Been Stress

Things at home has been hectic, that's mainly the reason why I haven't been posting at all.  Both of my in-laws are in the rehab center.  My typical days are taking care of my daughter and juggling going in to the rehab center to help them during the evenings.  It's been really stressful and tiring that each day I just want to give up.  I've been mentally and physically stress that I don't really have my own time to do my own things.  I miss going to the gym, I miss going out with friends etc.  I miss traveling and certainly I'm in need of a vacation for myself to recuperate.  There are times I even get stress out over little things, so right now I'm sorry for the lack of beauty post or my daily life expedition in the heart of NYC. Please bare with me at the moment till things settle down and thank you!    

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Having a hard time accepting my Weight Issue...


I wished I could have documented my weight lost journey throughout the way. I wish I could had taken pictures of this journey, unfortunately I didn't. I felt ashamed of looking back at the old photos. There were many times that I wasn't in tiptop shape, I was embarrassed to take pictures with my family during special events. I'd rather be behind the lens and take pics of my daughter and my husband.  I was extremely self-conscious and was literally in tears when trying on new clothes that doesn't flatter me at all. 

Shopping for clothes was extremely hard with my height and having an apple shape body.  I really buried myself with food and allowed myself to let go, not realizing how much damage I was doing to my body.  Food was my only source of comfort that I can confide into by making my worries go away. I told myself to try to change by eating less and moving more, but nothing happens and I ended eating more. 

I was left hopeless and frustrated and there were times I got jealous of people who had the perfect body and looked good on anything they wore. But I realized it has nothing to do my weight, I could have embraced and be proud of it and invest more time of finding clothes that can flatter me.  My self- consciousness made me afraid of myself.  But after my lost weight journey, I learned a valuable lesson to embrace myself and love myself more even when I'm not in perfect shape.  

Embrace yourself for who you are.  Don't always feel pressure that you have to change to look good, change that you want to be healthy that's the most important factor.  Change when you are ready, there's no timeline that you have to change at a certain time. I changed to live healthier, I changed to set a good example for my family in eating healthier. 

Hope this helps you in some ways to give you the strength battling with weight issue...

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Travel: London


I'm back from traveling and I wish my trip could have been longer like a couple of weeks.  I got the opportunity to explore London. I got to visit the major sites like the London Eye, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.  Each of these attractions are extremely busy, so we didn't stay for a long time there. With a short amount of time my family and I explored this city on our own.  London is very easy to get around, with their underground system it's pretty simple and fast to get to certain destinations. I wish I could have done shopping there, but everything in London are expensive. Hopefully I could revisit London again in the future, but I think this city is very simple.  I think Italy and Japan are my still favorite destination, where I still reminiscence of wanting to revisit again.  



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Influenster Posh Vox Box



It's been a while that I have received an Influenster Vox Box.  The last time I received was through a contest of living proof box, which took forever to receiving it.  I was totally surprised that I was receiving this box with out any notification.  I was totally blown away how much goodies in this box,  this is one of the best box I have ever received so far. 

Some of the following products I have received in this box are:

BROWFOOD Aqua Brow Powder + Pencil Duo - $25
No-touch-ups required. A revolutionary, power-to-cream eyebrow powder & pencil duo to effortlessly fill-in and define brows that will last all day, without fading.

Sigma Beauty

The Aura Powder Blush - $19 
Nymphaea is a versatile all-over face powder draws out natural contours in a majestic subtle coral shade.  Use with the Sigma Beauty F40 Large Angled Contour brush to lightly warm up the skin.

The F40 Large Angled Contour Brush - $23 
The F40 Large Angled Contour Brush features a fluffy, angled brush head perfect for a natural effect bronzer or blush.  Wear Sigma Beauty Aura Powder in shade Nymphaea for all-over diffused warmth.

