Lovely Letters | April 2015

It’s that time of the month again – Lovely Letters February 2015 edition! For those that are new, Lovely Letters is a pen pal program with other bloggers, hosted by Esther. Every month there’s a new theme and you mail them something according to that theme. You should definitely check it out if you want to meet other bloggers and build a community.

This month’s theme is “colorful”. I really like this theme since I like bright, colorful stuff 🙂 My lovely partner is Victoria. She’s a really creative person that currently lives in LA. I love the graphics she designed on her blog and she’s doing the VEDA challenge, which is impressive. It’s been a joy getting to know her.

Lovely Letters April 2015This is the package I sent her. She had a family emergency so I haven’t received her package yet but will update once I do!

Lovely Letters Snail Mail Exchange

Dates to remember for MAY’s Snail Mail Swap:

  • Sign ups are open until May 6th midnight PST. You can sign up HERE (FOR BLOGGERS ONLY. If you don’t have a blog, you can always start one!)
  • You will get your snail mail pen pal by the 9th and begin getting to know your partner.
  • Send out your packages by May 20th. Stay under $7 Limit. {Theme: FAVORITES}
  • Write about your experience and link up on May 30th (the last Saturday of the month).


Review: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream

Missha 1Missha 2One of my friend gave me Missha BB Cream as a present. I was delighted since I just ran out of my bb cream from Korea. This was the perfect time for me to try a new BB cream. I actually never heard of this brand until my friend gave it to me. Apparently this is one of their best seller product.

Missha BB Cream comes in 5 colors:

missha bb cream colorssource

 Missha 3Missha 4

Ingredients (4 high hazards, 12 medium hazards):

Water(Aqua), Cyclomethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mineral Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Talc, Arbutin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Dimethicone, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Squalane, Adenosine, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Beeswax(Cera Alba), Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Caviar Extract, Algae Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Ceramide 3, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance(Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol

MAY CONTAIN[+/-; Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Iron Oxides(CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]

Cons:

  • Not all the ingredients are safe.
  • There’s a slight grey undertone color.

Pros:

  • All in one cream: UV protection (SPF 42), anti-aging, treat dark spots, and provides coverage.
  • Lightweight cream.
  • Pretty affordable.

Verdict:

It works great as a bb cream for those that want a natural, light coverage. If you have any blemishes, you still need a concealer for that. There’s a slight perfume scent. One of my friend that used this bb cream said there’s a slight grey undertone which I didn’t noticed at first since I have a darker complexion than her. With this bb cream, you just have to keep dabbing/blending it into your skin for it to match your skin tone. The only thing I don’t like about this product is all the harmful ingredients.

Missha 5Wearing the Missha BB cream.



Review: Mizon Sheet Masks

Mizon Mask 1I got these sheet masks as samples from an Asian store when I bought some beauty products. I were really excited to try these masks out since it was the same brand of snail cream I liked. Apparently their sheet masks are made with Tencel fiber, which increases absorption of ingredients into the skin.Mizon Mask 5The hyaluronic acid in this mask hydrate the skin for increased elasticity and hydration. Great for dry skin.

Ingredients (4 moderate hazard, 1 high hazard)

Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Citratus Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Carbomer, Phenyltrimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, Methyl Paraben, Propy Paraben, Fragrance

Mizon Mask 3Made with collagen 100 serum and adenosine to increase elasticity and from the skin.

Ingredients (6 moderate hazard, 1 high hazard)

Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Trehalose, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Adenosine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Citratus Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Ectract, Phenyltrimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Fragrance

Mizon Mask 4Formulated with natural snail filtrate that helps to hydrate, fight wrinkles, and reduce acne scarring and blemishes.

Ingredients (5 moderate hazard, 1 high hazard)

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat, Trehalose, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Adenosine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone, Lactobacillus/Aspergillus/Prunus Mume Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Ferment Filtrate, Carbomer, Phenyltrimethicone, Xantham Gum, Disodium EDTA, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Fragrance.Mizon Mask 6Peptides helps firm, lift, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

Ingredients (5 moderate hazard, 1 high hazard)

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Trehalose, Copper Tripeptide-1, Adenosine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) eExtract, Carbomer, Phenyltrimethicone, Xantham Gum, Disodium EDTA, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Fragrance

 Verdict

Overall a great mask to use when your skin needs an extra pick me upper. I couldn’t really tell the difference from all the different sheet masks but my face did feel great the next day. I guess the only thing I’m not a big fan of is the high hazard ingredient in the mask so I probably wouldn’t buy these sheet masks again just because I’m trying to steer away from as much chemicals as I can. It’s a struggle since most beauty products contain them. *sigh.

