Thursday, January 15, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
2014 was an extreme year. It was full of the lowest lows and the highest highs. I went through a constant state of anxiety and the stress was almost too hard to handle. I lost a loved one. There was tons of family drama. I also wanted to quit my full time job but the thought made me feel even more lost and anxious because it was the only steady thing in my life. Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you know you need to make a change but can't bring yourself to do it? That's how I felt. I work for the California Department of Public Health and oversee the Contracts and Administration Unit. We dealt with everything emergency related, from H1N1, to the California drought, fires, the Napa earthquake, the infamous Norcal #hellastorm, to then the Ebola activation. (Btw, only in California do you have severe drought then severe flooding lol.) Anyways, my job made me feel important, yet I hated it all at the same time. It's difficult to explain and express what I was feeling because I didn't even know what I was feeling being so overwhelmed.
Then, mixed in with all my lows were some extreme highs. Highs also come with a different kind of stress. It's exciting, stressful and tiring all at the same time. All my best friends got married this year. My girlfriends are like my sisters and we love each other so much that everything wedding related had to be EPIC. From the engagements, to the parties, showers, bachelorette parties, to the actual weddings....all was fun and exciting but add that with the other stuff going on in my life, I became overwhelmed. I bought my first house this year too. A super high for me but buying a house is soooo stressful too. Looks so freaking easy on HGTV and I actually have a real estate license but even understanding what was going on was still so hard and unpredictable. I was also blessed to travel A TON this year. Then, to end the crazy year with my highest high in my life, I got married. Planning the wedding through all the ups and downs was the toughest thing I had to do. LIFE was just sooo crazy. I didn't get my dress completely made til the Thursday of my wedding! We were anxious all the way up til the wedding date since it was supposed to rain and we were having an outside wedding. Although it was so stressful, everything eventually fell into place and it really was the best day of my life. The day went by so fast and I really really wish I took a moment to really take it all in. The funniest thing was that so many things also went wrong during our wedding but I didn't even notice. I'll have to share that on another post along with the beautiful pictures my awesome photographer, Augie Chang took :) Anyways, at that point all I realized was what was most important. I married my best friend and my soul mate.
This picture symbolizes so much for me. I always try to finding beauty and meaning to things and my cousin happened to capture this beautiful candid shot (on an iphone, duh, of course lol) during the release of our wishing lanterns (btw we almost burnt down the mansion-will need to share on another post!) It was so dark that night, but the glowing light from our wishing lantern and the wishes and hopes we made for it meant everything to me.
This year I hope for stability. I also want to get back to my old self and do the things I WANT to do. I want to feel confident again and be happy. It's been so long since I've written a post and it feels so liberating just to vent. I know I hold in too much, worry too much and care about what others think too much. This year, I am going to take care of myself. This year will be my happy year.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
I've taken a long break but I'm back!! Today I wanted to share with you the emergency-fresher-upper....We all love those oil absorbing sheets like the clean and clear ones but when we run out or have no place to stash them (like at a club when our faces are gross, and sweaty and shiny and the ONLY room we have to stuff in our bras is our cash, id, and a lipgloss)- I say... grab a toilet seat cover! Rip a small piece off and blot away! This totally works to get off the shine and absorb the oil. I know it sounds weird...but when you are desperate and need to choose between stuffing oil absorbing sheets or makeup in your bra...I'd choose the makeup everytime=)
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
For pain-free plucking try rubbing a layer of numbing gel like Orajel (cold sore, canker sore medicine) around your brow in the areas you pluck. Orajel helps numb the area so that plucking is pretty much pain free especially in the sensitive area above your eye. Just be care not to get it in your eye! Also, another tip is to pluck after you shower so that the warm water opens your hair follicles and softens the hair making for easy removal. Try to not pluck right before your period as well since this is when skin is the most sensitive.
Monday, August 6, 2012
For those of you with lashes that have a have a hard time staying curled, use waterproof mascaras. Find the waterproof version of your favorite mascara and use that instead since they hold curls better and are usually a little drier that their non-waterproof version. Use an oil based makeup remover or cleansing oil to avoid too much rubbing when removing since waterproof mascara is much harder to take off.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Seems like lately, BB Creams, aka Blemish Balms, are popping up everywhere. They've actually been around for a over a decade now and I tested some out a few years ago but back then it was little known in the U.S. and mainly very popular overseas for Asian women. BB Creams originally were invented for the purpose of a soothing balm for patients that underwent laser skin treatments. Surgeons and dermatologists would have their patients use this balm to regenerate and protect the skin after these strong skin treatments.
Its popularity started later when the Korean beauty markets starting using it for beauty purposes only. It became popular because it was lighter than foundation, acted as a moisturizer and protected and treated skin. Once celebrities took notice, this stuff spread like wild fire and now its making its way over to the U.S.
Since people have been asking me about BB Creams I decided to pick Dr. Jart's Premium Beauty Balm, SPF 45, (mainly because its summer and has higher SPF then other brands.) I also choose this brand because Dr. Jart's is one of the earlier pioneers of the BB Creams in Korea and it makes me feel like they've had more time to perfect the product.