3.31.2015

Beauty Favorites ♥ March Faves

Time for another monthly beauty favorites posts. I can't believe it's April tomorrow! Summer is almost here! This month I didn't have too many products to share so it's going to be a short post today. Let's go ahead and jump into it my March beauty favorites.

Ahava Time To Clear Rich Cleansing Cream
This is my favorite go-to cleanser ever! I discovered this cleansing cream from Birchbox years ago and I finally bought another tube after almost a year of not using it. The cleansing cream has a creamy gel-like consistency, which I love. This cleaner makes my face bright, clear and smooth!

Eye Makeup Remover Pads
I ran out of my makeup remover earlier this month so I bought these eye makeup remover pads from Target. I don't personally like wipes/pads to remover my makeup because of the rubbing but I needed something to use until I get another makeup remover. The pads are huge! You only need one pad for both eyes.

Essie Nail Polish in Blooming Dandy
When I saw this beautiful color in the newest spring collection I had to go out and get it. I probably own hundreds of nail polishes similar to this color but I can't help myself! I love robin's egg blue colors.

Shea Terra Organics Argan + Green Coffee Around-Eye Beauty Serum
I've been trying to switch up my skincare routine to more healthy natural products. Almost half of my current skincare regime is natural so far and I've noticed a significant change in my face so far. I massage this serum around my eyes, focusing on the under and corners of my eyes. The bottle is a decent size and you only need a pump for every use so it will last me a long time!

Etude House Drawing Show Brush Liner
I know I just shared this product yesterday in my Korean beauty haul but I've been using it ever since mid-March and it works pretty well. It's not the best eyeliner out there but it' better then other liners I've used before. Review coming soon!

What are some of your beauty favorites you recently discovered?

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3.30.2015

Korean Beauty Haul ♥ Etude House

I have these phases where I get obsessed with Korean skincare and/or makeup, and right now it's makeup. In the beginning of the month I ordered a bunch on Korean cosmetics from various sellers and just recently I received all of my items that I ordered. Surprisingly they're all from Etude House, which wasn't intentional it just happened that way. Anyways, today I'm sharing another Korean beauty haul with you guys.

Etude House Zero Sebum Drying Powder
Etude House recently released a new zero sebum line that is suppose to reduce the amount of oil on you face. I wanted to try their drying powder (which is similar to the Innisfree) because I tend to be a walking grease ball during spring and summer. Hopefully this works!

Etude House Dear Girls Cute Eyes Maker
I've been wanting to try this product for years and finally I decided to but it! The cute eyes maker is great if you want to achieve the aegyo-sal under eyes.

Etude House Give Me Chocolate Salted Caramel Eye Shadow
The Give Me Chocolate eye shadows also came out recently. I remember Etude House came out with a pastry line a few years ago and I always regreted not buying anything from the line. So I decided to

Etude House Drawing Show Brush Liner
I was in need of a new black eyeliner so I checked to see what eyeliner brushes they had and ended up buying this one. The box the liner came in is really cute!

Etude House Proof 10 Auto Pencil in Brown
In the warmer month's I like using brown eyeliner because it softens the eye's. I bought this one because it's waterproof. I've only used this liner a few times and so far it's not working too well.

Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick in Ivory Baby Star
I forgot why I bought this eye shadow stick but I love how sparkly it is! It's a light bronze color but certainly not ivory (like the name) with lots of shimmer. I've used this all over my eyelid and it creased a lot (but I wasn't wearing eye primer on the day I used it) but I will keep on using it and let you know in a review.

What is your favorite Etude House product?

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3.29.2015

Days 82-88 ♥ 365 Challenge

Day 82: I received my order from Sweet Kawaii Design. I blogged about here.

Day 83: The other day when I went to Micheal's I noticed that they have so many Boo plushies everywhere. They were literally in every corner!

Day 84: I'm posting a Korean beauty haul tomorrow so I thought I would give you a sneak peek. This is one of the products that I bought.

Day 85: We took Lucy to get groomed on Thursday. This is her after photo.

Day 86: When I heard that Starbucks had a birthday frappuccino I had to go and taste it! It's really sweey but I love it! I especially love the raspberry infused whipped cream! Finally Starbucks is making fun frappuccinos!

Day 87: My sister made these vegan cookies the other day. She recently bought a vegan baking book and has been making a bunch of recipes from it. She made some chocolate chip cookies yesterday!