Do you have a favorite sheet mask?



April 2015 Goals

April 2015 Goals_Collage_FotorThoughts/updates this month:

  • I got the test result of my first exam and passed! Yay! 🙂
  • I just discovered there is a library one block away from me! Finally got a library card in Cali. I thought it was so fancy that I could choose my own library card design.
  • I went to an underground supper club. It was an intimate dining experience with 12 people. I didn’t know what to expect but it turned out to be a fun experience. The food was delicious and everyone was really nice. It’s funny how random people can gather together and socialize for good food.
  • I really enjoyed this post by Ken Wytsma. This made me realized that my sense of urgency and busyness is probably part of the reason that is keeping me from hearing God’s voice. I’m trying to slow down and have some quiet moments with God and not just quick, short prayers to God. If my brain is always preoccupied with something, how can I hear God’s voice? Apparently this post is partially adapted from his book, which I added to my list of books to read.
  • After reading this article, I decided to not buy anymore k-cups. I finally bought an individual dripper and grinder (BTW you should get a burr grinder instead of a blade grinder for coffee beans. Blade grinder cuts the coffee beans and the heat from the blade can cause the coffee to have a burnt taste while a burr grinder crushes the beans to release the aroma of the coffee beans and provides a more consistent grind). Wow! What a big difference the taste of my coffee is now. It taste so much better and is better for the environment. Only downfall is that it takes more time in the morning to prepare a cup of coffee.
  • The documentary “aka Dan: Korean Adoptee Story” was a really touching story. The part I cried the most was when he met his biological mom. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been for her to wake up and realized her husband gave up one of their son up for adoption and there was nothing she could do since the paperwork was completed. You can watch this documentary here.
  • “Under the Dome” is another great documentary about China’s smog by Chai Jing. I never realized how bad China’s pollution was until watching this documentary. Can you imagine growing up and never seeing stars or clouds in the sky before? Or not being able to venture outside to play for half the year because the air isn’t safe to breathe in? I’m glad Chai Jing is bringing this to light so people in China can make a change. You can watch the documentary with English subtitle here.

Last month’s goals:

  1. Read month 3 of #365DaysOfTruth plan. Yikes! I’m a week behind! It’s scary how easy it is to get off course.
  2. Read one book this month. Completed! Have you ever watched Judge Judy on TV? I really enjoyed watching her show on TV when I was a kid since I liked how fair, honest, and smart Judy Judy was. I didn’t know she wrote books, which shouldn’t be a surprise, but she just recently released a new book called “What Would Judy Say?: Be the Hero of Your Own Story”. She’s offering the book for free (you can download a copy here) but she asks you to donate to Stand Up to Cancer if you found any of her advice useful. It’s a quick, easy read and I enjoyed reading it. Big take away for me was for me to define my worth and to take risks. I found it useful and donated to her cause 🙂
  3. Study and take two exams this month. Completed. I feel good about one of the exam but the other one I feel like I bombed. *sigh. Oh well.
  4. Complete “Who Am I” portfolio reflection. On target to complete by April 1! This was a lot harder than I thought since I really had to look inside myself.
  5. Bake/cook one new recipe. Sadly this didn’t happen.
  6. Workout once a week. Completed!
  7. Blog once a week. Completed!

Goals for next months:

  1. Catch up on #365DaysOfTruth plan and complete month 4.
  2. Read one book this month.
  3. Study and take one exam this month.
  4. Complete “Pre-Corps Engagement”.
  5. Bake/cook one new recipe this month.
  6. Check out a new restaurant.
  7. Workout twice a week.
  8. Blog once a week.

What are your goals for this month?

Linking up with weekly goals at Nectar Collective.