It has been a long time since I’ve written a new post, in fact, it’s been a little more than half a year…
2019 was one crazy year, from moving to my first apartment, to switching jobs, and to getting scammed…a lot has happened. I wanted to jump on here and just give a quick update since it’s been so long since I last posted.
This year, I plan to put more TLC into my blog and share more beauty products, outfits, and food places to try!
Thanks for sticking with me everyone! If you want to see more photos of my dogs and a curated feed, check out my Instagram!
I’ll be back real soon with a new blog post, so stay tuned!
I have been a longtime fan of Kewpie, and I am so excited that I was given the chance to partner with them. For those of you who might not know, Kewpie is a Japanese food product company, more recognizable for their iconic mayonnaise. Their mission is to contribute to the food culture and health of the world through, “great taste, empathy, and uniqueness.”
While they might be most well known for their mayonnaise, Kewpie also sells a deep-roasted sesame dressing. With a single bite, I was hit with nostalgia of a small cafe on a corner in San Jose.
I visited the Kewpie truck when they visited the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton and had the opportunity to try all their delicious samples.
The truck was giving out four different samples. A deep-roasted sesame salad, a chicken skewer, an egg salad, and elote. The salad and chicken skewer are dressed with the deep-roasted sesame dressing. The taste of the dressing is very light, a little sweet but tangy. It actually goes well with anything! I’ve been looking for a good dressing for Chinese chicken salad, and this does not disappoint.
The elote and egg salad reminded me of my love for the Kewpie Mayo! I can’t explain how tasty and light this mayo is. It’s not like your traditional one where you can only have a little bit, the Kewpie Mayo is ADDICTIVE! I have never had elote that tasted so good! It was so flavorful and although there was only a drizzle of the mayo, that’s what made it so good. All the samples at the truck were honestly so good, and I’ve been craving it ever since!
My experience at the Kewpie Truck was amazing! The workers were extremely friendly and so enthusiastic about the product. The weather at the Alameda County Fair was brutal, but the workers kept a happy face on and made the experience memorable! It was also really great seeing the expressions from people stopping by who have never heard of or tasted the product before. There were positive responses and I definitely saw some purchases as well. As if I wasn’t excited enough, I was gifted a couple bottles to take home so I can try to recreate the dishes the truck had! The dressing and mayo is a MUST buy! You can purchase them at the official online website or on Amazon! These condiments are inexpensive and go great with anything!
Make sure you check out their Instagram page here to stay updated on where they’ll be next!
Thanks for letting me rave about why you need Kewpie in your life! If you’re in the area, I highly recommend making a trip to the Kewpie Truck so you can try their delicious samples (and pick up a few discounted bottles)! I promise you won’t regret it!
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to partner with Ariba Med Spa located in Fremont, CA. I am so excited to share my CoolSculpting experience with all of you!
I have heard a lot of positive feedback from people who have gotten this procedure and I’ve been really interested in trying it for myself. I did a lot of research beforehand to make sure I understood the process & any risk that may be involved. For those of you unaware of what CoolSculpting is, it is a non-invasive procedure used to eliminate unwanted fat in targeted areas like the abdomen, love handles, thighs and chin, etc.
I was both nervous and excited for the procedure because it’s a way to freeze away fat cells, ensuring they won’t return! It’s extremely targeted, so if you have ‘problem areas,’ you can address them directly. The area I decided to get done was my inner thighs. I have always been self conscious of my legs, and I’m honestly really excited to see the results. Keep in mind that CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure, it is to help tone the area and prevent fat cells from coming back, and you generally see the results a few weeks to months after.
When I arrived, I was instantly greeted by their friendly staff and taken to their CoolSculpting room where I showed the esthetician the problem area I wanted to work on. Lilliana, the esthetician who was doing my procedure was amazing! She answered all my questions and concerns and walked me through the entire process. It was also reassuring to hear about her own successful experiences with sculpting.
The procedure is essentially as follows: The technician works with you to understand which area you’d like to be CoolSculpted. They are precise with measurements, drawing lines to map out exactly what to work on. This consultation also determines the price & length of the procedure, as well as which cooling paddle they’ll use. After that, the technician preps the area with a sterilizing wipe, a cream, a gel, and a thin protective sheet before placing the paddle (which is a strong suction) on the area. They then turn on the freezing function, which runs for half an hour. After this, the technician inspects the area before applying another cream and massaging it, which helps breaks down the fat cells. You then stand on a machine (pictured below) that vibrates your body for about 10 minutes, which further breaks down the cells.
