FAVORITES | August 2018

I had been planning to post a favorites in July, but when I couldn’t really muster up enough loved items to warrant a post. It’s the start of September now, and I think I’ve gathered enough items to share with you what I’ve been loving for these last two months.

Ilia Illuminator in Polka Dots & Moonbeams (0.18 oz, $34): This gives the most subtle glow-from-within look. It blends very easily and smoothly, even moreso than my well-loved W3ll People Bio Brightener Stick (0.21 oz, $23.99).

The Leo Oil (1 oz, $46): I’ve written a review already on this, so all I’ll say here is that this is worth every penny.

Alterna CAVIAR CC Cream for Hair 10-in-1 Complete Correction (5.1 oz, $41): My best friend got this for me for my birthday this year. She claimed it was hair crack, and I couldn’t understand why, until I used this for myself. It’s amazing. When I put it in my damp hair and let my hair air dry, my hair dries so smoothly that it’s almost like I got a blowout. It’s magic. I tried using this recently before blow-drying my hair, and it’s great that way as well – my hair stays smooth, soft, and far from frizzy until my next hair wash. My only concern with this product is that Alterna is a grey-area brand on the cruelty-free sites I could find it on.

Glossier Cloud Paints (0.33 fl oz, 2 for $30 or 1 for $18) in Storm and Beam: I’ve already written a review on this, but basically, these are some of the best blushes I’ve ever used.

Glossier Stretch Concealer (0.17 oz, $18): There’s also a review on this already, but tl:dr, I love this concealer’s creamy consistency that makes it great for both blemishes and under the eye.

Mount Lai Mini Jade Roller ($20): I definitely fell into the hype of these facial rollers, but I’ve known for a long time that these are really effective for de-puffing the face, and jade has cooling properties as well. My face doesn’t puff up that much in the mornings, but I definitely enjoy using this after applying my skincare because of how cooling the jade feels on my skin. The facial massages I give myself with this roller also helps relieve any tension I have in my face after a long day.

Anthropologie Palm Leaf Dish ($20): My friends got me this for me as part of my birthday present this year. It’s been a great prop in my pictures, and I love that it’s both extremely cute and functional.

Madewell Oversized Hoops ($24): I’ve been eyeing these for a while and finally picked them up in August when I got a $25 off birthday coupon. I’ve already lost count of how many times I’ve worn them, since they go with almost every outfit.

Madewell Bandana ($12.50) in Strawberry Multi: I’ve gotten obsessed with bandanas in the last couple of months and amassed a little collection, but this strawberry one is by far my favorite. I managed to snag it on sale for less than $5, but unfortunately it’s sold out now 😦 I highly recommend Madewell’s bandanas, because all of their bandana prints are extremely cute. They’re also pretty reasonably priced, especially if you can find one on sale (and there almost always is one on sale).

What have you been loving during these last couple of summer months?

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HAUL | Summer 2018, Fashion

And now, the fashion portion of the haul! I have to confess… I’ve definitely purchased more items since I decided to do this haul. I do have a lot of traveling in the coming months, so hopefully, that makes it okay??

 

If you’re interested in what beauty products I got as part of this haul, check out my previous post here.

Abercrombie & Fitch

A&F is probably my most shopped store for clothing, especially after it re-branded itself a few years ago. I always pick up A&F stuff on sale, and it’s easy to do so because there are sales extremely often. If you sign up to be an A&F member, you also get plenty of exclusive discount codes and $10 rewards when you reach a certain spending threshold. It’s also super easy to place orders on the A&F site often, since A&F offers free pick-up in store.

Knot Front Dress in Black Stars ($23.20, originally $58): I had a dress years ago that had a similar shape to this, but it was cheaper and shorter. I loved it regardless, and wore it to death. When I saw this dress in the stars print, immediately I thought of that dress of mine from college. This one definitely feels like an upgrade. I love that it’s so versatile, and since I got it in the tall size, it’s long enough that with a cardigan, I could wear it to work as well. I’m thinking of bringing this with me on my business trip to wear on my time off.

