Curse you, itchy pimples!

5.29.2013

Totally un-po'shopped, for your viewing pleasure :)

About 2 weeks ago, a small cluster of pimples popped up on my left jaw area. I treated them as I usually treat pimples - wash my face and stick an acne patch on it. However, this time, the pimples kept doing the pop, bleed, regrow thing :P I'm pretty good about not picking zits so I got worried when I noticed they weren't healing and appeared to be spreading down to my lower jaw :\ Also, these pimples/zits/demon pustules were so damn itchy!

I wasn't planning on taking anything for it (I'm a bit of a hippie when it comes to taking antibiotics), but when I went to my doctor for a checkup, she pounced on my face and insisted I try Clindamycin. She actually thought what I had was an infection, not pimples, but either way she said it should help. Thank goodness insurance covered it because that tube originally cost $500!

Anyway, I've been using Clindamycin for 2 days now and I think it's working! On the first day, all the scabs you see in the pic above came off cleanly and the pimples don't itch quite as much :) Also, I think it stopped spreading. The Clindamycin gel feels very mild and so far, no irritation or even dry skin.  My skin tingles a little now and then, but it's much better than the incessant itching from before!

I'll post another picture at the end of the week for comparison's sake, but yeah, so glad it's going away. I was worried this would turn into another Skin Fiasco of 2009 :\

Review: Etude House Sweet Recipe Dear My Jelly Lips (Sweet Orange, JOR201)

5.26.2013


Hey everyone, I hope you're having a great weekend :) It's Memorial Day weekend in the States so I am just soaking in the pleasure of having three days in a row off ^_^ It's weird knowing that I just got back from Mexico a month or so ago; it feels like I haven't been on vacation forever :\ !

Anyway, I got this product with my Etude House haul; it's 1 of 8 lipsticks from the Sweet Recipe collection. The selling points:
  1. Sheer color & hydration
  2. Shiny, glossy finish
  3. Candy (jelly bean) scent
  4. Smooth texture that blends well with other colors (mix & match)
  5. 5 kinds of extracts, particularly xylitol for soft lips
    • Bilberry, Sugar cane, Sugar maple, Orange, Lemon, and Xylitol
This is the fourth EH lip product I've tried and despite their toy-like packaging, I like the cheerful, wearable colors they consistently release. Also the Dear Darling Ultra Shine Lipstick and Dear Darling Gloss are the best scented and easiest to wear lip products ever. Too bad their Miss Tangerine Sweet Shower Lips were a miss though....

Mexico 2013, Part 6: Beach Life

5.21.2013


One of the best places I went in Cancun was 100% free! Most of the beaches in the Hotel Zone are closed off to non-resort members, but there is a gorgeous public beach just a short bus ride away on Blvd Kukulkan (see it on the map!). You can chill under one of the cabanas for free and it was far less crowded and larger than most of the resort reserved beaches.

Review: Etude House Sweet Recipe Nails, Sparkling Strawberry Candy (Pink)

5.19.2013


I did a big haul of Korean makeup awhile back and been joyfully testing them out for the past month! I was especially excited about Etude House's Sweet Recipe collection (cutest marketing angle ever!) because food + makeup = my kyptonite.

Also I actually bought a bunch of extras for a giveaway ^^, so stay tuned for a Etude House Sweet Recipe giveaway in the next weeks (haven't had a chance to record a video yet...:P)!

OOTD: Sunlight

5.16.2013


I'm not going to lie, when people at work called in sick for "food poisoning," I used to be all like 'pshhh....suck it up, wusses!' Then I actually got sick from food poisoning two days ago - nausea, gross burps, headaches, stomach aches, barfing food I ate days ago, and not to speak of the OTHER end.... It was pretty awful. Now I get it, food poisoning is legit misery -_-;; To everyone who was once food-poisoned, sorry for being judgy, now I understand your pain :(

River Island Vertical Stripe Tee {here}
The Limited 678 Colorful Skinny Jeans
Nine West Gold Flats
Forever 21 Faux Leather Structured Crossbody {here}

Btw the F21 bag is amazing quality for just $20! I usually avoid shopping at F21 because the disheveled racks drive me insane, but gosh darn it, sometimes you find some great gems :)

P.S. These were taken with Canon PowerShot ELPH 110HS, not bad for a point-and-shoot!

