Friday, March 28, 2014

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Review - THE TRUTH

Hi Gorgeous! Lately I been using this particular Quad Palette because it’s neutral colors are awesome for everyday look, and even to the night times!

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Review - THE TRUTH




Swatches Here:


Pros: Creamy but not oily, easy to blend and gorgeous colors. Very easy to apply, the sparkles does not irritate my sensitive eyes. Gorgeous color pigmentation that last all day!

Also it is formulated without these chemicals!
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan


Cons: Nothing, I really can’t think of anything. I really love it!

Retail Price $30 
For something this easy to apply and work with, I think $30 is definitely worth it.



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Friday, March 7, 2014

Time Management: How to Balance School and Work ( and blogging?)

Hi Gorgeous, I think it’s time for me to do a proper post. I thought about doing this post of time management because it will be useful to all of you either you are super busy or just want to make maximum usage of your time.



I been doing school and work for many years, most recently been consistent for 4 years, there was about a year of break of only work, prior to that was school and work as well. In the middle of all this I also started blogging and youtube. I know many people are in the same boat as me, but sometimes I see people struggling even with only 1 "thing" to handle. The key is time management, if you are good at it, you can handle a lot of thing in your life and be successful at it.

Tip One : Have a plan
This seems like a no brainer, if you want to maximize your time, you have to know your schedule. You know yourself the best, so brainstorm to see what way is the best reminder for you? Post-its? schedule book? Phone reminders? Making a list on something that can best remind you of the things you need to it. It’s best to plan events according to a specific time, or at least the time of the day ( morning, noon, or night).

Tip Two: Balance Fun in your schedule 
If you are super busy, you probably plan your life with no fun. While that may seem like the logical thing to do because you can have fun anytime... but if you don’t schedule any fun, you won’t have any!  & the worse thing is to have that fall into a habit and become a workaholic or being emotionally/socially unhealthy... fun can be many things, but it’s best to schedule something with human contact, with your friends, or family. Other things can be hobbies that you enjoy that are not part of your normal working activity.

Tip Three: Over Estimate
It is impossible to know exactly how much time to clean the toilet, do your homework or a work project, the only you can do is estimate. Thus, you should always overestimate your need of time. This way, you’ll always have enough time to complete your assignments and not fall behind on time. Being on time helps you personally and makes you look presentable professionally.

Tip Four: Break Up your work
Instead of isolating a large amount of time for a big project, break it up. Chances are that your work will end up better if it’s done in smaller sections of time. Give your brain( or body, depends on your work) a break, rest, do other things and refresh. You will have better ideas, energy and focus.

Tip Five: Document your process
If you never did a schedule planning and have no idea how much time you need for a specific project... then start documenting your time. Starting understanding the amount of time you need for a certain type of project and start estimate. You’ll start see patterns and your working speed. You may even start to notice the things you do or don’t do to efficiently do your work.

Tip Six: Know your priority 
Sometimes it is tempting to do all the easy tasks and feel super accomplished by checking them off the list. However, you want to make sure the most important projects are done as well. This kind of tie into tip four with “ break up your work”. If you have an important task, make sure you plan it first, break it up if you need to, but make sure it gets priority.


I hope these tips helps you on your time management. LIke many things, it needs to be learned and may not work successfully overnight. But you will get better at it, as long as you try =) 

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Monday, March 3, 2014

A Mature Birthday

Hi Gorgeous! How are you doing?

You might notice that I been super busy lately. Ever since school started in January, I been crazy busy. The videos I had up on January were planned ahead of time. Currently I have an unedited video on queue for.... I don’t know how long already. I still have ideas for valentines day that I never get to DIY and post!... so sad!

I knew going back to school full time + working is hard.... but I am happy to say I really enjoy it so far! I think I learned a lot and made some friends along the way =P


I been so busy that I can’t even update my Instagram daily anymore. A part of me is fearing that all of you will forget about me.. T_T... the truth is I never forget about you, and I wish I have 48 hours a day so I can work on my blog and youtube more =) 

The past weekend two of my good friends ask me what I want to do for my birthday and all I could said was “nothing”. I literally have no time to have a dinner with them. Since the whole point of a dinner is not the meal itself, but the bonding time you spend with your friends. & I know I wouldn’t be able to concentrate or enjoy it knowing my projects are still not done. 