Long-Sleeve Colorblock Tee in Light Blue ($11.52, originally $24): A great basic that’s not too basic. I love pairing this with medium wash mom jeans and the belt that I’ll be sharing next.

Athletic Belt in Navy Blue Stripe ($6.72, originally $14): I’m so glad these belts are in again, because I find these easier to wear than leather belts.

Scoopneck Tee in Off White ($11.52, originally $24): I’m in the process of building up my wardrobe again after clearing out things I don’t wear anymore, and this seemed like a good, quality basic that I can wear with plenty of different things.

Twist-Front Bodycon Dress in Black ($23.04, originally $48): I like getting dresses in the Tall size at A&F because otherwise I find them to be too short for normal wear. Unfortunately, this one was sold out in Tall, but I liked it so much that I got it anyways. It’s a really comfy, stretchy dress that’s easy to throw on and run out the door. Unfortunately, this seems to be sold out in Black now, and the other colors still have XL in stock.

Embroidered Mesh Lace Dress in Cream ($17.88, originally $68): I thought this would be a good dress for occasions that call for something nicer than the typical casual dress. I’ll probably wear it out the next time I go to a nice dinner.

High Rise Ankle Straight Jeans in Light Wash ($20.52, sold out 😦 ): A&F has plenty of denim offerings, but this one was different from the typical A&F denim. Rather than the usual stretchy denim, which I enjoy for skinny jeans, this pair had thicker denim, reminiscent of Levi’s. I love this pair of jeans. They’re high-waisted and hug my butt in a very flattering way. I’ve worn this once so far, paired with a graphic tee.

V-Neck Boyfriend Tee in White ($6.84, originally $18): I bought this because I needed to get my order total to $50 so I could use another discount code… but also because I realized I needed more basic white tees.

One-Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit in Navy Blue and Pink ($16.43, originally $48): I’ve been hunting for new swimwear for my trips to Taiwan and Australia later this year, and this one really called out to me. I haven’t picked this up from the store yet, but I’m pretty sure I’ll love it just fine.

Short-Sleeve Button Up in White Check ($18.07, originally $44): I had actually been eyeing this for a while, but it had never been at a price point where I was willing to buy it, until most recently when I went onto the A&F site to look for swimsuits.

Madewell

Palisade Button-Front Midi Skirt in Indigo ($44.99, originally $98): I had been looking for a midi skirt for ages, so I was glad to see that this one was on sale at Madewell, another one of my favorite clothing stores. By the time I saw this on sale, there were only sizes 00 and 14 left. It was final sale, so I was hoping that the skirt ran big like most of Madewell’s clothing. Thankfully, it did, and the skirt fit me perfectly. I love this so much that I’ll probably find a way to wear it year round.

The Sari Crisscross Sandal in Warm Nutmeg ($69.99, originally $128): I’ve wanted these since I saw Madewell come out with them, so I’m glad I was browsing Madewell when they happened to be on sale.

Bandana in Hayfield ($5.59, originally $12.50): I’ve been getting more into bandanas lately, and this one in mustard yellow and red called out to me. I can imagine this looking great with just a plain white tee and denim.

Lo-Fi Shrunken Tee in Nona Stripe ($13.99, originally $32): Madewell tees are extremely comfortable, and this one is in such a cute stripe print.

J.Crew

I hadn’t been planning to purchase anything from J.Crew, but I was helping my boyfriend order stuff and just got sucked into the July 4th sales. Ebates also happened to be having a 10% off cashback for J.Crew, which only enabled me more to pick up these items.

Tortoise Hoop Earrings ($11.70, originally $19.50): I’ve been building up an earring collection, among other things, and I thought this would be a nice addition. I’ve come to realize that outside of gold earrings, I love tortoise shell or similar looking material for my earrings (see my post on Thrifty Thieves earrings).

Long-Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt in Slub Cotton in White ($9.99, originally $29.50): J.Crew, like Madewell, makes amazing basics, and I highly recommend picking some up when they’re on sale.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters had 20% off your whole purchase a while back, and I didn’t limit my haul here to beauty.

