Month: March 2017

Travel to Cuba – Why No Internet was Actually a Bliss

My biggest fear, before traveling to Cuba two weeks ago, was that there would be no internet connection there. Text messaging and phone calling are also extremely expensive. So basically, it means you are isolated from the rest of the world the entire time you are in Cuba, no Instagram and Snapchat for you to prove to others you are having a good time; or anything for you to look down at to avoid awkward eye contact. It turned out, this digital-detox trip was the best trip I’ve had in years, AND IT WAS BECAUSE there was no internet available. Because you can finally use your own eyes to look at this beautiful country without busy snapchatting; you can have deep, heart-to-heart conversations with you friend during each meal with no one staring at their phones anymore; you can really be in peace and hear the voice inside you without all the distracting information popping in front your eyes when you scroll through every piece of news, every single email, and social media channels. I highly recommend you to …

Review: Glossier Cloud Paint Cream Blush

Do people buy glossier for the products themselves? Probably! But there are tons of alternatives out there. People buy Glossier because there is no other Glossier in the market. Get 20% off your first order with my referral link. When I saw this new cloud blush coming out, I thought to myself, how different could this blush be, compare to others? Except it is a Glossier product and looks so cool as always. I was so intrigued that I purchased even though I have 50 other blushes in my collection. ( A recent favorite is Bite Beauty’s Multistick) I got two colors, a brownish one (dusk) for contouring and an orangy one (beam) to use on the cheek. The formula is like a liquid foundation, a thicker liquid texture, one I’ve never seen before in other blushes. There is no sparkle, the finish is matte and has no sheen to it. It’s quite sheer but not to the point that when you blend it out, there is nothing to be seen. What really impressed me …

Pack With Me: Skincare Edition

When it comes to packing, I like to start early, by early I mean one week early. Nothing scares me more than forgetting “essentials” at home. I am going to Cuba for spring break next week, and I thought I could show you what I pack in my suitcases, and break it down to Skincare, Makeup, and Outfits. Skincare wise, Cuba is humid and hot, so I like to keep everything light. Also, I make sure I cleanse well every day to avoid any breakouts.   Eye/Lip Makeup Remover Ok..I never understand why so many beauty bloggers remove eye, lip and face makeup all together in one go in their tutorials. They smear eye liner, lip stain before removing everything, not a good idea to rub lipstick and eye makeup all over your face and muslin cloth people! I always make sure to remove eye makeup and lip first (and properly) before moving on to the whole face. I always get this sample Lancome Eye Makeup Remover for travel when it’s in Sephora’s points redeem program. …

The much cheaper (and better) version of Creme de La Mer

Creme de La Mer has been the holy grail of moisturizer for a long time. It is known for the healing power of its “miracle broth”  and the intensity of moisture. Well, given the hefty price tag it better works right? I still like the products, but since I started going to graduate school, no income means I need to be smarter about budgeting (love the Money Diaries series on Man Repeller ) So I decided to look for other options of moisturizers. l rediscovered First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream when my friend Emily gifted me these two giant gift boxes of FAB products (gift your friend one of these they will love you more!). I almost forgot how much I loved their products before until I started using them again. Developed for people with sensitive skins, all FAB’s products are free of all the nasty ingredients, fragrance, alcohol, paraben and wait for it….no Mineral Oil or Petroleum! My skin usually does not have a problem with mineral oil and petroleum, but they are known to …