I think I have a mature birthday this year. Not only because I am not doing anything, but I also am not having broken heart about it. I don’t know how many times I feel lonely because my love ones did not remember my birthday. Or simply did not plan anything for my birthday. This year, I don’t really care anymore, because it is just another day & my life and happiness does not depend on it. 

The fact that my friends remember my birthday has already made me really happy. True and sincere caring is all I need......  & maybe a cake.. haha.. I think I am more in love with sweets as I age.... 

Well, I will try to update at least my instagram daily... so you know I’m still alive! & I will definitely update some videos & more blogposts during my break =) In the mean time, thank you for sticking with me! 

What are/did you doing/do for your birthday this year? 

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Multiple Valentines Day Love Jar Ideas

Hi Gorgeous! If you are searching for Valentines Day ideas, you might have seen the love jar idea. The thing I love about this idea is that you can spin it many ways, it’s great for both lover or family n friends. Here are couple ways to do your love jar gift that best suits you!



First... Materials

  • A Jar - you probably want to get something semi-large, so it can be something of importance and good for decoration as well.
  • Note papers - while you can use any paper, it’s probably best to use some color papers, it will add the looks to the jar. 
  • Pen - to write your notes of course.. you can possibly print them too, but the point of a love jar is to make it very sentimental and handmade! 
  • Decoration Stuff Animals - optional, but it would be cute to stuff some cute decors in the jar
  • Decoration chocolate - optional , but hey, it’s valentines day! 
  • Decoration ribbon or lace - optional, you can decorate the exterior of the jar, but if you got a really nice jar, then it may be good to leave it simple, elegant and clean. 

Things to write on your notes......

1) Write 365 things you love or did about your love one. 
This is actually a really hard thing to do and quite time consuming. Easy to accomplish but really takes a lot from your heart. Which is why it’s an awesome gift at low budget, it shows your tremendous love and how much you understand and cherish the other. This is a great thing to do when you have long distance love, because your love one gets to pick out a note each day, be reminded of your love and also cheer up if he/she happens to have a bad day. Writing small memories is awesome too, it not only show your love but it’s also like bottling memories.



2) Write a number of things you love + Blank notes 
This is probably for the more last minute gifts. & you do not have time to think of 365 things to write about. Instead, write maybe 14 ( as in feb 14) or 12 ( as in 12 months of the year) things you love about the other + blank notes for you to fill out together in the future. This is great for relationships who live together or meets very often, you can fill out the blank notes together and build memories together.



3) Write things you have accomplished + Goals 
Things you have accomplished as a couple... although you can possibly do this for your family as well. for example the sand castle you build together with your father as a kid.. etc. Also write up some goals you have for the future. You write these in different color papers & make all accomplished goals in heart shape, but rectangle for future goals. You can look at your goals once in a while to remind yourself what you want to work on, and if accomplished, cut that one out in heart shape!





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Friday, January 31, 2014

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick Review

Hi Gorgeous! Lately I been sporting this lippy from 

Bare Minerals, Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in " Light It Up". 


When I was choosing the color, I was immediately drawn to the red one, but eventually choose this one instead because I don't have any coral color lipstick and the color looks quite pleasing as well...  I was afraid the more orange tone will look weird on me... but to my surprise it is very cute! 

Me before applying lipstick
Indoor natural light 

 Indoor , indoor light

Me after applying lipstick 
 indoor natural light

indoor , indoor light
I think the coral color gives it a bit more youthful look then the red that I usually love. It's more sweet looking and casual then red. 

Here is a swatch 


Verdict: 

Overall I really like the color. it is slightly easy to smear... so careful on application. Lasting power is good as long you don't eat. The biggest thing is that you have to make sure your lips are well cared for before application. The first time I used this lipstick, I had pretty dry chapped lip and it made my lips look extra horrible! & it doesn't work if you applied lip balm right before applying this lipstick either. So make sure your lips are pretty good condition before using! 

Retail Price: 

$18. Expected price for the brand. I don't think it's too expensive considering the beautiful color. ( color is what makes it expensive!) Good to buy as long it's in your budget.  


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