Exclusive Offer
Use Code: PRESTIGE10 to receive $10 off any purchase of $50 or more at SigmaBeauty.com

Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil - $36
A reparative "wonder booster" that leaves all skin types radiant and hydrated. Prevents and repairs the appearance of fine lines and hyper-pigmentation while regulating oil production.

AQUIS Hair - $30 - $45 (all versions available on Sephora.com)
Hair Towel made from exclusive, ultra light "Aquitex" drying technology. Rapidly dries hair to damp stage without heat or roughing up hair. Cuts hair drying and blow drying time by 50%.

Ouidad 
 
Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo - $22 (8.5 oz) 
Frizz Defense starts in the shower with our sulfate-free shampoo, which gently cleanses and respects your curls' natural protective barrier.  Create the perfect frizz-free foundation without stripping moisture to enhance curls' shape and shine.

Advance Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner - $24 (8.5 oz)
Active crave moisture.  Without proper hydration, they'll try to take it from the atmosphere, raising the cuticle and causing frizz.  Stop frizz before it starts by infusing your curls with our advanced blend of rich emollients.  Our cocktail of Shea & Murumuru Butters, plus Ceramides, repairs and moisturizes every curl from root to end.

Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift - $65 
Active cooling cream-gel masque energizes skin to reduce visible signs of stress. High-performance formula minimizes the appearance of puffiness and dark circles.  Increases skin luminosity, lifts the eye area and helps restore skin barrier integrity.
 
I'm really excited in trying these products.  I will do each review on the products I have received for this box, please look for more reviews in the upcoming days.

Did you received this Posh Vox Box?  What do you think of it? 

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Lavender Festival

Recently my family and I took a trip to this event called Lavender Festival in Maryland.  This has always been on my bucket list to visit a Lavender Festival.  Although, I always wanted to visit a whole field of Lavender somewhere in Europe France, but this is close enough. The weather didn't really cooperate for us, it was cloudy but we did manage to take some nice picture. It was very nice and relaxing just to go on a short road trip just to rest up.  Here's some pictures of my family and I, the field simply looks so purple and gorgeous. Unfortunately, my schedule has been so busy that's why I haven't been posting regularly anymore. My oldest daughter is graduating from 5th grade and I can't believe she's growing up super fast. I hope to blog more whenever I have the time around...


I hope you all have a wonderful summer!    

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LAPOTHICELL TONE UP BB CUSHION REVIEW


I know it's been awhile that I have done a beauty review. I've been under the loop on my beauty reviews.  I felt so unmotivated these days.  Anyway recently I've been trying this Korean brand called LAPOTHICELL TONE UP BB CUSHION.  So far I have tried a few times and I really like the coverage, it's very light and breathable coverage. I tend to like the light coverage especially when it's summer time. I can't stand wearing heavy base foundation anymore because I tend to sweat a lot and I like my face to breath.  I also like that it hydrates my skin and the compact has a light smell to it which isn't over powering. This BB CUSHION retails for $32.00 US.

Product Description:
A Sensational Cushion Compact for making your skin brighter and makeup to bright complexion. 

Details:
  • An innovative sponge delivers the perfect amount of foundation to create a cleaner complexion. 
  • Long lasting, anti-wrinkle, whitening, perfect cover, moisture control and SPF. 
  • Safe for sensitive skin and does not clog your pores. 
  • Maintain your skin tone with lightweight application and long-lasting wear without a darkening effect.

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Atoboy

My husband and I finally celebrated our 13th Anniversary.  Things at home and our schedules has been hectic so it was a late celebration.  I chose this restaurant called Atoboy because of the excellent reviews they received and I simply love Korean food.  You get to ordered 3 dishes, I started off with BLACK SEA BASS - Spring garlic, Mint, Kiwi,  SQUID - Pork, Shrimp, Salsa verde and PORK JOWL - Barley, Ssamjang, Cipollini Onion.  Meanwhile, my husband ordered SCALLOPS - Jicama, Sea Urchin, Gim, CORN- Taleggio, Bacon, Doenjang and NY STRIP Arugula, Poblano, Wild sesame oil.  Each of the dishes I tried has a refreshing and unique taste, by the second dish I felt full and tried to push through finishing the Pork Jowl dish that I ordered.  I actually love the the Pork Jowl the most the pork belly was so nice and soft and the skin was thin and crispy at the same time.  A very nice causal atmosphere and the staffs are super friendly.  Highly recommend you should check this restaurant out. I felt the food has a very modern feel not like a typical homey traditional Korean food though. 
  