The whole procedure took about 2 hours. I think the measurement/mapping took the longest because we wanted to be very precise in eliminating what needs to be eliminated. Everything after went by extremely fast. The freezing portion only takes 35 minutes, and after it was removed, she massaged the area for around 30 minutes. When you first apply the paddle (at sub zero temperature), there’s a slight discomfort, but that goes away after 5 minutes. I really only felt a light stinging sensation after the paddle was removed. I heard a lot of people say the pain came from the massaging, but I felt little to no irritation.
As someone who has been considering CoolSculpting for quite some time, I can genuinely attest to the fact that it isn’t so bad! It’s a great way to freeze away fat cells, and Ariba made the experience smooth & comforting. Safe to say I’ll be back again to work on my other problem areas! Major thanks again to Ariba Med Spa for partnering with me.
Hi everyone! Sorry I have not been as active on my blog as I would like to be. I recently started a full-time job and have been a little preoccupied. It’s honestly been a real struggle trying to juggle so many things, but I’ll save that topic for another post 🙂
I can’t believe it’s almost the end of February, I feel like time is flying by! I love watching monthly favorite videos, so I thought why not write a blog post about my favorite skincare products for the last couple of months!
(Products Left to Right): The Pixi Beauty – Glow Tonic has been one of my favorite toners for the past few years. I use this right after I wash my face with a cotton pad and it helps get rid of any leftover makeup/residue, ensuring that my skin is clean before I use any other products. I use this morning and night.
Sekkisei – Herbal Gel is a newer product in my skincare routine but it is absolutely amazing. It’s super lightweight and blends really nicely into the skin. You feel instantly moisturized and the scent is very light and not overpowering. I use this mostly at night because it provides that deep hydration throughout the night. Not to mention it has a spatula included so you don’t have to worry about getting product underneath your nails!
Glossier – Priming Moisturizer is my go to and quickly became a favorite! I love this product because it doubles as a moisturizer and primer. I use this product in the morning and I can apply my makeup without having to use another primer. The cream is really lightweight, has little to no scent, and blends into the skin very easily.
Tatcha – The Essence Plumping Skin Softener is amazing! I’ve tried SK II’s essence and Tatcha’s equivalent is just as good! It’s not quite as expensive but I’d still consider it a little pricy. This product leaves your face feeling hydrated and plump. After my toner, I use my hands to pat this into my face and it absorbs very easily. I use this product AM and PM and I’ve noticed my skin has looked very supple.
Tatcha – Vitamin C Brightening Serum is another great product that I only recently discovered, but it’s a product that I feel like actually works. I’ve used some other vitamin c serums and they didn’t seem to be as effective as this one. I use it right after my essence & before my moisturizer. I absolutely adore the packaging, it’s colorful, but it still feels sleek and luxurious. Try this product out if you’ve been looking to try a vitamin c serum! Thank you Influenster for sending me both Tatcha products complimentary to test out!
Lastly, the Glossier – Invisible Shield has got to be my all time favorite SPF! It is ultra lightweight and instantly absorbs into your skin without leaving a sticky residue or white cast. It has a light citrus scent and I’m so happy I found this sunblock! It is a little pricier, but it’s honestly worth it!
These have been some of my favorite skincare products that I have been using consistently. Let me know which products you’ve been loving recently, and if there’s any must-have products I need to try! So glad to be back, and I’m going to try to make a new blog post at least twice a month if not more. Thanks for reading!
Lately I have been trying to take more of a healthier approach when it comes to what makeup products I use. I wear makeup every day and sometimes the ingredients in some beloved products aren’t the healthiest. You may have heard of 100% Pure, this brand was created locally in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005. They have grown tremendously with over 200+ employees and 12 retail stores throughout the US.
In recent years, we have become more health conscious with the type of produce we purchase. Making sure we are eating organic products because it is a healthier option. Just like the food we are consuming, I think it’s also important to know what ingredients make up our favorite foundation, concealer, etc. As an avid makeup enthusiast, I am wearing makeup every single day, and I think it’s important to understand what goes into the products. I have been transitioning to cruelty-free and more natural products, and 100% Pure is a great place to start. I’m not telling you to throw away all your old makeup, but I urge you to try different brands and products when you are in need of replenishment.
I will be sharing some products that I have recently purchased from 100% Pure! These have quickly grown to be some of my absolute favorites and have been using religiously!
I have finally found another primer that is just as great as the Hourglass Mineral Veil! This Mattifying Primer feels absolutely amazing on the skin! I have combination skin and found that I get very oily on my t-zone, but this product has helped minimize my shine! I originally got a sample of this product, but after 2 uses, I knew I needed to go back and get the full size. You honestly don’t need a lot of product, a pea size is enough for your whole face. This product is silicone-free and closely resembles the Hourglass Mineral Veil. This product retails for $48 which is a little pricey, but it’s all natural ingredients.