Out From Under Seamless Back Bra in Black ($10, originally $16): I love this. It’s not often that I’ll find a bralette, especially a spaghetti -strapped one, that looks good and fits well on my small frame/large chest combination. It’s also the rare bralette that I don’t mind wearing as a top. I’ve paired this with some black high-waisted linen pants, and I can see myself wearing an outfit like this in LA or for dinner by the beach. This also comes in red and white, neither of which I’m really keen on wearing for this top, so I hope they come out with more colors soon.

Out From Under Markie Seamless Ribbed Bra in Medium Orange ($10, originally $16): I love this even more than the previous bra, because the straps are slightly thicker, and the shape is slightly more flattering on my body type. I also like wearing this as a top, especially paired with medium-wash high-waisted jeans. The medium orange is basically an awesome rust color, and I plan on picking up more colors in the future.

UO Wrap Midi Slip Dress ($23.99, originally $69): I’ve come to realize wrap dresses are one of the more flattering dress forms on me, so I tend to go for these types of dresses nowadays. I thought this one was cute, with its blue floral print contrasted with the black of the dress and the slightly asymmetrical hemline. Unfortunately, this is sold out on the site.

UO Wind Song Wide-Leg Pant ($23.99, originally $69): I loved this as soon as I saw it online, but I was a bit hesitant to purchase it at first because it was definitely out of my comfort zone. I’ve only started wearing wide-legged pants in the last year, and I definitely haven’t worn any rainbow colored pants before. I’m glad I got these though, because they are extremely comfortable and look great with a white tee and some sandals. The material is super thin, so it’s great for warm weather, and I see myself bringing these with me to Taiwan.

Princess Polly

I.AM.GIA Pixie Jacket ($68.55, originally $85.68): This isn’t really summer fashion, but I bought this last month when the Youtuber Amy Vagabond had a 20% off discount code, and I have been eyeing this teddy jacket for ages. I won’t deny that I got sucked into buying this because of all the Instagrammers that I’ve seen wearing it, but I’m so glad I did, because it’s so cute. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this when it’s colder too, since it keeps me pretty warm. Believe it or not, I’ve already worn this once – it got a bit chilly last week up here in the Bay Area, so I wore it out to a concert.

Indigo Vintage

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I’ve recently been inspired to do some thrifting by various Instagrammers and Youtubers that I follow. Not only is thrifting great for the environment, it’s also a great way to find unique pieces.

However, to be honest, I don’t always have the patience to dig through racks and racks of clothes. Thankfully, I discovered this amazing vintage store near Berkeley campus, Indigo Vintage, which has since become one of my favorite stores ever.

The store is a curated boutique – there are little sections with pieces from different online vintage stores and local makers. I’ve gone a few times, and I’ve since purchased rust orange linen blend pants (vintage), the silk scarf pictured above (vintage), a fanny pack (vintage), and two pairs of earrings pictured above, one from Moonwalker Things and one from Prism Jewels.

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FAVORITES | April 2018

No excuses, but I failed to post last week 😦 I’ll really have to try harder to be more consistent in posting…

Anyways, April favorites! As I hadn’t really posted for most of the last few months, some of these items have been in use for more than just April. Can you believe it’s already May? The year’s gone by so quickly…

This month’s favorites includes beauty items, of course, as well a few fashion items, a movie, and a recipe!