ATOBOY • 43 E 28TH STREET • NEW YORK, NY • 10016 • 646-476-7217

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My Brooklyn Half Marathon


One of my new year resolution was to do a half marathon one day and now it's checked off on my list.  I have accomplished and so proud in some ways that I have overcome doing a half marathon.  It wasn't easy it was a long struggle and a lot of determination of making my way to the finish line.  I felt I was not prepared for this race, because I didn't train hard enough. 

I felt uneasy during the week as the final days of the race was approaching.  I tried not to over think it and just have a great time and finishing the race was an accomplishment.  As a first timer I shouldn't be too worry of the time as long I crossed the finish line.  I was a bit disappointed with my time but I shouldn't be too hard on myself since this was my first half.  I finished my race total of 3 hours and 14 minutes and I should celebrate with a big feast.  Here's the time I was doing and I know I couldn't keep it at a 13:45 mile per pace but I did what I can. 
  • 5K | 3 miles - 40:00
  • 10K | 6 miles - 1:25:39 
  • 15K | 9 miles - 2:12:14 
  • 20K | 12 miles - 3:03:26 
  • 13 miles = 3:14:50
 I hope to do better if I tend to do a next half marathon...

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W.Lab Sebum Out Peel Off Pack


Hi Friends, I've been out of the beauty loop, but here's a review I'll doing.  I'm currently trying this Korean mask called w.lab sebum out peel off pack, this is my first time trying a peel off mask.  I have to say it's very unique and interesting.  This mask acts as a hair and pore removal.  For those who are a hairy monster like me this is great to use over your face and for those who has a lot of unwanted pores, this mask will remove it effortlessly  I really like refreshing cooling sensation once I put on this mask, it's very nice to unwind while catching up on my Korean dramas.

About the Product:
  • Clean Skin and Lustrous Skin, Catch both. Realize your wish for having the naturally lustrous skin.
  • 100ml
  • This removes old sebum out of pore effortlessly. Removal of the root of old sebum lumps.
  • MADE IN KOREA
Here's some photos that I took while using the mask, after the mask drys off you can start peeling.  Peeling was a bit painful but after the peeling my face looks radiant and fresh.  My face feels my tighter and my hydrated. I hope you get an opportunity to try this.  This retails for $17.99 US



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10K Star Wars Race

I can't believe April swept by so fast. Currently I still have no idea what happened to my Desktop computer, it simply died on me.  I'm currently using my laptop for the mean time.  Things for me are currently hectic, right now seems like nothing is going right for me.   But the good news is that I spent several days at Disney.  My husband and I did the 10K Star Wars race and certainly it was a fun experience.  We got to spend two days at some parks, but seems like my little one doesn't seem impress with the happiest place on earth.

Here's some pics to share: 

 Hope to have more post coming up whenever I can find the time...

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Spring in New York City


Hi, I just want to inform you that I will be posting less frequently.  My computer recently died on me and I have no clue what had happened.  Hopefully one day when I have time I'll try to get it fix. Also there's a family emergency I have to attend to.  I'm so glad that the weather has gotten warmer. Here's some glimpse of my day in New York City. While I was walking around Chinatown, I saw this amazing graffiti artwork working in progress.  It's a sketch of a girl in her deep thought moment. Things I enjoy eating so far are a lot of sweets and carbs. I got these adorable piggies bun from a dim sum place and it taste really good. I've been very lazy with my exercise routine and hopefully I'll resume to it soon.  I signed up for total of 3 races and I really need to start training.  Been addicted to this Lavender and Green Tea soft ice cream at Cha Cha Matcha, it's light and so creamy.  Another addiction are poke bowls, I ordered this Blue Tuna poke bowl the other and just devoured in few minutes.  Anyway, I help you enjoy the wonderful spring weather and hopefully I could resolve what exactly happen to my computer soon.  Happy Spring!



