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12.10.2012

What I wore, but forgot to post.

Sweater: Ralph Lauren Polo, Top: Moda International, Leggings: Ed Hardy, Sandals: Fake Chanel

This was me at The Grove maybe a month and a half ago when Fubu (MY NEW PITBULL) was still tiny.
I really like those Jelly sandals that I picked up on a street market on the outskirts of Beijing (because street markets are actually banned). They cost me 15RMB (= $2) and I wanted the red ones (I don't recall why), but only the black and white came in my size.  They were sold by a young girl who was selling off leftover stock from her online shop on Taobao (kind of like a Chinese ebay, but mostly new products).  Later on I went to the market stalls (indoors, hence not banned) and they tried to sell me versions of this that were awful and would've cost me a minimum 25RMB (= $5).

I AM...

I find the And That's Who I Am concept interesting. It reminds me of those clique like things I used to post on Livejournal (remember the journals?) but risk going on forever and annoying your readers with their load time (hence why lj cuts were invented).

Let's see what I can come up with...

To Yobu <3 p="p">
You have NO IDEA how cranky.
The written word, that is.
Life flows, it's not normal to be stagnant.
And that's what's important.
We all are.
If it's good.
I have actually been told I smile too much?
It's called: gullible.
It tends to run away.
Why sacrifice?
No one wants the real answer.
It's so true lol
It's scary.
What's stereotypical about that? Haha.
I value loyalty.
I get stressed easily but I recover quickly as well.
Finland <3 p="p">
I didn't know we still use this term...
Comes with the package ;D
Wouldn't have guessed it huh?
Always have been.
Ah.
Who isn't?
I like Psychology Today.
Silence can be meaningful.
And I'm misconstrued as fickle.
It's a genuine concern.
You can imagine why.
Like a mule when inflamed.
...

11.22.2012

Regulating my "Wants"

Everyone ought to be aware of the popular discussion of "want" vs "need", wherein we discuss the basic necessities each person is in need of, and the objects we desire.  Obviously, if you are reading this blog, you are probably not very good at limiting your expenses to mere "needs", given that those would be the most basic clothing you could find at Goodwill or Wal-mart (or something). Let's face it, if you had to determine your "needs", they would be minuscule and you would be miserable every time you looked in the mirror. So, the key to happiness (and minimalism) is finding the right balance of "wants" and "needs", wherein you fulfill your "wants" without going overboard and just "wasting" (a big taboo nowadays).

I read an interesting article called "http://20somethingfinance.com/control-wants-impulsive-buying/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+20somethingfinancecom+%2820SomethingFinance.com%29" target="_blank">How to Control your Wants and Impulsive Buying" on 20-something Finance, wherein the author creates a Google spreadsheet for all of his "wants" (such a masculine thing to do...) and then reviews them a while later to see if he still wants it.  It's not a new theory, as I have read several different ways to "hold off on buying" and "revisit the desire", but this is by far the most organized and eye-opening method so far!

...Why is it eye-opening? Imagine if instead of just pointing at things in a magazine, or adding things to your wishlist at a store, you pretended you were creating a "gift registry" for yourself.  You make this grand list of all the things you covet, and then a week, a month, a quarter later you review the list to see if you still want those things. I don't know about you, but I actually created a gift registry when I got engaged and I still don't know why I put those things in the registry back then...I mean really? Do I need a food scale? Have I ever used the digital food scale I got 3 years ago? Of course not. It sits in my kitchen, waiting for the day I decide to put batteries in it and put it to good use....

I imagine it is the same with my ordinary wants, it's just difficult to control impulses so I think that next year I shall do what has been impossible so far:  control my impulse spending.  I will make it a habit to list the things I want, and then see if I still want it after, just like this guy ;D

Look forward to the next post!