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  1. Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask (2.25 oz, $48): Let’s just say this deserves all the hype it’s getting. Stay tuned for a more detailed review.
  2. Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Weenie (0.074 oz, $5): I’ve been a longtime fan of the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows and of Kathleenlights, who created this shade as part of a collaboration with Colourpop. I had purchased this beautiful rose gold ultra-metallic shade right when it was released, but hadn’t used it until recently. It is as beautiful as it sounds. I actually use it as an everyday shade, applied with my fingers as a wash of color and shine on my lids, as the rose gold is rather subtle on my skin tone. However, I can definitely see myself using this shadow wet for a more dramatic look.
  3. Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black ($18 for full size): I got a deluxe sample of this mascara in one of those Sephora Favorites boxes, but just started using this in April after my previous mascara had dried up. I never expected much from this mascara, but I was so impressed from the very first time I used it. It’s definitely more of a natural look mascara, but it does an amazing job of lengthening my lashes. I never really purchase full size mascaras, but if I ever do, this one is definitely on my list.
  4. No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation in Warm Beige (1 oz, $15.99): From first application, I knew I was going to love this foundation. It was so easy to blend with a beauty sponge and looked like my skin but better. The formula definitely leaves your skin subtly glowy as promised, and I appreciate the SPF 15 as well. The relatively inexpensive price doesn’t hurt either.
  5. Botanics All Bright Foaming Face Wash (5 oz, $5.99): I’ve previously mentioned this in my post about Botanics, but didn’t get around to using it until a couple of months ago. Since I’ve started using it, it’s become a daily cleanser of mine. I started using it every morning, but now I prefer to use it at night. Despite being a foaming face wash, it doesn’t strip my skin at all, and my face still feels refreshed and clean afterwards. It’s also really affordable and easily found at Target, which only makes it more awesome.
  6. Glossier Body Hero Oil Wash (8.4 fl oz, $18 or save $5 with the Body Hero Duo): This body wash is amazing. I’ve never really used an oil wash before, and I loved how this one started as an oil, but lathers up as it interacts with water. My skin always feel moisturized but clean after using this, and it smells amazing. I also use it to shave. It’s more than I’d usually pay for a body wash, but I definitely plan on repurchasing in the future. I haven’t used the companion Daily Perfecting Cream yet, but plan on writing a review of the two together when I do.
  7. Face Brush ($1.50 at Daiso): To those of you who don’t know what Daiso is, it’s like the cooler Japanese cousin of the Dollar Store. Everything there is $1.50 unless marked otherwise, so it’s easy to get sucked into picking up things you didn’t intend to get when you set foot in the store. This face brush was one of those things. It looked like a tiny, manual version of the Foreo brush so I decided to give it a try. I love using this with the Botanics cleanser, and using this combo always makes my face feel extra clean and even slightly exfoliated without being abrasive at all. As a bonus, my dog loves when I brush her head with this, and it leaves her fur extra soft as well (yes, I clean the brush between using it for my face and for her face).
  8. Madewell Canvas Somerset Backpack in Acorn ($78): I’ve been wanting a cute but practical bag for a while, and I purchased this as soon as I had a discount code for Madewell. I wasn’t disappointed – the acorn color is beautiful, and it’s so nice to have my hands free, especially when I’m going on local hikes with my dog and my boyfriend on the weekend that don’t require a serious backpack. It’s also nice for just running out the door.
  9. Madewell Wrap Top in Star Scatter in Spicy Saffron (originally $69.50, now $29.99): I have been on a journey to incorporate more color into my wardrobe, and this top was just calling out my name. I’ve been loving shades of yellow in particular lately, hence the choice of this pattern and color. When I received the top, I loved it so much that I got another one Albury Stripe (originally $69.50, now $52.50). This wrap top is appropriate for work, but I can definitely see myself wearing it paired with shorts as well. For someone like me with a small frame but large bust, this is an amazingly flattering top that doesn’t also make you feel like you’re showing too much cleavage.
  10. A Quiet Place: I had been waiting to watch this since I saw the first trailer, and it did not disappoint. I won’t say much so as not to spoil anything, but if you’re into horror and/or thriller films, definitely give this one a watch.
  11. Mochi Muffins: These have been appearing at cafes everywhere in San Francisco and East Bay, and for good reason. They’re delicious. So I figured rather than spend up to $4 every time I want one, why not make my own? I found this recipe by the Tea Squirrel and adapted to my own tastes, replacing milk with coconut beverage (aka coconut milk in a carton), and omitted the sesame seeds and matcha. It was still delicious, though I may make more changes to adapt it more to my taste.

What were your favorites this past month?