This Fruit Pigmented 2nd Skin Concealer is created from fruit and contains hydrating olive squalane. Olive squalane is a light and stable version of olive oil. It is extremely hydrating and found naturally in the sebum of human skin. This product is a build-able medium to full coverage concealer that looks gorgeous on the skin. I am in the shade 3, and it matches perfectly. It covers my redness and imperfections and feels very comfortable on the skin. I recommend working fast because this product does dry a little quick. This product retails for $29 for 0.17 fl oz, but you honestly don’t need to use that much product.
This powder is hands down the best purchase I have made. The Bamboo Blur Powder is unlike any other powder on the market. I purchased the translucent powder and the powder is so fine and feels silky soft. You really don’t need that much powder for your whole face, and once you set your base, it’s incredible! It really does minimize your pores and makes your face look silky. They recently launched three new shades of this powder (light, medium, tan) but the store associates recommended I try the original one. It is retailed for $40 which is a little pricier than other powders, but I highly recommend it!
For those of you who have not tried/smelled this eye cream, I HIGHLY recommend you going to the store and getting a sample! The Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream smells absolutely delicious and helps de-puff and brighten dark circles. There was a 4 week independent study done with this eye cream, and 83% saw immediate reduction in puffiness and 73% saw immediate reduction of dark circles! The eye cream is very light and absorbs very well in the skin. This product is $26 which is very affordable compared to some other brands. You really don’t need that much product, a pea size amount is more than enough for both eyes.
Mangosteens are probably one of my favorite tropical fruits! I don’t remember the actual fruit having a scent, but the taste is so sweet and delicious! This Mangosteen Nourishing Body Cream smells amazing! The scent is light and not overpowering, but when applied, it blends very well and it doesn’t feel greasy at all. The next day when I woke up, my skin immediately felt softer! I’m the type of person who never lotions after showering, but now I look forward to using this body cream every night! This product is $20 but it is 8 fl oz. This will definitely last you for a couple months!
All these products can be purchased in-stores or online! If there isn’t a retailer near you, you can definitely order online and they offer free shipping with orders over $50! Another great thing about ordering from their website is you can purchase the items through their payment plan!
I hope you found this information helpful, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Who else is excited for Sephora’s Beauty Insider Appreciation Event?! I know I’m a little late to the party, but I wanted to share some products I purchased!
Rouge | August 24th – 20% off use code: YESROUGE
VIB | August 30th – 15% off use code: YESVIB
Beauty Insider | August 30th – 10% off use code: YESINSIDER
The sale ends on September 3rd, so make sure you get everything before the sale ends! ALSO, just a little reminder that you can only use the online code ONCE! It is unlimited times in-store though. Some items are online only, so make sure you put everything in your cart before checking out!
The Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation because I have heard so many of my friends rave about this foundation. It is a full coverage foundation that gives a radiant finish. It says it is great for combination and oily skin, so this is something I’m super excited to try!
The Laura Mercier – Tightline Cake Eye Liner is a powder eyeliner, but once you add some water it creates a thicker consistency. I have eyelash extensions, so this is great alternative to liquid or gel eyeliner. I had this product about two years ago and loved it! I got it in the color Black Ebony and Mahogany Brown.
I finally got the Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light. Not only is the packaging stunning, but the bronzer looks very flattering on! This is definitely a splurge item, but I think it’s totally worth it!
The beloved Naked Palette is being discontinued, so I definitely wanted to pick this up! My very first Naked palette was the Naked 2, but the original Naked Palette has been everyone’s favorite. Although this product is currently out of stock on Sephora’s website, check to see if they have them in stores! Not only is it $27, but you can also get a little extra discount on it if you purchase it during the sale.
We have now jumped into skincare! I believe getting skincare sets are such a great value! It’s already slightly discounted, but you get to try more products! This Belief – Aqua Playland Set is the perfect set if you want to try Belief products. It comes with a mini Moisturizing Eye Bomb and Hungarian Water Essence. This set is $38 and it is well worth it! If you just purchase The True Cream Aqua Bomb, it is already $38, so why not get the set to try two more products!
I am so excited for this Tatcha – Smooth, Poreless Skin Obento Box! It comes with a mini The Deep Cleanse and The Silk Canvas! Not only is the packaging gorgeous, but the products in this kit are some of my favorites! This kit retails for $79, and it’s a steal! If you were just going to purchase The Water Cream alone, it would be $68, so you’re paying $11 more to try out two of their bestselling products.
