Thursday, January 15, 2015

My Winter Facial Cleansing Routine

facial cleansing routine
Winter for me equals super dry and flaky skin.  I try so many facial cleansers but I always end up going back to this one.  I always thought it was popular amongst old Asian ladies (my mom used it for years...so did my bffs moms lol) until I realized that I loved it too!  It gives a great lather without drying out my skin.  I've found that using this with the clarisonic gets me great results because I buff off all that extra flaky skin without that dry tight feeling on my face after I shower.  I'm supppper lazy so what I do is bring the clarisonic into the shower and smear a pea size amount onto the bristles, wet it, and then press the button.  After you're done, make sure to take the brush off the clarisonic, rinse off the face wash and take it out of the shower, otherwise it's easy for bacteria to grow when it stays in the shower.  I also periodically like to detach the brush and let it sit in rubbing alcohol for a little bit to kill any bacteria that may grow between those tight bristles.  Happy brushing!

Shiseido foaming face cleanser
bergdorfgoodman.com


Clarisonic face cleanser
beautybar.com


Clarisonic face cleanser
beautybar.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ups and Downs, Hopes and Wishes


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 oneThere 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. 

xoxo,
Enid

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Quick Tip: Reds Lips That Won't Feather

I absolutely hate it when you have a bright red lipstick that starts to migrate off your lips after a while, making you look like you just ate spaghetti...An easy fix for that is to take a q-tip and lightly dip it into some translucent powder and trace the outside of you lips.  If you want to take an extra step, you can then line your lips with a sharpened lip liner (either the matching color of you lipstick or a nude one-which I normally use because I don't have a lipliner for every lipstick I have.)  Lastly put on that bright beautiful color!  Even if you don't do the liner liner step...the loose powder should help a lot.  Happy lipsticking!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Dolce and Gabbana Mosaic Collection: Rose Embellished Golden Cage Wedges

From the winter13/14  Dolce and Gabbana Mosaic Collection at the Paris fashion show, this entire collection was full on glitz and glamour and very lady like.  One of my favorites were these rose embellished golden caged wedges.  Talk about over the top... they are so pretty that they shouldn't even be on anyones feet.  I would probably never wear them but if I were to ever get on hands on these I'd just stare at them all day =)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Can't Wait for Summer!


It has been so cold over here in Northern California....I'm looking at summer things just to keep my brain warm.  I love this suit! I saw this bathing suit on pintrest and can't figure out where to get it! Guess it will just have to be my inspiration to get in shape...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Quick Tip: Toilet seat covers to absorb face oil????

 
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

Quick Tip: Pain-free Eyebrow Plucking with Orajel!

 Orajel® Cold Sore Cream



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

Quick Tip: How to Keep Lashes Curly

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

Quick Tip: Other Uses for Dry Shampoo

dry shampoo
Dry shampoo is not just for cleaning hair in between washes.  For extra texture, volume and grip try spraying some dry shampoo into your strands.  Just shake and tousle hair while spraying.  This trick is great for when you are trying to braid your hair or for up dos and buns, especially when your hair is newly washed and is too slick to manage.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

BB Cream!

 
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.  

I tried on the product and at first wasn't very sure if I liked it that much.  I don't normally wear foundation so it did feel like I had a thin layer of something on my face and I also looked ashy when I had just put it on.  However, I continue on with the rest of my makeup and after a few minutes it finally sinks into your skin and looks pretty flawless to me.  After a few more tries I'm starting to really like this product A LOT. I don't have to put on concealer on several areas of my face anymore and it has a high SPF so I can skip the sunscreen step!  It hides pores well and moisturizes my face.  I still have to put moisturizer under it because I have very dry skin but for those of you that don't, this can definitely be a one step process for you.  Remember though, this is not a foundation, and that's why there is only one color, you need to let the product sink into your skin for a few minutes to blend beautifully.  I also have light to medium color skin so I'm not sure how this will work if you have really dark skin.  But other than that, I really love this product and highly recommend everyone to at least give this a try.  Its much better for your skin than foundation and treats it at the same time. Score!