11.19.2012

Just another Saturday

Leather Jacket: Joe's Jeans, Shirt dress: H&M, Belt: Moschino, Leggings: ?, Shoes: 15RMB China

Went to a school fair during the day, so I dressed ...err...normal enough, and added the Leather jacket when it got chilly.  Yobo combined my pictures into a stamp ^^

Purses: Dooney & Bourke
I have to say, after searching AGES for the right leather jacket I was absolutely ecstatic to finally find this one :D :D Isn't it awesome? Yobo bought it for me~~~~ <3 p="p">

11.14.2012

Returned with the Winter's Breeze (OCTOBER FAVORITES)

Hello.

It's been a while since I have neglected this blog and left it on indefinite hiatus.  I have been thinking about reviving it the entire time I was in Beijing this past year, but I just never got around to it because of the many difficulties that come with Blogger (see CHINA WALL).  Some topics came up that I have recorded (pictures) and that I will discuss in the future. Meanwhile I thought I would start off with a look at the skincare products that have stuck.

SKINCARE
Elizabeth Arden Intervene Skin Tone Perfecting Capsules - $25 on Amazon, $20 at Marshalls ($10 on sale at TJMaxx :D)

Now, I picked this up on sale and found it wonderful!  I actually just finished my second bottle so it does go pretty fast.  Each bottle has 37 capsules (5 weeks worth), and the immediate result is a silky smooth finish, kind of like you just primed your skin!  Even Yobo said it makes skin smoother and softer, it also tuned down some of the sun damage we had from the road trip, as well as more recent acne scars!  It's really a great purchase and if you don't believe me check out the test results here!


 L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cream - $58 retail, $29 at their outlet

In the end, Yobo and I return to this brand and we've been using it all year.  There was a short break in between when we tried Origins Start Over (again), but found it too heavy. It feels like it doesn't get absorbed right away and that might seem normal if you haven't tried L'occitane's products.




L'Occitane Immortelle Eye Balm - $38 retail

Just because it comes in a set. I don't actually think it's THAT special.  Well, it does absorb well just like the moisturizer, and it keeps my skin hydrated...







L'Occitane Cleansing Foam - $11 outlet price

I picked this one up randomly during our roadtrip, but this has the same scent that Origins Modern Friction has, and since I love that product (still use it by the way) I felt really at home with this one as well, despite the fact that they're from different brands.




Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner - $16 full size retail

This was also randomly picked up just because I wanted a toner.  I think it really makes a huge difference in my skin and this one turned out pleasant. If you've been with me, you'll know that normally I go for the cucumber (alcohol free), or the rose if I feel oily, but this one is very gentle, and is perfect for winter months.  In terms of scent the calendula is still my favorite. I got the special edition a few months back and it was pretty good.


Origins Modern Friction - $38.50 full size retail

I still use this, at some point I ran out and didn't purchase it for a few months (while in China), because while I think $40 is too much for a scrub (yes yes, I know it lasts, but still?!) it's even more in China.  Also, they always give this out in gift sets so even the one I'm using now comes from a set I bought while on the road (and that lasts months too).  If you get a set from the outlet you can save tons!





Dior Hydra Life Pro-Youth Skin Tint SPF 20 - $40 retail

I just started using this instead of the Shiseido suncare set.  The SPF protection is a little on the low side, and I could use the Immortelle SPF 35 to compensate (it's really difficult to buy though, I think it's been retired), but I think for the winter months this will do.   The formula is awesome, gives you this dewy feeling, but of course the coverage is not very high.  I would say it's less coverage than the Shiseido or the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, if you are familiar with them.


My Ipad actually has all the pictures I want to post, but it's currently not working so I hope the nice people at the apple store know how to fix my ipad without deleting all it's stuff T_T I should have backed it up on icloud before it died (actually I just can't charge it for some reason).

2.14.2012

Cosmetics this Year! aka I love L'occitane!

How has your new year started? I wish mine had been better. I have been swinging from one end to another, ill for almost three weeks (my back is still recovering~), and just recently found new direction in my life! It's refreshing!

I took this picture ...in January, and yes, it is now February...14th...but at least I am sharing, no? I will try harder.  Actually I wanted to share with you the exciting plans I have been brewing for the last 10 days or so!  I am leaving sunny California and moving to China! In fact, I will be staying somewhere where it is currently -10 celsius!  I have signed a six month contract to work there and will have SO much time to update and share my findings with you! Honestly, it was why I started this blog to begin with!  I wanted to explore beauty standards and trends from different cultural perspectives to see what the "definition of beauty" really is!

