigminted it is and it is so silky and smooth which makes it very easy to blend. I like to use this blush as a bronzer as well. I don’t use a bronzer because this product warms up my skin like a bronzer. This gives you a perfect, natural hint of color and blends seemlessly with any bronzer if you want to use a bronzer with this blush. It has a little bit of shimmer in the blush which gives you a nice glow.

The next product I will be talking about is the L’oréal Telescopic Mascara in blackest black. Being Asian I have those very short, stubborn, straight lashes. I’m very picky about my mascara because I like my mascara that curl and lengthen my lashes, I do wear false lashes so volume is not my main concern. This mascara does exactly what I want it to do and the curl lasts ALL DAY! I use about two coats on my lashes and it’s perfect.

This next product is not a beauty product but it is a book. Well there’s two books I would like to mention. The first book, y’all probably have seen all over social media is Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

The next book is Thirteen Reasons Why which most of us have seen on Netflix. If you have not read the book, I would highly reccomend it! Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

My last favorites category of the month is music. I’ve been really into the songs Stay Together by Noah Cyrus and Rolex by Ayo and Teo.

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Time Fades

The struggles I face
from day to day

Are struggles that won’t
seem to fade away

I wake in the morning
and what do I see

A lost little girl
mourning to be

I struggle with loss,
pain and anxiety too

But most of all I
struggle from not having you

Time will heal
So they say

So I watch the clock
As time fades away
*Inspired by the chapel service on November 2, 2016. Reading the Book of Life”

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