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NICE TO MONACO WATER WEAR SKIN REVIEW



Hi guys, in this post I'll be reviewing this product called NICE TO MONACO WATER WEAR SKIN a Korean brand. This product is a toner that helps moisture your face. I have used this for a week now and I'm really enjoying using this.  Typically my face gets extremely dry during the harsh winter and after using this, it has helped me moisturize and nourish my face. This toner contained abundant nutrition that absorbs effectively to keep my skin moisturized and smooth.  This product contained a light floral smell and has a pump to dispense this product; making it hygienic.  I hope you have an opportunity to try this out. 

I haven't been buying a lot of makeup products and gotten into more skincare products.  Using a good skincare product can really help make your face and appearance more youthful than makeups.   I really like to start using more good skincare products and I'm certainly open in trying more different types of skincare products in the long run.  I hope you enjoy this post and I hope I will share more beauty review soon.

More info about this product can be found at this website: www.nicetomonaco.com

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Wishing I could go back in time to Paris...


Wishing I could go back in time to Paris and wanderlust to be able to stroll through the beautiful streets. I hope one day I could have an opportunity to live the Parisian Life.  I wish I could sip on a nice fine French coffee while having my favorite coconut Nutella crepes. I love the earring that I picked out from Les Nereides and the big plus that this was on sale.  This is my third jewelry collection that I have purchased so far. It's small and dainty and the color of this piece is vibrant blue; showing the Eiffel tower.  

Other than my little purchase haul, I've busy taking care of my daughter.  I'm looking forward that  Spring is here.  No more thick coats and I could finally start wearing some dresses that I have brought.  I've been so cooped up at home almost this whole winter.  I hope I can go out more and enjoy the weather soon. I'm also currently training for my race and recently I tackled and finished my 10K race. I'm so glad it's over and I'm so sore now.  Also after my race, I stumbled this little squirrel nibbling on a piece of bagel, it knows how to eat well. 


Other than race and taking care my little girl I'll hope I have some makeup or skin care review soon.  I've been so unmotivated to blog.  I hope I can come up with more post soon. Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful spring and do enjoy the lovely weather.

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From Size 12 to Size 6


I started my diet journey around 2012 and there are times I do not really like to document my journey with image results.  I hate to take a whole image selfie of myself of how I look.  Looking back of some before and after pics recently was a drastic transformation.  From being a size 12 and 40D bra size majority of the time,  I became a size 6.  I changed because I want to live a healthier style, I want to be able to fit my clothes more comfortably.  After my weight loss journey, I still keep thinking I'm still an XL size and kept buying large sizes of clothes.  Psychologically my brain hasn't adapted that I lost the weight and still believed that I'm still big. I started my diet journey in my late 30s and wish I could have done it sooner.  The early 20s me made a lot of excuses even after giving birth to my first daughter.  I kept eating more and gaining more because I kept giving excuses to myself. I didn't have a positive and supportive feedback from friends.

Words of discouragement examples: 
  • One friend would say maybe if you get a breast reduction, it'll help me to look better.  
  • Another person would say you are so blessed with big breast
  • Another person would say to another friend can she even run with those big breasts. 
I felt so discouraged, but I didn't let those hurtful words stopped me.  I moved on with self-motivation, self-determination, set goals and diet organically with no diet plans or diet pills. The reason why I wanted to live a healthier lifestyle is because to beat the odds from having diabetes.  I didn't lose weight to prove to my friends to look better.  I did it for my health and diabetes runs in my family and I do not wish to be in that situation.  Having gestational diabetes twice was really difficult enough.  I had to keep monitoring myself by pricking my fingers and being on a strict diet was very hard to manage while I was pregnant.