From left to right:
Face Wash: Dermalogica Essential Cleaning Solution
So we have tried Dermalogica in the past, in fact I distinctly remember Yobo preferring this brand when I first met him, but as you know, I prefer natural products and this is as man made as Proactive. It does work miracles though! I have to admit that I bought this because it is perfect for my skin type (usually I buy the ones that are perfect for Yobo's oily skin) and my skin cleared up and it was awesome! Must buy more!

Toner: http://www.kiehls.com/Rosewater-Facial-Freshener-Toner/333,default,pd.html?start=12&cgid=face-toners" target="_blank">Kiehls Rose Water Facial Freshener
Normally we use the Calendula one (because it is superior? haha), but I found this one at an outlet mall for a great price and just kind of grabbed it! We have used it before, usually during the summer, but I didn't find it drying even though I stay in a heated apartment so I think the alcohol content is very low...

Scrub: Origins Modern Friction
I think by now you should know that this is my favorite Origins product and the absolute best gentle exfoliator out there!  Nothing beats this! It smells nice, feels nice, and goes well with your Clarisonic (oooooo....)! The only thing is that I always forget that I am not supposed to wet my face before using it!

Face cream: Origins Youthtopia Lift
I think I commented on this before. I really like the Rhodiola scent, I feel like I'm applying herbal medicine on my skin and this makes me feel happy for some odd reason.  Yobo really disliked the scent though, so I think Origins products, though natural, should probably be tested at the store before ordered home. Also, I should probably note that I would not spend $52.50 on a full size container.

Eye cream:  Origins Youthtopia Firming Eye Cream
I liked this, but was it worthwhile? I don't think I would buy the full size.

Serum: http://www.kiehls.com/Midnight-Recovery-Concentrate/819,default,pd.html?start=2&cgid=face-targeted-treatments" target="_blank">Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate
This was a relatively new product, and it excited me because the sales person at the store was very good (XD!), and it is a natural product!  Most of Kiehls items are not natural or organic, and I do prefer natural and organic so of course I had to try their newest line!  Anyway, the point is that this is probably why my skin has not shriveled up! It is very moisturizing, and even though it is an essential "oil", it does not make my skin feel greasy!  When I first began using it, I would wake up feeling like my t-zone soaked itself through the night, but as my skin grew accustomed to the product, that has ceased. So don't worry about the product not giving instant results (although you skin will feel softer the very next day!)

P.S. The matching http://www.kiehls.com/Midnight-Recovery-Eye/100016,default,pd.html?start=1&cgid=face-eye" target="_blank">eye serum is not nearly as good. Yobo got it and I don't really think it's necessary, or worth $36...
Anyhoo, it's quite exciting and I'm leaving this weekend (on my birthday) and it has been so troublesome packing! What do I fit in two suitcases and a carry on? So much...not to mention the fact that I'm not used to it being so cold (anymore).  I haven't actually narrowed down my wardrobe, but once I do I will share with you what I have done. You have no idea how much of my wardrobe I have dumped in the trash/donated.  T_T While I feel refreshed, I also feel so heartbroken...

NEW moisturizer: L'occitane Angelica Hydrating Cream
I don't know if I ever mentioned how much I love L'occitane, but it must have started ten years ago and I always try to find something better, but then I went to the store in Santa Monica (after Christmas) and met this wonderful French sales person who totally sold me the brand and anti-aging products all over again!  She looked so youthful, and explained the latest study rankings (apparently it beats Estee Lauder, Lancome, etc.) I have decided I will return to being their loyal customer!
Anyway, I started using this in January when I ran out of my Origins Youthtopia....I love it! I think it's wonderfully moisturizing without being too oily! Even Yobo can use this without any complaints!  The only thing is I probably will not purchase it again because I want to buy an anti-aging product next time.

Next time (i.e. before I go to China) I will purchase: L'occitane Immortelle Precious Cream!