May 2015 Goals

April 2015 Collage_FotorThoughts/updates this month:

  • This month was my husband’s birthday. Yay! We kept it low-key and just had drinks at a bar with some friends.
  • I cut my hair short! Eek! It’s so weird to have short hair since it’s been a while since I last cut my hair this short. I’m not sure if I like it since I think it makes me look older :p
  • It was so weird when I came upon this article randomly. I’m not sure if you heard of Jin or not but he was really popular in the early 2000s when he first appeared in BET doing freestyle rap battles with other contestants and winning seven weeks in a row (you can see a few of clips of the freestyle rap battles here). I was a supporter of Jin since he didn’t let his race or family prevent him from doing what he loves plus there weren’t many people on TV that looked on me. In college, I threw a “club party” with a group of friends and our special appearance to lure people into our party was Jin. I was a bit disappointed when I first met him though since he was a bit too arrogant for my liking. It’s been 10+ years since I even thought of Jin which was why it was so weird to read an article update on him. I’m glad to hear that he’s trying to make a come back and he found God during the journey 🙂
  • I thought this video was really interesting. I never thought of how a language can tell you about a culture mindset but it’s true. This explains why there are certain words in Mandarin and Taiwanese that I don’t know how quite to translate in English but part of that is a culture thing. For example, “jia you” (加油) literally means “filling a machine with gas” but it can also be used to cheer someone on and a form of encouragement. I was sadden when Tim mentioned that every two weeks on planet Earth, another language dies. It’s not just the language that dies, but also the culture and history that goes away. I think that’s one of the reason why my husband and I don’t see eye to eye on learning Taiwanese. He wants our future kids to only learn Mandarin and not Taiwanese since he thinks Taiwanese is a dying language and it’s not useful in the world. That may be true, but I don’t want my future kids to forget their heritage and where they come from. On a side note, you should check out  Shannon’s blog if you’re interested in learning a new language. She has some awesome tips and language websites to check out 🙂
  • I just found out that Nectar Collective is no longer hosting the Weekly Wishes linkup. I wasn’t sure if I should still continue my monthly goals but I decided to continue on since it’ll hold me accountable for my goals and I get to reflect back on the month.

Last month’s goals:

  1. Catch up on #365DaysOfTruth plan and complete month 4. I’m a few days behind for the month of April. Need to catch up!
  2. Read one book this month. Didn’t finish any books this month 🙁
  3. Study and take one exam this month. Completed!
  4. Complete “Pre-Corps Engagement”. Completed!
  5. Bake/cook one new recipe this month. I made my first vegan cupcakes and roasted a chicken on a bundt pan. The frosting on the vegan cupcakes were a bit sweeter than I liked but at least it was balanced with the non-sweet chocolate cake.
  6. Check out a new restaurant. Out of all the new restaurants I tried this month, Zazang Korean Noodle and Sotto Mare is on top of the list.
  7. Workout twice a week. Somehow the last two weeks I didn’t have much motivation to workout so I need to get back on the horse.
  8. Blog once a week. I missed one week 🙁

This month’s goals:

  1. Catch up on #365DaysOfTruth Plan and complete month 5.
  2. Focus on studying calculus.
  3. Read one book this month.
  4. Donate at least a box of stuff to Goodwill.
  5. Workout once a week.
  6. Blog once a week.
  7. Take more pictures of people! 🙂

What are your goals for this month?



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?