This is definitely a lengthy post, but these Sephora sales rarely happen! Let me know what products you plan on purchasing!
Belief’s The True Cream Aqua Bomb is an ultra-lightweight moisturizer that can be used day and night. This product is an oil-free gel that instantly hydrates and cools the skin. I have combination to oily skin, and I found this moisturizer is very hydrating without being oily or adding shine. The scent is very light and the gel absorbs quickly into the skin. Awesome product for the price point! Highly recommend trying if you’re looking for a new moisturizer! Sephora is also selling the Belief Aqua Playland Set and it is only $38 for a full size moisturizer, mini eye cream, and a mini water essence!
The CōTZ sunscreen is a newer product that I recently got from Generation Beauty SF. I got a small travel size in the gift bag, and I am in LOVE! The one in the picture is tinted so it has a little color, but there are different ones you can pick up from Ulta! It blends very well into the skin leaving it silky and not greasy (It almost feels like wearing the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer)! It is a mineral sunscreen so there are no harmful chemicals. This is crucial to wear sunscreen everyday! I learned that UVA rays are always around 365 days whether it be sunny or cloudy. These are the rays that causes wrinkles. UVB rays are the ones that causes sunburns! It’s relatively inexpensive and feels amazing on the skin! You can also double it up as a primer!
Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster serum booster that helps with uneven skin tone, and refines the appearance of pore size, skin texture, and fine lines. I apply this product before my moisturizer but after my toner. It is very light and melts right into the skin. It feels a little tacky right after you apply the product on your face, but then melts right in and feels smooth. There is no scent and great for all skin types! I use this product morning and night, and have seen my complexion improve. If you do use this during the AM, make sure to use a moisturizer with SPF 30 or more!
I have heard so many positive reviews about Curology! This is a new product that is simple and actually works! No more trips to the store trying to find new products to test out! This product is custom made to your skin concerns. All you have to do is take some pictures and fill out questions, and a dermatologist creates a cream based on your skin concerns. Super easy to use and it ships right to your door! I use this product at night, and it has helped me tremendously! I was breaking out around my hair line, cheeks, in neck, and etc. and I found this product not only cleared my acne but also helped with my acne scars! I am so impressed with this product and have been using it for months now. The one thing I don’t really like about this product is the texture and scent of the cream. It initially smells a little weird and doesn’t feel like a smooth cream, but once you apply it, it blends right in and you can’t smell the scent anymore. Another concern people may have is that one of their main ingredient is Clindamycin, which is an antibiotic. I have not found any issues with this ingredient and there are only small amounts.
Lastly, the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream is a product that was introduced to me by Influenster. Thank you so much to Influenster for sending me this complimentary eye cream! I have never been someone who uses eye cream, but recently I have been looking for an eye cream that helps with fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness. I am hitting my mid-twenties, and I believe it is better to start preventing these concerns earlier than later. This eye cream has a very light scent and thick gel consistency. I thought it would feel too tacky, but that is not the case. A little product goes a long way and it melts right into the skin. I have been using this product morning and night for the last 3 weeks and have already seen improvements! It is a little more on the pricy side, but I think you can find cheaper alternatives that also provides the same results.
This past weekend was the first ever NorCal Night Market. From the creators of 626 and OC Night Market (from LA), it was a 3 day event which lasted until 11PM each day! It was held at the Alameda Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Parking is $10 per car, and entrance fee is $5 per person. Lots of local vendors, such as artists, food trucks, and clothing companies, had a space to showcase their craft.
Some examples of food vendors were:
•A takoyaki truck (very long line! my boyfriend’s boss said it is just like Japan)
•Many different kinds of pearl milk tea
•A Hong Kong food truck
•Egg waffle with ice cream
Some examples of other vendors were:
•LED lined clear balloons ($10+ a pop but very cute)
•Local artists selling prints, shirts, and pins
•Stussy & UNDFTD sale section (although it just seemed like overstock from their warehouses)
We got there at around 7PM on the final day (Sunday), and were surprised to see that the crowd was nowhere near as large as Facebook had warned. We spent about 30 minutes perusing and weighing our options before settling on taiyaki ice cream from Uji Time. I got the classic Matcha and my boyfriend got the Black Sesame.
Although the scale is nowhere near how enormous I imagine 626 Night Market to be, I thought that the turnout was pretty decent for the first time. Like many others, I felt that the ground was uneven and dusty, which could both be considered hazardous. I also felt like the vendors could be a little more varied, as more than half were dessert or milk tea.
Either way, the first NorCal Night Market was a good time and I’m excited to watch it become bigger and better. They’ve already made huge adjustments for the next iteration of the event a month (September 28-30) from now.