Word of wisdom:  always believe in yourself and achieve what you want.  Don't let people stop you by saying negative words.  "Sticks and Stones may break our bones, but words will never break me."  - That was my goal motto and that should be yours too when people brings you down or discourages you from achieving what you want.

And good luck on your journey! 

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Living Proof - Perfect hair Day (PhD) Travel Kit Review


In this post, I will be doing a hair review that I bought awhile ago at Sephora. There are countless of times that it's hard for me to tame my hair because I have thick and coarse hair.  There's never a good hair moment on me when it's down.  I always tie my hair up most of the time otherwise, I look like a lion. 🦁 

I wanted to try something new and heard a lot of great reviews about Living Proof.  I bought the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Travel Kit to try it out for my trip to Italy.  


Here's the before and after pics of the difference after using Living Proof products: 
  • Untamed hair without using Living Proof product made my hair looked poofier dry and frizzy. 
  • Tamed hair and used Living Proof made my hair more soft, shinier and hydrated and giving me a perfect hair day on the go. 
I have to say these products really made my hair super soft, shiny and tamed my coarse hair.  I attempted to have my hair down during my vacation and captured some pics to see results what this travel kit can do. I'm really impressed and how effective this brand has worked on me while I was on my vacation.  

Overview about this product: 
The Perfect hair Day (PhD) line is a genius solution that delivers the 5 benefits of beautiful, healthy looking hair - smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish.
This kit contains:
  • Perfect hair Day (PhD) Shampoo* (2 oz): A revolutionary shampoo helps to deliver beautiful healthy looking hair, while helping it feel cleaner, longer.
  • Perfect hair Day (PhD) Conditioner (2 oz): A weightless conditioner that helps to deliver beautiful healthy hair by improving its appearance over time.
  • Perfect hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment (2 oz): Delivers styling and treatment benefits in one easy step for smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength & polish.
*Sulfate-free
Thank you Living Proof for making my hair perfect and feeling beautiful again.  
Have you made the switch?  What do you think of this brand?
 
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Reusing my Clarisonic Mia 2

I'm trying to reuse some of my old beauty stuff that I have purchased in the past and posted about this several times.  There was a brief time I stopped using my Clarisonic Mia 2.  I don't know why I have stopped using it.  I stopped using it because my older pink one was dying on me and I'm glad that Clarisonic was kindly enough to resend me another one under my warranty.  This time I got the color Lavender.  I notice that my face gets extremely dry during this winter that leaves dry patches on my face.  After a few usage of the Clarisonic, my face has restored. My face seems smoother, more hydrated and no more trails of dry flaky patches.  So far I've been pretty good making usage of my Clarisonic, but I don't over excessively use it every day.

What I like using the Clarisonic Mia 2:
• The brush is really gentle to use, that doesn't require any hard scrubbing.
• The Clarisonic Mia 2 have a time sensor to move to another area on your face.
• Helps me battle my dry skin, leaving my face more smooth and hydrated.

Have you tried the Clarisonic and what's your thought on this? 

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Toy Fair 2017


This is my first time invited to Toy Fair, it was fun and engaging.  Toy Fair is an annual event that is exclusively open to buyers and press only.  Buyers and the press gets a glimpse what new toys are coming out to the market of this year.  I got the opportunity to see and try their new lines of toys. Just looking at these new toys, I wish I could be a kid again. All of these toys are so unique and pretty. There were many vendors that specialize their own line of toys. 


I got the opportunity to see some of the Calico Critters that my daughter used to play with. This toy line got her engaged many hours when she was younger. These are furry creature animals that live in their own animal-friendly town.  Pics show below Elephant family having a tea party. How cute is that? 
 

I'm really glad I had the chance to attend this event and scored a few freebies at this event.  Hope to have many more events to go to in the near future.

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