Mexico 2013, Part 5: Petting Dolphins (and regretting it...?)

5.13.2013


I finally fulfilled my lifelong dream of petting a dolphin! Sadly, it turned out to be the most expensive dolphin petting session ever because not only did I register to pet dolphins at the La Isla Shopping Mall (a tourist trap), I was so distracted by the amazingly good looking guy manning the booth, I registered for the wrong day and ended up having to call via roaming to re-book.  But in my defense, I'd never seen such a good looking guy in real life before >.< He had such pretty blue eyes, this perfect bronze tan, and Crest white teeth....gosh, he was really, really cute *^.^*!

Anywayyyyy....the experience was still AMAZING :) Dolphins are the shit - so friendly and playful :) I see why people love them so much, they truly have distinct personalities....they are very human somehow.

♥ Mom mum 엄마 ♥

5.12.2013


엄마 너무 너무 너무 사랑해!

Review: Urban Decay Naked Flushed

5.12.2013


I've been keen to find the "perfect" bronzer for years.  The magical way bronzer can make your face seem more contoured and well, more bronzed always appealed to me, so when I saw the rave reviews of UD's Flushed palette, I pounced!

Mexico 2013, Part 4: Exploring Chichén Itzá

5.07.2013

The famous Temple of Kukulkan (El Castillo).

Behold Chichen Itza, the most visited archaeological site in Mexico :) It was very exciting to see a place I'd only ever seen in history books in real life. A fulfillment of a dream really....

Weekend Wanderings

5.05.2013


Another "French-Asian" bakery called Tous Les Jours opened its doors in NoVa two days ago, so of course I had to check it out! Tous Les Jours is a CJ franchise that established its first store in Gu-ru, South Korea in 1997. I saw a bunch of them in Korea but apparently, they've been opening stores in the US since 2004...but this one is the first in Northern Virginia!


The interior was well decorated but a little cramped with very little natural light, especially in the back.  I also tried a few buns and while they were decent, it was nothing amazing.  I'd come here out of convenience's sake but I'd prefer Shilla Bakery or Breeze Cafe for food and atmosphere. Amusingly, the reviews are pretty bad right now, but it's in an excellent location (right next to Spa World) and with the strength of an international brand name behind them, I'm sure business will be brisk at least for the next couple of months.

Cakessssss~

I am SO digging the decorations on the sweet potato cake and the purple elephant? Ugh, so cute!

Aww~
A giant fish head eating what I suspect to be its own tail xD

Also, H Mart was holding some Spring Festival/Sale thingie. Great discounts,  a lot of kooky events, and a very nightmarish Korean interpretation of a clown greeting you at the door....

They look pretty gross in the picture, but in real life, they are rather cute...in a slippery kind of way ehe~
Credits: PK's Pursuits

But my favorite event was this sweet game they had going on where you get 30 seconds to cram as many Chinese muddy loach, a super slippery fish, into a plastic bag with your BARE HANDS. What you manage to get in the bag, you keep for free! These little buggers were still alive of course so, it was HILARIOUS.  Little fish popping out everywhere, people getting splashed with water - it's one of those events that is so crazy and somewhat barbaric, but you can't resist laughing and joining in ^_^  This one Hispanic granny was ROCKING it - she walked off with like a full bag xD

Anyway, that was my weekend :) And tomorrow, back on the hamster wheel >0<;;;

Skinfood BB Cream Comparisons

5.01.2013


I've had this post sitting in drafts for almost 4 months, so boy did it feel good to hit 'post!' Of all the brands I've tried, I tend to gravitate towards SkinFood the most for BB creams. The food-centric marketing just does me in every time....

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