Day 88: Speaking of my sister, she found a copy of Bee And PuppyCat and bought me it! I am going to start collecting the Bee And Puppycat comics, cause they bee so cute!

How was your week and weekend?

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3.27.2015

My Favorite Healthy Foods ♥ Fitness Friday

My Favorite Healthy Foods
Since the beginning of the year I've been trying to eat more healthier foods and while on my healthy journey I've discovered many superfoods that I thought I would share my favorites with you all. What are "superfoods" you may ask? Well they are nutrient-rich foods that are beneficial for your health and well-being. Maybe next time you are grocery shopping you may want to try out some of these products that are jam-packed with nutritious goodness and taste yummy!

Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil has amazing benefits! It contains healthy fats, increases your metabolism, gives you energy, burns fat, reduces appetite, improve your cholesterol, help you lose weight, repairs damaged hair and you can also use it as a moisturizer! You can use it many ways too!

Avocado:
Ah! Nature's butter! There is nothing more I love then a few slices of avocado on a slice of Ezekiel bread. Avocado is a healthy fat that and has so many vitamins, potassium, fiber, it's burns fat, and I even heard that it can improve your vision. The best thing about avocado is that it's delicious so it's easy to incorporate into your everyday meals.

Quinoa:
Quinoa is similar to rice but it's way more healthier then traditional rice. Quinoa is a seed that is very high in fiber and protein, higher then most grains. Just make sure to clearly rinse your quinoa before cooking it to get rid of the bitter taste.

Dates:
Dates are a natural anti-inflammatory so they can relieve constipation and reduce digestive problems such as bloating. They're also naturally sweet and taste like sugared gummies but they're actually nutritious and really good for you.

Kale:
Kale is my favorite leafy green! I love the texture and taste of kale and it's packed full with vitamins! My favorite way to eat kale is by adding a few handfuls into my smoothies to create a delicious green smoothie.

Ezekiel Bread:
Ezekiel bread or sprouted grain bread is the healthiest bread you can eat out there! Why? Because it comes from organic sprouted whole grains, doesn't contain any sugar and contains several grains. Plus, it tastes amazing! If more retailers around me carried Ezekiel bread then I would eat it more often.

Chia Seeds:
Chia seeds are a great source of protein, fiber, can help you lose weight, are loaded with antioxidants and packed with massive amounts of nutrients! They are one of the healthiest seeds you can eat and you can add them add them in every meal! Smoothies, soups, drinks, yogurt, basically everything!

Almond Milk:
I stopped drinking regular milk years ago when I became vegetarian. I started out by drinking soy milk but after my first sip of almond milk, I became addicted. It has as much health benefits as regular cow's milk but it doesn't contain all the bad chemicals and hormones.

What are some of your favorite super foods?

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3.26.2015

Spring Beauty Essentials ♥ Spring Seven

When I think of Spring I think of pastel nail colors, flirty floral fruity scents and rose themed everything! Today I'm sharing seven of my favorite beauty essentials for Springtime that I've been using non-stop so far this season.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush
Whenever I have some oily greasy hair I spritz some of this on my roots and anywhere else that needs to be tamed from sebum. I also like the amount of volume it gives my hair. Not to mention this smells like flowers!

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser
The weather is finally starting to warm up here so that means one thing for me, sweat. I sweat really easily so I need a primer to keep my makeup intact during this season. I love how this is a translucent matte gel that doesn't make me look pale like other primers I've used.

L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift CC Eye Corrector 
Spring is the season when I become sleep deprived, this leads to dark puffy eye circles. Since I don't want to look like a zombie I use this roll-on eye corrector that conceals my eye bags and makes me look wide-awake.

Tony Moly Perfume Bar in Koko Floral
Where have perfumes bar been my whole life? This is the perfect mix of floral and fruity. I lightly dab some of this on my neck, wrists and any other places that need to smell fresh. The scent reminds me of Spring and the cute bunny packaging screams Easter!

Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Pencil in Grey Brown
When I first swatched this on my hand I was extremely disappointed with the pigmentation of the pencil because I saw little to no color. However, after testing out on my brows I was shocked! This pencil tames and makes my eyebrows look flawless!

Mario Badescu Skincare Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
I love using facial mists to refresh my face during the hot humid days. I spritz this 2-3 times a few inches away from my skin for a cool sensation.

Essie Nail Polish in Blossom Dandy
This has been my go-to nail polish for spring lately. I love robin egg blue polishes, this one has hints of mint green blended in the polish perfect for spring!