*Some tips for those planning to attend!*
p.s. This post is dedicated to Martin 😛
Eat a little before going, the lines can get pretty long and could take up to 2 hours.
Bring cash! While most of the vendors may accept card, both parking and entry are cash only. They do have an ATM, but who wants to pay that transaction fee?
Wear comfortable shoes, the fairgrounds are spread out and you’ll be doing a lot of walking and standing.
If you’re planning to attend towards the end of the night, bring a jacket! It gets pretty cold after sundown.
Bring an external battery pack if you plan on being there more than a few hours.
Although signs say dogs are NOT allowed, I saw a lot of people bringing their pups without any problems!
Smiling because of how white my teeth are! I drink a decent amount of coffee and tea, so my teeth were a bit stained. Thanks to Smile Brilliant, I can now smile confidently! To learn more about how you get pearly white teeth, keep reading! 🙂
I’ve always wanted to professionally whiten my teeth, but was always held back because of the high price tag. Smile Brilliant is a teeth whitening company that provides dentist grade whitening services. The kit is extremely easy to use, and you can whiten your teeth from the comfort of your home.
Custom fitted trays normally cost $500+ from a dentist’s office. For under $200, Smile Brilliant sent me custom trays as well as whitening gels and desensitizing gels. I was sent the T3 Sensitive System for light stains.
The whole process was simple and straightforward. As a preliminary step, I answered a few questions about my dental history, and within a week or so, I received my Smile Brilliant package. With the paste included, I made my teeth molds and sent them back to Smile Brilliant with the envelope they provided. About a week later, I received my custom whitening trays and immediately started whitening. And while the following may seem like a lot of steps, the kit provides a step by step instruction pamphlet that is super easy to follow.
Step 1: Brush teeth WITHOUT toothpaste. This step is not crucial, but it provides the best results.
Step 2: After brushing teeth briefly, add just enough whitening gel so it only covers your teeth and not your gum.
*Each syringe can be used for 3-4 applications* You honestly don’t need to apply that much.
Step 3: Leave trays on for 45 mins – 3 hours, depending on sensitivity.
Step 4: Brush teeth WITH toothpaste and rinse trays.
Step 5: Add desensitizing gel to trays and leave on for 15-20 mins. After this process you are finished! Rinse your trays and DO NOT rinse or brush teeth after.
Whitening your teeth has never been so easy! Smile Brilliant makes it super simple to do from the comfort of your home. You can now whiten your teeth while working, watching Netflix, or just hanging out with your furbabies.
My experience with Smile Brilliant has been amazing! After just one use, I saw a difference. The very first time I used it, the trays were a little uncomfortable, like it was digging in my gums, but the more I used them, the more comfortable they became. Starting out, I whitened my teeth for about 45 minutes. I was worried about my enamel sensitivity because I have used other whitening products that made my teeth extremely sensitive, so with this product I started with the minimum recommended time. I’d say the entire process takes me less than 2 hours.
For only $149, you get the whole kit, which is a $650+ value if you were to get this done at your dentist’s office. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with Smile Brilliant, it’s super easy to use and has made my smile so much brighter without any kind of pain.
These are results from whitening after just 6 days. Even after the first use, I saw significant improvements! I’m generally very good about my dental hygiene, but I do drink the occasional coffee and or tea. This kit really helped whiten years of stains, leaving my teeth nice and shiny!
Now for something exciting, I have partnered with Smile Brilliant to give one lucky winner a teeth whitening kit of their own!
GIVEAWAY: If you would like to enter to win a FREE Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening kit, click the link below:
I am the type of person who always wears jeans. It doesn’t matter how comfortable yoga pants, leggings, or even jeggings are, jeans are essential to my every day outfit.
This past week, Uniqlo caught me by surprise and sent me a pair of their Ultra Stretch Jeans, and they are without a doubt the most comfortable pair of jeans I own. They are super stretchy and fit almost like boyfriend jeans. Mid-rise and ankle length with a nice straight leg. I typically wear high-waisted skinny jeans, but I found myself loving the fit and style of these. They have the right amount of distressing, and look amazing with any outfit. The distressing on the cuff is probably one of my favorite things about these jeans. It adds the perfect touch and makes them look stylish.
I’m usually a US size 25, which is the size they sent me, but I’ve found that they run a little bit larger. I recommend sizing down, because even when I wear a belt, it folds a little weird/might accentuate areas you don’t want to accentuate. Quality is very nice and sturdy! I’ve washed and dried the jeans multiple times, and they’ve kept both their shape and color.