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FAVORITES | August 2017

In the blink of an eye, it’s already September, and we’re heading into Labor Day weekend and the end of summer. With that in mind, I thought it’d be nice to start a favorites series before summer comes to a complete end.

These posts will primarily be on beauty favorites, but if I have any fashion or other lifestyle favorites, I will include those as well. For this month, I have a fashion love that isn’t included in the post image – continue reading to see what it is! 🙂

  1. LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask (2.3 oz, $25): My friend recommended this to me, and I am so glad I picked it up. It’s lightweight, fast-absorbing, and very easy to use. I usually put this on in place of my nighttime moisturizer, and when I do, I wake up the next morning with soft, dewy skin. It’s also pretty good value for the price – you get a hefty jar of it, and the packaging neither looks nor feels cheap. There’s also a spatula that you can use to scoop out the product.
  2. Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Face Palette Pretty Cheeky (0.38 oz, $19.99 – currently $16.98): As soon as I saw KathleenLights recommend this on Youtube, I went ahead and purchased it. Despite being a drugstore product, the quality of the packaging is good, and the design on the compact is very cute. The formulas for the bronzer, blush, and highlighter are all amazing – if you swatch any of them with your finger, you’ll find that they’re almost creamy in texture. They’re also super pigmented, so make sure you go in with a light hand, especially if you’re more fair-skinned, since these colors are definitely more targeted for medium skin tones. There is quite a bit of fall out when you dip your brush in, but that’s not too much of an issue for me because they apply so nicely to my face.
  3. Kevin Aucoin The Eyelash Curler ($21): My previous eyelash curler from Trish McEvoy was great, but it was old and no longer curling my lashes. I decided I wanted to try a new one, and this one had decent reviews on Sephora. It definitely didn’t disappoint – it curls my lashes nicely and fits the shape of my eye well.
  4. Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum ($58 for 1.7 fl oz, or $77 for 2.5 fl oz): I have a whole review of this here. I love how this makes my skin feel and plan to purchase a full-size version when I have used up more of my current skincare inventory.
  5. Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser (6 fl oz, $18): I’ve had this for a while and had been using it solely as a makeup remover. It did the job, but I never particularly enjoyed using it. Recently, I decided to try using it as a face wash instead, and I love using it as a face wash so much more than I ever did using it as a makeup remover. I use it as a morning cleanser now, and it leaves my skin clean and refreshed without stripping it of moisture. Unfortunately, I’m almost near the end of my bottle, so I won’t be getting back to it for a while.
  6. Glossier Priming Moisturizer (1.7 fl oz, $22): I bought this a while ago when Glossier was first getting big, and I have to say I didn’t think it was anything extraordinary as a primer, which was how I used it. In hindsight, it’s probably because my skin is normal/combination/oily, so additional moisture isn’t really what I need in a primer. In a recent effort to finish products before they expire, I started using this as a moisturizer in the morning, and it’s amazing. It gives just the right amount of moisture and dewiness to my face. With the rediscovery and newfound love for this and the Milk Jelly Cleanser, I’m excited to get my hands on more Glossier products.
  7. The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel (25.3 fl oz, $20): I love The Body Shop’s shower gels, and they’re pretty affordable since there are sales so often. I got this particular one when Amazon had a deal on these for around $11, but The Body Shop often has “buy x amount, get x amount free” deals where you can get them for even less. I had to give a shout out to the Pink Grapefruit in this post because this scent is stronger than any of the other scents I’ve used, so every time I shower, my whole bathroom smells nice and fresh.
  8. The Gemma Mule in Leather in English Saddle ($98): I love these. I purchased them last month as a birthday present to myself when Madewell offered me $25 off my purchase. I hate wearing socks, so I’ve been trying to find a good pair of work shoes that don’t require socks. These are extremely comfortable, and I can walk a long time in them. The leather started off a bit stiffer and rubbed at certain parts of my foot the wrong way, but as I wear them more that’s become less of an issue.

What were your favorites this past month? Let me know in the comments section below!

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