What are your favorite beauty Spring essentials?

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3.24.2015

Sweet Kawaii Design ♥ Etsy Review

Lately I've been obsessed with planner supplies, especially stickers! I ordered a couple of stickers from Sweet Kawaii Design not too long ago and I finally received them in the mail yesterday! I ordered quite the amount of stickers for this being my first time purchasing from Sweet Kawaii Design. But I couldn't help myself! They was so many cute stickers that I couldn't choose! Finally I narrowed it down to eight different types of sticker. I wanted to share the kawaiiness of these stickers so I will be reviewing the shop for you all today.

Everything came in an adorable pastel pink envelope. Inside all the stickers were nicely package. My package took a whole week to arrive. I placed my order on Saturday March 14, my order was shipped March 16 and I received my items on March 23.

Tesia (the lady who runs Sweet Kawaii Design) also offers a bunch of coupon codes for her customers. You can get 10% off your order of $10 or more with the code: LetsBeFriends and free shipping on orders $30 or more with the code: FREESHIP30.

All these stickers came on one sheet (besides the "drink it up!" which came with 2 sheets). I ordered the makeup clean brushes, pink bandaide, and the kawaii girl latte stickers.

When I saw the set of crochet stickers I had to get them since I'm a fellow crocheter. I also got a set of multi-color bubble tea stickers. I couldn't pass up the adorable coffee shop stickers that features four different types of coffees and a cute little muffin. I also bought the instagram stickers because I loved the colors on the stickers.

What are your favorite small businesses that sell stickers or other stationary?

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3.23.2015

March Birchbox ♥ Monthly Subscription

It's that time again for another Birchbox unboxing. The box design this month is my favorite so far this year! I love the mix of the two patterns and a soft baby blue slashed in the middle. The monthly pick I choose for March is the It's A 10 Leave-in product. I've tried this before so I'm looking forward to using it again! Let's see what else I got this month!

Box overview
List of products
It's A 10 Miracle Full-size, $18
What: This 10-in-one treatment addresses the spectrum of hair damage, from brittleness to frizz.
How: Smooth one to spritzes into dry hair with your hands, then style. Use more for wet hair.

Elite Therapeutics Rosemary Eucalyptus Body Creme Full-size, $19
What: Luxe hydrator that nourishes and soothes skin with 70% organic ingredients.
How: Smooth generously onto skin after showering, or anytime you need a moisture boost.

BioRepublic Green Tea Detox Purifying Sheet Mask Full-size, $14.95
What: Antioxidant-rich mask that helps clear skin and minimizes imperfections.
How: Apply to clean face. After 15-20 minutes, remove and pat in extra serum (no need to rinse).

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Paula's Choice Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster Full-size, $35
What: Made with nine plant oils, this perfect-for-dry-skin blend fights redness and irritation.
How: Smooth 2-3 drops over clean face, or add to your favorite moisturizer or serum.

Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Highlighter Full-size, $14
What: This weightless gel formula gives skin a subtle, pearlescent shimmer.
How: Dab onto cheekbones and brow bones - then glow get 'em!

What did you get in your Birchbox?

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3.22.2015

Days 75-81 ♥ 365 Challenge

Day 75: Me walking Lucy! It was finally a nice day to take Lucy out for a walkies. Sadly it's going to be another rainy week so her walkies are going have to wait.

Day 76: My older sister made green macarons for St Patrick's Day. The filling inside was mint butter cream and they tasted amazing!

Day 77: I was suppose to post this recipe on St Patrick's Day but for whatever reason I decided to post it the next day. This has been my go-to drink for the past month, it's a iced green tea latte! It's my absolute favorite springtime beverage! Check out the recipe here to make your own.

Day 78: We've been teaching Lucy how to climb the stairs this week and now she finally knows! We started teaching her last weekend and now she climbs the stairs all the time (she even jumps on all of our beds)! Before she would wait by the stairs and bark for attention but now she jumps on the stairs whenever she wants.

Day 79: First day of Spring flowers! My favorite season is finally here!

Day 80: This is my candle sanctuary. The Marshmallow Pop candle is from Target and the two candles on the side are from Yankee Candle's new Easter line.

Day 81: It was a gloomy rainy day today so we decided to get doughnuts to brighten up our mood (and stomachs). I love how they still have Valentine's doughnuts available.

How was your week/weekend?

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